A young boy from the Moonrace who was on a mission to scout Earth, along with Keith and Fran Doll. The three split up to explore, and Loran was first attacked by wolves, to be saved by the local lord, then nearly drowned before being saved by Kihel and Sochie Heim, daughters of a prominent local family. After being hired as a driver and mechanic by the household, Loran acclimates to Earth living and concludes that it is time for the Moonrace to return. The Moonrace coincidentally does come back while Loran is participating in a coming-of-age ceremony (while nude, incidentally), but they attack Nocis City and Vicinity Town immediately. This awakens the "White Doll" statue on the moutain—which turns out to be a mobile suit of immense power, the Turn A Gundam.
Dark-Skinned Blonde: One explanation is that this is a manifestation of a genetic condition, and that he has a weaker physical condition than normal - although he seems to have done away with it after spending time on Earth.
David Versus Goliath: When he sorties the Turn A against the massive WaDoms. And then we see a hint of the Turn A's true capabilities when he grabs one in one hand and flips it over. Turns out the Turn A is the Goliath in every fight.
Determinator: In ep 26, Loran attempts to stop Corin Nander from destroying a Turn-A-looking float by outrunning his mecha, on foot.
Going Native: Becomes very close to people on Earth and winds up as their Ace Pilot against Dianna Counter's forces.
Hand or Object Underwear: The toy fish he was wearing on a string around his neck, when he first discovers the White Doll.
The Heart: He spends a lot of time trying to convince people not to fight.
The Hero: He sheds his naivete without hardening it into cynicism, instead remaining idealistic and encouraging diplomatic and peaceful efforts whenever he can, which helps Dianna and Kihel bring the two sides together.
Mundane Utility: He uses his Gundam for all sorts of non-combat purposes, like transporting livestock or using its arms and shoulders to stand in for a destroyed bridge. Probably the most famous instance is his use of the Gundam to do an industrial-sized load of hospital laundry.
Nice Guy: Loran is one of the most polite, good-natured, caring, and easygoing main characters in the Gundam franchise. And unlike certain other pilots, absolutely none of it is an act.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: At the beginning. He just goes along with what he's ordered (from both Guin and Dianna Counter) because he assumes the leaders are acting in completely good faith. He wises up after a while, though he remains an idealist.
The Leader of the Moonrace. Once scouts determine that the Earth is livable again, she brings her forces to Earth to recolonize it, a goal that turns out to be far more dangerous and complicated than she thought. Over the course of the story, she re-evaluates her intentions and duty.
Airplane Arms: Now and again—she does an airplane walk soon after her arrival on Earth, and a full-tilt one while disguised as Kihel.
Beware the Nice Ones: She may be kind, friendly, and genuinely desire peace, but she's not afraid to summarily declare someone guilty of treason and then pick up a rifle to carry out the sentence herself.
Big Good: She eventually grows into this as a result of her experiences.
Brought Down to Normal: The episodes she spends under Kihel Heim's identity. She gains new insight about the people who live on Earth and grows quite frustrated with having lost the ability to do anything until she manages to switch back.
She ends the series this way, too, settling on Earth and passing her identity to Kihel.
Character Development: She comes to realize that trying to force the Earthrace to accept colonization by the Moonrace was a bad idea and searches for a more conciliatory avenue of resettlement.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's no figurehead; Dianna Counter is her personal army and recolonization has been her dearest wish for a few centuries now. She also laments the significant amount of paperwork involved in queening as well.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: Late in the series, she tells Kihel that she'd like to live out the rest of her natural lifespan and pass away.
Woman in White: Though it's a military-style uniform rather than the more traditional dress.
The leader of Queen Dianna's Royal Guard, easily recognizable by his mask-like red sunglasses. He's an expert pilot, unfailingly loyal to his Queen, and very sharp. He's quick to react to any insult to Dianna, but outside of that he's clear-headed and able to work with the enemy at need.
Ace Pilot: He's known for being the pilot of the gold SUMO.
Badass: The only other mobile suit pilot besides Loran who is never defeated until he faces off against Gym Gingnham's Turn X. While on the moon, Harry single-handedly defeats six cutting-edge Mutuwoo mobile suits simultaneously while piloting his gold SUMO.
Berserk Button: People betraying, threatening, and/or harming Dianna. Pretty understandable since he's one of her Royal Guard.
Enemy Mine: A hazy example in Episode 22, where he temporarily aids the Militia with his gold SUMO because Poe's squad is attacking an excavation site full of Moonrace technicians and the real Queen Dianna.
Paper-Thin Disguise: He poses as an ordinary technician by wearing plain glasses (and tacky clothing) in episode 22. It's sufficient to make Loran and Queen Dianna not realize who he is.
Roaring Rampageof Revenge: After Midgard takes Dianna into space without Harry, despite his desperate efforts to reach them before take-off, he curses Midgard's name and vows to kill him if he dares to harm her. He makes good on this when Midgard tries to shoot Dianna in episode 44.
Serious Business: If you casually refer to Queen Dianna's ass in his presence, you will regret it.
Dianna's Chancellor and the man in charge of the cryogenic stasis chambers that house ten million of the Moonrace. While Dianna is pursuing her agenda on Earth, Agrippa declares military law and gradually takes control of the Moon.
Big Bad Wannabe: Trying to be king of the Moon seldom works out very well when you're so hopelessly, hilariously outclassed by your enemies and subordinates.
Chekhov's Gunman: He's namedropped early on as being part of a faction opposed to Dianna's wish to recolonize Earth, but he doesn't appear onscreen until much later.
Hoist by His Own Petard: He gives the Ghingnham faction free reign to stop Dianna and keep the Earthrace off the moon. They proceed to pick fights in the worst possible places, including the Palace grounds where Agrippa himself is in danger from them.
Killed Off for Real: Midgard summarily executes him for bringing disorder and conflict to the Moon.
Knight Templar: He fears that Dianna's push to recolonize Earth will lead to a repeat of the devastating wars from the Dark History.
Meaningful Name: His family are the caretakers of the Moonrace's cryogenic stasis chambers.
The Man Behind the Curtain: He's built up as the shadowy, intimidating face of the Moonrace rebellion throughout the series, but when we actually meet him, he's an incompetent Smug Snake being transparently manipulated by the true Big Bad, Ghingnham.
Non-Action Guy: He's a politician, not a mobile suit pilot, hence why he decides to let the Ghingnham faction off its leash.
Personal Dictionary: As Dianna drily notes, 'people with violent tendencies' dovetails pretty much exactly with 'people I don't like'.
Smug Snake: He tries to take control of the Moon while Dianna is away, but he's outclassed by people like Lily and Gym.
Unwitting Pawn: To Gym, who uses Agrippa's ambitions to cement his own power-base on the Moon.
Utopia Justifies the Means: He wants to keep the Moon peaceful and free of conflict, so he intends to exile anyone with violent tendencies to Earth.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Tries for this, but fails the basic logic exam. He wants to keep the Moon safe by ejecting all warlike elements - unfortunately, he chose the Ghingnham faction to enforce this and defend his kingdom, and doesn't really have a concrete definition of what 'warlike elements' actually are.
A leader of one of the Moon's political factions. Gym Ghingnham has spent his life playing war games and is eager to put his talents to use in the war against the Earthrace. Although he initially wears a facade of cooperativeness, he is intent on pursuing his own agenda: wresting control from Dianna and becoming the warlord leader of the Moonrace. He discovers the Turn X Gundam and becomes its pilot to further this end.
And I Must Scream: He'll have all the time in the world to rethink his worldview, given that he is ultimately trapped in the Moonlight Butterfly cocoon...conscious and kept alive for all eternity.
Armchair Military: Along with the rest of his faction. Prior to the events of the series, he'd never been in a real battle, instead spending his time running war simulations in cold sleep. Paradoxically, this makes him and his friends even more dangerous - they see war as a fun game, rather than something with real and devastating consequences.
Ascended Fanboy: At heart, Gym is basically the worst kind of Gundam weeaboo, given a superpowered mobile suit with which to wreak havoc on the world.
Ax-Crazy: Most of the time he's a calculating but ruthless battle commander, but stepping into the Turn X brings out his proclivity for this.
Bad Boss: He tests the power of the Turn X by blasting several Mahiroos, and later kills Sweatson Sutero largely for getting in his way.
Blood Knight: He feels that human beings are naturally driven to fight, and that they have to engage in battle to evolve.
Covered with Scars: Supposedly as a result of his centuries of combat experience. Given that that was all simulated, though, they're either cosmetic or caused by improbably careless use of training equipment.
Cultured Badass: His family have long been warriors, and he considers his team to be superior by virtue of their birth.
Genre Savvy: Subverted. He points out that people who call out their lovers' names on the battlefield tend to die when Joseph takes him on and declares that he's fighting for Fran. But Loran and Fran rescue him before Gym can finish killing him.
Katanas Are Just Better: He constantly wears one and has a tendency to draw it whenever he's making a point. He also gives Loran one to duel with at the climax of the final episode. Ironically, Loran actually manages to break his own aged sword just before he gets cocooned.
Killed Mid-Sentence: Not exactly killed per se, but the cocoon fibers from the two Gundams interrupt him quite abruptly.
Large and in Charge: Gym physically towers over most other characters, and is one of the few visibly muscular characters in the series.
Large Ham: Oh yes. During one communication with Agrippa, he constantly undoes the other man's attempts to size down the giant projection of Gym's face. And as the series progresses, he only gets even more hammy.
‹bermensch: Wants to force the world to conform to his lunatic view of how reality works.
War for Fun and Profit: For Gym, it's all about fun which he never wants to see end. Tomino was sending a message here of how only someone who was a total psychopath would enjoy war so completely.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In episode 49, Gym kills his loyal subordinate Sweatson Sutor for interfering with his battle against the Turn A Gundam. In the final episode, Gym sternly warns his Merrybell that, despite raising her, he won't hesitate to kill her if she also interferes.
An agent of the Moonrace. She's first encountered as Will Game's girlfriend and works by maneuvering the people around her (particularly men) or plain force, and holds a burning grudge against Queen Dianna.
Bare Your Midriff: Favors a low-cut blouse that exposes her bellybutton as part of her Vamp routine.
The Starscream: He grows dissatisfied with Dianna's handling of the invasion and mutinies against her.
Voice Actor: Yumiko Nakanishi
A lieutenant in Dianna Counter and Phil's immediate subordinate; she is irritated when the Earthrace puts up more resistance than expected. She is tasked with defeating the White Doll at first, which proves to be no easy task.
Action Girl: It's just bad luck that her assignment is to stop the most powerful mobile suit ever built.
Bifauxnen: She has a very short haircut and her uniform is kind of baggy (she's never seen out of it, either).
Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: For the first portion of the series, she's constantly being outdone by the Gundam or ordered to retreat when she doesn't want to.
Not So Stoic: She's a professional soldier and a hardass to her subordinates, but takes her failures very personally. The fact that there's an entire episode titled "Crybaby Poe" is probably the most clear indicator of this.
Not Worth Killing: She regards the Earthrace's militia as annoying barbarians and is very disgruntled about having to swat aside their biplanes, until they start using mobile dolls in greater force.
Subordinate Excuse: Part of the reason she rebels against Dianna is Phil's promise that she will be Queen of the Moon beside him.
Unknown Rival: She develops a personal grudge against the Turn A for continually evading her, but for Loran's part it's just another Moonrace machine he needs to stop.
The Red Team
The Red Team are a group of mobile suit pilots whose ancestors were sent to Earth in generations past to prepare for its recolonization. They view the moon and Dianna with a religious reverence, but they're disdained by Dianna Counter for time they've lived on Earth and their unruly way of fighting .
A convict and dangerously skilled pilot who is brought to Earth by Dianna Counter in order to counteract the White Doll. He is by far the oldest character (chronologically) in the show, being well over 2000, but due to brain damage caused by centuries of being frozen he's unstable and childish, and obsessed with putting a stop to the White Doll, which he calls the "Gundam", a name he remembers from his days as a soldier of the OZ organization.
Pet the Dog: The way he treats the children at the festival after becoming a monk.
Psychopathic Manchild: Apparently it's a side effect of being cold-imprisoned for so long. While his mind was still awake. He eventually shakes it off, ultimately and pointedly forcing Miashei and Sochie to stay well away from the Turns by stealing their Kapools.
The second member of the Moonrace scout team sent to the Earth. She finds a job at a printing press and moves onto journalism from there. She's instrumental in publicizing Loran as "Laura Rolla," but her photographs and articles become problematic for the Luizianna and Inglessa governments as the war goes on.
Beta Couple: With Joseph. Not that there's much of an Official Couple, but they quietly get together while Sochie is tsunning at Loran and Loran is dedicating himself to Dianna.
Bifauxnen: She has a very short haircut and wears a tie and trousers in a pre-WWI era of technology, when most women wear skirts.
Heroic BSOD: When she learns that the Luzianna newspapers are taking her war articles and suppressing them so that people will think the negotiations are working.
Hot Scoop: Averted; her character design is basically that of a newsboy from the turn of the 20th century.
Intrepid Reporter: She ends up on the frontlines in her effort to report on the war and continues taking pictures in every circumstance, even when she's practically in the crossfire of mobile suit battles on the Moon.
Nerves of Steel: At one point, she pulls a Big Damn Heroes for a woman by diving in front of a WaD and threatening the pilot with her camera, warning them that she'll publicize their atrocities if they fire. And the Borjanon backs down.
The third member of the scout team sent from the Moon. Keith becomes a baker and has absolutely no interest in fighting whatsoever, but the necessity for provisions makes his business a huge success as he sells his bread to both factions.
Action Survivor: Ends up becoming this thanks to the conflict between the Earthrace and Moonrace.
Actual Pacifist: By selling bread to both sides, he hopes to (and succeeds in) creating a neutral area around his business that neither side will fight in.
Bread Dealer: He's accused of being a war profiteer for selling to both Militias and Dianna Counter, although he sees it as just feeding people and supporting his new family.
Going Native: Probably the most out of himself, Loran, and Fran. He even sells the FLAT that they arrived in to the Militia.
I Just Want to Be Normal: He really has no interest in the war, except that it interferes with his desire to settle down and bake bread for the rest of his life.
Non-Action Guy: He refuses to take up arms for either side and would rather retreat and rebuild than fight.
Bruno & Jacop
Voice Actor: Kazunari Tanaka and Hidenari Ugaki
A pair of soldiers sent to assist Corin Nander. Although troublesome, they really aren't all that threatening—they're more afraid of their boss than anything else and most of their plans end up derailed until they end up on the Militia side largely by accident and become bridge pilots on the Gallop and then Willgame.
Those Two Guys: They're almost always around somewhere after they're introduced, but never have a huge impact on the plot.
Voice Actor: Kenichi Sakaguchi
A descendant of a Moonrace man who lived or rather, was exiled on Earth. Although he's got a house and a farm of his own, he dreams of living on the moon and will do anything to get there, no matter how dangerous.
Adventurer Archaeologist: When we meet him, he's digging through the Mountain Cycles for evidence of the legends surrounding his grandfather.
Identical Grandson: The only visual difference between him and the first Will Game is clothing.
I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Dianna feels this way about his grandfather and does everything she can to keep him alive, but he eventually dies in battle against Loran.
Sochie is the headstrong and somewhat tomboyish younger daughter of the Heim family. She's training as an airplane pilot for the Militia when the war begins and develops a hatred towards all of the Moonrace for killing her father and driving her mother insane. She becomes a Kapool pilot and is eager to rush into battle regardless of the odds.
Action Girl: Admittedly, she's almost a Faux Action Girl with how often her Kapool is batted aside, but every pilot in the militia besides Loran has that problem for a huge part of the show thanks to the technology gulf between the two sides.
Armor-Piercing Slap: When she discovers that Loran is of the Moonrace. Later, she receives one of her own from Dianna (posing as Kihel) for mistreating Loran out of prejudice and selfishness when he's never been anything but loyal.
Big Sister Instinct: Even though she's the younger of the two, she tries her best to help Kihel when she's in danger. She eventually extends this to Dianna, saying that she might as well since they're basically the same person.
Bittersweet Ending: Everyone who survives ends up with their romantic interest, living a happy life. Sochie, meanwhile, has lost her fiancee, leaves the militia to look after her mother (who may or may not still be insane), and becomes a Secret Keeper for her beloved sister taking Dianna's place permanently and living on the Moon while Loran and Dianna move away. She might be able to contact them, but she's pretty unhappy with the situation.
Fantastic Racism: She hates the Moonrace for killing her father and struggles with her antipathy for a long time. She's also distrustful over Earth-based foreigners like the Louisianans.
Hot-Blooded: There are few situations where she's reluctant to fight.
Leeroy Jenkins: She routinely tries to take on WaDoms, FLATs, and the like with her Kapool in the beginning. She starts to calm down after a while, when she sees that her rash actions have dangerous consequences for her allies.
Noble Bigot: As she meets more people of the Moonrace and sees that they're mostly regular people trying to make a life for themselves, her hatred of them gradually lessens. Particularly through her acquaintance with Loran and Dianna, although she didn't know their origins to start with.
The Ojou: Although she's more tomboyish than her older sister, she's still a wealthy man's daughter.
Patriotic Fervor: Despite all evidence to the contrary she believes Inglessa can hold its own against the Moonrace.
Pink Means Feminine: Her pilot gear is not entirely pink, but has plenty of pink in it. She starts wearing more as the show goes on, and especially in the ending.
Plucky Girl: She gets sent flying dozens of times in her Kapool, but it doesn't dampen her urge to rush into battle.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: She's the red oni to Miashei's blue—in fact, her reckless tendencies lead to Miashei being seriously injured and hospitalized at one point.
The Heim family's older daughter. Although more feminine than Sochie, she still resists the idea of becoming a lady of society and instead wants to go out into the world to do something useful. Her striking resemblance to Queen Dianna is noticed early on. When they switch clothing on a whim, it sets in motion a complicated series of events that changes both of them.
Becoming the Mask: She and Dianna's personas become increasingly similar over the course of the series. In the end they exchange places for good, and Kihel becomes Queen of the Moon.
Girl Friday: She works as Guin's secretary for a while, assisting in the initial negotiations between Inglessa and the Moonrace.
Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's very recently an adult in society, idealistic, and generally wants to do good things in society. When she lands in Dianna's position, she does everything she can to avert battles and promote peaceful policy.
Out-of-Character Alert: When she uses her disguise as Dianna to declare that the Moonrace will not forcibly occupy the Sunbelt and instead continue negotiation, Harry Ord subtly informs her that he knows she isn't the real Dianna.
Prince and Pauper: She has to act as Dianna for a number of episodes after they switch on a whim and get separated before they can switch back. She does quite well under the circumstances.
Silk Hiding Steel: She's able to pass herself off as Queen Dianna and uses her position to try and stall the Moonrace occupation of Earth.
Also, though she isn't much of a fighter, she does manage to fend off Teteth Halleh's assassination attempt long enough for her bodyguards to arrive.
Spanner in the Works: For Dianna Counter, while she is disguised as Dianna. Some of her decisions are the complete opposite of what Dianna's advisers and officers expect. This contributes to their mutiny against the real Dianna later.
Spoiled Sweet: Was raised in a very wealthy family, but she's kind-hearted and wants a job that will benefit society.
Voice Actor: Noriko Kitou
The daughter of Nataram Kune, the Militia's biplane expert. Miashei is Sochie's best friend and becomes a Kapool pilot alongside her when the Militia digs up their own mobile dolls. Although she's plenty eager to fight, she has a much cooler head.
Bash Sisters: With Sochie, although their Kapools are frequently the ones on the receiving end of the bashing.
Dark-Skinned Blond: Fits the trope even better than Loran due to actually having very light blond hair. We briefly see her father, who seems to be white, which implies Miashei is biracial, though we never see her mother for confirmation.
Grand Theft Prototype: Attempts this on a Moonrace mobile suit early on, although she ultimately fails—and it wouldn't have done much good anyway as it was a construction model.
Wrench Wench: Is a skilled airplane mechanic, like her father.
Voice Actor: Setsuji Satoh
Sid Munzer's assistant. Joseph was born in Adeska and retains a few accouterments of that in his appearance. He helps to train Militia pilots in the use of mobile dolls and often wears a stern expression, although he's a good-natured fellow at heart.
The ruler of Inglessa and heir to Bostonia Castle. Guin made a great deal of money off of mining and technology, and had managed to contact the Moonrace before the series began. Although things didn't go how he wished, his political savvy and intelligence keeps things from turning into a conquest by the Moonrace. He also has strong influence with the Militia, although he's not in complete control over their course of action.
Anti-Villain: Not evil, but his desire to lead the next technological revolution pushes him down the wrong path.
Combat Pragmatist: Not as a fighter, but as a strategist and tactician. He's willing to fake a hostage situation and gives Loran a time limit on trying his more pacifistic approach before opening up with the big guns.
Straight Gay (maybe): Can't blame the guy. Loran looks hot in a dress.
The Strategist: For the Nocis militia, if they're listening to him that day.
Skewed Priorities: He tries to plot out his larger strategy for rebuilding Inglessa's arms and power base while the ship he's on is plummeting from the sky. Colonel Michael promptly stops following his orders.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He decides to push the progress of an industrial revolution that he's dreamed of by taking over the world.
Walking the Earth: He ends the series this way, fleeing from the consequences of his actions with Merrybell as a traveling companion.
Colonel Michael Gern
Voice Actor: Tetsuo Kaneo
The leader of Inglessa's militia. Michael is a career soldier who has to quickly adapt to the giant technology gap between the Militia and Dianna Counter. His loyalty, first and foremost, is to Inglessa and the Earthrace as a whole and he'll do whatever he feels necessary for that end.
The daughter of Luzianna's ruler, and supposed fiancee of Guin Sard Lineford. Lily steps into the mess that is the Militia-Dianna Counter conflict after the razing of Nocis, when Guin asks her to be a spy for him during negotiations. Although she's playful and sometimes petty, she has a keen sense for politics and remains involved for the rest of the series.
The leader of the Suicide Squad, the of Ace Pilots of the Luzianna militia. Gavan is eager to show his prowess in battle, but he's a skilled soldier and pilot. He's very impressed by Sochie and begins courting her almost as soon as they meet.
Ace Custom: Sort of. Rather than being a machine built for him, he picked it because it looked different from the other excavated Borjanons. Amusingly, that's because it's the older, inferior Zaku Mk.I, as opposed to the Mk.II.