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
- The Alliance: The Black Knights is made up of former Japanese factions (Resistance, Japan Liberation Front, Kyoto House), as well as various members who were unaffiliated.
- Anti-Hero Team: They are usually not as extreme as Lelouch, but continue to use terrorism. You could argue that they were, originally at least, more unscrupulous heroes, 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.
- Bridge Bunnies: Futaba, Hinata and Minase.
- Dark Is Not Evil: They are among the heroes of the story.
- Good Is Not Nice: While they might not be as evil as Britannia they aren't completely innocent rebels.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Heroes to the Japanese and all other non-Britannia nations, terrorists to Britannia.
- La Résistance: They provide the opposing force to Britannia and it's armies. At the end of the series they free Japan, and cripple Britannia leaving the Black Knights the main source of military power left in the world.
- Multinational Team: The overwhelming majority of members are Japanese, as one could expect. However, members of other nationalities, even Britannians, can be found amongst their ranks.
- Occupiers out of Our Country: One of their goals is to push the Britanian military out of Japan.
- 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 politician)
- 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: The purpose of their group is rebellion against Britannia's oppression. Although Britannia doesn't see them any differently from the other resistance groups that do indeed engage in terrorism, Zero denounces such tactics ("Britannia will not fall to terrorism; it's just childish nonsense!"). Instead, they are more like vigilantes with an army.
"I'm its mother." — Referring 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.
- Bollywood Nerd
- Brilliant, but Lazy: You'll be hard pressed to find a time when she's NOT laying down on a sofa, even on the bridge of a ship in the middle of battle.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Loves to lounge around on sofas and tease people while smoking her pipe.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde
- Ditzy Genius
- The Engineer
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Green Eyes
- Hollywood Nerd
- Hot Scientist
- Mad Scientist: Like her rival Lloyd Asplund, Rakshata Chawla is a mostly benign version. Not evil enough to be 100% Mad Scientist, but too quirky and young to be The Professor.
- Motherly Scientist: Thinks of her nightmare frames as her children. In her first scene she tells some black knights that she "gave birth" to one such frame.
- The Nicknamer: She gives Earl Lloyd Asplund his Fan Nickname "the Earl of Pudding," after his Trademark Favorite Food.
- Smoking Is Cool
- Spell My Name with an "S": Rakshata vs. Lakshata vs. Laksharta....
- Statuesque Stunner
- TV Genius
"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.
- All There in the Manual: Her Forgotten First Meeting with Lelouch only appears in the Audio Play "Kaguya Sumeragi, Deceived by a Demon" (Sumeragi Kaguya Oni Au).
- Annoying Laugh: Used to have one as a kid, especially when pulling pranks on Suzaku.
- Arranged Marriage: Was to be engaged to her cousin Suzaku.
- Big Eyes, Little Eyes: Just look at those enormous peepers. In this regard, she almost rivals Wide Eyed Idealists Princess Euphemia and Shirley Fenette.
- Covert Pervert: Hinted as such. Besides having absolutely no problem with the (fake) rumors of Zero sleeping around and even going as far as to suggest a Marry Them All scenario for him involving Kallen, C.C. and herself, there's that eyebrow-raising line from the scrapped script of first episode of R2:Zero: Gentlepeople of the Six Houses, I beseech you to bring inspiration to the Japanese people.
Kaguya: Well, that was awfully formal! As your future wife, I wouldn't mind if you were a little more commanding~♪
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Her diadem. (See also Hair Decorations, below.)
- The Face: Invoked in her bid to convince Zero to marry her: "You'll need a public face, right?"
- Fangirl: Of Zero.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Played With. Kaguya remembers her first meeting with Lelouch when they were kids, which is an important moment of her past, but she never realized it was him and instead mistook him for an "oni." See Reformed Bully below for details.
- Genki Girl: Downplayed but it's there.
- Hair Decorations: Her diadem. (See also Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry, above.)
- Hime Cut: As the young head mistress of the Kyōto House, her hair is styled in the traditional Japanese manner.
- Improbable Age: She's the chairwoman of the United Federation of Nations at 15.
- Kissing Cousins: Was to be engaged to her cousin Suzaku.
- Marry Them All: Not only is she comfortable sharing Zero with Kallen and C.C., she suggested it. "We are Zero's Three Court Ladies."
- Meaningful Name: Kaguya is the name of the eponymous character from an old Japanese folk tale "Princess Kaguya," also known as "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter."
- The Ojou: The most traditionally Japanese example in the series.
- Older Than They Look: She's a teenager, but in many shots she could easily pass for a small child. It's ironic, since she's as smart and savvy as any of the adults around her.
- Plucky Girl
- Politeness Judo: The cuteness helps, and she shrewdly works it like a politician.
- Precocious Crush: Mostly subverted. Zero's rank and charisma make him seem much older than Kaguya, but they are fairly close in age.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Reformed Bully: Kaguya used to be a mean-spirited Spoiled Brat that picked on her cousin Suzaku because he didn't fight back. That changed one day when she was seven and got lost in the forest neighboring the Kururugi Shrine where she ran into a figure that she mistook for the "oni" the grown-ups warned her about (ostensibly to prevent exactly that from happening). The "demon" turned out to be a 10-year-old Lelouch who played along with her misconception and guided her back home, but not without calmly and systematically picking apart her princess-like self-centeredness on their way there, prompting a Heel Realization on her.
- The Smart Guy
- Spoiled Brat: Used to be one prior to the start of the series, but grew out of it. See Reformed Bully above.
- Teen Genius
- Token Mini-Moe: Slightly old for the part, but then she's one of those Older Than They Look.
- TV Genius
- Undying Loyalty:
- Lelouch's chart shows that her loyalty is among the highest in his organization.
- Oddly enough this is inverted in Lelouch of the Rebellion manga, where she takes control of the organization after Suzaku's nuking of Tokyo and ends up playing the roles of both Ohgi and Diethard in the Black Knights' betrayal of Lelouch, contrary to her wiser and more loyal anime self.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: On Lelouch's chart ranking the overall value of the top members of the Black Knights, she was second only to Toudoh despite having no combat ability. (Granted, most of it comes from full Charisma and very high Loyalty, but she still ties for second in Intelligence.)
"I'm Zero's best buddy!"Shinichirō Tamaki (玉城 真一郎, Tamaki Shin'ichirō), twenty-four years old (twenty-five in R2), and 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 Frame during battles, though he rarely lasts long before being forced to eject.
- 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.
- Delinquent Hair: Not a delinquent per se, but fits the archetype somewhat and has the red hair typical to it.
- 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.
- Fearless Fool: Lapses into this. His competence doesn't quite match his ego, but he's always eager to be in the line of fire.
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be a self absorbed ass who thinks too highly of himself, but he is fighting for Japan's liberation and he does show a great deal of care for his fellow Black Knights.
- 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.
"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.
- Ambiguously Jewish: He has curly hair and his casual clothes have a Star of David on them.
- Anti-Hero: Knight in Sour Armor -> Unscrupulous Hero (with the betrayal).
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: A man wearing a yellow Star of David on his jacket lives in a rundown ghetto in a city conquered by a fascistic government which considers his people subhuman. When did that ever happen before?
- The Dulcinea Effect: He falls hard for Villetta when he finds her.
- Elephant in the Living Room: Neither his affair with Villetta, nor his nearly allowing Kallen to be gunned down on account of the attempt to execute Lelouch, or that he might have been too rash about jumping to conclusions on Lelouch, are put into question.
- Happily Married: To Villetta Nu, at the end of the series.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Not only does he trust Viletta he just as quickly trusts Schneizel when he shows up.
- Hypocrite: Despite him quickly saying that Zero has the right to his Secret Identity, he's also the first one to jump at a chance to unmask him, to the point of bringing in the wounded Viletta to find out who he is.
- Inspector Javert: When he chases Lelouch all the way up to the latter's disappearance into the Sword of Akasha following the betrayal.
- Karma Houdini: He was Happily Married by the end of Code Geass — and was even elected Prime Minister, despite the numerous questionable decisions he made in the latter half of the second season. See above entries.
- Lima Syndrome: At first he intends to interrogate Villetta after she recovers from her amnesia, but he ends up falling for her.
- Living with the Villain: Lives with Villetta Nu for quite some time while she's lost her memory after being shot by Shirley.
- Love Makes You Crazy: One could argue that he gets so obsessed with Villetta, that when she provides evidence that Zero has a supernatural mind control power that he may or may not be using on them, it possibly caused him to snap over Zero apparently using them for his own selfish desires and should pay for it. 'Wouldn't be the first time someone in this show went nuts.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Started out as the Only Sane Man, only to go south after he met Villetta.
- Love Martyr: For Viletta, big time.
- The Medic: His Burai can repair allies in Super Robot Wars Z2. Tamaki's version has the resupply module instead.
- Never My Fault: Not entirely at fault, but still never does take any appropriate responsibility for his foibles.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: One might say he broke Zero.
- One can also blame Ohgi for hiding Villeta, since when she recovered her memories, she went straight for Ohgi and tried to kill him. This caused chaos in the Black Knights command center, and pulled the guards outside the student council away, which in turn let them try to escape, leaving Nunally open to capture by VV, which made Zero abandon his army. Though unintentional, Ohgi's little act of treason on the docks set in motion the ultimate failure of the Black Rebellion.
- Romantic Love Is More Important: Goes AWOL to meet Villetta, even though she is planning on killing him.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Villetta, up until Turn 19.
- The Stool Pigeon
- Taking the Bullet: He saved Villetta from Sayoko by taking the daggers which were meant for her.
- Treachery Cover-Up: Attempts to cover up the betrayal against Lelouch.
- Unexplained Recovery: He got stabbed by Sayoko's daggers and fell off a cliff in R2 15. He comes back with no sign of injuries later. The incident is never mentioned again.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Hoo boy. Let's just say for starters that we may have been looking at a very different ending, and one that would have ben more preferable for many, if not for the betrayal.
"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 worshiped Zero. He was in charge of the Black Knights information, espionage, and public relations.
- Ascended Fanboy: His reaction to Zero was virtually the opposite of how most Britannians view him, having admired him on an obsessive level. Naturally, he joined the Black Knights as soon as he was able.
- 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.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: You'd be hard pressed to find someone in the series who genuinely likes and/or trusts Diethard (though he and Rakshata seem to get along well enough when they work together in Turn 22). Most of the other Black Knights are wary of him because he's Britannian and Lelouch sees him as a means to an end, nothing more. It certainly doesn't help that he jumps ship once things start to look bad.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door
- 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".
- The Mole: He began feeding the Black Knights information on Britannian movements before he joined them officially.
- Nominal Hero: The only member with little to no regard for righteousness.
- Psycho Supporter: He didn't join the Black Knights because he truly believed in their cause, but because they were epic. And he was bored.
- Smug Snake
- The Stoic: Most of the time.
- Not So Stoic: Often when Zero is involved.
- Straw Fan: Like Kallen, he pledged undying loyalty to Zero and viewed him as a source of admiration and inspiration. Yet...
- Token Enemy Minority: He's Britannian and is a high-ranking member of the The Black Knights, the rebellion that's trying to defeat Britannia.
- Token Evil Teammate: Only the Emperor and he rejoiced when the Special Administrative Zone Massacre began. And Diethard thought that Zero had wanted it.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the Compilation Movie, he's the one who shoots Viletta and causes her amnesia in order to get rid of whatever evidence she may have against Zero.
- 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 match 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 Teacher: This is the guy who made Suzaku into the warrior he is today.
- 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.
- Stern Teacher: He was Suzaku's sensei when he was a child, and if the flashback with him is any indication, he was not a soft one.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Tohdoh/Toudou.
- The Stoic
- Training from Hell: He appear to be very strict teacher and subjected Suzaku to this as a child. It worked though.
The Four Holy Swords
- Cannot Spit It Out: Chiba's crush on Tohdoh. Not exactly a secret among the Black Knights, though.
- Chainsaw Good: Their knightmares' signature weapons are chainsaw katanas.
- Dwindling Party: Beginning in R2 they begin to drop. First Urabe (see heroic sacrifice below), then Senba is killed by Gino and finally Asahina dies when the first FLEIJA is detonated. This leaves just Chiba out of the four alive by the end.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Urabe saving Lelouch from Rolo.
- Incompatible Orientation: Certain interactions between Asahina and Chiba imply that the two of them have a thing for Tohdoh, but they also know that only she actually has a chance because of this trope.
- In the Back: Senba is stabbed in the back through his knightmare by Gino.
- I Resemble That Remark!: Asahina gets angry when Rolo questions his loyalty to Zero, suggesting this is why he doesn't rank higher among the Black Knights. Asahina is the first Black Knight who betrays Zero (a full episode before the rest of them do), and Rolo is one of the only characters who stays loyal.
- Lady of War: Chiba.
- Obi-Wan Moment: Urabe has one of these, bidding farewell to his comrades before his Heroic Sacrifice.
- Old Soldier: Senba.
- Samurai: As with the rest of the JLF, they tend to follow the Bushido code.
- Sour Supporter: Both Asahina and Chiba become highly critical of Zero following the Black Rebellion. They have the lowest loyalty scores among the knights according to the ratings from Turn 13.
- Ironically Urabe went in the opposite direction, praising Lelouch, even as for just being a high school student, for what he did as Zero before his Heroic Sacrifice.
- Straight Gay: Strongly hinted to be the case with Asahina, at least according C.C. in Turn 12.59 Picture Drama.
- Taking You with Me: Urabe attempts to kill off Rolo with a grapple-suicide attack. Rolo escapes with his Geass.
- The Smurfette Principle: Chiba.
- Action Girl: Though she spend most of her time in logistics and leadership instead of frontline battles.
- Killed Off for Real: During the Black Rebellion.
- Mauve Shirt: One of the marginally more notable season one casualties.
- Mysterious Past: In-Universe. The Red Tracks novels notice that no one knows a thing about her past. Ohgi suspect that even her name is likely a fake one.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Met her fiery death as soon as the tide was turning against Black Knights during Black Rebellion
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has indigo hair.
- Voiced by: Ryuzo Hasuike (Japanese), Doug Erholtz (English)