->''"Aizen. You may have defeated Urahara-san, but now you face an opponent who will trip you up at every turn, stop you at every juncture and counter your every move. You now face an opponent [[XanatosSpeedChess who can play by your rules and settings]]. [[TheChessmaster From now on you face me]]."''
-->-- '''[[GuileHero Lelouch]] [[MagnificentBastard Lamperouge]]'''

[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6953451/1/ Soul Chess]] Is a'' Manga/{{Bleach}}''[=/=]''Anime/CodeGeass'' fanfiction about what happens to Lelouch after the [[ThanatosGambit Zero Requiem]]. It starts with Lelouch waking up in the rukongai, and follows him during his rise through the ranks.

The story is noted for staying very true to character, even considering [[Manga/{{Bleach}} how many]] [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters the source material brings.]] Lelouch, Aizen, Yoruichi, Urahara, and everyone else are all completely in character.

Also important is something ''extremely'' rare in any crossover: ''things don't change right away''. The story starts sometime a little before the turn back the pendulum arc, and major changes don't happen for several chapters. This is partially because the overall spread of events was [[TheChessmaster designed]] to allow for [[MagnificentBastard inconsistencies,]] and partially because Lelouch starts out at a fairly low rank, and stays that way for a while. His rise through the ranks is steady and believable.

The [[Characters/SoulChess character page]] is now up and running smoothly. Tropes that were associated with characters have been moved to the their appropriate places from the main page.

The series has officially ended and details of a potential SequelHook are found [[http://draconichero18.deviantart.com/journal/Soul-Chess-A-New-Generation-366205822 here]].

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[[folder:Tropes A to G]]
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: [[spoiler: Hisana's Bankai's ultimate form can cut through Starrk's cero and also through Hallibel and Grimmjow's hierro enough to hack off their arms.]]
** [[spoiler: Ashido's Iaido counts too.]]
* AchillesHeel: The Togabito that attack the world of the living have their masks as this. [[AttackItsWeakPoint Lelouch is quick to abuse this]].
* ActorAllusion: Multiple people have commented that Lelouch and Ichigo [[JohnnyYongBosch sound very similar]], including themselves.
** As an alias to get her and Ichigo through Seireitei, Kukaku calls Ichigo [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Koizumi]] [[Franchise/DevilMayCry Nero]].
** Lelouch also notes the similarity to the voices of [[MichelleRuff Rukia and Euphemia]]. Though he doesn't use Euphy's name.
*** Strangely enough, it's very coincidental that in chapter 59 that Rukia did a small voice cameo as [[GurrenLagann Yoko]] for Ichigo and Shinji's special reenactment of their favorite series.
** [[YuriLowenthal Keigo goes into town wearing the same clothes as]] [[CodeGeass Suzaku Kururugi]] [[ActorAllusion in episode 5]] [[MythologyGag and winds up]] [[CrashIntoHello crashing into]] [[MythologyGag a potential love interest]]
*** On that same vein [[YuriLowenthal Keigo]] and [[JohnnyYongBosch Ichigo]] meet, supposedly, alone to discuss what’s really going on and the first thing out of Keigo’s mouth is [[CodeGeass no more games and no more lies]]
** Shinji strangely noted how [[WendeeLee Tatsuki and Yoruichi]] sound eerily alike.
** An in-universe example. [[ItMakesSenseInContext After role-playing as]] [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext for a school project]] Ichigo winds up later spouting lines from the character throughout the series including Kamina's "believe in the you that believes in yourself" speech [[spoiler:to Kenpachi of all people]].
* AdaptationExpansion: Sort of. While many of the canon scenes of Anime/CodeGeass canon are not shown because the author says he hates repeating what is already stated, scenes with new information or stuff that is shown happening “in the background” serves as a means to create exciting twists for the [[spoiler:revisit to the Code Geass world [[StableTimeLoop without changing a thing]]]].
* AllJustADream: At the start of chapter 24 this was presented as a possibility for all the chapters up to this point. [[spoiler:It was a SecretTestOfCharacter presented by Eien Tamashi to Lelouch to see if he would rather reclaim his old life or is enjoying living in the Soul Society]].
** [[spoiler: the omake of chapter 82 is this]].
* AllThereInTheManual: The author has a lot of extra information offscreen, and, as of chapter 33, has offered to send alternate endings to his poll about Lelouch's love life when people ask for them.
** The Newsletters contain this sort of information.
* AlternateUniverse: The entire series is sort of one given that the Anime/CodeGeass and Manga/{{Bleach}} universes are mingled so a lot of the things that happened in Soul Society history are different and explained via the Butterfly Effect.
** This of course doesn't mean anything regarding [[TheStationsOfTheCanon certain canon events for both series]] and ''especially'' Anime/CodeGeass. See ForWantOfANail and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong for more information.
** The end of chapter 178 Shows the beginning of WhatCouldHaveBeen if Lelouch had not grown bitter for being abandoned and called Cornelia to come take him home.
* [[AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome Alternate Universe Sasakibe Chojiro is Awesome]]: There is an omake with this title that turns the FlatCharacter Sasakibe Chojiro into a complete badass that borderlines GaryStu territory. [[spoiler: Of course [[AllJustADream it's all just Kenpachi's dream]]. Unless, considering Lelouch explains, while drunk, that the omake is how he things Baraggan's fraccion died and why there is a [[ItMakesSenseInContext bust of Sasakibe in the 11th Division]]]]
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in Lelouch's fight with Maki. After Maki figures out Lelouch's [[SquishyWizard fighting style]], Lelouch reminds him that knowing is only half the battle.
* AnyoneCanDie: Let's see: [[spoiler:Mari, Nnoitora, [[DoomedByCanon Miyako]], [[DiskOneFinalBoss AIZEN]], Szayel, Zommari, [[TheStarscream Baraggan]] and all his Fraccion, and that is BEFORE the Battle of Karakura Town arc. Mia and Yuna used to be on this list but the former is now officially revived with Cirucci's FusionDance sacrifice and the latter via Reincarnation reversal thanks largely to Mayuri.]] Even the PlotArmor of [[Manga/{{Bleach}} OFFICIAL]] Characters would not protect them.
** WordOfGod has explicitly stated that this trope is applicable to the Battle of Karakura Town Arc in large contrast to canon. [[spoiler:So far, Ikkaku, Nanao and Shuhei are among the Soul Society casualties. The First Half is over but expect it to rise in the Second Half.]]
** The Second Half just finished with the final tally adding up to be: [[spoiler: Komamura, Hiyori, Love, Hachi, Spargga, Kira, Mia, Ulquiorra, Ciela, and Talbumosuke]]. It's subverted for [[spoiler:Yammy]] who is actually killed, but [[spoiler:he is now haunting Grimmjow as Ghost Yammy]]. [[ShoutOut Which may]] [[{{Expy}} have been]] [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged the point]].
** The ONLY Soul Society casualty in the Reapers and Heralds arc? [[spoiler: Yamamoto's Vice-Captain Chojiro Sasakibe.]] It wasn't even by battle[[spoiler:, he was {{Mercy Kill}}ed by Yolanda due to a devastating fever]].
** As of [[spoiler:Aizen's Revenge so far: [[OhCrap Captain-Commander Yamamoto Shigekuni Genryusai]], Ryou, Sentaro, and Yosei are dead]].
*** Before most of the actual fighting begins [[spoiler: Mayuri]] snuffs it as well.
*** After the fighting is all over [[spoiler:Shinji, Rose and Izuru]] die in the carnage. [[spoiler:This almost happened to Lisa.]]
** In chapter 149 [[spoiler:Yoshino goes out too]].
** Presumably [[spoiler:[[WhamEpisode Ichigo]]]] at the end of chapter 150.
*** [[spoiler:Subverted in ch 176]].
** As of 174 [[spoiler:Don Kanonji and Guinevere are devoured by Zero]].
** In 175 [[spoiler:Ohgi, Viletta, Guilford's Ghost, and Nina]] are all devoured by Zero. [[spoiler:Nunnally, Rivalz and Cornelia make a narrow escape]].
** [[spoiler:Chapter 204 brings us the deaths of Yhwach, Kensei and Stefan. Kenpachi barely gets a subversion]].
** [[spoiler:Subverted for CC who is ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice [[MythologyGag by Lelouch who thought she was Aizen]]. However, to save her life, Lelouch turns her a Substitute Soul Reaper]].
*** [[spoiler:It later becomes a downplayed DoubleSubversion since while she is still alive the CC we all love and know is possibly gone forever since she lost her memory]].
** [[spoiler:Subverted for Lelouch. The Hogyoku and [[ThePowerOfLove Susanna and Shirley’s love]] helped bring him back]].
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler:Hisana and Byakuya]] do this when fighting each other, of course.
** Lelouch and Byakuya both use this trope in chapter 99 while attacking [[spoiler: Susanna and Hisana respectively]]
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The anti-hellfire
* ArcWords: If I don't try, there's no chance, but if I try, even if the odds are stacked against me, there's still a chance.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Too many instances to list.
* ArtisticLicense: Comes with the territory of Manga/{{Bleach}} being an ongoing series. Some canon facts don't line up. Having come so far the author now writes off any inconsistencies between this and Bleach as the Butterfly Effect. Anything that falls under this category doesn't need to be listed here.
** A rare instance was the decision to [[spoiler: give Cornelia and Nunnally spiritual power]]. It has certainly had an impact on [[spoiler:Cornelia's]] CharacterDevelopment and backstory. One can only wonder what it means for [[spoiler:Nunnally]].
** Also utilized for [[spoiler:Soifon]]'s Bankai. The author deliberately changed [[spoiler:her]] original [[{{BFG}} Bankai]] to this alternate original creation, but gave solid reasoning for it.
* AscendedMeme: The author decided to use the line that Jikan Kami [[spoiler: Talbumosuke's Zanpakuto]] makes Kyoka Suigetsu look like a parlor trick as part of the in-universe dialogue.
** This gets inverted when [[spoiler:Yhwach]] refers to Jikan Kami itself as a parlor trick.
* AssassinOutclassin: Happens to Yosei and Yolanda a lot.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Talbumosuke wants revenge for the death of his family and servants and [[EvilMentor Aizen]] also [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu bites the dust]], but no one sheds a tear for them and quite frankly, no one will miss them.]]
** Anyone in hell is basically this whenever they suffer.
*** [[spoiler:Unless they're a knucklehead whose karma meters didn't even out as Ikkaku explains]].
** As of chapter 127 [[spoiler:Mayuri]] is this.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The ranking system in Hell. [[spoiler: #2 and #3 are Aizen and Talbumosuke respectively, Orin is ranked #20 and he [[CurbStompBattle wiped the floor]] with [[LightningBruiser I]][[CombatPragmatist CHI]][[TranquilFury GO]], and Kasumi? She is NUMBER ONE!]]
* AssShove: Rangiku does this to Haineko with a stick. [[spoiler: The idea was to make Haineko orgasm so she would lose her strength and return to Rangiku]].
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Kasumi and Ichigo come across this monster with three tentacles for a body. It turns out that those are just the eyelashes. Then the room starts shaking and the whole monster emerges. [[BringMyBrownPants Ichigo feels like he wants to ball up and cry because what do you do when something that big wants to kill you]]?
** Answer: [[CurbStompBattle Let Kasumi handle it]].
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler: On Orihime by Needles and his group. Ichigo arrives just in time]]
** [[ScrewYourself Chi Kamisori on Vera]]
* AuthorAppeal: There is a lot of LesYay implications, plus 2 confirmed relationships; Mari x Yuna and [[spoiler: Yoruichi x Soifon]].
** Also, zanpakuto have a much greater tendency to change the clothing and outward appearance of soul reapers than in bleach.
** Have you also noticed that a lot of characters [[PowerGivesYouWings get wings when they power up]]?
** Or that a lot of characters have red eyes?
* AuthorFilibuster: The author's admiration for Lelouch is well known; he lists him as his favourite animanga charater after all. In this, it seems the story goes out of its way to try and make a lot of the cast be like him, with liberal helpings of DarkAndTroubledPast, DespairEventHorizon, and so on to try and explain the change. While not up to Terumi's standards, for instance, Lelouch's belief that the world is full of lies does come become kind of evangelical, particularly with regards to Momo, who laps it up. The characters themselves seem glad that they been through this, a they feel stronger for it, and considering the results [[spoiler:(Momo's Bankai, for instance)]] it's probably well founded, though while obviously intended to sound {{Badass}}, the way it's said can come across as kind of Narmy, which is apt given it's Lelouch, who is pretty famous among fans for his fabulously narmy facial expressions. This does come at the cost of individuality though, as some of the character's defining features have been lost as a result of the change.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: With the exception of [[spoiler: Lelouch]], [[spoiler: Hisana]] is the highest rank Soul Reaper of the reinforcements sent to Karakura Town on the field of battle against the assault to [[ItWasHisSled kidnap]] [[TheStationsOfTheCanon Orihime]]. [[spoiler: Her Bankai's ultimate ability has her wipe out all of the fraccion on the battlefield with a single attack from her final Bankai mode.]]
** Hell functions in this fashion. The lower your [[YouAreNumberSix ID#]] the stronger you are considered.
*** AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Being able to repeatedly defeat fellow sinners stronger than you is grounds for promotion.
* AwesomeButImpractical: To whit;
** Unohana's [[spoiler: core form; to activate, she needs to lose all 5 of her Bankai's hydra heads and have her sword snapped. The heads are all regenerators. Plus the fact that you'd have to be a top 5 togabito to warrant its use, which raises the question of her surviving long enough to activate in the first place. She does, but it's still a problem.]]
** [[spoiler: Yuna's too; power that give Aizen pause for thought (Her reiatsu can no longer be sensed in core form, like what Aizen and Ichigo do during their canon battle in Karakura Town, but to a lesser extent), but it only lasts 3 minutes, and afterwards she's useless for maybe the next 2 months while she rebuilds her strength.]]
** Shunsui's Bankai; he's affected by it too, and he can't use it with large groups of allies around unless they all know a) what it does and b) that he's going to use it.
** Ukitake too; given his health issues he can't really handle it at maximum.
** Kenpachi [[spoiler: gaining Shikai; it takes forever to reach his maximum power.]]
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Lelouch not only has a habit figuring out hundreds, if not thousands, of reasons for someone doing something, he also figured out [[GrandTheftMe Metastacia's]] capabilities before it ever appeared. In fact, this trope is the very basis of Lelouch's [[spoiler:Sorting Algorithm Of Hollows.]]
** Aided by his knowledge of Isshin, [[spoiler:Stefan]] is able to figure out most of Ichigo's bankai abilities and specializations just by ''looking at it''.
** Both Uryu and Talbumosuke can use this quite easily.
** Lelouch was able to analyze and learn the technique [[spoiler:for opening a garganta, meaning he can now freely enter Hueco Mundo.]]
** With sheer brainpower and character analysis, Lelouch [[spoiler: was able to avoid all of Aizen's attacks until Yamamoto could return from Hell and kick his ass.]]
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: Ichigo and Orihime have Masaki, Lelouch and Susanna have Cynthia, Byakuya and Hisana have Kyo and Isao, Ikkaku and Shisato have Keichi (though Yumichika ends up being the dad figure due to Ikkaku getting killed), Talbumisuke and Mia have Kasumi, Nelliel and Grimmjow have Talisandra, Fenrique and Arietta.]]
* BadassBoast: The page quote, which comes from the end of the Prelude arc.
** How about this one[[spoiler: near the end of Eye Of The Storm]]:
-->'''Lelouch:''' [[spoiler:"It's a perfect plan, but you made one mistake. And that mistake was that you crossed paths with me. From the very moment you sent Urahara Kisuke to be banished I have worked to trip you at every turn, stop you at every juncture and counter your every move. I played by your rules and settings, simply because I had no problem in doing so. You always wanted a rival Aizen. Well here I am!"]]
** Uryu vs Shawlong. "I will kill you before you land a single blow on me." Bonus points for ''actually doing it''.
** Shinji: I won't need more than five minutes.
* BatmanGambit: Uryu trys one against Kyoraku during their [[ItMakesSenseInContext drinking game]], based off of his personal knowledge of Chad. [[spoiler:Too bad Kyoraku was immune to the poison Uryu used and thus the gambit fails.]]
* [[BeachEpisode Beach Chapter]]: Chapter 134
* BettyAndVeronica: In chapter 107 Kendra becomes the Veronica to [[spoiler: Orihime]]'s Betty with regards to [[spoiler: Ichigo]]. [[spoiler: It’s subverted at the end of the chapter where Ichigo pulls the JustFriends line on Kendra, seemingly not knowing that she thought of him in that way, and tells Orihime that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming she’s his girl]]]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Happens quite often in hopeless situations. If a character isn't about to pull a HeroicSecondWind or unleash their FinishingMove this is what's about to happen in a [[DarkestHour bleak situation]].
* BigDamnKiss: Lots of them, mostly involving Lelouch, although there is one between [[spoiler:Yoruichi and Soi Fon]].
** [[spoiler: The AlmostKiss between Ichigo and Orihime in canon is turned into this in chapter 60]]
* BigEater: Susanna normally ''isn't'' one of these, which is why Rangiku is confused when she eats so much of [[LethalChef Orihime's]] cooking.
** The reason for this is because [[spoiler: she's pregnant]]
* BigWhat: Ichigo and Keigo’s reaction to the fact that Mizuiro managed to have a lengthy phone conversation with [[spoiler: [[TheSilentBob Ve]][[TheQuietOne ra]]]].
* BlatantLies: Lelouch does ''not'' have a sister complex!
** He also planned for Unohana to be his "secret weapon". It's obvious from the way he's saying it he just doesn't want to invoke her wrath.
* BoobsOfSteel: Talbumosuke [[LampshadeHanging noticed]] that among the Espada, a female arrancar is bustier the more powerful she is.
* BookEnds: Several instances at the end of Ichigo's story arc. There's the fact that Ichigo mentors the new representative of Karakura Town like how Rukia trained him. The new Soul Reaper, Atrumier Senna, ''not'' the one from [[NonSerialMovie the movie]], becomes the 20th seat of Squad 10, which is Lelouch's initial position and the last person to say goodbye to Ichigo [[spoiler:as he heads off to college]] is Rukia.
* BrassBalls: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the narration about Needles having to have some kind of balls to show his face anywhere near Ichigo after [[AttemptedRape what]] [[BerserkButton happened]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown last time]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Kukaku and [[spoiler: her Zanpakuto spirit]] have a go at this in regards to SymbolSwearing.
* BreakTheCutie: Mia wants to do this to [[spoiler:Orihime]], but is stopped before she can.
* BrickJoke: In chapter 73, Renji says he hasn’t forgiven Kaien for the card game incident, and then at the end of the chapter there’s the omake.
** In chapter 18, Lelouch mentions he has a safe to which using the combo lock or the keypad initiates the alarm sequence. Eighty chapters later both Susanna and Yuna try opening said safe and both are chased out of his office.
** An example that crosses over from out of universe to the inside. At the start of chapter 104, the author suggests to the readers to have the 1812 Overture handy. As one can expect, towards the end of the chapter, there is stuff blowing up like fireworks on the 4th of July.
** A meta-example. The MemeticMutation of people pretending to be Creator/TiteKubo start their statements with “So there I was being Kubo” often ending with “I love my life”. In chapter 120, during a flashback, Kukaku drops the line “So there I was being me” only for Kendra, at the end of the flashback, to throw in “I love my job”.
** The true form of the Soul King is said to drive a man insane. It’s [[spoiler: [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fluttershy]]]]. That explains everything.
*** This also means that [[spoiler:the First Ever Soul Reaper Feluca Tetelra Sharaimyn]] has a MeaningfulName and that [[spoiler:she]] and the Soul King are one in the same. The author used a similar naming gag in his [[FanFic/TalesOfBleachUnrealSociety Tales of Bleach trilogy]] so that's how you can tell it was on purpose.
*** Alternatively [[spoiler:Fluttershy]] is just another one of the Soul King's avatars, which turns this into another trope entirely.
** Chapter 200 has the funniest example TO DATE. First, the author ''starts'' the chapter with the omake, which is already funny in and of itself, but then, ''in the actual chapter'' proceeds to tie into [[spoiler:the drunken rambling of Ichigo and Rukia]].
* BridalCarry: [[spoiler: Ichigo]] on [[spoiler: Orihime]] in chapter 74.
** Lelouch on [[spoiler: Susanna]] in chapter 99.
* BullyingADragon: With a little bit of DoNotTauntCthulhu thrown in for good measure. Kaibun, Shuren and [[spoiler: Kokuto]] are all guilty of doing this to poor Ichigo who, [[SuperPoweredEvilSide because of his hollow]] becomes strong enough to wipe the floor with all of them.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: One must question the Soul King on allowing Lelouch's proposal to revolutionize the Soul Society using [[spoiler: [[CloudCuckooLander Orihime]]]] as a judge
** [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Or he could be a]] MagnificentBastard and figured Lelouch's plan would succeed and somehow benefits from [[spoiler: the complete alteration of the Soul Society's legal system]].
* CallBack: In chapter 6 Isshin states "This here ladies man is staying single". Lelouch mentions this again in chapter [[spoiler: 34]] where upon Isshin gets banished and says that he'll open up a med clinic and settle down. Isshin [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on Lelouch's memory considering this is more than a century in-universe after the comment was made.
** In one of the earlier chapters one of the captains say that Unohana with her braid thrown back and undone is a sign that [[LetsGetDangerous she's serious]]. She does ''exactly this'' while [[spoiler: fighting Ichigo's out of control hollow form]]. [[spoiler:As it turns out, this is true [[Manga/{{Bleach}} IN CANON]].]]
** Ichigo mentions Kukaku’s [[DrivesLikeCrazy driving skills]] to his father when Isshin gives Ichigo the keys to the family car and tells him not to wreck it.
*** Later that same chapter Karin seems to be infatuated with Lelouch. His Zanpakuto comments that she already made a {{Lolicon}} joke, which she did all the way back in chapter 14
** Lelouch makes a comparison to how long it will take [[spoiler:Aizen to figure out how he’s deceiving Kyoka Suigetsu]] by saying his grandkids will have tombstones by that time.
** Cornelia does her ShoutOut to DirtyHarry a second time.
** Cornelia sings her lullaby she sang to Euphie in chapter 141 to Nunnally in chapter 173.
* CallForward:
** [[spoiler:Due to the TemporalParadox]] there are several seen in ch 145 regarding [[spoiler:Eleventh Prince Lelouch vi Britannia and his time in the Soul Society]]. Including:
*** Being told he's best suited for R&D [[spoiler:Lelouch becomes 3rd seat of squad 12]]
*** Being told he might invent something he hasn't before [[spoiler:[[AwesomeByAnalysis sorting algorithim of hollows]].]]
*** Being told that sometimes you have to do what benefits you in order to keep things in order. [[spoiler:[[Anime/CodeGeass ahem!]]]]
* CaptainObvious: Yammy to Ulquiorra about his hierro.
** Yuna is [[LampshadeHanging called upon being this]] during the [[spoiler: Reapers and Heralds]] arc by Gin.
* CassandraTruth: Lelouch flat out told Yoruichi what Aizen was planning to do. She'll probably believe him next time.
** Everyone is now [[spoiler:completely aware of Aizen's objectives.]] Not that it matters[[spoiler: anymore because Lelouch geassed him into suicide]].
* CatapultNightmare: Lelouch is subject to this every time he has a really bad dream.
** [[spoiler: Talbumosuke]] too, but only in an omake.
* CerebusRollercoaster: Was lighthearted then it got dark, then it got less dark with the Winter War, and then it got ''really'' dark with the Reapers and Heralds arc and now it seems to be back to being light for a little while. [[RunningGag Then]] [[FromBadToWorse it got REALLY DARK]]! And somehow that got better. [[spoiler:With the shift into Cornelia's arc, the series takes a heavy '''[[FromBadToWorse DROP]]''' into the cynical {{Seinen}} territory of Anime/CodeGeass [[CrapsackWorld and doesn't appear to be getting better]] [[OverlyLongGag any time soon]]. '''Even that is not set in stone!''']]
* ChekhovsBoomerang: In chapter 72 Chizuru [[ItMakesSenseInContext throws a fake rock onto an ice rink to force Ichigo and Orihime apart]] and [[EpicFail fails miserbly]] to do so. The second half of the now broken rock is tripped over later in the chapter by Susanna and she stumbles into Lelouch’s arms.
* ChekhovsGun: That flying device that Yoruichi had? Yeah, Lelouch uses it to [[spoiler:''kill Aizen'']].
** The author's notes of chapter 58 reveal that besides [[spoiler: Cornelia,]] one of another of Lelouch's siblings is spiritually aware [[spoiler:Nunnally]]. In the same author's notes, there are supposedly several more instances of this trope within the chapter itself.
*** [[spoiler:the ghost girl Hana Yomura being Yuna's reincarnation]]
** An example of a double subversion. In chapter 71 Talbumosuke is given a warning about the danger of [[spoiler: giving Gantenbainne Segunda Etapa]]. During the battle we’re given no answer as to why that warning is given, but when we cut back to Hueco Mundo, Talbumosuke remembers the warning and lampshades the fact that he didn’t see anything resembling its use.
** Remember that hollow mask Lelouch finds in Yuna’s wall safe all the way back in chapter 20. In chapter 89 [[spoiler: It turns out this was a prototype Visored mask similar to what Talbumosuke uses. However, it was designed for a one-time effect use, but in exchange for a lot more power. Lelouch uses this special mask against Talbumosuke]].
** In chapter 107 there’s a mention of Keigo’s prized guitar. In 116 [[spoiler: It becomes his fullbring]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Natsumi Taka, a character only briefly seen in the series back in chapter 16, is reused as [[spoiler: the character who gives Ginjo his Soul Reaper powers, [[BackForTheDead but is dead by the time this is mentioned]].]]
* ChessMotifs: It's a CodeGeass fanfic. Duh.
* ChristmasEpisode: The aptly named ch 72 [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Lelouch's White Chirstmas]]
* CirclesOfHell
* ColourCodedCharacters: Zero and the Phantoms of Justice.
* CombatPragmatist: According to Mia, most arrancar have a similar philosophy.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Rukia says that she'll replace Byakuya's flowers when her rabbit eats them, before [[spoiler: Hisana ]] calls her on this.
**
--> '''Eien Tamashi''': Pick one, or, if you prefer, make a harem. Just make it so I'm not sweltering because a girl you like set off your reproductive organs.
--> '''Lelouch''': I didn't think Zanpakuto could be affected by temperature.
--> '''Eien Tamashi''': You're missing the point!
** Yoruichi during her NakedFirstImpression to Ichigo with Lelocuh present
--> '''Yoruichi''' (to Lelouch): What's thins? Like what you see? Well at least you're not acting like Byakuya-bo. When I first revealed this to him the first thing out of his mouth was--
--> '''Ichigo''': GAH WOULD YOU [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn PLEASE PUT SOME CLOTHES ON]]?!
--> '''Yoruichi''': Wow that was exactly it and you weren't even there, Ichigo.
--> '''Lelouch''': [[LampshadeHanging I think you're kind of missing the point there Yoruichi]].
* CompositeCharacter: WordOfGod states that this was the intention for [[spoiler:Eien Tamashi]], although she comes across as more of a red-haired [[DeadpanSnarker CC]].
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Ichigo vs Brittania arc, [[ForegoneConclusion Brittania wins]] however, [[spoiler:[[PyrrhicVictory it was very costly because of this]]. Ichigo and his TrueCompanions which consists of only seven people altogether in the very beginning took down over three '''thousand''' soldiers. '''[[DramaPreservingHandicap AT ONE-FIFTH THEIR TOTAL POWER!]]''']]
* ContinuityNod: Just like in Bleach, Kenpachi defeats a bankai Kiganjo in a single hit, and Izuru's haiku are an instant hit.
** In chapter 73’s omake Kaien and Renji go indoors to watch GurrenLagann, which is apparently popular in-universe
** In chapter 53, Hisana tells Lelouch that if the Head Captain wanted his input he'd ask for it directly. In chapter 70, Yamamoto asks Lelouch to [[spoiler: Lead the battle against Talbumosuke as the tactician]].
** The Soul King mentions receiving a letter from Hikifune written by Lelouch as many will remember Lelouch had her deliver in the Lelouch and the Law arc.
** These are just the most obvious ones. If we kept listing all of them, [[TvtropesWillRuinYourLife we'd be here all day]].
* CrackFic: Many an omake are like this.
* CreatorCameo: Both the omake writer and the author appear in the 100th chapter omake. [[AuthorAvatar Sort of]]
* CreatorInJoke: The 100th chapter omake has [[Manga/BlackLagoon Revy and Rock]] in the beginning complaining about being forgotten about in homage to a collaboration between the omake writer and the author: [[Manga/BlackLagoon Lagoon]] [[HighSchoolOfTheDead of the dead]].
* CurbStompBattle: Happens every now and then. Some are done well others...not so much
* DarkestHour: [[WhamEpisode Chapter 123]]. [[spoiler: [[TheBadGuyWins Aizen WON]], Seireitei is conquered, Captain-Commander Yamamoto is [[OhCrap DEAD]], and Unohana is [[BadassInDistress captured by the enemy]].
* DeathIsCheap: Tearfully dconstructed in chapter 163. Tatsuki [[WhatTheHellHero yells at Lelouch]] for not telling her about the SAZ Massacre because [[spoiler:her parents are caught up in it. Susanna tries to comfort her and Tatsuki goes on a fit about just because she knows she can reach them and that they're in Soul Society doesn't change how much it hurts to lose someone you love. That said, things must be hell for poor Orihime regarding [[OurHeroIsDead I]][[DisneyDeath chi]][[NeverFoundTheBody go]].]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Like in Bleach, there are elements of it in the story, but it's rarely played completely straight.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Both [[http://numberonetogabito.tumblr.com/ Kasumi]] and [[http://zanpakutoofzero.tumblr.com/ Eien Tamashi]] have tumblr blogs. Why only them? Because they can [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In chapter 33, while two characters are getting it on, the author says that one would possessively possess the other.
* DemotedToExtra: Unfortunately happens to most of the good guys; if your name isn't Lelouch, Ichigo, Unohana or Rita, then expect this to happen to you. A pity...
* DeusExMachina: Kukaku suddenly has a [[ShoutOut Capsule]] [[Franchise/DragonBall Corp]] style car when the group needs transportation.
** In an omake [[spoiler:[[Manga/BlackLagoon Revy]]]] is used as this.
** You could argue a case for the use of Lelouch's [[spoiler:Bankai core form]] in chapter 160
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Rita and Kasumi sit back and relax for a week on a ceasefire with Rita eating sorbet and Kasumi having a glass of cider [[spoiler:while they celebrate Kasumi's 2000th year of being #1]]. And this is despite the fact that Kasumi explicitly hates Rita for something she did to her, but knows that Rita is her only key to salvation.
* [[spoiler: DistantFinale: Five years after Aizen’s final defeat]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Lelouch thinks that he's invincible because [[spoiler:he saw himself as a captain]]. WordOfGod says that it's a parallel to teenagers who think that they're bullet-proof, and completely immune to addiction of any kind.
** In chapter 53, Hisana lampshades the following conversation
--> '''Rangiku''': Are you sure it's a good idea to stick it in bare like that?
--> '''Renji''': Only if you don't have a glove
** ItMakesSenseInContext since they're trying to get Kon's pill out of his plush body and Renji doesn't have on of those special skull symbol gloves, which is the glove he's referring to.
** In chapter 64, while [[VampiricDraining having his reiatsu absorbed by Mia]]
--> '''Kaien''': Wh-what is this that I'm feeling? I have nothing, but contempt for this woman...but...my body...it's reacting to her. She's…she sucking me dry.
** On September 11th 2001 atb, A pair of hijacked planes hit a pair of towers in [[BigApplesauce Britannian Yorkshire]], a plane is shot down by anti-air cannons about to hit Pendragon (The plane that hit the pentagon) and one crashed in the middle of the Jamison Province (Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania).
** Mari has six months before [[spoiler:she has to be reincarted and will forever say farewell to Yuna]]. So she’s decided she’s just going to live her life to the fullest. [[spoiler:[[DontExplainTheJoke it’s like a cancer patient]]]].
* DoomedHometown: [[spoiler:Karakura Town. To make this worse, it HAD to be destroyed for stabilizing the timeline. Thankfully there are some rebuilding projects on the way.]]
* {{Doorstopper}}: At over one million words at the time of writing, this definitely qualifies.
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]]: Not the whole fic, but the Rise of the Royal Soldier arc ends with Marianne’s Death.
** Ichigo vs Britannia arc ends with [[ForegoneConclusion Karakura Town destroyed]][[spoiler:, [[OurHeroIsDead Ichigo presumed dead]], Cornelia's failure to protect Lelouch and Nunnally, and Captain Lelouch breaking down after seeing Ichigo's Substitute Badge. There were no true winners, only losers.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted at the very end. Lelouch goes from DisneyDeath via HeroicSacrifice to being alive and well, which would've had the fanfic ending on the bitterest of a BittersweetEnding]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Several Togabito because Lelouch and the others mention Rita and she’s supposed to be a myth. And they’re the good guys.
--> '''Shinji''': [[LampshadeHanging We are bastards]].
* DungeonBypass: The second [[CirclesOfHell circle of hell]] is a fighting arena where, those who want to test their skill, or explore the lower regions, must fight for their lives. Upon the reveal that Kokuto is the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority 187th strongest]], the other fighters [[BringMyBrownPants give up before the match starts]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: Ikumi Unagiya appears in chapter 72 while the Arrancar dilemma is still the main plot line.
** In chapter 147 [[spoiler:Nagisa Chiba shows up 7 years before she would be seen as a member of the Four Holy Swords]] spoiler tagged due to [[spoiler:the TemporalParadox]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Chapter 50, although the story isn't quite over yet. [[spoiler: In fact it's not even a THIRD over at that point.]]
** [[spoiler:The entire fic ends up ending on this note. It was [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadowed by something Euphemia said in chapter 158]]]].
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Used in the battle against Zurik and [[DiscussedTrope there is exposition gone into it]] since it normally doesn’t apply to Soul Reapers.
* EnemyMine: Zero becomes this after [[ItWasHisSled Aizen fakes his death]], before the big reveal.
** [[spoiler:Yhwach and the Vandenreich assist the Soul Society against Kasumi’s HellOnEarth, though more accurately, the Vandenreich and the arrancar are cooperating, which is noted by Yhwach’s conversation with Nelliel [[MythologyGag about an invasion into Hueco Mundo]]]].
* EnforcedMethodActing: Ichigo and Shinji used ACTUAL weapons during their reenactment of the [[GurrenLagann Kamina/Viral]] showdown in chapter 59.
* EquivalentExchange: A meta example. Bringing [[spoiler:Tatsuki]] into the action was, according to WordOfGod, at Uryu's expense, and can be seen in that many of his fights have gone to her.
** Kaien and Hisana also seem to be taking a lot of Renji's fights. And of course, multiple zanpakuto will take away from one attribute in favor of another.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: See LetsFightLikeGentlemen below
* [[spoiler:EveryoneIsGay]]: In an omake. [[spoiler:Until the end where it becomes a case of EveryoneIsBi]].
* ExecutiveMeddling: A meta-example. The author and the writer of the omakes are not the same person and sometimes the author edits the omake to suit his fancy, much to the omake writer's chagrin.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: When prompted by Hisana, Gin starts to state what [[spoiler: Muramasa]]’s next move is. The use of this trope comes when he realizes that it’s [[spoiler: the liberation of Kenpachi’s Zanpakuto]].
** Tsukishima’s reaction when asked whose dumb idea it was to [[spoiler: have all of his brainwashed victims stand outside where Lelouch could geass them]]. The responsibility falls on [[spoiler: Urahara]] which makes Tsukishima realize [[spoiler: Urahara is a FakeDefector]].
* {{Expy}}: Chapter 124 gives us one of [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Albert Wesker]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Seen a few times [[spoiler: most notably with the Fullbringers]].
* {{Fanservice}}: Taken UpToEleven in Mia's case, seen throughout the series in the form of Lemons and heavily lampshaded and mocked in the Halloween Omake.
** Seen all throughout the BeachEpisode.
* FanDisservice: Going straight from [[spoiler:Lelouch and Nemu getting it on]] [[MoodWhiplash to a flashback of]] [[spoiler:Mayuri having a hollow rape Nemu]].
** Chi Kamisori molesting Vera in chapter 101. [[GirlOnGirlIsHot girl on girl might be hot and all]] but the scene just has a side order of NightmareFuel with its order.
** Omaeda in a speedo. Thankfully it doesn’t actually happen and the idea is only mentioned (by [[{{Troll}} Gin]]). It still makes the protagonists in desperate need of BrainBleach.
** If you get aroused by [[spoiler:[[RapeAsBackstory Kasumi's rape]]]] something is wrong with you.
* {{Fetish}}: Apparently, Lelouch likes having a sex slave, although that [[MagnificentBastard really shouldn't]] [[ManipulativeBastard be a surprise]], [[DarkMessiah considering how]] [[NecessarilyEvil he acts]] [[TheChessmaster on a regular basis]].
** Apparently Rangiku and Haineko go both have an anal fetish. Go figure.
* FiveBadBand:
** From [[spoiler: Visored to Fall of Talbumosuke]] arcs:
*** BigBad: Talbumosuke
*** TheDragon: Ulquiorra
*** TheBrute: Yammy
*** TheDarkChick: [[spoiler:Mia]], possibly Nel
*** EvilGenius: Szayel, [[spoiler:later Kira.]]
** As of the Reapers and Heralds arc:
*** BigBad: Muramasa
*** TheDragon: [[spoiler:Zangetsu]]
*** EvilGenius: [[spoiler:Eien Tamashi]]
*** TheBrute: [[spoiler:Fumetsu Seishin no Senso]]
*** TheDarkChick: Unknown but most likely Haineko. [[spoiler: Scratch that it's Minazuki.]]
** As of Aizen's Revenge arc:
*** BigBad: Aizen
*** TheDragon: Nyra [[spoiler:(she's next strongest)]]. Ulquiorra would be a Co-Dragon given his UndyingLoyalty
*** TheBrute: [[spoiler:Vanguard (posibly Daraclu as well)]]
*** EvilGenius: Zurik [[spoiler:(he's the longest serving togabito of the bunch)]]
*** TheDarkChick: Sumime and Phoebe
* FiveManBand: Outlined by [[OneOfUs the author]] in chapter 51. Ichigo is TheHero, Tatsuki is TheLancer, Uryu is TheSmartGuy, Chad is TheBigGuy and Orihime is TheChick.
** The reinforcements from soul society have Lelouch as TheHero, [[spoiler: Hisana and Kaien]] are TheLancer, [[spoiler: Kukaku]] and Renji represent TheBigGuy, and Rukia, Susanna and Rangiku are [[TheChick chicks]].
** Orihime suggested that if he turned out to be a nice guy, Shinji could be the SixthRanger. As of chapter 60, he officially becomes this
** In the Different Bonds arc: Ichigo is TheHero, Tatsuki and Chad are both TheLancer, Lelouch is TheSmartGuy, Kendra is TheBigGirl, Susanna is TheChick. Kokuto and [[spoiler: Kasumi]] are both [[SixthRanger Sixth Rangers]], the former is a [[spoiler: SixthRangerTraitor]] and the latter is [[spoiler:not only]] a TokenEvilTeammate [[spoiler:but also the FinalBossPreview]].
** In regards to how things look regarding the initial members of the Black Knights from Naoto’s resistance group it seems to look like this in how things are arranged during the Within Zero’s Shadow arc:
*** TheHero: Inoue. [[spoiler:Considering who she really is]].
*** TheLancer: Ohgi and Tamaki. They've had their backstories broken into and are the closest to Inoue.
*** TheSmartGuy: Minami. He often spouts things on a logical wavelength.
*** TheBigGirl[=/=]SixthRanger: Kallen. She's the best pilot and only joined after Naoto's death.
*** TheChick: Kent and Yoshida. They rarely get any lines and don’t do much.
* FixFic: Hisana and Kaien are saved from their DoomedByCanon status and Soifon goes with Yoruichi to be banished.
* FlatWhat: Ichigo's reaction to [[spoiler:[[ItMakesSenseInContext Kaien kidnapping Rukia]]]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In chapter 3 Lelouch says that some squad three memebers are known for being cold hearted and cruel. In chapter 9 it's revealed that their captain, Hoshima Treva, is [[spoiler: EvilAllAlong]]
** All throughout the first 16 chapters Lelouch has a recurring nightmare about [[spoiler: him being a hollow and attacking Kallen]] this leads up to the revelation in chapter 17 that [[spoiler: Lelouch was once a hollow of Vasto Lordes level. See TemporalParadox below for more details]]
** In chapter 23 Lelouch mentions that he can almost see his zanpakuto's smile. At the end of the chapter [[spoiler:she actually materializes]].
*** In that same chapter it's mentioned early on that Kiganjo's predecessor's Vice-captain battled Kiganjo because he didn't like the way Kiganjo ran things. Later [[spoiler: Maki takes up arms in Kiganjo's honor to fight Zaraki, though Lelouch gets in his way]].
** In chapter 28 Lelouch gives Vera a wristband. This is explained in chapter 29.
** Chapter 31, Lelouch mentions that he might need a stand in for extended missions. Guess what happens soon after?
** Chapter 39 has Kaien telling Hisana that she wouldn't be so calm [[spoiler:if it were her family in danger]]. To be fair, though, more or less everyone who watches Manga/{{Bleach}} saw what happens next coming a mile off.
*** Hisana also tells Kaien that his pride and honor will get him killed. Come time for the [[spoiler:rematch with Ichigo]], they almost do.
** Kaien and Byakuya talk about how Hisana would be furious if she found out that Byakuya wasn't doing anything to [[spoiler: help Rukia]], and Byakuya says that she wouldn't do anything rash. Come the end of the chapter, she [[spoiler: releases her bankai]].
** When Susanna gets sick after battle, Rangiku writes it off. When she eats Orihime's cooking, she teases her about it. Then we find out that [[spoiler:Susanna is pregnant]]. ''Oh'', yeah.
** In chapter 76 [[spoiler: Momo]] says it will take teamwork [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic tactics]] and [[StuffBlowingUp lots and lots of explosions]] to defeat Hallibel’s fraccion. Cue the fireworks in ch 78.
** Tatsuki [[spoiler: losing control of her powers and going mental on friends and foe alike]] foreshadowed [[spoiler: Ichigo]] doing the same thing.
** In chapter 22 Lelouch mentions, offhandedly, that he believes that a clean slate for a reincarnated soul has fragments that can never truly be lost. Skip ahead to chapter 85 when this becomes a plot point.
** Not only does Unohana [[CallBack throw out her hair behind her to show her signs of being serious in combat]], but in chapter 94 it’s explained why she does it. [[spoiler: Unohana used to have her hair cascade down all the time. This was when she was an AxCrazy BloodKnight. By throwing her hair back she is reliving those moments]].
** In chapter 74 it's narrated that Shisato and Ikkaku's [[DidTheyOrDidntThey supposed hookup]] would stay where it occurred [[ExactWords for now]]. Cue TheReveal in chapter 94 that [[spoiler: Shisato is pregnant with Ikkaku's child]].
** In chapter 73 it's mentioned that Lelouch might respond to the call of vigilantism again and at the during the Lelouch and the Law arc he tells Byakuya he'd always help him out in anyway he could if he needed it. [[spoiler: in chapter 99 it's revealed that Lelouch and Byakuya are working together against Muramasa, while [[FakeDefector pretending]] to betray the Soul Society]].
** Ichigo's comment in chapter 106 when Isshin is going to an overseas trip for a medical conference for a week pretty much said it all.
--> '''Ichigo''': "Dad, nothing's going to happen relax. You're acting like [[ForegoneConclusion Britannia's going to invade the country]] or [[TemptingFate creatures from the depths of hell are going to rise up and attack us]]."
** In chapter 123 Rita brings out a soul that has been unwilling to be reincarnated and uses it to some degree. In 124 that soul appears and Shinji recognizes [[spoiler: her]]. This is all leading up to TheReveal that [[spoiler: the soul in question is the consciousness of Mari who has been brought BackFromTheDead temporarily in order to kick some butt]].
** In chapter 72, it is stated that Lelouch felt he might once again answer the call of vigilantism. Fast forward then to the Reapers and Heralds arc.
** The Demon Within arc itself is foreshadowed and built up to over the three arcs that come before it.
** In chapter 144, Dolores, Cornelia’s Mom, mentions that she’s incredibly stressed and feeling incredibly weak lately. [[spoiler:The very next chapter she contracts a terminal disease and dies]].
** At the start of the same chapter Meredith tells Cornelia that [[spoiler:she may not be able to stop the Inked Alliance from kidnapping Euphie]]. Guess what happens towards the end of the chapter?
** In chapter 157 Susanna has to sneak into Lelouch’s room [[spoiler:the living one]] and play the role of a [[spoiler:mysterious woman captain Lelouch says he remembers spoke to him on a night he couldn’t get any sleep]]. Essentially this [[spoiler: [[StableTimeLoop stabilizes the time stream]]. Fast forward to chapter 170 when Lelouch himself does something similar by [[spoiler:rescuing Nunnally from FLEIJA, creating the illusion that she died in the explosion]].
* ForWantOfANail: Inverted. [[spoiler: The series basically inserts Lelouch into Bleach 126 years ago]]. Major changes have happened to TheStationsOfTheCanon of Manga/{{Bleach}} as a result. Of course...
** InSpiteOfANail: That doesn't mean anything worth a damn for [[spoiler: The CodeGeass universe]] due to the [[spoiler: TemporalParadox]]. Makes it blatantly impossible to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
* FromBadToWorse: If you think that it would get easier AFTER the [[AnyoneCanDie Battle of Karakura Town arcs]], THINK AGAIN! The author seems to be enjoying telling the readers that this trope is in effect during the Reapers and Heralds arc. Ever since chapter 95 hit things went to hell fast and haven’t gotten better since. To clarify:
** [[spoiler: Zangetsu is Muramasa’s dragon as Ichigo failed to recover him]]
** [[spoiler: Byakuya and Lelouch]] two of the most brilliant minds in the Soul Society went missing.
** Yamamoto’s whereabouts are unknown
** [[spoiler: Kenpachi’s Zanpakuto was set loose and then Kenpachi LOST the battle.]]
** [[spoiler: Lelouch reveals that he’s in perfectly good health and then reveals that he’s working for Muramasa, as a FakeDefector but still...]]
** [[spoiler: Unohana's Zanpakuto is set loose.]]
** [[spoiler: Ichigo is taken under Eien Tamashi's control and Ryujin Jakka is set loose]]
** A lot of readers have already begun crying DoomyDoomsOfDoom because of this. As has Gin in-universe. It’s really becoming a case of OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow
*** [[spoiler: And he DOES in a way that doesn't come across as DeusExMachina or an AuthorsSavingThrow as the whole thing was one big GambitRoulette by, as it should come to no ones surprise, [[TheChessmaster Lelouch]]]]
** See DarkestHour above.
** [[spoiler: chapter 188: Kasumi's plan succeeds, resulting in Hell merging with the living world, and the veils that prevent the living from seeing the dead fall. The Togabito run riot and the protective sentinels have been TakenForGranite, and Lelouch has to convince a world that still remembers and hates him to trust him.]]
* FusionDance: [[spoiler: Mia and Cirucci were fused together to [[BackFromTheDead revive Mia]]]]
* GenreSavvy: While heavily outclassed in this department by people like Lelouch, Kaien does realise and suspect that an enemy building could be booby-trapped.
* GenreShift: The series turns into a Courtroom Drama for an entire arc.
** Starting with [[spoiler:Cornelia's Rise of the Royal Soldier]] arc the series goes from the high fantasy of Manga/{{Bleach}} to the sci-fi of CodeGeass. Also the author said that the series is going to [[CerebusSyndrome become darker]] as the series shifts into the more cynical territory of a seinen series. See CerebusRollercoaster above for more details.
* GoKartingWithBowser: In an omake Unohana [[spoiler:since Yamamoto is dead]] and Juhabach play a game of Jeporady for the sake of the Soul Society. Grimmjow also attends since he was recruited[=/=]kidnapped to play along. If Juhabach wins he calls it revenge. [[spoiler:he is beaten by one measly point]].
* [[spoiler: GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex / TheirFirstTime : For all the virginity losing scenes in this (among other Lemons and Limes!), no one seems to need any proir experience to enjoy it to the fullest and act like they've been doing it for years]]: -
** [[spoiler: Nemu first: Yes, her first time was non-consesual (thanks to dad siccing a Hollow on her), but for what is only her 2nd time she seems to know what she's doing very well; possibly because she's been reading porno mags and the like for so long, [[ADateWithRosiePalms she's quite used to 'soloing']]...]]
** [[spoiler: That 2nd time was Lelouch's first, and we all know he doesn't do the above, so he has no excuse yet he lasts longer than you'd expect for a formerly ChasteHero.]]
** [[spoiler: Susanna: while Lelouch suspects what she gets up to behind closed doors, we never get to read it, and it's clear she's a newby during the jail scene. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And then Stefan walks in. Awkward...]]]]
** [[spoiler: Isane's the same, although there's always what Unohana's been doing to her if the rumour mill can be believed....]]
** [[spoiler: Yuna: we all know she and Mari were together (that early omake, anyone?), but Yuna states quite clearly in her diary that she's never been with a man before; admittedly, there isn't as much detail with that one as the others (possibly coz Lelouch/Isane happens earlier that chapter), but the impication is business as usual.]]
** [[spoiler: Ichigo and Orihime: Yes, it hurt her, but again, you'd think they'd take a few attempts before they got it right.]]
** [[spoiler: Ditto Toshiro/Momo.]]
** [[spoiler: Suzaku and Euphemia, right up to the moment [[MySisterIsOffLimits Cornelia walks in]].]]
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Tally and Mia: Theirs is good, yet they're the bad guys; same technically applies to Nel and Grimmjow.]]
* GoOutWithASmile: There have been many instances to which a character dies in this fashion.
* GoryDiscretionShot: In a TakeOutWordForIt fashion with Hisana's [[PlayedForLaughs comical]] NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of [[spoiler: Her Zanpakuto]]
** A less than humorous example is [[spoiler: the beating Yachiru received from her Zanpakuto]]. Considering she's just a child it's probably better that way.
* GratuitousJapanese: The author, in addition to using some general honorifics, will throw in a small phrase here and there. He also uses a translator for Zanpakuto names (which can have the unfortunate side effect of phonetic japanese, i.e. english words with a japanese accent.)
** When dealing with the Phantoms and their introduction, the author purposefully increases the GratuitousJapanese usage dramatically, [[WordOfGod to increase the]] SuperSentai feel.
* GratuitousSpanish
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[[folder:Tropes H to M]]
* HandWave: A pretty bad one; [[spoiler: If Yuna was never really in love with Lelouch like she said long after they decided they were BetterAsFriends, then how did they perform Synergy strike back when they fought against Tally-chan, something only [[HappilyMarried Byakuya and Hisana]] have also been seen doing? Especially when such a bond was stated to be a requirement. Surely, having had several decades to sort out her feelings for him even before the fight with Hoshima, she'd know if she truly loved him or not. The simple 'You're not the same guy I fell in love with' she told him back when they broke up was fine as it was]].
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Averted for Lelouch who had to build himself up from the bottom over the course of 144 years
** subverted for Ichigo, who doesn’t have to work as hard, which is backed by his "growth potential".
** Played somewhat straight for Aizen who was born with his strength, Talbumosuke who can reach his maximum potential using a Bankai ability and Kasumi who [[MegaManning Mega Manned]] her way to the top.
** Completely averted for Rita who is the most powerful Soul Reaper alive and is easily the most dutifully trained.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: A meta-example in a humorous way in [[AllThereInTheManual one of the newsletters]] [[http://draconichero18.deviantart.com/journal/Soul-Chess-Newsletter-8-271859259 here]] involving the author, {{Deadpool}} and Eien Tamashi.
* [[spoiler: HellOnEarth: Kasumi's Plan B explained simply.]]
* HeroicSecondWind: [[InvokedTrope Usually the first thing]] to bail the heroes out of a bleak situation. If it's not this BigDamnHeroes or a new FinishingMove tends to get the job done.
* {{Homage}}: WordOfGod continuously says that [[spoiler: Hollow Ichigo’s rampage and Yamamoto’s subsequent fight with him]] is in direct correlation to Doomsday Vs the Justice League followed by Superman’s brutal battle with him.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Tatsuki]] does this to a togabito in chapter 124.
** Lelouch wins the final battle [[spoiler: against Aizen thanks to the Hogyoku.]]
* HowWeGotHere: Chapter 120 starts with Rangiku cornered as she’s prosecuting a trial and then flashbacks to show the incident that happened to bring her to this point.
* IHaveYourWife: Though [[spoiler: Yuna]] isn't [[spoiler: Lelouch]]'s wife and actually [[spoiler: his captain]] it's the same effect played by [[spoiler: Hoshima]].
** A few chapters later [[spoiler: Lelouch]] pulls this on [[spoiler: Gin]] by taking [[spoiler: Rangiku]]. Once again no marriage, but the effect is still the same.
* IKnewIt: Many fans speculated that [[spoiler:Lelouch's bankai would look like his Zero suit]] They were right.
** Others speculated that Kasumi was [[spoiler: The Number One Togabito]]. They were also right.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Kendra states that this is usually the case for most Soul Reapers, though there are some cases where it hits earlier or later.
** You mean like [[CoolOldGuy Yamamoto]] and [[OlderThanTheyLook Yachiru and Hitsugaya]].
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Lampshaded and given [[JustifiedTrope justification]] in chapter 138 when terrorists can’t hit Cornelia or Nonette worth crap.
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Averted]].
* InnocentInnuendo: In omake chapter 7.76 Lelouch is listening in on what he thinks is Yuna and Mari [[GirlsLove having sex]], but Mari is just giving Yuna a massage.
** Ironically, right after this they actually do start making love
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Yoruichi’s quip about Lelouch keeping his geass from being permanently active because he doesn’t want it going off by mistake was rather inappropriate given CodeGeass {{Canon}}. In her defense though, it’s not like she knows the truth.
* InSpiteOfANail: A CodeGeass historical example. In spite of the changes in history 9/11 still happens.
* {{Irony}}: Rukia openly trashes Lelouches fashion sense when he reveals the uniforms for their group, despite the fact that her... "artistic abilities" are a bit of a RunningGag.
** Tatsuki takes time in the middle of battle to mock her opponent and point out that [[WhatAnIdiot talking is not]] [[TalkingIsAFreeAction a free action]].
** Aizen mocks Shinji for not watching him more closely... and then makes the exact same mistake with Lelouch.
** When [[spoiler:Byakuya sides with her against Hisana]], Rukia is taken by surprise.
** [[spoiler:One man who took all of the world's hatred is about to become its savior when [[HellOnEarth literally all hell breaks loose]].]]
* ItsPersonal: Fuels several of the fights in the [[spoiler:Aizen's Revenge arc]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In chapter 61, Gin states that if he doesn't make it, he wants Lelouch to take care of Rangiku.
** [[spoiler: Tatsuki almost states this word for word to Ichigo when she finds out that he and Orihime are a couple]].
* KryptoniteIsEverywhere: Only in Japan though[[spoiler:, Sakuradite has a property that can harm spirits such as hollows and shinigami.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: When they [[spoiler:encounter Zaraki]], Kukaku says that Ichigo will die in less than six minutes. In that episode of bleach, the episode ends six minutes later.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Because Ichigo is Isshin's son, [[spoiler:Kaien]] invokes this when fighting him.
** [[FantasyGunControl Guns]] and murder are banned in the [[EvenEvilHasStandards honor code of the gang system]] in Karakura Town and the towns in the same county.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: The women shinigami’s association’s reaction to finding most of the men watching [[RealMenWearPink My Little Pony]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]].
* [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything Library Of Infinite Knowledge]]
* LoopholeAbuse: Played with. Ordinarily, [[spoiler:Lelouch would have been executed by the Central 46 for his actions]], but since they're dead, [[FanNickname Old Man Genocide]] has the desicion-making power, and he decided [[spoiler:to reinstate Lelouch]].
** Ichigo is allowed to speak his mind during the trial in the Lelouch and the Law arc because he is neither a Gotei member or a Rukongai civilian. [[spoiler: it also helps that his girlfriend is the judge]].
* LotusEaterMachine: In the Wish Fulfillment arc. [[spoiler: It's Kasumi's plan A]]
** NoSell: Only [[spoiler: Stefan, Rukia, Hisana, Hitsugaya, Yachiru, Gin, Ukitake, Euphie, Soifon, Orihime, Susanna, Shirley, Yoruichi, Nozomi and May are unaffected by the machine because, despite [[WhatCouldHaveBeen how their lives could be]] they are all very happy the way they currently are]].
** YearInsideHourOutside: Those affected by the dreams control the flow of time within them. For example, Vera's shot forward several decades and things are still flowing at a normal pace outside her dream realm.
* LoveDodecahedron: As if it wasn't bad enough with Lelouch, now it seems that Tatsuki might be entering the competition for Ichigo.
** Seems to be more like a [[LoveTriangle triangle]] in Ichigo's case since [[spoiler: Rukia is engaged to Kaien]].
*** As of ch 136 both of these have been resolved.
* MakeSureHesDead: Yamamoto in regards to [[spoiler:Aizen]].
--> '''Stefan:''' *[[OffWithHisHead cuts]] [[spoiler:Aizen]]'s [[OffWithHisHead head off]]* He's dead.
* MaleGaze: Yoruichi's role as the ShamelessFanserviceGirl has [[CovertPervert Lelouch]] unabashedely staring at her, as well as telling [[ChasteHero Ichigo]] [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn to lighten up]].
** Kaien gets distracted by Mia's breasts when they fight for the 3rd time.
*** Mia in general attracts this from the male readers, or rather is intended to. The author even snaps at the readers in the author's notes to stop fantasizing about it.
* [[spoiler: MarryThemAll: Lelouch starts a clan and marries [[TheWoobie Nemu]], [[UndyingLoyalty Susanna]], [[StatuesqueStunner Isane]], and [[FirstGirlWins Yuna]].]]
** [[spoiler: Subverted as of chapter 105 and furthermore in 136; Susanna wins]].
** [[spoiler: Played straighter as of 181 when he marries Shirley too.]]
* MarySue: There's a poll of the female characters in which the author examined each for signs of sueness, with some suprising results. [[http://draconichero18.deviantart.com/journal/Soul-Chess-Newsletter-33-292118454 Read it here.]]
* MassOhCrap: The reaction of the Espada in the omake where it’s revealed [[spoiler: [[AllJustADream in a dream]] that Kenpachi obtained Bankai]].
* MoodWhiplash: Chapter 49 keeps switching from drama to comedy and back again. [[spoiler:[[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that most of the chapter takes place in Lelouch's jail cell.]]
** The main point of the {{Omake}} of [[spoiler:[[TearJerker Chapter]] [[ConvenientMiscarriage 68]].]]
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Loly and Menoly's two hybrid pets fall under this category. It's the female version that is stronger according to Loly.
** Also in regards to Hueco Mundo's new management ever since [[spoiler:Talbumosuke died. Grimmjow is King and Nelliel is Queen]]. Three guesses who wears the pants in that relationship.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** Keigo is ''the first person ever'' to beat the video game [[NintendoHard Demons and Devils]]. If he wasn't [[WorldOfBadass surrounded by awesomeness]], it would have made a much bigger impresion.
** Lelouch's court battle. [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the author.
** Cornelia's horse race against Guinevere for similar reasons to Keigo beating Demons and Devils.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Lelouch's thoughts on the [[spoiler:Atrumier family]]. [[spoiler:Turns out not so much. This was the main reason for Talbumosuke's StartOfDarkness, Lelouch later has regrets for this incident and also summed up that they were in the crossfire on taking down Aizen]].
* MythologyGag: [[spoiler:Hoshima]] mocks the size of [[spoiler:Yunas]] Bankai, saying that it's far too small. [[spoiler: Ironically]] the iconic scene this is taken from [[spoiler: does not happen in this fic and instead Ichigo fights Stefan as Byakuya makes his HeelFaceTurn to the rescue side earlier after battling [[AscendedExtra Hisana]] as she fights him instead of Renji]]
** Yolanda dual wields two research department made pistols that were modeled off of the weapons Soul Reapers used to use to purify hollows, but were scrapped in favor of the Zanpakuto. It’s a reference to the fact that [[Creator/TiteKubo Kubo]] originally intended to have the Soul Reapers use guns [[Manga/{{Bleach}} in the series]], but switched them for the Zanpakuto.
** A pretty dark one in chapter 114. [[spoiler: Hollow Ichigo forces Unohana down and fires a cero upon her at point blank. Unohana gives him the same line Ulquiorra gave to him “How very hollow-like”]].
** Yoruichi says to Ichigo that her bosom is his pillow when he begins to break down and cry because [[spoiler: Tsukishima brainwashed his friends]]
*** Orihime later uses this line to comfort Kallen when Naoto dies. Although there it doubles as a CallBack since she was the one it was originally said to.
** The events of chapter 159 show that [[spoiler:Kallen wrenching refrain out of someone's hands has happened before]].
** Chapter 206 [[spoiler:wouldn’t be the first time Aizen has been ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice only for our heroes to find out [[OhCrap it’s not really him]]. For extra insult to injury the person who was actually stabbed was also stabbed by someone who cares about them deeply]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tropes N to S]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The more intelligent espada have so far refused to go anywhere near Kisuke and Lelouch, with good reason.
* [[spoiler:NeverFoundTheBody:]] The one thing that is considered proof that [[spoiler:Ichigo]] may still be alive. [[spoiler:Now it is proven that Ichigo is alive.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: One of the reasons [[spoiler:Lelouch went back in time]] is that Aizen [[spoiler:destroyed the cleaner.]]
** Averted, actually, since [[spoiler:Aizen's dead]]. WordOfGod says that it was actually ''Orihime'' who made it possible when she stopped the cleaner from killing the Nakama on their way to soul society.
* NoFourthWall: In the chapter 83 omake you would think everyone's name was {{Deadpool}}
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Mayuri isn't a lucky guy, in this fic.
** [[spoiler: Zommari received one of these from [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Hisana]] for [[BerserkButton harming Rukia]]]]
** Ichigo breaks out into this when [[spoiler: he finds Needles and his goons [[AttemptedRape attempting to rape]] Orihime]].
** Nelliel to [[spoiler: Pheobe, for harming her children.]]
* NoInfantileAmnesia: Completely averted. Lelouch is unaware, or rather was never aware, of a certain incident of his infancy that Cornelia experienced with him when she was ten only for her memory to be wiped.
* NoodleImplements: Apparently Ichigo and Shinji are going to do something for their project with a cleaver, a blue wig and Sakanade
** Turns out their project was a reenactment of [[GurrenLagann Kamina and Viral's]] first fight, with their own alternate ending.
* NoodleIncident: We never hear about exactly ''what'' Yoruichi did do make Byakuya hate her so much, (although anatomy lessons are mentioned.)
** It's now a BrickJoke. When Yoruichi gives Ichigo her NakedFirstImpression, she mentions that Byakuya gave her [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn the exact same response]].
** Apparently Kukaku has a whole bunch of these on Renji and can get them on just about anyone.
** One can only imagine what kind of trouble Isshin stirred up at the 1997 national medical convention considering Ichigo told him to keep his hands off the nurses at the one he starts to go to at the beginning of the Different Bonds arc. Considering this is [[DirtyOldMan Isshin]]...
** Kendra mentions she needed to swap her Gikongan with Urahara. This trope’s use is implied as to the reason why she switched it.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: A meta example. [[WordOfGod According the author]] he writes every chapter with only a vague idea of what he wants to do and other than the one word document used to actually write the chapter he doesn't have any drafts or copies of the chapter at the time of writing unless he had a scene planned out in advance and even then there's only one copy of that particular scene.
* NotAgain: The reaction from several fans whenever there's a yuricentric omake.
* NothingIsScarier: Actually the title of one of the omakes and it is properly named since [[spoiler: Kenpachi is stated to have learned Bankai and his Zanpakuto spirit looks like Chuck Norris]]. All of the Espada, Talbumosuke and Gin start freaking out. It turns out though that [[spoiler: It was AllJustADream of Talbumosuke’s]], but then [[Franchise/DragonBall Mr. Popo]] shows up. [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged The]] [[ScaryBlackMan other]] [[HumanoidAbomination one]].
* NotQuiteDead: Double subverted. [[spoiler:Yuna lives just long enough to say goodbye]].
* OfficialCouple: By the end: [[spoiler: Grimmjow/Nelliel as the King and Queen of Hueco Mundo. Mia/Talbumosuke TogetherInDeath. Kaien/Rukia as the two are now married, same for Byakuya/Hisana. Ichigo/Orihime is solidified as of ch 135. [[LipstickLesbians Yuroichi and Soifon]] have been together for years. In 136, Lelouch marries Susanna and later [[OneTrueThreesome Shirley]]. Also Toshiro/Momo, Suzaku/Euphemia, Jushiro/Kiyone and Gin/Rangiku]].
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Kendra, Stefan, Yosei, Naomi and Yolanda all [[CurbStompBattle handing the Bounts their asses]] in between the events of chapters 110 and 111.
* OhCrap: Ikkaku flips out when Shisato abandons him to Yachiru.
** Cornelia's face in chapter 58 when she realizes her infantile brother Lelouch is missing.
* OneSteveLimit: You have to be specific when talking about Lelouch because [[spoiler: due to his status as a FishOutOfTemporalWater you could be talking about the [[GuileHero Captain of Squad 10]] or the [[BrattyHalfPint Eleventh Prince]] or [[VillainProtagonist the post-mortem 99th Emperor of Britannia]], until he becomes known simply as Zero. See below]].
** [[spoiler:As of 173 there are now two Zeroes. Suzaku, who carries on Lelouch's legacy, and Zero, who is the 99th Emperor, Lelouch vi Britannia, as a hollow]].
* OnlySaneMan: Lelouch among the reinforcements.
* PantyShot: On Rangiku via Lelouch.
* PassThePopcorn: Kukaku acts like this for most of Ichigo's fight with [[spoiler:Kaien]].
** During the Within Zero's Shadow arc and Pursuit of the Truth arc members of the Gotei 13 are acting like this regarding the live stream for [[spoiler:Lelouch's history]]. Complete with actual popcorn.
* PhantomThief: Practically all of the phantoms of justice are like this, rather the organization as a whole is. Except they don't steal. [[AssholeVictim they just torture nobles]], [[TrainingThePeacefulVillagers make friends with the Rukongai]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and slay hollows the Soul Society can't get to]].
* PhysicalGod: Spirit King [[spoiler: in his various forms, Aizen after the power-up, Lelouch w/Hogyoku, and Rita in Core Form has the might of one.]]
* PlotInducedStupidity: Lelouch could have just [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Geassed Aizen into admiting what he did,]] ''and knew it,'' but chose not to. That said, he does have some very solid reasoning for it.
** [[spoiler: Fixed as of chapter 48. Lelouch Geassed Aizen into suicide]].
** Despite running into ''Kurosaki'' Ichigo and [[spoiler:Fon Shaolin]], Rukia can't seem to figure out that there are people she knows in this town.
*** Including how much Ichigo looks like Kaien, and that she knows Isshin is in the World of the Living.
* PoolEpisode: Part of chapter 146.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: Averted. Normally you’d think that Giant mechas would be no match for a bunch of college graduates with power enough to slay {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, but the author [[WorfHadTheFlu manages to]] [[AppliedPhlebotinum tweak it]] so that [[DramaPreservingHandicap this doesn’t happen]]. [[spoiler: with [[{{Understatement}} disastrous results]]]].
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Dropped to amplify the RuleOfCool.
* PrecisionFStrike: Get dropped when [[GoshDarnItToHeck softer language]] just won't cut it or [[SirSwearsALot the character is particularly known for foul language]]
* PreMortemOneLiner: See PreAsskickingOneLiner above
* PrisonRape: A threat that Kendra and Yosei often employ when interrogating a suspect in a way that makes one reminiscent of LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit.
* ProperlyParanoid: As can be expected, Lelouch fits this to a T. [[spoiler: Subverted with Aizen, who, despite being suspicious, hasn't acted directly against Lelouch yet.]]
** Fixed. [[spoiler:Aizen tried to get Tousen to kill Lelouch.]] Guess he decided not to take any chances.
** Ichigo in chapter 69 when Tatsuki tells him that Orihime went off on her own before class starts he immediately assumes something bad will happen to Orihime and goes after her. [[spoiler: It’s a [[AttemptedRape good thing he did]]]]
* {{Pun}}: In the beginning of the chapter 66 author's notes he mentions that Because Nel [[spoiler:is in the Espada]] and therefore [[CaptainObvious unable to travel with Ichigo]] he calls the new ending to [[TheStationsOfTheCanon Ichigo's fight with Grimmjow]] [[ForWantOfANail For Want of a Nel]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Sees its fair share of use
* RapeAsComedy: Rangiku [[AssShove preparing to shove a stick up Haineko]] is used as this.
* RapeAsDrama: Mayuri [[spoiler:had a hollow [[{{Squick}} impregnate Nemu]]]].
** [[spoiler: seen again in chapter 69 when Needles and his goons [[AttemptedRape attempt to do this to Orihime]]. Thankfully Ichigo put a stop to it]].
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: MindRape in this case, but it's the same thing. Starrk notes that he can tolerate watching Lilynette be overpowered or injured, but this trope is another story entirely.
** [[spoiler: Ichigo seems to go a lot [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown more mental than usual]] when he [[AttemptedRape stops Needles and his goons from raping Orihime.]]]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: In universe. Due to how what is going through Ichigo's life at this point, he and Shinji greatly divert from the canon fight scene of [[GurrenLagann Kamina/Viral]] and put their own spin on the fight and by adding REAL weapons into their acting and it could be seen as a continuation of Ichigo's real life training as a Visored.
** [[WordOfGod draconichero20]] says that some of what happens to him in real life winds up being reflected in the series, not that we’d know either way.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Lampshaded by Lelouch after its use in chapter 84 with regards to the Medieval period.
* Really700YearsOld: As of chapter 35, Lelouch is 134 years old. He still looks just like an 18-year-old. [[spoiler:Currently, it is around 17 years before the CodeGeass storyline begins, meaning one decade later, [[ForegoneConclusion Britannia invades, DESTROYS KARAKURA TOWN, and conquers Japan]].]]
* [[RealMenWearPink Real Men Watch My Little Pony]]: The omake in chapter 72.
* RealPersonFic: Discussed in the ch 107 omake about Yoruichi and Soifon’s relationship, though it’s merely a comparison drawn between their relationship and [[MahouSenseiNegima Konoka]] [[SchoolgirlLesbians and]] [[BodyguardCrush Setsuna]]
* RedShirtArmy: A whole bunch of characters come out during the [[spoiler: Aizen’s Revenge]] arc to [[spoiler: buy Byakuya enough time so he can escape to live to fight another day]].
** During the Permanent Sinner arc this is taken UpToEleven [[spoiler:[[HellOnEarth world]] [[MultiMookMelee wide]]]].
* ReferenceOverdosed: There are A LOT of entries for the ShoutOut trope
* [[spoiler:ResetButton]]: One is used to [[spoiler:reseparate the worlds after Kasumi creates a HellOnEarth. Deconstructed to an extent in that it does little more than separate the worlds, the impact the HellOnEarth had on the planet is described as going to linger for generations to come]].
* RuleOfFunny: The omakes.
* RunningGag: Kukaku once asked Lelouch if getting himself hospitalized was going to become a routine. As of chapter 32 it has happened 3 times.
** Eien Tamashi always says "clueless" when Lelouch gets confused about why women always act strange around him. When she says this in regards to [[spoiler:Isane]], he instantly understands.
** In chapter 74 Eien Tamashi is apparently notes how [[MrFanservice Izuru, Shuhei, Renji and Ukitake]] singing [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall would ellict screaming from a lot of fangirls]].
** Ichigo mistaking Spanish terms for different types of food
** Kukaku throws a party after every major victory and Kaien groans because he knows there is going to be property damage and chaos, most likely because the expenses are going to come out of his pocket.
** Whenever Rukia makes monetary a bet with Kaien and/or Renji she always wins.
* SadisticChoice: Lelouch [[spoiler: presents a hypothetical one to Nemu to test her loyalty.]]
** Just like the [[Manga/{{Bleach}} original series]], [[spoiler:[[ItWasHisSled Orihime is presented one to go to Hueco Mundo]].]]
* SamusIsAGirl: Kasumi the [[EvilIsSexy hot as hell]] Togabito that helped Ichigo turns out to be [[spoiler: The Number One Togabito]] whose gender is ambiguous as no one knew it.
* SerialEscalation / LensmanArmsRace: The heights of power the characters exhibit gets more and more extreme as the story progresses; to paraphrase Bleach fandom, by the end, everyone is a "Bankai-whore" or equivalent, and has to pull new tricks just to stay ahead of the game.
* SexIsViolence: One of the Omakes has Unohana mentioning that she would have to beat the shit out of Zaraki before she could do anything.
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy: Rita in ch 125
--> '''Rita''': You give a man and you feed him for a day. You teach a man to fish and you'll feed him for a lifetime. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Unless of course he sucks at fishing even after he's learned]].
* ShipSinking: IchiRuki fans better turn away because as of chapter 54, it officially sinks! [[spoiler: Rukia is engaged to Kaien.]]
--> '''Ichigo''': Wow. That's really something. I never knew. I'm happy for you Rukia. You two are good for each other.
--> '''Rukia''': Better than you and I would do together at any rate.
--> '''Ichigo''': Yeah that's for sure.
** All Lelouch related ships are sunk simultaneously in chapter [[spoiler:136]]. Lelouch marries [[spoiler:Susanna]]. [[spoiler:[[OneTrueThreesome Except for Shirley]]]].
* ShipTease: The author is still keeping us in suspense with Lelouch's love life. [[spoiler: Ichigo seems to have been cemented with Orihime]]
** Never seen more blatant than with [[spoiler: Vera]] and Mizuiro.
** There's also Yoshino and Uryu
** And the Fullbringer arc gives us Keigo and Riruka
** More recently, implications of Clovis and Senna ([[RunningGag No]] [[IThoughtItMeant not]] [[NonSerialMovie that one]]), though Lelouch isn't holding his breath .
* ShmuckBait: Patros and his crew fell for it hook, line, and sinker.
* ShootTheBullet: Uryu and Yolanda in chapter 42. Quite Literally with Uryu.
* ShoutOut: Now has its own page ShoutOut/SoulChess
* ShownTheirWork: The author does this a lot, even going so far as to explain what would have happened had Lelouch not been involved.
* SingleTear: Despite not thinking he could, Lelouch does this when he realizes [[spoiler:how much Susanna cares for him]].
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: A recurring theme with [[spoiler: Ichigo’s out of control full hollow form in getting him to recognize the person talking to him. After that the person is registered in his mind permanently]].
** Yamamoto knows that something is up with Ichigo [[spoiler: during the demon within arc]] because he is referred to by his proper title rather than the less than respectful “gii-san”.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: [[spoiler:Treva Hoshina]] -> Aizen [[spoiler:-> Talbumosuke -> Muramasa -> [[FanNickname Shirosaki]] -> Ginjo -> AIZEN -> ''ZERO'' -> '''''KASUMI''''' -> [[RuleOfThree Aizen]] '''''AGAIN!''''']]
* SpannerInTheWorks: Once again things blow up in Lelouch’s face as [[spoiler: it turns out Hollow Ichigo is sentient when he goes on his rampage. Lelouch didn’t think he would be]].
* StableTimeLoop: Justified.
* StopHelpingMe: [[spoiler:In-universe, Lelouch fully intends get punished for his actions as Zero and goes as far to geassing Ichigo and talking down Momo to stop from trying to bust him free.]]
* StormingTheCastle: The GrandFinale
** Six Man Band: The cast gets split into teams for the assault as follows. Leader and lancer listed first, the rest are support.
*** 1: [[spoiler: Lelouch, Momo, Toshiro, Nemu, Kallen, Suzaku.]]
*** 2: [[spoiler: Ichigo, Rukia, Uryu, Chad, Tatsuki, Keigo.]]
*** 3: [[spoiler: Unohana, Vera, Shunsui, Jushiro, Isane, Kiyone.]]
*** 4: [[spoiler: Stefan, Kendra, Yolanda, Naomi, Rebetuka, Ashido.]]
*** 5: [[spoiler: Yuna, Susanna, Byakuya, Hisana, Kaien, Rangiku.]]
*** 6: [[spoiler: Rita, Shutara, Osho (Ichibei), Nimaiya, Tenjiro, Arietta.]]
*** 7: [[spoiler: Kasumi, Senna, Renji, Harribel, Tosen, Gin.]]
*** 8: [[spoiler: Yoruichi, Sui-Feng, Urahara, Tessai, Nozomi, Riruka.]]
*** 9: [[spoiler: Kensei, Mashiro, Lisa, Mila-Rose, Appaci, Sun-Sung.]]
*** 10: [[spoiler: Talbumosuke, Mia, Starrk, Lilynette, Nelliel, Grimmjow.]]
*** 11: [[spoiler: Kenpachi, Yachiru, Yumichika, Shisato, Fenrique, Tallisandra.]]
*** 12: [[spoiler: Marianne, Cornelia, Hikifune, Rurichiyo, May, Kukaku.]]
*** 13: [[spoiler: Yhwach, Hashwalth, Bambietta, As, Glasses Quincy, Ryuken.]]
* StoryArc: WordOfGod has split the story into Character arcs within arcs.
** Lelouch's StoryArc: Chapters 1-9 are the Awakening Arc. 10-14 is the Prelude to the Chess Game. Chapters 15-20 make up the Lelouch and Yuna arc, followed by the Rise of the Black King, chapters 21-28. Most recently, we have chapters 29-34, which make up the Phantoms of Justice arc.
** Ichigo's StoryArc: Chapters 35-39 are the Prelude to the Final Game. Chapters 40-48 is the Eye of the Storm, a call back to the authors notes in chapter 35. Chapters 49-50 are the [[spoiler:Free Lelouch]] arc, 51-60 are the Visored arc, 61-67 is the Rescue Orihime arc, 68-74 is the Training arc, and 75-82 is the Battle for Karakura Town arc. Next is the [[spoiler:Yuna Returns]] arc, at Chapters 83-85, Chapters 86-90 is the [[spoiler:Fall of Talbumosuke]] arc ([[TrailersAlwaysSpoil both are spoiled]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin for good reasons]]), Chapters 91-93 is the Lelouch and the Law arc, and Chapters 94-105 is the Reapers and Heralds arc, Chapters 106-110 is the Different Bonds arc, Chapters 111-115 is the Demon Within arc, Chapters 116-119 is the Fullbringer arc, Chapter 120 is a TakeThat to the Reigai arc, Chapters 121-132 is [[spoiler: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Aizen's Revenge]]]] arc, and Chapters 133-137 is the [[spoiler:Farewell Ichigo]] arc. Chapters 147-150 contain the [[spoiler:Ichigo vs Britannia]] arc and is also part of [[spoiler:Cornelia]]'s StoryArc. [[spoiler:And it may very well be Ichigo's last story arc [[TheLastDance considering]] [[WhamEpisode the]] [[OurHeroIsDead ending]].]]
** [[spoiler:Cornelia]]'s StoryArc: [[spoiler:Chapter 58 is a prelude for this arc and directly invoked during Lelouch's {{Flash Back}}s in 72 + 73, it officially begins with the Rise of the Royal Soldier arc from Chapter 138-146 and has continued with the Ichigo vs Britannia arc, also part of Ichigo's StoryArc, which is made up by chapters 147-150. Chapters 151-153 begins the Witch of Britannia arc]].
** Union StoryArc: which starts at ch 154 and kicks off with the Within Zero's Shadow arc. [[spoiler:It's the arc that is a revisit to R1 of Anime/CodeGeass made possible by the TemporalParadox]]. It ends with ch 164. Chapter 165 is the Pursuit of the Truth arc. [[spoiler:It's basically the R2 to accompany Within Zero Shadow arc's R1]]. It ends on chapter 172. Chapter 173 starts the Double Zero arc and it ends on chapter 180.
** Final StoryArc: This is going to have 3 arcs within it the first of which is named the Wish Fulfillment arc and goes from chapter 181 to 185. The second one is called Permanent sinner and runs from chapter 186-195 [[spoiler:and subsequently Kasumi's DarkAndTroubledPast]]. From there on to the end is the [[GrandFinale very last arc of the entire series]] [[TheChessmaster the True Chessmaster]] arc.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Ichigo and Tatsuki notice how Rukia and Hisana look almost identical, and of course everyone still comments on how uncanny the resemblance is between Ichigo and Kaien.
** [[spoiler: Koga]] notes how much Byakuya looks like his father.
* StuffBlowingUp: In chapter 104 [[spoiler: Eien Tamashi]] makes the trees in a forest explode in groups using [[spoiler: her Epidemic Viral Bomb]] technique.
* SuicidalOverconfidence: Twice in the same chapter, both against Hitsugaya. The first is by a group of thugs who [[MuggingTheMonster think he's just a child trying to play hero]] and the second is a group of menos, [[BullyingADragon fully aware of his status]].
* SuperMode: Stefan's, [[spoiler: Hisana's, Unohana's, Yamamoto's, Lelouch's, Hitsugaya's, Ichigo's and Yuna]]'s Bankais all have this. Byakuya's Senkei is classed as one too.
** [[spoiler: subverted; Aizen explicitly states he doesn't have the same, but uses something else entirely, and Rita had it in the past, but has been denied use of it by Soul King.]]
** [[spoiler: All the Espada have Segunda Etapa, and Starrk has recently unlocked Tercera Etapa.]]
* SuperSentai: Lelouch's new group is even worse than the black knights in this respect.
** Also seen in [[spoiler:Lelouch's dream realm with the Zero Rangers]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tropes T to Z]]
* TakeThat: One at the [[FillerArc Captain Amagai Filler arc]] in chapter 85.
** Once again the author rages against the [[Manga/{{Bleach}} source material]]. This time towards the scene in the Zanpakuto Rebellion arc (Episode 232) after Rukia blasts herself and Sode no Shirayuki. The scene makes it seem like SoS is about to make a HeelFaceTurn when [[BigBad Muramasa]] intervenes. In Soul Chess [[spoiler: because Muramasa is occupied with watching Ichigo fight, Sode no Shirayuki is able to go to Rukia’s aid and it produces one of the more Heartwarming moments in the fic]].
** A massive one to Creator/TiteKubo during the 100th chapter omake.
** Another one at the Bounts. All of them [[spoiler: except for [[LastOfHerKind Yoshino]] who is [[RedemptionEqualsLife spared]]]] are killed off-screen.
** Chapter 120 is one for the Reigai arc.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: The author never misses an opportunity to subvert, justify or avert the use of this trope. This could be seen as a TakeThat for how often this happens in Manga/{{Bleach}}.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Yuna and Kensei aren't exactly happy to be working alongside [[spoiler:Gin]]. Both would rather have [[spoiler:his]] head rolling at their feet.
* TemporalParadox: Lelouch [[spoiler:actually starts over a century before his death, having become a Vasto Lorde hollow after the Zero Requiem and being slain... by his Captain self. [[YourHeadAsplode Oy.]]]]
* [[spoiler:TheBabyTrap]]: Averted by [[spoiler:Susanna]], who doesn't want to do this to [[spoiler:Lelouch]]. Zig-zagged, because it works anyway.
** [[spoiler: And now [[ConvenientMiscarriage the baby is gone]]]]
** [[spoiler: Not anymore, it ain't.]]
* TheCameo: Many in the omakes including [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason]], Comicbook/GhostRider, [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]], Music/MichaelJackson, BillyIdol, Stephen Hawking and even [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged Mr. Popo]].
** In the 100th chapter omake Creator/TiteKubo, Creator/StephenieMeyer, Creator/JRRTolkien, Creator/JKRowling, Creator/TerryPratchett and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsmagic all of the main ponies]] make an appearance. {{Deadpool}} and Pinkie Pie are the hosts.
*** [[Manga/BlackLagoon Rock and Revy]] make an appearance in that same omake at the very beginning
** In the special Christmas omake {{Naruto}} appears.
** [[GurrenLagann Kamina]] and [[OnePiece Luffy]] in another one.
** In yet another, [[Manga/DragonBall Grandpa Gohan]], [[Manga/OnePiece Edward Newgate]], [[Manga/FairyTail Master Makarov]] and several other Old Men from popular series join Yamamoto for a game of Poker (apparently an annual fixture).
* TheChessmaster /XanatosSpeedChess: The largest part of the story so far is Lelouch and Aizen trying to outwit each other. [[spoiler:In the end, Lelouch wins, both times.]]
** By the end, it's a five way thing between Lelouch, Aizen, Rita, Kasumi [[spoiler: and Soul King; Rita wins.]]
* [[spoiler: TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou]]: After [[spoiler: stepping out of hell]], Kasumi is jubilant. She then proceeds to [[spoiler: absorb power from everywhere and cause a giant explosion. And ''then'' [[BreakingTheFourthWall she turns towards the reader and winks]]. Then she hijacks the author’s notes and tells the reader and we find out that the author has [[OhCrap also succumb to the]] LotusEaterMachine. And '''''then''''' she asks the reader what their greatest desire is, even saying that [[MindScrew perhaps everything after the end of the chapter is simply our will and her permission]]. [[ParanoiaFuel She then states that because of this we will never again be able to tell what is reality or fantasy ever again]]]].
** [[spoiler:He got better after 24 hours if one reads his Website/DeviantArt account during the time the chapter was put up. It was pure NightmareFuel for his readers though]].
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: An access code of Kirio Hikifune’s is this trope.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Ichigo tells [[spoiler:Kaien]] that this is how he'll save Rukia.
* ThePowerOfRock: Used in an omake where , [[{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]], Music/MichaelJackson, and BillyIdol all help Ichigo defeat Talbumosuke. [[spoiler: The whole thing is a drunken plot of Lelouch’s]].
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Well, not since the budget cuts.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Uryu used Licht Regen... on Shawlong.
** Lelouch's defeats [[spoiler:Szayel by restraining him with Bakudo Kido, GEASSING HIM TO [[AndIMustScream "NEVER MOVE AGAIN"]], and finally [[MindRape Mind Rapes]] him till his [[YourHeadASplode HEAD EXPLODES]]!]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:An omake reveals that the true form of the Soul King is [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fluttershy]]. [[{{Moe}} No wonder]] [[TheCutie seeing the true form]] [[ShrinkingViolet makes people]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation insane]]]].
** In this story? [[spoiler:The Soul King is completely responsible for the entire story. The Fifth Chessmaster IS the Soul King.]]
* TheStationsOfTheCanon[[spoiler:: Zigzagged all over the beginning and the Manga/{{Bleach}} arcs, deconstructed ([[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong much to Lelouch's chagrin]]) in the CodeGeass arcs, and returned to Zigzagged for the Final arc.]]
* TheThirtySixStratagems: As seen thus far in the series:
** [[spoiler: Talbumosuke]] pulls #1 off rather well using the [[TheStationsOfTheCanon canonical]] [[Manga/{{Bleach}} kidnapping of Orihime]] to test the PowerOfFriendship of Ichigo and his nakama
** Aizen uses #4 [[spoiler: in the Aizen’s Revenge arc]] knowing that [[spoiler: Lelouch has to bring the counterattack to him. He does send Vanguard out to meet Kenpachi and Ichigo head on though]].
** #5 is used in the Reapers and Heralds arc where [[spoiler: Lelouch orchestrates a battle between the Soul Reapers and the Zanpakuto so that he and Byakuya can sneak off to the Kuchiki manor so Byakuya can [[KillTheOnesYouLove kill his children]]]]
*** Kasumi is DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough to use #5 to its fullest advantage [[spoiler:she wastes no time going after the Gotei one by one while they’re trapped in her LotusEaterMachine spell]]
** #9 was Lelouch's plan for dealing with [[spoiler: Talbumosuke]] since he [[spoiler: and Yuna]] let Yamamoto and Urahara do all the work.
** Lelouch subverts #10, he isn't hostile towards Aizen during the [[spoiler: first part]] of the series, but at the same time doesn't weave his way into his ranks for the sake of revenge [[spoiler: like Gin]].
*** [[spoiler: Though he, and Byakuya, play it completely straight during the Reapers and Heralds arc]]
*** [[spoiler:Aizen]] meanwhile plays #10 straight [[spoiler:as TheStarscream to Kasumi’s crew]].
** Lelouch is a natural master of #12
** #13 was [[spoiler: Talbumosuke]]'s action in attacking the pillars. By sending in [[PersonOfMassDestruction Karrthus]] he ensured the destruction of his opponent [[spoiler: Ikkaku]], which caused the rest of the Soul Society forces to react and give away their positions by lack of forcibly hiding their reiatsu. [[spoiler: He]] also does [[IShallTauntYou this]] to Lelouch to provoke him into attacking, but Lelouch is savvy enough to know not to.
** Rita has done #14 quite literally with [[spoiler: the soul of Mari Akari. Rita brings the former squad captain back to fight one last time as her herald. She later did the same with Yamamoto.]]
** Ichigo [[LeeroyJenkins of all]] [[UnskilledButStrong people]] inverts #15 as he lures Grimmjow to a battlefield where he has the advantage since he's foughten in a certain Karakura district so many times.
** #16 was Lelouch's ultimate plan to defeat Aizen. See the {{Troll}} entry on his character page entry for more details. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome It worked spectacularly]].
** #19 this could be why [[spoiler: Talbumosuke]] is fighting Urahara, Yamamoto, Shunsui, and Ukitake (until the last one goes to help Hitsugaya) simultaneously.
*** It's also why Byakuya [[spoiler: asks for Lelouch's help]] during the Reapers and Heralds arc since [[spoiler: Lelouch is [[TheChessmaster too intelligent]] to leave to his own devices]]
** #21 is used by [[spoiler: Byakuya and Lelouch creating the illusion that Kyo and Isao are dead]].
** Kasumi seems to understand #23, which leads her to recruit [[spoiler: Aizen, Talbumosuke AND Nyra who are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th strongest Togabito while she is #1]].
** Aizen uses #24 to which he [[spoiler: [[TheStarscream betrays Kasumi]] and takes all of the power they had built up for himself. He then eliminates Tsukishma, believing he won’t need him anymore. He keeps Nyra as a personal attack dog]].
** Lelouch uses #25 [[spoiler: during the Aizen’s revenge arc]] by surprising Aizen through the use of forbidden spatial transport Kido. The result made Aizen NotSoStoic for a few scant moments. Lelouch also goes and confronts Aizen directly putting Aizen completely on edge because the move does not make sense.
** #26 is partly how Lelouch managed to keep himself beneath Aizen's gaze while at the same time plotting against him.
** Aizen uses #30 at the same time he executes #24 since [[spoiler: Kasumi was the leader and Aizen usurped power from her]].
** #31 has been stated by WordOfGod to have been used by Lelouch offscreen during the years the phantoms were active
** #33 [[spoiler: [[ReverseMole TOSEN!!]]]]
** [[spoiler: Talbumosuke]] uses #36 at the end of the Battle of Karakura arc
*** [[spoiler:Kasumi]] also uses this at the end of chapter 185.
* TheWorfBarrage: Lelouch tries everything he can think of to take down [[spoiler:Nnoitora]]. It doesn't work. Coupled with WorfHadTheFlu since he had the Gentai Rein. [[spoiler: That is until Lelouch discovered his bankai, then it became a CurbStompBattle.]]
* TheWorfEffect: Gets used regularly, though that's to be expected.
* ThisCannotBe: Frequented in use by the villains or anyone losing a battle.
** Mia utters this almost word for word when Kaien [[HeroicSecondWind gets his second wind]] during their third battle.
** In one battle [[spoiler: against Baraggan]] [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Talbumosuke]] mocks the use of this trope
--> '''Talbumosuke''': See this is why you would never make a good leader. Uttering lines like that is just [[TemptingFate begging to be killed]].
* ThrowTheDogABone: After all of the abuse, [[ButtMonkey Keigo]] finally gets to spend some time with Ichigo.
* TitleDrop: In chapter 98, Lelouch claims to be playing a game of Soul Chess.
* TooDumbToLive: Jirobo Ikkanzaka, natch.
** Yammy is an expy of Creator/TeamFourStar's [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged Nappa]].
** [[MonsterOfTheWeek The Hollow in Chapter 144]] [[spoiler:pointed out that destroying his head kills him, Cornelia even calls this out.]]
* TooManyCooksSpoilTheBroth: Discussed by both Aizen and Zurik.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Chapter 41 is titled [[spoiler:Ichigo vs Kaien: The Rematch.]] This is a dead giveaway that [[spoiler:[[CaptainObvious Kaien is alive]]]].
** Though that PALES in comparison to the names of the recent arcs, [[spoiler:Yuna Returns]] and the [[spoiler:Fall of Talbumosuke]].
** It’s subverted in chapter 120. The new arc is called the [[spoiler: Aizen’s Revenge arc]], but it is revealed at the end of the first chapter, which has almost nothing to do with the arc, but is considered a prequel chapter by the author and ends with [[spoiler: Togabito Aizen killing Togabito Kageroza and Aizen making the decision to fight [[AllPowerfulBystander Rita Ginunga]]]]
** Biggest offender so far? Chapter 176, [[spoiler:Kurosaki Ichigo, [[HesBack The Great Revival]].]]
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: The entire fic started with a question as to who was the better {{Chessmaster}}, Aizen or Lelouch. [[spoiler:Lelouch wins, both at the end of Eye of the Storm and Aizen's Revenge arcs, though there is the possibility of yet another rematch.]]
* VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Considering that we're in the final arc now and chapter 202 has the tagline "Point of No Return", may I present to: [[spoiler:Aizen's Castle]].
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Nemu has smuggling machines from the R&D department with [[HammerSpace hyperspace capsules]] in her cleavage.
** This also seems to be where Kukaku keeps her pipe.
** And Yoruichi her Zanpakuto
* VigilanteExecution: What [[spoiler:Cornelia]] does to [[spoiler:Marshall Evans]] and [[spoiler:Albert Q. Anerdas]]. However, in the latter's case there was a hint of ItsPersonal and not even letting him get convicted. It's still against protocol for a military woman regardless. Though being a royal it's probably easy for her to shoo it under the rug.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Lelouch and his Zanpakuto [[spoiler: Eien Tamashi]] are easily this. The amount of times they aren’t bickering can be counted on one hand.
* {{WAFF}}: A lot of moments are like this and some double as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming
* WasItAllALie: [[spoiler: Yuna]] asks this of [[spoiler: Lelouch]] after [[spoiler: he betrays her, and the Soul Society, to Muramasa. What she doesn’t know is that Lelouch is a FakeDefector and is only acting like an [[{{Jerkass}} asshole]] to keep his cover safe.]]
* WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis: The entire [[spoiler:Ichigo vs Britannia arc]]. This get acknowledged by [[spoiler:Ichigo and Cornelia when he rescues and transports her to the ruined Karakura Town]].
* WHAMEpisode: Chapter 48, the finale to the Eye of the Storm arc. [[spoiler:Look at the below trope.]]
** Chapter 58: Oh a SliceOfLife chapter involving Cornelia. Bor-ring! Well maybe I'll just skip this chapter and...wait [[spoiler:[[ISeeDeadPeople she can see ghosts]]]]?
** [[spoiler: Ikkaku’s dead? No...no Ikkaku can’t die. He’ll be fine right? Get up, laugh it off, get a head butt or two and drink with Iba-san? DAMN YOU TALBUMOSUKE!]]
** At the end of chapter 77, Urahara [[spoiler: releases his Bankai]]
*** That’s nothing at the end of chapter 81, Unohana [[spoiler: goes up against the Berserk Rage form of Ichigo that punched out Ulquiorra’s Segunda Etapa in canon]]
** Chapter 98, full throttle. Lelouch makes a [[BigDamnHeroes triumphant return]] in the midst of all the chaos during the Reapers and Heralds arc and Susanna is so happy to see him she runs towards him to give him a big hug. [[spoiler: And then he [[KickTheDog back hand slaps her]] [[OhCrap to the ground]]. Lelouch [[HeroProtagonist what happened to being the hero]]? [[FaceHeelTurn WHAT HAPPENED?]]]]
** Chapter 99, [[spoiler: [[TheReveal Oh,]] [[FakeDefector sorry about the previous comment]] [[GuileHero Lelouch]], [[SincerityMode it is easy to forget]] [[SarcasmMode (NOT!)]] [[MagnificentBastard that you can make a very convincing villain when you need to be]], and Unohana's Zanpakuto IS [[OhCrap MATERIALIZED]]?!]]
** Chapter 100: Byakuya has to [[spoiler: murder his children]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted in]] Chapter 115: [[spoiler: In order to end [[FanNickname Shirosaki]]'s rampage in Soul Society, Lelouch has to seal Kurosaki Ichigo away with the spike he used. It was so convincing that Orihime was told that [[ThatManIsDead Kurosaki Ichigo is gone]]. The subversion came in when Kurosaki Ichigo was revived and Shirosaki left.]]
** [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn Keigo joins Xcution]]]]
** Chapter 120 is mainly a TakeThat to the Reigai arc [[spoiler:[[OhCrap and it ends with Aizen's return]].]]
** Okay all of these previous examples pale in comparison to this one. In chapter 123 [[spoiler: Yamamoto dies and Unohana is defeated]]. Cue AtomicFBomb and OhCrap reactions from the fandom.
** No, NOW all of the previous examples pale in comparison to this one. Chapter 150: [[spoiler: Wh-what? [[OurHeroIsDead Ichigo’s dead]]? No. No, that can’t be right. He’s TheHero. He’s [[PlotArmor NOT ALLOWED TO DIE!]] Damn you draconichero! Is [[AnyoneCanDie no character SACRED?]]]]
*** [[spoiler: Even worse is that his holding out against Britannia [[NiceJobBreakingItHero prevents Cornelia from saving Lelouch and Nunnally]] and acts as the basis for Cornelia’s, and other members of the royal family, hatred against the numbers]].
** Orihime [[spoiler:using refrain]]. Your jaw just drops when you see what [[spoiler:losing Ichigo and Japan and everything else on top of that]] brings her to. Just...damn.
** There’s a part in chapter 160 in a flashback where Inoue takes a shotgun and takes a shotgun and shoots a Britannian slaver and his guests when the resistance crashes the party. Keep in mind that [[spoiler: [[Anime/CodeGeass Naomi]] and [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Orihime]] are the same person]].
** How Nunnally ''really'' survived the FLEIJA explosion. [[spoiler:Lelouch, [[OneSteveLimit the soul reaper one]], is responsible for saving her life. The Nunnally explained as being with Sayoko was an automaton meant to look and sound like her]].
** Chapter 176 is an example of a GOOD WhamEpisode. [[spoiler:Why? [[TheReveal The Mysterious Hooded Soul Reaper is]] '''[[HesBack ICHIGO KUROSAKI!]]''']]
** [[spoiler: See TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou above]].
** Kasumi's [[DarkAndTroubledPast entire freaking backstory]]. When she said she suffered [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds more than Ichigo could possibly imagine]] she really meant it. [[spoiler: The [[MadeASlave Made a]] SexSlave portions and her betrayals really are the selling point. The author kept mentioning that it was bad. Very little imagined it could be ''this'' bad]].
** The [[spoiler:Permanent Sinner]] arc should be called the SerialEscalation arc. [[spoiler:Here is what is brought up so far: The above mentioned DarkAndTroubledPast, Kasumi creating HellOnEarth, The ENTIRE PLANET is fighting back and reinforcements coming from Hueco Mundo AND the [[BadassArmy VANDENREICH]].]] WHAT'S NEXT?
** How about [[spoiler: Talbumosuke dropping the UndyingLoyalty to Aizen and, in top PapaWolf form, fights him for harming his daughter, Kasumi. Some heavy CharacterDevelopment just went down]].
* WhamLine: From chapter 14 [[spoiler: Soifon (to Yoruichi): "I'm coming with you"]]. At that point canon just went out the window.
** And then of course we get this reveal from chapter 17. [[spoiler: CC (to Lelouch): "Have we met before?"]]. This troper stared at his computer screen for a few minutes after that one.
** [[spoiler:Aizen! Kill yourself!]] (Note that he learned from his mistake with Mao).
** [[spoiler:I am espada number 7, Mia Arruerie]].
** [[spoiler:Susanna: "I'm pregnant and it's your child Lelouch-dono!"]]
*** [[spoiler: "The fetus died."]]
** [[spoiler: “Shisato? Where’d you go? Are you still there?”]]
** The word “Bankai” becomes this when declared by [[spoiler: Urahara and Yamamoto]].
*** [[spoiler: and Unohana]]
** [[spoiler: “Just engraving into my mind the woman who forced me to lose my powers a second time”]]. Said by [[spoiler: Isshin]] and followed up with a FlatWhat from Kaien.
** From Kendra to Ichigo that he’s [[spoiler: DeadAllAlong or rather, ever since he came back from being BroughtDownToNormal back in chapter 39]]
** Kasumi’s BadassBoast in chapter 110 revealing that she is [[spoiler:[[FinalBossPreview The most powerful Togabito]]]].
** Lelouch saying that in order to [[spoiler:[[TemporalParadox preserve his spot in time]]]] he will [[spoiler: [[SadisticChoice sacrifice]] [[TheHeroDies Ichigo]] [[SacrificialLion Kurosaki]]]].
** [[spoiler: He (Ichigo) would not rise to fight Britannia again]].
** CC to Inoue: [[spoiler:Would you form a contract with me?]]
** Kasumi’s anguished YES to [[spoiler:Ichigo]]'s [[ArmorPiercingQuestion question]] of [[spoiler:[[RhetoricalRequestBlunder Do you]] [[DeathSeeker have a death wish]]]]?
** Talbumosuke's line to Kasumi[[spoiler:, "What kind of father would I be if I didn't [[TakingTheBullet protect]] [[PapaWolf my only daughter]]?"]]
** Several from Aizen in chapter 204. He just keeps dropping them as if he had them [[AllAccordingToPlan all planned]] [[TheChessmaster Oh]] [[GodModSue wait]]. In the process he stomps on several [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]]
* WhatTheHellHero: The Phantoms [[spoiler:almost abandon Lelouch over the purge,]] but he talks his way out of it.
** Hisana delivers this to [[spoiler:Lelouch]] along with her ArmorPiercingSlap.
** Ichigo chews out [[spoiler: Lelouch for not helping him rescue Orihime]]
*** He does the same thing to [[spoiler: Soifon]] later that same chapter.
*** Ironically for him [[spoiler: Both of them showed up anyway during the rescue to bail him out]]
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Kukaku's plan to help her and Ichigo land safely.
* WhosOnFirst: Done in the Anime/YuGiOh omake
--> '''Renji''': I'm just going to go ahead and summon Something.
--> '''Kaien''': Okay, what is it?.
--> '''Renji''': It's Something.
--> '''Kaien''': I get that, but what is it?
--> '''Renji''': Something.
--> '''Kaien''': Look the card has a name, right?
--> '''Renji''': Yes.
--> '''Kaien''': And the name of the card is…
--> '''Renji''': Something.
--> '''Kaien''': *frustrated* No, you know what? Forget it. Let's just play.
* WillfullyWeak: The Espada in the Battle of Karakura arc. According to Ulquiorra and Kira, Talbumosuke wants the Espada to remain in Resurreccion. If they find themselves hard pressed they should flee. WordOfGod has confirmed this, saying that this is part of a grand scheme of Talbumosuke’s to gather information on the enemy in battle and then go in with an actual plan with his army at full strength.
* Woolseyism: In-universe example. Aparently StarWars is now known, because of Britannian influence as "Galactic Conquest"
* WorfHadTheFlu: Yoruichi and Soifon would normally be able to handle Zaraki without their zanpakuto, but they had just fought Kendra and Stefan.
** There's a case of this in the [[spoiler:Ichigo vs Britannia]] arc and a very big case of it at that. The only reason Britannia is able to stand up to [[spoiler:Ichigo and his friends]] is because [[AppliedPhlebotinum Sakuradite]] is the polar opposite of the [[NoSell all repelling]] Sekisekki and [[spoiler:Ichigo and his nakama were [[DramaPreservingHandicap weakened to 1/5 their power]]]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: Kukaku trys to [[spoiler: sneak past most of Seireitei]], which might have worked, had she not been paired with one of the two main characters.
* XanatosGambit: Either Soul Society leaves the Phantoms alone, and they handle corruption, or they take a hint and handle it themselves. [[spoiler:While the Phantoms have officialy disbanded, their goal was already achieved, and Soul Society is now dealing with the corruption themselves.]]
** Aizen pits [[spoiler: Kaien]] against Ichigo, ensuring that at least one of them will be taken out of the picture in time for his plan.
** Lelouch is trying to set one in motion that will end in [[spoiler:Aizen's death]], but considering his track record when it comes to the endgame...
*** [[spoiler:...went exactly as how he predicted; Aizen is dead and Lelouch is arrested for revealing himself as Zero.]]
** [[spoiler: Talbumosuke sends Gantenbinne equipped with Segunda Etapa]] to the world of the living. Whether [[spoiler: Gantenbinne]] lives or dies [[spoiler: Talbumosuke]] wins because he will obtain all of [[spoiler: Gantenbinne’s]] battle data.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Seen in chapter 84 when Lelouch uses a machine to reawaken a memory from a past life of his in the medieval ages.
* YouAreNumberSix: Hell assigns all of its denizens numbers as identification [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking in order of strength]]
* YouCantFightFate: The author has a literary gag where he will name several things that the characters can do to derail canon, but so far, none of them have happened.
** [[spoiler:It's subverted one time: when Susanna makes the choice to ask Lelouch if he'll be hers]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Subverted. [[spoiler:Talbumosuke]] says that [[TooDumbToLive Yammy]] will only become this once he is actually dead.
** Subverted again for Mia. Despite the fact that [[spoiler: Kaien killed her. Talbumosuke plans to revive her because she is near perfection in his mind.]]
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Eien Tamashi certainly thinks so of Lelouch.
** It finally happens in chapter 33.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Played with. To avoid giving Karin ideas that [[MayDecemberRomance she should get married to Isshin]], [[spoiler: Hisana]] says she's [[BlatantLies only 30 years old]]. While physically she could possibly pass for that age we know she is [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld so much older]]
* YouRemindMeOfX: When Keshiba asks Lelouch [[spoiler:why Lelouch made him the orange phantom]], Lelouch says that he reminds him of someone that he used to call by that name.
** Happened again when [[spoiler: Lelouch first meets Orihime in chapter 56 and telling her how much she reminds him of Shirley so much that it left him in sadness before asking her to act as Shirley temporarily in order for Lelouch to have temporary peace before meeting Shirley again in 17 years time.]]
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