Jaeger Gipsy Danger

Gipsy Danger – The Backstory Behind America’s Finest Jaeger

You’re probably wanting to know a little more about the gigantic humanoids, or Jaegers, that you saw on the 2013 summer blockbuster Pacific Rim, right? Well, why not start with one of the oldest and most iconic in the movie’s storyline - the American Mark-3 Jaeger known as Gipsy Danger!

For starters, Gipsy Danger is one of the oldest active Jaegers in Pacific Rim, only second in tenure to Russia’s Cherno Alpha. It was launched on July 10, 2017, and was immediately given the job to defend Alaska’s coastline from the invading Kaiju. With the brothers Yancy and Raleigh Becket controlling Gipsy Danger, it was able to kill four Kaiju in four years. Going into the specifics, these kills took place on October 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, on July 22, 2019 in San Diego, on December 16, 2019 in Manila, and on February 29, 2020 in Anchorage.

The Anchorage battle of 2020 was especially notable, as this was when Gipsy Danger was sent to the Gulf of Alaska on a mission to kill the big, burly Category III Kaiju called Knifehead. Despite commanding officer Stacker Pentecost telling the Becket brothers to ignore the Saltchuck, a fishing boat targeted by Knifehead, they nonetheless had Gipsy Danger save the boat before focusing its attention on the Kaiju. Although Knifehead did put up a good fight, its efforts weren’t enough; the Beckets shot Knifehead three times with the Plasmacaster, knocking it down and seemingly taking care of the big monster for good.

Yet that wasn’t the case after all, as the Beckets soon realized.

With the Beckets celebrating what looked to be a hard-fought victory, Knifehead reemerged from the waters, attacking Gipsy Danger and finding its second wind. After a fiercer struggle where Knifehead removed Gipsy Danger’s left arm, the Kaiju, now having the upper hand, tore half of Gipsy Danger’s head apart. Yancy Becket died as a result of this quick and cruel move, and all appeared lost for Gipsy Danger, until Raleigh made use of the right Plasmacaster to finally kill Knifehead. It was a classic example of a Pyrrhic victory – one Becket brother was killed, while the other struggled to pilot the Jaeger by himself back to the shores of Anchorage. Gipsy Danger was decommissioned in 2021 and transported to Jaeger graveyard Oblivion Bay in Oakland.

Still, you can’t keep a good Jaeger on the shelf for long, and that’s why the Pan Pacific Defense Corps ordered that Gipsy Danger be removed from Oblivion Bay and sent back to Anchorage for repairs. The venerable Jaeger was relaunched in 2023, with retractable chain swords, a redesigned iron hull and cockpit, and a new control interface that allowed it to keep up with the times. Gipsy Danger was then relocated to the Hong Kong Shatterdome after the U.N. announced Anchorage’s Shatterdome would close in 2024, and Raleigh Becket was invited back to co-pilot the Jaeger upon its return.

It’s a fascinating backstory clearly, but since some of you may not have watched Pacific Rim yet, we won’t spoil anything (else!) for you just yet.

The film was directed by Guillermo del Toro, and stars Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket, Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost, and Rinko Kikuchi as Raleigh’s new co-pilot Mako Mori.