Characters: Code Geass Others
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Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (Japanese), Ezra Weisz (English)A Chinese orphan whom the immortal woman C.C. finds as a six-year-old boy and whom she "gifts" with the Geass power of telepathy. As happens with Geass, he loses control of it, forcing him to listen to everyone's thoughts constantly and involuntarily, without any possibility of blocking them — except by avoiding human contact altogether. Thus his telepathy has the tragic side effect of rendering him completely, permanently, and irrevocably dependent on C.C. for all of his social needs. For a time, as part of her "contract" with him, she takes care of him, lives with him in the wild, and helps shield him from the intruding thoughts of the world, during which time he falls completely in love with her. Feeling he is becoming too dependent and obsessed with her and hoping he will become self-reliant, she abandons him and his Geass drives him insane.Now Mao's one desire is to find and keep his eternally beloved C.C. (see Yandere)— to hell with anyone else, especially anyone who gets in their way.
"C.C., I can't live without you!"
"Let me into your mind!"
"I know EVERYTHING..."
Mao embodies these tropes:
- Abduction Is Love: He tries to kidnap C.C. and take her to a house he bought in remote Australia where they can live away from all the thoughts his Geass forces him to hear.
- Accentuate the Negative: Basically the core of his various More Than Mind Control attempts. He doesn't lie, but he does focus on the worst possible interpretation, although he's merely reading their mind.
- All There in the Manual: Additional information about his backstory. Mao once used his Geass to reveal the secrets of everyone in a small village, causing everyone to turn on each other and wipe out the settlement.
- Anime Hair
- Anti-Villain: Type II.
- Ax-Crazy: Although maybe it should be CHAINSAW crazy!
- Badass Longcoat:
- Batman Gambit: His tactics focus on getting inside the target's head, getting to know them, and then concocting a plan built to take advantage of their weaknesses.
- Beneath the Mask: His Wicked Cultured manner of speaking, as well as his status as a White Hair, Black Heart, most of which are classy and cool, give him an air of sophistication and self-satisfaction that he doesn't actually possess. So while he seems like a very high-functioning Smug Snake in his early interactions with Shirley and the like, he's really just an insane (and deeply hurt) Psychopathic Manchild, and accordingly. See Hidden Depths.
- Berserk Button: He really wanted to know C.C's real name.
- Beware the Honest Ones: Although a dangerous villain he's one of the most staunchly honest characters in a series where just about everyone puts up a front of some sort and keeps secrets from one another at least to some degree. See also Will Not Tell a Lie and Villains Never Lie.
- Big Eyes Little Eyes: His eyes are actually pretty wide, though they don't look that way in all shots. This becomes especially true when he interacts with C.C., though they're still small in comparison to Lelouch's or Suzaku's.
- Blessed with Suck: He can read minds, but unlike Lelouch he can't his Geass ability off, so it sounds like people are always talking to him in his mind, which drives him crazy.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He seems to have his own definition of right and wrong that revolves around C.C. Given his upbringing and legitimate insanity, it should come as no surprise, leading him to take Refuge in Audacity more than once. What perhaps illustrates this best of all is the fact that almost no other character ever tries to argue that what he's doing could be wrong, likely seeing it would be a pointless exercise.
- Book Dumb: He's a Teen Genius who manages to pose a serious threat to Lelouch but he's never been to school and possibly isn't even literate (note that C.C. specifically states that he couldn't read or write when she first found him; whether she ever did anything to correct that is never explained). Then again he was spending his time in a library.
- Breaking Speech: This is how he breaks other people: look for the most painful memories and berate them for it.
- Break the Cutie: In his flashback. Evidently he was just an innocent little boy until his Geass started getting to him. He's probably the most hopelessly and irreparably broken character in the entire story (even at the end of the story, he's still up in the top three). See also Freudian Excuse and Cry for the Devil.
- Brutal Honesty: He tells the other characters exactly what he thinks all the time which makes his Breaking Speech have such impact which can be seen when he subjects Sukazu to one. See also Beware the Honest Ones, Will Not Tell a Lie and Villains Never Lie.
- Chainsaw Good
- Chekhov's Gunman: He has two blink-and-you'll-miss cameos immediately prior to his formal debut. Even though he only appears in five episodes (if you count the cameos), Mao has a significant impact on the plot. See Foreshadowing below for the details.
- He still gets mentioned on several occasions as well, because he serves as the show's poster boy of how destructive the Geass "gift" can be to its recipient. In particular, Lelouch immediately thinks of Mao's permanently active Geass after accidentally forcing Euphemia into massacring the Japanese.
- Regarding Charles' Assimilation Plot, Mao becomes a perfect example of why a world without lies would be a dystopia for everyone. Exhibit A would be Suzaku killing his father, who wanted total war against Britannia. To protect Suzaku, Genbu's death was covered up as a suicide against Japanese resistance to Britannia.
- The Chessmaster: Not as good as Lelouch at planning except at genuine chess where he easily defeats him twice. He does this by focusing his Geass so he can ignore any other vagrant thought, either from Lelouch or an external source, in order to know all his moves.
- Chess Motif: The method he uses to prove his superiority to Lelouch.
- Children Are Innocent: Apparently, so are Psychopathic Manchildren! He twists this trope in odd ways: when he was still with C.C., he would kill people whose evil impulses he sensed, because he worried they might try to hurt her, and he wanted to protect her.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A particularly nasty example and even by the standards of a Cloudcuckoolander, his grip on reality is tenuous. He convinces himself C.C. loves him too much to be able to shoot him, when really she can't shoot him because he's already shot her.
- Cool Shades: Perhaps. See also Making a Spectacle of Yourself and Sinister Shades, below.
- Crazy Jealous Guy
- Deal with the Devil: His acceptance of Geass, given what it ultimately turns him into....
- Death by Irony: He gets shot by C.C. with a silenced pistol. After Lelouch uses his Geass to silence him.
- Death Trap: What he puts Nunanly into; if she moves a bomb will go off.
- Determinator: In his quest to reunite with C.C. and make her his own not even being shot stopped him. The first time it didn't. C.C finished the job.
- Disney Death: The first time. The second time, he's Killed Off for Real via Instant Death Bullet.
- Doom Magnet: mostly of his own deliberate do(om)ing.
- Et Tu, Brute?: How he felt when C.C. abandons him.
- Evil Albino: Complete with the white hair and the pink eyes!
- Evil Counterpart: At the time of his appearance, he's the closest thing Lelouch has to one. Several of his interactions with Lelouch are also very similar to those that Schneizel goes on to have with Lelouch in R2 (when he's his Evil Counterpart!).
- Fanboy: For C.C.
- Fate Worse Than Death: MAO! NEVER SPEAK AGAIN! Thankfully, C.C. kills him right after this.
- Flaw Exploitation: He both uses this against Lelouch and company and takes it from Lelouch.
- Foreshadowing: The state of his Geass, and his many reveals, turn out to be important later on in the show. In particular, the ultimately uncontrollable nature of Geass, ( Suzaku's being a Death Seeker and the true nature of C.C.'s contract, as well as the biggest counter-argument Charles' Assimilation Plot.
- Freudian Excuse: An orphan that was raised by a Broken Bird who later abandoned him and left him to be driven insane by his geass.
- From Bad to Worse: You'd think losing your family would be a bad enough trauma for any childhood. Then he meets C.C. Oh boy.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Implied. Given his isolation, he couldn't exactly go bargain-shopping for a bomb of the exact specifications he wanted.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: You can tell just by looking at him that he's a villain.
- Harmful to Minors: Once he reached the age when his Geass got out of control, he had to hear the thoughts of everyone around him, no matter how mature or gross they were. It did not bode well for his psyche.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: Justified by the fact that he hears the thoughts of everyone around him within a 500 meter radius. It's C.C.'s voice played on a loop, originally intended as a post-houmus keepsake for him
- Hidden Depths: Wouldn't you know that the Smug Snake was all along just a boy who couldn't bear the world around him and only wanted to be with the one person who truly made him happy.
- See also Feigning Intelligence, above, for more of the same.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: Considered his Evil Plan is to form a relationship with his mother figure....
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Part of what turns him into a Yandere for C.C. is that he doesn't have to hear her every thought, unlike with everyone else.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Just look at his picture. Granted, he does shed those after they get shot full of holes and becomes something of a Rummage Sale Reject.
- Instant Death Bullet: A rare example for a fairly major character in the series.
- Instant Expert: At chess. (If you believe him that he's never played it before.) A Justified Trope, in that he defeats Lelouch by reading his mind. Consider the possibility that most good chess players automatically work out what strategies the opponent might best use against any considered move and Mao doesn't even need to know how to play, he could just wait for Lelouch's mind to supply him with the best strategy.
- Insufferable Genius: Not merely insufferable, but deeply repellant.
- Irony: It's a very strange moral track, given their respective roles in the show, when Lelouch The Hero is a deeply conflicted, shady figure, and Mao is innocent and honest.
- There's also the fact that nobody screwed him over more than C.C.... and yet he treats her like an angel and Shirley, of all people, as a bad guy!
- It's All About Me: And C.C...
- Jerkass Façade: He is undeniably putting on one of these when dealing with his opponents, as he becomes an adoring child when he's alone with C.C.
- Karmic Death: He thinks that the deaths of Shirley and Lelouch would be this, owing to his misunderstanding of her situation and his desire to protect C.C. from her contract with Lelouch. Ironically he himself never truly gets one. The first time around it's subverted as he doesn't die and when his time to die finally does come, it's made into a Mercy Kill because at that point his Freudian Excuse has been fleshed out and he's shown to be as much a victim as a villain!
- Kick Them While They Are Down: With Shirley, of course. He also ends up on the receiving end of this from Lelouch.
- Kiddie Kid: He's incredibly childlike. How could he not be? He was raised by C.C..
- Kids Are Cruel: As are Psychopathic Manchildren. His torment of other characters always manifests itself in fairly childish ways.
- As an actual child, though, he was apparently pretty nice... until his Geass started making his life hell.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Fancies himself as one for C.C.
- Knight of Cerebus: The first for the series. His involvement into the plot made things hell for Shirley, Suzaku, Lelouch and C.C.
- Let Them Die Happy: C.C. arranges this for him, more or less.
- Light Is Not Good: White hair, light-colored clothing, Telepathy in a world where the Dark Is Not Evil protagonist relies on keeping himself shrouded in mystery and a borderline Knight Templar. In addition, episode 14 features a chess game between him and Tall, Dark and Handsome Lelouch. Predictably enough, Mao plays white, whereas Lelouch plays black. (Note: Choosing white in this case was also a very practical decision. In chess, white always plays first, and between sufficiently strong opponents, white has a small but statistically significant advantage (although for the vast majority of players, the advantage is extremely small). Thus if Lelouch is even half as good a player as we're told he is, getting white is important.)
- Love Makes You Evil: Everything he does, including all his evil deeds, lead back to his feelings for C.C.
- A Love to Dismember: Mao's Evil Plan was to make C.C 'compact' and take her to a home he made for them.
- Mad Love: For C.C. Played for heavy, heavy drama and comes with a side order of Squick.
- Making a Spectacle of Yourself
- Man in White: At least when he's wearing his Impossibly Cool Clothes....
- Manipulative Bastard: Naturally his telepathy grants him the people to warp people's wills to his Evil Plan.
- Mayfly-December Romance: Mao is supposed to be around 17 while C.C. is Really 700 Years Old, and has known him since he was six.
- Meaningful Name: Possibly. For some, Mao is a name that brings to mind strong negative feelings.
- Memory Gambit: Lelouch's leads to his downfall; Mao couldn't see his true plan he geassed himself into forgetting it.
- Mercy Kill: C.C. does this to him. Complete with Let Them Die Happy and a rare instance in Code Geass where a non-mook gets an Instant Death Bullet.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: An extreme example; constantly hearing the thoughts of everyone around him is what broke him.
- Mind Rape: His specialty, which he inflicts upon Shirley and Suzaku to devastating effect.
- Mommy Issues: The mommy in question is C.C., who abandons him all alone without telling him how to control his Geass powers.
- Moral Myopia: He seems to have this mindset when dealing with Shirley and Lelouch, although he's more concerned with getting to C.C. than actually caring about the world. Taken to extremes, thanks to his childishness as he berates the characters for doing (or thinking, or remembering doing or thinking) things that he sees as bad... even though he needs to Mind Rape them to do it. (And he's also probably murdered several people.)
- More Than Mind Control: His Geass gives him the ability to do this.
- Motor Mouth: He will go on and on and on about horrible his target is because he has their entire life for material.
- Near Villain Victory: Mao successfully More Than Mind Control's Shirley into killing Lelouch for him, while he has his only escape covered with his own gun. Not only that, but they're all in a secluded area and Mao is immune to Lelouch's Geass at the moment. Only Shirley's Heroic BSOD foils it, but then Mao simply retreats and primes his shotgun, ready to kill them "the old boring way". In the end, Lelouch is only spared a Blast Out by the timely and unexpected arrival of C.C. who is able to divert Mao without him detecting her.
- No One Should Survive That: If people remember one thing about him, it's probably the time he comes back for Lelouch after being riddled with bullets in the previous episode.
- Not Good with People: It makes sense, though, in that owing to his Geass he really can't interact with them normally and that for years he's been raised away from them by C.C., a very self-centered person in her own right who probably never cared what his relations to them were.
- Parental Abandonment: He was orphaned as a young child, no older than six. Then C.C. — his only possible human contact in the world — abandoned him.
- Personality Powers: According to supplementary materials his mind-reading is an extension of his uncommonly good perception of people.
- Power Incontinence: Initially he could control whose mind he heard but after a while he heard them all, all the time.
- Psychic Powers: Telepathy.
- Psychopathic Manchild: A 17 year old who manipulates and humilitates on his way to reuniting with his mother figure.
- Psychotic Smirk: Apparently his default expression. Which he wears very, very well.
- Pure Is Not Good: So pure, innocent, and utterly unsullied by the world that he's willing to Mind Rape people who may have done or thought of bad things, and destroy them; all with no apparent idea he's doing anything wrong. See also Children Are Innocent, Light Is Not Good, and Moral Myopia.
- Quick Draw: Knows he can't take people on physically so he relies on his pistol. He's a astoundingly good shot, blowing C.C's gun out of her hand and then kneecapping her before she can react.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Justified, his eyes have a red hue from his Geass. You do get to see his eye without Geass very briefly as he dies. It's actually blue. Makes you wonder....
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He could be considered the red to Lelouch's blue as he is a big personality that tends to shout and act implusive.
- The Reveal: Not surprising, given the nature of his power and his personality. Most especially, he reveals that Shirley attempted to kill Viletta to protect Lelouch and Suzaku is a Death Seeker who murdered his own father, the latter a fact that had thus far only been subtly hinted at.
- Sadistic Choice: He presents several. Sometimes his victims manage to Take a Third Option.
- Sanity Slippage: Mao was never all there in the head but his losses to Lelouch only serve to drive him even further off the edge.
- Sarcastic Clapping:
- Scary Shiny Glasses:Shirley seems to think so, anyway....
- Selective Obliviousness: He's so perceptive he can read people's minds, and yet he completely ignores or argues against any attempts C.C. makes to distance herself from him. To wit:Mao (* is holding the gun he used to shoot C.C.* ): I knew you couldn't pull the trigger! That's cause you really love me, C.C.!Mao: What are you saying? You shouldn't tell lies like that, you really shouldn't! Lies are very, very wicked!
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Lelouch used his Geass power to inflict a permanent one — soon before Mao's death at C.C.'s hands.
- Single-Target Sexuality: For C.C. Justified in that he has no other options outside of her.
- Sinister Shades
- Smart People Play Chess: Borderline case, as he at least claims he's never played chess before, and he defeats Lelouch at chess only because he can read Lelouch's mind. See also Instant Expert, above.
- Stalker with a Crush: He relentlessly searches for C.C. while listening to her voice constantly in his headphones.
- Stalking Is Love: Seems to think so. And so is listening to your love interest on your headphones. And so is attempting to mutilate said love interest!
- Stepford Smiler: He could be, on some levels. When he first confronts Shirley he looks extremely cool, confident, and self-satisfied. It's only after that it becomes clear just how screwed-up and miserable he really is. See also Hidden Depths and Feigning Intelligence, above. Although, in an unusual variation, he doesn't seem to play this part deliberately.
- Talkative Loon: By necessity, since he can only use his Geass to his advantage if he can talk to his victims.
- Teen Genius: In this series, that's almost a given. (He gets outsmarted by Lelouch, but who doesn't?)
- Telepathy: His Geass power.
- TV Genius: Possibly — see Gadgeteer Genius above.
- The Unfettered: There's nothing he won't do to establish a eternal relationship with C.C.
- Unhappy Medium: Very, very unhappy and became one when he was only about six years old.
- Unreliable Narrator: He genuinely believes that C.C. is some sort of Purity Sue and rants to her face about how and why she's so perfect. When she starts mouthing off about how he was actually meaningless to her, his reaction is to assume it's a Jerkass Façade... and that the best way to react will be to shoot her, decide that they're going to live in Australia and threaten to carve her up into tiny pieces with a chainsaw in order to "make (her) compact" enough to fit on the plane.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Implied. All There in the Manual: Oh, he's so perceptive of other people! Oh, he's so innocent! Oh, he likes playing with little puppies!
- Villains Never Lie
- Visual Innuendo: One involving his shadow and the shadow of his chainsaw.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He gives Lelouch one of these. A cruel version of this is a core aspect of each his Mind Rapes. See Moral Myopia above, for further details.
- White Hair, Black Heart
- Wife Husbandry: C.C. met him when he was six, became his mother figure and made him dependent on her for all his social needs, causing him to develop a Precocious Crush on her which later becomes full fledged love.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: Because "Lies are very, very wicked!" Also, he's so used to relying on his mind-reading skills, which tend to render lies pointless. Not that he won't bend the truth, mind you, or practice Selective Obliviousness to an insane degree. He's not quite right in the head, after all.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Technically. It's what the power allows him to do that drove him mad, not the power in and of itself.
- Yandere: Obsessively fixated on C.C.
- Younger Than He Looks: He's only seventeen. Looks like he's in his twenties (for those of you keeping track, this all means he's a seventeen-year-old who looks like a twenty-one-year-old but who acts like a six-year-old!).
The Player Character of the Visual Novel Lost Colors, Rai is a mysterious young man who enters the story (approximately around Episode 8) when Milly finds him wandering around Tokyo with amnesia and takes him to Ashford Academy. He quickly learns that he has a Geass power of his own, effectively identical to Lelouch's except that Rai's is auditory rather than visual. From there, he meets the central cast, and can choose whether to become Zero's right-hand man in the Black Knights, or Suzaku's partner in the Britannian military (or, in a PSP-exclusive storyline, he can revive the Japan Liberation Front and oppose both the Black Knights and Britannia).
Rai embodies these tropes:
- AFGNCAAP: Averted; while the player can name the character (Rai being the default and "canon" name), he's got a set physical appearance, personality, and backstory.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: See him dress up as a girl.
- Bio-Augmentation: Was drugged and enhanced with kightmare abilities and knowledge of the current era by the same people that ran code-r project that involved c.c. as well after they found him at Kamine Island
- But Not Too Foreign: Part Japanese and part Britannian part of the upper class in both hertiages
- Chick Magnet
- Compelling Voice: A more literal version than Lelouch, but not quite as strong as his.
- Continuity Cameo: Rai, or at least someone looking a lot like him, appears in R2's second School Festival Episode.
- Easy Amnesia: of his own doing after his geass went out of control
- Even the Guys Want Him
- Expy: Of Lelouch.
- My Greatest Failure: Just like Lelouch, an unintentional Geass command caused everything to go to hell for him.
- Power Incontinence: The reason he destroyed his nation.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Of which in one in the geass routes he will return back to
- Super Prototype: The Gekka Pre-Production Test Type, Rai's Humongous Mecha on Japanese story routes, obviously. The Britannian equivalent, the Lancelot Club, is believed by Fanon to be the prototype for the Vincent from R2.
- This may actually be Canon; The Guren was the prototype for the Gekka, which then became the template for the Akatsuki, and the Pre-Production Test Type is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. It stands to reason the the Club is similar, since The Vincent is specifically stated to be the MP version of the Lancelot, with the Club and the Sutherland Club models acting as "Test Types". Due to appearing in a spin off game, it could be considered Word of Dante.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Rai is pretty much halfway between Lelouch and Suzaku in terms of personality and abilities.
Peace MarkA world-wide terrorist organization that has connections with every terrorist faction around the world. They underwent an increase of operations at the end of the Black Rebellion, and has contacts with the Middle Eastern Federation and the Chinese Federation.
Orpheus ZevonOrpheus Zevon is the twin brother of Oldrin Zevon. Born into nobility but abandoned by his parents so that Oldrin may succeed as the heir of the family, he was raised by a peasant family. However he was conscripted into the Geass Order against his will, using him as an assassin. Though he has long since broken ties with the Order, the cost was too great, and his lover Euria died in the escape. When he discovered that his old family had a hand in his lover's death, he swore vengeance and returned to the battlefield.
- Ace Custom: Byakuen, the brother unit of the Guren Mk II.
- Child Soldiers
- Half-Identical Twins
- Parental Abandonment: Born into nobility but abandoned by his parents
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Swiss Army Weapon: The "7-Type Integrated Armament Right Arm" (aka 7-Type for short) is a large box on Byakuen's arm that houses 7 weapon attachments.
Ze DienZe Dien is a terrorist who is connected to “Peace Mark”. He is a young man originally from the Chinese Federation. He performs requests using a customized Glasgow he bought on the black market and remodeled to his preferences. He works together with Orpheus on missions along with Ganabati.
- Sempai/Kohai: Tries to place this on Orpheus, but it doesn't work.
GanabatiGanabati is an Indian engineer that helps Orpheus and is connected to “Peace Mark”. When having piled up a lot of money, he will perfectly prepare the Knightmares he services no matter the place. He personally feels a fascination/attraction to Orpheus Zevon, and receives his work with the greatest priority. He helps Orpheus on his missions along with Ze Dien, driving a trailer truck that carries Orpheus' and Ze's personal Knightmare Frames. He is an old friend of Rakshata.
Miss XMiss X is an intermediary who conveys requests from “Peace Mark” to terrorists. At times acting bewitching, at other times acting childish, she is a beautiful woman whose age and nationality are unknown.
WizardWizard is a mysterious masked man who styles himself as a “magician”, and is a financial supporter of Peace Mark. He possesses vast information and assets, and is said to be very reliable, but his hidden background and identity have many grounds for suspicion. He toys with the two “Oz”s, Oldrin Zevon and Orpheus Zevon, whose identities and pasts he is apparently aware of. He pilots the black Knightmare Frame, Agravain.
- Ace Custom: Agravain, the successor to the Gawain and predecessor to the mass-produced Gareths.
Tropes embodied by other miscellaneous characters:
- Alpha Bitch: Katherina Sforza from the Nightmare of Nunnally manga. But after throwing Nunnally off her wheelchair for refusing to endure her bullying, Katherina finds herself on the wrong side of Nunnally's classmate Alice whose Geass-like ability grants her Super Speed. Alice punishes Katherina and her Girl Posse by stealing their skirts -- out in the open.
- Amazon Brigade: The entirely female Irregulars.
- Ambiguously Jewish: The number of Jewish-sounding last names is noteworthy (i.e., Gino Weinberg, Bismarck Waldstein, etc.). It's not played completely straight since most of them don't have any other such traits worth speaking of.
- Don't forget about Ohgi's Star of David and his "Jew 'Fro".
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Usually (but not always) played straight — especially within the Britannian royal family, but elsewhere as well.
- Badass Normal: Everyone who isn't a Geass user, Code Holder or generic background character really. Any exceptions are blatantly obvious.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Applicable to just about everyone. Even when characters get grievously injured or do something that should make them completely gross and icky they never lose their good looks.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: The entire royal family of Britannia.
- Blessed with Suck: Practically any Geass power eventually develops certain drawbacks for its respective user, typically in the form of the user becoming unable to turn it off.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Averted with Prince Odysseus eu Britannia.
- Break the Cutie: Kallen's mother (Mrs. Kozuki), and too many minor characters to count.
- Bridge Bunnies: The Black Knights got some after acquiring their Cool Ship.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Gino Weinberg, the Knight the Third, acts like a complete clown whenever he's not fighting. Kanon Maldini is an ex Villainous Crossdresser who couldn't find a stable workplace for this very reason despite his competence, until he met Schneizel.
- Chess Motifs: Pawns: just about all of the Black Knights (except Kallen).
- Chinese People: The Chinese Federation.
- Chivalrous Pervert: The sixth Picture Drama suggests Prince Clovis la Britannia was one. Just look at the swimsuits he designed. Lampshaded when Cornelia doesn't want to let Euphemia wear one of them.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Kallen's mother (Mrs. Kozuki) is a tragic example. Her clutziness could be a result of her addiction to an in-universe drug called Refrain.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Black Knights.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: In Nightmare of Nunnally, Dalque, who comes from an unknown conquered area.
- Apparently averted in the last chapter, where it was mentioned that she had a lighter skin colour before she was used as a guinea pig by the Irregulars. For a group drawn from conquered Numbers, the girls all look rather Britannian...
- Disney Death: Sayoko and Guilford.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Most of the Knights of Rounds — except Anya Alstreim, Gino Weinberg, and Miss Not-Appearing in a Speaking Role This Series Nonette. Particularly Dorothea Ernst aka Knight the Fourth and Bismarck Waldstein aka Knight the First, who gets utterly WTFPWNED by Suzaku just as he was becoming a genuinely interesting character. Cornelia was THIS close to get a bridge on her, but she managed to dodge it somehow and survived after being shot by Schneizel.
- Minor character Governor Calares got a skyscraper dropped on him.
- Dull Surprise: Crown Prince Odysseus' default expression. No wonder he was nicknamed "Prince Valium"
- Expy: Miss Romeyer, Nunnally's caretaker in R2. Clearly, an expy of Miss Rottenmaier from the novel Heidi, in particular the extremely popular anime adaptation Alpen No Shoujo Heidi.
- Extreme Doormat: Kallen hates her biological mother (Mrs. Kozuki), thinking she was this for her Britannian father. Turns out she was one for Kallen. After learning this, Kallen has a change of heart.
- Five-Man Band / Five-Bad Band: So many to choose from. Examples:
- The Black Knights' 5 higest ranking members.
- Toudou and The 4 Holy Blades.
- The Knights of Rounds
- The Zero Requiem conspirators
- The Brittanian Anti-Lelouch movements (Schneizel, Kanon, Cornelia, Anya and Diethard) and (Cornelia, Guilford, Villetta, Minami, and Xianglin)
- Hidden Depths: No one in this series is quite who they seem to be at first. Many characters play the trope deliberately, though not all do.
- Idiot Ball: Various characters throughout the series but Sayoko and Anya take it to The Ditz level during the Cupid day episode.
- Improbable Age: Where to start? It might almost be easier to list counterexamples.
- Lady of War: For the Black Knights: Nagisa Chiba (Todoh's girlfriend).
- Light Is Not Good: The Britannian military especiall the higher ups.
- Missing Mom: V.V. and Charles's Start of Darkness took place when their mother, courtesy of other nobles, got a carriage dropped on her and in front of the not-older-than-10 twins, as revenge for having her kids appointed as heirs to The Empire. Yikes.
- Morality Pet: For Lelouch, the Ashford students, but especially those on the Studen Council (and of course Nunnally most of all, at least in theory...).
- Purple Eyes: Diethard Reid. Most of the royal family. Many Britannians. The occasional Eleven.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Valkyrie Unit accompanying Luciano. Or rather, they would have been one, if they didn't have the misfortune of facing Kallen.
- The Quisling: Along with Nina, Lloyd, and Cécile, Sayoko pretends to be this under Lelouch direction; they assisted Lelouch's Zero Requiem to achieve world peace, but as Lelouch would be eventually hated as the most tyrannical ruler in history, Lelouch has them defect to the Black Knights after they've accomplished their tasks to preserve their name after the war.
- Rapunzel Hair: Several females in the series have quite long hair that goes down to their hips.
- Red Baron: Todoh is sometimes referred to as "Todoh of miracles"
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Again, e lot of examples.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Clovis was there just to get killed.
- Nonnette, who only appeared in a couple of still shots during R2, though it arguably works out in her favour as she was one of the few Knights of the Round that weren't killed off. This is probably because she was more relevant to Lost Colors than the anime.
- Seppuku: Suzaku's father, to public knowledge, did this out of protest for the war. Suzaku actually just happened to stab him rather convieniently. Urabe did this to save Lelouch from Rolo. With a Mecha.
- Sibling Team: The Glaston Knights, composed of Andreas Darlton's adopted sons.
- Six Student Clique: Lelouch=The Head, Suzaku=The Muscle, Rivalz=The Quirk, Shirley and Kallen=The Pretty Ones, Nina=The Smart One, Millay=The Wild One.
- Smug Snake: In a show full of magnificent bastards, Diethard Reid serves this role.
- Sole Survivor: Claudio Darlton of the Glaston Knights.
- The Shen Hu, the only knightmare owned by a major character that survived to the end of the series.
- Spanner in the Works: Arthur, a cat, very nearly exposes Lelouch as Zero simply by getting its head stuck inside his helmet and carrying it around Ashford. In addition, if it weren't for Arthur, most likely Suzaku would've been killed by Tamaki in the Season One finale.
- Token Evil Teammate: Diethard for the Black Knights and Luciano for the Knight of Rounds.
- Tsundere: Arthur the cat.
- Unwitting Pawn: The Order of the Black Knight in general, who first ended up in Lelouch's hand before becoming Schneizel's pawns. Some Troopers even guessed that Lelouch expected Schneizel to use schemes to get them to be the 2nd prince pawns and act based on that, so in the end black Knights will always be Lelouch's pawn, directly or indirectly.
- Villainous Crossdresser: Kanon Maldini, according to supplementary materials.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Brittania siblings are implied to have been wiped out by the FLEIJA bomb.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: An adult deconstruction of this trope would be Kallen's birth mother. Mrs. Kouzuki got the looks and the devotion, but ended up real screwed. In the end of R2, we see that she's getting better. Hooray!
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Almost everyone — although not necessarily blue. (Characters who are fullblooded Japanese are sometimes exempt. Or mostly exempt.)
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: For the core Black Knights before they joined up with Zero. One wonders what they were planning to do with a huge canister of poison gas, even if Kallen protested using it in a civilian area.