List of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED characters

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This is a list of fictional characters featured in the Cosmic Era (CE) timeline of the Gundam anime metaseries. These characters appear in the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny anime television series, as well as in the manga and OVA spinoffs. Both series focus on the raging conflict between Naturals and Coordinators, the former being regular humans and the latter being genetically-enhanced ones.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED begins when the neutral space colony Heliopolis is attacked by ZAFT, a military organization composed of Coordinators. Coordinator Kira Yamato pilots the mobile suit GAT-X105 Strike to protect his friends on the Naturals' ship Archangel from potential enemies as they head towards Earth. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny continues two years after Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and follows the teenager Shinn Asuka and his duties in ZAFT.

Protagonists[edit]

Kira Yamato[edit]

Main article: Kira Yamato

Kira Yamato (キラ・ヤマト?) is a first-generation Coordinator, who lives on the neutral space colony Heliopolis to avoid war between the races of Coordinators and the Naturals, but such area ends involved in the war. Born as a Coordinator, Kira is the only person able to pilot the Strike mobile suit created by the Naturals, and is forced to pilot it into numerous battles to protect his friends.[1] He is voiced in the Japanese series by Sōichirō Hoshi and in the English adaptation by Matt Hill.[2]

Athrun Zala[edit]

Main article: Athrun Zala

Athrun Zala (アスラン・ザラ Asuran Zara?) is a member from the military organization ZAFT. Participating in the war between Coordinators and Naturals, Athrun discovers that his childhood friend Kira Yamato became a member from the Naturals' military organization, the Earth Alliance, despite being a Coordinator. Across the series, Athrun encounters Kira various times, and after almost killing him, Athrun starts questioning his own motives to participate in the war. He is voiced in Japanese by Akira Ishida and in English by Samuel Vincent.[2]

Lacus Clyne[edit]

Main article: Lacus Clyne

Lacus Clyne (ラクス・クライン Rakusu Kurain?) is a good natured and popular female vocalist from the space colony PLANT. Born as a Coordinator, Lacus is introduced when she is found in space by the Archangel, a ship of Naturals and befriends the Coordinator Kira Yamato. Late in the war between the races of Coordinators and Naturals, Lacus becomes the co-leader of the Clyne Faction, joining with the battleship Archangel, to stop both sides from fighting. Lacus is voiced in the Japanese series by Rie Tanaka. In the English adaptation, Chantal Strand is her regular voice actress, while Jillian Michaels does her singing voice.[2]

Cagalli Yula Athha[edit]

Main article: Cagalli Yula Athha

Cagalli Yula Athha (カガリ・ユラ・アスハ Kagari Yura Asuha?) is one of the Naturals, fighting against the Coordinators in an ongoing war. Despite fighting on the battlefield various times alongside the Naturals' military organization the Earth Alliance, Cagalli is later revealed to be daughter of the leader from the neutral country of Orb. After helping her new allies to stop the war, Cagalli becomes the leader of Orb, role mainly explored in the series' sequel, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. During the series, Cagalli is later revealed to be Kira Yamato's sister. Cagalli is voiced by Naomi Shindō in Japanese and by Vanessa Morley in the English adaptation.[2]

Shinn Asuka[edit]

Main article: Shinn Asuka

Shinn Asuka (シン・アスカ Shin Asuka?) is a member from the military organization ZAFT who joined them after his family was killed during a previous war between ZAFT and the Earth Alliance, and bears an enormous hatred towards his home country Orb for not protecting them. Across the series, Shinn starts questioning his motives to fight for ZAFT, but is still determinated to follow their orders. He is voiced in the Japanese series by Kenichi Suzumura and by Matthew Erickson in the English dub.[3]

Antagonists[edit]

Rau Le Creuset[edit]

Rau Le Creuset (ラウ・ル・クルーゼ Rau Ru Kurūze?)[4] is an elite ZAFT commander, a skilled mobile suit pilot, and an adept tactician, whose abilities are greatly valued by the ZAFT leadership.[5] He always appears in public with his unique mask covering his face.[5] He becomes famous early in the war during the Battle of Yggdrasil, using his ZGMF-1017M GINN High Maneuver Type mobile suit to destroy thirty-seven Earth Alliance mobile armors and six warships.

His birth name is Rau La Flaga (ラウ・ラ・フラガ Rau Ra Furaga?),[6] the direct clone of Mu La Flaga's father, Al Da Flaga. Rau possesses spacial awareness, a trait he apparently inherited from his "father" and shares with his "brother" Mu. However, Rau has short telomeres within his DNA that cause him rapid aging problems. This is done intentionally, so that Rau can catch up to Mu in age and replace him. Rau takes a drug that stabilizes his aging; if he goes too long without taking the medication, he suffers intense pain. Rau eventually decides that Naturals and Coordinators are both unfit to live, and plans the destruction of both.

In the final battle of the war, Rau pilots the ZGMF-X13A Providence, the final ZAFT suit. He battles with Kira Yamato in the ZGMF-X10A Freedom, who manages to surpass him. Before being finished, Rau and his mobile suit are destroyed by the self-destruction of GENESIS, dying with a smile on his face. In Gundam SEED Destiny, Gilbert Durandal, Rau's former friend and doctor, often imagines Rau conversing with him.[7] He also appears in the final episode to Rey Za Burrel, another clone from Al who he was close with. He is voiced by Toshihiko Seki in Japanese and by Mark Oliver in English.[2]

Patrick Zala[edit]

Patrick Zala (パトリック・ザラ Patorikku Zara?), father of Athrun Zala, is the National Defense Committee Chairman who is the radical faction leader of the PLANT Supreme Council.[8] He lost his wife, Lenore Zala, in the Bloody Valentine Tragedy and blames all Naturals for her death.[8] His grief over the death of his wife, Lenore, made him a man driven by hatred and revenge. This makes him easily manipulated by ZAFT Commander Rau Le Creuset, whom Patrick believes to be his right-hand man.

Patrick has ZAFT build the GENESIS superweapon and uses it in an effort to destroy all Naturals. Patrick soon manages to destroy the Earth Alliance space fleet along with their lunar base at the Ptolemaeus Crater with GENESIS, effectively winning the battle. ZAFT Commander Ray Yuki shoots Patrick several times, killing him as he refuses to follow his orders. As he lies dying in Athrun's arms, Patrick tells his son to fire GENESIS on Earth and make his vision of a Coordinators' world come true. He is voiced by Kinryu Arimoto in Japanese and by Andrew Kavadas in English.[2]

Blue Cosmos/Logos[edit]

Muruta Azrael[edit]

Muruta Azrael (ムルタ・アズラエル Muruta Azuraeru?) is the leader of the Blue Cosmos terrorist organization, which feels that all nations of Earth, neutral or not, should fight against humanity's "enemies", the Coordinators, for the sake of a "blue and pure world" - that is, a world without Coordinators, and has no problems with killing masses of ordinary humans. He wields enormously significant influence within the Atlantic Federation due to his position as director of the Atlantic National Defense Conglomerate, the Alliance military's primary source of arms and munitions. His relative Bruno Azrael is a member of Logos. After the Earth Alliance recaptures the mass driver at Victoria, Azrael decides to go into space on board the Dominion with the three Biological CPU pilots. When he gives the order to launch nuclear missiles at the PLANTs to inflict maximum damage to eliminate the threat to Earth, Natarle Badgiruel objects to his orders. he pulls a gun on her, frightening the other Dominion crew members into submission. Natarle intervenes, restraining him and ordering the rest of the crew to abandon ship. Azrael shoots Natarle during the struggle and then prepares to destroy the Archangel himself. When he fires the "Lohengrin", however, GAT-X105 Strike pilot Mu La Flaga takes the full force of the blast and saves the Archangel. In response, the Archangel destroys the Dominion with its own Lohengrin, killing Azrael and Captain Badgiruel in the process. He is voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama in Japanese and by Andrew Francis in English.

Shani Andras[edit]

Shani Andras (シャニ・アンドラス Shani Andorasu?) pilots the GAT-X252 Forbidden. Shani is antisocial, and prefers to fight alone to avoid interference from his teammates.[9] Between missions, he blocks out the outside world by listening to music via headphones.[9]

Shani is by far the most brutal of the human CPUs. Due to his insatiable lust for carnage and devastation, he often neglects orders to retreat and even attacks his own teammates while "having fun". Shani does not state Orga or Clotho's names. As the series progresses, he reveals himself to be a sadistic sociopath with no moral restraints whatsoever. In one instance in the story, he is seen eagerly anticipating the destruction of the PLANTS for the sole purpose of seeing "all the pretty lights". Shani is the first to die among the three. Shani is killed by Yzak Joule during the Second Battle of Jachin Due, when his GAT-X252 Forbidden is destroyed by Yzak's GAT-X102 Duel Gundam. Shani Andras is voiced by Shunichi Miyamoto in Japanese and Richard Ian Cox in English.[2]

Clotho Buer[edit]

Clotho Buer (クロト・ブエル Kuroto Bueru?) is a talkative and quarrelsome person, who is constantly arguing with his teammates.[10] While he fights in his GAT-X370 Raider, he enjoys shouting out video game–inspired battle cries.[10] Between missions he spends his time playing on a portable game system called the "Great Wonder Swan XXX".

Depending on the version of Gundam SEED seen, Clotho is killed during the Second Battle of Jachin Due either by Yzak Joule in the GAT-X102 Duel using the Buster's rifle (original Gundam SEED), or by Dearka Elsman in the GAT-X103 Buster (Gundam SEED: Special Edition). According to the PlayStation 2 game Gundam SEED: Never Ending Tomorrow, Clotho is not killed by Dearka or Yzak, but dies due to his nervous system failing; however, it is seen that the GAT-X370 Raider is destroyed by Yzak. Clotho Buer is voiced by Hiro Yūki in Japanese and Andrew Toth in English.[2]

Orga Sabnak[edit]

Orga Sabnak (オルガ・サブナック Oruga Sabunakku?) is effectively the leader of the three biological CPUs. He uses tactics that are reckless and aggressive,[11] causing him to often nearly hit his teammates while piloting his mobile suit, the GAT-X131 Calamity.[11] He usually spends his time between missions reading paperback novels.[11] He is also the only member of the team that seems to care about the welfare of the other two; when Shani is killed, he screams out his teammate's name, and tries to attack Shani's killer Yzak.

Unlike Clotho and Shani, who were killed by Yzak Joule, Orga is killed during the Second Battle of Jachin Due by Three Ships Alliance pilot Athrun Zala in the ZGMF-X09A Justice, equipped with the METEOR. Athrun slices Orga in half from behind as he is dodging a beam from Kira. Orga Sabnak is voiced by Joshida Ryohei in Japanese and Matt Smith in English.[2]

Lord Djibril[edit]

Lord Djibril (ロード・ジブリール Rōdo Jiburīru?) is a member of the secret society made up of the leadership of the military-industrial complex "Logos", and is also the successor to former Blue Cosmos leader, Muruta Azrael. Djibril decided that Junius Seven hitting the Earth would be a shameful incident for all those living on Earth, that the PLANTs (and by extension, all Coordinators) were at fault, and that they must all be exterminated; the members of Logos all agreed to this decision, hence reviving Blue Cosmos' plan to exterminate all Coordinators. When Djibril learned from Neo Roanoke that ZAFT forces were the instigators of the colony drop, he submitted the evidence to the people of Earth and Atlantic Federation President Joseph Copeland, thus starting the Second EA-ZAFT War. After Gilbert Durandal revealed to the world that Djibril and his Logos organization were behind the whole war, he was forced to go into hiding. Djibril was able to use the Requiem, a new Earth Alliance superweapon, in an attempt to destroy the seat of the PLANT Supreme Council, notably Durandal, at Aprilus One; however, interference by a ZAFT task force led by Yzak Joule caused Requiem to miss its intended target, instead destroying several other PLANTs. An attack on the Daedalus base by the Minerva led him to flee. In the end, Lord Djibril is killed by Rey Za Burrel when the ZGMF-X666S Legend destroys the Girty Lue, the ship Djibril was escaping on. He is voiced by Hideyuki Hori in Japanese and by Alistair Abell in English.

Phantom Pain[edit]

The Phantom Pain group is led by Neo Roanoke, an amnesic Mu La Flaga brainwashed by Blue Cosmos.

Stella Loussier[edit]

Stella Loussier (ステラ・ルーシェ Sutera Rūshe?) (also known as Stellar Loussier in some markets) is one of the three Extended pilots from Phantom Pain under the command of Neo Roanoke. Together with her comrades Sting Oakley and Auel Neider she infiltrates the PLANT colony Armory One and, with the help of some ZAFT-soldiers, they steal three new Gundam-type mobile suits. Stella pilots the ZGMF-X88S Gaia when fighting. While Stella is normally calm, whenever she hears the word "die" or anything related, she grows berserker, afraid of dying. When she suffes from this trauma, Shinn Asuka, unaware of her identity, calms her promising to protect her. Stella befriends Shinn who discovers her identity when taking down the Gaia. Despite Shinn's attempts to keep her away from war, Neo makes her pilot the gigantic transformable mobile armour GFAS-X1 Destroy to attack a large swath of western Eurasia. Shinn tries to calm her, but when she loses control over her fear, Kira Yamato in the ZGMF-X10A Freedom attacks her, causing her death. She tells Shinn she loves him before her death, and reappears to him in the end of the series when Shinn is knocked unconscious, telling she will see him "tomorrow".

She came in 4th place in the 27th Anime Grand Prix[12] and move up to 3rd place in the 28th one.[13] In the 29th Anime Grand Prix, Stella was awarded 10th place in the Favorite Female category.[14] She is voiced by Houko Kuwashima in Japanese and by Lalainia Lindbjerg in English.[3]

Auel Neider[edit]

Auel Neider (アウル・ニーダ Auru Nīda?) is one of the three Extended pilots of the Earth Alliance’s special forces team Phantom Pain. He is the most impulsive and brutal of the three, killing his enemies mercilessly and even laughing crazily when he kills people. Together with his comrades, he sneaks into the PLANT colony Armory One, where he steals one of the three new Gundam-type mobile suits, the ZGMF-X31S Abyss. When ZAFT discovers a laboratory in Lodonia, Auel recalls that his mother was stationed there and promptly begins to freak out. Because of his psychological conditioning, he is rendered helpless when he hears his blockword, in his case the word "mother". Auel, in his confusion, says it out loud to himself and collapses in tears. The doctors on the ship quickly move to readjust his mentality. During the Battle of Crete his suit is destroyed by Shinn Asuka when he uses the beam javelin of his ZGMF-X56S/γ Blast Impulse to stab directly into the abdomen of the Abyss, causing it to crash into the sea. The Abyss explodes under water, shortly after blood-mixed water filled Auel's helmet. He is voiced by Masakazu Morita in Japanese and by Brad Swaile in English.[3]

Sting Oakley[edit]

Sting Oakley (スティング・オークレー Sutingu Ōkurē?) is one of the Extended Naturals of the Phantom Pain. Together with his comrades he sneaks into the PLANT colony Armory One, where he steals one of the three new Gundam-type mobile suits, the ZGMF-X24S Chaos. After various battles, he is transferred to the Earth Alliance stronghold Heaven's Base in Iceland. He pilots one of five GFAS-X1 Destroy units and defends Heaven's Base when ZAFT's Operation Ragnarok begins. Gradually losing whatever mental stability he has left during the battle, he is eventually killed by Shinn Asuka and his ZGMF-X42S Destiny, getting pierced by the Destiny's sword, while piloting the GFAS-X1 Destroy. He is voiced by Junichi Suwabe in Japanese and by Brent Miller in English.[3]

Sven Cal Bryan[edit]

Sven Cal Bryan[15] (スウェン・カル・バヤン Suwen Karu Bayan?) is one of the main characters of the OVA side story Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: Stargazer. A member of the Phantom Pain special forces, he pilots the GAT-X105E Strike Noir. As a child, his parents were killed terrorist bombing at a space museum and thus he was taken into the anti-coordinator training program for the Alliance. He is voiced by Daisuke Ono.

Yuna Roma Seiran[edit]

Yuna Roma Seiran (ユウナ・ロマ・セイラン Yūna Roma Seiran?) is the son of Unato Ema Seiran, the prime minister of Orb that succeeded former Chief Representative Uzumi Nara Athha and Representative Homura after their deaths. Yuna is also Cagalli Yula Athha's fiancee by arranged marriage, a union that was approved of by both their parents, a fact that is revealed by Cagalli's caretaker Myrna. During the Battle of Dardanelles, Yuna acts as Supreme Commander of Orb's forces ready to intercept the Minerva. Later, after Logos is revealed to the world by Gilbert Durandal, Lord Djibril flees to Orb under protection by the Seirans. However, the Seirans deny sheltering Lord Djibril in Orb. Their denial is all for naught as ZAFT invades nonetheless. As the battle quickly turned against Orb, Cagalli returned to lead her country's forces. As Yuna was unable to successfully command, he was delighted at Cagalli's return and was easily tricked by her into returning control of Orb to her. Her first command was that Yuna be arrested for treason, an order many officers frustrated with his incompetence happily acknowledged, beating him up before subduing him. Yuna is ultimately killed by a falling ZGMF-2000 GOUF Ignited that lands on him when he attempts to flee from his Orb captors. He is voiced by Kenji Nojima in Japanese and by Brian Drummond in English.[3]

Gilbert Durandal[edit]

Gilbert Durandal (ギルバート・デュランダル Girubāto Dyurandaru?) is the chairman of the PLANT Supreme Council and a member of the moderate political faction.[16] Durandal is a man of science and medicine rather than politics, with the stated agenda of ending all conflicts between humans, especially the chasm between the Naturals and the Coordinators, i.e. the Earth and PLANT. Before he was Chairman of PLANT, Durandal was a brilliant young physician specializing in genetics and advanced biomedical techniques. He also was a friend of Rau Le Creuset, who was also his patient. Rau's inability to understand the purpose of his existence helped Durandal form his opinions about a perfect world society. Durandal also had a relationship with later Minerva Captain Talia Gladys but she left him because she wanted a child.

After Lord Djibril's death, Durandal proposes his "Destiny Plan", which is immediately opposed by the Atlantic Federation, the Kingdom of Scandinavia, and Orb. The Archangel's crew think his plan would be to implement a new world order where every human is given the role for which they are best genetically suited at birth, and this would fulfill Durandal's ideal of perfect genetic determinism, as this should be the ultimate goal of all Coordinators. Under this theory humans will no longer fight against others for things that they wish, since each person's destiny are predetermined at birth. During the attack on the Requiem, Durandal strikes with the mobile space fortress Messiah, which is armed with a Neo-Genesis array. However, his plans to destroy Orb failed when the Requiem was destroyed. Eventually Gilbert faces Kira Yamato. The Chairman warns Kira that, if he is killed, the world will descend into chaos. Durandal was shot by Rey. Rey, through Kira's reasoning, saw that the Destiny Plan paid too high a price for peace and it would rob humanity of free will. His lover, Minerva's captain Talia and Rey, stayed behind in the crumbling fortress. The three of them are killed by falling debris and explosions. He is voiced by Shūichi Ikeda in Japanese, and by Ted Cole in English.[3]

Supporting characters[edit]

Archangel crew[edit]

Murrue Ramius[edit]

Murrue Ramius (マリュー・ラミアス Maryū Ramiasu?) is thrust into the role of the captain of the Earth Alliance assault ship Archangel, after the ship's original commanding officers are killed during a ZAFT assault on the Heliopolis space colony.[17] She meets Kira during this assault, and as Kira saves her using Heliopolis' mobile suit against ZAFT, she forces him and his friends to stay at the Archangel for seeing the military's secrets. Captain Ramius deserts the Earth Alliance Forces after the Atlantic Federation's betrayal at the Battle of JOSH-A. The Archangel joins with the Clyne Faction to stop both the Earth Alliance and ZAFT from destroying each other. Across the series, she starts romantic relationship with Lieutenant Mu La Flaga and is shocked when Mu is apparently killed in the end of the series. Gundam SEED Destiny, Ramius returns to the Archangel to interfere with the new war alongside former comrades. When Logos' Neo Roanoke is defeated by the Archangel, she recognizes him as Mu, but he does not remember his former life. As the war continues, Mu starts recovering his memories and Ramius and him continue their relationship. Masatsugu Iwase early designed her for the Gundam SEED manga as a kind-hearted person, despite being the head of the Archangel as she is wedged between her superiors who issue unreasonable orders and Natarle as she tends to ignore Murrue's orders.[18] Ramius is voiced by Kotono Mitsuishi in Japanese and Lisa Ann Beley in English.[2]

Natarle Badgiruel[edit]

Natarle Badgiruel (ナタル・バジルール Nataru Bajirūru?) is the executive officer of the Archangel, and supervises the ship's Combat Information Center. Natarle is stern and operates by the book, though she is willing to do almost anything to reach a certain end—even when it conflicts with Captain Ramius. Nevertheless, Natarle is a superb tactical analyst with keen judgment and a knack for swift decision-making, which makes her a valuable asset to the Archangel. After Natarle leaves the Archangel on a transfer order while in Alaska, she is recruited by the Earth Alliance and made captain of the Dominion, which forced her to battle against the Archangel. After witnessing the actions of Muruta Azrael of Blue Cosmos, Natarle chooses to defy the Earth Alliance, which results in her and Azrael's death. Natarle Badgiruel is voiced by Houko Kuwashima in Japanese and Sarah Johns in English.[2]

Mu La Flaga[edit]

Mu La Flaga (ムウ・ラ・フラガ Mū Ra Furaga?) is a veteran mobile armor ace, and a longtime rival of ZAFT officer Rau Le Creuset, with whom he demonstrates a strange extrasensory connection—and whom he later finds out to be his brother, created as a clone of his father. A laid-back man with a thick-skinned attitude toward war, Mu is casually boastful of his preternatural abilities, sometimes calling himself the man who can make the impossible possible. After the attack on Heliopolis, Mu joins the crew of the Archangel and develops a relationship with Captain Murrue Ramius. During the course of the series, Mu becomes the pilot of the GAT-X105 Strike, while HD remastered version he instead pilots the GAT-X105 Perfect Strike, a combination of the Strike and its Striker Packs.

Mu is seemingly killed after protecting the Archangel from a positron cannon. In Gundam SEED Destiny, Mu is revealed to be alive, but brainwashed by Logos into the identity Neo Roanoke (ネオ・ロアノーク Neo Roanōku?)—the captain in the Earth Alliance force Phantom Pain. After being captured by the Archangel, Neo experiences flashbacks of his life as Mu, and begins to doubt his identity and memories. Mu then rejoins the Archangel to help end the war and becomes the pilot of the ORB-01 Akatsuki mobile suit. At the end of Gundam SEED Destiny, Mu blocks a positron cannon from hitting the Archangel (mirroring the events at the end of Gundam SEED), causing him to regain his memories. He stays with Murrue after the events of the sequel. Mu La Flaga is voiced by Takehito Koyasu in Japanese and Trevor Devall in English.[2]

Arnold Neumann[edit]

Martin DaCosta[edit]

Martin DaCosta is Andrew Waltfeld's second in command on board the Lesseps until it is heavily damaged by the Archangel and Waltfeld is defeated by Kira Yamato's GAT-X105 Strike. Later, Martin DaCosta joins the Clyne Faction and helps move Lacus Clyne underground after the theft of the ZGMF-X10A Freedom. DaCosta then helps rescue Athrun Zala, who has been held prisoner by his father, Patrick Zala, at the request of Lacus. He is successful in rescuing Athrun and the two escape to the Eternal, a new ZAFT support ship stolen by the Clyne Faction, which has his former superior Andy as a captain. Martin DaCosta is voiced by Akira Sasanuma in Japanese and Brian Dobson in English.[2]

Andrew Waltfeld[edit]

Andrew "Andy" Waltfeld (アンドリュー・バルトフェルト Andoryū Barutoferuto?) also known as Desert tiger is the commander of the ZAFT forces in the PLANT-pledged African Community, headquartered at Banadiya. He lives with his lover Aisha, who assists him in his military operations and eventually serves as the co-pilot of his TMF/A-803 LaGOWE. Unlike other ZAFT and Earth Alliance officers, he is surprisingly humane and well aware of the repercussions of war. After forcing Kira Yamato to battle him, Andrew and Aisha are seemingly killed in the explosion. Andrew is later seen alive, having been saved by Aisha and losing his left eye, left arm, and right leg in the process. After discovering Rau Le Creuset's true intentions to destroy the universe—confirming his longtime suspicions—he defects from ZAFT and assists the Archangel's goal in ending the war. Andrew Waltfeld is voiced by Ryotaro Okiayu in Japanese and Brian Drummond in English.[2]

Miriallia Haw[edit]

Miriallia Haw (ミリアリア・ハウ Miriaria Hau?) is a Natural from the colony Heliopolis and is a friend of Kira, and girlfriend from Tolle Koenig. When Heliopolis is destroyed by ZAFT, she and her friends become refugees on the Archangel. With Kira forced to use the Strike to protect the ship, Mirallia and her friends join the Archangel's group to support him with Miralia becoming assigned to monitor and communicate with Archangel's mobile suit and mobile armor complement. They stay with the Archangel as official military personnel, but Miriallia is shocked when Tolle is killed by Athrun during an encounter against ZAFT. Despite her anger towards ZAFT's Dearka Elsman for joking about Tolle's death, she concludes that revenge will not bring him back to life. In the start of Gundam SEED Destiny, Miriallia is initially a freelance photographer, but later joins the Archangel in their attempt to stop the new war. She is voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi in Japanese and by Anna Cummer in English.[2]

Sai Argyle[edit]

Sai Argyle is a friend of Kira Yamato from Heliopolis. When the colony is raided by ZAFT, he ends up with his friends on the Archangel. Sai is put in charge of enemy detection and electronic warfare identification in the Combat Information Center of the Archangel. Initially, Sai has in a relationship with Flay Allster, but she breaks it off in favor of Kira, which enrages Sai to the point where he tries to move the Strike. Sai does not try to win back Flay, and comes to accept that she is with Kira—who is later reported missing in action. With Kira gone, Flay attempts to restart her relationship with Sai, denying she ever felt any emotions for Kira; Sai refuses to believe her. Later, Sai makes peace with Kira, and the two of them remain on good terms for the remainder of their enlistment together. Sai continues to serve at his post on the Archangel throughout the rest of the war. Sai Argyle is voiced by Tetsu Shiratori in Japanese and Bill Switzer in English.[2]

Flay Allster[edit]

Flay Allster (フレイ・アルスター Furei Arusutā?) is the daughter of Atlantic Federation Vice Foreign Minister George Allster. She is a pretty, popular, and to some extent spoiled, Heliopolis technical college student.[19] Her fiancé is Sai Argyle, as arranged for by their parents.[19] When Heliopolis is attacked by ZAFT, she becomes a refugee from the Archangel, where she reveals her indifference towards Coordinators. Her father dies when his ship is attacked by ZAFT forces, and grows shocked from this. However, as she realizes that as Kira is the only person able to save the Archangel, she enlists herself in the military to persuade him to continue fighting against his will. During this time, Flay pretends to be in love with Kira in order to stay with him, breaking up with Sai. As Kira becomes more determinated with protecting the Archangel, he breaks up with Flay. Later, when Flay is transferred from the Archangel, she encounters ZAFT's Rau Le Creuset during an infiltration mission. Rau kidnaps Flay and later sends her in a pod to the Dominion ship from the Earth Alliance. Flay starts working for the Dominion ship in hopes of meeting her friends again, but when Azrael tries to go against the captain's orders, Flay and the other crew from the ship are sent to an escape vessel. As Kira tries to rescue the vessel, Rau's mobile suit destroys it, killing Flay instantly. However, she dies happy, feeling she now understood most people's situations. According to Masatsugu Iwase, artist of the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED manga, he first envisioned Flay as a mascot before he did the manga. It was only after doing her character design that she acts similarly to an actress.[18] She is voiced by Houko Kuwashima in Japanese and by Tabitha St. Germain in English.[2]

Tolle Koenig[edit]

Tolle Koenig is one of Kira Yamato's friends who lives on the neutral colony Heliopolis, the boyfriend of Miriallia Haw. Tolle was the first one to defend Kira when Kira's Coordinator heritage causes the Archangel's soldiers to point their rifles at Kira. He serves as a co-pilot and operator of the Archangel. Later, he volunteers to pilot the second FX-550 Skygrasper, formerly piloted by Cagalli Yula Athha. He is ultimately killed in action by Athrun Zala. Tolle Koenig is voiced by Takayuki Inoue in Japanese and Richard Ian Cox in English.[2]

Le Creuset team[edit]

Athrun's ZAFT team captured in a photo from Gundam SEED. From left: Dearka, Olor, Yzak, Miguel, Nicol (front), Rusty, and Athrun.

Miguel Aiman[edit]

Miguel Aiman is a Coordinator and a Green member of the Le Creuset team. After hearing that Rusty Mackenzie was killed before he could capture the GAT-X105 Strike, Miguel tries to take it himself. However, he is forced to retreat after Kira Yamato takes control of the Strike. Thinking that a Natural was piloting the Strike, Miguel is humiliated by his defeat and vows to get revenge as he heads back towards Heliopolis after acquiring another GINN. Instead, he winds up being the very first person Kira ever kills. Miguel Aiman is voiced by Takanori Nishikawa in Japanese and Tony Sampson in English.[2]

Nicol Amalfi[edit]

Nicol Amalfi (ニコル・アマルフィ Nikoru Amarufi?) is the youngest member of the Le Creuset team; he pilots the GAT-X207 Blitz, which he steals during the raid on Heliopolis. He is mostly calm and good-natured, and becomes friends with Athrun Zala. His thoughts of the war are moderate, and he says in one episode that he joined ZAFT after hearing what happened to Junius Seven, but never really wanted to fight. A gifted musician, his favorite instrument is the piano. While trying to protect Athrun in battle near the Orb Union, Nicol is killed by Kira Yamato. In the anime television series, Nicol Amalfi is voiced by Mami Matsui in Japanese and Gabe Khouth in English.[2] In later appearances of the character in other media, Romi Park provided the Japanese voice.

Dearka Elsman[edit]

Dearka Elsman (ディアッカ・エルスマン Diakka Erusuman?) is an arrogant pilot of ZAFT's Rau Le Creuset team who looks down on Naturals. He is part of the crew that invaded Heliopolis to steal mobile suits, piloting the GAT-X103 Buster. During the course of the series, Dearka is captured by the Archangel, where he meets Kira's friends—which prompts him to change his opinions about Naturals. Seeing how both the Earth Alliance and ZAFT had become controlled by genocidal individuals such as Muruta Azrael and Patrick Zala, Dearka retakes his Buster and fights alongside the Archangel. During the Gundam SEED series, Dearka begins a short-lived relationship with Miriallia Haw. In Gundam SEED Destiny, Dearka is court martialed for being a traitor and is made a regular ZAFT soldier again. Dearka Elsman is voiced by Akira Sasanuma in Japanese and Brad Swaile in English.[2]

Yzak Joule[edit]

Yzak Joule (イザーク・ジュール Izāku Jūru?) is originally part of Rau Le Creuset's team and part of the force that invades Heliopolis. He pilots the stolen mobile suit GAT-X102 Duel. During a confrontation with Kira Yamato, Kira inflicts a wound upon Yzak's face that leaves a scar and causes Yzak to swear vengeance. Initially a cold-blooded, remorseless killer, Yzak becomes disgusted by the act of war and doubts whether ZAFT's intentions are correct. In a combination of Dearka Elsman's words and witnessing the destructive power of the Genesis, Yzak sides with the Archangel in order to stop ZAFT's plan on destroying Earth. During the events of Gundam SEED Destiny, Yzak is seen as the commander of a ZAFT faction. Yzak Joule is voiced by Tomokazu Seki in Japanese and Michael Adamthwaite in English.[2]

Minerva[edit]

Talia Gladys[edit]

Talia Gladys (タリア・グラディス Taria Guradisu?) is the captain of the Minerva. She is loyal to the ZAFT army and follows through her orders, even if she dislikes them. Nevertheless, she often tries to disobey her orders in favor of a more peaceful outcome to the battles She is Gilbert Durandal's mistress, who left him as she wanted to have a child. When the Minerva is defeated by the Archangel, Talia goes to see Durandal just as he is shot by Rey. She decides to die with the two of them, telling Kira Yamato about her son, and that she wants captain Murrue Ramius to visit him. Talia Gladys is voiced by Mami Koyama in Japanese and Venus Terzo in English.[3]

Lunamaria Hawke[edit]

Lunamaria Hawke (ルナマリア・ホーク Runamaria Hōku?) is a mobile suit pilot for the ZAFT military forces. She attended ZAFT military academy together with her sister Meyrin Hawke and fellow pilots Shinn Asuka and Rey Za Burrel.[20] She typically pilots a red ZGMF-1000 ZAKU Warrior but is given Shinn's mobile suit, Impulse, after he receives Destiny. Initially, she is attracted to Athrun Zala, but after Athrun and Meyrin's apparent death, she begins a relationship with Shinn. Lunamaria starts having doubts about fighting against the Archangel when learning that Meyrin is alive, but with the Archangel crew. After ZAFT's defeat, she reunites with her sister. In the 27th Anime Grand Prix she was voted 5th place in the Favorite Female category[12] however in the 28th one she dropped to 11th place.[21] Lunamaria came in 4th in the 56th Gundam National Census asking fans what character from the series would they want to see in swimming suit.[22] Lunamaria Hawke is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto in Japanese and Maryke Hendrikse in English.[3]

Meyrin Hawke[edit]

Meyrin Hawke (メイリン・ホーク Meirin Hooku?) is Lunamaria Hawke's younger sister and the communications controller(CIC) officer of the Minerva and later the Eternal. A timid and shy girl, she develops a crush on Athrun Zala, but is less open than her sister about her affection. When Athrun defects from ZAFT, she assists him in escaping and ultimately accompanies him. She then joins the Archangel's crew and assists them in their attempts to stop the war. She is reunited with her sister in the OVA from the series, following ZAFT's defeat. Meyrin Hawke is voiced by Fumiko Orikasa in Japanese and Nicole Bouma in English.[3]

Arthur Trine[edit]

Arthur Trine is the executive officer of the Minerva. Much of his role is to provide comic relief. Arthur lacks his captain's experience and tactical ability, and he is often bewildered by her decisions. At the Battle of Messiah, Gladys told him to look after everyone when the Minerva was damaged and crashed on the Moon. Following the end of the second EA-ZAFT War, Arthur is seen in Special Edition IV as a black coat officer. He is among the members of ZAFT under Lacus Clyne, alongside Dearka Elsman, Yzak and Shiho. Arthur Trine is voiced by Hiroki Takahashi in Japanese and Jonathan Holmes in English.[3]

Rey Za Burrel[edit]

Rey Za Burrel (レイ・ザ・バレル Rei Za Bareru?) is a ZAFT soldier of the Minerva and friend of Shinn Asuka. He begins piloting the classic ZAFT Zaku but later pilots one of ZAFT'S newest mobile suits, the ZGMF-X666S Legend. He is extremely loyal to Gilbert Durandal, and blindly supports the Destiny Plan, as he believes it will save humanity. During the series it is revealed that he, like Rau Le Creuset, is a clone of Al Da Flaga, created as a transaction in exchange for the funds to finance his Ultimate Coordinator project. Due to the way he was born, his telomeres are shortened, which causes him to rely on pain-relieving medication. Sharing a strong bond with Rau, Rey wishes to kill Kira Yamato for Rau's death.

At the end of the series, Rey is defeated by Kira in combat. Seeing his confrontation with Durandal, Rey shoots his superior, having been moved by his wish for a future of their own. As the Messiah collapses, Rey remains behind with Durandal and Talia Gladys—whom he refers to as mother—and dies with them. Rey Za Burrel is voiced by Toshihiko Seki in Japanese and Kirby Morrow in English. As a child, Rey Za Burrel is voiced by Houko Kuwashima in Japanese and Lisa Ann Beley in English.[3]

Heine Westenfluss[edit]

Heine Westenfluss (ハイネ・ヴェステンフルス Haine Vesutenfurusu?) is a Coordinator ZAFT pilot, who piloted a ZGMF-1001 Blaze ZAKU Phantom before becoming the pilot of the ZGMF-X2000 GOUF Ignited. Heine is decidedly an optimistic, but realistic, soldier who did not stand too much on ceremony, and was also quite talkative and earnest in his attempts to raise the morale of his fellow pilots. During the Battle of Dardanelles, Heine pilots the ZGMF-X2000 GOUF Ignited, which he uses to battle Stella Loussier's ZGMF-X88S Gaia. His GOUF Ignited's primary offensive functions are disabled by the ZGMF-X10A Freedom, piloted by Kira Yamato. While attempting to counter-attack Kira, Heine and his GOUF Ignited are sliced in half by Stella as she tried to attack the Freedom, destroying the suit and killing him in the process. Heine is voiced by Takanori Nishikawa in Japanese and Brian Dobson in English.[3]

Others[edit]

Uzumi Nara Athha[edit]

Uzumi Nara Athha (ウズミ・ナラ・アスハ Uzumi Nara Asuha?) is the leader of the United Emirates of Orb and the adoptive father of Cagalli Yula Athha. He is known to be dedicated to the well-being of his nation and uncompromising on his own ideals and the ideals of Orb. When the Earth Alliance invades Orb to acquire their mass driver, Uzumi reveals to Cagalli that Kira Yamato is her brother, and forces her to leave Orb before he self-detonates it to prevent the Earth Alliance from using their equipment for war. Uzumi Nara Athha is voiced by Toru Ohkawa in Japanese and John Novak in English.[2]

Erica Simmons[edit]

A senior engineer of Morgenroete, the munitions company which equips the Orb Union's armed forces, Erica Simmons is responsible for developing the M1 Astray, a new mobile suit intended for use by the Orb military. After the Archangel reaches Orb, she requests Kira's help in perfecting the Astray '​s operating system. Though dedicated to her work, Erica is also a devoted mother to her young son Ryuta. Erica was among the Orb personnel evacuated into space aboard the Kusanagi.

Reverend Malchio[edit]

Reverend Malchio (マルキオ師 Marukio-shi?) is a blind priest trusted by both the PLANTs and Earth Alliance, thus allowing him to serve as an occasional envoy between the two. He is also closely aligned to the Junk Guild and a mentor to Prayer Reverie. He runs an orphanage in the Marshall Islands. In the events of Gundam SEED, he brings the injured Kira Yamato to Lacus Clyne with Lowe Guele's aid. When Malchio is visited by Athrun, the reverend consults with him. Sometime between the Battle of Mendel and the Battle of Boaz, Malchio negotiates a treaty between the Junk Guild and the Three Ships Alliance, allowing the Junk Guild vessel ReHOME to act as the tender ship of the Three Ships Alliance.

After the war, Kira and Lacus move in with Malchio and all of the orphans under his care. Two years later, Reverend Malchio remains much where he was left off at the end of the first series. When the second EA-ZAFT War begins, he plays much the same role as he did before as well. Reverend Malchio is voiced by Kazuya Nakai in Japanese and Brian Drummond in English.[2]

Meer Campbell[edit]

Meer Campbell (ミーア・キャンベル Mīa Kyanberu?) is a young woman who received plastic surgery to look like Lacus Clyne. She is used by Gilbert Durandal to rally the citizens of PLANT into supporting him. Meer is flirty and tends to be very excitable, especially in Athrun's presence. When she first meets Athrun, she introduces herself as Meer Campbell, and admits she is not Lacus Clyne. Throughout the series, Meer attempts to get closer to Athrun, though Athrun never encourages her and tells her that the real Lacus would not do any of the things which she does. When he defects, Athrun attempts to convince her to escape Gibraltar with him; she refuses, claiming that she prefers to be Lacus.

During the course of the series, the real Lacus's appearance causes the public to realize Meer is a fake. At her bodyguard's suggestion, Meer offers to bait Lacus out of hiding to have her assassinated, so Meer could be the "real" Lacus. During their meeting, Lacus persuades Meer into living as herself. Meer dies shortly after she protects Lacus from a bullet intended for her. Meer Campbell is voiced by Rie Tanaka in Japanese and Chantal Strand in English.[3]

George Glenn[edit]

George Glenn (ジョージ・グレン Jōji Guren?) is humanity's first Coordinator, he obtained his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at the age of 17. Realizing various achievements in life, Glenn would embark on the Jupiter Exploration Mission for the Atlantic Federation's FASA (Federal Aeronautics and Space Administration). Before he embarked on his journey, he revealed his origins, and the reasons for his superior mental and physical energy. Fourteen years later, a Natural who was angry that he was not born a Coordinator assassinated Glenn in C.E. 53. He is voiced by Hideyuki Hori in Japanese and by Michael Dobson in English.

Siegel Clyne[edit]

Father to Lacus Clyne, Siegel Clyne (シーゲル・クライン Shīgeru Kurain?) is chairman of the PLANT Supreme Council and the leader of its moderate faction. When Lacus helps Kira steal the mobile suit ZGMF-X10A Freedom for him to pilot Siegel and his daughter are declared as traitors. He is later killed by ZAFT soldiers.

Courtney Heironimus[edit]

Courtney Heironimus is a ZAFT test pilot with prodigal sense of piloting, that is known to have tested a large amount of ZAFT mobile suits. Before joining ZAFT he was a civilian with technology background. Near the end of the first EA-ZAFT War, he was the test pilot for the prototype GMF-X999A ZAKU Trial Type. During this testing, he encountered a large squadron of Earth Alliance GAT-02L2 Dagger L mobile suits during test runs of the ZAKU in the South American rainforest. Ignoring the treaty between ZAFT and the Earth Alliance that no fighting would occur in neutral zones, the Dagger Ls attacked and were subsequently wiped out. Before the beginning of the second EA-ZAFT War, Courtney is known to have been the test pilot of the experimental XMF-P192P Proto Chaos mobile armor, and later its complete form, the ZGMF-X24S Chaos. When the Chaos is stolen he again pilots the Proto Chaos to fight against a separate group that attacks Armory One. His current position in the Cosmic Era was as pilot of ZGMF-X56S Impulse Unit 03, equipped with a Destiny Sillouette, at the Battle of Messiah. After the war he returns to the Verne Developmental Corp.

Reception[edit]

The characters from Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny have been well received by anime fans. In the Anime Grand Prix polls, various characters have been featured as one of the most popular ones; both Kira and Athrun have been featured at the top of male anime characters category with the former being featured and the latter once.[23][24][25] Meanwhile, Lacus was at the top of female anime characters various times.[23][24][25]

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