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Londo Bell Squadron
Voice Actors: Toru Furuya (Japanese), Brad Swaile (English)The Protagonist of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, Amuro is a twenty-nine year old veteran who has Seen It All and done it all. He leads the Londo Bell squadron's mobile suits, has a longstanding grudge against Char, and is one of the few people who seems to take the threat of a new war against Neo-Zeon seriously.
- Ace Pilot: The Ace Pilot as far as Gundam is concerned. Between his Newtype abilities, his thirteen years of experience, his innate talent as a pilot, and his ride, Amuro is effectively untouchable in this film.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It's been softened by years of socialization (and replaced in other cases by war trauma), but Amuro still displays quite a few of the tics that he did back in Mobile Suit Gundam.
- Archenemy: He's Char's and vice-versa. This goes back to the One Year War.
- Attack Drones: The Nu-Gundam comes equipped with the funnel system.
- Bigger Stick: The Nu-Gundam, which is equipped with every major piece of military technology we've seen developed across the course of the Universal Century. No other machine, save Char's Sazabi, stands a chance against it, and both it and Amuro eventually prove themselves the stronger party in that duel.
- Combat Pragmatist: Amuro has never played fair, and he doesn't start now, exploiting every weakness, and sacrificing weapons and equipment to gain the advantage.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Tears through most adversaries in seconds with the Nu Gundam.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Dying Moment of Awesome
- Flawed Prototype: The Nu-Gundam has some problems that have yet to be ironed out. This does not stop Amuro from kicking all kinds of ass with it. He's so badass that the flaws in question become something of an Informed Flaw.
- Gadgeteer Genius: That badass Super Prototype, Nu Gundam? He designed it from the ground up, for himself. Not without Char's secret suggestions though.
- The Hero: Of the film and the Universal Century in its entirety.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He and hundreds of mooks (from both sides no less) die holding back the meteor that Char aimed at Earth.
- Invincible Hero: While he's had some close scrapes in the past, in this film Amuro never even comes close to losing. He and the Nu-Gundam go through Neo-Zeon pilots as though they weren't even there, culminating in his epic battle with Char. It takes a continent-sized meteor to finally bring him down.
- It's Personal: With Char
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Still a paranoid antisocial kid at heart. Still The Hero in every sense of the word.
- Kid Hero All Grown-Up: The teenager who accidentally became the pilot of the original Gundam grew up to be the most experienced, most badass pilot of the Universal Century.
- Knight in Sour Armor
- The Leader: Of the Londo Bell MS squadron.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Nu-Gundam. Taken Up to Eleven with its final Hi-Nu Gundam form in the novel.
- Mecha Expansion Pack: The Re-GZ combines with a booster backpack to form a waverider mode similar to Zeta Gundam. This was intended to simplify production compared to the Zeta's complex transformation, but it ends up hampering the design and shifting the efforts towards the Zeta Plus and Delta Plus lines.
- Messianic Archetype: He sacrifices himself to save people from an asteroid and show them "the light" helping them to gain hope. Works so well enemy mooks join him and his own Red Shirt squad.
- Mid Movie Upgrade: From the Re-GZ, a Super Prototype for a mass-produced version of the Zeta Gundam to his personally designed Nu Gundam, a Newtype-use Ace Custom.
- Older and Wiser
- Never Found the Body
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Amuro was one of the first Newtypes, and one of the most powerful ones to grace the Universal Century. Yet despite that, he retains his connection to the human race, and is a major believer in human potential.
- Properly Paranoid: Amuro is entirely correct about what Char is planning, and about the Neo-Zeon fleet being nothing more than decoy balloons. Given how long he's been doing that, this makes sense.
- The Protagonist: Amuro is the most important character in the film, and arguably, the UC timeline itself.
- Psychic Powers: Still one of the strongest Newtypes around. He moves meteors with his mind.
- Red Baron: White Devil
- Retirony: In Beltochika's Children novelization, he promise Beltochika to quit piloting MS once Char has been dealt with.
- Seen It All: After three wars, two of them against Zeon and its remnants, there is nothing that can surprise Amuro anymore.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's more or less past that stage of his life, but elements of his PTSD from Zeta still abound.
- Super Prototype: Despite its flaws, the Nu-Gundam is still one badass machine.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: He's grown up to have this look.
- Took a Level in Badass: Again. He's even more badass than he was in MSG and Zeta.
- True Companions: He and Bright are this to one another, as One Year War veterans, and close friends.
Voice Actors: Hirotaka Suzuoki (Japanese), (English)Amuro's commander during the One Year War, Bright is the veteran of three separate wars, and a captain in the Londo Bell squadron. Like Amuro, he doesn't trust Char at all, and is quietly preparing for war.
- The Brigadier: The only officer who is inclined to agree with Amuro's assessment of the situation they're in.
- The Captain: Of Londo Bell as a whole.
- Famed In-Story: Captain of the White Base and the Argama, and a major figure in the One Year War, the Gryps Conflict, and the First Neo-Zeon War, Bright is almost as well known as Amuro and Char.
- A Father to His Men: He really tries.
- Happily Married: To Mirai Yashima.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Still a stressed-out uptight jerk. Still a genuinely good guy.
- Older and Wiser
- Parents as People: Has been unable to be there for his family due to his military career.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When he asks for his subordinates to trust him with their lives, they do.
- Seen It All: After three wars, two of them against Zeon and its remnants, there is nothing that can surprise Bright anymore.
- Taught by Experience. Having been through more Gundam series than any other character in the franchise, Bright pretty much knows the score.
- Team Dad
- Took a Level in Kindness: Has taken yet another one since ZZ, as evidenced by his downright friendly relationship with Amuro.
- True Companions: With Amuro. The two of them have been through everything together, and they understand and trust one another implicitly.
Voice Actors: Mitsuki Yayoi (Japanese), Nicole Leroux (English)
An apparent longtime friend of Amuro's, Chan is one of the mechanics assigned to the Nu-Gundam. Like Amuro and Bright she does not trust Char to keep the peace. She also harbours romantic feelings for Amuro.
- Action Girl: A competent pilot and antiaircraft gunner as well as an engineer. She's responsible for taking out Rezin Schnyder and Quess Paraya, two of Char's most dangerous agents.
- Affirmative Action Girl
- Chinese Girl
- Expy: Though meant as a stand-in for Beltorchika Irma, after Tomino wasn't allowed to use her, she actually has far more in common with Sayla Mass, being a calm, collected Action Girl who starts a relationship with with Amuro after a period of being Just Friends.
- Just Friends: Where her relationship with Amuro is at the start of the film.
- Killed Off for Real: By Hathaway after killing Quess.
- Properly Paranoid: Joins Amuro and Bright in thinking that they can't trust Char or their own officials. She's entirely correct.
- Relationship Upgrade: She and Amuro get one shortly before the end of the film.
- Satellite Love Interest: Surprisingly averted. Chan gets enough character development to stand on her own, and from what we're shown, has known Amuro for quite some time when the show starts.
- The Smart Guy: Fills this role in Londo Bell, as both an engineer, a gunner, and a pilot, with her intelligent, rational decisions, often making a difference.
- Wrench Wench: One of the engineers working on the Nu-Gundam, she accompanies Amuro into space to make sure it keeps working.
Voice Actors: Nozomu Sasaki (Japanese), Bill Switzer (English)Bright's young and impressionable son.
- Break the Cutie: Was a cute boy who went to space to join his father. The Hathaway's Flash novels show that not only he never recovered, but it got EVEN WORSE. Though said only took place after The Novel Verson of Char's Counterattack and not the film, so it may have been Non-Canon. Or at least an Alternate Universe.
- Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Hathaway managed to sway Quess to his side, until...
- Face–Heel Turn: There's really no other way to describe his murder of Chan, who was on his side and trying to help him.
- Horrible Judge of Character: His continued interest in Quess proves this.
- "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: To Quess. It almost works.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In any other anime, he would be the protagonist of the story and Quess would be his love interest and he even acts as such. This is UC Gundam, therefore it can only end in tears.
Voice Actors: Shinobu Adachi (Japanese), Angela Hendricks (English)A capable MS pilot with the Londo Bell squadron, Kayra is in a relationship with longtime engineer Astonage.
Voice Actors: Hiromori Shingo (Japanese), (English)
Char Aznable (Casval Rem Daikun)
Voice Actors: Shuichi Ikeda (Japanese), Michael Kopsa (English)Neo-Zeon's new leader, Char Aznable has a long and ugly history with Amuro Ray and Earth/space relations. Submerging himself in his role as the son of Zeon's founder, Char has lost touch with reality, and now seeks to set himself up as a messianic figure. He has developed a warped political ideology based on the idea that Earth should be uninhabited, and is planning to drop a meteor on the planet in the name of...world peace?
- Ace Pilot: Reconfirms this status again and again within the film. With his Newtype powers at the strongest they've ever been, thirteen years of combat experience under his belt, his natural piloting skills undiminished, and a top-class MS Char will walk right over anyone who isn't Amuro Ray.
- Archenemy: Amuro's. It's mutual.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Char embraces his position as Zeon Zum Deikun's son in this film. He's also at his most flat out crazy. Make of that what you will.
- Attack Drones: The Sazabi's funnels.
- Big Bad: After stints as a Dragon with an Agenda and an antihero, Char finally steps up as the leader of Neo-Zeon and the primary threat to not only the Earth Federation, but the survival of the human race as a whole.
- Bigger Stick: The Sazabi (and its novelization upgrade, the Nightingale), which is equipped with every major piece of military technology we've seen developed across the course of the Universal Century. No other machine, save Amuro's Nu-Gundam, stands a chance against it.
- Biseinen: At 33, he's too old to be bishonen, but he's definitely more of a pretty boy then he was earlier in the series.
- Broken Ace: It's in this film that we see Char's talents and failings at their respective best and worst, with his bravery, skill, and leadership ability being undermined by his depression, mental instability, and obsessions with both his father's legacy and defeating Amuro.
- Can't Catch Up: Char has always been just a step behind Amuro in terms of piloting ability and raw Newtype power. This is at its most obvious in this film—after thirteen years of mutual combat, Char's edge in experience is effectively gone, and their respective mobile suits are a technological match for one another, meaning that Char has to pit his own talents against Amuro's, with no other cards left to play. He comes up rather short.
- Char Clone: He is Char. On a more serious note, this is the third, final, and darkest, of Char's major personas, and the one that Rau Le Creuset, Rey Za Burrel, and end-of-series Zechs Merquise draw on the most heavily.
- Colony Drop: His master plan.
- Color Motif: Red again.
- Cult of Personality: Char's had one of these going since the days of the One Year War, when the Zabis promoted him as a war hero to encourage others to join up. Char capitalizes on both that cult, and his status as Zeon Zum Deikun's son, in order to hasten his rise to power and secure it once he's there.
- Cyber Cyclops: The MSN-04 Sazabi is intended to evoke older Zeonic mobile suits, most notably the Zaku IIs that Char originally became famous flying.
- Dark Messiah: Char presents himself as Neo-Zeon's saviour, and regards himself as one for the rest of the world. His methods however, go beyond the pale.
- Deuteragonist: Hathaway and Quess might be along for the ride, but Char is the most important character in the film after Amuro Ray. There's a reason his name is in the title.
- Ephebophile: According to rumor in-universe. How much he actually feels for Quess and how much he's just manipulating her is open to interpretation, but the fact that he'll do it at all says a lot about how screwed up his sense of sexuality is.
- Considering what Gyunei told Quess at some point, this is an Ascended Meme.
- Evil Is Petty: Both in-universe and among fans, it is believed that his entire plot to drop Axis on Earth is simply to get revenge on Amuro for killing Lalah.
- Fallen Hero: From his Quattro Bajeena days. He's not only reverted to how he was in Mobile Suit Gundam, he's gotten worse. Of course how real "Quattro" was, is open for debate to begin with.
- Frontline General: Char sets grand strategy, but leaves tactical battlefield considerations to Nanai and his other officers, preferring to sortie himself in the Sazabi.
- Glorious Leader: In much the same vein as Gihren Zabi and Haman Khan, using his reputation, and promises to restore his father's legacy as the cement that holds his dictatorship together.
- The Heavy: The film is called Char's Counterattack for a reason. Without him there wouldn't be a plot. Helpfully, he's also the Big Bad.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Could now use his one-time enemy, Gihren Zabi, as a shaving mirror.
- Honor Before Reason: To the point of sending his enemies the blueprints for the Psycoframe: he thought it would be pointless to defeat Amuro if he wasn't piloting a competitive Mobile Suit.
- He plays this trope straight constantly throughout the film, refusing to use his funnels against Amuro's Re-GZ, not ordering Gyunei to crush him while he's unarmed and out of his Mobile Suit inside the colony, and not taking the opportunity to destroy the Nu-Gundam when he finds it unoccupied while Amuro is inside Axis. Amuro does not reciprocate.
- I Surrender, Suckers: And the Federation completely falls for it.
- Insane Admiral: He's Commander-in-Chief of Neo-Zeon and an active admiral and frontline combat soldier. He also believes that dropping a meteor on the planet is somehow the path to world peace and spends much of his time slipping in and out of hallucinations.
- It's Personal: With Amuro, going back thirteen years.
- Jerkass: In addition to being more evil, he's a bigger jackass than ever.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Continues to manipulate everyone in his hand emotionally for his own gains - the same way he manipulated Lalah Sune, except he really did care about her.
- Lack of Empathy: Worse than ever. He's more or less replaced his ability to care about other people with Zeonic ideology and Spacenoid rhetoric.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: His uniform and his mobile suit are his usual red, though his pilot suit is orange.
- Manipulative Bastard: He has no problem using his people's feelings towards him to ensure their loyalty.
- The Mentally Ill: One could make a very good case for Char qualifying as clinically insane during the events of this film. He's having constant flashbacks, he sees things and hears voices, and his cognitive dissonance has become so strong that he can somehow mentally reconcile dropping a meteor on the planet with his end game of "saving the world."
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The Sazabi is Char's ultimate upgrade... But only in the movie, which gives him the Nightingale.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: The political ideology he preaches and the image he presents is eerily similar to that of Gihren Zabi and Glemmy Toto, the UC's Hitler analogues.
- Necessarily Evil: Thinks what he's doing is necessary for the future of mankind.
- Never Found the Body: Just like with Amuro.
- Never My Fault: Char refuses to accept any of the blame for what happened to Lalah, holding Amuro responsible for the entire affair. While it's true that it's Amuro who killed her, it was Char who turned her into a weapon, first handing her over to Kycilia Zabi's Newtype project, and then personally supervising her deployment. Though even when Amuro pointed it out to him back then, he believed it was justified in helping Lalah awaken as a Newtype. He also tries to hold humanity responsible for his actions in the film, saying that he's doing it to save them from themselves.
- Opportunistic Bastard: Char gained power not through clever scheming, but simply by waiting until everyone else with a claim on leadership of Zeon (the Zabis, Haman Khan, Glemmy Toto) was dead. Even his "plan" to defeat the EF is less "brilliant scheme" and more "get giant space rock. Drop giant space rock. Profit," with no clear long term benefits.
- Psychic Powers: Char's been a weak Newtype since MSG. Here he's able to use the Psychoframe, Psycommu, and biosensor technologies to massively amplify his power level, making him deadly threat to everyone but Amuro, who has the same technology, and greater innate psychic ability.
- Pure Is Not Good: Lalah Sune called him "pure" in Amuro's Dream Sequence.
- Putting on the Reich: Much more so than in previous installments.
- Red Baron: Red Comet.
- Sanity Slippage/Took a Level in Jerkass: Despite what the fans might tell you, Char was never a nice guy. But even so, he's become far less stable, and far less empathetic than he was in MSG, let alone Zeta.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: If the flashbacks and attachment to the past are any indicator, Char is still fighting the One Year War.
- Super Prototype: The Sazabi, which is equipped with the new Psycoframe technology.
- Took a Level in Badass: He was already badass, but given his poor performance in Zeta, this could definitely be argued.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: There is no doubt that Char means well. There is also no doubt that he is completely unglued mentally.
- Villain with Good Publicity: His people love him. Doing things like taking the train like the rest of the people probably helps. The Federation leadership, or at least those who don't know him personally, also think that he's trustworthy, something that ends up costing them in the long run.
- Visionary Villain: Char has a vision for the future. It involves an uninhabited earth, and the entire population moving out into space, where they will, of course, be dominated by his Neo-Zeon.
- Wave Motion Gun: Mounted on the Sazabi's waist.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Believes that making Earth uninhabitable will force everyone into space where they will all live in peace. Why yes, he is delusional. Why do you ask?
- Worthy Opponent: What he considers Amuro to be.
- Bright as well. Whenever Bright forces Char's hand, Char can't help but compliment his tactical prowess.
Voice Actors: Maria Kawamura (Japanese), Jocelyne Loewen (English)A poweful Newtype, and the daughter of an Earth Federation minister, Quess is a spoiled little girl with no real ability to connect to normal people. When Amuro and the rest of the Londo Bell don't pay enough attention to her, she sets her sights on Char and latches onto him, becoming one of his pilots.
- Celeb Crush: Char
- Dark Action Girl
- Fallen Princess
- Girlish Pigtails
- Heroic Sacrifice: Her last act was to push Hathaway's MS out of the way of the missiles that eventually killed her.
- It's All About Me: Everything revolves around Quess.
- Lack of Empathy: Quess cannot empathise with others, and believes that everything from Char and Amuro's rivalry to the war as a whole is about her.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Her family's neglect of her her hints that she might have been like this.
- Love at First Sight: All Newtypes are drawn to each other, but Quess latches onto her fellow posthumans like a remora in heat. Especially Char.
- Little Miss Badass: She's just 13.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Her last name is pronounced "Pariah."
- Parental Neglect: Neither her father nor her stepmother pay any attention to her.
- Patricide: Semi-knowingly kills her father. She can't quite figure out whether she's upset about it or not.
- Precocious Crush: Has a very ugly one on Char. She thinks he returns the favour.
- Psychic Powers: Char recruited her for her Newtype abilities.
- Psycho Supporter: If she were more emotionally stable she'd never support Char.
- Sixth Ranger: To Neo-Zeon.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Amuro doesn't care about her. Neither does Char. She still thinks the whole war revolves around her.
- The Sociopath: A more sympathetic version than some, but still possessed of almost all the trademarks of antisocial personality disorder.
- Spoiled Brat: Enough so that her stepmother decided staying on Earth to await a Colony Drop was preferable to evacuating on the same shuttle as Quess.
- Teens Are Monsters: Her upbringing never really got around to the 'instill a basic moral compass' part, and she relies on her Newtype sensitivity to guide her instead. It... doesn't work out so well.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Changes clothes several times in the movie.
- Unskilled, but Strong: She's a thirteen-year-old combat novice, and arguably the most powerful Newtype in the Universal Century. The latter outweighs the former by quite a bit.
- Unwitting Pawn: Char is playing Quess like a fiddle. She honestly thinks he's in love with her.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Dear Lord, yes. Quess's Newtype powers basically overwrote her personality once they manifested.
- Woman Scorned: Actually tries to do this to Amuro flying off the handle when he refuses to do her.
- Yandere: Towards Char, and briefly Amuro.
Voice Actors: Koichi Yamadera (Japanese), Kirby Morrow (English)A Cyber-Newtype who acts as Char's right-hand man, Gyunei seems like a relatively rational kid, who tries to bring a sense of balance to Neo-Zeon's leadership. After being assigned to train Quess it's revealed that he's actually highly unstable beneath the surface, and harbours delusions of replacing Char as leader of Neo-Zeon.
- Alliterative Name
- All of the Other Reindeer: As a Cyber-Newtype, both Oldtypes and regular Newtypes tend to look down on him. He's developed a bit of an inferiority complex as a result.
- Bastard Understudy
- Beta Test Baddie: Definitely has some of this going on, what with his inferiority complex and viewing himself as the next Char.
- The Dragon: To Char
- Dragon with an Agenda: Whom he seeks to surpass.
- Hostage Situation: Triggers one and ends it horribly.
- I Owe You My Life: He tells Quess that his parents were killed in a Colony Drop, so Char took him in and trained him.
- Jerkass: After locking onto Quess. Up until that point he actually seemed like the Only Sane Man in Neo-Zeon.
- Killed Off for Real: By Amuro
- Love Triangle: He's a point on the very ugly quadrangle involving himself, Quess, Char, and Hathaway.
- Psychic Powers
- Super Soldier: He's a Cyber-Newtype.
- Teens Are Monsters
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
Voice Actors: Yoshiko Sakakibara (Japanese), Jenn Forgie (English)
- Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Tells Char she's carrying his child not long before he goes to his death in battle with Amuro. Some of her and Char's descendants become important later on.
- Team Mom
- Sexy Secretary: She may be in a commanding post, but she still comes off as basically Char's "girl Friday."
- Silk Hiding Steel
- Woman Scorned / Clingy Jealous Girl: Depends on how you look at it, but she does show some displeasure that Char's taking less interest in her once Quess comes into the picture.
Voice Actors: Kazue Ikura (Japanese), Poppy Ona (English)
A brutish Dark Action Girl who serves as one of Char's best pilots, Rezin seems to have joined up with Neo-Zeon for no better reason than her love of killing. Completely unwilling to obey The Laws and Customs of War, she is a prime example of everything that is wrong with Char's movement.
- Ace Custom: Her blue Geara Doga, which matches her pilot suit.
- Ace Pilot: Quickly establishes herself as one.
- Badass Normal: One of the few non-Newtypes in Char's Neo-Zeon and one of his top-scoring aces, despite piloting a mass-produced suit and lacking Psychic Powers.
- The Brute: Has the personality type down pat, and seems to fill this role in Neo-Zeon, functioning as an attack dog and little more.
- Curtains Match the Window: Depending on the lighting her eyes and hair are red or brown. Regardless, they always match.
- Cyber Cyclops: The Geara Doga.
- Dark Action Girl: One of the most capable female pilots in the UC verse, and definitely one of the most evil.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Yazan Gable. See expy below for all the details.
- Elite Mooks: Heads up the Geara Doga squad, one of Neo-Zeon's elites.
- Evil Is Not Pacifist: Really seems to enjoy fighting and killing, and complains when a retreat order is issued.
- Evil Redhead: Has dull red hair.
- Expy: It's not immediately obvious given her limited screentime, but as a psychopathic Oldtype who gets off on the violence, she's essentially Yazan Gable in drag.
- Jerkass: Even when not killing people, she still comes off as a bitch.
- Killed Off for Real: Shot down by Chan during a strafing run on a Federation battleship.
- Lack of Empathy: Never shows any concern for another human being, or expresses anything other than hate and/or contempt for those around her.
- The Lad-ette: From what we see of her, she qualifies, having an extremely mannish personality. The fact that she's modeled on a male character helps.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A dull red.
- The Resenter: Some of her dialogue indicates she is this towards Newtypes, whether they are on her side or not.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Has no issues with shooting down damaged and/or fleeing enemies, and gets a real kick out of the war.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her name can be rendered Rezun Schneider, Rezin Schnyder, or any combination of the two names. Most translations go with option two.
Voice Actors: Akira Murayama (Japanese), (English)
- I Want My Beloved To Behappy: For Mirai, he'd do anything. So he helps Bright as much as he can, specially by leaking confidential Feddie info to Londo Bell, so Earth won't be destroyed and she and Cheimin will survive. Considering he could be executed or trialed if caught, this is a BIG change from his MSG portrayal.
- Older and Wiser
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
Voice Actors: Syunsuke Shima (Japanese), Trevor Devall (English)
- Wicked Stepmother: Strongly hinted to be this to Quess, who hates her so much that she bites her hand. This makes Katherina refuse to go into space if it means she'll have to go with Quess, and this lets Mirai send Hathaway off to meet up with Bright.