Leif Recitativo (レイヴ・レチタティーヴォ Reivu Rechitatiivo?) is an Innovade and one of the main protagonists in the manga, Mobile Suit Gundam 00I. In a previous life, in Mobile Suit Gundam 00P, he was an Innovade MS pilot implanted with another persona named Beside Pain.
Personality & Character
During his brief appearances in side stories, Beside showed a somewhat control freak behaviour. This was evident in Gundam 00P, when Beside becomes very frustrated when his plans do not go perfectly. This behaviour of Beside gives him a weak point, as exploited by Grave Violento during 00P, which lead to his defeat.
Unlike his predecessor, Beside Pain, Leif is a considerate young man who has expressed interest in finding a way for Innovades to coexist with humans.
Skill & Abilities
Beside/Leif has the appearance of a 18 years old boy. He's a Ribbons-based clone who has the same type base sequence pattern as Ribbons, pattern type-0026. Veda identifies Beside/Leif with registration number 08368-SA846. Leif has the ability to disassociate other Innovades from normal humans just by looking at them. This ability works wither its in person or on TV. Although 00P and 00I refer to Leif as an observation type Innovade, he has displayed the reflexes and speed of a battle type Innovade when restraining Dr. Clay.Beside’s special ability was put into effect. “Install!”. The ability was that Beside’s restricted/limited personal data can be forced upon and overwrite any Innovade linked with Veda. Beside/Leif is like all Innovades, able to utilize quantum brainwaves to telepathically communicate with other Innovades, and utilize quantum networked devices.Beside Pain has the ability to copy his own personality and memory to another body.
Before the events of A.D. 2307, Leif went by the name Beside Pain and piloted CBY-001 1 Gundam. Beside Pain first known action was when Beside used Install ability on Hixar Fermi and controlled Hixar to shoot Gundam Meister Grave Violento with special poisonous nano-machines. He made his first appearance when Gundam Meister 874 launched in GNY-0042-874 Gundam Artemie to investigate. After using the Trial System to subdue two GN Cannons, Beside deactivated his Optical Camouflage and revealed himself to her. Beside confessed to Hanayo that he was the pilot of CBY-001 1 Gundam and shot Artemie through the chest. Beside Pain was killed when Grave arrived to help Meister 874. Beside's Install ability failed because Grave was disconnected from Veda and because of that, Grave was able to fatally attack 1-Gundam. Beside tried to transferred all of his personal data to one of the Innovades piloting his support units with the same base pattern, but the cockpit was destroyed mid-transfer, and the data that made Beside an individual was mostly lost, and disappeared. Beside Pain’s sub-body had a new personality written to it, and became an observation Innovade. This partial transfer created a new persona, Leif Recitativo.
Leif was awakened by Veda to find six Innovades. Leif who lived as a human being one day woke up as an Innovade. However Leif himself doesn’t know why he was elected to be awakened by Veda. As he is switched into a new mission, the required data is downloaded into him. The subject of the mission that is given to him is “The selection of 6 Innovades”. For the purpose of accomplishing the mission, the ability to identify between Innovades and humans was added to him. Even though it is just the addressee’s image, even if the person himself is not projected, it is okay. For example, in the case that he sees an Innovade who is inside an MS on TV, far from seeing the face of the pilot, he can know up to his name. Leif awakes to Dr. Telicyra who previously belonged to "Doctors without Borders". Both Leif and Telicyra meet with Earth Federation Force MS pilot Innovade Flinch, but during their meeting is shot to death before Leif's very eyes. Later on, Leif and Telicyra awaken another one of their Innovade comrades named Bryn Sondheim. Bryn was shot as well, but he was saved by Doctor Herfi’s treatment. The one killing the Innovades turns out to be an Innovade himself. The man with the artificial left eye is named Lars Grise.
Later on both Leif and Telicyra were shocked that Bryn disappeared. Bryn’s QBW resonated in Leif’s and Telicyra’s brains. The voice also reached the Innovade hunter Lars. Relying on his voice, Leif and Telicyra struggled on to get to him. In front of them was a doll-like figure of a girl. It was a girl who was in a lethargic state because of the large amount of blood drawn from her. In front of her, Doctor Clay appears. Leif asks where Bryn is, and Doctor Clay sneers, “Couldn’t the person you’re looking for be the one right in front of you?” The one dressed up as a girl was Bryn. Dr. Clay knew that the blood of the Innovades contained nanomachines that made them eternally young. He says that he wants to implement a blood transfusion that can make humans eternally young too. When he turned his gun to them, in an instant, moving as a battle type Innovade, Leif restrained Dr. Clay. Following Telicyra’s foot steps, they leave the place without killing Doctor Clay.
In chapter 4, Leif has a dream, Gundam Rasiel and 1 Gundam were fighting. Grave Violento and an Innovade who looked like Leif were piloting each of the 1 Gundams and the GN Cannons. Leif wakes up when the 1 Gundam blew up. Leif talked to Dr. Telicyra about the contents of his dream. The doctor told him, “Even if that was your past, you weren’t yourself back then. But, essentially, your memories shouldn’t be able to transfer.” Innovade’s individual bodies last a long time so they can be recycled quite a few times. The Innovades’ [recycling mechanism], is most likely the result of Veda not understanding human nature, and consequently, as a computer terminal, it sought only what was most efficient. Bryn sends Leif a single vision the image was of 1 Gundam from Leif’s dream.
Leif was securing Bryn’s cooperation and heading to the Gundam he had summoned. Leif vaguely understands that he has to remove the limiter on Bryn's special Innovade abilities. That is, the limiter put on Innovades so that they can live in human society. Leif finally reaches the Gundam he saw in his dream, “1 Gundam.” “What are you going to do with such a dangerous thing?” Hixar Fermi appeared. Leif explained that he was on a mission. “Won’t you tell me about that mission? Beside Pain.” Hixar turned his gun on Leif. Hixar was moving based on the information he had gotten from Veda, “today, in this place, Beside Pain will appear.” And the 1 Gundam wakes up.
1 Gundam attacking Hixar and sitting in 1 Gundam’s cockpit is Leif. He regains his memories of his former self, Beside Pain. Hixar sends off a message, requesting that Chall to prepare the Rasiel Gundam. Then Bryn relays Leif’s QBW saying that he wants to talk to Telicyra. “They’re probably starting to kill the eye witnesses to keep information about the weapon which was test-fired secret,” Telicyra worries. With “But, those aren’t Veda’s instructions. It’s the Federation who wants a orbital weapon. It’s the action of someone using that to carry out Aeolia’s plan from the shadows.” Respect to that, Leif asserts. Then he informs Telicyra that Lars’ ability is to control machines from long distances. Telicyra, having finished the conversation, conveyed his feeling of ill ease, which his correspondence with Leif brought back, to Bryn. Bryn again told Telicyra that Leif’s QBW were getting stronger.
Lars contacts Mememto Mori to attack Leif and 1 Gundam, but he protected himself using 1 Gundam's GN particles. In order to stop the battle, Bryn tested the access of Lars using QBW while Telicyra stops Leif who tried to throw the finishing blow to Lars who was suffering said, "I get it now! You and Leif are different people!" Lars then threatened Leif or (Beside Pain) if he dies the comrades he discovers will not be able to be awakened so Leif backs away for the moment. Leif is then taken over by the character of Beside Pain
Returning Back to Self
In chapter 11, Beside Pain in the 1 Gundam attacks Fon Spaak and his Gundam Astraea Type F2, which he receives serious injuries and had to withdraw from the battlefield. Then he transplanted his personal data to a reserve body and wanted to fight Fon Spaak once more. The body he left behind is being treated by Telicyra using the Innovade medical treatment data that Moreno left behind Leif's body was starting to recover with the help from the start-up command that activates the nanomachines inside the Innovade's body.
Gathering the Six Comrades
Leif, Telicyra, Fon and Hixar meet again in space. In addition, Leif points out that Regene is a person that Beside found using Leif's ability. However, Fon pointed out that it’s funny that after they find the six, Leif’s and Telicyra’s abilities which are for gaining the six comrades, become useless. Leif and the rest of the group decided that Sulu Suluzu and Regene Regetta is one of the six comrades. He learns his true purpose is to become the new observers and to perfect Aeolia Schenberg's three part plan GN Drive, Veda, and Innovators.
After Beside is killed. Hixar and Hayana recovered the 1.5 Gundam. Leif now piloting the 1.5 Gundam heads toward the top of the orbital elevator. Then Beside takes over Leif's body once again and plans to the group, but he is interrupted by Fon Spaak. Fon piloting Gundam Avalanche Astraea Type F' battles 1.5 Gundam. Both Fon and Beside shoot off each others mobile suits then Astraea destroys the binders of the 1.5 Gundam. Telicyra uses his ability to awaken Leif who was able to win back control of his body eliminating Beside from his mind. Then a small squadron of A-Laws mobile suits appears and its lead by Revive Revival and Hiling Care in the GNZ-003 Gadessa. Revive tries to convince Leif to join them but he refuses because he doesn't like the way Ribbons conduct things. Leif goes on his own way. In the epilogue, Leif has gone traveling around the world.