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You are now hearing the voice of Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese) or Kyle Hebert (English)

Hey! HEY! HEY! HEY! HEY! HEY! HEY! HEY! You got guts navigating to my page unannounced. But I like guts, both the word and that one guy from that really dark Japanese comic book. You don't need to say anything. I know exactly why you're here. You're here to hear about the undisputed leader of Team Dai-Gurren, the manliest, most tenacious man in the known galaxy and all of the multiverse, THE MIGHTY KAMINA!

What's that? Some of you reading this don't know who I am? Well then, dig the wax out of your ears and listen close. The reputation of Team Dai-Gurren goes far and wide. When people talk about its badass leader, the man of indomitable spirit and masculinity, they're talking about me, THE MIGHTY KAMINA!

What do you mean I just repeated myself? Hey! Hey! Hey! Just who the hell do you think I am? This is my page and I get to make the rules here see! Now sit back, relax and listen real close as I tell you the story of the greatest hero that EVER LIIIIIIVED!


To start, I'm from that one anime. You know the one that created the phrase Beyond the Impossible. What? Not ringing a bell. MUST I SPELL IT OUT FOR YOU? I'm from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann! Can't you tell from my Badass Cape, awesome blue hair, awesome sunglasses and kickass sword? You can't! Well then, LOOKS LIKE I BETTER START AT THE BEGINNING!

Years ago I ventured onto the surface world with my old man, but back then I was too scared to go where no man has gone before, so my old man sent me back to my home village in Jiha. I spent years trying to convince the village chief that there was a world above the ceiling to the underground village, but he wouldn't believe me. Can you believe that? How could he doubt the mighty Kamina?

Well, anyway, after many years and zany schemes trying to break out onto the surface, fate smiled upon me. First, I met this really smoking hot sniper babe, Yoko, let me tell you with melons like that it was Love at First Sight for this great epic specimen of manliness. Oh, and I guess a giant robot dropped down and tried to terrorize the village, but that's not nearly as important. I mean, I could've beaten it with just the village chief's sword and my manly spirit. No, seriously, I totally could have.


Unfortunately, I didn't get to show the village, or Simon and Yoko, how manly I am and...what? Who's Simon? Ah, how could I forget to mention Simon, my blood brother! Simon is from Jiha Village, just like me. When his parents died in an earthquake, Simon was left all alone, but then I came along and took him under my wing, guiding him and mentoring him so that he would one day become a badass pinnacle of manliness just like me, which he definitely did, though it took him a little while. But anyway, enough about Simon for now. This is my page, so right now, we're gonna talk about me! IT'S MY TIME TO SHINE!

Anyway, long story short, Simon and Yoko helped me bust out onto the surface world where we were all thrust into battle against beastmen and their Gunmen. I totally jacked me one of them and named it Gurren, pairing it off with Simon's tinier Gunman, Lagann. Together we formed the greatest giant fighting robot that ever existed, the Gurren Lagann. Aw, yeah, baby!

With our Combining Mecha and manly spirit, Simon and I were unstoppable! Well, at least until around the time we fought some monkey dude. See, as the human resistance, led by yours truly, started gaining momentum we took on a giant fortress called Dai Gunzan. Since Simon's Lagann can fuse with other mecha and take control of them I came up with this brilliant plan to have him take control of the enemy's main base. And while the plan worked in the end, during the battle, I sort of... well... died. But luckily, not long after my demise, Simon's manly soul finally awakened, and he took up my mantle and finished what we started!

But that's not where my story ends! Death means nothing to this man! A true man never dies, even if he is killed! When Simon and the others were in danger, trapped by some creepy shadow dude's weird hypno spell thingy, I was able to briefly return and speak to Simon one last time, allowing him and everyone else to break free from the trap and finish things once and for all. And while I can't go back to my world, I totally get to chillax wherever I wanna these days. And hey, this internet is a pretty cool place if you ask me. I'm totally going to make a new Team Dai-Gurren. Let's see, maybe I'll send out some invitations to some of those other guys with pages on this website.

Hmm, suppose that'll do for now! Now that I have my new Team Dai-Gurren, I feel hyped enough to tell you more about me and what makes me as manly as I am. So here you go, troper!


  • All-Loving Hero: I am an inspiration to others, never show signs of rage when I'm in a fight and everyone missed me terribly when I was gone. Don't worry guys, the great and mighty, Kamina is still kicking. But, uh, you know, anything you could do to break reality to get me back would be appreciated.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • I got killed, got up and avenged my own death before passing on to the next world BECAUSE I'M A MAN!
    • In the second movie of my series, I get reincarnated as the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, which essentially means you're looking at a man with the power of multiple galaxies right now! Shut up! It totally counts!
  • Badass Baritone: ...with the most badass 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 badass leader. The man of indomitable spirit and masculinity... They're talking about me! The Mighty Kamina!"
  • Badass Cape: It was my dad's and now it's mine.
  • Badass Normal: I am just a man and I kick ass and take names.
  • Bash Brothers: Okay, lemme dial back and be a bit serious here. I could never have accomplished much without Simon's hard work and Spiral Energy, but Simon never believed in himself and needed my bravado and encouragement. We were a team, like those two dudes in underwear.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: If there's one thing I'm disappointed in, it's not getting the chance to do anything more than kiss Yoko. Ladies? A little help here?
  • The Berserker: I attack, then I attack, and then I attack some more. It's a great strategy, I don't know why not enough people use it.
  • Beneath the Mask: All right, I was serious once already, let's not go opening up old wounds, that's not what I'm about. But, if you must know, I basically shout a lot to hide the fact that I might be one step away from having my own piss running down my leg. If I act like I know what I'm doing, then my enemy would think the same. Plus, it motivates others, Simon especially.
  • Big Brother Instinct: My relationship with Simon.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Hey! I said dig the wax outta your ears!
  • Big Eater: A man's stomach knows no limit!
  • Big Good: Hell yeah!
  • BFS: I stole one from the village chief and now it's mine.
  • Blood Brothers: What part of dig the wax out of your ears didn't you hear the first time? Do I have to do the whole speech again? Cause I will!
  • Boisterous Bruiser: MY NAME IS KAMINA AND I AM A MAN!
  • Breakout Character: While Simon's certainly The Hero, everyone remembers me. I mean, how could they not, I'm me!
  • Broken Ace: Hey! Hey! Hey! Enough with these serious entries, all right! How am I supposed to be manly and look awesome if you keep bringing up what makes me not so awesome. I mean, yeah, sure, I can't do everything by myself, but come on! Let me at least look the part!
  • Calling Your Attacks: Every attack I have has a name and I don't just call out my attacks I SHOUT THEM!
  • Catch Phrase: Let's run 'em down one by one:
    "Yours is the drill that will pierce the heavens!"
    "Kick reason to the curb and go Beyond the Impossible. That's how Team Gurren rolls."
    "Believe in the me that believes in you."
  • Chick Magnet: Ladies love me. And how could they not love this specimen of masculine sexiness? *curls bicep*
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: Of course I'm right! How could you doubt that all you need is a little fighting spirit and epic manliness and nothing could stop you? Oi! Oi! Don't go giving me excuses! It works! YOU JUST HAVE TO TRY HARD ENOUGH!
  • Combat Pragmatist: *trying to think* I am?note 
  • Cool Big Bro: That's it! Speech again! Once again, I want you to dig the wax out of your ears and listen up! I am the badass leader of Team Dai-Gurren! I am the mentor to Simon, whose drill is the drill that will pierce the heavens! I am a man who gets things done! I do the impossible, see the invisible! Row! Row! Fight the power!
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Touch the untouchable! Break the unbreakable! Row! Row! Fight the power!
  • Crutch Character: In my digital appearance of Super Robot Wars Z2: Hakai-Hen my epically massive stats are crucial to victory early in the game, especially when fighting those annoying-as-hell Dimensional Beasts. Though, because of what happens to me later, you're probably going to want Simon to take the lead every once in a while so that he won't be too far behind everyone else when I bite the dust and get replaced by forehead boy.
  • Dead Person Conversation: At the end of the series, I save everyone by giving them the will to fight back against the goofy looking shadow dude and his dumb hypno spell.
  • Dead Star Walking: Wait, if I died and came back to life, does that mean I'm a zombie now? If it does, then that makes me the most manly zombie in history!
  • Deconstructed Trope: I might appear to be a straight example of being the Hot-Blooded All Loving Idiot Hero, but I'm actually this trope's version of those tropes. Mostly due to the fact as, like I said before, all the shouting is just a coping mechanism and I probably would've been dead a lot sooner if Simon and Yoko weren't keeping me in line.
  • Decoy Protagonist: I'd say it sucks to be me because I only got to scream and shout for eight episodes, but life these days does have its perks. I mean, now I can talk to my huge fan club I didn't even know existed before! Let's see forehead boy do that!
  • Delinquents: I'll break any rule I want! That's just how I am!
  • Determinator: Death doesn't stop this man! I got run through the chest by some weird ape dude and then turned around and delivered an epic speech that made all of my previous speeches cry in a corner out of shame for not being nearly as awesome and then I still stuck around long enough to invent the Gurren Lagann's Signature Move and then I came back seven years later to knock some sense into everyone to have them fight that weird shadow thing trying to wreck the universe. BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!
  • Deuteragonist: I shared the spotlight equally with Simon until my "death".
  • Disappeared Dad: My dad went into the surface without me and never came back. I spent years trying to follow in his footsteps. Found his grave shortly after coming to the surface. Like father, like son, eh, old man?
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Giga... DORIRU... BREAKAH!!
  • Expy: As much as I am loathed to admit it, anyone whose seen that old anime will see more than a passing resemblance to that one big sister chick. Moving on...
  • The Face: I am the man that ties everyone together in a big thick, juicy hamburger with extra bacon and cheese! My ideals are the onions and tomatoes that give flavor to revolution! I am the secret sauce that foils villainous plots and...oh wow, I'm hungry.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: FAKE??! HOW DARE YOU! Just who the hell do you think I am? Okay, sure Simon's The Hero, but...but I'm the flagship of the whole show! You cannot deny my awesomeness!
  • Famed in Story: My death just made me more awesome, like that one wizard dude when his robe went from gray to white. Except, you know, I didn't get superpowers. THIS MUST BE REMEDIED!
  • Fearless Fool: HELL YEAH! Bring on any danger! I ain't afraid of no man or beast! Why? Because I'm Kamina!
  • Final Speech: Remember what I said earlier about delivering a speech that was so epic it made all my other speeches cry in shame? Yeah, that was this.
  • Fountain of Memes: Everything you quote and love about my show originated from my words and deeds.
  • Friend to All Children: Well, duh. Kids love me cause I'm awesome and there ain't no way I'm not going to teach them how to be exactly like me.
  • Genius Ditz: Pfft, who says you need brains to be smart? I don't.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Whenever Simon can't pick himself up by the short hairs on his own, I can get the job done with my fist.
  • A Good Way to Die: Let's see, avenging myself, inventing a Signature Move in the process, and leaving my legacy in the hands of the only person I trust? I'd say mission accomplished...well, I mean, if I needed to die anyway. I'd love to still have never died in the first place.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Because real men don't frown when they die!
  • The Gwen Stacy: HEY! I AM A MAN! Call me the Gary Stan or something MANLY! Wait! I know! Randy Savage! ...wait, why are you holding pitch forks? What did I say?
  • Handsome Lech: You know, up until now I figured I'd do my damndest to crawl back to Yoko, but hot damn how many types of hot babes exist on the internet!
  • The Hero Dies: Death is for lesser men! I mean...yeah, sure I kind of never showed up in the show again after episode 8. Quiet! You're cramping my style!
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Well, yeah, if we're talking my show I only had an interest in Yoko, but *wolf whistles* look at all these fine babes. Hey, is that one single?
  • Hidden Depths: Like I said before, I act tough to make it seem like I'm not scared and to make my enemies think I know what I know what I'm doing at all times. I live my life doing what I want when I want because that's how a real man lives!
  • Hope Bringer: Because I'm awesome like that.
  • Hot-Blooded: Life's not any fun if you're not living each moment to its absolute extreme.
  • Hunk: All yours if you want ladies, ain't no woman currently tying this man down.
  • Idiot Hero: What I lack in brains I make up for in FIGHTING SPIRIT!
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: I get skewered like a piece of meat on a grill by some damn dirty ape and his ganmen. Didn't stop me from getting up and avenging my own death. Hey ladies, wanna see the scar?
  • Indy Ploy: With one notable exception, which is what got me killed ironically.
  • Insistent Terminology: Call me "aniki" or "bro". I won't accept anything less! Or rather, nothing more formal than that. FORMALITIES ARE FOR CHUMPS!
  • Inspirational Martyr: I die as my team was attempting to capture the Dai-Gunzan. However, because my death caused them all to lose their spines, I had to tell death to hold up a sec and got up again long enough to inspire my team to continue fighting. And after my death, everyone just tried to live up to my standards and how awesome I was.
  • In the Name of the Moon: The mighty Kamina always has a speech prepared.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: I have the noblest of intentions, not my fault all those whiny adults have to cover their ears when I deliver one of my awesome speeches and also, I'm always right.
  • Juggling Loaded Guns: All right, I'll admit. I don't know how to use a gun. Gimme a sword any day.
  • Jumped at the Call: I'm up for anything you can throw at me. Write me into whatever fanfiction you want. Er...just make sure I get a hot chick to bang, all right? And don't kill me again! Dying hurts, you know!
  • Large and in Charge: I am the leader and I am the most intimidating to my enemies. FOR TEAM DAI-GURREN!
  • Large Ham: I actually tried to legally change my name to Khamina, but it didn't stick. It also confused the kids. Can't have that.
  • The Leader: Of Team Dai-Gurren, baby!
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Who needs plans when you have enough manliness pointed in a general direction?
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Well I mean I fight for justice and all, but what do lanterns have to do with it?
  • Magnetic Hero: What? Someone else set up Team Dai-Gurren and I motivated them? LIES! I am TEAM DAI-GURREN! BOTH IN BODY AND IN SPIRIT!
  • Manic Pixie Dream Guy: Hey! I didn't like the Gwen Stacy thing and I don't appreciate it here! Stop associating me with girly stuff! I AM A MAN! But, gender aside, I guess I do fit a textbook case with regards to Simon.
  • Manly Tears: The only way a man should cry.
  • The McCoy: Between Yoko and Simon, I rely mostly on my intuition and guts.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kami" means "god". My dad named me right and proper. I mean what else do you call a guy that can break reality after he dies to serve up some epic manliness and save his friends?
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Uh....oops, I guess? I don't know what to say here. It's not like I wanted to die.
  • Messianic Archetype: Bow down to the mighty Kamina for I am AWESOME!
  • Mr. Fanservice: Rippling muscles, shirtless at all times, outrageously handsome, what's not to love? All the fangirls love me.
  • Mutual Kill: Like I said, got killed, got up and kicked the ass of the dumb monkey what ran me through.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: But when you defy reality like it's breathing air, it don't matter none.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: Unlike repeating myself about being Simon's mentor, I am never going to get tired of repeating how I beat up that ape dude to avenge my 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..."
  • Posthumous Character: My death lingers over my show like a fiercely roasting barbecue, inspiring others and making sure they never give up.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Well, what else does a man who just avenged his own death do? I earned that rest.
  • Rated M for Manly: I've been saying this the whole time and you're just addressing it now. What? Alphabetical order? THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRST!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: I am the red hot flame to Simon's clear blue sky. I'm loud, in your face, unrelenting and reckless. Simon, least till he grew some balls, was meek, shy and helpless. Pfft, okay, couldn't finish that part with a straight face. Simon was always better than me HE JUST DIDN'T KNOW IT YET!
  • Rousing Speech: My speeches are AMAZING! Way more amazing than that string bean with the purple eyes. My speeches are better BECAUSE THEY'RE LOUDER!
  • Sacrificial Lion: I am sacrifice HEAR ME ROAR!
  • Sarashi: This is the only upper body clothing I ever wear. I'll take it off if you'd like, ladies.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Oh please, stop with the compliments, you're embarrassing me.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the High School A.U. manga.
  • Stealth Mentor: Most of my more reckless moments are my attempts to get Simon to imitate me in his own special way.
  • Stepford Smiler: I can smile confidently because I know I've got my badass crew and Simon backing me up.
  • Supporting Leader: I tried to make Simon the head honcho, but no one saw what I saw. ONCE AGAIN THE MIGHTY KAMINA IS PROVEN RIGHT!
  • Take a Moment to Catch Your Death: I have just enough time to climb back into Gurren's pilot seat after punching Simon in the face before I get attacked.
  • Take Up My Sword: I made sure that if I was going down, Simon would fight enough for the both of us.
  • Taking You with Me: Nobody surprise attacks this man and gets away with it. HOO-RAH!
  • Testosterone Poisoning: I think this should be renamed Kamina Poisoning BECAUSE I SHOULD BE THE STANDARD FOR ALL MANLINESS IN THE UNIVERSE!
  • This Is a Drill: This is usually Simon's territory, but I get to do this one time when I invent the Gurren Lagann's signature move. Say it with me this time. Giga... DORIRU... BREAKAH!!
  • Too Dumb to Live: HEY! I died because I was trying to be smart and I'm not nearly as dumb as you might think.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Because even the best badasses can get badassier.
  • Tragic Hero: It's not all bad though, I got a city named after me.
  • Tragic Keepsake: My dad's cape is mine and my friends used my sword to mark my grave.
  • Transformation Name Announcement: If I don't announce myself how will people know how utterly screwed they're about to be because they're facing me down?
  • Triangle Shades: I'm what you'd call the Trope Codifier of this in anime. No idea what that means, but it sounds awesome.
  • Übermensch: Eat your heart out guy with the funny looking mustache.
  • The Unchosen One: I'm not the man to be the hero, though I'll be a hero to anyone that needs help. But I've got a good eye for real heroes. I wasn't wrong with Simon and I won't be wrong any other time in history.
  • The Unfettered: Nothing fazes me! I'M INVINCIBLE! IF I WASN'T HOW WOULD I BE STANDING HERE??!
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Like I said before, when I'm not detail orien...ori...oris...when I'm not organized, my PLANS ARE INGENIOUS!
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: My epic manliness is plastered on this trope's page.
  • Weapon of Choice: My sword. Shut up, it is mine! I stole it fair and square.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: As a child, I was too scared to go to the surface with my dad. My regret led me to be the man I am today.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: By the way, the curtains match the carpet. You're welcome to see for yourself ladies.

Well, it looks like that's all I've got. Remember troper, if you can't believe in yourself, believe in the Kamina that believes in you. Just who the hell do you think you are? Shut up, I'm not crying! Your life is worth more than wandering aimlessly about this website for the rest of your life. Now go on out of there and make something of yourself! The GREAT KAMINA DEMANDS IT!

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