Characters: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Antagonists

This page is for the Antagonists in Gurren Lagann. For the Main and secondary characters, go to the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
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    Antagonists: Beastmen 

Thymilph the Raging Wave

Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (JP), Paul St Peter (EN)

The first General Team Dai-Gurren faces. Thymilph is a ferocious and none too bright ape man. While you'd expect him to be curb stomped rather easily, he ends up being the one to kill Kamina. He's the most respectable of the generals, but also the deadliest. He pilots the Byakko, a powerful Gunmen that fires massive energy blasts, and owns the Dai-Gunzan, a massive walking fortress. Oh, and he's sleeping with Adiane.


Adiane the Elegant

Voiced by: Michiko Neya (JP), Megan Hollingshead (EN)

The psychotic female member of the four generals. Adiane is a scorpion-tailed temptress who tries avenging Thymilph's death. Viral has a secret crush on her, but she's such a violent monster, she doesn't return the feelings. She pilots Sayrune, a vile Gunmen that transforms into a scorpion, and uses an aquatic centipede flagship named the Dai-Gunkai. Unlike her fellow generals, she has the ability to make water appear out of thin air- and tons of it at that. When she first confronts Team Dai-Gurren, Adiane reveals that Lordgenome has effectively thrown his own daughter Nia to the wayside, now meant to die, but the team (minus the grief-stricken Simon) barges in to stop Adiane from killing her. Eventually, she boasts to the Spiral King she can single-handedly avenge Thymilph but fails miserably, making it impossible to face him again out of shame. She makes a second attempt to kill Nia by taking her hostage and bringing in her flagship- only this time, Simon has snapped out of his funk, and he effectively destroys it, while Yoko takes a risky shot to free Nia from Sayrune's claws. Unfortunately for her, she ordered Team Dai-Gurren to turn all its guns on Nia- which are now locked on to her own Gunmen. When she thinks they won't risk blowing up their own ship, Attenborough decides to fry her with the cannons. Adiane regretfully asks Thymilph to forgive her for not being able to avenge him, and then gets torn to pieces by the gunfire. Viral later mourns her death in a tearful rage.


  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Viciously bitch-slaps Viral's face into a bloody pulp with her scorpion tail because she's damned angry he couldn't protect Thymilph.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Beats down the entire brigade, on land!
    • And effortlessly blocks all of Yoko's shots in the first movie.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Adiane angrily declares she was sleeping with him to manipulate him. But when she dies she seems genuinely sad she didn't avenge him. Not the response of a manipulater.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kills people for shits and giggles.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: She is apparently a Scorpion Beastmen, though no other fatures appear.
  • Blood Knight: Like other beastmen, she loves fighting.
  • Cat Fight: With Yoko in the first movie.
  • Dark Action Girl: A very violent one.
  • Dark Chick: The most unstable of the four, she prefers to run into combat by herself, leaving her ship behind.
  • Duality Motif: The reason she wears an eyepatch. Her left eye is gold, while her right eye is red. She switches the patch around every now and then depending on whether she wants to look seductive or menacing.
  • Eyepatch of Power: For no revealed reasons.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Captures Nia and tells Team Dai-Gurren to point all of Dai-Gurren's cannons at Nia and open fire. Instead, Yoko shoots Nia free from Sayrune (after two Close Call Haircuts). Now all that firepower is aimed right at her. She tries to convince herself her enemy won't shoot... then Attenborough proves her VERY WRONG.
  • Hot Girls Are Bitches: The hottest of the Four Generals, and the bitchiest.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: She can conjure up water inexplicably, in outrageous amounts to boot, whenever she wants.
  • Jerk Ass: Not to the extremes of Cytomander, though.
  • Lady of War: Shows herself to be a graceful fighter with her Femme Fatalons and scorpion tail. She's called Adiane the Elegant for a reason.
  • Making a Splash: The General of Water.
    • According to Parallel Works Kittan Zero, Adiane actually has the unexplained ability to create obscene amounts of water out of thin air. That would explain the terrestrial locomotion of her Dai-Gunkai.
  • Meaningful Name: Adiane is adenine and undine. Any guess why she shared a bond with Thymilph?
  • More Deadly Than The Male: Much more violent and psychotic compared to the male Generals.
  • Psycho for Hire: A little unstable.
  • Scary Scorpions: A tail, to be more exact.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female member of the Four Generals.
  • Tsundere: A very dark version. She insists to Viral that she was playing Thymilph and gets angry at Guam for making insinuations about their relationship. Her last words are an apology to him for failing to avenge his death.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Viral puts himself in harm's way to save her. She thanks him by beating him bloody. This is apparently par for the course for the Four Generals.
  • Vagina Dentata: Her Gunmen. It looks like a woman's torso as well.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair:Though you could mistake it for black.

Guame the Immovable

Voiced by: Kiyoshi Kawakubo (JP), Doug Stone (EN)

Guame is the eldest of the four generals and the only one that can manifest spiral power. The closest to the Spiral King, Guame doesn't worship him like the other beastmen, and in fact was willing to disobey the man. Part alligator and part armadillo. Heavily implied to be Lordgenome's pet after going through Spiral Evolution.


  • Anti-Villain: He was in on Lordgenome's agenda.
  • Badass Grandpa: In a manner of speaking. He's about as old as Lordgenome, and thinks 200 years is still young.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: Manages to survive a Giga Drill Break(er) in his first direct battle with Simon.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The subtitles refer to him as "Guame the Immobile".
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Death Is Dramatic: Gave Lordgenome a farewell speech speared on Simon's drill, then got blown up in his crumbling battleship.
  • The Dragon: To Lordgenome.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The General of Earth.
  • Dirty Old Man: A highly disturbing one at the too. His actions with Nia are especially telling. He slobbers when he laughs.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: He summons a weird tornado of pink energy to guard Teppelin by rolling around on his shell.
  • Evil Counterpart: Of Boota.
  • Fallen Hero: Lost his resolve when Lordgenome lost his, and turned bitter and cruel.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: The man smokes a rather ornate pipe, guess what? He's morally ambiguous!
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Simon drilled straight through his battleship from below and the drill gored him right through his own shell and out the abdomen.
  • Meaningful Name: Guame is guanine and gnome.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: His battleship survived a crash with Cytomander's and walked out unscathed.
  • Non-Action Guy: He doesn't have Viral's skill in a fight, Thymilph's strength, Adiane's balls-out craziness, or Cytomander's willingness to cheat. He is the smartest of the four, however.
  • Team Pet: Was once this to Lordgenome, until evolution turned him into a snobbish and revolting codger.
  • The Strategist: Relies on his brains rather then his Gunmen.

Cytomander the Swift

Voiced by: Akio Suyama (JP), Steve Staley (EN)

The incredibly fey air general. Cytomander is a bird man with a serious ego. Guame chastises him for being too brash, and when he's on the losing side of a battle, the guy ''really'' flips his lid. His personal Gunmen is Shuzack, and his flagship is the Dai-Gunten. His brimming overconfidence finally gets him killed when Team Dai-Gurren rams him with their battleship prow, sending him crashing into the Dai-Gunten, where both it and he are obliterated in the carnage.


  • Agent Peacock: He is incredibly fabulous but he owns perhaps the most powerful General fortress in the series. Also literally a peacock man.
  • Ax-Crazy: The moment he loses his edge in battle, his sanity wears down to vapor-thin, until finally, he's Laughing Mad.
  • Bishōnen: Good God, yes.
  • Blow You Away: The General of Air. He even seems to be able to teleport using air.
  • Curse Cut Short: When he sees the massive Dai-Gurren thundering right towards his Shuzack.
  • Break the Haughty: His calm behavior turns less and less calmer as he begins to lose.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Captures Yoko so Viral could kill Simon. It doesn't work.
  • Chainsaw Good: Uses a buzz saw as his weapon.
  • Evil Genius: Notices Team Dai-Gurren's weakness, and capitalizes on it.
  • Feathered Fiend: He appears to be a peafowl-man hybrid.
  • Jerkass: The biggest among the Four Generals, and arguably the biggest in the series.
  • Laughing Mad: When the tide of battle turns against him it drives him crazy and this happens. It's bad enough that it almost mirrors a trollface.
  • Meaningful Name: Cytomander is cytosine and salamander. Him being a flashy peacock parodying Japanese glam rock has more to do with his mecha's theme; it's named Shuzack, after Suzaku, a mythical bird in Japanese folklore.
  • Non-Action Guy: Only wins fights through cheating.
  • Sissy Villain: Gigantic boa? Rainbow colored lights? Stands on a stage wearing a body suit? Yes.
  • Smug Snake: Spends his time insinuating that the other generals are incompetent, it doesn't work out.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is pronounced "Cytomandra" in the English dub.
  • Ted Baxter: "Maybe it's not that they're so weak, its that I'm too powerful! <Laughs manically>. Now, watch as I get my ass handed to me, go insane, and die!"
  • Ungrateful Bastard: As with Adiane, Viral saves his life, and as with Adiane, Cytomander declares he's going to horribly punish Viral, who just seems to take it in stride by now. Unlike Adiane, Cytomander is rather understandably pissed at Viral for putting his honour before Cytomander's victory.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When his ass is getting kicked he laughs crazily. At the point of his death, he's pretty much gone completely insane.
  • We Have Reserves: Horrifies Simon with his willingness to get his own men killed. This makes even the other three generals hate him.

Lordgenome

Voiced by: Narushi Ikeda (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)

Lordgenome is the ominous Spiral King, who rules the planet from his capital city, Teppelin. An immortal human who lived for more than 1000 years so far, he cares little for people, treating the strange girls he surrounds himself with as dolls to be cast aside when they've outlived their interest to him.


    Antagonists: The Anti-Spiral 

The Anti-Spiral

Voiced by: Takaya Kamikawa (JP), Dave Mallow (EN)

"You seek beauty in struggling to the bitter end- a trait instinctive to those bewitched by the power of the Spiral... Nevertheless, that is an act which has been repeated time and time again. Now, follow the same fate as those Spiral Warriors... WHO CAME BEFORE YOU!!"

The ultimate Big Bad of the series. This bizarre being appears to be the embodiment of the collective mind and will of the Anti-Spiral race. As he resides in Another Dimension created by the Anti-Spirals, he has near-infinite levels of power (and yes, we do mean that literally), up to and including manipulation of the very laws of nature.


  • Absolute Xenophobe: Wants ALL forms of life gone or at least incapable of evolving to prevent the Spiral Nemesis from coming to pass, and by hell or high water, he makes sure of it.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Sort of. He agrees to fight the protagonists "on your own terms", meaning the Evil Knockoff mecha mentioned below. His reason for doing so, however, is not to relate to them, but rather to humiliate his opponents by defeating them in a Mirror Match rather than simply Reality Warping them into nonexistence. He does this because if he assumed a form more powerful than them, they would simply Spiral Power their way up to his level, so limiting his own power in effect limits theirs as well.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: To borderline monstrous extremes. And the worst part is he's convinced he's the good guy even after crossing the Moral Event Horizon over and over and over again.
  • Art Shift: In The Movie, he shifts from "Skinny" to "Uber Muscular" a few times, also gaining a more versatile expression range that borders on Nightmare Fuel when he smiles deviously.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Badass: Undoubtedly so. He created an alternative universe just to seal away his race's incomprehendable power, makes a complete mockery of the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann by beating the shit out of it using an infinitely small amount of his full power and throws a Big Bang like it's nothing.
  • Blank White Eyes: His default expression.
  • Big Bad: of the entire series
  • Bigger Bad: of the Lordgenome arc
  • Big Rapid-Fire "No!" and Big "NEVER!": During the final battle.
  • Climax Boss: The Grand Zamboa in Third Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-hen because the Anti-Spiral was pretty much the General in charge of this "battalion" of the Ba'al with something like half the villainous series used under his authority. The entire original story practically surrounded what he was doing in the background. In a lot of ways, he was kind of like what the Aerogators were to the entire Balmar Empire in the Super Robot Wars Alpha series. Everything in the story was leading up to the encounter with the Anti-Spiral.
  • Combat Tentacles
    • Desperation Attack: Uses his tentacles to shred Lagann as it descends on him, but cannot stop it in time. In Lagann-Hen, he does, but Simon himself begins a one-on-one fistfight moments later.
  • Eldritch Abomination: His Nonstandard Character Design gives him this vibe, rather than seeming human in his own right, he ends up looking like something from the game EarthBound, not as frightening as Giygas, but the way the Anti-Spiral looks makes it seem as if he's "Out of Sync" with reality, which, in a manner of speaking, he is.
  • Creepy Monotone: Speaks with an unnerving calm, at times making him sound like a scientist who is merely conducting an experiment rather than a Sufficiently Advanced Alien with incredible power. By the final battle, however, he's ranting a mile a minute and shouting attack names just like everyone else.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Being a Reality Warper, he could probably have erased the Spiral team in seconds when they entered his realm. However, his modus operandi has it that to inflict absolute despair, he has to first provide a glimmer of hope, meaning that he wants to defeat the team on their own terms.
  • Dimension Lord
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: "We have no need to understand. We only need to know."
  • Evil Feels Good: Despite claiming he/they have no emotions, they seem to enjoy inflicting Absolute Despair on their enemies.
  • Evil Knockoff: In response to the heroes' advance, he creates a twisted version of their own mecha, and even fights using drills during the climax. In the second movie, this includes his own version of the Giga Drill Breaker. In Super Robot Wars Z2, he pilots a Palette Swap of the Gurren Lagann with Anti-Spiral Nia.
  • The Evils of Free Will: Though that's a little bit more justified when the force that is and is created by free will and makes free will possible is what is fueling entropy.
  • Fantastic Racism: Well Intentioned Extremism not withstanding, he absolutely deplores and hates other spiral races, considering them reckless fools who need to be restrained. See Absolute Xenophobe.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. He is so confident that he toys with enemies instead of crushing them with his full godlike power, which proves to be his downfall.
  • Final Exam Boss: Fighting him involves attacks and weapons used by multiple Spiral Warriors, as well as every version of Gurren Lagann (with Lagann, by itself, delivering the final blow).
  • Graceful Loser: When he's killed, his last words are "If this is how it must be, protect the universe at all costs."
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Believe it or not, unlike most divine-level aliens he's not at all above getting down and dirty with his bare fists.
  • Hive King
  • Hope Crusher: His main method of eliminating spiral energy (which is derived from hope and courage) by destroying their opponents Hope Spots before snatching victory in the cruelest and unfair way possible to destroy their will to fight.
  • Hot-Blooded: He can claim that the Anti-Spirals discarded all of their emotions all he wants; he nearly matches Simon in this respect during the final battle.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Justified, as he's the avatar of a humanoid Hive Mind. See Eldritch Abomination above.
  • Hypocrite: As noted above, the Anti-Spiral is quick to abandon his vaunted stoicism in the final battle.
  • Jumped Off The Slippery Slope
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Uses a Big Bang this way.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Even when Thymilph and Lordgenome darkened the show, there was still enough lighthearted and playful humor. Come the timeskip and this guy, things become even less amusing and much darker.
  • Knight Templar
  • Large Ham: Yes, even in his more quiet moments, he's still a ham.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Despite having almost enough power to curb-stomp the heroes (the exact limits of his power are unknown, and may even be infinite), he always takes the form of his enemy, with just a tad more power, to demoralize his enemies and make them lose spiral power. When the heroes take the form of the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann with the help of a Big Bang, the Anti-Spiral matches it by breathing.
  • Master Race: Deconstructed: They conquer the universe for the sake of their own existence.
  • Mind Hive: The so-called "Anti-Spiral King" is the collective psychic embodiment of the Anti-Spiral Race.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: He is drawn as a vaguely-human black silhouette, with very simple white eyes and mouth.
  • Not So Different: Inverted. Anti-Spiral Nia says that nobody could suppress the Spiral Instinct (read: Large Ham Hotblooded-ness) indefinitely, and she was right.
  • Order Versus Chaos: The Order to Team Dai-Gurren's Chaos. Showcased in it's rather bland and lifeless mechs it sends against the group as well as the fact they're all interchangable from each other. Even Lordgenome's forces had more personality and a bit of fun to them.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Deconstructed: The Anti-Spiral are paranoid of an mother-of-all-apocalyptic nightmares erasing all creation ever known and decided to supress all other lifeforms to ensure it will never happen.
  • The Omnipotent: He has complete control of his pocket universe, even able to manipulate probability. The only reason he doesn't just annihilate the heroes is due to gaps of information.
  • Reality Warper: Can alter probability: the force of nature that sets forth the laws of reality. That would make the Anti-Spirals the equivalent of first-order beings. The next step up from that is God.
  • Royal "We": Justified, as he's speaking for his entire species.
  • Slasher Smile: A very sickening one whips across his face as Simon dashes toward him with a drill arm in Lagann-Hen.
    • Stepford Smiler: Or perhaps he was happy knowing that he was about to be defeated.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: Perhaps even Perfectly Advanced Alien. Ironically, Anti-Spirals have evolved so far, they stopped out of fear it would unravel the creation itself.
  • Shadow Archetype: Just as the protagonists are trying to keep their race alive and are very determined to do so, the same is true for the Anti-Spiral race, which he points out as part of his Breaking Speech during the final battle.
  • Techno Babble: Has a few shades of this.
  • Unmoving Plaid: Adding to his Eldritch Abomination feel.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He really blows his stack when Team Dai-Gurren refuse to give up and keep getting stronger.
  • Villain Team-Up:
    • With Emperor Muge Zorbados and Emperor Zule in Saisei-Hen.
    • He also seems affiliated with the Big Bad of the whole Super Robot Wars Z saga.
    • He also cooperates with the Invaders because the Invaders use Getter Rays incorrectly. Rather than simply inundating themselves in the Getter and allowing evolution to take its course, they forcibly "evolve" themselves. To the Anti-Spirals, the Invaders are not "evolving" so much as they are simply growing bigger and more primal. After all, Stinger and Cohen are the only examples of sapient Invaders after Saotome kicked the bucket. "Correct" evolution is meant to be a slow process that increases not power and size (like in the case of Invaders), but all the attributes of a living thing. The Invaders do not contribute to Spiral Nemesis because they have no souls and therefore their rapid evolution does not increase entropy as much as a Spiral's would. Anti-Spiral himself states that regardless of how much the Invaders evolve, they are mindless beasts and therefore can be easily dealt with at the moment of his choosing.
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the end, what he is trying to do is ensure the universe's survival, however, he's totally freaking NUTS in the way he goes about it. However, one could interpret his actions as not coming out of a desire to protect the universe, but to protect himself. It would certainly fit with how much of an Absolute Xenophobe the guy shows himself to be, and how he's willing to kill every other living thing in the universe to do so. After all, what good is a universe without any life existing in it? Still, he accepts defeat well, and did let a very, very, very limited humanity survive for a time (so it is not ALL life).

    Antagonists: The Spiral Nemesis 

The Spiral Nemesis

An apocalyptic force that is said to occur when the universe's Spiral Power goes out of control. The Anti-Spiral's goal is to prevent it by destroying humanity.


  • Apocalypse How: a Universal one at that
  • Bigger Bad: for the entire series, considering the Anti-Spiral's genocide plot was meant to prevent it.