|“||If you can't pull the trigger, I can't allow you on the battlefield as a pilot. How unfortunate, given your excellent flying skills.||”|
—One of the Zeon members on Danton.
Danton Hyleg was a mobile suit test pilot in charge of data collection in the Principality of Zeon and Neo Zeon. Although an exceptional pilot, he remained a test pilot, and was never deployed in combat due to being unwilling to take a life.
Following the events of Laplace's Box, in late U.C. 0096, Danton and Arlette Almage are among the investigative team accompanying the Earth Federation's Mastema special forces team. On a mission to investigate Axis, which is drifting in the Earth Sphere, the team is attacked by the RX-78AN-01 Gundam AN-01 "Tristan" and Birnam forces. To fight back, Danton pilots the abandoned mobile suits of Axis, including a AMX-011S Zaku III Custom and a AMX-104 R-Jarja.