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.
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: Seeing Yurin die caused Flit to have this.
Improbable Age: He's a weapons designer on the military's payroll long before he fell into the AGE-1. Arguably justified, as his mother pretty much instructed him to become The Messiah and save the world, giving him the design for the AGE in the process.
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 pay the UE back for killing his mom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big Eater: During Asemu's seventeenth birthday, as shown in the Second Generation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 DOTS-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.
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.
Ace Pilot: He hijacks the Gundam and destroys a couple of UE suits with it.
Creepy Child: He's just as cheerful as you'd expect a kid his age to be...but the episode he was introduced in was titled "The Demon Boy" and he has made some rather unsettling comments about Flit's survival.
"I hope to meet you again, Flit-oniisan...if you survive long enough, that is."
For the Evulz: He believes that going to battles and killing people are fun.
The Heavy: Of the First Generation. Sure Yark Dore outranks him, and Lord Ezelcant is there in the background, pulling the strings, but it's Decil that the audience and Flit are focused on as the generation draws to a close.
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 Decil pressed her into joining Vagan in Episode 12.
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...
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.
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.
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 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 Decil 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hot Dad: Subverted. While Flit is not exactly ugly after 25 years, hehaslost his youthful looks when compared to his Hot Mom wife Emily who looks almost exactly the same as she did before. However, we're shown some pictures of a Flit in his 20's with a young Asemu...holy shit, he played this trope straight.
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.
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.
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.
Badass Normal: One of his major crowning achievements in the second generation was to defeat one of the Magicians Eight in single combat. Despite not being an X-Rounder, he manages to win handily due to his own skills.
A Father to His Men: He's much more concerned with his squad staying alive than with defeating Vagan.
Blush Sticker: Occasionally, when speaking to Obright or gazing lovingly at a mobile suit.
Dark and Troubled Past: Despite her cheerful personality, the way she talks about the Diva's crew and, while dying, saying that she was alone before the Diva and Obright hints that she somehow lost her family.
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.
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 anotherChar Clone, Anavel Gato.
The Heavy: Takes over the role from his brother for much of Second Generation.
I Did What I Had to Do: With regards to Decil. He had already been intending to remove Decil 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Decil may be thirty-three now, but mentally, he's still an enraged seven-year old trying to look cool.
Desil also has a counterpart in a figure from Real Life military history, that being World War OneAce 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?
Jerkass Hasa Point: In Memories 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 sacrificialplay, 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.
The Messiah: He's desperately trying to be this, but it doesn't work until the final episode, when he gets Flit to abandon his quest for vengeance (sort of; his resonance with his grandfather sets up an X-Rounder vision) and takes out Vagan Gear/SID on his own.
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.
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.
Tykebomb: Flit trained him with an MS Simulation game when he was growing up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Visidian, although he doesn't hold to it after everyone tells him that he should just be happy his son isn't dead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Decil 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.
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'veComeTooFar: 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.
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 Villanous Breakdown: in Memory Of Eden.
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.
Ax-Crazy: Godom becomes this after Gratt and Deymon's death.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 with a skull-and-crossbones with 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 Unoa watching the Visidian ship depart, implying that she allowed him to continue being a Pirate.
Expy: Of Kincaid Nau, minus the Newtype powers. 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 Visidians wounded after his battle against SID, the Mobile Suit that guarded the Cursed Treasure, he was bleeding badly on his right eye.
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.
Slightly subverted in Episode 36. He had to ask permission from Flit to go rescue his son, which makes you wonder how much he actually changed...
Not so much when you think about it. It's less asking for permission and more so asking Flit to swallow his pride and let him save Kio instead, as Visidian has better resources and at this point, higher combat strength. It's a marked change from how he acted toward his dad in Gen 2.
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 arguably 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.