Kamille Bidan (カミーユ・ビダン Kamīyu Bidan?) is the main protagonist and hero of the Japanese anime television series Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, the sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam. He is also a character in the sequel, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ.
Kamille was a troubled young man, growing up with his dysfunctional family in the colony Green Noa 1 during a time of prejudice and oppression. The neighboring colony, Green Noa 2 (later renamed Gryps) was then the field base of the tyrannical Earth Federation's Titans elite unit, a counter-insurgency organization to which his malevolent (and thus deeply resented) father, Franklin Bidan, was employed as well as his mother, Hilda. His father did the programming of the RX-178 Gundam Mk-II, while his mother researched the armor material.
Kamille particularly hated his feminine-sounding name - and thus tried to assert his manhood by learning martial arts and developing a hobby in amateur mobile suit creation. This he might have inherited from his parents: both were Federation officers and among the main engineering team that designed the Titan's prototype unit, RX-178 Gundam Mk-II.
Kamille exhibits the highest amount of raw Newtype ability and energy of almost any UC protagonist. It has also been said that Kamille is the strongest newtype in the whole Universal Century era. As comments made by the Gundam creator himself, Yoshiyuki Tomino claimed this in 1989 in 3 interviews: Monthly My Anime (月刊マイ・アニメ), Monthly Animedia (月刊アニメディア), Gundam Character Profiles (ガンダム人物列伝).
At the beginning of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, after a scuffle with a Titans officer Jerid Messa (who insulted Kamille's name as "girlish") at Green Noa 1's spaceport, Kamille was detained at the Titans' base on Gryps. During an AEUG raid led by Quattro Bajeena to steal the new "Black Gundams", he escaped his confinement and helped the AEUG steal all three Mk-II units. Under the tutelage of Quattro and former Titans officer Emma Sheen, Kamille later became one of AEUG's top pilots while maintaining his civilian status - first in his stolen Mk-II and later in his personally designed Zeta Gundam.
During the course of the war with the Titans, Kamille witnessed the death of both his parents, first love and friends. As such, though a generally nice person, he tended to act on his emotions and personal judgement rather than logic. This had placed him in deep rivalries with men like Jerid Messa and Paptimus Scirocco.
Kamille's life was changed again when he met a strange young female pilot with similar emotions (both resented their names) in Hong Kong. Her real name was unknown, and was referred to as "Four Murasame" (she was the fourth test subject from the Murasame Institute, a Newtype research group). The two found themselves drawn to each other for their common issues, fell in love and were torn apart time and again. Being a cyber-newtype, Four was mentally unstable and attacked Kamille anytime her Psyco Gundam is nearby. Like Lalah Sune before her, she cements Kamille's side of the rivalry with Jerid: while finally escaping Titans clutches, she was killed by Jerid in the attempt to save Kamille's life. Ironically, despite this potential cause of antipathy, Kamille later shows no real signs of a genuine hatred of Jerid: he treats him much like any other Titan pilot, this likely developing because Kamille thinks that hating Jerid is, at this point, useless.
As the battle of the AEUG and the Titans approach its fateful conclusion in the Gryps Conflict of U.C.0088, Kamille began tapping the mysterious "bio-sensor" in the Zeta Gundam as his Newtype abilities grew, and unleashing a power never before seen. In his final battle with Scirocco, Kamille proved to be the stronger mind, having gained the strength of all the people he loved who had died during the war. Despite having his PMX-003 The O impaled by the Zeta Gundam, a dying Paptimus Scirocco still managed to unleash a mind-crippling blow to Kamille Bidan, leaving him mentally crippled.
This left him comatose for most of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ. Near the end of the series, Kamille awakens and again displays powerful Newtype abilities, such as telepathically talking to Judau and his crew, much like Amuro did to the White Base in the original series. Despite this, he is still noticeably under some influence of the attack. Kamille is never shown again to pilot a mobile suit. By the end of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Kamille has apparently recovered his mental faculties and may have found a chance for a peaceful life along with his childhood friend and love-interest, Fa Yuiry. They are last seen in the epilogue of ZZ Gundam running along a beach. In the manga Moon Crisis, Kamille is briefly seen practicing as a doctor on the Moon, with the loving Fa by his side.
Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino noted on the official website of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation that he intended to revise Kamille's fate at the end of the Gryps Conflict to something a little more optimistic, in order to better balance out the series' bleak tone and to better reflect Tomino's current outlook in life. The 3-part film adaptation and recollection of the original TV series and met rather wide success in Japan, with the omission of Scirocco's crippling mind attack and the movie ending with Kamille and Fa in a long embrace at the conflict's conclusion. Tomino has made it clear that what happens after the new ending is up to the fans' imaginations, though it is considered an alternate universe to the main Gundam history, as Kamille's new ending contradics with the events in Mobile Suit ZZ Gundam.
The novelization is greatly different from the TV series, while it also did not follow the story of the novelization of Mobile Suit Gundam. It is written by Yoshiyuki Tomino himself, the cover characters are drawn by Haruhiko Mikimoto which followed the character design of the TV series, but the inner cover mobile suit designs by Kazumi Fujita differ greatly from the TV series.
The novelization has a much more tragic ending for Kamille as after Scirocco's mind attack, Gates Capa attacks Kamille in the Baund-Doc as Rosamia dies to protect Kamille in the attack. This has a devastating effect on his already mentally damaged state as he thought she was his mother and when Fa Yuiry comes to retrieve the Zeta Gundam, she found the hatch open and thought Kamille was sleeping. However it was heavily implied that Kamille had committed suicide shortly after Rosamia's death.
Appearance in Super Robots Wars seriesEdit
Kamille had appeared in every Super Robots Wars games that included the UC timeline. His mind alteration can be prevented by having Four Murasame on your team. Not having her around will usually lead to the events happening and while Kamille's still playable, his stats are horrendous (especially as these events are end-game). Most games that skip the events of Zeta tend to have Kamille arrive just after recovering.
In the final battle with Kashim King in Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden, he sends out Rosamia Badam in the Psyco Gundam MK II after he'd ERASED HER MIND. If you deploy the Zeta Gundam like you're supposed to, Kamille Bidan is forced to shoot her down as she attacks your ship. Then Kashim fires a ton of nuclear missiles he dug up and tries to wipe out every non-Innocent off the face of the Earth. Kamille flies into berserk fury and gives Kashim King nearly the EXACT speech he gave Paptimus Scirocco in his home series, accompanied with the Waverider ramming Kashim's battleship.
When asked about what happened to most of the AEUG in Super Robot Wars Destiny, Kamille Bidan responds they were dead before the game started...and this is just in the first few scenarios. During one scenario, Kamille catches a virus and is put out of commission. Kamille also defends Takeru when Takeru is being accused of being a traitor. Kamille notes that the hostage situation with Myura Evin is just like the time the Titans held Hilda Bidan hostage.
In the 2nd Super Robot wars Z2 game, Kamille finds himself mentoring Setsuna in his awakening Innovator abilities. This is due to the usual mentor figure, Amuro joining rather late and Kamille in this game has become a veteran in his own right, having seen action in Super Robot Wars Z, and the first Z2 game.