Norris Packard (ノリス・パッカード Norisu Pakkādo?) is a character from Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team. A Zeon ace pilot, he piloted several mobile weapons throughout his career, including the MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom.
Personality & Character
A loyal servant to Zeon's aristocratic Sahalin family, Packard took care of the young Ginias and Aina with kindness and dedication. Aina, in particular, looked up to Packard as a surrogate father. Entrusted with the overall defense of Zeon's secret military base in Southeast Asia, Packard continued to keep an eye of the well beings of the Sahalin siblings while obeying the overall command of the increasingly erratic Ginias Sahalin as the Zeon's war situation on Earth worsened. When Aina suggested evacuating the base personnel with the Kergeren cruiser, Packard showed his dedication and selflessness by volunteering to hold off Federation's attack.
Packard is first seen on a tour of the base that the 08th Mobile Suit Team is preparing to attack. He participates in the battle in his Zaku against Shiro's Ground type Gundam, but with the Gundam's greater fighting power and Shiro's quick thinking allow him to damage Packard's Zaku enough that he pulls back as the fight becomes hopeless. He later serves as support, in a fighter jet, to Aina as she tests the Apsalus. His fighter is damaged in a skirmish and he retreats under orders, reluctant to leave Aina in danger. He is seen later as his troops protect her down craft in a village as they repair it pulling out before the main battle begins.
Packard, in order to secure a safe route for the Kergeren, goes out alone to a battle-scarred city. There, he meets the 08th MS Team, who were protecting three important Guntanks used to bombard the enemy base. After easily defeating two Gundams and destroying two of the tanks, he encounters the team's commander, Shiro Amada. Despite his superior skill, Packard dies in the duel, but not before destroying the last Guntank. His sacrifice is ultimately rendered worthless as the Kergeren is still destroyed by an Earth Federation GM Sniper, due to the orders of Earth Federation Captain Isan Ryer.
Notes & Trivia
- Norris appears in the Extreme Vs. series as the pilot for his Gouf Custom
- Norris is happy to have Zeon units as reinforcements, complimenting the appearance of the MSM-04 Acguy and shows his respect for Char Aznable and Anavel Gato. Conversely, he scolds Mikhail Kaminsky for getting drunk right before battle. He will also act as a bit of a mentor towards Bernard Wiseman.
- Norris will recognize Shiro as the person Aina had accompanied if they are partnered. If they are victorious, he admits that he understands why Aina chose to be with Shiro.
- Norris will take note of the various Gundams that he ends up facing, though he gives special attention to the GN-0000 00 Gundam.
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 | Nielba | Runen | Walter Janowitz | Military Woman (Kergerenko) | Zhukov|
|Others||Guerillas||Kiki Rosita | Baresto Rosita | Chibi | Hige | Noppo|
|Civilians||Maria | B.B.|