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Main mecha: Union Flag, Union Flag Graham Aker Custom, GN Flag, Ahead Sakigake, Masurao, Susanowo, Brave (Commander Test Type)Ace Pilot 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.
- Ace Custom: The Overflag, GN Flag, and the Ahead Sakigake.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: as Mr. Bushido in the Second Season.
- Ascended Fanboy: Of sorts; he fully embraces his Samurai tendencies in Season 2. And his affection towards fighting Gundams.
- Badass Normal: So far, one of the few pilots without any medical enhancements or special properties who can go toe-to-toe with a Gundam.
- Blood from the Mouth: He has this when he hits some high-speed maneuvers in some of his suits, 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.
- Interestingly, he himself has spawned a few expies of his own, such as Wilfred Kijima, Eugene Sevenstark (in appearance only), and McGillis Fareed. This may be a result of how popular he was during the series airing.
- 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.
- 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.
- Leitmotif: "Union" and it many variations.
- 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.
- 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.
- Villainous Underdog: Graham's machines are never a match for the Gundams in terms of overall stats, as they usually have extreme offensive power, but the defense value of rice paper. The Flag he pilots, while a custom, is a mook suit and only slightly better than average, the GN-Flag (being the most extreme) an almost ludicrously underarmoured mecha whose only advantage is it's speed and a weapon (a beam saber from one of the thrones) that can actually damage the Exia; The Ahead Sakigake may be his most well balanced suit (It's his only suit that can survive being shot, and boast considerable close combat ability), but he trades it in once he realizes it's not enough. Hell, the Masurao/Susanowo he trades it in for are MS that, while incredible in performance, were built for nothing else than sheer power and speed, and while they have built in defenses, Graham never uses them, and it gets taken out by little more than beam sabers thru the shoulders. Despite this, thanks to his sheer ability and the know-how to use his suit's strenghts to the fullest, Graham manages to give Setsuna a hell of a fight in every single skirmish they have with every single one of these suits, 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 armored 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.
- Action Survivor: Becomes more involved in the field during the second season.
- All Love Is Unrequited: He is in-love with Sumeragi, but she seems to be still in-love with her dead boyfriend Emilio. They seem to be together in season 2 tough. Although it's that or they're just Friends with Benefits.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: To Sumeragi while sobbing during her Cooldown Hug
- But Not Too Foreign: He is one of the three Japanese-Americans in the series.
- Cannot Spit It Out: To Sumeragi, even though they lived together for four years between the finale of season 1 up to episode 2 of season 2. Guess they're just Friends with Benefits after all.
- Demoted to Extra: During the last part of the second season.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Arguably to Sumeragi.
- The Engineer: Fills this role for the A-LAWS in season 2.
- Evil Genius: Subverted that he's not really an evil person , until he finds out that Sumeragi's a part of Celestial Being. But he gets better.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Subverted. Then played straight. And then subverted again.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Graham.
- Living with the Villain: With Sumeragi in season 2, altough she's retired at that point until Setsuna recruits her again.
- Love Makes You Dumb: See Unwitting Pawn below.
- Mad Scientist: In season 2. Put more emphasis on the mad part. He gets better in the finale.
- Man Scorned: His response when he found out Sumeragi's identity is predictable. He got better fortunately.
- Military Brat: Implied, but since his uncle Homer's the commander of A-LAWS, he may well be one.
- Sempai/Kohai: To Sumeragi during their college years.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Him and Graham respectively.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Arguably with Sumeragi.
- Unwitting Pawn: In his defense, he doesn't know at the time that Sumeragi is The Strategist of Celestial Being. But one could argue about keeping classified information should come first if one's a member of the military.
- Yandere: In season 2 after he learns of Sumeragi's true identity. Fortunately, he gets better.
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)
- Drugs Are Bad: He carries a very deep hatred for illegal narcotics. In fact when Celestial Being where about to burn a drug farm he stated that he would rather help the gundams rather than stop them in that regard.
- 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.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Ralph, Ralf, Leif...
Main mecha: Over FlagHoward 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 (English)
Main mecha: Over Flag, GN-XDaryl 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 (English)In season 2, Graham named his Masurao's two swords "Howard" and "Daryl" in their
- Alliterative Name: Daryl.
- Mauve Shirt: Both of them.