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    Graham Aker 
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Above: Graham in Season 1, Below: Mr. Bushido in Season 2
Main mecha: GN-011 Union Flag, SVMS-01E Union Flag Graham Aker Custom, "GN Flag" (SVMS-01X Union Flag Custom II), GNX-704T/AC Ahead Sakigake, GNX-U02X Masurao, GNX-Y901TW Susanowo, GNX-903VW Brave (Commander Test Type), GN-001REIV Gundam Exia Repair IV

Ace Pilot of the Union, and something of a Fanboy when it comes to Japanese things. Graham tends to relate things with Japanese, following some sort of Bushido code, yelling about surpassing Ashura in battle, etc. Despite that, he is one of the best pilots in the world, being the first to deal any substantial damage to a Gundam without a scratch. He also has a bizarre attraction to the Gundams (or more specifically, Exia), often talking about them in romantic terms even as he fights them.

In the second season, he returns wearing a mask, now calling himself Mr. Bushido.

Voiced by Yuuichi Nakamura (Japanese) and Paul Dobson (English)

  • Ace Custom: The Overflag, GN Flag, and the Ahead Sakigake.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: As Mr. Bushido in the Second Season, he refuses to fight enemies that he feels won't put up an interesting fight.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Of sorts; he fully embraces his Samurai tendencies in Season 2. And his affection towards fighting Gundams.
  • Badass Normal: One of the few pilots without any medical enhancements or special properties who can go toe-to-toe with a Gundam.
  • Back from the Dead: Survives being seemingly exploded at the end of season 1 to show up again in season 2 as " Mr. Bushido". Similarly gets Retconed to have survived Trailblazer in the 00 10th anniversary stories thanks to the ELS saving various humans after Setsuna was able to make contact with them.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: When the ELS begin assimliating Graham's Brave, he activates his selfdestruct and sacrifices himself to clear a path for Setsuna.
  • Blood from the Mouth: He has this when he hits some high-speed maneuvers in some of his suits, most notably his showdown with Throne Eins in his Overflag, and during his face-off with the 00 Raiser in the Masurao.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He had his moments.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a Japanophile all right, and has lots of honor issues. But still one of the best pilots that Union or A-Laws can offer, to the point where the A-Laws give him special dispensation to do whatever he wants during battles.
  • Celibate Rival: Supplementary materials revealed that he was asked by his commanding officer to marry his daughter, but Graham declined.
  • Char Clone: Initially serves as The Rival to Setsuna, but plays the trope straight in season 2 upon acquiring his Cool Mask. Interestingly, he himself has spawned a few expies of his own, such as Wilfred Kijima, Eugene Sevenstark (in appearance only), and McGillis Fareed. This may be a result of how popular he was during the series airing.
  • Clear My Name: According to side-stories, Graham accidentally caused the death of his superior officer during a training exercise earning him a VERY bad reputation. That's why when Joshua mocked him, he stated that he'll do everything to, well, clear his name in the battlefield.
  • Cool Mask: During his stint as Mr. Bushido to cover his scars.
  • Covered with Scars: From season two onwards due to the wounds he suffered against Setsuna/Exia in the season one finale.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite all his scenery chewing, rivalry with Setsuna, and popularity among fans, his subplot in the second season was largely irrelevant. Not to the point of being Trapped by Mountain Lions, but after he got An Aesop delivered to him, he was pretty much sidelined for the rest of the season. He gets a bigger role in The Movie.
  • Fanboy: Of the Gundams and anything Japanese.
  • Fragile Speedster: All his mechs (except his custom Ahead), but especially the GN Flag.
  • Glass Cannon: His Susanowo and Brave feature a Converging-Stream Weapon, but otherwise are still about as durable (fragile) as most other machines he's piloted.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Is covered with scars after Setsuna nearly kills him at the end of the first season. When he finally takes off his mask to reveal his scars, he comes off as being far more human than he did during the rest of the second season.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He becomes partially assimlaited by the ELS during his Heroic Sarifice, so he becomes half-ELS.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After the ELS begin to assimliate Graham's Brave, he uses his self-destruct to clear a path for Setsuna. However, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Festival 10 "Re:vision" reveals that he survived, although he is now half-ELS.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Billy.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    "Sounds reasonable, too bad I am an unreasonable man!"
  • Hot-Blooded: "HOOOWAAARRRDDD MAAASOOONNN!" and of course, "GUNDAM, THIS FEELING MUST BE LOVE!".
  • I Gave My Word: He promised himself in front of Howard Mason's grave that he'll defeat a Gundam using a Flag and keeps it even during the second season.
  • I Like Swords: Prefers melee combat even while piloting his old Flag.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Became interested upon seeing Exia's Curb-Stomp Battle of the AEU Enact.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Prefers using katanas with his Season Two mobile suits.
  • Large GraHam: Even amongst a particularly hammy cast, Graham is easily one of the largest hams in the show and only gets hammier in S2. Despite this, people tolerate him because of his status as the Union's best pilot.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Actually says at one point "And I shall overcome reasoning with my recklessness". (or in English, "Sounds reasonable, too bad I'm an unreasonable man!") This also sums up his battle strategy when fighting Gundams, albeit with slightly more success than Patrick.
  • Leitmotif: "Union" and it many variations.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!
    Graham: (Charging towards Lockon's Dynames) Time for a Lover's embrace, Gundam!
  • McNinja: Despite his increasingly Japanese motif, he is still an American.
  • Occidental Otaku: Minus the obvious obsessiveness, as he learned and respected much of Japanese culture from his best friend and his superior at A-Laws (his best friend's uncle).
  • One-Man Army: He spells this trope word by word. A-LAWS pretty much lets him do whatever he wants by himself.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He wants to be the one to bring down Setsuna.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Technically, Mister Bushido's true identity isn't officially revealed until very late in Season 2, but Graham makes no effort beyond the mask to disguise his identity.
  • Red String of Fate: Claims that he and Setsuna are connected connected by this. He then says that that fate is to face each other in battle.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He sacrifices himself in the movie after joining forces with Celestial Being. Subverted when 'Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Festival 10 "Re:vision"'' reveals that he survived and became a Gundam Meister.
  • Redemption Promotion: He's much more effective fighting alongside Celestial Being than he was opposing them.
  • Samurai: He wields a Katana-like beam saber, he strictly follows the code of Bushido and only fights worthy adversaries.
  • Screaming Warrior: His hammiest moments are in battle.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Billy's sensitive guy, although Graham does show his sensitive side from time to time.
  • Signature Move: The Graham Special, a high-speed, high-G, sudden mid-air brake to dodge enemy fire. He first debuts it in the Flag, then a much faster, much deadlier version with his Brave in space in the movie.
  • Sixth Ranger: He joins forces with Celestial Being about two-thirds through the movie and later becomes a Gundam Meister.
  • Super Prototype:
    • The Samurai-themed Masurao and Susanowo. The latter possibly doubles as an Ace Custom as it was stated in supplemental info that they used an Overflag - the one used by one of his wingmen - in its construction.
    • The Brave Commander Test Type, which also counts as an Ace Custom due to its specs based specifically around the previous Masurao/Susanowo.
  • Transforming Mecha: His Flags in Season 1 (Minus the GN Flag), and his Brave Commander Test Type in the Movie.
  • Unknown Rival: Dedicates his life to bringing down Setsuna, who barely knows who he is and finds Graham's obsession with him unsettling.
  • Unusual Weapon Mounting: The GN Tau Drive pods on Susanowo's can swivel forward, letting him grab his enemies with its built-in claws.
  • Villainous Underdog: Graham's machines are never a match for the Gundams in terms of overall stats, as they usually have extreme offensive power, but the defense value of rice paper. The Flag he pilots, while a custom, is a mook suit and only slightly better than average, the GN-Flag (being the most extreme) an almost ludicrously underarmoured mecha whose only advantage is it's speed and a weapon (a beam saber from one of the thrones) that can actually damage the Exia; The Ahead Sakigake may be his most well balanced suit (It's his only suit that can survive being shot, and boast considerable close combat ability), but he trades it in once he realizes it's not enough. Hell, the Masurao/Susanowo he trades it in for are MS that, while incredible in performance, were built for nothing else than sheer power and speed, and while they have built in defenses, Graham never uses them, and it gets taken out by little more than beam sabers thru the shoulders. Despite this, thanks to his sheer ability and the know-how to use his suit's strenghts to the fullest, Graham manages to give Setsuna a hell of a fight in every single skirmish they have with every single one of these suits, and comes closer to killing him than anybody not named Ribbons Almark.
  • Villainous Valor: Graham is almost insanely brave, repeatedly fighting the better armed, better armored Gundams with his inferior machinery.
  • Worthy Opponent: As Mister Bushido, he refuses to fight everyone except for Setsuna, because he believes that Setsuna is the only one who can provide him with an interesting fight.

    Billy Katagiri 
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A mobile suit developer and friend of Union Ace Pilot Graham Aker. After the appearance of Celestial Being, Billy, Graham, and Professor Ralph Eifman, who had taught Billy in college, are transferred to the Anti-Gundam Investigative Task Force, later named "Overflags". Billy is a former classmate of Sumeragi Li Noriega (aka Leesa Kujo) and inadvertently leaks information about "Project G" to her and Celestial Being. After the death of Professor Eifman and Howard Mason during an attack by Team Trinity, Billy uses one of the recently acquired GN Drives to upgrade Graham's Flag unit to the GN-Flag in order to fight the Gundams.

By the second season, Billy is taking care of a despondent Kujo, still unaware that she was a member of Celestial Being until Setsuna appears to retrieve her. Shocked by this revelation, Billy joins the A-Laws and becomes the head of mobile suit development. Once again teaming up with Graham Aker, now using the alias Mr. Bushido, Billy develops the Masurao and later the upgraded Susanowo.

Voiced by Yuji Ueda (Japanese) and Kirby Morrow (English)

  • Action Survivor: Gets caught in a blast from the Throne Eins's main cannon, but he survies. Heeecomes more involved in the field during the second season and survives/.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: He is in-love with Sumeragi, but she seems to be still in-love with her dead boyfriend Emilio. They seem to be together at the start of season 2, although it's unclear whether the two of them are dating of it they're just Friends with Benefits.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: To Sumeragi while sobbing during her Cooldown Hug
  • But Not Too Foreign: Japanese-American.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: To Sumeragi, even though they lived together for four years between the finale of season 1 up to episode 2 of season 2. Guess they're just Friends with Benefits after all.
  • Demoted to Extra: Doesn't get much screentime during the last part of the second season.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He has feeling to Sumeragi, and makes those feelings known, but when she ignores his flirts, he continues to pursue her, to the point where he eventually tries to kill her for only returning his feelings to pump him for information. They ultimately decide to remain friends and Billy ultimately winds up with Mina Carmine.
  • The Engineer: Develops mobile suits from Graham, the Overflags, and the A-Laws.
  • Evil Genius: When hee finds out that Sumeragi's a part of Celestial Being, he joins the A-Laws so he can kill her and helps develop their mobile suits.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Averted. He's a kind man. Actually zigzagged: when he learns that Sumeragi was a member of Celestial Being, he sacrifices his morals and joins the A-Laws so he can kill her, although Sumeragi convinces him of the error of his ways before he does anything irredemable.
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    Ralph Eifman 
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He is a famous Union engineer, technical chief, and scientist of several fields. He's also the co-developer of Union's OverFlag.

Voiced by Takaya Hashi (Japanese) and Ron Halder (English)

  • Cool Old Guy: A friendly old man who takes an interest in his subordinates' wellbeing.
  • Drugs Are Bad: He carries a very deep hatred for illegal narcotics. In fact when Celestial Being where about to burn a drug farm he stated that he would rather help the gundams rather than stop them in that regard.
  • He Knows Too Much: While investigating over Celestial Being, Eifman made a revelation. He realized somehow the correlation between the Jupiter incident 120 years ago and Celestial Being gave Eifman an epiphany over Aeolia Schenberg's true philosophical intentions; his revelations were too late. His own computer monitor revealed a message,"You have witnessed too much." Shortly after, the Thrones attacked and Eins fired its GN Mega Launcher, vaporizing him before he could reveal the truth to anyone.

    Graham's Wingmen 
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Main mecha: SVMS-01O Over Flag

Howard Mason is a Union NCO with the rank of Warrant Officer. One of the first Flag Fighters assigned to the Anti-Gundam Investigative Task Force "Overflags" under Graham Aker. He seemed to have a friendship with Graham due to their belief in the qualities of the Flag.

Voiced by Kenji Takahashi (Japanese) and Trevor Devall (English)

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Main mecha: SVMS-01O Over Flag, GNX-603T GN-X

Daryl Dodge is a Union soldier with the rank of Master Sergeant. Another first Flag Fighters assigned to the Anti-Gundam Investigative Task Force "Overflags" under Graham Aker. Unlike Graham and Howard, he doesn't share their faith that a Flag can beat the Gundams.

Voiced by Rintarou Nishi (Japanese) and Scott McNeil (English)

In season 2, Graham named his Masurao's two swords "Howard" and "Daryl" in their memory.


  • Cool Shades: Howard is pretty much always seen wearing tinted glasses.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Daryl and Howard respectively.
  • Taking You with Me: Daryl dies in a suicide attack against Dynames. While Daryl fails to kill Lockon, his sacrifice does cause Ali to realize that Lockon is blind in his right eye, which allows Ali to finish him off.
  • Those Two Guys: Are usually seen together and don't get that much characterization beyond being Graham's wingmen.


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