The 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.
Code Name: Borrowed from a dead political leader. See below.
The Comically Serious: He doesn't get put into enough funny situations to really shine, but it's there. The licensed DoujinshiGround 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.
And then there's his advice to Trowa about Heroic Sacrifices. referring to the time he made the Wing Gundam self-detonate.
Heero: It hurts like hell.
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.
Evil Laugh: A rare heroic example. Even though he does nothing evil (At least in the audience's POV. He himself would say otherise.) His laugh borderlines between this and Laughing Mad. Just unsettling, even when he's genuinely happy about something.
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 missles and, of course, the series finale. He survives each time. (He probably has to or the story wouldn't move.)
It could also define his relationship with Duo, alongside Odd Friendship.
Also Trowa his fellow stoic
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...)
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.
Lightning Bruiser: All the mobile suits he pilots(save for the Leos) are both very fast & capable of steamrolling entire battalions without much effort.
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 causally 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.
that statement about being made of Gundanium is practically canon. he blow himself and his gundam up, and still survived.
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 Hitman with a Heart Odin Lowe was his biological dad (another way in which Heero evokes Amuro Ray, who was also half-Japanese).
In a Meta example, his name was intentionally made evocative of Amuro Ray's.
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 1xR. 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.
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.
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 Custom.
Trouser Space: Guess where he keeps his gun.. Though Averted in Endless Waltz, where he gets to wear a pair of jeans.
The 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).
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.
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."
"'Those who have laid eyes on a Gundam shall not live to tell about it.' Those are the orders I have been given."
The 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.
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.
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.
This is foreshadowed in episode 5:
Trowa: I have no name. But if you must call me something, then Trowa. Call me Trowa Barton.
Earlier in episode 1:
Trowa: Battle record 001. Pilot's name...let's go with Trowa.
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.
Taking The Blast: For Heero during Quatre's fight with Heero. He survived, but was left with amnesia.
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.
"You're afraid to die, aren't you guys? Well, then you shouldn't be fighting at all!"
The 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".
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.
Goggles Do Nothing: Subverted, as in Episode Zero, Quatre's goggles served as a symbol of the leader of the Maganac Corps.
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.
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, 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Fighting a weak enemy always makes me feel so empty afterwards."
The 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.
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.
He-Man Woman Hater: Thought not AS much as the Fan Dumb insists. He seems to have gotten better by the time Frozen Teadrop rolls in, since he's the mentor of Sally's daughter Kathy.
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. 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 WaltzFace-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 BSOD. 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 then 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.
What Could Have Been: Series composer Katsuyuki Sumizawa said on-record that in various planning stages, Wu Fei was going to be African and/or a Newtype with the power to Detect Evil. Some early merchandise, such as pencil boards, still lists him as a Newtype.
"My name... my name is Relena Darlian. What's yours...?"
The female lead of Gundam Wing, Relena Darlian is the daughter of Vice-Foreign Minister Darlian, an influential politician from the United Earth Sphere Alliance. Her real identity however, is the Princess of the fallen Sanc Kingdom monarchy, rescued from the destruction of the country at a very young age. At the beginning of the series, she was portrayed as a reserved and shy girl who was only seen among her peers as "the richest girl in school", until a chance encounter with Heero Yuy changed her life forever.
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, however.
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.
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.
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".
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 clas lady and a princess, 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.
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.)
Nipple and Dimed: Averted in a famous piece of official art that shows Relena skinny-dipping in hip-deep water.
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.
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.
What the Hell, Hero?: 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.
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 as the What the Hell, Hero? entry shows, 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)
"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."
Zechs 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. He pilots Tallgeese, Wing Zero (briefly), Epyon, and Tallgeese III in Endless Waltz.
Otto: The revolution speed applied by the verniers allows it to reach more than three times that of the 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 twoTV 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.
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.
"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."
The 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Thirteen 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.
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.
"Zechs Merquise, or rather, Peacecraft. Come here and lean on me."
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.Noin initially piloted the Aries, but after joining the Sanc Kingdom, she pilots her white Taurus mobile suit, which she keeps through Endless Waltz.
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.
Badass Normal: In Endless Waltz, she keeps up with the Gundam Pilots and Zechs while piloting a Taurus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To see her Saint Une persona, click here [[quoteright:225: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.
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.
The granddaughter of Romefeller Chairman Duke Dermail, Dorothy Catalonia is the polar opposite of Relena; while Relena follows her family's philosophy of total pacifism, Dorothy fully embraces war. She first appears when Relena revives the Sanc Kingdom, being sent by Romefeller to spy on the young princess, and quickly steps into the big game.
For English speakers, can you really imagine SPIKE being like Dorothy?
Implausible Fencing Powers: 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.
Japanese Honorifics: In the original she likes to refer to Relena as "Relena-sama" ("Lady Relena"), despite the latter asking her not to call her that, and to Zechs as "Milliardo-sama" ("Lord Milliardo"). Note that in Japanese calling someone by the wrong honorific can be insulting. In this case, Dorothy's insistence on being overly formal is a sign that she's being insincere.
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...
Voice Actors: Rei Sakuma (Japanese), Maggie Blue O'Hara (English)
"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."
The daughter of Treize Khushrenada, Mariemaia is one of the main antagonists of Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, who believes that she's the rightful heir to the Earth Sphere Unified Nation. She is also the co-leader of her namesake army, the Mariemaia Army.
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.
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.
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.
Nice Hat: Has a cute pink beret. She wears a teal-green beret in the ending for Endless Waltz: Special Edition.
Official CoupleandShip 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...
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.
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."
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.
An 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zechs' right-hand man, Otto Richter was the test pilot of the Tallgeese before Zechs piloted it himself. He was one of three people who knew Zechs's true identity as Prince Milliardo Peacecraft, hinting that he may have been from the Sanc Kingdom.
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.
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.
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.)
A 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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, his role in helping build the prototyupe of the ZERO system, etc.
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.
Two 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.