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Gundam: My Mask is Cooler by MapleRose Gundam: My Mask is Cooler by MapleRose
The masked blond character is a staple of Gundams. These are the 5 from Gundam series that I've seen:

Char Aznable: the original, from Mobile Suit Gundam and its sequels
Zechs Marquis: from Gundam Wing
Neo Lorrnoke: from Gundam SEED Destiny (Density)
Rau le Creuset: from Gundam SEED.
Mister Bushido: from Gundam 00

I've had this idea in my head for quite a while now. Those labels next to them are all in good jest, no offense intended, but they do have issues. Took me quite a while to figure ones for Zechs and Char though, since I haven't really finished watching Wing or Gundam, so I don't know them really well.

The coolest mask award goes to... Rau le Creuset. It's actually a mask, and not a helmet thingy. It's unobstructive, and look at those awesome green glass eyeholes!

The most ugly mask award goes to... hmm, it's a tough one between Zechs and Neo (which is a shame, since I love their voice...), but I'll have to go with Neo. Not only is it ugly, it's a pain to draw. And it's even uglier with his stupid-looking hair.

The coolest uniform... I have to say Char's actually. Even though it's a pain to draw. He gets the award for coolest hair too ('cause I hate long hair on guys, esp Zechs', where it's all flat at the back)

That just leaves Zechs without an award. Um, he gets... the best colour combination. (I'd say the coolest voice, but then it'd be a tie with Neo)

Fave masked (maniac) character for me... Rau. 'Cause he's cool, and crazy. Char is cool too, but like I said, haven't seen enough of him to judge. Zechs rather annoys me. And Neo... well ~Mirinee knows how I feel about Neo (and it's her fault too) >_<

btw "Ore wa Neo Lorrnoke ta-i-sa" = "I'm Captain/Colonel Neo Lorrnoke", it's what he says when ppl accuse him of being a Lt. Commander (Mwu). That's my fave quote of him, due to some kenkoudaa flash animations.

Note on spelling, I spell names the way I like them. so there =P

Okay, I'm done ranting.

Sketched, inked, coloured in OC 4.06 (event file available if interested), post production in PSP8.

Characters (c) Sunrise
art (c) *MapleRose

[Edit] Nov 30, 2008: Added the latest Gundam masked character, from Gundam 00, Graha- I mean, Mister (Mi-suta-) Bushido. He officially has the ugliest mask, and the worst fashion sense!! Sorry Neo, I have to take your award away and give it to Mister Bushido here XD.

Okay, technically the quote for him was before he put on the mask, but it was waaayyy too good to pass up XD It sums him up perfectly [well, actually there was a few that sums him up, like "My heart was stolen by you", or "I wanted to see you, Gundam!", or "a man who's obsessed with everything you are". Oh Gra- I mean Mr. Bushido, you have such a way with words XD]
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DarkSilence000 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
no Ulube Ishikawa from G gundam?
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RenerDeCastro Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Char clone...
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satsuyurami Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Photographer
AH YES, Antagonist and their mask!
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AlmightyNabeshin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:icondumbblondeplz: Hey! They're all Blonde!

:icongundamplz: ... :iconamurorayplz: ... :iconcharaznableplz: ...
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TabaChiRinn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Hilarious and so true. Thanks for sharing!
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Banagherlinks Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
char>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> all the rip-offs
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kongchunghwa Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
i think Rau le Creuset other line is more epic...

"Only I am qualified to pass judgement on humanity" - when he was giving his speech/lecture to kira in the clone facility
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Harris2300 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Along with Full Frontal, which I personally think is a rather silly name, it could also be updated to include Zeheart Galette from Gundam AGE. [link]
It's not often you get a masked dude with platinum hair instead of regular blond. :D
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Spensieratezza Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
We all know Char is the best though.
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FireGarden Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
awesome
need to have full frontal from gundam unicorn to complete the list
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blessedboydragon Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Every one of em have 1 thing in common in the end... Their all Char clones. Especially Zechs Marquis. Both look alike to an extent. Both where royalty. Both joined the enemies side to achieve revenge. Both tried to destroy humanity on earth because they failed to see the good in people.
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guelpacq Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student
By the time 00 came around, Bushido just looks like a ripoff of Char and Zechs to me, and he was better as good old Graham Aker.
I guess we can both agree that Creuset's got the best mask, and I can say that he and Bushido are more maniacal then the other guys!
The only thing I don't get is who the heck is Neo Lorrnoke anyway?

The bottom line:
masked ace pilot = homicidal maniac/cool Gundam villain

Now to go watch some Gundam Seed Destiny and Unicorn.
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MapleRose Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Neo Lorrnoke is from Gundam SEED Destiny :)

Bushido's mask is waaaaay too ugly. Graham's pretty good-looking, so it was a bit disappointing to see him don that ugly thing.
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AlistersAngelsong Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hahahaha, this amused me XD All these masked blond psychopaths...wow. And I really love the way you did Creuset's hair! It looks really nice.
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MapleRose Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Rau's hair was a pain to draw (and still is, takes me many many tries to get it right XD)
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AlistersAngelsong Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'll bet it was, soft waves aren't my forte, for sure >_<
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N147258 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
He's not a Char Clone, but Harry Ord is basically the Char of the series in Turn A. Turn A's a very...Weird series for Gundam, but it's a really good one for the characters. Also one of my favorite quotes, "UNIVEEEERSSEEEEE!"
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MapleRose Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I still have to finish Turn A, I think I got to episode 10 or so before I got distracted XD I might have to rewatch those eps if I decide to watch it again XD
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N147258 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Heh. Yeah, that is the only problem, it can be considered a little slow since there's less action than some others. But then again, Turn A is very much by the characters. You'll really come to enjoy the characters, and you'll begin to make sense of the odd mechs at some point. I actually hated the looks of the Turn A and some of the other mechs, then I watched the show and it all got really, really good with the mechs.

Personal suggestion would be to watch those 10 again before continuing, but that's just me. Lol. The quote I put comes from far later in the series though, and you HAVE to see that part in the Japanese version. It just seems so deliciously dramatic it's hilarious. It's like the guy was trying to make it hilarious by overacting. But in a good way! Harry Ord's one of the most awesome characters in the series.
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saphsoul Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
I'm Pretty sure Gra-Bushido has said far more explicit things pertaining to Gundams...XD Mechaphile...wow...you just coined a new term....and it was definitely coined just for him. XD

You thought Neo was the ugly mask award? I thought it looked fine and the colours were right...now, the first two, I thought were pretty ugly...anyway, I may be bias because Neo's real identity was actually my first crush XD...
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aryss-skahara Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Now you've gotta add Zeehart and Full Frontal )
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DaiGuard78 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
The blond hair and mask thing is starting to get monotanus
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N147258 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
It's a sort of recurring theme, so for some it does, and for others it's a nice nod back to the roots. Even if Gundam designs go crazy though, generally there's something similar to an RX-78 Gundam at some point in alternate timelines. And the main mechs are always called Gundams as well. In all honesty, I'd be figuring people would be getting tired of all the names with Gundam in 'em. Especially after 00 and SEED. Blech. SEED.
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DaiGuard78 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Well I'd have to say the O Gundam is the closest to the RX-78-2. And the name Gundam may be somewhat monotanus itself, but it wouldn't be a Gundam show without it. Out of all Gundam timelines UC is my favorite. And I like Gundam stuff so much I ended up filling my DA Gallery with Gundam Frankens. Roots are imprtant yes. And I tend to hate change. But after five or six character repeats, somethings got to give. I know in Gundam Seed Astray they had a pretty good villian piloting the Gold Frame. And Normally I hate Seed MS. But the Red Frame and Blue Frame Astrays are pretty good
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dumbass333 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
....oh dear god... a Mechaphile... I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THAT SOMETHING LIKE THAT EXISTED! QUICK! RUN EXIA SAVE YOURSELF!!!... now that that's aside I love how you drew Mr. Bushido's Mask, to me it seems kinda complex :I
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ShaZaina Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist
I agree...run all you poor gundams from 00!
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KyouPei Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i just noticed they are all blonde with mask o 3o
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korrag4 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
If you'd have watched all of Gundam, Zeta gundam and Chars counter attack, you might think more highly of him.

Sure his goals change more than Amuro whines between each of the shows, but he's overall pretty badass.

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RolBro Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Char and Bushido, best best best
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AUTODECEPTITRON Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
You should include Full Frontal from Gundam Unicorn "That is the privilege of being a man."
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Youichiz2011 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student General Artist
add full frontal from gundam UC! :XD:
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MapleRose Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
though I don't know Full Frontal all that well (haven't read the novel), so I'm not sure what label and quote would go for him
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Youichiz2011 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student General Artist
yeah, you should watch Gundam UC
is OVA
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MapleRose Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh yeah, I'll need to do that
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DOOM-Knight009 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Eh, they're all copyng Char anyway.
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LightningLord3 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
And I've gotten used to avoid saying the 4th guy's name.
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reborns2312 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Awesome :)
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MapleRose Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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zeroconvoy Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Now that is win!
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MapleRose Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
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Iernamei Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student Filmographer
lol they may all ware masks but what i really notice it that they are all blonde haha
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Iernamei Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student Filmographer
and my fave mask/helmet is Neo i don't think its ugly it hell cool haha
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JesterSeven Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Well this is interesting. I admit I've only watched Wing and a bit of Seed but I know all about the Gundam fetish for masked blond men with questionable motives/characters/sanity what have you. That said, my favourite is Zechs, though I'm very biased in that Wing is the only series I'm significantly familiar, and I love long hair on men ;). Rau bothered me a little, not the sanity part, the hair flippy part, though I suppose I'd give him the best mask thing if he would saw off that fan part at the top. I wanna flick it. *ting.* Worst mask award for me goes to the alluminum darth vader at the top there, though bushido boy is close. (It's the skeletal cheekbones that get to me). An enlightening drawing! :D
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cartoonking1 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Nice...But what about schwarz bruder
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aroberuto Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
char is the best no question
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duelgundam Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Real names
Char:casaval zum daikum
Zechs:milliardo peacecraft
Neo:mwu la fllaga
Rau:aru da fllaga(clone)
Mister Bushido:realized he's Graham since 00 S1 Epilogue
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LagunaShirogane Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ive always liked them all. They were all cool characters. When you watch the series they were in, you can understand why they are who they are. Le Creuset was the almost like a nut case. I liked him at first until he he went nuts near the end of GS. His calmness reminds me alot of what Char was in his later years like in Zeta Gundam. Millardo (Zechs) was an interesting character who was nothing more than torn apart between loyalty to his best friend and loyalty to his family and country to the point that he became almost emotionless much like Char in Char's Counterattack. And as for Graham Aker (Mr. Bushido), he was so humiliated by his defeat from Setsuna that it made him obsessive about defeating him or at least regaining the honor he lost against him in Season 1 by dueling him in which he did in Season 2. As for La Flaga (Neo Roanoke), he lost his memory in the final battle in GS and was given a new identity in GSD. Le Creuset masked himself due to being a clone of his father. Char masked himself to hide his identity from Zeon since his father was ruler of Zeon before the Zabi family assassinated him. Graham Aker masked himself due to his humiliation by Setsuna. La Flaga was masked to hide his true identity as it was the only piece of Mu La Flaga that couldnt be erased along with his memories as well as the fact that he was deeply scared from the battle he barely survived in. And Zechs had the same reason of masking himself as Char did..which was revenge. But nice job on this art.
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Kerushi100 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Awesome and soooooo true!
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mk456 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
i liked that gramham thing and i agree i was like...what? when hes like i want to embrace u gundam...jesus thank god he went back to normal xD
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Fushinisou Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I see Zechs as more of a success than Char. At least he was likable in the end unlike... Grr... THAT FREAKING RED COMET! GOD I HATE CHAR!!
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