"Everything is Fabulous"
—A Gag Sub
from the second opening of R2
Code Geass is an epic mecha battle between the forces of the Black Knights and the forces of
Britannia. It's also infamous for the complete lack of subtlety and restraint
that affects almost every scene in R2. Dramatic scenes are constantly ruined
by bizarre faces that appear to be drawn by people who were having way too much fun
. Also it has bizarre clothing designs by CLAMP
that are basically the clothing version of the robots from G Gundam
Please note that many of these may also be considered camp
or jokes that were taken too seriously
With this show, who knows? Or maybe we're all just too cynical for our own good.
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- Can we just talk for a minute about how Lelouch's nickname "Lelou" is pronounced more like "Lulu"? Just... Lulu.
- While the Product Placement managed to mostly avert this by not being too heavily overdone, it manages to become narmy via Fridge Logic: This is an Alternate History, where the British took over America, flip-phones and Humongous Mecha exist in the 1960's...and yet, we still have Pizza Hut?!
- AWRRRRR HHEEEEEIIIIIRRRRRRR BRRRIIIIITTTTTAAAAANNNNNYYYYEEEEEEEEEEHHH!
- Especially great because "heil" is pronounced in German. Possibly deliberate, to make the Britannians evoke Nazis.
- Anytime a character gives a big frown it looks ridiculous.
- Plus the way Clamp designed their faces...whenever we get a profile shot of a character their noses look insanely huge...and their upper lips look to be a part of their noses and their chins look rather pointy.
- Whenever a character widens their eyes or their pupils shrink.
- This magazine art is not a promotion for Code Geass, the anime. It is a promotion for Code Geass, the porno. I mean, Lelouch and C2's pose is suggestive enough, but C2, WHERE is your hand going? Was Lulu not enough for you? Do you really need Suzaku too? (not that we blame you)
- Actually the image falls apart the more you look at it since A) Lelouch is for no reason just holding onto a random bouquet of roses B) the Zero cape is buttoned at the top yet flowing wildly in the back despite only slightly going over the arm and you can see the cape ending right next to his leg C) Suzaku is drawn quite largely as a symbol of him being closer to the camera, yet C.C's hand is going infront of him, meaning that either he is leaning forward at the chest, or C.C. can bend her elbow in any direction D) C.C. has a shirt and skirt that are made of spandex and ride up her ass like it was made to do that E) her shirt does the same thing to her breasts F)Suzaku's index finger seems to happen independently from the rest of his hand instead of following on from his middle finger and G) Lelouch's right hand has the pointiest bones to have ever been drawn.
- Schneizel is brilliant and formidable, but the fact remains...that his name is Schneizel.
- Suzaku's spin kick. It earned him the fan name Spinzaku! Then again, the staff lampshades this in picture dramas, so they must have thought it was funny too.
- Any scenes involving the Britannian Emperor and his ridiculous hair. In real life, British judges wear those kinds of wigs. The problems:
- His hair is gigantic.
- He has practically no neck, which makes his head look like a lump.
- The part where Euphie tells Suzaku "I command you to love me" in Episode 20 of R1. It makes more sense in the context of the following dialogue, in which she helps him get over the shame he feels after retreating due to the "LIVE!" Geass (and because she knows that's the only way to get Suzaku to respond to requests like these), but it sounds quite funny when first said. Shippers tend to see it as Narm Charm most of the time.
- Lelouch strikes some truly fabulous poses throughout Geass, but his best is in Episode 23 when he throws his arms out and cocks his hips to side while declaring "The United States of Japan." I half expected him to challenge Emperor Charles to a dance battle for rulership of Japan. At the same time, many fans also happen to enjoy that pose and all the other gestures Zero makes.
- At one point when Cornelia is trying to convince Euphie to pick a knight, she offers a list of approved Knights of Honour. The list, while containing few truly Britannian sounding names, is not too unrealistic... until we get to one name in particular. Ladies and gentlemen: Baron Schutenkin Gordiengo The Third◊. Make of that name what you will.
- The other names, while not nearly as absurd, still aren't much better. Where else would you see "Zectole Vignal Jr" and "Viscount Les Maradi" in the same place? This was a problem with Britannia in general; despite it being a British empire based in North America, most Britannians have inexplicably foreign names (take Prince Schneizel, for one).
- The showdown between Lelouch and Suzaku at the end of Stage 25 goes over the top when Lelouch pulls out the liquid sakuradite bomb out of nowhere.
- Tohdoh's name, which isn't narmy in itself until the English dub which occasionally sounds like "Toto" from Wizard of Oz.
- Especially if you speak Mandarin Chinese, where "Toudou" is the Pinyin/pronunciation for "Potato."
- Two words: Lloyd's voice. You just can't be taken seriously when you sound like a grown-up Stewie.
- Don't worry, his Japanese voice actor is even goofier, if you can believe that. The staff even calls attention to letting his VA do whatever he wanted with the role, so the fact he's hilarious at it makes sense. The guy sounds like a character from Ōkami! At least he doesn't sound like he's eighty in the dub...
- Kallen's assertion to Suzaku that she's Japanese and not Britannian would be more dramatic if they didn't have her naked during the whole scene in an episode whose first half was mostly comedy.
- On that note, how can anyone take what's supposed to a heartwarming moment between Lelouch and Euphie seriously when Euphie's nearly naked? There are certain scenes where Fanservice works; these aren't them.
- It's implied that Euphie had been in the water, and in the scene where she and Lelouch are speaking, her clothes are clearly laid out on the rocks to dry. Thus, it is heartwarming, because it means Lelouch gave her his cloak to spare her dignity
- Kid!Lelouch saying he will "obliterate Britannia" in episode one of the English dub.
- In episode 16 of R1 after Mao messes with Suzaku, Lelouch gets pissed and orders Mao to "Never speak again!" Then when Mao went outside to meet C.C. who told him "I did love you, Mao" and Mao responded with "Grkhg gglgh grggkh glaarble!"
- Another Mao and C.C. Moment is when Mao shoots at C.C. And each time she gasps like she's having an orgasm.
- The unnecessary whoring of Pizza Hut can be quite constant. Yeah, the place has good food, but we have commercials for a reason.
- The green tassel on Lelouch's White outfit.
- Someone from the writing staff of Code Geass thought it would be a good idea for Psycho Lesbian Nina hump the corner of a table to a photo of Euphemia. When did Vince McMahon begin writing anime?
- Though it does introduce us to the legend that is Table-kun
- Nina's look of absolute terror when Euphemia announces there will be a Nippon settlement where the Japanese have equal rights.
- Nina's expression when she learns that Euphemia was killed. It's the most disgusting facial expression in the entire series. Oh just look already◊.
- Not to mention when Zero is still alive at the start of R2. It's much funnier, and adds to the (possibly intended) comedy of giving her such wildly exaggerated expressions.
- The entire Euphinator incident, especially when she suddenly started gunning people down with a machine gun while kids cried in the background. Or when Euphemia is on her death bed and we cut from her dying moments to a crowd of Elevens shouting things like "Kill that witch!". Narm is subjective, but by the gods, Code Geass = Best (Unintentional or Intentional?) Comedy EVER.
- Forget the scene itself, which was actually kind of tragic, if ridiculous. The issue is the massively contrived Ass Pull that led up to the event. Lelouch's Geass just had to permanently activate right when he made a forced joke that one would probably only make under the influence of bad writing.
- Lighten Up.
- I think the Dub fixed it.
- The part (4:56-5:21) where Euphie ordered the assembled Japanese to commit suicide but then said that she knew they wouldn't go along with it so she had to kill them herself was funny because of how cutesy (and at times, slightly catty) her voice sounded and how direct she was in making a command like that. In fact, it can be argued her attitude gives the sequence some Narm Charm or even Black Comedy value.
- For Japanese language-savvy people, she's also speaking EXTREMELY politely. It is borderline Uncanny Valley.
- How about the events that set it off in the first place? Lelouch, super-genius that he is, happening to remark "Why, I could command you to kill all the Japanese!" out of nowhere and that, a totally rhetorical statement, turning into a command? The entire thing is absurd.
- Mind you, Lelouch does have an unusual tendency to mess up in spite of his formal intelligence. In a way, the sheer absurdity of this event has internal precedent, but it doesn't change that this one might still be too much for some folks.
- What does it for me is that everything was going so well till Lelouch had to open his big mouth, and everything just snowballed from there in mere minutes. It passes tragedy and loops back around into being kinda funny. Then again, you could argue that can also be considered a case of tragicomedy at work, which some will see as Narm and others won't.
- I felt the scene of Euphemia on her death bed with Suzaku lying to her about her last hours of life would have been a really good emotional scene, if it wasn't for the cheesy J-pop song playing in the background.
- And then, right afterward, there's Dietard and Rakshata hacking the television sets, thinking this was all of Zero's plan that went beyong anyone's expectations. And those in charge of such sets are shouting at each other to stop it as it was going out live to the ENTIRE WORLD.
- The dub has Kallen's hilarious yet awesome line from the first episode:
- Ryōga Senba has what appears to be a clitoris on his forehead.
- For that matter, if you look closely, Tohdoh's face is almost comically scrunched.
- In Episode 3, during Kallen's shower scene, Lelouch answers the phone and the person on the other line wanted to speak with Kallen. Instead of having her step out of the shower to answer the phone, Lelouch gives it to Kallen while she's still in the shower.
- Of course, she was on the far end of the tub from the showerhead, so it's less likely to get wet (other than from the water on Kallen's hand, of course). And I mean, Lelouch was trying to be a gentleman and preserve her modesty.
- ...but the animators weren't, so you could say the effect may have been ruined. Unless it's also part of the joke.
- Many a suspense scene in Geass was downplayed by taking place half in the shower, or similar. How can you take anything Kallen says too seriously when she's often partially naked? The creators were admirably good at finding excuses for her to be so.
- "JIBUN WOOOOO!!!" (the first words from the first opening).
- Lelouch's fabulous white horse is the very definition of Narm.
- The complete and utter lack of guards in the 24th episode of season one in any situation that would warrant guards.
- In Episode 21, in what's supposed to be a lighthearted comic-relief episode are two hints of incest.
- While Cornelia had assembled the Glaston Knights, Schneizel speaks of her skills on the battlefield, but ends up sounding more like he's putting the moves on her.
- In just one random, out-of-nowhere question, Nunnally made a heartwarming moment between half-sisters completely awkward when she asks Euphemia about the time they got into a great big argument about who would marry Lelouch. Then she asks "So how about now?"
- In Ep 13 of R1, Lelouch finally realizes that his declaration of war on Britannia might kill innocent people. Then he Wangsts about it by punching a wall over and over again...while naked in the shower. While bent over. Who said Kallen and CC get to have all the fun?
- It's funnier when he resolves his wangst...by deciding to kill more innocent people.
- Not sure if this counts, but in the second episode of the first season, we get this.
Lelouch: V-8, this is Zero. I want a status report now.
Guy on other end: Screw your status report! AAAAAH-!
- Jeremiah getting fried by Kallen in Episode 10 of Season 1. His outraged expression is pure comedy gold. In fact, his outraged expressions in general could run a close second to Lelouch in facial hilarity.
- Jeremiah is so over the top in the Season 1 finale that it's pretty hard to feel tense. He literally screams every single line at the top of his lungs. Granted, he's gone insane at the time...
- The Siegfried mecha, which not only looks like a giant pumpkin but also spins like a top.
- Not a pumpkin—it's a giant orange! Though suddenly getting the Visual Pun will make whatever scene the Siegfried is extra funny. Possibly intended to be humorous, given the whole story between Jeremiah and the "Orange" in-joke.
- The face Lelouch makes after he finds his mother dead in the flashback. Considering how horrible the characters' faces look whenever their eyes go small, you would think the animators would stop doing it and go with things that work, like the face Shirley makes when she dies. Lelouch's face worked well until his eyes got small again and made him look ridiculous.
- The outfit that C.C wore when they first met Mao. It's like an outfit you would put on a Chimpanzee.
- The outfit could do without the ridiculous hat. It looks like something Michigan J. Frog would wear.
She ditched the white clothes. Now she looks like a cross between a French Maid and a Vietnamese hookernote
- Suzaku cutting the bomb in episode 16. He looks like Peter Pan. There should have been two sets of wires: one for the bomb, one for Suzaku.
- Nobody wants to bring up the end of the very first episode of the series, where the music that plays after Lelouch's massacre of the soldiers is punctuated by the most ridiculous trumpet noise and 80s saxophone known to man?
- To both this one and the other music one above, everyone was too caught in the moment to even care about the BGM or something. Or they actually liked it.
- Well, maybe that commander just likes to shoot Marvin in the face a lot. I'm sure it was nothing...
Manga and CDs
- Thanks be to Nightmare of Nunnally: ALICE, THE CODE GEASS!!!
- We also had the Code Geass theory for explaining how Lelouch could have survived by having the Code without losing his geass. It was then quickly mocked by switching the names with the series Cowboy Bebop, to explain that Spike did not die, because he has inherited the COWBOY BEBOP!
- One of the picture dramas has Lelouch insisting that the proper way to pronounce "majesty" is with a ridiculous amount of emphasis on the second syllable. "Yes, your Ma-JEESSS-ty!!!"
- Mao calling Shirley "the wicked witch of the West" in the manga, which elicited a "WTF?" from the scanlators. The part at the end of the chapter where Mao gets dragged away by the crane doesn't help, either.
- The line in the anime dub goes something like "You took advantage of your lover for your own gain. Only evil witches do that." It's still got touches of Narm but it makes sense given Mao's childishness. That line is just completely random (where did he even learn about the wicked witch of the west?).
- West refers to her Britannia heritage.
- Suzaku survives getting shot by his CO because the bullet was blocked by his dad's pocketwatch, right? In Suzaku of the Counterattack, this same scenario happens only this time, his CO shoots him in his face.
- The initial terrorism in the "Lelouch of the Rebellion" manga. There's no killing of dozens to hundreds of people or using giant mechas. Nope. Let's spray paint stuff and break stuff. Though that does count as terrorism, people's reactions to it are like they're doing what the anime counterparts do.
- In Nightmare of Nunnally, Lelouch/Zero projects an image of the Geass insignia from his hand when he uses his power; no problems there. But projecting it directly over his crotch?. While he's standing over Cornelia's ruined Gloucester and preparing to finish her off? Good luck taking that seriously.
- That's nothing! He also had the power to stop bullets by posing!
- In the same manga series listed above, while Nunnally is at Shinjuku looking for Lelouch (never mind how she got there when she's blind and handicapped), she falls out of her wheelchair.
- And there's the part at the end of Chapter 16 when, after canceling her contract wtih Nemo, she's completely naked.
- In the Nightmare of Nunnally manga, a mistake in the captions shows Nunnally asking "What's the life of 1 damn Britannian?", and it's quite amusing to hear someone like her using profanity.
- Mao's facial expressions during her (yes, her) Villainous Breakdown in Nightmare of Nunnally are hilarious, as is her screaming "ALICE!!! GIVE ME THE DRUUUUUG!!!!!!".
Akito the Exiled
- The amount of racism in the first episode: if there's a chance for a European character who's not Malca to be racist, they will usually try to take it. Some think it's a bit overblown, at least compared to the original series.
- For example, when Akito threatens a person by employing a racist claim about how good his people are with sharp objects, although it later turns out he was actually half-joking. Or the scene where Akito shows his military ID to that one truck driver. Previously, the driver had treated him like a fellow EU soldier, but afterwards he looked upon him in disgust. And that's before Fridge Logic sets in: shouldn't the truck driver have recognized Akito as Japanese up front by his facial features? Perhaps he initially thought Akito belonged to another Asian ethnic group instead, but this isn't made clear.
- The generally bad situation of Displaced Persons counts as Reality Is Unrealistic, but one can argue that Akito the Exiled takes the concept and drums it Up to Eleven. Only in Code Geass is it politically correct to use D Ps as kamikaze units (not to mention sacrifice military equipment along with them), as well as go through the full Ghetto treatment (even in the resident Federation). Thankfully episode two plays this down considerably.
- Akito is under the effects of a Geass order that makes him and anyone it spreads to scream "DIE" over and over.
- Shin Hyuga Shing's extravagant golden centaur Knightmare is both this and Narm Charm by combining BlingofWar with Lightning Bruiser.
For good measure again: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLL HEEEEIIIIIIIILLLL BBBURRRRIIITAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNYYYYAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!
- AAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL HHHHEEEEEEEEIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLL RURUUUUUUUUUUUUUSHUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!