I've seen my share of Gundam (Original, Zeta, 8th MS Team, Stardust, G, 00, Seed) but I've skipped ZZ because I couldn't get over the first ten episodes. That might change in the future, but that's not what I want to ask you guys about.
I've recently viewed CCA, and I've concluded that I' not exactly sure how to feel about Char. How does /m/ see him? Because I see him as a very small man. Someone whose principles keep changing, but who refuses to acknowledge this fact and remains fanatically devout to whatever floats his boat at the moment.
It's important to remember that Char is a borderline sociopath, and when Lalah dies, he loses probably the one person he had any attachment to and that maybe, just maybe, might have been able to mediate his problems and help him live a normal life after everything was said and done.
Conflict becomes the reason for his existence after that. He actively seeks it out, justifying it each time in order to get people on his side, but he doesn't actually CARE about most of them. He just wants to use them to help build a space where he can live, waging war against someone or something. And each time he starts again, he gets a little bit more drastic and self-destructive.
Interestingly, that's why Full Frontal is a fantastic villain. Full Frontal is Char after all of his dreams were crushed, and he realizes there's no real way for him to be happy or to belong anywhere, so he might as well actually try and become this hero that everyone thinks he is.
Char has had one major goal when he started out. That was revenge for his family by killing the Zabi family. He accomplished that. But he had also lost all faith in humanity after seeing the Federation's actions and continuing wars. For years, he was too insecure to take command even though he was being urged to do so by those that knew him. After what happened to the A.E.U.G. and all of his friends there, Char had finally had enough. He finally became leader they all told him to be. He wanted all humans to become newtypes, so Char tried to force them off the planet. This would also let planet Earth recuperate so it was a win-win. But Char is still human. He still blamed Amuro for Lalah's death and wanted to fite him irl.
Even though Char's life is wildly fantastical, he's still a really easy character to relate to because his motivations are based on common human emotions and insecurities. He's still a douchebag, though.
>After what happened to the A.E.U.G. and all of his friends there, Char had finally had enough.
He really burst into action, didn't he? His AEUG friends die and then a mere six years later he does something.
Saved for future generations of zeeks