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The Titular Mecha
- Cephalothorax: A defining characteristic.
A strange, miniature Gunmen robot that transforms into a drill bit. It was discovered by Simon embedded deep underground, along with the Core Drill that serves as its ignition key. Lagann is a very expressive robot that reflects how its pilot feels and is quite adept with generating many more drills. Though Lagann is a small target with not much of a threatening presence, its power is apparently limitless. Forms the head of Gurren Lagann, adorned by a helmet pinched from the Enki.
- Combining Mecha: With anything.
- Empathic Weapon: Reacts to Spiral Power, and particularly Simon's spiral power. Eventually proven to have a mind of its own.
- Fastball Special: Lagann has been both the ball and the pitcher.
- Mini-Mecha: It's tiny compared to others.
- No Conservation of Energy: Grows as many drills as Simon needs, out of nowhere. Justified since it's made to channel the reality-warping Spiral power.
- Spring Coil: Can sprout a set of defensive springs from its legs to leap out of the way from enemy attack or act as shock absorbers in the event of a rough landing.
A Gunmen formerly known as the Gunzar that belonged to a Beastman commander named Dusack. Kamina hijacked the Gunmen and quickly learned how to pilot it, but then attacked two other enemy Gunmen so brutally, Gunzar's feeble limbs couldn't handle the abuse and all but one disintegrated. Littner Village salvaged new limbs from the Gunmen destroyed in the fight that ensued to take the Gunzar, and it was quickly rebuilt into the Gurren, which served as Kamina's mecha. Forms the body of Lagann, and was later bestowed a set of wings taken from another Gunmen. It got speared through the chest by Tymilph, piercing into the cockpit and inflicting a lethal wound to its pilot. Eventually passed over to Rossiu's ownership when Kamina died, but he was a bit clumsy at controlling it. Yoko also had a more promising stint piloting Gurren, though she regretted stepping into the cockpit where her love interest was killed. Eventually, Gurren found a permanent owner in the form of Viral, whose own mecha had finally quit working altogether. After his Heel–Face Turn, he became Simon's trusty co-pilot in the Gurren.
- Ace Custom: Subverted; it's essentially just a cool-looking mecha without Lagann.
- It was rebuilt by Leeron and his team from the hijacked Gunzar and the remains of two other Gunmen and is more powerful than Gunzar (the limbs of which were weak enough to snap from delivering strong blows). It's not as powerful as Viral's Ace Custom Enki, however.
- Badass Normal: Still powerful without special features.
- BFS: Originally wielded a pair of these, but after Kamina captured it, he had them melted down into its signature Cool Shades.
- Combining Mecha: With Lagann.
- Cool Shades: Modeled after Kamina's own.
- Grand Theft Prototype: While the majority of the hero-controlled gunmen in the show are implied to have been aquired in the same fashion, this one stands out on the grounds that this was the one that inspired the rest.
- Fastball Special: Can do this by throwing Lagann.
- Humongous Mecha: Although it's still quite small compared to most other mecha in the series on its own.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: It survived the ordeal well enough to still be usable afterwards. Its pilot at the time did not.
- Improbable Weapon User: Uses its Cool Shades either as a sword or a boomerang.
- Out of Focus: After Simon's rebirth, the Gurren doesn't get any more solo action scenes, serving as little more than an extension for Lagann. The only time it actually moved without Lagann was during Viral's Fastball Special during the Final Battle. It has the saddest justification: Kamina has died, and the mecha has now lost its original characterization as Kamina's avatar while fighting. Thus, the focus shifts to purely Simon, who carries on for both of them, with Gurren being a part of Lagann just like Kamina remains a part of him.
The protagonist's main mecha, and the titular mecha in the dub but only halfway so for the original series name. Formed from Gurren and Lagann, hence the name. Lagann drills through the canopy of Gurren, and Spiral Power causes the mecha to fuse, extending the limbs and joints of the mecha until they appear muscular and humanoid. Capable of sprouting an insane number of drills in various shapes and sizes, depending on the Spiral Power and willpower of the pilots, and generating defensive barriers. Piloted by two people- one in the head, one in the torso.It soon acquired several new battle armaments- a helmet snatched from Enki, and later, a set of wings that gave it the ability to fly. Gurren Lagann can also pilot Arc-Gurren, using one of its drills as an activation key like the Core Drill Simon keeps with him.
- The Assimilator: Integrates anything that gets added to its machinery.
- Centipede's Dilemma: Will not function if its pilot overthinks how to operate it.
- Combining Mecha: With Arc-Gurren. Then with Cathedral Terra. Then with Team Dai-Gurren
- Cool Helmet: Taken by force from Enki's busted head.
- Cool Shades: Forged out of the swords wielded by Gunzar.
- Fastball Special: Involves Gurren's pilot ripping the mecha's head off.
- Finishing Move: GIGA! DRILL! BREAK!
- Humongous Mecha: You standard issue version. The later ones take it Serial Escalation.
- Incendiary Exponent: In Episode 7, the Man On Fire Blazing Chariot Kick.
- Loss of Identity: Gurren Lagann grows accustomed to a pilot's personality and begins to respond naturally after they are in sync with it. However, should that pilot enter an ill or irrational state, and the mecha is as good as a multi-story doorstop.
- Made of Iron: In episode 7, when the much larger Dai-Gunzan attempts to rip apart the Gurren Lagann, the Gurren Lagann's joints manage to hold off for more than 20 seconds before being saved by Dayakka's cannon.
- Meaningful Name: Translates as "crimson lotus enveloping face", the combination of Gurren and Lagann's two-word translated names.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Flight.
- Multiple Head Case: Gurren and Lagann have to be piloted in tandem and "speak" and emote separately with each pilot, especially when Kamina is the one piloting Gurren. However, there are a few instances where Simon pilots the whole mecha by himself.
- No Conservation of Energy: Drills out of every orifice.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: The Cool Shades can be used as one. So can its wings.
- Reality Warper: Crosses with The Determinator. Gurren Lagann created a wormhole through space to reach a very far away Rossiu in seconds flat before he could carry out suicide.
- Series Mascot: Serves as an icon for Team Dai-Gurren in-universe as well as the series as a whole, and is the series' namesake in most Western territories.
- Spiritual Antithesis: To Evangelion Unit-01. Both are the flagship mecha and Series Mascot of their respective franchises, and piloted by their respective main characters (Simon and Shinji), with Simon acting as Shinji's own Spiritual Antithesis. However, Unit-01 is a Humanoid Abomination that looks very monstrous and poses more of a threat to Shinji and the world as it becomes more powerful, while Gurren Lagann is a bona fide Super Robot but looks very humanoid, and its becoming more powerful and gaining new alternate forms reflects Simon's own growth as a person, a hero, a man and a leader. Eventually, Unit-01 becomes a catalyst in the destruction of humanity, while Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann nearly acts as its ultimate savior - but in both cases, the pilots themselves are the ones who deal the "finishing touch".
- Spiritual Successor: Two-fold.
- To The GunBuster: Both are humanoid Super Robots formed by combining two other mechas, were piloted by pseudo-siblings, are designed to be the ultimate weapon of humanity, insanely powerful versions of the basic mecha, and pull off the Gainax Pose.
- Speaking of, Gurren Lagann holds an even greater resemblance to Getter Robo, being powered by human evolution, are crimson mechs, being sentient to a degree and constantly evolving. Reaches the logical conclusion as Gurren Lagann's second to last transformation is heavily reminiscent of the Getter Emperor, the most powerful form of Getter Robo.
- Tears from a Stone: There is a heavy downpour of rain after Kamina dies. Rain trickles down the face of Gurren Lagann and makes it look like it's crying along with the vast majority of Team Dai-Gurren.
- This Is a Drill: You couldn't get any more literal: it's a walking drill warrior!
- Title Drop: English dub only. The name isn't used in Japanese.
- Use Your Head: Headbutts the Enki in a stalemate. Gurren Lagann can also detach its head for use as an emergency weapon.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Bizarrely, a mecha that may ralph up Spiral Energy by the bushels if its pilot tosses their cookies.
- Weapon of Choice: Obviously, drills. However, it can also utilize fire, raw Spiral Power, and boomerangs.
A combination between Gurren-Lagann and the Arc Lordgenome left for humanity to enter space with. Of the Gurren-Lagann forms, this one shows up the least, but it is notable for winning one of the first unambiguous victories against the Anti-Spirals.
- Combining Mecha: Gurren-Lagann and a Cool Starship...and they're not done yet.
- Cool Shades: Subverted; this is the only form that does not have any cool shades.
- Finishing Move: "Burst...SPINNING...PUNCH!"
- Humongous Mecha: Comparatively tiny compared to some of the future mechs, but towers over other "Space Gunmen." And houses a colony fit for hundreds of thousands of people!
- Megaton Punch: Rather than pulling off a Giga Drill Breaker in its initial battle, it finishes off an Anti-Spiral battleship by punching it so hard it hits nothing, and breaks it, ripping out of space-time before it explodes.
- Reality Warper: Its punches can rip holes through spacetime.
- Serial Escalation: A bigger version of Gurren-Lagann.
- Victory Through Intimidation: All it does is flare up its Spiral Aura once and a huge number of Mugann are destroyed.
Super Galaxy Gurren-Lagann
- Our friends' hopes and dreams are etched into its body, transforming the infinite darkness into light! Unmatched in Heaven, and Earth; one machine, equal to the gods! Super Galaxy GURREN LAGANN! ... We're gonna show you the power... of the human race.
- Combining Mecha: The end result.
- Cool Shades: Two massive pairs of star-shaped shades. Generated after Cathedral Lazengannnote is upgraded into Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann.
- Humongous Mecha: Practically the size of the moon, and can handle the impact of planets.
- More Dakka: Its Maelstrom Cannon could best be classified as an anti-universe gun, able to hit targets that were hiding in space-time itself. It's as close as anyone's likely to get to enough dakka. It still misses.
- Serial Escalation: A much bigger version of Arc Gurren.
- Shout-Out: The way it's introduced is practically identical to how the GunBuster was first launched: slowly rising up in the Gainax Pose. There are many similarities in their overall shape as well.
- Showy Invincible Hero: Counts as this in its own right, since its entire introduction is a massive Curb-Stomp Battle against the previously devastating Anti-Spiral defense force. Even Reality Warpers couldn't stand up to its power.
- That's No Moon!: The Cathedral Terra was disguised as the Earth's moon.
- Made a lot clearer in Lagann-Hen where it takes longer to defeat, letting it transform into its robot mode to punch out the Earth, something nobody was expecting to happen. Meaning if the hijacked Cathedral Terra succeeded in its mission, Earth would not have been uninhabitable for a year, but outright gone, and Rossiu's plan to take everyone into space would've failed, leading to total human extinction.
- This Is a Drill: Combines the two enormous drills on its shoulders for an epic Giga Drill Breaker, but also can turn its fingers into drills.
- Weaksauce Weakness: It was designed to run entirely on a tremendous amount of Spiral Power drawn from its pilot, something only Lordgenome could accomplish before Simon came into the fray. Without that, it's basically powerless and cannot hold its robot form. Worse, trying to will the robot to power up on such a grand scale can cause severe bodily trauma to the pilot.
- The Anti-Spirals later take full advantage of this weakness. They are able to nullify Spiral Power, which results in this Gunmen being completely shut down for a while. Additionally, in Lagann-Hen, it moves a lot slower when the Anti-Spirals have control over it because they aren't operating it through use of Spiral Power because of their fear of destroying the universe with that kind of energy.
- The Worf Effect: Promptly skewered by the Granzeboa in both the Final Battle and Lagann-Hen.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Don't underestimate us. We don't care about time, or space or... multi-dimensional whatevers! We don't give a damn about that. Force your way down a path YOU choose to take, and do it all yourself! That's the way Team Dai-Gurren rolls! Even when trapped by karma's cycle, the dreams we left behind will open the door! Even if the universe stands in our way, our seething blood will determine what will be! We'll break through time and space and defy all who would stop us to grab hold of our path! TENGEN TOPPA GURREN LAGANN! WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE?
- All Your Powers Combined: In addition to being piloted by everyone left standing, it can manifest weapons like Viral's swords and Yoko's rifle to attack with.
- An Arm and a Leg: Savagely dismantled by the Granzeboma in Lagann-Hen, spurting out red liquid similar to blood.
- Combining Mecha: Averted. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann breaks the pattern of mecha-piloting-mecha-piloting mecha; instead, it's a manifestation of everyone's Heroic Willpower in the Super-Spiral universe. (It does contain the other Gurren Laganns, but they aren't combined with anything but more power.)
- Cool Shades: This time, they aren't used as weapons, though.
- Dual Wielding: You know what's better than a Giga Drill Breaker? Two of them.
- Humongous Mecha: Ten billion light years in height.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Literally able to manifest anything its pilots need it to.
- Incendiary Exponent: Wreathed in green flames of pure Spiral power. It's practically the Dai-Gurren insignia come to life.
- Mirror Match: To avoid such an obscenely powerful mecha completely destroying any drama when it appeared, it was matched against an equally powerful Evil Knockoff for its first and only fight.
- Reality Warper: At this point, the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann can do basically anything as long as its pilots feed it willpower.
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Nobody even bothers trying to make sense of how the human sized protagonists are doing battle with a robot a hundred times the size of the Milky Way. Physics, fortunately, packed its bags and left long ago. Justified, however, since it's happening in a pocket universe where thought is given form. Not to mention Spiral Power breaks the laws of physics anyway.
- Serial Escalation: Still bigger, and this is where it gets ridiculous.
- The Worf Effect: Whereas it fights on par with the Granzeboma, in the movie, Lagann-Hen, it's utterly shredded to pieces and decapitated.
- This Is a Drill: Quite a few of them. All of them bigger than the average galaxy.
- Title Drop: Since the series is named after it.
Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
The strongest final form of Gurren-Lagann, appearing only in The Movie. It is one of the biggest of all documented fictional mecha- if you could even call it a mecha anymore, since by this iteration, there's nothing mechanical to be found anymore beyond the Troika doll stacking of the escalating Gurren Lagann line inside of it. This one's an etheral manifestion of pure Spiral Energy generated by team Dai-Gurren, so profusely whopping in stature that a universe is reduced to little more than a playground when compared to it. The form it takes is an avatar of the one who started the revolution against the Anti-Spirals so long ago: the late Kamina.
- Apocalypse How: Class X-4- just clashing drills with its Evil Knockoff destroyed the universe they were fighting in.
- Back from the Dead / Back for the Finale: Word of God states that the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is Kamina reborn. As if the guy couldn't get any cooler.
- Badass Cape: Tossed aside as it uses its Giga Drill Breaker... if you can pull off a cape made of pure cosmic energy.
- Bishonen Line: Compared to the robotic appearance of the other forms, it looks more humanoid.
- Caped Mecha: One wonders how many galaxies you could fit inside that gargantuan thing!
- Combining Mecha: It is one.
- Cool Shades: Has a pair the size of a billion nebulas.
- Energy Being: A universal-sized humanoid mass of Spiral Energy born of hot-blooded resolve. The Anti-Spirals had every right to fear the existence of Spiral Power if that much can amass in one place.
- Humongous Mecha: Exaggerated. It is 58% the size of the observable universe, and notably the fourth-largest mech in fictionnote .
- Meta Mecha: Up to Eleven. A robot the size of a significant fragment of the universe piloted by one the size of a galaxy piloted by one the size of the moon piloted by one the size of a small country piloted by one the size of a building piloted by one the size of a VW Bug.
- Physical God: Not so much a giant robot as it is a god being piloted by one in turn piloted one called equal to the god! Not to mention it was created by a Big Bang.
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Again, the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann formed the head. And not even all of its head.
- Serial Escalation: The obscenely big and powerful Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann above? That forms this one's face.
- This Is a Drill: A drill large enough that a pocket universe can't withstand its power. Heck, it's the size of an entire universe!
- The Worf Effect: Its drill fails to break the Anti-Spiral's own; however, a barrage of drills from the weaker Gurren Lagann mechs manage to break the Anti-Spiral drill.
Mecha: Team Gurren/Dai-Gurren
Kittan's personal Gunmen, acting as field deputy and squad commander for Team Dai-Gurren. As shown in Kittan Zero, it's revealed that he gained it from a victorious battle against the Beastmen. King Kittan is a star-shaped mecha with thin, pointed limbs that transform into lances, triangular horns doubling as pincers, two large eyes with red pupils, and a very jagged, toothy mouth affixed into a Joker-esque sneer. It used to be a red-colored, custom-model Gunmen piloted by a pig Beastman, but Kittan got the wild idea to hijack it with his bare hands, beat the pilot senseless, and fight a lion Beastman packing super steroids for control over the mecha- a battle he quickly won. All of this, mind you, happening in the course of a single day. The moment Kittan leapt in the cockpit, his immense fighting spirit generated enough Spiral Power to alter the Gunmen into the form seen in the series, a robotic avatar of Kittan himself.Much like Lagann and Gurren, King Kittan is Kittan's answer to Kamina's hijacked Gunmen, as a testament to their hot-blooded rivalry. And much the same as that mecha, it, too has its own combining ability, King Kittan Deluxe, though more of an equipping variety: it can pair up with the Kiyalunga, Kiyal's Gunmen, and use it as a lance and smiley-faced shield. Post-timeskip, King Kittan is retired and put into storage, then given to Makken and Leyte to dismantle. Instead, they outfit it with a Spiral cannon on its right arm and keep it in prime condition. Eventually, King Kittan sits within the much larger Space King Kittan to act as a pilot under Kittan's control. Tragically, Kittan decides to sacrifice himself to destroy the Anti Spiral's Death Spiral Machine and loses Space King Kittan in his initial attack. King Kittan lasts just a little longer, with the help of one of Simon's drills. Then, for the first and final time, Kittan taps into his own Spiral Power and uses a super-sized Giga Drill Break with King Kittan on the machine, destroying it in one blow. Sadly, the explosion vaporizes King Kittan, taking Kittan himself along with it.
- Ace Custom: One-of-a-kind Gunmen designed specifically for full-range combat.
- Attack Pattern Alpha: Forms King Kittan Deluxe with Kiyalunga and rides the Dayyakaiser into battle.
- Be the Ball: When it first appeared in the short Kittan Zero, it was in the compressed form of a ball before it fully transformed into its robot form. Kittan is never seen using this feature.
- Combining Mecha: With Kiyal's Kiyalunga to form King Kittan Deluxe. Only shown once due to Kiyal's aversion toward battle, but Space King Kittan wields a double-edged lance and shield similar to this combination.
- Double Weapon: Uses a two-sided lance in tandem with a shield when Kiyalunga forms its battle gear.
- Dual Wielding: King Kittan's arms can be turned into twin battle lances.
- Emergency Weapon: Gurren-Lagann's drill, after Space Kittan is crushed heading toward the Death Spiral Machine.
- Large Ham: Effectively a megaphone for Kittan's boisterous attitude.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Kiyalunga becomes a bulletproof shield for King Kittan: with a smiley face, no less.
- Heel–Face Turn: Technically switched sides when Kittan took control over it, complete with metamorphosis from "bad guy mech" into "good guy mech."
- Heroic Sacrifice: Kittan sends it crashing into the Death Spiral Machine with a Giga Drill. Both he and the Gunmen are turned to ashes in the following massive explosion.
- Made of Iron: Withstood tremendous amounts of gravity before crashing into the Death Spiral Machine. The actual explosion is what destroyed it.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Apparently totes several unseen gun turrets on its body, shown in sphere form in Kittan Zero.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: First gets the power to fly from a thruster reverse-engineered from Dai-Gunten's specs, then Anti-Spiral weaponry on its arm after the time-skip.
- More Dakka: Used an arsenal of guns in Kittan Zero.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Actually, it's a tooth-shaped hatch, but it has the shape of a cocky sneer, well-fitting to Kittan's personality.
- This Is a Drill: First, Leite adapts Space King Kittan to transform into a drill bullet to cleave through the gravity of the Death Spiral Machine. When this mech crumples from the pressure, Kittan ejects his King Kittan, jams a broken drill onto its arm, and rockets toward the Death Spiral Machine to deliver the final blow.
- The Power of the Sun: Space King Kittan's Space Sunbeam lance attack.
- Suicide Mission: Its final mission.
- Super Strength: Ferociously powerful, and somehow managed to hold a gigantic Giga Drill over its head and then guide it straight into the Death Spiral Machine.
- Transforming Mecha: Demonstrated the ability to transform from a rocket-propelled sphere into Gunmen form in Kittan Zero. This is never demonstrated again after Kittan takes control of it. The larger Space King Kittan, however, gets modified by Leite to transform into a bullet-shaped drill moments before Kittan undertakes his Suicide Mission.
- Weapon of Choice: Uses a short, double-edge Jousting Lance as King Kittan Deluxe and later, a much larger, standard jousting lance as Space King Kittan.
- Wrecked Weapon: Inverted: King Kittan uses a broken drill from Gurren Lagann in its final attack, but Kittan's Spiral Power causes the drill to repair itself and firmly attach to his Gunmen's right arm, turning into a Giga Drill far bigger than King Kittan itself.
Viral's Gunmen throughout the first arc. It has three forms, each with a unique feature that the others lack. It sports a variety of weapons such as missles, gunmen-scaled swords, barriers, axes, and particle beams, and is also skilled at hand-to-hand combat. It debuts with a samurai-style helmet that fires a particle beam, but it gets torn off in its first battle with the newly-formed Gurren-Lagann and taken by Kamina as a trophy. Viral re-stylizes Enki into Enkidu, a slightly modified Enki with an axe-shaped crest on its head, complete with a backup supply of crests, in place of its lost helmet, which Viral consistently demands back. After Enkidu suffers defeat several times on end, Viral discards the axe weapon and fits Enkidu with a second pair of arms and swords, turning it into Enkidudu. However, this mecha fails to hold up for mere seconds against Gurren-Lagann. Eventually, after seven years of abuse since Lordgenome's defeat, it suffers damage beyond repair as Viral tries to fight off the Grapearl squadron that has him pinned down in the desert, and shuts down permanently. Enkidudu is most likely scrapped after his capture.
- Ace Custom: Easily the strongest non-General Gunmen in the first arc, powerful enough to curbstomp Kamina's own Ace Custom Gurren, but overshadowed by Gurren-Lagann.
- BFG: Enki's particle beam.
- BFS: Enki's swords, Enkidu's axe, and Enkidudu's four swords. Sixteen if you count Tengen Toppa Enki Durga.
- Can't Catch Up: A formidable enemy when its introduced but becomes less so as the episodes pass. Not so with Tengen Toppa Enki Durga in Lagann-Hen: every sense of might it brought on gets pushed back up to its former glory.
- Carry a Big Stick: Tengen Toppa Enki Durga wields a single kanabō along with it's fifteen swords. He's never actually shown using it though.
- Cool Helmet: Has one in its debut, but seconds after Simon and Kamina for Gurren Lagann, Kamina tears the helmet clean off Enki and places atop Lagann's head.
- Dual Wielding: Swords. Later, four of them, and in the movie, a breathtaking fifteen!note
- Everything's Better with Samurai: Fitting Viral's Monster Knight nature, Enki has a samurai-ish look.
- Humongous Mecha
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Enkidu is somehow able to fit at least a dozen axe-like crests in some hidden compartment in its head, with new ones popping out at will.
- Knife Nut: One of Enki's many weapons is a launcher that fires immense kunai knives.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Enki packs a small arsenal of rockets and unleashes all of them at Gurren-Lagann as a desperation move. It does pretty much nothing.
- Meaningful Name: Each time Viral gets a new mech (They are all just slightly stronger versions of the original), another du is added at the end.
- Enkidu was a 1/3 man, 2/3 beast from The Epic of Gilgamesh, who was created by the god Enki to defeat Gilgamesh but ending up becoming his best friend and fighting alongside him.
- The Enkidurga in the movie gets the "durga" part of its name from the eponymous Hindu goddess, who had (depending on her form) between ten to a thousand arms.
- Meteor Move: Attempts one on Gurren Lagann in episode 7 with its swords after hurling it into the air, but fails, and has its swords broken.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The Enkidudu, which can wield four swords at once. Even more so for Tengen Toppa Enki Durga- it has sixteen arms!
- Nice Hat: Enki's head-like helmet, which doubles as a BFG. Gurren Lagann takes it and puts it on Lagann after smashing it off, and wears it the rest of the series. The Enkidu has one in the form of a strange curved blade atop its head, which can be removed and used as a massive axe/hooksword. Tengen Toppa Enki Durga has a more stylized version of Enki's helmet.
- Punny Name: Enkidu. It's the name of a character from The Epic Of Gilgamesh (see above) but "du" also means "two" (as in "duality", "duo"). Basically the name also means "Enki Two".
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Subverted. Throwing the axe doesn't work at all.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Enki is the first truly powerful mecha the heroes face, and the one that allows them to create Gurren-Lagann.
- Wave Motion Gun: Enki's giant laser.
- The Worf Effect: After Simon snaps out of his Heroic Blue Screen of Death, The Enkidu becomes less and less able to contend with Gurren Lagann. Eventually, When the Enkidudu challenges Gurren Lagann in episode 15, it is Curb Stomped with one hand in under 20 seconds. Finally, in episode 17, the Grapearls finish it off permanently and it gets scrapped.
Thymilph the Crasher's personal Gunmen, used when the Dai-Gunzan cannot do the job for whatever reason. Looks like a skull with spearheads on its limbs. Mortally wounds Kamina, but is in turn destroyed by his Giga Drill Break, along with its pilot.
- Blade on a Stick: The Alkaid Glaive.
- Hero Killer: Kills Kamina.
- Kill It with Fire: Not exactly fire, but some kind of burning plasma, and the attack is called "Condemn Blaze" (Thymilph being the General of Fire and all).
- Nothing but Skulls: The body is shaped like a skull.
- Transforming Mecha: Presumably. All of the other Generals' mechas can transform, but the Byakou was likely destroyed before Thymilph could take advantage of its alternate mode.
- Wave Motion Gun: Condemn Blaze.
Adiane the Elegant's personal Gunmen, designed for both flight and underwater combat. Has two modes: Winged Humanoid and scorpion. Was blown to pieces, along with its pilot, during her unsuccessful attack on the seafaring Dai-Gurren.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Scorpion mode.
- Double Entendre: The humanoid version of the mecha looks both like a face and like a female body (with the eyes serving as breasts and the mouth serving as a Vagina Dentata).
- Making a Splash: While the Sayrune does not explicitely manipulate water, it is a lot more efficient in it, being fast enough to effortlessly outmanoeuver Gurren-Lagann.Adiane: Nothing is faster than me underwater!
- Razor Wings: Used as blades in the Bloody Clasper attack.
- Scary Scorpions: The Sayrune's alternate mode.
- Spin Attack: Using its wings. BLOODY CLASPER!
Guame the Immovable's personal Gunmen, covered in heavy armor. Has two modes: big hulking beast and giant wood louse. Was destroyed by a Giga Drill Breaker as it attempted to execute Team Dai-Gurren, but its pilot ejected on time.
- Combat Tentacles: Its antennae can wrap enemies up.
- Deadly Hug: The Gember Press is basically a bearhug... with spikes.
- I Am A Mechatarian: One of its combat techniques is to literally eat enemy mechas alive.
Cytomander the Swift's personal Gunmen, designed for aerial combat. Has two modes: Winged Humanoid and winged skull with scythe arms. Was destroyed, along with its pilot, when it collided with the bow of the flying Dai-Gurren and rammed into Cytomander's own flying fortress.
- Chainsaw Good: There's a circular saw secreted in Shuzack's torso. The movie calls this attack "Majestic Big Chop".
- Clipped-Wing Angel: The second form of the Shuzack is destroyed immediately upon transformation, leaving its full capacities unknown.
- Spikes of Doom: according to the movie, one of Shuzack's attacks involves a lot of spikes coming out of every seam of its body, and is called "Demolition Dr..." Cytomander was then destroyed with a Giga Drill Break mid-sentence and mid-attack.
- Winged Humanoid: One of its modes looks like this.
Thymilph's gigantic flagship. Essentialy a massive Gunmen with a battleship for a lower torso, loaded with extreme degrees of firepower, immensely strong arms that can peel apart victimized Gunmen- or chuck them miles away, and a detachable knife anchor prow. Kamina was so stunned at Dai-Gunzan's might he decided to concoct a hare-brained plan to hijack it using Simon's Lagann- which succeeds as planned. Unfortunately, he didn't think of the possibility that Thymiph might have a backup Gunmen on call- which becomes the worst mistake of his life. Thymilph angrily responds to the hijacking of his ship by spearing Kamina, causing fatal injuries. Kamina manages to hang on long enough to finish Thymilph, but then dies from his wounds, never getting to pilot the ship. Afterward, the flagship is renamed the 'Dai-Gurren, repainted, and given a new tower to replace the one destroyed by Simon's Lagann in the inital takeover. Dai-Gunzan goes through two upgrades- sea and flight adaptions- before it finally gets outmatched by Dekabutsu and pushed to its limits. The body of the Gunmen is forced to eject from the ship components and gets damaged to the point of no return. Post time-skip, it's scrapped and cannibalized to help build Kamina City, but in the second movie, it gets a Tenga Toppa Gunmen paying tribute to it.
- Ace Custom: A glorified version of a mass-produced warship in the Beastman army, as evidence by Parallel Works 8 and the arrival of a Red Shirt Army in episode 14.
- BFS: The knife anchor prow- effectively a mountain-sized battering ram. Even more devastating when ejected and thrust into the enemy.
- BFG: Loaded with loads of cannons!!
- Combining Mecha: Implied to do so with the other generals' ships.
- Conspicuous CG: At least one brief instance pops up in Episode 8 when its arms are slyly replaced with 3D models.
- Emerging from the Shadows: In Episode 7, as daylight begins to put it into full view.
- Fastball Special: You know Gurren's varation of it with Lagann? This one is taken Up to Eleven - it flings Gurren Lagann and other mecha far away into the skyline to fight enemies.
- Flunky Boss: Comes packed with smaller Gunmen and throws them at enemies.
- Gag Penis: The battleship body just had to be where its crotch is. Leeron even seems turned on by it.
- Made even worse by the fact that when it ejects from its ship components, there's a big, naked pelvis where they used to be. So in a sense... it's been emasculated!
- Groin Attack: Episode 12 has a scene where a hole punctures the underbelly of the ship right where the you-know-whats would be and creates an increase in pressure. Every male member of the crew aside from Leeron grabs their groin in agony. Sight gag, indeed.
- Heel–Face Turn: Hijacked by Team Dai-Gurren using the power of Lagann - but Kamina never gets to command it.
- Humongous Mecha: Daunting in size compared to all other previous Gunmen seen up until its debut. And then we get to see it's not the biggest dog in the pound...
- Incendiary Exponent: Firey cannons of death all around!
- Informed Ability: Apparently could combine with the other generals' warships in the movie, but because it was stolen, it was replaced with Viral's Dai-Gunzan Du.
- Also, one of the Parallel Works showed a potential fusion of it with Gurren Lagann (basically a bigger version of said mecha toting ridiculously massive battleship cannons). This never happened in-universe because the giant Gunmen was destroyed before such an idea to combine could be conceived.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: First aquatic capabilities (a big set of oars, really), then a thruster device stolen from Dai-Gunten that allows it to fly.
- More Dakka: Overflowing with artillery cannons and loads of other weaponry all over.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: In the movie, Viral's Dai-Gunzan Du.
- Super Toughness: A frontrunner of it, but arguably, its Crowning Moment of Awesome is the final charge it takes into Lorgenome's Dekabutsu.
- This Is a Drill: Subverted: It's one of the few especially strong Gunmen that doesn't use a drill. However, it's mass-produced counterparts are equipped with drills in Parallel Works 8.
- The Worf Effect: In full swing against its equally-powerful sister battleships, and then outright blocked by the far larger Dekabutsu.
- Tragic Keepsake: While not necessarily one at first, its the ensuing battle that makes it so. Capturing it costs Kamina his life, but the team remembers him with the ship under their control at last.
- Wrecked Weapon: To the worst degree in the climactic battle with Lordgenome. However, in its final moments, the ship pulls off an epic Crowning Moment of Awesome.
Adiane the Elegant's flagship, designed for seafaring combat. Resembles a fusion between a submarine and a centipede. Destroyed by Gurren-Lagann, drilled straight through from the inside.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: It has a stinger tail, though it's never actually used.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: HUGE.
- Making a Splash: Dai-Gunkai can only travel by water (except in the movie), but it can generate its own water in order to travel by land. Though, the Parallel Works Kittan Zero seems to imply that's actually an ability of Adiane herself.
- Power Pincers: Armed with massive pincers that can cut off mechanical limbs or drag targets underwater, as well as two scythe-like pincers around its mouth.
Cytomander the Swift's flagship, a flying aircraft carrier packing a lot of weaponry and Gunmen. Destroyed by getting rammed by the Dai-Gurren.
- Airborne Aircraft Carrier: With multiple runways!
- Big, Bulky Bomb: The Dai-Gunten is equipped with two gianormous missiles that it can fire in a pinch.
Guame the Immovable's flagship, a terrestrial walking base with impenetrable armor. Destroyed by Gurren-Lagann from underneath, along with Guame himself - the only General not to have been killed in his Custom Gunmen.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The underside. And even then it doesn't work until Guame tries to reverse thrust in order to crush Gurren-Lagann.
- Base on Wheels: Except it's actually not on wheels, but on a multitude of legs.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: When stationed beneath Teppelin, it can spin to create a barrier of whirling force.
- Flunky Boss: It doesn't come equipped with a lot of weaponry, but relies on hordes of Gunmen and its carapace instead.
- Made of Indestructium: The wreckage of an Airborne Aircraft Carrier falls on it. It fails to even make a dent. Just slightly less invulnerable on the underside.
- Spin Attack: In the movie, it can weaponize spinning even without using Teppelin.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: Guame wouldn't have been defeated had he not tried to crush Gurren-Lagann.
Lordgenome's giant Space Gunmen, of approximately equivalent size to the Arc-Gurren. Forms the major part of the capital city of Teppelin.
- Drop the Hammer: A hammer bigger than the Dai-Gurren.
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: Serves as one up until Teppelin collapses and reveals its true form.
- Humongous Mecha: The first major example: This one magnificently dwarfs even the biggest Gunmen around at the time!
- Meta Mecha: With Lazengann inside.
- That's No Moon!: See the capital city of Teppelin? A good portion of it is actually a giant mecha.
Lordgenome's personal mecha, Lazengann is the equivalent of Gurren Lagann- a small Gunmen united with a larger body, similar drill-based powers, and equally destructive. It was able to overpower and defeat Gurren Lagann with only a shredded hand to show for it. It is defeated and most likely destroyed by the Lagann by losing a gigantic drill clash. It is later revived as a piece of the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and used by Lordgenome in the final battle with the Anti Spirals. It fights using hand to hand combat, as well as an truckload of drill tendrils from dozens of ports that cover its body, and is capable of flight with no added jetpack.
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses both of its arms in episode 15. The forearm of one is destroyed by a surprise drill attack by Gurren Lagann after it gets up with Heroic Resolve. The other one is destroyed when Lordgenome detonates it to prevent Lagann from hijacking it after it cripples Gurren with tendrils.
- Badass Arm-Fold: Lordgenome is fond of this pose, so he has Lazengann do it whenever it's not fighting.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Despite being more powerful than Gurren Lagann, it is of a much simpler design. It mainly uses its obscene strength and speed to fight, with its Combat Tentacles used as long range weapon, or to shred opponents with a surprise attack.
- Combat Tentacles: More like Combat Drill Tendrils, but they still count.
- Combining Mecha: It is a Gurren Lagann type, meaning it was formed from the same kind of combination that created Gurren Lagann. Parallel Works 8 reveals that it can combine with Dekabutsu and Cathedral Terra, much like Gurren-Lagann with Arc Gurren and Super Galaxy Dai-Gurren.
- Evil Counterpart: To Gurren Lagann.
- Expressive Mask: Probably the only Gunman to avert this.
- Human Resources: Just before the battle, Lordgenome's consorts are turned into drills and absorbed into the Lazengann (presumably to make up for the lack of a second pilot).
- Humongous Mecha
- Limit Break: Two. First is the Giga Drill Crusher used against Lagann in episode 15, which involves wrapping every single one of its tendrils around each other, forming a massive dirll that covers most of its body. Second is the Lazengann Overload, in which it unleashes every last one of its tendrils against A FUCKING BIG BANG, and holds it off for a while until it completely disintegrates... and then Lordgenome is able to hijack the Big Bang energy and give it to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: In its stomach.
- No-Sell: It eats a Giga Drill Break, and when Lagann tries to hijack it it just blows up its arm.
- Prehensile Tail
- Punny Name: Lazengann means "spiral face" (an intentional parallel to Gurren Lagann, whose name means "crimson face"). However, it sounds near-identical to rasengan (yeah, that one), the word for "whirlwind" or "swirl".
- This Is a Drill: The only example in the show - and probably the only example in anime - to use the "realistic drill bit" kind, although it more often uses the "prehensile tentacles" kind.
- Except for the Granzeboma, who uses drill tentacles at the end of the Final Battle.
The Anti-Spiral's Evil Knockoff of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, this is the final and most powerful weapon Team Dai-Gurren faces. It resembles a ghastly cosmic grim reaper. Granzeboma utilizes galaxies as casual weaponry, and even triggers a big bang as its finishing attack. It ultimately gets destroyed when Simon strikes down the Anti-Spiral.
- Apocalypse How: All of its attacks. It hijacks the galaxies themselves as weapons and can even mash them together to make a new universe with a big bang.
- Beam Spam: One of its attacks is a hail of red lasers.
- Combat Tentacles: Of two kinds. There are the two permanent tentacle-arms, and the drill-tentacles it vomits from its mouth. It uses several of the latter kind to pin down every single Gurren Lagann mech after Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann dissipates, but fails to stop Lagann itself.
- Dem Bones: A hulking demonic skeletal form.
- Evil Counterpart: Anti-Spiral's polar opposite to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
- Evil Knockoff: Also designed to mock said mecha in terms of might and sheer disgust toward the humans piloting it.
- Eyes of Gold / Prophet Eyes: Waivers between the two, until...
- Finishing Move: "Infinity... BIG BANG! STOOORRM!!!"
- Final Boss: The last and most powerful mech Team Dai-Gurren battles.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Granzemboa's eyes turn a hellish red as it launches its final offensive against Team Dai-Gurren. In Lagann-Hen, its eyes are white- unless the same footage was reused and doctored to make it appear to be the Super Granzeboma.
- Grim Reaper: Natural, given that the Anti-Spiral are harbringers of death and despair.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: Galaxies and a Big Bang.
- Incendiary Exponent: Wreathed in ghostly purple flames as opposed to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's green.
- Mirror Match: Created specifically to counter the power of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
- More Dakka: Armed with dozens of stellar-powered, probability-altering energy blasts.
- Reality Warper: Alters the laws of reality to fight!
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Granzemboa's eyes turn a searing blood red as all the Gurren Lagann mecha rush toward it in a final charge.
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: It's just as big as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and in addition has a planet on its head. That would make the planet light-years across. Of course, the laws of physics don't really apply to the Anti-Spirals. Or this show, for that matter.
- Slap-on-the-Wrist Nuke: Make that tactical BIG BANG.
- Super Mode: The Super Granzeboma in Lagann-Hen.
- That's No Moon!: Disturbingly Inverted: Yoko discovers the Anti-Spiral have placed their homeworld on top of Granzemboa's head like a crown - after clipping half the armor around it with a intergalactic-sized version of her rifle.
- This Is a Drill: Uses rounded, spinning lances that have a more reverse and more sinister spiral shape than Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's drills. Appropriate, given the Anti-Spiral loathe anything pertaining to Spiral Power.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Specifically designed to outclass Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. When that doesn't work, it resorts to using power that forges universes.
- Wave Motion Gun: And how. It wads up two galaxies to trigger a massive big bang that creates galaxies on impact with its targets!
Mecha: Movie-Exclusive Mecha
Yoko W Tank
Yoko's personal mecha, made by Leeron, that appears briefly at the end of Gurren-hen for the finale attack, and then briefly again during the opening battle of Lagann-hen.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: It gets guns, just like Yoko.
- More Dakka: Has at least 85 different weapon armarments stored in it, visible when Yoko gets revenge for Kittan's death.
- Nice Shoes: Has flaming boots to match Yoko's hot kicks.
- Rule 63: The equivalent of Dayakka's mecha, Dayakkaizer, which she ended up using more than he did as her impromptu mecha in the anime series. In the movie, it was outright promoted into her own personal Ace Custom.
The combined form of the Beastmen general flagships.
Tengen Toppa Solvernia
Nia's personal mecha in the fight against the Anti-Spiral.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike the other Gunmen, the Tengen Toppa Solvernia and Tengen Toppa Yoko W Tank are giant fembots that resemble their pilots with cute, mouthless faces and Flaming Hair, while the "giant face" elements are more subtle.
- This Is a Drill: As usual. This one's mounted on the end of a lance, though.
- Waif-Fu: It's quite small for a Tengen Toppa, and spends most of its time acrobatically jumping around.
Tengen Toppa Enkidurga
Viral's personal mecha in the fight against the Anti-Spiral.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Sixteen arms, all with katanas... and one with a club for no apparent reason.
Tengen Toppa Yoko W Tank
Yoko's personal mecha in the fight against the Anti-Spiral.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Allows the movie to get away with a moment where this mecha gets stripped of its outer armaments without pulling a Nipple and Dimed moment.
- Bishonen Line: The Yoko W tank goes from a squat, tank-like mecha with an underbite to a female figure resembling Yoko herself.
- Double Entendre: Much like the Sayrune, the mecha's eyes are located on the breasts and the Yoko W Tank's lower jaw is now located... down there.
- Clothing Damage: Well, the equivalent for a mecha. It amounts to tearing off its outer armor, the weapons, and its "bra", making it look very much like a bare-chested Yoko.
- Flaming Hair: Has a plume that looks like Yoko's own long red ponytail.
- Hidden Buxom: Its true boobs are under the Torpedo Tits, which are colored to look like Yoko's own bra pre-Time Skip.
- More Dakka: Think Yoko was scary with one rifle? How about with six of them?
- Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike the other Gunmen, the Tengen Toppa Yoko W Tank and Tengen Toppa Solvernia are giant fembots that resemble their pilots with cute, mouthless faces and Flaming Hair, while the "giant face" elements are more subtle.
- Skull for a Head: Its face looks like Yoko's skull hairpin.
- Torpedo Tits: Complete with targeting systems that imitate the trademark Gainaxing.
Tengen Toppa Dai-Gurren
A galaxy-sixed version of Dai-Gurren summoned for the fight against the Anti-Spiral.
- Humongous Mecha: Utterly dwarfs the Granzeboma, yet is still only the third-largest mech in the movie.
- More Dakka: Well, it does have Attenborough as its gunner.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: While all the other mecha were very annoying for the Granzeboma, Leeron's probability-altering shells meant that this was the only one that put the Anti-Spiral in pain and knocked him silly (for a while, at least...).
The result of the Anti-Spiral cranking its Evil Counterpart transformation even further to match the force of the unfathomably gigantic Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Laggan in Lagann-Hen. It is the ultimate form of the mechanoid and 59% as big as the whole universe itself.
- Dem Bones: Another skeletoid mecha that looks even scarier than its previous version.
- Evil Knockoff: Yet another answer to its opponents' mecha transformations. Notably, its smaller counterpart stands atop its head like a crown instead of the nested configuration of all the Gurren Lagann incarnations.
- Humongous Mecha: It's the largest mech in the movie, with its horned head making it slightly taller than even the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagan's and the third-biggest mecha in documented fiction.
- Mirror Match: The second time in a row the Anti-Spiral apes the mecha of the heroes.
- Serial Escalation: Now it's just getting absurd. When your mecha is universal-scale, the only steps up from here are multiversal scale (comprising multiple universes, not just one), omniversal scale (reality itself), creation scale/apex scale (the whole of creation and any and all known realms it comprises in their entirety), and finally, God scale/limitless scale/infinite scale (a form without limit).
- This Is a Drill: Possesses a drill so big that it was able destroy and recreate an entire pocket dimension when it clashed with the equally large one from its heroic counterpart.
- Wreathed in Flames: Blanketed in supergalactic-size and billowing purple ethereal fire.