チャールズ・ビームス (Chāruzu Bīmusu)
Anime Episode 21
Anime Episode 27
Ray Beams (wife)
Charles Beams is a freelance LFO pilot and mercenary, with his partner and wife Ray. Initially content in his life of transporting goods and people, as well as fighting thieves and raiders, he is brought into conflict with Gekkostate when he and Ray are hired by the military to retrieve Eureka and the Nirvash from them. He and his wife were also part of the Special Operations Force, and they share a past with Holland, Talho (it only shows Ray acknowledges that she knew her), Dewey, and Adroc. He pilots a blue Spearhead SH-101 LFO in battle, along with Ray's red Spearhead.
Charles is typically humorous and easygoing, but under his genial exterior he's still as much a killer as he was while leading an elite force. He has many dualities like this in his life — for instance, he displays a collection of high-tech ref boards in his living quarters aboard the Swan, but in battle he always keeps an old bolt-action rifle (possibly a Mauser Karabiner 98k) by his side. It is at least somewhat more advanced than it appears, as the rounds are capable of piercing LFO armor.
Renton stays with Charles and his wife for a short while, even at one point calling him "papa". Charles was killed by Holland during a gun fight in the Gekko's hangar. Before Charles died, he took his rifle and shot Holland in the leg and dies of blood loss. His body contained a bomb, which he and Ray swallowed before infiltrating the Gekko. Ray activated this bomb when she kissed him in order to escape capture, leaving no remains for her to mourn.
When Renton asks Holland why he had to kill Charles, Holland answers that Charles and Ray, like Holland himself, knew no other way.
- His name, along with Ray's, is a play off artists/designers Charles and Ray Eames and possibly after jazz musician Ray Charles.
- The characters of Charles and Ray Beams - a married couple who pilot identical machines, colored blue and red respectively, would also appear to be an homage to Maximilian Jenius and his wife Milia - characters in Superdimensional Fortress Macross, another series in which Eureka 7 mecha designer, Shoji Kawamori participated.