Soul Chess Is aBleach/Code Geass fanfiction about what happens to Lelouch after the Zero Requiem. It starts with Lelouch waking up in the rukongai, and follows him during his rise through the ranks.The story is noted for staying very true to character, even considering how manythe source material brings. Lelouch, Aizen, Yoruichi, Urahara, and everyone else are all completely in character.Also important is something extremely rare in any crossover: things don't change right away. The story starts sometime a little before the turn back the pendulum arc, and major changes don't happen for several chapters. This is partially because the overall spread of events was designed to allow for inconsistencies, and partially because Lelouch starts out at a fairly low rank, and stays that way for a while. His rise through the ranks is steady and believable.The character page is now up and running smoothly. Tropes that were associated with characters have been moved to the their appropriate places from the main page.The series has officially ended and details of a potential Sequel Hook are found here.
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Absurdly Sharp Blade: Hisana's Bankai's ultimate form can cut through Starrk's cero and also through Hallibel and Grimmjow's hierro enough to hack off their arms.
An in-universe example. After role-playing asKaminafor a school project Ichigo winds up later spouting lines from the character throughout the series including Kamina's "believe in the you that believes in yourself" speech to Kenpachi of all people.
Adaptation Expansion: Sort of. While many of the canon scenes of Code Geass canon are not shown because the author says he hates repeating what is already stated, scenes with new information or stuff that is shown happening “in the background” serves as a means to create exciting twists for the revisit to the Code Geass world without changing a thing.
All Just a Dream: At the start of chapter 24 this was presented as a possibility for all the chapters up to this point. It was a Secret Test of Character presented by Eien Tamashi to Lelouch to see if he would rather reclaim his old life or is enjoying living in the Soul Society.
the omake of chapter 82 is this.
All There in the Manual: The author has a lot of extra information offscreen, and, as of chapter 33, has offered to send alternate endings to his poll about Lelouch's love life when people ask for them.
Anyone Can Die: Let's see: Mari, Nnoitora, Miyako, AIZEN, Szayel, Zommari, Baraggan and all his Fraccion, and that is BEFORE the Battle of Karakura Town arc. Mia and Yuna used to be on this list but the former is now officially revived with Cirucci's Fusion Dance sacrifice and the latter via Reincarnation reversal thanks largely to Mayuri. Even the Plot Armor of OFFICIAL Characters would not protect them.
Word of God has explicitly stated that this trope is applicable to the Battle of Karakura Town Arc in large contrast to canon. So far, Ikkaku, Nanao and Shuhei are among the Soul Society casualties. The First Half is over but expect it to rise in the Second Half.
The Second Half just finished with the final tally adding up to be: Komamura, Hiyori, Love, Hachi, Spargga, Kira, Mia, Ulquiorra, Ciela, and Talbumosuke. It's subverted for Yammy who is actually killed, but he is now haunting Grimmjow as Ghost Yammy. Which mayhave beenthe point.
The ONLY Soul Society casualty in the Reapers and Heralds arc? Yamamoto's Vice-Captain Chojiro Sasakibe. It wasn't even by battle, he was Mercy Killed by Yolanda due to a devastating fever.
Artistic License: Comes with the territory of Bleach being an ongoing series. Some canon facts don't line up. Having come so far the author now writes off any inconsistencies between this and Bleach as The Butterfly Effect. Anything that falls under this category doesn't need to be listed here.
A rare instance was the decision to give Cornelia and Nunnally spiritual power. It has certainly had an impact on Cornelia'sCharacter Development and backstory. One can only wonder what it means for Nunnally.
Also utilized for Soifon's Bankai. The author deliberately changed her original Bankai to this alternate original creation, but gave solid reasoning for it.
Ascended Meme: The author decided to use the line that Jikan Kami Talbumosuke's Zanpakuto makes Kyoka Suigetsu look like a parlor trick as part of the in-universe dialogue.
This gets inverted when Yhwach refers to Jikan Kami itself as a parlor trick.
Authority Equals Asskicking: With the exception of Lelouch, Hisana is the highest rank Soul Reaper of the reinforcements sent to Karakura Town on the field of battle against the assault to kidnapOrihime. Her Bankai's ultimate ability has her wipe out all of the fraccion on the battlefield with a single attack from her final Bankai mode.
Hell functions in this fashion. The lower your ID# the stronger you are considered.
Unohana's core form; to activate, she needs to lose all 5 of her Bankai's hydra heads and have her sword snapped. The heads are all regenerators. Plus the fact that you'd have to be a top 5 togabito to warrant its use, which raises the question of her surviving long enough to activate in the first place. She does, but it's still a problem.
Yuna's too; power that give Aizen pause for thought (Her reiatsu can no longer be sensed in core form, like what Aizen and Ichigo do during their canon battle in Karakura Town, but to a lesser extent), but it only lasts 3 minutes, and afterwards she's useless for maybe the next 2 months while she rebuilds her strength.
Shunsui's Bankai; he's affected by it too, and he can't use it with large groups of allies around unless they all know a) what it does and b) that he's going to use it.
Ukitake too; given his health issues he can't really handle it at maximum.
Kenpachi gaining Shikai; it takes forever to reach his maximum power.
Awesomeness by Analysis: Lelouch not only has a habit figuring out hundreds, if not thousands, of reasons for someone doing something, he also figured out Metastacia's capabilities before it ever appeared. In fact, this trope is the very basis of Lelouch's Sorting Algorithm Of Hollows.
Aided by his knowledge of Isshin, Stefan is able to figure out most of Ichigo's bankai abilities and specializations just by looking at it.
Both Uryu and Talbumosuke can use this quite easily.
Lelouch was able to analyze and learn the technique for opening a garganta, meaning he can now freely enter Hueco Mundo.
With sheer brainpower and character analysis, Lelouch was able to avoid all of Aizen's attacks until Yamamoto could return from Hell and kick his ass.
Badass Boast: The page quote, which comes from the end of the Prelude arc.
How about this one near the end of Eye Of The Storm:
Lelouch:"It's a perfect plan, but you made one mistake. And that mistake was that you crossed paths with me. From the very moment you sent Urahara Kisuke to be banished I have worked to trip you at every turn, stop you at every juncture and counter your every move. I played by your rules and settings, simply because I had no problem in doing so. You always wanted a rival Aizen. Well here I am!"
Uryu vs Shawlong. "I will kill you before you land a single blow on me." Bonus points for actually doing it.
Shinji: I won't need more than five minutes.
Batman Gambit: Uryu trys one against Kyoraku during their drinking game, based off of his personal knowledge of Chad. Too bad Kyoraku was immune to the poison Uryu used and thus the gambit fails.
Betty and Veronica: In chapter 107 Kendra becomes the Veronica to Orihime's Betty with regards to Ichigo. It’s subverted at the end of the chapter where Ichigo pulls the Just Friends line on Kendra, seemingly not knowing that she thought of him in that way, and tells Orihime that she’s his girl
He also planned for Unohana to be his "secret weapon". It's obvious from the way he's saying it he just doesn't want to invoke her wrath.
Boobs of Steel: Talbumosuke noticed that among the Espada, a female arrancar is bustier the more powerful she is.
Book Ends: Several instances at the end of Ichigo's story arc. There's the fact that Ichigo mentors the new representative of Karakura Town like how Rukia trained him. The new Soul Reaper, Atrumier Senna, not the one from the movie, becomes the 20th seat of Squad 10, which is Lelouch's initial position and the last person to say goodbye to Ichigo as he heads off to college is Rukia.
Break the Cutie: Mia wants to do this to Orihime, but is stopped before she can.
Brick Joke: In chapter 73, Renji says he hasn’t forgiven Kaien for the card game incident, and then at the end of the chapter there’s the omake.
In chapter 18, Lelouch mentions he has a safe to which using the combo lock or the keypad initiates the alarm sequence. Eighty chapters later both Susanna and Yuna try opening said safe and both are chased out of his office.
An example that crosses over from out of universe to the inside. At the start of chapter 104, the author suggests to the readers to have the 1812 Overture handy. As one can expect, towards the end of the chapter, there is stuff blowing up like fireworks on the 4th of July.
A meta-example. The Memetic Mutation of people pretending to be Tite Kubo start their statements with “So there I was being Kubo” often ending with “I love my life”. In chapter 120, during a flashback, Kukaku drops the line “So there I was being me” only for Kendra, at the end of the flashback, to throw in “I love my job”.
The true form of the Soul King is said to drive a man insane. It’s Fluttershy. That explains everything.
This also means that the First Ever Soul Reaper Feluca Tetelra Sharaimyn has a Meaningful Name and that she and the Soul King are one in the same. The author used a similar naming gag in his Tales of Bleach trilogy so that's how you can tell it was on purpose.
Alternatively Fluttershy is just another one of the Soul King's avatars, which turns this into another trope entirely.
Chapter 200 has the funniest example TO DATE. First, the author starts the chapter with the omake, which is already funny in and of itself, but then, in the actual chapter proceeds to tie into the drunken rambling of Ichigo and Rukia.
Call Back: In chapter 6 Isshin states "This here ladies man is staying single". Lelouch mentions this again in chapter 34 where upon Isshin gets banished and says that he'll open up a med clinic and settle down. Isshin hangs a lampshade on Lelouch's memory considering this is more than a century in-universe after the comment was made.
In one of the earlier chapters one of the captains say that Unohana with her braid thrown back and undone is a sign that she's serious. She does exactly this while fighting Ichigo's out of control hollow form. As it turns out, this is true IN CANON.
Ichigo mentions Kukaku’s driving skills to his father when Isshin gives Ichigo the keys to the family car and tells him not to wreck it.
Later that same chapter Karin seems to be infatuated with Lelouch. His Zanpakuto comments that she already made a Lolicon joke, which she did all the way back in chapter 14
Lelouch makes a comparison to how long it will take Aizen to figure out how he’s deceiving Kyoka Suigetsu by saying his grandkids will have tombstones by that time.
Chekhov's Gun: That flying device that Yoruichi had? Yeah, Lelouch uses it to kill Aizen.
The author's notes of chapter 58 reveal that besides Cornelia, one of another of Lelouch's siblings is spiritually aware Nunnally. In the same author's notes, there are supposedly several more instances of this trope within the chapter itself.
the ghost girl Hana Yomura being Yuna's reincarnation
An example of a double subversion. In chapter 71 Talbumosuke is given a warning about the danger of giving Gantenbainne Segunda Etapa. During the battle we’re given no answer as to why that warning is given, but when we cut back to Hueco Mundo, Talbumosuke remembers the warning and lampshades the fact that he didn’t see anything resembling its use.
Remember that hollow mask Lelouch finds in Yuna’s wall safe all the way back in chapter 20. In chapter 89 It turns out this was a prototype Visored mask similar to what Talbumosuke uses. However, it was designed for a one-time effect use, but in exchange for a lot more power. Lelouch uses this special mask against Talbumosuke.
In chapter 107 there’s a mention of Keigo’s prized guitar. In 116 It becomes his fullbring
Death Is Cheap: Tearfully dconstructed in chapter 163. Tatsuki yells at Lelouch for not telling her about the SAZ Massacre because her parents are caught up in it. Susanna tries to comfort her and Tatsuki goes on a fit about just because she knows she can reach them and that they're in Soul Society doesn't change how much it hurts to lose someone you love. That said, things must be hell for poor Orihime regarding Ichigo.
Defeat Means Friendship: Like in Bleach, there are elements of it in the story, but it's rarely played completely straight.
You could argue a case for the use of Lelouch's Bankai core form in chapter 160
Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Rita and Kasumi sit back and relax for a week on a ceasefire with Rita eating sorbet and Kasumi having a glass of cider while they celebrate Kasumi's 2000th year of being #1. And this is despite the fact that Kasumi explicitly hates Rita for something she did to her, but knows that Rita is her only key to salvation.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Lelouch thinks that he's invincible because he saw himself as a captain. Word of God says that it's a parallel to teenagers who think that they're bullet-proof, and completely immune to addiction of any kind.
In chapter 53, Hisana lampshades the following conversation
Rangiku: Are you sure it's a good idea to stick it in bare like that?
Renji: Only if you don't have a glove
It Makes Sense in Context since they're trying to get Kon's pill out of his plush body and Renji doesn't have on of those special skull symbol gloves, which is the glove he's referring to.
Kaien: Wh-what is this that I'm feeling? I have nothing, but contempt for this woman...but...my body...it's reacting to her. She's…she sucking me dry.
On September 11th 2001 atb, A pair of hijacked planes hit a pair of towers in Britannian Yorkshire, a plane is shot down by anti-air cannons about to hit Pendragon (The plane that hit the pentagon) and one crashed in the middle of the Jamison Province (Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania).
Mari has six months before she has to be reincarted and will forever say farewell to Yuna. So she’s decided she’s just going to live her life to the fullest. it’s like a cancer patient.
Doomed Hometown: Karakura Town. To make this worse, it HAD to be destroyed for stabilizing the timeline. Thankfully there are some rebuilding projects on the way.
Doorstopper: At over one million words at the time of writing, this definitely qualifies.
Downer Ending: Not the whole fic, but the Rise of the Royal Soldier arc ends with Marianne’s Death.
Ichigo vs Britannia arc ends with Karakura Town destroyed, Ichigo presumed dead, Cornelia's failure to protect Lelouch and Nunnally, and Captain Lelouch breaking down after seeing Ichigo's Substitute Badge. There were no true winners, only losers.
Yhwach and the Vandenreich assist the Soul Society against Kasumi’s Hell on Earth, though more accurately, the Vandenreich and the arrancar are cooperating, which is noted by Yhwach’s conversation with Nelliel about an invasion into Hueco Mundo.
Executive Meddling: A meta-example. The author and the writer of the omakes are not the same person and sometimes the author edits the omake to suit his fancy, much to the omake writer's chagrin.
Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When prompted by Hisana, Gin starts to state what Muramasa’s next move is. The use of this trope comes when he realizes that it’s the liberation of Kenpachi’s Zanpakuto.
Tsukishima’s reaction when asked whose dumb idea it was to have all of his brainwashed victims stand outside where Lelouch could geass them. The responsibility falls on Urahara which makes Tsukishima realize Urahara is a Fake Defector.
In regards to how things look regarding the initial members of the Black Knights from Naoto’s resistance group it seems to look like this in how things are arranged during the Within Zero’s Shadow arc:
Foreshadowing: In chapter 3 Lelouch says that some squad three memebers are known for being cold hearted and cruel. In chapter 9 it's revealed that their captain, Hoshima Treva, is Evil All Along
All throughout the first 16 chapters Lelouch has a recurring nightmare about him being a hollow and attacking Kallen this leads up to the revelation in chapter 17 that Lelouch was once a hollow of Vasto Lordes level. See Temporal Paradox below for more details
In chapter 23 Lelouch mentions that he can almost see his zanpakuto's smile. At the end of the chapter she actually materializes.
In that same chapter it's mentioned early on that Kiganjo's predecessor's Vice-captain battled Kiganjo because he didn't like the way Kiganjo ran things. Later Maki takes up arms in Kiganjo's honor to fight Zaraki, though Lelouch gets in his way.
In chapter 28 Lelouch gives Vera a wristband. This is explained in chapter 29.
Chapter 31, Lelouch mentions that he might need a stand in for extended missions. Guess what happens soon after?
Chapter 39 has Kaien telling Hisana that she wouldn't be so calm if it were her family in danger. To be fair, though, more or less everyone who watches Bleach saw what happens next coming a mile off.
Hisana also tells Kaien that his pride and honor will get him killed. Come time for the rematch with Ichigo, they almost do.
Kaien and Byakuya talk about how Hisana would be furious if she found out that Byakuya wasn't doing anything to help Rukia, and Byakuya says that she wouldn't do anything rash. Come the end of the chapter, she releases her bankai.
When Susanna gets sick after battle, Rangiku writes it off. When she eats Orihime's cooking, she teases her about it. Then we find out that Susanna is pregnant. Oh, yeah.
Tatsuki losing control of her powers and going mental on friends and foe alike foreshadowed Ichigo doing the same thing.
In chapter 22 Lelouch mentions, offhandedly, that he believes that a clean slate for a reincarnated soul has fragments that can never truly be lost. Skip ahead to chapter 85 when this becomes a plot point.
In chapter 74 it's narrated that Shisato and Ikkaku's supposed hookup would stay where it occurred for now. Cue The Reveal in chapter 94 that Shisato is pregnant with Ikkaku's child.
In chapter 73 it's mentioned that Lelouch might respond to the call of vigilantism again and at the during the Lelouch and the Law arc he tells Byakuya he'd always help him out in anyway he could if he needed it. in chapter 99 it's revealed that Lelouch and Byakuya are working together against Muramasa, while pretending to betray the Soul Society.
Ichigo's comment in chapter 106 when Isshin is going to an overseas trip for a medical conference for a week pretty much said it all.
In chapter 123 Rita brings out a soul that has been unwilling to be reincarnated and uses it to some degree. In 124 that soul appears and Shinji recognizes her. This is all leading up to The Reveal that the soul in question is the consciousness of Mari who has been brought Back from the Dead temporarily in order to kick some butt.
In chapter 72, it is stated that Lelouch felt he might once again answer the call of vigilantism. Fast forward then to the Reapers and Heralds arc.
The Demon Within arc itself is foreshadowed and built up to over the three arcs that come before it.
In chapter 144, Dolores, Cornelia’s Mom, mentions that she’s incredibly stressed and feeling incredibly weak lately. The very next chapter she contracts a terminal disease and dies.
At the start of the same chapter Meredith tells Cornelia that she may not be able to stop the Inked Alliance from kidnapping Euphie. Guess what happens towards the end of the chapter?
In chapter 157 Susanna has to sneak into Lelouch’s room the living one and play the role of a mysterious woman captain Lelouch says he remembers spoke to him on a night he couldn’t get any sleep. Essentially this stabilizes the time stream. Fast forward to chapter 170 when Lelouch himself does something similar by [[spoiler:rescuing Nunnally from FLEIJA, creating the illusion that she died in the explosion.
From Bad to Worse: If you think that it would get easier AFTER the Battle of Karakura Town arcs, THINK AGAIN! The author seems to be enjoying telling the readers that this trope is in effect during the Reapers and Heralds arc. Ever since chapter 95 hit things went to hell fast and haven’t gotten better since. To clarify:
Zangetsu is Muramasa’s dragon as Ichigo failed to recover him
Byakuya and Lelouch two of the most brilliant minds in the Soul Society went missing.
Yamamoto’s whereabouts are unknown
Kenpachi’s Zanpakuto was set loose and then Kenpachi LOST the battle.
Lelouch reveals that he’s in perfectly good health and then reveals that he’s working for Muramasa, as a Fake Defector but still...
Unohana's Zanpakuto is set loose.
Ichigo is taken under Eien Tamashi's control and Ryujin Jakka is set loose
chapter 188: Kasumi's plan succeeds, resulting in Hell merging with the living world, and the veils that prevent the living from seeing the dead fall. The Togabito run riot and the protective sentinels have been Taken for Granite, and Lelouch has to convince a world that still remembers and hates him to trust him.
Genre Savvy: While heavily outclassed in this department by people like Lelouch, Kaien does realise and suspect that an enemy building could be booby-trapped.
Genre Shift: The series turns into a Courtroom Drama for an entire arc.
Starting with Cornelia's Rise of the Royal Soldier arc the series goes from the high fantasy of Bleach to the sci-fi of Code Geass. Also the author said that the series is going to become darker as the series shifts into the more cynical territory of a seinen series. See Cerebus Rollercoaster above for more details.
Go-Karting with Bowser: In an omake Unohana since Yamamoto is dead and Juhabach play a game of Jeporady for the sake of the Soul Society. Grimmjow also attends since he was recruited/kidnapped to play along. If Juhabach wins he calls it revenge. he is beaten by one measly point.
Good People Have Good Sex / Their First Time : For all the virginity losing scenes in this (among other Lemons and Limes!), no one seems to need any proir experience to enjoy it to the fullest and act like they've been doing it for years: -
Nemu first: Yes, her first time was non-consesual (thanks to dad siccing a Hollow on her), but for what is only her 2nd time she seems to know what she's doing very well; possibly because she's been reading porno mags and the like for so long, she's quite used to 'soloing'...
That 2nd time was Lelouch's first, and we all know he doesn't do the above, so he has no excuse yet he lasts longer than you'd expect for a formerly Chaste Hero.
Susanna: while Lelouch suspects what she gets up to behind closed doors, we never get to read it, and it's clear she's a newby during the jail scene. And then Stefan walks in. Awkward...
Isane's the same, although there's always what Unohana's been doing to her if the rumour mill can be believed....
Yuna: we all know she and Mari were together (that the early omake, anyone?), but Yuna states quite clearly in her diary that she's never been with a man before; admittedly, there isn't as much detail with that one as the others (possibly coz Lelouch/Isane happens earlier that chapter), but the impication is business as usual.
Ichi Hime: Yes, it hurt her, but again, you'd think they'd take a few attempts before they got it right.
Subverted with Tally and Mia: Theirs is good, yet they're the bad guys; same technically applies to Nel and Grimmjow.
A less than humorous example is the beating Yachiru received from her Zanpakuto. Considering she's just a child it's probably better that way.
Gratuitous Japanese: The author, in addition to using some general honorifics, will throw in a small phrase here and there. He also uses a translator for Zanpakuto names (which can have the unfortunate side effect of phonetic japanese, i.e. english words with a japanese accent.)
Homage: Word of God continuously says that Hollow Ichigo’s rampage and Yamamoto’s subsequent fight with him is in direct correlation to Doomsday Vs the Justice League followed by Superman’s brutal battle with him.
Innocent Innuendo: In omake chapter 7.76 Lelouch is listening in on what he thinks is Yuna and Mari having sex, but Mari is just giving Yuna a massage.
Ironically, right after this they actually do start making love
Innocently Insensitive: Yoruichi’s quip about Lelouch keeping his geass from being permanently active because he doesn’t want it going off by mistake was rather inappropriate given Code GeassCanon. In her defense though, it’s not like she knows the truth.
Loophole Abuse: Played with. Ordinarily, Lelouch would have been executed by the Central 46 for his actions, but since they're dead, Old Man Genocide has the desicion-making power, and he decided to reinstate Lelouch.
Ichigo is allowed to speak his mind during the trial in the Lelouch and the Law arc because he is neither a Gotei member or a Rukongai civilian. it also helps that his girlfriend is the judge.
No Sell: Only Stefan, Rukia, Hisana, Hitsugaya, Yachiru, Gin, Ukitake, Euphie, Soifon, Orihime, Susanna, Shirley, Yoruichi, Nozomi and May are unaffected by the machine because, despite how their lives could be they are all very happy the way they currently are.
Year Inside, Hour Outside: Those affected by the dreams control the flow of time within them. For example, Vera's shot forward several decades and things are still flowing at a normal pace outside her dream realm.
Love Dodecahedron: As if it wasn't bad enough with Lelouch, now it seems that Tatsuki might be entering the competition for Ichigo.
Seems to be more like a triangle in Ichigo's case since Rukia is engaged to Kaien.
Cornelia's horse race against Guinevere for similar reasons to Keigo beating Demons and Devils.
Murder Is the Best Solution: Lelouch's thoughts on the Atrumier family. Turns out not so much. This was the main reason for Talbumosuke's Start of Darkness, Lelouch later has regrets for this incident and also summed up that they were in the crossfire on taking down Aizen.
Mythology Gag: Hoshima mocks the size of Yunas Bankai, saying that it's far too small. Ironically the iconic scene this is taken from does not happen in this fic and instead Ichigo fights Stefan as Byakuya makes his Heel-Face Turn to the rescue side earlier after battling Hisana as she fights him instead of Renji
Yolanda dual wields two research department made pistols that were modeled off of the weapons Soul Reapers used to use to purify hollows, but were scrapped in favor of the Zanpakuto. It’s a reference to the fact that Kubo originally intended to have the Soul Reapers use guns in the series, but switched them for the Zanpakuto.
A pretty dark one in chapter 114. Hollow Ichigo forces Unohana down and fires a cero upon her at point blank. Unohana gives him the same line Ulquiorra gave to him “How very hollow-like”.
Yoruichi says to Ichigo that her bosom is his pillow when he begins to break down and cry because Tsukishima brainwashed his friends
Orihime later uses this line to comfort Kallen when Naoto dies. Although there it doubles as a Call Back since she was the one it was originally said to.
The events of chapter 159 show that Kallen wrenching refrain out of someone's hands has happened before.
Chapter 206 wouldn’t be the first time Aizen has been Impaled with Extreme Prejudice only for our heroes to find out it’s not really him. For extra insult to injury the person who was actually stabbed was also stabbed by someone who cares about them deeply.
Ichigo breaks out into this when he finds Needles and his goons attempting to rape Orihime.
Nelliel to Pheobe, for harming her children.
No Infantile Amnesia: Completely averted. Lelouch is unaware, or rather was never aware, of a certain incident of his infancy that Cornelia experienced with him when she was ten only for her memory to be wiped.
Noodle Implements: Apparently Ichigo and Shinji are going to do something for their project with a cleaver, a blue wig and Sakanade
Turns out their project was a reenactment of Kamina and Viral's first fight, with their own alternate ending.
Noodle Incident: We never hear about exactly what Yoruichi did do make Byakuya hate her so much, (although anatomy lessons are mentioned.)
Apparently Kukaku has a whole bunch of these on Renji and can get them on just about anyone.
One can only imagine what kind of trouble Isshin stirred up at the 1997 national medical convention considering Ichigo told him to keep his hands off the nurses at the one he starts to go to at the beginning of the Different Bonds arc. Considering this is Isshin...
Kendra mentions she needed to swap her Gikongan with Urahara. This trope’s use is implied as to the reason why she switched it.
No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: A meta example. According the author he writes every chapter with only a vague idea of what he wants to do and other than the one word document used to actually write the chapter he doesn't have any drafts or copies of the chapter at the time of writing unless he had a scene planned out in advance and even then there's only one copy of that particular scene.
Not Again: The reaction from several fans whenever there's a yuricentric omake.
Nothing Is Scarier: Actually the title of one of the omakes and it is properly named since Kenpachi is stated to have learned Bankai and his Zanpakuto spirit looks like Chuck Norris. All of the Espada, Talbumosuke and Gin start freaking out. It turns out though that It was All Just a Dream of Talbumosuke’s, but then Mr. Popo shows up. Theotherone.
Not Quite Dead: Double subverted. Yuna lives just long enough to say goodbye.
Official Couple: By the end: Grimmjow/Nelliel as the King and Queen of Hueco Mundo. Mia/Talbumosuke Together in Death. Kaien/Rukia as the two are now married, same for Byakuya/Hisana. Ichigo/Orihime is solidified as of ch 135. Yuroichi and Soifon have been together for years. In 136, Lelouch marries Susanna and later Shirley. Also Toshiro/Momo, Suzaku/Euphemia, Jushiro/Kiyone and Gin/Rangiku.
Properly Paranoid: As can be expected, Lelouch fits this to a T. Subverted with Aizen, who, despite being suspicious, hasn't acted directly against Lelouch yet.
Fixed. Aizen tried to get Tousen to kill Lelouch. Guess he decided not to take any chances.
Ichigo in chapter 69 when Tatsuki tells him that Orihime went off on her own before class starts he immediately assumes something bad will happen to Orihime and goes after her. It’s a good thing he did
Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Mind Rape in this case, but it's the same thing. Starrk notes that he can tolerate watching Lilynette be overpowered or injured, but this trope is another story entirely.
Real Life Writes the Plot: In universe. Due to how what is going through Ichigo's life at this point, he and Shinji greatly divert from the canon fight scene of Kamina/Viral and put their own spin on the fight and by adding REAL weapons into their acting and it could be seen as a continuation of Ichigo's real life training as a Visored.
draconichero20 says that some of what happens to him in real life winds up being reflected in the series, not that we’d know either way.
Reality Is Unrealistic: Lampshaded by Lelouch after its use in chapter 84 with regards to the Medieval period.
Reset Button: One is used to reseparate the worlds after Kasumi creates a Hell on Earth. Deconstructed to an extent in that it does little more than separate the worlds, the impact the Hell on Earth had on the planet is described as going to linger for generations to come.
Shown Their Work: The author does this a lot, even going so far as to explain what would have happened had Lelouch not been involved.
Single Tear: Despite not thinking he could, Lelouch does this when he realizes how much Susanna cares for him.
Something Only They Would Say: A recurring theme with Ichigo’s out of control full hollow form in getting him to recognize the person talking to him. After that the person is registered in his mind permanently.
Yamamoto knows that something is up with Ichigo during the demon within arc because he is referred to by his proper title rather than the less than respectful “gii-san”.
Lelouch's Story Arc: Chapters 1-9 are the Awakening Arc. 10-14 is the Prelude to the Chess Game. Chapters 15-20 make up the Lelouch and Yuna arc, followed by the Rise of the Black King, chapters 21-28. Most recently, we have chapters 29-34, which make up the Phantoms of Justice arc.
Ichigo's Story Arc: Chapters 35-39 are the Prelude to the Final Game. Chapters 40-48 is the Eye of the Storm, a call back to the authors notes in chapter 35. Chapters 49-50 are the Free Lelouch arc, 51-60 are the Visored arc, 61-67 is the Rescue Orihime arc, 68-74 is the Training arc, and 75-82 is the Battle for Karakura Town arc. Next is the Yuna Returns arc, at Chapters 83-85, Chapters 86-90 is the Fall of Talbumosuke arc (both are spoiledfor good reasons), Chapters 91-93 is the Lelouch and the Law arc, and Chapters 94-105 is the Reapers and Heralds arc, Chapters 106-110 is the Different Bonds arc, Chapters 111-115 is the Demon Within arc, Chapters 116-119 is the Fullbringer arc, Chapter 120 is a Take That to the Reigai arc, Chapters 121-132 is Aizen's Revenge arc, and Chapters 133-137 is the Farewell Ichigo arc. Chapters 147-150 contain the Ichigo vs Britannia arc and is also part of Cornelia's Story Arc. And it may very well be Ichigo's last story arc consideringtheending.
Cornelia's Story Arc: Chapter 58 is a prelude for this arc and directly invoked during Lelouch's Flash Backs in 72 + 73, it officially begins with the Rise of the Royal Soldier arc from Chapter 138-146 and has continued with the Ichigo vs Britannia arc, also part of Ichigo's Story Arc, which is made up by chapters 147-150. Chapters 151-153 begins the Witch of Britannia arc.
Union Story Arc: which starts at ch 154 and kicks off with the Within Zero's Shadow arc. It's the arc that is a revisit to R1 of Code Geass made possible by the Temporal Paradox. It ends with ch 164. Chapter 165 is the Pursuit of the Truth arc. It's basically the R2 to accompany Within Zero Shadow arc's R1. It ends on chapter 172. Chapter 173 starts the Double Zero arc and it ends on chapter 180.
Once again the author rages against the source material. This time towards the scene in the Zanpakuto Rebellion arc (Episode 232) after Rukia blasts herself and Sode no Shirayuki. The scene makes it seem like So S is about to make a Heel-Face Turn when Muramasa intervenes. In Soul Chess because Muramasa is occupied with watching Ichigo fight, Sode no Shirayuki is able to go to Rukia’s aid and it produces one of the more Heartwarming moments in the fic.
A massive one to Tite Kubo during the 100th chapter omake.
Another one at the Bounts. All of them except for Yoshino who is spared are killed off-screen.
Aizen uses #4 in the Aizen’s Revenge arc knowing that Lelouch has to bring the counterattack to him. He does send Vanguard out to meet Kenpachi and Ichigo head on though.
#5 is used in the Reapers and Heralds arc where Lelouch orchestrates a battle between the Soul Reapers and the Zanpakuto so that he and Byakuya can sneak off to the Kuchiki manor so Byakuya can kill his children
#9 was Lelouch's plan for dealing with Talbumosuke since he and Yuna let Yamamoto and Urahara do all the work.
Lelouch subverts #10, he isn't hostile towards Aizen during the first part of the series, but at the same time doesn't weave his way into his ranks for the sake of revenge like Gin.
Though he, and Byakuya, play it completely straight during the Reapers and Heralds arc
Aizen meanwhile plays #10 straight as The Starscream to Kasumi’s crew.
Lelouch is a natural master of #12
#13 was Talbumosuke's action in attacking the pillars. By sending in Karrthus he ensured the destruction of his opponent Ikkaku, which caused the rest of the Soul Society forces to react and give away their positions by lack of forcibly hiding their reiatsu. He also does this to Lelouch to provoke him into attacking, but Lelouch is savvy enough to know not to.
Rita has done #14 quite literally with the soul of Mari Akari. Rita brings the former squad captain back to fight one last time as her herald. She later did the same with Yamamoto.
Ichigo of allpeople inverts #15 as he lures Grimmjow to a battlefield where he has the advantage since he's foughten in a certain Karakura district so many times.
#19 this could be why Talbumosuke is fighting Urahara, Yamamoto, Shunsui, and Ukitake (until the last one goes to help Hitsugaya) simultaneously.
It's also why Byakuya asks for Lelouch's help during the Reapers and Heralds arc since Lelouch is too intelligent to leave to his own devices
#21 is used by Byakuya and Lelouch creating the illusion that Kyo and Isao are dead.
Kasumi seems to understand #23, which leads her to recruit Aizen, Talbumosuke AND Nyra who are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th strongest Togabito while she is #1.
Aizen uses #24 to which he betrays Kasumi and takes all of the power they had built up for himself. He then eliminates Tsukishma, believing he won’t need him anymore. He keeps Nyra as a personal attack dog.
Lelouch uses #25 during the Aizen’s revenge arc by surprising Aizen through the use of forbidden spatial transport Kido. The result made Aizen Not So Stoic for a few scant moments. Lelouch also goes and confronts Aizen directly putting Aizen completely on edge because the move does not make sense.
#26 is partly how Lelouch managed to keep himself beneath Aizen's gaze while at the same time plotting against him.
Aizen uses #30 at the same time he executes #24 since Kasumi was the leader and Aizen usurped power from her.
#31 has been stated by Word of God to have been used by Lelouch offscreen during the years the phantoms were active
Though that PALES in comparison to the names of the recent arcs, Yuna Returns and the Fall of Talbumosuke.
It’s subverted in chapter 120. The new arc is called the Aizen’s Revenge arc, but it is revealed at the end of the first chapter, which has almost nothing to do with the arc, but is considered a prequel chapter by the author and ends with Togabito Aizen killing Togabito Kageroza and Aizen making the decision to fight Rita Ginunga
Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: The entire fic started with a question as to who was the better Chessmaster, Aizen or Lelouch. Lelouch wins, both at the end of Eye of the Storm and Aizen's Revenge arcs, though there is the possibility of yet another rematch.
Very Definitely Final Dungeon: Considering that we're in the final arc now and chapter 202 has the tagline "Point of No Return", may I present to: Aizen's Castle.
This also seems to be where Kukaku keeps her pipe.
And Yoruichi her Zanpakuto
Vigilante Execution: What Cornelia does to Marshall Evans and Albert Q. Anerdas. However, in the latter's case there was a hint of It's Personal and not even letting him get convicted. It's still against protocol for a military woman regardless. Though being a royal it's probably easy for her to shoo it under the rug.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Lelouch and his Zanpakuto Eien Tamashi are easily this. The amount of times they aren’t bickering can be counted on one hand.
Was It All a Lie?: Yuna asks this of Lelouch after he betrays her, and the Soul Society, to Muramasa. What she doesn’t know is that Lelouch is a Fake Defector and is only acting like an asshole to keep his cover safe.
We Could Have Avoided All This: The entire Ichigo vs Britannia arc. This get acknowledged by Ichigo and Cornelia when he rescues and transports her to the ruined Karakura Town.
WHAM Episode: Chapter 48, the finale to the Eye of the Storm arc. Look at the below trope.
Subverted in Chapter 115: In order to end Shirosaki's rampage in Soul Society, Lelouch has to seal Kurosaki Ichigo away with the spike he used. It was so convincing that Orihime was told that Kurosaki Ichigo is gone. The subversion came in when Kurosaki Ichigo was revived and Shirosaki left.
Orihime using refrain. Your jaw just drops when you see what losing Ichigo and Japan and everything else on top of that brings her to. Just...damn.
There’s a part in chapter 160 in a flashback where Inoue takes a shotgun and takes a shotgun and shoots a Britannian slaver and his guests when the resistance crashes the party. Keep in mind that Naomi and Orihime are the same person.
How Nunnally really survived the FLEIJA explosion. Lelouch, the soul reaper one, is responsible for saving her life. The Nunnally explained as being with Sayoko was an automaton meant to look and sound like her.
Renji: I'm just going to go ahead and summon Something.
Kaien: Okay, what is it?.
Renji: It's Something.
Kaien: I get that, but what is it?
Kaien: Look the card has a name, right?
Kaien: And the name of the card is…
Kaien: *frustrated* No, you know what? Forget it. Let's just play.
Willfully Weak: The Espada in the Battle of Karakura arc. According to Ulquiorra and Kira, Talbumosuke wants the Espada to remain in Resurreccion. If they find themselves hard pressed they should flee. Word of God has confirmed this, saying that this is part of a grand scheme of Talbumosuke’s to gather information on the enemy in battle and then go in with an actual plan with his army at full strength.
Woolseyism: In-universe example. Aparently Star Wars is now known, because of Britannian influence as "Galactic Conquest"
Worf Had The Flu: Yoruichi and Soifon would normally be able to handle Zaraki without their zanpakuto, but they had just fought Kendra and Stefan.
There's a case of this in the Ichigo vs Britannia arc and a very big case of it at that. The only reason Britannia is able to stand up to Ichigo and his friends is because Sakuradite is the polar opposite of the all repelling Sekisekki and Ichigo and his nakama were weakened to 1/5 their power.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Kukaku trys to sneak past most of Seireitei, which might have worked, had she not been paired with one of the two main characters.
Xanatos Gambit: Either Soul Society leaves the Phantoms alone, and they handle corruption, or they take a hint and handle it themselves. While the Phantoms have officialy disbanded, their goal was already achieved, and Soul Society is now dealing with the corruption themselves.
Aizen pits Kaien against Ichigo, ensuring that at least one of them will be taken out of the picture in time for his plan.
Lelouch is trying to set one in motion that will end in Aizen's death, but considering his track record when it comes to the endgame...
...went exactly as how he predicted; Aizen is dead and Lelouch is arrested for revealing himself as Zero.
Talbumosuke sends Gantenbinne equipped with Segunda Etapa to the world of the living. Whether Gantenbinne lives or dies Talbumosuke wins because he will obtain all of Gantenbinne’s battle data.
Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Seen in chapter 84 when Lelouch uses a machine to reawaken a memory from a past life of his in the medieval ages.
You Remind Me of X: When Keshiba asks Lelouch why Lelouch made him the orange phantom, Lelouch says that he reminds him of someone that he used to call by that name.
Happened again when Lelouch first meets Orihime in chapter 56 and telling her how much she reminds him of Shirley so much that it left him in sadness before asking her to act as Shirley temporarily in order for Lelouch to have temporary peace before meeting Shirley again in 17 years time.