Seiji Mizushima’s Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is among the most beloved installments in the Gundam franchise. With intense action sequences and well-written characters, Gundam 00 comes together nicely. However, beyond all of that, what stands out are the unforgettable things our beloved characters say. Whether it be Graham Aker’s poetic commentary during battles or Setsuna F. Seiei’s spine-tingling honesty, Gundam 00 has many great quotes. Some can make you teary-eyed and emotional, while others can melt your heart and brighten your day. So, with that being said, I’ve decided to compile a list of the top 10 quotes of Gundam 00 Season 1!
*Quotes as they were uttered in the English-dubbed version of the show.
10. “You deserve ten thousand deaths!” – Tieria Erde
Who could have imagined that Tieria Erde, someone so factual and realistic, would say something this outlandish? Well, I couldn’t. However, I’m fully aware that it’s a figure of speech and an exaggeration. Needless to say, it doesn’t make this quote any less badass. It’s one thing to pray death on your foes, it’s another when the number of deaths is as specific as ten thousand. This is especially surprising considering that Tieria Erde is an austere character, rarely giving into his emotions. However, when he does relinquish control, he seems to have a lot to get off his chest!
9. “Time for a lover’s embrace, Gundam!” – Graham Aker
Most of what Graham Aker says is quotable, yet this line is especially noteworthy when you consider that he said it to a Gundam. While the majority of characters would yell “I will destroy you”, Graham goes for the more poetic approach. Simply put, he compares grabbing a hold of a Gundam to embracing a lover, as it looks like a passionate hug. However, it’s the word selection that makes this quote beautiful, as I was rendered speechless when I first heard it. Not only because it’s well-structured and perfectly uttered, but because it was said by Graham Aker. Let’s be real, he’s the only character that can be flamboyant and badass at the same time. However, that’s why we love him!
8. “I am Gundam!” – Setsuna F. Seiei
This quote is arguably the most memorable one in Gundam 00, said by Setsuna on more than a dozen occasions. Halfway through the season, it became the Gundam Meister’s catchphrase, often uttered during battles. However, considering Setsuna’s past as a child soldier, it’s easy to consider this quote a product of his PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). While that’s a piece of the puzzle, the line has a deeper meaning that initially thought. Simply put, the quote is in-fact a metaphor. Consider the following: Gundams were created as tools for the eradication of war, used for armed interventions in-order to bring peace on earth. With that being said, Setsuna’s saying that he’s the embodiment of the eradication of war, being one with the Gundam and its purpose for existing. So, this not only gives the quote much-needed context, it shows Setsuna’s dedication to rid the world of twistedness.
7. “You, people down there, are you satisfied with the way the world is? As for me… I hate it.” – Lockon Stratos
As Robin Williams once said: “I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.” I found this quote to be fitting, as while Neil Dylandy comes across as being positive and joyful during the events of Gundam 00, he is the farthest thing from happy. The quote above is proof of that, showing that This quote is fitting in more ways than one, as when Neil Dylandy lost his family members in a terrorist attack, he felt like he wasn’t strong enough to prevent it. Not only that, but his entire life was a journey to finding a place he could call home, yet that place was no longer earth. Neil Dylandy found peace as the Gundam Meister of Celestial Being, granting him the strength he felt he lacked as a young boy, seeing his parents and little sister get killed.
As far as our beloved Lockon Stratos is concerned, it’s very surprising for arguably the nicest guy in the first season to say something along those lines. He was unable to forgive the world and was not able to change himself, adding depth to Neil’s character. This shows that while he hides is true feelings about the world, right before death, he still couldn’t forget nor forgive what happened to his family. To put it simply, he died hating the world, despising for what he felt it had become. Additionally, this quote might not be very memorable, it’s indeed very honest and true to how many feel about the world in today’s society. You could throw this sentence at any person you know and see how they respond, as it’s quite polarizing.
6. “It was your display of overwhelming power that stole my heart. That feeling I had could only be called Love! But if you go beyond love, it becomes hatred!” – Graham Aker
Graham Aker speaks the truth, as he explains his feelings towards the Gundam in the best way imaginable. It started with interest, lead into obsession, continued into love, and ended with hatred. In addition, the quote is made even more remarkable and compelling by how it’s uttered by Graham. He makes the simplest of lines intriguing, with his true emotions felt through the words chosen. That makes it possible for Graham Aker to utter such direct and heartfelt statements that come across quite poetic.
5. “You’re just forcing your own distorted ego on others, and now I’m coming for you! To cut that twisted part out of you!” – Setsuna F. Seiei
Setsuna calling out someone for a distorted ego is quite hypocritical, especially when you consider his own selfish actions. However, that’s the main reason for this quote being memorable, as a dissection proves it’s quite complex. While the lines are simplistic at face value, there’s depth to the word selection, considering that “distorted” is a synonym for twisted. With that in mind, Setsuna’s saying that through death there will be salvation for those who he believes to be twisted. In other words, cutting (killing) the twistedness (physical body) releases the spirit, as the body was used to commit evil deeds with. However, this shouldn’t be surprising, as Setsuna F. Seiei is a shell for Soran Ibrahim to use for good deeds. After all, the only reason Soran Ibrahim wants to live is to rid the world of twistedness.
4. “I am a warmonger. I can’t help it, I love everything about war. I’m the very worst kind of person, someone who lives and dies for humanity’s most primitive impulse.” – Ali Al-Saachez
We all saw what kind of a monster Ali Al-Saachez was in the first season. He was responsible for deaths of Neil Dylandy’s (Lockon Stratos) mother, father and little sister, even taking Neil’s life later on as well. The fact that Al-Saachez said those things about himself proves that he has no sympathy for others, with no care in the world. He admits to being a warmonger, as well as being the worst kind of person in the world. To hear him speak like that about himself is truly frightening, as he’s being brutally honest. Al-Saachez lives to cause destruction, death and hatred, all for his own sick and twisted gain.
3. “Don’t push your own feelings on to others. No matter what pretty words you string together, your kindness is just hypocrisy. You’re pretending to be nice just to make yourself feel better!” – Allelujah Haptism
I was shocked to hear such an intelligent statement coming from Hallelujah, considering that he is a sadistic lunatic who only cares about his own well-being. Allelujah on the other hand is a shy fellow with a few great lines here and there but there’s no comparison to when Hallelujah takes over. The things this lunatic says are unforgettable, with this quote being a prime example of that. Hallelujah calls out Allelujah for being a hypocrite and pushing his feelings on to others. However, what makes this such a great quote is the way it was said and its poetic structure.
2. “The eradication of war through force. That is Celestial Being. And the Gundam will do it… together with me. That’s right, that’s what I am! What all of us are. We’re gundams.” – Setsuna F. Seiei
Even though Setsuna barely had anything interesting to say, doing most of his talking through fighting, the statement above stood out. While simple in context, it’s a powerful quote that is uttered to perfection by Setsuna. The word selection and the odd, almost random, way he expresses his feelings is what makes it so memorable. He’s able to paint the perfect picture of Celestial Being and himself with only a few words, sending a strong message.
1. “I don’t care how much better your machine is, today I’m beyond that! I strike like an avenging angel!” – Graham Aker
It’s hard for any character to compete with the poetic tongue of Graham Aker, a man who always has something intriguing to say. The quote above was uttered by Graham during a fair one-versus-one battle with Gundam Eins. Having to bury his friend and fellow Flag-fighter Howard Mason, Graham says he doesn’t care about the difference in suit strengths. Things were made personal with the death of his comrade, making Graham not hold back anymore. However, the last bit of the quote is what makes it truly special, as he says something unpredictable. The word selection is priceless, as he compares his way of attacking the Gundam to that of an avenging angel. By doing that, he compares himself to an angel as well, adding depth to a quote that is already badass and poetic. It’s an all-around great quote, with the last part describing how Graham actually starts fighting. It’s powerful and might very well send shivers down your spine by just reading it or hearing it in the anime.