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Characters: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Main Characters
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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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Badass Longcoat: Prologue and last arc (doubles as Walking Shirtless Scene).
    • Heartbroken Badass: After he sees Kamina kiss Yoko. Much later, he is left heartbroken again with Nia dying on the day of their wedding. In the second case, however, he handles things with tremendous maturity, showing just how far he has changed.
    • Retired Badass: In the Distant Finale.
  • 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.
  • Berserker Tears: If you see Simon crying, get out fast.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Break the Cutie: Pretty much from episode 8 onwards.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blood Brothers: As above.
  • 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.
  • Calling Your Attacks: His attacks tend to be more technical and less silly than Kamina's.
  • 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.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: During the first act, he is a cowardly loser who needs Kamina's support to fight. He grows a backbone and ditches this trope soon after he meets Nia.
  • Cool Old Guy: From what we see of him in the epilogue.
  • Cowardly Lion: For the first few episodes.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Early on, he certainly doesn't seem happy about piloting Lagann, but he grows to enjoy it after a while.
  • Dead Person Conversation: With Kamina in the penultimate episode.
  • Determinator: Not as boastful as Kamina, nor as showy but he's rocksolid. Scarily so sometimes.
  • Did Not Get the Girl
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: A mild example, but they have a headlamp installed... whose light shines directly out of the lenses...?
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Has feelings for Yoko first.
  • Heroic BSOD: Simon goes into a big one of these after Kamina dies...
  • He's Back: ...But BOY DOES HE EVER bounce back from it.
  • Hopeless Suitor: For Yoko. He eventually gets over it after meeting Nia.
  • Hotblooded: Not at first, but as he grows in confidence.
  • Humble Hero: 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 3 episodes depressed over it.
  • Image Song: "Break Through The Dream" (shared with Kamina).
  • Indy Ploy: Becomes increasingly fond of these as the series goes on.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Takes over this from Kamina. Used against both Big Bads.
  • In Harm's Way
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Of the innocent, hopeful variety, though they occasionally look more grey.
  • Just a Kid: Kittan and Viral's opinon of him, at first. Then he grows up...
  • Kid Hero: Pre-timeskip. Matures afterward.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Overlaps with Refusal of the Call in the beginning, but even after his Character Development into a Bad Ass Determinator, he's still rational enough to know when to walk away from a fight.
  • The Lancer: To Kamina.
  • Love Hurts: He found out Yoko favored Kamina the hard way.
  • 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 AU manga, take this gag and run with it. "I'm so sorry, time and time again..."
  • Meaningful Name
    • 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)
    • 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.
    • "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.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Pre-timeskip and late post-timeskip.
  • 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!
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Hell, he can create objects of galactic proportions! and then there is the second movie...
  • Passing The Core Drill: To Gimmy.
  • Pen-Pushing President: His life after the Time Skip.
  • 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.
  • 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 Bitter Sweet 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Spanner in the Works: Viral didn't know he existed until near the timeskip. His relationship with Nia also counts.
  • 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
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Plenty
  • Took Nine Thousand And One Levels In Badass: The results speak for themselves.
    • 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 Card Board Speech.
  • 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 extreme as Kamina but still...
  • Walking the Earth: At the end of the series.
  • Weapon of Choice
    • Empathic Weapon: Lagann. It can find him underground.
    • This Is a Drill: His primary weapon, and he can make out of awesomeness- I mean, Spiral Energy.
      • The temple to his defied form is here
  • 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 becomes motivated to fight 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.

Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN)


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.

  • The Ace: Subverted, it's the contributions of others around him, aka Simon and Kittan, that allows him to be The Ace.
    • Lampshaded by himself every time there's a partying scene. He sings Simon's praises but other people are blinded by his acts to think he's the one doing it.
    • Broken Ace: Even though he's a Subversion to The Ace, he still manages to be one. 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.
  • 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.
  • Back from the Dead: In the second movie, he's reincarnated as Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • Animal Motifs: Monkeys. Mostly by Viral. Starting since the Hot Springs Episode Viral calls him Hadakazaru, which translates to "naked monkey", though in most translations is translated as "nudie". Viral also compares Simon to a monkey during their prison brawl.
  • Badass: The great tenacious demon leader of the Dai-Gurren Dan and man of raging billows, the great 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 Baritone
    • 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 Cape
    • 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 until their first, last, and only kiss.
  • The Berserker: His battle strategy is (almost) always Attack! Attack! Attack!. Almost.
  • The Best 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.
  • 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. Unfortunately, it ends up being Kamina's grave marker alongside his cape after he dies.
  • Blood Brothers: As above.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Large, loud and aggressive.
  • Breakout Character: Easily the most popular character from the series.
  • 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"
    "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 Triangle Shades: Practically the Trope Codifier in anime. They're also photoshopped onto everyone.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Giga... DORIRU... BREAKAH!!
  • 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.
  • The Face / The Heart: 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Inverted. He doesn't die to save his friends, he comes back to life to save them.
  • 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.
  • Honorifics: Insists that members of Team Gurren (especially Simon) call him "Aniki", or "Bro" in the dub.
  • Hotblooded: Always doing something and often that something is outrageous.
  • Hunk
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Indy Ploy: With one notable exception; see Unspoken Plan Guarantee.
  • In the Name of the Moon: VERY fond of giving speeches before, during, and after battle.
  • 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 gunman 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 Spiral Sliced 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.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice
  • 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 Braggart Dream Big Brother: To Simon.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted. In spite of all this, or perhaps because of this, he's still awesome.
  • The McCoy: Of the initial three, the one relying most on emotion and guts.
  • Meaningful Name: "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.
    • Also "Kami" means "god".
  • 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.
    • Proof.
  • 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).
  • Mutual Kill: a delayed reaction with Thymilph.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Hotblooded 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 RousingSpeeches.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the High School AU manga.
  • Stealth Mentor: A lot of his Idiot Hero moments are really gambits to get Simon to man 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
  • 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.
  • Tender Tears: When he finds his father's skeleton in the desert.
  • Too Dumb to Live: 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). Then comes the moment where he decides to defy expectations and think of a really competent plan- and dies.
  • 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?"
  • Tragic Hero: His dad dies and then so does he. Even worse, following his father's fearless, Hotblooded 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • More significantly, 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
    • 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 Hotblooded 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).
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

    Yoko Littner 
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 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.

    Princess Nia Teppelin 
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 Hero: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Chick: Simon's emotional support and the most promiment 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.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: 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.
  • Cry Cute: 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.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Although she doesn't have them in the series, They have shown up in official art.
  • The Cutie
  • 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.
  • Drill On A Stick: The Solvernia.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses
  • 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.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Against her will.
  • Flower in Her Hair: When she is first introduced, she has a flower ornament in her hair.
  • Gag Boobs: If the second movie is to be believed, then Yoko and Kiyoh aren't the only ones with huge tracts of land.
  • Girl in a Box: How Simon finds her.
  • Godiva Hair: In the second movie.
  • A Good Way to Die
  • Go Out with a Smile
  • 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.
  • Hotblooded: 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 AU manga, she has a Hotblooded moment alongside Kamina and manages to equal him in it!
  • I Feel Angry: "Are you aware of who exactly I am?!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Keigo She is also polite and formal, even when telling someone to F off.
  • Lady of War: Her movie mecha, Tengen Toppa Solvernia.
  • Last Kiss: Shares her one and only kiss with Simon at their wedding before her body dissolves into random data bits.
  • Lethal Chef: Her cooking tastes anything but good... unless you're Simon or Boota. Poor Rossiu.
  • 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...
  • Manchurian Agent: She was programmed to be the Anti-Spiral's messenger when the population reaches 1 million.
  • Marked Change: When her hidden identity as the Anti-Spiral's messenger awakens.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name comes from "near".
    • Her mecha in The Movie, the Tengen Toppa Sovernia, combines her name with Sovern, symbolizing her independence from the Anti-Spirals that once controlled her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not so much as Yoko, but still counts. Especially after the time-skip.
  • Multicolored Hair
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: The second half of the plot pretty make her a walking shout out to Einst Alfimi and Excellen Browning.
  • The Other Darrin: The reason Bridget Hoffman took over the role post-Time Skip was because Hynden Walch had personal matters to sort out and had to drop out of the show. It works better than most examples, since Nia is a slightly different character now that she aged.
    • 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.
    • 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...
  • 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
  • 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.
  • The Reveal: The daughter of Spiral King Lordgenome and messenger of the Anti-Spirals.
  • 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. She fits the plucky-type with child-like innocence and kindness.
  • Split Personality: In the high school AU 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
  • 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 last Parallel Works video that her father used to basically be a male version of Nia. Seriously.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth
  • Tragic Heroine
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter
  • You Gotta Have Pastel Blue and Yellow Hair

Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (JP), Julie Ann Taylor (EN)


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.

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 Kamina dies.
  • Anti-Villain: Type I. He's just a loyal soldier for the Spiral King.
    • Later he becomes a Type II Anti-Hero when he joins Team Dai-Gurren.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hey It's That Grunt: Hey, it's Link, Shirou, and... Clovis?!
  • 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.
  • Hotblooded: He's voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama
    • 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.
  • Leitmotif: "Nikopol"
  • Meaningful Name: Guess what Viral's name spells when the letters are rearranged. That might be why it's spelled that way when it's pronounced "virile".
  • 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.
  • Peek-a-Bangs
  • Petting Zoo People: Literal in his case, as he's composed of shark and feline genetics.
  • Redemption Promotion: Went from Butt Monkey of half the Beastmen Generals to Pilot of Gurren. 20 years afterward, he's turned sincerely warm-hearted and commands the crew of Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann as they prepare to attend the Galactic Spiral Peace Conference.
  • The Remnant: A sympathetic version post-timeskip before his Heel-Face Turn.
  • The Rival: To Kamina, before his Badass Decay. To Simon, after.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Post-timeskip.
  • Shirtless Scene: He gets a few post-timeskip.
  • Sixth Ranger
  • Slasher Smile: As an enemy, but promptly done away with after his Heel-Face Turn- it's now a good-natured smile.
  • The Stoic: Takes on this personality after being beaten down so much by Kamina, and later, Simon. Post-timeskip, he's an absolute stoic as a result of tepid and futile battles against the government. Fortunately, it starts wearing off with his Heel-Face Turn, and it's gone altogether in the Distant Finale.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A rare positive example - Viral's post-timeskip outfit is based on an unused character design for Kamina, and he fully embraces this when he becomes Gurren's pilot.
  • Tears of Remorse: After Adiane dies and he ends up ashore, he falls to his knees in a brokenhearted heap of tears, punching the ground in frustration that Thymilph's Lover, another member of the four generals, and his (possible) crush has been killed and he couldn't save her, just like what happened to General Thymilph.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After taking over as Gurren's pilot. So, so, much.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: His will slowly broke over the course of seven years, weakening his hot-blooded tendencies. When he decided to pull a Heel-Face Turn, he turned much more pleasant and hopeful. By the Distant Finale, his fury is a thing of the past and he's now a benevolent and caring man.
  • Tragic Dream: His time in the Lotus-Eater Machine shows that his greatest desire is to have a family, which due to his engineered nature is impossible.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He was made so he couldn't make Spiral Energy, but he is a significantly better pilot (at the beginning) than either Kamina or Simon. It doesn't save him when the two learn to tap into the power of the Spiral, though, and as they grow in skill as well he just Can't Catch Up. But in the second part, he becomes a valuable copilot to Simon anyways thanks to his classical Ganmen pilot training.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Kamina. Not so much to Simon... but Simon sees him as a valuable ally after the Time Skip.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has a minor one when he realizes Kamina had been Dead All Along and it was really Simon kicking his ass in majority of their encounters.
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