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"Military Woman" (女性兵士 Josei heishi?) , referred to by fans as "Kergerenko" (ケルゲレン子 Kerugerenko?), is the designation given to a female Zeon soldier who first appeared in Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team. She would later go on to appear in several Gundam media.

History

"Military Woman" first appeared, briefly, in Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team. She was a Zeon operator who reported Norris Packard's signal to launch the Kergeren. She is presumed to have been killed aboard the Kergeren when it was shot down by the GM Snipers.

Despite her brief appearance, "Military Woman" gained a bit of renown and a small fan community. Much of the reason for this is that her distinctive appearance was used for Zeon operators in a large number of Mobile Suit Gundam video games. In each she was simply referred to as "Military Woman" as she was originally intended to be a nameless soldier fullfilling a minor role.

Due to her frequent appearances, the fan community on 2chan began referring to her as "Kergerenko" (ケルゲレン子? lit. "Kergeren Girl"). As her popularity grew, she began to be increasingly featured and even appears on promotional images for games, such as Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles.

"Kergerenko" appears in the English versions of both Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo and Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front.

Trivia

  • The Military Woman has subsequently appeared in numerous Gundam Battle games for the PSP, from Gundam Battle Tactics up to Gundam Assault Survive serving as one of the selectable operators for the Zeon Side. When specific conditions are met for certain games, she can also be used on the Federation side. In the case of Assault Survive however, all operators are faction-free from the start.
  • In the Mobile Suit Gundam Climax U.C. video game, "Kergerenko" appears as a collectible character card, where her name is listed as "Zeon's Wave".

Gallery

The 08th MS Team characters
Earth Federation 08th MS Team Shiro Amada | Karen Joshua | Eledore Massis | Terry Sanders Jr. | Michel Ninorich
Jidan Nickard | Kojima | Isan Ryer | Sally | Rob | Pietro | Mike | Agent Jacob | Alice Miller
Principality of Zeon Aina Sahalin | Ginias Sahalin | Norris Packard | Yuri Kellerne | Cynthia | Bone Abust | Topp | Arth | Dell | Barry | Masado | Niever | Runen | Walter Janowitz | Military Woman (Kergerenko) | Zhukov
Others Guerillas Kiki Rosita | Baresto Rosita | Chibi | Hige | Noppo
Civilians Maria | B.B.
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