[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3816236/1/Code_Geass_Lelouch_of_Brittania Code Geass: Lelouch of Britannia]] by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/670654/Cal_reflector Cal Reflector]] is a Anime/CodeGeass FanFic, one of the best in existence. It takes place in a hypothetical AlternateUniverse in which Lelouch, in his [[CallingTheOldManOut confrontation with his father]] after his mother's death, chose to back down and apologize, leading to him and Nunnally staying in Britannia rather than being exiled to Japan.

[[TimeSkip Seven years later]], Lelouch enters the Britannian military and takes command of the 382nd Ashfordshire Regiment, leading them against the North African Federation and later the Euro Universe in a campaign strikingly similar to the North African theatre of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo. Much [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesomeness]] ensues, earning Lelouch fame and prestige as the Black Prince of the Empire.

''[[ProlongedPrologue And then]]'' [[ProlongedPrologue he takes a trip to Japan.]]

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!!'''This fic contains examples of the following tropes, in addition to those already present in the source material:'''

* AFatherToHisMen: Lelouch is this to his subordinates and to ordinary citizens (Britannian and Japanese) that he meets. The [[FictionalDocument textbooks debate with each other]] on whether or not this was genuine or [[AllAccordingToPlan all part of a scheming personality.]]
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Villetta was subjected to this at military academy, due to being from a lower-class background.
* AlternateUniverse
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Jeremiah [[InvokedTrope endorses]] this trope, encouraging Kewell to lose his virginity when they were at school.
* AscendedExtra
** Kewell was an unsympathetic minor villain summarily killed off in the first season of Anime/CodeGeass. Here, he's reimagined as AnOfficerAndAGentleman with an amusingly combative friendship with Jeremiah, a reserved romance with Villetta, and [[spoiler: a [[TearJerker tearjerking]] HeroicSacrifice]].
*** FixFic
** So, too, is Kewell's younger sister, Marika, who, after only being mentioned in novels and appearing for all of two seconds on screen as a pilot under Luciano's command before suddenly dying by Kallen's hand, is taken from Luciano and made Lelouch's subordinate, and given character development of her own.
** In a slightly different example, the Euro Universe Panzer Hummel is upgraded from MechaMook to BiggerStick (justified by the story being set much earlier than the CurbStompBattle where the [[SuperPrototype Lancelot]] pwned them in canon).
** And, in chapter 26, Darlton, revealed to be [[spoiler:an alternate Zero]].
** At this point its safe to say that a good portion of the cast are {{Ascended Extra}}s and {{OC Stand In}}s. On the other hand,this might change as [[SpotlightStealingSquad more characters from the canon storyline show up]].
* AscendedMeme: Wholeheartedly embraces Jeremiah's Orange-kun nickname. His family even grows oranges.
** And he even has a phobia of them stemming back to an unfortunate incident in his childhood (even dubbed 'citrusphobia' by doctors, according to Kewell), though he vehemently denies it. Fortunately for Jeremiah, this is merely the subject of friendly ribbing from his friends (notably Kewell), rather than psyche-breaking accusations of treachery.
* AwesomeButImpractical: A PoweredArmor project Darlton oversaw that was shelved for costing way too much and being way too complicated for practical use, with the final nail in its coffin being a showcase of the Knigtmare Frames' performance in Japan. [[spoiler:He takes the project's fifth prototype to dole out some justice bearing the name Zero.]]
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Not actual crowning, obviously, but the scene where Lelouch is honoured by Emperor Charles before the Britannian court qualifies in every other way, as does the Roman-style triumph beforehand.
* BadassArmy: The (Britannian) Black Knights.
* BashBrothers: Jeremiah and Kewell, with a healthy dose of VitriolicBestBuds. It's in clear display during the prison raid.
* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: The [[FictionalDocument beginning]] of chapter 23.
* {{BFG}}: "Any weapon that operates on the basic principle of a big powerful gun must be of some worth."
** Chapter 26 has Zero wield an [[MoreDakka AA gun]].
* {{Bifauxnen}}: [[AlphaBitch One of Villetta's classmates]] teased her about being this due to wearing her dress uniform for formal occasions.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Black Knights are this to a supply company in Ch. 9.
* BiggerStick: The Panzer Hummel is this to the Britannian Knightmares.
* BoringButPractical: Lelouch's approach to combating enemy [[HumongousMecha Knightmare]] forces with his undersupplied unit: [[CoolTank Cool Tanks]] and [[MacrossMissileMassacre lots of antitank missile launchers]].
* BrotherSisterIncest: At least one reviewer's eyebrows were raised by Lelouch and Cornelia sharing a bed... but it seems to be entirely innocent.
** Nonette teasingly suggests that Cornelia give Lelouch "hands-on" lessons on the facts of life in chapter 17; Cornelia [[NoJustNoReaction nearly has an aneurism]] just thinking about it. Definitely innocent.
* BulletproofHumanShield: Averted. Zero explicitly tells Lieutenant Kirkham that when attempting to invoke this trope, you should pick a fat guy (More mass to slow the bullets).
* CementShoes: [[spoiler:How Darlton planned to dispose of Lieutenant Kirkham, as a form of poetic justice due to how he had children stuffed into a container and ordered the container disposed into the sea. Ultimately though, it is Lelouch who sends Kirkham to his watery grave.]]
* ChristmasEpisode
* ColonelBadass: Lelouch and Jeremiah.
* ContrivedCoincidence: The circumstances which cause Suzaku to pilot the Lancelot. See TheStationsOfTheCanon.
** See also CrowningMomentOfFunny, though, so [[TropesAreNotBad it's not all bad]].
* CoolTank: The Longbows.
-->"When these Challenger III Longbows debuted, they were the fastest, most powerful fighting vehicles on the planet, combining artillery and main battle tank into one platform, with a [[{{BFG}} 140mm rail gun]] firing 15 rounds per minute up to 100 kilometers. They only built a handful before we invaded Area Eleven, and after thatů well, [[HumongousMecha no one was really interested in tanks after that]]. Production stopped and the finished pieces were placed into storage."
* ExactWords: Schneizel's description of "C" is perfectly accurate in every detail. [[spoiler: He just fails to mention it's a person, not a disease. Bonus points for his use of the word "contracts".]]
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: Suzaku gets recruited as the pilot of the Lancelot... after Lloyd hits him with his car.
* FalseFlagOperation: Played with: Lelouch has Jeremiah steal supplies from his jealous superiors using captured Panzer Hummels, who are then "driven off" by Black Knights reinforcements.
* FictionalDocument: Every chapter opens with an excerpt from one or more of these, ranging from personal memoirs, to news stories, to history texts, to theatre, to naughty romance novels (see CrowningMomentOfFunny).
* ForegoneConclusion: To a point. Many of the {{Fictional Document}}s are from decades in the future, and show that Lelouch (as the Black Prince) is both considered historically relevant and a inspiration for fiction. They also suggest that a lot of the things that went on "behind the scenes" in the present have become public knowledge. (For example, the trashy romance novel actually implies that in the future, everyone knows about Kallen's [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters terrorist/rebellion]] activities). On the other hand, they give the implication that Lelouch [[DoomedByCanon is not alive when those documents were written]], with the earliest future document being from 2026. It is of course possible that we are only supposed to ''[[RedHerring think]]'' that.
* ForWantOfANail: The entire premise of the fic. [[spoiler: Chapter 27 seems to hint that the divergence occurs at least slightly ''before'' Lelouch's CallingTheOldManOut moment, since Lelouch has a dream-flashback to just before he discovered his mother's body where Charles uses his Geass on him, which didn't happen in the canon; though what the effects of this were exactly has yet to be established.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Chapter 23 implied Nina's racism stems from [[spoiler: her getting raped]].
* GenreShift: When the story moves to Japan, there are a lot more romantic and comedic elements compared to the more military-focused plot of the earlier chapters. This mirrors the rapid shifts of the original series; the Battle of Narita being one of the biggest examples.
* GratuitousFrench: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since it's spoken by a pair of Swiss mercenaries hired to kill Lelouch.
* GratuitousGerman: The title of Chapter XV. Ironic when you think about it, given that they're fighting the Germans...
* GunsAkimbo: Used with ''machine guns'' in Ch.26 to invoke [[MoreDakka More Dakka]].
* [[spoiler: HerHeartWillGoOn: Villetta after Kewell's death.]]
* HumanShield: Attempted. [[EpicFail Fails MASSIVELY]] in the face of Zero's MoreDakka.
--> "Lesson 3: When using a human shield, grab a fat guy."
* InSpiteOfANail: Some things just refuse to change. The Black Knights still exist as a frighteningly effective fighting force (albeit on the other side), Suzaku is still due to become the Lancelot's pilot, Diethard is still obsessed with following Lelouch's story [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Lelouch still can't beat Schniezel at chess]].
* [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Knight Templar Big Sister]]: When Lelouch's is presumed missing or dead after his transportation is shot down, Cornelia launches a sudden attack that [[NiceJobBreakingItHero has diplomatic reprecussions]]. She is then seen torturing a prisoner to get information on Lelouch's possible whereabouts...when it's clear the prisoner knows nothing. The whole time she's in a TranquilFury.
** It's also later explicitly said in her internal monologue that she would've gone as far as all-out invading the EU if Lelouch hadn't turned up when he did (which is what happens anyway thanks to the diplomatic repercussions mentioned above, but the implication is she'd have gone about it a lot faster and with a lot more fury).
* MoreDakka: See {{BFG}} above.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Lelouch uses his strategic genius... to help the Army beat the Navy at football. And make lots of money betting on it.
* MythologyGag
** Lelouch's [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning Awesome Moment of Not-Quite-Crowning]] (see above) is very reminiscent of Suzaku's knighting ceremony in the original series, particularly when one person known to be close to the recipient of the honours (Lloyd in the original, Cornelia here) begins clapping alone in the crowd of hostile nobles, then another person less close to them and with wide general respect joins in (Darlton/Schneizel), which finally precipitates general applause.
** In the original, Lelouch/Zero made a point of turning to stare directly into the camera carried by Diethard when he announced his name to be Zero. [[spoiler: Darlton, this universe's Zero (so far, at least), does the exact same thing, albeit in very different circumstances.]]
** The PowerArmor Zero uses in chapter 26 has a heavily-muscled frame and an overall design scheme similar to [[NightmareOfNunnally MasterAsia!Zero]].
* NoodleIncident
--> '''Shirley''': "I wonder what it'd be like if all the Emperor's wives and children lived together."
--> '''Lelouch''': "They tried that once. Didn't work out."
* NotWhatItLooksLike: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] [[ZigZaggingTrope and then]] [[InvertedTrope inverted]] - Lelouch lets his subordinates think that his lying naked on the floor of a bathroom with a soaking wet Kallen on top of him is ''exactly'' what it looks like, in order to protect her reputation.
* OCStandIn: ''Several''. The two that come to mind are Darlton's adopted son Claudio, and Kewell's sister Marika, but many other characters overlooked by canon have expanded roles. [[AscendedExtra Even established characters are given more history and backstory]]. [[TropesAreNotBad The fanfic is better for it]].
--->"[[WordOfGod Milner is not an original character,]] just a name I came up with for the [[{{Mook}} leader of Clovis' elite guards who Lelouch commands to die]] [[SerialEscalation at the end of episode one]]".
* PapaWolf: You kill children and Darlton will fuck you up.
* ProlongedPrologue: Lelouch only enters Japan in the twentieth chapter. '''But TropesAreNotBad.'''
* RealPersonFic: In-story example - Lelouch finds some of this [[TheInternetIsForPorn on the internet]], pairing him with his subordinates or his [[BrotherSisterIncest half-siblings]]. The world should be thankful that he apparently hasn't found any Lelouch/Nunnally fics (which exist in real life).
** Given that in the picture dramas from the anime its revealed that Nunnally actually ''did'' want to marry Lelouch when she was a child and that it apparently wasn't unheard of for royalty to marry within their own family in the Code Geass universe given that Euphemia at one point had a thing for Lelouch as well, and that Lelouch hinted it was at one point ''reciprocated'''..... this probably wouldn't be as upsetting to him as we might think. Suzaku even comments on Lelouch having a sister complex when he sees Nunnally bound and gagged in a picture sent to Lelouch by Mao before Lelouch actually tells him what the real score is....
* RealitySubtext: In Chapter 28, Lelouch says the last time he dined together with Schneizel, and Clovis was at Christmas. Schneizel's response? "That recent? [[ScheduleSlip It feels like more than a year ago.]]" [[note]]"More than a year" is how long it took for Chapter 28 to come out.[[/note]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Ironically, Clovis seems to come off as this for Area Eleven. The rest of the imperial family members related to Lelouch (and Lelouch himself) are also seen this way.
** Certainly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the case of Clovis. His two big problems in the original, after all, were that he was overly cruel to the Elevens and not smart enough to match Zero. The latter is hardly saying much, [[TheChessmaster given what]] [[MagnificentBastard Zero is]], whilst the former [[spoiler: was in fact due to Lelouch and Nunnally's 'deaths' when Japan fell to Britannia. Which, obviously, didn't happen in this continuity.]]
* RescueRomance: [[ShrinkingViolet Nina]] seemingly falls for Lelouch after he saves her and Shirley from muggers, in a mirror of her rescue by Euphemia in canon.
* RousingSpeech
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: In ''spades.'' While there are plenty of nobles who fail to get much done, Lelouch and his closer family members in office are damned capable leaders. Even Clovis is shown to be able to do his job effectively (not that he won't turn to Lelouch for some help here and there).
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Lieutenant Kirkham attempts this in Chapter 26. It doesn't pan out.
* SeriousBusiness: In Chapter 27, Milly posts a notice describing in great detail the "pizza thief's" crimes, the penalties involved, and the fact she hired a private detective (or drafted Lelouch) into finding the culprit. Stealing pizza under Milly's watch is apparently SeriousBusiness.
* ShipTease: There has been a lot of hinting around Lelouch/Milly and Lelouch/Kallen. Chapter 20, in which Milly kisses Lelouch, even closes with a joking "It's been a long journey: Thank you all for reading Lelouch of Britannia. Please look forward to my next work.".
** Milly also quite unsubtly (if you're anyone but [[ChasteHero Lelouch]], that is) implies that she'd quite like to marry him some day.
** Lelouch and Kallen have their BelligerentSexualTension amped UpToEleven, particularly in [[ShowerScene Chapter]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny 23]], as well as a few genuinely touching moments ([[spoiler:like Lelouch moving Kallen's mom to a nicer, closer hospital so she can visit her more often, and then bonding with her over his own mother]]).
* {{Shotacon}}: A Somali pirate leader's moll hits on ''Rolo''.
** Several 40-something women hit on Lelouch repeatedly.
* ShoutOut: Various.
** The Black Knights here are an obvious ShoutOut to Lelouch's followers from canon, only here they're on the opposite side.
** As noted above, many parallels can be drawn between the battles in North Africa and UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, including:
*** A relatively small, under-supplied British/Britannian force defeating seemingly vastly superior enemy forces.
*** The German military being regarded as much more effective than the Italians.
*** The Black Knights taking so many prisoners that they had to divert a lot of their forces just to guard them (as happened during the first British offensive against the Italians in RealLife).
*** The climactic battle even takes place at El Alamein.
*** A Siege of Tobruk, albeit one which succeeded (With the Europeans playing the part of the Australian defenders and the Brittanians as the besieging Germans).
** Somali {{Pirate}}s.
** Several allusions to the story of ''{{Faust}}''.
*** Isn't it more the ''Literature/PilgrimsProgress''?
** Chapter 20 mentions the New Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor [[{{NodameCantabile}} Shinichi Chiaki]]
** One of the guests at Clovis' party is San Francisco 49ers quarterback [[{{Eyeshield21}} Shin Seijuro]].
** Kallen's ambushing Lelouch in the shower in chapter 24 harks back to a [[FanService well-known scene]] in episode 3 of the first season, albeit with a GenderFlip.
** The Zero battlesuit used in Chapter 26 has a number of features - radar in the helmet, slash harken grappling hooks, cape that stiffens to become a glider - evocative of a [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga certain movie series]] featuring a CrazyPrepared [[Franchise/{{Batman}} hero]].
*** The whole chapter 26 is a shout out to ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
** In the Black Knights' first action against the North African League, they are raiding a prison to rescue Britannian soldiers. Jeremiah yells at a soldier just freed, [[ModernWarfare "On your feet, soldier; we are leaving!"]]
** Diethard's co-anchor is named [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Diane]].
*** Diethard survives the events of the fic and by around 2040 is hosting ''Series/SixtyMinutes''.
** One of Clovis' favorite quotes is [[SpiderMan "with great mojo comes great responsibility"]]
** [[Series/TheDailyShow The Daily Show with Jim Stewart]] makes an appearance in one [[FictionalDocument pre-chapter excerpt]], making fun of the media frenzy over Lelouch's departure from the public eye.
** See if this sounds familiar: a pair of young military officers, involved in a campaign in a desert region, the one more comfortable with a desk job, the other determined to remain in frontline service. [[spoiler: Despite the former's disposition, he ends up dying in a heroic sacrifice, showing outstanding valour; he is given a full military burial and posthumously promoted three ranks, ironically finally surpassing his friend, as was a long-standing ambition of his. Oh, and his death is one of the most [[{{Tearjerker}} emotional]] moments in the series. Kewell with Jeremiah, or [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Maes Hughes with Roy Mustang]]? Bonus points for being another RedOniBlueOni pairing, although several of the traits are swapped around.]]
** Sawasaki's return to Japan is evocative of General {{Douglas MacArthur}}'s return to the Phillipines during UsefulNotes/WW2.
* SpotOfTea: In keeping with the general Britishness of the fic's tone.
* {{Squee}}: Lelouch's celebrity status after North Africa is such that upon his triumphal parade in the capital, he induces a mass {{Squee}} among the women of Pendragon.
--> "That day, the young women of Pendragon died many happy deaths."
* StalkerWithACrush: Lelouch mistakes Kallen for one of these
** Played straight with Lelouch's reminiscences about some of his more [[SarcasmMode 'dedicated']] fangirls in the past, which is why he actually comes to the conclusion he does about Kallen (that, and he's a bit of a na´ve idiot when it comes to women in this fic, [[FridgeBrilliance presumably because unlike in the canon he's been privately educated as an Imperial Prince rather than attending a posh yet otherwise normal high school]]).
* TheStationsOfTheCanon: Seems to be played with. WordOfGod has stated that Lelouch in this fic arrives in Japan at about the same time as the actual series begins (thus potentially setting him up to encounter C.C.), while Suzaku still manages FallingIntoTheCockpit of the SuperPrototype, albeit in different fashion. However, the ramifications of these events may prove to [[OffTheRails have a different result]].
* TheStrategist: Lelouch, naturally. It aggravates his rivals in the Imperial family a ''lot.'' [[spoiler: To the point that they would give the information of his whereabouts to the EU just to get rid of him.]]
* SuddenlySexuality: Yeah, apparently, Nina's in love with Lelouch now.
* {{Tsundere}}: Kallen, even more so than in canon, since she's caught between hatred of smug Brittanian royalty, grudging respect for him, and the uncomfortable fact that he's [[MrFanservice really, really hot]].
* VigilanteExecution by a VigilanteMan: [[spoiler:Darlton became Zero in order to punish Lieutenant Kirkham who was not found guilty of killing Japanese children as part of a coverup of his slave trade activities. While Darlton did kill the platoon that served with the noble in a CurbStompBattle, it is Lelouch that has the villain sleeping with the fishes.]]
* WhatIf: This is the fic's basic premise, of simply what if Lelouch remained a royal.
* WildTeenParty: Jeremiah reminisces about one of these after [[spoiler: Kewell dies]], even [[LampshadeHanging noting]] that it was "just like the movies".
* YouAreNotAlone: As an indication of how different the timeline is compared to canon, Cornelia and Euphemia are there to comfort Lelouch after Marianne's funeral. As time passes, we also see that Schneizel, Clovis and Cornelia's generals (who may as well be family) are solidly with Lelouch and actively help him whenever they can.
** And he seems to be returning the favor.
** Though as it turns out [[spoiler: [[BigBadFriend Schneizel and Clovis are seemingly aware of what really happened to Marianne but don't want to let Lelouch learn about it]]. Clovis appears to genuinely want Lelouch and Nunally to have a normal, happy life, while Schneizel's motivations are more suspect.]]

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