Characters / Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Gundam Meisters

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    Setsuna F. Seiei
"I am a Gundam."
Original Name: Soran Ibrahim
Affiliation: KPSA, Celestial Being
Role: Gundam Meister (Close quarters combat)
  • GN-001 Gundam Exia
    • GN-001RE Gundam Exia Repair
    • GN-001REII Gundam Exia Repair II
  • GN-0000 00 Gundam
    • GN-0000+GNR-010 00 Raiser

The main character of the series. Formerly known as Soran Ibrahim, Setsuna is a kid soldier who was recruited in a movement to fight in the name of God, under the guidance of Ali Al-Saachez. As a requirement to do so, Setsuna is told to kill his parents and does so. During the ensuing battle, he was saved by a Gundam and after realizing that Ali is bad, he grows to resent him and war in general, and later on swore to become a Gundam: One who destroys conflict. He is later recruited by Celestial Being as a Gundam Meister and pilots Gundam Exia. In the 2nd season, he pilots the titular 00 Gundam.

Setsuna is also neighbors to Saji Crossroad, though his involvement with Celestial Beings strains their normal relationship. He is somehow close to the Azadistan princess Marina Ismail, whom he may consider as a mother or older sister figure. (She happens to look quite a bit like his Missing Mom, and has the same voice to boot.)

Voiced by Mamoru Miyano (Japanese) and Brad Swaile (English)

  • Alliterative Name: Setsuna Seiei. If you don't include his middle initial.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He has loved the concept of a "Gundam" ever since he was a child... and now he's piloting one.
  • The Atoner: For being a child soldier and for killing his parents.
  • Bash Brothers: With Saji, in the second season. Saji pilots the 0-Raiser, he docks it with Setsuna's 00 Gundam and both mechas form the 00-Raiser.
  • Berserk Button: Should you a) threaten the well being of his comrades/friends or b) happen to be Ali Al Saachez, he will be not be amused in the slightest, to put it nicely.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Okay, he has severe social problems and thinks he IS his Gundam, but that doesn't stop him from kicking ass.
  • Catch-Phrase: "I AM GUNDAM!", "Exterminating the targets!"
  • Celibate Hero: Second season. He's more aware of the subject, but still...
  • Character Development: It's obviously not as extreme as some of the other characters, but its interesting to note the change in attitude over the show, from emotionally repressed, to still stoic, but more caring. His aloofness is now more out of being a veteran of combat and he even dispenses advice to both Saji and Lyle that get them out of their respective funks. Essentially, he's cooler.
  • Chaste Hero: First season. He sneaks into Marina's bedroom at night. Is unable to understand the Unfortunate Implications.
  • Chick Magnet: He has more girls interested in him than any other character in the series despite being more or less asexual, however he may have returned Feldt's feelings.
  • Child Soldiers: In a way, this is somewhat a Deconstruction of the typical Gundam protagonist. Here we have a person who's been "conscripted" by circumstance and forced to do horrific things from childhood... and we get to see the psychological damage that it's caused him. Most Gundam leads would fit the UN definition of a Child Soldier, but the shows usually gloss over the specific long-term effects of combat on children and teens; not here.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: Remember when he said he did not want to write a letter to anyone about anything? He lied.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was indoctrinated into killing his parents by a psychopath. Said psychopath then sent most of his friends off on suicide bombing missions in foreign countries. When he was ten, he and the remaining survivors were then left to fend for themselves in a battle that killed every other member of the group besides him before he was rescued by Celestial Being. By the time he is introduced to the rest of the gundam meisters at the age of 14, he is already sporting his usual thousand-yard stare.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: The Trans-Am Burst which dramatically expands the range of the various abilities of his Gundam in Trans-Am Mode. And, for that matter, Trans-Am itself played something of a similar role in season 1.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Gradually becomes an Innovator over the course of S2, thanks to all the GN particles.
  • Evolutionary Levels: He became an Innovator in the end, as a result of using the 00 Raiser.
  • Expy: Said to be a mixture between Heero Yuy and Sousuke Sagara. He is also of Amuro since he said something similar about Red Suits like when he saw Ali in his RED Gundam. When he meets Heero in Super Robot Wars Z2: Hakai-Hen, they get along well and become Bash Brothers.
  • Fanservice Pack: He was visibly short in season 1. But by season 2, he was able to catch up and becomes Tall, Dark, and Handsome.
  • Hates Being Touched: In regards to both himself and his Gundams.
  • The Hero: Naturally, although he is previously The Lancer to Neil until the latter's death.
  • Hollywood Atheist: As a consequence of being forced to commit and witness unspeakable horrors as a "soldier of God."
  • Hot-Blooded: He has his moments.
  • Hypocrite: For all his talk about distorted egos and such, he wasn't any different during season 1.

    Lockon Stratos
"Targeted and firing!" note 
Original Name: Neil Dylandy (First), Lyle Dylandy (Second)
Affiliation: Celestial Being, Katharon (Second)
Role: Gundam Meister (Long range combat and suppression)
  • GN-002 Gundam Dynames
  • GN-006 Cherudim Gundam
    • GN-006GNHW/R Cherudim Gundam GNHW/R

The resident sniper of Celestial Being and the pilot of Gundam Dynames. Lockon acts like a big brother towards the rest of the Meisters, and is the most easygoing, accompanied with a Haro. He has a Dark and Troubled Past, as he was a survivor of a terrorist attack (initiated by the Setsuna's faction). Lockon eventually got to know better and directed his anger towards Ali Al-Saachez. Unfortunately, while fighting Ali alone, Lockon was badly wounded and was eventually killed, but not after he shot down Ali's Throne Zwei, severely ruining the machine and putting him out of action for a good while.

Thus was the story of the Lockon known as Neil Dylandy.

In the second season, Neil's twin younger brother Lyle, a member of Katharon, took the name of Lockon Stratos and pilots Dynames' successor: the Gundam Cherudim. He's just as skilled as his predecessor, but at first he tends to act as if he knows nothing about piloting (though later, he shows a more intense and emotional side).

Voiced by Shinichiro Miki (Japanese) and Alex Zahara (English) for obvious reasons.

Tropes associated with both Lockons.

With Neil:

  • Big Brother Mentor: Serves as kind of an older brother figure for the Meisters. Towards Setsuna especially, as well as Feldt. And then he dies.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: He rather seems to be addressing the audience with his last words: "Hey, are you all satisfied with this kind of world? I... hate it."
  • Broken Ace: A milder case. Yes he is a great and respected team leader to his comrades, but deep inside, he's a guy with huge, unresolved vengeance issues.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Manages to tell Tieria to calm down when he's struggling with inner turmoil. He would later do this to Setsuna as well, telling him the past can never be changed.
  • Death by Disfigurement: If he didn't have that blind spot, he probably would have fared better against Ali.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Decides to go after Ali despite still recovering from his his eye injury and his Gundam not being fully repaired.
  • Spirit Advisor: For the rest of the CB in season 2.
  • Still Got It: When he uses a regular sniper rifle to take out some terrorists he say's he though he had gotten rusty.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: Sure, he puts Ali out of commission for a while, but it ultimately killed him, thus costing Celestial being a pilot for the season 1 final battle.

With Lyle:

  • Double Agent: For Katharon; subverted in that his CB comrades know he's a double agent and don't care. If anything, his role as Double Agent mostly meant that Katharon, had a man in a group that they knew had stronger guns than they did, and was pretty much CB's unspoken ally; at no point were CB and Katharon openly at odds with each other.
    • Becoming the Mask: At the finale, he finally embraces his identity as a Gundam Meister and left Katharon, though by that point, it had already disbanded.
  • Gun Kata: He's so awesome at it. VERY Awesome.
  • Handsome Lech: Subverted, since it's a part of Lyle's Jerkass Fašade to distance himself from Neil's borderline Marty Stu image among the Celestial Being crowd and tell them he's no one's Replacement Goldfish.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After Anew's death.

    Allelujah Haptism
Original Name: E-057
Affiliation: Super Human Research Institute, Celestial Being
Role: Gundam Meister (Hit-and-Run tactics)
  • GN-003 Gundam Kyrios
  • GN-007 Arios Gundam
    • GN-007GNHW/M Arios Gundam GNHW/M

The third of the Gundam Meisters, pilot of Gundam Kyrios, and later Arios. Allelujah is a product of a Super Soldier program, but a failed one. He has another personality named "Hallelujah". While Allelujah is calm and amiable, Hallelujah is a sociopathic person who laughs in the face of deaths... of many of his enemies. In the events of the series, however, Allelujah lost Hallelujah and was forced to continue on his own.

He seems to be acquainted towards Soma Peries, another product of that said program. He knew her as MARIE! Parfacy, which suggests a history between them.

Voiced by Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese) and Richard Ian Cox (English)

    Tieria Erde
Yes, that's a guy.
Original Name: Base Sequence Pattern 0988
Affiliation: Celestial Being
Role: Gundam Meister (Artillery and support)
  • GN-005 Gundam Virtue
    • GN-004 Gundam Nadleeh
  • GN-008 Seravee Gundam
    • GN-009 Seraphim Gundam
    • GN-008GNHW/B Seravee Gundam GNHW/B

The fourth of the Meisters, piloting Gundam Virtue (and Nadleeh) and later Seravee (and Seraphim). Tieria is known to be able to establish a direct connection to Veda, Celestial Being's supercomputer, and acts aloof and bemeaning towards the rest of the Meisters. This, however, changes due to the interactions he has with Lockon Stratos later on, where he starts to act more human-like. He is serious and pragmatic, but his past is completely shrouded by mystery.

Voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese) and Samuel Vincent (English)

  • Aloof Ally: Pre-Character Development.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: If he's not the one pimp-slapping people, he is the one getting slapped.
  • Artificial Human: Strongly hinted at since season one, but not explicitly stated until episode 7 of season two, where Innovades are actually artificial versions of the genuine Innovators
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: AAAARRRGGH!!!!
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Become a Real Boy: Both adhered to and subverted. He learns to live like a human over the course of the series. He becomes attached to Neil Dylandy, breaks away from VEDA, and adopts parts of the Ptolemaois crew as a surrogate family. For a time he even insists that he IS human. Yet in the end, he gives up his physical body, accepts himself for what he is, and finds fulfillment by merging with VEDA as an AI. His denial is more pertaining to his biological origins, but his actions all the way to the end make him the most human, or rather, humane of the Innovades, not counting Anew.
  • Berserk Button: A couple, but he cycles through them. He started out so violently devoted to Veda that if anyone (i.e. Setsuna and Allelujah) messed up its plans he'd lock them in a padded room for a week at best, and try to kill them at worst. After Veda ditches him, he throws all of his affection onto Neil "Lockon Stratos" Dylandy, and God help you if you insult him in front of Tieria.
  • BFG: A trademark of his Gundams.
  • Bishōnen
  • Boom, Headshot: Subverted in that he didn't quite die.
  • Break the Haughty: Revealing Nadleeh too early, being rejected by Veda, and Neil Taking the Bullet for him all do a number on his self-confidence. Ultimately a positive spin on the trope, as it contributes to his defrosting and Character Development.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The TRIAL system.
  • Death Is Cheap: As for all other Innovators.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Thanks to his Character Development.
  • Evil Twin: Regene Regetta. They have the same DNA. Events on episode 24 of Season 2 will make you wonder about the "Evil" part though.
  • Expy: His anger and morality are similar to Chang Wufei's.
  • Four Is Death: He is the fourth meister. He piloted four Gundams in the series, not counting the 00 Gundam seen in a Flash Back, including the GN-004 Nadleeh. Speaking of the 00 Gundam, it is the only fourth generation Gundam and it's powered by two GN Drives; one from the very first (O) Gundam and the other is from Setsuna's previous (Exia) Gundam that was part of the third generation Gundams (It's 1+ 3=4). In the second season, he is revealed to be part of the Innovades, a group that consist of four pairs. And finally, guess what happened to him near the Grand Finale? Yup, he was killed, only physically, but still killed. Oh, and to be specific, that happened on episode 24.
  • Full-Name Basis: He call others by their full names rather than either last or first ones. He seems to have dropped the habit by season two, though.
  • Genius Bruiser: While he is a Badass Bookworm, while fighting inside his Gundams, he can be both The Big Guy and The Smart Guy.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: In Season 2.
  • Hypocrite: One of the early episode, he was nearly captured and forced to pull his Gundam's trump card to escape. Once Celestial Being regroups, he chides Sumeragi for her botched forecasting even though she pretty much admits and takes responsibility for the blunder. Lockon calls him out on it and how he's not fessing up to his own mistakes.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He starts out as a cold, high-and-mighty Jerk Ass, but when he makes the kind of mistake he calls his fellow Meisters out on, his disappointment in himself is such that he bursts into tears. And as soon as the supercomputer he's so faithful to ditches him altogether, it's revealed that he's too insecure to do anything on his own without it.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: He is the sole operator of the TRIAL System. Once he's judged somebody unfit to be a Gundam Meister, the TRIAL system allows him to shut down their Gundam and kill them. Need I say more?
  • Loving a Shadow: Not explicitly shown nor stated, but he still thinks of Neil in Season 2, four years after his death.
  • Men Don't Cry: Averted when Lockon/Neil died where he shed the most Manly Tears.
  • Messianic Archetype: He got himself physically killed to save his friends and humanity from Fucking Ribbons by merging with Veda, and then he had his Seraphim Gundam use the Trial system to eliminate Ribbons' minions by emitting a red cross while it's in a Crucified Hero Shot.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Seravee has four BFGs, two on its shoulders and two in its knees. These all are capable of sprouting hands equipped with beam sabers in addition to the Seravee's normal pair, allowing Seravee to simultaneously fight with six beam sabers at one time.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: When he is maimed and killed by Ribbons, his consciousness merges with Veda. Then he knocks every last ship he can out of the sky and then schools Setsuna on plans of Aeolia Schenberg, and he does all of this while shot in the head. Easily, Tieria's biggest Moment of Awesome.
  • Mysterious Past: While his origins are revealed in season two, his past STILL remain a mystery.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: He "suffers" from these in the second season.
  • Pronoun Trouble: His choice of first-person pronoun in Japanese is indicative of his mental state; masculine "ore" pre-defrostment, more reserved "boku" after he's defrosted, and gender-neutral "watashi" at his most fragile. How the English dub will deal with this remains to be seen...
    • He once even managed to use all three of these in a row (ore to boku to watashi) when he cried on screen the first time.
  • Purple Is Powerful: His theme color is purple, and he's the heavy-hitter among Celestial Being's Meisters.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: While he's hardly Mr Super Manly Man, that pink cardigan of his definitely counts.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. He's actually fairly compassionate, though it takes some time for him to learn this himself.
    • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Every time he connects with Veda. That is, until FUCKING RIBBONS and the other Innovators hijacked Veda. He regains them back though, but..
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When sick of listening to Ribbons, he pulls the gun in his garter on him, and then when that doesn't shut him up he jumps out a window. Wow.
    • And later, When he's immobilized Bring Stabity's mobile suit, Bring is sure that Tieria won't strike the killing blow. After all, as Innovators, they're both the same. Tieria angrily retorts that he's not an Innovator, but a human, and kills Bring.
  • The Spock: Pre-Character Development.
  • Stoic Spectacles: And fairly big ones at that.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Fangirls went ABSOLUTELY weak at the knees when he showed up in drag. It was a trap, yeah, but he made such a GREAT trap that fangirls were all "We love T-chan as male AND female, kthx".
    • Despite Lockon taking all the credit, there are a fair share of male fans that also go weak in the knees for him.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Pre-Character Development.
  • Token Non-Human: The one and only Innovade among the Gundam Meisters.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Very much in season two.
  • Tsundere: Arguably, after his defrostment.