"Don't believe in yourself! Believe in the me who believes in you!" Explanation Many of Kamina's phrases are repeated/modified for the inspiring Large Ham, this one often with "me" replaced with something else. Other examples are listed below.
"A real man never dies even if he's killed!"Explanation(spoilers) Kamina apparently says this line in episode 6. He later dies in episode 8, but even after death, lives on in everyone's hearts and memories. And by the way, he himself gets back up, racks up a few more rousing manly speeches, gives a heartwarming Obi-Wan Moment to Simon, AND impales his killer with the Giga Drill Break, all before dying again, for good...
"ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWAH!" Explanation Three songs used in Gurren Lagann OST have a Surprisingly Good English Rap Track with the chorus of "Do the impossible / see the invisible / row row fight the power!" Sometimes "FIGHT" and/or "POWAH" are replaced with something else - for example, "Clean the Uncleanable, Wash the Unwashable, Row Row Take a Shower!"
"0%?SOUNDS LIKE A HUNDRED TO ME"Explanation Simon's response to Nia's claim that as long as the success chance isn't exactly 0, it's as good as 100% to him. Embodies the characters' habit of surpassing all expectations, even if physics itself is against them.
8:52 is the hour when real men go beyond all known laws of reality, become heroes, and ascend to the realm of GARhalla. Explanation(spoilers) Used in reference to Kittan's Heroic Sacrifice with "Libera Me" From Hell blasting in the background. His big moment started at approximately 8:52 of episode 25, and his final moments were just seconds before 8:53 on the timestamps. Kamina's Dying Moment of Awesome also occurred at around 8:52 of episode 8. Minor characters Jorgen and Balinbow also made their own Heroic Sacrifice to rescue Gimmy and Darry at about 8:52 of episode 24. Clearly, 8:52 is the manly time to die.
"UNION FLAGANN, SPIN ON!"Explanation A British poll to change the country's flag (currently the Union Jack) that allowed people to submit their own flag designs. The winner was the Union Jack with the Dai-Gurren logo superimposed in the center.
YOKO: You. Only. Kiss. Once... then later on die in the same episode.Explanation(spoilers) Yoko is deemed to wield the Kiss of Death, in reference to how both Kamina and Kittan died soon after kissing her
"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 going to 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!" Explanation (spoiler) After Kamina's death resulted in Simon spending several episodes in a Heroic BSOD to end all BSODs, with this speech he performs a spectacular He's Back moment that swiftly became legendary.
HISSATSUUUUUUUUUUU!!! GIGAAAAAAAAAA!!! DORIRRRRRRRRRRRRRUUUUU!!! BUUUUUUUUU(*beep*)KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Explanation Norio Wakamoto doing his interpretation of Giga Drill Breaker. There are at least three different You Tube videos featuring this voice clip with various comments on its "manliness". Common interpretation of the *beep* in the middle is that the uncensored version would annihilate the speakers and everything near them.
Referenced by at least one fansub: "This is a free fansub! Not for sale, rent, eBay or beastmen!"
Simon is such a bad ass that he defeated the first big bad with essentially his car keys is gaining popularity. It started on this wiki, reached a Youtube video of the Simon vs. Lordgenome fight, and will start to speed up.
Yelling "FINISHING MOVE!!!" gives the Giga Drill Breaker its powerExplanation (minor spoilers) During the fight against Lordgenome, when Simon tried a Giga Drill Breaker, he didn't yell "Finishing Move" beforehand, and Lordgenome deflected it. That probably wasn't the actual cause, but who knows?.
This one actually has a logical basis, in the fact that it's more awesome when they do yell "FINISHING MOVE!!!", if only because they know they're going to win. This can lead to more spiral power being poured into it, making calling the attack a finishing move a viable way to make it one.