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It's September 13th, [[AlternateHistory 2017 a.t.b.]] As in the last episode of ''[[Anime/CodeGeass Code Geass]]'''s first season, the [[LaResistance Black Knights]] are fiercely fighting the oppressive [[TheEmpire Holy Britannian Empire]] for control of Area 11, formerly called Japan. However, in this [[{{Fanfiction}} fanfic]], [[ForWantOfANail a small change]] has been made to the ''CodeGeass'' {{canon}}: instead of running off in the middle of battle to pursue V.V. and Nunnally, [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] stays until he is assured that the Black Knights are winning. This has [[ButterflyOfDoom disastrous consequences]] for Lelouch, the Black Knights, and Japan.

Recognizing that Britannia is losing and determined not to let Area 11 fall into the hands of his enemies, [[EvilPrince Prince Schneizel]] orders [[SelfDestructMechanism Operation Nero]]: the detonation of all of Japan's underground [[{{Unobtainium}} Sakuradite]] reserves. The resulting explosion destroys nearly all the Area's living things, rendering it an [[SceneryGorn uninhabitable wreck]] and killing most of the soldiers and civilians there--[[WeHaveReserves Britannians and Japanese alike]]. Lelouch himself is brought before [[FanNickname Emperor Chuck]], who, as in the original series, [[MagicalEye Geasses]] away his memories and [[FakeMemories replaces them with new ones]].

[[TimeSkip Eight years later]], Lelouch has become a [[MaryTzu brilliant Britannian general]], fighting alongside Suzaku and his former enemies. Of course, he's totally forgotten his role as Zero, and believes Nunally to be dead. However, the Geass's hold on Lelouch is not absolute -- his memories are merely buried, not totally erased, and [[TheRemnant a certain organization]] is watching him from the shadows, ready to reclaim their leader...

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4994784/1/Code_Geass_Megiddo Code Geass Megiddo]]'' is an ongoing ForWantOfANail ''CodeGeass'' {{Fanfiction}} by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/70215/Wing_Zero_Alpha Wing Zero Alpha]], begun in April 2009. It is told from the perspective of multiple characters and includes detailed descriptions of fighting (both physical and [[HumongousMecha mecha]]-based). In addition to all the action, ''Code Geass Megiddo'' explores the [[{{Backstory}} backstories]] of many characters, often [[AdaptationExpansion expanding on their canon depictions]], as well as introducing a variety of [[OriginalCharacter OCs]]. The author appears to be quite a history buff--historical figures are often discussed, and [[GeniusBonus the word "Megiddo"]] is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megiddo the name of the site of an ancient city in Israel]], as well as the origin of the word "Armageddon." [[DarkerAndEdgier Make of that what you will]].

This series has a [[http://codegeassfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Code_Geass_Megiddo wikia]], which is open for editing.

!!'''This fic contains examples of the following tropes, in addition to those already present in the source material:'''
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The EU. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the writer in the second chapter. See below.
* [[ActionMom Action Moms]]: [[spoiler:Viletta and Dorothea]].
* AllThereInTheManual: The wikia has a lot of supporting information for the backstory of the characters and the countries.
* AllohistoricalAllusion: A certain EU military force, [[PuttingOnTheReich one that has been described as having uniforms with "twin rune-like insignia somewhere on their person"]], which has apparently set up shop in Volgograd. Guess what this city was [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII known for]].
** Anyone who knows the history of Napoleon Bonaparte should see the irony in the following C.C. statement.[[note]]"...until Josephine threatened to run off with some Hussar if he didn't stop."[[/note]]
* AncientConspiracy: The Order[[note]]Not "Geass" Order, just "the Order" (so far)[[/note]]. Though they're more or less after the same ends as in canon, they're far more elaborate about it, [[spoiler:as in they've spent the last few thousand years hunting down Code Bearers, with only four to go before Ragnarok can be initiated.]]
* AndIMustScream: The justification for Anya's EmotionlessGirl status.
* ArchEnemy: Lelouch and Suzaku. [[spoiler:The sheer rage between them during their duel alone is enough to make a case. While Lelouch is somewhat conflicted about it, as some part of him ''does'' still consider Suzaku his friend, Suzaku has no such reservations, despising Lelouch for years for his role in Euphemia's death, all while having to pretend to be his best friend at the same time. Lelouch in turn resents him for his betrayal and suppression of his memories, yet still, he genuinely wants to salvage whatever's left of their friendship. Unfortunately for Lelouch, as far as Suzaku is concerned, there's nothing left to salvage.]] Several characters commenting on their relationship acknowledge that despite their formerly close friendship, Suzaku is truly Lelouch's greatest enemy. In fact, the narrative and the wiki seem to imply that they were ''destined'' to be enemies, regardless of whatever happened.
* AscendedExtra: A great deal of minor characters have their roles expanded, compared to their appearances in CodeGeass proper. For example, Senba, previously little more than a LivingProp with a voice in the show, is now something of a ParentalSubstitute and mentor for Tohdoh.
** Dorothea Ernst's role has a major expansion, wherein the implications of her skin color are explored. [[spoiler:She's also married to Bismarck, having given birth to their son, Roland, and had a close relationship with Bismarck's "protege" (for lack of a better word) during the eight year interim -- Lelouch.]]
* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler:Suzaku didn't kill his father for the sake of Japan -- he killed him in order to protect Lelouch and Nunnally, whom his father planned to kill as one final act of defiance against Britannia. Lelouch doesn't learn the truth until fifteen years later, during their duel at the Battle of Pearl Harbor, where Suzaku claims that had he known what Lelouch would become and what his survival would cost him, he would've gladly let Genbu kill them. The revelation nearly drives Lelouch into a HeroicBSOD until Kallen manages to snap him out of it.]]
** [[spoiler:Lelouch in turns holds out on informing him the truth about Euphie's death. Primarily because there is no way to know how Suzaku would react to it after he descending into madness like he has now, and because his raging GuiltComplex makes him unwilling to do so, so in that way he can suffer for his role in her death.]]
* BadassArmy: The Order of the Black Knights, as described below.
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler:Bismarck Waldstein and Dorothea Ernst]].
* BerserkButton: Saying anything bad about Euphemia or her ideals for Suzaku.
* BigBadassBattleSequence: The Battle of Pearl Harbor.
* BigDamnHeroes: Kallen [[spoiler:saves Lelouch from Suzaku after he enters a HeroicBSOD from learning the truth behind Genbu Kururugi's death.]]
** Lelouch [[spoiler:has his own moment when he saves Xingke from Johann's killing blow. Then the rest of the Black Knights join in to buy the Chinese time to escape Xiaopei.]]
*** Then not long after that [[spoiler:Yamamoto shows up to pull the collective asses of Lelouch, the Black Knights and CLA out of the fire.]]
* BloodKnight: Liliana.
* BrokenAce: Suzaku, even more than in canon.
** Lelouch, to a lesser extent. While he is willing to soldier on as Zero once again, his massive guilt over the events of the Black Rebellion and the Devastation, along with his role in Euphemia's death, initially made him reluctant to return to the mask. Though unlike Suzaku, he isn't allowing it to drive him to the depths of insanity.
* TheCameo
* TheCasanova: During the eight years in which his memories were suppressed, Lelouch became a bit of a playboy. Considering the UnwantedHarem he had in the series, it's highly doubtful the irony is lost on anyone.
* ChineseWithChopperSupport: Obviously, the Chinese Liberation Army (CLA).
* ColourCodedArmies: Though a minor detail, the various factions (beside Zulfiqar so far) in Megiddo appear to follow a color system, with the uniforms and/or standard knightmares and ships of each faction holding a theme color. They are laid out as so:
** Order of the Black Knights - Black ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Duh]])
** Holy Britannian Empire - Blue/Purple
** European Union - Grey
** Chinese Federation - Red
** The (Geass) Order - White
* CombatBreakdown: [[spoiler:Lelouch's duel with Suzaku quickly escalated due to eight years of pent-up rage and resentment. Thanks to that, they literally tore each other apart, and the last leg of their battle was reduced to the use of their swords and shielding only.]]
* CueTheFlyingPigs: Kallen is absolutely stunned when she sees Lelouch exercising. Seeing as this is ''Lelouch'' we're talking about, that is actually an understandable reaction.
* CulturedBadass / FourStarBadass: There are several of either, but Tohdoh especially stands out. Besides being a lover of classical literature, he's also well versed in the military arts (naturally) as well as the words and wisdom of several historic military commanders, such as Helmuth von Moltke, Carl von Clausewitz, George Washington, Andrew Jackson and Robert E. Lee.
* DanceBattler: Nena's fighting style in the Safir involves a lot of spinning and elaborate maneuvering with her [[WhipItGood whips]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: The Black Knights, even more so than in canon. In a world split between grandiose [[{{Expy}} expies]] of the [[EvilBrit British Empire]], the [[ThoseWackyNazis Axis Powers]] and [[RedScare communist China]] with a [[AncientConspiracy secret Illuminati-like order]] lurking in the background, it's both strange and fitting that the good guys (or at least the lesser of the evils) model themselves after TheLegionsOfHell while Lelouch takes his EvilOverlord image to [[UpToEleven even greater heights]] than before.
* DarkerAndEdgier
* DeadpanSnarker: Anya of all people. [[spoiler:At least when Marianne isn't possessing her.]]
* DeathFromAbove: Combined with its [[{{BFG}} linear rifle]] and [[FragileSpeedster break neck speed]], this seems to be the Akatsuki Seisoukenshiki's shtick.
* DespairEventHorizon: What's behind Suzaku's [[TookALevelInJerkass attitude]]. He's been made to have the emotional intelligence of a [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Nobody]].
* [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu Did You Just Talk Down To Cthulhu!?]]: A month or so after the Devastation, Milly and the rest of the Ashford Academy survivors are brought before Emperor Charles [[spoiler:so that he can Geass away their memories of Lelouch and Nunnally]]. This is what happens when Milly was ordered to kneel: [[spoiler:rather than cower before the Emperor like most would do, Milly, being too [[BerserkButton pissed]] over recent events to care, summarily calls Charles out over Japan's destruction and Britannia's callousness, as well as openly declare that she (in the same light as Lelouch before her) would [[ItIsBeyondSaving destroy Britannia]] if she had the power to do so.]] Naturally, everyone expects Milly to die for this offense; [[spoiler:instead, Charles laughs it off and praises her spirit, right before declaring her as the new Grand Duchess of New York (her grandfather's old title) and returning all holdings the Ashford family had lost over Marianne's death. That being said though, Charles still Geasses her and the other students.]]
* DirtyCommunists: Partially subverted. While the Chinese Federation was a tyrannical regime that held the worst aspects of the Soviet Union, People's Republic of China and North Korea (as well as [[{{Irony}} Imperial Japan]]) under one roof, the CLA, with some exceptions, is largely presented as an army of heroic soldiers fighting to liberate their motherland from Britannia and the traitors who sold it out. And then there's Xingke and Tianzi, who are in some ways even more heroic than the main cast.
* TheDreaded: The Black Knights have garnered this reputation, having been the closest to ever liberating an area from Britannia. Their resurrection was enough to strike terror into much of the Britannian Empire, most of all with the realization that they have gotten even stronger, thanks to the Battle of Pearl Harbor.
** Lelouch himself has this reputation, both as Zero and as the Black Prince of Britannia. While Zero speaks for itself, his reputation as the Black Prince is just as feared, both as a brilliant strategist on par with his brother Schneizel, and as an ace Knightmare pilot on par with the Knights of the Round.
** Kallen is almost as infamous as Zero, famed as the Red Dragoness, arguably the best Knightmare pilot of the Black Knights.
** Johann is this to Lelouch, due to [[spoiler:being the only person besides Schneizel to beat him at chess. This is shown to be well founded during the Battle of Xiaopei, where Johann, after becoming the first person to actually turn one of Lelouch's miracles against him, nearly instigates Lelouch's first real defeat since the Black Rebellion.]]
* DuelToTheDeath: [[spoiler:Lelouch's battle with Suzaku was quickly heading this direction, and Lelouch, still reeling from the revelation of the ''true'' reason why Suzaku killed his father, would have lost and been killed had it not been for Kallen's timely intervention. Suzaku's declaration during their escape makes it quite clear that any subsequent battle between them will most certainly be this.]]
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Xiaopei has been turned into this by the CLA. And then there are the bases belonging to Zulfiqar and the Order.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Some Britannian characters display signs of this. For example, Charles holds certain contempt for Britannia, which he considers an empty and meaningless nation; in fact, the only reason he retains the throne is because it benefits Ragnarok. Otherwise he would have given it up to Schneizel a long time ago.
** Luciano, like the other Rounds, is greatly disgusted with Descartes and his SmugSnake attitude.
*** Ironically enough, Luciano himself is also subjected to this, not being very well-liked by the likes of nobility for his treatment of women, be they Britannians or otherwise.
** Calares is a Grade-A son of a bitch who practices all the things that make Britannia evil, but even he looks down upon the Eunuchs for their hedonism and their being [[TheQuisling traitors]]. In fact, he [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it noting while it's one thing for Britannia to subjugate other nations, it's another for the leaders to do the same to their own and then sell it out at the first opportunity.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: While it's subtle, it seems everyone is aware that Kallen and Lelouch (Zero or otherwise) have legitimate feelings for each other, feelings that they are either unaware of or unwilling to act on.
* {{Expy}}: Played with. While Rommel remains the same personality wise, he seems to be a lookalike of [[MobileSuitGundam00 Ali al Saachez]].
** Seems to be a thing with some of the [[OriginalCharacter OCs]]. Zhukov and his son, as described, look like Sergei and Andrei Smirnov, Yamamoto sounds like [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari]], and Nagumo, Yamaguchi and Kondo strike one as being based on [[Manga/OnePiece Aokiji, Kizaru and Akainu]].
** Halsey, Spruance and Fletcher also seem to be based on [[MobileSuitGundam0083 Aigulle Delaz]], [[MobileSuitGundamSEED Mu La Flaga and Murrue Ramius]] apiece.
** Obviously, Knights of the Round Johann Ernst, Michael Raleigh, Nena Gurlukovich and Descartes Castin are each based on certain ''00'' characters.
** Not exactly a character expy, but the new Black Knight uniforms are essentially black and silver clones of the A-Laws uniform, with [[CommissarCap commissar caps]] and assorted rank/unit insignia thrown in to make them even more {{Badass}}. Their knightmare pilot suits are also based on the A-Laws' normal suit (pilot suit), but are black instead of green.
*** Same goes for the EU and Chinese Federation pilot suits, which are now respectively based on the Orb and ZAFT normal suits from ''MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. Britannia still retains their original designs though.
*** And since we're on the subject, the CLA uniforms are expies of ZAFT wear, only with the following changes. The standard uniforms are colored dark red, those worn by Xingke's followers (the Tianshou Team) are gold and Xingke himself wears purple (which is the uniform color of the CLA's upper brass in general). Beyond that, the ZAFT insignia are also replaced with the Chinese Sun (the emblem on the Chinese Federation flag).
** The author has commented that he uses expies (at least in terms of appearance) because his readers are more likely to recognize/visualize them than completely original characters.
* FallenHero: Suzaku, something both he and Lelouch (once he regains his memories) are perfectly aware of. [[spoiler:And much to Lelouch's despair, Suzaku doesn't care about how far he's fallen, not as long he can avenge Euphie's death.]]
* FightingYourFriend: [[spoiler:How Lelouch sees fighting Suzaku, a sentiment that is ''not'' returned. Lelouch tries not to let it hamper his performance in their duel, but once Suzaku reveals the real reason why he killed his father, he loses almost all will to continue the fight, forcing to Kallen to intervene. Suzaku's declaration during their escape, proclaiming that whether it will take another eight years or even an eternity, he ''will'' kill Lelouch, only causes his former friend to cry for the loss of their friendship.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Rikichi has a surprisingly compelling one. His parents had to work hard to be recognized as Honorary Britannians (read they had to practically debase themselves) and even when they succeeded they were still stepped on; they couldn't even report a robbery of their home simply because they knew the police wouldn't give a damn. The Devastation didn't exactly help matters either.
* GeneralFailure: You may even feel pity for Odysseus, especially when you know that he's completely aware of how incompetent a leader he is.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Lelouch now has a scar running down his left eye, which had been inflicted at one point by Suzaku to keep his Geass from reawakening.
* GloryHound: Calares' motivation toward defeating Xingke and the CLA, such that he even ignores orders from Johann, the Knight of Two, in order to carry out his own attack. Bites him in the ass when it's revealed [[spoiler:Johann purposely fashioned his orders to incite Calares into going off on his own, all so that Johann could use his [[CurbStompBattle charge]] as a [[BatmanGambit probing attack]].]]
** Of course, Calares is a somewhat sympathetic case. He's not after glory for (just) itself so much as a quick victory in China, both to secure Britannia's hold there and so that the brass back home give him a newer, more bearable assignment in a better part of the world. Chapter 19 even highlights (i.e. starts with) how much Calares hates being the Governor-General of Area 22.
*** As with his real life base, Douglas [=MacArthur=] is as much an invoker of this trope as his boss. Calares even muses having [=MacArthur=] [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident taken out]] to keep him from taking sole credit over Xiaopei (before the battle began of course).
* GratuitousFrench: C.C.'s prayer [[spoiler:before the Battle of Pearl Harbor]].
* GuiltComplex: Lelouch, even more so than in canon. He blames himself for things that are in no way his fault, such as the Devastation and [[spoiler:his indirect hand in Suzaku's descent into insanity -- including the death of Suzaku's father, who Suzaku killed to protect Nunnally and him.]] Only Kallen and C.C. are capable of snapping him out of his funk.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Both Bismarck ''and'' Lelouch warn Suzaku against becoming this. Unfortunately for everyone, it doesn't take, since, by that point, Suzaku has gone completely insane and is too consumed with rage to care.
* HesBack: [[spoiler:''"I am... Zero!"'']] With a ReasonYouSuckSpeech to all sides of the conflict. [[DoNotAdjustYourSet And he makes sure that everyone gets aware of it.]]
* HeroicBastard: Charmelle is the result of her Duke father having an affair with his secretary.
* HeroicBSOD: Lelouch when [[spoiler:Suzaku tells him that the real reason he killed his father was to protect him and Nunnally.]] Thankfully, Kallen manages to snap him out of it before it goes to far.
* HumongousMecha GunFu: It's glorious!
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler:Suzaku, something he willingly admits after Lelouch and the ghost(?) of his father call him out on his actions.]]
* IllKillYou: [[spoiler:Suzaku shouts this at Lelouch during their duel. With eight years of pent up rage and hatred between them, Lelouch quickly retorts that he ''won't'' kill him -- not if he kills Suzaku first.]]
* InSeriesNickname: Though they still have genitalia, the High Eunuchs are (mockingly) regarded by their namesake because [[spoiler:they elected a then extremely young Tianzi to the Chinese Federal Chairmanship to serve as their [[PuppetKing puppet leader]], causing the regular populace to compare them to the villainous Eunuchs of the Han Dynasty]]. This naturally resulted in DisproportionateRetribution, namely in the form of clampdowns by the Federation's SecretPolice.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: The Black Knights' Shinobi Corps.
* ItIsBeyondSaving: Lelouch's attitude toward the current world, though mostly centered around Britannia.
* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler:Lelouch blames himself for Suzaku's descent into insanity, recognizing that the Suzaku he befriended died with Genbu, in order to protect him and Nunnally. Kallen quickly snaps him out of it. He also shoulders the guilt of what happened to Japan because of the Black Rebellion (namely, the Devastation), but he doesn't allow it to weigh on him too much, primarily because there was no way he could've known that would happen or that it was even possible.]]
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler:After everything that has happened between them, including the last eight years of living a lie, both Lelouch (reluctantly) and Suzaku recognize that their friendship is unsalvageable -- that in the end, their conflict only ends when one of them is dead.]]
** [[spoiler:It's for this explicit reason why Tohdoh decides to not interfere in the battle between Lelouch and Suzaku. While he may have been Suzaku's master, Lelouch had been his best friend, and the kind of shit Suzaku pulled on Lelouch, including betraying him to the Emperor, allowing said Emperor to suppress memories to make him serve the very empire he despised, and then playing the role of his best friend for the next eight years knowing full well what he did to him, is enough for Tohdoh to admit that Lelouch has a much bigger bone to pick with Suzaku than he does.]]
* KnightsTemplar: The (Geass) Order now has shades of it, down to their preference toward white and their having a red cross as their insignia.
* LampshadeHanging: C.C. says that it would be out of her character if she didn't talk sarcastically.
* LaResistance: Both the Black Knights and the Ashford Underground. The latter is more akin to the trope's namesake.
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler:Suzaku gives an absolutely ''chilling'' laugh that stuns Lelouch when he realizes that Lelouch hasn't figured out the ''real'' reason why Genbu Kururugi was killed by his son. By that point, both the readers and Lelouch realize that Suzaku has gone absolutely insane.]]
* LeeroyJenkins: Calares' brand of tactics. Amusingly called out by [[GenreSavvy Hei]].
* LightningBruiser: The Gawain could be considered this due to its list of upgrades: it now has more powerful hadron cannons, [[LaserBlade energy swords]] and an [[DeflectorShield Absolute Defense Field]], and is fast and agile enough to keep up with the Lancelot.
* TheLostLenore: Euphemia, for Suzaku.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Suzaku's descent into insanity can largely be blamed on Euphie's death. [[spoiler:He later declares that he while he may no longer be worthy of being Euphemia's chosen knight, he will fulfill his last duty as her knight in her name -- killing Lelouch, her killer. This desire consumes him to the point of obsession, and he finally loses it during his duel with Lelouch at Pearl Harbor.]]
* MataHari: Milly and Shirley. The former is a young Grand Duchess who uses her eccentric charm on other elites while leading the Ashford Underground as she did Ashford Academy's student body. The latter has since become a Hollywood socialite with an aspiring career in acting, modeling and singing, through which she branches out to all sections of Britannian society, including the areas that involve military and political secrets.
* MercyKill: Many of the characters state that if Lelouch does still care about Suzaku, this is the action he should take regarding his former best friend. [[spoiler:Lelouch and Todoh also acknowledge this, but feel that if it's possible, they ''will'' try to save Suzaku from himself.]]
* [[MuggingTheMonster Mugging the Monsters]]: This is what happens when a bunch of Chinese secret policemen attempt to rustle up a pair of harmless looking old men [[spoiler:who turn out to be Setsuna and his fellow shinobi [[MeaningfulName Yukihiro Sanada]]]].
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Gino truly feels that what Britannia is doing is wrong, but he still has to do his duty.
** [[spoiler:Bismarck and Dorothea feel very much the same, stating that no matter how close they were to Lelouch and how just their cause is, they have their duty and they cannot afford to go against it.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Quite a few [[InSeriesNickname nicknames]] among the cast outside the ones in canon. To name them:
** Lelouch - [[TheWisePrince Black Prince of Britannia]] (as Lelouch) / [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Demon King]] (as Zero)
** Kallen - [[RedBaron Red Dragoness]]
** Tohdoh - [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai Tohdoh of Miracles]]
** Yamamoto - [[FatherNeptune Lord of the Pacific]]
** Rai - [[BoltOfDivineRetribution Blue Thunder God]]
** Xingke - [[Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon Chinese Tiger]]
** Rommel - [[ErwinRommel Desert Lion]]
** Marianne - [[FlashStep Marianne the Flash]]
** Schneizel - [[TheWisePrince White Prince of Britannia]]
** Cornelia - [[WickedWitch Witch of Britannia]]
** Bismarck - [[KnightInShiningArmor Avenger of Britannia]]
** Johann - [[TheStrategist Owl of Britannia]]
** Gino - [[AcePilot Eagle of Britannia]]
** Michael - [[LightningBruiser Paladin of Britannia]]
** Anya - [[MightyGlacier Juggernaut of Britannia]]
** Suzaku - [[KnightTemplar White Knight of Britannia]]
** Nena - [[TheGrimReaper Reaper of Britannia]]
** Nonette - [[LadyOfWar Serpent of Britannia]]
** Luciano - [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampire of Britannia]]
** Guilford - [[TheLancer Spearhead of the Empire]]
*** Notice a pattern among the Rounds and royals?
* NoodleIncident: Due to the fact the entire Old World seems to be at war, lots of battles happen offscreen; the Britannians seemed to have suffered a heavy blow at the Rhineland, for example.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: The Britannians in the Black Knights show what happens when people don't play this trope straight.
** Not only the military, but also [[spoiler: the entire Ashford Academy student body, including Milly, Rivalz and Shirley.]]
* NoSwastikas: Averted. The insignia of the Black Knights' Security Corps is a silver ''manji''.
* OhCrap: Lelouch's reaction upon [[spoiler:seeing Johann in China, since the latter is a WorthyOpponent (the only other person besides Schneizel to beat Lelouch in chess) and Lelouch wasn't expecting one that time around.]]
** Britannia when the Black Knights announced their return.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The Master's Coucil of the (Geass) Order. They even communicate in meetings as SEELE styled monoliths (only colored white instead of black), which are each marked with a Roman numeral (to denote position) and a red cross (which serves as the Order's emblem).
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: [[spoiler:Suzaku is obsessed with avenging Euphie's death, vowing to Lelouch that no matter how long it takes, he ''will'' be the one to end him. Lelouch returns to the sentiment to a ''far'' lesser extent, recognizing that it's somewhat his fault that Suzaku has fallen as far as he has and that he may have to kill him -- and not just because Suzaku is serving Britannia.]]
* OverpressureWhatOverpressure: Averted. [[spoiler: Lelouch orders the ''Ikaruga'' to fire Raikou missiles into the ocean, thus causing an underwater explosion that promptly destroys the Britannian submarines in proximity with the change in the pressure.]]
* PaintItBlack: Literally, in the case of the Black Knights' knightmares and ships.
* ParentalFavoritism: Strangely, Charles does (to some extent) regret exiling Lelouch and Nunnally to Japan, acknowledging that out of all his children, the one who relates to the most is not Schneizel, his prized son and clearly chosen successor, but (ironically) Lelouch, undoubtedly the one who hates him (and by extension, Britannia) the most. He questions his actions, wondering if they would've been the most loyal of his children, being the son and daughter of his favored consort, had he not exiled them.
* ParentalSubstitute: Lelouch considers Bismarck to be the closest he ever had to a real father, a sentiment returned by his mentor, who considers Lelouch as LikeASonToMe. Then again, considering that Lelouch's biological father is Charles zi Britannia, Bismarck might as well have been his father in all but name.
* PopCulturedBadass: Michael will not hesitate in throwing out MontyPython lines while dismembering his opponents.
* PosthumousCharacter: Genbu Kururugi, who is long dead but appears frequently as a hallucination(?) to Suzaku.
* PowerTrio: The [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Tianshou]][[note]]"Heavenly Beasts"[[/note]]. They're to Xingke what the Four Heavenly Swords are to Tohdoh.
* PragmaticHero: Xingke invoked this when he [[spoiler:had thirteen CLA Generals, including Cao, executed for war crimes. He did it not simply for justice, but also to cement his unilateral authority within the CLA and ensure no further atrocities would be carried out by his sub-commanders (as such atrocities would disparage Tianzi's reputation).]]
* PragmaticVillainy: Calares shows shades of this as Area 22's administrator. Unlike the Eunuchs, he would rather not [[ForTheEvulz needlessly antagonize]] the local Numbers nor kill them off en masse. Not so much because he gives a damn about them, but because they're so demoralized and destitute, and therefore unlikely to resist Britannian authority, that there's no real point in mistreating them further. Likewise, Twenty-Two purges tend to attract CLA reprisal.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: [[spoiler:"Lelouch... This is ''my'' miracle!"]]
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Tohdoh recognizes how far Suzaku has fallen, and laments that when the pupil turns to evil, the master has only two options: save them... or slay them.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The EU uniforms are very Nazi-like (right down to the emphasis on grey), for obvious reasons.
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:The Battle of Xiaopei's conclusion. Though Lelouch succeeds in dissuading Johann and the Britannians from further pursuit of the retreating Chinese, it's still too little too late; the Xiaopei garrison (the CLA's largest and strongest ground force) is whittled down to thirty percent of its original size while the Four Beasts (the Shen Hu and its three siblings) are heavily damaged. Much worse, Johann knows the locations of the other CLA strongholds and is about to proceed in their extermination (from which he plans on forcing the entirety of the CLA and Black Knights into the open for a final BigBadassBattleSequence) and there is nothing Lelouch can do to prevent it. Overall, as stated in universe, all Lelouch succeeded in doing at Xiaopei was gaining the Black Knights and Chinese a breather before the endgame, and not a very long one.]]
* TheQuisling: Descartes for France and the Eunuchs for China.
* [[RacistGrandma Racist Grandpa]]: Rikichi's hypocritical racism is due to his grandfather.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Out of all the Eunuchs, Zhao Hao is especially hated by Calares and his staff because he's a [[spoiler:pedophile]]. In fact, he [[spoiler:once tried to force himself on a younger Tianzi, only to [[BerserkButton get his arms cut off]] by Xingke for the effort.]]
** Luciano is also hated by the other Rounds and much of the Britannian nobility for this; he apparently [[spoiler:likes to force himself on captured women within the European Theater]]. [[{{Squick}} And if his "offer" to Chiba was any indication...]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Lelouch (as Zero or otherwise) has been giving out several of these, most notably to [[spoiler:Suzaku (pointedly asking him why he betrayed his best friend to the man who destroyed his people)]] and to [[spoiler:''the entire world'' when he announced the Black Knights' return.]]
* RedChina: As opposed to the RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms knock off it was in R2, Megiddo's depiction of the Chinese Federation is pretty much a copy of the real life PRC. It's since been annexed by Britannia due to the Eunuchs' treachery.
* RevengeBeforeReason: [[spoiler:Suzaku is so consumed with his desire to kill Lelouch that he discards his compassion (something that both Lelouch and Bismarck warned him against) and goes JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope in the process.]]
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Lots of resistance groups are like this, such as Zulfiqar.
* RousingSpeech: [[spoiler: Zero's worldwide speech declaring his and the Black Knights' return. It was glorious!]]
* SanitySlippage: Suzaku. BIG TIME! And it's revealed by the Word Dramas that this slippage has been going on for quite sometime; only after [[spoiler:Lelouch was taken by the Black Knights, almost ensuring that he will become Zero once again]], did it start to become noticeable.
* SceneryGorn: Obviously post-Devastation Japan.
** Luoyang also qualifies. Outside the Vermillion Forbidden Palace, the city is described a lot like real world [[NorthKorea Pyongyang]].
* ShownTheirWork: The author has provided a lot of information about the mechas with a high level of detail in his wikia.
** However, his use of plushies of Godzilla and company in one chapter is wildly inaccurate. Although the alternate timeline of Code Geass is supposedly set in the relatively proper time period for Godzilla and co. to have appeared in at least a few movies from the showa era, the fact that nuclear weaponry apparently does not ''exist'' until Nina creates an equivalent version in the form of FLEIJA means that in this world Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah and Anguirus, who all appear as plushies at one point owned by the children of [[spoiler: Ohgi and Villetta]] shouldn't exist either. Why? Simply put: There was no Hydrogen bomb to set events in motion that would inspire the creation of Godzilla and his cohorts in ''Code Geass''. Their appearance in this fic is therefore an anachronism.
*** Even so, Godzilla and Jet Jaguar figures (or at least close lookalikes) are clearly shown in episode 5 of season one around one of the graves Suzaku and Euphie visit, which means that ''Kaiju Eiga'' exist in the CG universe. Also, one should note that of the aforementioned monsters, only Godzilla and possibly Anguirus were created with nuclear weapons in OTL, whereas Mothra was the guardian spirit of Earth, the Rodans (there were originally two) were pterodactyls that went into slumber eons ago only to be awakened by excessive mining, and King Ghidorah was originally an alien monster before being retconned in the Heisei era. Following that, as ''Code Geass'' is set in an AlternateUniverse (as mentioned), one would believe there are plenty of ways for ''Kaiju Eiga'' to come into being and circulation without atomic bombings serving as a backdrop.
* ShipTease: It becomes blatantly obvious that Kallen is Lelouch's primary love interest.
* ShutUpHannibal: Milly invokes this trope in the Word Dramas [[spoiler:when Suzaku tries to talk her down from blasting Charles (holy shit) over the Devastation.]]
* SociopathicSoldier: Liliana is implied to have been one. Luciano definately is, while Rikichi may also qualify.
* SpinOff: [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5756252/1/Code_Geass_Megiddo_Word_Dramas The Word Dramas]].
* StateSec: The Black Knights' Shinobi Corps acts this way, overseeing InternalAffairs within Okinawa and the "regular" Black Knights as well as performing black operations in the outside world to ensure Okinawa remaining secret and forgotten. Needless to say, the other Black Knights have mixed feelings about them.
** And then there's the trope namer [[spoiler:Schutzstaffel]], which are fittingly the EU's force.
* TheStrategist: Besides the usual suspects (Lelouch, Schneizel, Xingke, etc.) there's Johann. Unlike the former group however, Johann's style of tactics are more BoringButPractical; they're nowhere near as spectacular as Lelouch's "miracles" or the like, but damn are they effective. At Xiaopei for example, he [[spoiler:starts off by manipulating Calares into attacking the fortress on his own to force Xingke into deploying his defenses, to which he then dismantles with a simple cruise missile attack before deploying his air fleet to assault the base itself. Then when Lelouch shows up and attempts to deploy one of his miracles (a large scale gefjun disturber field, similar to the one he used in Shikine Island eight years ago) to immobilize the Britannians, Johann, upon recognizing the ambush, has his flagship broadcast an overriding signal that triggers the gefjun disturbers prematurely and while the Chinese forces are in the middle of it (during their attempt to lead the Britannian forces in). And finally, when the battle ends in a stalemate, Johann comes up with his next strategy: wiping out random CLA strongholds to force the Black Knights and CLA out in the open and into an endgame scenario, where they will at last be eradicated and Tianzi can be captured.]]
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: [[spoiler:Why Tohdoh decides to let Lelouch fight Suzaku -- their conflict is far more personal than his and Suzaku's can ever hope to be.]]
* TokenEvilTeammate: While the Black Knights are the good guys, some of their members are still pretty damned evil. Liliana Vergammon is a SociopathicSoldier who is said to have taken part in the Shinjuku massacre (and enjoyed every second of it), Diethard is a total slime bag who has questionable motives, and the Shinobi Corps basically [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner murder any potential traitors and spies before they can become a threat]]. And finally, Rikichi is a racist who wants to purge all "gaijin scum" from the Black Knights.
* TookALevelInBadass: The Black Knights had eight years and they took advantage well.
** Especially Kallen, which only makes sense since [[spoiler: C.C. gave her Geass]].
** Even Lelouch has gone up a few levels, as he can hold his own against Suzaku now. All thanks to [[spoiler: Bismarck training him]].
** Alfred also gets a mention, as [[spoiler: he was able to fight Guilford and beat him, albeit with a BiggerStick]]. I doubt he could have done that in canon.
** For a non-[[AcePilot knightmare pilot]] example, Rivalz has developed from the awkward adolescent he was at Ashford Academy into the Ashford Underground's lead spymaster and Milly's second-in-command.
* TookALevelInJerkass: '''''Suzaku'''''. First he betrayed Lelouch, his best friend, to his (Lelouch's) father, the same father who exiled Lelouch and his crippled, blind younger sister and left them to die in a war zone, for a position as one of the Knights of the Round. Then he allows said father/Emperor to suppress Lelouch's memories and rewrite them to make him a loyal soldier of the very empire he despised. Then, after all he's done, he has the gall to reignite their friendship during Lelouch's amnesia and play the part of his best friend for the next eight years. [[UpToEleven Yeah]]. Needless to say, when Lelouch regains his memories, he is rightly ''pissed off'' at Suzaku the next time they meet. At the same time, you can't really blame Suzaku, since he's been in SanitySlippage mode since Euphie's death, and perhaps even before, with his guilt over the death of his father.
* TwoDecadesBehind: As in canon, the CLA is highly antiquated in both technology and training; the only real advanced tech they have are the Shen Hu and its three sister units, while Xingke and the Tianshou triplets are the only highly skilled soldiers/pilots. This is emphasized several times as the reason the CLA hasn't made any headway in living up to its name for the last seven years.
** Britannia is this when compared to canon. Even though eight years have passed since season one, the only next generation knightmare they've produced is the Vincent[[note]]which Cornelia pilots instead of Rolo[[/note]]. The explanation is that the Ashford Underground has executed several sabotage operations in Britannia's corporate and industrial sectors, which has kept production of the Vincent derivatives back for several years (and may have also forestalled the Gareth and the Lancelot Albion as well).
* UltimateJobSecurity: Rikichi may qualify because of his racists views, the fact that even his teammates reject him and his skills on a knightmare are pretty much InformedAbility when he's not shooting disabled knightmares. Yet, he's still on Zero Squadron.
** In Rikichi's defense, he has only been depicted in a few battles thus far (in which he has done ''a lot more'' than shoot disabled knightmares), and the one he got his [[CurbStompBattle ass handed to him on]] was against Gino, who later fought Kallen to a standstill ([[spoiler:at least until she activated her [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Geass]]]]). Otherwise, yeah he should have been let go a long time ago, but when you have low manpower reserves...
** This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Alfred and a few other Zero Squadron members early on, who question Kallen on why she took Rikichi into the squadron despite the aforementioned (Kidomaru even remarks he could be trouble in the future). For what it's worth, Kallen's explanation was that he did his job and he followed (her) orders.
* UndyingLoyalty: Kallen to Lelouch, but not in BlindObedience. So loyal that Lelouch admits to her in private that other than C.C., she is the only person he completely trusts. That is why he christened her as his "Knight of Zero" and why he trusted her to watch his back. [[spoiler:It's not only to protect him, but also to stop him should he ever fall from the right path.]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Lelouch and Kallen. Considering their personalities, however, they also have some BelligerentSexualTension there as well.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Though they are not quite romantically involved (at least, not ''yet''), Kallen will still slaughter anyone who hurts or threatens Lelouch.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: [[spoiler:Lelouch and Suzaku. From the best of friends to the most bitter of enemies.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: V.V. wants to start his AssimilationPlot before an event called Megiddo (TitleDrop?), which he believes is worse than anything anyone has ever seen. Considering what that name means in the real world, he's probably not far off base.]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "I killed my father for you and Nunnally!" cue Lelouch's HeroicBSOD]].
* WhatTheHellHero: To say Lelouch was mad at Suzaku after regaining his memories would be an understatement. [[spoiler:The ghost(?) of Genbu is also disgusted with his son for his actions as well.]]
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: The story is filled with references (some more obvious than others - [[spoiler: North Africa and Pearl Harbor]]), and the current setting seems to be modeled after it.
** Most of the EU leadership seems to be ripped right out of the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] High Command, and the Union itself is German-dominated. For example, Joseph Goebbels is the President and [[AxCrazy Reinhard Heydrich]] is [[FromBadToWorse Kriegsfuhrer-SS]].
*** And let's not forget the other nations that make up the EU, whose militaries are led by several prominent World War II-era commanders, from Georgy Zhukov to [[FrenchJerk Charles de Gaulle]] (the latter now renamed ''Gerard'', likely to avoid confusion with Emperor Chuck).
** Though not WWII related, a [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Battle of Jutland]] was mentioned in Chapter 10.
** The Black Knights High Command is composed of lead commanders and military figures from ''both sides'' of the real world Pacific Theater. In fact, the only one that seems to be missing is Nimitz!
** Bernard Montgomery and the infamous Operation Market Garden have just been mentioned as well, alongside Bradley, Eisenhower and Patton. All Britannians of course.
** In the latest chapter, Rikichi has an internal monologue where he details his desire for power, alongside his plans to implement a [[FinalSolution Holocaust-esque]] program against all Britannians in Japan and to purge the Black Knights of all Britannians and half-Britannians (aside from Kallen of course). Also, Rikichi is in the process of writing a book called "My Fight". Which, translates to German as [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Mein Kampf]].
*** The book title has since been retconned to ''Hitoritabi'', or "Solitary Journey", but the theme still remains.
** [[DouglasMacarthur Douglas MacArthur]] has recently appeared as the Sub-Viceroy of Area 22. Aside from possessing a [[DistinguishedGentlemansPipe calabash pipe instead of a corncob]], he's no different from his real life namesake.
* YouCantFightFate: George Washington's Geass allowed him to have dreams to predict the future -- including Lelouch's rise as Zero. In order to ensure that future, he told Benjamin Franklin to betray them to Britannia and prevent the rise of the United States.
** [[spoiler:The narrative seems to imply that Lelouch and Suzaku were destined to stand against each other on opposite sides, no matter what happened. And unfortunately for Lelouch, this has so far held true, as Suzaku is too far gone after Euphie's death to even consider salvaging his friendship with his former best friend.]]
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: [[spoiler:Suzaku killed his father in order to protect Lelouch and Nunnally, his first and only friends. Fifteen years later, he bluntly tells Lelouch during their fight that had he known what would've happened in the interim between then and now, he would have let his father do the deed instead of saving them.]]
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