There's no such thing as an utterly selfless character; we do things because they have value to us, even if it goes against materialistic self-preservation. No one ever does an action thinking it wouldn't benefit them in some way, even if it is merely satisfaction for 'doing the right thing'.
And as we've noted, it's not that Suzaku is entirely Selfless; he has very personal reasons for not wanting to go against Britannia. To me he isn't particularly courageous for what he does, since he's dully bowing to Britannian authority. It's not that I don't agree with Suzaku that innocent people will die because of Lelouch's actions, it's that he is either totally ignorant or willfully blind to how unendurable Britannian submission is to the Elevens and how unchangeable the Britannians' perspective is. If this was something like say, The Skyrim Civil War
, where the Imperials are reasonable people more or less trying to keep the peace the best they can, while the rebels, despite having genuine greviences, tend to be just a disruptive force; then I could see Suzaku's outlook working.
And keep in mind Lelouch isn't fighting Suzaku himself; he's fighting Britannia and Suzaku has made himself complicit in defending Britannia's principles. There's just something kind of disgustingly paternalistic about Suzaku, how he's portrayed I mean.
You keep singling out two characters; two characters do not
save the vileness of the Empire. Lelouch, for all his flaws, is human. He is a human with human motivations, and just because he has multiple goals doesn't mean any of them are subordinate to one another. He's a man who wants justice, but he also wants revenge, but he also wants to make his sister happy. The execution is sloppy, sure, but he is conceptually complex, again, and I'm watching this play myself, like Hamlet. Why are Suzaku's claims that he cares about the wellbeing of the people anymore sincere than Lelouch's?
edited 10th Oct '12 10:40:55 AM by Scherzo09