Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann/Quotes

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Epic robots, epic fights, epic epicness - with so much epic win, is it any wonder Gurren Lagann is an epic source for so many epic quotes? Here is our epic selection.


"A real man never dies, even when he's killed!"
Kamina who even when he's killed, never dies.
"Don't believe in yourself! Believe in me! Believe in the Kamina who believes in you!"
"Your drill is the drill that will pierce the heavens!"
"I'm going to tell you something important now, so you better dig the wax out of those huge ears of yours and listen! 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!"
Kamina Introducing himself before challenging a three-story-tall robot to a fight armed with only a katana.[1]
"Listen up, Simon. Never forget. Just believe in yourself. Not in the Simon that I believe in; not in the Kamina that you believe in, either. Believe in the Simon who believes in you."
Kamina in episode 8, right before performing the first Giga Drill Breaker, then dying for good.
"I borrowed one of Gurren Lagann's drills as a good luck charm! And believe me, I'm gonna put it to good use...!"
Kittan, just before the following badass quote.
(wielding one of Gurren Lagann's drills) "This is Simon's soul! Team Dai-Gurren's soul! Humanity's soul... and actually, it's MY SOUL! Do you seriously think it's gonna be wiped out by the likes of you?! King... Kittan... GIGA... DRILL... BREAK!!!"
Kittan in episode 25, right before performing a Giga Drill Breaker and then dying.

"My bro is dead. He's gone! But he's right there on my back, and here in my heart! He lives on as a part of me! If you're gonna dig, dig to the heavens. No matter what's in my way, I won't stop! Once I've dug through - it means that I've won! ... Just who the hell do you think I am? I'm Simon. I'm not my Bro! I'M ME!! Simon the Digger!"

"My name is Simon. Leader of Team Dai-Gurren: Simon the Digger. If you decide that you're going to be a wall that's standing in my way, then I have something that will open a hole in you every time! And that something... is my drill!"
Simon opens a hole in Lordgenome.

Anti-Spiral: "How can this be? Where are you drawing all of this power from?"

Simon: "We evolve beyond the person we were a minute before! Little by little, we advance a bit further with each turn. That's how a drill works!!"
Simon tells us the theme of the series right before the following:

Anti-Spiral: That is the path that leads to extinction. Why can't you see the pathetic limitation of the Spiral race?

Simon: No, that's YOUR limitation! You sit here, closed-off, locking away other lifeforms like some kind of king! That's nobody's limitation but your own!!
Simon utterly rejects the Anti-Spiral's pessimistic philosophy.
"People ask, "Why do you fight? Why do you kill? Why do you destroy?" They will die with these questions unanswered. That is humanity's bliss."
Lordgenome narrating the prologue to the first Compilation Movie.

Kamina: We brawlers are sustained by willpower! Even when mocked as reckless and crazy!
Simon: If there's a wall in our way then we smash it down! If there isn't a path, then we carve one ourselves!
Both: The magma of our soul burns with a mighty flame! Super Ultra Combining: Gurren Lagann!!
Simon: Just who...!

Kamina: In the hell...!


Simon: We embark on the winding spiral path! The paths of man and beast intersect!
Viral: Join with yesterday's foe to fight fate, and take tomorrow's path in your own hands!

Both: Destiny Combining: Gurren Lagann!! JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM?!

[All Anti-Spiral mechs save the mothership spontaneously explode from the sheer awesomeness]
Simon and Viral, showing us the meaning of Big Damn Heroes.

Simon: Smashing through both karma and fate!
Viral: The screams of life echo across the galaxy!

Both: Raging Wave Combining: Arc Gurren... Lagann!!
Simon and Viral, about to kick the ass of said mothership.

Messenger! Nia: The likelihood of my return is close to zero.

Simon: Maybe, but it isn't zero. And for me, that makes it the same as a hundred percent chance!
Simon, showing off what makes him a Determinator
"Our friends' hopes and dreams are etched into its body, transforming the infinite darkness into light! Unmatched in Heaven, and Earth; one machine, equal to the gods! Super Galaxy GURREN LAGANN! ... We're gonna show you the power... of the human race."
Simon, as Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann rises from the Spiral Abyss. [2]
"Get going, Simon. Just don't be distracted by the what-ifs, should-haves, and if-onlys. The one thing you choose yourself - that is the truth of your universe."
Kamina, freeing Simon from the Anti-Spiral's labyrinth

Anti-Spiral: "Impossible! Sentient life-forms can't possibly escape from a muti-dimensional labyrinth."
Simon: Don't underestimate us. We don't care about time, or space or... multi-dimensional whatevers! We don't give a damn about that. Force your way down a path YOU choose to take, and do it all yourself! That's the way Team Dai-Gurren rolls!

[Cue awesome Meta Mecha sequence.]

Nia: Even when trapped by karma's cycle...

Yoko: The dreams we left behind will open the door!

Leeron: Even if the universe stands in our way...

Viral: Our seething blood will determine what will be!

Simon: We'll break through time and space!

All: And defy all who would stop us to grab hold of our path!

Simon: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann!

—The whole Dai-Gurren-dan as they combine to create the titular mech of the series.

Anti-Spiral: Foolish creatures, drunk on your spiral power. Do you possess the resolve to do that?
Anti-Spiral: We defended the universe by killing our fellow spirals, and halting our own evolution.
Anti-Spiral: Do you possess the sheer fortitude that is on par with that?! DO YOU?!
Anti-Spiral: We say, NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO! NOT! AT! ALL!!!

Anti-Spiral: You possess neither will! Nor resolve! NOR REASON!
The Anti-Spiral. What was that about stopping your emotions, again?

Anti-Spiral: You continue to struggle, even knowing what you know?
Simon: Of course we do! The tomorrow that we're trying to grab for ourselves... is not the tomorrow that you've set out for us! It's the tomorrow that we choose for ourselves: a tomorrow that we choose out of all the infinite universes. We'll fight our way through. We'll keep fighting and protect the universe! We'll stop the Spiral Nemesis too!
Anti-Spiral: You can't possibly accomplish all that!

Simon: Just watch us!!
The Anti-Spiral and Simon duel in dialogue only marginally less epic than the galaxy-sized mecha combat they're also fighting in.

Anti-Spiral: Infinity Big Bang Storm!

Anti-Spiral: Burn in the everlasting hellfire of creation!

Anti-Spiral: Be utterly annihilated, down to the very last scrap of D N A!
The Anti-Spiral performs its ultimate attack.
"This is bad... But it'll take a lot more than this to finish them!"
Rossiu, while the Dai-Gurren-dan is being attacked by the power of a freakin' Big Bang

Lordgenome: Simon! Leave this one to me.
Lordgenome: Lazengann... Overload!
Nia: Father!
Lordgenome: Do not grieve for me, daughter.
Lordgenome: My soul once drowned in a sea of despair and weariness, but has reawakened!
Lordgenome: If this body can create a tomorrow for all spiral life, I will gladly give it.

Nia: Yes... I agree completely.
Lordgenome holding off a Big Bang in his Lazengann, in preparation for the following lines:

Anti-Spiral: Your deaths will be for nothing! BEGONE!
Cybela: Lazengann is suffering a quantum breakdown!

Lordgenome: Just what I was...WAITING FOR!
Lordgenome, about to turn the energy of Big Bang into one giant drill

Simon: EAT THIS!

Ham-to-Ham Combat at its finest
"Mark my words. This drill will open a hole in the universe! And that hole will be a path for those behind us! The dreams of those who have fallen... The hopes of those who will follow! Those two sets of dreams weave together into a double helix, drilling a path towards tomorrow! And that's Tengen Toppa. That's Gurren Lagann!! My drill is the drill... THAT CREATES THE HEAVENS!!!"
Simon, right before the spectacular finishing move of the Final Battle.
How's that, Anti-Spiral? That's Team Super Galaxy Dai-Gurren's resolve! I'll say it as much as I have to! JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE!?
Simon, in the second Compilation Movie, right as a galaxy-sized Space Volcano spontaneously forms and explodes behind him.

Yoko: With thoughts of a man gone in my heart, I knowingly took on this impossible fight. A womans got her pride. With a maiden's prayers and rage, I'll blast you away along with your cheap trap, so prepare yourself!!!!
Yoko: Here we go Simon!!

Simon: o-okay!!
Yoko in the manga

Kamina: What's the matter Simon? You lose your drill? Too bad.
Simon: There's another bro here...
Kamina: Dumbass! The reputation of Team Gurren echoes far and wide! Its badass leader, a man of spirit! A paragon of total masculinity! As if there could be more than one of the mighty Kamina!
Simon: But, well, there's two of you here!
Kamina: Exactly, pick the one you want!
Simon: But that's crazy bro!
Kamina: Hey, don't you remember you were the method to my madness? The one who made my big talk more than words? Your drill ought to be totally different from that pebble over there. Your drill is right here (jabs at his chest), you can't keep wasting time in this place forever. What's that drill of yours meant to do?
Simon: Is it...really you?
Kamina (dream): What are you doing? Get your ass down here and start bowing! Bow and beg and grovel on your knees, and just pretend to apologize to them! (keeps talking and fades out)

Simon: My...my drill...my drill is...my drill...is...the drill that's gonna pierce the heavens!
Kamina breaks Simon out of the Lotus Eater Machine in the final battle.
  1. Even better? Word of God says that if Yoko hadn't shown up and interfered, Kamina would have won.
  2. For reference, the machine he referred to as "equal to the gods" was only the third most powerful mech the good guys use in the series.