Yoko Littner (ヨーコ・リットナー Yōko Rittonā?) is the female protagonist of the series. She is a girl from Jeeha's neighboring village of Littner who had been chasing the Gunmen that crashed into Jeeha Village during the events of Episode 1. She wields an extensive range of firearms, most frequently of which is a long range sniper rifle modeled after the Barrett M82.
Yoko has fair skin and has red hair that extends down to her lower back. Her most noticeable traits are her breasts and butt, even from a young age which add to her extremely curvy figure. This, contrary to popular knowledge counteracted her baby-face that she held in the first season of the series, as opposed to Simon, who had no such advantages.
In the first season, Yoko commonly wore a leather black and red flame-designed bikini top and black rubber-leather short-shorts, with a white cracked skull accessory on her head and two yellow chopsticks to keep her hair up. Pink thigh-high hose-like latex and a pair of white and flame-designed red calf-high boots complete the outfit.
Seven years after the defeat of Tepplin, Yoko's face developed further and the young, more round and almost cute-ish facial structure that she maintained as a young teenager matured fully into that of a woman's. In adition to her more defined and matured and primed facial features, her body has reached even higher levels of fitness and has become even more bodacious than before.
At first, she wears an outfit similar to the former, however with the notable additon of a dark maroon jacket similar to style to what Simon wore, thigh-high variants of her old boots and no stockings.
After her offcial return as a Super Galaxy Dai-Gurren officer, she changes into an outfit made of entirely rubber-based agile material, customized with a mix of white, black and a pattern of red and yellow stars. Essentially a three piece outfit, the gear she wears sports a black tube top with large yellow-golden stars on the breasts, a white, highly stylized, two tailed cloak with red accents including a star in the front, and white form fitting leggings with a golden star on the outer legs, both above and below her knees. The leggings finish themselves off with connected red heels and a black Half Back thong piece.
Despite being Simon's age, Yoko is shown to be very mature and quite knowledgeable. Instead of being impulsive like Kamina, Yoko prefers to think things through before charging head-first into a battle. Because of this conflict, she would constantly get into fights with him. Yoko is shown to be a very protective person, especially towards Simon, Kamina and the children of the team. One of the best examples was when she told Kamina that she would defend his back as she said "Your back...is your one big blind spot". Yoko is also very vocal when it comes to situations, earlier in the first season often being the voice of reason for Simon and Kamina. Like Simon, she becomes depressed (not as bad as Simon however) after Kamina dies, as she is shown crying about it in a shower despite telling Dayyaka she was fine.
After the defeat of Tepplin, Yoko remains generally the same, but with a new outlook on violence. Having seen friends die, Yoko believes that violence, mostly senseless, is terrible and is against the harming of children.
SimonAt the initial start of the series Yoko seemed to take an interest in Simon. Even so to the point where when he landed face first into her breasts and had hands on them immediately after, she simply raised her eyebrows with a mysterious sort of smile, that was a bit hard to read. However, after seeing how he fared in battle, she took a skeptical stance on his fighting capabilities, until she saw his true personality. Short of that, she nevertheless found an apparent comfort and slight infatuation with Simon. On the night before the Attach on Dai-Gunzan however, she, after observing him up until then gives up on him entirely, pushing her attention towards Kamina. After Simon rescues both the team and himself, for the first time lived as Simon the Digger, she began to notice him more, became more open around him, and became much more closer to him, more-so even than before. She appears to be unaware of Simon's feelings towards her, until possibly Episode 13.
After Kamina's death she herself told Kittan that she would not give anyone special treatment, depsite the obvious sympathy that she felt for Simon and his situation. For a short time following his awakening, she co-piloted Gurren Lagann with Simon until she saw that there was nothing she could do to aid him in that realm; he could pilot the Gurren Lagann by himself. During that short period, while the two were for the first time in Dai-Gurren history, fighting with gunmen in airborne combat, she is thrown from the lower cockpit and into free air. Without a second thought, Simon risks the success of the mission in order to save her. He succeeds, but Yoko is critically injured, renduring her both immoble and unable to defend herself. He hovers over her, and she teases him about his worried face. He then swears to her that he will protect her, leaving her speechless, stoking a warm blush. Following Simon's swift victory over the head of the fleet, beastmen Commander Cytomander, they have a brief conversation about her feelings and his brother as the sun sets for the day. From that point forward she openly shows concern whenever he goes off to fight, going so far as to scream his name whenever she thinks he is in danger or impaired.In Part Two, Yoko saves Simon from prison, following his dethronement by the masses. On his request she also, though grudgingly, frees Viral. She then without need for dicussion joins Simon and helps him lead the newly formed Dai-Gurren Brigade into an interdimensional quest to retrieve Nia, and save the multiverse.
Following Nia's demise at Simon and Nia's wedding, the engagement ring falls at Yoko's feet. She attempts to speak to him, but he cuts her off. After his words of encouragment to her and the rest of the team, she in the last official words of the series, shouts "Simon!" tossing him the ring. He grabs it out of thin air as he turns and departs from the city, likely never to be seen by her or the faces of his comrades again. Yoko follows Simon's suit and at somepoint afterwards returns to her island elementary school, where she resides presumably until the day she dies.
When Yoko and Kamina first met, Kamina took no time in hitting on her thinking she was from the surface; he quickly lost interest when he figured out she's not from the surface. Their clashing personalities often led to bickering and banter. Still both of them remain very protective of themselves during combat against the Beastmen. Kamina is very tolerant of Yoko's beatings and scoldings, letting most of them fly and even apologizing to her for his behaviour in episode six (after a punch to the face). It's a belligerent relationship due to both of the characters unyielding personalities, yet it's also full of trust, care and partnership. It is shown that both Yoko and Kamina strongly rely on each other. Yoko states she was holding onto the thought that no matter what, Kamina would always think something out and pull through, and Kamina entrusts his safety in the battle against Tymilth to Yoko. Yoko also appears to be the only person to whom Kamina can reveal his true self to as she acts as his confidant in episodes 7 and 11, when Kamina reveals his intentions behind starting the revolution and exapands upon his normally hidden fear and doubt.
Eventually, Yoko confessed feelings for Kamina with a kiss, which Kamina was more then happy to accept as he kisses her again, telling her he will return that feeling 10 times over later causing Yoko to giggle, not knowing what he meant. Unfortunately Kamina was unable to fulfill that promise as he was killed. Yoko was greatly affected by Kamina's death although Yoko tried to stay strong for everyone in the brigade. When Dakkaya asked if she was alright she stated that she was fine although later in the shower Yoko cries stating that Kamina was an idiot because even though he said he would return her love tenfold he only left a big hole in her heart. After Simon brings Nia back, she gets irritated with her when she talks about Kamina loosely without ever knowing him.
During the battle against the Anti-Spirals, when Yoko was in the dream world, Kamina appears with a television set showing Yoko her possible future, however Yoko turns it off. They smile contently at each other and she thanks him before returning to join Simon in the battle. The scene is in the area of their last romantic encounter suggesting that Yoko's inner most desire was to feel once more, the feeling that she felt with Kamina.
Before Beastman War Arc
Unlike Simon and Kamina, much of Yoko's background is never revealed. However, what is known is that when Littner Village was filled with gas, Yoko was among them and was forced to flee to the surface.
Beastman War arc
When Simon and Kamina attempted to defeat the Gunmen that appeared in their home, Yoko appears to offer then aid. Kamina remarks that "Surface girls are hot" and helps Yoko destroy the Gunmen though Kamina's ego makes the task much more difficult. She then decides to join the two and helps them by providing back up fire and support. She tries her best to help Kamina face Viral but when she sees Simon cowering in fear,she yells at him to help. This helps Simon muster the courage to help Kamina. Over the next few episodes, she helps Simon and Kamina in their battles and in Episode 7 gets worried when Kamina tries to defeat Thymilph's Dai-Gunzan. She stands against other Gunmen with just a revolver until Kittan and the others arrive.
In Episode 8, she reveals her feelings for Kamina, which he readily returns, and the two embrace and kiss. Simon accidentally witnesses the whole situation and runs off heartbroken. During the battle, Yoko saves Kamina from a sneak attack and provides support. When Kamina is killed, she, like Simon, takes it the hardest. When Simon meets Nia, she doesn't trust her at first (that's after she reveals she is Lord Genome's daughter). She is captured, along with most of Team Dai Gurren. She attempts to escape and doubts getting out but sees Simon digging and remembers what Kamina said about Simon that he refused to be laughed at by Simon's back.
On the deck of the ship, she shoots at Guame, but his armor protects him.She watches Simon's speech and is in awe, while commenting that he needs some work. She gets uneasy of Nia while waiting for Dai-Gurren to be fixed. However when Adiane attacks, Yoko appears and shots her Gunmen square in the shoulder. Afterwards, she makes peace with Nia and admits to herself that she was stupid for distrusting her. From there, she helps Simon by piloting Gurren for Rossiu. She does her best but when Viral attacks, she opens her hatch to shoot which Viral then hits, causing her to be knocked out. Simon saves her and she watches him fight Viral one on one remarking that he can pilot alone. Cytomander however holds her hostage, but when the Dai-Gurren attacks, Simon saves her again. She then asks Simon if he knew that she loved Kamina, to which he smiled and said yes. From there on she helps Simon by advising him. She orders him to go on and defeat Lordgenome and helps by fighting against the Gunmen.
Before Anti-Spiral War arc
After the Beastman war, Yoko was around to help Kamina City get established but leaves because she feels that she has no place in government or politics despite Rossiu and Simon's attempts to get her to stay. She eventually left for a small island where she became a teacher under the name of Yomako.
Anti-Spiral war arc
Despite being a teacher and not usually being involved in the affairs, she hears about Simon's trial and gets angry by Rossiu's decision. Sometime later ,as the island is being evacuated, two Beastmen attack and hold a little girl hostage. Yoko is forced to grab her rifle and change into a similar outfit to her original. She defeats the two Beastmen, while lecturing her class that violence and stealing is wrong, and decides to go save Simon. Heading to the city,Yoko runs into Kittan (who's in his Gunmen) and informs him of her plan to save him. Arriving at the prison, she shoots at the Anti-Spiral Nia which forces her to flee. She frees Simon and Viral (At Simon's request) and helps them by piloting the Dayakkaiser into battle. She helps Simon by fighting along side him and helps protect the Arc-Gurren. When Simon decides to go save Nia, Yoko goes as well, sporting a new outfit (much to Kittan's surprise). She helps the members of Team Dai-Gurren by holding out till Simon can transform the Chouginga Dai-Gurren. When the group returns to the ship and it gets dragged down into the dark sea, Yoko, Kittan, Gimmy and Darry go out and destroy the Anti-Spiral ships.
When the missile to destroy the Death Spiral Machine fails, she decides to go and destroy it but Kittan goes instead, and steals a kiss form her. He states that he is sorry for being selfish (both for the kiss and knowing that there is a strong possibility that he will die leaving everyone behind). Yoko merely hugs him and tells him that this is what he wants and so she cannot stop him. After Kittan death Yoko is shown mourning the loss as she sheds tears.
Later she takes one of the gunner seats when Simon attempts to destroy the fleet of ships but, like everyone else, is trapped in the Space/Time Labyrinth. In her dream, she is a bounty hunter and a teacher, who is revealed to be the best shot in the galaxy, a super model, and married to Kittan. However, she, reaches forward touch the screen before it shuts off, thanking Kamina and heading off to help Simon. This could also hint that Yoko's "True Desire", out of the many she desired (hence the flipping of the channels), was to be with Kamina again as the setting took place the last time they interacted before his death.
She appears as one of Simon's drills and takes a position on the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. She appears after the final battle at Simon's and Nia's marriage.When Nia fades away, she attempts to speak to Simon, but he cuts her off. As Simon begins to leave, she tosses him the ring, which he catches.
After Anti-Spiral War ArcYoko appears as a middle aged woman, waving to several students at the end of Episode 27. Her face isn't seen but they call her by her Alias "Yomako". She appears mostly the same, albeit aged. The children also refer to her as "Principal", implying that she became the principal of a school.
Powers and Abilities
- Skilled Marksman:Yoko is a skilled shot with her rifle and has shown to be able to take out two Gunmen alone and without being injured. She is also shown to be able to hit weak spots on Gunmen even in the middle of a fight. One of greatest examples of her marksmanship is during her battle with Viral when she piloted Gurren Lagann with Simon. She was able to nearly hit Viral, despite being in the air and moving around, missing him by a hair.
- Skilled Gunmen Pilot:Like most members of Team Dai-Gurren, Yoko is skilled in Piloting a Gunmen. She piloted Gurren-Lagann with Simon once and piloted the Dayakkaiser in the second half and she, along with Kittan, Gimmy and Darry, took out many Anti-Spiral ships alone.
- Yoko has the last line in Gurren Lagann (Not counting the Epilogue).
- Yoko says she doesn't wear clothes because it restricts her movement during combat.