Shams Couza (シャムス・コーザ Shamusu Kōza?) is a fictional character and the protagonist of the original net animation (ONA) series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: STARGAZER set in the Cosmic Era timeline of the Gundam universe.
Although slightly arrogant about his abilities, Shams Couza seems to care about his fellow pilots Mudie Holcroft and Sven Cal Payang. He is shown to be both calm and ruthless in combat, often aiming directly for his enemy's cockpit. He also seems to enjoy battle to some extent as he is often seen smiling as he dispatches his enemies. However, his calm demeanor is replaced with blind rage after witnessing Mudie killed in combat. Her death seemed to effect him to a great degree (as his screams upon finding her mangled corpse in her cockpit would seem to imply). This leads him to ignore and abuse his energy supply in the following mission, which results in his own demise.
Like his teammates, Shams underwent training as an anti-Coordinator soldier as a child. Shams wears large rectangular glasses, but they are just for show - his eyesight is excellent without them. He and his teammates encounter Martian pilot Ergnes Brahe, pilot of the GSF-YAM01 Δ Astray. The most cynical of the three, Shams pilots the GAT-X103AP Verde Buster Gundam. Shams is killed in the failed assault on the DSSD space station when his suit runs out of power and gets destroyed by the DSSD Astrays.
Notes & Trivia
- Shams' best-known voice actor is Mamoru Miyano, who also voiced Setsuna F. Seiei of Mobile Suit Gundam 00. However, the role was originated by Hiroshi Kamiya (who also appeared in Gundam 00 as Tieria Erde). Kamiya provided Shams' voice for the streaming versions of episodes 1 and 2, but was injured in a car accident and had to be replaced. Miyano played Shams in episode 3 and all subsequent video game appearances, but also re-looped all of Kamiya's dialog for the DVD release of Stargazer.
- Some fans speculated that Shams and Mudie Holcroft might have been in some form of romantic relationship due to his rather extreme change in personality following her death.