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Xingke embodies these tropes:
- The Ace: This guy is one of the few examples in the show to truly qualify. Lelouch describes him as being just as smart and clever as himself and also as physically strong and skilled as Suzaku.
- Ace Pilot: He's as skilled in his mech as he is in person.
- Blood from the Mouth: Happens to him once in a while during battle. He always mentions having a few more moments whenever it happens, but somehow survives till the end.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He first appears in season 1 episode 23. He had his back turned.
- Expy: Bears more than a passing resemblance to King Yasha◊, from CLAMP's earlier work RG Veda.
- Genius Bruiser: Lelouch remarks that "the heavens blessed you twice" because he has strength and intelligence in equally high measure.
- Ill Boy: Whatever disease he has that makes him cough blood and experience bouts of weakness.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Blood and all. In the end, he doesn't die within the series.
- I Owe You My Life: The canon core of his devotion to Tianzi, who saved him from execution when he was a teenager.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Chinese version! He has the honorable nature, the whole-soul devotion to a noble lady, skill with a sword, the whole nine yards.
Jiang Lihua aka Empress Tianzi
Voiced by: Tamaki Matsumoto (Japanese), Jessica Straus (English)The Empress of China, who appears in R2. Technically speaking, the Tianzi ("Child of Heaven") is supposed to be the leader of the Chinese Federation and the heir to the old imperial tradition. In reality, the current Tianzi is a teenage girl kept away from her people by her council, the Eunuchs, who rule the country as they wish. However, not everything is lost: Tianzi has a protector in Li Xingke, and even if she's powerless at the moment, she's touchingly determined to do what she can.
"Someday, I want to see the outside world."
Tianzi embodies these tropes:
- Arranged Marriage: The Emperor tries to marry his eldest son Prince Odysseus off to her, which Lelouch and the Black Knights use to their advantage. Diethard also suggests this following their victory over the High Euncuhs, but Lelouch rejects the idea.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: Li Xingke's ultimate goal is to repay Empress Tianzi's kindness by giving her enough power to rule over the Federation, instead of being just a puppet of the Eunuchs.
- Damsel in Distress: Li Xingke is motivated to action by rescuing her from the High Eunuchs and taking her to the outside world.
- The Empress: of the Chinese Federation but it's in-name only because the High Eunuchs control her.
- Gilded Cage: She isn't allowed to leave her palace.
- Heroic Albino: She does as much good as a sheltered and shy thirteen year old can hope to do. She appears to be a rare example of using albinism to emphasize a character's vulnerability and frailty.
- The Ingenue: Due to staying within the palace her whole life, she's naive and innocent. Her whole plot line revolves around other characters effectively growing her out of it so she can be more like Nunnally and Kaguya.
- I Owe You My Life: The canon core of Xingke's devotion to her, who saved him from execution when he was a teenager.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Tianzi might be the Empress of China, but otherwise she fits in very well as she's practically a prisoner in her palace. Her only friend was Xingke.
- Moe Couplet: Forms a painfully cute one with the older (albeit not much) and worldly Kaguya.
- Older Than They Look: She's not eight years old. She's 13.
- Pinky Swear: How she and Xingke sealed The Promise of seeing the outside world.
- Precocious Crush: Some interpret her feelings for Xingke this way. Understandable, though: he's the first person who was ever genuinely kind to her, so if she had a child-like crush on him it'd be no surprise.
- Puppet Empress: She is just a tool for the High Eunuchs to rule through.
- Shrinking Violet: Easily cowed by the High Eunuchs and nervous when meeting the Black Knights.
- Tender Tears: Cries a lot. Considering her really shitty situation, we can't blame her.
- Token Mini-Moe: A tiny and tender albino with a big heart, in a series where everyone else is a young adult.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Sweeter, gentler counterpart to the also girly but more straightforward Kaguya, who becomes a regular companion after her rescue.
- Voiced by: Various
- Asshole Victim: Very few if any people will cry over their deaths.
- Eunuchs Are Evil: Man lacking both morals and manhood, they're eviler than the Black Knights and Britannians both.
- Evil Chancellor: They would sell out their land and their empress and even betray their comrades just for personal gain.
- Humiliation Conga: Quite a devastating one. Just before they think they've won, Zero comes in with his new Shinkiro, which blocks all of their attacks and annihilates their forces. Then, a previous conversation with Zero is broadcasted, causing all of the Chinese Federation to riot. With the Eunuchs' support from the people lost, Schneizel finds them no longer qualified to have Britannian titles, leaving them to be executed by the man they just betrayed. Hardly anything more satisfying.