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I will face tomorrow.

Nia Teppelin (ニア・テッペリン Nia Tepperin?) is the disowned daughter of Lordgenome. She is also an artificial being made by Antispiral and serves as the main antagonist's messenger in the third act. She is Simon’s main love interest and eventually marries him in the final episode before she fades away, yet her love for him remains and connects them.



Nia Teppelin Model Set

Nia as she appears in the Beastmen War arc.

Nia is a beautiful and delicate-looking peach-skinned young girl of average height with curly light blue/pale blonde hair that appears immaterial, floating and moving like a cloud with hair tips resembling the edges of a blue-gold cloud and unique blue eyes with pink crosses ("+") for pupils (designed to look like flowers).

Her initial appearance shows her to have extremely long hair running down her back until it is one day ruined during the gunfire of battle (caused by Yoko Littner pretending to shoot her in the head but missing on purpose to hit the gunmen's shoulder) and she later asks Yoko to cut it to just above her shoulders.

She wears a variety of outfits, mostly pink and white.


Nia Teppelin post timeskip design

Nia as she appears in the Anti-Spiral War arc.

Evil Nia

Messenger Nia.

In Parts 3 and 4, Nia looks mostly the same, but her features have matured as she gains womanly curves and her hair has returned to its old length, but it become straighter.

She wears a white and pink dress, along with the ring Simon gave to her when he proposed.

After the Human Extermination System is activated, her skin becomes covered with red circuit lines and her eyes gain a flat, darkened tone. Her dress is eventually replaced by a skintight bodysuit covering everything up to her head; the suit itself is black with red circuit lines and asymmetrical turquoise highlights.

Upon being recalled to Antispiral's Main Star, Nia's eyes return to normal, but her outfit remains the same. When Team Dai-Gurren frees her, her bodysuit dissolves, but Simon catches her with his long coat, which she wears for the rest of the battle.

During her wedding to Simon, she wears a white wedding dress with a thin veil prepared by Old Coco.



Nia's kindness.

Nia is a kind, caring, sweet and soft-spoken girl who always likes people to be happy and she is highly empathetic to others, especially Simon. She naturally tried to comfort Simon when he was distressed over Kamina's death, saying that he isn't helpless on his own and shouldn't be so dependent on Kamina, but ends up upsetting a heart-broken Yoko Littner to the point where she shouted at her and stormed off. She is never intentionally mean and almost always has a smile on her face even when she was fading away in the last episode of the series.

Throughout her travels with Team Dai-Gurren, Nia opts for a change in her personality a little as she eventually follows Kamina's words and believes in Simon with her entire being. Also in her travels, she shows a rational thought process similar to Yoko and is very willing to stand up against the odds when need be. Likewise, she is a bit rash though and will not hesitate to throw herself into the fray to try and reason with the enemy. In season 1, she does so three times (although one of them was addressing soldiers about them sacrificing themselves.). In this regard, Nia can often be oblivious to certain words and meanings due to her sheltered life.

Messenger Nia

Anti spiral nia

Messenger Nia's emotionless.

For most of the third arc, Nia serves as Antispiral's Messenger to the humans, during the activation of Earth's Human Extermination System. After the Anti-Spiral genes awakens within her and converts her into an Anti-Spiral life form, becoming an emotionless and serious person, the exact opposite of how Nia was beforehand. As the messenger, she wears a dark skin-tight suit, covered with red line patterns resembling a circuit board, and the previously pink irises of her eyes have become black.


Before Beastmen War Arc

Sometime before her introduction, Nia lived a comfortable life with her father Lordgenome. However, this life would soon come to an end when Nia became too self-aware and questioned her father about her existence, prompting him to lure her in a pod and thrown into a canyon filled with caskets of his past children and mistresses, where she would be found by Simon.

Beastmen War Arc


Simon finds Nia.

During a battle with some Gunmen, Simon lost control of Gurren Lagann when Lagann detached itself due to Simon's unstable mental state. After falling into a canyon, Simon found Nia's pod and opened it with the Core Drill. Nia stepped out, surprised to see something other than a Beastman and was told about what a human was by Simon. Nia and Simon were then attacked by a Beastman, Simon prepared to stay behind to save Nia but was saved by the timely arrival of Kittan and Yoko Littner. She is revealed at the end of the episode to be Lordgenome's daughter and a princess. She was originally disliked by the members of Team Dai-Gurren, (Kittan tried to interrogate her, but failed) but when Adiane the Elegant, one of the Four Generals appears, and reveals she was an exile, the members of Team Dai-Gurren accepted her. After her encounter with General Guame the Steady, she comes to an understanding of the reason Simon found her outside the palace, being forsaken by her father after she started attaining her own will and self-consciousness, as he considered his offspring nothing more than dolls, and decides to join the Team Dai-Gurren as a cook (even though her cooking is unbearable to anybody but Simon and Boota) in order to confront her father. In the final battle with Lordgenome, she boards Lagann with Simon and when she sees Simon losing, he ssays she will believe in him with her whole being. This drives Simon to kill Lordgenome. Nia attempts to save her father from falling, but fails, though this does nothing to shake her resolve, as she states she "will head toward tomorrow".

Anti-Spiral War Arc

Nia Tepplin

Nia before becoming an anti-spiral

Seven years after the war with the Beastmen, Nia receives a marriage proposal from Simon. She refuses at first after her bubbly contrived logic causes her to misunderstand his words, but after receiving counseling from Kiyoh Bachika and Kiyal Bachika, she decides to accept. As predicted by Lordgenome, when the population limit is reached, a mysterious force takes control of her body and her hidden identity as Antispiral's messenger awakens. Appearing before the population of the planet, she broadcasts the intention of the Human Extermination System, proclaiming that the moon will collide with the Earth in three weeks, bringing the city to a panic. Her body is entirely unchanged, with the only differences being a black skin-tight suit and her narrowed, menacing eyes with dark irises. She appears before Simon several times over the course of the arc, to repeatedly tell him that all efforts against the Human Extermination System are futile while increasing the odds against mankind. She also reveals to Simon that her memories as a human still remain. But after realizing who she really is and seeing the pointlessness of human progress, her entire personality radically changes, and she declares her past as long-lost fiction. According to her, Antispiral's purpose is to bring mankind into ultimate despair by letting them struggle to the very end, right before their inevitable destruction. However, she continues to wear the ring given to her by Simon and it was when she is the only thing keeping the Gurren Lagann from the "moon's" control system that Simon points out to her that all her actions and appearances before him were, in fact, the true feelings of her former self, and that the true intention of the trial she set up for mankind was to create a resistance against Antispiral. All the while urging Simon to keep fighting, and realizing that, unconsciously, her feelings toward him haven't changed. When Simon points this out, Nia finds the strength to revert to her old self and successfully manages to do so, allowing Simon to end the Human Extermination System.

Nia Episode 27

Nia in the beginning of Episode 27.

However, just as he catches a glimpse of the old Nia, she is transported to Antispiral's Main Star so the data on Team Dai-Gurren can be extracted from her for analysis. Simon then vows to rescue her, resulting in the rescue attempt that begins the fourth and final arc. When Antispiral questions her and tries to probe her body, Nia explains that Simon will defeat them. Simon appears and frees Nia, causing her skin-tight suit to dissipate moments before he catches her in his jacket.


Nia's death.

She rides in the head of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and helps Simon defeat Antispiral. After the battle, she apologizes for the terror she's caused to the people during her time as Messenger Nia. Seven days after the return to Earth, she and Simon get married, although she begins to fade away before the shocked crowd and an unsurprised Simon. She tells Simon she loves him and he answers back saying that he will never forget her "till the end of the universe". Nia corrects him, stating it will never end and that's what they'd worked so hard for. She smiles as Simon says he loves her before she completely fades away.


Kamina and Nia Grave

Nia's grave.

Nia's memorial site is near the graves of Kamina and the members of Team Dai-Gurren who died fighting the Anti-Spiral. Her memorial has the flowers she held at the wedding along with a white cross bearing her engagement ring.



Simon and Nia

Nia and Simon

Nia is Simon's main love interest, coming into the series the episode after Kamina's death. When Nia and Simon first meet, Simon is speechless and Nia is confused as to why he has no beast body parts that he informs her it is because he is Human. After bringing her onto Dai-Gurren, the crew members aren't sure if they should trust her after it is revealed as Lordgenome's daughter. Simon loves Nia a lot, even going as far as to charge at a Gunmen by himself without Lagann in an effort to save her only to be out run by the other crew members' Gunmen and ending up tripping and twisting his ankle. While Simon fights Lordgenome, Nia puts all her faith in Simon and tells him she believes he can win. After winning the fight against Lordgenome, Nia cuddled up to Simon and Simon put his arm around her.

Episode 27 2

Nia's wedding with Simon.

In Part two, Simon and Nia are both more grown up where Simon asks Nia to marry him, but she turns him down, not understanding what marriage is, but she later accepts after an explanation from Kiyoh Bachika and Kiyal Bachika. Even after it is revealed she is the Anti-Spiral Messenger, Simon stops at nothing to get her back. Once he saves her and the rest of the world they finally get married and Nia smiles and expresses her love for Simon as she fades away.

Yoko Littner


Nia and Yoko.

At first, Yoko dislikes and distrusts Nia due to her unusual origin and her stinging yet honest words about Kamina, but she eventually grows to trust her and see her as a friend.


Although Nia has never met Kamina, she gains a great care and respect for him through the stories told to her by Simon. Through her belief in Simon she comes to believe in Kamina's philosophies, and it is shown to address him while writing in her journal in the Gurren Lagann movie.

In the Otoko series and in others where she does know him, they get along well. Kamina is also one of the few who can stomach and enjoy her cooking, the others being Simon and Boota.



Nia and Lordgenome.

Nia has a complicated relationship with her father. For much of her life, Lordgenome was the only human she had contact with, all the others being beastmen. After traveling with Team Dai-Gurren and seeing the oppression of humans, she expresses anger and questions her father when she confronts him. When Simon defeats Lordgenome and throws himself off the capital, she runs and tries to save him, yet sheds no tears and expresses a desire to move forward when he is gone. At the end of the series/movies, she shows to still care for him when he sacrifices himself to give Team Dai-Gurren a chance in battle.

Powers and Abilities

Nia in Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Nia overflowing with Spiral Power

Spiral Power: As a Spiral being, Nia is capable of evolving with the use of Spiral Power, becoming more capable as she retains her willpower or "fighting spirit". In Episode 27, Nia, like all other members of Team Dai-Gurren at the time, has unlocked and has access to infinite amounts of Spiral Power (via being given the same power as Simon) and is capable of using it in any possible way. As all members of Team Dai-Gurren have fully awakened their Spiral Power, she should be just as capable without the use of Gunmen as well; additionally having every capability the Tengen Toppa Series have shown, similar to Lordgenome and Simon. Towards the end of the final battle, Nia with Simon in Lagann, were able to kill Antispiral, with their combined Spiral Power.

  • Gunmen Piloting: Gunmen were created by the Spiral King, Lordgenome, for Spiral Warriors to pilot, using their Spiral Power to power and control mecha. Additionally, the condition of the Gunmen is reflected upon the pilots; ie, the pilots feel the pain and retain the injuries. Spiral Power doesn't just power the Gunmen, it also assists the mecha in producing abilities for the user to adapt to certain situations in battle.

Superhuman Strength: Even without the use of Spiral Power, Nia has a consistent list of feats that showcases supernatural strength. In Episode 11, she slaps one of the Four Heavenly Kings, Guame, across the room in a short fit of anger. Yoko Littner in the episode right after states that Nia is formidable after she slams a volleyball towards her. This feat is very impressive, considering that Yoko with her bare hands pinned Adiane's tail down, to which a spray of her Superconducting Rifle's bullets was effortlessly deflected by the same tail. In Lincarne's Electromagnetic Prison, she could effortlessly defeat Viral in a fist fight; the latter who, in his fight with Simon, kicked a Beastman through a wall. She is even treated as a threat by Simon, who, at that moment, has even gained further control over Spiral Power. While manifesting the power of the Spiral in his hands, in front of her, he states that he refuses to die, and insists that she does her worst to him.

Superhuman Speed: In the anime, Nia managed to split a watermelon in a single swing, which Yoko failed at multiple times in the same task. In Episode 20, Messenger Nia manages to move her entire body out of the way of the trajectory of Yoko's bullet, which are mentioned to move at hypersonic speeds in the novelization; which is corroborated by her sniper rifle functioning like a railgun. She dodges an attack from someone who she's, heavily implied, not aware is there. In the manga version of Episode 20, as Yoko fires her Superconducting Rifle, Nia moves just her hand out of the way of the bullet. Nia is even capable of reacting to Gurren Lagann's drill last second, getting out of the way. In the movie, she is capable of moving out of the way of Arc-Gurren Lagann's drill.

Supernatural Willpower: Most of the time, Nia has been seen as this feeble and dependent princess, but in times of desperation, she has been shown that she is anything but. When the information she had gathered was being analyzed by Antispiral, she continued to hang onto her existence with her regenerative ability, even when she continued to lose her limbs in the process; it was all so that Team Dai-Gurren could still have a chance at winning the war against Antispiral, with her being the key to the transporting to Antispiral's universe. Even when Team Dai-Gurren's consciousness were floating throughout the multiverse, Nia still refused to give up, and continued to believe in them, fighting back with everything she could, until they would later arrive to have her rest assured that she wouldn't ever have to go through that again.

Anti-Spiral Power: Similar to Antispiral, Nia herself is capable of shooting energy from her hands. In the movie she is shown using this ability to effortlessly defeat Viral. She isn't limited to shooting it, as she is also capable of keeping the energy in her hand for close quarters combat.

Regeneration: In the anime, it is shown that right after Simon frees Nia, every missing piece of her body (which would include limbs, stomach, breasts, neck and face) is brought back in an instant. After the creation of the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, all members of Dai-Gurren were given the ability to reform their bodies as long as their consciousness exists; demonstrated by Lordgenome.

  • Memory Manipulation: In the novelization, it is revealed that Nia is capable of regeneration by using her memory and spinning it with her body.
  • False Information Creation & Implanting: Nia may create false information or dummy data to begin regeneration. As her body stores information, she can regenerate as long as her information exists.
  • Existence Erasure Resistance: Nia uses regeneration to keep reforming her body after Antispiral's life was ended as she is supposed to disappear with him. As a week passes, the limit to her reforming is reached, and she marries Simon.

Teleportation: Nia is shown many times that she is capable of teleportation. Her first instance is shown in Episode 18 when she talks to Simon in Teppelin Battle Memorial Park and she moves around instantaneously, mid-conversation. In Episode 19, she suddenly appears at Simon's trial, to which the novelization brings further context, and states that her teleportation causes discomfort all around the room and causes a twist in space-time. Her last instance of teleportation is shown inside of Cathedral Terra where she teleports out of the way of Gurren Lagann's drill (in the movie, Arc-Gurren Lagann's drill). Later in the novelization, the mechanics of teleportation are stated by Leeron Littner, to be able to instantly transport users at the moment of recognition, being able to jump by thinking about it.

  • Portal Creation: In Episode 19, Nia has shown the capability of creating portals.
  • Interdimensional Travel: Nia has teleported from Antispiral's universe to Earth and back in numerous instances.

Worldwide Technology Interference: In her first appearance as Messenger Nia, she interrupts every screen in Kamina City to project herself, to announced Antispiral's attack. She also uses this to broadcast her conversation with Simon.

Electricity Manipulation & Resistance: In the novelization, a Special Machine Soldier shot a blitzkrieg at Messenger Nia at Simon's trial, to which she was supposed to be paralyzed, so that Rossiu could get hold of her. It is revealed that she remained unaffected by the blitzkrieg and redirected the electricity that coursed throughout her body and shot it back towards them.

Flight: As shown in the anime, Nia is capable of levitating and moving in mid-air. At Simon's trial, she floats towards Simon and the novelization goes as far as to say that she defies even gravity itself.

Extrasensory Perception: Even prior to the unlocking of Spiral Power, Nia is capable of sensing Antispiral in a couple of ways, such as being able to see him, to which he is invisible; feeling his touch, to which his body is the endless consciousnesses of a dead race.


Athleticism: In Episode 12, Nia has stated that she has partaken in many sports as it was a part of a princess' education. Later in the episode, she is shown that she is very proficient as she has beat Yoko Littner in many physical activities, to which the latter has many years of experience in war against mecha. Yoko complemented her strength in volleyball as formidable, she lost to Nia in a race and was showcased underwater that Nia has had better conditioning.

Chef: In Episode 13, Nia takes up the job as the cook of Team Dai-Gurren after hearing that it was "Simon's job to eat". She seems to be an excellent cook as Simon and Boota are shown at the end of the episode to eat a large portion of her meals. Although, the same can't be said by everyone else as they start feeling sick after one bite. 7 years later, Rossiu Adai is instantly reminded of the time he got sick when Nia mentions she made lunch for Simon and quickly denies that Nia makes one for Rossiu as well.

Martial Arts: In the manga, it is shown that Nia is capable of easily overwhelming Viral in a fist fight, the latter being a well-trained soldier of Lordgenome's army and could fight equally with a man who had become quite proficient in martial arts with only 3 years of training. Furthermore, as Antispiral's messenger, she would retain all his knowledge; Antispiral being capable of keeping up with a Simon who had merged with infinite versions of himself, which would immensely increase his experience and skill. Later after her fist fight with Viral, she dodges a bullet suddenly fired from Yoko, who she didn't even know was there; essentially being able to dodge unexpected attacks.

Nia piloting Tengen Toppa Solvernia

Nia piloting Tengen Toppa Solvernia.

Piloting: As shown in the movie, Nia is quite gifted at piloting mecha. Her first time being against Antispiral's Granzeboma shows that she is able to control Tengen Toppa Solvernia so well, slipping through Antispiral's many drills and landing her first attack in her first attempt.


Anti-Gurren Lagann: Nia's first personal Gunmen, exclusive to the Super Robot Wars games. This was used to protect the Cathedral Lazengann's interior.

Tengen Toppa Solvernia: Nia's first and only personal Gunmen, exclusive to the movies; a galactic scale mech, comparable to that of the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, manifested by Nia's thoughts. This was used to fight against Antispiral with Granzeboma.


  • Etymology: Nia's name comes from the English word for 近く "chikaku," meaning "near."[1]
  • One minor recurring theme that presents itself during the series both before and after the time-skip was that during the two times Nia is captured (first by Guame and then by Antispiral), she keeps a fiercely optimistic attitude (saying with a straight face that she won't die even though Guame has a gun pointed at her face or courageously declaring Simon won't fail in saving her as Antispiral starts dissolving her structure) only to tear up the moment Simon comes to save her.
  • Nia narrates the next episode previews from Episode 8 up until Episode 14 of Part 2. Her quotes are used as the titles for those episodes, which have a font that displays her character.
  • Another recurring theme is Nia's lack of common knowledge: She misunderstands many of the phrases Kittan Bachika used during his "interrogation" during the Beastman War arc and it continued to years later when Simon proposes to her and turns him down, only to have Kiyoh Bachika and Kiyal Bachika explain it to her later.
  • Nia's appearance is strikingly similar to Lordgenome when he was young before the first Anti-Spiral war. This includes his short light blue/pale blonde hair and his pale skin.
  • It is interesting to note that Nia's hair appears to be some kind of vapor or mist, moving and shifting in ways that no other character's hair does, essentially acting like some kind of immaterial cloud. At first, this seems odd until the fact she's actually an artificial lifeform created by Antispiral is made clear later in the series.
  • Gainax has stated that 7 years is a long time and that Simon and Nia "did what had to be done" during the timeskip.
  • Gainax stated that during the 7 years before Part 3, Nia went out and traveled the world "like a real princess".
  • Nia and Simon had exactly 1 week before the wedding and spent it on an island. Gainax made no further comments on why though.
  • Gainax also said that Nia held on to her existence with fighting spirit, but eventually her time would come to an end, and things such as her nose or hand would start to disappear and various parts of her would start to wither. This was possibly why she disappeared quickly rather than over time.
  • Despite being the Chef, no one seems to enjoy her food except Simon, who enjoys the food, not merely just because she made it, but he finds it delicious. Interestingly enough, according to the Otoko series and the Gurren Gakuen-Hen manga, Kamina also enjoys her food.
  • In Episode 11, Simon gives Nia an emerald like gem he found while digging out of the Beastmen's prison. This mineral is believed to be the same one held in Nia's wedding ring.
  • In the ADV dub, Nia was originally going to be voiced by Luci Christian.
  • Nia’s death is referenced in Samurai Jack season five ending when Ashi dissappears from Jack's sight since she couldn’t exist without Aku. However, it should be noted that Ashi's disappearance is the result of time adjusting its flow accordingly to Aku's death in the past, meaning that Ashi herself might still exist in the future albeit not as Aku's descendant.
  • Nia's English voice is provided by Hynden Walch, the voice of Starfire and Princess Bubblegum.
  • Nia first appearence is a reference to Fyana from Soukou Kihei Votoms that also was found inside a box.


Nia's fate following the Anti-Spiral War

There is a possibility that Nia may not be truly dead, rather she still lives and exist in some unknown way after disappearing.

  • She may be an Anti-Spiral, but she had the heart and soul of an amazing Spiral Warrior equal to that of the likes of Simon. When she disappeared on her wedding day, her soul or whatever's left of her may have gone to an unknown location.
  • Second, Kamina showed up in the Multiverse Labyrinth to save Simon and the others, despite being dead for more than seven years. Most likely he used his "fighting spirit" and Spiral power to appear and help rescue them. Since Nia would come to display amazing "fighting spirit" of her own, she could exist in the same way.
  • While she and her dress disappeared, the ring Simon gave her did not. While this could be due to the ring made of the Spiral Gem Simon once found, this could also be her way of telling Simon that it is possible to find her again, whenever and wherever she is. This may also what he may have been doing during the 20-year time skip, besides making the world beautiful with flowers.


If people's faith in you is what gives you your power, then I believe in you with every fiber of my being!
I will face tomorrow.
Even when trapped by karma's cycle...
The human spirit is limitless! I've staked everything on its greatness, too!


Main article: Nia Teppelin/Gallery


  1. Basic Drill; Chapter 3: Gurren Lagann Dictionary

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