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Andrew Waltfeld (アンドリュー・バルトフェルド Andoryū Barutoferudo?) is a character from the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny television series.

Personality & Character

Waltfeld has a brash personality in both terms; he's nice and likeable, but serious when engaged in warfare. When he first met Kira and Cagalli, his personality was more like a know-it-all stranger. To Kira, he posed unique questions about love, hate and the mechanisms of war, showing a depth of personality that was more than just a soldier. Waltfeld is also a hobbyist with a cultural obsession. His passions are archeology (especially Egyptology), paleontology, and coffee. He seems to have an obsession with coffee and experiments with different blends and flavors, oftentimes making odd combinations such as adding kona to one of his blends.

Skills & Abilities

His previous job in the PLANTs is as an advertising psychologist, and he is also an authority on vibration engineering. The limbs he lost in the battle with Kira have been replaced with prosthetics, and his left prosthetic arm has a gun built in as a hidden weapon. In "SEED DESTINY", when Lacus is attacked by a special force team consisting of coordinators led by Joppe Von Arafas, he uses his left prosthetic hand to catch the enemy's knife, and then fights them off with his gun. He also showed that his handicap did not hinder his ability to pilot a mobile suit.

History

Background

Andrew was a top-notch commander and MS (mobile suit) pilot, and was a hero known to all in ZAFT. However, his fame among the general public and the nickname "Desert Tiger" is said to be due to the fact that he was promoted by an advertising agency to raise the will to fight. Waltfeld is a commander of the ZAFT forces in the PLANT-allied African Community, headquartered at Banadiya, and is ably assisted by his executive officer Martin DaCosta. Waltfeld earned his fame for his great tactical skill at desert combat, as demonstrated on May 30, CE 70, when he defeated a Eurasian Federation tank corps at El Alamein, using the new TMF/A-802 BuCUE and older TFA-2 ZuOOT mobile suits. He lives with his girlfriend, Aisha, who also assists him in his military operations and actually serves as the co-pilot of his TMF/A-803 LaGOWE.

First Alliance-PLANT War

Desert Dawn

When the Archangel accidentally lands in Africa following its atmospheric descent, Waltfeld was quick to deploy his forces but is surprised when the Strike Gundam's pilot is able to immediately adapt to the soft desert terrain. Though he has both the numbers and speed advantage with the BuCUEs, the tide shifts when Cagalli Yula Athha arrives with forces from the anti-ZAFT guerilla force, Desert Dawn.

As a result, Waltfeld pulls back and orders an attack on Tassil, which held the family members of the guerillas. Though he attacks, he firmly orders his forces to evacuate civilians; successfully destroying the guerillas' supplies whilst avoiding casualty and injury to the populous. Despite this act of mercy, the enraged members of Desert Dawn attempt to attack the superior BuCUEs and would've been wiped out had it not been for the Strike's intervention.

Upon returning back to his base, Waltfeld would coincidentally meet both Cagalli and Kira during an argument with the former over kebab sauces. Their conversation is put to an abrupt halt as members of Blue Cosmos attempt to ambush the ZAFT commander, but Waltfeld had already positioned undercover soldiers and the assassins are killed quickly. As thanks for Kira also stepping up to help, Waltfeld invites Kira and Cagalli to his estate, and leaves Cagalli with Aisha.

When Aisha returns Cagalli to Kira, Waltfeld sparks a discussion over the true cause and end of war, revealing that he correctly deduced Kira, a coordinator, to be the Strike's pilot as well as asking the riled Cagalli if she preferred to fight until the death. As Waltfeld's forces would continuously hound the Archangel in its attempt to reach Alaska, the ship chooses to work alongside the Desert Dawn to fight Waltfeld in a decisive battle. Though Waltfeld receives Yzak Joule and Dearka Elsman, he orders them to take their GAT-X102 Duel Gundam units atop the Lesseps before he engages the Strike with the new LaGOWE.

At Waltfeld's insistence of fighting until the other was dead, Kira lands the final blow on the LaGOWE; stabbing it with the Strike's Armor Schneider Knives. Before the unit's explosion, Waltfeld would immediately rush to embrace Aisha before the pair are seemingly killed.

Battle of Mendel

Luck seemingly befalls Waltfeld when Lowe Guele and his Junk Guild companions discovered and rescued him and he was soon back in the PLANTs. Waltfeld claimed loyalty to Chairman Patrick Zala in the name of vengeance, and was assigned as captain of the support ship Eternal; however, along with Martin DaCosta and other Clyne Faction loyalists, he helped Lacus Clyne to steal the ship and, following their escape, are directed by Athrun Zala to take refuge in the abandoned Mendel Colony.

Waltfeld soon reunites with Kira and notes that while he had every reason to spite his foe, doing so would not serve any purpose. He would remain as the Eternal's captain when it forms the Three Ships Alliance alongside with the Archangel and Orb's Kusanagi. By coincidence, the group are attacked by the Earth Alliance's second Archangel-class ship, the Dominion. Before Waltfeld can disembark to aid his allies, both Mu La Flaga and Dearka Elsman zip past them after they report that pursuing ZAFT forces were arriving from the rear. In response, Waltfeld is forced to turn the ship around and engages Rau Le Creuset's fleet. Ultimately, the Eternal would prevail as it is able to get past the ZAFT blockade, as well as sinking Le Creuset's flagship, the Vesalius.

Second Battle of Jachin Due

Muruta Azrael, leader of the Blue Cosmos and an influential leader in the Atlantic Federation, later acquired data on the ZAFT's Neutron Jammer Canceller, allowing the Earth Alliance to resume use of nuclear weapons against the Coordinators. Upon seeing the Alliance forces unleash their wrath on the military asteroid, Boaz, members of the Three Ships Alliance immediately believe the next target to be the PLANTs.

Though the members of the Three Ships Alliance arrive to stop Azrael's nuclear missiles, Patrick Zala unleashes ZAFT's own superweapon, GENESIS, which destroys half of the Alliance forces' in a split second and was now poised to target Earth. A chaotic battle ensues with the Eternal being severely damaged by Rau Le Creuset's ZGMF-X13A Providence Gundam, but the Three Ships Alliance would prevail and forced a peace following the deaths of both Azrael and Zala along with their extremist beliefs.

Second Alliance-PLANT War

Second Assassination Attempt on Lacus

After the First Alliance-PLANT War, Waltfeld lives in the Orb Union with Archangel captain Murrue Ramius, who also lost a lover in the war. He receives a prosthetic arm, which conceals a shotgun. Apparently, he was also made Captain in the Orb Union's Military. In CE 73, Orb was in the process of its eventual decision to join the Atlantic Federation. Knowing the ZAFT ship, Minerva was still within territory for repairs, Waltfeld sent a secret message to its captain, Talia Gladys, warning her of their situation and advising them to immediately evacuate. As a Coordinator, Waltfeld's fate is left in question and concern for Ramius. Although he has the option to go back to PLANT under the more moderate and tolerant Gilbert Durandal, he also offers Ramius the same sanctuary in the case things do not work out .

Later that night, a group of armed Coordinators approach their mansion with the intent of killing Lacus. Their presence is noticed by Haro, and Waltfeld and the others are immediately alerted of their presence. Because of this, Waltfeld opts to go out and distract the majority of the gunmen, while leaving Ramius to escort Lacus, Kira, Reverend Malchio, Caridad Yamato and the orphans to their mansion's armored bunker.

Once he regroups with them, the assassins are forced to pilot their mobile suits in order to break through. With little option left, Andrew asks Lacus for the keys leading to the repaired Freedom's hangar. Once Kira is able to pilot his unit, he is able to cripple all of the assassins, who all opt to self-detonate their units rather than be captured.

Aboard the Archangel

After the assassination attempt on Lacus, he leaves Orb aboard the Archangel with Kira, Lacus, and Murrue. While Murrue offers him command of the ship, Waltfeld declines, instead serving as an operator and pilot for both Archangel with his custom Murasame mobile suit.

Their first task is to abduct Cagalli during her political wedding with Yuna Roma Seiran. Once they bring her back, Cagalli eventually breaks down from her inability to do anything of her wishes for Orb's future. The group eventually decide to act independently should conflict find its way once again to Orb

While docked underwater after being hosted by the Kingdom of Scandinavia, Waltfeld and the Archangel's crew are surprised to find an imposter Lacus under the employ of Chairman Durandal. Concurrently, western Eurasia has become increasingly unstable due to the second war, leading to the area being placed under ruthless administration and many wishing to break away and gain independence. Although the crew believe that Durandal will likely make use of the opportunity and assist the separatist factions, Kira believes this to all be an opportunistic move to improve his public reception given the assassination attempt on Lacus.

To Cagalli's greatest fears, Orb's military forces are finally deployed to help hunt down the Minerva after its many interferences throughout the Atlantic Federation's territories. The two sides end up meeting at Dardanelles, where Cagalli emerges and attempts to stop the Orb forces. In response, Yuna declares her to be an imposter and orders for her to be attacked. With Kira focused on the battle itself, Waltfeld goes out to defend Cagalli from Orb's forces.

After this complication, Waltfeld and Lacus both depart from the Archangel's crew to monitor the PLANTs as well as to uncover Chairman Durandal's ulterior motives. To do so, they hijack a shuttle, and are able to escape thanks to Kira's aid.

Returning to the Eternal

After the pair rejoin the Eternal, the two coordinate with their allies from Terminal's asteroid base. During this period of time, Waltfeld and the others opt to remain hidden, using their time in space to gather data regarding Chairman Durandal. Their attempts eventually lead them to discover the "Destiny Plan", a radical solution of ending conflict by stripping people of their future choices and acting only according to the Chairman's pinpointed path of what they would be best for based on their genetics and talents.

At the same time, however, ZAFT forces discover the location of the Eternal, Waltfeld pilots a custom-colored Gaia Gundam in an attempt to hold off the enemy forces as the Eternal sends off the new Infinite Justice Gundam and Strike Freedom Gundam to Earth. Kira Yamato's timely arrival in Cagalli's Strike Rouge (its PS armor changed to Strike's colors) helps even the odds and promptly gives him the opportunity to tell the young Coordinator to dock with the Eternal and claim his new mobile suit. After regrouping with Kira Yamato, Waltfeld returns to being captain of the Eternal for the duration of the series and leaves the fighting to other units.

In the Special Edition ending, Andrew is seen making coffee for Murrue Ramius and Mu La Flaga.

Quote

You have every reason to want revenge on me.

That's what happens in war. Everyone has some kind of reason, but no one does.

Kira Yamato and Andrew Waltfeld when meeting Andrew for the first time after he took the life of Andy's lover Aisha in their last encounter., Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

I can't see how getting rid of all the Coordinators would lead to a pure world. I don't even know what a pure world is.

Andrew Waltfeld, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Unlike in sports, the game of war has no set time limit and no points are awarded, so how do you determine the winners and the losers? When all your enemies are destroyed? Perhaps then.

Andrew Waltfeld, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

The first time I actually ever had to shoot somebody, it turned my stomach. They told me I'd get used to it in time. And after a while, that's what happened.

Andrew Waltfeld, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

There's no other way. I'm not giving up until one of us is destroyed.

Andrew Waltfeld to Kira Yamato during their battle., Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Lacus. You have the keys, don't you? We'll open the door. There's no choice. Or do you think it'd be better for everyone here to die obediently?

Andrew Waltfeld to Lacus Clyne near the Freedom Gundam's hangar, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny

I guess so, from PLANT's prespective.

Andrew Waltfeld.,Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny

Picture Gallery

Trivia

  • Waltfeld's name in the original Japanese has also been spelled "Andorew Waldfeld", and because of the pronunciation, his last name has also been interpreted as "Bartfeldt". Waltfeld's fated encounter and battle with Kira Yamato in the desert is reminiscent of Ramba Ral's encounter with Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam. However, while Ral died not long after meeting Amuro, Waltfeld didn't have the same fate. Instead, he assisted Kira and thus became one of his friends.
  • Andrew's "Desert Tiger" nickname ("Sabaku no Tora") is most likely a reference to the "Desert Fox" moniker of famed WWII general Erwin Rommel.
  • Waltfeld once commented on Yzak Jule's scar, stating that: "When one doesn't have a bad scar removed, some might think it's a symbol of... commitment." When Yzak looked away from Waltfeld, the latter said "Or since you turned your head maybe it's a symbol of your humiliation."
    Waltfeld's words reflect his choice to keep his scar in SEED Destiny. Signifying that he is ashamed of living while Aisha died in the battle against an Earth Alliance soldier (Kira), or is committed to making things right (possibly in honor of his beloved Aisha).
  • In both series, Andrew appears to be quite knowledgeable on coffee and its preparation.
  • Waltfeld shares similarities to Jeremiah Gottwald in the Code Geass series. Both were initially antagonists aimed at defeating the protagonists and both were nearly killed until both characters actually survived their encounter. Both men also at first sought revenge against the protagonists (Lelouch in Code Geass) but their loyalty towards a friendly faction allowed them to betray their original allegiances and sided with the protagonists in the end.
  • There has been a strong question on the topic of how survived his battle with Kira Yamato, while in his TMF/A-803 LaGOWE. The last scene of the battle showed him and Aisha hugging each other. To this date it remains a mystery on how he survived the destruction of his Mobile Suit.
  • Andrew's Japanese voice actor, Ryotaro Okiayu, also voices Treize Khushrenada on Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, while his English voice actor, Brian Drummond, voices Zechs Merquise on the same show.
  • Waltfeld appears in the Extreme Vs series as a pilot for the LaGOWE and his custom Gaia. Waltfeld's Gaia differs from Stella's in the sense that he is unable to fully utilize the unit's MA mode, but his Gaia's MS mode is stronger than Stella's, and he can perform certain actions that would normally require Stella to be in MA mode.
    • Waltfeld mentions that he is not fond of Rau Le Creuset. Should LaGOWE Waltfeld meet his future self, the pair comment on humanity's tendency to slant towards violence. Gaia Waltfeld will also be reluctant to fight his past unit, most especially due to Aisha's presence.
    • Gaia Waltfeld will enjoy teasing Lunamaria Hawke as the younger ZAFT pilot. He also has a great respect for Mu La Flaga as the Hawk of Endymion, and Mu is shown to enjoy Waltfeld's coffee.
    • As a reference to his voice actor, Treize finds Waltfeld to be familiar and offers to have a small chat with coffee. Chang Wufei also speaks disdainfully towards Waltfeld due to this similarity, however.
  • In Gundam SEED DESTINY Suit CD Vol. 8's Suit Mini-Drama "Secret Strategy", Andrew is revealed to be a closet fan of Meer Campbell, since he has almost all of the hard-to-find media merchandise in his collection. He shows some of them to Lacus Clyne, but claims that they are for "intelligence-gathering" purposes only. Andrew nonetheless proceeds to teach Lacus some of Meer's dance moves until Kira walks in on them.



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