This page describes the characters appearing in Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack and the tropes associated with them. As usual, please help out with the blurbs and keep in mind that this page contains a lot of spoilers.
Voice Actors: Toru Furuya (Japanese), Brad Swaile (English)
The Protagonist of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, Amuro is a twenty-nine year old veteran who has Seen It All and done it all. He leads the Londo Bell squadron's mobile suits, has a longstanding grudge against Char, and is one of the few people who seems to take the threat of a new war against Neo-Zeon seriously.
- Ace Pilot: Between his Newtype abilities, his thirteen years of experience, his innate talent as a pilot, and his ride(s), Amuro is effectively untouchable in this film.
- He is also considered the Ace of Ace Pilots within the Universal Century timeline as a whole, with creator Yoshiyuki Tomino himself stating that Amuro is the most skilled pilot there is.
- Archenemy: He's Char's and vice-versa. This goes back to the One Year War with only a brief interlude - which ultimately only soured their relationship.
- Attack Drones: The Nu Gundam comes equipped with six Fin Funnels, which he controls using his thoughts and can be used offensively or defensively.
- Bigger Stick: The Nu Gundam, which is equipped with every major piece of military technology we've seen developed across the course of the Universal Century. No other machine, save Char's Sazabi, stands a chance against it, and both it and Amuro eventually prove themselves the stronger party in their duel.
- Combat Pragmatist: Amuro has never played fair, and he doesn't start now, exploiting every weakness, weapon, equipment, and terrain to gain any advantage.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Tears through most adversaries in seconds with the Nu Gundam. Notably, he shoots Gyunei down more or less as an afterthought. Severely downplayed in Beltorchika's Children.
- Defusing the Tyke Bomb: While Amuro fails to defuse the tykebomb of Quess Paraya in the original movie itself, in Gundam EVOLVE he is allowed to have a second go at her, and this time is able to talk Quess down and convince her that saving Hathaway is more important than following Char.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Officially listed as MIA in the Federation's records, but through sheer force of will (and Psychic Powers) he managed to stop Axis from being dropped at the cost of his own life.
- Flawed Prototype: The Nu Gundam has some problems that have yet to be ironed out. This does not stop Amuro from kicking all kinds of ass with it. He's so badass that the flaws in question become something of an Informed Flaw. This is what ends up killing him and Char at the end.
- Gadgeteer Genius: That badass Super Prototype, Nu Gundam? He designed it from the ground up, for himself. Not without Char's secret suggestions though.
- Gone Horribly Right: In the end of the movie, both Amuro and Char call for a light referred to as the "light of possibility." Centuries if not millennia later, he is mortified as a spirit to discover that the Moonlight Butterfly falls under this, until Lalah tells him that it's an opportunity for humans to live on again and that it'll happen as many times as it needs.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: In this installment, he goes for these the instant he encounters Char face-to-face again, with an infamous horse tackle brawl ensuing. Its so much an Amuro trademark that he only thinks to reach for his also-beloved and ever-present sidearm after theyve done some physical violence to each other.
- The Hero: Of the film and the Universal Century in its entirety. This is his story, and his role is to defeat Char.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He is willing to put his life on the line to save others. He and hundreds of mooks (from both sides no less) die holding back the asteroid that Char aimed at Earth.
- Hope Springs Eternal: Beneath the paranoia, war-weariness, and righteous anger at Char, this is the core of the man Amuro has grown into. He's not a Wide-Eyed Idealist — he's seen plenty of examples of human evil, and acknowledges that mankind's situation at present is a dire one. But unlike Char who has given into bitterness and misanthropy, Amuro refuses to accept that mankind is rotten at its core and fervently believes that "human wisdom" can eventually overcome the problems they face on Earth and in space.
- Invincible Hero: While he's had some close scrapes in the past, in this film Amuro never even comes close to losing inside of his mobile suit. He and the Nu Gundam go through Neo-Zeon pilots as though they weren't even there, culminating in his epic battle with Char. It takes a continent-sized meteor to finally bring him down.
- Averted in Beltorchika's Children, where he goes through a lot more close calls than in the movie - Char and Quess in particular coming very close to killing him in combat at times before something intervened.
- Important Haircut: His famous '70s Hair is finally shorter and more modern, indicating metaphorical and physical change from having it exactly the same in his two prior appearances.
- It's Personal: With Char. Oh, boy. Forget mobile suits, Amuro will launch his body and literally knock Char off his high horse. He hates him that much, but he's right about him being up to something this time. Even without bringing up Lalah, Amuro's understandably taken Char's return to villainy pretty hard after they got to work together during Zeta.
- His dreams/visions with Lalah further highlight this: While Lalah proclaims she wants to be together with the two rivals for all eternity, Amuro outright tells her to stop clinging onto Char and move on.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: Sees the Moonlight Butterfly as a spirit (and warfare in general) as a suicidal maneuver and the final nail in the coffin for mankind as well as the only good thing that they've done for the Earth, until Lalah reminds him that the former is exactly what he asked for so long ago, and shows him every other timeline that had converged upon that moment as proof that on a cosmic scale, nothing is truly as awful as it seems.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Still a paranoid antisocial kid at heart. Still The Hero in every sense of the word.
- Kid Hero All Grown Up: The teenager who accidentally became the pilot of the original Gundam grew up to be the most experienced, most badass pilot of the Universal Century.
- Knight in Sour Armor: This is the most willing and unrestrained Amuro has ever been to fight. He still has one or two or... several moments, actually, where he shows he's clearly not happy about it.
- Late to the Tragedy: In the Shining Life Chronicle UC epilogue special, Amuro returns to the Earth after untold centuries to millennia and just barely misses the Moonlight Butterfly returning civilization to dust.
- The Leader: He is commander of the elite Londo Bell MS squadron.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Nu Gundam. As tough as anything else Amuro's ever piloted, with more weapons than is reasonable and still the fastest thing in the stars. Taken Up to Eleven with its final Hi-Nu Gundam form in the novel.
- Mecha Expansion Pack: The Re-GZ combines with a booster backpack to form a waverider mode similar to Zeta Gundam. This was intended to simplify production compared to the Zeta's complex transformation, but it ends up hampering the design and shifting the efforts towards the Zeta Plus and Delta Plus lines.
- Messianic Archetype: He sacrifices himself to save people from an asteroid and show them "the light" helping them to gain hope. Works so well that even the enemy mooks join him and his own Red Shirt squad. This is further heightened in Gundam EVOLVE, where he becomes Quess's personal messiah by Defusing the Tyke Bomb and making it possible for her and Hathaway to have a happy ending.
- Mid Movie Upgrade: From the Re-GZ, a Super Prototype for a mass-produced version of the Zeta Gundam to his personally designed Nu Gundam, a Newtype-use Ace Custom. Side-material reveals the Heavy Weapons Systems, supposed to add further enhancements to the Nu and Hi-Nu Gundams but never making it in time for the actual battle.
- Never Found the Body: Thanks to the Psycoframe overload. While listed as MIA in the Federation's records, the novel adaptations and the sequel Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn confirm his death.
- Nice Guy: After recovering from most of his severe PTSD from Zeta, Amuro has matured very well and has a stronger belief in hope than ever before.
- No Social Skills: One of Amuro's few flaws as a person, though after 14 years it could now be called Poor Social Skills, instead of the near-absolute No Social Skills he started out with in MSG and the Shell-Shocked Social Skills he had in Zeta. In contrast to the charismatic manipulator that is Char, Amuro is an awkward introvert, fumbling in his attempts to return Chan's affection and frustrated by his inability to be the father figure Quess is so clearly looking for. He believes in humanity as a collective and has plenty of empathy for the suffering of others, but when it comes to dealing with individual human beings Amuro is still, to the very end, out of his depth.
- Not So Different: Amuro may have grown up and still be a Nice Guy under the brooding, but he still has his own issues. For example, his relationship with Chan is stated to be analogous to Char's with Nanai. Since they aren't lovers in the same way, nor is she mothering him, it means Amuro is using her affection for his own purposes (in his case, needing a girl to pilot for, like Frau in the original show or Beltochika in Zeta), and doesn't really have quite the same feelings (though this mostly applies to the Hi-Streamer novel and thus the movie - in Beltochika's Children his relationship with the titular woman is more mutual). The difference, however, is that he still tries his damnest, however much he sucks at it and openly admits it. Char, however, gives up all semblance of trying to overcome his own Lack of Empathy and abuses his charisma to exploit those around him, not unlike Scirocco.
- Older and Wiser: He's a Kid Hero All Grown Up, and even compared to his Zeta Gundam incarnation, he's older, calmer, and more on top of things.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Amuro was one of the first Newtypes introduced in the series, and one of the most recognizable ones in the Universal Century. Yet despite that, he retains his connection to the human race and is a major believer in human potential.
- Properly Paranoid: Amuro is entirely correct about what Char is planning, and about the Neo-Zeon fleet being nothing more than decoy balloons. Given how long he's been doing that, this makes sense.
- The Protagonist: Alongside Char.
- Psychic Powers: Being a Newtype, his Nu Gundam is designed to take advantage of this with the Psychoframe that thoroughly enhances his control over the Mobile Suit while enabling the use of the Fin Funnels. In fact, it's exactly the overuse of this during the end of the story than ends up claiming his life.
- Red Baron: He's the "White Unicorn", which is his personal emblem, seen on the Nu Gundam's shield.
- Retirony: In Beltochika's Children novelization, he promises Beltochika to quit piloting MS once Char has been dealt with.
- Seen It All: After three wars, two of them against Zeon and its remnants, there is little that can surprise Amuro anymore.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's more or less past that stage of his life, but elements of his PTSD from Zeta still abound. His constant visions of Lalah in his dreams don't help him either.
- Super Prototype: Despite its flaws, the Nu-Gundam is still one badass machine. Expanded Universe documents mention mass-produced versions of the Nu Gundam, but because they were meant to be produced in case
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's grown up to have this look.
- Took a Level in Badass: Again. He's even more badass than he was in MSG and Zeta. Considering his in-universe fame in both of those series, this is particularly impressive.
- True Companions: He and Bright are this to one another, as One Year War veterans, and close friends.
- Weak, but Skilled: Amuro's Newtype powers aren't anywhere close to the likes of Judau, Kamille, or Scirocco, but as an all-round pilot, his skills and experience in Mobile Suit combat leave him virtually unrivaled, and what he lacks in raw Newtype power (telekinetically-enhanced Waverider crash, psychic/spirit-powered BFG), his Funnels are more than enough to overwhelm any foe.
- Wrath: Amuro may love humanity... but he effing hates Char, and will go to nearly any length to finally take him down. Char knows this... and still can't deal with the consequences once he provokes it. Amuro probably expected that Char still effing hates him just at much, and wouldn't hold anything back either.
Voice Actors: Hirotaka Suzuoki (Japanese), Chris Kalhoon (English)
Amuro's commander during the One Year War, Bright is a veteran of three separate wars, and a captain in the Londo Bell squadron. Like Amuro, he doesn't trust Char at all, and is quietly preparing for war.
- The Brigadier: The only officer who is inclined to agree with Amuro's assessment of the situation they're in.
- Famed in Story: Captain of the White Base and the Argama, and a major figure in the One Year War, the Gryps Conflict, and the First Neo-Zeon War, Bright is almost as well known as Amuro and Char.
- A Father to His Men: Despite applying to all his past appearances, the movie proper downplays this, as he treats his crew with expected professionalism.
- In the manga adaptation of Beltorchika's Children, he plays this very straight, as he has a much more casual relationship with his crew, best exemplified whenever they (Amuro included) crack small jokes at his expense that he's slightly frustrated over, but lets slide.
- Happily Married: To Mirai Yashima. They're still quite happy together.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed. Uptight he may still be, he no longer has arguments with his crew and no longer applies "corrections". But he still slaps Hathaway for breaking into the Ra Cailum when Hathaway has the (at the moment) benign intentions of wanting to contribute and trying to save Quess.
- Older and Wiser: A little calmer than he was in the OYW days, and rolls with things much easier.
- Parents as People: Has been unable to be there for his family due to his military career.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When he asks for his subordinates to trust him with their lives, they do.
- Seen It All: After three wars, two of them against Zeon and its remnants, there is nothing that can surprise Bright anymore.
- Taught by Experience. Having been through more Gundam series than any other character in the franchise, Bright pretty much knows the score.
- Team Dad: See A Father to His Men.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Has taken yet another one since ZZ, as evidenced by his downright friendly relationship with Amuro.
- True Companions: With Amuro. The two of them have been through everything together, and they understand and trust one another implicitly.
Voice Actors: Mitsuki Yayoi (Japanese), Nicole Leroux (English)
An apparent longtime friend of Amuro's, Chan is one of the mechanics assigned to the Nu-Gundam. Like Amuro and Bright she does not trust Char to keep the peace. She also harbours romantic feelings for Amuro.
- Action Girl: A competent pilot and antiaircraft gunner as well as an engineer. She's responsible for taking out Rezin Schnyder and Quess Paraya, two of Char's most dangerous agents.
- Character Death: Murdered by Hathaway after killing Quess.
- Expy: Though meant as a stand-in for Beltorchika Irma, after Tomino wasn't allowed to use her, she actually has far more in common with Sayla Mass, being a calm, collected Action Girl who starts a relationship with with Amuro after a period of being Just Friends.
- Properly Paranoid: Joins Amuro and Bright in thinking that they can't trust Char or their own officials. She's entirely correct.
- Satellite Love Interest: Surprisingly averted. Chan gets enough character development to stand on her own, and from what we're shown, has known Amuro for quite some time when the show starts. Her biggest contributions to the plot also occur entirely outside of interactions with Amuro.
- Sleepyhead: She falls asleep rather easily. She falls asleep in the cockpit of the Nu Gundam when she and Amuro take off with it shortly after finished assembly, and then dozes off in the short time between waking Amuro up and waiting for him to finish dressing to go out.
- The Smart Guy: Fills this role in Londo Bell, as both an engineer, a gunner, and a pilot, with her intelligent, rational decisions, often making a difference.
- Wrench Wench: One of the engineers working on the Nu Gundam, she accompanies Amuro into space to make sure it keeps working.
Voice Actors: Nozomu Sasaki (Japanese), Bill Switzer (English)
Bright's young and impressionable son.
- Break the Cutie: Was a cute boy who went to space to join his father. The Hathaway's Flash novels show that not only he never recovered, but it got EVEN WORSE. Though said breakage only took place after The Novel Verson of Char's Counterattack and not the film, so it may have been Non-Canon. Or at least an Alternate Universe.
- Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Hathaway seemingly managed to sway Quess to his side, until Chan intervened.
- Driven to Madness: Quite possibly, if one buys into the theory that his instant obsession with Quess is the result of her Newtype powers influencing him (Neo-Zeon's Gyunei experiences a very similar infatuation with her).
- Horrible Judge of Character: His continued interest in Quess proves this.
- "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: To Quess. It almost works.
- Psychic Powers: He's a Newtype, though how strong of one he is is unknown. Unfortunately for him, he's not strong of enough of one to resist the siren song of Quess.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In any other anime, he would be the protagonist of the story and Quess would be his love interest and he even acts as such. This is UC Gundam, therefore it can only end in tears.
Voice Actors: Shinobu Adachi (Japanese), Angela Hendricks (English)
A capable MS pilot with the Londo Bell squadron, Kayra is in a relationship with longtime engineer Astonaige.
- Action Girl: Probably the best Federation pilot of the Second Neo-Zeon War after Amuro Ray.
- Action Girlfriend: Her boyfriend is a Non-Action Guy.
- Boisterous Bruiser: She's confident enough she can take back Axis in the Re-GZ.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: With her Non-Action Guy lover, Astonaige.
- Trademark Favorite Food: According to a conversation with Astonaige it's a kind of salad. He offers to cook it when she gets back when she deploys in the Re-GZ.
- Vasquez Always Dies: Compared to Chan, she's much more masculine. And it's her that dies halfway through the movie. Though Chan eventually dies as well.
Voice Actors: Hiromori Shingo (Japanese), Ty Olsson (English)
- Action Survivor: Astonaige was never a pilot or much of a fighter but he did serve on the AEUG's flagship for both the Gryps Conflict and the First Neo Zeon War.
- Mauve Shirt: Astonaige has been a supporting crew-member since Zeta Gundam.
- Mr. Fixit: Senior Mechanic onboard the Argama, Nahel Argama, and Ra Cailum. Astonaige is always fixing or tinkering with the suits. He even gave Judau the ZZ Gundam's final upgrade before he went to face Haman.
- Non-Action Guy: He's always been a mechanic rather than a fighter and serves in a support capacity. He piloted the Zeta once and though he saved Fa, the Zeta's notoriously specialized controls prevented him from doing much.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Dies trying to stop Chan from deploying when the section of the ship he's in is blown up.
Voice Actors: Maria Kawamura (Japanese), Jocelyne Loewen (English)
A powerful Newtype, and the daughter of an Earth Federation minister, Quess is a spoiled little girl with no real ability to connect to normal people except for Christina and her other friends. When Amuro and the rest of the Londo Bell don't pay enough attention to her, she sets her sights on Char and latches onto him, becoming one of his pilots.
- All Love Is Unrequited: All over the place with her! She is hopelessly in love with Amuro and Char, who dont care. While also having Hathaway and Gyunei in love with her, while she could care less.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: She betrays Amuro to save Char, who is currently engaged in a terrorist campaign against Earth... because she feels Amuro "isn't fighting fair". Later she justifies it by saying that she and Amuro "just met" and weren't friends yet, despite rather aggressively throwing herself at Amuro when she did actually first meet him.
- Celeb Crush: On both Amuro and Char. Neither ends well, for them or her.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She loathes that Chan is close to Amuro.
- Cute and Psycho: After being enhanced by Neo-Zeon and given the Alpha Azieru. She exhibits a disturbing glee in the battle, treating it as a game and not seeming to understand that she is killing actual people.
- Dark Action Girl: Quess is a Newtype strong enough to wipe out most pilots in the war that aren't Newtypes themselves, and is fully convinced that she is justified in doing so.
- Dude Magnet: She attracts a good number of guys, such as Hathaway and Gyunei. Just not the guys she wants.
- Evil Is Bigger: The NZ-333 Alpha Azieru, which she gets about three-fourths of the way into the film.
- Fallen Princess: Not a princess in the literal sense of the word, but her dad has enough influence in the Earth Federation for her to qualify as one.
- Girlish Pigtails: She is certainly immature, but this does not make her look cuter.
- Hate Sink: Intentionally designed to be a character the audience would dislike, and with that last name Tomino certainly wasn't being subtle about it. The dub even went out of its way to give her a screechy annoying voice, in stark contrast to Maria Kawamura's. Despite all this, however, she does have her fans.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Her last act was to push Hathaway's MS out of the way of the missiles that eventually killed her.
- It's All About Me: Everything revolves around Quess.
- Lack of Empathy: Quess cannot empathise with others, and believes that everything from Char and Amuro's rivalry to the war as a whole is about her.
- Little Miss Badass: She's just 13.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Her family's neglect of her her hints that she might have been like this.
- Love at First Sight: All Newtypes are drawn to each other, but Quess latches onto her fellow posthumans like a remora in heat. Especially Amuro and Char.
- Love Triangle: Thinks she in one with Amuro and Char. They dont care. Is somewhat in one with Hathaway and Gyunei.
- Meaningful Name: Her last name is pronounced "Pariah." This is entirely intentional.
- More Than Mind Control: Quess's Psychic Powers seem to have this effect on weaker Newtypes, as both Hathaway and Gyunei develop identical instant insane infatuations with her the moment they meet her. Amuro and Char, who are both older and more self-contained Newtypes, manage to resist this effect, and Char may even have turned it back on her entirely (he does have a history of swaying impressionable young Newtypes to his side, after all).
- Parental Neglect: Neither her father nor her stepmother pay any attention to her.
- Patricide: Semi-knowingly kills her father. She can't quite figure out whether she's upset about it or not.
- Averted in Gundam EVOLVE, where Amuro catches up with her before she kills her father (even though she's already in the Alpha Azieru) and pointedly tells her that with as reckless as she is being, that she will even kill her own family. Quess is horrified by the notion.
- Precocious Crush: Has a very ugly one on Amuro and Char. Neither returns the favour.
- Psychic Powers: Is a strong natural Newtype, having apparently run away from her father for a period of time to study Newtypism in India. While Char allows her to tag along with him initially just because she saved his life, he quickly takes a more active interest in her after discovering her latent Newtype abilities, and promptly weaponizes them as best he can.
- Psycho Supporter: If she were more emotionally stable she'd never support Char.
- Rebellious Princess: As noted above she's not literally a princess, but she definitely qualifies for this trope, as seen by just about every action she takes in the first half of the film.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Quess seems to feel that because she is a Newtype that she is entitled to do whatever she wants at any given time.
- Sixth Ranger: To Neo-Zeon.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Amuro doesn't care about her. Neither does Char. She still thinks the whole war revolves around her.
- The Sociopath: A more sympathetic version than some, but still possessed of almost all the trademarks of antisocial personality disorder.
- Spared by the Adaptation: As mentioned in Revised Ending, Episode 5 of Gundam Evolve (RX-93 Nu Gundam) features an alternate version of CCA where rather than Chan shooting down Quess (and being murdered by Hathaway as revenge), Amuro arrives and traps Quess in his funnel barrier and defuses the tyke bomb, sparing both the ladies.
- Spoiled Brat: Enough so that her stepmother decided staying on Earth to await a Colony Drop was preferable to evacuating on the same shuttle as Quess.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Despite falling for practically half the cast it seems her true Newtype soulmate is Hathaway.
- Super Supremacist: Seems to view Newtypes as superior to ordinary humans, as she advises Gyunei to "forget those normal people" when his inferiority complex gets the better of him again.
- Teens Are Monsters: Her upbringing never really got around to the 'instill a basic moral compass' part, and she relies on her Newtype sensitivity to guide her instead. It... doesn't work out so well.
- Too Dumb to Live: Quess launches herself from one mobile suit to another while not wearing any kind of normal suit. It's an utter miracle she didn't freeze to death or suffocate in vacuum, and even Char himself is flabbergasted!
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Changes clothes several times in the movie.
- Unskilled, but Strong: She's a thirteen-year-old combat novice, and arguably the most powerful Newtype in the Universal Century. The latter outweighs the former by quite a bit.
- Unwitting Pawn: Char is playing Quess like a fiddle. She honestly thinks he's in love with her.
- Wardrobe Flaw of Characterization: The noticeable difference in the length of her pigtails and mismatched hair decorations are a big visual tell about her unbalanced state of mind.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Dear Lord, yes. Quess's Newtype powers basically overwrote her personality once they manifested.
- Woman Scorned: Actually tries to do this to Amuro flying off the handle when he refuses to do her. Its also basically the main reason for her betrayal.
- Yandere: Towards Amuro and Char.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or rather, bright green. This is almost certainly a deliberate Mythology Gag towards Four Murasame, the similarly green-haired and similarly unstable Newtype of Zeta Gundam.
Voice Actors: Kōichi Yamadera (Japanese), Kirby Morrow (English)
A Cyber-Newtype who acts as Char's right-hand man, Gyunei seems like a relatively rational kid, who tries to bring a sense of balance to Neo-Zeon's leadership. After being assigned to train Quess he reveals (or develops) a highly unstable side, becoming obsessed with proving himself to Quess and harboring delusions of replacing Char as leader of Neo-Zeon.
- Alliterative Name: Whether his first name is translated as Gyunei or Graves (the name he has in Beltorchika's Children), he's this.
- All of the Other Reindeer: As a Cyber-Newtype, both Oldtypes and regular Newtypes tend to look down on him. He's developed a bit of an inferiority complex as a result.
- Always Someone Better: He's a formidable pilot by any measure. It's just unfortunate for him that he had to go up against Amuro Ray.
- Ascended Meme: The messenger of one, owing to the infamous "Char is into young girls" conversation he has with Quess.
- Bastard Understudy: Despite outwardly being the very model of a loyal Neo-Zeon soldier, inwardly Gyunei seems to have some very deep-seated mistrust of Char, telling Quess he is the kind of man who destroys colonies when he gets mad and claiming to have allowed himself to become a Cyber-Newtype so that he can stop Char if that day should ever come. While this initially sets up Gyunei as an Only Sane Man within Neo-Zeon's ranks, he unfortunately experiences some steep Motive Decay midway through the film.
- Battle Couple: Wants to form one with Quess. She isn't having any of it, though she still fights beside him as he is her trainer.
- Beta Test Baddie: Definitely has some of this going on, what with his inferiority complex and later infatuation with Quess, which is in part because he sees her as a stronger Newtype (she is) who he wants to learn from.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: His status as Neo-Zeon's resident Supersoldier means he often plays this role for Char. Sometimes he's needed (like when he pulls Char's fat out of the fire at Londenion) and sometimes he isn't (Fifth Luna at the beginning of the film, where Amuro owns him before Char shows up to save his bodyguard's butt).
- Combat Pragmatist: He doesn't hesitate to methodically disable an enemy mobile suit and take the pilot hostage if he thinks that's what he needs to do to force Londo Bell's ace to surrender.
- The Dragon: To Char
- Disproportionate Retribution: Because he is unfamiliar with Nu Gundam's fin funnels, he assumes Amuro is trying to trick him when the latter detaches them. His reaction to this is to first order his men to kill Amuro, and then to kill his hostage Kayra in a fit of pique.
- Elite Mook: What he is, when its all said and done. In his first fight with Amuro, despite piloting the Newtype-tailored Jagd-Doga and Amuro in a "second-rate" mobile suit Re-GZ, Amuro has the upper hand the entire fight and was right about to kill him before Char showed up. When Amuro gets the Nu Gundam, the only reason Gyunei survives their next fight is because he was holding Kayra hostage. Once they meet for the final time and Gyunei has no more tricks up his sleeves, Amuro kills him in seconds as if he were any other grunt, while fighting Quess and the Alpha Azeiru at the same time, no less.
- Hostage Situation: Triggers one and ends it horribly.
- Hot-Blooded: The above Hostage Situation goes sour half due to Gyunei's inexperience and half due to this.
- I Owe You My Life: He tells Quess that his parents were killed in a Colony Drop, so Char took him in and trained him.
- Jerkass: After locking onto Quess. Up until that point he actually seemed like the Only Sane Man in Neo-Zeon.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Even after diving into Jerkass territory he is still the only person in Neo-Zeon who sees through the veneer of Char's righteous crusade to what is really driving him. He tries to tell Quess that Char has no interest in her because his one true love died in the One Year War, but Quess doesn't listen.
- Killed Off for Real: By Amuro, who abruptly shoots him down on his way to Char without even breaking stride.
- Love at First Sight: With Quess, which very quickly leads to...
- Love Makes You Evil: Prior to meeting Quess he seems like a solid candidate for a HeelFace Turn, but his instant obsession with her takes that option off the table in short order.
- Love Triangle: He's a point on the very ugly quadrangle involving himself, Quess, Char, and Hathaway.
- Motive Decay: Once he becomes infatuated with Quess he quickly seems to lose any notions of acting as a check on Char, and instead seeks to become The Starscream to him purely to have Quess for himself.
- Only Sane Man: Initially set up as one within Neo-Zeon's ranks. Unfortunately, it goes right out the window the moment Quess enters the picture. Still, it's noteworthy that he is the only person in Neo-Zeon who suspects that Char's glorious war of independence might be fueled by a far more petty motivation.
- Psychic Powers: While not at Quess's level, Gyunei is capable of using funnels and at one point manages to lock on to and destroy several nuclear warheads launched at Axis by Londo Bell, a feat which Char later tries and fails to replicate.
- Supersoldier: He was adopted at a young age and raised all his life to be a soldier of Neo-Zeon, along with being enhanced into a Cyber-Newtype by them.
- Teens Are Monsters: Being raised in a military environment, Gyunei tends to think as a soldier first and a human being second, leading him to do things like taking a hostage to force Amuro to surrender.
- Tyke-Bomb: In proud Cyber-Newtype tradition.
- Unknown Rival: To Char, who only sees him as a useful Cyber-Newtype weapon. Other than reprimanding him for telling Quess about Lalah, he either doesn't notice Gyunei's resentment towards him or doesn't care. And in the end, Gyunei is killed by Amuro before even getting a chance to challenge Char.
- Villainous Underdog: He consistently guns for Amuro, whose exploits in the OYW have entered the realm of legend and who is currently in the prime of his Newtype powers and piloting ability.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Not initially, as he is actually one of the few sane Cyber-Newtypes. His sanity takes a steep dive once he meets Quess, though.
Voice Actors: Yoshiko Sakakibara (Japanese), Jenn Forgie (English)
Char's Number Two, advisor and seemingly lover, Nanai is the head of Neo-Zeon's Cyber-Newtype labs, and is personally responsible for the enhancing of Gyunei, Quess, and possibly even Char himself. Though her feelings for Char are genuine, he is using her like he's using everyone else, and when a certain green-haired young girl enters the picture their relationship further complicates.
- Adaptation Name Change: In Beltorchika's Children her name is Mesta Mesua.
- Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Tells Char she's carrying his child not long before he goes to his death in battle with Amuro. Some of her and Char's descendants become important later on.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Retroactively given one through Beyond the Time, a manga retelling of CCA from her point of view. It's revealed that she wasn't just a Newtype scientist, but was in fact an actual Newtype candidate at the Augusta Newtype labs, and that she trained with a girl named Angela who had a mental breakdown and died after realizing that her mother never existed.
- Evilutionary Biologist: She heads Neo-Zeon's Cyber Newtype labs.
- Love Cannot Overcome: She is genuinely in love with Char, and hopes she can persuade him to let go of his grudge with Amuro.
- Meganekko: Her younger version is one of these in Char's Deleted Affair.
- Number Two: Serves this role to Char in function if not necessarily in rank.
- Only Sane Woman: Played with. On the one hand she buys into Char's manipulations like everyone else in Neo-Zeon except Gyunei, but on the other hand she's also the only person caught in the Quess quadrangle who seems to realize how utterly ridiculous it is, and invokes audience sympathy for her exasperation with both the situation and Quess herself.
- Repressed Memories: Beyond the Time reveals that she was a Newtype candidate at the Augusta labs, and repressed her memories of that time.
- Sexy Secretary: She may be in a commanding post, but she still comes off as basically Char's "girl Friday."
- Silk Hiding Steel: She doesn't look intimidating, but she's more than willing to slap a mouthy Quess into line.
- Team Mom: Though a rather dark take, as her Cyber-Newtype enhancing procedures are heavily implied to drive both Gyunei and Quess (and possibly even Char himself) into insanity.
- Woman Scorned / Clingy Jealous Girl: Depends on how you look at it, but she does show some displeasure that Char's taking less interest in her once Quess comes into the picture.
- You Are What You Hate: If Beyond the Time is taken as canon, then Nanai is a former Newtype cadet who was traumatized by losing a friend who had been enhanced by the Cyber-Newtype procedures too heavily, only to go on to lead Neo-Zeon's Cyber-Newtype labs and traumatize younger Newtypes through the same excessive enhancement that cost her friend Angela her life.
Voice Actors: Kazue Ikura (Japanese), Poppy Ona (English)
A brutish Dark Action Girl who serves as one of Char's best pilots, Rezin seems to have joined up with Neo-Zeon for no better reason than her love of killing. Completely unwilling to obey The Laws and Customs of War, she is a prime example of everything that is wrong with Char's movement.
- Ace Custom: Her blue Geara Doga, which matches her pilot suit.
- Ace Pilot: Quickly establishes herself as one.
- Badass Normal: One of the few non-Newtypes in Char's Neo-Zeon and one of his top-scoring aces, despite piloting a mass-produced suit and lacking Psychic Powers.
- The Brute: Has the personality type down pat, and seems to fill this role in Neo-Zeon, functioning as an attack dog and little more.
- Curtains Match the Window: Depending on the lighting her eyes and hair are red or brown. Regardless, they always match.
- Cyber Cyclops: The Geara Doga.
- Dark Action Girl: One of the most capable female pilots in the UC verse, and definitely one of the most evil.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Yazan Gable. See expy below for all the details.
- Elite Mooks: Heads up the Geara Doga squad, one of Neo-Zeon's elites.
- Evil Is Not Pacifist: Really seems to enjoy fighting and killing, and complains when a retreat order is issued.
- Evil Redhead: Has dull red hair.
- Expy: It's not immediately obvious given her limited screentime, but as a psychopathic Oldtype who gets off on the violence piloting a blue mass-produced mech, she's essentially Yazan Gable in drag.
- Jerkass: Even when not killing people, she still comes off as a bitch.
- Lack of Empathy: Never shows any concern for another human being, or expresses anything other than hate and/or contempt for those around her.
- The Lad-ette: From what we see of her, she qualifies, having an extremely mannish personality. The fact that she's modeled on a male character helps.
- Mook Lieutenant: She leads the Gaera Doga's in the field and unlike most of the other major Zeon characters her role is purely in the combat capacity and she's not used for the interpersonal politics. She's even given a uniquely colored grunt suit to stick out from the others.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A dull red.
- The Resenter: Some of her dialogue indicates she is this towards Newtypes, whether they are on her side or not.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Has no issues with shooting down damaged and/or fleeing enemies, and gets a real kick out of the war.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her name can be rendered Rezun Schneider, Rezin Schnyder, or any combination of the two names. Most translations go with option two.
Voice Actors: Akira Murayama (Japanese), David Mackay (English)
The former fiancée of Mirai from MSG, The Bus Came Back and he's now a Federation official. Despite being rejected by Mirai, he still has feelings for her and uses his position to help her and Londo Bell.
- I Want My Beloved To Behappy: For Mirai, he'd do anything. So he helps Bright as much as he can, specially by leaking confidential Feddie info to Londo Bell, so Earth won't be destroyed and she and Cheimin will survive. Considering he could be tried or even executed if caught, this is a BIG change from his MSG portrayal.
- Middle-Management Mook: He's not as highly ranked as Adenauer, but he's got enough pull within the Federation to access confidential information and leak it to Londo Bell.
- Older and Wiser: Since his original appearance in MSG.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: In a bland Salaryman sort of way,
- The Bus Came Back: He was MIA for two successive Gundam sequel series before his return here.
One of Quess's friends. They were seen together in the beginning of the movie, until Quess's father called for her return via security guards.
Voice Actors: Syunsuke Shima (Japanese), Trevor Devall (English)
The Federation's Vice-Foreign Minister and father of Quess, Adenauer is a self-satisfied and short-sighted man who cares more about his mistress and his personal comfort than his daughter or the downtrodden masses of Earth. As Rezin is an example of everything wrong with Neo-Zeon, Adenauer represents the corrupt politicians of the Earth Federation.
- "Ass" in Ambassador: He's the Federation's point man in the negotiations with Char and holds the rank of Vice-Foreign Minister. This gives him the leeway to do things like commandeer three seats on a shuttle meant for a career soldier's wife and two young children, which he does without any hesitation at all.
- Death by Irony: He is shot down by his own daughter.
- Dirty Coward: When he realizes Char has broken the agreement he becomes panicked, ordering the ship captain to pull back only to be flatly told that isn't an option.
- Jerkass: In proud Federation official tradition.
- Meaningful Name: He is named for Konrad Adenauer, the first chancellor of the modern German state.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: His character borrows heavily from Neville Chamberlain, the infamous British statesman whose weak policies of appeasement have been blamed by many historians for helping the rise of Nazi Germany.
- Parental Neglect: He doesn't physically or sexually abuse his daughter Quess, but he does neglect her emotionally to the point where she sees Char as a better role model.
- Smug Snake: He looks down on the rank-and-file soldiers of Londo Bell and is completely convinced he has saved the Earth Sphere through his negotiations with Char... which amount to "In exchange for not dumping any more space rocks on Earth, we'd like to give you a giant space rock!" This in turn qualifies him richly for...
- Too Dumb to Live: With reasoning skills like the ones he exhibits in this film, it's no great surprise when he dies. The surprise, in fact, is that a man like him has lived as long as he has in the first place.
- Unwitting Pawn: Char exploits his venal nature and desire for a quick and easy solution to have his ultimate weapon against Earth served up to him on a platter.
Adenauer Paraya's mistress, Katharina/Katherine is a Rich Bitch who loathes her (admittedly obnoxious) stepdaughter.
- Fate Worse than Death: She literally considers death by falling rocks preferable to being stuck in a shuttle with Quess. From what we see of Quess, many viewers will be inclined to take Katherina's side on the matter.
- Rich Bitch: She's the wife of a wealthy Earth Federation official and has an unpleasant attitude, at least where Quess is concerned.
- Wicked Stepmother: Strongly hinted to be this to Quess, who hates her so much that she bites her hand. This makes Katherina refuse to go into space if it means she'll have to go with Quess, and this lets Mirai send Hathaway off to meet up with Bright.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She never appears again after Adenauer and Quess go to space and it is not clear if she lived or died.