Professor Ralph Eifman (レイフ・エイフマン Reifu Eifuman?) is a fictional character in Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Ralph is a famous Union engineer, technical chief, and scientist of several fields. He's also behind the Union Flag development project as well as its variant, the Over Flag.
Personality & Character
Ralph Eifman is a scientist, and as such he tends to view the world with a very calm and rational outlook. This helps him to understand motivations behind actions, such as when he figured out the Gundams were attacking causes of war. He is not without emotion, however. Though he is loyal to the Union and his assignment of capturing a Gundam, during one of Celestial Being's armed interventions in Taribia Eifman refused to take presented chance because, as he stated, he has a deep loathing for narcotics and would be more inclined to help the Gundams in such instances.
Skills & Abilities
As the primary mobile suit researcher of MSWΛD Ralph Eifman is well versed in mobile suit mechanics and technical theory. He is also very skilled at reading and understanding situations, such as when Celestial Being commenced armed interventions in Africa and South America where there was no active fighting Eifman realized that the Gundams were targeting the sources of war, such as a plantation growing narcotics and a mine whose ownership is in dispute.
Not much is known about the professor during his early days. He spent the latter of his life in advance robotics and physics to develop and produce brand new weapons for Union. At one point of his life, became a teacher at a university and continued to teach and work with his student, Billy Katagiri. He also somehow met Leesa Kujo (Sumeragi Lee Noriega) and have either collaborated or spent time with her and Billy as a trio (since he's mentioned unspecific info spending time together).
Anti-Gundam Investigative Squad
Eifman was behind the development of the SVMS-01 Union Flag at some point in time. During A.D. 2307, Professor Eifman joined the Union's Anti-Gundam Investigative Squad as their technical chief and adviser to aid in capturing the Gundams. Having Billy at his side, they custom modified Graham Aker's Flag, which came to create the SVMS-01O Over Flag. Eventually the modifications expanded to an entire squadron of Over Flags to combat against the Gundams. When Graham asks him whether the Gundams' action may bring the world to an end, Eifman does not deny the fact.
Death & Aftermath
While investigating over Celestial Being, Eifman made a revelation. He realized somehow the correlation between the Jupiter incident 120 years ago and Celestial Being gave Eifman an epiphany over Aeolia Schenberg's true philosophical intentions; his revelations were too late. His own computer monitor revealed a message,"You have witnessed too much." Shortly after, the Thrones attacked and Gundam Throne Eins fired its GN Mega Launcher, vaporizing him before he could reveal the truth to anyone.
After his death, Billy became the head of mobile suit development and he had discovered some of Eifman's handwritten notes on CB's GN-tech. He worked a theoretical system that Billy applied into Graham's (now called Mr. Bushido) new mobile suit, the GNX-U02X Masurao.
Main article: Union of Solar Energy and Free Nations A scientist with the Union armed forces.
- Billy Katagiri
- Professor Eifman was Billy Katagiri's teacher in graduate school, and is reunited with his former student when he is assigned to the Union's anti-Gundam investigative taskforce. Billy and Eifmanthe co-developed the Over Flags and are the leading authority on mobile suit engineering. They once worked with Sumeragi, but after a past incident she left and Eifan asks Billy of her from time-to-time. It's unclear whether or not Billy had received education by Eifman or was merely his assistant.
- Graham Aker
- Though they are not close, Professor Eifman personally tuned Graham's Flag to better fight the Gundams. Eifman's custom tuning then spread to a group of Flags known as the OverFlags.
Main article: Celestial Being He was part of the anti-Gundam investigative taskforce, who fought against Celestial Being.
- Sumeragi Lee Noriega
- Professor Eifman and Billy worked with Sumeragi in her early career as a tactical analyst/forecaster, but it was never clear was title "professor" a polite way of addressing Eifman or a real teacher to her. After the infamous incident that scarred Sumeragi, she became estranged to the professor, not once contacting him.