There's nothing wrong with a character being hypocritical, a lot of people are hypocritical, especially the "villains" in our real world. Whether he was created to fulfil the role of Char or is truly the physical body of Char, he would still have continually contemplated his existence, we can only contemplate on the conclusions he came to.mobiusdiablo wrote:I'm still not sure if FF is a brainwashed Char (due to Lalah's line in the sub I watched) or just a programmed clone, but I feel that if anyone was out of character in this episode, it was this guy. It became prevalent to me when the most trippy Newtype visions began, with FF seemingly taking Banagher back through time. From what I got from it, apparently Full Frontal was... a nihilist? "We're all doomed to fade into nothingness, so why bother trying to cling to the hope of the future?" By that logic, wouldn't that make him a complete hypocrite with his Side Co-Prosperity Sphere plan or whatever? Y'know, the one he was ready to clap Syam and possibly Minerva and Banagher for not a few minutes earlier? Not to mention his nonsense about being a vessel? I think that really weakened his character, which had been built up for quite some time.
He claims to have been emptied (or "released") and passed through madness. As with everything about him in the OVA, it's vague, and best left to our imaginations. Could he have been filled with the hope of spacenoids during the during the Axis Shock? Or are his claims of being a vessel simply metaphorical? I like to interpret it as a reflection of both the Axis Shock event and the transition from Char to Full Frontal.
On one hand we have Char disappearing in the confusion and madness of the Axis Shock event, and returning as the passionless Full Frontal, and on the other we have Full Frontal tackling with his existence and then coming to terms with it.
It may be the case that he was merely a puppet who felt it was his duty to lead Neo Zeon. Perhaps he sought for a new "release", if he achieved autonomy for spacenoids, then he would be able to die without regret.
One theme of the Neo Zeon faction was "Do we die in vain cursing the world, or do we keep fighting an endless war?" Char may have "died" in vain cursing the world, but he kept fighting until the end. Full Frontal would not give up either, so his decision was to continue fighting the indefinite war.
He does not have the passion of Char, it's quite possible that it's Char at his worst, and that's saying something. He retains all the subversive and harmful characteristics of Char, but he is more rational and does not have hope for humanity. That makes him much more dangerous and just as likely to sacrifice lives for his goals, even if his goals are worthless in grand scheme of existence.
In the end though, I believe Char's passions began to manifest inside of him, and they got the better of his blunt rationality. Full Frontal himself said that he could have destroyed the Unicorn and killed Banagher once they knew the location of the box, but he didn't. Perhaps he wanted to see the full potential of Banagher and the Unicorn.
It's up to the viewer to come to their own conclusions, but I don't he's a particularly inconsistent character.