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A 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, they're attacked by Rau Le Creuset nonetheless, and the colony is eventually destroyed. A number of refugees end up on board the Archangel
, and become de facto Earth Alliance crewmen despite being citizens of a neutral nation.
"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."
The 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. Yes he ends up achieving this status, and quickly at that.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: The first Gundam hero who has sex mid-series.
- 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 is 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: He doesn't want to be kicking twelve different kinds of ass, but that won't stop him from doing it if he has to.
- Beam Spam: With the Freedom. locking onto and destroying multiple targets at once.
- 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.
- Can Not Spit It Out: Towards Flay. Deconstructed later on.
- 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 flight capable Freedom.
- Dual Wielding: With the Freedom's beam sabres.
- 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
- The Hero
- 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 all the Strike's modes into one Gundam.
- 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 Handsome 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.
- 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
- Purple Eyes
- 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.
- The Rival: Athrun's.
- Say My Name: Happens a lot.
- Separated at Birth: With Cagalli.
- 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 Na´ve: 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
- 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 Remastered: "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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
One 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.
- The Big Guy/The Lancer: Plays this role to Kira early in the series.
- Bridge Bunnies
- Cool Plane: The Skygrasper.
- 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!
- Killed Off for Real
- Nice Guy: Perhaps the friendliest member of Kira's peer group, and the one who most readily rushes to the defence of the others.
- Took a Level in Badass: When he became the pilot of the Skygrasper.
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.
"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.
- 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.
- 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 her wards 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 backhalf 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.
- Fille Fatale: Only fifteen and already seducing Kira into doing what she wants.
- Foil: To both Lacus and Cagali, with her general bitchiness, immaturity, and self-centredness contrasting with both Lacus' forgiving nature and Cagali's insistence on joining the fighting. She's the Fallen Princess to Lacus' All-Loving Hero and Cagali's Rebellious Princess.
- Freak Out: After her father's death. It lasts for most of the show.
- The Gwen Stacy: To Kira.
- Heel-Face Turn: Sort of, she gets somewhere between a full one and a Heel Face Door Slam before her Redemption Equals Death moment.
- It Meant Something to Me: Whether she wants to acknowledge it or not.
- 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.
- Magic Skirt
- Manipulative Bitch: Post-Freak Out, Pre-Character Development.
- 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.
- Ms. Fanservice
- The Ojou: In the beginning.
- 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
- Rich Bitch
- 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.
- 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.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Le Creuset, who uses her to deliver the plans for the N-Jammer Canceller to Azrael.
- Yandere: She starts off using Kira, but comes to love him for real, which just makes her mental state worse.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Bonafide Grade B.
A 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.
"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 outmanouvering both fellow Naturals and the genetically superior Coordinators.
- 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.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Twice.
- 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.
- Official Couple: With Mu La Flaga.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Constantly.
- Team Mom
- 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.
- Woman in White
- 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
"I'm the man who makes the impossible possible."
One 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 precedes the beginning of the series. Pilots first the Mobius Zero mobile armour, then the Skygrasper, and finally the Strike.
- 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.
- Broken Ace: A milder version than some, but his affable behavior conceals quite a bit of mental and emotional damage, which he willingly acknowledges.
- 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)
- Archenemy: Of ZAFT Ace Pilot Rau Le Creuset.
- Attack Drone: Has four wire-controlled gun pods on his Mobius Zero.
- Badass: If anyone can do the exceptional in a grunt suit, it's Mu La Flaga!
- 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.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Kira.
- 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.
- Cool Plane: The Skygrasper.
- Expy: He's basically a milder-mannered Sleggar Law with some aspects of Char's Quattro persona thrown in.
- 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 La Cruset and keeps chasing him.
- Lonely Rich Kid: As a child, via Parental Abandonment.
- The Kirk: To Murrue's McCoy.
- 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.
- Official Couple: With Murrue. Awww.
- 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.
- Rich Bastard's Handsome Son
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Commissar Cap
- Commander Contrarian: Towards Ramius.
- 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.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Eventually.
- Dying Moment of Awesome and Heroic Sacrifice: 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Number Two: To Murrue at first.
- Power Hair
- Redemption Equals Death
- 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.
- 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.
- Stocking Filler
- 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.
- Woman in White
- You Monster!: Said almost word for word to Azrael.
Ensign Arnold Neumann
Voice Actors: Isshin Chiba (Japanese), Philip Pacaud (English)
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: Hell yeah! He's the main reason—more so than Kira, or La Flaga, or Ramius—that the Archangel hasn't been sunk.
- 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.
- Man in White
- The Quiet One: Looks and acts like an older Athrun.
- The Stoic
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
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: Leads his troops in person from his flagship, the Menelaus, and will not demand they make any sacrifices he isn't willing to make.
- 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.
- Cool Old Guy
- Expy: He's a more active take on Mobile Suit Gundam's General Revil.
- A Father to His Men
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Token Good Teammate: To the Earth Alliance's high-command.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
"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.
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.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- 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
- 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.
- Fantastic Racism
- 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
- Muggle Power
- 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
- 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.
- The Political Officer: Crossed with Obstructive Bureaucrat.
- Politically Incorrect Villain
- 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)
Orga's Voice Actors: Ryohei (Japanese), Ted Cole (English)
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.
The 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
"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."
Athrun'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. Aways 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, Rau originally pilots a series of Elite Mook
mobile suits, but eventually upgrades to the Providence
Le Creuset is a Walking Spoiler
, so read with caution.
- 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, fighting all of his battles at a distance, and to lethal effect.
- 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.
- 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.
- Archenemy: To Mu and later Kira.
- Archnemesis Dad/Cain and Abel: 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: With the Providence, which features numerous detachable laser pods.
- Ax-Crazy: Post Sanity Slippage.
- Badass: To the point where he can fight Kira on an even footing.
- 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: He manages to out-spam Kira while piloting the Providence.
- Berserk Button/Freak Out: Do not try to take off (or shoot off) his mask. We're looking at you, Mu.
- Beta Test Baddie
- 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. Also 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.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- 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 Char's Counterattack.
- The Chessmaster: He beautifully orchestrates events so that the Earth Alliance will fire nuclear weapons and ZAFT will fire GENESIS.
- Cloning Blues: More psychological than anything else, though see below. He believes that he has no real identity, and a result his sense of self-worth is more than a little damaged.
- 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.
- Commanding Coolness
- Cool Mask: He is a Char Clone after all.
- Cynical Mentor: To Athrun and Yzak.
- 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.
- The Dragon: He acts as Patrick Zala's right hand man, though he's really a Dragon with an Agenda and the series' Big Bad.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Patrick wouldn't have gotten anywhere without Le Creuset pulling his strings.
- Eleventh 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 ben raised by the right people), and Lacus (on a purely philosophical level).
- 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 Olba and Shagia Frost would also have a lot to talk about.
- Faux Affably Evil: As part of the standard Char Clone package.
- 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, if not excusable.
- Go Out with a Smile: Well, he did think everyone else was going to be following along shortly.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Beneath the mask.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 big and slow, but the speed with which the Dragoons move more than counterbalances 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.
- The Obi-Wan: In a rare antagonistic example, he acts as Athrun's and Yzak's.
- 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
- 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.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: The ZGMF-X13A Providence.
- The Unfettered
- 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
- War for Fun and Profit: If you consider the end of the world to be a profit.
- White Mask of Doom
- 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.
"I can't exactly fight a war with a big smile on my face."
Kira'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. Pilots the Aegis and then the Justice.
- Ace Pilot: Like Kira, he quickly reaches this status.
- 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.
- Badass: Few of the people in this series can survive a fight with Kira. Athrun regularly goes one on one with him, and darn near kills him a couple of times.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conflicting Loyalty: His status as a ZAFT soldier and doing as his father wishes conflicts with his friendship with Kira and his feelings 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:
- Dead Sidekick: Nicol, the only member of Team Athrun to show respect towards it's commander and a personal friend of his.
- Double Weapon: The Justice's beam sabre.
- The Dragon: Is Number Two to Le Creuset for most of the series' first half.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Created the Haros and Birdy.
- The Gloves Come Off: Against Kira after Nicol dies.
- Green Eyes
- 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.
- Mad PLANT Chairman's Handsome Son
- 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
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Eventually comes around to this viewpoint.
- Redemption Earns Life
- 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.
- Tears of Remorse: When he cries over killing Kira because Kira killed Nicol.
- 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.
- When He Smiles
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
"Come out and fight, Strike! Or else this pain I feel will never go away!"
A 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. Pilots the Duel.
- Ace Pilot: Particularly following the finale.
- Always Second Best: To Athrun.
- Anti-Villain: He's a Jerk Ass, 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.
- Badass: It's easy to forget just how good Yzak is. He goes toe-to-toe with Kira regularly, kills two Super Soldiers in the finale, saves Cagali's life and even takes down Captain Sutherland, all while using a first generation Gundam.
- 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: Constantly dual wields with the Duel's beam sabers.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger
- 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. After all, if you kill surrendering enemies, the rest will fight to the death, making your job much harder and costing you more casualties.
- That's a bit of a generous conjecture. When he sees the surrendering soldiers getting shot, he merely says, "Where's the fun in shooting soldiers that don't fight back?"
- 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 probably should have been killed 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.
- Fantastic Racism
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Heel-Face Turn: Sort of. 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 Fašade: Much of his attitude towards the rest of the team is this, especially as the show progresses.
- Karma Houdini: Never did 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.
- 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.
- Murder by Mistake: He thought the shuttle he shot down was filled with fleeing OMNI personnel, and doesn't find out until after the war that they were civillians. Still a war crime, but not nearly as bad a one.
- Pragmatic Villainy: A possible interpretation of his Even Evil Has Standards.
- 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
- 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.
- Teens Are Monsters: Early on.
- 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: The Duel is easily the lowest-spec Gundam in the series, lacking any special role (Artillery, Stealth, Agility, Multi-Role), its normal weaponry is basically the Aile Strike minus the maneuverability boost. Yet Yzak gives Kira no end of trouble in the first half of the series, takes out two of the Alliance's  and is the only one of the original five Gundams to reach the end of the series in one piece.
A 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. Pilots the Buster.
- 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/The Big Guy: While he's no dummy, he fills this role in Le Creuset's Five-Bad Band and later the Three Ships Alliance. With his BFG and heavily armoured mecha, Dearka is set to do some serious damage.
- Dark-Skinned Blond
- Deadpan Snarker
- 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.
- 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.
- Mighty Glacier: With the heavily armoured, heavily armed, but slow-moving Buster.
- Military Brat
- 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.
- Purple Eyes
- Redemption Earns Life
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- UST: One possible interpretation of his relationship with Miriallia post-Heel-Face Turn.
- 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.
"Mother... my piano..."
The 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.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: In Japanese.
- 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.
- In the Back: Tries it on Kira.
- 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.
- Military Brat
- Nice Guy
- The Other Darrin: Mami Matsui retired from voice acting after SEED wrapped, so Nichol has been played by Romi Park in every appearance since.
- 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. See The Dark Chick, above.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
"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 Cute/Cry into Chest: After her escape from ZAFT and her father's demise, she collapses in tears into Kira's chest.
- Guile Heroine: Necessary, given that she's not a combatant of any type. Between her father's political allies and her own status as an Idol Singer, she's got... resources.
- 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.
- 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 "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 dresses up 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
- 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 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 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.
- ▄bermensch: 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 intstead to overhaul the series' morality and try for something better.
- Voice of the Resistance: Under the Zala regime.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Unfortunately for the villains, the Clyne's family business that Lacus was very devoted to was not singing, but politics.
"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.
Former Chairman Clyne
"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.
Voice Actors: Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese), Lee Lau (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.
"At what point do we put an end to [war]? When every single one of your enemies has been destroyed? Perhaps then."
Known 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. He pilots a BuCUE and then the LaGOWE command unit.
- Ace Pilot
- 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.
- Anti-Villain: He's about as sympathetic as they come.
- Artificial Limbs: After his fight with Kira.
- Battle Couple: With Aisha
- 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.
- Commanding Coolness: He is modeled on Ramba Ral after all.
- Cool Old Guy: Despite not being that old, he's this when compared to others in the cast.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
"You're taking this rather well. This is difficult for you, isn't it? I can tell you're really fond of him."
Girlfriend 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.
An 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
"That's right, I'm a girl. What is it with you guys?"
The 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. Pilots a Skygrasper and then the Strike Rouge.
- Action Girl
- 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
- 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.
- In Phase 48, she was the only Natural who can go into SEED Mode.
- Badass Princess
- 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?
- 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 the resident Char Clones.
- Furo Scene: Retconned into a Shower Scene in the special edition.
- Happily Adopted: Very much so. 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.
- Jack of All Stats: The Strike Rouge
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Averted. See Kira's entry.
- 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
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Well, the Strike Rouge is pink.
- Rebel Leader: Leads a cell of Arab freedom fighters against the Desert Tiger.
- Rebellious Princess: And a very angry one at that.
- Separated at Birth: With Kira
- 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).
- Super Mode: The only Natural to activate SEED mode.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Lacus' girly girl.
- 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.
- Tsundere: Though regarding her main target — Athrun — she is extremely justified, given the circumstances of their meeting.
- 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
"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.
"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.
- Alliterative Name
- Born Lucky
- Born Winner
- Brain in a Jar
- 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.
- Renaissance Man
- Too Cool to Live: An in-universe example. People were so pissed at how awesome he was that they assassinated him!
- 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.
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.
Al Da Flaga
Al Da Flaga
Voice Actors: ? (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 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 Dad: 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.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Indeed.
- Control Freak
- Domestic Abuser: Cut Mu out of the will for sharing his wife's genetics. That probably qualifies him.
- Financial Abuse: Of Mu and his wife.
- Jerk Ass: 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.
- 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.
- ▄bermensch: 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.
- The Unfettered
Dr. Ulen Hibiki
"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.
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.
Kira's mother. Actually, his maternal aunt. She and her husband Haruma raised Kira, who has no idea