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    Simon 
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Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN)
Old Simon: Takayuki Sugo (JP), Tony Oliver (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.
  • The Ace: 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.
  • All-Loving Hero: Takes over the role after Kamina dies and when he first meets Nia.
  • Always Save the Girl: He fights literally impossible odds because the Anti-Spiral stole his fiancée. 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: After Kamina's death, he pushes himself to be this as a coping mechanism. In a rare moment of Reality Ensues, he collapses from exhaustion and it's unhealthy for him physically and mentally. Thankfully, he recoves from this.
  • Badass: Clearly 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.
  • Badass Adorable: 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.
  • Badass Longcoat: Prologue and last arc (doubles as Walking Shirtless Scene).
  • Bash Brothers: 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.
  • Battle Couple: With Nia.
  • Beady-Eyed Loser: Introduced as one. As he takes level after level in badass, his eyes slowly get de-beadified, until they become complete Tsurime Eyes during the Final Battle.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: A large part of his Undying Loyalty 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 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.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Wakes up next to Nia in the High School A.U. manga in the beginning of the second chapter, much to his shock.
  • Berserker Tears: If you see Simon crying, get out fast. If you see him crying blood, it's too late.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: His normally-gentle personality makes his behaviour after 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 Ax-Crazy pilot in battle, for instance — all the more startling. Thankfully, his psychotic tendencies don't last... but he does come out of it as an official Badass Adorable, and making him angry is still always a bad idea.
  • Be Yourself: 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 Character Development takes a massive turn for the better.
  • Being Good Sucks: Defeating the despot of the world and saving the rest of the universe doesn't exactly feel good when it comes at the cost of your brother, your friends, and your lover.
  • Big Eater: Witness the plates that quickly pile up around him every time he eats. Even if it's Nia's cooking. Especially if it's Nia's cooking.
  • Big Good: From his He's Back moment onward. The new leader and the recognition as a threat from enemies. A rare case where the The Hero is also the Big Good.
  • Bishōnen: Post-timeskip.
  • Break the Cutie: Pretty much from episode 8 onwards.
  • Broken Ace: Despite this, he does not have the best time becoming one or being one. He loses his brother and wife, the majority of his friends, and ends up having the weight of the universe thrusted on him.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the end of the series, he gives the Core Drill and Lagann to Gimmy, then sets off Walking the Earth.
  • Butt Monkey: Especially in the High School A.U..
  • Calling Your Attacks: His attacks tend to be more technical and less silly than Kamina's.
  • Cartwright Curse: 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.
  • The Chains of Commanding: 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.
  • Character Development: Simon starts out as a wimpy Shrinking Violet and ends up becoming a complete and utter Badass.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: During the first act, he was something fo a Heroic Neutral character who only got involved because of Kamina's encouragement. He sheds this throughout the series.
  • Cool Kid And Loser Friendship: The Loser to Kamina's cool
  • Cool Old Guy: From what we see of him in the epilogue.
  • Cool Shades: His goggles transform into star shaped sunglasses late in the series as a tribute to Kamina and Kittan.
  • Cowardly Lion: For the first few episodes.
  • Crash-Into Hello: How he meets Nia in the High School A.U. manga.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Early on, he certainly doesn't seem happy about piloting Lagann, but he grows to enjoy it after a while.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: 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 Up to Eleven and played for laughs in the Highschool AU.
  • Dead Person Conversation: With 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.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Played for laughs in the Highschool AU.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Because she died.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Twice. 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.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Towards Nia.
  • Expy: Of 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.
  • Face–Heel Turn: It's implied from the beginning scene that he would become Drunk with Power and wage a war with the rest of the universe. This didn't turn out to be the case, and the scene was retconned into a Gainax Beginning.
  • Famed In-Story: Witness the collective Spiral races screaming his name in celebration at the end of the series after his feat of Cthulhu-punchery.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Simon does this to a suicidal Rossiu with a flying punch to the face just like Kamina did once for him.
  • Glasses Pull: When he means business.
  • A God I Am Not: 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.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: A mild example, but they have a headlamp installed... whose light shines directly out of the lenses...?
  • Good Is Not Soft: If you're his friend, then he'll travel to the ends of the universe for you. If you're his enemy, then he'll rip it up to get back at you.
  • Happily Married: To Nia at the end. For a grand total of 30 seconds.
  • The Hero: After Kamina dies.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After 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 Nia dying on the day of their wedding. He deals with the pain, much better during the second time.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Has feelings for Yoko first.
  • Heroic BSOD: 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...
  • Heroic RROD: After Kamina's death, he attempts to plow through his grief and becomes somewhat Ax-Crazy, 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.
  • Hope Bringer
  • Hopeless Suitor: 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.
  • Hot-Blooded: 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 He's Back 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.
  • Humble Hero: Even after saving everyone in the universe from a Humanoid Abomination, he sees himself as nothing more than "Simon the Digger".
  • I Got Bigger: He ends up taller than Kamina after the time-skip.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: But Kamina just. Won't. Let him.
    • And then, after all is said and done, 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.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: 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.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Simon blames himself for Kamina's death and spends the enxt three episodes attempting to cope with the grief.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: His wish in the beginning of the High School A.U. manga. Hard to do with Kamina's reckless behavior, Yoko acting like an overly concerned mom and then crashing into Nia (the Principal's daughter).
  • Image Song: "Break Through The Dream" (shared with Kamina).
  • In the Name of the Moon: Takes over this from Kamina. Used against both Big Bads.
  • Indy Ploy: Becomes increasingly fond of these as the series goes on.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Of the innocent, hopeful variety, though they occasionally look more grey.
  • Just a Kid: 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 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.
  • Kid Hero: Pre-timeskip. Matures afterward. A lot.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Overlaps with Refusal of the Call in the beginning, but even after his Character Development into a Badass Determinator, he's still rational enough to know when to walk away from a fight.
  • The Lancer: To Kamina. He wasn't half as hot-blooded as him, but is certainly more smart.
  • Location Theme Naming: Various characters are subject to Theme Naming based on words for relative location—for Simon, shimo means "below", which forms a nice contrast with kami ("above") in Kamina's name.
  • Love Hurts: 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.
  • The Magnificent: Simon the Digger.
  • Marshmallow Hell: As a kid, he is the perfect height to be subjected to this over and over. Both the manga retelling of the series and Guren Gakuenhen, the High School A.U. manga, take this gag and run with it. "I'm so sorry, time and time again..."
  • Meaningful Name: "Shimon" means fingerprint, which are stereotypically spiral-shaped.
  • Messianic Archetype: His name resembles Simon Peter, who led the Apostles when Jesus died. Simon did the same thing when Kamina died.
  • The Mourning After: In Lagann-hen, he dedicates his life to fulfilling his deceased wife's wish: to make the entire world bloom with flowers.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He goes from being an adorably-goofy boy to being an incredibly gorgeous and sexy Bishounen.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: Shortly after Kamina's death he attempts a Dead Person Impersonation 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 Badass Longcoat to Kamina's Badass Cape.
  • Narrator All Along: Old Simon.
  • Never Tell Me the Odds: They don't matter, even if they're 0.
  • Nice Guy: Simon is polite, humble, compassionate, brave, and thinks of the welfare of others before himself. Compare his successors, who are Jerkasses and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold respectively.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: An unintentional side-effect of defeating Lordgenome, helping humanity reclaim the surface, and sending the Anti-Spiral to Earth.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Pre-timeskip and late post-timeskip.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: His outfit in the final arc is a male example of the trope.
  • Official Couple: With Nia.
  • Older Than He Looks: Word of God 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 Big Eater. He's still growing and thus catching up in nutrients once he leaves the village.
  • One-Man Army: Due to the combination of Gurren Lagann being a Super Prototype and his own immense reserves of Spiral power, he mows down enemies in his path.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Hell, he can create objects of galactic proportions! and then there is the second movie...
  • Passing the Torch: Before leaving at the end of the series, he gives the Core Drill to Gimmy.
  • Pen-Pushing President: His life after the Time Skip.
  • Physical God: By the end of the series, Simon has become a massive source of Spiral Energy. It's implied that he started Walking the Earth because he suffered from Power Incontinence.
  • Precocious Crush: Is revealed to have had one on Yoko in episode 8. Her Cool Big Sis moments can sometimes count as a ship tease.
  • Red Armband of Leadership: A piece of a cloak belonging to 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 Tragic Keepsake 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.
  • Red Baron: Simon the Digger.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • 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.
  • Refusal of the Call:
    • Attempts this in early episodes, but Kamina's not having any of it.
    • Does this again in the High School A.U. manga, only this time Nia isn't having any of it.
  • The Reliable One: 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.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: 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 Kamina for Jesus, world leader for Pope, and drill for key, and there you have it. (However, Word of God confirms that the Japanese origin of the name is the true origin).
  • Retired Badass: In the Distant Finale.
  • Rousing Speech: Just like Kamina.
  • Save the Day, Turn Away: Type 2.
  • Say My Name: "BRO!!" "NIA!!" " YOKO!!" "KITTAN!!" etc.
  • Screw Destiny: Of the entire cast, he's the best at it. Which is what makes the Bittersweet Ending so controversial. Most likely, he's worried 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 Invincible Hero, either: he could slip up and cause one hell of a disaster.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Kamina's Manly Man, and later the Manly Guy to Rossiu's Sensitive Guy.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: 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 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.
  • Shrinking Violet: 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.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: His response to Spiral Nemesis.
  • Sweet and Sour Grapes: By finally realizing that he didn't have to emulate Kamina to be a Badass, Simon becomes more like his bro. And then some.
  • The Goggles Do Nothing: Has no reason to wear his goggles in the High School A.U. manga, but does it anyway.
  • The So-Called Coward: Saves the day several times, with no one but Kamina to sing his praises. This changes when he snaps out of his Heroic BSOD.
  • Spanner in the Works: 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.
  • The Spock: Of the initial three. Does grow out of the role steadily after Kamina dies, and has practically become the opposite at the time skip, serving as a counterpart to Rossiu instead.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Nia.
  • Straight Man: To Kamina. Kamina even calls him ( in a Dream Sequence after the Time Skip) "the method to my madness".
  • Supporting Protagonist: Subverted. Based on the first arc alone, one might think so, but then Kamina dies.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Tears of Blood: In episode 25, after Kittan dies. Simon has strained himself so severely from mustering Spiral Energy, the blood vessels in his tear ducts rupture.
  • Tempting Fate: Saying he just wants a normal life and nothing extraordinary to happen in the High School A.U. manga is how he meets Nia.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Plenty.
  • A Threesome Is Hot: Averted in the High School A.U.. Being knocked into a raunchy position in Yoko's cleavage by Kamina with Nia at his side only makes Simon groan.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • 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 Chaotic Evil, since he is a lot more arrogant in that depiction and possibly unintentionally willing to let the 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.
  • Tragic Keepsake: 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.
  • Transformation Name Announcement: Mixed with "World of Cardboard" Speech.
  • Tsurime Eyes: After the Time Skip.
  • Tunnel King: Even in the first episode he was renowned as the best digger in Githa village.
  • The Unchosen One: When he stops refusing the call, Simon becomes a destiny-screwing badass to be reckoned with.
  • The Unfettered: Not as much as Kamina, but could still be considered this.
  • Unknown Rival: 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 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 "World of Cardboard" Speech about being himself and not Kamina, with Guame thoroughly confused as to what he's going on about.
  • Walking the Earth: At the end of the series.
  • Weapon of Choice: A drill. His primary weapon, and he can make out of Spiral Energy.
  • Widowed at the Wedding: He and Nia get married, but immediately afterward, she allows herself to die.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: 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!
  • You Killed My Father: 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 was directly caused by the havoc that the Beastmen wreak in their Gunmen on the surface world.

    Kamina 
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Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Kyle Hebert (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 Memetic Mutation. 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.
  • Action Dad: In the High School A.U.. Kamina is the closest thing to this for Simon in that verse, much to Simon's and Yoko's chagrin.
  • All-Loving Hero: A constant inspiration to others? Check. Never seems to express genuine rage even during combat? Check. Group starts to fall apart when he's gone? Yep.
  • Amazon Chaser: He takes an interest in Yoko after seeing her shooting her high powered rifle at a Gunmen.
  • Animal Motifs: Monkeys. Mostly by Viral. Starting since the Hot Springs Episode Viral calls him "hadaka saru", or "Naked Ape" in the dub. Viral also compares Simon to a monkey during their prison brawl.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • After being killed by Thymilph, he temporarily came back to life to save the day.
    • In Episode 26, he reappears to save Simon from the Lotus-Eater Machine and appears before Yoko as well.
  • Badass: 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.
  • Badass Boast:
    "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!"
  • Badass Normal: Has no access to the signature Spiral Power of the series. 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.
  • Bash Brothers: 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.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Yoko.
  • The Berserker: His battle strategy is (almost) always Attack! Attack! Attack!. Almost.
  • Beneath the Mask: It's later revealed that he uses the bravado to toughen up Simon, because he knows that Simon has much more potential than him.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Simon.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Simon.
  • Big Eater: 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 Balloon Belly in episode 6 thanks to this trope. "A man's stomach knows no limit!"
  • Big Good: The Leader of the forces of good and the one the enemies are afraid of and focus their plans on. Viral didn't know 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 for no better reason than to lend more dramatic emphasis to his words. Unfortunately, it ends up being Kamina's grave marker alongside his cape after he dies.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Large, loud and aggressive.
  • Breakout Character: Easily the most popular character from the series.
  • Broken Ace: 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.
  • Broken Pedestal: Subverted. Even though Simon realizes that he doesn't need to emulate Kamina to become a Badass, he still misses his bro (as shown in the Lotus-Eater Machine), and he and the rest of the crew continue to cite him as a source of inspiration.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Sets the standard for every other member of Team Dai-Gurren.
  • Catch Phrase: 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 Beyond the Impossible. That's how Team Gurren rolls."
    "Believe in the me that believes in you."
  • Chick Magnet: Kittan's sisters fall for him immediately. All three of them. And then Yoko herself gives him a very affectionate kiss.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: 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.
  • Combat Pragmatist: 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.
  • Cool Big Bro: To Simon.
  • Cool Kid And Loser Friendship: The cool to Simon's loser.
  • Crutch Character: In both the show and Super Robot Wars Z2: Hakai-Hen. Kamina's massive stats are crucial to keeping Gurren Lagann alive early game.
  • Deadpan Snarker: 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?"
  • Dead Person Conversation: 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 Lotus-Eater Machine.
  • Dead Star Walking
  • Deconstructed Trope: Of the Hot-Blooded All Loving Idiot Hero. His bravado is just an act that he uses to inspire his True Companions 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 Hot-Blooded 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, on top of galaxies and in another universe, Yoko calls him "far greater than any of [them]".
  • Decoy Protagonist: 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: After getting killed, he got back up, delivered an Up to Eleven Rousing Speech 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 Decoy Protagonist. He gets as much or more screen time than Simon, and drives the early plot.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father once went into the surface and never came back. Kamina became a "Well Done, Son!" Guy because of it. And in the second episode, he finds his old man's skeleton.
  • Egopolis: Averted. Kamina City is named after his memory long after he dies.
  • Expy: Basically, a goofier and less Aloof Big Brother version of Tetsuya Tsurugi. Both are Red Oni to their younger partner, 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.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He can apparently stand Nia's cooking in the Highschool AU.
  • The Face: 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, the group becomes far more fractured and morose... at least until Simon recovers in Episode 11.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: 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.
  • Famed In-Story: He's constantly mentioned as a paragon of heroism, up to and including the final battle.
  • Fearless Fool: Subverted upon revealing his Hidden Depths, but this doesn't stop him from being too brave for his own good.
  • Final Speech: Or five.
  • Foregone Conclusion: In the Action Prologue, the person leading has the same voice actor as Simon, so clearly Kamina wasn't going to be The Hero forever.He bites the dust at episode 8.
  • Fountain of Memes: In Real Life and in-universe; Team (Dai-)Gurren's name(s), catchphrases, flag, and overall style - not to mention every set of Arc Words - all originated from him.
  • Friend to All Children: It helps that he acts like one of them.
  • Gangsta Style: Played for laughs during the first Grand Theft Prototype of the series: holds his pistol upside down AND whacks the same to open the Gunmen's hatch doors.
  • Genius Ditz: See Genre Savvy. He's still an Idiot Hero, but he definitely knows how the world he lives in works.
  • Genre Savvy: 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 Rule of Cool, Crazy Awesome, and 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.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: 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.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He dies with a satisfied smile on his face.
  • A Good Way to Die: 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.
  • Guile Hero: In many ways, he doesn't out fight the enemy, but his confidence is the thing that inspires Simon to kick the enemies ass.
  • The Gwen Stacy: To Simon.
  • Handsome Lech: 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 twin peaks in episode six.
  • The Hero: Fits everything from Heroic Spirit to noble goal to wearing red to winning battles.
  • The Hero Dies: Kamina never comes back, but Simon carries on his legacy. And even then, he manages to show up from Heaven itself to coach Simon on to the Final Battle!
  • Heroes Want Redheads: The only girl he was interested in was Yoko. Well... that and a couple of Beastmen Playboy bunnies in disguise... but that backfired BIG TIME.
  • Hidden Depths: At face value, it's easy to see Kamina as an arrogant, completely fearless 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.
  • Hot-Blooded: Always doing something and often that something is outrageous.
  • Humongous Mecha: When he's reincarnated as the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Humongous is an understatement, as this form dwarfs galaxies. Crazy Awesome indeed.
  • Idiot Hero: Boy howdy. What he lacks in brains he makes up for in FIGHTING SPIRIT! Later 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 Hidden Depths, 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 Hot Springs Episode, where he spends the entire time trying to see the girls naked (without saving them first).
  • Image Song: "Break Through The Dream" (shared with Simon)
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: 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. Not that it stops him from avenging his own death.
  • In the Name of the Moon: VERY fond of giving speeches before, during, and after battle.
  • Indy Ploy: With one notable exception; see Unspoken Plan Guarantee.
  • Insistent Terminology: Insists that members of Team Gurren (especially Simon) call him "Aniki", or "Bro" in the dub.
  • Inspirational Martyr: Kamina dies as his team is attempting to capture the Dai-Gurran. The morale is crushed, so he came Back from the Dead 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 allow him to remain an inspiration to his team.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rough and loudmouthed on the surface, but he loves his friends and his dream is to make life better for humans.
  • Juggling Loaded Guns: 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.
  • Jumped at the Call: When a Gunmen dropped into Giha Village, he was the only person not running in terror.
  • Large and in Charge: 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.
  • Large Ham: Try not to crack up laughing at his singing in "Break Through The Dream".
  • The Leader: A type IV; he's so charismatic he builds a personality cult with minimium effort.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Lampshaded by the man himself when he admits he'd be dead if it wasn't for Simon's calming influence. He's right.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Since Yoko's backstory in the High School A.U. manga was changed to being Child Hood Friends with him and Simon, the two have clearly different ways on how Simon should be influenced as he grows up.
  • Location Theme Naming: "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.
  • Magnetic Hero: 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.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Guy: Acts like one for his shy bro Simon. He's zany, wacky, ballsy, Crazy Awesome, and encourages Simon toward the Call to Adventure, setting the series into motion. Sadly, he ends up dying in order to move the plot along. Simon is left in a depressive state until he meets Nia
  • Manly Tears: When he finds his father's skeleton in the desert.
  • The McCoy: Of the initial three, the one relying most on emotion and guts.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kami" means "god".
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He serves as Simon's Big Brother Mentor until he dies.
  • Messianic Archetype: With a foot firmly in the old meaning of Messiah, A Protagonist Shall Lead Them, a human who would inspire, unite its people, teach them and after he dies, leaves an ever lasting legacy, not a 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 doomed to the same path of destruction and stagnation as countless others (Including LordGenome and Kamina's own father). Plus, he returns from the dead to save them all from the Lotus-Eater Machine.
    • Appropriately, the word "kami", from his name, means god.
  • Mr. Fanservice: 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 High School A.U. during the beach chapter.
  • Mutual Kill: A delayed reaction with Thymilph, thanks to a fatal but not immediatelly fatal wound.
  • No Indoor Voice: Like nearly everyone else in the series, but he takes it Up to Eleven. You know all those (many) catchphrases? He shouts all of them.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: But came back to life long enough to kill a general and give final words to Simon.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: He avenges his own death.
  • The Obi-Wan: To Simon, and all of Team Dai-Gurren too. Sadly, he also shares a similar fate of death.
  • Obi-Wan Moment:
    "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..."
  • Only Sane Man: 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.
  • Parental Substitute: The High School A.U. 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.
  • Posthumous Character: He's mentioned in almost every episode after his death, and appears in several flashbacks and dream sequences.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: The dying kind.
  • Purple Eyes: Depending on the scene his eyes appear either red or purple.
  • Rated M for Manly: A tall, musclar 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 High School A.U. 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.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: A variation. He's far from evil, but he can definitely be dangerous — furthermore, because of his hot-headed, reckless personality, fire is both a recurring motif in his characterization (see his flame-decorated Badass Cape for one of many examples) and a common result of his actions; red is a colour traditionally associated with fire. His eye colour also serves to underline his Red Oni, Blue Oni dynamic with Simon.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: 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.
  • Rousing Speech: He's a master of this trope; deified for it. It's his role in the team. All the heavy lifting is done by Simon.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Part and parcel of his role as The Obi-Wan and Decoy Protagonist.
  • Sarashi: The most upper clothing the man ever wears. Except that one time in the Lotus-Eater Machine, but that was a fake.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Simon's Sensitive Guy.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He's smarter than you might guess, despite being a Hot-Blooded Idiot Hero. Almost every time he went into battle he had a plan (Well, unless you count his Combining Mecha idea. 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 speeches.
  • Sorry to Interrupt: Catches Simon with his face in Yoko's breasts and Nia on his side in the beginning of the second chapter in the High School A.U.. Kamina thinks Simon is having a threesome and congratulates him on his manliness before storming off.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the High School A.U. manga.
  • Stealth Mentor: A lot of his Idiot Hero moments are really gambits to get Simon to man up.
  • Stepford Smiler: 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.
  • Supporting Leader: He's the leader and founder of Team Dai-Gurren but he's not the protagonist. That honor goes to Simon.[[
  • Take a Moment to Catch Your Death: He breaks Simon out of a neurotic crisis. Breathes. Gets hit by an energy blast, being fatally wounded.
  • Take Up My Sword: 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 Inverted: Kamina's actual sword is used to mark his grave.
  • Taking You with Me: With Thymilph.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: He tries to take on a Humongous Mecha with only a sword note  and often needs to be saved from his own actions.
  • A Threesome Is Hot: Thinks Simon is having one in the High School A.U. after storming into his room. He proceeds to congratulate him before running off.
  • Took a Level in Badass: 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?"
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Yoko in the High School A.U. accuses Kamina of being this to Simon, with his antics sorta backing up such a conclusion.
  • Tragic Hero: His dad dies and then so does he. Even worse, following his father's fearless, Hot-Blooded attitude towards life is what gets him killed.
  • Tragic Keepsake: 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.
  • Transformation Name Announcement: VERY fond of announcing himself.
  • Triangle Shades: Practically the Trope Codifier in anime. They're also photoshopped onto everyone.
  • Übermensch: A charasmatic and passionate man who challenges conventional ways of thinking and gathers followers.
  • The Unchosen One: 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.
  • Undying Loyalty: 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.
  • The Unfettered: There really isn't anything he won't do, except give up or desert his friends - Leeron excluded.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: 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 Leeroy Jenkins 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.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Provides the page picture.
  • Walking Spoiler: Kamina's not the main character. By the end of episode 8, he's dead.
  • Weak, but Skilled: 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.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • BFS
      • Katanas Are Just Better: Technically it's a nodachi. Interestingly, it's not a weapon he gained out of virtue or strength, or heritage: he basically stealed it from the leader's village in the middle of the confusion in episode 1.
    • This Is a Drill: Although this is usually Simon's territory, Kamina uses drills quite often when combined with Lagann. In fact, Kamina uses his last moments to invent Gurren Lagann's finishing move, the Giga Drill Break.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: 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 Hot-Blooded Determinator.
    • He became a more benign example for Simon, who always strived to be worth of his brother praise and admiration. The difference is that Kamina gives it glady down to his very death and beyond but it takes time for Simon to accept it.
  • What Beautiful Eyes: His pretty eyelashes, specifically, always feature prominently both in depictions of him and in the Black Siblings' gushing about him.
  • The Worf Effect: 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 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 Dying Moment of Awesome.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Viral (and Thymilph, to a lesser extent).
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He fails to recognize the Genre Shift that came with Thymilph and the Dai-Gunzan's entrance. When the show's tone suddenly became Darker and Edgier, jumping out of the Gurren during the biggest battle to yet occur in the series was a situation that hot blood couldn't save him from.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He and Simon are not related, though.

    Yoko 
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Voiced by: Marina Inoue (JP), Michelle Ruff (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 Humongous Mecha in one shot, and dresses in a...er...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 Fiery Redhead Tsundere to a strong, cheerful Cool Big Sis.
  • Action Dress Rip: 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.
  • Action Girl: To an awesome extent. She's the only member of the team who doesn't need a giant robot to murderlate giant robots.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: When you consider she's supposed to be 14 (sort of... see the Younger Than They Look entry) for the first arc of the series, her Stripperific outfit seems more than a bit outlandish. Yoko tries to justify it by claiming it allows her to move quicker.
  • Badass: She doesn't get her own Gunman until after the seven year timeskip but she has a high reord of kills and is without a doubt one the deadliest sniper in the series.
  • Badass Cape: during the assault on the Anti-Spiral she wears a cape, much like Simon does and like Kamina used to. Interestingly, her cape is made in such a way as to showcase both her back and her nice, ahem, posterior.
  • Badass Normal: 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.
  • Badass Teacher: 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. In the Distant Finale, it's revealed she went back to the island to work as a teacher.
  • Bare Your Midriff: And the rest of the abdomen all up to the boobs, to the viewers pleasure.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Kamina until their first, last, and only kiss.
  • BFG: Sniper BFGs.
  • Big Eater: 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.
  • Bigger Is Better: Using the Milky Way galaxy as a unit to measure its dimensions is comparable to using meters to measure the dimensions of a car. Not a record-holder in the show, but still absurdly huge by "traditional" Humongous Mecha standards.
  • Buxom Is Better: Simon, Kamina and Kittan find her attractive because of her impressive breasts. Her cup size seems to have grown in the High School A.U. manga.
  • Cartwright Curse: The two guys she kisses kick the bucket soon after. Though to be fair, Kittan kissed her knowing beforehand that he would die, and even apologizes for that. Although Kamina lives in the High School A.U. even after they've kissed.
  • Chest Blaster: The missiles come complete with movable jaws, to boot.
  • Childhood Friends: Her backstory is changed in the High School A.U. to be this with Simon along with Kamina.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Was hesitant about Nia due to her getting close to Simon. The two quickly became good friends however.
  • Combat Haircomb: She uses two needles that serve as her hairpins to stab Adiane's scorpion tail.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Simon and all the other children, in a sense. Simon interprets it as romantic love, to catastrophic consequences.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: She pilots Dayakaiser late in the series.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears one normal fingerless glove and one elbow-length one.
  • Fiery Redhead: Compared to Nia in special.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Black, by the way.
  • Friendly Sniper: The only character to defeat a Gunmen without their own, it's a good thing she's friendly.
  • Friend to All Children: 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.
  • Gag Boobs: Mostly when Boota sneaks in.
  • Godiva Hair: In the movie, in a suitably epic battle against Adiane.
  • Guns Akimbo and Firing One-Handed: With BFGs, no less.
  • The Gunslinger: To the extent she doesn't get her own Gunmen for a long time, since she doesn't need one.
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a hair clip that looks like a skull.
  • Has a Type: She has a thing for Boisterous Bruisers Kamina and later Kittan. The latter one at the very least has the decency not to promise her the world before he sacrifices himself, as he points out.
  • Herald: It's her entrance that starts Kamina and Simon's adventure.
  • Heartbroken Badass: First Kamina dies, then Kittan dies. 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.
  • Hot Librarian: .
  • Mama Bear:
    • Do NOT threaten her friends or students.
      "School's out. You FAIL!"
    • Is very protective of Simon in the High School A.U. manga, considering Kamina's recklessness a bad influence.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Does this to Simon and Boota. In the High School A.U. manga, she does this to Simon for 3 whole pages and again after waking him up in the beggining of the next volume.
  • Meganekko: As Yomako.
  • More Dakka: No less than a pair of proportionally-sized sniper "rifles" ("cannons" would be more appropriate) on each shoulder, complementing the even bigger pair of BFGs mentioned above.
  • The Mourning After: She never gave up her love for Kamina. She became a teacher partly because of him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The poster girl for anime and manga. The sheer number of fanservice tropes here is astounding.
  • My Beloved Smother: Frequently acts like this to Simon in the High School A.U.. Coupled with a literal smother in the beginning of the story that goes on for 3 pages.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: To Kamina. He died in battle with an unfulfilled promise to her. They did get to meet again though, in an Lotus-Eater Machine. By the word of the creators, their meeting was arranged "to reunite two people in the place that has separated them".
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Didn't get much opportunities to be useful when Kamina was around but boy did this change later on.
  • Parental Substitute: Her backstory in the High School A.U. 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 Mama Bear, decrying Kamina's reckless behavior.
  • Plucky Girl: Not as plucky as Nia, but still counts.
  • Rapunzel Hair: That's quite a big ponytail, don't you think?
  • Red-Headed Heroine: She's one of the main heroes and she has very long red hair.
  • Sailor Fuku: Her uniform in the High School A.U..
  • Retired Badass: Post-Time Skip, before the Anti-Spirals' attack. She becomes one again in the Distant Finale.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Underground is cold, but you would think she would use something more than a scarf.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: When Gunmen attack the school she's teaching at, she gets these as she goes to get her combat gear.
  • Shower of Angst: After Kamina dies.
  • Sniper Rifle: Modelled after the Barrett M82 anti-materiel rifle.
  • 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 Beach Episode, it actually covers more than her normal outfit. Although her bikini in the High School A.U. is actually MORE revealing than her normal outfit.
    • Before the Time Skip, 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 Time Skip, partially due to her occupation as a schoolteacher.
  • Take Up My Sword: 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.
  • Territorial Smurfette: 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 Big Bad'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 Silk Hiding Steel side, specially via not blinking when Yoko released her from a monster via shoting 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 Important Haircut (as she lost a bit of hair in the rescue process) and Yoko did so without any problems.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Nia's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: She's very unladylike compared to Nia and she wears her hair in a long ponytail.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: 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.
  • Tsundere: Type B. Yoko is very nice and friendly, but when dealing with Kamina she shows a short-tempered and violent side.
  • Unknown Rival: To Nia for Nia's first three episodes before the two become BFFs. Happens again in the High School A.U. once Nia transfers and becomes popular.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: That is surprisingly modest.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her sniper rifle. Given it can take out Gunmen, you can't blame her.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: 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.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears shorts. Very short ones.
  • Wolverine Publicity: In terms of merchandise; for some weird (or maybe not-so-weird) reason, more figures are available of her than the other main characters (and she's also the only one available in Nendoroid form).
  • Yaoi Fangirl: 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.
  • Younger than She Looks: She's supposed to be fourteen pre-Time Skip. 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).
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Hotpants + socks, then hotpants + boots

    Nia 
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Voiced by: Yukari Fukui (JP), Hynden Walch (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 Love Interest.
  • Action Girl: Becomes one of the Lady of War variety eventually.
  • All-Loving Heroine: So kind, so helpful, and so inspiring for the Dai Gurren Brigade. They were ready to fall apart before she arrived.
  • And I Must Scream: 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.
  • Anime Hair:
    • 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.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: She was programmed to be the Anti-Spiral's messenger when the population reaches 1 million.
  • Artificial Human: Nia holds Anti-Spiral reprogramming inside her genetic code. Nobody but Lordgenome knows it, not even Nia herself.
  • Badass Adorable: She is completely fearless, insanely strong, and she's very, very adorable.
  • Badass Princess: Although she becomes Badass after she isn't a princess anymore.
  • Battle Couple: With Simon. In the High School A.U., she wastes no time becoming one with Simon once Viral appears, much to Simon's confusion and hesitation.
  • Because Destiny Says So: A lot of her views in the High School A.U. are based off her belief in destiny after Simon saves her.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Is revealed to have slept next to Simon in the beggining of the second chapter of the High School A.U., much to Simon's shock.
  • Beneath the Mask: 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 she overcomes the brainwashing of the Anti-Spiral and desperately asks Simon if he's going to save her, ready to cry.
  • Blunt Metaphors Trauma: Back in her younger days. Even cuter in the dub where she's voiced by Hynden Walch. There's still traces of it when she's older. She ended up saying no when Simon asked her to marry him until Koyoh and Kiyal explained what he meant.
  • The Chick: Simon's emotional support and the most prominent female after Yoko. Heck, she puts heart back into the entire brigade.
  • Close-Call Haircut: 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 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.
  • Creepy Monotone: As the Anti-Spiral Messenger.
  • Critical Existence Failure: Her DNA is reprogrammed to make her into an Anti-Spiral. When the source of this DNA information is destroyed, she begins to disappear.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: During her captivity time in the hands of the Anti-Spirals.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Although she doesn't have them in the series, They have shown up in official art.
  • Defiant Captive: 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.
  • Disappears into Light: Nia fades away like this just after completing the marriage ceremony.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: 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.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: 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 Heroic BSOD. In general her attitude makes the entire Team Dai-Gurren more friendly when she arrives. Oddly, she is still called a Princess in the High School A.U. despite her role changing to that of the Principle's daughter.
  • Evil Costume Switch: When acting as the Anti-Spiral Messenger. Subverted in the Highschool AU manga.
  • Evil Knockoff: Pilots the Chouginga Anti-Gurren Lagann in Super Robot Wars Z2: Saisei-Hen.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: 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 Melfina. She's the protagonist's Love Interest, and that he finds her sleeping in a fetal position in a box.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Against her will.
  • Fallen Princess: For a princess who was thrown away by her own father, Nia adapts to her situation very well.
  • Fantastic Racism: 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.
  • Flower in Her Hair: 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 The Heart. The art style for Kamina's eyecatch is sharp and gritty, while Nia's eyecatch is soft and bright. Kamina piloted Gurren, while Nia always stayed with Simon in Lagann. Both also have two of the most heart-wrenching deaths in the series, but while Simon took Kamina's death horribly, he takes Nia's with great maturity.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: If it could even be called THAT in the High School A.U.. 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.
  • Gag Boobs: If the second movie is to be believed, then Yoko and Kiyoh aren't the only ones with huge tracts of land.
  • Giftedly Bad: She doesn't realize that the food she cooks is pretty much lethal to anyone who isn't Simon and Boota.
  • Girl in a Box: How Simon finds her.
  • A Good Way to Die: She dies surrounded by her friends and looking into the eyes of her beloved husband with a smile on her face.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Word of God 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.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: 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 Parallel Works video "The sense of wonder" she is depicted with completely blonde hair.
  • Happily Married: To Simon. For a grand total of 30 seconds.
  • The Heart: What she does for Simon and the rest.
  • Hello, Nurse!: When she's shown in her swimsuit, a bunch of the male characters get Nosebleeds.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: She probably got her Anime Hair from her dad.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: 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.
  • Heroic Willpower: Nia is so plucky that she 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: 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...
  • Hot-Blooded: She may not fight, but she completely outdoes half the cast in terms of sheer determination. And when she DOES fight, holy crap. In the High School A.U. manga, she has a HotBlooded moment alongside Kamina and manages to equal him in it!
  • Important Haircut: 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 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.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Nia is a fount of joy and innocence in the world of the series. It's no wonder Simon loves her so passionately. Her Face–Heel Turn, in fact, was because she was programmed to be a Manchurian Agent by the Anti-Spiral, not because of true malice. In fact, it's her love for Simon that snaps her out of it.
  • Innocently Insensitive: 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.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In the High School A.U., her motivation for using the Husband-Wife Gaitta technique on Viral comes from a manly man's magazine. Oddly enough it works.
  • Is This What Anger Feels Like?: "Are you aware of who exactly I am?!"
  • Keigo: She is also polite and formal, even when telling someone to F off.
  • Kirk Summation: Gives one to Adiane in episode 10. Is then promptly met with a Shut Up, Kirk!.
  • Lady of War: Becomes one in Lagann-hen by commanding her own mecha Tengen Toppa Solvernia, the most elegant-looking and gracefully fighting mecha in the series.
  • Last Kiss: Shares her one and only onscreen kiss with Simon at their wedding before her body dissolves into random data bits.
  • Last Of Her Kind: She was the last Princess and daughter of the Spiral King out of countless he discarded before her. She was also the last Anti-Spiral probe along said Princesses.
  • Lethal Chef: Her cooking tastes anything but good... unless you're Simon or Boota.
  • Literal-Minded: 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...
  • Location Theme Naming: Her name comes from "near".
  • The Lost Lenore: 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.
  • Love at First Sight: With Simon in the High School A.U. after he saves her and she takes it as a sign of destiny.
  • Marked Change: When her hidden identity as the Anti-Spiral's messenger awakens.
  • Manchurian Agent: 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.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: If Simon haven't met her, he probably would have never got over his depression over 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 High School A.U., appearing right after Simon tempts fate by just wanting a normal day.
  • Meaningful Name:
  • Morton's Fork: 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not so much as Yoko, but still counts. Especially after the time-skip.
  • Multicolored Hair: A whole mix of colors, which sometimes seem fluid.
  • Mystical Waif: How she's found and what her life means to the world.
  • Naïve Everygirl: She's the embodiment of an extremely idealistic fairy tale heroine trapped in a Super Robot show.
  • Nice Girl: Always trusting and supportive of others, and she boosts the team's morale just as well as Kamina.
  • Neutral Female: 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.
  • No Ontological Inertia: She dies because the Anti-Spirals are destroyed.
  • No Social Skills: 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.
  • Official Couple: With Simon.
  • Power of Trust: 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 Heroic BSOD, allows Yoko to get a free shot on Adiane, and even when she's in another dimension, she knows that Simon would find her. She's even fine with dying if it means that he'll save the world.
  • Shout-Out: The second half of the plot pretty make her a walking shout out to Einst Alfimi and Excellen Browning. Approaches Actor Allusion, since like Mahoro, Nia gets cursed with a limited life span after The Anti Spiral bites it.
  • Plucky Girl: She may not be able to fight, but in terms of sheer 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.
  • The Pollyanna: Its not that she's unaffected or oblivious to trouble, but her sheer faith in Simon to drill through it makes it even forcefully transformation into a Manchurian Agent a minor inconvience.
  • Princess Classic: Hits almost all the points except shy and the happy ending.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: She's the princess of the Beastmen and she always wears a pink dress.
  • Psycho Supporter: Not actually one,but this is how Simon views Nia at first in the High School A.U. after immediately charging with him into a battle with Viral and declaring Simon won't be beaten.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Post-timeskip.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: During the transmission.
  • Rescue Romance: 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.
  • The Reveal: The daughter of Spiral King Lordgenome and messenger of the Anti-Spirals.
  • Sailor Fuku: Averted in the High School A.U., where her uniform doesn't match up to the other ones the girls wear.
  • Screw Destiny: Made absolutely explicit in the movie.
  • Second Love: For Simon. The first was Yoko until he found out she favored Kamina the hard way.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: She was raised in isolation for her entire life and is amazed by the outside world.
  • Spanner in the Works: For both Lordgenome and the Anti-Spiral, as she becomes The Heart of Team Gurren.
  • Split Personality: In the High School A.U. manga, Nia develops one as a child, due to her Friendless Background. Her other self is a Tsundere Ice Queen who, of course, quickly defrosts when faced with Simon's Love Confession. She and the normal Nia end up sharing Simon, being able to more or less switch between personalities at will.
  • Spoiled Sweet: 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.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Simon.
  • Stealth Mentor: Her actions as a Messenger were intended to strengthen the Team before facing the true enemy.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: We see in the 8th Parallel Works video that her father used to basically be a male version of Nia. Seriously.
  • Tareme Eyes: Normally.
  • Team Chef: She decides to take this role in order to become more useful for the team. Unfortunately, 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.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Has opal blue eyes with pink flower-shaped crosses for pupils... and they look adorable!
  • Tender Tears: 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.
  • There Are No Coincidences: After Simon saves her in the High School A.U., she's convinced that destiny is at work.
  • Through His Stomach: After the time skip, she's shown to make Simon's lunch.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Yoko's Tomboy.

    Boota 
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Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (JP), Julie Ann Taylor (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. 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.
  • Eat the Dog: In episode 4. Simon and Kamina are starving from getting nothing to eat, so Boota does the most disturbing thing possible and bites on his own tail and rips off his hindquarters!!! Fortunately, he's healed by the next episode. You can Hand Wave it due to his innate Spiral Power.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning Boota is a source of Spiral Power.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • That man you see on the bridge in the Bad Future opening of the first episode... is an evolved Boota matured into an adult.
    • He also has one in Guame, one of the Four Divine Generals.
  • Marshmallow Hell: From Yoko.
  • Meaningful Name: "Buta" means "pig", and "buu" is Japanese for "oink".

    Viral 
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Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (JP), Sam Riegel (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 Foe Yay relationship with Kamina, and later Simon. When the world is threatened later on the series, Viral reveals his hidden depths.
  • Ace Pilot: 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.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: When he learns Kamina has died.
  • Anti-Villain: 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.
  • Badass: Hell yes! His intro and leitmotif underscore it wonderfully.
  • Beast Man: He's part shark and cat and human.
  • Blood Knight: By simple virtue of his facial expressions in combat.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: 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.
  • Beyond the Impossible: While ambiguous in series, the movies directly confirm Viral is HotBlooded enough to create Spiral Energy despite that being being a specifically stated impossibility.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Subverted - he's just a soldier doing his job, and he joins Team Dai-Gurren late in the series.
  • Boring but Practical: 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.
  • Butt Monkey: After his intial defeat he gets a lot of abuse from the heroes and villains alike. He gets better after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Can't Catch Up: Lordgenome tells him as much. "No beastman can stand against a human who has mastered the power of the Spiral." Subverted in the movie, where he himself gains the ability to use Spiral Power.
  • Cats Are Mean: Subverted - he's just following orders.
  • Char Clone: Viral is what this trope lives for. He's a blonde ace pilot that becomes The Rival for The Hero. He has a sense of honor that distinguishes him from Card Carrying Villains. Eventually Heel Face Turns.
  • Conveniently Cellmates: With Simon in the future.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Pale blond hair, yellow eyes.
  • Cute Little Fangs: 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.
  • The Dragon: He isn't the Dragon to the Big Bad at first, but rather to every other general.
  • Doom Magnet: Every person he's assigned to guard dies. Except Simon.
  • Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Zig Zagged. At first, this is true for Team Dai-Gurren, but after the Time Skip, it's more true for the Anti-Spiral.
  • Fangs Are Evil: 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.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His shirtless scene in Gurren's cockpit shows that he has scars in a similar pattern to Kamina's tattoos.
  • Heel–Face Turn: 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.
  • Hidden Depths: Has a deep-seated sense of honor and a secret crush on Adiane. More so, his innermost desire was 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.
  • Honor Before Reason: 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.
  • Hot-Blooded: In Episode 22, he even manages to be more hotblooded than Simon. He ends up being so loud that you can barely hear Simon.
    Viral: "Doutou gattai! Arc Gurren Lagann! Uoooowaaaaahhhh!!!"
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: 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.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: After his debut battle, things go rapidly downhill. Kamina even asks "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.
  • Knife Nut: When he's not piloting Gunmen, his Weapon of Choice is a cleaver. And his original Gunmen, Enki, even had a weapon that fires a hail of proportionately large kunais.
  • The Lancer: After his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Leitmotif: "Nikopol".
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Catches Team Gurren quite literally with their pants down, but lets them get dressed and Kamina get in Gurren before attacking.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Was this at first, especially in his introduction episode.
  • Monster Knight: Vicious looks? Check. Fierce fighter? Well... Mostly check. An honorable warrior down to his core? Check.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: He is a shark-cat-man, and the "shark" part manifests primarily through his teeth. That's what gives him his signature Slasher Smile.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His Gunmen Enkidudu and Tengen Toppa Enki Dulga.
  • Noble Demon: 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 Honor Before Reason.

    Rossiu 
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Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN), Michael McConnohie (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 Well-Intentioned Extremist willing to sacrifice everything in order to preserve humanity.
  • Big Bad Slippage: Slowly becomes a Well-Intentioned Extremist and central antagonist over the course of the second season until the others snap him out of it.
  • Bishōnen: Post timeskip.
  • Break the Haughty: Seemingly invoked but ultimately subverted. For several episodes after the timeskip he appears to be the controlling force of the government with Simon is 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.
  • Broken Bird: 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.
  • Butt Monkey: In the first arc.
  • The Chains of Commanding
  • Didn't Think This Through: 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.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite his Well-Intentioned Extremist 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.
  • Evil Chancellor: More of a Well-Intentioned Extremist Chancellor.
  • Expy: The fact that he looks like 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.
  • Forehead of Doom: Noted by Kamina. Levels out after the time skip.
  • Foreshadowing: When he pilots Gurren in the Hot Springs Episode, foreshadowing his stint as Gurren's pilot after Kamina's death. Not to mention the rather sinister shots predicting his Obstructive Bureaucrat stint.
  • General Failure: 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.
  • Grumpy Bear: Downplayed. Not grumpy per say, but not as hot-blooded as the others.
  • Heroic BSOD: 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 trying to commit suicide, though Simon stopped him.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Post timeskip Rossiu is a Tall, Dark and Handsome Bishōnen in contrast to the goofy looking "forehead boy" he was before.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Played With. He initially viewed his actions in the timeskip as such, but the guilt and consequences just ate him up.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Forehead Boy," Kamina's nickname for him. Stuck to him ever since.
  • Interrupted Suicide: After his Heroic BSOD, he tries to kill himself, but with Kinon's help, Simon stops him.
  • The Lancer: To Simon. See The Reliable One and Undying Loyalty for more information.
  • Likes Older Women: It's never really mentioned, but Kinon is at least a few years older than he is.
  • Location Theme Naming: Rossiu comes from "ushiro", or "back". He represents the characters who don't believe in blindly charging forwards and is ultimately shackled by his origins.
  • Manly Tears: 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. Which pushes him to the level of suicidal thoughts.
  • Missing Mom: Father Magin made his mother leave Addai Village so its capacity would stay at 50, allowing them to survive.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Similar to Simon's case, he gets much hotter and less goofy-looking after the timeskip.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: See Heroic BSOD.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: He was named after the Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Roussaeu, who believed it was the duty of rulers to uphold peace and prosperity for all of his or her people.
  • Non-Action Guy: He pilots Gurren Lagann with Simon for awhile, but when we meet him after the timeskip he's become this.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: When his composure is level, he can defend himself easily. 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.
  • Not So Stoic: He's always calm, cool and collected while in public, but The Chains of Commanding tear him apart in private, best evidenced in episode 23 when he's Driven to Suicide for his deposing of Simon and willingness to sacrificed most of humanity to preserve the rest.
  • Official Couple: With Kinon.
  • Only Sane Man: 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 the Anti-Spiral and thus easily countered. He also became somewhat cynical due to the experiences of his own past.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Simon's red - he is more intellectually-driven and professional compared to Simon.
  • The Reliable One: 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 Darkest Hour and the only one (outside the twins, possibly Leeron and of course Nia) to keep believing in him during the whole ordeal. See Undying Loyalty below for more info.
  • Shoot the Dog: What he does in the second half in terms of Simon is this in his mind.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: During his attempted suicide, his hair falls around his face when Simon punches him.
  • The Spock: Insists on emotion and reason as the tools to lead and govern.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Compare the panicky Butt Monkey 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 Rousseau wouldn't have a chance of doing.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Post timeskip.
  • Undying Loyalty: When Simon was grieving after Kamina's death, Rossiu was the only one openly concerned about him the entire time. Back when Lagann doesn't let Simon pilot it, 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 he piloted Gurren (outside of prior experience) was out of concern for Simon's wellbeing, 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 were the twins, Nia (though her case is unique) and possibly Leeron, but Rossieu 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Becomes one after the time skip.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: 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 Heroic Willpower is capable of breaking the laws of physics.
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