Edward Harrelson (エドワード·ハレルソン Edowādo Hareruson?) is a fictional character from the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray manga series. Edward also appeared in a short OVA promoting Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray and SEED-MSV model kits. In this, he is seen battling ZAFT forces and then the MBF-P03secondL Gundam Astray Blue Frame Second L. He is later seen in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Astray manga fighting for the United States of South America against the Earth Alliance.
Personality & Character
Kind and gentle, Edward is trusted by all his subordinates. He is said to be "the strange man who uses his fighter in close combat", and also earned the nickname of "Ed the Ripper", but he dislikes it. He has an ordinary record as a fighter pilot, but when piloting mobile suits, he distinguished himself with excellent close combat skills. Every time he comes back from battle, his mobile suit is covered in oil from the enemy's unit as if it is soaked in blood. He held the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade while he was still with the Earth Alliance forces.
Gundam Seed MSV
Edward was born in C.E. 43 and, by age 28, he became a fighter pilot for the U.S.S.A., but was later integrated into the Earth Alliance's military when the Alliance conquered the U.S.S.A. Edward first pilots a F-7D Spearhead atmospheric fighter. It was while piloting the Spearhead that he earned the nickname "Ed the Ripper" after shearing a AME-WAC01 DINN Special Electronic Installation Type in half using his Spearhead's wing. When asked why he carried out such a strange attack, he claimed it was "just a sudden idea"; the truth however is that he was hung over, and did not realize he was on a collision course with the mobile suit until it was too late, resulting in the Spearhead's wing hitting the lightly-armored machine and ripping it in half.
Ed was eventually transferred to mobile suit development and assigned a general purpose GAT-01 Strike Dagger. He later pilots the more powerful GAT-01D1 Duel Dagger, followed by the close combat type GAT-X133 Sword Calamity that makes him a legend, and then the flight type GAT-333 Raider Full Spec. However, he switched back to his Sword Calamity, which has a custom logo of two crossed swords over a rose on the left shoulder, when the fighting shifted into space.
Gundam Seed Destiny Astray
After the end of the war, Edward becomes the most prominent member of the U.S.S.A. rebellion against the EA. When he defected, he stole his Sword Calamity and a Raider Full Spec. Initially, the EA believed that if "Ed the Ripper, the Hero of South America" were to die, the people would lose heart and the rebellion would end. Thus, after he destroyed three Raider Full Spec units with his Sword Calamity, the EA forces sent several ace pilots after him so as to keep fighting to a minimum.
He first engaged in battle with "White Whale" Jane Houston in her GAT-X255 Forbidden Blue along South America's west coast, but thanks to Jess Rabble's intervention, the two reconciled their differences and rekindled their relationship. Jane then join Ed as an ace pilot of the rebellion, using her Forbidden Blue to fight the EA's naval forces. Jane later inform Ed of the EA's plan to attack South America with space born missiles.
To counter this attack, Ed went into space with his Raider Full Spec using an atmospheric exit/reentry capsule. However the information Jane was given was a ruse in the likely case that she should choose to side with Ed. He then engaged in battle with Morgan Chevalier and his GAT-01A1+AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Dagger in space. Morgan initially held the advantage with his multi-vector attack, but Ed gave as good as he got, destroying two of the gunbarrels. However, Morgan was a well prepared soldier and detached his AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Striker and used it as a remote weapon, entangling Ed's mobile suit in the wires and dragging it down to the upper atmosphere. Under normal circumstance,s the Raider Full Spec should have been destroyed, but fortunately for Ed, a bit of debris was falling nearby and by using the debris as a shield alongside his mobile suit's trans-phase armor, he was able to reenter Earth safely.
Later, the abilities of "Ed the Ripper" were put to the test when he was pitted against Rena Imelia in the Sword Calamity Unit 1. Ed defeated Rena, but was shot by her when he went to her downed mobile suit to check on her condition. After this battle, Jess took Edward to former ZAFT ace pilot and doctor Mikhail Coast, where he was treated for his injuries.