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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.]]
* BaseBreaker:
** Although many view Rossiu as TheScrappy, he has a sizable contingent of fangirls that still love him.
** [[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.
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: [[MsFanservice Yoko]] [[WalkingSwimsuitScene Littner]].
* 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.
* BrokenAesop: Of all the things Rossiu did post-time-skip - [[spoiler: secretly relocating people from their homes, trying Simon in a star-chamber court and imprisoning him, using a woman who clearly was romantically interested in him as a hostage to ensure Simon's cooperation, and conducting secret military research with the potential for disaster]] - the one that seemingly prompts his breakdown and [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide drives him to kill himself]]]] is his decision to [[spoiler: launch the evacuation ship early, leaving behind many citizens who hadn't yet boarded.]] [[ShootTheDog While that decision wasn't heroic,]] it was practical and defensible and it seems to be the only thing that overtly bothers Rossiu. The fact that his secretive resurrection of [[spoiler: Lordgenome]] winds up being a huge asset almost seems to validate some of his more questionable decisions.
* [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music of Awesome]]: [[AwesomeMusic/TengenToppaGurrenLagann The entire soundtrack]]
* 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.
* 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.]]
* EvilIsCool: [[BigBad Lordgenome]], the tall, muscular EvilOverlord who pilots a pitch-black Gunmen, and isn't afraid to fight Lagann with his bare hands.
* EvilIsSexy:
** Adiane and Cytomander, two of the four Beastmen generals.
** [[spoiler:Anti-Spiral Nia, the dark side version of Simon's LoveInterest.]]
* FanBoy[=/=]FanHater: If you'd like some examples of the former, go check out the [[Awesome/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Awesome Moments page for this show]]. And the latter? Check out it's discussion page.
** 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]].
** Within the fandom, Kamina has loads of fanboys who refuse to accept that [[spoiler:he was killed, he was just a DecoyProtagonist, and he wasn't as badass as he pretended he was]].
* 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. '''WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK HE IS?!'''
** If you don't think Kamina is a FountainOfMemes, just believe in the me that believes the memes.
* 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]].
* 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.
** So... [[YaoiGuys what does that mean for Guame and Cytomander, then...?]] [[spoiler:SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan much?]]
** Which is fitting, considering they were created by [[EmperorScientist Lord]]''[[MeaningfulName Genome.]]''
** Maybe not so much a Genius Bonus as a Literary Scholar Bonus, but the other parts of their names count too. In a lot of older poetic works, and presumably also in Western esoteric traditions, the spirits corresponding to the four classical alchemical elements are 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.)
* 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.
*** HilariousInHindsight: Volfogg is played by the same voice actor as Kamina. Volfogg essentially does that in ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' [[spoiler:in the final episode.]]. So Kamina's a hypocrite?
* HilariousInHindsight: Kamina City actually [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamina does exist]]! Also, as the page neatly tells us, Kamina means "rascal" in the Hindi-Urdu language.
** The Hindi-Urdu word is pronounced as "Kuh-MEE-nah", which is noticeably different from how Kamina's name is pronounced in Japanese.
* 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''.
* {{HSQ}}: [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale Very, very high]]. [[SerialEscalation Don't bother to pick]] [[SoCoolItsAwesome 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 warrented 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".
* 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.]]
** Lordgenome is pretty much this ''InUniverse''. Everyone talks about how powerful and fearsome he is and shivers at a glare from him.
* 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 got 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]].
* MemeticSexGod: Yoko and Kamina are the pinnacles of womanly beauty and badass manliness. Yoko is virtually one in-universe, ''everyone'' has their eyes glaze over at the sight of her.
* 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.
* {{Mondegreen}}/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Spell My Attack Name With An S]]: The now-famous FinishingMove's name is [[CallingYourAttacks Giga Drill ''Break'']], not Giga Drill Break''er''[[note]]The over-the-top HotBlooded-ness involved leads to the "-kku" part of the name being stretched out, leading to the misconception.[[/note]]
* 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?
* 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 TTGL is the Getter Emperor.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Not that the minor characters from Team Gurren ''were'' Scrappies, see, it's just that no one really cared about them. But then episode 24 hits, where [[spoiler: all of them go out in one heck of a blaze of glory]]. ManlyTears were shed.
** Simon himself counts to some fans. He started out as essentially a whiny [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji]] [[{{Expy}} clone]] who was indirectly responsible for [[spoiler: Kamina's death]] (despite showing more tact than his brother and openly said to be the reason of their success). However, after some well-played CharacterDevelopment and an epic HesBack scene, he proved himself as a courageous and likable character. And then he gets ''really'' awesome after the timeskip...
** Rossiu gets rescued after [[spoiler:his attempted suicide.]] When Simon forgives him even after [[spoiler:Rossiu sentenced him to death,]] the audience does too. [[TakeThatScrappy The massive punch to the face didn't hurt either.]]
* TheScrappy: Rossiu. He wasn't ''that'' bad before the TimeSkip, but [[spoiler:sentencing Simon to be executed because he needed a scapegoat]] has earned him quite a lot of hate from the fanbase.
* SoCoolItsAwesome: The entire series is about robots with drills punching other robots with drills in the most dramatic ways possible. There isn't a lot more to it, but it's certainly spectacular.
* SpiritualAntithesis: This is essentially Studio Gainax's way of refuting everything they said in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* 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: [[spoiler: Some fans feel this way about Kamina, feeling that he would've made a more interesting protagonist than Simon.]]
* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: This is what you get when you inject your typical SuperRobot anime with Powerthirst.
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler:[[DecoyProtagonist Kamina]] and [[SupportingLeader Kittan]].]]
* UnfortunateImplications: [[spoiler: Possibly a subtle TakeThat to the idea of religion?]] In episode 23 when Rossiu speaks to his father before [[spoiler: attempting suicide]] they are holding and speaking about the Scripture of their village that Rossiu's father, the head priest, spread among the villagers [[spoiler: despite not knowing how to read. Seven years later even after Rossiu's learns to read ''he'' doesn't understand it either because it's "written incomprehensibly"[[note]]Specifically, Rossiu had never encountered a language with the same letters, and the letters vaguely resembled Mugann symbols...[[/note]] and they discuss the idea that it was created as a practical joke eons ago]]. So it gives the idea that faith in a religion is not the way to go because religion is [[spoiler: in the end downright [[AssPull ass pulled]], misinterpreted by the masses, pretty much incomprehensible when attempting to understand it, and one big fat joke]]. But on the other hand...
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: [[spoiler: The Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann certainly counts.]]
* 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. [[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: Like ''Anime/{{Inuyasha}}'', this Japanese SaturdayMorningCartoon was [[AudienceShift marketed as a series for teens and young adults]] in the West due to ValuesDissonance, having aired during the wee hours on SyFy.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn3pMtyPTBg 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''.
* 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.
* 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.
** 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 sets it to "Later, buddy..." which is arguably [[TearJerker more powerful]] and fits [[BigBrotherMentor his character]] better.
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