Characters: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Union And Free Nations
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of the Union, and something of a Fanboy
when it comes to Japanese things. Graham tends to relate things with Japanese, following some sort of Bushido code, yelling about surpassing Ashura in battle, etc. Despite that, he is one of the best pilots in the world, being the first to deal any substantial damage to a Gundam without a scratch. He also has a bizarre attraction to the Gundams (or more specifically, Exia), often talking about them in romantic terms even as he fights them. In response of the death of his comrade Howard Mason at the hands of Gundam, Graham made a vow to defeat the Gundam with just using Flags. He fought Setsuna after the latter defeats Alejandro Corner, and fought to a stalemate.
In the second season, he returns wearing a mask, now calling himself Mr. Bushido. He starts off with a customized Ahead, called the "Ahead Sakigake", before finally getting his personal unit, the "Masurao", a customized Flag using dual katanas, which was built by his friend Billy Katagiri. It later got upgraded into "Susanowo" and he finally reveals his identity to Setsuna for the first time.
Voiced by Yuuichi Nakamura
(Japanese) and Paul Dobson
- Blood from the Mouth: He has this when he hits some high-speed maneuvers in some of his M Ses, most notably his showdown with Throne Eins in his Overflag, and during his face-off with the 00 Raiser in the Masurao.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He had his moments.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a Japanophile all right, and has lots of honor issues. But still one of the best pilots that Union or A-Laws can offer.
- Celibate Rival: Supplementary materials revealed that he was asked by his commanding officer to marry his daughter, but Graham declined.
- Char Clone: Initially serves as The Rival to Setsuna, but plays the trope straight in season 2 upon acquiring his Cool Mask.
- Clear My Name: According to side-stories, Graham accidentally caused the death of his superior officer during a training exercise earning him a VERY bad reputation. That's why when Joshua mocked him, he stated that he'll do everything to, well, clear his name in the battlefield.
- Cool Mask: During his stint as Mr. Bushido to cover his scars.
- Covered with Scars: From season two onwards due to the wounds he suffered against Setsuna/Exia in the season one finale.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite all his scenery chewing, rivalry with Setsuna, and popularity among fans, thanks to Executive Meddling in the second season his subplot was largely irrelevant. Not to the point of being Trapped by Mountain Lions, but after he got An Aesop delivered to him, he was pretty much sidelined for the rest of the season. He gets a bigger role in The Movie.
- Dual Wielding: The Katanas from Masurao and Susanowo.
- Eagleland: Mixes both types.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Except Billy, everyone calls him Mr. Bushido in season 2.
- Everything's Better with Samurai: More like Samurai-themed mobile suits.
- Fanboy: Of anything Japanese.
- Fan Nickname: Aside from Tieria, this guy has plenty of nicknames too. Japanese people shortened his name to Ham, when he dons a mask, he was known as HamMask or Bushido Bob, the last one came close to canon. His mobile suits can use the Trans-Am system so it's jokingly called Trans-Grah-Am.
- In some circles, fans disappointed at his demotion to extra after all the hype surrounding him started calling him Mr. Bullshito.
- Fragile Speedster: All his mechs, but especially the GN Flag.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: they're permanent.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Billy.
- Honor Before Reason:
"I shall overcome reasoning with my recklessness!"
- Hot-Blooded: "HOOOWAAARRRDDD MAAASOOONNN!" and of course, "GUNDAM, I LOVE YOU!".
- More like "I've been entranced by your performance!" or "This feeling must be love!"
- I Gave My Word: He promised himself in front of Howard Mason's grave that he'll defeat a Gundam using a Flag and keeps it even during the second season.
- I Like Swords: Prefers melee combat even while piloting his old Flag.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Became interested upon seeing Exia's Curb-Stomp Battle of the AEU Enact.
- Katanas Are Just Better: More blatant in his suits from season 2.
- Large GraHam: Even amongst a particularly hammy cast, Graham is easily one of the largest hams in the show and only gets hammier in S2. Despite this, people tolerate him because of his status as the Union's best pilot.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Actually says at one point "And I shall overcome reasoning with my recklessness". (or in english, "Sounds reasonable, too bad I'm an unreasonable man!" This also sums up his battle strategy when fighting Gundams, albeit with slightly more success than Patrick.
- Let's Get Dangerous
Graham: (Charging towards Lockon's Dynames) Time for a Lover's embrace, Gundam!
- McNinja: Despite his increasingly Japanese motif, he is still an American.
- Occidental Otaku: Minus the obvious obsessiveness, as he learned and respected much of Japanese culture from his best friend and his superior at A-Laws (his best friend's uncle).
- One-Man Army: He spells this trope word by word. A-LAWS pretty much lets him do whatever he wants by himself.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You- Yes Setsuna, You!
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In season 2.
- Pick on Someone Your Own Size: He likes picking on Gundam. Squick!
- Rags to Riches: According to side stories.
- Red String of Fate: Claims that he and Setsuna are connected connected by this. He then says that that fate is to face each other in battle.
- The Rival: To Setsuna. He becomes an Unknown Rival in season 2, as part of being Demoted to Extra.
- Samurai: He wields a Katana-like beam saber, he strictly follows the code of Bushido and only fights...
- Screaming Samurai
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Billy and him, though he shows his sensitive side from time to time.
- Super Prototype: The Samurai-themed Masurao and Susanowo.
- The latter possibly doubles as an Ace Custom as it was stated in supplemental info that they used an Overflag - the one used by one of his wingmen - in its construction.
- Talking to Himself: With Alto Saotome in Super Robot Wars Z.
- Transforming Mecha: His Flags in Season 1 (Minus the GN Flag), and his Brave Commander Test Type in the Movie.
- Unusual Weapon Mounting: The GN Tau Drive pods on Susanowo's can swivel forward, letting him grab his enemies with its built-in claws. Couple that with his rather... unusual approach to mecha combat, and we should probably start getting worried.
- Villainous Underdog: Graham's machines are never a match for the Gundams, with the GN-Flag in particular being an almost ludicrously underarmoured mecha whose only advantage is his speed. Despite this, Graham manages to give Setsuna a hell of a fight, and comes closer to killing him than anybody not named Ribbons Almark.
- Villainous Valor: Graham is almost insanely brave, repeatedly fighting the better armed, better armoured Gundams with his inferior machinery.
- Worthy Opponent: Again, to Setsuna.
A mobile suit developer and friend of Union Ace Pilot
Graham Aker. After the appearance of Celestial Being, Billy, Graham, and Professor Ralph Eifman, who had taught Billy in college, are transferred to the Anti-Gundam Investigative Task Force, later named "Overflags". Billy is a former classmate of Sumeragi Li Noriega (aka Leesa Kujo)
and inadvertently leaks information about "Project G" to her and Celestial Being. After the death of Professor Eifman and Howard Mason during an attack by Team Trinity, Billy uses one of the recently acquired GN Drives to upgrade Graham's Flag unit to the GN-Flag in order to fight the Gundams.
By the second season, Billy is taking care of a despondent Kujo, still unaware that she was a member of Celestial Being until Setsuna appears to retrieve her. Shocked by this revelation, Billy joins the A-Laws and becomes the head of mobile suit development. Once again teaming up with Graham Aker, now using the alias Mr. Bushido, Billy develops the Masurao and later the upgraded Susanowo.
Voiced by Yuji Ueda
(Japanese) and Kirby Morrow
- Military Brat: Implied, but since his uncle Homer's the commander of A-LAWS, he may well be one.
He is a famous Union engineer
, technical chief
, and scientist
of several fields. He's also the co-developer of Union's OverFlag.
Voiced by Takaya Hashi
(Japanese) and Ron Halder (English)
- He Knows Too Much: While investigating over Celestial Being, Eifman made a revelation. He realized somehow the correlation between the Jupiter incident 120 years ago and Celestial Being gave Eifman an epiphany over Aeolia Schenberg's true philosophical intentions; his revelations were too late. His own computer monitor revealed a message,"You have witnessed too much." Shortly after, the Thrones attacked and Eins fired its GN Mega Launcher, vaporizing him before he could reveal the truth to anyone.
- The Obi-Wan: To Billy. So much that after his death, Billy became the head of mobile suit development and he had discovered some of Eifman's handwritten notes on CB's GN-tech. He worked a theoretical system that Billy applied into Graham's new mobile suit, the Masurao.
Howard Mason is a Union NCO with the rank of Warrant Officer. One of the first Flag Fighters assigned to the Anti-Gundam Investigative Task Force "Overflags" under Graham Aker. He seemed to have a friendship with Graham due to their belief in the qualities of the Flag. He was killed in action by Michael Trinity. After his death, Graham and Daryl vowed to avenge his death.
Voiced by Kenji Takahashi (Japanese) and Trevor Devall
Daryl Dodge is a Union soldier with the rank of Master Sergeant. Another first Flag Fighters assigned to the Anti-Gundam Investigative Task Force "Overflags" under Graham Aker. Unlike Graham and Howard, he doesn't share their faith that a Flag can beat the Gundams. He is killed after performing a head-on suicide attack on Gundam Dynames in order to avenge Howard Mason's death.
Voiced by Rintarou Nishi (Japanese) and Scott McNeil
In season 2, Graham named his
Masurao's two swords
"Howard" and "Daryl" in their