Personality & Character
He is a gentle, kind-hearted, and sensible soldier who is committed to "no killing" regardless of whether he is friend or foe. He wants to help as many people as possible and reduce the number of casualties in war. However, in the manga version of the story, he made an error in judgment in trying to get the enemy to surrender during the defense of Jaburo, and his subordinate, Larry Radley, was killed as a result, which caused him to clash with his other subordinate, Anish Lofman. In "Side Stories", despite the aforementioned error in judgment, Larry does not die in battle, and this event is the catalyst for him to face reality and renew his resolve and trust in his fellow troops.
Skills & Abilities
In the novel version, he is so skilled that he completed the MS pilot training course at the top of his class, but he also has a tactician's temperament, and there are times when he adds to or gives advice to the operational proposals of Corporal Noel Anderson, the unit's operator.
In November, U.C. 0078, tension between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon was rising rapidly. Matt, then still an officer cadet, was spending what he knew was his last vacation before the war in Sydney, Australia. While there, he meets Duchamp Lawton, a geologist from Side 3, who was beaten by a mob that suspected him of being a Zeon spy.
In the next few days, Matt was assigned to keep an eye on him while he work, and the two quickly became friends. As it became clear that war was inevitable, Duchamp confessed that his research on Earth's mineral resources could easily be used for war, but promised Matt that he would use his work for all of mankind, not for Zeon. He also asked Matt to do whatever he can as a soldier to end the war as soon as possible.
On the last day of Matt's vacation, he saw Duchamp in an alley, being handed an envelope full of cash by a shadowy figure. Thinking that Duchamp sold his research to the Zeon military, Matt drew his gun, but ultimately did nothing and left. Two months later, at Jaburo, Matt saw the news of Sydney being obliterated by Operation British. At the same time, he received a package from Duchamp containing a shark tooth fossil he uncovered in Australia and a letter.
In the letter, Duchamp explained that he wanted the fossil to be a token of their friendship, and that though he was approached by Zeon agents multiple times, he still refused to give his research to the military. Finally, he wrote that he would continue his research in Australia. Knowing that his friend was killed in the colony drop, Matt vowed that he would spare as many lives as possible in the coming war.
During the One Year War, Matt became the leader of the Delta Team, an experimental unit created to gather mobile suit live combat data. The team consisted of Matt, pilots Anish Lofman and Larry Radley, and mechanic Annie Brevig. Under the order of General John Kowen, the team was assigned to Canada as part of a larger plan to distract Zeon forces worldwide for an upcoming major operation in Europe. For this mission, the team was assigned a new mobile suit, the RX-75 Guntank (which no other unit could use effectively) and a new operator - Noel Anderson.
In Southwest Canada, the Delta Team encountered a Zeon MS team with three Zaku II Ground Types. Noel mentioned that the Zakus have all being waterproofed due to the large lake nearby, and suggested repeated hit-and-run attacks to wear down the enemies, but Matt came up with a different plan.
After tricking the Zeon units into calling reinforcements by leaving behind footprints with their GM Ground Type, Matt and Anish lured the pursuing mobile suits into the lake. Seeing that the GMs slowed down significantly in the water, the Zeon commander ordered his mobile suits to go after them. However, they were unknowingly led into the range of Larry's Guntank, and Larry was able to destroy all but one of the Zeon mobile suits.
The last survivor, a Gouf, attacked Matt's GM. However, since its heat sword was weakened by the water, it was unable to cut through the GM's shield. The Gouf attempted to attack Matt with its heat rod, but Matt quickly evaded and destroyed the Gouf's head with the GM's shield claws.
After the mission, Noel asked Matt why he did not destroy the Gouf. Matt replied that leaving it in the lake would cause Zeon to divert their forces to recover it, and that destroying it would result in unnecessary deaths. Anish explained that Matt believed the war would be over soon, and that unnecessary bloodshed should be avoided, causing Noel to be surprised that a soldier would think this way.
When he encountered Ken Bederstadt, he had a great chance to secure the enemy's new machine, the Gelgoog, but since his men were taken hostage and he trusted their pride in "fighting for life," he dared to let them go. (Of course, they were sent to the brig for violating military regulations.)
During the Battle of Jaburo, his laxity results in the death of his subordinate Larry. The aforementioned line, "Don't shoot, Larry," has become famous in a bad way, as it prompted Matt to stop the attack on the half-destroyed Zaku II and urge it to surrender, which resulted in a counterattack and the death of Larry. From then on, Anish tries to kill all Zeon soldiers to avenge Larry's death, but Matt is determined not to kill anyone, believing that hatred will lead to nothing.
With the victory of Operation Odessa, the big picture on Earth was about to turn in favor of the Federation forces. The 3rd Platoon, led by Matt, was also engaged in hunting down Zeon's defeated soldiers. Believing that the war was not going to last much longer, Matt continued to call for the surrender of the Zeon soldiers who continued to resist, and took a large number of them prisoner. Just before the end of the war, he confronted Ken Bederstadt's Gelgoog, the leader of the Zeon Special Rangers, in a ruin. Ken refuses to surrender, and a fierce battle ensues. Just as the battle is about to end, a report comes in that the war is over, and the two stop fighting. Finally, Ken stopped resisting and agreed to surrender. Matt retired from the military after the end of the One Year War, and in the short story "SOLDIER's DAY I" in the third volume of the manga "Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Rebellion", he is touring the battlefields and searching for his own path in the year 0083.
In U.C. 0084, he protects May Kauwin at the request of Ken Bederstadt. He passed the information about "Operation Silver Lance", a terrorist plan using vaporized warheads by the Zeon remnant terrorist organization "Wolf's Hammer", to Ford Romfellow and Agar of the Titans, and went to Side 3 to stop it himself. With the help of many people, he succeeded in preventing the plan, but even during the suppression of the attack, his philosophy of "not letting anyone die" remained unchanged until the end.
- Matt Healy made his first appearance in the manga adaptation of Lost War Chronicles, since the player character was never shown in the original game. His first voiced appearance was in the PSP game Gundam Battle Tactics.
- In the PSP game, Gundam Battle Royale, his pilot stats are ranked higher than other Federation aces such as Shiro Amada and Yuu Kajima.
- In Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, two of the General Revil's MS team leaders are named "Matt" and "Allain". The director of Lost War Chronicles and Mobile Suit Gundam: MS Sensen 0079 confirmed that this is a reference to Matt Healy and Allain Aylward, the protagonists of the two game, and joked that it might have really been them rather than someone else with the same name.