Char is a complete and utter badass, but what makes him a magnificent bastard is that he’s well, such a troll about it all. He doesn’t really care about anything other than getting his revenge, and then rubbing that revenge into the Zabis’ faces. That, and having amazing red custom mechas to fly around in.


After Mobile Suit Gundam, Char loses a little bit of his trollish glee, having completed his revenge against the Zabi. By the time of Zeta Gundam Char eventually becomes a bit of anti-hero, working with his former rivals in the fight against a totalitarian anti-Newtype Earth force. But when he returns one last time in Char’s Counterattack, he’s a full on insane villain, hoping to spark humanity’s evolution into Newtypes by rendering Earth itself uninhabitable.

But regardless of which version of Char is in the pilot seat, his ability to match excellent giant robot flying with charismatic swagger—in Mobile Suit Gundam’s case, swagger deployed for the purpose of taunting his hated rivals—is what’s made him one of the most enduring figures in the franchise’s entire history. And it’s why so few mech pilots since have come close to matching his excellence.