Seiji Mizushima’s Gundam 00 is among the most beloved entries in the Gundam franchise, with intense action sequences and well-written characters. In turn, it can be easy to recall the moments we saw on-screen, yet difficult to remember the dialogue lines that make this anime so impactful and hard-hitting. That’s quite the shame, considering that Gundam 00 has some of the very best one-lines, with numerous characters saying remarkable things. Whether it be Graham Aker’s poetic commentary or Setsuna’s spine-tingling honesty, the show has many excellent and breathtaking quotes. While some can make you teary-eyed and emotional, others can make you energized and brighten your day. So, with that in mind, perhaps it’s tiome we reminisce and discuss the very best lines from the show? Well, that’s why I’m here, and below you’ll find the top 10 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
Honestly, most of what Graham Aker says is quotable, yet this line is noteworthy because he said it to a Gundam. So, 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’s intimate and looks like a hug. However, it’s the word selection that makes this quote stand out and land nicely when uttered. I mean, it’s said with such conviction and determination that the outcome of the action seemed like a foregone conclusion. Let’s be real for a moment, he’s one of few characters 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 is arguably the most memorable quote 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 assume it to be a product of his PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). While it’s obviously a piece of the puzzle, the line has a deeper meaning that initially thought. Simply put, the quite 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. In turn, Setsuna’s saying that he’s the embodiment of the eradication of war, being one with the Gundam and its purpose for existing. It’s quite the grim view to have of himself and the world, yet it gives us a glimpse into Setsuna’s dedication to rid the world of twistedness.
7. “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. In all honesty, I just filled in the gaps, as that’s what actually happened. However, I digress, as it’s the English voice actor’s delivery that makes this quote so memorable in the first place. It’s so direct and effortless in structure, yet carries so much weight for the character, as Graham 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. Be the quote as simplistic as it may, it’s well delivered and Graham genuinely comes across as being hurt by the actions of the Gundams.
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 fro 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 entirely 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 gy 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 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 successfully killed the Gundam Meister later as well. Similarly, he took the life of Saji Crossroad’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, that’s primarily the reason for why this quote is so disturbing, with the delivery and structure being truly excellent in portraying his perspective. In all honesty, the first time hearing this actually gave me chills and frightened me, as he uttered the lines with such conviction and was brutally honest. In turn, this quote lives as the perfect description for the 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
Allelujah Haptism was struggling to destroy the Super Human Research institute, when his other half delivered this philosophical statement. In turn, questioning Allelujah’s logic and reasoning as being self-serving, which is quite ironic coming from the self-centered and egotistical Hallelujah. However, their back-and-forth lead to Allelujah pulling the trigger, killing his brethren, leaving the scene with tears in his eyes. In all honesty, I still wonder who actually made the final call and pulled the trigger? The reason I think about this is mainly because the interaction (within one human) made me think of survival instinct. Why, you ask? Well, when people are struck with panic, danger or face possible death, humans (and animals) can become quite selfish. In turn, letting their instincts take over and decide whether they flee or fight, with Hallelujah kind of representing that part of him. It’s almost as if Hallelujah represents the doubt, fear and anger that Allelujah has hidden inside of himself. So, when in-need, Hallelujah is a factor that Allelujah internally activates, whether he likes it or not, as a way to survive when overcome with emotion. Nevertheless, this quote is pure poetry, with everything from the word selection to the structure making it a beautiful quote. 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 battles and fighting. However, when he did open his mouth, he’d often say something noteworthy, like this particular quote that caught my attention. It’s raw structure, word selection and complexity behind the meaning make this very impactful, as it comes across being heartfelt. 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 a vivid picture, comparing people’s battle against wars to the purpose of the Gundams. Third, the innocence in his rambling, trying to find the right words to piece it together, makes this a heartwarming quote overall. In addition, it’s arguably one of the few times Soran Ibrahim was being himself, not viewing the world through the eyes of a Gundam Meister. It’s the context that elevates its raw structure and meaning, making it a hidden 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-action against a Gundam, Graham Aker released his mental restraints. So, when he got a chance to duel Gundam Throne Eins, he took the opportunity and outclassed Johann Trinity in combat. It was during this fight when Graham said the quote above, making it clear that he didn’t care about the difference in suit strengths, piloting an inferior mobile suit to the Gundam. It was at this moment that Howard Mason’s perspective fully resonated with him, willing to fight without holding back, as his dead comrade believed in the Flag mobile suits. However, it’s the last bit of the quote that makes these lines comes together brilliantly! The word selection is priceless, as Graham compares 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 and the meaning has depth. Considering “2 Samuel 24:16”, some angels were very deadly and with a mere hand gesture could destroy an entire city, impossible to be stopped by mere humans. So, with that being said, Graham is saying that with one swift move, he’d be capable of winning against anyone and that no one stands a chance against him in battle. That’s not only badass and poetic, it’s somewhat biblical as well. Now, that’s enough to send shivers down my spine, and as you already know, this quote takes the number 1 spot on the Top 10 Gundam 00 Quotes list of season 1!