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'''Gunther Prozen''' (sometimes called "'''Proitzen'''" in the Japanese version) is a fictional character from ''[[Zoids: Chaotic Century]]'' and ''[[Zoids: Guardian Force]]''. He is one of the main antagonists in both series.
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{{ZoidsCharacter
 
{{ZoidsCharacter
 
|CharName = Gunther Prozen
 
|CharName = Gunther Prozen
|ImageName = Prozen - cc.png
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|ImageName = Prozen ep26.png
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|Caption = Prozen in the anime, holding the Imperial Ring.
|Appearances = [[Battle Story|Zoids Battle Story]]<br>''[[Zoids: Chaotic Century]]''<br>''[[Zoids: Guardian Force]]'' (as the Dark Kaiser)
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|Appearances = [[Battle Story|Zoids Battle Story]]<br>[[Zoids: Chaotic Century]]<br>[[Zoids: Guardian Force]] (as the Dark Kaiser)
 
|Debut = Battle Story
 
|Debut = Battle Story
|Affiliation = [[Zenebas Empire]]<br>[[Guylos Empire]]
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|Affiliation = [[Zenebas Empire|Zenebas]] and [[Guylos Empire]]
|Age = N/A
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|Age =
 
|Zoids = [[Death Saurer]]
 
|Zoids = [[Death Saurer]]
 
|Japanese_Name = ギュンター・プロイツェン <br> (Gunther Proitzen)
 
|Japanese_Name = ギュンター・プロイツェン <br> (Gunther Proitzen)
 
|Actors = Houchu Ohtsuka (Japanese)<br>Dave Kelly (English)
 
|Actors = Houchu Ohtsuka (Japanese)<br>Dave Kelly (English)
}}'''Gunther Prozen''' is a fictional character from ''[[Zoids: Chaotic Century]]'' and ''[[Zoids: Guardian Force]]''. He is one of the main antagonists in both series.
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==Overview==
 
==Overview==
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===Battle Story===
 
===Battle Story===
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Zenebas had two known children. The first, Elena, would later end up hiding her past and running the [[Helic Republic|Republic]] as Louise Elena Camford, likely because neither the Republic or [[Guylos Empire|Guylos]] lot would have trusted an open [[Zenebas Empire|Zenebas]] heir in charge.
 
Zenebas had two known children. The first, Elena, would later end up hiding her past and running the [[Helic Republic|Republic]] as Louise Elena Camford, likely because neither the Republic or [[Guylos Empire|Guylos]] lot would have trusted an open [[Zenebas Empire|Zenebas]] heir in charge.
   
 
The younger, Gunther Prozen, was Elena's half-brother, and born some time before ZAC 2050 to a high-ranking member of the Guylos court. He never knew his father, being raised by his mother and given a no doubt heavily idealized version of his visions for the Zenebas Empire. At a young age, he was witness to Zenebas' funeral, swearing on that day that he would rebuild his father's nation.
 
The younger, Gunther Prozen, was Elena's half-brother, and born some time before ZAC 2050 to a high-ranking member of the Guylos court. He never knew his father, being raised by his mother and given a no doubt heavily idealized version of his visions for the Zenebas Empire. At a young age, he was witness to Zenebas' funeral, swearing on that day that he would rebuild his father's nation.
   
Prozen also kept his father a secret, instead relying on his mother's position to become influential within the Guylos court. When the current Emperor died in ZAC 2094, leaving his grandson [[Rudolph Zeppelin III|Rudolph]] as his only heir, Prozen was appointed as his regent. He used his new position to take de facto control of the nation, beginning a massive rearmament program. Unbeknownst to the Guylos leaders, he also formed his own units of loyalists and Zenebas nationals, who would later make up the [[Eisen Dragoon]]s and Prozen Knights (known for their pinkish-red [[Iron Kong]]s and wasp insignia).
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Prozen also kept his father a secret, instead relying on his mother's position to become influential within the Guylos court. When the current Emperor died in ZAC 2094, leaving his six-year old grandson [[Rudolph Zeppelin III|Rudolph]] as his only heir, Prozen was appointed as his regent. He used his new position to take de facto control of the nation, beginning a massive rearmament program. Unbeknownst to the Guylos leaders, he also formed his own units of loyalists and Zenebas nationals, who would later make up the [[Eisen Dragoon]]s and Prozen Knights (known for their pinkish-red [[Iron Kong]]s and wasp insignia).
   
 
In ZAC 2099, Prozen launched an invasion via the Western Continent, starting a new war between the Empire and the Republic. The goal of this war wasn't conquest, however, but to allow the two nations to batter each other and deplete their forces. To this end, he unleashed weapons such as the recreated Death Saurer and the dangerously uncontrollable [[Death Stinger]], seemingly caring little for the danger and destruction—or the deaths on both sides, in the latter's case.
 
In ZAC 2099, Prozen launched an invasion via the Western Continent, starting a new war between the Empire and the Republic. The goal of this war wasn't conquest, however, but to allow the two nations to batter each other and deplete their forces. To this end, he unleashed weapons such as the recreated Death Saurer and the dangerously uncontrollable [[Death Stinger]], seemingly caring little for the danger and destruction—or the deaths on both sides, in the latter's case.
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===Anime===
 
===Anime===
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====Chaotic Century====
 
====Chaotic Century====
Prozen's first appearance chronologically (shown later in the anime, in flashback) was as the Division Commander of the Third Panzer. Prozen's column had discovered the location of the frozen Shadow. Quickly realizing the possibilities inherently present in the [[Organoid]], he ordered the deaths of the Republic soldiers protecting it, including [[Dan Flyheight|Dan]]. Utterly demolishing all but Dan and a few of his best troops, Prozen ordered his troops to charge the Gustav hauling the capsule. While Shadow emerged, having been released by one of Dan's troops, Dan himself charged Prozen's column and self-destructed his [[Command Wolf]], wiping out an entire platoon of Iron Kongs. Prozen somehow survived the blast, escaping with Lieutenant Hardin. He happened across [[Raven]], whom Dan had been shepherding. Raven drew Dan's magnum and leveled it, trying to fire. Prozen calmly walked over to the child and slapped the gun from his hand, remarking casually that the safety had been on the entire time.
 
   
He must also have been impressed, as Raven soon came under his care, taking up the very name "Raven" only at Prozen's request, his real name having been burned from him at the sight of Ambient killing his family. Raven eventually became Prozen's finest warrior, surpassing Hardin and the rest of the then-Commander's guard. Eventually, Prozen rose in rank to become an Admiral and then Regent. Somewhere during that time, his men captured Shadow and brought him before Raven, allowing Raven to tame him.
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Prozen's first appearance chronologically (shown later in the anime, in flashback) was as the Division Commander of the Third Panzer. Prozen's column had discovered the location of the frozen Shadow. Quickly realizing the possibilities inherently present in the [[Organoid]], he ordered the deaths of the Republic soldiers protecting it, including [[Dan Flyheight|Dan]]. Utterly demolishing all but Dan and a few of his best troops, Prozen ordered his troops to charge the Gustav hauling the capsule. While Shadow emerged, having been released by one of Dan's troops, Dan himself charged Prozen's column and self-destructed his [[Command Wolf]], wiping out an entire platoon of Iron Kongs. Prozen somehow survived the blast, escaping with Lieutenant Harden. He happened across [[Raven]], whom Dan had been shepherding. Raven drew Dan's magnum and leveled it, trying to fire. Prozen calmly walked over to the child and slapped the gun from his hand, remarking casually that the safety had been on the entire time.
   
His ambitions eventually took him to the council that advised [[Emperor Zeppelin|Emperor Zeppelin II]], the Emperor of Guylos. Upon the death of the Emperor, Prozen made little to no effort to convert Rudolph to his scheming, instead simply trying to eliminate him. His plan was thwarted by Rosso, who kidnapped the young Emperor from the grips of the Royal Guard. Undaunted, the scheming Prozen seized utter control of the Empire, even managing to get himself coronated as the new Emperor, albeit only for a few seconds.
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He must also have been impressed, as Raven soon came under his care, taking up the very name "Raven" only at Prozen's request, his real name having been burned from him at the sight of Ambient killing his family. Raven eventually became Prozen's finest warrior, surpassing Harden and the rest of the then-Commander's guard. Eventually, Prozen rose in rank to become an Admiral and then Regent. Somewhere during that time, his men captured Shadow and brought him before Raven, allowing Raven to tame him.
   
After several attempts to use Imperial assets to kill [[Van Flyheight|Van]] and [["Fiona" Elisi Linette|Fiona's]] group, Prozen used a clone of the Death Saurer to create the Geno Saurer and other weapons, and lured the group to the [[Death Saurer]]'s birthing area. Somehow, he moved it to the capital building and hid it under the grand stage. After declaring himself Emperor, he used the Death Saurer to annihilate most of Guylos' capital.
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His ambitions eventually took him to the council that advised Zeppelin II, the Emperor of Guylos. Upon the death of the Emperor, Prozen made little to no effort to convert Rudolph to his scheming, instead simply trying to eliminate him. His plan was thwarted by Rosso, who kidnapped the young Emperor from the grips of the Royal Guard. Undaunted, the scheming Prozen seized utter control of the Empire, even managing to get himself coroneted as the new Emperor, albeit only for a few seconds.
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After several attempts to use Imperial assets to kill [[Van Flyheight|Van]] and [["Fiona" Elisi Linette|Fiona's]] group, Prozen used a clone of the Death Saurer to create the Geno Saurer and other weapons, and lured the group to the Death Saurer's birthing area. Somehow, he moved it to the capital building and hid it under the grand stage. After declaring himself Emperor, he used the Death Saurer to annihilate most of Guylos' capital.
   
 
The timely arrival of Van, Fiona, [[Irvine]], and [[Moonbay]], along with [[Rob Herman|Herman]] and a column of [[Gojulas]]es ultimately prevented Prozen from leaving the area. The further intervention of the Baron of Wings and [[Storm Sworder]] crippled the Death Saurer's Charged Particle Intake fan and allowed Van to destroy the monstrosity, seemingly consuming Prozen in the ensuing fireball.
 
The timely arrival of Van, Fiona, [[Irvine]], and [[Moonbay]], along with [[Rob Herman|Herman]] and a column of [[Gojulas]]es ultimately prevented Prozen from leaving the area. The further intervention of the Baron of Wings and [[Storm Sworder]] crippled the Death Saurer's Charged Particle Intake fan and allowed Van to destroy the monstrosity, seemingly consuming Prozen in the ensuing fireball.
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====Guardian Force====
 
====Guardian Force====
[[File:Kaiser2.jpg|thumb|Prozen as the deformed Dark Kaiser]]Prozen, presumed dead by most of the characters, was eventually revealed in the later episodes to have survived the explosion of the Death Saurer, somehow merging with its [[Zoid Core|core]]. Nicknaming himself the Dark Kaiser, he laid dormant in a cavern by the gateway into the Ancient Zoidian capital (and thus the [[Zoid Eve]]). When Shadow was killed, Prozen teleported him to his cave. When Raven and [[Rease]] arrived, Prozen revealed himself and taunted them over how they were all merely tools in his scheme. He then tried to make Shadow kill Raven. The attempt failed, as Shadow somehow remembered Raven after he attempted to calm him. Nevertheless, Prozen subdued him with ease.
 
[[File:Dark Kaiser.jpg|thumb|185x185px]]
 
   
Prozen then brought Fiona to him and kept her under his control, intent on using her to release the power of the Zoid Eve that would allow him to revive and pilot the Death Saurer. She resisted, however, instead barricading herself behind psychic walls. Prozen later found that he himself had been used: [[Hiltz]] explained that the Death Saurer could only be controlled by an Ancient Zoidian, such as himself, and had all along only intended the Dark Kaiser be a part of its core. Both he and Hiltz were absorbed along with the Death Stinger's core in forming the true form of Death Saurer and reviving it (though Hiltz was left thinking and in control, and the Dark Kaiser disappeared), and thus Prozen ultimately died along with it.
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Prozen, presumed dead by most of the characters, was eventually revealed in the later episodes to have survived the explosion of the Death Saurer, somehow merging with its [[Zoid Core|core]]. Calling himself the Dark Kaiser, he laid dormant in a cavern by the gateway into the Ancient Zoidian capital (and thus the [[Zoid Eve]]). When Shadow was killed, the Da[[File:Kaiser2.jpg|thumb|Prozen as the deformed Dark Kaiser]]rk Kaiser teleported him to his cave. When Raven and [[Reese]] arrived, the Dark Kaiser revealed himself and taunted them over how they were all merely tools in his sceme. He then tried to make Shadow kill Raven. The attempt failed, as Shadow somehow remembered Raven after he attempted to calm him. Nevertheless, the Dark Kaiser subdued him with ease.
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The Dark Kaiser then brought Fiona to him and kept her under his control, intent on using her to release the power of the Zoid Eve that would allow him to revive and pilot the original Death Saurer. She resisted, however, instead barricading herself behind psychic walls. The Dark Kaiser later found that he himself had been used: [[Hiltz]] explained that the Death Saurer could only be controlled by an Ancient Zoidian (himself), and had all along only intended the Dark Kaiser be a part of its core. Both he and Hiltz were absorbed along with the Death Stinger's core in forming the new Death Saurer and reviving it (though Hiltz was left thinking and in control, and the Dark Kaiser disappeared), and thus Prozen ultimately died along with it.
   
 
==Personality==
 
==Personality==
 
===Battle Story===
 
===Battle Story===
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Gunther Prozen was ambitious and nationalistic in what proved to be a dangerously idealistic (and ruthless) manner. He strongly believed in the [[Zenebas Empire]], feeling he understood his father's sense of betrayal and that he could carry out Zenebas' original goal of a unified Empire ruling [[planet Zi|Zi]]; while he never knew Zenebas personally, being a boy when he died, he grew up in a world where the Zenebas Empire existed only as a dead nation, absorbed and subjugated by the Guylos (and Helic) lot.
 
Gunther Prozen was ambitious and nationalistic in what proved to be a dangerously idealistic (and ruthless) manner. He strongly believed in the [[Zenebas Empire]], feeling he understood his father's sense of betrayal and that he could carry out Zenebas' original goal of a unified Empire ruling [[planet Zi|Zi]]; while he never knew Zenebas personally, being a boy when he died, he grew up in a world where the Zenebas Empire existed only as a dead nation, absorbed and subjugated by the Guylos (and Helic) lot.
   
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===Anime===
 
===Anime===
{{Template:Quote|Gunther Prozen, [[Zoids: Chaotic Century Episode 32]]|No matter who you are in this world, you will always cause some pain toward other people. There's probably someone, somewhere, right now, who is suffering because of something you've done to them, or done to their loved ones.
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''{{Template:Quote|Gunther Prozen, [[Zoids: Chaotic Century Episode 32]]|No matter who you are in this world, you will always cause some pain toward other people. There's probably someone, somewhere, right now, who is suffering because of something you've done to them, or done to their loved ones.
}}Similar to his battle story counterpart, the anime version of Prozen is highly ambitious and self-serving, though he appears more motivated by power straight up. He believes the [[Helic Republic]] to be nothing but a band of rebels usurping the [[Guylos Empire|Empire's]] land, and desires to rule the Empire and all of [[Planet Zi]]. He gradually climbs his way to the top of the political hierarchy, conspiring behind the scenes, stepping on everyone who gets in his way and casting people aside when he no longer needs them.
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Similar to his battle story counterpart, the anime version of Prozen is highly ambitious and self-serving, though he appears more motivated by power straight up. He believes the [[Helic Republic]] to be nothing but a band of rebels usurping the [[Guylos Empire|Empire's]] land, and desires to rule the Empire and all of [[Planet Zi]]. He gradually climbs his way to the top of the political hierarchy, conspiring behind the scenes, stepping on everyone who gets in his way and casting people aside when he no longer needs them.
   
 
Prozen is manipulative, feigning concern for the ailing Emperor Zeppelin to gain favor in the eyes of his peers. He stops at nothing to gain what he wants, even hiring assassins to kill the [[Rudolph Zeppelin III|Crown Prince Rudolph]] in order to take his throne. He appears to hold fascist ideals, believing that only the one who holds the most power deserves the right to rule.
 
Prozen is manipulative, feigning concern for the ailing Emperor Zeppelin to gain favor in the eyes of his peers. He stops at nothing to gain what he wants, even hiring assassins to kill the [[Rudolph Zeppelin III|Crown Prince Rudolph]] in order to take his throne. He appears to hold fascist ideals, believing that only the one who holds the most power deserves the right to rule.
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==Ability as a Zoid Pilot==
 
==Ability as a Zoid Pilot==
Both the Battle Story and anime versions of Prozen are associated with the [[Death Saurer]].
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Both the Battle Story and Anime versions of Prozen are associated with the [[Death Saurer]].
   
 
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The Death Saurer was a legendary Zoid created by the [[Zoidians |Ancient Zoidians]]. It proved both near-unstoppable and uncontrollable, and was the cause of their near-extinction.
 
The Death Saurer was a legendary Zoid created by the [[Zoidians |Ancient Zoidians]]. It proved both near-unstoppable and uncontrollable, and was the cause of their near-extinction.
   
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Prozen is never shown physically piloting a Zoid.
 
Prozen is never shown physically piloting a Zoid.
 
 
==Appearance==
 
==Appearance==
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'''Anime'''
 
[[File:Preuzen.jpg|thumb|Prozen concept art]]
 
 
Gunther Prozen appears as a tall well built man with cruel red eyes and stark white hair. In his youth as a Commander he wore his hair somewhat shaggy at neck length. In the beginning of the Chaotic Century story arch, he wore his hair long and held in a loose pony tail and commonly wore white armor accented with red that matched his eyes. Prozen has very angular face with the outer sides of his eyes bearing an up swept angle and he lacks any facial hair except for eyebrows and eyelashes. Due the redness of his eyes coupled with his pale skin and white hair, Prozen was likely affected by albinism.
 
   
Prozen also has a very distinctive voice: Somewhat gravely and lightly nasally at the same time while being of moderate tone with little to no accent. His manner of speaking is also very clipped and to the point without much sibilant sighing, unlike many villains. Overall, his voice is rather charismatic and convincing, being as deadly a weapon as anything else at his disposal.
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Gunther Prozen appears as a tall well built man with cruel red eyes and stark white hair. In his youth as a Commander he wore his hair somewhat shaggy at neck length. In the beginning of the Chaotic Century story arch, he wore his hair long and held in a loose pony tail and commonly wore white armor accented with red that matched his eyes. Prozen has very angular face with the outer sides of his eyes bearing an up swept angle and he lacks any facial hair except for eyebrows and eyelashes.
   
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Prozen also has a very distinctive voice: Somewhat gravely and lightly nazely at the same time. His manner of speaking is also very clipped and to the point without much syllabant sighing unlike many villains.
 
==Relationships==
 
==Relationships==
 
===Anime===
 
===Anime===
'''[[Lt.Hardin|Hardin]]:''' Lieutenant Hardin is one of Prozen's closest subordinates. She is often seen at his side or taking orders directly from him. Hardin never questions Prozen's commands, and is clearly shown as willing to risk her life for him.
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'''Hardin:''' Lieutenant Hardin is one of Prozen's closest subordinates. She is often seen at his side or taking orders directly from him. Hardin never questions Prozen's commands, and is clearly shown as willing to risk her life for him.
   
 
'''[[Karl L. Schubaltz|Karl Schubaltz]]:''' Schubaltz hates Prozen and distrusts him, for he knows that Prozen intentionally set up the war between the [[Guylos Empire]] and [[Helic Republic]]. However, he was unable to do anything to stop the evil plot.
 
'''[[Karl L. Schubaltz|Karl Schubaltz]]:''' Schubaltz hates Prozen and distrusts him, for he knows that Prozen intentionally set up the war between the [[Guylos Empire]] and [[Helic Republic]]. However, he was unable to do anything to stop the evil plot.
   
'''[[Raven]]:''' Prozen took him in and called him by the name "Raven", due to his dark hair. He later bestowed the [[Organoid]], Shadow, upon the boy, and trained him intensely to become a skillful battler for the Imperial army.
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'''[[Raven]]: '''Prozen took him in and called him by the name "Raven", due to his dark hair. He later bestowed the [[Organoid]], Shadow, upon the boy, and trained him intensely to become a skillful battler for the Imperial army.
   
 
===Battle Story===
 
===Battle Story===
'''Karl Schubaltz:''' Schubaltz, as in the anime, distrusts Prozen. Schubaltz later outright attacks Prozen, using his [[Iron Kong]], severely damages Prozen's [[Death Saurer|Bloody Death Saurer]]. This leads to Prozen's decision to self-destruct his Death Saurer in an attempt to wipe out the Imperial and Republican armies.
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'''Karl Schubaltz: '''Schubaltz, as in the anime, distrusts Prozen. Schubaltz later outright attacks Prozen, using his [[Iron Kong]], severely damages Prozen's [[Death Saurer|Bloody Death Saurer]]. This leads to Prozen's decision to self-destruct his Death Saurer in an attempt to wipe out the Imperial and Republican armies.
   
'''[[Wolff Muroa]]''': Before his death, Prozen is mentioned distressing over his son, showing that he is at least a little concerned for Wolff's well-being. While aware that Wolff will inherit the throne and become the Emperor of the Zenebas Empire, Prozen worries whether or not Wolff's naive nature will cause him trouble in his future role.
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'''[[Wolff Muroa]]''': Before his death, Prozen is mentioned distressing over his son, showing that he is at least a little concerned for Wolff's wellbeing. While aware that Wolff will inherit the throne and become the Emperor of the Zenebas Empire, Prozen worries whether or not Wolff's naive nature will cause him trouble in his future role.
   
 
==Zoids Legacy Database Entry==
 
==Zoids Legacy Database Entry==
 
{{Legacy}}
 
{{Legacy}}
 
:''"Gunther P. Guylos Empire's former general and later regent. He plots to kill Rudolph to become Emperor himself. He schemes to revive Death Saurer and rule the world."''
 
:''"Gunther P. Guylos Empire's former general and later regent. He plots to kill Rudolph to become Emperor himself. He schemes to revive Death Saurer and rule the world."''
 
==Trivia==
 
*Prozen shares the same English voice actor, Dave Kelly, with Ulube Ishikawa, the main antagonist of ''Mobile Fighter G Gundam''.
 
**In addition to sharing the same voice actor, both Prozen and Ulube share similar characteristics.
 
***Both believed power to be the ultimate deciding factor in life, and have used incredibly powerful and destructive machines to obtain said power; Prozen with the Death Saurer, and Ulube with the Dark Gundam (Devil Gundam in the original Japanese dub).
 
   
 
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