Char Aznable is a Mobile Suit pilot for the Duchy of Zeon, and later becomes one of their leaders in the wake of the deaths of the Zabi family (at his hand).
Char Aznable was born Casaval Rem Deikum, the son of Zeon Zum Deikum, the founder of the Republic of Zeon, and an advocate for independence for the various space colonies founded in the Universal Century. In his childhood he, and his sister Artesia barely avoid an assassination attempt against their father with the help of Jimba Ral (father of Ramba Ral). The two flee to earth, where they are taken in by Teabolo Mass.
After Jimba too is assassinated, Casaval flees again to the Texas Colony, where they are taken in by the colony's manager, Rodger Aznable, and his son, Char, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Casaval. Char buys into the propaganda spread by Gihren Zabi, the son of the ruler of the now Duchy of Zeon and goes to enlist. Casaval goes to accompany them but after an antique pistol and fake explosives are found in Char's bag at a security checkpoint, the two swap clothing so Char can continue to the academy on time. However, Char's ship is destroyed in a bombing ordered by Gihren's sister, Kycilia. Casaval decides to take on Char's identity and seek out the killers of his friend and the other members of his family.
As Char Aznable, he serves with distinction in the Federation military and then, after the Duchy of Zeon declares independence, in their military. It is while fighting for Zeon that he earns the nickname “The Red Comet”.
Char was created by Yoshiyuki Tomino.
At the start of the Gundam franchise, in the Mobile Suit Gundam TV series, Char was Zeon's Rommel. He was their most skilled commander and mobile suit pilot. However, rather then being motivated primarily out of loyalty to his country, his primary goal was revenge against the Zabi's for the murder of his father and of many of his friends.
This lead to Char becoming something of an anti-heroic figure in the eyes of viewers of the show. That, combined with his cool demeanor and his repeated persistence in the face of death lead to Char becoming one of the most popular characters in the Gundam franchise and anime in general. Char has been referenced in numerous anime outside of the Gundam series either explicitly or through homage characters, and most installments of the Gundam franchise outside of the Universal century generally include at least one Char knock-off. Perhaps the Char homage which has been most successful at meeting the original’s popularity is Zero/Lelouch in Code Geass.
Char commands the force which attacks Amuro's colony in an attempt to destroy the prototype Gundam. Ultimately, this attack fails in its objective, and instead destroys the colony, while much of the civilian population, along with Amuro and the Gundam, flee to the prototype Mobile Suit Carrier “White Base” and flee for Earth, setting in motion the series plot.
Throughout the series, Char continues his vendetta against the Zabi family, arranging for accidental deaths for various members of the family, or overt assassinations where possible. He also takes under his wing a young Newtype girl, Lalah Sune, who awakes his own Newtype potential, along with that of Amuro, who falls in love with her. She ultimately dies saving Char from a fatal attack from Amuro, changing Char and Amuro's relationship from annoyance and hatred (respectively) to mutual dislike. This moment becomes the defining moment of their relationship.
The series climaxes with a zero-gee sword duel on the asteroid base of A Baoa Qu between Char and Amuro, outside of their mobile suits. Sayla Mass, Char's long lost sister intervenes in the duel, and reminds him of his true mission – annihilating the Zabi. Char destroys the bridge battleship which Kycilia is using to escape with a bazooka, killing her in the process. Char's own body is not found, and he is considered missing in action.
Char resurfaces several years later under a new identity – Quattro Bajeena, head of the AEUG – the Anti-Earth Union Group. The group, which seeks to defeat the Titans, the special operations organization within the Earth Federation government which seeks to turn the government to a totalitarian police state, puts Char on the same side of his old enemies Bright Noa and Amuro Ray, alongside the series new protagonist – Kamille Bidan. Char takes Kamille under his wing, with Amuro providing some influence on the young man as well. Over the course of the conflict, Char publicly advocates a migration of humanity from Earth to space, and a peaceful coexistence between those humans living on Earth, and those living in space.
Ultimately, the AEUG, through the efforts of Char and Kamille, triumphs over the Titans at the Battle of Gryps. However, Char himself is betrayed by Axis Zeon, the remnants of the Duchy of Zeon. His mobile suit is badly damaged and Char is forced to eject. As before, he survives, but to his allies he is believed dead.
Several years after the events of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Char resurfaces once more, as the leader of Neo Zeon. Over the years between their two meetings, Char secretly had designed a new mobile-suit, and also used his partial ownership of Mobile Suit manufacturing company Anaheim Electronics to make certain that Amuro's new mobile suit, the Nu Gundam, would be equal to his mobile suit in every respect, to make certain their next match would be a fair fight.
However, Char's political philosophy had altered over the years. Where once he was willing to accept a peaceful coexistence between Earthers and Spacenoids, that no longer is the case. Now his goal is to drop a massive asteroid on Earth in the hopes of causing such environmental damage that the survivors would be forced to move to space, thus jump-starting, in his eyes, humanity. Ultimately, he is thwarted, and in his fight with Amuro, he is defeated. His escape pod is captured by Amuro's out of control Nu Gundam, and together they hurtle into Earth's atmosphere and burn up.
Mobile Suit Gundam I
The first of 3 movies that summarizes the The original Mobile Suit Gundam series.
Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow
Second of 3 movies based off the original Mobile Suit Gundam series.
Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space
Final of 3 movies based off the original Mobile Suit Gundam series.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
The final battle between rivals Amuro Ray and Char Aznable takes place as Char's Neo-Zeon takes on the Earth Federation and the entire planet.