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, what stands out beyond that is the brilliant writing, with truly unforgettable quotes from our beloved cast of characters. So, 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 memorable 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. In addition, it’s 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 especially noteworthy when you consider that he said it to a Gundam. While the majority of characters would yell something like “I will destroy”, 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. Together with the words chosen and the way it’s uttered, Graham Aker’s quote is truly made quite special. Let’s be real, he’s the only character that can be flamboyant and badass at the same time. However, that’s why so many people love him!
8. “I am Gundam!” – Setsuna F. Seiei
This line is arguably the most memorable quote of Gundam 00, said by Setsuna on more than a dozen occasions. Halfway through the first 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 much 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 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 give the quote much-needed context, it shows Setsun’as 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 (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 very fitting. While Neil Dylandy comes across positive and joyful throughout the events of Gundam 00, he’s far from a happy person. Considering that Neil Dylandy lost his family in a terrorist attack, he felt like he wasn’t strong enough to prevent it. Not only that, his life’s a journey to find a place he could call home, yet that place was no longer earth. Neil Dylandy found peace as the Gundam Meister of Celestial Being, and was granted the strength he lacked. So, with the capability of stopping acts of war, Neil was born again as Lockon Stratos!
As far as our beloved Lockon Stratos is concerned, it’s very surprising for arugably the nicest guy in Gundam 00, 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 hid his true feelings about the world, right before death, he still couldn’t forget nor forgive what happened to his family. In the end, he died hating the world, despising what it had become in his eyes. Showincasing how Neil Dylandy really felt about humanity. In addition, this quote’s very honest and true to how many people feel about the world in today’s society. You throw this quote at any person and see how they respond, as it’s quite the polarizing line!
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 mild interest, lead into obsession, continued into a form of love and ended with hatred. Honestly, it’s a relatable quote, well-structured with the proper synonyms. Somehow, Graham Aker makes the simplest of lines intriguing, with his true emotions felt through the words chosen. Somehow, Graham’s capable of uttering simplistic lines in a direct and heartfelt ways, making them all come across quite poetic. While Paul Dobson deserves an applaud, it’s something about the writing that makes Graham’s one-liners so compelling!
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 when you consider his own selfish behavior. 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 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 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
Honestly, this is among the most disturbing lines uttered in the Gundam franchise, showcasing the monster Ali Al-Saachez was in the anime. Not only was he responsible for killing Neil Dylandy’s parents and little sister, he succesfully killed the original Lockon Stratos at the end of the first season. Not to mention the wars he started, the children he brainwashed and his relationship with Soran Ibrahim (Setsuna). Nevertheless, this quote proves that Al-Saachez has no remorse, empathy or sympathy for others, coming across as a complete sociopath. He admits to being the worst kind of person in the world, without a single hesitation or emotion in his words. In all honesty, hearing him speak like that about himself is truly frightening, showing his true nature with no fear of consequence. Considering that Al-Saachez lives for destruction and death for his own sick/twisted gain, makes him much scarier than initially thought. However, I must compliment the cadence in which this quote is uttered, and the superb word selection that make this quote spine-tingling!
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 Haptim
I was shocked to hear such an intelligent statement from Hallelujah, considering that he’s a sadistic psychopath who only cares about his own well-being. Considering that Allelujah is compassionate, he’s struggling 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. So, while Allelujah clearly cares about others, Hallelujah is only concerned with his host’s safety, who’s Allelujah. However, Hallelujah does remind me of the survival instinct that’s inside all of us? 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 about the beautiful way of uttering the quote, and its poetic structure. Those things make this a quote of epic proportions!
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
Setsuna obviously didn’t have much to say during the first season, doing most of his talking through fighting. However, this heartfelt quote about ideals is truly beautiful, with its raw structure and complexity. First, it’s beautiful to see Soran Ibrahim seperate himself from the machine that makes him Setsuna. Second, his idealistic views paint the perfect picture, comparing people that fight against wars to Gundams. Third, the innocence in his rambling, searching for words, makes this a heartwarming quote. However, this is one of the few times we see Soran Ibrahim being himself, not restricting himself to a Gundam Meister. Simply put, he’s finally speaking from his heart. So, with a metaphorically superb quote, elevated by the raw structure, this quote is truly 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 hard for anyone to compete with Graham Aker’s poetic tongue, with this quote being the prime example! So, let’s not forget that Graham uttered these lines during a fair one-versus-one battle against 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. Considering that everything got personal following the death of his comrade, Graham didn’t feel the need to hold back during battles anymore. However, the last bit of the quote is what really makes these lines comes together so seamlessly! The word selection is priceless, comparing his way of fighting to that of an avenging angel. In turn, he indirectly compares himself to an angel, adding dept to the quote that’s already badass and poetic in structure. It’s an all-around beautiful quote, with the last part describing how Graham starts fighting through the entirety of Gundam 00! It’s powerful, and might send shiver down your spine, taking the first spot on the top 10 quotes of Gundam 00 Season 1 list!