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- The Ace: All five of the pilots are ridiculously talented soldiers, to the point that even without their signature gundams, they're still a threat on any battlefield.
- Bishounen: Responsible for getting more girls interested in Gundam (and possibly anime in general) than ever before.
- Broken Ace: That being said, some of the boys have... issues. Really, REALLY big issues.
- Color-Coded Characters: Invoked at least once. Heero is white, Duo blue, Trowa red, Quatre yellow, and Wufei green.
- The Dreaded: Anytime a Gundam shows up, everyone on the bad field freaks out.
- Multinational Team: Heero (Japanese), Duo (American), Trowa (Unknown), Quatre (Middle Eastern), Wu Fei (Chinese). The fact that no one knows Trowa's origin is just one of the many mysteries about him.
- The Team: Heero is The Hero and The Heart of Outer Space, Duo is The Lancer as a cheery foil to Heero's stoicism. The two also have angels vs devils motif. Trowa is The Quiet One, who prefers to keep his head down and do important work, while occasionally dropping nuggets of wisdom. Quatre is The Heart and The Smart Guy, both traits that eventually make him The Leader when all five get together. Wufei is an Ineffectual Loner and the closest the series has to a Big Guy since he's mostly there to fight.
- Wild Card: The pilots are not associated with any faction. They defected from the Barton Foundation at the start of the series and their enemies change throughout the series. In the end they're pretty much a faction by themselves.
Heero Yuy alias Odin Lowe Jr.
Voice Actors: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese), Mark Hildreth (English), Manuel Campuzano (Latin America)
- "Mission complete."
Main mecha: Wing Gundam, Mercurius, Gundam Epyon, Wing Gundam ZeroThe male lead of Gundam Wing, and the pilot of the titular Wing Gundam. Known as the "Perfect Soldier", Heero was trained as a soldier since his childhood (and even more after the death of his father, Odin Lowe), and would even risk his life to accomplish his mission. Despite being initially portrayed as The Stoic, his encounter with Relena Darlian would change his life forever. He pilots Wing Gundam and Wing Gundam Zero primarily, but was also forced to pilot Mercurius by OZ, and briefly used the Gundam Epyon before trading it to Zechs for Wing Zero.
- The Ace: On a team of people who all qualify as this, Heero can be said to stand at the top, as he is the only Gundam pilot to fully master the Zero System. This and various other actions or feats, such as his willingness to destroy his Gundam to ensure it didn't fall into enemy hands, earns him the respect of all the other pilots. Were he more sociable he likely would have become the team leader.
- Anti-Hero: The Pragmatic variant.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In addition to being an assassin and borderline terrorist, Heero is also a hacker, and commits wire fraud early in the series.
- The Atoner: Ever since he accidentally killed a little girl he had befriended and her puppy.
- BFG: Wing's Buster Rifle and Wing Zero's Twin Buster Rifle. Capable of wiping out an entire battalion of Mooks in one shot.
- Bishie Sparkle: Episode 26.
- Catch Phrase: "Mission accepted"; "Mission complete"; "ILL KILL YOU." ("I'll destroy you." in the Toonami edit); to a lesser extent, "Life comes cheap, especially mine".
- Celebrity Resemblance: The creators said that Heero was designed after actress Yuki Uchida.
- Character Development: Starts quite unemotional, but develops more genuine care for people. Or better said, Heero gradually recovers use of his emotions that had been broken through his Dark and Troubled Past...
- Code Name: Borrowed from a dead political leader. See below.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: He was physically modeled after Yuki Uchida, a female Idol Singer who was popular at the time.
- The Comically Serious: He doesn't get put into enough funny situations to really shine, but it's there. The licensed Doujinshi Ground Zero gets a lot of mileage out of having Heero do "human" things (like admitting he modified Wing Zero into the Endless Waltz version because he thought it'd look cool), which causes Duo to flip out ("This isn't a sports car or something!") and makes fellow Stoic Trowa start laughing.
Heero: It hurts like hell.
- And then there's his advice to Trowa about Heroic Sacrifices. referring to the time he made the Wing Gundam self-detonate.
Heero: Shouldn't be a problem.
- In Episode 42 when faced with 40 Mobile Dolls surrounding the space shuttle he's in he simply says that they:
- Contemplate Our Navels: Has a pretty epic moment of this at the end of episode 18, which features him giving a greeting speech to a new school he's attending after arriving back in space, as part of a new cover. Heero's speech is played over the last few minutes of the episode, as various other characters are shown in their current situation. The speech features him speaking about human nature and the place of humanity in the universe, their connection to Earth, peace, war, technology, and weapons.
Heero to his classmates: So why do people fight anyway? Perhaps the meaning of human existence lies within their will to fight. People feel a sense of accomplishment through battle and it's also a fact that the one's actually fighting are never perceived as being tainted.
- The ending of the speech:
- Creepy Monotone: But only in the dubbed version. In the original, Heero's tone of voice indicated his emotions, even if it was subtle at times.
- Death Seeker: He gets better.
- Defrosting Ice King: As time goes on.
- Determinator: Might be one of the greatest examples from either 90s anime or the Gundam franchise as a whole. Once he receives a mission or decides to complete a task, Heero is solely focused on it. He's been shot, blown up, fallen from incredible heights, and always gotten up to keep on going. The last 20-30 minutes of Endless Waltz see him going on a rampage in order to stop the current threat and save Relena, which really only ends after he finally collapses from sheer exhaustion.
- Evil Laugh: A rare heroic example. Even though he does nothing evil (At least in the audience's POV. He himself would say otherwise.) His laugh borderlines between this and Laughing Mad. Just unsettling, even when he's genuinely happy about something.
- Friend to All Living Things: He likes playing with dogs and the official artwork has him smiling as he plays with a ferret.
- The Hero: No Pun intended.
- Heroic Bastard. In Frozen Teardrop we learn that his father was Odin Lowe... who was not the husband of Heero's mom, Aoi Clarke. Heero was born in between Odin and Aoi's break-up and Aoi's marriage to Seis Clarke, she and Seis raised him in his earliest years, and when they were murdered Odin took little Heero back in.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He does this several times, most notably when Lady Une threatens to destroy the colonies with missiles and, of course, the series finale. He survives each time. (He probably has to or the story wouldn't move.)
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Quatre, during the second part of the series.
- It could also define his relationship with Duo, alongside Odd Friendship.
- Also Trowa his fellow stoic
- It could also define his relationship with Duo, alongside Odd Friendship.
- Human Popsicle: Frozen Teardrop reveals that while the other Gundam pilots are already middle-aged adults, Heero is still a "boy" because he has been frozen in a cold hibernation capsule.
- ILL KILL YOU: Don't take it seriously, it's just how Heero says "Hello." It is how he first proposes to deal with most of his problems in the show, though for one reason or another, he never follows through with it. (In earlier episodes, it's more like he just doesn't get the chance to, but later on, he changes his mind for the most part. ...More or less...)
- Improbable Age: Heero is only 15 (16 in Endless Waltz), and yet is a hardened soldier who acts like someone at least twice his age.
- Indy Ploy: Heero isn't big on forward planning, but he can improvise like nobody's business.
- Ineffectual Death Threats: Heero is the poster boy for this trope.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With a little girl and her puppy. It ended tragically sad to say..
- He gets a second chance of sorts with Duo Maxwell Jr. in Frozen Teardrop.
- I Work Alone: Getting him to stay put and cooperate with the other pilots rather than flying off to do his own thing tends to be a futile effort, though Wufei can be even worse about this.
- Lady and Knight: He would never admit it but he acts like a White Knight for Relena: protecting her from danger with his own body if necessary. He claims its because she can aid his mission or some other impersonal value but the more likely reason is because he's in love with her (when it would be just as beneficial to kill her he can't bring himself to do it). In the OVA ending for Endless Waltz Heero is seen watching over Relena.
- Leitmotif: "The Wings of a Boy Who Killed Adolescence", which has numerous remixes, most famously the Next Episode Preview song, "Codename Heero Yuy". It's also popped up in a few video games (Super Robot Wars Z2: Hakai-hen, Another Century's Episode 1, and several times in SD Gundam G Generation).
- Lightning Bruiser: All the mobile suits he pilots(save for the Leos) are both very fast & capable of steamrolling entire battalions without much effort.
- Ludicrous Melee Accuracy: During a fencing bout, he manages to hit his opponent's epee on the tip, snapping his own weapon. He then plunged the half-an-epee into his opponent's mask.
- Made of Iron: More like made of Gundanium. He's tougher than his freaking mech.
- Case in point, he once jumped from the 50th floor of a military hospital, (with a parachute, though he opened it too late) making a rough landing and breaking his leg which he later casually snapped back into place (much to Duo's disgust). Note that this was a short time after being shot several times in the previous episode. Even better, while in said hospital the staff found evidence of at least 200 previous injuries (bruises and broken bones), in addition to the gunshot wounds. And all this does not slow him down in the least.
- He survived his Gundam's self-destruct sequence. While he was on it. He did sustain rather serious injuries and blood loss, and according to Trowa (who would have no reason to lie about it) he spent several days knocked out... but yeah.
- Magnetic Hero: Earns the respect of the other Gundam pilots (who accept him as a sorta-leader) and the Worthy Opponent Zechs. However he willingly defers to Quatre, who's more charismatic and a better leader.
- Mukokuseki: While his eyes are somewhat more slanted than other characters', Heero has brown hair and blue eyes even though he is supposed to be Japanese, whereas the Chinese Wufei is much more obviously Asian in appearance. May be justified due to Heero being only half-Japanese at most, as explained in Frozen Teardrop: his mother was a Japanese woman, but the Caucasian Hitman with a Heart Odin Lowe was his biological dad (another way in which Heero evokes Amuro Ray, who was also half-Japanese).
- My Hero Zero: Well, Heero's Mid-Season Upgrade Gundam is called Wing Zero.
- Hope Bringer: Relena believes that he's this.
- Named After Somebody Famous: in-universe, and there's a little bit of irony...
- Numerical Theme Naming: "Heero" is derived from hitotsu, "one" in Japanese; "Yuy" is derived from yuitsu, "alone" or "only". In other words, Heero Yuy- "the one and only".
- Lampshaded by Doctor J somewhat in the CG short Gundam Evolve 7- where he tells Relena that Heero was 'number one' and 'exceeded all expectations', then remembering to himself his christening of the boy as 'Heero Yuy'.
- Official Couple: The more rabid Yaoi Fangirls will fight it to their last breath, but every single sidestory supports him and Relena probably getting together. And these sidestories are all written by members of the anime's writing staff. In addition there was the very telling scene in Endless Waltz where Relena holds and caresses an unconscious Heero after he 'kills' Maremaia Khushrenada.
- There is also an official artbook picture of them nude and gazing into each other's eyes.
- Further confirmed in Frozen Teardrop ending, where Heero asks for her hand in marriage. The epilogue shows them married and planning a family.
- Older Than They Look: In Frozen Teardrop, thanks to being a Human Popsicle for almost 20+ years.
- One-Man Army: In his Gundam or out
- Pants-Positive Safety: Keeps his gun in his bike shorts...literally!
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's only 156cm (5 foot 1), but worth noting is 1) he's only 15, and 2) Duo, Quatre, and Wu Fei are the exact same height (Trowa is 160/5'2"). Relena, funnily enough, is maybe half an inch (at most) taller than Heero.
- Popularity Power: To date, Heero remains the most popular character in the series, with him constantly appearing in Gundam Ace's "Top 30 Male Characters" poll (with him usually appearing in the Top 10), and in Newtype magazine's "Top 30 Male Characters of the 90s" poll, he ranked #6.
- Robeast (the Zonder turns him into one in a 4koma)
- Say My Name: "Relena!"
- Sensual Spandex: Wears a pair in the TV Series, apart from his green tank top.
- Shipper on Deck: A Trowa/Quatre fanboy. He's awfully focused on helping Quatre find Trowa after Quatre's Roaring Rampage of Revenge, even going so far as to tell Quatre that he can't fight until he finds Trowa again.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Most of the time seen with a green tank top.
- The Stoic --> Hitman with a Heart and Kuudere
- Super Soldier: Doctor J and Odin Lowe raised him from a Child Soldier and then turned him into this, complete with super strength, computer hacking, sabotage and demolition, mobile suit piloting, and espionage skills.
- Take a Third Option: When given the choice of surrendering his Gundam or allowing the colonies to be attacked, he chooses to self-destruct Wing instead.
- Happens again in Episode Zero- Doctor J gives him the orders for Operation Meteor, in option form- to go along with the plan, to escape, or...a third option. Guess which one he takes.
- Theme Naming: In addition to the numerical theme, his name was intentionally designed to be evocative of Amuro Ray's.
- Transforming Mecha: All the Gundams he used in the series. Avoided with the Wing Zero EW.
- Trouser Space: Guess where he keeps his gun.. Though Averted in Endless Waltz, where he gets to wear a pair of jeans.
- The Unfettered: Initially.
Duo Maxwell aka Father Maxwell
Voice Actors: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese), Scott McNeil (English), Eric Osorio (Latin America)
- "I might run and hide, but I never tell a lie."
Main mecha: Gundam Deathscythe, Gundam Deathscythe HellThe pilot of the Gundam Deathscythe. He's cheerful, friendly, and flirtatious, serving as the moodmaker of the Gundam Pilots. He's also the self-proclaimed Grim Reaper, a title he gave himself after living on while those he cares about die around him. He anthropomorphizes his Gundam more than the others, calling it "buddy" (aibo in Japanese).
- Anti-Hero: The Knight in Sour Armor variant.
- Badass Preacher: Becomes this in Frozen Teardrop. In practice he's more of a Bounty Hunter and Hitman with a Heart who poses as a "preacher".
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's cheerful and kind, but please don't provoke him.
- Big "NO!": In the dubbed version, after watching Deathscythe being destroyed by OZ, and it's broadcasted live. Scott McNeil is still asked to replicate the scream at conventions.
- Bounty Hunter: Frozen Teardrop reveals that he became one, putting his money into supporting the Maxwell Church. However, this causes Hilde to see him as unreliable because he's never around, resulting in their divorce.
- Broken Hero: His seemingly self-congratulatory "God of Death" (Shinigami) nickname takes on a new light when it's revealed that he took it on given the fact that anyone he cares about tends to die if they hang around him.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Look at his Gundams, then get to know him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not that deadpan, but much snarkier than his teammates.
- Companion Cube: He treats his Gundam as one. To the point when his Gundam was destroyed, he was outraged.
- The Grim Reaper: His nickname and Gundam only.
- Genki Girl: Gender bent version, but he's easily the most cheerful of the Gundam pilots.
- Hollywood Atheist: Although he wears Creepy Cool Crosses and the clothes of a priest, Duo stated (at age 7) that he doesn't believe in God because he has never seen a miracle, but believes in Shinigami because he's "sure seen lots of dead people."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed. He's rough around the ages and can't stop dealing the snark, but rarely is he ever intentionally jerk-ish.
- The Lancer: Loud and affable in comparison to Heero's stoic rudeness.
- Leitmotif: "Black Wind Inviting to Death", also an instance of Long Song, Short Scene since it's never used in the show. The only place to hear it other than the OST is SD Gundam G Generation. "Invitation from Hell" is a more sinister-sounding remix that does get featured in the show.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: However, in Frozen Teardrop, he has cut his hair. Cue Big "NO!" from his numerous fangirls!
- Mythology Gag: the end of Endless Waltz's manga adaptation has him wearing a baseball cap with the lines "Gundam 20th Anniversary".
- Numerical Theme Naming: From the Latin duo, meaning "two".
- Orphanage of Love: In Episode Zero, he lives in Maxwell Church. It was rather run down, but Father Maxwell and Sister Helen were lovely people. Too bad they're all killed off in a bomb attack.
- Parents as People: Acknowledges that he hasn't been the best father to Duo Jr.
- Rapunzel Hair: Not as notorious as Dorothy's, but still present through his waist-length braid. Lampshaded when Sister Helen wants to give him an Important Haircut since long hair like that "is unhygienic."
- Red Baron: "The God of Death" (or "The Great Destroyer").
- Sad Clown: Keeps an upbeat attitude to cope with the fact that he brings death to those around him intentionally or not
- Shipper on Deck: Seems to ship Heero/Relena. And maybe, Trowa/Quatre.
Heero: (turning to leave) Relena's been kidnapped...Duo: *scratches head...Anything at all for the one you love... (Or, in the original Japanese: "Somebody's got a crush.")
- Blatantly ships Heero/Relena in Battlefield of Pacifists and Endless Waltz.
- Stepford Snarker: He's the snarkiest member of the cast, but this is at least partially to hide his wounded past.
- Street Urchin: His backstory.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: His catchprase. Though how true this claim is is debatable.
Trowa Barton alias Triton Bloom aka Dokter T.
Voice Actors: Shigeru Nakahara (Japanese), Kirby Morrow (English), Arturo Siann Vidal (Latin America)
- "'Those who have laid eyes on a Gundam shall not live to tell about it.' Those are the orders I have been given."
Main mecha: Gundam Heavyarms, Vayeate, Gundam Heavyarms KaiThe pilot of the Gundam Heavyarms. Loyal, kind-hearted, and pensively droll, but emotionally stunted after spending a good portion of his life either as a soldier or, worse, outside human contact completely. Interaction with the other pilots and Catherine Bloom helps start warming him up. In addition to Heavyarms, he served as the pilot of OZ's Vayeate while posing as a new recruit.
- Alpha Strike: One of his more famous "attacks" is what Super Robot Wars calls the Full Open Attack.
- Anti-Hero: The Knight in Sour Armor variant.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: The quietest member of the cast, and as a Gundam pilot he's a one-man army.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Heero and Quatre, nevermind the Ship Tease with the latter.
- Birds of a Feather: With Heero, both being stoic and quiet.
- Bottomless Magazines: Averted. His Gundam's Achilles' Heel is its tendency to run out of ammo in extended fights.
- Character Name Alias: Takes the name of the original Trowa - a Jerkass from the Barton Family - after the latter gets killed
- Cold Sniper: Trowa is able to remain weirdly detached whilst murdering people or contemplating a suicide strike, despite being one of the most compassionate characters in the series.
- Cool Mask: both Trowa and Heavyarms have a half-clown mask they can wear.
- Dark Green Eyes
- Dead Person Impersonation (Sort of. He took up the "Trowa Barton" name after the real one was murdered in front of his eyes, to cover up for the guy's death and help the people who killed him.)
- Duel Wielding: When using a Taurus, he dual wields two beam cannons. Takes it Up to Eleven in the Endless Waltz version of Heavyarms
- Fake Defector: His recurring schtick of disguising as the enemy.
- Friend to All Living Things: He gets his circus gig by befriending the lion and simply putting his hand in the cage.
- Gatling Good: The running theme of his mecha. The original has a beam gatling and two gatling guns hidden in its chest, the upgrade turns the beam gating into a double. The movie version doubles all of it, with four gatlings in the chest, and two double beam gatlings.
- Genius Bruiser: He is absolutely ripped... but really quite quiet and analytic.
- The Infiltration: Has something of a habit of doing this. Whereas Heero will enter an enemy stronghold and destroy it, or whatever his target is, while also taking whatever information he can from their computers by force, Trowa will instead infiltrate their ranks to gain the same information. He does this with Oz in the main series and the Mariemaia Army in ''Endless Waltz.
- Heroic Build: Revealed in Endless Waltz when he beats up several thugs from The Barton Foundation whilst topless. Apparently those turtlenecks are very unflattering. He probably gained a lot more visible muscle after working for the circus. Being an acrobat will do that to you.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Heero, during the end of the first half of the series.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: In the extended battle scene from the theatrical version of Endless Waltz, a group of Serpents barrages him with missiles and he shoots every one of them down with his Gatlings.
- Kuudere: Looks and acts like The Stoic, but is one of the gentlest and most caring characters.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: survives the incident with Quatre, but is amnesiac for a long while.
- Leitmotif: "In the Returned Scent of Blood and Gunpowder", which has a more somber remix called "That Clown Doesn't Need Makeup for Tears".
- Also gets his own theme music in the Fighting Game Endless Duel, a fast-paced techno piece which is about as different from the other two as you can get but is easily the most memorable in the game's entire (quite good) soundtrack.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Catherine.
- More Dakka: The basic idea behind his mecha.
- Macross Missile Massacre: The Endless Waltz version of Heavyarms Kai.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Tim Burton, of whom director Ikeda is a big fan.
- The Nameless: As revealed in Endless Waltz, Trowa is not his real name. He's only known as "Nanashi" (No-Name), but Episode Zero implies that he might be Triton Bloom, a young boy who was thought to have been killed after an Alliance attack that killed Catherine's parents.
Trowa: I have no name. But if you must call me something, then Trowa. Call me Trowa Barton.
- This is foreshadowed in episode 5:
Trowa: Battle record 001. Pilot's name...let's go with Trowa.
- Earlier in episode 1:
- And in Frozen Teardrop it's confirmed. He tells his protegé Trowa Phobos that the "T" in Dokter T means "Triton", not Trowa.
- Nonspecifically Foreign: Only member of the Multinational Team without even a confirmed ethnicity. The fandom often considers him hispanic, which would make him STILL an example. He's also sometimes considered "European," or occasionally Russian.
- Numerical Theme Naming: From the French trois, meaning "three".
- Peek-a-Bangs: His impressive bangs almost always covers just one eye, depending on the angle.
- Shipper on Deck: Another possible Heero/Relena fanboy.
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: After destroying Duo's Deathscythe.
- The Stoic: Quietest member of the team.
- Taking the Bullet: For Heero during Quatre's fight with Heero. He survived, but was left with amnesia.
- Tears of Remorse: Sheds these in episode 20 after being forced to destroy Gundam Deathscythe to maintain his cover.
- Teen Genius: While the other pilots also qualify, he's the only one who manages to infiltrate Oz and Mariemeia's Army succesfully, probably because unlike the other four boys he doesn't have a massive case of Chronic Hero Syndrome to screw things up for him.
- That Man Is Dead
Quatre Raberba Winner aka Instructor Q
Voice Actors: Ai Orikasa (Japanese), Brad Swaile (English), Luis Tenorio (Latin America)
- "You're afraid to die, aren't you guys? Well, then you shouldn't be fighting at all!"
Main mecha: Gundam Sandrock, Gundam Sandrock KaiThe pilot of the Gundam Sandrock, Quatre is the heir to the Winner industrial magnate. He is also the co-leader of the Maganac Corps. Despite being a Gundam pilot, he is actually a very kind-hearted young man, and exhibits a form of empathy he refers to as the "Heart of Space".
- All-Loving Hero: By being the Apologetic Attacker, then by keeping the team together when they go into space.
- Apologetic Attacker: Often asks his foes to surrender, then apologizes for defeating/killing them.
- The Atoner: After almost killing his
- Badass Beard: While the boy himself is too young for one, the TV version of his Gundam Sandrock is notable for having an extremely large "beard" compared to the small goatee design usually found on Gundams, appropriate to its Arabian themed design. According to some sourcebooks, the Gundams "beards" are actually coolant reservoirs for the head's various sensor and computer systems, so this would serve a practical purpose as well on a machine designed for desert combat.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He only snaps once...but SNAP he does.
- Bishie Sparkle: Episode 26.
- Crossdressing Voices: In the Japanese version. Generally averted in the dubs except probably the Filipino dub.
- Crossing the Desert: Does this at least once.
- Death by Childbirth: What happened to Quatre's mother when she insisted on giving birth to Quatre naturally, when all of the Winner children before him were test tube babies and she was a very delicate Ill Girl..
- Dual Wielding: Sandrock dual wields its heat shotels. He also dual-wields beam sabers when riding a Taurus once.
- The Empath: Very slightly.
- Four Is Death
- Goggles Do Nothing: Subverted, as in Episode Zero, Quatre's goggles served as a symbol of the leader of the Maganac Corps.
- The Heart: Of the five Gundam pilots. He's by far the most optimistic and moral of the pilots, always believes in the others, and in the last arc of the show, he's responsible for gathering the other pilots together. Without them, they might have just stayed apart.
Doctor Jay concerning Quattra: He's an outstanding soldier. He has the ability to bring the five Gundam pilots together.
- He's pretty much acknowledged as this within the series itself too:
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He doesn't seem to think much of himself; given an interesting twist late in the series where Zechs fights the Gundam Pilots (minus Heero) all at once and guns for Quatre; he thinks it's because Zechs sees him as the weakest, when in fact it's because Zechs knows he's The Leader.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Heero, in the second part of the series.
- I'm Having Soul Pains: The Space Heart. Often, this manifests as physical pain in Quatre's heart.
- I Owe You My Life: His devotion to Trowa starts like this.
- The Leader: Heero may be The Hero, but he readily passes leadership of the Gundam Team onto the more charismatic Quatre.
- Not to mention Quatre has a personal army at his disposal in the Manganac Corps
- Leitmotif: "Looking for Peace Hiding in the Corpse", which like Trowa's theme has a somber remix ("Sandy Clock of a Sad Color").
- Made of Iron: Dorothy stabs him through the lung yet he still manages to stand there and make a very long speech at her before Trowa takes him to safety, then pilot his mobile suit out of the Libra again.
- Martial Pacifist: Doesn't like fighting if he can help it, but he WILL do so if he's got no other choice.
- My God, What Have I Done?: How he regards his rampage in Wings Zero, especially nearly killing Trowa.
- Name's the Same: His name almost sounds similar to Quattro Bajeena, despite not being the resident Char Clone of the series. This came about because the names have the same numerical origin (the name "Quattro" comes from the fact that it's Char's fourth alias).
- Nice Guy: The kindest of the Gundam pilots. To the point when he heard that there were 4 more Gundams, he wanted to meet them all.
- Numerical Theme Naming: From the French quatre, meaning "four".
- Real Men Wear Pink: Prefers art and music to things like sports.
- Reluctant Warrior: Doesn't want to fight, but does it for the greater good.
- La Résistance: Aside from being a Gundam Pilot, he's also the co-leader of the Maganac Corps.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: His backstory, his family is incredibly wealthy and as a child he didn't realize the implications of the wars going on around him.
- Shipper on Deck: When Heero goes to save Relena and Duo suggests following, Quatre's response is basically "Leave The Two Love Birds Alone".
- Shown Their Work: There are Arabian people who can have pale skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes. They are clustered around Morocco and North Africa and are collectively called... Berbers.
- The Smart Guy: On the team. Which eventually turns him into The Strategist, directing the team in their battles.
- Shown in Episode Zero as well where he leads the Maguanacs in an escape attempt. The kicker? He was a child at the time.
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: After destroying a colony with Wing Zero, and in episode 38, when he tried to meet Trowa, only to be turned away by Catherine.
- The Strategist: In the later episodes.
- Telepathic Spacemen: The AC-verse's only known Newtype. Maybe. He temporarily has a copy of the ZERO system installed in Sandrock, so that he can coordinate the five Gundams in battle. Before the finale, he removes the ZERO system...and performs just as well without it.
- Waistcoat of Style
- Also a Bullet Proof Vest considering how many times he gets shot at and survives.
- Warrior Prince: More of an aristocrat than a prince, but the same basic idea.
- You Killed My Father: The reason for his Freak Out.
- Laughing Mad: Sounds creepier in the dubbed version, although both versions are great.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the anime, Quatre's older sister, Iria, gets a head bump and is knocked unconscious after their father was killed. She was never seen again after that. Subverted in the manga adaptation, in which she was killed along with their father. And now officially averted as of Frozen Teardrop, where she's shown to be alive and well in the future.
Chang Wufei aka Master Chang.
Voice Actors: Ryuzou Ishino (Japanese), Ted Cole (English), Jose Gilberto Vilchis (Latin America)
- "Fighting a weak enemy always makes me feel so empty afterwards."
Main mecha: Shenlong Gundam, Altron GundamThe pilot of the Shenlong Gundam, Wufei has a strong sense of warrior's pride, which conflicts with his need to be a terrorist in order to accomplish his goals. He always refers to his Gundams as "Nataku", the name his wife Mei Lan took on shortly before dying. He tries to live up to her ideals, but finds himself chaffing under the approaching peaceful era and defects to the Mariemaia Army in Endless Waltz to fight for all the soldiers who would be "thrown away" by the pacifism espoused by Relena.
- Antagonist in Mourning: For Treize.
- Anti-Hero: The Unscrupulous variant.
- Arch-Enemy: He considers Treize his. In Endless Waltz, he makes a point of saying he feels like he's still battling Treize even after Treize's death.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Rude and condescending to those he deems weak... which (rightfully) is most people compared to him.
- Badass Bookworm: Episode Zero reveals that before Operation Meteor, he was a scholar and still kicked ass.
- The Big Guy: Contributes relatively little to the team other than pure combat skill.
- Death Seeker: He admits that he didn't expect to live in his final duel with Treize and was crying when he won.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Wu Fei goes through this a lot, which seems to be the source of confusion about his character. Initially he just follows his dead wife's ideals to honor her memory, despite the fact that he didn't believe in them himself. His role in Operation Meteor greatly conflicts with his sense of honor and fairness. Upon losing his home colony, he takes up the ideal of justice (urged upon him by Master Long before he died) In Endless Waltz he rejects the notion of true peace because it would destroy people like himself who can't live without fighting. In the end he finds his niche with Preventer, still fighting, but this time in order to protect peace and the innocent.
- Face–Heel Turn: In Endless Waltz, when he joined the Mariemaia Army because warriors like him are being cast aside in a changing world.
- Hey, You!: Calls Noin "woman" in their first battle, because he doesn't know her name.
- Hidden Depths: In Episode Zero, we find out why exactly he doesn't like girls in combat. He lost his Cute Bruiser wife Meiran very tragically.
- This was explained more thoroughly in the Glory of the Defeated manga: both of them, with Meiran in a Tallgeese prototype (and eventually suffering from internal bleeding as a result of extreme G-forces), were defending one of the L-5 colonies from a biological weapon attack from the Alliance space force. Instead of letting the enemy seize the colony and Wufei's Gundam, she charges the enemies head-on, killing herself in the process.
- Battlefield of Pacifists offers another explanation for why he made his Endless Waltz Face–Heel Turn: He met a former OZ soldier who believed conflict should be used to bring out humanity's best, in this case encouraging deep space exploration. The soldier dies asking Wu Fei how far humanity will go, and as he flies off after the final battle, Wu Fei promises him that he'll be the threat that makes humanity advance.
- Honor Before Reason: He had the golden opportunity to turn Treize into a greasy smear with his Gundam, but instead got out and had a fair Sword Fight — which he lost, triggering his Heroic B.S.O.D.. It spirals from there; many of his actions are dictated more by honor and wild emotion (as well as a dose of stubborn pigheadedness,) rather than solid reason, including both refusing to team up with the Gundams on most occasions, as well as trashing both sides of a later conflict between two opposing factions. (Romefeller and White Fang.)
- I Call It "Vera": His Gundam's nickname is "Nataku", named after his deceased wife.
- Justice Will Prevail: If you ask the fandom, 1/4 of his vocabulary is "justice."
- Leitmotif: "When the Dragon Submerges, Everything Ends", which tends to get used as a generic tune for all the Gundams and thus gets the most playtime next to Heero's theme.
- Not Good with People: That's such an understatement.
- Numerical Theme Naming: His name is written with the Chinese character for "five".
- Ship Sinking: Based on what we know of Sally's Po daughter Kathy Po, it's likely that Sally and Wufei did not get together in the end.
- So What Do We Do Now?: His problem in Endless Waltz, while he does want peace, he finds that he has no idea what he wants to do now. And he feels in the end mankind hasn't changed at all. It isn't till he's seen the average people actually stand up for themselves peacefully, that he happily retires.
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: After Treize allowed Wufei to kill him.
- Stay Inthe Kitchen:
- His disparaging remarks towards Noin can be interpreted this way.
- In Episode Zero he didn't want his wife Meiran to be a warrior and thought it was unladylike. Somewhat explained by both of them being raised in a colony that is basically the Space version of pre-Red China.
- He seems to have gotten better by the time Frozen Teadrop rolls in, since he's the mentor of Sally's daughter Kathy.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Wufei experienced this after Treize defeated him in a Sword Fight, as he felt unfit to pilot his Gundam.
- Wild Card/Spanner in the Works: Whenever he shows up, the situation is pretty much guaranteed to get exponentially more complicated.
Other Major Characters
Relena Darlian (Princess Relena Peacecraft)
Voice Actors: Akiko Yajima (Japanese), Lisa Ann Beley (English), Mireya Mendoza (Latin America)
- "My name... my name is Relena Darlian. What's yours...?"
- Actual Pacifist —> Badass Pacifist.
- All-Loving Hero: Works hard to get Total Pacifism and succeeds in Endless Waltz; plays a role in Heero's transition to being more compassionate.
- And This Is For...: Before she became a pacifist, Relena tried doing this on Lady Une by sneaking into a ball and shooting off a rose she had in her lapel, while publicly denouncing her as Minister Darlian's murderer.
- Badass Princess: A non-fighting example because her badassry is in the arena of politics. Though she does know at least the basics of gun handling.
- Bodyguard Crush: On Heero.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Frozen Teardrop, the villains infected her with nanomachines as part of their "Perfect Peace Program", intended to force people to be peaceful by removing their capacity for violence. They also apparently made her their public face, much like Romefeller tried during the show. There seem to be some signs that she's fighting back.
- Celebrity Resemblance/Whole Costume Reference: Her Queen of the World dress is based on Audrey Hepburn's Princess Ann dress from Roman Holiday. Likewise, Relena bears a resemblance to Hepburn.
- Character Development: Maybe the best example in the whole series, growing from a Lonely Rich Kid to a Badass Pacifist and throughout Endless Waltz, becoming the most powerful politician throughout the Earth and the colonies.
- Char Clone: Her main accessory in Frozen Teardrop is a mask similar to one worn by her brother, Zechs Merquise/Milliardo Peacecraft. Hence RELENA, SHE IS A ZECHS.
- The Chick/The Heart: Not an Action Girl, but very charismatic and quite good at handling people. She did show some Action Girl potential when she handled a gun rather elegantly and more than passably in the beginning, but that didn't come up directly again because of her belief in Peacecraft Total Pacifism.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In her first episodes. The first thing she does after witnessing Heero beat up 2 paramedics and steal their ambulance, is introduce herself to him... seconds after he was long gone. She also left her own birthday party to look for him, expecting him to make good on his word of him threatening to kill her. As her character develops and her naivete is shred, however, she stops doing such things.
- Determinator: Nothing will stop her from promoting peace. Even if you have a gun to her face.
- Damsel out of Distress: While she doesn't use her full Lady of War potential, Relena still got captured much less than her position as a non-fighting female lead would guarantee, and at least twice she talked her way out when Heero had her at gunpoint.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: At the final part of Endless Waltz, when she encouraged the citizens of Earth to stand up to the Mariemaia Army.
- Don't Call Me "Sir": She asks Dorothy not to call her "Relena-sama" ("Lady Relena"), presumably because they're roughly the same age; Dorothy still does it anyway. Note that in Japanese, calling someone by the wrong honorific (even one that is too formal) is seen as insincere and insulting.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Princess of the Sanc Kingdom.
- Expy: The Sayla Mass to Heero's Amuro Ray and Zechs's Char Aznable, plot-wise at least. Personality-wise Relena is nothing like Sayla.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Delivers one to Mariemeia, before Lady Une got the chance.
- Go Through Me: Does this a few times, namely when Duo was about to shoot Heero, during Heero and Zechs' duel in Antartica before discovering Zechs' true identity, when she tried to talk Zechs out of firing Libra's main cannon, and in the manga adaptation, when she tried to stop OZ from attacking the Sanc Kingdom, while wearing her white royal dress.
- The High Queen: Briefly. Even after she was forced to resign as Romefeller Chairwoman, Earth's citizens, the military, and both Dekim and Mariemaia still refer to her as "Queen Relena".
- Hope Bringer: A lot of people look to her, to finally bring peace. Even Heero believes that that.
- Human Popsicle: In Frozen Teardrop. Same as Heero, except it would seem "someone" brainwashed her to be evil and crazy, hence Preventer now wanting her taken down.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In her Image Song "Always a Secret", she sings "There's someone I like, but I can't say anything because I don't want to destroy what we already have, so my love will remain always a secret".
- The Jeeves: Pagan, who served both the Peacecraft and Darlian families. He treated Relena more like a granddaughter than anything else, and for her part she treated him the same way.
- Lady and Knight: She's more honest with herself about her Bright Lady relationship with Hero than he is as her White Knight. Good hearted, a high class lady and a princess and later Queen, helping others; she hits every check.
- Lady of War: Honorary mention for shooting Lady Une while in a white gown and for the white and gold military uniform she wears in the second OP, as well as her stint as the Princess of the Sanc Kingdom.
- Leitmotif: "Soft Hair, Clear Eyes", which like Heero's gets a few remixes like "As Relena Peacecraft".
- Lonely Rich Kid: Was quite popular at school, but knew her classmates didn't really bother to truly reach for her.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Relena, Zechs is your long lost brother.
- Meaningful Name/Prophetic Name: Her last name, Peacecraft.
- Mythology Gag: She is the only character to have a confirmed birthday date: April 7, AC 180. Within the series, April 7th is when the original Heero Yuy was assassinated in AC 175, and on AC 195, when Operation Meteor started, though it technically started the day before. In the real world, April 7th was when Gundam Wing was first broadcast in Japan in 1995, and when Mobile Suit Gundam was first broadcast in Japan in 1979. (Another character within the Gundam series who shares the same birthdate as hers is Setsuna F. Seiei.)
- Nerves of Steel: Nothing scares her. She's completely calm even when you point a gun to her face.
- Nipple and Dimed: Averted in a famous piece of official art that shows Relena skinny-dipping in hip-deep water.
- Official Couple: Confirmed in Frozen Teardrop ending, where Heero asks for her hand in marriage. The epilogue shows them married and planning a family.
- The Ojou: Spoiled Sweet kind.
- Our Presidents Are Different: Became President of Mars after Dix-Neuf Noinheim, aka "Milliardo Peacecraft", was assassinated.
- Plucky Girl: Don't stay in this young girl's way. Really, don't.
- Politically Active Princess: Serves this role after undergoing some character development. She is a pacifist, but that does not stop her from using her political clout to try to stop the war.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: At least her limo, which was given to her by her adoptive parents.
- Her Sanc Kingdom school uniform, which is more rose than out-and-out pink.
- Rapunzel Hair: Though not as long as Dorothy's, it still fits for her regal status.
- Reassignment Backfire: Duke Dermail offered her to be Queen of the World, which she reluctantly accepts. Although this was intended only to be a PR move on Dermail's behalf, it backfired on him, and she became more powerful than him.
- Rebellious Princess
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Say My Name/Memetic Mutation: "HEEROOOOO~!" (Only does this three times — four in the dubbed version.)
- Silk Hiding Steel: She looks and acts like the The Ojou at first and matures into her later political role. As her encounters with Heero, Lady Une, and Dermail demonstrate, she has a steel will and plenty of guile. The most powerful non-violent character.
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: At the beginning of the OAV, Operation Meteor II: Odd Numbers.
- Stockholm Syndrome: She's pretty active about hunting down Heero and confronting him. Just like Heero isn't inactive in confronting her as well.Duo: "She's not typical, wanting to see the guy trying to kill her."
- Talking Your Way Out: Several times when she was at gunpoint. On one of those occasions, she not only talked Hero out of shooting her but then roped him into dancing with her.
- Tell Me About My Father. Defied. When Mrs. Darlian is about to tell the biggest details about her true heritage (the Premier told her the basics before kicking the bucket), Relena stops her and hugs her in tears, begging her to never stop being her mother.
- Tender Tears
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Is usually the Girly Girl to all others, save for when coupled with Dorothy, in which she's the tomboy.
- Well Done Daughter Girl: To Vice Foreign Minister Darlian.
- Whole Costume Reference: Her Pimped-Out Dress as queen is just like a dress from Roman Holiday.
- Woman in White: Her white gown from the infamous party. Her Queen of the World dress is also white.
- You Killed My Father: Literally, "This is for my father! * BANG* " She doesn't succeed and by the next time they meet Relena pushes the gun Lady Une offers her away, saying it's high time for the bloodshed to end, but the sentiment was there. Though there is some debate as to whether, even back then, Relena was aiming at Une's heart or the rose on her jacket. Also note that Relena actually came looking for Treize, the leader of the Nebulous Evil Organization her father's murderer was part of, and which was responsible for a lot more nastiness than just her father's death. She only came across Une because Treize decided to blow the party and send her as his representative at the last minute.
Zechs Merquise (Crown Prince Milliardo Peacecraft)
Voice Actors: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Brian Drummond (English), Rafael Quijado (Latin America)
- "My hands are too stained with blood. I'm completely unfit to head the Peacecraft monarchy. But I'm sure she would be able to head the country... as you'd intended."
Main mecha: Leo, Tallgeese, Wing Gundam Zero, Gundam Epyon, Tallgeese IIIZechs Merquise is a high-ranking OZ soldier and the main rival of Heero Yuy. He is known among OZ as the "Lightning Baron" (later the "Lightning Count"). His mask actually hides his secret past: he is actually Milliardo Peacecraft, Relena's older brother and King Peacecraft's son.
- Ace Pilot: Being one of the few pilots to match the Gundam pilots and later master the Zero system, he counts.
- Aloof Big Brother
- Anti-Villain: In the final arc, he becomes the leader of the White Fang and plans of waging the final war to make humanity so disgusted by war that they'll finally stop.
- Anti-Hero: Phases of this while he wasn't necessary on the same side as the as the Gundam pilots, he had the same goals as them.
- The Atoner: In Endless Waltz.
- Colonel Badass: There's a reason he's Heero's rival.
- Battleship Drop:Zechs: Libra will fall to Earth! It's the only way we'll achieve Total Pacifism!
- Broken Ace: He's the Char Clone. What did you expect?
- Char Clone: Probably the most obvious Expy of Char Aznable ever.
Otto: The revolution speed applied by the verniers allows it to reach more than three times that of the Aries.
- Cool Shades: He wore Quattro Bajeena-like sunglasses in the Episode Zero manga (and gets them back again in Frozen Teardrop).
- Shout-Out: Zechs's Tallgeese is described by Otto as being "three times faster than an Aries".
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Switches sides at least six times over the course of the series. More justified at first as Oz becomes splintered, but later on it becomes obvious it's just a result of trying to cram Char's long and complex character-arc, comprising two TV series and a movie, into a single show.
- Decoy Getaway: Frozen Teardrop first says that Martian President Milliardo Peacecraft was assassinated by Trowa Phobos, but several chapters later reveals that "Milliardo" was Noin's older brother Dix-Neuf Noienheim, while the Milliardo we know and love has re-assumed the Zechs Merquise identity (before changing his name yet again to 'Cyrene Wind' and is currently in hiding with his daughter Naina.
- Discard and Draw: During a battle with OZ, he self-detonated his Tallgeese, and then Gundamjacked the Wing Zero before OZ got a chance to destroy it.
- Fallen Prince
- Full Potential Upgrade: Zig-Zags with Zechs' experiences with the Tallgeese.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the final episode, when he destroyed Libra's main power generator in Heero's stead, despite the latter's pleas. He returned in Endless Waltz. The latter is foreshadowed by Noin:Noin: I know he's still alive out there.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: His Gundam Epyon, as well as his OZ uniform being red.
- Lightning Bruiser: Like his rival, all the suits he pilots are both really fast & capable of cutting through entire enemy squads like a hot knife through butter.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Mask Power: Wears a silver helmet like mask for the first half of the series. He stops wearing it after it's broken during battle, and dons it again after his secret identity was discovered.
- No Place for Me There: He restores the Sanc Kingdom through warfare, but believes that he cannot stay there let alone rule in his father's stead because he has too much blood on his hands.
- He also does this at the end of Endless Waltz, as he feels Relena's new, peaceful Earth has no place for an old soldier like him, with him going to Mars to help the terraforming.
- Not So Different: His motivation for trying to stop Mariemaia was so that she didn't end up like him.
- Numerical Theme Naming: From the German sechs, meaning "six". Also, his real name, Milliardo, is Italian for "million".
- Zechs's name also has another meaning: he was only six years old when the Sanc Kingdom fell in AC 182.
- One-Man Army
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Inverted. At one point, Zechs disguises himself as Milliardo Peacecraft, ambassador of the Sanc Kingdom, but one of Lady Une's men instantly recognizes him as Zechs. In effect, he disguises himself as his true identity, but is recognized by his disguise identity.
- Red Baron: is known by the nickname of The Lightning Count (previously "The Lightning Baron") do to his lightning fast skills as a pilot.
- The Rival/Worthy Opponent: To Heero.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Sixth Ranger: Which is quite appropriate.
- That Man Is Dead:Zechs: May you rest in peace, the betrayed and outraged Milliardo Peacecraft.
- Transforming Mecha: Piloted the Epyon and for a while, Wing Zero.
- Warrior Prince
- Whip It Good: The Gundam Epyon and the Tallgeese III.
- You Killed My Father: Zechs joins OZ to avenge the deaths of his family.
Voice Actors: Ryotaro Okiayu (JP), David Kaye (EN), Luis Tenorio (Latin America)
- "I believe that true beauty and nobility comes only in battles with others, and human life should be given the utmost respect. I truly love and respect every person who have died in battle. I don’t believe an absolute and crushing victory is what we humans need. I believe that the fight itself and the attitude of warriors are what we need."
Main mecha: Tallgeese IIThe charismatic leader of OZ and Zechs's best friend. He believes in the idea of war and conflict as noble, and thus welcomes the Gundams and their pilots as a challenge (apparently even hiding their existence from the Alliance in order to ensure they weren't stopped). He ends up splitting with the Romefeller Foundation when they introduce the Mobile Doll, believing that removing the human factor from war is a terrible idea.During his imprisonment, Treize created the Gundam Epyon, and during the final arc, he would pilot the Tallgeese II.
- Ace Custom: Tallgeese II, which is little more than the original Tallgeese with a new head, a blue and gold color scheme and a more powerful dober gun.
- Ace Pilot: He's the only pilot besides Zech to equal a Gundam pilot in combat.
- Affably Evil
- Anti-Villain: The shining example in the series.
- Badass Bookworm: He designed Epyon which proved to Wings Zero's equal many times.
- Big Bad: He alternates this role with Dermail, Quinze, and Zechs. He's probably the closest thing the series has to an overall villain though. Despite probably being the nicest of the antagonists.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Not as big as Dorothy's though.
- Blood Knight
- Born in the Wrong Century: Treize is an anachronism. Worse still, he seems to be aware of it.
- Broken Ace:: He's got all the ability of The Ace and the personality of a Type A Stepford Smiler.
- The Chessmaster
- Contemplate Our Navels
- Death Seeker: See Suicide by Cop.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Treize is the only person opposed to the use of Romefeller's Mobile Doll system.
- A Father to His Men: As much as anyone else in the series—aside from thanking those under his command (to Une's displeasure), Treize can recall the precise number, to the digit, of OZ and enemy officers and soldiers killed in pursuit of his goals, to everyone else's surprise.
- In one of the show's most brilliant moments, he challenges Chief Engineer Tsubarov and his Mobile Dolls to a showdown—and then orders the OZ soldiers in the command center to assassinate Tsubarov. Every single soldier in the room pulls a gun and makes ready to shoot him, without hesitation.
- This shows up in the first episode; when the Alliance leadership discusses Zechs' encounter with the Wing Gundam, Treize rebukes General Septem for being more bothered by three lost mobile suits than the deaths of two pilots.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Is averted in the series, where Une jumps in the way of his, though he still dies later by similiar means.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Wants both to prove the nobility of the soldier's spirit while creating a conflict that will force both the Earth and the Space Colonies to stop fighting each other and embrace true peace as equals.
- Honor Before Reason
- Icy Blue Eyes: Of the icy variety.
- The Leader: Type I & IV combo, with shades of III.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: A big believer in old-school honor and chivalry in combat, despite being a mean chess player. This is the reason the Epyon Gundam was built without any long-range weapons.
- Love Epiphany: Realises he actually cares about Une right after she's shot and almost killed.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Man of Wealth and Taste: By Gundam Wing standards of fashion, absolutely.
- Master Swordsman: Wufei challenges Treize to a sword duel in the first encounter between the two, and Treize defeats Wufei without breaking a sweat.
- Numerical Theme Naming: From the French word for "thirteen".
- Officer and a Gentleman: Probably the most outstanding example in the whole franchise, which is populated heavily by immoral military leaders (when they're effective at all), Treize lives the part: he abides by a strict code of conduct, woos the ladies (for no apparent reason besides being charming, with one notable exception), strongly opposes civilian casualties, is cultured as hell and holds those under his command to the same standard.
- Overarching Villain: Actually ends up falling into this over time. While he's extremely important at the start of the series, with it appearing as if he'll be the Big Bad throughout, he ends up growing disgusted with OZ once they begin creating Mobile Dolls. With the growing presence of the Romefeller Foundation in the series Treize ends up stepping down from his position and the role of the series main villain is taken up by Duke Dermail. This is before the series even reaches the halfway point. He then spends 20 episodes or so operating behind the scenes, only showing up in his shadowy manor to voice his thoughts about the current events, while OZ splits in two, with a Treize Faction forming. He finally returns to power in Episode 41, with less than ten episodes left in the series, to take up the position of the primary villain located on Earth and serving as a counterpart to Quinze. In this way he ends up outliving those who got in his way early on and manages to take a shot at bringing about the war between humans that he so desperately desires.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Rose. Scented. Bubble. Baths. He also enjoys opera music.
- Something About a Rose: Treize wouldn't be Treize without an abundance of these.
- The Stoic: Most of the time.
- Suicide by Cop: Allows Wufei to kill him in the final battle as he saw himself no longer necessary for the coming era of peace.
- Sword Fight: With Wufei.
- Taking the Bullet (for a 12-years-old Noin, in the backstory.)
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- 13 Is Unlucky: He's named after the French word for thirteen, he's a major villain, and the only member of the main cast to die. Pretty unlucky.
- Übermensch: Though he himself seems to believe that the Gundam pilots are the real Ubermensches.
- Underestimating Badassery: As Wufei learned the hard-way during their first confrontation.
- Unwitting Pawn: Everyone else is his. No exceptions. You, reading this page right now? All According to Plan.
- War Is Glorious: Expresses this belief; whether he believes it is up in the air. He's clearly offended by the idea of Mobile Dolls turning war into a game without consequences for the side that uses them.
- The War to End All Wars: His goal is to trigger this.
- Warrior Therapist
- Wicked Cultured: He's described as an aristocrat and video-chats with Zechs while he's at the opera, practicing his marksmanship... taking a bath....
- Worthy Opponent: To Wufei, but also applies to the rest of the Gundam pilots as well.
Voice Actors: Chisa Yokoyama (Japanese), Saffron Henderson (English), Mariana Gómez (Latin America)
- "Zechs Merquise, or rather, Peacecraft. Come here and lean on me."
Main mecha: Aries, Taurus (white)OZ's pilot instructor, based out of the Lake Victoria Base in Africa. Extremely skilled and competent, she serves as a stern but caring figure to her trainees. When Wu Fei slaughters them early on, she moves into the field to fight alongside Zechs. She's also Zechs' Secret Keeper, and is deeply in love with him.
- Ace Custom/Transforming Mecha: Her white Taurus mobile suit.
- Action Girl
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Subverted. Noin actually admits her love for Zechs not to let him know her feelings, but after she reveals to Relena that he's her brother so she can stop wishing for his death.
- Go Through Me: In episode 47, Noin takes aim at Zechs when the latter is about to attack Peacemillion, and Zechs is about to attack Noin. However, Zechs backs out of attacking her at the last minute.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Zechs insists that Noin always held herself back in order to make him look better. Considering he graduated top of their class, and is one of the few pilots to go toe-to-toe with the Gundams and live, this could go a long way towards explaining how she keeps up with the team despite never receiving a Gundam or Super Prototype of her own.
- Ironic Echo: "You should be more graceful, Lady Une."
- Lady of War
- Last Name Basis: She's the only character who routinely goes by her last name, even being referred to as such by her lover, Zechs. This is at her own insistence, as she explains that gender has no place in the battlefield during Episode Zero.
- Lovely Angels: With Sally.
- Neutral Female: In the final battle, Noin doesn't fight Milliardo because of her love for him, but at the same time she refuses to abandon her ideals just for the sake of being with him, and thus spends most of the battle doing nothing before she goes over to MO-II.
- Numerical Theme Naming: From the German neun, meaning "nine".
- Official Couple: She and Zechs are the closest to it, even with the No Hugging, No Kissing policy of sorts. Confirmed in Frozen Teardrop, where she not only married him but became the mother of his children, the Half Identicaltwins Naila and Milou.
- Peek-a-Bangs: To a lesser extent.
- Plucky Girl
- Purple Eyes
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: A beautiful and pale-skinned woman with dark hair...
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Word of God says she's descended from Italian nobility.
- Stern Teacher: To the Academy cadets. She was a borderline Drill Sergeant Nasty to them in training, but also comforted a dying young man when Wufei bombed their dorms and took the attack on them very, very seriously.
- Team Mom: To the Gundam pilots (specially to Quatre) and Relena, in the second part of the series.
- What Could Have Been: In a 2005 interview with the creators, Noin was originally a male, and was going to be the Garma Zabi to Zechs's Char. The only vestige of this in the final series is the Taurus, which was designed to be "sleek" in order to match up with her original personality.
Voice Actors: Sayuri Yamauchi (Japanese), Enuka Okuma (English), Belinda García (Latin America)
To see her Saint Une persona, click here Treize's fiercely loyal second-in-command, Lady Une is a stern, uncompromising woman who even other members of OZ refer to as "Iron Une". When these actions cause her to almost set off some ICBMs in order to destroy the Gundams, Treize encourages her to act more gracefully, which results in her developing a Split Personality, nicknamed "Saint Une", who is soft-spoken, sweet-natured, and a peace advocate. This ends up creating a personality conflict when "Saint" is confronted with "Iron"'s actions. At the end of the series she resolves the conflict and comes out of with the best of both sides, being compassionate but also badass.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Used on Noin, most famously.
- She was about to do the same to Mariemaia, but Relena beat her to it.
- Axe Crazy: Arguably her "Iron" Une persona.
- The Baroness: In her militaristic personality.
- Berserk Button: Don't tell her she doesn't understand Treize's ideals. Noin got slapped for that reason. Subverted though as Noin got the last word when Treize called off the mass bombing of the colonies.
- Bishoujo Sparkle: episode 19; as "Saint Une".
- Colonel Badass
- Cry Cute: When Relena refuses to kill her.
- Dark Action Girl: Before personality merge & subsequent Heel–Face Turn.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Subverted; her first name might actually be "Lady" (as seen when a colony representative calls her "Miss Lady").
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: An unusual female version. When Lady Une puts on the glasses, it means that the ruthless "Iron Une" is in command.
- Ironic Name: Her name means "one." She has a split personality.
- Her number is 11. Two 1s.
- Iron Lady
- Karma Houdini: Committs numerous crimes for the sake of Treize's ambition such as assassinating Relena's foster father and even threatens to blow up the colonies and everyone on them to force the Gundam pilots to surrender. Not only is she never punished but actually obtains a position of authority in Endless Waltz. She does offer her gun to Relena if the latter wants her revenge for killing her father. Relena however declines the offer.
- Kick the Dog: In episode 10, when she threatened to shoot down the colonies unless the Gundam pilots surrender, forcing Heero to Take a Third Option.
- She punts the pup twice in a row, when Noin objects openly to the slaughter of civilians and she slaps her as a reply.
- Letting Her Hair Down and The Glasses Come Off: Her transition into Saint Une.
- Meganekko: Huge subversion. She wears glasses and looks good with them... but as Colonel Une. The kindness and gentleness associated with the archetype go all to the glasses-less Saint.
- Numerical Theme Naming: From the French word for "one".
- Parental Substitute (maybe, for Mariemeia)
- Proper Lady: As Saint Une
- Psycho Supporter: As Lady Une, again.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Where Colonel and Saint meet.
- Split Personality: As Lady Une, she's a ruthlessly efficient bitch. As Saint Une, she's a sweet young lady. At the end, she reconciles both of her personalities and keeps the best of them.
- Subordinate Excuse: Towards Treize.
- Team Mom: In Endless Waltz
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Lady and Saint Une can be seen as the two in one body.
- What Could Have Been: In a 2005 interview with the creators, Une was going to be a clumsy country girl who was nice to Treize.
- Younger Than They Look: From her voice, rank, face, and bearing, she appears to be at least thirty. But official sources set her in-series age at nineteen.
Voice Actors: Naoko Matsui (Japanese), Cathy Weseluck (English), Angélica Díaz (Latin America)
- "Hurry up and start a war!"
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Blood Knight
- Broken Bird: She was deeply affected by the death of her father Chilias in the last war.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: To her cousin Treize. Nothing comes of it.
- Cool Helmet/Cool Mask: Wears a combo helmet and mask when controlling the mobile dolls and duelling Quatre.
- Dark Action Girl: More of The Strategist, but she still can handle herself very well with a rapier.
- Death Seeker: Expresses a desire to have Quatre kill her during their Sword Fight.
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Expy: From appearance to her last name, she seems based somewhat on Katejina Loos. She's much saner and in the end more moral than Katejina
- Femme Fatale: Makes subtle passes at Heero, Zechs, Relena...
- Heel–Face Turn: In Endless Waltz.
- Iron Lady: As an adult.
- Lady of War: She manages to keep her cool at least partially even when her grandfather is horribly killed in front of her; not only that, she almost immediately makes a Rousing Speech after that. WOW.
- Master Swordsman: At the Sanc Kingdom, she engaged in a fencing match with Heero, while, at the same time, she tells a story about two people with the same name hoping to bring peace. At the end of the story, Heero drives his saber through Dorothy's face mask, barely missing her. She doesn't even flinch.
- Mecha-Mooks: Controls the Mobile Dolls for Zechs.
- The Mole: She was sent to the Sanc Kingdom to spy on Relena on behalf of Romefeller, while posing as one of her students. Of course, everyone with half a brain knew she was a spy to begin with, what with her being Duke Dermail's granddaughter. Then there's the question as to whether she was really working for Zechs or if she was Treize's spy...
- Our Presidents Are Different: The 2010 sequel novel Frozen Teardrop has her as President of the ESUN. Time will tell exactly which kind of President she is.
- Her nickname is the "Neo Titanium Lady", which suggests her to be an Iron Lady of some type. Neo-Titanium was also a nickname for Gundam Alloy in the original series, so this could be a subtle reference to her connection with the gundams... could be...
- Psychotic Smirk: She's got a great one.
- Purple Eyes
- Rapunzel Hair: Her blond hair reaches her knees.
- Relationship Voice Actor: Voiced by Naoko Matsui, whereas Relena is played by Akiko Yajima. Watch Idol Densetsu Eriko and you'll understand.
- Rich Bitch: With her own huge gold limousine, cargo transporter and spaceship.
- Robot Master: Plays this role to the Mobile Dolls, directing their movements via a cybernetic helmet and the ZERO system.
- Rousing Speech: A few times.
- Royal Rapier: Her Weapon of Choice (when she isn't controlling an army of Mecha-Mooks)
- Shipper on Deck: Openly ships 1xR in Battlefield of Pacifists, trying to get them together and expressing disappointment when they simply exchange polite greetings."That's it? No passionate reunion?"
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: In keeping with the show's homages to The Wizard of Oz, she is named after Dorothy Gale.
- The Strategist: To Zechs
- Sword Fight: With Heero (in a fencing class) and Quatre (for real).
- Unusual Eyebrows: Even provides the image for the page.
- Virtue Is Weakness: She tells Quatre that his kindness is his greatest weakness. Due to his kindness, he let the wars continue to grow and made all his efforts pointless.
- War Is Glorious: Like Treize, she claims to believe this. She later reveals that she actually loathes wars and wants peace
- Woman in Black: Is wearing a black Sexy Backless Outfit gown, complete with Opera Gloves, during the battle in which Duke Dermail is killed off.
Voice Actors: Rei Sakuma (Japanese), Maggie Blue O'Hara (English), Azucena Martínez (Latin America)
- "History is much like an endless waltz. The three beats of war, peace, and revolution continue on forever. However, history will change upon the day of my coronation."
- A Child Shall Lead Them: To her namesake army.
- Break the Haughty: Heero and Relena both break her through his shelter destruction and her slap to the face.
- Creepy Child: Mariemaia's expression and tone are far too even across scenes and events until the last act, and at least once she shows a reaction completely out of character to what she's talking about.
- Daddy's Little Villain: She's the daughter of Treize, as well as the granddaughter of Dekim Barton.
- If Dekim's last words in the manga are true, she might not be the real deal, but a homeless girl chosen and brainwashed by him. That would make the deal even worse...
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: When she formally declared war on Earth.
- Enfante Terrible: Mariemaia appears to care little about the possibility of death or destruction, and her behavior is weirdly inhuman until the last act of the movie.
- Evil Redheads
- Expy: Of Mineva Lao Zabi.
- Little Miss Badass
- Military Brat
- More Than Mind Control: Blame it on her grandfather Dekim in Endless Waltz.
- Taking the Bullet: For Relena when Dekim was about to shoot her.
- Title Drop: See above quote.
- Too Dumb to Live: She pretty much pulled that card herself when she called Heero Yuy powerless.Heero: Your shelter is secure is it?Heero: Roger that.
Voice Actors: Eisuke Yoda (Japanese), Michael Dobson (English), Jesus Barrero (Latin America)A former associate of the original Heero Yuy, Dekim Barton is the main villain of Endless Waltz. He is the co-leader of the Mariemaia Army, as well as the leader of the Barton Foundation.
Voice Actors: Saori Suzuki (Japanese), Moneca Stori (English, 1st), Cathy Weseluck (English, 2nd), Mariana Gómez (Latin America)A professional knife-thrower who works for a traveling circus, Catherine developed a hatred for war, since her family was killed during an Alliance attack, which she witnessed as a child.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Punch variant, to Trowa.
- Cool Big Sis
- The Danza: voiced by Cathy Weseluck in English, her full name's Catherine. This won't be her last.
- Knife Nut: Works as the circus's knife thrower. In Frozen Teardrop, she trains Trowa Phobos in knife use.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: According to Episode Zero, she's very likely to be Trowa's long lost older sister.
- Mama Bear: She is very overprotective of Trowa, after he survived Quatre's attack.
- The Other Darrin: Played by Moneca Stori for the first 13 episodes, then replaced by Cathy Weseluck from then on.
- Parental Abandonment: She lost her parents and her baby brother Triton, who has been confirmed in Frozen Teardrop to be Trowa during an Alliance attack, then was adopted by the circus people.
- Plucky Girl
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: Also in the aptly-titled episode, "Catherine's Tears".
- Stern Teacher: To Trowa Phobos in Frozen Teardrop.
- What the Hell, Hero?: On Trowa, when he almost self-detonates. Later on Quatre, when he wants Trowa to remember him, despite all the risks it will bring.
Voice Actors: Yumi Touma (Japanese), Moneca Stori (English, first), Samantha Ferris (English, second), Patricia Mainou (Latin America)An Alliancer medical officer, she was on duty when a badly injured Heero was brought into a hospital. This chance encounter lead to her quitting the Alliance and joining up with anti-OZ rebels, now considering the Gundam Pilots to be the Earth's best hope for real peace. She serves as the Team Mom and helps out whenever she can, but doesn't do a lot of piloting.
- Action Survivor
- Badass Normal
- Frontier Doctor
- Lovely Angels: With Noin.
- Missing Mom: Her daughter Kathy states that Sally has been missing for several years from the start of Frozen Teardrop.
- Ojou Ringlets: Curious case, since she has them but is not The Ojou or a Rich Bitch.
- The Other Darrin: Played by Monica Stori for the first 13 episodes, then by Samantha Ferris for the rest of the animated canon.
- Plucky Girl
- Team Mom
Voice Actors: Kae Araki (Japanese), Marcy Goldberg (English), Linda Herold (Latin America)
An OZ volunteer from the space colonies, she meets Duo on the moon and helps chase him down when he attempts to escape. However, his words convince her that OZ isn't interested in the colonies' wellbeing at all, leading her to resign and start working with Duo.
- Affirmative Action Girl
- Badass Normal: Well, she is a trained soldier & pilot. She even manages to survive an encounter with the Mobile Doll versions of the Vayeate & the Mercurius to bring some important info regarding the enemy, albeit suffering some serious injuries before Duo pulls a Big Damn Heroes to save her.
- Went one on one with Duo once in an equal suit. The fight was a draw.
- Demoted to Extra: In Endless Waltz, Hilde only appeared in the closing credits of the final OAV and the movie, presumably done to show that she survived the Eve Wars. This is kunderstandable, given that the last time we saw her in the series, she was badly injured in combat and being taken to Peacemillion's sick bay, making it a case of What Happened to the Mouse? until EW.
- She briefly appeared in the Battlefield of Pacifists manga, where it seems Duo's in the doghouse for some reason. She was talking with Trowa.
- Genki Girl
- New Job as the Plot Demands: Let's see: MS pilot for OZ, a junk dealer with Duo, a spy, a hacker. In Frozen Teardrop, she's becomes a Hospital Hottie, a librarian, an expert in nano technology and a nun.
- Nice Hat: Has a cute pink beret. She wears a teal-green beret in the ending for Endless Waltz: Special Edition.
- Official Couple and Ship Sinking: Frozen Teardrop says that she and Duo were married, but not before a tumultuous on-and-off relationship. They end up divorcing because of what she thought Duo was irresponsible. Duo Jr., a child "adopted" by their orphanage, is implied to be their biological son: Hilde claims she thinks him to be a lovechild of one of Father's women, however Duo Sr. muses that the child would have been born while he and Hilde were still together...
- Playful Hacker
- Plucky Girl
- Team Mom: After the war, she works in an Orphanage of Love.
- Wrench Wench: With her own scrapyard. She's good enough to pass as one of the Libra's mechanics.
Doctor J voiced by: Minoru Inaba (Japanese), Dave Ward (English), Jesus Barrero (Latin America)
Professor G voiced by: Yuzuru Fujimoto (Japanese), Bernardo Rodríguez (Latin America)
Doktor S voiced by: Shinya Ōtaki (Japanese), David Mackay (English), Guillermo Rojas (Latin America)
Instructor H voiced by: Takashi Taguchi (Japanese), Carlos Becerril (Latin America)
Master O voiced by: Masashi Hirose (Japanese) , Carlos Becerril (Latin America)The five Gundam Scientists, Doctor J, Professor G, Doktor S, Instructor H, and Master O, were known as the creators of the five Gundams. Before that, they were the creators of the Tallgeese, the first mobile suit, and the Wing Zero, the mobile suit that the five Gundams were based on.
- Alphabetical Theme Naming
- Badass Grandpas
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: All of them.
- Cool Old Guys
- Deadpan Snarkers: A particularly amusing example: When OZ has captured the Scientists, Lt. Nichol tries to kill them by shutting off the oxygen to their cell. Doctor J talks about the air getting thinner, and Professor G responds "If you're going to die, hurry up and do it; the rest of us could use that air."
- I Was Quite a Looker: We have no idea how everyone else looked like prior to showing up in the series, but if Frozen Teardrop is to be believed, Doctor J was this guy on the foreground◊ (with the original Heero Yuy looking too much like the pilot Heero Yuy). Which might explain his giving Heero that codename in the first place.
- Mad Scientists: All of them.
- Non Action Guys: Mostly, though Master O beats Duo to a pulp, though this was a Jerk Ass Facade to prevent OZ from discovering that they're actually repairing and upgrading the Deathscythe and the Shenlong Gundams.
- Redemption Equals Death: All of them. The 5 Gundam professors put an end to the Libra and Quinze by activating the self-destruct mechanism.
- The Smart Guys
HowardAn engineer who worked on the Tallgeese alongside the Gundam Scientists, meaning he's an expert mobile suit mechanic but more laid back. He's fond of the oceans, so he operates his own mobile dock ship. He works with the good guys, first supporting Duo early on, and then Zechs following his "death".
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Is actually one of the original scientists who developed the Tallgeese, though unlike the Gundam scientists, he retired after quitting.
- Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: While not quite a tourist despite his travels, Howard's always seen with a nice Hawaiian shirt and shades.
- Mr. Fixit
The leader of the Romefeller Foundation, Duke Dermail seeks to control the United Earth Sphere Alliance for himself. He is The Man Behind the Man to OZ and Treize Khushreneda.
- Aristocrats Are Evil
- Beard of Evil
- Disc One Final Boss
- Evil Old Folks
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Within two episodes of basically forcing Relena to become Queen of the World in order to serve his own goals he finds that she has more support within the Romefeller Organization than he does and he is unceremoniously killed shortly after he heads into space to try to amass power there.
- Humiliation Conga: As a result of Relena's Reassignment Backfire, he lost almost all support from Romefeller, which ultimately resulted in...
- Karmic Death: Is killed by the very mobile doll system he approved of.
- The Man Behind the Man: To OZ.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Giving Relena control of Romefeller and pissing off Treize pretty much spell the end of his regime.
- Non-Action Guy
- Smug Snake
- War for Fun and Profit
- War Is Glorious: Preaches this. Whether he believes it or not is questionable.
Chief Engineer Tsubarov
Voice Actors: Yuji Mikimoto (Japanese), Richard Newman (English)
- All There in the Manual: His first name is Ken. Who knew?
- Axe Crazy: Big time. With his Hair-Trigger Temper, obsession with his mobile dolls, and epic Villainous Breakdown this is pretty much a given. He's arguably the craziest person in Wing.
- Blood Knight/Psycho for Hire: By proxy. He wants to turn his mobile dolls into the perfect weapon, and thus loves a good war.
- Evil Genius: Of the Romefeller Foundation, although interestingly his personality is closer to what you'd expect of The Brute. Still, he's not only a brilliant engineer and technician, but one of the few people in the colonies to recognise that trusting the captured Gundam pilots and scientists is probably a stupid thing to do.
- Evil Is Not Pacifist: Hell no.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Karmic Death: Slain in the very rebellion he triggered, as his precious mobile dolls destroy everything around them.
- Kick the Dog: Shoots Une, tries to suffocate the Gundam pilots, unleashes his mobile dolls against civillians...pretty much all his time on-screen is spent kicking dogs.
- Lack of Empathy: His betrayal of Lady Une, desire to murder the Gundam pilots, and the fact that he looks on warfare and bloodshed as nothing more than a way to show off his inventions cement his status as a completely amoral and empathyless individual.
- Mad Scientist
- No Indoor Voice: Very, very loud.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: He's an Axe Crazy lunatic, but Tsubarov understands something that the rest of Romefeller never does—namely that the Gundam pilots are dangerous and should simply be killed the moment they enter captivity. He expresses similar sentiments about Treize if memory serves.
- Psycho Supporter: Of Dermail. He wants a chance to test out his mobile dolls, and Dermail's belief that War Is Glorious provides it.
- Robot Master
- Smug Snake
- This Cannot Be!: More or less his reaction to the White Fang rebellion. It leads directly into his Villainous Breakdown.
- Villainous Breakdown: Is left ranting about how he is invincible as the complex collapses around him.
- War for Fun and Profit: As a Blood Knight-by-proxy, Tsubarov wants to get a war going so that he can demonstrate the superiority of his mobile dolls. Unlike Duke Dermail, he's not operating under the delusion that War Is Glorious either—he just wants to show off his creations.
A former associate of the original Heero Yuy, Quinze is the co-leader and founder of the colonial rebel faction, White Fang, who seeks to declare war on Earth.
- Big Bad: He and Treize compete for this role after the death of Duke Dermail.
- The Chessmaster: Although he's Out-Gambitted by Treize.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: He does this twice, the second time with Zechs.
- Evil Old Folks
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Not really, he is not entirely heartless.
- He's Got Legs
- Numerical Theme Naming: Quinze means "fifteen" in Portuguese and French.
- La Résistance
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized
- Smug Snake
Voice actors: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese), Rodolfo Cuevas (Latin America)
- "Long live... KING ZECHS!"
- Battle Butler: To Zechs.
- Dying Moment of Awesome and Heroic Sacrifice: Had suffered serious internal injuries via Tallgeese piloting, but did it again to help Zechs in his quest. "LONG LIFE TO KING ZECHS", indeed.
- Go Out with a Smile: After his Dying Moment of Awesome, his face looks very peaceful.
- Mauve Shirt
- Numerical Theme Naming: Otto is Italian for "eight".
- Secret Keeper: Knew Zechs's true identity.
Voice actors: Daiki Nakamura (Japanese)
- A Good Way to Die Not exactly happy about being killed about Sandrock, but by his own words, he wanted to see what his mobile suit could do...
- Badass Bookworm: One of OZ's numerous warrior-engineering types. In The Glory of Losers, he's presented as one of Epyon's designers when Treize first first reviews the design.
- Battle Butler: Another in Zechs' retinue.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Finds, and recommends, the Tallgeese mobile suit to Zechs right before dying in battle (arguably his quintessential machine for the series).
- Mauve Shirt
Voice actors: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese)
Vice-Foreign Minister Darlian and Mrs. Darlian
Vice-Foreign Minister Darlian and Mrs. Maureen Darlian
Voice actors: Akio Ohtsuka (The Vice Foreign Minister, Japanese), Yumi Touma (Mrs. Darlian, Japanese)Young Relena's parents, who are kind and affectionate despite the Minister being rather absent from her life. It turns out they're not her biological parents: they were a part of the Sanc Kingdom royalty, and the Minister was entrusted with baby Relena by the dying King Peacecraft as it fell. More than a decade later, the Minister would be murdered, which thrust Relena fully into the plot...
- Number Two: The Minister was this to King Peacecraft
- Parental Substitute: Darlian was a high-ranked nobleman from the Sanc Kingdom when it collapsed, and he and his wife took little Princess Relena in after it fell.
- Parents as People: Relena loved her father, but there was a lot of friction over the fact that his work kept him away.
- Sacrificial Lamb (poor Vice-Foreign Minister Darlian)
- Secret Keeper (both of them knew who Relena and Zechs truly are)
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Premier Darlian
Zayeed "Master" Winner
Voiced by: Kinryuu Arimoto (JP)Quatre's father and the patriarch of the Winner family. He has a strained relationship with Quatre, when he forgoes his family's pacifist beliefs to become a Gundam pilot.
Dr. Iria Winner
- Cool Big Sis
- Designer Babies: She and her sisters are test-tube babies.
- Justified Trope, in story: the first and second generations of colony people were all test-tube babies due to how hard it was for people to adapt to colony life, with pregnant women being almost surely condemned to Death by Childbirth. Their brother Quatre may have been the first exception ever. And their littlest sister Catherine definitely was one, since she was born after their parents's deaths.
- Hospital Hottie
- The Medic
- The Ojou
- Parental Substitute: She directly raised Katherine in Frozen Teardrop.
- Sacrificial Lamb (manga)
- Retcon: She's actually alive in Frozen Teardrop.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the anime.
- Death by Childbirth: she wanted to give birth naturally at all costs, despite being already gravely ill and the difficulties coming from the colony life. She got her wish when Quatre was born, and then died.
- Death by Origin Story
- Ill Girl
- Missing Mom
- The Ojou
- Plucky Girl
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it really Katherine, Quatrina, or just a simple Catherina?
Field Marshall Noventa
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP)
- Actual Pacifist: He was described as one of the pacifist leaders of the Alliance.
- Reasonable Authority Figure (was basically a high-ranked Nice Guy from the military)
- Red Oni, Blue Oni (arguably, with General Septem)
- Sacrificial Lamb
- Theme Naming: Noventa means "Ninety" in Portuguese.
- Humiliation Conga
- Dropped a Bridge on Him (Or better said, he got thrown off a plane And shot by Une in his way down.)
- The Neidermeyer
- No Indoor Voice: In the dub, he communicates solely by means of aggravated shouting. Even while he's thanking someone for holding the door.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni (the red to Noventa's blue)
- Smug Snake
Voice actors: Kumiko Nishihara (Japanese)
- Theme Naming: Like her grandfather, Noventa means "Ninety" in Portuguese.
- The Ojou
- Raised by Grandparents (and then, her grandpa gets killed off)
- Shoot the Dog. Subverted, she refuses to.
- What the Hell, Hero? To Heero. "You're a coward!"
The Maganac CorpsA team of Arab mercenaries, based out of Baghdad. They form a close-knit, familial group, bonding over their common origin as test tube babies. They serve Quatre loyally, following their original meeting in AC 193 where the young man helped them escape the Alliance while putting himself at great personal risk. The overall commander is Rashid Kurama, along with sub-commanders Abdul, Ahmad, and Auda.
- Ace Custom: All of them. Each Maganac is given free reign to customize his mobile suit however he sees fit, meaning that all 40 of their MS are unique and different.
- Anime Hair: Rashid, coupled with a Badass Beard.
- Badass Moustache: Ahmad
- Bottomless Magazines
- Cool Shades (Abdul, one of the younger members)
- Designer Babies: According to Episode Zero, all of the members are test-tube babies.
- The Family That Slays Together: They're not blood-related, but... (see Designer Babies above)
- A Father to His Men: Rashid
- Gentle Giant: Rashid.
- Meaningful Name: According to Episode Zero, "Maganac" means family. It's based on one of the Tagalog words for family, "mag-anak".
- The Mole: Yuda in Quatre's chapter of Episode Zero. If you missed the symbolism, his codename with the Alliance is "Iscariot".
- Nice Hat: Fez!
- Numerological Motif: There are 40 of them. And only 40.
- Parental Substitute: Especially noticeable in the episode where the four main commanders chew Quatre out for going off on his own.
- La Résistance
- Rousing Speech: Rashid gives one when he addresses the Maganac and their town in episode 11.
- Team Dad (Rashid, also a Cool Old Guy)
- True Companions
- Waistcoat of Style: They all have one, which might also be Bullet Proof Vests...
- Weapon of Choice: Abdul's Maganac has an Arm Cannon, while Auda's has a Power Fist in the form of a giant Gundanium claw hand.
The Little Girl And Her Dog
- Death by Origin Story
- Heroes Love Dogs
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Heero
- Kill the Cutie
- Nice Hat
- No Name Given
- Posthumous Character
- Shoot the Dog: What happened to the poor dog.
- Hospital Hottie (works in an hospital built by her family)
- Florence Nightingale Effect (Treize was seriously injured as he shielded a child Noin during a rebel attack, and Leia was the nurse taking care of him.)
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter
- The Ojou
The Real Trowa Barton
Sister Helen and Father Maxwell
- Actual Pacifist: Father Maxwell, as seen here.
- Death by Origin Story
- Go Out with a Smile (Sister Helen)
- Team Dad (Father Maxwell)
- Team Mom (Sister Helen)
Odin LoweThe man who actually kickstarted the whole plot by murdering the real Heero Yuy.
- Disappeared Dad - Mysterious Parent: Toyed with. Episode Zero hinted at Lowe being just a Parental Substitute for young Heero... and then Frozen Teardrop revealed that he was Heero's biological father. He left baby Heero in the care of Heero's Action Mom, his ex-girlfriend Aoi Clark, then took him back in after the murders of Aoi and her second husband Seis.
- Give Him a Normal Life: He intended to let go of his son Heero after his last work (assassinating Septem). Said last work failed, and he died.) And even earlier than that, this was part of the reason he'd left Aoi, pregnant with Heero, in the first place.
- Hitman with a Heart
- Ret Irony
Long Meiran aka Nataku
- Action Girl <- -> Faux Action Girl (Boisterous Bruiser attitude and readiness to fight, but bad luck in the battlefield)
- Chinese Girl
- Cute Bruiser
- Girlish Pigtails
- Go Out with a Smile
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die
- The Ojou (she was the granddaughter of her colony's leader)
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage (Averted, she didn't get along with her arranged husband Wufei despite both being around the same age as well as good at martial arts. Heck, they were bickering during their wedding ceremony. They didn't reach a sort-of agreement until she died in his arms.)
- Plucky Girl (Utterly refuses to submit to the Values Dissonance surrounding her life)
- Tsundere (VERY much a Type A, not showing her deredere until she's about to die and tells Wufei that she took care into protecting a field of flowers (a big deal for her, considering these were wildflowers in a colony)... then aknowledges Wufei as a strong fighter and dies smiling in his arms.
- Broken Bird
- Expy: of Miharu/Michelle Ratokie from Mobile Suit Gundam.
- The Mole
- Numerical Theme Naming: Like Lady Une, from the French word for "one".
- Only in It for the Money: She badly need the money to support her family and doesn't really care for the various warring factions.
- Parental Substitute (helps her ill father to raise her siblings)
- Rescue Romance: Subverted. While Trowa did save her and they kinda bonded over it, she still betrayed the mercenary group they were in.
- Spell My Name with an "S" (Midii? Middie?)
- Team Chef
- Tragic Keepsake (her crucifix, which she gives to Trowa. Subverted, it was a transmitter that let her track him and the mercenaries.)
- Tsundere (Type A, to No-name aka the future Trowa. As Trowa unmasks her as a traitor and tells her to leave, Midie's train of thoughts was PURE deredere, despite acting all tsuntsun by claiming that she hates him for being unhumanly cold. It's simply *heartbreaking*)
King Peacecraft (Marticus Rex)The monarch of the Sanc Kingdom and the father of Princess Relena and Prince Milliardo (AKA Zechs Merquise). He adopted Heero Yuy's Total Pacifism beliefs for Earth and developed a diplomatic relationship with Heero. On AC 182, King Peacecraft was killed along with the royal family during the Alliance's invasion of the Sanc Kingdom, except for the two children: young Milliardo was taken in by the OZ group, while little Relena was adopted by the King's Number Two. His real name is Marticus Rex, and he directly got into the Peacecraft family through marrying Queen Katrina's daughter of the same name.
- Actual Pacifist: It's in his name.
- Badass Beard
- Death by Origin Story
- Disappeared Dad (of Milliardo/Zechs and Relena)
- Dying Moment of Awesome and Papa Wolf: One of the mangas◊ shows him personally clearing up the way for Pagan and the future Premier Darlian (who was his Number Two back then) so they can escape with baby Relena, sword in hand among the flames devouring the Sanc Royal Palace.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
The Real Heero YuyThe charismatic leader of the colonies, the original Heero Yuy was the creator of the Total Pacifism philosophy, encouraging its citizens it peacefully oppose the United Earth Sphere Alliance. His philosophy was later adopted on Earth by the Peacecraft family, who would later develop a diplomatic relationship with Heero Yuy. Yuy's assassination on April 7, AC 175 would throw the colonies into chaos.
- Actual Pacifist: He was the creator of the "Total Pacifism" philosophy, which later people like the Peacecrafts ( except Zechs) and Quatre's father Zayeed would also profess.
- Darkand Troubled Past: Frozen Teardrop drops more info about his past: his background as a scientist, friendship with Doctor J, his bond with the Peacecraft family, his romance with Katrina Peacecraft Sr., his role in helping build the prototyupe of the ZERO system, etc.
- Death by Origin Story
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist
- Revenge: His death at the hands of Odin Lowe Sr. is what triggers the whole plot.
- Sharp-Dressed Man
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
Characters from Frozen Teardrop (SPOILERS!)
Kathy PoSally's daughter from the Frozen Teardrop novel.
- Action Girl
- Missing Mom: Sally has been MIA for a while already in the novels
- Ojou Ringlets
- Ship Sinking: Wufei is NOT her father. Though he is her mentor and boss, as Master Chang.
Duo Maxwell Jr.
Voice actors: Toshihiko Seki (Drama CD)The son of Father Maxwell, member of the Preventers. It's not known who his mother is, but it's implied she may be Hilde. She denies it by the time being.
- Generation Xerox: Looks like his dad, acts like his dad, sounds like his dad, his actual partner used to be his dad's partner... In a possible subversion, it turns out that Duo may be only his adoptive dad, no blood relation.
- Mouthy Kid
- Sempai/Kohai: Refers to his partner Heero Yuy as senpai, implying he had quite a degree of respect for him.
Katherine Oud WinnerThe youngest of the Winner siblings, and Quatre's younger sister. Presumed to be another test-tube baby.
- Action Girl
- Battle Couple: She and Trowa Phobos may become this. After Kathy defects to Relena's side, they may end up as either Dating Catwoman or Star-Crossed Lovers.
- Love Triangle: She may be at the center of one with Trowa Phobos and Milou Peacecraft.
- Bifauxnen - Gender Flip - Strong Family Resemblance: If you ever wondered how would a girl!Quatre look like, here she is.
- Face–Heel Turn: Defects to Relena's side.
- Generation Xerox: The rebel of her family, plays the violin, partnered with a young man without a name and with Peek-a-Bangs...
- Rebellious Princess
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She joins Relena's side in Frozen Teardrop, genuinely thinking she'll be able to bring peace to the world.
Trowa Phobos aka No-Name.The guy who murdered Dix-Neuf Noinheim. He's later caught and trained by Dokter T (Trowa), Instructor W (Quatre) and Catherine Bloom.
- The Atoner
- Hitman with a Heart
- Identical Stranger: Looks like a younger Trowa.
- Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: If there is a Love Triangle with Kathy and Milou, he'll be the Poor Suitor with Milou as the Rich Suitor.
Vingt KhushrenadaOne of Treize's earliest supporters and his younger half brother.
- The Lancer: To Trieze
- Numerical Theme Naming: From the French word for "twenty".
- Posthumous Character (was also killed by Odin Lowe)
Angelina KhushrenadaTreize's unfortunate mother.
- Break the Cutie
- Broken Bird: So broken that she went crazy at some point, which greatly affected young Treize.
- Missing Mom
- The Ojou
- Posthumous Character
- Star-Crossed Lovers: She and her husband Ein Yuy
Ein YuyThe nephew of the real Heero Yuy and Treize's Disappeared Dad.
- Numerical Theme Naming: Ein is German for one.
- Posthumous Character
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Him and Angelina.
Hundelt Catalonia.Angelina's husband. Actually, her second one. He's also the father of Vingt Khushrenada, the brother of Chilias Catalonia, and Dorothy's uncle.
- Arranged Marriage
- Kick the Dog: While Angelina was The Ophelia and their marriage was more of convenience than anything, did he have to commit her to a mental hospital?
Cinquante KhushrenadaTreize's grandfather. As well as Vingt's.
- Abusive Parents and Parental Marriage Veto: Poor Angelina.
- Ambition Is Evil
- Numerical Theme Naming: From the French word for "fifty".
- Posthumous Character
- Smug Snake
Aoi ClarkA mysterious woman who worked with Odin Lowe. And the mother of his son, whom we know as Heero Yuy.
- Action Girl (an OZ spy)
- Battle Couple: She and Odin seem to have been this
- Missing Mom: Not only she was Odin Lowe's ex-girlfriend, but also Heero's deceased mother.
- Mysterious Woman
- Posthumous Character
Seis ClarkAoi's husband. His brother Trant Clark is a member of OZ.
- Numerical Theme Naming: Seis means "Six" in Portuguese.
- Parental Substitute: He married Aoi either when she was pregnant or when Heero was a baby, then helped her raise him.
- Posthumous Character
- The Smart Guy: He was an accomplished scientist and Mobile Suit designer.
Dix-Neuf NoinheimNoin's older brother.
- Body Double: Was this for his brother-in-law Zechs. Hence why he was murdered.
- Numerical Theme Naming: From the French word for "nineteen".
- Posthumous Character
Milou and Naina PeacecraftTwo young twins from Mars. The children of Zechs and Noin. After the "murder" of their dad, Naina stays in Hilde's orphanage for some time and then goes to her aunt Relena's side, while Milou stays with their mother Noin and befriends Kathy Winner.
- Generation Xerox: Naina looks like what Zechs would've looked like if he was a girl, but with braids. Milou looks a lot like his and Naina's mother, Noin.
- Half-Identical Twins
- Love Triangle: There are hints of one between Milou, Kathy Winner and Trowa Phobos.
- The Ojou: Naina
- Fallen Princess: In her time in the orphanage.
- Princely Young Man: Milou
Brigadier General Chilias CataloniaDorothy's father and Treize's mentor.
Katrina and Sabrina PeacecraftTwo beautiful twin sisters who were born in Earth. They're the princesses of the Sanc Kingdom, and Katrina is the maternal grandmother of Relena and Zechs.
- Action Girl: Katrina, who pilots the MS named Wyvern. She even wears the Cool Mask Zechs would later don. For contrast: Katrina at the right, Sabrina at the left◊.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The twins were separated when young: Katrina was raised by the Darlian clan, while Sabrina was pretty much locked away in a Gilded Cage of a suite with her pet cat.
- Hair Decorations: As seen here.◊ Katrina uses a headband, Sabrina wears hair bows.
- Hot for Teacher: Katrina was in love with her tutor... the original Heero Yuy.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Sabrina lover her cat very much. In a subversion, it's not by choice strictly speaking: her abusive family kept the poor girl isolated save for said kitty cat.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The real Heero Yuy once took some bits of the cat's fur while visiting Sabrina... and used it in his science projects about cloning.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Sabrina, very much so.
- Name's the Same: Katrina would later share her name with her daughter, the mother of Relena and Zechs.
- The Ojou: Both of them.
- Posthumous Character
- Strong Family Resemblance: Katrina's granddaughter Relena looks like BOTH of them.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Katrina wasn't super tomboyish, but she was more active than Sabrina. The picture linked in "Action Girl" is a good comparison.