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
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Prince Gihren Zabi is the eldest son of the Zabi family, de facto dictator of the Principality of Zeon, and the franchise's original CM. A cold, Machiavellian personality who fully believes that Despotism Justifies the Means, Gihren doesn't care about anyone's lives, including those of his own family members, and is willing to do anything to achieve World Domination. He takes being compared to Adolf Hitler as a compliment, turns his little brother's funeral into a political rally while the rest of his family looks on in horror, preaches a Master Race philosophy (that he doesn't buy into himself), uses a Colony Drop to exterminate vast swathes of earth's population, deploys chemical weapons against the very colonies he claims to be liberating, and later Wave Motion Guns his own father and General Revil into oblivion just so they won't reach an armistice, never displaying any emotions beyond self-satisfaction and contempt. When his sister Kycilia (no angel herself) confronts him about what he's done, Gihren's sneeringly offhanded disregard for her anger cements his status as an utterly hollow psychopath. Had he won, he admits that he would have reduced the earth's population to less than a billion and kept it that way so that they could never rise up against him. Sidestories like The 08th MS Team and The Plot To Assassinate Gihren only add to his list of crimes—he was The Man Behind the Man to Mad Scientist Ginias Sahalin and his Apsalus Project, and arranged (through his secretary, Cecilia Irene) two elaborate false assassination plots with himself as the supposed victim in order to frame Kycilia and garner public support for clamping down on his political opposition. When Det. David Schiller became an Unwitting Pawn in one of these schemes, he was rewarded by seeing his entire family (members of the anti-Zabi faction) imprisoned or executed. Decades after his introduction, Gihren, who only cares about himself, remains the standard to which Gundam's other monsters aspire to.
- Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket: While this first Gundam OVA is notable for Grey and Gray Morality, there is no such morality for the smug Colonel Killing, the Big Bad high-ranking Gihren loyalist (and Gihren expy) who took part in Operation Rubicon. He deliberately sabotaged Operation Rubicon (which revolved around stealing or destroying the new Alex Gundam), causing the death of the whole Cyclops Team (only New Meat Bernard Wiseman survived, and only because he got lucky); he did that just to give his superiors an excuse to destroy the civilian colony of Side 6 with nuclear weapons. He's also a firm believer in We Have Reserves, Klingon Promotion and There Is No Kill Like Overkill. When his commander overrides the order to destroy Side 6, Killing shoots him dead and usurps control of the operation, orders the nukes launched, and prompts Bernie's suicidal attack on the Gundam Alex in the hopes of heading off the strike. While the attack fails thanks to a timely intervention of the Earth Federation forces, all the suffering the protagonists of this miniseries go through can ultimately be traced back to him.
- Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: The Titans were a haven for terrible people of all kinds, but none quite as bad as these two:
- Yazan Gable, a thuggish misogynist known for his catchphrase "Iím gonna violate you!", is an adrenaline junkie who freely admits that the whole reason he joined the Titans was so that he could satisfy his bloodlust by legally killing members of the Anti Earth Union Group (AEUG). He has no interest in the rules of warfare, murders solely because he is good at it, and gladly participates in the Grenada Colony Drop, which would have killed thousands of civilians, seeing it as an opportunity to shoot down anyone who tries to defend Grenada. When his superior officer, Jamaican Danigan, tries to stop Yazan from fighting a pointless battle, Yazan arranges for Jamaican and several members of the Alexandria's bridge crew to die at the hands of AEUG ace Emma Sheen. He later betrays the leaders of the Titans Jamitov Hymem and Bask Om to Paptimus Scirocco because he believes that Scirocco is stronger than they are, and in the finale goes on an epic killing spree that results in the deaths of Katz Kobayashi, Henken Bekkener, the entire crew of the Radish, Emma Sheen and his own teammate Reccoa Londe, whom he kills alongside Emma. He's consistently characterised as a feral predator rather than human being, and it's worth noting that he was likely the inspiration for fellow Gumdam CMs Rakan Dahkaran, Ali Al-Saachez and Desil Galette. In a show full of people with psychic powers, he does all of thisjust by the sheer force of his evil.
- The second-in-command of the Titans, Bask Om, has a background of being horrifically tortured during the last war, yet this still doesn't come close to justifying his brutality or making him seem any more sympathetic a character (especially given that the excuse is only touched on in side materials and never mentioned in-show). He beats the tar out of Captain Bright for opposing to his orders (leading to the latter's defection), then has Kamille Bidan's mother, Hilda, put in a capsule in outer space without a spacesuit in order to retrieve the Gundams stolen by the AEUG, and orders one of his men to shoot at it, after telling the man in question that it's a bomb, leading to her horrendous and heart-wrenching death. If that weren't bad enough, he subsequently orders two massive colony gassings. He is also the man responsible for the Titans' brutal treatment of the colonies in the first place, favouring the seizure and murder of hostages to get people to go along with his plans, and being a major proponent of the use of Cyber-Newtypes, teenage super soldiers created through Mind Rape and a cocktail of Psycho Serum. Jerid Messa, Gady Kinsey, and Big Bad Paptimus Scirocco all find him thoroughly distasteful, and it's one of the Titans, former Cool Big Sis Reccoa Londe, who finally kills him in the end.
- Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ: While Lighter and Softer than MSG or Zeta, it still had its share of terrible people:
- Axis-Zeon Ace Pilot Rakan Dahkaran, an expy of Zeta's Yazan Gable, is, like his inspiration, a brutal, nigh-unkillable Blood Knight with a tenuous grasp of personal loyalty, albeit with some actual command talent thrown in. Cold-blooded and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, Rakan has no qualms about harming civilians. This is best demonstrated in Episode 35, where he impassively guns down hospital ships and evacuation craft fleeing the Dublin Colony Drop, and destroys roads and bridges in order to make sure that nobody escapes the blast radius. He kills longtime Gundam veteran Hayato Kobayashi when the latter tries to stop him, and following his defection from Haman's forces willingly kills many of his old comrades, including Anti-Villain Mashmyre Cello and Royal Guardsman, Lance, before being stopped by Judau. Axis's go-to guy for the dirtiest of jobs, Rakan proves that in the end, his only loyalty is to himself.
- While the anime version of Glemmy Toto had enough redeeming traits to keep him off this list, the same cannot be said for his manga counterpart, a vicious Smug Snake and Starscream who is bad news from his first appearance to his last. Coldly manipulating Puru, an unstable child soldier into doing his killing for him, Glemmy keeps a small army of brainwashed clones of her as backup for when she inevitably dies on him. He burns down a village to draw out Judau Ashta, has a defecting Puru killed by her Evil Twin Puru-2, and eventually betrays Haman Khan, triggering a devastating Enemy Civil War in the process, as he aims to make himself the dictatorial ruler of both Earth and the colonies, unleashing his entire clone army in the process. Idolising the franchiseís original CM, Gihren Zabi, Glemmy promises to be every bit as brutal a tyrant as he was, and betrays no concern at all for the dozens of little girls who are dying to make his dream a reality.
- Mobile Suit Victory Gundam: Fonse Kagatie, the elderly Prime Minister of the Zanscare Empire, cynically exploited the messianic psychic Maria Armonia's harmless pacifist cult to create a brutal military dictatorship, with Maria as his powerless figurehead. As the de facto ruler of Zanscare, he was responsible for green-lighting all of its atrocities, which included the mass execution of dissidents by guillotine, burning entire towns to flush out the League Militaire, and genocide by giant motorbike). His worst act was creating and deploying the Angel Halo. The Final Solution to Zanscare's war with the Earth Federation, the Halo was a psychic Doomsday Device designed to wipe out all intelligent life on Earth via Mind Rape, allowing Kagatie's empire to move in and take the planet unopposed. The power source was Maria (later replaced by her eleven-year-old daughter) and thousands of her followers, whom he tricked into believing that they were broadcasting messages of peace and goodwill rather than orchestrating a total planetary genocide. This also meant that they served as human shields for the Halo, ensuring that every bit of damage it took was measured in innocent lives.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: While perhaps the lightest work of the series, that can't be said about the Romefeller Foundation's Chief Engineer, Ken Tsubarov. A loud, abrasive jerkass, with No Indoor Voice and a Hair-Trigger Temper, Tsubarov eventually reveals himself as a Blood Knight by proxy who enjoys watching his Mobile Dolls slaughter enemy soldiers, supporting Duke Dermail in the hopes that the latter will trigger an enormous war for his Dolls to show off their skills. When Lady Une, a major supporter of his project, reveals that she likes the automated Mobile Dolls because they will cut down on human casualties, Tsubarov turns on her, as he wants his Dolls to have the chance to kill people, and plenty of them. When the White Fang rebellion reaches the colonies, Tsubarov betrays Une, seizes control of the colonies, attempts to murder the captive Gundam pilots by cutting off their oxygen, and guns Une down when she tries to interfere. He proceeds to improve his Dolls, and begins construction of the Kill Sat/Battlestar Libra for his boss. When the rebels come for him, Tsubarov finally snaps, undergoes a huge Villainous Breakdown, and turns his Dolls loose on the civillian population, ranting like a madman the entire time about how, through them, he will achieve invincibility.
- Gundam Wing G Unit: This Spin-Off novel brings us Dr. Berg, a mad scientist suffering from a terminal case of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. He is willing to betray and murder in order to complete his research and create the most powerful Gundams ever, as he takes pride and joy in inventing newer and newer ways for humans to kill each other. He has no regard at all for human lives and only considers people as guinea pigs for him to toy with. It is also revealed later on that he arranged for the death of Dr. Burnett and his wife, the parents of series protagonists Odin and Odel, in order to divert fundings from their research to his own weapon manufacturing; this sends Odel, who is normally The Stoic, into an Unstoppable Rage and drives him to kill Berg. Unfortunately, Berg initiates a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum and activates his Grand Shirio's doomsday program to destroy the colonies and drop itself on Earth to pollute it with its nuclear engines.
- 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.
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: The sociopathic Muruta Azrael, the Nazi-like leader of the terrorist organization Blue Cosmos, wants to kill all Coordinators (people created via genetic engineering) by any means necessary and takes unholy delight in their wholesale slaughter, making Rau Le Creuset seem sympathetic . He's also misogynistic, childish, smug, arrogant, condescending, and enthusiastically psychotic. He believes entirely that his subordinates are expendable and willingly sacrifices millions of them just to see all the Coordinators burn. A Sore Loser and a raging hypocrite who uses drugs and brainwashing to turn children into Tykebomb Super Soldiers (referred to as the Extended), while claiming that genetic engineering is a sin (it's heavily implied that this is a case of Driven by Envy), Azrael is also The Man Behind the Man to both the Atlantic Federation and the Earth Alliance Forces, whom he manages to corrupt with his Fantastic Racism, and goes out of his way to make sure that neutral nations are coopted or destroyed. Having started the war by launching a nuclear assault on the Coordinator homeland, Azrael hopes to end it the same way, and is willing to blow up his own men to do it. His sole motivation is that he was bullied by Coordinators when he was a kid. Gundam SEED Destiny's sidestory, CE 73: Stargazer adds some further atrocities to Azrael's name, showing that he regularly took children from their parents, put them through Training from Hell and brainwashed them with anti-Coordinator propaganda in an effort at creating pilots who could match Coordinators in combat, without the drug problems of the Extended. Other villains might kill more people, but when it comes to the spreading of sheer human misery, no other villain in the CE verse can hold a candle to Azrael.
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: Lord Djibril is Azrael's successor as the leader of Blue Cosmos and as The Man Behind the Man to the Atlantic Federation and Earth Alliance Forces, with all of Azrael's Fantastic Racism and contemptibility, but none of his intelligence or charisma. Having returned Blue Cosmos to its terrorist roots, he has his minions perform horrible experiments on children (whom he then brainwashed into tykebombs), opens the war with a nuclear assault on the colonies, looses the Destroy on Eurasia (leading to the deaths of thousands, if not millions, of civilians and the burning of Berlin), personally kills over a million innocents with a Wave Motion Gun (while bragging about having the guts to do something like this) and is responsible for turning Mu La Flaga into Neo Roanoke. He exploits the tragedy of the Junius 7 Colony Drop to start another war, forms a new anti-Coordinator alliance, keeps up Azrael's horrible treatment of the Extended, using Psycho Serum addiction (with fatal withdrawal symptoms) and mental rewrites to maintain their loyalty, and continues the practice of raising kids to be the indoctrinated soldiers mentioned in Stargazer. Convinced that his own survival is paramount above all else, Djibril regularly abandons his allies when the going gets tough, and entertains plans of ruling the world when the war is over. Essentially what happens when you give someone with the personality of a low-functioning sociopath and jumped-up school bully access to unlimited resources and technology, Djibril reacts to every problem with greater and greater amounts of brute force and indiscriminate murder, as he tries to simultaneously hang onto his position of power and bring down the curtain on the Coordinators as a race. He's a combination of impotent rage and cowardice, but with the money, influence, and total immorality to make him horrifying instead of merely pathetic.
- 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.
- 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.