Kamille Bidan is the protagonist of Zeta Gundam. Kamille is a troubled teen whose home colony became the main base for the tyrannical Titans group, a group for which Kamille developed resentment. This culminated in him joining the AEUG to fight the Titans, believing that someone should stand up for what he believes in. Though he can be reckless and arrogant, his character is marked by compassion, and as the series progresses, he vows to stop the war, no matter the personal cost.
Ace Custom: The Zeta Gundam, built and further customized to Kamille's specifications.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Fa. They fight about everything, including, but no limited to, his piloting, her piloting, the other people on the ship, who is supposed to look after Shinta and Qum, why they're involved in the war...
Berserk Button: Don't make fun of him for having a girly-sounding name if you don't want to get into a fight...at least until around the halfway point, after which he really doesn't care.
Gender-Blender Name: Kamille particularly hated his feminine-sounding namenote though "Camille" is technically gender neutral - and thus tried to assert his manhood by learning martial arts and developing a hobby in amateur mobile suit creation.
"Kamille's a Man's name! AND I'M A MAN!"
Generation Xerox: He might have inherited the hobby in ameteur mobile suit creation from his parents: both were Federation officers and among the main engineering team that designed the Titan's prototype unit, RX-178 Gundam Mk-II.
Hot-Blooded: While fighting. He's sometimes like this outside his mecha too, if angered enough, especially early on. Later he learns to control his emotions, but he still can get pretty loud if you piss him off.
Hypocrite: He often rants about how his enemies are murderers when they shoot down his friends, yet he has the highest kill count of anyone in show. He justifies it to himself on the basis that his targets are often wanton killers who could care less about The Laws and Customs of War, whereas Kamille insists that he kills because he doesn't have much of a choice.
It's Personal: With Jerid, especially after the Titans' pilot kills Four.
Mood-Swinger: Kamille's moods are unstable at best. He can swing from happy to sad to enraged in the space of a few seconds.
Moral Myopia: He cuts down countless opponents, but flips out and calls you a murderer if you touch one of his friends. Jerid is fond of calling him out on this.
Parental Abandonment: During the course of the war with the Titans, Kamille witnessed the death of both his parents, first love and friends.
Psychic Powers Of course. He's a Newtype, but doesn't accept it until late in the series.
A VERY powerful Newtype as well. The actions Kamille pulls off in the Zeta at the end of the series are completely insane, even for a Newtype, such as making the Zeta totally invunerable with a forcefield generated by the biosensor and his Newtype power, extending the Beam Saber into an energy whip that had to be at least- 2 miles long, and then freezes The O in place so he can crash the Waverider straight through the cockpit. Take a minute to remember this is a Gundam series.
It gets even crazier in Gundam ZZ, Zeta's sequel. When Kamille finally recovers from Scirocco's psychic attack he displays incredible control over his Newtype powers, including telekinetically reassembling the Double Zeta from thousands of miles away.
Ramming Always Works: At the end of Zeta, he channels the power of the dead and impales Scirocco on Zeta's waverider mode nose.
Revenge Before Reason: Kamille displays a tendency to seek revenge without thought for the consequences from the start of the series. In the first two episodes alone he attacks a member of the Titans with his fists for making an off-hand comment about how girly his name sounds, calls a Military Police officer who has him in custody a brute, attacks said officer physically when he throws something at Kamille for insulting him — in the middle of the prison and just after his mother's lawyer comes to bail him out... And then he runs out of the prison, ignoring the chaos all around him from a crashed mobile suit and his mother's presence, to Gundamjack the Mk II Gundam for the purpose of "getting back" at the MP officer for having him beaten in response to being attacked. He even ends up joining the AEUG as part of his way of "getting even" with the Titans, after first menacing the aforementioned MP officer with his newly hijacked mobile suit.
Spell My Name With a C: You'll see his name as either Kamille Bidan, Camille Vidan, or any combination of the two. The official romanisation is 'Kamille Bidan'.
The Rival: He and Jerid have a nasty one going. It largely involves them killing one another's loved ones.
Stay in the Kitchen: Mildly. Kamille isn't especially comfortable with women going into combat, especially Fa and Reccoa (both of whom he has feelings for). He doesn't have this problem with Emma, though
That's because Fa is a civilian girl who's barely learning how to handle herself in a mobile suit, while Reccoa has been in trouble before when in missions. On the other hand, Emma is the strongest Action Girl in the whole series.
Teen Genius: He was well-known as an amateur mecha builder before he left his colony. The dub goes so far as to suggest that he designed the Zeta Gundam himself, though that isn't quite true: what actually happened was that he saw the Hyaku-Shiki's blueprints, and noticed the unfinished transformation systemnote Hyaku-Shiki was originally supposed to be the transforming prototype, but its builders could never get the system working, had a few ideas on improving it and sent a report to Anaheim's engineers, who were able to use his ideas to complete the transformable frame and build it into the Zeta. In essence he came up with the basic design concepts and the name, Anaheim refined it into the proof-of-concept mobile suit.
Can't Catch Up: A mild example. He's still one of the best (if not the best) pilots in the series, but he's fairly weak for a Newtype, and Zeta Gundam is absolutely saturated with powerful Newtypes who can compete with him one-on-one and expect to win. He's still a respectable ace, but nowhere near the Final Boss he was in Mobile Suit Gundam.
Hypocrite: Whether it's lecturing Amuro on getting over Lalah, getting mad at Haman for manipulating a member of the Zabi family, or being outraged by Axis-Zeon's treachery, Char spends most of the show calling people out on things he has no right to call them out on. Although if you will consider the next trope, it probably makes sense that he was trying to distinguish himself as "Quattro" from his time as "Char."
I Just Want to Be Normal: He's way happier as a battlefield pilot and Big Brother Mentor for the AEUG than a political figure - which is a bit of a problem for everyone else, since as the Red Comet and the son of Zeon Deikun, he'd be a really useful political figure. In fact, Haman outright hates him for it. The last handful of episodes show Char's frustration at not being allowed to go out and fight, as by this point he has become the AEUG's de facto leader. No wonder he went off the deep end as of Char's Counterattack.
Incest Subtext: Seeing as Haman basically looks like a purple-haired Sayla (only the fringe/bangs are different), if Char had a relationship with her it would be problematic for a variety of reasons.
Jerkass: Even here, at his very best, Char is still kind of a jackass.
Lack of Empathy: As he points out to Kamille, just because he's older doesn't mean that he necessarily knows anything about emotions. He's better than he used to be, but that's not saying much. A lot of the things "Quattro" says make more sense when you realize that he's a man without empathy trying to pretend he does.
No Sympathy: Even when attempting to empathise with people, "Quattro" at best manages to hit this trope, acknowledging why they feel the way they do, and still not caring or responding appropriately.
Oblivious to Love: Due to his Lack of Empathy, Quattro tends not to realize when women are in love with him, and brushes their feelings aside without even noticing how much he's hurting them. This makes him a couple of enemies (Haman, Reccoa).
Super Prototype: The Hyaku-Shiki (It apparently began life as the MSN-001 Delta Gundam as detailed in Mobile Suit Variations, supposed to have its own Wave Rider mode prior to the Zeta — hence the verniers at its back. The concept was revisited in the Delta+).
Spell My Name with an S: Quattro's last name has many romanisations, including but not limited to Bajeena/Bagina/Vagina/Vageena/Vajeena. The Gundam Perfect Files, which are usually a good source on proper romanisations (particularly for Gundam series that have not been licensed in America) spells it as Vageena. For obvious reasons, English speaking fans refer to him as Quattro Bajeena, which is Bandai Entertainment's chosen romanisation.
Unfortunate Names: His name is sometimes romanized as 'Quattro Bagina'. And considering the letter B in Japanese is sometimes romanized as a V... you get the idea. It is actually romanized as "Quattro Vagina" in the PS1Char's Counterattack game (proven here) as well as the SD Gundam G-Generation series.
Kamille's best friend in his home colony, Fa joins up with the AEUG after they save the escape pod she was in. Determined to prove herself to Kamille and the rest of the AEUG she undergoes pilot training to try and stay useful.
Action Survivor: The mecha anime equivalent. She doesn't score any brilliant kills, or take a level in badass, or anything like that, but she survives Zeta, which is a victory in and of itself.
Childhood Friend Romance: With Kamille, eventually, after Kamille recovers from loving and losing Four, and the aftermath of what Scirocco did to him. Even the 2006 compilation movies end with her and Kamille embracing in the void of space after surviving the Gryps Conflict.
Clingy Jealous Girl: A mild example. She's certainly very suspicious anytime Kamille talks to another girl.
Dogged Nice Girl: To Kamille. It's not that he doesn't notice her, it's just that there's a lot of other stuff going on in his life right now.
Expy: A more childish, less composed Action Girl Frau Bow—her relationship with Kamille even mimics the one that Frau had with Amuro, with way more arguing and less support, albeit with a different ending.
First Girl Wins: Notable, as Kamille doesn't love her anywhere near as much as he loved Four. But because Four died and Kamille was mind-crushed by Scirocco she ended up taking care of him.
Just Friends: She and Kamille will both claim this is what they are.
Love Martyr: To a degree, following Kamille and putting up with him when nobody else will.
Panty Shot: She's the only one who normally doesn't wear pants, and in zero-g, that means she gets an upskirt shot whenever the camera feels like it.
Voice Actors: Maya Okamoto (Japanese), Lisa Christie (English)
A former Titans' pilot, Emma jumped ship to the AEUG after realising what sort of people she was working for. She is close to Kamille and Captain Bekkener, and serves as a substitute mother to Katz Kobayashi, whom she does her best to keep out of trouble.
The captain of the Argama and then the Radish, Henken Bekkener forms close friendships with Kamille Biden, Emma Sheen, and the rest of the AEUG pilots. Like Emma, he is often a voice of reason among the AEUG leadership.
Adorkable: Normally Henken's a very calm person, but when he tries putting the moves on Emma Sheen he immediately heads straight into this territory.
Action Girl: While she's not a match for the real aces, she's not actually a bad pilot, and even manages to pull Kamille's fat out of the fire while piloting the Methuss (which is not exactly a top-grade mobile suit). After her Heel-Face Turn, she becomes a genuinely dangerous opponent.
All Amazons Want Hercules: Her characterisation boils down to "I want a strong man, I want a strong man. There must be one around here somewhere."
Moral Myopia: Accuses Char of being a Selfish Evil creep who thinks the world revolves around him. She's not wrong, but given her own behaviour it's damned funny. And then there's her constantly expecting special treatment from the Argama crew whenever she attacks them, while being totally unwilling to do the same.
Psychic Powers: Displays Newtype abilities shortly after her defection, saving the Alexandria from Quattro's Mega-Bazooka.
Hero-Worshipper: He used to be like this towards Amuro, but the latter's shellshock turn him into a Broken Pedestal. However, when Amuro decides to sortie out in the Rick Dias, Katz goes right back to idolizing him.
The captain of the White Base during the One Year War, Bright joins up with the AEUG out of disgust with the Titans. Due to his experiences with Amuro in MSG he has a pretty solid idea of what to expect from Kamille.
Voice Actors: Hiroyuki Shibamoto (Japanese), Scott Roberts (English)
A former Zeon pilot who finds employ with the AEUG. A man of few words, he acts as the leader of the Rick Doms, and racks up a fair number of kills, despite rarely being onscreen, forming something of a friendship with Kamille in the process.
Ace Pilot: Apolly was a Zeon ace during the One Year War, and he earns his stripes again in this one, downing an impressive number of Titans' suits despite his rare appearances.
Big Damn Heroes He does this surprisingly often for a minor character, but he gets extra points for doing it once in the brand new Zeta Gundam
Deadpan Snarker: One of his few personality traits that does shine through. He's constantly snarking, whether about Kamille and Fa, the stupidity of the situation, or even Mineva Zabi's entrance.
Voice Actors: Kiyonobu Suzuki, Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese), C. Adam Leigh (English)
Formerly a Federation pilot of the White Base, he now serves as the field commander and general leader of Karaba on Earth, who lends the AEUG much-needed manpower and firepower in their stints on Earth.
Pilot of the original Gundam during the One Year War, Amuro has gone into semi-retirement in order to deal with his post-traumatic stress disorder. He eventually returns to action, and forms a brief, but close partnership with Kamille.
Ace Custom: After returning into action with a red custom Rick Dias (basically the AEUG's Elite Mook mobile suit), he gets the MSK-008 Dijeh (which has both the Zeon-ic aesthetics of their mobile suits while maintaining a Federation/Gundam-ish coloring).
In at least two side-stories Amuro gets his own custom White Zeta Gundam, officially designated MSZ-006-3.
He's Back: First one: avoiding government agents and then ramming a mobile suit with a transport. His true one is when he pilots the Rick Dias and is able to adapt to the seven years advanced technology and hits Hi-Zacks through a thick fog.
Japanese Pronouns: Interesting case. When we first see him with Frau and the kids, he's still using the same boku from when he was 16. As soon as he goes back to the warpath, though — with the exception of Mirai and her kids, and with Beltochika — it's ore, straight through. Truth in Television, since Amuro's now older and harder, Darker and Edgier, but it really shows how he's changed.
Took a Level in Badass: Who needs a Gundam? Between his cargo plane hijackings or attempts to make a one-man action movie rescuing Mirai and her family, Amuro is frequently more interesting to watch without an MS.
The leader of the Titans, Admiral Jamitov Hymem has grander ambitions than simply running the Earth Federation's State Sec. He hopes to gain control of the whole Earth Sphere for himself, and is prepared to use any means necessary to get that power.
Hidden Agenda Villain: We know for most of the series that the Titans aren't just about hunting Zeon, but it takes a little while for Jamitov's true motives to become apparent.
Horrible Judge of Character: Perhaps the single greatest example of this trope in history. He chooses Bask for his Dragon, Jerid for his disciple, and allows Scirocco to acquire considerable power under him. All three of these men couldn't care less about his plans - Bask just uses Jamitov as a way to kill more Spacenoids, Jerid plans to eventually supplant Jamitov, and Scirocco plans to supplant Jamitov without the 'eventually'. For the icing on the cake, he repeatedly attempts to court favor with Haman Kahn, though she tries to kill him in every single meeting they have.
Insane Admiral: Literally. He suffers from obvious megalomania and is an Earth Federation admiral.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: According to side material, a link, and several scenes throughout the series, Jamitov actually hates Earthlings and is trying to get them into space. He hired a mad dog like Bask to brutalize colonists and stir up rebellion, triggering the collapse of the Earth Federation and a mass exodus to the colonies with him in charge.
Jamitov's Number Two, Captain Bask Om serves as the Titans' field leader. A hulking brute with a pathological hatred of all colonials, Bask is responsible for the worst of the atrocities associated with the Titans' name.
Dragon with an Agenda: He doesn't share Jamitov's politics or ambitions and just wants to kill a lot of colonists.
Dragon Their Feet: Was nowhere to be seen when Scirocco blew Jamitov away. He's killed shortly afterwards.
Interestingly, the movie trilogy corrects this oversight: Bask is given a scene alongside Scirocco's speech, guessing right away that he killed Jamitov, only to be let himself be baited by Yazan into focusing on the AEUG instead. Pointedly, it's Yazan and not Reccoa who bumps him off later.
Eye Scream: According to some sources, those goggles are actually artificial eyes. He left his real ones behind in the Zeon POW camp where he spent most of the One Year War.
He still has eyes. In an early episode he briefly takes off his goggles while talking to Jamaican. Whether they function any is the big question.
First Name Basis: Everyone calls him Bask or Captain Bask, including his subordinates.
Flat Character: Recieves very little character development in the actual show despite being a major antagonist. On the plus side, it makes his evil really stand out. Sidematerials have attempted to remedy this.
Freudian Excuse: He spent most of the One Year War in a POW camp, being tortured by Zeon. Given that this information is only available in side materials it's played as an explanation, not a genuine excuse.
General Ripper: Obsessed with the colonists and the AEUG in particular, to the point where he ignores Scirocco's murder of Jamitov in order to focus on the Argama.
Non-Action Guy: He'll slap his subordinates around, and he isn't afraid to lead from the front, but Bask is not a combatant.
Non-Standard Character Design: Bask stands head and shoulders above the rest of the cast, and has a peculiarly elongated face that looks like it belongs on a far fatter man (Bask is big, but hardly overweight). And that's without mentioning the goggles that he almost never takes off, or his darker skintone.
Would Hit a Girl: In addition to hitting Reccoa in the face (see When All You Have Is a Hammer above), Bask has no problem with strapping a woman (Kamille's mother) inside of a capsule, ejecting said capsule into space, and then sending Jerid out to shoot it down under the excuse that it's a bomb.
Voice Actors: Bin Shimada (Japanese), Jonathan Love (English)
I'm merely a witness to history.
An Earth Federation technical officer and fleet commander, Scirocco hails from Jupiter, where he and his fleet were sent to collect helium gas. He is eventually recruited by Admiral Jamtiov when the latter decides he needs reinforcements; unbeknownst to Jamitov, Scirocco has his own ambitions for the Earth Sphere, and is a very powerful Newtype to boot.
Justified Trope: The Jupitris is actually a transport vessel analogous to the supertankers of today and his mobile suits are all oversized to mount the numerous thrusters and verniers they need to operate in Jupiter's gravity well.
Ephebophile: Hinted at with his thorough seduction of the fifteen-year-old Sarah Zabiarov, though he never shows any genuine sexual interest in her.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He does seem to have cared about Sarah, to the extent that a man like him ever cared about anything other than himself, as evidenced by his attack on Katz after her death.
Even Evil Has Standards: He prefers to distance himself from the bloodthirsty actions of his superiors Jamitov and Bask, and at one point even sends Sarah out to the AEUG to ruin one of their schemes. Granted, it was for self-serving purposes...
Evil Is Bigger: His mobile suits tend towards the large, with The O standing head and shoulders above every AEUG machine in production, and being at least twice as wide.
Evil Mentor: To Sarah Zabiarov, Reccoa Londe, Jerid Messa, and even Yazan Gable, of all people.
Famous Last Words: "I won't die alone. I'm going to take your soul with me, Kamille Bidan."
Faux Affably Evil: Scirocco tries to come off as polite and reasonable, but as he himself admits, he's just not very good at it.
Foil: Given that they're both Newtype Ace Pilot mobile suit designers with Ambiguous Disorders, one can see Scirocco as an older, more jaded, cynical Kamille, with his intelligence amplified into true genius, but his empathy almost completely gone. They're also representative of differing attitudes towards Newtypism, with Kamille being held up by other characters as an example of Newtypism at it's best, while Scirocco is the posterboy for Beware the Superman.
From Nobody to Nightmare: He was just a minor official from Jupiter, but managed to manipulate his way into becoming the supreme leader of the Titans.
Gray Eyes/Purple Eyes: Like his hair colour, Scirocco's eye colour shifts between these depending upon the lighting.
Heavy Worlder: Scirocco is from Jupiter, and his final mobile suit, The O, is meant to operate in his homeworld's gravity. As such, when flown in outer space or Earth's orbit it transforms from a heavily-armoured Mighty Glacier to a Lightning Bruiser and becomes even more dangerous. All his other suits qualify as well to greater or lesser degrees.
Hidden Agenda Villain: Decades after the original series ended, Scirocco's exact goals are still shrouded in mystery.
Hypocrite: He's always telling people not to make the mistake of underestimating his Newtype powers, but makes the same mistake himself when he faces off against Kamille at the end of the series.
Straw Hypocrite: Scirocco talks a lot about empowering women, but given that he's essentially a glorified pick-up artist using his mind rape powers to have his way with them, it's fair to say that his beliefs are questionable at best.
Immune to Bullets: Not quite but very close: The O's thick armor allows it to tank beam fire from the Qubeley's funnels outright, something that no other suit is able to do.
Lack of Empathy: Perhaps best demonstrated by the nature of his Psychic Powers. The defining trait of a Newtype is their ability to perform empathic connections with others, understanding them without misconceptions and drawing on their strength through bonds of friendship. Scirocco simply uses it to better manipulate people, and shows no sign of seeing those he connects with as anything more than useful tools.
Large and in Charge: The O is considerably larger than any regular issue suit of its era, or any Gundam that doesn't have "Psyco" attached to its name.
Lightning Bruiser: His last mobile suit, the extremely dangerous PMX-003 The O. Justified in that his mobile suits were designed to operate in a Jovian (Jupiter's) gravity well, which is much stronger than the Earth's.
Man in White: Scirocco's white uniform, which seems to be unique among the Titans.
Manipulative Bastard: Scirocco toys with the emotions of his subordinates and enemies alike in order to provoke the response he wants.
Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Scirocco's talent for manipulating women might be the result of his pretty boy looks and ability to smooth talk, or he might be using his Newtype powers to screw with their heads. Which it is isn't made entirely clear.
Narcissist: Scirocco isn't totally callous when it comes to his pawns, but he's close enough, and has difficulty seeing them as anything more than possessions or extensions of his will. Even his Utopia Justifies the Means rhetoric has a certain "only I can save the world" edge to it, and his grandiose nature and inability to empathise with those who are not exactly like himself, makes him a strong candidate for being a pathological narcissist.
Playing Both Sides: Plays the Titans, the Axis, and the AEUG against one another as he climbs to power. Only Haman Khan really catches on.
Psychic Powers: One of the most powerful Newtypes to ever appear in-series, to the point where he's able to Mind Rape the equally powerful Kamille as he's dying and is more or less broadcasting his presence to everyone in his general vicinity. His abilities include:
Renaissance Man: Starship captain, battlefield strategist, psychological mastermind, a smooth-talker, mobile suit designer, and Federation ace. He's a busy man.
Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He and Yazan Gable form a very twisted variant. Scirocco's a cultured psychological predator, with Psychic Powers, grand ambitions, and superb manipulative skills. Yazan's an actual predator with a nearly feral nature, no powers and a direct way of handling problems. They get along very well.
Not So Stoic - The only time we really see his frigid exterior crack is when Sarah dies and he forgets all about the psychic battle he was waging just moments before in favor of going after her killer.
Or when The controls for The O lock up and the Zeta Gundam is about to impale him. But that one's a little more understandable.
Super Prototype: The PMX series, the set of unique and extraordinarily powerful mobile suits that he designed and built aboard the Jupitris. Of these, the PMX-003 The O is perhaps the one most iconically associated with him.
Transforming Mecha: His first mobile suit, the PMX-000 Messala, which transforms into a mobile armour.
Übermensch: The first example in the franchise, who plans to ram his sense of morality (whatever that may be) down everyone's throats.
Villainous Friendship: He and Yazan Gable get along quite well, to everyone's surprise and confusion. Also, while he does view most people as pawns to use as he sees fit, he goes completely berserk when Sarah Zabiarov dies, hinting that at least some of his leading her on might have meant something, especially as he doesn't do this for any other minion that dies.
I'll make that pompous fool kneel before me someday.
Kamille's rival, Jerid possesses the personality of a school bully, and the attitude to match. He seeks to one day run the Titans himself, and to that end, aims to destroy Kamille and the stolen Gundams as a means of improving his reputation.
Ace Pilot: Reaches this status around the same time Kamille does.
Anti-Villain: He accidentally kills Kamille's mom (believing that the capsule she was contained in was a bomb) and is very nasty when he fights, but when he does grow fond of someone else, he genuinely cares for said person and grieves if he loses him/her. He also takes his responsibilities as an officer quite seriously, and doesn't lose men lightly.
Of course, there's also his actions during the Jaburo evacuation. And he doesn't really care about civilians either.
Archenemy: He and Kamille reach this status by the midpoint of the show. There's nothing Jerid won't do if it means getting rid of Kamille, and Kamille for his part, hates Jerid more than anyone save Scirocco.
Badass Normal: For most the show, Jerid demonstrates no Newtype powers. He's still one of the few people who can give Kamille a run for his money.
Deceptive Disciple: To Jamitov, and one could argue, Scirocco. All Jerid cares about is leading the Titans one day, and he'll kiss up to whoever he has to in order to get there.
Eleventh Hour Superpower: Finally gains a Gundam equivalent, in the form of the Baund Doc, just in time for his final throwdown with Kamille.
Even Evil Has Standards: He isn't a fan of gassing colonies but then again he just follows orders on it and doesn't protest.
Foil: To Kamille, whose progress he mirrors throughout the show. They're both young, arrogant, ace pilots with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove. Jerid's Jerk Jock persona makes for a marked contrast with Kamille's Insufferable Genius, while his desire for promotions and personal glory, and weak Newtype status, set him apart from the genuinely committed, frighteningly powerful Kamille.
Fragile Speedster: The Gabthley and especially the Byarlant are this when compared to the Gundam Mark II and Zeta Gundam. The Byarlant in particular is fast and very agile, but lacks both armour and armament when compared to its rivals.
Glory Seeker: He seeks to one day lead the Titans and joined up for the fame. Dodges being a full-on Glory Hound due to his concern for the troops under his command, and willingness to accept blame when he feels he hasn't lived up to his standards.
Know When to Fold 'Em: Surprisingly yes. Jerid starts out as a Hot-Blooded idiot, but by the series' midpoint his ability to tell when a battle has been lost is what makes him officer material.
Lightning Bruiser: The NRX-055 Baund Doc is a huge transformable mobile armour/mobile suit with thick armour plating, a powerful armament, and enough thrusters to let it keep up with the Zeta in terms of both agility and speed.
Super Prototype: Becomes a test pilot for numerous new models, including the Gabthley, Byarlant, and Baund Doc, all of them far better than your average mook suit, and none of which ever entered mass production.
Flawed Prototype: Only a single Byarlant was ever produced, since the machine, while fast and highly manouverable, lacks the ability to utilise most handheld weapons, leaving it dependant upon built-in beam sabres and guns.
Transforming Mecha: The Gabthley and the Baund Doc both transform between mobile armour and mobile suit.
Unholy Matrimony: With Mouar. Somewhat one-sided because Mouar isn't really villainous, just an antagonist.
Unstoppable Rage: You do not want to fight Jerid after killing one of his allies. You really don't.
Villainous Valor: Given that his entire shtick boils down to "Fight the telepathic and telekenetic hero and his Super Prototype with my own skills and a mook suit" this trope is definitely in play.
Weak, but Skilled: He's not the Titans' top pilot, but he tends to give a remarkably good accounting of himself despite weak/nonexistent Newtype powers and a long line of inferior suits.
What Could Have Been: According to Jerid's Japanese Wikipedia page, Jerid was originally supposed to have died in episode 30 while undertaking a suicide attack. However, a number of studio workers were fans of his and petitioned to keep him on until the end of the series by offering to sacrifice Mouar instead. This led to plans that included Haman finding a much more grievously-injured Jerid and taking him back to Axis, where she would have fixed him up and then re-introduced him as a Cyborg of Zeon.
You Killed My Father: Mother actually. His and Kamille's long and bloody feud begins with Jerid's accidental murder of Kamille's mother, Hilda Bidan.
A Titans officer with a love of bloodshed, Yazan is the most capable Oldtype pilot introduced in the show. Raised by a mother who disdained all trappings of culture, Yazan is an almost feral predator, who lives only to prove his superiority.
Ace Pilot: One of the Titans' best MS pilots, with the highest killcount of the war. Tactically, he's a classic bushwhacker, using the terrain, and superior tactics to outmanouvere Newtypes and Super Prototypes.
Anime Hair: Part-bouffant, part-Mohawk, part-mullet, part balding... it's quite the look, isn't it?
Axe Crazy: Downplayed. Yazan is dangerously insane, but his evil, rather than his madness, recieves the most emphasis, and his general characterization is that of a brutal uncaring thug rather than a cackling madman.
Badass Normal: Yazan is neither a Newtype nor the pilot of a Super Prototype. He still kills more AEUG members than any other Titan, at a point in the show when those without special abilities or suits were generally being relegated to the backburner. Kamille lampshades this during their first battle, noting "He's got lots of experience, but I don't feel any psychic pressure. He's just strong."
Book Dumb: An uneducated brute, but far from stupid. Most of his victories in fact, come from outsmarting the opposing pilots.
The Brute: Yazan is the Titans' and then Scirocco's attack dog. He's invaluable due to his cunning, viciousness, and skill as a pilot, but is never promoted past Lieutenant because he's simply not the kind of guy you give any real authority to.
Hero Killer: Kills Katz, Henken, the entire crew of the Radish, Reccoa and Emma (all in the space of one episode), arranges for the death of Jamaican and one of the Argama's Bridge Bunnies, and damn near kills Kamille himself on several separate occasions, to the point where the young man is actually terrified of him.
Momma's Boy: His mother, with her disdain for education and intellectualism, definitely left her mark on her thuggish son, who has nothing positive to say about his father (or his mother for that matter).
Unfriendly Fire: Is nearly shot down by the Alexandria's guns when Jamaican opens fire on Kamille during a battle between the two of them. He later arranges for Jamaican to die in a very similar fashion.
Villainous Friendship: Played with. Yazan is clearly incapable of empathy. Yet it's just as obvious that he at least enjoys the company of both Scirocco and like minded psychopaths Dunkel Cooper and Ramsus Hasa.
Would Not Shoot a Civilian: Subverted. Yazan's refusal to participate in the colony gassing makes him look like an example of this, only for him to then reveal that his issue is actually the use of the gas—he doesn't find it fun unless you kill them yourself. He subsequently shows no compunctions about participating in the Grenada Colony Drop which would have killed thousands, if not millions of noncombatants. Standards he does not have.
One of the Cyber-Newtypes produced in the Titans' labs, Four Murasame is the original pilot of the Psyco Gundam. A war orphan who's bereft of her memories by the Titans' experiments, Four is willing to do anything to get them back. She and Kamille share a brief romance when they meet off-duty.
Ill Girl: As a side effect of the experiments and treatments she's been subjected to, Four sometimes suffers extremely serious migraines. When that happens, the poor girl ends up almost unvariably on the ground/floor, either whimpering or screaming in utter pain, and needs medicines to get rid of it.
It's All About Me: She's perfectly willing to commit mass murder in the Psyco Gundam, burn down Hong Kong, and attempt to kill Kamille - the first person to treat her like a human being - as long as it gets her memories back for her. A lot of that can probably be attributed to psychological problems from being transformed into a Cyber-Newtype and using her powers, as she acts more reasonably in other circumstances.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: She's apparently a war orphan picked up by the Titans and trained as a Tykebomb. Confirmed in a novel. The treatment removed her prior memories, and one of her goals is to get them back.
In one of the MSV collections it's implied that she might actually be Miharu/Michelle Ratockie's little sister Milly from the original series. The novel Four's Storysays otherwise, and states that Four was an American girl orphaned in the Colony Drop at the end of 0083. (In fact, Michelle and Milly's brother Gil makes an apparition there, and it seems that the real Milly was recruited as a test subject for the Artificial Newtype project like Four, but died in the process.)
The first, and arguably craziest, Cyber-Newtype introduced in Zeta, Rosamia is a psychological mess. Encountering Kamille during her time off, she latches onto him as a substitute for her deceased brother.
Badass: During her first two apperances she engages Kamille and Char at the same time with no backup and accquits herself very well. That alone qualifies her. She also shoots down Hizacks in a Nemmo while still believing herself to be "Rosammy" (who has no piloting training) and gives Kamille the scare of his life when she goes after him with the Psyco Gundam Mark II.
Psychic Powers: Another Cyber Newtype. She's powerful enough—and insane enough—to spook the Hell out of Kamille in their first encounter; he describes it as though his mind were being drawn into a great darkness. To put that in perspective, he says something very similar about Scirocco.
Psychopathic Manchild: She believes that the AEUG plan to make the sky fall. She's an girl in her late teens with the fears of a little girl. On the other hand, she's explicitly stated as being among the few survivors of Zeon's Colony Drop at the start of the One Year War; being traumatized and having a phobia of similar experiences is kind of understandable, and the Zeon's Cyber Newtype treatments likely made it all worse.
Replacement Goldfish: Up to Eleven -if a character is of the right age, and is a powerful enough Newtype, she'll mistake them for her older brother. She does it to Kamille and has it used against her by Gates.
Rosamia is in turn Kamille's Replacement Goldfish for Four. In several instances he hallcuinates Four in Rosamia's place.
Woman Child: Rosammy is, as mentioned elsewhere, mentally five years old, and can be seen chasing Haro and squabbling over candy right alongside the kids. At one point, Kamille says that the kids are babysitting her.
Idiot Ball: Normally, he's smarter than Jerid and better at keeping himself together, but when re-entering the atmosphere, he calls Jerid a coward and instead decides to see if he can get an easy kill. Re-entry is not the time to be playing games, and he pays for it with his life.
Captain of the Adhumla, Ben Wooder and his crew pursue Kamille and Amuro throughout the former's time on Earth. A dedicated officer, Wooder has an antagonistic relationship with Four Murasame, the Cyber-Newtype sent to help him.
Smug Snake: He's arrogant, overconfident, and more than willing to use Four's desire to get her memories back against her.
Villainous Valour: When Four goes AWOL, Wooder pilots the Psyco Gundam into combat himself, despite not being a Newtype and having no real idea of how to use it. At the end, with all his mobile suits shot down, and Four and the Psyco out of commission, he orders everyone off the ship, and crashes it into the Audhumla to stop it from escaping. The members of his crew who stay behind with him display similar valour.
The last of the Cyber-Newtypes, Gates is seemingly cheerful young man who isn't above using his manipulative skills to get what he wants. He works for Bask and the Titans researcher Loren Nakamoto, and is Rosamia Badam's partner in the last stages of the war.
Affably Evil: Cheerful, open, and utterly dedicated to the Titans' cause. He'd be a great kid to be friends with if he weren't helping the government experiment on young girls.
Flawed Prototype: His NRX-055-1 Baund Doc is the prototype that Rosamia and Jerid's models (the NRX-055) are based off of: it's notable for being the only one with a two-seater cockpit and the only one that's never seen to transform into mobile suit mode.
Enemy Mine: Initially dislikes Scirocco but eventually has his ship join up with the former's fleet. In the movies, Scirocco trusts him enough to let him come along with his other loyal retainers to the meeting with Axis.
Even Evil Has Standards: In Episode 42 he claims his ship has engine problems and can't help with the gassing of a colony.
Laser-Guided Karma: He lets Haman disable the Colony Laser then the AEUG takes it back from Haman and proceed to fire it, killing Gady and destroying his ship.
The proof of our might will be forever etched in your minds.
The leader of the Axis Zeon, Haman Khan is a former "friend" of Char Aznable's, and regent to Mineva Lao Zabi. She arrives midway through the series and plays both sides of the conflict against one another before eventually siding with the Titans (or more specifically, with Scirocco). She is The Big Bad of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (see ZZ's character sheet for more on that)
Attack Drones: Better known as 'funnels', they're the main weapon of her personal mobile suit, the Qubeley.
Badass: One of the most badass people in the UC verse.
The Bad Guy Wins: As of the end of Zeta. The Titans have been destroyed, the AEUG are in shambles and on the run, and she's personally defeated Char. Fortunately, the Argama gets a chance to continue the fight in Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ.
Broken Pedestal: Char was a massive one for her. The way she sees it, he ran away from his responsibilities on Axis to play pilot with the AEUG, leaving her, then a sixteen-year-old girl, to run a quasi-fascist dictatorship on her own. There are indications that she might not be completely wrong.
Celeb Crush: On Char Aznable, when she was a young girl.
The Chessmaster: She's good enough to give Char, Jamitov, and even Scirocco cause for concern.
Corruption of a Minor: Her control of Mineva hasn't had a good effect on the little girl. Char calling her out for it leads her to attempt to reverse the damage. This also forms her own backstory, along with a hefty helping of Break the Cutie — being forced to become an absolute dictator at sixteen will do that to a person.
Glorious Leader: Of Neo-Zeon. See the ZZ character sheet for more details on that.
Hero-Worshipper: Formerly, of Char, overlapping with a Celeb Crush. This took a massive beating after he left to join the AEUG (leaving her to pick up the pieces back on Axis), but there's still a bit of a spark there.
Identical Stranger: It's never touched on but Haman looks like a purple haired version of Char's sister, Sayla. Which would make her romantic interest in him rather problematic.
If I Can't Have You: Towards Char. Interestingly, it's not just romantic — she's painfully aware of how major a political player he could be if he applied himself.
Improbable Age: She's only twenty years old, according to Char, which is pretty young to be leading Axis. But it becomes clear very quickly that she's more than qualified for her position.
Jerkass Has a Point: Even Char acknowledges that her anger at him for leaving her to run Axis when she was just a teenager isn't all that unreasonable, given how warped her personality became from the pressure.
It's Personal: Her and Char. She also develops a major grudge towards Kamille by the end.
Misanthrope Supreme: Haman hates people in general, and plans to grind the human race under her jackboots as punishment for their perceived failings.
Murder Is the Best Solution: Her attitude towards Jamitov. In two out of three meetings she tries to kill him - the third time, Scirocco does the job for her and lets her take the blame. Notably, she doesn't object to this.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives Char the beating of his life during their climactic confrontation, wrecking the Hyaku-Shiki in minutes while taking no damage herself, and forcing Char to attempt a Mutual Kill.
Playing Both Sides: Haman is actively courted by both the AEUG and the Titans. She could not care less about either of them, but actively plays them both to her own advantage.
Puppet King: She was chosen to replace her deceased father, Maharajah Khan, as governor of Axis at the age of sixteen in order to give the ambitious Zeon military command someone easy to control. It... didn't work out so well.
Psychic Powers: She's a Newtype, like most of the other major players in Zeta. Her abilities include:
I request that you assist us in reviving the Zabi family.
Dozle Zabi's daughter, Mineva is the last living member of the Zabi family. While she appears to be the ruler of Zeon, it quickly becomes apparent that the seven year old girl is totally under the domination of her regent Haman. She reappears Gundam Unicorn, as a teenager named Audrey Burne.
Body Double: By the end of the Gryps Conflict the real Mineva has been spirited away and replaced with a double, and the switch isn't discovered until the end of the 1st Neo Zeon War.
Creepy Child - Enfante Terrible: Played with. Mineva's a child, and she's the dictatorial head of The Remnant of The Empire. Yet she's also a genuinely scared and lonely little girl who's totally dependent on Haman Khan and simply does not know how life is like outside of Zeon.
Took a Level in Badass: Holy cow Kai does a complete 180 in time for Zeta Gundam and the various sidestories going on at that point. Stylish, competent, able to engage in tactical espionage action in the RAINFOREST in a white business suit, all while juggling a career of journalism. To top it off, in sidestories he comes off as a freaking UC James Bond without his own mobile suit while he kicks copious amounts of ass.
Whip It Good: In his first appearance, where he uses a whip on one of the men who was threatening Reccoa.
Love Triangle: Married to Hayato and six months pregnant with his child, but she is only ever seen/portrayed with Amuro, and openly confesses to wanting more time with him; Word of God has Amuro inwardly pissed at Moment Killer Katz.
Hostage Situation: She and her children are kidnapped and put in a small boat near a battlefield, meaning that they can either potentially be killed by friendly/enemy fire or drown if their boat is sunk. They manage to survive (though little Hathaway falls into the sea and his mother has to give him CPR).
Hot Mom: The Art Evolution doesn't make her a super beauty, but she still looks cuter than in the original series.
Happily Married - Loved I Not Honor More: Despite Beltochika completely failing to understand this, and being physically separated from her spacebound spouse, Mirai shows a great deal of care for Bright, saying that she raises their two children taking his wishes and feelings into consideration as though he were there. In fact, Beltochika asks her how can that be possible, so Mirai calmly explains that she and her kids know well how hard Bright and Co. are fighting out there.
Yamato Nadeshiko: With heavy emphasis on the will of iron that goes along with "serenity, patience, grace, and acceptance" while her husband is away.
Ass In Ambassador: He's a representative of Anaheim Electronics, which gives the AEUG considerable funding. This in turn gives Wong a lot of nominal authority, which he abuses pretty much all the time.
Brutal Honesty: All the time. Needless to say, it gets right under the Argama crew's skin.
Jerk Ass: Though he had a pretty good reason to beat up Kamille he is pushy and and a jerk to a lot of people on the Argama.
Jerk Ass Has A Point: He's actually got the right idea (or, at least, a well-reasoned one that's worth considering) most of the time. It's pretty much the only reason nobody on the Argama ever tries to shove him out of an airlock.
Pet the Dog: Gave Shinta and Qum drinks and said children shouldn't be afraid to ask for things.
Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Shoves his weight around the Argama by saying that the AEUG's allies, Anaheim Electronics, would support him on his attack plans. Even if they were dumb.
Stern Teacher: Shades of this before getting Flanderized into a total jerk ass later in the series.
Hot Chick In A Badass Suit: Watch out for the gleam in her eye. This even makes her a lot more reasonable than Wong Lee above, and that says a lot.
Lady in Red: More exactly, she wears a red jacket and has reddish-blond hair.