Kira Yamato (キラ・ヤマト?) is the main protagonist of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and the main protagonist of the second half of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. Kira is the adopted son of Caridad Yamato and is Cagalli Yula Athha's twin brother. He pilots the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam, the ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam, and the ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam.
- 1 Personality & Character
- 2 Skills & Abilities
- 3 History
- 3.1 Background
- 3.2 First Alliance-PLANT War
- 3.3 Second Alliance-PLANT War
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Notes & Trivia
- 7 References
Personality & Character
Kira has a dislike of war and conflict, he is more than willing to fight if it means protecting his friends and loved ones. Due to his kind and sensitive nature, he is said to be too soft for war. During crucial moments, he can be stubborn at times. As the series progresses, Kira becomes traumatized by the people he has killed and the ones he failed to protect, showing that he is atychiphobic (afraid of failure) and resulting in him to becoming obsessed with protecting the Archangel. After his fight with Athrun, Kira begins to wonder what needs to be done to end the conflict(s) and comes to realize that he needs to prevent as many tragedies as possible by trying to fight without killing anyone. However, he is sometimes still forced to kill on the battlefield.
By the Second Alliance-PLANT War, Kira's overall personality is calmer, mature, and philosophical. He has gained respect from soldiers in Orb's military due to his piloting skills and being the brother of Orb's ruler. Kira often acts in a fashion which would best be described as being that of the reluctant hero; this may be due to Kira not viewing himself as a leader type, being a Mobile Suit pilot, often leaving leadership decisions to Lacus or Cagalli.
Skills & Abilities
Kira has a sharp sense and rapid information processing ability; He is shown to have great adaptability through his constant improvement of the Strike Gundam's incomplete OS to enhance its performance to match with the combat situation he faces, to include space, Earth's atmosphere, underwater and desert environments. Kira has exceptional mobile suit shooting precision which has became the core of his piloting style after acquiring the ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam, as he always tries to disable the enemy mobile suits without lethally harming the pilot by aiming for weapons or body parts except for the cockpit. He was shown to be overwhelmed by the ZGMF-X13A Providence's DRAGOONs at first; however, he was able to follow and predict the weapon's movement afterward. By the end of the Second Alliance-PLANT War, Kira was able to singlehandedly shot down all of the DRAGOONs from the ZGMF-X666S Legend Gundam.
While lacking any true form of military training, Kira's fighting ability developed quickly and greatly as his time in combat increases, along with his mastery of SEED mode. In contrast to his piloting capabilities, Kira is shown to be inexperienced with handguns, preferring not to use them, as shown when he throws a gun at an assailant during a terrorist attack instead of firing it. He has to be reminded by Mu to remove the safety on his gun in episode 44 while in pursuit of Rau on Mendel station. By the Second Alliance-PLANT War, however, his handgun skills have improved significantly seen in the second assassination attempt on Lacus Clyne at Copernicus City on the Moon.
Via Hibiki was pregnant with two children - twins who were to be named Kira and Cagalli. Her husband, Ulen, needed a test subject for his artificial womb, a device made to handle the birthing process of Coordinators. To her horror, Ulen used Kira's fetus to modify him into a Coordinator, but the process worked - Kira would be born a flawless Coordinator. Soon after, tragedy struck - a vengeful Rau La Flaga burnt down the house containing Ulen, Via and Al Da Flaga. Both Kira and Cagalli managed to survive the attack. Seeking to hide and protect the children, Caridad and Haruma Yamato adopted Kira while Uzumi Nara Athha would adopt Cagalli.
Not much is known of Kira's past after that, only that he befriended a young boy named Athrun Zala while he attended a preparatory school in Copernicus City in C.E. 61. The two became very close and when Athrun was called away, he gave him a parting gift - a robotic bird named Birdy. However, Kira would meet his old friend sooner than he thought, and in different positions.
In C.E. 71, Kira lived in the neutral colony Heliopolis where he was spending his peaceful life attending college with his friends Sai Argyle, Kuzzey Buskirk, Miriallia Haw, Tolle Koenig, and Sai's fiancee Flay Allster. However, on January 25, Heliopolis was attacked by ZAFT forces. The colony was thrown into a state of chaos and the citizens were forced to shelters for evacuation. During the evacuation, Kira stumbled into a mysterious young lady and decided to follow her, worrying for her safety. As he followed her, they eventually found two Alliance mobile suits, the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam and the GAT-X303 Aegis Gundam in a production facility. The young lady collapsed in the revelation of Alliance mobile suits in a neutral colony like Heliopolis, blaming her father for the disarray of events. While the young lady was in state of shock, Kira still prioritized for her safety and left her in one of the safety shelters, much to her dismay. As Kira searches for another shelter, he noticed the fight between a ZAFT soldier and a female officer of the Earth Alliance forces. Since the officer was in danger, Kira alerted her to the presence of another ZAFT soldier behind her.
As Kira helped Earth Alliance officer Murrue Ramius, he recognized an approaching ZAFT soldier as his childhood friend Athrun Zala. The two friends were stunned by each other's presence in the battlefield. Murre interrupted them and attempted to shoot Athrun but he fled to the Aegis and escaped. Murrue pursued while taking Kira aboard with her in the Strike.
During their pursuit of Aegis, the Strike was intercepted by Miguel Aiman in his ZGMF-1017 GINN. Murrue was no match for Miguel, as she was unable to control the Strike properly, due in part to her lack of mobile suit piloting skills and the incomplete OS. However, after seeing his friends endangered, Kira took the control of the Strike from Murrue and managed to reconfigure the OS so that the Strike could be used to its full potential before engaging against the opposing GINN. With the Strike's unbelievable combat capabilities, Miguel was forced to retreat. After the battle, Murrue told Kira and his friends that they have stumbled upon an Earth Alliance military secret.
They were forced to follow the Alliance command in exchange for their lives, while Kira was to pilot the Strike. Kira initially refused to pilot the Strike again, but Mu La Flaga explained to Kira that, as a Coordinator, he was the only one capable of piloting the machine and as such he was the only other person on board the ship who could ensure the safety of both his friends and the Archangel.
Having loaded up the Launcher Striker Pack, Kira attacked the arriving Rau Le Creuset and damaging his CGUE but in doing so also caused damage to the Heliopolis colony. After equipping the Sword Striker Pack, Kira fought and killed a returning Miguel, but the damage caused by the Launcher Strike, and the battle against Miguel and The Le Creuset team caused Heliopolis to collapse. After the Colony's destruction, Kira retrieved a lifepod and brought it to Archangel; among the passengers was Flay Allster.
After Heliopolis's destruction, Kira confronts Athrun for the first time. Athrun tries to get him to join ZAFT but he refuses because he has people to protect on the Archangel.
The Archangel's first stop would be Eurasia's asteroid base, Artemis. There, they would attempt to capture Kira and the Strike for their own uses, only to have Nicol Amalfi and his GAT-X207 Blitz Gundam sneak in and disable the base, allowing everyone to escape in the confusion.
In the first battle with the Le Creuset team following the destruction of Artemis, Kira finds himself engaged with the GAT-X102 Duel Gundam as Athrun attempts to persuade Kira to switch sides. In response, Kira shouts that he still had friends aboard the Archangel and was unwilling to allow them to die. Following this, Kira denounces Athrun for claiming to be a pacifist but willfully joining ZAFT and attacking Heliopolis. When Kira realizes that he had been lured out to not assist the Archangel, Athrun grabs the Strike when it runs out of energy with the Aegis's MA mode and attempts to bring Kira back to their ship. Fortunately, Mu, having successfully ambushed Le Creuset's ship, returns and rescues Kira. Kira soon returns back to the Archangel to recharge and receive the Launcher Striker pack, eventually forcing the Le Creuset team to return empty-handed.
While searching for supplies, Kira encountered a GINN searching through the ruins around Junius Seven. Reluctantly, Kira destroyed the GINN and went to retrieve a lifepod it was looking for. Inside it was Lacus Clyne, pop idol amongst the PLANT and Athrun's fiancee. Kira became attracted to Lacus and the two start to bond, amazed with how everyone has treated her - with the exception of Flay Allster. However, things would turn serious as Natarle Badgiruel would use Lacus as a bargaining chip after a battle goes utterly south, leading to the death of Flay's father. Angered by this, Kira attempted to smuggle Lacus out of the Archangel, aided by his friends. Kira calls out Athrun to pick her up and again, Athrun attempts to recruit Kira. When Kira refuses once more, the two vow to shoot each other down the next time they met in combat. Later, Kira is court-martialed by the Archangel's senior staff, but all charges are dropped due to him being a civilian.
After the event, Flay blames Kira for not protecting her father from the ZAFT pilots because he was trying to protect his kind, shaking him. In the next battle, Kira would once again find himself isolated by the Duel Gundam while the Blitz and Buster would immediately attack the Archangel. Determined not to allow any more of his friends to die, Kira enters SEED mode for the first time and quickly damages the Duel's cockpit with a beam saber before knocking both the Buster and Blitz off of the Archangel. When the Duel attempts to re-engage, Kira swiftly strikes the cockpit once more with one of the Strike's Armor Schneider knives. This would cause the Duel's pilot, Yzak Jule, to suffer a facial injury and causing him to swear vengeance for the humiliation.
After meeting up with Rear Admiral Halberton, Kira and his friends are given honorary rankings for their services. However, Kira decides to join the other Heliopolis survivors and return to Earth. At the same time, ZAFT soldiers attack the descending Archangel and Halberton's forces attempt to give the battleship a fighting chance to escape. Moved by the gift of a young girl name Elle, Kira decides to stay and fight, only to find Flay trying to suit up herself. After telling Flay that he'll fight for them all, she gives him a kiss.
Engaging the ZAFT Forces, he finds himself fighting not only Athrun, but Yzak Jule and his modified GAT-X102 Duel Gundam Assault Shroud. Filled with vengeance of Kira giving him a massive scar on his face, Yzak and Kira find themselves battling close to the Earth's gravitational pull. In the process, the escaping civilian shuttle zips past them, separating them. Yzak, mistaking them for Alliance soldiers, turns his beam rifle on them and destroys the shuttle. Horrified, Kira goes catatonic as the Strike goes into freefall. The Archangel is forced to alter course to rescue Kira, not knowing if the Strike's Phase-Shift Armor can survive reentry.
Recovering, Kira finds Flay by his bedside. As he recovers, Kira's wracked with grief as he realizes that he let everyone down and let them get killed. Noticing Kira's vulnerability, Flay takes advantage of him and sleeps with him during the night. When Kira's called back into action, his methods are much more brutal - all of it being played by Flay.
After the Archangel landed in North Africa, they are attacked by a ZAFT squadron lead by the Desert Tiger, Andrew Waltfeld. Due to Kira being inexperienced in combat in the desert, he could not pilot the Strike properly. He managed to again, reprogram the Strike's operating system to adapt to the environment. With the Desert Dawn intervening, the ZAFT forces retreat. Kira then is reunited with Cagalli Yula Athha, the girl he helped escape from Heliopolis, Cagalli has been worried about him and is shocked to see him piloting a mobile suit. During this time, he and Sai have a fallout due to Sai finding out that Kira had slept with Flay. After a short flare up, Sai storms away and attempts to pilot the Strike Gundam alone, but doesn't have enough time to do so, failing. Kira and Sai's relationship is strained after this.
After a squadron of ZAFT's TMF/A-802 BuCUE's under the command of Andrew destroy the town of Tassil, Cagalli and other members of the Desert Dawn recklessly chase after them. Several resistance fighters, including Cagalli's friend Ahmed El Fasi, are killed, though Kira arrives in time to save Cagalli.
Later, the two of them are sent to gather supplies. As Kira and Cagalli sit down for lunch, they meet a (poorly but effectively) disguised Andrew Waltfeld. Blue Cosmos terrorists attack, targeting Andrew. In the confusion, Kira saves Andrew from being shot in the back. Andrew thanks Kira, and he sheds the disguise, Cagalli realizes who he really is.
Andrew's girlfriend Aisha takes Cagalli to get cleaned, When Cagalli confronts Andrew, he pulls out a gun and asks Kira if a war will end when all of your enemies are destroyed. Andrew says he does not know why Kira is fighting his own kind, but as long as Kira pilots the Strike, they are enemies. He then puts the gun away stating that his home is not a battlefield and that Kira had saved him. Because of that, he lets Kira and Cagalli leave. Because they know each other, Kira and Andrew find it difficult to fight in the next battle, where Andrew pilots the new TMF/A-803 LaGOWE to face Kira personally. Kira asks Andrew to stop because the battle is over, but Andrew is determined to keep fighting until one of them is dead. Kira activates his SEED abilities and destroys the LaGOWE that Andrew is piloting. Kira cries after the LaGOWE explodes because he did not want to kill Andrew.
Battle near Orb and the Marshall Islands
While traveling over the Red Sea, Kira remembers his final battle with Andrew, the death of Flay's father, and the destroyed civilian shuttle and begins to cry. Cagalli hugs him and tells him everything will be okay, and finds herself holding his hand. She tells him not to get the wrong idea, as she simply wants him not to cry anymore. She asks why he is with the Earth Alliance when he is a Coordinator, he recalls being asked that many times.
The battles would not end, as the Archangel would soon find themselves under attack by Marco Morassim's aquatic forces. While Kira is forced to fight in his only underwater battles, he is eventually forced to destroy the Morassim's UMF-5 ZnO.
Later, when the Archangel is undergoing repairs at Orb, Kira ends his relationship with Flay. It is unclear whether he realized she was manipulating him or not but he mentioned that their relationship was a mistake. He also helps create a new OS for naturals to pilot for Orb's MBF-M1 M1 Astray as a trade for the sanctuary and repairs provided for the Archangel. He also meets Athrun face to face, who is spying to see if the Archangel is in Orb. Although Athrun knows Kira is the Strike pilot, he does not reveal this to the others in his ZAFT team. Before he leaves Orb with the Archangel, Cagalli shows Kira that his parents are watching him depart. Kira asks Cagalli to apologize to them for him, explaining he cannot see them right now, especially when he might say things that he may regret. Kira tells her to be safe and thanks her. As he turns to go inside the Archangel, Cagalli embraces him and tells him not to die and to come back to see her again, which Kira promises.
While en route to the Earth Alliance Alaskan base JOSH-A, the Archangel is attacked by Athrun and his comrades. During the initial skirmish, Kira damages all of ZAFT's opposing mobile suits. However, Kira accidentally kills Nicol Amalfi, a close friend of Athrun's and pilot of the Blitz Gundam, when Nicol tries to protect Athrun. In the original, Nicol's sudden appearance and attack startled Kira, causing him to instinctively swing the Sword Strike's sword towards the Blitz's cockpit. This was changed in the HD Remaster, where Kira simply stumbled backwards with the sword, while Nicol ended up running into the sword instead.
Athrun realizes that Nicol's death could have been prevented by killing Kira, and he vows to do so the next time they meet. In their next battle, Kira's friend Tolle Koenig is killed when Athrun destroys the FX-550 Skygrasper he was piloting. Kira and Athrun (both activating their SEED abilities) try to kill each other to avenge their dead friends, and Kira winds up seriously injured when Athrun attaches the Aegis directly to the Strike's cockpit and bails out before the Aegis self-destructs. In the confusion, the Archangel is forced to retreat, leaving Kira behind.
Unbeknownst to everyone, someone else was watching the final duel between the two friends - Junk Guild tech Lowe Guele. Pulling Kira out of the Strike's wreckage, Lowe delivered him to Reverend Malchio, who in turn delivered him to Lacus and her father, Siegel Clyne in their home within the PLANT. During this time, Lacus and Kira grow closer to each other and he seemed to have developed feelings for her. Lacus tells Kira that he is safe and that he can stay as long as he wants to. However, he overhears a message to Lacus' father Siegel Clyne, from Council member Eileen Canaver that PLANT chairman Patrick Zala lied about ZAFT's newest major operation and that the bulk of ZAFT forces are actually on their way to crush JOSH-A in Alaska, the main base of the Earth Alliance military and where the Archangel is currently stationed. Kira decides to leave PLANTs and save his friends on board the Archangel. Lacus helps Kira enter a ZAFT base and gives him the ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam, then kisses his cheek. Kira then returns to Earth in his new mobile suit.
During the Battle of JOSH-A, Murrue warns Kira about the underground Cyclops system and Kira alerts both ZAFT and Earth Alliance soldiers of the impending danger. Yzak Jule refuses to believe him and attacks Kira with the Duel. Even though Yzak killed Elle and the other refugees, Kira refrains from killing him in return. Instead, he disables the Duel and once again urges Yzak to escape from the Cyclops blast, keeping with his vow to limit casualties for any and all sides on the battlefield. During the mad dash to escape Alaska, Kira also grabs hold of a GINN that could not keep up with the other ZAFT forces after its engines gave out and helped carry it to safety. To his grief, the pilot passes away to his injuries shortly after they make it to safety.
After the battle, Kira is reunited with the crew of the Archangel. However, he tells them that he isn't siding with ZAFT nor with the Earth Alliance - he just wants to fight to save everyone from the war. Kira's actions have an effect on the rest of the crew later on. Returning to ORB, Kira is reunited with Cagalli, who thought Kira was dead. The reunion was cut short, however - Muruta Azrael, leader of Blue Cosmos, thus de facto leader of the Earth Alliance, arrived outside ORB's territorial boundaries with an ultimatum - join the Earth Alliance and help them wipe out ZAFT or be considered an ally to ZAFT's forces and be destroyed. Knowing these terms are unacceptable, Kira heeds Uzumi's call and aids in the defense of ORB. With the aid of the captured GAT-X103 Buster Gundam and it's pilot Dearka Elsman, along with the sudden arrival of Athrun within the ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam, the first invasion is repelled. Afterwards, the three pilots talk about their place in the war, with Kira and Athrun talking intently about the demise of Nicol and Tolle. Kira later responds that he had accidentally killed Nicol, while Athrun had little choice but to kill Tolle, and notes that holding on to such grudges would only cause an endless cycle of hatred until everything was gone.
The Earth Alliance attacks Orb again once they gather up their forces again, and this time, it becomes evident that their numerical superiority would now overrun Orb. In a desperate bid to protect its principles, Uzumi Nara Athha orders Kira and the rest of Orb's military to escape to space before setting both Orb's headquarters and its Mass Driver to self-destruct. After the Archangel and the Kusanagi ascend into space, Cagalli shows a photo of herself in Kira in their infancy from her father, and he is shocked, especially since the woman holding them is not Caridad Yamato, the only mother he has known, but in fact their biological mother Via Hibiki.
Hoping to persuade his father, Patrick Zala, that the war was pointless, Athrun leaves the crew and heads back to the PLANT, Kira following partway. Soon after, the battleship FFMH-Y101 Eternal makes its escape, holding Athrun, Lacus and the surprisingly alive Andrew Waltfeld inside. Kira comes to the rescue and drives the pursuers away. Kira later briefly speaks with Andrew over the death of Aisha and asks the former ZAFT commander if he holds any form of resentment. Waltfeld replies that holding onto one would be easy, but it would not change anything by the end of the day. Stopping within the Mendel Colony, the Three Ships Alliance is formed as Kira and Lacus reunite. Lacus, however, breaks down and cries in Kira's arms, finally able to grieve for her father's death due to Patrick's zeal in wiping out the moderates within the PLANT Supreme Council.
Soon after, both ZAFT and Alliance forces coincidentally discover the Eternal and the Archangel respectively in Mendel Colony and attempt to take care of the battleships. Kira and Athrun are initially sent out to battle the Alliance forces, now headed by former Archangel crew member, Natarle Badgiruel. Once the Alliance forces withdraw, Kira joins Mu, and the pair would chase Rau deep inside Mendel Colony and into the laboratories within. It is there that Rau revealed the truth of Kira's parentage and who he truly - a perfect Coordinator, the Ultimate Coordinator. In turn, he also reveals his identity as a clone of Mu's father, Al Da Flaga and his goal of ensuring that humanity, both Naturals and Coordinators, end up extinct. Kira swore to stop him, incidentally knocking off Rau's mask. Using their shock as cover, Rau escapes and launches the captured Flay inside a lifepod. Reentering the battle, he hears Flay's voice, calling out for someone to save her, that she had the key to ending the war. Kira moves to rescue her, but by doing so, he's disabled by the Forbidden and Raider Gundams.
After Athrun drags Kira back, Kira ends up coming to inside his bed with Lacus watching. Kira cries on Lacus's lap, stopping Cagalli from asking about the picture and their parents. The day before the final battle, the Junk Guild is called in to repair and resupply the trio of battleships. There, Kira finally meets Lowe face to face.
Just before the final battle, Lacus helped Kira to come to terms with his true origins and admits her love for him by giving him the ring that belonged to her mother. Kira responds with a thanks for her support and kisses her on the cheek. In the ensuing battle, Kira, using the Freedom Gundam's METEOR system, engages the Earth Alliance's Peacekeeper force, aiding in shooting down all the nukes before they can get to the PLANTs. To everyone's disbelief, ZAFT finally unveils their own superweapon, GENESIS, which easily wipes out half of the Alliance's fleet in an instant. Kira and Athrun are only barely able to escape its line of fire thanks to Yzak's warning.
Rather than retreat, Atlantic Federation head, Muruta Azrael orders the remainder of the nukes to target the PLANTs once more, leading Kira and Athrun once again sortieing out with their METEORs to stop the second wave.
Once, Azrael is killed and most of the Alliance's nuclear weapons are destroyed, Kira, Athrun and Cagalli are sent to attack ZAFT's GENESIS. Midway through the trip, Kira has a bad sensation and immediately returns back to the Archangel. In the process, Kira encounters Rau again, this time in his new ZGMF-X13A Providence Gundam. The fight is utterly one-sided as the Providence's DRAGOON System overpowers the METEOR system. It is here that Rau's plan comes to be known: as the flawed clone of Al Da Flaga, Rau seeks to punish humanity - both Natural and Coordinator alike - for their actions. During the fight, a lifepod from the ravaged Dominion battleship nears the battle, holding Flay. Kira attempts to rescue Flay again, intercepting a beam rifle shot. Sadly, their reunion is bittersweet: a DRAGOON shot destroys the lifepod, killing Flay. Kira is overcome with grief, knowing that he failed to fulfill his promise of protecting his friends once again.
With a brand new resolve, Kira returns to fight Rau one last time. Though the Freedom is damaged, Kira cripples the Providence with an attack that penetrates the cockpit. Even though the beam missed, Rau was killed by a beam of nuclear energy from GENESIS caused by Jachin Due's self-destruction, which vaporized the Providence before the superweapon itself is destroyed by the self-destruction of the Justice. As hostilities come to an end, Kira is seen drifting out of the Freedom's cockpit, wondering what humanity's path shall be. He then spotted Birdy, leading Athrun and Cagalli in Cagalli's MBF-02 Strike Rouge to him. As Athrun goes to fetch him, Kira says, "It's our world."
With the end of the first Alliance-PLANT War, Kira and Lacus decide to retire peacefully to help Reverend Malchio's orphans. They later receive a surprise visit from Athrun and Cagalli. While Athrun wonders why he can still eat and sleep despite all the atrocities committed in the war, Kira simply replies that it was because they were still human.
Operation Break The World
Kira has been living on a secluded island (one of the Marshall Islands) in Orb territory since the end of the war. He and Lacus have spent the last two years after the war assisting Reverend Malchio and Kira's adoptive mother with his orphanage. The Junius Seven Colony Drop Incident, which triggers the Second Alliance-PLANT War forces the group to move in with Murrue Ramius and Andrew Waltfeld at their shared mansion in Orb.
The mansion is destroyed by an unknown force of Coordinators trying to assassinate Lacus. The attempt on Lacus's life forces Kira to once again pilot the Freedom and participate in combat in order to protect his loved one, despite her reluctance in his taking up arms again. He still abides by his policy to limit casualties, by disabling the opposing mobile suits in SEED mode, though the pilots then self-destruct their machines briefly shocking him.
Orb joins the Earth Alliance, forcing Kira and Lacus return to the Archangel and take up secretive residence in the Kingdom of Scandinavia. Before leaving Orb, Kira kidnaps Cagalli from her arranged marriage to Yuna Roma Seiran, despite Cagalli's initial objections. He also helps Cagalli realize her mistake in letting Orb side with the Earth Alliance and helps her come to terms with her errors in judgement, despite her good intentions. While docked, the Archangel's crew discuss Chairman Durandal's underhanded tactics, with the introduction of a fake Lacus. Kira also noted how Durandal has repeatedly made opportunistic moves to sway the public to his side, and fears what the Chairman's true plans are.
When the Orb forces are finally deployed by the Alliance against the Minerva at Dardanelles, Kira and the Archangel make a surprise appearance in the battle. He proceeds destroys the Minerva's main "Tannhäuser" cannon to stop it from firing, and Cagalli rushes out to implore the Orb forces to honor their principles and retreat. In response, Yuna calls Cagalli an imposter and orders Orb's forces to attack her. With little choice, Kira decides disarms several mobile suits on both sides of the skirmish to force the battle to halt. Kira is blamed for causing the death of ZGMF-X2000 GOUF Ignited pilot Heine Westenfluss by the hands of ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam pilot Stella Loussier (both were trying to attack Kira and Heine got in Stella's way).
After a period of being part of the Archangel crew, Lacus decides to go into space to investigate what is going on, although Kira initially objects as he would not be able to watch over her, she assures him she will be careful and holds him to reassure him. Lacus, Andrew, and the shuttle they have stolen are nearly shot down, but Kira protects them and sees them off.
Kira, accompanied by Cagalli and Miriallia Haw, secretly meet with Athrun in Crete. Athrun says they will not end the war by their methods and Cagalli must return to Orb if she wants Orb to leave the Earth Alliance. Kira tells Athrun that he distrusts ZAFT's leader, Gilbert Durandal, since Lacus was targeted by a special ops team of Coordinators using newly designed ZAFT Mobile Suits. Though Athrun returns to ZAFT, both sides are affected by the other's words.
Kira intervenes again in the Alliance-Orb battle with the Minerva in Crete, where he saves the Minerva from a possible finishing blow. During Cagalli's second attempt to reach out to Orb's forces, she is attacked by the ZGMF-X56S Impulse Gundam, causing Kira to once again attack all sides. Kira is later confronted by Athrun in the ZGMF-X23S Saviour Gundam, who blocks Kira's attempts to strike back at the Impulse. Finally, Kira admits that he understands Athrun's desire to protect his friends aboard the Minerva, but is unable to see why he would be indifferent to Cagalli's plight. Declaring that Athrun must be defeated, Kira proceeds to leave the Saviour irreparable.
Shortly after Crete, the Archangel soon receives members from the fallen Orb carrier, Takemikazuchi, which had been sunk by the Impulse. During which, the pilots and second-in-command, Amagi, began crying of how they were forced to attack Cagalli against their wishes as well as speaking of the growing unpopularity of the Seirans and their hopes for Cagalli to take the country back. Much to Kira's delight, their tearful reconciliation with Cagalli keeps her hope alive in eventually returning to Orb.
Freedom's Final Battle
Kira and the Archangel soon go to Berlin to fight against the monstrous GFAS-X1 Destroy Gundam, and are eventually joined by the Minerva, along with Shinn's ZGMF-X56S/α Force Impulse Gundam. Kira hits Destroy's chest cannons with its beam sabers as it was about to fire on Shinn's Impulse Gundam, dealing it a finishing blow that inevitably results in the death of its pilot, Stella Loussier. During the battle, Kira has a strange sensation when fighting Neo Roanoke's custom GAT-04+AQM/E-A4E1 Jet Windam and shoots it down, asking Murrue to "take care of things". After the battle, Neo's data is analyzed, and to the shock of the crew, matches Mu's. As Neo does not know who "Mu" is and does not associate himself Mu's former rank or show any knowledge of the Archangel's crew, Kira immediately believes that Mu's memories were tampered with.
Soon after, PLANT Chairman Gilbert Durandal orders the destruction of the Archangel and the Freedom during the mission code-named "Operation: Angel Down". Kira and the Archangel find themselves under attack by ZAFT's forces while attempting to return to Orb. To not give the ZAFT forces an excuse to intensify their attack, Ramius refuses to perform any aggressive action against their aggressors and prioritizes their flight to the sea, while Kira forbids the other pilots of the Archangel from going out to honor Cagalli's wish to bring them all back to Orb safely. Though the Freedom and Archangel were able to hold off their initial attackers, the tide soon shifts when the Minerva enters the fray.
The Freedom is soon attacked by Shinn and his Force Impulse Gundam, who recently learned of Kira's habit of not attacking another unit's cockpit. As a result, Kira could not land any beam shots on the Force Impulse. When Kira severed the Force Impulse's head and part of its left forearm using the beam saber, Shin responded by using his mobile suits ability to separate and replace its body components with replacements from the Minerva. After ejecting the Force Impulse's damaged upper body, Shinn then detonates the parts within close range of the Freedom, causing it to fall out of the sky. Later, the separation ability causes Kira to miss his beam saber strike, exposing the Freedom's back and its left wing is destroyed by Force Impulse. Eventually, the Archangel was hit by a glancing shot from the Minerva's positron cannon, distracting Kira from the battle. The Freedom was then attacked by Shinn's Force Impulse that is holding one of the Sword Silhouette's anti-ship swords. Despite Kira trying to block Shinn's charge with the Freedom's shield, the anti-ship sword managed to penetrate through the shield and Freedom's abdomen.
The Freedom's remains fell into the water, but Kira had deactivated the mobile suit's nuclear reactor before losing consciousness. He was then retrieved from the ocean by Cagalli in the MBF-02 Strike Rouge. Kira later explained to Athrun that his personal confusion at the attack and fatigue from the battle were contributing factors to his defeat.
Receiving the Strike Freedom Gundam
Soon after, Athrun and Meyrin Hawke defect from ZAFT after being framed by Rey Za Burrel and Gilbert Durandal and are shot down in their attempt to escape ZAFT. The pair are passed onto the Kira and the Archangel crew by Ledonir Kisaka, where Kira is the first person Athrun wakes up to, surprised that Kira was still alive. Kira later assures him that his companion was shielded from the brunt of their damage before urging Athrun to rest.
He and the rest of the Archangel also watch the battle of Heaven's Base intently. When LOGOS are defeated, Kira and Lacus fear that Orb will likely be Chairman Durandal's next target, knowing the country's deeply-rooted desires to protect their ideals against totalitarian control.
While Kira laments of his inability to fight without the Freedom, Lacus and her ship FFMH-Y101 Eternal come under attack by newer ZAFT's ZAKU and GOUF squadrons after investigating the remnants of the space colony Mendel for clues about Chairman Durandal's plans. Being pushed by a strained Athrun's requests to rescue them, Kira rushes into space in Cagalli's Strike Rouge (MBF-02+AQM/E-X01 Aile Strike Rouge in the original release, MBF-02+EW454F Strike Rouge Ootori in the HD Remastered version) equipped with large boosters, but the Strike Rouge is seriously damaged from numerous attacks.
Andrew Waltfeld provides cover in a ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam and tells Kira to go into the Eternal to pick up his new unit. On the Eternal, Kira and Lacus are reunited. Kira tells Lacus that he couldn’t be any happier than how he feels at the moment after seeing her again. She presents Kira with the newly constructed ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam albeit with some hesitation. Kira thanks Lacus for giving him the ability to fight once more, and promises to return to her as soon as everything was over. He uses his new mobile suit to disable the attacking forces in only two minutes. Kira then returns to Earth with the Strike Freedom to help Cagalli defend Orb, which is under ZAFT attack because Yuna Roma Seiran and his father Unato had provided refuge for the Logos leader Lord Djibril. Kira also asks Lacus to descend in the ZGMF-X19A ∞ Justice Gundam to try and cure Athrun of his self-doubt following the betrayal of Chairman Durandal.
Second Battle of Orb
When Shinn in the ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam tries to defeat Cagalli's ORB-01 Akatsuki Gundam, when Kira saves her by destroying the Destiny's beam boomerangs. While Cagalli withdraws to regain control of the military, Kira and Shinn battle. After Shinn has to withdraw back to the Minerva, Kira proceeds to focus on disabling many of the ZAFT mobile suits invading Orb. When the Destiny returns, now flanked by the ZGMF-X666S Legend Gundam under Rey Za Burrel, Kira takes quick notice of the latter unit's similarity to the Providence. As the fight drags on, Kira is overwhelmed by the pair, but, much to Kira's surprise, the injured Athrun arrives to provide support. When Athrun finds himself under attack from the Legend, Kira steps in and faces the Legend, leaving Athrun to deal with the Destiny.
After the ZAFT forces withdraw, Athrun loses consciousness. Kira catches the Infinite Justice in mid-air, preventing it from crashing. Back aboard the Archangel, Kira removes Athrun's helmet and flight suit, revealing that Athrun's wounds have re-opened and are bleeding profusely. Kira then orders a stretcher to bring Athrun to the Archangel's sick bay, where he recovers, tended to by Meyrin.
Following the battle, he, Athrun and Lacus watch Cagalli's post-battle broadcast speaking against Chairman Durandal's decision to immediately declare war against them and invade. In response, Durandal's fake Lacus interrupts Cagalli calling Orb out for housing an anarchist like Lord Djibril. Lacus soon assures Athrun that he has done his part and departs to Cagalli's office with Kira, where she would be able to out Durandal's imposter and reiterating Orb's refusal to partake in more of Durandal and Djibril's conflict.
Return to Space
Lord Djibril escapes into space during the battle. ZAFT forces withdraw from Orb and the Minerva is sent to reinforce the ZAFT Lunar Team's attempt to destroy the Earth Alliance's Lunar-Based Laser Cannon, Requiem which has fired and destroyed some of the PLANTs.
During that time, Kira is promoted to Admiral and appointed as the Commander of the Orb Space Fleet. The Archangel is also officially commissioned into the Orb Military Fleet and assigned as Kira's flagship. Archangel is ordered to the lunar city of Copernicus to gather intelligence on Durandal's operations. Cagalli stays in Orb to coordinate the recovery and lead the country.
The Archangel returns to space and docks at Copernicus City. Kira, Lacus, Athrun, and Meyrin attempt to gather intelligence under the guise of a shopping trip. There, they receive Meer Campbell's red Haro containing a message from Meer saying she is afraid of being killed. Athrun and Meyrin suspect it is a trap, but Lacus insists on meeting Meer with Kira supporting Lacus.
As soon as they arrive, Sarah, Meer's bodyguard, has a team of assassins to kill Lacus. Athrun, Kira, and Meyrin fight them off, protecting Lacus and Meer. Athrun requests backup from the Archangel which sends Neo Roanoke to aid them in the ORB-01 Akatsuki. After his arrival, the badly injured Sarah, makes a final attempt to kill Lacus, but Meer is mortally wounded instead.
Shortly after Meer's funeral, Durandal announces his "Destiny Plan" to the world a radical solution to end conflict by having people purely follow their most desirable path based on their genetics and talents rather than of their choice. Orb, the Kingdom of Scandinavia, and the Atlantic Federation all denounce Durandal's plan, and Durandal responds by unleashing the captured Requiem on the Atlantic Federation's lunar base at Arzachel, killing its president, Joseph Copeland. Knowing that they would soon follow, Orb orders their space fleet to stop Durandal from accomplishing the "Destiny Plan" and prevent their destruction. The fleet would soon be joined by a portion of the Alliance's remaining space fleet as well as defecting ZAFT ships.
Battle of Messiah: Assault on Requiem
In the final battle, Kira and Athrun first depart to destroy Requiem's relay stations before moving to the weapon itself.. Although the Minerva and the Gondwana also arrive to aid the ZAFT forces, Kira and Athrun are able to destroy the first relay station with help from the defecting Yzak and Dearka. Unfortunately, Durandal emerges with the Messiah and wipes out a chunk of the allied fleet with the new Neo-GENESIS. Before sending in the Destiny and Legend to engage the allied forces.
Kira quickly orders Athrun and the Archangel to destroy the Requiem immediately, after Athrun realizes that they were trapped by ZAFT in an attempt to contain their forces while the two superweapons are recharging. Athrun, the Archangel and the rest of the Orb Forces to split off and destroy the Requiem before it fires, while he himself together with the Eternal and the ZGMF-XX09T DOM Trooper squad head to deal with Messiah and Neo-GENESIS. Due to this, Rey in his Legend Gundam tries to give chase, but was stopped by Kira in his Strike Freedom, literally forcing the split-off with Shinn's Destiny Gundam to chase the Archangel together with the Minerva.
It was then that Kira realized the combat style resembles uncannily to Rau Le Creuset's ZGMF-X13A Providence Gundam, and was confirmed by Rey himself to be another clone of him. However, knowing about his genetic past allowed him to remind Rey that the life he is given should only be his alone and not someone else's, before destroying all of Legend Gundam's DRAGOONs before taking it out with its DRAGOON Full Burst attack, leaving the Legend severely disabled and unable to battle as a result before heading off to destroy Messiah using his own METEOR unit, coordinated with Eternal's missile assault. This occurs shortly after Athrun and Mu, having finally regained his memories, destroy Requiem.
Kira then exits the Strike Freedom and searches for Gilbert Durandal in the command center of Messiah. Upon meeting the chairman face-to-face, Durandal compliments Kira's abilities as the Ultimate Coordinator and Lacus's own talents, but Kira responds that they are both normal people. As both draw their guns, Durandal warns Kira that a world, if given the freedom of choice, will always find a way to return to conflict, and that by killing him, would only plunge humanity into chaos once more. Kira swiftly replies that even if mankind would create wars, they could still improve themselves if given the chance, and that no one should be subjected to a future that would never change. When Durandal asks what Kira intends to do should mankind do the opposite of Kira's statement, Kira replies that he will be ready to fight once more.
While they are debating each other Talia Gladys, the captain of the Minerva as well as Durandal's lover, and Rey, and the pair also draw their weapons as Kira and Durandal's debate ends. Ultimately, Rey shoots Gilbert, having been enlightened by Kira's words and dreams of a future by their own hand and individuality. Before Kira leaves the Messiah, Talia asks Kira to tell Murrue Ramius, that she has a son and she wishes the fellow captain to meet him someday. Kira agreed and he left the Messiah in Strike Freedom before it collapsed onto the moon's surface, leaving Gladys, Rey and Durandal to die together in the fortress.
In the HD Remaster and in Final Plus, Athrun also boards the Messiah to follow Kira and is present when Durandal is shot by Rey, and he also receives Talia Gladys's wish to have Captain Ramius meet Gladys's son some day.
Afterwards, at the ravished Orb memorial previously visited by Shinn and Kira, Athrun introduces Kira to Shinn as the pilot of Freedom. Shinn is stunned by the identity of the pilot whom he tried to defeat numerous times, and previously met before without that knowledge. Kira asks Shinn to make peace with him and asks Shinn to join him and Athrun in the fight for humanity's peace, a crying Shinn agrees. Long after the war, Kira wore a white ZAFT uniform reserved for important military officials. When Kira and Lacus saw each other in the PLANTs they immediately rushed towards one another and embraced each other, surprising most of the people present.
- Athrun Zala
- Kira and Athrun share a similar compassion and desire for peace, appalling war and killing. Because of this, they meet each other ideally often, and results in joining sides. When enemies, they are known to hesitate in attacking each other, and prefer offering the other the chance to stand down without fighting. The deaths of Nicol Amalfi and Tolle Koenig put a strain on their relationship, even after joining forces, the two expressing how they aren't sure if they can forgive what the other had done, and even saying they felt like killing each other. On the battlefield, their connection shows well as they can naturally play off of the others moves for a strong team-up and combination attacks. Even though they were enemies and eventually allies, Kira and Athrun had a brotherly relationship such as having concern for either of their well-beings or fighting as though they were rivals.
- Lacus Clyne
- Kira and Lacus first met when he rescued her life pod from the wreckage of her destroyed ship and brought her aboard the Archangel. The two would form a bond of being the only Coordinators on a ship full of Naturals, and begin to learn about one another and appreciate each other’s true kindness and gentle personalities. Kira, not wanting Lacus to be used as a hostage by the Earth Alliance, liberated her from the Archangel and returned her to ZAFT. After Kira’s battle with Athrun, he would be taken to the PLANTs and begin recovering at the Clyne manor. During this period, Kira and Lacus would spend a lot of time together, growing closer and developing feelings for each other. This resulted in Lacus abandoning her relationship with Athrun in favor of Kira. After witnessing Kira’s conviction to return to Earth and help his friends on the Archangel, she helps him steal the Freedom Gundam, understanding his ideals and reasons to fight. Before leaving, Lacus tells Kira that he would have all of her strength, before kissing him on his cheek, showing him that he has her support and affection.
- After the death of her father, Lacus waited until she was with Kira to mourn, crying as he embraced and comforted her. After Kira finds out about his past and begins to question whether he was meant to exist, Lacus tells him that meeting him has made her a “happy woman” and that she wants him to stay with her. After hearing this, Kira embraces Lacus, accepting her confession. During the Second Battle of Jachin Due, Lacus would give Kira her ring (that once belonged to her mother) and asks him to “come back” to her after the fighting had ended. Kira accepts the ring and kisses Lacus on the cheek (like she did to him after giving him the Freedom) before leaving for battle. Following the end of the war, Kira and Lacus would spend the next two years living together in Orb, helping take care of Reverend Malchio’s Orphanage.
- During the Second Alliance-PLANT War, when assassins were sent to kill Lacus, Kira would once again pilot the Freedom in order to protect her. Lacus was hesitant to let Kira pilot the Freedom again, not wanting to be the cause of him having to suffer through war again. Kira reassured her that he would be alright and that he would rather fight than risk anything happening to her. When Lacus returns to space, Kira worries about Lacus being in danger and him not being there to protect her. Lacus reassures Kira that she will be safe and that she will come back to him. When the FFMH-Y101 Eternal was in danger, Kira rushed to space to protect Lacus, risking his life just to come to her when his mobile suit was almost destroyed when trying to get to Eternal. Once reunited the two embraced each other, telling the other how happy they are to be together again.
- Following the end of the Second Alliance-PLANT War, Lacus would become the new Chairwoman of the PLANT and Kira would join ZAFT. When they saw one another at the PLANTs they immediately ran towards one another and embraced in front of their friends and other officials. Kira and Lacus provide a great deal of comfort, trust, and understanding for each other. They have excellent communication with each other and by the time of the Second Alliance-PLANT War, the two are completely comfortable with hugging and being romantic in front of others.
- Flay Allster
- While Flay expressed dislike for Coordinators, Kira felt hurt that he qualified in the category while he wanted her companionship. Kira’s feelings for Flay was more of guilt rather than love. Though Flay told him that she would protect him, Flay’s feelings are seemingly artificial, an act to get into his mind, creating a development for Kira causing him to fight more aggressively, and kill willingly. Despite this initial relationship, Kira's kindness turned Flay around in her opinions, and caused her to truly fall in love with him. The inability to save her life was a traumatic experience for Kira because he failed to fulfill his promise of protecting his friends once again.
- Sai Argyle
- Kira and Sai were once good friends, but when Flay took advantage of Kira's stress with the war, he and Sai ended up in a fallout when Sai learned about Kira and Flay sleeping together. Sai later tried to move the Strike, but couldn't do it. Sai says to Kira one last time that he was counting on him. After Kira went missing, Flay tried to restart their relationship, but Sai refused to believe her and was furious at Flay for saying that Kira wasn't the one she wanted. In episode 36, after Flay and the Lieutenant were transferred back in Alaska, and Kira returned, Sai told Kira that he was sad to hear about his "death" and that he felt useless and couldn't do things like Kira could. However, Kira told he had gifts as well and could things he couldn't. Kira and Sai finally make peace with other and remain in good terms while remaining on service.
- Cagalli Yula Athha
- Even before learning they were siblings, Cagalli and Kira have had a bond with one another. Cagalli provides an ear to listen, and a shoulder to lean on when Kira needed to speak his woes. This led to a great care between one another later on, such as Cagalli showing great sorrow when she thought Kira had died. Their bond tightened further after learning of their shared past, and the two became dedicated to protecting one another in battles.
- Shinn Asuka
- Shinn and Kira shared a feeling of melancholy about death and destruction, but opposite on ideals when Shinn desires to destroy in retaliation, while Kira wants to rebuild. Knowing each other primarily as enemies in mobile suits, Shinn had a hatred for Kira and his methods of seizing battles, as well as killing Stella Loussier. But in the end, Kira was able to successfully share his ideals of rebuilding the future with Shinn. The two finally became friends and allies, as Shinn accepted Kira's offer to join him on this mission. While the two coincidentally met in Orb, Kira sensed Shinn's deep sadness when he noted that "no matter how beautiful the flowers are, people will keep destroying them". When they are finally introduced, Kira responds to Shinn's phrase with "No matter how many times people will destroy flowers, we will always come to keep planting them".
- In scenarios where they interact after being introduced, Shinn speaks in a surprisingly polite tone to Kira, treating Kira much more respectfully than the rest of his friends. In the Omake Quarters Drama CD., Shinn also expresses surprise at how gentle of a person Kira is.
- Mu La Flaga
- Mu was an early motivator for Kira as he struggled to get inside a cockpit and fight. He taught Kira lessons of war and battle that ultimately helped the young pilot to decide what was worth fighting for. The two had an unspoken warriors bond as they relied on each others support and abilities in battle, successfully protecting the Archangel. Mu had a strong respect and concern for Kira; amazed by his potent piloting abilities and willing to fight for the crew, but also worried on the mental affect taking toll on him. Whenever Kira was troubled by a situation or stress, he would always come to help him.
- Kira was also surprised to see that Mu had somehow survived albeit with the mistaken identity of Neo. In spite of this, Kira still often referred to Neo as "Mu", despite the captured Alliance commander denying the name.
- Rau Le Creuset
- Kira and Rau had a strong discontent of each other. Rau's strongest desire was to erase Kira from existence, calling him the reason people hate and kill, believing Kira's genetic superiority is what all man craves and wants to surpass. Kira in retaliation believed Rau to be insane, claiming genetics are not what defines people. Rau had an uncanny way of getting into Kira's head, and under his skin mentally. Kira's hatred for Rau became solidified when Rau needlessly killed Flay Allster, just to make Kira suffer. In the end, due to his insanity and genocidal desires, Kira determined Rau cannot be allowed to live, and willingly killed Rau to rid the world of his dark influences and wrath.
- Rey Za Burrel
- Rey, inheriting the sins of Rau before him, had a passed down hatred for Kira, not only for reasons in ideals, but also for killing Rau. Kira's alleged Newtype powers was able to sense the pain and hatred in Rey, and even sensed the lingering influence of Rau le Creuset in Rey's mind. In the end though, Kira's words and ideals were able to reach Rey's mind and heart, breaking him free of the binds of his predecessor. Rey eventually assisted Kira in taking down Gilbert Dullindal, having belief in Kira's way, now knowing he didn't have to be Rau's ghost anymore.
- Tolle Koenig
- Tolle was one of Kira's closer friends, part of his inner circle while attending college at Heliopolis. Tolle was very supportive and friendly to Kira, and always stuck his neck out to defend Kira, such as vouching him to be good when it was revealed Kira was a Coordinator to the Archangel crew. He was also very willing to risk his life in helping Kira on the battlefield by supporting him in a Skygrasper after receiving some training and the means to pilot. Tolle's untimely death was enough of a push to Kira's emotions to make him berserk in anger, willing to furiously kill his best friend, Athrun Zala, out of revenge.
Notes & Trivia
- Like Luke Skywalker of Star Wars, he was raised by his aunt and uncle whereas his twin sister was adopted by politicians.
- In the history of Gundam, Kira is the first protagonist character that joined his antagonist group (ZAFT) that he had been fighting against in both wars. Yet he didn't have much of a choice since his love interest Lacus Clyne becomes Chairwoman of the PLANTs. However, it should be noted that, despite being non-canon, the crew of the White Base joined the Char Aznable-lead Principality of Zeon at the end of the novel version of Mobile Suit Gundam with the exception of Amuro Ray, who is killed before the story's end, and Kai Shiden, who returns to Earth, having gotten tired of the fighting.
- Kira and Lacus were never shown to have kissed each other on the lips in the series. But in the Gundam Seed Character Theater, it was shown that Kira and Lacus kiss each other on the lips. Furthermore, Sunrise released an official image of the couple about to kiss.
- The Astray X manga features mercenary Canard Pars, the only failed Ultimate Coordinator prototype known to survived. Canard, consumed by an inferiority complex and hatred towards Kira, and constantly thought fruitlessly searches for him with the intention to defeat him and become the true Ultimate Coordinator. During the course of the series he abandons this goal and finally comes to terms with himself. It is unknown whether Kira is aware of Canard's existence. However, the two Ultimate Coordinators meet directly each other in Super Robot Wars W, as rival at first, and as ally after Canard joins Valstrok (the battleship of the game's protagonists', Kazuma and Mihiro) as has been done previously by Kira.
- Matt Hill voices Soarin' in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, alongside SEED voice actresses, Maryke Hendrikse who voices Spitfire, Tabitha St. Germain who voices Rarity and Chantal Strand who voices Diamond Tiara. These three voice Lunamaria Hawke, Flay Allster and Lacus Clyne respectively.
- Kira Yamato, has been ranked among the most popular of anime characters. He's been placed first in male character rankings from issues of NewType Magazine for the last decade up until January 2015 when he was surpassed by Bellri Zenam.
- In many installments of the Super Robot Wars franchise, Kira has been called out on his actions during various moments of both Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny. One of the more recognizable moments has Kamille Bidan, Quatre Raberba Winner, and Neon Genesis Evangelion's Shinji Ikari berate Kira when he attempts to talk down to Sai when he had the mental breakdown about how no one understands how he was thrust into a war as one of the two sole defenders of the Archangel when the rest of them assures they went through the same things as he did.
- Kira's Japanese voice actor, Soichiro Hoshi is also the voice actor for Brera Sterne in Macross Frontier. Both Kira and Brera are rivals to the protagonists of their respective series and both pilot mecha that are technologically more advanced than most other mecha in their respective series; the ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom and the VF-27γ Lucifer. The two met and serve as formidable characters in Super Robot Wars L, Super Robot Wars Z2 Saisei-hen, Super Robot Wars Z2 Hakai-hen and Another Century's Episode: R.
- Kira appears to be capable of displaying some Newtype abilities such as the flash effect when he launches Strike Freedom's Super DRAGOONs for the first time. He was also able to sense the presences of those who are also presumed to be Newtypes such as Mu La Flaga/Neo Roanoke and Rey Za Burrel which also led to speculation that he is a Newtype.
- Unlike in the TV series, in Super Robot Wars J Kira was first aroused his SEED Factor at his battle with Andrew Waltfeld's BuCUE.
- In some Super Robot Wars series, Kira was rescued by different characters after his brutal battle with Athrun in Orb, which resulted in the destruction of their units, GAT-X105 Strike and GAT-X303 Aegis. Only in Super Robot Wars W was he rescued by Lowe Guele, the person who saved him in the original story.
- There is a curious occurrence of him surviving battles in his mobile suit which would normally kill the pilot.
- In conjunction with this, several instances of him single-handedly defeating scores of units within a few seconds, and several loopholes in the plot of SEED Destiny, western fans have jokingly referred to Kira as "Jesus Yamato" as well as creating a "Church" where its believers insist that Kira is the best Gundam protagonist in the franchise's history.
- In most video games such as Super Robot Wars series, every enemy units that was defeated by Kira will explode without remnants, just as if the unit was defeated by the other characters. A contradiction to Kira's habit to spares his opponents' life. However, it should be noted that one of his mainstay spells is "Mercy", which allows an opponent to stay alive with 10 HP should Kira's attack be enough to kill them, which goes along with his character.
- In reference to his no kill rule, there is a hidden unique mechanic to his build. he doesn't gain bonus morale for defeating an opponent like other characters do, to resemble his sparing nature. To balance, Kira has higher base stats, likely referencing to his status as the Ultimate Coordinator.
- Kira won the Anime Grand Prix award as the best male anime character in 2002 and 2005, and selected as the runner up in 2003, 2004 and 2006. It was an achievement that can not be exceeded by any other male Gundam characters so far. His achievements can only be defeated by his lover, Lacus Clyne who won the award in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 and won the 2nd place several times as the best female anime character.
- Kira is second protagonist of Gundam series ever to win Animage's Anime Grand Prix Award besides Kamille Bidan who had won in Animage's Anime Grand Prix1986. Another Gundam series' character who ever won the same tribute are Duo Maxwell, Athrun Zala, Four Murasame, Elpeo Ple and Lacus Clyne, where none of them have played a role as the protagonist in their series.
- The only moment where Kira is seen wearing the ZAFT red pilot suit in the anime is during his first action with the Freedom Gundam.
- In the omake Gundam SEED Character Theater, it is implied that spicy foods are Kira's favorite.
- A recurring joke in Dynasty Warriors Gundam: Reborn had Kira depicted as being very humble about formalities, constantly dismissing formal titles and ranks from his peers and subordinates, such as Admiral Yamato and Mr. Yamato. He always replied to it with insistence that he just be called Kira.
- The character Tusk from Sunrise's CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon anime is based off of Kira. Both characters have short brown hair and purple eyes, are highly skilled fighters and come from a subspecies of human that are heavily discriminated against. Both characters have also miraculously survived from sure-death encounters.
- Kira Yamato is one of the main characters that didn't make a voiced appearance in the Message from GUNDAM "BEYOND" PSA.
- Kira appears in the Extreme Vs. series as the pilot of the Strike Freedom, Freedom, and Strike and its Striker packs, including the prototype IWSP pack. In Maxi Boost ON, Freedom and Strike Freedom Kira gained the ability to activate SEED mode separately from burst, allowing the unit to gain a significant amount of speed and boost temporarily, though the unit will take more damage in the next hit, and the buff will wear off if it is hit. As a trade-off, SEED mode can only be activated once per life.
- Freedom Kira and Yzak are surprised to be paired together, with neither imagining such an event would occur.
- Freedom Kira will mirror Athrun by asking Impulse Shinn why he wields his power. He also tells Shinn that a battlefield isn't a place where people show off their talents.
- Freedom Kira notes that Sven Cal Bayang's heart is incredibly cold. He also tells him that he isn't some sort of machine designed only to fight.
- Strike Freedom Kira wonders why Canard Pars has a strong grudge against him, but he senses an odd connection with the pilot.
- To obtain the "Seed Mode" variant of the Kira Yamato (First SEED Anime) AI Pilot in Gundam Breaker Mobile, players must build it from event blueprints during a limited time when it is available as a build project. This is resource-intensive process, as each part requires a combination of twelve total Material which can only be obtained by rolling the current gacha capsules on specific weeks to get the number of necessary material for the part. it would take at least twelve rolls over four weeks to craft the AI.