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[[caption-width:300:[[TheBluesBrothers We're on a mission from god]]. [[TriangleShades Just who the hell do you think we are?]]]]

[[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kick reason to the curb]] and go {{beyond the impossible}}! That's how MemeticMutation rolls!

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* "Don't believe in yourself! Believe in the me who believes in you!" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Many of Kamina's phrases are repeated/modified for the inspiring LargeHam, this one often with "me" replaced with something else[[/labelnote]]. Other examples are listed below.
** "Your drill is the drill that will pierce the heavens!" [[note]]Almost always used with "drill" [[MadLibsCatchPhrase replaced by something else]].[[/note]]
*** This might actually have gotten a reference in the soundtrack - one of the songs is called "Omae no XXX Ten wo Tsuke!" or "Pierce the Heavens with Your XXX!"
** "JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM!?" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Alternatively "Are you aware of who exactly I am?!", due to Nia's JapanesePoliteness.[[/labelnote]]
** "Go BeyondTheImpossible and kick reason to the curb! That's the Gurren-Dan way!"
** "A real man never dies even if he's killed!"[[labelnote:Explanation(spoilers)]]Kamina apparently says this line in episode 6. He later dies in episode 8, but even after death, lives on in everyone's hearts and memories. And by the way, he ''himself'' gets back up, racks up a few more rousing manly speeches, gives a heartwarming ObiWanMoment to Simon, AND impales his killer with the Giga Drill Break, all ''before'' dying again, for good...[[/labelnote]]
* "[[EarWorm ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWAH]]!" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Three songs used in ''Gurren Lagann'' OST have a SurprisinglyGoodEnglish Rap Track with the chorus of ''"Do the impossible / see the invisible / row row fight the power!"'' Sometimes "FIGHT" and/or "POWAH" are replaced with something else - for example, "Clean the Uncleanable, Wash the Unwashable, Row Row Take a Shower!"[[/labelnote]]
* [[FanNickname Bruce]] [[BicepPolishingGesture Ironstaunch]]. [[labelnote:Explanation (spoilers)]]A background character with NoNameGiven who gives the BicepPolishingGesture to Rossiu upon his announcement that Simon will be executed. Became a OneSceneWonder EnsembleDarkhorse, mostly with American audiences, who got a lot of fan art of him beating up Rossiu, due to the cultural misconception explained on the BicepPolishingGesture page.[[/labelnote]]
* Shopping Kamina's CoolShades, or even Simon's weird-ass star-shade-goggle-things, onto a character [[MemeticBadass makes them instantly badass]], or even ''more'' badass, as the above image demonstrates.
** [[http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad197/ZeitgeistGlee/TTGLJesus.jpg Kamina Jesus: Who is it that you say I am?!]]
** Even [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji]]. [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/489602/ Case in point]]. (Site is mainly NSFW, image is safe)
** Hated characters such as [[http://i.imgur.com/mKx4u.png Starchild]] get a much needed badass boost.
** This meme has become so well-known (and across so many fandoms) that just putting Kamina shades on something has become an effective shorthand for "{{Badass}}".
* ''40%''! [[labelnote:Explanation]] WordOfGod that the last few episodes [[AnimationBump cost roughly 40% of the entire show's budget.]][[/labelnote]]
* "[[MillionToOneChance 0%?]] ''[[NeverTellMeTheOdds SOUNDS LIKE A HUNDRED TO ME]]''"[[labelnote:Explanation]]Simon's response to Nia's claim that as long as the success chance isn't exactly 0, it's as good as 100% to him. Embodies the characters' habit of surpassing all expectations, even if physics itself is against them.[[/labelnote]]
* 8:52 is the hour when real men go beyond all known laws of reality, become heroes, and ascend to the realm of [=GARhalla=]. [[labelnote:Explanation(spoilers)]]Used in reference to Kittan's HeroicSacrifice with ''"Libera Me" From Hell'' blasting in the background. His big moment started at approximately 8:52 of episode 25, and his final moments were just seconds before 8:53 on the timestamps. Kamina's DyingMomentOfAwesome also occurred at around 8:52 of episode 8. Minor characters Jorgen and Balinbow also made their own HeroicSacrifice to rescue Gimmy and Darry at about 8:52 of episode 24. Clearly, 8:52 is the manly time to die.[[/labelnote]]
* '''[[KickTheDog ROSSIU LIED,]]''' '''''[[SenselessSacrifice PEOPLE]] [[ShootTheDog DIED]]''''' [[labelnote:Explanation]] A crossover meme with ''CodeGeass'', due to Rossiu and Lelouch sharing the same English VA, and Rossiu being a WellIntentionedExtremist. Refer to the [[Memes/CodeGeass Code Geass Meme page]].[[/labelnote]]
* [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1572168/The-new-face-of-Britain-Flag-poll-results.html "UNION FLAGANN, SPIN ON!"]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]A British poll to change the country's flag (currently the Union Jack) that allowed people to submit their own flag designs. The winner was the Union Jack with the Dai-Gurren logo superimposed in the center.[[/labelnote]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWwieWQVn84 KAMINA CLOSE]]. [[labelnote:Explanation]] Mocking the [[OffModel animation quality of the fourth episode.[[/labelnote]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKGpCmvGTwU "LET'S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS, TO DEFEAT... THE HUNS!]]" [[labelnote:Explanation]] A popular AMV using a certain CrowningMusicOfAwesome from ''{{Mulan}}'' with footage from ''Gurren Lagann''.[[/labelnote]]
* YOKO: You. Only. Kiss. Once... [[spoiler: then later on die in the same episode.]] [[labelnote:Explanation(spoilers)]] Yoko is deemed to wield the Kiss of Death, in reference to how both Kamina and Kittan died soon after kissing her[[/labelnote]]
** [[MsFanservice Yoko's]] [[YoungerThanTheyLook fourteen]], by the way. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Fans are ''still'' reeling from the WordOfGod that Yoko is fourteen years old.[[/labelnote]]
** [[GurrenLagannTheSatire LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA!]]
** Whenever Yoko is [[{{Rule63}} drawn as a man]], artists almost ''always'' depict her as a [[RatedMForManly mustachioed colossus twice her age]], looking like ChuckNorris in some instances.
* [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Sorairo Days]] can make any epic moment '''even more''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QEOZN3lrzo epic]]. (Mild ''CodeGeass R2'' spoilers)
** For that matter, along with Sorairo Days, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GopzpFJm4LQ Ten wo Tsuke]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqIL78NEHAw Happily Ever After]]'' are also known to be favorites to be superimposed over a CrowningMomentOfAwesome. For greatest effect: Ten wo Tsuke should come when you're going to pull off something completely awesome. Happily Ever After should be used after recovering from a HeroicBSOD (Or a similar moment that makes you shout [[HesBack "He's back!"]].
** In relation to this and the 8:52 Meme: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAlztMvvNkk "Libera Me" from Hell]]'': The anthem of ascension to [=GARhalla=] via DyingMomentOfAwesome.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAjF_g2GF34 EAT THIS!]]
** [[BigNever NEVEEEEEEEEEEEEEER]]!
*** Combined with a YouTubePoop meme from {{Rugrats}} to produce [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV2vfWUFtJ8 these]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90WznJlh3Ew clips]].
* "[[spoiler: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 going to 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!''" [[labelnote:Explanation (spoiler)]]After Kamina's death resulted in Simon spending several episodes in a HeroicBSOD to end all [=BSODs=], with this speech he performs a spectacular HesBack moment that swiftly became legendary.[[/labelnote]]
* '''"HISSATSU! GIIIGGAAAA!! DRRRIIIILLL!! ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eFKDEd8__o BRRRREEEEAAAAKKKEEER!!!]]''"''' [[labelnote:Explanation]]Kamina's (and later Simon's) FinishingMove, reciting these three words became shorthand for epic.[[/labelnote]]
** HISSATSUUUUUUUUUUU!!! GIGAAAAAAAAAA!!! DORI[[RollYourRs RRRRRRRRRRRR]]RUUUUU!!! BUUUUUUUUU(*beep*)KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! [[labelnote:Explanation]]NorioWakamoto doing his interpretation of Giga Drill Breaker. There are at least three different You Tube videos featuring this voice clip with various comments on its "manliness". Common interpretation of the [=*beep*=] in the middle is that the uncensored version would annihilate the speakers and everything near them.[[/labelnote]]
* {{Viral Marketing}} is [[http://cdimg3.crunchyroll.com/i/spire1/01172008/0/5/c/9/05c91a99e9e1a0_full.jpg so easy a Beastman can do it.]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]Someone decided to make a pun regarding the character Viral and the term "viral marketing". Cue endless drawings of Viral in a business suit.[[/labelnote]]
** Referenced by at least one fansub: "This is a free fansub! Not for sale, rent, eBay or beastmen!"
* Simon is such a bad ass that he defeated the first big bad with [[spoiler: essentially his car keys]] is gaining popularity. It started on this wiki, reached a Youtube video of the Simon vs. Lordgenome fight, and will start to speed up.
* Simon and [[spoiler:Viral]] defeated an ''entire fleet'' solely with [[AwesomenessIsVolatile the power of their]] [[AwesomenessIsAForce combined awesome]]. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Referencing one scene where on their first stint piloting together, they took out an fleet of invading ships more or less ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGX-1UC4ddw by giving an epic speech and then fist pumping.]]''(link has spoilers)[[/labelnote]]
* Yelling "FINISHING MOVE!!!" gives the Giga Drill Breaker its power[[labelnote:Explanation (minor spoilers)]]During the fight against Lordgenome, when Simon tried a Giga Drill Breaker, he didn't yell "Finishing Move" beforehand, and Lordgenome deflected it. That probably wasn't the actual cause, but who knows?[[/labelnote]].
** This one actually has a logical basis, in the fact that it's more awesome when they ''do'' yell "FINISHING MOVE!!!", if only because they know they're going to win. This can lead to more spiral power being poured into it, making calling the attack a finishing move a viable way to make it one.
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