Ford Romfellow (フォルド・ロムフェロー Forudo Romufero?) is a fictional character who appeared in a story introduced in the video game Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space as well as the manga Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: Space, To the End of a Flash, Gundam Legacy and Gundam EXA.
Personality & Character
Ford Romfellow is very professional, often wanting to know specifics within operations. Despite this, he had also a joking side, which cause him to often underestimate his enemies. In battle, Ford frequently gets excited and has the bad habit of "toying" with his enemy. After the death of Luce Cassel, Ford becomes more serious about his duties and start showing signs of depression, which are visible in his more ruthless form of combat. By UC 0084, Ford seems to have regained his old joyful and impulsive habits, although the fact of having killed his nemesis Mallet Sanguine greatly changed him; going as far as apologizing to Lilia Flaubert for having being forced to do it.
Skills & Abilities
Considered to be a pilot prodigy, Ford was skilled enough to be chosen as the pilot of the RX-78-5 Gundam Unit 5 "G05" despite his young age and lack of experience. However, Ford proved to be a good match with the Gundam and showed proficiency in the use of its signature weapon, the giant Gatling. During his journey with the Thoroughbred, Ford skills improved after each battle, and peaked during the Battle of Granada where he was able to shoot down Mallet Sanguine, a renowned ace, who was piloting a slightly more advanced MS, the Pezun Project MS-11 Act Zaku, which had all its limiters removed. He is also one of the few people among the eight RX-78s produced in the early stages of the war who fought through the One Year War without being seriously injured.
On November UC 0079, a young Ford Romfellow was assigned to the Pegasus-class warship, the SCVA-72 Thoroughbred and was chosen to be the pilot of the newly completed RX-78-5 Gundam Unit 5 "G05". In the manga "Gundam Legacy", he and Luce Cassel experience a simulation of Gundam Unit 6 in a simulation room in the Federation Forces Jaburo base, with Agar's permission. Later during the Thoroughbred's journey to the area between the Moon and Solomon, the ship's MS squadron would be deployed to sink a squadron of Musai-class cruisers, which had their laser communication disrupted by the Thoroughbred's beam interfering missiles. When his wingman noticed the presence of upgraded MS, the MS-09R-2 Rick Dom II and the MS-06FZ Zaku II Kai, Ford dismissed the threat as he believed their Gundams could easily handle them. After the success of the mission, Ford sortied a second time against a small Zeon’s armada, which was suppose to join Solomon.
Shortly after these events, the Thoroughbred located a Granada fleet heading for Solomon and ambushed it, with Ford protecting Luce and his RX-78-4 Gundam Unit 4 "G04" to give him the time to fire the beam mega launcher. Unfortunately, this mission turned to be a bitter victory, as Luce and his Gundam were destroyed by his own weapon overload, and Ford was forced to fend off alone the Zeon’s fleet survivors, earning himself the wrath of their best soldier, Mallet Sanguine. After this event, the joyful Ford became slightly depressed and much more serious about his role of protecting the ship. Near the end of the war, Ford and the Thoroughbred were tasked to defend Darcia Bakharov’s Chivvay-class, in order to secure the peace accords of Granada ending the One Year War.
As the ships were assaulted by the remnants of the Pezun's garrison, composed of MS-11 Act Zaku and MS-17 Galbaldy α, Ford dueled his nemesis Sanguine one last time, before shooting him down, ending his threat permanently.
After the end of the Delaz Conflict, he is assigned to the Titans. He boards the GM Quel and engages in the cleanup of Zeon remnants with Agar. However, in the year 0084, he was involved in a terrorist riot by Zeon remnants over vaporized warheads, and at that time, he became antagonistic to the Titans' policy and left with his subordinates. He contributes to the suppression of Operation Silver Lance, a terrorist attack on the Republic of Zeon, but is later demoted two ranks and expelled from the Titans, and becomes an MS instructor with Agar.