Degwin Sodo Zabi is the absolute ruler of the Principality of Zeon and a major antagonist in Mobile Suit Gundam.

History Edit

He came to power in UC 0068 after the suspicious death of Zeon Zum Deikun. Degwin was Zeon's chief of staff and claimed that on his deathbed, Zeon, with his dying words, declared Degwin his successor. Degwin Zabi may be responsible for murdering Zeon Deikun, although there is no evidence to prove it.

Char Aznable believe that Degwin murdered his father and this lead to Char's revenge. Later, Char got his revenge on him by having Degwin's son Garma killed.

Gihren, Degwin's eldest son, initiated a purge of Deikun loyalists. while Degwin Sodo Zabi declared Side 3 colony the Principality of Zeon and himself as Sovereign. He reluctently initiated a war with the Earth Federation and set his four children up in high ranking positions. Degwin is also consumed by the intrafamilial feuding between his ambitious children, most notably Gihren and his daughter Kycilia. Degwin never recovers from the death of his youngest and most unspoiled son, Garma. He falls victim into a depression since Garma was his favorite child, and leaves most of the day to day operations to Gihren. As a result, Gihren effectively becomes the self styled "Fuhrer" of Zeon, taking all of his father's remaining power, leaving Degwin as little more than a figurehead.

Although Gihren dismisses his father as a tired old man, Degwin does not hide his disgust for Gihren's ruthlessness. Never having any respect for Gihren's lofty ideals, Degwin once humiliated his son by stating that he would never be Zeon's idea of a Newtype, but only a caricature of Adolf Hitler. And he anticipated that as with Hitler, Gihren's own followers would eventually want to kill him.

Although Degwin gives Gihren approval for the Solar Ray laser project, Degwin is genuinely tired of war (brought on mostly by Garma's death) and arranges for a meeting with General Revil to discuss peace negotiations. When the two sides' fleets arrive at the neutral area for discussion, Gihren arranges for an "accidental" firing of the Solar Ray laser that incinerates Degwin and Revil's respective flagships and much of their accompanying fleets.


  • "Sodo" is not Degwin's middle name. In Japanese it is an honorific meaning "lord" or "leader". In English, it might translate as Degwin Lord Zabi. Similar to how British writer Lord Tennyson is referred to as Alfred, Lord Tennyson. All of his children have the same, for example, Gihren Sodo Zabi. Sometimes it is romanized as "Soto".
  • In the novelization of Mobile Suit Gundam Degwin Zabi actually survives the entire war and is removed after the deaths of Gihren and Kycillia and the takeover by Char Aznable.

           Gundam Villains

Mobile Suit Gundam

Principality of Zeon

Degwin Sodo Zabi | Gihren Zabi | Kycilia Zabi | Dozle Zabi | Garma Zabi | Char Aznable | M'Quve | Ramba Ral | Crowley Hamon | Black Tri-Stars | Colonel Killing | Cyclops Team | Von Helsing | Norris Packard | Yuri Kellerne

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam


Jamitov Hymem | Bask Om | Paptimus Scirocco | Jerid Messa | Yazan Gable | Jamaican Daninghan | Mouar Pharaoh | Four Murasame | Rosamia Badam | Sarah Zabiarov | Ben Wooder | Gates Capa | Reccoa Londe | Gady Kinsey | Buran Blutarch | Franklin Bidan

Axis Zeon

Haman Karn | Mashymre Cello | Chara Soon | Glemy Toto | Elpeo Ple | Ple Two | Rakan Dahkaran | Gottn Goh

Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ

Glemy Faction

Glemy Toto | Ple Two | Rakan Dahkaran

Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack

Neo Zeon

Char Aznable | Chara Soon | Gyunei Guss | Nanai Miguel | Rezin Schnyder | Quess Paraya

Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket

Cyclops Team

Steiner Hardy | Andy Strauss | Gabriel Ramirez Garcia | Mikhail Kaminsky | Bernard Wiseman

Mobile Suit Gundam F91

Crossbone Vanguard

Meitzer Ronah | Carozzo "Iron Mask" Ronah | Dorel Ronah | Zabine Chareux

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory

Delaz Fleet

Aiguille Delaz | Anavel Gato | Karius

Mobile Suit Victory Gundam

Zanscare Empire

Fonse Kagatie | Cronicle Asher | Tassilo Vago | Fuala Griffon | Katejina Loos | Arbeo Pippiniden | Duker Iq | Lupe Cineau | Goze Barl


Tassilo Vago | Arbeo Pippiniden | Duker Iq | Fuala Griffon | Cronicle Asher | Lupe Cineau | Goze Barl | Katejina Loos | Renda de Paloma

Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

Principality of Zeon

Ginias Sahalin | Aina Sahalin

Earth Federation

Alice Miller

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

Neo Zeon

Full Frontal | MSN-06S Sinanju

Mobile Fighter G Gundam
Devil Gundam | Master Asia | Ulube Ishikawa

Mobile Suit Gundam 00

Autonomous Peace-Keeping Force

Arthur Goodman | Barack Zinin | Billy Katagiri


Aber Rindt | Ali Al-Saachez |

Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
Desil Galette