Characters: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Misc
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Celestial Being's founder, he lived over 200 years before the beginning of the series. He established the theoretical basis of the combined orbital elevator and photovoltaic energy system, the construction and defense of which he foresaw to employ humanoid machines not unlike mobile suits. In a long term plan to rid the world of armed conflict and ready humanity into the next phase of its evolution, he founded the private paramilitary organization Celestial Being. It is this plan that becomes the driving force for both the first and second series. His body is held in cryogenic stasis within Veda, intending to awaken when the world is rid of conflict. However, soon after this discovery near the end of the first series, Alejandro Corner kills him in order to take over the plan, however his death releases a system trap that activates the Trans-Am System and releases the full potential of the four Gundams.Voiced by Chikao Ohtsuka (Japanese) and Michael Kopsa (English)
- Ancient Conspiracy: Celestial Being's grand entrance was over 200 years in the making.
- Bald of Awesome: Which, combined with said beard, bears a surprising resemblance to a certain Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov.
- Boom, Headshot: How Alejandro killed him.
- Crazy-Prepared: It seems like he predicts almost everything that happens. And he set up Veda to deal with anything he didn't predict, just in case.
- Expy: Let's see, a supposedly long dead scientist comes up with a centuries-long plan involving a secret foundation, manipulating events to suit the plan, and leaves recordings of himself to the public long after his time. Oh snap, HE'S HARI SELDON!
- He's also a Char Clone in the sense that his views and ambitions to create a better world are very reminiscent of the Red Comet. Unlike Char however, his methods and ambitions are not only far less destructive but also considerably more long term.
- Genre Savvy: And holy shit, HOW!
- Human Popsicle: He froze himself so he could see this new, war-free world his organization would create. Didn't work out in the end.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Both apparent and official.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Surprise...
- The Omniscient: It's a little scary just how much of the plot he apparently predicted, although how much of that was him and how much was Veda playing Speed Chess is unclear.
- The Plan: Whenever Celestial Being talks about "the Plan", it's his they're talking about.
- Posthumous Character: First subverted, then played straight.
- The Smart Guy: Really, REALLY smart.
Originally an observer for Celestial Being, it is later revealed that he has.. other plans. He and his trusty sidekick Ribbons proceeded to hack Veda and kill Aeolia Schienberg, only to activate the Gundams' Trans-Am system. Then he too goes to action in the Alvatore mobile armor and eventually fights Setsuna in the end of season one. He loses the battle, his ambition and his life and dies with the bitter truth that he was nothing but an Unwitting Pawn for Ribbons.Voiced by Yasunori Matsumoto (Japanese) and Andrew Kavadas (English)
- Badass Gay: He's pretty badass, and while his orientation is never explicitly made clear, his behavior around Ribbons heavily implies he's gay.
- Big Bad Wannabe: "But this was my plan!" "That attitude is precisely what makes you such a small man."
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: His Mobile Armor/Suit the Alvatore/Alvaron.
- Bling of War: His car, gun and pilot suit are all gold.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: That kind of happens when you attempt to seize control of the entire Ancient Conspiracy.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Might have been, if it was anyone other than Ribbons working with him.
- Disc One Final Boss: He provides the big, climactic fight for Season 1's finale.
- Enigmatic Minion: To Aeolia and Celestial Being.
- Ephebophile: Subverted that it's one sided, in his part no less. That and Ribbons is actually an ageless Artificial Human.
- Evil Laugh: When he killed Aeolia and tought he won.
- Expy: This guy practically channels Paptimus Scirroco on occasion.
- Light Is Not Good: His Alvaaron is a golden angel-like mobile suit
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The Observers, of which he is a member.
- Playing Against Type: In both versions, LIKE WHOA!
- The Scapegoat: The Movie reveals that the A-LAWS and the Government Conspiracy from season 2 were blamed on him after the fact (despite him having died five years previously). This was done because the Federation couldn't reveal information about Ribbons Almarck and VEDA to the general public.
- Word of Gay: This scene from the Special Edition says it all. Lounging around an hotel room with his hair down and wearing only a bathrobe? A-okay. Having his Right-Hand Hottie pop in, pretty much in white boxers and a midriff-baring top? Uhm. Inserting a flashback in which Alejandro kisses Ribbon on the cheek and hugs him during a conversation? ... That was the sound of millions of gaydars breaking, people.
Wang Liu Mei
A beautiful Chinese celebrity who became the head of her house at the tender age of 15. She works as a secret agent, leaking information to Celestial Being, but she also seems to have her own agenda. She wanted the world to change, no matter what cost. Thus behind the scenes, she interacted with... EVERYONE. Good guys, bad guys, she contacted them all. Even after the formation of The Federation, she didn't consider the world changed and continued to do her secret agent stitch. Has a Battle Butler named Hong Long, who is also her elder brother.It's unclear which side she goes into. She recently picked up the discarded Nena Trinity and made her her Ninja Maid, then she interacted with both Celestial Being AND Ribbons and the Innovators. Her goal is revealed to ascend into a greater being, one of the way is to turn herself into the Innovators in order to look down on other beings.Voiced by Kei Shindou (Japanese) and Maryke Hendrikse (English)
- Aloof Little Sister: Towards Hong Long.
- Big Fancy House: More like an entire Big Fancy Island.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Though she isn't a Rich Bitch, she definitely is one!
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: And yet she seems surprised when people get mad at her for her betrayals.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: For pretty much... um, everybody. It all depends on her whim at the moment.
- Fan Nickname: China Tits, or less affectionately, China Bitch.
- Freudian Excuse: She became the head of her family and had to bear the burden she didn't want because Hong Long is such a Satellite Character who doesn't have what it takes to lead the family, which leads her to be the Smug Snake she is now.
- It comes off as a tad flimsy as it's revealed that her family is just her and her brother and she seems quite able to do what she wants with the family's money.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In her first appearance she takes a drink from a glass that is quite phallic...Actually Christina and Feldt also drink from such containers later in the season.
- Girlish Pigtails: In season 1.
- I Just Want to Be Special: She's not contented with her wealth and celebrity status.
- It's All About Me: "So what if I'm prolonging a war that's causing thousands of innocent victims all around the world and if I'm manipulating other people? As long as it will change the world to suit me, I don't care about the rest."
- Her constant side switching is based on who will benefit her rather than any loyalty. Celestial Being is going to change the world. She'll back them. Ribbons can make her a superior being? She helps Alaws. Ribbons points out that he won't make her a superior being because she's selfish and he personally can't stand her. She starts sending CB info again to spite Ribbons.
- Karmic Death: After Playing Both Sides for so long, she dies in large part thanks to Regene doing the same thing with her and Nena.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her constantly-changing wardrobe is her main appeal to fanboys.
- Oh Crap!: She had one, when Nena reveals herself to be her traitor and is about to blow her up.
- Playing Both Sides: She tries to, anyway. She doesn't quite have the savvy to pull it off forever.
- Rapunzel Hair: In the first season, it was long enough to sit on!
- Smug Snake: Mostly because her arrogance eventually ovverode her survival instincts, and because she was a little slow to figure out her usefulness ended with certain parties, and this REALLY bites her on the ass in the worst way imaginable.
- Stripperific: Most of her outfits that are usually Sexy Backless Outfits.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Nena and her.
- Too Dumb to Live: After her brother is killed by Nena, Setsuna notice her wounds and offer to take her to safety. Wang Liu Mei decline the offer and elected to leave on her own. Wait a minute, you're turning down an offer for protection from the best Gundam pilot in the world? Then you escape in a puny unarmed shuttle, while still injured, when you already knew you've been pursued by Nena in a Gundam, you know the one that attacked you last episode?! Counting down to space debris...
- Unlimited Wardrobe: She always come up with new outfits.
Hong Long is a loyal servant to Wang Liu Mei and the Wang family. While a Celestial Being agent, he has no true loyalties to the organization except to Liu Mei. Even though he's the older brother, he contently accepted the role as Liu Mei's personal assistant and body guard. He's often at Liu Mei's side and vigilant over her safety above his own.Voiced by Kenji Takahashi (Japanese) and Samuel Vincent (English)
- Abusive Parents: And sister too!
- Anti-Villain: Type IV.
- The Atoner / Subordinate Excuse: The reason he became his sister's bodyguard is to make up for not being able to lead the Wang family.
- Awesome McCool Name: His full name Wang Hong Long means Royal Red Dragon in Chinese. Now how's that!
- Battle Butler: Both Liu Mei's servant and bodyguard.
- Big Brother Instinct: A very sympathetic example.
- Boom Head Shot: How Nena killed him.
- Extreme Doormat: His attitude towards Liu Mei.
- Love Martyr: Towards his sister. She treats him like shit because she had to take up his responsibilities as leader, yet he remains completely devoted to her out of guilt.
- Meaningful Name: Look up.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Well, blood is thicker than water they say.
- Right-Hand Hottie: To Liu Mei.
- Taking the Bullet: Shields Liu Mei from Nena.
- Senseless Sacrifice: .. but it didn't take long enough for Nena to kill her too.
- Talking to Himself: Averted. In all versions, Hong Long shares a voice actor with another character, yet he and that character never met or speak with each other.
The quantum supercomputer that is the closest thing Celestial Being as a whole has to a leader since Schenberg's no longer around. It was built by Shenberg himself and programmed to carry out his goal of ridding the world of conflict through Celestial Being. It is the only thing that knows the full plan, and it directs the other members of Celestial Being to carry out what needs to be done. Its location is secret, even to the organization itself, who only communicate with it through special terminals.
- Artificial Intelligence: Seems to not be the case, actually: Veda is simply an extremely advanced computer and doesn't possess a will of its own.
- The Chessmaster: It is essentially planning against everyone in the world who isn't in Celestial Being. It's not above using people outside the organization in its schemes as well, but its ability to do that is a lot more limited.
- Keystone Army: All of Celestial Being's weapons are directly connected to Veda. It can withdraw its support and shut them down at any point it chooses. The Gundam Meisters get around this by installing their own OS in their Gundams when Veda is captured by Ribbons.
- Magical Computer: Flawlessly photoshopping global news feeds in real time?
- Master Computer: It has absolute control over the spaceship Celestial Being. Even when the ship is occupied by Earth Federation forces in The Movie, Veda is doing things behind their backs while still cooperating with them.
- Meaningful Name: "Veda" is the Hindi word for "knowledge".
- The Omniscient: It monitors the socio-political status of the entire human race, and its plans take that information into account when it decides what Celestial Being's next move should be.
- Powers That Be: Veda is the only thing that knows the full scope of Aeolia's plans, so it is pretty much the de facto leader of Celestial Being. The organization can disobey its orders if they wish, but of course, it has contingencies for that...
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Veda is smart enough to allow for deviations from the original plan due to unforeseen circumstances. So long as Shenberg's plan is fulfilled in spirit, and the world is rid of conflict, Veda can make adjustments as needed.