Amuro Ray (アムロ・レイ Amuro Rei?) is the main protagonist of Mobile Suit Gundam, a supporting character in the sequel Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, and the protagonist of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack. A Newtype, he is most famous for piloting the powerful RX-78-2 Gundam during the One Year War.
Personality & Character
Amuro's habits indicate him being a 'nerd' in some ways. Throughout the One Year War, Amuro's mental stress and his growing Newtype powers distance him further away from the crew members of the White Base. As the war progressed, he begins to lose many people he had cherished, most importantly Lalah Sune, the only person he could telepathically communicate with. At the end of the war, Amuro realizes that the crew of the White Base is the family he belongs to.
By the Gryps War, Amuro has become more of a reclusive person due to being isolated after the One Year War. Due to his guilt over accidentally killing Lalah, Amuro also has a fear of going into outer space, as noted by Mirai Noa. However, Fraw Bow manages to re-ignite his fighting spirit to help the crew of the Argama during their time on Earth. By the Second Neo Zeon War, Amuro has grown into much more of a leader, willing to sacrifice himself for a brighter and more hopeful future.
Skills & Abilities
Amuro has a certain knack for mechanics, including building the famous talking ball shaped robot named Haro. On board the first mobile suit he piloted, the RX-78-2 Gundam, he is able to use and fight with it by just looking in the piloting manual for the first time, and destroyed two Zakus at the same time. However, he initially lacks the piloting skills to fend off aces such as his main rival Char Aznable and Ramba Ral, mostly relying on the superior power of the Gundam. However, over time, Amuro hones his skills to the point where the Gundam needed a field upgrade and tuned to even able to match up to his immense piloting skill. Amuro is adept at mobile suit combat in all ranges and can handle multiple enemies at once, with his exploits in the RX-78-2 Gundam earning him the title of "White Devil".
During the Gryps War 7 years later, Amuro uses his skills to lead the Karaba (AEUG's earth-bound ally) in several successful missions. In U.C. 0093, Amuro is at the peak of his piloting skill, using an inferior mobile suit, the RGZ-91 Re-GZ, and critically damaging Gyunei Guss' MSN-03 Jagd Doga, which was more advanced. It is also noted that the Re-GZ did not meet Amuro's expectations. Later, Anaheim Electronics delivered the RX-93 ν Gundam, which is designed by Amuro himself for use with his Newtype powers, thus, utilizing his full piloting potential. In addition to his Newtype powers and skills, he's shown use of pragmatic and clever tactics over his career, often catching his enemies off guard, such as the feint he used against Gyunei.
Amuro was born on November 4, U.C. 0063 to Tem Ray and Kamaria Ray . Though he was born on Earth, sometime as a small child his father took him to live in space to work on colony and weapon development, leaving behind his mother on Earth. Amuro never saw his mother again until the One Year War, and it is suggested that she did not write or contact him otherwise, though Amuro maintained his affection for her. Amuro befriended Fraw Bow sometime prior to 0079.
One Year War
Escaping from Side 7
On what seemed an ordinary day in Side 7 on September 18, U.C. 0079, Amuro was fixing some electronics as he usually did, when Fraw Bow and Haro came over and got him to evacuate to the shelter. However, while they were in the shelter, there was a series of explosions. Two Zeon soldiers, Denim and Gene, were on a reconnaissance mission to find what Project V's mobile suits were. But Gene disobeyed orders and started to attack Side 7.
Amuro went outside of the shelter to find his father. He asks two passing Federation officers where his father is before they die from missiles. The manual of the RX-78-2 Gundam landed next to him. Quickly skimming through the Gundam's flight manual, Amuro decided to defend the colony by activating the Mobile Suit. He managed to destroy Gene's MS-06 Zaku II with the Gundam's Beam Saber. Unfortunately, the resulting explosion created a hull breach in the colony that sucked his father into deep space. Amuro then disabled Denim's Zaku by running the beam saber through the cockpit to avoid an explosion. Shortly afterwards, he is commanded by (then) Ensign Bright Noa. Because Captain Paolo Cassius was injured during the battle with the two Zakus, Amuro was the only pilot available to provide cover for the White Base's escape from the colony.
The Musai-class light cruiser that kept its distance from the colony attempted destroy the White Base by firing several missiles at the it, but Amuro managed to shoot them down. After escaping Side 7, the White Base crew went to Luna II, but were detained by Admiral Watkein for having civilians controlling the V Project mobile suits. Eventually the White Base crew was freed thank to the dying words of Paolo Cassius, but this lead Amuro into his third encounter with Char Aznable (aka The Red Comet), piloting a MS-06S Zaku II Commander Type A seasoned veteran, Char proved more than a match for Amuro while the legendary ace was unable to shoot down the Gundam due to its technology. After the encounter with Char, the White Base attempted to re-enter the atmosphere and head for the Federation HQ in Jaburo, South America. However, Char attacked the ship during reentry and Amuro was once again called to defend the ship with the Gundam. Though he successfully warded off Char, the Gundam was being pulled into Earth's atmosphere and was unable to return to White Base. Amuro then discovered that the Gundam had a reentry system so it could survive the atmosphere. Landing on Earth safely, Amuro became the first mobile suit pilot to survive reentry.
Both the White Base and the Gundam were severely outnumbered. Amuro by this time was exhausted to the point of collapse. As he exited out of the Gundam to rest, Zeon forces led by Garma Zabi, son of Degwin Sodo Zabi, gathered a force to capture or destroy the White Base and the Gundam. Garma attacked the White Base with a numerical superiority of HT-01B Magella Attack tanks, DFA-03 Dopps, and several Zakus. He personally went into the battle with his own personal customized Dopp. Amuro was soon called back to duty, but Amuro refused to fight, believing that he earned a break with what happened from the time of Side 7 to the current battle. Bright attempted to persuade Amuro to launch in the Gundam immediately, but his words fell on deaf ears. When words ran out, Bright resorted to slapping Amuro for his cowardice. As the battle increased in intensity, Bright gave up on persuading Amuro. Bright left with saying "I would have thought you would want to settle your score with Char but, I underestimated you." Frau Bow was witnessing Amuro's cowardice and told Amuro to give her the flight manual. When this happened, Amuro came back to his senses and went back into the fight. The Gundam was launched in a rapid response to the battle.
During the battle, Amuro managed to destroy numerous Magella Attack Tanks as well as Dopps. It was also during this battle that Amuro had the Gundam jump up into the air to engage the Dopps, making him the first mobile suit pilot to engage in aerial combat. Garma himself attempted to take down the Gundam during this battle Char launched from a Komusai capsule from the Musai and engaged Amuro in aerial combat in his Zaku. Garma called for an immediate retreat to review their situation. The White Base was able to avert destruction and for the moment was safe.
Medea Supply Corps
Sometime after the battle, a convoy of Medea supply transports arrived to resupply the White Base and take on as many passengers that were refugees from Side 7. Lieutenant Matilda Ajan, the commanding officer, spoke of the troubles Jaburo was having at the moment and the need for good officers were needed if they were to win the war. It was also at this point that Amuro became enamored with Lt. Matilda. After the resupply she advised Bright to head west, but for reasons unknown, he ordered the White Base to head for New York City.
New York City
The White Base crew knew that if they could break through the city, they would be able to escape Zeon territory. This would turn out to be their most difficult battle yet, as they were en route to New York. Meanwhile, Char attends a party which Garma organized as he was engaged to Icelina Eschonbach, the daughter of the former mayor of New York City; an engagement her father disliked since he believed the Zeon were their enemies.
It was during the party that Char and Garma were alerted of the White Base's position and responded on a moments notice. As the White Base was entering the city, Amuro believed the situation to be too dangerous and asked permission from Bright to have the Gundam be used as a decoy. This plan was to draw off Zeon forces as the White Base makes their escape. However, Bright disapproved of this idea because he felt it was too risky. However, the White Base finds a sports dome that they were able to hide in and decide not to launch any mobile suits.
Garma and Char carpet bombed the area to draw out the White Base, but to no avail. Char then volunteers to personally search for the White Base along with two other pilots. As the Zakus launch, the White Base launches the Gundam as a decoy to lure the mobile suits away from the ship and subsequently, the main fleet. Soon afterwards, Char engages the Gundam in combat, noting that the pilot is getting better.
This did not prevent Char from discovering White Base's position. However, Char, seeking vengeance on the Zabi family, instead of telling Garma that the White Base is in the sports dome, tells Garma that it is in front of his forces. Garma's fleet is quickly obliterated and Char admitted to Garma his betrayal. Garma then attempts to ram the Gaw into the White Base, but is unsuccessful. The White Base escapes from Zeon territory afterwards.
The White Base lands on a beach and decide to take a short leave. While repairing various damages on the ship, Amuro takes a Core Fighter to find his mother who stayed on Earth while him and his father migrated to Side 7, years ago.
As he enters his old home, he only finds drunk Federation soldiers lying in the living room. The soldiers tell him the house had been empty for some time. The only thing left is a doll that Amuro once had. As Amuro remember his past, he spots Federation soldiers harassing an elderly woman. As Amuro attempts to stop the soldiers from harassing her, Amuro is beaten down. The old lady recognized Amuro and told the soldiers to stop. Amuro told her how he found the house empty and the old lady tells him that his mother had been working as an assistant in a field medical hospital. Amuro heads there quickly in his Core Fighter. As he lands, the civilians ask him why he is here (seeing his uniform) and tell him that there is a Zeon base on top of a mountain nearby.
His mother, Kamaria Ray, arrived to see what the commotion was about and saw her son for the first time in years. Both were relieved to find each other alive. Amuro and his mother shared stories as well as Amuro telling of how his father went missing after the incident in Side 7. Suddenly, two Zeon soldiers burst in the room. Amuro hid under a blanket so he would not get caught. The Zeon soldiers attempted to persuade the people to give them information on the Core Fighter that landed through bribery but did not succeed. As they were about to leave, Amuro's communicator went off as the White Base was attempting to contact him. As the soldiers went over to the bed, Amuro's mother told them that he was very sick. As the soldier got closer, Amuro shot him through the blanket. Amuro fired his gun at the escaping man until his bullets ran out. The civilians were upset since Zeon forces would believe the field hospital was nothing more than a Federation hide out.
Amuro then reported to the White Base which reported Zeon forces in the area and ordered him to return. Amuro's mother did not understand why he shot the man. Amuro harshly tells his mother that's what war is, though his mother believes that's no excuse for his actions. As Amuro was about to take off in his Core Fighter, his mother expressed her complete shame of being his mother. Amuro discovers the airfield belonging to the Zeon base and begins attacking it immediately. Although his mother's words begin to affect him, Amuro shrugs it off and continues his attack on the airfield. Unfortunately, Lt. Matilda, who was in the area, had plans to raid the air base of its supplies. Lt. Matilda saw what Amuro was doing and ordered him to stop. Almost all the supplies were destroyed during Amuro's attack in his Core Fighter, so Amuro & Matilda head to the White Base. During this time Bright receives a promotion to Lieutenant Junior Grade.
Matilda also speaks to him about Operation Odessa, the planned Federation counter-offensive in Europe and the term "Newtype" which the Zeon forces were looking into. Matilda told Bright that "Newtypes" were supposedly the next step of human evolution; a theory that was part of the philosophy of Zeon Zum Deikun, the former leader of the Republic of Zeon. Before take off, Amuro visits his mother again. With Bright standing next to him, Amuro tells his mother that he has obligations and responsibilities now and cannot abandon the White Base. His mother reluctantly accepts this and Amuro salutes her. Bright then salutes her as well and promises Amuro's mother that he will look after Amuro like a brother. As the White Base takes off, Amuro's mother collapses and wonders what happened to the boy she once raised.
First Encounter with Ramba Ral
The White Base then headed toward the European continent. During this time Amuro begins to exhibit signs of combat fatigue. As Fraw Bow and Haro go into Amuro's quarters to give him lunch, Haro observes that Amuro is not feeling well, but he tells Haro he's fine. Amuro takes a break, but his combat fatigue remains. Meanwhile a Zanzibar-class mobile cruiser follows the White Base and begins attacking it. The person in the Zanzibar is Lieutenant Ramba Ral. Ramba Ral was ordered by Dozle Zabi, commander of the Space Attack Fleet stationed in Solomon Asteroid Base. His orders were to destroy the Gundam and the White Base which came following the death of Garma Zabi. Ramba soon chases the White Base through a thunder storm but loses the White Base in his chase.
The White Base was soon able to land on a nearby island, however they were soon found by a recon unit launched by Ramba Ral. As they were caught, Bright ordered Amuro to launch immediately, but Amuro's combat fatigue worsened. Ryu had to personally come get him and attempt to force him to come back to
reality. Ryu was unsuccessful in the attempt and hoped Amuro would come to as he strapped him in the Gundam cockpit. As the Gundam, Guntank and Guncannon launched, they faced three adversaries: Cozun and Acous in regular Zaku IIs, but one unfamiliar, MS-07 Gouf prototype which was piloted by Ramba Ral. As Ramba Ral attacked Amuro more aggressively, Amuro committed himself fully to the battle but Ral pushed Amuro back and retreated. His wife, Crowley Hamon, aboard the Zanzibar cruiser releases blinders to cover their escape and Amuro is left wondering if he let them escape or they let him live.
Against his father's wishes, Gihren holds a state funeral to commemorate Garma. As the speech progresses, Amuro is amazed by Gihren's words; Bright however is disgusted by it as he believes that the Zabis are nothing more than dictators.
During the White Base's stay on the Asian continent, communications officer Sayla Mass deployed in the midst of battle between them and Ramba Ral with hopes of contacting Zeon forces for information on her brother, who may have joined the Zeon. Amuro decides to sortie in RX-77 Guncannon to save both Sayla and the Gundam. Amuro manages to destroy Acous' Zaku, disable Cozun's Zaku, and force Ral to retreat.
Leaving White Base
Shortly afterwards the White Base ran into one of M'Quve's mines. Bright ordered Amuro to deploy in the Gundam but Amuro went against orders and deployed in the Guntank with Hayato. He managed to destroy the base but was forced to retreat when Ral arrived. As a result Bright felt that Amuro's piloting of the Gundam has made him both more self-centered and overconfident in his abilities. He shares this information with navigator Mirai Yashima in private. However, Amuro, sleeping in the control room, overhears their conversation and impulsively launches with the Gundam into the night.
Battle with M'Quve
Amuro, having taken Gundam from White Base, stumbled upon a small mining base which he believed to be the mine which was the target of Operation Odessa. After taking out some buildings and gun turrets, he is attacked by a hovering mobile armor, the MAX-03 Adzam piloted by Kycilia Zabi and her right hand man M'Quve. The two gain the upper hand on Gundam when they deploy the Adzam's leaders, but Amuro manages to shake off the dust in time and slice off the top of the mobile armor. M'Quve immediately destroys the base under pressure from Kycilia due to it being a major source of solium and her refusal for the Federation to get their hands on it. Amuro later found out that this was not the target of Operation Odessa.
Confrontation in Sodom
Burying Gundam in the heavy sand dunes, Amuro travels into a small town, Sodom for food. At the same time, the crew of the White Base looks in disgust at the base Amuro recently destroyed. Both Ryu and Bright agree that Amuro's careless actions have put the Zeon forces on alert. Fraw in frustration, departs White Base in a buggy to search for Amuro.
While in Sodom, Amuro eats alone in the restaurant until a group of Zeon forces, led by Ramba Ral and Hamon, enter the bar. While Hamon flirts with Amuro, one of the Zeon soldiers grabs Fraw, who immediately says Amuro's name. Ramba orders his men to let Amuro and Fraw leave the bar, but not after telling Amuro, "You've got the eyes of a soldier." and telling him that they will fight as enemies on the battlefield. While Amuro rests in the sand, he sees the Gouf and a Zaku fly overhead. Realizing that the Zeons followed Fraw back to White Base, Amuro sorties in the Gundam to save his comrades. He is able to resolve the situation but Bright imprisons him for going AWOL. Nonetheless he is released and is allowed to continue piloting the Gundam.
Amuro was placed under house arrest shortly after the war due to the government's mistrust of Newtypes. While he lived in a luxurious mansion (possibly paid for by either royalties from patenting his Haro design as popular toys, or abundant war pensions for his military service) and was officially free to come and go as he pleased, Amuro's house servants were actually government agents assigned to keep track of his movements. Amuro worked as a maintenance worker in the Cheyenne Mobile Suit Academy up until the time of the Gryps Conflict. He suffered from chronic combat fatigue, as commented by Emma Sheen and Beltorchika Irma, likely from his traumatic experience during the One Year War and the sense of guilt over killing Lalah Sune.
During the Gryps War, a pregnant Fraw Bow, with her three adopted children, came to visit Amuro. They managed to re-ignite Amuro's fighting spirit and helped him escape from his government handlers. After joining the Karaba (AEUG's earth-bound ally), Amuro became a key figure within the group, leading several crucial missions, including the attack on the Titan's base in Mount Kilimanjaro and the seizing of Federation's Congress Building in Dakar. After the operation in Dakar, and the AEUG's return to space, Karaba receives their new shipment of mass-produced Zeta Gundams, the MSZ-006A1 Zeta Plus A1's to enhance their fighting strength. Amuro was given a Zeta Plus in his custom colors and was made commander of the 18th Tactical Fighter Aggressor Squadron (18TFAS) as part of the Karaba Air Force, and would be of great use in fighting both the remaining Titans on Earth, and the newly emerged Neo-Zeon.
First Neo Zeon War
With the defeat of the Titans and subsequent end of the Gryps War, both the AEUG and Karaba turned their attention towards the new threat that appeared during the war, Neo Zeon and its leader Haman Karn. As the AEUG had been greatly weakened in the previous battle, Karaba, whose strength remained mostly intact, sent a good amount of their pilots to into space to back up the AEUG.
In Gundam ZZ Hayato Kobayashi reveals that Amuro was among those who were sent to space to fight Neo-Zeon (episode 35), though Amuro himself never appears in the series. In Gundam Evolve, it is revealed that after his transfer Amuro was made part of a special team of pilots that were to pilot three new Zeta Gundam units, with Amuro as the team leader. So to hide his identity from the enemy, thereby taking them by surprise, Amuro was given the code name White Unicorn and was assigned the MSZ-006-3A Zeta Gundam 3A Type to pilot. He and his team, consisting of Red Snake (Yurii Ajissah) and Gray Wolf (Shin Matsunaga), would be critical in repelling the Neo-Zeon forces throughout the First Neo Zeon War (though they did not participate in the final battle).
Second Neo Zeon War
After the First Neo-Zeon War, Amuro joins the Earth Federation's Londo Bell group led by Bright Noa, and served as the combat squad commander. During the Second Neo-Zeon War, Amuro is assigned to the battleship Ra Cailum, Londo Bell's flagship, as the leader of the ship's mobile suit squads. Amuro initially pilots the RGZ-91 Re-GZ, but Anaheim Electronics soon delivers to him the RX-93 ν Gundam, a highly advanced mobile suit largely designed by Amuro himself. It is widely believed that his relatively low status in the Earth Federation is a sign of the government's continued mistrust in Newtypes.
At the end of the Second Neo-Zeon War, after defeating Char's MSN-04 Sazabi in the duel and capturing Char's escape pod, Amuro attempted to singlehandedly stop the asteroid Axis from colliding with the Earth by pushing the asteroid with his ν Gundam. His action inspired other mobile suit pilots to join in, even Neo-Zeon soldiers. Although he eventually succeeded, the act overloaded ν Gundam's Psycho-Frame construct. Both he and Char disappeared in a magnificent aurora, thus ending his long-time legacy of combat since the One Year War and concluding the most famous Mobile Suit Gundam rivalry at last.
Amuro's fate differs between the novelization of Mobile Suit Gundam and official timeline. In the novels, Amuro is killed by Char's 300th Autonomous Newtype Corp before the Battle of A Baoa Qu even ends. The official timeline mark Amuro's death 13 years later in the Second Neo Zeon War, which is reflected in the original novels Hi-Streamer and Beltorchika's Children. However, in the animation and in the related games, both Char and Amuro are listed as MIA.
In the final episode of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Amuro is seen as a wandering spirit alongside Char and Lalah, implying, if not confirming, that he and Char have passed on.
Amuro first met the Newtype girl on the lakeside of Side 6, and immediately developed a friendship. He later sensed Lalah Sune's Newtype ability when fighting Char's Gelgoog in Side 5's Texas Colony, and came back to White Base in an abnormally different mood. Their encounter ended tragically when Amuro accidentally killed Lalah when she flew in and blocked Amuro's critical strike towards Char with her Elmeth mobile armor.
Amuro and Lalah's relationship is an ambiguous one. Being an emerging Newtype, Amuro often felt lonely and struggled to achieve real understanding from his fellow crewmates. Lalah, also a Newtype, was the first person Amuro could truly relate himself too. As a result, Amuro initially resented Char for sending Lalah into war. He often reminisced over Lalah's death, feeling guilty to the point he refused to return to space in the fear of seeing Lalah's ghost. It is said by other White Base members her death affected him greatly, and Lalah is considered by many to be Amuro's first great love. After he finally got over his guilt, they on occasions had spiritual conversations, which left a personality influence and disrupted Amuro's relationships with other female admirers such as Beltorchika Irma, Chan Agi and Quess Paraya. Amuro apparently is the only individual who has such a profound bonding to Lalah, as Char is never shown to have such level of spiritual connection in the TV series or the movie.
- Though not explicitly stated in the series, it is implied that Amuro develops a close relationship with fellow crew member Sayla Mass. Both have been thrust into the One Year War and both come to learn that they are Newtypes. At the end of the series, Amuro and Sayla discover that they have the ability to communicate telepathically to each other. When Amuro and Char engage in vengeful combat at A Baoa Qu, Sayla openly shouts for them not to continue fighting, worried that either or both of them will be killed.
- The novelization of Mobile Suit Gundam is even more obvious about a romance between Amuro and Sayla. Some time after they are both assigned to White Base, Amuro asks Sayla out to dinner. The two of them eat and chat, and discuss what it's like to be Newtypes. Later, Sayla visits Amuro in his quarters after-hours and the two of them have sex, thus starting a very intense relationship between them. When Amuro is killed by Char's mobile suit forces at the end of the story, Amuro's mind takes one last moment to reach out to Sayla's and expresses his love for her, along with his regret at not being able to spend his life with her. Sayla returns the affection and later tells her brother that he killed the man she loved. At the end of the war, Sayla communicates to Amuro's consciousness, and he tells her that he is with her.
- Beltorchika and Amuro meet during the Gryps War, with Beltorchika immediately showing interest in Amuro due to his illustrious past as a pilot. Amuro initially seems withdrawn from her affections, but over time enters a relationship with her, even after Beltorchika tells him she would be happy to leave him if he were not up to her standard. Beltorchika and Amuro's relationship is not looked upon fondly by other characters, with Mirai telling Beltorchika to not dive into things she doesn't understand, and with Kamille telling Amuro that people were concerned about him going off with Beltorchika in Hong Kong. Amuro is also often withdrawn from her and never seems to truly be able to open up to her. Char also expresses a pained and displeased expression when Amuro and Beltorchika are together, but the exact reason for this is unknown.
- In the A New Translation movies, Kamille remarks that Beltorchika and Amuro are just 'licking each other's wounds', further suggesting his distaste and the fact that Amuro and Beltorchika are not ideally suited to one another. In the Hi-Streamer novels, Amuro and Beltorchika separated some time after the events of Zeta, which is shared with the theatrical release of Char's Counterattack, In Hi-Streamer, however, Beltorchika appears to discuss her former relationship with Amuro and tells Bright that Amuro will likely never be happy in a relationship with a woman, though the exact reason for this goes unsaid, possibly linking back to his traumatic experiences in the OYW and subsequent depression. In Beltorchika's Children, Amuro and Beltorchika have remained a couple up to the events' of Char's revolution, but their relationship is still plagued with misunderstanding and moments of unhappiness. Still, in this version of events, Beltorchika assists Amuro in his fight against Char and their unborn child helps push back the Axis asteroid.
- Chan Agi is Amuro's love interest in the Hi-Streamer novels and the film Char's Counterattack. Amuro and Chan appear to be congenial coworkers and share multiple moments of affection and general fondness, but Amuro is once again withdrawn from her, shutting himself up in his room and not sharing his thoughts with her at multiple points in the film. Chan suggests that this still sometimes common from Amuro through her comment "Usually you're kind, but sometimes you're so cold." - though she was also commenting on Amuro's general demeanor rather than specifically his behavior to her.
- Fraw Bow is Amuro's childhood friend, and it is implied that she and her family look after Amuro, as his mother was on Earth and his father was distant and away working. Amuro and Fraw express deep concern and care for each other throughout the entirety of the One Year War, but this is often marred by frustrations arising from their situation. Amuro develops a tendency to rudely shut Fraw out, explain through his increasingly traumatic piloting experiences and the poor treatment he receives for it, but it is an action that deeply hurts Fraw nonetheless. Fraw also becomes jealous of Amuro's attention towards Matilda, an Earth Federation captain he has a boyish crush on. Amuro is often coaxed back to piloting by Fraw's words and the desire to protect her, especially when she says that she would pilot the Gundam if he did not. During the later episodes of the original TV show, Amuro realizes that he has been pushing Fraw away, and expresses a desire to tell each other everything again like they used to, but Fraw brushes him off, trying to encourage Amuro to focus on piloting as is necessary for their survival, as well as protecting her own feelings from being hurt again.
- In Zeta, Fraw appears again to meet with Amuro for the first time in a long time, though the specifics are not specified. Amuro communicates to Fraw that he is under house arrest and is being spied upon by the servants sent by the Federation, and later she defends Amuro from Katz' accusations, though eventually concedes with them and tells Amuro to grow up. This, along with Katz' help, is what leads to Amuro escaping house arrest. In the A New Translation movies, Amuro says farewell to Fraw with a kiss on the cheek, showing that he still cares for her deeply and suggesting that perhaps he once reciprocated her romantic feelings towards her, even if they could never be together.
- Char and Amuro do not know each other for the majority of the first series, though Amuro knows his name and the reputation of the pilot he is fighting. Amuro often is prompted into battle by knowing Char will be there, likely due to a combination of fear of his attack for the other members of the White Base and a desire to settle the score that gradually mounts as the series goes along. Towards the end of the series, the two meet face-to-face for the first time after Amuro's car gets stuck in a mudhole, and Char and Lalah pull over to assist him. In this conversation, Char reveals that he doesn't know Amuro is the pilot of the Gundam, the mobile suit he has been pursuing for months. Though they are on enemy sides, Char chides Amuro for his nervousness, even though he acknowledges Amuro is still young. Amuro, meanwhile, reveals to Char that he finds it hard to see him as his enemy, though he quickly tries to distract Char from this statement. Char and Amuro meet again under devastating circumstances, as Lalah, a girl Amuro has began to achieve a deep understanding of and that Char cares deeply for, takes a strike intended for Char from Amuro, leading to her death. In Char's grief, he relentlessly pursues Amuro into a swordfight, but the suggestion of a deep Newtype connection between them begins as their helmets touch. Sayla intervenes and allows them to stop the fighting, with Char then suggesting Amuro join him instead, it being something Lalah would have wanted, though Amuro understandably refuses.
- Amuro and Char do not have contact with each other again until the Gryps War, though Char seems to be searching for Amuro's presence, as he mistakes several other Newtypes' as being Amuro, and tells Kamille that Amuro's whereabouts are not listed in the Federation databases, suggesting he has looked for him. When they do meet again, Char and Amuro sense each other's presence before seeing one another, and Char expresses concern for Amuro before he reappears. This sets the tone for the rest of their relationship in Zeta, where they enter an uneasy friendship. Char attempts to give Amuro advice, and Amuro gradually warms up to him, eventually telling Char that Char was the person who finally inspired him to return to piloting and assist in Karaba and A.E.U.G's efforts. Char also expresses fondness for Amuro, telling him he's glad he was the one who was escorting him to Dakar, and in return, Amuro tries to encourage his reluctant speech, telling Char he can play the role of a hero. They still have disagreements, however, especially on the relationship between Kamille and Four - both hope this will not end the same way as their relationship with Lalah did, but Char allows Kamille to enter battle when he knows Four is out there, whilst Amuro tries to prevent it. Additionally, despite Char's faith in him, Amuro remains on Earth and does not travel with Kamille and Char back to space.
- Char and Amuro's rivalry returns in Char's Counterattack, with the fighting being much more personal than in the original series, both due to the lingering scars of Lalah's death and the frustration and disappointment both have towards each other. Amuro does not understand why Char sees a nuclear winter for Earth as being necessary, and Char is frustrated at Amuro's continued piloting career with the Federation and his short-sightedness at wanting to maintain the Earth Federation's powers, even if Amuro truly believed that change was possible. Throughout the film, both of them try to get the other to see their point of view, with Char even requesting that Amuro feel his presence, but to no avail. However, this desire for understanding is compounded with Char's desire to settle the score with Amuro and to reach the ultimate end of their rivalry together. Char leaks technology to Amuro to make his mobile suits stronger, announces Amuro's arrival onto the battlefield as if he were waiting for him, and refuses assistance in their final duel, telling Nanai to "not get in between two men." Ultimately, Amuro defeats Char, then sacrifices himself to die alongside him as a means of pushing back Axis. In their final conversation, Char expresses his grief at losing Lalah and blames Amuro for it once more, telling him she would have been a new mother to him, and Amuro's shock is the final thing he experiences before he dies.
Illustrations & Artwork
Notes & Trivia
- Although Amuro Ray's Japanese name is almost always written in entirely Katakana, on at least two occasions has Tomino assigned the Kanji for "mountain ridge" (嶺 Rei?) to his surname, once in Mobile Suit Gundam Setting Document/Draft , and during an interview published by Animage near the end of the original 1979 TV broadcast .
- Meanwhile, "Amuro" can be written with the Kanji "安室" and is more common as a surname in Japan. Japanese musician Namie Amuro, touched upon this fact with her song Defend Love, which features Amuro Ray in the music video.
- Tomino has recounted that he was unaware that 'Amuro' was a name that existed anywhere in the world, as he likes his characters to have strange names. However, he was informed shortly after the premiere of the original television run that Amuro is an island in Okinawa. Tomino travelled to the island Amuro after the movie finished production to bury a Gundam coin in the sand, which he saw as commemoration for the movie's release.
- There are various accounts of Amuro's birthplace. In the TV series, the episode Coming Home, in which Amuro returned to his birthplace, was said to take place in the San'in region of Japan. However, in the compilation movies, the White Base's route was altered, and the events of Coming Home took place at Prince Rupert, Canada instead.
- Amuro is considered one of the stalwarts of the Super Robot Wars series of video games, despite not appearing in all of the incarnations of the series. He is seen as the archetype of the Real Robot pilot, a reluctant hero thrust into war at the controls of a powerful prototype weapon. As a result, he is ranked along with Kouji Kabuto and Ryouma Nagare as the premiers of their respective archetypes (Amuro representing Real Robots, Kouji representing Super Robots and Ryouma representing Transforming/Combining Robots). In fact, most of his appearances in the more recent SRW games featuring U.C. timeline Gundam has him being revered and respected by other anime characters as a legendary pilot and soldier.
- Particularly so in the Alpha series as by the time the third game rolls around, Amuro as well as other characters who have been in the series (Heero, Bright, Kouji to name a few names) are regarded very highly by the game's newcomers. Mwu is embarrassed by Amuro's praise in one part.
- Amuro's appearance depends on what focus, if any, an SRW game with himself as a character is focused on. If multiple UC series are represented, his appearance will default to how he was portrayed in Zeta Gundam. Games where the original series features prominently will default to his original series appearance. It is very rare for his CCA-era depiction to be used in standalone titles, and typically is only used in sub-series like the Alpha and Z series, and then only in games when the Char's Counterattack story is the main focus.
- In games which include both Amuro and Neon Genesis Evangelion, Misato Katsuragi often has a crush on Amuro (this is a seiyū in-joke, common in many of the games, referring to their seiyuus' role as Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Kamen).
- Amuro Ray's first nickname, the White Devil, is also a fan nickname for another anime character - Nanoha Takamachi, the titular heroine of the magical girl franchise Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. It probably doesn't help that the character herself was influenced by the Gundam franchise itself.
- Amuro's seiyuu, Tōru Furuya, also voiced Ribbons Almark in Mobile Suit Gundam 00. At the same time, Furuya used also used a pseudonym Noboru Sougetsu in the cast of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 for Ribbons Almark's role (but used his real name in the narration role). Both the narration role and Ribbons mark Furuya's first role in a non-Universal Century Gundam series. Shuuichi Ikeda who played Char had his earlier with Gilbert Durandal in Gundam SEED Destiny. The pair would, however, meet each other in confrontations in other anime series
- During the battle between AI versions Char and Ribbons in AI Battlogue, both quickly develop an animosity based on voice alone. When Allan Adams replaces Ribbons with Amuro, Char demands to know why Ribbons had such a similar voice to Amuro, only for Amuro to simply state that it was just a coincidence. Ironically, this is one of the few instances where Char is not voiced by Ikeda.
- In the Detective Conan series, the character, Rei Furuya and his alias, Tooru Amuro, are references to both Amuro and his voice actor. Unsurprisingly, his rival is named after Char, and both characters also have Furuya and Ikeda as their respective voice actors.
- In Gintama episode 234, there is a scene that parodies one of Amuro's battles against Char. The scene has Elizabeth, a character voiced by Furuya, battling Darth Vader, a character voiced by Ikeda.
- Amuro's English voice actor, Brad Swaile, also voiced Setsuna F. Seiei in Mobile Suit Gundam 00, making him the only voice actor to voice the primary protagonist in multiple Gundam series, in addition to his performance as Quatre Raberba Winner in Mobile Suit Gundam W. While Steve Staley also voiced multiple protagonists, his were limited to films and OVA's. Matthew Erickson also voiced both Amuro in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Shinn Asuka in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, but he portrayed Amuro in a production in which he was not the protagonist.
- Amuro is the second main protagonist of a Gundam series that become a pilot of a Gundam he personally designed himself with the RX-93 ν Gundam. The first was Kamille Bidan.
- Amuro is the first of many main protagonist to pilot a Gundam made by his parent.
- In recent SD Gundam G Generation games, Amuro (0079/MSG ver) starts out with a unique skill called "White Ghost" (one of his titles during the OYW) that boosts his MS's attack and mobility by an amount (maxing out at 25) when piloting any white MS or Gundam types. Considering most of the best MS in the games are Gundam types, this skill is very powerful.
- It has been speculated in Gundam crossover games that Amuro and Kira Yamato of Gundam Seed would easily befriend each other, due to many shared and parallel similarities, both being heroic messiah like characters, and having powers that make them unique and more powerful than most of the pack. This is really strongly showed in Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3, where Amuro was quick to like Kira after he single-handedly fought off Ribbons' army, just to save and defend Chan who was stranded in the middle of the battle at the time.
- An episode of the anime Space Dandy had a parody of Amuro's likeness as an alternate reality's version of Dandy, who was a "Mobile Suit" Pilot.
- In 2014, Tōru Furuya, Amuro's Japanese voice actor, sat in the cockpit of Suidobashi Heavy Industries' Kuratas, which was used in the first ever robot duel against the MegaBot's Mk. II.
- Amuro is the Federation's second highest scoring ace of the OYW behind Tenneth A. Jung and ahead of Lydo Wolf.
- Amuro appears in the Extreme Vs. series as the pilot for Gundam by itself or with the G-Armor, the Nu and the Hi-Nu.
- Younger Amuro will often be surprised by his recognition from future characters. Gundam Amuro is particularly surprised by Hathaway Noa and had not imagined that he would be fighting with Bright's son.
- Nena Trinity often attempts to tease Gundam Amuro and refers to him as "Mr. Hero", but Amuro shows more concern towards Nena's ruthlessness and sadistic tendencies.
- When speaking with Ribbons Almark, Amuro immediately senses something familiar within him but is unable to fathom Ribbons's idea for "a new world". Ribbons also mentions a sensation welling up due to Amuro being nearby and wonders if this is due to Amuro being a Newtype.
- Gundam Amuro sympathizes heavily with Zeta Kamille and sees parallels between his younger self and Kamille. Amuro also urges Kamille to treat battle more seriously as a conflict and less as a competition.
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Char's Counterattack characters
|Earth Federation / Londo Bell||Amuro Ray | Bright Noa | Chan Agi | Astonaige Medoz | Kayra Su | Meran | Anna Hanna | Tooth | Adenauer Paraya | Cameron Bloom | John Bauer|
|Newborn Neo Zeon||Char Aznable | Quess Paraya | Gyunei Guss | Nanai Miguel | Rezin Schnyder | Kaises M. Buyer | Horst Harness | Lyle|
|Civilians||Hathaway Noa | Mirai Noa | Cheimin Noa | October Saran | Katherine | Christina | Haro|