|“||"We are Human Debris. We're here regardless of our will. I'll obey whoever is in charge. Even if it's them. Or you guys."||”|
Human Debris (ヒューマン･デブリ Hyūman Deburi?) is the collective term used to describe orphaned children sold as human slaves in the Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS. They are named this way as they are seen having the same value as space debris.
Most Human Debris are easily identified by vertical red lines painted on their clothing. Often, due to harsh and brutal treatment by their owners, the majority of Human Debris view themselves as being less than a real Human, even developing a submissive personality complex. Their unfortunate nature of being slaves meant that they usually serve a lifetime of service with no form of payment or personal residency of their own, as well as an ingrained belief that Human Debris are always supposed to die in space and nowhere else.
Since Tekkadan had proven the strength of child soldiers during their first mission, by 325 P.D. many factions began to use Human Debris in greater numbers.
Factions using Human Debris
Chryse Guard Security: CGS has employed homeless and poor children, along with acquiring Human Debris through unknown means. Due to the nature of CGS as a private security company, the majority of children and Human Debris are subjected to the nearly-fatal Alaya-Vijnana System implantation process so that they can operate the military equipment even if they cannot read. The children and Human Debris were treated poorly by the management. In order to identifiy the Human Debris between the other members, they wear jackets and tank tops with a red strip on it.
Tekkadan: Following the assault on CGS HQ by Gjallarhorn and the disappearance of CGS CEO Maruba Arkay along with the exposed betrayal of the CGS First Corps during the attack, the survivors of the assault executed a mutiny where they took control of CGS and renamed it 'Tekkadan'. The Human Debris that were part of CGS have no problem working with the new management, and eventually growing to accept it over time as Orga Itsuka, the leader of Tekkadan, valued Human Debris as equals instead of less than Human. Originally, he even gave them all the documentation that made them bound to CGS as their property; thereby freeing them. Instead, they decided to remain as they had nowhere else to go and after receiving assurances from Orga that Tekkadan would back them unconditionally. As proof of this, he treated them as he would the other members of Tekkadan; even giving them (CGS and Brewers alike) bonus pay alongside everyone else for completing Tekkadan's first job without major difficulties. Akihiro Altland, one of the Human Debris in Tekkadan serves as a Mobile Suit Pilot, piloting the EB-06/tc Graze Custom and later the ASW-G-11 Gundam Gusion Rebake. Meanwhile, Dante Mogro acts as Tekkadan's electronic warfare expert and Chad Chadan serves on the bridge of Tekkadan's armored assault space ship the Isaribi. In addition, all members of Tekkadan who were Human Debris often pilot Mobile Workers in combat alongside the other members of Tekkadan.
By 325 P.D., none of the former Human Debris wear their original clothing with the identifying red stripe. Though they remember their time as trafficked soldiers, they are beginning to take pride in themselves and each other once more.
Brewers: Brewers often employs Human Debris captured or bought from fellow space pirates. They are often used as menial technicians, operators on the bridge, or as disposable pilots for their Man Rodi mobile suits. Like CGS, they are often augmented with the Alaya-Vijnana System implants despite the high failure rate. They are often abused physically and mentally with beating and threats of death being commonplace in the face of failure, incompetence, or disobedience. In addition, they are also used as disposable infantry when faced with boarding parties. After Brewers are defeated by Tekkadan, the surviving Human Debris are recruited into Tekkadan with assurances of fair treatment and a home at Tekkadan's base on Mars.
Dawn Horizon Corps: The Dawn Horizon Corps is a pirate group that uses Human Debris to pilot some of their Garm Rodis. They are deemed to be more useful compared to the normal MS pilot, as surrendering is not a choice for them because they have nowhere else to go. This also enables them to fight more fiercely in battle.
Known Human Debris