- Lelouch Lamperouge, the protagonist of Code Geass, is a Magnificent Bastard of the first stripe, and
many fans everyone who has watched the show agrees that the plans he used to outmaneuver Mao in episodes 15 and 16 are incredible. However, his original Crowning Moment of Awesome may be his facial expression at the end of the first episode. He had just effortlessly killed a squadron of armed soldiers with his new power, getting splashed with blood in the process, and after spending a minute looking shocked and disgusted, his internal monologue reached a conclusion, and a Psychotic Smirk appeared without warning. It gave the audience a clear impression of the kind of Anti-Hero they were dealing with, and they loved it.
- The speech that Zero gives at the end of episode 8 is nothing short of EPIC.
- He also gets a pretty big one at the Battle of Narita. When Tamaki questions his motives, Zero gives Tamaki a freaking gun, telling the group, "All routes of escape have been cut off. If you feel you can make it out without me, feel free to kill me." He then adds, "Ever since you've joined the Black Knights, you've only had two choices: To live with me, or to die with me." To give guys that you know don't fully trust you that sort of opening takes Sakuradite balls.
- When Lelouch tricks Mao with a recorded conversation
- In R2, he uses this exact same trick to defeat and Geass Schniezel.
- Lelouch's crowning moment in that arc was when he Geassed himself so that he wouldn't remember giving Suzaku his instructions, thus rendering the info Mao was getting from Lelouch's mind inaccurate.
- Season Two: After Lelouch gets his real memories back, he proceeds to... just be Lelouch. Seriously, words cannot describe the scene.
- At which point two giant mecha crash through the ceiling, KNEEL BEFORE HIM, and ask him to give them orders.
- Episode 4 has Lelouch agree to duel Guilford, a vastly superior warrior, for the freedom of his captured men. At first everyone thinks he's crazy - and when he requests that the combatants be limited to a single weapon, claiming a Knightmare-sized riot shield for his, they KNOW he's crazy. And then the plate holding them up starts to tip, sliding the carriers that hold the Black Knights into the Chinese Federation's embassy, effectively putting them out of Britannia's grasp. Lelouch follows this up by surfing the plate on the riot shield, decapitating one Knightmare by railgrinding its slash harken wires. The scene was so iconic that when Bandai made an action figure of Zero's Burai, it came with the shield specifically so that fans could re-create it.
- Then, later in the same episode, he seemingly has to deal with Rolo, his watcher with a hypnotic Geass that can stop people in their tracks. But Lelouch had been studying Rolo's profile and his Geass before the battle and exploits both to their fullest. One: He Geasses one of the Darltons to fire on Rolo, knowing that Rolo's Geass only affected perception and was useless against the nonliving. Two: Lelouch takes the bullet! The reason? Rolo's personality was rather unstable, and this sudden demonstration of loyalty makes Rolo suffer a Villainous BSOD, allowing Lelouch to basically force him to Heel-Face Turn.
- The 1 million Zeros scene from Ep 8. It's so ridiculously over-the-top that, much like the Brittanians, you have to let it go. It says something that the entire plan hinged on his belief that Suzaku wouldn't let a massacre take place (even though he came within a few seconds of doing just that), and still worked perfectly.
- That was part of Lelouch's brilliance. He knew Suzaku would prevent a massacre because it would invoke memories of the "Princess Massacre" all over again.
- Shinkirō. Keyboard robot. Any questions? The part that made its first appearance even more awesome was that at that moment Xingke, a massively superior pilot, was desperately begging for anyone to save token loli character Tianzi, and Lelouch's response as he was preparing to deploy himself was "Very well, I understand. Your wish is granted." Still more awesome of a Moment Of Awesome was when Lelouch subsequently revealed that he had broadcast his entire conversation with the High Eunuchs, thereby turning the entire population of China, India, Pakistan, and assorted other countries against them.
- R2 episode 17 is titled, "The Taste of Humiliation" (or Dirt, depending on the translation) and is one of his low points. Made worse by the fact that his brother Schneizel surprises everyone by showing up and capturing Lelouch. But even in such a low point, though, Lelouch had made sure to keep a trump card. Before the meeting, he had drawn Lord Guilford into an encounter where he could use his Geass on him and leave a compulsion. Lelouch employs this trump card, making Guilford believe Lelouch was Cornelia, triggering his natural tendency to rescue and protect her, allowing Lelouch to escape.
- In R2 Episode 20, after the Black Knights betray him, and he loses almost everyone that he loves, Lelouch, left with nothing but his Geass and his submersible Knightmare Frame Shinkirō, decides to go out with a bang, and finally loses his moral qualms about using his Geass to rob people of their free will. As the Black Knights rant about Lelouch using them as pawns, Lelouch shows how he would have acted if he had really been doing so; sneakily subverting an entire military base (by making their Geassed friends hold their eyes open in some cases), as well as part of his father's royal guard. Arriving on Kaminajema, where his father is rebuilding the Sword of Akasha, Lelouch appears with a relevant pink kaboom, and finally expresses his internal ham without his Zero mask, showing that he does not truly need the mask to be the Large Ham that he is. As he walks away from the explosion, he explains just who the hell he is, pulling off what would have been a wangsty speech awesomely.
"My name is Lelouch Vi Britannia! I am the eldest son of Empress Marianne— the prince who was abandoned by his Empire!". (Two columns of Geassed Knightmare frames line up, kneel and salute him with their spears, forming an arch for him to walk under) If anyone wishes to stop me, let them try. If there is anyone who can go beyond my despair...!"
- Then he confronts his immortal father within the Sword of Akasha, and shows how he deals with someone which you cannot kill nor control, by blowing the exit behind him, sealing them in the dimensional pocket where the Sword of Akasha resides.
Charles: "You sealed the exit?!"
Lelouch: "Yes! You, I , and the power of Geass are now sealed in this space together. And, if you can no longer interfere with the real world, then all your plans will be meaningless in the end. You may as well be dead!"
- And Lelouch's later plan to foil Charles' Instrumentality-esque plan by geassing the collective unconsciousness of mankind (Charles' "gods") to disobey Charles. At first, nothing happens, but as Lelouch passionately repeats his appeal he finally gains mastery of his geass (acquiring it in both eyes) and his command takes effect. And he remains remarkably cool moments later when Charles starts dissolving in purple sparkles, flies at him, and starts trying to choke him.
Charles: "Even if that's true, what can you do? The Ragnarok Connection has already begun."
Lelouch: "I don't know about that. I'm Zero — the man who creates miracles!"
- For all who have seen the 21st episode of R2: ALL HAIL LELOUCH!
- Additionally, Finally a Spinzaku I like! All Hail Knight of Zero!
- Lelouch's line before that is a Moment of Awesome as well. "Let me make this easy for you all to understand..." *Raises hand in front of face then sweeps it away to reveal his double-Geass eyes* "ACKNOWLEDGE ME AS EMPEROR!"
- In episode 23, Lelouch pushes back an overwhelming army by shooting a volcano at it.
- Lelouch has a lot of Crowning Moments Of Awesome that involve him beating the enemy by using the terrain against them. He's especially good at Geassing people to blow up support columns and induce a sinkhole.
- In episode 24, Lelouch gets the final checkmate on Schneizel by pre-recording himself, predicting what Schneizel would say in response, using the recording to initiate a conversation with Schneizel over live transmission, then making his way down to him while he's distracted to Geass him from behind, forcing Schneizel to devote his entire being to serve Lelouch. This same strategy had already been used against Mao in the first season, making it a classic, but he managed to get it to work on Schneizel, the smartest guy this side of hell, for crying out loud!
- Actually, it's even more awesome than that: he ordered him to obey Zero rather than himself, so that Schneizel would continue serving Suzaku (who becomes the next Zero) rather than running off after Lelouch's death. Keikaku doori!
- Moments after his victory over Schneizel, when he proclaims himself when he proclaims himself the ruler of the world.
Lelouch: "Lelouch Vi Britannia commands you! Obey me, subjects! Obey me, WORLD!".
- Finally, the great finale of the entire series, in which Lelouch arranges his own ASSASSINATION in order to let the sins and hatred of the world die with him. While the world is cheering the reappearance of "Zero", the great saviour, Lelouch quietly dies in Nunnally's arms while she and the Black Knights realize the truth of what just transpired and the reasons behind Lelouch's actions for the past three months.
- Not only that, but right before his death, he uses the below line, made awesome by the fact that he demonstrates one of his own beliefs in the scene.
Lelouch: "The only ones who should kill are the ones prepared to BE killed."
- Lelouch's awesomeness also carries over into the Alternate Continuity of Knightmare of Nunnally, in which his most notable trait is not so much his Magnificent Bastardry as it is his ability to fight Knightmare Frames with his bare hands (via an altered form of Geass acquired through merging with C.C... it's rather complicated). He shows off said ability quite well during his combat debut in Saitama, but it really gets good during the Battle of Narita, in which he utterly owns Cornelia with his powers (at one point stopping a hail of shrapnel in midair, seemingly just by posing at it).
- "NEVER SPEAK AGAIN!!!" Best. Geass. Ever.
- During the first Assault on the Tokyo Settlement.
Lelouch: These hands of mine have been dirty for a long time now, Suzaku. Your coming to face me now doesn't matter at all. Hell, I welcome it even. I mean of course, you and I are friends. (begins laughing crazily as the Tokyo Settlement collapses around him)
- What makes it even more awesome is that, in the next episode we see how it was done, he geassed the people who controlled the system holding the city up during earthquakes, and told them to deactivate it as the attack starts. This not only causes mass destruction and chaos, but wipes out a lot of the Brittantian army massed against him.
- Despite the incredibly narmy pose he does it in, when Lelouch declares his plans for the United States of Japan.
- Lelouch taking out an entire FLEET of Britannian ships by shooting a tank full of methane hydrate.
- In episode 9 of R2. After Xingke breaks into the middle of Tianzi and Odysseus's wedding, Zero drops in, holding a gun to her head. Xingke calls him "filthy scum". Zero responds with "Oh, am I?" then begins an Evil Laugh that ends the episode.
- R2 turn 2. Lelouch drops a building so the Black Knights can escape and kill Governor Calares.
- So the first time the Hadron Cannon is fired isn't awesome?
- Zero beating Cornelia at Mount Narita. It forced her to actually admit defeat.
- Zero kidnaps Empress Tianzi). After showing what he's done and is holding a gun to Tianzi's head, he starts laughing maniacally, which ends the episode on a pretty cool note.
- Turn 11. The Shinkiro's introduction.
Xing-Ke: I don't care who, but please... someone save her!
Zero: I understand... wish is granted.
- And he proceeds to show off the Shinkiro's capabilities— it's one of the sturdiest, if not THE sturdiest Knightmare Frame in the series (what else can stand up to the Mordred's Stark Hadron Cannon?), it looks badass, it can transform into a submarine for better mobility (and travel between the Chinese Federation and Area 11), and it can hold it's own very well in a fight (It has it's own spherical Hadron Blasters, and it has it's signature Zero Beam which can be used to directly blast a foe or can be launched into a crystal which then pinpoints and covers a very large range), against the Knights of the Round. Needless to say, the Shinkiro is one of the most badass Knightmare Frames in the series, with badass controls, badass weaponry, BADASS DEFENSE, and a definitely badass pilot, Lelouch vi Britannia. It's too bad it gets mercilessly destroyed in Turn 24, though. The series was coming to an end however, and Lelouch was caught off guard.
- Turn 20. He lost everything, and has crossed beyond the Despair Event Horizon. However, one enemy still stood in his way... his father, The Emperor. What does he do? He uses his Geass to the fullest extent, causes riots and rebellion across Kamine Island, making soldiers do his bidding and looking extremely badass while doing so. All the while it's just theatrics for him, as he gets ready to seal himself and Charles zi Britannia in C's World. And what does he say while doing this?
Lelouch: My name is Lelouch vi Britannia, eldest son of Empress Marianne! The prince who was abandoned by his Empire!
Lelouch: (while walking past some Knightmare Frames posing dramatically) If anyone wishes to stop me, let them try... If there's anyone who can go beyond my despair...!
- Nothing's stopping him now. It goes to show you what resolve he has, after thinking he lost everything — Nunnally, Shirley, the Black Knights... but he had one more goal to accomplish, and that is to defeat his father. Turn 20 was definitely was very awesome for Lelouch in whatever part of the episode he showed up in, Geass-ing soldiers to do his bidding, giving off such epic and incredible bits of dialogue like the ones above, and resolving to defeat the Emperor.
- Lelouch's actions in R2 can be summed up as thus: he conquered one half of the world, and then when he was betrayed by the very people he had been helping, took over the other half of the world. And then he went for broke and re-conquered the half the the world he'd taken over before.
- YMMV on this one, but Lelouch's reaction to Rolo telling him that he killed Shirley. Lelouch was genuinely devastated at the time, and there was a gun right on the floor next to him, but instead of impulsively using it, he pretends to be happy about it so he can continue to use a valuable asset. Lelouch has always been a Manipulative Bastard extraordinaire, but that was a truly phenomenal example of quick thinking and self-control considering how heartbroken/furious he was at the time.
- The entire "Obey me world" scene! never has A hostile takeover of the whole world been so frickin' badass!
- Although I think most all of us would agree that Lulu's Thanatos Gambit was a Crowning Moment of Awesome all by itself, it's worth noting the symbolism involved here. When Lelouch becomes Emperor, he switches up his usual black attire for one that is primarily white. In the Grand Finale Zero, a.k.a. Suzaku, is wearing black. Given the heavy use of Chess Motifs in the series, and the fact that Lelouch always plays black in actual chess, this combined with Fridge Brilliance means that he 'played white, but still bet black' for the final checkmate - in essence, he lost, and the whole frickin' world thinks he's lost, but ultimately, he won. Magnificent Bastard, thy name is Lelouch.