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YMMV: Code Geass
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Until R2 Episode 13, Shirley was generally disliked for her naiveté and canon love for Lelouch getting in the way of him hooking up with other love interests. The sheer outrage towards her death (and corresponding hatred towards her murderer) was truly incredible to behold.
    • For that matter, the death of Rolo himself was quite the Tear Jerker, even for many who'd previously despised him.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Lelouch and Suzaku get this quite a bit. What are their real motives? To what extent are they lying to themselves, or to other people? Are their efforts for the good of others, or merely for their own satisfaction? And will their plans even work? These questions are present for both, albeit in different ways.
  • Angst Aversion / Hype Aversion: Tell someone this show is one of the saddest and most depressing they'll ever see and they'll definitely think twice about watching it. Tell them it spawned one of the most horrifying Broken Bases in history and they'll start running very fast in the other direction.
  • Anvilicious: Racism, racism, racism, racism, racism.
  • Ass Pull: Both seasons had a few of these, arguably, though the first one had less.
    • Notably the revelation that Nunnally had been blinded by Geass and then shot, in order to make the crime scene look like Marianne had been murdered by terrorists, as a cover up for V.V's role. It came across as rather contrived.
  • Better on DVD: Not surprising, given the complexities of the plot and the Loads and Loads of Characters.
    • Also, the animation from some of the TV episodes could get sloppy at times. Facial expressions didn't look the way they were supposed to or characters were off-model. In particular, Episode 20 of R2 was one of the worse offenders. The DVD release cleaned up most of it.
      • Examples of differences between the TV version and the DVD version can be found here and here.
  • Base Breaker: Several. Just look at the overlap between Draco in Leather Pants and Ron the Death Eater here; anyone who has a favorable view of one character or faction will often look unfavorably upon their enemies.
    • The absolute vitriol that R2 seems to generate for fans of the first part of the anime counts as well.
  • Bathos: Based on comments made by the creators in audio commentaries and interviews, the creative staff had a ton of fun juxtaposing both the comedic and the serious, even during the same episode, plus generally bullying Lelouch. Overlaps with a lot of what is otherwise considered Narm or Narm Charm, in the eyes of different viewers.
  • Breather Boss: Viceroy Calares, who's about as incompetent as Clovis, is Lelouch's first enemy in R2, and decidedly less difficult to defeat than most others before or since.
  • Broken Base: Any theme/character/THING in this series will have at least one huge group loving it and another totally loathing it! By the end of the series, the pro-Lelouch vs. anti-Lelouch halves of the fandom were so divided that, in spite of the end revealing that everything Lelouch did was to bring about a genuine peace people chose for themselves, as well as democracy, freedom, and happiness for all his friends at the cost of the world hating his memory forever, one side was still acting like he was worse than forty Hitlers. That's as many as four tens. And that's terrible.
    • For more information, please look at the discussion page. In particular, do not mention Episode 25 of R2.
    • The very fact that R2 is, for whole swathes of the fandom, an abomination unto itself.
  • Cargo Ship: The 'Table-kun' incident, via Memetic Mutation.
  • Complete Monster: Luciano Bradley of the Britannian Knights of the Round who is utterly despised by almost everyone around him. Luciano appears to be a member of the group solely so he can kill other people and be lauded for it, and when Kallen is held captive, Luciano makes advances to indicate he's going to rape her before fellow knight Gino stops him. Luciano participates in an assault on Japan and is positively gleeful about slaughtering every Japanese person he can get his hands on before facing off with Kallen. He has no compunction sacrificing or killing his own men and seems to even relish the chance to do so. It's worth noting that literally no one cared about his death.
  • Contested Sequel: R2 can be seen as these to fans. And let's not get into the ending.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Where to start?
  • Crazy Awesome: Some of Lelouch's plans as Zero are as insane as they spectacularly awesome and effective. Collapsing the Tokyo Settlement's construction base to destroy Cornelia's forces along with a chunk of the city and erupting Mount Fuji to take down a flagship and an army are just 2 examples.
  • Creator's Pet: Ohgi and, to a lesser extent, Villetta. For those who despise him, Rolo counts too. He was very well liked among female staff members on the show and he ended up dying easier than he probably deserved to because of it.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The original: JIBUN WO!
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: For certain viewers the Wham Episode near the end of season 1 qualifies. The ending of the second season is also a particular point of contention among fans, with both ardent defenders and harsh critics. It's a conclusion that includes giving a seemingly happy result for a few people who got off lightly if not scot free for what they did, while other more sympathetic characters had to settle for a bittersweet resolution at best. The matter of Lelouch's death is especially controversial, with the man himself seeing his own orchestrated passing as a final victory and the fans being split on whether this is a satisfactory end or a source of apathy .
  • Deconstruction Fic/Fix Fic: The fandom has written fics that re-address various controversial scenarios in a manner more suitable for their specific authors, both to fix the perceived problems and to call attention to them, by either treating them more realistically or at least showing alternate possibilities to the canon outcome. For instance, different takes on how the late series betrayal could have turned out as well as on the ending of either season are available.
  • Designated Hero: Suzaku often falls into this, chiefly in R2 where he, like Lelouch, is very clearly straying from the path of heroism, and he tends to see what he's doing as righteous more often than Lelouch does for his own deed.
    • Ohgi and Villetta, among other characters responsible for the betrayal and later fighting Lelouch as Emperor. Then again, the latter ends up running with it as part of his Thanatos Gambit.
  • Designated Monkey: Lelouch, courtesy of the Diabolus ex Machina and Deus ex Machina.
  • Designated Villain: Lelouch deliberately set himself to be this for the whole world via Zero Requiem.
  • Die for Our Ship: A good part of the fandom hate Rolo got came specifically from people who thought he killed Shirley only out of romantic jealousy, believing him to be a Depraved Homosexual. Fandom homophobia ahoy!
    • Rolo kind of has this attitude himself toward Nunnally, and in fact that was the reason he killed Shirley, to prevent her from reuniting Lelouch with his actual sibling, which was not helped by her memories having been restored and realizing that Rolo and Lelouch were not actual brothers. It didn't have anything to do with Shirley personally; he never really gave a damn about her or her feelings for Lelouch either way.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Nearly every character who's not The Scrappy tends to get these for fans. Lelouch, Suzaku, Cornelia, Mao, Schneizel, C. C. and Rolo in particular, which is ironic when half of these characters ALSO fall under the opposing Ron the Death Eater trope.
  • Ear Worm: "JIBUN WOOOOOO!", a repeated phrase in the first opening song, "Colors".
  • Ending Fatigue: So Emperor Charles and Marianne's plan to create their perfect world were foiled. Normally that would mark the end of the story. Except that Schneizel's still around to execute his plan for world conquest and that the United Federation of Nations isn't bound to let Britannia off the hook so easily. Despite the connotations of this trope, it works.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Jeremiah Gottwald, aka Orange-kun.
    • Also, Monica Kruszewski, Knight of Twelve.
    • Also, Tamaki Shinchiro, the only Black Knight who turned against Zero to remain so after the fact.
    • Given the fan's reaction to her death, Euphemia probably counts as well. Also, based on the fact that, Nunnally aside, she's the only unambiguously good person among the royalty in the show probably helps.
    • Mao, who appeared only for a short while, but left an impact due to how Crazy Awesome he was.
    • Urabe. His pre-Heroic Sacrifice declaration of solidarity to Lelouch, which helped restore Kallen's faith in Zero, as well as his ability to look past nationality or status, did not go unappreciated by the fans, especially following the betrayal by the remaining Black Knights.
    • Sayako, AKA Ninja Maid.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Depending on how cynical the audience wants to be, the damage to Japan and the world at large paints a rather pessimistic picture of the future when all is said and done. There's also a clear contrast between the tragedy of Lelouch's death and the happiness that follows it, which may be hard to swallow.
    • Not to mention the necessity of certain events and actions taken to get there.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Lelouch, C.C, Mao, Cornelia, Schneizel, Clovis, Jeremiah, and The Kinghts of the round.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Shirley is really an angel and Lelouch is a demon! That's why they're Star-Crossed Lovers
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Despite Word of God saying their relationship was merely one of mutual respect or perhaps surrogate mother and son, Lelouch and C.C. still get an incredible amount of shipping. It probably doesn't help matters that they were shown being awfully close in the series and official art.
    • On Fan Fiction.net, Suzaku/Lelouch is even more popular than Lelouch/C.C.
      • Here's a fun fact for you: Over on LiveJournal, the Suzaku/Lelouch community has almost twice as many members as the Lelouch/C.C., Lelouch/Kallen and Lelouch/Shirley communities combined.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Lelouch's Emperor outfit is awesome, but his "Pope hat" just makes him look weird, leading to much snickering from the fanbase.
    • The actual outfits are actually pretty snazzy. They're just... really detailed. With eyes all over them. Suzaku's outfit has skin-tight bare shoulders, for instance.
  • Fetish Retardant: At least the first half of the second season had a considerable amount of Fanservice that verged into Fan Disservice for some viewers.
  • Foe Yay: Lelouch with Suzaku.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Villetta said she would kill Shirley a thousand times after she forced Villetta to wear a seriously skimpy bikini for the swim club. In episode 13 of R2 the advice she gives Rolo accidentally helps cause Shirley's death. Doubles as Harsher in Hindsight considering Villetta using Shirley a season earlier really helped get the ball rolling there.
    • Also, Lelouch's extremely fake-looking sword, which Suzaku as Zero uses to impale him in the finale.
    • After causing an avalanche at Narita, Lelouch jokes that he should have consulted Nina about this. This has a relatively apparent and obvious FAM a few episodes later, when Shirley's father died in the avalanche as an unintended victim of Lelouch's plan, and a more subtle one later when Nina's scientific expertise creates a bomb that kills millions of people.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Polish fans view Monica as one of them (Mostly because her surname is Polish, sort of). Though her biggest fanbase is made up by Spanish-speaking people apparently (the only stories on fanfiction.net about her is written in Spanish), reasons unknown.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Polish fans were throwing a lot of jokes about the words "Kaczyński unit" from the first episode, because of Polish president at the time. This stopped being funny after said president and several members of parliament perished in a plane crash.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Yuri Lowenthal and Johnny Yong Bosch voicing friends who eventually become enemies? That sounds familiar...
    • Also present in Ace Combat Zero. During the last level (which is coincidentally named "Zero"), Pixy (Lowenthal) shoots down P.J. (Bosch). It seems as if Yuri is destined to kill Johnny.
    • During the Gulle's first taste of battle, Villetta says it's impossible for Elevens to have created such a powerful war machine, dismissing the notion that the Japanese are capable of creating hi-tech weapons.
    • "Zero, you son of a bitch!"
    • Dub instance: In Episode 13, the one where Shirley dies, Lelouch was casually chatting about going to Ikebukuro. Cue a few years later where Bosch is voicing a person who causes chaos and discord in said city.
  • Holy Shit Quotient: Pretty much at least once per episode!
  • Ho Yay/Les Yay: A LOT in this series. Between Lelouch and Suzaku (often shown in OFFICIAL artwork), Rolo for Lelouch, Gino for Suzaku, Milly for Shirley, C.C. and Kallen in the CD dramas, artwork, and manga, Nina for Euphy, Cornelia for Euphy, Cornelia possibly for Nonnette in the game Lost Colors, Marrianne and C.C., Alice for Nunnally in Nightmare Of Nunnally and even Schniezel and his aid, Kanon which is also supported by official artwork. Did I get them all despite leaving out Tianzi and Kaguya?
    • Oh, I did. V.V. going all yandere for his brother Charles.
  • Ho Yay Shipping: Memetic Mutation aside, CLAMP only did the character designs. And yet many in the show's fanbase love to dig into this trope, as there are certainly enough opportunities to do so.
    • To start with, Lelouch and Suzaku are rather ... obsessed with each other in what's more properly described as Foe Yay.
    • Then there's Schneizel and his absurdly feminine and outright Yaoi Fangirl teasing assistant Kanon who shows up in R2.
    • Kaguya, who makes fans invoke Les Yay towards any woman she speaks to, but especially the Tianzi.
    • And then there's Kallen and C.C., who seemed to have an almost Lovely Angels dynamic early in R2 (which is expanded upon further in radio dramas, official artworks, and the manga adaptation.)
    • Gino and Milly invoke this with how touchy feely they are with their respective friends (Suzaku, Shirley). Shirley even describes Milly (somewhat correctly) as a Dirty Old Man on the inside.
    • Big Badass Cornelia tends to be much more sweet touchy-touchy with her younger sister Euphemia.
    • Rolo claims he sees Lelouch as his older brother, but seemingly acts as though he's in love with him, to the point where some viewers saw his killing Shirley as a case of Murder the Hypotenuse.
    • CLAMP has continued to provide fuel for this through their artbooks. And it sure doesn't help matters that their Code Geass illustration are highly reminiscent of their X illustrations, which are just crammed full of Ho Yay!
    • Diethard's admiration of Zero and desire to document him and turn him into a legend occasionally comes off like this (especially his reaction to Zero's return).
  • Idiot Plot: Some argue that Schneizel's plan in the last few episodes of R2 degenerated to Bond Villain Stupidity. That, and the handling of the Black Knights' betrayal. Naturally, it's a Broken Base and should be left to the discussion page.
  • Informed Wrongness: Lelouch, at least in part. Not a saint by any stretch, nor are his many mistakes and various offenses limited to being "informed" rather than shown, but the punishment he suffered was less bad karma than bad luck. And even though he did a lot of good for the world by the point the UFN was formed, the narrative sees fit to punish him by fake killing his sister and have his subordinates betray him, to the point where he sacrifices himself for world peace, all the while characters who were more at fault, if not responsible for any of his problems, reaped the rewards instead.
  • Iron Woobie: Guilford got separated from Cornelia, geassed by Zero into defecting to the Black Knights, and almost got himself killed. He only gets to cry after he is reunited with his princess.
    • Lelouch himself, considering how much he puts up with, even if he does give in.
  • It Was His Sled: Saying that Lelouch dies is like saying Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's Father.
  • Jerkass Woobie: A portion of the cast is packed with this kind of character; Lelouch, C.C, Suzaku, Kallen, Jeremiah, Emperor Charles, Marianne, Mao and Rolo.
  • Magnificent Bastard / Manipulative Bastard:
    • Lelouch. He DIES happily in a fabulous way. As an example, Cornelia calls him a coward for attacking her from behind. He makes no attempt to deny it, but calls her one, too. Cornelia, the goddess of war who is always charging into battle in front of her knights and has just made the decision to fight to the last. As is pointed out in the commentary, he says this in such a way that we believe him anyway.
    • Cornelia herself makes a fine example of a Magnificent Bitch in the first season. She commands respect from her men, is more than willing to summon Suzaku if the situation calls for it, is willing to work with Zero to destroy her other enemies if need be, and is able to soundly defeat a few of Lelouch's plans. One may suspect that the only reason she approved of Euphemia's SAZ plan is that she knew it would spell doom for the Black Knights, though she couldn't have possibly forseen the outcome.
    • Schneizel lacks the theatrics, but god damn he's efficient.
      • Emperor Charles and his wife Marianne just as much so.
  • Mary Tzu: An unfortunate side effect of the encroaching Hollywood Tactics as the series progresses is that the brilliant strategists of the series become this. Somehow, various characters are able to correctly predict the plans of their enemies no matter how convoluted they are, or how little information they have on those plans—Lelouch and Li Xinkge, especially, have a blatant exchange in the second season. Face it, any supposedly military geniuses in the series are this.
  • Memetic Badass: Zero, Kallen, Jeremiah...and Spinzaku.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Pizza Hut supports the rebellion!". Also lately, Suzaku's hurricane kick is slowly quickly becoming one (see "spinzaku").
  • Misaimed Fandom: "Lelouch brainwashing and killing innocent people is awesome! Wait? Why did he order his own death?" And on the opposing team, (even after the intention and results of the Zero Requiem were revealed): "Hooray! Lelouch the tyrant is dead!"
  • Moe: Some of the female cast tend to be these, in particular Nunnally, Kaguya, Shirley, Euphemia, Tanzi and slave girl C.C..
  • Moral Event Horizon: Have hours of fun with your friends debating at which of the many possible points did Lelouch cross it (if he even did at all).
    • Rolo crossed this by shooting Shirley Fenette because she mentioned wanting to reunite Lelouch and Nunnally, the one thing Rolo did not want. Even now the fandom is divided whether or not his Heroic Sacrifice redeemed Rolo.
    • Schniezel crosses this when he leads Nina to believe that building FLEIJA would fulfill Euphemia's wishes, which directly leads to Nina's (arguable) crossing when she does build the damn thing!
  • Narm: "I command you to love me!" and the speech that follows. Also the page for it.
  • Narm Charm: Best exemplified by Zero himself, but the entire series is so over-the-top that it often produces this effect among the fans, many of which like it that way.
  • Never Live It Down: Table-kun, of course.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Mao. One of his fans has now written a Perspective Flip version of Code Geass with Mao as The Protagonist, the aptly named Code Geass Mao Of The Deliverance.
  • Paranoia Fuel: You or the guy next to you is under Lelouch's control. All he has to do is "ask for a favor".
  • Purity Sue: How Mao sees C.C. But only Mao.
    • Euphemia treads the line on occasion. Horribly deconstructed in the end, as her biggest and kindest plan (which would've made her a 100% Purity Sue, had it worked) is one of the things that gets everything worse for everyone in the cast, and got her killed.
    • Almost everyone who knew Marianne seems to think she was tremendously wonderful and has sworn loyalty to her; those who weren't thrilled appear to be horribly wrong. However, this is massively subverted in the end..
    • Also, how Lelouch views Nunnally.
  • Real Women Never Wear Dresses: Shirley. The likely source of her status as The Scrappy. Being one of the girlier characters in the show as well as one of the only female characters who isn't a Badass and/or Plucky Girl did not go over so well with the fandom.
  • Relationship Sue: What some fans have turned Shirley into, sadly. She's sometimes seen only as Lelouch's Ultra Tragic And Ultra Perfect One True Love, rather than as a genuinely kind and gentle girl who had horrible luck and was broken beyond belief because of that.
    • It is true, however, that Shirley actually made Lelouch genuinely happy, and as such, had she lived and managed to maintain a relationship with him, it's easy to imagine her succeeding in saving him from the despair he would be consigned to not long after her death and the chain of subsequent events that included Nunnally's apparent demise and the Black Knights betrayal. Her death is often considered the first step towards Lelouch's eventual demise.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Rolo was one of these for Lelouch for replacing Nunnally. And he could be considered one of these for much of the fanbase who like Nunnally better, too.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Many of the people who found Shirley annoying seemingly came around to how sympathetic she was after she died. Guess you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone sometimes.
    • Also, Rolo. Lelouch accepted Rolo right before he died. Or at least pretended to do so, so Rolo would die in peace and as reward for his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Ron the Death Eater: The Black Knights, Lelouch, Suzaku, Shirley, C. C. and even Rolo.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In spite of Lelouch's goals, it's not uncommon to side with Suzaku in the season 1 finale considering Lelouch is responsible, if accidentally, for Euphemia's massacre and Suzaku and Cornelia want to avenge her and clean her name.
    • This also applies to the anti-Lelouch brigade and anyone who agreed with the likes of Schneizel.
  • The Scrappy: Too many to count and it changes almost on a per-episode basis. In particular, Nina, Suzaku (for some), either Rolo or Shirley (depending on who you ask), and, late in R2, Ohgi.
  • Seasonal Rot: R2, particularly the later episodes, may or may not be, depending on who you ask. You're better off if you don't.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: The result of having various girls in a potential or active relationship with Lelouch, whether romantic and otherwise.
  • Snark Bait: The numerous over-the-top moments, especially during R2, make it a very entertaining MST piece, at least for some. This is something of a sensitive subject.
  • Strawman Has a Point / Villain Has a Point: Schneizel's argument that Ambition Is Evil and that our desire for happiness ultimately leads to greed and conflict is actually well-thought out and makes a lot of sense from a cynical worldview. It's not too hard to imagine someone siding with him. Lelouch's counter-argument is more idealistic, based on Rousseau Was Right or, in other words, the concept that "People Are Good" and will always struggle to overcome sadness. At the same time, he had already jumped the Despair Event Horizon and given up most of his remaining scruples to contemplate any alternatives, though.
  • Superlative Dubbing: General consensus, although there is debate about this. Of course, the intensity of the show and a lot of the lines are such that to not completely understand everything that is said with all voice inflections may simply be short-changing yourself of the experience.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Quite a few including most of the Knight of Rounds and Kirihara.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Due to the pacing problems in R2, several interesting plot lines were either dealt with too quickly or outright dismissed a few episodes after being brought up. The worst is probably the subplot involving Marianne's death. She's revealed to be inside Anya and is killed in the very next episode, even though her murder had been one of Lelouch's main motivations since the very beginning of the first season. What's more, Empress Marianne herself was part of an arguably "evil" plan and abandoned her children to build a new world for them, which flies in the face of how other characters previously viewed her as admirable and near-perfect. This really should have been better explained in order to properly reconcile both sides of her portrayal.
    • Also, the "Euphinator incident" is despised by many, mainly because they feel that having Euphie having her plan actually put into action and horribly collapse would have been a lot more interesting than having an absurd Diabolus ex Machina crush it before it starts and cause Euphie to be killed, as having it happen and fail with Euphie still alive would give her some VERY interesting Character Development to go through, potentially pushing her away for near Purity Sue status and to becoming someone who, while not dark and cynical, would be alot less cheeful and optimistic, and forced to look at things more realistically. That's preferable to being Stuffed into the Fridge, in any case.
    • The Britannian empire actually being in North America. It could have provided a lot of debate over whether the original Britannian state or the island nation qualified as the true Britannia and created tension between the two Britannia's over which is a pretender. The island nation has even less screen time than the E.U. as a whole and having Britannia in North America just seems to have been an effort to have an evil empire located in America.
    • Remember when C.C. entered in contact with Suzaku during the first season, which caused the two to black out several times and C.C. realized something important about him? It's never brought up again within the story but, according to the staff, Suzaku was apparently meant to either have a Geass power that gave him increased physical abilities or at least the potential for acquiring one.
  • True Art Is Angsty: The story's cripplingly depressing at times but it's still one of the most popular anime in Japan and/or the world.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic/Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Many fans hold very conflicting views on the subject. In fact, even the series staff has admitted that the show plays around with morality so much that matters of right and wrong, as well as what is considered sympathetic or not, are quite open to viewer interpretation. For example, while Lelouch was acting for a greater good during the R2 finale, his actions brought chaos to the world and some fans wanted to see the show explore the fallout of the damage he caused. At the same time, even though Lelouch was presented as Jumping Off the Slippery Slope mere episodes before the betrayal, it's still not hard for the audience to find him more sympathetic than the Black Knights themselves. At that point, his endgame involved countering the Britannian Empire via an international alliance in the UFN, which appeared to be less destructive than the alternative.
    • On the other hand, Lelouch usually had the camera working in his favor and he still received preferential treatment right to the end, so it's very hard to claim he was ever supposed to be "unsympathetic" in absolute terms. Which in turn allows for some criticism from the other side of the argument, those viewers who think the series in general was too pro-Lelouch and should have given his opponents more sympathy points.
    • The Black Knights could also be considered another case, since their betrayal involved an under the table deal for Japan without the knowledge of the UFN, whose nations ceded their military to as part of their representation. They aren't called called out for their mutiny and only a couple of members show any sign of regret or remorse for it, which made the rest of them come across as highly unsympathetic.
    • The Unintentionally Unsympathetic part is arguably shared with Rolo. It seems the audience is intended to feel bad for Rolo when Lelouch casts him out, especially due to the lack of love in his life, in spite of how he's killed several people including a random soldier who might have heard something important, a few unarmed children and Lelouch's semi-girlfriend Shirley. Not to mention that he decided to kill Nunally, the one person Lelouch was trying to save, to keep him for himself.
    • Villetta in R2. She makes things way more complicated than they would be otherwise for Lelouch, especially given that she is partly responsible for the Black Knights' betrayal of him, not to mention that she was also partly responsible for Shirley's Freak Out and, indirectly, her later demise. In spite of all these events, which made her largely unsympathetic, near the end of the show she reunites with Ohgi, mopes about "just wanting to belong" in the final episode and becomes the bride of the Happily Married photo as well as Japan's First Lady, which is usually seen as being a better outcome than what she ever deserved.
  • Wangst: Some of Lelouch's angst early in the second season, when he's afraid to confront his sister after she joined up with Suzaku in order to follow Euphemia's plan for the Special Zone. The underlying source of it is understandable, given the character's psychology, but his outward reaction was still comically exaggerated. In fact, Lelouch can't even see any news related to her, abuses his powers to release stress and briefly attempts to use drugs within a single day!
    • And one episode later, when Suzaku goes through some angst as well. His grief over Euphie is also understandable, but the fact is he's been participating in global conquest yet continues to be all "She's the only one who understood me!" at the same time.
  • What an Idiot: Lelouch has his moments.
    • When he accidentally Geassed Euphemia to commit genocide. It's not so much the fact that he did it as the primary reason it happened. Worst Rhetorical Request Blunder ever! Admittedly, naming an action that would be entirely contrary to nature of the victim in conversation as an example of what Geass can compel is a reasonable way of impressing how powerful it is, so it's not too unreasonable that Lelouch would use such an example.
      • And let's not forget that before giving this example Lelouch's eye causes him pain three times over the course of the episode. Once right before stating the example... Not once does he ask C.C.'s advice after the first one, and he makes NO effort to stop Euphemia while the two are still in the room together. He freaks out and can't reach her after she tries fighting the command for almost 30 seconds.
      • Lelouch didn't simply let Euphemia run away; He DID chase her, but, as we were shown before, he has such a poor stamina that he couldn't keep up to her.
      • Not only that, but he doesn't learn the lesson that he should not overuse his Geass, or use it frivolously, which he arguably should have started thinking after seeing what Geass had done to Mao. He continues to Geass people for petty reasons, such as to get away more quickly during a school chase or to vent his spleen on some thugs. For crying out loud, man.
    • Really, C.C.? After all Mao's been through, did you really think that after walking out on him he'd just let it go?
    • Ditto the Black Knights. See Idiot Plot for more.
    • Nunnally trusting Schneizel. You've lost your faith in the two people you spent most of your life with after being exiled in Japan, you're capable of detecting lies, and yet you choose to trust the most shady person in the world? Really?
  • The Woobie: So many. Oh, so many!
  • Woolseyism: To a certain extent, the "conversation" between Schneizel and Lelouch, where he had recorded his part in advance, seems to make more sense in the dub. It's admittedly a translation quality/choice issue, in part, given that fan subtitles aren't necessarily perfect to begin with, but some viewers thought that the initial version implied Lelouch was predicting his opponent's words to the letter, at one point correctly anticipating being interrupted. In the dub, the interruption was played down considerably, and Lelouch's lines were made much more vague and believable than in the fansubs. Read the transcript here. Beware of spoilers.

alternative title(s): Code Geass Lelouch Of The Rebellion
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