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


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 and Simon's Lagann to challenge the rule of the oppressive Beastmen. Kamina is tragically killed early in the series, but not before kick-starting a revolution and inspiring Simon and all of those around him to realize their true potential.

  • The Ace: He invokes this trope and intentionally cultivates this sort of image when in public to inspire Simon and the rest of his allies, even though he's far more restrained in private and admits he's as dependent on Simon as Simon is on him. The Worf Effect aside it works out fairly well for him, all things considered, until his untimely death.
  • Action Dad: In the High School A.U.. Kamina is the closest thing to this for Simon in that verse, much to Simon's and Yoko's chagrin.
  • All-Loving Hero: A constant inspiration to others? Check. Never seems to express genuine rage even during combat? Check. Group starts to fall apart when he's gone? Yep.
  • Amazon Chaser: He takes an interest in Yoko after seeing her shooting her high powered rifle at a Gunmen.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • After being killed by Thymilph, he temporarily came back to life to save the day.
    • In Episode 26, he reappears to save Simon from the Lotus-Eater Machine and appears before Yoko as well.
  • Badass Baritone: Katsuyuki Konishi and Kyle Hebert gives him a deep, authoritative voice.
  • 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: One taken from his father's skeleton. One part flies off from it, and Simon takes it, using it as a bandanna that he wears around his arm.
  • Badass in Charge: The great tenacious demon leader of the Dai-Gurren Dan and man of raging billows, the mighty Kamina-sama reigns as the supreme badass of the show during the early episodes. Surpassed later by Simon, but it's Kamina's badassery that sets the show in motion.
  • Badass 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. Word of God stated that, if it weren't for Yoko interfering, he would've won the fight against the Gunmen in episode 1.
  • Bash Brothers: With Simon. Kamina could never accomplish anything without Simon's hard work and Spiral Energy, but Simon needed Kamina's bravado and encouragement before he learned to believe in himself.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Yoko.
  • The Berserker: His battle strategy is (almost) always Attack! Attack! Attack!. Almost.
  • Beneath the Mask: It's later revealed that he uses the bravado to toughen up Simon, because he knows that Simon has much more potential than him.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's very protective of his younger brother Simon.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Simon. While Kamina is loud, boisterous, and arrogant, he's also extremely supportive of Simon. It's Kamina that encourages Simon to "believe in the me that believes in you" and finally find the courage to be a hero.
  • 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. Even after his death, his presence is definitely felt and he remains a huge influence on Team Dai-Gurren, making him a Greater-Scope Paragon.
  • BFS: Casually snatches his village chief's nodachi katana as a weapon of his own. He likes to draw it from its sheath while delivering a speech; in some scenes, the sword will actually be longer as he draws it for no better reason than to lend more dramatic emphasis to his words. It ends up being Kamina's grave marker alongside his cape after he dies.
  • Blood Brothers: Imposes this kind of relationship on himself and Simon. It sticks. Even after Kamina's out of the picture, Simon still refers to Kamina as his bro.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Large, loud and aggressive.
  • Breakout Character: Easily the most popular and iconic character from the series despite only serving as the Decoy Protagonist and spending most of the series as a Posthumous Character.
  • Broken Ace: He may seem to be the best at everything, but it's the contributions of others around him, aka Simon and Kittan, that allows him to success. He sings Simon's praises but other people are blinded by his acts to think he's the one doing it. He later admits he's more troubled about what to do then he lets on, questions himself often, and he is shaken by what happens to his dad. All of these show themselves in his conversation's with Yoko where he reveals Simon moved him forward past these.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Sets the standard for every other member of Team Dai-Gurren.
  • Catchphrase: For starters we have:
    "Yours is the drill that will pierce the heavens!"
    "Kick logic out the window and do the impossible. That's how Team Gurren rolls."
    "Believe in the me that believes in you."
  • Characterization Marches On: In the beginning of the series, Kamina was kind of a dick. Often insulting or manhandling his friends and other people he encountered. While his positive traits were there, they were in conflict with his jerky behavior. He mellows out as the show goes on and then after his death, those aspects of his personality were forgotten. From then on, Kamina was held up as a paragon of virtue, confidence and the team's can-do attitude.
  • Chick Magnet: Kittan's sisters fall for him immediately. All three of them. And then Yoko herself gives him a very affectionate kiss.
  • The Chooser of The One: He's well aware that Simon is The Hero of the story, and does everything he can to get his little brother to believe in himself.
  • 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.
    • And the ultimate expression of it: his absolute faith in Simon. Pretty much everyone they meet sees in Simon a Classical Anti-Hero: cowardly, full of self-doubt and a burden. Kamina, from the beginning, sees the person he most loves in the world and who will one day surpass him and touch greatness. It's almost like the universe itself bends to Kamina's will to prove HOW ABSOLUTELY RIGHT he is about Simon.
  • 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 — Acting as an encouraging figure who praises Simon for his actions.
    • Also to Nia in the Highschool AU. Complete with Large Ham quotes from their favorite manly magazine.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: The cool to Simon's loser. At the start of the series, Kamina is a huge troublemaker and badass, while Simon is a submissive nobody. It's thanks to Kamina's influence that Simon slowly sheds his "loser" status.
  • Cool Shades: His most trademark item — a pair of pointed, red shades.
  • 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: Big name voice actor, and doesn't survive past the eighth episode.
  • Decomposite Character: Gurren Lagann's Spiritual Successor, Kill la Kill, has two characters, Mako Mankanshoku and Aikuro Mikisugi, who took some of Kamina's character traits. Mako took the role of the loudmouthed best friend and moral support of the protagonist, and Mikisugi took the role of the blue-haired mentor who introduces the protagonist to the real meat of the story.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He seems like the protagonist (or at least the equal lead with Simon) until he dies in episode 8. The awesome part, though? Kamina always knew he was the decoy protagonist. He always put all his faith and hope in Simon. He was absolutely right to do so.
  • 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: Coming Back from the Dead, giving one last Rousing Speech, and making the debut of the series' Signature Move on the one who killed him before being Killed Off for Real definitely counts.
  • Dynamic Entry: Rather fond of these. And if his entry isn't dynamic enough, he invokes it. In the first episode, when the gunman shows up, Kamina promptly draws his sword and gives a Badass Boast just to make sure he gets it.
  • Egopolis: Averted. Kamina City is named after his memory long after he dies.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He can apparently stand Nia's cooking in the Highschool AU.
  • The Face: While not the protagonist-in-chief, Kamina's the cast member that brings Dai-Gurren together as a team, inspires them to hijack their own mecha (after his example), and establishes the ideals that the group fights for all the way into the end of the series. After his death, the group becomes far more fractured and morose... at least until Simon recovers in Episode 11.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He doesn't seem the slightest bit bothered whilst dying from blood loss during his final battle.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Played straight and subverted. Whilst he is 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: Even after he's technically already dead, he gives Simon a speech to believe in himself. It's only after killing his opponent with the Giga Drill Break that he actually expires.
  • Foregone Conclusion: In the Action Prologue, the person leading has the same voice actor as Simon, so clearly Kamina wasn't going to be The Hero forever. He bites the dust at episode 8.
  • Fountain of Memes: In Real Life and in-universe; Team (Dai-)Gurren's name(s), catchphrases, flag, and overall style - not to mention every set of Arc Words - all originated from him.
  • Friend to All Children: It helps that he acts like one of them.
  • Gangsta Style: Played for laughs during the first Grand Theft Prototype of the series: holds his pistol upside down AND whacks the same to open the Gunmen's hatch doors.
  • 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.
  • A Good Way to Die: The smile on his face is proof enough. Kamina left the Dai-Gurren brigade in the hands of his beloved brother. This was a good thing.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He dies with a satisfied smile on his face.
  • Gratuitous English: ORE-WO-DARE-DA-TO-OMOTTE-YAGARU-KI~CK!!
  • Guile Hero: In many ways, he doesn't outfight the enemy, but his confidence is the thing that inspires Simon to kick the enemy's ass.
  • 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 Heart: A really weird, boisterous example of it, but one nonetheless. Kamina is always being inspirational and supportive of his allies, especially Simon, he is the glue that holds the Dai-Gurren Brigade together. His death is the Dai-Gurren Brigade's first true tragedy and moment of lost hope... but then Simon picks up where his brother left off.
  • 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 really interested in was the Fiery Redhead Yoko.
  • 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.
  • Hope Bringer: Kamina is the one who inspires humanity to fight against the Beastmen for their freedom and create the first real La Résistance.
  • Hot-Blooded: Always doing something and often that something is outrageous.
  • Humongous Mecha: When he's reincarnated as the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Humongous is an understatement, as this form dwarfs galaxies. Pure awesome indeed.
  • Hunk: His well-built, constantly exposed body seems to be deliberately designed to contrast with Simon's childlike look.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He stops hitting on Yoko when he learns she was born underground, even though he was as well.
  • Idiot Hero: Even despite the Hidden Depths, he's still a king-sized idiot. Of particular note is his "plan" to combine Gurren and Lagann (which worked, but not in the way he intended at all), and the Hot Springs Episode, where he spends the entire time trying to see the girls naked (without saving them first).
  • Image Song: "Break Through The Dream" (shared with Simon)
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Thymilph rams his Alkai Blade through Guren's armor plating, goring Kamina extremely deep into the left side of his chest and even heart. This injury causes so much blood loss and internal damage, it turns fatal. By far the series' most divine Tearjerker. Not that it stops him from avenging his own death.
  • Indy Ploy: He makes up his battle plans on the fly, and never tells his allies what he's thinking. There's one notable exception; see Unspoken Plan Guarantee.
  • Insistent Terminology: Insists that members of Team Gurren (especially Simon) call him "Aniki", or "Bro" in the dub.
  • Inspirational Martyr: Kamina dies as his team is attempting to capture the Dai-Gurran. Their morale is crushed, so he comes Back from the Dead to inspire his team to continue fighting. His dream of all children being able to look up without fear is the dream that drives everyone to save humanity. After his death, flashbacks and Dead Person Conversations allow him to remain an inspiration to his team.
  • 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 Gunmen dropped into Giha Village, he was the only person not running in terror.
  • Large and in Charge: He's not actually the tallest member of the Great Gurren Brigade, but still tall for his age, as well as very muscular and generally quite physically imposing.
  • Large Ham: Try not to crack up laughing at his singing in "Break Through The Dream".
  • The Leader: A type IV; he's so charismatic he builds a personality cult with minimum 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: With all the charisma and heroism that comes with it.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Since Yoko's backstory in the High School A.U. manga was changed to being Childhood Friends with him and Simon, the two have clearly different ways on how Simon should be influenced as he grows up.
  • Location Theme Naming: "Kami" in this case means "up", "above" (contrasted with "Shimo", below). His very first line in the show is, "Keep your head up when you walk, Simon." He has a signature pose pointing in this direction, carries ambitions of reaching the heavens, and embodies the show's theme of endlessly upping the scales to insane heights.
  • Magnetic Hero: A strange example. While it was Kittan that actually recruited everyone, it was Kamina who inspired him to do so and the others to join.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Guy: Acts like one for his shy bro Simon. He's zany, wacky, ballsy, and encourages Simon toward the Call to Adventure, setting the series into motion. Sadly, he ends up dying in order to move the plot along. Simon is left in a depressive state until he meets Nia.
  • Manly Tears: When he finds his father's skeleton in the desert.
  • The McCoy: Of the initial three, the one relying most on emotion and guts.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kami" means "god". And guess who the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (the most powerful... machine? entity? in the show, short of the literally godlike Super Granzeboma) looks like?
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He serves as Simon's Big Brother Mentor until he dies.
  • Messianic Archetype: With a foot firmly in the old meaning of Messiah, A Protagonist Shall Lead Them, a human who would inspire, unite its people, teach them and after he dies, leaves an ever lasting legacy, not a super badass. He does this to the T, to the point that its a fact that without him, the entire Team Gurren would have been doomed to the same path of destruction and stagnation as countless others (Including LordGenome and Kamina's own father). Plus, he returns from the dead to save them all from the Lotus-Eater Machine. Appropriately, the word "kami", from his name, means god.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Rippling muscles, shirtless at all times, outrageously handsome... he's the pinnacle of it! That sound you hear when ever he walks on screen? It's the horde of fangirls (and boys).
  • Mutual Kill: A delayed reaction with Thymilph, thanks to a fatal but not immediately fatal wound.
  • No Indoor Voice: Like nearly everyone else in the series, but he takes it Up to Eleven. You know all those (many) catchphrases? He shouts all of them.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: He 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.
  • 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.
  • Paper Tiger: A rare heroic example. He talks a big game, is incredibly imposing-looking and is revered as an Invincible Hero by everyone around him. In reality, while he is probably humanity's strongest fighter during the earliest parts of the series, he's barely an ant when compared to the beast men's top brass, and most of his biggest victories are the result of Simon's limitless spiral energy saving the day at the last minute. Despite this, the unbelievable amount of hype he surrounds himself with is critical to inspiring the rest of humanity to gain the courage to join his cause and rise up against the beast men.
  • Parental Substitute: The High School A.U. manga shows that him and Yoko have clearly different ideas of how Simon should be influenced, with Kamina driving Simon to be manly and badass.
  • Posthumous Character: He's mentioned in almost every episode after his death, and appears in several flashbacks and dream sequences.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: The dying kind. He seems to be his usual self after he's Impaled with Extreme Prejudice, but he can only last so long before he dies.
  • Present Absence: Gets killed off only eight episodes in, but everything else accomplished in the rest of the series is largely accomplished thanks to the fighting spirit he inspired in the rest of the main characters.
  • Rated M for Manly: A tall, muscular 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! And with the most extreme Hot-Blooded attitude to boot! Kamina is a true example for all manly men.
    • In the High School A.U. manga, Kamina gets all his ideas for him and Simon from Soul Of A Man magazine which features a ripped sailor on its cover. Humorously, Nia turns out to be a huge fan of this magazine as well.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: Kamina acted as a Living Emotional Crutch of sorts towards Simon, but after he dies Simon realizes the meaning of his words and truly takes them to heart.
  • 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. It's his role in the team to inspire others with manly words. All the heavy lifting is done by Simon.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Part and parcel of his role as Decoy Protagonist is a plot critical death scene.
  • 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.
  • Shonen Hair: He has the spiky hair of the typical Stock Shōnen Hero.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He's smarter than you might guess, despite being a Hot-Blooded Idiot Hero. Almost every time he went into battle he had a plan (Well, unless you count his Combining Mecha idea. It really shouldn't have worked, but it just did.) and it probably takes a certain amount of brainpower to come up with and remember all the Rousing Speeches.
  • Sorry to Interrupt: Catches Simon with his face in Yoko's breasts and Nia on his side in the beginning of the second chapter in the High School A.U.. Kamina thinks Simon is having a threesome and congratulates him on his manliness before storming off.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the High School A.U. manga he doesn't die.
  • Stealth Mentor: A lot of his Idiot Hero moments are really attempts to get Simon to man up.
  • Stepford Smiler: It is eventually revealed after his death, in a flashback to a conversation he had with Yoko, that he's as scared as everyone else, but he can talk a big game because he can always count on Simon to back it up.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: Kamina is a borderline exaggeration of this trope in the first episodes. He's boisterous, Hot-Blooded, a fearless Idiot Hero and a Determinator who never lets anything keep him down for long. He might be an idiot, but his fighting spirit and charisma are just so great that he's able to inspire even the timid Simon to accomplish great feats and almost single-handedly set the foundations for Team Dai-Gurren. He also has the typical spiky Shonen Hair that goes with the trope and is a Big Eater.
    • Later episodes, however, show Kamina is actually a deconstruction of the trope. 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.
    • However, the positive effect he has on everyone around him is hard to overstate, since everything that happens in the series can be traced back to his goal of inspiring humanity to overthrow Lordgenome's oppression. Taken to extremes in the finale where, on top of galaxies and in another universe, Yoko calls him "far greater than any of [them]".
  • Take a Moment to Catch Your Death: He breaks Simon out of a neurotic crisis. Breathes. Gets hit by an energy blast, being fatally wounded.
  • Take Up My Sword: Kamina spends his last moments telling Simon how awesome he is, before the two combine one last time to finish the first of the Four Generals. Ironically, the figurative meaning of this trope goes into full effect, but the literal meaning is Inverted: Kamina's actual sword is used to mark his grave.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: He tries to take on a Humongous Mecha with only a sword note  and often needs to be saved from his own actions.
  • There Was a Door: In the High School A.U. manga, Kamina just loves to burst into Simon's apartment through the window, floor and/or wall instead of simply using the door.
  • A Threesome Is Hot: Thinks Simon is having one in the High School A.U. after storming into his room. He proceeds to congratulate him before running off.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He may have already been awesome, but remember how he got his ass kicked the first time he tried to face Viral with just the Gurren? The second time they fight without Simon and the Lagann getting involved, though, he's able to easily hold his own.
    Viral: "What the? How did he get so good so fast?"
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Yoko in the High School A.U. accuses Kamina of being this to Simon, with his antics sorta backing up such a conclusion.
  • Tragic Hero: His dad dies and then so does he. Even worse, following his father's fearless, Hot-Blooded attitude towards life is what gets him killed.
  • Tragic Keepsake: After burying the skeleton of his dead father, Kamina holds onto the cape and wears it so that a part of his dad can travel the world with him and fufill his dream in spirit. Tragically, Kamina himself dies and the cape becomes part of a grave marker, tied around his nodachi stabbed into the ground.
  • Transformation Name Announcement: VERY fond of announcing himself.
  • Triangle Shades: Practically the Trope Codifier in anime. They're also photoshopped onto everyone.
  • Übermensch: A charasmatic and passionate man who challenges conventional ways of thinking and gathers followers.
  • The Unchosen One: Fully aware that while humanity needs a hero, he is not that man. He's fine with it, and devotes his time to making humanity's hero realize his worth.
  • Undying Loyalty: There is no word in any language to describe just how much Kamina loves his little brother Simon. Kamina loves Simon more than Simon loves himself. From the very first time they're on screen in the series, Kamina does absolutely nothing but praise, encourage and support Simon, constantly talking to everyone about Simon's bravery and infinite potential. More than his badassery, more than his hot-bloodedness, more than his his lack of foresight, more than his inspirational ability, Kamina's love for Simon is his defining trait. Practically everyone in the series thinks Kamina's crazy to put so much fate in Simon, but time proves that Kamina was ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.
  • The Unfettered: There really isn't anything he won't do, except give up or desert his friends—Leeron excluded.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: His secret plan to combine Gurren & Lagann worked better than anyone could have expected. His meticulously-detailed plan to steal Dai-Gunzan wound up getting him killed. This was his one time flying solo, without Simon watching his back. And he pulls a Leeroy Jenkins to get to Simon and give him a fist-sized dose of encouragement. Seriously, you couldn't have given the inspirational speech via the radio? Sure, it lacks style points, but it helps keep you alive.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: About literally 100% of the time.
  • Walking Spoiler: Kamina is not the main character of the series. 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: He has two favored weapons.
    • The first is BFS nodachi. Interestingly, it's not a weapon he gained out of virtue or strength, or heritage; he basically stole it from the leader's village in the middle of the confusion in episode 1.
    • The second is a drill. Although this is usually Simon's territory, Kamina uses drills quite often when combined with Lagann. In fact, Kamina uses his last moments to invent Gurren Lagann's finishing move, the Giga Drill Break.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: As a child, Kamina was too scared to go to the surface with his father, and the regret he felt over this led to him becoming a Hot-Blooded Determinator.
  • 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: He's a strange use of this trope. His fighting skill is inversely proportional to his oratory skills; he gets on the losing end of a fight, and then inspires Simon to turn the tables. He's fully aware of this, and it is why he tries to inspire Simon. In other words, he's not a typical case where he losses a fight to prove the villain's danger level, but more like training wheels for real hero.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Viral (and Thymilph, to a lesser extent). To the point that, when Viral hears that Kamina's dead, he actually gets briefly shell-shocked.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He fails to recognize the Genre Shift that came with Thymilph and the Dai-Gunzan's entrance. When the show's tone suddenly became Darker and Edgier, jumping out of the Gurren during the biggest battle to yet occur in the series was a situation that hot blood couldn't save him from.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has light blue hair.


Click here to see her post-Time Skip. 

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 Littner 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.

  • Action Dress Rip: While posing as Yomako, one of the kids gets stuck in a tree. To save him, Yoko shreds her dress with a crisp RIP and scales up the tree with the freedom to stretch her legs. However, Yoko was well-prepared and had another one ready to wear the next day.
  • Action Girl: To an awesome extent. She's the only member of the team who doesn't need a giant robot to murderlate giant robots.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: When you consider she's still a teenager at the first half of the series, her Stripperific outfit seems more than a bit outlandish. Yoko tries to justify it by claiming it allows her to move quicker.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Very muscular for a girl. Especially after the Time Skip, as a gorgeous and strong young woman.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a kind, levelheaded and very cute teenage girl/young woman who can go toe-to-toe with Gunmen without having to pilot one of her own, even curb-stomping two of them during her stint as a teacher.
  • Badass Cape: During the assault on the Anti-Spiral she wears a cape, much like Simon does and like Kamina used to. Interestingly, her cape is made in such a way as to showcase both her back and her nice, ahem, posterior.
  • Badass Teacher: In fact so badass she saves one of her students from two ganmen using only a hoverbike and her sniper rifle, while giving them one hell of a scorning. In the Distant Finale, it's revealed she went back to the island to work as a teacher.
  • Bare Your Midriff: And the rest of the abdomen all up to the boobs, to the viewer's pleasure.
  • Barely-There Swimwear: Inverted; the crew is disappointed to find that her swimwear actually covers more than her usual outfit.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Kamina until their first and only kiss.
  • BFG: Sniper BFGs.
  • Big Eater: Not to the same degree as Kamina or Simon, but she eats more than she looks like she does to be able to carry her rifle and be active in combat. Dayakka looks at a normal meal for her and assumes she's eating herself sick.
  • Buxom Is Better: Simon, Kamina and Kittan find her attractive because of her impressive breasts. Her cup size seems to have grown in the High School A.U. manga.
  • Cartwright Curse: The two guys she kisses kick the bucket soon after. Though to be fair, Kamina more than once said "if it weren't for Simon, I'd be long dead by now", while Kittan kissed her knowing beforehand that he would die, and even apologizes for that. Although Kamina lives in the High School A.U. even after they've kissed. So the two guys really only had themselves to blame, not destiny.
  • Chest Blaster: The missiles come complete with movable jaws, to boot.
  • Childhood Friends: Her backstory is changed in the High School A.U. to be this with Simon along with Kamina.
  • Clark Kenting: As Yomako, she wears a pair of glasses (much like the Trope Namer) and wears her hair down.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Was hesitant about Nia due to her getting close to Simon. The two quickly became good friends however.
  • Combat Haircomb: She uses two needles that serve as her hairpins to stab Adiane's scorpion tail.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Simon and all the other children, in a sense. Simon interprets it as romantic love, to catastrophic consequences.
  • Decomposite Character: In a Spiritual Antithesis sense, both Yoko and Viral embody traits of Asuka Langley Soryu. Yoko is the Fiery Redhead Tsundere forced to put up with trauma in her life, while Viral is the Ace Pilot Stock Shōnen Rival who provides a constant, abrasive presence and rivalry for the hero.
  • Dude Magnet: Simon, Kamina, Kittan, and other men have found her attractive.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: She pilots Dayakaiser late in the series.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears one normal fingerless glove and one elbow-length one.
  • Fiery Redhead: While generally sweet and level-headed, she can get quite passionate, and her bright red hair reflects this.
  • Fights Like a Normal: While she has access to Spiral Energy like all humans, it's nothing compared to the likes of Simon or Kittan. However, she remains a formidable presence in Team Dai-Gurren from the very beginning thanks to her trustee BFG, and is the only character in the series to have destroyed Gunmen without one of her own.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Black, by the way.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Nia, to which the formed a sisterly bond.
  • Friendly Sniper: The only character to defeat a Gunmen without her own. She doesn't get her own Gunman until after the seven year timeskip but she has a high record of kills and is without a doubt one the deadliest snipers in the series.. It's a good thing she's friendly.
  • Friend to All Children: Just ask the adoring children at her school.
  • Gainaxing: Considering she is only wearing a bikini, and she moves a lot to take position to shoot, it's sort of justified.
  • Gag Boobs: Mostly when Boota sneaks in.
  • Genius Bruiser: Wields an impressive BFG and becomes a teacher post-timeskip.
  • Glass Cannon: She wields a BFG that can harm Gunmen (and outright destroy smaller ones) and her stripperiffic outfit lets her stay mobile in combat, but most of her battles leave her exposed and outside the safety of a Gunmen cockpit.
  • Godiva Hair: In the movie, in a suitably epic battle against Adiane.
  • Guns Akimbo and Firing One-Handed: With BFGs, no less.
  • The Gunslinger: To the extent she doesn't get her own Gunmen for a long time, since she doesn't need one.
  • Has a Type: She has a thing for Boisterous Bruisers Kamina and later Kittan. The latter one at the very least has the decency not to promise her the world before he sacrifices himself, as he points out.
  • Heartbroken Badass: The two men who could have given her a romance died in battle, yet Yoko manages to press on and fight to defend humanity with all she's got.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Even under her professional teacher outfit post-timeskip, Yoko's still wearing her leather bra and matching hotpants. Her typical outfit also consists of leather boots, which upgrade into thigh high boots later in the series and often paired with a red leather jacket.
  • Herald: It's her entrance that starts Kamina and Simon's adventure.
  • Hot Teacher: As Miss Yomako.
  • Humongous Mecha: She serves as Dayakkaiser's gunner pre-timeskip. Post-timeskip, she takes over as its pilot and then gets the Yoko M Tank, but most notably the Lagann-hen-exclusive "Tengen Toppa Yoko W Tank" - which highly resembles Yoko in her pre time-skip look
  • Hypocritical Humor: When she complains about the Black Siblings' "absurd outfits" in the Beach Episode. And then in the High School A.U. manga, she berates Simon for sleeping next to Nia with revealing clothing, when she has her iconic outfit on.
  • Image Song: "Trust", "S.t.a.r.S.", the latter of which has its own music video in Parallel Works.
  • The Kirk: She's the one saddled with balancing Kamina's Hot Bloodedness with Simon's Shrinking Violet.
  • Last Kiss: With Kamina and Kittan. In Kamina's case, both had no idea that it would be their only kiss before his death. With Kittan, he stole a kiss from Yoko before knowingly going to his death to save the team.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: In the High School A.U., she and Kamina treat Simon like a child with different ideas on how he should turn out, much to Simon's displeasure.
  • Location Theme Naming: "Yoko" means "side".
  • Mama Bear:
    • Do NOT threaten her friends or students.
      "School's out. You FAIL!"
    • Is very protective of Simon in the High School A.U. manga, and considers Kamina's recklessness a bad influence.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Does this to Simon and Boota. In the High School A.U. manga, she does this to Simon for 3 whole pages and again after waking him up in the beginning of the next volume.
  • Meganekko: As Yomako.
  • More Dakka: No less than a pair of proportionally-sized sniper "rifles" ("cannons" would be more appropriate) on each shoulder, complementing the even bigger pair of BFGs mentioned above.
  • The Mourning After: She never gave up her love for Kamina. She became a teacher partly because of him. The ending of the show implies that she stayed single for the rest of her days, so she probably never got over Kamina's death enough to look for a new love.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The poster girl for Anime and Manga as well as the page image for Anime and Manga. Look at her. Just. Look. At. Her. The sheer number of fanservice tropes here is astounding.
  • My Beloved Smother: Frequently acts like this to Simon in the High School A.U.. Coupled with a literal smother in the beginning of the story that goes on for 3 pages.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: To Kamina. He died in battle with an unfulfilled promise to her. They did get to meet again though, in an Lotus-Eater Machine. By the word of the creators, their meeting was arranged "to reunite two people in the place that has separated them."
  • Nice Girl: When she's not showing her Tsundere side.
  • Ninja: Takes the role of one in one of the Parallel Works videos.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Didn't get many opportunities to be useful when Kamina was around, but boy did this change later on.
  • Parental Substitute: Her backstory in the High School A.U. changes her history to be childhood friends with Simon, with both her and Kamina trying to raise Simon in their own image. Yoko takes the role of Mama Bear, decrying Kamina's reckless behavior.
  • Plucky Girl: Not as plucky as Nia, but still counts.
  • Rapunzel Hair: That's quite a big ponytail, don't you think? The Shower of Angst mentioned below showed that it reaches her rear when let down. It's big enough for her to hide a gun in.
  • Retired Badass: Post-Time Skip, before the Anti-Spirals' attack. She becomes one again in the Distant Finale.
  • Sailor Fuku: Her uniform in the High School A.U..
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Considering that underground is cold, you would think she would use something more than a scarf.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: When Gunmen attack the school she's teaching at, she gets these as she goes to get her combat gear.
  • Shipper on Deck: After getting closer to Nia, Yoko began to ship her and Simon.
  • Shorttank: Female lead in a Shōnen series, wears a Fanservice-y outfit including a skin-tight pair of short shorts, hot-headed and feisty attitude, one awesome badass markswoman. While Yoko is very well-known for her tomboyish Action Girl vibes and she admits she "doesn't know much about girly stuff", she's well-mannered, sweet and polite, especially compared to the crew of extremely manly men that she travels with.
  • Shower of Angst: The episode after Kamina dies, Yoko goes to the shower to cry.
  • Signature Headgear: She always has a skull hairpin in her hair. This fits her personality as someone who is both cute eye candy and a no-nonsense, badass fighter. The skull is iconic enough that it has appeared in shoutouts to the show in other media, such as the visual skull motif of Nonon Jakuzure, whose character design is similar to Yoko's.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The man she fell for, Kamina, was a Hot-Blooded man with a strong sense of justice.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Played with; Yoko herself isn't that much of a little girl despite just being a teen, but her signature rifle definitely trumps her in size.
  • Sniper Rifle: Modelled after the Barrett M82 anti-materiel rifle.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": An interesting case. Yoko no doubt has a common Japanese name as her given name, meaning that typing it as "Youko" is how it's supposed to be despite it being only romanized in katakana; however, it's actually an extended-dash "o" vowel instead of an extra "u" vowel, though it's still an extended vowel that's often ignored regardless.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: Of Asuka Langley Soryu, on various counts:
  • Stripperific: Her justification for this is that she doesn't want her clothing to impede her mobility in combat. Notably, when she isn't in a combat situation, she dresses fairly modestly.
    • Hilariously, when she puts on a swimsuit in the Beach Episode, it actually covers more than her normal outfit. Although her bikini in the High School A.U. is actually MORE revealing than her normal outfit.
    • Before the Time Skip, she always wears the same outfit regardless of whether or not she is in combat. She does, however, uphold a more covering outfit after the Time Skip, partially due to her occupation as a schoolteacher.
  • Take Up My Sword: An interesting version. She never once says she did it for him, but Kamina did state he wanted to teach the younger generation about the source when it was all over. Yoko took that to heart and decided to become a teacher to do just that.
  • Territorial Smurfette: Yoko has some difficulty dealing with Nia when she joins Team Dai-Gurren, more because her Moe-ness wins over the guys than because of her being the Big Bad's daughter. Back then, she considered Nia dead weight: they were fighting a rebellion, and Nia had no combat skills. Then Nia won Yoko over via showing her Silk Hiding Steel side, specially via not blinking when Yoko released her from a monster via shooting said monster when it was holding Nia hostage, and later said she totally trusted Yoko to not fail a shot that could have potentially killed her. It was sealed when Nia asked Yoko to give her an Important Haircut (as she lost a bit of hair in the rescue process) and Yoko did so without any problems.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Nia's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: She's very unladylike compared to Nia and she wears her hair in a long ponytail.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a master shooter, dresses immodestly and she admits she doesn't know about much girly stuff, but she's very good with children and she eventually becomes a teacher.
  • Tritagonist: She's arguably the most prominent character after Simon due to Kamina spending most of the series as a Posthumous Character, but she never takes the role of Deuteragonist, which is shuffled between several other characters.
  • Tsundere: Sweet (Dere) type. Yoko is very nice, friendly and logical, but when her teammates (especially Kamina) annoy her or otherwise act rashly, she shows a short-tempered, violent and condescending side.
  • Unknown Rival: To Nia for Nia's first three episodes before the two become BFFs. Happens again in the High School A.U. once Nia transfers and becomes popular.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: which is surprisingly modest.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her sniper rifle. Given it can take out Gunmen, you can't blame her.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her kissing Kamina while completely unaware of Simon's feelings for her at the time, more or less leads to a spiral of events that causes Kamina to die.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears shorts. Very short ones.
  • Wolverine Publicity: In terms of merchandise; much like fellow Gainax Ms. Fanservice characters Rei and Asuka, more figures are available of her than the other main characters (and she's also the only one available in Nendoroid form).
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is a bright, unnatural shade of red similar to the Gerudo.
  • Younger than She Looks: She's supposed to be around the same age group as Simon pre-Time Skip.

    Nia Teppelin

Click here to see her post-Time Skip. 

Voiced by: Yukari Fukui (JP), Hynden Walch (EN)
"Hail, fellow well met!"

After a particularly traumatic event in his life, Simon stumbles across a box that the drill he recovered from the mines can open. When opened, out of it pops a young, naive girl with pastel blue and yellow hair: Nia. She turns out to be the daughter of Lordgenome, and is thus the princess of the Beastmen. She develops into Simon's Love Interest.

  • Action Girl: Becomes one of the Lady of War variety eventually.
  • All-Loving Heroine: So kind, so helpful, and so inspiring for the Dai Gurren Brigade. They were ready to fall apart before she arrived.
  • And I Must Scream: During her time as the Anti-Spiral Messanger, she was fully aware of what was going on but completely unable to do anything to stop herself. This is shown with flashbacks to her talks with Simon.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: She was programmed to be the Anti-Spiral's messenger when the population reaches 1 million.
  • Artificial Human: Nia holds Anti-Spiral reprogramming inside her genetic code. Nobody but Lordgenome knows it, not even Nia herself.
  • Badass Adorable: She is completely fearless, insanely strong, and she's very, very adorable.
  • Battle Couple: With Simon. In the High School A.U., she wastes no time becoming one with Simon once Viral appears, much to Simon's confusion and hesitation.
  • Because Destiny Says So: A lot of her views in the High School A.U. are based off her belief in destiny after Simon saves her.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Is revealed to have slept next to Simon in the beginning of the second chapter of the High School A.U., much to Simon's shock.
  • Beneath the Mask: Nia acts fearless at the mercy of a captor, but as soon as Simon arrives to save her, she melts and lets loose her tears. The worst is when she overcomes the brainwashing of the Anti-Spiral and desperately asks Simon if he's going to save her, ready to cry.
  • Blunt Metaphors Trauma: Back in her younger days. Even cuter in the dub where she's voiced by Hynden Walch. There's still traces of it when she's older. She ended up saying no when Simon asked her to marry him until Kiyoh and Kiyal explained what he meant.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Simon. After Kamina's death, Simon goes into a deep depression. Not speaking or cooperating with anyone and pushing himself too much. When Nia joined, she helped calm his anger which helped to further his emotional growth.
  • The Chick: Simon's emotional support and the most prominent female after Yoko. Heck, she puts heart back into the entire brigade.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Yoko's shaky aim as she tries to shoot Nia free from Adiane causes her to slice up Nia's locks twice. Nia later asks her to fix it, although Yoko isn't too savvy on haircuts. It grows back even longer after the time-skip.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: It's a little hard for others to understand her at times, or her to understand others. At first this is due to her sheltered up-bringing but it's quite clear she isn't all there in the head when even after 7 years in the outside world she still surprises everyone with her quirky misunderstandings.
  • Creepy Monotone: As the Anti-Spiral Messenger, her tender voice becomes cold and emotionless like a machine's.
  • Critical Existence Failure: Her DNA is reprogrammed to make her into an Anti-Spiral. When the source of this DNA information is destroyed, she begins to disappear.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: During her captivity time in the hands of the Anti-Spirals.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Although she doesn't have them in the series, They have shown up in official art.
  • The Cutie: She's an extremely sweet and innocent princess. How can she not be lovable?
  • 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.
  • Deuteragonist: After Kamina's death she is the character who fulfills this role in most of the episodes.
  • Disappears into Light: Nia fades away like this just after completing the marriage ceremony.
  • Dude Magnet: When she first came aboard the team, most of them were enraptured by her.
  • Earthy Barefoot Character: Introduced shoeless in her pod, possibly because she was plucked from her bed while sleeping. 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 to go with her princess regalia - on the Dai-Gunzan, but Simon doesn't reclaim his shoes right away, since he's still wallowing about Kamina's recent death too badly to get a grip on reality and fully acknowledge things happening around him.
  • Evil Costume Switch: When acting as the Anti-Spiral Messenger. Subverted in the Highschool AU manga.
  • Evil Knockoff: Pilots the Chouginga Anti-Gurren Lagann in Super Robot Wars Z2: Saisei-Hen.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Cross-shaped pupils, at that, providing the trope image. Further proof that she's an alien, if you even needed more.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Against her will.
  • Fallen Princess: For a princess who was thrown away by her own father, Nia adapts to her situation very well.
  • Fantastic Racism: Lordgenome didn't discard her because she is a human as we're led to assume; he discarded her because she is an Anti-Spiral. Her gaining sentience and getting too curious is a reminder of what he fought for and lost.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Yoko, to which they see each other as sisters.
  • Flaming Hair: In a way, her hair 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.
  • Flowers of Femininity: When first introduced, Nia is wearing a large pink flower ornament. Coupled with the rest of her pastel color scheme, tender beauty, and the fact that she's an otherworldy Princess Classic, it helps to cement Nia as very feminine, especially compared to the tomboyish and outgoing Yoko.
  • Foil: Whereas Kamina took to toughening up Simon, who didn't take his words to heart until his death, Nia supported him by calming him down his anger, which led to Simon understanding Kamina. Kamina was reckless, and Nia is a pacifist. Kamina instantly inspired everyone, and everybody loved him, but Nia had to gain everyone's trust before she could become The Heart. The art style for Kamina's eyecatch is sharp and gritty, while Nia's eyecatch is soft and bright. Kamina piloted Gurren, while Nia always stayed with Simon in Lagann. Both also have two of the most heart-wrenching deaths in the series, but while Simon took Kamina's death horribly, he takes Nia's with great maturity.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: If it could even be called THAT in the High School A.U.. As she believes Simon saving her was a sign of destiny and the two fought off Viral with a Husband-Wife Gattai, she states that she has to start living with Simon, much to his bewilderment.
  • Gag Boobs: If the second movie is to be believed, then Yoko and Kiyoh aren't the only ones with huge tracts of land.
  • Giftedly Bad: She doesn't realize that the food she cooks is pretty much lethal to anyone who isn't Simon and Boota.
  • Girl in a Box: Simon finds her in a sealed box (i.e. a coffin) in an empty canyon. Her father dropped her there because she began questioning her origins.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: In the High School A.U. manga, where despite being girly, her favorite magazine in the same manly brand that Kamina loves as well.
  • Godiva Hair: In the second movie, during her torture by the hands of the Anti-Spirals, she's stark naked with only her hair covering her naughty bits.
  • A Good Way to Die: She dies surrounded by her friends and looking into the eyes of her beloved husband with a smile on her face.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Word of God says that Nia could have actually held on longer but would have lost parts of her body gradually. Instead she chose to die at once, smiling happily.
  • Gratuitous Princess: Oddly, she is still called a Princess in the High School A.U. despite her role changing to that of the Principal's daughter.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's a kind-hearted person whose hair can be easily described as "gold-colored", even though her hair has pastel blue coloring mixed in. In the Parallel Works video "The sense of wonder" she is depicted with completely blonde hair.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: When she's shown in her swimsuit, a bunch of the male characters get Nosebleeds.
  • The Heart: Nia puts the heart back into Simon and the entire brigade after they lost it due to Kamina's death. If she had never appeared, they probably would have fallen into despair.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: She probably got her Anime Hair from her dad.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She takes as active a part in the final battle against the Anti-Spiral as the rest of Team Dai-Gurren and helps Simon land the killing blow, even knowing that when the Anti-Spiral dies, so does she.
  • Heroic Willpower: Nia is so plucky that she keeps herself alive for a week after the Anti-Spiral's demise out of sheer willpower, just so she can marry Simon. Examined further in the second movie: Nia's arm suddenly begins to fade away as she writes a diary for Simon, and then forces the arm to regenerate on the spot. One wonders if she really is gone for good...
  • Hot-Blooded: She may not fight, but she completely outdoes half the cast in terms of sheer determination. And when she DOES fight, holy crap. In the High School A.U. manga, she has a {Hot-Blooded moment alongside Kamina and manages to equal him in it!
  • Important Haircut: Nia's hair is cut by two bullets from Yoko's sniper rifle the episode after she decides to shun her previous life. Unlike many cases, this time the accidental cut doesn't give a clean cut at all, and she has Yoko clean it up, showing that they finally trust each other.
    • The circumstances are a bit different in the manga. Nia cuts off her own hair after her elder sister Straea, the leader of the Beauty Village, dies protecting her; she leaves her hair on Strae's grave so that they'll always be together. However, her cutting was a bit choppy, so she still asks Yoko to tidy up her hair.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Nia is a fount of joy and innocence in the world of the series. It's no wonder Simon loves her so passionately. Her Face–Heel Turn, in fact, was because she was programmed to be a Manchurian Agent by the Anti-Spiral, not because of true malice. In fact, it's her love for Simon that snaps her out of it.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She's completely oblivious to any kind of negative mood, which isn't a good thing when one of the cast members has just died. The very worst case of this is when Simon proposes to her and she turns him down with a cheerful "No, way!" Kiyoh and Kiyal make her realize this accidental mistake and she quickly decides otherwise.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In the High School A.U., her motivation for using the Husband-Wife Gaitta technique on Viral comes from a manly man's magazine. Oddly enough it works.
  • Is This What Anger Feels Like?: "Are you aware of who exactly I am?!"
  • Keigo: She is polite and formal, even when telling someone to F off.
  • Kirk Summation: Gives one to Adiane in episode 10. Is then promptly met with a Shut Up, Kirk!.
  • Lady of War: Becomes one in Lagann-hen by commanding her own mecha Tengen Toppa Solvernia, the most elegant-looking and gracefully fighting mecha in the series.
  • Last Kiss: Shares her one and only onscreen kiss with Simon at their wedding before her body dissolves into random data bits.
  • Last of Her Kind: She was the last Princess and daughter of the Spiral King out of countless he discarded before her. She was also the last Anti-Spiral probe along said Princesses.
  • Lethal Chef: Her cooking tastes anything but good... unless you're Simon or Boota.
  • Literal-Minded: She rejected Simon when he asked her for marriage because he wanted to become "one with her" and two people can't be physically merged...
  • Location Theme Naming: Her name comes from "near".
  • The Lost Lenore: To Simon. One of the main reasons he gives up the Gurren Lagann at the end is because, along passing the torch to the next generation, Simon loses Nia. Though he is accepting of her death, it doesn't hurt him any less.
  • Love at First Sight: With Simon in the High School A.U. after he saves her and she takes it as a sign of destiny.
  • Marked Change: When her hidden identity as the Anti-Spiral's messenger awakens, red markings appear all over her body.
  • Manchurian Agent: She becomes the agent of the Anti-Spirals when the population reaches 1 million. Her actions are completely against her will, but she still has some conscience left.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: If Simon haven't met her, he probably would have never got over his depression over Kamina's death. Her sunny disposition and pluckiness help Simon believe in himself again and regain the will to go on.
    • She continues this role again in the High School A.U., appearing right after Simon tempts fate by just wanting a normal day.
  • Meaningful Name:
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not so much as Yoko, but still counts. Especially after the time-skip, she goes from being an adorably-cute litlle princess to being an incredibly gorgeous and sexy Bishoujo.
  • Multicolored 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.
  • Mystical Waif: A mysterious girl found abandoned in a box and soon becomes the main character's love interest. She then is revealed to be related to the Big Bad and hidden origins that become plot-relevant later on.
  • 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.
  • Nice Girl: Always trusting and supportive of others, and she boosts the team's morale just as well as Kamina.
  • No Ontological Inertia: She dies because the Anti-Spirals are destroyed.
  • No Social Skills: Having been raised in isolation for her entire life until she was literally put in a box and left on a landfill, Nia has no contact at all with the outside world until she is found by Simon. Her attempts to adjust to life on the outside charm even the baddest of badasses in Team Dai-Gurren.
  • Official Couple: She becomes Simon's girlfriend over the time skip and ultimately his wife.
  • One True Love: Nia serves to be the real love of Simon's life.
  • Plucky Girl: She may not be able to fight, but in terms of sheer hot-blooded determination, she can hold her own against any of the men. Are you either pointing a gun at her, have her in your mecha's claws, or are about to dematerialize her? That's not gonna break her down.
  • The Pollyanna: It's not that she's unaffected or oblivious to trouble, but her sheer faith in Simon to drill through it is so strong, even her forceful transformation into a Manchurian Agent is a minor inconvenience in comparison.
  • Power of Trust: Her great amount of faith in people is what allows the team to win some of the biggest clinchers in the series. She helps Simon out of his Heroic BSoD, allows Yoko to get a free shot on Adiane, and even when she's in another dimension, she knows that Simon would find her. She's even fine with dying, because she knows Simon will save the universe.
  • Princess Classic: Pretty, innocent, caring; she hits almost all the points except shy and the happy ending.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: Although she becomes a Lady of War after she isn't a princess anymore, she demonstrated tremendous strength of will before then and joins Simon in Gurren Lagan. Her personal mech is also the most elegant and graceful of the bunch.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: She's the princess of the Beastmen and she always wears a pink dress.
  • Psycho Supporter: Not actually one, but this is how Simon views Nia at first in the High School A.U. after immediately charging with him into a battle with Viral and declaring Simon won't be beaten.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She's introduced with waist-length hair, but it gets cut short a few episodes later. After the timeskip, Nia has let her hair grow long again and now it's about as long as her body. She's a princess, after all.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When she becomes the Anti-Spiral's messenger, her eyes glow red while she announces the extermination of the human race.
  • Rescue Romance: She and Simon first meet when he saves her from dying abandoned inside a box. Later, Simon is able to help her when she learns her father tossed her out and gave her a new reason for being.
  • The Reveal: The daughter of Spiral King Lordgenome and messenger of the Anti-Spirals.
  • Sailor Fuku: Averted in the High School A.U., where her uniform doesn't match up to the other ones the girls wear.

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.

  • Eat the Dog: In episode 4. Simon and Kamina are starving from getting nothing to eat, so Boota does the most disturbing thing possible and bites on his own tail and rips off his hindquarters!!! Fortunately, he's healed by the next episode. You can Hand Wave it due to his innate Spiral Power.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Boota is a source of Spiral Power.

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 an incredibly intense rivalry with Kamina almost immediately, which he later transfers to Simon. Initially appearing to be cruel and vicious, he gradually reveals himself to be a surprisingly noble man.

  • Ace Pilot: He can't produce Spiral Power (despite being pretty damn Hot-Blooded), but what keeps Viral in the game and makes him a valuable copilot to Simon is his classical training and skill in the cockpit.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: When he learns Kamina has died.
  • Anti-Villain: The Noble variant. He's just a loyal soldier for the Spiral King and is doing his job. While he tends to be a bit of a jerk, he's simply trying to maintain honor and stay useful to the Beastman Empire. Later he becomes a Knight in Sour Armor when he joins Team Dai-Gurren.
  • 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 Hot-Blooded enough to create Spiral Energy despite that being a specifically stated impossibility. Beastmen were biologically engineered to be incapable of this.
  • Bishōnen: In spite of having shark teeth and cat paws, he still manages to have the appearance of a handsome, slender young man.
  • Boring, but Practical: He can't use Spiral energy and his Gunmen lacks much in the way of large scale armaments, but Viral is still a threat due pure piloting skills. Enkidu possess the smoothest movements of any mech in the series, taking the advantage in his first fight with Kamina through nothing more than good footwork.
  • Blessed with Suck: After he goes to Lordgenome asking for the power to beat the heroes, Lordgenome grants him immortality. Unfortunately, Viral finds out at his expense that his immortality was not meant to make him stand up to Spiral users but to make him the eternal witness of Lordgenome's victory and messenger to spread the futility of standing up against him. And then Lordgenome dies instead, leaving Viral alone in the world, without a purpose and unable to put an end to his suffering.
  • 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." In the movie, it's subverted, 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...
  • Decomposite Character: In a Spiritual Antithesis sense, both Yoko and Viral embody traits of Asuka Langley Soryu. Yoko is the Fiery Redhead Tsundere forced to put up with trauma in her life, while Viral is the Ace Pilot Stock Shōnen Rival who provides a constant, abrasive presence and rivalry for the hero.
  • Determinator: No matter how many times he gets beaten, no matter how many of his superiors are killed, he just won't give up.
  • The Dragon: He isn't the Dragon to the Big Bad at first, but rather to every other general.
  • Doom Magnet: Every person he's assigned to guard dies. Except Simon.
  • Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Zig Zagged. At first, this is true for Team Dai-Gurren, but after the Time Skip, it's more true for the Anti-Spiral.
  • Fangs Are Evil: At least until he becomes Gurren's pilot, at which point his fangs become far more pronounced- because he's now smiling ear to ear.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His shirtless scene in Gurren's cockpit shows that he has scars in a similar pattern to Kamina's tattoos.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Ultimately triggered by the combined turmoil of the following: his losing streak to Gurren Lagann, the death of Adiane, the fact he's always the only one left alive in a fight against Team Dai-Gurren, the power of immortality making it harder to die so much as end up alone and nowhere, the futility of resisting Kamina City's government, getting sent to prison, and finally, noticing that Simon is finally an equal he would rather willingly serve beside as a friend than waste his time warring with him.
  • Hidden Depths: Has a deep-seated sense of honor and a secret crush on Adiane. More so, his innermost desire was wanting to get married to a Beastman girl he once loved, have a child, and live a normal life as a family together. This may not seem that meaningful, until you find out in the show that despite having secondary sexual characteristics, Beastmen are neuter - Viral can't have a child in that fashion, no matter how much he may want to.
  • Honor Before Reason: He has shades of this, but not quite to the same extent as Kamina. He will not attack a defenseless opponent, he will not resort to underhanded tactics such as taking hostages, but if a battle is not going in his favor he may occasionally run away.
  • Hot-Blooded: In Episode 22, he even manages to be more hotblooded than Simon. He ends up being so loud that you can barely hear Simon.
    Viral: "Doutou gattai! Arc Gurren Lagann! Uoooowaaaaahhhh!!!"
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Viral's greatest dream is to have a family... but as a Beastman, he can't reproduce, and being immortal, he'd outlive any family he had.
  • Immortality: Granted to him by Lordgenome near the end of the first half when he grows curious about the true nature of the Spiral. Lordgenome decides to make him his messenger through all time to denounce hope, but instead, Lordgenome is defeated and Viral is left living forever without a purpose—until he joins Team Dai-Gurren.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: After his debut battle, things go rapidly downhill. Kamina even asks "is he still in this show?" and refers to him as cannon fodder before swatting him aside. Subverted soon enough when he helps to kill Kamina and then remains a significant threat until the battle for Teppelin.
  • Knife Nut: When he's not piloting Gunmen, his Weapon of Choice is a cleaver. And his original Gunmen, Enki, even had a weapon that fires a hail of proportionately large kunais.
  • Stock Shōnen Rival: An abrasive Ace Pilot, Viral starts the series as a recurring antagonist with a personal grudge against Kamina and later Simon, becoming The Rival to both. Throughout the series, he becomes a Diminishing Villain Threat, but performs a Heel–Face Turn when an even greater threat shows up. To drive the point home, his name is an anagram of "rival".
  • The Stoic: Takes on this personality after being beaten down so much by Kamina, and later, Simon. Post-Time Skip, 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.
  • 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.
  • Villain Decay: This happens to him almost immidiately after his first appearance. He keeps getting his ass kicked again and again by the heroes as the series progresses. This eventually leads to his Heel–Face Turn and Redemption Promotion.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: The first pilot of a two-headed Ganmen in the series, he gives Simon and Kamina a monster of a beatdown in their first encounter, proving that their having mecha of their own to fight back against the oppression will be nowhere near enough. Ultimately he is the reason for the creation of the Gurren-Lagann in the first place, and heralds the first time the Main Characters access Spiral power.
  • 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.

Click here to see him post-Time Skip. 
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Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN), Michael McConnohie (EN, epilouge)

A boy from the underground village of Adai, which worshiped gunmen as gods. Due to the limited resources available to its people underground, Rossiu's village would hold raffles to exile some of its members after its population became too large to sustain. When Gimmy and Darry are chosen the leave the village, Rossiu decides to go with them in order to see the outside world, joining Team Gurren in the process. Rossiu has a curious and inquisitive nature, often as a result of being sheltered for most of his life by Father Magin in Addai Village, having listened to spiritual preachings that were meant to keep him at ease. His innocence begins to slip away over time, though. After some unfortunate events, he is forced to take Kamina's place as Gurren's pilot.

Following the aftermath of the battle and a time skip, Rossiu is now Simon's advisor as he runs the government in Kamina City. However, the arrival of the Anti-Spiral and the panic of the public turn him into a Well-Intentioned Extremist willing to sacrifice everything in order to preserve humanity.

  • Anti-Villain: Post timeskip, at first. He imposes several restrictions on humanity thanks to Lordgenome's warning about the Anti-Spiral, and the guilt of everything he's doing is crushing him. However, once it's clear that the Anti-Spiral has been playing him for a fool, Rossiu changes his mind.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Kittan, furious over Rossiu's plan to evacuate the Earth and let everyone who's left behind die, insists that they could Take a Third Option and just destroy the moon. Rossiu then asks a question about the price of failure that leaves Kittan for a moment, then asks him a question about leadership that forces him to concede the argument.
    Rossiu: If we fail, humanity truly will go extinct! Tell me... are you able to bear that responsibility? (Kittan goes silent) [...]A leader's role is not to fight. A leader's role is to make the hard decisions. Do you think I'm wrong?
    Kittan No. No, you're not wrong... but that don't mean I gotta like it!
  • Being Good Sucks: Everything he does post-timeskip for the continued survival of humanity weighs on his heart heavily worst of all being forced to sentence Simon, someone he respects immensely, to death. Once it becomes clear to him that he'd only been playing into the Anti-Spiral's hands the realization that every horrible thing he'd done to save humanity had been All for Nothing drives him to try and end it all due to the weight of his guilt.
  • Big Bad Slippage: Slowly becomes a Well-Intentioned Extremist and central antagonist over the course of the second season until the others snap him out of it.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Rossiu has thick, black eyebrows.
  • Bishōnen: Post timeskip, Rossiu becomes a Pretty Boy.
  • Break the Haughty: Seemingly invoked but ultimately subverted. For several episodes after the timeskip he appears to be the controlling force of the government with Simon as a figurehead, and he criticizes Simon's recklessness while justifying that his extreme and morally-ambiguous actions are necessary, including sentencing Simon to death. However he was really broken up and unhappy about doing what he was doing and wasn't at all proud of it. He just did a good job of concealing it from others. Thus, Rossiu broke himself, but he wasn't as haughty as it seemed at first.
  • Broken Bird: Learning that his own faith was a sham, perhaps even a prank concocted by someone who was bored, really snapped him to bits. It tore down his faith so badly that he began to lack faith in others, and refused to trust their ability to protect others. So he decided to take matters into his own hands by assuming control of Kamina City's government. Until he realized that he had gone too far.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the first arc.
  • The Chains of Commanding: His own extreme actions take a toll on him severely, culminating in his Attempted Suicide.
  • Deuteragonist: Of episodes 17-19 and episode 23.
  • Didn't Think This Through: His plan to get as many people off the planet with the Arc Gurren failed for two reasons. 1) The Anti-Spirals are aliens, as in from another planet. meaning they are capable of space travel. 2) They don't care about the Earth, only wiping out humanity from the universe.
  • Driven to Suicide: Defied. After he realizes that everything he's done to protect humanity has been playing into the Anti-Spiral's hands. However, Simon gives Rossiu a Megaton Punch to the face and a Rousing Speech which snaps him out of it.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite his Well-Intentioned Extremist actions, everyone thinks that he did the smart thing and most of them, Simon especially, don't blame him and isn't mad at him, leaving himself as the one who hated him the most.
  • Evil Chancellor: More of a Well-Intentioned Extremist Chancellor.
  • Expy: The fact that he looks like Fei Fong Wong did not go unnoticed.
  • Foil: Shares a number of similarities with Simon, which makes them an effective team, but the differences between the two are great enough to create countless problems during the show's second half.
  • Forehead of Doom: Noted by Kamina. Levels out after the time skip.
  • Foreshadowing: When he pilots Gurren in the Hot Springs Episode, foreshadowing his stint as Gurren's pilot after Kamina's death. Not to mention the rather sinister shots predicting his Obstructive Bureaucrat stint.
  • General Failure: As a peace time administrator, it's obvious he is the one running the government. But as soon as the war against the Anti-Spirals starts, his plans began failing against the Anti-Spiral, anticipating the logical movements.
  • Grumpy Bear: Downplayed. Not grumpy per say, but not as hot-blooded as the others.
  • Heroic BSoD: Post timeskip. The realization that his actions to try and save the world, including sentencing Simon to die, triggered one on its own. Then when Simon and company came back and saved the world by acting in a manner he condemned, thereby proving that not only were Rossiu's actions futile but also plain wrong, it just got worse. This lead to him trying to commit suicide, though Simon stopped him.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Post-timeskip Rossiu is a Tall, Dark, and Handsome Bishōnen in contrast to the goofy looking "forehead boy" he was before.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Played With. He initially viewed his actions in the timeskip as such, but the guilt and consequences just ate him up.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Forehead Boy," Kamina's nickname for him. Stuck to him ever since.
  • Interrupted Suicide: After his Heroic BSoD, he tries to kill himself, but with Kinon's help, Simon stops him.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He does a number of morally questionable things after the Time Skip, and his plans often fail to achieve their intended purpose. Despite that, Kittan, one of Rossiu's harshest critics, has to concede he's not wrong to assert that leaders must make hard decisions, especially with the fate of humanity at stake.
  • Karma Houdini: He betrayed Simon and tried to have him executed. His reasons aside it was still a pretty dickish move and not only is he never punished for it, he's allowed to remain in power.
  • The Lancer: To Simon. See The Reliable One and Undying Loyalty for more information.
  • Likes Older Women: It's never really mentioned, but Kinon is at least a few years older than he is.
  • Location Theme Naming: Rossiu comes from "ushiro", or "back". He represents the characters who don't believe in blindly charging forwards and is ultimately shackled by his origins.
  • Missing Mom: Father Magin made his mother leave Addai Village so its capacity would stay at 50, allowing them to survive.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Similar to Simon's case, he gets much hotter and less goofy-looking after the timeskip.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: See Heroic BSoD.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: He was named after the Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who believed it was the duty of rulers to uphold peace and prosperity for all of his or her people.
  • Non-Action Guy: He pilots Gurren Lagann with Simon for awhile, but when we meet him after the timeskip he's become this.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: When his composure is level, he can defend himself easily. He effortlessly dodges Kittan's attacks as he tries to take out his frustration on him. However, it's all an act to hide his suffering. He doesn't even try to dodge an attack when despair takes root. Instead, he looks on in absolute terror at Gurren Lagann as it flies toward him, so stunned he doesn't realize Simon has leapt out of the cockpit until taking a sharp punch to the cheek that he never saw coming.
  • Not So Stoic: He's always calm, cool and collected while in public, but The Chains of Commanding tear him apart in private, best evidenced in episode 23 when he's Driven to Suicide for his deposing of Simon and willingness to sacrificed most of humanity to preserve the rest.
  • Official Couple: With Kinon.
  • Only Sane Man: Deconstructed. While his approach is merely only poked fun at, but still appreciated pre-timeskip, it got worse after it as his logical and sensical approach was expected by the Anti-Spiral and thus easily countered. He also became somewhat cynical due to the experiences of his own past.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Simon's red - he is more intellectually-driven and professional compared to Simon.
  • The Reliable One: Calm and level-headed, it was unsurprising he ended up as Simon's right hand man post-timeskip as he's the only one who really knows what he's doing. In addition, he's also the only one to actively help Simon during his Darkest Hour and the only one (outside the twins, possibly Leeron and of course Nia) to keep believing in him during the whole ordeal. See Undying Loyalty below for more info.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Heh. But seriously. Rossiu is a prime example of his phonetic namesake's philosophy that everyone is born with an inclination towards good, especially as a child. Even at his darkest moments he's only trying to save as many people as he can and isn't acting out of malice but out of fear and desperation. He starts leaning back towards how he was as a child after being saved from his Attempted Suicide by Kinon and Simon.
  • Shoot the Dog: What he does in the second half with regards to Simon is this in his mind.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: During his attempted suicide, his hair falls around his face when Simon punches him.
  • The Spock: Insists on emotion and reason as the tools to lead and govern.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Compare the panicky Butt-Monkey from the first half of the series to the unflappable world leader he becomes after the timeskip. He easily dodges a barrage of Kittan's punches, something pre-timeskip Rossiu wouldn't have a chance of doing.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Post timeskip. Rossiu has become cold-hearted and ruthless in the pursuit to keep humanity alive.
  • Undying Loyalty: When Simon was grieving after Kamina's death, Rossiu was the only one openly concerned about him the entire time. Back when Lagann no longer works for Simon and resulting in Simon finally voicing his loss of direction and helplessness, he attempts to go and comfort Simon, although he's stopped by Yoko and his own doubt of what he can do. His belief in Simon never wavered, even when others including Yoko stopped believing in Simon. In fact, the main reason he piloted Gurren (outside of prior experience) was out of concern for Simon's well-being, which if Simon's tone is any indication when he questioned this, meant that Simon was surprised that someone still cared for him beyond what he could contribute to the team. The only other people on board who still believed in him were the twins, Nia (though her case is unique) and possibly Leeron, but Rossiu was the one who was active in remaining in Simon's side. This makes his behavior during the first few episodes after the timeskip all the more painful seeing how things have gotten since.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Becomes one after the time skip.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: As humanity's primary strategic planner, most of his decisions would be fairly reasonable in the real world. However, he lives in a universe where a sufficient amount of Heroic Willpower is capable of breaking the laws of physics.


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