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Characters: Code Geass Ashford Academy
The character sheet of the Ashford Academy students and staff in Code Geass.
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    Shirley Fenette 

Shirley Fenette

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (Japanese), Amy Kincaid (English)

Shirley Fenette is one of Lelouch's classmates at Ashford Academy.

Beautiful, exceptionally kind, and utterly devoted to her friends — even those (* cough* * Milly* * cough* ) who repeatedly humiliate her — Shirley is named for Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, and her character design is based on the anime version.

Shirley gets top grades in school and participates both on the swim team and on the Absurdly Powerful Student Council, but she still finds plenty of time to pine and fret over her "Lulu" and his antics, real and imagined. She has been in love with Lelouch since their first arrival at Ashford Academy, but even after so many years she still finds it difficult to get (much less keep) his attention. She has a hilarious habit of jumping to conclusions before people can explain things to her, particularly where Lelouch is concerned.

Defying the widespread prejudice against people of Japanese descent, Shirley is the first student at Ashford to try to befriend Suzaku. (Leaving aside Lelouch and Nunnally, who, secretly, already knew him from years before.) As the series begins, despite all the anxiety her crush on Lelouch causes her — and the daily humiliations her friend Milly Ashford heaps on her — she still manages to be remarkably chipper most of the time.

Some day, of course, she'll win Lelouch's heart, and then his hand in marriage — but in the meantime, fate, luck, and Lelouch himself have a few surprises in store for her.


Shirley embodies these tropes:

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Where she spends a lot of her free time.
  • Affectionate Nickname: As far as she is concerned, Lelouch is "Lulu".
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She says in the Cupid's Day episode that it's her duty to reform Lelouch because he's "a failure as a person".
  • All Loving Heroine: Along with Nunnally and Euphemia, one of the three sweetest characters in the whole series. Shirley's the first Britannian student to approach Suzaku at Ashford, where discrimination against Japanese is commonplace. She's very devoted to her friends, and was even willing to use a gun for the first time to protect Lelouch. Before her death, it looked like she had a good chance of convincing Suzaku to try to settle things diplomatically with Lelouch. After her death, Suzaku decided to interrogate Kallen using the same drugs Kallen's mother got addicted to, and Lelouch decided to massacre the entire Geass order, and everything went straight to Hell.
    • Not to mention, who knows what would've happened if she didn't mention Nunnally to Rolo. At least she would've lived a little longer, since Rolo was at least willing to listen to her until she slipped up.
    • She even makes a speech about The Power of Love when Lelouch contacts her from the Chinese Federation.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: A few times over.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Kallen's Veronica for Lelouch's Archie.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead to Milly's blonde and Nina's brunette, at the beginning of the series.
  • Break the Cutie: Possibly the purest example in all of Code Geass — which is saying something.
  • Butt Monkey: First, for comedic purposes. Then, for intense drama.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Her feelings toward Lelouch. Although in a few instances, she kinda did mostly spit it out — but he wasn't listening.
    • Not to mention that the first time she does manage to more-or-less spit it out, she gets her memory erased shortly afterwards.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Too sweet a character to entirely fit this trope: she's more anxiously fretful than jealously clingy — although she does get irked at Lelouch when he hangs up on her. (In his defense, he's usually hanging up on her because his life is in jeopardy at the time. Not that she'd have any way of knowing that.) Neverthless, she spends an extraordinary amount of her time and energy worrying about him, much of it specifically wondering if he likes some other girl more than her. In the aftermath of the Battle of Narita (which at the time strikes her as remote), her concern for Lelouch's whereabouts above all else is played for laughs — until suddenly it so totally isn't.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: A little clumsy. More than a little cute.
  • Daddy's Girl: From what we see, she and Joseph Fenette are on quite good terms.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Lelouch's.
  • Disappeared Dad: Poor Joseph is killed in the Battle of Narita.
  • Disposable Woman: Lelouch is a Badass and The Hero, she is feminine and lovestruck. What else could possibly happen to her?
  • The Ditz: In a way. Although Shirley is very book-smart and gets top marks in school, Milly Ashford loves to tease her that she can think of nothing beyond her feelings for Lelouch, when there's a whole wide world out there full of wonderful (and terrible) things. Most of the mockery is just Milly being Milly, but likely some is Milly's half-sublimated jealousy. Shirley's role as a dojikko further contributes to her general ditzy feel.
  • Dogged Nice Girl
  • Dying Declaration of Love
  • Even the Girls Want Her: The biggest victim of Milly's Skinship Grope.
  • Fake Memories: Part of the reason why she wants to help Lelouch once she regains her real ones.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Inverted Trope: She's very feminine and not much of a cook. However, she is only about eighteen years old at the time of her death — and she's not attending finishing school but rather a preppy boarding school. Boarding school tends to provide both "room and board" (i.e., prepared meals).
  • Fiery Redhead: A mild example — almost (but not quite) to the point of aversion. Quick to anger, even quicker to forgive. And apologize profusely. Over and over.
  • First Kiss: She's kissed Lelouch twice except the 2nd time was with Sayoko in disguise.
  • Foil: She has no shortage of foils — for a few examples, see Tomboy and Girly Girl, below. But there's an interesting foil whom she barely even meets: Princess Euphemia, who not only has a strikingly similar personality but also has many analogous plot points. In many ways she is set up to be for "Lulu" what Euphemia is for Suzaku. (Lucky her.)
  • Forgiveness: Definitely her greatest virtue. Forgives Lelouch for his responsibility in her father's death.
  • From Bad to Worse: Several times.
  • Genki Girl: Starts as one. (Then it got worse.) Reverts to one. (Then it got even more worse.) Rinse, repeat.
  • Go Out with a Smile
  • The Gwen Stacy
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Or... Not. Lelouch tries to avoid showing any interest in her, whatsoever.
  • I Can Change My Beloved: She thinks it's her duty to reform Lelouch.
  • The Ingenue: Tied with Princess Euphemia as the most clear-cut example in the series. See also Na´ve Everygirl and Wide-Eyed Idealist, below.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: While C.C., Kallen, and Milly flaunt their assets a lot more. Many enjoyed anytime she appeared in her swimsuit.
  • Joshikousei
  • Kill the Cutie: Her death marks the end of all innocence of the series.
  • Lethal Chef
  • The Lost Lenore
  • Love Martyr: For Lelouch. To ever more ridiculous degrees. At first it's really funny. Then it's really not funny.
  • Meaningful Name: Shirley Fenette — named for the beloved, red-headed and spunky Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables).
  • Mind Rape: Mao does this to Shirley to get her to kill Lelouch. She's so screwed up at the end that Lelouch has to erase her memories of him to try undo the damage.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She was already suffering from this after shooting Villetta Nu (to save Lelouch), but Mao's Mind Rape brought it to such a horrifying level that Lelouch erased her memories to alleviate her suffering.
  • Na´ve Everygirl: Possible deconstruction, in which her naivete leads her to much misfortune, and ends up getting killed for that.
  • Name's the Same: Even if her name is very similar, she's not the heroine of Tales of Legendia.
  • Nice Girl
  • Not What It Looks Like: She keeps catching Lelouch acting in a way that looks suspicious, with various girls — usually Kallen.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She's the star of Ashford's swimming team.
  • The Power of Love: A firm believer in such.
    • By the way, the quote at the top of the page has essentially become the slogan of her biggest fans.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Heavens.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Samaritan Relationship Starter: Her crush on Lelouch began when she witnessed him helping out some strangers when no one else would.
  • She Knows Too Much: After Orange-kun's Geass-canceler undoes her Fake Memories, Shirley remembers that Nunnally, not Rolo, is Lelouch's sibling. So Rolo, disturbed by the mention of Nunnally's name shoots her.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Shirley's death signaled a turning point in R2, Lelouch lost a little more of his humanity and the series lost its comedic elements.
  • Skinship Grope: The victim of them, from Milly.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In Super Robot Wars Z2.2, it is possible to save her by getting Roger Smith to convince Rolo not to kill her.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Lelouch. At least from her point of view. Lelouch has a lot of options, and Shirley isn't really high among them, even if she is technically more successful, it's a pretty low bar.
    • Do note that he did it in hopes of keeping her out of danger. Too bad that didn't pan out.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Her death has the effect of pushing Lelouch and Suzaku even deeper into insanity, as well as signaling the darkest turn in Rolo.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Shirley (like Euphemia) is close to the extreme end of the girly girl scale.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Possibly the way some of her fans interpret her death. It's supported, intentionally or otherwise, by the famous Shirley-the-angel pic that appears in the last closing credits.
    • Rather than play a naive or emotional role, Shirley plays the calm older sister as the Fawn in the Wonderland OVA as the fawn, and is by the Only Sane Man in the skit other than Nunnally/Alice.
  • Trauma Conga Line: It was bad enough when Lelouch kept having to hang up on her, forgetting to call her back, standing her up, not noticing when she tried to confess her feelings for him, vanishing without explanation, vanishing without explanation at the same time a cute female classmate was also vanishing without explanation ... then there was the Battle of Narita. It Got Worse. And worse. And worse.
  • Unrequited Tragic Maiden
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: A unique example in the series: Shirley loves everyone and just wants them to get along — yet she also shows a willful — indeed, blind — lack of interest in politics or current events. (Perhaps Truth in Television for someone her age, but in a series where some of her (underage) classmates are members of the army and others are terrorist masterminds, and the rest have at least chosen sides, it sets her apart.) Shirley is also literally a wide-eyed idealist: she has the largest eyes (and irises) of any major character in all of Code Geass. (Princess Euphemia, another Wide-Eyed Idealist, seems to be in second place. See Big Eyes Little Eyes, above.) At any rate, her combination of sweet, friendly, openness with her lack of interest in the larger world gets her lovingly but ferociously mocked by her friend and resident (figurative) Cool Big Sis Milly Ashford. (See also The Ditz, above.) If only the problems with this stopped right there...
  • Wistful Amnesia: Goes through this on more than one level; first, when she finds herself falling for Lelouch again after being geassed into forgetting her memories of him the first time, and second, after being geassed by the Emperor to forget Nunnally, when she finds herself folding origami cranes again, something Nunnally taught her.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: ...which they don't. Tragically, she was stuck in one of the farthest things from shoujo, making her idealism contrast all the more, and her fate all the more tragic. Just two episodes after her proclamation of The Power of Love, and right after she seemingly consummates her one true love, she gets mercilessly killed off. All the more tragically ironic in that said power also had just earlier inspired Lelouch as Zero to make his inspiring speech about the Power of Passion after he and the Black Knights liberated China, and may have also saved Lelouch from falling into madness, and his eventual self-induced demise via Zero Requiem if not for Shirley's murder.


    Milly Ashford 

Milly Ashford

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese), Julie Ann Taylor (English)

"We need festivals now and again, no matter what situation we're in."

The student council president at Ashford Academy, Milly is a cheerful and strong-willed young woman as well as the granddaughter of the owner of the school. (Hence Ashford Academy.) She loves playfully tormenting her friends, supporting them when they need it, ferreting out their secrets, keeping those secrets safe, and looking sexy and self-assured all around.


Milly Ashford embodies these tropes:


    Nina Einstein 

Nina Einstein

Voiced by: Saeko Chiba (Japanese), Kim Mai Guest (English)

While not an especially important character early in the series, Nina does garner a certain amount of attention from Code Geass watchers. Mostly hatred. A pathologically shy student at the Ashford Academy whose family is involved in the war industry, Nina is one of the more openly racist Britannians on the show (which apparently comes from being left behind in a Japanese ghetto all alone as a kid and ending up traumatised by what she witnessed there), and is willing to throw out racial insults to men with guns. She is obsessed with Princess Euphemia li Britannia, to the point of masturbating using a table to pictures of her. Poor Table-kun. On the bright side, her scientific and engineering skills are almost a match for Lelouch's planning.

Whilst Nina never was emotionally stable at the best of times, she really snaps after the Euphinator incident, blaming the entire thing, and Euphemia's death, on Zero, and goes on to build a Sakuradite- laced nuclear weapon to kill Zero, herself, and everyone else in the Tokyo settlement. After the Time Skip she is shown to be working on replicating her nuclear bomb for Prince Schneizel.

Eventually Nina does have a change of heart — as a result of seeing exactly what her brand new weapon is capable of — and sets aside her grudge to aid the very person she aimed to destroy. While she retains much of her hatred and fear of Asians, if the Grand Finale is to be believed, she's taking the first steps toward overcoming it.


Nina embodies these tropes:

  • Ambiguously Jewish: Her curly hair, her nerdy personality, and most of all her famous last name.
  • Attempted Rape: Invoked in the Hotel episode. The student council (sans Lelouch and Kallen) gets captured by Japanese terrorists intending to use the Sakuradite conference being held there as a stage to declare their continued existence. Nina, already terrified of Japanese people due to her backstory, goes and accidentally blurts out the (very insulting) term for them: Eleven. The terrorist who hears her grabs her, and tells her that "he'll teach her a lesson", with her friends trying to defuse the situation, strongly implying that they plan to rape and kill her. She's only saved by the timely intervention of Princess Euphemia, who uses the revelation of her identity to save Nina.
  • The Atoner
  • Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: You can make her fall for the male protagonist in the Playstation 2 Lost Colors game. Though it's important to remember that Lost Colors is not part of the established canon, so...
    • Bi the Way, only for that game?
      • Given he can make anyone fall for him, it's more like Everyone is Gay (Or Heterosexual) for Rai.
  • The Beard: To Prince Schniezel.
  • Beautiful All Along: She looked much less dorky when R2 rolled in, pulling her hair up in a ponytail instead of braiding it and using a sexy uniform with heeled boots and a really short Magic Skirt. Her personality, however, doesn't change. If anything, she got even worse.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The brunette to Milly's blonde and Shirley's redhead, at the beginning of the series.
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Or in her case, with her miniskirt up. Fortunately, the one who walked in was blind and too naive to notice.
  • Character Development: Let's just say that the Jumping Off the Slippery Slope and Heel-Face Turn entries sum it up.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Masturbates to pictures of Euphemia. Later goes insane, but after a while, she gets better and is implied to have worked out her issues.
  • Enemy Mine: Eventually assists Lelouch, but not because she's forgiven him. She takes his side because Schneizel is just that much worse.
  • The Evil Genius: To Emperor Lelouch, though he counts as that trope as well.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In R2. See also Beautiful All Along.
  • Fan Disservice: How many felt about the Cargo Ship-wreck.
  • Fan Nickname: 'Racist-tan', 'Table humper', etc.
  • Freak Out: Nina did not take Euphemia's death well. How bad was it? Compare her picture here with the Freak Out image.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Using just the contents of a school science lab, she managed to build the world's first nuclear weapon. At least in theory. She wasn't sure if it would work, though. And it didn't the first time round, though all too horrifyingly well the third time..
  • Generic Cuteness: Not really ugly, but not beautiful either.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Subverted. Milly says in the Picture Dramas that she's often tried to talk Nina into ditching her glasses, but she keeps refusing.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: After Euphie's death. Almost happens again when she sees FLEIJA's effects... but ironically, that is what brings her back to sanity. Sort of.
  • Heel-Face Turn: After her second and absolutely epic Freak Out.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Milly Ashford. Then again, Milly likes groping Shirley, and as for Nina ... . Maybe not so heterosexual.
  • Hot Scientist: In R2, with some of the outfits and hairstyles she wears, she looks * really, really* good! See Beautiful All Along, above.
  • Joshikousei
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: She took a huge leap from the end of season one to episode 18 of R2.
  • Karma Houdini: Sort of; She suffers no real consequences for her role in the creation of the F.L.E.I.J.A., though this is a result of Lelouch taking the fall for everything in his Thanatos Gambit. The guilt and attempts at atonement was there however.
  • Mad Scientist: Well, she managed to freak out Lloyd. Fortunately, it was temporary.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Not constantly, but she has a moment with Suzaku, pretty much forcing him to carry the F.L.E.I.J.A. warhead by guilt-tripping him with Euphemia's name. Considering how freaking psycho she is about Euphemia, it's actually pretty impressive that she could so calmly do such a thing.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Nina' means 'little', so her name basically means 'Little Einstein'. She invents the F.L.E.I.J.A. warhead, which is basically a nuke.
  • Meganekko: Typical smart girl with Generic Cuteness and glasses.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After seeing the results of F.L.E.I.J.A. in Turn 19 of R2.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Her feelings for Euphie, with a large helping of social awkwardness, make her look like a Stalker with a Crush at times.
  • Purple Eyes
  • The Quisling: Nina, Sayoko, Lloyd, and CÚcile pretend to be this under Lelouch's direction; they assisted Lelouch's Zero Requiem to achieve world peace. Since Lelouch's plans depend on being hated as the most tyrannical ruler in history, Lelouch has them defect to the Black Knights after they've accomplished their tasks — the only way to preserve their names after the war.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: "Vengeance for Euphemia-sama!"
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Subverted. Fancy dresses and balls only make her even more diffident.
  • Shrinking Violet: Very shy and withdrawn — except during her bout of insanity.
  • Stalker with a Crush
  • Teen Genius
  • There Are No Therapists: Grievance counseling? In my Britannia?
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Nina is not all that tomboyish — not compared with, say, Kallen (when the later is not playing at the Ill Girl) or even the more energetic Milly — nevertheless: Nina (tomboy) and Euphemia (girly girl); Nina (tomboy) and Nunnally (girly girl); Nina (tomboy) and Shirley (girly girl).
  • Too Dumb to Live: With the distinction of being a teen genius who's too dumb to live.
  • TV Genius: Persons with uncommonly high IQs are often depicted in media as being extremely Not Good with People, if not downright out of reality. That explains why Nina is so dissociated of the real world that she's unable to really measure the effects of FLEIJA.
  • Yandere: Why nuclear weapons and Emotional High School Girls should not mix. Though she never turns her violent side on the object of her affection or rivals. Only the man who killed her love. Even then, she's able to collaborate with him in the end. Lelouch is so impressed that he even tells her "you're a good person".
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade B.


    Sayoko Shinozaki 

Sayoko Shinozaki

Voiced by: Satomi Arai (Japanese), Kim Mai Guest (English)

"I serve both Zero and master Lelouch."

A Japanese maid — twenty-four years old in season one and twenty-five in season two — Sayoko is employed by the Ashford family, assigned as the caretaker for Lelouch and Nunnally when they get into Ashford Academy. Quirky, devoted, sweet and highly protective of the Lamperouge siblings, she's the closest to a mother figure that they have after Marianne's horrible death.

Sayoko is also a highly skilled Action Girl Ninja Maid and the heiress to a famous dojo.


Sayoko embodies these tropes:


    Rivalz Cardemonde 

Rivalz Cardemonde

Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (Japanese), Brian Beacock (English)

A member of the Student Council, and pretty much the only Ordinary High-School Student there.



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