Seiji Mizushima’s Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is among the most beloved entries in the Gundam franchise, with intense action sequences and well-written characters. However, it’s easy to forget the dialogue lines that make this anime so impactful and hard-hitting, which is a shame. Whether it be Graham Aker’s poetic commentary or Setsuna’s spine-tingling honesty, Gundam 00 has many excellent quotes. While some can make you teary-eyed and emotional, others can make you chuckle and brighten your day. So, with that in mind, perhaps it’s time we reminisce and discuss the very best lines from the show? Here are the top 10 best quotes from Gundam 00: Season 1!
*Quotes as they were uttered in the English 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 obvious exaggeration. Needless to say, it doesn’t make this quote any less impactful or 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 noteworthy because he said it to a Gundam. While the majority of anime characters would yell “I’ll destroy you”, or something similar, Graham goes for the poetic approach. Simply put, he compares grabbing a hold of a Gundam to embracing a lover, as it looks like a hug. However, it’s the word selection that makes this quote stand out and land beautifully when uttered. In addition, it’s said with such conviction and determination that the outcome of the action seemed like a foregone conclusion. I mean, if we’re being real, he’s the only character that can be flamboyant and badass at the same time. However, that’s why we love him!
8. “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 explained his feelings towards the Gundam, much like a heartbroken person would say their peace in a dysfunctional relationship. It all started with interest, lead into love, continued into passion, then twisted into obsession and ended with bitter hatred. Honestly, the primary reason for this quote being memorable is the English voice actor’s delivery of these lines. In addition, it’s so direct and effortless, yet carries so much weight for the character, as he somewhat admired the Gundams. When things changed, so did his views on the mobile suits, altering his reasoning and understanding for their creation and existence. However, it all comes down to the delivery, as the emotions can be felt, and Graham genuinely comes across as being hurt by the actions of the Gundams.
7. “I am Gundam.” – Setsuna F. Seiei
This quote is arguably the most memorable one in Gundam 00, said by Setsuna on more than half 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 a product of his PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). While that’s obviously a piece of the puzzle, the line has a deeper meaning than 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 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. So, this not only gives the quote much needed context, it shows Setsuna’s dedication to rid the world of twistedness.
6. “You, people down there, are you satisfied with the way the world is? As for me… I hate it.” – Lockon Stratos (Neil Dylandy)
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 came across as being positive and joyful, he was the furthest thing from happy. When you consider what happened to his family, it makes sense for him to feel useless and perhaps suffer from survivor’s guilt. Also, his entire life was a journey to find a place he could call home, yet that place was no longer earth. Neil Dylandy found peace as a Gundam Meister of Celestial Being, granting him the power he lacked as a boy when he saw his parents and sister get killed.
Honestly, it was shocking, hearing arguably the nicest guy from the show say those lines. While he obviously hid his true feelings, right before death, he still couldn’t forget nor forgive what had happened to his family. In turn, he died hating earth, despising it for what it had become in his eyes – a world of destruction that perhaps couldn’t be saved. Nevertheless, the raw honesty and word selection make this a tear-jerker, and together with all of the above, it’s one of the most important quotes from the show. So, I would not be surprised if this tops the list for many people, as it’s easily one of the best quotes of Gundam 00.
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 anyone out for a distorted ego is quite hypocritical, especially when you consider his own selfish actions. However, that’s the reason for this quote being fascinating, 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 as a vessel for evil deeds. 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 this young man fights 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 the kind of monster Ali Al-Saachez was in the first season, being responsible for many deaths. Not only was he involved in killing Neil Dylandy’s mother, father and little sister, he succesfully killed the Gundam Meister later as well. Similarly, he took the life of Saji’s older sister Kinue, leaving her to bleed out in a dark alleway. Furthermore, when he created the KPSA, he brainwashed children to join a cause they didn’t understand, forcing them to bear arms and commit murder. So, we shouldn’t forget that he forced every child to kill their own parents, in-order to show their devotion to God, with Soran (Setsuna) among these children. I mean, should I really keep going? I believe this is enough to grasp why Al-Saachez is among the most evil and despicable characters in anime history, as he admits to all of it with a grin on his face. Without even counting the number of victims, it’s obvious that he’s a sociopath, lacking sympathy and empathy for others. However, everything mentioned above is exactly the reason for this quote being so memorable, as the delivery and structure of the lines is truly excellent. In all honesty, the first time I heard these lines, it frightened me and gave me chills, as he uttered it with such conviction and was being brutally honest. In turn, this quote lives as the perfect description for this character, who lives and dies 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
When Allelujah Haptism was questoning his decision to destroy the Super Human Research Institute, Hallelujah jumped in with this philosophical statement. Not only did he question Allelujah’s logic and reasoning, the self-centered and egotistical Hallelujah made a convincing case as to why the facility should be destroyed. I say“convincing” as it wasn’t long before Allelujah pulled the trigger, killing his brethren, leaving the scene with tears in his eyes. In all honesty, this was both tragic and fascinating, as this interaction made me think of survival instinct. Why, you ask? Well, when you consider how selfish people can become when in panic, danger or faced with possible death, I’m fairly confident in making this comparison. In addition, it seems like Hallelujah represents all the doubt, fear and anger that Allelujah has hidden inside of himself. So, at times, Hallelujah seems like a factor that Allelujah internally activates when in need, whether he likes it not. Nevertheless, this quote is pure poetry, with everything from the word selection to the structure making it a beautiful quotable. Together with when and how it’s uttered, these lines are among the very best from the first season of Gundam 00!
2. “The eradication of war through force – that’s 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
Setsuna F. Seiei didn’t say much during the first season, doing most of his talking through fighting. However, when he did open his mouth, he’d often say something noteworthy, like this quote in particular. Not only does it comes across heartfelt, the raw structure and the complexity of the message make this feel very impactful. So, let me ramble like Setsuna for a moment. First, it’s great to see Soran Ibrahim separate himself from the machine that makes him Setsuna F. Seiei. Second, his idealistic views paint the perfect picture, comparing people’s battle against wars to the purpose of Gundams. Third, the innocence in his rambling, trying to find the right words, makes this a heartwarming quote overall. With that in mind, it’s one of the few times Soran Ibrahim was being himself, not viewing the world through the eyes of a Gundam Meister. In addition, the quote is metaphorically superb, elevated by its raw nature, making it a golden nugget!
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 difficult for anyone to compete with Graham Aker’s poetic tongue, with this quote being the prime example of that! With his friend and fellow Flag-Fighter (Howard Mason) killed in battle with a Gundam, Graham Aker released his mental restraints. So, when he got the chance to duel Gundam Throne Eins, he took the opportunity and outclassed Johann Trinity in combat. During this fight, Graham says that he doesn’t care about difference in suit strengths, having to bury his comrade who believe in the Flag mobile suits. Considering that things got personal, Graham didn’t care about his own well-being as much, willing to fight without holding back. However, the last bit of the quote is what makes these lines come together brilliantly! The word selection is priceless, comparing his way of fighting to that of an avenging angel. In turn, he draws an indirect comparison between himself and an angel, which is one helluva metaphor. Considering “2 Samuel 24:16”, some angels were very deadly and with a mere hand gesture could destroy and entire city, impossible to be stopped by mere humans. Now, that’s quite badass, poetic and somewhat biblical, describing how Graham Aker starts fighting after the passing of Howard Mason. It’s powerful and might send shivers down your spine, taking the number 1 spot on the Top 10 Gundam 00 Quotes list of Season 1!