The principal Zeonic antagonist in Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory is Anavel Gato of the Delaz Fleet an ultra-conservative faction loyal to Gihren Zabi. To give him an air of gravitas, if not outright menace, he was named in the narrative “The Nightmare of Solomon,” a title purportedly given to him by surviving Federation troops after his exploits during the battle.
I’m not going to say that the title isn’t deserved. The Feddies can call anyone what they want for all I care. However, I posit that there is another Nightmare of Solomon, and he’s a dark dream more menacing than anything Gato could be in the One Year War.
You see, Amuro Ray awakened his Newtype powers in the battle of Solomon. While Gato shot down maybe a dozen GMs and maybe a few more Balls, and one Federation ship, Amuro Ray shot down at least as much, and more. Amuro Ray destroyed the Big Zam – a prototype mobile armor heavily resistant to beam weapons and destroyed several Federation ships before Amuro critically damaged it in close combat. In the process, Amuro killed Dozle Zabi, one of the commanders of the Zeon war effort.
Amuro wasn’t done. Kycilia Zabi, now commander of the Newtype Corps. of the Zeon war effort sent Commander Char Aznable in a new mobile suit (Gelgoog), and a prototype mobile armor (Elmeth) outfitted with the most advanced weapons (psycommu system that controlled remote beam lasers called bits/funnels), piloted by the star pupil of the Flanagan Institute, Lalah Sune.
Lalah in the Elmeth shot down several Federation ships using the psycommu controlled bits, with Char escorting her.
Amuro destroyed the bits, defeated char, and destroyed the Elmeth, killing Lalah.
If there’s anyone who indeed had nightmares after Solomon, it would be Char Aznable. His nightmares were such that it would have grave historical consequences: Char’s Counterattack.
I would say Anavel Gato eventually earned his title in light of Amuro’s achievements. He would do so years later in 0083, when he executed phase one of Operation Stardust. I think his attack on the Federation’s Naval Revue is the worst catastrophe beset on a Federation military force by a single enemy action. The fact that Gato did it using a prototype (GP02) Gundam is just extra delicious.
Are there other names, titles, or monikers in the Gundam franchise you feel that the characters who bear them do so undeservedly?
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