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* AnticlimaxBoss: [[spoiler:Dai Gurren rams into Cytomander's Shuzack and sends him crashing into his own battleship, incinerating him in the colossal explosion. In the movie, he can't even get an attack off before Simon mulches him with a Giga Drill Break. It just goes to show how low he really is--he's not even good enough to be killed ceremoniously.]]
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** People either hate Rossiu for [[spoiler:using Simon as a scapegoat for the Anti-Spiral attacks]] post-TimeSkip, or forgive him and see it as an integral part of his character arc.
** [[spoiler: The Anti-Spiral]] is one, albeit it's not so much half the fanbase hates it while the other half likes it. The matter is more if its actions can be excused as a WellIntentionedExtremist, or if it has crossed the line.
** Nia: Is she a compelling character and good foil to Kamina, or is she an unnecessary SatelliteLoveInterest to Simon? As mentioned below, [[spoiler:was her death completely contradictory to the idealism of the series, or was it necessary to show how much Simon matured?]]
** Yoko has gained a notable VocalMinority, calling her out for being unnecessary fanservice and adding nothing to the series. Most people tend to see her as a competent ActionGirl with a good deal of CharacterDevelopment of her own. Like Kamina, she suffers from HypeBacklash in some communities for being one of the most iconic characters but never being a central focus of the story.
** For all his popularity, Kamina suffers from HypeBacklash in some circles. Most of this is because he only serves as the DecoyProtagonist and because [[spoiler:Simon achieves a lot more throughout the series while becoming manlier than Kamina ever was]]; some of Kamina's detractors believe that most of his popularity is due to MemeticMutation, {{Memetic Badass}}ery, and from people who only watched the early episodes of the series. Despite this, it's rare to find fans who dislike or hate him outright, other than people who are fed up with his memes.
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: [[MsFanservice Yo]][[WalkingSwimsuitScene ko]], so very much.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY2JzfLU8Ds The hacking scene from the second movie]], an ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation of bruteforcing a password on a file [[UseYourHead using your CGI head]].
** The ''opening'' of the series. EpilepticTrees have been trying to explain it from day one. Keep in mind that a lot of time passed in production between episode 1 and the future arc. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen It was intended to be an accurate glimpse at what ''would'' be happening at the end of the series]], but the finale was heavily re-written by the time the show got to it.
* BrokenBase: The entire ending. [[spoiler:[[KillTheCutie Nia's death]]]] in particular is a '''very''' hotly contested issue, for which you have those who think it was a necessary scene to establish how Simon has grown as a character, while others think it was simply shoehorned in for cheap drama [[BrokenAesop and goes against the "never give up" spirit of the series]]. [[spoiler:"[[WalkingTheEarth Hobo]]" Simon]] does not help, either.
* CrazyAwesome: When you stop and think about it, Kamina is [[IndyPloy just]] [[LargeHam plain]] [[SmallNameBigEgo nuts]]. And the fans ADORE him for it.
* DuelingWorks: Oddly, with ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' - Gainax got a strongly worded letter from Toei when a manga was posted with one scene depicting Yoko shooting WeaselMascot Coco. Apparently, magical girls were a threat to the high-octane action this anime became.
* EarWorm:
** "ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWAH"
** The title theme.
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** [[TriggerHappy Attenborough]] [[{{Gonk}} Cortitch]] is surprisingly popular. After all, he didn't get the nickname ''BeamSpam [[FanNickname McMuppet]]'' for nothing.
** [[SingleMindedTwins Jorgun and Balinbow]] also have their fans for being hilariously stereotypical DumbMuscle characters [[spoiler:who end up sacrificing themselves to save Gimmy and Darry]].
* EpilepticTrees: One popular theory is that the world of ''Gurren Lagann'' is what happened to Earth after the end of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. [[spoiler: Considering it's revealed that the Angels generate their power from helical [=DNA=], and humanity itself is the 18th Angel, this is getting dangerously close to being plausible.]]
* EsotericHappyEnding: Yes, the universe was saved and the [[spoiler: Anti-Spiral]] didn't kill off humanity, but [[spoiler: many of the crew dies (including Kittan, right after he confesses his love for Yoko), Nia dies just after her and Simon's wedding and Simon himself becomes a [[WalkingTheEarth hobo]] of sorts, which comes off as a rather insulting fate for someone who saved the entire man race from extinction. Not to mention, the Spiral Nemesis, the thing the Anti-Spiral were trying to stop from happening is still a potential risk that has a very real chance of transpiring and destroying everything]]. For such an idealistic series, the ending can be especially jarring.
* EvilIsCool: [[BigBad Lordgenome]], the tall, muscular EvilOverlord who pilots a pitch-black Gunmen, and isn't afraid to fight Lagann with his bare hands. [[spoiler:It helps that he's a genuinely well-rounded, [[TragicVillain sympathetic character]] and pulls off one of the series' best {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s.]]
* EvilIsSexy:
** Adiane and Cytomander, two of the four Beastmen generals.
** [[spoiler:Anti-Spiral Nia, the dark side version of Simon's LoveInterest.]]
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* FanHater: A rising example of fanhatred would be the "veteran" SuperRobot fans in online communities, who seem to be growing increasingly tired of some of the more zealous ''TTGL'' [[FanBoy fanboys]] ceaselessly raving on about [[NewbieBoom their very first mecha series]] as if it's the greatest thing since sliced bread, [[OlderThanTheyThink as well as completely original in every way]].
* FanPreferredCouple: Viral/Adiane seems to be popular.
* FoeYay: Viral is supposedly portrayed as this with Kamina. In fact in a scene out of the ''Viral's Sweet Dream'' drama CD, every time he thinks of his wife, she turns out to be Kamina in a dress.
* FountainOfMemes: Kamina. Many of his lines are often quoted for their combination of [[TestosteronePoisoning extreme]] '''WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK HE IS?!'''
* FreudWasRight: All those 'drills' 'penetrating' things, the shape of the good guys' airship, as well as the only female Gunmen having a [[VaginaDentata fanged talking crotch]].
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: One Parallel Works video features Viral with a Beastmen daughter and wife, and he realizes that it was AllJustADream after seeing [[HoYay Kamina in them]], so he decides to find a way to stay awake so he doesn't have to dream anymore. [[spoiler:Come episode 26, and it's revealed that all Viral wants is a Beastmen daughter and wife (who are the same ones in the Parallel works), and he comes to realize that it's AllJustADream when Kamina saves everyone from the [[LotusEaterMachine Interdimensional Labyrinth]], calling the whole act sappy]]. [[spoiler:And unlike last time, it's '''''[[TearJerker not]]''''' PlayedForLaughs]].
* GeniusBonus: The Four Generals' names are based on the names of the four bases in DNA. Thymilph: thymine; Adiane: adenine; Guame: guanine; Cytomander: cytosine. Especially good when you remember that A and T are complementary base pairs. They also take inspiration from how the four classical alchemical are represented by specific creatures: Gnomes (Earth), sylphs (Air), undines (Water) and salamanders (Fire). Guame = guanine + gnome, Thymilph = thymine + sylph, Adiane = adenine + undine, Cytomander = cytosine + salamander. (Air and Fire have clearly been swapped here, though.)
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The show never made that big of an impact in Japan, where its big brother, ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', holds massive ubiquity. In America, where ''Evangelion'' doesn't hold as much influence as in its home country (even if it still remains a well-remembered classic in the anime community), ''Gurren Lagann'' has had much more success critically and commercially, and it's more debatable which of the two mecha anime is more popular and well-remembered.
* GrowingTheBeard: It's more or less unanimously agreed that the show really picks up after [[spoiler:Kamina dies]], shifting from an episodic and highly comedic format to a more serious and plot-driven one. The series' signature SerialEscalation of BeyondTheImpossible badassery is also finally introduced. Somewhat ironic, given that [[spoiler:Kamina is regularly seen as the series' most popular character.]]
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Many of the off-hand comments to the effect that [[spoiler:Kamina is gonna get himself killed]] in the early episodes. Viral's [[spoiler:warning "your bravado will get you killed"]] and Kamina's own [[spoiler:"I'd be dead if it wasn't for your level head"]] to Simon in episode three come across as {{Foreshadowing}} once you get to episode eight.
** In Episode Seven, Rossiu warns everyone that "Good intentions can sometimes tempt good people into traveling down the wrong path." Post-Time skip, he's doing exactly what he was warning against. He even mentions the effect it had on his village, which is what Simon compared it to when he found out.
** The finale of ''Lagann-Hen'' and TV series becomes this when you remember in episode 4, Kamina said that more than 16 combinations sound "Stupid", when in the movie [[spoiler: ''that's almost exactly what Simon and the Dai-Gurren do near the end of the battle'', to turn into a giant energy Kamina]]. Of course, the ''reason'' why Kamina said it was stupid was that more faces doesn't make you powerful, it's the bond between the spirits combining that gives you power. Take a look at Team Dai-Gurren's close friendship.
* HesJustHiding: Within the fandom, Kamina has loads of fans who refuse to accept that [[spoiler:he was killed]].
** [[spoiler:Nia gets this a lot too, with people insisting there's always hope for her return.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: Concerning the voice actors.
** In Japanese, [[Creator/NobuyukiHiyama Viral]] and [[Creator/MitsukiSaiga Rossiu]] share their voice actors with [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime two]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds different]] incarnations of [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]].
** Yoko's dub voice actress is Creator/MichelleRuff, the default voice for the female Avatar (Robin by default) in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', Robin [[TheOtherDarrin is instead voiced by]] Creator/LaurenLanda, known for voicing [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyoko Sakura]] - who has a similar name to and is a very loose visual expy of Yoko, and is also a direct {{expy}} of her [[SpiritualAntithesis spiritual antecedent]] [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Asuka]].
* HoYay:
** Real men [[FreudWasRight fire each other up, unite, and make comments about each other's drills.]].
--->'''Kamina: ''' ''(To Viral)'' You best remember this, fuzzball! Combining is all about one man's fighting spirit ''slamming into another!!!''
** It ought be noted, it's ''Simon's'' Lagann that penetrates ''Kamina's'' Gurren...yes.
** May also double as a sort of ShoutOut to the "Real men ''Ride'' each other" meme from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''.
** The first time Kamina promises to "combine" with Simon, after the inevitable SplitScreen of everyone repeating it dramatically, Yoko exclaims [[YaoiFangirl in glee]], before Leeron tells her to forget about it.
* {{HSQ}}: [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale Very, very high]]. [[SerialEscalation Don't bother to pick]] your jaw up off the floor. Each episode has a quotient at least a hundred times larger than the last.
* HypeBacklash: Thanks to a...VERY enthusiastic fanbase, certain watchers don't believe the series warranted the hype it got.
* IAmNotShazam: You may see many references to "Lord Genome" which are technically incorrect. Officially, "Lord" and "Genome" are not his title and name, rather "Lordgenome": one word. is just his name. Thus it is pronounced as one word in both the Japanese and English versions. This hasn't stopped a few fans from hilariously back-mistranslating it as "Genome-sama".
* InferredHolocaust: Who knows how many died while [[spoiler: their galaxies were used as shuriken]]?
* InternetBackdraft: Is this ''really'' the greatest series ever made, or a typical {{Shonen}} piece of crap? Don't forget to bring a helmet if you decide to ask. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Preferably one with a drill.]]
* ItWasHisSled: [[spoiler:Chronologically: Kamina dies. Also, there are things called "Anti-Spirals", and the final incarnation of Gurren Lagann is big enough to throw galaxies like shuriken.]] That second one is the most common, followed by the third. Even on this very wiki.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: You are not very likely to find a [[ShipToShipCombat serious shipping war]] in the ''TTGL'' fandom simply because ''everyone'' (except maybe Leeron) is a [[LauncherOfAThousandShips LOATS]]. Yes, even [[TeamPet Boota]].
* MemeticBadass:
** Kamina, or rather ''his sunglasses''. There's even an {{Emoticon}} for them! ◥▶◀◤
** Simon. He invented teleportation ''specifically'' to punch someone in the face. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, they got rid of the teleportation part in ''Lagann-hen'' and all we get is Kinon slapping Rossiu's face. Still awesome but not as awesome as the one from the TV series.]]
* MemeticLoser: Simon. While early-series Simon is trying to find his footing and hence is not as CrazyAwesome as Kamina, late in the series he surpasses his "Aniki" in spades and Kamina himself acknowledges it (if posthumously). Alas, the meme guys [[IncrediblyLamePun didn't get the memo]] and Simon pretty much remains a useless whiny little bitch in their eyes, and if they do acknowledge his late-show achievements, they get rather schizophrenic about it: Simon's not one guy who outgrew his problems and faced his fears and became a {{Badass}}--it's more like there's two men called 'Simon', one who is a whiny little bitch and one who is pure high-octane GAR with no in-betweens.
* MemeticMolester: [[CampGay Leeron]] is a more [[PlayedForLaughs humorous]] example. The [[BigBad Anti-Spiral]]... [[NightmareFuel isn't]].
* MemeticMutation: Now with [[Memes/TengenToppaGurrenLagann its own page]].
* MisaimedFandom: No, viewers, Kamina is ''not'' the protagonist. Simon is, and the show does not lose any of its awesomeness after [[spoiler:Kamina dies]][[note]]But having said this, the people who think [[ShooOutTheClowns the show goes downhill after Kamina dies]] [[GenreShift are also those ones who preferred it as an]] AffectionateParody rather than a {{Reconstruction}}.[[/note]] It's like people who prefer the first half of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' to the second. Even if people realise this point, they will in all likelihood still think he's the coolest, manliest, strongest, and most badass character in the show, despite ''he himself'' admitting [[spoiler:he's faking it.]]
** Also to people who see the phrase "Believe in the me that believes in you!" as inspirational--even after episode 8, he tells Simon to believe in himself and not in the Kamina that believes in him.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** [[spoiler:The Anti-Spiral's [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything totally-]][[{{Squick}} not-]][[RapeAsDrama rape]] of Nia]] in TheMovie.
** [[spoiler: And many other things that the Anti-Spiral does in the series. The only possible excuse is being both a WellIntentionedExtremist ''and'' utterly insane.]]
** Depending on who you ask, Rossiu crosses this at some point during the post time-skip era (exactly when is open to significant interpretation). Some of the fanbase were not happy when Simon [[spoiler: prevented his [[RedemptionEqualsDeath suicide]]]].
* NarmCharm:
** #ROW ROW FIGHT DA POWAH!# [[HotBlooded Because It WORKS DAMMIT!]]
** From the dub, episode 11: "ROSSIU! Let's '''COMBINE!'''" The following CrowningMomentOfAwesome is made even better by Yuri Lowenthal's delivery and the new script, though, so it's all good.
** How does Gurren Lagann make that "sproing" sound effect when it moves appear so awesome?
** The whole show pretty much runs on it. The story is pretty poorly constructed for the most part, especially its extreme overuse of DeusExMachina, but the creators' sheer love and enthusiasm for their work drips from every frame and makes it beautiful.
** "Libera Me" from Hell: You wouldn't think that an opera song with GratuitousEnglish rapping would end up as [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic one of the series' most iconic and beloved pieces]].
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** With the way it's spoken about online you'd think that it ''invented'' mecha.
** Spiral Energy at first seems like a concept original to this show, but in actuality it was originally a concept from ''Neon Genesis Evangelion''. The [[http://wiki.evageeks.org/Classified_Information_%28Translation%29 "Classified Information" files]] in the game ''Neon Genesis Evangelion 2'' (released in 2003) reveal that the Angels' S2 engines generate an inexhaustible form of energy from, you guessed it, helical energy derived from their [=DNA=]-like shape. Beyond even that, the concept of Spiral Energy as depicted in the Gurren Lagann is as old as the super-robot genre itself. The idea that the robot suddenly became stronger because the pilot/controller is all fired up is one of the defining tropes of the genre, after all. Gurren Lagann just gives it a name and a gauge rather than playing it off as just something that happens in these sorts of shows. Also, the plot about the heroes' reality-bending power [[spoiler:dooming the universe with eventual overuse]] was almost directly lifted from a ''Manga/GetterRobo'' story: Spiral Energy is Getter Rays and the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is the Getter Emperor.
* SpiritualAntithesis: This is essentially Studio Gainax's way of refuting everything they said in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. This extends to the characters, where Simon and Yoko fulfill superficially similar roles to Shinji and Asuka, respectively (all members of their respective series' main {{Power Trio}}s) but develop in the opposite direction.
* SpiritualLicensee: Especially in the second season, ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'' basically comes off as an adaptation of the later arcs of the ''Manga/GetterRobo'' saga, with Spiral Energy becoming an even more obvious parallel of Getter Rays and there even being a Getter Emperor equivalent.
* TakeThatScrappy: Rossiu DESERVED his punch to the face in Episode 23. Also counts as a RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap moment, as [[RousseauWasRight his true colours are revealed in this scene.]]
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The remake of the "Simon the Digger" speech in the first movie isn't the same as the TV version, something that didn't go over well with certain parts of the fandom.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** Some fans feel this way about [[spoiler:Kamina]], feeling that he would've made a more interesting protagonist than [[spoiler:Simon.]]
** Kiyal, one of the only female characters that pilots a mecha, gets sidelined and dropped OutOfFocus after the timeskip, with her mecha combined into Kittan's, wasting an opportunity for her to join the rest of Dai-Gurren, as well as plenty of character development and story potential.
** Nia had potential to be an interesting character, but gets sidelined to being Simon's perfect girlfriend and the go-to DamselInDistress. Made even more blatant in the movie remake, where she racks up more DID points ([[spoiler:her rape at the hands of the Anti-Spiral]] is probably the most prominent example) and, though she gets an opportunity to kick ass with [[spoiler:her mecha Solvernia]], ends up basically doing nothing of worth and getting beaten down [[spoiler:despite all the potential for her to fight against her creators]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** The ''Spiral Boy'' manga, set in an alternate universe. Simon meets Nia early, Yoko and Kittan are agent hunting down gunmen users (though Yoko eventually does a HeelFaceTurn), Kamina is the leader of a bunch of rebels with Viral of all people, the whole group are outlaws against a grown Rossiu and Lordgenome. Unfortunately, it was canceled after five chapters.
** There was an opportunity for [[spoiler:Rossiu to fully redeem himself and prove his skills as an effective and valuable leader of the populace by encouraging them to use their spiral power to help Team Dai-Gurren versus the Anti-Spiral]]. Instead, we get nothing of the sort, and [[spoiler:in the epilogue, praise of Rossiu's leader skills from Leeron that comes off as empty and meaningless due to the lack of development backing it up]].
* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: This is what you get when you inject your typical SuperRobot anime with Powerthirst.
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler: Kamina]] and [[spoiler:Kittan]].
* UncannyValley: Some of the Gunmen can invoke this, since they're modeled after faces. Especially since [[ExpressiveMask they "speak" and emote along with their pilots]] - particularly the titular Gurren Lagann due to its MultipleHeadCase, especially when Kamina is piloting Gurren and it's ''very'' expressive.
* UnfortunateImplications: Yoko is ''insanely'' sexualised despite being a fourteen-year-old. (Given that Asuka & Rei, two fourteen-year-olds, are heavily sexualised - more so in the merchandise than in the show - in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', and the creepy sexual content involving Naota and Eri in ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'', who are ''twelve'', Creator/StudioGainax's track record in this regard is questionable.)
* WhatAnIdiot
** Kamina has this a number times, such revealing himself to a Gunmen when Yoko is trying snipe or walking into a hotspring that obvious a trap.
** Kittan had a magnificent display of this in episode 11 when he fell for the most [[BadBadActing obvious trap]] because he thought he was actually going to rescue a bunch of women supposedly under attack by gunmen.
** [[spoiler: The Anti-Spiral makes it pretty clear its victory in the past didn't come from outthinking its enemies, considering it keeps wanting to push the protagonists over the DespairEventHorizon, and never seems to take it hint that doing that doesn't work and keeps giving them chances to become more powerful to the point where they can actually win.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Violence, cursing and {{fanservice}} galore - in a {{shonen}} SaturdayMorningCartoon. Western versions of the franchise (dub and sub) drop the pretense and market it directly towards teenagers and adults.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: The "My XXX Is The Best In The Universe" Parallel Works video. Whatever it is, it makes ''no sense at all.'' After all, it was drawn by Gekidan Inu Curry, the artists who drew the equally surreal witch barriers of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.
* TheWoobie: Poor Viral can't catch a break, even in his dreams. [[spoiler:All the poor guy wants is a family, but being a Beastman he can never reproduce, and after Lordgenome makes him immortal he'll outlive any family he could possibly have.]]
** And [[PrincessClassic Nia]] gets it even WORSE. She [[spoiler:has to will herself to stay alive just to make it to her wedding, which happens right after she's kidnapped and raped]].
** Simon arguably gets it worst of all, [[spoiler:what with losing his parents, his best friend who was also his surrogate brother and something of a father figure, and a good chunk of his friends from Team Gurren.]] Along with that, he was [[spoiler:betrayed and then character assassinated by his close friend and WellIntentionedExtremist Rossiu, who also had him condemned to death.]] And to top it all off, [[spoiler:his lover, who rescued him from a deep depression after losing aforementioned surrogate brother, and for who he literally tore apart the universe trying to save, crumbles into dust moments after they're married.]] Someone give this kid a hug, dammit.
** Yoko after [[spoiler:both the men who loved her die.]]
** Kamina, who devotes his life to getting to the surface so he can meet his father and [[TearJerker finds his skeleton on his second night there]]. It gets even worse when you find out that [[spoiler:his over-the-top personality is all a fake and he is as scared as the rest of the Brigade, if not more]].
* {{Woolseyism}}: In the Japanese version, [[spoiler:Kamina's last words]] roughly translate to "Farewell, comrades." The dub and official subs set it to "Later, buddy..." which is arguably [[TearJerker more powerful]] and fits [[BigBrotherMentor his character]] better.
* WTHCostumingDepartment: There are a few people who react this way after seeing Yoko's ridiculously {{Stripperific}} outfit (more so than usual, that is) from the final few episodes.
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