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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.

Personality & Character

Kira has a dislike of war and conflict, but 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. He can be stubborn at times, especially during crucial moments. 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), resulting in him 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, choosing to do so only if it is necessary and as a last resort.

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 that 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 the combat situation he faces, including space, Earth's atmosphere, underwater and desert environments. Kira has exceptional mobile suit shooting precision which 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 during the battle of Mendel, while in pursuit of Rau inside the colony. By the Second Alliance-PLANT War, however, his handgun skills have improved significantly, seen during the second assassination attempt on Lacus Clyne at Copernicus City on the Moon.

History

Background

In the mid C.E. 50s, 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 - their home and laboratory were attacked by Blue Cosmos and Via and Ulen were presumably killed, however, Kira and Cagalli managed to survive. Seeking to hide and protect the children, Caridad and Haruma Yamato adopted Kira while Uzumi Nara Athha would adopt Cagalli.

During his childhood, Kira befriended a young boy named Athrun Zala while he attended a preparatory school in Copernicus City in C.E. 61, and the two became very close. In C.E. 68, Athrun was called away back to the PLANTs, but before he left he gave Kira a parting gift - a robotic bird named Birdy.

First Alliance-PLANT War

Battle of Heliopolis

In C.E. 71, Kira lived in the neutral colony Heliopolis, where he spent his peaceful life attending an engineering 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 chaos and the citizens were forced into shelters for evacuation. During the evacuation, Kira stumbled into a mysterious young lady and decided to follow her, worried 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 to 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 a state of shock, Kira still prioritized her safety and left her in one of the safety shelters, much to her dismay. As Kira searched 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.

Kira encounters Athrun

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 on 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.[1]

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.[2]

They were forced to follow the Alliance command in exchange for their lives, while Kira was to pilot the Strike. Having loaded up the Launcher Striker Pack, Kira attacked the arriving Rau Le Creuset and damaged his ZGMF-515 CGUE, but in doing so also caused damage to the colony. After equipping the Sword Striker Pack, Kira fought and killed a returning Miguel, but the damage from 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.[3]

After Heliopolis's destruction, the Archangel began its journey to Earth, and Murrue Ramius, the ship's acting captain, requested that Kira continue to pilot the Strike to defend against ZAFT. 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.

Skirmish near Artemis

In his first battle with the Le Creuset team following the destruction of Heliopolis, Kira found himself engaged with the GAT-X102 Duel Gundam as Athrun attempted to persuade Kira to switch sides. In response, Kira shouted that he still had friends aboard the Archangel and was unwilling to allow them to die. Following this, Kira denounced Athrun for claiming to be a pacifist, but willfully joined ZAFT and attacked Heliopolis. When Kira realized that he had been lured out to not assist the Archangel, Athrun grabbed the Strike with the Aegis's MA mode as it ran out of energy, and attempted to bring Kira back to their ship. Fortunately, Mu, having successfully ambushed Le Creuset's ship, returned and rescues Kira. Kira soon returned to the Archangel and received the Launcher Striker pack. Recharged and rearmed, the Le Creuset team was forced to return empty-handed.[4]

After the battle, the Archangel arrived at the Eurasia's asteroid base, Artemis. There, the base commander attempted to use Kira and the Strike for his own uses, only to have Nicol Amalfi and his GAT-X207 Blitz Gundam sneak in and disable the base. Kira launched in the Sword Strike to engage Nicol, and bought time for the Archangel's crew to retake the ship and escape in the confusion.[5]

Battle near Junius Seven

While searching for supplies, Kira encountered a ZGMF-LRR704B GINN Long Range Reconnaissance Type searching through the ruins around Junius Seven. Reluctantly, Kira destroyed the mobile suit and went to retrieve the lifepod it was looking for. Inside it was Lacus Clyne, a pop idol amongst the PLANT and Athrun's fiancee.[6] Kira became attracted to Lacus and the two started to bond, and Kira was amazed by how everyone had treated her - with the exception of Flay. However, things turned serious as Natarle Badgiruel used Lacus as a bargaining chip after a battle went utterly south, leading to the death of Flay's father. Angered by this, Kira smuggled Lacus out of the Archangel, aided by his friends. Kira called out to Athrun to pick her up and again, Athrun attempted to recruit Kira. When Kira refused once more, the two vowed to shoot each other down the next time they met in combat.[7] Later, Kira was court-martialed by the Archangel's senior staff, but all charges were dropped due to him being a civilian.

After the death of her father, Flay blamed Kira for not protecting him from the ZAFT pilots, accusing him of trying to protect "his kind", greatly shaking him. In the next battle, Kira once again found himself isolated by the Duel Gundam. Determined not to allow any more of his friends to die, Kira entered SEED mode for the first time and quickly damaged the Duel's cockpit with a beam saber before knocking both the GAT-X103 Buster Gundam and Blitz off of the Archangel. When the Duel attempted to re-engage, Kira swiftly struck the Duel's cockpit once more with one of the Strike's Armor Schneider knives. Causing the Duel's pilot, Yzak Jule, to suffer a facial injury and resulting in him swearing vengeance for the humiliation.[8]

Battle of Orbit

After meeting up with Rear Admiral Duane Halberton, Kira and his friends were given honorary rankings for their services. However, Kira decided to join the other Heliopolis survivors and return to Earth. At the same time, ZAFT soldiers attacked 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 named Elle, and believing that he had a responsibility to protect the Archangel and friends, Kira decided 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.[9]

Engaging the ZAFT Forces, Kira found himself fighting Yzak and his modified GAT-X102 Duel Gundam Assault Shroud. As they battled close to the Earth's gravitational pull, the escaping civilian shuttle zipped past them, momentarily separating them from battle. Yzak, mistaking them for fleeing Alliance soldiers, turned his beam rifle on them and destroyed the shuttle. Horrified, Kira went catatonic as the Strike freefell into Earth.[9] The Archangel was forced to alter its course to rescue Kira, not knowing if the Strike's Phase-Shift Armor could survive reentry.[10]

Recovering, Kira found Flay by his bedside. As he recovered, Kira was wracked with grief as he realized he couldn't save the civilians from dying during the battle. Noticing Kira's vulnerability, Flay took advantage of him and had sex with him. When Kira was called back into action, his methods were much more brutal - all of it being played by Flay.[10][11]

Desert Dawn Campaign

After the Archangel landed in North Africa, they were attacked by a ZAFT squadron led by the Desert Tiger, Andrew Waltfeld. Due to the Strike not being adjusted for desert combat, Kira could not properly fight back against the attacking TMF/A-802 BuCUEs. He managed to reprogram the Strike's operating system to adapt to the environment and destroyed several BuCUEs before he ran out of power. With the Desert Dawn intervening, the ZAFT forces retreat.[11] After the battle, Kira was reunited with Cagalli Yula Athha, the girl he helped escape from Heliopolis. Cagalli had been worried about him and was shocked to see him piloting a mobile suit. During this time, he and Sai had a fallout due to Sai finding out that Kira had slept with Flay. After a short flare-up, Sai stormed away and attempted to pilot the Strike Gundam alone, but couldn't and the machine ended up failing. Kira and Sai's relationship was strained after this.[12]

After a squadron of BuCUE 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 Hosn, were killed before Kira arrived to save Cagalli.[13] Later, the two of them were sent to gather supplies. As Kira and Cagalli sat down for lunch, they met a (poorly, but effectively) disguised Andrew Waltfeld. During lunch, Blue Cosmos terrorists attacked, targeting Andrew. In the confusion, Kira saved Andrew from being shot in the back. Andrew thanked Kira, and he sheds the disguise, and Cagalli realized who he really was. After the firefight, Andrew invited the two back to his residence. Andrew's girlfriend Aisha took Cagalli to get cleaned as Andrew and Kira conversed. When Cagalli confronted Andrew, he pulled out a gun and asked Kira if a war would end when all enemies were destroyed. Andrew said he didn't know why Kira was fighting his own kind, but as long as Kira piloted the Strike, they were enemies. He then put the gun away, stating that his home was not a battlefield and that Kira had saved him. Because of that, he let Kira and Cagalli leave. [14]

Because they knew each other, Kira and Andrew found it difficult to fight in the next battle, where Andrew piloted the new TMF/A-803 LaGOWE to face Kira personally. At the battle's climax, Kira asked Andrew to stop because the battle was over, but Andrew was determined to keep fighting until one of them was dead. Kira activated his SEED mode and destroyed Andrew's LaGOWE. After the LaGOWE exploded, Kira began to cry, lamenting that he did not want to kill Andrew.[15]

Equatorial Skirmishes to Orb

While traveling over the Red Sea, Kira remembered his final battle with Andrew, the death of Flay's father, and the destroyed civilian shuttle and began to cry. Cagalli hugged him and began to comfort him, founding herself holding his hand. She told him not to get the wrong idea, as she simply wanted him not to cry anymore. She asked why he was with the Earth Alliance since he's a Coordinator, he recalled being asked that many times.[16]

During the journey to JOSH-A, the Archangel was attacked twice by Marco Morassim's aquatic forces. Kira engaged the aquatic mobile suits both times, eventually forced to destroy the Morassim's UMF-5 ZnO.[17] Later, the Archangel was attacked by the stolen ZAFT Gundams near the border of the Orb Union. Kira engaged the enemy machines, quickly dispatching both the Duel and Blitz. During the battle, the Archangel, having been heavily damaged, was secretly allowed entry into Orb. In exchange for sanctuary and repairs to the Archangel, Kira was to help create a new OS for naturals to pilot Orb's MBF-M1 M1 Astray.[18][19]

Battle near Orb and the Battle of the Marshall Islands

Later, when the Archangel was undergoing repairs in Orb, Kira ended his relationship with Flay, telling her that their relationship was a mistake. He also met Athrun face to face, who was spying to see if the Archangel was in Orb. Although Athrun knew Kira was the Strike pilot, he didn't reveal this to the others in his team.[20] Before he left Orb with the Archangel, Cagalli showed Kira that his parents were watching him depart. Kira asked Cagalli to apologize to them for him, explaining that he cannot see them right now, especially when he might say things he may regret. Kira told her to be safe and thanked her. As he turned to go inside the Archangel, Cagalli embraced him and told him not to die and to come back to see her again, to which Kira promises.[21]

While en route to the Earth Alliance Alaskan base JOSH-A, the Archangel was attacked by Athrun and his comrades. During the initial skirmish, Kira damaged all of ZAFT's opposing mobile suits. However, when confronting the out-of-power Aegis, the Blitz, piloted by Nicol Amalfi, a close friend of Athrun's, tried to protect Athrun by charging at the Strike. Kira avoided the attack, but accidentally killed Nicol, as the Blitz charged into the Sword Strike's "Schwert Gewehr" Anti-ship Sword. (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 stumbled backwards to avoid the attack, while Nicol ended up running into the sword instead.)[21]

Athrun, believing that Nicol's death could have been prevented by killing Kira, vowed to do so the next time they meet. In their next battle, Kira's friend Tolle Koenig was killed when Athrun destroyed the FX-550 Skygrasper he was piloting. Kira and Athrun (both activating their SEED abilities) tried to kill each other to avenge their dead friends, and Kira ended up seriously injured when Athrun attached the Aegis directly to the Strike's cockpit and bailed out before the Aegis self-destructed. In the confusion, the Archangel was forced to retreat, leaving Kira behind.[22]

Theft of the Freedom Gundam and Operation Spitbreak

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 to their home within the PLANT.[23] During this time, Lacus and Kira grew closer, and the two developed feelings for each other.[24] Lacus told Kira that he was safe and that he could stay as long as he wanted to. However, the two overheard a message to Siegel from Council member Eileen Canaver that PLANT chairman Patrick Zala lied about ZAFT's newest major operation and that the bulk of ZAFT forces was actually on their way to crush JOSH-A in Alaska, the main base of the Earth Alliance military and where the Archangel was currently stationed. Kira decided to leave the PLANTs and save his friends on board the Archangel. Lacus helped Kira access a ZAFT base and gave him the ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam. Before he left, Lacus granted Kira "her strength" by means of a kiss on his cheek, showing him that he has her support and affection. Kira then returned to Earth in his new mobile suit for the Battle of JOSH-A.[25]

After arriving on the battlefield, and saving the Archangel from destruction, Murrue warned Kira about the underground Cyclops System and Kira alerted both ZAFT and Earth Alliance soldiers of the impending danger. Yzak refused to believe him and attacked Kira with the Duel. Even though Yzak killed Elle and the other refugees, Kira refrained from killing him in return. Instead, he disabled the Duel and once again urged 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 grabbed 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 passed away due to his injuries shortly after they make it to safety.[26] After the battle, Kira reunited with the crew of the Archangel. However, he told them that he wasn't siding with ZAFT nor with the Earth Alliance - he just wants to fight to save everyone from the war. Kira's actions had an effect on the crew, choosing to abandon the Alliance and reconsider what they were fighting for. After returning to the Archangel Kira apologized and reconciled his friendship with Sai.[27]

Battle of Orb

Returning to Orb, Kira was reunited with Cagalli, who thought Kira was dead. The Archangel and its crew were granted amnesty by Orb and were allowed to stay in the country.[27] After the Earth Alliance's defeat at the Battle of Porta Panama, Muruta Azrael, leader of Blue Cosmos, thus an influential leader of the Earth Alliance, arrived outside Orb's territorial boundaries with an ultimatum - that Orb 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 were unacceptable, Kira heeded Uzumi's call and aided in the defense of Orb.[28] With the aid of the captured Buster and it's pilot Dearka Elsman, along with the sudden arrival of Athrun and his ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam, the first invasion attempt was repelled. Afterward, the three pilots talked about their place in the war, with Kira and Athrun talking intently about the demise of Nicol and Tolle. Kira later responded that he had accidentally killed Nicol, while Athrun had little choice but to kill Tolle, and noted that holding on to such grudges would only cause an endless cycle of hatred until everything was gone.[29]

The Earth Alliance attacked Orb once again the following day, and this time, it become evident that their numerical superiority would now overrun Orb. In a desperate bid to protect its principles, Uzumi Nara Athha ordered 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.[30] After the Archangel and the Kusanagi ascend into space, Cagalli showed a photo of herself in Kira in their infancy from her father. Kira was shocked, especially since the woman holding them was not Caridad Yamato, the only mother he had known, but was in fact their biological mother Via Hibiki.[31]

Theft of the Eternal

Hoping to persuade his father, Patrick Zala, that the war was pointless, Athrun left the crew and headed back to the PLANT, with Kira following partway to protect him. Soon after, the battleship FFMH-Y101 Eternal made its escape, holding Athrun, Lacus, and the surprisingly alive Andrew Waltfeld inside. Kira came to the rescue and drove the pursuers away. Kira later briefly spoke with Andrew over the death of Aisha and asked the former ZAFT commander if he held any form of resentment. Andrew replied that holding onto one would be easy, but it would not change anything by the end of the day. Hidden within the Mendel Colony, the Three Ships Alliance was formed as Kira and Lacus reunited. When they were alone, Lacus broke down and cried 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.[32]

Battle of Mendel

Soon after, both ZAFT and Alliance forces coincidentally discovered the Eternal and Archangel respectively in Mendel Colony and attempted to take care of the battleships. Kira and Athrun were initially sent out to battle the Alliance forces, now headed by former Archangel crew member, Natarle Badgiruel.[33] Once the Alliance forces withdrew, Kira joined Mu, and the pair chased Rau deep inside the Mendel Colony and into the GARM R & D laboratories within.[34] It was there that Rau revealed the truth of Kira's parentage and who he truly was - a perfect Coordinator, the Ultimate Coordinator. In turn, he also revealed his identity as a clone of Mu's father, Al Da Flaga, and his goal of ensuring that humanity, both Naturals, and Coordinators, ended up extinct. Kira swore to stop him, incidentally knocking off Rau's mask.[35] Using their shock as cover, Rau escaped and launched the captured Flay inside a lifepod. Reentering the battle, he heard Flay's voice, calling out for someone to save her, and that she had the key to ending the war. Kira moved to rescue her, but by doing so, he was disabled by the Forbidden and Raider Gundams.[36]

After Athrun dragged Kira back, Kira ended up passing out, and later coming to inside his bed with Lacus watching over him. Kira broke down and cried on Lacus's lap, stopping Cagalli from asking about the picture and their parents. Lacus helped Kira come to terms with his true origins and admitted her love for him, telling him that he had made her happy as a woman and that she wanted him to stay with her. Kira embraced Lacus, accepting her confession.[36] After the battle, the Junk Guild was called in to repair and resupply the trio of battleships. There, Kira finally met Lowe face to face.

Second Battle of Jachin Due

Just before the final battle, Lacus give Kira her ring that once belonged to her mother and asked him to come back to her after the fighting had ended. Kira accepted the ring, thanked her for her support, and kissed Lacus on the cheek before leaving for battle.[37]

In the ensuing battle, Kira, using the Freedom Gundam and METEOR unit, engaged the Earth Alliance's Peacemaker Taskforce and aided in shooting down all the nukes before they could destroy the PLANTs. To everyone's disbelief, ZAFT finally unveiled their own superweapon, GENESIS, which easily wiped out half of the Alliance's fleet in an instant. Kira and Athrun were only barely able to escape its line of fire thanks to Yzak's warning.[38][37] Rather than retreat, Muruta Azrael ordered the remainder of the nukes to target the PLANTs once more, leading Kira and Athrun to once again sortieing out with their METEORs to stop the second wave.

Once, Azrael was killed and most of the Alliance's nuclear weapons were destroyed, Kira, Athrun, and Cagalli were sent to attack GENESIS. Midway through the trip, Kira had a bad sensation and immediately returned back to the Archangel. In the process, Kira encountered Rau again, this time in his new ZGMF-X13A Providence Gundam. The initial fight was utterly one-sided as the Providence's DRAGOON System overpowers the METEOR unit. It is here that Rau's plan came to be known: as the flawed clone of Al Da Flaga, Rau sought to punish humanity - both Natural and Coordinator alike - for their actions. During the fight, a shuttle from the destroyed Dominion battleship nears the battle, holding Flay. Kira attempted to rescue Flay again, intercepting a beam rifle shot from the Providence. Sadly, their reunion was bittersweet: as a DRAGOON shot destroys the shuttle, killing Flay. Kira was overcome with grief, knowing that he failed to fulfill his promise of protecting his friends once again. With a brand new resolve, Kira returned to fight Rau one last time.[39]

Though the Freedom was damaged, Kira cripples the Providence with an attack that penetrated 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, vaporizing the Providence before the superweapon itself was destroyed by the self-destruction of the Justice. As hostilities come to an end, Kira was 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 went to fetch him, Kira said, "It's our world."[39]

Post War

With the end of the First Alliance-PLANT War, Kira and Lacus decided to retire peacefully in Orb to help Reverend Malchio's orphans. They later received a surprise visit from Athrun and Cagalli. While Kira wondered why he could still eat and sleep despite all the atrocities committed in the war, Athrun simply replied that it was because they were still human.[40]

Second Alliance-PLANT War

Operation Break The World

Kira and Lacus had spent the last two years since the end of the war living on a secluded island (one of the Marshall Islands) in Orb's territory, assisting Reverend Malchio and Kira's adoptive mother, Caridad Yamato, with his orphanage. Following the Junius Seven Colony Drop, which triggered the Second Alliance-PLANT War, the group was forced to move in with Murrue Ramius and Andrew Waltfeld at their shared mansion, after the orphanage was destroyed. With the rising tension between the Earth Alliance and PLANT, as well as Orb's stance on neutrality beginning to falter, Kira and Lacus considered leaving for the PLANTs.[41]

Assassination Attempt of Lacus Clyne

One night, an unknown force of Coordinators attacked the mansion in an attempt to assassinate Lacus. After making it to the safe room, the force destroyed the mansion with their UMF/SSO-3 ASH mobile suits to try and complete their mission. The attempt on Lacus's life forced 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. Kira engaged and defeated the ASHs, still abiding by his policy to limit casualties by disabling the opposing mobile suits in SEED mode. However, to avoid being captured and interrogated, the pilots activate their machine's self-destruct.[41]

Kidnapping of Orb's Chief Representative

The following day, Orb officially joined the Earth Alliance, prompting Kira and Lacus to return to the Archangel and take up secretive residence in the Kingdom of Scandinavia. Before leaving Orb, Kira kidnapped Cagalli from her arranged marriage to Yuna Roma Seiran, despite Cagalli's initial objections.[42] Kira helped Cagalli realize her mistake in letting Orb side with the Earth Alliance and helped her come to terms with her errors in judgment, despite her good intentions.[43] While docked, the Archangel's crew discussed Chairman Durandal's underhanded tactics, with the introduction of a fake Lacus. Kira also noted how Durandal had repeatedly made opportunistic moves to sway the public to his side, and feared what the Chairman's true plans were.[44]

Battle of Dardanelles

When the Orb forces were finally deployed by the Alliance against the Minerva at the Dardanelles, Kira and the Archangel made a surprise appearance in the battle at the request of Cagalli. Kira proceeded to destroy the Minerva's main "Tannhäuser" cannon to stop it from firing at the Orb vessel Takemikazuchi, while Cagalli implored the Orb forces to honor their principles and retreat. In response, Yuna called Cagalli an imposter and ordered Orb's forces to attack her. With little choice, Kira disarmed several mobile suits on both sides of the conflict to force the battle to halt. After the battle, Athrun blamed Kira for the death of ZGMF-X2000 GOUF Ignited pilot Heine Westenfluss at the hands of ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam pilot Stella Loussier (both were trying to attack Kira and Heine got in Stella's way).[45]

Kira, accompanied by Cagalli and Miriallia Haw, secretly met with Athrun in Crete. Athrun told them that they wouldn't end the war with their methods and that Cagalli should return to Orb if she wanted the nation to leave the Earth Alliance. Kira told Athrun that he distrusted ZAFT's leader, Gilbert Durandal, since Lacus was targeted by a special ops team of Coordinators using newly designed ZAFT Mobile Suits. Though Athrun returned to ZAFT, both sides were affected by the other's words.[46]

After a period of being part of the Archangel crew, Lacus decided to go into space to investigate what was going on, although Kira initially objected as he would not be able to protect her, she embraced him and promised that she would be careful. During their attempt to leave Earth, Lacus, Andrew, and the shuttle they stole were nearly shot down, but Kira protected them and saw them off.[47]

Battle of Crete

Kira intervened again in the Alliance-Orb battle with the Minerva at Crete, where he saved the Minerva from a possible finishing blow. During Cagalli's second attempt to reach out to Orb's forces, she was attacked by the ZGMF-X56S Impulse Gundam, causing Kira to once again attack all sides. Kira was later confronted by Athrun in the ZGMF-X23S Saviour Gundam, who blocked Kira's attempts to strike back at the Impulse. Finally, Kira admitted that he understood Athrun's desire to protect his friends aboard the Minerva, but was unable to see why he would be indifferent to Cagalli's plight. Declaring that Athrun must be defeated, Kira beat and irreparably damaged the Saviour.[48]

Shortly after the Battle of Crete, the Archangel received 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 about 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 kept her hopes alive in eventually returning to Orb.[49]

Battle of Berlin

Kira and the Archangel soon went to Berlin to fight against the monstrous GFAS-X1 Destroy Gundam, and were eventually joined by the Minerva, along with Shinn's ZGMF-X56S/α Force Impulse Gundam. During the battle, Kira had a strange sensation when fighting Neo Roanoke's custom GAT-04+AQM/E-A4E1 Jet Windam and after shooting it down, he asked Murrue to "take care of things" and recover him. When the Destroy was about to fire on Shinn's Impulse Gundam, Kira hit the Destroy's chest cannons with his beam sabers, dealing it a finishing blow that inevitably resulted in the death of its pilot, Stella Loussier.[50] After the battle, Neo's data was analyzed, and to the shock of the crew, matched Mu's. As Neo didn't know who "Mu" was and didn't associate himself with Mu's former rank or show any knowledge of the Archangel's crew, Kira immediately believed that Mu's memories were tampered with.

Operation Angel Down: Freedom's Final Battle

Soon after, PLANT Chairman Gilbert Durandal ordered the destruction of the Archangel and the Freedom during the mission code-named "Operation Angel Down". Kira and the Archangel found 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 refused to perform any aggressive action against their aggressors and prioritizes their flight to the sea, while Kira forbade 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 shifted when the Minerva entered the fray.[51]

The Freedom was 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 couldn't 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 detonated the parts within close range of the Freedom, causing it to fall out of the sky. Later, the separation ability caused Kira to miss his beam saber strike, exposing the Freedom's back and its left wing was 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 was 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.[51]

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.[52] 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 defected from ZAFT after being framed by Rey Za Burrel and Gilbert Durandal and were shot down in their attempt to escape ZAFT. The pair were found and delivered to Kira and the Archangel crew by Ledonir Kisaka, where Kira was the first person Athrun woke up to, surprised that Kira was still alive. Kira later assured him that his companion was shielded from the brunt of their damage before urging Athrun to rest.[53] He and the rest of the Archangel watched the battle of Heaven's Base intently. When LOGOS was defeated, Kira and Lacus feared that Orb would likely be Chairman Durandal's next target, knowing the country's deeply-rooted desire to protect their ideals against totalitarian control.

While Kira lamented his inability to fight without the Freedom, Lacus and her ship, the FFMH-Y101 Eternal, come |under attack by three Nazca-class vessels and their ZAKU and GOUF squadrons, after investigating the remnants of the space colony Mendel for clues about Chairman Durandal's plans. After receiving information that Lacus was in danger, Kira rushed into space in Cagalli's Strike Rouge (the MBF-02+AQM/E-X01 Aile Strike Rouge in the original release, the MBF-02+EW454F Strike Rouge Ootori in the HD Remastered version) equipped with large boosters. The Strike Rouge was able to fend off several mobile suits, but ended up seriously damaged from numerous attacks.[54]

Andrew Waltfeld provided cover in his ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam and told Kira to go into the Eternal to pick up his new unit. On the Eternal, Kira and Lacus reunited and shared an emotional embrace and words of happiness at seeing each other again. She presented Kira with the newly constructed ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam albeit with some hesitation. Kira thanked Lacus for giving him the ability to fight once more and promised to return to her as soon as everything was over. He used his new mobile suit to disable the attacking forces, defeating all 25 enemy mobile suits in only two minutes, followed by disabling the three Nazca-class vessels.[54] Later, Kira returned to Earth with the Strike Freedom to help Cagalli defend Orb, which was under ZAFT attack because Yuna Roma Seiran and his father Unato had provided refuge for the Logos leader Lord Djibril. Kira also asked Lacus to descend in the ZGMF-X19A ∞ Justice Gundam to try and cure Athrun of his self-doubt following the betrayal of Chairman Durandal.[55]

Second Battle of Orb

When Shinn in the ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam tried to defeat Cagalli's ORB-01 Akatsuki Gundam, Kira arrived and saved her by destroying the Destiny's beam boomerangs. While Cagalli withdrew to regain control of the military, Kira and Shinn battled. After Shinn had to withdraw back to the Minerva, Kira proceeded to disable many of the ZAFT mobile suits invading Orb. When the Destiny returned, now flanked by the ZGMF-X666S Legend Gundam under Rey Za Burrel, Kira took quick notice of the latter unit's similarity to the Providence Gundam. As the fight dragged on, Kira was overwhelmed by the pair, but, much to Kira's surprise, the injured Athrun arrived to provide support. When Athrun found himself under attack from the Legend, Kira stepped in and faced the Legend, leaving Athrun to deal with the Destiny.[56]

After the ZAFT forces withdrew, Athrun lost consciousness. Kira caught the Infinite Justice in mid-air, preventing it from crashing. Back aboard the Archangel, Kira removed Athrun's helmet and flight suit, revealing that Athrun's wounds had reopened and were bleeding profusely. Kira then ordered a stretcher to bring Athrun to the Archangel's sick bay, where he recovered, tended to by Meyrin.[56] Following the battle, he, Lacus, Athrun and Meyrin watched 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 interrupted Cagalli calling Orb out for housing an anarchist like Lord Djibril. Lacus soon assured Athrun that he has done his part and departed to Cagalli's office with Kira, where she was able to out Durandal's imposter and reiterate Orb's refusal to partake in more of Durandal and Djibril's conflict.[56][57]

Return to Space

Lord Djibril escaped into space during the battle. ZAFT forces withdraw from Orb and the Minerva was sent to reinforce the ZAFT Lunar Team's attempt to destroy the Earth Alliance's lunar-based Laser Cannon, Requiem which had fired and destroyed some of the PLANTs.[58]

During that time, Kira was promoted to Admiral and appointed as the Commander of the Orb Space Fleet. The Archangel was also officially commissioned into the Orb Military Fleet and assigned as Kira's flagship. Archangel was ordered to the lunar city of Copernicus to gather intelligence on Durandal's operations. Cagalli stayed in Orb to coordinate the recovery and lead the country.[58]

The Archangel returned to space and docked at Copernicus City. Kira, Lacus, Athrun, and Meyrin attempted to gather intelligence under the guise of a shopping trip. There, they received Meer Campbell's red Haro containing a message from Meer saying she was afraid of being killed. Athrun and Meyrin suspected it to be a trap, but Lacus insisted on meeting Meer, with Kira supporting her.[59] As soon as they arrived, Sarah, Meer's bodyguard, had a team of assassins try to kill Lacus. Athrun, Kira, and Meyrin fight them off, protecting Lacus and Meer. Athrun requested backup from the Archangel which sent Neo Roanoke to aid them in the Akatsuki. After his arrival, the badly injured Sarah, made a final attempt to kill Lacus, but Meer was mortally wounded instead.[59]

Shortly after Meer's funeral, Durandal announced 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 denounced Durandal's plan, and Durandal responded 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 ordered their space fleet to stop Durandal from accomplishing the "Destiny Plan" and prevent their destruction. The fleet was soon joined by a portion of the Alliance's remaining space fleet as well as defecting ZAFT ships.[60]

Attack on Requiem Station One and the Battle of Messiah

In the final battle, Kira and Athrun first departed to destroy Requiem's relay stations before moving to the weapon itself. Although the Minerva and the Gondwana also arrived to aid the ZAFT forces, Kira and Athrun were able to destroy the first relay station with help from the defecting Yzak and Dearka.[61] Unfortunately, Durandal emerged with the Mobile Space Fortress Messiah and wiped 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 ordered Athrun and the Archangel to destroy the Requiem immediately, after Athrun realized that they were trapped by ZAFT in an attempt to contain their force while the two superweapons were recharging. Athrun, the Archangel and the rest of the Orb Forces were to split off and destroy the Requiem before it fired, while Kira, together with the Eternal and the ZGMF-XX09T DOM Trooper squad headed to deal with Messiah and Neo-GENESIS. Due to this, Rey in his Legend Gundam tried 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.[62]

It was then that Kira realized the combat style uncannily resembled 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 was given should only be his alone and not someone else's, before destroying all of Legend Gundam's DRAGOONs and taking it out with its DRAGOON Full Burst attack, leaving the Legend severely disabled and unable to battle, Kira then proceeded to destroy Messiah, using his own METEOR unit to destroy its shield, followed by a coordinated missile assault with the Eternal. This occurred shortly after Athrun and Mu, having finally regained his memories, destroy Requiem.[62]

Kira then entered Messiah and exited the Strike Freedom, searching for Gilbert Durandal in the command center. Upon meeting the chairman face-to-face, Durandal complimented Kira's abilities as the Ultimate Coordinator and Lacus's own talents, but Kira responded that they were both normal people. As both draw their guns, Durandal warned Kira that a world, if given the freedom of choice, would always find a way to return to conflict, and that by killing him, he would only plunge humanity into chaos once more. Kira swiftly replied 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 never changed. When Durandal asked what Kira intended to do should mankind choose the opposite of Kira's statement, Kira replied that he would be ready to fight once more.[62]

While they were debating with each other, Talia Gladys, the captain of the Minerva as well as Durandal's lover, and Rey drew their weapons as Kira and Durandal's debate ended. Ultimately, Rey shot Gilbert, having been enlightened by Kira's words and dreams of a future chosen by their own hand and individuality. Before Kira left the Messiah, Talia asked Kira to tell Murrue Ramius, that she had a son and that she wished 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 someday.)[62]

Second Post War

Afterwards, at the ravished Orb memorial previously visited by Shinn and Kira, Athrun introduced Kira to Shinn as the pilot of Freedom. Shinn was stunned by the identity of the pilot whom he tried to defeat numerous times, and previously met before without that knowledge. Kira asked Shinn to make peace with him and to join him and Athrun in the fight for humanity's peace, a crying Shinn agreed. Following the end of the Second Alliance-PLANT War, Lacus become the Chairwoman of the PLANT Supreme Council and Kira joined ZAFT, now wearing a white ZAFT uniform reserved for important military officials. When Kira and Lacus saw each other at the PLANTs they immediately rushed toward one another and embraced each other, surprising most of the people present, aside from their close friends.[62][63]

Relationships

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 formed a bond of being the only Coordinators on a ship full of Naturals and began 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 his battle with Athrun, Kira was taken to the PLANTs and began recovering at the Clyne Manor under Lacus’ care. During this period, Kira and Lacus spent a lot of time together, growing closer as they learned more about one another, resulting in the two developing feelings for each other. This led to Lacus abandoning her relationship with Athrun in favor of Kira. After witnessing Kira’s conviction to return to Earth and help his friends aboard the Archangel, she helped him steal the Freedom Gundam, having come to understand and be inspired by his ideals and reasons to fight. Before leaving, Lacus told Kira that he would have all of her strength and kissed him on his cheek, conveying to him that he had her support and affection.
After her father’s death, Lacus waited until she was reunited with Kira to mourn, crying as he embraced and comforted her. After Kira found out about his past and began to question whether he was meant to exist, Lacus reassured Kira that he did, confessing that meeting him had made her a “happy woman” and that she wanted him to stay with her. After hearing this, Kira embraced Lacus, accepting her confession. During the Second Battle of Jachin Due, Lacus gave Kira her ring (that once belonged to her mother) and asked him to come back to her after the fighting had ended. Kira accepted the ring and promised to return to her by kissing her 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 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 chose to once again pilot the Freedom to protect her. Lacus was initially hesitant to let Kira pilot the Freedom, 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 again than risk anything happening to her. When Lacus decided to return to space, Kira worried about her being in danger and him not being there to protect her. Lacus reassured him that she would be safe and promised that she’d come back to him. When the Eternal was in danger, Kira rushed to space to protect Lacus. Once reunited the two embraced each other, and shared words of happiness at seeing each other again. Following the end of the Second Alliance-PLANT War, Lacus became the new Chairwoman of the PLANTs and Kira joined ZAFT. When they saw one another at the PLANTs they immediately ran toward each other and embraced in front of their friends and other officials.
Kira and Lacus provide a great deal of comfort, trust, understanding, and emotional support for each other. They have excellent communication and by the time of the Second Alliance-PLANT War, the two are completely comfortable being romantically intimate with each other, even when around 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 were 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.

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 greater 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.

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, which 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 other's 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 each other's well-being or fighting as though they were rivals.

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 for 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 on Kira's emotions to make him berserk in anger, willing to furiously kill his best friend, Athrun Zala, out of revenge.

Miriallia Haw

Miriallia is a good friend of Kira’s who attended the same university at Heliopolis. During her time on the Archangel, Miriallia, along with the rest of the crew, grew to rely on Kira for their continued survival, and would become afraid for the ship’s safety when he wasn’t there. When Kira attempted to liberate Lacus from her captivity aboard the Archangel, Miriallia, along with Sai, chose to help Kira. After finding out that Athrun was the one to kill Tolle, Miriallia was compelled by Kira’s words to not seek revenge for Tolle’s death, knowing that it wouldn’t amount to anything except to continue the cycle of hatred and bloodshed.
After the war, Kira and Miriallia kept in contact, and during the Second Alliance-PLANT War, Kira brought Miriallia back to the Archangel where she resumed her post as the ship’s CIC operator. After returning to the Archangel, she told Kira that she’d do her best to protect the ship that meant so much to her in her own way, just as he did. Implying that she had been inspired by Kira’s actions to fight for what she cared for.

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. After 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 him he had gifts as well and could do things he couldn't. Kira and Sai finally make peace with other and remain on good terms while remaining in service.

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 other's 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.
During the Second Alliance-PLANT War Kira was surprised to see that Mu had somehow survived his supposed death, 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, nihilistic 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.

Shinn Asuka

Shinn and Kira share a feeling of melancholy about death and destruction, but opposite 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.

Rey Za Burrel

Rey, inheriting the sins of Rau before him, had a passed down hatred for Kira, not only for reasons of ideals, but also for killing Rau. Kira's alleged Newtype powers were 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.

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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.
    • Kira and Lacus have kissed off-screen in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, The Song of Truth at 15:19 - 15:21. The kiss is audible in the background.
  • 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 rivals at first, and as allies 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.[64]
  • 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 spare 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 was selected as the runner-up in 2003, 2004, and 2006. An achievement that has not been exceeded by any other male Gundam characters so far. His achievements have only been exceeded 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.

Appearances

Television Series
OVAs

References

  1. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-01, False Peace
  2. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-02, Its Name: Gundam
  3. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-04, Silent Run
  4. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-05, Phase Shift Down
  5. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-06, The Vanishing Gundam
  6. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-07, The Scar of Space
  7. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-10, Crossroads
  8. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-11, The Awakening Sword
  9. 9.0 9.1 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-13, Stars Falling in Space
  10. 10.0 10.1 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-15, The Respective Solitudes
  11. 11.0 11.1 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-16, Burning Sandstorm
  12. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-17, Cagalli Returns
  13. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-18, Payback
  14. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-19, Fangs of the Enemy
  15. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-21, Beyond the Clouds of Sand
  16. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-22, The Sea Dyed Red
  17. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-23, Fateful Encounter
  18. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-25, The Land of Peace
  19. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-27, Endless Rondo
  20. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-28, Kira
  21. 21.0 21.1 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-29, The Turning Point
  22. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-30, Flashing Blades
  23. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-32, In the Promised Land
  24. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-33, Gathering Darkness
  25. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-34, Seen and Unseen
  26. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-35, The Descending Sword
  27. 27.0 27.1 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-37, Divine Thunder
  28. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-38, Decisive Fire
  29. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-39, Athrun
  30. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-40, Into the Dawn Skies
  31. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-41, Trembling World
  32. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-42, Lacus Strikes
  33. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-43, What Stands in the Way
  34. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-44, Spiral of Encounters
  35. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-45, The Opening Door
  36. 36.0 36.1 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-46, A Place for the Soul
  37. 37.0 37.1 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-48, Day of Wrath
  38. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-47, The Nightmare Reborn
  39. 39.0 39.1 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-50, To a Future that Never Ends
  40. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED After-Phase Between the Stars
  41. 41.0 41.1 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-13, Resurrected Wings
  42. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-14, Flight to Tomorrow
  43. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-15, Return to the Battlefield
  44. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-17, The Soldier's Life
  45. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-23, The Shadows of War
  46. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-24, Differing Views
  47. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-26, The Promise
  48. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-28, Survivors and Sacrifices
  49. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-30, A Fleeting Dream
  50. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-32, Stella
  51. 51.0 51.1 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-34, Nightmare
  52. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-35, Eve of Chaos
  53. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-38, A New Flag
  54. 54.0 54.1 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-39, Kira of the Skies
  55. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-42, Freedom and Justice
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-43, A Call for Counterattack
  57. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-44, Lacus Times Two
  58. 58.0 58.1 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-45, Prelude to Revolution
  59. 59.0 59.1 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-46, The Song of Truth
  60. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-48, To a New World
  61. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-49, Rey
  62. 62.0 62.1 62.2 62.3 62.4 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-50, The Final Power
  63. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Final Plus: The Chosen Future
  64. SGCafe



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