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Mobile Suit Gundam
Admiral Wolfgang Wakkein (known as Commandant Gene Wakkein in the TV series) was the commandant of the Earth Federal Space Force base Luna II. His flagship was the Magellan, which was scuttled by the White Base in order to escape from Luna II. Later in the series, he is shown as a key player in the Federation's capture of the Zeon space fortress Solomon. In the TV series, he later assists the White Base in a mop-up operation around Side 5's Texas colony. Here, his ship was forced to single-handedly engage Char Aznable's Zanzibar and was destroyed, presumably killing him. However, in the movie version, his fate is not clearly spelled out. While his ship is shown heavily damaged during the Battle of Solomon, it is not shown actually exploding.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin
The Origin version of Rear Admiral Wakkein parallels that of the TV series when the White Base flees to Luna II. There are extra scenes where he talks to Captain Paolo Cassius, who was his instructor at Officer Training School. Mortally wounded, Captain Paolo reminds Admiral Wakkein to remember what he had put in his final evaluation, which was "Regarding both theory and practice, nothing left to be desired but for an occasional lack of flexibility." Before passing away, Captain Paolo tells Admiral Wakkein that a new generation of youth is fighting the war, and perhaps it's best to let them take the spotlight. Upon this, Admiral Wakkein lets the White Base proceed to Earth.
Admiral Wakkein appears once again at the Battle of A Baoa Qu, having survived the Solar Ray attack that destroyed a third of the Federation Fleet. After consulting with Jaburo, he rallies the remaining Fleet and sets them up in a position to stage the final attack. During the opening phases of the battle, his line of Magellan-class battleships come under fire from the supercarrier Dolos, under the command of Rear Admiral Kycilia. With most of his battleships destroyed and his own ship taking heavy damage, Admiral Wakkein contacts Bright Noa and gives one last set of orders, ordering the White Base and the other Pegasus-class sister ships to commence an all-out, point blank assault on A Baoa Qu. The Dolos then finishes off Wakkein's vessel, killing him and all crew aboard.
Depending on the version of the story (animation, manga, novel), Wakkein is shown as either a sympathetic officer or one of the many incompetent Federation bureaucrats that White Base's crew must endure. The former characterization is more frequent. The novelizations indicate that Wakkein is also a poet, thus further suggesting a sensitive side to his character.
|Earth Federation Forces|
|White Base Crew||Paolo Cassius | Amuro Ray | Bright Noa | Fraw Bow | Mirai Yashima | Oscar Dublin | Marker Clan | Job John | Ryu Jose | Sayla Mass | Omar Fang | Kai Shiden | Hayato Kobayashi | Sleggar Law | Katz Kobayashi | Miharu Ratokie|
|08th Mobile Suit Team||Shiro Amada | Karen Joshua | Eledore Massis | Michel Ninorich | Terry Sanders, Jr.|
|Immortal 4th Team||Chap Adel | Alpha A. Bate | Bernard Monsha | South Burning|
|Federation Survey Service||Led Wayline | Rimia Greenwood | Ashley Brown Brandon|
|Task Force Alpha||Ryu Roots | ALICE | Chung Yung | Eton Heathrow | John Grissom | Robert Aldrin | Shin Crypt | Stole Mannings | Sigman Shade | Tex West|
|White Dingo Team||Master Pierce Rayer | Leung Fee-Fai | Maximilian Berger|
|Phantom Sweep Corps||Hugues Courand | Cherie Allison | Darrell Godwin | Liang Mao | Hugh Carter | Bob Rock | Jaime Carmona | Robert Hartley | Kamal Kumar|
|Miscellaneous||Agar | Matilda Ajan | Seabook Arno | Shinn Barnack | Jack Baird | Federico Czariano | Leahlee Edaberry | Asuna Elmarit | Baz Galemson | Bork Cry | Yu Kajima | Aclam Halidda | Reiko Holinger | Chuck Keith | Luce Kassel | Christina Mackenzie | Woody Malden | Harrison Martin | Arleen Nazon | Birgit Pirjo | Adenaur Paraya | Tokio Randall | Tem Ray | General Revil | Ford Romfellow | Bergh Scred | Tenneth A. Jung | Texan Dmitri | Def Stallion | Adam Stingray | Eiphar Synapse | Admiral Tianem | Kou Uraki | Admiral Watkein | Lydo Wolf | Barry Balzary | Cosmo Eigesse | Maureen Kitamura | Nao Jessica Parker | Jidan Nickard | Matt Healy | Den Berserk | Noel Anderson | Miyu Takizawa | Rachel Milsteen | Larry Radley | Anish Lofman | Annie Brevig | John Kowen|
|Allied Groups||Titans | Londo Bell|
|Conflicts||One Year War | Operation Stardust|