Amy Zimbalist (エイミー・ジンバリスト Eimī Jinbarisuto?) is a fictional character in the side stories of Mobile Suit Gundam 00. As shown in 00V, Amy is an ace mobile suit pilot for the United Nations Forces, and later for Earth Sphere Federation. His main mobile suit is the GNX-604T Advanced GN-X.
Personality & Character
Amy Zimbalist is a very sophisticated young man and donned a sweet and easy-going persona. Off the battlefield, he is a ladies man and is very flirtatious with women. It is also implied that he holds long grudges, as seen when he has a desire to take out Celestial Being during the ELS War despite their common enemy.
Skills & Abilities
It is implied from that Amy Zimbalist started off as being an atrocious MS pilot, whilst piloting a Shell Flag. However, his skills were found to be more compatable with GN Drive Mobile Suits and was allowed to pilot one of the rare Advanced GN-Xs and the Ahead Forcing Scout Type. The fact that he managed to survive both the 00 Gundam Seven Sword Type and Cherudim Gundam SAGA, indicated a high amount of skill. By A.D. 2314, despite the outdated nature of the Advanced GN-X in comparison to the more versatile GNX-803T GN-XIV and the 5th generation Gundams, Amy kept his Advanced GN-X, unwilling to have it be converted.
Taken from Robert Spacey's narrative on Amy Zimbalist's career as a pilot in Gundam 00V
The Steel Cowboy
Amy Zimbalist met Ms. Deborah Galiena and Robert Spacey right after the final battle with Celestial Being. At the Union Okinawa base looking for refuge. There Amy was piloting a Shell Flag. Robert didn’t think he would ever forget Amy's piloting. He thought it was awful because it took Amy some time to just get the Mobile Suit to walk. Later on, Amy's skills were extremely well-matched to the specifics of piloting machines equipped with GN Drives. Because GN Drive-equipped Mobile Suits use GN Particles for movement and propulsion, controlling them required quite a different set of skills. He was a pilot who seemed to have been born to pilot such machines.
There is probably not a person in the world who hasn’t heard the name Amy Zimbalist. This UN war hero has earned the nickname “Steel Cowboy” from his fans and “Devil of Unification” by his detractors. He came into prominence after Celestial Being was defeated. The UN’s plan for the unification of the world included the abolition of national military forces - a mission in which Zimbalist distinguished himself and was soon recognized as an ace pilot and allowed the use of an Advanced GN-X. Being an expert on Mobile Suit development history, Robert had decided to devote a chapter to Amy Zimbalist's personal machine.
The Advanced GN-X
The Advanced GN-X could be tuned to better match its pilot’s abilities. Since he was a Union pilot, his standard equipment included large defense rods on both shoulders. What made his unit special was not its appearance, but its inner settings. He removed the safety limits on the vernier thrusters allowing his suit to fly at incredibly high speeds, like a wild horse. This fighting style is what earned him the nickname “Steel Cowboy.” Effective combat is usually impossible in such a destabilized machine, but he was able to handle it with ease and even seemed to enjoy it. Some even referred to his strength as that of a “Gundam reborn.”
Battling 00 Gundam Seven Sword Type
Amy was hired by Wang Liu Mei, and battled with 00 Gundam Seven Sword type while piloting his Advanced GN-X. And using a simulator, fights 00. And then he was defeated. After several months from that point, the news about Celestial Being's revival pour. The data from Amy's simulations battle was used as part of 00's development data.
Advance GN-X vs. Astraea Type F2
Amy, piloting his Advance GN-X interrupts, Eco Calore who is piloting the GNY-001F2 Gundam Astraea Type F2 while testing the new GN hammer weapon, but before the battle could last a long time, Eco was ordered by Sherilyn Hyde to retreat thus ending the battle.
Long Tail vs SAGA
Later on, he faces GN-006/SA Cherudim Gundam SAGA with his Ahead Forcing Scout Type. The GNX-704T/FS Ahead Forcing Scout Type, popularly named "Long Tail". It can stand around one week without replenishment. Amy Zimbalist boards the Advanced Jinx and arrived at the base where the asteroid was destroyed, and intercepts the Cherudim that trespassed the base. Because Amy can't control his machine that has a special characteristic of changing its appearance in narrow passageways, Amy waited for the Cherudim outside the base. Amy attacks Cherudim that is in front of him. Then only after a few shots from its rifle, it immediately silenced. He thought that it was his chance, but after trying to attack, before he knew it, Cherudim's hand grasped a new gun. And then it did so many times. "That's cheating! How much darn equipment does that have!" Amy then soon had reached his pseudo-solar furnace action time limit, and Cherudim then quietly left. In an Ahead enforced reconnaissance type. Amy, who was assigned to the CB specialty reconnaissance force, embarked for about one week in the Ahead enforced reconnaissance type popularly named as "Long Tail". Why wasn't the cockpit made for two people? This small space would be useful to deepen relationships of two people and to bring love. Amy did not think that his fellow passenger might not be a female. It was said that he would not return until he finds the secret CB base, but gradually, the limit of his machine started to be reached. At that time, his sensors detected the weak heat source of an asteroid. After Amy saw the warning, he used all of his remaining particles to move and bombard the asteroid with his GN Beam Cannon. At the same time, his machine completely become unable to move. After he fired a rescue signal, he could do nothing but pray that his comrades would soon come to assist.
Battle with Katharon
In Gundam 00I chapter 2, Amy Zimbalist in his Advance GN-X vs. Klaus Grado with his personal AEU-09/LS Klaus's AEU Enact Landstriker Package. Klaus had the purpose of separating Amy, who was guarding the base, and in the gap Katharon blew up the base. After the fight, Amy found out that his opponent Klaus belongs to the third Middle East branch, and swore that he would take revenge on him as his fated rival. However, they never met again.
Meeting an Innovator
Hiling, who sortied in the GNX-612T/AA Superbia GN-X for the CB’s base destruction mission reminisces about Amy Zimbalist, who reported as a substitute for duty. Amy said that Hiling is “cute”. She is a battle type who has no sexual distinction, but because there is an inconvenience in the human society, each of them pretends to be either male or female. Hiling pretended to be a female. She had no bad feelings when called “cute”.
Testing the Neo-Hed
Amy Zimbalist was one of the performers along with Deborah Galiena testing for the Neo-Hed. After the test, Deborah frankly said her thoughts to the engineer.“…Thank you”. For the first time, the face of the engineer lit with happiness. But Amy said, “I think it’s impossible that it doesn’t have a damned head!”. After this, the engineer said to Amy, “A head is nothing but a decoration!." “Some words from this damned Steel Cowboy.” They ended up in a scuffle.
The Anti-Federation PMC
Deborah and Amy sortie against the anti-Federation PMC. Prior to sortieing, faulty parts were found in Deborah’s GN-X’s fake solar furnace, at which time Amy offered his own machine’s parts to Deborah. Deborah sortied in an Advanced GN-X and Amy in a normal GN-X. At one point, Amy was shot down, but the enemy leader was in the area he crashed. Furthermore, a concealed establishment was found where his machine fell. The next day, Deborah appeared deliberately under dressed to an opera house where Amy invited her to watch. Robert also appeared there, after quarreling he decided to go with them.
According to Gundam 00V Battlefield Record, Amy Zimbalist sortied in his outdated Advanced GN-X (purely because it was his favourite MS, and because he didn't want to go through the bother of converting it into a GX-IV). He was nearly assimilated, but was narrowly saved by one of Gundam Zabanya's rifle bits. Throughout the battle, he shows a great level of curiosity at the ELS, who he thinks of as "monsters", but later finds out that they look more like machines. He also shows a not-too-serious desire to shoot the Gundams in the back despite orders for the ESF pilots to assist the Gundams in any way possible.