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[[folder:Simon]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/TetsuyaKakihara (JP), Creator/YuriLowenthal (EN)
->Old Simon: Creator/TakayukiSugo (JP), Creator/TonyOliver (EN)

->''"My drill is the drill that creates the HEAVENS!"''

The main character of the series, Simon starts out as a humble miner, digging out tunnels to expand his underground village. Among the many treasures he digs up along the way, he discovers a small mecha (later dubbed the "Lagann"), setting into motion a chain of events that would catapult Simon into the role as the savior of the universe. No kidding.
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* TheAce: Eventually becomes this.
* {{Adorkable}}: As cute and endearing as Kamina is hammy. He ditches this after the timeskip though, and becomes a lot like Kamina... save for when he cheers over Nia accepting his marriage proposal.
* AllLovingHero: Takes over the role after [[spoiler:Kamina dies]] and when he first meets Nia.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Despite his talent in digging (which was essential in his village), he was ridiculed by the others (sans Kamina).
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: He fights literally impossible odds because the Anti-Spiral stole his fiancée. [[spoiler:Then it's subverted when he and Nia agree that's it's best to let her die instead of keeping her alive via Spiral Power.]]
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: He's the best pilot on Team Dai-Gurren, so of course he would be its leader and later Supreme Commander.
* AxCrazy: After [[spoiler:Kamina's death,]] he pushes himself to be this as a coping mechanism. In a rare moment of RealityEnsues, he collapses from exhaustion and it's unhealthy for him physically and mentally. Thankfully, he recovers from this.
* BadassAdorable: Is overall a sweet-natured, shy, live-and-let-live, utterly endearing person... who can kick your ass up and down the metaphorical street if he feels he needs to. As an adult, he loses most of his adorable traits, though he's still the manliest example one can get.
* BadassLongcoat: Prologue and last arc (doubles as WalkingShirtlessScene).
* BashBrothers: With Kamina. Simon never believed in himself and needed Kamina's bravado and encouragement, but Kamina could never accomplish anything without Simon's hard work and determination.
* BattleCouple: With Nia.
* BeadyEyedLoser: Introduced as one. As he [[TookALevelInBadass takes level after level in badass]], his eyes slowly get de-beadified, until they become complete TsurimeEyes during the FinalBattle.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: A large part of his UndyingLoyalty to Kamina comes from the fact that Kamina was one of the few - if not the only - person in the village who didn't look down on him.
** For a majority of his lifetime, Kamina was the only one who believed in Simon and saw what he could become. After [[spoiler: Kamina's death, he was lost in grief,]] but it was Nia who helped him because she also wholeheartedly believed in him and was trying to help him.
* BedmateReveal: Wakes up next to Nia in the HighSchoolAU manga in the beginning of the second chapter, much to his shock.
* BerserkerTears: If you see Simon crying, ''get out fast''. If you see him [[spoiler:crying blood]], it's too late.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: His normally-gentle personality makes his behaviour after [[spoiler:Kamina is killed in the fight to capture the Dai-Gunzan]] -- launching into a vicious verbal attack on Rossiu out of nowhere, and changing drastically into a blood-crazed, thoroughly AxCrazy pilot in battle, for instance -- all the more startling. Thankfully, his psychotic tendencies [[HesBack don't last]]... but he ''does'' come out of it as an official BadassAdorable, and making him angry is still always a ''bad'' idea.
* BeYourself: Once he learns, with Nia's help, to accept himself as he is and recognize that it's ''okay'' for him to be a very different person from Kamina, his CharacterDevelopment takes a massive turn for the better.
* BeingGoodSucks: Defeating the despot of the world and [[spoiler:saving the rest of the universe]] doesn't exactly feel good when it comes at the cost of [[spoiler:your brother, your friends, and your lover]].
* BigBrotherWorship: Very much so towards Kamina.
* BigEater: Witness the plates that quickly pile up around him every time he eats. Even if it's [[LethalChef Nia]]'s cooking. ''Especially'' if it's Nia's cooking.
* BigGood: From his HesBack moment onward. The new leader and the recognition as a threat from enemies. A rare case where the TheHero is also the BigGood.
* {{Bishonen}}: Post-timeskip.
* BloodBrothers: With Kamina, who refers to themselves by the trope name.
* BreakTheCutie: Pretty much from episode 8 onwards.
* BrokenAce: Despite this, he does not have the best time becoming one or being one.[[spoiler: He loses his brother and wife, the majority of his friends, and ends up having the weight of the universe thrusted on him.]]
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:At the end of the series, he gives the Core Drill and Lagann to Gimmy, then sets off WalkingTheEarth.]]
* ButtMonkey: Especially in the HighSchoolAU.
* CallingYourAttacks: His attacks tend to be more technical and less silly than Kamina's.
* CartwrightCurse: [[spoiler: Nia fades away the second she and Simon get married and kiss. Although like the example between Yoko and Kittan, Nia and Simon knew this would happen before their wedding.]]
* TheChainsOfCommanding: One of the most marked changes as he matures, apart from his increasing levels of badass, is the realization of the responsibilities he has as a leader of both the Dai-Gurren Brigade and humanity as a whole. In the second movie, he even shows some regret over unnecessarily putting people in danger because of his rash decisions.
* CharacterDevelopment: Simon starts out as a wimpy ShrinkingViolet and ends up becoming a complete and utter {{Badass}}.
* ClassicalAntiHero: During the first act, he was something of a HeroicNeutral character who only got involved because of Kamina's encouragement. He sheds this throughout the series.
* CoolKidAndLoserFriendship: The Loser to Kamina's cool
* CoolOldGuy: [[spoiler:From what we see of him in the epilogue.]]
* CoolShades: His goggles transform into star shaped sunglasses late in the series as a tribute to [[spoiler:Kamina and Kittan.]]
* CowardlyLion: For the first few episodes.
* CrashIntoHello: How he meets Nia in the HighSchoolAU manga.
* CursedWithAwesome: Early on, he certainly doesn't seem happy about piloting Lagann, but [[SubvertedTrope he grows to enjoy it after a while]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Like everyone else, he grew up in an underground village. However, seeing his parents crushed in front of his eyes by an earthquake at the age of 7 scarred him and gave him a fear of earthquakes (least until he discovers said earthquakes were because of the Gunmen.
** On a more subtle note, he was also not accepted among his peers and only valued because he was a good digger, the only person who cared for him being Kamina.
** Taken UpToEleven and played for laughs in the HighschoolAU.
* DeadPersonConversation: With [[spoiler:Kamina in the penultimate episode.]]
* {{Determinator}}: '''The Determinator'''. Most people miss it because he's not boastful or showy like Kamina, but he's rocksolid. His steady determination achieves more than Kamina ever could, and he has Kamina's absolute respect for it.
* DeusAngstMachina: Played for laughs in the HighschoolAU.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler:Because she died.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Twice. [[spoiler:Uses his core drill to kill the immortal Lordgenome after the latter had beaten the crap out of Lagann - he blasted a hole through him by ''turning his car keys''. Later drills a hole right through the nigh-omnipotent Anti-Spiral avatar, a being capable of altering probability and weaponizing a '''big bang'''. The movie version has him killing the Anti-Spiral using a drill created out of his own ''blood''.]]
* TheDulcineaEffect: Towards Nia.
* {{Expy}}:
** Of [[{{Anime/Gunbuster}} Noriko Takaya]]. Both start as pilots with great potential, but serious courage and self-confidence issues. And both manage to overcome their fears and limitations in order to become true heroes. They both also have older 'siblings' that they rely upon for confidence, but eventually surpass.
** Prior to his CharacterDevelopment, he had more than a passing resemblance to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]], in that both were {{Cowardly Lion}}s who undergo SanitySlippage and become [[BewareTheNiceOnes really scary]] in [[BreakTheCutie the face of trauma]]. [[{{Main/Reconstruction}} There are even some accounts stating that Simon mainly exists to showcase how Shinji would've turned out if he'd been brought up under better circumstances.]]
** He also borrows several traits from [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Naota Nandaba]]. Both start off emotionally insecure and get better when a ManicPixieDreamGirl and MiniMecha enter their lives. Both also [[spoiler:DidNotGetTheGirl for various reasons]].
** The grown-up Simon at the introduction to the series, with his "don't give a damn if the universe is our enemy," is similar to Ryouma "Batshit" Nagare from the ''Manga/GetterRobo'' manga, from which this series borrows heavily from.
* FaceHeelTurn: It's implied from the beginning scene that he would become DrunkWithPower and wage a war with the rest of the universe. [[AvertedTrope This didn't turn out to be the case]], and the scene was retconned into a [[GainaxEnding Gainax Beginning]].
* FamedInStory: [[spoiler:Witness the collective Spiral races screaming his name in celebration at the end of the series after his feat of [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Cthulhu-punchery]].]]
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Simon does this to [[spoiler:a suicidal Rossiu]] with a flying punch to the face just like Kamina did once for him.
* GlassesPull: [[LetsGetDangerous When he means business]].
* AGodIAmNot: [[spoiler:When Nia dies, Simon is asked whether the Spiral Energy can re-spawn the dead; as a matter of fact, it may well do so, but the whole purpose of what they did is to move forward and let the new generation take over. Also, if Simon were to dip his fingers in God's domain, he would be starting to take the road where the Anti-Spiral already went; what Simon The Driller does and has always done is to clear the path]].
* TheGogglesDoNothing: Has no reason to wear his goggles in the HighSchoolAU manga, but does it anyway.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: A mild example, but they have a headlamp installed... whose light shines ''directly out of'' the lenses...?
* GoodIsNotSoft: If you're his friend, he'll travel to the ends of the universe for you. If you're his enemy, he'll rip it up to get back at you.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler: To Nia at the end. [[TearJerker For a grand total of 30 seconds]].]]
* HeartbrokenBadass: After [[spoiler:he sees Kamina kiss Yoko. He attempts not to let it bother him, but it shakes him up to where it distracts him during the battle]]. Much later, he is left heartbroken again with [[spoiler:Nia dying ''on the day of their wedding'']]. He deals with the pain, much better during the second time.
* TheHero: [[spoiler: After [[DecoyProtagonist Kamina]] dies.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: Has feelings for the redheaded Yoko first.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Kamina's death downright nearly destoryed Simon and was clearly lost in what to do. It took Nia's encouragement and realizing what Kamina's last words meant leading to [[HesBack his triumphant rebirth]]]].
* HeroicRROD: [[spoiler: After Kamina's death, he attempts to plow through his grief and becomes somewhat AxCrazy, but its evident that he is pushing himself in an unhealthy manner in trying to emulate Kamina.]] During this time, it's implied that in his rage, he has been neglecting ''eating'' and ''sleeping.'' Combined with the above and it's no wonder why he looks close to breaking down.
* HesBack: In Episode 11, in what may be one of the best examples in anime.
* HopeBringer: [[spoiler:And he doesn't fail to deliver, as seen when the rest of the universe is cheering his name]].
* HopelessSuitor: Mild example with Yoko. He falls for her much like his brother, but seeing them kiss does cause Simon to experience heartbreak for the first time. He later moves on to Nia.
* HotBlooded: Not even remotely so at first, but then he grows in confidence and its all uphill from there. He ''radiates'' hot-bloodedness during his epic HesBack moment and by the end of the Lagann-Hen movie, he is hot-bloodedness ''personified''.
** It is hinted since episode 1 when the drills appear in Lagann. While drilling the Gunman, he gains his first determined smile, the first sign to the audience about the true potential Simon has.
* HumbleHero: Even after [[spoiler:saving ''everyone'' in the universe from a HumanoidAbomination]], he sees himself as nothing more than "Simon the Digger".
* IGotBigger: He ends up taller than Kamina after the time-skip.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: But Kamina just. Won't. Let him.
** And then, after all is said and done, [[spoiler: Simon decides it's best if he just "Simon the Digger" and lives the humble life of a digger and gardener, traveling the world at leisure while drifting from place to place.]]
** His wish in the beginning of the HighSchoolAU manga is to just have an extremely normal life. Hard to do with Kamina's reckless behavior, Yoko acting [[MyBelovedSmother like an overly concerned mom]] and then crashing into Nia (the Principal's daughter).
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Simon repeatedly tries to get Nia, as the Anti-Spiral messenger, to snap out of it. At the critical moment of episode 22, he realized that the reason she kept appearing to him—and the reason she's still wearing their engagement ring—is that on some level she wanted him to save her. He then proceeds to drive straight for the core drill slot she's standing in front of, without bothering to ask her if she'll get out of the way. She does, and starts behaving like her normal self, just before she's summoned back to the Anti-Spiral homeworld.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Simon blames himself for [[spoiler: Kamina's death and spends the enxt three episodes attempting to cope with the grief]].
* ImageSong: "Break Through The Dream" (shared with Kamina).
* IndyPloy: Becomes increasingly fond of these as the series goes on.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Of the innocent, hopeful variety, though they occasionally look more {{gray|eyes}}.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Takes over this from Kamina. Used against both {{Big Bad}}s.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: His name is pronounced "see-moan", similar to the feminine Simone, and "shi-moan" in the original Japanese version. In [[https://youtu.be/-_rkqk7rwbE?t=1m38s the original ADV dub]], his name is pronounced like the normal, masculine Simon.
* JustAKid: Somewhat deconstructed. Most of Team Dai-Gurren see him as this, despite it being blatantly obvious that he was the main reason they were able to go so far. Kamina was the only adult who believed in Simon from the start (arguably Leeron as well) and thus when [[spoiler: Kamina died, this attitude led to just intensify the pain from the grief Simon was feeling and hampered his growth and development until he overcame his grief with Nia's help.]] The team stops looking at him like this once he overcomes his grief.
* KidHero: Pre-timeskip. [[CharacterDevelopment Matures]] [[TookALevelInBadass afterward.]] [[spoiler: [[{{Understatement}} A lot.]]]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Overlaps with RefusalOfTheCall in the beginning, but even after his CharacterDevelopment into a {{Badass}} {{Determinator}}, he's still rational enough to know when to walk away from a fight.
* TheLancer: To Kamina. He wasn't half as hot-blooded as him, but is certainly more smart. Although just as often, Simon is TheHero and Kamina is TheLancer.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: In a private conversation with Yoko, Kamina reveals that Simon is this to him. It's Simon's reliability and own strength that kept Kamina from never giving up.
* LocationThemeNaming: Various characters are subject to ThemeNaming based on words for relative location--for Simon, ''shimo'' means "below", which forms a nice contrast with ''kami'' ("above") in Kamina's name.
* LoveHurts: Simon's first love was Yoko (large part due to being the first female to believe in him.) Seeing Yoko and Kamina's kiss led to his first feelings of heartbreak, which he didn't know how to cope with and not knowing how to deal with it, hampered him in battle.
* TheMagnificent: Simon [[TunnelKing the Digger]].
* MarshmallowHell: As a kid, he is the [[OneHeadTaller perfect height]] to be subjected to this over and over. Both the manga retelling of the series and ''Guren Gakuenhen'', the HighSchoolAU manga, take this gag and run with it. [[AccidentalPervert "I'm so sorry, time and time again..."]]
* TheMcCoy: Post TimeSkip, after finding himself opposing [[TheSpock Rossiu's]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist ideals]].
* MeaningfulName: "Shimon" means fingerprint, which are stereotypically spiral-shaped.
* MessianicArchetype: His name resembles Simon Peter, who led the Apostles when Jesus died. [[spoiler:Simon did the same thing when Kamina died.]]
* TheMourningAfter: [[spoiler: In Lagann-hen, he dedicates his life to fulfilling his deceased wife's wish: to make the entire world bloom with flowers.]]
* MrFanservice: He goes from being an adorably-goofy boy to being an ''incredibly'' gorgeous and sexy {{Bishounen}}.
* MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe: Shortly after Kamina's death he attempts a DeadPersonImpersonation before he realizes the significance of Kamina's "believe in yourself" last words and becoming more self-confident. Once he grew up through he heavily adopted Kamina's manner of thinking, tempered with more sanity and intelligence. In the final arc his outfit even looks like Kamina's, with the two of them both going shirtless and Simon wearing a BadassLongcoat to Kamina's BadassCape.
* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler:Old Simon.]]
* NeverTellMeTheOdds: They don't matter, even if they're 0.
* NiceGuy: Simon is polite, humble, compassionate, brave, and thinks of the welfare of others before himself. Contrast [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt his]] [[Anime/KillLaKill successors]], who are {{Jerkass}}es and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold respectively.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: An unintentional side-effect of defeating Lordgenome, helping humanity reclaim the surface, and sending the Anti-Spiral to Earth.
* NoShirtLongJacket: Pre-timeskip and late post-timeskip.
* OfCorsetsSexy: His outfit in the final arc is a male example of the trope.
* OfficialCouple: With Nia.
* OlderThanHeLooks: WordOfGod states that as a kid, Simon is stunted in growth (assuming Kamina to be about six feet tall, Simon can only be about four feet in height). He's fourteen prior to the TimeSkip, but hardly looks like it. Then he grows into a fine young adult and ''surpasses'' Kamina in height!
** It does justify why he is such a BigEater. He's still growing and thus catching up in nutrients once he leaves the village.
* OneManArmy: Due to the combination of Gurren Lagann being a SuperPrototype and his own immense reserves of Spiral power, he mows down enemies in his path.
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler:Before leaving at the end of the series, he gives the Core Drill to Gimmy.]]
* PenPushingPresident: His life after the TimeSkip.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Hell, he can create objects of [[spoiler: ''galactic'']] proportions! [[spoiler: [[UpToEleven and then there is the second movie...]]]]
* ThePeterPrinciple: He's an extremely skilled pilot and very good resistance leader, but struggles when it comes to politics.
* PhysicalGod: By the end of the series, Simon has become a massive source of Spiral Energy. [[spoiler:It's implied that he started WalkingTheEarth because he's suffering from PowerIncontinence]].
** [[spoiler:In TheMovie, he's able to trade blows with '''''[[DimensionLord the Anti-Spiral]]''''']].
* PrecociousCrush: Is revealed to have had one on Yoko in episode 8. Her CoolBigSis moments can sometimes count as a ship tease.
* PrimaryColorChampion: His hair is blue, his clothes are blue with red highlights, and his goggles are red with yellow lenses.
* RedArmbandOfLeadership: A piece of a cloak belonging to [[spoiler: Kamina's dead father]] comes as Kamina puts it on, which Simon grabs and ties around his left arm. For a while, it's just a [[spoiler: TragicKeepsake memento of the departed and even more so after Kamina dies as well]], but when Simon becomes a leader in his own sorts, this Trope is instantly invoked.
* RedBaron: Simon the Digger.
* RedOniBlueOni:
** The blue to Kamina's red -- Simon is blue-clad, blue-eyed, and pale where Kamina is red-clad, fairly red-eyed, and tan, and is a practical hard worker who is relatively sensible, fairly shy, and intelligent, where Kamina is a big dreamer who specializes in encouraging people and cheering them up, and is reckless, outgoing, and not too terribly bright.
** He later becomes the red to Rossiu's blue.
* RefusalOfTheCall:
** Attempts this in early episodes, but Kamina's not having any of it.
** Does this again in the HighSchoolAU manga, only this time Nia isn't having any of it.
* TheReliableOne: To Kamina initially. What Kamina does is formulate a crazy plan, scamper Simon out of his funk and Simon makes the plan a reality. Eventually, the whole team realizes what Simon can do if they let him do it.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Simon was the birth name of Saint Peter, a common worker who was handpicked by Jesus to be among his first followers. Simon Peter went on to become what most consider Jesus' foremost disciple, the first Pope, and, in Christian lore, the holder of the key to heaven's gates. Substitute [[MessianicArchetype Kamina]] for Jesus, world leader for Pope, and drill for key, and there you have it. (However, WordOfGod confirms that the Japanese origin of the name is the true origin).
* RetiredBadass: In the DistantFinale.
* RousingSpeech: Just like Kamina.
* {{Sarashi}}: Part of his pre-timeskip outfit.
* SaveTheDayTurnAway: [[spoiler:Type 2.]]
* SayMyName: "BRO!!" "NIA!!" " YOKO!!" "KITTAN!!" etc.
* ScrewDestiny: Of the entire cast, he's the best at it. [[spoiler: Which is what makes the BittersweetEnding so controversial.]] Most likely, he's worried [[spoiler: he may inadvertently trigger the Spiral Nemesis, the one thing he ''cannot'' figure out how to stop on his own]]. He's also learned he's no InvincibleHero, either: he could slip up and cause one hell of a disaster.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Kamina's Manly Man, and later the Manly Guy to Rossiu's Sensitive Guy.
* ShowyInvincibleHero: The only people to put dust on him are Kamina and Lordgenome, and both of them die shortly afterwards. This is pushed to more of its limits in the movie Lagann-han where not only does Simon get a hell of a lot more dust on him, but he nearly loses [[spoiler: when the Anti-Spiral collective mercilessly shreds the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Simon comes back, but it's by far not the invincible victory he had before.]]
* ShyBlueHairedGirl: A male example pre-CharacterDevelopment.
* ShrinkingViolet: He is a male example for most of the pre-timeskip episodes; he spends most of his time keeping quiet and trying not to be noticed, and has a huge lack of confidence. He gets better, of course.
* ShutUpHannibal: His response to Spiral Nemesis.
* TheSoCalledCoward: Saves the day several times, with no one but Kamina to sing his praises. This changes when he snaps out of his HeroicBSOD.
* SpiritualAntithesis: Of [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]]. Both of them are loners who get thrown into action as the pilot of a mecha, who undergo a SanitySlippage when they [[spoiler:experience the death of one of the first people who cared about them]]. But Simon [[HesBack gets better]], while Shinji... [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt didn't]].
* SpannerInTheWorks:
** Viral didn't know he existed until near the timeskip. His relationship with Nia also counts.
** One to both Lordgenome and the Anti-Spiral as they didn't expect anyone with his willpower to beat them.
* TheSpock: Of the initial three. Does grow out of the role steadily after [[spoiler:Kamina dies]], and has practically become [[TheMcCoy the opposite]] at the time skip, serving as a counterpart to Rossiu instead.
* StarCrossedLovers: With Nia.
* StraightMan: To Kamina. Kamina even calls him ([[spoiler: in a DreamSequence after the TimeSkip]]) "the method to my madness".
* SupportingProtagonist: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Based on the first arc alone, one might think so, but then Kamina dies.
* SweetAndSourGrapes: By finally realizing that he didn't have to emulate Kamina to be a {{Badass}}, Simon becomes more like his bro. [[TookALevelInBadass And]] [[{{understatement}} then some]].
* TaremeEyes
* TearsOfBlood: In episode 25, [[spoiler:after Kittan dies]]. Simon has strained himself so severely from [[spoiler:mustering Spiral Energy]], the blood vessels in his tear ducts rupture.
* TemptingFate: Saying he just wants a normal life and nothing extraordinary to happen in the HighSchoolAU manga is how he meets Nia.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Plenty.
* AThreesomeIsHot: Averted in the HighSchoolAU. Being knocked into a raunchy position in Yoko's cleavage by Kamina with Nia at his side [[IJustWantToBeNormal only makes Simon groan]].
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Clearly became the '''greatest''' badass in a show that goes beyond the impossible in badassery, surpassing even the mighty Kamina. Made all the more badass by how he rises from a cowardly, undersized kid overshadowed by Kamina to his position by the end of the show.
** [[invoked]] The alternate timeline version of him as seen in the prologue, while definitely not originally intended to be so, has been retconned into something along the lines of ChaoticEvil, since he is ''a lot'' more arrogant in that depiction and [[ObliviouslyEvil possibly unintentionally]] willing to [[spoiler:let the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Spiral Nemesis]] occur]]. Of course, this doesn't happen in the main continuity, and this happened solely because the producers thought it was a pretty good theory by the fandom.
%%** [[http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c262/Renkinjitsu/Misc/simonbeforeafter.jpg The results speak for themselves]].
* TragicKeepsake: In episode 3, as Kamina dons the cape of his departed father, a tattered piece of it rips off in the wind. Simon snatches it before it flies away and ties it around his left shoulder so he'll also have something to wear in his memory. However, it takes on a much sadder meaning later on: Kamina himself ends up getting killed, and now that armband is a permanent memento of his fallen blood brother.
* TransformationNameAnnouncement: Mixed with WorldOfCardboardSpeech.
* TsurimeEyes: After the TimeSkip.
* TunnelKing: Even in the first episode he was renowned as the best digger in Giha village.
* TheUnchosenOne: When he stops refusing the call, Simon becomes a [[ScrewDestiny destiny-screwing]] [[{{Badass}} badass]] to be reckoned with.
* TheUnfettered: Not as much as Kamina, but could still be considered this.
* UnknownRival: To Viral and Guame, at least at first. Both of them ''are'' aware of his existence, but only in terms of his Gunmen. Viral more considers Kamina his rival, with Simon as a hanger-on [[spoiler: and is unaware Kamina has been dead since the battle with Dai Gunzan.]] Guame is concerned about the mini Gunmen of the resistance but has no idea who Simon is. When he grows frantic to find Lagann, Nia accuses him of being afraid of Simon. Guame responds in the vein of, "So that's the name of the pilot." This leads to a humorous moment when Simon gives the below WorldOfCardboardSpeech about being himself and not Kamina, with Guame thoroughly confused as to what he's going on about.
* UnluckyEverydude: In the HighSchoolAU, Simon just wishes for a normal life, but he has such a bad luck that every kind of weird thing just seems to happen to him.
* WalkingTheEarth: [[spoiler:At the end of the series.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: A [[ThisIsADrill drill.]] His primary weapon, and he can make out of Spiral Energy.
* WellDoneSonGuy: He became a more benign example for Kamina, who always strived to be worth of his brother's praise and admiration. The difference is that Kamina gives it gladly down to his very death and beyond but it takes time for Simon to accept it.
* WidowedAtTheWedding: [[spoiler:He and Nia get married, but immediately afterward, she allows herself to die.]]
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: In episode 11, he realizes that he'll never be Kamina, but he doesn't have to be.
--> '''Simon''': My bro is dead. He's gone. But he's right there on my back, and here in my heart. He lives on ''as a part of me''. If you're gonna dig, dig to the heavens. No matter what's in my way, I won't stop. Once I've dug through, it means that I've won! Just who the hell do you think I am? I'm Simon. I'm not my bro. I'M ''ME!'' ''SIMON THE DIGGER!''
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Simon has blue hair.
* YouKilledMyFather: He charges into the fight in fury in episode 2 when he realizes that the earthquake that killed his mother and father seven years ago [[spoiler: was directly caused by the havoc that the Beastmen wreak in their Gunmen on the surface world]].
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[[folder:Kamina]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi (JP), Creator/KyleHebert (EN)

->'''''"WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM?!"'''''

Probably the character everyone's going to remember when this series has faded into memories, in part thanks to MemeticMutation. Simon's "big brother", a big-mouthed teen who refuses to acknowledge the words "quit" or "surrender" in any form. Through sheer bullheadedness, he manages to steal a mecha of his own (the "Gurren") and use it challenge the rule of the oppressive Beastmen, in the process inspiring Simon and all of those around him to similar greatness.
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* ActionDad: In the HighSchoolAU. Kamina is the closest thing to this for Simon in that verse, much to [[IJustWantToBeNormal Simon's]] and [[MamaBear Yoko's]] chagrin.
* AllLovingHero: A constant inspiration to others? Check. Never seems to express genuine rage even during combat? Check. [[spoiler:Group starts to fall apart when he's gone]]? Yep.
* AmazonChaser: He takes an interest in Yoko after seeing her shooting her high powered rifle at a Gunmen.
* BackFromTheDead:
** After being killed by Thymilph, he temporarily came back to life to save the day.
** In Episode 26, [[spoiler: he reappears to save Simon from the LotusEaterMachine and appears before Yoko as well.]]
%%* BadassBaritone
* BadassBoast:
---> "I'm going to tell you something important now, so you better dig the wax out of those huge ears of yours, and listen close! The reputation of Team Gurren echoes far and wide... When they talk about its bad ass leader. The man of indomitable spirit and masculinity... They're talking about '''me!''' ''The Mighty Kamina!''"
%%* BadassCape
* BadassInCharge: The great tenacious demon leader of the Dai-Gurren Dan and man of raging billows, the mighty Kamina-sama reigns as the supreme badass of the show during the early episodes. Surpassed later by Simon, but it's Kamina's badassery that sets the show in motion.
* BadassNormal: Has no access to the signature Spiral Power of the series. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the fact that Spiral Power runs on being able to believe in one's self which is something Kamina was never able to do, despite his bravado.
* BashBrothers: With Simon. Kamina could never accomplish anything without Simon's hard work and Spiral Energy, but Simon never believed in himself and needed Kamina's bravado and encouragement.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Yoko.
* TheBerserker: His battle strategy is (almost) always AttackAttackAttack. ''Almost.''
* BeneathTheMask: It's later revealed that he uses the bravado to toughen up Simon, because he knows that Simon has much more potential than him.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Simon.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Simon.
* BigEater: If there is ever a huge dinner to be had, expect him and Simon to be happily shoveling down fourth and fifth helpings. He even briefly sports a BalloonBelly in episode 6 thanks to this trope. "A man's stomach knows no limit!"
* BigGood: TheLeader of the forces of good and the one the enemies are afraid of and focus their plans on. [[spoiler: Viral didn't know [[TheHero Simon]] ''existed'' until the attack on Teppelin.]]
* {{BFS}}: Casually snatches his village chief's ''nodachi'' katana as a weapon of his own. He likes to draw it from its sheath while delivering a speech; in some scenes, the sword will actually be longer as he draws it [[RuleOfCool for no better reason than to lend more dramatic emphasis to his words.]] [[spoiler: Unfortunately, it ends up being Kamina's grave marker alongside his cape after he dies.]]
%%* BloodBrothers
* BoisterousBruiser: Large, loud and aggressive.
* BreakoutCharacter: Easily ''the'' most popular character from the series.
* BrokenAce: He may seem to be the best at everything, but it's the contributions of others around him, aka Simon and Kittan, that allows him to success. He sings Simon's praises but other people are blinded by his acts to think he's the one doing it. He later admits he's more troubled about what to do then he lets on, questions himself often, and he is shaken by what happens to his dad. All of these show themselves in his conversation's with Yoko where he reveals Simon moved him forward past these.
* BrokenPedestal: Subverted. Even though Simon realizes that he doesn't need to emulate Kamina to become a {{Badass}}, he still misses his bro [[spoiler:(as shown in the LotusEaterMachine)]], and he and the rest of the crew continue to cite him as a source of inspiration.
* CallingYourAttacks: Sets the standard for every other member of Team Dai-Gurren.
* CatchPhrase: For starters we have:
-->"Yours is the drill that will pierce the heavens"
-->"WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM?"
-->"Kick reason to the curb and go BeyondTheImpossible. That's how Team Gurren rolls."
-->"Believe in the me that believes in you."
* ChickMagnet: Kittan's sisters fall for him immediately. All three of them. [[spoiler: And then Yoko herself gives him a very affectionate kiss.]]
* TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight: His worldview would be... odd in any other show. However, this is a show that literally runs on pure awesome and manliness, so the universe works exactly how he thinks it does.
* CombatPragmatist: Using a (barely) live animal to distract Viral before attempting to shoot him, surprise attacking with a hidden arrowhead between his knuckles, setting Simon up to attack an enemy from behind, and raining boulders from high ground. The man wasn't shy about attacking from the front ''or'' the back.
* CoolBigBro: To Simon.
** [[spoiler: To Nia in the HighschoolAU. Complete with LargeHam quotes from their favorite manly magazine.]]
* CoolKidAndLoserFriendship: The cool to Simon's loser.
* CrutchCharacter: In both the show and ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}2: Hakai-Hen''. Kamina's massive stats are crucial to keeping Gurren Lagann alive early game.
* DeadpanSnarker: He is capable of making sarcastic and witty remarks without hamming up as well, like in the first episode:
--> "Simon, is this the humongous face you were talking about?"
* DeadPersonConversation: [[spoiler:Near the end of the series, Kamina appears to all the members of the Gurren Brigade and gives them the will to escape from the LotusEaterMachine.]]
* DeadStarWalking
* DecoyProtagonist: He seems like the protagonist (or at least the equal lead with Simon) until he dies in episode 8.
* {{Delinquents}}: Was one in Giha. A punk who got beat on by the chief for breaking rules.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: After getting '''killed''', he got back up, delivered an UpToEleven RousingSpeech and then avenged ''his own death'' before he finally went to rest. And even after that, his spirit/memory returned to knock the Anti-Spiral's plans out of kilter]].
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Goes along with being the DecoyProtagonist. He gets as much or more screen time than Simon, and drives the early plot.
* DisappearedDad: His father once went into the surface and never came back. Kamina became a WellDoneSonGuy because of it. [[spoiler:And in the second episode, [[TearJerker he finds his old man's skeleton]].]]
%%* DyingMomentOfAwesome
%%* DynamicEntry
* {{Egopolis}}: Averted. Kamina City is named after his memory long after he dies.
* {{Expy}}: Basically, a goofier and less AloofBigBrother version of [[Anime/GreatMazinger Tetsuya Tsurugi]]. Both are Red Oni to their younger partner, [[HeroesPreferSwords uses katana/sword]], and in the outside, while they shows some superiority aura on the outside, they have a massive inferiority complex on the inside to their younger partner.
** In a way, he's a CompositeCharacter of both Noriko and Kazumi from ''Anime/GunButser'', having Kazumi's role of being a [[BigBrotherMentor a non-relative sibling whom they look out for]] [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre who they know is better than them.]] He also has Noriko's attitude of fearlessness in teh face of danger so that they can assist others.
* ExtremeOmnivore: [[spoiler: He can apparently stand Nia's cooking in the HighschoolAU.]]
* TheFace: While not the protagonist-in-chief, Kamina's the cast member that brings Dai-Gurren together as a team, inspires them to hijack their own mecha (after his example), and establishes the ideals that the group fights for all the way into the end of the series. After his death, [[LosingTheTeamSpirit the group becomes far more fractured and morose]]... at least until Simon recovers in Episode 11.
* FakeUltimateHero: Played straight and subverted. While really a passionate hero who wants to liberate humanity, he's never able to accomplish anything without help from Simon and in the end he died way before the final fight. He's good enough to hang a lampshade on it, as he constantly sings Simon's praises and at the same time, it was thanks to his courage and belief that the heroes prevailed at the end and he was courageous and inspirational to his dying breath.
* FamedInStory: He's constantly mentioned as a paragon of heroism, up to and including the final battle.
* FearlessFool: Subverted upon revealing his HiddenDepths, but this doesn't stop him from being too brave for his own good.
* FinalSpeech: Or five.
* ForegoneConclusion: In the ActionPrologue, the person leading has the same voice actor as Simon, so clearly Kamina wasn't going to be TheHero forever.[[spoiler:He bites the dust at episode 8.]]
* FountainOfMemes: In RealLife ''and'' in-universe; Team (Dai-)Gurren's name(s), catchphrases, flag, and overall style - not to mention every set of ArcWords - all originated from him.
* FriendToAllChildren: It helps that he acts like one of them.
* GangstaStyle: Played for laughs during the first GrandTheftPrototype of the series: holds his pistol ''upside down'' AND ''whacks the same to open the Gunmen's hatch doors.''
* GeniusDitz: See GenreSavvy. He's still an IdiotHero, but he definitely knows how the world he lives in works.
* GenreSavvy: Knows he's a red oni and that he needs a blue oni to balance him. Not to mention the '''entire universe''' works exactly, and we do mean '''''EXACTLY''''', how he thinks it does- on pure RuleOfCool, CrazyAwesome, and [[RatedMForManly unadulterated manliness]]! Although it's not clear if he knew this from the beginning because he's just savvy, if he found out by pure dumb luck, or that he realized he was right when he found out jamming a smaller robot head onto a larger robot works incredibly well and decided to run with it.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: He delivers Simon a good punch in the face to make him concentrate in battle and forget about his recent heartbreak. Unfortunately, having to snap Simon out of it lead to Kamina being fatally wounded.
* AGoodWayToDie: The smile on his face is proof enough. Kamina left the Dai-Gurren brigade in the hands of his beloved brother. This was a good thing.
* GoOutWithASmile: He dies with a satisfied smile on his face.
* GratuitousEnglish: ORE-WO-DARE-DA-TO-OMOTTE-YAGARU-KI~CK!!
* GuileHero: In many ways, he doesn't outfight the enemy, but his confidence is the thing that inspires Simon to kick the enemy's ass.
* TheGwenStacy: To Simon.
* HandsomeLech: In the first episode he cannot stop hitting on Yoko...until he realizes she's a ''pit chick.'' Then he starts up again the moment Yoko covers up her gorgeous features... and ''then'' decides that he wants to gaze at her [[DoubleEntendre twin peaks]] in episode six.
* TheHero: Fits everything from HeroicSpirit to noble goal to wearing red to winning battles.
* TheHeroDies: Kamina never comes back, but Simon carries on his legacy. And even then, [[spoiler:he manages to show up from Heaven itself to coach Simon on to the FinalBattle!]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: The only girl he was really interested in was the FieryRedhead Yoko.
* HiddenDepths: At face value, it's easy to see Kamina as an arrogant, completely fearless [[TheBerserker Berserker]] ...until it's revealed that Kamina is always at LEAST ''as'' scared as anyone else during a fight, and his "invincible superhero" persona is basically a mask he puts on so that Simon won't be afraid. He's only ever able to act tough because of his deep faith in Simon, and his knowledge that his "blood brother" will always pull through in the end. He also mentions that he "wants kids to be able to look up at the sky without a care in the world" -- he's not interested in revolution for the sheer hot-blooded thrill of it, but genuinely wants to make the world a safe and happy place to live in, and will do whatever it takes to achieve that.
* HopeBringer: Kamina is the one who inspires humanity to fight against the Beastmen for their freedom and create the first real LaResistance.
* HotBlooded: Always doing ''something'' and often that something is outrageous.
* HumongousMecha: [[spoiler: When he's reincarnated as the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Humongous is an understatement, as this form dwarfs galaxies. CrazyAwesome indeed.]]
%%* {{Hunk}}
* IdiotHero: Boy howdy. What he lacks in brains he makes up for in '''FIGHTING SPIRIT!''' Later [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] - Kamina decides to concoct a brilliant strategy with his team to capture Dai-Gunzan. Kamina's brilliant at heart - he's just so headstrong he doesn't give a rip about planning and cuts straight to the chase. That is, unless he wants to figure out a solution to a problem. Even despite the HiddenDepths, he's still a king-sized idiot. Of particular note is his "plan" to combine Gurren and Lagann (which worked, but not in the way he intended ''at all''), and the HotSpringsEpisode, where he spends the entire time trying to see the girls naked (without saving them first).
* ImageSong: "Break Through The Dream" (shared with Simon)
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Thymilph rams his Alkai Blade through Guren's armor plating, goring Kamina ''extremely'' deep into the left side of his chest and even heart. This injury causes so much blood loss and internal damage, it turns '''''fatal.''''' By far the series' most divine {{Tearjerker}}. [[{{Determinator}} Not that it stops him]] [[DyingMomentOfAwesome from avenging his own death.]]
* IndyPloy: With one notable exception; see UnspokenPlanGuarantee.
* InsistentTerminology: Insists that members of Team Gurren (especially Simon) call him [[JapaneseSiblingTerminology "Aniki"]], or "Bro" in the dub.
* InspirationalMartyr: Kamina dies as his team is attempting to capture the Dai-Gurran. Their morale is crushed, so he comes BackFromTheDead to inspire his team to continue fighting. His dream of all children being able to look up without fear is the dream that drives everyone to save humanity. After his death, flashbacks and {{Dead Person Conversation}}s allow him to remain an inspiration to his team.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: VERY fond of giving speeches before, during, and after battle.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rough and loudmouthed on the surface, but he loves his friends and his dream is to make life better for humans.
* JugglingLoadedGuns: He almost shoots his own genitals off while attempting to use a gun. Granted, the poor guy had never seen a handgun before in his life--and inadvertently learned how to pistol-whip a Gunmen's door open.
* JumpedAtTheCall: When a Gunmen dropped into Giha Village, he was the only person not running in terror.
* LargeAndInCharge: He's not ''actually'' the tallest member of the Great Gurren Brigade, but still tall for his age, as well as very muscular and generally quite physically imposing.
* LargeHam: ''Try'' not to crack up laughing at his singing in "Break Through The Dream".
* TheLeader: A type IV; he's so charismatic he builds a personality cult with minimium effort.
* LeeroyJenkins: {{Lampshaded}} by the man himself when he admits he'd be dead if it wasn't for Simon's calming influence. [[spoiler:He's right.]]
* LanternJawOfJustice: With all the charisma and heroism that comes with it.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Since Yoko's backstory in the HighSchoolAU manga was changed to being ChildhoodFriends with him and Simon, the two have clearly different ways on how Simon should be influenced as he grows up.
* LocationThemeNaming: "Kami" in this case means "up", "above" (contrasted with "Shimo", below). His very first line in the show is, "Keep your head up when you walk, Simon." He has a signature pose pointing in this direction, carries ambitions of reaching the heavens, and embodies the show's theme of endlessly upping the scales to insane heights.
* MagneticHero: A strange example. While it was ''Kittan'' that actually recruited everyone, it was ''Kamina'' who inspired him to do so and the others to join.
* ManicPixieDreamGuy: Acts like one for his shy bro Simon. He's zany, wacky, ballsy, CrazyAwesome, and encourages Simon toward the CallToAdventure, setting the series into motion. [[spoiler: Sadly, he ends up dying in order to move the plot along. Simon is left in a depressive state until he meets Nia.]]
* ManlyTears: When he finds his father's skeleton in the desert.
* TheMcCoy: Of the initial three, the one relying most on emotion and guts.
* MeaningfulName: "Kami" means "god".
* MentorOccupationalHazard: He serves as Simon's BigBrotherMentor until he dies.
* MessianicArchetype: With a foot firmly in the old meaning of Messiah, AProtagonistShallLeadThem, a human who would inspire, unite its people, teach them and after he dies, leaves an ever lasting legacy, not a [[BoringInvincibleHero super badass]]. He does this to the T, to the point that its a fact that without him, the entire Team Gurren would have been [[spoiler: doomed to the same path of destruction and stagnation as countless others (Including [[FallenHero LordGenome]] and Kamina's own father)]]. Plus, [[spoiler:he returns from the dead to save them all from the LotusEaterMachine]].
** Appropriately, the word "kami", from his name, means god.
* MrFanservice: Rippling muscles, shirtless at all times, outrageously handsome... he's the pinnacle of it! That sound you hear when ever he walks on screen? It's the horde of fangirls (and boys).
** Wears a pretty clingy speedo in the HighSchoolAU during the beach chapter.
* MutualKill: [[spoiler:A delayed reaction with Thymilph, thanks to a fatal but not immediately fatal wound.]]
* NoIndoorVoice: [[WorldOfHam Like nearly everyone else in the series]], but he takes it UpToEleven. You know all those (many) catchphrases? He shouts ''all'' of them.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: But came back to life long enough to kill a general and give final words to Simon.
* NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay: [[spoiler:He ''avenges'' his own death.]]
* ObiWanMoment:
---> [[spoiler: "Listen Simon, never forget. Just believe in yourself. Not in the Simon that I believe in... Not in the Kamina that you believe in... Have faith in the Simon, who believes in you..."]]
* OnlySaneMan: Inverted. He's the only member of Team Gurren obviously lacking in sanity, but also the only one who believes in Simon's abilities for a long time. And yet... Kamina's sane, alright; he just ''ignores'' fear.
* ParentalSubstitute: The HighSchoolAU manga shows that him and Yoko have clearly different ideas of how Simon should be influenced, with Kamina driving Simon to be manly and badass.
* PosthumousCharacter: He's mentioned in almost every episode after his death, and appears in several flashbacks and dream sequences.
* PostVictoryCollapse: The dying kind.
* PurpleEyes: Depending on the scene his eyes appear either red or purple.
* RatedMForManly: A tall, muscular and shirtless man who wields a sword in a revolution. ''And'' a full-throttle {{Badass}} who faces off against gigantic Gunmen without batting an eyelash! Kamina is a true example for all manly men.
** In the HighSchoolAU manga, Kamina gets all his ideas for him and Simon from Soul Of A Man magazine which features a ripped sailor on its cover. Humorously, Nia turns out to be a huge fan of this magazine as well.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: A variation. He's ''far'' from evil, but he can [[{{Badass}} definitely be dangerous]] -- furthermore, because of his hot-headed, reckless personality, fire is both a recurring motif in his characterization (see his flame-decorated BadassCape for one of many examples) and a [[StuffBlowingUp common result]] of [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill his actions]]; red is a colour traditionally associated with fire. His eye colour also serves to underline his RedOniBlueOni dynamic with Simon.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Simon's blue -- Kamina is red-clad, red-eyed and tan where Simon is blue-clad, blue-eyed and pale, and is a big dreamer who specializes in encouraging people and cheering them up, and is reckless, outgoing and not terribly bright, where Simon is a practical hard worker who is relatively sensible, fairly shy, and intelligent.
* RousingSpeech: He's a ''master'' of this trope; [[Pantheon/{{War}} deified for it]]. It's his role in the team. All the heavy lifting is done by Simon.
* SacrificialLion: Part and parcel of his role as DecoyProtagonist.
* {{Sarashi}}: [[WalkingShirtlessScene The most upper clothing the man ever wears.]] Except [[spoiler: that one time in the LotusEaterMachine, but that was a fake.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Simon's Sensitive Guy.
* ShonenHair: He has the spiky hair of the typical StockShonenHero.
* SmarterThanYouLook: He's smarter than you might guess, despite being a HotBlooded IdiotHero. Almost every time he went into battle he had a plan (Well, unless you count his CombiningMecha idea. [[CrazyEnoughToWork It really shouldn't have worked, but it just did.)]] and it probably takes a certain amount of brainpower to come up with and remember all the {{Rousing Speech}}es.
* SorryToInterrupt: Catches Simon with his face in Yoko's breasts and Nia on his side in the beginning of the second chapter in the HighSchoolAU. Kamina thinks Simon is having a threesome and congratulates him on his manliness before storming off.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the HighSchoolAU manga.
* StealthMentor: A lot of his IdiotHero moments are really gambits to get Simon to man up.
* StepfordSmiler: It is eventually revealed after his death, in a flashback to a conversation he had with Yoko, that he's as scared as everyone else, but he can talk a big game because he can always count on Simon to back it up.
* StockShonenHero: Kamina is a shining example of this trope in the first episodes. He's boisterous, HotBlooded, a [[FearlessFool fearless]] IdiotHero and a {{Determinator}} who never lets anything keep him down for long. He might be an idiot, but his fighting spirit and charisma are just so great that he's able to inspire even the timid Simon to accomplish great feats and almost single-handedly set the foundations for Team Dai-Gurren. He also has the typical spiky ShonenHair that goes with the trope and is a BigEater. Later episodes, however, show Kamina is actually a {{deconstruction}} of the trope. His bravado is just an act that he uses to inspire his TrueCompanions to greatness, as well as a coping mechanism to deal with his own fear during life-threatening situations. Also, his dumber moments have serious consequences - every time he pulls a HotBlooded stunt, someone (usually Simon or Yoko) tells him that he's risking his life and tries to talk him out of it. All of this leads to him dying in one of the series' most heart-wrenching moments. [[{{Reconstruction}} However,]] the positive effect he has on everyone around him is hard to overstate, since everything that happens in the series can be traced back to his goal of inspiring humanity to overthrow Lordgenome's oppression. Taken to extremes in the finale where, [[spoiler:on top of galaxies and in another universe]], Yoko calls him "far greater than any of [them]".
* TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath: He breaks Simon out of a neurotic crisis. Breathes. Gets hit by an energy blast, being fatally wounded.
* TakeUpMySword: Kamina spends his last moments telling Simon how awesome he is, before the two combine one last time to finish the first of the Four Generals. Ironically, the figurative meaning of this trope goes into full effect, but the literal meaning is [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]: Kamina's actual sword is used to mark his grave.
* TakingYouWithMe: With Thymilph.
* TestosteronePoisoning: He tries to take on a HumongousMecha with only a sword [[note]][[WordOfGod A fight that he would have won]][[/note]] and often needs to be saved from his own actions.
* ThereWasADoor: In the HighSchoolAU manga, Kamina just loves to burst into Simon's apartment through the window, floor and/or wall instead of simply using the door.
* AThreesomeIsHot: Thinks Simon is having one in the HighSchoolAU after storming into his room. He proceeds to congratulate him before running off.
* TookALevelInBadass: He may have already been awesome, but remember how he got his ass kicked the first time he tried to face Viral with just the Gurren? The second time they fight without Simon and the Lagann getting involved, though, he's able to easily hold his own.
--->'''Viral:''' "What the? How did he get so good so fast?"
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Yoko in the HighSchoolAU accuses Kamina of being this to Simon, with his antics sorta backing up such a conclusion.
* TragicHero: His dad dies and then so does he. Even worse, following his father's fearless, HotBlooded attitude towards life is what gets him killed.
* TragicKeepsake: After burying the skeleton of his dead father, Kamina holds onto the cape and wears it so that a part of his dad can travel the world with him and fufill his dream in spirit. Tragically, Kamina himself dies and the cape becomes part of a grave marker, tied around his ''nodachi'' stabbed into the ground.
* TransformationNameAnnouncement: VERY fond of announcing himself.
* TriangleShades: Practically the TropeCodifier in anime. They're also [[MemeticMutation photoshopped onto everyone]].
* {{Ubermensch}}: A charasmatic and passionate man who challenges conventional ways of thinking and gathers followers.
* TheUnchosenOne: Fully aware that while humanity needs a hero, he is ''not'' that man. He's fine with it, and devotes his time to making humanity's hero realize his worth.
* UndyingLoyalty: There is no word in any language to describe just how much Kamina loves his little brother Simon. He loves Simon more than Simon loves himself.
* TheUnfettered: There really isn't anything he ''won't'' do, except give up or desert his friends--Leeron excluded.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: His secret plan to combine Gurren & Lagann worked better than anyone could have expected. His meticulously-detailed plan to steal Dai-Gunzan wound up getting him killed. This was his one time flying solo, without Simon watching his back. And he pulls a LeeroyJenkins to get to Simon and give him a fist-sized dose of encouragement. Seriously, you couldn't have given the inspirational speech via the radio? Sure, it lacks style points, but it helps keep you alive.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Provides the page picture.
* WalkingSpoiler: Kamina's not the main character. By the end of episode 8, he's dead.
* WeakButSkilled: While Kamina was not a bad fighter, he was far beneath the level of the generals and the strongest warriors of the series. Also, he possessed the lowest level of Spiral power of the entire Team but he supplied himself with sound strategy, his allies help and pure raw determination. However, Kamina still ranks above Viral, who has ''no'' Spiral Power at all.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** {{BFS}}
*** KatanasAreJustBetter: Technically it's a ''nodachi''. Interestingly, it's not a weapon he gained out of virtue or strength, or heritage; he basically stole it from the leader's village in the middle of the confusion in episode 1.
** ThisIsADrill: Although this is usually Simon's territory, Kamina uses drills quite often when combined with Lagann. In fact, [[spoiler:Kamina uses his last moments to invent Gurren Lagann's finishing move, the Giga Drill Break]].
* WellDoneSonGuy: As a child, Kamina was too scared to go to the surface with his father, and the regret he felt over this led to him becoming a HotBlooded {{Determinator}}.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: His pretty ''eyelashes'', specifically, always feature prominently both in depictions of him and in the Black Siblings' gushing about him.
* TheWorfEffect: Won exactly one fight without Simon's help against Viral, by luck- two if you count the time he hijacked the Gunzar from Commander Dusack. Every other time he lost, or had to be dragged away.
** He realized it himself, and he's actualy a good fighter on his own right seeing how Viral struggled against him during the last part before [[spoiler:his death]]. However it's really obvious that he's nowhere as good as Simon at all, which he realizes too- ''until'' he has a DyingMomentOfAwesome.
* WorthyOpponent: To Viral (and Thymilph, to a lesser extent).
* WrongGenreSavvy: He fails to recognize the GenreShift that came with Thymilph and the Dai-Gunzan's entrance. When the show's tone suddenly became DarkerAndEdgier, jumping out of the Gurren during the biggest battle to yet occur in the series was a situation that [[HotBlooded hot blood]] couldn't save him from.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: He has light blue hair.
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[[folder:Yoko]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/MarinaInoue (JP), Creator/MichelleRuff (EN)

->''"It can be a real pain being as tough as I am!"''

Bursting onto the scene in the first episode, Yoko fills out the role of central female in the series. She hauls around a huge sniper rifle that can take down a HumongousMecha in one shot, and dresses in a...er...[[{{Stripperiffic}} interesting]] fashion. In spite of her apparent designation as walking fanservice, she gets some pretty good development as a character as well, going from a FieryRedhead {{Tsundere}} to a strong, cheerful CoolBigSis.
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* ActionDressRip: While posing as Yomako, one of the kids gets stuck in a tree. To save him, Yoko ''shreds'' her dress with a crisp ''RIP'' and scales up the tree with the freedom to stretch her legs. However, Yoko was well-prepared and had another one ready to wear the next day.
* ActionGirl: To an awesome extent. She's the only member of the team who doesn't ''need'' a giant robot to murderlate giant robots.
* AgeInappropriateDress: When you consider she's supposed to be 14 (sort of... see the YoungerThanTheyLook entry) for the first arc of the series, her {{Stripperific}} outfit seems more than a bit outlandish. Yoko tries to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] it by claiming it allows her to move quicker.
* BadassCape: During the assault on the Anti-Spiral she wears a cape, much like Simon does and like Kamina used to. [[MsFanservice Interestingly]], her cape is made in such a way as to showcase both [[SexyBacklessOutfit her back]] and her nice, ahem, posterior.
* BadassNormal: While she has access to Spiral Energy like all humans, it's nothing compared to the likes of Simon or Kittan, but with her trusty BFG she remains a formidable presence in Team Dai-Gurren from the very beginning, and is the only character in the series to have destroyed Gunmen without one of her own.
* BadassTeacher: In fact so badass she saves one of her students from two ganmen using only a hoverbike and her sniper rifle, while giving them one hell of a scorning. [[spoiler:In the DistantFinale, it's revealed she went back to the island to work as a teacher.]]
* BareYourMidriff: And the rest of the abdomen all up to the boobs, to the viewer's pleasure.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Kamina until their first, last, and only kiss.
* {{BFG}}: [[spoiler:''Sniper'' {{BFG}}s.]]
* BigEater: Not to the same degree as Kamina or Simon, but she eats more than she looks like she does to be able to carry her rifle and be active in combat. Dayakka looks at a normal meal for her and assumes she's eating herself sick.
* BuxomIsBetter: Simon, Kamina and Kittan find her attractive because of her impressive breasts. Her cup size seems to have grown in the HighSchoolAU manga.
* CartwrightCurse: The two guys she kisses kick the bucket soon after. Though to be fair, [[spoiler:Kittan]] kissed her ''knowing'' beforehand that he would die, and even apologizes for that. [[spoiler: Although Kamina lives in the HighSchoolAU even after they've kissed.]]
* ChestBlaster: [[spoiler:The missiles come complete with ''movable jaws'', to boot.]]
* ChildhoodFriends: Her backstory is changed in the HighSchoolAU to be this with Simon along with Kamina.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Was hesitant about Nia due to her getting close to Simon. The two quickly became good friends however.
* ColdSniper: She doesn't get her own Gunman until after the seven year timeskip but she has a high record of kills and is without a doubt one the deadliest snipers in the series.
* CombatHaircomb: She uses two needles that serve as her hairpins to stab Adiane's scorpion tail.
* CoolBigSis: To Simon and all the other children, in a sense. Simon interprets it as romantic love, to catastrophic consequences.
* DudeMagnet: [[HopelessSuitor Simon]], [[BoisterousBruiser Kamina]], [[spoiler:[[HotBlooded Kittan]]]], and other men have found her attractive.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: She pilots Dayakaiser late in the series.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Wears one normal fingerless glove and one elbow-length one.
* FieryRedhead: Compared to Nia especially.
* FingerlessGloves: Black, by the way.
* FriendlySniper: The only character to defeat a Gunmen without her own. It's a good thing she's friendly.
* FriendToAllChildren: Just ask the adoring children at her school.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Considering she is only wearing a bikini, and she moves a lot to take position to shoot, it's sort of justified.
* GagBoobs: Mostly when Boota sneaks in.
* GodivaHair: In the movie, in a suitably epic battle against Adiane.
* GunsAkimbo [[spoiler:and FiringOneHanded]]: With [[spoiler:''{{BFG}}s'']], no less.
* TheGunslinger: To the extent she doesn't get her own Gunmen for a long time, since she doesn't need one.
* HairDecorations: Wears a hair clip that looks like a skull.
* HasAType: She has a thing for [[BoisterousBruiser Boisterous Bruisers]] Kamina and later [[spoiler:Kittan]]. The latter one at the very least has the decency not to promise her the world before [[spoiler:he sacrifices himself]], as he points out.
* {{Herald}}: It's her entrance that starts Kamina and Simon's adventure.
* HeartbrokenBadass: First Kamina dies, then [[spoiler:Kittan]] dies. [[spoiler:The ending of the show implies that she became so scared of romance as a result, she stayed single for the rest of her days.]]
* HotTeacher: As Miss Yomako.
* HumongousMecha: She pilots Dayakkaiser and the [[spoiler: Yoko M Tank]], but most notably [[spoiler:the ''Lagann-hen''-exclusive "Tengen Toppa Yoko W Tank" - which higly resembles Yoko in her pre time-skip look]]
* HypocriticalHumor: When she complains about the Black Siblings' "absurd outfits" in the BeachEpisode. And then in the HighSchoolAU manga, she berates Simon for sleeping next to Nia with revealing clothing, when she has her iconic outfit on.
* ImageSong: "Trust", "S.t.a.r.S."
* TheKirk: She's the one saddled with balancing Kamina's {{Hot Blooded}}ness with Simon's ShrinkingViolet
* LastKiss: With Kamina [[spoiler:and Kittan]]. In Kamina's case, both had no idea that it would be their only kiss before his death. [[spoiler:With Kittan, he stole a kiss from Yoko before knowingly going to his death to save the team.]]
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: In the HighSchoolAU, she and Kamina treat Simon like a child with different ideas on how he should turn out, much to Simon's displeasure.
* LightningBruiser: See her {{BFG}} entry, above, and her {{Stripperiffic}} entry, below.
* LocationThemeNaming: "Yoko" means "side".
* MamaBear:
** Do NOT threaten her friends or students.
---> "School's out. You FAIL!"
** Is very protective of Simon in the HighSchoolAU manga, and considers Kamina's recklessness a bad influence.
* MarshmallowHell: Does this to Simon and Boota. In the HighSchoolAU manga, she does this to Simon for 3 whole pages and again after waking him up in the beginning of the next volume.
* {{Meganekko}}: As Yomako.
* MoreDakka: [[spoiler:No less than a '''pair''' of proportionally-sized [[SniperRifle sniper "rifles"]] ("cannons" would be more appropriate) on ''each'' [[ShoulderCannon shoulder]], complementing the '''even bigger''' pair of {{BFG}}s mentioned above.]]
* TheMourningAfter: She never gave up her love for Kamina. She became a teacher partly because of him.
* MsFanservice: The poster girl for anime and manga. The sheer number of fanservice tropes here is astounding.
* MyBelovedSmother: Frequently acts like this to Simon in the HighSchoolAU. Coupled with a literal smother in the beginning of the story that goes on for 3 pages.
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: To Kamina. He died in battle with an unfulfilled promise to her. [[spoiler:They did get to meet again though, in an LotusEaterMachine. By the word of the creators, their meeting was arranged "to reunite two people in the place that has separated them."]]
* NiceGirl: When she's not showing her {{Tsundere}} side.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Didn't get many opportunities to be useful when Kamina was around, but boy did this change later on.
* ParentalSubstitute: Her backstory in the HighSchoolAU changes her history to be childhood friends with Simon, with both her and Kamina trying to raise Simon in their own image. Yoko takes the role of MamaBear, decrying Kamina's reckless behavior.
* PluckyGirl: Not as plucky as Nia, but still counts.
* RapunzelHair: That's quite a big ponytail, don't you think? The ShowerOfAngst mentioned below showed that it reaches her rear when let down.
* RetiredBadass: Post-Time Skip, before the Anti-Spirals' attack. [[spoiler:She becomes one again in the DistantFinale.]]
* SailorFuku: Her uniform in the HighSchoolAU.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Considering that underground is cold, you would think she would use something more than a scarf.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: When Gunmen attack the school she's teaching at, she gets these as she goes to get her combat gear.
* ShipperOnDeck: After getting closer to Nia, Yoko began to ship her and Simon.
* ShowerOfAngst: After Kamina dies.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: The man she fell for, Kamina, was a HotBlooded man with a strong sense of justice.
%%* SmallGirlBigGun
* SniperRifle: [[AKA47 Modelled after the]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrett_M82 Barrett M82]] '''[[{{BFG}} anti-materiel]]''' [[{{BFG}} rifle]].
* SpiritualAntithesis: Of [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Asuka Langley Soryu]]. Both are the FieryRedhead of their respective {{Power Trio}}s and have {{Tsundere}} tendencies toward a member of the group. Both of them are also devastated at the loss of [[spoiler:their crush]], but Yoko manages to get herself together and move on, while Asuka crosses the DespairEventHorizon (though she was already suffering one hell of a TraumaCongaLine) as a result. What's interesting about this is that Yoko was voiced by Creator/TiffanyGrant, Asuka's English VA, in [[https://youtu.be/-_rkqk7rwbE?t=1m38s the original ADV dub]].
* {{Stripperific}}: Her justification for this is that she doesn't want her clothing to impede her mobility in combat. Notably, when she isn't in a combat situation, she dresses fairly modestly.
** Hilariously, when she puts on a swimsuit in the BeachEpisode, it actually covers ''more'' than her normal outfit. Although her bikini in the HighSchoolAU is actually MORE revealing than her normal outfit.
** Before the TimeSkip, she always wears the same outfit regardless of whether or not she is in combat. She does, however, uphold a more covering outfit after the TimeSkip, partially due to her occupation as a schoolteacher.
* TakeUpMySword: An interesting version. She never once says she did it for him, but Kamina did state he wanted to teach the younger generation about the source when it was all over. Yoko took that to heart and decided to become a teacher to do just that.
* TerritorialSmurfette: Yoko has some difficulty dealing with Nia when she joins Team Dai-Gurren, more because her {{Moe}}-ness wins over the guys than because of her being the BigBad's daughter. Back then, she considered Nia dead weight: they were fighting a rebellion, and Nia had no combat skills. Then Nia won Yoko over via showing her SilkHidingSteel side, specially via not blinking when Yoko released her from a monster via shooting said monster when it was holding Nia hostage, and later said she totally trusted Yoko to not fail a shot that could have potentially killed her. It was sealed when Nia asked Yoko to give her an ImportantHaircut (as she lost a bit of hair in the rescue process) and Yoko did so without any problems.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Nia's Girly Girl.
* TomboyishPonytail: She's very unladylike compared to Nia and she wears her hair in a long ponytail.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: She's a master shooter, dresses immodestly and she admits she doesn't know about much girly stuff, but she's very good with children and she eventually becomes a teacher.
* {{Tritagonist}}: She's arguably the most prominent character after Simon, but she never takes the role of {{Deuteragonist}}, which is shuffled between several other characters.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type B. Yoko is very nice and friendly, but when dealing with Kamina she shows a short-tempered and violent side.
* UnknownRival: To Nia for Nia's first three episodes before the two become [=BFFs=]. Happens again in the HighSchoolAU once Nia transfers and becomes popular.
* WalkingSwimsuitScene: which is surprisingly modest.
* WeaponOfChoice: Her sniper rifle. Given it can take out Gunmen, you can't blame her.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Her kissing Kamina while completely unaware of Simon's feelings for her at the time, more or less leads to a spiral of events that causes Kamina to die.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: She wears shorts. Very short ones.
* WolverinePublicity: In terms of merchandise; for some weird (or maybe [[MsFanservice not-so-weird]]) reason, more figures are available of her than the other main characters (and she's also the only one available in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nendoroid Nendoroid]] [[http://www.goodsmile.info/en/product/2040/Nendoroid+Yoko.html form]]).
* YaoiFangirl: If her blushing, dreamy-eyed reaction to Kamina declaring that he and Simon are going to combine is any indication. Lampshaded immediately after by Leeron.
* YoungerThanSheLooks: She's supposed to be ''fourteen'' pre-TimeSkip. At least, to the people who DON'T LIVE WITH A SUN. Their years aren't quite synced up to Solar years, remember (is the convenient explanation).
* ZettaiRyouiki: Hotpants + socks, then hotpants + boots.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Nia]]
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nia_gurrenlagann.jpg]]
->Voiced by: Creator/YukariFukui (JP), Creator/HyndenWalch (EN)
->Post-TimeSkip Nia: Creator/YukariFukui (JP), Creator/BridgetHoffman (EN)

->''"Hail, fellow well met!"''

After a particularly traumatic event in his life, Simon stumbles across a box that the drill he recovered from the mines can open. When opened, out of it pops a young, naive girl with pastel blue and yellow hair: Nia. She turns out to be the daughter of Lordgenome, and is thus the princess of the Beastmen. She develops into Simon's LoveInterest.
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* ActionGirl: Becomes one of the LadyOfWar variety eventually.
* AllLovingHeroine: So kind, so helpful, and so inspiring for the Dai Gurren Brigade. They were ready to fall apart before she arrived.
* AndIMustScream: During her time as the Anti-Spiral Messanger, she was fully aware of what was going on but completely unable to do anything to stop herself. This is shown with flashbacks to her talks with Simon.
* AnimeHair:
** It's pastel blue and yellow in color, layered in such a way that one might think the blue parts were the shadows at first, and the long hair running down her back resembles cotton candy in consistency.
** It also acts somewhat like a flame at times, for instance, when wind blows, it will flow in the wind like a flickering flame, and if you pay attention small parts will fly off and disappear like small bits of flame.
* ApocalypseMaiden: She was programmed to be the Anti-Spiral's messenger when the population reaches 1 million.
* ArtificialHuman: Nia holds Anti-Spiral reprogramming inside her genetic code. Nobody but Lordgenome knows it, not even ''Nia herself.''
* BadassAdorable: She is ''completely fearless'', insanely strong, and she's very, very adorable.
* BadassPrincess: Although she becomes {{Badass}} after she isn't a princess anymore.
* BattleCouple: With Simon. In the HighSchoolAU, she wastes no time becoming one with Simon once Viral appears, much to Simon's [[IJustWantToBeNormal confusion and hesitation.]]
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: A lot of her views in the HighSchoolAU are based off her belief in destiny after Simon saves her.
* BedmateReveal: Is revealed to have slept next to Simon in the beggining of the second chapter of the HighSchoolAU, much to Simon's shock.
* BeneathTheMask: Nia acts fearless at the mercy of a captor, but as soon as Simon arrives to save her, she melts and lets loose her tears. The worst is when [[spoiler: she overcomes the brainwashing of the Anti-Spiral and desperately asks Simon if he's going to save her, ready to cry]].
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Back in her younger days. Even cuter in the dub where she's voiced by Creator/HyndenWalch. There's still traces of it when she's older. She ended up saying no when Simon [[spoiler: asked her to marry him]] until Kiyoh and Kiyal explained what he meant.
* TheChick: Simon's emotional support and the most prominent female after Yoko. Heck, she puts heart back into the entire brigade.
* CloseCallHaircut: Yoko's shaky aim as she tries to shoot Nia free from Adiane causes her to slice up Nia's locks twice. Nia later asks her to fix it, although Yoko isn't too savvy on haircuts. It grows back even longer after the time-skip.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: It's a little hard for others to understand her at times, or her to understand others. At first this is due to her [[ShelteredAristocrat sheltered up-bringing]] but it's quite clear she isn't all there in the head when even after 7 years in the outside world she still surprises everyone with her quirky misunderstandings.
* CreepyMonotone: As the Anti-Spiral Messenger.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: [[spoiler:Her DNA is reprogrammed to make her into an Anti-Spiral. When the source of this DNA information is destroyed, she begins to disappear.]]
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler:During her captivity time in the hands of the Anti-Spirals.]]
* CuteLittleFangs: Although she doesn't have them in the series, They have shown up in [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=297728 official]] [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=117152 art]].
%%* TheCutie
* DefiantCaptive: Nia will tell you she's not going to die. To your face. While you're shoving a pistol into her forehead. Or about to snap her in half with your claws. Or about to dematerialize her. She may not be able to fight you, but she will tell you to fuck off (very politely), because Simon's on his way, and that's a wave of pain you don't want to happen.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Of episodes 9-15.
* DisappearsIntoLight: [[spoiler:Nia fades away like this just after completing the marriage ceremony.]]
* DudeMagnet: When she first came aboard the team, most of them were enraptured by her.
* EarthyBarefootCharacter: Introduced shoeless in her pod. She is delighted once she plants her bare feet on the ground and squishes through the cold mud. But Simon knows this innocent girl will not fare well without any shoes in the dirty, rough terrain he found her in, so he lends his boots to her and goes without for a while. Nia is later given proper shoes - a pair of fancy heels - on the Dai-Gunzan, but Simon doesn't reclaim his shoes, since he's too wallowing about Kamina's recent death.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: While the group doesn't learn she is a Princess till the next episode, Nia's arrival allows the group to get their mojo back and pull out of their HeroicBSOD. In general her attitude makes the entire Team Dai-Gurren more friendly when she arrives. Oddly, she is still called a Princess in the HighSchoolAU despite her role changing to that of the Principle's daughter.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: When acting as the Anti-Spiral Messenger. Subverted in the HighschoolAU manga.
* EvilKnockoff: [[spoiler:Pilots the Chouginga Anti-Gurren Lagann in ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}2: Saisei-Hen''.]]
* ExoticEyeDesigns: Cross-shaped pupils, at that, providing the trope image. Further proof that she's an alien, if you even needed more.
* {{Expy}}: To a certain extent, of [[Anime/OutlawStar Melfina]]. She's the protagonist's LoveInterest, and that he finds her sleeping in a fetal position in a box.
* FaceHeelTurn: Against her will.
* FallenPrincess: For a princess who was thrown away by her own father, Nia adapts to her situation very well.
* FantasticRacism: [[spoiler:Lordgenome didn't discard her because she is a human as we're led to assume; he discarded her because she is an Anti-Spiral. Her gaining sentience and getting too curious is a reminder of what he fought for and lost]].
* FlowerInHerHair: When she is first introduced, she has a flower ornament in her hair.
* {{Foil}}: Whereas Kamina took to toughening up Simon, who didn't take his words to heart until his death, Nia supported him by calming him down his anger, which led to Simon understanding Kamina. Kamina was reckless, and Nia is a pacifist. Kamina instantly inspired everyone, and everybody loved him, but Nia had to gain everyone's trust before she could become TheHeart. The art style for [[http://i.imgur.com/2QkYa2B.jpg Kamina's eyecatch]] is sharp and gritty, while [[http://i.imgur.com/aA47CI0.jpg Nia's eyecatch]] is soft and bright. Kamina piloted Gurren, while Nia always stayed with Simon in Lagann. [[spoiler:Both also have two of the most [[TearJerker heart-wrenching]] deaths in the series]], but while Simon [[spoiler:took Kamina's death horribly]], he [[spoiler:takes Nia's with great maturity]].
* FourthDateMarriage: If it could even be called THAT in the HighSchoolAU. As she believes Simon saving her was a sign of destiny and the two fought off Viral with a Husband-Wife Gattai, she states that she has to start living with Simon, much to his bewilderment.
* GagBoobs: If the second movie is to be believed, then Yoko and Kiyoh aren't the only ones with [[UnusualEuphemism huge tracts of land]].
* GiftedlyBad: She doesn't realize that the food she cooks is pretty much lethal to anyone who isn't Simon and Boota.
* GirlInABox: How Simon finds her.
* GirlyGirlWithATomboyStreak: In the HighSchoolAU manga, where despite being girly, her favorite magazine in the same manly brand that Kamina loves as well.
%%* GodivaHair: In the second movie.
* AGoodWayToDie: [[spoiler: She dies surrounded by her friends and looking into the eyes of her beloved husband with [[GoOutWithASmile a smile on her face]].]]
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: WordOfGod says that Nia could have actually held on longer but would have lost parts of her body gradually. Instead she chose to die at once, smiling happily]].
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She's a kind-hearted person whose hair can be easily described as "gold-colored", even though her hair has pastel blue coloring mixed in. In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86ZVXfs9cPc Parallel Works video "The sense of wonder"]] she is depicted with completely blonde hair.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler: To Simon. For a grand total of 30 seconds.]]
* TheHeart: What she does for Simon and the rest.
* HelloNurse: When she's shown in her swimsuit, a bunch of the male characters get {{Nosebleed}}s.
* HereditaryHairstyle: She probably got her AnimeHair from her dad.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:She takes as active a part in the final battle against the Anti-Spiral as the rest of Team Dai-Gurren and helps Simon land the killing blow, even knowing that when the Anti-Spiral dies, so does she.]]
* HeroicWillpower: Nia is so plucky that she [[spoiler:keeps herself alive for a week after the Anti-Spiral's demise]] out of ''sheer willpower'', just so she can marry Simon. Examined further in the second movie: [[spoiler: Nia's arm suddenly begins to ''fade away'' as she writes a diary for Simon, and then forces the arm to regenerate ''on the spot.'' One wonders if she really is gone for good...]]
* HotBlooded: [[NeutralFemale She may not fight]], but she completely outdoes half the cast in terms of sheer [[{{HotBlooded}} determination]]. And when she [[TheMovie DOES fight]], ''[[LadyOfWar holy crap]]''. In the HighSchoolAU manga, she has a {{HotBlooded}} moment alongside Kamina and ''manages to equal him in it!''
* ImportantHaircut: Nia's hair is cut by two bullets from Yoko's sniper rifle the episode after she decides to shun her previous life. Unlike many cases, this time the accidental cut doesn't give a clean cut at all, and she has Yoko clean it up, showing that they finally trust each other.
** The circumstances are a bit different in the manga. Nia cuts off her own hair after [[spoiler: her elder sister Straea, the leader of the Beauty Village, dies protecting her; she leaves her hair on Strae's grave so that they'll always be together.]] However, her cutting was a bit choppy, so she still asks Yoko to tidy up her hair.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Nia is a fount of joy and innocence in the world of the series. It's no wonder Simon loves her so passionately. Her FaceHeelTurn, in fact, was because she was programmed to be a ManchurianAgent by the Anti-Spiral, not because of true malice. In fact, [[ThePowerOfLove it's her love for Simon]] that snaps her out of it.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: She's completely oblivious to any kind of negative mood, which isn't a good thing when one of the cast members has just died. The very worst case of this is when Simon proposes to her and she ''turns him down with a cheerful "No, way!"'' Kiyoh and Kiyal make her realize this accidental mistake and she quickly decides otherwise.
* InsaneTrollLogic: In the HighSchoolAU, her motivation for using the Husband-Wife Gaitta technique on Viral comes from a manly man's magazine. Oddly enough it works.
* IsThisWhatAngerFeelsLike: "Are you aware of who exactly I am?!"
* {{Keigo}}: She is also polite and formal, even when telling someone to F off.
* KirkSummation: Gives one to Adiane in episode 10. Is then promptly met with a ShutUpKirk.
* LadyOfWar: Becomes one in ''Lagann-hen'' by [[spoiler:commanding her own mecha Tengen Toppa Solvernia, the most elegant-looking and gracefully fighting mecha in the series.]]
* LastKiss: [[spoiler:Shares her one and only onscreen kiss with Simon at their wedding before her body dissolves into random data bits.]]
* LastOfHerKind: She was the last Princess and daughter of the Spiral King out of countless he discarded before her. [[spoiler:She was also the last Anti-Spiral probe along said Princesses]].
* LethalChef: Her cooking tastes anything ''but'' good... unless you're Simon or Boota.
* LiteralMinded: She rejected Simon when he asked her for marriage because he wanted to become "one with her" and two people can't be physically merged...
* LocationThemeNaming: Her name comes from "near".
* TheLostLenore: [[spoiler:To Simon. One of the main reasons he gives up the Gurren Lagann at the end is because, along passing the torch to the next generation, Simon loses Nia. Though he is accepting of her death, it doesn't hurt him any less]].
* LoveAtFirstSight: With Simon in the HighSchoolAU after he saves her and she takes it as a sign of destiny.
* MarkedChange: When [[spoiler:her hidden identity as the Anti-Spiral's messenger awakens]].
* ManchurianAgent: She becomes the agent of the Anti-Spirals when the population reaches 1 million. Her actions are completely against her will, but she still has some conscience left.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: If Simon haven't met her, he probably would have never got over his depression over [[spoiler:Kamina's death.]] Her sunny disposition and pluckiness help Simon believe in himself again and regain the will to go on.
** She continues this role again in the HighSchoolAU, appearing right after Simon tempts fate by just wanting a normal day.
* MeaningfulName:
** Coincidentally and interestingly enough, in addition to coming from "near" as mentioned under LocationThemeNaming above, her name is also a Welsh variant of ''Niamh'', which means “bright” or “radiant”, two terms that could easily be used to describe [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold her appearance]] and [[PluckyGirl her]] [[IncorruptiblePurePureness personality]]. It's also worth noting that the name ''Niamh'' comes from [[Myth/CelticMythology the Irish goddess Niamh Chinn Oir]]. [[note]]Whose name means "Niamh of the Golden Hair". The goddess in question was also known among the Welsh as Nia Ben Aur, which pretty much has the same meaning.[[/note]] Which may also make Nia's name a ShoutOut to said goddess.
** Her name is also a Swahili name that means “purpose”. Which is fitting considering [[ApocalypseMaiden her eventual fate as the Anti-Spirals' messenger]], i.e. her ultimate purpose in life. It could also refer to [[TheHeart the fact that she motivates Simon and the rest of Team Dai-Gurren to overcome impossible odds]], i.e. she helps give Team Dai-Gurren a purpose to fight and win against the Beastmen.
** [[spoiler:Her mecha in TheMovie, the Tengen Toppa Sovernia, combines her name with Sovern, symbolizing her independence from the Anti-Spirals that once controlled her.]]
* MortonsFork: [[spoiler:Simon just might as well twerk the Spiral to save her from her death, but that would be trying to dwell too much into God's territory and tempting fate with the prospect of a Spiral Nemesis. This comes at the price of letting the love of his life die... at the moment of their marriage]].
* MsFanservice: Not so much as Yoko, but still counts. Especially after the time-skip.
* MulticoloredHair: A whole mix of colors, which sometimes seem fluid.
* MysticalWaif: How she's found and what her life means to the world.
* NaiveEverygirl: She's the embodiment of an extremely idealistic fairy tale heroine trapped in a SuperRobot show.
* NiceGirl: Always trusting and supportive of others, and she boosts the team's morale just as well as Kamina.
* NeutralFemale: Though subverted at least three times, and even when not it's because she has no other option rather than she can fight but refuses to.
* NoOntologicalInertia: [[spoiler:She dies because the Anti-Spirals are destroyed.]]
* NoSocialSkills: Having been raised in isolation for her entire life until she was literally put in a box and left on a landfill, Nia has no contact at all with the outside world until she is found by Simon. Her attempts to adjust to life on the outside charm even the baddest of badasses in Team Dai-Gurren.
* OfficialCouple: With Simon.
* PluckyGirl: She may not be able to fight, but in terms of sheer [[{{HotBlooded}} hot-blooded determination]], she can hold her own against any of the men. Are you either pointing a gun at her, have her in your mecha's claws, or are about to dematerialize her? That's not gonna break her down.
* ThePollyanna: It's not that she's unaffected or oblivious to trouble, but her sheer faith in Simon to drill through it is so strong, even her forceful transformation into a ManchurianAgent is a minor inconvenience in comparison.
* PowerOfTrust: Her great amount of faith in people is what allows the team to win some of the biggest clinchers in the series. She helps Simon out of his HeroicBSOD, allows Yoko to get a free shot on Adiane, and even when [[spoiler:she's in another dimension]], she ''knows'' that Simon would [[spoiler:find her]]. She's even fine with [[spoiler:dying]] if it means that he'll save the world.
* PrincessClassic: Hits almost all the points except [[PluckyGirl shy]] [[spoiler:[[GainaxEnding and the happy ending]]]].
* PrincessesPreferPink: She's the princess of the Beastmen and she always wears a pink dress.
* PsychoSupporter: Not actually one, but this is how Simon views Nia at first in the HighSchoolAU after immediately charging with him into a battle with Viral and declaring Simon won't be beaten.
* RapunzelHair: Post-timeskip.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: During the transmission.
* ReiAyanamiExpy: [[SubvertedTrope Superficially]]. She is a 14-year old with ([[MulticoloredHair partially]]) [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]] and [[ExoticEyeDesigns odd-looking]] [[TechnicolorEyes eyes]], who quickly becomes the main character's LoveInterest. After the battle against Adiane, her hair is cut short. She is partially driven by a desire to reunite with her father, has some [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} odd]] [[LiteralMinded tendencies]], and it turns out that [[spoiler:[[ArtificialHuman she is]] NotQuiteHuman]]. However, she is very outgoing, the complete opposite of a true expy's [[EmotionlessGirl personality]].
* RescueRomance: She and Simon first meet when he saves her from dying abandoned inside a box. Later, Simon is able to help her when she learns her father tossed her out and gave her a new reason for being.
* TheReveal: The daughter of Spiral King Lordgenome and [[spoiler:messenger of the Anti-Spirals.]]
* SailorFuku: Averted in the HighSchoolAU, where her uniform doesn't match up to the other ones the girls wear.
* ScrewDestiny: Made absolutely explicit in the movie.
* SecondLove: For Simon. The first was Yoko until he found out she favored Kamina the hard way.
* ShelteredAristocrat: She was raised in isolation for her entire life and is amazed by the outside world.
* ShoutOut: The second half of the plot pretty make her a walking shout out to [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Einst Alfimi and Excellen Browning]]. Approaches ActorAllusion, since like [[{{Manga/Mahoromatic}} Mahoro]], [[spoiler:Nia gets cursed with a limited life span after The Anti Spiral bites it]].
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Nia falls for the kind, brave, and inspiring [[AllLovingHero Simon]].
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:For both Lordgenome and the Anti-Spiral, as she becomes TheHeart of Team Gurren]].
* SplitPersonality: In the HighSchoolAU manga, Nia develops one as a child, due to her FriendlessBackground. Her other self is a {{Tsundere}} IceQueen who, of course, quickly [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]] when faced with Simon's LoveConfession. She and the normal Nia end up sharing Simon, being able to more or less switch between personalities at will.
* SpoiledSweet: She's a princess and before he abandoned her, her father gave her anything she wanted. Yet she's one of the sweetest girls you will ever meet.
* StarCrossedLovers: With Simon.
* StealthMentor: Her actions as a Messenger were intended to strengthen the Team before facing the true enemy.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: We see in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOBG3CCew7Q the 8th Parallel Works video]] that her father used to basically be a male version of Nia. Seriously.
* TaremeEyes: Normally.
* TeamChef: She decides to take this role in order to become more useful for the team. Unfortunately, [[LethalChef her cooking is terrible]], but nobody wants to hurt her feelings so they don't complain at all. Bizarrely, Simon and Boota genuinely enjoy her food.
* TechnicolorEyes: Has opal blue eyes with pink flower-shaped crosses for pupils... and they look ''adorable!''
* TenderTears: When sweet little Nia breaks down into tears, you feel broken up inside. And God help you if Simon sees you're responsible for her sobs.
* ThereAreNoCoincidences: After Simon saves her in the HighSchoolAU, she's convinced that destiny is at work.
* ThroughHisStomach: After the time skip, she's shown to make Simon's lunch.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly Girl to Yoko's Tomboy.
%%* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth
%%* TragicHero
%%* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter:
* XOnAStick: [[spoiler:The Solvernia has a drill on a stick.]]
%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
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[[folder:Boota]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/ShizukaIto (JP), Creator/JulieAnnTaylor (EN)

-> ''"Bui!"''

A palm-sized pigmole from the village that Simon and Kamina grew up in. He's Simon's beloved pet and companion on his travels, but does have a noticable love of riding in Yoko's cleavage. While he may be small, he's a motivating force for the team when push comes to shove. [[spoiler: Later, it turns out Boota is a wellspring of Spiral Energy, and he even uses that power to imagine himself into a humanoid body--but only temporarily.]]
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* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler: Definite knows how to fight in his human form, driving off the [[BigBad Anti-Spiral]] temporarily.]]
* CoolShades: Yes, the ''TeamPet'' has shades.
%%* {{Determinator}}
* EatTheDog: In episode 4. Simon and Kamina are starving from getting nothing to eat, so Boota does the most disturbing thing possible and [[spoiler: ''bites on his own tail and rips off his hindquarters!!!'']] Fortunately, he's healed by the next episode. [[spoiler: You can HandWave it due to his innate [[HealingFactor Spiral Power.]]]]
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: [[spoiler:Boota is a source of Spiral Power.]]
* EvilCounterpart:
** [[spoiler:That man you see on the bridge in the BadFuture opening of the first episode... is an evolved Boota matured into an adult.]]
** He also has one in [[spoiler: Guame, one of the Four Divine Generals]].
* MarshmallowHell: From Yoko.
* MeaningfulName: "Buta" means "pig", and "buu" is Japanese for "oink".
%%* NonHumanSidekick
%%* ParrotPetPosition
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Improbably, he never seems to grow, not even during the TimeSkip, so he stays as this.
%%* TeamPet
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[[folder:Viral]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/NobuyukiHiyama (JP), SamRiegel (EN)

->''"I'll tell you two things: First, any human on the surface will be completely annihilated by our Human Eradication Army. Second, that is my dinner — give it back!"''

Originally Vice Commander in the Human Annihilation Army, Eastern Unit, First District; Viral is the first real villain the heroes face in their quest to defeat the Beastmen. He develops a borderline FoeYay relationship with Kamina, and later Simon. When the world is threatened later on the series, Viral reveals his hidden depths.
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* AcePilot: He can't produce Spiral Power (despite being pretty damn HotBlooded), but what keeps Viral in the game and makes him a valuable copilot to Simon is his classical training and skill in the cockpit.
* AntagonistInMourning: When he learns Kamina has died.
* AntiVillain: The Noble variant. He's just a loyal soldier for the Spiral King and is doing his job. While he tends to be a bit of a jerk, he's simply trying to maintain honor and stay useful to the Beastman Empire.
** Later he becomes a [[spoiler: KnightInSourArmor when he joins Team Dai-Gurren]].
* {{Badass}}: Hell yes! His intro and leitmotif underscore it wonderfully.
* BeastMan: He's part shark and cat and human.
* BloodKnight: By simple virtue of his facial expressions in combat.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Viral is a shark-cat Beastman covered in scars, gets beat up regularly in fights, and still has a large following of fans who think he's hot.
* BeyondTheImpossible: [[spoiler: While ambiguous in series, the movies directly confirm Viral is HotBlooded enough to create Spiral Energy despite that being being a specifically stated impossibility.]]
* BoringButPractical: He can't use Spiral energy and his Gunmen lacks much in the way of large scale armaments, but Viral is still a threat due pure piloting skills. Enkidu possess the smoothest movements of any mech in the series, taking the advantage in his first fight with Kamina through nothing more than good footwork.
* ButtMonkey: After his intial defeat he gets a lot of abuse from the heroes and villains alike. He gets better after his HeelFaceTurn.
* CantCatchUp: Lordgenome tells him as much. "No beastman can stand against a human who has mastered the power of the Spiral." In the movie, it's [[spoiler:subverted, where he himself gains the ability to use Spiral Power.]]
* CatsAreMean: Subverted--he's {{just following orders}}.
* CharClone: Viral is what this trope lives for. He's a blonde ace pilot that becomes TheRival for TheHero. He has a sense of honor that distinguishes him from {{Card Carrying Villain}}s. Eventually {{Heel Face Turn}}s.
* ConvenientlyCellmates: With Simon in the future.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Pale blond hair, yellow eyes.
* CuteLittleFangs: When he's happy. Not so much when he isn't...
* {{Determinator}}: No matter how many times he gets beaten, no matter how many of his superiors are killed, he ''just won't give up''.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Of episodes 20-22.
* TheDragon: He isn't the Dragon to the Big Bad at first, but rather to every other general.
* DoomMagnet: Every person he's assigned to guard dies. [[spoiler:Except Simon.]]
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Zig Zagged. At first, this is true for Team Dai-Gurren, but after the TimeSkip, it's more true for the Anti-Spiral.
* FangsAreEvil: At least until he becomes Gurren's pilot, at which point his fangs become far more pronounced- because he's now smiling ear to ear.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: His shirtless scene in Gurren's cockpit shows that he has scars in a similar pattern to Kamina's tattoos.
* HeelFaceTurn: Ultimately triggered by the combined turmoil of the following: his losing streak to Gurren Lagann, the death of Adiane, the fact he's always the only one left alive in a fight against Team Dai-Gurren, the power of immortality making it harder to die so much as end up alone and nowhere, the futility of resisting Kamina City's government, getting sent to prison, and finally, noticing that Simon is finally an equal he would rather willingly serve beside as a friend than waste his time warring with him.
* HiddenDepths: Has a deep-seated sense of honor and a [[spoiler: secret crush on Adiane.]] More so, his innermost desire was [[spoiler: wanting to get married to a Beastman girl he once loved, have a child, and live a normal life as a family together. This may not seem ''that'' meaningful, until you find out in the show that despite having secondary sexual characteristics, Beastmen are neuter - Viral ''can't'' have a child in that fashion, no matter how much he may want to.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: He has shades of this, but not quite to the same extent as Kamina. He will ''not'' attack a defenseless opponent, he will ''not'' resort to underhanded tactics such as taking hostages, but if a battle is not going in his favor he may occasionally run away.
* HotBlooded: In Episode 22, he even manages to be more hotblooded than [[HumbleHero Simon]]. He ends up being so loud that you can barely hear Simon.
---> Viral: "Doutou gattai! Arc Gurren Lagann! Uoooowaaaaahhhh!!!"
* IJustWantToBeNormal: [[spoiler:Viral's greatest dream is to have a family... but as a Beastman, he can't reproduce, and being immortal, he'd outlive any family he had.]]
* {{Immortality}}: Granted to him by Lordgenome near the end of the first half when he grows curious about the true nature of the Spiral. Lordgenome decides to make him his messenger through all time to denounce hope, but instead, Lordgenome is defeated and Viral is left living forever without a purpose- until he joins Team Dai-Gurren.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: After his debut battle, things go rapidly downhill. Kamina even asks [[BreakingTheFourthWall "is he still in this show?"]] and refers to him as cannon fodder before swatting him aside. Subverted soon enough when he helps to kill Kamina and then remains a significant threat until the battle for Teppelin.
* KnifeNut: When he's not piloting Gunmen, his WeaponOfChoice is a cleaver. And his original Gunmen, Enki, even had a weapon that fires a hail of proportionately large kunais.
* TheLancer: After his HeelFaceTurn.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfazhyIe6mQ "Nikopol"]].
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Catches Team Gurren quite literally with their pants down, but lets them get dressed and Kamina get in Gurren before attacking.
* MisanthropeSupreme: Was this at first, especially in his introduction episode.
* MonsterKnight: Vicious looks? Check. Fierce fighter? Well... Mostly check. An honorable warrior down to his core? Check.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: He is a shark-cat-man, and the "shark" part manifests primarily through his teeth. That's what gives him his signature SlasherSmile.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: His Gunmen Enkidudu and [[spoiler:Tengen Toppa Enki Dulga.]]
* NobleDemon: Allowing the enemies who have proven to be far stronger time to suit up when a sneak attack would be far more pragmatic? Definitely a case of HonorBeforeReason.
%%* PeekABangs
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Gets one form Adiane in episode 10.
* PettingZooPeople: Literal in his case, as he's composed of [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks shark]] and [[CatsAreMean feline]] genetics.
* RedemptionPromotion: Went from ButtMonkey of half the Beastmen Generals to Pilot of Gurren. [[spoiler: 20 years afterward, he's turned sincerely warm-hearted and commands the crew of Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann as they prepare to attend the Galactic Spiral Peace Conference.]]
* TheRemnant: A sympathetic version post-TimeSkip before his HeelFaceTurn.
* TheRival: To Kamina, before his BadassDecay. To Simon, after.
** RivalsTeamUp: He eventually becomes co-pilot to the Gurren Lagann.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Post-timeskip.
* ScaryTeeth: All thanks to being part shark.
* ShirtlessScene: He gets a few post-timeskip.
* SignificantAnagram: [[TheRival Guess what Viral's name spells when the letters are rearranged]]. [[JustifiedTrope That might be why it's spelled that way when it's pronounced "virile".]]
* SixthRanger: Eventually
* SlasherSmile: As an enemy, but promptly done away with after his HeelFaceTurn- it's now a good-natured smile.
%%* StepfordSmiler
* TheStoic: Takes on this personality after being beaten down so much by Kamina, and later, Simon. Post-TimeSkip, he's an absolute stoic as a result of tepid and futile battles against the government. Fortunately, it starts wearing off with his HeelFaceTurn, and it's gone altogether in [[spoiler:the DistantFinale]].
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: [[TropesAreNotBad A rare positive example]]--Viral's post-timeskip outfit is based on an unused character design for Kamina, and he fully embraces this when he becomes Gurren's pilot.
* TearsOfRemorse: After Adiane dies and he ends up ashore, he falls to his knees in a brokenhearted heap of tears, punching the ground in frustration that [[AFatherToHisMen Thymilph's]] Lover, [[FailureKnight another]] member of the four generals, ''and'' his [[FanPreferredCouple (possible)]] [[BodyguardCrush crush]] has been killed and he couldn't save her, [[TraumaCongaLine just like what happened to General Thymilph]].
* TookALevelInBadass: After taking over as Gurren's pilot. So, so, much.
* TookALevelInKindness: His will slowly broke over the course of seven years, weakening his hot-blooded tendencies. When he decided to pull a HeelFaceTurn, he turned much more pleasant and hopeful. [[spoiler:By the DistantFinale, his fury is a thing of the past and he's now a benevolent and caring man.]]
* TragicDream: His time in the LotusEaterMachine shows that his greatest desire is [[spoiler:to have a family]], which due to his engineered nature is impossible.
* WeakButSkilled: He was made so he couldn't make Spiral Energy, but he is a significantly better pilot (at the beginning) than either Kamina or Simon. It doesn't save him when the two learn to tap into the power of the Spiral, though, and as they grow in skill as well he just CantCatchUp. But in the second part, he becomes a valuable copilot to Simon anyways thanks to his classical Ganmen pilot training.
* WorthyOpponent: To Kamina. [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Not so much]] to Simon, but Simon sees him as a valuable ally after the TimeSkip.
* VillainousBreakdown: Has a minor one when he realizes [[WorthyOpponent Kamina]] had been DeadAllAlong and it was really [[JustAKid Simon]] kicking his ass in majority of their encounters.
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[[folder:Rossiu]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/MitsukiSaiga (JP), Creator/JohnnyYongBosch (EN), Creator/MichaelMcConnohie (EN, epilouge)

A boy from another underground village, in which the people worship Gunmen as gods. When Gimmy and Darry are chosen the leave the village, Rossiu decides to go with them and they join Team Gurren. Rossiu has a curious and inquisitive nature, often as a result of being sheltered for most of his life by Father Magin in Addai Village, having listened to spiritual preachings that were meant to keep him at ease. His innocence begins to slip away over time, though. As he enters more battles, he gains a greater sense of determination, but Kamina enjoys calling him "Forehead Boy" nonetheless. After some unfortunate event, he is forced to take Kamina's place as pilot of the Gurren.

Following the aftermath of the battle and a time skip, Rossiu is now Simon's advisor as he runs the government in Kamina City. However, the arrival of the Anti-Spiral and the panic of the public turn him into a WellIntentionedExtremist willing to sacrifice everything in order to preserve humanity.
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* BigBadSlippage: Slowly becomes a WellIntentionedExtremist and central antagonist over the course of the second season until the others snap him out of it.
* {{Bishonen}}: Post timeskip.
* BreakTheHaughty: Seemingly invoked but ultimately subverted. [[spoiler:For several episodes after the timeskip he appears to be the controlling force of the government with Simon as a figurehead, and he criticizes Simon's recklessness while justifying that his extreme and morally-ambiguous actions are necessary, including sentencing Simon to death. However he was ''really'' broken up and unhappy about doing what he was doing and wasn't at all proud of it. He just did a good job of concealing it from others. Thus, Rossiu broke himself, but he wasn't as haughty as it seemed at first.]]
* BrokenBird: Learning that his own faith was a sham, perhaps even a prank concocted by someone who was bored, really snapped him to bits. It tore down his faith so badly that he began to lack faith in others, and refused to trust their ability to protect others. So he decided to take matters into his own hands by assuming control of Kamina City's government. Until he realized that he had gone too far.
* ButtMonkey: In the first arc.
* TheChainsOfCommanding
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Of episodes 17-19 and episode 23.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler:His plan to get as many people off the planet with the Arc Gurren failed for two reasons. 1) The Anti-Spirals are ''aliens'', as in from another planet. meaning they are capable of space travel. 2) They don't care about the Earth, only wiping out humanity from the universe.]]
* EasilyForgiven: Despite his WellIntentionedExtremist actions, everyone thinks that he did the smart thing and most of them, Simon especially, don't blame him or are mad at him, leaving himself as the one who hated him the most.
* EvilChancellor: More of a WellIntentionedExtremist Chancellor.
* {{Expy}}: The fact that he looks like [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Fei Fong Wong]] did not go unnoticed.
* {{Foil}}: Shares a number of similarities with Simon, which makes them an effective team, but the differences between the two are great enough to create countless problems during the show's second half.
* ForeheadOfDoom: Noted by Kamina. Levels out after the time skip.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When he pilots Gurren in the HotSpringsEpisode, foreshadowing [[spoiler:his stint as Gurren's pilot after Kamina's death]]. Not to mention the rather sinister shots predicting his ObstructiveBureaucrat stint.
* GeneralFailure: As a peace time administrator, its obvious he is the one running the government. But as soon as the war against the Anti-Spirals starts, his plans began failing against the Anti-Spiral, anticipating the logical movements.
* GrumpyBear: Downplayed. Not grumpy per say, but not as hot-blooded as the others.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Post timeskip. The realization that his actions to try and save the world, including sentencing Simon to die, triggered one on its own. Then when Simon and company came back and saved the world by acting in a manner he condemned, thereby proving that not only were Rossiu's actions futile but also plain ''wrong'', it just got worse. This lead to him [[DrivenToSuicide trying to commit suicide]], though Simon stopped him.]]
* HeIsAllGrownUp: Post timeskip Rossiu is a TallDarkAndHandsome {{Bishonen}} in contrast to the goofy looking "forehead boy" he was before.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: PlayedWith. He initially viewed his actions in the timeskip as such, but the guilt and consequences just ate him up.
* InSeriesNickname: "Forehead Boy," Kamina's nickname for him. Stuck to him ever since.
* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler:After his HeroicBSOD, he tries to kill himself, but with Kinon's help, Simon stops him.]]
* TheLancer: To Simon. See TheReliableOne and UndyingLoyalty for more information.
* LikesOlderWomen: It's never really mentioned, but Kinon is at least a few years older than he is.
* LocationThemeNaming: Rossiu comes from "ushiro", or "back". He represents the characters who don't believe in blindly charging forwards and [[spoiler:is ultimately shackled by his origins]].
* ManlyTears: After ruling Simon be executed, he crumples into an office chair, sobbing inconsolably. And he doesn't recover anytime soon, only beginning to hate himself even more as he realizes it was a mistake not to trust Simon, for putting Simon through hell by manipulating him and making Kinon strap a bomb to herself as insurance he wouldn't step out of line. [[spoiler: Which pushes him to the level of suicidal thoughts.]]
* MissingMom: Father Magin made his mother leave Addai Village so its capacity would stay at 50, allowing them to survive.
* MrFanservice: Similar to Simon's case, he gets much hotter and less goofy-looking after the timeskip.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: See HeroicBSOD.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: He was named after the Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who believed it was the duty of rulers to uphold peace and prosperity for all of his or her people.
* NonActionGuy: He pilots Gurren Lagann with Simon for awhile, but when we meet him after the timeskip he's become this.
* NonchalantDodge: When his composure is level, he can defend himself easily. [[spoiler:He effortlessly dodges Kittan's attacks as he tries to take out his frustration on him. However, it's all an act to hide his suffering. He doesn't even try to dodge an attack when despair takes root. Instead, he looks on in absolute terror at Gurren Lagann as it flies toward him, so stunned he doesn't realize Simon has leapt out of the cockpit until taking a sharp punch to the cheek that he never saw coming.]]
* NotSoStoic: He's always calm, cool and collected while in public, but TheChainsOfCommanding tear him apart in private, best evidenced in episode 23 when [[spoiler:he's DrivenToSuicide for his deposing of Simon and willingness to sacrificed most of humanity to preserve the rest]].
* OfficialCouple: With Kinon.
* OnlySaneMan: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. While his approach is merely only poked fun at, but still appreciated pre-timeskip, it got worse after it as his logical and sensical approach was expected by [[spoiler: the Anti-Spiral]] and thus easily countered. He also became somewhat cynical due to the experiences of his own past.
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Simon's red - he is more intellectually-driven and professional compared to Simon.
* TheReliableOne: Calm and level-headed, it was unsurprising he ended up as Simon's right hand man post-timeskip as he's the only one who really knows what he's doing. In addition, he's also the only one to actively help Simon during his DarkestHour and the only one (outside the twins, possibly Leeron and of course Nia) to keep believing in him during the whole ordeal. See UndyingLoyalty below for more info.
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler:What he does in the second half with regards to Simon is this in his mind.]]
* SlipknotPonytail: [[spoiler:During his attempted suicide, his hair falls around his face when Simon punches him.]]
* TheSpock: Insists on emotion and reason as the tools to lead and govern.
* TookALevelInBadass: Compare the panicky ButtMonkey from the first half of the series to the unflappable world leader he becomes after the timeskip. He easily dodges a barrage of Kittan's punches, something pre-timeskip Rossiu wouldn't have a chance of doing.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Post timeskip. Rossiu has become cold-hearted and ruthless in the pursuit to keep humanity alive.
* UndyingLoyalty: When Simon was [[spoiler:grieving after Kamina's death]], Rossiu was the only one openly concerned about him the entire time. Back [[spoiler: when Lagann no longer works for Simon and resulting in Simon finally voicing his loss of direction and helplessness, he attempts to go and comfort Simon]], albeit he's stopped by Yoko and his own doubt of what he can do. His belief in Simon never wavered, even when others including ''Yoko'' stopped believing in Simon. In fact, the main reason [[spoiler: he piloted Gurren (outside of prior experience) was out of concern for Simon's well-being, which if Simon's tone is any indication when he questioned this, meant that Simon was surprised that someone still cared for him beyond what he could contribute to the team. The only other people on board who still believed in him were the twins, Nia (though her case is unique) and possibly Leeron, but Rossiu was the one who was active in remaining in Simon's side.]] This makes his behavior during the first few episodes after the timeskip all the more painful seeing how things have gotten since.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Becomes one after the time skip.
* WrongGenreSavvy: As humanity's primary strategic planner, most of his decisions would be fairly reasonable in the real world. However, he lives is a universe where a sufficient amount of HeroicWillpower is capable of ''breaking the laws of physics''.
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