Characters / Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Union And Free Nations

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    Graham Aker
Above: Graham in Season 1, Below: Mr. Bushido in Season 2
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.

Voiced by Yuuichi Nakamura (Japanese) and Paul Dobson (English)

  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.

    Billy Katagiri

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 (English)

  • Military Brat: Implied, but since his uncle Homer's the commander of A-LAWS, he may well be one.

    Ralph Eifman

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.

    Graham's Wingmen
Main mecha: Over Flag

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 (English)
Main mecha: Over Flag, GN-X

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 (English)

In season 2, Graham named his Masurao's two swords "Howard" and "Daryl" in their loving memory.