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Britannian Imperial Family
Emperor Charles zi Britannia
Social Darwinist who thinks that war is the best way to create social progress. It's eventually revealed that his true agenda is to use the Ragnarok Connection to create "a world without lies", a desire brought about by being raised in a royal family whose members killed and deceived each other for power. Ironically, Charles' actions only perpetuate the cycle of violence and result in Lelouch's campaign to destroy the empire his family built.
Charles embodies these tropes:
- Abusive Dad: He pushes his kids to take dangerous jobs... and subtly encourages them to war with and kill one another to secure their position in the line of succession. Lelouch gets the worst of it, getting disowned, screamed at, and used as a political hostage when he gets angry at Charles for not giving a damn about the assassination of Lelouch's mother or the crippling of his little sister in the same incident. And Nunnally's blindness was not the result of traumatic stress, but because Charles inflicted it upon her with his Geass, ostensibly to protect her by making people think she wasn't a threat. You better believe Lelouch wasn't happy about that.
- Anime Hair: So preposterous, even by the standards of Code Geass, that it gets lampshaded in the DVD Commentary.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Boy oh boy.
- Assimilation Plot: Charles' "world without lies", which sounds like a good idea until Lelouch points out its flaws.
- Badass Grandpa: While not technically a grandpa, his age and actions are in line with this.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Alongside Prince Schneizel. The two are Lelouch's biggest opponents.
- Big Eyes Little Eyes: Tiny eyes. As a kid, his eyes were rounder.
- Big Little Brother: V.V. is his older twin brother, but looks much younger because he has gained the power of immortality through a Geass contract like C.C.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: In no small part his doing. Though his generation is implied to be just as screwed up.
- Blue Blood: He is The Emperor, afterall.
- Creepy Twins: He and V.V. could fit the bill.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He doesn't take the war personally, denies his son any opportunity to use his geass, predicted that Suzaku would inevitably turn against him, and in general avoids Bond Villain Stupidity.
- Deader Than Dead: Lelouch erases Charles and Marianne from existence in R2 episode 21. Using God.
- Demoted to Extra: In Suzaku of the Counterattack, Lelouch finds him dead, and in Tales of an Alternate Shogunate, he's only mentioned once by Euphemia.
- Disappears into Light: He and his wife Marianne disappear this way when Lelouch erases both of them from existence.
- Disc One Final Boss: Lelouch manages to overthrow Charles and halt Instrumentality five episodes before the end of the series. Schneizel steps up to the plate to reveal himself as the true antagonist. Though it was pretty clear that Schneizel would be the bigger problem, since he had already ruined Lelouch's own plans.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: Charles does this to challenge Lelouch (as Zero) just as he's announcing his plan to join the UFN.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed offscreen by Schneizel as a way to frame Lelouch in Suzaku Of The Counterattack.
- The Emperor: The royal head of the Britannian Empire.
- Establishing Character Moment: His speech at Clovis's funeral.
- Evil Counterpart: Of Lelouch. He leaves the duty of actually leading the empire to others and he sees all people as faceless pawns despite his good intentions.
- Evil Laugh: Unleashes one while a Geassed Euphemia slaughters the Japanese.
- Evil Plan: Charles' plan for the Ragnarok Connection. Kill God which will cause instrumentality and 'create a world without lies'. It's an unusual example in that no one knew about it or moved against it until he put it into motion. Lelouch had about five seconds to think of a counter plan; the best thing he came up with was use his geass on God.
- Evil Old Folks: He and his twin brother V.V.
- Evil Overlord: From his military stand point, Large And In Charge presence, and the way he treats his subjects, he's this trope.
- Expy: Of Gendo Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He does actually care about his children, genuinely loved Marianne and despite being Emperor and Bodyguard, he is very good friends with Bismarck.
- Fake Memories: Charles' Geass allows him to induce these; he used it on Lelouch to erase his memory of being Zero, and on Nunnally to modify her memories of being present at Marianne's murder, giving her psychosomatic blindness in the process. Note that it's not clear whether he actually intended to traumatise Nunnally to the point of blindness, but he doesn't seem to feel that bad about it if he didn't.
- Freudian Excuse: Being raised in the Big Screwed-Up Family that ran the Britannian Empire was Charles' Start of Darkness.
- Gonk: Quite possibly, considering how fat he is in comparison to the rest of the cast, and the fact that his hair looks just plain weird, even by their standards.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Evil-looking eyes.
- Greater Scope Villain: Despite being the leader of Britannia, he's never really a direct threat until towards the end of R2. Instead, his children take up the spotlight.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Everything he's done to distract the world from his secret Instrumentality project, the Ragnarok Connection, not to mention what he did to Lelouch and Nunnally following Marianne's murder, in order to hide them away from V. V., yet still not caring whether they would be alive or dead in the end.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Yes, really. In the flashbacks we see him as a younger man and without the sausage curl whig.
- Kansas City Shuffle: All this time Lelouch thought his dad was interested in territory and other 'earthly' goals. His true goal is at a higher level and because no one has any idea, they can't oppose it.
- Kick the Dog:Young Lelouch: Hail Your Majesty! My mother the empress is dead.
Charles: Old news. What of it?
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Charles (to V. V.): "Brother, you have lied to me for the last time" * takes Code from V. V., leaving him to bleed to death.
- Knight Templar Parent: Charles subjects his children to a lot of pain, intentionally or otherwise, to achieve his goals, which he feels are his way of showing he cares.
- Large And In Charge: Incredibly bulky in appearance especially compared to the Noodle People character designs of others.
- Large Ham: Charles does everything in over-the-top, almost operatic style—a trait that Lelouch definitely inherited.
- Like Father, Like Son: Charles and Lelouch have more in common than either would presumably care to admit.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: No indication of whether this is explicitly the case with Britannia in general, but given that his children come from a whole mess of royal consorts...
- Little Guy, Big Buddy: Emperor Chuck and V.V.
- Missing Mom: Charles and V.V.'s Start of Darkness took place when their mother, courtesy of other nobles, got a carriage dropped on her and in front of the not-older-than-10 twins, apparently as revenge for having her kids appointed as heirs to The Empire. Yikes.
- Necromancer: In Nightmare of Nunnally, his Geass allows him to raise the dead. He does this with several of the Knights of the Round.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: After killing V.V. and taking his "Code".
- Not So Invincible After All: Don't think he ever considered the possibility of being practically erased from existence by what is essentially God.
- One True Love: He had 108 wives but it is clear that he loved Marianne the most.
- Orcus on His Throne: The nobility only realized that he went missing because he wasn't in the throne room.
- Parental Abandonment: In Nightmare of Nunnally, both his parents were assassinated.
- Pet the Dog: In a real blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, you can see portraits of his dead children Clovis and Euphemia when he's in the library room in C's world. This indicates that maybe, on some deep (and man do I mean deep) level, he really did care about his kids.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In response to Lelouch calling him out on not protecting Marianne well enough, he tells Lelouch that the only things he has are things he provided him with.
- Royal Blood: A given, seeing as how he inherited the throne of Britannia from his family.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Evil Plan he cooks behind the scenes.
- Social Darwinist: Charles seems to be this. Subverted later when he tried to use Ragnarok to eliminate this, making him and Marianne very brutal Well Intentioned Extremists.
- Start of Darkness: The assassination of his mom was the last straw.
- Übermensch: A very good example, if you look deep enough. Check the trope page, section "Anime".
- Utopia Justifies the Means: What he hoped to achieve with the Ragnarok Connection.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He's popular in the main land.
- Villainous Friendship: With Bismarck.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist:
- Like Lelouch, Charles uses reprehensible methods to achieve theoretically admirable goals, though it really doesn't come off that way at first.
- Nightmare!Charles is much more sympathetic, and engages in less villainy than canon Lelouch does.
- In Super Robot Wars Z2, Charles and V.V. aim to convert humanity into pure will, so they can survive the fate of the sorrowful future the BK warns of.
Princess Euphemia li Britannia
Voiced by: Omi Minami (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)The Third Princess of Britannia, Euphemia is a rarity among the royal family: kind-hearted, plucky, innocent and sweet. She wants everyone to be happy. Yes, that includes even the Elevens — among them, the man she loves, Suzaku Kururugi.
"I never want to see people unhappy ever again!"
Euphie embodies these tropes:
- Actual Pacifist: Despite being a Britannian noble, she wishes for peace for all and hates that the Japanese are oppressed by her family's empire.
- Because of this, she actually ends up being Lelouch's most formidable enemy. Her cheerful smile and strong will to help those in need end up completely and decisively derailing his plans at the end of R1, and it took a complete and utter Diabolus ex Machina for Lelouch not to end up completely succumbing to her plan.
- All-Loving Heroine: Even moreso than Shirley. She loves everyone and wants to help everyone and has a tendency to throw herself into dangerous situation for the sake of protecting others.
- Anime Hair: Although not as extreme as some in the series, including her own father Emperor Charles.
- Ascended Extra: While no way an extra, she does play a bigger part in the AU "Lelouch of the Rebellion" manga.
- Ax-Crazy: Not intentionally, but to horrifying effect. Lelouch, in his first bout of Power Incontinence, accidentally geasses her "to kill all the Japanese." More than any other character in Code Geass, she fights against the order — both when he first commands her, and again in the end. But she succeeds in shaking it off only when she herself is dying, after she's already led to the deaths of thousands of innocent people — mostly Japanese, but some Britannians as well — and utterly ruined her chance of bringing about peace between Britannia and the people of Japan.
- Beta Couple: With Suzaku Kururugi, whom she champions (a risky thing for her to do, given that he is an Eleven) and who becomes her official knight, both literally and figuratively. Suzaku / Euphemia sets up a nice contrast with Lelouch (for whom Suzaku is a foil) / Shirley (who is in many ways similar to Euphemia, or how Euphemia might have been if she had not grown up as royalty.)
- Big Eyes Little Eyes: Huge eyes — second biggest, of the entire cast, after Shirley's.
- Birds of a Feather: With Suzaku.
- Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Although not literally a wedding dress, the pink-and-white dress Euphie wears in the episode "Bloodstained Euphie" looks similar enough to qualify.
- Bodyguard Crush: On her knight, Suzaku Kururugi. Thoroughly requited. Horribly shot down in the end.
- Break the Cutie: The SAZ massacre breaks her completely. She's in tears and fatally injured at the end.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Lelouch admits that Euphemia was the closest thing he had to a First Love.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Is willing to jump into a missile zone to protect someone with her status. She does this often. Its in her intro episode.
- Cute and Psycho: Under the influence of the Geass. She still acts as her sweet and polite self as she asks Japanese people to kill themselves and then starts killing everyone herself.
- Determinator: The first person to ever resist Geass.
- The Ditz: A mild example. Unless you compare her to her The Chessmaster relatives.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Especially Nina.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: The choker around her neck.
- Expy/Composite Character: She's basically Lacus Clyne with Relena Peacecraft's ideology and influence.
- Fix Fic:
- Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally seems to deliberately give her the opposite outcome of what happened in the main series... by making her The Empress of Britannia.
- To say nothing of the TONS of actual Fan Fics that fix her unfortunate fate.
- Some Code Geass video games such as "Lost Colors" allows the player to prevent the event altogether.
- In Code Geass: Tales of an Alternate Shogunate, Lelouch entrusts Japan to her and Suzaku after Perry's defeat.
- In Super Robot Wars Z2.2, if the player takes the ZEXUS route, Banjo Haran has faked Euphie's death.
- 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: Shirley Fenette, who not only has a strikingly similar personality but also has many analogous plot points. In many ways, Shirley is set up to be for "Lulu" what Euphemia is for Suzaku.
- Kallen also serves as her foil in their brief interactions. Kallen's not a believer in what Euphie is doing, seeing her as just a useless royal puppet. This is one of few things that actually gets a rise out of the princess.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: Occasionally.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Very wide, open eyes — second only to Shirley.
- Go Out with a Smile: She dies smiling at Suzaku, still believing that her SAZ plan was a success.
- Heroic Willpower: Manages to force herself not to follow Lelouch's Geass command and kill Suzaku (Japanese), though she was nearly dead at the time.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Despite all her noble intentions in the past, her reputation was punctuated on a very bad note with the Massacre Princess Incident.
- The Ingenue: Tied with Shirley as the most clear-cut example in the series. See also Wide-Eyed Idealist, below.
- In-Series Nickname / Affectionate Nickname: "Euphie/Euphy", by default. Cornelia calls her this whenever they are alone and Lelouch and Nunnally call her by this name. Euphemia also insists that Suzaku address her by this when they are alone. Massacre Princess after Season 1 Episode 22.
- Ironic Nickname: Kallen calls her the "puppet princess", despite her status as Royals Who Actually Do Something. Then it's subverted when she accidentally becomes the Geass' (and to an extent, her father's and Lelouch's) puppet and it ends up costing her. So Kallen was right in a roundabout way.
- Kill the Cutie: Unlike the others members of the royal family, Euphie is sweet and innocent and just wishes for everyone to be happy. Tragically, she is accidentally forced by her own brother to slaughter hundreds of innocent people that she herself had gathered together for a plan to bring peace between the warring states before being shot by her own brother and dying in the front of her love interest. After that, she ends up being universally hated.
- Lady and Knight: She is the Lady and Suzaku is her Knight.
- Let Them Die Happy: Before she dies, Suzaku lies to her saying that the SAZ is a success.
- The Lost Lenore: To Suzaku.
- Meaningful Name:
- Euphemia of Chalcedon was an early Christian saint. Moreover, several European queens have also been named Euphemia. And etymologically, "Euphemia" (Greek: "good speech") is closely related to "euphemism."
- Saint Euphemia was a martyr. And her martyrdom was REALLY ugly, according to her legend.
- Meet Cute: With Suzaku Kururugi. Not just their vertical Crash-Into Hello (when she falls on top of him while "escaping" imaginary villains), but the whole sequence that follows, which is arguably the happiest and most unambiguously romantic sequence in the series. So you just know things are going to go well from then on.
- Meganekko: Part of her standard disguise. Lampshaded in the DVD Commentary, which someone says, "She's aggressively cute with the glasses."
- Mercy Kill: A regret-filled Lelouch does this after he accidentally Geassed into killing all the Japanese people.
- Morality Pet: For Princess Cornelia. Also, tries to be this for Lelouch. Things do not go well.
- Pink Means Feminine: She's almost always rocking her pink dress.
- Plucky Girl: Somehow, even when things went bad — which of course just made the "worse" seem even worse.
- Politically Active Princess: Tries to solve the conflict with the Japanese peacefully, impressing even Lelouch with her move. It was short lived.
- Princess Classic: Combined with plenty of Rebellious Princess and Blithe Spirit.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Even for hair color.
- Princesses Rule: She's briefly the Viceroy for Area 11.
- Purple Eyes: A trademark of the more cunning Britannian royal family members. In her case, she's not deceitful but she is caring and careful enough in her word choice that she can sway Lelouch to her side.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Has pink hair and a sweet and pacifist personality to match.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Was about to be this — until Lelouch accidentally geassed her into her anti-Japanese killing spree and had to kill her himself. Nightmare of Nunnally is kinder to her, though.
- The Scapegoat: Lelouch is forced to make her one of these after accidentally geassing her.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Cornelia.
- Spanner in the Works: Her declaration of the Special Zone and her call to Zero to stop fighting and start helping causes him to absolutely flip his lid, because it derails his bigger plan.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In Nightmare of Nunnally, Tales of an Alternate Shogunate, and several video games.
- Spell My Name with an "S": As mentioned above, Euphemia's nickname is sometimes spelled "Euphie" and sometimes "Euphy." Nunnally even lampshades it, telling Suzaku she's not sure to have spelled it right.
- Spoiled Sweet: Despite being a princess, she's sweet and kind and helpful. This is particularly notable when you consider what the rest of her family is like.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Suzaku.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Euphemia's death made some fans turn away from the series as a whole, as they felt she was also killed off just for plot device reasons. The contrived way it happens, with the Geass going off at the worst moment while Lelouch says the worst possible thing, doesn't help.
- Token Good Teammate: Among the Britannian royals in season 1. See also White Sheep.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Perhaps even more than Shirley — who, after all, is on the swim team, and doesn't wear poofy dresses or jewelry — Euphemia is at the girly girl extreme of the Code Geass world.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: It was her naivete and goodwill that led her to do something that led to the political need to meet with the man who could control people's minds, which ultimately led to her death. Ironically, that same compassion leads to the man admitting his defeat, a claim none of her more ruthless or intelligent siblings can make.
- Tragic Dream: She hopes to bring about peace between Britannia and the Japanese people. Oops.
- White Sheep: The only Actual Pacifist in the family.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Literally as well as figuratively: with the sole exception of Shirley, she has the largest eyes (and irises) of any major character in all of Code Geass. In the classic political sense, she is the most extreme Wide-Eyed Idealist on the show, probably followed by Nunnally. (Shirley is out of the running because of her wilful lack of interest in politics.)
- Wrong Genre Savvy: You know these shows in which the sweet, 16 years old, Rose-Haired pacifist princess and her Ace Pilot boyfriend with his Super Prototype mecha end the war? This is not Code Geass.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink hair.
Princess Cornelia li Britannia
Voiced by Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English)Twenty-seven-year old — twenty-eight by the second season — Second Princess of Britannia and Area 11's Governor after the death of her brother Clovis. The brilliant, courageous and widely-feared Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Army, she is also strongwilled, xenophobic, and strict. Nevertheless, she harbors a deep and genuine soft spot for her little sister Euphemia.
"Sloppy, senile, corrupted. Where is Zero?! I want the enemy of the Empire caught! Get Zero!"
Cornelia embodies these tropes:
- Ace Custom: Her Gloucester Knightmare Frame is unique for having a white cape and a set of horns on its head. Anyone who sees it instantly shits their pants.
- Ace Pilot: Amongst the best Britannia has to offer. She seems to be second only to Suzaku, and Schneizel says she's as good as Marianne "The Flash", though it's quite possible he's exaggerating.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Dark purple hair, pale skin and considerable height. Cornelia is rather reserved save for the affection she shows her sister, Euphemia. Schneizel can also get her blushing, but then he does that to all the ladies.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Especially at the beginning.
- Badass: Cornelia is one of the few people who has bested Lelouch in both tactics and combat.
- Badass Cape: She wears one as part of her attire as Viceroy and her Knightmare Frame has one as well.
- Badass Normal: No geass. No Lancelot. No need for either.
- Badass In Charge: As Viceroy of Area 11.
- Badass Princess: She's the only female Britannian royal who has an active participation in combat.
- Big Bad: For most of the first season, while Emperor Charles is more of an unseen Greater Scope Villain with little to no direct impact on the conflict.
- Blue Blood: As the daughter of the current Emperor.
- Break the Haughty: Over the course of the series.
- Character Development: She ordered a raid in a ghetto, causing several Japanese civilians to die at her soldiers' hands. By the finale, she's at a wedding between Japanese man and a Britannian woman, and she doesn't seem to have that much of an issue with it.
- The Chessmaster: She was the first enemy in the series to deliver Lelouch a defeat.
- Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair and eyes.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: She saw through every trick Lelouch used. One can feel his frustration as Cornelia denies him any opportunity to exploit.
- Dark Action Girl: A little old for the trope, but not by that much. She's powerful, she's ruthless, and she's feared.
- Disc One Final Boss: Throughout much of the first season, she spearheads the Britannian forces ruling Japan, so she's the woman that Lelouch has to face in order to be considered a threat to the Empire. Once she's thoroughly defeated at the end of R1, she's quickly supplanted by Schneizel, Charles and V.V.
- Disney Death: Courtesy of her older brother and a machine gun.
- Evil Virtues:
- Unwilling to leave her bodyguard die, at a point rarely seen for a villain.
- Her personal courage in battle is undeniable.
- She orders Suzaku to not let her men know she has been seriously injured during the Black Rebellion, knowing that this will lower their morale.
- Four-Star Badass: She's a very high-ranking commander of the Britannian forces, a strategist who nearly beats Lelouch (albeit while he was still overconfident from his early victories), and she leads her troops from the front lines. It's no surprise that she's one of their best fighters.
- General Ripper: Sort of; while she values her subordinates, she is utterly ruthless and racist in facing Numbers to the point where she has on at least one occasion razed a neighborhood full of civilians, and is noted to rather let hostages die than deal with the terrorists holding them. She does come out of this in the second season at least.
- Hand Cannon: She had this gun that she pointed at Zero when he offered to save the hostages of the JLF.
- Hypocrite: Criticizes the JLF for having "forgotten basic human decency", in reference to the time when a rogue group of JLF members took a number of innocent civilians hostage in a hotel jacking... Which they did one episode after she herself ordered the brutal slaughter of an entire Ghetto filled with mostly innocent civilians. As noted above, she does get better as time goes on but... damn. One might also find her failure to account for said sins when viewing her brother Lelouch with contempt audacity, considering it was her nation's acts, which she was also complicit in no less, that set him down his present path, and that she made no real effort to consider his pain or motivations. He may have been responsible for the death of her sister, but still, it's a case of Never My Fault.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes
- Karma Houdini: She does suffer in various ways (dead little sister, messed up in the Black Rebellion, imprisoned for a while, shot by her brother), and does get better over time (see Character Development and Took a Level in Kindness), but shows no repentance and suffers no direct punishment for any of her actions, which include one on-screen massacre and doubtless many other reprehensible acts committed under the banner of Britannia. Lelouch's Zero-Approval Gambit pretty much shields her from any retribution her actions may have entailed otherwise.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: While normally stoic and ruthless, mention the late empress Marianne and watch her blush like a schoolgirl.
- Lack of Empathy: Towards the civilians, at least in the first season.
- Lady of War: Very much so.
- A Mother to Her Men: While she has little tolerance for failure or incompetence, she shows on multiple occasions that she's willing to go the extra mile and even risk her own life for her subordinates.
- More Dakka: Did you see the payload on Cornelia's scavenged Frame in episode 14?
- Noble Demon: Her courage, genuine desire to build stability in Area 11, and her relationship with her sister Euphemia are there even in her first appearances, as well as her ruthlessness and racism.
- Not So Different: Considering her relationship with her sister and affection towards Marianne, she's not that different from Lelouch.
- No One Gets Left Behind: Refuses to abandon her injured men when retreating, even if it puts her own life at risk.
- Pet the Dog:
- She's very much a villain, but she genuinely cares about Euphemia and Guilford.
- She states her intention to avenge Clovis, implying that she cares for him to some degree. She also states to Euphemia when they're relaxing together in the garden that she wants to avenge Lelouch and Nunnaly as well, not knowing that they're alive.
- She also accepts Suzaku as a knight of Britannia in the final episode of season one.
- Pink Means Feminine
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Like much of Britannia, she isn't fond of "Elevens" and, despite allowing Suzaku to fight under her, still says she isn't comfortable with him due to his race.
- Pragmatic Villainy: As racist as she is, she is not an idiot about it, and she's willing to promote Elevens who prove themselves useful to her.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Cornelia prefers her pink-haired, often-pink-attired sister Euphemia to anyone or anything else in the world.
- Princesses Rule: Takes over as Viceroy of Area 11 after Prince Clovis's death and before turning it over to her sister Euphemia.
- Purple Eyes: Blue-purple. This is the norm for the cunning members of the Britannian royal family and her case indicates her mental prowess for coming up with battle tactics, a field on which she can give Lelouch a run for his money.
- Rebel Leader: She's the leader of the remaining rebels opposing Lelouch by the end of the plot.
- Rebellious Princess: In the first part of R2. She drops the mantle when siding with Schneizel, but picks it up again — and almost gets a bridge dropped on her courtesy of him. She dodges it, barely, and after getting better she joins La Résistance.
- Red Baron: "The Witch Of Britannia".
- Revenge: Her reason for siding with the Black Knights to take down the Geass Order in R2.
- Royal Blood: She's The Emperor's daughter.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: A viceroy and a military commander. She has personally dealt with the various rebellions factions in Area 11, and succeeded in subduing ever single one of them with the exception of the Black Knights. She states that she planned on cleaning up Area 11 before handing leadership of it to Euphemia.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Euphemia.
- Statuesque Stunner: Quite beautiful and stands at 5'11", even taller than some of the men in the show.
- Taking the Bullet: A random soldier does this to save Cornelia from Tohdoh during the Black Rebellion, which is further evidence that she inspires genuine loyalty in her troops.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: A true Lady of War, Cornelia is the most tomboyish major character in season one of Code Geass. (Her closest rival would probably be Kallen in her warrior guise.) Cornelia is most commonly paired with Euphemia, who (along with Shirley) is at the show's extreme girly girl end of the spectrum. See this adorable pic from their childhood together.◊
- Took a Level in Kindness: Starts off arrogant, proud and very racist. Through a series of defeats, humiliations and betrayals, by series end she is a bit more rational in thought and chilled out considerably.
- Tsundere: Tsun to her subordinated, dere to Euphie. At one point, Cornelia almost blushed when Schneizel was praising her.
- Villainous Valour: Zero fought her using a Knightmare 10 times more powerful than hers. And he relied on Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind to win. She also leads her troops from the very front of the front line, and never gives up.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Provided Lelouch with his first real challenge as a strategist. Especially after the incompetent Attack! Attack! Attack! nature of her predecessor Clovis. Hell, she would have beaten him if C.C. hadn't turned up to save the day (something Lelouch hadn't planned for and didn't expect). Still, Lelouch does wise up after this, and outmanoeuvres her in their subsequent clashes.
- Would Hurt a Child: Tried to kill V.V. while under the impression he was merely a child with a geass.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair. To match her eyes and lips.
Empress Marianne vi Britannia
Voiced by: Asako Dodo (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren (English)The former Empress of Charles zi Britannia and mother to Nunnally and Lelouch, she was first introduced as a Missing Mom killed by unknown assassins. It was due to this that caused her kids to be kicked out of the Britannian Empire, which in turns caused Lelouch to hate Britannia and begin his rebellion. To many people, she was known as Marianne the Flash, a powerful Action Mom and a nice person overall that everyone adores (providing they are not snobbish nobles).
"Masks will vanish, then everyone can be exactly who they're supposed to be."
Marianne embodies these tropes:
- Ace Pilot: Being a former Knight and one of the first Knightmare Frame pilots qualifies.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Lelouch thought his mother the Empress was a saint, but she is revealed to be a co-conspirator with her husband in his Assimilation Plot.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Where the whole mess starts.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seemed like a sweet and gentle mother and she was thought of as a saint by most people, but then it's revealed that was a facade and she supports her husband's Evil Plan to destroy and rewrite the world.
- Broken Pedestal: To Lelouch. You thought Marianne was a saint? Turns out that she wants the same thing as Charles.
- Cynicism Catalyst: In Nightmare of Nunnally she was idealistic and managed to convince Charles to abandon his plan until she got assassinated, which convinced her that she can't build a kind and gentle world with trust.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Lelouch remembers her fondly and her death is one of his main motivations. Subverted once she reveals her true colors.
- Deceptive Legacy: Half-averted. Her death served as motivation for her son Lelouch and she really was killed in the backstory, only to have cheated death via Soul Jar, and was revealed to be a co-conspirator with Emperor Charles in his Assimilation Plot.
- Disappears into Light: She and Charles disappear this way when Lelouch erases both of them from existence.
- Disposable Woman: Subverted.
- Evil Matriarch: Combined with Well-Intentioned Extremist. Loving your kids but not above atrocities because of them...
- Face Doodling: At one point while in Anya's body she looked like she was about to doodle on Suzaku's face but he woke up before she could.
- Go Out with a Smile: In Nightmare of Nunnally.
- Grand Theft Me: Her Geass ability, which she used to transfer her soul to poor Anya.
- Hidden Depths: For most of the series, she appeared as Lelouch's beloved, murdered mother. The truth is that she is working with his father to kill the Gods and recreate the world as they see fit.
- Hime Cut: One of the less bizarre examples in the series.
- Informed Ability: She was supposedly excellent at piloting a Knightmare Frame, but has never been seen in one. Although, there was that moment in episode 20 of R2 where, while in direct control of Anya, she deliberately let a very specific part of the Mordred's Float System get damaged in a brief scuffle with the Knight of One so she would have an excuse to leave the battle and land on the island. Her feint was apparently so good that Bismarck Freaking Waldstein didn't notice he'd been deliberately given the opening he exploited. It's also possible the only reason Anya was able to become a Knight of the Round was because of Marianne.
- Knight Templar Parent: She and her husband formed a plan to change the world for the better shortly after they met, and since Lelouch and his sister Nunnally were their favorites, they intended to let the kids in on it when they were old enough. However, they didn't bother taking into account how the kids would feel about forcibly changing the nature of all of humanity. And all this is before you throw in their Evil Plan to protect the kids which resulted in both kids being mentally and emotionally scarred, and drove Lelouch to try to kill his father in the first place.
- Lady Macbeth: Turns out she happens to share her husband's viewpoint that the current world is beyond hope and supports his plan to destroy and rewrite the world.
- Little Miss Badass: She *is* inside of 15-year-old Anya Alstreim, after all. And who knows, she might have been one when young?
- Love Makes You Evil: Marianne's beloved children mean the world to her. So much that she will destroy and rewrite said world for them.
- Missing Mom: Marianne died eight years ago, at the hands of her own brother in law, V.V., out of jealousy. Turns out she managed to find a new home in the body of Anya Alstreim.
- Plot-Triggering Death: It was her death that caused her kids to be kicked out of the Britannian Empire, which in turns caused Lelouch to hate Britannia and begin his rebellion.
- Posthumous Character: Finding out the truth behind her murder is one of Lelouch's biggest motives for attempting to overthrow the Britannian Empire though it's eventually revealed that she's Not Quite Dead.
- Purple Eyes: The trademark for Britannian royalty's cunning and persuasion. In her case it indicates that she may not be as innocent of the happenings of the world as she let on.
- Rags to Royalty: A major plot point. She was born as a commoner to later become the 5th wife of the Emperor of Britannia. Certainly this didn't help with the nobles.
- She Knows Too Much: The reason for her death at Schneizel's hands in Suzaku of the Counterattack.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Lelouch/C.C., even asking C.C herself directly if she fancied Lelouch. C.C just said "Uhm, He Is Not My Boyfriend".
- Showing Off the New Body: Shortly after she appears to Lelouch in ep 21 of R2. Technically, it was her old body, because she had been stuck in a loli for seven years prior, but the effect is kinda the same.
- The Trickster: So good at lying and manipulating, that she managed to fool everyone with her saintly Purity Sue facade even after her physical death. Also very playful and almost child-like towards Lelouch during episode 21 of R2.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: More than being an Evil Matriarch, Marianne heartily believed that Instrumentality was the best way for the world to exist.
- Walking Spoiler: It's not until late in R2 that she is even revealed to still be alive.
Prince Schneizel el Britannia
Voiced by: Norihiro Inoue (Japanese), Troy Baker (English)Second son of Emperor Charles, this blond man in his late twenties is one of the main antagonists of the series. While he comes across as an Anti-Villain due to his chivalrous demeanor, the true nature of his sinister and calculating personality is revealed when he assumes the role of Lelouch's principal nemesis in Season 2. What he lacks in typical Britannian royal theatrics, he makes up for in efficiency, cunning, and sheer ruthlessness.In Suzaku Of The Counterattack, Suzaku becomes his knight.
"Mankind's history is war, peace is an illusion, to turn illusion into reality is an arduous task. It requires discipline."
Schneizel embodies these tropes:
- Affably Evil:
- Pretty nice to everyone in general. A notable scene is when he comforts Cecile after an embarrasing moment.
- Furthermore, in ''Suzaku Of The Counterattack" he tries to become immortal and take over the world.
- Aloof Big Brother: Stoic as noted above and both Nunnally and Lelouch himself admit that Schneizel is the only one to beat Lelouch in Chess.
- Always Someone Better: Schneizel is the only character who can consistently outstrategize even Lelouch.
- Ambiguously Evil: Despite being a member of the royal family he does seem like a good man. Turns out he's Lelouch's most dangerous and ruthless opponent.
- Ambiguously Gay: In Turn 09, Kanon states he is Schneizel's assistant..."public and private." Admittedly Kanon said this with a semi-joking tone of voice, but during his wedding party, Scheizel's older brother states that he never expected to see Schneizel acting as escort to a woman.
- Ambition Is Evil:
- What he believes. Ironically he has his own ambitions, but deliberately not being ambitious enough is what leads to his downfall.
- It's more that his ambition IS to be ambitionless, or to have an "ambition" that isn't actually his own but is for the good of mankind. He clearly hates his farther's system of doing things, and truly believes that ambition causes all the world's problems. So he lies to everyone, including himself about having ambitions, in an attempt to prove that he's a better person than the rest of his family.
- Amoral Attorney: Not in profession, but fits the archetype perfectly. Such as when he leads the Black Knights into betraying their leader, and shortly afterwards, argues his way into a rebellion against his father.
- Anti-Villain: Subverted. He was foreshadowed as a Big Bad and Lulu's Evil Counterpart since the first Opening Title Sequence but, for a long time, he had yet to do anything evil. However, after R2 episode 9, he definitely proves himself to be Not So Harmless, leading and almost brainwashing the already crazy Nina to believe FLEIJA would be what Euphie would want. Then there was that disquieting grin on his face when said bomb went off. And then he got the Black Knights to turn on their leader, and got his very own floating doom fortress.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: After Lelouch finishes off Charles and takes over Britannia, Schneizel reveals his goals to rule humanity by threatening them with a nuclear space ship.
- Bad Samaritan: He seemingly takes Nina under his wing as a kind and friendly mentor to a lonely girl, in reality, he just wants her knowledge to create FLEIJA warheads.
- Badass Bookworm: Word Of God states he´s the single smartest character and the biggest threat to Lelouch of anyone in the entire series. He knows just what to say to make ANYONE tick just the way he wants to be.
- Bait the Dog: Spends a good 90% of the show doing nothing evil other than opposing Lelouch as a member of the Britannian royal family until he uses Nina to have FLEIJA constructed. It's all downhill from there.
- The Beautiful Elite: Schneizel is a very handsome young man and a member of Britannia's royal family.
- Big Bad:
- He takes up this role in R2, as Lelouch's toughest, most frequent and most direct opponent.
- In other media, he's the main villain in Suzaku Of The Counterattack.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With his father, Emperor Charles.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: He seems to take this in a calm manner for most of the show but it's later revealed he's disgusted with the way the whole world is run, including the parts under Britannian rule and even plotted to assassinate his own father.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A somewhat atypical example.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: C'mon, look at his picture up there. You didn't seriously believe he is up to anything noble and good, did you?
- Boring but Practical: The key element that separates Lelouch and Schneizel's skillsets despite the two being almost peerless strategists. Lelouch deliberately invokes theatrics and extravagant gestures and uses them to create a kind of aura of supernatural competence and untouchability (thanks in part to being ACTUALLY supernatural in some areas) with the downside being that he's slaved to needing to showcase this level of competence at all times to maintain the loyalty of his followers as a result and most of his gambits being gimmicky all or nothing gambles that, while having a high chance of working once, would never survive sustained conflict with a learned opponent. Schneizel, on the other hand, maintains the image of a kind and affable ruler that people would WANT to flock behind, and uses straightforward tried and true tactics in all confrontations. He flawlessly assesses the skill levels and emotional states of all his pieces and uses them when appropriate, and plays cautiously without throwing out units he isn't ok with losing. Even when he gets the flashy looking FLEIJA missiles in the final battle, his desire to use them comes from the pragmatic and practical notion that he should dispense with intricate planning against an equal opponent and nuke Lelouch out of the sky before the battle even has a chance to get going.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Kanon himself has stated that Schneizel has a preference for weird things and people (why he keeps Lloyd around, for one). However, efficiency comes first.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Long before he ever made his debut, Schneizel appears in the openings and is mentioned several times.
- The Chessmaster: Stated to be the only one consistently better than Lelouch and proves this several times.
- Consummate Liar: Of the Truth Twister sort. See also False Reassurance.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Has a knack for fooling most of the people he comes across into doing his bidding.
- Divide and Conquer: One of his many ruthless stratagems.
- Dragon-in-Chief: The Emperor is a very removed threat for most of the series so Schneizel handles most of Britannia's political and military affairs, making him much more of a obstacle to Lelouch than their father.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He is first seen at Clovis' funeral.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Unlike his dad, he does not react well to mind controlled Euphemia massacring Elevens.
- Furthermore, after Zero's Engineered Public Confession of the High Eunuchs, he opposes their idea that leaders are figureheads and nations are dirt. And since the High Eunuchs lost the support of the Chinese people, they were no longer eligible for Britannian titles.
- Evil Counterpart: To Lelouch. The biggest difference, Lelouch points out, is that Schneizel is sheltered in a villainous royal family and lacks ambition. Opposed to his Good Counterpart, who wishes greatly to destroy Britannia and knows the man on the street well enough to have more than just selfish reasons.
- Evil Mentor: To Nina.
- The Evils of Free Will: His Damocles plan, in a nutshell.
- False Reassurance: This might as well be Schneizel's non-Geass power.
- Fate Worse Than Death: His ultimate fate. He was mind controlled into obeying his arch enemy (or more specifically Zero), but we don't know whether he's completely mindless or just encouraged. Granted, this could cure his lack of ambition, since he now has something to fight for. Maybe.
- Final Boss: He has the honor of being Lelouch's final opponent.
- From a Certain Point of View: He claims to have never lost a chess match to Lelouch, which is completely true...but he leaves out the fact that he tends to forfeit when things are going poorly, as Lelouch puts it, he only plays games he can't lose.
- A God Am I: Who commands a floating battle station with has orbital nuclear capability.
- The Heavy: Despite the fact that Charles holds the title of Emperor, he entrusts Schneizel with the day-to-day administration of the Holy Britannian Empire within his capacity as the Prime Minister. Therefore, throughout the course of the series present timeline, it is he whom Lelouch must match wits with as he wages war against the armed forces of Britannia.
- Heel–Face Turn: A genuine one after seeing all the shit he caused by watching what Zech and Treize have to do to make the world realize their folly about wars in Super Robot Wars Z2 Saisei-Hen ZEXIS route, he resolves to help Lelouch and all the princesses make the world a better place.
- Humiliation Conga: Got a really spectacular one in the Grand Finale. See the main page for details.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: A master at this, too. The dick. Lelouch was already close to the Despair Event Horizon with the apparent death of Nunnally, and while he was in his private quarters, his big brother took the opportunity to convert the Black Knights to his own side. As if that weren't bad enough, he also hid away Nunnally, who he had secretly saved, and later used her against him.
- Lack of Empathy: When he nukes Pendragon, or at least that's what he wants you to believe.
- Lesser of Two Evils: Successfully presents himself as one of these to turn the Black Knights against Lelouch, and later cooperate in taking down the latter.
- Manipulative Bastard: He tricks the Black Knights into turning against Lelouch so that he could weaken them and make it easier to destroy his enemies.
- Meaningful Name:
- Schneizel kind of fits the "evil German" stereotype, once he's revealed to be a ruthless killer. Also, the Real Life British Royal family is German. They changed their name to Windsor during WW1, but until then it was Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
- His name has "sch" in it, it resembles the word schnitzel and he's blonder than blond. Most people will think of him as German, if for no other reason (insert Johan Liebert comparison) than stereotypes.
- Metaphorically True: Namely, the stuff he says about Lelouch when he presents to the Black Knights.
- More Than Mind Control: His preferred approach to people who can be useful to him, including Nina and even Nunnally.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Unlike Cornelia, Schneizel prefers to sit back and watch rather than go up on the front lines, doesn't mean he's any less dangerous.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's obviously not up to something, right? ...Right?!
- Nuke 'em: His solution to world peace.
- Oh Crap!: Just before Lelouch uses his geass on him, Schneizel has this look on his face as he realizes what Lelouch's true plan is.
- Overlord Jr.: He's the de facto head of Charles' military and oversees his campaigns while his father is busy with other matters. Of all his siblings, Schneizel is the most like-minded to their father.
- Pet the Dog: If it's possible for an event to simultaneously this and a Kick the Dog moment: Schneiel shooting Cornelia before the final battle. The Kick the Dog part speaks for itself, but then you realize that this is the point in the series where Schneizel has slipped into full-on "batshit mental" mode, and after this point he's casually throwing nukes around and setting up his own forces to die, not to mention callously leaving Nunnally behind to die while he escapes. The fact that, for all his cold ruthlessness he was still able to willingly spare (Cornelia's later dialogue suggests this) his sister, despite the fact that she had completely rejected his ideals, has to say something (even if it's only small) about his humanity.
- Playing the Victim Card: His remark that he himself could be under the Geass command of Lelouch when meeting with the Black Knights.
- Prince Charming: He at first seems to be like this but as we find out in part 2 he is a ruthless sociopath.
- Quote Mine: Schneizel pulls this one on Lelouch and his Sarcastic Confession to Suzaku of deliberately geassing Euphie and then killing her, and uses it to implicate him in front of the Black Knights, leaving out the rest of the conversation, including Suzaku calling out Lelouch for lying. With a little extra suspicious yet cursory evidence, it's incredibly effective.
- Red Herring: Set up as a suspect for killing Marianne. It turns out to be V.V.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Lelouch's Red.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: A military commander and political leader.
- Royally Screwed Up: At least, screwed up enough to directly or indirectly nuke the entirety of the Britannian nobility near the end of the series, including the brothers and sisters that were not Cornelia, Nunnally, or Lelouch...
- Self-Made Orphan: It's implied he was going to try this, but Lelouch beat him to it. In the spinoff manga Suzaku of the Counterattack, he actually does the deed and pins it on Lelouch.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Kanon's Sensitive Guy.
- The Sociopath: The guy has no problem nuking several million people and his siblings!
- Smart People Play Chess: The only one that can beat Lelouch.
- The Social Expert: One could argue he's even better at it than Lelouch.
- The Starscream: To his dad and in a way to his brother with the Black Knights.
- Totalitarian Utilitarian: Runs in the blood, more than he would care to admit.
- Übermensch: Schneizel dreams of a peaceful world which he will enact by threatening humanity into submission with his arsenal of FLEIJA warheads, which he will decide when to fire.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: He's willing to destroy entire cities or countries if that's what it takes to make the world submit to his rule and live in harmony.
- Villains Never Lie: Subverted. See Manipulative Bastard.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Schneizel is adept at getting people on his side. He is well-liked amongst Britannian nations and with a few choice words is able to turn the Black Knights on Lelouch, effectively eliminating all the progress his brother had made in almost two seasons of work.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He sees human ambition as the source of all conflict, so his plan is to scare the entire world into giving up violence using nukes. He lacks the proper perspective to realise that this is a bad idea.
- Xanatos Gambit: The guy never plays games where he loses.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: In the time it took Lelouch to travel (by boat) to the Chinese Federation, Schneizel had already conceived of, and put into action a plan that would not only recapture Lelouch, but also end the conflict between Britannia and the Chinese Federation. All without shedding a single drop of blood. Even Lelouch is amazed by Schneizel's efficiency.
Voiced by: Kazato Tomizawa (Japanese), Cindy Robinson (English)V.V. (pronounced V2) is a mysterious boy with blond hair longer than his body. He has gained the power of immortality through a Geass contract like C.C. He can grant Geass contracts like her, having given both the Emperor and Rolo Lamperouge their Geass abilities, among others in the Geass Directorate.
"The most splendid relationship in the world is that of loyal siblings."
V.V. embodies these tropes:
- Alliterative Name: If those are indeed his initials.
- Asshole Victim: Charles kills him because he lied to him again and to take his Code, but it's difficult to feel sorry for him.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He fancies himself to be the ultimate manipulator and thinks he can pulls the strings, even on his brother. He was wrong.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Seeing this trope in action and suffering horribly because of it is his Freudian Excuse.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: He has long blonde hair and his being jealous enough to murder his brother's wife when he lost focus on their plan indicates he's one of the nastiest characters in the show. In Oz the Reflection, it turns out that he also bombed the mel Britannia family's castle although there is presently no reason as to why he did this.
- Blue Blood: As Charles' older brother he's technically the rightful Emperor of Britannia, though him possessing a Code means his existence must be kept secret from the masses.
- Break Them by Talking: Tries this on Cornelia. Does NOT work.
- The Chessmaster: Quite possibly the most calculatingly malicious character in the series.
- Creepy Child: Although not technically a child, he's one of the creepiest characters in the series.
- Creepy Twins: He and Charles could fit the bill, but him more so.
- Enfant Terrible: Subverted: He's a man in his 60's, but he got his Code at an early age so his physical growth was stunted.
- Godiva Hair: Despite being male.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In more ways than one. Sending Marianne's n°1 fanboy Jeremiah to assassinate Lelouch backfired, resulting in Jeremiah committing an about face and leading Lelouch to his doorstep, but not in the way V. V. anticipated at all, leading to the latter's defeat. V. V., still recovering from his internal injuries, made the mistake of seeking refuge in the presence of his brother Charles, who he had not bothered to inform that he had sent an assassin after Lelouch. Charles, still seething from V. V.'s earlier lies in violation of their pledge and contract to liberate the world from them, has had the last straw. Since Charles had a fully evolved Geass, you can probably guess what happens next...
- Horrible Judge of Character: A villainous example. First, he fails to anticipate that spending a year as Lelouch's "brother" might encourage Rolo to defect. Then, he sends Jeremiah after Lelouch despite knowing that he already has a reason to defect- his Undying Loyalty to Marianne and her children.
- Karmic Death: The best example in the series by a longshot, for all the crap that he caused.
- Knight of Cerebus: Whenever he gets involved, things always get worse.
- Little Guy, Big Buddy: With his twin brother Emperor Charles.
- Manipulative Bastard: Kidnapped Nunnally and then informed C.C. about it in order to lure Lelouch (and, more importantly from his point of view, C.C.) away from the Battle of Tokyo at a critical moment, then also revealed the truth about Geass and Euphemia's death to Suzaku in order to have him come kill Lelouch. Also quite possibly had something to do with Villetta showing up, with memories returned, at a crucial moment and shooting Ohgi, thus causing further chaos in the Black Knights' temporary headquarters and command structure.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: When you send out an assassin, make sure he has no unrequited loyalties to the matriarch of the target. You just might have a Heel–Face Turn in the works. And had V. V. not murdered Marianne, Lelouch may have never stumbled upon his parents' Ragnarok Connection plan.
- Older Than He Looks: He looks even younger than Nunnally, but really he's Emperor Charles' twin brother.
- Only Known by Initials: Much like C.C., his real name is never revealed, though it's assumed his title would include "Britannia".
- Purple Eyes: Pink-ish purple.
- Rapunzel Hair: Goes down to his feet.
- Royal Blood: Again, he's the rightful Emperor of Britannia.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist/The Sociopath: By far the most ruthlessly calculating character in the series, and that's saying something.
- The Unreveal: How he got his Code. It's never said in any canon how he got it.
- Villain Ball: Sends Jeremiah, a prime risk for a Heel–Face Turn, after Lelouch with no back-up to insure that he obeys orders. This is after one assassin has already defected to Lelouch.
- Yandere: Non-sexual type. When he felt his brother lost focus on their Ragnarok Connection plan, he murdered his wife (or at least, thought he did) to get him back on track and pay attention to V.V.
Prince Clovis la Britannia
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), Sam Riegel (English)Prince of Britannia and governor of Area 11 prior to the start of Code Geass. He was the first of Lelouch's relatives that he encounters (and kills) after acquiring the Geass.
"I was just speaking to Clovis. He is at peace now. He's sitting on a beach".
Clovis embodied these tropes:
- Chivalrous Pervert: Nice, uhm... swimsuit designs, man.
- Hidden Depths:
- He was very kind to his siblings, loved his mother and was a talented artist who painted and even designed lingerie and swimsuits. He also dabbled in architecture.
- For added emphasis, Cornelia, during the conversation from when he decides to become Viceroy from one of the Sound Dramas, notes that he is too kind for the job.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: The real reason why he hated the Elevens/Japanese (as well as his Start of Darkness) so much was because he blamed them for Lelouch and Nunnally's "deaths" when Japan was destroyed.
- Irony: By R2, it's a popular In-Universe theory that Zero was actually Clovis all along. In fairness, it's easy to see why this would be. After all, Clovis, like Lelouch, was a charismatic orator with a penchant for exaggerated gestures and a flair for the dramatic.
- Large Ham: He certainly had the hand gestures down.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Lelouch felt this a few episodes after he killed Clovis. Yes, Lelouch, you just killed your brother and you'll have to live with it.
- Oh Crap!: When he learns the identity of the person who led the insurgence against his massacre of Shinjuku — none other than his thought-to-be-dead brother Lelouch. Notable in that he is also overjoyed, given his love for him.
- Sacrificial Lamb: A rare villainous example - given his set-up as a major antagonist back in Episode 1, who actually expected him to go out as quickly as he did?
- Shadow Archetype: Despite only appearing for a few episodes, Clovis serves as this to Lelouch ironically enough.
- Smug Snake: It's shown he has a very poor grasp of battle plans but is (over-)confident he can crush his enemy's forces simply by sending waves and waves of men. Needless to say, he has quite the freak out when Lelouch defeats his forces and goes for him.
- Spared by the Adaptation. Subverted big time in Nightmare of Nunnally. She spares him when she attacks his HQ in the beginning and urges him to leave... but then Lelouch catches up to Clovis and kills him anyway.
- Starter Villain: For Lelouch as a strategist.
- Start of Darkness: Became Viceroy of Area 11 in hopes of making it a fitting memorial to his thought to be dead siblings. Fell into depression and despair, and subsequently became ruthless towards the Elevens.
Prince Odysseus Eu Britannia
Voiced by: Jin Yamanoi (Japanese), Peter Emshwiller (English)First Prince of the royal family. He seems to be a rather kind man, but is utterly outclassed by the hyper competent nature of most other royal children.
- Arranged Marriage: He was to be married to the Empress of the Chinese Federation but The Black Knights put a stop to that.
- Black Sheep: By no means a complete screw-up, but he's completely inadequate when compared to his more active siblings. Lelouch even calls him a ridiculously ordinary man.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: The first clue that he's not in the same league as Lelouch, Schneizel, or even Nunnally is that he lacks the trademark Purple Eyes his siblings have.
- May-December Romance: He was to be married to Empress Tianzi, who is no older than 13 at the time.
- Nice Guy: About the only thing he's really got going for him.
- Non-Action Guy: Claims he's not very good at fighting when talking to Tianzi.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Along with sisters, Guinevere and Carine, we don't see him after Lelouch's coronation, nor do we learn his fate after the bombing of Pendragon.
Princesses Guinevere su Britannia & Carine ne Britannia
Voiced by:The two other princesses (1st and 5th respectively) in the royal family. Rarely seen in the series, but carry the usual attitude of Britannians.
- Dark Chick: Carine is certainly one, enjoy the warfare and suffering of Elevens. And openly expresses disdain for Nunnally's plans for peace. Guinevere could be seen as one too considering how quickly she ordered the guards to kill Lelouch after he announced he killed the Emperor despite him having no proof to show otherwise (Granted he did, but she didn't know that).
- Girlish Pigtails: Carine.
- Hair Decorations: Guinevere has a weird flower like one that stick out of her hair.
- Humiliation Conga: Once Lelouch Geasses them, they're the first to swear their loyalty to him. The last we see of them is acting as maids and cleaning the castle.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Guinevere who is seen purchasing buildings when she feels like it.
- Spoiled Brat: Both of them, Carine for her childlike attitude and Guinevere for spending money on a whim.
- Those Two Guys: Usually always seen together and at least in the same scene.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After Lelouch takes over as emperor we don't see them again nor learn of their fates after the destruction of the Pendragon.
Princess Marrybel mel Britannia
Marrybel mel Britannia is is 88th in line to the throne of the Britannian Empire, and the founder and leader of the anti-terrorism organization “Glinda Knights” within the Britannian military. She is childhood friends with Oldrin Zevon and attended military academy with her.Marrybel's single-handed establishment of the Glinda Knights was triggered by the by the loss her mother and younger sister in a terrorist attack when she was young. Although usually misunderstood as having just a lovely appearance and a gentle demeanor, she is a sharp and able person who possesses situational assessment and strategy-designing abilities and keeps others at a distance.
- Beware of the Nice Ones: Following the death of her mother and sister, Marrybel became ruthless and bloodthirsty. The only reason she's so nice is because of the influence of the people around her. Left on her own however...
- Bodyguard Crush: The bodyguard in this case is Oldrin. Though it seems to go beyond being a crush if this scene is something to go by here, or this scene here make what you will of them.
- Cool Ship: Has her own ship, the Granberry as shown here◊.
- Covert Pervert: Heavily implied to be this; Marrybel does wear rather erotic underwear, and there's also the custom KMF uniforms she and the other female members wear. There's also her strange habit of ending up in Oldrin's bed on nights when she has nightmares.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her mother and sister were killed in a terrorist attack. Suspiciously similar to how Lelouch lost his mother, actually. It's later revealed that V.V. bombed her home when she was a child and she was the only survivor.
- Hide Your Lesbians: Apparently only Toto knows about her... affection for Oldrin.
- Inter-Class Romance: Marrybel is a princess, Oldrin is regular noble.
Princess Laila la Britannia
The younger sister of Clovis la Britannia.
Military Research and Development
Voiced by: Tetsu Shiratori (Japanese), Liam O Brien (English)An earl of the Britannian empire and the series' main Mad Scientist.
"You must make a decision. Abandon science to preserve your heart or destroy your heart to pursue science".
Lloyd embodies these tropes:
- Ambiguous Disorder: He's not known as Lord Aspie for nothing.
- Arranged Marriage: Plans one to Milly. Later, she calls it off.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He likes to play the part, but it's really a Jerkass Façade.
- Asexuality: According to Cécile, he has "no attraction to the opposite sex," and in context it's pretty clear that he has no more interest in the same sex either.
- Anti-Villain: Again, he works for the Big Bad and enjoys making deadlier weapons but he himself is indifferent to the war.
- Blue Blood: An Earl.
- Brutal Honesty: Never ever sugarcoats his opinions.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A brilliant and snarky engineer who's also a graceless misfit and loves pudding. See also Ditzy Genius, below.
- Catch Phrase: OMEDETO! (Congratulations!)
- Cloudcuckoolander: His coworkers see him as over energetic oddball.
- Deadpan Snarker: Even in the midst of battles he snarks.
- Ditzy Genius: Far more genius than ditz, but he still has his ditzy moments.
- For Science!: He clearly doesn't care about the war either way; he's just a big kid making bigger toys.
- In-Series Nickname: Rival Mad Scientist Rakshata Chawla dubs him "The Earl of Pudding" — supposedly in honor of his favorite food.
- Jerkass Façade: He doesn't want anyone to know how much he cares about those closest to him. See also Sugar and Ice Personality
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At his best he cares about his coworkers but doesn't show it well.
- Lack of Empathy: Happily and willingly divorced himself from his humanity so he will never again need to feel pain for the suffering of others.
- Mad Scientist: A mostly benign version. Not evil enough to be 100% Mad Scientist, but too young and too quirky to be The Professor.
- Man Child: His excitement around mecha, especially getting his hands on an antique, is positively child-like.
- No Social Skills: It would be an understatement to say he's not a people person.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In Stage 25 of R1 - Upon realising that Nina's actually built a FLEIJA, Lloyd has a massive Oh Crap! moment and starts screaming for both the Britannians & Black Knights to enter a cease fire; with Rakshata noting that if it's got Lloyd that worried, it's probably best to do what he says.
- The Quisling: Along with Nina, Sayoko, and Cécile, Lloyd pretends to be this under Lelouch direction; they assisted Lelouch's Zero Requiem to achieve world peace, but as Lelouch would be eventually hated as the most tyrannical ruler in history, Lelouch has them defect to the Black Knights after they've accomplished their tasks to preserve their name after the war.
- Say It with Hearts: Lloyd often does this when talking to Suzaku in the manga.
- Slow Clap: When Suzaku was knighted by Euphemia, he was initially the only one to applaud. Notably, this didn't prompt applause from the rest (that happened when General Dalton started applauding as well)..
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pudding.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In his case, light purple.
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Deborah Sale Butler (English)Cécile Croomy is Lloyd's subordinate in Camelot and one of the Lancelot's developers. She is a capable scientist in her own right, having designed the Energy Wing system used on the Guren Seiten and the Lancelot Albion. Cécile is a kind-hearted woman and a good friend to Suzaku, often helping him with homework. She also acts as Lloyd's conscience, scolding him for his unintentionally rude remarks or for treating Suzaku as a "part" for his Mechas. A recurring joke is that Cécile is a bad cook, though no one has the heart to tell her. It seems to be implied in one of the picture dramas that Cécile is in love with Suzaku and that a former love of hers died in battle.
Cécile embodies these tropes:
- Absolute Cleavage: In her formal outfit.
- Alliterative Name: Cécile Croomy.
- Anti-Villain: Works for The Empire but is one of the most sympathetic.
- Cool Big Sis: To Suzaku. (Although there are hints her feelings for him are, shall we say, not entirely Like Brother and Sister.)
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Cécile isn't a Lethal Chef per se, but she seems to not have any concept of what normal taste is
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Inverted, as although she's very feminine she's not a good cook. Justified in that she's busy being a scientist.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She's the one who designed and created The Energy Wing System. Not even the Mad Scientists could pull that off.
- Mission Control: To Suzaku when he's piloting; she gives tactical information.
- Nice Girl: Even though she works for The Empire, she's right up there with the likes of Shirley, Nunnally, and Euphemia as far as being one of the nicest girls in the series.
- The Quisling: Along with Nina, Lloyd, and Sayoko, Cécile pretends to be this under Lelouch direction; they assisted Lelouch's Zero Requiem to achieve world piece, but as Lelouch would be eventually hated as the most tyrannical ruler in history, Lelouch has them defect to the Black Knights after they've accomplished their tasks to preserve their name after the war.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Averted as she is anything but shy with her normal co-workers (Lloyd and Suzaku etc) but is flustered by Prince Schneizel (likely because of the prince part). Her demeanor around him changes when he tells her he ordered the air strike that almost killed Suzaku.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: On many levels, as she's gentle, softspoken and voiced by Kikuko Inoue aka the patron saint of Yamato Nadeshiko characters; however, she has the habit of disciplining Lloyd with physical violence instead of polite nudging, something most don't do. Then there's her... special cooking, and most important of all, she doesn't seem to care about about Japanese culture. Which is Fridge Brilliance if you think about it; Japan was stripped of its culture down to its name, so it makes sense that she would have all the traits except the extremely cultural ones.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Few others have blue hair but this isn't a series where unrealistic hair color is rare.
Voiced by: Akira Watanabe (Japanese), Dorothy Elias-Fahn (English)Introduced in the second season. An aide to Nunnally seen after she was re-inducted into the royal family and swore in as Viceroy of Area 11. Though her true duty was to make sure Nunnally followed the Emperor's orders.
- Fantastic Racism: Makes it no secret she hates Elevens as her every advisement is to assert Britannians control over them. She nearly starts a second massacre of it during Zero's exile by almost firing into the crowd after they don Zero masks. But Suzaku manages to prevent her in time.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A glasses wearer and not at all a nice person.
- Jerkass: Putting it lightly. She's one of the most despicable Britannias seen in the series.
- Karmic Death: Oh yes, so very much: See below.
- Killed Off for Real: Caught in the blast of the F.L.E.I.J.A as she was trying to escape to Pendragon in the decoy ship.
- Treacherous Advisor: Tried to be one anyway, but Nunnally wouldn't be controlled or swayed to her way of thinking nor did Nunnally even trust her from the start. Even trying to have Kallen executed behind Nunnally's back winds up failing, although this was due to Sayoko interfering while Alicia was busy escaping during the UFN's assault on Tokyo.
- Would Hurt a Child: As mentioned above she almost fired into a crowd of Elevens, which included kids, without a second thought.
Voiced by: Ken Narita (Japanese), Crispin Freeman (English)A soldier in the Britannian army who was initially not supposed to be in the series past his first few appearances, he winds up becoming a more important figure in season two.
"Orange? That is the name of my loyalty!"
Jeremiah embodies these tropes:
- Ace Pilot: He's able to hold off four enemy pilots long enough for Suzaku to bail him out, and beats the hell out of Lelouch's Gawain with Lelouch being unable to land a single hit, until C.C. takes him down with a kamikaze attack. Then gets even more competent after he joins Lelouch: He evades several strikes from V.V. despite being in a weaker Sutherland, when stronger Knightmares present aren't able to do so. He fights evenly with Suzaku and comes close to killing him (with help from Guilford) without taking any damage himself. And he wins against Anya by self-destructing his unit to blow open the Mordred, then jumps on top of it and forces her to surrender at swordpoint.
- Anti-Hero: On par with Lelouch thanks to his loyalty.
- Anti-Magic: He gets armed with the Geass canceller.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Subverted. He comes off as very racist at first, but then he gets Character Development.
- Ax-Crazy: Temporarily. When he wakes up early from his first cybernetic surgery, the sound of Zero's voice over the broadcast system sends him into an Unstoppable Rage, leading him to steal the Siegfried prototype mecha and rush break out of a research facility to go earn his first Moment of Awesome.
- Back from the Dead: He not-quite-dies twice, and both times he's rebuilt.
- Badass: He's a skilled pilot right from the start, but this really becomes apparent around the time he´s quite literally rolling through Zero´s forces with the Siegfried screaming ALL HAIL BRITANNIA at the top of his lungs. In R2, he becomes a cyborg assassin armed with a Geass Canceller, who kicks even more ass and then pulls a Heel–Face Turn to join Lelouch... out of LOYALTY, of course.
- Badass Bureaucrat: In season 1, Jeremiah was a talented knightmare pilot as well as an administrator. After being demoted, betrayed, nearly killed, "rebuilt," made into an assassin, and finally making a Heel–Face Turn to serve his prince, he goes all badass and no bureaucrat.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: He gains two of these, one embedded in each arm, after his second round of modifications.
- Blue Blood: Part of the Noble Faction.
- Body Horror: Happened to him after his first death.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Done deliberately during the Grand Finale, when he lets Suzaku/Zero through the guards defending Lelouch by calling them off so he can "take Zero on himself". In truth, Jeremiah knows what Suzaku and Lelouch are up to, and he even encourages Suzaku to do his part in his mind.
- Break the Haughty: When Kallen incinerates his Sutherland, nearly killing him as he ejects with massive wounds.
- Breakout Character: Was not planned to last beyond the show's first half, but unexpected popularity brought him an expanded role in the rest of the series.
- The Brute: He's this when first introduced, though he quickly devolves to an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain. He also becomes this to Emperor Lelouch at the end. In both cases, he's the low authority strong man. However, unlike most examples of this trope, he is a decent and honourable man and though he has little (relative) authority, great trust is placed in him by Lelouch, who even saw fit to let him in on the Zero Requiem.
- Call to Agriculture: He's an orange farmer after the Grand Finale.
- The Determinator: Can match (or possibly even beat) Kallen in this category, as nothing will stop him from carrying out his loyalty, Nothing, be it having his knightmare explode while he's still in it (twice), having a skyscraper dropped on him, being dragged underwater to crushing depths, or even gefjun disturbers shutting down his cybernetics, he will not stay down for long. At first, Lelouch regards him with utter disdain ("Be crushed to dust, you relic!"), which later becomes grudging respect ("Your persistence is first-class."). Becomes an asset to Lelouch after the Heel–Face Turn, right down to obeying orders to assist in making his assassination look good.
- The Dragon: To Perry in Tales of an Alternate Shogunate.
- Electronic Eye: After he returns as a cyborg, he has one of his original orange eyes, and a green cybernetic replacement for the other.
- Empowered Badass Normal/Badass Transplant: With his geass canceller and cyborg enhancements.
- Et Tu, Brute?: When Kewell betrays him and tries to murder him with the other purists. Luckily Suzaku and Viletta take his side.
- Evil Is Dumb: Only gets true respect after his Heel–Face Turn.
- Failure Knight: He was in charge of the palace guard the day Empress Marianne was murdered, therefore he has felt guilty for years because he couldn't stop or capture her assassins. To top it, the later deaths of Lelouch & Nunnally (presumably, of course) as well as Clovis ate at him even further. And this triggers his Heel–Face Turn.
- Freudian Excuse: It also turns out that his racism against the Japanese is because he thinks they were responsible for Lelouch and Nunnally's deaths.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Becomes this to the Britannians after the Orange Incident. He also becomes this to the Black Knights when he defects. They don't trust him because of his former support for Britannia and the fact that Lelouch brought him on board without consulting anyone.
- Gratuitous English: A walking fountain of it, particularly in his first Crowning Moment of Awesome. "ALL HAIL BRITANNIA!!", indeed.
- Heel–Face Turn: When Lelouch turned a trap on him in season 2, Jeremiah asks him why he's rebelling against Britannia. Lelouch tells him that its largely to avenge Marianne, his mother's death. Jeremiah tells Lelouch that he deeply respected and admired her, and his one regret in life was being unable to save her life. Lelouch then turns off the machine he was using to trap/kill Jeremiah, and instead asks him to serve. Jeremiah accepts.
- Hollywood Cyborg: Indeed.
- Honor Before Reason: Subverts this when fighting Suzaku, telling him that he won't go easy on him just because he owes him his life.
- Hot-Blooded: He was always something of a ham, but he turns full-on bombastic by season two.
- Humiliation Conga: He gets one way early in the series, and not quite dies twice before he manages to regain his honor and dignity along with a Heel–Face Turn.)
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: For a time.
- Insult Backfire: After his Heel–Face Turn, when the his former comrades try to insult him with the name "Orange," he takes it as a compliment as it was a name given to him by Lelouch.
- Karma Houdini: Very debatable from an outside viewpoint. In-universe, you'd think he'd be punished severely after all the things he'd done as Lelouch's lackey.
- Large Ham: Even in a World of Ham, Jeremiah is by far the most hammy. In the first season's finale, his mecha literally chews the scenery's ground as he screams "ALL HAIL BRITANNIA!!!!!" In R2, he has mellowed down a bit, but he's still quite hammy, especially in the Second Battle of Tokyo when he fires off his STORM OF LOYALTY.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: His 2nd season return. "Look out for me, Jeremiah Gottwald, with all you've got!" Sounds like he's addressing the viewers.
- Made of Iron: The very fact that he survived two incidents that would kill any other man (first he´s roasted with Kallen´s Face Palm of Doom and then crushed by water pressure courtesy of C.C), and closer to literally after parts of his body are rebuilt using sakuradite.
- Manly Tears: He cries in joy (Tears of Blood included, in a sense) when he goes under his Heel–Face Turn and joins Lelouch. And before this, he cries in the Picture Dramas when explaining his backstory to his subordinate Villetta Nu.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Empress Marianne's #1 fanboy. Later, her son's #1 supporter.
- Parental Substitute: If he did become Anya's caretaker or adoptive father in the end.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: The point in his second cyborg upgrade was for him to take over Rolo's job of assassinating Lelouch. Instead, he joined him.
- Redemption Promotion: The series for him was one string of losses until he joined Lelouch's side. Then he gets shit done.
- Retired Badass: After showing some insane awesomeness in the big final battle, the time skip at the end of the episode shows him having left the military to run an orange plantation, with Anya either as help or as family.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: He acts like a massive Jerkass in the first four episodes, but inside, he's devastated for being unable to protect Marianne and her children.
- Starter Villain: His original role in the series was to simply be an obstacle in the first couple episodes, then die in humiliation.
- Sycophantic Servant: A rare subversion. His loyalty to Lelouch is genuine and well-earned, so Jeremiah is treated with much greater respect by Lelouch after his Heel–Face Turn.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: From the "Orange incident" onward until R2 13, his goal is to bring Zero to justice.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Well dark-blue.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After losing everything, including parts of his own body early in season one, things start looking up for him in season two.
- Took a Level in Badass: After kicking total ass in the first season finale, he comes back with even more badassness. He's an essentially bulletproof cyborg, is more than capable of dodging melee attacks with sidesteps and flips, has fighting skills to rival Sayoko, has a sword that comes out of his arm, and Geasses don't work on him. If that fails to impress, he also manages to move his cyborg body despite the fact that he's standing right next to a Gefjun Disturber (EMP device that works against Sakuradite, a substance that is a part of his cyborg body) through sheer willpower alone.
- Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: He wrongly believes the Japanese killed Lelouch and Nunnally. As such, he's extremely racist when first introduced. He drops the racism when he learns the truth, and even gets a Ship Tease with Sayoko near the end.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: In episodes three and four, Jeremiah forces General Bartley outta town in disgrace as penance for his lack of ability to protect Prince Clovis. With the highest-ranking Britannian commander now removed from the country, Jeremiah - using his authority as Margrave - assumes direct control over the military in Area 11 and installs his faction of Pureblooded Britannians as the primary officer corps. He plans to frame an Honorary Britannian (ala Suzaku) for the murder of Clovis, as an excuse to abolish the Honorary Britannian system (although in Jeremiah's defense, he really did believe Suzaku was the killer).
- Undying Loyalty: Marianne couldn't have asked for a more loyal guard. Even after her death, even after his death and rebirth he never stopped supporting her.
- Unexplained Recovery: He's crushed under hundreds of feet of water in the Season 1 finale. He comes back in Season 2 with no explanation of how he survived this. Even before this, he's pretty good at surviving incidents that probably would have killed anyone in real life.
- Unstoppable Rage: Particularly in season two; once he's pissed, you're fucked.
- Villainous Valor: In season 1. He was a fearless pilot and reached Leeroy Jenkins levels of recklessness in the hope of taking out Zero. Particular moments include holding on in a four-on-one battle with the Purist Faction, taking out two enemy pilots at the Battle of Narita, and especially the Season 1 finale where he mows down an entire line of Black Knights and nearly takes down Lelouch's Gawain.
- We Can Rebuild Him: Twice.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A rarity in that he actually has blue hair in this series.
Villetta Nu / "Chigusa"
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Megan Hollingshead (English)One of Jeremiah Gottwald's most devoted subordinates, Villetta Nu is a twenty-six-year-old Knightmare Frame pilot. Like Jeremiah, she belongs to a segregationist group called the Pure Bloods, Britannians who believe that Elevens and other Numbers (i.e., people of Japanese or other non-Britannian descent) should be forbidden from serving in the Britannian military or otherwise contaminating Britannian society. Although Villetta does not hail from the aristocracy, she hopes to sufficiently distinguish herself in the service of her country as to earn her family hereditary knighthood.After Zero uses his mind control geass to ruin Jeremiah's career and very nearly Villetta's as well, she does some quick thinking and realizes that he must have connections at Ashford Academy. She hopes that by capturing Zero, she can bring herself glory and simultaneously redeem Jeremiah. But fate, or luck, has some surprises for her.
"I will not die like Jeremiah, stripped of power and honor., I will rise higher than ever!"
Villetta embodies these tropes:
- Absolute Cleavage: Almost all of her outfits give this, which makes sense, given her status as Ms. Fanservice.
- Ambiguously Brown: Villetta's exact origins are never revealed, though she is darker than most of the characters. Her last name suggests a Thai or Spanish history.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: Her experience as 'Chigusa' is complicated.
- The Baroness: The sexpot variety. Devoted to the military regime of Britannia and seeks ever more power for herself. In a way she succeeds by marrying Japan's Prime Minister Oghi, although she does have genuine feelings for him.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Introduced as the first major character Lelouch geassed. The consequences of this encounter are far reaching, as is her relevance to the plot.
- Dark Action Girl: At first, but it quickly took the back burner to her personal ambitions for nobility, followed by her amnesiac phase, then her relationship with Ohgi.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Or rather blue.
- Easily Forgiven: Too easily considering she causes two tragedies, and the second completely changes the game for the worse.
- Elephant in the Living Room: In R2 19, none of Ohgi's comrades ask what he has been doing all this time with a Britannian, who she is, or for that matter, question her credibility when she testifies against Lelouch.
- Fanservice: Viletta's often leg-baring and cleavage exposing outfits certainly give way to many such scenes. She also poses scantily in a bikini with Shirley at one point.
- Femme Fatale: A skilled Knightmare pilot and as deadly as she is sexy.
- "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Cornelia lets Villetta join the Black Knights no questions asked because there are more important things to do than worry about a single soldier, and because there are more important things than lineage. The Black Knights however are alarmingly lenient, given that one would expect her and Ohgi to be questioned heavily. As a trope, it describes how in spite of her past as a Purist Faction soldier of the Britannian Army and later a baroness, her relationship with Ohgi means a ticket to the proverbial winning team, the Black Knights, and her eventual Happy Ending, in spite of no actual redemption or atonement.
- Glory Seeker: Her motivation is to distinguish herself for higher titles and status.
- Good Costume Switch: During her amnesia phase. She let her hair down and wore dresses and hats.
- Happily Married: To Ohgi, by the end.
- Hot Teacher: Poses as a P.E. instructor during her time as a spy at Ashford Academy, complete with stripperiffic outfits.
- Karma Houdini: See "Get out of Jail Free" Card, Happily Married, Playing the Victim Card and Spanner in the Works. Not only that, there's the fact that everything she did under Britannia was for the purpose of attaining nobility, and that aside from her affection for Ohgi, she never truly grew as a person.
- Keeping the Enemy Close: Heads the OSI detail screening Lelouch early on in R2. That is, until he finds out about her relationship with Ohgi and blackmails her out of it.
- Living with the Villain:
- Villetta gets to be a popular coach and P.E. teacher in Ashford Academy and interacts with Lelouch and Shirley, admittedly she's watching Lelouch for any hints that he has recovered his memory.
- Even more strikingly, Kaname Ohgi actually does live with her for quite some time while she's lost her memory after being shot by Shirley.
- Manipulative Bastard / Smug Snake: Attempts to use a distraught Shirley to expose and arrest Zero, even when it turns out Zero is Shirley's big crush, Lelouch. And quite possibly when she comes in with Ohgi and the Geass "evidence" against Lelouch, when she likely knew more than she was letting on at the time.
- Meaningful Name:
- Family name: Nu. Knew; new. (Also "nu," a Yiddish expression — and several other possible (if unlikely) meanings.)
- A few of the things Villetta Nu knew before almost anyone else — and then through Easy Amnesia, was forced to forget: that Zero probably had psychic powers, that Jeremiah Gottwald was innocent, that Zero likely was working with at least one student at Ashford Academy, that Zero was likely a student at Ashford, and that that Lelouch was Zero.
- In addition, Villetta Nu has been remade anew several times (see also Heel–Face Revolving Door), thanks in part to her Easy Amnesia and Identity Amnesia.
- Given name: Villetta — presumably from villette, French for village, also calls to mind both the words "violet" and "villain." This seems a fitting reflection of the two aspects of her personality.
- Ms. Fanservice: Moreso than the other examples in the series, but in her case she seems to do it deliberately.
- Playing the Victim Card: Claims during the final episode that she just wanted somewhere to belong, even though her past was part of the Britannian Purist Faction. Potentially also when she, alongside Ohgi, testifies against Lelouch on account of Geass leading up to the Black Knights' betrayal, even though she had earlier been keeping surveillance over Lelouch on behalf of Britannia as part of an attempt to keep him from his rebellion alongside the Black Knights, specifically because she couldn't be affected by Geass anymore and may have known more than what she was letting on.
- Plot Armor: Lelouch had at least 3 means to kill her way back in the second episode and enough reason to do so as it was at that point alone. Also when she is saved by Ohgi and nursed to health after Shirley shoots her and flees in distress after being goaded into turning Lelouch in to her, and one season later, when she dives in to shield Ohgi from hitting the bottom of the waterfall alone, leading to the improbable survival of both.
- Pregnant Badass: Manages to avoid capture when Lelouch takes over the world with Cornelia's rebellious group while pregnant with hers and Ohgi's kid. To be fair, however, she was only in the first couple months (thought with a mild baby bump in the Grand Finale), and had a decent head-start.
- Rule of Sexy: At least as the series progresses. Even by Code Geass standards, she's dressed in ludicrously skimpy outfits. (And in one infamous scene, simply forgets she's naked.) For more information, see Stripperific, below. See also Ms. Fanservice.
- Sexy Secretary: To Jeremiah in the beginning of the series.
- Spanner in the Works: Quite possibly the biggest one barring Suzaku, and we can be sure she's the worst since Suzaku at least paid—willingly no less—for his crimes. Is responsible (directly or otherwise) for the following: finding out Zero's identity as Lelouch, Shirley's eventual memory wipe in the first season, shooting Ohgi during the Black Rebellion which leads the regiment of the Black Knights watching over Ashford into chaos which also is the arguable cause of V.V. kidnapping Nunnally, leading a Britannian spy unit in watching over Lelouch in the subsequent year to see that he hasn't recovered his memories, and later convincing Ohgi and the Black Knights to betray Lelouch via her (arguably deceptively cursory) testimonial on Geass, which causes Rolo's Heroic Sacrifice note and also ultimately leads to the Zero Requiem. All the while she ends up joining the Black Knights and is Happily Married with Ohgi. All of this makes her something even worse: a two-faced Spanner in the Works, who screws Lelouch over on both sides.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Ohgi and her. They fall in love when he finds her suffering from amnesia, to then become enemies when she regains her memories. Subverted since in the end, both survived and got Happily Married.
- Statuesque Stunner: Very hot. Very tall.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Could explain how hard and how permanently she fell for Oghi.
- The Stool Pigeon: Snitches on Lelouch more than once.
- Stripperiffic: Not on the battlefield, but in her guise as spy at Ashford. For more details, see Rule of Sexy, above. See also Ms. Fanservice, above.
- Tareme Eyes: In her "Chigusa" persona.
- Ungrateful Bitch: Can be considered one, in that even though it was because of Lelouch sneaking under her watch while she was heading surveillance that Ohgi was alive, she leads Ohgi to betray Lelouch based on Geass, which she might have been aware wasn't as all-powerful as was suggested there given her earlier post.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In a more contrarian sense. By the time she snitches, she's no longer with the opposing team; she just seems to have it in for Lelouch.
- Vapor Wear: See also Rule of Sexy and Stripperiffic, above.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The same Picture Drama that talks about Jeremiah's devotion to Marianne mentions that her main motivation is taking care of her younger brothers; they're never mentioned after this, and she switches over to purely selfish motives.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Often wears pantless outfits, such as skirts or simply leotards, combined with thigh-high boots.
Gilbert G.P. Guilford
Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Kono (Japanese), Roger Craig Smith (English)Personal knight of Second Princess Cornelia li Britannia with unwavering devotion to his princess and piloting skill matching Kyoshiro Tohdoh.
"My justice is with my princess!"
Guilford embodies these tropes:
- Anti-Villain: Type II. He doesn't have good thoughts about Zero's supporters, but he learns to accept Suzaku and he is one of few Britannian officers above any personal ambitions.
- Bodyguard Crush: On Princess Cornelia.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Sort of, Lelouch uses his Geass to make Guliford believe that he is Cornelia, this makes him fight against Britannia.
- Co-Dragons: To Cornelia, with Darlton.
- Dragon Their Feet: Takes over for both of them when Darlton is killed and Cornelia goes AWOL.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Despite his personal traits, he deserved that something good finally happened to him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Believing that Lelouch is Cornelia, he pushed him out of FLEIJA range.
- Honor Before Reason: Used against him by Zero. He even states that he would continue to use honorable means even against evil that cannot be defeated by them.
- Karma Houdini: Possibly. He was a willing accessory to the tyranny and corruption of Britannia and many of the associated conflicts within the show, thus serving as an obstacle to freedom, even if it was all strictly in the service of the crown. Nonetheless, he survives and gets to enjoy that very same freedom at the end of the show with the princess he serves, Cornelia, even though things became rough near the end.
- Knight Templar: He is not kind for those who he consider as terrorists. And judging from the second SAZ where he suggested gunning down the Japanese civilians in the case of a rebellion, he can also be downright ruthless.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: To the core. When Geass forced him to believe that Lelouch is Cornelia he attacked Britannians to protect him.
- Sempai/Kohai: In R2, he tries to play the mentor role to Suzaku, specifically saying that even though Suzaku is higher-ranked as a Rounds, he feels obligated to look after Euphemia's Knight in the same way his sister looked after her.
Darlton embodies these tropes:
- Alas, Poor Villain: He certainly didn't deserve to die, especially not in the way that he did: his very last thoughts are about his guilt in attacking Cornelia, and wondering why he did that in the first place (a Geass cast on him by Lelouch), before being promptly murdered.
- Anti-Villain: One of the nicer Britannians, especially since he adopts war orphans who might have been from countries he has helped conquer. He also considered adopting Suzaku to help smooth out his life as an Honorary Britannian.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Challenges Suzaku to a duel to prove his superiority in Nightmare of Nunnally, which leads to Suzaku evading all his attacks, as he considers him not worth fighting.
- Cassandra Truth: He was the first to suspect that Zero may be working from a personal grudge against the royal family, but Cornelia dismissed it on the grounds that it's only natural to target the enemy commander. As she lays defeated at Zero's mercy and learns who was behind the mask, she mentions that Darlton was right.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Quite excited by the prospect of seeing Cornelia in a swimsuit, but doesn't try to peek on her.
- Co-Dragons: To Cornelia, with Guilford.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's not exactly evil, per se; just on the bad guy's side. He's a very good man (one of the few truly non-racist characters) who has been shown to defend and uphold Suzaku's dignity and actions, treats Princess Euphemia's ideas with respect, and generally treats his subordinates and commanders alike with respect and affability.
- A Father to His Men: Quite literally, since he's adopted five younger soldiers so far (the Glaston Knights). At one point Guilford suggests he do the same with Suzaku to help smooth out the rough spots in his knighting.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a diagonal scar on his face.
- I Can Still Fight: Despite having been shot by Euphemia, when he tried to stop the SAZ massacre, he continues to the battle for Tokyo. It helps that he's been Geassed.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His last words, after being geass into attacking Cornelia from behind so Lelouch can capture her.
- Pet the Dog:
- Is the adoptive father of five orphaned boys.
- Also, during Suzaku's knighting ceremony he (and Lloyd) are the ones to start the Slow Clap.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's one of the first Britannians to show tolerance and pragmatism in regards to the conquered numbers. He's also aghast by Euphemia's order to massacre the Japanese and tries to shut it down before it begins, but is shot before he can.
- Sergeant Rock: He's higher-ranked than a Sergeant, but otherwise fits the role. Initially he mistrusts Suzaku, but once he proves himself during the Tokyo bay operation Darlton is much nicer.
- Token Good Teammate: Like Euphemia, he fully accepts the Japanese (or "Elevens") as equals. Also, like Euphemia, he meets a tragic end.
- Trouser Space: Hides a gun in his swim trunks while escorting Cornelia to the opening of Clovis Land. It ends up looking... awkward, to say the least. Arguably averted, as Guildford implies that he is hiding a pistol in his speedo, but given the racy setting of the episode, and the fact that he is fantasizing about Cornelia before the comment, it's possible that he just has a huge erection, and Guildford was just mistaken.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Killed by Lelouch after disabling Cornelia's Knightmare frame. Probably to keep him from interfering with him, given that the geass command to disable Cornelia was completed.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Guilford.
Voiced by: Kozo Mito (Japanese), Adam Bobrow (English)Schneizel's caretaker and right-hand man — public and private.
Kanon embodies these tropes:
- Bishōnen: Yes.
- Blue Blood: An Earl in the Britannian Empire.
- The Dragon: To Schneizel, although we don't see a lot of the work that Kanon does, he is referred to as Schneizel's right hand man.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He becomes uncomfortable when he sees how far Schneizel is going with Damocles, when the latter is willing to sacrifice his fellow kin.
- Manipulative Bastard: Not up to Schneizel's standards, but damned if he doesn't get results - he aids in sabotaging Lelouch's and Suzaku's meeting in Turn 17, convinces Suzaku to go into battle with FLEIJA to stop Zero, and also aids in the deceptive testimony against Lelouch that helps lead to the Black Knights' betrayal.
- Undying Loyalty: To Schneizel.
Serving under Prince Clovis at the start of the series, Bartley is fiercely loyal to the royal family, and is trusted enough to be involved in their various top-secret projects involving Geass and C.C.
Bartley embodies these tropes:
- Alas, Poor Villain: His death is unambiguously tragic, as he's mercilessly gunned down after all the trouble he's gone through, and realizes in his last moments that all he's done was for naught, since Charles already knew of C.C.'s existence. Even Jeremiah, who he made into a cyborg, ends up sympathizing with him in the end.
- Berserk Button: He's very grateful to Schneizel for sparing him from a court-martial, to the point that he snaps at anyone he views as disrespecting him.
- Butt Monkey: Things very rarely go well for him.
- Failure Knight: He's mortified at his failure to protect Clovis (he was Geassed, so he couldn't really help it), and spends the rest of the show trying to make up for it.
- Let no Crisis Go to Waste: Takes advantage of Jeremiah's severe injuries after the Battle of Narita to make him into a cyborg. Jeremiah does not take it well.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He's horrified when he realizes what's going on at the Geass Order, and intends to run for it, but is tragically killed before he can.
- The Scapegoat: Jeremiah suspects him of treachery, since he left Clovis unguarded (which led to his assassination) and then claimed he couldn't remember doing so. As a result, he's stripped of his command and taken back to the homeland for trial. Schneizel apparently pardons him and brings him back to serve under him, for which Bartley is very grateful.
- Token Good Teammate: He seems a decent, honorable man who's just stuck serving the wrong people. After his death, Jeremiah seems to take the opinion that he would probably have changed sides like him had he known the truth.
- Undying Loyalty: To the royal family in general, but Clovis in particular. His last words are him calling out to Clovis in regret for failing him. Jeremiah respects him after his death because of his loyalty, which is clearly the trait he himself most values.
Royal Guard Commander
"You insubordinate little... That's an order! Didn't you swear your loyalty and life to Britannia?"A ruthless Britannian general, he is introduced as Suzaku Kururugi's commanding officer. He is placed in charge with recapturing C.C., and ends up in a confrontation with Lelouch which inadvertently kickstarts the entire plot.
He embodies these tropes:
- Asshole Victim: Lelouch's first victim couldn't have been more deserving.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He guns Suzaku down for questioning his orders to execute Lelouch.
- General Ripper: Par for the course. See also: Sociopathic Soldier.
- He Knows Too Much: Likely his real reason for wanting to kill Lelouch.
- Kangaroo Court: Unilaterally decides that Lelouch, a Britannian student, must be in league with the terrorists, and is deserving of execution. Then he decides to gun down Suzaku, his own subordinate, for having the gall to suggest that he might be jumping to conclusions.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: His ruthless actions inadvertently lead to Lelouch acquiring Geass.
- No Name Given: He has a significant impact in his short screentime, but he's only in the first episode and never identified by name.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: In his short screentime, he manages to be one of the most racist Britannians in the show.
- Red Shirt: Even though he gets the ball rolling, he doesn't even live long enough to be given a name, let alone any background.
- Sociopathic Soldier: He certainly comes off as this.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's only in the first episode, but manages to get the entire plot going. His actions allow C.C. to form her contract with Lelouch, and his ruthless behavior cements Lelouch's opinion of Britannia.
- Villain Ball: He really should have accepted Lelouch's word that he wasn't a terrorist, especially with Suzaku vouching for him. Instead, he tries to kill Suzaku for questioning him, before turning his guns on Lelouch.
- Would Hurt a Child: He's heard gunning down a crying infant off-screen during the Shinjuku massacre.
"This individual called Alice loves the individual called Nunnally"A character unique to Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally, in which she's Nunnally's best friend. She is also a member of the Britannian Special Honorary Foreign Legion, a group of pilots with Geass skills who came from the numbered areas. Her mission is both to observe Nunnally and to capture the mysterious Mark Nemo — unaware that Nunnally is its pilot.
Alice embodies these tropes:
- Action Girl: Whether piloting a Knightmare or in hand-to-hand combat, this girl can kick some serious ass.
- Badass Cape: She gets one with her leotard suit once she accepts Nemo's contract.
- Badass Long Coat: Used a visual cue for Alice's transformation into Nunnally's knight. In the previous scene she wore her Irregular uniform in a cell and was an emotional wreck. In the next scene she's tall, proud, and wearing the long coat.
- Battle Butler: Becomes Nunnally's.
- Berserk Button: Take a wild guess.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's a very sweet and caring girl, but she's still a Britannian soldier and a member of an elite unit. No mistake, this girl has the both skill and the resolve it takes for her position. Also, if you should threaten or harm Nunnally...
- Bodyguard Crush: Towards end she becomes fiercely devoted and protective of Nunnally because of how she feels Nunnally had affected her life.
- Bully Hunter: Heaven help you if you harass Nunnally.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She lost her little sister in a fire.
- Dangerously Short Skirt
- Determinator: Nothing and I mean NOTHING will stop Alice from protecting Nunnally or saving her when she's in danger.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Anyone who messes with Nunnally NEVER goes to bed happy that night, and if you genuinely harm or endanger her in any way then NOTHING will save you from Alice's wrath. Both Mao and Rolo learned this the hard way,guess where they are now.
- Establishing Character Moment: Ripping the skirts off the bullies harassing Nunnally.
- Extraordinarily Empowered Girl
- Failure Knight: Wants to protect Nunnally like she was unable to protect her actual sister. She even describes herself as Nunnally's knight and becomes her knight by the end.
- Girlish Pigtails: Fits her personality.
- Humiliation Conga: Performs this on Ekaterina Sforza and her Girl Posse, where she rips their skirts off with Super Speed while calling them out for bullying Nunnally.
- Leotard of Power: Her second Knightmare frame outfit she gains after making a contract with Mark Nemo.
- Little Miss Badass: A skilled Knightmare pilot who's still in middle school.
- Living with the Villain: Attends school with Nunnally while keeping the Ashfords under surveillance and targeting her alter-ego.
- True Companions: Her fellow squadmates in the Britannian Special Honorary Foreign Legion, who are like sisters to her.
- Made of Iron: Because she, like all the Irregulars, has C.C.' cells in her body.
- Ms. Fanservice: Not the personality, but she does get the most Fanservice moments of the Britannian Special Honorary Foreign Legion's members. Hell, the cover of one chapter even details her measurements.
- Mysterious Past: Nothing is known about her life before she lost her sister and was chosen to be a member of the Honorary Foreign Legion.
- Nice Girl: Despite being a soldier, Tomboy and Tsundere, Alice is a very sweet and caring girl, especially to Nunnally.
- Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Notes that if she were a regular girl, she wouldn't have survived being shot and falling off the roof of the hotel.
- Panty Shot: She has quite a few of these.
- Parental Abandonment:We know literally nothing about her parents.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Nunnally, though it may go further than that.
- Spanner in the Works: Completely derails Charles and Marianne's Assimilation Plot when she tells Nunnally that she loves her, and if everyone is one in Instrumentality then she wouldn't love another being since there would be no others. Charles had initially dismissed her since she was seemingly a normal person, but she ended up being key to his undoing.
- She's Got Legs: Emphasized by her second knightmare frame outfit and her Dangerously Short Skirt.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: It's strongly implied that she and Nunnally become lovers at the end of the story.
- School Swimsuit: The outfit she gains from her contract with Mark Nemo is close enough.
- Stock Underwear: Striped panties in her case, rather typical for Tsundere-type girls like Alice.
- Super Soldier: Without a doubt.
- Super Speed: Her Geass power.
- Tomboy: Action Girl, Bully Hunter, and Tsundere, yeah that about does it.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Nunnally.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Nunnally.
- Unwitting Pawn: Plays right into Anya/Marianne's plan to get Nunnally to Kamine island.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Bonafide Grade A. She's Tsundere towards Nunnally, so she also fits into Grade S.
The Valkyrie Team
The Valkyrie team is 10th knight Luciano Bradley's bodyguard/wing squad, although they once belonged to Cornelia. They are obliterated together with Luciano by Kallen in episode 20, although in Oz the Reflection one member survives. Only two of them, Marika and Liliana, are named.
The Valkyrie Team embodies the following tropes:
- Amazon Brigade: Not much good against Kallen, though. She blows them all up in seconds. Or so we think if Oz is to be believed.
- Custom Uniform: A ridiculous one. See for yourself. People don't call them "erosuits" for nothing.
- It's Personal: Marika's brother is killed by Kallen so she joined the army for revenge.
- Fan Disservice: Their role is "throw after use" eye-candy.
- Lethal Chef: Marika is known for putting too much pepper in a pie for her boyfriend Leonhardt in the manga chapter Two Faced OZ.
- Sole Survivor: Marika in Code Geass: Oz the Reflection.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Marika Soresi is saved by Leonhardt in Code Geass: Oz the Reflection.
Commodore Matthew Perry
The main antagonist of Code Geass: Tales of an Alternate Shogunate, he forces Japan open on unequal terms using his Geass and oppresses the Japanese.
Commodore Perry embodies the following tropes.
- Annoying Laugh: Lelouch compares it to the buzzing of a mosquito.
- Compelling Voice: He has Lelouch's Geass in this continuity.
- It's All About Me: He's doing what he's doing purely for his own gain, and not for Britannia, thus leading Euphemia and Suzaku to fight against him.
- Kick the Dog: Firing on his own men.
- Pose of Supplication: His Geass forces people into this. He's last seen assuming one after failing to Geass Suzaku.
- Transforming Mecha: His Black Ship.
- Villainous Breakdown: When he finds out that not only are the Black Knights fighting against him, but so is Britannia.
- We Have Reserves: His ship fires on his own men, as well as the enemy.
The Knights of the Round
Tropes applying to most members
The most powerful members of the Britannian army, answering to the Emperor alone.
- Dwindling Party: Suzaku, Anya and Gino are the only members that survive the events of the series.
- Expy: Of The Knights of The Round Table.
- Flat Character: (except for Suzaku, to a degree Anya Alstreim, and to an even lesser degree Gino Weinberg) have no character development or much of a personality past "_____ Enemy" aka Luciano Bradley is the "Psycho Enemy" while Bismarck is the "Noble Enemy."
- Informed Ability:
- The Knights of Round are stated to be the best pilots in Britannia. However, two of them appear for about three seconds before dying instantly at the hands of Suzaku and his Lancelot Albion. They get less screentime than some other Britannian Quirky Miniboss Squads-wannabes.
- Suzaku easily took out out Dorothea Ernst and Monica Kruszewski, although, they were piloting obsolete 5th generation Mook mechas, and he had the world's second 9th gen mecha.
- Light Is Not Good: Wears white uniforms and pilots knightmares bearing the names of the Knights of the Round Table. They're not very heroic, however.
- Theme Naming: Their knightmares are actually named after members of the Arthurian Round Table (Tristan, Percival, etc.)
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: When they end up fighting a ninth-generation Knightmare Frame, two of them get killed instantly, like average grunts.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Thanks to the new time slot and reduced episodes they end up becoming useless fodder for the rebellion. Only Bismarck, Suzaku, Gino, and Anya got some time to develop, but even then the knights become irrelevant during the last episodes. Since Suzaku becomes the new Zero, and Ayna leaves the army with Gino makes it clear the knights of the round are pretty much disbanded when the series is over.
Sir Bismarck Waldstein
Voiced by: Soumei Uchida (Japanese), Lex Lang (English)The Knight of One, recognized as the strongest soldier in the Britannian Empire.
"I am the only Knight of One!"
Bismarck embodies these tropes:
- Anti-Villain: Type I. He's shown to be a decent, honorable man who just so happens to be The Dragon.
- Avenging the Villain: He leads the Knights of the Round to remove Lelouch from power after Charles is killed.
- Badass: Undeniably, as shown in his fights with Xingke and Suzaku, despite limited screentime.
- BFS: His Knightmare's sword is so hilariously huge that its sheath has its own rocket booster. He later uses one on his person as well.
- Combat Clairvoyance: His Geass allows him to see a few seconds into the future and anticipates his adversary's moves.
- The Dragon: The Emperor's #1 hatchet man.
- Expy: Of Führer King Bradley from Fullmetal Alchemist, whose homunculus ability works in much the same way as Bismarck's Geass, and is even concealed in the same manner.
- Infinity+1 Sword: The Excalibur that his Knightmare wields is the most powerful close combat weapon in the series, slicing heavily armored Knightmare like the Mordred and Shen Hu like butter.
- Large And In Charge: He´s extremely tall in person and his Knightmare is about twice as heavy and tall as any other, barring the Siegfried.
- Martial Pacifist: Believes that war should only be a last resort, utterly despises brute strength. This extents beyond just war, as shown when he breaks up an argument between Luciano, Gino and Suzaku that was about to go sour.
- Power Limiter: His left eye's eyelids are sewn shut to cover his own Geass.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Suzaku, calling him out on his Motive Decay and Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
- Seers: The ability of his geass.
- Undying Loyalty: Has supported the Emperor ever since the Throne of Blood incidentnote , and despite being Emperor and bodyguard, the pair are actually good friends.
- Villainous Friendship: With Emperor Charles.
- Worthy Opponent: Considered Marianne and Suzaku as this, since they're the only two who posed challenge enough to make him use his Geass.
Gino embodies these tropes:
- Back Stab: Certainly isn't averse to this technique, which he uses to broadside and kill Senba of the Holy Swords, and almost does the same to Xing-ke, who is shielding Tianzi with the Shen-hu, until Zero saves them both with the Shinkirou.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Subverted, he's a member of the Knights of the Round but is an overall good person and doesn't show any sadism or prejudice towards non-Britannians.
- Chick Magnet: In R2 Episode 12, the "Cupid Day" episode, he has a whole horde of girls chasing him down to steal his blue hat.
- Dating Catwoman: It's implied that he would like to have this relationship with Kallen.
- Enemy Mine: Kallen. He will attack Li Xingke because he dared defeat his rival pilot. Well, Gino would drop the "enemy" part at the first opportunity, but not "mine".
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Joins Ashford Academy to see what commoner life is like.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Suzaku, or so he thinks but Suzaku does Pet the Dog later on as the Knight of Zero. While Suzaku quickly kills off their leader, Bismarck, as well as Dorothea and Monica, he opts to simply disable Gino's Knightmare and let him live.
- Heel–Face Turn: Gino defects to the Black Knights.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Especially with Anya as this picture shows .
- No Sense of Personal Space: And how.
- One Head Taller: He is a very tall man, standing a head taller than most of the cast. Best shown in this picture◊.
- The Rival: To Kallen.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Quite naive about how the world works, and is fascinated by what goes on at Ashford.
Dorothea embodies these tropes:
- Black Girl Dies First: The only black character in the Knights of the Round is the first one to be killed.
- Expy: Supposedly the first recorded expy of a character inside the same show. If you take Nonette's left-sided braid, flip it over the top of her head, and let it hang from her right side, plus change the skin color, it's Dorothea.
- Four Is Death: She dies about 5 seconds after we first see her, courtesy of Suzaku in the Lancelot Albion.
- Informed Ability: Quickly killed off in her only on-screen fight.
Voiced by: Yuko Goto (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)A young noblewoman from Britannia, Anya Alstreim — the Knight of Six — is a fifteen-year-old girl with prodigious piloting skills, a staggering lack of common sense when off the battlefield, and quite a bad case of emotionlessness in regards to almost anything aside from fighting. In addition, Anya suffers from memory problems, so she keeps a blog wherein she stores thousands of photos, in an attempt not to forget anything anymore.
"Memories are unreliable. There is no reason to believe in them"
Anya embodies these tropes:
- Age-Inappropriate Dress: Her knightmare uniform which is basically a onesie.
- Alliterative Name: Anya Alstreim.
- Call to Agriculture: She's an orange farmer with Jeremiah after the Grand Finale.
- Camera Fiend: She records anything and everything with her handheld computer/camera device. The reason being she suffers from memory loss due to Marianne taking over her body at points, so this is a way for her to remember things.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She's so lacking in common sense that she saw nothing wrong with deploying her Knightmare for a Cupid's Day chase at school.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: When wearing civies, she has a tendency to dress like this.
- Foreshadowing: Quite a lot. Specifically, during the prologue of episode 12 of R2, Viletta is seen glancing at a dossier of both Gino and Anya. In contrast to Gino's file, almost all of Anya's has been redacted. Turns out being involved with Marianne's assassination commands a pretty high security clearance. Then there are the numerous casual mentions of her memory problems, that start to come to a head during her brief Knightmare engagement with C.C.
- Happily Adopted: It's implied she is by Jeremiah at the end of the series.
- Leotard of Power: The outfit she wears when piloting her knightmare.
- More Dakka: The Mordred has got to be the most heavily armed knightmare.
- Not So Stoic: In the novels, she once cries while piloting.
- Older Than She Looks: Looks about twelve. Is actually fifteen.
- The Quiet One: Likes taking pictures of people more than talking to them.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: But her eyes are not entirely red; they also have more than a touch of pink, which makes sense since Princesses Prefer Pink.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: A pink-haired, red-eyed and pale-skinned 15 year old emotionless Humongous Mecha pilot. What's more, turns out Marianne used her own geass to inject her own soul and memory into Anya, making the kid a spiritual "clone" of the protagonist's mother.
- She Knows Too Much: Subverted. As a little girl, Anya was the sole witness of Marianne's assassination, but instead of being discovered and killed, she became Marianne's Soul Jar and had her memories rewritten by her and Charles.
- Soul Jar: For Empress Marianne.
- Stripperiffic: Her Knight of Rounds uniform, due to a massive case of Bare Your Midriff.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: What she turns out to be, in the end.
- Tykebomb: Anya is sent to assassinate Marianne in Nightmare of Nunnally.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has pink hair.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A, in her Knight of Rounds uniform.
Voiced by: Satomi AraiThe Knight of Nine. She only appears a few times in the Code Geass anime, and mainly appears in Lost Colors.
Nonette embodies these tropes:
- Beware the Nice Ones: Despite her cheery demeanor, Nonette is one of the few people Cornelia actually fears.
- Canon Foreigner: Although she is introduced in the anime but never had any importance (or moved).
- Death by Adaptation: Word Of God says Gino, Anya and Suzaku are the only Knight of Rounds survivors.
- Killed Offscreen: See above.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Nonette◊ Enneagram◊, seriously.
- Meaningful Name: Both her names have words for the number 9 in them.
- Senpai Kohai: Cornelia's senpai in military academy.
Voiced by: Atsushi Kisaichi (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English)The Knight of Ten and the "Vampire of Britannia", who participates in battle so that he can deprive people of what he believes they value most—their lives.
"Kill a man off the battlefield and you're a criminal! Kill a man on it and you're a big hero!"
Luciano embodies these tropes:
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: Gino and Suzaku don't even acknowledge his death.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When he´s first introduced he viciously insults Suzaku´s heritage, mentions wanting to rape and torture Kallen and... says Gino is a bad pilot due to him being an Upper-Class Twit.
- Ax-Crazy: Though Dagger Crazy (or Knife Nut) would be more like it.
- Blood Knight: Of the "loving to kill" kind.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: In spite of the below trope, he likes to torture other pilots before killing them.
- Combat Pragmatist: Though just as much because he's a jerkass as it is for pragmatism.
- Establishing Character Moment: His first scene with Suzaku showcases his Blood Knight tendencies and how much of a jerk he is.
- Evil Redhead: Orange with a pink part in the center.
- Freudian Excuse: He had quite the crappy childhood.
- Jerk Ass: Insults Euphemia in front of Suzaku, and mocks Gino's social status.
- Karmic Death: The one who kills him is the girl he said he'd rape and torture when she was a POW. And the fact that he gets killed by someone else, underscored by his reaction.
- Knife Nut: Carries throwing knives.
- Light Is Not Good: His name derives from the "light" word, but he is not precisely a luminous character.
- Psycho for Hire: Bradley doesn't seem to have even a single line of text where he isn't insulting, threatening or otherwise expressing a desire for hurting someone, and on two different occasions states that he isn't out for glory: he just enjoys hurting people. He spends every moment on screen being a jerkass, abuses his more powerful frame against grunts, uses his own allies as decoy targets, shields, or even impromptu weapons, and has his own personal Knightmare squadron so he can restrain and torture his opponents with impunity.
- Self-Made Orphan: Killed his own father.
Monica embodies these tropes:
- Ace Custom: Doesn't have one in the anime. Gets one in Oz Of The Reflection, the Florence.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Implied to be a deadly warrior despite her gentle demeanor, but dies looped for 3 minutes against Suzaku.
- Hair Decorations: Or better said, hair ribbons.
- Informed Ability: Is killed within her only on-screen fight.
- Killed Mid-Sentence
The Glinda Knights are an anti-terrorism search-and-destroy armor unit within the Britannian Military. They were formed and led by the 88th Imperial Princess Marrybel mel Britannia shortly after the Black Rebellion.
The main ace of the Glinda Knights and the childhood friend of Princess Marrybel. She is the heir of the Zevon noble family, who succeeds via the female line. However, she left her family and entered the military when the Zevon family was on the verge of being taking over by her uncle Oiaguro.
- Ace Custom: The Lancelot Grail, a variant of the Lancelot.
- Clothing Damage: A particularly glaring example happens when both the Lancelot Grail and the Bradford get electrocuted at the same time, but only Oldrin gets stripped of her clothing.
- Custom Uniform: ...Yeah just look at it. ◊ Fridge Brilliance once you see that Marrybel seems to have more than just a crush on her Knight.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: One weak gust of wind would be enough to show the entire world her underwear.
- Hide Your Lesbians: Only Toto knows about her and Marrybel, but they've never been confirmed to be lesbians or a couple.
Leonhardt Steiner is a knight belonging to the Glinda Knights. He is also member of the engineering Steiner noble family that runs the conglomerate Steiner Konzern, in service to the Weinbergs. Although he can be courageous on the battlefield, he's a shy person in real life and is often teased by both Oldrin and Sokia. He seems to have feelings for Toto, but he ironically already has a fiancée, Marika Soresi.He represents the Cowardly Lion.
Tink Rockheart s a knight belonging to the Glinda Knights. He excels with positional defense ability and cherishes his comrades, but because of his insensitivity, his kindness can be kind of meddlesome. He was originally a test pilot in the Royal KMF Technical Research Institute, but because of an accident during his time there, over 30% of his body has been replaced by cybernetics.He represents the Tin Woodman.
Sokia Scerpa is a knight belonging to the Glinda Knights. She possesses high tactical and information analysis abilities, but tends to say whatever she thinks without thinking about it first. Her atmosphere completely changes between her everyday life and when in battle. She frequently sexually harrasses Oldrin, Toto and Marrybell. She doesn't show interest in men that are lacking.
Toto Thompson is a gentle girl who served the Zevon family as a maid and now serves within the Glinda Knights as an operator of the floating airship “Granberry”. She recognizes Oldrin as the proper successor of the Zevon family and has the strength of heart to the extent that she entered the military along with Oldrin. She serves Oldrin as both a maid and a friend.She represents Toto, the dog.
General Johann Schwarz
Tactical advisor to the princess and second-in-command of the Glinda Knights.
PlutonA secret military faction that is led by the Zevon family, who have carried out the dirty jobs for the Britannian Imperial Family for generations.
Current head of the Zevon family, Oiaguro assassinated his older sister and took control of the traditionally matriarchal family. As head of Pluton he is privy to most, if not all, of the Britannian Imperial Family's secrets, and accepts orders from both the Emperor and V.V.
Knights of St. Michael
Shin Hyūga Shaingu
Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze
- Aloof Big Brother: Most likely played straight in the case of Akito. Zig-Zagged in the case of his adopted sister Alice, since he treats her nicely and is even engaged to her, but episode 4 shows that he is more than perfectly willing to geass her into suicide. On the other hand, when he sees her ghost, he says that he wants to meet her, and prepares to kill himself to prove it.
- Ax-Crazy: It seems that craziness runs in the blood. Like with Akito, his mental health is really not in healthy condition due to effects of Geass. His own, that is.
- Badass: Admit it. Ryo sprayed bullets straight at him, and his only reaction was slight irritation followed by a complaint regarding manners. Then episode 4 just ups the badassery in his extended, solo invasion on Squad-Zero's headquarters.
- Bling Bling BANG: His Knightmare Frame, Vercingetorix, is colored mostly gold.
- Compelling Voice: To a greater degree than Lelouch. While he apparently still needs eye contact, one look is all he needs to command people as his willing slaves. This is seen as he geassed Akito with eye contact in a flashback, but in episode 4 while Akito is inside his mech, Shin is capable of commanding him to try and kill Leila. While all on-screen uses of his geass imply that he can only order death-related commands, it is also implied that Shin may have geassed his way to attain his position.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied in flashes to have this.
- Dead Person Conversation: In episode 4, with his biological mother, as well as Manfredi, Maria and Alice, his adopted brother, mother and sister respectively.
- Death Seeker: His conversation with the above-mentioned ghosts suggests that he wants to die. He even tries to commit suicide with his sword when they convinced him to "come to them." Even his goal, to bring death and chaos to the world, can be seen as him trying to kill himself in the most destructive way possible.
- Doomed by Canon: We know that the Emperor is alive and kicking at season two of Code Geass so he is bound to fail.
- Evil Counterpart: To Lelouch and Suzaku. Maybe also Akito, considering they are brothers, similarity in appearance, mecha and ax-craziness, which Akito grows out from in episode 4.
- Foreshadowing: Shin Hyuga Shaingu. Helps that he looks like an older, long-haired version of Akito.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: His transforming Knightmare Frame in general, but whatever his Vercingetorix is holding takes the cake.
- Interrupted Suicide: He nearly kills himself with his sword in episode 4 to be with his loved ones. He is stopped by Jean, one of his loyal followers.
- I See Dead People: Implied to be the side effects of his geass. He seems to be seeing the ghosts of people he had killed with his geass, or even dead people in general. This may have something to do with Akito seeing dead people, as well.
- Magical Eye: Complete with a Lelouch style draw to his arm when he uses it.
- Man in White: How his military outfit looks like.
- Mask of Sanity: Although he hides his mental state well, episode 4 shows him seeing the ghosts of his biological mom and his adoptive family members. He tells the former to go away and states he loves the latter. This is after he had them kill themselves using geass and doing it with a smile on his face.
- Not So Different: Claims this towards Suzaku. He states they both wish to unleash hell and suffering upon the world.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Episode 4 reveals that he wants to spread death and destruction through killing the Emperor of Britannia.
- Self-Made Orphan: The ghost of his biological mother implies Shin killed both her and his father.
- Superpower Lottery: His Geass is arguably even more useful than Lelouch's and his father's. Too bad it seems to come with a price.
- Transforming Mecha: His Vercingetorix, like the Alexander, is capable of transforming between a bi-pedal humanoid form and a fast-moving form that moves with four legs. Unlike Alexander though, Vercingetorix is a a centaur, and remains in that form for battle, and only switches to humanoid form when Shin is about to enter or exit the cockpit.
- The Usurper: Moments after his introduction, Shin forces the leader of the Knights of St. Michael, Michele Manfredi, to kill himself, solely to take over the group. It is clear that is not the limit of his ambitions, either, as episode 4 shows.
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake
- Anti-Villain: Although nominally part of the Britannian elite, Michele seems genuinely nice, and holds Shin's Eastern heritage in high regard instead of disdain, remarking that he considers Shin as a brother and a likely successor in becoming the Grandmaster of the Knights of St. Michael in five years. Too bad Shin has other plans...
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Manfredi gets about three minutes of screentime before being compelled into suicide by Shin.
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima
- Blood Knight: This guy loves war and violence. Sitting still for him is not an option.
- A Father to His Men: He cares greatly for all his subordinates and does not take their deaths well. To the point he chose to go on a solo mission to avenge one and not let the others die in the crossfire.
- Gender-Blender Name
- Heel–Face Turn: At the end of episode 4, he joins Akito.
- Large Ham: Has his moments with his loud voice.
- Slasher Smile: His default facial expression. He keeps it on even when in danger, losing it only when one of his men sacrificed himself.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Was it Ashra or Ashura again?
Knights of St. Raphael
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu
- Due to the Dead: Orders the honorable burial of their fallen after their defeat at Narva.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: Though he commands from the rear, the collar of the robe he wears is large enough that one would think he'd have trouble seeing over it.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Refuses to commit more troops to destroy the remnants of W-0, instead retreating.