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!!!'''Mao'''
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->'''Voiced by''': Creator/TakeshiKusao (Japanese), Ezra Weisz (English)

-->''"C.C., I can't live without you!"''

-->''"Let me into your mind!"''

-->''"I know EVERYTHING..."''

A Chinese orphan whom [[MysteriousWaif the immortal woman C.C.]] finds as a six-year-old boy and whom she "gifts" with the [[BlessedWithSuck Geass]] power of {{telepathy}}. As happens with Geass, [[PowerIncontinence he loses control of it]], forcing him to listen to everyone's thoughts constantly and involuntarily, without any possibility of blocking them -- except by avoiding human contact altogether. Thus his telepathy has the tragic side effect of rendering him completely, permanently, and irrevocably dependent on C.C. for ''all'' of his social needs. For a time, as part of her "contract" with him, she takes care of him, lives with him in the wild, and helps shield him from the intruding thoughts of the world, during which time he falls [[WifeHusbandry completely in love with her]]. Feeling he is becoming too dependent and obsessed with her and hoping he will become self-reliant, [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim she abandons]] him for [[spoiler:refusing to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever kill her as per the contract]]]] and his Geass drives him [[AxCrazy insane]].

Now Mao's one desire is to [[LoveMakesYouCrazy find and keep]] his eternally beloved C.C. (see {{Yandere}})-- to hell with anyone else, ''especially'' anyone who gets in their way.

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!Mao embodies these tropes:

* AbductionIsLove: He tries to kidnap C.C. and take her to a house he bought in remote Australia where they can live away from all the thoughts his Geass forces him to hear.
* AbusiveParents: C.C. is not literally Mao's parent, at least not genetically but he was orphaned as a young child, and when he was six, C.C. took him under her wing, and under her spell. For more details, see WifeHusbandry, below. It's AllThereInTheManual that when he was with C.C. she would take him out in public, [[PowerIncontinence Geass and all]], for various reasons; and as time went on and he got older, C.C. did nothing (or almost nothing) to prevent him from using his power to commit increasingly twisted acts.
* AccentuateTheNegative: Basically the core of his various MoreThanMindControl attempts. He doesn't lie, but he does focus on the worst possible interpretation, although he's merely reading their mind.
* AllThereInTheManual: Additional information about his backstory. [[spoiler:Mao once used his Geass to reveal the secrets of everyone in a small village, causing everyone to turn on each other and wipe out the settlement]].
* AnimeHair
* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleofAntiVillains Type II]].
* AxCrazy: Although maybe it should be [[ChainsawGood CHAINSAW crazy!]]
* {{Badass}}
* BadassLongcoat:
* BatmanGambit: His tactics focus on getting inside the target's head, getting to know them, and then concocting a plan built to take advantage of their weaknesses.
* BeneathTheMask: His WickedCultured manner of speaking, as well as his status as a WhiteHairBlackHeart, most of which are classy and cool, give him an air of sophistication and self-satisfaction that he doesn't actually possess. So while he seems like a very high-functioning SmugSnake in his early interactions with Shirley and the like, he's really ''just'' an insane (and deeply hurt) PsychopathicManchild, and accordingly. See HiddenDepths.
* BerserkButton: He ''really'' wanted to know C.C's real name.
* BewareTheHonestOnes: Although a dangerous villain he's one of the most staunchly honest characters in a series where ''just about everyone'' puts up a front of some sort and keeps secrets from one another at least to some degree. See also WillNotTellALie and VillainsNeverLie.
* BigEyesLittleEyes: Well, his eyes ''are'' actually pretty wide, though they don't look that way in all shots. This becomes especially true when he interacts with C.C., though they're still small in comparison to Lelouch's or Suzaku's.
* BiggusDickus: Err ... there's an in-joke that he has one of these, thanks to the VisualInnuendo shot of him and his chainsaw.
* {{Bishounen}}
* BlessedWithSuck: He can read minds, but unlike Lelouch he can't his Geass ability off, so it sounds like people are always talking to him in his mind, which drives him crazy.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: He seems to have [[AboveGoodAndEvil his own definition of right and wrong]] that revolves around C.C. Given his upbringing and [[CloudCuckooLander legitimate insanity]], it should come as no surprise, leading him to take RefugeInAudacity more than once. What perhaps illustrates this best of all is the fact that almost no other character ever tries to argue that what he's doing could be wrong, likely seeing it would be a pointless exercise.
* BookDumb: He's a TeenGenius who manages to pose a serious threat to Lelouch but he's never been to school and possibly isn't even literate (note that C.C. specifically states that he couldn't read or write when she first found him; whether she ever did anything to correct that is never explained). Then again he ''was'' spending his time in a library.
* BreakingSpeech: This is how he breaks other people: look for the most painful memories and berate them for it.
* BreakTheCutie: In his {{flashback}}. Evidently he was just an innocent little boy until his Geass started getting to him. He's probably the most hopelessly and irreparably broken character in the entire story (well, at least until things went bad for the entire cast, though he still manages to be one of them anyway). See also FreudianExcuse and CryForTheDevil.
* BrutalHonesty: He tells the other characters exactly what he thinks all the time which makes his BreakingSpeech have such impact which can be seen when he subjects Sukazu to one. See also BewareTheHonestOnes, WillNotTellALie and VillainsNeverLie.
* ChainsawGood
* ChekhovsGunman: He has two blink-and-you'll-miss cameos immediately prior to his formal debut. Even though he only appears in five episodes (if you count the cameos), Mao has a ''significant'' impact on the plot. See {{Foreshadowing}} below for the details.
** He still gets mentioned on several occasions as well, because he serves as the show's poster boy of how destructive the Geass "gift" can be to its recipient. In particular, Lelouch ''immediately'' thinks of Mao's permanently active Geass after [[spoiler:accidentally forcing Euphemia into massacring the Japanese]].
** Regarding [[spoiler:Charles' AssimilationPlot]], Mao becomes a perfect example of why a world without lies would be a dystopia for everyone. Exhibit A would be [[spoiler:Suzaku killing his father, who wanted total war against Britannia. To protect Suzaku, Genbu's death was covered up as a suicide ''against'' Japanese resistance to Britannia]].
* TheChessmaster: Not as good as Lelouch at planning except at genuine chess where he easily defeats him ''twice''. He does this by focusing his Geass so he can ignore any other vagrant thought, either from Lelouch or an external source, in order to know all his moves. * ChessMotif: The method he uses to prove his superiority to Lelouch.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Apparently, so are {{Psychopathic Manchild}}ren! He twists this trope in odd ways: when he was still with C.C., he would ''kill'' people whose evil impulses he sensed, because he worried they might try to hurt her, and he wanted to protect her.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: A particularly [[PsychicPowers nasty]] [[PsychopathicManchild example]] and even by the standards of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, his grip on reality is tenuous. He convinces himself C.C. loves him too much to be able to shoot him, when really she can't shoot him ''because he's already shot her''.
* CoolShades: Perhaps. See also MakingASpectacleOfYourself and SinisterShades, below.
* CrazyJealousGuy
* CryForTheDevil: Poor, poor guy. Sure he's an AxCrazy maniac [[FreudianExcuse but]] after ParentalAbandonment (twice) and years of hearing every thought of every person for miles it's hard not to feel sympathy for him. C.C. does.
* DealWithTheDevil: His acceptance of Geass, given what it ultimately turns him into....
* [[spoiler: DeathByIrony: He gets shot by C.C. with a silenced pistol. After Lelouch uses his Geass to silence him.]]
* DeathTrap: What he puts Nunanly into; if she moves a bomb will go off.
* {{Determinator}}: In his quest to reunite with C.C. and make her his own not even being ''shot'' stopped him. [[spoiler: The first time it didn't. C.C finished the job.]]
* [[spoiler: DisneyDeath: The first time. The second time, he's KilledOffForReal via InstantDeathBullet.]]
* DoomMagnet: mostly of his own deliberate do(om)ing.
* [[EtTuBrute Et Tu, C.C.?]]: How he felt when C.C. abandons him.
* EvilAlbino: Complete with the white hair ''and'' the pink eyes!
* EvilCounterpart: At the time of his appearance, he's the closest thing Lelouch has to one. Several of his interactions with Lelouch are also very similar to those that [[spoiler: Schneizel]] goes on to have with Lelouch in ''[[OddlyNamedSequel R2]]'' (when ''he's'' his EvilCounterpart!).
* {{Fanboy}}: For C.C.
* FateWorseThanDeath: ''MAO! NEVER SPEAK AGAIN!'' [[spoiler: Thankfully, C.C. kills him right after this.]]
* FlawExploitation: He both uses this against Lelouch and company and takes it from Lelouch.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The state of his Geass, and his many [[TheReveal reveals]], turn out to be important later on in the show. In particular, the ultimately uncontrollable nature of Geass, ([[spoiler: Suzaku's being a DeathSeeker and the true nature of C.C.'s contract, as well as the biggest counter-argument Charles' AssimilationPlot.]]
* FreudianExcuse: An orphan that was raised by a BrokenBird who later abandoned him and left him to be driven insane by his geass.
* FromBadToWorse: You'd think losing your family would be a bad enough trauma for any childhood. Then he meets C.C. Oh boy.
* GadgeteerGenius: Implied. Given his isolation, he couldn't exactly go bargain-shopping for a bomb of the exact specifications he wanted.
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: You can tell just by looking at him that he's a villain.
* HarmfulToMinors: Once he reached the age when his Geass got out of control, he had to hear the thoughts of everyone around him, no matter how mature or gross they were. It did ''not'' bode well for his psyche.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: Justified by the fact that he hears the thoughts of ''everyone'' around him within a 500 meter radius. [[spoiler: It's C.C.'s voice played on a loop, originally intended as a post-houmus keepsake for him]]
* HiddenDepths: Wouldn't you know that the SmugSnake was all along just a boy who couldn't bear the world around him and only wanted to be with the one person who truly made him happy.
** See also FeigningIntelligence, above, for more of the same.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: Considered his EvilPlan is [[FreudWasRight to form a relationship with his mother figure....]]
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: Part of what turns him into a {{Yandere}} for C.C. is that he doesn't have to hear her every thought, unlike with everyone else.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Just look at his picture. Granted, he does shed those after [[spoiler: they get shot full of holes and becomes something of a RummageSaleReject.]]
* [[spoiler: InstantDeathBullet: A rare example for a fairly major character in the series.]]
* InstantExpert: At chess. (If you believe him that he's never played it before.) A JustifiedTrope, in that he defeats Lelouch by reading his mind. Consider the possibility that most good chess players automatically work out what strategies the opponent might best use against any considered move and Mao doesn't even need to know how to play, he could just wait for Lelouch's mind to supply him with the best strategy.
* InsufferableGenius: Not merely insufferable, but [[PsychopathicManchild deeply repellant]].
* {{Irony}}: It's a very strange moral track, given their respective roles in the show, when Lelouch TheHero is a [[GreyAndGrayMorality deeply conflicted]], [[DarkIsNotEvil shady figure]], and Mao is [[PureIsNotGood innocent]] and [[BewareTheHonestOnes honest]].
** There's also the fact that nobody screwed him over more than C.C.... and yet he treats her like an angel and ''[[NaiveEveryGirl Shirley]]'', of all people, as a bad guy!
* ItsAllAboutMe: And C.C...
* JerkassFacade: He is undeniably putting on one of these when dealing with his opponents, as he becomes an adoring child when he's alone with C.C.
* KarmicDeath: He thinks that the deaths of Shirley and Lelouch would be this, owing to his [[MoralMyopia misunderstanding of her situation]] and his desire to protect C.C. [[spoiler: from her contract with Lelouch]]. [[spoiler: Ironically he himself never truly gets one. The first time around it's subverted as he [[NoOneShouldSurviveThat doesn't die]] and when his time to die finally does come, it's made into a MercyKill because at that point his FreudianExcuse has been fleshed out and he's shown to be [[CryForTheDevil as much a victim as a villain!]]]]
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: [[spoiler: With [[NaiveEverygirl Shirley]],]] of course. He also ends up on the receiving end of this from Lelouch.
* KiddieKid: He's incredibly childlike. How could he not be? He was raised by C.C..
* KidsAreCruel: As are {{Psychopathic Manchild}}ren. His torment of other characters always manifests itself in fairly childish ways.
** As an actual child, though, he was apparently pretty nice... until his Geass started making his life hell.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Fancies himself as one for C.C.
* KnightOfCerebus: The first for the series. His involvement into the plot made things hell for Shirley, Suzaku, Lelouch and C.C.
* LetThemDieHappy: [[spoiler: C.C. arranges this for him, more or less.]]
* LightIsNotGood: White hair, light-colored clothing, {{Telepathy}} in a world where the DarkIsNotEvil protagonist relies on keeping himself shrouded in mystery and a borderline KnightTemplar.In addition, episode 14 features a chess game between him and TallDarkAndHandsome Lelouch. Predictably enough, Mao plays white, whereas Lelouch plays black. (Note: Choosing white in this case was also a very practical decision. In chess, white always plays first, and between sufficiently strong opponents, white has a small but statistically significant advantage (although for the vast majority of players, the advantage is extremely small). Thus if [[strike: Light]] Lelouch is even half as good a player as [[InformedAbility we're told he is,]] getting white is important.)
** But see ChessMotif above: he practically ''looks like'' the show's white king!
* LoveMakesYouEvil: ''Everything'' he does, including ''all'' his evil deeds, lead back to his feelings for C.C.
* LoveMartyr: A ''very, very'' touchy AlternativeCharacterInterpretation of him that depends on how much you buy into his FreudianExcuse. On the one hand, it's honestly very sad that his only option for love is the one who made him that way in the first place and abandoned him (whatever her motivations were) that it starts to look a bit [[http://cats.about.com/library/guest/ucfeature25a.htm "How Could You"]]. Since he's no angel himself, however, the amount of actual sympathy that he's awarded for his pursuit of C.C varies.
* ALoveToDismember: Mao's EvilPlan was to make C.C 'compact' and take her to a home he made for them.
* MadLove: For C.C. Played for heavy, heavy drama and comes with a side order of {{Squick}}. He possibly sees Lelouch's and Shirley's relationship as this as well, given some of the things he says to Shirley ('''''"He's a bad, bad man.... And you like it!"''''')
* MakingASpectacleOfYourself
* ManInWhite: At least when he's wearing his ImpossiblyCoolClothes....
* ManipulativeBastard: Naturally his telepathy grants him the people to warp people's wills to his EvilPlan.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Mao is supposed [[YoungerThanHeLooks to be around 17]] while C.C. is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, and has known him since he ''was six''.
* MeaningfulName: Possibly. For some, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mao_Zedong Mao]] is a name [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast that brings to mind strong negative feelings.]]
** It's also the Chinese word for "cat"; make of [[CatsAreMean that]] what you [[CuteKitten will]].
* [[spoiler: MemoryGambit: Lelouch's leads to his downfall; Mao couldn't see his true plan he geassed himself into forgetting it.]]
* [[spoiler: MercyKill: C.C. does this to him. Complete with LetThemDieHappy and a rare instance in CodeGeass where a non-{{mook}} gets an InstantDeathBullet.]]
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: An extreme example; constantly hearing the thoughts of everyone around him is what broke him.
* MindRape: His specialty, which he inflicts upon [[spoiler: Shirley and Suzaku]] to devastating effect.
* MommyIssues: The mommy in question is C.C., who abandons him all alone without telling him how to control his Geass powers.
* MoralMyopia: He seems to have this mindset when dealing with Shirley and Lelouch, although he's more concerned with getting to C.C. than actually caring about the world. Taken to extremes, thanks to his [[PsychopathicManchild childishness]] as he berates the characters for doing (or thinking, or remembering doing or thinking) things that he sees as bad... even though he needs to MindRape them to do it. (And he's also probably ''murdered'' several people.)
* MoreThanMindControl: His Geass gives him the ability to do this.
* MotorMouth: He will go on and on and on about horrible his target is because he has their entire life for material.
* NearVillainVictory: Mao successfully MoreThanMindControl's Shirley into killing Lelouch for him, while he has his only escape covered with his own gun. Not only that, but they're all in a secluded area and Mao is immune to Lelouch's Geass at the moment. Only Shirley's HeroicBSOD foils it, but then Mao simply retreats and primes his shotgun, ready to kill them "the old boring way". In the end, Lelouch is only spared a BlastOut by the timely and unexpected arrival of C.C. who is able to divert Mao without him detecting her.
* [[spoiler: NoOneShouldSurviveThat: If people remember one thing about him, it's probably the time he comes back for Lelouch after being '''riddled with bullets''' in the previous episode.]]
* NotGoodWithPeople: It makes sense, though, in that owing to his Geass he really can't interact with them normally and that for years he's been raised away from them by C.C., a very self-centered person in her own right who probably never cared what his relations to them were.
* ParentalAbandonment: He was orphaned as a young child, no older than six. [[FromBadToWorse Then]] C.C. -- his only possible human contact in the world -- abandoned him.
* PersonalityPowers: According to supplementary materials his mind-reading is an extension of his uncommonly good perception of people.
* PowerIncontinence: Initially he could control whose mind he heard but after a while he heard them all, all the time.
* PsychicPowers: Telepathy.
* PsychopathicManchild: A 17 year old who manipulates and humilitates on his way to reuniting with his mother figure.
* PsychoticSmirk: Apparently his default expression. Which he wears ''[[EvilIsSexy very,]]'' [[EvilIsSexy very well]].
* PureIsNotGood: So pure, innocent, and utterly unsullied by the world that he's willing to MindRape people who may have done or thought of bad things, and destroy them; all with no apparent idea he's doing anything wrong. See also ChildrenAreInnocent, LightIsNotGood, and MoralMyopia.
* QuickDraw: Knows he can't take people on physically so he relies on his pistol. He's a astoundingly good shot, blowing C.C's gun out of her hand and then kneecapping her before she can react.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Justified, his eyes have a red hue from his Geass. You ''do'' get to see his eye without Geass very briefly as [[spoiler: he dies.]] It's actually ''blue.'' [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Makes you]] [[DyingAsYourself wonder....]]
* RedOniBlueOni: He could be considered the red to Lelouch's blue as he is a big personality that tends to shout and act implusive.
* TheReveal: Not surprising, given the nature of his power and his personality. Most especially, he reveals that [[spoiler: Shirley attempted to kill Viletta to protect Lelouch and Suzaku is a DeathSeeker who murdered his own father]], the latter a fact that had thus far only been subtly hinted at.
* SadisticChoice: He presents several. Sometimes his victims manage to TakeAThirdOption.
* SanitySlippage: Mao was never all there in the head but his losses to Lelouch only serve to drive him even further off the edge.
* SarcasticClapping: Reached MemeticMutation status.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Well, [[TheIngenue Shirley]] seems to think so, anyway....
* SelectiveObliviousness: He's so perceptive he can ''read people's minds,'' and yet he completely ignores or argues against any attempts C.C. makes to distance herself from him. To wit:
-->'''Mao (* is holding the gun he used to shoot C.C.* ):''' I knew you couldn't pull the trigger! That's cause you really love me, C.C.!
-->'''C.C.:''' [[CassandraTruth You're wrong; I was just using you right from the start!]]
-->'''Mao:''' What are you saying? [[CassandraTruth You shouldn't tell lies like that, you really shouldn't! Lies are very, very wicked!]]
** Since C.C. herself [[spoiler: gives a LoveConfession]] to him before [[spoiler: his death]] and in [[OddlyNamedSequel R2]] we learn the ''real'' reason she left Mao in the first place, they were [[TakeAThirdOption ''both'' telling the truth]].
*** He didn't care what the whole story was, all he wanted was to use Shirley in order to kill Lelouch to end his contract with C.C.
* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler: Lelouch used his Geass power to inflict a ''permanent'' one -- soon before Mao's death at C.C.'s hands.]]
* SingleTargetSexuality: For C.C. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that he has no other options outside of her.
* SinisterShades
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Borderline case, as he at least claims he's ''never played chess before'', and he defeats Lelouch at chess only because he can read Lelouch's mind. See also InstantExpert, above.
* StalkerWithACrush: He [[{{Determinator}} relentlessly]] searches for C.C. while listening to her voice constantly in his headphones.
* StalkingIsLove: Seems to think so. And so is listening to your love interest on your headphones. And so is attempting to '''mutilate''' said love interest! Although [[FanDumb some fans]] [[MisaimedFandom will be quick to agree]] (believe it or not)!
* StepfordSmiler: He could be, on some levels. When he first confronts Shirley he looks extremely cool, confident, and self-satisfied. It's only after that it becomes clear just how screwed-up and miserable he really is. See also HiddenDepths and FeigningIntelligence, above. Although, in an unusual variation, he doesn't seem to play this part deliberately.
* TalkativeLoon: By necessity, since he can only use his Geass to his advantage if he can talk to his victims.
* TeenGenius: In this series, that's almost a given. (He gets outsmarted by Lelouch, but who doesn't?)
* {{Telepathy}}: His Geass power.
* TVGenius: Possibly -- see GadgeteerGenius above.
* {{Ubermensch}}: Sees himself that way.
* TheUnfettered: There's nothing he won't do to establish a eternal relationship with C.C.
* UnhappyMedium: Very, very unhappy and became one when he was only about six years old.
* UnreliableNarrator: He genuinely believes that C.C. is some sort of PuritySue and rants to her face about how and why she's so perfect. When she starts mouthing off about how he was actually meaningless to her, his reaction is to assume it's a JerkassFacade... and that the best way to react will be to shoot her, decide that they're going to live in Australia and threaten to carve her up into tiny pieces with a chainsaw in order to "make (her) compact" enough to fit on the plane.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Implied. AllThereInTheManual: Oh, he's so perceptive of other people! Oh, he's so innocent! Oh, he likes [[PetTheDog playing with little puppies!]]
* VillainsNeverLie
* VisualInnuendo: A famous -- and ri[[IncrediblyLamePun dic]]ulous -- one involving his shadow and the shadow of his chainsaw. See also BiggusDickus and MemeticMutation, above.
* WhatTheHellHero: He gives Lelouch one of these. A cruel version of this is a core aspect of each his {{Mind Rape}}s. See MoralMyopia above, for further details.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart
* WifeHusbandry: C.C. met him when he was six, became his mother figure and made him dependent on her for ''all'' his social needs, causing him to develop a PrecociousCrush on her which later becomes [[SingleTargetSexuality full fledged love]].
* WillNotTellALie: Because '''"Lies are very, very wicked!"''' Also, he's so used to relying on his mind-reading skills, which tend to render lies pointless. Not that he won't bend the truth, mind you, or practice SelectiveObliviousness to an insane degree. He's not quite right in the head, after all.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Technically. It's what the power allows him to do that drove him mad, not the power in and of itself.
* WorthyOpponent: One reason why he was met with so much fanfare was that some fans of the show were glad at the time of his appearance to see another Geass user who could beat Lelouch up.
* {{Yandere}}: Obsessively fixated on C.C.
* YoungerThanHeLooks: He's only seventeen. Looks like he's in his twenties (for those of you keeping track, this all means he's a seventeen-year-old who looks like a twenty-one-year-old but who acts like a [[PsychopathicManchild six-year-old]]!).
** If he puts on [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/code%20geass%20mao/sesshoumarulover2/code%20geass%20CP/gakuensai.jpg?o=29 a nice conservative school uniform]] rather than [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes that crazy getup]] he usually wears, he actually ''does'' look more his age (of course the picture isn't really official).
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!!!'''Rai'''
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The PlayerCharacter of the VisualNovel ''Lost Colors'', Rai is a mysterious young man who enters the story (approximately around Episode 8) when Milly finds him wandering around Tokyo with [[EasyAmnesia amnesia]] and takes him to Ashford Academy. He quickly learns that he has a Geass power of his own, effectively identical to Lelouch's except that Rai's is auditory rather than visual. From there, he meets the central cast, and can choose whether to become Zero's right-hand man in the Black Knights, or Suzaku's partner in the Britannian military (or, in a PSP-exclusive storyline, he can revive the Japan Liberation Front and oppose both the Black Knights and Britannia).

[[spoiler:Eventually Rai learns exactly why he had amnesia: he comes from an unspecified time in the past, where he became leader of a small nation thanks to his charisma, leadership, and his Geass. After accidentally Geassing his people (including his mother and sister) into charging into battle and dying, he sealed himself away in the ruin at Kaminejima, eventually being awoken by V.V..]]
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!Rai embodies these tropes:

* {{AFGNCAAP}}: Averted; while the player can name the character (Rai being the default and "canon" name), he's got a set physical appearance, personality, and backstory.
* AttractiveBentGender: See him dress up as a girl.
* {{Bishonen}}
* [[spoiler:BioAugmentation: was drugged and enhanced with kightmare abilities and knowledge of the current era by the same people that ran code-r project that involved c.c. as well after they found him at Kamine Island ]]
* ButNotTooForeign: [[spoiler:Part Japanese and part Britannian part of the upper class in both hertiages]]
* ChickMagnet
* CompellingVoice: A more literal version than Lelouch, but not ''quite'' as strong as his.
* ContinuityCameo: Rai, or at least someone looking a lot like him, appears in ''R2'''s second School Festival Episode.
* EasyAmnesia [[spoiler: of his own doing after his geass went out of control]]
* EvenTheGuysWantHim
* {{Expy}}: Of Lelouch.
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:Just like Lelouch, an unintentional Geass command caused everything to go to hell for him.]]
* [[spoiler:PowerIncontinence]]: [[spoiler:The reason he destroyed his nation.]]
* [[spoiler:SealedGoodInACan of which in one in the geass routes he will return back to]]
* SuperPrototype: The Gekka Pre-Production Test Type, Rai's HumongousMecha on Japanese story routes, obviously. The Britannian equivalent, the Lancelot Club, is believed by {{Fanon}} to be the prototype for the Vincent from ''R2''.
** This may actually be Canon; The Guren was the prototype for the Gekka, which then became the template for the Akatsuki, and the Pre-Production Test Type is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. It stands to reason the the Club is similar, since The Vincent is specifically stated to be the MP version of the Lancelot, with the Club and the Sutherland Club models acting as "Test Types". Due to appearing in a spin off game, it could be considered WordOfDante.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Rai is pretty much halfway between Lelouch and Suzaku in terms of personality and abilities.
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!!Peace Mark
A world-wide terrorist organization that has connections with every terrorist faction around the world. They underwent an increase of operations at the end of the Black Rebellion, and has contacts with the Middle Eastern Federation and the Chinese Federation.

[[folder:Orpheus Zevon]]

!!!'''Orpheus Zevon'''

Orpheus Zevon is the twin brother of Oldrin Zevon. Born into nobility but abandoned by his parents so that Oldrin may succeed as the heir of the family, he was raised by a peasant family. However he was conscripted into the Geass Order against his will, using him as an assassin. Though he has long since broken ties with the Order, the cost was too great, and his lover Euria died in the escape. When he discovered that his old family had a hand in his lover's death, he swore vengeance and returned to the battlefield.

* AceCustom: Byakuen, the brother unit of the Guren Mk II.
* ChildSoldiers
* HalfIdenticalTwins
* ParentalAbandonment: Born into nobility but abandoned by his parents
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge
* SwissArmyWeapon: The "7-Type Integrated Armament Right Arm" (aka 7-Type for short) is a large box on Byakuen's arm that houses 7 weapon attachments.
** {{BFG}}
** {{BFS}}
** ThisIsADrill
** A giant claw.
** Single Blade
** ''weapon unknown''
** and a hand.

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[[folder: Ze Dien]]

!!!'''Ze Dien'''

Ze Dien is a terrorist who is connected to “Peace Mark”. He is a young man originally from the Chinese Federation. He performs requests using a customized Glasgow he bought on the black market and remodeled to his preferences. He works together with Orpheus on missions along with Ganabati.

* SempaiKohai: Tries to place this on Orpheus, but it doesn't work.

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[[folder: Ganabati]]

!!!'''Ganabati'''

Ganabati is an Indian engineer that helps Orpheus and is connected to “Peace Mark”. When having piled up a lot of money, he will perfectly prepare the Knightmares he services no matter the place. He personally feels a fascination/attraction to Orpheus Zevon, and receives his work with the greatest priority. He helps Orpheus on his missions along with Ze Dien, driving a trailer truck that carries Orpheus' and Ze's personal Knightmare Frames. He is an old friend of Rakshata.

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[[folder: Miss X]]

!!!'''Miss X'''

Miss X is an intermediary who conveys requests from “Peace Mark” to terrorists. At times acting bewitching, at other times acting childish, she is a beautiful woman whose age and nationality are unknown.

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[[folder: Wizard]]

!!!'''Wizard'''

Wizard is a mysterious masked man who styles himself as a “magician”, and is a financial supporter of Peace Mark. He possesses vast information and assets, and is said to be very reliable, but his hidden background and identity have many grounds for suspicion. He toys with the two “Oz”s, Oldrin Zevon and Orpheus Zevon, whose identities and pasts he is apparently aware of. He pilots the black Knightmare Frame, Agravain.

* AceCustom: Agravain, the successor to the Gawain and predecessor to the mass-produced Gareths.

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[[folder:Miscellaneous]]

Tropes embodied by other miscellaneous characters:

* AlphaBitch: Katherina Sforza from the ''NightmareOfNunnally'' manga. But after [[KickTheDog throwing Nunnally off her wheelchair]] for refusing to endure her bullying, Katherina finds herself on the wrong side of Nunnally's classmate Alice [[spoiler: whose Geass-like ability grants her SuperSpeed]]. Alice punishes Katherina and her GirlPosse by [[HumiliationConga stealing their skirts -- out in the open]].
* AmazonBrigade: The entirely female Irregulars.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: The number of Jewish-sounding last names is noteworthy (i.e., Gino ''Weinberg'', Bismarck ''Waldstein'', etc.). It's not played completely straight since most of them don't have any other such traits worth speaking of.
** Don't forget about Ohgi's Star of David and his "[[FanNickname Jew 'Fro]]".
* AristocratsAreEvil: Usually (but not always) played straight -- especially within the Britannian royal family, but elsewhere as well.
* BadassNormal: Everyone who isn't a Geass user, Code Holder or generic background character really. Any exceptions are blatantly obvious.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Applicable to just about everyone. Even when characters get grievously injured or do something that should make them completely gross and icky they never lose their good looks.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The entire royal family of Britannia.
* BlessedWithSuck: Practically any Geass power eventually develops certain drawbacks for its respective user, typically in the form of the user becoming unable to turn it off.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Averted with Prince Odysseus eu Britannia.
* BreakTheCutie: Kallen's mother (Mrs. Kozuki), and too many minor characters to count.
* BridgeBunnies: The Black Knights got some after acquiring their CoolShip.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Gino Weinberg, the Knight the Third, acts like a complete clown whenever he's not fighting. Kanon Maldini is an ex VillainousCrossdresser who couldn't find a stable workplace for this very reason despite his competence, until he met Schneizel.
* ChessMotifs: Pawns: just about all of the Black Knights (except Kallen).
* ChinesePeople: The Chinese Federation.
* ChivalrousPervert: The sixth Picture Drama suggests Prince Clovis la Britannia was one. Just look at the swimsuits he designed. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Cornelia doesn't want to let Euphemia wear one of them.
* TheDanza: Nagisa Chiba is played by SaekoChiba.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The Black Knights.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: In ''NightmareOfNunnally'', Dalque, who comes from an unknown conquered area.
** Apparently [[AvertedTrope averted]] in the last chapter, where it was mentioned that she had a lighter skin colour before she was used as a guinea pig by the Irregulars. For a group drawn from conquered Numbers, the girls all look rather Britannian...
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Sayoko and Guilford.]]
* {{Dojikko}}: Kallen's mother (Mrs. Kozuki) is a tragic example. Her clutziness ''[[EpilepticTrees could]]'' be a result of [[spoiler: her addiction to an in-universe drug called Refrain.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Most of the Knights of Rounds -- except Anya Alstreim, Gino Weinberg, and [[DemotedToExtra Miss Not-Appearing in a Speaking Role This Series]] Nonette. Particularly Dorothea Ernst aka Knight the Fourth, with all the UnfortunateImplications it brings, and Bismarck Waldstein aka Knight the First, who gets utterly WTFPWNED by Suzaku just as he was becoming a genuinely interesting character. Cornelia was THIS close to get a bridge on ''her'', but she managed to dodge it somehow and survived after being shot by Schneizel.]]
** Minor character Governor Calares got a ''skyscraper'' dropped on him.
* DullSurprise: Crown Prince Odysseus' default expression. No wonder he was [[FanNickname nicknamed]] "[[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Prince Valium]]"
* {{Expy}}: Miss Romeyer, Nunnally's caretaker in ''R2''. Clearly, an expy of Miss Rottenmaier from the novel ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'', in particular the extremely popular anime adaptation ''AlpenNoShoujoHeidi''.
* ExtremeDoormat: Kallen hates her biological mother (Mrs. Kozuki), thinking she was this for her Britannian father. [[spoiler: Turns out she was one for ''Kallen''. After learning this, Kallen has a change of heart.]]
* FiveManBand / FiveBadBand: So many to choose from. Examples:
** The Black Knights' 5 higest ranking members.
** Toudou and The 4 Holy Blades.
** The Knights of Rounds
** The Zero Requiem conspirators
** The Brittanian Anti-Lelouch movements (Schneizel, Kanon, Cornelia, Anya and Diethard) and (Cornelia, Guilford, Villetta, Minami, and Xianglin)
* HiddenDepths: No one in this series is ''quite'' who they seem to be at first. Many characters play the trope deliberately, though not all do.
* IdiotBall: Various characters throughout the series but Sayoko and Anya take it to TheDitz level during the Cupid day episode.
* ImprobableAge: Where to start? It might almost be easier to list counterexamples.
* LadyOfWar: For the Black Knights: Nagisa Chiba (Todoh's girlfriend).
* LightIsNotGood: The Britannian military especiall the higher ups.
* MissingMom: [[spoiler: V.V. and Charles's StartOfDarkness took place when their mother, courtesy of other nobles, got [[DroppedABridgeOnHim a carriage dropped on her]] and in front of the not-older-than-10 twins, as revenge for having her kids appointed as heirs to TheEmpire.]] Yikes.
* MoralityPet: For Lelouch, the Ashford students, but especially those on the Studen Council (and of course Nunnally most of all, at least in theory...).
* PurpleEyes: Diethard Reid. Most of the royal family. Many Britannians. The occasional Eleven.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Valkyrie Unit accompanying Luciano. Or rather, they ''would'' have been one, if they didn't have the misfortune of facing Kallen.
* [[spoiler: TheQuisling: Along with Nina, Lloyd, and Cécile, Sayoko pretends to be this under Lelouch direction; they assisted Lelouch's Zero Requiem to achieve world peace, but as Lelouch would be eventually hated as the most tyrannical ruler in history, Lelouch has them defect to the Black Knights after they've accomplished their tasks to preserve their name after the war.]]
* RapunzelHair: Several females in the series have quite long hair that goes down to their hips.
* RedBaron: Todoh is sometimes referred to as "Todoh of miracles"
* RedOniBlueOni: Again, e lot of examples.
* SacrificialLamb: Clovis was there just to get killed.
** Nonnette, who only appeared in a couple of still shots during R2, though it arguably works out in her favour as she was one of the few Knights of the Round that weren't killed off. This is probably because she was more relevant to ''Lost Colors'' than the anime.
* {{Seppuku}}: Suzaku's father, to public knowledge, did this out of protest for the war. [[spoiler:Suzaku actually just happened to stab him rather convieniently.]] Urabe did this to save Lelouch from Rolo. With a Mecha.
* SiblingTeam: The Glaston Knights, composed of Andreas Darlton's adopted sons.
* SixStudentClique: Lelouch=The Head, Suzaku=The Muscle, Rivalz=The Quirk, Shirley and Kallen=The Pretty Ones, Nina=The Smart One, Millay=The Wild One.
* SmugSnake: In a show full of [[MagnificentBastard magnificent bastards]], Diethard Reid serves this role.
* SoleSurvivor: Claudio Darlton of the [[SiblingTeam Glaston Knights]].
** The Shen Hu, the only knightmare owned by a major character that survived to the end of the series.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Arthur, a ''cat'', very nearly exposes Lelouch as Zero simply by getting its head stuck inside his helmet and carrying it around Ashford. In addition, if it weren't for Arthur, most likely Suzaku would've been [[spoiler: killed by Tamaki]] in the Season One finale.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Diethard for the Black Knights and Luciano for the Knight of Rounds.
* {{Tsundere}}: Arthur the ''cat''.
* UnwittingPawn: The Order of the Black Knight in general, who first ended up in Lelouch's hand before becoming Schneizel's pawns. Some Troopers even guessed that Lelouch expected Schneizel to use schemes to get them to be the 2nd prince pawns and act based on that, so in the end black Knights will always be Lelouch's pawn, directly or indirectly.
* VillainousCrossdresser: Kanon Maldini, according to [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: Brittania siblings are implied to have been wiped out by the FLEIJA bomb.]]
* YamatoNadeshiko: An adult {{deconstruction}} of this trope would be Kallen's birth mother. Mrs. Kouzuki got the looks and the devotion, but [[BreakTheCutie ended up real screwed]]. [[spoiler: In the end of ''R2'', we see that she's getting better. Hooray!]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Almost everyone -- although not necessarily blue. (Characters who are fullblooded Japanese are sometimes exempt. Or ''mostly'' exempt.)
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: For the core Black Knights before they joined up with Zero. One wonders what they were planning to do with a huge canister of poison gas, even if Kallen protested using it in a civilian area.
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