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A summary page for the various characters in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' and its spinoff, ''Stargazer''. Many are also characters from ''Characters/MobileSuitGundamSEED''.

'''NOTE''': This series is particularly prone to AlternativeCharacterInterpretation; please be conscious of such and remember that ''your'' take on a given character is not the ''only'' possible way to look at them. Do not remove tropes highlighting "opposing" intepretations unless they are flat-out factually incorrect.


!Crew of the Minerva

[[folder:Shinn Asuka]]
!!Main mecha: Impulse Gundam, Destiny Gundam
!!!'''Voice Actors:''' Creator/KenichiSuzumura (Japanese), Creator/MatthewErickson (English)
-->''"Do you want to start another one?! Another war?!"''

The series' initial protagonist. His family was killed attempting to flee when the Earth Alliance invaded Orb during the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed 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 CombiningMecha with three [[MechaExpansionPack 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.
* AccidentalPervert: Accidentally grabs Stella's chest in their first meeting.
* AcePilot: Swiftly reaches this status, becoming one of ZAFT's highest-scoring aces of the Second Bloody Valentine War.
%%** Shinn doesn't care much about honor or fair play, just ''winning''.
* AntiHero: He's not a ''bad'' kid, he just has a lot of issues, which consistently derail his attempts at being heroic..
* AntiVillain: 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 WellIntentionedExtremist during the show's last act.
* AstralProjection: Semi-standard for a Gundam show. He has a couple with Stella. At the end [[spoiler: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.]]
* TheAtoner: Implied at the end of ''Final Plus''. [[spoiler:More for [[HeWhoFightsMonsters what he became]] during the war rather than what he did.]]
* BashBrothers: With Rey, after acquiring the Destiny and the Legend, respectively; Shinn usually fights head-on, while Rey provides support. Often, the main reason Kira and Athrun is able to gain the upper hand against Shinn is because the two are separated.
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: This is a major theme with Shinn; he basically wanted to become strong because out of a desire to prevent tragedies like the one that took his family. However, Rey and Durandal's manipulations and his own inability to deal with his anger and bitterness gradually turn him into the kind of person that ''caused'' those tragedies in the first place. ''And he doesn't even realize it''. He's called out on it during the final battle, which causes him to have a breakdown.
--> '''Shinn''': It's not the same! ''IT'S NOT!''
* TheBerserker: Shinn is a [[HotBlooded very headstrong and very emotional]] young pilot, and as such, during battle he rushes headlong at his enemies (often without much regard for his own safety), relying on sheer aggression to win fights. As the series progresses [[spoiler: and Shinn's mental stability degrades it arguably becomes a weakness when forced to fight equally skilled opponents like Kira and Athrun and he's still doing things like reckless, mad charges with his {{BFS}}, to the point that by his final duel with Athrun he's taken a massive mental nose-dive and loses the ability to tell between friend and foe.]]
* {{BFS}}: The anti-''ship'' swords, large physical blades with a beam generator across its length, is Shinn's preferred weapon of choice in combat. He is first shown dual-wielding them with the Sword Impulse; he would later switch to using just one with the Force Impulse and the Destiny.
* BiggerStick: 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.
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: He's not ''insane'' per se, but his obsessive belief in BlackAndWhiteMorality is certainly unhealthy, and is portrayed that way. Shinn's biggest problem is his inability to see ''anything'' in shades of grey. He and his friends are right, everyone else is wrong, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope 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.
* BreakTheHaughty: Compare his attitude after disobeying orders to [[spoiler:return Stella to Neo]] to that after [[spoiler:her death an episode later]]. And there's his reactions once Kira and Athrun make their comeback and demolish his unchecked belief in his own superiority.
* TheBrute: Shinn really wouldn't know what "subtle" means even if it slapped him in the face. He's [[GeniusBruiser far from stupid]], but favors brute force over anything else, and only resorts to tactics when he absolutely has to, making him the Brute to the Chairman's BigBad and Rey's [[TheDragon Dragon]], post-perspective flip.
* CharacterDevelopment: Gets the most of any character in the series, almost all of it negative. He starts out as a relatively sympathetic JerkWithAHeartOfGold with anger and depression issues. But as the series progresses his personality conflict with Athrun, war-trauma, stress from his relationship with Stella, and [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity inability to see beyond moral absolutes]] slowly [[SanitySlippage 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 [[ManipulativeBastard Rey]] to justify his actions and [[TheChick Lunamaria]] to keep him from being ''completely'' consumed by rage. [[spoiler: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 SympatheticPOV, he is eventually shown the way the Archangel crew sees him: an AntiVillain with ''lots'' of issues. It's not until the very end of the series when he realizes exactly how badly he's been acting all this time.
* CombatPragmatist: When he's actually using his head in a fight Shinn's shown to be remarkably resourceful and has a good grasp of combat tactics. He makes good use of his equipment (such as Impulse's Silhouette packs), and can be surprisingly creative at times by coming up with unconventional uses for the resources at his disposal. [[note]]A few examples: tossing the Impulse's shield past an enemy then bouncing shots off it to hit them from behind; destroying a shielded enemy command post by dropping an [[GoingCritical exploding]] enemy mobile suit into it like a giant grenade; taking a page from [[MobileSuitVictoryGundam Uso Evin's]] book and using the [[CombiningMecha Impulse's modules]] to dodge attacks or letting a part take a hit then either jettisoning it or ''flinging it'' at his opponent[[/note]] Above all else he's driven, and willing to do whatever it takes to beat his opponents. Add access to [[SuperMode SEED Mode]] and it can make him a ''very'' dangerous opponent. However, Shinn's volatile personality (and ego) prevent him from making full use of this, and goes out the window [[DrunkWithPower once he gets the "Destiny"]].
* CombiningMecha: His Impulse is composed of three parts -- Core Splendor, Chest Flyer and Leg Flyer, as well as the [[MechaExpansionPack Silhouette Packs]] that change its combat capability.
* CorporalPunishment: Shinn gets punched by Athrun twice -- after disobeying orders, and after [[spoiler:apparently killing Kira]]. Bragging about [[spoiler: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.
* CryCute: As unbelievable as it is, Shinn actually cries in the OVA epilogue when he meets face-to-face with Kira and [[spoiler: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]].
* CynicismCatalyst: Most of his character can be traced back to his family's -- and in particular his little sister Mayu's -- death.
* DarkIsEvil: 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 FaceHeelTurn, is no exception.
* DarthVaderClone: He shares a lot of traits with [[Franchise/StarWars Anakin Skywalker]]. They're both young, talented fighters who eventually become well-respected and good at what they do. But he also develops a serious ego problem and insecurities, making him an easy target for manipulation by the BigBad. Though unlike Anakin [[spoiler: His Mentor, Athrun,]] stops him before he can cross The Line.
* DashAttack: His [[SignatureMove signature attack]], and [[FightingFingerprint favorite tactic]], is to Bonzai charge his opponent with his {{BFS}} (sometimes with the blade held in front of him like a skewer).
* DeathWail: Twice. When his family was killed and when [[spoiler:Stella dies in his arms]].
* DecoyProtagonist: We follow Shinn for the first half of the series, learning to sympathize with him and his point of view. Then Durandal is outed as the villain, the POV shifts, and Kira and Athrun become the protagonists.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: How ZAFT and Shinn himself view [[spoiler:his mid-season takedown of the Freedom.]]
* DeflectorShield: Unlike the previous Gundam units, the Second Stage Gundams (of which Impulse is a part of) built by ZAFT are equipped with shields enhanced with beam deflecting forcefields, allowing it to bounce beam shots and defend against powerful attacks that mundane shields cannot block. When Shinn feels like being creative, he often takes advantage of this by throwing the shield ahead of the opponent, fire his beam rifle at it, and bounce it off the shield to hit the enemy from behind.
** The Destiny also carries the same shield, plus two actual beam shield generators in both of its forearms. They are powerful enough to block even the Destroy's triple ChestBlaster WaveMotionGun, and can't be bypassed by beam sabers to boot. Shinn doesn't make much use of them, though.
* EmoTeen: He's often accused of this by the fanbase and he certainly is very {{angst}}y. Then again, he has reasons for it and [[ThereAreNoTherapists no one around him is helping him get over it]].
* {{Expy}}: Shinn owes a lot to Kamille Bidan of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', and more or less shows what the latter might have become without proper guidance, being swallowed by his anger issues instead of overcoming them.
* FaceHeelTurn: He turns his back on his friends thanks to Durandal's manipulation.
* FacePalmOfDoom: The Destiny has the "Palma Fiocina" palm beam cannon. Deconstructed somewhat in that the cannons don't ''have'' to be fired at point-blank range - the fact that Shinn never thinks to use it any other way (except once in the rerelease) says a lot about his mental state.
* FatalFlaw: Zigzaged in that Shinn is a flawed character, period. But from a narrative standpoint his tragic flaw, the one that eventually caused him to go over the edge, is his relationship with Stella. While understandable given his history, it leads to him getting involved in the [[WarIsHell darker]] consequences of warfare that Shinn was just not prepared to deal with. When it turned tragic Shinn snapped; the darker aspects of his personality got out of hand, particularly his [[NeverMyFault Victim mentality]], and allowed Durandal and Rey to take control of him.
* FlawExploitation: Exploits Kira's need to not kill anybody during their mid-season showdown. Rey and the Chairman exploit Shinn's own insecurities to keep him on their side.
* FreakOut: Late into the series, Shinn's issues are so out of control that Rey and Durandal's "guidance" is the only thing keeping him from having a breakdown. But when Duranda's [[VillainWithGoodPublicity good image]] starts to fall apart, so does Shinn. Things finally come to a head in the final battle when he engages in a duel with [[spoiler: Athrun and the Infinite Justice]]... a fight that starts taking a real toll on his Mecha, and his sanity. The final nail comes when [[spoiler: Athrun]] begins [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech chewing him out for his hypocrisy and need to destroy]]. In a mad fit he tries to charge [[spoiler: the ''Justice'']] with one of the ''Destiny'''s palm cannons[[note]]the mecha equivalent of trying to run up and throttle your enemy[[/note]] and is so far gone that when [[spoiler: Luna jumps in an attempt to break up the fight, he nearly ''attacks her'' instead]]. When that happens [[spoiler: Athrun]] [[TheGlovesComeOff realizes the time for sentiment is over]]. [[spoiler: [[CurbStompBattle A few seconds later the ''Destiny'', now missing most of it's limbs, is sent careening into the surface of the moon with an unconscious Shinn still on board.]]]]
* FreudianExcuse: His family died in front of him, he's never gotten any help for it, his superior officer is a ShellShockedVeteran with NoSocialSkills and his OnlyFriend is a ManipulativeBastard who doesn't want him to get better.
* FriendVersusLover: Rey is less than thrilled when he appears to be getting closer to [[spoiler:Luna. Luna doesn't do much fighting back though]].
* {{Foil}}: Shinn is what Athrun would've become had he chosen [[ToBeLawfulOrGood loyalty over conscience]]. There's also some parallels to how Kira could have become if he'd chosen [[EmotionsVsStoicism emotion over reason]] or allowed himself to obsess over the past.
* GeniusBruiser: Shinn's violent, aggressive, and favors 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 enemies both.
* GoodIsNotNice: ...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 PetTheDog with Rey, Stella, and Luna), and even his attempts at winning people over frequently backfire (witness some of his interactions with Athrun).
* HairTriggerTemper: It's not hard to make Shinn lose his temper. The number of times he devolves into a berserk rage is actually a little disturbing.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Shinn is a damaged set of goods, and his pain fuels his rage in combat, letting him take on the likes of Athrun or Kira.
* HeelFaceTurn: Whatever one thinks of his motivations or whether he was right or not, [[spoiler: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]].
* HeroicBSOD: Although whether he's "heroic" by the time it happens, or if he ever truly was, is arguable. [[spoiler:When the ''Infinite Justice'' appears at Orb and Athrun contacts Shinn, the latter completely freezes up in disbelief - to the point that even fighting Kira is forgotten about. When he does finally regain cognition, the only thing he can do is mumble in shock that [[NobodyCouldHaveSurvivedThat he'd already killed Athrun]]]].
* HeroicWannabe: He's a good kid and he means well, but he's far too screwed up to ever be TheHero.
* HeroWithAnFInGood: 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.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Rey; even closer than the ZAFT example of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED the previous war]]. A rare undivided Gundam example.
* HotBlooded: To a degree that reaches {{deconstruction}}.
* {{Hypocrite}}: A major aspect of Shinn's character is he contradicts himself - ''a lot''.
** He bawls Cagalli out for Orb's actions during the last war, claiming ([[JerkassHasAPoint not unfairly]]) that [[NeutralityBacklash Orb's attempt to stick to it's neutrality lead to a lot of people getting killed, his family among them]]. Then, when Orb sides with The Earth Alliance to keep from being invaded again, he gets pissed off and calls them hypocrites, even though that was essentially what he was advocating to Cagalli.
** 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.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Mayu was already this; then [[spoiler:Stella]] bites the dust as well.
* InnocentlyInsensitive:
** He called Cagalli out on how Orb's actions led to the death of his family, but as Athrun later points out[[note]](to Luna, not to Shinn, which is what he should have done)[[/note]] Cagalli [[NotSoDifferent lost family too]].
** In episode 35, he out and out ''brags'' about about shooting down Kira. To '''''ATHRUN''''', Kira's closest friend. To make things worse, he claims it is revenge, not just for himself due to Kira's defeat and accidental killing of Stella, but also for ''Athrun'' due to Kira disabling the Savior several episodes prior. Needless to say, it doesn't end the way he expects, as Athrun punches him out for it.
*** What made the situation worse is that it served as a {{Trigger}} for Athrun's PTSD, as it was a near repeat of his own fight with Kira 2 years earlier. Thus when Shinn started bragging to him about the fight Athrun, already upset, [[RageBreakingPoint blew a gasket]].
* ImmigrantPatriotism: Played with. Despite being born in Orb, he's one of ZAFT's most loyal soldiers. We never see him waving a flag or claiming PLANT is a better place, though. He's certainly angry at Orb, but too traumatized and disinterested to become very enthusiastic. [[spoiler:In the last two CD dramas, it's revealed Shinn has returned to Orb and enlisted in their military]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his anger and depression issues, he does care about his friends. [[TookALevelInJerkass Then he has a]] FaceHeelTurn until [[spoiler:the end of the series]].
* LeeroyJenkins: His [[FatalFlaw biggest weak spot]] in combat. Shinn's temperament often gets the better of him during fights, meaning his {{Hot Blooded}}ness actually ''undermines'' his performance. Impulsive and reckless to a fault, he often runs off into the think of things without a clear strategy, or giving much consideration to his allies at all. And like most berserkers, he lacks what you would call "restraint"; [[AttackAttackAttack he puts all of his energy into offense at the expense of everything else]] (at most using quick dodges or blocks), and never retreats from an opponent even when it would be prudent to do so. This puts a lot of strain on his machine and its energy/ammo reserves and makes long, drawn out engagements very dangerous for him, especially since the more frustrated and angry he gets, the more likely he is to try something risky. During the battle over Orb, he's forced to retreat midway through his fight with the ''Strike Freedom'' because he nearly ran out of fuel[[note]] which is an achievement in itself since the Destiny is powered by a hybrid nuclear reactor/deuterion battery system, meaning that it theoretically provides enough energy to continue fighting virtually forever -- Shinn manages to use enough power to drain it ''anyway''[[/note]]. What's worse, he ''didn't notice''; Rey had to call him out on it and more-or-less wrench his arm to get him to come back (if he hadn't, it's likely that Shinn would have kept fighting until the ''Destiny'' dropped out of the sky). Later he loses an arm when he tries to rush the Infinite Justice. [[spoiler:This eventually leads to his defeat in the finale. After losing his other close-combat weapons, he tries to rush Athrun using the palm beam cannon on Destiny's hand, only to get bashed aside with the Justice's shield. Even though he has ''two'' beam shields generators in both of his hands, Shinn is too shocked to even defend himself, and the Destiny gets cut to pieces.]]
* LightningBruiser: The Destiny. Designed to be an all-purpose mobile suit, it has a {{BFS}}, beam sabers that double as beam boomerangs, palm beam cannoms, and a {{BFG}}, as well as "Voiture Lumière" system, which allows it to [[PowerGivesYouWings grow wings of light]] to move at very high speeds and create afterimages in its paths, allowing it to disorient enemies who are trying to aim at it.
* MechaExpansionPack: The Impulse's Silhouette Packs -- Force (flight), Sword (melee) and Blast (long-range).
* TheMentallyIll: A milder example than many in this franchise, but Shinn is still in desperate need of emotional and mental counseling for his PTSD and anger management issues.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: The Destiny, which is vastly powerful than the Impulse.
* MilitaryMaverick: Displays no respect for the chain of command, and frequently disobeys orders, yet is allowed to get away with it due to his skill.
* MirroredConfrontationShot: 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 SanitySlippage has gotten, when he and the [[{{Tykebomb}} Extended]] could use each other for shaving mirrors.
* MoodSwinger: 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 SanitySlippage.
* MoralMyopia: 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. [[spoiler: He finally grows out of it at the very end of the series.]]
* MultiformBalance: The Impulse's [[MechaExpansionPack Silhouette Packs]]. Force Impulse has great mobility and standard weaponry, Sword sacrifices said mobility for close combat might with a pair of beam boomerangs and [[{{BFS}} Big Freaking Swords]], and Blast trades said speed for heavy firepower, with missiles, railguns and a pair of beam cannons.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: He has this reaction after [[spoiler:attacking Lunamaria]] during the final battle (and, to a lesser extent, [[HeelRealization coming to his senses]] about his behavior during the series as a whole).
* MythologyGag: Not funny at all, but [[{{Tearjerker}} Shinn loses his entire family in an explosion in the exact same way]] as [[TheHeart Frau Bow]] in the very first episode of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Gundam]] -- accidentally, inadvertently surviving by having jumped a highway guardrail in a battle to go after something seen as important. It's what inspires [[TheHero a boy to pilot a mobile suit...]]
* NeverMyFault: A golden example of this his his blaming Freedom for killing [[spoiler: Stella]], as Kira was the one to strike the final blow. ''However'' when we see [[spoiler:Stella]] after the Destroy's cockpit is exposed her body is riddled with shrapnel from the attack Shinn himself caused.
* NoSocialSkills: 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.
* NotSoDifferent: A positive version. Athrun introduces him to Kira in the epilogue of ''Final Plus'', and Shinn is struck dumb by the realization that guy he he spent the entire show trying to kill wasn't just not much older than himself, but that he was also someone he'd already met in a peaceful situation without knowing it, just like Stella had been. This to his first real bit of positive character development as he realizes how easily he'd generalized all his enemies as a uniform evil without acknowledging that they were people the same as himself.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:His reaction to seeing the ''Strike Freedom'' at Orb and recognizing from it's movements that it's the same pilot as the original]].
* OneManArmy: He all but singlehandedly wins the war for ZAFT, especially once he gets the Destiny.
%%* OnlyFriend: To Rey Za Burrel.
* ParentalAbandonment: His mom, dad, and sister were all killed in the previous war.
* PowerTrio: One of the only consistent group dynamics in the series; Shinn is the Id, Luna the Ego, and Rey the Superego.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: Though toyed with in that he becomes not the BigBad or TheDragon, but an {{Anti Villain}}ous [[TheBrute Brute]].
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Played with; while he retains his strict BlackAndWhiteMorality turned BlackAndWhiteInsanity views throughout the series, Shinn did take pity on, if not outright sympathize with, Stella Loussier after finding out she was the Gaia's pilot. Unlike his reaction to Kira killing Stella, Shinn overlooks, if not forgives, the fact that Stella was both the one who killed Heine Westenfluss and prior to that had been part of the attack that sparked the second war in the first place - likely due to her [[TykeBomb never knowing anything else but war]] and thus it not really being her choice, whereas Kira's actions were conscious decisions. When he learned Durandal basically planned to keep Stella for study even if it meant she died, Shinn went ''against'' Durandal by temporarily going rogue to return Stella to the Earth Alliance as they were the only ones who could treat her - which was not only a big shock due to how much he'd respected and admired Durandal, but was arguably the last truly good independent act he did before Durandal and Rey buckled down hard on getting Shinn loyal to them]].
* RealityIsUnrealistic: 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.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: He has dull, red eyes that makes his gaze very striking.
%%* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Rey's blue.
* RedemptionDemotion: [[spoiler: His FAITH badge is missing in the epilogue, implying he was demoted.]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: Some see his relationship with Stella as romantic. Others believe that she's a substitute for his deceased sister, Mayu.
* RescueRomance: 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.
* RevengeBeforeReason: He's trying to kill Kira for defeating an enemy that he himself was fighting. Rational thought was not involved in this decision. [[spoiler:Especially considering that even if Shinn could have successfully talked Stella down before Kira killed her, Stella would likely have died anyway from a repeat situation of being drug-starved in ZAFT custody the same as before]]. As for his personal war against the EA, as has been pointed out numerous times here, Shinn's actions aren't solving anything.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Not only is this arguably his default state in battle, but is rage is actually the trigger for his SEED mode - though unlike Kira and Athurn, his is more uncontrollable. It doesn't help that he seems to have a convenient reason (be it real or imagined) for him to hate ''everyone'' aside from his own team; he wants payback against the EA for causing the renewed war, he blames Orb and it's policies for causing them to be invaded and result in his family's deaths, he holds the ''Archangel'' and Kira responsible for the attacks on his comrades [[spoiler:and later the death of Stella]], then again [[spoiler:when Athrun joins them after he and Meyrin were nearly killed by Shinn]].
* RummageSaleReject: Off duty, Shinn more or less dresses like a closet explosion, randomly mixing and matching scarves, sleeveless shirts, you name it. This outfit was actually based on something Music/TMRevolution wore at one point. There's a fine line between looking like a homeless guy and looking like a J-Rocker.
* SanitySlippage: 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.
* ScreamingWarrior: Usually while hacking things to bits with his {{BFS}}.
* SecondLove: [[spoiler:Lunamaria]], after they each lose their respective first choices.
* ShellShockedVeteran: 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 SanitySlippage.
* SkilledButNaive: 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 [[UnwittingPawn easy to manipulate]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: {{Justified|Trope}}. 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'' to be as good as Shinn himself thinks he is by the end--which leads to some [[BreakTheHaughty very harsh lessons]].
* SmugSuper: Crosses into this when he's released after being imprisoned 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. Thus [[BreakTheHaughty it's quite the nasty shock for him]] when [[spoiler: Athrun cripples the ''Destiny'' in the battle over Orb. (Probably would have been worse for Shinn had he known that Athrun was still recovering from the injuries he'd received during his flight from ZAFT)]]
* StarCrossedLovers: A possible interpretation of his relationship with Stella. It certainly ends tragically enough.
* SuperMode: Like Kira, Athrun, and Cagalli, Shinn has access to SEED mode, entering it in almost every battle he participates in. Unlike Athrun and Kira, who are able to activate theirs at will in ''Destiny'', Shinn's is entirely rage driven and thus he loses himself to it more easily.
* SurvivorGuilt: Shinn's clearly suffering from a bad case of this in regards to his family; the situation with [[spoiler:Stella]] only makes it worse.
* SympatheticPOV: Though he starts the series as the viewpoint character, he eventually loses it -- first to Athrun, and then to Kira.
* SympathyForTheDevil: One of the few people to express any sympathy for the Extended. [[spoiler:Not that this stops him from cutting down two of them without a second thought...]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: 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, [[ManipulativeBastard Durandal]] needs him to be that screwed up because it makes him easier to control.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: The Sword Impulse possesses two beam boomerangs to be thrown. Shinn himself also throws one of its dual {{BFS}s on more than one occasion.
** The Destiny takes it even further by having two beam sabers that can alter its beam shape to become beam boomerangs.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: 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 [[spoiler:after deciding to execute Athrun and Meyrin]].
* TragicHero: He's a sympathetic but ''very'' flawed individual who makes some bad choices (as seen by the other entries on this page). Yet it's hard to actually ''fault'' him for his actions at the same time, as he's naive and smack dab in the middle of a situation he barely understands. The people around him were also a factor; [[EvilMentor Durandal]] and [[ToxicFriendInfluence Rey]] were just using him, Athrun failed to be a good mentor, and Luna (bless her heart) was in over her head. Reagarless of how you spin it, Shinn's story is not a happy one. He starts out with noble intentions, but his inability to grow past his flaws ultimately made him [[NotSoDifferent no different than the people he hated]]. And he came ''very damn close'' to becoming a full on case near the end, when in a moment of blind rage and insanity, he nearly [[spoiler:kills Luna. Thankfully, Athrun intercepted the attack]].
%%* TragicKeepsake: Mayu's cellphone.
* TragicMistake: Makes a few of these, though it's not till rather late on that he sees most of them as this:
** [[spoiler:Returning Stella to the Roanoke and the Extended]] was this for Shinn. It's hard to fault him for it. He took pity on someone (an enemy at that, rather surprising for Shinn) and tried to save their life [[spoiler: Stella was so drugged up that she would die if she went into withdraw]]; [[ShootTheShaggyDog but it blew up into a cruel and tragic mess]]. [[spoiler: Roanoke lied when he promised Shinn that Stella wouldn't have to fight anymore. Instead he threw her into the ''Destroy'' and sent her on a rampage.]]
** [[spoiler:Happens again in the end of the series when he nearly goes through Luna to attack Athrun, having lost all control of himself. This is what finally snaps him out of his self-righteousness and realize that he'd become just another killer the same as what he'd claimed to hate, driven to tears upon realizing he'd not only nearly helped enact a mass genocide but nearly killed someone he cared about just because she was in his way]].
** [[spoiler:By the time of the epilogue, he seems to view not just his nearly killing Athurn and Meyrin as this, but even admitting he doesn't know whether his original hatred of Orb was justified or not anymore]].
* UnstoppableRage: 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 PlayedForDrama. 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 [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity can't see shades of grey]], but rather that ''he just doesn't want to admit it'' because it would mean giving up the one feeling that has kept him going.
* UnwittingPawn: 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 last episode, [[spoiler:only snapping out of it after his berserker rage nearly gets Luna killed]].
* UsedToBeASweetKid: The enraged berserker and the kid we see playing with his sister in the flashbacks don't really have a lot in common.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Starts expressing this kind of attitude as the war progresses. The scary part is that he ''doesn't realize that he's doing this''.
** This is ultimately rooted in his BlackAndWhiteMorality way of thinking (see BlackAndWhiteInsanity above); Shinn is so utterly convinced that ZAFT and Durandal is flawlessly just and righteous that, in his eyes, any other factions in the world that doesn't submit to or support Durandal's regime is either ignorant or evil.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The boy either needs a vacation, a psychiatrist, a ''goddamn hug'' or all three. Instead, he's turned into a weapon to be manipulated.
* WouldHitAGirl: Shinn makes a pretty determined effort to kill [[spoiler: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 MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment soon afterwards)]].
* WreckedWeapon: Happens several times in the final episodes at the hands of Kira in the Strike Freedom and later Athrun in the Infinite Justice. And each time it happens, Shinn is left with a look of [[BreakTheHaughty stunned disbelief]].

[[folder:Lunamaria "Luna" Hawke]]
!!Main mecha: ZAKU Warrior (red), Impulse Gundam
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/MaayaSakamoto (Japanese), Creator/MarykeHendrikse (English)
-->''"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 BridgeBunnies. 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.
* AceCustom: Her ZAKU Warrior is a standard {{Mook}} unit, except [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority painted red]].
* AcePilot: Decorated, even, though overshadowed by CantCatchUp. While not as over-the-top badass as the other main characters, Luna holds her own against [[BiggerStick Gundams]] and [[SuperSoldier the Extended]], despite piloting a [[MechaMook ZAKU]] for most of the series.
%%* {{Adorkable}}
* BadassAdorable: 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.
* BreakTheCutie: With absolutely no warning, she's informed her two best friends [[spoiler: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.''
* CantCatchUp: {{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.
* CelebCrush: On Athrun. She seems a tad disappointed when she actually meets him.
* CharacterDevelopment: It starts with BreakTheCutie, and is tied to developing maturing feelings and sensitivity [[spoiler:due to grieving and developing a much closer, more romantic relationship with Shinn.]]
* TheChick: Among the ZAFT pilots.
* ClingyJealousGirl: She becomes jealous of Meer[=/=]Fake!Lacus being so glompy around Athrun.
* CustomUniformOfSexy: Her uniform consists of a standard ZAFT redcoat on top [[ZettaiRyouiki and a pink miniskirt with thigh-high socks on bottom]].
* TheDarkChick: Retains her position post-perspective flip. As a fairly classic Chick in what's otherwise a FiveBadBand she ends up filling this position.
* FriendVersusLover: Since Rey ''was'' arguably her friend as well, [[spoiler: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.
* GenkiGirl: At first, she's cheerful and energetic, and fawns shamelessly over Athrun. Later on... [[BreakTheCutie less so.]]
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Appears to suffer this during Shinn and Athrun's final battle, openly shocked and horrified upon seeing how compromised Shinn's mental state is and watching frozen from the sidelines as he's eventually driven into a corner by Athrun. Even when she does finally snap out of it, it's to try and stop Shinn's rampage - which nearly gets her killed - and then make sure Shinn is alright after he's defeated, her will to fight having been completely broken]].
* HeroWorshipper: Of Athrun, at least at first.
* IdiotHair: It's a MythologyGag, in her case.
* JustFollowingOrders: It's never flatout stated, but Luna's whole reason for going along with the Destiny Plan is because she's been ordered to.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: The Impulse may be an older Gundam, but it's a huge cut above her ZAKU.
* MythologyGag: Her red ZAKU doesn't have [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char Aznable's famous command antenna.]] Her ''head'' does.
* OhCrap: Has two of these moments, [[spoiler:both during the final battle. The first is when Athrun's ''Justice'' easily overpowers her ''Impulse'' and slices off it's arm, left reeling as she realizes how badly outmatched she is. The second is when she tries and fails to stop Shinn's berserk rampage, only able to stare back in shock upon realizing he can't tell friend from foe anymore and is about to tear right through her - and it's only because of Athrun saving her that he doesn't]].
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Luna's a perfectly competent pilot, capable of holding her own with [[{{Tykebomb}} Stella]]'s Gaia using only a ZAKU Warrior. Unfortunately for her, she's on the same team as far-more-skilled Shinn and Rey, and ends up going up against even-''more''-skilled Neo and Athrun in the finale.
* PantyShot: Has one in Phase 15 of the HD Remaster.
* PlotInducedStupidity: 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).
* PowerTrio: 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.
* SecondLove: [[spoiler:Shinn]], after they each lose their respective first choices.
* {{Shorttank}}: While undoubtedly attractive, Luna isn't nearly as feminine as other female cast members.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Post-perspective flip. It's not that 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.
%%* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The tomboy to Meyrin's girly girl.
%%* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade A.

[[folder:Rey Za Burrel]]
!!Main mecha: Blaze ZAKU Phantom (white), Legend Gundam
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/ToshihikoSeki (Japanese), Creator/KirbyMorrow (English)
-->''"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 ParentalSubstitute -- 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 [[TheHeart brings them back to focus on their mission]]. Rey displays a WellIntentionedExtremist streak that makes him a useful [[TheDragon 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.
* AcePilot: [[spoiler:Like his brother before him]], he is a sniper who keeps his distance and picking off enemies one at a time. At least until he gets [[BiggerStick the Legend]], with which he can BeamSpam like both the Freedom and Providence from the previous series.
* AceCustom: His first suit, the Blaze ZAKU Phantom, a {{Mecha Mook}} painted white.
* AffablyEvil: Rey is a loyal friend and effective subordinate, so long as you're on his side. However, he's also a badly damaged ManipulativeBastard who thinks that [[HumansAreBastards humans are scum]] and wants to install a NewWorldOrder based on genetic determinism, and is willing to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans cross any lines]] to get there.
* AntiVillain: 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.
* ArchEnemy: Considers Kira as his enemy, as revealed near the end.
* AttackDrone: Being the Providence's successor, the Legend also has the DRAGOON System. Eight of them are equipped with 2 standard beam guns; the other two are larger and are equipped with 5 beam cannons and 4 beam spikes, the former being powerful enough to tear through ''gigantic mobile armors'' and the latter can penetrate their {{Deflector Shield}}s (which is weak against close range beam weapons such as beam sabers). Unlike the Providence, they can also be used while attached to the Legend's backpack as well as after deployment, allowing it to be more consistent with its BeamSpam.
* AvengingTheVillain: Given his intense focus on destroying [[spoiler:Kira, who killed Le Creuset and represents everything Rau loathed]], this likely plays a role in Rey's motivations.
* BashBrothers: 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 NewWorldOrder, Shinn and Rey are always together.
* BeamSpam: The Legend has a total of 26 beam guns across its ten [[AttackDrone DRAGOON]] units, and it can fire them while they're still docked, allowing it to achieve this trope in Earth as well as in space.
* {{BFG}}: Legend's beam rifle is very large, even longer than the Providence's beam rifle, which is already the size of a beam bazooka.
* BiggerStick: Although understated, the Legend is among the best Gundams in the entire storyline, on par with the Destiny, Strike Freedom and Infinite Justice. Although on paper it doesn't seem to be anything impressive (it even has less BeamSpam than Providence), it is ''much'' faster, has better offensive and defensive options, and can use its heavier firepower even in Earth. Two of its {{Attack Drone}}s are capable of close range engagement as well, and when combined with the drone's speed the Legend is a nightmare for most mobile suits specializing in close combat. Even Athrun in his Infinite Justice avoids a one-to-one confrontation with the Legend.
* {{Bishonen}}: Probably the prettiest member of the male cast.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Appears to be a rational, likeable young man. Is actually a bitter ManipulativeBastard with plans for a genetic determinist utopia.
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:For Shinn, who falls apart when he realizes what Rey and the Chairman were doing to him]].
* ClonesArePeopleToo: [[spoiler:Kira Yamato]] eventually convinces him of this, which leads to his VillainousBreakdown.
* CloningBlues: Unsurprisingly (given his blond hair, blue eyes, voice actor, and oddly constructed last name), Rey is [[spoiler:a clone of Al Da Flaga]], and believes that it's his job to be [[spoiler:a better version of Le Creuset.]]
* ConflictingLoyalties: Emerge after his VillainousBreakdown.
* DarkIsEvil: Downplayed - see Shinn's entry above. In his case, it's the Legend Gundam that wears these colors.
* DeflectorShield: The Legend is equipped with a pair of beam shield generators, just like the Destiny.
* TheDragon: Operates subtly as Durandal's, enforcing his will aboard the ''Minerva'', and acting as his primary physical defense.
* DualWielding: The Legend carries a pair of beam javelins stored at its legs that can be combined together at their hilts into a DoubleWeapon, similar to Athrun's use of beam sabers with the Justice from the previous series and later with the Infinite Justice.
* EvilMentor: 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 WithUsOrAgainstUs attitude.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: 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 [[spoiler:Rau Le Creuset]]. See StrawNihilist for how.
* FreakOut: He has one at the Extended lab, foreshadowing both [[spoiler:his clone status and his eventual VillainousBreakdown]].
* FriendVersusLover: 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.
* HiddenDepths: As shown in episode 15, he has a fondness for playing the piano.
* IcyBlueEyes: Of the cool and unflinching variety.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Vaporizes [[spoiler: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 MythologyGag.
* TheLastDance: Much like Rau le Creuset, drugs stave off the CloneDegeneration to some degree, yet he tells Shinn he'll die shortly. This clearly factors into his desire to see the Destiny Plan implemented soon.
* LightIsNotGood: Blond hair, blue eyes, white mobile suit and pilot uniform...you get the idea by now.
* LightningBruiser: The Legend is ''much'' faster than the Providence, fast enough to fight toe-to-toe with the Strike Freedom, and has absolutely no issues avoiding the latter's own BeamSpam.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Acts as the voice of reason for Shinn both on and off the Battlefield. Deconstructed in that Rey actively encourages this to keep Shinn under his sway- something that proves to be a mistake. [[spoiler: Rey makes a tactical error in the final battle when her orders's Shinn to go on alone, apparently not grasping that without his presence Shinn would start to fall apart.]]
%%* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* ManipulativeBastard: He has Shinn wrapped around his little finger for the entire series, maintains control over the ''Minerva'' through his role as ThePoliticalOfficer, and almost drives Kira into a HeroicBSOD during the final battle by [[spoiler:revealing his CloningBlues]]. [[spoiler: Bot Justified and Subverted; because he's believes he needs to ''be'' his "Brother" Rau; a view fostered onto him by Durandal. Then subverted when Kira [[ShutUpHannibal rebuffs his arguments]], showing that Rey is ''not'' the same Rau, and that he himself had been manipulated]]
%%* MidSeasonUpgrade: The Legend
* MythologyGag: Well, everyone was wondering [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam who'd get the bazooka to the head]] in a show featuring Creator/ShuichiIkeda and Creator/MamiKoyama...
** And notable with '''all''' the other ones, Rey's [[MarkOfShame forehead wounded and bleeding]] at the end, referencing the end of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''...
* NotSoStoic: During his FreakOut at Lodonia, and his VillainousBreakdown at the end.
* NumberOfTheBeast: ZGMF-X'''666'''S Legend.
* OnlyFriend: Shinn and Rey are one another's only friends for most of the show. Calling them "alone together" is pretty accurate.
* OnlySaneMan: 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.
* ThePhilosopher: Very much in the same vein as Lacus, Durandal, and Le Creuset, he spends a lot of time brooding about meaning, nature and actions.
* ThePoliticalOfficer: 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.
* PowerTrio: One of the only consistent group dynamics in the series; Shinn is the Id, Luna the Ego, and Rey the Superego.
* TheQuietOne: During Athrun's time on the ''Minerva'', he generally keeps his head down, as it wouldn't do for Athrun to recognize [[spoiler:Rey's similarity to Rau le Creuset]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue to Shinn's Red. Just look at their eyes.
* TheReveal: A rather subdued one, [[spoiler:when Shinn (and the viewers) see him taking some of Rau Le Creuset's trademark little pills, and he casually remarks that he suffers from short telomeres, which confirms his status as a clone.]]
* TheStoic: Always calm, always controlled.
* StrawNihilist: Subverted. While Rey has a very negative view of humanity, he ''consciously rejects'' Rau-style [[OmnicidalManiac Omnicidal Mania]], believing instead that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans. Further cemented in the finale, when the realization that he can be his own person and make his own choices -- rather than blindly following the path set out before him by others -- leads him to [[spoiler:betray the Destiny Plan and shoot Durandal]].
* SympathyForTheDevil: He's the only person other than Shinn to expresses some sympathy for [[TykeBomb Stella]]'s situation. He also has some sympathy for [[spoiler:Le Creuset, whom he regards as a rescuer, as well as a brother/other incarnation of himself]].
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Rey is not a good influence on Shinn. While the friendship is quite real, Rey is more interested in using Shinn to further Durandal's ideal world [[spoiler: since he can't do it himself due to his short lifespan]]. He goes to great lengths to [[PoisonousFriend keep Shinn dependant on him]], such as having Athrun [[spoiler: framed for treason]], and trying to drive a wedge between Shinn and Luna. All the while, remaining unaware (or indifferent) to Shinn's [[SanitySlippage failing psyche]]. Turned
* UndyingLoyalty: 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 [[spoiler:Le Creuset]], than from anything else, and when his ArchEnemy Kira points out that he can, in fact, choose to be whoever he wants, Rey finally snaps.
* UnknownRival: To Kira. Once he reveals his [[spoiler:CloningBlues]], however, he immediately has Kira's attention.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: If Durandal's flashbacks are any indicator.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: 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.
* VillainousBreakdown: An utterly epic one, [[spoiler:during the final battle. Kira [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath 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 [[ShoutOut for his]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack "mother"]] [[spoiler:in Talia's arms as Messiah Base caves in on them]].
* VillainousFriendship: Had a Type I with [[spoiler:Durandal and Le Creuset]]. He has one with Shinn as well, though Shinn's hardly evil.
* VisionaryVillain: Shares Durandal's vision of the future.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In the same vein as Durandal. Having seen what [[spoiler:his "[[OmnicidalManiac other self]]" tried to do,]] Rey is convinced that something has to change.
* [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]: He has a very warm and striking smile that isn't seen much due to his stoicism.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: The show's main proponent of this attitude.

[[folder:Athrun Zala]]
!!Main mecha: Saviour Gundam, Infinite Justice Gundam
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/AkiraIshida (Japanese), Creator/SamuelVincent (English)
-->''"The enemy? And who are they?"''

The ''true'' main protagonist of the series. A veteran of the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED 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 aboard the Minerva, a TransformingMecha just like the Aegis from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', and eventually obtains the [=ZGMF-X19A=] Infinite Justice, a melee-oriented Gundam and the Justice's SpiritualSuccessor.

* TheAce: The Minerva's crew ''treat'' him like this, but see BrokenAce, below for how he feels about it.
* AcePilot: Though his record is overshadowed by Kira, and later Shinn, Athrun is probably the most skilled and experienced pilot on the show; excelling in Close-combat and battlefield tactics. During combat, he keeps a close eye on the overall tactical situation, issuing orders and engaging key (or difficult) targets to keep the pressure off his allies. He's the only pilot that was able to go one-on-one with Kira's Freedom at first, and did so with the less advanced Savior while not in [[SuperMode Seed Mode]]. In the two times he faces against the Destiny, Athrun can handle everything that Shinn throws at him, and then starts destroying weapons when the latter's [[TheBerserker hotheadedness gets the better of him]]. And while Shinn was in SEED mode for most of the fight, Athrun ''wasn't''. He didn't activate it until the very end in order to shield Luna from a berserk Shinn, after which he basically wrecks the Destiny into pieces.
* AesopAmnesia: After Lacus confronts him with a ToBeLawfulOrGood decision [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED two years ago]], he chooses to listen to his conscience, rejected a "MyCountryRightOrWrong" 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 [[TheAtoner deeply conflicted feelings]] about the role he played in the last war (particularly issues regarding his [[SinsOfOurFathers 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 [[HeelRealization realize he was going down the same path again]].
* BigBrotherMentor: 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. The two do still manage to develop a relationship however, [[spoiler: one which is strong enough for Shinn to be fairly distressed after Athrun's "betrayal". Athrun, in turn, continually attempts to talk sense into Shinn about the wrongness of Durandal's plans for the remainder of the series, up through their final fight in the last episode.]]
* BreakThemByTalking: Twice [[spoiler:towards Shinn]] near the end series. First time they meet, he goes the KirkSummation route. The second time he's [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech not so nice]].
* BrokenAce: He doesn't live up to his own standards, fails to mentor others, and is ''very'' conflicted about what's right.
* BrokenBase: In-universe example. Athrun's a controversial figure in his (former) home country, wildly regarded as one of the best pilots ZAFT ever produced, but is also technically a traitor.
* BrokenPedestal: To Lunamaria and the other ZAFT soldiers who idealize him. They were expecting a legendary AcePilot. They got, well, [[ShellShockedVeteran Athrun]]. The end of ''Final Plus'' indicates that he's reconciled with Both Shinn and Luna, but the hero worship remains gone.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Suffering from this for a little over half of the series. Though he was capable of using Seed Mode at will by the end of the first series, he has since lost that ability. He still remains a highly skilled pilot and field commander, retaining all of the experience he gained during the first war. This makes it so that even without the ability to access Seed Mode at will he is still one of the best fighters around. By the end of the series however, he regains the ability to access Seed Mode whenever he wants.
* ChickMagnet: Despite ([[{{Adorkable}} or because of]]) being somewhat stilted and awkward, women throw themselves at Athrun.
* CombiningMecha: As Justice's successor, the Infinite Justice is comprised of two units - the core mecha, and a glider unit that can serve as either a backpack or a remote-controlled mount. While it retains the two beam cannons from the Justice's design, its shape is more streamlined and is equipped with beam blades instead of machine guns. This makes its ramming attack much more lethal, and although Athrun doesn't risk using it against dangerous enemies like the Destiny and Legend, it is very effective against slow moving targets like battleships, allowing to Athrun to later destroy the Minerva by simply deploying its backpack to ram straight through it.
* CorporalPunishment: Administers it to Shinn a few times. It doesn't take.
* TheCynic: His attitude towards the entire war. Shinn and Luna's idealism in particular seem to grate on him.
* CynicalMentor: Vaciliates between being this and a more traditional BigBrotherMentor to Shinn. It doesn't really work.
* DeflectorShield: Like the Impulse, the Savior's shield is enhanced with beam deflecting forcefields.
** Unlike Strike Freedom, Destiny and Legend, the Infinite Justice only carries a single solid shield that is equipped with an additional beam shield generator to defend itself.
* {{Determinator}}: Though he tends to waver when he's uncertain of himself, once he makes up his mind he's nigh-unstoppable. See Freedom vs. Saviour for the former and [[spoiler:Infinite Justice vs. Destiny, when Athrun enters the Battle of Orb and takes on Shin while still wounded]] for the latter.
* DoubleWeapon: Just like with the Justice, Athrun always combines the beam sabers of Infinite Justice into a double-bladed beam saber.
* EtTuBrute: A rare protagonist example; even though he'd been growing increasingly distant, it was a huge blow to the crew of the ''Minerva'' when he aparently turns traitor ([[HeKnowsTooMuch not that he had much choice in the regard]])
* {{Expy}}: Plays [[CharClone Quattro Bajeena]] to Shinn's Kamille Bidan, ultimately deconstructing the relationship that the ''ZetaGundam'' heroes shared.
* FailedASpotCheck: 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 HeroicSacrifice. 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.
* TheGlovesComeOff: Occurs in the final battle when [[spoiler:Shinn tries to ''kill Luna'' in a moment of berserk rage]]. For most of the battle, Athrun had been sticking to the defensive, as he ''really'' didn't want to fight [[spoiler:either Shinn or Luna]]. But when the previously mentioned spoiler happens, his restraint breaks and the fight ends [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown VERY quickly]] [[spoiler:especially since the Destiny had lost most of it's close-range options]].
-->'''Athrun''': "''You Damn FOOL!!''"
%%* GreenEyes
* TheHero: While Shinn is TheProtagonist of the first half and Kira takes over in the second, Athrun is ultimately the overall main character of the sequel.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: 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 AesopAmnesia mentioned above.
* KnightInSourArmour: 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.
* TheLancer: To Kira, when they finally end up on the same side again.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: What ''is'' it with Athrun and red Gundams?
* LightningBruiser: In the Infinite Justice. It's fast enough to keep pace with the Destiny, and carries enough melee weapons to make an NRA member cry.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: The Infinite Justice.
* MrFanservice: Considering his ChickMagnet status, yes.
* MultiMeleeMaster: Athrun takes this to new levels of insanity with his Infinite Justice by having two combinable beam sabers, beam blades on its wings and lower legs, and a shield sporting a beam boomerang that double as a beam saber, a beam shield generator, and a rocket anchor that he never actually uses. To top it off he uses its beam shield as a [[ShieldBash makeshift melee weapon]].
* MythologyGag: His [[PaperThinDisguise "Alex Dino" disguise]] wearing CoolShades is an [[CharClone obvious reference]] to Char Aznable's Quattro Bajeena persona in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''. And the one who revealed his identity? Gilbert Durandal, who shares [[Creator/ShuichiIkeda the same voice]] as Quattro/Char himself!
* NoSocialSkills: 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.
* NotSoDifferent: Shinn reminds Athrun of himself during the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED 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. The greatest difference between them ultimately lies in what makes both of them so similar; while Athrun is cynical and Shinn is idealistic, they are both devoted soldiers who feel that they ''need'' to be a part of a chain of command to fight for peace, which ZAFT and [[FlawExploitation Durandal handily provide]].
* OlderAndWiser: 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.
* ReluctantWarrior: Athrun still doesn't want to fight, but unlike [[TechnicalPacifist Kira]] he doesn't go out of his way to avoid killing when he ''does'' fight.
* RoundhouseKick: His SignatureMove with the Infinite Justice, made more effective due to the cutting beams built into its legs. Though they're more of quick sweep kicks instead of the flashy kind usually seen in fiction.
* SecretKeeper: For Meer. She confides on him about her role as Lacus's BodyDouble, and he doesn't spill the beans about it.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Not a full on example, but he's definitely got some aspects of this trope. May or may not explain his AesopAmnesia, 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.
%%* ShootTheDog: His take-down of [[spoiler: Shinn and The Destiny]] in the final battle is portaryed in this light.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: The contrast between cynical, war-weary Athrun and the idealistic, patriotic (and badly misguided) Shinn couldn't be much stronger.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: 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 [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage usual thing]] with "Savior" vs "Saviour"
* TheStoic: Though Kira now outdoes him in this respect.
* SuperMode: 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* SupportingProtagonist: For both Shinn ''and'' Kira.
* TheReasonYouSuck: Gives a rather abbreviated but very [[ArmorPiercingQuestion deep-cutting]] one [[spoiler:to Shinn Asuka in the final battle, lambasting him for taking part in what's effectively attempted genocide on Orb purely because of his own selfish inability to let go of his angst and hate. He then further goes on to imply the reason Shinn can't allow his anger to fade is because he himself has become ''someone who lives off of the hate and death of war'', the very same as the people he claimed to despise - that since Shinn doesn't know anything else except pain and how to cause it, he pathologically ''needs'' to think himself on the "right" side so that he can always have a way to justify continuing his hate. To say Shinn doesn't react well to this assessment is a gross understatement, but in doing so only proves Athrun right as his mad desperation to kill him nearly resulted in Shinn killing Luna instead, forcing Athrun to [[TheGlovesComeOff finally go on the offense]] and cut the Destiny down to save Luna]].
* TransformingMecha: The Saviour, which converts into a jet-like mobile armor.
* WouldHitAGirl: As Lunamaria can attest.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: She has bright blue hair.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: 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 busts out of the base with Meyrin's help (though he's forced to bring her 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.]]
%%* ZenSurvivor

[[folder:Meyrin Hawke]]
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/FumikoOrikasa (Japanese), Creator/NicoleBouma (English)

A BridgeBunny 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.
* AdrenalineMakeover: She wore GirlishPigtails until [[spoiler:her defection]], after which she [[LettingHerHairDown let her hair loose]]. [[spoiler: Subverted later: in the last battle, she wore her hair up in pigtails again.]]
%%* BridgeBunny
* CelebCrush: On Athrun Zala. Unlike her sister, she's able to accept him for [[ShellShockedVeteran who he is]], rather than [[TheAce who she expected]].
* DistractedByTheSexy: Deliberately {{Invoked}} via ModestyTowel in order to delay some soldiers. She wasn't even naked underneath the towel!
* GreenEyedMonster: Downplayed. Meyrin demonstrates some jealousy of Lunamaria's looks, but it's a minor aspect of her character.
* HeroWorshipper: Has a serious hero-crush on Athrun.
%%* NiceGirl
* PluckyGirl: When under pressure, she can be pretty resourceful.
* [[HeKnowsTooMuch She Knows Too Much]]: [[spoiler: Gets caught by Rey when helping Athrun sneak into the MS hanger bay, forcing Athrun to take her with him least she get tried for treason alongside him.]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The girly girl to Luna's tomboy.
* TheUnfavorite: Seems to consider herself this. She shows occasional bouts of jealousy over Luna's popularity (for example, trying on Luna's [[CustomUniformOfSexy pink miniskirt]] while Luna was in the shower -- and becoming annoyed when it doesn't fit).

[[folder:Talia Gladys]]
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/MamiKoyama (Japanese), Creator/VenusTerzo (English)

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 [[TheDitz 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.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: 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.
* BenevolentBoss: She's variously temperamental, professional, or introverted, but Talia cares very much about every single one of her subordinates.
* BoobsAndButtPose: In a ShowerScene in episode 30 of the HD Remaster.
* BrokenBird: Her history with Durandal left her one of the more jaded and resigned of the cast, especially where he's concerned.
* TheCaptain: She serves as the ''Minerva'''s captain.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Don't get enthusiastic over other women, Arthur.
* CommissarCap: Part of the standard ZAFT captain's uniform.
* CoolShip: 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.
* {{Foil}}: To both Murrue and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Natarle Badgiruel]], with Talia's sharpness and stricter approach contrasting Murrue's original naivete, and her anger and skepticism contrasting Natarle's unquestioning loyalty and unemotionalism, and Murrue's current idealism. [[spoiler: In a CallBack, Talia also ends up trying to take out a non-military boss she can no longer stand, in the end]]. Acknowledged by Talia herself when she expresses the wish for Murrue to [[spoiler:meet her young son, someday]].
* FreudianSlip: In the original, she does refer to Arthur once the way a wife usually does to her husband. Japanese fandom noticed the ShipTease.
* GrayEyes: They match her CoolShip. Appropriate - as in ''[[Literature/TheOdyssey "gray-eyed Athena"]].''
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Arthur's constantly at her side and she has a mix of affection and annoyance for him, so they come off as this.
* ModestyBedsheet: She uses it after her one time with Durandal.
* NewOldFlame: To Durandal. Almost instantly begins turning to an OldFlameFizzle, due to his ever-increasing callousness and her responsive disgust.
* ParentalSubstitute: Becomes this to [[spoiler:Rey at the very end, in the most tragic way possible]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Tries hard to have a sound personality. It's a tough job though, considering the kind of crew she has to deal with.
* ShipTease: With Arthur. Even the fact that she calls him "Arthur" implies more of a degree of familiarity than strict professionalism (not that their relationship is terribly professional to begin with).
* SubordinateExcuse: Would just as soon NOT be in this position with the Chairman.
* TheReveal: In succession, she and Chairman Durandal are [[spoiler:lovers, at least for one early episode]], were [[spoiler:romantically involved more than a decade ago]], and she [[spoiler:is a mother with a young son from the marriage she chose over him]].
* TheRival: She and the ''Minerva'' are very much the [[EvilCounterpart Morally Ambiguous Counterparts]] to Murrue and the ''Archangel''.
* TheSkeptic: Is there an order of any kind from HQ? Talia will be questioning it, and what's behind it. Professionally, she simply tends to ask "why" more often than not. (Whether this is a good or unfortunate thing for a highly-placed military officer might be another in-show example of nature vs. role.)
* TeamMom: 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 [[DysfunctionJunction crew's problems]] are just too much for her to handle.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: 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 [[spoiler:for setting out to kill him on her own]].
* WomanInWhite: She wears her white captain's uniform.
* WomanScorned: Ends up as this to the Chairman, though [[spoiler: she's not goaded into action so much by her personal feelings as she is horrified by the monster he's become.]]

[[folder:Arthur Trine]]
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/HirokiTakahashi (Japanese), Jonathan Holmes (English)

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.
* AccentAdaptation: He has no accent in the original, but in the English dub (likely due to his [[KingArthur name]], quirky personality, etc.) he gains a British-Australian one (and loses his {{Catchphrase}}).
* {{Adorkable}}: [[TheCassandra 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... UpToEleven.
* BlackComedy: ''"And if they all decided to turn on us, that'd be the end of Gibraltar! Ahahaha..."'' (Given [[TheCassandra his ''other'' specialty]], Talia might [[DudeNotFunny have been right in getting mad here.]])
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Arthur's goofy and inexperienced but is never shown to be less than competent at his job. Justified, in that ZAFT is a militia.
* TheCassandra: "Impulse [[spoiler:can beat the Freedom"? "If [[BigBad someone]] doesn't get shot, this war is never going to end"? "Hey, maybe it's NOT a good idea to go after TheChosenMany]] on the ''Archangel"?'' [[spoiler:This is his non-PluckyComicRelief role.]] Arthur tends to be rather startlingly accurate when he predicts something, but for various reasons, he's not terribly effective at getting taken seriously.
* {{Catchphrase}}: In Japanese. ''[[BigWhat EHHH??]]''
* CommissarCap: Part of the standard uniform.
* CowardlyLion: Arthur is nervy, jumpy, and prone to freaking out, yet he's a perfectly capable officer, sticks by TheCaptain's side to the end, and adapts remarkably well to the ''Minerva'''s increasingly crazy plans.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: In the Remaster, [[{{Tsundere}} Talia yanks him by the EAR]] for daring to ogle [[HelloNurse Murrue]].
* EnsignNewbie: Unlike his boss, Arthur is not a veteran. Fortunately, he's the NumberTwo, not TheCaptain, and acquits himself fairly well.
* FirstNameBasis: Talia addresses him this way, and it's noticeable because ZAFT is more of a LastNameBasis kind of place.
* TheFool: Plays this so well, [[TheCassandra it obfuscates his other talents.]]
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: His relationship with Talia, and it's very much played for all the comedy inherent.
* MildlyMilitary: He gets called by his first name, yelled at by his boss, and his personality makes him seem like he's not much of a soldier, but he ''does'' know what he's doing and can get strict about it.
* NiceGuy: Arthur is a rarity in this show--hell, in this franchise--an unambiguously affable guy.
* NonActionGuy: Subverted. He may not pilot a mobile suit, but he's the first officer of a battleship.
%%* NumberTwo: To Talia.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: He may be periodically goofy, but Arthur's nothing but devoted and chivalrous.
* PluckyComicRelief: In a universe that's as much of a CrapsackWorld as the Cosmic Era, Arthur embodies this.
* ShipTease: With Talia, who else?
* TheSkeptic: Not as much as Talia, but he frequently questions the logic of her decisions, especially in the first part of the show. Since she ''is'' one, she's pretty benevolent about explaining everything to him.
* SubordinateExcuse: 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". CourtlyLove, if anything, [[KingArthur given the allusions]]...
* UnknownRival: For Athrun, as top officer on the ''Minerva''. Justified; [[TheCassandra 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 DeathGlare at Athrun a couple times or fail to ever reprimand Shinn's insubordination the way he instantly does for Talia, though. [[TheCassandra (And given how Athrun's involvement with the ship turns out...)]]
* YouAreInCommandNow: Twice. Briefly, after Talia is too emotionally exhausted, following [[spoiler:the events of Athrun's desertion]], then [[spoiler:when she leaves the crew in his hands at the end, apologizing to him and asking him to look after everyone.]] [[{{Tearjerker}} Salute.]]
%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!Earth Alliance Forces

[[folder:Stella Loussier]]
!!Main mecha: Gaia Gundam, Destroy Gundam
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/HoukoKuwashima (Japanese), Creator/LalainiaLindbjerg (English)
-->''"Shinn... protect Stella..."''

One of the Extended (a group of [[PsychoSerum 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 (redesignated the [=RGX-03=]), a TransformingMecha 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 [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin humongous Gundam of mass destruction]].
* AffablyEvil : Stella is psycho and paranoid. But at her best when she can control herself, her personality is very close with innocent 5 years old girl.
* AmbiguousDisorder : While is never stated, some fans believe she is have a autism judging from her personailty.
* AntiVillain : Stella has no real idea of what she's doing or why she's being ordered to do it. She's evil because of who she takes orders from, not her personality.
* AxCrazy: Beneath her {{Cloudcuckoolander}} exterior she's just as violently insane as (if far more pitiable than) Auel.
* AttackDrone: The Destroy's hands are equipped with beam cannons in each of its fingers, and can be deployed to attack independently of the suit from various directions.
* BadassAdorable: Aww, [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe can I take her home with me?]]
* BiggerStick: The Destroy is a 400-tonne stick.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Stella's memory is regularly rewritten by Neo, leaving her with little in the way of a functioning personality.
* BrokenBird: The process that made her an Extended did ''not'' leave her mind in good shape.
* CharacterDevelopment: 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.
* CustomUniformOfSexy: Though not ''quite'' as blatant as Luna's, if only because all three Extended have modified their uniforms to some extent.
* DarkActionGirl: One of the EA's most dangerous pilots.
* TheDarkChick: Compare her {{Cloudcuckoolander}} behavior to that of her teammates, AxCrazy [[TheBrute Auel]] and [[TheStoic cold-blooded]] [[EvilGenius Sting]], let alone [[TheDragon Neo]] [[ManipulativeBastard Roanoke's]]. She's definitely the odd one out, and it only gets worse as [[ShellShockedVeteran trauma]] causes her to regress further and further into her [[PsychopathicManchild childhood]].
* DeflectorShield: Like the Impulse, Gaia's shield is enhanced with beam deflecting forcefields, allowing it to bounce beam shots and defend against powerful attacks that mundane shields cannot block. Stella doesn't make extensive use of her shield, however.
** The Destroy Gundam is equipped with three shields called Positron Deflectors, which reflects all sorts of solid and beam attacks. It is located at its head and the detachable arms. They can only be bypassed by close range beam weapons such as beam sabers and the anti-ship beam swords.
* DetachedSleeves: On her custom uniform.
* DrugsAreBad: Considering what they turned her into, yes.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes : She love Shinn, both romantically and platonically.
* EvilIsBigger: The Destroy Gundam is roughly the size of a battleship at Mobile Suit mode.
* {{Expy}}: Anyone who has watched ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' 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.
* GoOutWithASmile: Smiles at Shinn as she bleeds out.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: She warmly ''smiles'' at a blushing Shinn when they had to sit naked together next to a campfire as their clothes dry...
* IdiotSavant: 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 [[AxeCrazy Auel]] and [[SociopathicSoldier Sting]].
* TheJuggernaut: 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.
* LackOfEmpathy: 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!"
%%* TheLostLenore: For Shinn.
* MagicSkirt: Both her civilian ''and'' military outfits miraculously prevent {{Panty Shot}}s.
* MeaningfulName: The Gaia is a land-bound mobile suit.
%%* MeetCute: With Shinn.
* TheMentallyIll: Stella's a mentally handicapped girl who reacts to almost everything with horror and cannot process that other people are people.
%%* MidSeasonUpgrade: The Destroy
* MightyGlacier: The Destroy, though she's more mobile than most, bludgeoning her way through much of Eurasia and into the heart of Berlin.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The GFAS-X1 Destroy.
* NoSocialSkills: Stella has the social skills of a three or four year old, if that.
* TheNotLoveInterest: For Shinn. Their relationship smacks of StarCrossedLovers, but is never explicitly romantic (and given Stella's extremely young mental age, she likely doesn't even understand the concept of romantic love).
* OneManArmy: Not at first--although she's very good--but once she gets into the Destroy, she's essentially unstoppable.
* PowerTrio: The Id, to Auel's Ego, and Sting's Superego.
* [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]]: She's mentally very, very young. Unusually for this trope it just makes her ''more'' sympathetic and not less.
* PsychoSerum: As part of the process that makes her an Extended.
%%* PurpleEyes
* TheRival: At times, can be seen as [[DesignatedGirlFight Lunamaria's]].
* SanitySlippage: She was already unstable, and the stress of the war sends her overboard into AxCrazy, although she remains sympathetic.
* ScreamingWarrior[=/=]ScreamingWoman: A little bit of both actually.
* SlaveMook: She has no choice when it comes to working for Neo.
* SmallGirlBigGun: More accurately a childlike girl with the [[WeaponsOfMassDestruction Destroy]].
* SociopathicSoldier: Though not to the same degree as Sting and Auel. She's [[PsychopathicManchild insane]], not [[PsychoForHire evil]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Japanese sources list her name as "Stellar". North American sources, as well as the R1 [=DVDs=], use "Stella".
* StarCrossedLovers[=/=]LikeBrotherAndSister: Her relationship with Shinn.
* StellarName: She's named after "Stella".
* SuperSoldier: Though you'd never know it to look at her.
* ThanksForTheMammary: Her first encounter with Shinn involving him accidentally grabbing her chest.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Always refers to herself as "Stella".
* TragicMonster: 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.
* TransformingMecha: The Gaia can transform between bipedal and quadreped forms; later, she gets the Destroy, which has a mobile armor and a mobile suit mode.
* TriggerPhrase: 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.
* VaporWear: She's not wearing a bra in her civilian outfit, at least.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: The [[MeaningfulName Destroy]] series is built with mass destruction in mind.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Seems to be the case with all the Extended, but it's most obvious with her.
%%* ZettaiRyouiki

[[folder:Neo Roanoke]]
!!Main mecha: Exus, Windam (purple), Akatsuki Gundam
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (Japanese), Creator/TrevorDevall (English)
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-->''"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 ManipulativeBastard, he generally uses his abilities in that field to keep his subordinates as stable and sane as possible.
* AceCustom: His purple-colored Exus mobile armor and Windam mobile suit.
* AcePilot: One of the best pilots at the EA's disposal, regularly taking on the likes of Shinn and Rey in vastly inferior mecha.
* AlertnessBlink: Between him and Rey. [[spoiler: It's a callback to ''SEED'', where Mu and Rau could sense when the other was nearby. This foreshadows that Roanoke is actually an amnesic Mu, and Rey is another clone of Mu's father.]]
* AmnesiacDissonance: Meeting Murrue touches off a bad case of it.
* AttackDrone: His TS-[=MA4F=] Exus mobile armor features four of them. [[spoiler:So does the Akatsuki when equipped with the Shiranui DRAGOON pack]].
* BadassNormal: He's not a [[BornWinner Coordinator]] or [[TykeBomb Extended]] and doesn't have [[SuperMode SEED mode]] or a [[BiggerStick Gundam]] (at first), but regularly fights on the same level as pilots who are/do.
* BigBrotherMentor: Still projects this aura. This is a bad thing for people who might like to be objective about things like, oh, ''trusting him''.
%%* BiggerStick: [[spoiler:The Akatsuki]]
* BlingBlingBang: The [[spoiler:''golden'' Akatsuki he inherited from Cagalli after his HeelFaceTurn]]. The characters actually have to avert their eyes!
* BrokenAce: In [[spoiler:both his personas]]. Neo is a profoundly damaged set of goods to say the least.
* TheCaptain: For Phantom Pain and the ''Girty Lue''.
* CatchPhrase: [[spoiler:"I'm the man who makes the impossible possible."]]
* CharClone: Blonde, masked enigmatic AcePilot who is also TheDragon and TheRival? Ayep, he's a Char.
** Also, ever noticed how much he resembles Rau Le Creuset? [[spoiler: That's not a coincidence.]]
* CoolMask: To cover up some truly ugly scarring on his face.
* CoolPlane: He later pilots a Skygrasper [[spoiler:during his HeelFaceTurn]].
* CoolShip: Commands the first-of-its-kind ''Girty Lue'' assault carrier, which is essentially an ''Archangel''-class battleship with the [[WaveMotionGun Lohengrin]] removed in favor of a [[InvisibilityCloak Mirage Colloid system]], a stealth propulsion engine, and a hanger room for an entire strike force of mobile suits.
* CoveredWithScars: His face and torso are coated in scar tissue.
* CriminalAmnesiac: [[spoiler:Mu]], courtesy of Djibril.
* CustomUniform: His all black uniform and helmet cause Neo to cut a very noticeable figure.
* TheCynic: Neo is fully aware of the kind of people he is working for and the sort of war he is fighting.
* DeathFromAbove: Delivered in his Windam. Generally, he and Sting provided the Earth Forces with air support.
* TheDragon: To Djibril, leading both the Navy and Phantom Pain for him. Overlaps with HypercompetentSidekick as he, and not his boss, is the reason for most of the Earth Forces' military successes.
%%* EvilMentor: To the Extended.
* EnemyMine: How he portrays [[spoiler:his initial alliance with the ''Archangel''.]]
* ExactWords: Shinn returned Stella to his custody on the sole condition Neo remove her to some safe place far from war. Neo said "...I promise." He didn't say "I'll do it."
* FakeMemories: It's heavily implied that Djibril had false memories of always being Neo planted in Mu's head, effectively creating a separate persona.
* GlassCannon: 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.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: 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.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:After his memories as Mu start coming back to him, he decides to stick around the Archangel in order to find out who he really is.]]
* HesBack: [[spoiler:Finally regains his memories as Mu after recreating his own [[TakingTheBullet Taking The Antimatter Beam]] HeroicSacrifice, only this time in a mobile suit that can handle it]].
* HypercompetentSidekick: To Djibril. Not a case of DragonInChief though, as Djibril is very much in charge (and is by far the more evil of the two of them).
* IgnoredEpiphany: Neo is fully aware that he's an incredibly bad person. He also thinks he's gone too far to turn back now. [[spoiler:Being captured by the ''Archangel'' and a bad case of AmnesiacDissonance help shake him out of this]].
* InvisibilityCloak: 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.
* IveComeTooFar: Neo crossed his personal MoralEventHorizon 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 a brainwashing victim.
* JustFollowingOrders: He has a bad, bad case of this.
* KarmaHoudini: Avoids responsibility for the variety of crap he pulled while leading Phantom Pain. May be because he was NotHimself at the time. Also, Kira and co. don't ''know'' about most of the things Neo did. Given how loudly and repeatedly he stated who he was working for, it's hard to know if it's more disturbing if they do know or if they don't.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Unlike [[GeneralFailure 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.
* LightningBruiser: [[spoiler:The Akatsuki]]. See Cagali's entry for more on that.
* ManipulativeBastard: He controls the Extended by playing off of their worst fears, and promises Shinn he'll keep Stella away from the battlefield, [[spoiler:before putting her in the Destroy]]. Worst part is that this ''may'' actually have been best for everyone involved.
* MeaningfulName: Roanoke might get his name from UsefulNotes/TheLostColonyOfRoanoke, an English colony whose inhabitants mysteriously vanished. [[spoiler: Given that he's actually Mu La Flaga, a soldier who was lost in battle...]]
%%* MidSeasonUpgrade: [[spoiler:The Akatsuki]]
%%* OfficialCouple: With [[spoiler:Murrue]].
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Neo is an absoultely lethal pilot, but his use of first a mobile armor and then a Windam can cause this to be overlooked. [[spoiler:Come HeelFaceTurn he upgrades to the Akatsuki, and for the first time in series has a [[BiggerStick 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. There's even a scene in episode 49 that mirrors Rau when he first emerges on the battlefield in the Providence.]]
* ParentalSubstitute[=/=]TeamDad: Sinister version. Stella sees him as a father figure, and he certainly plays the role to all three [[{{Tykebomb}} Extended]], but it's equal parts sympathy and just keeping them under control.
* PetTheDog: He's the only person other than [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Shinn]] to express any concern for the Extended, or even treat them like human beings. Whether this is genuine, or an attempt to [[ManipulativeBastard manipulate]] them ([[TakeAThirdOption or both]]) is really left open.
* PragmaticVillainy: Neo has no interest in pointless destruction. It's not efficent.
* RealMenWearPink: Well they wear black, actually, but they fly modified bright pink Windams. His Exus mobile armor was pink as well.
* RedemptionEarnsLife: Coming over to the ''Archangel'' spares Neo from being killed with his superiors and subordinates--and likely from the war crimes trials that would have ensued after the war.
* SpaceFighter: The TS-[=MA4F=] Exus. An upgraded version of the Mobius Zero from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', it's armed with wire-guided [[AttackDrone gunpods]], missile launchers, and a heavy-machinegun. He's able to successfully outmaneuver Shinn and Rey (at the same time!) with it.
* TheRival: To Rey, mainly at the beginning.
* ZenSurvivor: Right down to the cryptic behavior, cynical mentoring, and lack of giving a damn.

[[folder:Ian Lee]]
!!!Voice Actors: Tadahisa Saizen (Japanese), Creator/LeeTockar (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.
* TheCaptain: Oddly, yes. He's the actual captain of the ''Girty Lue'', although he's outranked by Neo.
* CommissarCap: As part of his uniform.
* NumberTwo: To Neo in Phantom Pain.
* PunchClockVillain: Ian seems pretty unhappy with the worst of the crimes he's made accessory to, yet commits them anyway as part of his job.
* TheStrategist: He's willing to plan out strategies in battles.

[[folder:Auel Neider]]
!!Main mecha: Abyss Gundam
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/MasakazuMorita (Japanese), Creator/BradSwaile (English)

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 [[TriggerPhrase 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 (redesignated the [=RGX-02=]), a TransformingMecha which can turn into a stingray-like mobile armor that enhances its performance in amphibious combat.
* AxCrazy: Probably the worst of the three, at least initially.
* BeamSpam: When not underwater, the Abyss usually provides long-range support with its impressive array of beam weapons.
* BladeOnAStick: The Abyss is equipped with a beam lance.
* BloodKnight: Though whether it's the fighting or the [[InLoveWithYourCarnage killing]] that he likes more is open to debate.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Auel, like the other Extended, has little idea of who he really is or why he's fighting.
* TheBrute: To Neo's [[TheDragon Dragon]], and Stella's DarkChick.
* CustomUniform: His open shirt and orange shirt are not part of the standard EA uniform.
%%* CuteLittleFangs
* DeflectorShield: The wings of the Abyss double as shields and are enhanced with beam deflecting forcefields.
* DrugsAreBad: They've wrecked his mind.
* EvilLaugh: He laughs wickedly more often than not.
* {{Expy}}: He's pretty much a stabler version of [[AxeCrazy Shani Andras]], from the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed pre-Extended trio]]. They were even supposed to share the same voice actor in English, before Creator/RichardIanCox got caught up with other commitments.
* FauxAffablyEvil: If Auel is acting friendly he's probably ten seconds away from gutting you.
* GunsAkimbo: In the first episode, with submachine guns.
* HotSubOnSubAction: Sinks a ZAFT command sub while in submarine mode.
* {{Jerkass}}: Towards Stella, and anybody who isn't a member of Phantom Pain.
* KickTheDog: Probably the nastiest of the three, as evidenced by his use of Stella's TriggerPhrase as well as his sneering disregard for other people's lives.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: 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.
* LackOfEmpathy: He's a sneering, arrogant bully who treats everyone--excepting Sting and maybe Stella--as though they deserve to die.
* MeaningfulName: The Abyss is ocean-going.
* MommyIssues: Given that his block word is "Mother" it seems likely.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Abyss Gundam. I don't even want to ''pilot'' that, let alone fight it.
* PetTheDog: See KnightTemplarBigBrother It doesn't make up for his sadism or cruelty, but it's nice to see the drugs ''did'' leave something human behind.
* PowerTrio: The Ego (tending towards Id), to Sting's Superego, and Stella's Id.
* PsychoSerum: As part of the process that makes him an Extended.
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: Constantly cackles as he cuts people down.
* TheRival: To Shinn in the first half of the series.
%%* SlasherSmile: Almost permanently.
* SlaveMook: He's not as sympathetic as Stella, but Auel doesn't have any choice.
* SociopathicSoldier: Whoo boy. Auel is having ''far'' too much fun whenever he gets behind the Abyss's controls.
* SuperSoldier: The drugs and brainwashing let him fight at Coordinator level.
* TransformingMecha: The Abyss can transform into a mobile armor suited for underwater operations.
* TriggerPhrase: His is "mother". Take from that [[MommasBoy what you will]].
* {{Tykebomb}}: Raised since early childhood to be a killing machine.
%%* VillainousFriendship: With Sting.
%%* VitriolicBestBuds: Type II with Sting.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The PsychoSerum seems to have had the worst effect on Auel, as he's (initally at least) the least stable of the trio.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Sky blue hair.

[[folder:Sting Oakley]]
!!Main mecha: Chaos Gundam, Destroy Gundam
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/JunichiSuwabe (Japanese), Creator/BrentMiller (English)

The oldest and most stable member of Phantom Pain. Lacking Auel's [[AxCrazy bloodlust]] and Stella's [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} childishness]], he comes off as the most well-adjusted of the group, which is probably why he acts as the trio's unofficial leader, keeping them in line when Neo is unavailable.

He's the pilot of the [=ZGMF-X24S=] Chaos (re-coded as [=RGX-01=]), a TransformingMecha capable of transforming into a bird-like mobile armor, giving it an edge in aerial combat, and later another Destroy.
* AntiVillain : Stella is ''evil'' because she in enemies-side. All the worst thing that already she do is not her fault, she just do her job from her malicious ups
* AxCrazy: Late in the series he starts to exhibit these tendencies while piloting the Destroy.
* BareYourMidriff: In his civillian outfit.
* BigBrotherMentor: Is a bit of one to Auel, albeit of the "hellishly dysfunctional family" variety.
* BiggerStick: The Destroy, 400-tonnes of murder.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Sting's memories have been tampered with, to the point of forgetting about Auel and Stella after their deaths.
* CustomUniform: His open shirt is not standard for the EA.
* DeathFromAbove: He and Neo provide the air support, while Stella handles ground combat and Auel takes care of the water.
* DeflectorShield: Like the Impulse, Chaos' shield is enhanced with beam deflecting forcefields. It wasn't able to block Yzak's anti-''ship'' beam axe though, and is sliced in half early on.
* DrugsAreBad: Drugs have left him a sociopath.
* EvilGenius: While not a genius by any stretch of the imagination, he fills TheSmartGuy role in the FiveBadBand, largely by being the [[OnlySaneMan most rational]] of the three Extended.
%%* EvilIsBigger: The Destroy.
* EvilLaugh: Sometimes, he lets out a cackle; starts happening a lot more post-SanitySlippage.
* {{Expy}}: He's Orga Sabnak to Auel's Shani Andras. He also bears some similarities to Gates Capa of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', the OnlySaneMan among the Cyber-Newtypes.
* GeniusBruiser: Comparatively. He's got all the SuperSoldier training of his compatriots, but a far stronger grip on reality, allowing him to actually make tactical decisions.
* {{Irony}}: Tells [[AcePilot Kira]] (piloting the Freedom) that piloting a mobile suit has less to do with the mobile suit itself and more to do with pilot skill. And then for an extra helping he is beaten by a trio of [[MookMobile Mook Suits]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Mocks and belittles Auel and Stella. Of course, [[VitriolicBestBuds Auel gives as good as he gets.]]
* TheJuggernaut: In his Destroy.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: He's the only member of the Phantom Pain trio with any concept of tactics, including when to retreat.
* LackOfEmpathy: 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.
* TheLeader: 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).
* MidSeasonUpgrade: From the Chaos to the Destroy, much to the dismay of ZAFT's Heaven's Base assault force.
* MightyGlacier: Sting pretty much uses the Destroy as a mobile pillbox, taking advantage of its massive firepower and heavy armor to survive attacks.
* MirroredConfrontationShot: He and Shinn do this during the last part of their battle, both screaming their lungs out.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Both the Chaos ''and'' the Destroy. Arguably his real name as well (unless you're a big fan of Music/ThePolice).
* OnlySaneMan: At least compared to [[AxCrazy Auel]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Stella]]. He's certainly the only one with any common sense.
%%* PowerTrio: The Superego, to Auel's Ego and Stella's Id.
* PsychoSerum: As part of the process that makes him an Extended.
* PsychoticSmirk: Frequently. Becomes a full on SlasherSmile once he gets the Destroy.
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: Once he gets the Destroy.
%%* TheRival: To an extent, with Athrun.
* SanitySlippage: Following [[spoiler:Auel and Stella's deaths]] and upon getting his hands on the Destroy.
* ScreamingWarrior: While piloting the Destroy.
* SlaveMook: Sting, like Stella and Auel, is kept brainwashed and addicted to ensure his loyalty.
* SociopathicSoldier: 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 [[IdiotSavant handicaps]] and Auel's obvious [[AxeCrazy craziness]], yet still gets a real kick out of violence.
* SuperSoldier: Frequent doses of PsychoSerum let him fight like a Coordinator.
* TransformingMecha: The Chaos can transform into a SpaceFighter. And like Stella, he pilots the Destroy later in the series.
* TriggerPhrase: It was never stated in the show, but WordOfGod is that it was ''Dream''.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Like all the other Extended.
%%* VillainousFriendship: With Auel.
%%* VitriolicBestBuds: Type II with Auel.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: Following [[spoiler:Stella's death]] he's given command of a Destroy, and leads a squadron of them at the Battle of Heaven's Base.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Like his fellow Extended, Sting is already a bit of a loose cannon, thanks to years of abuse and [[PsychoSerum drug addiction]] (although compared to [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED the "Druggies"]] he's a pillar of stability), but he truly flips when -- after already [[spoiler:losing Auel and Stella]] -- he gets his hands on the [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Destroy]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green hair.

[[folder:Lord Djibril]]
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/HideyukiHori (Japanese), Alistair Abell (English)
-->''"And now, Chairman Durandal, I shall play... a [[WaveMotionGun Requiem]] for you and [[FantasticRacism all your kind]]!"''

Azrael's successor as the leader of Blue Cosmos, and a major antagonist throughout the show, Lord Djibril is best described as a [[TheSociopath total bastard]]. Vicious, cruel, [[SmugSnake arrogant]], and [[GeneralFailure 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.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Invoked by his title.
* BadBoss: He uses drugs to control the Extended and brainwashing on [[TheDragon Neo]]. He regularly leaves his men behind to die while he escapes, fully believes in WeHaveReserves, and treats his subordinates like imbeciles. Pretty much the worst boss ever.
* BigBadEnsemble: As the leader of the Earth Forces, Blue Cosmos, and Phantom Pain's FiveBadBand. While he's not the only contender for the title, he's the only one that everyone--in-series and out--agrees is an irredeemable psycho with no good qualities.
* DiabolicalMastermind: He's got the secret lair, hordes of minions, OminousMultipleScreens, an EvilPlan, and a RightHandCat that this trope seems to demand. While intellectually he's no ComicBook/LexLuthor, he still has the resources, influence, technology, and total disregard for human life to be a serious threat.
* DirtyCoward: 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.
* DragonAscendant: Was apparently Azrael's NumberTwo 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.
* EvilIsHammy: Of all the characters in show, he's easily the one who [[LargeHam chews the most scenery]]. Somehow it just makes him all the more disgusting.
* FantasticRacism: Against Coordinators. Like his predecessor Azrael, he wants to see them all exterminated, no matter what it takes.
* FinalSolution: Djibril has a vision for the future, and it doesn't include [[GattacaBabies Coordinators]].
* FlatCharacter: For such a major antagonist, Djibril recieves very little development. We know next to nothing about him, even at the end of the series.
* GeneralFailure: While he generally leaves the tactical decisions to [[HypercompetentSidekick 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 LackOfEmpathy will do that to you. See the business with the Destroy for a good example.
* AGlassOfChianti: Frequently pictured with one.
* GreaterScopeVillain: In ''Stargazer'', where first Azrael, and then he, are the ones giving Sven his orders.
%%* GreenEyes
* GovernmentConspiracy: 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.
* HairTriggerTemper: There's a ''lot'' of rage inside Djibril, and it's not particularly difficult to bring it out.
* HateSink: Djibril has the worst traits of his predecessor, Murata Azrael, while lacking the style, competency, or charisma that made the latter popular in-and-out of universe. He also gets overshadowed as the driving villain by Durandal, who ''[[ExploitedTrope exploits]]'' [[ExploitedTrope Djibril's vileness]] to [[VillainWithGoodPublicity get popular support for his own agenda]].
* {{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 Soldier}}s to oppose them.
* ImprobableAge: Thirty-one years old, and not only does he head Blue Cosmos, but he's controlling the Atlantic Federation as well.
* KarmicDeath: Every bit as fitting and deserved as Azrael's. [[spoiler:He is killed by Rey Za Burrel, another of Al Da Flaga's clones. Both Al and Djibril are wealthy men driven by their egos and abused children for their own gain]].
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Toyed with. Djibril has no issues with forcing his troops to fight to the last man (something [[HypercompetentSidekick 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 [[spoiler:Rey catches up to him at the lunar base]].
* LackOfEmpathy: 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.
* LastNameBasis: His first name is never brought up, even when Durandal exposes LOGOS and its members to the world, he is still curiously listed as 'Lord Djibril'. Then again, in a world with names like Neo, Sting, and Shams, [[WildMassGuessing 'Lord' may very well be his actual first name rather than just a title.]]
%%* TheLeader: Of Blue Cosmos. Type I.
* TheManBehindTheMan: To the Atlantic Federation and this particular incarnation of the Earth Sphere Alliance.
* MeaningfulName: "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.
* MugglePower: As the new head of Blue Cosmos.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: As the head of Blue Cosmos this goes without saying.
* NoIndoorVoice: Even when he's trying to be quiet, Djibril is loud.
* NonActionBigBad: Of the Earth Forces. Unlike Azrael, Djibril prefers to stay behind the lines, where it's safe.
* NukeEm: 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.
* ObviouslyEvil: We first see him in a secret underground lair, surrounded by [[OminousMultipleScreens televisions]], having AGlassOfChianti and stroking his RightHandCat.
* OhCrap: Has two moments. First is when [[spoiler:Durandal reveal the existence of Logos and its members, including him, to the world]]. The second is when he spots the Legend through his battleship's window, [[spoiler:mere seconds before it reduces him to ashes.]]
* OminousMultipleScreens: Surrounds himself with [=TVs=], through which he views the world and communicates with his subordinates.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: He seems to lack Azrael's [[HeManWomanHater misogyny]], but makes up for it in terms of how intense his FantasticRacism is.
* PsychoticSmirk: His usual expression.
* RightHandCat: And it's a black cat to boot.
* ShockAndAwe: 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.
* SissyVillain: Subverted. He has the look certainly, but none of the attitude, and his [[EvilSoundsDeep deep voice]] undermines any femininity his look lends him.
* SmugSnake: He's sneeringly arrogant, none-too bright, void of redeeming qualities, and completely unlikeable.
* TheSociopath: With his explosive temper, impulsiveness, and total LackOfEmpathy, Djibril's a very good example of a low-functioning sociopath.
* StupidEvil: 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.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Between the [[NukeEm nukes]], the [[BeamSpam Destroy]], the [[ShockAndAwe Nibelung]], and the [[WaveMotionGun Requiem]], it's clear that he, like Azrael, is a firm believer in this trope.
* UnwittingPawn: Possibly of Durandal's, though it's never made clear whether the Chairman is using Djibril, or he is actively seeking his destruction.
* WarForFunAndProfit: 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 [[NukeEm nuke]] the colonies (which would presumably cost him half his clientele), it's worth questioning the veracity of this statement.
* WeaponsOfMassDestruction: Loves these as evidenced by the [[NukeEm nuclear weapons]], the colossal, city-killing [[HumongousMecha Destroy]], the [[ShockAndAwe Nibelung]] [[UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla Tesla coil]], and the [[MeaningfulName Requiem]] WaveMotionGun.
* WeHaveReserves: Lives don't mean much to Djibril. He'll gladly throw away his troops if he thinks it'll let him win.
* WesternTerrorists: Under Djibril, Blue Cosmos has returned to its terrorist roots.
* WouldHurtAChild: He and Azrael created a project that takes children from their families, and puts them through TrainingFromHell in order to make them grow up to be teenaged {{super soldier}}s. That's without mentioning the Extended program.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In the novelization he kills [[spoiler:Yuna Roma Seiran]] after he is no longer needed.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He's only thirty-one. That makes him a year ''younger'' than Durandal and only three years older than Ramius.

!ZAFT Forces

[[folder:Gilbert Durandal]]
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/ShuichiIkeda (Japanese), Creator/TedCole (English)
-->''"Power is necessary because there will always be conflict."''

Durandal, the new ZAFT Supreme Council Chairman, is a supposed 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 and rarely explains anything directly, keeping his motives unclear for much of the series. By the end it is revealed that he is a former associate of Rau Le Creuset, and that he seeks to impose a genetic determinist dictatorship over humanity in an effort at preventing any more apocalyptic wars.
* AffablyEvil: Durandal's a polite, well-mannered man who genuinely means well. And he's prepared to be utterly ruthless in getting what he wants.
* AntiVillain: Durandal absolutely believes that he's saving the world, but his methodology leaves a ''lot'' to be desired.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: There are a few problems with Gil's reasoning, to say the least. Science knows right now that even people with identical DNA do not express it identically -- not in appearance, health, personality, interests, or anything else. For someone who's as much of an acclaimed genetics expert as Durandal to make that kind of a fundamental error is... both bizarre and hand waved.
** Then there's Meer. The guy set up the lynchpin and major supporter of his plans not only on a lie, but as [[NiceJobFixingItVillain their potential downfall]] seeing as how her hugely successful role as "Lacus" had ''nothing to do with genetics''.
* BigBadEnsemble: As the leader of the ZAFT forces and perpetuating the war against Lord Djibril and the Earth forces, they both share responsibility for the conflict of the series. Durandal is also TheManBehindTheMan to many of the worst tragedies in the show, the final antagonist to be faced and implied to [[spoiler:be behind much of the incompetent Djibril's success for his own gain.]]
* BrokenAce: He's a successful doctor and lawyer turned politician, a ManipulativeBastard seen as MessianicArchetype by much of the world, a WellIntentionedExtremist whose plans just might work, and a VillainWithGoodPublicity 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, [[StrawNihilist unable to see any good in the world]], and coping very badly with his inability to [[spoiler:save [[TheGwenStacy Rau]]]].
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:To Athrun and the ZAFT pilots who defect to the TSA.]]
* TheChessmaster: Durandal is ''really'' good at getting people to do things that benefit him.
* CharClone: Channels [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char Aznable's extremism]] to a more sane (but no less sinister) level than his friend [[spoiler:Rau Le Creuset]], as well as serving as a relatively-benevolent mentor for his army. And come on, [[Creator/ShuichiIkeda THAT]] [[CaptainObvious VOICE]].
* ChessMotifs: The guy ''loves'' 'em, frequently playing with a chess set.
* ControlFreak: Durandal simply cannot abide unpredictability, to the point of it being his FatalFlaw. It's responsible for most of his VillainBall moments (see below), and for the totalitarian nightmare of the Destiny Plan.
* DarkMessiah: 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.
* DeadPersonConversation: With [[spoiler:Rau Le Creuset]]
* DidntSeeThatComing: Lacus interrupting Meer's interruption of Cagalli's first worldwide broadcast since being "kidnapped" by Kira. Of course, he's [[XanatosSpeedChess quick to work around on this]], but his shocked expression (if just for a moment) clearly showed that Lacus caught him off-guard.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Right off the bat, he calls Cagalli "Princess", instead of her preferred (and proper) title of "Chief Representative Athha". When Cagalli says "can you stop?" he responds "of course, Representative Athha"... and then goes right back to doing it. It's remarkably effective at showing his [[{{Foreshadowing}} utter inability to view people as anything other than his pre-assigned roles]], or [[{{Narcissist}} take into account another person's wishes]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking his general asshole tendencies]], as well as neatly subverting the "nice and thoughtful guy" image he takes such care to project.
* EvilGenius: Absolutely.
* EvilerThanThou: With Djibril, his rival for the title of BigBad. Djibril is more evil, Durandal more competent and [[spoiler:manages to outmaneuver him]].
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Durandal never flatout states that he thinks free will is a bad thing, but given his generally fatalistic demeanour, and [[spoiler: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 ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'''s Paptimus Scirocco. The key difference is that Durandal is actually well-intentioned, while Scirocco talks a [[FauxAffablyEvil big game]], but has an ''[[{{Narcissist}} ego]]'' that views [[ItsAllAboutMe himself as the near center of the universe]].
* TheFatalist: With all his talk about destiny and how things that happened were "meant to be" he definitely gives off this vibe.
* FatalFlaw: His need to maintain control over everyone.
* GloriousLeader: 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.
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Has narrow, serpentine eyes.
* GracefulLoser: A rare exception to the standard fare of [[FreakOut screaming]] [[ThisCannotBe and]] [[VillainousBreakdown raving]] antagonists in the Cosmic Era.
* HumansAreBastards: Shares Le Creuset's belief that people are inherently selfish, uncaring beings. The difference is that [[spoiler:he wants to do something about it]].
* ILetGwenStacyDie: A rare, villainous example. A major part of Durandal's motivation stems from his guilt over his inability to save [[spoiler:Rau Le Creuset from his madness]], as evidenced by his "chess match" with the deceased villain, whose ghost is still haunting him.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In the backstory. It actually helped to screw him up even more than he already was. Subverted in the current story, where he's perfectly happy to keep her life in constant danger in front-line combat because it suits his purposes.
* ImprobableAge: He's a doctor, lawyer and the de-facto leader of an entire nation at the ripe age of thirty-two.
%%* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* {{Jerkass}}: He's a smug, vain, manipulative ControlFreak who shows almost [[LackOfEmpathy no regard even for the people who are most devoted to him and/or his plans]] while simultaneously demanding the approval of the entire world. And this is before he busts out the giant [=WMD=]s.
* KarmicDeath: He's [[spoiler:shot by an illegal product of the lab where he used to work because he didn't bother to recognize Rey's individuality or value as a person,]] and Kira Yamato did. Doubles as LaserGuidedKarma. Also a MythologyGag to anyone who has ever seen the UC series, considering how [[spoiler:a "white kid" named Rey shoots a guy with Char Aznable's voice]].
* LackOfEmpathy: He can ''fake'' it pretty well when it suits his purposes, but at the end of the day, he's not really interested in, or affected by, anyone else's feelings. Arguably hurts him just as much as his need for control.
* TheManBehindTheMan: 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.
* ManipulativeBastard: He does a number on Rey, Shinn, Meer, Athrun in the first half, and most of the planet via Meer.
* {{Narcissist}}: Durandal desires the approval of others while actually caring very little about them, their wishes, or their needs. He's a textbook case, as well as a SpiritualSuccessor to [[spoiler:the Mendel colony narcissist of the last show, Al Da Fllaga]].
* NewEraSpeech: When he reveals the Destiny Plan.
* NonActionBigBad: Of ZAFT, and the show as a whole.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Rey. He doesn't do very much on his end.
* ThePhilosopher: Like Le Creuset and Lacus, Durandal spends a lot of time contemplating the life, the universe, and everything.
* PresidentEvil: Of the legally elected variety.
* PuttingOnTheReich: It's not immediately apparent, but dye his trenchcoat and jackboots black, and ''voila''! [[SarcasmMode (His willingness to murder anyone who doesn't fit in with his master plan also helps.)]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: 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.
* ReplacementGoldfish: One of his specialities and entirely to suit his needs. Notably, Meer for Lacus, and Rey [[spoiler:for Rau, and also for Athrun]]. Arguably, Shinn for Kira, and Athrun for Athrun, wanting the Athrun of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED the last show]]. Sadly and perhaps tragically unable to find one [[spoiler:for Talia]].
* TheReveal: Happens slowly, but here goes -- he's playing on [[UnwittingPawn Shinn's]] emotional fragility through his adopted son [[TheDragon Rey]], is conning the world with both his charm and the support of Lacus... er, [[BodyDouble Meer]], [[spoiler:was an old friend of Rau (whose [[HumansAreBastards disillusionment with humanity]] has rubbed off on him), and intends to TakeOverTheWorld and impose a SocialDarwinist utopia]]. God help you if you get in his way.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: The most manipulative man in the show and a brilliant chessmaster.
* SocialDarwinist: A different type than normal for the trope; he believes that people are genetically suited to certain roles, and therefore [[spoiler:society should use genetic analysis to assign people their "proper" place in life. [[ShutUpHannibal Kira calls bullshit.]]]]
* StrawNihilist: Tries very hard to avoid becoming one, with limited success. It's fairly obvious in flashbacks that the reason he [[spoiler:could never win his arguments with Rau]] was because he had already accepted [[spoiler:Rau's]] belief that [[HumansAreBastards 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 [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans whatever the methods and cost]].
* SympathyForTheDevil: Along with Mu La Flaga and Rey, he's the only person in-series to express any sympathy for [[spoiler:previous BigBad, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Rau Le Creuset]]]].
* TakeOverTheWorld: He's got more complicated reasons than most megalomaniacs, but his plan still requires this in order to work.
%%* TallDarkAndHandsome
* {{Ubermensch}}: Seeks to completely change the world and impose his own vision of morality upon it.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Believes that by creating a society where [[spoiler: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 WaveMotionGun.
* VillainBall: Whilst he's generally the most competent of the show's BigBadEnsemble 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 MeleeATrois, and trying to pull a YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness 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.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Convinces most of the world that he is their saviour.
* VillainousFriendship: [[spoiler:Has a father/son relationswhip with [[TheDragon Rey]], and a complicated friendship with the previous BigBad, Le Creuset.]]
* VisionaryVillain: Picture a future without violence or the struggle for self-actualisation. That's the one that Durandal sees.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His ultimate goal is, in a nutshell, to make people's lives better. His plan for ''accomplishing'' that, though...
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: People who don't support the Chairman's utopian goals are not long for this world.
* XanatosSpeedChess[=/=]GambitRoulette: 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.

[[folder:Meer Campbell]]
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/RieTanaka (Japanese), Creator/ChantalStrand (English dialogue), Creator/JillianMichaels (English singing)
->''"I '''am''' Lacus Clyne. I'm Lacus! I'd rather be her!"''

A GirlNextDoor 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 IncorruptiblePurePureness, and how much is self-serving ObfuscatingStupidity designed to either deny responsibility for her actions, protect herself from others, see where this whole act will take her, or a mix of all of the above. As the series progresses, she becomes less and less sure of herself and her role.
* AntiVillain: She explains to Athrun that she knows what she's doing is wrong, but still does it because she wants to continue [[BecomingTheMask being Lacus]] instead of a nobody like Meer Campbell.
--> ''"Miss Lacus is so beautiful, so kind, so adored! [...] [[HeroicSelfDeprecation But me? I'm not needed by anyone]]."''
* AscendedFangirl: And one who gets the chance to ''become'' her idol! It... doesn't turn out well.
* BecomingTheMask: [[ZigZaggingTrope 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 [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:in the end she meets the real Lacus and puts her over herself, even TakingTheBullet for her]].
* BelatedBackstory: After [[spoiler: her death]], Lacus finds her electronic journal and learns how Meer's initial days as her BodyDouble were...
* BrokenBird: To say this young woman is a ''mess'', mentally and emotionally speeaking, is an UnderStatement.
* CelebCrush: On Athrun Zala, whom she still believes is Lacus' boyfriend. Boy is she misinformed.
* DealWithTheDevil: She got to be her idol and have fortune, fame, beauty, and a purpose to boot. Too bad it was offered by a guy with extremely sinister motives for the human race.
* DesperatelySeekingAPurposeInLife: See her AntiVillain quote. This is really the root of her (and a lot of the eventual world's) problems. She believes she's totally unneeded and can't figure out her own destiny, so letting someone else ''give'' her a destiny mimicking someone as beautiful and beloved as Lacus (for national security reasons, no less) seems to be a solution.
* {{Expy}}: Of the Hans Christian Andersen version of ''The Little Mermaid''. (A mermaid is "Meerjungfrau" in German.) She gave up her voice for her dream. It's even represented in one of the ''SEED Character Theater'' picture dramas.
* HeroicSacrifice: When [[spoiler: Lacus is ''again'' marked for death]], Meer willingly takes the assassin's last bullet and dies protecting [[spoiler: her.]]
* {{Gainaxing}}: She's rather stacked compared to Lacus, and was already that busty before starting the BodyDouble 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.
* GlamorousWartimeSinger: Invoked on her with a vengeance. A big part of her role is posing as Lacus and singing with the troops to offer them solace.
* HairDecs: Lacus's iconic hairclip is the only thing Durandal didn't feel the need to replicate. Meer's is a giant gold star. Given how this is the only thing to identify her while she works for ANaziByAnyOtherName, it has [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust deeply and deliberately unsettling implications]].
* HotterAndSexier: What she did to Lacus' "sweet and pure" image. Her outfits show a lot more skin and her versions of Lacus' songs and faster and flirtier. Also, compare her GirlNextDoor past self to her current one.
* IAmSong: "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.
* IdolSinger: 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.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Played with. Meer may be MsFanservice and one of the BigBad’s million pawns, but she’s sweet, energetic, innocent and literally goes wishing for peace, calming angry mobs and starting crowd chants about L-O-V-E! Lacus, meanwhile, the former embodiment of Light Feminine, is now dressed in black, playing spymistress, building some weapons, urging people to fight and generally trying to be more cunning and effective than said Big Bad...)
* MeaningfulName: Her name has two meanings: first, it means "lake" in Dutch, which [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic symbolizes]] her as Lacus's (whose name also means "lake", this time in Latin) doppelganger. Second, her name plays on the word "mirror", to symbolize her as Lacus's BodyDouble.
* TheMentallyIll: 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.
* MsFanservice: Pretty? Yes. Busty? Yes. With revealing wardrobe? Yes. Bubbly and cheerful, at least on the outside? Yes... {{Invoked}} by Durandal, both to gain an audience and also to get "Lacus" to be seen as merely eye-candy.
%%* PropagandaMachine: Durandal's.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: She wasn't exactly evil, but ''did'' go with Durandal's plans. So...
* SanitySlippage: She eventually seems to believe -- or at least tries ''really'' hard to convince herself -- that she really ''is'' Lacus.
* StepfordSmiler: 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.
** She certainly ends up as this once she believes she's no longer needed, again, but Meer genuinely believed in the Chairman and that what she was doing would provide a better future for everyone. Also, there's nary a teenage girl who ''wouldn't'' accept the amazing, life-changing deal she was offered.
%%* {{Stripperiffic}}: Her outfits!
* SurgicalImpersonation: While her singing voice really is that good, she looked nothing like Lacus at first. She had plastic surgery performed to become a BodyDouble. A photo she gives Lacus shows what she actually looked like: black-haired, freckled, and overall somewhat plain.
* TakingTheBullet: She shields [[spoiler: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.
* [[TalkingToHimself Talking To Herself]]: She and Lacus share the [[Creator/RieTanaka same]] [[Creator/ChantalStrand voice]] [[Creator/JillianMichaels actresses]]. Also in-universe when she speaks to Lacus.
* VillainousBreakdown: In the last couple of episodes, for a certain definition of "villain".
* WellDoneSonGuy: Her self esteem is so low that she deeply wants to be noticed and loved, especially by her beloved/hated "Lady Lacus".
* WhatTheHellHero: 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 [[spoiler:unraveling Durandal's Destiny Plan]]). [[spoiler: Lacus manages to calm her down, and even is this close to convince her to pull a whole HeelFaceTurn, but Meer dies soon afterwards.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Wear a nice Grade A (long socks plus frilled pleated miniskirt) [[spoiler:in the same episode she dies.]]

[[folder:Yzak Joule]]
!!Main mecha: Slash ZAKU Phantom (blue), GOUF Ignited (white)
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/TomokazuSeki (Japanese), Creator/MichaelAdamthwaite (English)
->''"[[NumberTwo 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 [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED 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 OutOfFocus.

* AceCustom: He pilots a custom-colored blue Slash ZAKU Phantom.
* AcePilot: One of the best pilots of the previous war, he makes ace again in this one.
* TheAtoner: Not a full-fledged example, but he's definitely trying to make up for his mistakes from [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED two years ago]]. Just see his quote, above.
* BigDamnHeroes: He and Dearka do this a couple of times, the most notable being [[spoiler:their last minute HeelFaceTurn and attack on the Requiem]].
* BladeOnAStick: On his ZAKU.
* CharacterDevelopment: Compare the suicidally hot-blooded Yzak of ''SEED'' to the much more mature Yzak of ''Destiny''.
* CloseRangeCombatant: Both his Slash ZAKU Phantom and GOUF are geared towards close quarters combat.
* CommandingCoolness: It's "Commander Joule" now.
* DemotedToExtra: Recieves much less screentime in ''Destiny'' than he did in ''SEED''.
* GoodIsNotNice: Insulting [[spoiler:Clyne's faction]] while coming to their rescue. Dearka had to stop him speaking, because they were mistaking him for an enemy.
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Dearka.
* HotBlooded: At least this time [[OlderAndWiser he does think things through more than he used to]].
* KarmaHoudini: Feels this way about himself. He was honestly surprised, and maybe even a little disappointed, that Durandal pardoned him during the trials following the war.
* ManInWhite: His new uniform is colored white.
* MilitaryBrat: His mother, Ezalia, was a member of the PLANT supreme council.
* OlderAndWiser: One of the best examples between ''SEED'' and ''Destiny''.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He has a very sound judgment befitting of a commander.
* RedemptionPromotion: Since returning to ZAFT he's achieved the rank of "commander", which, with ZAFT being a loosely-organized militia, means he's more or less an admiral.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Leads a sizeable chunk of the ZAFT fleet over to Lacus during the finale.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Him and Dearka to Athrun.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: The Joule Team's command roster consists of himself, Dearka, and Shiho.
* VitriolicBestBuds: His CharacterDevelopment turned him this with Athrun, although the FoeYay is still there. "Athrun, you bastard, what are you doing here?!" seems to have become his standard greeting.
%%* ZenSurvivor

[[folder:Dearka Elsman]]
!!Main mecha: Gunner ZAKU Warrior, Blaze ZAKU Phantom (brown)
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/AkiraSasanuma (Japanese), Creator/BradSwaile (English)

Another veteran of the Le Creuset Team, he defected to the Three Ships Alliance near the end of the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED first Bloody Valentine war]]. Though accepted back into ZAFT, he was stripped of his red coat, and now acts as Yzak's NumberTwo. Like Yzak, he's only a minor character in ''Destiny'', remaining mostly OutOfFocus.
%%* AceCustom
* AcePilot: One of the best pilots of the first war, he earns the title again here.
* {{BFG}}: He uses the Gunner model for his ZAKU, which matches his experience with the {{BFG}}-wielding Buster in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''.
* BigDamnHeroes: His and Yzak's [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn and attack on the Requiem]].
* TheConsigliere: Dearka's common sense does a lot to tone down Yzak's {{Hot Blooded}}ness. Yzak needs it.
* DemotedToExtra: Receives much less screentime in ''Destiny'' than he did in ''SEED''.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Blond hair, dark brown skin.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Always sarcastic.
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Yzak.
* TheLancer: He is officially Yzak's NumberTwo now.
* LongRangeFighter: He does show some skill in CQC in his more well-rounded Blaze ZAKU Phantom later in the series, but still generally prefers taking out enemies at a distance.
* MilitaryBrat: His father was a ranking officer.
* OffScreenBreakup: With Miriallia, before the series began.
%%* OlderAndWiser
* RedemptionDemotion: Due to his defection in the previous war, he was demoted from a Redcoat to a mere Greencoat. This is mitigated by his status as Yzak's NumberTwo, which means he effectively holds a much higher rank than he previously did.
* ShipSinking: Miriallia dumped him before GSD began.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Convinces Yzak to pull the above-mentioned HeelFaceTurn.
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky
%%* ThoseTwoGuys: Him and Yzak to Athrun.
%%* TwoGuysAndAGirl: He, Yzak, and Shiho.
%%* ZenSurvivor

[[folder:Heine Westenfluss]]
!!Main mecha: Blaze ZAKU Phantom (orange), GOUF Ignited (orange)
!!!Voice Actors: Music/TMRevolution (Japanese), Creator/BrianDobson (English)
-->''"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.
* TheAce: Treated as such by the ''Minerva'''s crew; unlike Athrun he seems to enjoy his status.
* AceCustom: His bright orange GOUF, which matches his pilot suit and his hair.
%%* AcePilot
* BadassBoast: "This is no ZAKU, pal! NO ZAKU!"
* CommandRoster: Subverted. He disapproves of Zaft soldiers being identified with titles and believes everyone is equal which says a lot from a member of Faith.
* CommandingCoolness: Although he prefers not to be called commander.
* FirstNameBasis: 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.
* GoodIsNotSoft: The friendliest Zaft soldier ever seen towards his comrades but still a soldier that won't hesitate to strike down his enemies.
%%* GreenEyes
* ItGetsEasier: He thinks so.
%%* MauveShirt
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Heine's all about being a good soldier, which makes him a fair bit like Athrun was in the previous war.
* NiceGuy: Introduces himself to the Minerva pilots and is completely outgoing and friendly attempting to raise the morale of his fellow pilots.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: His character is based on T.M Revolution, who provided his voice in the Japanese version.
* SacrificialLamb: He's brought in, seems to be a badass, is established as a {{Foil}} to Athrun, makes friends with Shinn [[spoiler:and dies a few episodes later]].
* ShoutOut: He gives [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Ramba Ral]]'s "No ZAKU" line while piloting a GOUF.
%%* WeHardlyKnewYe
* WhipItGood: One of the GOUF's main weapons is a heat whip.

[[folder:Shiho Hahnenfuss]]
!!!Voice Actor: Creator/MakikoOhmoto (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 dialogue[[note]]those voice credits are from a video game[[/note]], but can often be seen by Yzak's side. Despite her apparent non-role, she has quite a [[EnsembleDarkhorse devoted fanbase]], and has more major roles in side materials.
* AcePilot: She has a red uniform. On top of that, [[AllThereInTheManual other materials]] reveal that she went head-to-head with the OMNI AcePilot "Sakura Burst" and fought her to a draw during [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed the Battle of Jachin Due]].
* TheCameo: What her role in the anime is reduced to.
* FormerRegimePersonnel: Left ZAFT after the first war to fight in South America. She was later rehired by Yzak.
* NewMeat: Was introduced this way in ''SEED'' as a new pilot serving in Yzak's unit.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: 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 ([[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: (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 TheVoiceless.
* RedBaron: 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.
* SubordinateExcuse: The fans see this as her reason for joining the Joule Team.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: The Girl to Yzak and Dearka's Two Guys.
* TheVoiceless: In the anime, she has no lines.

!Orb Union

[[folder:Cagalli Yula Athha]]
!!Main mecha: Strike Rouge Gundam, Akatsuki Gundam
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/NaomiShindo (Japanese), VanessaMorley (English)

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.

* ArrangedMarriage: Was supposed to have one with Yuna.
* AttackDrone: With [[spoiler: the Akatsuki]]. Subverted though, as she doesen't use the Shiranui pack herself. That title goes to [[spoiler: Neo Roanoke aka Mu La Flaga]] towards the end of the series.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Once Cagalli starts fighting she's Orb's most effective soldier barring only Kira & Athrun. Having access to [[spoiler:top of the line tech]] probably helps her here.
* BadassNormal: She's a Natural, but fights against Coordinators on pretty even footing. Her [[BiggerStick ride]] probably helped.
** FourStarBadass: She's Orb's Commander-in-Chief, as well as its First Representative, complete with gold-braided uniform.
* BiggerStick: [[spoiler:The Akatsuki, which is a huge cut above the Strike Rouge]].
* BlingBlingBang: [[spoiler:The Akatsuki, whose gold paint is actually an anti-beam coating.]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Has gold hair and gold eyes.
* HeroicBSOD: After trying to be a PoliticallyActivePrincess backfires on her, Cagalli spends a good chunk of time in this state though she tries to [[TheDeterminator keep going]] nonetheless. [[spoiler: Getting the Akatsuki and her father's final message snaps her fully out of it.]]
* ImmuneToBullets: [[spoiler:In addition to the phase-shift armor which makes it nearly impervious to physical attacks, the Akatsuki can also reflect any beam shots fired at it. It cannot stop beam sabers, however.]]
* LightningBruiser: [[spoiler:The Akatsuki. It's fast, well-armed, and impervious to beam shots]].
* LoveHurts: Whatever the status of thier relationship is by the end there's no arguing that most of her interactions with Athrun after his [[spoiler:return to the Archangel]] are pretty painful to watch.
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: She attempts to become this, but massively fails. [[spoiler: Seems it worked much better in the epilogue.]]
* ShesBack: After [[spoiler:returning to Orb and retrieving the Akatsuki]]. She proceeds to massacre the ZAFT forces attacking her country. She even [[spoiler:tries taking on Shinn, who is fully in [[TheBerserker Berserker]] territory at this point]].
* SituationalSword: [[spoiler:The Akatsuki's unique Yata no Kagami coating makes it virtually immune to beam attacks, even those as powerful as the Minerva's Tannhauser. However, unlike Phase Shift Armor it's useless against ballistic, mass-based weaponry or beam sabers, meaning that it's in serious danger of being torn to pieces when facing these weapons, as demonstrated in Cagalli's fight with Shinn.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: When she gets her hands on [[spoiler:the Akatsuki]], Cagalli, who had massively failed in her early gambits, returns to her old form from two years prior.
%%* ZenSurvivor

[[folder:Yuna Roma Seiran]]
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/KenjiNojima (Japanese), Creator/BrianDrummond (English)

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.
* AristocratsAreEvil: A smug, upperclass dumbass.
* ArmchairMilitary: 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. [[GeneralFailure About that...]]
* ArrangedMarriage: His father and Cagalli's had set one up. Yuna's willing to go through with it because he wants the political prestige.
* BigBadWannabe: Yuna actually thinks he's a player in this game, but he's way out of his league with [[TheChessmaster Durandal]], [[DiabolicalMastermind Djibril]], and even [[ManipulativeBastard Neo]] (who scares him to death).
* BlingOfWar: His very fancy uniform.
%%* ButtMonkey
* DirtyCoward: Even more so than Djibril, panicking at the slightest hint of difficulty.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Dropped a crashing GOUF on him. It was hilarious.
* FantasticRacism: 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.
* GeneralFailure: He manages to make Djibril (who has his [[WeHaveReserves ruthlessness]] going for him, if nothing else) look like a great commander in comparison.
* HumiliationConga: Ending with him [[spoiler: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.
* KarmicDeath: Started a pointless war. [[spoiler:Had a GOUF shot down by one of his own mobile suits land on him.]]
** In the novelisation he's [[spoiler:killed by Djibril after he outlives his usefulness. Also very karmic.]]
* LaughablyEvil: Particularly in the English dub, where his status as a SmugSnake, DirtyCoward, and GeneralFailure is played for all the comedy it can provide, in contrast to the much more serious (if not much more effectual) Lord Djibril.
* ManipulativeBastard: He thinks he's one, but he's way out of his league compared to the likes of [[TheDragon Neo]] (who terrifies him) or even [[DiabolicalMastermind Djibril]], let alone [[DarkMessiah Durandal]]. His greatest skill seems to be using Cagalli's insecurities and father complex against her.
* TheNeidermeyer: Seen this way by Captain Todaka and the rest of the Orb troops who have to serve under him.
* NonActionGuy: No experience in combat, no desire to see it.
* ReplacementScrappy: 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 [[LastOfHisKind only surviving member]] of the Athha family. [[spoiler:And they're more than happy to pound his face in once Cagalli reappears after being "kidnapped" by Kira and orders his arrest.]]
* RomanticFalseLead: A pretty obvious one.
* SissyVillain: Effeminate voice and mannerisms? Check. Screams like a girl? Check. [[FashionVictimVillain Sleeps in elf pajamas]]? Check.
* SmugSnake: Incredibly stuck-up, incredibly incompetent.
* WarForFunAndProfit: Got Orb involved in the war to win political points with Djibril and maintain his position at home. It backfires pretty badly.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Purple.

[[folder:Captain Todoka]]
!!!'''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.
%%* AFatherToHisMen
%%* TheCaptain
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Shinn kills him, although neither Todaka nor Shinn were aware of each other at that point.]]
%%* GoingDownWithTheShip
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: He orders his crew to flee while he remains behind and accountable for Orb's defeat against the Minerva.]]
* MustLetThemGetAway: He lets the Archangel escape from Orb after kidnapping Cagalli.
* PetTheDog: In a flashback, he tried to comfort Shinn after he lost his parents.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Very sound in judgment and willing to listen to his subordinates.
* ReluctantWarrior: He very much believes in Orb's original ideals but is involved in Orb's alliance with the Earth Alliance and is forced into battles he wouldn't willingly participate in.
* SuicideByCop: Possibly. Trapped between his MyCountryRightOrWrong mentality and a criminally incompetent head of state, [[spoiler:he orders his lightly-armed supercarrier to make a frontal attack on the enemy's most advanced battleship. Even the captain of said enemy warship is baffled.]]
* TryNotToDie: Under orders he has to order his own fleet to open fire on Cagalli and hopes the Freedom can save her.

!Crew of the Archangel

[[folder:Kira Yamato]]
!!Main mecha: Freedom Gundam, Strike Freedom Gundam
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/SoichiroHoshi (Japanese), Creator/MattHill (English)

The protagonist for the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED 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 SpiritualSuccessor.
* AcePilot: The best, and most infamous, pilot of the previous war, he returns to action here and walks all over the competition.
* AlertnessBlink: Kira gains a Newtype Flash when he activates the Super [=DRAGOONs=] on his first sortie on the Strike Freedom, and shows one again upon sensing Rey during their duel.
* ArchEnemy: [[DecoyProtagonist Shinn]] and later [[TheDragon Rey]] see him as this. Initially, Kira [[UnknownRival doesn't notice these a lot]]; he eventually clues in on both, he seriously tries to eliminate Shinn later and culminates an inverse BreakingSpeech against Rey.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: 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? He doesn't really exercise his authority though, and only once (nervously) issues an order (for the Archangel, [[spoiler:Athrun, and Mu]] to deal with Requiem). They mostly take it as a request from a friend and ally, rather than an order from a superior.
* AttackDrone: The Strike Freedom has eight.
* BashBrothers: He's nigh-unstoppable when taking the field, but it's practically impossible to even ''touch'' Kira when Athrun has his back. Their units even cover the weaknesses of each other, with the Infinite Justice being optimized for Athrun's specialty in close combat, taking care of high speed foes like the Destiny Gundam while the Strike Freedom is able to wipe out long-ranged entrenchments that would otherwise be difficult to approach.
* BeamSpam: With the Freedom, and ''especially'' the Strike Freedom, which now uses the very same [[AttackDrone DRAGOONs]] that gave him so much trouble two years ago against Le Creuset and his Providence.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Whether he's the older one isn't yet confirmed, but it doesn't stop him from looking out for Cagalli. [[SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace Such as by turning up in his mobile suit and kidnapping her from her own wedding,]] stopping her from marrying a {{Jerkass}}.
* BiggerStick: The Freedom and the Strike Freedom, the latter being totally superior to any Gundam save perhaps the Infinite Justice, the Legend, and the Destiny.
* BornWinner: Being a Coordinator ''and'' reliable access to [[SuperMode SEED mode]] is a good place to be.
* BreakingSpeech: Inflicts one on Rey, triggering his VillainousBreakdown.
* TheDreaded: 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 HeroKiller. [[spoiler: When Shinn and Luna meet him at the end of the series, they're shocked that the suit's pilot is a kind, soft-spoken young man not much different from themselves.]]
* DualWielding: All the time with both the Freedom and Strike Freedom.
* DynamicEntry: He does this ''a lot''. Say what you will, the man knows how to make an entrance.
* {{Expy}}: He plays a similar role to Amuro Ray in ''Zeta Gundam'', but he gradually evolves into Amuro circa ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'', with Strike Freedom's design being based on the Hi-Nu Gundam (from the novelization of ''Char's Counterattack'').
* FourStarBadass: Holds the rank of Admiral in the Orb military, and [[spoiler:is revealed to have become a ZAFT commander in the finale]].
* TheHero: Quickly resumes this spot post-perspective flip.
* HeroAntagonist: Before the perspective flip, when his need to end the conflict quickly puts him in direct confrontation with Athrun and Shinn.
* HeroicBSOD: When [[spoiler: Rey announces himself as Rau Le Cruset]] Kira experiences a rush of rapid fire flashbacks in a fit of PTSD.
* HeroKiller: Inverted. He's a heroic character who utterly terrifies our {{antivillain}}ous protagonists.
* HeroOnHiatus: 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.
* HesBack: His return [[spoiler:aboard the Strike Freedom, having been thought of as KIA by Shinn and the ''Minerva'']] left Shinn [[OhCrap in utter shock]].
* HonorBeforeReason: Aims to disable his opponents (by destroying their mobile suits' cameras, weapons, or limbs) rather than kill them because he wants to keep the loss of human life to a minimum. Though noble in intention, it veers into RecklessPacifist territory, which Athrun points out in his WhatTheHellHero speech. Shinn later uses it against him to [[spoiler: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.
* InvincibleHero: Kira is only defeated twice in the series, both while piloting an older mobile suit than his foes, and handicapped by his TechnicalPacifist tendencies. Once he gets his MidSeasonUpgrade to the Strike Freedom, he's never even ''damaged'' in combat.
* LadyAndKnight: The Knight to [[BigGood Lacus Clyne]]'s Lady.
* LightningBruiser: 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 (minus the afterimages). During its maiden flight, the Strike Freedom singlehandedly disabled 25 [=ZAKU=]s and [=GOUF=]s in just ''two'' minutes.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Averted at first. The Freedom's shield is a fairly mundane physical shield with a limited defense against both solid and beam attacks, and is the only area of performance in which the Freedom is lacking in comparison to the present time Gundams. This is normally not a problem considering Kira often ditches it anyway as he engages in DualWielding his beam sabers. [[spoiler:This bites Kira hard in its final battle with the Impulse.]] Fixed with the Strike Freedom, which has two beam shields installed in its forearms.
* MartialPacifist: Kira doesn't like to fight. He'll take you apart if you push the issue though.
%%* MessiahCreep
* MidSeasonUpgrade: The Strike Freedom. On top of having virtually everything the Freedom has (which was already on par with the most advanced mobile suits of the time despite being two years old), it has updated specs and an OS specifically designed for Kira along with beam shields (which eliminated the risk of losing his shield mid-combat and gave him additional melee weapons) and DRAGOONS to cover its backside (which can be deployed to attack from multiple directions when in space). While the Freedom was already incredibly fast, the Strike Freedom is implied to be even ''faster'', having no problems keeping up with the all-purpose Destiny Gundam. Combined with Kira's own superior skills, he is able to take on Shinn and Rey with their respective {{Bigger Stick}}s at once, although only for a short time before being overwhelmed.
* OfficialCouple: With Lacus.
* OlderAndWiser: And just a little burnt out.
* OneManArmy: 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.
%%* PurpleEyes
* RealMenWearPink: Averted when he pilots the Strike Rouge. He changed its specs so its PSA would display the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Strike Gundam's]] original white/blue/red colors. His pilot suit, however, does have pink stripes on its shoulder boards.
* RetiredBadass: 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.
* RogueProtagonist: He knows Durandal's got an agenda. [[UnwittingPawn Shinn]] and [[AesopAmnesia Athrun]] don't. This causes problems.
* ShellShockedVeteran: If the ThousandYardStare, constant flashbacks, and stoic personality are any indicator.
* ShootTheDog: Forced to break his {{Technical Pacifis|t}}m to stop the Destroy from wrecking Berlin, [[spoiler:killing Stella as a side effect of damaging the Destroy's WaveMotionGun, which exploded and mortally wounded her]].
* TheStoic: He's certainly more serene compared to two years ago, [[spoiler:but that doesn't stop him from showing [[OhCrap 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]].
* SuperMode: 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 OneManArmy.
* TakeAThirdOption: 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.
* TechnicalPacifist: His new fighting style involves severing the enemies' limbs.
* ThousandYardStare: 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.
* ThouShaltNotKill: For the most part. He breaks the rule against Stella though, and does take a few killshots at Shinn later on.
* TooManyBelts: His civilian outfit.
* {{Ubermensch}}: He and Lacus are a messianic pair of them, rejecting the cynical, violent, racially motivated politics of the Cosmic Era in favor of their own inclusive, technically pacifistic idealism.
* TheUnfettered: 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.
* WhatTheHellHero: 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.
* WouldHitAGirl: He's willing to hit women such as Stella.
* ZenSurvivor: Due to a combination of shellshock and having learned, for better or worse, that he can't expect anybody else to be reasonable.

[[folder:Lacus Clyne]]
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/RieTanaka (Japanese), Creator/ChantalStrand (English dialogue), Creator/JillianMichaels (English singing)

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.
* AllLovingHero: There's nobody Lacus doesn't care about.
%%* BigGood: To the Three Ships Alliance/Terminal
* TheChessmaster: Not to the same degree as Durandal, but the existence of Terminal and the mobile suit factories in the asteroids show that Lacus was ready to move in the event of renewed hostilities.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: Double subverted! She interrupts ''[[BodyDouble Meer's]]'' interruption of Cagalli's broadcast and then makes it clear to the whole world that [[spoiler:she would have none of Durandal's schemes]], while also delivering a verbal bitchslap to Djibril.
* {{Expy}}: As in ''SEED'', she's a more active take on [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Relena]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Darlian]].
* FriendToAllChildren: Takes care of an orphanage alongside Kira, and acts as the kids' mother figure.
* GuileHeroine: She's the brains of the outfit, fighting back against Durandal using the same sort of political pressure and propaganda techniques that he employs.
* TheHighQueen: Even more so than in ''SEED''.
* HonourBeforeReason: Not as much as in ''SEED'', but still present.
%%* LadyAndKnight: The Lady to Kira Yamato's Knight.
* TheLeader: She's a Charismatic Type to Terminal and the rest of the anti-ZAFT forces. [[spoiler:''Final Plus'' also shows that she became the new Chairwoman of the PLANT Supreme Council (the same position as her late father) after all had settled down.]]
* IdolSinger: Although she's apparently been out of sight for a couple of years.
%%* MagicSkirt
* MessiahCreep: Since SEED. It makes her conflict with [[DarkMessiah Durandal]] that much more interesting.
* MusicForCourage: She sings "Fields of Hope" to calm the children during the Break the World incident.
** SoundtrackDissonance: ...which provides the music while we watch the effects it has on the planet.
%%* OfficialCouple: With Kira.
%%* PluckyGirl
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: In all but title.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Always has a little pink on her and that's not getting into her hair.
* RobotBuddy: Still has her army of Haros.
* SilkHidingSteel: Just ask Durandal about that. The girl has an iron spine.
* TechnicalPacifist: Doesn't want to kill anyone, but if she has to, she will sic Kira on them. And it will hurt both their enemies and herself.
* TenderTears: Meer's [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]], and subsequently reading an account of her life and how her extreme makeover took a heavy toll on her sanity, sent her crying into Kira's arms.
* {{Ubermensch}}: She and Kira are messianic versions of this.
%%* ZenSurvivor

[[folder:Murrue Ramius]]
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/KotonoMitsuishi (Japanese), Creator/LisaAnnBeley (English)

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.
* BadassNormal: Is a genetically unmodified Natural, yet holds her own when a group of coordinators attack Lacus's home.
* TheCaptain: He serves as the ''Archangel'''s leader.
* CoolShip: The ''Archangel'' is still pretty damn cool.
* {{Expy}}: The parallels between her and Bright Noa are as strong or stronger in this show.
%%* {{Gainaxing}}
* OfficialCouple: With [[spoiler:Neo Roanoke, aka Mu La Flaga]].
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Andy, on account of both of them [[HeartbrokenBadass having lost their loved ones]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Still the most rational military leader around.
%%* SupportingLeader
* TeamMom: To the ''Archangel'' crew.
* WrenchWench: She's been responsible for keeping the Freedom in good repair after it was badly damaged during the climactic [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Battle of Jachin Due]].
%%* ZenSurvivor

[[folder:Andrew Waltfeld]]
!!Main mecha: Murasame (yellow), Gaia Gundam (red)
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/RyotaroOkiayu (Japanese), Creator/BrianDrummond (English)

A former ZAFT ace, who defected near the end of the previous war. Still has the scars from his battle with Kira.
* ArmCannon: Hides a really nasty gun within his prosthetic arm.
* ArtificialLimbs: Has a prosthetic arm, complete with built in shotgun.
* TheCaptain: Of the ''Eternal'' once it gets back in action.
* CoolOldGuy: As cool as ever despite his advancing age.
%%* DeterminedWidow
* GoodScarsEvilScars: His face is disfigured by scarring from his duel with Kira.
* HandicappedBadass: He can hold his own despite having lost an eye and an arm (now replaced with a prosthetic arm which also conceals a gun [[CrazyPrepared just in case]]).
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Ramius.
* TeamDad: To the ''Archangel'' crew.
* TransformingMecha: Starts off with an Ace Custom variant of Orb's Murasame variable-fighter [nicknamed "Torasame" ("Tiger Shark") by Japanese fans] , then switches to a recaptured Gaia, recolored according to his specifications. It works out nicely for him seeing as its animal form is more or less the [=LaGOWE=] which was his machine of choice back in SEED.
%%* ZenSurvivor

[[folder:Miriallia Haw]]
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/MegumiToyoguchi (Japanese), Creator/AnnaCummer (English)

An old friend of Kira's, and an ''Archangel'' crew member in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''. 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.
* DemotedToExtra: Although she was with Kira and Cagalli during their secret meeting with Athrun.
%%* GreenEyes
* MythologyGag: Her post-war profession and the nature of her reintroduction is rather reminicent of Kai Shiden in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''.
* OffScreenBreakup: With Dearka, before the series began.
* ShipSinking: 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 OfficialCouple, even if that's no longer the case.
%%* ZenSurvivor

[[folder:Hilda Harken, Mars Simeon, and Herbert Von Reinhard]]
!!Main mecha: DOM Trooper
!!! Hilda's Voice Actors: Creator/MichikoNeya (Japanese), Creator/TabithaStGermain (English)
!!! Mars's Voice Actors: Creator/JunichiSuwabe (Japanese), Philip Pacaud (English)
!!! Herbert's Voice Actors: Creator/TaitenKusunoki (Japanese), Creator/LeeTockar (English)

Hilda, Mars, and Herbert are a trio of former ZAFT pilots who are very loyal to Lacus Clyne.

* AttackPatternAlpha[=/=]CombinationAttack: Their Jet Stream Attack.
* {{Expy}}: Of the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Black Tri-Stars Gaia, Mash and Ortega]]; they even share the Tri-Stars' SignatureMove, the [[AttackPatternAlpha Jet Stream Attack]].
%%* EyepatchOfPower: Hilda wears one.
%%* FlatCharacter
* UndyingLoyalty: They are extremely loyal to Lacus.


[[folder:Rau Le Creuset]]
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/ToshihikoSeki (Japanese), Creator/MarkOliver (English)
--> ''"Everything is born into this world, and eventually, dies. That's the pure and simple truth of it."''

The (late) BigBad of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED 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.
* AloofBigBrother & BigBrotherMentor: To [[spoiler:Rey]], for a certain definition of "brother".
* BigBadFriend: To [[spoiler:Durandal]], before the show began.
* CoolMask: Though in this show we finally see him take the mask off.
* TheCorrupter: More or less responsible for [[spoiler:Rey and Durandal's]] slide into villainy (for want of a better description). The flashbacks show that he was attempting to make them as [[StrawNihilist nihilistic]] as he himself was.
* DeadPersonConversation: Has an episode length one with [[spoiler:Chairman Durandal]].
%%* EvilMentor: To [[spoiler:Rey]]
* {{Foil}}: Both [[spoiler:Rey and Durandal]] serve as foils to Le Creuset, whose nihilistic philosophy informs their actions, but drives them to very different conclusions from the one that he came to.
* GreaterScopeVillain: He's been dead for 2 years, but his presence and influence continues to haunt Kira, [[spoiler: Durandal and Rey]] even now, even driving the latter two to villainy themselves. The irony being that all three wish to prevent someone like Le Creuset from being created and successful, though they come into conflict because of the different ways they wish to achieve that.
%%* ILetGwenStacyDie: [[spoiler:Durandal's]].
* ManInWhite: Arguably fits this even better now than he did during ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', as he is now a ghost, a memory, and a corrupting force.
* ManipulativeBastard: Pretty much talked [[spoiler:Durandal]] into becoming the StrawNihilist SocialDarwinist he is today. Which was actually a failure on his part; Rau ''wanted'' to convince [[spoiler:Durandal]] to become an OmnicidalManiac like himself.
* OmnicidalManiac: And the world is more or less living in his shadow now.
* PetTheDog: His interactions with [[spoiler:Rey]], and to a lesser degree [[spoiler:Durandal]], are retroactive examples of this, and help to humanize him, if just a bit.
* ThePhilosopher: An especially deranged one. He spends his few appearances contemplating life, the world, and [[HumansAreBastards why people are scum]].
* PosthumousCharacter: But for a dead guy, his influence on the plot is pretty significant.
* PredecessorVillain: Take Le Creuset out of the equation and you remove [[spoiler:Rey and Durandal's]] reasons for being what they are. Everything they want to do is ultimately rooted in their experiences with him and his StrawNihilist OmnicidalManiac philosophy.
* TheReveal: His face is ''finally'' [[http://images.wikia.com/gundam/images/b/ba/Macintosh_HD-Users-Q-Desktop-images-raww.jpg revealed]] during one of [[spoiler:Durandal's]] flashbacks.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Definitely one of the [[TheChessmaster smartest]] [[ManipulativeBastard people]] in the series, and as his flashbacks demonstrate, he was capable of checkmating [[spoiler:[[EvilGenius Durandal]]]], both literally and philisophically.
* StrawNihilist: Anyone who has watched SEED already knows that Le Creuset is a nihilistic psycho, but his narration in Episode 29, and [[spoiler:Durandal's]] flashbacks cement his status. He seems to have been making an effort to [[TheCorrupter infect]] both [[spoiler:Durandal and Rey]] with his philosophy as well.
--> ''"People like you walk your path believing something you desire is waiting for you. I walk it to confirm that there is nothing there."''
* StrongerSibling: Inverted. [[spoiler:He was far more dangerous than Rey, and continues to influence both he and Durandal.]]
* VillainousFriendship: [[spoiler:Actually seems to have had a Type I with the Chairman and Rey.]] It helps to humanise him somewhat.