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As expected from the Trope Namer, there is at least one of them among its various Alternate Universes. Most of them are even sourced in Otona no Gundam ("Gundam For Adults"), a book analyzing the economical impact of Gundam.

  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: While he doesn't wear a mask, pilot a red custom mecha, or have a relative among the crew of the Argama, Jerid Messa has blonde hair, works for the Titans, and the tensions between him and Kamille are very familiar to those between Amuro and Char.
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  • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ: Glemy Toto is a blond, charming 17-year old, who has all of Char's manipulative ability and piloting skill, serves as a rival to two of the main characters, and eventually sets himself up as a rival to the Big Bad. He also seems to have Char's predilection for younger girls, though his own age makes it hard to tell.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam École du Ciel: Gender inverted with Erisia Nocton. She is a blonde-haired star student of the eponymous Mobile Suit academy. Like Char in the One Year War, she was initially more skilled than her rival, the protagonist Asuna Elmarit (who can be considered as a female Amuro Clone herself). Also, it is revealed that Erisia has inferior Psychic Powers compared to Asuna, mirroring Char having weaker Newtype power than Amuro. The difference is while Char focused more on developing his own piloting skills to catch up with his opponents who possess stronger Newtype powers, Erisia willingly let herself be turned into a Cyber Newtype to catch up to Asuna. She even later pilots the pink-colored Gaplant Custom Erisia Special, which is a match to Asuna's Gundam-type Mobile Suit, the Le Cygne.
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  • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn has Full Frontal, who (despite the unfortunate namenote ) is a cyber-newtype genetically altered to look like Char, with Char's memories — and, it's implied, a chunk of Char's soul — implanted in him via the psycoframe; to drive the homage even further, he is voiced by the same actor. He's a Char clone that ultimately plays with the trope rather than fully playing it straight or subvert it, as Frontal displays none of the many issues that plagued the original with none of his tragic idealism, which is pointed out near the end of the series.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative: Double subverted with Zoltan Akkanen. A Cyber-Newtype created in the same project that would ultimately produce Full Frontal, he ultimately failed to "become Char" because he couldn't be the leader the Sleeves needed. However, where Frontal emulates Char's outward traits, Zoltan is characterized by the despair and frustration that Char only expressed internally throughout all of Char's Counterattack as both Char and Zoltan recognize the light of the human heart seen from incidents like Axis Shock, but can't reconcile that mankind will always commit atrocities in spite of it.
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  • Mobile Suit Gundam F91 has Carozzo "Iron Mask" Ronah, who mostly takes after CCA-era Char. Interestingly enough, he also seems to have some Darth Vader in there as well, in regards to being ruthless compared to the average Char affability.
  • Mobile Suit Victory Gundam:
    • Katejina Loos has blonde hair, pilots a red mobile suit, has suggested Ephebophile leanings, and overall having a stronger conflict with Usso compared to Cronicle.
    • Cronicle Asher is a subversion: everything seems to point towards him being the Char of the series (like for example having a younger female relative) but in the end he factors far less into Uso's conflict and overall lacks The Rival tendencies after an initial set of episodes on Earth.
  • Gundam: Reconguista in G: Captain "Mask" wears a mask and is the most recurring rival to the main character, Bellri Zenam. One of Bellri's female friends is in a reciprocated relationship with him and he was formerly a good friend of Bell himself.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam splits Char tendencies amongst several characters:
    • Schwartz Bruder takes The Mentor aspect, albeit in an aloof, challenging way that lets him double as The Rival to Domon. He lacks any sort of villainous characteristics, however.
    • Master Asia shares some of Char's ideas and character arc from Char's Counterattack, wanting to cleanse the Earth and overall being antagonistic to Domon for most of the series. He, however, does make up with Domon in the end.
    • Major Ulube Ishikawa gets the Big Bad aspect and overall megalomaniac tendencies.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing:
    • Zechs Merquise is a red-wearing masked blond Ace Pilot for the bad guys in a unique mask and is secretly the brother of the female lead who coincidentally gets wrapped up in everything. He even goes through a similar arc, starting as an enemy ace, becoming an ostensible (if at times clenched tooth) ally, to leading a new army to ruin the planet for the greater good. He is, however, overall a more positive portrayal than Char was. For one thing, Char backstabbed everybody he came across, whereas Zechs is devoted to his friends and the soldiers under him (Otto being a great example, as Zechs mourned his death). Char blamed others for his mistakes, whereas Zechs took responsibility (in fact, often too much). Lastly Char felt justified in doing a Colony Drop, in the case of Zechs, it was an accident and he risked his own life to stop it from happening.
    • Odin Lowe Jr. Heero takes up the namesake of the original Heero Yuy and the main weapon is similar to the mega beam bazooka launcher.
    • Duo was known as the God of Death/Destroyer whose blinding speed and agility made him nigh invulnerable much like how the Red Comet invokes fear within the Federation forces.
    • Trowa favors a red colored mobile suit known for More Dakka rather than the precise firepower of a Gundam as well as being a disowned son of the spacenoid extremists with a sister in tow.
    • Quattre shares Char's blonde hair and his father's tragic story of being betrayed by fellow spacenoids which causes Quattre to embark on a path of revenge as well as being a "Newtype".
    • Wufei has a bitter rivalry with Treize and the death of his loved one is a major drive as he tries to find meaning as a soldier and his conflicting ideals of peace and justice.
  • After War Gundam X:
    • The Captain Jamil Neate taking on The Mentor aspect (complete with shades and sideburns).
    • Lancerow Dawell takes the rival aspect for Jamil, but lacks a mask.
  • ∀ Gundam: Harry Ord's distinguishing feature is a pair of red Cool Shades that look like bug eyes. He's The Rival and The Dragon for most of the series, but interestingly borrows a lot more from Quattro Bajeena in appearance, personality, and trappings, including a gold Ace Custom rather than the traditional red that the original Char used. In fact, he doesn't have any villainous, ulterior motives other than what he does for his Queen and people.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED:
    • Athrun Zala serves as Kira's rival, complete with a red Gundam instead of as simple Ace Custom, before his Heel–Face Turn. His Paper-Thin Disguise as "Alex Dino" consists almost entirely of Cool Shades and doesn't even have the benefit of his real face being relatively unknown since he never wore a mask). On a side note, Athrun's name is Arabic, derived from the Greek word, "erythron", meaning "red".
    • Rau Le Creuset acts as The Rival to Ace Pilot Mu La Flaga and is the Big Bad and The Man Behind the Man to the entire series, simultaneously channeling Omnicidal Maniac goals like Char's Counterattack.
    • Mu La Flaga is a Big Brother Mentor, particularly to the main character. He starts with an Ace Custom mobile armor instead of a mobile suit before receiving Kira's Strike.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny:
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Graham Aker starts as a more general example of The Ace and The Rival, challenging the Gundams with lesser mobile suits like the Flag. In the second season, he gains a scar and puts on a Cool Mask. He takes on a new name ("Mr. Bushido"), though it turns out that it's just a nickname other pilots gave him for his increasingly samurai-like tendencies and he went with it. He doesn't wear the mask to hide his identity, but rather because of scars given to him by the ostensible hero of the series. In Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, he loses his mask and serves as The Mentor to the Solbrave Squadron, then briefly as The Mentor to the Hero (even delivering a Dare to Be Badass speech).
  • Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G: Because the story takes place in the real world, Boris Schauer may just be a Char fanboy. Nevertheless, his similarity to Char is more than just cosmetic as no ordinary fanboy will ride a Cool Horse just to mimic Char.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE:
    • Vagan Ace Pilot Zeheart Galette's mask manages his Psychic Powers, which are powerful enough to require a custom (red) suit that is 3 times faster than normal Vagan suits. He is Asemu Asuno's former best friend and becomes The Rival. He never had interaction with Kio in the third arc, not counting their bouts in their mobile suits.
  • Gundam Build Fighters: Tatsuya Yuuki is nicknamed the Crimson Comet and pilots the Zaku Amazing, a highly customized Zaku II Char Custom. He later dons a pair of Quattro-style shades as Meijin Kawaguchi III, the current inheritor of the title given to the metaverse's master Gunpla Builder. Throughout the series, he is the Friendly Rival to the main characters before briefly plunging into the role of the Decoy Big Bad Final Boss due to being Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Gundam Build Fighters Try: Gender inverted with Lady Kawaguchi. Not much is brought up regarding her background, but she is the Stealth Mentor bit for one of the main characters, being the one who inspired her years ago to do Gunpla Battle.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans:
    • Special Inspector McGillis Fareed of Gjallarhorn is is a blonde, charismatic, and well dressed officer. He acts as the main foil to the grungy Mikazuki, as well as being the first one to get a good hit on the Barbatos. His friendship with Gaelio Bauduin mirrors the original Char's friendship with Garma and his engagement to Gaelio's much younger sister echoes Char's infamous predilection for young girls. In episode 15, he gets the mask, a wig, and a nickname as "Montag", and in episode 19 he sorties in a high-performance red mobile suit. He eventually ends up betraying Gaelio and leads a messy, failed rebellion against a corrupt Earth government for reasons that end up having more to do with his own severe psychological issues than any higher ideology.
    • The second season introduces a new masked antagonist known only as "Vidar". However it's clearly Gaelio, if his voice, use of a remodelled Gundam Kimaris, and grudge against McGillis didn't give it away. Which is interesting because it's the first time in the franchise where a character has been a Char Clone and a Garma Clone at the same time. As it turns out, though, the truth is a little more complicated - Gaelio is trying to understand a Char Clone by imitating their trappings, from the flamboyant masked-avenger persona to the Fragile Speedster fighting style. Unfortunately for his old friendship with McGillis but fortunately for his own continued health, he proves too fundamentally sane and sensible to ever quite get it - no true Char Clone would be practically-minded enough to make their Cool Mask bulletproof.
  • MS Saga: A New Dawn: Captain Hal Vizardt is blond, masked, an ace pilot, acts as a mentor to The Hero, pilots red MS (for extra points, he specifically pilots Char's), and is secretly the older brother of another party member in disguise.
  • Gundam Breaker 3: Played for Laughs with Mr Gunpla, a Series Mascot and Large Ham fight promoter of sorts for the sport. In fact, he was a former champion who suffered a crisis of faith that affected his reputation and lost him his biggest fan - after which he left the sport entirely, but his love for it drew him right back, reinventing himself as a non-ironic Sad Clown (in his own words) to promote the sport as Mr Gunpla, operating a conveniently red mecha while wearing shades, a Funny Afro and a Hawaiian shirt. Yes folks, the metal mask has been replaced with a funny afro!
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket: For most of the fifth episode, blond-haired Zeon pilot Bernard Wiseman disguises himself with nothing more than a pair of Cool Shades similar to Char as Quattro in Zeta Gundam.
  • Gundam Build Divers: In Episode 3, Kyoya Kujo dons a mask and a knight-like outfit in an attempt to join a group of beginners to weed out "Mass-Divers", cheaters within Gundam Battle Nexus Online. His disguise is incredibly flimsy — he even calls himself "Kyoya" and claims that his looks and name are because he admires Kyoya — and he horribly breaks character. Riku and Yukio fall for it, though Momoka, despite having just joined and not knowing much of Gundam, is incredibly suspicious, though Yukio tries to brush it off as masked men are common in Gundam. The ruse doesn't even last an episode as he's forced to reveal himself when protecting Sarah and Momoka from a rampaging Devil Gundam, destroying his disguise.
  • Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE does weird things with this. Masaki Shido is clearly intended to invoke the image of Char, being the most personable member of the enemy forces, a masked man in a unique machine, and a well-known Ace Pilot. He even owns a Char-themed motorcycle helmet as a Lampshade Hanging. But the thing is, he doesn't quite act as any kind of rival because he's not on the enemy side willingly, his trademark mask is a Mind-Control Device, and he either acts as a silent obstacle to overcome or is Fighting from the Inside. And once he is finally saved from the clutches of Alus, he pretty much ditches the Char aesthetics aside from the bike helmet.

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