Shute is a kid genius from Neotopia. He's impulsive and sometimes irritating, however his boundless enthusiasm can be an asset. It was his friendship with Captain that first got the Soul Drive to activate. He's got a lot of guts and little common sense but he's also super smart, so it balances out.
The first Gundam created to protect Neotopia. He starts out being a secret that nobody's supposed to know about. At first he lacks an understanding of emotions. Once he makes friends with Shute and the other Gundams he gets better at it. Eventually the Captain needed repairs and gets an upgrade. Not that he wasn't a badass before mind you.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: Captain will always, and I mean always try to rescue others. Even some of the worst bad guys. And usually at the cost of his own arms!
Expy/Composite Character: of CAPG-78 Captain Gundam. and Gundam Zephyranthes with The face opening being similar to F91, and Hyper Captain Gundam Option F and Option Z are based on Gundam "Zephyranthes" Full Burnern and RX-78GP03D Gundam "Dendrobium Orchis", respectively.
Took a Level in Badass: Once he was so badly damaged that he got a whole new look. With some awesome new weapons to go with it.
Zero, The Winged Knight
Knight Gundam from the magical realm of Lacroa. Zero was sent to Neotopia to find help in order to save his homeland from the invading Dark Axis. After two years of searching, the Dark Axis started to invade Neoptopia as well. Normally calm and graceful it's best not to make him mad. Or you could end up buried under a mountain of roses.
The fiery Musha Gundam from the land of Ark. Ark and Lacroa are two lands one the same world in the same dimension. However the two lands are complete opposites, and so are Baku and Zero. Where Zero is calm and graceful, Bakunetsumaru is quick to anger and likes to swing his swords everywhere. However he is an honorable samurai and will help any who need him. He lands in Neotopia after a dimensional transport device the SDG was working on malfunctions, he decides to protect his new home with the same vigor he would Ark.
Princess Relehimana Miya De Lacroa (Princess Rele for short)
The heir to the throne of Lacroa, and the one who sent Zero to Neotopia in the first place. She spends the first half of the series turned to stone, but after being revived, joins the Gundam Force in their struggle against the Dark Axis, aiding them with her magic. Though a bit headstrong, she nonetheless shows the wisdom of her station.
The young prodigy behind the SDG's dimensional transport device, Bell Wood is a genius and he knows it. Unfortunately, his progress was stymied by the collateral damage caused by Bakunetsumaru's first battle in Neotopia.
Brilliant, but Lazy: "the work's complicated, all right? And when people give me attitude, I lose interest!"
Captain's original instructor. An AI that's been uploaded into a vehicle, Gunbike was added to the main squad as a trainer. Rough, tough, and by no means easy-going, Gunbike is determined to whip the gang into shape. His AI was later uploaded into Gunpanzer before being sent to Ark.
Palette Swap: Zako Red, who has more importance. Same can be said of some of the Zako Zako Hour characters: the hosts all hold microphones with different heads (red circular mic, blue square mic, yellow triangular mic) and the Chef Zakos that appeared in one episode.
Sound-Coded for Your Convenience: As well, the Zako Zako Hour hosts all have different voices, changing in range between the three. Red Mic has a light voice, Yellow Mic has a rougher voice, and Blue Mic is somewhere between.
Show Within a Show: Three of them host the Zako Zako Hour, which takes place in The Stinger of some episodes. These segments serve to explain certain aspects of the main series' backstory, such as why the Dark Axis uses control horns, why Kibaomaru's forces are working with them, and other things. However, a combination of the Zakos' stupidity, Fridge Logic, temperamental guests, the Zakos' stupidity, a lack of research, and the Zako's stupidity, causes hilarity to ensue.
Probably THE MOST Trigger Happy guy you'll every meet. He was the first to attack Neptopia and fail. Once the Dark Axis is defeated in Neotopia he becomes the janitor for the Gundammusai. He later CLAIMS to have been faking the whole time so he'd be able to get his revenge on the General for abandoning him and his troops. But that's debateable.
Added Alliterative AppealingSesquipedalian Loquaciousness: With his insults, which may partially be to avoid repetition in a G-rated cartoon. "Pitiful piles of pusillanimous(timid) paraphernalia(stuff)" is an actual thing he has said. If it isn't alliterative ("titanium twit", "mechanized metal morons"), he's reaching for the big things ("ignoramuses", the above).
Ax-Crazy: More so than the others, especially since he'll argue with his teammates. Downplayed when compared to Grappler and Dom, though: he thinks through his plans a bit more and doesn't try to sacrifice his weapons for a tactical boost.
Evil Laugh: He loves to do this when he's firing his guns.
Go Through Me: A moment that is talked about a lot. In Grappler's first appearance, he attacks Captain by himself and goes shieldless, believing Captain's unarmed after losing his rifle ammo. But when Captain reveals he has guns mounted onto his head, Grappler looks as if he's about to start running because he's only mounted with melee attacks. This is when, for an unexplained reason, Zapper starts shooting the ground in front of Gundam and then jumps into the fray, forcing the Gundam back.
Harmless Villain: He talks the talk but when it comes to walking the walk, he'll always fall on his face.
Law of Chromatic Superiority: He's introduced first out of the Squad Commanders to be introduced and appears the most. He also seems to hold more power over the Zakos, as they don't seem so flinchy around him.
More Dakka: A Gatling gun, two machine guns, an axe with a spear-tip, missiles to shoot from his shoulders, and a beam laser.
Expy: Destroyer Dom is based on a Dom Funf(oddly the only Expy of the dark axis trio who's counterpart does not already have a fin on it's head that resembles the command fins). His love for weapons is also reminiscent of Command Gundam.
A Zako Soldier with a unique red-ish color scheme and command fin. Zako Red is stated to be second only to the Commander, and commands the Dark Axis forces during the full invasion of Neotopia. Implied to be nothing more than a remote-controlled puppet for the Commander, as he was deactived once the invasion was complete.
Verbal Tic: Like all Zakos, but his sounds rather...forced.
Xanatos Speed Chess: He's isn't above modifying his plans when need be. After Captain renders the use of Control Horns meaningless, he goes through the next phase (Petrify Neotopia's living creatures with Bagu Bagu) and steals his Soul Drive.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Pretty much the only reason he was deactivated. Then kicked away. It's implied, however, that Zako Red was just a proxy for the Commander, sharing his voice and color-scheme and even superiority. This explains why his Verbal Tic isn't always present: Sazabi, speaking through Zako Red, doesn't remember enough to say "Zako". As a result, him being shut down was this trope as well as simply Sazabi removing some focus.
The Doga's are the flying force of the Dark Axis. During the invasion of Neotopia, they were commanded by Four Doga Commandos, but they were destroyed before the battle's end.
Knight of Cerebus: Not initially due to his comedic traits when he's berating his minions, but when he finally appears on-screen, he's a much more serious villain no comedic quirks. He's the first villain we see get Killed Off for Real.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: His kicking away Zako Red (who held the Zakurello Remote) is what allowed the SDG to take control of the Zakurello Gate.
Professor Gerbera / Madnug
The Professor is second in command only to the General himself. He is science officer for the Dark Axis and responsible for all deploment of troops to other dimensions. In reality he is a Gundam from Neotopia's future. He was on a misson to explore outerspace when their was a malfunction. He was sent back in time and captured by the General.
Sanity Slippage: At first, while definitely not one of the goodguy's, he at least was sane enough to try and manipulate Captain. He almost pulled it off too, but after that. When he ran into Captain again he seemed to lose what little grip he had on reality.
The General is the leader of the Dark Axis. A terrifying figure, his subbordinates live in constant fear of his anger. His body damaged or incomplete, the General sends his forces throughout the dimensions to collect the needed material to finish repairing him... Gundanium.
A God Am I: Doesn't say it, but Kibaomaru likens him to a 'Mecha-deity'.
Captain Ersatz / Expy: Lets see, an evil giant space robot explicitly stated to be overwhelmingly powerful, has designs on omnicide while his allies think he's out for conquest...lets face it, General Zeong is basically The Anti-Monitor.
Or alternately, what happens when the Zeong and the Ideon had an abomination baby who happens to be Gundam's equivalent of The Devil.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: The moment he figures out that Shute's voice and positivity is increasing the Gundams' power, he takes measures to neutralize it.
Mythology Gag: The fact that they are made in Tallgeese's image is a reference to the fact OZ-06MS Leos are the mass-produced version of OZ-00MS Tallgeese... in spite of the fact that the Pawn Leos look nothing like Tallgeese...
Tallgeese once wished to become a Knight Gundam. However he didn't meet the required standards, mostly because he technically wasn't a Gundam at all. In his anger, he joined the Dark Axis and formed an alliance with Deathscythe to obtain enough power and prove he could be a Royal Knight. He enslaved the Sacred Griffin and helped to overthrow Lacroa.
Noble Demon: He could've been worse; he was admirable enough to earn a following from the Zako soldiers despite barely being affiliated with the Dark Axis and after learning Deathscythe tricked him and just used him, he turned his anger on him and sacrificed himself to free the Feather Dragon.
Deathscythe, Knight of Darkness / Deed, the Shining Knight
The one who is responsible for the fall of Lacroa. Once he was called Deed. One of the noble Knight Gundams of Lacroa. It turns out that over time he'd fallen in love with Princess Rele. It was his overwhelming desire for her that lead him to betray Lacroa. He believed that stealing magical power of the Sacred Beasts would make him human.
A magic sword Deathscythe gives to Tallgeese, Epyon will grant its wielder with the power of those it slays- but at a price. Anyone who uses the sword will eventually be possesed by it and turned into the Berserker Epyon, a vicious killer with an obsession for devouring his opponents.
A group of five Knight Gundams who serve the Royal Family. Besides Zero, their ranks include Rock the Desert Knight, Battle the Blazing Knight, Nataku the Bronze Knight, and Deed the Icy Knight. While Zero was sent to the other dimension by Princess Rele, they stayed behind to fight against the Dark Axis. We learn later that while Deed played both sides as Deathscythe, Rock, Battol and Nataku were sacrificed to the General.
Originally know as Kujakumaru. Ashuramaru once got into a fight with Bakunetsumaru. When Baku had defeated him he was supposed to kill him but couldn't bring himself to do so. This sent Kujakumaru over the edge and would be the reason for him to betray Ark by joining Kibaomaru.
That Man Is Dead: When he first meets Bakunetsumaru in Neotopia, he makes it quite clear that the name Kujakumaru no longer has any meaning for him. However, that doesn't stop Bakunetsumaru from referring to him as such when they reconcile.
The Castle Conquerer of the land of Ark. He is one of Kibaomaru's best ninja Gundams. That is, until his record is broken by the Gundam Force. After many failed attempts to finish his assigned tasks he is banished by Kibaomaru. When he attempts suicide Genikmaru stops him and invites him to join his Genki Energy Force, he eventually agrees.
Artificial Limbs: His armor has an artificial tail anyway. Which he puts to good use later in the show.
A mysterious Musha Gundam with strange spacial abilities, the Dai-Shogun first appears in Neotopia in order to insure that Bakunetsumaru and Ashuramaru are allowed to duel without interference. His identity is a mystery to everyone, as according to Cobramaru Ark currently has no Dai-Shogun. Yet. It's hinted near the end that the Dai-Shogun is Genkimaru, all grown up.
Time Travel: According to the Zako Zako Hour, he's a time traveler.
Warlord of the land of Ark. He joined the Dark Axis in the hope that they would help in his conquest. However he is still an honorable Musha Gundam who follows the Mush code the way he knows how. In the end it's descovered that he and Genkimaru are family. He and Genki eventually reconcile there differences.
A bratty kid Musha Gundam with the power to make holes in space and a serious grudge against Kibaomaru. He's Kibaomaru's SON, but manages to reconcile with him at the end of the series. He ends up becoming the Dai-Shogun of Perfect Virtue and goes back in time to aid... very subtly... the Gundam Force.
Verbal Tic: In the US dub only, they also go 'Busshi'
Four elite Musha Gundams who protect Kibaomaru's castle, the Kibao Hoard's membership is Bakuhamaru the Undefeated, Mokinmaru the Sword of Raven, Kijumaru the Battle Beast, and Haganemaru, the Iron Sphere.
Cobramaru's fellow ninja, all under the employ of Kibaomaru. On their lord's orders, they attempt to assasinate Buritenmaru, but are stopped and destroyed by Bakunetsumaru, wearing the Armor of Bakushin.
One of the ultimate weapons of the Land of Ark. Mush Daishinsho can only be commanded by the Dai-Shogun. In a sense he is the weapon that only the next Dai-Shogun may wield. Once the next Dai-Shogun is found he transforms into The Ship of The Golden Crest.
BFS: The Dairyogoku Sword, about four times his height.
Expy/Composite Character: Somewhat resembles Devil Gundam's MF mode, but is based on the hyper modes of Shining Gundam and Kowloon Gundam.
Sealed Evil in a Can: Was originally locked up in the moving castle Tenchijo because of how destructive he is. Only the Dai-Shogun can control him.
Transforming Mecha: He transforms into The Ship of The Golden Crest and the Dai-Shoguns armor.
People of Neotopia
Shute's family (Nana, Keiko, and Mark)
Shute's has a mother a father and his little sister Nana. At first they are unaware of Shute and the Captain's activites. When they do find out they'er very supportive of him. Perhaps SOME more than others...
Action Mom: Keiko may carry Nana everywhere she goes, but don't think for a minute that makes her useless.
Disappeared Dad: Mark is alive and well, but spends so much time in his studio writing songs Or does he? that he has the least screen time out of any character.
Sayla loves to makes cakes for people. And that's just about all she's good for. Zero calls her Princess Sayla becuase he says she looks so much like his own princess. Dispite the fact that they look nothing alike.
Mayor Margaret is the top official of Neotopia and knows of the SDG. She was in charge of making sure the citizens didn't find out about the war. When the Dark Axis launched their large-scale offensive, she was forced to come clean.