Characters: Code Geass Britannians
Britannian characters in Code Geass
(excluding the main characters) and Code Geass: Akito the Exiled
, and the tropes they embody.
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Britannian Imperial Family
Emperor Charles zi Britannia
"All men are not created equal!"
Ruler of the Britannian Empire and father to Lelouch and his siblings. Charles is introduced as a 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:
Princess Euphemia li Britannia
"I never want to see people unhappy ever again!"
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.OUCH.
Princess Euphie (also spelled Euphy
) embodies these tropes:
- Actual Pacifist
- Ascended Extra: While no way an extra, she does play a bigger part in the AU "Lelouch of the Rebellion" manga.
- Anime Hair: Although not as extreme as some in the series, including her own father Emperor Charles.
- 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
truly exquisite dress chance of bringing about peace between Britannia and the people of Japan.
- The Beautiful Elite
- 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.
- Big Screwed-Up Family
- 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.
- The Ditz: A mild example. Unless you compare her to her The Chessmaster relatives.
- Ermine Cape Effect
- Even the Girls Want Her: Especially Nina.
- Everything's Sparkly With Jewelry: The choker around her neck.
Lacus Clyne Lacus Clone; also, of Relena Peacecraft/Darlian.
- Fan Nickname: Lacus Clone anyone? There's also the Euphinator, Genocide-tan and Princess Massacre, the last one is actually used in the series.
- Fix Fic: "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.
- Foil: She has no shortage of foils — for a few examples, see Tomboy and Girly Girl, below. But there's an interesting foil whom she barely even meets: 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.
- Genre Savvy: For the romance part of the anime. Apparently she has read every page on this wiki related to "how princesses seduce their knight". For the political part, see Wrong Genre Savvy.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: Occasionally.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Very wide, open eyes — second only to Shirley.
- Go Out with a Smile
- Hair Decorations
- 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, she's known as "Princess Massacre".
- Impractically Fancy Outfit
- The Ingenue: Tied with Shirley as the most clear-cut example in the series. See also Wide-Eyed Idealist, below.
- In-Series Nickname: "Euphie" and Princess Massacre.
- 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
- Lady and Knight: She is the Lady and Suzaku is her Knight.
- Let Them Die Happy: Suzaku lies to her saying that the SAZ is a success.
- The Lost Lenore: To Suzaku.
- Meaningful Name: Where to start? 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.
- Mercy Kill: A regret-filled Lelouch does this, although he has a host of conflicting motivations, many of which have nothing to do with compassion for her.
- He already had those motivations (and plans, which he had been working on during the school festival prior to the SAZ announcement) in place before the fiasco took place, so he simply chose to fall back on them with no other alternatives in sight.
- The Messiah: Even moreso than Shirley. She loves everyone and wants to help everyone.
- She has a tendency to throw herself into dangerous situation for the sake of protecting others.
- Morality Pet: For Princess Cornelia. Also, tries to be this for Lelouch. Things do not go well.
- Ms. Fanservice
- My God, What Have I Done?: Subverted, as she dies without learning what she has done.
- Although Lelouch has one for being inadvertently responsible for causing the actions that would have given her a My God, What Have I Done? moment, and for killing her.
- Pimped-Out 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
- Rapunzel Hair
- Requisite Royal Regalia
- Rose-Haired Girl
- 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.
- Sacrificial Lamb
- The Scapegoat: Lelouch is forced to make her one of these after accidentally geassing her.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Cornelia.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In Nightmare Of Nunnally and Tales Of An Alternate Shogunate.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Princess Cornelia li Britannia
"Sloppy, senile, corrupted. Where is Zero?! I want the enemy of the Empire caught! Get Zero!"
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
Princess Cornelia embodies these tropes:
- 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, Euphiemia. Schneizel can also get her blushing, but then he does that to all the ladies.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Especially at the beginning.
- Blue Blood
- 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 Chess Master: She was the first enemy in the series to deliver Lelouch a defeat.
- 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.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hand Cannon: She had this gun that she pointed at Zero when he offered to save the hostages of the JLF.
- Hypocrite/Moral Myopia: 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 audacious, 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
- Iron Lady: Openly aggressive, openly powerful; she's the viceroy of Area 11.
- 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 Defrosting Ice Queen), 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 commited under the banner of Britannia, and would rightfully have her tried as a war criminal in real life.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: While normally stoic and ruthless, mention the late empress Marianne and watch her bllush like a schoolgirl.
- Lack of Empathy: towards the civilians, at least in the first season.
- Lady of War: Very much so.
- More Dakka: Did you see the payload on Cornelia's scavenged Frame in episode 14?
- The Ojou
- Pet the Dog: She's very much a villain, but she genuinely cares about Euphemia and Guilford.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Cornelia prefers her pink-haired, often-pink-attired sister Euphemia to pretty much 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.
- 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.
- Purple Eyes: Blue-purple.
- Red Baron: "The Witch Of Britannia"
- Royal Blood
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: A viceroy and a military commander.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Euphemia.
- Statuesque Stunner
- Taking the Bullet: A random soldier does this to save Cornelia from Todou 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.◊
- Tsundere: Tsun to her subordinated, dere to Euphie. At one point, Cornelia almost blushed when Schneizel was praising her.
- Tsurime Eyes
- 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.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair. To match her eyes and lips.
Marianne Lamperouge, aka Empress Marianne vi Britannia
"Masks will vanish, then everyone can be exactly who they're supposed to be."
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). Unfortunately, she happens to share her husband's viewpoint that the current world is beyond hope, turning out to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist AND Knight Templar Parent thanks to her genuine, but REALLY twisted love for her children
Marianne embodies these tropes:
- Action Mom/Ace Pilot: Being a former Knight and one of the first Knightmare Frame pilots qualifies.
- Aristocrats Are Evil
- The Beautiful Elite
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Where the whole mess starts.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- Broken Pedestal / Deceptive Legacy: 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.
- Disappears into Light
- Disposable Woman: Subverted
- Evil Matriarch: Combined with Well-Intentioned Extremist. Loving your kids but not above atrocities because of them...
- Genre Savvy: Keeps up a saintly Purity Sue facade and appears to get killed off while plotting with Emperor Charles the entire time. Essentially, she's playing the saintly-mother-as-Disposable Woman trope for all it's worth!
- 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
- Hime Cut: One of the less bizarre examples in the series.
- Hot Consort/Hot Mom/Hot Shounen Mom: She's REALLY, really hot.
- Informed Ability: She was supposedly excellent at piloting a Knightmare Frame, but has never been seen in one.
- Perhaps. 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.
- Lady Macbeth
- Little Miss Badass: She * is * inside of 15-year-old Anya Earlstreim, 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.
- 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
- Rags to Royalty: A major plot point.
- Rapunzel Hair
- She Knows Too Much: The reason for her death at Schniezel'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.
- 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.
- The Un Favourite: Being born as a commoner certainly didn't help with the nobles.
- Utopia Justifies the Means/Well-Intentioned Extremist: More than being an Evil Matriarch, Marianne heartily believed that Instrumentality was the best way for the world to exist.
Prince Schneizel el Britannia
: Norihiro Inoue (Japanese), Troy Baker
"Mankind's history is war, peace is an illusion, to turn illusion into reality is an arduous task. It requires discipline."
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. Schneizel turns out to be the main villain, killing his father and framing Lelouch for it. He tries to use C.C. to gain immortality and take over the world, but Suzaku manages to kill him.
Schneizel embodies these tropes:
- Affably Evil: Pretty nice to everyone in general. A notable scene is when he comforts Cecile after an embarrasing moment.
- A God Am I: Who commands a floating battle station with has orbital nuclear capability.
- 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 Nunnaly 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 19, he definitely proves himself to be Not So Harmless, having shown his Magnificent Bastard true self. And then he got his very own floating doom fortress.
- Aristocrats Are Evil
- Bad Samaritan
- 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.
- At the same time, he has way more resources and political authority, being near the top of the Britannian pecking order.
- Bait the Dog
- The Beautiful Elite
- Big Bad: Arguably, for the entire series, since he is Lelouch's toughest, most frequent and most direct opponent.
- In other media, he's the prime villain in Suzaku Of The Counterattack.
- Big Screwed-Up Family
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A somewhat atypical example.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: I mean, c'mon. look at his picture up there. You didn't seriously believe he is up to anything noble and good, did you?
- 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.
- 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.
- Evil Counterpart: To Lelouch.
- 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.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Norihiro Inoue, better known as Kazuma Sohma.
- 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.
- Manipulative Bastard
- 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 WW 1, 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.
- More than Mind Control: His preferred approach to people who can be useful to him, including Nina and even Nunnally.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's obviously not up to something, right? ...Right?!
- Nuke 'em: His solution to world peace.
- Overlord Jr.
- 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 Nunnaly 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.
- 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, Nunally, or Lelouch...
- Self-Made Orphan: It's implied he was going to try this, but Lelouch beat him to it.
- Sensitive Guy and Magnificent Bastard: The Magnificent Bastard to Kanon's Sensitive Guy.
- 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.
- 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.
- Totalitarian Utilitarian: Runs in the blood, more than he would care to admit.
- Utopia Justifies the Means
- Villains Never Lie: Subverted. See Manipulative Bastard.
- Villain with Good Publicity
- 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 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.
"The most splendid relationship in the world is that of loyal siblings."
V.V. (pronounced V2) is a mysterious boy with blond hair longer than his body. He is the twin brother of Charles zi Britannia, but looks much younger because he has gained the power of immortality through a Geass contract like C.C. He can grant Geass contracts like her, having given both his brother and Rolo Lamperouge their Geass abilities, among others in the Geass Directorate. He succeeds C.C. in becoming leader of the Geass Directorate, a secret organization that studies and produces Geass users. He is one of the main antagonists in the series.
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 Screwed-Up Family: Seeing this trope in action and suffering horribly because of it is his Freudian Excuse.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Blue Blood
- 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.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Subverted in the Japanese original: Kazato Tomizawa, his seiyuu, is a male child actor.
- Doom Magnet
- 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...
- 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 They Look: He looks even younger than Nunnally, but really he's Emperor Charles' twin brother.
- Purple Eyes: Pink-ish purple.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Royal Blood
- Unreveal: How he got his Code. It's never said in any canon how he got it.
Prince Clovis la Britannia
"I was just speaking to Clovis. He is at peace now. He's sitting on a beach".
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.
Clovis embodied these tropes:
- Aristocrats Are Evil / Blondes are Evil
- 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.
- 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.
- Not So Different / Shadow Archetype: Despite only appearing for a few episodes, Clovis serves as this to Lelouch ironically enough.
- 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?
- Smug Snake
- 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.
- 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.
- Warm Up Boss: For Lelouch as a strategist.
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.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her mother and sister were killed in a terrorist attack. Suspiciously similar to how Lelouch lost his mother, actually.
- Bodyguard Crush: The bodyguard in this case is Oldrin.
Military Research and Development
"You must make a decision. Abandon science to preserve your heart or destroy your heart to pursue science".
An earl of the Britannian empire and the series' main Mad Scientist
Lloyd Asplund embodies these tropes:
- Affably Evil: The 'evil' part is debatable, but then he does work for the Britannian Empire, and seems to care more for science than humans. However, despite this and his arguable lack of social skills, his enthusiasm is frequently infectious (for the audience perhaps more than the other characters) and he is generally fairly likeable, particularly when places alongside most of the rest of the prime movers in this anime. Not to mention he seems to genuinely believe in Suzaku and like him as much as his... particular view of the world lets him.
- 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: Possibly, as he loves his Mecha more than people.
- 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 sugarcoates 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!)
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: 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 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 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.
- 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 Croomy embodies these tropes:
- Absolute Cleavage: In her formal outfit.
- Alliterative Name
- 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
- Gadgeteer Genius: She's the one who designed and created The Energy Wing System. Not even the MadScientists could pull that off.
- Mission Control: To Suzaku
- 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: Around Prince Schniezel but later subverted. 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, softpoken and voiced by Kikuko Inoue aka the patron saint of YN charas; 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
"Orange-kun is the name of my loyalty!"
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, whose reappearance kicks off several important events as a result of the Applied Phlebotinum included in his reconstruction. Ends up making a Heel Face Turn to join Lelouch, becoming one of his loyal retainers, and is apparently so trusted that he was in on the final plot for the Zero Requiem.
Jeremiah embodies these tropes:
- 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: Twice and both times he was rebuilt.
- Badass: 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 has mellowed down a bit and becomes a cyborg assassin armed with a Geass Canceller. He does revert to Large Ham mode in the Second Battle of Tokyo when he fires off his STORM OF LOYALTY.
- 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: To Emperor Lelouch. He's the low authority strong man.
- 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 depth, or even geifun 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.
- 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.
- Gratuitous English: A walking fountain of it, particularly in his first Crowning Moment of Awesome. "ALL HAIL BRITANNIA!!", indeed.
- Heel Face Turn
- Hollywood Cyborg: Indeed.
- Hot Blooded
- 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 pretty much 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 and screams "ALL HAIL BRITANNIA!!!!!"
- 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 Facepalm 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.
- Mismatched Eyes: After he returns as a cyborg, he has one of his original orange eyes, and a green cybernetic replacement for the other.
- 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.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Probably part of his charm.
- 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.
- Sycophantic Servant: To Emperor Lelouch. Somewhat subverted, as Lelouch only humiliated Jeremiah when they were enemies. After Jeremiah's Heel Face Turn, he is treated with greater respect.
- 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.
- Unstoppable Rage
- We Can Rebuild Him: ''Twice'.'
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
"I will not die like Jeremiah, stripped of power and honor., I will rise higher than ever!"
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.
Villetta Nu embodies these tropes:
- Absolute Cleavage
- Ambiguously Brown
- Amnesiac Dissonance: Her experience as 'chigusa' is complicated.
- The Baroness: The sexpot variety. Devoted to the military regime of Britiana and seeks ever more power for herself. In a way she succeeds by marrying Japan's Prime Minister Oghi
- The Beautiful Elite
- Chekhov's Gunman/Chekhov's Boomerang: 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.
- Easy Amnesia
- Elephant in the Living Room: Pretty much the living embodiment, in R2 19.
- Fan Nickname: Vile-etta Snu-snu.
- Femme Fatale
- "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.
- Green Eyes
- Happily Married: To Ohgi, by the end.
- Heel Face Revolving Door and High Heel Face Turn
- Hot Mom: by the end of the series.
- Hot Teacher: Poses as a P.E. instructor during her time as a spy at Ashford Academy, complete with stripperiffic outfits.
- Identity Amnesia
- Impossibly Cool Clothes
- 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.
- 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.
- Keeping Your Enemies 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.
- 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.
- 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 * 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.
- Secret Relationship / Star-Crossed Lovers: Ohgi and her were like this until midway through R2. 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.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Ungrateful Bastard: 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
Gilbert G.P. Guilford
"My justice is with my princess!"
Personal knight of Second Princess Cornelia li Britannia with unwavering devotion to his princess and piloting skill matching Kyoshiro Tohdoh.
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.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Despite his personal traits, he deserved that something good finally happened to him.
- Failure Knight: In R2.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Believing that Lelouch is Cornelia, he pushed him out of FLEJA 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 Country, Right or Wrong
- 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.
- Stoic Spectacles
- Sunglasses at Night
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Those Two Guys / Those Two Bad Guys: With Darlton.
- Unwitting Pawn: His honorable traits were twice used against him by Zero.
- You Shall Not Pass: His personal Crowning Moment of Awesome during the first Black Rebellion.
A general in the Britannian Army and one of Cornelia's most loyal followers.
Dalton embodies these tropes:
- 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.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Quite excited by the prospect of seeing Cornelia in a swimsuit, but doesn't try to peek on her.
- 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 attacking Cornelia from behind so Lelouch can capture her
- Pet the Dog / Adopt 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.
- 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.
- Travis Willingham: His English voice-actor.
- 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.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Killed by Lelouch after disabling Cornelia's Knightmare frame.
- Lelouch probably killed him to keep him from interfering with him, given that the geass command to disable Cornelia was completed.
- Those Two Guys / Those Two Bad Guys: With Guilford.
A character unique to Nightmare Of Nunnally
, in which she's Nunnally's best friend. She is also one of the Irregulars, 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:
The Valkyrie Team
The Valkyrie team is 10th knight Luciano Bradley's bodyguard/wing squad, although they once belong to Cornelia. They are obliterated together with Luciano by Kallen in episode 20. Only two of them, Marika and Liliana, are named.
The Valkyrie Team embodies the following tropes:
Commodore Matthew Perry
The Knights of the Round
Left to right; Bismarck, Monica, Luciano, Nonnette, Anya, Gino.
The most powerful members of the Brittannian army, answering to the Emperor alone.
- Badass Cape
- Badass Crew
- Expy: of The Knights of The Round Table
- Five-Bad Band: Excluding Dorothea and Nonnette:
- 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."
- High Collar of Doom
- Highly Conspicuous Uniform
- 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 QuirkyMinibossSquads-wannabes.
- Dorothea Ernst and Monica Krushevski were victims of Suzaku's SeeD mode "Live!" attacks. Totally one-sided.
- Kill 'em All: Suzaku, Anya and Gino are the only members that survive the events of the series.
- 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.
- Praetorian Guard
- 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.
- What Could Have Been: They were actually meant to have a longer role and more fleshed out characters. But due to the new time slot and reduced episodes, would up being on the chopping block in the cut backs.
Sir Bismarck Waldstein
: Soumei Uchida (Japanese), Lex Lang
I am the only Knight of One!
The Knight of One, recognized as the strongest soldier in the Britannian Empire.
- Anti-Villain: Type I. He's shown to be a decent, honorable man who just so happens to be The Dragon.
- Badass: Undeniably, as shown in his fights with Xingke and Suzaku, despite limited screentime.
- BFS: His Knightmare´s sword is so hilariously huge that it´s sheath has it´s 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 one of the guys from Samurai Seven.
- Also 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.
- Eyepatch of Power: Variation, as his left eye's eyelids are sewn shut. To cover his own Geass.
- 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.
- Noble Demon
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Suzaku, calling him out on his Motive Decay and Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
- Undying Loyalty: Has supported the Emperor ever since the Throne of Blood incident*, and despite being Emperor and bodyguard, the pair are actually good friends.
- Worthy Opponent: Considered Marianne and Suzaku as this, since they're the only two who posed challenge enough to make him use his Geass.
The Knight of Three, and one of the youngest Knights of the Round besides Suzaku and Anya.
- Affably Evil or Anti-Villain
- 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.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- Combat Pragmatist: See Back Stab.
- Culture Blind
- 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.
- Heel Face Turn: Gino defects to the Black Knights.
- No Sense of Personal Space: And how.
- No Social Skills
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Quite naive about how the world works, and is fascinated by what goes on at Ashford.
- Talking to Himself: In Saisei-Hen, Kira Yamato has unique battle dialogue (while attacking and evading, possibly taking damage, too) when fighting Gino Weinberg. Kira refers to him by name. Gino returns the favor (instead, he refers to Kira by his full name).
- Transforming Mecha: His Knightmare can transform into a plane-like form while flying.
- Upper Class Twit: Kallen hangs a lamp over this in the final picture drama.
The Knight of Four. Not much else is known about her, since she is killed in her only scene.
- Black Girl Dies First: The only black character in the series is the first one to be killed.
- Four is Death: She dies about 5 seconds after we first see her, courtesy of Suzaku in the Lancelot Albion.
- 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.
- Fan Nickname: Knight of Fail.
- Informed Ability: Quickly killed off in her only on-screen fight.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
"Memories are unreliable. There is no reason to believe in them"
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 addtion, Anya suffers from memory problems, so she keeps a blog wherein she stores thousands of photos, in an attempt not to forget anything anymore. Little does she know that the cause of her memory problems is that the "deceased" Empress Marianne has actually found a way to cheat death —by using her as a Soul Jar.
Anya embodies these tropes:
- Action Girl
- Age Inappropriate Dress: Her knightmare uniform which is basically a onesie.
- Alliterative Name
- Amnesiac Dissonance
- Anime Hair
- Bare Your Midriff
- The Beautiful Elite
- Blue Blood
- Camera Fiend
- Captain Ersatz: See Expy, below.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Uses her Knightmare FOR A GAME OF Finding Lelouch (and not on the battlefield, but in the SCHOOL she was infiltrating!!!)
- Ditzy Genius: Lacks enough common sense to deploy her heavy mech for a Cupid's Day chase at school.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita
- Emotionless Girl
- 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.
- Hair Decorations
- He 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.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Mikuru-beam! (Both in the Japanese and in the English dub.)
- Improbable Age
- Leotard of Power: The outfit she wears when piloting her knightmare.
- Little Miss Badass
- 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.
- Pimped-Out Dress
- Princesses Prefer Pink: And evidently Empresses prefer pink-haired girls for their Soul Jars.
- 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: To the point of being considered a Captain Ersatz of Rei thanks to her stoic emotionlessness, combined with having a hairstyle that resembles Marianne; that is, being the clone of the protagonist's mother. Some used Anya's flashbacks of Lelouch's childhood as proof to support such expy argument. This is more or less confirmed in season two, episode 20, when it turns out Marianne used her own geass to inject her own soul and memory into Anya, making the kid a spiritual "clone".
- Rose-Haired Girl
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Better said, Small Girl HUGE Knightmare.
- Soul Jar: For Empress Marianne.
- The Stoic: Usually.
- Stripperiffic: Her Knight of Rounds uniform, due to a massive case of Bare Your Midriff.
- That, and considering several Knights of Rounds are quite older than she is (except for Gino and Suzaku)...
- Sugar and Ice Personality: What she turns out to be, in the end.
- Tykebomb: Anya is sent to assassinate Marianne in Nightmare Of Nunnally.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A, in her Knight of Rounds uniform.
The Knight of Nine. She only appears a few times in the Code Geass anime, and mainly appears in Lost Colors.
: Atsushi Kisaichi (Japanese), Vic Mignogna
"Kill a man off the battlefield and you're a criminal! Kill a man on it and you're a big hero!"
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.
- Abusive Parents: He killed his abusive father. Considering what he is you shouldn't really believe the abusive part.
- 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.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: Gino and Suzaku don't even acknowledge his death.
- Ax Crazy: Luciano Bradley, 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.
- Fake Brit: Vic's choice for the character.
- 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.
- 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 almost seems like a comical design. 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.
- The Sociopath
- Token Evil Teammate: The Brittanian Empire is actually decent compared to him. Considering some of them, that says a lot.
- This Is a Drill: His Knightmare's weapon of choice.
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.
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.
- Super Prototype: Bradford, the prototype of the Tristan.
- Wave Motion Gun: The Bradford's Hadron Spear. However its an incomplete weapon and tends to explode after usage, and can only be used once before the machine needs to be repaired.
- Meaningful Name: Leonhardt = Leon hart = Lion Heart
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.
- Ace Custom: Sutherland Sniper, equipped with a Hadron Cannon that serves as its "sniper rifle".
A 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 Hyuuga Shaingu
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied in flashes to have this.
- Evil Eye: Complete with a Lelouch style draw to his arm when he uses it.
- Meaningful Name: Shin Hyuga Shaingu. Helps that he looks like an older, longhaired version of Akito.
- 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.
- 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.