Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (超天元突破グレンラガン Chō Tengen Toppa Guren Ragan?, literally "Super Heaven-Piercing Gurren Lagann"), informally known as STTGL, is a colossal, mecha-like mass of energy formed during the final battle with the Anti-Spirals in the second movie adaptation of the series, The Lights in the Sky are Stars.
After Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann was destroyed by the Granzeboma, Team Dai-Gurren split its power into pieces to form their own separate Tengen Toppa Gunmen, including Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's head becoming Tengen Toppa Lagann. The rest of said team was composed of a Tengen Toppa Gunmen for all surviving members, along with Nia. After a lengthy battle, Lordgenome sacrificed himself to absorb the Anti-Spiral's Infinity Big Bang Storm and create a mass of Spiral Power, which Simon absorbed into the Tengen Toppa Lagann, combining with the other Tengen Toppa Gunmen to form the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. It only appears in the second movie, and never appeared in the original television airing.
The size of STTGL is larger than our universe, according to Gurren Lagann's writer Kazuki Nakashima and the databooks. The observable universe is 93 billion light years in diameter, but the full extent of the universe's size is unknown.
STTGL thus has no officially stated quantifiable height, other than being larger than the universe. Nevertheless, STTGL's size is a significant point of discussion in the community. Due to the nature of its existence, even having a physical height itself could be considered debatable.
However, its physical size can nonetheless be estimated using available information. Estimates for its height range from at least 348.48 billion light years to 10.45 trillion light years. Compared to the observable universe, which has a diameter of 93 billion light years, the STTGL is at least 3.7 to 112 times longer than the observable universe.
According to an official guidebook, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is 1025 times Gurren Lagann's height. But the guidebook is ambiguous on a few details, including Gurren Lagann's height (while the book assumes 5 meters for the Arc and Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann's heights, it's ambiguous if that applies to Tengen Toppa as well) and a potential 10x multiplier (the exact wording being "In traditional Gurren Lagann style it's multiplied by 10", with the past tense implying the mutiplication has already happened). As such, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has several possible heights, ranging from 5.28 billion light years (with a 5-meter Gurren Lagann and no multiplier) to 158 billion light years (with a 15-meter Gurren Lagann and the 10x multiplier) or more.
Comparing STTGL's foot with the Granzeboma and extrapolating using the average foot-length-to-size ratio of an average person (6.6, times 10 due to Granzeboma being 1/10th STTGL's foot), the height of STTGL can be one of these values: 348.48 billion light years, 1.045 trillion light years, 3.48 trillion light years, or 10.45 trillion light years.
However, the overall size of STTGL depends on how much larger our entire universe is compared to the observable universe. According to one scientific estimate, the entire universe is more than 250 times larger than the observable universe. This would thus make STTGL at least more than 250 times larger than the observable universe.
While there is no clearly quantifiable number for STTGL's size (other than being larger than the universe), the one-trillion-light-year figure will be used for calculations on this page.
After transforming into its drill form, its size is multiplied significantly, since its Super Tengen Toppa Giga Drill is approximately 20 times longer (approximately 20 trillion light years) and at least sixteen times wider. This gives it a volume of 1.34 duodecillion cubic light-years, or approximately 3.3 million times the volume of the observable universe.
The Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann contains the mass of the Infinity Big Bang Storm, which itself has power on par with the birth of the entire multiverse, including the Multiverse Labyrinth composing many higher dimensional multiverses that themselves branches infinitely with each possibility, the Super Spiral Space, higher-dimensional membranes, and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann itself as its head. Its mass thus is equal to every known universe in the franchise combined.
Its enormous mass indicates that it should have an enormous gravitational pull, which would suck in objects at a gravitational force orders of magnitude greater than the combined gravitational force of all supermassive black holes. This does not occur on its own, likely due to the nature of Spiral Power. However, the Super Tengen Toppa Giga Drill clashing with the Granzeboma's equivalent draws in all of the surrounding super spiral galaxies (each one almost as large as our observable universe).
This form resembled an immeasurable mass of spiral power in the form of a faceless Kamina, the former pilot of Gurren, original founder of Team Gurren, and Simon's surrogate older brother, though it has "hair" closer to Simon's, complete with crimson cape and Simon's star glasses. Its size appears to be approximately 66 times taller than its preceding form, with the Granzeboma and all the Super Spiral galaxies looking tiny in comparison.
Attack and abilities
Super Tengen Toppa Giga Drill Break - Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann forms a drill from Spiral Power out of its right fist (a variant of the Giga Drill Break). This drill is over 180 times larger than STTGL (in terms of cone area). When it collided with Anti-Spiral Giga Drill Break, an equivalent attack from the Super Granzeboma, they caused the very Super Spiral Space the fight was held in to collapse on itself and caused, essentally, a Super Spiral Big Crunch. This attack proved not strong enough to overcome the Anti-Spiral Giga Drill Break, only weaker by a small margin.
In addition, Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has all the abilities of previous Gurren Lagann forms. These include abilities such as reality warping, creating energy and matter out of nothing, bringing large entities into existence, teleporting, traversing between dimensions and universes, and manipulating space-time and probability.
Examples of its space-time and probability manipulation abilities include punching holes through space-time, attacking targets at any point in space-time (in the past, present, and future), attacking through space-time without moving, and manipulating probability such that a 0% chance of survival becomes a 100% guarantee of victory. It is also capable of matching the mind, soul, power, reality, space, time and probability manipulation abilities of the Anti-Spirals.
Its reality-warping and probability manipulation abilities go even further in being able to negate and cancel out any reality-warping powers used by opponents, such as negating any attempts to attack it through space-time, negating any form of reality manipulation, and negating any other reality-warping powers that an opponent attempts to use against it. The Anti-Spirals used mind, soul, power, reality, space, time and probability manipulation, all of which were negated by Simon and the STTGL with their own mind, soul, power, reality, space, time and probability manipulation abilities. Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann also has other abilities previously demonstrated by its creator and main pilot, Simon, up until that point, such as telepathy, negating mind and soul manipulation, and limitless spiral power growth.
STTGL possesses the power of an infinite multiverse. Prior to the STTGL's creation, Simon had escaped from the Infinite Multiverse Labyrinth, a multiverse consisting of infinite universes, which he became one with to create Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. In turn, absorbing the Infinity Big Bang Storm results in the creation of Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann in the second film.
The Super Spiral Space is a hyperverse with an infinite multiverse contained within it, Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is an 11-dimensional mecha, as it contains the eleven-dimensional Super Spiral Space within it, including the Infinite Multiverse Labyrinth (contained between the 10th and 11th dimensions, as per string theory). It also contains the power of the Infinity Big Bang Storm.
Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is shown to be almost equal in power to the Anti-Spiral's Super Granzeboma, but falls slightly short. Their clash caused the very Super Spiral Space the fight was held in to collapse on itself. After Super Granzeboma overpowers STTGL, the Anti-Spiral is defeated in the end by SSTGL's main pilot Simon, without relying on the mech but just using a drill he creates from his blood. This is due to Simon himself possessing the power of an infinite multiverse, after he became one with the Infinite Multiverse Labyrinth.
STTGL's speed is practically incalculable, due to a lack of reference frames. The moment the clash occurs, it travels approximately half the length of the Giga Drill, or 10 trillion light-years, in about .2 seconds, implying its speed to be 50 trillion light-years per second, but as this only appears for a few frames, it cannot be relied upon as an accurate measure of speed.
- In theory, the Super Tengen Toppa Giga Drill Break did not fail to break the Anti-Spiral Giga Drill Break. It required the STTGL to weaken the indestructibility of the Super Granzeboma at the cost of its own structural integrity while combining (almost) every Giga Drill Break in history to finish destroying its only rival.
- Simon has inherited all of the Spiral Power that was generated by the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, allowing him to defeat the Anti-Spiral, as said by Imaishi during an interview. This makes sense, as Spiral Power is generated by the pilot, not the mecha.
- Final Drill Guidebook
- Work Soul Databook
- Interviews (http://www.style.fm/as/13_special/mini_080404a.shtml, http://www.style.fm/as/13_special/mini_interview/gurren_movie2_4.shtml, https://mediag.bunka.go.jp/article/article-15013/)
- Gurren Lagann Hyper Dimensional+ Cosmology
- M. Vardanyan, R. Trotta, J. Silk (January 28, 2011). "Applications of Bayesian model averaging to the curvature and size of the Universe". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters. 413 (1): L91–L95. arXiv:1101.5476. Bibcode:2011MNRAS.413L..91V. doi:10.1111/j.1745-3933.2011.01040.x. S2CID 2616287.
- Gurren Lagann Story Guide ("Trap of the multi-dimensional universe, last resort developed by the Anti-Spiral. It was a "multi-dimensional universe" that confines people to infinite possibilities. I might be there, the future I wanted to be like this. People will stand up before the possibility of spreading anywhere. That is exactly the Anti-Spiral trap that takes away the "will to live" from a person. The crews of the Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann who were confined in the enemy and multi-dimensional space. It deprives us of consciousness and drifts in the ocean of possibility of infinitely spreading. [...] No longer confused, the super spiral self of Simon integrated with the Multiversal Labyrinth and saved his comrades of Dai-Gurren from the infinite chain. Then, finally getting Nia back from the Anti-Spiral, Gurren Lagann emitted a new light, beginning Gurren Lagann's final evolution.")
- In earlier episodes, the Dai Gurren Brigade traverse different dimensional universes within the space, and it contains the Infinite Multiverse Labyrinth within it.