When I am doing the comparison, I have already binded the pilot to their final designated MS. For example: Kira-Strike freedom, Shinn-Destiny, Neo-Akasuki etc.. 1. Kira Yamato. Someone with name Yamato (if you know what it means) has to be the best and most godly. And his gundam name sounds so right----freedom. Characters given name Yamato and piloting something name Freedom got to be awesome and dominating. No further discussion needed. 2. Athrun Zala. People might question that Athrun Zala is as powerful as Kira. One evidence suggest Kira is stronger is that Kira is capable of doing 20 headshots at meantime without killing a single pilot, Athrun cant. Further more, Athrun doesnt have a name like "Yamato". 3. Rey. Rey can dodge Freedom's dragoon while Shinn can not. In fact Shinn can barely touch Freedom. Rey has better aim and manuver over Shinn without a doubt. Also at episode 7 Talia was talking to herself: Now I know why Impluse was assigned to Shinn but not Rey. Therefore we can see Rey has better piloting skill. 4. Shinn Asuka. Shinn is really not a very good pilot. His lack of experience and constantly facing incompetent opponents all contributed to his false confidence. He never fought anyone decent in conventional sword fight until he faced Athrun in seed mode in 43 (The fight between Impluse and Freedom can only demonstrate Shinn had a better strategy). Most of time he spent his time chopping up hepless ships, clumsy mobile armor and recruit pilots which award him little exp... He doesnt know how to fight a good a pilot. On top of that, Destiny is not designed for MS combot either.. (come on, no beam saber?) However, Seed mode should allow him to override most human pilots. 5. Neo. Former Ace in EAF, archenemy of the mask dude from GS. He never demonstrate any melee skills, so I think if Akasuki faces Destiny, Shinn should have a chance with Seed mode. 6. Two traitors from Plant. Izac and whatever... They are elite pilots without a doubt, but Zakus are not going to get them anywhere near the scores achieved by Kira or Shinn. 7. Luna. She is doing allright against Stellar with a Zaku. Although Stellar is not amazingly skilled, her Gaia should have huge advantage over gunner Zaku. In the end she got to pilot Impluse, which improves her power to the next level. 8. Did I miss anyone? I think the three druggies come to last. They lack potential and were just left out in the series.