Fon Spaak (フォン・スパーク Fon Supāku?) is one of the main protagonists in Mobile Suit Gundam 00F and Mobile Suit Gundam 00I. He also played a role in Mobile Suit Gundam 00P and Gundam EXA. In Gundam 00F, Fon is a slave Gundam Meister of Celestial Being's Branch Group Fereshte, piloting their upgraded second generation Gundams. He later breaks ties with the organization and became an independent Gundam Meister.
Personality & Character
Fon Spaak is a criminal enlisted by Celestial Being to serve as a Gundam Meister for Fereshte. He is prone to violence and destruction, and he feels most excited when he's able to raise chaos during battles. He is also highly resistant and problematic when carrying out instructions, which makes him a potential liability in missions. Due to his erratic behaviour and suspicious background, a remote-detonated explosive has been strapped on his neck to keep him under control. He's also handcuffed with electronic bonds, only to be released under Veda's authorization through Hanayo.
Fon has always had a difficult relationship with those in higher authority. He had experienced oppression by the Union since birth, and it prompted him to join a retaliatory terrorist group at a young age. As a terrorist, he was also known to have fall-outs with several of his superiors as he was disgusted by their politics and their cowardly approach in operations. Growing up fighting authority and the status quo made Fon learn of his affinity with anarchism and chaos. He never holds back in doing what he wants and does not hesitate to use destruction to achieve his goals. Matching his chaotic personality, Fon always pushes people to act on their own accord and respects those who have done so. He constantly urges Hanayo and Chall Acustica to make their own decisions instead of relying on Veda.
Despite his lesser aspects, he's proven to be a highly intelligent and competent Gundam Meister. While he does not support Celestial Being's ideology, he does believe in the power of the Gundams and their potential to change the world. During his time in Fereshte, he established a rapport and became comradely with his fellow members, earning him a higher degree of trust amongst his peers. Due to the fact that Veda is no longer under the control of Celestial Being, Fon has his freedom and no longer tied to his bonds. Since he's the sort of person that likes to be where the action is, he later left Celestial Being during its hiatus in A.D. 2308.
Skills & Capabilities
Although Fon may have a mischievous personality, he takes combat very seriously. He has in-depth knowledge of mobile suits and can identify strengths and weakness instantaneously. For example, just by using a Second Generation Gundam in Gundam 00P Special Edition, Fon managed to defeat a Garazzo and a Gadessa. In Gundam 00F, he claims to see a difference in the velocity of the SVMS-01O Over Flag's linear gun with just a glance of it in action. Then in Gundam 00I, Fon battles three Garazzo units and destroys all of them. Fon is an expert at long-range and melee mobile suit combat. He seems to be one of the few pilots who is good at piloting both GN and non-GN mobile suits besides Setsuna F. Seiei. At the end of Gundam 00F, Fon managed to get an empty Veda terminal and by Gundam 00I, he and Hanayo had restored the terminal to operational status and could received updates from the main Veda terminal.
Born as Robark Stad Jr., he was the son of Robark Stad Sr. and his wife, a working class couple who worked in one of the resource satellites for the Union. Not much is known about the details of his early childhood, but it was mentioned that the young Robark was exposed to the harsh policies of the Union during this time. This prompts him to join several terrorist groups opposing the Union at a very young age. In 2290s, he became a terrorist residing in the Middle East, where he met the KPSA leader Ali al-Saachez. Young Robark's time there wasn't long, as in A.D. 2299 he was kicked out from the terrorist group he was in for causing unnecessary ruckus. Not much is known about his activities shortly afterwards. Robark Stad Jr. later received the name, Fon Spaak, due to his distinctive laughter: 'Fon' refers to his laughing sound, while 'Spaak' was a reference to an explosion.
Prior to being recruited by Celestial Being, Fon Spaak was the leader of a group of mercenary allied with the AEU. In A.D. 2302, a surveillance camera setup by Fon's mercenary group accidentally recorded the battle between two unknown MS - Celestial Being's GN-XXX+GNR-000 Sefer Rasiel and HRL's MSJ-06YIII-B Tieren Kyitwo. This footage together with the research he did on various others incidents convinced him that there was a mysterious organization that had covered its track very well. Fon's group later setup a trap for the Gundam. Piloting the AEU mobile armor AEU-MA0707 Agrissa Type 7, Fon managed to catch the GN-XXX Gundam Rasiel in his machine's plasma field. Despite the plasma field's electric shock, the Rasiel's Gundam Meister Grave Violento pulled the trigger and destroyed Fon's Agrissa Type 7 with a shot from the Gundam's beam rifle. Fon survived his machine's destruction and came face to face with Grave. He explained to Grave how he had noticed Celestial Being's existence, and even correctly guessed that the group is interested in recruiting talents like him. However, Fon indicated that he was not interested and left. Fon later picked a fight with the Tieren Kyitwo as he thought that gathering all those who knew the Gundam's existence in one place would entice the Gundam to appear. However, his plan failed when the Tieren Kyitwo's pilots sensed something amiss and retreated. Veda eventually ordered Fon's elimination but he managed to evade its detection. Grave later convinced Veda to cancel its kill order, and recommended to it that Fon be a member of the support group, Fereshte, that Chall Acustica was setting up.
Fereshte's Gundam Meister
With Grave's recommendation, Veda approved the recruitment of Fon Spaak into Fereshte. After many years of searching, Fereshte later got a hold of the former mercenary and appointed Fon Spaak into their Gundam Meister roster. Due to his terrorist background and questionable loyalty to the organization's ideology, Veda had placed handcuffs and exploding neck strap onto Fon to be able to limit his actions. Hanayo was assigned to release his restrains and to monitor him during missions. While he was in effect a slave Gundam Meister, he voluntarily decided to aid Celestial Being as he would not mind picking a fight with the entire world.
As the Fereshte's Gundam Meister, Fon was assigned to pilot the upgraded versions of Second Generation Gundams. In his first mission, he piloted the GNY-004 Gundam Plutone to act as a distraction and prevent a group of HRL troops from detecting Celestial Being's base in sector CS34. He later used the GNY-002F Gundam Sadalsuud Type F to support Lockon Stratos and GN-002/DG014 Gundam Dynames Torpedo in pacifying the fighting near the base of HRL Orbital Elevator, Heaven's Pillar. Fon was also sent to Azadistan during the abduction of Rasa Massoud Rachmadi and piloted the GNY-003F Gundam Abulhool Type F.
In the Taklamakhan entrapment, Fereshte was ordered by Veda not to intervene; Fon slipped in using an AEU-09 AEU Enact. The appearance of new Gundams in the conflict quickly confirmed his suspicions that Veda could be hacked from the outside. Shortly after the meeting with the Ptolemy Crew, the new Gundam Meister team, Team Trinity, went to Fereshte's hideout in space and demanded the GN-000 0 Gundam and its GN Drive under the orders from Veda. Without 0 Gundam's GN Drive, Fereshte's role as a support group was about to be rescinded. Not complying with the Trinity's demand, Fon sortied with Gundam Plutone to fight against them. Due to Fon's resistance against Veda's orders, his explosive neck strap was shortly detonated. Fon was eager to continue fighting despite his injury, but Hanayo hijacked Plutone's system to stop him. She detonated the Plutone as a distraction and maneuvered its Core fighter to CBS-70 Ptolemaios for Fon to be treated.
Upon his recovery, Fon learned about the formation of the GNX-603T GN-X squad under the UN Forces. He immediately set out with Hanayo to recover as many supplies as they could from their resource satellites. Before he sortied in GNY-001F Gundam Astraea Type F, Aeolia Schenberg activated the Trans-Am System of the GN Drives. Upon collecting supplies from the fourth resource satellite, Fon confirmed with the crew his suspicion that Veda was continuing to protect their data and access rights despite being taken over by Celestial Being traitor Ribbons Almark. Fereshte shortly learned from Veda about Celestial Being's defeat against the UN Forces in the Battle of Lagrange 1. Scavenging at the aftermath, Fon and Hanayo retrieved Kyrios' GN Drive.
After the defeat of Celestial Being, Fon Spaak roamed the world to witness the unification being carried out by the UN Forces. It was during this point when "Eye of Veda" Hixar Fermi and Hayana appeared and stole the Gundam Sadalsuud Type F from Fereshte. Despite his orders to retrieve the Gundam, Fon did not pursue after them as he was interested in how Hixar would use his privileges from Veda to change the world.
Fon, who made it into space, reactivated the factory ship Euclides. Hixar, who had followed Fon for betraying Fereshte, tries to prevent him with the Gundam Sadalsuud Type F. On the other hand, Fon mercilessly attacks him with the Astraea Type F2 in Trans-Am mode. Hixar also activates Trans-Am and fights back with the Sadalsuud Type F. Suddenly, a black Gundam Plutone appears.
The pilot of Black Plutone is Bring Stabity, who offers to collaborate with Fon. After a short chat with Bring, Fon realizes that he isn’t human. Bring then says that he belongs to the group, Innovators, but was stopped by Fon when he was about to say his name. Fon indicated that he had no interest in the name of a tool. Fon later announces a plan to attach engines to a group of asteroids and drop them on Earth. Astraea F2 and Black Plutone are deployed as guards for the asteroids. Fon intentionally shows Bring his back to agitate him, but Bring doesn’t bite and goes after Hixar. Seeing this state of affairs, Fon scoffs at him “Are your orders from above that absolute? Your name as an Innovator is wasted!” While battling with Hixar, Bring says that Fon's plan is in line with Aeolia’s plan. Elsewhere, Ribbons and Regene were inspecting the progress of Fon’s plan. Regene analyzed that Ribbons is allowing Fon's plan as dropping the asteroids will cause damage on a global scale, the angered masses would support the government’s armed forces reorganization plan. If that happened, humanity’s will, would unite and the plan could proceed to the next stage. Ribbons' cryptic reply was that even Veda could not fully predict the future, and something more interesting could be in store.
As the army mobilises to destroy the asteroids, Fon decided to detonate all the asteroids. Bring, who was defeated by Hixar, was shocked by the change in plan while Hixar was already aware that Fon had another plan in mind. The true aim of Fon's plan was revealed, his goal was to used the large debris cloud formed by the detonated asteroids to block the sunlight and hence interfere with the solar power generation system, causing a global blackout. Fon instructed Hanayo to observe how the government react to the blackout, and discovered that despite the emergency, power were still being supplied to the moon. Fon then met up with Hixar and invited him and Hayana to come along. The group arrived at the dark side of the moon and Fon says that that is the location of Veda.
As Hixar and Fon launched in their Gundams, Black Innovator versions of Gundam Astraea Type F, Sadalsuud Type F, Abulhool Type F, Plutone, Rasiel and GN Sefer appeared. Hixar fought with the black Sefer Rasiel, while Fon battles the other 4 black Gundams and defeated them using Trans-Am. Fon then lands on the moon to search for Veda. In the room where Veda is, Fon is greeted by Ribbons' voice and was told that he could not have Veda. According to Ribbons, beside the core Veda terminal on the moon, there is another spare unit elsewhere and all of Veda's functions are being transferred there. Fon was left with an empty, non-operational Veda terminal, but he smiles when asked by Hanayo about their next step.
Return of Fon Spaak
In AD 2311, Chall Acustica, Eco Calore, and Sherilyn Hyde disbanded Fereshte in order to assist Celestial Being with the development of the new Gundams. Hixar and Hayana left Celestial Beings base to travel around in search of Fon. Fon abandons the Gundam Astraea Type F2 in order for Fereshte to recover the original GN Drive; however he does keep the Black Astraea Type F, Sadalsuud Type F, Abulhool Type F and Plutone for his own. He even change the color scheme of the Black Gundams’ to that of the color scheme used by Fereshte.
Fon Spaak first appeared in chapter 8 of Mobile Suit Gundam 00I, he roared laughing after having set the pseudo GN Drives into the repaired Black Gundams that he recovered after the battle with Innovators. In chapter 10, he pilots the repainted black Gundam Astraea Type F and battles a squad of GN-XIII which he easily destroyed. Then Beside Pain in the 1 Gundam appeared and stood in front of him. However, Fon smiled saying, "The personal data of this guy named Leif is inside my Veda." and this badly shocked Beside Pain. The two then fought, but it ended quickly after Beside Pain receives serious damage and had to withdraw. Later on, Fon met with Chall, sherilyn and Telicyra Herfi. Fon received the GN Hammer and asked the doctor to come with him. Tracking Beside Pain's 1 Gundam down, Fon crushes the facility where he is hiding with the GN Hammer. Fon then tells the doctor to get out and treat Leif as Beside Pain had already transferred to a new body.
Battling the Innovades
In chapter 11, Fon battles with Beside Pain in the facility and declared that he's trying to get involved in Leif's mission of gathering the six comrades. The battle was interrupted by three Garazzo sent by Regene to support Beside Pain. Fon battled the three Garazzos and defeated them. He and Hanayo then took Leif back to Euclides to help Leif recover his memory. Later on, Beside Pain remodelled CB-001 1 Gundam into CB-001.5 1.5 Gundam and tested his new Gundam against three GN-XIII. Hixar Fermi then arrived and battled Beside Pain. Through Fon's own Veda terminal, Hanayo detected 1.5 Gundam's activity and Fon prepared to launch in the GNY-001F/HS-A01D Gundam Avalanche Astraea Type F'. However he was stopped by Leif who had just awaken and wants to settle things with Beside Pain.
Gathering the Six Comrades
In chapter 12, Fon and Hanayo talks with Leif about his mission to gather six comrades and about Beside Pain. Later, Telicyra, Chall and Sherilyn arrives on the ship and Fon pointed out it’s funny that after they find the six, Leif’s and Telicyra’s abilities which are for gaining the six comrades, become useless. The reply that Telicyra could think of is, "When the six companions are gathered, then an additional ability is added to me and Leif. Another possibility is that even after the six companions are gathered, our current ability can still be used." Fon remarks that there may be another possibility: "The six does not include Telicyra and Leif". Fon then considers the true meaning of Lars' ability and realizes what Veda's objective is. Hanayo then informs them of Beside Pain and 1.5 Gundam current movements. Leif and Telicyra then realised that Beside Pain plans to attack Telicyra's home. The group later received a video call from Sulu that Beside Pain's attack was stop due to intervention from Lars, and Leif identifies Hermiya (who appeared on screen) as one of the six comrades.
In chapter 13, the group returned to earth and Leif awakens Hermiya as one of the comrades. However, she is unclear about her awakened ability. They then went to the orbital elevator, meet with Regene Regetta and awaken him as the last of the six comrades. Regene's awakened power is to be able to control all machines that are installed with GN Drives, including originals. Regene then brags about how he can take control of any GN Drive mobile suits including the GN-0000 00 Gundam and CB-0000G/C/T Reborns Gundam Origin for his own use. With this power, Regene stated his intention of completing Aeolia's plan in his own way. Fon then remarks that Regene's ability can only be used in ways that Veda approves, hence it is useless for other uses. Regene brush asides Fon's remark and proclaim that he is invincible. Fon then grappled and chocked him to show otherwise. After Regene was released by Fon, the six comrades receive new updates from Veda.
Veda tells each one of them the true purpose of the gathering of the six comrades. Their role is to become the new observers and to perfect Aeolia Schenberg's plan that is to be accomplished through the help of three important parties: human, Veda, and Innovades. Furious that his awaken ability is wasted on this new purpose, Regene doesn't want go along with the plan. He quickly escapes, abandoning the GRM Gundam. As his escapes, he contacts Beside Pain in the 1.5 Gundam to the attack the orbital elevator. Beside Pain's attack was eventually stopped by Hixar and was killed. Back in the orbital elevator, Fon reveals Hermiya's ability: to erase the awakened ability and related memory of any member of the six comrades with the other members agreement. He had deduced what her ability is based on the fact that Leif and Telicyra retain theirs. Leif suggested using this on Regene and other members agreed, including Lars who had just arrived. With this, Hermiya's ability is activated, erasing Regene's awaken ability and his memory about the six comrades. They then come up with a plan to stabilize the damaged elevator.
Leif pilots the recovered 1.5 Gundam and heads toward the top of the orbital elevator to stabilize the damaged elevator using the GN particles' ability to manipulate weight. Then Beside Pain takes over Leif's body once again and plans to kill the group, but he is interrupted by Fon Spaak. Fon piloting Gundam Avalanche Astraea Type F' battles 1.5 Gundam. During the battle, Telicyra uses his QBW to try to awaken Leif, who was able to win back control of his body eliminating Beside Pain from his mind. Then a small squadron of A-Laws mobile suits appears lead by Revive Revival and Hiling Care in their GNZ-003 Gadessa units. Revive indicates that they are not there for a fight, they just want the 1.5 Gundam. Leif hands the suit over after Fon says that their master (Ribbons) wants Beside Pain's character data. In the epilogue, Leif suggested Fon taking Regene's position and the others agree. However, it is unknown if Fon ever agrees with this proposal.
Gundam 00P Special Edition
The Gundam 00P Special Edition chapter 1 takes place sometime after Gundam 00I Chapter 11 (the exact time point is not known). Fon Spaak piloting Gundam Astraea Type F went to Lagrange Point L2 saying that there's "something" there. He come across Bring Stability in the GNZ-005 Garazzo and Hiling Care in the GNZ-003 Gadessa. Fon Spaak defeats them both using his cunning tactics, and confirmed the existence of a large spaceship that is being concealed by its optical camouflage. After the events of Gundam 00F, Fon and Hanayo recovered and restarted the Veda terminal that Ribbons left behind on the moon. Although the data originally inside the terminal has been completely deleted, it still receives new data uploaded by Veda. Thus, Fon and Hanayo are aware of all current developments and discovered that Ribbons is hiding something in the L2 region. Hanayo has cut off her data link with Veda after the super computer was seized by Ribbons, this prevent the Innovators (Group) from finding and attacking them. Although Fon discovered the spaceship, he decides to leave it alone for the time being and left.
In Gundam 00P Special Edition chapter 3, Hanayo detected an odd energy reading from an empty base on the moon. Hanayo advices Fon that this is likely a trap for him, but Fon says, "I will go to confirm if it's a trap" and sorties in the GNY-001F/HS-A01D Gundam Avalanche Astraea Type F'. Two GNMA-Y0001 Empruss appears and engages Fon. After a tough battle where Avalanche Astraea Type F' receives some damage from the two Empruss, Fon shakes them off, and entered into the moon base that is too small for the two MA to enter. In the base, the sensors of Avalanche Astraea Type F' detected a huge energy reaction. Fon immediately turns the MS around and proceeds to leave the base at full speed as it explodes from within. Hanayo concluded that they will be caught in the explosion, but Fon is confident that they will barely make it out. Hanayo redo her calculations again but her conclusion did not change. Fon then replies that the machine has no problem withstanding a few seconds of being caught in the explosion. Surprisingly, this seem to be his plan from the beginning. As the Avalanche Astraea Type F' flies out amid the explosion, the two Empruss waiting outside were caught completely off guard and could not react in time, A few hours later, the Avalanche Astrea F' safely returned. Hanayo asks Fon, "Why did you go even if you knew it was a trap?". Fon replies, "Because it was a trap set for me. In short, it was something made so that I won't get bored. I couldn't not answer the invitation." Hanayo could not understand why Fon was laughing, but she pitied the enemies who tried to trap him.
Main article: Celestial Being
- Gundam Meisters
- Setsuna F. Seiei
- Although they never made direct contact, Fon stated that he respected Setsuna the most out of the main Gundam Meisters. Noting how Setsuna had his own vision of the world and worked toward achieving that, instead of simply working for Veda's goal.
Main article: Innovators (Innovade Group)
Main article: KPSA
- Ali al-Saachez
- Fon Spaak seems to recognize Ali al-Saachez while pursuing him with the Abulhool Type F, dismissing Ali as a relic of the past Solar Wars.
Fon makes an appearance in the PSP video game, "SD Gundam G Generation Over World" piloting his Gundam Astraea Type F2.
- Fon shares the similar design to Accelerator, one of the antagonist (later supporting protagonist) from the famous long-running Light Novel, A Certain Magical Index. They even share the same personality and voice actor, Nobuhiko Okamoto.