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MS-05S Char's Zaku I is a mobile suit featured in the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin manga, its OVA adaptation and Mobile Suit Discovery. It was Char Aznable's own customized MS-05 Zaku I.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The Principality of Zeon forces had been anticipating a war of independence and thus made their preparations for the outbreak of war by mass-producing the MS-05 Zaku I. However, a few ideas for revisions were suggested based on mobility test data. The new equipment for these suits were then intended for use by the improved MS-06 Zaku II that was being developed at a rapid pace. However, since the One Year War, broke out just before the MS-06 Zaku II entered full-scale mass production, individual MS-05 Zaku I units were fitted with MS-06 Zaku II equipment and deployed in battle as a special type. One of these served as Char's personal machine.[1]


  • Shield
A new type of shield mounted on the right shoulder was developed, which could protect the machine over a wider area.[1]
  • Left Shoulder Armor
The mobile suit was designed to carry out ramming attacks using the armor attached to its left shoulder with spikes installed for increased damage.[1]
  • Machine Gun
A standard armament of Zaku-type mobile suits. A shell-firing machine gun, this version uses a drum magazine.
  • Type A1 Zaku Bazooka
Another standard weapon for Zaku-type mobile suits. It fires explosive rounds and can be stored on the rear waist armor.
  • Belt-Fed Machine Gun
A variation of the standard machine gun, it uses a belt-fed ammunition system that utilizes a feed mechanism mounted on the mobile suit's back. As a result, it allows for a higher ammunition count than the drum magazine type.


During Zeon's attack on the lunar city of Von Braun at the start of the One Year War, Char Aznable piloted the MS-05S.[2]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 MECHANICAL|MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THE ORIGIN, Autonomous Republic of Zeon: MS-05S Char's Zaku I (Archived)
  2. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Episode 4, Eve of Destiny

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Mechanics

Anaheim Electronics
Mobile Weapons, Workers & Armors
RCX-76 Guncannon First Type (Rollout Unit 1)
Autonomous Republic of Munzo

Vehicles & Support Units
Type 61 Tank Model 2
Autonomous Republic of Zeon
Mobile Weapons, Workers & Armors
Mobile Worker MW-01 Model 01 Early Type | Mobile Worker MW-01 Model 01 Final Type | Mobile Worker MW-01 Model 01 Late Type

Vehicles & Support Units
8-Wheeled Armored Car | Minesweeper | Self-Propelled Heavy Mortar
Black Tri-Stars
Mobile Weapons, Workers & Armors
MS-05 Zaku I | MS-06R-1A Zaku II High Mobility Type | MS-09 Dom
Earth Federation Forces
Mobile Weapons, Workers & Armors
FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam | RAG-79-G1 Gundam Marine Type | RCX-76-01A Guncannon Mobility Test Type | RCX-76-01B Guncannon Firepower Test Type | RGC-80S GM Cannon Space Assault Type | RGM-79 GM | RGM-79 GM:Close Combat Type | RGM-79HC GM Guard Custom/Origin | RGM-79KC GM Intercept Custom/Origin | RGM-79SC GM Sniper Custom/Origin | RGM-79V GM Night Seeker/Origin | RX-75 Guntank | RX-77 Guncannon/Origin | RX-78-01 Prototype Gundam | RX-78-01[FSD]Gundam FSD | RX-78-01[N] Gundam Local Type | RX-78-01[N] Gundam Local Type (North American Type) | RX-78-01[N] Gundam Local Type (Rollout Color) | RX-78-02 Gundam

Vehicles & Support Units
Columbus-class/Origin | FF-1F Hog | FF-3F Saberfish | Lepanto-class | Magellan-class/Origin | RTX-65 Guntank Early Type | Recon Type Saberfish "Duckbill" | Salamis-class/Origin | White Base/Origin

Vehicles & Support Units
Barracuda | Vollhog
Iron Cavalry Squadron
Mobile Weapons, Workers & Armors
RCX-76-02 Guncannon First Type (Iron Cavalry Squadron)

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Jaburo Construction Office
Mobile Weapons, Workers & Armors
Mobile Worker Heavy Construction Type
Kycilia Agency
Mobile Weapons, Workers & Armors
MS-05 Zaku I
Lunar Line

Vehicles & Support Units
Principality of Zeon
Mobile Weapons, Workers & Armors
MA-04X Zakrello/Origin | MS-05S Char's Zaku I | MS-06CK Zaku Half Cannon | MS-06D Zaku Desert Type/Origin | MS-06F Zaku II | MS-06K Zaku Cannon/Origin | MS-06RD-4 Zaku High Mobility Test Type | MS-07 Gouf/Origin | MS-11 Act Zaku/Origin | MSM-03 Gogg/Origin | MSM-04 Acguy/Origin | MSM-10 Zock/Origin | YMS-06K Zaku Cannon Test Type | YMS-07A-0 Prototype Gouf (Mobility Demonstrator) | YMS-07B-0 Prototype Gouf (Tactical Demonstrator) | YMS-08B Dom Test Type | YMS-11 Act Zaku (Kycilia's Forces)

Vehicles & Support Units
Chivvay-class/Origin | Musai-class | Yapp-class
Space Defense Force
Mobile Weapons, Workers & Armors
MS-04 Bugu | MS-05 Zaku I
Space Strike Fleet
Mobile Weapons, Workers & Armors
MS-05 Zaku I | MS-06C Zaku II | MS-06C-6/R6 Zaku II Type C-6/R6 | MS-06S Char's Zaku II | MS-06S Zaku II Commander Type/Origin | YMS-03 Waff

Vehicles & Support Units
GG Gas Infusion Vessel
Special Assault Regiment
Mobile Weapons, Workers & Armors
MS-06C Zaku II
Y-02 Development and Training Team
Mobile Weapons, Workers & Armors
MS-04 Bugu | MS-11 Act Zaku/Origin | YMS-08B Dom Test Type