Quess Paraya (クェス・パラヤ Kuesu Paraya?) is a fictional character from the movie Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack. She was introduced as the daughter of the Earth Federation minister Adenauer Paraya but eventually defected to Char Aznable's Neo Zeon movement.
- 1 Personality & Character
- 2 Skills & Abilities
- 3 History
- 4 Alternate Endings
- 5 Picture Gallery
- 6 Notes & Trivia
- 7 References
Personality & Character
Quess is selfish, stubborn, emotionally sensitive, intelligent, naive, and love obsessed. Quess was born as a latent Newtype. When she wants to have something, she'll demand for it and believe it's rightfully hers even if she can't have it. Even though there are people around her to remind her about manners and respect, she doesn't listen well and people tend to tolerate her or excuse her due to the fact she's still a developing teen.
She developed a crush on Amuro Ray and often shows her affection to him. Despite her lack of interest, she received the unrequited affection of Hathaway Noa. When she was taken in by Char to train her as a MS pilot, she was completely enthralled by Char. He was able to take advantage of her distaste toward the Earth Federation government to manipulate her into helping Neo Zeon. She's occasionally shown to care about the well-being of others, but she's often emotionally overwhelmed by her own feelings and quick to act upon them without proper wisdom or guidance.
Skills & Abilities
Quess was a latent Newtype. After her abilities were fully awakened, it's shown that her abilities were greater than that of Char Aznable. She's also highly intelligent as she mastered the use of MS funnel control and piloting a mobile armor. A severe drawback on her abilities was that they manifested too early and she had trouble wielding her own natural talents.
On Earth, Quess usually associated with a group of kids and they would get themselves into trouble, especially with the police, and at the expense of her father.
Newtype Training and Enamourment to Amuro Ray
Quess was introduced in the film running away from Indian Police authorities with Christina, a young woman who teaches a philosophy that one can become a Newtype through spiritual rather than evolutionary means. After some chase, she was eventually caught and handed back to her father Adenauer Paraya, who was getting ready to go into space to broker a peace deal with Char at Londenion. At the space port, Adenauer bumps into Bright Noa's wife Mirai and daughter Cheimin, allowing only the son Hathaway to board the ship to escape Earth before Char sends another asteroid, Axis, that would follow the one that destroyed Tibet, Fifth Luna.
En route to Side 1, the shuttle carrying Quess, Adenauer and Hathaway accidentally drifted into a battle between Londo Bell and Neo Zeon Forces. During the battle, Quess was jolted from her seat while trying to get a better view and was caught by Hathaway. After the battle, the shuttle was picked-up by the Londo Bell ship Ra-Cailum.
On the ship, Quess stubbornly entered a restricted area of the ship and immediately took an interest in Amuro Ray, ignoring the advances of her newfound friend Hathaway Noa. When she found out that Amuro was in love with Chan Agi, and then rebuffed by Amuro, Quess looked to another Newtype, Char Aznable.
Defection to Neo Zeon
At Side 1's Londenion, Quess stuck around with both Amuro and Hathaway while on leave, while her father went into secret talks with Char Aznable. After the talks, Char was confronted by Amuro, but Quess intervened after hearing what Char said about how human souls are dragged down by the Earth's gravity. Sensing her devotion, Char asked Quess to come with him, an offer that she accepted. Her relationship with Char eventually caused a rift between Char and Nanai Miguel (whom oversaw Char's Newtype Programs and was romantically involved with Char) as Quess sees Char as a romantic interest. It also causes Gyunei Guss to be extremely jealous as he had developed an interest in Quess himself and had his own ambitions.
Recruited into Neo Zeon and charmed by Char, Quess assumed the identity "Quess Air" and was given a custom MSN-03 Jagd Doga painted in reddish pink.
In her first battle, Quess (possibly knowingly) killed her father, who was overseeing the disarmament proceedings, after Char revealed that he was lying about his disarmament plans at Sweetwater. He was a few moments away from getting into an escape pod when Quess destroyed the bridge of the ship, causing an explosion. After the battle, Quess displayed a high amount of natural Newtype powers and was eventually assigned to the NZ-333 α Azieru mobile armor. However, the development of her powers also caused Quess to become highly unstable as her immature mind was forced to deal with the realities of war. Quess was also unaware that Char was only using her for his own gains and considered her to be expendable, a fact made clear to Gyunei Guss during a discussion during the preparation of Axis for its drop onto Earth.
Hathaway's Love and Accidental Death of Quess
During the final battle, when Char was dropping the asteroid base Axis onto Earth, Hathaway stole a RGM-89 Jegan and attempted to find Quess in hope to turn her back. Hathaway eventually found Quess but Quess's Newtype powers had gone amok and had turned her into a wreck. Even as Hathaway attempted to talk to her, Quess continued to attack him. Quess was finally killed by Chan Agi, who was trying to save Hathaway in a severely damaged RGZ-91 Re-GZ.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack - Beltorchika's Children
- In the final battle, Quess, in her α Azieru, fought against Amuro in the RX-93-ν2 Hi-ν Gundam. When Amuro blocked and dodged all her attacks, she went into hysteria and called for Char. When she intercepted the duel between Amuro and Char, who was in the MSN-04II Nightingale, she was killed when Hathaway in a Jegan accidentally shot the α Azieru in its cockpit with a beam rifle. This event caused Hathaway to form the anti-Federation terrorist group Mafty later in Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash.
- In the animated feature Gundam Evolve 5, an alternate battle between Quess and Amuro leaves Quess alive and sane. She was last seen going to find Hathaway.
Notes & Trivia
- In Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2, Quess is a playable character, piloting her red Jagd Doga. She also is a boss character, piloting the Alpha Azieru.
- In Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn, Quess states in one of her lines of dialogue that she had trained to become more of an empathetic NewType. While Empathetic Newtype is a Burst Mode in the game, ironically, her Burst Mode in the game is that of a Combat Newtype. This seems to reinforce that Quess was simply being treated as a tool by Char.
- Quess made her first playable appearance in Super Robot Wars 3 as a hidden character Amuro can find. Despite being obtained in Level 1, Quess is actually quite powerful. She does this again in Super Robot Wars 4, though this time, when you recruit her, you can choose if she comes along with a Jagd Doga or a Jegan. In other SRW installments, such as Super Robot Wars R and Super Robot Wars Alpha 2, she appears as an antagonist, piloting both Jagd Doga and Alpha Azieru. In Super Robot Wars D, Quess becomes a playable character again, this time due to events happening differently. She starts out piloting her red Jagd Doga, but can be switched to other UC Gundam units. In Super Robot Wars 64, she can also be recruited as a secret character and her stat points are ridiculously high. In Super Robot Wars Z3.1 The events of the Axis Drop occur differently and Quess is obtainable as a secret character. In Super Robot Wars Z3.2, Quess joins up with fairly early in the game with her Jagd Doga, though her Alpha Azieru can be unlocked at the D-Trader if both her and Char earn up to 100 kills before Scenerio 33.
- In Gihren's Greed: Axis no Kyoui V, Quess is one of the 5 strongest newtypes in the game (along with Haman Karn, Amuro Ray, Char Aznable, and Kamille Bidan), beating some notably powerful newtypes like Judau Ashta.
Char's Counterattack characters
|Earth Federation / Londo Bell||Amuro Ray | Bright Noa | Chan Agi | Astonaige Medoz | Kayra Su | Meran | Anna Hanna | Tooth | Adenauer Paraya | Cameron Bloom | John Bauer|
|Newborn Neo Zeon||Char Aznable | Quess Paraya | Gyunei Guss | Nanai Miguel | Rezin Schnyder | Kaises M. Buyer | Horst Harness | Lyle|
|Civilians||Hathaway Noa | Mirai Noa | Cheimin Noa | October Saran | Katherine | Christina | Haro|