Monster: Gundam

"Gihren is a despot trying to exterminate the very source of life that has supported and nurtured him. We, of the Federation, shall never comprehend the monstrosity of his actions."
General Johann Ibrahim Revil, about Prince Gihren Zabi, from the "Zeon is Exhausted" speech, Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation

The various Gundam series have a habit of trying to show war in various shades of gray, and as a result, most villains (if they can even be called that) are tempered with sympathetic human qualities. However, there are still exceptions to the rule.

Universal Century

After Colony

After War

  • After War Gundam X: Seidel Rasso is the leader of the Space Revolutionary Army. In the aftermath of a war that nearly wiped out humanity, Rasso became the leader of the twelve million people living on the colony of Cloud 9. Turning it into a police state, Rasso suppressed all dissent, and preached a Master Race philosophy, founded on the notion that since Newtypes could only be born in space, the colonists, rather than the people of Earth, should control the destiny of the human race. Knowing this to be false, Rasso also kept all information about Newtypes on Earth quiet, while gearing up for another war. Destroying the rebellious colony of Satelicon, including its largely civilian population, with photon torpedoes in order to consolidate his power, Rasso had his right-hand man, Nichola, arrested and summarily executed for suggesting peace talks with the New Earth Federation, and tried to use a Kill Sat to exterminate those humans remaining on Earth. When the supercomputer DOME revealed that Newtypes were really no different from the rest of humanity, Rasso refused to accept it, even as his archenemy (and ardent Newtype hater) Fixx Bloodman of the NEF reconsidered his own position. Pushing his own lies to the end, Rasso's last act was to violate a ceasefire between himself and Bloodman, ranting about how Oldtypes like the NEF president were all scum who deserved to die.

Correct Century

Cosmic Era

Anno Domini

  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00:
    • Ribbons Almark is a smug, unbelievably arrogant artificial human who views himself and his fellow "Innovators" as a Superior Species destined to rule over humanity. Setting himself up as a messianic figure (while harbouring even greater delusions of grandeur), Ribbons takes control of the United Earth Federation after betraying Alejandro Corner (who genuinely liked him) and arranging for the death of Aeolia Schenburg, his creator. Almost all of the atrocities that Ali Al-Saachez commits—razing Azadistan, murdering the Trinity siblings (whom Ribbons genegeneered in the first place), attempting to kill all the members of Celestial Being—were done on Ribbons's orders, and once he's ruler of the world, he really comes into his own, ruthlessly manipulating Louise Halevy (a horribly unstable Dark Action Girl) into becoming his pawn, forcing Manchurian Agent Anew Returner into a battle to the death with her Love Interest, using the A-Laws to crush anyone who gets in his way, and utilizing a Kill Sat to murder thousands of people. He do this because it's his way of stroking his own inflated ego. In general he's less a character and more a superiority complex that walks like a man.
    • Ali Al-Saachez, who serves as Almark's top henchman, exists solely to make the world a much worse place. A sociopathic Blood Knight, Ali is a self-admitted Psycho for Hire who flat out states that he's "the worst kind of person there is," Ali will do anything if the pay is right. He raised an army of Child Soldiers while in Krugis, convincing them that every act of terrorism they committed (including murdering their own parents) was being done in the name of God-a God that Ali does not believe in; he was in it for the money. During the course of the show he proceeds to kill off a sizeable number of characters, including Lockon I, supposed allies Michael and Johan Trinity, and Kinue Crossroad, singlehandedly burn down a country, and aid an Ancient Conspiracy in a successful bid to Take Over the World. He even goes out a bastard, dying while trying to backstab a man who had just spared his life. Ali is inordinately proud of his worst acts and brags about them whenever he has a captive audience ("See that kid? Somebody kidnapped him, raped his mind, and turned him into a child soldier." That someone, was me!"); it says a lot about his character that he actually finds empathy disgusting.

Advanced Generation

  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Desil Galette is what happens when you take the Enfante Terrible and Kids Are Cruel tropes and turn them Up to Eleven. A seven-year old Sociopathic Soldier and Vagan Ace Pilot when first introduced, the psychotic Decil sees war as a game, and his victims as nothing more than expendable toys. As the pilot of the Zedas, he spearheads genocidal attacks on colonies, and is implied to be the one who orphaned Yurin LíCiel. He subsequently hijacks the AGE-1, and tests out its capabilities by butchering his own allies. He later captures Yurin, puts her inside of a remote-controlled mobile suit, and forces her to attack her Love Interest, Flit. When Yurin tries to fight off his control, Decil kills her, while laughing about how she was "just a plaything." Thatís all in the First Generation. By the Second Generation, heís thirty-three years old and has, if anything, gotten worse. Deeply resentful of his younger brother Zeheart for having been promoted past him, he takes more and more insane risks. This ultimately leads to his getting most of the Magicians Eight killed as a part of a grudge match against Flit and murdering Flit's friend, and Flit's son Asemu's mentor, Woolf. It gets to the point where Zeheart, realizing what his brother has become, leaves Decil to die at Asemuís hands in the aftermath of a losing battle.