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Character list for the 2018 anime film Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative.

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Miracle Children

    Jona Basta 

Jona Basta

Voiced by: Jun'ya Enoki (Japanese), Griffin Puatu (English)

Main mecha: RGM-89S Stark Jegan (Novel), MSK-008 Dijeh, RX-9 Narrative Gundam, RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex
Jona Basta (ca. U.C. 0097)

An Earth Federation Forces ensign who pilots the RX-9 Narrative Gundam. He is assigned to hunt down the Phenex which is piloted by his childhood friend, Rita. He pilots the Narrative Gundam and works alongside the Shezarr Team to capture the Phenex.

  • Animal Motifs: He shares a bird motif with Rita. Outside of the film, the wings of the Narrative Gundam's Core Fighter were specifically designed to resemble a bird's.
  • The Atoner: His sole purpose for being is atoning to Rita for his unwitting role in her being taken away to be tortured and experimented on.
  • Easily Forgiven: Zig-zagged. Rita doesn't harbor any ill-will toward Jona for going with Michele's idea to reveal Rita as the true 'Miracle Child'. Rita can sense how Jona felt about the ordeal, so she understood he felt genuine remorse and understood why he did what he did.
  • Meaningful Name: The pronunciation of his name is identical to the Hebrew 'Yonah', which means 'dove', tying into the film's bird motif.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He had this reaction when Rita was being taken away.
  • Psychic Powers: He was cyber-enhanced at the Federation Forces' Augusta Newtype Lab along with Rita and Michele. He later awakens as a true Newtype during the Phoenix Hunt.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: His piloting skills are said to be completely unremarkable, which makes the elite soldiers of the Shezarr Team question why he was given a Gundam.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: The raid on Martha Carbine's prison transport was his first real battle. Despite this, he is given a key role in the Phoenix Hunt, piloting the Narrative Gundam.
  • Sole Survivor: At the end of the movie, he is the last of the trio to still be alive. He even laments on being the only one left.
  • The Unfettered: He'll do whatever it takes to get Rita back, even taking on a mission where he must fight his fellow Federation soldiers (though he's notably reluctant to kill in said situation).

    Michele Luio 

Michele Luio

Voiced by: Tomo Muranaka (Japanese), Erika Ishii (English)

Main mecha: Type-89 Base Jabber
Michele Luio (ca. U.C. 0097)

The adopted second daughter of Woomin Luio and the childhood friend of Jona and Rita. She is a special adviser to Luio & Co. and seeks to hunt down the Phenex. Her reason for this task is to acquire a Unicorn Gundam's ability to manipulate time.

  • But Now I Must Go: After the II Neo Zeong is destroyed, she is taken along by Rita in the Phenex to travel to the center of the galaxy.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She's honestly trying to do the best she can to create the overall best life for herself, Jona, and Rita. She's just not afraid of manipulating her friends or other people getting hurt in the process.
  • Fortune Teller: Her schtick at Luio and company, as a Miracle Child she uses divining skills to guide Luoi & Co. to prosperity. Really, she uses social engineering and low-level Newtype abilities, to fake it.
  • Happily Adopted: She's adopted, and truly cares for her father and sister. Her sister doesn't even bat an eye when Michele reveals she isn't the true Miracle Child, and just wishes her the best.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Towards the end of the film, Michele dies by taking a hit using her Base Jabber for Jona. But the real kicker is that said Jabber was carrying all the Psychoframe that they had, and the hit spread it, allowing Jona's Newtype powers to be used at a greater level.
  • Phony Psychic: She does have some Newtype abilities, but her fortunetelling skills stem primarily from just reading the situation and knowledge of economics.

    Rita Bernal 

Rita Bernal

Voiced by: Ayu Matsuura (Japanese), Brianna Knickerbocker (English)

Main mecha: RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex
Rita Bernal's last known appearance (ca. U.C. 0088)

An Earth Federation Forces ensign who piloted the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex, but went missing with the Phenex after it went haywire doing a routine evaluation. She is the childhood friend of Jona and Michele and foresaw the Sydney Colony Drop during the early stages of the One Year War.

  • Animal Motifs: Bird. Also she wishes she can be reincarnated as a bird if she already died.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: She only ever appears as either a child or a teenager to Jona and Michele, possibly because she wanted to appear as she was before they were separated. Considering the state of her adult body when we briefly see it, she might also have wanted to spare them any further guilt about what happened to her.
  • Big Good: She serves as this in the movie.
  • But Now I Must Go: After stopping the II Neo Zeong and the disaster it was about to cause, Rita departs along with Michele in the Phenex to the center of the galaxy.
  • Covered in Scars: We only see the ones on her back, but her adult body before she went missing had some nasty surgical scars.
  • Dead All Along: It is at first suggested that she is still alive during the Phoenix Hunt, giving Jona hope that he could reunite with her, but it quickly becomes clear that she had already died prior to the events of the film. It is subverted, though, in that her spirit is still alive inside of the Phenex, allowing her to continue piloting it long after her physical death.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Her eyes aren't shown until about halfway through the film, giving her a mysterious quality in flashbacks.
  • Meaningful Name: In real life, the Bernal sphere is a space colony design created by scientist John Desmond Bernal.
  • Never Grew Up: Played with. While she certainly did grow up, being around 23 years old at the time of her death, Rita had been separated from her friends from the time they were teenagers. Because her spirit has no definable form, she thus remains in the minds of both Jona and the audience as a 15-year-old girl forever.
  • Omniscient Morality License: Turns out that she foresaw the threat of Zoltan and the II Neo Zeong and her actions, potentially as far back as her time with the Titans, were part of her plan to stop the II Neo Zeong.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: It's revealed that her soul merged with the Phenex's Psycho-Frame, and the events of the film are part of a years-long gambit to stop the II Neo Zeong.
  • Walking Spoiler: What happened to Rita and her current state of being is a central question throughout the movie and thus ripe for spoilers.

Earth Federation

    Iago Hakana 

Iago Hakana

Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (Japanese), Chris Tergliafera (English)

Main mecha: RGM-89S Stark Jegan (Novel), RGM-96Xs Jesta (Shezarr Type)
Iago In Pilot Suit

The commander of the Shezarr Team and one of the pilots of the unit's specialized Jestas. He and his team are tasked with hunting down the rogue Phenex.

  • Empowered Badass Normal: Iago's a decent pilot and he has developed minor Newtype abilities, but they're about on the level as the White Base crew at the end of the original Gundam; i.e. able to tap into the psychic communication that Newtypes have, but receiving little to no enhanced combat from it.
  • Psychic Powers: He's a weak Newtype; able to communicate telepathically, though that's about it.

     The Shezarr Team 

The Shezarr Team consisting of Amaja, Delao, Franco, Taman, Pavel

Voiced by:

Main mecha: RGM-96Xs Jesta (Shezarr Type)
From left to right: Amaja, Delao, Franco, Taman, Pavel

The team that Iago commands and tasked to search for the rogue Phenex.

  • The Team: Iago and the Shezarr Team are there to help Jona and Michele find the Phenex.


Luio & Co.

    Brick Teclato 

Brick Teclato

Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa (Japanese), Daniel J. Edwards (English)
Michele's Secretary

The secretary of Michele Luio.

  • Ambiguously Gay: Is possibly gay or asexual. He states that Luio Woomin entrusts him with Michele because he isn't attracted to women.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's completely loyal to Michele and says that he views her as a little sister in the novelization.

Republic of Zeon

    Zoltan Akkanen 

Zoltan Akkanen

Voiced by: Yuichiro Umehara (Japanese), Stefan Martello (English)

Main mecha: MSN-06S-2 Sinanju Stein, NZ-999 II Neo Zeong
Zoltan Akkanen (ca. U.C. 0097)

A Republic of Zeon captain who pilots the MSN-06S-2 Sinanju Stein, seeking to capture the Phenex. Like Full Frontal, he is a Cyber-Newtype created as the second coming of Char Aznable.

  • Ax-Crazy: Has no issue with firing his beam rifle inside a civilian colony, an act considered taboo by pretty much any sane soldier.
  • Bad Boss: Murders his subordinate for being ordered by his own superior to abandon ship.
  • Berserk Button: Even the perceived notion of being seen as a failure or a reject is enough to set him off. Which also means that someone not fighting their best, or sending an inferior unit/pilot at him is interpreted as implicitly saying "you don't deserve someone stronger" which sets him off.
  • Beta Test Baddie: A failed candidate of the Char Reincarnation Project, something that he is dangerously insecure about.
  • Character Tic: Repeatedly tapping his mobile suit's dashboard with his fingers.
  • Cyborg: Many of his organs have been replaced during his conditioning as a Cyber-Newtype. His red right eye is also a prosthetic referred to as the Psycommu Lens.
  • Facial Markings: Over his artificial right eye is a scar obtained from a past failed experiment. The "scar" over his left eye is actually a tattoo. Zoltan apparently just wanted to make it symmetrical.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: His own subordinates fear and are weirded out by him.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Sick of being considered a failure, he decides to cause as much damage to the Earth sphere as (in)humanly possible, survival be damned.
  • Tragic Villain: He’s ultimately been exploited as a Cyber-Newtype, being experimented on by Neo Zeon since his childhood. He's also a bad man, but it's not entirely his fault.
  • Villain Has a Point: Criticizes the Newtype theory, stating that humanity has lived in space for only 100 years, which doesn't make sense with regard to how evolution actually works. He’s entirely correct.
  • Wicked Cultured: His entrance involves him humming Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik.

    Monaghan Bakharov 

Monaghan Bakharov

Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Japanese)

Foreign Minister of the Republic of Zeon and the son of former Prime Minister Darcia Bakharov. He holds nationalist views and secretly desires to bring Zeon back to its former glory. He is also responsible for the rise of Full Frontal by giving the Cyber-Newtype the memories of Char Aznable.

  • Canon Immigrant: He was an important figure in the original Gundam Unicorn novels, but was not mentioned in the anime adaptation.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: For the film, as well as for Unicorn, as he is essentially responsible for the creation of Full Frontal.
  • Karma Houdini: Gets off scot-free in the end, successfully erasing the Republic of Zeon's connection to film's events.


Mineva Faction

    Mineva Lao Zabi 

Mineva Lao Zabi

Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)
Mineva Lao Zabi (ca. U.C. 0097)

The daughter of the late Dozle Zabi and the last living member of the infamous Zabi family.

  • Greater-Scope Paragon: While Rita is the Big Good of the film, directly affecting the plot and helping people, Mineva is fighting the political fight, and her pressure on Zeon is what essentially gets Prime Minister Monaghan Bakharov to cave.

    Suberoa Zinnerman 

Suberoa Zinnerman

Voiced by: Hideaki Tezuka (Japanese)

A former member of Neo Zeon who captained the Garencieres during the Laplace Incident. He now operates under Mineva Zabi and helms a new ship of the same class, the Garencieres Jr.

     ARX- 014 Pilot (Spoilers

Banagher Links

Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (Japanese)

Main mecha: ARX-014 Silver Bullet Suppressor
Banagher Links (ca. U.C. 0097)

Former pilot of the Unicorn Gundam.

  • Ace Custom: Pilots the Silver Bullet Suppressor, armed with a beam magnum. And since the beam magnum's recoil is strong enough to break the arms of non-RX-0 mobile suits, it's customized to have backup arms stored on its back.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: As always, the Beam Magnum. Okay, the ability to fire a beam so powerful it can take out a suit with a near-miss is pretty impressive. But it still pays for it with a five-shot magazine. And it destroys the suit's arm with every shot. This is particularly impractical because at this point, Banagher is a skilled enough pilot that he can probably do more damage with a normal beam rifle rather than the five shots the Magnum allots him. But it's so awesome.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He provides some major support for Jona during the final battle against the II Neo Zeong.
  • But Now I Must Go: He leaves after Jona is rescued by the Shezarr Team.
  • Nice Guy: As always. He sticks his neck out for Jona, a complete stranger, and encourages him after Jona says that he feels like he's lost everything.
  • Rule of Symbolism: His appearance is preceded by a vision of the Unicorn Gundam Unit 1, which he previously piloted.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Since he now fights for Mineva's faction, he wears a Neo Zeon-style normal suit.
  • Vocal Evolution: As he's gotten older, his voice is deeper in this film. More noticeable in the Japanese dub.


    Martha Vist Carbine 

Martha Vist Carbine

Voiced by: Tomoko Shiota (Japanese)
Martha Vist Carbine (ca. U.C. 0097)

A member of the Vist family and wife of Melanie Hue Carbine, the chairman of Anaheim Electronics. She was arrested and sentenced to imprisonment in U.C. 0096 for her role in the Laplace Incident.

  • Karma Houdini: She only serves one year in prison for her crimes before being broken out of custody by Luio & Co.'s private army during transport. In exchange for information on the Phenex, the company presumably spirits her away to someplace where the Federation can't find her, meaning her only comeuppance is "not being fabulously wealthy and powerful," something that was a given once Laplace's Box was opened.

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