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Gundam Wing: Glossary of Miscellany and Responses to Email Questions
This is a catch-all page for responses to email questions and expansions on other glossary listings. Most of the information for this glossary page was taken directly from official sources and observation of the series, but some comes from other resources as well. Since some of our email comes from gamers and writers with specific questions about canon-based references, we've included some unusual listings below. As before, if you find an entry that you believe has an error in it, please write to us (EPYON@ABOUTGUNDAMWING.COM) with the correction and your sources, and we will edit the information.

Animals Horses, birds and dogs, are all shown on earth. Dogs as well as the circus animals are shown living on the colonies.

Canon As versus "fanon" (or fan-derived material) or as a subset (Series and EW) or (Series and EW and Episode Zero), few people in the general fandom consider the manga material as a source of canon information since the writers were not the same as those of the television series and the manga are generally considered more in the way of fan works. Last Outpost was publicly stated by the development team as produced in an attempt to expand the lucrative market of the Gundam model kits. The possible exception to this rule is the Episode Zero manga, as opinion differs as to whether it should be considered canon material or not, as portions of it are included in Endless Waltz, and the original intention was to use the material in the series in place of the two re-cap episodes. (See the author's notes in the Episode Zero section.) GundamOffical.com publicly states that they consider all animated material produced for the series to fall within the canon environment, and all sidestory material to fall outside of canon. Your mileage may vary.
Catherine's Soup Catherine's soup pot has become sort of the running food joke of the series. Whenever Catherine offers food, it usually seems to take the form of a nourishing soup or stew. She does this twice at the beginning of the series, in episodes 9 and 12. After that, we don't see much of the behind-the-scenes circus life, but she is shown carrying other ingredients when she finds Trowa later in the series, so it is probably safe to assume that she can cook more than two stew varieties.

Chess Seems to be popular in the After Colony world.

Duo's Lockpicks A fandom creation that seems to have no basis in either the series material or Endless Waltz. Apparently derived from the scene in Endless Waltz where Duo removes a small explosive device that he had secreted in his hair that he uses to explode the lock on his cell door.

Gundam Franchise Additional Notes on Gundam from From GundamOfficial.com

The original Mobile Suit Gundam was an animated science-fiction series which debuted on Japanese television in 1979. Its popularity led to a series of sequels, including nine television series, four video series, ten movies, and countless novels, comics, and original video game adventures which together comprise the epic Gundam saga. Among Japanese fans, the original TV series and its three-part movie adaptation are now fondly referred to as "First Gundam."

The name Gundam also applies to the mobile suit RX-78 Gundam, the humanoid fighting vehicle which starred in the original TV series. This heroic giant robot, with its distinctive blue-and-white color scheme and V-shaped antennas, has been reincarnated in almost every one of the Gundam saga's sequels and spinoffs. Often, the title of a Gundam story and the name of the featured Gundam mobile suit are similar or identical, which makes it a little easier to recall which mobile suit stars in which story.

The original Gundam series was produced in 1979 by Japan's Sunrise, Inc. animation studio, then known as Nippon Sunrise. In 1994 Sunrise officially became part of Bandai Co., whose Bandai Entertainment division is now releasing Gundam in North America. The original creators of Gundam were director Yoshiyuki Tomino and the mysterious "Hajime Yatate" (a pen name reflecting the collective contributions of the Sunrise staff). Character designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and mechanical designer Kunio Okawara also played a large role in the original series's success, and their participation in subsequent sequels is always cause for celebration among longtime fans.

The first few Gundam sequels were all written and directed by Tomino, but in the saga's second decade, Sunrise began inviting other creators to contribute their artistic visions to the Gundam saga. Among the Japanese animation legends who've contributed to the Gundam ethos are top directors like Yasuhiro Imagawa (Giant Robo), Masashi Ikeda (Ronin Warriors), and Takeyuki Kanda (Round Vernian Vifam); writers Ryosuke Takahashi (Armored Trooper Votoms) and Hiroyuki Yamaga (Wings of Honneamise); and character designers such as Haruhiko Mikimoto (Macross), Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop), Shuko Murase (Gasaraki), and Capcom's Akira Yasuda.

The roster of Gundam mechanical designers reads like a virtual who's who of the industry. Past and present mobile suit creators include Shoji Kawamori (Macross, Vision of Escaflowne), Hajime Katoki (Virtual On), Kimitoshi Yamane (Vision of Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop), Yutaka Izubuchi (Mobile Police Patlabor), Makoto Kobayashi (Giant Robo), Mika Akitaka (Martian Successor Nadesico), Mamoru Nagano (Five Star Stories), and even Syd Mead (Blade Runner, Aliens).

At first, every sequel to the original Mobile Suit Gundam story took place in the same setting, a futuristic space age called the Universal Century. However, with the release of Mobile Fighter G Gundam in 1994, the creators began introducing new worlds - parallel universes, one might say - with their own characters, histories, technologies, and calendar systems. Each of these new worlds is a self-contained setting with no real ties to the Universal Century history, linked only by certain common themes and the recurring motif of the heroic Gundam mobile suit.

At present, six Gundam worlds have been featured in the animated stories, which we can classify according to the calendar systems they use. In addition to the original Universal Century, we have G Gundam's Future Century and the After Colony setting used in Gundam Wing and Endless Waltz. Gundam X uses the After War calendar, while Gundam Seed, the latest Gundam show, introduces a new world based on the Cosmic Era calendars.

The sixth of these worlds is the distant future of Turn A Gundam, a recent sequel which complicates the picture by suggesting that all these Gundam worlds are just different eras in a future history which spans thousands of years. But for all practical purposes, we can regard these worlds as parallel universes, whose inhabitants know nothing of the events of the other stories - which means the viewer doesn't have to know anything about them either.

Heero's Laptop
While Heero does use computers a great deal in both the series, and is seen in front of a monitor on a number of occasions, laptop use is not common in the series material. Most of the computers used in the series are desktop units. Heero uses these at the schools he attends while undercover on Earth. The "laptop" is actually a link unit hardwired to the mobile suit. Heero uses this in a few episodes while he is checking data on his Gundam. In Endless Waltz, computer use is frequent, and Heero and Wufei (movie version) are both shown using laptop-like units.

Mobile Suit Maintenance For complex pieces of machinery that operate under the high stress conditions of space, ocean water depths, and Earth's gravity, the MS in the series seem to receive surprisingly little on-screen maintenance time.

Numbers Many of the characters in the Gundam Wing universe have names and surnames derived from numbers (in a variety of languages).

Heero Yuy: Presumably the "hee" part is Japanese for "one." The last name "Yuy" is supposedly the kanji of "Yui", which means only. In any case, both the first name and the last name have the connotation of "one." Thus as some put it: The one and only.
Lady Une: "Une" is French for "one".
Solo: "Solo" is English and basically means "alone" or "single." (Episode Zero)
Odin Lowe: "Odin" is Russian for "one." (Episode Zero)
Duo Maxwell: "Duo" is Latin or English for "two."
Trowa Barton: "Trowa" is supposedly the romanization for the French word "trois" which means "three."
Triton Bloom: Triton was a Greek sea-god and the name is also derived from the old Greek word for "three," "tri'a." It can also be "tri" in Russian and "trí" in Irish, which both means "three."
(Episode Zero)
Quatre Raberba Winner: "Quatre" is French for "four."
Chang Wufei: The "wu" is Chinese for "five."
Sanc Kingdom: Written "cinq," is "five" in French.
Zechs Merquise: "Sechs" is German for "six."
General Septem: "Septem" is Latin for "seven."
Lt. Otto: "Otto" is "eight" in Italian.
Inspector Acht: "Acht" is German for "eight."
Lucrezia Noin: Noin is pronounced the same way as the German "neun," which is "nine."
Dekim Barton: "Decem" is "ten" in Latin.
Tsubarov: His name is derived from the German "zwölf," which means "twelve."
Treize: "Treize" is "thirteen" in French.
Quinze: "Quinze" is "fifteen" in both French and Portuguese.
Sedici: "Sedici" means "sixteen" in Italian.
Venty: "Venti" is "twenty" in Italian. "Vingt" is "twenty" in French.
Trant: "Trenta" or "trente" is "thirty" in French and Italian.
Noventa: "Noventa" or "novanta" is "ninety" in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Dermail: "Mille" is "thousand" in French, Italian and Latin.
Milliardo: "Milliard" is "billion" in Italian and Swedish.

Number of Fatalities Treize mentions during his final conversation with Wufei that he has been keeping track of the number of soldiers that have died during the war effort.

Wufei: How many people do you think have died for you?!
Treize: Shall I tell you? As of yesterday 99,822 people.
Wufei: What?!
Treize: Lady, how many fatalities today?
Lady Une: We have confirmation of 82 White Fang soldiers and 105 of our own.

Studio Statistics The production studio released background information on each of the key characters of the series, including height, eye color, ethnic origin, etcetera. I've included them here. The colors listed by the studio for eye and hair refer to paint colors, and are not necessarily representative of what might be generally thought.
 
Heero Yuy
Age: 15
Sex:
Male
Height:
156 cm
Weight:
45 kg
Eye Color:
Prussian Blue / Ultramarine (sources vary)
Hair Color:
Dark Brown / Moss Green (sources vary)
Ethnic origin:
Japanese descent
Relena Peacecraft
Age: 15
Sex:
Female
Height:
154 cm
Weight:
38 kg
Eye Color:
Violet/Nile [Nail] Blue
Hair Color:
Light Brown / Brick Beige (sources vary)
Ethnic origin:
Northern European descent
Duo Maxwell:
Age: 15
Sex:
Male
Height:
156 cm
Weight:
43 kg
Eye Color:
Cobalt Blue
Hair Color:
Brown
Ethnic origin:
American / American descent (sources vary)
Hilde Schbeiker
Age: 15
Sex:
Female
Height:
154 cm
Weight:
39 kg
Eye Color:
Emerald Green
Hair Color:
Black
Ethnic origin:
Eastern European descent
Trowa Barton
Age: 15?/unknown
Sex:
Male
Height:
160 cm
Weight:
44 kg
Eye Color:
Dark Green
Hair Color:
Mustard Brown / Brown (sources vary)
Ethnic origin:
Unknown
Catherine Bloom
Age: 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 (sources really vary)
Sex:
Female
Height:
158 cm / 164 cm (sources vary)
Weight:
43 kg / 46 kg (sources vary)
Eye Color:
Light Purple
Hair Color:
Brown
Ethnic origin:
Russian descent
Quatre Raberba Winner
Age: 15
Sex:
Male
Height:
156 cm
Weight:
41 kg
Eye Color:
Blue
Hair Color:
Platinum Gold / Platnum (sources vary)
Ethnic origin:
Arab descent
Dorothy Catalonia
Age: 16
Sex:
Female
Height:
158 cm
Weight:
41 kg
Eye Color:
Dark Purple
Hair Color:
Platinum Blonde
Ethnic origin:
Aryan descent
Wufei Chang
Age: 15
Sex:
Male
Height:
156 cm
Weight:
46 kg
Eye Color:
Black
Hair Color:
Black
Ethnic origin:
Chinese descent
Sally Po
Age: 19 / 22 (sources vary)
Sex:
Female
Height:
166 cm
Weight:
51 kg
Eye Color:
Light Blue / Dark Blue (sources vary)
Hair Color:
Blonde
Ethnic origin:
Western European descent
Zechs Merquise
Age: 19
Sex:
Male
Height:
184 cm
Weight:
76 kg
Eye Color:
Nile [Nail] Blue / Sky Blue (sources vary)
Hair Color:
Platinum Blonde
Ethnic origin:
Northern European descent
Lucrezia Noin
Age: 19
Sex:
Female
Height:
165 cm
Weight:
49 kg
Eye Color:
Dark Purple
Hair Color:
Platinum Black / Jet Black (sources vary)
Ethnic origin:
Southern European descent
Treize Khushrenada
Age: 24
Sex:
Male
Height:
181 cm
Weight:
68 kg
Eye Color:
Ice Blue
Hair Color:
Platinum Blonde
Ethnic origin:
Aryan descent
Lady Une
Age: 19
Sex:
Female
Height:
161 cm
Weight:
47 kg
Eye Color:
Brown
Hair Color:
Brown
Ethnic origin:
German descent

*Ethnic origin and second set of variances all come from the Gundam Wing Technical Manual or the Sunrise Volume 1 support materials. Initial information taken from a translated version of the references sketches available in Gundam Wing: Characters' Collection 2 and verified with a few other translated sources and GundamOfficial.com.

Use of English
The creators of the show went to extremes to use English as the predominant written language, with sometimes irreverent results. The overlay text used for the "medical screen" when Sally is reviewing Heero's condition in episode 3 is a document explaining TWAIN for Photoshop users. Other examples of English language usage are Querty keyboards, Mrs. Noventa's letter to Heero (ep15), countless computer monitor screens and public signage (including emergency signs and propaganda) are displayed in English. The only other spoken language in the series, other than Japanese, is Chinese and a handful of English words. In episode 9, Wufei thanks Trowa for handing him a cup of coffee using Chinese: "Xie xie." At the end of the Endless Waltz movie, Wufei and Sally are shown using a computer monitor that uses kanji in its display language. Other languages do show up in signage and in product usage, so multiple languages do appear to be in use on the local level, with English as the main communication language across Earth and the colonies.

Voice Talent Most of the listing information for this section was taken directly from official sources, websites, and observation of the series and support materials. If you find an entry that you believe has an error in it, please write to us with the correction and your sources, and we will correct the listing.
 
Character Name Japanese Language
Voice Actor (seiyuu)
English Language
Voice Actor
Abdul Morikawa Toshiyuki  
Inspector Acht Shimaka Yutaka  
Ahmed (Afmahd) Chiba Isshin  
Alex Nanba Keiichi  
Auda Seki Tomokazu  
Bonaparte Yoshio Kawai  
Bundt Naka Hiroshi  
Catherine Bloom Suzuki Saori  
Circus Manager Ishida Hiroshi  
Count Townsend Arimoto Kinryu  
Dekim Barton Yoda Eisuke  
Digonadelle Nakamura Daiki  
Doctor J Inaba Minoru Dave 'Squatch' Ward
Doktor S Ohtaki Shinya  
Dorothy Catalonia Matsui Naoko Cathy Weseluck
Duke Dermail Katou Osamu Jim Byrnes
Duo Maxwell Seki Toshihiko Scott McNeil
Earth Sphere Unified Nation President Yasuaki Suzuki  
Field Marshall Noventa Fujiwara Keiji  
General Septum Chiba Isshin  
General Septum's Father Takeshi Watabe  
General Vente Ishida Hiroshi  
Gwinter Septum Keiichi Nanba  
Heero Yuy Midorikawa Hikaru Mark Hildreth
Hilde Schbeiker Araki Kae  
Howard Ishida Hiroshi Ward Perry
Instructor H Taguchi Takashi  
Iria Winner Urawa Megumi  
Lady Une Sa Yuri Enuka Okuma
Lucrezia Noin Yokoyama Chisa Saffron Henderson
Mariemaia Khushrenada Sakuma Rei Chantal Strand
Marquise Weridge Arimoto Kinryu  
Master Long Hori Junko Dave 'Squatch' Ward
Master O Hirose Masashi  
Meiser Seki Tomokazu  
Mr. Winner Arimoto Kinryu  
Mrs. Darlian Toma Yumi  
Muller Kusao Takeshi  
Nanaki Chiba Isshin  
Nichol Morikawa Toshiyuki Paul Dobson
Otto Richter Morikawa Tomoyuki Michael Dobson
Pagan Naka Hiroshi  
Professor G Fujimoto Yuzuru  
Quatre Raberba Winner Orikasa Ai Brad Swaile
Quinze   Ian James Corlett
Rashid Kurama Nakata Kazuhiro  
Relena (Peacecraft) Darlian Yajima Akiko Lisa Ann Beley
Sadaul Fujimoto Yuzuru  
Sally Po Toma Yumi Samantha Ferris, Moneca Stori
Sedichi    
Sylvia Noventa Nishihara Kumiko  
Trant Clark Naka Hiroshi  
Treize Khushrenada Okiayu Ryotaro  
Trowa Barton (Dekim's son) Nakamura Hidetoshi  
Trowa Barton (pilot) Nakahara Shigeru Kirby Morrow
Tsubarov Mikimoto Yuji Richard Newman
Vente Ishida Hiroshi  
Vice-Minister Darlian    
Walker Nakamura Daiki  
Wufei Chang Ishino Ryuzo Ted Cole
Zechs Merquise Koyasu Takehito Brian Drummond

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