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Gaelio Bauduin (ガエリオ・ボードウィン Gaerio Bōdouin?), also known as Vidar (ヴィダール Vuidāru?) is a character that appears in Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS.

Personality & Character

Although his aloof attitude and somewhat violent behavior are noticeable, he has a strong sense of justice due in part to his upbringing, and he maintains a reasonable level of civility, such as not discriminating against Ein Dalton, who is half-Martian and half-Earth-born, with regard to his background and personal situation. He has a strong desire to reform the corrupt Gjallarhorn, but he has not been able to break free from the ideology that was nurtured in the corrupt organization, such as his aversion to human body modification and his declaration that those who have undergone the Alaya-Vijnana treatment are "not human".

In addition, the way he perceives things, in which he sees only one aspect of a thing and determines all the rest, reveals the pure arrogance of the privileged class. Furthermore, even among the "Seven Stars," he is not so well-liked compared to Rustal Elion, who maintains a unit directly under his command, Carta Issue and Iok Kujan, who are well-liked by their subordinates, and McGillis Fareed, who has many comrades standing up for the revolution.

As Vidar, he is less verbal and more taciturn, but his past experience has taught him to be cautious and to assess things calmly before taking action. When prodded on why he chooses to fight, Vidar responded that he fights for revenge. Julieta Juris also notes that he has thrown aside his true identity and taken the name of his mobile suit for the sake of his revenge.

After Gaelio dropped his Vidar alias, he has shown to lose much of his previous easygoing and relaxed personality, replaced with a much more serious and determined demeanor. Despite his rage and anger towards McGillis, he wishes to know why McGillis betrayed him, Carta, and Ein and what his ultimate objective is. Once he ascertained that McGillis' goal is acquiring absolute power, he renewed his allegiance to Rustal and vowed to the rest of the world that he would defeat McGillis and destroy his facade.

Skills & Abilities

Gaelio is a smart inspector and is able to put together pieces of puzzles when working with McGillis. As a mobile suit pilot, he is also excellent and highly skilled, and in MS battles, he is good at high-speed maneuvering and hit-and-run tactics with assault spears. Although he may tend to be impulsive as a pilot, he can still surprise the enemy at times, such as when he grabbed Mikazuki Augus' Gundam Barbatos with the wired claw of his Schwalbe Graze and tried to drag him down. In his Gundam Kimaris and later the Gundam Kimaris Trooper, Gaelio was capable of holding his own against Mikazuki, despite latter's use of the Alaya-Vijnana.

After obtaining the Gundam Vidar, when pressed by a tough opponent, Gaelio can activate the Alaya-Vijnana Type E, a pseudo Alaya-Vijnana system based on the remnants of Ein Dalton's brain. Through connective cables that attach to the back of his neck, this system allows Gaelio to use the Alaya-Vijnana without facing any bodily harm or putting any strain on his brain by using Ein's brain as a proxy. With this system, Gaelio and the Gundam Vidar is capable of giving Mikazuki and his Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex a hard fight.

History

Background

Gaelio is the only son of the Bauduin family, one of the "Seven Stars," which unites Gjallarhorn. He is childhood friends with McGillis Fareed, who is from the Fareed family, and Carta Issue, who is from the Issue family. He is especially fond of McGillis, recognizing his abilities without regard to his background, and is making efforts to confront his true feelings in order to be a friend worthy of standing by his side.

He also has a constant quarrel with his sister, Almiria Bauduin, and while he does not hate her, he feels that his "best friend was forced to marry his sister" because of her political marriage to McGillis, and he is very concerned about her (he himself has been approached several times about marriage, but he is often away from home because of his duties, and is often blamed by Almiria for this).

P.D. 323

Gaelio and his childhood friend, McGillis Fareed were sent to Mars to inspect Gjallarhorn's branch there. During the inspection, the duo noticed that a company sent out days ago did not return. Coral Conrad, the commanding officer of the Mars branch, came up with an excuse to throw them off and tried bribing them, but McGillis would have none of it. McGillis and Gaelio then landed on Mars and arrived at a location where a battle had been reported a few days before. By piecing together what information he had, McGillis figured out that Coral had sent the missing company to capture Kudelia Aina Bernstein in order to get into the Regulatory Bureau's good graces and pass an inspection. Afterwards, they drive across a cornfield, and nearly crash into Cookie Griffon and Cracker Griffon. Mikazuki, misunderstanding the situation, strangles Gaelio. This misunderstanding is quickly cleared and Mikazuki apologizes to Gaelio. However, Gaelio refuses to accept it and tries to punch Mikazuki, but the latter evades. Gaelio then notices the implants on Mikazuki's back and becomes nauseated when McGillis explains what they are. McGillis subsequently apologizes and gives the twins chocolates.

Later on in space, Coral leads a team of Grazes to stop Tekkadan, but is killed during the operation by Mikazuki and his Barbatos. Gaelio then appears with his customized EB-05s Schwalbe Graze and engages Mikazuki. Gaelio is eventually joined by McGillis in his customized Schwalbe Graze. The two give Mikazuki a hard fight, and Gaelio soon manages to tie up Barbatos using the Schwalbe Graze's wired claw weapon. He asks Mikazuki to surrender, but Mikazuki refuses, saying "There's no reason to surrender." Upon hearing Mikazuki's voice, Gaelio recognises it as belonging to the boy he had met a few days before. Mikazuki manages to break free and escapes by throwing Barbatos' mace at Gaelio's machine. Gaelio and McGillis then continue tailing Tekkadan, hoping to stop them from reaching Earth. In the process, he appoints Ein Dalton as his subordinate.

While following Tekkadan's path, the duo took a break by going to back Earth. They first reported back to Iznario Fareed about the Mars Expedition, then take a rest break at the Bauduin's house, where they are greeted by Almiria Bauduin, Gaelio's little sister, who is engaged to be married to McGillis. Gaelio and McGillis later attend an engagement party.

Eventually, Gaelio continues his pursuit of Tekkadan, this time using ASW-G-66 Gundam Kimaris in the space region surrounding the Dort Colonies. With Gaelio's hit-and-run tactics, he manages to give Mikazuki's Barbatos a hard time. The battle between the two Gundams is interrupted when the ASW-G-11 Gundam Gusion Rebake arrives to support Barbatos, and deflects Kimaris' Gungnir lance with its shield. Kimaris then fights both Gundams but, disadvantaged, it is forced to retreat when the main Arianrhod Fleet arrives at the scene. Determined to defeat Barbatos, Gaelio equips Kimaris with the Kimaris Booster, and engages Barbatos for the second time, as Tekkadan tries to enter Earth's atmosphere. However, the Kimaris' hit-and-run attacks with its Gungir lance are soon neutralized by Barbatos' chest reactive armor, and the lance is thrown aside. Gaelio then continues the battle using Kimaris' combat knife, but is eventually blindsided by Barbatos' arm mortars. The vulnerable Kimaris is then attacked by Barbatos with a Gungnir lance, but Ein's Schwalbe Graze takes the hit instead. Barbatos then leaves as Gjallarhorn's reinforcements arrive, and Gaelio moves the Kimaris closer to the Schwalbe Graze to care for the injured Ein.

With Tekkadan finally arriving on Earth, Kimaris is converted to an ASW-G-66 Gundam Kimaris Trooper. The Trooper first sees service in a rescue operation in Alaska, organized to save Carta Issue and her Graze Ritter after the latter is heavily damaged by Mikazuki in Barbatos. Gaelio arrives too late, however, Carta dies on their way home.

At the outskirts of Edmonton, the Kimaris Trooper fights Mikazuki in his Barbatos again. After fighting for a while, Mikazuki leaves to protect Kudelia, Atra and Orga from the Graze Ein. Gaelio is then left to face a new enemy, the Grimgerde, and is shocked to find out that the Grimgerde is piloted by none other than McGillis. Gaelio attacks McGillis when he learns that McGillis not only sided with Tekkadan, but had also manipulated him, Ein and Carta to further his own agenda. Despite Gaelio's fierce attacks, Grimgerde remains unscathed. The battle concludes when Gaelio's Kimaris Trooper is pierced in the chest by Grimgerde, disabling it. According to official records, Gaelio's body is later retrieved by Gjallarhorn's ground forces, cremated, and buried in the Seven Stars' cemetery. The Kimaris Trooper is apparently later returned to the Bauduin family treasury.

P.D. 325

Unbeknownst to the world, Gaelio managed to survive his defeat at the hands of McGillis with a large facial scar. Gaelio eventually became a subordinate of Rustal Elion and a member of Gjallarhorn's Arianrhod Fleet.[1] Since the rest of the world believed he was dead, Gaelio began to don a mask and call himself "Vidar", symbolizing his revenge against McGillis and Tekkadan. Vidar is primarily an advisor to Rustal, often giving him a second perspective on how to overcome McGillis and participated in the overhaul of his new mobile suit, the Gundam Vidar. He eventually strikes up a professional rapport with Julieta Juris.

When those seeking independence in the Oceanian Federation colonies rebelled, Vidar sorties alongside Julieta and Iok Kujan to supress the dissidents. He decimates their forces with his Gundam Vidar. Vidar is later dispatched with Julieta to Mars to discover what became of Iok Kujan's team after they confronted Tekkadan and McGillis. Upon reaching Mars, he and Julieta split up to search for the team. While scouting, Vidar encounters McGillis and Isurugi Camice piloting a Graze Ritter Commander Type and the Helmwige Reincar respectively, and muses to himself about how unexpected it is to meet McGillis on Mars. Soon, Julieta contacts Vidar, inquiring about his whereabouts and ordering him to regroup with her. Before Vidar leaves, he monotonically asked McGillis how he could pilot the same model of mobile suit that Carta Issue once piloted while crying out her love for him, stunning McGillis.

After regrouping with Julieta, Vidar apologizes for his late arrival which Julieta brushes off. Julieta asked Vidar to look after Iok Kujan while she heads off to stop the Hashmal. When Julieta is given permission to bench test Gjallarhorn's newest machine, Vidar is surprised. When Julieta questions him about it, he admits that it was not a task he believed Rustal would ask of her.

Rustal and Vidar later converse about Iok's recent behavior. Rustal mentions that much of what Iok has done is unnecessary, and that Iok would recognize that fact if Vidar would only remove his mask. Vidar agrees with the sentiment but reminds him that until they understand McGillis' intentions, he will not remove it. Rustal admits that it was a difficult thing to understand another man, whereas Vidar insisted he himself had the right since he had been killed by McGillis.

Three days after Tekkadan's attack on JPT Trust, Vidar and Rustal discussed about McGillis' movements with Vidar informing Rustal of McGillis meeting with the rest of the Seven Stars. Vidar asked Rustal for more time to confirm McGillis' motivations. Rustal inquires whether McGillis will act. Vidar replied that if his assumptions about McGillis' goal is correct then McGillis will surely act. Rustal gives his approval which Vidar thanks him for.

Vidar heads to Earth and appears before McGillis just as he intends to claim Gundam Bael. Removing his mask and revealing himself as Gaelio, he explains that he had used the last two years to try and understand McGillis' true intentions. He has also come to the conclusion that McGillis is obsessed with power and can only recognize ideas that can be translated into power, like brute force. He orders McGillis to get into Bael so that they can have their decisive battle. However, the Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex intervened and attacks Gaelio. Realizing that he cannot defeat Mikazuki alone, Gaelio activates the Alaya-Vijnana Type E, a system based on the deceased Ein Dalton's brain, to even the odds. With it, Gaelio is able to fight Barbatos Lupus Rex on equal footing. When McGillis joins the fight in Bael, Gaelio chooses to retreat though not before apologizing to Mikazuki for his previous behavior. He escapes back to the Arianrhod fleet and agrees to serve under Rustal. He then interrupts McGillis' broadcast and declares that he will defeat him.

Gaelio later orders Chief Technician Yamazin Toka to remove the camouflage on his mobile suit in preparation for his duel with McGillis. As he watches the mechanics at work, he is approached by Julieta. When she commented that he too is someone seeking strength, Gaelio counters that only a human can bring out the true power of his Gundam. Taking Julieta by the shoulders, he tells her to stop denying herself and to continue on her current path.

When Rustal and McGillis' fleets engage in battle, Gaelio sorties in his Gundam Kimaris Vidar and engages his rival. During the course of the fight the two argue over their respective viewpoints, with Gaelio determined to vanquish McGillis so that they may finally understand each other. Isurugi Camice attempts to hold Gaelio off to allow his leader time to rally the army but is unable to defeat him, forcing McGillis to return and resume the duel. McGillis eventually manages to disarm the Kimaris, but is caught off-guard by its drill knee attack and is only saved by the sacrifice of Isurugi. Angered by McGillis' retreat and Isurugi's devotion, Gaelio states that the ideals that the rebels are fighting for are nothing more than a lie.

While returning to his ship, Gaelio comes across the damaged remains of Julieta's mobile suit and rescues her. He apologizes to Rustal for failing to defeat McGillis, but is assured that a plan is in motion to handle the rebels. He then visits Julieta in the medical bay, where he is chided for not visiting her sooner. After hearing her resolve to get stronger as a human, a smiling Gaelio approves of her decision. Gaelio later joins Rustal and Iok in planning how to deal with Tekkadan.

When McGillis launches a lone sortie against the Arianrhod fleet, Gaelio engages him in a viscous one on one duel. Gaelio eventually calls on Ein to help him make McGillis understand that he does not fight alone, and manages to defeat McGillis, though the fight spills into Rustal's flagship. McGillis attempts to assassinate Rustal on foot, but is caught and fatally shot by Gaelio, who dons his Vidar mask one last time. Demanding that McGillis look at him, Gaelio is shocked when his former friend admits to having forced himself into pushing Gaelio away, as their friendship weakened his resolve. He laments that he won't be able to make Almiria happy, which a crying Gaelio refutes as fake happiness. As McGillis is about to name Gaelio as his only friend, the latter tearfully begs him not to, as he may end up forgiving McGillis for his crimes. As he tries to harden his resolve, McGillis passes away and Gaelio bids him a last farewell. After the battle, he checks on his damaged mobile suit and the now destroyed Type E system.

Aftermath

Years after the McGillis Fareed Incident, a wheelchair bound Gaelio is visited by Julieta in a Gjallarhorn hospital, where it appears his Alaya-Vijnana Type E neck port has been removed. Julieta wonders why Rustal would allow Kudelia to become the leader of the Mars Union, to which Gaelio states that all parties involved have ulterior motives, even her. He then teases her on the rumor that she is the future leader of Gjallarhorn, and calls her the gallant knight who defeated the devil. Julieta counters that in the end Tekkadan weren't really devils, just humans who had no place other than the battlefield. Gaelio agrees, citing that their fear of Tekkadan blinded them. He laments that he wasn't able to understand McGillis a bit sooner. Gaelio then brightens and asks if Julieta has time to eat with him. She comments on his frivolous nature compared to when he went by Vidar, but he counters that he'd actually always been like this. When she agrees, he teases that he'd prefer her with a bit more meat on her bones, causing Julieta to push him forward swiftly, much to Gaelio's chagrin.[2]

Relationships

Almiria Bauduin
Gaelio continually calls his nine year old sister a little girl to tease her, although Almiria refuses to accept that she is one as she is getting married with McGillis. Gaelio loves his sister and cares for her very much, although he likes to antagonize her and contradict her in a teasing way, as siblings would do. Likewise, Almiria loves and cares very much about Gaelio, but gets annoyed when Gaelio calls her a little girl or antagonizes her in front of McGillis.
McGillis Fareed
Gaelio is pretty much his right hand man, his good friend and future brother-in-law. He likes to talk around McGillis and is very open and relaxed around him, and will give good advice and acts like a second conscience for McGillis in their inspections. Their relationship extend back to when they were children, and from a young age, Gaelio always wanted to be acknowledged by McGillis and worked hard to try to understand him which he believed to have achieved as they both got older and McGillis became much more outgoing and open towards him. Gaelio was assigned to be McGillis' bodyguard per agreement of the Fareed and Bauduin families. However this all changed once McGillis revealed that he manipulated Gaelio, Ein, and Carta in order to further his own agenda to reform Gjallarhorn. Gaelio responded with shock and blind fury at his former friend's betrayal, declaring McGillis a villain and that entrusting McGillis with his sister was misplaced. Unfortunately, his fight with McGillis ended in his defeat and near death.
In P.D. 325 Gaelio revealed himself to be alive and well in front of McGillis with the latter slightly shocked but unsurprised by Gaelio's survival. Both shared a tense conversation with Gaelio musing to himself and McGillis that he never knew McGillis from the first time they met, but he finally sees who McGillis really is after seeing through his actions; a man who only understands powers. Gaelio declares to McGillis that he will shoulder the things that McGillis rejects and defeat him, showing the world who McGillis truly is.
Carta Issue
Carta and Gaelio have known each other since childhood. From a young age, Carta was very domineering towards Gaelio, which Gaelio usually took with stride. He cares for Carta and sortied in his Kimaris Trooper to save her after she was defeated by the Gundam Barbatos. After McGillis revealed he had manipulated Carta into fighting Tekkadan despite knowing she would be killed, Gaelio was absolutely infuriated and told McGillis that Carta called out his name in her dying moments which did not faze the latter.
In P.D. 325, Gaelio met McGillis on Mars as Vidar. When he saw McGillis piloting his custom EB-06rs Graze Ritter Commander Type, he asked McGillis how could he pilot that suit without having a guilty conscious when it was the same model Carta piloted before her death. This comment stunned McGillis and gave him a hint that Gaelio did not die during the Battle of Edmonton.
Mikazuki Augus
Gaelio got off on the wrong foot with Mikazuki, although it was mostly Mikazuki's fault for choking him as Gaelio wanted to make sure that Cookie and Cracker weren't run over by their car. Gaelio seems to have a thing against Mikazuki after that choking, and when fighting against him in his Schwalbe Graze in Episode 5, he recognized Mikazuki's "impertinent voice" and called Mikazuki a "space rat" while trying to pull him down to Mars and shoot him. He also calls Mikazuki a "twerp" in Episode 6. So Gaelio doesn't take so kindly to Mikazuki and he seems to be developing some strong feelings of distaste for Mika. During their second battle, Gaelio became even more insulted when Mika called him "Gali-Gali". By the time when Carta Issue was killed by Mikazuki, Gaelio has developed a grudge against Mikazuki and fully intended to kill him. In P.D. 325, after he removes his mask as Vidar, he apologized to Mikazuki for his previous behavior towards him and those who have the Alaya-Vijnana.
Ein Dalton
Gaelio made Ein his direct subordinate after Ein joined up with McGillis and his crew on their cruiser. Although he is nice to Ein and tries to talk with him, he calls him "a boring man" because Ein is more soft-spoken. In later episodes, Gaelio begins to treat Ein as more than a subordinate, he tends to treat Ein in a more humane way than most other earth-based Gjallarhorn personnel did to him. Ein also saved Gaelio's life in battle on two occasions. After Ein was fatally wounded by Mikazuki, Gaelio was consumed by guilt for his inability to prevent Ein's injuries and tries to find a way to help Ein recover. After McGillis manipulated Gaelio to allow the implantation of the Alaya-Vijnana system in Ein to preserve his life, Ein is vocally grateful towards Gaelio for this opportunity, but Gaelio has mixed feelings towards this outcome. After Ein's death in the Battle of Edmonton, his brain was recovered and used as the foundation for the Alaya-Vijnana Type E installed in Gaelio's Gundam Vidar. Due to this, Gaelio did not see the Gundam Vidar as a weapon but rather as a comrade in arms, speaking as if it was Ein.
Rustal Elion
The leader of the Arianrhod fleet, Gaelio provided him with information about the links between McGillis Fareed and Tekkadan. While Rustal encouraged Gaelio to cast off the mask of Vidar, Gaelio refused until he learned what McGillis truly sought to do. Once he had learned of McGillis' true intentions he cast off his mask, announced his true name and swore total allegiance to Rustal in his war against McGillis.
Julieta Juris
Gaelio, as Vidar, is initially apathetic to Julieta despite her mistrust of him. The two eventually warm to each other, with the taciturn Vidar even revealing a few hints to Julieta regarding his motivations and past. A few years after Gjallarhorn's victory over McGillis and Tekkadan's forces, Gaelio is shown bound to a wheelchair, being pushed by Julieta. After both look back on everyone's motivations and decisions made during the conflict, Gaelio begins to joke and flirt with Julieta, asking her to join him for a meal. Julieta seems somewhat annoyed at Gaelio's more carefree personality compared to when she met him in his Vidar persona, but she nevertheless agrees to his proposition and starts to wheel him towards their destination, though she speeds up his chair when he makes a joke at her expense.

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Notes & Trivia

  • Just as McGillis served as the expy of Char, Gaelio's design, background, and betrayal at the hand of McGillis made him an expy of Garma Zabi.
    • Unlike Garma, Gaelio survives in the end of the story.
  • During their first fight Mikazuki recognizes Gaelio and refers to him as 'The one next to the chocolate man', due to McGillis giving chocolate to Cookie and Cracker in the previous episode.
  • Vidar is named after Víðarr, the Norse God of Vengeance.This likely to reference Gaelio's revenge on Tekkadan and McGillis Fareed.
  • Masaya Matsukaze previously voiced Endolf in Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, another vengeance-themed character. He also co-starred with Rustal Elion's voice actor, Toru Ohkawa as Deboth. Both pairs are in a superior-subordinate relationship, with Gaelio/Endolf was thought to be dead by many in the middle of their series before they revealed their survival. His debut role was MegaBlue in Denji Sentai Megaranger.
  • Gaelio is the only Gundam pilot in IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS to survive to the end of the series.
    • According to writer Mari Okada, the reason why Gaelio survived is her admiration to Matsukaze Masaya's performance as the/her favoritism to the character.[3]

References

Tekkadan Administration Orga Itsuka · Biscuit Griffon · Eugene Sevenstark · Merribit Stapleton · Dexter Culastor · Atra Mixta
Commando Unit Mikazuki Augus
1st Working Unit Norba Shino · Dante Mogro · Derma Altland
2nd Working Unit Akihiro Altland · Ride Mass
Earth Branch Chad Chadan · Takaki Uno · Aston Altland · Radice Riloto
Maintenance Team Yamagi Gilmerton · Nadi Yukinojo Kassapa · Dane Uhai
Others Hush Middy · Zack Lowe · Elgar · Embi · Hirume · Trow
Gjallarhorn
Inspectors McGillis Fareed · Gaelio Bauduin
Mars Branch Coral Conrad · Ein Dalton · Crank Zent
Outer Earth Joint Regulatory Fleet Carta Issue · Isurugi Camice · Liza Enza
Arianrhod Fleet Rustal Elion · Iok Kujan · Julieta Juris · Gaelio Bauduin · Yamazin Toka
Others Agnika Kaieru · Iznario Fareed
Teiwaz Administration McMurdo Barriston · Jasley Donomikols
Turbines Naze Turbine · Amida Arca · Lafter Frankland · Azee Gurumin · Eco Turbine · Chloe Turbine · Bilt Turbine · Eva Turbine
Other Factions Chryse Guard Security Maruba Arkay · Haeda Gunnel
Brewers Brooke Kabayan · Kudal Cadel · Masahiro Altland
Dawn Horizon Corps Sandoval Reuters
Arbrau Henri Fleurs · Togonosuke Makanai · Galan Mossa
Civilians Kudelia Aina Bernstein · Todo Mirconen · Cookie Griffon · Cracker Griffon · Sakura Pretzel · Savarin Canele · Fumitan Admoss · Almiria Bauduin · Nobliss Gordon · Cucubita Hughes · Akatsuki
Urdr-Hunt Wistario Afam · Demner Kitaco Jr. · Korunaru Kousa · Range Dubrisko · Cyclase Mayer
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