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  • Desert Tiger

Appearances

Anime
Game

Voice Actor

Japanese
English

Profile

Genetic Type
  • Coordinator
Blood-Type
  • B
Height
  • 181 cm5.938 ft
    71.26 in
    (GSD)
Weight
  • 74 kg163.142 lb
Age
Birth Date
Gender
  • Male
Love Interests
Nationality
Affiliation
Occupation
  • Mobile Suit Pilot
Rank
  • Yellow Uniform (SEED / GSD) (ZAFT)
  • Commander (SEED) (ZAFT)
  • Captain (GSD) (Orb)
Mobile Weapons
Command Ships

Andrew Waltfeld (アンドリュー・バルトフェルド Andoryū Barutoferudo?) is a fictional character from the anime series Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny.

Personality

Waltfeld has a brash personality in both terms; he's nice and likeable, but serious when engaged in warfare. When he first met Kira & Cagalli, his personality was more like a know-it-all stranger. But, as it progressed, he changed his personality to that of a strict individual toward his enemies and would kill them on the spot. Later, Waltfeld resumes a commanding role when he captains the Eternal. He is sly, cool headed and dedicated to keeping the peace and preventing war as a member of Terminal.

Skill & Abilities

Due to his skill and piloting the ground unit in desert, Andrew Waltfeld gained the nickname of "Desert Tiger". As the pilot of the LaGOWE, Waltfeld was well known for the operation of this unit, with his lover Aisha operating as his gunner. However, due to the loss of his left arm and left eye after the destruction of LaGOWE, it can be conjectured that Waltfeld might have lost some proficiency in operating a mobile suit. During the assassination of Lacus Clyne, the former ZAFT commander had improved his handgun skill against the specially trained assassins while also using the shotgun that was concealed in his prosthetic left arm. It can be assumed that Waltfeld eventually regained enough of his former piloting skill, as evidenced by his operation in his custom Murasame and Gaia Gundam.

History

Before SEED

Andrew Waltfeld (A.K.A. Desert Tiger) is one ZAFT's best commanders and pilots. Waltfeld is commander of the ZAFT forces in the PLANT-pledged African Community, headquartered at Banadiya, and is ably assisted by his executive officer Martin DaCosta. Waltfeld earned his fame for his great tactical skill at desert combat, as demonstrated on May 30, CE 70, when he defeated a Eurasian Federation tank corps at El Alamein, using the new TMF/A-802 BuCUE and older TFA-2 ZuOOT mobile suits. His passions are archeology (especially Egyptology), paleontology, and coffee. Waltfeld seems to have an obsession with coffee and experiments with different blends and flavors oftentimes making odd combinations for himself such as adding kona to one of his blends. He lives with his girlfriend-companion, Aisha, who also assists him in his military operations and actually serves as the co-pilot of his orange-colored customized TMF/A-803 LaGOWE. Not much is known about Aisha, and her last name is conspicuously left out in the anime. But the one thing that is evident is that Waltfeld cares for Aisha and the latter is very much devoted to this benevolent ZAFT commander; in both series he keeps a photo of her close by. His flagship is the land battleship Lesseps, which is escorted by the land cruisers Petrie and Henry Carter.

Gundam SEED

While the Archangel is traveling through the desert, He deploys his forces accordingly to deter the Archangel's escape from the desert as long as possible but his plans are marred by the unexpected intervention of reinforcement from Cagalli's Desert Dawn anti-ZAFT guerrilla force. He is also the first ZAFT personnel on Earth to not underestimate the pilot of the Strike Gundam as seen in one scene where he chuckles in his calm evaluation of the Strike Gundam's sudden adaptation to the sandy terrain of the desert. Waltfeld inadvertently becomes acquainted with Kira Yamato, and grows fond of the young pilot, which makes the subsequent inevitable confrontation between them more difficult. In his battle with Kira and the Strike, his LaGOWE is summarily destroyed, seemingly killing both Aisha and Waltfeld as they both hug each other as their unit becomes engulfed in explosions. However, luck seemingly befalls Waltfeld when Lowe Guele and his Junk Guild companions discover and rescue him and he is soon back in the PLANTs. Waltfeld claims loyalty to Chairman Patrick Zala in the name of vengeance, and is assigned as captain of the support ship Eternal; however, along with Martin DaCosta and other Clyne Faction loyalists, he helps Lacus Clyne steal the ship and joins up with the Archangel and Orb's Kusanagi, and despite obviously training for ground battles, he has proven to be a competent captain of the Eternal.

Gundam SEED Destiny

After the Bloody Valentine War, Waltfeld lives in the Orb Union with Archangel captain Murrue Ramius, who also lost a lover in the war. He receives a prosthetic arm, which conceals a shotgun. Apparently, he was also made Captain in the Orb Union's Military. In CE 73, after the assassination attempt on Lacus, he leaves Orb aboard the Archangel with Kira, Lacus, and Murrue. While Murrue offers him command of the ship, Waltfeld declines, instead serving as a pilot for both Archangel, as well as for his custom MVF-M11C Murasame mobile suit. When Lacus decides to go to the Eternal, Waltfeld goes with her, and the two coordinate with their allies from Terminal's asteroid base until early C.E. 74. When ZAFT forces discover the location of the Eternal, Waltfeld pilots an custom-colored Gaia Gundam reminiscent of his LaGOWE unit in an attempt to hold off the enemy forces as the Eternal sends off the new Justice and Freedom mobile suit units to Earth. Kira Yamato's timely arrival in Cagalli's Strike Rouge (its PS armor painted in Strike's colors) helps even the odds and promptly gives him the opportunity to tell the young Coordinator to dock with the Eternal and claim his new mobile suit. After regrouping with Kira Yamato, Waltfeld returns to being captain of the Eternal for the duration of the series and leaves the fighting to other units.

In the Special Edition ending, Andrew is seen making coffee for Murrue Ramius and Mu La Flaga.

Picture Gallery

Trivia

  • Waltfeld's name in the original Japanese has also been spelled "Andorew Waldfeld", and because of the pronunciation, his last name has also been interpreted as "Bartfeldt". Waltfeld's fated encounter and battle with Kira Yamato in the desert is reminiscent of Ramba Ral's encounter with Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam. However, while Ral died not long after meeting Amuro, Waltfeld didn't have the same fate. Instead, he assisted Kira and thus became one of his friends.
  • Andrew's "Desert Tiger" nickname ("Sabaku no Tora" - is likely a reference to the "Desert Fox" moniker of famed WWII general Erwin Rommel)
  • Waltfeld once commented on Yzak's scar, stating that: "When one doesn't have a bad scar removed, some might think it's a symbol of... commitment." When Yzak looked away from Waltfield, the latter said "Or since you turned your head maybe it's a symbol of your humiliation."
    Waltfeld's words reflect his choice to keep his scar in Gundam SEED Destiny. Signifying that he is ashamed of living while Aisha died in the battle against an Earth Alliance soldier (Kira), or is committed to making things right (possibly in honor of his beloved Aisha).
  • In both series, Andrew appears to be quite knowledgeable on coffee and its preparation.
  • There has been a strong question on the topic of how Andrew Waltfeld survived his battle with Kira Yamato, while in his TMF/A-803 LaGOWE. The last scene of the battle showed him and Aisha hugging each other. To this date it remains a mystery on how he survived the destruction of his Mobile Suit.

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Andrew Waltfeld

Affiliation

ZAFT + , Three Ships Alliance + , Terminal + , Orb Union + , Archangel-class + , FFMH-Y101 Eternal +

Age

30  + , 32  +

Birth date

22 July 41  +

Blood Type

B  +

Era

Cosmic Era  +

Gender

Male  +

Genetic Type

Coordinator  +

Names

Desert Tiger  +

Nation

PLANT + , Orb Union +

Occupation

Mobile Suit Pilot  +

Person Height

181 cm (5.938 ft, 71.26 in)  +

Person Weight

74 kg (163.142 lb)  +

Picture

File:305px-Andrew Waltfeld Gundam Seed Phase 19.jpg + , File:Andrew Waltfeld 002.jpg +

Rank

Yellow Uniform  + , Commander  + , Captain  +

Series

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED + , Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny + , Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Never Ending Tomorrow +

Species

Human  +

Voice Actors

Ryōtarō Okiayu  + , Brian Drummond  +

Categories list

Characters  + , Cosmic Era characters  +

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FFMH-Y101 Eternal + , Lesseps-class +

Captain

Archangel-class + , FFMH-Y101 Eternal + , Lesseps-class +

Crew

MVF-M11C Murasame + , TMF/A-802 BuCUE + , TMF/A-802 P-Mod.W BuCUE Waltfeld Custom Type + , TMF/A-803 LaGOWE + , ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam +

Pilot

 

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