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HeliopolisA space colony in Earth's orbit, Heliopolis is part of Orb territory, and is thus neutral in the conflict between ZAFT and the Earth Alliance. Unfortunately for them, Heliopolis is secretly building mobile suits for the Earth Alliance, they're attacked by ZAFT in a raid to steal them, and the colony is eventually destroyed in an ensuing battle. A number of refugees end up on board the Archangel, and become Earth Alliance crewmen after later enlisting, despite being citizens of a neutral nation.
Voice Actors: Soichiro Hoshi (Japanese), Matt Hill (English original series dub), Max Mittelman (English HD Remaster dub)
"If you just did nothing because you thought it wouldn't help, than you'd end up doing less than nothing. Because nothing would change."
Main mecha: Strike Gundam, Freedom GundamThe main character, who was attending a technical college on Heliopolis when the series began. Naturally, he ends up Falling into the Cockpit of the Strike Gundam. He's a Coordinator, which he attempts to hide at first, but it quickly comes out into the open. Kira undergoes the most Character Development of anyone in the series; starting as a somewhat goofy but generally normal kid, he forces himself to become cold and nearly mechanical in order to deal with the realities of war, but eventually breaks out of this and becomes much more idealistic (but no less determined) before the series ends.
- The Ace: Several characters have noted that even amongst fellow Coordinators, Kira stands out as being on a level above them in talent, both in studies and in combat. This is because he was intended to be this as the Ultimate Coordinator.
- Ace Pilot: He's the main character in a Gundam show. So of course he ends up achieving this status, and quickly at that. By the time he gets his hands on his first Bigger Stick, he is among the most skilled pilots in the entire series, both in SEED and Destiny.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Kira has a lot of Amuro's personality traits, including social awkwardness, skill with machinery, and a tendency towards trying to do everything himself and losing himself in his work. If there's a difference between the two of them, it's that Kira lacks Amuro's deliberately antisocial behaviour—he wants to interact with others, he's just not that good at it.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: As a Coordinator, Kira is genetically modified to have faster learning abilities than Naturals. His most impressive feats using this trope are the battles in the desert, where he was able to adjust the Strike's settings for desert combat and execute impressive combat strategies against more experienced soldiers.
- Badass Bookworm: Before he was a mobile suit pilot, he was an engineering student and he stills mainly relies on his brains in battle.
- Beam Spam: With the Freedom, it's equipped with the multi lock on weapon system, allowing Kira to make full use of all of its ranged weapons (a beam rifle, a pair of wing mounted beam cannons and another pair of hip-mounted railguns).
- Betty and Veronica: Lacus and Flay
- BFG: The Launcher Striker's 320mm Agni hyperimpulse cannon.
- BFS: The Sword Striker's anti-ship sword, which is over fifteen meters long.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Being a Coordinator, Kira's a lot stronger, faster, and more agile than he looks, so trying to pick a fistfight with him is a bad idea.
- Big Damn Hero: Plenty of times, even moreso after receiving the Freedom.
- Bigger Stick: His Gundam, naturally. The Freedom in particular is a top of the line machine that won't be outclassed until the latter stages of Destiny.
- Born Winner: Not just a Coordinator, but the Ultimate Coordinator, and also capable of activating SEED mode.
- Broken Ace: Despite being possibly the best pilot in the show, he isn't able to save everyone he attempts to save and experiences a lot of trauma because of it.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Towards Flay. Deconstructed later on.
- Chick Magnet: Flay, Lacus and even Cagalli before the reveal sort of stopped her from doing anything.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Mitsuo Fukuda said in a 2003 interview that Kira was based on Tatsuya Fujiwara, the actor who played Nanahara Shuuya in the live-action film adaptation of Battle Royale.
- Death from Above: The Freedom is the first Gundam shown to be capable of full-flight capabilities under the atmosphere in mobile suit mode in SEED (most Mooks and the first Gundams have to use sub-flight lifters).
- Dual Wielding: Although most Gundams in the series possess two beam sabers, Kira only really starts dual-wielding with the Freedom. He sometimes combine the beam sabers into a Double Weapon as well.
- Expy: Of Amuro Ray, being a roughly similar character with a slightly warmer personality.
- Falling into the Cockpit: Actually thrown in by Murrue Ramius in order to save his life during the ZAFT commando raid on Heliopolis.
- Forgiveness: Forgives both Athrun and Yzak, even choosing to spare the latter (who shot down a shuttle full of civilians) in the middle of a battle.
- The Gloves Come Off: Against Athrun after Tolle dies. One could make the case that it happens again when Le Creuset guns down Flay in front of him.
- Happily Adopted: His parents are actually his aunt and uncle, but he doesn't find out until much later. Still, he seems quite happy with them and well adjusted before the war breaks him.
- Heartbroken Badass: During the final battle, he fails to save Flay. Despite it obviously effecting him, he goes on to take down the Big Bad.
- The Hero: It is mainly his choices that ultimately change the course of the war.
- Hero Killer: To ZAFT, as he managed to kill several ZAFT aces (most notably, Miguel Ailman, Andrew Waltfeld, and Nicol Amalfi) as the Strike's pilot. In fact, Athrun gets the highest military award simply on the virtue of being the sole ZAFT pilot to have taken him down.
- Heroes Want Redheads: In the beginning of the series, Kira has an obvious crush on Flay which later blossoms into a full fledged sexual relationship, but it just gets ugly from there. His final love interest has pink hair, which might or might not qualify their relationship for this trope.
- Heroic Safe Mode: He lives one during the middle part of the series, as he shuts his emotions down in order to cope with the ravages of the war.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: During the series' mid-point it doesn't matter how good Kira is or how much the others praise him: he can't live up to the only person whose standards matter to him, namely, his own.
- He's Back: When he and the Freedom interrupt the Battle of JOSH-A.
- Honor Before Reason: Sometimes. Not so much during the mid-part of the series.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Flay, and to a lesser degree, the shuttle that Yzak shot down.
- It's Personal: With Athrun after Tolle's death and Le Creuset after Flay's.
- Knife Nut: The Strike's basic form is armed with two Armor Schneider knives, and nothing else. They come in useful a bunch of times though and some of his most critical victories with the Strike are made with them.
- Lady and Knight: The Knight to Lacus Clyne's Lady.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Freedom, which more or less combines two of the Strike's modes (not counting Sword) into one Gundam plus some.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Both the Strike and the Freedom feature a shield. Kira makes extensive use of both of them.
- Mad Scientist's Handomse Son: Averted. While his father, Ulen, is definitely a Mad Scientist, he didn't grow up with him.
- Martial Pacifist: He'd much rather talk things out than fight over it. This being Gundam, it doesn't work out that way.
- Mecha Expansion Pack: The Strike, which is near-useless without one of its three Striker packs.
- Men Don't Cry: Played straight until he couldn't save Flay from being captured by the Dominion ship and Lacus comforts him and says he should after what he's experienced.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The Strike to the Freedom.
- Multiform Balance: The Strike. Aile Striker is more or less a Jack-of-All-Stats, while the Launcher Striker is a Mighty Glacier with heavier weaponry but less mobility, and the Sword Striker is a borderline Lightning Bruiser (not quite as fast as the Aile, but faster than the Launcher) balanced by the fact that it lacks ranged firepower.
- Nice Guy: Which makes the horror show he's thrust into all the sadder. Hell even Natarle and Flay can't help but like him.
- Not Quite Dead: To the ire of his enemies and the relief of everyone else.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: There's a few of these around, but Kira's the most notable example, fighting to protect his Natural friends from Coordinator soldiers from the earliest episodes of the show.
- The Protagonist: The main viewpoint of the series, with Athrun coming in second.
- Purple Eyes: As not only a Coordinator but the Ultimate Coordinator it definitely fits.
- Psychic Powers: It's revealed later on that he apparently has the same Newtype-esque Telepathy that Mu and Rau have. In his case, it seems to let him connect with anyone else with the ability, as he's able to 'Sense' and talk with Rau, and later Rey in Destiny, as well as being able to 'Sense' Neo as Mu.
- Reluctant Warrior: He really doesn't like fighting, but if the alternative is letting innocents suffer, then prepare for ass-kickings.
- Rescue Romance: His relationship with Lacus developed from this. In fact, both traded roles of rescuer and rescuee in some points.
- Say My Name: Happens a lot.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: The war has a very detrimental effect on Kira's mental health, causing him to hit rock bottom around the series midpoint. He recovers to a degree, but is sporting one hell of a Thousand-Yard Stare by the time Destiny roles around.
- Skilled, but Naïve: The naivety is wrung out of him after some really harsh experiences.
- Super Intelligence: Most Coordinators are smart, but Kira rewrote the operating system for a complex war machine in under a minute, pushing him into this territory.
- Super Mode: SEED mode.
- Super Reflexes: Like most Coordinators, Kira possesses reflexes that are notably superior to those of regular humans. This is one reason why he's able to operate the Strike better than pilots who trained for years to do it—he doesn't require the clumsy OS that would enable a Natural to operate the system.
- Technical Pacifist: After getting the Freedom and going through a lot of soul searching, he aims to disable MS and spare the pilot, rather than destroying them outright. He will break this rule if he has to though, most notably against Le Creuset who couldn't be stopped any other way.
- Teen Genius: As a Coordinator this is the norm. As the Ultimate Coordinator, he takes it even further than the norm.
- Tender Tears: He can be a bit weepy early in the series, though only when he's alone. Note, however, that he only does this after a battle — he's not crying for himself, he's crying for the men he's killed.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: From Ep 31 of Seed HD Remaster: "I am sad."
- Tragic Keepsake: The origami flower he was given by a little girl he'd helped protect and who was later shot down by Yzak.
- True Companions: With Athrun once they join the same side, and eventually the entire Archangel crew.
- Unlucky Everydude: He starts the series doing piles of extra work for his college professor and with an unrequited crush on Flay. His fortunes do not improve.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: By mid-series you will be thinking this. He gets it back. Mostly.
- Worth Living For: In response to Rau's In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves speech regarding the world:Kira: "So what!? This world is still worth protecting!"
- Would Hit a Girl: Gives Cagalli a pretty hefty slap after she took a swing at him and kills Aisha during his battle with her and Andrew.
Miriallia "Miri" Haw
Voice Actors: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Anna Cummer (English original series dub), Cassandra Lee (English HD Remaster dub)
One of Kira's friends from Heliopolis. Dates Tolle and serves as Kira's Mission Control, Miri is probably the most level-headed of the press-ganged civilians.
- Break the Cutie: The death of Tolle hits her hard, on top of the double whammy of Kira's supposed death.
- Bridge Bunnies: And the main one to interact with Kira.
- Forgiveness: Forgives Athrun for his role in Tolle's death.
- Freak Out!: After Tolle's death, though she recovers eventually.
- The Heart: Plays peacemaker to the rest of the Bridge Bunnies, and provides emotional support for everyone she can.
- Mission Control: To Kira and Mu.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After she tries stabbing Dearka because his words drove her fully into a Freak Out!, she snaps out of it when Sai stops her. Which then allows her to see what she was about to become when Flay tries killing Dearka herself mere moments later. She spends the next episode in guilt over it before she and Dearka talk at the end.
- Nice Girl: Probably one of the nicest, which makes her Freak Out! above even more scary.
Voice Actors: Tetsu Shiratori (Japanese), Bill Switzer (English original series dub), Lucien Dodge (English HD Remaster dub)
A friend of Kira's and Flay's boyfriend. He seems to be the unofficial leader of Kira's social clique — he's the cool, confident guy with the hot girlfriend. Between Flay's issues and Kira's rising importance, this is slowly Deconstructed over the first half of the series, though Sai's resilient enough to bounce back from it. During the second half of the series, he reprises his leadership role, acting as the unofficial first-among-equals for the bridge crewmen.
- Bridge Bunnies: Their leader in the latter half of the show.
- Cool Shades: And by extension Sunglasses at Night.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Briefly. He recovers from it very quickly though.
- Love Hurts: His "romance" with Flay doesn't do anything for him.
- Love Makes You Crazy: He gets better.
- Nice Guy: Which is one reason so many people hate Flay for what she puts him through.
- Non-Action Guy: Sai's not a fighter.
- The Resenter: Briefly has this attitude regarding Kira. He gets over it fast.
- Romantic False Lead: A more sympathetic one than usual.
- Took a Level in Badass: Following Kira's apparent death, Sai mans up and takes command of the bridge crew, tells Flay exactly where she can stick her issues, prevents she and Miriallia from killing Dearka, and essentially becomes one of the most important people on board the Archangel, all without ever changing his rank or official job.
- Woman Scorned: Except, you know, male. He gets better much sooner than the standard, though.
Voice Actors: Takayuki Inoue (Japanese), Richard Ian Cox (English original series dub), Colin De Paula (English HD Remaster dub)
Main mecha: SkygrasperOne of Kira's friends. Dates Miriallia and looks up to Kira. The one to come up with the idea to join the Archangel's crew, he's always looking to make himself useful. One of the Bridge Bunnies at first, he eventually spends enough time in the simulator to graduate to Skygrasper pilot, and begins to help Kira and Mu in battle.
- Beta Couple: With Miriallia who he's been dating since before the series started.
- Bridge Bunnies: Is initially another member of the bridge crew.
- Hot-Blooded: Tolle is certainly the most enthusiastic of the Heliopolis crew, and constantly pushes to improve himself. Over the course of the series, he goes from refugee, to bridge crew, to combat pilot!
Voice Actors: Yasuhiro Takato (Japanese), Keith Miller (English original series dub), Eddy Lee (English HD Remaster dub)
One of Kira's friends, he's something of a minor character compared to the rest of the Heliopolis crew. He's the most average of the clique, lacking any outstanding quality comparable to Sai's confidence, Miriallia's warmth, or Tolle's determination. When the Archangel reaches Orb, he decides not to stay on.
- The Everyman: His main role in the series is "the average guy" — his response to things like The Reveal that Kira's a Coordinator stand in for the "normal" reaction.
- The Generic Guy: He knows it too.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Sees himself as useless.
- The Load: He considers himself this, though no one else seems to. He pulls his weight on the Archangel, at least.
- Non-Action Guy: As a member of the bridge crew.
Voice Actors: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese), Tabitha St. Germain (English original series dub), Erica Mendez (English HD Remaster dub)
"Why didn't you save him? It's because you're a Coordinator too!"
Living on Heliopolis at the beginning of the series, Flay is the daughter of the Atlantic Federation's Vice Foreign Minister, George Allster. She'd recently begun dating Sai at the beginning of the series, though Kira had had a crush on her for some time. A fairly air-headed type, the war is not kind to her.
- Beauty Is Bad: Starts out bitchy but mellows out.
- Becoming the Mask: Pretends that she loves Kira because she blames him for her father's death and wants to make sure he'll die as punishment, but later she finds herself really falling in love with him. Sai says it to her directly.
- Belated Love Epiphany: Flay and Kira share a very unhealthy relationship wherein she basically tries to manipulate him onto a path of self-destruction (blaming him for her father's death), but it's not until Kira is seemingly killed by Athrun that Flay realizes she has fallen for him for real in the meantime. That particular subplot doesn't end well at all.
- Bridge Bunny: Gets upgraded to this when she works with Natarle in the Dominion, even earning a Crowning Moment of Awesome when she tries to tell the Archangel to retreat during Azrael's horrendous Villainous Breakdown.
- Broken Bird: The poor girl has, politely speaking, massive issues.
- Character Development: While her Becoming the Mask phase happens earlier on, the more obvious development happens very late in the series, after Rau brings her to ZAFT and she spends time with him and Yzak, seeing the conflict from the other side.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She really doesn't like Kira spending time with Cagalli, and huffs when one of Cagali's caretakers walks her off the Archangel while wearing a dress. Of course, she didn't need to worry, since Kira and Cagalli end up being twins, but she had no way to know that.
- Daddy's Girl: Flay speaks rather fondly about her father. Also why she takes her father's death so badly.
- The Dark Chick: Towards Azrael, following her coming aboard the Dominion. Like Badgiruel, she quickly realizes just how mad he is.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Says something along those lines to Kira in the back half of the series.
- Evil Redheads: More horribly messed up than evil, but still.
- Fallen Princess: From spoiled Daddy's Girl to the wreck she spends most of the series as.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards Coordinators. She had issues with them even before the war. Her father's death only made things worse. Finally overcomes it towards the end to the point where she's horrified seeing Azrael's genocidal mania.
- Fille Fatale: Only fifteen and already seducing Kira into doing what she wants.
- Foil: To both Lacus and Cagalli, with her general bitchiness, immaturity, and self-centredness contrasting with both Lacus' forgiving nature and Cagalli's insistence on joining the fighting. She's the Fallen Princess to Lacus' All-Loving Hero and Cagalli's Rebellious Princess.
- Freak Out!: After her father's death. It lasts for most of the show.
- Gilded Cage: Rau keeps her in one; even though she's a prisoner she's given a lot of privileges (she's allowed to attend military briefings, is given a military uniform, and is implied to have rather nice quarters.)
- Heel–Face Turn: Sort of, she gets somewhere between a full one and a Heel–Face Door-Slam before her Redemption Equals Death moment.
- Heel Realization: It started around the time she realized she was really falling for Kira, then was even further developed during her time as Rau's captive and saw what it was like from ZAFT's side. Meeting Azrael and seeing his plans firsthand cemented it. Notably in the manga adaptation Azrael asks her "The war will end when the coordinators die. That's what you believe isn't it?" Flay remembers her previous attempt to murder Dearka and breaks down in tears of disgust.
- It Meant Something to Me: Whether she wants to acknowledge it or not.
- Jerkass: She gets better in the second half but she is this for the first half of the series. Becomes a Jerkass Woobie after it becomes obvious that she has fallen in love with Kira.
- Kick the Dog: She rebuts Sai's attempt to talk by revealing that she was sleeping with his best friend, and then is rather dismissive of him.
- The Load: Despite having volunteered, Flay has no role aboard the Archangel, spending most of her time hiding in her room, complaining about things like a lack of hair care products, and causing emotional trauma in Kira and Sai. She herself acknowledges this during her time on the Dominion, where she insists on becoming a part of the bridge crew, and makes a genuinely heartfelt effort to be useful to Badgiruel.
- Love Hurts: Her feelings towards Kira; notably there's a scene when Birdy lands on Sai just like how he landed on Kira and Flay's visibly cringing at the comparison.
- Love Redeems: It's growing genuine feelings for Kira that ultimately start her on the path towards redemption.
- The Mentally Ill: Flay's just this side of going completely insane. She starts to recover near the end of the series, though she's never able to fully rebuild herself.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In the manga adaptation Azrael mentions how the war will be over when the Coordinators die and than asks "That's what you believe isn't it." This prompts Flay to remember her attempt to murder Dearka, and break down crying while saying "No I don't."
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Her name is Flay as "flaying".
- Parental Abandonment: Her mom died when she was a child, then her dad George died in front of her.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: She wears pink before wearing her Archangel crew uniform.
- Redemption Equals Death: Flay's attempt at doing the right thing comes too late in the series to save her.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Tries to warn the Archangel of Azrael's attack, despite being a member of the Dominion's crew, and Azrael having a gun trained on her and Badgiruel.
- Sixth Ranger: To the crew of the Dominion.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Flay or Fllay.
- Spoiled Brat: At one point they're in the desert AND are low on water.....Flay wants Kira and Cagalli to buy luxury beauty products while they're doing this.
- Stockholm Syndrome: To Rau Le Crueset, who reminds her of her dead father, despite the fact that he also subjects her to a Breaking Speech.
- Stocking Filler: As part of the Dominion crew.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: It takes a while, but this is her eventual fate.
- Tragic Villain: Despite being horrible it is to be remembered that she's a scared kid who lost her dad. Becomes more pronounced when it's clear that she DID love Kira despite her protestations otherwise.
- Tragic Keepsake: Granted it's only for a few episodes but during the episodes on the Archangel before being transferred she keeps Birdy around because he reminds her of Kira.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Le Creuset, who uses her to deliver the plans for the N-Jammer Canceller to Azrael.
- Villainous Breakdown: Her emotional breakdown in episode 28 where she starts accusing Kira of pitying her; despite having seduced him to get him killed she unwittingly ends up falling in love with Kira for real; seeing Kira show her pity (or so she thinks) when she's trying to get him killed forces her to face her own cruelty, which prompts her to break down crying and screaming at "how can you pity me?"
- Yandere: She starts off using Kira, but comes to love him for real, which just makes her mental state worse.
Earth AllianceA military alliance consisting of the nations who funded the construction of the PLANTs, formed when the Coordinators living there declared themselves independent. Devastated by ZAFT's mobile suits, they develop the Gundams with the aid of neutral nation Orb in order to counter this. Initially presented as the more sympathetic faction of the war, they're still no barrel of laughs, conscripting several of the Heliopolis refugees to crew the Archangel. As the series progresses, they become less and less sympathetic as the true nature of the leaders running it is revealed.
Voice Actors: Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese), Lisa Ann Beley (English), Carrie Keranen (English HD Remaster dub)
"It's becoming more and more difficult to understand who or what we're fighting for."
A Lieutenant stationed on the Archangel, she's forced to take command after the ZAFT attack on Heliopolis. Though uncertain of herself at first, she eventually grows to be a capable officer and a dangerous opponent to ZAFT. She keeping the Archangel in one piece through space, reentry, and all over Earth.
- Badass Normal: Probably the best ship commander we meet in either show, capable of outmaneuvering both fellow Naturals and the genetically superior Coordinators.
- Big Damn Kiss: Between her and Mu, in episode 38.
- The Captain: Of the Archangel. She gains the title following her promotion.
- Expy: A young lieutenant who initially comes off as unfair and overbearing is forced to take over a brand new assault carrier. They gradually grow into the role of Captain and leader, eventually becoming one of the most respected officers in the fleet, while striking up a romance with one of their senior officers. Are we talking about Murrue Ramius, or Bright Noa? She's practically his Distaff Counterpart.
- Field Promotion: Lieutenant to Captain.
- Gainaxing: You know the Archangel's taken a nasty hit when Murrue gets bouncy.
- The Leader: Of the Archangel crew, Type IV. Ramius is a capable officer and has the full respect of everyone working for her.
- The McCoy: Albeit in a primary leadership role; Mu is her Kirk, although Natarle (who rounds out the Power Trio in the superego role) only marginally qualifies as The Spock.
- Hot Teacher: Well, she was before she became a military officer.
- It Has Been an Honor: With the Archangel crew whenever a time came when they would be reassigned, but they remained a team throughout the series with a few exceptions.
- Lady of War: Calm, collected, feminine, and the best battleship captain in the EA Navy.
- Military Maverick: Though kinder and gentler than most, Murrue doesn't hesitate to trample all over military regulations as necessary in order to protect the people on her ship. This causes problems for her with her Number Two, Natarle Badgiruel.
- A Mother To Her Men: Definitely shows her loyalty to subordinates, even dismissing Kira's Coordinator heritage and looking for Cagalli rather than leaving her as "Missing In Action" when she went missing in Phase 23 and 24.
- Official Couple: With Mu La Flaga.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Constantly.
- Shout-Out: Murrue's story is a bit too similar to another Captain Ramius in command of their military's latest, most advanced vessel who becomes disillusioned with their superiors and defects for their last names to be coincidence.
- Team Mom: As the Archangel's commanding officer.
- Took a Level in Badass: As the show progresses and she gains both confidence and ability.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her locket. It's a memento of her previous boyfriend, a mobile armour pilot.
- You Are in Command Now: La Flaga pushes her into command after the Archangel's commanding officers are killed in Le Creuset's surprise attack. He could have taken the position, as he has seniority, but Murrue is more familiar with the ship and better-suited to the position, while Mu, as the only available pilot other than Kira, is better off not tied to the bridge.
Lt. La Flaga
Mu La Flaga
Voice Actors: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Trevor Devall (English), Tom Wayland (English HD Remaster dub)
"I'm the man who makes the impossible possible."
Main mecha: Moebius Zero, Skygrasper, Strike GundamOne of the few mobile armour pilots to survive the war long enough to appear in the series, he's also lucky (and good) enough to survive the initial ZAFT attack on Heliopolis. Surprisingly laid back for a guy who's been on the brink of a messy death for months at a time, he provides much needed advice and experience for the Archangel's rookie crew. Provides support for Kira and Murrue most specifically — he outranks them both, but having no experience as a ship's officer and being unable to pilot the Strike, he prefers to leave the lead roles to them. Has a rivalry with ZAFT commander Rau Le Creuset, which predates the beginning of the series.
- Abusive Parents: Al Da Flaga was an asshole, all right, and his mother seems to have been a relative non-entity.
- The Ace and Ace Pilot: Everyone agrees, in universe and out. Mu is awesome.
- Alertness Blink: Experiences a Newtype Flash whenever Rau Le Creuset is within a few kilometers. It's one of the few things that point to their having newtype-like abilities.
- All Your Powers Combined: As of the HD Remaster, he's the first (chronologically anyway) to use a 'Combined' Striker Pack (the Perfect Strike).
- Attack Drone: Has four wire-controlled gun pods on his Mobius Zero.
- Badass Normal: Made even more badass by his status as a Natural in a series where most of the awesome is reserved for Coordinators. Occasional implications throughout the series that he has Newtype abilities may mean he's a subversion, but it's never entirely clear what the extent of those abilities are beyond his instinctive awareness of Le Creuset's presence, and being one of only a handful of pilots between the anime and the Astray who can use Mobile Suits/Armors with Attack Drones unassisted.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Between him and Murrue, in episode 38.
- Broken Ace: A milder version than some, but his affable behavior conceals quite a bit of mental and emotional damage, which he willingly acknowledges.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: One of the most laid-back and goofy characters in the show, but still extremely competent at what he does.
- Cain and Abel: With Rau Le Creuset, his father's clone.
- Catch-Phrase: Of the Badass Boast variety. "I am a man who can make the impossible possible!"
- Char Clone: A benevolent version, calling to mind Char's "Quattro Bageena" persona.
- Coming In Hot: Mu does this several times, with the Mobius Zero and the Skygrasper. He's in the middle of doing it with the Strike when he intercepts Azrael's parting shot.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: He meets his end blocking an anti-matter cannon aimed at the Archnangel's bridge while invoking his catchphrase one more time.
- Expy: He's basically a milder-mannered Sleggar Law with some aspects of Char's Quattro persona thrown in.
- A Father to His Men: Especially to Kira, but play as kind-figure to the younger crews.
- Famous Last Words: "Didn't I tell you I'm the man who can make the impossible possible!"
- Go Out with a Smile: We can't see his face, but we can hear him laughing.
- Heroic Sacrifice: During the final battle, Mu takes a shot from the Dominion's Lohengrin antimatter cannon intended for the Archangel.
- Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Averted! He's clearly into Murrue from the beginning and boy does he make it clear.
- Field Promotion: Lieutenant to Lieutenant-Commander.
- I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Gets shot by Le Creuset and keeps chasing him.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Perfect Strike is shown to be this in Episodes 36-38 when it destroys dozens of Earth Alliance units.
- Lonely Rich Kid: As a child, via Parental Abandonment.
- Loophole Abuse: After his....bold declaration of his interest in her, Murrue says she doesn't date mobile armor pilots. With his typical cockiness, he claims he is a mobile suit pilot note . It's clearly a joke on both sides because they kiss again immediately afterward, and longer this time.
- The Kirk: To Murrue's McCoy. He's an experienced soldier who is at home with military regulations, but also understands that there are situations in which one has to look past regulations and make a more practical call. He tends to be the pragmatic midpoint between Murrue's idealism and Natarle's meticulous adherence to protocol, though overall he leans more toward Murrue's side.
- Man in White: In his military uniform.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Both inverted and Played Straight. When the Archangel touches down on Earth, he is no longer able to use his Moebius Zero due to the fact that it is a Space Fighter and won't work in atmosphere, so he settles for a Sky Grasper fighter jet instead, which is a capable craft but lacks the Attack Drone capability of the Moebius. The trope is played straight later on, when after abandoning the Earth Alliance, he gets to pilot the Strike Gundam.
- Mildly Military: Despite being the senior officer present for most of the beginning of the series, Mu's not really one for standing on ceremony.
- Not Quite Dead: Loses his memories in the process and is captured (and brainwashed) by the Earth Alliance in Destiny.
- Not Too Dead to Save the Day: The Strike was already heavily damaged but still came through.
- Parental Abandonment: His father disowned him when he was a child, locked him in a Big Fancy House and had himself cloned in order to create a more satisfactory son. Then both his parents died in a fire.
- Purple Is Powerful: His pilot suit.
- Psychic Powers: While it's never given any real focus, he's essentially the closest thing the Cosmic Era has to a Newtype. What this means within the setting is not entirely clear, but it does make him able to sense when Rau Le Creuset is nearby, and vice versa.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Attempted. The top brass had him reassigned from fighting on the front lines to becoming a teacher for pilot cadets. He ultimately ignored it and returned to the Archangel during the Battle of JOSH-A.
- Red Baron: The Hawk of Endymion.
- Sole Survivor: Of his Mobius Zero squadron during the Endymion lunar campaign during his backstory, and of the Earth Alliance pilots during the attack on Heliopolis — though neither really affects his personality much.
- Space Fighter: His Mobius Zero, which is one of the more realistic designs out there.
- Super Prototype: The Mobius Zero, which is vastly superior to the mass production Mobius in terms of armament and speed. Justified in that only a very few pilots had the level of skill and spatial awareness required to operate the Zero and its Attack Drones effectively.
- Super Reflexes: His enhanced spatial awareness, an extremely rare ability among both Naturals and Coordinators, which allows him to control Attack Drones.
- Sympathy for the Devil: A poignant scene towards the end of the series has Mu sympathizing with Rau le Creuset in a conversation with Murrue; Mu is the only character who seems to fully consider what effect his past had on him. He does, however, state firmly that what he's doing can't be excused.
- Taking the Bullet: The fact that it doesn't just go straight through him and hit its target anyway is thanks to Mu's raw badassery.
- Tempting Fate: "I'll be right back, with victory in hand."
- The Unfavorite: To his father, Al. Oddly for the trope, there is no favorite; Mu was an only child, but he looked too much like his mom. So Dad locked him away and cloned himself. And treated the clone like crap as well.
Voice Actors: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese), Sarah Johns (English), Lisa Ortiz (English HD Remaster dub)
Originally an Ensign on the Archangel, she graduates to Murrue's Number Two after the attack on Heliopolis. Harder and more pragmatic than Murrue, Badgiruel remains loyal to the Earth Forces, and is eventually named captain of the Archangel's Evil Counterpart, the Dominion. A professional soldier, she buries any doubts she has behind her ironclad faith in the military, even when forced to work with Muruta Azrael and his squad.
- Adorkable: Whenever she's placed out of her depth (aka out of regulations and military decorum) she immediately starts stuttering and even blushing at times.
- Badass Normal: In much the same vein as Murrue Ramius, proving that as a ship captain she's more than capable of taking on supposedly superior Coordinators.
- The Captain: Was briefly acting captain of the Archangel, before passing the role to Ramius. She later becomes the actual captain of the Dominion.
- Consummate Professional: Aims to be the perfect professional soldier.
- Cry Cute: In the second episode, when she realizes she's the Sole Survivor of her original crew.
- The Dark Chick: She and Flay play this role to Azrael and the Earth Forces after she becomes captain of the Dominion.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: She ultimately rises up against Azrael, trapping him on the bridge of the Dominion with her after ordering the rest of the crew to abandon ship.
- Everyone Has Standards: She does end up caring for Kira despite herself, and is somewhat uncomfortable when Sutherland tries to blame Kira for Heliopolis (to say nothing of her disgust towards Azrael).
- Fantastic Racism: IS leery of coordinators but still doesn't buy into Blue Cosmos ideology (and she does care for Kira whether she wants to admit it or not.)
- Field Promotion: From Ensign to Deputy Captain.
- Going Down with the Ship: Stays aboard the Dominion to make sure that Azrael goes down with it.
- Go Out with a Smile: Smiles as Ramius opens fire on her and Azrael.
- Heroic Sacrifice: See Taking You with Me below.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very principled and by the rules, but often shows worry or sadness for those hurt or in danger. See her reaction to finding herself the (apparent) sole survival of the Heliopolis attack on the Archangel and her concern for Kira in ep4 despite showing misgivings about him being a Coordinator and civilian just the previous eps. She also shows a soft touch for children in ep18. Her "caring commander" aspect is most probably why she turns on Azrael when he hurts Flay.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies while trying to save the Archangel from Azrael.
- Military Brat: Her Freudian Excuse.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: She visibly becomes increasingly uncomfortable with the actions of the Earth Alliance under Blue Cosmos, but remains a loyal military officer.
- Redemption Equals Death: Badgiruel turns on Azrael just a little too late to save herself.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Turns on Azrael at the end, deciding that his orders conflict with what is right.
- Sergeant Rock: Believes that military regulations and the mission take precedence over helping people. She still cares about her subordinates, though.
- Senseless Sacrifice: She saves Flay from Azrael....only for Rau to murder her and the rest of the people on the bridge to fuck with Kira.
- Shower Scene: Gets one before taking command of the Dominion.
- Sole Survivor: Of the Archangel's original crew.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In Gundam SEED: Tomo to Kimi to Senjou you can save Natarle if you set her up with Arnold Neumann.
- Sudden Principled Stand: Turns on Azrael after he assaults Flay
- Taking You with Me: She locks down the bridge of the Dominion, trapping both herself and Azrael as it's destroyed.
- Tragic Hero: Had to side against the Archangel because she kept following orders, and was killed by it because Azrael wouldn't quit.
- White Shirt of Death: Complete with blood-stains.
- You Monster!: Said almost word for word to Azrael.
Ensign Arnold Neumann
Voice Actors: Isshin Chiba (Japanese), Philip Pacaud (English), Ben Pronsky (English HD Remaster dub)
The soft spoken helmsman of the Archangel, Mr. Neumann is one of the unsung heroes of the show. Taking on a leadership role among the ship's NCO's in times of crisis, Neumann's greatest contribution to the survival of the Archangel is without a doubt his insane piloting skills.
- Badass Normal: The best helmsman of the Cosmic Era, Natural or Coordinator.
- Field Promotion: From Chief Petty Officer to Ensign.
- Hidden Depths: Neumann keeps to himself and rarely speaks, but when the Archangel is in lockdown aboard Artemis, he's the one who rallies the crew and organises the breakout. Supplementary materials suggest that he may have had a crush on Natarle Badgiruel as well.
- Improbable Piloting Skills: Good Lord yes! This man flies a several thousand tonne battleship as though it were a freaking fighter plane. Doing a barrel roll to point the ship's guns down or circumvent an enemy battleship? No problem. Recovering from a botched atmospheric re-entry? Not even worth a mention. Dodging beams and guided missiles alike between the time they are fired and the time they reach his ship (many times maneuvering so quickly it looks like the crew would surely be turned to red paste against the walls)? All in a day's work.
- Love Hurts: In some of the video games based on SEED it is revealed that Neumann had a thing for the Archangel's Number Two, Badgiruel. This means that he had to help kill her when Ramius ordered the Dominion sunk. Ouch.
- The Quiet One: Looks and acts like an older Athrun.
Voice Actors: Naoki Tatsuta (Japanese), Richard Newman (English)
- "Firing on retreating men? You're a damn disgrace Le Creuset."
The commander of the EA's 08th Fleet, Admiral Lewis Halberton was the commisioner and mastermind behind the G-Weapons' project that created the Gundams. A capable battlefield commander, and a mentor Captain Ramius, Halberton is one of the few high-ranking OMNI officials to have any sympathy for the Coordinators, and Kira Yamato in particular.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Richard Newman's deep voice.
- Badass Moustache: Sports a very impressive moustache and is one of the EA's most renowned admirals.
- Badass Normal: Like all EA personnel not named Kira Yamato, he's a Natural.
- The Brigadier: The first officer we meet to have any sympathy for the Archangel, and one of the rare OMNI personnel to understand Kira's position.
- Expy: He's a more active take on Mobile Suit Gundam's General Revil.
- A Father to His Men: Leads his troops in person from his flagship, the Menelaus, and will not demand they make any sacrifices he isn't willing to make.
- Four-Star Badass: A world-famous admiral who leads from the front.
- Frontline General: A fleet commander who puts his flagship in the thick of the action.
- Going Down with the Ship: Goes down with the Menelaus.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices his ship to buy the Archangel time to escape.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies buying the Archangel time to escape.
- Meaningful Name: Not Halberton himself, but his ship, the Menelaus, which is named after a Greek king, whose wife was kidnapped, starting a war. Given that SEED opens with the G-weapons that Halberton had built being stolen, it seems likely that this is more then a coincidence.
- The Mentor: To Captain Ramius, who was one of his students at the military academy.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Acts a mentor to Ramius, and dies fairly early on in the series.
- Mutual Kill: With Captain Zellman of the Gammow, as it and the Menelaus sink one another.
- Officer and a Gentleman: He tries to be one anyway, and regards officers like ZAFT's Le Creuset as the lowest of the low.
Voice Actors: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese), Andrew Francis (English)
"Misunderstandings create enemies, and when you have enemies, you shoot them."
The leader of the anti-Coordinator terrorist group Blue Cosmos and a powerful figure in the Atlantic Federation. Boyish. Charming. Takes his evil Up to Eleven. He joins the crew of the Dominion with his squad of modified soldiers, more or less subverting Badgiruel's position as captain.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: He rarely considers a retreat. Justified after ZAFT fires Genesis and he wanted his recuperating forces to keep fighting, before ZAFT fired on Earth.
- Ax-Crazy: You get hints about just how crazy he is throughout the show. Then the last few episodes hit and holy crap.
- Bad Boss: Controls Shani, Clotho, and Orga through drug addiction, and everyone else through fear. Really starts to show after his Villainous Breakdown.
- Big Bad Wannabe: A truly nasty—and very competent—one. He's the real leader of the Earth Forces and seems to be heading the war opposite Patrick Zala, is stated to have been responsible for the nuking one of the PLAN Ts. However, Rau Le Creuset is really playing both of them. It's still worth noting that of all the contenders for this title in the series he is without a doubt the most evil.
- Bishōnen: Which accounts for his ridiculous popularity with the female fanbase.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Huh. So you wanted to kill all Coordinators because some of them bullied you when you were a kid?
- Driven by Envy: Heavily implied by his backstory. He's less angry about the Coordinators being better than humanity than he is about them being better than him.
- Evil Is Petty: A condescending sexist and all around jerk, as well as a genocidal madman. Better yet, even his genocidal intentions are rooted, not in ideology, but in childhood grudges. He's petty all through.
- Evil Laugh: Gives an epic one when he receives the plans to ZAFT's defenses and N-Jammer Cancellers.
- Evil Versus Evil: With Coordinator-supremacist Patrick Zala.
- Expy: It's not as obvious as with Patrick, but Azrael's charismatic personality, dynamic leadership, public popularity, and utter goddamn sociopathy are all derived from Mobile Suit Gundam's Gihren Zabi. They even share a passion for overkill and Weapons Of Mass Destruction. In the meanwhile, his appearance, enthusiasm, excitableness, creepy interactions with women, and manipulation of the Extended, all call to mind Gihren's clone/bastard son Glemmy Toto
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: The page picture should nicely demonstrate both sides of that; a handsome face and shining blonde hair, but that sinister expression reflects something ugly.
- Fantastic Racism: His motivation. Worst of all, he can't understand why everyone else doesn't feel the same way he does.
- Faux Affably Evil: His polite mannerisms and excitable personality only serve to enhance how much of an arrogant psycho he is.
- Final Solution: Plans to nuke the Plants, ending the war, and killing every Coordinator in existence in the process.
- Freudian Excuse: See above. Inverted in that it is intended to make him more despicable, not less.
- Greater-Scope Villain: In the Destiny spinoff, Stargazer where he, and then Djibril, take on this role vis a vis Sven Cal Bayan.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Has some aspects of this. He's openly contemptuous of Badgiruel after finding out she's a woman, condescends to her because of her gender ("Listen to me, woman!") and is the only character in-series to use the word "bitch" to describe a female character.
- Hypocrite: Genetically modifying fetus' to create Born Winners is evil! Using drugs and mental torture to create Super Soldiers out of children is not! It's also hinted that his hatred of Coordinators is a case of Driven by Envy, making him an even bigger hypocrite.
- Improbable Age: He's a successful businessman, the head of a global terrorist organisation, and The Man Behind the Man to the entirety of OMNI at the age of thirty.
- Karmic Death: Dies knowing he's lost, at the hands of a woman he's just murdered, and another woman whose boyfriend he has killed. It doesn't get much more karmic then that.
- Kick the Dog: His first scene is about how "unfair" it is that Orb claims neutrality in the war and how the "fair" thing to do is to push it off the fence or burn it to the ground. He kicks more dogs as the series continues.
- Knight of Cerebus: His appearance in the series kicks off a new level atrocities as he shows he will go to any lengths and destroy anything to get what he wants.
- Lack of Empathy: Orb is neutral? Burn them to the ground for convenience sake. My super soldiers are in pain? Good, it'll convince them to fight better.
- The Leader: Of Blue Cosmos in name and the Atlantic Federation (and therefore OMNI) in everything but. He's a Type Charismatic personality, ruling through charisma and fearmongering.
- Light Is Not Good: Has a religious name and wears a white suit, but he's a genocidal madman.
- The Man Behind the Man: To the Atlantic Federation president. Think of him as a very powerful businessman and lobbyist... who just happens to head a combination KKK and Nazi Party.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: His fashion sense is one of his few redeeming qualities. Come to think of it, it's about his only redeeming quality. He does look good in that blue suit.
- Muggle Power: His mom didn't make him a Coordinator, so no one gets to be one.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He's named after the Angel of Death.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Here's a hint people—if it looks like a Nazi, and talks like a Nazi, and acts like a Nazi, chances are, it's a Nazi.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Toyed with. He's no fighter, but he's certainly willing to go to the front and place himself in the line of fire.
- Not So Different: From Patrick Zala. It's lampshaded by Uzumi Nara Atha that they driven by the same ideals, i.e. "exterminate the other guy".
- Nuke 'em: Tries to do this to the PLANTS twice.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Calling female characters "bitch" purely for their gender is the least of his problems.
- The Political Officer: Practically his role on the Dominion, is to make decisions that further his agenda but make no sense on the battlefield, thus making sure his plans are fulfilled.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Azrael's smarter then most characters of this type, but still has the attitude, reacting like a spoiled child when he doesn't get his way. "You'll pay for treating me like this!"
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Azrael is taking a little too much enjoyment in watching people get nuked.
- Revenge Before Reason: Prioritises destroying the Plants over stopping Genesis, and you know, saving the human race.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Azrael's always dressed to kill.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: Played with. When Badgiruel offers a surrender to the Archangel, he mocks her for making such an attempt and says everyone's just better off shooting at each other.
- Smug Snake: Ungodly arrogant, and self-assured to the point of suicidal overconfidence. It's worth noting that simply holding a conversation with him can be a trying experience for characters like Badgirel.
- The Sociopath: Hits every requirement on the checklist. Heck, just read the page quote.
- Sore Loser: Goes out ranting and screaming about how he always wins.
- Stepford Smiler: Type C. An odd example in that he's not hiding his evil (which is public knowledge), but just how unstable he is.
- Straw Hypocrite: It's heavily implied that Azrael's muggle power rhetoric is just that; his real motivation is jealousy and childhood grudges.
- Straw Nihilist: When Badgiruel opens communications for a chance for the enemy to surrender, he mocks her with a speech that includes the character quote above.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Why settle for defeating your enemies through strategy when you can just Nuke 'em? And then there's putting an entire magazine into Natarle.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Does it to Flay. While backhanding her.
- Throwing Down the Gauntlet: After mocking Badgiruel in her attempt to negotiate with the Archangel, he declares war against it.
- The Unfettered: There is nothing Azreal won't do. He will start wars against countries populated by Naturals if he thinks it will aid his goals.
- Unwitting Pawn: He didn't realize that he was being used by Rau Le Creuset until it's too late.
- Villainous Breakdown: And how! By the end he's a screaming, ranting mess."I can still win. I always win!"
- Villain with Good Publicity: Played with. His racism is well known and publicised, but in the Earth Forces, anti-Coordinator sentiment is hardly uncommon. He's all but worshipped by the OMNI high command, and is a well-respected figure in the Atlantic Federation. What he's hiding from everyone is what an utter psycho he is, and the fact that he couldn't care less about individual Naturals.
- We Have Reserves: Azrael doesn't give a damn about casualties, and goes so far as to classify Shani, Cortho, and Orga as equipment, rather than soldiers, making them totally expendable. After GENESIS is revealed, he still prioritises destroying the colonies over stopping GENESIS and saving the world.
- Western Terrorists: Blue Cosmos got its start as a terror group that assassinated prominent Coordinators, and despite Azrael's public legitimacy, he's still one of these at heart.
- Would Hit a Girl: Bitch slaps Flay, tries to strangle Badgiruel, and then empties his gun into her.
Captain William Sutherland
Voice Actors: Minoru Inaba (Japanese), Ron Halder (English)
- "For the preservation of our blue and natural Earth!"
A member of the OMNI General Staff and a card-carrying member of Blue Cosmos, Captain Sutherland is a key member of Azrael's network and provides his link to the upper echelons of the Earth Forces' military. The mastermind behind the use of the Cyclops system at JOSH-A, Sutherland sees to it that the worst of Azrael's proposals are made a reality by the military.
- Armchair Military: Surprisingly, no. Sutherland is every inch the Obstructive Bureaucrat in terms of personality, but at the Battle of Jachin Due he's on the frontlines in the Earth Forces' flagship, The Doolittle.
- The Captain: Though as a General Staff officer he wields far more authority than the title would imply. He becomes a more traditional example after taking command of the Doolittle.
- Commissar Cap: As is typical for EA officers.
- The Dragon: He's the closest thing that Azrael has to one, being of the "detail-oriented administrator" variety.
- Evil Genius: As Blue Cosmos' strategist and a member of the General Staff he does double-duty as both this trope and The Dragon to Azrael.
- Expy: To Bask Om and Jamitov of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.
- Fantastic Racism: He's a member of Blue Cosmos, and is part of Azrael's plan to exterminate the Coordinators.
- Final Solution: He's the one who approves the use of nuclear weapons at Jachin Due; like Azrael he wants every last Coordinator reduced to radioactive ashes.
- General Ripper: Absolutely. He fully supports Azrael's agenda and works to make it a reality.
- Insane Admiral: He's quieter about it than say, Patrick Zala, but yeah, he's still a madman.
- Killed Off for Real: When Yzak destroys the Doolittle.
- Knight Templar: The most charitable interpretation of his character. Unlike Azrael (who's Driven by Envy) he genuinely seems to believe that the Coordinators need to be exterminated in order to save the Naturals.
- Man in White: Wears a white EA uniform.
- Muggle Power: Blue Cosmos is dedicated to wiping out Coordinators in order to "protect" the Naturals.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: In the same way as his boss.
- Non-Action Guy: He's a General Staff officer, so he doesn't become personally involved in combat. His willingness to go to the front captaining The Doolittle keeps him out of Armchair Military territory though.
- Nuke 'em: Commands the nucelar attack on ZAFT.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: He acts as one during his initial appearance, where he heads the investigation into the Archangel's actions, and even after his Insane Admiral status is unveiled, clearly has the heart and soul of a pencil-pusher. The absolutely banal nature of his evil provides for a sharp contrast with his flamboyant boss; he's essentially Adolf Eichmann to Azrael's Adolf Hitler.
- Oh, Crap!: Immediately before being blown up by Yzak.
- Smug Snake: Much like his boss, though with less Axe-Crazy and more Obstructive Bureaucrat.
- The Strategist:: All those horrific plans you see the Earth Forces implementing? Blame this jackass.
- Weapons Of Mass Destruction: He's the one who decided to use the Cyclops system, and turns the key to activate it, while giving a little speech about preserving the Earth's purity.
- We Have Reserves: Like his boss, Sutherland doesn't care too much about individual lives. At JOSH-A he deliberately sacrifices the lives of thousands of his allies in order to halt ZAFT and weaken Eurasia's influence.
Clotho, Orga, and Shani
Clotho Bauer, Orga Sabnak, and Shani Andras
Clotho's Voice Actors: Hiro Yuki (Japanese), Andrew Toth (English)
- "How should I know!? I only kill because otherwise I'll be killed! That's my ONLY reason!"
Main mecha: Raider Gundam
Orga's Voice Actors: Ryohei Odai (Japanese), Ted Cole (English)
- "It's really not much fun fighting the small fry."
Main mecha: Calamity Gundam
Shani's Voice Actors: Shunichi Miyamoto (Japanese), Richard Ian Cox (English)
Main mecha: Forbidden Gundam
Three "biological CPUs" brought in by Azrael to pilot his shiny new Gundams during the attack on Orb, Clotho Buer, Orga Sabnak, and Shani Andras are the Earth Alliance's most powerful weapons during the final weeks of the war. Fed a steady stream of drugs that are both performance enhancing and highly addictive, it's unclear whether this is what drove them nuts or if they were always that way. Regardless, the trio are capable of taking on Coordinators in superior mobile suits toe-to-toe and coming out on top more often than not, despite being completely and utterly psychotic. Clotho pilots the Raider; his primary hobby outside of battle is playing Shmups, and he's fond of shouting gaming-inspiring phrases like "game over!" in combat. Orga is assigned to the Calamity; outside of battle, he's usually found reading paperback novels. Shani pilots the Forbidden, and spends his downtime ignoring the rest of the world by listening to music on his headphones. He cultivates his Peek-a-Bangs to hide his heterochromia.
- Ascended Extra: Clotho to an extent. He tends to get the camera focus in combat, actually manages to disable Kira one time, manages to outlive the other two and even Azrael for at least one episode, and is the only one of the trio to actually attempt to speak to Kira and Athrun. Granted all he really does is reiterate to Athrun that he's totally nuts but still.
- Ax-Crazy: At least in combat; outside of battle they tend to ignore everyone around them. Shani is probably the worst.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: The hell that Blue Cosmos put them through has left them unstable, psychopathic wrecks.
- Berserk Button: Okay, they're all pretty unstable, but Shani's even more likely to snap than usual if someone whom he considers weak tries to stop him."No one takes a shot at me!"
- The Berserker: Any one of them can snap at any time in battle if they get ticked off at the wrong moment.
- BFG: The Calamity is a flying artillery platform, and after the Buster, features the largest cannons seen in series.
- Blood Knight: Clotho treats war as a game and the other two just love destroying things.
- Boxed Crook: In their original backstory they were death row prisoners, offered a reprieve if they agreed to be experimented on.
- The Brute: The three of them serve as Azrael's Brute squad, providing the Earth Forces with vicious, expendable muscle.
- Catch-Phrase: Orga loves to say "Hey, hey, hey!" when firing at Mecha-Mooks.
- Chest Blaster: The Calamity's energy cannon.
- Death from Above: The Raider and the Forbidden are both flight capable. Typically Clotho provides fire support, while Shani closes with the target.
- Deflector Shields: The Forbidden's shield which doesn't absorb beam damage, but bounces it away at another angle.
- Dragon Their Feet: Clotho outlives Azrael but he's left a broken, insane mess, who just gives one last ditch effort to kill the heroes before dying himself.
- Drugs Are Bad: Psycho serum is, anyway.
- Epic Flail: The Raider features one in mobile suit mode.
- Evil Laugh: None of them are afraid to indulge in one.
- Expy: Not as individuals, but as the group the pre-Extended trio have a lot in common with the Cyber Newtypes of the UC era.
- Flawed Prototype: They manage to be this and Super Prototype at the same time. While it's true that they have far superior combat skills to their successors in the Extended, they're also highly unstable emotionally, cannot be trusted with any jobs outside of piloting, and have a two hour time limit on combat that is absolutely crippling when it comes to usability. The later versions essentially swap out the better piloting skills for increased loyalty and versatility, and a far longer time limit (they only have to be maintained once a day).
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Orga is bisected by Athrun.
- Horror Hunger: The withdrawal symptoms are fatal, and exceedingly painful.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Shani, courtesy of Yzak.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: A Laughing Mad Clotho tries to attack the disabled Buster towards the end of the Jachin Due battle.
- Killed Off for Real: All three of them, eventually.
- Lack of Empathy: All three have got it bad. Clotho views it all as some sort of real-life video game, Orga doesn't care who he mows down with his BFGs and Shani... Shani's an out-and-out psycho who kills enemy soldiers for fun.
- Laughing Mad: Clotho following the deaths of Shani and Orga is left a laughing, Empty Shell.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Shani's Gundam, the Forbidden, in the form of a pair of shields attached to the superstructure that redirect beam weapons away from his Gundam.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Shani does this for his Gundam, going ballistic when it's damaged to the point where Orga has to cool him off.Shani: "But... but that guy!"Orga: "We have to leave right now! What if they don't give us THAT again!"
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Calamity, The Raider, and The Forbidden? I think I'm going to be... somewhere else for a while.
- The three of them have the surnames of demons in the Ars Goetia, a tome of demonology. Clotho is based on President Buer, Orga on Marquis Sabnock, and Shani on Marquis Andras. Notably, Marquis Sabnock is a lion-headed soldier who constructs towers full of weapons, a reasonable description of the blond Orga piloting the Calamity, while Marquis Andras is far and away considered one of the most dangerous, unpredictable, and violent—pretty evocative of Shani.
- Not a Game: Clotho seems to have trouble understanding that he isn't playing a video game. He keeps right on killing, not out of patriotism or loyalty, but because he hates to lose.
- The Quiet One: Shani's this outside of battle. During battle he's a cackling lunatic.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: Substitute "quirky" for "psychotic and persistent" and you've got them.
- The Pawn: They're well aware Azrael is using them for his profit, but are happy enough to continue being Blood Knights.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Shani's help to enhance his rather emo appearance when he's out of combat.
- Power Trio: Orga's the Ego, Clotho's the Superego, and Shani's the Id, although all three are certifiably insane.
- Psycho Prototype: It's revealed in the sequel that they are the forerunners of the Extended program. The Extended might have issues, but compared to these three, they're pillars of stability.
- Psycho Serum: Used partly to increase combat performance and partly to ensure loyalty; the effects of withdrawal are fatal, precluding any attempt at desertion.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": All of them, but especially Shani.
- Restraining Bolt: Their Psycho Serum serves as one. The effects of withdrawal are fatal, firmly anchoring their loyalty to Azrael.
- Sanity Slippage: A little more with every episode.
- Say My Name: Shout each other's at regular intervals (typically because one of them has just tried to shoot the others).
- Slasher Smile: All three, but most frequently Shani.
- Slave Mooks: They're only loyal to Azrael because they will die without frequent doses of Psycho Serum.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Type II. Despite being virtual slaves, hating their boss, and being designated as equipment rather than personnel, they still really enjoy their work.
- Sore Loser: Clotho, who rants about how much he hates to lose at one point. Clearly the boy has spent too much time around Azrael.
- Super Prototype: To the Extended of Gundam SEED Destiny. They have a better combat record, but with such metal liabilities that the Extended dialed it back.
- Super Soldier: Chemically-enhanced soldiers intended to take on the Coordinators.
- Teens Are Monsters: If you go off of their original backstory, they were already monsters long before they became Sociopathic Soldiers.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: None of them are team players, which occasionally devolves into them fighting each other instead of their enemy. Orga is rather careless about what he's shooting at, Clotho hates it when his teammates need to hitch a ride on his flight-capable Gundam, and Shani prefers to ignore his teammates' existence entirely during combat. Still, when they do cooperate, it really sucks to be the other guy.
- Transforming Mecha: Raider switches between a normal MS mode and an almost bird-like flight mode, while The Forbidden features a retractable superstructure and deflector shields.
- Unfriendly Fire: On several occasions Orga comes very close to hitting his partners.
- Verbal Tic: Orga's "hey, hey, hey," and Clotho's fondness for shouting "Game over!"
- Villainous Breakdown: When they start to go through withdrawal, it gets ugly. Clotho gets worse after losing Shani and Orga.Clotho: You know what...? I'm gonna...!
- Vitriolic Best Buds: They may not like each other very much, but they hate the rest of the world far more, and are pretty dependent on one another for emotional stability. When Shani dies, the other two freak.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The best pilots the Earth Forces have to offer, they've essentially traded in their emotional stability for the ability to fight at the same level as the Coordinators.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Clotho has orange hair, while Shani has light green.
ZAFTThe group representing the Coordinators living in the PLANTs, its military arm is the primary antagonist at the beginning of the series. Fighting for independence from the Earth nations that built the PLANTs they live in, their fight is far more complicated than an idealistic crusade against tyranny. Their presentation changes drastically during the course of the series, managing to become both more and less sympathic at the same time.
Commander Le Creuset
Rau Le Creuset
Voice Actors: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese), Mark Oliver (English), Kevin T. Collins (English HD Remaster dub)
"Suspicion, ignorance, prejudice, the dark emotions directed at those who can be loved. If love is the brightest light, then are these emotions created from the shadow it casts? Things that are different, things we don't understand, differences that foster anxiety, leading to hatred, and ultimately...confrontation."
Main mecha: CGUE, DINN, GuAIZ, Providence GundamAthrun's commanding officer and Patrick Zala's right-hand man, Le Creuset is a feared ZAFT ship captain and mobile suit pilot, renowned for his ability and his ruthlessness. He is assigned to hunt down the Archangel, and is later given command of the assaults on Alaska and Panama, and the defence of Jachin Due. Always masked, Le Creuset is an enigmatic figure with a grudge against Mu La Flaga, and his own agenda, which he keeps entirely to himself. A very dangerous man.Le Creuset is a Walking Spoiler, so read with caution.
- Accent Adaptation: Gets a nice transatlantic one in English from Mark Oliver to go with his formal manners and theatrical tastes (and a very fine dub performance).
- Ace Custom: Flies several heavily modified mobile suits, all of them painted white. These include a high-manouvere GINN, a CGUE command suit, a DINN, and one of the new production GuAIZ's, which had just come off the line, and incorporates an OS based on the one in the stolen Gundams.
- Ace Pilot: One of the few snipers in Gundam, he fights all of his battles from a distance to lethal effect, and unlike other pilots who seem to focus solely on ranged battles, Rau is fully capable of taking on very strong Coordinators like Kira in close range combat provided his mobile suit could keep up.
- Alertness Blink: Experiences a Newtype Flash whenever Mu La Flaga is within a few kilometers. It's one of the few things that point to their having newtype-like abilities. Interestingly he also receives it under other circumstances than Mu's arrival, suggesting that his Newtype powers are stronger than Mu's.
- Archnemesis Dad: Cloned from La Flaga's father, and meant to serve as a replacement son, he could easily be seen as fullfilling either trope.
- Attack Drone: The Providence features the DRAGOON System, which is basically this trope. The Gundam possesses 3 large pods and 8 smaller ones, the former equipped with 9 beam guns each for a wideshot, the latter with 2 beam guns each for a normal shot. Together, the Providence carries a total of 43 beam gun nozzles.
- Ax-Crazy: Post Sanity Slippage. Given that his series-long plan of destroying all life is about to come into fruition, why hide it anymore?
- Badass Normal: He may be a clone of Al La Flaga, but that doesn't give him any special abilities- aside from the hints that he and La Flaga may be Newtypes (see Alertness Blink above). Yet he's still good enough to fake being a Coordinator.
- Beam Spam: Not normally, but with the Providence, Rau is the worst offender of this trope through out SEED, even managing to destroy the Freedom's METEOR Unit.
- Berserk Button: Do not try to take off (or shoot off) his mask. We're looking at you, Mu.
- Beta Test Baddie: He's essentially a byproduct of the Ultimate Coordinator project, created by Hibki in order to secure the funding needed to produce Kira.
- Beware the Superman: Makes some comments to this effect where Kira is concerned.
- Big Bad: Of the Five-Bad Band type, with Athrun, Yzak, Dearka, and Nichol. He is also the Big Bad of the entire series, though it's not obvious at first.
- Bigger Stick: The Providence, which is from the same line as the Freedom and the Justice.
- Bishōnen: His mask obscures it, but he's quite the pretty boy.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: The Providence's beam sabre is built into its wrist.
- Break Them by Talking: Rau makes a habit of this — particularly with Flay, Mu, and Kira. His effectiveness varies.
- Broken Ace: A villainous example, to say the least.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's not so much "quirky" as he tends to act on his own initiative more than his superiors might wish. And then there's the whole "constantly wearing a mask" thing. Damned if he doesn't get results, though.
- Char Clone: An evil blonde Ace Pilot with a Cool Mask who is also The Rival? Check! He's a very, very dark take on Char's attitude in Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack.
- The Chessmaster: He beautifully orchestrates events so that the Earth Alliance will fire nuclear weapons and ZAFT will fire GENESIS.
- Clone Degeneration: Rau's telomeres are too short, leaving him effectively dying of old age at 28 years old. He's forced to take increasingly large doses of drugs to counteract this, and is subject to seizures at irregular intervals as his body breaks down.
- Cloning Blues: More psychological than anything else, though see above. He believes that he has no real identity, and a result his sense of self-worth is more than a little damaged.
- Commanding Coolness: Like most ZAFT officers he holds the generic rank of "commander".
- Cool Mask: He is a Char Clone after all.
- Dark Is Evil: As an iconic 'evil Gundam', his Providence uses a much darker version of the traditional red, white, and blue colour scheme. It makes a striking contrast with his earlier white and pale grey suits, too - the fact that he starts piloting it shortly after being revealed as a nihilistic Omnicidal Maniac is almost certainly not a coincidence.
- Death Seeker: Wants to die, with the caveat that everyone else goes first.
- Double Agent: Serves as ZAFT's best field commander, while passing state secrets along to Azrael. His ultimate goal is for both sides to go extinct.
- Dissonant Serenity: He's perfectly happy to dole out cheerful Breaking Speeches in the midst of battle. Particularly jarring in the last episode, but this may be due to his questionable sanity at the time. Mu is fond of sticking lampshades all over this.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He acts as Patrick Zala's right hand man, though he's really the series' Big Bad and Patrick wouldn't have gotten anywhere without Le Creuset pulling his strings.
- 11th-Hour Superpower: Upgrading to the Providence in time for the finale.
- Enigmatic Minion: To Patrick Zala. From the beginning it's clear that Le Creuset has his own agenda, but just what that agenda is remains a secret until the end of the series.
- Evil Counterpart: To no fewer than three characters: Mu (as his cloned "brother" and fellow Mentor), Kira (they're both results of Genetic Engineering experiments, with Le Creuset showing how badly Kira could have turned out if he hadn't been raised by the right people), and Lacus (on a purely philosophical level).
- Evil Is Bigger: While it's the standard height for a military mobile suit, his Providence is the bulkiest Gundam in the show, with a backpack to emphasise its imposing build. Even its other weapons such as beam rifle and beam saber are larger than the standard, with a beam rifle the size of a beam bazooka and an-arm mounted beam saber that is as long as an anti-ship sword. Even the Freedom and the Justice, which comes from the same line of Gundams, look positively delicate next to it.
- Evil Is Hammy: Rau is rather understated at the beginning of the series; it's not until his real plans come out that he starts Chewing the Scenery.
- Expy: Of Char Aznable, obviously enough. He and the Frost brothers would also have a lot to talk about.
- Faux Affably Evil: Early in the series, he comes off as a genuinely friendly and understanding commander, barring occasional episodes of dog-kicking. It's only later that his true nature becomes clear.
- Freudian Excuse: Was cloned by a Jerk Ass father whose first words upon seeing his new son were "this is me, right?" Said father went on to abandon and possibly abuse him. Add in his Clone Degeneration, and the fact that he's a dying man at twenty-eight, and his actions become much more understandable, but not excusable.
- Go Out with a Smile: Well, he did think everyone else was going to be following along shortly.
- In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves: Part of his philosophy; he believes he's just speeding up the process.
- Insane Admiral: He masks it well, but Le Creuset is the single most insane character in the series.
- Kick the Dog: Makes one into a Crowning Moment of Awesome when he gets a gun-toting Flay to put down her weapon by totally destroying her self-esteem with a well-aimed "The Reason You Suck" Speech. He subsequently kills her, just to hurt Kira.
- Kill All Humans: His life's goal.
- Large Ham: So much in the last episodes.
- The Last Dance: The entire plot of the series is revealed to be winding down to his.
- Light Is Not Good: He wears white, pilots mostly white mobile suits, has a name meaning "The Crucible", and eventually pilots The Providence. Definitely not a good guy.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Or rather, Mu, I am your father's clone.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Constantly wears a mask and is one of the worst people in the series.
- Manipulative Bastard: Beautifully manipulates everyone, from his subordinates to his superiors to his enemies, to further his goals.
- Man in White: His suit is white, he flies white mobile suits and there's something very off about him.
- Mask of Sanity: Throughout the series seems to be a calm, efficient Reasonable Authority Figure who just happens to be working for the bad guys. This made the revelation of how seriously twisted he really is all the more shocking when he started ranting and raving in front of Kira and Mu. And then he goes right back to being calm and collected in public after said confrontation. Bonus points for actually wearing a mask all the time, and it only comes off when he's at the height of his crazy episode.
- Meaningful Name: "Le Creuset" is French for "crucible". Doubly meaningful, as he chose the name himself once he discovered what he was.
- Mercy Kill: Seems to believe he's performing one on the human species as a whole.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Le Creuset upgrades his suits throughout the show, starting with a Ginn High Manouvere Type, than flying a CGUE, a DINN, and the first of the new GuAIZs. It's not until the finale, however, that he gains a Gundam, in the form of the Providence.
- Mighty Glacier: Averted. The Providence is pretty big and slow compared to the Freedom and Justice, but the DRAGOON Attack Drones move with enough speed to counterbalance this defect, and as his sword-fight with Kira shows, the suit's still quick where it counts.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Firmly believes that Humans Are Bastards, and therefore, need to die.
- Omnicidal Maniac: His life, such as it is, has left him thoroughly convinced that we've all got to go. He may only be trying to Kill All Humans, but it's quite omnicidal in context.
- Parental Abandonment: Briefly hinted at in the anime; brought up explicitly in the adaptations.
- The Philosopher: See Straw Nihilist + Breaking Speech.
- Playing Both Sides: Sells information to the EA while acting as one of ZAFT's top commanders.
- Rage Against the Reflection: Catching sight of his reflection is enough to send Le Creuset into a murderous breakdown.
- The Resenter: Towards La Flaga, Kira, and the entire human race.
- The Rival: To Mu at first, though Kira gets added eventually.
- Sanity Slippage: In the last six episodes.
- Self-Made Orphan: His flashbacks rather heavily imply that the fire that burned down Al La Flaga's home was not an accident.
- Suicidal Cosmic Tempertantrum: He wants to die, but he wants everybody else to go first.
- Straw Nihilist: His life has more or less convinced him that all existence is fundamentally meaningless.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Tall blonde and snarky anyway.
- 13 Is Unlucky: The ZGMF-X13A Providence.
- The Unreveal: Done in the televised show whenever he's shown maskless, even when the protagonists get to see his face. Even in the Compilation Movie, his face is only ever shown in one shot, and for just a few seconds at that. There isn't even anything odd about his face, which is the point. He only wears the mask to cover the face of the man he was cloned from, the man he despises most in the world.
- Villainous Breakdown: Inverted. Previously calm and collected, Le Creuset suffers from some serious Sanity Slippage in the final episodes, due to his belief that his plan has succeeded. After all, if it's all going to end, why pretend to be sane anymore?
- Walking Spoiler: Nearly every trope about him is revealed in a Wham Episode near series end and redefines what he is and his role in the story.
- War for Fun and Profit: If you consider the end of the world to be a profit.
- White Mask of Doom: That white mask doesn't signify anything good.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Le Creuset's been hurt so badly that he's convinced that we all gotta go.
- Younger Than They Look: Quite possibly. We don't know how much his condition has sped up his aging and maturation.
Voice Actors: Yasuhiko Kawazu (Japanese), Michael Dobson (English)The captain of the Vesalius, Ades is Le Creuset's right-hand man and a capable officer in his own right. Sometimes taken aback by Le Creuset's penchant for acting without orders, Ades nevertheless follows his superior's instructions loyally. Despite his secondary role on the ship, he seems to command the respect of the Le Creuset team's pilots.
- The Captain: She serves as the captain of the Vesalius.
- Face Death with Dignity: Stands on the bridge, saluting Athrun, Yzak, and Dearka as the Vesalius is engulfed in flames.
- Going Down with the Ship: Stays aboard the Vesalius while the rest of his men make their escape.
- The Good Captain: Ades seems like a pretty good guy, despite who he's working for, and gets along well enough with his crew.
- Number Two: Ades may command the ship, but it's Le Creuset who determines how the missions progress.
Voice Actors: Akira Ishida (Japanese), Samuel Vincent (English original series dub), Chris Hackney (English HD Remaster dub)
"I can't exactly fight a war with a big smile on my face."
Main mecha: Aegis Gundam, Justice GundamKira's former Best Friend and one of ZAFT's elite pilots, he spends the first half of the show trying to capture Kira and the Strike. Much more cynical than Kira, he considers himself the realist of the two, and believes Kira is being manipulated by the Naturals. He too grow progressively darker and more bitter as the series progresses, culminating in a brutal fight between he and Kira in the middle of the series.
- Ace Pilot: Like Kira, he quickly reaches this status, he is in fact the only one who can match Kira toe to toe for most of the series. It's also worthy to note that he is the pilot with the most potent SEED Factor, being the only one who can activate it at will in SEED, and has never even been defeated once he activates it.
- Anti-Villain: Though not a bad person by any stretch, he's still trying to capture Kira and destroy the Archangel, until he joins the heroes later in the story.
- Arranged Marriage: With Lacus Clyne, as set up by their respective fathers. They both seem okay with the arrangement, even if it does end up becoming a moot point when they both fall for other people.
- Best Friend: Despite ending up on the opposite sides of the barricades, Athrun remains the closest friend Kira has ever had. Whenever they team up, they move mountains together.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Le Creuset comments that Athrun is too soft for his liking and indeed it shows because Athrun never tried to fully engage Kira trying to talk with him to join the Coordinators instead. Until after the battle when Kira kills Nicol, Athrun is able to effectively ground the Archangel and go one on one with Kira, and actually destroys the Strike.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: The Aegis features beam sabres in both wrists and both ankles. This allows it to quad-wield four of them at once.
- Char Clone: Shares the other attributes of ''MSG''-era Char Le Creuset doesn't have, like piloting red mobile suits and a rivalry with the hero. Until he switches sides that is.
- Combining Mecha: The Justice is comprised of two units - the main Gundam and a glider unit backpack, which gives it full-flight capabilities in Earth's atmosphere. It is armed with two beam cannons and two pairs of machine guns and can be remotely deployed to attack enemies on its own. The Justice can ride on it for high-altitude flight, and Athrun loves to ram it directly on his opponent's face in combat.
- Conflicting Loyalty: His status as a ZAFT soldier and doing as his father wishes conflicts with his friendship with Kira and his desire of actually ending the war peacefully. He sides with Kira when he saves the Freedom with Big Damn Hero moment during the battle of Orb.
- The Cynic: Bitter, unhappy, and convinced things are only going to get worse.
- Dead Sidekick: Nicol, the only member of Team Athrun to show respect towards it's commander and a personal friend of his.
- Death from Above: The Justice's backpack allows it to fly under Earth's atmosphere, and if it is riding on it, it can fly at even higher altitudes.
- Deuteragonist: Easily the most important character after Kira.
- Double Weapon: Although the Justice carries two beam sabers like other Gundams, Athrun almost always combines them together into a double-bladed beam saber.
- The Dragon: Is Number Two to Le Creuset for most of the series' first half.
- Forehead of Doom: The omake Super-Deformed Character Theatres even poke fun at it, in them he doesn't seem to mind though.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Created the Haros and Birdy.
- The Gloves Come Off: Against Kira after Nicol dies.
- Heel–Face Turn: After Lacus plants some doubts about ZAFT's (and, more to the point, his father's) end goals and practices in his head, he decides to see for himself what the proper course of action is to take. This ends with him joining Kira and the crew of the Archangel.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: Athrun has a hard time seeing the best in other people.
- Knight in Sour Armour: Big time. He's bitter, cynical, and depressed, but he really does want to make the world a better place.
- The Lancer: To Kira, post-Heel–Face Turn
- Lightning Bruiser: With the Justice, which is optimized for close range combat, with two beam boomerangs to complement its arsenal.
- Meaningful Name: Athrun is Arabic, derived from the Greek erythron, which means red. He is a CHAR after all.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The Justice
- Military Brat: His dad is the head of the ZAFT military.
- Missing Mom: Killed in the Junius 7 incident. Her death forms a major part of his motivation.
- Mr. Fanservice: This site is totally crazy about him.
- Mutual Kill: Narrowly averted during his and Kira's midseason throwdown.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Subverted. He thought he could just continue following orders until the war was over then realized that wasn't going to happen unless he made an effort to seek it out, which is why he joined Kira.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Though he "wins" the final fight against Kira and the Strike he was very shaken up by the event and it caused him to begin questioning what he was really fighting for. eventually lead to his Heel–Face Turn.
- Perpetual Frowner: Athrun rarely smiles.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Eventually comes around to this viewpoint.
- Redemption Earns Life: Survives the war after switching over the Three Ships Alliance.
- Reluctant Warrior: The quote says it all really. Though it needs to be said that in contrast Kira's vocal protests, Athrun generally opts to suffer in silence.
- The Rival: Kira's.
- Say My Name: Like Kira, he does this a lot.
- Sky Surfing: With the Justice, when it's in Earth's atmosphere.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's quieter about it than Kira, but yeah. The war slowly wears away at the better aspects of Athrun's personality, and by the time the sequel comes along he is pretty damn broken.
- Shoot the Dog: He reasoned that he had to kill Kira because he couldn't convince him to join his fellow Coordinators and Kira was killing his comrades.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Repeatedly accuses Kira of being impressionable and idealistic, and refuses to believe that his and Lacus' idealism will solve anything in the long run. This changes after the revelation that he's the one being used.
- Super Mode: SEED mode, which he can even activate at will. Athrun is effectively invincible with it active.
- Tears of Remorse: When he cries over killing Kira because Kira killed Nicol.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: The Justice in fact invokes this by having two beam boomerangs as a throwing weapon, which are basically modified beam sabers.
- Transforming Mecha: The Aegis.
- True Companions: With Kira.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Shown in flashbacks and invoked by Lacus. The bitter and cynical Athrun we all know and love is rather different from the nice kid who believed Earth and the PLANTS would never go to war.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: While he sincerely wishes to end the war with as few victims as possible, he also fights to earn the approval of his father, whose own agenda is much less benevolent. This clouds his judgement from time to time. Lacus calls him out on it towards the end of the series.
Voice Actors: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Michael Adamthwaite (English original series dub), Daman Mills (English HD Remaster dub)
"Come out and fight, Strike! Or else this pain I feel will never go away!"
Main mecha: Duel GundamA member of the Le Creuset team, he's the most bloodthirsty and callous of the group. He has little respect for anyone he considers weak, and absolutely zero respect for Naturals as a consequence. He's close friends with Dearka, who shares many of his views, and has a developing rivalry with Athrun. He has no particular hate for the Earth Alliance (just contempt) until he's wounded during a battle with the Strike. After the resulting scarring, he develops a massive hate-on for Kira. Extremely temperamental and impulsive, he's the member of the group most loyal to ZAFT as a whole and Le Creuset personally.
- Ace Pilot: Understated, but Yzak remains one of the best pilots in whole series (mostly held back by his lack of Bigger Stick), particularly following the finale.
- Always Second Best: Back in his days in the military academy, he was this to Athrun.
- Anti-Villain: He's a Jerkass, but his worst Kick the Dog moments aren't intentional, and he does really care about his friends.
- Armour Is Useless: Averted. The Armour Shroud saves Yzak's life during his final run-in with Shani Andras.
- The Brute: Of Le Creuset's Five-Bad Band: he's the most aggressive and bloodthirsty of the team.
- Disappeared Dad: We never see his father. Given that his mom apparently got knocked up at 17, this is not exactly surprising.
- The Dragon: To Le Creuset, following Athrun and Dearka's defections.
- Dual Wielding: Almost always dual-wields both of the Duel's beam sabers, without the Assault Shroud at least.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: And not until the Final Battle anyway.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While not very high standards, he still has them. He is ok with shooting down a fleeing enemy shuttle (after all, the enemy that runs away will come back to fight you another day), but shooting down the enemy when they are helpless and trying to surrender? That makes him frown.
- He's genuinely upset in the sequel when he discovers that the shuttle he thought was filled with fleeing soldiers was actually filled with civilians, commenting that he should have been executed as a war criminal for that.
- Expy: His character design bears a striking resemblance to Henri Claytor from another one of Fukuda's series Future GPX Cyber Formula (sans the red streak on the strand of the bangs). He's also got a lot in common with Zeta Gundams Jerid Messa, in terms of his characterisation as a Hot-Blooded pilot who Can't Catch Up, and has the personality of a stereotypical Jerk Jock. Also like Jerid, Yzak initially serves to remind us that his side are the villains with his aggressive, vicious behaviour, only for the situation to change so much that by the end, he's serving as a reminder that some of them are human beings.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He gets angry at even the slightest provocation.
- Heel–Face Turn: Downplayed. He aids the Three Ships Alliance, but only against the Earth Alliance.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dearka
- Hot-Blooded: Of a particularly vicious sort.
- How Dare You Die on Me!: Towards Nicol. Despite not having much respect towards him, he is still outraged that his comrade was killed.
- It's Personal: With Kira and the Strike.
- Jerkass Façade: Much of his attitude towards the rest of the team is this, especially as the show progresses.
- Karma Houdini: He didn't get punished for shooting down the civilian shuttle. In the aftermath, he did get tried for the crime and supposedly sentenced to death, but got pardoned by Durandal. He's certainly sorry about it, if nothing else.
- Kick the Dog: He has a few, such as mocking Nicol as a coward early in the series. His biggest is undoubtedly when he destroys a shuttle full of refugees during atmospheric reentry for being in his way, though in his (partial) defense, he didn't know it was filled with civilians.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: The Duel featurs a shield. Yzak's not a big fan of it (preferring to dual wield) but it saves his life during his encounter with Shani.
- Magnetic Weapons: The railgun attach on the Duel's shoulder.
- Military Brat: His mother Ezalia is a member of the PLANT Supreme Council.
- Murder by Mistake: The reason behind his biggest Kick the Dog moment. He thought the shuttle he shot down was filled with fleeing OMNI personnel, not civilians. Word of God states he was horrified when he found out about this after the war.
- My Beloved Smother: To a slight degree, though mostly justified by the fact that the few interactions we see between them is just after Yzak has returned from the front lines and will be heading back into combat soon.
- Pragmatic Villainy: A possible interpretation of his Even Evil Has Standards. After all, if you kill surrendering enemies, the rest will fight to the death, making your job much harder and costing you more casualties.
- Pet the Dog: His reaction to Nicol's death helps to humanize him. He later yells at the Freedom and the Justice to get out of the way of Genesis' blast.
- Physical Scars, Psychological Scars: He keeps his disfiguring facial scar to remind himself of his need for revenge on the Strike and its pilot. By the sequel he's had it removed.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He's certainly picked up some of his mom's Fantastic Racism. Unlike Ezalia, however, Yzak's manifests more as contempt for the Naturals than out-and-out hatred, and when he finds out about the Final Solution she and Patrick Zala have cooked up he's less than happy. By the sequel he's over it.
- Redemption Earns Life: In Destiny.
- Screaming Warrior: Most often, epic instance when he defeats Shani.
- Sociopathic Soldier: A borderline Type I. He gets better by the sequel.
- Sour Supporter: Of Athrun. He hates the guy's guts, but he did accept Athrun's transfer to a more elite unit after defeating the Strike with an approving, if begrudging, handshake.
- Teens Are Monsters: Early on, before he realizes the true horrors of war.
- Unknown Rival: To both Athrun and Kira. The former seems to be unaware that Yzak heckles him out of jealousy, the latter knows him only as the pilot of the Duel.
- Weak, but Skilled: Played with: The Duel on paper looks like the lowest-spec Gundam in the series, lacking any special role (Artillery, Stealth, Agility, Multi-Role), and its normal weaponry is basically the Aile Strike minus the maneuverability boost. However, the lack of gimmicks is due to the fact that it's the first of the Gundams ever produced, and is in fact Seed's version of the RX-78-2, and as a result of lacking special features and being a testbed for the other 4 suits, it both carries no weaknesses overall and is incredibly physically powerful in comparison to its siblings. And the reason for it's limited armaments? It's main weapon (an incredibly powerful bazooka) was stolen by the pilot of the Gold Frame (who fired the aforementioned bazooka and not only tore open a hole in the colony, but tore off the Gold Frame's right arm in the process. Note this is something the Duel is built to be able to withstand firing repeatedly). And when the unit is upgraded with extra armor, it barely gets slowed down by the excess weight. Despite that it's clearly outclassed by its sibling units and becomes woefully underpowered during the course of the series, Yzak gives Kira no end of trouble in the first half of the series, and takes out two of the Alliance's Super Soldiers (the very same ones that could fight Kira and Athrun on even footing). The Duel eventually becomes the only one of the original five Gundams to survive the war in one piece.
Voice Actors: Akira Sasanuma (Japanese), Brad Swaile (English original series dub), Johnny Yong Bosch (English HD Remaster dub)
Main mecha: Buster GundamA member of Athrun's team, he, along with Yzak Joule, formed the darker half of the foursome. Snarky and condescending at times, Dearka often has to act as the more impulsive Yzak's conscience. An artilleryman at heart, he prefers to engage his opponents at range, while mocking their inability to touch him.
- Anti-Villain: Like the rest of his team. His main problem seems to be that he's forgotten that Naturals are people too. When he's reminded of this, he makes a Heel–Face Turn.
- BFG: The Buster is an artillery mech after all.
- Black Best Friend: Arguably, to Yzak.
- The Brute: While he's no dummy, he fills this role in Le Creuset's Five-Bad Band and later the heroic version in the Three Ships Alliance. With his BFG and heavily armoured mecha, Dearka is set to do some serious damage.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Dark skin, bright blond hair.
- Deadpan Snarker: Unfailingly surly and sarcastic, especially early on.
- Heel–Face Turn: He joins Athrun in his desertion of ZAFT, having similar doubts about ZAFT when he's told what they've been up to.
- Heel Realization: Seeing Mirillia's Freak Out! then her saving him is what makes him realize what a tool he had been and that he doesn't really know what he's fighting for.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yzak.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not nearly as nasty as he pretends to be. Like half the cast, he's just found a poor way of coping with the war.
- A Match Made in Stockholm: His relationship with Miriallia has shades of this. She tried to stab him with a knife, but then seconds later saved him from getting shot by Flay.
- Mighty Glacier: With the heavily armoured, heavily armed, but slow-moving Buster.
- Military Brat: His father is a member of the ZAFT Supreme Council.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Though his racism largely extends to agreeing with Yzak's remarks. Once he meets some Naturals he starts to get over it.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: After losing the worst of his racism.
- Redemption Earns Life: Switches over to the Three Ships Alliance and survives the war.
Voice Actors: Mami Matsui (Japanese series), Romi Park (Japanese Compilation Movies), Gabe Khouth (English original series dub), Casey Mongillo (English HD Remaster dub)
"Mother... my piano..."
Main mecha: Blitz GundamThe youngest and most sensitive member of the Le Creuset Team. He looks up to Athrun, but is often bullied by Dearka and (especially) Yzak. He pilots the Blitz, and pulls his weight in combat despite the fact that he's not as skilled as the rest of the team. A genuinely Nice Guy, Nicol's only real character flaw seems to be his belief in My Country, Right or Wrong.
- Anti-Villain: More so than the rest of the Le Creuset Team, even.
- Blood from the Mouth: Gets a bad case while being cut in half during the Wham Episode. Ouch.
- The Dark Chick: On a team consisting of a Manipulative Bastard, a cynical stoic, a Hot-Blooded Jerkass, and a Deadpan Snarker, Nicol's a genuinely Nice Guy. Moreover, his caution, use of the Mirage Colloid, and reliance on planning and technology (which would normally make him the Evil Genius) leave him the odd man out on a team that isn't noted for its sense of tact.
- Evil Counterpart: Serves a very similar role to Athrun as Tolle does to Kira, though he's not "evil" in any meaningful sense.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He is killed attempting to draw away the Strike from finishing off Athrun.
- Invisibility Cloak: His Gundam's Mirage Colloid system.
- Killed Off for Real: During the mid-series climax, he gets offed while attempting to stab Kira In the Back to save Athrun. It's not pretty.
- Meaningful Name: A somewhat convoluted example. His name comes from an obscure Nintendo Entertainment System game called Ai Senshi Nicol. Ai Senshi is also the title of the second Compilation Movie of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, which features several characters making a Heroic Sacrifice or otherwise being Killed Off for Real in the Earth-arc.
- Nice Guy: He lacks Yzak's brutality, Dearka's surly nature, and Athrun's bitterness, generally presented as the most even-tempered, pleasant kid on the team.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Subverted. The Blitz has a red-and-black color scheme with its Phase Shift on, but Nicol is very much an Anti-Villain.
- The So-Called Coward: Yzak calls him a coward and he's mostly quiet, self-effacing and unsure of himself as well as more reliant on technology than the others, but he soloed Artemis by himself. Yes, he earned that red uniform.
- Token Good Teammate: He lacks Athrun's cynicism, Dearka's snark, and Yzak's anger issues, making him the only member of the team who's even remotely capable of being objective.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: How Athrun thinks of him afterward.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green hair.
Voice Actors: Rie Tanaka (Japanese), Chantal Strand (English dialogue, original series Dub), Jillian Michaels (English singing, original series dub), Stephanie Sheh (English HD Remaster dub)
"I'd like you to inform them: from now on, Lacus Clyne will be singing the song... of peace."
The daughter of PLANT Supreme Council Chairman Siegel Clyne, Lacus is an extremely popular Idol Singer and political activist, and is engaged to her friend Athrun. Early in the series she is picked up by the Archangel and meets Kira, an event which will come to define the rest of both their lives. The public face of the "Clyne Faction" (those moderates who support her father's policies), Lacus is a pleasant, friendly, idealistic girl, who is a heck of a lot smarter than you'd think.
- All-Loving Hero: She holds no grudges and instead shows compassion to everyone.
- Arranged Marriage: With Athrun Zala. Seems to have been a Perfectly Arranged Marriage before the war broke out, though in the end it's rendered moot when they end up with different people.
- Big Fancy House: It's especially a sign of high status in the PLANTS which are man-made habitats.
- Big Good: Inherits the position after her father is assassinated and she uses his power base combined with Orb's to Take a Third Option in the war between OMNI and ZAFT.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Mitsuo Fukuda said in a 2003 interview that Lacus was based on Audrey Hepburn.
- Cry into Chest: After her escape from ZAFT and her father's demise, she collapses in tears into Kira's chest.
- Establishing Character Moment: Two very important ones early on in the show. First, asking Mu if he knows her father because he mentioned his name, giving us the impression she is ditzy and a little too innocent. The second, and far more important, happens two episodes later, where she reprimands Rau of all people for trying to start a battle, showing us that she is more than she appears.
- Expy: She's a more influential, kinder and more intelligent Relena Darlian/Peacecraft.
- Foreshadowing: Orders Le Creuset of all people to stand down during her rescue, providing an early hint as to just how much steel she has in her.
- Guile Heroine: Lacus isn't a fighter, but she doesn't have to be. With her political connections, oratorical ability, and flawless public image she's set to completely upset Patrick Zala's agenda.
- Hair Decorations: Lacus has her distinctive barrette.
- Hidden Depths: She appears innocent, unfailingly kind, and a bit naive. She really is that kind, but that naive exterior hides a sharp mind and an iron will that few see coming from her.
- The High Queen: Despite being the daughter of a democratically elected leader, she is treated as if she were royalty. In Destiny, Durandel refers to her as "The White Queen".
- Idol Singer: Very popular in the PLANTS and she uses that popularity to her advantage.
- The Ingenue: She seems sheltered and none-too-bright, at least at first but there's more to her than that..
- Innocent Fan Service Girl: She strips in front of Kira without hesitation.
- Lady and Knight: She's the Bright Lady to Kira Yamato's White Knight. She's his lady-love and inspiration. After the first one blows up, she provides him with gundams like a medieval romance counterpart might plate mail. Her goal is peace on Earth and in the colonies.
- The Leader: Charismatic Type to the Clyne Faction and Three Ships Alliance.
- Magic Skirt: Despite having a very short skirt (in space) at the end of the series, she doesn't have any Panty Shotsnote . Well, and that one deliberate one due to extenuating circumstances earlier in the series.
- Martial Pacifist: She wants this war over now, and if that means leading her own army against ZAFT and the Earth Forces, so be it.
- Missing Mom: Unlike Athrun's, hers is simply never mentioned.
- Mythology Gag:
- Nice Girl: A pleasant and friendly girl but Beware the Nice Ones.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: More like "Obfuscating Innocence", her biggest advantage is that virtually everyone underestimates her. While it's never stated, it's hard to believe that she didn't deliberately cultivate that image.
- Plucky Girl: Going into exile doesn't dampen her spirit. Though she understands the severity of the situation, she doesn't give up.
- Politically Active Princess: de-facto princess of ZAFT who can influence social events and high level politics with her voice.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: So much that Mu La Flaga even calls her "The Pink Princess".
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Lacus wants a peace treaty that's good for Natural and Coordinator alike.
- Rescue Romance: Her relationship with Kira developed from this. In fact, both traded roles of rescuer and rescuee in some points.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: She's innocent and naive (at first), and she's definitely nice and sweet. Bonus points for being engaged to Athrun before the war.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Despite her initially seeming to be The Ingenue, she's made of sterner stuff than most of the rest of the cast.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her relationship with Kira, the knight in gundamium armor.
- Super Mode: SEED Mode.
- Take a Third Option: Founds the Clyne Faction and later The Three Ships Alliance as a counter to Patrick and Azrael.
- Talking Your Way Out: Athrun once had her at gun point and she convinced him not to shoot or capture her.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Cagalli's Tomboy because of her feminine style of dress and desire to talk things out peacefully if possible.
- Übermensch: Begins her trek towards this status in SEED, reaching it in Destiny. While everyone else tries to play by the cynical, realpolitik of the Cosmic Era, Lacus flat out rejects the premise, choosing instead to overhaul the series' morality and try for something better.
- Voice of the Resistance: Under the Zala regime, she sends out messages of hope and defiance. She's seen ushered to and from safe houses by subordinates a couple times.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Unfortunately for the villains, the Clyne's family business that Lacus was very devoted to was not singing, but politics.
Voice Actors: Kinryu Arimoto (Japanese), Andrew Kavadas (English)
"We Coordinators are very different. We should view ourselves as a completely new species. There's no reason to coexist with Naturals."
Athrun's father, Patrick Zala was one of the founding members of ZAFT alongside Siegel Clyne. At the beginning of the series, he's the head of ZAFT's armed forces. Patrick is a stoic but driven man, throwing himself into the execution of the war to the exclusion of all else — including his son. Patrick's fanaticism comes from the loss of his wife Lenore in the Bloody Valentine tragedy, which has left him with a deep-seated hatred of Naturals. He believes that Coordinators are a new species, distinct from (and superior to) Naturals.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Athrun by the end of the series.
- Alas, Poor Villain: It's possible to feel some pathos for Patrick as he dies, unable to let go of his hate even in the end.
- Bad Boss: Don't question Patrick's orders. It won't end well.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He's the leader of ZAFT and appears to be in a Big Bad Ensemble opposite Blue Cosmos leader, Muruta Azreal but they're both really being played be Rau Le Creuset.
- Blood from the Mouth: After being shot in the back.
- Broken Pedestal: For Athrun, as the full extent of his madness becomes clear.
- Eviler Than Thou: With the Coordinator-bashing Muruta Azrael.
- Expy: He's a slightly more sympathetic Gihren Zabi, right down to the outfit, the politics, and oratorical skill. The only real difference is that Gihren's Master Race philosophy is a facade, while Patrick's paranoia and bigotry is very real.
- Fantastic Racism: He really hates Naturals.
- Final Solution: He intends to fire Genesis at Earth, wiping out all the Naturals.
- General Ripper: What happens when one of them becomes Supreme Council Chairman.
- The Generalissimo: Continues to appear in his uniform as Chairman, and effectively transforms ZAFT into a military dictatorship, using the army to suppress all dissent.
- Glorious Leader: Becomes closer and closer to the archetype as the show progresses and he becomes convinced that only he can save his people.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: When his Bad Boss tendencies backfire on him. He shoots one of his underlings for questioning his orders. Said underling, wounded but alive, draws his own sidearm and kills Zala with it.
- Insane Admiral: CINC of the army and a genocidal General Ripper.
- In the Back: Shot from behind by a man he failed to kill.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: They keep setting you up to think that Patrick's going to show his nice side, only to promptly dissapoint you.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: First he runs against, and defeats, his old friend and former political ally for the position of PLANT Supreme Council Chairman. Then he has said friend framed for treason and assassinated. It only gets worse from there.
- Karmic Death: Shot in the back by a wounded man he's just tried to murder.
- Knight of Cerebus: What we see of both sides of the war made both of them look sympathetic early in the series. When Patrick shows up, we start to see both sides are being led by genocidal lunatics who will settle for nothing less than the complete destruction of the other.
- Knight Templar: Genuinely believes that only the most extreme methods can save his race.
- The Lost Lenore: His appropriately named wife.
- Love Makes You Evil: His Start of Darkness was his wife Lenore's death.
- Master Race: Up to Eleven. Patrick views Coordinators as a full on Superior Species, and sees the Naturals as deserving only of extermination.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Brags about Coordinators being a Master Race that deserves to rule the world? Plots the genocide of his Natural adversaries? Wins an election and then promptly suspends the democratic process? Why yes, he is a Nazi. In fact, he's basically Adolf Hitler IN SPACE!
- Never My Fault: Blames Lacus and her father for his strategy to end the war failing, because he can't admit that Naturals outsmarted him.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Of ZAFT. Patrick may be a military man, but he's never in combat, is only ever shown in a command role and fails to do a proper job the one time he tries to kill someone.
- Not So Different: From Azrael. Lampshaded by Uzumi Nara Atha.
- Perpetual Frowner: More so even than Athrun. In his time on screen Patrick never genuinely smiles. Not even once.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Big time.
- President Evil: The voters wanted a hardline military leader. They got a genocidal madman.
- Propaganda Machine: Has one that's engaged in a constant battle with Lacus' Voice of the Resistance.
- Putting on the Reich: All of ZAFT does this, but it's most noticeable on Patrick.
- Rousing Speech: Gives a great (if totally evil) one on the anniversary of the Bloody Valentine."Who exploits the Coordinators?!"
- Smug Snake: Fueled by his Fantastic Racism and belief that Coordinators are a Superior Species.
- Start of Darkness: It's implied that he was a warmer father figure and a better human being prior to Lenore's death at Junius 7.
- Superior Species: Convinced that Coordinators are far superior to "unevolved" Naturals.
- Unwitting Pawn: Though less of a pawn than most, Rau Le Creuset is using him to help drive humanity to extinction.
Former Chairman Clyne
Voice Actors: Yosuke Akimoto (Japanese), Don Brown (English)
"You still fail to grasp the underlying truth, Patrick. We [Coordinators] didn't evolve."
Siegel Clyne is Lacus's father. He helped found ZAFT with Patrick Zala, and is the PLANT Supreme Council Chairman at the beginning of the series. Leader of the moderate faction of Coordinators, he and his allies believe in coexistence with the Naturals, but they're steadily losing ground to the radical faction that favours all-out war. Eventually voted out of office and replaced by Patrick Zala, he attempts to remain a voice of reason, earning him the enmity of the radicals.
- Character Death: Patrick's goon squad guns him down.
- Beleaguered Bureaucrat: Unlike Patrick Zala, he's a pure politician, not a soldier. His contribution to the war effort is to try to ride herd on the ZAFT Supreme Council's rather quarrelsome members.
- The Heart: Of ZAFT as a whole since he insists on diplomacy, cooperation and rational thinking as opposed to hatred.
- Only Sane Man: He is the only one on the ZAFT Supreme Council to realize how the war is escalating, how costly it has already become, and tries to slow things down.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: He thinks favorably of naturals and wants peace with them. He is, after all, the one that Lacus got it from.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's the leader of the moderate faction for a reason.
- The Scapegoat: Patrick blames the Clyne Faction for holding up the war effort, and tries to make sure that Siegel goes down in history as a traitor.
- Superior Species: Averted. He's not sure the Coordinators should even be there, and points out their falling birth rates to Patrick. Patrick isn't listening.
Voice Actors: Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese), Alison Matthews (English)
Yzak's mother, and a member of Patrick Zala's faction on the ZAFT Supreme Council, Ezalia is his second-in-command, and is even more ardent than Patrick in her belief that Coordinators are a new, superior species. Proud of her son's military service, Ezalia nevertheless worries about his safety, and can be quite controlling — if well-meaning — in her interactions with Yzak.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: She's 33. Her son, Yzak, is 16. That means she was 17 when she gave birth to him. In real life, it's unlikely for a woman like this to have success in politics. In a country with an aggressive pro-birth policy, it makes sense.
- Dissonant Serenity: Patrick rants and raves about how the Naturals have to be exterminated. Ezalia takes it as a simple fact.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It's her love for her son Yzak that humanises her and makes her less of a monster than her boss.
- Evil Matriarch: Neatly avoided. Her status as Yzak's mom is her one redeeming quality.
- Fantastic Racism: At times she's scarier than Patrick.
- Final Solution: She fully endorses Patrick's plans for a Natural genocide.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Ezalia's eyes are as cold as her personality.
- Knight Templar: Only a Natural genocide can save the Coordinators!
- My Beloved Smother: To Yzak. Which makes her a damn sight better than Patrick.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Her politics are of the same radical bent as Patrick's and she supports his policies wholeheartedly.
- Number Two: To Patrick Zala. From a political standpoint she's practically The Dragon.
Voice Actors: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese), Brian Drummond (English)
"At what point do we put an end to [war]? When every single one of your enemies has been destroyed? Perhaps then."
Main mecha: BuCue, LaGOWEKnown as "the Desert Tiger", Waltfeld is a feared ZAFT commander operating in the Libyan desert. He serves as the first major opponent Kira faces other than Athrun and his team, and poses a serious threat to the Archangel and her crew, despite being a pretty decent guy. Meeting him forces Kira to further reevaluate his moral stance on the war.
- Affably Evil: It helps that he's more affable than evil.
- Animal Motifs: He takes his "tiger" nickname to heart, complete with orange and black striped pilot suit.
- Artificial Limbs: After his fight with Kira, he has a prosthetic arm.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He takes his food and especially his coffee very, very seriously. He is however, most effective.
- The Captain: He doesn't have the title, but he serves as CO of the Eternal after Lacus steals it.
- Cool Old Guy: Despite not being that old, he's this when compared to others in the cast, who are mainly teenagers. He has experience, wisdom and steel nerves that they lack.
- Expy: Of Ramba Ral, fullfilling a very similar role in terms of story and personality.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: After he turns up alive, he has a very visible scar where his left eye used to be.
- Heel–Face Turn: He joins Lacus after his apparent death. It helps that he was shown to have a similar, or at least compatible, outlook on war to her own.
- It Gets Easier: He discusses it with Kira and Cagalli. Unlike Mu, he considers it to be a negative thing.
- Must Have Caffeine: He is regularly seen drinking and/or brewing coffee. The only exception is inside his mobile suit.
- Noble Demon: Burns down a town after letting the civillians evacuate, leaves the areas he's conquered in relative peace, lets Kira and Cagalli escape when he could have captured them... it's no wonder he couldn't stomach the Zala regime.
- No One Could Survive That!: What Kira does to his mech kills Aisha but not him.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Not very prejudiced, and ends up siding with the Three Ships' Alliance.
- Red Baron: The Desert Tiger
- Shout-Out: To Erwin Rommel. Has a nickname similar to "The Desert Fox", not to mention being courteous and honorable to his enemies. Bonus points for the fact he even gives the civilians of a town time to evacuate before leveling it, which is something Rommel would have done.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Coffee. Trying new brews is a running gag with him.
- Turn the Other Cheek: When he meets with Kira again after their battle, he tells him he doesn't hold any ill will against him at all.
Voice Actors: Vivian Hsu (Japanese series), Fumi Hirano (Japanese Compilation Movies), Saffron Henderson (English)
"You're taking this rather well. This is difficult for you, isn't it? I can tell you're really fond of him."
Main mecha: LaGOWEGirlfriend of Andrew Waldfeld, the Desert Tiger, and a capable pilot in her own right. Just as sympathetic a character as Andy, she's rather friendly toward Kira and Cagalli when they encounter each other.
- Battle Couple: With Andy, fighting with him in his mobile suit.
- Character Death: She died in the battle with Kira.
- Deadpan Snarker: When she's not being sweet and understanding, she's making full use of her snarking abilities. Her best moment is probably her response to Yzak's claim that he and Dearka have more experience against the Strike than she and Waldfeld do: "Losing experience doesn't count."
- Expy: She's the Crowley Hamon to Andy's Ramba Ral - though he ends up outliving her in a reversal from the original series.
- Hime Cut: Long hair, sidetails and even bangs; yes she looks the trope and her sweet and understanding personality goes along with it.
- Satellite Character: Her presence in the show revolves entirely around the Tiger.
OrbAn island nation in the Pacific, Orb has a high-tech industrial base but little in the way of resources; they built Heliopolis primarily as a way to mitigate this strategic weakness. A very idealistic nation, their stance in international politics is one of aggressive neutrality; though they will not attack others, they will vigorously defend themselves against any attacks. The war between the Earth Alliance and ZAFT has strained this position to its breaking point, especially after the destruction of Heliopolis.
Cagalli Yula Athha
Voice Actors: Naomi Shindo (Japanese), Vanessa Morley (English original series dub), Cherami Leigh (English HD Remaster dub)
"That's right, I'm a girl. What is it with you guys?"
Main mecha: Skygrasper, Strike RougeThe adopted daughter of Uzumi Nara Atha, Chief Representative of the Orb Union. Also a rebel leader, guerilla soldier, and a capable, if brash, politician. Hates ZAFT and distrusts the Earth Forces. She provides the military backbone of the Three Ships' Alliance.
- All Your Powers Combined: The Strike Rouge IWSP. Notably the first 'Combined' Striker Pack, though it's also the only one that hasn't made an appearance in the series, despite being repeatedly teased in the HD Remaster Openings.
- Badass Adorable: Just watch when she cries or gets angry. It's adorable. She also held her own in gun fights with coordinators.
- Badass Normal: Despite being a Natural, she doesn't hesitate to take on Coordinators. Even when they're in mobile suits and the most heavily armed thing she has is a jeep. She was the only Natural who can go into SEED Mode.
- Bifauxnen: Many people thought she was a guy until she says something. Kira managed to identify her as a girl correctly after hearing her talk.
- Curtains Match the Window: Has gold hair and gold eyes.
- Cry Cute: Aww, can I take her home with me?
- Establishing Character Moment: While not her first appearance, the first time she does anything meaningful within the series revolves around taking a man-portable weapon in a jeep against a lupine humongous mecha. Things only ramps up when she actually gets a war machine of her own.
- Expy: Of Sayla Mass from the original Mobile Suit Gundam. Though, in a twist, she's actually related to The Hero Kira rather than to any of the resident Char Clones .
- Happily Adopted: Her relationship with Uzumi is incredibly loving, especially compared to what characters like Athrun and Mu have (had) to endure with their actual birth fathers.
- Nice Girl: Violent tendecies notwithstanding, Cagalli is the first person to be unambiguously kind to Kira in the series, without professional distance or ulterior motives; notably in the form of a much needed hug when he was on the verge of a suicidal breakdown. She is also consistently considerate, warm hearted, compassionate, and openly expresses kindness without consideration to maturity or social appropriateness.
- Politically Active Princess: It's shown that she took her position as the political leader of Orb very seriously. Whether or not she was actually good at it depends upon the scene...
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Well, the Strike Rouge is pink but she hates being called a princess and didn't pick the color.
- Rebel Leader: Leads a cell of Arab freedom fighters against the Desert Tiger.
- Rebellious Princess: Her father and country as a whole are devout pacifists. She ran away to join a resistance cell in another country.
- Retired Badass: This is a princess who often took to the field in a Humongous Mecha. However, near the end of Destiny she reasonably gives this up, fully taking on her political duties. It helps that almost everyone she knows is a badass pilot.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Not that she was ever considered ugly, mind you, but get her in a dress and not scowl about it and she goes from cute in a Tomboy-ish way to really beautiful (as the 3rd and 4th Openings show).
- Sibling Seniority Squabble: When she tells Athrun she's glad to have Kira for a little brother, he teasingly asks her if he might not be her big brother instead. She grumpily insists that she was born first.
- Super Mode: The only Natural to activate SEED mode.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Lacus' girly girl given her more masculine manner of dress, speech, and more violent manner of problem solving.
- Tomboy Princess: She has a noted distaste for fancy dresses and formal clothing, preferring simple and practical casual wear. She is also quite at home on the front lines of the battlefield, rather than commanding from the rear as would be expected.
- Twincest: She at first appears to be falling in love with Kira. They discover their true relationship before it goes too far.
Lord Uzumi Nara Atha
Voice Actors: Toru Okawa (Japanese), John Novak (English)
"We can't leave Orb, or this world, in the hands of those bastards."
The leader of Orb and Cagalli's adopted father, Lord Uzumi is completely dedicated to maintaining Orb's neutral stance. This becomes ever more difficult as the war spirals out of control. Faced with increasing pressure to choose a side in the ZAFT-Earth Alliance conflict, he refuses to compromise his nation's ideals.
- Cycle of Revenge: Give this one to Cagalli about how her belief in fighting against enemy will bring unending hatred by others. Also a Foreshadowing to eventual death of Nicol and Tolle that further fueled hatred between Athrun and Kira respectively.
- Defiant to the End: When it became clear that Orb was going to lose its fight against the Earth Alliance, he chose to blow up the very resources the EA had come to the country to seize, rendering their invasion a waste.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Igniting a self-destruct that blows up Orb's mass driver and himself in the process, effectively trapping the Earth Forces on earth.
- Famous Last Words: "We can't leave Orb, or this world, in the hands of those bastards."
- The Good King: Or the Gundam Seed's equivalent; he kept the neutrality of the country even with the threat of invasion from Earth Alliance and actually treat his subjects—both Naturals and Coordinators—fairly.
- Messianic Archetype: At times he's more this than Kira and Lacus put together because of his insistence on neutral, avoiding the cycle of revenge, preaching goodwill and understanding. He even looks the part. He also makes a heroic sacrifice.
- Non-Action Guy: Politican, not a solider.
- Parental Substitute: He and his wife adopted Cagalli when she was a baby
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Consider the amounts of General Ripper and A Nazi by Any Other Name, his benign nature stands out well.
- So Proud of You: To Cagalli. "I feel very fortunate, to have been your father."
Voice Actors: Isshin Chiba (Japanese), Adam Henderson (English)An officer in Orb military and bodyguard to Cagalli.
- Ambiguously Brown: Though he may have been from North Africa, but his Japanese last name and Russian first name leave his ethnicity up in the air.
- Badass Normal: He is a Natural after all but he never matches skill with a coordinator.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: He may bodyguard Cagalli, but she's not your average helpless VIP.
- Expy: His resistance outfit is based on Rambo.
- Immigrant Patriotism: He is originally from North Africa but he is loyal to ORB.
- La Résistance: Part of Desert Dawn until he left for ORB.
Voice Actors: Hideyuki Hori (Japanese), Michael Dobson (English)
"I have a body capable of greater strengths and a brain capable of acquiring greater knowledge than a human being who was born naturally."
The original Coordinator, he gained international fame and fortune excelling at basically everything ever (from professional sports to cutting-edge scientific research); he eventually revealed that his spectacular success was largely due to having been genetically engineered. He released instructions for his enhancement process to the public, inadvertently coining the term "Coordinator" at the same time. Eventually assassinated by Blue Cosmos.In the Gundam SEED Astray side stories it is revealed that his brain was kept alive inside the "GG Unit", a device resembling a very large futuristic boombox, which eventually came into the possession of the Junk Guild. Equipped with a holographic avatar to interact with the living, Glenn now serves as the captain of the salvage ship/Gundam carrier Re-Home.
- The Ace:
- A brief overview of the man's accomplishments: earning a PhD from MIT at 17, winning a silver medal at the Olympics, becoming a football star, an ace air force pilot, and a world-renowned aerospace engineer (in that order), travelling to Jupiter and back in a ship of his own design (releasing the information on how to make Coordinators to the public as he left), and designing the PLANTs during his free time on the trip. George Glenn is The Ace Up to Eleven.
- Born Lucky: Because he was engineered to be the best at everything during birth, you could say that his creator effectively rigged the genetic lottery in his favour.
- Born Winner: A main reason why he and all subsequent Coordinators are hated by "naturals", as they would be given a head start many people born naturally can never have.
- Brain in a Jar: More like Brain in a Capsule. When his body was killed, his mind was preserved, deemed too valuable to lose. Fortunately, the capsule contains a holographic projector and the ability for him to speak and see, averting a And I Must Scream situation.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In the Astray series, Glenn expresses regrets over the events he started by revealing the process to make Coordinators. Resulting in racism, war and genocide. He also regrets that people took his term "coordinators" to name genetic engineered humans, since it was never meant to name a race but simply people who can lead humanity into a better future which is not related to their genes.
- Posthumous Character: In the main series, he has been dead for several years.
- Renaissance Man: He was skilled at absolutely he tried, from Olympic level sports to PhD engineering to the no-doubt extremely complicated process that creates coordinators like himself.
- Too Cool to Live: An in-universe example. People were so pissed at how awesome he was that they assassinated him!
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While he expected everyone to aspire to him and the subsequent Coordinator "race" as an example to lead into a better future, instead people resented him and all Coordinators for having a leg up in life that they, by their literal births, were denied.
- Virtual Ghost: Though technically still alive, Glenn's only physical presence aside from the unwieldy life-support system containing his brain is an Arnold Rimmer-style holographic projection of his old self in a captain's uniform, complete with goofy white skipper hat.
Voice Actors: Kazuya Nakai (Japanese), Brian Drummond (English)A blind monk who is one of the few individuals trusted by both the Earth Alliance and ZAFT, he acts as a mediator on the rare occasions that the two sides get along well enough to discuss anything. Among other things, he also maintains an orphanage on Earth. There is a fair bit more to him than meets the eye.
- Eyes Always Shut: Is never seen without the look of serene bliss on his face.
- Friend to All Children: He took care of the orphans after all.
- Good Shepherd: He's one of many decent characters in the show and ran an orphanage on the island.
- Hidden Depths: In the exterior as a blind preacher, he is actually a powerful individual with connections and resources from all organizations (Junk Guild, PLANT, and EA).
- Non-Action Guy: He never takes part in any battle and is often the first one to be hurried off if the conflict comes to him. This allows him to be one of the few mediators between the two sides, as everyone knows he does not have any violent motives.
- Parental Substitute: To a whole mess of orphans.
Voice Actors:Cagalli's nanny who has cared for her since she was a child.
Al Da Flaga
Al Da Flaga
Voice Actors: Kozo Mito, Toshihiko Seki (Special Edition) (Japanese), Mark Oliver (English)
"Laws can be broken after all. They're only made by humans."
Mu La Flaga's deceased father. He considered his son too weak to be his true heir, and is later revealed to have cloned himself in an effort to gain a more worthy successor. He went on to deny said clone note any sense of identity, which ended with his death in a "mysterious" fire. Whoops.
- Above Good and Evil: How he saw himself. If the few quotes we have from him are a fair representation, he honestly seems to have thought he was something more than merely human.
- Abusive Parent: Anyone who effectively disowns his young son because said son has his mother's genes is not going to win any Father of the Year awards, to say nothing of his treatment of Rau.
- Control Freak: To the point that he disowned his own biological son for not having the exact same genes as him.
- Domestic Abuser: Cut Mu out of the will for sharing his wife's genetics. That probably qualifies him.
- Jerkass: Not evil per se, but definitely a colossal douche.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Is dressed in a suit and tie in all of his few appearances, such as twisting Dr.Hibiki's arm into illegal cloning through the promise of funding.
- Narcissist: In fact his abusive style of parenting is what psyciatrists terms "narcissistic abuse." He disowned Mu for daring to be something more than a vehicle for his own ego, and upon seeing his clone, the first words out of his mouth are "this is me, right?" Al seems to have been incapable of viewing people as anything more than extensions of his own personality, and that's without getting into his delusions of grandeur.
- Parental Abandonment: Of both his sons, one after the other. Jackass.
- Posthumous Character: Dies years before the series begins, but is nontheless an enormous part of the plot, given that he not only inadvertently created the Big Bad, but also funded the Ultimate Coordinator project, the process that eventually led to Kira and Cagalli's births.
- Pride: In addition to being a textbook narcissist, Al's hubris knew no bounds. Le Creuset calls him out on it posthumously in a rant to Mu.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Cloning humans is illegal. Al doesn't care.
- Smug Snake: In contrast to his sons who are respectively The Ace and one hell of a Magnificent Bastard.
- Übermensch: He certainly thought he was one, but at the end of the day he's little more than a rich creep with an ego the size of a planet.
Dr. Ulen Hibiki
Voice actor: Eiji Yanagisawa (Japanese), Fred Handerson (English)
"The urge to make things better has always driven progress, and then that is what brings about happiness."
A very brilliant, very ambitious, and totally amoral scientist who was behind the Ultimate Coordinator project.
- Abusive Parent: How abusive? When he needed a test subject for the project, he used one of his own soon-to-be-born twin babies... Kira Yamato.
- Domestic Abuser: If you think that stealing your wife's unborn child for a science experiment qualifies you, then yes.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Wether it's this or Pragmatic Villainy, he's still the one who points out to Al Da Flaga that cloning him would be illegal. Implying that he only agreed to do so to receive the funding he needed.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Not only did he work on the Ultimate Coordinator project, but he is also the one who cloned Rau le Creuset and Rey za Burrell.
- For Science!: His motivation is progress for its own sake.
Voice actor: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese)Ulen Hibiki's wife, also implied to be his scientific partner. She does have standards, though, as she's horrified when he goes too far with his experiments.
- Give Him a Normal Life: She tells her younger sister Caridad to take Kira and Cagalli in, before she dies alongside Ulen and Al Da Flaga.
- Motherly Scientist: Her scenes in the anime showcase her maternal concern for the subjects of the Ultimate Coordinator project, beyond the one that happens to be her son. Incidentally, Kira was the only one to survive.