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Voiced by: Miyu Irino as an adult and Ryoka Yuzuki as a child (Japanese), Micah Solusod as an adult and Apphia Yu as a child (English)The protagonist of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled. A pilot of the special unit W-0 of the E.U., Akito is amongst the many Japanese who were displaced to Europe following Britannia's invasion, where he is no more welcome to his new European superiors than the Britannian colonialists.
- Ace Pilot: The best one in W-0.
- Ax-Crazy: Clearly - he's reckless to the point of being suicidal (his true goal anyway), enjoys battle a little too much, can be very cynical and ruthless, and when he isn't any of those things, he's borderline emotionless who tries to hide it with sarcasm. All that coupled with the fact that he sees dead people, all definite signs that he's mentally unstable to a degree. He eventually grows out of it thanks to his newfound friends.
- The Berserker: His battle style when piloting a Knightmare, especially in the Alexander.
- Blood Knight: Akito seems just a bit too happy when taking on enemy Knightmares. Granted the fact that he can't die, it's probably the only way for him to vent his frustrations & have some fun.
- Broken Hero: At the start of the series, he still hasn't mentally recovered from his brother killing the rest of his family and attempting to Geass him to death.
- Character Development: He slowly undergoes this in episode 3, where reuniting with his brother and a few talks (and a fist fight) with his new comrades and Leila seems to change his mindset a bit. He is still a Death Seeker Ax-Crazy, but he does appreciate people around him more.
- And in episode 4, he starts breaking free from his brother's Geass command, becoming a full-fledged hero instead of a brutal Ax-Crazy killer, and is even willing to befriend a former enemy.
- Combat Pragmatist: When fighting Knightmare to Knightmare, he doesn't aim for the mech. He aims for the cockpit.
- Curtains Match The Windows
- Death Seeker: It was even his final line to his dead comrades. "Akito, why do you fight?" "...So I can die."
- Deadpan Snarker: Always has a dry quip for a situation. It's his defense mechanism, to hide his lack of emotions and psychosis from others.
- Hate Plague: His Geass command causes this not just to himself, but to any allies who are synced to his Alexander's BRS, causing them to fight with inhuman ferocity while it lasts.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: People affected by Akito's Geass suffer from mental breakdown after a while.
- Heroic Bastard: Technically speaking, Akito counts as one since he wasn't the blood-born son of Shin's father, but the son of another man whom their mother had an affair with.
- I See Dead People: Akito attributes his capability to do so with an unexplained Near-Death Experience. However, it may be connected with his brother's Geass command, since Shin also sees dead people.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Can be incredibly cynical.
- Lady and Knight: The Knight to Leila's Lady.
- Official Couple: With Leila at the end of the final episode.
- One-Man Army: Can tear through entire Knightmare squads single-handedly.
- Short Hair with Tail: He's had the style since he was a kid apparently. He even cuts the tail off so Leila can have something to bury in the worst case scenario before the last mission, but is seen to have grown it back later on.
- Slasher Smile: Several of them. This trait starts to go away in later episodes.
- Sole Survivor: Of the W-0 Unit's first mission.
- Stock Underwear: He wears boxer briefs and a sleeveless undershirt to bed at night as revealed in episode 2.
- The Stoic: Off the battlefield, he's a very quiet man bordering on emotionless, but he does at least display a sense of humor. During the later episodes, he begins to show more and more emotion, though he still remains calm and composed for the most part.
The Strategist and later commander of the W-0 unit.
- Action Girl: Leila is accomplished in aikido and possibly jujutsu, which she demonstrates to anyone unfortunate enough to think she's a soft target.
- Adorkable: Slips into this sometimes around Akito because she's interested in him and his country's culture. It comes out even more in episode 3 when she's trying (and failing) to help out with chores around the gypsy caravan.
- A Mother to Her Men: Fiercely protective of anyone under her command.
- Arranged Marriage: To her older stepbrother Johann in the future.
- The Atoner: Leila has feelings of guilt over the multitude of Elevens that died during the first W-0 operation due to her not dethroning her racist commander earlier than she did.
- Berserk Button: Her older brother Johann really pisses her off.
- Big Brother Bully: The youngest of her older brothers, Johann, treats her as a concubine due to his hatred of the idea that he will be forced to marry her at his father's behest. Subverted with her two other brothers Daniel and Stefan, who are both Nice Guys. Subverted when it's revealed that Johann does care for her at heart too.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Gentle Girl to Akito's Brooding Boy.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: In a Picture Drama. She turns into an laughing drunk off the smell of sake.
- Cultured Badass: She reads Guilbert's Essays on Tactics at a party.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her biological parents were killed when a terrorist planted a bomb while her father was giving a speech to the public.
- Defector from Decadence: Leila is the child of Britannian nobles who disagreed with the Britannian system and defected to the democratic E.U.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Episode 2 has her in a skintight pilot suit for half the movie that does a bang-up job of showing off her figure.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Suffers from one during Episode 4 where she believes Akito had died. Though since they were under invasion at the time, she gets back up after some pep talk from Claus. Afterwards though, she silently cries to herself in her room. That said, she eventually comes to the belief that he's alive, and it's proven by the end.
- Hidden Buxom: Compare her in her usual outfit to her Form-Fitting Wardrobe scene.
- Innocent Purple Eyes: Which in Code Geass terms sadly means Break the Cutie is coming. Subverted since she earned her happy ending with Akito and their comrades.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Has a cat named Eliza.
- Lady and Knight: The Lady to Akito's Knight.
- Lady of War: An elegant and intelligent lady who can still kick ass.
- Magical Eye: Episode 3 reveals that she contracted with C.C. as a child. However, due to the contract being "incomplete", she doesn't manifest her true power until the final episode, which reveals that her Geass can connect people's consciousnesses to each other, a reflection of her desire for people to understand each other.
- Nice Girl: She's one of the few characters with a pleasant demeanor, as long as you aren't a jerkass.
- Odango Hair: Much like Usagi's from Sailor Moon if she kept the rest of her hair down, though she does trade them for normal Girlish Pigtails when she changes into pilot gear.
- Official Couple: With Akito at the end of Final Episode.
- Purple Eyes: A sign of her Britannian heritage.
- Rapunzel Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Rousseau Was Right/Humans Are Good: A firm believer of this. It's her strong belief in this that allowed her to stare down and rebut Shin's nihilistic and cynical speech to her.
- Supporting Protagonist: Despite Akito being the main character, much of the story is told through her perspective.
- Stalker With a Crush: She has a fascination with Akito right from the start, to the point where she sneaks out in the morning to see what he's doing, only to get spotted immediately.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: And unlike most other characters of this type in the franchise, she actually gets her happy ending!
- Zettai Ryouiki: Type B.
- An Axe to Grind: Both of his machines feature it.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Akito and Leila by the time of the middle half of the story, though more with the former.
- Hidden Depths: Despite his bravado, he admits that he only really wants to find a home for himself and his two friends; he grows to enjoy the company of the old Roma women near Warsaw precisely because their caravan becomes something of a second home to him and the rest of Wyvern.
- Hot-Blooded: To the point he's the sort of guy who uses punching to settle arguments without any real ill will behind it.
- Irony: He was in charge of a group that had, get this, eleven members. This in a series where Japanese are called Elevens.
- Pet the Dog: He becomes sympathetic towards Akito after finding out that Akito's brother irrationally wanted him killed, with the two eventually becoming good friends.
- Shipper on Deck: During Episode 3, the look on his face says it all as he prevents Ayano from following after Leila who chases after Akito into the woods.
- Ancestral Weapon: Has a blade passed down to her from her samurai ancestry. She later decides to let Akito keep it, in the hope that it'll bring him good luck.
- Boobs of Steel: She's far more hands-on by comparison to Leila. Not to say that Leila isn't a good fighter herself, though; Ayano is just more likely to fight being a front-line soldier and all compared to Leila being a commander.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: In a Picture Drama. She turns into an crying drunk off the smell of sake.
- Expy: Somewhat serves as one to Kallen from the original series.
- The Heart: Becomes something of this for Wyvern Squad.
- Hopeless Suitor: She likes Akito, who's not interested in anybody but Leila.
- Shameful Strip: She gets one from the gypsy ladies in episode 3. Played for Laughs though. Leila on the other hand didn't really mind the gypies changing her clothes.
- Tomboy: She wears jeans, coats, and shorts more often than Leila.
- Zettai Ryouiki: The violet-colored stockings + hotpants variety.
- Boomerang Bigot: A member of an oppressed people is himself racist towards his own people.
- The Cracker: He hacked into a military grade security system undetected, though he (mostly) settles for less malicious forms of hacking after his Heel–Face Turn.
- Determinator: As best shown in Episode 5, even while still in recovery from his injuries the guy simply refuses to just lay down while the rest of the squad are fighting for their lives.
- Evil Genius: His skills are so good he bypassed the security measures of a Glasgow and forged pilot credentials.
- Freudian Excuse: The students he killed via planting a bomb in the school? A couple of them left him with a large scar spanning almost the full length of his hand.
- Friendly Sniper: Both of his machines are long-ranged equipped, and after he mellows out to Akito and Leila, he more or less becomes this.
- Heroic Sacrifice: It's implied that he tries this twice, but he lives through both attempts.
- Mad Bomber: When not in a mecha bombs seem to be his Weapon of Choice, as he used them to take out his abusers prior to joining Ryo's crew and was ready to blow himself up as a means helping Ryo and Ayano more than once.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: He bombed a school that had the same classmates who fucked up his hand. The evil part also comes from how he seemed unconcerned with any other students who weren't responsible for abusing him.
- Playful Hacker: On a good day he's one of these, given his use of cutesy mascot characters when working and treating things like fun games. That said even at the best of times his sense of "fun" is very questionable, and likely terrifying, as lampshaded by Ayano.
- A-Cup Angst: In a Picture Drama, she reveals this to be the reason she was covering her chest area when she, Leila and Ayano get drunk off the smell of sake while soaking in a hot spring, though she claims that her chest is normal; Leila and Ayano's are just too big.
- Bridge Bunnies: Serves as one during missions.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: In a Picture Drama. She turns into an angry drunk off the smell of sake.
- Childhood Friends: With Leila.
- Gossipy Hens: According to Leila, she has a habit of gossiping.
- Meganekko: Is usually seen with a pair of glasses.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is just as long and thick as Leila's.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: What little is seen of how close she and Leila are can come across like this.
- Ship Tease: Word of God is that she has a crush on Yukiya.
- Teen Genius: Is only 17.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lilac in her case.
- The Alcoholic: Is perpetually disheveled and carries a drink with him.
- Becoming the Mask: Despite being a Britannian mole, he grows to genuinely care about the rest of W-0, and ends up siding with them when Euro-Britannia assaults their base.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his eccentricities and being a mole, he's an excellent officer.
- The Cynic: And rather exasperated at his CO's idealism.
- The Lancer: For the W-0 command staff, being far more cynical and lackadaisical than Leila.
- The Mole: Is spying for Britannia in exchange for help with his daughter's medical bills. Leila knows this, but respects him too much to turn him in.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Oscar's Blue.
- Undying Loyalty: To Leila; even after revealing himself to be a mole, he's still ready to lay down his life to protect her.
- Nice Hat: He's never really seen without his officer's hat on.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When Leila takes command of W-0 from Anou, he has no objections, and even helps subdue Anou.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Claus's Red.
- The Stoic: Tends to be rather serious and straitlaced.
- Not So Stoic: Following the success of the EU offensive in episode 2 he grins and does a fist pump, though he quickly resumes his regular expression.
- Stoic Spectacles
A general of the EU and Leila's superior, as well as mentor.
- Ambition Is Evil: He wants to rule over the Union as its emperor.
- Big Good: Subverted. He's actually a power hungry man out to rule over the Union as its emperor.
- Cool Old Guy: One of the few Europeans who seems to have respect for the Elevens.
- Deal with the Devil: He made a deal with Shin's Euro-Britannia by allowing them to attack W-0's headquarters, all so he can make Leila into a martyr.
- Distressed Dude: Briefly in Episode 1.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Is unhappy with the EU's corrupt elite, but still believes in its revolutionary ideals. Actually, he just wants to become its emperor.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's manipulated Leila and the youth of the military into believing he's a just man. He was able to convince the youth to initiate a coup by deceiving them into believing he's doing it for the sake of the Union and its people. He later uses Leila to inspire hope in the people during the riots and then to whip them into a unified frenzy by trying to make Leila into a martyr.