Characters: Code Geass Main Characters
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Lelouch Lamperouge / Lelouch vi Britannia / Zero
Lelouch Lamperouge / Lelouch vi Britannia / Zero
"I am Zero! The man who destroys worlds — and the man who creates them!"
"[...] Then answer this! Are you just going to sit back and wait for someone else to defeat Britannia? Who?! You think if you wait long enough, some day the right chance will finally come? Don't be naive! If we don't stand up and do it ourselves, that some day will never come!"
The central character of Code Geass
, Lelouch Lamperouge
is a Magnificent Chess Master
who was given the power of a Magical Eye
called a Geass that allows him to compel anyone to obey him to do anything he demands
— although It Only Works Once
on any given person. Few even of his closest friends know that he is actually a fallen prince
of the Britannian Empire
. He plans to rebel against his estranged father
, the Social Darwinist Emperor Charles
, who, he thinks, was unforgivably apathetic about his mother's death — and may even have had a hand in it. Worse, Lelouch was sent to Japan with his crippled sister as bargaining chips, only for said nation to be invaded with them still there. Lelouch demands vengeance
, and he'll settle for nothing less than the complete destruction of the Britannian royal line
Well, not the entire
Britannian royal line: Lelouch wants to protect his paralyzed and blind little sister Nunnally
— and not just to protect her, but to make a better world
for her. He'll do just about anything
to accomplish his goals, and he doesn't mind if he has to be labeled "evil
" in the process. Especially if he gets to make being evil look damn
good as he announces his new anti-Britannian movement.
As the series evolves, Lelouch finds a worthy opponent, his buddy Suzaku Kururugi
, who eventually becomes the biggest obstacle to his plans.
He also finds an unexpected
ally, a beautiful and Mysterious Waif
who usually goes by the "name" C.C. She isn't what she seems to be. But then, neither is Lelouch.
- Abusive Parents: His father the Emperor. Turns out his mother wasn't a saint either.
- Achilles in His Tent: During most of Turn 19. Schneizel uses it to maximum effect.
- Adult Fear: The idea of his sister Nunnally being in danger or having no one to take care of her if he is in danger of death (especially in episode 1 when he faces a Britannian squad) is enough to make him freak out.
- Affably Evil: Gives off this, as he is remarkably polite, when he isn't killing or manipulating his enemies.
- Alliterative Name: If he's using his mother's surname.
- Aloof Big Brother: As part of his Jerkass Façade near the end.
- Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: At least in terms of his less-than-stellar piloting skill in the anime. In Super Robot Wars Z2. 2 he can become an impressive Game Breaker thanks to his very effective Shinkirou and Ace Bonus, and at one point in-story (depending on your acquisition of 'Zero Points') apparently fights Heero Yui in the Wing Gundam Zero to a draw.
- Always Save the Girl: Backfires when he tries this.
- Anti-Hero/ Anti-Villain
- The Atoner: In the Grand Finale, the Zero Requiem is revealed to be an elaborate public performance intended to personally atone for his own sins by making the world hate him in death, even though his chosen method, leading circumstances, and consequences accounted for, with no real exploration of alternatives that would be just as if not better for atonement, make it likely he has another hidden motive at that point.
- Attention Whore: According to C.C., everything he does is really out of a need to be the center of attention. It's also why his Geass took the form it did.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: The Picture Dramas and games are surely very fond of having him go around◊ in◊ drag. Stupid Sexy Luluko!
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: "ALL HAIL LELOUCH, 99th EMPEROR OF BRITANNIA!!"
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He is about the only one smart enough to use Shinkiro's full combat potential.
- Badass: Absolutely. What he lacks in physicality and strength he more than makes up for in charisma and utter verbal badassery. He is badass enough to become the autocrat of the entire world.
- Badass Boast: Several. See the quote above, next to the picture. The one below doubles as both one and a despair speech.
Lelouch: My name is Lelouch vi Brittania, eldest son of Empress Marianne, the prince who was abandoned by his empire. If anyone wishes to stop me, let them try! If there is anyone who can go beyond my despair...
- Badass Bookworm: Before you say ''huh?'', remember in the second episode where Viletta threatened him by blowing the walls around him? He. Didn't. Even. Flinch. 2:50
- Badass Cape
- Heartbroken Badass: After his mother, Euphemia, Shirley and Rolo's deaths. Then, there's Nunnally's supposed death, after which he lost his cool in 3 seconds flat.
- Bastard Bastard or Heroic Bastard: Lelouch is the child of one of the the Emperor's recognized wives, who was killed before the series began. Lelouch was disowned and ultimately rises up in rebellion against his father. Lelouch certainly gets around in the Bastard tropes.
- Batman Gambit: He loves playing these. He's the victim of a few of them, too, but he usually prevails.
- Battle of Wits: Par for the course.
- Becoming the Mask: Several times, on several different levels.
- The Beautiful Elite
- Be Careful What You Wish For: His Geass. And his plans in general.
- Best Served Cold: One of his motivations behind his mission is to deliver vengeance to his father for his abandonment and what he represents as a Darwinist.
- Betty and Veronica: He's the Archie with Shirley being his Betty, and Kallen being his Veronica from Shirley's point of view. In actuality, there's a whole harem revolving around him.
- Beyond the Impossible: His dad said it was impossible to geass the world's equivalent to God, and when you think how Geass is refered to as 'the power of the king' it makes sense. Lelouch thought otherwise.
- Big Bad: As Emperor Lelouch, to the world. It turns out to all be an act though.
- Big Brother Instinct: He deeply loves Nunnally and protecting her is his reason for living.
- Big Good: You know the world is messed up when he's the closest thing we have to this.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Where the whole mess starts.
- Blank Face of Shame: Lelouch is shown with his bangs obscuring his eyes at the funeral for his friend Shirley's father - because he's responsible for Mr. Fenette's death, however unintentionally.
- Born Unlucky: The bad luck is a little latent, but when it kicks in at around age 8, does it ever...
- Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: Played with in that though he acts like a stereotypical villain, he is a Well-Intentioned Extremist Byronic Hero, whereas Suzaku is a Charles Atlas Superpower Anti-Villain working for the Big Bad.
- Break Her Heart To Save Her: Lelouch does this to Kallen and Nunnally during the final arc. And since they figure out the truth later on, they don't even end up hating him for it.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: His school persona. Of course, he's anything but lazy.
- Broken Bird: Prior to getting his geass, he is bored, pessimistic and feels trapped after everything that has happened in his backstory, which has left him wanting to change the world, something for which he has had to bide his time. He still has a couple of these moments during the series.
- But Now I Must Go: At the end of "Nightmare of Nunnally", he says goodbye to his friends and loved ones before leaving to be Demon King.
- Byronic Hero: Attractive, charismatic, single-minded, sophisticated, introspective, melancholy, idealistic, ruthless in the pursuit of his cause, driven to rebellion, tragically flawed, arrogant, ambitious... His life and character traits practically read like a textbook case.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Aside from his desire to make Nunnally's dream of a kind world come true, Lelouch's main reason for basically starting a world war was to do this to the Emperor. (Let it never be said that he does anything by half-measures.) Near the end of the series, he finally does it.
- Camp: Initially only as Zero but Emperor Lelouch gets quite campy.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Lelouch has a habit of dodging questions even when he'd be better off answering them.
- Cartwright Curse
- Catch Phrase: "All tasks at hand have been cleared."
- "Lelouch vi Britannia commands you..."
- Most of his other catch phrases are Arc Words. "I am Zero!", "I will destroy the world and create it anew", "The only ones who should kill are those prepared to be killed", and a few more.
- Celibate Hero: If only out of necessity thanks to his chosen profession.
- Chair Reveal: Late in R2.
- Character Development: Lelouch becomes more and more extreme - and in some ways, heroic - as the series progresses. He also becomes more openly emotional and less Stoic.
- Character Tic: The flourishing gesture he uses to draw attention to his eye before invoking the Geass. Justified in that his geass relies on eye contact to work.
- Char Clone: In fact, if you take this perspective, Code Geass literally becomes Mobile Suit Gundam with the perspectives skewed, instead of following Amuro (Suzaku), you're following Char. In fact, in one of the scenarios in Super Robot Wars Z2: Saisei-Hen, has fellow Anti-Villain Char Clones Milliardo Peacecraft and Mr. Bushido team up with him.
- The Chessmaster: Literally and figuratively. Although as a literal chess master, it's more of an Informed Ability, as no one in-universe really seems to know how the game works.
- Chess Motifs: He's the king on the chess board; his Zero costume even resembles one. Although his physical combat skills are less than impressive, he's the one who commands the whole board. He's always on the battlefield with his troops, because, as he puts it, if the king won't lead, his subjects won't follow. Mind you, that doesn't usually work in actual chess, and certainly not as Lelouch applies it, but it is just a metaphor. And then, there's the Zero's Requiem, in which he played the role of the White King, dressed in white and gold clothes instead of his usual black and purple ones, which also doubled as his funeral garb, with Zero as the Black King, who put the White King in checkmate.
- Chick Magnet: C.C, Kallen, Shirley, Euphemia (he says she was the first girl he ever loved as well), Milly, Kaguya and 120-something unnamed girls from the school. He is extremely intelligent, polite, nice, good-looking and extremely rich so it´s not just his dad´s genes (The Emperor has 108 wives).
- Childhood Friends: With Suzaku.
- Clark Kenting: ...Sort of. Lelouch does wear a mask that conceals his whole head and does tricks with voice recording to throw people off the trail. But the fact that his sister Nunnally—who is blind and therefore relies primarily on hearing—never recognizes him as Zero is a bit much. Or any of the other people who are close to him. This can be partially explained, however, by assuming that he was speaking Japanese as Zero and English as Lelouch. Your voice tends to change when you speak different languages, which is why Japanese tends to come out breathier than English. This, coupled with the fact that there's a high chance that the Britannians don't know any Japanese, might explain why no one recognized it. They still didn't explain Nunnally and Suzaku's cases though.
- Except Euphemia, who quickly becomes suspicious, and by the next time they meet, is absolutely certain of the fact. Ironically, this is probably because she has no idea what he's supposed to sound or look like.
- Made worse by the fact that he is supposedly in hiding from pretty much all of Britannia, even before he becomes Zero, and yet he uses his real name from when he was a prince. Though, Lelouch could, however, simply be a common name in the CG Universe, the same way royals' names tend to become common names over time in our universe, and given there are hundreds of princes and princesses, the odds of any one individual being able to pick up on it are rather small.
- Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: As a common trait of the quintessential Magnificent Bastard, Lelouch is fond of doing this.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Feels the Britannian government is rotten to the core and must be dismantled. Too bad for him, two of the most important people in his life don't agree.
- Conspicuously Public Assassination: It's a Call Back to when he rescued Suzaku in season 1 episode 4.
- Consummate Liar: Very convincing at telling lies although Suzaku doesn't buy some towards the end of R2. How it all began, however, was simply heartbreaking.
- On the other hand, what he normally lies about tend towards being either blatantly obvious or completely illogical - like Zero being a hero to the Japanese... yet built from the ground up with western aesthetics, or telling people that want to kill him that he's been manipulating and controlling them, when they're aiming guns at him.
- Cosmic Plaything: Regardless of his karma meter, he just can't catch a break. The only plan that went off with out a hitch or a Butterfly of Doom chain of cause-and-effect is the plan where he makes everyone hate him, then dies.
- Crucified Hero Shot: He dies at the bottom of a trail of his blood leading from the middle of the Britannian flag, the resulting visage being reminiscent of the Christian cross.
- Cursed with Awesome/Blessed with Suck: One one hand, aside from some Diabolus ex Machina, his Geass has virtually no drawbacks, and he can get around the ones that do. Except for one: It Only Works Once, and he even finds a small way to get around that once Jeremiah gets his Geass Canceler. On the other hand, it's almost a guarantee that the best possible outcome for him would be to become an immortal, as Nightmare of Nunnally demonstrated, and C.C had showed us all to well how horrible that unlife could become.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The assassination of his mother drove Lelouch's personality in a darker direction and he vowed to make the world a decent place for his sister to live in. This gets going full force when he gains his geass at the beginning of the story.
- The Dandy
- Dark and Troubled Past/Freudian Excuse
- Dark Messiah: To the core.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death Seeker: Becomes this following both Nunnally's apparent death and the Black Knights' betrayal.
- Death Wail: He does this after Shirley dies.
- Decapitated Army/And There Was Much Rejoicing: The reaction to his death. It causes his entire army (giant robots, tanks, and armed soldiers) to collapse and run away from an angry mob. Makes sense actually, since he has 0% Approval Rating and the only members of his army who aren't brainwashed to be his slave is in on the plan.
- Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: The power of Absolute Command makes this easy for a Chess Master like Lelouch.
- Declaration of Protection: Goes to varying extremities to protect his loved ones, be they his little sister Nunnally, his friend Shirley, who incidentally had an unrequited crush on him, and his bodyguard Kallen, who also had a crush on him. Then there's Rolo, whom Lelouch used this to manipulate.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Subverted. After Lelouch finally beats Schneizel in the second-to-last episode, he uses a Geass to force Schneizel to serve him. Or, more precisely, to serve Zero — a distinction soon to become important. Played straight when he first met Suzaku, though.
- Defector from Decadence: His response to Charles' cold indifference to Marianne's murder and Nunnally's crippling and declaration that the Britannia is defined by the strong ruling over the weak. He gets sent to Japan along with Nunnally for his troubles. The takeover of Japan by Britannia is what drives him to revenge.
- It's not just the takeover, it's the takeover while he and his sister are there as political hostages when Britannia attacks does Lelouch lose it because of the obvious betrayal. Ironically Lelouch's and Nunnaly's presumed death is why several of his siblings of relevance hate Japan because they think it was Japan's fault. Moral Myopia, anyone?
- Despair Event Horizon: Goes over the edge following Nunnally's apparent death and the Black Knights' betrayal, leading him to plan on isolating himself inside the Sword of Akasha with Charles, and later, the Zero Requiem. See also: Death Seeker.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Subverted. His boredom mainly has to do with his initial inability to fulfil his wish to go against Britannia, and being unable to exert his real intellect.
- Diabolus ex Machina: Sometimes, you'd be forgiven for thinking Lelouch's main opponent was called Murphy.
- Did Not Get the Girl: The amount of Ship Sinking in R2 was epic.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Lelouch's geasses God itself to stop Instrumentality and kill his parents. In all fairness, however, he asked politely and didn't even include the second part, so it's more like Did You Just Ask Cthulhu For A Favor?
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He died in Nunnally's.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Sort of. To avenge the death of his mother, he wishes to bring about the destruction of the entire Britannian royal line — with the notable exceptions of his beloved sister Nunnally, Euphemia, and himself. However, he has plenty of legitimate gripes against the Empire which do not involve those two things, mainly the Social Darwinism that drives the country to conquer the entire world and oppress everyone who isn't Briannitan, and the aforementioned members of the royal family are the only ones known to oppose said policies.
- Don't Tell Nunnally: He tries to keep his sister ignorant of his alter ego.
- Doom Magnet
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Oh yes. In one picture drama he was made to look prettier than the girls simply by putting on a wig and an Elegant Gothic Lolita dress.
- The Emperor: The 99th Emperor of Britannia, to be precise.
- El Cid Ploy: As part of Zero Requiem.
- Establishing Character Moment: After ordering a group of soldiers to kill themselves, Lelouch looks shocked and disturbed for a few seconds, before breaking into a smile.
- Another, often overlooked Establishing Character Moment takes place moments earlier. The soldiers are seconds away from killing him, and he pretty much knows that he's about to die... and his final thoughts are of Nunnally. Then C.C. gives him Geass.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Happens twice, and with him getting sold out to the two baddest of the Big Bads in the show (obviously barring V. V. who gets offed in R2 14)). I do not envy this man.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Though the bad part is debatable. Flipped around in R2 episode 21: not only does he come to hate her within one episode, after Marianne shows him her true colors, he also erased her from existence along with Charles.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite not mentioning it, he seems to regret the deaths of innocents.
- Lelouch is an angel compared to the Britannian rulers.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Of course Milly, Shirley, Kallen and Kaguya are head-over-heels in love with him. (As well as 108 other girls. And C.C. Possibly.) But there's also Rolo.
- Evil Costume Switch: When he became Emperor.
- The Evil Genius: As Emperor Lelouch.
- Evil Gloating: Lelouch is fond of this. It's very lucky that all of his Geass victims are polite enough to listen to his monologues before he orders them to commit suicide, or whatever else they would really rather not ever do.
- After C.C. fixes his erased memories at the start of R2, she asks him about this. He dismisses her criticism with no attempt to justify himself at all. Presumably it's just not in his nature to turn down an opportunity to be dramatic.
- Evil Laugh: Frequently, as Zero. Borders on self-parody. One of his defeat quotes when piloting the Sword of Damocles consists of this.
- Evil Overlord: Setting himself up as one is a requisite for his Zero Requiem Zero Approval Gambit.
- Expy: Lelouch has been considered at least a partial Expy of any number of fictional and even historical figures, especially the Byronic heroes of V for Vendetta and The Count of Monte Cristo.
- He is very similar to Reinhard von Lohengramm from Legend of the Galactic Heroes, even down to the sister part.
- Wears black all the time, lies to the people he loves and is obsessed with avenging a dead parent. Is that you, Hamlet?
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner / Final Speech: When faced with a firing squad made up of his own men, he takes off his mask, laughs in their faces and tells them they are all fools who he was using like pawns. Subverted a second later when its revealed that he's only doing this to trick Kallen into leaving his side, rather then staying to die with him.
- Fake Memories / Wistful Amnesia: Early R2.
- Fallen Hero: In some parts of the second season, he is reasonably well meaning for a while, but ultimately the results of his old sins catch up with him in a seriously disproportionate way and he falls back to his more tragically flawed ways.
- Fatal Attractor: Very bad things tend to happen to those he loves.
- Fix Fic: In Super Robot Wars Z2. 2, if you follow the IF path, you are given the chance to avert the betrayal. The result: Kallen knocks some sense into him when he feels despondent and suicidal over Nunnally's apparent fate, he comes clean and apologizes to the Black Knights and they accept and remain loyal, Rolo lives because he doesn't need to sacrifice himself, Schneizel's plan fails, and thus, the Zero Requiem is completely averted. And for nice bonus points, Euphie and Shirley (the former a case of Never Found the Body) are alive at the end as well!
- From Nobodyto Nightmare: Went from a simple Britannian schoolboy into a masked revolutionary and symbol of justice for the Japanese people. After that, he's the Emperor of Britannia. And then after that, he's Emperor of the whole globe.
- The Gadfly: Teases Kallen during season 1 as part of his identity towards her at Ashford, so she won't suspect he is Zero.
- Gaining The Will To Kill: Lelouch throws up after his first murder (granted, he brought it upon himself by shooting a guy—his half-brother, no less—in the face at close range) but It Gets Easier for him.
- Gambit Roulette: A couple of his plans; this is especially apparent in his battle against Mao in Episodes 15 and 16 of R1, which really show how cunning the guy is.
- The Gambling Addict: Before becoming Zero, he was infamous for his intense gambling addiction, often skipping classes and running off to casinos. Slightly averted in that it was his own way to cope with "going through the motions of living." It's also used to showcase his willingness to take risks on a long shot for spectacular payoffs, a trait which certainly manifests itself throughout the rest of the series. After becoming Zero, he used his known gambling tendencies for a short while as a cover for his Black Knights operations.
- Suzaku firmly suspected that Mao was a criminal that Lelouch pilfered in a game. He never learned who Mao really was, though.
- Geek Physique
- Generation Xerox: Not only having inherited the Manipulative Bastard gene from Chuck, his life story is playing out much like his father's, with the characters around him playing out similar roles to Chuck's earlier years.
- If we take the levels that they are both willing to go to in achieving their ultimate goal, then Lelouch's bloodthirstiness in achieving Zero Requiem is not too different from Charles' Ragnarok plan.
- Genghis Gambit: Part of his Thanatos Gambit, Zero Requiem.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Used when Lelouch kills his half-brother Clovis and whenever he employs his Geass to order mass suicides.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: His eyes are ambiguous, as they are fairly large throughout (in stark contrast to another anime Magnificent Bastard he's often compared to).
- Good Is Not Nice: Lelouch is more than willing to Shoot the Dog to make ends meet, and whether he was even "good" in the first place is debatable. That, and the fact that he's more than a bit of a stuck-up, arrogant ass. But in the end, Lelouch's actions created a better world.
- Go Out with a Smile: Subverted. He smiles while impaled on a sword and warning Suzaku about his Fate Worse than Death, but when he actually dies there's no expression on his face at all.
- Guile Hero: He prefers to play politics to sideline his opponents most of the time. For instance, at one point after losing his most important fighter and being attacked by the two most powerful armies in that universe - the Chinese and the Brittanian - he manages to manipulate the Eunuch Generals into announcing their evil plans to their entire country, inciting riots and getting them to lose their Brittanian support. This plan went very smoothly because he managed to steal it from a third bad guy without that third opponent ever telling anyone about it, who had no choice but to support Lelouch after this fight. Using politics he managed to sideline one bad empire, destroy a second one and get the support of the third one. The only reason he might not deserve to be on this list is your interpretation of his actions.
- Guilt Complex: It's partly what leads to such actions as the Zero Requiem.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Fights the good fight, even if via some questionable methods, and has to put up with bad Britannia press for it. Lelouch's plan for a better world in the end involves receiving bad publicity as part of an elaborate Genghis Gambit.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He turns himself into the most hated person in the world, so that Britannians and Japanese will no longer hate each other when he dies.
- Heroic BSOD: He has a long list of these. Among others, discovering Suzaku was piloting the Lancelot, when he finds out he Geass´d Euphemia on accident and the resulting consquences, when he´s unable to save Nunally early in R2 and she becomes the Viceroy of Japan which leads to him becoming so depressed that he nearly tries to inject Refrain almost forcing himself on Kallen and finally when Nunally is seemingly caught in the FLEIJA and the Black Knights turn on Lelouch on account of Schneizel, causing him to finally hit the Despair Event Horizon.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Many of Lelouch's love interests have been red-heads. There's Shirley who has pursued Lelouch throughout the entirety of the show, Kallen his honorary guard in the Black Knights, and Euphemia. For Euphemia (his half-sister I might add) she is the only other member of the Britannian royal family that Lelouch doesn't want dead - the other being his sister Nunally - and when Lelouch was forced to shoot her, he admitted that Euphemia was his "first love". For other girls Shirley and Kallen his feelings are considered ambiguous. While Lelouch has acknowledged Shirley's feelings he is unable to respond to them properly to do the It's Not You, It's My Enemies he has going on at the moment. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. She's confessed to him TWICE ,(the last one being when she layed dying in his arms). Seeing what happened to Shirley in turn 13 has Lelouch resolved to not let any Love Interest get too close to anyone romantically to throw off his Magnificent Bastard game (as Word of God has said)
- Hidden Depths: Well, in-universe anyway, since only a few people know he's actually an exiled Prince of Britannia, or that he's Zero, etc.
- High Collar of Doom: Zero, which would be an early sign this isn't going to be a sinless hero, if Lelouch hadn't already made that perfectly clear.
- How Do I Shot Web?: When he first gains his Geass power, he automatically understands the basics, namely that it allows him to give commands that cannot be refused. However, he discovers the hard way that his power has limitations, like requiring direct eye contact, and only working once on a particular person. After the first time this causes a problem for him, he uses a logical and scientific method to test his powers and determine obscure details like maximum range and duration of effect. However, he also finds out the hard way when his Geass become permanently active. Which sucks.
- Hypocrisy Nod: Lelouch openly tells Suzaku he that doesn't have time to debate who's the bigger hypocrite of the two.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate / Suicide by Cop: He asks Suzaku to kill him to conclude the "Zero Requiem", dying in Nunnally's arms, but justified in that just killing himself wouldn't have helped anyone.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Lelouch whilst squaring off with his father. Followed up by "Everybody lies to survive! No one is blameless!"
- Idiot Ball: Has put Nunnally in danger several times due to temporary stupidity.
- I Have the High Ground: First season opening. Actually, he likes the high ground a lot.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Shirley's death marks the beginning of the end of Lelouch's sanity, and is one of the leading causes of the events of the rest of the series, including Zero Requiem.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: As a civilian, and also as Zero. Zero's helmet-mask is particularly cool and equally impossible.
- Improbable Age: How many seventeen-year-old paramilitary masterminds do you know? While Code Geass has many examples of this trope, Lelouch is among its most extreme.
- Incest Subtext: Toward Euphemia (of whom he says, "You may have been the first girl I ever loved"), and even more toward Nunnally (his "reason for living"). His love for them is not sexual but it's certainly unhealthy.
- Informed Ability: His skill at the actual game of chess (but not his skill as The Chessmaster). We see him win chess games, but the actual moves he plays tend to be weird. Rule of Cool and all, but in Real Life, weird moves don't win chess games against skilled opponents.
- It's All About Me: To an extent - he certainly is arrogant and believes he/Zero will become the masked revolutionary who changes the entire globe. That said, he tends to place more value on the lives and desires of people he cares about (like his friends, but especially his little sister). Eventually, he grows out of this trope.
- It Gets Easier: Lelouch got physically ill from thinking about killing his brother Clovis. As his hands get dirtier, it gets easier for him to kill more people.
- However, Lelouch showed no issues with killing faceless mooks. And in a subversion, he suffers a major breakdown when he kills Euphemia, and then proceeds to never kill another sibling, regardless of how deserving they may be. It seems he doesn't want to do it.
- In Touchwith His Feminine Side: Justified in that he had had to take care of Nunnally by himself since he was 10.
- In the Blood: Lelouch has shown himself to be very prone to manipulating people (and letting them die) in order to get what he wants. Just like the old man he despises so much and the mother he used to love and idealize. The major difference is that Lelouch is is aware of the nature of his acts and his self-destructiveness.
- It Only Works Once: His Geass.
- It's All My Fault: Develops this attitude as time goes by, and to this effect, gives Suzaku this as a Sarcastic Confession concerning Euphemia, Shirley and other things.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Works with Kallen, but fails with Shirley.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: His actions in the series are driven by his desire to create a better world for his little sister. Later in the series he pushes Kallen away because he expects his route to end in death.
- I Was Just Joking: Lelouch's denial of C.C.'s antics when Nunnally asks if C.C. is Lelouch's girlfriend.
- Also when Lelouch is cooking in episode 3 of R2
Rivalz: He's even got a housekeeping book.
Lelouch: How do you know!?
Rivalz: Crap, you really do?
- Jerkass Façade: Justified in most cases, though, as he's doing it on purpose for this exact reason. He invokes it on occasion, especially towards the season 2 finale, however, he actually has loads of genuine friends in school, mainly because he's a more than perfectly nice and considerate guy as long as it doesn't interfere with his plans.
- Jumped at the Call: His declaration of the Order of the Black Knights.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He takes a flying leap off it in episode fourteen of R2.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: It's obviously played as Lelouch heading down the slippery slope, it's just that his victims weren't exactly very nice people, given what they are responsible for. Even the test subjects, who could be considered victims, are able to and feel no compunctions, nor hesitation, about forcing some of their attackers to kill each other.
- Kansas City Shuffle: Against Rolo. By convincing him that he only cares about his own life above all else he convinces Rolo that he can be used to draw out C.C. His true goal was convincing Rolo to join his side.
- Keeping the Enemy Close: Does this to Villetta and Rolo, both of whom were sent to watch over him following the Black Rebellion, via blackmail and promise of a future, respectively. (He intends to dispose of the latter for trying to replace Nunnally; after Shirley is murdered by Rolo, he attempts to pull it off for real as payback.) To say keeping these two close to him blew up in his face would be an understatement. To elaborate, Villetta betrayed his identity as Lelouch vi Britannia to Ohgi and he actually grew to care to Rolo.
- The Kirk: To C.C.'s Spock and Kallen's McCoy.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: He may as well be the posterboy. He only, you know, started a war for his little sister. A World War. Against the greatest superpower on the planet. By himself.
- To elaborate, someone among the Britannian royal court was responsible for the death of his mother and the crippling and blinding of his sister. Rather than attempt to discover who exactly it was, Lelouch decides to declare war on Britannia itself and kill off the rest of his family, bar one or two of his other siblings, in order to be thorough.
- Though, at that point, finding out who killed his mother is a secondary concern. He only started wanting revenge after they threw an army at the place he was living. Considering how many of his siblings are responsible for a few thousand counts - at a minimum - of "collateral damage", plenty of which he's seen first-hand, becoming a Knight Templar is just a side benefit.
- Kubrick Stare: Is fond of doing this when things are going well.
- La Résistance: Initally irked by it, he soon decides he might as well lead it, as long as he gets a chance to avenge his mother and defeat Britannia.
- Of course, what he's irked by is incompetence and ineffectiveness. And with Lelouch in charge, they're substantially less so.
- Large Ham: Fabulously so, mostly in his Zero persona. C.C. naturally lampshades him using opportunities to be one on occasion.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Arguable. See Designated Monkey entry.
- Laughing Mad: Lelouch does this as well at the end of episode 17 in the first season.
- The Leader: Type one and four of The Black Knights. They're drawn to his large personality and bold vision and the fact that he can match wits with Cornelia.
- Let no Crisis Go to Waste: When he takes advantage of the Euphinator incident.
- Like an Old Married Couple: With CC, on occasion.
- Living a Double Life: Twice.
- Living with the Villain: Lelouch and Suzaku attend the same school, and for a while, neither of them realizes that the other is their regular opponent. Inverted in R2, where both of them know who the other really is, but have to pretend to have no idea.
- Loophole Abuse: Twice. First, in Turn 8 of R2, when given an order of exile from Japan as Zero, he averts a crisis by having the rest of the Black Knights, along with 1 million other Japanese natives, dress up as Zero, and joining him in the exile, and freeing them to take their fight against Britannia to the world stage. Towards the end, he stops the immortal and Geass-immune Charles from activating Ragnarok by Geassing the collective unconsciousness into carrying out its own wish to continue existence, which it carries out by obliterating both Charles and Marianne.
- Love Makes You Evil: When Lelouch's resolve fails and he betrays his ideals and abandons the Black Knights, he does it (twice) because his sister Nunnally is held hostage.
- It's more of a case of love makes you forget how to be a good Chess Master. While Lelouch is an excellent strategist he's only able to be at his absolute best when he puts on a Jerk Ass Facade and is coldly calculating.
- Lured Into a Trap: He and Kallen are lured into a warehouse by the Black Knights, who intend on executing the former.
- Magical Eye: The Geass. It allows him to give direct commands to anyone he makes eye contact with (which they must obey, even if the command is explicitly suicidal or goes against every moral fiber of their being), but It Only Works Once per person.
- Manchurian Agent: Lelouch does this several times with the Geass. Once with Sayako, to make her play prerecorded messages over the phone. Again with Jeremiah Gottwald, so he will let Zero and his gaggle escape with Suzaku while destroying his career without realizing it. As well as to the Britannian special forces assigned to monitor him incase he regains his memories, which he does. Even Guilford gets this done to him, making him think Lelouch is Cornelia. Justified since it's Mind Control.
- Manipulative Bastard: Not as bad as you might think, considering his Geass only works once per victim, but he still has his moments. The greatest example of this comes in the second season: Rolo, Lelouch's fake little brother, was actually a teenage assassin charged with the task of keeping an eye on Lelouch in case he regained his old memories. When Lelouch found out, he continued treating Rolo kindly and even orchestrated a situation where Lelouch could pretend to risk his life to save Rolo, winning his trust and bringing him over to his side. This in itself wouldn't be so bad given Rolo's orders to kill Lelouch, but Lelouch, for a while at least, planned on using Rolo until he got Nunnally back before disposing of him as payback for the scheme. After Lelouch's real sister was thought to be dead and Rolo had murdered one of Lelouch's friends, he snapped and admitted to Rolo that he was just using him, actually hated him, and had tried to kill him on several occasions. Nevertheless, without being asked or influenced by Lelouch's Geass, Rolo sacrificed himself to protect Lelouch.
- Meaningful Name: Lelouch Lamperouge roughly translates to "suspicious red light". Specifically, the French term it derives from is 'le louche', literally "the suspicious one" - or, when taken with his surname, "the suspicious red lamp/light", as noted above (although technically, it should be "la lampe rouge louche", but we can let grammar slide here). What's even more interesting, though, is that the word "louche" derives from the Latin adjective "luscus", which means "one-eyed" - very fitting given how his Geass manifests itself (initially, anyway).
- Memory Gambit: How Lelouch defeats Mao when Mao is planning to blow up Ashford Academy.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Accidentally commands his beloved half-sister into ordering a massacre of the Japanese due to Power Incontinence.
- Mind Over Manners: Why he doesn't just geass people into following all his orders.
- Milking the Giant Cow: Takes this to memetically Fabulous levels.
- Millionaire Playboy: Is perceived as this as part of his Rich Idiot with No Day Job persona.
- A Million Is a Statistic: Played straight, subverted and averted with Lelouch.
- Mission Control: Being a strategist, he often performs this role.
- Mole in Charge: As Emperor Lelouch.
- Mr. Fanservice: To a degree. He gets his shower and shirtless scenes.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning of World Peace
- Multilayer Façade: It's sometimes easy to forget that he actually has two assumed identities: Zero the Rebel Leader, and Lelouch Lamperouge the Ordinary High-School Student.
- My Hero Zero
- My Sister Is Off Limits: Unless you're Suzaku.
- Necessarily Evil: Invoked during a discussion with Guilford.
- His final plan, and the actions he takes to carry it out, is either this or Designated Evil.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: Sort of, since he doesn't kill innocent civilians. However, they are still in danger of getting killed if they are accidentally caught in a crossfire.
- Nice Hat: Nice enough to have its own fan club.
- Noble Fugitive: To an extent. He's an exile from his homeland in Japan after having originally been sent there effectively as a political hostage who was then lost in the confusion of the following invasion.
- Non-Action Guy: This trope is played with in sundry ways. Physically, Lelouch is at-best-mediocre compared to his comrades. Even Euphie can outrun him on foot. But he can more than hold his own on the battlefield, especially against mooks. For more details, see the trope example.
- No Place for Me There: He dies to finish Zero Requiem and bring about world peace. Though it's more like he did it mostly as a Suicide by Cop, considering there were other ways to bring about peace as he noted.
- Nothing Can Stop Us Now: Whenever he says, "All tasks at hand have been cleared," something's bound to go terribly wrong in a way that the poor guy couldn't have possibly expected. Borders on Cosmic Plaything at times.
- Not What It Looks Like: Usually with Kallen. Usually witnessed by a fretful Shirley. Similarly — as Zero — with C.C., witnessed by a fretful Kallen.
- Ominous Opera Cape
- Ordinary High-School Student: The preferred mask Lelouch wears when not wearing his preferred mask.
- Out-Gambitted: Does this to enemies a few times and it happens to him too.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Paranoia Gambit: One word: "Orange".
- Parental Issues: While almost everyone on the show has these, his prove more lethal than most.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: See the main page quote.
- Personality Powers: He is charsmatic demagogue and his geass manifests as the power to control others.
- Pinocchio Nose: Looks away when lying. One that Suzaku is quite familiar with, enough to know Lelouch is lying about geassing Euphie on purpose.
- The Plan: Lelouch REALLY gets around here and the Gambit Indexes. Just count all his Gambit-centric entries...
- Platonic Life Partners: With C.C. according to Word of God.
- Playing Against Type: Lelouch's seiyuu Jun Fukuyama usually plays as straightforward, naive heroes (such as Watanuki from Xxx HO Li C). The English dub follows suit by picking Johnny Yong Bosch (you might remember him as Idiot Hero Ichigo Kurosaki, soft-spoken philosopher Itsuki Koizumi or goofy Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass Vash the Stampede... or, if you want to go even further back, the Green Zeo/Turbo Ranger and the second Black Ranger).
- Powered Armor: In Nightmare of Nunnally, sort of (it's complicated). Zero can fight Knightmares hand to hand.
- Power Incontinence: Hits him at exactly the worst possible second.
- Prodigal Anti-Hero
- Promotion to Parent: After their mother was murdered and their father abandoned them, Lelouch became Nunnally's primary caretaker.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Lelouch uses his Geass to do this at least four times. The first of which is at the end of the very first episode.
- Psychotic Smirk: Borders on Slasher Smile sometimes, but whenever he's just wiped out an enemy taskforce or thwarted one of their plans, Lelouch's typical alternating scowl/smug expression goes off into an awesomely evil smile. Often preceded or followed by an equally entertaining Evil Laugh.
- Public Execution: A form of this trope. When Lelouch becomes Emperor, some of the remaining Knights of the Round come to assassinate him. When Suzaku goes to battle the Knights - and completely kicks their ass - Lelouch mentions that the battle is being broadcasted to the world. It was obviously meant as a showcase of Lelouch and Suzaku's power.
- Purple Eyes: They become red when he uses his Geass.
- Really Dead Montage: Receives one of the longest death scenes in anime history, and yet a large part of the fandom still insists that He's Just Hiding.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Aside from his "fabulous" wardrobe as 99th Emperor of Britannia, Lelouch is also apparently a pretty good cook. The latter is justified, since he had to learn housekeeping skills to care for Nunally, as well as having a self-reliance obsession after being discarded by his father, insisting on buying and cooking his own food, rather than accept grudging hospitality.
- Rebel Prince
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he uses his Geass. Otherwise he has Purple Eyes.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Evoked a few times, with a few different characters:
- Mao (red) and Lelouch (blue)
- Lelouch (red) and C.C. (blue)
- Suzaku (red) and Lelouch (blue)
- Lelouch (red) and Schneizel (blue)
- Red Right Hand: His left eye, after the Geass power gets away from him with Euphemia.
- Rhetorical Request Blunder: The moment where things went wrong in season 1.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: His non-Zero persona. Then again it was all a front because he was in hiding, and therefore did things that did not call attention to himself.
- Royal Blood
- Ruleof Symbolism: Zero, as the Black King, is the opponent of Suzaku the White Knight, Schneizel the White King and Nunnally the White Queen with C.C as the White Queen in season 1 and the Black Queen in season 2 and Kallen as the Black Knight. During Zero Requiem, Lelouch officially hijacked Schneizel's place as the White King, who was finally killed at the hands of the Black King, Zero.
- Sanity Slippage: This started when he accidentally geassed Princess Euphemia into genocide and has to put her out of her misery, went From Bad to Worse when Shirley dies and crossed the Despair Event Horizon with Nunnally's apparent demise in the FLEIJA blast, the betrayal of the Black Knights, and Rolo's death. Eventually leads to him attempting to seal himself with his father inside the Sword of Akasha, his role as Emperor, and finally, committing the Zero Requiem.
- Sarcastic Confession: Gave one to Suzaku and Schneizel took great advantage of it.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Lelouch with nearly any girl he can be paired with, due to his Squishy Wizard nature. Only Nunnally, C.C. not under amnesia, and maybe Sayoko don't fall under this.
- The Scapegoat: Lelouch ends up one of these when the Black Knights betray him on account of several half-truths from Schneizel.
- Self-Made Orphan: After finding out what both of his parents truly believed in. Yes, after spending 90% of the series trying to find out who killed his mother, he winds up doing it himself.
- Scheherezade Gambit: Used effectively against Rolo which is part Kansas City Shuffle. Too bad, Lelouch actually grew to care about him in the end.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: A deconstruction, through his and Suzaku's interactions.
- In more ways than one. When they first met during their childhood, Lelouch really was the sensitive one, while Suzaku was the ruffian. It was the subsequent occupation of Japan by Britannia that supposedly inverted things, with Lelouch becoming more vengeful and embittered, and Suzaku, who was responsible for killing Genbu but never being punished for it, becoming neurotic and attempting to be even more mild-mannered and chivalrous. Though of course, cracks in their respective facades would show throughout the series.
- Sex for Solace: Subverted when a depressed Lelouch propositions Kallen with this and she slaps him instead.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: About C.C. when Nunnally mistakes her for his girlfriend.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: A fallen one.
- Shield Surf: During his duel with Guilford.
- Shipper on Deck: Originally wanted Suzaku to take care of Nunnally, until Euphemia beats him to the punch.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: One of the reasons Lelouch started Zero Requiem was his loss of hope due to Nunnally's apparent demise. Nunnally turns up and declares herself his enemy when he's beyond the point of no return. D'oh!
- Shrouded in Myth: People thought Zero was a woman, Prince Clovis or a prince of another country.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Twice. First, in season one, after Mao most unpleasantly discloses that Suzaku was responsible for the death of his father, Prime Minister Genbu Kururugi, in order to put an end to the war between Japan and Britannia and then precedes to berate Lelouch's thoroughly traumatized friend, Lelouch has clearly had enough, and commands him via Geass to never speak again. The second time is in R2, when confronted with Charles' and Marianne's plan for Instrumentality with the Ragnarok Junction and the revelation that their abandonment of Lelouch and Nunnally in Japan was a Batman Gambit meant to protect them, Lelouch rebuts and banishes Charles along with Marianne to C's World with the assistance of the collective unconsciousness.
- Silent Scapegoat: Zero Requiem.
- Slave Mooks: Gets an entire army of them in the final arc.
- Slouch of Villainy: He does these in the cockpit of whatever Knightmare he's riding in. Subverted in that he's not actually a villain.
- Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Deliberately invoked as Emperor Lelouch.
- The Smart Guy: While Code Geass has almost as many TV Geniuses as it has idiots, Lelouch still stands out as among the very smartest.
- Smart People Play Chess: Lelouch is introduced by having him win an unwinnable chess game. He's the second smartest person in the entire world of the series.
- The Social Expert
- Spanner in the Works: Lelouch's affection for his friends has scuttled his plans almost as many times as Suzaku has.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Suzaku of the Counterattack and Nightmare of Nunnally.
- Squishy Wizard: In physical strength, speed, endurance, and coordination, he's not remotely in the league with Kallen, Cornelia, or most of his other allies and adversaries — much less Suzaku, whose Charles Atlas Superpower allows him to dodge machine-gun bullets. Even Euphie can outrun him on foot. He manages to power through when it counts, though.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Euphemia in season 1 though it's less obvious considering she loves Suzaku way-more, with Kallen, Shirley and Kaguya in season 2.
- Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: Does this in response to C. C. pointing her gun at him to prevent him from going anywhere.
- The Strategist: Naturally.
- Straw Hypocrite: He starts out using and manipulating the Japanese liberation cause as a cover for his own personal revenge. Only to later on embrace it for real.
- Student Council President: Well, Vice President.
- Superheroes Wear Capes: As part of his hero identity.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: The other Black Knights assume that C.C.'s his mistress, and he doesn't bother to correct them.
- Sympathy for the Devil: To his brother, Rolo, even after confessing his hate for him. The whole show could be seen as this for Lelouch himself.
- Take a Third Option: Lelouch tends to do this.
- Taking the Bullet: He did this to save Rolo. It was his ploy to get Rolo to come over to his side, he even Geassed the shooter so that he would fire according to the plan.
- Taking You with Me: Following the betrayal, he attempts to do this to his father by having them both sealed inside the Sword of Akasha.
- Talking to Himself: With Touga Tenkuji of all people in Super Robot Wars Z 2.
- Tall, Dark, Handsome and Snarky
- The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Three times! The first time is when he ordered Sayoko played one on the phone to trick Kallen. The second time takes place during the incident with Mao and the last time is on the Damocles.
- A pretty realistic version of this trope, actually; upon inspection, Lelouch's recorded tapes aren't perfect, as he interrupts his opponents a lot and sometimes will lapse into long monologues. Obviously, in real life, it would be near impossible to accurately predict what the other party is going to say. The tapes were always meant as distractions to buy him time, anyways.
- Tempting Fate: Constantly. See also Nothing Can Stop Us Now, above.
- 10-Minute Retirement: After learning about Nunnally's plan to restore the Special Administrative Zone of Japan in Turn 7, then again after her supposed death in episode 19 of R2.
- Thanatos Gambit: Dies for world peace.
- Tragic Hero/Tragic Villain: Depending on perspective. Possibly both at the same time.
- Trauma Conga Line: The writers of Code Geass R2 traumatize Lelouch every two episodes like clockwork from episode thirteen on — so much so that by his fourth trauma he could not even cry when he was told that he had just inadvertently gotten Nunnally killed.
- Trigger Happy: Under enough stress, he's liable to go down some random alley and start geassing random thugs for the hell of it. It's truly a sight to behold.
- Troubled, but Cute
- Tsundere: Type A. He loves mocking his enemies and rivals, but is a big dere to the few he loves.
- The Unfavourite: Along with Nunnally, apparently, as a side-effect of the rest of the court's disdain for their mother Marianne. This is subverted when we find about the truth in episode 21 of R2.
- The Unfettered: Initially he did have a few fetters, but one by one they disapeared.
- Urban Legend Love Life: Thanks to Sayoko setting up 108 dates with him, many of his classmates think he's a Millionaire Playboy and the Black Knights think C.C. is Zero's mistress.
- Uriah Gambit: Tries to do this to Rolo in a battle against V.V..
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Lelouch is willing to go to almost any lengths to create a perfect world for Nunnally. By the end of R2, this includes brainwashing numerous people, slaughtering noncombatants, deception, betrayal, self-inflicted public demonization, and assisted suicide. Though one can blame this on the events of the betrayal that led him over the Despair Event Horizon.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Seems to evoke this.
- Visionary Villain: Just wants to remake the world, is all.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With C.C.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Part of his non-Zero persona.
- Weak, but Skilled
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Towards the end of R2 he seems to be more Necessarily Evil. His plan is a consequence of his despair and isolation that resulted from Nunnally's apparent death and the betrayal of the Black Knights, making him a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds at worst.
- We Would Have Told You, But...: He keeps nearly everyone else in the dark about the Zero Requiem.
- What Could Have Been: The Other Wiki tells us he was originally going to be have white hair. Along with a mask. Blond Anti-Hero rival with great plans. Does this remind you of anyone?
- What Measure Is a Mook?
- What the Hell, Hero?: Happens to him a few times — perhaps most ironically, by Mao. The most significant probably come from Nunnally, in the final arc.
- Wicked Cultured: Lelouch has good taste in suits, pretty well spoken and as if one couldn't tell by now, a master at playing chess.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: To Nunnally at least. To the point where, in R2 Suzaku almost catches that his memories have returned by surprising him with a phone call from Nunnally, knowing he wouldn't pretend not to know her. The only reason it doesn't work is because Rolo uses his Geass to buy Lelouch enough time to tell Nunnally he loves her and he has to pretend he doesn't know her for a few seconds, which he then does.
- He's forced to abandon this along with his last fetters during the later stages of the Zero Requiem.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: A more "good" type in the end. He enacts the Zero Requiem, a plan that ends up causing quite possibly more bloodshed than what he would have otherwise taken towards world peace, after Nunnally apparently dies and the Black Knights betray him, leading to him becoming a Death Seeker and abandoning any moral and ethical restraints he had before.
- Xanatos Gambit: This is the end result of an adjustment: a situation where Rolo is either killed or joins his side out of 'fraternal love'. The trope's page has the details. There is also his plan to have Zero "banished" from Area Eleven with one million people.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: He quickly adjusts to any situation to reflect the changing circumstances of plans. Other times he suffers from a BSOD when his luck runs out. Again.
- You Killed My Mother
- You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Lelouch pulls this a few times. The first, when C. C. threatens to shoot him in episode 7 to prevent him from going off and putting himself in danger, which he counters by pointing a gun at himself. A few episodes later, a few the Black Knights threaten to shoot him after he strands them, along with himself, on top of Narita, prior to the incursion of Cornelia's forces, and he defies them to find anyone else cunning enough to lead them. Finally, Kallen, at the start of season 2, including walking up to her and pressing the gun to his chest before finally taking it away. At the same time, this is also a subversion of the trope on several levels. Kallen is his bodyguard and thus far from "helpless", and is confronting him to find out whether or not he used his geass on her to make her love him. She's also killed many times before before, and could Easily kill Lelouch with or without the gun. Lelouch also doesn't intimidate her into giving him the gun; rather, he simply tells her the truth and asks whether or not she believes him.
- Zero Approval Gambit/0% Approval Rating: Zero Requiem, literally.
"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: To a degree. While he´s a decent pilot, managing to actually pilot the Lancelot, he has the physical capabilities to pilot the stupidly powerful Lancelot series to make up for the fact that he´s not as good a pilot as Kallen, Cornelia or Bismarck. He does grow into his own as a very capable pilot, but Suzaku remains firmly reliant on superior specs and his Geass order heightening his reflexes to a superhuman degree throughout 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.
- Humongous Mecha: See Ace Pilot, above.
- 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.
- It doesn't pan out well for Japan either.
- 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 He´s talking to Euphemia, who only has minutes left to live after Zero shot her. He´s 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.
- 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 subdued. 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 every attack he possibly can 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.
- 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.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: 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.
- 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.
- 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: Karen, 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 Résistance, 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: