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    Kittan Bachika
"What's that bozo Kamina gotten himself into now...?"

A Beastman hunter and eldest of the Bachika siblings, an encounter with Kamina and Simon inspires him to unite a group of stolen Gunmen pilots to join their revolution. Despite not having their charisma or gift with words, he grows to become an excellent field commander. Kittan acquires a red, star-shapped Gunmen in a battle against the Beastmen long before meeting Team Gurren, stealing from its original pilot in similar to how Kamina jacked the Gurren. The moment he took over the Gunmen, the Spiral Power of his fighting spirit morphed it into King Kittan.

  • Leader Wannabe: He wrestles with Kamina over leadership a few times. When he assumes the leadership position after Kamina's death, he proves to be pretty bad at it.
  • The McCoy: The only time he ever used anything resembling reason was the Kangaroo Court, and even that was more outrage than criticism.
  • Multicolored Hair: The top of his head is blonde while the back part is brown.
  • Not So Different: Him and Kamina share a lot of similar traits, which might explain their somewhat adversarial relationship.. They're both hot blooded men who rely more on charging headlong than using strategy and act as older brother figures towards their younger siblings. They also both, ironically, had a case of inferiority complex toward another; Kittan felt inferior towards Kamina for his natural charisma and leadership skills, while Kamina felt inferior to Simon for his will to keep moving forward in the face of adversity. They also both developed feelings for Yoko and died in a blaze of glory shortly after kissing her.
  • Off-Model: He debuts this way.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Kittan is absurdly badass, but he comes off as inadequate when alongside the likes of Kamina and, later on, Simon. This is remedied a bit later on when he starts getting more focus episodes that give him time to shine.
  • Papa Wolf: His actions during the siege of the Mugann on Earth point to this.
    "I'm not about about to let my cute little niece die in some alleyway! Go on without me, Dayakka! Look after Kiyoh for me.... GO!! IT'S ABOUT TO OPEN FIRE!"
  • Second Love: To Yoko, whose First Love, Kamina, died before the timeskip.
  • Sergeant Rock
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Uses one when defending a truck full of peoplenote  against some Mugann.
  • Significant Anagram: His name is an anagram for "tanki", which means "short-tempered".
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Pre-time skip.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Lit up a cigarette in Kittan Zero.
  • Suicide Mission: His very last act is to destroy the Death Spiral Machine by piloting his Gunmen into it and punch a big hole in it with a huge Giga Drill, causing a deadly explosion that takes him out with it.
  • Supporting Leader: Picks up this role after Kamina dies.
  • This Is a Drill: In his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Time for Plan B: After Space King Kittan's rockets fail to go off and the Gunmen is crushed by the immense gravity of the Death Spiral Machine, Kittan emerges in his King Kittan with the drill that broke off Gurren Lagann previously, performing his very own Giga Drill Break.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Sums up his relationship with Kamina perfectly.
  • "X" Marks the Hero: The simple, x-shaped scar on his left arm.

Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Steve Blum (EN)

"Attaboy, attaboy! You can do it! Way to go! Attaboy, attaboy! You can do it! Way to go! Attaboy!"

Leeron, or "Ron," is the flamboyant village mechanic of Littner Village. After taking an interest in Simon's mech he joins Simon, Kamina and Yoko in their quest to defeat the Beastmen. Leeron is astoudingly brillant and innovative, able to whip together his own legion of helper robots and invent ingenious technology with a little tinkering. He's also gay, but only draws attention to it when he wants to screw with people.

  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • Tries to put the moves on Kamina twice, causing him to draw his Katana, back away a good hundred yards, and yell, "DIE!!"
    • Leeron then moves on to Gimmy, scaring the crap out of him each and every time he gets a little... too... personal.
    • And then he moves on to Viral, who reacts the same exact way Kamina does.
  • Agent Peacock: The personification of Camp Gay mannerisms and an amazing engineer.
  • Badass Gay: Stereotypically gay? Yes! Badass? Definitely. He's not a fighter like Viral, Kamina or Simon, but yet he manages to be awesome nontheless. He's Team Gurren's primary engineer, medic and generally Smart Guy. But he never gives up, is never afraid of stuff unlike Simon and is at least as Hotblooded as the rest of the cast, despite not shouting at the top of his lungs every second, and has quite a collection of moments of intellectual awesome. Hell, his voice actor once stated in an interview that, should all the characters he voiced ever engage in a free-for-all, Leeron would come out on top. Keep in mind Blum voiced characters like Spike Spiegel, Wolverine, Amon, Starscream, and a lot others.
  • Badass Labcoat: This is the one guy who is almost never even mildly anxious about life threatening danger and every weapon of war he's ever macgyvered together usually winds up kicking ass right off the assembly line. Besides, after the time skip, he becomes the head scientist of human civilization. The only time he does take interest is in the Final Battle with the Anti-Spiral collective.
  • Beauty Mark
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Yes, he's a flaming gay stereotype. He's also the best mechanic and engineer in the world. This is the man who made Gurren out of three broken mecha overnight, complete with a finished coat of paint.
  • Camp Gay: Turned up so much that he's practically the Memetic Badass of Flaming Queens. In-universe its Played for Laughs, aside from his voice the Camp Gay angle is only played up when he wants to freak out other characters with it.
  • The Engineer: The guy basically maintains all the friendly Gunmen, including the MASSIVE Dai-Gurren without help from anyone except Leyte!
  • Expy: of Tekkaman Blade's Levin.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: His theme song spells out this subliminal message: "Leeron is so gay. He is so gay. He loves my asshole. Asshole."
  • Hot-Blooded: In the finale, like everyone else. It's almost his only moment of hot blood.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is either "riron" for "theory," or "ronri" for "logic".
  • The Medic: Also the Dai-Gurren's medic as well as its head engineer.
  • Nerves of Steel: This guy must have been visibly worried maybe once in the whole series.
  • Non-Action Guy: He never gets his own gunman, though he does occasionally help out controlling the Dai-Gurren.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Gets a little too close to his teammates at times. See above.
  • Older Than He Looks: Leeron shows hardly any signs of old age in the Distant Finale except for a touch of gray hair. Knowing him, he's probably figured out how to preserve his youthful looks and beauty all this time- or resorted to plastic surgery.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Not only is he a crackerjack engineer, medic, and computer scientist, but Yoko's comments make it clear that Leeron has not only dabbled in geology but has been teaching it to other humans from Littner. Bear in mind that most of humanity, by this point, has been deliberately kept in a Stone Age-like stasis by Lordgenome's machinations.
  • The Power of Love: When he talks about evolution and reproduction and nobody gets it, he sums it up by saying that love is what keeps the universe going.
  • Queer People Are Funny: Invoked. Most of his antics are strictly Played for Laughs... and to troll other characters.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Leeron would be just a politically incorrect stereotype if not for the fact that Steve Blum plays it up so high it becomes this trope. And the Hilarious Outtakes are even worse.
  • Running Gag: Two astoundingly creepy ones. He constantly creeps Gimmy out with his perverted attitude, even after the time skip, and his "advances" onto Kamina cause him to threaten to kill him. When Kamina dies, the joke vanishes... only for it to resurface when Viral has to listen to his fruitcake-level comments and ask Simon permission to kill him.
  • The Smart Guy: The smartest person in Team Gurren and the one to handle anything technical.
  • Straight Gay: Outside of his Camp Gay self-exaggeration, Leeron behaves more like this.
  • Techno Babble: It's actually pretty easy to understand him when he talks like this, although almost all the other characters are absolutely bewildered, so he has to put it in Layman's Terms for them.
  • Troll: Leeron often plays his Camp Gay factor to ridiculous levels just for the sake of freaking people out. Considering how he's often the Only Sane Man surrounded by primarily male Hot-Blooded loudmouths, it may be the only way he can get them to pay attention, but he's also clearly having fun messing with the straight people.
  • Undying Loyalty: Leeron is the only adult member of the Dai-Gurren Brigade, other than Kamina, to never doubt Simon (Rossiu and the twins likewise always believed in Simon, but are Simon's age and younger respectably.) When Simon comes back from his Heroic BSoD after Kamina's death, while everyone cheers, Ron just nods as if knowing he'd be back all along.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has teal hair, though it does turn a twinge grayer in the Distant Finale.

    Dayakka Littner
Voiced by: Daiki Nakamura (JP), Doug Stone (EN)

The chief of Littner Village, who later becomes the captain of the various Dai-Gurren ships. He's a dedicated protector of his loved ones, a family man, and the initial pilot of the Dayakkaiser, a Gunmen he hijacked in battle against the Beastmen, until Yoko (and once, Kiyoh) decides to commandeer it.

Seven years later, he marries Kiyoh Bachika, then proceeds to get busy with her and have a baby girl named Anne. Unfortunately, Anne's birth brings the human population to the deadly number one million- which sets off a defense system to attack Earth the moment it detects the new life.

    Attenborough Cortitch
Voiced by: Daisuke Kirii (JP), Derek Stephen Prince (EN)

"When it comes to spacey interruptions, I'm your man!"

The gunner of Team Dai-Gurren and Plucky Comic Relief. Attenborough actually isn't an official member of the team- he hid in some guy's suitcase and snuck onto the crew unnoticed- until he got behind the control panel of a weapons system. Only knows one tactic: FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!

  • Chaotic Stupid: How else can you explain his sudden bursts of attacks?
  • Gonk: He's got a natural clown face.
  • Large Ham: "FIIIRRE!!!!"
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Just about every moment where he shoots without signal. Suddenly opening fire on a village populated by innocent, defenseless girls to clear away the Gunmen earns him a wallop from Kittan. Ironically- it works.
  • Macross Missile Massacre
  • More Dakka: His stock-in-trade. In fact, he's one of an elite few that have come close to having enough dakka by creating a weapon that fires on every point in space and time.
  • Trigger Happy: See above.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets one from Kittan for shooting at a village full of sexy, young women.

    Gimmy and Darry Adai
Click here to see them post-Time Skip. 
Click here to see them as adults. 
Gimmy: Takako Honda (JP), Brianne Siddall (EN), Steve Blum (EN, Epilogue)
Darry: Shizuka Ito (JP), Mela Lee (EN)

Gimmy and Darry are twin children from Rossiu's home village. When they were children, they were removed from their village due to a limit on population because they were orphans. However, Rossiu joined them along with Team Gurren (later known as Team Dai-Gurren).

After the timeskip, they both became pilots of the Grapearl mass-production mecha, serving as the faces of the new generation that was pushing Team Dai-Gurren aside... only to discover they need to re-think their positions...

Tropes that apply to both
  • Brother-Sister Team: Post-timeskip. They work well together when piloting and eventually, become the next generation of Gurren Lagann pilots.
  • Character Development:
    • Pre-timesip, Gimmy was an impulsive, hot-blooded boy. Post-timeskip, he has matured a lot.
    • After the timeskip, Darry has left her old personality behind and is much more confident, though she is still less talkative than her brother.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Gimmy is the red (impulsive and hot-blooded) and Darry's the blue (rational and careful) after the timeskip.
  • She Is All Grown Up: They go from cartoonish looking kids to cute teens after the timeskip. They're both shown to be very good looking adults in the Distant Finale as well.
  • Tagalong Kids: Pre-time skip. They are mostly used for comic relief and menial chores.
  • Theme Twin Naming: "hidari" means left and "migi" means right.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The two have become the top Grapearl pilots after the timeskip. They go on to become the next generation of Gurren Lagann pilots.

Tropes that apply to Gimmy

  • Big Brother Instinct: When Dai-Gurren was drowning, Gimmy immediately picked up Darry to the escape pod first.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Gimmy has orange hair and slightly darker skin than his sister.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: His hair becomes more spiky after the time-skip (to represent his Hot-Blooded nature). And as an adult, his hair is now cut to represent his maturity and experience he (and his sister) have gained.
  • Fiery Redhead: Gimmy has orange hair is the impulsive one between him and his sister.
  • Hot-Blooded: Especially after the timeskip. It makes him becoming Lagann's new pilot make all the more sense.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Gimmy after the timeskip is the "Ankle Biter" version.
  • Youthful Freckles: Gimmy has these to symbolize his more Hot-Blooded nature.

Tropes that apply to Darry

    Balinbow and Jougan Bakusa
Balinbow: Kouzou Douzaka (JP), Paul St. Peter (EN)
Jougan: Go Shinomiya (JP), Tony Oliver (EN)

The towering, twin brothers of Team Dai-Gurren, piloting the two-faced Gunmen, Twinboekun, and also Space Twinboekun. They are extremely loud and exuberant brothers who love to beat stuff up- but seem to have the minds of cavemen. That, and they think staggeringly alike. The brothers often speak in monosyllabic bursts, but their battle prowness is terrifying. Somehow, they end up with government positions after the time skip.

  • The Big Guys: They are big, they are strong, and not too bright.
  • Cool Shades: One pair per brother. They lose them seconds before they die when they shatter.
  • Crouching Morons, Hidden Badasses
  • Die Laughing: They mock death right up to the very end.
  • Dumb Muscle: They even use Hulk Speak sometimes.
  • Gonk: They fit the bill quite nicely.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: To rescue Gimmy and Darry from the wrath of the Anti-Spiral forces, the throw themselves into the line of fire and then throw the kids' Grapearls to safety. Then, just to top it off- they died laughing- in a HUGE explosion.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Jorgun wears red shades, while Balinbow sports blue ones to tell them apart.
  • Is It Something You Eat?: "Atmosphere? What that? Can you eat it?"
  • Large Ham: Both of them.
  • Manly Tears: In the second movie at Nia's wedding, at which the two are seen crying like babies.
  • Single-Minded Twins: We're only one step away from "Jorginbow." Just add purple glasses.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps
  • Spared by the Adaptation: They survive in the second movie.
  • Theme Twin Naming: "Jougan" comes from "ganjou" ("tough" and/or "burly"), while "Balinbow" may be derived from "abarenbou" ("rowdy").
  • Too Dumb to Live: At first. They effectively prove to be a pair of buffons who can barely talk- but fight like gladiators. Yet out of all jobs the two could get in the future, they end up partly in charge of government and human affairs. When the population starts complaining, one twin's reaction is to shout "QUIT BITCHING!!" over the phone, and then both twins smash the phone booths to pieces. In fact, when Rossiu put together a Kangaroo Court, Balinbow was Simon's lawyer.
    • Here comes the tragic subversion: The twins pull a Heroic Sacrifice to save Gimmy and Darry, boasting that their Twinbokkun will hold up to the Anti-Spiral's firepower. It turns out they knew their Gunmen would be torn apart by the lasers- so they laugh at their foes in death. However, Twinboekun explodes in such a spectacular fashion, it wipes out a good chunk of Anti-Spiral fighters.
  • Use Your Head: If a wall is in the way, their hollow skulls are the first weapon they use.

    Makken Jokin
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Keith Silverstein (EN)

"Sorry- it took awhile for me to find a sitter for the kids."

The stout, often silent member of Team Dai-Gurren, and pilot of Mo-Shogun, and later, Space Mo-Shogun. Makken is keen to the art of the samurai, having a very deep sense of honor. Much like Kamina, he's very profound with swords, and shares a love for building machines with Leyte.

After seven years go by, he marries Leyte, having three kids and acting as a humble mechanic in his retirement from the team until he has to spring to action again against a new threat. Fortunately, he and Leite were entrusted with the team's former Gunmen but instructed to scrap the due to the presence of "superior" Grapearls. Luckily, they refused to do so, instead improving the Gunmen to new heights.

  • Bald of Awesome: Has a badass shaved head.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Once to protect Kittan, once to protect Team Dai-Gurren from a planet-sized missle. The latter marks the final act of his life.
  • BFS: Mo-Shogun has a Wakizashi Blade, and Space Mo-Shogun has two.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He and Leyte take care of Team Dai-Gurren's Gunmen over the seven years they remain unused, instead of disposing of them when told to do so. Better yet, they designed much stronger versions of the Gunmen—the Space Gunmen.
  • Cool Hat: Wears a red cap while working as a mechanic.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Charges a missile at full-force, screaming at the top of his lungs, without even flinching!
  • Happily Married: To Leyte, post Time Skip.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: To save Team Dai-Gurren from a fatal missile impact. Made even worse knowing that Leyte will have to go home and tell his kids daddy isn't coming back. Thankfully, the second movie dodged that bullet- err... missile.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai
  • Knight in Shining Armor: When piloting the samurai-esque Mo-Shogun.
  • Mr Fix It
  • Odd Couple: It's surprising to see him paired up with Leyte.
  • Retired Badass: Post time-skip up until the first Mugann attack.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking
  • Silent Bob: Makken doesn't speak so much as he sports a determined look on his face, but always has something interesting to say whenever the moment comes up.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Stays alive in the second movie and gets to pilot a cool new mech, too!
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: He's much shorter than his wife Leyte.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Not so much ugly as scruffy-looking, but his little boys share his looks. His girl, however, is a cutie.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Pre-time skip, but not as evident as Kamina.

    Leyte Jokin
Voiced by: Takako Honda (JP), Laura Bailey (EN)

The chief mechanic of Team Dai-Gurren. She's a compassionate and dedicated worker who can concoct amazing new weapons and implement new technology seamlessly.

Soon after Dai-Gurren defeats the Spiral King, she gets married to Makken and has three kids. Following the disbanding of the team, she and Makken are tasked with dismantling the old Gunmen- but the two of them aptly refuse to do so, and instead keep them in top condition. Even better- when she's able to harness the production facilities of the Super Galaxy Dai Gurren, she helps create the massive Space Gunmen fleet.

    Kiyoh Bachika
Voiced by: Rina Sato (JP), Karen Strassman (EN)

The eldest of Kittan's younger sisters, and by far the most developed. Kiyoh is a sly blonde with a sassy attitude, and a champion at using a yo-yo in ways that would make your jaw drop to the floor- if her curvaceous figure didn't already do that. Eventually, she discovers Dayakka is crushing on her.

After the timeskip, she marries Dayakka and gives birth a little girl named Anne- the one millionth human.

    Kinon Bachika
Voiced by: Kana Ueda (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)

The second oldest of Kittan's younger sisters. After Team Dai-Gurren's capture of Dai-Gunzan, she takes up a position within its control tower, monitoring the radar. She seems to be the calmest and smartest member of the Black Siblings.

  • Break the Cutie: Rossiu's actions break her heart- but then it's promptly healed and strengthened when his sorrow comes out.
  • Cooldown Hug: She bursts into tears when she sees Rossiu hasn't committed suicide, then dashes right into his arms and gives him a tender hug, while sobbing in his chest. Afterward, she cuddles up on top of his lap the whole ride back to Kamina City with a gentle smile, blushing nonstop.
  • Cry Cute: She falls to pieces when she sees her beloved Rossiu is okay- and this actually ignites a full-fledged love interest between them.
  • Extreme Doormat: Deconstructed: Kinon is forced to do unthinkable things just to prevent Rossiu from taking everything too far, culminating in having a gigaton of explosives strapped to her chest in case Simon tries to escape custody. Rossiu was deeply sorry for this.
  • Gainaxing: Mostly post-timeskip.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: In the movie version, she is the one to snap Rossiu out of his suicidal depression instead of Simon.
  • Meganekko: Treasures her glasses to the point she won't take them off in a hot spring.
  • Mission Control
  • Official Couple: With Rossiu.
  • Out of Focus: Sadly, after Episode 23. Gainax couldn't expand on her relationship with Rossiu due to budget constraints stopping them flat at the final episode. However, we pretty much understand it's a happy ending.
  • The Power of Love: Her love combined with Simon's friendship with Rossiu allowed them to reach him before he killed himself. And her pleas for him to stop made him flinch up long enough for Simon to punch some sense back into him.
  • Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: Pre-timeskip. Post time-skip, she's let it grow out down past her neck.
  • Security Cling: She runs up and leaps into Rossiu's arms while spilling tears and whimpering, not even stopping to shed the glasses and wipe her eyes.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the high school AU manga, Simon and Nia catch her in the middle of drawing a picture of Kamina and Kittan.
  • Shrinking Violet: Pre-timeskip.
  • Significant Anagram: Her name is an anagram for "nonki", or "carefree".
  • Subordinate Excuse: Post-timeskip, she has become Rossiu's assistant and has feelings for him.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Post-timeskip, she's much more serious and harsh to everyone, except Rossiu. The only time she becomes emotional is when Rossiu nearly commits suicide.
  • Tears of Joy: Seeing Rossiu (fairly) unharmed sends her into a crying wreck, pouring out tears of relief.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She hardens up after the time skip, becoming harsh and drastic in response to Rossiu's actions. However, it only serves to reveal she's doing it out of pure, unrestrained love for him.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: The Wife, being the most sensible and smartest of the sisters.

    Kiyal Bachika
Voiced by: Kana Asumi (JP), Gina Bowes (EN)

The youngest of Kittan's younger sisters. She's quite the tomboy. Kiyal is the playful little sis of the Black Siblings, often joking at the situation and keeping a bright but forceful attitude about her. She pilots the Kiyalunga, a suprisingly adorable pink Gunmen with a big smile on its face.

  • Cute Little Fang
  • Cry Cute: Bawls hysterically when she learns her big bro has died in the second movie.
  • Hidden Depths: The manga reveals that she wants to be a mother like her big sis, as she's shown caring for quite a few children when we see her trapped in the Anti-Spirals' illusion.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears two clips on the left side of her hair.
  • Idol Singer: She became one after the Time Skip in the manga, with her outfits being based on the ones in Kiyal's Magical Time.
  • Magical Girl: She becomes one in Parallel Works 2: Kiyal's Magical Time.
  • No Indoor Voice: If you anger her, she'll start screaming... a lot.
  • Ore Onna
  • Out of Focus: She gets hit with it the worst of Kittan's sisters after the timeskip, doing next to nothing beyond hanging around Kittan and Kiyoh throughout it.
    • This is averted in the manga, where it's revealed that she's become an Idol Singer and is very popular. More importantly, she joins Team Dai-Gurren in their final battle against the Anti-Spirals, piloting the Kiyalunga.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Post-time skip, her hair is now down to her waist.
  • Retired Badass: Post-time skip, she has now retired from her fighting days.
  • Shipper on Deck: She was ecstatic when Simon proposed to Nia.
  • Significant Anagram: Her name is an anagram for "yaruki" or "eager".
  • The Three Faces of Eve: The Child, being the youngest and childish of the sisters.
  • Womanchild: She's still living with Kiyoh after the timeskip and doesn't appear to have matured much at all.


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