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The elected-in figurehead princess of Azadistan, a country so wrought with civil war that she is able to look out her window at any point in the series and see part of the capital burning. Marina is also the head of the Reformist political party, causing her to be very popular among some of her people, but vehemently hated by the conservatives. Inexperienced as a leader, and being only a figurehead, she often has no control over her country's situation despite her wishes for peace. After attracting the attention (probably not that kind of attention
) of Setsuna, she's been unable to shake him off, and now he probably couldn't shake her off.
Voiced by Ayumi Tsunematsu
(Japanese) and Paula Lindberg (English)
- Actual Pacifist: Hates weapons so much that she can't even fathom using a gun for self-defense. Somewhat understandable due to her background, but still...
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Deconstruction: She's what Relena Peacecraft would be if portrayed in a very cynical (towards pacifism) series, and holy shit, does she get put through the wringer.
- Also the Idol Singer princess character (think Lacus Clyne). She's very inspiring with a song she writes about peace, and Setsuna says what everyone in the audience is thinking, that she's a lot more competent as a singer/good will ambassador than as the leader of a country- and he meant it as a compliment.
- Compressed Hair: During her world tour in season 1.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Probably why she's not Queen, President, or Prime Minister.
- Arguably more like Everything's Worse With Princesses in this case, as good things rarely happen when Marina's on screen. Either to other characters or Marina herself.
- Technically, she's mostly a figurehead, albeit one with some measure of diplomatic power, but most to all of her efforts keep getting subverted.
- Damsel in Distress: In season 2, the A-Laws take her in prison and Setsuna has to rescue her.
- Expy: She's the Relena/Lacus to Setsuna's Heero/Kira.
- Fallen Princess: In season 2.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: As seen in season 2.
- Friend to All Children: In season 2.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple / True Blue Femininity: Her season 1 outfits. She's become Woman in White in season 2.
- He Will Not Cry, so I Cry for Him: Does this for Setsuna.
- Identical Stranger: See Replacement Goldfish below.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: She has the longest hair of all the characters and she's very feminine.
- Neutral Female
- Odango Hair: Her princess hairstyle in season 1.
- Platonic Life Partners: According to Setsuna and her, and they make sure to emphasize this.
- Politically-Active Princess: While phrased as a compliment, her closest adviser tells her outright that she's far better at charitable work and being a good will ambassador than she is at politics and ruling.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
- Rebellious Princess: Deconstructed. She tries to be one, but never can do anything productive.
- Replacement Goldfish: To a degree, Setsuna sees her as a mother figure - it doens't help that she does look like a younger version of her Missing Mom.
- Royal Blood
- Taking the Bullet: In the last scene of episode 18 of season 2, she blocked a bullet meant for a kid named Josef. Averted in the next episode, as Klaus shoot the gunners down before they pull the trigger.
- Team Mom: For the Kataron children in season 2.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Even earlier in Season 1, Shirin came off as more tough compared to Marina, fitting this in an emotional capacity. It just played straighter, with the toughened-up Shirin, in season 2.
- Trauma Conga Line: pretty much her main purpose, having grown up in a country nearly destroyed through civil war, getting imprisoned because she met Setsuna, and then we he breaks her out she finds that her country was leveled.
- Woman in White: In the second season.
Marina's best friend, adviser and lady in waiting, who does not doubt to scold Marina when she hesitates. After the formation of the Earth Sphere Federation, she leaves the Palace and becomes a member of the rebel group Katharon to keep fighting for Azadistan in her own way
Voiced by Michiko Neya
(Japanese) and Ellen Kennedy (English)
Ordinary High-School Student
. Bratty Teenage Daughter
. Clingy Jealous Girl
in regards to her boyfriend Saji Crossroads. Annoying in the eyes of almost everyone, possibly useless in the plot...
Did her family just get vaporized? Is she missing a hand
now? Holy shit.
That was the story of Miss Louise Halevy, at least in season 1. She survives said ordeals and four years later we see her again, but she's now an embittered and hurt Ill Girl
who works for the A-LAWS, hellbent on getting her revenge on Celestial Being, and a combination of her past trauma and background meddling have done neither her body nor her mentality too many favors.
Voiced by Chiwa Saito
(Japanese) and Kelly Sheridan
- All of the Other Reindeer: She was looked down by most of her A-Laws comrades due to her being a rookie.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Halevy is a Sephardic Jewish name, though she certainly doesn't look like one.
- Being Sephardi doesn't prevent her from having that appearance. Sephardim is a term for Western European (mainly Spanish) Jews, while Ashkenzim and Mizrahim are terms for Eastern European and Middle Eastern Jews, respectively. Those who have intermarried can look quite closely to the general population of where they reside.
- Anti-Villain: Type II in the second season. But she got better.
- Artificial Limbs: She got a prosthetic hand in the Time Skip. We can see it more clearly in episode 8 of season 2.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: VERY cruel aversion.
- Blondes Are Knight Templars: In season 2.
- Blue Blood
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She's pretty much a cyber newtype in season 2. If you're familiar with the UC Gundams, you know what that means.
- Break the Cutie: Both she and Saji, oh so much.
- Broken Bird: In season 2.
- Completely Missing the Point / Horrible Judge of Character: Very much in season 2. He's FUCKING RIBBONS, Louise! Don't trust him!
- Curtains Match the Window: Occasionally in season 2.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Wore one in the second season, where she Took a Level in Badass.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her party dress from episode 8 is similar to these.
- Evolutionary Levels: She becomes a Pseudo-Innovator in season 2. But it's not giving her good favors at all..
- Expy: Partially, the Stellar to Saji's Shinn. Only she lives. She is also a bit of a Quess Paraya Expy.
- In the second season, she resembles a more sympathetic version of Katejina Loos.
- Faux Dark Action Girl: In season 2. She uses a [godmode: haxx] Mobile armor to ambush and kill Nena..
- Genki Girl: Cruel deconstruction of the archetype.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: To be specific, girl with an incredibly fast Humongous Transforming Mecha equipped with twelve Attack Drones and capable of Roboteching.
- Hair Decorations: Uses red barettes in her hair, and in her Elegant Gothic Lolita episode she changed them for a dark blue hairband.
- Heroic BSOD: Goes into those more or less often, as a side-effect of her treatment.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: If only she could turn back time like her..
- If You Kill Her You Will Be Just Like Her: In order to kill Nena and avenge her murdered family as well as her mental/physical injuries, she joins and funds an organization responsible for the deaths of easily thousands of innocent people. By the time she confronted Nena herself Louise was already firmly entrenched as one of the bad guys, until a combo of The Power of Love from Saji and a Deus ex Machina from Celestial Being helps restore her to sanity in the finale, that is.
- Ill Girl: The medical treatment and her training wear her out very much and cause her very ugly seizures. She seems to be better in the finale, but the movie reverses this and shows that side-effects still exist.
- Important Haircut: Had Rapunzel Hair in the first season, sports later a pageboy style that makes her look like a borderline Bifauxnen when in uniform. In The Movie, however, she has grown her hair back.
- Innocent Bystanders: Deconstructed cruelly.
- Karma Houdini: Louise sponsored and joined a government organization that committed war crimes, just so she could murder one person in brutal fashion. Yet, she gets away free, doesn't get convicted on anything, and has a happy ending.
- The Movie rectifies this, showing that she'll never ever completely get over the mental and physical trauma she endured, and is going to have to live with that and atone for it for the rest of her life. Thankfully for her, Saji's going to stick by her for all this.
- Last Of Her Kind: She is the Halevy clan's only survivor after Nena's attack. And since she reconciled with Saji, who she is engaged with, the Halevy clan will be extinct surname wise when they do marry since she and their would be children will most likely use Saji's (Crossroad) last name.
- Unless Saji and Louise reach an agreement about it per a Japanese custom that allows a man who's marrying an only daughter of a higher social standard to be "adopted" into her family and renouce his family name. Not very possible, though, since Saji himself is an orphan.
- The fact that this is also the year 2311 might also help; a man taking a woman's family name probably isn't too unheard of, considering it's common enough for people in most first-world countries now to think it little more than a curiosity.
- Take a Third Option (The two can agree to take up both surnames, something which is not without precedent.)
- In Spain women don't change their surnames upon marrying. About their children, Spanish naming customs dictate that everyone must have two surnames. Traditionally, the first one is the father's first surname, and the second is the mother's first surname, but this order is reversible since 1999.
- Latin Lover: Subverted that she doesn't act like one towards Saji.
- Magic Skirt: Wears one in the first season, and "it took effect" in the second ED.
- The Mole: Apparently, for Ribbons.
- Misblamed: She blames Celestial Being for her misfortune when really it was just Nena acting on her own whim that fateful day, going against everything Celestial Being stands for. Even after getting revenge on Nena, she desires Celestial Being's destruction.
- Moral Myopia: Genocide committed by Celestial Being and Nena Trinity is bad! But genocide committed by the A-Laws and me is OK!
- Not So Different: With Nena, in a rare case of If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him proving entirely true.
- The Ojou and Spoiled Sweet: A more childish version, though not mean enough to be a Rich Bitch. She did try to endear herself to Kinue and loved her mother genuinely, after all.
- Ordinary High-School Student / SweetHearts: In the beginning.
- Rapunzel Hair: In Season 1 only. See Important Haircut above.
- Revenge and Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her reason to join the A-Laws... which she even sponsors, having inherited the Halevy's HUGE fortune alone as the clan's only survivor.
- Sanity Slippage: Throughout season 2, mainly due to drugs Ribbons keeps having her intake. It reaches a breaking point after she killed Nena. She gets better fortunately.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! And Money: Ribbons pulled the strings to put her in A-Laws so she can finance them.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Fits in quite well in kimonos and EGL dresses.
- She Who Fights Monsters / And Then John Was a Zombie: Her quest for revenge turns her into pawn of Ribbons. Thankfully, at the end she gets better and is now living as The Atoner.
- Spell My Surname With A B: Louise Haleby.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Saji, in season 2. That would be before she burned their photographs and deleted their e-mails, and swore some more revenge.
- Considering episode 19, where Louise held Saji at gunpoint yet couldn't bring herself to kill him, then was shown BSODing over the issue, the trope seemingly is still valid for them.
- And in episode 24, Saji and Louise are back together. Hooray!.
- Tag Along Girl: For the A-Laws.
- Took a Level in Badass: Is a pilot for the A-Laws, heading more and more towards Dark Action Girl and Tyke Bomb territory. Killing Nena Trinity confirms all of this.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Just say no, Louise! Aw geez, you took the drugs....thanks, Ribbons. Thanks alot.
- Unstoppable Rage: If she ever gets in the view of Celestial Beings, she will yell on the top of her lungs "CELESTIAL BEIIIIIIINNNGGGG!!!!!". However, subverted that although no one amongst her allies can stop her rage, one of her enemies CAN.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She gets better, but can sadly never go back to the way she used to be.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: After she kills Nena, Louise's Heroic BSOD has her begging her dead family's spirits to tell her she's finally done her job.
- Woman Scorned: When she realises that Saji is piloting the 0 Raiser alongside Setsuna's 00 Gundam, Louise becomes convinced that Saji has been in cahoots with Celestial Being the entire time. Needless to say, she's not at all happy about it. But as you see, she gets more or less better.
Introduced as an Ordinary High-School Student
and neighbor of Setsuna, with no real impact on the plotline. He had a part time job as a pizza delivery boy (his neighbor was in a terrorist paramilitary organization); he dealt with his girlfriend's mother (Azadistan was on the verge of civil war). etc. If he was in trouble, it made the fan base wish something bad would just happen already.
Then, it did
. And some more. His older sister was found dead in an alley. His girlfriend was crippled and hospitalized. And everything that could go wrong, did go wrong, and now the only people on earth that will take him in is the very terrorist organization he hates the most. Which are the rivals to the military group that took his girlfriend in
.... We take it back, Saji. Sorry about that.
Voiced by Miyu Irino
(Japanese) and Gabe Khouth
- Action Survivor
- Bash Brothers: With Setsuna in Season 2. Especially when he became the 0-Raiser's pilot.
- BFS Beam: The Trans-Am Raiser used by the 00-Raiser which he and Setsuna co-pilot.
- Break the Cutie and Butt Monkey: If something could go wrong for him, it certainly did. And then things got even worse.
- Bridge Bunny: In season 2, he fills this position if he's not helping Ian until he become a Sixth Ranger with Soma.
- Brown Eyes
- But Not Too Foreign: Japanese-American.
- Character Development: Perhaps the best example in the show. See the following quote from Episode 18 of the second season.
- Combining Mecha: Saji's 0-Raiser can combine/dock with Setsuna's 00 Gundam to form the 00-Raiser.
- Completely Missing the Point: He gets better.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Deuteragonist: In season 2 according to Mizushima himself.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: And earn he did.
- The Engineer: Well, duh!
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Cut his hair a bit shorter for season 2, then in The Movie trailers he has let it grow a bit.
- Expy: Arguably, of both Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion and Shinn Asuka from Gundam SEED Destiny, as well as Hathaway Noah from Char's Counterattack.
- First Guy Wins
- Heroic Resolve: Thanks to a Crowning Moment Of Awesome Character Development.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Why he didn't kill Setsuna when he had the chance.
- Innocent Bystanders: Deconstructed cruelly.
- It's All My Fault and My God, What Have I Done? (After seeing the aftermath of the Kataron base incident early in season 2.
- Mistaken for Terrorist: When we said things got worse for him, we mean it. Oh, it happened to him twice.
- My Hero Zero: In the second season, he pilots the GNR-010 0-Raiser, which can combine with the titular GN-0000 00 Gundam to form the GN-0000+GNR-010 00 Raiser.
- Nice Guy
- Non-Action Guy: In the beginning. Deconstructed in the second season, but he's still pretty much like one. Graham even used him as hostage once.
- Ordinary High-School Student / SweetHearts: He and Louise start like this.
- Parental Abandonment: His and Kinue's parents were dead before the story started It's hinted that his dad, an Intrepid Reporter like Kinue, died because he learnt something he shouldn't have known.
- Put Into The Cockpit: He was asked to pilot the 0-Raiser in behalf of the injured Ian despite having no experience in mobile weapons. He become the official pilot of the Mobile armor afterwards.
- Relationship Voice Actor: Saji is voiced by Miyu Irino, while Setsuna is voiced by Mamoru Miyano. The two seiyus previously worked together in Kingdom Hearts as main characters Sora and Riku. One could notice the similarities of the said characters including their plot involving a girl, Power of Friendship of sorts and fighting a mysterious organization which includes an Evil Read Head voiced by Keiji Fujiwara.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Deconstructed in the second season. His first attempt doesn't end well. The second will most likely be the same if he didn't realize the consequence of his previous attempt.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Him and Setsuna respectively, specially in Season two.
- Spell My Surname With An S: He is known as Saji Crossroads to some fans.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Louise, in season 2.
- Straight Man: To his girlfriend Louise. This role will be very important in the second season.
- Tag Along Guy: Fills this role in the first ten episodes of Season two until he became a..
- Sixth Ranger: From being just a Tag Along Guy, he promoted himself to this trope when he decided to pilot the 0-Raiser. Plus, he and Soma/Marie's addition have made Celestial Being's offensive team from four to six, So Yeah.
- This Loser Is You: He gets better in the second season.
- Tragic Keepsake: His engagement ring, which he keps in a necklace. In episode 24 of Season 2, seeing it snaps Louise out of her Unstoppable Rage as she's choking him, letting Saji get through her at last..
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: In the entire series, we saw him as a student, as a Pizza delivery guy, as a space engineer, as a forced laborer for the government ready to be executed, as Ian's assistant, both as a Wrench Wench and ship gunner, and finally as a mobile armor pilot.
The older sister to Saji and JNN reporter. She was obsessed with Celestial Being's founder, Aeolia Schenberg. She believes that by investigating into Aeolia, she can uncover the true motives of Celestial Being. Through her investigation, she interviewed Schenberg's great grandson and other people possibly linking to either the Gundams or Schenberg. Later, she suspected Laguna Harvey, president of Linear Train Industries
, to be somehow connected to this and wanted to interview him. She couldn't get permission to interview him, but saw Ali Al-Saachez leaving from his estate and hoped to get any sort of information from him... Which was a bad idea. Ali does give her the information she wants - only to kill her afterwards
Voiced by Aya Endo
(Japanese) and Anna Cummer
By his own admission
, the worst kind of human to ever exist. Ali starts out as a freedom fighter who recruits kids to fight in the name of 'God', this turns out to be false, as he didn't believe in God and was just a terrorist, period. One of those kids was Setsuna, and he also assaulted Ireland at one point, killing Lockon's parents and little sister. Later he became a mercenary and was reunited with Setsuna in battle. He continues to do really
nefarious things afterwards, notably bribing and then killing Intrepid Reporter
Kinue Crossroad For the Evulz
Next, he meets up with Team Trinity, and kills Johann and Michael... for the lulz, incidentally hitting the karmic hammer to their sister Nena
(who had killed Louise's family
). He stole Michael's Throne Zwei and was about to kill Nena, until he was interrupted by Setsuna, and the activation of Trans-Arm forced him to retreat. He is later seen in space and engaged in a fatal battle with Lockon; Ali got the Throne Zwei damaged heavily, but he managed to kill Lockon
. When The Federation
was formed, Ali was frustrated since it takes away his joy: war
But it didn't really happen as apparently Ribbons hired him. And the next thing he did in his debut on the second season is... burning down the whole Azadistan, probably for the lulz
... But he finally bought the farm, at Lyle's hands no less
Voiced by Keiji Fujiwara
(Japanese) and Scott McNeil