Characters: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn aka: Gundam Unicorn
A list of characters of the light novel and OVA series Gundam Unicorn.For further information about the past characters who reappear in this anime, go to the Universal Century (UC) Folder and look for Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ and Mobile Suit Gundam Chars Counterattack. Be aware of massive spoilers though. You have been warned.
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"I don't have that resolve, no. All I know is I need her to need me."
Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: In Episode 7, he nearly merges with the Unicorn, causing the Psycoframe to crystallize and turning it into an incredibly powerful unit, with the ability to disable entire fleets of mobile suits with a wave of its hand. Only by remembering his promise to Audrey to return snaps him back.
All-Loving Hero: To the point that he attracts enemies from all sides because he refuses to fight any side.
Action Survivor: For a regular kid, he can protect himself from the Sleeves quite well. It probably has something to do with his training.
Always Save the Girl: Banagher starts out like this; his first motivation for getting involved is because of Audrey.
Badass: Even Bright Noa acknowledged that he's almost a mirror image of his late subordinate/friend, Amuro Ray. He also doesn't necessary need a Gundam to put the beatdown on your ass for what he believes is right. Good Old Fisticuffs work just fine for him. Just ask Zinnerman.
If you still have questions about how badass he is, all he needed to do was wave his arm (or rather the Unicorn's) to disable an entire Federation battalion, without firing a shot during the finale, thanks to his fully awakened psychic powers.
Birds of a Feather: One of the reasons Banagher latches onto Audrey so fast is because they both were "always on the move" as children. He later starts to develop some of this with Marida as well, after discovering that they're both Newtypes.
Cardeas: "You've come this far, but are you confident that your conviction will not waver? The weight of the burden she has to bear is immense. You'll need the resolve to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders if you go with her. Do you have it?"
Determinator: There's a reason the Unicorn submits to him, not the other way around.
They both form rivalries with the "Red Comet" (though in his case it's a clone). Both "Red Comets" pilot red Ace Custom units that are thrice faster than regular units, and upgrade into massive Mobile Armors with hands that are actually wired remote weapons.
The both meet and form a profound relationship with a mysterious female Newtype piloting a green mobile suit that has funnel weapons who previously had to survive as prostitutes but are now working for the aforementioned Red Comet. Both their deaths kick their Newtype powers to the next level.
Both their Gundams hold and fire their primary beam rifles in the same way, both single and two-handedly. Both rifles are also pinnacles of their era's technology.
They are the only two UC protagonists to utilize Funnel weaponry.
They both use their Newtype abilities to initiate large scale, Axis Shock-like events.
Captain Bright himself lampshades the fact that Banagher has shades of other Newtypes he has encountered, like Kamille and Judau.
Banagher also bears a slight resemblance to Paul Atreides. Son of an important family enveloped in a dark conspiracy and forced to live among an initially hostile group of foreigners after his father's death? Check. Subjected to mental conditioning from birth whose significance he doesn't appreciate until he's a teenager? Check. One of his arch enemies is a fat, corrupt estranged relative? Check. He even looks a bit like a young Kyle MacLachlan.◊
Giant Robot Hands Save Lives: Rescues a free-falling Audrey in Episode 5, and ends up at the receiving end of this trope courtesy of Gael's Silver Bullet in Episode 7.
Give Him a Normal Life: Banagher's mother left Cardeas and took him with her because she didn't want him to get caught up in Vist Foundation's shady dealings. Can't really blame her.
Groin Attack: Gives one to Zinnerman while in the middle of politely calling him out on his ignorance about involving civilians in the war.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: A rare heroic variant, and mostly due to circumstances beyond his control. First, he winds up with the Federation, is then abducted by the Sleeves, rejoins the Federation, learns they aren't exactly the lightest shade of gray so he rejoins the Sleeves, back with the Federation after stopping the Sleeves from slaughtering civilians in the Federation capital, and winds up with a splinter group of the Federation after their higher-ups try to destroy him. Then the Sleeves wind up working with them and staying on their ship because circumstances forced them to, until they finally deem all of the Sleeves, save Marida and Suberoa, terrorists and kick Full Frontal and his forces off of their ship... But not before Full Frontal can offer Banagher the chance to join him, and it looks like he considers too. Wow.
Light is Good: Pilots a full-white Gundam, called "Unicorn", whose name is based on a beast of light and possibilities. Notably, he fits this whilst his mobile suit does not. At least until he fully awakened in Episode 7.
Living MacGuffin: As pilot of the Unicorn, he's the key to Laplace's Box, and is thus supremely valuable to various factions within the story. Audrey/Mineva is aware of this and tries to convince him to go into hiding at the beginning of Episode 2. After she reveals the final set of coordinates to the box in Episode 6, Full Frontal reveals that he's now willing to kill him, but wants him to join their cause.
Martial Pacifist: There's a reason he is the only person who can pilot the Unicorn effectively. He's born an incredibly powerful Newtype and his training gave him proper combat skills, but it is his resolve and purity of heart that gives him the power to control NT-D and keep himself from committing outright genocide.
Necromancer: As usual for a heroic Newtype, he can communicate with and draw power from the spirits of the dead. Whilst recreating a small-scale version of the Axis Shock in Episode 5, he even gets a bit of help from Amuro himself.
Nice Guy: If there's one thing likable about Banagher, he is kind to a fault, friendly, and is willing to talk things through before punching his opponents a new hole. It is for this very reason that he (and Audrey/Mineva) are considered the only ones worthy of revealing the contents of Laplace's Box.
Oblivious to Love: Micott really likes Banagher, but he seems more interested in Audrey.
Power Incontinence: For guys like Amuro and Kamille, who gained their powers late in life, Newtype connections are rare, precious, and above all voluntary. Banagher collects them like headlice. It has yet to be established how powerful Banagher is, but he's capable of creating Axis Shock-like events, deflecting enormous blasts (with help), remotely shutting down entire squadrons of mobile suits with a hand wave, and completely repair the Unicorn after almost transcending.
Psychic Powers: He was a very early-onset Newtype, which ended up shaping a great deal of his personality.
The Quiet One: In comparison to his friends. But as seen from his interaction with Audrey, Banagher's actually pretty friendly.
Banagher: "I don't care who you are! Just say that you need me, and I'll... Just tell me..." Audrey: "I don't need you. Now, go. The best thing you can do is forget about me." [Banagher has Heroic BSOD]
Skyward Scream: Calls out his Gundam in Episode 7, with a very loud "UNICOOOOOOOOOORN!!!"
Technical Pacifist: Wouldn't hesitate to rip you a new hole if you decide to harm anyone he cares about. But he will always try to stop short of killing you; while it doesn't always work, he does get better at it over time.
An excellent example of this is seen in Episode 7, in which Banagher wipes the floor with a company-sized formation of Sleeves mobile suits, disabling them without killing the pilots.
These Hands Have Killed: He does not take the news that he killed a Zeon pilot with a stray shot in one of his first battles well.
Unstoppable Rage: After Daguza's death in Episode 3. He ends up getting Gilboa killed in the process.
Wetware CPU: The Unicorn's Destroy Mode turns him into one whenever it activates. He's locked into his pilot seat, unable to move while the combat AI takes over and hijacks his Psychic Powers for itself. However, as the story goes on, he's able to make the Unicorn submit to his will.
What the Hell, Hero?: Banagher delivers this several times, towards Cardeas when Industrial 7 is attacked, towards Audrey when she attempts to get him to escape with her from the Nahael Argama, when she persuades Daguza to shoot her when her identity as Mineva is revealed, to Daguza (see below) for involving Audrey in the conflict, and finally to Full Frontal. In fact, Marida speculates that his willingness to question people's motives is the reason he is the most worthy pilot of the Unicorn — the best person to shape the Universal Century is someone who can find creative solutions beyond the ideologies and propaganda of the two warring factions.
(To Daguza): "Well, if we're just children, then why is she your hostage? Is this how adults are supposed to behave? Does being older make this right?!"
Wide-Eyed Idealist: For the Crapsack World that is the Universal Century, it may mean little, but Banagher's optimism is perhaps the only thing keeping his sanity intact. And this time, it actually helps him reshape the Universal Century and finally bring an end to a decades-long conflict.
A mysterious girl involved with the Sleeves, who encounters Banagher while trying to prevent them from starting a war. Accepting his help, the two dodge the Sleeves while trying to contact the mysterious Vist Foundation. Her goal is no more or less than preventing a war from breaking out, by whatever means necessary. In truth, however, she is none other than Mineva Lao Zabi, daughter of Dozle Zabi (third son of Degwin, leader of Zeon) and Princess Zena, having come out of hiding to pursue a way to finally end the decades-long war between Earthlings and Spacenoids.
Adaptation Dye-Job: In Zeta, Mineva had a more reddish◊ hair◊ than her current hair color in Unicorn, which looks more blond or orange-like/brownish blond. It's not certain if it's been intentionally dyed by her of if it may have naturally changed color. Given that her mother was blonde and her father had black hair, it may be that her hair was just naturally pre-disposed to darkening with age.
Do Not Adjust Your Set: With help from the dying Syam, she broadcasts the contents of Laplace's Box (the original UC charter, along with an extra article omitted from the official Federation version) in the final minutes of Episode 7.
Expy: Haman Karn left a very big impression on her, given that she seems to have picked up a number of her traits.
Fallen Princess: The last of the Zabi Family who had remained hidden behind the scenes during the two Neo-Zeon Wars.
Guile Heroine: Audrey easily relies on her wit and persuasion as a means to fulfill her goals. Banagher calls her out on it in Episode 2 twice — when she attempted to get him to escape with her from the Nahael Argama, and then when she is persuading Daguza to shoot her when her identity as Mineva is revealed.
Informed Attribute: She asserts that if Full Frontal really is Char, then his hatred for the Zabis means he wouldn't hesitate to shoot down the Nahel Argama if they didn't hand over the Unicorn. While most likely a ploy, assuming Mineva actually believes this it doesn't line up with actual evidence. While Char did hate the Zabis for killing his father, he didn't share the same hatred for Mineva, and his anger that Haman Karn would try to use her as a pawn pretty much ruined peace/alliance negotiations between Axis Zeon and the AEUG.
Last of Her Kind: She is the last surviving member of the Zabi Family as of the start of the story.
Line-of-Sight Name: She first introduces herself to Banagher near a movie theater showing a classic (by this point, in fact, it would be close to 200 years old at the least) film starring Audrey Hepburn.
Nerves of Steel: Not even a gun pointed at her head or having to jump off a plane without a parachute will shake her.
The President's Daughter: Audrey is important to both the Earth Federation and Zeon for her real identity as Mineva, and she is well-aware of that. It is even played straight when Banagher literally tells Audrey he doesn't want to know what she should do but what she wants.
Queen Incognito: As the last of the Zabis, she has legal rights to take over the mighty Spacenoid empire Zeon Zum Deikun built and which her grandfather Degwin fortified. She, however, refuses to take the opportunity.
Rags to Royalty: Snow White style — Audrey is a princess forced to go into hiding, is aware of her royal lineage, and tried to pretend to be a commoner. Subverted only because she hasn't officially reclaimed her rightful heritage, and given that doing so would not be a good thing, it's rather doubtful that she ever would.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: She ultimately gets her chance to shine in the spotlight by donning a Zeon uniform and proclaiming the extra article of Laplace's Box at the end of the series.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Despite being a mobile suit otaku, Takuya gets a number of key facts wrong: he wrongly identifies the RX-78-2 Gundam as the Federation's first mobile suit and later calls the Delta-Plus the Hyaku-Shiki. Granted it's presented as more tongue-in-cheek, but these mistakes may belie a bit of propaganda on the part of his sources.
Otaku: A huge Mobile Suit fanboy. Based on his knowledge in the first two episodes, he could probably give most Gundam fans a run for their money.
Another friend of Banagher's, Micott has a not-so-secret crush on him. In the light novels, Micott attends a school adjacent of Anaheim Electronics Industrial College, while in the OVAs she attends Anaheim instead.—-
Beta Couple: With Takuya in the final minutes of Episode 7
Clingy Jealous Girl: Very much towards Banagher. At one point, she even (albeit accidentally) spied on Banagher and did not like seeing him hang out with Audrey. Though towards the end of the first episode, her "clingy-ness" was more justified because she was suffering through a nervous breakdown.
In the novels, it is Micott who tips off Daguza that Audrey may be involved with the Sleeves, which leads him to investigate her background and discover Audrey's true identity.
A veteran of the One Year War, Kai was one of the White Base's top pilots, alongside Amuro Ray and Sayla Mass. Since the events of Zeta, he remains a journalist and negotiator who is aware of what is going on behind the scenes. Through Bright Noa, he becomes involved with Laplace's Box.
The Cameo: Appears only on three instances: first was during his communique with the Garencieres crew regarding the Unicorn's transfer to the Garuda, then later to Captain Bright, when he revealed to him about the rebuilt Gryps 2 Laser, and then in a small scene at the end of the said episode when he contacts Beltorchika Ima.
Chairman of Anaheim Electronics Industrial College and head of Vist Foundation. Cardeas is the man who spearheaded the development of the RX-0 Unicorn. Dies in the first episode, after being shot by Alberto.
The Atoner: If his conversations with his grandfather Syam Vist are any indication, they both carry the weight of having to correct the various conflicts and tragedies that the Universal Century has wrought upon Earth and the known galaxy.
Former Teen Rebel/Retired Badass: It's revealed in the novel that he ran off to become a rather brash Federation pilot. Even as an old man, he still retains elements of this. Ironically, this trope is also the reason why Syam Vist picked him as his direct heir, as he was thus in a sense "free" from the family's hubris.
Only Sane Man: To the rest of the Vist Foundation, Syam Vist notwithstanding.
Posthumous Character: Not that it stops him from saving the day one last time. By guiding Banagher back to Mineva.
Reasonable Authority Figure: As head of the Vist Foundation, he tries to be one whenever he can, though circumstances force him to do more questionable deeds. Unfortunately, he's killed by the end of the first episode.
Suzerain of the Vist Foundation, grandfather of Cardeas, who has been alive since UC 0001. He is also the man who discovered Laplace's Box back when he was a right-wing terrorist. He knows where it is, and hopes the Box will be passed on, partly as his penance for his part at the bombing of Laplace Station which further precipitated earthling-spacenoid distrust that would haunt the entire century.
The Atoner: His wish to have Laplace's Box passed on seems to stem from guilt over causing the whole mess that is the current Universal Century when he blew up Laplace back in UC 0001, and is trying to set things right.
Big Sleep / Peaceful in Death: Implied as what he did after his life support system shuts down while Mineva is broadcasting the contents of Laplace's Box - after centuries of waiting.
Retired Monster: In addition to being at least partially responsible for setting up the deep hole that's Laplace's Box, it's strongly implied that he's done some unsavory things in his long life, such as killing Martha's father. On the other hand, he clearly seeks to atone for all of them.
That Man Is Dead: The young Syam died with Laplace. In his place was the man who would be known as Syam Vist.
Voiced by: Yutaka Aoyama (Japanese) and Jamieson Price [Credited as Taylor Henry](English)
Secretary and bodyguard of Cardeas Vist, as well as head of the UC Project's security. Formerly an Earth Federation Forces soldier and an underground operative, he is an avowed loyalist to both Cardeas and Syam. And by that logic, to Banagher as well.
Old Retainer: Already seen beside Cardeas, and stays in service of the Vist Foundation up until the end of the story.
You Shall Not Pass: Held off most of the invading EFSF forces chasing Cardeas in Episode 1, and repeats the same against the massive Neo Zeong with his Silver Bullet to buy Banagher some time to get to the Unicorn.
"You are still a member of Zeon. Even if there have been background dealings, you're an enemy here. Your people killed Commander Norm and the others, and that is something I won't be able to forgive."
An MS pilot for the EFSF who rescues Audrey, Takuya and Micott from an attack on Industrial 7. He wears a pendant around his wrist and considers it his "good luck charm". Riddhe joined the Federation to get away from his family's political life, being the son of Ronan, chairman of the Council on Colony Relations, and descendant of Ricardo, the first prime minister of of the Earth Federation. He pilots the RGZ-95 ReZEL and later the MSN-001A1 Delta Plus, both transforming mobile suits.
Animal Motifs: Following the series' central theme of "The Lady and the Unicorn", Riddhe's role is that of the "Lion" to Mineva/Audrey's "Lady" and Banagher's "Unicorn", having acquired the leonine Unicorn "Banshee".
Irony: He hates Gundams as agents of uncontrolled and often destructive change, but eventually decides to pilot one himself because of its inarguable power. He also previously piloted two units that could be considered Gundams (ReZEL stands for Refined Zeta-Gundam Escort Leader and the Delta Plus is a modified Delta Gundam, which eventually became the Hyaku Shiki). In addition he also has the same reservations about Newtypes when it comes to humans being agents of change, but as Banagher points out, he himself is a Newtype.
Lightning Bruiser: All the mobile suits he pilots are both fast & powerful. This especially applies to the Banshee.
Memento MacGuffin: His "good luck charm." It may have something to do with his family because Audrey seemed to recognize it.
My God, What Have I Done?: Says the latter part ad verbatim a few seconds after killing off the Kshatriya with the Banshee's Beam Magnum.
Psychic Powers: Riddhe is possibly a low-level Newtype (akin to Char) seeing as he cannot feel empathy the same way that Banagher does. The only time his Newtype powers are given any treatment is when Riddhe manages to sense Banagher on the battlefield in Episode 2.
Yandere: Not exactly a full-on one, but having his hand rejected by Audrey in Episode 5, and the subsequent events involving him in episodes 6 and 7 may have subjected him to slip into the deep end of insanity. As evidenced with this line before firing the Banshee's Beam Magnum at the Kshatriya:
Mineva... You're on their side? I asked you not to leave me; how could you do this?!
"That's the last time you'll speak to me like that!"
Voiced by:Naoya Uchida (Japanese) and Michael Sorich (English)
Captain of the Nahel Argama, Otto has a short temper and tends toward indecision. Implied to be a rather inexperienced in an actual shipborne command, having been assigned there from an administrative post. Is often offered "suggestions" by his executive officer, Liam Borrinea.
Armchair Military: Used to be a desk officer who was thrown into active combat. A rare positive example of this trope, as he's not particularly incompetent or bloodthirsty, instead tends towards indecisiveness and outbursts of frustration towards situations out of his control. He is still feels great responsibility towards his men and his mission.
A Spot Of Tea: When not on the bridge or in a meeting with the rest of the Nahel Argama crew, he's usually having tea (and serving them as well)
Badass Moustache: rather small, but his berating of Angelo in episode 6 elevates him to this.
A Commander in the ECOAS 920 special operations group. Is highly experienced in fighting against Zeon and does not hesitate to use underhanded tactics in order to accomplish his mission, which at this point in time is preventing the opening of Laplace's Box.
Colonel Badass: Has the balls to leave a mobile suit cockpit and fire a handheld bazooka at an enemy suit. Pulled it off twice against the Kshatriya and Sinanju on separate occasions. Sadly did not come out alive on the latter encounter.
Genre Savvy: Showing hints of it, first by attacking Ace Custom units with a handheld bazooka, and later on calling Banagher out on his Gundamjack.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Quite the stern soldier, but has deeper understandings about the horrors of war, as evident during his last deep talk with Banagher inside the Unicorn's cockpit.
Necessarily Evil: His perspectives and methods, as morally reprehensible they may be, are considered necessary in his line of work. Otto doesn't even like him or ECOAS in general, but tells Banagher that he shouldn't be so hard on the man.
Symbolic Blood: When he is killed by the Sinanju's beam saber, all that remains is his bazooka, which then melts and splatters on a wall like a bloodstain.
Commander of Londo Bell, the Earth Federation's auxiliary unit. Ever since the One Year War, he earned fame for commanding Newtypes, for which Federation removed him from the military mainstream. As captain of the Londo Bell flagship Ra Cailum, he becomes involved in the events surrounding Laplace's Box.
The Captain: He's not called "The Eternal Captain" for nothing.
A Father to His Men: It's Bright freakin' Noa, what did you expect? In return his crew are nothing but fiercely loyal to him.
Four-Star Badass: Functionally — he's the commander of Londo Bell, the Federation's elite Zeon-hunters.
Genre Savvy: After commanding three generations of Gundam pilots, to say he's wise in their ways would be an understatement.
Reasonable Authority Figure: When he meets Banagher in Episode 5, he even encourages the boy to do something extraordinary with the Unicorn — having come to believe that certain people become Gundam pilots for a reason, he also encourages him to find his purpose for living.
When Riddhe asks him not to give him any special treatment due to his family connections, Bright responds by telling that Riddhe is giving himself special treatment by assuming he would receive it ahead of other pilots. Bright then gives him a short but stern talking to that he chooses pilots based on merit, and he expects Riddhe to perform to the best of his abilities.
Reassigned to Antarctica: Federation higher-ups consider him dangerous, having commanded three generations of Newtype pilots, so they relegate him and Londo Bell to auxiliaries. Fortunately Bright and company have a habit of getting themselves into trouble where they're needed most.
In Episode 7, this results in Bright dropping in on the Cheyenne Mountain complex to try and stop Grypps 2 from firing, culminating in him telling Ronan Marcenas that if he fires the Colony Laser, Bright will become an enemy to the Federation.
Undying Loyalty: Inspires this in his crew. His pilots and mechanics physically block the Vist Foundation's Men in Black so he can have a private conversation with Banagher.
Watts:(To the Vist Foundation security prsonnel) What's the matter with you boys?. That man is the Captain of this ship.
One-Man Army: He's on screen for about a minute and a half. In that time he wastes ten enemy suits, including several Geara Zulus and a couple suits outdated by no more than 4-5 years, by himself and without backup, in a mobile suit model that is about 8 years old. The most damage he ever takes is his having the weapon system on his left arm, but not the arm itself, disabled, and taking a shot to the back which neither kills nor stops him. Both happened right at the very end of his last scene.
In the next episode, he tries repeatedly to intefere in the Unicorn vs Banshee fight. He gets knocked around badly, but survives despite being hopelessly outclassed by both sides.
The original Gundam pilot, hero of the One Year War and the Second Neo Zeon Conflict. Sacrificed his own life to save the Earth from the asteroid Axis three years ago, but that doesn't stop him from coming back to lend Banagher a helping hand at a critical moment.
Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: His spirit appears briefly in Episode 5 as a green psycoframe luminescence to help Banagher link the Garencieres and the Nahel Argama, and in Episode 7 to have a brief conversation with Char and Lalah.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: He actually appears as a spirit in Episode 5 for a split second when the Unicorn's green psycoframe illuminates the Garencieres and the Nahel Argama.
The mysterious leader of the "Sleeves", a faction of Neo Zeon remnant claimed to be the "second coming of Char Aznable". Like Char, he is a blonde man whose face is hidden behind a mask, wears a red uniform, and pilots a red mobile suit. He also holds the "Sleeves" together with his high charisma. Whether the name is an alias is unspecified. He pilots the MSN-6S Sinanju, a red mobile suit derived from the Sazabi, Char's last known mobile suit.
Affably Evil: Sure, he's the Big Bad, but that in no way makes him any less polite, friendly, or courteous.
Bling of War: Not only does he wear a fancy, gold-trimmed officer's coat, his Sinanju follows suit. The real Char may have had a taste for flamboyant paintjobs, but even he never went so far as to pilot a war machine covered in gold leaf designs (Hyaku Shiki notwithstanding).
Blond Guys Are Evil: It's possible that his hair is dyed to look like Char so his blond hair may or may not be natural.
Blue and Orange Morality / Above Good and Evil: He doesn't even think of himself as a human being anymore (which may even be true, given the extent of the Artificial Newtype tinkering done to him), but rather a vessel for the ideals of Zeon, therefore he has no sense of right or wrong, only what furthers his mission.
Call Back: Frontal's first appearance in the OVA is replete with them, with Frontal repeating or otherwise referencing popular Char quotes, such as:
'You mustn't let mistakes weigh you down. Acknowledge them and take what you've learned to move on. That is the privilege of being a man.' (One does not care to acknowledge the mistakes of one's youth)
'Let's test the performance of your new Gundam' (Let's test the performance of the Federation's new mobile suit)
In addition, Frontal, like Char in the original series, never seems to wear a normal suit, perhaps for the same reasons as Char (Char expects to keep any mobile suit he uses in tact) or perhaps for more nihilistic reasons (Frontal has fallen into despair from Axis Shock and therefore courts death).
(Referencing Banagher's Beam Magnum) 'It doesn't matter how powerful they are if they can't hit me'(The same, in reference to Amuro's Beam Rifle)
Char Clone: Literally — he uses the same mobile suit stock, outfit, and tactics as Char Aznable, complete with Cool Mask. In reality, he's a genetically altered close-copy of Char, a Cyber Newtype with the near exact distinctions of Char. Frontal's memories were implanted from the psycoframe of a mobile suit previously piloted by Char. The unique thing about him, compared to the original, is that by episode 7 he becomes the first of the said character archetype to have a Mobile Armor. To the delight of the fans, in the Japanese version he has the same voice as well.
Episode 7 suggests that while Full Frontal's body is indeed artificial, his spirit is Char's. Syam Vist says that he is truly a ghost. Lalah Sune, in the end, addresses both Full and Char as the same person, telling him that he's let the world know his grievances, and it's time to let go. When Lalah, Amuro and Char finally ascend to a higher plane of existence, Frontal's physical body dies.
Combat Pragmatist: Part of Full's superior skill is the willingness to use his advantages. He'll target mobile suits just as they take off, ambush and aim for cockpits, snipe far away targets for as long as possible, pin targets using his beam rifle allowing him to close in and attack, use mobile suits as shields, and get himself a massive mobile armor that can cause the ammo in other mobile suits to detonate, if not just take them over outright.
Cultured Badass: While holding Banagher captive, he offers him tea, has no qualms with answering Banagher's questions, and treats him with the utmost of courtesy.
Fake Real Turn: He's almost completely devoid of a sense of self and sees Neo-Zeon's mission as the end-all, be-all of his entire existence because the mad scientists who created him deliberately engineered his brain that way in an attempt to create a literal Char Clone. While the real Char was a selfish, jaded, neurotic wreck who only exploited Neo-Zeon's ideology for the sake of his own petty personal vendettas, Frontal was created in the false image of the Char that his followers believed in. On the other hand, he's certainly no less crazy than the real one.
Of course, there's the possibility that Frontal acts the way he does because A) Amuro's dead and Frontal therefore has nothing to seek a vendetta against and B) Axis Shock has caused Frontal's descent into despair, therefore, to Frontal, his mission is the be-all, end-all of his existence. Frontal even claimed to have descended into madness and come out on the other side.
Episode 7 shows pretty clearly that he's just as nihilistic as the real Char became after witnessing Kamille get brain damaged at the end of Zeta Gundam. The difference is that while Char channeled his bitterness into his vendetta with Amuro, Frontal has no real desires or personality beyond his mission to resurrect Zeon. Instead he practices the worst kind of Realpolitik, following in the bloody footsteps of Gihren Zabi and his kind because he believes totalitarianism is the only thing that can keep humanity in line in a godless universe.
Irony: The real Char had no interest in being a "vessel" for the ideals of Zeon, only making people think he did. What makes Full Frontal really dangerous is that he does.
Further irony in the fact that while Frontal claims to act for the ideals of Zeon Deikun, he has only perverted them to the point that he is doing the exact opposite of what Zeon proscribed.
Lightning Bruiser: The Sinanju is a scaled-down version of the Sazabi with most of its thick armor and fancy gimmicks cut out for better mobility and endurance. It may not seem like much with the Attack Drone set and Wave Motion Gun gone, reducing it to a fairly basic set of armaments, but the truth is that something that moves like that doesn't really need them.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: His mask has red eyes, and the Sinanju also shows a red eye when its face is half destroyed
Shoot the Hostage: Not even Princess Mineva's life is worth giving in to the Federation's demands to him.
Slasher Smile: Cracks a small one before firing on the General Revil.
Straw Nihilist: Frontal at his core, is just a nihilistic opportunist. He has no belief in the potential of mankind. He just want whatever short-term gains he can get for Neo Zeon and the consequences are unimportant, because to him there is nothing beyond. Frontal has seen the end of time and it is cold, dark and devoid of life. Yet one of the big things emphasized by Newtypes throughout UC Gundam is that there is something beyond time and a warmth of the human heart that exists in some metaphysical space. Full Frontal, in essence, rejects Newtypes as a philosophy entirely. They exist, he recognizes they exist, but he doesn't believe in them except as physical manifestations. That is the big thing that separates him from the real Char.
The Stoic: Underneath his Affably Evil persona, there is just a complete and utter lack of real human emotion in him. Best exemplified in the final battle against Banagher and Riddhe where he doesn't started shouting and ranting with passion about the justness of his cause like previous Gundam Big Bads but instead just calmly repeats over and over again how meaningless their hopes for the future are.
We Can Rule Together: He offers this to Banagher in episode six of the OVA, stating that as a powerful Newtype he can also become a vessel for the hopes of the Spacenoids.
We Have Reserves: Quite happy to sacrifice Marida in order to better assess the Unicorn's capabilities.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Claims to be the vessel for all those who put their hopes in Zeon's cause and is only carrying out their will.
What the Hell, Hero?: Delivered to him by Audrey for his plan to use Laplace's Box to create a special economic zone that will exclude the Earth. Of note, Audrey says he's not the Char she knew, which can be taken to mean that he literally isn't the Char she knew or that he has changed so drastically so as to be unrecognizable.
Wrong Genre Savvy: In all fairness, his plan to get all the colonies to co-operate in starving the Federation to death, while hardly guaranteed to work, is still a whole lot smarter and more efficient than anything the various Neo-Zeon movements have come up with before (or since if you take the F91 spinoffs as canon). The ability to shut out one's oppressors through economic action, rather than begging for recognition they have no desire to give or clashing against them in bloody and wasteful wars of independence is the holy grail of many a resistance movement. Frontal is only wrong because he had the misfortune of being born into a universe where Psychic Powers exist that have the potential to render his plans and the cynical worldview that drives them obsolete.
You Shall Not Pass: Invoked in Episode 7, after failing to acquire Laplace's Box, appearing before Banagher (who was still going for the Unicorn) aboard the massive Neo Zeong:
A young Lieutenant within the Sleeves who serves as the devoted commander of Full Frontal's royal guard. He is somewhat known for his serious devotion to his superior and his ideals, and for the distinctively purple color scheme on all the mobile suits he uses.
Ace Custom: His Geara Zulu is bright purple, heavily decorated, and is based on MSV's Heavy Weapon Type Geara Doga instead of the standard model. In the novel and Episode 5 of the OVA, he later upgrades to the deadly Rozen Zulu.
Attack Drones: The INCOMs on his Rozen Zulu. Later joined by rose-shaped psyco-jammers in Episode 7.
Badass Normal: He's a very dangerous pilot, despite not being a Newtype, Cyber or otherwise.
Berserk Button: If he perceives anyone as showing Full Frontal even the slightest bit of disrespect, Angelo feels the need to beat that respect into the offender. Note the word perceives. Angelo's interpretation of disrespect can be over incredibly petty things, and includes anything that isn't unquestioningly adhering to Full Frontal's every whim. So it more like Hair-Trigger Temper, rather than Berserk Button.
Bodyguard Crush: According to his bio, he is head of the of the frontal bodyguard team and adores Full Frontal. In the trailer for the final episode (which was actually the moment he was experiencing Mind Rape courtesy of an Awakened Unicorn), he actually expresses jealousy that Full Frontal is rather more interested in Banagher:
Angelo: Why does the captain need you? Someone who doesn't even want him! Why does it have to be so unfair?!
Combat Stilettos: His second MS, the Rozen Zulu, sports these. And they're pretty damn noticeable.
Aside of theabove, this is perhaps exemplified in Episode 5, during his and Full Frontal's Villainous Rescue against the General Revil; Angelo takes out an entire squadron by himself, then pauses to bow out from the action and allow Full Frontal to come front and center, essentially rolling out the red carpet for his superior officer.
Depraved Homosexual/ Sissy Villain: Despite being an effete homosexual with a very refined sense of style he is unquestionably the most overtly violent and spiteful character in the entire show.
Physically, he is almost identical to Dorel Ronah from Gundam F91.
Hot-Blooded: Tends to lash out on occasion. (Or it may have something to do with his VAs.)
Jerkass: Angelo is a petty, spiteful little cunt, plain and simple. He gets pissed about anything he thinks is "disrespectful" of his boss, with the crowning examples being his apoplectic shrieking in episodes 2 and 6. In the former, he takes a shot at the Unicorn after it gives Full Frontal some difficulty in battle, then screeches at how it "made" him shoot, thereby ruining Full Frontal's "perfect battlefield". In the latter, Mineva says that Zeon are responsible for making Universal Century the way it is by starting the One Year War, and therefore bear the responsibility of fixing the entire sordid mess. Cue Angelo screaming at her for "refusing to understand the Captain's ideas". In the final episode he tells Banagher how he's hated him ever since they first met.
Mind Rape: Experienced this when Banagher, now having fully awakened as a Newtype, broke free of the psyco-jammer grid. The novel makes it clear that he's disturbed and feels violated upon Banagher peering into his mind and learning his Dark and Troubled Past. See Driven to Suicide entry.
Purple Eyes: Has a striking pair, which complements his mobile suits' color scheme (see pic).
"Crying because you care is a whole different matter. I don't trust anyone who never cries; that's my philosophy..."
Voiced by:' Hideaki Tezuka (Japanese), Michael Alston Baley (English)
A Sleeves member who serves as the captain of the camouflaged freighter Garencieres, and commands its combat forces.
A Father to His Men: Particularly and especially towards Marida, who he was willing to launch a near-suicidal assault on the Nahael Argama whilst it was in low Earth orbit for after she was captured by the EFSF.
Anti-Villain: As much as he might protest otherwise, he does have a functional soul. It's the reason he eventually approved sending out Banagher against the Shamblo, the Sleeves' own superweapon, after it went berserk and started massacring civilians.
Storming the Castle: Pulls this off in Episode 5 to rescue Mineva, using nothing but a Base Jabber (and by that we mean he rides the Base Jabber without a Mobile Suit), while combat ensues between the two Unicorns outside. Succeeds with help from Banagher, AND gets back Marida as a bonus.
Stout Strength: He's a lot more dangerous in a fight than his bulk might suggest.
"Nothing can live without light. But the people abandoned in space eventually found a new light to replace God. And the new light they found to guide them is Zeon."
A Newtype woman who pilots the monstrous Kshatriya for the Sleeves with the rank Lieutenant Junior Grade. Rather stoic in most situations, she reallydoesn't like Gundams, which sees her repeatedly pitting herself against the Unicorn. In reality, she is actually Ple Twelve, one of Glemmy Toto's cyber newtype clones of Elpeo Ple from the First Neo-Zeon War.
Broken Bird: As one of the Ple clones, after the war she became a child prostitute.
Dark and Troubled Past: So much. First she was sent into battle (along with other Ple Clones) during the closing stages of the First Neo-Zeon War, then was plunged into prostitution until she met Zinnerman.
Dark Is Evil: As an Anti-Villain and occasional ally, she wears a pink/purple flight suit and pilots the green Kshatriya. As a brainwashed puppet of the Vist Foundation, she wears a black pilot suit and pilots the black & very dangerous Unicorn Banshee. Do the maths.
Dying Moment of Awesome: She holds off the Banshee in a barely-repaired Kshatriya, and her death at Riddhe's hands kicks Banagher's Newtype abilities into overdrive, as well as shock Riddhe out of his funk to let him to fully accept his Newtype abilities and his place in his family's destiny.
Expy: Marida is essentially a grown-up Ple Two (being a clone of Elpeo Ple) and therefore possesses her personality traits (cold and distant in comparison to the ever happy Elpeo Ple). In addition Marida has noticeable psychological scars stemming from her history as a prostitute/sex slave
Her backstory also makes her something of an Expy to Lalah Sune, since they both were prostitutes before being found by Char and Zinnerman respectively.
Once you learn about her true identity, you will begin to recognize that the Kshatriya is basically a smaller, quad-winged Queen Mansa (Ple Two's unit) with its Funnels stored in its wings instead of a tail binder..
Go Out with a Smile: Seconds after her Kshatriya Repaired took a shot from the Banshee's Beam Magnum.
Irony: Her Ple programming and traumatic experiences in the First Neo Zeon War led her to try to attack anything looking like a Gundam on sight... which became a bit awkward when the Vist Foundation had her pilot one. Needless to say, realising this was a big factor in breaking her brainwashing.
Punch Clock Villain: Sees herself as nothing more than a tool to be employed by whoever her master happens to be, mostly because that is, in fact, what she was designed as.
Rape as Backstory: She was a prostitute, and in the novel her body is scarred by countless abortions and pregnancies, while the OVA implies her womb was surgically removed by her madam.
Replacement Goldfish: One of the more positively-portrayed (and less creepy) examples - Zinnerman considers her a replacement for his dead daughter, Marie, and is a loving, if somewhat stern, Parental Substitute to her.
Spell My Name with an S: Ple Twelve. All Ples, despite having a clearly stated official spelling of their name, are constantly referred to as "Purus" by the fans, after the Japanese pronunciation. The English dub for episode three put this to rest, revealing that it's pronounced "Pull", which keeps the original pun (Elpeo Ple was named for a Hentai magazine called Lemon People or L People).
Starter Villain: Serves as Banagher's (and by extension, the Unicorn's) first opponent in episode 1.
Not So Stoic: When she catches a glimpse of the Unicorn. She also has a major panic attack when Martha shows her her old Quebeley.
Super Strength: The show doesn't often draw attention to it, but this seems to be part of her Cyber-Newtype enhancement package. Among other things, it lets her perform a one-handed Neck Lift on Banagher in the novels and effortlessly manhandle Riddhe in the anime. It also prevents her from being sucked out into space when being transferred from the Nahel Argama to a Vist Foundation facility, as well as save Alberto.
You Shall Not Pass: Her final act in the Kshatriya Repaired is to stall the much more powerful Banshee for Banagher and the Unicorn to clear a path for the Nahel Argama. She manages to kick the Banshee's ass despite piloting a machine that is barely holding together, only to take a Beam Magnum to the cockpit.
The helmsman of the camouflaged freighter Garencieres. At first glance Flaste has an air of unapproachability, but his personality is actually more like that of a big brother, and he has the full trust of the crew. He is also an old acquaintance of Captain Zinnerman, and supports him well as the second in command of the Garencieres crew.
A mechanic of the Garencieres team. Despite his youth, his mobile suit maintenance skills are superb, and he has no trouble setting up the Unicorn Gundam with a double set of the Kshatriya's beam gatling guns. He is an optimist with a cheerful personality .
A mobile suit pilot in one of the major Zeon remnant groups on Earth. She is the daughter of the wealthy Mahdi Garvey, a former Zeon soldier who brought the remnants together. Beyond this her character differs wildly between the original novel and the anime. In the novel she is the sole voice of reason in her family, forced to co-pilot the Shamblo as she tries in vain to rein in her father and brothers who have been driven mad by their lust for vengeance against the Federation for all of their friends who've been killed since the One Year War. In the anime, however it is Loni who is a revenge-crazed lunatic, having lost her aforementioned father and brothers to the Federation.
Anti-Villain: In the novels. She is wracked by guilt over the destruction her father causes in the Shamblo, and is fatally injured by him in response. She then sends psychic messages to Banagher revealing the Shamblo's weak spots and allowing him to take the Shamblo down.
Axe Crazy: Not that her malfunctioning psycommu helped.
Death by Adaptation: In contrast to the anime, her father and brothers were still alive at this point in the original novels, and pilots of the Shamblo alongside her.
Expy: She's like a vengeful Lalah Sune. In fact her and Banagher's relationship bears some similarity, Banagher manages to connect with Loni and form a deep understanding/emotional bond, only for her to be killed at the crucial moment (In Lalah's case, by Amuro himself, in Loni's, by Riddhe)
Morality Chain: To Loni. Malfunctioning Psycommu aside, It's only a combination of his concern for her and his being her superior officer that keeps the bitter and angry pilot of a massive Mobile Armor from going Axe Crazy every time she sorties. Even his dying thoughts still manages to make Loni snap out of her psychotic episode.
Taking You with Me: In Episode 4, he attempts to self-destruct his mobile suit by destroying its reactor with his rifle to destroy the Federation suits attacking him. One of them kills him before he succeeds.
The Red Comet. A legendary Zeon ace who was also the son of Zeon's founder Zeon Daikun. Started the previous Neo Zeon uprising before him and Amuro disappeared when the latter inadvertently used his newtype powers to stop Axis from falling to earth. His memories and ambitions were implanted into his clone, Full Frontal.
Dead Person Conversation: Helps Lalah convince Full Frontal to let Banagher go and give up the war when she communicates with him during their shared vision.
Cardeas' younger sister. A woman with a somewhat elegant appearance, shoulder length blond hair, tight cheeks and deep eyes that give off a cold magnetism. She is married to the chairman of Anaheim Electronics, Melanie Hue Carbine (Marth Vist is often referred to as "The Empress Of The Moon") of the Carbine family which established Anaheim Electronics. Through the Carbine family she has connections with the higher ups of the Earth Federation. She has a sharper mouth than her husband, which makes her a shrewd businesswoman. To the Vist family, it was a rarity to bear a woman of such character. She sends Alberto Vist to Industrial 7 in order to murder Cardeas. She’s an ambitious woman who takes part in the delivery obstruction of “Laplace’s Box” and aims at seizing the Vist Foundation as well as taking back the box.
Big Bad: The second candidate, alongside Frontal. The two are parts of a dichotomy, with Martha's violent conservatism and desire to preserve the status quo by any means necessary being treated as far worse than Full Frontal's desire to use the Box to create change (albeit bad change).
Meaningful Name: 'Carbine' is very appropriate for an arms dealer, let alone a whole family of them.
Small Name, Big Ego: As Mineva reveals Laplace's Box to the Earth Sphere, Martha's influence seems to slide almost immediately. To the point that Bright simply brushes her last attempt at damage control as a that of a meddling civilian.
Straw Feminist: In theory more than in practice. Likes to go on about how "men's logic" is responsible for the screwed up state of the Universal Century and how only an intelligent women like herself is capable of fixing it. However, Alberto, her nephew, acknowledges that she's got a point about the male-dominated Earth Federation's mismanagement, and suggests that 'fighting against men's logic' is probably going to translate as much-needed political reform and anti-corruption drives.
Alberto eventually calls her out on this in Episode 7.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: See Straw Feminist above. Her objectives are to preserve the status quo, preventing another period of bloody anarchy like the Zeon wars, and to use the political capital she gains from this to address the Federation's corruption, inefficiency, and hefty glass ceiling. People who find themselves an obstacle to this tend to cease to be, in multiple senses of the phrase.