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The Character Sheet for the Gundam series that started it all, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. \\\

''This page is for tropes relating to the 1979 series only. For the novelization by Yoshiyuki Tomino, see [[Literature/MobileSuitGundam here]]. For the manga and OVA Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin, see [[Characters/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin here]].'' \\\


!Earth Federation

'''Amuro Ray'''
->Voiced by: Creator/ToruFuruya (JP), Creator/BradSwaile (EN, TV series), Creator/MichaelLindsay (EN, Movies)

->"I can pilot the Gundam better than anyone!"
->'''Main mecha:''' Gundam

The son of the Gundam's designer, Tem Ray, Amuro is a 15-year-old engineering prodigy who spends more time with machines than humans. Climbing into the Gundam's cockpit in an attempt to fight a war that's suddenly hit too close to home, he finds himself serving as the ''White Base'''s main line of defense -- and struggling mightily with life as a soldier. Introverted, sensitive, headstrong, and initially caring only about his own survival, Amuro eventually comes to realise that other people matter too.
* AcePilot: The first ''Gundam'' protagonist to reach ace status in the titular machine, and the prototype for all those that follow. By the end of the war he's as feared in Zeon as Char is in the Federation military.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: To Hayato Kobayashi, especially once the war gets going.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Amuro [[{{Subverted|Trope}} subverts]] this at one point: he writes a mess of algorithms for fighting Zakus, including wild-assed guesses as to their capabilities, but his theories don't mesh with the facts on the ground.
* BrokenBird: A male example, considering what he witnesses in this series and how these things keep affecting him during the rest of his life.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Him and Frau Bow.
* ButNotTooForeign: He has curly reddish hair, a non-Japanese name like "Amuro Ray", and spent his early years in Prince Rupert, BC, Canada, if you go by the movie. It's his birth in Japan that was obviously meant to keep him "Japanese enough".
* CharacterTics: Biting his nails, counting his kills, trying to loosen his collar, clinging to his gun, and tending not to be fully dressed whenever he's working on something mechanical. A bunch, and they all stay consistent in subsequent ''Gundam'' installments.
* CombatPragmatist: He has no qualms shooting distracted opponents, sacrificing various armaments, and ambushing opponents. He even takes this to the logical conclusion, using the Gundam as a decoy in order to rush to the enemy cockpit and take out Char.
* CombiningMecha[=/=]MechaExpansionPack[=/=]TransformingMecha: His Gundam has numerous forms that it can create by combining with the G-Fighter and other parts.
* CoolPlane: The G-Armor and G-Sky. Even the Core Fighter, considering how much time Amuro spends in it.
* TheDreaded: The Gundam starts out from the beginning as a terror among Zeon forces for having such incredibly high specs, durability, and armament that it can mop the floor with anything Zeon has available at that point, even with a total newbie at the controls. Once Amuro gets ''good'' at piloting it, they give the Gundam a name - [[NicknamingTheEnemy The White Devil]].
* DuelToTheDeath: Once with M'Quve and once with Char. [[spoiler:He survives both, as can be expected. Interestingly, so does Char - their duel gets interrupted before they can seriously injure each other once the duel moves beyond mobile suits. M'Quve is the only true loser.]]
* EpicFlail: The Gundam Hammer is a rocket propelled flail intended for use against heavily armored targets.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: His first scene is when Frau finds him in his room fiddling with a computer in his home electronics lab -- only in his underwear, having skipped several meals, and not particularly troubled that the sirens he'd been hearing were evacuation alerts. And Frau ''still'' has to nag him out of his room! Amuro having to learn how to deal with others is a major theme in the series.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Matilda's fiance was expecting someone older when he heard of Amuro.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: The original Gundam example.
* FieryRedhead: He's got very dark red hair, but ''oh yes''. Without some sort of weapon he usually runs rather than fights, but he still gets very loud, very fast.
* FireForgedFriends: With the rest of the crew, most notably Kai and Bright.
* FirstLove: Matilda Ajan, very much in a CourtlyLove way. He still has her picture [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam years later]].
* ForgetsToEat: Tends to get a bit too wrapped up in his job for his own well-being, thanks to the pressure placed upon him by his vital importance to the war effort and the White Base's survival.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: To a hysterical Frau Bow in the first episode. Ignoring his later (in)famous receiving(s) of this trope, Amuro actually issues the first one in the franchise.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: With his HotBlooded side Amuro throws down easily, and more than once. He even shadowboxes while waiting to go into action.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Specifically, Matilda. Also inverted, considering Amuro's a redhead himself, and Frau definitely wants him.
* HeroicRROD: Once Amuro's Newtype abilities fully awaken, Gundam's control systems begin to break down under the strain of trying to keep up with him.
* HurtingHero: He may be a massive badass, but his mind and emotions are initially ''shattered''.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: [[spoiler:Lt. Matilda and Lalah.]] He eventually gets over the former; he seemingly does with the latter...
* ImpossiblyGracefulGiant: The Gundam moves more like a human being than a mecha. It can run, jump, do a roll, you name it.
* TheInsomniac: For much the same reason as the ForgetsToEat entry above.
* InstantExpert: Justified by the Gundam's tactical computer, which learns alongside him as he fights, and by [[spoiler:his awakening as a Newtype]].
* ItGetsEasier: Amuro goes through some fairly serious and absolutely justified PTSD over the first half of the show or so, given that he's the lynchpin of major combat with absolutely no preparation, and ThereAreNoTherapists when you're in a lone ship caught in enemy territory. After his desertion and the events with Ramba Ral, while still remaining a sensitive and fairly kind person, he finally seems to adjust to being part of the ship and his role. It gets to the point where [[spoiler:he actually gets over Lalah's death fairly quickly at the time]].
* ItsPersonal: With Char. They become mortal enemies after [[spoiler:the tragic death of Lalah in combat protecting Char from him]].
* JackOfAllStats: The Gundam itself. Some Zeon suits are faster. Some are stronger, or more heavily armored, or better armed. None are as suited for all around combat.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Amuro is, in no particular order, paranoid, antisocial, blunt, and prone to angsting about how hard his life is. He's also an unfailingly loyal friend to anybody who manages to get through that facade, and puts his life on the line again and again in order to take down Zeon and its successors.
* KaleidoscopeEyes: Standard anime-black irises, with the same white highlights and pupils as Sayla's and Frau's. This has led to them being depicted as everything from brown to blue to gray to [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin teal]]. In the official UC timeline, they're '''still''' black irises; white pupils, despite ArtEvolution. Though he does get one scene in MSG with BlankWhiteEyes.
* LeaveMeAlone: Does this a lot in the first half. It's pretty much all because of intense stress and nerves, but sometimes it's active post-combat fatigue and he needs quiet, and sometimes he's just pushing people away.
* LightningBruiser: The Gundam; incredibly dangerous because it's fast, heavily armored, and packs a warship-level beam rifle on a mobile suit.
* LikesOlderWomen: His crush on Lieutenant Matilda.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Deconstructed with Lalah. Each was the first strong Newtype the other had met, and they felt an instant connection. Later they seem to be considered something like soulmates. ItsComplicated.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Amuro's shield is destroyed numerous times over, usually saving his life in the process.
* MilitaryMaverick: The initial one of the franchise, maybe even of the entire RealRobot genre. Completely justified because he's an untrained, shanghaied high-schooler who naturally wants to rely on his TeenGenius abilities to get him out of things. CharacterDevelopment makes him more cooperative and a better soldier, but the anti-authoritarian, highly individualistic attitude he brought in with him never goes away. Amuro likes his comrades; not the military. This stays consistent.
* MindlinkMates: With Lalah.
* NiceGuy: Fixes broken toys and gives extra food to children. Polite to just about everyone. He really can't stand to see people hurting other people, and he [[BerserkButton gets quite angry]] when it's thrown in his face; it's his naïve and idealistic viewpoint that's the source of so much of his rage and moodiness over the course of the show. A Zeon soldier wounded in battle by him even says Amuro's kindness will get him killed -- Amuro's giving him water at the time.
* OneManArmy:
** By the end of the series, he's pretty much a match for a small enemy fleet on his own. [[BandOfBrothers And he's rarely on his own.]]
** If you want hard numbers, he's shown, over the course of the series, earning over 130 kills on-screen. This includes several battleships and Mobile Armors. And it's highly likely he's earned even more in off-screen battles.
* OnlyFriend: At the start of the show and for quite a while, Frau Bow. Makes sense, considering she's the one he originally [[FallingIntoTheCockpit jumps in the Gundam for]].
* PantsPositiveSafety: When Ramba Ral finds the gun he's been toting in his jeans waistband. Sure, it makes him ''look'' like a badass and even earns Ral's admiration, but [[WhatAnIdiot his finger's on the trigger and combined with a bad way of carrying]], that's how you get hurt. Absolutely DoNotDoThisCoolThing.
* ParentalNeglect[=/=]ParentalAbandonment: Amuro's MissingMom let his dad take him to space about a decade prior to the start of the show, and he hasn't seen her much since. His dad has been completely caught up in his work for months, if not years, leaving Amuro to fend for himself and only Frau Bow to make sure he manages. Actually gets wrenchingly inverted over the course of the show, [[spoiler:when Amuro meets, then ends up having to leave both his parents behind in order to keep fighting and protect ''White Base'']].
* PhraseCatcher: ''[[TheInsomniac "You should get some rest, Amuro."]]'' Also ''[[UsedToBeASweetKid "This isn't like you, Amuro."]]'', from Frau.
* ProperlyParanoid: As observed by BigNameFan Mark Simmons; examples include "The Federation military is just using us as bait," "They're gonna take the Gundam away from me!" and (in [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the original series plan]]) "Bright's girlfriend is a Zeon spy!" This also extends to ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' ("The Federation is watching me through my waitstaff!") and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' ("Char's [[ISurrenderSuckers only pretending to surrender]]!") What makes him fall under this trope is, '''he's always right'''.
* PsychicPowers: One of the first and strongest Newtypes.
* QuirkyCurls: Downplayed and SeventiesHair, complete with sideburns, but his curly hair's not only unusual in the show but in anime in general. Part of his iconic look.
* RedBaron: Not as famous as Char, but people also know him as ''[[{{Film/Wings}} White Shooting Star]]'' or just ''Shooting Star''. His RX-78 Gundam is nicknamed within the series as the "White Devil", a title that is sometimes slapped on Amuro as well.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Char's blue. {{Irony}} considering their uniforms and the general color scheme to their mobile suits (the Gundam has a lot of blue around the torso, while Char's suits are almost unanimously associated with all-red paint schemes).
* TheRival: To Char.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Really not happy at the time. Feels like he's just been made useless. And he's taking his Gundam, too. It leads to him trying a bit of WalkingTheEarth. Involving CrossingTheDesert. And it's a ThirstyDesert, too...
* ShellShockedVeteran: More so with every episode.
* ShipTease: With Sayla. And Frau. And also with Lalah.
* SociallyAwkwardHero: Played with. His EstablishingCharacterMoment shows he really doesn't care too much about social norms and would rather focus on computers than socialize; side materials describe him as "naive" and "a late bloomer", and though [[InnocentFanserviceGirl he comfortably spends one episode wandering around in his underpants,]] he first is puzzled by the sight of a hanging bra in another one, then freaks out at having touched it. On the other hand, he's repeatedly and remarkably fluent, even eloquent, expressing himself to complete strangers.
* StockShoutOuts: ''"You hit me! Not even my own father hit me!"'' TropeNamer and TropeMaker for this getting used in Japanese media.
* SwordFight: With Char in the finale.
* TankGoodness: The G-Bull.
* TeenGenius[=/=]GadgeteerGenius: Was depicted as one of these as a civilian, having a knack for electronics and being able to build small robots... like [[TeamPet Haro, genki!]]. Mirai {{Lampshades}} this as an early justification for Amuro even being able to pilot the military's most-classified weapon.
* TeensAreMonsters: The war, being impressed and imprisoned, the entire military chain of command on his own side, the captain of his own ship, adults in general... [[Film/RebelWithoutACause Whaddya got?]] Lampshaded by Ryu, who points out that Bright sees him as ďa wild tigerĒ. Aside from being the terror of an entire enemy force, zig-zagged, as outside military situations, Amuroís usually quite quiet, thoughtful, and polite.
* UnknownRival:
** It takes Hayato until approximately a week before the end of the show to admit he's been trying to do ''anything'' better than Amuro. And he doesn't admit it to Amuro.
** Played straight during his first encounters with Char, who's more focused on taking down the Gundam than the person piloting it.[[spoiler: Due to much greater levels of stress and Newtype awareness, Amuro finally realizes who Char is during a face-to-face encounter before Char introduces himself]]. It takes significantly longer for Char to recognize Amuro.
* UnusualEyebrows: Pretty subtle, but they have more of a frowning slant than anyone else's; the effect gives him a bit of a permanently-pissed look on his face 95% of the time. Integral to his character design, and so unusual that no one else in the entire franchise has ever had them.
* WarriorTherapist: Starts evolving into one here.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Whatever she sees there, Lalah seems to think that his are gorgeous.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: DoubleSubverted. Tem Ray keeps Amuro's picture with him when he travels... then Amuro literally chases his father twice trying to get his attention. Tem barely notices. Amuro finally realizes that [[TearJerker he isn't.]]

'''Sayla Mass/Artesia Som Deikun'''
->Voiced by: Creator/YouInoue (JP), Alaina Burnett (EN, TV series), Olivia Bardeau (EN, Movies)

->"Big brother? Casval?"
->'''Main mecha''': G-Fighter (anime continuity), Core Booster (movie continuity)

A 17-year-old medical student from Side 7, Sayla is initially in charge of ''White Base's'' communications before graduating to pilot status. She is frequently partnered with Amuro during the latter stages of the war, and the two of them share a good working relationship. She also has some sort of connection to Zeon ace Char Aznable, which is explored over the course of the show. Cool, controlled, and nearly unflappable, Sayla frequently acts as the voice of reason among the ship's crew.
* AcePilot: By the end of the series she's an ace several times over, downing numerous mobile suits, battleships, and mobile armours in what's essentially a fighter plane.
* ActionGirl: The ''original'' in the series.
* ArmorPiercingSlap[=/=]DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Cracks Kai across the face hard and memorably in their first episode. {{Deconstructed}} because Kai is weak and Sayla is strong, but she hits him ''because'' of her disgust at him not being stronger/being so self-serving.
* BattleCouple: It may not go much further than ShipTease, but she and Amuro are so very much this. She's his copilot and back-up starting from the moment they introduce the G-Fighter.
* BridgeBunnies: Started as one, before [[TookALevelInBadass hopping into the Gundam and later a Core Fighter]]
* BrokenBird: Almost all of the girls in this series have shades of this, and she's no exception. In her case, it's not just because of her environment, but for her DarkAndTroubledPast [[spoiler: as the daughter of Zeon Zum Deikun and sister to Char Aznable.]]
* CommanderContrarian: To Mirai during the former's brief tenure as acting captain. Unusually for this trope, she's more or less portrayed as being in the right.
* CoolPlane: The G-Fighter, which can combine with Amuro's Gundam to form the G-Armor (another cool plane) and the G-Bull (a [[TankGoodness cool tank]]).
* DefrostingIceQueen: To everybody who's not [[spoiler:her AloofBigBrother]]. More or less her character arc over the show.
* DemotedToExtra: Despite being one of the main heroes of ''Mobile Suit Gundam'', she more or less disappears for most of the subsequent series. A JustifiedTrope of sorts: Creator/YouInoue was very rarely available to reprise her role and [[ActorExistenceFailure she later died of lung cancer]].
* EpicFail: Her first outing in the Gundam, in which she accomplishes nothing but getting its foot sliced off. [[TookALevelInBadass She improves.]] [[AcePilot Dramatically]].
* FireForgedFriends: With Amuro and Kai.
* IcyBlueEyes: To go with her IceQueen persona, when she's wrathful.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: She's not interested in embracing either the power or the violence [[spoiler:that comes with her family background]], so despite being privileged, brilliant, and beautiful, she just wants to be an ordinary person.
* LetsGetDangerous: Holds Char up at gunpoint two episodes in, for starters. Her [[TheOjou Ojou]] phrasing doing it makes this all more so.
* TheMedic: Was this more than once, since she was a medical student at Side 7.
* MissionControl: Her role when she was still confined to the bridge.
* MoralityPet: Inverted and averted; her brother is the only one the normally strict and proper Sayla is willing to lie and push the rules for. In her case, much to her despair, she has virtually no effect on him at all.
* TheOjou: Sayla hasn't had it easy for years, but she can't hide how refined she is. Ramba Ral even addresses her as "Princess".
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Courtesy of Amuro and Char.
* TheQuietOne: Sayla more or less keeps to herself unless she has something important to talk about.
* PluckyGirl: Sayla may be quiet and reserved, but she doesn't let things get to her for too long.
* PsychicPowers: Has some limited Newtype abilities.
* SharedFamilyQuirks: Sometimes wears sunglasses [[spoiler:like Char]]. Also ShedTheFamilyName.
* ShipTease: With Amuro. Also Kai.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Amuro/Frau in a late series episode. More like [[IncrediblyLamePun "shipper in your combined mecha"]]; Sayla takes advantage of a test run to corner Amuro as they're sitting in space and ask him point-blank how he feels about Frau, then admonish him for being very cold to her lately, and tell him that friends are important in war. Amuro is totally baffled and can only stutter "no, I don't hate [Frau]" before [[JustInTime Zeon's latest giant MA shows up]]
* SiblingYinYang: With her brother, [[spoiler:Char]]. They don't [[CainAndAbel hate each other]], but jeez, have they developed different life philosophies.
* SpaceFighter: The G-Fighter and G-Armor can operate in both the atmosphere and outer space.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: To her brother.
* TookALevelInBadass: From getting the Gundam's foot sliced off and ending up a DamselInDistress to AcePilot. YouGoGirl.

'''Bright Noa'''
->Voiced by: Creator/HirotakaSuzuoki (JP), Chris Kalhoon (EN, TV series), Wheat St. James (EN, Movies)

->"You can't be a real man without taking a few lumps!"

A 19-year old officer candidate, Bright is forced to take command of the ''White Base'' when everyone higher-ranking ends up dead. The strain of doing so, coupled with his naturally aloof personality, leaves Bright in a state of constant stress and irritation, even as he slowly matures into a fine commanding officer. He has a very rocky relationship with Amuro and the rest of the ''White Base'''s pilots.
* AFatherToHisMen: It takes a while, but he eventually becomes this to the White Base crew.
* AccentAdaptation: He ''is'' from Earth and "of British descent", per AllThereInTheManual, but he only gets an accent in the movie trilogy dub.
* AloofBigBrother: To the White Base crew and especially Amuro, pre CharacterDevelopment.
* ArtisticAge - YoungerThanTheyLook: He's supposed to be nineteen. He looks (and acts) like someone in his mid twenties.
* BadassNormal: Has no Newtype powers [[spoiler: until he develops a limited sensitivity shortly before A Baoa Qu]]. Still the best captain in all of the UC verse.
* CannotSpitItOut: To Mirai. Somewhat justified because trying to keep everyone alive is an enormous preoccupation, but it costs him when he doesn't seem to return her interest, and she then goes for Sleggar instead.
* CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest: Subverted; Bright seems like this to Mirai 99% of the time... then there's a blink-and-you-miss it moment where he cops a feel when they're driving at Jaburo.
* TheCaptain: Although he doesn't actually hold that rank at first. Reflecting this, everybody in the crew continues to call him "Mr. Bright", rather than "Captain".
* ControlFreak: He has aspects of this early on, but they slowly fade away. It's pretty understandable, given the circumstances.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Ends up as this to Mirai. [[spoiler:With the death of his rival, it works]].
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: A very, very downplayed case, [[spoiler: developing a limited level of Newtype sensitivity shortly before A Baoa Qu and carrying it forward into ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'']].
* FireForgedFriends: With the entire crew, especially Amuro.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Former TropeNamer for the ''infamous'' BrightSlap.
* TheGoodCaptain: Once he figures out what it involves, he really tries.
* GreenEyedMonster: Whenever Mirai shows any interest in anybody else. To his credit, he largely keeps it to himself.
* HeroicBSOD: In the series, he ''utterly'' breaks down when [[spoiler:his best friend Ryu dies]].
* IAmVeryBritish: ''"Ah-muro! I ordah you to launch Gun-damn!"'' In the wonderfully {{Narm}}-ful English movie dub.
* ImprobableAge: A ship captain who isn't even twenty yet. {{Justified|Trope}} as he's the only ranking officer they have left.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Makes a very noble and touching speech to Mirai near the end telling her to go to Sleggar because she's too worried and distracted, otherwise -- but that he'll always be there for her.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Debatably more of a JerkassFacade than anything, the level of stress that he's under does very bad things to Bright's social skills. He means well, but he's snappish, [[IncrediblyLamePun slappish]], short-tempered, and originally thinks the only way to consolidate his position is by violence, volume, and not giving too much of a damn about anyone's feelings. The "Heart of Gold" part is mostly just "his fundamental decency".
* LoveTriangle: For a significant few episodes, Bright--> Mirai--> Sleggar.
* MeaningfulName: As in "Noah's ark".
* ShipTease: With Mirai.
* SkintoneSclerae: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* SupportingLeader: Amuro is TheHero of the series, but in practice Bright is the one handling the rest regarding the ''Base''.
* TeamDad: To the White Base crew, after CharacterDevelopment.
* TookALevelInBadass: As he grows into his role as captain.
* TookALevelInKindness: As the series progresses he mellows, loses the worst of his ControlFreak tendencies, and builds a working relationship with Amuro, Kai, Sayla, and the rest of the pilots.
* WasTooHardOnHim: Nope. ''("Hate me if you want, I don't care.")'' Bright is very firmly about the needs of the many and sees whatever he does as necessary. It falls to Ryu or Mirai to bring this up from time-to-time.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Seriously, ''Bright''? (Makes a little more sense when you realize ''akarui mirai'' is Japanese for "bright future".)
* YouAreInCommandNow: After Captain Paolo dies. It ain't easy on him.

'''Frau Bow'''
->Voiced by: Rumiko Ukai (JP), Kristie Marsden (EN, TV series), Creator/MelissaFahn (EN, Movies)

->"Amuro! You forgot to eat breakfast again..."

Amuro's longtime best friend from Side 7, 15-year-old Frau Bow does her best to keep him grounded in reality. Taking several noncombatant roles aboard ''White Base'', she ends in charge of the ship's communications. Steadfast, kind, and loyal, Frau genuinely loves Amuro and serves as his confidante and emotional support, hoping the war won't take him beyond her reach.
* TwentiesBobHaircut: All the women on ''White Base'' (and in the Federation generally) have short hair, but itís really noticeable on NamedAfterSomebodyFamous Frau.
* BerserkButton: Do '''not''' threaten Amuro or his safety or well-being around her.
* BreakTheCutie: Watching Frau cry in the very first episode of Gundam is heartwrenching. Amuro ends up [[spoiler:piloting some giant mobile suit because of it.]] She literally picks herself back up again and goes on.
* BridgeBunnies: Takes Sayla's position after the former switches to fighter pilot.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: To Amuro, constantly, and with Hayato, once. Most explicitly demonstrated in ''"Fly, Gundam"''.
* CantCatchUp: She's not a pilot, but this is still in effect. She mentions how the war is taking Amuro farther and farther away from her, then later says he seems to have gotten much too strong and scary for her...
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: She loves her childhood friend Amuro. Neither of them seem inclined to actually do anything about it.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Subverted, rather amusingly -- she does literally grab Amuro's arm trying to make him stay with her at one point, but otherwise she's polite to everyone, remains caring and unthreatened, and goes about her business. It can't be stressed enough how mature she is.
* CloserToEarth: The level-headed, sensible, stabilizing one to broody, isolating, hot-tempered Amuro. Frau perfectly embodies this to her best friend, though ironically, she's the one who's [[IncrediblyLamePun never been to Earth]].
* TheConfidant: Comes with being Amuro's OnlyFriend, though ironically this only really gets highlighted when they're not talking as much and someone mentions it. Again, explicitly demonstrated in ''"Fly, Gundam"''.
* CustomUniform: A modified version of the standard female draftee tunic as a minidress, with a bright yellow neckerchief. Meant to demonstrate she isn't a regular soldier and gets {{Lampshaded}} when she meets Ramba Ral. She keeps it even after formally enlisting.
* TheFashionista: WordOfGod later elaborates that Frau wants to be a fashion designer.
* FieryRedhead: Her hair is a subdued auburn and she's usually good-natured and well-behaved, but she does have bursts of temper. Downplayed.
* FullNameBasis: On a regular basis. There's no explanation for why.
* GirlNextDoor: So much so.
* ImpliedLoveInterest: With Amuro to the point it carries over to the sequel.
* LiterallyLovingThyNeighbor: She's in love with Amuro. His feelings are far less clear.
* MagicSkirt: And ''how''. [[PantyShot Averted]] in the first episode and in [[RealityEnsues at least one other blink-and-you-miss-it moment]].
* MeaningfulName: "Frau" is German for both a grown woman (as opposed to an immature girl) and for "wife".
* MissionControl: Takes over this role for the ship after Sayla goes into combat. Amuro groans at one early point and tells her not to sound like Sayla; Frau apologizes.
* MsFanservice: In a more subtle and downplayed fashion than you'd think, but she is the "pretty girl in the miniskirt" of the crew. The TropeCodifier for the rest of the franchise.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: TheJazzAge [[TheFlapper flapper]] movie star Creator/ClaraBow (also MsFanservice); specifically her role as GirlNextDoor Mary Preston in ''{{Film/Wings}}''.
* NiceGirl: She's as sweet and compassionate as she is strikingly mature.
* NoSympathy: Played with. Early on she's rather prone to giving Amuro lectures on how he needs to do more, when she herself is not in combat. They're usually justified, as Amuro really does need to be doing whatever. Also the '''only''' one with any sympathy for Amuro, frequently, and his biggest defender.
* OnlyFriend: Starts as this to Amuro, leaving them as best friends by default, which is why [[spoiler: he jumps in the Gundam for her sake]]. A big part of their CharacterDevelopment is him having to learn to rely on and care about other people, while she has to deal with not being needed all the time, while still trying to matter to him.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Katz, Letz, & Kikka. The kids use names and Japanese suffixes for the whole crew, but Frau is just "Oneechan". They're very, very close to her. Also effectively Amuro's ParentalSubstitute with making sure he [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking eats/sleeps/stays clean and sane]].
* PatientChildhoodLoveInterest: A potential TropeCodifier for this, since she predates harem anime.
* PluckyGirl: Very few things keep this girl down.
* RobotBuddy: Haro is a girl's non-human best friend.
* ShesGotLegs: And a miniskirt and high boots to keep showing them off.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: DoubleSubverted with Amuro. Frau's the only one to note or care when Amuro's exhausted or gently-yet-firmly try to reach him when he's isolating or running away, but she's ultimately too close, too young and not trained; this is something she can't fix.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: On ''White Base'', and the answer is 'a need to stay busy'. She monitors supplies, then she joins the medical staff, then she ends as the bridge comm, all while keeping an eye on three rambunctious kids and Amuro. Amuro even lampshades this in a late episode by saying it's terrible how much she has to do.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: The entire show is more-or-less this for her and Amuro, intensity of a raging war varying. The answer is [[spoiler: he finally refers to her ''very'' affectionately in the GrandFinale with his PsychicPowers, but we don't know. MaybeEverAfter]].
* WomenAreWiser: Frequently shown as this to Amuro.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Frau is meant to be a thoroughly Western girl, but given that it's a classic anime, she's ''really'' got the "serving yet guiding the hero" and "life off the battlefield" thing down. Bonus for having the uniform with the most [[StealthPun pink]].
* YouthfulFreckles: Has these like a few of the cast, though they seem to forget to draw hers half the time.

'''Kai Shiden'''
->Voiced by: Creator/ToshioFurukawa (JP), Creator/RichardIanCox (EN, TV series), Eddie Frierson (EN, Movies)

->"Dead people don't get pensions."
->'''Main mecha:''' Guncannon

A 17-year-old civilian from Side 7, Kai is an abrasive young man with a mean streak, and little respect for authority. Recruited into serving as the pilot of the Guncannon mobile suit, Kai constantly gripes and complains about the increasingly dangerous situations that the ''White Base'' is thrust into. Despite this, he proves himself to be a capable soldier, and eventually (after a rocky start) becomes good friends with Amuro.
* AcePilot: Reaches this status fairly early on, though you'd never know it from his attitude.
* BadassNormal: Despite a complete lack of Newtype powers ([[spoiler:beyond the baseline sensitivity that the whole crew develops by A Baoa Qu]]), he's arguably the most reliable pilot on the White Base's roster.
* BrokenBird: Another male example, and ''especially'' after [[spoiler:Miharu's death.]]
* BrutalHonesty: Kai does not sugarcoat his words.
* CharacterDevelopment: Tragic as [[spoiler:Miharu's death]] was, it definitely caused Kai to become a better person, [[TookALevelInBadass and a better fighter]].
* CombatPragmatist: Kai shoots enemies from behind, blasts them repeatedly to make sure they are dead, gangs up on lone foes with Hayato, and on one occasion, pushed an unsuspecting opponent off a cliff. He's an ambusher, through and through.
* CommanderContrarian: Kai is fully aware of how screwed they are, and doesn't mind sharing it, especially when it's time to plan.
* CowardlyLion: Emphasis on the 'lion' bit. His cowardice mostly consists of incessant grumbling and a TenMinuteRetirement whilst the White Base was safely docked in port - otherwise, he's typically amongst the first into the fray, and serves as a very reliable (if abrasive) soldier throughout the One Year War.
* TheCynic: About twelve layers deep, over a slightly more fragile and nicer core. But mostly this.
* DangerousDeserter: Ends up endangering the people he meets in Belfast ''and'' the people he's left behind, though it's not with any real intent or malice.
* DeadpanSnarker: Constantly, much to his crewmates' annoyance.
* TheEeyore: Apparently incapable of looking on the bright side about anything.
* FaceOfAThug: Kai is not an attractive young man. Luckily for him, he has other talents.
* FireForgedFriends: With Amuro, Sayla, and Hayato.
* {{Foil}}: To Char, of all people. Kai's a punk and a nobody; Char's an ace officer with every advantage society has to offer, but they're both highly amoral nihilists with red mobile suits, sneaky tactics and no particular loyalty to the sides they're on, casual betrayals included. Kai, however, meets a desperate girl and has his eyes opened a bit to the realities of war for everyone, as well as gradually gaining powerful ties of friendship and family to the people he serves with -- very different to Char's lonely agendas of bloodlust and vengeance. Importantly, Kai is also capable of genuine remorse. YouAreWhatYouHate, but it's fairly significant that in most other continuities (the novel, [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam the sequel]], even the newest manga retelling of the sequel), Kai is the one who refuses to cooperate with Char.
* GlassCannon: Guncannon is a powerful artillery suit and nearly as agile as Gundam, but it can't take a hit nearly as well.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Miharu, for a start, and he also has a bit of a crush on Matilda ([[HelloNurse along with the rest of the crew]]).
* {{Hypocrite}}: In a painful PsychologicalProjection, Kai goes on repeatedly at one point about Amuro likely selling ''White Base'' out to Zeon. Guess what's the first thing he does after jumping ship.
* {{Jerkass}} --> JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He begins as a cowardly, snarky jerk and kinda TheFriendNobodyLikes. Later he's still a snarky jerk, but his heart of gold shines through.
* TheLancer: To Amuro, with his cynicism nicely complementing the former's idealism.
* MoreDakka: When all else fails, firing the Guncannon's {{Shoulder Cannon}}s on full auto usually gets Kai out of jams.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Something famous, anyway. One of the most famous fighter planes of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the Kawanishi [=N1K2=]-J, also known as the ''"Shiden (紫電 "Violet Lightning")-Kai (modified)"''. Possibly why his hair is sometimes [[DependingOnTheArtist drawn as purple]].
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Being on a team with Amuro will do that to you.
* PhraseCatcher: "Kai, ''[[DudeNotFunny enough]]''."
* TheResenter: Like Hayato, he's this to Amuro. He gets over it a lot faster.
* RightBehindMe: Lt. Matilda, just when he's talking about her as his ideal girlfriend.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In Northern Ireland. It only lasts overnight.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Not to the same degree as Amuro, but [[spoiler:Miharu]]'s death does some very bad things to him.
* ShipTease: With DefrostingIceQueen Sayla. Gets to the point where he has no problem saying he loves her.
* ShoulderCannon: The Guncannon mounts two of them.
* SourSupporter: For a guy as cranky and pessimistic as he is, he's a remarkably helpful member of the crew.
* StarCrossedLovers: (With Miharu. [[TearJerker Snifffff....]])
* TookALevelInBadass: Becomes a notably better pilot after [[spoiler:Miharu's death]], even downing a fair few enemy suits of his own and reaching AcePilot status. Not to mention [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam his colorful career as a]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn sleuth and journalist after the war]].
* TookALevelInKindness: He starts off as an antagonistic Jerk, but slowly softens into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Even before meeting Miharu it's clear Kai was warming up to his crewmates. It's telling that in the later parts of the series Kai's barbs come off as friendly teasing rather than attempts to get under everyone's skin.
* WelcomeBackTraitor: We're so deep into the war at this point that Kai doesn't even get any time in the brig, let alone any interrogation for [[spoiler:harboring a spy on-board or passing information to her]].
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Alternates between being genuinely intimidated by Sayla and this.

'''Hayato Kobayashi'''
->Voiced by: Kiyonobu Suzuki (JP), Creator/NobuyukiHiyama (JP, Movies), Matt Smith (EN, TV series), Creator/RichardCansino (EN, Movies)

->"It's just like my judo sensei taught me..."
->'''Main mecha:''' Guntank, Guncannon (movie continuity)

One of Amuro and Frau Bow's neighbours from Side 7, 15-year-old Hayato serves in a number of positions on the ''White Base'', acting as the pilot of the Guntank, and as a spare gunner when the situation demands. Possessing an unfortunate tendency towards insecurity, he deeply resents Amuro for doing things better than him.
* ABNegative: When he's injured at the battle of Solomon he's hospitalized and the medics explicitly request AB blood for him. The indecisive, "two-faced", "split personality" of AB PersonalityBloodTypes may come into play here.
* ActionSurvivor: Not a hugely skilled pilot (though being stuck with the awkward, primitive Guntank doesn't help), but being a front-line soldier throughout the One Year War and coming back alive every time is an achievement in itself.
* TheBigGuy: Inverted - he knows his martial arts, [[PintSizedPowerhouse but is the shortest of the group]].
* CantCatchUp: To Amuro (or Sayla and Kai for that matter).
* ConspiracyTheorist: At the beginning he's suspicious that the reason construction on Side 7 is progressing so slowly is because the resources are being diverted to some kind of secret military project. [[ProperlyParanoid Obviously, it turns out he's correct]]. He's very suspicious of the government in general and only goes along with being a mobile suit pilot because he knows that Zeon is even worse.
* TheGenericGuy: Starts to see himself as this when compared to Amuro.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation - IJustWantToBeSpecial
* JerkAss: At times he's a bigger jerk than Kai, and his dislike of Amuro can make him truly annoying.
* TheLoad: He isn't, but partway through the series he feels like it.
* LoveTriangle: Hayato --> Frau --> Amuro.
* PintSizedPowerHouse: He can even throw Ryu.
* TheResenter: Resents Amuro's importance to the crew, relationship with Frau, ace status, etc.
* StepfordSmiler: Zigzagged; Hayato both bitterly complains about Amuro (but isn't too unusual in doing so) ''and'' supports him with a smile and seems happy to be his friend at other times. It's only TheReveal in the last arc that shows the intensity of his resentment and his own lack of self-confidence.
* TanksForNothing: The Guntank looks formidable, but is darn near useless, and is usually the first machine to be disabled.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: He's Amuro's neighbor. Except for a stress-induced fistfight, they work together pleasantly enough and with no controversy despite Hayato being TheResenter, but...
* UnknownRival: He suddenly bursts out late in-series that he's been trying to "beat Amuro" the whole time.

'''Mirai Yashima'''
->Voiced by: Fuyumi Shiraishi (JP), Creator/CathyWeseluck (EN, TV series), Leslie Buhr (EN, Movies)

->"Maybe you should go a little easier on him, Bright."

Another civilian, 18-year-old Mirai is the daughter of a powerful Federation politician. Quiet and understanding, she mediates most of the crew's disputes and serves as the ''White Base'''s helmswoman, and as Bright Noa's unofficial second-in-command.
* ArrangedMarriage: With Cameron Bloom. She's less than interested.
* BrainyBrunette: Downplayed; Mirai's not the smartest because of her hair color (blonde Sayla is just as intelligent), but she IS very smart, with a good instinctive grasp of enemy tactics. It's part of why she's the NumberTwo from the get-go.
* BridgeBunnies: Technically, as she's the one who handles the helm of the ''White Base''.
* BreakTheCutie: She cracks ''especially'' badly when [[spoiler:Ryu dies and Bright suffers an HeroicBSOD]], and the whole deal with Cameron isn't kind on her either, leaving her absolutely ''shattered'' when [[spoiler:Sleggar goes out a hero]].
* DoABarrelRoll: [[ExaggeratedTrope With the White Base]], to shake off the Gouf attached to it.
* DudeMagnet: Has three men interested in her at one point late in the show.
* HeroicBSOD: Suffers a brief but ugly one when she has to take over the ''White Base'' while Bright is otherwise incapacitated.
* ImprobableAge: She's eighteen and the NumberTwo on a military vessel. Justified by the lack of officers and Bright's implicit trust in her.
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: She's the first of ''Gundam'''s many assault carrier pilots, and as such, is the first to demonstrate these, perfectly flying a brand new military vessel, despite her very limited pre-war flight time. And that's not taking into account some of the crazy manouveres she pulls of with it.
* LoveAtFirstPunch: Despite the UnfortunateImplications, she does actually become more interested in Sleggar after he slaps her.
* MilitaryBrat: As said below, she is the daughter of a very high-ranked Federation officer who died months before the series took place.
* {{Mukokuseki}}: Averted. Like Hayato, Mirai is fully Japanese and looks quite Asian.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: The family who founded and ran Bandai at the time was called ''Yamashina''. Given how the immediate in-universe reaction to Mirai giving her name is "Oh, ''that'' Yashima family", it seems quite likely this doubles as a ShoutOut wink to the show's sponsor.
* NiceGirl: Mirai manages to be both composed ''and'' caring most of the time. '''Everyone''' on the ship appreciates this, and her genuinely lovely demeanor makes her an EnsembleDarkhorse in- and out-of-show.
* NumberTwo: Is unofficially this to Bright, due in part to her age, and in part to the fact that she's the pilot. Becomes official during Bright's {{Sick Episode}}s, when she is [[YouAreInCommandNow appointed to take command]].
* TheOjou:
** Her DisappearedDad is a recently deceased high-ranked Federation officer, and her family had many connections within the colonies. She doesn't like it when people bring it up, though.
** Her family has a business in heavy industry; per AllThereInTheManual, they manufactured weapons like the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam Ground Combat Gundam]]'s machine gun.
* OnlySaneMan: Often plays this role, mediating between hotshot pilots like Amuro and ControlFreak Bright.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Especially in the original. Shiraishi plays Mirai with a very soft and pleasant voice, someone moderate who always seems to be keeping a level head. The levels to which she then freaks out and despairs while she's in command are hard to watch. On a lesser scale, Sleggar later slaps her very forcefully for, essentially, her bitchy attitude to Cameron. CantGetAwayWithNothing.
* ThePeterPrinciple: Mirai got herself into the unfortunate and terrifying position of being a lousy temporary captain because she'd been an excellent helm and NumberTwo up to that point. Fortunately, she got to go back to her old job.
* PsychicPowers: A fairly weak Newtype.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Not hard by contrast to Bright. Usually works, but not when she has to be TheCaptain.
* SkintoneSclerae: Like Bright's.
* ShipTease: With Bright, despite [[CannotSpitItOut him not being able to make his feelings clear]] until it's seemingly too late. A bunch with Sleggar towards the end, complete with a kiss and a ring.
* TeamMom: Is nicknamed "the mother of the White Base".
* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside: She's not meant to be pretty. She's also a shining example of this, and that's why she's in the middle of a LoveDodecahedron.
* YouAreInCommandNow: When Bright is bedridden, she's next in line. Doesn't like it much at all.

'''Ryu Jose'''
->Voiced by: Creator/ShozoIizuka (JP), Ward Perry (EN, TV series), Creator/BobPapenbrook (EN, movies)

->"Die, you Zeon scum!"
->'''Main mecha:''' Guntank

Bright's best friend, 18-year-old Ryu is one of the few ranking soldiers to survive Char's attack on the ''White Base''. He serves as the leader of the ship's pilots, mentoring Amuro, Hayato, Kai, and Sayla, while trying to keep the pressure on Bright to a minimum.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: With Ryu's name it's hard to tell where he's supposed to be from or what ethnicity he might be. His looks though, would seem to mark him as black or Latino. AllThereInTheManual says he's ethnically descended from Black Argentinos.
* BigBrotherMentor: Ryu often acted as mentor for the young crew members such as Amuro, Hayato and others.
* BigFun: Cheerful, easy-going, and noticeably portly.
* TheBigGuy: The largest member of the crew.
* BigGuyFatalitySyndrome: He's both the biggest member of the crew ''and'' the one keeping them emotionally stable. He ''had'' to go, sadly
* {{Expy}}: Of ''Manga/GetterRobo'''s Musashi Tomoe. The Guntank's design was even inspired by Getter-3.
* TheHeart: Very much so, since he's more mentally/emotionally grounded than the others (Bright included) and so he does his best to help them.
* HeroicSacrifice: Rams a fighter that was attacking Amuro from behind, saving both Gundam and White Base in the process.
%%* KilledOffForReal
* MultiEthnicName: A Japanese first name and a Spanish surname.
* NumberTwo: Seems to share this role with Mirai.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Acts as one aboard the ''White Base'', often helping to soothe relations between Bright and the pilots.
* TheReliableOne: In the face of White Base Personnel butting heads with each other, disobeying orders, or general disfunction, Ryu's usually the one that can be counted on to do his job and help everyone sort things out. It's even lampshaded in episode 20 when Kai, Hayato, Howard, and Maxamillion take off and Bright and Sayla order him to find them.
-->"Why is everybody on White Base running around, doing whatever they feel like!"
* SacrificialLion: He went out in a Heroic Sacrifice just under halfway through the series. His death ended up making everyone on the White Base stronger.
** Perhaps as an intentional mirror of the audience, Amuro initially refused to believe that Ryu was really dead after Sayla tried to break the news to him.
* StoutStrength: The largest member of the crew, and a very capable pilot.
* TanksForNothing: Often pilots the Guntank in lieu of Hayato. He's about as successful with it too, though that's hardly his fault.

'''Tem Ray'''
->Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa (JP), Creator/TrevorDevall (EN, TV series), Creator/SteveKramer (EN, Movies)

->"Get the Gundam on the lift ''before'' the evacuees!"

Amuro's father, Tem Ray is the engineer who created the Gundam and a highly-placed Federation technical officer who places his work before all else.
* DeathByFallingOver: [[spoiler: Implied in the series, confirmed in the movies. During the battle of Solomon, he fell off a flight of stairs and soon died of his injuries.]]
* DisappearedDad: To Amuro. Sadly, for most of the show, it's Amuro's fault.
* {{Foil}}: To his own son. Tem's work with the project that created the Gundam and the Federation's mobile suits is just as important (if not more so) than Amuro piloting it. Both are hardcore engineers who get extremely wrapped-up in their work and while sympathetic to others are not the best at expressing it. Amuro finding a surrogate family on ''White Base'' and choosing to strengthen his association with people is contrasted with Tem essentially cutting all ties by the end.
%%* KilledOffForReal
* LaughingMad: He is shown laughing like a lunatic [[spoiler: to make it clear that his brain damage is very real and very much serious.]]
* MadScientist: Even more after [[spoiler:he gets brain damage]].
* TookALevelInJerkass: A rather tragic justified example. [[spoiler:[[TruthInTelevision Brain damage from oxygen deprivation can really screw up your personality.]]]]
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Despite a lot of ParentalNeglect and accidental abandonment, Amuro really loves his dad. [[TearJerker To the point of bringing Tem a gift basket with a ribbon when there's nothing else he can do.]]

[[folder:General Revil]]
'''General Revil'''
->Voiced by: Masaru Ikeda (JP), Creator/MichaelDobson (EN, TV series), Tony Pope (English, Movies)

->"Zeon is exhausted!"

Commander-in-Chief of the Earth Federation Forces, and an all around awesome guy, General Revil kept the Federation together when it looked like a Zeon victory was guaranteed. He takes a personal interest in the progress of the ''White Base'' crew, and is the mastermind of the Federation victories at Odessa and Solomon.
* BadassBeard: It complements his BadassGrandpa look nicely.
* BadassGrandpa: He's in his 60's and knows all the tricks of Zeon and the Federation. If not for him...
* BigGood: As CINC of the EFF.
* TheBrigadier: An unusually high-ranking example.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: He's aware of the burdens and risks that come with his rank.
* CommissarCap: Wears one when in uniform.
* CoolOldGuy: One of the few Federation higher-ups who isn't corrupted, cowardly, etc.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: It's implied that Revil is also a Newtype, making him the oldest known character to be one. Though he doesn't particularly make explicit use of his latent abilities.
* AFatherToHisMen: Plays the grandfatherly commander whenever he can, though if he has to, he will sacrifice his men's lives for the greater good.
* {{Foil}}: To Degwin Zabi. They're both older, experienced leaders who absolutely believe in their side, yet nevertheless care for their people and seek an end to the war. Where they differ is when it comes to backbone, which Degwin lacks and Revil has enough of to spare.
* FourStarBadass: Though more verbal than physical, Revil earns major badass points almost every time he opens his mouth. He also believes in leading from the front, and often puts himself at risk to observe battles.
* GoodCounterpart: A case could be made that he's this to Degwin Zabi. Indeed, had Degwin been more like Revil in both morality and spine, most of the series' tragedies could have been avoided.
* KilledOffForReal: He and Degwin Zabi are killed together when Gihren fires the solar ray.
* LastNameBasis[=/=]OnlyOneName: He's just called "General Revil" in-series, in materials and for many a decade beyond. ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'' gave him a full name.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In the "Zeon is exhausted" speech, he not only acknowledges the Spacenoids' grievances but also admits that the Earth Federation authorities, ''his own leaders'' were very much at fault for helping make the One Year War nigh inevitable. Still, he refuses to buy Zeon's shtick and let the Federation or mankind in general get trampled what he correctly sees as a deluded ideology.
* RousingSpeech: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "Zeon is exhausted!"]]. Can be read [[http://gundam.wikia.com/wiki/Johann_Ibrahim_Revil#Zeon_is_Exhausted here]]
* TheStrategist: CINC of the Earth's defense forces.

'''Lieutenant (JG) Matilda Ajan'''
->Voiced by: Creator/KeikoToda (JP), Sylvia Zaradic (EN, TV series), Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn (English, Movies)

->"I think perhaps you might be psychic..."

A supply officer with the Federation who frequently brings the ''White Base'' ammunition, food, and instructions from General Revil. She is much loved by the crew, and is the object of crushes from Amuro, Kai, and several other young men. Not a Mobile Suit pilot, but she still joins the action whenever possible.
* DudeMagnet: She is the object of crushes from Amuro and several other young men.
* FieryRedhead: Has bright red hair and SEES quite a lot of fire in combat, but she's a very cool and steely sort, appropriate for her job as a high-ranking military aide. Subverted.
* HelloNurse: She's extremely pretty and Kai complains when a mob of guys want their picture taken with her, because his camera only makes twelve copies.
* HeroicSacrifice: In order to protect the White Base, Matilda rams her Medea into one of the Black Tri-Stars' Doms in an attempt to topple it. But Dom pilot Ortega hits back, smashing the Medea's cockpit so the transporter crashes into the ground, exploding and killing her instantly.
%%* KilledOffForReal
* MauveShirt: She's a recurring Federation Officer, not part of the main cast, but easy to identify and often dropping in to aid the heroes.
* {{Retirony}}: She died right before she and Woody were about to get married. Lampshaded by Woody himself later.
* TeamMom: As the one who provides ''White Base'' with supplies and emotional support. Matilda's extremely competent and the show emphasizes her sense of duty and professionalism.
* VasquezAlwaysDies: She seemed to be more gritty then even Sayla, but then she bit it.

'''Lieutenant Woody Malden'''
->Voiced by: Creator/HideyukiTanaka (JP), Creator/KirbyMorrow (EN)

* CrusadingWidower: He doesn't blame Amuro and ''White Base'' for Matilda's death, and in fact he tells Amuro not to apologize to him, but is logically VERY unhappy at Zeon...
* SacrificialLamb: He dies in the very episode he appears, trying to help Amuro in his battle.

'''Sleggar Law'''
->Voiced by: Creator/TesshoGenda (JP, TV series), Creator/MakioInoue (JP, Movies), Bill Mondy (EN)

->"Yeah, it's sad, but that's war."
->'''Main mecha:''' G-Fighter (anime continuity), Core Booster (movie continuity), GM (''Origin'')

A Federation ace who is assigned to the ''White Base'' crew following the Battle of Odessa. Cocky, brash, and none too keen on obeying every order, Sleggar's arrival causes a fair amount of upheaval amongst the cast, most notably Bright, who takes an instant dislike to him.
* AcePilot: Was an ace before he was assigned to the ship.
* BigBrotherMentor: Tries to play this role to Amuro, Kai, Sayla, et al, though his late arrival means none of them are quite sure what to make of him.
* ChivalrousPervert: Asks if Mirai wants to come join the pilots' group shower, but he's very hesitant and cautious when she confesses she has real feelings for him. And then gives her his mother's ring and kisses her, anyway.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: A rather amusing aversion. The story goes that Tomino was a fan of ''{{Film/Rocky}}'' and wanted Sleggar to look "like that American movie star Creator/SylvesterStallone". The problem was that character designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko has no idea what Stallone looked like and because of the show's infamously tight production schedule he was unable to procure a decent reference photo before the deadline. Eventually he just threw up his hands and drew the most generic American movie star-type character he could think of and the rest is history.
* CustomUniform: His blue pilot suit, complete with a gold 'S' on the helmet.
* DangerDeadpan: Sleggar maintains a laid-back, even tone in almost all of his appearances, be they chatting with the crew, or flying dangerous maneuvers.
* EagleLand: Mixed. He's brash, cocky, arrogant, and a shameless flirt, but an excellent pilot and a decent guy once you get past his unrefined exterior.
* {{Foil}}: Serves as one to Bright (and Cameron, for that matter), with his completely contrasting personality in regards to 'guys who are interested in Mirai'.
* HandsomeLech: Teases Sayla and Mirai once or twice, earning the former's ire.
* HeroicSacrifice: In order to give [[spoiler:Amuro a shot at taking down Dozle Zabi and the Big Zam]].
%%* HiddenDepths
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: For a guy as rough as he is, [[spoiler:the scene where he deflects Mirai's confession and gives her a goodbye kiss and a ring]] is surprisingly bittersweet. [[spoiler:Even more so after he bites it in battle.]]
%%* KilledOffForReal
* LanternJawOfJustice: Probably has something to do with being entirely based on the image that runs through a Japanese person's head when he hears the words "American movie star".
* MissingMom: We don't know if Mrs. Law is alive, but he carries around a ring that belongs to her. [[spoiler: He gives it to Mirai before he dies.]]
* OutrankingYourJob: As a Lieutenant JG, he's serving under Mirai, who's an ''Ensign'' and the ship's first officer. The job he's actually performing (pilot) is perfectly suited to his rank, but he's technically the senior officer aboard ''White Base'' and ranks equally with TheCaptain. There ''is'' an apocalyptic war going on, though; these things happen.
* PhenotypeStereotype: Yasuhiko wanted him to look American and he certainly succeeded.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one during an argument between Mirai and Cameron, when he slaps Mirai for her lack of appreciation to the risks Cameron is taking offering to aid the ship, and chews out Cameron for his meek personality as the reason for his seeming "cowardice".
* ShipTease: Not only does Mirai show serious signs of falling for him, he gives her the (literal) ship's only kiss. And a ring!
* SixthRanger: His arrival really screws with the ''White Base'''s dynamic, and particularly irritates ControlFreak Bright.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Not a genius by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly more intelligent than he appears to be.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Dies after only five episodes.]]

'''Admiral Wakkein'''
->Voiced by: Kazuyuki Sogabe (JP, series), Shojiro Kihara (JP, movies), Ted Cole (EN, series), John Snyder (EN, Movies)

A high ranking Federation Admiral, Wakkein commanded Luna II, a Federation asteroid near Side 7 where ''White Base'' first fled. Ordering most of the desperate crew arrested, he and Bright butt heads over protocol and the command structure before Char and his men show up to cripple his ship. Much later in the series Wakkein helped lead the attack on Solomon Base.
* AdaptationalNiceGuy: His meeting with Bright and the ''White Base'' in the compilation movies is much more civil. He never challenges Bright's command and shows a lot more sympathy for the ship's situation. He even regrets that he has to send the ''White Base'', full of civilians, on to Jaburo; lamenting that his hands were tied in the situation and they couldn't keep refugees at a base so far in the front lines.
* FaceOfAThug: He looks incredibly sinister, even more so than General Elran, [[spoiler:a traitor]]. In spite of that Wakkein's firmly a good-guy even if he can be hard to work with. His design is tweaked for the compilation movies, making him look more sympathetic.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: His first appearance shows him to be an arrogant obstructive commander, who ultimately is humbled when ''White Base'' bails his soldiers out. He never exactly becomes nice but he does have a firm belief in the Federation and leads them in their attack on Solomon.
* MauveShirt: Wakkein puts in a number of appearances as a Federation Soldier not affiliated with ''White Base'', much like Lieutenant Matilda.
* UncertainDoom: Wakkein dies in the series when his ship engages with Char's. In the movies Wakkein is last scene barking orders in his ship during the battle of Solomon. The ship takes damage but is never confirmed to be destroyed and Wakkein's fate is left in the air.

[[folder:Katz, Letz, & Kikka]]
'''Katz Hawin, Letz Cofan, and Kikka Kitamoto'''
->Voiced by: Fuyumi Shiraishi, Rumiko Ukai, and You Inoue, (respectively) (JP)


The youngest members of the ''White Base'' crew, 8-year-old Katz, 6-year-old Letz, and 4-year-old Kikka are three orphaned children from the attack on Side 7. Essentially adopted by the rest of the crew and closely looked after by Frau Bow, they stay with the ship for the war's duration.

* ADayInTheSpotlight: The {{Tagalong Kid}}s prove ''seriously'' resourceful on their own at Jaburo.
* BrattyHalfPint: Times three. Complete with "loud", "obnoxious", and "trouble-making".
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: The AmbiguouslyBrown Letz.
* {{Expy}}: Their character designs affectionately reference the ''other'' BlondeBrunetteRedhead roles their voice actresses are playing. Katz is brown-haired with similar bangs and SkintoneSclerae like Mirai, Letz is redheaded (and overlooked) like Frau, and Kikka's blonde and blue-eyed like Sayla.
* FamilyOfChoice: Three orphaned kids who start viewing each other as siblings. Also Frau as their older sister, and they're also arguably the genesis, nucleus, and symbolic for the whole crew eventually viewing each other as a family.
* {{Heartwarming Orphan}}s: Occasionally. Just about ''everybody'' on ''WB'' has lost their family, but the kids are meant to be the hope for the future, and get a handful of very brave and sweet moments.
* MixedAncestry: Kikka's got a Japanese last name and the bluest eyes, and blondest hair you'll ever see, so this seems very likely.
* OnlyOneName: Their last names are AllThereInTheManual.
* OnlySaneMan: Katz is the most level-headed of the three.
* PsychicPowers: They're all demonstrably Newtypes by the end of the show. [[spoiler:And help guide Amuro out of A Baoa Qu]].
* SpannerInTheWorks: In the episode "A Wish Of War Orphans" ''(orig. "A Small Line Of Defense")'', [[spoiler:the kids discover that Zeon has both infiltrated Jaburo and is planning to destroy the new GM factory with bombs. After being captured, they escape, detach the bombs, and flee, saving Jaburo and the EFF countless resources which were then promptly used to successfully defend Jaburo against invasion]].
* TerribleTrio: When they're frequently misbehaving and wreaking havoc. (Kikka's usually in the lead.) One version of their many {{Fan Nickname}}s.


->Voiced by: You Inoue (JP)

->"Haro, Amuro! Haro, Amuro! Thank you, Amuro!!"

Frau Bow's pet robot is Amuro's creation and further proof of his immense engineering talent. A green, basketball-sized ball, usually seen rolling or floating around ''White Base'' behind her or with the three kids, Haro offers words of advice and encouragement in-between keeping up the level of cute at all times.

* AscendedExtra: He's now the mascot for all of Sunrise.
* CrossdressingVoice: He's a robot, but Haro refers to himself as ''"boku"'' and it's hard not to get male vibes from him.
* CuteMachines: Incredibly so. [[{{Pun}} MOEagare,]] indeed.
* EverythingSensor: Haro picks up Bright calling for Amuro from decks away at one point and ''scans Amuro's brain waves'' later.
* RobotBuddy: For Amuro and Frau, mostly.
* TeamPet: He's just as much a crew member as anyone else.
* TheSeventies: Pretty much the only explanation for him being avocado green.

!Principality of Zeon

'''Char Aznable / (Casval Rem Deikun)'''
->Voiced by: Creator/ShuichiIkeda (JP), Creator/MichaelKopsa (EN, TV series), Creator/SteveBlum (EN, Movies),
->"I'll show you that mobile suit has its limits, my friend."
->'''Main mecha:''' Zaku II Commander Type (red), Z'Gok (red), Gelgoog Commander Type (red), Zeong

One of Zeon's most infamous aces (and the franchise's most iconic character), the enigmatic Char Aznable is responsible for the attempt at stealing the Gundam in the first place. Pursuing the ''White Base'' for much of the series, Char makes it clear that he has his own agenda, even as his rivalry with Amuro Ray develops from a professional one into something both deeply personal and very ugly.
* AceCustom: Repeatedly slaps red paint jobs and larger engines onto grunt suits. The later Gelgoog was built precisely to his specifications.
* AcePilot: The first ace introduced in the show and the franchise as a whole, a title he retains through two sequels.
* AffablyEvil: Though not without his cruel streaks, Char puts forward a friendly and professional demeanor. His interactions with Dren and his crew are all polite and he repeatedly tries to stop a number of his subordinates like Gadem and Crown, from making fatal mistakes. When he finally meets Amuro face to face (not knowing he's the Gundam pilot but knowing he's a Federation soldier) in a neutral colony Char helps tow his car out of a ditch because he looked like he needed a hand. Subsequent appearances pin-ball him between this trope and FauxAffablyEvil.
* AristocratsAreEvil: He's the son of [[spoiler:Zeon Zum Deikun]] and about as blue-blooded, and as coldblooded, as you can get.
* {{Attack Drone}}s: The Zeong's hands are detachable, and can be flown independently of the rest of the suit. The head can also detach.
* BenevolentBoss: While not quite AFatherToHisMen like Dozle and Ramba Ral, Char is very patient, understanding, and polite to his underlings. Char actively discourages the risky behaviors of his minions and several deaths, like Crown burning up in reentry, came from them ignoring Char's orders. Even if it's all a ruse on Char's part to cultivate a likable image of himself via PragmaticVillainy; there's no real advantage to him mistreating them so he usually doesn't.
* BreakoutCharacter[=/=]BreakoutVillain: He's essentially become the face of the franchise.
* BrokenAce: Cool, collected, an AcePilot, a highly cunning ManipulativeBastard... and by Jove, is [[LackOfEmpathy he]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing ever]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder screwed up]].
* TheBusCameBack: Char takes a leave of the series after episode 13 on account of Kycilia reassigning him. Ramba Ral, M'Quve, and the Black Tri-Stars all take his place as the major villains up until he comes back in the appropriately named episode 26, "Char's Return."
* CantCatchUp: A subtler example than many, but it is there. Throughout the show Char consistently upgrades to bigger and badder mobile suits, yet is consistently matched or outright defeated by Amuro and the Gundam, who remain one crucial half step ahead of him.
* CharClone: He [[TropeMaker IS]] [[MemeticMutation A]] [[TropeNamer CHAR]], launching a FountainOfExpies.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Char betrays everyone he's ever worked for. This trend continues into later installments in the franchise.
* CoolHelmet: His iconic white helmet in the first series.
* CoolMask: His (even more) iconic white mask. He wore it so he could infiltrate the Zeon military (the explanation he gave was that he needed to keep his eyes covered for some medical reason) and exact revenge upon [[spoiler:the Zabis]].
* CognizantLimbs: The Zeong's head and hands can all be operated separately from the torso, as noted under AttackDrone. The suit has to be destroyed piecemeal to actually take it down.
* CustomUniform: One of the most famous ones out there.
* CyberCyclops: All of his suits, from Zaku II to Zeong.
* DarthVaderClone:
** Lessee, he wears a creepy mask, is a GeniusBruiser, is a DragonWithAnAgenda, has a surprising relationship to one of the heroes, is the series's equivalent of being on the Dark Side. He checks off most of the boxes.
** Though ''his'' surprising relationship to a hero character was revealed well in advance of ''[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Empire]]'' hitting theaters, so he has a leg up on Vader on that one.
* TheDragon: Following Kycilia's hiring him away from Dozle, and the death of her previous Dragon, M'Quve, Char assumes this role to Zeon's princess.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Like the Zabis, he seeks to better Zeon, but that's the only objective they share.
* TheDreaded: The mere appearance of his Zaku panicked Paolo Cassius, the original commander of the ''White Base'' who had kept his cool until then in spite of being mortally wounded. Him summarily trashing the Gundam in spite of the superior performance of the titular robot (and failing to destroy it only because it's NighInvulnerable) would cause a collective OhCrap every time he appeared.
* DuelToTheDeath: Against Amuro. [[spoiler:They both survive.]]
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Doesn't really activate his Newtype abilities until the last couple of episodes. This in turn, allows him to pilot the SuperPrototype Zeong during his final battle with Amuro.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: For most of the series, he's a perfectly ordinary pilot who can outfight anyone else in space. Then he develops his own Newtype abilities in time for A Baoa Qu.
* EnigmaticMinion: To the Zabis. It's obvious from early on that he has his own agenda that is not mutually compatible with theirs, but just what he's after, and why he's working for them at all is not explained until near the end.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Char loves his sister and Lalah, as much as he can. The problems are 1) he's got [[TheSociopath a pretty limited capacity]] and 2) he has no problem with things like them unnecessarily being in combat on the frontlines. Char having a screwed-up idea of love is something that continues in his other appearances.
* EvilIsBigger: While most of Char's Mobile Suits are around the same size as the Gundam, this trope is in play for his final one, the Zeong. It's size and intimidating appearance marks it as the FinalBoss of the series and the goliath that the smaller Gundam must overcome.
* FalseFriend: Char was Garma Zabi's classmate from military academy. Garma considered Char his best friend, while Char repeatedly attempted to,[[spoiler:and eventually succeeded in]], arranging Garma's death in the war against the Federation.
* FingerFirearms: The Zeong's lasers are built into its fingertips.
* FlawedPrototype: The Zeong is only 80% complete, and is missing its legs. This isn't nearly as crippling as it sounds, since the suit's rockets enable it to be fully functional in space without the legs (although going to Earth would presumably cause some problems).
* FragileSpeedster: His Zaku II isnít fragile per se, but when compared to the insanely tough Gundam, it hits this trope full force.
* GiantHandsOfDoom: The Zeong's hands, which are both remotely piloted, and have lasers in the fingers.
* TheHeavy: Drives the action of most of the episodes in the series, even as Gihren drives the overall plot. They seem to share the role.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Has become more and more like [[spoiler:the Zabis, even as he plots their deaths. By ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' he's become eerily like Gihren himself.]]
* ImprobableAge: He's twenty years old, and already one of Zeon's best aces and the captain of his own squadron of ships.
* InformedAbility: He's constantly hyped for destroying 5 ships at the Battle of Loum, but in the series, his only onscreen mobile suit kill is a single RedShirt GM at Jaburo.
* ItsPersonal: With Amuro. They become mortal enemies after the tragic death [[spoiler:of Lalah in combat protecting Char from Amuro]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Even in his most sympathetic moments, Char still comes off as kind of an asshole. He's handsome (...somewhere under there), incredibly charismatic, and TheAce, but his basic inability to give a shit about people and his total lack of principles put some huge dings in the shiny surface. Still [[RuleOfCool the most popular character]] of the franchise, though.
* KickTheDog: "Garma, if you can hear me-- You were a good friend. But blame this on the misfortune of your birth."
** In the episode ''"Icelina- Love's Remains"'' when the ''White Base'' crashes, some of the civilian refugees attempt to escape and Char guns them down. (However the visibility was extremely poor and they'd been warned not to leave due to something exactly like this happening. A much more minor KTD.)
* LackOfEmpathy: Char is good at many things. Seeing other people as more than occupants of the same space or expendable tools is not one of them. Gets dramatically worse after his first few episodes.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: The trope originator, AKA 'Char Custom Rule' or 'Red = Three Times Faster'. It's worth noting that his final suit, the Zeong, is actually purple with red highlights.
* LightningBruiser: The Gelgoog and especially the Zeong, which is faster, better armored, and better armed than anything the Federation has to offer.
* MalevolentMaskedMan: First of the franchise. Especially if your last name is Zabi, though it's not like he does much good to anyone else.
* ManipulativeBastard: Starts with Garma and never stops. At the end he tries to get Amuro to work with him because [[spoiler: "it's what Lalah would have wanted".]]
* MidSeasonUpgrade: Repeatedly. Zaku --> Z'Gok --> Gelgoog --> Zeong.
* MoralityPet: Subverted. He's much fonder of the gentle and devoted Lalah Sune than of nearly anyone else. He's also using her to a large extent as a ReplacementGoldfish for the sister he continues to abandon, and is the one responsible for Lalah's employment as a psychoweapon. He pays lip service to allowing her to guide him, but doesn't actually change any of his moral or ethical behavior for her.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: The French/Armenian singer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Aznavour Charles Aznavour]]. It's more obvious when one looks at the phonetization (Shā Azunaburu).
* NeverMyFault: "Nobody wants to acknowledge the mistakes of their youth." Unlike most other characters in the show, who do, he goes on to make plenty.
* OpportunisticBastard: Char's a competent planner, and is able to stay a step ahead of most people, but he's more of a short-term opportunist than a long-term schemer, and more often than not is flying by the seat of his pants. In ''MSG'' he's [[spoiler:out to kill the Zabis]], but has no real plan for doing it--instead he just hangs around with them, hoping to get the chance to murder them. In the end he's able to get [[spoiler:Garma and Kycilia]] but never even gets a shot at [[spoiler:Degwin, Dozle, or Gihren.]]
* PrincessInRags: Male example, who thinks Zeon is his by right. [[spoiler:He was the son of the leader of a republic, but the effect is the same]]. Would Char be Char [[spoiler:if his father was some ''less''-powerful person he believed the Zabis had killed?]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Who knows...?]]
* PsychicPowers: His Newtype abilities start to awaken from his proximity to Lalah. He's nowhere near as powerful as she or Amuro though.
* PutOnABus: While Char's easily the most recurring villain, after Garma's death he's reassigned in episode 13. The heroes have to contend with M'Quve, Ramba Ral, and the Black Tri-Stars before Char comes back in episode 26.
* RedBaron: [[ShoutOut Red Comet]].
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Amuro's red.
* RevengeByProxy --> SinsOfOurFathers: Pursues a vendetta against [[spoiler:the Zabis on his father's behalf, as he thinks Degwin murdered his father. He extends this to Garma and Kycilia for being his children]].
* TheRival: To Amuro.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His initial incentive to fight alongside the Zabi family is to take power out of their hands, by any means necessary. [[spoiler: This is because Degwin - the Zabi family head - both potentially murdered his father and claimed that said father's last words were "to nominate him as the next prime minister of Zeon", while Char is almost certain his father's last words were "I know it was you who killed me".]] Char understands the need for patience and saving face to achieve this result[[spoiler:, and he gets very close to realizing it]].
* SiblingYinYang: With his younger sister Artesia, who seemingly got 98% of the conscience and all of the empathy in the family.
* TheSociopath: Char has the limited emotional affect, LackOfEmpathy, [[BloodKnight need for stimulation]], consummate lying and manipulation abilities, lack of shame or fear, ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, and a highly, highly questionable conscience. Murdering one Zabi is enough to prove all of this. [[spoiler:[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Murdering two just... really reinforces it]]]]. Over the course of his franchise appearances, he checks all the boxes.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: His name is pronounced as "Shar", there's no C sound in it. Justified since, like "Charlotte", it stems from the original French pronunciation.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Oddly, Char starts at this and ends at the end too.
* TheStarscream: To the Zabi family. He wants Zeon to win the war, but he doesn't want them to be in charge of it. [[spoiler: Garma Zabi]] suffers first, as Char, playing a friend and adviser [[spoiler: in his pursuit of the White Base]] betrays him at the last and most crucial moment [[spoiler: by leading Garma's vessel in front of the concealed White Base and exposing his rear wall to a fatal strike from the Federation vessel]]. [[spoiler: He also betrays Kycilia atop the highest stakes for both sides of the war.]] Kycilia Zabi [[spoiler:tried to have him killed as a kid but]], after figuring out his identity gave him a job, restored his rank, gave him a promotion (from Lieutenant to Captain) as well as a ship to command and three new mobile suits (Z'Gok, Gelgoog and Zeong). This fails to loosen the intent to destroy her and her family from his head, [[spoiler: and he repays her with a bazooka to the face.]] In a sense, Kycilia was too pragmatic for her own good; seeing the advantages of Char's abilities and passion yet not recognizing the immediate danger she placed her self in.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: To his sister Artesia.
* SuperPrototype: The MSN-02 Zeong, a prototype MS built specifically for Newtype pilots. In terms of performance it outclasses the Gundam in almost all respects.
* SwordFight: With Amuro in the finale.
* TheUnapologetic: Seemingly lacking any shame or remorse, Char seeks vengeance [[spoiler:for his father's supposed murder by the Zabis]] by definitely murdering his friend Garma, who had nothing with do it, along with the entire crew of a Gaw. He contacts Garma to brag and laugh at him before he dies, then leaves the service with no thought whatsoever for the people he'd been commanding. He's one hell of an UngratefulBastard to Kycilia later, and he's very cruel and coldblooded even to his own sister, showing almost no concern for her safety as opposed to her anguish for him. It's part of being TheSociopath, but Char never makes a sincere apology or shows regret about ''anything'', rationalizing whatever he does as part of war, vengeance, or being someone else's fault.
* WorthyOpponent: To Amuro, though the personal nature of their rivalry soon drowns this out.
* WolfInSheepsClothing: He pretends to be a loyal friend and adviser to Garma, only to call curtains on him later.
* YouKilledMyFather: His hatred [[spoiler:for the Zabis comes from believing this]].

[[folder:Sovereign Degwin]]
'''Sovereign Degwin Zabi'''
->Voiced by: Creator/IchiroNagai (JP), Chris Schneider (EN, TV series), Simon Prescott (EN, Movies)

->"Have [[EvilPrince you]] ever heard of a man named UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler?"

An associate of Zeon Zum Deikun, Degwin Zabi became Sovereign of Zeon after the latter's death and turned the colonies into his family's personal dictatorship. Now old and tired, Degwin leaves the day to day running of the war effort to his oldest son, Gihren.
* AdiposeRex: An overweight tyrant.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Head of Zeon's most important aristocratic family, big bad at least in name.
* BaldOfEvil: Degwin's hair is long gone.
* CoolShades: Say what you want about the man, but those are some awesome shades.
* DespairEventHorizon: While his position as the Zabi patriarch ''was'' already undermined by Gihren's thirst for power, Garma's death sent him over the edge. When we get to see him after ''that'', he's a tired and weary old man who believes he's getting too old for all of this and is planning an armistice. [[SelfMadeOrphan Little did he know what Gihren was planning to do]]...
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: In the backstory. By the time the show begins, he's developed some standards.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Murdered by his own son when he attempts to negotiate a peace with the Federation.]]
* DotingParent: To Garma.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: He's first introduced with a soldier delivering him news of Garma's death. Though he is shocked and stunned by the death, he does not cry and only his dropped walking cane signifies his grief. Rather than introducing him as the GreaterScopeVillain that would suit the grand leader of Zeon, he's an old man weary with sickness and grief but still with his dignity.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: While his relationship with Gihren has since soured, Degwin does love his other children: Kycilia and Dolze. His debut had him mourning Garma's death.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Even Degwin thinks Gihren's a Nazi. Hence the page quote.
** In the Compilation Movies he's the only Zabi against the deployment of the [[FantasticNuke Solar Ray]]. Even Dozle was for the idea. The only reason Degwin okays its construction is because he knows Gihren has already gone ahead with it and he can do nothing to stop it.
* EvilChancellor: Before obtaining his current position.
* EvilOldFolks: Into his sixties. Still the dictator--at least in name--of Zeon.
* EvilOverlord: As Sovereign of Zeon.
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: Got all of his children high-ranking positions in the Zeon military, largely because he doesn't trust anyone else. As Gihren demonstrates, this may not have been the best move.
* FatBastard: Though he's hardly the most evil character around, Degwin is both quite overweight, and the tryannical ruler of a one-party state.
* {{Foil}}: To General Revil. See Revil's entry for how.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: PlayedWith Big glasses, absolute dictator. However, he does care for his family, well besides Gihren.
* KilledOffForReal: Once Gihren has the WaveMotionGun "accidentally" fire on his vessel when he was going to make peace with the enemy.
* LargeAndInCharge: Subverted. He's large only in the sense of being overweight, and is only nominally in charge.
* {{Lightworlder}}: He spent most of his youth on the Moon and as a result he suffers from osteoporosis and other health problems.
* ImplausibleDeniability: Degwin came to power ten years ago after the sudden and suspicious death of Zeon Daikun for whom he served as chief of staff. Degwin claims that Zeon, on his deathbed declared Degwin his successor. Given this much, of course Degwin couldn't possibly had anything to do with the highly questionable [[SoapOperaDisease Soap Opera Illness]] that caused Zeon Deikunís untimely passing, could he?
* NonActionBigBad: Degwin has very little to do with the war effort and in fact his position is much more that of a figurehead, with Gihren having taken the position of ruler and [[DragonInChief de facto]] BigBad.
* ThePatriarch: Initially looks like an evil version of this, but it's quickly subverted as one realises that his kids, and not him, are really running the show.
* PuppetKing: After Gihren was done with him.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: For a fascist dictator he's a remarkably down to Earth guy. The problem is that he's not really the one in charge.
* SpannerInTheWorks: His attempt to surrender to the Federation forced Gihren to fire the Colony Laser before it was complete, resulting in Zeon's war-winning superweapon getting trashed after only taking out half of the enemy fleet. Needless to say, the ''other'' half swiftly proved themselves to be very troublesome indeed.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the novelization trilogy, he is simply said to have been dethroned on Side 3. So he apparently survived the war. The only Zabi to do so.
* VisionaryVillain: Once upon a time Degwin wanted to change the world for the better.
* WasItReallyWorthIt: With the death of Garma, he's starting to suspect that it might not have been.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Degwin's 62, not the ancient man he appears to be. That said, he has a lot of health problems.

'''Gihren Zabi'''
->Voiced by: Creator/BanjoGinga (JP), Hiro Kanagawa (EN, TV series), Doug Stone (EN, Movies)

->"I'll show you how a man who follows in Hitler's footsteps can fight!"

Degwin Zabi's eldest son, Gihren is a domineering, ambitious social climber, who runs Zeon's war effort from his position as Commander-in-Chief. Ruthless, controlling, and totally void of empathy, Gihren is nevertheless a skilled organiser and gifted public speaker, whose charismatic personality may be all that is keeping Zeon together. Having isolated his father from the public, he is the real ruler of Zeon in all but name.
* AmbitionIsEvil: The single most ambitious and evil character in the show actually.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Crossed with NaziNobleman in Gihren's case.
* ArmchairMilitary: Though oddly enough he's not portrayed as particularly ineffective.
* BigBad: He's the ''[[DragonInChief de facto]]'' Big Bad for most of the series, [[spoiler:and takes the position in name after [[DiscOneFinalBoss Degwin]]'s death]].
* CainAndAbel: Him and his sister Kycilia. More like [[BigBad Cain]] & [[TheStarscream Cain]] really.
* TheCaligula: The Zabis are a BigScrewedUpFamily, and evil does seem to be [[InTheBlood in the genetics]], but Gihren's the only one who's totally certifiable.
* TheChessmaster: He is not a warrior, but he is good at manipulating events and people. See ManipulativeBastard.
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive: Does it throughout the Battle of A Baoa Qu.
* CultOfPersonality: The Zabi family cult might extend to the whole clan, but it's Gihren who benefits most from it. His portrait is everywhere, his speeches galvanise the masses, and many of his dedicated followers would rather die than disappoint him.
* DeadlyGas: Deploys it in the opening days of the invasion of Earth.
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: Gihren is a totally Machiavellian personality, concerned only with establishing his own power, through any means necessary.
* DragonInChief: He is technically subordinate to Degwin but by the time of the One Year War, Gihren has reduced his father to a powerless figurehead and made himself the real dictator of Zeon.
* EvilChancellor: His relationship with his father has definite aspects of this, given Gihren's position as his father's Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief, and top advisor.
* EvilerThanThou: He's given a number of scenes that contrast him with the other villains (most notably Kycilia) that establish him as the most morally black character in the series.
* TheEvilPrince: He's already cut his father out of the picture and taken most of Zeon's political and military power for himself as of the start of the series. He further isolates Degwin following [[spoiler:Garma's death]], and finally [[spoiler:kills the old man, usurping BigBad status for himself]].
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Gives a little speech to his father about how DemocracyIsBad and that people should have their own will replaced with that of the Zabi family (read as: Gihren).
* TheGeneralissimo: Given that he borrows not only from UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler but from UsefulNotes/HidekiTojo this isn't really surprising.
* GloriousLeader: The franchise's first and most iconic example. He's got the cult of personality (complete with his portrait being everywhere), the promise of a brave new world, the claim that he's saving Zeon from its degenerate enemies, and the widespread popularity among the people, all of which cover the fact that he's a cold-blooded social dominator who doesn't give a damn about anything but consolidating his own power.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: According to the novels he has a wife (who is never shown or given much description) and is also having an affair with his secretary, Cecilia Irene, who shows up only briefly in the series proper but plays a prominent role in ''Manga/ThePlotToAssassinateGihren'' and other Zeon-focused spinoffs. Cecilia genuinely loves Gihren, but it's doubtful that somebody like him sees her as much more than a tool.
* GreaterScopeVillain: In ''The 08th MS Team'', ''War in the Pocket'', and any other series set during the One Year War, Gihren is this by default.
* {{Greed}}: One of the video games in the franchise is entitled ''Gihren's Greed''. That should say it all.
* TheHeavy: For much of the series. He and Char seem to split the role, with Char shaping the individual episodes, and Gihren the overall plot.
* ImprobablyHighIQ: 240. Of course this may simply be Zeon propaganda.
* InsaneAdmiral: Zeon's CINC and an utter psychopath. He's not really what you'd call incompetent, but is otherwise barely human, which causes him to make a number of tactical errors later on.
* InsultBackfire: His father compares him to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Gihren takes it as a compliment, though it should be noted that it doesn't appear that Gihren even knew who Hitler was outside of "some great conqueror from the Dark Ages".
* ItsAllAboutMe: Gihren wants what Gihren wants. Everyone else can go hang.
* KilledOffForReal: By Kycilia.
* KlingonPromotion: Kills [[spoiler:Degwin]] to further his agenda.
* LackOfEmpathy: Char may be empathy-deficient, but Gihren has absolutely none for anybody. If you're in his way, or no longer useful, you die. This actually causes him problems when it comes to predicting his sister, Kycilia's actions: he assumes that she's every bit as ruthless as himself.
* LargeAndInCharge: He's nowhere near the size of his brother Dozle (than again, who is?) but at six foot three, Gihren still towers over most of the characters in the show--as a note of comparison, he's OneHeadTaller than Char and Garma.
* TheLeader: Of Zeon. He's a Type IV personality with a Type I style of leadership.
* LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: Garma's death saddens the rest of his family, but to Gihren it was an opportunity to boost morale and martyr his younger brother. Ultimately this is where he makes his legendary "Sieg Zeon!" speech.
* {{Lust}}: For power. Basically his defining characteristic when you get right down to it.
* ManipulativeBastard: PlayedWith. Gihren manipulates Zeon's public with ease, constantly drumming up support for the war. On the other hand, he is very bad at manipulating individuals.
* MasterRace: Views the people of Zeon this way.
* MeaningfulName: May be derived from the Old German for "brain"(gehirn), making it an appropriate name for a man that ''Gundam Official'' describes as "an intellectual monster."
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: While all of Zeon is PuttingOnTheReich, Gihren's the one who gets explicitly compared to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler by his father. Given that he's a hardcore, militaristic SocialDarwinist with genocidal intentions, a load of charisma, and no concept of morality, it's none too surprising.
* NaziNobleman: He's TheEvilPrince ''and'' an enthusiastic SocialDarwinist who sees UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler as someone to look up to.
* {{NEET}}: According to the (admittedly tongue-in-cheek) prequel manga ''Garma Of The Space Island'', he was one before he became involved in Zeon Deikun's independence movement.
* {{Nepotism}}: He got his job as Zeon's supreme commander because his father is the ruling Sovereign. He's kept it by being an efficent, imaginitive, [[ManipulativeBastard charismatic]], and utterly ruthless psycho.
* NewEraSpeech: Both the "Hail Zeon" speech early in the show, and the speech at A Baoa Qu that he gives after firing the colony laser.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Gihren's what happens when TheEvilPrince meets UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler [[ANaziByAnyOtherName By Any Other Name]]. In addition to their ideological similarities, he shares Hitler's overconfidence, reliance on superweapons, underestimation of his enemies, oratorical abilities, and willingness to betray those closest to him in order to remain in power. Various sidematerials and sidestories continue to add parallells between the two, with ''The Plot to Assassinate Gihren'' manga being a direct reference to the RealLife Operation Valkyrie and the television film ''The Plot to Kill Hitler''.
* NoSocialSkills: A variant. Gihren's great at manipulating the masses, but absolutely fails at personal interaction, as evidenced by his conversations with Degwin and Kycilia.
* NonActionBigBad: Following [[spoiler:Degwin's exit]]. Gihren's a schemer and an orator, not a frontline combatant.
* OverlordJr: Of the worst possible type, embracing his father's worst traits and ignoring his good ones, then adding a little bit of TheStarscream for good measure.
* ParentalAbandonment: Whether ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'''s Glemmy Toto is Gihren's clone or his [[BastardBastard bastard]] is a matter of some debate; what is not is the fact that Gihren dropped him off with a foster family before he was a few weeks old.
* {{Patricide}}: Murders his father to keep the war going.
* {{Pride}}: Supremely self-confident, thoroughly convinced of his superiority, and suffering from a genuinely Greek sense of hubris.
* ProperlyParanoid: On the subject of Char Aznable, whom he does not trust in the least.
* PuttingOnTheReich: All of Zeon does this, but it's most noticeable on Gihren.
* RousingSpeech: At Garma's funeral and again at the beginning of the battle for A Baoa Qu. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L03K2njcCrM He's pretty good at it.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He may lack his [[FourStarBadass brother]] and [[LadyOfWar sister]]'s [[NonActionGuy fighting ability]], and he's an [[SmugSnake unpleasant guy on top of it]], but no one can claim [[TheStrategist Gihren]] isn't pulling his weight. Between serving as commander-in-chief, organising the war effort and [[RousingSpeech keeping up troop morale]] he makes a definite contribution.
* SanityHasAdvantages: His insanity and lack of empathy is what eventually leads to his sister killing him.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Although [[spoiler:Kycilia sees to it that he doesn't live much longer himself.]]
* SiblingYinYang: He and Kycilia are the cold, calculating Blue Onis to Garma and Dozle's Reds.
* SmugSnake: A high-functioning one, but one nonetheless. He's arrogant, overconfident, manipulative, has no regard for anyone else's wants (or lives), and condescends to everyone around him.
* SocialDarwinist: Convinced that the weak need to move aside to make power for the strong. Hence his treatment of Degwin.
* TheSociopath: The original ''Gundam'' example. [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Azrael]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Djibril]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ribbons]], and all the other psychos in the franchise owe him a tremendous debt. Gihren is emotionally cold, displays a shallow affect, does not understand basic human interaction (though he can manipulate the masses easily enough), is totally amoral and without a conscience, and is seemingly without shame or fear. Apparently raising your kids on an ideology of Social Darwinism can be hazardous to their mental health.
* TheStarscream: He doesn't bother hiding his contempt for his father and his policies, and more or less treats Degwin as a relic, accumulating increasing amounts of power for himself. Degwin knows what's happening, but at this point, is powerless to stop it.
* TheStrategist: To Zeon as a whole, he stays at the top of the command chain and comes up with an overarching plan. Individual battles seem to be of less interest to him and he will assign more tactical matters to his siblings for them to complete.
* {{Straw Hypocrite}}: Gihren, like the rest of Zeon's leadership, talks a good game about how humanity has polluted the Earth and must be moved into space. He also gasses millions of people and tries to ColonyDrop the planet in the backstory, before invading the planet with military force. He also gives the lie to his claims of liberating the colonies, when he has several of them gassed, and forcibly relocates the population of another one to create his Solar Ray. {{Justified|Trope}} as Gihren honestly doesn't care about Zeon's political stance--he just wants to be the most powerful man in the world.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Wants Zeon to rule the world and himself to rule Zeon.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Uses the Solar Ray to assassinate ''one person''. Jeez Gihren, ever heard of subtlety? He was also the one behind the ColonyDrop, the gas attacks on Earth and the other Sides, the implementation of the Big Zam Project and the Apsalus Project, and seeks to deploy nukes on several occasions.
* UngratefulBastard: In ''The Plot to Assassinate Gihren'' it's revealed that Gihren used a failed assassination attempt on himself as an excuse to crack down on the anti-Zabi political factions in Zeon, imprisoning or executing all of them--including the family of David Schiller, the detective who uncovered the plot and saved his life. [[spoiler:Since Gihren himself arranged for the assassination attempt, this isn't that surprising.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Within Zeon. The general public sees Gihren as a great leader, and has no idea about the army of skeletons in his closet. The rest of the world, conversely, has a more accurate appraisal of his morals.
* VisionaryVillain: Gihren has a vision for the future of humanity. It involves the culling of the weak, the destruction of democracy, and the Zabi family dictatorship lording over the Earth sphere for all of eternity.
* WarriorPrince: Gihren's [[NonActionBigBad no fighter]], but given how vital a role he plays in the Zeon war effort it would be difficult not to class him as this.
* WeaponsOfMassDestruction: Gassed vast portions of the Earth, arranged a ColonyDrop, doesn't see the problem with utilising [[NukeEm nuclear weapons]], backs the Big Zam and Apsalus projects, builds the Solar Ray...he's got a definite thing for these.
* WoundedGazelleGambit:[[spoiler:''The Plot To Assassinate Gihren'' reveals that he twice arranged for assassination attempts on himself as a way of gaining public support for clearing out his opposition]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: His hair is a light shade of blue.

'''Dozle Zabi'''
->Voiced by: Creator/DaisukeGori (JP), Creator/TesshoGenda (JP, compilation movies and, starting with ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam 3'', every game where his dialogue is newly recorded, French Tickner (EN, TV series), Peter Spellos (EN, Movies)

->"Once we mass-produce the Big Zam, the Feddies will be dead before they know what hit them!"
->'''Main mecha''': Big Zam

Degwin's third son (the second, Saslo, [[PosthumousCharacter was killed before the series starts in a car bombing]], which is also where Dozle got those scars), Dozle Zabi is everything his older brother Gihren is not. An aggressive fleet admiral, Dozle commands Solomon Base and leads his troops from the front. A dedicated family man, he cares a great deal for his father, his brother Garma, and his wife and daughter.
* AcePilot: One of Zeon's most dangerous pilots as evidenced by his sortie in the Big Zam.
* AntiVillain: Most ''definitely'' on the wrong side of the Earth-Zeon Conflict, but he shows a great deal of nobility in his concern for his men all the same, and cares deeply for his family.
* BigLittleBrother: He is the tallest member of his family and towers over his father and siblings; younger and older.
* TheBrute: Of the Zabi family.
* DefiantToTheEnd:
** When the Big Zam is rapidly getting turned into scrap he gets out and start firing a gun at the Gundam.
** [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Scaring the hell out of the]] [[TheDreaded ''White Devil of the Federation'']] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the process]].
* DeflectorShields: The Big Zam comes equipped with them, making it impervious to beam weapons.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: "Big Zam's Last Stand" is one giant one for him.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His wife, daughter, father, and younger brother. Given his antivillain status, it's not that surprising.
* AFatherToHisMen: He does a LastStand in order to get everyone in Solomon out safely.
* FourStarBadass: Dear ''Lord'', yes. Dozle's an admiral and gives Amuro one of his hardest fights.
* GeniusBruiser: Around 7 feet tall. A fearsome battlefield commander. An excellent pilot.
* GentleGiant: His interactions with his family are particularly d'aww-inducing, and he genuinely cares about his men.
* GiantEqualsInvincible: The nigh-indestructible Big Zam which puts the "humongous" back in HumongousMecha.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a HUGE one on his chin, which apparently comes from the explosion that killed his other older brother, Sasro.
* GreenRooming: He's the first of the Zabi family to be introduced with Char calling him to request extra supplies very early in the series. It's quite a while before Dozle shows up again and even longer before he steps up as a main threat (the heroes having engaged Garma, Kycilia, M'Quve, and Ramba Ral before him).
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: To his wife.
* TheJuggernaut: Oh, hey! Big Zam.
* KilledOffForReal: In an epic DyingMomentOfAwesome
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Dozle recognizes that the Battle of Solomon is lost and orders his men to retreat before heading out in the Big Zam to buy them time.
* LargeAndInCharge: Both he and the Big Zam are enormous.
* LastVillainStand: Defeated at Solomon, Dozle sorties in the Big Zam to give his men time to escape. An example of a LastVillainStand that is also a regular LastStand.
* {{Nepotism}}: How he got his job. He's kept it by being a total badass and a superb commander to boot.
* NoSell: The Big Zam's DeflectorShields stop all beam weaponry from the federation and its armor is so strong that the munitions cannons from the Ball Mobile Suits do nothing to it.
* OneManArmy: Wrecks much of the Federation fleet in the Big Zam.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: For the bad guys.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He's an Admiral in the Zeon Navy, and one of their best fleet commanders. He's definitely doing something.
* SiblingYinYang: He and Garma are the Red Onis to Kycilia and Gihren's Blues. Hell, he and Garma even choose to face [[spoiler:their deaths the same way.]]
* SpikesOfVillainy: On his shoulder pads.
* SuperPrototype: The Big Zam, which is never mass-produced.
* TakingYouWithMe: When the battle of Solomon is lost to the Zeon, he takes the Big Zam for one final offensive against the Federation troops.
-->"If I'm going to Kingdom Come, I'm taking a bunch of you with me!"
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: By the time of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]]'', his daughter Mineva is quite a looker, too.
* UglyGuyHotWife:
** With his wife, Princess Zena. Also a case of [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Huge Husband Tiny Wife]].
** Supplementary material also states that he had a mistress named Marlene Karn (Maharaja Karn's daughter and [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Haman Karn]]'s older sister) who was supposedly quite the looker as well.
* WalkingTank: The Big Zam is a weapons platform on legs, with a shape that isn't even remotely humanoid.
* WarriorPrince: Holds the title of Prince, leads his fleet from the front.
* WeaponsOfMassDestruction: Oh look, Big Zam! An example of a piloted WMD. Dozle's able to use it to solo the Federation fleet at Solomon.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He is 28.
* YouShallNotPass: Done to the whole Federation fleet at Solomon.

'''Kycilia Zabi'''
->Voiced by: Creator/MamiKoyama (JP), Michelle Porter (EN, TV series), Dyanne DiRosario (EN, Movies)

->"We will lead the Principality of Zeon to a decisive victory and gaurantee ourselves complete control of the masses after the war is over."
->'''Main mecha:''' Adzam

Degwin Zabi's only daughter, Kycilia is a bright but cold young woman who serves as one of Zeon's best admirals. Capable of inspiring great loyalty in her subordinates, Kycilia is nevertheless without scruples when it comes to the conduct of the war. She is in charge of Newtype research, and has an intense rivalry with her eldest brother, Gihren.

Kycillia holds the title of Princess and is a capable pilot and excellent commander.
* AristocratsAreEvil: One of the rare Evil Princesses in fiction.
* BadassBookworm: She understands that the psychic powers Newtypes posses are worth exploiting for combat use, as opposed to just using them for propaganda-fuelled speeches like Gihren does.
* BadassCape: As part of her custom uniform.
* TheBaroness: She's got the icy demeanour, the militaristic attitude, the hardcore fascism, and dominating personality all associated with the trope.
* BigBad: Briefly graduates to this status when she [[spoiler:kills Gihren halfway through the penultimate episode]].
* BoomHeadshot: How [[spoiler:Char kills her off]].
* CainAndAbel: With her older brother, Gihren. It might be fairer to say that they're both Cain, with Kycilia being the slightly more sympathetic of the two.
* TheChessmaster: Plans her moves out ''very'' carefully. Given that she's going up against Gihren she doesn't have much choice.
* CoolHelmet: Wears one that's almost identical to Char's actually.
* CoolMask:
** Often wears a mask over the lower parts of her face when she enters battle. No explanation is ever given.
** In the novelization, she wears it as a good luck charm in battle. In-universe, rumor has it that the only time she didn't wear it in a fight, someone next to her got a headshot and she got his brains in her mouth.
* CustomUniform: Her purple uniform, mask, and cape are nearly as distinctive as Char's.
* DaddysLittleVillain: She's far from childish or spoiled, but Kycilia still fits the trope, sharing her father's philosophy and remaining loyal to him [[spoiler:even after his death]].
* DarkActionGirl: Kycilia isn't afraid to take the field when she has to, as her first appearance (fighting alongside [[TheDragon M'Quve]] in the Adzam) attests to.
* DeathByPragmatism: She's right about Char being an invaluable war asset for Zeon, and despite knowing that he's a member of the Deikun family, puts him to the best use she can. [[spoiler:Problem is, that "best use" leaves him a clear shot at taking her down]].
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: She and her brother share this outlook on life. Like Gihren, Kycilia is willing to do just about anything to ensure that the Zabi family gains control of the Earth Sphere.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Inverted. Kycilia's love of her father is one of her few redeeming traits.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: She's not an especially warm person, but she definitely cares about her father, and looked rather sad when Garma's death was announced.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She was planning to move against Gihren for a long time, and it's implied that his psychopathy is a motivating factor. That's not to say that she isn't pretty damn awful herself.
* EvilGenius: Of the Zabi family and Zeon as a whole. She's one of their better strategists and admirals, and is in charge of Newtype research, and the new mobile suits and mobile armours that come with it.
* {{The Evil Prince}}ss: Very evil (though noticeably less so than her older brother, Gihren) and not averse to climbing to power the old-fashioned way.
* EvilRedhead: More like MagnificentBitch redhead.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Kycilia may not have a biology degree, but she's the one who funded the Newtype research that led to the creation of Cyber-Newtypes. She also seems to share Zeon Zum Deikun's belief that Newtypes would eventually supplant the rest of humanity, although whether she's just using this as part of her political agenda is unclear.
* FourStarBadass: Has the rank of Admiral.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Briefly becomes Sovereign of Zeon, following the deaths of her brothers and father. It doesn't last for long.
* GreaterScopeVillain: In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' the Zeonic forces involved belong to her fleet, though it's worth noting that BigBad [[InsaneAdmiral Colonel]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Killing]] is actually a Gihren loyalist.
* ImprobableAge: An admiral at twenty-four? Justified by her familial connections, aristocratic rank, and demonstrable competency.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Char offs her via a rocket launcher to the head in the finale]].
* KlingonPromotion: Kills [[spoiler:Gihren]] and takes his position.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Kycilia, unlike Gihren, realises that the battle for A Baoa Qu is lost, and attempts to flee, planning on rallying the forces in the homelands, rather than dying at the base.
* LadyAndKnight: The Dark Lady to [[TheDragon M'Quve]]'s Black Knight.
* LadyOfWar: Gundam's first example.
* LeanAndMean: Notably skinnier than other women in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', due to Tomino finding it unattractive.
* ALighterShadeOfBlack: Than her oldest brother. She's still a fascist dictator but a more palateable one, possessing some empathy for her family, and a willingness to work with other people rather then lord it over them. It makes it possible, if just barely, to root for her as she and Gihren manouvere for position.
* ManipulativeBastard: Runs in the family. Like Gihren, she has a knack for manipulating the public.
* {{Nepotism}}: How she got her position. How she's kept it is [[EvilGenius another]] [[LadyOfWar story]].
* OhCrap: Her reaction when [[spoiler:she sees Char pointing a bazooka directly at her face]].
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: In addition to being an admiral, Kycilia is a major political figure within the Principality, with her own factions in the bureaucracy and the upper brass. Much of the political conflict within Zeon consists of the competition between her party and Gihren's loyalists.
* PragmaticVillainy: Kycilia knows when to cut her losses, treats her men well in order to ensure their loyalty, and positions herself as a more reasonable, less extreme, alternative to her brother Gihren. This doesn't make her good at all; just rational.
* PrincessesRule: Is still addressed as "Princess" or simply "Lady Kycilia" after seizing control of the nation from Gihren, mostly because she hasn't had time to formally promote herself. Personality wise it's still a case of GodSaveUsFromTheQueen.
* PromotionToParent: Because Nalisse Zabi died in childbirth, Garma looks up to her as a mother figure.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: She's a Rear-Admiral in the Zeon fleet and takes an interest in research and development, eventually masterminding much of the defense of A Baoa Qu.
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler:For Char]]. She lives to regret it[[spoiler:, just barely]].
* SiblingYinYang: She and Gihren may hate each other, but they've got a lot in common personality wise. The family basically splits in two, with Kycilia and Gihren being icy and calculating, and Garma and Dozle being hot-blooded and passionate.
* TheStarscream: As M'Quve's activities in Europe showed, she was preparing to move against Gihren for quite a while before he fried their father and staged a coup. She may well have been involved in ''The Plot To Assassinate Gihren'', and doesn't make her dislike of her brother, or her belief that she could do a better job of running the war effort a secret. [[spoiler:And then she kills him]].
* VillainousCheekbones: You could cut glass on them.
* WeHaveReserves: Kycilia has no problem with leaving her men to die if it serves her purposes, going so far as to order the destruction of a lost base with her own troops still inside.
* YouKilledMyFather: Why she [[spoiler:wastes Gihren]].
* YoungerThanTheyLook: She's just ''24''.

'''Garma Zabi'''
->Voiced by: Creator/KatsujiMori (JP), Creator/BrianDobson (EN, TV series), Kirk Baily (EN, Movies)

->"Don't laugh, the men are watching."
->'''Main mecha''': Dopp

Degwin's youngest son, Garma serves as leader of the Earth Invasion Force under his sister Kycilia. Desperate to win his family's respect, he is perhaps the most human member of the family, and is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Icelina. He and Char Aznable go way back, having been friends since their days at the military academy.
* AntiVillain: The only thing qualifying him as a villain is his alignment with Zeon.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Among the Zabis; he is noticeably the most conventionally attractive as well as sympathetic of his siblings.
* {{Bishonen}}: The original anime's art style doesn't make his attractiveness as obvious, but side material and later illustrations indicate that he's meant to be quite pretty in comparison to other characters.
* CharacterTics: Has a habit of playing with his hair when concentrating.
* DarkChick: To the rest of the Zabis.
* DeathByChildbirth: This is what happened to his mother, [[AllThereInTheManual according to most sources]], and part of the reason he's his father's favorite.
* DefectingForLove: He tells Icelina that if his father doesn't approve of their marriage after winning him ''White Base'' and the Gundam, then he'll leave the Principality of Zeon to be with her. [[spoiler:He's killed before we can find out how sincere he is.]]
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: "All Glory to the nation of Zeon!"]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Better believe it. Maybe it's Dozle's influence.
* EtTuBrute: Poor guy actually thought [[ManipulativeBastard Char]] was [[FalseFriend his friend]]. [[spoiler:He ends up dying after Char tricks him into an enemy ambush, [[KickTheDog even calling Garma up as his ship's being blasted to hell just to rub salt in the wound.]]]]
* HeroWorshipper: Of his older siblings, particularly Kycilia.
* ImprobableAge: Is running the Earth Invasion Force at the age of twenty. Justified by nepotism.
* KilledOffForReal: The first member of the Zabi family to meet his death.
* {{Nepotism}}: Got his position this way, and is determined to prove that actually deserves it.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Leads the Earth Invasion Force.
* SiblingYinYang: Go ahead and contrast his poncy looks and {{antivillain}}ous attitude with his [[TheBaroness sister]] and [[TheSociopath eldest brother]]. He and [[TheBrute Dozle]], on the other hand, have [[UnholyMatrimony a fair]] [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes bit in]] [[HotBlooded common]].
* StarCrossedLovers: With his girlfriend Iselina.
* StepfordSmiler: Shows signs of being a Type A.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Once it becomes clear escape is impossible, he tries to go out honorably in a failed kamikaze attack against ''White Base''.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: He is well beloved and popular among the Zeon citizens. [[spoiler:His publicity was so good that Gihren was able to convince the rest of their grieving family to use Garma's funeral as a rally for propaganda to bolster their country's morale.]]
* WarriorPrince: Really wants to be, though his competency is questionable.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Knowing that he had his military position [[{{Nepotism}} solely because of his dad]], he ''desperately'' craved the approval of his father and older siblings, especially Kycilia.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Violet.

[[folder:Ramba Ral]]
'''Ramba Ral'''
->Voiced by: Creator/MasashiHirose (JP), John Payne (EN, TV series), Creator/MichaelMcConnohie (EN, Movies)

->"This is no Zaku, boy! No Zaku!"
->'''Main mecha''': Gouf

An affable Zeon ace, Ramba Ral came to Earth following Garma Zabi's defeat at the hands of the ''White Base'' crew. Meeting Amuro Ray while both were off-duty, Ramba Ral struck up a friendship with the boy. He would later lead a number of attacks on the ''White Base'' crew.
* AcePilot: Comes pretty damn close to defeating Amuro more than once during their duels. Note that while his Gouf is an improvement over the Zaku II, it still isnít on the same level as the [[SuperPrototype Gundam]]. Ral is just that good.
* AlliterativeName: Usually on a FullNameBasis, too.
%%* AntiVillain
* AvengingTheVillain: Comes to Earth to avenge Garma.
* BadassMoustache: It was TheSeventies. Actually sports one of the few we see in-show.
* BoisterousBruiser: Has definite aspects of this.
* BrainsAndBrawn: The Brawn to his girlfriend's Brains.
* BreakoutCharacter: Not to Char's extent, but Ramba Ral's popularity has lead to more of an impact on the franchise than most other characters. ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' both feature prominent Expies of him and he was given a large role in The Origin's prequel movies.
%%* TheBrigadier
* ColonelKilgore: Though not a particularly unpleasant or unsympathetic one - he just really likes war.
* ColorMotif: As you can tell by the picture, blue. Ramba Ral has a huge blue motif about him in contrast to Char's reds; Ral's Gouf and uniform both show the color proudly. It helps to highlight the contrasts between Char and Ramba Ral, and goes well with Ral's business-like but relaxed demeanor.
* {{Determinator}}: When M'quve "[[RightHandVersusLeftHand loses]]" the Doms he was supposed to supply Ramba Ral with, the ace just puts on a commando suit and leads his men in a boarding action to capture White Base.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Knowing he's lost, he tells the White Base crew to watch his fate, before taking an unpinned grenade, and jumping out, landing right in Gundam's hand to be blown up.
* AFatherToHisMen: Ramba Ral is a capable and caring commander. He's always looking out for his soldiers and trying to prevent them from taking unnecessary risks; part of his motivation to succeed is for them to rise in the ranks along side him. Tellingly his soldiers have quite a lot of dedication to him [[spoiler:culminating in the remnant of his forces willingly following Hamon in a doomed counterattack so they could have a chance to avenge him]].
* FamousLastWords: "You have all fought splendidly! Now, watch the fate that belie all warriors!"
* FullNameBasis: Though sometimes just called "Ral".
%%* KilledOffForReal
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Gouf was one of the few (semi)standard issued Zeon Mobile Suits to come with a shield; the Dom's and Aquatic units went shield-less while the Zaku's right shoulder armor would act as a shield. Even then, many Goufs still chose to forgo the shield and it wasn't until the Gelgoog that they became standard issue. Ramba Ral made fairly good use of his shield and managed to block a beam-saber swing by the gundam by closing the distance and catching the arm before Amuro could make a full swing.
* MomentOfWeakness: Ramba's death comes about due to him running into Sayla, distracted as to why the person he watched over when she was little was doing on ''White Base''. As he aptly puts it "In the middle of a battle, Ramba Ral forgot how to fight."
* OppositesAttract: With Crowley Hamon. He's loud, cheerful, and leads from the front. She's quiet, graceful, and TheStrategist.
* RedBaron: ''Blue Giant''
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the novels he's a secret service agent instead of a pilot and is one of the comparatively few named Zeon characters to survive to the end.
* WhipItGood: The Gouf's Heat Rod, which he uses to good effect during his battles with Amuro.
* WorthyOpponent: Alternates between considering Amuro this and saying it's the Gundam.
* UnholyMatrimony: With Hamon.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He's only in his 30s, but looks much older thanks to his BadassMustache and greying hair.

'''Crowley Hamon'''
->Voiced by: Yumi Nakatani (JP), Lenore Zann (EN, TV series), Dian Andrews (EN, Movies)

->"I really did like you, kid."
->'''Main mecha:''' Magella Attack

Ramba Ral's devoted girlfriend and NumberTwo, Crowley Hamon is the brains of the Blue Giant's outfit, planning strategy while he leads from the front. Quiet, composed, and always graceful, she makes quite the contrast with her BoisterousBruiser partner.

While normally she's coordinating the attacks back at the base, Hamon is still physically capable and versed in machinery. Notably she manages to be a threat using a Magella Attack Tank, a vehicle largely piloted by redshirts and easier to dispose of than a Zaku.
%%* AntiVillain
* AvengingTheVillain: She targets the ''White Base'' due to their role in Ramba Ral's death, and even before then, sought, alongside Ral, to avenge Garma Zabi.
* BrainsAndBrawn: The brains to Ramba Ral's brawn.
* DespairEventHorizon: Doesn't care if she lives or dies following Ral's death.
%%* KilledOffForReal
* LadyOfWar: Establishes herself as one after Ral's death, piloting one of Zeon's tanks during her revenge strike on the ''White Base''.
* LastNameBasis: Everyone calls her Hamon, including Ral. Her first name is only AllThereInTheManual.
* LikeASonToMe: Per WordOfGod, since she never had any children with Ral, this is the basis for Hamon taking an interest in Amuro.
* NearVillainVictory: Leads the second most successful attack on the ''White Base'', and is within seconds of destroying the Gundam and then the ship before she is defeated.
%%* {{Ojou}}
* OppositesAttract: With Ramba Ral. He's loud, cheerful, and leads from the front. She's quiet, graceful, and TheStrategist. They couldnít be happier together.
* TheStrategist: This is her position in Ral's group and from their armored base she makes the plans and calls the shots.
* TankGoodness: She actually gets some mileage out of her Magella Attack Tank, and was about to destroy the Gundam (too busy keeping a land battleship laden with explosives from ramming and destroying the ''White Base'' to defend itself) when she was stopped by Ryu.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Ramba Ral.
* UnholyMatrimony: This or Ral's DarkMistress.

->Voiced by: Kouji Totani (JP ep.12), Kaneto Shiozawa (JP ep.16), Shozo Iizuka (JP ep.17), Glen Hopkins (EN), Richard Plantagenet (EN Movies)

A soldier under Ramba Ral's command. Whenever Ral engages White Base, Clamp coordinates from whatever mobile HQ Ral's forces have at the time, usually taking orders directly from Hamon.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When he leads an assault on White Base, he's surprised to see Kikka and other children on board, and when he sets a charge to break into the windows he's yelling at the staff to get the children out of the way.
* LeanAndMean: PlayedWith. Clamp's got a very thin character design and an appropriately nasally voice to go with it, but outside of being a Zeon soldier he's no more villainous than Ramba Ral.
* MookLieutenant: Of Ramba Ral's men he seems to be the highest ranking under Ral and Hamon and often relays their orders. Fittingly his uniform is the unique commander uniform that Dren wears that distinguishes him from the other soldiers.
* VillainousWidowsPeak: Not a notable one as he has a helmet on at all times, but when he takes it off, it's apparent.

->Voiced by: Creator/KanetoShiozawa (JP), Masahiko Tanaka (JP), Michael Benyaer (EN, TV series)

->"Come if you dare!"
->'''Main mecha:''' Adzam, Gyan

Kycilia Zabi's right-hand man, the aristocratic M'Quve represents his mistress on Earth, commanding her troops in the desert, and leading Zeon's forces at the Battle of Odessa. Totally loyal to Kycilia, M'Quve has an ingrained distrust of Char Aznable. Despite all appearances, he is a skilled mobile suit pilot.
* AceCustom: The YMS-15 Gyan kind of qualifies; it was M'Quve's pet project and was intended to replace the Zaku II as Zeon's main mobile suit. However, its focus on melee and need to partner with another MS (intended to be the Rick Dom) made it lose out to the self-sufficient Gelgoog. Only three Gyans were made, with M'Quve claiming one for his own personal use. The ''Gihren's Greed'' games have a M'Quve Custom Gyan which is covered in gold filigree.
* AdaptationalHeroism: In the movies and their supplementary material, he's a mildly snooty AntiVillain and none of his nastier actions are shown.
** When Ramba Ral requested some Doms to replace his destroyed Mobile Suits, M'Quve had the requested Doms deferred, even though Ral had the request approved, because of the small risk that their mining operation could be discovered; the act ultimately lead to Ral's death. The movies cut that and instead Ral asked for reinforcements; M'Quve's refusal was a lot more logical as a major Federation offensive was about to happen and they couldn't spare anyone.
** When he lost to the Federation Forces during Operation Odessa in the series, M'Quve violated the Antarctic Treaty and launched a nuke. In the movies he never does that and instead just pulls his forces out.
** In the series he was willing to pass by a civilian evacuation ship (containing Zena and Mineva) and leave it in space before his subordinate guilted him into stopping. He just picks them up in the movies.
** He carries out a HeroicSacrifice to save Dozle's wife and infant daughter.
* AdaptationalWimp: His KickTheDog moments are removed but so were many of his moments of competence. In series M'Quve is largely ArmchairMilitary as the Gyan and Adzam were AdaptedOut. The moment where he has the White Base shot down is also removed.
* AgentPeacock: M'Quve is a swishy snob with an upper class accent, effeminate hobbies (including antiquing), and an ascot. He's also one of the few characters in this (or any series in the franchise) who can give Amuro Ray something approaching a decent battle.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Invoked by his wealth, obvious connections to the Zeon upperclass, and total ruthlessness.
* ArmchairMilitary: In the movies his two attempts at engaging the Gundam directly in combat (first with the Adzam--copiloted by Princess Kycilia!--then the Gyan) were excised because it was thought to be out of character for him.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Analyses the Gundam thoroughly before trying to engage it.
* BoobyTrap: Liberally booby-traps the Texas Colony before his duel with Amuro.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: At first he appears just a sissy villain. Then the ''White Base'' finally gains his personal attention... And he ''swats it out of the sky''. The ''White Base'' was not completely destroyed only because he was too much in a hurry to finish the job...
* CampStraight: Most likely, given the nature of his relationship with Kycilia.
* TheChessmaster: M'Quve doesn't leave a hell of a lot to chance.
* CloseRangeCombatant: His Gyan is meant primarily as a close combat suit, with excellent reflexes and agility, and a primary armament of a beam rapier.
* CombatPragmatist: Has zero understanding whatsoever of the concept of 'fighting fair'.
* CulturedWarrior: Despite being an overconfident SmugSnake, he's actually a pretty competent pilot and strategist, as his final battle with Amuro attests to. Even Char admits that "M'Quve's putting up quite a fight," and it takes the first full-fledged activation of Amuro's Newtype powers for the Gundam to gain a decisive advantage.
* CyberCyclops: The Gyan.
* DuelToTheDeath: Deliberately lures Amuro into one of these, and carefully rigs everything in his own favor.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He's an awful person, but his devotion to Kycilia is unquestionable.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Looks quite shocked and actually objects when Kycilia orders him to blow up a mine that still has some of his men in it.
* EvilBrit: His dub voice is vaguely British, and is most definitely evil.
* FamousLastWords: "Uragang! Deliver that antique vase to Lady Kycilia... It's very valuable!"
* FauxAffablyEvil: Affects an upperclass attitude and tone, but at his core is cold-blooded and ruthless.
%%* ForeheadOfDoom
%%* KilledOffForReal
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Like Kycilia, M'Quve knows when he's beat. He doesn't like it, but he's aware of it.
* LadyAndKnight: The Black Knight to Kycilia Zabi's Dark Lady. He is utterly loyal to her, right unto death, and the Gyan is even designed to resemble a knight.
* LeanAndMean: As skinny as his boss.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Gyan comes equipped with round buckler shield, itself equipped with missile launchers.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: The Gyan's shield is equipped with fifty-six missile launchers, enabling it to create one of these with ease.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: One of Zeon's richest commanders, and a connosieur of fine art - antique vases in particular.
* MeanBoss: Among other things, M'Quve sees funeral rites for fallen comrades as a meaningless waste of his soldiers' time.
* NukeEm: After losing the Battle of Odessa he fires an ICBM at the Federation forces.
* OutdatedOutfit: Resembles a refugee from the 18th century.
* PetTheDog: While his attempts at bringing reinforcements to Solomon ultimately fails he does seem to take pity on the recently widowed Zena her daughter and has them sent back with the bulk of the reinforcements. M'Quve himself stays with a few ships to rescue the other survivors.
* RichBitch: M'Quve is very well off and enjoys demonstrating that wealth to everyone.
* RoyalRapier: M'Quve's a fencer and the Gyan comes equipped with a [[LaserSword beam rapier]] for this very reason.
* SissyVillain: He's got the fancy clothes, swishy wrists, mincing motions, and cultured tone of voice one associates with this villain type.
* SmugSnake: He isnít incompetent, but his ego has clearly grown past the point where it would be justified.
* TheStrategist: He leads the ''White Base'' around by the nose for quite a while.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the films, his final battle with Amuro in the Texas Colony in the fancypants fencing Mobile Suit Gyan was one of the many things cut for being too SuperRobot-y and was replaced by Char & an early appearance of his MS-14S Gelgoog. However, the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]] {{Interquel}} ''Char's Deleted Affair'' has him die at the helm of the Gyan in a different manner, in a desperation attack on The Federation to cover the retreat of Zeon forces from A Baoa Qu.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Earlier transliterations spell his name as "Makube", meant to be pronounced "Mah-Koo-Bay" with inflection on the first syllable. The official transliteration since the beginning of the 2000s was M'Quve, pronounced "Muh-Koo-Vay" with inflection on the second syllable. This second spelling and pronunciation is odd for a number of reasons. Most notiecably, it makes his name appear to be Swahili in origin. But given ''Gundam's'' tendency for characters of ambiguous race or ethnicity, M'Quve, despite his European looks, could very well be a mixture of anything.
* SubordinateExcuse: Possibly towards Kycilia, whom he was ''very'' devoted to.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Kycilia; [[spoiler:with his last words he instructs one of his subordinates to deliver his prized Ming vase to her.]]
* VillainousCheekbones: Just like his boss.
* WeHaveReserves: Was willing to nuke his own men at Odessa, though only after the battle had been lost.
* WickedCultured: See ManOfWealthAndTaste above.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Purple actually.

[[folder:Black Tri-Stars]]
'''The Black Tri-Stars'''
->Voiced by: Issei Masamune (JP, Gaia), Creator/IchiroNagai (JP, Mash), Creator/IsseiFutamata (JP, Ortega)
->'''Main mecha''': Dom

The nickname of Gaia, Ortega, and Mash, a trio of {{Ace Pilot}}s famous for capturing General Revil at the start of the war. They're currently serving under M'quve, and have been assigned Zeon's deadly new Dom suits with which to hunt down the White Base.
* AcePilot: Amongst the first Zeon aces Amuro faces.
* AgentMulder: The Newtype plot is introduced much earlier in the movies than in the series so a number of characters discuss it. M'Quve maintains that the idea is bunk, but Gaia thinks it's completely possible that there's a bunch of superpowered teenagers running around with heightened pre-cognition.
* AttackPatternAlpha: Their 'Jet Stream Attack', which uses their Doms' superior speed and manoeuvrability to land several hits on an enemy suit in rapid succession. Unfortunately for them, Amuro figures out the pattern after the first time they use it on him, and turns it to his advantage.
* BadassBeard: Gaia, the team leader, has a fairly impressive one.
* EliteMooks: A trio of Zeon's most elite soldiers they debut the Doms, one of Zeon's stronger mobile suit models.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: They believe that honoring their dead is important, M'Quve disagrees.
* {{Gonk}}: None of them are exactly male-model material, but while Gaia and Mash are merely plain, Ortega has a face only an elephant seal could love.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Mash has one over his right eye.
* HeroKiller: One of the series's most notable elite pilot groups with a fearsome reputation preceding them including several important victories and having captured General Revil previously. In their debut they prove to be a powerful enemy to White Base even with a squadron of seasoned Federation soldiers behind them; Ortega even [[spoiler:kills Lieutenant Matilda]].
* LightningBruiser: The Dom is Zeon's heavy assault suit, an armored battering ram floating on two powerful thermonuclear thrusters. It's fast, tough, and a lot more heavily-armed than the Zaku.
* NoodleIncident: In the series at least. The Tri-Stars came to prominence during an engagement early in the war that lead to the capture of General Revil. The event is only mentioned in series but supplementary materials, most notable Origin, go into the details of the event.
* NoSell: Downplayed. While the Gundam's Vulcans (the machine guns in its head) were its weakest weapon, they were usually reliable to damage Zaku's and take down enemy aircraft. They have no effect on the Doms's armor though Gundam's other weapons do.
* SouthernFriedPrivate: The dub gave them all thick Southern accents, which became canon from then onwards.
* TerribleTrio: They're on the more competent end of the trope, though it doesn't save them against Amuro.
* TrueCompanions: A villainous example, but the trio are quite loyal to each other and fight well together.
* VillainousFriendship: A strong team of TrueCompanions who're loyal to Zeon and each other.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Mash is killed in their first engagement and his death does help flesh out Ortega and Gaia as they mourn for him and dedicate their next offensive to avenging him.
* WorthyOpponent: Gaia can't help but admire Amuro's strength and piloting ability.

'''Lalah Sune'''
->Voiced by: Creator/KeikoHan (JP), Willow Johnson (EN, TV series), Creator/LiaSargent (EN, Movies)

->"[[ShoutOut I can see]] [[Franchise/{{Dune}} through time...]]"
->'''Main mecha:''' Elmeth

A Newtype from one of Zeon's labs, Lalah Sune's potential was recognized by both Char Aznable and Kycilia Zabi. She is eventually recruited to serve as the pilot for the MAN-08 Elmeth, a Newtype-specific mobile armor. During this time, she also meets and forms a connection with Amuro.
* AnimalMotifs: As you can see by the picture she's got a lot of avian ones. Her debut even has her watch a Swan struggle to fly in the rain before it crashes in a lake foreshadowing a grim future for herself as she laments the tragedy of beautiful things coming to an end.
* AntiVillain: The war ruined her life, and the person that ďsavedĒ her afterwards is [[TheSociopath Char]] [[ManipulativeBastard Aznable]]. Lalah is easily the most pitiable among the characters working for Zeon.
* AttackDrone: On the Elmeth.
* BrokenBird: The biggest example in the series.
* CloudCuckooLander: Skirts the trope sometimes.
* FacialMarkings: Has a ''bindi'' on her forehead.
* GreenEyes: Lalah has very distinct green eyes and they match well with her mystical nature and with her debuting the Newtype Powers to the series.
* HeroWorshipper: Of Char. He can do no wrong in her eyes.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Before being picked up by Char.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: For both Amuro and Char.
* IOweYouMyLife: Lalah was a [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold teen prostitute]] before being found and recruited by Char.
* TheIngenue: Definitely comes off this way, complete with an overly simplistic, black and white view of the world.
%%* KilledOffForReal
* LoveAtFirstSight: She and Amuro instantly feel a connection, courtesy of their Newtype abilities.
* LoveTriangle: The center of one involving herself, Amuro, and Char (and arguably a point on one involving Amuro and Sayla as well). It ends horrifically for everyone involved.
* MindRape: Strongly hinted at and confirmed in Char's Counterattack that she suffered this at the hands of Char and the Flanagan Institute.
* MoralMyopia: Courtesy of being mentored by Char. Everything she and Char do is right and justified, anything anybody does to them is "evil".
%%* MysteriousWaif
* OneWomanArmy: She devastates an entire Federation squadron in her first appearance, before fellow OneManArmy Amuro runs into her.
* OrphansOrdeal: After her parents die in the war, her life is ''very'' rough.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: One Zeon officer states that, with her powers and the Elmeth, she can take down an enemy battle squadron single-handedly. In her first outing, [[OneWomanArmy she does]].
* PhlebotinumGirl: The TropeMaker, with [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Four Murasame]] as the TropeCodifier. She's slightly better-adjusted than later examples, and has a better relationship with her handlers (well, mostly [[IOweYouMyLife Char]]), but is still an appropriately tragic figure.
* PsychicLink: With Amuro and Char.
* PsychicPowers: The most powerful Newtype to appear in ''Mobile Suit Gundam'', Lalah has been trained to exploit this as a weapon. Her very presence is enough to awaken Amuro and Char's latent powers as well.
* StarCrossedLovers: With Amuro. It ends horribly.
* StepfordSmiler: Considering [[TheWoobie her messed up past]] and how she's treated as a weapon by Zeon, yet remains seemingly cheerful at first. It isn't until she and Amuro have a PsychicLink that she begins to break down and finally asks "Why did you come so late in my life?", hinting that [[DespairEventHorizon she knows she's screwed]].
* SuperPrototype: The Elmeth is an experimental Mobile Armor created for Newtype-use. Once Lalah is inside its cockpit, she annihilates an entire squadron without any trouble.
* TakingTheBullet: Takes a blow from Amuro's beam sabre to save Char.
* TragicVillain: In the end, Lalah is just an [[SkilledButNaive innocent girl]] thrown into a war she doesn't fully understand by one of [[TheSociopath Zeon's]] [[TheDreaded most deadly]] [[RedBaron ace pilots,]] and [[TakingTheBullet sacrifices her life out of love for him.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: To Char. Anyone who attacks him is "evil" in her book.
* UnskilledButStrong: Her complete lack of piloting experience is balanced out by being the most powerful Newtype in the show, complete with a mobile armor designed to maximise her abilities.
* {{Yandere}}: While she's more mentally stable than most, she boldly states to Amuro that [[DeclarationOfProtection protecting Char is her one and only reason for fighting]], and she won't hesitate to kill anyone who threatens him.

->Voiced by: Ichiro Nagai (JP), Brian Drummond (EN, TV series), Barry Stigler (EN, Movies)

Char's second in command from when he first begins pursuing White Base. Dren's a recurring soldier who sticks with Char as he pursues Amuro and the others even as he plots against the Zabi family.
* MauveShirt: Of all the named Zeon soldiers who don't take a major role in the series, Dren is the most prominent. Unlike Slender, Denim, or Kommun, Dren lives past his first few episodes and goes on to serve.
* NumberTwo: Char's second in command who gives orders to the Musai crew when Char's in the field and when Char falls under Garma's command, Dren is the only one of his previous soldiers to still be with him.
* PutOnABus: He disappears after the episode "Icelina- Love's Remains." Since Char was reassigned and Garma's unit transferred, Dren had to go; later episodes established that he returned to his command position in space.
* TemptingFate: In the movies he laughs at the idea that he should wear a space suit, saying such an act would inspire fear in the men. Ironically the possibility of the space suit actually saving him is negated when the Gundam just blows up the bridge of his ship while in the show (where the possibility of him wearing a suit is never brought up) it could have saved him as the bridge was only damaged.
* UndyingLoyalty: In episode 11 when Char speaks to him about how they're going to lie about him not bringing the Red Comet into the combat situation, it's clear that Dren has at least some knowledge of Char's schemes.

'''Cozun Graham'''
->Voiced by: Banjou Ginga (ep. 12 JP), Totani Kouji (ep. 16-17 JP), Ron Halder (EN)

->'''Main Mecha''': Zaku II

A Lieutenant under Ramba Ral, both he and Acous were Zaku pilots who backed up Ral during his first two offensives against White Base. Acous was killed in the second and Cozun was captured by the White Base crew.
* AffablyEvil: Like Ramba Ral there's a semi-formal politeness about him. When Sayla is arrested and sent to the brig she asks him about Char, which he answers to the best of his ability. When he attempts escape he offers to free her as well, believing her to be a Zeon agent.
* AlasPoorVillain: Right as he was about to flee White Base he's accidentally killed by a bazooka blast that was only meant to open a door he'd locked but ultimately damaged his jet pack and sent him plummeting to his death. Omur and Sayla are quite shaken by this, having wanted to capture him alive but instead having killed him
* EyeScream: A relatively painless version involving the mechs. When Gundam (piloted by Sayla) was injured, he opted to blind her by crushing the visual cameras. He smashed the central camera (in the Gundam's head crest) and attempted to gouge out the mech's eyes. At episode's end the Guncannon decks him and smashes the Zaku's eye.
* MauveShirt: He's given more character than the average mook and stays on for three episodes.
* PunchClockVillain: As with Ral and the rest of Ral's soldiers, Cozun largely comes across as someone just doing their job. It's especially notable when he's cornered the Gundam and proudly declares that when they defeat it they can all go home.
* UndyingLoyalty: He may be a PunchClockVillain, but his loyalty to Zeon is real. When captured he refuses to give anything up and when he escapes he tries to transmit White Base's secrets to Ramba Ral as soon as he can rather than escape immediately.
* YankTheDogsChain: An entire episode of him using his quick thinking and ingenuity to elude all the armed staff members of White Base and winning his boss's approval ends with him clipped by an explosion and falling to his death after just being a hair's breath away from making it home free.

'''Zeon Zum Deikun'''

The original leader and founder of the Zeon Republic, Deikun was a voluntary immigrant in UC 0052 from Earth to Side 3 who promoted his philosophy of Contolism to encompass the ideas that Earth is sacred and humanity ought to migrate to Space, and that the colonies at the Sides ought to be self-governing. He also spoke of his belief in a "new type of humanity" that would emerge in Space. Died in 0068 under ''very'' suspicious circumstances.
* DisappearedDad: He died when his children Casval and Artesia were very young.
* FounderOfTheKingdom: Republic, actually, but the Zabis end up turning it into this, anyway. More than that, the struggle against TheFederation goes a long way beyond the One Year War.
* PosthumousCharacter: He died more than a decade before the start of the show, but he sure gets mentioned a lot.
* TheUnsolvedMystery: No one even knows if his death was foul play, let alone who was responsible. Nothing since 1979 has made this any clearer, with good reason.
* TheVoiceless: Dead for more than ten years ''and'' he doesn't even have any lines. The guy has a LOT of influence.


'''Icelina Eschonbach'''
->Voiced by: Creator/KeikoHan (JP, TV series), Shiho Nagoshi (JP, Movies), Marjorie Malpass (EN, TV series), Lara Cody (EN, Movies)

->"Oh, Garma!"


The daughter of an Earth Federation official, Icelina falls in love with Garma Zabi when he occupies her hometown. Completely unsuited for war, and profoundly ignorant of just how the world works, Icelina gets herself into a lot of trouble after Garma dies.
* AntiVillain: She just was a naive young girl who happened to be on the wrong side of the war.
* AvengingTheVillain: [[spoiler:Aims to avenge Garma.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Oh, does this kid get broken...
* BrokenBird: After [[spoiler:Garma's death]].
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Her fat-cat father hates the Zabis and Zeon. Subverted, though, in that Icelina's not doing it due to her father's dislike, if that factors in at all. Also, her dad's not a pleasant guy, but to be fair to Mayor Eschonbach, in plenty of Real-Life examples, if you go out with a member of an invading military force, you're liable to get a lot more than just your father angry at you.
* DeathByFallingOver: [[spoiler:Combined with DisneyVillainDeath, though she could hardly be described as villainous. She manages to survive long enough to crawl out of her downed ship and aim her gun at Amuro, but collapses, presumably due to injuries sustained during the crash, and dies from the resulting fall.]]
* TheIngenue: She has no idea about what being at war really means until her beloved Garma dies.
%%* KilledOffForReal
* MoralMyopia: It's okay for her to collaborate with Garma, who's trying to help his father and utter psychopath of a brother TakeOverTheWorld, but the people who [[spoiler:killed Garma]] are monsters and deserve to die.
* TheOjou: Complete with servants, a BigFancyHouse, a party, a pretty dress... and everything else on this list. Being so sheltered ended very badly for her.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Subverted. It doesn't achieve much.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Her name is pronounced either "Eesehlina" (English) or "Eeserina" (Japanese).
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Her death is cut from the CompilationMovie trilogy.
* StarCrossedLovers: Complete with two feuding sides. She's the last thing Garma sees.
* WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife: Her revenge is futile and sad, and she ends up dead. Amuro doesn't even know who she is or why she was after revenge at the time of her burial.

'''Kamaria Ray'''
->Voiced by: Creator/ToshikoSawada (JP, TV series), Lisa Ann Beley (EN), Mari Devon (EN, Movies)

->"Is this because I let his father raise him...?"

Amuro's mother stayed on Earth when he and his father went into Space. When the war brings them together again, Kamaria has intense difficulty reconciling the sweet boy she remembers with a young soldier who now shoots to kill -- and Amuro finds himself similarly upset.
* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Side materials mention the man waiting in the car in Kamaria's last scene is her boyfriend. Not really relevant to anything except Amuro has big problems with it in other continuities.
* CallingTheOldWomanOut: Inverted and subverted. Kamaria is truly horrified and justifiably traumatized at [[spoiler:Amuro shooting someone in front of her eyes]], and scolds and shames him for it. For his part, Amuro does NOT get into Kamaria essentially abandoning him, but he does very angrily and heartbrokenly accuse her of not loving him, refuses to believe her when she says otherwise, then flees to blow more things up in a rage before they can talk it out.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Kamaria might sound heartless and illogical when she starts talking about enemy soldiers having families, but she's not living in the middle of a battlefield day after day, and does represent a pretty fair noncombatant viewpoint. She ''and'' her son have a fair argument.
* MissingMom: In both senses. She's seen her only child a handful of times in the last decade, and it's rapidly apparent Amuro misses her pretty badly. It's also invoked to the point where Amuro is amazed she's still alive.
* MoodWhiplash: Her reunion with Amuro goes from joyful and touching with her babying him to nightmarish, in an instant.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After Amuro runs out on her.
* NoNameGiven: She's actually just "Mom" in the show. Her name is AllThereInTheManual.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Despite what Kamaria thinks and says, Amuro clearly gets his looks, his moodiness, and his temper from her.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Kamaria's left talking in disbelief to his wooden doll at one point. "He wouldn't hurt a fly..."

'''Miharu Ratokie'''
->Voiced by: Satomi Majima (JP), Creator/KellySheridan (EN, TV series), Creator/BridgetHoffman (EN, Movies)


A Federation civilian and Zeon spy, Miharu strikes up a friendship with Kai, eventually accompanying him aboard the ''White Base''.
* AntiVillain: She is spying for a fascist dictatorship, yeah, but only because she needs the money to raise her younger sibilings.
* BecomingTheMask: Is sent to spy on the White Base. However, she falls in love with Kai and sees that the crew has children among their protegees, and starts questioning herself...
* GirlishPigtails: They reinforce her InnocentFlowerGirl look.
* HeelFaceTurn: A pretty rapid one. Some people just aren't cut out to be spies.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: For Kai.
* InnocentFlowerGirl: She sells pastries and not flowers, but otherwise fits in perfectly.
%%* KilledOffForReal
%%* TheMole
%%* NaiveEverygirl
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Her attempt to earn some money for her siblings ends up leaving them worse off than before, with their only caregiver dead and them completely alone in the world. And if you take ''Kunio Okawara's MS Collection'' as canon, that quickly becomes the least of their worries...
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: She badly need the money to support her younger siblings and doesn't really care for the two warring factions.
* PromotionToParent: Has two little siblings, Milly and Gill, whom she takes care of after their parents died in the war.
* PunchClockVillain: She's got absolutely zero grudge against the Federation - she just needs to feed her family, and Zeon pays well for information.
%%* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* SlipknotPonytail: Her GirlishPigtails come undone when [[spoiler:she's knocked out of the Gunperry by the backblast from its missiles, falling to her death]].
* StarCrossedLovers: With Kai. He is the JerkWithAHeartOfGold that has recently discovered he cannot abandon his friends when they are in danger. She is TheMole trying to sell his friends to the enemy.

'''Cameron Bloom'''
->Voiced by: Creator/KanetoShiozawa (JP, TV series), Hiroshi Isobe (JP, Movies), David Mackay (EN)

->"Mirai! Just tell me what I need to do, and I'll do it!"

A lawyer who works for the government of Side 6, wealthy Cameron and his family fled there to avoid the carnage at the start of the One Year War. Pre-war, he and Mirai were engaged by parental arrangement, but she hasn't seen or spoken to him in months, and they have differing feelings encountering one another when ''White Base'' docks in Riah late in the war.

* ArrangedMarriage: His parents and Mirai's seemingly arrange this while Mirai is still in school and before the war. The wedding doesn't take place.
* CowardlyLion: Becomes this when he [[spoiler: uses his own shuttle to escort the White Base out of Side 7. ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome During a battle]]'']]
* DirtyCoward: Mirai seems to think this of him when she learns Cameron used his money to look for her instead of trying himself -- until Sleggar's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to him and Mirai.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: A Variation. Cameron isn't evil, but his stiff reassurances to Mirai often sound hollow and coupled with a number of shots animating only his glasses (be they to convey distance or OpaqueLenses) make him seem rather cold and unfeeling even if by accident.
* RomanticFalseLead: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. He's scarcely mentioned until three-fourths of the way through the show, let alone showing up even later, and he's not the first guy to show interest in Mirai (the third). It is established he's the first one to be in a relationship with her, though, and Mirai has very conflicting emotions from the moment he appears again. With the paths the war have put them on, he is pretty obviously the wrong guy for her, however.
* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: Doesn't even get to ask; Sleggar is polite enough to just take them off him first, and hand them back afterwards.