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Characters: Code Geass Black Knights

Zero: "The only ones who should kill are those who are prepared to be killed! Wherever oppressors abuse their power by attacking those who are powerless, we shall appear again, no matter how mighty or formidable our foe may be! Those of you with power, fear us! Those of you without it, rally behind us! We, the Black Knights, shall be the ones who stand in judgment of this world!"

The character sheet for the Black Knights of Code Geass.

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    Tropes that apply to most members 

  • Anti-Hero: They are usually not as extreme as Lelouch, but continue to use terrorism.
    • You could argue that they were, originally at least, more unscrupolous hero, given that it's implied that, like other resistance groups, they weren't too picky about endangering civilians (at least, not Britannian civilians) originally. Ironically, it was only when Lelouch came along that they softened.
    • Anti-Villain: After betraying Zero. YMMV depending on which scale.
  • Bridge Bunnies: Futaba, Hinata and Minase.
  • The Danza: Inoue and Sugiyama.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: They are among the heroes of the story.
  • Good Is Not Nice
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Heroes to the Japanese and all other non-Britannia nations, terrorists to Britannia.
  • La Résistance
  • Lolicon - Believe it or not, Yoshitaka Minami, the stoic bespectacled guy of all people, is one. He can be briefly seen blushing when the Black Knights are watching Nunnally's swearing in ceremony as Governor of Area 11, and Rakshata outright calls him one on R2 Picture Drama 12.59.
  • Occupiers Out of Our Country
  • Rebellious Rebels
  • The Team: The top brass:
    • The Leader / Big Good - Zero, (Ohgi was the original leader before he came.)
    • The Lancer - C.C (the closest person to Zero) Toudou (formal second in command)
    • The Big Guy - Kallen (greatest pilot with the most powerful frame)
    • The Smart Guy - Rakshata (head of R&D)
    • The Face: Diethard (PR guy), Kaguya (non-combatant politican)
    • The Chick - Kaguya (most feminine of the group) claims to be Zero's wife, and is one of the key affiliated political figureheads.
  • Those Two Guys: Yoshitaka and Minami. Yoshida was the third but he died during the Black Rebellion.
  • Turn Coat: Most of the members when they turn on Zero in hopes of getting Japan back as of Turn 19. They aren't joining Britannia full-stop, mind, but they are siding with Schneizel over Lelouch, and without consent of the UFN, which includes Kaguya.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Probably one of the most blatant and obvious examples.

    Rakshata Chawla 

Rakshata Chawla

Voiced by: Masayo Kurata (Japanese), Laura Bailey (English)

"I'm its mother."—In reference to the Guren

A mild-mannered Mad Scientist from India, Rakshata Chawla is a mostly-friendly rival to the team of Lloyd Asplund and Cécile Croomy‎.

Rakshata Chawla embodies these tropes:

    Kaguya Sumeragi 

Kaguya Sumeragi

Voiced by: Mika Kanai (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)

"It's a matter of love!"

Kaguya Sumeragi (皇 神楽耶, Sumeragi Kaguya), fourteen years old (fifteen in R2), is the young head mistress of the Kyōto House and a supporter of the Black Knights. She is also a close friend of Empress Tianzi of China. Despite her age and physique, she possesses a strong will and is highly influential amongst the Houses. Kaguya has admired Zero since his debut, and wishes to have his hand in marriage.

Kaguya embodies these tropes:

    Shinichirō Tamaki 

Shinichirō Tamaki

Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka (Japanese), Michael Lindsay (English)

"I'm Zero's best buddy!"

Shinichirō Tamaki (玉城 真一郎, Tamaki Shin'ichirō), twenty-four years old (twenty-five in R2), a is the leader of the second special squadron of the Black Knights. He is a hot-headed and carefree person, quick to cheer others on when not doing the fighting but rash and impulsive when he's on the front lines. His rashness is shown to border on recklessness, as he orders the execution of the Ashford Academy student council against Zero's wishes, though extenuating circumstances prevent his orders from being carried out. He pilots a standard Knightmare Frames during battles, though he rarely lasts long before being forced to eject.

Tamaki embodies these tropes:

  • Ascended Extra: He's playable in Super Robot Wars Z2, where his Burai can resupply allied units.
  • Brick Joke: Remember when Tamaki was harassing Zero about giving him an official position in the Black Knights during R2? Well, it takes a few episodes of waiting and a sharp eye during the UNF ratification ceremony, but we finally find out what position he got: Internal Cleaning Supporter. Yup, he's a glorified janitor.
  • Butt Monkey: In Lelouch's personal stats for the Black Knights, Tamaki comes out with the lowest rankings at 40, ten in each category (Intelligence, Combat Ability, Charisma, and Loyalty). Note that, with the exception of non-combatants, who have no Combat Ability score, and Nagisa Chiba, who ties for Loyalty, his scores are worse than any other member. Moreover, every other member ranks at least past 150, if just barely in some cases. While at first this might seem a joke at his expense, it fits if you take a look at his track record over the course of the show.
    • Consider also that C. C., who has loved grilling him from time to time, composed that list.
  • Chew Toy
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Argues that the recording Schneizel has presented could have been faked. Naturally, no one listens.
  • The Everyman: Played straighter in his case than in Ohgi's. Tamaki mirrors the voice of the people while Ohgi is more levelheaded and reasonable.
  • Face Heel Revolving Door: Played for Laughs, with his level of support of Lelouch in later stages of R2.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Flanderization: Back in R1, though still quite The Fool, he was much more thoughtful. He even made several excellent points in Zero's defense whenever the original Knights discussed their leader's motivations. Come R2, he's gotten considerably more ridiculous and incompetent, to the point of flip flopping his stance on Zero at the drop of a hat.
  • The Fool: Oddly, this has made him an Ensemble Darkhorse and one of the few Black Knights who retain their popularity. He even manages to survive his direct, face-to-face encounter with Suzaku's Lancelot Albion in his grunt mech, even getting in a good line ("Even I have my pride, you know!") before he had to eject from his exploding Knightmare.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Idiot Hero
  • Idiot Houdini
  • Leeroy Jenkins
  • Perma Stubble
  • Sarcastic Devotee
  • Undying Loyalty: Like him or hate him, Tamaki eventually came to be one of Zero's greatest supporters. Even after the Black Knights turn on Zero after figuring out his identity as Lelouch, Tamaki had some guilt about participating in the betrayal. When the time comes for the Black Knights and Schneizel's forces to go against Emperor Lelouch, Tamaki seems depressed by the fact that they have to kill Lelouch.
    • In fact, it should be noted that getting him to betray Zero took nothing less then undeniable evidence (albeit warped and taken COMPLETELY out of context- Tamaki had no way of knowing about Lelouch's guilt complex or that the Euphinator incident was an accident) that Zero personally orchestrated the massacre of countless innocent Japanese in order to prevent a program that might have successfully brought peace and freedom to the Japanese people.

    Kaname Ohgi 

Kaname Ohgi

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)

"Someone who feels hate must also feel sadness."

Twenty-six years old (twenty-seven in R2), Ohgi used to be a school teacher before he became the leader of a Japanese resistance cell, having taken over after the death of Kallen Kozuki's older brother Naoto. Or at least, Ohgi was the leader, until Zero butts in.

Ohgi embodies these tropes:

    Diethard Reid 

Diethard Reid

Voiced by: Joji Nakata (Japanese), Jamieson Price (English)

"Zero's arrival was like the arrival of a new age unfolding before my eyes!"

Britannian TV producer who joined the Black Knights not because he believed in their cause but because he worshipped Zero. He was in charge of the Black Knights information, espionage, and public relations.

  • Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain
  • Blonde Guys Are Evil
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Switching to whichever side entertains him the most, apparently.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Is against listening to Schneizel's testimonies and demands towards turning over Zero. The Black Knights end up agreeing with Schneizel anyway, and Diethard has a few bruises to show for his attempt to coax loyalty out of a temporary AWOL Ohgi, who he considers miscast as the role of leader. Predictably, he seizes the opportunity to jump on board with Schneizel, who he finds himself impressed by.
  • The Face: Serves as The Black Knight's PR guy.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door
  • Jerkass
  • Karmic Death: Shot by a Geass-controlled Schneizel (who he'd turned to), and despite requesting it as a Dying Wish, denied the chance to be ever Geassed by Lelouch, who simply told Diethard he was "not even worth it".
  • Nominal Hero: The only member with little to no regard for righteousness.
  • Smug Snake
  • The Stoic: Most of the time.
  • Straw Fan: Like Kallen, he pledged undying loyalty to Zero and viewed him as a source of admiration and inspiration. Yet...
  • Token Enemy Minority
  • Token Evil Teammate: Only the Emperor and he rejoiced when the Special Administrative Zone Massacre began. And Diethard thought that Zero had wanted it.

    Kyoshiro Tohdoh 

Kyoshiro Tohdoh

Voiced by: Yuji Takada (Japanese), Steve Blum (English)

"Win or lose you must give it your all. It is the same for men and nations!"

A 37-year old colonel from the Japan Liberation Front, he is renowned as "Tohdoh of Miracles" because of his famous miracle at Itsukushima where he caused the invading Britannian army their only defeat, without the use of any knightmares. In addition to his skill at strategic planning, he's a supreme knightmare pilot. Joins the Black Knights along with the Four Holy Swords after being rescued from prison(Having been captured after the death of his superior, General Katase), becoming field commander of the Black Knights' military forces.

  • The Ace: Though not to Xingke's extent, he's still a great strategist and a very talented pilot. In Lelouch's stats for the Black Knights, he has the highest total stats of all of them, with 345. In comparison, the second-highest score is Kaguya, with 270.
  • Badass Normal: One of the best strategists in the world and a major threat on the battlefield due to his immense skill as a Knightmare pilot despite having a mid-tier Frame (The most powerful Knightmare he gets to use is the Zangetsu which, while powerful, does not up to the Rounds Customs or the Lancelot), despite having no special traits besides having more combat experience than 90% of the show´s combatants.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Chainsaw Good: Like the Four Holy Blades, he too used a chainsaw katana as his knightmare's weapon. He later upgrades to a chain sword equipped with rocket thrusters.
  • Colonel Badass
  • Combat Pragmatist: Tohdoh tends to aim for the enemy's flight systems and cockpits instead of the Knightmares themselves whenever he is piloting one himself.
  • Flaming Sword: Variation once he gets his own custom knightmare, in that the knightmare's weapon is a katana equipped with rocket thrusters.
  • I Can Still Fight: After being heavily injured during the finale, he tries to return to the battle, but Chiba attemps to stop him. She eventually lets him go, but he immediately collapses.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Always carries around a sheathed katana, though he never uses it.
  • Noodle Incident: The Miracle of Itsukushima.
  • Oblivious to Love: Seemingly unaware of Chiba's crush on him.
  • Red Baron: Tohdoh of Miracles.
  • Samurai: As with the rest of the JLF, he follows the Bushido code. Tohdoh himself taught Suzaku in this manner when the latter was young.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Tohdoh/Toudou.
  • The Stoic

    The Four Holy Swords 

The Four Holy Swords

From left to right: Ryoga Senba, Kosetsu Urabe, Nagisa Chiba and Shogo Asahina.

Voiced by:
Nagisa: Saeko Chiba (Japanese), Laura Bailey (English)
Shogo: Atsushi Kisaichi (Japanese), Steve Staley (English)
Ryoga: Yu Shimaka (Japanese), Joe Romersa (English)
Kosetsu: Issei Futamata (Japanese), Jason C. Miller (English)

The Japan Liberation Front's most powerful soldiers led by Tohdoh. After Tohdoh is captured by the Britannians, they seek out the Black Knights for aid in rescuing him. They subsequently join fully with the Black Knights after Tohdoh does.

    Kento Sugiyama 

Kento Sugiyama

Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (Japanese), Grant George (English)

A member of Naoto Kazuki's resistance team before joining The Black Knights. He serves as a Special Division Captain.

    Yoshitaka Minami 

Yoshitaka Minami

Voiced by: Yasuyuki Kase (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)

A member of Naoto Kazuki's resistance team before joining The Black Knights. He became the commander of The Black Knight's First Secret Corps.

    Naomi Inoue 

Naomi Inoue

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Cindy Robinson (English)

A member of Naoto Kazuki's resistance team before joining The Black Knights. She served as a commander providing logistical support.

    Toru Yoshida 

Toru Yoshida

Voiced by: Ryuzo Hasuike (Japanese), Doug Erholtz (English)

A member of Naoto Kazuki's resistance team before joining The Black Knights. He served as a solider under the command of Ohgi.

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