The cast of Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
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Earth Federal Forces
The first protagonist of Gundam AGE, he was born the same year that the war with the Unknown Enemies began. While he was still young, Flit and his family were attacked by the UE 7 years after "The Day Angel Fell", the first UE attack. It was during this attack that his dying mother provided him with control unit and schematics for the Gundam, leading Flit to spend years developing the "Legendary Mobile Suit" and devotes himself toward the defense of humanity and the defeat of the UEs. He is 14 years old at the start of his story.
- Ace Pilot: Although it takes him a few episodes to get used to battle, he quickly becomes the Diva's primary offensive suit along with Woolf.
- Anime Hair: His is one of the milder examples in the show, including how his elderly self wears it.
- Awesome by Analysis: Flit makes up his lack of experience with ability to analyze enemy's movement patterns.
- Badass: Oh, yeah.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Emily.
- Child Prodigy: A teenager who's designing the Super Prototype for the whole Federation.
- Curtains Match the Window: Teal eyes, teal hair.
- Despair Event Horizon: Yurin's death shatters his idealistic self, which ultimately triggers his descent into becoming the Dark Messiah for the corrupt Earth Federal Forces.
- Dynamic Entry: In the AGE Titus' first appearance.
- Evolving Weapon: The whole point of the AGE system—it allows the Gundam to produce new weapons as it requires them.
- Expy: Initially, to Amuro Ray—a (pre)Teen Genius who's obsessed with his work and is naive about the ways of war. His crushing loss of his lover, Yurin, transforms him into a hardened Usso Evin for the remainder of the series. Just like Usso, Flit no longer shares any empathy to those he exterminates.
- Falling into the Cockpit: Subverted, while he has no intention to pilot Gundam AGE-1, he built it and knows how to use it.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- The Hero: Starts off as a naive but driven kid, helps to broker a truce between two warring factions in Fardain, and he very much wants to save the Federation. His character arc also extends through the entire show.
- Heroic BSOD: The death of Yurin L'Ciel shatters Flit.
- Improbable Age: He's a weapons designer on the military's payroll long before he fell into the AGE-1. His mother pretty much instructed him to become a Messianic Archetype and save the world, giving him the design for the AGE in the process.
- Jumped at the Call: Given that he feels he owes the UE for his mother's death, this is understandable.
- Kid Hero: Flit's not even old enough to shave and he's constantly saving the Diva, as well as seriously driven to defeat the UE.
- Love Hurts: He ends up facing Yurin on the battlefield and she does a Heroic Sacrifice for him.
- Love Makes You Evil: Arguably. Losing Yurin was Flit's Start of Darkness, turning him into a pressure cooker of anti-Vagan hatred.
- My Greatest Failure: Not being able to stop Desil from killing Yurin.
- My Parents Are Dead: Their death (especially his mom's, which he witnessed) in a UE attack drove Flit into the family tradition of building Gundams specifically to get revenge.
- Narrator All Along: It's revealed at the end of G1 that the narration is done by Flit as an adult.
- Parental Abandonment: His mom died in front of him, while handing him the design for the Gundam. Of his father, we have no sign.
- Psychic Powers: He has developed predictive/telepathic senses as a result of him being an X-Rounder, which is basically this AU series representation of Newtypes.
- Revenge: Wants to exterminate the UE for the murder of his mother and his lover.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name has so far been translated as Fritto (supposedly the 'official' spelling), Flit (also seemingly official), and Flint. Flit seems to have gained the most recognition, however.
- Super Prototype: The AGE-1.
- Teen Genius: Designed the Gundam and a Haro at 14.
- Tragic Keepsake: The Gundam's hard drive, given to him by his mother. Yurin's pink ribbon from Episode 15 onwards.
- Unstoppable Rage: Goes into one of these after Yurin's death and utterly OWNS Desil.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green, actually. Well, blue-green.
Childhood friend of Flit Asuno who met him when he first moved to Nora. She worries about Flit and initially spends most of her time trying to convince him to join her and Dique in resettling at Colony Tordia, rather than piloting the Gundam into battle.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She has an obvious crush on Flit, spending most of G1 worrying about his welfare.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She doesn't show this in terms of keeping Flit away from other girls (and there aren't any on the Diva anyway), but from the Gundam. In Episode 4 she accepts Woolf's challenge in the hopes that Flit will lose (and thus lose his place on the ship so that he'll accompany her and Dique to a new colony), and she gets angry at Woolf and Grodek for encouraging him to fight. Understandable, since nobody wants to see their crush die in battle. She eases up after a chat with Lalaparly Mardona later on.
- Expy: She's much like a younger, blonder Frau Bow, being Flit's next-door neighbor with a childhood crush on him.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Like Flit, she's naive about war and sincerely wants to help people.
- Patient Childhood Love Interest: Towards Flit. Everyone around her (except Flit, of course) can see her feelings, but she doesn't make any overtures towards him.
- Plucky Girl: Though she wavers between staying on the Diva and going to a safe colony, she's good at keeping her head and encourages Flit.
- Short Hair with Tail: She has a bob cut with a ponytail.
- Snooping Little Kid: She shadows the Diva's intended captain and overhears his intentions to abandon the colony. She later overhears Grodek blackmailing another Federation officer and confronts him about it at one point, but the incidents motivate her to speak up on his behalf when Adams questions his right to command.
Another friend of Flit's who ends up on the Diva
with Emily when she decides to sneak aboard with Flit.
Commander Henrik Bruzar
Voiced by: Ikuya Sawaki (JP)
The commander of the Federation forces at Nora. He serves as a sort of father figure to Flit, and sacrifices himself to help the colony core escape.
- Blatant Lies: His claim that there is a "secret escape route" for commanders when Millias tries to convince him to leave.
- Cool Old Guy
- Dying Moment of Awesome: He stays behind in the command centre while everyone else evacuates, so that he can trigger the release mechanism for the colony core. When the base is destroyed by the UE he rides the elevator up the secondary controls and—despite severe injuries—manages to free it. He then climbs into a spaceship and deliberately crashes into the back of the colony, destroying the rubble that was preventing the colony core from breaking free. We all must agree that this man had some serious Brass Balls going on.
- Go Out with a Smile: Though it's hard to see behind the bushy moustache. He doesn't mind dying because he's saved the colony doing so.
- Heroic Sacrifice: His death saves thousands of people.
- The Mentor: Seems to have been one to Grodek, and is a combination of this and Parental Substitute to Flit.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: He's Flit's mentor. He's dead in three episodes.
- Parental Substitute: Serves as a paternal or grandfatherly figure to Flit.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in the third episode.
Deputy-Commander Grodek Ainoa
Bruzar's Number Two
at Nora, where the United Earth Federation warship, Diva
, and the base where Flit Asuno is developing the AGE-1 are stationed. When the colony is attacked, Grodek quickly wrests control of the Diva
from the captain, who intended to abandon the colony. In defiance of the Federation, he embarks on a vigilante quest against the UE.
- Anti-Hero: Type III.
- Badass Beard: Complete with sideburns.
- And possibly a Beard of Sorrow, as it doesn't appear in the flashbacks of his pre-military days.
- Being Good Sucks: As a reward for destroying Ambat, the Federation Forces court-martial him for treason and sentence him to life in prison, while taking credit for his operation.
- Big Good: Despite some complicated issues, he is this to the crew of the Diva for being the only one in the Federation who wants to properly fight back against the UE.
- Byronic Hero: He's a deeply wounded man who takes on the UE when nobody else in the Federation is willing to, but his main goal is to get back at them rather than protect civilians. And his crew seems to believe that he's more noble than he actually proves to be in the end.
- The Captain: He's not supposed to be, but his drive to fight when the rest of the Feddies seem determined to stick their heads in the sand inspires the crew's loyalty anyhow.
- Commissar Cap
- Cool Shades
- Crusading Widower
- Dark and Troubled Past: Lost his wife and daughter in The Day Angel Fell.
- Expy: A sideburned, sunglasses-wearing captain who has suffered a past trauma. Just like a certain other Gundam captain...
- Guile Hero: He's willing to kidnap uncooperative officers and key himself into the system as their replacement...and it only escalates from there.
- Fan Nickname: DAT BEARD!
- He Who Fights Monsters: A mild example, but still undeniably present, as his desire for revenge against the UE pushes him to steadily more questionable acts.
- Revenge: It fuels his desire to battle the UE at all costs and leads him to burn his bridges like it's going out of style.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: The Day Angel Fell did bad, bad things to his mind.
- Slasher Smile: A few times during the raid on the Vagan base.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: He is not interested in what Yark Dole has to say about the Vagans' reason for war.
- Spell My Name with an "S": One of the worst examples. Grodek, Grudek, Grudech? Ainoa, Ainor, Aynoa, Aynor?
- You Are in Command Now: He was Bruzar's deputy commander; when Bruzar realizes that the Diva's captain intends to abandon the colony, he sends Grodek to seize control of the ship.
A female officer on-board the Diva
. She originally served under Bruzar and is loyal to Grodek, despite some uncertainties.
- Brainy Brunette: She's pretty good with computers.
- Bridge Bunny: In Generation 1.
- Captain's Log: Although not captain yet, she sums up the events after Ambat at the end of Episode 15 in a disillusioned journal entry about Grodek's trial, the origin of the Unknown Enemy, and the continuing corruption and mismanagement of the Federation government.
- Cool Big Sis: To Flit and Emily.
- Heroic BSOD: When she finds out who the UE were actually people.
- Mission Control: The operations and communication officer, to be specific.
One of the bridge staff for the Diva
- Dark-Skinned Blonde
- Fatal Family Photo: Subverted. He narrowly survives the battle of Ambat.
- Heroic BSOD: Similar to Millais and Woolf, he gets one after finding out that the UE were actually humans belonging to Vagan.
- Mission Control
- Sour Supporter: He's openly skeptical of Grodek's motivations and would much prefer to be doing this without committing mutiny against Federation command...but he's still manning his post.
- To Be Lawful or Good: At one point, he calls in Federation assistance, which gets everyone upset because it means they might all be arrested before they can stop the UE (which, at that point, is what they think Grodek's sole motivation is).
Voiced by: Naoki Bandou (JP)
Emily's Grandfather and the co-developer of the AGE-1 Gundam AGE-1 Normal. He also serves as an expert mechanic, who makes several upgrades to the Earth Federal Forces's mobile suits.
A mobile suit pilot of the Earth Federal Forces, who pilots the RGE-B790 Genoace. He is supposed to pilot the AGE-1 Gundam AGE-1 Normal until he was injured during the UE's attack at Nora. After he recovers, he pilots a Genoace that really isn't a match for the UE suits.
- Badass Normal: Sure, he has trouble catching up with the heroes in terms of strength & skill, but that doesn't stop him from going into the fight & lending them help whenever it's needed. The most awesome example was taking on a Baqto knowing it's an almost hopeless fight & surviving.
- Can't Catch Up: His standard-issue Genoace just can't compare with the Gundam or the G-Exes. He's aware of this, judging by his battle cry of "I can fight too!" in Episode 12. The poor guy is finally able to destroy a UE suit on-screen in that battle.
- Conflicting Loyalty: He grows increasingly distressed over the possibility of engaging in combat with Earth Federal forces due to Grodek's mutiny.
- Cool Shades
- Fiery Redhead: Kind of subverted; he's usually amicable, but quite determined in battle.
- Nice Guy: He's pretty friendly to everyone he meets and doesn't bear Flit any ill-will for basically stealing his assignment to the Gundam.
- Put on a Bus: He doesn't appear in Generation 2. (He is a character in Memories of Sid, though, with a Badass Beard.)
- The Worf Effect: This is pretty much his job until Episode 12. UE shows up, Largan gets tossed around, Gundam and/or G-Exes has to rush in.
A former Mobile Suit Grand Prix champion, he joined the Earth Federal forces when that got dull and quickly distinguished himself as a skilled pilot. Rather arrogant in attitude, he has expressed an interest in piloting the Gundam himself. Grodek assigns him to lead the Diva's
mobile suit squad.
- Ace Custom: Prior to getting his hands on the G-Exes, he pilots a custom white Genoace, as befits an Ace like him.
- Ace Pilot: When he and Flit are caught during a training exercise he quickly proves his skill. For much of Gen 1, he's the only one besides Flit who is capable of taking on the UE suits.
- Animal-Eared Headband: Technically, it's his hair. It automatically falls into wolf-ears once it's dry from a shower.
- Badass Normal: No special abilities, not an X-rounder, just pure skill & talent at kicking asses in an MS.
- Bishōnen: To the point he has a Shower Scene just to drive home he's male, if the voice didn't tip anyone off. Bonus points for being voiced by Daisuke Ono.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Dark-skinned with white hair.
- Drives Like Crazy: Intentionally. He's a former racer with a massive ego, and loves showing off his moves to anyone unfortunate enough to be his passenger.
- Dual Wielding: Uses two beam swords in the G-EXES.
- Expressive Hair: His "ears" twitch.
- Establishing Character Moment: Episode Four. He steps out of the shower, tells the mirror that he's the best, and then flings the towel away with a declaration of "I'm looking great!"
- The Fighting Narcissist: A minor, heroic example.
- Handsome Lech: He flirts with Millais to annoy her.
- Heroic BSOD: Woolf has one from not only realizing the UE are actually human, but also from seeing a bleeding Vagan soldier he befriended die in his arms.
- Human Popsicle: He was recuperating in a pod in the medical bay whilst the Diva was docked at Nora, causing considerable bewilderment when he wakes up to find the colony's gone, his ship is under new management, and some dumb kid scored the first ever confirmed kills against the UE with a home-made mobile suit.
- Insistent Terminology: Insists to be called a SuperPilot.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He quite enjoys being deliberately annoying, but he does care about his comrades. He makes a point of looking out for the less-experienced Flit in battle, almost like an older brother.
- Let's Get Dangerous: From his introduction, Woolf seems more or less like an arrogant pretty boy and irritates everyone he meets. Once he's in a battle situation, though, it's plain that his confidence is fully justified.
- Man in White: Wears a white pilot suit, has white hair, and flies a white mecha. There's a theme going on here.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Nose Art: Regardless of the suit he's piloting, it has to have an all-white paintjob.
- Red Baron: "The White Wolf."
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's horrified by his firsthand discovery that the UE are humans by having one die in his arms.
- Shower Scene: His introduction. Hello.
- Spirited Competitor: He's not brutal enough to be considered a Blood Knight, but going into battle really fires him up.
- Tragic Keepsake: The necklace from the dying Vagan soldier.
Haro is a special computer robot unit developed by Flit during his stay at Nora.
A Federal Forces officer on a mission to apprehend Grodek Ainoa.
- Commissar Cap
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: He looks like Inspector Javert at first, but he seems interested in Grodek's information about the UE when he first arrests him (he switches back to chase mode after Grodek's crew comes to the rescue). In Episode 12, he decides to let the Diva continue on its self-proclaimed mission after they defeat an UE ambush.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He has a limitless supply of chocolate bars and tends to angrily take a bite whenever he makes a point. He says that his brain needs the energy that chocolate provides.
- Worthy Opponent: He speaks highly of Grodek's cunning and realizes his true intentions, even predicting his tactics, when the UE interrupts the second arrest attempt.
Unknown Enemy (UE)/Vagan
The villains of the piece, the UE appeared out of nowhere 14 years earlier, launching seemingly random attacks on Earth and the space colonies. In one of the attacks they destroyed Flit's colony, and killed his mother. What they want—and indeed what they are—was a mystery. Their true identity is a group of people left for dead in Mars by the Earth Federation when the Mars Colonization plan failed. Whilst their motives are still unknown, their hatred for the Federation that abandoned them is very apparent.Tropes associated with the UE as a whole:
- Ace Custom: The Zedas, a souped-up Gafran that specialises in close combat. It's Desil's personal suit.
- Alien Invasion: Highly speculated, in and out of series. Turns out they're human.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: The Baqto features a Laser Blade built into its right arm.
- The Gafran was displaying this long before the Baqto was introduced, having them produced by their own hand vulcans. The Zedas' tail blade is often held in the same manner, but can be held in a more traditional method as well.
- Combat Pragmatist: They always operate in teams, attack military bases before they can mobilise, retreat when faced with superior opposition, shoot down ships and/or weapons before they can be finished launching, bypass individual enemies to focus on the main mission objectives, and have no problem using superweapons when their initial attack fails. So far they've demonstrated a remarkable amount of Genre Savvy, pragmatism and genuine tactical aptitude.
- Chest Blaster: Standard for UE suits, though the precise kind varies according to the model.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: The UE don't really play by standard Gundam rules.
- The Dreaded: Before the completion of the Gundam, nobody has ever defeated a UE mobile suit. When they show up, a colony dies.
- Dual Wielding: The Zedas that attacked Nora in Episode 3 carried a pair of beam sabres.
- Elite Mooks: The Baqto heavy assault suit, the Mighty Glacier to the Gafran's Fragile Speedster.
- Fragile Speedster: The Gafran was a Lightning Bruiser prior to the introduction of the AGE-1. Even afterwards it remains a speedy target, that's difficult to lock onto, without Psychic Powers.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Even after we learn precisely who and what they are, their motives remain a mystery.
- Human All Along: The UE are from Vagan, a nation of survivors from the failed Mars Colonization Project.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: The Gafrans have a dragon-like alt mode, complete with wings and tails.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: The UE are very cagey adversaries.
- Laser Blade: The Zedas duel wields beam sabres in its battle with Flit.
- Lightning Bruiser: So far the Zedas is this. It's even faster than the already speedy Gafran, heavily armoured enough to shrug off hits from the DODS-Rifle, and carries two beam sabres that allow it to engage the AGE on an even basis. The Gafran was this prior to the introduction of the Gundam.
- Mecha-Mooks: The Gafrans are the UE's standard unit, though they're tougher than many Gundam mooks. The Baqtos are Elite Mooks.
- Mighty Glacier: The Baqto is as close to this trope as the mobility-obsessed UE design ethos allows - in other words, the Federation's suits can actually keep up with it.
- Power Palms: All UE suits feature beam gatlings in each palm. In the more advanced models, these can be turned into beam sabres for close-quarters combat.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Fans can't seem to agree with the spelling of the UE's real name. Is it Vagan (currently the most accepted spelling), Veigan, or Vegan (by far, the most amusing)?
- Transforming Mecha: The Gafrans have a dragon-like alt-mode. The Zedas transforms into a jet/UFO cross.
- We Have Reserves: They will cheerfully finish off wounded allies, though this may have more to do with ensuring that none of their secrets fall into the hands of their enemies.
- Weapons Of Mass Destruction: The colony destroyer that the Gafrans can mount as an optional weapon.
A red-haired boy Flit meets on Fardain. Although he appears to be a young child, Desil seems to have the same abilities as Yurin, and is already a master Mobile Suit pilot. He is a pilot for Vagan's advance force, and due to his skill is given quite a bit of freedom to act as he pleases
Yark Dore/Geera Zoi
Voiced by: Yuuichi Nagashima (JP)
A mysterious man who, with his son Arabel, commands the Space Fortress Ambat. He is also an Arms Dealer.
A young girl Flit rescues as he's fleeing Nora's collapse. She has some kind of extrasensory perception, using it to guide Flit out of the colony. Similarly to Flit, she was orphaned by the UE, and was later adopted by the richest man in the Minsry colony, but has trouble accepting the idea of him as her family. It is heavily implied that she, like Flit, is an X-Rounder, thus why Desil pressed her into joining Vagan in Episode 12
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Attack Drone: The Farsia is basically a giant funnel with additional smaller funnels, as she doesn't contribute anything to the actual piloting.
- Barrier Maiden: Let's just say Flit's life and the Hundred Year War both go to hell once she was put in this position and died for it.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Expy: It didn't take the fans long to notice her uncanny resemblance to Tiffa Adill. But based on the final episodes of Flit's arc, she's also not unlike Lalah Sune. Poor Flit.
- Go Out with a Smile: Has a final vision with Flit where they share a moment, ending with her smiling because she didn't kill him.
- Hime Cut: It's tied back most of the time, but it's the correct length and cut when unbound.
- Letting Her Hair Down: In a flashback before she dies.
- My Parents Are Dead: She, like Flit, lost her parents to a UE attack on her original space colony.
- The Ojou: Sorta, by adoption.
- Psychic Powers: She has predictive/telepathic behaviour during combat. That is one of the telltale signs of her being an X-Rounder.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: When the Veigans got to her, they strapped poor Yurin inside the cockpit of a MS and then used her as an amplifier for Desil's own powers.
- Rapunzel Hair: Waist-lngth.
- Snow Means Death: While dying, she shares a psychic vision of her time on Minsry with Flit. As the vision of Minsry's forest ends, the scenery changes and it starts to snow.
- Taking the Bullet: Not unlike Lalah from Mobile Suit Gundam. It is interesting to note, however, that the roles were inverted, that is, the villain was the one who killed the Love Interest, not the hero. However, it does go down the same way as the death of Four Murasame.
- Walking Spoiler
- When She Smiles
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Voiced by: Hiroshi Shirokuma (JP)
An independent mobile suit mechanic who runs his own workshop. He's an incredibly talented engineer and designed Woolf's G-Exes and G-Bouncer.
An old friend of Don Boyage, he has since moved to the neutral colony of Minsry and adopted Yurin as his daughter. He also helps Grodek plan out an attack against the UE Ambat base, making him a key ally during Diva's campaign against the UE.
- Adult Fear: His adopted daughter is abducted by a cult-like group of people. Considering what happens to her later...
- Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: The man looks like he stepped out of the 1600s.
Leader of the Zalam faction of the Fardain colony, which continues to fight despite the reasons for the war being long past. He has the appearance of a gangster boss.
- Badass Grandpa: It should be noted that despite being rather old, Boyage is still willing to go toe-to-toe with the Euba in a mobile suit.
- Badass Mustache
- Epic Flail: Wields one in his Galam mobile suit.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars
- Honor Before Reason: Swears by "the name of Zalam" to continue conflict with Euba, despite the reason for the war having long since faded.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Crashes his trashed Gala into a UE warship. It didn't even scratch the paintjob, but his show of defiance still managed to inspire the crumbling Fardain forces back from the brink.
- The Mafia: As if his name weren't indicative of this, he deals under the table in warships and mobile suits.
- Patriotic Fervor
- Punny Name
Leader of the Euba faction of Fardain, whick continues to fight against Zalam despite there really being no reason for them to do so. He styles himself as a chivalrous knight.
Earth Federal Forces
The second protagonist and Flit's son. He's 17 years old at the start of his story. Asemu is a kind-hearted person who greatly admires his father and wants to both impress and live up to his standard. When he is given the Gundam and joins the military, however, he struggles with being a soldier and having a former friend in Vagan, and quickly develops an inferiority complex that drives him into recklessness and insubordination.
- Ace Pilot: Subverted. While hardly incompetent, he's not as Ace as his dad, mentor, or Rival Turned Evil, and this propels his character arc. He becomes one after said mentor dies.
- Alliterative Name
- Always Someone Better: He sees himself as second-best to Zeheart in battle and as the object of Romary's affections at first. Add that to his inferiority complex towards his father, and it's no wonder some viewers noticed some Sanity Slippage.
- Anime Hair: As you can see, it's a spiked mullet with a ponytail. The spikes get even bigger by the time he's a father.
- Badass: Like father, like son.
- Badass Normal: It turns out that he did not inherit his father's X-Rounder abilities. This puts him at a serious disadvantage over Zeheart. Despite this, he proves himself later to be a very dangerous MS pilot (and not just because he's piloting a Gundam...), managing to singlehandedly kill and obliterate Desil—a powerful X-Rounder—in their duel.
- He even becomes the one person that can out-duel Zeheart in a straight-on fight. That is, until his son, Kio comes along...
- Be Yourself: What Woolf and Rody urged him to do instead of copying his father, but losing to X-Rounders and Flit's attitude made it hard for the lesson to stick. Until Episode 26, when he rips Desil to pieces for killing Woolf.
- Berserk Button: Zeheart, thanks to Asemu struggling with being angry at him or being sad about him, not to mention the fact that Zeheart keeps beating him when they get into duels. They finally reconcile in Episode 27.
- Breakout Character: Perhaps the most popular of the three protagonists. He is also the only one who got an entire OVA.
- Can't Catch Up: His biggest worry for most of his arc is that he won't be able to match his father and Zeheart as a MS pilot.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Romary in Memory of Eden.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: It's understandable that he rushes out to the Gundam every time there's a Vagan attack. Saving the school bully from dying of lack of oxygen? Heroic blood.
- Coming-of-Age Story: Starts as a regular kid who joins the military to impress his dad. Ends as a Badass.
- Dangerous Seventeenth Birthday
- Don't Think. Feel: What Woolf was telling him to do during piloting. When Asem mastered it, it allowed him to become unreadable for X-Rounders.
- Dual Wielding:
- Notably takes up a "two sword style" once he pilots the Gundam.
- Probably inspired by Woolf's style. The second ED shows Asemu's younger self playing with a G-Exes model.
- Taken to new levels with the Double Bullet. It was designed with dual-wielding in mind.
- Expy: With his rival being a powerful X-Rounder and having limited X-Rounder aptitude himself, he seems to be developing into AGE's equivalent of Garrod Ran.
- Personality-wise, he bears similarities to Kou Uraki.
- Since the show acts as being to similar to all 3 of the original Universal Century Shows he counts as the Kamille to Flit's Amuro and Kio's Judau.
- He is also called The White Devil, although that's more of a Mythology Gag.
- His Age-2 manages to be an expy of the 00 Gundam and the Zeta Gundam at the same time.
- Emo Teen: Mainly because of issues with his dad.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Asemu is really a kindhearted person who wants to protect his friends and family.
- Happily Married: With Romary in Episode 28.
- Hereditary Hairstyle: He has Emily's close-cut-with-ponytail, along with the blond gene.
- The Hero: Of Part II.
- Heroic BSOD: When the Zedas R stands victorious over the Gundam and Zeheart pops out to tell him he shouldn't be fighting.
- And again when the pose is repeated, only with Zeheart in the Zeydra and Asemu in the Gundam AGE-2.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He flies into the Vagan fortress to stop a Colony Drop with no expectation that he'll have time to escape. Fortunately for him, Ezelcant had a way out prepared for Zeheart, who had also flown in to do the same thing.
- Hot-Blooded: Becomes increasingly so on the battlefield.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He gets a "D" on the aptitude test for X-Rounding. This led him to make bad decisions on the battlefield and go to extreme lengths in an attempt to "correct" the deficiency.
- Kid Hero: Subverted. He's also the oldest of the three protagonists. And by the time he graduates from his school, a year and a half have passed since his 17th birthday/introduction, making him 18 at this point and therefore technically an adult.
- Leeroy Jenkins: This was his default tactic for most of Gen 2. It got him in trouble with Millais and thrown into the brig a lot, and ultimately got Woolf killed.
- Legacy Character: To Woolf, in all but name. Reinforced in Episode 28, where in the one-year timeskip, his Gundam has a white color scheme and he himself is all in white.
- Man in White: At the very end of the Second Generation, in tribute to Woolf.
- Meaningful Name: "Asem" is Arabic in origin, and means "protector, guardian, or defender." Given where he draws his strength from, it's quite apt.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Gets a more obvious one than his dad. Whilst the Titus and Spallow had their pros and cons relative to the AGE-1 Normal, the Double Bullet is nothing but an improvement on the AGE-2.
- Military Brat: Unlike most, his dad is a high-ranking officer, but it still means that Asemu doesn't get to see him very often.
- Military Maverick: Spends much of his time growing into one, with Woolf's encouragement.
- Nice Guy: Although he enters the show by taking some other kids to task for bullying his friends, he seems to be quite pleasant to people who give the same courtesy to him.
- Zeheart tries several times to dissuade Asemu from joining or remaining in the military by saying he's too kind to be on a battlefield.
- Never Found the Body: All that was recovered of the AGE-2 from his final mission was the core block containing the AGE system and the AGE Device.
- New Meat: As a mobile suit pilot. The difference between him, Max, and Arisa is a smidge of experience, untapped talent, and that the AGE-2 is a much stronger mobile suit than their Adeles.
- Ordinary High-School Student: That is, until his father gives him the AGE device for his birthday and he falls into the AGE-1's cockpit.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: With Romary. Feddie uniforms are blue for male, pink for female.
- Red Baron: According to a sidestory manga that takes place in AG 151, Asemu has become known as the White Devil on the battlefield, a moniker he shares with the original Gundam pilot.
- Retirony: His final mission was supposed to be a routine survey of a debris field. His squad was promptly wiped out by SID and he nearly died himself, but was luckily discovered by the Bisidian pirates.
- Screaming Warrior: Basically as soon as he sees Zeheart on the field.
- Second Love: To Romary after she gives up her crush on Zeheart.
- Secret Identity: Vargas tells him to enforce this while he's still at school. It becomes unnecessary when he joins the military. Unfortunately, Zeheart figures it out right from the get-go.
- Super Pilot: Despite not being an X-Rounder and the obvious advantages of being one, Woolf encourages him to improve on, and rely on his own skill and become a Super Pilot to make up for it. Right before Woolf dies, he even tells Asemu to be become the best damn Super Pilot in the world.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Unlike his father, Asemu wastes no time in completely obliterating Desil after he kills Woolf.
- Transforming Mecha: The AGE-2 has a fighter mode and a suit mode.
- Upbringing Makes the Hero: Unlike many, many Gundam protagonists Asemu has Good Parents whom he deeply loves and respects, and he turned out to be a kind and sincere young man.
- Was It All a Lie?: He asks this to Zeheart once the latter reveals himself to be a Vagan.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's determined to win the Mobile Suit contest no matter what, in order to impress Flit. Living up to his famous father also pressures him to work hard when he joins the military.
- Worthy Opponent: He and Zeheart eventually see each other as this.
A Vice Admiral by the time of the second generation, Flit continues to fight against the Vagan, albeit from a position of authority. As the commander of Big Ring, he makes the strategies with which the Earth Federation fights the Vagan, and is not above getting back into the AGE-1 and flying into combat himself. He is 39 at the start of Asemu's story.
- The Ace: His son sees him as this. As time goes on, this becomes a Broken Pedestal.
- Ace Pilot: Still got it.
- Action Dad: An active member of military service—in fact, an admiral—and still a more-than-capable pilot.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV.
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking
- Badass: Age has not stopped him from being one when he needs to be.
- Badass Mustache: Very much so.
- Badass Beard: What the above evolves into by the Third generation.
- Four-Star Badass: He's the commander of Earth Federal Forces & is still a very deadly Mobile Suit pilot, as seen in his team up with his son against the Galette brothers.
- Berserk Button: Even after marrying Emily and having two children together, do NOT remind him of Yurin's death.
- Big Good: In the second generation, despite even more complicated issues than with Grodek in first generation.
- Combat Pragmatist: Very much so.
- Cool Shades: Sports these in Episode 16.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Dad the Veteran
- Dark Messiah: He wants to save humanity, yay! ...by killing every single Vagan, because he considers them inhuman.
- Expy: As an adult, one could argue that he also has a more than passing resemblance to Patrick Zala.
- Happily Married: To Emily, with two children (Asemu and Unoa). In a subversion, despite caring for his family, after 25 years he shows no signs of forgetting about Yurin's death anytime soon. Very understandable, considering how he lost her.
- He Who Fights Monsters: His ultimate goal, starting in the second generation, is the extermination of Vagan.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Jerrid Messsa is now The Hero's father.
- Fallen Hero: From The Hero to Dark Messiah.
- I Let Yurin Die: And he never gets over it.
- Jerk Ass Woobie: He turns into one after Yurin's death.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Yurin's death has all but made him a fanatic for exterminating the Vagans.
- Lack of Empathy: Whenever it comes to the people of Vagan.
- Living Legend
- Not So Different: To Lord Ezelcant. Not only is Flit an X-Rounder, but he also wants to protect his people...even if it means killing every last enemy in his path.
- Parents as People: He loves Asemu and Unoa, but his military position keeps him away from home for long periods of time. He also puts a lot of pressure on Asemu to carry on the legacy of the Gundam and isn't there to see how much Asemu obsesses over it.
- Please Don't Leave Me: "You're leaving me again...." Said when he realizes that Woolf is dead.
- Revenge: Flit's desire for revenge has gone Up to Eleven due to Yurin's death.
- Sanity Slippage: He's pretty cool most of the time, but when Algreus asks about the possibility of peace with Vagan...
- Skyward Scream: When Grodek dies in his arms at the end of Episode 24.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Like you would not believe.
- Still Got It: Kicks some serious ass in the defense of Big Ring.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Justified Trope considering how Yurin's death and the whole war scarred him.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Seems to be the common reaction after he revealed the purpose of his coup d'etat in Episode 28.
- Villain Protagonist: From Episode 28 onwards.
- What the Hell, Dad?: Towards Asemu. After the boy joins the military, Flit progressively turns to treating him as a subordinate and not as a son.
- Moreover, he was nowhere to be seen during his son's wedding. Really, Flit?
- According to a drama track, Flit was present at his son's wedding, along with Romary's parents; they just weren't seen in the animated scene.
- Younger Than They Look: He did not age gracefully. Both Woolf and Millais actually look a lot younger than him.
Flit's wife and Asemu and Yunoa's mother.
Asemu's younger sister. She looks up to her mother and her brother and also enjoys hanging around with her family's Haro.
A popular girl in Asemu's high school. Much to the annoyance of her best friends, she shows an interest in Asemu's mobile suits. She follows Asemu into the military and becomes part of the bridge crew on the Diva
, but she seems unsuited for the military life.
A rookie pilot for Woolf's squadron and Dique's daughter. While outgoing and competitive, she lacks the battle experience at the time of her introduction.
- Action Girl: Downplayed.
- Doting Parent: Astonishingly enough, according to her son.
- Fun Personified: It is really hard not to grin when she's onscreen.
- Generation Xerox: Even though she's a girl who's much fitter than her father, she acquires much of her father's fashion sense as well as his skin tone and hair color.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: To Asemu. However, Gunhales do this by slapping the fellow in question on the ass.
- New Meat: Her first real battle is in Episode 19, and it shows.
- Nice Girl: Despite her competitive nature, she's still quite friendly with Asemu.
- Plucky Girl: Being a rookie, she can barely keep up with Obright, Woolf, and Asemu at first. Unlike Max, though, she never mopes about it and eventually does become an effective member of the squad.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Romary's girly girl.
- Through His Stomach: Not quite romantic, but she tries to cheer Asemu up by bringing him some food during one of his stints in the brig. (Presumably because his butt is out of reach.)
- What Measure Is a Mook?: When Asemu asks how she feels about killing enemy pilots, Arisa says it's a waste of time to think about it.
- You Gotta Have Blue Green Hair: She gets her pale blue hair from her father.
The captain of the Diva
, she is the commanding officer of Asemu Asuno.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's not as friendly to the new crew as she was in the first generation since she is their captain, not their comrade.
- The Captain: She's in command of the Diva in Asemu's arc. Unlike her predecessor, she got there without hacking into the Federation database.
- Commissar Cap: Sports one in the second generation, as per her promotion to captain of the Diva.
- Older Than She Looks: She definitely does not look like she is older than Flit, being fifty years old and all.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Her first appearances as captain show her to be quite good at her job. When Flit starts to use the Diva as his flagship, though, her role is reduced to something like a glorified chauffeur.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's pretty strict with her raw bridge crew and disciplines Asemu for insubordination even though he destroyed both the Vagan suits he was fighting. Because, as she says to Woolf, the enemy won't make allowance for them being "just kids" either.
Promoted to mobile suit commander aboard the Diva
by the Second Generation, he is Asemu's direct superior. Pilots the G-Bouncer, his next-generation all-white custom mobile suit.
Voiced by: Shintarou Oohata (JP)
Flit Asuno's childhood friend and Arisa Gunhale's father, the chief mechanic aboard the Diva during the second generation. He is in charge of the maintenance of the Gundam AGE-2 and the AGE System.
Another rookie in Woolf's squadron. He prays to God for strength before going into battle.
Voiced by: Kōji Yusa
A Genoace pilot who has served under Woolf before. He's noticeably calmer than the rookies.
- Captain Obvious: Explaining "Advanced Pilot Training Program for Next Generation Types" with "It's an advanced training program to cultivate next generation pilots". Lampshaded by Arisa.
- Crush Blush: Whenever he talks to Remi.
- Love at First Sight: With Remi. In traditional Gundam fashion, it ends horribly.
- Love Confession: In Episode 25, he blurts out his love for Remi and proposes marriage in front of the whole mobile suit bay, out of nowhere. She flees. She accepts the next episode.
- Love Hurts: Remi accepts his marriage proposal in Episode 26... and then she gets killed in the following episode.
- Mr. Exposition: Serves as this to the rookies on the squad.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Number Two: Among the Diva's mobile suit team. He takes charge of Max and Arisa whenever Woolf has to rush off after Asemu.
- The Stoic: In contrast to the rest of Woolf's squad. Until he meets Remi.
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura
A mechanic and Dique's assistant. She specializes in maintenance on the Genoace II.
A young Federation strategist who serves as Flit's right-hand man.
The former commander of the Diva
, he is released from prison during the events of the Second Generation.
A Vagan operative who infiltrates Asemu's school, looking for the Gundam. He is Desil's younger brother. He was promoted to Commander of Earth Occupation Force after his infiltration mission. Zeheart is troubled by his genuine friendship with Asemu and in general is not a bad person, but he's utterly devoted to the Vagan cause and will do whatever it takes to carry it through.
- Ace Pilot
- Anti-Villain: Mix of Types I and II.
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking
- Badass Bishōnen: He has a lot of fans (mostly girls) during his time at school due to the fact he's actually a pretty nice guy and cares about his new found friends even though he's a Vagan spy. He's also a very dangerous MS pilot and up until now not even Asemu has beaten him in a straight fight.
- Scratch that 'cause as of Episode 27 even he has trouble keeping up with an "Awakened"Asemu during their final duel. Still doesn't loosen his Badass-ness though.
- Becoming the Mask: He is aware of it and refuses to give into his amicable feelings, though it's probably a good thing for the Vagans that they started the operation when they did.
- This becomes more literal when he is given his new mobile suit that requires a mask-like helmet to use effectively. The Engineers say that taking it off will make it less effective, so he has to leave it on indefinitely.
- Chick Magnet: A horde of his fangirls can be seen during graduation.
- Cool Mask: Justified. It helps control his X-Rounder abilities.
- The Dragon: Assigned by Lord Ezelcant as his commander of Earth Occupation Forces.
- Expy/Char Clone: His mask is similar looking to Char and he evens pilots red mobile suit that goes three times faster than normal Vagan suits.
- On a sub-note, his characterization of sincere loyalty to Vagan ideology and his role in a Love Triangle with Asemu and Romary makes him a clone of another Char Clone, Anavel Gato.
- The Heavy: Takes over the role from his brother for much of Second Generation.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Tieria Erde has become A CHAR!
- I Did What I Had to Do: With regards to Desil. He had already been intending to remove Desil from the battlefield somehow, due to his insubordination and vengeful recklessness. Given the choice between saving his brother (and probably losing the surviving Magicians Eight in the process) or letting Asemu resolve the problem permanently, Zeheart opts for the latter.
- Improbable Age: Ezelcant himself places him in charge of the Earth Occupation Forces. Lampshaded when his men grumble about being placed under a kid's command.
- It Meant Something to Me: When Asemu asked if he was just pretending to be a friend, he answered with "Perhaps we could have (otherwise) remained friends".
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Goes from the Zedas R to the Zeydra.
- New Transfer Student: His cover story to infiltrate the colony. And apparently, this is all it takes for the Federation to arrest him for spying.
- Nonchalant Dodge: Against the school bully on his first day. He does so while faking an apologetic bow.
- Psychic Powers: Is an X-Rounder and his powers as so strong that it wasn't till he received the Zeydra that he could pilot a mobile suit that could keep up with him. Even then he has to wear a mask to control his abilities.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He's the Anti-Villain to his Ax-Crazy older brother.
- Siblings in Crime: With Desil.
- Taking the Bullet: a non-lethal variation, where Zeheart tackles the AGE-2 away from falling debris during atmosphere re-entry. If Dole Frost hadn't been around, however, he would have bit the dust either way.
- Villain Protagonist: The Second Generation focuses on him just as much as it focuses on Asemu, although how much of a villain he's shaping up to be is still up for debate.
- Worthy Opponent: He and Asemu eventually see each other as this.
A Vagan pilot and the older brother of Zeheart, he has spent most of the last 25 years brooding over his defeat at Flit Asuno's hand and thirsts for revenge. Unlike the first generation, he holds no rank greater than that of pilot, much to his chagrin.
- Ace Pilot
- Archenemy: Of Flit Asuno. Neither one of them is ready to let go of their grudges from the first generation.
- Ax-Crazy: He's not above killing his own allies if it gets him what he wants.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He complained about how boring his fight was with Asemu and Woolf. Later on, Asemu gave him exactly what he wished for and more.
- Big Brother Bully: Verbally abusive to Desil.
- The Brute: After his younger brother outranked him, he become pretty much this, serving as Vagan's attack dog.
- Child Soldier: His past as one actually helps to explain why he comports himself like a comic book villain if you stop and think about it. Desil may be thirty-three now, but mentally, he's still an enraged seven-year old trying to look cool.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The Khronos' black colour scheme.
- Dark Is Evil: The Khronos.
- Demoted to Extra: An in universe example, and he is not pleased with it one bit.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In Memory of Eden, After Zeheart finds out the true objective of Project Eden, Even he thinks the plan is insane.
- Evil Redhead
- Expy: By the second generation, Desil has a lot in common with Ali Al-Saachez, and Ali's own model, Yazan Gable, the original Gundam Psycho for Hire.
- Desil also has a counterpart in a figure from Real Life military history, that being World War One Ace Pilot Lothar von Richthofen, brother of the more famous Manfred. Both were psychotically aggressive Blood Knight-types and the less accomplished (though still talented) brothers of fellow aces in red machines using considerably more measured tactics. It should be noted that the real Richthofen brothers had a much better relationship. Manfred lived in constant fear that his brother would get himself killed with his reckless fighting style, whereas Zeheart coldly sits back and allows that very thing to happen once his brother has proven himself to be a liability.
- Foreshadowing: The Gundampedia segment for Episode 22 mentioned that Desil's mobile suit, the Khronos, was rumored to have the ability to control other mobile suits. Guess what he does in Episode 26?
- Hero Killer: Once again killed a major character. This time it's Woolf, though unintentionally. Not that he felt sorry for it.
- It's All About Me: He hates Flit for having the audacity to defeat him. Still doesn't understand why Flit hates him in turn. He's still willing to use his own soldiers as Cannon Fodder, too.
- It's Personal: With Flit, following his humiliation at Flit's hands.
- I Was Quite a Looker: As a kid, he at least could make himself sorta pass as a cute little boy. As an adult, he'd fit in Looks Like Cesare if not for the red hair.
- Jerkass Hasa Point: In Memory of Eden, he makes several points calling Zeheart out when he could have destroyed the Gundam, and he calls Zeheart on following Ezelcant's plan even after Ezelcant's plan is told and shown to be insane.
- Killed Off for Real: Asemu utterly annihilates Desil in Episode 26.
- Lack of Empathy
- Lean and Mean: Down to a skeletal weight.
- The Load: In the Second Generation, Desil actually started possessing these traits as his actions began hurting the Vagans. Eventually, Zeheart had to cut ties somewhere...
- Obviously Evil
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: He's a lot older than Asem, sure enough, but since his core grudge remains with Flit, he's still an example of this.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Villainous example. Desil is still a highly-dangerous psychopath; it's only when compared to Zeheart that he comes up lacking.
- Psycho for Hire
- Psychopathic Manchild: Desil hasn't grown up yet, and has no plans to.
- Shirtless Scene: Introduced this way after the Time Skip. Cue squealing fangirls.
- Sibling Rivalry: Is NOT happy that his younger brother Zeheart outranks him. However, this seems to be one-sided on Desil's part.
- Siblings in Crime: With Zeheart.
- Slasher Smile: Pretty much all the time during the second generation.
- Slouch of Villainy: His posture is even worse when he grows up.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Believes he should have been the leader of the Earth Occupation Force instead of his brother when it's pretty obvious that his superiors (rightly) see him as nothing more than an attack dog.
- Sociopathic Soldier
- The Sociopath: Has progressed from "budding psychopath" to the real deal.
- Sore Loser: He throws another hissyfit after Flit effortlessly rebuffs all of his efforts to attack the Diva.
- Theres No Kill Like Overkill: Deservedly lands on the receiving end of this in Episode 26. Judging from how Asemu completely obliterated every trace of Desil's mobile suit, it's safe to say Desil isn't going to crank a Mu La Flaga anytime soon.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Despite being an Ace Pilot, he overly relies on his X-Rounder powers, rather than his own personal skill. This got to the point where Flit could hold him back by doing nothing but relaying firing coordinates for the Diva, and completely over-powered when he could no longer read Asemu's movements.
- Villain Decay
- Ventures into Fridge Brilliance. Within the span of 25 years, Flit has learned discipline and the art of making war, and has become an amazing pilot and skilled tactician. Desil, on the other hand, is no more disciplined as an adult than he was as a kid, and has spent time encapsulated — which has done nothing for learning how to get better.
The Magicians Eight
The Magicians Eight is a group of elite Vagan MS pilots. They are also X-Rounders, hence why they pilot specially-configured Zedas mobile suits.
A high-ranking Vagan soldier who acts as Zeheart's second-in-command. When Zeheart goes into cold sleep again, he takes control of Vagan's forces on Earth and tries to assassinate the prime minister. He is ultimately killed in a duel by Asemu.
- Ace Pilot: He only gets into a mobile suit cockpit in Episode 28, but he tears shit up when he does.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: He scythes through all the Federation grunts with ease in his Zeydars, reaches the Prime Minister (with Flit) on the stage, and...wastes time training a laser sight on Olfanoa when there are literally no obstacles whatsoever and certainly no range problem. Opening up right then would have taken out Flit too, which could only benefit Vagan, but Medel takes long enough for Flit chew out Olfanoa, allowing time for Asemu to arrive and engage him.
- Happily Married: He has a wife back on Mars who he wants to return to before she dies, since she hasn't been going through the coldsleep process like he has.
- Multi-Melee Master: His mobile suit, the Zeydars, has exactly one ranged weapon. However, in close range, it can use its Wolverine Claws and bladed tail.
- Name's the Same: Not the first enemy to be named Zant.
- Number Two: To Zeheart.
- Undying Loyalty: Utterly devoted to the Vagan cause to the bitter end. He even glimpses a vision of the Eden they seek as he dies.
Voiced by: Tora Take (JP)
A Vagan soldier who acts as Zeheart's handler during the latter's infiltration mission into Tordia. He later serves Zeheart in the Earth Occupation Forces. He ultimately dies when he overloads his mu-szell and crashes his Dorado L into the Gundam AGE-1 Flat.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Took out an opponent way out of his weight category through sheer bloody-minded determination.
- Epic Fail: His first on-screen outing in a mobile suit, in which Vargas and two of his similarly elderly drinking buddies fend him off with a hand-held rocket launcher and the garden sprinkler system.
- Hostage Situation: Takes Romary hostage at the graduation to prevent Zeheart from being arrested by the military police.
- Mauve Shirt: Villainous example. Aside from being Zeheart's handler and advisor, he doesn't really do much, he's just given a name, a face, and a personality. He ultimately dies in a kamikaze attack against the AGE-1.
- Older Sidekick: For Zeheart while he's undercover.
- Self-Destructive Charge: Tosses everything into a final charge at the AGE-1. He cripples it, effectively knocking Flit out of the battle.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Subverted. While his self destruction attack fails to kill Flit,it does manage to forced Flit to retreat.
- Taking You with Me: Attempts this on Flit. He fails to kill him, but he does cripple the AGE-1.
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Whatever it takes to succeed. He's not above taking hostages, as he showed with Romary.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Vagan cause. He kamikazes into Flit for it.
The leader of the UE, and the instigator of the conflict. Geera Zoi implied that his ultimate goals are more than simple revenge against the Earth Sphere, though what exactly those are is unknown.
- Big Bad
- Boomerang Bigot: An interesting and unusually honest example. He holds X-Rounders in contempt despite openly admitting to being one himself.
- The Chessmaster: In Generation 2, his plan to merge a fortress with a supply colony near Earth to act as a beach head had a plan B where the fortress is blown up and his forces are hidden within its debris that would fall to Earth for an eventual surprise attack.
- Light Is Not Good
- The Man Behind the Man
- Psychic Powers: Is hinted at in Zeheart's flashback to be an extremely powerful X-Rounder.
- Visionary Villain: Based on the limited info currently available his goal seems to be to ensure peace by destroying the rotten Federation and creating a Vagan utopia.
Mukured and Lalaparly's son. He helps out at the Madorna Workshop. He's not as skilled with mobile suits as his father, but he finds other ways to make up for it.
- Be Yourself: Can't match his father's skill as a mobile suit designer, and is totally fine with that. He's found other things to excel at instead.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Managed to build a mobile suit simulator out of an old Genoace cockpit without his father's help.
Earth Federal Forces
The third protagonist, he is Flit's grandson and Asemu's son. He is 13 years old at the start of his story. Kio is a very kind-hearted person, possibly the most out of the three Gundam pilots. Due to Asemu's disappearance, he was raised by his mother and grandfather, which Flit took advantage of to train him as a mobile suit pilot. He has no idea of the realities of being a soldier.
- Ace Pilot
- Attack Drone: His Mid-Season Upgrade, the AGE-FX is equipped with C-Funnels that function as remote-controlled blades.
- Badass: What can you say? It's in his blood.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's technically a true messiah given the fact that he wants to save everyone, whether it's Vagan or Human unlike his grandpa. But push the wrong buttons, he will absolutely obliterate you as Zanald learns painfully during their 2nd fight.
- BFG: The AGE-3's SigMaxiss Rifle is essentially a scaled down version of the Diva's Photon Blaster Cannon.
- And then it gets a temporary upgrade that is essentially a miniature Photon Ring Ray.
- And then he gets the AGE-3 Fortress, which has four. And can combine them to form a Wave Motion Gun.
- Child Prodigy
- Child Soldier: A very clear example of why thirteen-year-olds should not be in Gundams. Kio is emotionally unprepared for the horrors of war and tends to follow his heart rather than his orders. Which leads to his capture by Vagan when he tries to save his grandfather.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: By the first episode, he jumps to save some kids without thinking beforehand on how to get back to a safe place. It bites him in the ass in Episode 36.
- Combining Mecha: The AGE-3 is the result of the Core Fighter and G-Cepter merging together.
- Disappeared Dad: Asemu went missing after Kio was born.
- Demoted to Extra: In Memory of Eden.
- Expy: To Juadu Ashta in terms of comparing the three generations to the original three in the Gundam franchise. His experience as a hostage to the Vagans earns him a resemblance to Kira Yamato or Banagher Links.
- Falling into the Cockpit: Subverted. While he said that he can't pilot the Core Fighter by himself after Flit left, he's good at piloting Gundam. See I Know Mortal Kombat below.
- Generation Xerox: Physically, he's more or less a Gender Flipped version of his mother Romary.
- Gilded Cage: Ezelcant allows him to freely roam around the Vagan colony without an escort, but he's still virtually a prisoner.
- The Hero: Of Part III.
- Heroic BSOD: When Shanalua tells him that she'll be executed as a spy if she goes back to the Diva with him.
- And again when he learns about Lu's terminal illness and her wish to have a normal life with the little time she has left.
- Honor Before Reason: Absolutely refuses to activate the AGE-FX's Burst Mode, as it will render him unable to safely disable enemy mobile suits..
- Identical Stranger: He bears a striking resemblance to Ezelcant's dead son, Romy. Ezelcant seems to think he's a reincarnation
- Idiot Hero: He can't seem to think of any tactic besides begging the enemy pilot to try understanding, no matter how many times it doesn't work.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: The reason he can pilot the AGE-3 so well is because Flit gave him a MS Battle Simulator disguised as a video game when he was younger.
- Improbable Age: 13, putting him on line with Uso from Mobile Suit Victory Gundam...
- Informed Ability: His piloting skill (see Unskilled, but Strong below for more). As soon as his wingmates, Gundam, or X-Rounding are confounded he loses, yet he complains that the AGE-3 "can't keep up" with him.
- The AGE-FX is a more effective crutch for his lack of skill, but he's still clearly fought to a standstill by the likes of Fram and Girard, with only the FX's greater power and the Vagan playing catch with the Idiot Ball rescuing him.
- Kid Hero
- Leeroy Jenkins: Was turning into one of this based on Flit's teachings. Shanalua did her best to snap him out of it, but it didn't cure him completely.
- When he thinks his Grandpa is trying to pull a sacrificial play, he ignores orders to run after all but docking in Diva and dives straight back into the situation Flit was trying to spare him from and gets caught.
- Love Hurts: He ends up growing fond of Lu, frequently leaving Ezelcant's palace to see her throughout his time in Vagan. Like many relationships in Gundam, however, it ends tragically.
- Memento MacGuffin: The AGE Device is all he has left of his father.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: From the AGE-3 to the AGE-FX in Episode 40.
- Military Brat: Played with. Kio comes from family of soldiers, but his father is MIA and is not around when he is growing up. On the other hand, his grandfather is most likely the commander-in-chief during those times.
- Nice Guy
- Off with His Head!: Kio's default finisher from Episode 40 onwards. He does this to take out Vagan mobile suits without killing the pilots.
- Perma Shave: Kio is so far The Only Asuno Protagonist that has no facial hair compared to his father and grandfather
- Power Up Letdown: The Daidal Bazooka in the last episode supercharges Kio's rifle to give him a chance against the final boss. He misses every single shot with it, against a target over four times his size, and it's destroyed within two minutes of screen time.
- Psychic Powers: Not only is he an X-Rounder, but so powerful that in his first episode he could detect the Vagan's attack on orbital base Big Ring. From Earth.
- To further put this into perspective: Kio's X-Rounder abilities are stronger than Zeheart's.
- Technical Pacifist: After he finds out about the truth about life in Vagan.
- Too Dumb to Live: Due to his Technical Pacifism, Kio deliberately dials back his attacks against enemies who wouldn't bat an eye at killing him if they had the chance. This is often Lampshaded by his friends and squadmates, who tell him that sort of fighting is going to get him killed. It nearly does in Episode 46 when he refuses to use his Burst-FX mode against Zeheart and Fram, and is only saved by an Deus ex Machina.
- Tragic Keepsake: Lu's diary of future memories.
- Trauma Conga Line: His entire time as a Gundam pilot has thus far been this. His Wide-Eyed Idealist nature and his Chronic Hero Syndrome only make it worse.
- Tykebomb: Flit trained him with an MS Simulation game when he was growing up.
- Useless Protagonist: His constant pleas for understanding always fall on deaf ears, his refusal to kill enemy pilots enables them to go on and kill supporting characters, and he refuses to ever see the writing on the wall. In the end the only time Kio manages to convince someone to see things his way involves Mind Rape. There's a reason he's considered the worst Gundam protagonist of all time.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Despite his early victories, Kio is still a woefully inexperienced pilot, and relies on his X-Rounder abilities and veteran wingmates to keep up with his opponents. This was made painfully clear in Episode 34, in which he couldn't lay a single hit on the Dark Hound and was more or less flailing around in space.
- Unstoppable Rage: He goes apeshit & unleashes FX Burst Mode on Zanald after he kills Deen, obliterating his mobile suit although he stops himself just before finishing him off.
- What the Hell, Grandpa?: When he hears that Flit's goal is the total extermination of Vagan, Kio calls him out on it. Asemu adds that it was what everyone has been wanting to say to him for some time now.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: From thinking that "we'll explain why you did it and it'll be okay" will absolve Shanalua of espionage charges to persistently trying to talk down Vagan pilots that are blatantly un-talk-downable, Kio is this all over. He's been called out on it multiple times by Flit, Seric, and his exasperated opponents.
Asemu's father and Kio's grandfather, he has now retired and left the Earth Federal Forces. He still fights against the Vagan though, and is responsible for building the Gundam AGE-3 as well as training Kio in using it. He is 64 at the start of Kio's story.
- Ace Pilot
- Adventurer Outfit: Airman, IN SPACE.
- Anti-Hero: Still a Type IV, but now almost bordering a Type V when it comes to the Vagans.
- Ax-Crazy: If Episode 40's anything to go by...
- Badass: Age still hasn't stopped him from being one when he needs to be, 50 years later.
- Badass Beard: Not just a mustache anymore.
- Badass Grandpa: The very first thing he does in his appearance in the third generation is save Kio from a Vagan mobile suit. And then he jumps off of the Core Fighter while in flight to get to the G-Cepter.
- Retired Badass: Retired from the military years ago. Still awesome With the standard AGE 1 was able to hold off Zeaheart and Zanald in their newer more powerful suits long enough for Kio to try to buy time for Kio and the Diva to escape. His ability to wrest control of his upgraded AGE-1 and put down Girard is worth mentioning.
- Berserk Button: Do not tell Flit that not all Vagans are evil beings waiting to be wiped out.
- Broken Ace
- Dark Messiah: Still trying to be a savior by wiping out all of Vagan. Kio eventually calls him out on it and tells him that he is no savior if that is his goal. He eventually lets go of his hatred and becomes a true savior by ending the war and saving both Vagan and Federation lives.
- Dropping the Bombshell: He only hesitated for a second or two before telling Kio who the pilot of the Dark Hound was.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He's kicked a lot of Vagan ass and saved the Federation from certain doom for over 50 years. He's even been Commander-in-Chief. However, almost everyone treats him like crap because he's old and retired (and responsible for a military coup), and only Algreus is willing to listen to any ideas he has. He eventually gets it — after his death, the AGE-1 is a museum exhibit, and a statue of him has been erected.
- Epiphany Therapy: Caused by X-Rounder resonance with Kio. Flit glimpses a vision showing all the people he lost through his life — Yurin, Bruzar, Woolf, Grodek, Boyage, and Marina — which convinces him to let his hatred go.
- Evil Mentor: It's not difficult to see him as one to Kio at this point.
- Expy: One could compare his third generation appearance to Bask Om, with the goggles, gloves, and all. His personality isn't too far off either.
- And to Dr. J as well, seeing as he developed the Gundam.
- Fallen Hero
- Final Solution: Seeks to exterminate the Vagan down to the last man, woman, and child.
- General Ripper: He's gotten even worse on this count, to the point where the destruction of Vagan and the extermination of its people is all he lives for now. Shanalua's pretty freaked out by what he's trying to mould Kio into.
- Goggles Do Nothing
- Grandpa the Veteran
- Grandpa Wolf
- Grumpy Old Man: Downplayed.
- Heel Realization: It's pretty clear that Kio calling him out had an effect on him. After that confrontation, he begins to reflect on what drove him down this road and what he's been doing about it. The kicker in this whole thing was when Kio told Flit that he wasn't acting like any kind of savior. He doesn't let it sway him, though — but he eventually has one that does.
- I Have No Son: Disowns Asemu after finding out he's the leader of Bisidian, although he doesn't hold to it after everyone tells him that he should just be happy his son isn't dead.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Yurin L'Ciel retains this status.
- It's All About Me: During his Motive Rant to Kio, he talks about how the Vagan have "taken so much from us". Its pretty clear, however, that by "us" he means himself, and by "so much" he means Yurin.
- Karma Houdini: Arguably. He repents of his genocidal wishes before the end, but the extent to which he's idolized by the public afterwards seems excessive.
- Lack of Empathy: Again, when it comes to his mortal enemy, Vagan, innocent or not.
- Living Legend: Much more than Generation 2.
- Not So Different: Episode 37 reveals that basically Flit is this to all of Vagans, who like him suffered loss and unjust during their childhoods causing them to live only in hatred.
- The Obi-Wan: To Natora.
- The Patriarch: Of the Asuno family.
- Pet the Dog: As soon as he realizes Kio is in danger of capture he rushes out to save his grandson, including losing all sense of his normal cool demeanor.
- Retired Monster: Was one at the start of the third generation, before he was pulled out of retirement. Flit may have some regrets, but his plans for a Final Solution to the Vagan problem and his coup d'etat are not among them.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran
- STILL Still Got It: See Badass Grandpa. The years, they...have not changed Flit too much at all.
- Villain Protagonist: Becomes very clear in Episode 40, where he refuses to listen to anyone who say the Vagans shouldn't all be killed.
- What the Hell, Grandpa?: He didn't attend his grandson's birth. Although he did spend quality time with him later...by training him in mobile suit simulators, behind the backs of his wife and his daughter-in-law in order to allow Kio to inherit the Gundam.
- Exhibit A◊.
- After learning that Asemu is Captain Ash of the Bisidian, he tells Kio to forget it happened and pretend that his father is still dead. Kio immediately refuses.
- What the Hell, Hero?: After Kio's kidnapping, Flit orders the Diva to turn 180° — exposing their flank to Zeheart's ship in the process — to destroy Zanald's ship before Zanald reaches it with the Gundam. They don't listen, and both Abis and Yunoa tell him to calm the hell down.
A friend of Kio's from childhood. She follows him when he decides to help some stranded orphans and ends up on the Diva
when it's de-mothballed.
- Everyone Loves Blondes
- Expy: The protagonist's childhood friend? Is assigned to take care of a trio of kids who may or may not be orphans? Wendy is the third generation's equivalent of Fraw Bow.
- Flat Character: She gets far less screentime than Emily and Romary. Probably has a crush on Kio?
- Her role is somewhat expanded in the -UNKNOWN SOLDIERS- side story. She is now providing support by controlling Gundam AGE-FX A-Funnel Equipment Type's eponymous weapons and working on improving their AI system.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- The Medic: Becomes an assistant for Unoa.
- Zettai Ryouiki
Captain Natola Einus
Newly promoted Captain of the Diva, she is woefully inexperienced with command of a ship and the realities of war, and unhappily aware of it.
- Apologizes a Lot
- But I Read A Book About It: She spends much of her free time in intense reading so that she can be a competent captain.
- Butt Monkey
- Character Development: In Episode 33, she showed signs that she was beginning to come into her own. By the final episode, she has no problem with borrowing a pirate ship, though they didn't object too strenuously.
- Fiery Redhead: Inversion. She's closer to an Extreme Doormat than anything else.
- Kicked Upstairs: Her commander had severe doubts about her competence (suspecting that she only got as far as she did through family connections), and gives her the Diva captaincy to get her out of his hair.
- Lieutenant Commander Newbie: She has about fifteen minutes between her promotion and having to take command.
- Nepotism: Subverted. She apparently got her initial rank of lieutenant from family connections, but then her promotion to Captain of the Diva was mostly because they wanted her out of the way.
- New Meat: Abis spots two telltale signs of her inexperience the first time he sets eyes on her.
- Nice Girl: She's very polite, is quite aware that she's unready to be a captain, takes the initiative to help evacuate a group of civilians, and is shown helping to console young evacuees as early as her second appearance.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: It's clear that she was promoted to Captain way before she was ready for the position.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: The Diva was only sent out at Flit's insistence, and so the field commander threw all the problem people he had onto the crew, and assigned them a complete newbie of a Captain.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
- Spell My Name with an "S": Natola or Netora?
- Let's not start on her surname.
- Unfortunate Punny Name: Her first name is reminiscent of the infamous 'netoare genre', whilst her surname...well, it's pronounced exactly the way you'd hope it wouldn't be.
of the Diva's
mobile suit squad. Seric is good-natured, perceptive, and takes a great deal of interest in the well-being of his shipmates. He pilots a Clanche Custom.
- Ace Custom
- Badass: Obviously he's a good mobile suit pilot, but what really impressed a lot of fans is how he dealt with the situation at Luna Base (see Guile Hero below).
- Big Brother Mentor: He acts like this to the crew in general, including the captain and even Flit. He's almost like Lockon Stratos without the revenge issues.
- Char Clone: Even without being blonde, mind you, he qualifies as Type II-Quattro (see details at Expy below).
- Cool Shades
- Expy: A more Badass Largan Drace.
- Guile Hero: During the battle of Luna Base, it's clear that the Federation lines are going to crumble and Algreus is ready to order wholesale destruction of the facility. Seric responds by infiltrating the base, taking over a communication facility, and telling the Vagan officers what's about to happen. They quickly negotiate a surrender.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He tells Natora to fire the photon blaster, even though his disabled Clanche Custom is trapped in its path.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: That bit in Guile Hero? It happened when three Gundams finally united, and they were too busy with fighting for their own lives.
- Killed Off for Real: After a tough fight with Godom, his mobile suit crashes into a Vagan warship and can't move out of the photon blaster's firing zone.
- Nice Guy: He even makes a point of addressing the older and more experienced Obright as "Mr. Obrightnote " even though Seric is his superior officer.
- Red Baron: Holmes of the Battlefield.
- Sherlock Scan: Demonstrating the reason for his nickname, he manages to deduce Einus' inexperience in their very first meeting.
- Supporting Leader
- Transforming Mecha
Mukured and Lalaparly Madorna's son. Serves as the mechanic aboard the Diva.
A member of the mobile suit team assigned to the Diva. Pilots the Genoace O-Custom instead of a Clanche.
Flit's former Number Two
. Is now an admiral and in charge of the Federation forces stationed on Earth.
A member of the Diva's mobile suit team. She takes over as Kio's combat instructor once the Diva gets moving.
Flit's daughter, Asemu's sister, and Kio's aunt. She serves as the chief medical officer aboard the Diva.
Voiced by: Shintaro Ohata
Arisa's son and Dique's grandson. He's Rody's assistant, and doesn't take too kindly to Kio...at first, anyway.
- Big Eater
- Demoted to Extra: Initially, he seems like he's going to be a source of conflict for Kio, or at least a friend after he rapidly changes his opinion. Turns out to get even less screentime than his grandfather did.
- Generation Xerox: He's basically a blond version of his grandfather with more attitude.
- Heroic Bastard: Implied since he's using his mother's maiden name.
- Hero-Worshipper: Of Rody, and the Madorna clan as a whole.
- Jerkass: To Kio, at least at first. He thought Kio was a Spoiled Brat...then he actually sat in the cockpit of the Gundam during a battle. After that, he loosened up.
- More Expendable Than You: Refuses to have Madorna pilot the G-Hopper into the battlefield because he believes Madorna to be more valuable to the Diva crew, instead volunteering himself to do it.
- Unfortunate Names: Wootbit. Wootbit. Wootbit.
- War Is Hell: Learned this when he watched Kio pilot the Gundam from the G-Hopper's seat.
Lord Fezarl Ezelcant
The leader of Vagan. He began the war in AG 108 to return the descendents of Mars' abandoned colonists to Earth, viewing it as a paradise. He's also an incredibly powerful X-Rounder.
- Affably Evil: Despite holding Kio as his prisoner, he treats him very well and encourages him to leave the palace to explore Vagan. Ezelcant even allows Kio to obtain medicine for Lu in exchange for access to the AGE system's protocols when he could have easily done so without Kio's say in the matter. On top of that, he is a devoted husband to Dorene.
- Anime Hair: It's hard to concentrate on his speech when you're staring at that corkscrew thing on top of his head....
- And at least one fanartist has drawn him opening a bottle of wine with it.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Invoked by his title.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Oh, does it EVER.
- Big Bad
- Blatant Lies: His claim that people the Vagan have attacked were always given a chance to survive is an unintentional case, since there have been several cases where that's not true at all.
- Dark Messiah
- Despair Event Horizon: A flashback shows him and Dorene being around his son during his final moments. Not long after Romy's death, Ezelcant develops a major Social Darwinist attitude and declares war.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Showing anger at the Federation for doing nothing to save his son and others affected by the Mars Ray illness is totally justifiable. Starting a war with Social Darwinist motivations on the other hand...
- Evilutionary Biologist: Unfortunately for him, his understanding of the actual science is not good. The extreme scenarios he creates are more likely to create people who are aggressive and warlike, since they'll be more driven to survive and fight off their attackers.
- Grasp the Sun: In his last moments, he reaches out for a hallucination of Earth.
- Happily Married: With his wife Dorene.
- The Heavy: Seems to be stepping into this role.
- Human Popsicle: He appears largely the same now as he did in G1 because he's been using cold sleep. Not to make sure he can direct the Vagan forces for the long duration of the war, but to try and outrun the Mars Rays disease.
- Insane Admiral: Supreme Commander of the Vagan forces, spiritual leader of their exodus home, and raving madman who does not understand how his own Social Darwinist philosophy works.
- Karma Houdini: Although he dies of his disease in the last episode, he is never really brought to account for his actions.
- Large Ham: Especially so during his fight against the AGE-3.
- Light Is Not Good
- Morality Pet: Kio. Ezelcant really sees him as a reincarnation of his dead son and is unable to kill him.
- Psychic Powers: Most X-Rounders have been shown only to have predictive powers in battle and the ability to recognize people they're fighting, but Ezelcant can literally share his vision of Eden with his followers.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to the Federation in Episode 29.
- Redemption Equals Death: He was dying anyway, but at least Kio talked him out of his Social Darwinist ideas before he did.
- Social Darwinist: He wants to create an Eden populated by humans who don't feel hate or seek out conflict, so he prolongs the war to try and weed out warlike, aggressive people. He also stages accidents in Vagan settlements for this same purpose.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife
- Unfortunate Names: The last four letters of his surname can be pronounced in the wrong way.
- Visionary Villain: He wants to end warfare. As with most Gundam villains with this goal, he's trying to do it by... starting a huge war.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Subverted. His people see him as this, because he tells them that the war on the Federation is for the sake of taking them away from their horrible existence in the abandoned Mars colonies. In actuality, he is a Social Darwinist who has destroyed their colonies too.
- Your Days Are Numbered: He suffers from the disease that Mars Rays cause. As of Episode 37, his doctors say he has six months to live.
- The preview for the final episode shows him on his deathbed.
A commander in the Vagan forces who reports directly to Ezelcant. He was in cold sleep for an amount of time between the second and third generation and pilots another custom red suit in the attack on Kio's city. Though he's now being challenged by other Vagan commanders, his sole focus is still the fulfillment of Project Eden.
- Ace Custom: His red Wrozzo.
- Ace Pilot
- Actor Allusion: Hiroshi Kamiya voices another character in a Gundam series that does not age.
- Attack Drone: Is capable of using bits in the Ghirarga that function similar to GN Fangs.
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking: He is Ezelcant's Number Two. And eventually the Dragon Ascendant.
- Blade on a Stick: The Ghirarga's main weapon. It can be split into two scythes.
- Char Clone: Even moreso than in Part II. He increasingly gains traits similar to CCA-era Char after Ezelcant deems him his successor.
- The Dragon: Is still this to Lord Ezelcant.
- Dragon Ascendant: In Episode 44, Ezelcant realizes he is finally too ill to go on, and hands Zeheart the leadership of Vagan, Project Eden, and the Gundam Legilis.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him]]: Who saw that coming? In the series, he's killed after a very short battle with Asemu's aged Gundam, while Zeheart himself is in a Gundam that combines AGE data with the EXA-DB technology. Memory of Eden alters this.
- Go Out with a Smile: Had one last, friendly chat with Asemu before exploding.
- Hidden Depths: At least to Fram Nara when he names all the soldiers who died in the operation. His final talk with Asemu fleshes out his character tremendously.
- Human Popsicle: Between shows.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: At the end, he admits to Asemu that his heart's desire was to fall in love, get married, and raise a family. To that end, he was jealous of Asemu.
- Idiot Ball: Apparently, he was well aware that something very bad could happen with Girard Spriggan if she was pushed too far. Okay, he didn't realize her breakdown would be as spectacular as it was, but after the whole disaster with Desil one would think that he would be more careful with a unstable X-Rounder motivated purely by his/her own vendetta piloting a machine that allows them to control X-Transmitter equipment such as bits, funnels and other X-Rounder suits.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: For someone who makes a point of remembering his fallen subordinates and fighting for all Vagans to see "Eden", he is easily convinced by Ezelcant's true plan. He's willing to risk the horrific consequences of using the full EXA-DB database by the next episode. Memory of Eden fleshes this out further. Zeheart didn't want his subordinates' sacrifices to be in vain, and as they died for the vision of Eden that Zeheart believed Ezelcant saw, so he continued fighting for Eden even after he new the truth about Ezelcant's plans.
- I've Come Too Far: He gave into the plan and fought because so many of his men died that he felt like he could never go back
- Kick the Dog: Despite his sympathetic nature in Generation 2, he starts this time by attacking a square of celebrating civilians and ignoring the city's military targets under Ezelcant's orders. Which makes a little more sense after The Reveal of Ezelcant's true goal.
- Light Is Not Good: Mainly after Lord Ezelcant revealed his plan to him he wants Zeheart to become a light that will be illuminating humanities future
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Still pilots a red mobile suit, even when it's not a unique model.
- Mask Power: Still needs it twenty-five years later. Just how strong are his X-Rounder powers, anyway? He no longer needs it after inheriting the Gundam Legilis.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Goes from the Ghirarga to Gundam Legilis.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He suffers a massive one after Fram gets killed, only for the three Gundams to escape unscathed. The visions of his fallen comrades calling him a failure do NOT help.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: He stays by Ezelcant's side even after hearing his true plans. He thinks it is crazy at first, but when Ezelcant asks him to take over, he is willing to do so.
- Older Than They Look: Thanks to cold sleep, he doesn't look a day past 19, despite actually being 41.
- Psychic Powers: Not even the Ghirarga can keep up with his X-Rounder abilities.
- The Rival: By this point, he's the only character who went toe-to-toe with all three protagonists.
- Sanity Slippage:
- Starts with Jumping Off the Slippery Slope above. It comes to a head in Episode 48, when he envisions the people who gave their lives for the war under his command, and then launches in the Legilis to attempt a Roaring Rampage of Revenge after Fram's Senseless Sacrifice. In fact, he is literally hallucinating during his fight with Asemu, which is probably why he goes down so quickly. Hard to focus on what's going on in the viewscreen when there's a bunch of dead subordinates in the way.
- Before all that, Fram checks on him, and he nearly attacks her, starting his Villainous Breakdown in Memory of Eden.
- Slouch Of Anti-Villainy: When he's sitting around in the command center.
- Survivor Guilt: His visions of his fallen comrades indicate this. Spelled out explicitly by Desil in Memory of Eden, when he asks Zeheart how it feels to outlive his subordinates.
- Undying Loyalty: To Ezelcant.
- Villainous Breakdown: A tragic case as Zeheart, who was once full of noble ideas and personal integrity, is reduced in the end to a bitter, hateful, ranting maniac, not unlike his late brother Desil.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He serves Ezelcant with Undying Loyalty and no thought for his own glory, because he wants more than anything to return the Vagan to Earth. But he embraces this trope even more tightly when he learns the truth and still accepts Ezelcant's offer to take his place.
The Phantom Three
A group of three Vagan pilots who stationed themselves in the desert. They attacked from beneath the sand, and had already sunk three Federation battleships before they met the Diva. Led by Godom Dynam.
Another of Vagan's commanders, Zanald is an overweight man who closely resembles a gorilla. Like Zeheart, he reports directly to Ezelcant. Unlike Zeheart, however, he's derisive of his peers, and out only to advance his own career. Pilot of the Zamdrag, which looks an awful lot like a monkey.
- Ace Pilot: Despite his appearance and attitude, Zanald is a very competent pilot.
- Ambition Is Evil: In contrast to Zeheart, who only wants to selflessly reclaim "Eden" and realize Ezelcant's vision, Zanald wants rank and glory and has no scruples about how he'll obtain it.
- Anime Hair: Some of the weirdest in the series, assuming it's not a helmet. It looks like a swan's set up roost on his skull.
- Animal Motifs: An ape, from his gorilla mask to his orangutang arms and suit. And that's without getting into his MS which resembles an enormous monkey, and has prehensile toes and a tail.
- Bad Boss: He kills Deen just to get to the Gundam a little faster and calls him a piece of junk when Kio asks why.
- Blatant Lies: When he tells Zeheart that attacking him was an accident. He doesn't even bother not to smirk, and then says it was Zeheart's own fault and he's not a worthy successor to Ezelcant.
- The Bus Came Back: He seems to vanish during the three-month timeskip, but returns in Episode 45.
- Beard of Evil: Not unlike Lordgenome's, in fact.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: In the Zamdrag.
- Big Bad Wannabe
- The Brute: Seems to have taken the position following Desil's death in Generation 2. Of course he wants to be The Dragon, so he's not real happy about this.
- Cool Mask: That looks like a gorilla's face.
- Eyepatch of Power
- Fat Bastard: Zanald is noticably portly, and deeply unpleasant.
- Foil: His attitude, appearance, and sense of loyalty make him a pretty fair one for Zeheart.
- Glory Hound: Is obsessed with destroying the Gundam before Zeheart can. And he's mutinously unhappy about being told that Zeheart will be Ezelcant's successor.
- Hidden Depths: At one point he comments on the irony of war being inherently foolish, yet inspiring the rapid advancement of science and technology.
- Jerkass: Strikingly so compared to the other Vagan soldiers we meet in the Kio arc, starting when he pushed the Ghirarga at the AGE-1 after capturing Kio. He gets worse from there.
- Killer Gorilla: Invoked by his animal motif.
- Large and In Charge: Both him and his MS.
- Laser-Guided Karma / Karmic Death: Hope you like getting your ass blasted to oblivion by friendly fire, you fat son-of-a-bitch.
- Mask of Power: It's hard to figure out where the mask ends and his hair begins.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If he had taken two seconds to go around Deen's disabled MS, Kio would never have activated Burst Mode.
- Psychic Powers: Though not as great as Zeheart's.
- Robeast: The Zamdrag sports this look.
- Smug Snake
- [The Starscream: After earlier comments questioning Ezelcant, Zanald takes the plunge and attacks Zeheart when told that he will be Zeheart's Number Two.
- Stout Strength: Invoked by his mobile suit's appearance and his own. Zanald may be on the heavy side, but he can hold his own in a fight.
- We Have Reserves: He has no problem blasting through his own pilots if they obstruct his flightpath. Ironically, he himself falls victim to this mentality when his flagship is caught in La Gramis's second shot.
A soldier under Zeheart's command. She transferred from Second Moon to Zeheart's unit under Zanald's orders to participate in Project Eden. While she's at it, she evaluates Zeheart for personal reasons, as her older brother, Dole Frost
, died while under his command.
- Ace Pilot: Although she claims to be inexperienced, she gives a good showing when she pilots the Fawn Farsia.
- Attack Drone: The Fawn Farsia is equipped with flower-shaped bits, like its predecessor.
- Badass Adorable: She might not be an experienced pilot, but her X-Rounder powers and her unwillingness to back down allow her to hold off the AGE-FX.
- Dark Chick
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She was a rather cold, no-nonsense strategist at the beginning of the Third Generation. Over time, she realizes that Zeheart deeply cares for his soldiers and gradually warms up. By Episode 41, Fram admires Zeheart for who he is and becomes deeply concerned when her premonition shows him getting shot down.
- Expy: Her clothes, hair and attitude initially resemble Haman in her Char's Deleted Affair incarnation.
- Go Out with a Smile: Shares a vision with Zeheart before she dies with this.
- Hime Cut
- Last Kiss: In Memory of Eden, she kisses Zeheart in their mutual vision just before she dies.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Similar to Yurin, although in a vision with Zeheart before her own death.
- The Mole: She originally was sent by Zanald to keep eye on Zeheart.
- My Brother Died Because Of You: She's decided that she'll kill Zeheart as retribution, if it turns out that he's not worthy her brother's sacrifice. After seeing Zeheart's dedication and care towards his subordinates, she concludes that he is more than worthy of her brother's sacrifice and drops all plans of killing him.
- Morality Pet: During the Battle of La Gramis, Zeheart makes it CLEAR that she is this to him in Memory of Eden.
- Older Than She Looks: When she's standing next to both Zeheart and Girard, she looks like a kid.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Rewarded As A Coward Deserves: Doles this out to the Luna Base commander, who shot his own soldiers trying to escape.
- Senseless Sacrifice: In Episode 48, Fram throws herself willingly into Zeheart's plan. Even though she knows it will get her killed, she believes that if the plan succeeds, Zeheart will go back to being a kind leader again. The plan fails, and whats worse, Zeheart loses it and dies not long afterwards.
- The Strategist: She's sent to be this as an aide to Zeheart, and she knows what she's doing.
- Subordinate Excuse: More explicit in the Special Edition.
- When She Smiles
- Woman in Black
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
Voiced by: Takashi Ohara
A civilian from Vagan who stopped a pickpocket from taking Kio's money and ID. When not outside, he tends to his terminally-ill younger sister Lu. He's also an X-Rounder.
- Big Brother Instinct: He's very protective of his sister, to the point of trying to prevent Kio from seeing her again so that she wouldn't be scared about dying. He changes his mind after he finds out that Kio brought his sister medicine. Nonetheless, he still closely supervises his sister as she goes out with Kio.
- Face-Heel Turn: With no one left to take care of in his family, he joins Vagan's military in Episode 39.
- Nice Guy: He stops the pickpocket and tends to Kio's wounds. He even allows Kio to have dinner with him and his sister.
- The Stoic: Justified by his family's situation.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He lives a little longer than his sister, but not by much. Zanald, his own commander, kills him in episode 47 for being in the way.
- You Gotta Have Dark Red Hair
A civilian from Vagan and Deen's younger sister. She's immediately attracted to Kio when he gets brought over to her house.
Tragically, however, she has not seen the outside world since she became terminally ill.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Constantly Curious: She wants to know everything about Kio's life, such as school and sports. Her impoverished state and her illness prevent her from ever experiencing these luxuries.
- Expy: She has talent in illustration not unlike Tiffa Adill.
- Go Out with a Smile: When she's seen on her deathbed, she has a smile on her face.
- Ill Girl: See Your Days Are Numbered below.
- Killed Off for Real
- Love at First Sight: You could clearly tell that Wendy's going to have competition the moment Lu glanced at Kio.
- Nice Girl
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Lu is one of the most innocent characters in the show. She dies of her disease in the episode after she's introduced, leaving a final journal entry of how happy she was to have a little life before the end.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She's introduced in Episode 37 and dies in 38, although 38 seems to Time Skip through numerous days (as heard by Ezelcant asking his wife how often Kio has been visiting her house.)
- Your Days Are Numbered: Her disease from exposure to Mars Rays is terminal. As of Episode 37, she has no more than 3 months to live without treatment. She dies in Episode 38.
Girard Spriggan formerly Reina Spriggan
An Earth Federation Ace Pilot
who was a test pilot for new mobile suits and mobile suit systems. She defected to Vagan
and apparently helped the Luna Base's takeover after a test for an X-Rounder flight system went badly wrong. Her lover Girard died colliding with an asteroid and she barely escaped alive. She later found that ground control deliberately pushed the system beyond safety limits, and that the Federation decided to cover it up by blaming Girard. She was later killed by Flit Asuno.
- Ace Custom: She pilots the Thielva, a gold G-Bouncer that has been heavily-modified to be compatible with X-Rounder pilots.
- Ace Pilot: Being a test pilot is a profession for the most daring and skilled.
- Ax-Crazy: After her X-Rounder abilities went wild in Episode 43, she pretty much become this.
- Broken Bird: Just listen to what she has to say about dreams.
- Casting Gag: Her VA voiced Cattleya, who is the friend of the main heroine of that series, named Leina (Except with an alternative spelling.
- Not to mention, unlike Cattleya, she wants to avenge her loved one rather than rescue him.
- Dark Action Girl
- Expy: She sure looks like Hilling Care although in her flashback, she had Anew Returner's exact hairstyle.
- Face-Heel Turn: She lets the Vagans take over the Luna Base and not long afterwards pilots alongside them for what they did to her and her lover Girard, and the cover-up.
- Kicked Upstairs: The Federation gave her two promotions after the "accident," along with a warning to keep her mouth shut.
- Killed Off for Real: Just before she has a chance to kill Kio, Flit regains control of his blaster to take out Girard.
- Laughing Mad: Dear lord, does she ever. Even moreso in Episode 43.
- Revenge: She defected so that she could get revenge on the Federation for killing her lover and blaming him for it.
- Revenge Before Reason: She actively hampers Fram and Zeheart's attempts to assist her in taking down Kio because she wants the Gundams all to herself.
- Samus is a Girl: Many fans believed that Girard was a guy when she was first mentioned by Frederick in Episode 33, probably due to her Gender-Blender Name.
- Sanity Slippage: Oh my, yes. Just watch her face while she fights Kio.
- That Woman Is Dead: She took Girard's name and declares that she is no longer Reina.
- Turn Coat: From the Federation.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: While there's an episode focusing about her past, she only appears about 3 episodes.
- You Gotta Have Persian Green Hair
- Dirty Coward: He steals an emergency escape craft when he finds out about the Plasma Missile pointed at Luna Base and kills a Vagan soldier who catches him in the act.
- Gambit Roulette: To grease the way for his betrayal, he arranges to have Reina Spriggan's lover killed, the death covered up as an "accident," and her to find out the supposed truth. He predicts her vengeful, Turn Coat reaction with implausible accuracy.
- Killed Off for Real: Via Fram bopping his shuttlecraft with the Farsia Rod, due to the actions mentioned in Dirty Coward.
A boy seen in a suspended animation tube. He seems quite important to Ezelcant. It turns out that he's a clone of Ezelcant and pilot of the mobile armor Vagan Gear. He is intended to be Ezelcant's successor, and is the most supremely powerful X-Rounder ever encountered.
He is said to be a "warrior without a human heart"; completely without empathy and utterly ruthless.
- Ax-Crazy: Pretty much the only thing he does or says after awakening is "Kill the Gundams.", even after the battle ends and SID has absorbed his mobile armor. It's implied that this might be the result of brainwashing.
- Diabolus Ex Nihilo: Although his existence is revealed about halfway through the third generation, he doesn't show up as an active character until the final episode. He's basically there to provide Kio with a final, climactic fight since there are no Vagan pilot characters left alive, and to give a reason for both sides of the battle to band together.
- Flat Character: Pretty much.
- Lack of Empathy: Described by his own side as a warrior with no heart.
- Last Episode New Character: Though we were given hints of his existence earlier in the series, he only really shows up in the final episode.
- Tyke Bomb
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He survives the final battle thanks to Kio, but his exact fate after this is not revealed.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Captain Ash AKA Asemu Asuno
The leader of the Bisidian pirates. He pilots Gundam AGE-2 Dark Hound and operates as a deliberate Spanner in the Works
for both sides of the conflict. He is actually the MIA Asemu Asuno, who was rescued by the pirates after nearly dying in battle against the massive mobile armor, SID. Asemu joined them after he saw that the Federation wasn't much better even after The Purge and eventually became the captain. His relationship with his father remains rocky, but he and Kio are quite happy to meet each other.
- Ace Custom: The AGE-2 Dark Hound could be counted as this even if the AGE-2 was always his to begin with.
- Action Dad: To Kio. He's still quite the Super Pilot.
- Asskicking Equals Authority
- Badass: Oh, HELL YES.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Subverted.
- The Captain: To Bisidian. Duh.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Asemu went M.I.A. on the day of Kio's birth, which is shown at the start of the third generation.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Bisidians have a dark colorscheme with what looks like Red and Black and Evil All Over, but they're probably the least self-serving faction in the conflict.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He's trying to keep both sides from devastating each other by keeping the war at a stalemate.
- Dressed to Plunder: Captain Ash and his crew dress like this in a Space Pirates kind of way. Ash's Dark Hound Gundam even has a pirate hat (complete with a Jolly Roger) and a targeting mechanism that looks like an eyepatch.
- Dual Wielding: Is rather fond of wielding both the DODS Lancer and a beam saber at the same time.
- Easily Forgiven: His family lets him off the hook quite easily re: his disappearance and failure to send any kind of message for thirteen years. Romary can be seen with Yunoa watching the Bisidian ship depart, implying that she allowed him to continue being a Pirate.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Letting His Hair Down + Stubble = Badass.
- Expy: Of Kincaid Nau, minus the Newtype powers (although he seems to visually resemble Zabine Chareux more). Like the Crossbone Vanguard, they have been secretly helping the Earth Federation, though in Bisidian's case, they are trying to reform it. Fittingly enough, his interactions with Kio mirrors Jinn Generham, cluing into their real relationship.
- Eye Scream: When he was found by the Bisidians wounded after his battle against SID, the Mobile Suit that guarded the Cursed Treasure, he was bleeding badly on his right eye.
- Eyepatch of Power: His Gundam has a targeting lens that rather resembles one, especially when it catches the light.
- Fragile Speedster: The Dark Hound. See Weak, but Skilled below.
- Genre Savvy: Saved Kio the same way Woolf saved him. But didn't get killed because he anticipated the death blow from behind.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: MECHA-PUNCHES the Legilis while calling out Zeheart.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has one running down from his right eyebrow, past his eye. He received this from his battle with Sid.
- Hairstyle Inertia: Averted after 13 years. Later played straight in the epilogue, where he returns to his old hairstyle.
- Hero Antagonist: He attacks Federation units, but only the ones who are working for the Vagans.
- Hook Hand: The Dark Hound has a pair that serve as a Grappling-Hook Pistol, but they are mounted in the binders rather than actually replacing hands.
- Paint It Black: The Dark Hound is basically a black AGE-2. The trope applies in a literal way.
- Papa Wolf: [[spoiler"He tests Kio to see how good he is, but when his son is truly in danger he rips into the Vagans. When Kio gets captured, he's practically chomping at the bit to go rescue him. Asemu is also the one who bails Kio out of a would-be deathblow in the penultimate episode.]]
- Pile Bunker: DODS Lancer, also counts as Jousting Lance.
- Scars Are Forever: The incident in which he got his scar occurred thirteen years ago.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: See Take a Third Option.
- Space Pirate: Obviously.
- Super Pilot: Doesn't need psychic powers to kick your ass. How good is he? Good enough to fight Ezelcant and his Gundam Legilis to a standstill using his outdated Dark Hound. And then later he takes out ZEHEART. IN THE LEGILIS. Granted, Zeheart was fighting in blind rage at the time, but still.
- Take a Third Option: How he came to be with Bisidian. They showed him the corruption and the atrocities of the Federation, and he'd never side with Vagan. So instead he joined Bisidian so they could force a stalemate.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Third Generation, we see him for first time wanting to test if Kio and Flit Asuno are good enough for the AGE system. Compare it to the beginning of second generation where Asemu wanted to impress his dad. Damn.
- Transforming Mecha
- Vigilante Man: The Bisidians fight both Vagan and the Federation in order to keep the war from becoming catastrophically destructive.
- Walking Spoiler
- What the Hell, Dad?:
- Kio tells him off for allowing his family to believe him dead for thirteen years. Asemu apologizes.
- He later turns this on Flit, demanding to know what made him so hostile toward Vagan. However, it doesn't really sink in until Kio interjects.
- Weak, but Skilled: Unlike nearly every other Ace he fights he's not an X-Rounder. In addition the Dark Hound trades out the more powerful beam weapons of the other Gundams And its past incarnation's Hyper Rifle and Double Bullet shoulder cannon/sabers in favor of a more unusual Lance and twin shoulder anchor set up, along with standard beam sabers, with his only ranged weapons being rather weak beam vulcans. The end result is he has to fly around at high speeds and duck in and out of melee range to do any real damage, but is none the less the best pilot in the series, as nobody can really touch him.
A massive, unmanned Mobile Armor that attacks all sides. Its purpose is to guard the EXA-DB, and it is equipped with weaponry more advanced and powerful than any seen before, likely taken from the EXA-DB itself. It is also capable of modifying itself to adapt to different situations and grow in strength.
- Beam Spam: SID's primary tactic. It's just about all it ever needs.
- Conflict Killer: It rushes in during the final battle and merges with the Vagan Gear, then begins going to town on both sides of the conflict. This requires the Vagan and Federation armies to team up to destroy it.
- Cyber Cyclops
- Expy: An autonomous AI, capable of self-modification that attacks all sides? SID is basically a watered-down Devil Gundam!
- Eye Awaken: While clinging to the biggest fragment of EXA-DB that survived the bombardment.
- Invisibility Cloak: It possesses the same stealth technology that Vagan warships have. In those cases that its Beam Spam tactics aren't enough, it uses it to confuse and outmaneuver its opponents.
- Lightning Bruiser: It's as fast as a mobile suit a third of its size, while possessing many times the firepower.
- MacGuffin Guardian: A mechanical version, for the EXA-DB.
- Roboteching: Its primary beam weapons are capable of this, somehow.
- True Final Boss: It returns for the final episode and becomes an enemy to both sides.