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. However, none of it would be as impactful and powerful without the unforgettable things our beloved characters say on the show. Whether it be Graham Aker’s poetic commentary during battles or Setsuna’s spine-tingling honesty, Gundam 00 has many great quotes. Some can make you teary-eyed and emotional, while others can energize you and brighten the day. So, with that being said, it’s about time we delve into it, and list the top 10 Gundam 00 Quotes (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 obvious 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 whne 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’ll 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 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 half 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 taht 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. “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 love, continued into obsession and ended with hatred. In addition, the quote is made even more remarkable and compelling by how it’s uttered by Graham Aker. He makes the most simple lines interesting, with his true emotions felt through the carefully chosen words. That makes it possible for Graham Aker to utter such direct and heartfelt statements that come across as being quite poetic.
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 comes across as being positive and joyful, he’s the farthest thing from from happy. The quote above is fitting in more ways than one, as when Neil Dylandy lost his family, he felt like he wasn’t strong enough to prevent similar attacks. 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 a Gundam Meister of Celestial Being, granting him the strength he felt he lacked as a boy, seeing his parents and sister get killed.
Honestly, it still came as a major shock, hearing arguably the nicest guy from the first season, say those lines. He was obviously unable to forgive the world and wasn’t capable of changing himself, showcasing his true nature as a human. While he hid his true feelings, right before death, he still couldn’t forget nor forgive what happened to his family. Simply put, he died hating earth, despising it for what it had become in his eyes. Additionally, the raw honesty and word selection make this easily one of the most memorable Gundam 00 quotes.
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 someone out for a distorted ego is quite hypocritical, especially considering hiw own selfish actions. However, that’s the main reason for this quote being beautiful, 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 what kind of a monster Ali Al-Saachez was in the first season, being responsible for the deaths of many. Not only was he involved in killing Neil Dylandy’s mother, father and little sister, he succesfully killed Neil later as well. Similarly, we cannot forget how he took the life of Saji Crossroad’s older sister Kinue, leaving her to bleed out in a dark alleway. Without even counting the total death toll, it’s obvious that Ali Al-Saachez has no sympathy for others and simply doesn’t value life. He even admits to being a warmonger, as well as the worst kind of person in the world. To hear him say those things was truly frightening, as he was being brutally honest. In-turn, this quote lives as the perfect description of Al-Saachez, who lives to cause destruction and death, 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’s a sadistic psychopath who only cares about his own well-being. Considering that Allelujah is empathetic and sympathetic, he struggles to reason with Hallelujah’s self-centered perspectives. While it’s obvious that the two personas don’t get along, one always has to submit to the other. Simply put, these interactions showcase the abstract nature of their oddly fitting relationship. While Allelujah clearly cares for others, Hallelujah is only concerned with his host’s safety, who’s Allelujah. However, Hallelujah does remind me of the survival instinct inside all of us, doesn’t it? Considering that humans become quite egotistical in times of chaos, destruction and possible death, I’m quite confident in making this comparison. Nevertheless, I shouldn’t forget to mention to beautiful way the quote is uttered and it’s simple, yet effective, structure. Those things make this quote very memorable.
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
Honestly, Setsuna didn’t have much to say during the first season, doing most of his talking through fighting. However, whenever he would open his mouth, he’d say something noteworthy or quite memorable, like this quote. It’s heartfelt delivery about ideals is truly beautiful, with its raw structure and complexity making it feel real. First, it’s beautiful to see Soran Ibrahim seperate himself from the machine that makes him Setsuna F. Seiei. Second, his idealistic views paint a great picture, comparing people fighting against wars to Gundams. Third, the innocence in his rambling, searching for words, makes this a heartwarming quote. Keeping that in mind, it’s one of the few times Soran Ibrahim is being himself, not viewing the world through the eyes of a Gundam Meister. In addition, the quote is metaphorically superb, elevated by its raw structure, 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 restraints. So, when he got an chance to duel fight Gundam Throne Eins, he took the opportunity and outclassed Johann Trinity in battle. During this fight, Graham says that he doesn’t care about difference in suit strengths, having to bury his comrade who believed in the Flag mobile suits. Considering that things got very personal, Graham didn’t care about his own well-being anymore, willing to fight without holding back. However, the last bit of the quote is what really makes these lines comes 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 single had gesture could destroy a city, impossible to be stopped by mere humans. Now, that adds another layer to this already badass and poetic quote, describing how Graham Aker starts fighting after the passing of Howard Mason. It’s powerful and might send shivers down your spine, taking the first spot on the Top 10 Gundam 00 Quotes list of Season 1!