A summary page for the various characters in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
and its spinoff, Stargazer
. Many are also characters from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
. Note that all spoilers concerning the previous show are left unmarked here.NOTE
: This series is particularly prone to Alternative Character Interpretation
; please be conscious of such and remember that your
take on a given character is not the only
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Crew of the Minerva
"Do you want to start another one?! Another war?!"
The show's initial protagonist. His family was killed attempting to flee when the Earth Alliance invaded Orb during the First Bloody Valentine War
; he became a refugee and ended up in the PLANTs. He blames Orb (and the Athha family in particular) for their deaths, and carries a lot of hatred for both. He joined ZAFT and became a Redcoat alongside Rey Za Burrel and Lunamaria Hawke as the pilot of the Impulse, the Minerva
's flagship Gundam.
Shinn has a problem with authority figures in general; he tends to lash out at his immediate superiors and resents being given orders. Due to this, he relies heavily on his peers for support; Rey acts as his moral compass, while Lunamaria provides him with much-needed emotional support.
Pilots the ZGMF-X56S Impulse, a Combining Mecha
with three Silhouette Packs
which specialize in one combat aspect, and then the ZGMF-X42S Destiny, an all-around Gundam that proves to be one of the most powerful in the show.
- Accidental Pervert: Accidentally grabs Stella's chest in their first meeting.
- Ace Pilot: Swiftly reaches this status, becoming one of ZAFT's highest-scoring aces of the Second Bloody Valentine War.
- Anti-Hero: He's not a bad kid, he just has a lot of issues, which consistently derail his attempts at being heroic..
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Zig-zagged. Shinn's actually a very talented and, at times, clever combatant, but he has a bad habit of falling into this mindset the more worked up he gets; something that gets worse as his mental state deteriorates.
- Anti-Villain: One of the best examples in the Gundam franchise. No one does all the wrong things for all the right reasons like he does. He starts out as an antiheroic protagonist, shifts to an antagonistic, but not necessarily villainous figure once the perspective flip goes down, and then moves up to Well-Intentioned Extremist during the show's last act.
- Astral Projection: Semi-standard for a Gundam show. He has a couple with Stella. At the end she tells him that he gave her a yesterday, and because of that she understands tomorrow; that's she's happy because of it, and she'll see him then.
- The Atoner: Implied at the end of Final Plus. More for what he became during the war rather than what he did.
- Badass: As typical for Gundam protagonists.
- Heartbroken Badass: Shinn is a damaged set of goods. This doesn't stop him from giving the likes of Kira and Athrun a run for their money.
- Bash Brothers: With Rey, after acquiring the Destiny and the Legend, respectively; Shinn fights head-on, while Rey provides long-range support.
- The Berserker: Shinn's anger is his driving motivation. Throw in a love of close-combat, a huge ego, and little consideration for his own safety, plus access to SEED Mode and you have a recipe for some serious face-wrecking. Even when he's not in the midst of an anger induced rampage, he's the most aggressive out of the three lead ace'snote , favoring brute force (and the occasional "unconventional tactic") to win a fight.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Discussed. Athrun voices the opinion that Shinn will start slipping into this trope, and worse, if he keeps getting so emotional during fights.
- Fatal Flaw: This eventually becomes his biggest flaw in combat.
- BFS: The anti-ship swords on both the Impulse and the Destiny are his weapons of choice.
- Bigger Stick: The Destiny is superior to any mech the Earth Forces have, and allows Shinn to run rampant for a while. It thus comes as a rather nasty shock to him when the equally powerful Strike Freedom and Infinite Justice arrive on the battlefield.
- Black and White Morality: Shinn's biggest problem is his inability to see anything in shades of grey. He and his friends are right, everyone else is wrong, and away we go. The root cause of this is his mess of anger issues; he gets wound up too damn fast and lets his feelings cloud his judgment.
- Black and White Insanity: He's not insane per se, but his obsessive belief in Black and White Morality is certainly unhealthy, and is portrayed that way.
- Break the Haughty: Compare his attitude after disobeying orders to return Stella to Neo to that after her death an episode later. And there's his reactions once Kira and Athrun make their comeback.
- The Brute: Shinn really wouldn't know what "subtle" means even if it slapped him in the face. He's far from stupid, but favors brute force over anything else, and only resorts to tactics when he absolutely has to, making him this to the Chairman, post-perspective flip.
- It's interesting to note that Shinn could be described as the "Thug" out of the three main leads. While Kira fights at long range, and Athrun is a Close-Combat Specialist, Shinn's kinda the Jack of All Stats; Good all around, but doesn't particularly stand out in either area (despite his love for Melee combat). He compensates by being an aggressive Steamroller, favoring big weapons that don't require a whole lot of finesse, and by fighting dirty.
- Byronic Hero
- Character Development: Gets the most of any character in the series, all of it negative. He starts out as a relatively sympathetic Jerk with a Heart of Gold with anger and depression issues. But as the series progresses his personality conflict with Athrun, war-trauma, stress from his relationship with Stella, and inability to see beyond moral absolutes slowly eat away at his sanity. He becomes increasingly convinced of his own self-righteousness, even as he grows more unstable by the minute, and has to rely on Rey to justify his actions and Lunamaria to keep him from being completely consumed by rage. Stella's death and Athrun's defection finally break him, leaving him more susceptible to Rey and Durandal's manipulations than ever. When he loses his Sympathetic P.O.V., he is eventually shown the way the Archangel crew sees him: an Anti-Villain with lots of issues.
- Combining Mecha: His Impulse is composed of three parts — Core Splendor, Chest Flyer and Leg Flyer, as well as the Silhouette Packs that change its combat capability.
- Combat Pragmatist: Shinn's willing to do anything, and use any tactics in order to come out on top, as best displayed in his fight with the Freedom. He can also be surprisingly resourceful at times, such as when he uses an enemy mobile suit with a breached reactor as a giant grenade to take out a sheilded Wave Motion Gun. As the show progresses, however, and his rage clouds his judgement, he becomes less willing to think this way, relying instead on brute force to carry the day.
- Corporal Punishment: Shinn gets punched by Athrun twice — after disobeying orders, and after apparently killing Kira. Bragging about killing someone's best friend to their face is neither intelligent nor kind, Shinn. Of course, it backfires in that it basically just convinces Shinn that Athrun hates him.
- Cry Cute: As unbelievable as it is, Shinn actually cries in the OVA epilogue when he meets face-to-face with Kira and Kira, despite the many times Shinn tried to kill him and the one time he very nearly did, offers to bury the hatchet and work together for building a better world. One big dose of squee, coming up!
- Cynicism Catalyst: Most of his character can be traced back to his family's — and in particular his little sister Mayu's — death.
- Dark Is Evil: Major antagonist suits in Gundam SEED employ a downplayed version of this, wearing slightly darker shades of the iconic Gundam red, white, and blue (the white is replaced with grey, for instance). The Destiny, the suit Shinn gets after his Face-Heel Turn, is no exception.
- Death Wail: Twice. When his family was killed and when Stella dies in his arms.
- Decoy Protagonist: We follow Shinn for the first half of the series, learning to sympathise with him and his point of view. Then Durandal is outed as the villain, the POV shifts, and Kira and Athrun become the protagonists.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: How ZAFT and Shinn himself view his mid-season takedown of the Freedom.
- Emo Teen: He's often accused of this by the fanbase and he certainly is very angsty. Then again, he has reasons for it and no one around him is helping him get over it.
- Expy: Shinn owes a lot to Kamille Bidan of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, and more or less shows what the latter might have become without proper guidance, being swallowed by his anger issues instead of overcoming them.
- Flaw Exploitation: Exploits Kira's need to not kill anybody during their midseason showdown. Rey and the Chairman exploit Shinn's own insecurities to keep him onside.
- In the latter part of the show, Shinn's predisposition for brute-force rush tactics get turned against him by Kira and later Athrun (best highlighted when Kira robs Shinn of his ever-mighty BFS with a Barehanded Blade Block).
- Freudian Excuse: His family died in front of him, he's never gotten any help for it, his superior officer is a Shell-Shocked Veteran with No Social Skills and his only friend is a Manipulative Bastard who doesn't want him to get better.
- Friend Versus Lover: Rey is less-than-thrilled when he appears to be getting closer to Luna. Luna doesn't do much fighting back though, honestly.
- Foil: Shinn is what Athrun would've become had he chosen loyalty over conscience. There's also some parallels to how Kira could have become if he'd chosen emotion over reason or allowed himself to obsess over the past.
- Genius Bruiser: Shinn's violent, aggressive, and favours a fighting style that's based all around brute force. At the same time, he's far from stupid, and demonstrates a knack for tactics and improvisation, that can be surprising to his allies and his enemies.
- Good Is Not Nice: ...Hoo boy. Shinn means well, but between his trauma and his general attitude he's not really capable of being nice about it (though he does Pet the Dog with Rey, Stella, and Luna), and even his attempts at winning people over frequently backfire (witness some of his interactions with Athrun).
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It's not hard to make Shinn lose his temper. The number of times he devolves into berserker rage is actually a little disturbing.
- Heel-Face Turn: Whatever one thinks of his motivations or whether he was right or not, he ends up on Kira, Athrun, and Lacus's side at the end of Final Plus, after Kira, whom he met earlier at the very same place — a memorial to the victims of the OMNI invasion that killed his family — shook his hands and said that he's willing to forgive him and even invites him to fight alongside him.
- Heroic Wannabe: He's a good kid and he means well, but he's far too screwed up to ever be The Hero.
- Hero with an F in Good: God knows he tries, but he just can't seem to get anything right. He seems to realize this, as well, which only adds to his frustration.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rey; even closer than the ZAFT example of the previous war. A rare undivided Gundam example.
- Hypocrite: He's outraged by what the Earth Forces have done to Stella, and is enraged when Kira—who had no other options available—cuts her down in the middle of a fight, going so far as to try and get revenge on him for it. He himself does the exact same thing to Auel and Sting (who he is fully aware are Extended) without batting an eye.
- He also got his start with his family dying in a war. What does he do? Fight in wars. Especially bad once his side invades the country that his family died in, essentially making a cycle of pain.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Mayu was already this; then Stella bites the dust as well.
- Immigrant Patriotism: Despite being born in Orb, he's one of ZAFT's most loyal soldiers.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Approaches turning into a full-fledged Jerkass as the series progresses, especially after Stella's death.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Destiny — it has a BFS and a BFG, as well as "Voiture Lumière" system, which allows it to grow wings of light and create disorienting aftereffects with its high-speed movement.
- Mecha Expansion Pack: The Impulse's Silhouette Packs — Force (flight), Sword (melee) and Blast (long-range).
- The Mentally Ill: A milder example than many in this franchise, but Shinn is still in desperate need of emotional and mental counselling for his PTSD and anger management issues.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The Destiny.
- Military Maverick: Displays no respect for the chain of command, and frequently disobeys orders, yet is allowed to get away with it due to his skill.
- Mirrored Confrontation Shot: During his final attack on Sting Oakley's Destroy, the two of them do this. It's a pretty good demonstration of how bad Shinn's Sanity Slippage has gotten, when he and the Extended could use each other for shaving mirrors.
- Mood-Swinger: Like you would not believe. He shifts from almost catatonically depressed to berserker rage to cheerful and back at a frightening rate. Gets worse as he suffers his Sanity Slippage.
- Moral Myopia: Shinn has a lot of trouble understanding or sympathising with the actions of anyone outside his small group of friends. When a ZAFT pilot is killed, it's the actions of an EA monster. When an EA pilot is killed, even if it's just some poor bastard doing his job, it's heroism. This is especially obvious with regards to the Extended—it isn't okay for Kira to kill Stella, whom Shinn was in love with, but his own take downs of Auel and Sting (whom he very clearly recognizes) were entirely necessary.
- Multiform Balance: The Impulse's Silhouette Packs. Force has good mobility but its offense isn't particularly impressive, Sword has little long-range firepower but carries a BFS that dominates in melee, and Blast trades speed for power.
- My God, What Have I Done?/Freak Out!: Happens in the final episode during his duel with Athrun, Luna interposes herself between the two in an effort to stop the fight. However, Shinn's become so worked up by that point that her intervention causes him to completely flip out. He begins to see confusing hallucinations of his sister, Stella, and the Freedom; Yells at top his lungs to "Make it Stop!!!"; then nearly attacks her in an attempt to get to the Justice. Athrun has jump in to shield her from the charge, leading to a very quick, and very brutal, brawl that ends with the Destiny crippled and Shinn unconscious. When he comes to his senses a few minutes later, the shock at what he just did finally makes him realize that he was being manipulated the entire time, and breaks any notion he had about his own righteousness.
- Mythology Gag: Not funny at all, but Shinn loses his entire family in an explosion in the exact same way as Frau Bow in the very first episode of Gundam — accidentally, inadvertently surviving by having jumped a highway guardrail in a battle to go after something seen as important. It's what inspires a boy to pilot a mobile suit...
- No Social Skills: Shinn is bitter, brusque, and cranky, likely due to PTSD. Rey and Lunamaria are his only real friends, and even with Luna, a good deal of their relationship is a back-and-forth belittling of each other.
- One-Man Army: Once he gets the Destiny. He all but singlehandedly wins the war for ZAFT.
- Only Friend: To Rey Za Burrel
- Parental Abandonment: His mom, dad, and sister were all killed in the previous war.
- Power Trio: One of the only consistent group dynamics in the series; Shinn is the Id, Luna the Ego, and Rey the Superego.
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: Though toyed with in that he becomes not The Big Bad or The Dragon, but an antivillainous Brute.
- Psychic Powers: Not a consistent part of the character, but they appear a few times, largely as throwbacks to previous Gundam shows.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: Shinn keeps Mayu's cell phone, occasionally listening to her "leave a message after the beep" recording. It's really not that uncommon for survivors of tragedies to hold onto keepsakes, but try telling that to some of the fandom.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has dull, red eyes that makes his gaze very striking.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Rey's blue.
- Replacement Goldfish: Some see his relationship with Stella as romantic. Others believe that she's a substitute for his deceased sister, Mayu.
- Rescue Romance: If you interpret his relationship with Stella as a romantic one. He not only saves her from drowning during their first meeting, he later prevents her from dying on the Minerva by returning her to Neo.
- Revenge: He makes it very clear when he goes after the Freedom that he sees it as a way of paying Kira back for Stella. One could argue that revenge on the EA was what motivated him to sign on with ZAFT in the first place.
- Revenge Before Reason: He's trying to kill Kira for defeating an enemy that he himself was fighting. Rational thought was not involved in this decision. As for his personal war against the EA, as has been pointed out numerous times here, Shinn's actions aren't solving anything.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Off duty, Shinn more or less dresses like a homeless guy, mixing and matching scarves, sleeveless shirts, and you name it. This outfit was actually based on something TM Revolution wore at one point. There's a fine line between looking like a homeless guy and looking like a jrocker.
- Sanity Slippage: His mental health takes a dramatic turn for the worse over the course of the series. It's not until the epilogue that he even starts to recover.
- Screaming Warrior: Usually while hacking things to bits with his BFS.
- Second Love: Lunamaria, after they each lose their respective first choices.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Shinn's an interesting example in that his PTSD stems from his experiences as a civilian during the First Bloody Valentine War, with the trauma he experienced when his family died serving as the core of his characterisation. None of this is helped, of course, by his time as a soldier in the Second Bloody Valentine War, which only contributes further to his Sanity Slippage.
- Skilled, but Naïve: It would be hard to find anyone in this show who's more Badass than Shinn. It would also be hard to find anyone who's more gullible or easy to manipulate.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Justified. Shinn is very, very good, and the fact that his opponents tend to hold back, or suffer mental breakdowns makes him seem even better. It would be impossible, however, for anybody (even Kira) to be as good as Shinn thinks he is by the end.
- Smug Super: Crosses into this when he's released after taken prisoner because he let Stella go, he pretty much brags to Athrun his superiors are on his side due to the amount of skill he has.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: A possible interpretation of his relationship with Stella. It certainly ends tragically enough.
- Super Mode: Like Kira, Athrun, and Cagali, Shinn has access to SEED mode, entering it in almost every battle he participates in. Unlike Athrun and Kira's, which seems to be activated at will, his is entirely rage driven.
- Survivor Guilt: Shinn's clearly suffering from a bad case of this in regards to his family; the situation with Stella only makes it worse.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: Though he starts the series as the viewpoint character, he eventually loses it — first to Athrun, and then to Kira.
- Sympathy for the Devil: One of the few people to express any sympathy for the Extended. Not that this stops him from cutting down two of them without a second thought...
- There Are No Therapists: Kira and Athrun's lives would have been a lot easier had someone taken the terminally depressed kid who just watched his entire family die to see a shrink. Or at least anger-management. Then again, Durandal needs him to be that screwed up for his plans to work.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Faces this a few times, and as the show goes on, his Good decisions (freeing imprisoned laborers, moving heaven and earth for Stella) turn Lawful after deciding to execute Athrun and Meyrin.
- Tragic Keepsake: Mayu's cellphone.
- Tragic Hero: Comes pretty damn close to becoming one in the final episode during the My God, What Have I Done? moment mentioned above. who knows what might have happened to Luna had Athrun not stopped him.
- Shinn's also tragic in the sense that he started the series with noble and sympathetic intentions, but his anger issues led to him causing a lot of harm to both himself and the people around him.
- Unstoppable Rage: His best weapon in a fight, but it's also a deconstruction. He increasingly slips into bouts of this as his experiences in the war slowly gnaw into his sanity. This becomes something of a problem for him in the latter half of the series, as his urge to charge in blindly lets him cut through countless mooks, but screws him in combat against fellow aces like Athrun and Kira, who are much more composed.
- Eventually, this is Played for Drama. Shinn just can't let go of his anger. He feels like it's the only thing he's got left, and he clings to it, even though becomes harder to really justify it as the series goes on. It's not that he can't see shades of grey, he just doesn't want to admit it because it would mean giving up the one feeling that has kept him going.
- Unwitting Pawn: Shinn has no idea of the extent with which Rey and Durandal are pulling his strings and encouraging his madness, and he trusts the two of them to the very end. Until his My God, What Have I Done? mentioned above finally makes him realize that he was being manipulated.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The enraged berserker and the kid we see playing with his sister in the flashbacks don't really have a lot in common.
- With Us or Against Us: Starts expressing this kind of attitude as the war progresses. The scary part is that he doesn't realize that he's doing this.
- Would Hit a Girl: Shinn makes a pretty determined effort to kill Cagalli when she confronts him in the Akatsuki. He also tries to go through Luna when she gets in the way during his final confrontation with Athrun (though this leads to a My God, What Have I Done? moment soon afterwords).
Lunamaria 'Luna' Hawke
"I'm fine! I got defeated splendidly, though."
One of the Minerva
trio of ZAFT Redcoats. She apparently comes from a totally normal background and family life, compared to Shinn and Rey. Luna is cheerful and outgoing, and a "people person", which balances out her friend Shinn's frequently-wrathful disposition and their friend Rey's nigh-disturbing calmness. On the other hand, she can be a bit petty, insensitive, or oblivious, especially to subtle things or pessimistic emotions. Her younger sister, Meyrin, is one of the Minerva
's Bridge Bunnies
. From Athrun's first appearance on the Minerva
, she idolizes him and crushes on him.
She is the pilot of a red ZGMF-1000 ZAKU Warrior and later inherits the Impulse after her ZAKU gets trashed and Shinn upgrades to the Destiny.
- Ace Custom: Her ZAKU Warrior is a standard Mook unit, except painted red.
- Ace Pilot: Decorated, even, though overshadowed by Can't Catch Up.
- Action Girl: While not as over-the-top badass as the other main characters, Luna holds her own against Gundams and the Extended, despite piloting a ZAKU for most of the series.
- Badass Adorable: Sweet ray of sunshine, she is.
- BFG: On her ZAKU Gunner. How big? The stock and part of the barrel are both collapsible when the weapon is not in use, and even then, the weapon is as long as the ZAKU is tall.
- BFS: On the Impulse. She actually seems better with it than she was with her ZAKU's BFG.
- Break the Cutie: With absolutely no warning, she's informed her two best friends have executed her little sister and the man she's been idolizing together, for treason. And she ends up wailing in Shinn's arms due to shared grief and trauma, anyway. Ow.
- Can't Catch Up: Lampshaded from the very beginning, when the engine of her ZAKU blows midair as she and Rey are racing to Shinn's aid, and it isn't helped by the fact that she's stuck in an inferior mobile suit throughout the show. By the end, Rey and Shinn have been given a promotion and are more or less shutting her out of any and all serious discussions. She carries on with relatively good grace nonetheless.
- Celeb Crush: On Athrun. She seems a tad disappointed when she meets the real him.
- Character Development: It starts with Break the Cutie, and is tied to developing maturing feelings and sensitivity due to grieving and developing a much closer, more romantic relationship with Shinn.
- The Chick: Among the ZAFT pilots.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She becomes jealous of Meer/Fake!Lacus being so glompy around Athrun.
- Custom Uniform of Sexy: Her uniform consists of a standard ZAFT redcoat on top...
- Zettai Ryouiki: ...and a pink miniskirt with thigh-high socks on bottom.
- The Dark Chick: Retains her position post-perspective flip. As a fairly classic Chick in what's otherwise a Five-Bad Band she ends up filling this position.
- Friend Versus Lover: Since Rey was arguably her friend as well, when her relationship with Shinn changed in the wake of her sister's apparent death, this got awkward. She endured, and is eventually shown to have regained or retained his respect.
- Genki Girl: At first, she's cheerful and energetic, and fawns shamelessly over Athrun. Later on... less so.
- Hero-Worshipper: Of Athrun.
- Idiot Hair: It's a Mythology Gag, in her case.
- Just Following Orders: It's never flatout stated, but Luna's whole reason for going along with the Destiny Plan is because she's been ordered to.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The Impulse may be an older Gundam, but it's a huge cut above her ZAKU.
- Mythology Gag: Her red ZAKU doesn't have Char Aznable's famous command antenna. Her head does.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Luna's a perfectly competent pilot, capable of holding her own with Stella's Gaia using only a ZAKU Warrior. Unfortunately for her, she's on the same team as Shinn and Rey, has yet to register a major kill, and ends up going up against Neo and then Athrun in the finale.
- Panty Shot: Has one in Phase 15 of the HD Remaster.
- Plot-Induced Stupidity: Given her spying mission on Athrun, she's within a hairsbreadth of realizing the truth of their situation. She proceeds to do nothing with this information for the rest of the series (though it seems to color her attitude somewhat).
- Power Trio: One of the only consistent group dynamics in the series; Shinn is the Id, Luna the Ego, and Rey the Superego. She seems to have trouble mediating between the other two though, which tends to leave Rey in control of the group dynamic.
- Second Love: Shinn, after they each lose their respective first choices.
- Shorttank: While undoubtedly attractive, Luna isn't nearly as feminine as other female cast members.
- Token Good Teammate: Post-perspective flip. It's not like any of her teammates are truly evil, but Luna's the only one who manages to keep her sense of perspective and avoid going totally over the line.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Meyrin's girly girl.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.
Rey Za Burrel
"Whatever kind of life it is - we want to keep on living, if we can."
The third of the Minerva's pilot trio. He is calm, stoic, and loyal to Durandal — his Parental Substitute
— as well as a mentor to Shinn, providing some much-needed stability to offset Shinn's volatile emotions. When the others are confused, questioning, or doubtful, it's Rey who brings them back to focus on their mission
. Rey displays a Well-Intentioned Extremist
streak that makes him a useful right-hand man
for the Chairman.
He pilots a white ZGMF-1001/M Blaze ZAKU Phantom, performing the same function as Lunamaria (standing atop the Minerva and providing fire support). Eventually he gets his own Gundam — the ZGMF-X666S Legend — and begins to demonstrate exactly
what he is capable of; he and Shinn provide most of the muscle for ZAFT in the later battles.
- Ace Pilot: A Sniper, like his big brother, keeping his distance and picking off enemies one at a time.
- Ace Custom: His Blaze ZAKU Phantom, a Mecha-Mook pained white.
- Affably Evil: Rey is a loyal friend and effective subordinate, so long as you're on his side. However, he's also a badly damaged Manipulative Bastard who thinks that humans are scum and wants to install a New World Order based on genetic determinism, and is willing to cross any lines to get there.
- Anti-Villain: Rey honestly thinks he's making the world a better place, but his methods are ruthless, he tends to be unforgiving and he's not shy about shooting people to do it. At one point he tells Shinn that he won't accomplish anything by being too kind.
- Arch-Enemy: Considers Kira this, as revealed near the end.
- Attack Drone: The Legend is the Providence's Spiritual Successor, hence DRAGOONs are to be expected among his repetoire. Eight of them deploy lasers; the other two are outfitted with beam swords. Unlike the Providence's DRAGOONs, they can be fired while attached to the Legend, as well as after deployment.
- Avenging the Villain: Given his intense focus on destroying Kira, who killed Le Creuset and represents everything Rau loathed, this likely plays a role in Rey's motivations.
- Badass: Keeping up with Shinn in a ZAKU, wreaking havoc on the ship for Stella even before confirming the situation with Shinn, becoming a force in the Legend, and generally being one of the most precise fighters in the show.
- Bash Brothers/Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shinn. From target practice and discovering crimes against humanity, to sharing a room to plotting combat tactics, to freeing Stella and getting thrown in the brig, to bringing humanity to the brink of a New World Order, Shinn and Rey are always together.
- Beam Spam: With the Legend.
- Bishōnen: Probably the prettiest member of the male cast.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Appears to be a rational, likeable young man. Is actually a bitter Manipulative Bastard with plans for a genetic determinist utopia.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: While he's nowhere near as bad as the likes of Azrael, Le Creuset or Neo, Rey's still out to impose a vision of "utopia" on the world, and is willing to do almost anything to make it happen.
- Broken Pedestal: For Shinn, who falls apart when he realizes what Rey and the Chairman were doing to him.
- Cloning Blues: Unsurprisingly (given his blond hair, blue eyes, and oddly constructed last name), Rey is a clone of Al Da Flaga, and believes that it's his job to be a better version of Le Creuset.
- Conflicting Loyalties: Emerge after his Villainous Breakdown. See Japanese Pronouns.
- Dark Is Evil: Downplayed - see Shinn's entry above. In his case, it's the Legend Gundam that wears these colours.
- The Dragon: Operates subtly as Durandal's, enforcing his will aboard the Minerva, and acting as his primary physical defence.
- Evil Mentor: Can be considered one to Shinn. Rey keeps Shinn in line, is his greatest advisor and provides him with nearly all of his emotional stability and support, but he's also using his friend to his and Durandal's own ends, ensuring that Shinn's actions match the agenda they ostensibly share. Worse yet, he doesn't try to fix any of Shinn's underlying emotional issues, which only leaves the kid more screwed up than he started out, while simultaneously feeding him a With Us or Against Us attitude.
- The Evils of Free Will: Shares the Chairman's belief that free will is what ultimately leads to suffering, and thinks that if everyone has their path in life laid out for them in advance the world will be a better place.
- Foil: To Rau Le Creuset. See Straw Nihilist for how.
- Freak Out!: He has one at the Extended lab, foreshadowing both his clone status and his eventual Villainous Breakdown.
- Friend Versus Lover: Rey gets downright bitchy when Shinn starts getting closer to Lunamaria, and does his best to shut her out of the decision making process. Given that Luna has her doubts about the Destiny Plan, which Rey needs Shinn to believe in. Also, Shinn's the only friend Rey has.
- Hidden Depths: As shown in Episode 15, he has a fondness for playing the piano.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Of the cool and unflinching variety.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Vaporizes Djibril by firing through the bridge of his battleship while the latter is trying to escape from yet another losing battle. Also doubles as a Mythology Gag.
- The Last Dance/Living on Borrowed Time: Much like Rau le Creuset, drugs stave off the Clone Degeneration to some degree, yet he tells Shinn he'll die shortly. This clearly factors into his desire to see the Destiny Plan implemented soon.
- Light Is Not Good: Blond hair, blue eyes, white mobile suit and pilot uniform...you get the idea by now.
- Manipulative Bastard: He has Shinn wrapped around his little finger for the entire series, maintains control over the Minerva through his role as The Political Officer, and almost drives Kira into a Heroic BSOD during the final battle by revealing his Cloning Blues.
- Meaningful Names: Especially in a show filled with Zeon references… "Rey", a Legendary Gundam pilot, "White Kid" (even in a ZAKU), "Za Burrel" = written with the exact same kana as For The Barrel, an alternate take on the original Mobile Suit Gundam…
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The Legend
- More Dakka: The specialty of his Legend.
- Mythology Gag: Well, everyone was wondering who'd get the bazooka to the head in a show featuring Shuichi Ikeda and Mami Koyama...
- Not So Different: He's being manipulated just as much as Shinn is.
- Number of the Beast: ZGMF-X666S Legend.
- Only Friend: Shinn and Rey are one another's only friends for most of the show. Calling them "alone together" is pretty accurate.
- Only Sane Man: Subverted. Rey appears to be the rational one in the Minerva's crew, but he's actually the single most damaged person on the ship.
- The Quiet One: During Athrun's time on the Minerva. Plays right into his role as:
- The Philosopher: Very much in the same vein as Lacus, Durandal, and Le Creuset, he spends a lot of time brooding about meaning, nature and actions.
- The Political Officer: Very quietly plays this role on the Minerva, ensuring that Luna, Shinn, and the rest of the crew stay loyal to the Chairman, and thoroughly subverting what authority Captain Gladys has left in the process.
- Power Trio: One of the only consistent group dynamics in the series; Shinn is the Id, Luna the Ego, and Rey the Superego.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Shinn's Red. Just look at their eyes.
- The Reveal: A rather subdued one, when Shinn (and the viewers) saw him taking some of Rau's trademark little pills, and he casually remarks that he suffers from short telomeres, which confirms his status as a clone.
- The Stoic: Always calm, always controlled.
- Straw Nihilist: Subverted. While Rey has a very negative view of humanity, he consciously rejects Rau-style Omnicidal Mania, believing instead that Utopia Justifies the Means.
- Stronger Sibling: Averted. He's certainly stabler than Le Creuset was, but isn't quite at his level of threat.
- Sympathy for the Devil: He's the only person other than Shinn to expresses some sympathy for Stella's situation. He also has some sympathy for Le Creuset, whom he regards as a rescuer, as well as a brother/other incarnation of himself.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Faces this choice post-Villainous Breakdown. Ends Good, with his decision lampshaded by Talia.
- Undying Loyalty: Ultimately subverted. For most of the show, Rey's loyalty to Durandal is his signature trait. However, this loyalty is based more on a belief that he has to be loyal to the Chairman or end up like Le Creuset, than from anything else, and when his Arch-Enemy Kira points out that he can, in fact, choose to be whoever he wants, Rey finally snaps.
- Unknown Rival: To Kira. Once he reveals his Cloning Blues, however, he immediately has Kira's attention.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: If Durandal's flashbacks are any indicator.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Why Rey is loyal to Durandal; he honestly believes that Durandal's world will be a better one, regardless of how many bodies are used to line the foundations.
- Villainous Breakdown: An utterly epic one, during the final battle. Kira convinces him that clone or no, he is his own person who has to make his own decisions. Rey takes this rather hard. By the end, he's crying for his "mother" in Talia's arms as Messiah Base caves in on them.
- Villainous Friendship: Had a Type I with Durandal and Le Creuset. He has one with Shinn as well, though Shinn's hardly evil.
- Visionary Villain: Shares Durandal's vision of the future.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the same vein as Durandal. Having seen what his "other self" tried to do, Rey is convinced that something has to change.
- When He Smiles: He has a very warm and striking smile that isn't seen much due to his stoicism.
- With Us or Against Us: The show's main proponent of this attitude.
- Zen Survivor: Very much so.
"The enemy? And who are they?"
A veteran of the first Bloody Valentine War
, and an old friend (and enemy) of Kira Yamato's. He rejoins ZAFT when war breaks out once again and is assigned to the Minerva
. His accomplishments and fame earn him the adoration of much of the crew, apart from the surly Shinn. He initially opposes his old friends on the Archangel
, citing their actions as doing nothing but making the conflict worse.
He pilots the ZGMF-X23S Saviour while onboard the Minerva, a Transforming Mecha
just like his Aegis from two years ago
, and eventually obtains the ZGMF-X19A Infinite Justice, a melee-oriented Gundam and the Justice's Spiritual Successor
- The Ace: The Minerva's crew treat him like this...
- Broken Ace: ...but he doesn't live up to his own standards, and is very conflicted about what's right.
- Ace Pilot
- Aesop Amnesia: After Lacus confronts him with a To Be Lawful or Good decision two years ago, he chooses to listen to his conscience, rejected a "My Country, Right or Wrong" mentality, and tried to bring about genuine peace. By the beginning of Destiny, he seems to have forgotten all that, signs up with ZAFT again, and has to undergo the whole process a second time. Admittedly, this was probably deliberate on the part of the writers; a major theme of Destiny is how easy it is to repeat the mistakes of the past. Athrun's deeply conflicted feelings about the role he played in the last war (particularly issues regarding his late father) allowed Durandal to manipulate him into fighting on his behalf. It worked for a while, but coming into conflict with Kira caused Athrun to realize he was going down the same path again.
- Badass: Piloting a Gundam while dealing with a gaping chest wound gets you serious Badass points.
- Big Brother Mentor: He tries to be this for Shinn, but Shinn's not really interested, and Athrun doesn't have the people skills to pull it off. Though by the end of Final Plus, he seems to be doing a much better job.
- Broken Pedestal: To Lunamaria and the other ZAFT soldiers who idealise him. They were expecting a legendary Ace Pilot. They got, well, Athrun. Again, the end of Final Plus indicates that he's reconciled with Both Shinn and Luna.
- Chick Magnet: Despite (or because of) being somewhat stilted and awkward, women throw themselves at Athrun.
- Corporal Punishment: Administers it to Shinn a few times. It doesn't take.
- The Cynic: His attitude towards the entire war. Shinn and Luna's idealism in particular seem to grate on him.
- Cynical Mentor: Vaciliates between being this and a more traditional Big Brother Mentor to Shinn. It doesn't really work.
- Determinator: Though he tends to waver when he's uncertain of himself, once he makes up his mind he's bloody unstoppable. See Freedom vs. Saviour for the former and Infinite Justice vs. Destiny for the latter.
- Expy: Plays Quattro Bageena to Shinn's Kamille Bidan.
- Failed a Spot Check: Stays at the medical bay with Neo for several episodes because they are both injured, assuming the entire time that Neo is Mu La Flaga. Which he is, but Athrun somehow completely forgot that Mu apparently died at the end of the first series, just assuming that Mu somehow got injured during a fight or something. When he calls him Mu, Neo vehemently denies it, which finally prompts Athrun to remember Mu's Heroic Sacrifice. He is understandably shocked and confused. To his credit, Athrun had bigger things on his plate to consider.
- Foil: To Shinn, with his burnt out apathy contrasting Shinn's rage and idealism.
- Green Eyes
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Athrun's opinion of himself and ZAFT's hero-worship of him do not exactly match up. Durandal exploits this in order to induce the Aesop Amnesia mentioned above.
- Knight In Sour Armour: Some things never change. Athrun is absolutely dedicated to doing the right thing. That doesn't mean he'll be anything approaching cheerful or optimistic about it.
- The Lancer: To Kira, when they finally end up on the same side again.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: What is it with Athrun and red Gundams?
- Lightning Bruiser: In the Infinite Justice. The Saviour is more of a Fragile Speedster or Jack of All Stats.
- Mr. Fanservice: Oh my, yes.
- Multi-Melee Master: Athrun takes this to new levels of insanity in his Infinite Justice by having two beam sabers, a beam blade in its shield, beam blades on its wings, legs, and sporting a rocket anchor that he never actually uses. To top it off he uses its beam shield as a makeshift melee weapon.
- Mythology Gag: His "Alex Dino" disguise wearing Cool Shades is an obvious reference to Char Aznable's Quattro Bajeena persona in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. And the one who revealed his identity? Gilbert Durandal, who shares the same voice as Quattro/Char himself!
- No Social Skills: Athrun's cynical outlook and inability to relate to the younger generation of pilots more or less sabotage his relationships with the entirety of the Minerva's crew.
- Not So Different: Shinn reminds Athrun of himself during the First Bloody Valentine War. Given that he's not real proud of his actions during that war, it explains why he's so tough on Shinn.
- Older and Wiser: Though in a subversion, his experience and advice doesn't really make much of a difference. If anything, they create a bigger gap between himself and the more idealistic Shinn.
- Reluctant Warrior: Athrun still doesn't want to fight, but unlike Kira he doesn't go out of his way to avoid killing when he does fight.
- Secret Keeper: For Meer. She confides on him about her role as Lacus's Body Double, and he doesn't spill the beans about it.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Not a full on example, but he's definitely got some aspects of this trope. May or may not explain his Aesop Amnesia, as he struggles to come to terms with his actions in the previous war.
- It does explain his initial reluctance to becoming involved with the military in any capacity, instead opting to become a civilian bodyguard by Cagalli's side.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: The contrast between cynical, war-weary Athrun and the idealistic, patriotic (and badly misguided) Shinn couldn't be much stronger.
- Spell My Name with an "S": An odd example: The Saviour, its official (Anglophone) name, is frequently rendered as Saber in Japanese sources, as the official name and the katakana used for it are at odds with each other. Specifically, it's not possible to get "Saviour" out of the katakana as the katakana lacks an "i" syllable. There's also the usual thing with "Savior" vs "Saviour"
- The Stoic: Though Kira now outdoes him in this respect.
- Super Mode: SEED mode again.
- Back in Gundam Seed, Athrun could activate this mode at will. However he's since lost the ability to do this due to his internal conflicts interfering with his focus. Once he obtains the Infinite Justice, he no longer has any difficulty activating it, signifying that he's finally found some clarity in his purpose.
- Supporting Protagonist: For both Shinn and Kira.
- Transforming Mecha: The Saviour, which converts into a jet-like mobile armour.
- Would Hit a Girl: As Lunamaria can attest.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After the Freedom is shot down, Ray and Durandal decide that he's become too much of a liability and make plans to frame him as a traitor. However, Meer overhears their plans and tips him off before they can arrest him, and he bust's out of the base with Meyrin's help (though he's forced to bring Meyrin along with him after Rey spots them in the MS hanger). Rey then dupes Shinn into thinking that Athrun really has turned traitor, and the Destiny ends up shooting down the spare MS they had used to escape. Fortunately, they're picked up by the Archangel shortly afterwords.
- Zen Survivor
A Bridge Bunny
on board the Minerva
, and Lunamaria's little sister. Like her sister, she has a crush on Athrun and an overly simplistic view of the world.
Captain of the Minerva
and Shinn's commanding officer. Tries very hard to be a fair commander, despite her authority being constantly ignored by Shinn and increasingly subverted by the Chairman and Rey. Her second in command
doesn't help any. Later revealed to be an old flame of Durandal's, she remains loyal to him and to ZAFT despite her doubts.
- Authority in Name Only: She battles the Chairman's increasing subversion of her authority right till the end, but with little real success. Vacillates between rage, despair, and resignation towards the end.
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Talia has this pose while showering in episode 30 of the HD Remaster.
- Broken Bird: Her history with Durandal left her one of the more jaded and resigned of the cast, especially where he's concerned.
- The Captain
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Don't get enthusiastic over other women, Arthur.
- Commissar Cap
- Cool Ship: The Minerva. It's named after the Roman goddess of defensive warfare AND wisdom! - which only serves to make an already cool winged ship more awesome still.
- Driven to Suicide: Her decision to die with Durandal and Rey comes off as this, though it could be justified if one goes by the idea that she feels just as responsible for allowing them to have come that far with their plan as they had even though she had her doubts. She also showed up intending to commit treason and murder; who knows if she had any plans beyond that.
- Foil: She is what Murrue Ramius would've become had she chosen to be loyal instead of listening to her conscience. It comes with an incredible dose of skepticism. And anger.
- Perhaps why she expresses the wish for Murrue to meet her young son, someday.
- Gray Eyes: They match her Cool Ship. Appropriate - as in "gray-eyed Athena".
- Modesty Bedsheet: She uses it after her one time with Durandal.
- New Old Flame: With Durandal. Between his ever-increasing callousness and her responsive disgust, this turns into:
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Tries hard to be one. It's a tough job though, considering the kind of crew she has to deal with.
- Subordinate Excuse: Would just as soon NOT be in this position with the Chairman.
- The Rival: She and the Minerva are very much the Morally Ambiguous Counterparts to Murrue and the Archangel.
- Team Mom: She tries, but she isn't really emotionally equipped for it, the Chairman's overarching and arbitrary authority means hers is being constantly subverted, and her crew's problems are just too much for her to handle.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Zigzagged; ostensibly lawful yet unhesitatingly skeptical through the entire show, she refused to invade Orb, and Durandal's use of the Requiem on friendly forces may have been her final justification for setting out to kill him on her own.
- Woman in White
Deputy Captain Trine
Voice Actors: Hiroki Takahashi (Japanese), Jonathan Holmes (English)
"ARTHUR!! Just what are you doing??"
Talia's second-in-command, Arthur is a likeable and competent, if remarkably panicky executive officer. Totally loyal to Captain Gladys, he has a good rapport with Shinn and the other pilots.
- Adorkable: Fanboying Shinn and the Impulse; bouncing at Meer's concert; gaping up against the glass of the bridge window; clapping two beats too long at an assembly, glancing at Talia, and stopping... Up to Eleven.
- Black Comedy: "And if they all decided to turn on us, that'd be the end of Gibraltar! Ahahaha..." (Given his ''other'' specialty, Talia might have been right in getting mad here.)
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Arthur's goofy and inexperienced but is never shown to be less than competent at his job. Justified, in that ZAFT is a militia.
- The Cassandra: "Impulse can beat the Freedom"? "If someone doesn't get shot, this war is never going to end"? "Hey, maybe it's NOT a good idea to go after The Chosen Many on the Archangel"?
- Catchphrase: In Japanese. EHHH??
- Commissar Cap
- Cowardly Lion: Arthur is nervy, jumpy, and prone to freaking out, yet he's a perfectly capable officer, sticks by The Captain's side to the end, and adapts remarkably well to the Minerva's increasingly crazy plans.
- Crowning Moments of Funny: One of his mainstays. However, also featuring:
- Ensign Newbie: Unlike his boss, Arthur is not a veteran. Fortunately, he's the Number Two, not The Captain, and acquits himself fairly well.
- The Fool: Plays this so well, it obfuscates his other talents.
- Nice Guy: Arthur is a rarity in this show—hell, in this franchise—an unambiguously affable guy.
- Non-Action Guy: Subverted. He may not pilot a mobile suit, but he's the first officer and combat commander of a battleship.
- Number Two: To Talia.
- Subordinate Excuse: May have a crush on Talia. He never acts on it though, as her relationship with the Chairman predominates things to the end.
- According to side materials, it's not a crush. He's utterly devoted to her and she's the person he likes best "but it's not the same". Courtly Love, if anything, given the allusions...
- Unknown Rival: For Athrun, as top officer on the Minerva. Justified; he dislikes his presence on the ship from the get-go, but Arthur never says anything about it, it's the middle of a war, and Athrun has far bigger issues. Watch him Death Glare at Athrun a couple times or fail to ever reprimand Shinn's insubordination the way he instantly does for Talia, though. (And given how Athrun's involvement with the ship turns out...)
- You Are in Command Now: Twice. Briefly, after Talia is too emotionally exhausted, following the events of Athrun's desertion, then when she leaves the crew in his hands at the end, apologizing to him and asking him to look after everyone. Salute.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
Earth Alliance Forces
"Shinn... protect Stella..."
One of the Extended (a group of drug-enhanced
Naturals who can fight on par with Coordinators), Stella is first seen participating in the Armoury One raid. While in battle she behaves like a berserker, off-duty she is childlike and innocent, curious over even the most mundane of things. She also sees Neo as a father-figure. She has a huge fear of death — she fights so aggressively because she's afraid
of her enemies, and so lashes out at them. She develops a relationship with Shinn.
She is at first the pilot of the ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam (re-coded as RGX-03), a Transforming Mecha
that can turn into a fox-like mobile armor suited for ground combat, and later is placed in the cockpit of the first GFAS-X1 Destroy Gundam, which is a humongous Gundam of mass destruction
- Ax-Crazy: Beneath her Cloudcuckoolander exterior she's just as violently insane as (if far more pitiable than) Auel.
- Badass Adorable: Aww, can I take her home with me?
- Bigger Stick: The Destroy is a 400-tonne stick.
- Blondes Are Evil: Or at least enormously destructive.
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Broken Bird: The process that made her an Extended did not leave her mind in good shape.
- Character Development: As with Shinn, it's all negative. Neo's mindwipes, combined with increased exposure to drugs, and the general stress of both war and her relationship with Shinn cause Stella regress further and further into childhood as a means of mental defense. By the end, the poor kid is not much more than a frightened little girl that reacts to almost everything via screaming and crying in terror.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A dark version, underscoring her mental problems.
- Custom Uniform of Sexy: Though not quite as blatant as Luna's, if only because all three Extended have modified their uniforms to some extent.
- Dark Action Girl
- The Dark Chick: Compare her Cloudcuckoolander behavior to that of her teammates, Ax-Crazy Auel and cold-blooded Sting, let alone Neo Roanoke's. She's definitely the odd one out, and it only gets worse as trauma causes her to regress further and further into her childhood.
- Drugs Are Bad
- Evil Is Bigger: The Destroy
- Expy: Anyone who has watched Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam will notice that she's a mix of Four Murasame and Rosamia Badam, following the former's character arc, but possessing the latter's personality.
- Go Out with a Smile
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: She warmly smiles at a blushing Shinn when they had to sit naked together next to a campfire as their clothes dry...
- The Gwen Stacy: For Shinn.
- Idiot Savant: She barely functions above the level of a three or four year old, but give her a weapon or get her behind the controls of a Gundam, and she becomes every bit as dangerous (if not more dangerous than) as Auel and Sting.
- The Juggernaut: When she's turned loose in the Destroy she slaughters half of Eurasia, forcing her way through cities and entire armies before finally being stopped in downtown Berlin.
- Lack of Empathy: Given that she's barely aware that other people exist this shouldn't surprise anyone. If your name isn't Shinn or Neo, you aren't real to Stella. You're just one of the "scary things!"
- Magic Skirt: Both her civilian and military outfits miraculously prevent Panty Shots.
- Meaningful Name: The Gaia is a landbound mobile suit.
- Meet Cute: With Shinn.
- The Mentally Ill: Stella's a mentally handicapped girl who reacts to almost everything with horror and cannot process that other people are people.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The Destroy
- Mighty Glacier: The Destroy, though she's more mobile than most, bludgeoning her way through much of Eurasia and into the heart of Berlin.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The GFAS-X1 Destroy.
- No Social Skills
- The Not-Love Interest: For Shinn. Their relationship smacks of Star-Crossed Lovers, but is never explicitly romantic (and given Stella's extremely young mental age, she likely doesn't even understand the concept of romantic love).
- One-Man Army: Not at first—although she's very good—but once she gets into the Destroy, she's essentially unstoppable.
- Power Trio: The Id, to Auel's Ego, and Sting's Superego.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: She's mentally very, very young. Unusually for this trope it just makes her more sympathetic and not less.
- Psycho Serum: As part of the process that makes her an Extended.
- Purple Eyes
- The Rival: At times, can be seen as Lunamaria's.
- Sanity Slippage: She was already unstable, and the stress of the war sends her overboard into Ax-Crazy, although she remains sympathetic.
- Screaming Warrior/Screaming Woman: A little bit of both actually.
- Slave Mook
- Small Girl, Big Gun: More accurately a childlike girl with the Destroy.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Though not to the same degree as Sting and Auel. She's insane, not evil.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Japanese sources list her name as "Stellar". North American sources, as well as the R1 DVDs, use "Stella".
- Star-Crossed Lovers/Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with Shinn.
- Stellar Name
- Super Soldier: Though you'd never know it to look at her.
- Thanks for the Mammary: Her first encounter with Shinn involving him accidentally grabbing her chest.
- Third-Person Person
- Tragic Monster/Tragic Villain: Stella didn't ask to be turned into an Extended or to be turned loose on Shinn, whom she genuinely seems to have cared about. By the time we meet her though, it's far too late to change any of that.
- Transforming Mecha: The Gaia can transform between bipedal and quadreped forms; later, she gets the Destroy, which has a mobile armor and a mobile suit mode.
- Trigger Phrase: Mention the possibility of her death in her hearing and she flips out. Most notably used on her by Auel during the Armory One raid, but Shinn also manages to hit it entirely by accident.
- Tykebomb: Bred and trained for Phantom Pain.
- Vapor Wear: She's not wearing a bra in her civilian outfit, at least.
- Weapon of Mass Destruction: The Destroy series is built with mass destruction in mind.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Seems to be the case with all the Extended, but it's most obvious with her.
"Sometimes I wonder when I crossed the line and became a wicked man."
Lord Djibril's mysterious, masked right-hand man and Phantom Pain's field leader. Neo and his team are the major antagonists for the first half of the series. Though a skilled pilot himself, he mostly acts as commanding officer. Quite the Manipulative Bastard
, he generally uses his abilities in that field to keep his subordinates as stable and sane as possible.
- Ace Custom: His purple-coloured Exus mobile armor and Windam mobile suit.
- Ace Pilot
- Alertness Blink: Between him and Rey.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: Meeting Murrue touches off a bad case of it.
- Attack Drone: His TS-MA4F Exus mobile armour features four of them. So does the Akatsuki.
- Big Brother Mentor: Still projects this aura. This is a bad thing for people who might like to be objective about things like, oh, trusting him.
- Bigger Stick: The Akatsuki
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: The golden Akatsuki he inherited from Cagalli after his Heel-Face Turn. The characters actually have to avert their eyes!
- Blond Guys Are Evil: And sneaky. And manipulative. And a whole lot of other things.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Ironic, considering he was doing pretty much the same thing to the Extended.
- Broken Ace: In both his personas. Neo is a profoundly damaged set of goods to say the least.
- The Captain: For Phantom Pain and the Girty Lue.
- Catch Phrase: "I'm the man who makes the impossible possible."
- Char Clone: Blonde, masked enigmatic Ace Pilot who is also The Dragon and The Rival? Ayep, he's a Char.
- Cool Mask: To cover up some truly ugly scarring on his face.
- Cool Plane/Space Fighter: The TS-MA4F Exus. An upgraded version of the Mobius Zero from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, it's armed with wire-guided gunpods, missile launchers, and a heavy-machinegun. He's able to successfully outmaneuver Shinn and Rey (at the same time!) with it, making it a very Cool Plane indeed. He later pilots a Skygrasper during his Heel-Face Turn.
- Cool Ship: Commands the first-of-its-kind Girty Lue assault carrier, which is essentially an Archangel-class battleship with the Lohengrin removed in favor of a Mirage Colloid system, a stealth propulsion engine, and a hanger room for an entire strike force of mobile suits.
- Covered with Scars
- Criminal Amnesiac: Mu, courtesy of Djibril.
- Custom Uniform: His all black uniform and helmet cause Neo to cut a very noticeable figure.
- The Cynic: Neo is fully aware of the kind of people he is working for and the sort of war he is fighting.
- Death from Above: Delivered in his Windam. Generally, he and Sting provided the Earth Forces with air support.
- The Dragon: To Djibril, leading both the Navy and Phantom Pain for him. Overlaps with Hypercompetent Sidekick as he, and not his boss, is the reason for most of the Earth Forces' military successes.
- Evil Mentor: To the Extended.
- Enemy Mine: How he portrays his initial alliance with the Archangel.
- Fake Memories: It's heavily implied that Djibril had false memories of always being Neo planted in Mu's head, effectively creating a separate persona.
- Fragile Speedster/Glass Cannon: The GAT-04 Windam, which blows up with alarming frequency, but is fast, and has a beam rifle, which lets it one hit KO anything that isn't a Gundam. Neo, being Neo, simply expects to not get hit.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He proves to have extensive scarring all over his body, including his face. Despite being covered up with a mask, however, it's non-disfiguring.
- Heel-Face Turn
- He's Back: Finally regains his memories as Mu after recreating his own Taking The Antimatter Beam Heroic Sacrifice, only this time in a mobile suit that can handle it.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Djibril. Not a case of Dragon-in-Chief though, as Djibril is very much in charge (and is by far the more evil of the two of them).
- Ignored Epiphany: Neo is fully aware that he's an incredibly bad person. He also thinks he's gone too far to turn back now. Being captured by the Archangel and a bad case of Amnesiac Dissonance help shake him out of this.
- Invisibility Cloak: The Girty Lue carries both the Mirage Colloid system, which allows it to achieve radar and line-of-sight invisibility, and a stealth propulsion system that uses pressurised jets of gas to avoid detection by thermal sensors.
- I've Come Too Far: Neo crossed his personal Moral Event Horizon when he first started working with the Extended. He doesn't feel like there is any going back now.
- Irony: The man brainwashing the Extended is himself brainwashed.
- Karma Houdini: Avoids responsibility for the variety of crap he pulled while leading Phantom Pain. May be because he was Not Himself at the time. Also, Kira and co. don't know about most of the things Neo did.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Unlike Djibril, Neo knows when to cut his losses. He retreats from any battle or personal engagement once he becomes aware that it's untenable, and he has nothing to gain.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Akatsuki. See Cagali's entry for more on that.
- Manipulative Bastard: He controls the Extended by playing off of their worst fears, and promises Shinn he'll keep Stella away from the battlefield, before putting her in the Destroy. Worst part is that this may actually have been best for everyone involved.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The Akatsuki
- Official Couple: With Murrue.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Neo is an absoultely lethal pilot, but his use of first a mobile armour and then a Windam can cause this to be overlooked. Come Heel-Face Turn he upgrades to the Akatsuki, and for the first time in series has a top model Gundam. Slaughter ensues. This mirrors Rau le Crueset from the previous series somewhat, as both upgrade their Mobile Suits at the very end of the series, and until then have had to make do with run-of-the-mill ones. Theres even a scene in episode 49 that mirrors Rau when he first emerges on the battlefield in the Providence.
- Parental Substitute/Team Dad: Sinister version. Stella sees him as a father figure, and he certainly plays the role to all three Extended, but it's equal parts sympathy and just keeping them under control.
- Pet the Dog: He's the only person other than Shinn to express any concern for the Extended, or even treat them like human beings. Whether this is genuine, or an attempt to manipulate them (or both) is really left open.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Neo has no interest in pointless destruction. It's not efficent.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Well they wear black, actually, but they fly modified bright pink Windams. His Exus mobile armour was pink as well.
- Redemption Earns Life
- The Rival: To Rey, mainly at the beginning.
- Zen Survivor: Right down to the cryptic behaviour, cynical mentoring, and lack of giving a damn.
Voice Actors: Tadahisa Saizen (Japanese), Lee Tockar (English)
Neo's second-in-command, Ian usually runs the ship while Neo takes care of strategy. A capable officer, he seems to get along well with his boss, despite the latter's eccentricities.
Another Extended member of Phantom Pain. Auel is usually easygoing and cheerful, which translates into mocking arrogance (and at times outright sadism) in battle. His blockword
is "mother", apparently because one female scientist was kind to him during his days as a test subject.
He pilots the ZGMF-X31S Abyss (re-coded as RGX-02), a Transforming Mecha
which can turn into a stingray-like mobile armor that enhances its performance in amphibious combat.
- Ax-Crazy: Probably the worst of the three, at least initially.
- Blade on a Stick: The Abyss is equipped with a beam lance.
- Blood Knight: Though whether it's the fighting or the killing that he likes more is open to debate.
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- The Brute: To Neo's Dragon, and Stella's Dark Chick.
- Custom Uniform
- Cute Little Fangs
- Drugs Are Bad
- Evil Laugh: Way too often.
- Expy: He's pretty much a stabler version of Shani Andras, from the pre-Extended trio. They were even supposed to share the same voice actor in English, before Richard Ian Cox got caught up with other commitments.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Guns Akimbo: In the first episode, with submachine guns.
- Hot Sub-on-Sub Action: Sinks a ZAFT command sub while in submarine mode.
- Jerkass: Towards Stella, and anybody who isn't a member of Phantom Pain.
- Kick the Dog: Probably the nastiest of the three, as evidenced by his use of Stella's Trigger Phrase as well as his sneering disregard for other people's lives.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Towards Stella. When a soldier attempts to move her out of the way by grabbing her, Auel's reaction is to almost stab the guy to death.
- Lack of Empathy: He's a sneering, arrogant bully who treats everyone—excepting Sting and maybe Stella—as though they deserve to die.
- Meaningful Name: The Abyss is ocean-going.
- Mommy Issues
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Abyss Gundam. I don't even want to pilot that, let alone fight it.
- Pet the Dog: See Knight Templar Big Brother It doesn't make up for his sadism or cruelty, but it's nice to see the drugs did leave something human behind.
- Power Trio: The Ego (tending towards Id), to Sting's Superego, and Stella's Id.
- Psycho Serum: As part of the process that makes him an Extended.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter"
- The Rival: To Shinn in the first half of the series.
- Slasher Smile
- Slave Mook
- Sociopathic Soldier: Whoo boy. Auel is having far too much fun whenever he gets behind the Abyss's controls.
- Super Soldier
- Transforming Mecha: The Abyss can transform into a mobile armor suited for underwater operations.
- Trigger Phrase: His is "mother". Take from that what you will.
- Villainous Friendship: With Sting.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Type II with Sting.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The Psycho Serum seems to have had the worst effect on Auel, as he's (initally at least) the least stable of the trio.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
The oldest and most stable member of Phantom Pain. Lacking Auel's bloodlust
and Stella's childishness
, he comes off as the most well-adjusted of the group, which is probably why he acts as the trio's unofficial leader.
He's the pilot of the ZGMF-X24S Chaos (re-coded as RGX-01), a Transforming Mecha
capable of transforming into a bird-like mobile armor, giving it an edge in aerial combat, and later another Destroy.
- Ax-Crazy: Late in the series he starts to exhibit these tendencies while piloting the Destroy.
- Bare Your Midriff: In his civillian outfit.
- Big Brother Mentor: Is a bit of one to Auel, albeit of the "hellishly dysfunctional family" variety.
- Bigger Stick: The Destroy, 400-tonnes of murder.
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Custom Uniform
- Death from Above: He and Neo provide the air support, while Stella handles ground combat and Auel takes care of the water.
- Drugs Are Bad
- Evil Genius: While not a genius by any stretch of the imagination, he fills The Smart Guy role in the Five-Bad Band, largely by being the most rational of the three Extended.
- Evil Is Bigger: The Destroy.
- Evil Laugh: Sometimes; starts happening a lot more post-Sanity Slippage.
- Expy: He's Orga Sabnak to Auel's Shani Andras. He also bears some similarities to Gates Capa of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, the Only Sane Man among the Cyber-Newtypes.
- Genius Bruiser
- Jerkass: Mocks and belittles Auel and Stella. Of course, Auel gives as good as he gets.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: He's the only member of the Phantom Pain trio with any concept of tactics, including when to retreat.
- Lack of Empathy: He's got a better understanding of other people's emotions than Auel and Stella do, but at the end of the day, Sting's cold-blooded enough to utterly disregard them.
- The Leader: Of the Extended (as Neo is normally busy running the war effort as a whole) and the Heaven's Base Destroys. He's a Type II, graduating to Type III at Heaven's Base (where he leads by example rather than instruction).
- Mid-Season Upgrade: From the Chaos to the Destroy, much to the dismay of ZAFT's Heaven's Base assault force.
- Mighty Glacier: Sting pretty much uses the Destroy as a mobile pillbox, taking advantage of its massive firepower and heavy armour to survive attacks.
- Mirrored Confrontation Shot: He and Shinn do this during the last part of their battle, both screaming their lungs out.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Both the Chaos and the Destroy. Arguably his real name as well (unless you're a big fan of The Police).
- Only Sane Man: At least compared to Auel and Stella. He's certainly the only one with any common sense.
- Power Trio: The Superego, to Auel's Ego and Stella's Id.
- Psycho Serum: As part of the process that makes him an Extended.
- Psychotic Smirk: Frequently. Becomes a full on Slasher Smile once he gets the Destroy.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Once he gets the Destroy.
- The Rival: To an extent, with Athrun.
- Sanity Slippage: Following Auel and Stella's deaths and upon getting his hands on the Destroy.
- Screaming Warrior: While piloting the Destroy.
- Slave Mook
- Sociopathic Soldier: For a guy who's normally cold-blooded and unemotional, Sting enjoys shooting enemy soldiers just a little too much. He might actually be the best example of the three, as he lacks Stella's handicaps and Auel's obvious craziness, yet still gets a real kick out of violence.
- Super Soldier
- Transforming Mecha: The Chaos can transform into a Space Fighter. And like Stella, he pilots the Destroy later in the series.
- Tykebomb: Like all the other Extended.
- Villainous Friendship: With Auel.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Type II with Auel.
- Weapon of Mass Destruction: Following Stella's death he's given command of a Destroy, and leads a squadron of them at the Battle of Heaven's Base.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Like his fellow Extended, Sting is already a bit of a loose cannon, thanks to years of abuse and drug addiction (although compared to the "Druggies" he's a pillar of stability), but he truly flips when — after already losing Auel and Stella — he gets his hands on the Destroy.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
Voice Actors: Hideyuki Hori (Japanese), Alistair Abell (English)
Azrael's successor as the leader of Blue Cosmos, and a major antagonist throughout the show, Lord Djibril is best described as a total bastard
. Vicious, cruel, arrogant
, and not especially bright
, he wants to slaughter all Coordinators while simultaneously establishing his own control over the world. Responsible for the creation of the Extended, the creation of Phantom Pain as a whole, and much of the misery in-series.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Invoked by his title.
- Bad Boss: He uses drugs to control the Extended and brainwashing on Neo. He regularly leaves his men behind to die while he escapes, fully believes in We Have Reserves, and treats his subordinates like imbeciles. Pretty much the worst boss ever.
- Big Bad: Of the Earth Forces, Blue Cosmos, and Phantom Pain's Five-Bad Band. While he's not the only contender for the title of series' Big Bad, he's the only one that everyone—in-series and out—agrees is an irredeemable psycho with no good qualities.
- Bigger Bad: In Stargazer, where first Azrael, and then he, are the ones giving Sven his orders.
- Diabolical Mastermind: He's got the secret lair, hordes of minions, Ominous Multiple Screens, an Evil Plan, and a Right-Hand Cat that this trope seems to demand. While intellectually he's no Lex Luthor, he still has the resources, influence, technology, and total disregard for human life to be a serious threat.
- Dirty Coward: Granted he's a politician and not a soldier, but every time things go south, he's quick to bail and leave his troops in a lurch.
- Dragon Their Feet: Was apparently Azrael's Number Two during SEED, but was nowhere to be seen during it. Given Djibril's preference for operating behind the scenes this makes a certain amount of sense.
- Evil Is Hammy: Of all the characters in show, he's easily the one who chews the most scenery. Somehow it just makes him all the more disgusting.
- Eviler Than Thou: With Durandal. He's certainly the more evil of the two, but not the more competent.
- Fantastic Racism: Against Coordinators. Like his predecessor Azrael, he wants to see them all exterminated, no matter what it takes.
- Final Solution: Djibril has a vision for the future, and it doesn't include Coordinators.
- Flat Character: For such a major antagonist, Djibril recieves very little development. We know next to nothing about him, even at the end of the series.
- General Failure: While he generally leaves the tactical decisions to Neo, Djibril's involvement in overall strategy frequently screws his own side over. In a variant on the trope, this is more because of his being a public relations disaster looking for a place to happen than any real strategic incompetence; suffering from a total Lack of Empathy will do that to you. See the business with the Destroy for a good example.
- A Glass of Chianti
- Green Eyes
- Government Conspiracy: Heads up a conspiratorial group of racists and arms dealers who remain well-entrenched in the EA, and particularly the Atlantic Federation, even after the death of their original leader, Muruta Azrael, during the First Bloody Valentine War. This makes Djibril the leader of most of the world, despite their not being aware of his existence.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: There's a lot of rage inside Djibril, and it's not particularly difficult to bring it out.
- Hypocrite: Like Azrael he believes that Coordinators are abominations. This doesn't stop him from using drugs and torture to create his own army of Super Soldiers to oppose them.
- Improbable Age: Thirty-one years old, and not only does he head Blue Cosmos, but he's controlling the Atlantic Federation as well.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Toyed with. Djibril has no issues with forcing his troops to fight to the last man (something Neo does not do) but despite his arrogance, he does have a healthy respect for his own skin. Knowing when it's time to bail out saves his life at Heaven's Base, and during the battle for Orb, and he's in the process of trying to make yet another getaway when Rey catches up to him at the lunar base.
- Lack of Empathy: The only person who matters to Djibril is Djibril. This is actually a problem for him, as many of his actions—the nuclear assault on ZAFT, unleashing the Destroy, firing Requiem—serve only to turn people against him, something that his sociopathy honestly doesn't let him see coming.
- The Leader: Of Blue Cosmos. Type I.
- The Man Behind the Man: To the Atlantic Federation and this particular incarnation of the Earth Sphere Alliance.
- Meaningful Name: "Djibril" is the Arabic of "Gabriel", one of God's angels. It fits in nicely with his status as successor to Azrael, who was named for the Angel of Death.
- Muggle Power: As the new head of Blue Cosmos.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: As the head of Blue Cosmos this goes without saying.
- No Indoor Voice: Even when he's trying to be quiet, Djibril is loud.
- Non-Action Guy
- Non-Action Big Bad: Of the Earth Forces. Unlike Azrael, Djibril prefers to stay behind the lines, where it's safe.
- Nuke 'em: Tries to nuke the colonies right at the start of the war. The use of the Destroy could be seen as another example of this.
- Obviously Evil: We first see him in a secret underground lair, surrounded by televisions, having A Glass of Chianti and stroking his Right-Hand Cat.
- Oh, Crap: When he spots the Legend through his battleship's window, mere seconds before it reduces him to ashes.
- Ominous Multiple Screens: Surrounds himself with TVs, through which he views the world and communicates with his subordinates.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He seems to lack Azrael's misogyny, but makes up for it in terms of how intense his Fantastic Racism is.
- Psychotic Smirk: His usual expression.
- Replacement Scrappy: In-universe. He doesn't have the competence and charisma of his predecessor, Murata Azrael, as Blue Cosmos' leader.
- Right-Hand Cat: And it's a black cat to boot.
- Shock and Awe: The Nibelung, a massive Tesla coil-like defensive weapon that projects from Heaven's Base and is fired on Djibril's orders. He takes out an entire ZAFT paradrop with it.
- Sissy Villain: Subverted. He has the look certainly, but none of the attitude.
- Smug Snake: He's sneeringly arrogant, none-too bright, void of redeeming qualities, and completely unlikeable.
- The Sociopath: With his explosive temper, impulsiveness, and total Lack of Empathy, Djibril's a very good example of a low-functioning sociopath.
- Stupid Evil: Djibril is very bad at keeping his violent tendencies in check, typically responding to any percieved threat or betrayal with overwhelming destructive force. This generally hurts his cause far more than it helps.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Between the nukes, the Destroy, the Nibelung, and the Requiem, it's clear that he, like Azrael, is a firm believer in this trope.
- Unwitting Pawn: Possibly of Durandal's, though it's never made clear whether the Chairman is using Djibril, or he is actively seeking his destruction.
- War for Fun and Profit: If Durandal is to be believed, Djibril's real objective is to make as much money off of the conflict as he can. Given that Djibril was willing to nuke the colonies (which would presumably cost him half his clientele), it's worth questioning the veracity of this statement.
- Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Loves these as evidenced by the nuclear weapons, the colossal, city-killing Destroy, the Nibelung Tesla coil, and the Requiem Wave Motion Gun.
- We Have Reserves: Lives don't mean much to Djibril. He'll gladly throw away his troops if he thinks it'll let him win.
- Western Terrorists: Under Djibril, Blue Cosmos has returned to its terrorist roots.
- Would Hurt a Child: He and Azrael created a project that takes children from their families, and puts them through Training from Hell in order to make them grow up to be teenaged super soldiers. That's without mentioning the Extended program.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the novelization he kills Yuna Roma Seiran after he is no longer needed.
- Younger Than They Look: He's only thirty-one. That makes him a year younger than Durandal and only three years older than Ramius.
Chairman Gilbert Durandal
"Power is necessary because there will always be conflict."
Durandal, the new ZAFT Supreme Council Chairman, is a moderate who believes Naturals and Coordinators can live in peace. He is a mentor figure towards the crew of the Minerva
, and often talks about his plans for a better tomorrow. He also seems to be a bit of a fatalist, is somewhat mysterious, rarely explaining things directly, and his motives are unclear for most of the series.
- Affably Evil: Durandal's a polite, well-mannered man who genuinely means well. And he's prepared to be utterly ruthless in getting what he wants.
- Big Bad: Of the Minerva's Five-Bad Band, ZAFT, and ultimately, the entire show. He's certainly The Man Behind the Man to a lot of the worst events in-show, and is the last of the contenders for the title left standing following Djibril's demise.
- Broken Ace: He's a successful doctor and lawyer turned politician, a Manipulative Bastard seen as Messianic Archetype by much of the world, a Well-Intentioned Extremist whose plans just might work, and a Villain with Good Publicity poised to gain everything. Whatever angle one looks at him from, Durandal has got it all. And he is deeply, deeply depressed, frustrated over his rocky relationship with Talia, unable to see any good in the world, and coping very badly with his inability to save Rau.
- Broken Pedestal: To Athrun and the ZAFT pilots who defect to the TSA.
- The Chessmaster: Durandal is really good at getting people to do things that benefit him.
- Char Clone: Channels Char Aznable's extremism to a more sane (but no less sinister) level than his friend Rau Le Creuset, as well as serving as a relatively-benevolent mentor for his army. And come on, THAT VOICE.
- Chess Motifs: The guy loves 'em.
- Control Freak: Durandal simply cannot abide unpredictability, to the point of it being his Fatal Flaw. It's responsible for most of his Villain Ball moments (see below), and for the totalitarian nightmare of the Destiny Plan.
- Dark Messiah: Plays himself off as something approaching a prophet, addressing the world on behalf of fate. Most of ZAFT, and a sizeable portion of the rest of the world ends up buying into it, with many people the Earth Sphere over believing that Durandal can do no wrong.
- Dead Person Conversation: With Rau Le Creuset
- Didn't See That Coming: Lacus interrupting Meer's interruption of Cagalli's first worldwide broadcast since being "kidnapped" by Kira. Of course, he's quick to work around on this, but his shocked expression (if just for a moment) clearly showed that Lacus caught him off-guard.
- Evil Genius: Absolutely.
- Eviler Than Thou: With Djibril, his rival for the title of Big Bad. Djibril is more evil, Durandal more competent.
- The Evils of Free Will: Durandal never flatout states that he thinks freewill is a bad thing, but given his generally fatalistic demeanour, and what the Destiny Plan contains, it's obvious that he thinks that allowing people to make their own decisions is a bad thing.
- Expy: Fans have drawn parallels between Durandal and Zeta Gundam's Paptimus Scirocco. The key difference is that Durandal is actually well-intentioned, while Scirocco talks a big game, but has an ego that views himself as the near centre of the universe.
- The Fatalist: With all his talk about destiny and how things that happened were "meant to be" he definitely gives off this vibe.
- Fatal Flaw: His need to maintain control over everyone.
- Glorious Leader: Though more well-intentioned than most, Durandal's still a charismatic leader with a cult of personality and a radical vision for the future, who swept into office promising reform, and hiding his real agenda.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Has narrow, serpentine eyes.
- Graceful Loser: A rare exception to the standard fare of screaming and raving antagonists in the Cosmic Era.
- Humans Are Bastards: Shares Le Creuset's belief that people are inherently selfish, uncaring beings. The difference is that he wants to do something about it.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: A rare, villainous example. A major part of Durandal's motivation stems from his guilt over his inability to save Rau Le Creuset from his madness, as evidenced by his "chess match" with the deceased villain, whose ghost is still haunting him.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the backstory. It actually helped to screw him up even more than he already was.
- Improbable Age: He's a doctor, lawyer and the de-facto leader of an entire nation at the ripe age of thirty-two.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- The Man Behind the Man: Durandal is certainly the driving force behind many events in the series. Exactly how much he's responsible for is still debated by fans. Contested events range from the Armoury One raid, the Break the World incident, and the assassination attempt on Lacus to the formation of Logos itself.
- Manipulative Bastard: He does a number on Rey, Shinn, Meer, Athrun in the first half, and most of the planet via Meer.
- New Era Speech: When he reveals the Destiny Plan.
- Non-Action Guy
- Parental Substitute: To Rey.
- The Philosopher: Like Le Creuset and Lacus, Durandal spends a lot of time contemplating the life, the universe, and everything.
- President Evil: Of the legally elected variety.
- Putting on the Reich: It's not immediately apparrent, but dye his trenchcoat and jackboots black, and voila!
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Subverted. Shinn believes the Chairman is one—he always listens to him, wants to make the world a better place, etc., etc., but it's all an act, designed to get Shinn on his side.
- Replacement Goldfish: One of his specialities and entirely to suit his needs. Notably, Meer for Lacus, and Rey for Rau, and also for Athrun. Arguably, Shinn for Kira, and Athrun for Athrun, wanting the Athrun of the last show. Sadly and perhaps tragically unable to find one for Talia.
- The Reveal: Happens slowly, but here goes — he's playing on Shinn's emotional fragility through his adopted son Rey, is conning the world with both his charm and the support of Lacus... er, Meer, was an old friend of Rau (whose disillusionment with humanity has rubbed off on him), and intends to Take Over the World and impose a Social Darwinist utopia. God help you if you get in his way.
- Social Darwinist: A different type than normal for the trope; he believes that people are genetically suited to certain roles, and therefore society should use genetic analysis to assign people their "proper" place in life.
- Straw Nihilist: Tries very hard to avoid becoming one, with limited success. It's fairly obvious in flashbacks that the reason he could never win his arguments with Rau was because he had already accepted Rau's belief that people are inherently evil and the universe is a cold, unfeeling place. Despite this, he doesn't believe in giving up on them, and thus is out to inject some meaning into the world whatever the methods and cost.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Or at least the Omnicidal Maniac. Along with Mu La Flaga and Rey, he's the only person in-series to express any sympathy for previous Big Bad, Rau Le Creuset.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Übermensch: Seeks to completely change the world and impose his own vision of morality upon it.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Believes that by creating a society where people's lives are determined for them at birth he will end all conflict and usher in a perfect world. To that end he's willing to manipulate everyone he meets, utterly destroy Shinn mentally, assassinate/arrest political opponents, and threaten countries that refuse with a Wave Motion Gun.
- Villain Ball: Whilst he's generally the most competent of the show's Big Bad Ensemble by far, he has a bad habit of antagonising dangerous people well before he needs to. Examples include attempting to assassinate Lacus Clyne, turning his war with the Earth Alliance into a chaotic Mêlée à Trois, and trying to pull a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on Athrun when he showed the slightest sign of hesitation in his loyalty (something that he had previously claimed he would grant some leeway on), driving him to defect to the Three Ships and severely jeopardising the Destiny Plan.
- Villain with Good Publicity
- Villainous Friendship: Has a father/son relationswhip with Rey, and a complicated friendship with the previous Big Bad, Le Creuset.
- Visionary Villain: Picture a future without violence or the struggle for self-actualisation. That's the one that Durandal sees.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His ultimate goal is, in a nutshell, to make people's lives better. His plan for accomplishing that, though...
- With Us or Against Us: People who don't support the Chairman's utopian goals are not long for this world.
- World Domination: He's got more complicated reasons than most megalomaniacs, but his plan still requires this in order to work.
- Xanatos Speed Chess/Gambit Roulette: The series remains vague on which one definitely applies to him. Whether or not he is responsible for the Armory One raid, "Break the World", and the attempt on Lacus's life, or is simply letting fate take its course and then work around them to further his goal, is left to viewer debate.
"I am Lacus Clyne. I'm Lacus! I'd rather be her!"
A Girl Next Door
and Lacus Clyne Fangirl
, strongly implied to be a war orphan. She is chosen to get plastic surgery and replace Lacus after she goes into hiatus, as she shares her idol's abilities and voice. While she appears naive and somewhat less than brilliant, it's uncertain how much of this is real, how much is part of her flawed impersonation of Lacus's Incorruptible Pure Pureness
, and how much is self-serving Obfuscating Stupidity
designed to either deny responsibility for her actions, protect herself from others, or to see where this whole act will take her. As the series progresses, she becomes less and less sure of herself and her role.
- Anti-Villain: She explains to Athrun that she knows what she's doing is wrong, but still does it because she wants to continue being Lacus instead of a nobody like Meer Campbell.
- Ascended Fangirl: And one who gets the chance to become her idol! It... doesn't turn out well.
- Becoming the Mask: Zig-Zagged; Meer seems to have initially thought that she'll be Lacus's proxy until she comes out of "retirement" (because Lacus will obviously support the Chairman), then realizes she'll have to "be" Lacus permanently but understands she's not really Lacus (especially once she — and the rest of the world — found out that the real Lacus would have none of Durandal's schemes), then as her mental state deteriorates she starts to convince herself that she's literally become Lacus, but in the end she puts the real Lacus over herself, even Taking the Bullet for her.
- Belated Backstory: After her death, Lacus finds her electronic journal and learns how Meer's initial days as her Body Double were...
- Broken Bird: To say this woman is a mess, mentally and emotionally speeaking, is an Under Statement.
- Celeb Crush: On Athrun Zala, whom she still believes is Lacus' boyfriend. Boy is she misinformed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When Lacus is again marked for death, Meer willingly takes the assassin's last bullet and dies protecting her.
- Gainaxing: She's rather stacked compared to Lacus, and was already that busty before starting the Body Double deals, which is particularly noticeable when she's jumping around during performances. Her fans do take notice, but either dismiss it or consider it an improvement.
- Hotter and Sexier: What she did to Lacus' "sweet and pure" image. Also, compare her Girl Next Door past self to her current one.
- "I Am" Song: "Emotion" is basically the story of her character, and is the only song she sings that isn't a remix of Lacus's. In it she sings about how she used to be incredibly lonely, when one day someone knocked on her door and gave her everything she wanted, and how she refuses to go back to the way she was before.
- Idol Singer: Her looks may be faked via plastic surgery, but she is a genuinely talented singer and her angelic voice is for real, and that's why she was chosen for the role. In fact, her flashbacks show her being recruited through what looks like a singing audition.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Lacus is sweet, kind, and has an angelical aura around her when she performs. Meer is also sweet, but she's completely broken by war and is a Miss Fanservice.
- Meaningful Name: Her name has two meanings: first, it means "lake" in Dutch, which symbolizes her as Lacus's (whose name also means "lake", this time in Latin) doppelganger. Second, her name is a phonetic spelling of the English word, "mirror", to symbolize her as Lacus's Body Double.
- The Mentally Ill: Has no real sense of self and desperately wants to become Lacus in order to boost her fragile self-esteem. Her delusions aren't helped by Durandal (and probably fed by him), and by the end the poor woman is half-convinced she really is Lacus Clyne.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Propaganda Machine: Durandal's.
- Redemption Equals Death: She wasn't exactly evil, but did go with Durandal's plans. So...
- Sanity Slippage: She eventually seems to believe — or at least tries really hard to convince herself — that she really is Lacus.
- Stepford Smiler: Type A. She's all smiles on the outside, but the reality is, she's a deeply broken and disturbed young woman who hated herself enough to try and become someone else.
- Stripperiffic: Her outfits!
- Surgical Impersonation: While her singing voice really is that good, she looked nothing like Lacus at first. She had plastic surgery performed to become a Body Double. A photo she gives Lacus shows what she actually looked like: black-haired, freckled, and overall somewhat plain.
- Taking the Bullet: She shields Lacus from an assassin sent with her by Durandal, who apparently has had intel that Lacus, Kira, Athrun and Meyrin are taking a break in Copernicus.
- Talking To Herself: She and Lacus share the same voice actresses. Also in-universe when she speaks to Lacus.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the last couple of episodes, for a certain definition of "villain".
- "Well Done, Fangirl" Gal: Her self esteem is so low that she deeply wants to be noticed and loved, especially by her beloved/hated "Lady Lacus".
- What the Hell, Hero?: Tries to pull this on Lacus upon their encounter, saying she has been helping people while Lacus was staying out of sight, ignoring the world's problems (unaware that she's been busy unraveling Durandal's Destiny Plan). Lacus manages to calm her down, and even is this close to convince her to pull a whole Heel-Face Turn, but Meer dies soon afterwards.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Wear a nice Grade A (long socks plus frilled pleated miniskirt) in the same episode she dies.
"Dearka and me? We probably should have died a long time ago."
A member of the Le Cresuet Team along with Athrun and Dearka in the first Bloody Valentine war
, he was the only member of the team to remain loyal to ZAFT throughout the conflict. Now commanding his own forces as a Whitecoat, he does his best to defend the PLANTs without repeating the mistakes of his past. A relatively minor character in most of Destiny
, he spends most of the series Out of Focus
- Ace Custom: He pilots a custom-colored blue Slash ZAKU Phantom.
- Ace Pilot
- The Atoner: Not a full-fledged example, but he's definitely trying to make up for his mistakes from two years ago. Just see his quote, above.
- Badass: Going after the Extended in normal suits? Epic. Given the size of the fleet he's running, may also be Four-Star Badass (ZAFT ranks are a little shaky).
- Big Damn Heroes: He and Dearka do this a couple of times, the most notable being their last minute Heel-Face Turn and attack on the Requiem.
- Blade on a Stick: On his ZAKU
- Character Development: Compare the suicidally hot-blooded Yzak of SEED to the much more mature Yzak of Destiny.
- Commanding Coolness: It's "Commander Joule" now.
- Demoted to Extra: Recieves much less screentime in Destiny than he did in SEED.
- Kicked Upstairs: He went from Redcoat (elite pilot) in SEED to Whitecoat (captain/commander) in Destiny. In the end, he gets kicked all the way to the ZAFT Supreme Council.
- Good Is Not Nice: Insulting Clyne's faction while coming to their rescue. Dearka had to stop him speaking, because they were mistaking him for an enemy.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners/Ho Yay: With Dearka
- Hot-Blooded: At least this time he does think things through more than he used to.
- Man in White: His new uniform.
- Military Brat: His mother, Ezalia, was a member of the PLANT supreme council.
- Older and Wiser: One of the best examples between SEED and Destiny.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Redemption Promotion
- Spanner in the Works: Leads a sizeable chunk of the ZAFT fleet over to Lacus during the finale.
- Those Two Guys: Him and Dearka to Athrun.
- Two Guys and a Girl: The Joule Team's command roster consists of himself, Dearka, and Shiho.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: His Character Development turned him this with Athrun, although the Foe Yay is still there. "Athrun, you bastard, what are you doing here?!" seems to have become his standard greeting.
- Zen Survivor
Another veteran of the Le Creuset Team, he defected to the Three Ships Alliance near the end of the first Bloody Valentine war
. Though accepted back into ZAFT, he was stripped of his red coat, and now acts as Yzak's Number Two
. Like Yzak, he's only a minor character in Destiny
, remaining mostly Out of Focus
"This is no ZAKU, pal. NO ZAKU!"
A ZAFT Redcoat and member of FAITH, he's assigned to the Minerva
partway through the war. A survivor of the First Bloody Valentine conflict, he maintains a more optimistic attitude than Athrun, and tries his best to balance his fellow veteran's cynicism, while making friends with Shinn, Rey and the rest of the crew. He pilots a Blaze ZAKU Phantom, and then a ZGMF-X200 GOUF Ignited.
- The Ace: Treated as such by the Minerva's crew; unlike Athrun he seems to enjoy his status.
- Ace Custom: His bright orange GOUF, which matches his pilot suit and his hair.
- Ace Pilot
- Badass: He's a veteran of the First Bloody Valentine conflict notably during the Second Battle of Jachin Due.
- Badass Boast: "This is no ZAKU, pal. NO ZAKU!"
- Command Roster: Subverted. He disapproves of Zaft soldiers being identified with titles and believes everyone is equal which says a lot from a member of Faith.
- Commanding Coolness: Although he prefers not to be called commander.
- First Name Basis: With the Minerva pilots he insists they call him by his first name and encourages everyone to be as open with each other as well.
- Foil: Serves as one to the more conflicted Athrun, being totally loyal to ZAFT and the Chairman and convinced of the righteousness of the war. Needless to say, Shinn wishes Athrun was more like him.
- Good Is Not Soft: The friendliest Zaft soldier ever seen towards his comrades but still a soldier that won't hesitate to strike down his enemies.
- Green Eyes
- It Gets Easier: He thinks so.
- Mauve Shirt
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Heine's all about being a good soldier, which makes him a fair bit like Athrun was in the previous war.
- Nice Guy: Introduces himself to the Minerva pilots and is completely outgoing and friendly attempting to raise the morale of his fellow pilots.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His character is based on T.M Revolution, who provided his voice in the Japanese version.
- Sacrificial Lamb: He's brought in, seems to be a Badass, is established as a Foil to Athrun, makes friends with Shinn and dies a few episodes later.
- Shout-Out: He gives Ramba Ral's "No ZAKU" line while piloting a GOUF.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
- Whip It Good: One of the GOUF's main weapons is a heat whip.
Voice Actor: Makiko Ohmoto (Japanese), Annika Odegard (English)
A ZAFT Redcoat and a member of the Joule Team, she joined Yzak during the Battle of Jachin Due at the conclusion of SEED
. She continues to serve under him in Destiny
. She never really interacts with the rest of the cast, and has no dialoguenote
, but can often be seen by Yzak's side. Despite her apparent non-role, she has quite a devoted fanbase
, and has more major roles in side materials.
- Ace Pilot: She has a red uniform. On top of that, other materials reveal that she went head-to-head with the OMNI Ace Pilot "Sakura Burst" and fought her to a draw during the Battle of Jachin Due.
- Action Girl
- The Cameo: What her role in the anime is reduced to.
- Former Regime Personnel: Left ZAFT after the first war to fight in South America. She was later rehired by Yzak.
- New Meat: Was introduced this way in SEED as a new pilot serving in Yzak's unit.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Subverted. Like Heine above, she is a tribute to a Japanese celebrity, in this case Nami Tamaki. However, Tamaki turned down the role, so Shiho's role in the story was rendered almost nonexistent. Ironically, fans suspect that this saved the character's life (given what happened to Heine).
- Not to mention the fact that the other character voiced by a singer in the first series also died a brutal death after just a few episodes (Andy's girlfriend Aisha was voiced by Vivian Hsu, who sang the 2nd opening for Seed), which lends even stronger credence to the theory that Shiho's continued well-being just might be the result of her being The Voiceless.
- Red Baron: Yzak gave her the nickname "Housenka" ("Balsam", or "Touch-Me-Not", in English) as a result of her fighting ability. She uses the image of the plant as her personal symbol.
- Subordinate Excuse: The fans see this as her reason for joining the Joule Team.
- Two Guys and a Girl: The Girl to Yzak and Dearka's Two Guys.
- The Voiceless: In the anime.
Cagalli Yula Athha
Kira's twin sister, Athrun's on-again off-again love interest, and leader of Orb. She seems to be struggling with her position when the show begins, and is eventually forced to abandon the country as her plans fail. She plays a background role for much of the rest of the plot, but near the end comes back into focus after dealing with her personal demons.
- Action Girl: Returns to this role after getting the Akatsuki, and proceeds to massacre the ZAFT forces attacking her country. She even tries taking on Shinn, who is fully in Berserker territory at this point.
- Arranged Marriage: Was supposed to have one with Yuna.
- Attack Drone: With the Akatsuki
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Once Cagalli starts fighting she's Orb's most effective soldier barring only Kira & Athrun. Having access to top of the line tech probably helps her here.
- Badass Normal: She's a Natural, but fights against Coordinators on pretty even footing. Her ride probably helped.
- Four-Star Badass: She's Orb's Commander-in-Chief, as well as its First Representative, complete with gold-braided uniform.
- Bigger Stick: The Akatsuki, which is a huge cut above the Strike Rouge.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: The Akatsuki, whose gold paint is actually an anti-beam coating.
- Curtains Match the Window: Has gold hair and gold eyes.
- Immune to Bullets: The Akatsuki is immune to beam weapons.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Akatsuki. It's fast, well-armed, and nearly indestructible.
- Love Hurts: Whatever the status of thier relationship is by the end there's no arguing that most of her interactions with Athrun after his return to the Archangel are pretty painful to watch.
- Politically-Active Princess: She attempts to become this, but massively fails. Seems it worked much better in the epilogue.
- She's Back: Regains some of her Action Girl status after returning to Orb and retrieving the Akatsuki.
- Took a Level in Badass: When she gets her hands on the Akatsuki, Cagalli, who had massively failed in her early gambits, returns to her old form from two years prior.
- Zen Survivor
Yuna Roma Seiran
A high-ranking Orb politician, he's a former friend of Cagalli's and a total jerk to boot. In her absence he leads Orb from one disaster to another, most notably the alliance with Neo and Djibril, both of whom he is terrified.
- Aristocrats Are Evil
- Armchair Military: Yuna thinks he's a great commander because of his talent for strategy games, and as such, takes command of Orb's forces, believing that he will lead them to victory. About that...
- Arranged Marriage: His father and Cagalli's had set one up. Yuna's willing to go through with it because he wants the political prestige.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Yuna actually thinks he's a player in this game, but he's way out of his league with Durandal, Djibril, and even Neo (who scares him to death).
- Bling of War: His very fancy uniform.
- Butt Monkey
- Dirty Coward: Even more so than Djibril, panicking at the slightest hint of difficulty.
- Dropped A GOUF On Him
- Fantastic Racism: Yuna's not noticeably anti-Coordinator himself, but he's willing to promote this sort of attitude in Orb if it makes the Atlantic Federation more willing to deal with them.
- General Failure: He manages to make Djibril (who has his ruthlessness going for him, if nothing else) look like a great commander in comparison.
- Humiliation Conga: Ending with him being crushed to death under a falling mobile suit.
- Jerkass: Kind of goes without saying once you look at the rest of the tropes associated with him.
- Karmic Death: Started a pointless war. Had a GOUF land on him.
- In the novelisation he's killed by Djibril after he outlives his usefulness. Also very karmic.
- Laughably Evil: Particularly in the English dub, where his status as a Smug Snake, Dirty Coward, and General Failure is played for all the comedy it can provide, in contrast to the much more serious (if not much more effectual) Lord Djibril.
- Manipulative Bastard: He thinks he's one, but he's way out of his league compared to the likes of Neo (who terrifies him) or even Djibril, let alone Durandal. His greatest skill seems to be using Cagalli's insecurities and father complex against her.
- The Neidermeyer: Seen this way by Captain Todaka and the rest of the Orb troops who have to serve under him.
- Non-Action Guy
- Replacement Scrappy: In-universe — he isn't well-liked by Orb officers for his incompetence and reliance on his blood ties with a powerful family vying for Orb leadership now that Cagalli is the only surviving member of the Athha family. And they're more than happy to pound his face in once Cagalli reappears after being "kidnapped" by Kira and orders his arrest.
- Romantic False Lead: A pretty obvious one.
- Sissy Villain: Effeminate voice and mannerisms? Check. Screams like a girl? Check. Sleeps in elf pajamas? Check.
- Smug Snake
- War for Fun and Profit: Got Orb involved in the war to win political points with Djibril and maintain his position at home. It backfires pretty badly.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple.
Voice Actors: Kazuya Ichijou (Japanese), Fred Henderson (English)
"I'm counting on you Freedom."
Todaka was a high-ranking officer of the Orb Union military. He was one of his country's battlefield commanders and always carried out the orders given to him, even if he disagrees with them. Though he may appear single-mindedly obedient in the series, he is not without any opposing views against Orb's leadership that consolidated itself by joining the Earth Alliance especially under its self-serving representative, Yuna Roma Seiran.
Crew of the Archangel
The protagonist for the previous series
, Kira returns to action following a botched assassination attempt upon Lacus. His general dissillusionment and inability to trust both sides of the conflict put him at odds with Athrun, Shinn and the rest of the new cast. He eventually regains his position as the main character, and leads an independent faction (a collection of Orb soldiers loyal to Cagalli and various defectors from both OMNI and ZAFT) against Durandal. Compared to the angsty teen prone to emotional fits two years ago, this time he's much more emotionally stable.
Pilots the ZGMF-X10A Freedom, a long-range specialist Gundam, repaired by Captain Ramius after being badly damaged in his fight against Le Creuset and his Providence at the end of the First Bloody Valentine War, and later, the ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom, the Freedom's more buffed-up Spiritual Successor
- Ace Pilot
- Arch-Enemy: Shinn and later Rey see him as this. Initially, Kira doesn't notice these a lot; he eventually clues in, culminating in his final battle and inverse Breaking Speech against Rey.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He's an Orb Admiral by the end of the series. Given that he's also willing to turn on anyone who disturbs the world's peace, this makes sense: if he's going to act on his own, why not make it legal for him?
- Attack Drone: The Strike Freedom has eight.
- Badass: Now sans the angst.
- Four-Star Badass: Holds the rank of Admiral in the Orb military, and is revealed to have become a ZAFT commander in the finale.
- Retired Badass: For two years, living with Lacus, Murrue, Andrew, Caridad Yamato (his adoptive mother), Father Malchio and his orphans in the Solomon Islands. He was forced to come back to service after an attempt on Lacus's life.
- Beam Spam: With the Freedom, and especially the Strike Freedom, which now uses the very same DRAGOONs that gave him so much trouble two years ago against Le Creuset and his Providence.
- Big Brother Instinct: Whether he's the older one isn't yet confirmed, but it doesn't stop him from looking out for Cagalli. Such as by turning up in his mobile suit and kidnapping her from her own wedding, stopping her from marrying a Jerkass.
- Bigger Stick: The Freedom and the Strike Freedom, the latter being totally superior to any Gundam save perhaps the Infinite Justice, the Legend, and the Destiny.
- Born Winner: Being a Coordinator and reliable access to SEED mode is a good place to be.
- Breaking Speech: Inflicts one on Rey, triggering his Villainous Breakdown.
- The Dreaded: The reactions of everyone on both sides when the Freedom reappears would indicate that he's achieved this status. From the point of view of Shinn and the Minerva crew, he's effectively a Hero Killer.
- Dual Wielding: All the time with both the Freedom and Strike Freedom.
- Dynamic Entry: He does this a lot. Say what you will, the man knows how to make an entrance. (Justified because A).the Freedom is one of the quickest suits in the show B). It's nuclear powered, giving it near limitless operating time, and C). Kira's taking advantage of the hectic combat situation to get the drop on his opponents)
- The Hero: Quickly resumes this spot post-perspective flip.
- Hero Antagonist: Before the perspective flip, when his need to end the conflict quickly puts him in direct confrontation with Athrun and Shinn.
- Hero Killer: Inverted. He's a heroic character who utterly terrifies our antivillainous protagonists.
- Hero on Hiatus: For the first dozen episodes he chose not to involve himself with any fighting and had Lacus keep him from piloting the Freedom. Until he had to protect her once again and the Archangel became active.
- He's Back: His return aboard the Strike Freedom, having been thought of as KIA by Shinn and the Minerva left Shinn in utter shock.
- Honour Before Reason: Right up until Shinn used it against him to destroy the Freedom. In subsequent fights he's more active in getting rid of Shinn, frequently aiming for his cockpit. Even then, he refuses to pursue Shinn whenever the latter backs down, and passes up a few killshots.
- Invincible Hero: Kira is only defeated twice in the series, both while piloting an older mobile suit than his foes, and handicapped by his Technical Pacifist tendencies. Once he gets his Mid-Season Upgrade to the Strike Freedom, he's never even damaged in combat.
- Lady and Knight: The Knight to Lacus Clyne's Lady.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Freedom and especially the Strike Freedom. The latter is equipped with the same "Voiture Lumière" propulsion system used in the Destiny, and has its own variant of the Wings of Light. During its maiden flight, the Strike Freedom singlehandedly disabled 25 ZAKUs and GOUFs in just two minutes.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Averted at first. The Freedom ditched the shield it carried in SEED and now Dual Wields. Normally this isn't a problem since Kira favors mobility in combat and rarely gets hit, but it does mean that the unit can't defend itself very well should it get cornered. Which is exactly what happened during it's final battle with the Impulse. Fixed with the Strike Freedom, which has two beam shields installed in the arms.
- Martial Pacifist
- Messiah Creep
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The Strike Freedom.
- Official Couple: With Lacus.
- Older and Wiser: And just a little burnt out.
- One-Man Army: Nobody can stand up to Kira when he truly lets loose, and he leaves an army of broken mobile suits behind him whenever he enters a battle. There's a reason why people react in horror whenever the Freedom takes the field. It helps that the Freedom is optimized for engaging multiple targets simultaneously rather than focusing on a single opponent, so it can take out Mooks like nobody's business.
- Purple Eyes
- Real Men Wear Pink: Averted when he pilots the Strike Rogue. He changed its specs so its PSA would display the Strike Gundam's original white/blue/red colours. His pilot suit, however, does have pink stripes on its shoulder boards.
- Rogue Protagonist: He knows Durandal's got an agenda. Shinn and Athrun don't. This causes problems.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: If the Thousand-Yard Stare, constant flashbacks, and stoic personality are any indicator.
- The Stoic: He's certainly more serene compared to two years ago, but that doesn't stop him from showing a look of horror at the sight of the ruins of Junius Seven falling upon Earth, Shinn slicing his Freedom in half, and Rey explaining how he was meant to become another Rau Le Creuset.
- Super Mode: SEED again.
- For most of the show, he's the only member of the cast who can activate this mode at will. It's one of the reasons he's a One-Man Army.
- Take a Third Option: He again refuses to pick a side, targeting both ZAFT and the Earth Forces, while trying to get Orb to back out. This doesn't stop the likes of Shinn from gunning for him though.
- Technical Pacifist: His new fighting style involves severing the enemies' limbs...
- Shoot the Dog: ...unless a Destroy wrecking Berlin is involved, in which case he was forced to impale the Destroy's Wave Motion Guns, mortally wounding Stella inside the cockpit from the violent disruption of energy.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: He's developed a pretty significant one since SEED. In his early appearances, he's usually on the beach or at the window, staring off into space.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: For the most part. He breaks the rule against Stella though, and does take a few killshots at Shinn later on.
- Too Many Belts: His civilian outfit.
- Übermensch: He and Lacus are a messianic pair of them, rejecting the cynical, violent, racially motivated politics of the Cosmic Era in favour of their own inclusive, technically pacifistic idealism.
- The Unfettered: Which really sucks for political leaders with unethical agendas. He's more than willing to turn his Gundam on anyone who disturbs the peace, and he's got the allies, intel, technology and skills to make them think twice before messing with him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Athrun tries to hit Kira with this, claiming he's just making the battlefield more chaotic, but Kira more or less shrugs it off, commenting that it's not like he's got a lot of options.
- Would Hit a Girl: Just ask Stella about that...
- Zen Survivor: Due to a combination of shellshock and having learned, for better or worse, that he can't expect anybody else to be reasonable.
Kira's girlfriend and an important political figure, Lacus essentially dropped off the radar following the end of the First Bloody Valentine War. Forced back into the political spotlight by an assassination attempt against her, she assumes leadership of the Three Ships Alliance, pitting them against ZAFT and the Earth Forces alike.
The captain of the Archangel
, and Kira's commanding officer from two years ago. Initially working as an engineer (which was, after all, her original job) in Orb, she answers Kira's call to action and reprises her role as the Archangel
's captain once they enter the conflict.
A former ZAFT ace, who defected near the end of the previous war. Still has the scars from his battle with Kira.
An old friend of Kira's, and an Archangel
crew member in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
. She's a photojournalist covering the war when we first see her in Destiny
, but she ends up back on the Archangel
after running into her old crewmates again.
- Bridge Bunnies
- Demoted to Extra: Although she was with Kira and Cagalli during their secret meeting with Athrun.
- Green Eyes
- Hot Scoop: She apparently became a freelance photojournalist after the end of the First Bloody Valentine War.
- Mythology Gag: Her post-war profession and the nature of her reintroduction is rather reminicent of Kai Shiden in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.
- Ship Sinking: When she returns to the Archangel, chief mechanic Murdoch asks what happened to Dearka; she responds "I dumped him". Unlike countless instances of this trope, however, fans were happy to a degree since it confirms that they were an Official Couple, even if that's no longer the case.
- Zen Survivor
Hilda, Mars, and Herbert
Hilda Harken, Mars Simeon, and Herbert Von Reinhard
Mars's Voice Actors: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Philip Pacaud (English)
Hilda, Mars, and Herbert are a trio of former ZAFT pilots who are very loyal to Lacus Clyne. They all pilot the ZGMF-XX09T DOM Trooper mobile suits.
Commander Le Creuset
Rau Le Creuset
"Everything is born into this world, and eventually, dies. That's the pure and simple truth of it."
The (late) Big Bad
of the previous war
, Rau makes several appearances in various characters' flashbacks, many of which expand upon his life and philosophy, helping to further explain his actions in SEED, while also showing his legacy two years later.