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Gundam 00: Awakening of the Trailblazer

Only seven days remain until Humanity will be extinct.

"Everyone, this is Celestial Being's... No. This is going to be our last mission."

Sumeragi Lee Noriega


The first completely new Gundam feature film in 19 years, Mobile Suit Gundam 00: A wakening of the Trailblazer is the continuation of the 2007-2009 series Gundam 00, and is intended to be the Grand Finale of the Anno Domini universe.

The year is 2314. Two years have passed since the defeat of Ribbons Almark, the Innovadewho called himself "God", and the world is gradually moving towards peace. In this new world, other people around the planet are beginning to Innovate, including a mysterious man named Descartes Shaman. However, an abandoned probe from an expedition to Jupiter 130 years ago (the same expedition that built the original GN Drives) approaches Earth bringing a new crisis with it, one that threatens all of mankind. Celestial Being, still recovering from their battle with the A-Laws and Innovades, are forced into action to save humanity, and the first true innovator Setsuna F. Seiei finally obtains the Gundam he always wished for. Aeolia Schenberg's plan has moved into its final stage...

In the same way Gundam 00 introduced several new ideas into the Gundam franchise, the film lives up to its name of "Trailblazer". For the first time in the thirty year history of Gundam, A wakening of the Trailblazer introduced a living alien race, known as ELS (Extra-Terrestrial Living-Metal Shape-Shifters).

It was released in Japanese theaters on September 18. A US Premiere took place at the New York Anime Festival on October 10, the DVD/Blu-Ray version was released on December 25 in Japan, and July 5 in America.

Tropes used in Gundam 00: Awakening of the Trailblazer include:

  • Adaptation Decay: Parodied hard in the movie within the movieCelestial Being. None of the Gundam Meisters depicted in that movie looks like the real ones. In that movie, Setsuna has a scar in his face, Allelujah is a little girl, Tieria is a Scary Black Man and Lockon is a puny guy with glasses. And that Setsuna is even more Hot-Blooded than the real one!
    • And then for metatropic-irony: Lockon is shown wearing similar glasses in the opening credits before the movie within a movie and then directly after as well.
  • Animation Bump: The whole movie's animation quality is far beyond that of the series, which is to be expected. What really stands out, though, is how much attention the production team gave to small details.
  • Arm Cannon: The Braves' GN Beam Machineguns, and four of the Zabanya's GN Missile Pods.
  • Assimilation Plot: The ELS, who utilize it as their primary means of understanding new objects and concepts.
  • The Atoner: The Federation, especially the soldiers who were members of A-Laws.
  • Attack Drone: All four Gundams have some form of remote weapon, with the Raphael Gundam getting a whole other unit that can itself separate into other Attack Drones.
    • The Gadeleza takes it Up to Eleven with 14 Large GN Fangs (each the size of a mobile suit and packing their own GN Drive) that carry 10 Small GN Fangs apiece, for a grand total of 154.
  • Battle Couple: Doublelujah and SoMarie.
  • Beam Spam: Gundam Zabanya and the Gadeleza. It is glorious.
    • Gundam Harute can use its GN Cannons and GN Swords Rifles to shoot down four targets simultaneously.
  • Better to Die Than Be Killed: Graham's Heroic Sacrifice was induced at least partially by the fact that his mobile suit and himself were in the process of being assimilated by the ELS. Ditto for Andrei, who mounted a suicidal charge against a large ELS ship knowing what would happen. Patrick decides to go out like this as well when his GN-XIV begins to get assimilated, but since this is Patrick he manages to survive. Again. Also Tieria when the Raphael gets hit by the ELS
    • Incidentally the preferred method in all four cases as well as several others involving nameless grunts is Deliberate Overclocking of their unit's Trans-Am System.
  • BFS: The 00 Qan[T] uses an improved version of the Raiser Sword that gashes a massive scar into the ELS' mothership, which is the size of a moon.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The movie loves this trope. It happens no less than four times.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: One of the few sci-fi works to accurately portray just how alien two intelligent species evolving in different solar systems/environments would actually be to one-another. Not to be confused with Lockon's Haros.
  • Body Horror: Assimilation. Your whole body is slowly converted into an alien substance from the inside out that you can actually feel happening...
  • Call Back: Remember the 4th ED, "Trust You"? Watch the ending of the movie, and ask yourself if it isn't at least ironic.
    • Also, the flower that Setsuna was given at the end of season two makes a return and plays a role in the plot.
    • And Setsuna, in his dream sequence/vision, gets to look at a similar flower growing in the desert, like what Setsuna did in the 4th OP.
  • Canon Immigrant: The Flag used by Setsuna to save Marina is an Orbital Colony Guard-Type Flag with a modified GN Sword in place of the linear rifle.
  • Captain Ersatz: Mina Carmine to Nena Trinity, though it's justified. In fact, it may be the other way around. See Identical Stranger below for details.
    • Mina has the same hairstyle that Sumeragi had in the first season of the TV series, which is a smart move for somebody trying to seduce Billy.
  • Christmas Cake: Marina Ismail and Sumeragi Lee Noriega. Both are in their early thirties and still unmarried.
  • Curb Stomp Battle: An interesting case in that both sides take turns curb-stomping each other. Seriously, it's like watching a game of Pong.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Setsuna was able to "talk" with the original Lockon, Christina and Lichty while in a coma.
  • Detachment Combat: The Raphael and Seravee II, in more ways than one: Seravee can detach its legs to create Attack DroneWave Motion Guns. Best summarized by an internet-goer: "Wait, the Gundam has a giant set of legs on its head. Also the legs are funnels. Also the funnels are a Gundam."
  • Disappears Into Light: While it doesn't involve dying, this is what happened to Setsuna and the 00 Qan[T] after the battle with ELS.
    • They do come back though... 50 years later.
  • Explosive Overclocking: Guess what happens when a GN Drive Tau-equipped mobile suit in Trans-Am is pushed beyond its operational safety limit?
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Too many characters too list.
  • Expy: The 00 Qan[T] has a Bifurcated Weapon, like a certain character in Advent Children. The fact that it's called the GN Buster Sword doesn't help.
    • Descartes Shaman looks like a Bishounen version of Aber Lindt from season two. On the other hand, his Gadelaza looks like a Protoss Carrier.
    • Several fans have pointed out that the ELS' designs are very similar to that of Vorlon ships. Even the first thing Setsuna says to them can be rephrased as "who are you and what do you want".
  • Famous Last Words:

Graham Aker: "Young man! Do you need a beacon to the future? I, Graham Aker, will gladly oblige! This is not death; it's for humankind to live on!" *sniff*
Andrei Smirnov: "I am an Earth Federation soldier; I will protect the civilians!"

  • Fan Service Pack: Mileina Vashti. She's Let Her Hair Down, and wears Zettai Ryouiki.
  • Faster-Than-Light Travel: It turns out that, after analyzing the 00 Raiser's quantization ability, Ian designed the Qan[T] to have a full-blown FTL Drive, called the "Quantum Teleport System". Setsuna uses it to travel to the ELS homeworld, so he can learn more about the ELS and the ELS learn more about humanity through him.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Being assimilated. Seriously, no one deserves that.
  • First Contact: For the first time ever in the Gundam franchise. Sadly, it's one big case of numerous It Got Worse moments piling on top of each other.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Gundam Meisters: Setsuna = phlegm, Allelujah = melancholic, Lockon = sanguine, Tieria = choleric, Marie = supine.
  • Genius Bruiser: Tieria Erde and Lockon Stratos II can be classified as such.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: All initial efforts to communicate with the ELS end up in this fashion.
  • Gratuitous English: Contrary to the title of this article, the official title of the movie is "A wakening of the Trailblazer." While those may very well all be words, no native English speaker would have such an A mazing Use of Spaces.
  • Hacker Cave: Aeolia Schoenberg's lab, with nine monitors and at least five computer towers, embodies this.
  • Heroic Sacrifice / Killed Off for Real: Graham Aker. Fans will miss his GAR-ness.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: In-universe, in the parody movie Celestial Being, all the atrocities of A-Laws was attributed to Alejandro Corner, who was already dead by the end of Season 1.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Gloriously averted with the SolBraves. They masterfully display the ability to actually watch each others' backs, use themselves as decoys to draw enemy fire, and behave like a proper squad all around.
  • Identical Stranger: Mina Carmine looks and soundsa lot like Nena Trinity, to say nothing of the similarity in their first names. What the hell's going on here? Well, according to the novel they're actually very distant relatives, with Mina being born naturally while Nena is a clone of Mina's ancestor.
  • It Got Worse: Basically sums up the whole movie, for both sides. To name a few though:
    • A massive fleet of ELS appears, having enough mass to pull two of Jupiter's moons close enough to the planet to tear them apart via tidal forces.
    • ESF mobile suits and Celestial Being's Gundams wiping the floor with the ELS fleet, which is answered by the ELS eventually assimilating a few GN-XIV and turning into them.
    • That huge fleet that appears from Jupiter and has the Earth terrified? Absolutely dwarfed by the appearance of the main unit, a command ship the size of the Moon.
    • The Gadelaza showing up and wiping out a massive amount of ELS on its own, which is subsequently assimilated by the ELS.
    • The Celestial Being firing its Wave Motion Gun and nearly cutting the ELS planetoid in half, which in return is answered by the ELS creating a barrier powerful enough to stop its second shot.
    • The appearance of the 00 Qan[T], and the Zabanya and Harute subsequently handing the ELS their collective asses.
    • Rather early on, Allelujah and Marie encounter the ELS without knowing what they are. They are nearly hit by a self-driven jeep, which they dodge. They then try escaping, but are being chased by another ELS-jeep. They split up and it chases Marie automatically. Until Hallelujah kicks in and the ELS switch their target to him. He manages to run away, by climbing up on a roof top, from where he shouts: "Haha! See if you can catch me now!"... The ELS respond by having a helicopter rise behind him.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Marina Ismail bids farewell to her Tall, Dark and Bishoujo days by the end of the film. She doesn't just age well, but also becomes blind. She gets better in the manga adaptation.
    • Possibly subverted by Klaus Grado, who more or less turn into a Cool Old Guy.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Setsuna F. Seiei, in a meta sense.
  • Large Ham: The entire cast of Celestial Being: The Movie.
  • Last Stand: The ESF forces in the final battle fought valiantly and struggled with more than they had, but it's clear to everyone within a few minutes of battle - if not before - that they are hopelessly outnumbered "ten-thousand-to-one", and stand no hope for victory. The battle ultimately becomes an attempt to fight for just enough time for Setsuna to wake up from his coma and pilot the 00 Qan[T].
  • Le Parkour: Hallelujah has fun using this to avoid alien-possessed vehicles. He was perplexed at what to do when the helicopter came after him, however.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Harute, designed for zero-gravity combat. The prototype Brave units qualify, as well.
    • Doubly so for the Gadeleza, considering it’s even larger than the Ptolemaios Kai.
  • Lip Lock: The English dub suffers from this in a few places. Fortunately, they're small in number, and the dub as a whole manages to avert this.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Gundams Zabanya and Harute, along with the Gadelaza.
  • Male Gaze: Billy's POV shot when Mina hits on him on the ride up the orbital elevator.
  • The Messiah: Setsuna F. Seiei
  • Mid Movie Upgrades: Setsuna pilots three MS in this film, starting off with a modified Flag, then the repaired 00 Raiser (which doesn't have any GN Drives), and finally gaining the 00 Qan[T] near the end of the film. Lockon also pilots his late brother's Gundam Dynames while rescuing Allelujah and Marie, then using the Gundam Zabanya against the ELS.
  • Mind Rape: Setsuna's first attempt to contact the ELS puts him in a coma for most of the film.
    • Happens on a mass scale to all the potential Innovators on Earth when the ELS try to communicate with them.
  • Older and Wiser: Saji Crossroad, now a war veteran who has fought against the A-Laws.
  • One-Man Army: All four Gundams and the Gadelaza, thanks to liberal application of Attack Drones, Beam Spam, Macross Missile Massacre (but only for three of them), and Wave Motion Guns.
  • Overclocking Attack: The preferred method of ESF pilots to avoid assimilation; see Explosive Overclocking above.
  • Pet the Dog: H/Allelujah and Graham both received this in a meta-sense, given how the two were significantly sidelined (especially the former) in the series. The two were given good chunks of screen time in this film with the latter even being promoted to the Sixth Ranger role.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Continues the tradition in true Gundam style, though in this case it's justified by the two parties having no idea how to communicate with each other.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Andrei Smirnovfinally pays his penance for killing Sergei two years prior.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Marute Mode, which not only turns the Harute's eyes red but also reveals four more.
  • Rousseau Was Right (White and White Morality)
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Two notable aversions exist:
    • The ELS have a giant, spherical battleship that increases the gravitational pull of Jupiter enough to cause two of its moons to be pulled in from their orbit and ripped apart by tidal forces. Later, the battleship approaches Earth, and the effects of something the size of The Moon are pointed out.
    • At first, it seems to be played straight with the Gadelaza: There's no practical reason for making a mobile armor the size of a cruiser packing seven GN Tau Drives and 14 MS-sized "Large GN Fangs" that each store 10 regular-sized "GN Fangs" and boast their own GN Drive Tau. The ESF might have been better off replacing the Gadelaza with an actual cruiser and the GN Fangs with GN-XIIIs, GN-XIVs, or Braves. Then you remember that it's stated to have better performance than five mobile suit platoons.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Played with. Though Graham Aker's suicide did help Setsuna do what he needed to do, when you realize that the ELS never intended to destroy humanity and that it was all a misunderstanding, it becomes even more bittersweet. Of course, that’s all just par for the course in this franchise.
  • Serial Escalation: Pretty much the entire movie, but especially the second half/final battle. The scope, as indicated by the director, was so far beyond anything ever done in Gundam before that it was mind-boggling. And awesome.
  • Shout-Out: the Katharon ship in the "Celestial Being" movie is Axis.
    • The final fight seems reminiscent to the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi, except Setsuna does not "escape alive" from the "Death Star", which instead of exploding turns into a giant flower.
  • Silicon-Based Life: The ELS, although they also have properties similar to those of mercury.
  • Show Within a Show: The beginning of the movie starts with Saji and a few of his friends watching a movie glorifying Celestial Being's actions in the series. It. Is. Hilarious.
    • A certain fansub group even threw in some meta Stylistic Suck along with a Take That during this scene. Most of the subtitles are in Comic Sans, nearly every line has a completely unnecessary translator's note, words like "kisama", "teki" and "ore-tachi" are left untranslated, while words originally in English like "Celestial Being" are translated to their Japanese counterpart, and called attacks get distracting karaoke fonts. Anyone who has ever watched poorly-done fansubs will be in stitches.
  • Spiritual Successor: the Solbraves to the original Overflags from Season 1. The Brave Commander Type to Graham's Custom Flag, and the Brave Standard Type to the Overflag itself.
  • Starfish Aliens: The ELS.
  • Storm of Blades: Harute's ScissorBits. It's fun to imagine the Oh Crap looks in the ELS' minds when those things let loose.
    • The 00 Qan[T]'s Sword Bits are capable of the same thing, but we never actually get to see it.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Harute's Marute Mode, which was specificallydesigned to be used by Hallelujah.
  • Super Prototype: Played with six ways to Sunday: The Zabanya and Harute use the recycled frames of the Cheridum and Arios from season two of the series; the 00 Raiser Repair is just that: the 00 Raiser but without any GN Drives; the Raphael uses technology derived from the Gadessa series, but aside from packing three GN Tau Drives isn't anything new; the GN-XIV and Brave units are limited production models for elite pilots; and the 00 Qan[T] and Gadelaza are actually Super Prototypes. Now guess which ones do the most damage to the ELS.
  • Take That: The Show Within a Show itself is one to movies and TV shows alike that tend to romanticize the winning side and vilifying the other so much (as Saji pointed out), which are so prevalent in Real Life. The way the Gundam Meisters are casted also mocks the racial and gender stereotyping in Hollywood (e.g. Tieria the Scary Black Man and Allelujah the little hot chick). The message of this show, in other words, seems to be, "Tired of the same old Good vs Evil stories? We've got a new one!"
  • Tempting Fate: After Hallelujah escapes ELS controlled trucks by getting on a roof he says "See if you can catch me now!" *cue ELS controlled helicopter*
  • Token Evil Teammate: Hallelujah, who is that?!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Patrick gained some serious levels since his Butt Monkey days in the series. All the proof you need is to see him in action during the final battle. Plus, he's the only Federation ace that survives.
  • Trailers Always Lie / Trailers Always Spoil: Early trailers used the early, incomplete designs of the Gundams as well as other designs which haven't appeared since. More recent trailers unveiled the complete Gundam designs along with more of their abilities, and included the appearances of the ELS, a repaired 00 Raiser, and Ribbons Almark. Then again, if the trailers are anything like the series’ opening credits...
    • Where should we begin? Decartes Shaman is just a minor ESF soldier, "Ribbons" merely one of the countless Innovades that share the same genetic baseline, the real war is with ELS and not the ESF... the list can go on and on.
  • Transforming Mecha: Harute, the Braves, and Setsuna's modified Flag. Arguably the Gadelaza as well.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The Gadelaza's "GN Blaster", which can plow though multiple ships in a single shot and was the only ESF weapon capable of stopping the derelict space station.
    • Less impressive but also present are the 00 Qan[T]'s GN Buster Rifle and the Raphael's GN Big Cannons. Not to be outdone, Harute can combine its GN Cannons and GN Sword Rifles' outputs to create this effect, and Zabanya's Attack Drones have a gimmick that does the same thing.
    • The Veda particle laser is so powerful that it can shoot a beam straight through a Moon sized spaceship.
  • Wave Motion Tuning Fork: The beam rifles used by the new Brave mobile suits, the Gadelaza's Wave Motion Gun, and the Zabanya’s Rifle Bits. The 00 Qan[T] can make one by attaching its Sword Bits to the GN Sword V, and the Harute can tune it's GN Sword Rifles and GN Cannons together.
  • We Could Have Avoided All This: The ELS’ attempts at assimilation weren't for the destruction of humanity, but an attempt to understand them. Had they told this to Setsuna instead of Mind Raping him when he tried to understand them, this whole debacle would never have happened. Then again, this is a Gundam movie, so it's pretty much par for the course.
    • Keep in mind, however, that it was pretty clear the ELS had serious trouble communicating with human minds, and the Mind Rape was an unintentional side-effect of this. The ELS did try to communicate back, but there was so much information for even Setsuna's Innovator brain. Setsuna only succeeded in communicating with the ELS via Veda's help.
    • On the other hand, judging by the images Setsuna receives at the end, the ELS have "communicated" several other sentient species into extinction, along with their entire biospheres. Also worth considering is that just as the Federation delegates questioned whether the ELS were sentient or even alive, the ELS may not have considered humans sentient. After all, their Hive Mind holds so much more information than ours that they may see us the way we see ants: alive, but with intelligences so puny that it's "okay" to kill them en masse. Had Setsuna not communicated with them and shown that humans are sentient, the ELS may very well have assimilated every living thing on Earth.
      • This doesn't seem to be the case, since they were perfectly content to leave Earth alone until people with quantum brainwaves started emerging, which appears to be the universal indication for advanced sentient life in the Gundam 00 universe. Though the ELS don't perceive this as attacking or destruction; they simply seek to understand other life-forms with same capabilities in the only way they know. Setsuna provides them with alternate method of communication along with the basic understanding of human psyche, which is a satisfying solution for them.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The subplot from the series involving Feldt's feelings for Setsuna and whether or not they were requited is still left unresolved, much to the annoyance of some.

(Translation of this image from the movie guide.)
Question: Even if Feldt was that close to him, she did not get close to [knowing] his true feelings?
Mizushima: That’s right. Feldt was told by Sumeragi, “Think of him”, but Setsuna says, “What is this uncomfortable feeling…?” It is a scene where a different matter can be thought of. It is certainly symbolic. Humans communicate using words, but there are things that are not transmitted. I wanted to show these kinds of communication difficulties in the movie. Vague but seems to imply at least that Feldt's feelings weren't rejected rather Setsuna's true feelings are an open-ended question mark.

  • Where Are They Now? Epilogue: The movie begins with one for the second season, showing where all the major players are after two years. It also ends on this note, showing the world several decades into the future with Earth's first interstellar ship about to launch, but only touching upon the fates of a small majority of the characters.
  • Where It All Began: The first part of the stinger shows an interview with Aeolia Schenberg explaining his motivations.
  • The Worf Effect: The whole reason of introducing Descartes Shaman and the Gadelaza was to show how powerful the ELS were and how hopeless the situation was.
    • Also the 00 Raiser. You know you're screwed when your resident God Mech get's easily assimilated.
  • You Should Know This Already: Everything that happened in the series.
  • Zerg Rush: The ELS’ tactic against the ESF and Celestial Being. They are also able to absorb any enemy units that so much as grazes them for their own purposes.
    • The Gadeleza packs enough GN Fangs to pull this off on its own.

Character: Mina Carmine

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    Marina Ismail

The elected-in figurehead princess of Azadistan, a country so wrought with civil war that she is able to look out her window at any point in the series and see part of the capital burning. Marina is also the head of the Reformist political party, causing her to be very popular among some of her people, but vehemently hated by the conservatives. Inexperienced as a leader, and being only a figurehead, she often has no control over her country's situation despite her wishes for peace. After attracting the attention of Setsuna, she's been unable to shake him off, and now he probably couldn't shake her off.

Voiced by Ayumi Tsunematsu (Japanese), Paula Lindberg (English), Maryke Hendrikse (English, A Wakening of the Trailblazer)

  • Actual Pacifist: Hates weapons so much that she can't even fathom using a gun for self-defense. This can easily come across as a little naive, but it's also understandable due to her background as an inhabitant of a constantly war-torn country who just wants all the bloodshed to end.
  • All-Loving Hero: She's kind and compassionate, almost to a fault, and has no hostile intentions towards anyone.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Downplayed on the "aloof" part. She is an introverted and often quite gloomy/melancholy girl with dark hair.
  • Adult Fear: As the leader of Azadistan, Setsuna represents two very real fears of hers in the beginning. An armed intervention by Celestial Being and a Kurdish uprising.
  • Christmas Cake: It's implied that she grew old unmarried.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype:
    • She's what Relena Peacecraft would be if portrayed in a more cynical (towards pacifism) series, and holy shit does she get put through the wringer. It is not a perfect deconstruction by any means, as Marina doesn't have the same force of will as Relena and, thanks to her tendency to be very indecisive, can come across as weak and wishy-washy in her efforts, compared to Relena, who would stand firm even if she had a gun aimed at her head.
    • Also the Idol Singer princess character (think LacusClyne). She's very inspiring with a song she writes about peace, and Setsuna says what everyone in the audience is thinking, that she's a lot more competent as a singer/good will ambassador than as the leader of a country - and he meant it as a compliment. Again, not a perfect deconstruction, since Lacus is not only far more self-confident than Marina is, but also has a far more influential position in her society from the start.
  • Compressed Hair: During her world tour in season 1.
  • Damsel in Distress: In season 2, the A-Laws take her in prison and Setsuna has to rescue her. Early in the movie, Setsuna and Lockon have to save her from a Corrupt Corporate Executive who doesn't want her investigating his exploitation of Azadistani laborers.
  • Fallen Princess: In season 2, she loses her country when Ali burns it to the ground and spends most of the story as a refugee.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: As seen in season 2. She takes care of meals for the children, Klaus and Shirin.
  • Friend to All Children: Spends most of Season Two taking care of war orphans.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her season 1 outfit.
  • He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: Does this for Setsuna.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shirin.
  • Honorary Princess: She holds the title of "Princess of Azadistan" in the first season, which is an elected figurehead position in the setting. While she is of royal descent, monarchy was abolished in Azadistan long before her birth, and she grew up in a regular middle-class family.
  • Identical Stranger: Marina looks scaringly like a younger version of Setsuna's mom.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: She has blue eyes and is very innocent. She would never do anything to hurt someone or take advantage of others. She's also inexperienced as a leader.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: By the end of the film.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: She has the longest hair of all the characters and she's very feminine.
  • Mistaken for Romance: When outright asked if they were dating, Marina and Setsuna both deadpanned "We are not a couple" in unison, without any of the embarrassment or blushing this kind of situation usually entails.
  • Nice Girl: Marina is a very pleasant individual and doesn't say or do anything offensive against anyone.
  • The Not-Love Interest: To Setsuna. Both consider each other their most important person and they share an almost spiritual connection when apart. However, their relationship genuinely has not a single romantic feeling involved. If anything, their relationship is more akin to that between a mother and child - and it's not helped by how Marina looks a lot like a younger version of Setsuna's Missing Mom.
  • Parental Substitute: To a degree, Setsuna sees her as a mother figure.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: She and Setsuna are very close and they share an unbreakable bond. Despite what other characters tend to assume, both Setsuna and her make sure to emphasize there isn't any romantic interest between them. Both of them do get married in the manga epilogue, but the author does note that it's more to symbolize their close relationship with each other in spite of their lack of romantic attraction to each other.
  • Politically Active Princess: While phrased as a compliment, her closest adviser tells her outright that she's far better at charitable work and being a good will ambassador than she is at politics and ruling.
  • Proper Lady: She has a very polite and refined demeanour.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her hips.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: A very beautiful woman with long black hair and pale skin.
  • Rebellious Princess: Deconstructed. She tries to be one, but never can do anything productive.
  • Replacement Goldfish: At least to some extent, it appears Setsuna sees her as a replacement for his Missing Mom. It doesn't help that she does look like a younger version of his mom.
  • Royal Blood: She mentioned that the reason she was chosen as a princess was because of her bloodline.
  • Say My Name: She utters Setsuna's name very often, although she's not as loud as Relena.
  • Showgirl Skirt: In season 1, almost all of her princess dresses are like this.
  • Taking the Bullet: In the last scene of episode 18 of season 2, she blocked a bullet meant for a kid named Josef. Subverted in the next episode, which shows that Klaus shot the gunners down before they could pull the trigger.
  • Team Mom: For the Kataron children in season 2.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Downplayed in Season 1, where Shirin came off as more tough compared to the more emotionally vulnerable Marina, fitting this in an emotional capacity. It is played completely straight in Season 2, in terms of both behaviour and appearance: The toughened-up Shirin acts as a warrior and dresses in military garb, while Marina assumes a caretaker role and dresses in a more traditionally feminine way.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Pretty much her main purpose, having grown up in a country nearly destroyed through civil war, getting imprisoned because she met Setsuna, and then when he breaks her out she finds that her country was leveled.
  • Water Is Womanly: Her name "Marina" means "of the sea", she has blue eyes, wears a gown with shades of blue, and is a very elegant, refined princess.

    Shirin Bakhtiar

Marina's best friend, adviser and lady in waiting, who does not doubt to scold Marina when she hesitates. After the formation of the Earth Sphere Federation, she leaves the Palace and becomes a member of the rebel group Katharon to keep fighting for Azadistan in her own way.

Voiced by Michiko Neya (Japanese) and Ellen Kennedy (English)

  • Adrenaline Makeover: Contrast her flowing dresses from season 1 with her baggy pants and tight t-shirt in the second one.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Downplayed. She often acts hostile and aloof, particularly in Season 2, but she can actually be compassionate with the others, including with Marina, even though Shirin doesn't agree with her Actual Pacifist views.
  • Commander Contrarian: She often is highly critical to Marina and often questions her actions, however she does this with the best of intentions in order to try and make Marina a better leader.
  • The Consigliere: To Marina. Shirin always questions Marina's decisions so Marina will consider the full political situation.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Marina.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Constantly belittles Marina, but it quickly becomes clear that she agrees with Marina's goals and just wants to ensure that she has the political know-how to make them happen.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The reason she left Marina in the season 1 finale.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Although she and Klaus started as Platonic Life-Partners, the novelization stated that they had a Relationship Upgrade. And after the finale, she became pregnant with his child.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She and Marina are a grown-up version. See the entry in Marina's folder for details.

    Louise Halevy
Season 2
Main mecha:GNX-609T GN-XIII, GNX-704T/SP Ahead Smultron, GNMA-0001V Regnant

"I've sworn to dedicate myself to making this a united world, to creating a permanent peace,to defeating Celestial Being,which only brings chaos the world. . . and to taking revenge for my mom and dad !"

A high school student and Saji's girlfriend. She comes from a rich family and seldom takes anything seriously.

After experiencing the dark side of Celestial Being first hand, she joins the A-Laws to take vengeance.

Voiced by Chiwa Saito (Japanese) and Kelly Sheridan (English)

  • All of the Other Reindeer: She was looked down by most of her A-Laws comrades due to her being a rookie.
  • Ambiguous Disorder : In season 2, Louise exhibits traits associated with Cluster A personality disorders such as paranoia, schizotypal and schizoid, also some Borderline PD, thanks to the side effects of the drugs and her traumatic experience that was caused by Nena. She slowly gets better, except for her paranoia.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Halevy is a Sephardic Jewish name and Louise's family is from Spain (where many Sephardic Jews are from).
  • Ambiguous Situation: While we already known that Setsuna and Descartes Shaman is the first and the second pure humanity Innovator in the world, Ribbons's claim that he wanted to make her into his personal first Innovator is still debated. Is she now fully modified into Innovade or only her partial part is modified which made her into human-Innovade hybrid like the Trinities? And what is she now, pseudo Innovator? Innovade? Innovade-Hybrid? No one knows. The only thing we know for real is that she remains sensitive to quantum waves even after everything was said and done.
  • Anti-Villain: She joins the A-Laws to avenge her family's deaths at the hands of Team Trinity. She's transparently a pawn of Ribbons's schemes and it's clear that everything she has endured has ruined her mental health.
  • Artificial Limbs: She gets a prosthetic hand in the Time Skip.
  • Ascended Extra : She's mostly a comic relief side character in the first season, but she's a major antagonist in the second season.
  • The Atoner: After Season Two, she lives her life with the intention of making up for all the crazy shit she pulled with the A-Laws.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Gets crushed by debris and loses an arm, but has very little in the way of permanent scarring aside from the amputation.
  • Beneath the Mask: Behind her cheerful and bratty persona in season 1 and then her militaristic and extremist persona in season 2, both Saji and Soma pointed out that Louise is nothing more than a poor, confused and weak-hearted woman who always feels saddened over her loneliness.
  • Blue Blood: Comes from an extremely rich family.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The drugs Ribbons gives her to help with her prosthetic arm contain something that allows Ribbons to control her.
  • Break the Cutie: Watches Nena blow her family up, gets crushed by debris, loses an arm, learns that she can't have the arm regenerated because of radiation damage, breaks up with Saji because she is convinced that she is holding him back from his dreams, gets a replacement arm that requires dangerous drugs to take, and joins a fascist police force.
  • Broken Bird: There's little sign of the cheerful kid she used to be in Season 2.
  • Char Clone: Downplayed. She still serves as a blonde villain serving as The Dragonwith a personal vengeance, trying to hunt down all of the people presumably responsible, who normally fights a Gundam, has piloted a red mobile suit, while also upgrading to a more unique one (that at least glows red in some areas). Also a bit of a Knight Templar/Well-Intentioned Extremist in some areas like the CCA-style ones. Though like Jerid Messa, she's basically overshadowed by the main Char Clone of her series. In this case Graham Ahker/Mr. Bushido.
  • Composite Character: Louise is the perfect combination of Shinn Asuka and Stella Loussier from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. While her situation is similar with Shinn, as both lost their family and joined the military to avenge them, pilot an advanced mecha later on only to be defeated by the hero and redeemed in the end, she also inherited Stella's situation for both being a mentally unstable Dark Action Girl who is heavily manipulated by the enemies' side physically and mentally, resulting in them being Ill Girls who often experience severe pain from the side effects of their body enhancements or exhaustion.
    • In fact, Kelly Sheridan was mistakenly credited as Stella's voice actor before Seed Destiny came out officially.
  • Corrupt the Cutie:Ribbons corrupts her into being his personal enforcer.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Occasionally in season 2, thanks to her developing Innovator powers.
  • Damsel in Distress: In the movie She is one of the people being targeted by the ELS because they are homing in on her Quantum Brainwaves. Naturally, she's not the only one, but she's definitely one of the most prominent due to her importance as a character. As a result, Saji and Setsuna have to rescue her from an ELS that has taken the form of Ribbons.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Wore one in the second season, where she threatened to kill Saji when he attempted to nicely talk to her to drop her quest and return to be her old self.
  • Dark Action Girl: In season 2. She uses a very powerful Mobile Armor in the service of Ribbons. She retired after reforming and focusing to cure her body and her mental health.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Throughout Season 2, Louise tries hard to throw away her past and make sure that she will now become a completely different person. Although we know that Ribbons plays a huge role in manipulating her mind, again, the one who wanted her to join A-Laws and Innovator side was herself. While avenge her family's death is her main motivation, she actively supports A-Laws and Innovator cruelty for sake of permanent peace. Louise ultimately went so far that she wanted to kill Saji after she believed that Saji betrayed her and everything who try to stop her.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Her mother was very disapproving of Saji simply because he was a commoner. Louise could care less of course. Her mother does warm up to him though much to Louise's chagrin.
  • Demoted to Extra: Her role in the movie is reduced from what it was in Season 2.
  • Dramatic Irony: According to the official materials, inside the Reganant's inner head is a Gundam Head, the same machines that Louise hates for killing her family.
  • Easily Forgiven: Louise willingly joins A-Laws and becomes a pawn of the Innovators as their number one investor and financial resource for the sake of getting revenge for her family, to cure her condition and help them to make a permanent peace in the world via genocide. And she was easily pardoned by Saji and Celestial Being because she is nothing but Innovator's biggest victim.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her party dress from Season 2, episode 8 is similar to these.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: No matter how corrupted she becomes through season 2, Saji still loves her and tries hard to protect and save her.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Louise's love for her family becomes the reason for her wish to avenge their death, which in turn was the reason why she willingly joined the A-Laws's side so she can accomplish it. She also still loves Saji, although she believes that he betrayed her, and unwillingly throws away their happy memory from when they were still high school students.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Subverted. Although in season 2, she becomes a Sociopathic Soldier with Moral Myopia and believes in A-Laws' extremist ideology, she is still touched by Saji's kindness toward her. Which leads her to have a sort of Conflicting Loyalty between still following A-Laws side for sake of "peace" and justice for her family or abandoning it and finding a new live with Saji.
  • Evolutionary Levels: She becomes a Pseudo-Innovator in season 2.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: After disabling Nena's Throne Drei with Regnant's "fangs", she crushes Throne Drei with Regnant's gigantic hand and kills her.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Goes from long hair to a much shorter cut in season 2. By the time of the movie, she's back to a style resembling her original one, showing how she's mentally recovered.
  • Evil Counterpart: She's essentially what Neil Dylandy would have been if he didn't give up his vengeful side, being manipulated by Innovators and become their controlled puppet.
  • Genki Girl: In Season One, she's perpetually hyper and cheerful. Not so much in Season 2.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: To be specific, girl with an incredibly fastHumongousTransforming Mecha equipped with twelveAttack Drones and capable of Roboteching.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Takes all of Ribbons's assurances that he just wants to help her at face value.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him!: Louise's execution of Nena is one of the more brutal moments in the series and marks the end of Louise's sanity.
  • Ill Girl: The medical treatment and her training wear her out very much and cause her very ugly seizures. She seems to be better in the finale, but the movie shows that side-effects still exist.
  • Important Haircut: Had Rapunzel Hair in the first season, sports later a pageboy style that makes her look like a borderline Bifauxnenwhen in uniform. In The Movie, however, she has grown her hair back.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: While she takes a role as a sinister Anti-Villain in season 2, Louise overall is not good at fighting and piloting. She is still thinking about Saji before she mistakenly believed that he betrayed her, completely unsure about whether to abandon her motivation or keep her motivation to take a revenge, always ending up shaken and taking drugs to calm herself. Ribbons has to push her to make her competent by triggering her with quantum brainwaves to Mind Rape her, but this ends up leaving her in worse mental and physical condition.
  • Innocent Bystanders: Deconstructed.She loses her innocence due to the path it set her on.
  • Irony: She hates and fears Gundams after Nena uses the Throne Drei to kill Louise's family, but the Regnant's mobile suit form (unbeknownst to her) has the face of a Gundam underneath its faceplate.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Louise sponsored and joined a government organization that committed war crimes, just so she could murder one person in brutal fashion. Yet, she gets away free, doesn't get convicted on anything, and has a happy ending. The Movie later shows that she'll never ever completely get over the mental and physical trauma she endured, and is going to have to live with that and atone for it for the rest of her lifenote Most of the family fortune is gone —- given, or perhaps confiscated, to fund rebuilding efforts —- and the rest is going in to her hospital bills. Thankfully for her, Saji's going to stick by her for all this.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Louise often act so recklessly or without regard for command from her superior only to get too close to the Gundams or Ptolemaios and as a result frequently needs saving by her squadmates.
  • Magic Skirt: Wears one in the first season, and "it took effect" in the second ED.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is feminine version of "Louis", which means "Famous in Battle" or "Famous Warrior". In Season 2, Louise become one of the richest woman in the world and main financier of A-laws, and as a result is treated quite courteously by the higher ups.
  • Mouth of Sauron: It's implied that this happens to her in episode 20 of season 2. Where she agrees with Ribbons's gift while her eyes are glowing due to quantum brainwaves and responds in a monotone voice. Since Ribbons also used his quantum brainwaves while speaking with her, this may be what is actually happening.
  • The Pawn: Louise is not aware of any of what Ribbons has already done to her. Their "friendship" is merely to use her family fortune for the financial needs of A-Laws and Innovators. Not only that, Ribbons modifies her fragile body and mind to make her into a pseudo-Innovator as a mole and forces her to agree with whatever he does to her with manipulation and quantum brainwaves.
  • Misplaced Retribution: She blames Celestial Being for her misfortune when really it was just Nena acting on her own whim that fateful day, going against everything Celestial Being stands for. Even after getting revenge on Nena, she still desires Celestial Being's destruction.
  • Mood-Swinger: In season 2, Louise can be moody, calm, apathetic, insecure, grumpy and, at the extreme, a Psychopathic Womanchild who thirsts for revenge and kills anyone who tries to distract her. These are side effect of her traumatic experiences, her military training, and the her drugs and body enhancements.
  • Moral Myopia: Genocide committed by Celestial Being and Nena Trinity is bad! But genocide committed by the A-Laws and me is OK! Ribbons says so! Ironically, Nena calls her out on her Moral Myopia during their battle, while Louise calls Nena on hers, and neither of them register what the other is saying because of their respective shortsightedness.
  • Not So Different: With Nena, in a rare case of If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him! proving entirely true.
  • Official Couple: Firmly and definitely with Saji as of the movie.Earn Your Happy Ending indeed.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has incredibly long hair in Season One. She cuts it short when she joins the A-Laws, but regrows it to its old length after leaving the military.
  • Redemption Earns Life: Combined with Defeat Means Friendship, Louise is successfully saved and defeated by Saji and Setsuna, and freed from Ribbons's control. In the epilogue and movie, it's shown that Louise now lives as The Atoner, no longer holding on to hatred or revenge and focusing on curing her body and her mental health, and reforming her relationship with Saji once again.
  • Revenge: Joins and sponsors the A-Laws to get revenge on Celestial Being for killing her family.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: In spite being heavily influenced by Ribbons's manipulation, she was technically right to say that Celestial Being is the one who also responsible for the death of her families and the one who start the wars. The Trinities are members of Celestial Being, and commit their terrorist acts by using Gundams and the name of Celestial Being, resulting in the world thinking that Celestial Being in general are nothing but a terrorist group.
  • Sanity Slippage: Throughout Season 2, mainly due to the drugs Ribbons has her take. It reaches a breaking point after she killed Nena. Setsuna's Trans Am Burst and Saji's love for her helps her recover.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Is technically a very low ranking A-Laws and is a mediocre pilot, but since she finances the organization, she gets to pilot top of the line mobile suits usually reserved for ace pilots.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Fits in quite well in kimonos and EGL dresses.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: Her quest for revenge turns her into a pawn of Ribbons. Thankfully, at the end she gets better and is now living as The Atoner.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: In the movie, she remains hospitalized from PTSD from all the horrific events that happened to her in the series.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Louise has a total lack of interest in helping civilians and only focuses on punishing people who refuse to accept the unification of the world.
  • Sole Survivor: She is the Halevy family's only survivor after Nena's attack.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: While being the smallest member of A-Laws in both status and stature, she gets the largest, arguably most powerful single Mobile Suit in the entire series.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Saji, in season 2. She joins the A-Laws, he joins Celestial Being and when she learns of this, she becomes convinced that he was plotting against her from the very beginning They eventually end up together despite everything.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Becomes a pilot for the A-Laws, heading more and more towards Dark Action Girl territory.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Is a lot more unpleasant in Season Two.
  • Trauma Button: In Season Two, every time when she hears words "Gundam", she becomes shaken, slips into rage and madness, and needs to use drugs to calm herself.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Was kindhearted as a teen, but as an adult, she becomes consumed by revenge and joins a fascist police force.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: She ultimately gets her vengeance on Nena, but it just served to make her realize that nothing has changed; her family was still dead. But rather than just letting her vengeance die with Nena, she merely shifts it to the rest of Celestial Being (or at least now moreso than she originally had).
  • Villain Has a Point: In spite of her own Moral Myopia, she wasn't wrong to call out Nena on hers. She blew up the wedding first, then lost her brothers to Ali (even if Louise doesn't know that). Whatever the reason may be, killing her family back then wasn't a nice thing to do (and she probably doesn't even remember it).
  • Villain Corner: Initially was a ordinary a high-school girl who come from extremely rich family. After Nena kills her family, Ribbons's influence and manipulations lead her to join the A-Laws, who will kill anyone to create peace.
  • Villainous BSoD: Goes into those more or less often, as a side-effect of her treatment.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After she realized that she has no satisfaction after successfully killing Nena and receive no praise from her dead parents, she start crying and screaming, which made her mental and emotional state worsen.
  • Villainous Friendship: Although she only meets Soma Peries during their preparation before battle, Louise forms a good friendship with her. After Soma is declared KIA without knowing that Soma/Marie actually pulled a Heel–Face Turn and Sergei helped fake her death, Louise demand to higher-ups to be pilot of her Ahead Smultron for sake of avenging her "death". She also has a good friendship with her mentor and commander, Barrack Zinin, and also with Andrei Smirnov, although she's always annoyed with his attitude.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: After she kills Nena, Louise's Villainous Breakdown has her begging her dead family's spirits to tell her she's finally done her job. She feels nothing and not even praise from her deceased family, but rather ended her breakdown becoming even angrier and more insane.
  • Woman Scorned: When she realises that Saji is piloting the 0 Raiser alongside Setsuna's 00 Gundam Louise becomes convinced that Saji has been in cahoots with Celestial Being the entire time. Needless to say, she's ''not at all happy'' about it.

    Saji Crossroad

Main mecha: GNR-010 0-Raiser

An ordinary high school student and boyfriend of Louise. In Season Two, he is falsely accused of treason by the A-Laws and circumstances force him to join Celestial Being.

Voiced by Miyu Irino (Japanese) and Gabe Khouth (English)

  • Action Survivor: He's never really a fighter, but he does participate in battle as the pilot of the 0-Raiser.
  • Ascended Extra : He's a minor comic relief character in Season One, but he's the Deuteragonist of Season Two.
  • Audience Surrogate: Sort of. Especially in Season 2, he often questions Celestial Being's actions, and also give some POV about the situation in the end of Season 2
  • Bash Brothers: With Setsuna in Season 2, after he became the 0-Raiser's pilot.
  • BFS: The Trans-Am Raiser used by the 00-Raiser which he and Setsuna co-pilot.
  • Break the Cutie: Learns that Louise lost her entire family and her arm. He then goes home to Japan only to learn that his sister Kinue has been murdered.
  • Bridge Bunnies: In season 2, he fills this position if he's not helping Ian until he becomes a Sixth Ranger with Soma.
  • But Not Too Foreign: He is Japanese-American.
  • Character Development: Starts off as a weak-willed high school student, then engineer in Season 2. Becomes a pilot willing to fight to protect his loved ones.
  • Combining Mecha: Saji's 0-Raiser can combine/dock with Setsuna's 00 Gundam to form the 00-Raiser.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite being the Deuteragonist of Season Two, he has a relatively minor role in the movie.
  • Deuteragonist: He's the secondary protagonist of Season Two.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After much hardship, he saves Louise and the two of them get to live happily ever after.
  • The Engineer: Is introduced as an engineering student. By Season Two, he's a full fledged colony engineer and helps Celestial Being maintain their mobile usits.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In the movie, he lets his hair grow a bit, making him look a bit like how he did in season 1.
  • Falling into the Cockpit: He was asked to pilot the 0-Raiser in behalf of the injured Ian despite having no experience in mobile weapons. He become the official pilot of the Mobile armor afterwards.
  • First Guy Wins: He's Louise's boyfriend at the start of the series. Although they eventually become enemies and she becomes close friends with Andrei, who clearly has a thing for her, Louise ultimately winds up with Saji.
  • Friendship Moment: With Marie Parfacy. Mainly because of their closeness with Louise.
  • Heroic Bystander: He may not hop in a Mobile Suit and join the fight, but he does head out to perform maintenance during the climactic battle when volunteers are requested.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him!: Pulls a gun on Setsuna when he learns that he is with Celestial Being, but declines to take vengeance for Kinue (whom Saji wrongly believes was murdered by Celestial Being) because he doesn't want to fall to CB's level.
  • Innocent Bystanders: Has a distressing tendency to be near horrific accidents that involve Celestial Being.
  • It's All My Fault: Has a breakdown when he inadvertantly leads the A-Laws to Katharon's base.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Never finds out that Ali was responsible for the death of Kinue.
  • Mistaken for Terrorist: At the start of Season Two, he is arrested for terrorism as punishment for questioning the A-Laws when they arrested a coworker of his.
  • My Hero, Zero: In the second season, he pilots the GNR-010 0-Raiser, which can combine with the titular GN-0000 00 Gundam to form the GN-0000+GNR-010 00 Raiser.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: In the entire series, he was a student, a Pizza delivery guy, a space engineer, a forced laborer for the government ready to be executed, Ian's assistant, both as a Wrench Wench and ship gunner, and finally a mobile armor pilot.
  • Nice Guy: Even after he learns about Louise's willingness to work as fascist soldier to avenge her family's death and change the world at any cost, even if it involves genocide, he still believes that Louise still has a good side within her.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: After visiting a Katharon base, he's found by a ESF ship. Luckily Sergei was in command of it and agreed to grant him amnesty for just telling him how he came into that situation. Unfortunately, a crewmen eavesdropped on the conversation and reported back to the A-Laws. Which in turn lead the A-Laws right to Katharon and said base suffering heavy casualties.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's just a civilian engineer. Even after Saji becomes the 0-Raiser's pilot, it's implied that Haro is the one doing most of the actual piloting..
  • Parental Abandonment: His and Kinue's parents were dead before the story started. It's hinted that his dad, an Intrepid Reporter like Kinue, died because he learnt something he shouldn't have known.
  • Retired Badass: Although his position is Setsuna's 00 Raiser co-pilot, Saji is considered to be a strong candidate for Gundam Meister along with Lasse Aeon. In the end of Season 2, after successfully saving Louise, he decides to step down from Celestial Being, return to his job as engineer and focus on taking care on Louise.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He's technically right that Celestial Being is responsible for the death of Louise's family since The Trinity siblings are still part of them.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Deconstructed in the second season. His attempt doesn'tend well.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Him and Setsuna respectively.
  • Sixth Ranger: From being just a Tag Along Guy, he promoted himself to this trope when he decided to pilot the 0-Raiser. Plus, his and Marie's addition have increased Celestial Being's offensive team from four to six.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Louise, in season 2. He joins Celestial Being, while she joins the A-Laws. They manage to get a happy ending.
  • Straight Man: Is far more down to earth than his girlfriend Louise.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: He firmly believes in this principle, which is part of the reason for his conflict with Celestial Being. Even after joining Celestial Being's offensive team, he continues to be extremely reluctant to use lethal force.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Not as extreme as Louise. After realizing that Setsuna is part of the organization who he believed to responsible for killing Louise's family and his older sister, he becomes rather hostile toward the other members of Celestial Being while all of them are genuinely friendly with him. He got better in later episodes after realizing the truth between all three factions.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His engagement ring, which he keeps in a necklace. In episode 24 of Season 2, seeing it snaps Louise out of her Unstoppable Rage as she's choking him, letting Saji get through to her at last.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Although he blames Celestial Being for what happened to the world and Louise's family, he decides to not take revenge on them because he knows that if he does this, it will be meaningless.

    Kinue Crossroad

Saji's older sister and a JNN reporter. She seeks to learn the truth about Celestial Being's founder, Aeolia Schenberg. She believes that by investigating into Aeolia, she can uncover the true motives of Celestial Being.

Voiced by Aya Endo (Japanese) and Anna Cummer (English)

  • Parental Abandonment: Both her parents died long ago.
  • Promotion to Parent: Raised Saji after their parents died.
  • She Knows Too Much: Invoked. When Kinue meets Ali, she doesn't know anything of importance, but Ali figures that she'll eventually become a problem, so he spills everything he knows about the conspiracy so he'll have an excuse to kill her.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Ultimately her entire storyline boils down to this. All her investigations into Celestial Being and Aeolia Schenberg amount to nothing as she's murdered by Ali al-Saachez, who goes out of his way to reveal more information about the conspiracy just so he can have an excuse to kill her.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: Her death mainly serves to give Saji something to angst about.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Deliberately goes into a car with someone she doesn’t know at the wheel. Said person is a terrorist who would gladly kill just about anyone who comes close to him.

    Ali Al-Saachez

Main mecha: AEU-09Y812 Enact (blue, red), AEU-MA07013 Agrissa, GNW-002 Gundam Throne Zwei, GNW-20000 Arche Gundam

By his own admission, the worst kind of human to ever exist. Ali was once a "freedom fighter" who recruited child soldiers to fight in the name of 'God', even though Ali is an atheist who just wanted an excuse to carry out acts of terrorism. One of those kids was Setsuna, and Ali also assaulted Ireland at one point, killing Lockon's parents and little sister. After the fall of the Krugis Republic, Ali became a mercenary, where he frequently takes jobs that bring him into conflict with Setsuna.

Voiced by Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese) and Scott McNeil (English)

  • Ace Pilot: In the race for being the best of the series, on par with Graham Aker and possibly even innovator Setsuna. Feats include matching the Exia in swordplay (in an Enact and in Throne Zwei) and taking on both Seravee and 00 at the same time, and coming out on top (in the Arche).
  • Achilles' Heel: For some reason, in nearly every engagement, he is disarmed of his right-hand weapon, and his sword-carrying arm, which also happens to be his primary mode of attack. The moment this happens, he is screwed.
  • Alliterative Name: Ali Al-Saachez.
  • Arch-Enemy: Initially to Setsuna in Season 1, then to Tieria and Lyle in Season 2.
  • Attack Drone: Both his Gundams use Fangs, but as Ali prefers CQC, they're mostly used to restrict movement or soften up targets before he closes in with his BFS.
  • Ax-Crazy: He lives to kill.
  • Badass Beard: Shaves it when he joins the AEU as Gary Biaggi. Sports it again during the entire second season.
  • Badass Boast: After seeing Setsuna and Marina arrive to a recently-razed Azadistan, which is his own doing by the way, this exchange occurs:

    Setsuna: That's a Gundam. And its color... IT CAN'T BE!

    Ali: OH, BUT IT IS!

  • Badass Normal: Able to defeat Gundams in less tech-advanced suits.
  • Bad Samaritan: Offers to give Kinue Crossroad a ride and then murders her.
  • BFS: His Weapon of Choice in suit combat - all of his machines are equipped with one, and he's very fond of using them. His Enact has a custom rifle with a slide-out bayonet that turns it into a gigantic zweihander, while the Throne Zwei and Arche Gundams have the enormous, slab-like GN Buster Swords.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A dark example. Ali is cheerful and loves to fight, but he's also a sadist who loves to murder people.
  • Blood Knight: He lives only for war, it's his only source of joy. He even admits it openly.
  • Boom, Headshot!: What Lyle/Lockon II did to finally put him out.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Freely admits to being the worst kind of person ever.
  • Char Clone: Downplayed - he fits this trope purely in color aesthetics and for being an Arch-Enemy to Setsuna. Other than that, Ali couldn't be more unlike Char, even when Char was at his worst.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Befitting of his Blood Knight status, Ali loves fighting up close and personal, and makes sure his Mobile Suits are all toned as such.
  • Corruption of a Minor: Ali seemed to specialize in recruiting child soldiers into the KPSA, Setsuna among them. He brainwashed them into thinking they were fighting a holy war for God, despite Ali not even believing in God himself, even manipulating his recruits into murdering their own parents to prove their devotion.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's actually somewhat polite when not killing things. It's just a mask he wears to fit into society though.
  • For the Evulz: Yes, most of the atrocities he did are for his amusement. The money is nice too, but he mainly does it for fun.
  • Hated by All: Not that he cares what people think about him since he already knows he's the worst, but when he's not the Arch-Enemy to someone, they either don't know him very well, or are using him as a pawn for their own goals. His reputation would be worse than Celestial Being's if more people knew about him.
  • Hero Killer: Kills Johann and Michael Trinity as well as the first Lockon Stratos.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: He lets Lyle take him into custody, only to go for his gun the moment Lyle turns his back on him. Lyle headshots Ali before he gets teh chance to fire it.
  • Ignored Epiphany: He experiences the telepathic abilities of the 00-Raiser's trans-am twice. Most people who experience this wind up empathizing with their opponents and lose their will to fight. The first time Ali experiences it, he's just confused as to why he hears children singing and the second time he very briefly feels sick but quickly returns to his bloodthirsty self.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After managing to escape punishment for everything he had done throughout the series, he finally meets his end in the penultimate episode at the hand of one of his victims.
  • Karmic Death: He's killed by Lyle, who lost his entire family to Ali..
  • Lack of Empathy: Doesn't care about other people beyond their ability to give him opportunities to fight and kill. Wen he's caught up in the Trans-AM Burst, which massively increases empathy, he finds the sensation disgusting.
  • Large Ham: Gets very loud when he's in combat.
  • Last-Second Chance: Lyle/Lockon offered him one. He refused. BANG he went.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: He's a red head, most of his mobile suits are red, and he's one of the best pilots in the series. His color scheme is likely a shoutout to Char's love of red.
  • Lovable Rogue: Subverted. He's introduced as a friendly mercenary who is only fighting for money, but shorty after his introduction, Setsuna's flashbacks reveal just how monstrous Ali really is.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He psychologically manipulated his Child Soldiers by pretending to be a religious leader and playing on the children's faith (which he himself doesn't even share) in order to indoctrinate them into violence.
  • Mask of Sanity: He's disturbingly skilled at coming off as a cheerful mercenary and not the bloodthirsty terrorist that he actually is.
  • Middle Eastern Terrorists: Before the series started, he led Kurdish child soldiers under the KPSA in a jihad.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Because he shot Setsuna in the shoulder with poisoned GN particles, and then tried to finish him off in melee combat, Setsuna became a true innovator that would come to be his faction's downfall.
  • Plot Armor: Lockon blows up his Gundam towards the end of Season One. In Season Two he's shown to have somehow survived. Or Marina's song allowing him to escape in Season Two.
  • Psycho for Hire: Ali loves to kill and gladly contracts out his services to the highest bidder.
  • Quick Draw: One of his most deadly traits is his ridiculously fast draw, catching anyone around him of guard. To make matters worse, he is also frighteningly accurate with it - he still killed Lockon, even when the latter got the drop on him. During their final confrontation, Ali manages to grab his gun and line up his shot from a facing away position in the time it took Lyle to pull the trigger. Lyle only managed to get him by virtue of never lowering his gun.
  • Red Is Violent: Loves to kill, and always seems to be sporting a blood-red crimson motif while doing it, from his hair to his clothes to his mobile suits.
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking: He is shown in flashbacks training Child Soldiers while wearing it.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Twice: first as Gary Biaggi, when he received the Enact Agrissa unit from the AEU; second, when he took out Laguna Harvey and Kinue Crossroad.
  • Sinister Minister: Took on this identity to corrupt the kids in Krugis.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: After gaining permanent employment with Ribbons.
  • The Sociopath: Outside of battle, he's able to pass for a decent human being just well and long enough to shock you with what an utter bastard he is.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Raised an army on religious propaganda. Is an atheist who was only in it for the kicks.
  • Subordinate Excuse: In season 2, he allied himself with Ribbons for unknown reason. Because he fully support Ribbons nasty action and appear as evil as him, it's make him the only person who working with Innovator who not ended become Ribbons victim.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Yes he's tall, but the dark and snarky parts stand out most.
  • Trick Bullet: When he shot Setsuna in the shoulder the bullet was laced with red GN particles. This backfires as the exposure to GN particles helps turn Setsuna into a true Innovator.
  • Villain Decay: He's much less of a threat in Season Two. This is because Setsuna became an innovator, and as stated below ...
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: He was never given a Trans-Am mode for the Arche in the final battle(which has 3 GN Drives), despite being Ribbons' loyal henchman. Perhaps Ribbons figured he'd rebel if he won, so there'd be no way to satisfy his urges in a world of complete order ... or he would have been too powerful to control otherwise, even when compared to the Reborns' Twin Drive.
  • War for Fun and Profit: Mostly for fun. He doesn't care about money much, but if there's a smell of blood somewhere...
  • Weapon of Choice: A ranged-suppression weapon along with a sword, such as the Enact's linear rifle, or the GN Handgun. The Throne Zwei (and later on, the Arche) has the Attack Drone + BFS combo.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Downplayed. Oh, he did shoot him, alright, but not in the head; he wanted to finish him off in a melee battle just to satisfy his urges. This comes back to bite his side in the ass.

    Klaus Grado 

    Descartes Shaman 

Descartes Shaman

Main mecha: GNMA-Y0002V Gadelaza

Humanity's second confirmed True Innovator, an ESF captain and the pilot of the Gadelaza.

Voiced by Ryo Katsuji (Japanese) and Ryan Luhning (English).

  • Wave-Motion Gun: The Gadelaza's most powerful weapon: the GN Blaster.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Is billed as one of the main characters of the film, but dies after getting little screentime.
  • Worf Effect: His Gadelaza is the strongest mobile weapon in Anno Domini setting in terms of firepower, but the ELS effortlessly assimilate it, showing the audience that brute force isn't the solution to this crisis.

    Mina Carmine 

    Amia Lee 

Amia Lee

A female high school student who is infected by ELS in a half of the body. The Earth Sphere Federation takes her unconscious body as a sample in order to learn more about the ELS. In the epilogue, she is able to completely coexist with ELS and is the captain of "Sumeragi", an outer space navigating spaceship.

Voiced by: Yuka Nishigaki (Japanese)

  • Body Horror: The ELS turn half of her body into metal spikes. After Setsuna makes peace with the ELS, her metal half changes to be symettrical to her biological half, allowing her to live a normal life as an Innovator-ELS hybrid.
  • Break the Cutie: She's among the first victims of human assimilation by the ELS. And it is horrifying.
  • The Captain: In the epilogue, of the Sumeragi.
  • Evolutionary Levels: She's become an Innovator by the end.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Becomes half-ELS after being partially assimilated.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: She's just an ordinary student with the misfortune to have quantum brain waves strong enough to attrack the ELS.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Apparently to show us that hope is not lost for those not completely assimilated: she's still got a noticeably half-ELS body in the epilogue, but appears to be doing just fine.

    Extraterrestrial Living-Metal Shape-Shifters (ELS)

The ELS are a race of techno-organic sentient aliens that has the unique abilities to assimilate/infect nearly all life and technology. They appear as a silver metallic organisms that can take solid or liquid-like forms.

  • Aliens Are Bastards: Averted. The ordeal that causes the main conflict of the movie is the fact they didn't know they were hurting humanity by their actions, as one of their main methods of communication is assimilating with things they come into contact with, and they stop the instant they find out just what kind of damage they've been doing, ultimately revealing themselves to be quite peaceful.
  • Assimilation Plot: How it seems until Setsuna is finally able to make contact with them.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: They really do not seem to understand the value humans place on individual lives. Or on individuality. In fact, it might be said that they are just as confused by the nature of human life as we are by them. Justified as they're a Hive Mind and thus have no concept of an individual. And when a chat with Setsuna reveals to them that their normal method of communication is dangerous to earth, and that their reaction to being attacked as a result is not helping things, they IMMEDIATELY cease all hostilities, form a symbol of peace, and ultimately end up in symbiosis with humanity as a whole. Granted they also side against the Old Human Faction later on, but that had more to do with the fact that said side wanted them dead as well and they certainly strayed from repeating their actions during the movie.
  • Body Horror: Those possesed by them undergo this. Averted by ELS-upgraded humans who take on a slight metalic sheen, but are otherwise still completely individual unlike the possesed.
  • Ditto Aliens: As shapeshifters, they can take any form they want. Despite this, there are a few basic forms they seem to prefer as defaults. Two ELS taking the same shape are completely indistinguishable from one another, at least to human eyes.
  • Doomed Planet: The end reveals that their homeworld's star went supernova, which explains why they came to the Sol System.
  • Expy: Their design are like Vorlon ships.
  • First Contact: The first-ever aliens to appear in the Gundam franchise. They are also notable for being one of the more recent depictions of aliens both during the film's airing and years afterwards that aren't some kind of humanoid/insectoid creature, instead being a truly alien lifeform in every single way.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Extraterrestrial Living-metal Shapeshifters
  • The Greys: They are Grey / Silver / Mercury / Platinum colored.
  • Hive Mind: An advanced version. The structure of their mind is completely alien to that of a human's, and they all share a mental link. This is to the point where, when they start absorbing and copying GNX-IVs, said link makes them far more dangerous than their human-piloted counterparts due to said shared link and shared vision.
  • Invading Refugees: See DoomedPlanet above.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Played horrifyingly straight, as their only method of communication besides quantum interfacing is painfully assimilating whatever they touch, humans included...
  • Power Copying: They begin doing this in the final battle, copying warship and mobile suit designs. This also makes them a lot more effective in combat, as their Hive Mind allows them to utilize tactics and the machines they copy to levels far higher than a squad of pilots ever could.
  • Silicon-Based Life: Suggested to be such, as they are made of metal. The ELS eventually grant themselves to humans to be used as they wish - side material implies pretty much all Mobile Suits after the arrival (and possibly all of technology) are ELS that have been cast into a mold.
  • Starfish Aliens: They are made of metal. They can shapeshift in seconds. They are psychic. They can assimilate things. They live in gas giants... actually, compared to recent depictions of aliens in other series around the time of 00's airing and even currently, there isn't anything familiar about them to Earth lifeforms. In Fact, somehow they're even more alien than the Coralians ever were, which is saying something, but as the same time eerily realistic.
  • Ur-Example: They are the first aliens to actually appear in the Gundam franchise, though there's a Space Whale fossil that appeared in SEED, and possibly the Turn-X that supplementary materials state "originates from outside the solar system".
  • Voluntary Shape Shifting: There are several forms they seem to gravitate to by default, but it's pretty clear that they can take any form they desire, with no limitation other than size (and even that could be called into question).
  • Zerg Rush: They tend to do this in combat, sending out massive swarms of smaller ELS to absorb and assimilate other things. They're easy to shoot down, but there's just so many of them that they get through regardless. They show very little consideration for the lives of said smaller ELS, which would make sense if they are, in fact, a Hive Mind.

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Meena Carmine (ミーナ・カーマイン)

An astrophysicist who works for the ESF, Meena Carmine helps to solve the mysteries and investigate the ELS. It is also hinted that she has a relationship with Billy Katagiri. At one point in time, an ancestor of Meena donated a DNA sample to the Corner family. This DNA sample was later on used by Alejandro to create the Trinity Siblings. While the Trinity siblings are a result of a combination of this DNA sample and genetic material from Ribbons, Meena herself is a natural born human. Having proven herself to be highly intelligent, Meena's similar appearance, as well as her impulsive and playful personality, to Nena Trinity are coincidental developments. While she does indeed show a jealous streak, it is never shown if she is capable of such callous acts that the Gundam Meister was.



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