Seiji Mizushima’s Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is one of the most well-respected anime series in the Gundam franchise, with intense action sequences, excellent plot twists and well-written characters. As a fan of the franchise myself, I like Gundam 00 for many reasons, with one of them being the unforgettable things the characters say. Some lines might send shivers down your spine, others might make you teary-eyed. However, what the 10 quotes on this list have in common is that they are all special in one way or another.
We all appreciate a good storyline with great dialogue, so for that reason I have decided to list the 10 best things said in the 25-episode first season of Gundam 00. While not for everybody, I’m confident that Gundam fans will get some enjoyment out of this list, as we can sometimes forget the crazy, over-the-top and loveable things the characters have said. Without further ado, this is The Hergula’s list of the top 10 quotes of Gundam 00 Season 1!
*Quotes as they were uttered in the English-dubbed version of the anime
10. “I am Gundam!” – Setsuna F. Seiei
This quote made the list largely because it was said so many times by Setsuna that it actually became very memorable. While it might seem easy to understand at first, thinking that Setsuna might just be a delusional person due to his past as a child soldier, it’s revealed in the second half of the first season that it’s a metaphor. Gundams were created as tools to use for the eradication of war through armed interventions, in-order to bring peace on earth. So keeping that in mind, Setsuna’s saying that he’s the embodiment of the eradication of war, being one with the Gundam and its purpose for existing.
9. “You deserve ten thousand deaths!” – Tieria Erde
Tieria has a bad temper, we know, but for someone so factual and realistic to say something like this is quite interesting. To say that you deserve ten thousand deaths is one thing, actually being able to kill someone so many times is another. Of course, I’m aware that it’s a figure of speech and that he is exaggerating, yet that does not make this quote any less badass or great. What makes it even better is how casually he says it, almost as if it’s not a big deal.
8. “Time for a lover’s embrace, Gundam!” – Graham Aker
Most of what Graham says in the first season is quotable, yet the line above is especially great when you consider that he said it to a Gundam. While most characters would yell out something like “I will destroy you” or “I hate you, Gundam”, Graham goes all poetic on us and says that it’s time for a lover’s embrace with another Gundam. I was speechless when I heard those words coming out of his mouth, because very few characters can get a pass for saying something like this, Graham is one of them.
7. “You, people down there, are you satisfied with the way the world is? As for me… I hate it.” – Lockon Stratos
While 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 persn you know and see how they respond, as it’s quite polarizing. 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.
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
Honestly, Setsuna calling someone else out for having a big ego is ironic, considering his own actions. However, that’s one of the main reasons it’s a memorable quote, as it adds depth to the meaning of the lines. While it’s ironic indeed, what’s intriguing is how Setsuna says he will cut the twistedness out of a person. The world selection is what makes this quite stick to the back of your head and hard to forget. It holds so much strength and passion that merely reading the lines might give you chills.
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.