This page contains unmarked spoilers for Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. You Have Been Warned!
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Main mecha: MBF-02 Strike Rouge Gundam, ORB-01 Akatsuki Gundam
Voice Actors: Naomi Shindo (Japanese), Vanessa Morley (English)
- "Please do me a favor and stop calling me 'princess.'"
Kira's twin sister, Athrun's on-again-off-again Love Interest, and leader of Orb. She seems to be struggling with her position when the show begins, and is eventually forced to abandon the country as her plans fail. She plays a background role for much of the rest of the plot, but near the end comes back into focus after dealing with her personal demons.
- Action Politician: She tries to be at the beginning, but her diplomacy skills are only competent at best and the spiritedness and rebellious nature she had in the last series do not translate well to the political theater. This leaves her vulnerable to the manipulation of more experienced politicians like Unato and Yuna. She gets better near the end.
- Arranged Marriage: Was supposed to have one with Yuna.
- Attack Drone: With the Akatsuki. Subverted though, as she doesn't use the Shiranui pack herself. That title goes to Neo Roanoke aka Mu La Flaga towards the end of the series.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Once Cagalli starts fighting she's Orb's most effective soldier barring only Kira & Athrun. Having access to top of the line tech probably helps her here.
- Badass Normal: She's a Natural, but fights against Coordinators on pretty even footing. Her ride probably helped.
- Four-Star Badass: She's Orb's Commander-in-Chief, as well as its First Representative, complete with gold-braided uniform.
- Bathtub Bonding: After Lacus water-guns her in the face, they have their first real on-screen in-series conversation, while sitting in the Archangel's upgraded bathing facilities. Unfortunately, Kira eavesdropping from the men's side then caused more problems.
- Bigger Stick: The Akatsuki, which is a huge cut above the Strike Rouge.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: The Akatsuki, whose gold paint is actually an anti-beam coating.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Less pronounced than when Luna tried to take on Athrun, but even with the Akatsuki, Cagalli was really no match for Shinn in his Destiny.
- Curtains Match the Window: Has gold hair and gold eyes.
- Disposable Fiancé: Ignored her intended Arranged Marriage to Yuna initially to be with Athrun instead, then almost went through with it. After fully learning how despicable Yuna is and witnessing the amount of damage he causes, though, she's finally able to swiftly set him aside. On his rear end.
- Expy: She is a combination of both Sayla Mass and Relena Darlian, and in Destiny, the Relena aspect gets played up more.
- Heroic BSoD: After trying to be a Politically Active Princess backfires on her, Cagalli spends a good chunk of time in this state though she tries to keep going nonetheless. Getting the Akatsuki and her father's final message snaps her fully out of it.
- Immune to Bullets: In addition to the phase-shift armor which makes it nearly impervious to physical attacks, the Akatsuki can also reflect any beam shots fired at it. It cannot stop beam sabers, however.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Akatsuki. It's fast, well-armed, and impervious to beam shots.
- Love Hurts: Whatever the status of their relationship is, by the end there's no arguing that most of her interactions with Athrun after his return to the Archangel are pretty painful to watch.
- Politically Active Princess: She attempts to become this, but massively fails. Seems it worked much better in the epilogue.
- Runaway Bride: Maybe the first one to escape the wedding by mobile suit.
- She's Back: After returning to Orb and retrieving the Akatsuki. She proceeds to massacre the ZAFT forces attacking her country. She even tries taking on Shinn, who is fully in Berserker territory at this point.
- Situational Sword: The Akatsuki's unique Yata no Kagami coating makes it virtually immune to beam attacks, even those as powerful as the Minerva's Tannhauser. However, unlike Phase Shift Armor it's useless against ballistic, mass-based weaponry or beam sabers, meaning that it's in serious danger of being torn to pieces when facing these weapons, as demonstrated in Cagalli's fight with Shinn.
- Took a Level in Badass: When she gets her hands on the Akatsuki, Cagalli, who had massively failed in her early gambits, returns to her old form from two years prior.
Voice Actors: Kenji Nojima (Japanese), Brian Drummond (English)
- "This country isn't your plaything! Will you stop making decisions based on how you feel?"
A high-ranking Orb politician, he's a former friend of Cagalli's and a total jerk to boot. In her absence he leads Orb from one disaster to another, most notably the alliance with Neo and Djibril, both of whom he is terrified.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: A smug, upper-class dumbass.
- Armchair Military: Yuna thinks he's a great commander because of his talent for strategy games, and as such, takes command of Orb's forces, believing that he will lead them to victory. About that...
- Arranged Marriage: His father and Cagalli's had set one up. Yuna's willing to go through with it because he wants the political prestige.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Yuna actually thinks he's a player in this game, but he's way out of his league with Durandal, Djibril, and even Neo (who scares him to death).
- Bling of War: His very fancy uniform. Standard for his Orb military rank, though.
- Dirty Coward: Even more so than Djibril, panicking at the slightest hint of difficulty.
- Disposable Fiancé: Not only did he not exist until Destiny, he only shows up in-story after several episodes of Athrun and Cagalli together as a couple, let alone the heavy implication they've been together for two years. He then proceeds to be a Hate Sink. Cagalli may have come within a hairsbreadth of actually marrying him, but he's ultimately disposed of with a punch. (Or a GOUF).
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Dropped a crashing GOUF on him. It was hilarious.
- Fantastic Racism: Subverted. Yuna's not particularly anti-Coordinator himself, but he's willing to promote this sort of attitude in Orb if it racks up more political points with the Atlantic Federation.
- General Failure: He manages to make Djibril (who has his ruthlessness going for him, if nothing else) look like a great commander in comparison.
- Hate Sink: Yuna's an incompetent moron who fancies himself a major player. Used by Djibril and crushed by Durandal, he's there to make the both of them look more capable by comparison.
- Humiliation Conga: Ending with him being crushed to death under a falling mobile suit.
- Jerkass: Kind of goes without saying once you look at the rest of the tropes associated with him.
- Karmic Death:
- Started a pointless war. Had a GOUF shot down by one of his own mobile suits land on him.
- In the novelization he's killed by Djibril after he outlives his usefulness. Also very karmic.
- Laughably Evil: Particularly in the English dub, where his status as a Smug Snake, Dirty Coward, and General Failure is played for all the comedy it can provide, in contrast to the much more serious (if not much more effectual) Lord Djibril.
- Manchild: This lamo fancies himself a great military commander because of his skills in strategy games and when things go south for his forces he will panic and try to shift blame. The manga adaptation even has him screaming for his father when he sees their family shuttle (unaware that only Djibril was onboard) taking off without him.
- Manipulative Bastard: He thinks he's one, but he's way out of his league compared to the likes of Neo (who terrifies him) or even Djibril, let alone Durandal. His most notable onscreen accomplishment was using Cagalli's insecurities and father complex against her to effectively steer her to govern the country as he saw fit. Given that Cagalli is only a teenaged head-of-state who would much rather be on the frontlines with he forces, this is hardly anything to boast about.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Cagalli. He lampshades this on the way to their wedding, correcting Cagalli's tomboyish manner of speech into something more exaggeratedly "proper" and feminine.
- The Neidermeyer: Seen this way by Captain Todaka and the rest of the Orb troops who have to serve under him.
- Non-Action Guy: No experience in combat, no desire to see it.
- Replacement Scrappy: In-universe — he isn't well-liked by Orb officers for his incompetence and reliance on his blood ties with a powerful family vying for Orb leadership now that Cagalli is the only surviving member of the Athha family. And they're more than happy to pound his face in once Cagalli reappears after being "kidnapped" by Kira and orders his arrest.
- Romantic False Lead: A pretty obvious one.
- Sissy Villain: Effeminate voice and mannerisms? Check. Screams like a girl? Check. Sleeps in elf pajamas? Check.
- Sleazy Politician: Yuna's a totall Slimeball who's only out to make himself more politically influential. He and his father devolve into full-on Corrupt Politician for granting asylum to Djibril.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The original romanization was "Jona".
- Smug Snake: Incredibly stuck-up, incredibly incompetent.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Djibril, who while no genius, knows a sucker when he sees one, using Yuna to do his fighting, and then leaving him out to dry when things go badly.
- War for Fun and Profit: Got Orb involved in the war to win political points with Djibril and maintain his position at home. It backfires pretty badly.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple.
Voice Actors: Kazuya Ichijo (Japanese), Fred Henderson (English)
- "I'm counting on you, Freedom."
Todaka was a high-ranking officer of the Orb Union military. He was one of his country's battlefield commanders and always carried out the orders given to him, even if he disagrees with them. Though he may appear single-mindedly obedient in the series, he is not without any opposing views against Orb's leadership that consolidated itself by joining the Earth Alliance especially under its self-serving representative, Yuna Roma Seiran.
- Death by Irony: Shinn kills him, although neither Todaka nor Shinn were aware of each other at that point.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He orders his crew to flee while he remains behind and accountable for Orb's defeat against the Minerva.
- Must Let Them Get Away: He lets the Archangel escape from Orb after kidnapping Cagalli.
- Pet the Dog: In a flashback, he tried to comfort Shinn after he lost his parents.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Very sound in judgment and willing to listen to his subordinates.
- Reluctant Warrior: He very much believes in Orb's original ideals but is involved in Orb's alliance with the Earth Alliance and is forced into battles he wouldn't willingly participate in.
- Suicide by Cop: Possibly. Trapped between his My Country, Right or Wrong mentality and a criminally incompetent head of state, he orders his lightly-armed supercarrier to make a frontal attack on the enemy's most advanced battleship. Even the captain of said enemy warship is baffled.
- Try Not to Die: Under orders he has to order his own fleet to open fire on Cagalli and hopes the Freedom can save her.
Crew of the Archangel
Main mecha: ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam, ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam
Voice Actors: Soichiro Hoshi (Japanese), Matt Hill (English)
- "I don't want to kill anymore, and I will not let others kill."
The protagonist for the previous series, Kira returns to action following a botched assassination attempt upon Lacus. His general disillusionment and inability to trust both sides of the conflict put him at odds with Athrun, Shinn and the rest of the new cast. He eventually regains his position as the main character, and leads an independent faction (a collection of Orb soldiers loyal to Cagalli and various defectors from both OMNI and ZAFT) against Durandal. Compared to the angsty teen prone to emotional fits two years ago, this time he's much more emotionally stable.
- Ace Pilot: The best, and most infamous, pilot of the previous war, he returns to action here and walks all over the competition.
- Alertness Blink: Kira gains a Newtype Flash when he activates the Super DRAGOONs on his first sortie on the Strike Freedom, and shows one again upon sensing Rey during their duel.
- Arch-Enemy: Shinn and later Rey see him as this. Initially, Kira doesn't notice these a lot; he eventually clues in on both, he seriously tries to eliminate Shinn later and culminates an inverse Breaking Speech against Rey.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He's an Orb Admiral by the end of the series. Given that he's also willing to turn on anyone who disturbs the world's peace, this makes sense: if he's going to act on his own, why not make it legal for him? He doesn't really exercise his authority though, and only once (nervously) issues an order (for the Archangel, Athrun, and Mu to deal with Requiem). They mostly take it as a request from a friend and ally, rather than an order from a superior.
- Attack Drone: The Strike Freedom has eight.
- Bash Brothers: He's nigh-unstoppable when taking the field, but it's practically impossible to even touch Kira when Athrun has his back. Their units even cover the weaknesses of each other, with the Infinite Justice being optimized for Athrun's specialty in close combat, taking care of high-speed foes like the Destiny Gundam while the Strike Freedom is able to wipe out long-ranged entrenchments that would otherwise be difficult to approach.
- Beam Spam: With the Freedom, and especially the Strike Freedom, which now uses the very same DRAGOONs that gave him so much trouble two years ago against Le Creuset and his Providence.
- Big Brother Instinct: Whether he's the older one isn't yet confirmed, but it doesn't stop him from looking out for Cagalli. Such as by turning up in his mobile suit and kidnapping her from her own wedding, stopping her from marrying a Jerkass.
- Bigger Stick: The Freedom and the Strike Freedom, the latter being totally superior to any Gundam save perhaps the Infinite Justice, the Legend, and the Destiny.
- Born Winner: Being a Coordinator and reliable access to SEED mode is a good place to be.
- Blade Catch: In his rematch with Shinn in his new Strike Freedom, Kira uses his new forearm-mounted beam shields to block and grab the Destiny's anti-ship sword before blasting it with the Freedom's railguns to get the Destiny to let go of the weapon. It's worth mentioning that this Should not have worked... had he tried it on anyone else. Shinn had been on a downward spiral for a while, and that Kira managed to pull this trick off on him says a lot about how far he's fallen. It even seems like Kira was trying to teach a lesson to Shinn, the same way a Mentor or Senior might do to a rookie to demonstrate the flaws in their technique. Shinn certainly seemed to think so.Shinn: "'If that had been a beam (sword), this fight would be over now'...that what's you're trying to say?! Is that what this is, a lesson?!"
- Breaking Speech: Inflicts one on Rey, triggering his Villainous Breakdown.
- Disappeared Dad: His adoptive father Haruma isn't seen or mentioned at all, and there's no word of what happened to him.
- The Dreaded: The reactions of everyone on both sides when the Freedom reappears would indicate that he's achieved this status. From the point of view of Shinn and the Minerva crew, he's effectively a Hero Killer. When Shinn and Luna meet him at the end of the series, they're shocked that the suit's pilot is a kind, soft-spoken young man not much different from themselves.
- Dual Wielding: His preferred style in melee combat. He doesn't get to use this quite as often with the Freedom because it required him to discard his shield (his only means of defense) in order to draw his second beam saber. The Strike Freedom removes this problem because it has built-in beam shield generators in its forearms.
- Dynamic Entry: He does this a lot. Say what you will, the man knows how to make an entrance.
- Expy: He plays a similar role to Amuro Ray in Zeta Gundam, but he gradually evolves into Amuro circa Char's Counterattack, with Strike Freedom's design being based on the Hi-Nu Gundam (from the novelization of Char's Counterattack).
- Four-Star Badass: Holds the rank of Admiral in the Orb military, and is revealed to have become a ZAFT commander in the finale.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: Unlike Athrun, very few people know who Kira is, much less the role he played in the last warnote That Durandal and Rey seem to know is an early hint of their connection to Rau Le Cruset.
- The Hero: Quickly resumes this spot post-perspective flip.
- Hero Antagonist: Before the perspective flip. He's trying to bring a quick end to the conflict, but his questionable methods put him in direct confrontation with Athrun and Shinn.
- Heroic BSoD: When Rey announces himself as Rau Le Cruset Kira experiences a rush of rapid fire flashbacks in a fit of PTSD.
- Hero Killer: Inverted. He's a heroic character who utterly terrifies our antivillainous protagonists.
- Hero on Hiatus: For the first dozen episodes he chose not to involve himself with any fighting and had Lacus keep him from piloting the Freedom. Until he had to protect her once again and the Archangel became active.
- He's Back: His return aboard the Strike Freedom, having been thought of as KIA by Shinn and the Minerva left Shinn in utter shock.
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- Kira's Honor Before Reason nearly gets him killed by Shinn. Shinn spends his time watching over Kira's actions and realizes how he just disables his opponents rather than kill them and uses it to his advantage, allowing him to develop a plan that uses it against him.
- He returns the favor in their next match by using Shinn's aggressive and heavy-handed fighting style against him; Using hit-n-run tactics keep out of his reach and provoke Shinn into making mistakes.
- Honor Before Reason: Aims to disable his opponents (by destroying their mobile suits' cameras, weapons, or limbs) rather than kill them because he wants to keep the loss of human life to a minimum. Though noble in intention, it veers into Reckless Pacifist territory, which Athrun points out in his What the Hell, Hero? speech. Shinn later uses it against him to destroy the Freedom. In subsequent fights he's more active in getting rid of Shinn, frequently aiming for his cockpit. Even then, he refuses to pursue Shinn whenever the latter backs down, and passes up a few killshots.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Never says it out loud or tries to justify himself, but this is essentially what his Shoot the Dog moment (see below) boiled down to: Stella was completely out of control and was about to fire her triple Wave-Motion Gun that would have destroyed him, Shinn, and possibly the Minerva, along with probably another dozen civilians that could have still been in the Destroy's line of fire. Kira disables the gigantic MS and mortally wounds Stella, but his expression afterwards clearly conveys his regret.
- Invincible Hero: Kira is only defeated twice in the series, both while piloting an older mobile suit than his foes, and handicapped by his Technical Pacifist tendencies. Once he gets his Mid-Season Upgrade to the Strike Freedom, he's never even damaged in combat.
- Lady and Knight: The Knight to Lacus Clyne's Lady.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Freedom and especially the Strike Freedom. The latter is equipped with the same "Voiture Lumière" propulsion system used in the Destiny, and has its own variant of the Wings of Light (minus the afterimages). During its maiden flight, the Strike Freedom singlehandedly disabled 25 ZAKUs and GOUFs in just two minutes.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Averted at first. The Freedom's shield is a fairly mundane physical shield with a limited defense against both solid and beam attacks, and is the only area of performance in which the Freedom is lacking in comparison to the present time Gundams. This is normally not a problem considering Kira often ditches it anyway as he engages in Dual Wielding his beam sabers. And it doesn't help protect the Freedom in its final battle with the Impulse anyway, considering the latter's anti-ship sword just pierces through it. Fixed with the Strike Freedom, which has two beam shields installed in its forearms.
- Martial Pacifist: Kira doesn't like to fight. He'll take you apart if you push the issue though.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The Strike Freedom. On top of having virtually everything the Freedom has (which was already on par with the most advanced mobile suits of the time despite being two years old), it has updated specs and an OS specifically designed for Kira along with beam shields (which gave him additional melee weapons and better defenses) and DRAGOONS to cover its backside (which can be deployed to attack from multiple directions when in space). While the Freedom was already incredibly fast, the Strike Freedom is implied to be even faster, having no problems keeping up with the all-purpose Destiny Gundam. Combined with Kira's own superior skills, he is able to take on Shinn and Rey with their respective Bigger Sticks at once, although only for a short time before being overwhelmed.
- Official Couple: With Lacus.
- Oh, Crap!: When he realizes he's lost to Shinn in the Impulse. And more so when Rey invokes Rau's ghost on him in the final battle.
- Older and Wiser: And just a little burnt out.
- One-Man Army: Nobody can stand up to Kira when he truly lets loose, and he leaves an army of broken mobile suits behind him whenever he enters a battle. There's a reason why people react in horror whenever the Freedom takes the field. It helps that the Freedom is optimized for engaging multiple targets simultaneously rather than focusing on a single opponent, so it can take out Mooks like nobody's business.
- Real Men Dont Cry: Apparently he picked Flay's advice regarding crying over Lacus's. Whether from Flay's Last Words in SEED telling him he didn't need to cry anymore, or the production staff deciding this trope would make him look more heroic, Kira went from Prone to Tears in SEED and being characterized in-show as a crybaby to not even getting teary-eyed in GSD. When it comes to things like Meer being shot and dying in front of him while Lacus and combat-hardened Athrun sob their eyes out, it can get a little unsettling.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Averted when he pilots the Strike Rouge. He changed its specs so its PSA would display the Strike Gundam's original white/blue/red colors. His pilot suit, however, does have pink stripes on its shoulder boards.
- Retired Badass: For two years, living with Lacus, his adoptive mother Caridad Yamato, and Father Malchio and his orphans in the Solomon Islands. He was forced to come back to service after an attempt on Lacus's life.
- Rogue Protagonist: He knows Durandal's got an agenda. Shinn and Athrun don't. This causes problems.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: If the Thousand-Yard Stare, constant flashbacks, and The Stoic personality are any indicator.
- Shoot the Dog: Forced to break his Technical Pacifism to stop the Destroy from wrecking Berlin, killing Stella as a side effect of damaging the Destroy's Wave-Motion Gun, which exploded and mortally wounded her.
- The Stoic: He's certainly more serene compared to two years ago, but that doesn't stop him from showing a look of horror at the sight of the ruins of Junius Seven falling upon Earth, Shinn slicing his Freedom in half, and Rey explaining how he was meant to become another Rau Le Creuset.
- Super Mode: For most of the show, he's the only member of the cast who can activate this mode at will. It's one of the reasons he's an One-Man Army.
- Take a Third Option: He again refuses to pick a side, targeting both ZAFT and the Earth Forces, while trying to get Orb to back out. This doesn't stop the likes of Shinn from gunning for him though.
- Technical Pacifist: His new fighting style involves severing the enemies' limbs.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: He's developed a pretty significant one since SEED. In his early appearances, he's usually on the beach or at the window, staring off into space.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: For the most part. He breaks the rule against Stella though, and does take a few killshots at Shinn later on.
- Too Many Belts: His civilian outfit.
- Übermensch: He and Lacus are a messianic pair of them, rejecting the cynical, violent, racially motivated politics of the Cosmic Era in favor of their own inclusive, technically pacifistic idealism.
- The Unfettered: Which really sucks for political leaders with unethical agendas. He's more than willing to turn his Gundam on anyone who disturbs the peace, and he's got the allies, intel, technology and skills to make them think twice before messing with him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Athrun tries to hit Kira with this, claiming he's just making the battlefield more chaotic, but Kira more or less shrugs it off, commenting that it's not like he's got a lot of options.
- Would Hit a Girl: He kills Stella.
- Zen Survivor: Due to a combination of shellshock and having learned, for better or worse, that he can't expect anybody else to be reasonable.
Voice Actors: Rie Tanaka (Japanese), Chantal Strand (English dialogue), Jillian Michaels (English singing)
- "I am not trying to win. I'm trying to protect."
An important political figure, Lacus essentially dropped off the radar following the end of the First Bloody Valentine War to live quietly with Kira in the South Pacific. Forced back into action by an assassination attempt against her, she returns to space in an attempt to consolidate enough power to stop Durandal.
- Action Girl: Subverted when she was "piloting" the Infinite Justice, as she doesn't engage in combat. Lacus told a still-wounded Athrun and Meyrin that she was "just keeping the seat warm".
- All-Loving Hero: Subverted. There's nobody Lacus doesn't care about... almost. She has no time for Djibril and shed not a tear at Durandal's demise. She's far more concerned and forgiving than your average person or anybody else in the Cosmic Era, but she clearly has limits.
- Bathtub Bonding: She and Cagalli have their first real chance to talk in the series when they use the Archangel's upgraded Japanese-style baths. Unfortunately, it ended up not being a private discussion, since Kira was listening in from the men's side...
- Big Good: Lacus is the primary opposition to Djibril and Durandal's agendas. She also hands out custom new Gundams to Kira and Athrun.
- The Chessmaster: Not to the same degree as Durandal, but the mobile suit factories in the asteroids show that Lacus was ready to move in the event of renewed hostilities.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Imagine the version of her from the last show wearing black or red, ever. That's her Character Development for this series in visual shorthand. Also, while Durandal calls her "The White Queen", he obviously has no way of knowing that he's wearing white but she's wearing black.
- Confronting Your Imposter: Invoked, since their meeting was arranged, but as Lacus had been notably quiet about her feelings over Meer's identity theft up to then, the very kind and selfless way she dealt with her managed to be quite a Reveal.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Durandal is a Villain in a White Suit. She's the Big Good and his greatest threat, so she wears black this time.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: Double subverted! She interrupts Meer's interruption of Cagalli's broadcast and then makes it clear to the whole world that she would have none of Durandal's schemes, while also delivering a verbal bitchslap to Djibril. Also a case of Throwing Down the Gauntlet: It was a very public challenge to Durandal, not as a piece on the board, but as an equal opponent. Durandal did not take this well.
- The Exile: Despite the change of governments, she didn't return to PLANT after the first war and chose to stay at Rev. Malchio's in the Marshall Islands with Kira, to the point that Durandal is apparently unable to locate her. Despite only finally returning when asked to do so after the end of GSD, it seems to have affected her less than Athrun.
- As in SEED, she's a more active take on Relena Darlian, seeing what her pacifist views have wrought. Much like what happened to Relena at the end of Wing, Lacus at the end inherited the same position as her late father, Siegel Clyne: being the Chairwoman of the PLANT Supreme Council.
- She's also the pink-haired daughter of the dead rebel space leader with orphans to watch over, a cult of personality, a very clever and secretive personality, a base in an asteroid, and a bone to pick with a guy with Shuichi Ikeda's voice. She now hits a lot of notes from the original appearance of Haman Karn. Even her white coat with the wide shoulders and orbital trim is a nod to Haman's Qubeley mobile suit.
- Visually, her main black/sleeveless/ponytail outfit was taken from an episode of Jem, "Old Meets New", and makes a quick appearance in the show's second opening.
- Friend to All Children: Stays in an orphanage, chaperoning a bunch of children by day and even sleeping in the same bed with them at night.
- Guile Heroine: She's the brains of the outfit, fighting back against Durandal using the same sort of political pressure and propaganda techniques that he employs.
- The High Queen: Given that her standard form of address now seems to be "Lacus-sama", Durandal views her power and authority as necessary to ruling himself, and PLANT asked her to return and take a governing position in the epilogue, she's pretty much now this, despite living in complete obscurity at the beginning.
- Honour Before Reason: She's even less naive than in SEED, but still wants to do things like meet Meer when everyone, including herself, knows it's a trap.
- Idiot Ball: Lacus is far more upset giving Strike Freedom to Kira when Eternal is under heavy attack a suit she'd had specifically designed for him than she was nonchalantly stealing Freedom in the last show (and putting countless people's lives at risk). *
- Idol Singer: Played with, as she's effectively retired and only sings to orphans. We then see Meer pretending to be her and hitting every note in this trope, with overwhelming success.
- Impersonation Gambit: To steal Meer's shuttle, meaning she impersonates Meer's imitation of herself. It's pretty funny, funnier in the CD drama which shows how she prepared it, and when you consider she undoubtedly had other ways of getting back to space, something of a Refuge in Audacity.
- Lady and Knight: The Lady to Kira Yamato's Knight. She coordinates with the independent Terminal while he acts as her enforcer.
- Lady of War: Gets there by the end, completing her Character Development. She gathers and heads an army to destroy Durandal and the Destiny Plan, leading Eternal again while urging humanity to fight for their right to dreams and a future.
- The Leader: She's a Charismatic Type to Terminal and the rest of the anti-ZAFT forces. Final Plus also shows that she became the new Chairwoman of the PLANT Supreme Council (the same position as her late father) after all had settled down.
- Messiah Creep: Since SEED. It makes her conflict with Durandal that much more interesting.
- Ms. Fanservice: Downplayed, though part of her Character Development. Her wrap minidress is now black and sleeveless, worn with long black fingerless gloves and viewers took notice. She also tries on a black Zettai Ryouiki outfit while shopping and has a Furo Scene with Cagalli where we see her completely naked from behind, rear end included. It all makes the point that "Hotter and Sexier Lacus" does not equal "Meer", something where Durandal's foresight or ability to care also failed.
- Music for Courage: She sings "Fields of Hope" to calm the children during the Break the World incident.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: ...which provides the music while we watch the effects it has on the planet.
- Odd Friendship: She's entirely different from blunt, outgoing, and much older Andrew Waltfeld on the surface. However they seem to have the same imaginative sense of humor and penchant for sneakiness, and get along quite well.
- Official Couple: She and Kira are the only couple who survived SEED and their relationship as a Chastity Couple remains solid.
- Phantom Thief: Her taste and penchant for helping herself to ZAFT's military hardware is unchanged. She tallies a shuttle, the Gaia, and the plans for the DOM Trooper, as well as, debatably, the plans for Strike Freedom this time around. She also manages to "steal" a good bit of Durandal's forces at the end just by signaling her presence.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Played with. Aside from some pink trim in her main, multicolored outfit, Lacus wears no pink at all in most of her clothes (and doesn't try any pink outfits while shopping). However, she does sport an elaborate pink Pimped-Out Dress in the Eye Catch and a couple of endings. Played straight with her custom last-gen ZAFT pilot suit, which is very pink, which she wore to handle the fuchsia Infinite Justice.
- Robot Buddy: Still has her army of Haros.
- Signature Headgear: Lacus still has her distinctive double-curved barrette, and as seen in the picture, it's joined for most of the show by an elaborate red ribbon around her ponytail. Which is replaced by a large white bow for her new high-ranking position and outfit in PLANT at the end.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She was named to the Pantheon for good reason. (Just ask Durandal about that.) The girl has an iron spine. She remains as gracious and genuinely kind and beautifully-mannered as ever, but don't mess with her if you value your life.
- Super Mode: She displays SEED Mode again, but just like the prequel, the seed-burst animation for her isn't shown.
- Technical Pacifist: Doesn't want to kill anyone, but if she has to, she will sic Kira on them. And it will hurt both their enemies and herself.
- Tender Tears: Meer's Heroic Sacrifice, and subsequently reading an account of her life and how her extreme makeover took a heavy toll on her sanity, sent her crying into Kira's arms.
- Übermensch: She and Kira are messianic versions of this.
- Warrior Poet: A female example. The fact that all the songs we hear from her are connected to war and loss may qualify her as this.
Voice Actors: Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese), Lisa Ann Beley (English)
The captain of the Archangel, and Kira's commanding officer from two years ago. Initially working as an engineer (which was, after all, her original job) in Orb, she answers Kira's call to action and reprises her role as the Archangel's captain once they enter the conflict.
- Action Girl: She's able to outgun a squad of trained ZAFT (read: Coordinator) assassins after Lacus's head and come out unscathed, even scoring a few kills. That's impressive.
- Badass Normal: Is a genetically unmodified Natural, yet holds her own when a group of coordinators attacks Lacus's home.
- The Captain: She serves as the Archangel's leader.
- Cool Ship: The Archangel is still pretty damn cool.
- Expy: The parallels between her and Bright Noa are as strong or stronger in this show.
- Official Couple: With Neo Roanoke, aka Mu La Flaga.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Waltfeld, on account of both of them having lost their loved ones.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Still the most rational military leader around.
Main mecha: MVF-M11C Murasame (yellow), ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam (red)
Voice Actors: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese), Brian Drummond (English)
A former ZAFT ace, who defected near the end of the previous war. Still has the scars from his battle with Kira.
- Ace Custom: His mobile suit for the first half of the series is a recolored Murasame in his personal colors.
- Animal Mecha: Somehow acquired the Gaia later on in the show.
- Arm Cannon: Hides a really nasty gun within his prosthetic arm.
- Artificial Limbs: Has a prosthetic arm, complete with a built-in shotgun.
- Bigger Stick: While it may not be the latest in military technology by Episode 39, the Gaia Gundam is still a more powerful mobile suit than the Murasame he starts out with, and more than a match for the ZAKU Warrior and GOUF Ignited units used by ZAFT by that point.
- The Captain: Of the Eternal once it gets back in action. Subverted in that while this indeed is his job, Lacus only refers to him as "Commander Waltfeld" this time.
- Cool Old Guy: As cool as ever despite his advancing age.
- First-Name Basis: He's one of very few people who simply call Lacus "Lacus", no honorific. It's more impressive considering that he was more deferential two years ago and that she is technically his boss, if more practically something like a partner-in-crime.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His face is disfigured by scarring from his duel with Kira.
- Handicapped Badass: He can hold his own despite having lost an eye and an arm (now replaced with a prosthetic arm which also conceals a gun just in case).
- Impersonation Gambit: The other half of Lacus's double act to steal Meer's shuttle. He plays her manager and points out that Lacus is the one who comes up with these "daring plans".
- Mid-Season Upgrade: He gets a recolored Gaia Gundam by Episode 39, which he uses to defend the Eternal against ZAFT Mobile Suits.
- Odd Friendship: He seems to be able to read the startling and awe-inspiring Lacus more easily than most people, and they work together and get along quite well despite being outwardly quite different.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Ramius. After Mu returns, it is shown in the epilogue that he has become the Third Wheel.
- Transforming Mecha: Starts off with an Ace Custom variant of Orb's Murasame variable-fighter [nicknamed "Torasame" ("Tiger Shark") by Japanese fans] , then switches to a recaptured Gaia, recolored according to his specifications. It works out nicely for him seeing as its animal form is more or less the LaGOWE which was his machine of choice back in SEED.
Voice Actors: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Anna Cummer (English)
An old friend of Kira's, and an Archangel crew member in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. She's a photojournalist covering the war when we first see her in Destiny, but she ends up back on the Archangel after running into her old crewmates again.
- Demoted to Extra: Although she was with Kira and Cagalli during their secret meeting with Athrun.
- Mythology Gag: Her post-war profession and the nature of her reintroduction is rather reminiscent of Kai Shiden in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.
- Offscreen Breakup: With Dearka, before the series began.
- Ship Sinking: When she returns to the Archangel, chief mechanic Murdoch asks what happened to Dearka; she responds "I dumped him." Unlike countless instances of this trope, however, fans were happy to a degree since it confirms that they were an Official Couple, even if that's no longer the case.
Main mecha: ZGMF-XX09T DOM Trooper
Hilda's Voice Actors: Michiko Neya (Japanese), Tabitha St. Germain (English)
Mars's Voice Actors: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Philip Pacaud (English)
Herbert's Voice Actors: Taiten Kusunoki (Japanese), Lee Tockar (English)
Hilda, Mars, and Herbert are a trio of former ZAFT pilots who are very loyal to Lacus Clyne.
- Attack Pattern Alpha/Combination Attack: Their Jet Stream Attack.
- Expy: Of the Black Tri-Stars Gaia, Mash and Ortega; they even share the Tri-Stars' Signature Move, the Jet Stream Attack.
- Undying Loyalty: They are extremely loyal to Lacus.
Voice Actors: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese), Mark Oliver (English)
- "Everything is born into this world, and eventually, dies. That's the pure and simple truth of it."
The (late) Big Bad of the previous war, Rau makes several appearances in various characters' flashbacks, many of which expand upon his life and philosophy, helping to further explain his actions in SEED, while also showing his legacy two years later.
- Beauty = Goodness: The less-deteriorating and war-and-pain-crazed version of Rau also saves kids from hell... and without the mask, he's probably the most handsome character in the entire series. This is how Rey sees him at the very end.
- Big Bad Friend: To Durandal, before the show began.
- Cool Mask: We see both how long he's had it and him without it, finally.
- Darth Vader Clone: Carrying through from the last series, and kind of necessary if you're going to have an obvious Palpatine in the form of Durandal. As with Vader and Palpatine, they end up having largely conflicting agendas. Neither Palpatine nor Durandal seems to have minded or even realized their underling's/acquaintance's actual negative feelings towards them. Gilbert's toxic insistence that Ignored Enamored Underling Rey was Rau led directly to Rey killing him. Rau's final appearance, without the mask and looking very peaceful, might be better-looking than the Force ghost of Anakin Skywalker.
- Dead Person Conversation: Has an episode length one with Durandal.
- False Friend: Given their pasts, he has absolutely no reason to be civil to Gilbert, other than for Rey's sake. While Durandal appeared to be somewhat fond of and oddly dependent on him, even if one assumes Le Creuset only foresaw his demise and didn't somehow have a hand in it, Rau's spirit appears much happier and calmer once Durandal is finally destroyed.
- Foil: To Rey, as Durandal persistently refuses to recognize the fact that despite DNA, they are not identical; to Durandal, who can never quite grasp that Rau disagreeing with or encouraging him may actually be harmful, and to Neo Roanoke, who does a Laser-Guided Karma very bad imitation of him (see things like Flay vs. Stella).
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Durandal manages to make him look like a good guy. (So do his Pet the Dog moments with Rey.)
- Manipulative Bastard: Checkmates and out-philosophizes his "friend" about his pathological Control Freak tendencies, expecting Durandal to respond. And fail.
- Pet the Dog: His interaction with Rey is a retroactive example of this, and helps to humanize him more.
- The Philosopher: On a slightly more hopeful note than we last saw him."It's like finding your way out of a labyrinth."
- Posthumous Character: But for a dead guy, his influence on the plot is pretty significant.
- Predecessor Villain: The Big Bad and Man Behind the Man of the last show and war, he ends up having a significant influence on the Big Bad of this one.
- Red Is Heroic: Before he became the Villain in a White Suit from SEED, Rau wore what's either the precursor to the modern ZAFT redcoat model or simply an Earth military Custom Uniform (or both, but the fact that it isn't elaborated on at all just adds to his mystique). He did it while rescuing a child and attempting to Give Him a Normal Life. It's played with in that is clearly meant as a Shout-Out to the original Gundam Malevolent Masked Man, Red Is Violent Char Aznable (who is played by Durandal's seiyuu Shuichi Ikeda). Almost as big a surprise as finally seeing his face, considering he was originally so carefully Color-Coded for Your Convenience.
- Rescue Introduction: With Rey. Rau found him and freed him when he was a much smaller child from some unspecified very dark past. It also gives some more context to his saving Flay at Alaska in SEED.
- The Reveal: His face is finally revealed during one of Durandal's flashbacks, and again at the end of Final Plus. There was nothing wrong with him either time, by the way.
- Shout-Out: Given how he interacts with the original, his murky relationship with and potential betrayal of Durandal, surprise red uniform, and a younger sibling with a Strong Family Resemblance and vastly different personality and goals are all meant to reference Char Aznable, even more so than his original Char Clone status. Part of the many, many Mobile Suit Gundam Mythology Gags in Destiny.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Rey is The Quiet One and an Ice King; Rau's a flamboyant dramatist with a lot more experience in the world and a definite desire to do particular people a good bit of harm. Contrast the way they both treat Athrun over his Kira issues, or Rau's admiration of Lacus with Rey's Hero Worship of Durandal. Even Rey's persistently straight hair with Rau's very wavy look — basically, the similarities between them are far outweighed by the differences.
- Smart People Play Chess: Definitely one of the smartest people in the series, and as his flashbacks demonstrate, he was capable of checkmating Durandal, both literally and philosophically.
- Straw Nihilist: Subverted, with the subversion even lampshaded by Rau. Le Creuset's philosophical beef was never that there was no point at all to life or that goodness didn't matter, just that people continually kept making wrong and brutal choices. GSD shows him having found someone who in a lot of ways is the "same" as him and contentedly trying to put him on a different path. And being displeased at Gilbert for not being able to tell the difference.Durandal: "So you're saying there's no point?"Rau: "No, that's not what I'm saying."
- Stronger Sibling: Inverted. He was far more dangerous than Rey, and continues to influence both him and Durandal.
- Villainous Friendship: Apparently had one with Durandal. See False Friend and Shout-Out.