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Characters: Code Geass Main Characters
This is the character sheet concerning the main characters of Code Geass
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"A victory gained through dishonest means is worthless."
The rival and best friend
of Lelouch. Suzaku is a rather controversial character. Instead of following Lelouch's ideals to crush Britannia to save Japan, Suzaku opted to change Britannia from the inside, to help Japan,
and he is willing to crush Japanese freedom fighters and terrorists in order to achieve this (even those that share his ultimate goals, such as the Kyoto Group). Speaking of that, he got chosen to pilot the Humongous Mecha
Lancelot, which enables him to do lots of otherwise-impossible physical feats
. He often tells people that "results obtained using the wrong means are meaningless," which means he opposes Zero for using terrorism to achieve his ends, but this is actually a result of the fact that he killed his father, former Japanese Prime Minister Genbu Kururugi, to end Japanese resistance to the Britannian invasion, which has made him hate himself greatly and try to atone by attempting to get himself killed in battle
Later, he finds love in Princess Euphemia li Britannia
, and got picked as her Knight, nonetheless. But after a certain incident that made him lose her very
cruelly and messily, he blamed Zero for it and became more "honest", showing more brutality and less restraint. Even after the revelation that Zero is Lelouch, Suzaku did not falter and turned against his best friend.
In the second season, Suzaku becomes a Knight of the Round and hopes to advance to the rank of Knight the First, since it will grant him honorary rule of any area. He plans to take control of Area 11 (Japan) and use his position to help the Japanese people.
Not to be mistaken for The Phoenix
Suzaku embodies these tropes:
- Ace Pilot: His natural talent and superior physical capabilities allow him to pilot the Lancelot, which no one had been able to pilot before]]. In comparison to the other Ace Pilots, though, Suzaku tends to fall short, often relying on the superior capabilities of his unit, followed by his Geass command later in the series.
- Almighty Janitor: For the first half of the first season, Suzaku is treated like dirt because of his race, even though he's one of the best pilots in the series and pilots a nigh unstoppable Super Prototype.
- Animals Hate Him: Cats do, anyway. Although eventually he seems to make his peace with Team Pet Arthur.
- Anti-Villain: Type IV -> Type II. Suzaku is one for most of the series.
- Arranged Marriage: He was engaged to his cousin Kaguya when they were children, but that was broken once Genbu died. Later, Lelouch toys with the idea of asking him to marry Nunnally so he could protect her.
- The Atoner
- Badass Cape: As Knight of Seven. Gets an even more badass one as Knight of Zero.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Even before he was commanded to "Live!", he was already quick enough to dodge a machinegun on full auto and parkour up the walls to take it down, with no expressly superhuman abilities.
- Heartbroken Badass: After Euphemia's death.
- Becoming the Genie: In the manga Suzaku of the Counterattack he obtains a code and becomes immortal.
- Becoming the Mask: By becoming Zero and killing Lelouch for Zero Requiem. Even involves a literal mask.
- Beware the Honest Ones: Part of the reason for his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. Verges on Hypocritical Humor since he lies almost as much as Lelouch in spite of it.
- Big Brother Is Employing You
- Big Damn Heroes: Suzaku just loves having these, but not just for the glory. (See Death Seeker.)
- Big Eyes Little Eyes: He has big eyes, to indicate his seeming innocence — but not truly enormous eyes like Euphemia or Shirley.
- In fact, both Suzaku and Lelouch sometimes seem to act as subversions of this trope, as both have large, expressive eyes despite both of them being lying, hypocritical anti-heroes/anti-villains with extremely high body counts. Since Code Geass plays this trope straight with most other characters, however, we can assume that their eyes are meant to imply both of their largely noble intentions and capacity for great good despite all the evil things they end up doing.
- Bigger Stick: He's not the most skilled pilot in the world, but the Lancelot more than makes up for that.
- Black Sheep: Suzaku was disowned when he became an Honorary Brittanian.
- Blue Blood: In a sense. His father was the Prime Minister of Japan, and there are those who want the family to retain power.
- Bodyguard Crush: Towards Euphemia. Reciprocated.
- Boring Invincible Hero: He's actually quite a good Deconstruction of the archetype, with the first season gradually exposing the huge psychological issues and painful back story that would go into making someone like that, and R2 showing the gradual disintegration of this status until the end of the season when he is reborn as Zero, an entirely different kind of hero.
- Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: Played with in that he is a Charles Atlas Superpower Anti-Villain working for the Big Bad, whereas Squishy Wizard Lelouch who is more like a stereotypical use of this trope is actually the Well-Intentioned Extremist Byronic Hero.
- Broken Ace
- Byronic Hero
- Calling the Old Man Out: Like Lelouch, he tried doing that to his father. When that didn't work, he killed him, resulting in a failure even worse than Lelouch.
- Cats Are Mean: Cats are mean to Suzaku. Arthur seems to hold no ill will toward any other members of the cast.
- Character Development: Suzaku arguably changes more than any other character in the series. Interestingly enough, his slide from Black and White Morality to Gray And Black morality puts him in the position to accomplish the change he was never able to as an Internal Reformer.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: For reasons pointed out but not fully explained in the anime, Suzaku is capable of performing athletic feats far beyond what normal humans are able to (like running along a wall and kicking off a machine gun with a 0.05 seconds time delay).
- The anime does indicate Suzaku benefits from using his nigh-supernatural physical abilities under the influence of the Geass Lelouch cast on him, which forces him to preserve his own life at all costs. This makes Suzaku take full advantage of his own skills for pulling off the impressive feats of physical prowess necessary for his survival. Towards the end of the series, Suzaku has gotten quite good at making use of the Geass in this way.
- In a presumably non-canon Cd extra , Cecile remembers a time when she accidentally drops a chip under the Lancelot's foot. Much to her shock, Suzaku is able to lift the mecha's foot with his bare hands to allow her to grab the chip.
- This was apparently going to be explained sometime in the second season. But that thread got lost in the mad scramble to keep the show going strong.
- Chess Motifs: The knight piece: Suzaku is the white knight and his strange movements let him take Lelouch by surprise. During Zero Requiem, he takes on the mask of Zero and becomes the new Black King.
- Chick Magnet: Very much so. Perhaps less so than Lelouch. Certainly less oblivious about it.
- Childhood Friends: With Lelouch.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: So much so that other characters draw attention to it repeatedly. Before the series starts, he betrayed Japan to Britannia by killing his father and joining up with the Britannia army. In the first season, he betrays Lelouch at the end of the season to the Emperor in order to become a Knight of the Round. (This is arguably a case of It's Personal, since Lelouch had just killed Suzaku's girlfriend and never explained why). In season 2, he first betrayed Nunnally's trust by using her to bait Lelouch (she found out and called him on it), then inadvertantly betrays Lelouch to the Brtiannians again (though it's not his fault this time, he was followed because they suspected him of having ties to Zero), then betrayed the Emperor himself and sided with Schneizel to quickly rise in rank. (Knight of One Bismark Waldstein lampshades this very well in their first battle against each other.) In episode 21, he betrayed Schneizel by becoming Emperor Lelouch's Knight of Zero (this can be considered his Heel-Face Turn). In the end, he finally completed this by becoming Zero to kill his Emperor, making him a hero in the eyes of the world and the UFN. This is a subversion, though, as it was all part of his and Lelouch's plans.
- Conflicting Loyalty: A big reason for the above. During the course of the show, Suzaku tries to balance his loyalties to Japan and its people, the Britannian military he has sworn to serve, the people he cares about and wants to protect, and his personal moral code. At almost any given time in the series, at least two of these will be in conflict with each other. Lampshaded by Lloyd, who points out that it will get him killed someday. That might have been the point.
- Cool Shades: He only wears them on his days off.
- Crash-Into Hello: How he meets Princess Euphemia. An unusual example, in that it's vertical rather than horizonal: Euphie falls (or possibly jumps) on top of him while climbing out her window. This begins a pseudo-Rescue Romance that blossoms into a Bodyguard Crush that might — in a world without Geass — have led to a real relationship and possibly even marriage.
- Cursed with Awesome / Blessed with Suck: He uses Lelouch's "Live On!" command to his advantage. It even becomes his Super Mode in Super Robot Wars Z2: Saisei-Hen. It starts to suck when the Fridge sets in, though.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Euphemia's death is what makes him stop being a Wide-Eyed Idealist. Before that, there's his father's death that jumps start his Death Seeker tendency.
- Defeat Means Friendship: 'Friendship' may be a strong word unless you take Wordof God that Suzaku and Lelouch became friends again as canon, but Suzaku and Lelouch are forced to become allies because they are both so broken and desperate they have nowhere else to turn.
- Death Seeker and Redemption Equals Death: Subverted BIG time because for years he wants to die to atone for his murder of his dad, but not only do these suicidal acts become Big Damn Heroes moments, but then Lelouch geasses him into living, so every subsequent attempt ends in failure, at one point horribly so for many people. Finally, in the Grand Finale he kinda gets his wish. Everyone thinks he perished in battle and his "tombstone" regards him as the greatest hero in the war - but Suzaku not only is alive, he has become * Zero* now that Lelouch is dead. Both tropes are revealed and lampshaded by Mao.
- Determinator: Although he's outmatched by Lelouch.
- Disappeared Dad: The aforementioned Genbu Kururugi, ex-Prime Minister of Japan who was heavily opposed to Britannia. Suzaku killed him at the tender age of ten, after completely losing his shit because his old man was willing to sacrifice himself and Japan to resist Britannia until the bitter end. When Premier Kururugi was out of the picture, Japan promptly surrendered.
- The Dragon: As Emperor Lelouch's Knight of Zero.
- Dual Wielding: Suzaku's Humongous Mecha Lancelot would frequently use two swords, but when it was upgraded into its Albion form, it started carrying around a rifle in each hand.
- Dynamic Entry: He does his Spinzaku Kick on his first appearance.
- El Cid Ploy: Conspired with Lelouch as part of Zero Requiem.
- Even the Guys Want Him: His Ho Yay / Foe Yay with Lelouch and Gino.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: His "Spinzaku" Fan Nickname says it all.
- Expy: Of Kira Yamato with Euphie serving as an Expy of Lacus to round the pair up. Made even more clear later on when he even gets a SEED-mode.
- Evil Counterpart: to Akito
- Failure Knight: Even when he does become Euphie's knight, since she dies horribly. By the time his friend Nunnally is believed to be dead due to a nuke that Suzaku fired under influence of Geass, the guy hits rock bottom.
- Fan Nickname: Several of them: "Uzaku" ('cuz some people don't like him), "Hax" (for pulling gravity-defying fighting moves), and "Spinzaku" (which is spreading through Memetic Mutation). Read on for the episode-specific variations.
- There are also all the fan-ideated rewritings of his first name: "Drugzaku" (after episode 14), "Doomzaku" & "Nukezaku" (episode 18), "Lolzaku" and "Crazyzaku" (episode 19), "Runzaku" (episode 20), "Roofzaku" and "Winzaku" (episode 21), and "Deathzaku" (episode 22). Concluding with "Zerozaku" (episode 25, when he takes Lelouch's place as Zero).
- Fate Worse Than Death: While his tombstone praises him as a loyal defender of Emperor Lelouch, given that Lelouch will be remembered as the worst dictator ever, it is likely that Suzaku will go down in history as The Quisling where Japanese people (except for Kallen, and maybe Tohdoh) are concerned, and as The Dragon to a deeply evil ruler for everyone else. And to make matters worse, he will never be able to be anything but Zero for the rest of his life, as only a small handful of people know who's under the mask, and they aren't stupid enough to spill the beans and ruin the plan. On the other hand, he always wanted to be punished for his sins and to become a knight of justice. Technically, he got what he wanted in a particularly tragic way.
- The Fettered: Deconstructed as all his initial morality is just a way to deal with his own guilt. And once he moves past it, his only remaining fetter is his "live" geass, which instead often forces him to cross any and all Moral Event Horizons to survive.
- Foil: Many, many of the characters Suzaku meets are foils that draw attention to Suzaku's personality and differing views on life.
- Lelouch is someone who is willing to do absolutely everything to succeed, privileging success above all else. Suzaku firmly believes that victory "achieved through dishonest means" simply isn't right. And also, during his time at Ashford Academy, Suzaku is a happy, soft-spoken individual, in contrast to the cynical, uninterested Lelouch.
- Their means of changing Britannia differ as well, which does not bode well for either of them - Lelouch intends to change the system of Britannia by bloodshed and revolution, whereas Suzaku wants to change the system from the inside as he rises in the ranks of the Britannian military.
- Kallen fights on the "side of the resistance" because of her distaste towards the Britannian system and seeing absolutely no future whatsoever in submitting to a society she hates; Suzaku believes in achieving his own ideals by using the societal system. Though Kallen is far more hotheaded and treats Suzaku unfairly during the last moments of R1, she isn't a hypocritical traitor.
- Gino. He's an upbeat, albeit somewhat airheaded pilot who fights for Britannia though when Lelouch becomes Emperor and Gino joins Schneizel and the Black Knights, he questions his own loyalty to Britannia. By the time he and Gino meet, Suzaku is more of a gloomy, serious individual who fights for Britannia only because he wants to fix it.
- The Fool: Lampshaded several times. Most notably when Suzaku announces that [[spoiler:he now believes that the end justify the means and declares "I've been naive until now." Lloyd drawls "Nooooooo, you?". But also a bit of a subversion. He tends to have incredible Plot Armor, which he would rather not have for particular reasons. Which also becomes a major liability for Lelouch.
- Forgotten Friend, New Foe
- For Want of a Nail, In Nightmare of Nunnally, he didn't kill his father; C.C. did, and as a result, is a more well-adjusted and moral individual.
- Freak Out: After nuking Tokyo under the effect of Geass, Suzaku snaps and goes through one, Evil Laugh included. It radically changes his character throughout the rest of the anime.
- Freudian Excuse: More Freudian than most examples.
- Green Eyes
- Guilt Complex / Survivor Guilt: So much so that he's a Death Seeker.
- Heel Realization: A variation. He stops himself before he forces Kallen to use Refrain, realising that if he goes through with it that he will be just like Lelouch. He also has one combined with Laughing Mad at the end of R2 Episode 19.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Well, pinkheads, in the case of Princess Euphemia.
- Heroic BSOD: After Mao reveals that Suzaku was the one to kill Genbu Kururugi. And an even bigger one after he fires the FLEIJA.
- He Who Fights Monsters
- Honor Before Reason
- Horrible Judge of Character: Hates violence and discrimination. So why does he trust the very people who occupied his country? Zigzagged with Lelouch. Suzaku is the one character particularly able to catch Lelouch lying, perhaps because of their shared history.
- Hurricane Kick: The origin of "Spinzaku". In fact, even he recognizes it as his trump card, to the point that he immediately lost all hope of winning a fight when Kallen defeated it.
- Hypocrite / Moral Dissonance: Preaches non-violence and working within the system, yet supports one that invaded and colonized his country, downgrading him along with all other natives to second-class status, and has no problems with violently oppressing them. Cranked up to 11 in R2 when he becomes a Knight of the Round, and becomes part of Schneizel's anti-EU campaign among other things, including the opposition to UFN's legitimate fight of liberation for Japan itself. All of this of course is in hopes of Japan's well-being, but it turns out to be more self-contradictory and counterproductive than anything. Also qualifies as What an Idiot.
- Also believes the end doesn't justify the means yet works for Britannia to one day change it and is little more their enforcer for the majority of the series.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Unfortunate for him being a Death Seeker, this happens to Suzaku when Lelouch geasses him to "Live!"
- Idiot Hero: Played for drama (if not deconstructed) as he painfully pays the consequences for his questionable decisions.
- Idiot Houdini: On the other hand, and ironically enough, he survives against all rights, and his own wishes.
- Inspector Javert
- Internal Reformist: Initially.
- Interrupted Suicide: Or Bungled Suicide, depending on the situation. Happens quite a bit throughout the series.
- Ironic Hell: The whole situation with Lelouch and his dad.
- It Gets Easier
- It's All My Fault
- Jade-Colored Glasses: What he acquires throughout the series.
- Karma Houdini: A case where the character thinks he is, and is arguably right. He gets away with killing his father, defies royal orders several times, yet is never really punished for it except for self-imposed ones. For much of the series, Suzaku's compulsion to atone for being a Karma Houdini — along with his consequent self-hated — is his driving motivation. All this is Lampshaded very melodramatically by Mao in episode 16.
- Katanas Are Just Better: In Code Geass: Tales of an Alternate Shogunate, wields one with great skill.
- Kids Are Cruel: Think he was a nice boy? Think again. He's just more passive-aggressive these days.
- While he does have a nasty streak, he does also get over it and becomes a genuinely good friend to Lelouch and Nunnally.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: He is said to love cats upon his first meeting with Euphie (whom is playing with a cat he later takes in, named Arthur), but this also said to be a one-sided love which becomes something of a Running Gag for the show. Arthur is shown later watching over his "gravestone", though
- According to Word of God and the official website Arthur does like Suzaku and bites him to show affection, which is Truth in Television. Arthur even saves Suzaku's life by biting a Black Knight who's about to kill him when they take over Ashford. Heck, even the cats are Tsundere in this series.
- Kissing Cousins: With Kaguya. See Arranged Marriage, above.
- Knighting: Is knighted twice in the series. First, he becomes Euphemia's knight (as in his job description), then later the apparently-dying Cornelia dubs him Knight of Honor of Britannia in the field.
- Knight in Shining Armor: In the beginning. Later, he became a Knight Templar.
- Knight Templar: His intentions are noble in theory, but in practice they require ruthlessness to carry out. It also doesn't pan out so well for any country that isn't Japan or Britannia.
- Lady and Knight: He is the Knight and Euphemia is the Lady.
- Laughing Mad: At the end of R2 episode 19 (doubles as his Heel Realization).
- Lawful Stupid: Believes that he will be able to change the system from within, even though he has no chance. Ends up working against what he wants to do.
- Leeroy Jenkins
- Love Makes You Evil: His descends into Knight Templar status after the death of Princess Euphemia.
- Manly Tears: While he cries multiple times throughout the series, the most obvious example is when Heīs talking to Euphemia, who only has minutes left to live after Zero shot her. Heīs bawling his eyes out by the time she passes away.
- Meaningful Name: Suzaku and his late father, Genbu. His Knightmare's name qualifies, too.
- A bit of Fridge Brilliance. The Phoenix rises from its ashes (or lays egg before it burns), so it's, kind of, immortal. Lelouch geassed Suzaku to live on, with the same 'rise from the ashes' effect. Not literally, of course. Also, Suzaku killing Lelouch allowed the Zero persona to be reborn, like a phoenix, in him. The violent method would fit the fiery rebirth of a phoenix.
- He pilots the Lancelot, named after a knight who had a tragic affair with a noblewoman.
- Meaningful Nickname: Knight of Zero; it symbolizes both his standing above the other Knights, and his new status as the dragon to Zero.
- Meet Cute: With Princess Euphemia. 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.
- Memento MacGuffin: His Disappeared Dad's old pocket watch, which once saves him from death, as he's shot at very close range but the watch stops the bullet. When he leaves it with Euphie's body, it's a symbol of him finally letting go of the past and his Wide Eyed Idealism.
- Meta Guy: In the Picture and Audio Dramas (especially those from the R2 timeframe), he's allowed to break the fourth wall (lampshading how he gets more focus in side-materials) and act out-of-character (refusing to follow Milly's orders, which he never does in-series) as long as it fits the Rule of Funny.
- The McCoy
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Accidentally triggers the destruction of the area he had sworn to protect. Whoops.
- Mr. Fanservice: His Knightmare Frame-piloting uniform is really tight. He's pretty muscular, and he's got a really cute butt!
- He also resembles Syaoran from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle a little bit. Considering the designs were done by CLAMP, this shouldn't come as a surprise.
- Moral Myopia: Toward the second season (really, anytime after Euphemia's death), he ultimately committed many of the same violent acts he decried earlier on. Arguably even before that, where he really has no problem with the massacre of every citizen in the Shinjuku ghetto, and even aids in it by removing the only thing keeping it at bay (the terrorists). In general, Suzaku seems to hold the belief that it's ok for Britannia to act this way because they're in charge, but no one else can no matter how justified it may be.
- Rather, he tries his best to help and protect as many people as possible with his limited freedom as a Britannian soldier, and desperately (often delusionally) clings to the hope that it's for the greater good whenever he's ordered to partake in, execute or overlook needless violence. At no point does he believe it to be "ok" for anyone. He also seemed completely unaware and ignorant of the wanton killing of Japanese civillians in Shinjuku.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He has three of these. First, when C.C accidentally undoes his Trauma-Induced Amnesia and he remembers that he murdered his father. Second, when he attempts to drug Kallen to get information out of her but stops himself from doing so at the last moment, realizing it's the kind of underhanded tactic he despises Zero for using. Third, when he fires the FLEIJA nuke while under the effect of his "Live" Geass, kills thirty million people (mostly on his side) and spends an entire episode brooding at the epicenter of the disaster.
- My Hero Zero: After Lelouch becomes The Emperor, he became the Knight of Zero. Later in the story, as part of the Zero Requiem, he's required to drop "Knight of" from his title and wear a mask.
- Nice Guy: For all of his flaws Suzaku is unquestionably one of the nicest characters in the series. Perpetually acting to protect those around him, always polite even to people who hate him, and even protecting Kallen's identity as a freedom fighter from his Britannian Superiors. Then R2 rolls around.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: One of the "Welcome to Ashford Academy" Slice of Life stories from Newtype sees Milly, in a bikini and lounging in a kiddie pool, trying to put the moves on him, but all it does is make him feel awkward. Then Milly says "Alright Rivalz, stop the camera, he's not gonna fall for it."
- Not So Different: Jeremiah is more than willing to forget past grudges once he joins Lelouch's side. Guess who else did that?
- Pinocchio Nose: Like Lelouch, is familiar with looking away when lying. Also caught by Nunnally on another tic when he avoids contact with her hand in the second season.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Due to his "Live!" Geass, which he knew about at the time, he inadverdantly nukes the epicenter of the Tokyo Settlement, killing 30 million civilians, because he tried to let Kallen kill him. Whoops.
- Perpetual Frowner: Come R2, Suzaku smiles less and less; eventually, by the last couple of episodes, we don't see him smile at all.
- Gino lampshades this when he's looking through a packet of photographs from the good old days at Ashford Academy; he comes across Suzaku in several of the pictures and comments, "I've never seen Suzaku smile like that. He's so... happy!"
- Placed Into The Cockpit: In the beginning, he became the pilot of the Lancelot because he was the only soldier around. Everyone else was kicking lots of puppies in the Japanese Ghetto, so Lloyd and Cecile make him go out in the mecha.
- Principles Zealot: Started off like this and then as events got worse, he moved away from it.
- Prophetic Name: His name can mean "phoenix". Guess who "dies" at the end of the series and is "reborn" as an entirely new person.
- The Quisling: Ingratiates himself quite thouroughly into Britannian culture, particularly after he becomes the Knight of Seven.
- Rags to Riches: Suzaku becomes one of the most respected men in Japan through his martial prowess, in contrast to Lelouch who is ex-royalty.
- Red Baron: "The White Grim Reaper".
- The Rival: To Lelouch.
- The Scapegoat: Set up as the fall guy for the murder of Clovis by Jeremiah in hopes of having the Honorary Britannian system eradicated.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Up for debate. Suzaku, the pilot of a Humongous Mecha, punched the mech's designer in the face when he didn't let him go out and fight, as they weren't given orders to deploy. This is a big shift for pro-rules Suzaku. Now whether you consider his actions following this justice-driven or revenge-driven decides whether this belongs here.
- It should also me mentioned that due to the heavy Gray and Gray Morality of the series, it's a matter of personal opinion whether Suzaku is doing the "right" thing or not at any given time, whether he's following the rules or not.
- Self-Made Orphan: At the age of nine, he stabbed his own father to death, the prime minister of Japan, in order to put an end to the war. See also Disappeared Dad, above.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He seems like this for part of the series, but it's a facade.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: A deconstruction.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!:
Lelouch (still in Zero persona): Euphemia randomly murdered throngs of innocent Japanese people. You fight for a woman like —
Suzaku: (interrupts) Your Geass power is quite convenient, isn't it? You get to hide in the shadows while others take all the blame for doing your dirty work. You're just an arrogant coward. That's your true nature, the real you.
- Social Climber: A more idealistic version; he seeks to rise in Britannian society to change it for the better.
- Spanner in the Works: Aside from the fact that he is usually the one to spoil Lelouch's plans (including his "Live" Geass), Suzaku wouldn't have appeared inside the Sword of Akasha if it weren't for the Batman Gambit of Marianne, who was probably counting on either his love for her stepdaughter Euphie or his friendship with her Soul Jar Anya... which backfired when Suzaku sided with Lelouch regardless. If he hadn't been there, Charles and Marianne could have had a better chance of succeeding.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Euphemia.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: He's 5'9" (175 cms) which is just above average, but the rest checks out.
- Tame His Anger
- Tautological Templar
- To Be Lawful or Good
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Quite a few levels in fact in R2. Though given everything that happens to him over the course of the series, it's sort of Justified.
- Tragic Hero/Tragic Villain: Just like Lelouch, depends on perspective. Possibly both at the same time.
- The Unfettered: Later in the series.
- Unskilled, but Strong: As a Knightmare pilot, though it's downplayed. His natural talent and his extremely advanced Knightmare cover his weaknesses, but Suzaku is not a seasoned pilot and it shows. During his first battle against the Guren, Kallen effortlessly countered all his attacks, and Suzaku just starts wildly throwing attacks until Lady Luck sabotages Kallen. When Kallen gets the SEITEN, he panics and just starts attacking like a madman with the same ineffective attack. By comparison, Luciano had a solid strategy and matter-of-factly recognized that he wasn't going to win in a straight fight.
- Unwitting Pawn: Suzaku is an earnest, well meaning lad with a healthy respect for authority stuck in a show filled to the brim with Magnificent Bastards and Chess Masters. As a result, he ends up being everyone's pawn... and often ends up derailing as many gambits as he helps build.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is. This, in turn, subverts the trope where mandatorily one and only one of the two arch-rivals is the Well-Intentioned Extremist, since BOTH of them fit the trope.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Initially, though this brutally changes over the course of the series.
- Would Not Shoot a Civilian: To the core. At least at first. He fights the Japanese resistance — or any attempt (legitimate or otherwise) to free Japan — precisely because it endangers civilians. Even in the heat of battle, Suzaku goes out of his way not to harm civilians, even if it means disobeying direct orders. (For example, in the very first episode, he refuses to shoot Lelouch — although in that instance he also has personal reasons, as he and Lelouch are long-time friends.) Of course, the tragic irony is that Britannia is just as likely to harm Japanese civilians as the terrorists are, sometimes more so, and Suzaku participates (albeit very indirectly) in the first episode's massacre. At any rate, his previously iron-clad Would Not Shoot a Civilian position starts to crack after the first season, and it dissolves completely after the F.L.E.I.J.A. incident.
- You Are Number Six: Is by definition, as a Japanese native, a Number. Ironically enough in R2, he refers to Kallen by her prisoner number when he requests Nunnally, who is conversing with her, to allow him to interrogate her. A signal of his further descent, especially in that he, the nation and the fellow countrymen he fights for are Numbers.
"Snow is white because it's forgotten what color it's supposed to be."
, green-haired girl first found inside an alleged 'poison gas bomb', sporting bondage gear and a big butt. C.C. (pronounced "C2" — or "Shi-Tsu
") grants the Geass power to Lelouch, who apparently can give her her mysterious greatest wish, and later stays with him to watch over him. It's later revealed that she gave another Geass to a man named Mao. She has been a close attendant to Zero and has helped him various times, leading him to ally himself with her: "If you're a witch, then I'm a demon."
Speaking of witches, her past and her name both remain a mystery
. Rumor has it that she's been living for many years dating back to the era of Kings, and ever since then she's been repeatedly tortured or killed
because of her powers (shot to the forehead, burned at the stake, put inside an Iron Maiden, etc.). She also has a penchant for pizza, and always orders some from Pizza Hut
using Lelouch's credit card (not a problem, since he's filthy rich, but it's still an annoyance to him).
- Action Girl: Borderline. She doesn't do much actual fighting but she's perfectly capable of it; see Waif-Fu below.
- Alliterative Name: If those are indeed her initials.
- And I Must Scream: Very nearly, with Mao. Probably happened to her a lot, given her immortality and healing powers.
- Badass: You know it! She once pinned a man down to the wall for interrogation, holding him down with just her foot.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Her offering Lelouch and Mao their Geass powers. And to a greater extent, her own wishes to be loved.
- It's played with, though, in that the characters don't consciously decide what their 'wish' (that is, their Geass) will be; however, it does seem to be decided by their inner desires, making it still a more or less straight example of this trope.
- Belated Backstory: We didn't learn who she truly was until the second season.
- Big Damn Heroes: Specializes in saving Lelouch when he's gotten his patootie well and truly trapped.
- Blessed with Suck: Her immortality and her own "love me" Geass before that.
- Body Horror: See And I Must Scream, above.
- Also when she sinks into the ocean at the end of the first season she's crushed to pieces by ocean pressure, and the pieces eventually resurface and come back together.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: She believed in isolating herself to protect her loved ones. This is part of the reason she abandoned Mao, which only made him more Ax-Crazy. She also attempted this with Lelouch... who of course had none of it.
- Broken Bird: Due to her past, she came to not consider herself a human being anymore, and only now is starting to get her human feelings back thanks to Lelouch.
- Burn the Witch!: When Lelouch sees images of C.C.'s past, one of her multiple gruesome "deaths" was, of course, burning at the stake.
- Bystander Syndrome: Seems to be a defining trait mixed with Little Miss Snarker. Probably due to her past.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Let's just say that the show wouldn't very interesting if she told Lelouch from the start that both his parents were in on the same plan, and that there was no real reason to rage against his father or avenge his mother's death... other than the whole "don't particularly care if he dies", and "throw him into a war zone" stuff.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Of a sort. She has a tendency to make silly koans when Lelouch least expects them (see the quote), but it's unclear to what degree she's just saying them to mess with him.
- Cry Cute: A cold-hearted, Manipulative Bitch like C.C. only cries with good reason ... but when she does, the sheer warmth makes you wonder if you are looking at the same person.
- Cursed with Awesome: Oh, sure, she's got that immortality to worry about, but she can do just about anything thanks to her powers.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- The Dark Chick: To Emperor Lelouch.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Wears a dark outfit when she's with the Black Knights.
- Dark Mistress: Subverted. She's far from it, but the Black Knights assume that she is. While Lelouch doesn't bother to correct them, she at least tries to set the record straight with Tamaki, though he doesn't believe her.
- Deadpan Snarker: Regularly snarks to Lelouch and everyone else.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts out as cold-hearted woman who's only helping Lelouch for her own motives and doesn't care about him at all, but she eventually warms up to him and starts to regain her human feelings thanks to him. After the Grand Finale, knowing that Lelouch honestly cared about her, and didn't blame her for the bad things that happened in his life after accepting the Geass, allowed C.C. to open up to her true emotions and gave her the strength to carry on despite still being immortal.
- Disney Death: In the first episode.
- Doom Magnet
- Draco in Leather Pants: Mao gives C.C. the DILP treatment in-universe. He sees her as a perfect angel even though she robbed him of his life by giving him his Geass that ultimately destroyed him when he was a of eight!
- Fan Nickname: Pizza Butt... and for good reason. Her delicious backside often gets camera focus.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: After she was mentally reset to the person she was at the age of ten, which complicated matters greatly since she was Really 700 Years Old.
- Freaky Is Cool
- Freudian Excuse: For her Nominal Hero status.
- The Gadfly: Sometimes it seems as if she just likes to push Lelouch's buttons.
- Girl in a Box: Or better said, Girl in a Poison Gas Tank.
- Glamour: Her Geass power forced everyone she met to fall in love with her and shower her with affection, which was great...for a day or two.
- Gratuitous English: Her "name" C.C. is pronounced See-Two on the English dub but more or less Shi-Tsu in the original Japanese.
- Healing Factor: She can recover from fatal injuries in a matter of minutes.
- Heel Realization: In R2 Episode 21, about her involvement in the Ragnarok Connection.
, just stop already. It was presumptuous of us to even attempt this.
Marianne: But what about C.C.? Why isn't she disappearing as well? You supported this plan as much as we did!
C.C.: Sorry. But I finally realized: The love you have is only for yourselves.
- Honest Advisor: To Lelouch. She never lies to him but withholds plenty of information like her history with Mao and the true nature of their contract. At least she admitted to Lelouch that she wouldn't tell him anything she didn't want to.
- Immortal Life Is Cheap: Sometimes gets this sort of abuse, such as when Mao decided he was going to "make her compact" with a chainsaw. At one point, she takes out an opponent by having her mech drag theirs to the bottom of the ocean, and holding them there until they were both crushed completely by the pressure, having her enact this trope on herself.
- Immortality Hurts: She can't permanently die, but she still suffers from several painful major injuries and temporary deaths. Flashbacks reference quite a few horrific deaths in her past, including the iron maiden, guillotine, and burning at the stake, complete with images of her struggling against the ropes and screaming in pain the whole time.
- Kick the Dog: It's a bit difficult to look at her in quite the same way after the flashback to Mao's childhood, as her treatment of him isn't any more excusable than his treatment of Shirley.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: R2 episode 15 ends with C.C. losing all her memories to the point where she first acquired her Geass (when she was no older than 10, by the looks of things). Reversed when Marianne in Anya's body invoked Forgot the Call and "reset" her.
- Light Is Not Good: Her outfit, as seen in the picture.
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Lelouch, on occasion.
- Male Gaze: The camera sure loves to focus on her butt. More prominent in R2.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Mao. She's his whole world and he will do anything to get her back.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Finally gets over her Who Wants to Live Forever? by the Grand Finale. Knowing that Lelouch never hated or blamed her for the tragedy that his life became, and through everything he honestly cared about her, is enough to allow C.C. to carry on and live out her immortal lifespan with the happy memories he gave her.
- Manipulative Bitch
- Mayfly-December Romance: C.C. the ageless, deathless witch is romanced by Mao, a seventeen/eighteen-year-old boy.
- Ms. Exposition: When she's not snarking, she sometimes bothers to fill Lelouch in on events; such as the whole deal with Mao.
- Ms. Fanservice: She is number twelve on the list. Yes, of course they have a list◊
- Mysterious Past: For a long time, we didn't know anything about her. This was reversed in R2 episode 15, which describes her past in detail but temporarily removes most of her memories after.
- Mysterious Waif
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: That whole business with her and Mao. See also Kick the Dog, and What the Hell, Hero?.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Comes with being immortal.
- No One Could Survive That: Takes a bullet to the head for Lelouch in the very first episode. Shows up fine as the fourth episode's cliffhanger, and Lelouch comes home to find her playing with Nunnally.
- Not Quite The Right Thing: She didn't abandon Mao just to be cruel. She thought that, in abandoning Mao, he'd come to hate her for it and get over the fact that she asked him to kill her. Sadly, she underestimated Mao's obsession, and it turns out that he blames everyone but C.C for her deserting him and is perfectly willing to kill anyone else who she tries to make a contract with (like Lelouch).
- Not So Different: Invoked with her and Mao. Both of them received Geass at very young ages, under similarly desperate circumstances, and it proceeded to subsequently ruin their lives. C.C. was able to bounce back and take over the Code because her Geass was never as bad as Mao's and possibly also because she was slightly older than Mao when she received her Geass at first, in addition to the fact that she wasn't obsessively in love with the one who asked her to kill her and take her Code, unlike Mao. Whether she ever would have ended up like Mao if she hadn't taken over the Code when she did is never looked into.
- Asakim and C.C. are immortals. Asakim was overcome with despair. C.C. chose hope, by giving power to other people. At first for entertainment, then hoping for a change, which she finally acknowledged in Lelouch.
- Not What It Looks Like: Kallen keeps walking in on C.C. and Zero "just talking."
- Only Known by Initials: She's only known as "C.C." and we don't even know if that stands for her name. Lelouch is the only one who knows of her true name, and the dialogue is muted both times it is mentioned.
- Parental Substitute: To Mao, until things went horribly wrong.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Lelouch according to Word of God.
- Poisonous Friend
- Power Incontinence: It's implied that she originally took over the Code to get out of hers.
- It was later revealed that the Code was forced on her by the nun who gave her her power.
- Pretty Freeloader: She gets to enjoy all the comforts of the academy on Lelouch's dime.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Really 700 Years Old: She's been alive for centuries, after she got her own Geass in the end of the Middle Ages, and was made immortal in the Era of Kings. She apparently even knew some of the masterminds behind the American Revolution on a personal basis.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Lelouch's Red.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Unusual hair color, Supernatural Gold Eyes, pale skin, Mysterious Waif with a troubled past, deep stoicism, not actually a regular human girl, and Defrosting Ice Queen who gradually warms up to the main character. The main thing that sets her apart from other examples is her tendency to mess with people.
- Sarcasm Mode: Like there's some other mode.
- Satellite Character: In-universe only, to Zero except from the point view of Charles, Marianne and V.V..
- The Spock: To Lelouch's Kirk and Kallen's McCoy.
- The Stoic: Nearly always. But, on rare occasion...
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: From being an immortal geas giver.
- Time Dissonance
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Most often Kallen (tomboy) and C.C. (girly girl), but other pairings come up too. Like Kallen, C.C. herself is a mix of both types. In one Save-Quit intermission skit in Saisei-Hen, they have a chat on how to give the player a proper farewell. C.C does it in a cutesy, feminine way.
Kallen: So you're stopping here huh? No choice then....You better come back or else...
C.C.: What are you doing saying farewell to the player like that?
Kallen: Then how do you suppose I do it?
C.C.: I guess I'll show you the ropes then...Erhmmm (in moe voice) Master, it's rather unfortunate that we have to part here, so please come back as soon as possible... And there you have it.
Kallen: What the heck was that just now?
- Trademark Favorite Food: Her love of pizza, which she can frequently be seen eating.
- Trickster Mentor
- Troubled Fetal Position: Assumes one during her Heel Realization in R2 Episode 21.
- The Unfettered: Moreso than just about any other character, since she's not bound by anything, including death.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Lelouch.
- With Kallen in R2 and all the material that takes place during its timeframe.
- Waif-Fu: While not on the same level as Kallen, she is quite an adept Knightmare Frame pilot, serving as Lelouch's copilot and once able to hold her own with limited support in a chaotic air battle against Suzaku, amongst others. She's also skilled in hand-to-hand combat, although it comes up much less frequently.
- Walking the Earth: She did this when she left the Britannian palace after Marianne's death. And what she does after the Grand Finale.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Revealed to be her motivation in giving people the Geass in the first place; puts a whole new spin on "The Power of Kings will condemn you to a path of loneliness."
- Wife Husbandry: With Mao.
- Woman in White: Though mostly when she's in her straitjacket.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Though more like Empty Shell, not "destroyer".
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: The Geass universe has quite different ethnic characteristics, with violet eyes common in the Britannian nobility, but even then C.C.'s green hair is unique. It might just be an uncommon trait like red hair, however, since it is never commented on in-show. It's not a supernatural characteristic either, since she had the same hair color way back when she was just a normal girl.
- Zettai Ryouiki
Kallen Kozuki / Kallen Stadtfeld
Kallen Kozuki / Kallen Stadtfeld
"If only you had justice on your side!"
Kallen is an outspoken half-Britannian, half-Japanese girl who is damn proud of her Japanese heritage and opposed to the hostile takeover of Britannia. She has a rather frail and gentle Japanese mother
, whom she kind of despised at first, but eventually decided to make her the reason for fighting after directly witnessing how much she suffered for Kallen's sake. She also attends Ashford Academy with Lelouch, playing the Ill Girl
role to avoid suspicion of her involvement with the movement against Britannia. She also is rather attractive
Later, Kallen joins the Black Knights as the Ace Pilot
of the Gurren Nishiki and becomes a bodyguard or sorts to Zero. She's one tough and tsun-tsun girl, but in front of Zero, she gets gushy and dere-dere
Kallen embodies these tropes:
- Absolute Cleavage: Just look at the damn pic!
- Ace Pilot: Arguably the best in the entire series.
- Action Girl: Oh yes.
- All Is Well That Ends Well: It's surprising how quickly she's willing to forgive Lelouch for everything he puts her and her friends through during the Zero Requiem. She also forgives Cornelia and the other Britannians for being evil towards her race, and the other Black Knights for trying to kill both her and Lelouch, which convinced Lelouch to put her through the former in the first place.
- Alliterative Name: Kallen Kozuki (or Kozuki Kallen), when she's using her mother's surname — which she does a lot.
- Always Someone Better: To virtually every other Knightmare pilot of repute in the series, she is this, to the point of likely being the most talented pilot in the world. Let us count the ways: Jeremiah, Gilford, Cornelia, numerous Glaston Knights, Gino and Anya (at the same time), Luciano, Xingke, C.C., and even Suzaku (see Plucky Girl below). She loses exactly two fights in the entire series; the first because her opponent had a serious technological advantage over her (namely, Flight), and the second largely because she engaged without recharging her unit's energy filler (which was Tamaki's fault anyway).
- Anime Hair: She has a typically Code Geass crazy hairstyle when in her guise as a rebel. See Expository Hairstyle Change, below.
- Armor Piercing Bright Slap: Used on both Lelouch and Suzaku.
- Badass in Distress: She's captured in battle and becomes a POW for a while (actually part of her Character Development, rather than an excuse for a Rescue Arc), but she makes a full recovery within moments.
- Badass Normal: Of the four main characters, Kallen is the one completely without any specific superhuman abilities — yet she is arguably the best pilot in the series. (Lelouch has psychic Mind Control powers; Suzaku has Charles Atlas Superpower; C.C. has Immortality.)
- Bash Brothers: With Chirico Cuvie in Super Robot Wars Z2.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Lelouch.
- Berserk Button: Do not call her, her nation, or its people Numbers. If you do this and are an enemy in combat, she will destroy you with extreme prejudice.
- Berserker Tears: In R2's first opening.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Shirley's Betty for Lelouch's Archie.
- Big Brother Worship: Towards her dead older brother.
- Biker Babe: Each incarnation of her Guren comes with a motorbike seat.
- Bodyguard Crush: Towards Lelouch.
- Boobs of Steel: A skilled soldier, and perhaps the best female Knightmare pilot in the series. And, of course, Kallen is quite busty, too.
- Broken Bird: Not in the traditional sense, but the Britannian invasion and her home life have definitely made her bitter.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half Japanese, half Britannian.
- Cheerful Child: Was fricken'◊ adorable◊ as a kid. Then shit happened.
- Chess Motifs: The queen. Starts off as a pawn but becomes the strongest piece on the board. Her code name, Q-1, is the old-fashioned (i.e., pre-algebraic) shorthand for the square the white queen begins the game on. However, unlike an actual chess queen, her primary role is to stay by the king's (Lelouch's) side and protect him; like a chess queen, she's perfectly capable of attacking should the need arise.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: When she and Zero find that her teammates have turned on their leader, she jumps to his defense and accuses them of one-sidedness, only to be told to step aside or be gunned down with him on suspicion of being geassed. Cue Lelouch lying to her in order to force her away.
- Custom Uniform: For the Black Knights.
- The Danza: Sorta, at least in the English-language dub. See Karen Strassman and Spell My Name with an "S", below.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not on the level of C.C, but the tendencies are there.
- Defector from Decadence: To as big an extent as possible. Though she is of noble blood, she has rejected Britannia and strives to free Japan, but attends Ashford Academy as a cover, and to continue her studies.
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Demoted to Extra: In the Alternate Universe spinoffs, her importance dramatically declined. Even in the Lelouch of the Rebellion manga adaptation, in which she actually has an even larger role than in the original anime, the equivalent of episode 9 of the first series (which focused on her past) is all but cut out except for a scene of her at home and with her mother in the hospital. While it was mostly used to establish her motivations rather than starting a subplot, taking this away isn't too nice.
- To a lesser extent, she does get a reduced amount of screen time in R2. Even a lengthy arc after her capture is mostly about her relationship with Lelouch. They had been moving in this direction during the first season too, but some fans had also hoped to see her family issues get re-introduced at one point or another as well.
- Determinator: When faced against the now practically superhuman Suzaku, she fights him to a standstill, reducing *both* of their machines to scrap before finally destroying Suzaku's machine with the very last blow she has left before her machine shuts down. Suzaku even wonders aloud how he can't beat her, even with his "live" Geass.
- Devoted to You: Of all the Black Knights, Kallen is the most loyal to Zero. Her willingness to die for him is the reason why Lelouch was adamant in excluding her from the Zero Requiem.
- Evil Former Friend: Louise Halevy is this to Kallen in Super Robot Wars Z2: Saisei-hen. This trope is inverted as Louise calls out Kallen for working with ZEXIS, even though Louise works for the A-LAWS.
Louise: Kallen! You deceived me!
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Kallen used two different hairstyles (loose, straight and long-ish when she's at Ashford Academy◊, spikier, slightly shorter and with a headband◊ when with the Black Knights) during the series, to avoid having her cover blown. After the Grand Finale, when Kallen returns to Ashford and lives peacefully with Mrs. Kouzuki, she's seen using her Black Knights hairstyle permanently◊, now that she has no reason to hide herself.
- Expy: Color her hair black and make her a guy, and she looks a LOT like Domon Kasshu. For bonus points, her mecha has a signature attack nigh identical to the Shining Finger. They even have matching Hot-Blooded personalities!
- Face Palm of Doom: Her signature Finishing Move.
- Fangirl: For Zero, in a sense.
- Fanservice with a Smile: Early in the second season, as a part of her cover. There's a funny scene in Saisei-hen based off Kallen wearing the bunny suit.
: So how do you feel riding Guren, Kallen? Kallen
: "How"...? Ester
: Get back Kallen. DM extermination is my specialty. Kallen
: Ester...are you mad about something? Ester
: I'm not frustrated...I'm not frustrated! Kallen
: You brought your triangle into the cockpit... Ester
: You're piloting the Guren wearing a bunny suit, aren't you?! So I'm bringing my work tool into mine too!
* ding ding ding* C.C.
: It looks like she really is that frustrated that she couldn't become a bunny (girl). Kallen
: Sure looks like it... Kiderra
: Woman's jealousy sure is scary... Ester
: I said I'm not frustrated! Even though I'm not that pretty, or elegant, or friendly, or good as serving... C.C.
: (to all the above points) To a destructive degree. Ester
: I'll live my life as a (DM) buster. So bring it on, DM's. C.C.
: Looks like everything got solved by itself. Chirico
: Here they come.
- Many a places have come to know her as "Serial Showerer Kallen"
- In Jigoku-hen, Kallen gets to call out Kan Yu for forcing her to wear the outfit in the first place.
Kan Yu: Itís been too long, Kallen! Iíve a score to settle with you, too!
Kallen: Well, arenít you stubborn? STILL miffed about that Kumen business?!
Kan Yu: You know thatís not the whole of it! Not after you went and attacked me time and time again!
Kan Yu: If you donít feel like getting on your knees and apologizing, Iíll just end you right here!
Kallen: Well, since youíre dredging up the past, I also have something I wanna tell you!
Kallen: How could you make me deploy with that bunny suit back in Kummen?! Any way you slice it, thatís just sexual harassment!
Kan Yu: Well, that was an emergency dispatch and—
Kallen: Shut up! Even now I remember that dirty look you gave me!
- Fantastic Racism: Towards Britannians, due to their own racism and crimes against the Japanese. She gets better once she becomes friends with many Britannians at school.
- Fiery Redhead: In keeping with standard anime coloring themes about ace pilots and the color red, Kallen has red hair, wears a red plug suit (several different ones, all red) and pilots a Red mecha named the Guren (Crimson Lotus).
- Foe-Tossing Charge: Episode six of R2, then again later in episode twenty-four (twenty-three enemy units plus C.C.'s Lancelot, in 36 seconds).
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When Lelouch asks Kallen to "console" him when asks what she can do , she decides what he really needs is a smack across the face. It turns out she's right, as he shakes his Wangst soon after.
- Go-Go Enslavement: When Kallen is captured she is tied to a table for no apparent reason. Later on she gets the standard Britannian prisoner garb (which is in fact rather similar to C.C.'s) and then a fancy dress, though she probably got to put the latter on in private.
- Good Counterpart: Kallen is an odd reflection of Lelouch's own mother, Marianne. Both mix high social status with low-as-dirt origins (Marianne was a commoner who married into royalty, Kallen is half second-class citizen but her father is an aristocrat), both are quite possibly the most gifted Nightmare pilots of their age, both served as bodyguards to the Magnificent Bastard they were in love with, both were very close friends with C.C., and both are astonishingly attractive for their military lifestyle. However, Marianne served as a Lady Macbeth, willing to mess Anya up psychologically for a chance to live on and embracing her husband's plan despite the immense personal suffering it would bring to her own children and countless others. Kallen's sense of justice was strong enough that she put aside her feelings and took up arms against the one she loved most to protect the people his plan would hurt... after trying to defect from her side to join him, if he would love her.
- Hero Antagonist: In the final arc.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Yes. Still, see You Gotta Have Blue Hair, below.
- Heroic Bastard: The lovechild of a nobleman's affair with the Eleven woman that now works as the household's maid, but that's kept secret so she doesn't have to deal with all the troubles of an Eleven or honorary Britannian.
- Heroic BSOD: Episode 25 of R1: When she finds out Lelouch is Zero.
- Hot-Blooded: To the max.
- Ill Girl: Part of her cover but makes her unable to participate in sports.
- Humongous Mecha: See Ace Pilot, above.
- Justice Will Prevail: The line next to her picture says it all.
- Knife Nut: She always carries her trusty pouch knife.
- The Lancer / The Dragon: To Zero.
- Large Ham: When in Ace Pilot mode.
- Last Kiss: Gives one to Lelouch.
- Lethal Chef: Doesn't come up in-series, but Ami Koshimizu says it was in the character notes she was given at the start of the series. It was said that if she tried baking bread, it would come out as charcoal.
- Living a Double Life
- Living with the Villain: Played straight when Suzaku arrives at Ashford Academy & she doesn't know he's her regular opponent in battle. Later inverted, as she learns Suzaku pilots Lancelot.
- Love Martyr: Magnificent Bastard Lelouch has some major problems. Consider how many times Lelouch makes her cry during the course of the series...
- Loves My Alter Ego: In season one, she thinks Lelouch is an arrogant Jerk Ass, but adores his alter ego Zero as a brave freedom fighter. After learning Zero's identity, at the very end of season one, it takes her a while to adjust to the concept, but eventually she goes deredere for him in both roles and basically falls in love with the man behind the mask.
- Lured Into a Trap: Used to bait Lelouch into the betrayal by the Black Knights without her knowledge.
- Male Gaze: She gets this in conveniently provocative poses. For example, her frame uses a common layout for cockpits, but other characters' mounting position is rendered onscreen less completely.
- The McCoy: To Lelouch's Kirk and C.C.'s Spock.
- Moment Killer: Taken to ridiculous degrees in the second season when almost every single conversation she has with Lelouch seems to bring them closer only to be interrupted in some random way. (Causes of interuption range from a simple radio call, to someone walking in on them, to their walking into a deadly ambush.)
- Lampshaded in this fanmade 4koma◊
- Ends up becoming a moment killer at least twice for Lelouch and C.C., the second time with a giant robot.
- More Than Mind Control: After Lelouch assures her that her loyalty was not caused by Geass, she ruefully notes that she's still enslaved to him.
- Ms. Fanservice: Look up. Doesn't have the personality, but she does have the assets. Is number three on the list.
- Also, her clothing, but more than that, the situations the series puts her in. How many times has she been "interrupted" during her showers?
- Nom de Mom: Uses her mother's Japanese name when she's working with the Black Knights.
- Not What It Looks Like: She keeps walking in on C.C. and Zero "just talking." Similarly, Shirley keeps seeing what she thinks are romantic encounters between Kallen and Lelouch.
- Ojou: In fact, her own biological mother (who has been reduced to a servant in her house) calls her Kallen-ojou-sama — or, more often, plain old Ojou-sama.
- But Kallen only acts like The Ojou as part of her civilian cover, while her real personality, is very far from it.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: After Lelouch starts playing the role of Evil Overlord, Kallen takes upon herself to be the one who takes him down. Also counts as an attempted Kill the Ones You Love.
- Out of the Frying Pan: In the latter part of season 2, she is saved from almost being executed by Britannia; only a couple episodes later, she is used to bait Zero, with whom she is having a heart to heart for the first time since said captivity, into a betrayal by Ohgi and the rest of the Black Knights, and is almost shot down with Lelouch until the latter fools her into abandoning him to have her spared. Also qualifies as a minor case of Distress Ball.
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: She's Japanese! Don't you dare forget it!
- Pursued Protagonist: In the first episode.
- Red-Headed Heroine
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Her father is rich, and she spends nights fighting Britannia. Except replace "idiot" with "Ill Girl".
- The Rival: To Suzaku. Oddly enough, she remains as such even after they both switch roles, with Suzaku as the one defending Lelouch and Kallen opposing him. Also, his Worthy Opponent.
- Rocket Punch: Kallen's new and improved Guren can fire its radiation wave arm at the enemy, while still connected to the Guren through a cable.
- She-Fu: Blatantly guilty of this at times, especially in the first episode of season two.
- Shower Scene
- Shower of Awkward: Twice. First, with a Lelouch nice enough to try to look away. Second, a Waterfall Shower spotted by Suzaku.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Karen" or "Kallen"? She's called both by different people.
- Also, Kouzuki vs. Kozuki.note
- It should be noted that there is actually a Gaelic female name spelled "Kallan" which makes her name seem not so Engrish-y after all, such as these real life women named Kallan.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Lelouch.
- Super Reflexes: Kallen, being a combat mech pilot, has incredible reflexes, which tend to act up even when she is playing an Ill Girl in school. In one episode, when Rivalz accidentally sends a champagne bottle cork right into her face, she notices it even before he does and deflects it with her hand.
- Thigh-High Boots: Part of her Custom Uniform as a Black Knight◊.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kallen is herself a mix of both types, which manifest themselves in her Action Girl guise (tomboy) and her Ill Girl guise (girly girl), complete with different wardrobes and hairstyles. In addition, she finds herself in numberous other pairings, including:
- Kallen (tomboy) and C.C. (girly girl). In one Save-Quit intermission skit in Saisei-Hen, Kallen gives a farewell in a rough, crude. C.C proceeds to correct her and does it in a girly, cutsey manner, confusing Kallen in the process.
Kallen: So you're stopping here huh? No choice then....You better come back or else...
C.C.: What are you doing saying farewell to the player like that?
Kallen: Then how do you suppose I do it?
C.C.: I guess I'll show you the ropes then...Erhmmm (in moe voice) Master, it's rather unfortunate that we have to part here, so please come back as soon as possible... And there you have it.
Kallen: What the heck was that just now?
- Kallen (tomboy) and Shirley (girly girl).
- Milly (tomboy) and Kallen (Ill Girl guise) (girly girl).
- Kallen (tomboy) and Kaguya (girly girl).
- Kallen (tomboy) and Euphemia (girly girl).
- Tsundere: Tempermental, tough and badass at one moment, sweet and vulnerable at the other.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Undying Loyalty: Considering the extremes to which she goes for Lelouch, she can rival Jeremiah in the loyalty department. At least, until Lelouch (intentionally) forces her to choose between her loyalty for him and her sense of justice.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Lelouch.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With C.C. in R2 and all the material that takes place during its timeframe.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: At one point early in R2, she carries the key to the Guren in her cleavage.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Part of her taking the 'weak persona' cover up.
- Waterfall Shower: On Kamine Island.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the beginning. Then she joins Zero, who makes her get better by comparison.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Her combat outfits.
- Worthy Opponent: To Suzaku. See also The Rival, above.
- You Are Number Six: Is half-Japanese, which of course makes her something of a Number according to Britannia. (Do not call her this, though.) She gets a different sort of this treatment while she is imprisoned mid-season R2, and Suzaku refers to her by her prisoner number.
- You Are Worth Hell: How she feels about Lelouch.
- You Go Girl
- You Gotta Have Crimson Red Hair
- Zettai Ryouiki
Nunnally Lamperouge / Princess Nunnally vi Britannia
Nunnally Lamperouge / Princess Nunnally vi Britannia
"My wish is for a gentler world."
The daughter of Emperor Charles and his consort Marianne, as well as Lelouch's younger sister. The messy death of her mother left her not only contained in a wheelchair, but also blind out of the trauma of having her mom bleeding all over her and dying. She's shown as a sweet, gentle, Ill Girl
who attends Ashford Academy's middle school and serves as Lelouch's Morality Chain
: she certainly doesn't know that her beloved and very
overprotective big brother is willing to fulfill the promise of "making the world better before she can see" through bloodshed, The Plan
, and all that jazz.
, after Lelouch is given Fake Memories and sent back to Ashford with Tyke Bomb Rolo in tow, Nunnally gets her Imperial Princess status back and is given the command of Area 11 aka Japan, like Cornelia and Euphemia. As the new Viceroy, Nunners works as hard as she can to make things better and ensure the Japanese are well treated, but with Lelouch recovering his memories and re-building La Rťsistance, it will NOT be easy.
In Nightmare of Nunnally
, she is the main protagonist, who receives a Geass that allows her to see the future and an alternate personality derived from her anger and other negative emotions that can move and pilot a Knightmare Frame. She initially sets out to find Lelouch, but also expands her goal to stopping bloodshed between Britannians and the Japanese. At the end of the series, she saves the world by rejecting Charles and Marianne's Instrumentality plan by coming to terms with her feelings, resulting in her regaining her ability to see and walk, and their being erased from existence. She becomes a goodwill ambassador to Japan under Empress Euphemia
Nunnally embodies these tropes:
- Abusive Parents
- All Is Well That Ends Well
- All-Loving Hero: To a degree.
- Arranged Marriage: Midway through the first season, Lelouch toyed with the idea of betrothing Nunnally and Suzaku, before he realized he and Suzaku were enemies.
- In the sound episode Stage 0.521, it's revealed that, before the war, the Japanese considered an engagement between Nunnally and Suzaku's father Genbu Kururugi. When Suzaku protested and offered himself instead, his dad pointed out that he was already spoken for — engaged to his cousin Kaguya Sumeragi. It is revealed that Lelouch somehow dissuaded Genbu from an engagement to Nunnally, but it's not revealed how.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: After Lelouch's "assassination", she takes over and becomes Empress.
- The Beautiful Elite
- Big Brother Attraction
- Big Screwed-Up Family
- Blithe Spirit
- Blue Blood
- Break the Cutie: Happens several times, but she bounces back each time. Even after Lulu's death, since she becomes a fairly cheerful and sweet-tempered Empress.
- Calling the Old Man Out: In the climax of Nightmare of Nunnally, calls out Charles and Marianne for abandoning her and trying to start Instrumentality.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Just a very little bit, with her older brother Lelouch. Nonsexual example ... we think.
- Covert Pervert: According to the Picture Dramas and the Lost Color games.
- Determinator: Earns this by virtue of being one of exactly two people out of the entire cast shown to be capable of resisting her brothers Geass.
- Disabled Means Helpless: Lelouch, and most of the rest of the cast, seem to think so. Subverted when she breaks her father's geass with her own willpower and very nearly fires a FLEIJA warhead.
- The Empress
- Evil Cripple and Hero Antagonist: At the end of the series. She even gets a "crawling on the ground helplessly" scene.
- Expy: Of the anime version of Suzuhara Shuuko, which Okouchi (co-creator) worked on as Series Composition. The original CLAMP version shares nothing in common with Nunnally.
- Eyes Always Shut: As a symbol of her trauma-induced blindness. She opens them in episode 24 of R2, as the proof of her overcoming that particular side of herself ... through sheer willpower.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: How about a girl with a nuke detonator, huh?
- Arguably taken even further in "Nightmare of Nunnally" when she gets her own Knightmare Frame that she can summon out of thin air.
- Go-Go Enslavement
- Heroic Willpower: How she finally manages to open her eyes after her father geassed them shut for years.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Voiced by Rebecca Forstadt in the English dub, who also played a somewhat adorable tank-thing. This eventually earned Nunnally the Fan Nickname "Nunnakoma".
- Horrible Judge of Character: Zigzagged. A wee bit too trusting of Charles, and especially Schneizel. She does not extend the same courtesy to non-family, and can easily tell when a person is lying to her.
- How Dare You Die on Me!: Nunnally does this to Lelouch after the Zero Requiem plan is completed, partly because she figured out what Lelouch's plan was all along
- I Am Your Opponent: To Lelouch and Suzaku at the end of Turn 22, after they have already started Zero Requiem.
- Ill Girl: Unable to walk because of bullet injuries to her legs. Also suffers from psychosomatic blindness, evidently as a result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It seems that way at first. But then we learn that the reason she never opens her eyes is because of her father's Mind Rape, which forced her to become blind.
- In the end, Nunners remains wheelchair-bound, but overcomes her blindness.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: The reaction she often provokes in fans of both sexes.
- The Ingenue: For the first season. This changes radically by the second.
- Joshikousei: Of sorts.
- Living Lie Detector: She can tell, thanks presumably to being able to sense pulse rate, sweating, and/or body temperature changes, if someone's lying if she's holding their hand.
- However, there is one theory that appears in certain fanfics, and which is possibly supported in canon by her seeing the whole Zero Requiem plan after touching Lelouch as he's dying, which says that she has some sort of unexplained psychic abilities that work via touch. This theory does require a radical reinterpretation of her character and most of her actions in order to make it work, but it does address certain other inconsistencies.
- Meaningful Name: Nunnally is an English given name and surname, but in Japanese it can sound a bit like "nunnery," i.e., convent. Perhaps intended to even further heighten the sense of her innocence.
- Mind Rape: The source of her blindness. Inflicted to her by her father as a part of his and her mother's Evil Plan.
- Morality Chain: For Lelouch, and to a lesser degree, for Suzaku and Cornelia.
- Nice Girl: Always nice and polite to those with whom she interacts, and one of a very few non-racist Britannians.
- No One Should Survive That: Some people still wonder how she survived the F.L.E.I.J.A. blast in R2 Episode 18, even though there arguably is a way to explain it. Hint, count the planes.
- Oblivious Younger Sibling
- Older Than They Look: She's a teenager but looks younger in several shots, and has a very youthful-looking hairstyle and school uniform.
- Politically-Active Princess: In R2.
- Lady of War/The Pollyanna/Stepford Smiler: You'd think the little girl would be a bit less of an ingenue after having her mom shot to death in front of her and die in her arms, causing her to go blind from apparent psychological trauma that has ONLY manifested as blindness, and having her mother's killers shoot her in the legs as well, paralyzing her. said blindness and disability weren't a result of an assassination attempt, but by her parents modifying her memories, having her shot to preserve their cover story, and geassing her into blindness as a part of their Gambit Roulette.Certainly, such an apparently sweet girl being willing and able to fire the FLEIJA warheads and wipe out entire armies implies she's not quite as gentle as she looks.
- Panty Shot: She has a few of these in Nightmare of Nunnally, though not as many as Alice.
- Princess Classic: Deconstructed.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Several of her outfits, including her school uniform and her dress for when she's re-instated to the throne are pink.
- Protectorate: First and foremost to Lelouch, and almost as much to Suzaki. Same in Nightmare of Nunnally, but not nearly on the same level as Alice.
- Purple Eyes: She used to have those before she became blind. You can see them again more clearly later in the story.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Royal Blood
- Silk Hiding Steel: Don't mess with her.
- Spanner in the Works: On more than one occasion, Lelouch's love for her has scuttled his plans.
- Strong Family Resemblance: As a child, her father the Emperor was basically a male version of her.
- Super Senses: Hearing. Up to Eleven. To wit, when asked to describe a cat that got loose on campus, she surmised that one of it's legs was injured because it's footsteps sounded "off". Yes, that's right. The cat's footsteps... on a carpet... didn't sound right.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: In the Nightmare of Nunnally manga, she plays girly girl to Extraordinarily Empowered Girl Alice's tomboy.
- Nunnally is also arguably the tomboy when paired with Euphemia or Shirley (girly girls to the max). She is the girly girl when paired with Nina or Milly (not exactly tomboys, but still more physically active).
- The Unfavourite: Along with Lelouch, apparently, probably as a side-effect of the rest of the court's disdain for Marianne.
- This is subverted when we find about the truth in episode twenty-one of R2.
- Too Dumb to Live / Unwitting Pawn: Seems to be completely oblivious to Charles' and Schneizel's true intentions. The latter case almost does cost her her life.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Reveals in the finale that she planned something similar to the Zero Requiem plan, but doesn't go into more details than making the Sword Of Damocles the focus of the whole world's hate. It should be noted that she was making the best of a really bad situation, but whatever it is that it takes to piss off the whole world can hardly be small.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She gave Lelouch one of these in the Grand Finale. When he tells her he's been doing everything for her, she yells at him that she never asked for him to change the world and was happy just being next to him in Ashford. Of course, it does fail to take into account a lot of the little reasons Lelouch did it. She does it to a lesser extent with Suzaku in Turn 16.
- White Sheep
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Despite her Eyes Always Shut status, she's probably the second most Wide-Eyed Idealist on the show, after her half-sister Euphemia. (Shirley doesn't make the cut because of her willful lack of interest in politics.)
- Wise Beyond Her Years: This becomes abundantly clear after she takes a major role in the plot in R2. Well, with a couple of critical exceptions.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: In chapter twenty-five of Nightmare of Nunnally, she admits that she has trapped herself in the past, refusing to move forward, and says that she now hopes for tomorrow.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Nunnally is the most sweet, caring, considerate, well mannered and kind hearted little girl you'd ever meet.
- Youngest Child Wins: In the series finale she, the youngest of Charles' named children, inherits the throne. Technically, Carline is the same age, but she was ahead of Nunnally in line to the throne while Charles was alive.
- Zettai Ryouiki: In Nightmare of Nunnally she wears a Grade B, as it's a part of the Ashford middle school uniform.
Rolo Haliburton / Rolo Lamperouge
Rolo Haliburton / Rolo Lamperouge
"I can't remember how many people I've killed. Nobody counts the number of times they brush their teeth or eat a meal. Same with this."
This socially awkward, harmless-looking cute little boy is introduced at the beginning of R2
. After Lelouch and the Ashford students are given Fake Memories (courtesy of Emperor Charles's Magical Eye) that erase Nunnally's image from their minds, Rolo was sent to pose as Lelouch's younger brother in the Academy. A boy raised by V.V.'s Geass cult members and trained as a Tyke Bomb, Rolo is perfect to keep an eye on Lelouch and kill him if it's needed. Or is he?.
In the Nightmare of Nunnally Alternate Universe
manga, he is Lelouch's twin brother and a Cardinal in the Geass order. He despises Lelouch and seeks to gain C.C.'s power, but loses to Alice and dies when his body rots away from the side-effects of C.C.'s cells
Rolo embodies these tropes: