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1[[quoteright:350:]]˛[[caption-width-right:350: It hurts Mao more. ''Really''.]]˛˛''[[ Code Geass: Mao of the Deliverance]]'' is a Anime/CodeGeass fanfic by [[ Kleptographer of Alternates]], which [[PerspectiveFlip details the history of]] Mao , beginning with his abandonment by C.C.. It primarily focuses on his desperate search for her as he first [[WalkingTheEarth wanders around]] Beijing, supporting his operation through gambling and blackmail, though [[ExactEavesdropping clues]] [[{{Telepathy}} uncovered]] during his travels eventually bring him to Japan where his relation to early events in the series is revealed, shedding new insight on his subsequent actions.˛˛Its portrayal suggests Mao to be a [[TeenGenius brilliant]] AntiHero whose [[LoveMakesYouCrazy love drives him to sacrifice everything (and anyone) in order to save his beloved]] C.C. [[spoiler: from her [[DeathSeeker Death Wish]]]] so they can be together again. Forever. Whether or not he will succeed...˛˛Notable for several original ideas that [[{{Fanon}} have begun to appear]] in later related works. Similar to ''Fanfic/TheDracoTrilogy'', except that it has a lot more justification for its [[DracoInLeatherPants sympathetic portrayal]] of a {{canon}} villain.˛˛----˛!!''Fanfic/CodeGeassMaoOfTheDeliverance'' provides examples of:˛˛* ActionGirl: After Kallen unknowingly captures C.C., Mao ruminates over the fact that when he finds her, he won't be able to attack her, as she's a skilled fighter and his Geass won't help him predict reflexive muscle movements.˛** He gives the same reason for avoiding Sayoko, who is also a martial artist.˛*** Technically his reasoning is only partially correct. [[spoiler: Reflexes works through neural pathways which can act on a stimuli before it reaches the brain. In contrast, trained physical skills work through procedural/muscle memory which requires the brain to initiate an action. However, the ability to discriminate important stimuli becomes faster and the actual execution of the skill has become automated, so the action is completed much faster]].˛* AdaptationExpansion: Much of the entire first half of the story, along with detailed explanations set in between {{canon}} episodes. The ability of the author to take the core source material (consisting of about three episodes, a couple of cameos and a brief series of flashbacks), and create an engaging storyline that is both plausible and woven into established {{canon}} very well, however, is rather impressive.˛* AllJustADream: Apparently, Chapter [[spoiler: 20]].˛* AllLovingHeroine: Nunnally is kind to everyone, even the person holding her hostage. At gunpoint. In the sewer.˛* AllThereInTheManual: The separate one-shots [[ "Mistakes of the Past"]], [[ "Memories"]] and [[ "Kisses and Wishes"]] provide additional details about Mao and C.C.'s past, such as C.C.'s perception of their parting. Also, there are a few specific details of his backstory are actually supported by ''Code Geass'' supplementary materials, making them OlderThanYouThink.˛** Others are much exaggerated. [[spoiler: Nunnally, for example, does seem to read Lelouch's mind at the end of the series, but the novels from which the author is getting this make it so that's not a normal power. She is said to be able to tell if someone is telling the truth, but not outright read minds]]˛* AloneInACrowd: While Mao ''is'' alone for much of the time, it's slightly averted by the fact that he hears the thoughts of those around him, giving him a measure of (unwanted) conversation.˛* TheAtoner: By the [[spoiler: last chapter]], Mao seems to have come to consider himself this, even Having SympathyForTheDevil over Lelouch and feeling genuine regret for his actions, although because of his BlueAndOrangeMorality and the [[ShrugOfGod Author's vagueness]] on the matter, it's not very clear whether or not he still thinks that because [[NecessarilyEvil it was for C.C.]], the sacrifice was worth it.˛* AndThisIsFor: Mao whispers C.C.'s name when he shoots someone dead for the first time. He later shouts her name repeatedly as he massacres [[SquishyWizard a roomful of scientists]] with an [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill assault rifle]].˛* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Mao gives one to C.C. in Chapter 23.˛* AntiHero: Mao definitely qualifies. His stated goal is cursorily noble, but to accomplish it, however, he employs [[MoralEventHorizon increasingly]] violent and exploitative methods.˛** Complicated by the fact that the author undeniably takes the position that, ''in the show'', Mao is an AntiVillain. In the work, told from Mao's [[PerspectiveFlip perspective]], however, Mao starts off with the view that he is C.C.'s KnightInShiningArmor, though later seems to admit he's become an something of an AntiHero, viewing Zero as RonTheDeathEater.˛* [[AntiVillain Anti]] VillainProtagonist: Mao is either this or the AntiHero.˛* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Several thoughts Mao overhears suffer from this.˛* BadassLongcoat: Mao.˛* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead]]˛* BatmanGambit: Because his {{Telepathy}} enables him to acquire intimate knowledge of anyone he wants, Mao often comes up with schemes that are dependent on people acting the way he predicts they will. He is ''very'' good at this. Unfortunately for him, his first attempt against [[RonTheDeathEater Lelouch]] ends up failing, though just barely. Then later, Lelouch uses an even better one against him [[spoiler: though it actually fails as well]].˛** After Mao gives her an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove, C.C. [[spoiler: reveals that [[ManipulativeBastard she's been running a rather cruel one for some time, pitting Mao and Lelouch against each other in an attempt to pressure one of them enough to fulfill her contract]]]]. Ultimately, however, Mao ''still'' [[LoveMartyr doesn't care]].˛*** Also, Mao and C.C. come to realize that a WhatTheHellHero speech Lelouch gave to C.C. earlier [[spoiler: was really an [[MoreThanMindControl attempt to manipulate her]] into killing Mao for him. Its FatalFlaw is exposed when C.C. makes him think she's deserting him, leading him to resort to another BatmanGambit, [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown using her presence to distract Mao]], in order to [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat make sure he's dead]]. It ultimately [[BackFromTheDead fails]] as well, however.]]˛* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Nunally reveals that Mao's Geass ultimately stems from his desire to understand people.˛* BerserkButton: Mao's apparently include Code-R. Prostitutes. Zero.˛* BigBlackout: Mao engineers one of these in his escape from the Geass Directorate.˛* BigBrotherInstinct: Lelouch became a terrorist and started a war for his handicapped sister Nunnally.˛* [[spoiler: TheBigDamnKiss: Mao and C.C., in C's World near the end.]] ˛* BilingualBonus: In one chapter Mao starts shouting obscenities in romanized Chinese. Also an example of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, given the T rating. See also ForeignLanguageTirade and [[ForeignCussWord Foreign Cuss Words]].˛** Later when Mao witnesses Suzaku outrun and disable his sentry gun he remarks in disbelief, "Cào nǐ zǔzōng shíbā dài!". Translation: "Fuck your ancestors to the eighteenth generation!", a ''particularly'' insulting Chinese curse.*˛* BleedEmAndWeep: Shirley has this reaction [[spoiler: after shooting a Britannian spy about to expose Lelouch's identity as Zero. [[TheseHandsHaveKilled Because of this]] she becomes [[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]] later and Mao uses her guilt to manipulate her into attacking Lelouch.]]˛* BlessedWithSuck: His Geass gives him the ability to know other's thoughts. [[PowerIncontinence No matter what. All the time]]. [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Without fail]].˛* BloodierAndGorier: Starting with Chapter 12.˛* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Mao's shotgun tends to have this effect on its victims. Oh, that and backside {{gorn}}.˛* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Mao's moral compass begins and ends with C.C. He starts his journey perfectly willing to do ''anything'' for her and his actions often seem inexplicably insane in the sheer [[PsychopathicManChild innocence of their brutality]], all the while [[UnreliableNarrator seeing himself]] as a paragon example of a KnightInShiningArmor engaged in a struggle of WhiteAndBlackMorality. It becomes muddled near the middle, however, as Mao seems to acknowledge that his recent actions ''are'' evil (at least [[ManChild as far as he can grasp the concept]]) ''but'' [[NecessarilyEvil necessary]], revealing the GreyAndGrayMorality underlying the story. Regardless, his status as a CloudCuckooLander often causes him to do things normal people would balk at [[RefugeInAudacity without impunity]], such as his [[MemeticMutation famous]] attempt to [[ALoveToDismember chainsaw]] his [[HealingFactor immortal]] beloved in order to make her ''more compact'' for a cramped plane escape.˛* BoomHeadshot: Mao delivers a few of these--notably to a {{mook}} who [[TooDumbToLive forgot his helmet]] earlier.˛* BreakTheCutie: Revealed in several [[{{flashback}} flashbacks]] that Mao was just a TroubledButCute little boy until his Geass slowly drove him insane.˛** He also [[MoralEventHorizon deliberately]] inflicts plenty of BreakTheCutie to [[NaiveEveryGirl Shirley]].˛* BreakTheHaughty: Mao terrifies Lelouch after a single chess match and later brings him to his knees in [[spoiler: apparent]] defeat. Also inflicts this on [[TheDragon Suzaku]].˛* BreakingSpeech: Mao gives out several of these. One played straight to the doctor of a psychiatric ward, one to a Britannian soldier with a guilty conscience, and one to [[ManipulativeBastard Shirley]] and [[DeathSeeker Suzaku]], respectively. Subverted, when he actually gives a positive one to Doragoniki to gain sympathy and convince him to sell him weapons, by comparing his quest to save C.C. with the seller's frustration over the loss of his wife. [[spoiler: Inverted twice. Once when he unsuccessfully attempts this on Rolo but is prevented because of the fact that he had already accepted what Mao said is true. And again it fails with Nunnally (possibly due to her cognitive dissonance), however, and she instead ''gives him'' a rather jarring one.]]˛* BrokenBird: Mao realizes C.C. is this, determining that she must need him just as much as he does her therefore.˛* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler: When Mao first uses his Geass on Lelouch, he learns, among other things, that he ''really'' loves his sister. When he kidnaps Nunnally later, he discovers that the feeling is ''intensely'' mutual. Luckily, no actual sex seems to have been involved]].˛* BulletproofVest: Mao has to work around these while fighting an army of {{mooks}}. He also survives because of one after getting shot in the back.˛* BulletSparks: Mao's shotgun has this effect when he turns it on [[ActionGirl Kallen's]] [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frame]]. Justified as it's mentioned to be loaded with steel core ammunition, which would generate a spark.˛* ButtMonkey: Let's just say Mao is prone to misfortune. All three of Mao's major schemes [[spoiler: end up failing]], the last of which has [[FateWorseThanDeath horrible consequences]]. Though events like getting kicked around by police officers, locked in an insane asylum for being at the wrong place ''at the wrong time'', and especially C.C.'s preliminary abandonment do make him TheWoobie. PlayedForLaughs when he tries to fly to Area 11...and narrowly misses crashing into a building, gets caught in a ''frickin hurricane'', and almost wrecks in the landing.˛** [[spoiler: To avoid a DownerEnding, Mao's main goal, however, is actually realized, though not in the way he expected, well…not ''quite'' in the way he expected. Less of a case of ThrowTheDogABone and more of ThePowerofLove though.]]˛* CannotSpitItOut: Despite the fact that she professed to love Mao many times while he was growing up, as shown in several [[{{flashback}} flashbacks]], and the fact that she included it as a line in the(intended) posthumous recording she made for him, C.C. refuses to say it to him when he finds her again, instead claiming she was only using him all the way [[spoiler: till a tender moment near the end, where she finally drops it and admits the truth]]˛* ChainsawGood: Has to be seen to be believed.˛* ChekhovsArmoury: Mao accumulates one of these as the story progresses.˛* ChekhovsBoomerang: The ring Mao forged for C.C. in the first chapter turns out to come in handy in surprising ways on multiple occasions later.˛* ChekhovsSkill: The training Mao received during his time with the Geass Directorate, such as learning how to alternate his focus between different groups of people, which he later uses to spy on Prince Clovis and General Bartley from outside the Viceroy's Palace to learn where they're holding C.C.˛* TheChessmaster: Mao becomes this. Though Lelouch turns out to be even better, except when it comes to, you know, actually playing chess.˛* CoincidentalBroadcast: In Chapter 14, Mao turns on the television just in time to catch the broadcast of Zero's first public appearance with a mysterious capsule in his possession. [[spoiler: As it's same one he lost to Kallen's terrorists at Code-R with C.C. inside]], Mao suspects that C.C. is being held by Zero and begins investigating him, jumpstarting the third StoryArc.˛** Also C.C.'s (intended) posthumous recording. Fragments that play often seem to relate somehow to Mao's present circumstances.˛* CombatPragmatist: In the epic shootout from Chapter 12, Mao displays a fast and brutal attack style, a poignant illustration of his single-minded focus. [[{{Mook}} Mooks]] with [[BulletProofVest Bullet Proof Vests]]? No problem. Just shoot them in the neck.˛** However, he also seems to flirt with [[CombatSadomasochist Combat Sadism]] when dealing with a few particularly loathed opponents, most notably with [[AssholeVictim Doctor Huai]], [[NoHoldsBarredBeatDown Rupert Deneuvre]] and Lelouch himself with Shirley.˛* CoolShades: Mao wears these.˛* CowTools: There are quite a few details scattered throughout that appear to be nothing more than this, seemingly added for atmosphere or flavor.˛* CradlingYourKill: C.C. does this ''in a way'' to Mao at the end of Chapter 26.˛* CreepyChild: V.V. comes off this way.˛* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler: When he gets shot by a {{brainwashed}} police firing squad, Mao falls with his arms out and his legs together, reminiscent of the [[RuleOfSymbolism Christian cross]].]]˛** And earlier when he's imprisoned in a psychiatric ward, he sweats blood, with Doctor Huai even comparing him to Christ.˛* DeathGlare: Recipient's of Mao's include [[DrJerk Doctor Huai]], [[TheDragon Rolo]], dozens of [[TooDumbToLive researchers]] at [[GovernmentConspiracy Code-R]], Rupert Deneuvre, and [[RonTheDeathEater Lelouch himself]]. Usually given just before he kills them in a [[RainOfBlood particularly brutal way]], although in Denveuvre's case, he's already [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge beyond dead]], and in Lelouch's, the best Mao can do is SceneryGorn since Lelouch is communicating through a video screen at the moment. This is subverted in his treatment of Rolo, however, as he takes him down wearing a friendly smile.˛* DeathSeeker: C.C. reveals that [[spoiler: the contract she made with Mao is dependent upon him killing her so he can relieve her of her immortality.]] Mao refuses, arguing that he's in love with her and needs her, which is why she abandons him. See WhoWantsToLiveForever. Mao later seeks to kill Lelouch, C.C.’s new ally, in order to prevent him from fulfilling the same contract.˛** [[spoiler: Mao also learns that Suzaku is secretly one of these, due to guilt over murdering his own father as a child.]]˛** [[spoiler: Mao also becomes one of these when he approaches C.C. and asks her to [[ThanatosGambit help him commit suicide]].]]˛* DeathTrap: Mao engineers a few of these against Lelouch using his TeenGenius skills.˛* DealWithTheDevil: Mao's acceptance of Geass as revealed in Chapter 24, given what it ultimately turns him into...˛* DemotedToExtra: Mao is the ONLY character actively present for all chapters ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin obviously]]). C.C. is mentioned at least once in every chapter but only present for 7 of them. Lelouch himself, though treated as the main antagonist, is only present for 9 of them, though also in 2 earlier chapters as "Zero". Shirley and Nunnally are present for 3 chapters, respectively. V.V. and Rolo are present for 3 chapters. Suzaku is in 2 chapters. Kallen is only in 1 chapter, giving her the same amount as Diethard of all people, who also gets 1 chapter. Prince Clovis, General Bartley, Jeremiah and Viletta also appear in 1 chapter (although Viletta gets a later {{flashback}} cameo). Numerous other characters from the show are mentioned but not present as well.˛* DespairEventHorizon: ''Finally'' crossed by Mao in Chapter 22 after a TraumaCongaLine that would have made normal people give up a long, long LONG time ago. Comes with a TearJerker moment of DrivenToSuicide, only barely avoided by a dark [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face]] DoNotGoGentle.˛* TheDeterminator: Mao gambles, blackmails, steals, does drugs, flies through ''a frickin hurricane'', takes on soldiers and terrorists and gets shot repeatedly all in his quest to save C.C. and be with her forever. What's incredible is that, for many of them, it's ''his first time attempting to do so!''˛* DisappearedDad: Shirley's father is killed as a consequence of Lelouch's terrorist activities. Also Mao was orphaned at an early age, [[spoiler: though it's been hinted a few times that he was of noble, [[WildMassGuessing possibly even royal]], birth]].˛* DontYouDarePityMe: Mao to Nunnally.˛* [[spoiler: DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: C.C. takes Mao to [[SpiritWorld C's World]] while he is unconscious and leaves him there with the mental version of herself so he can be happy. Mao's reaction, however, is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] as he, while grateful for the gesture, is ultimately NOT satisfied and [[SequelHook determined to return]].]]˛* TheDragon: Rolo to V.V. Mao also determines [[ActionGirl Kallen]] to be this for Zero.˛** Suzaku later becomes this to help Lelouch save Nunnally though.˛* DrivenToSuicide: Mao strongly contemplates this option, before deciding he'd rather have revenge first. Also an example of SpurnedIntoSuicide, as he is beginning to fear that C.C. might not really love him. [[spoiler: He later meets with C.C. and ends up [[ThanatosGambit asking her to do it]] for him.]]˛* DrJerk: ''Any'' of the doctors Mao meets in the hospital qualify, but ''especially'' Dr. Huai.˛* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Both Mao AND Lelouch suffer moments like this.˛* [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding: Despite Mao's several failures and the GreyandGrayMorality conflict, he is finally reunited with C.C. in [[SpiritWorld C's World]].]]˛* EitherOrTitle: Several of the [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming idiosyncratic chapter names]] have alternate titles included as well, most commonly [[PunBasedTitle puns]] or [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolic allusions]].˛* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The Geass Directorate is a city hidden underground beneath the Chinese Federation.˛* EmpathicEnvironment: The storm in the first chapter is the best example, but it appears fairly consistently afterwords as well if you watch for it.˛* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Crazy Has Standards]]: On one of Code-R's recorded video sessions, a scientist condescendingly berates a fellow for asserting that C.C. could be an alien, despite the fact that moments before he suggested that she had ''psychic powers''. Also counts as ArbitrarySkepticism.˛* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Side characters, both male and female, frequently ruminate on how sexy he is (or how awesome his clothes are). Like, for example, a hotel employee who teaches him how to use the computer and Prince Clovis' own security guards!˛* EvilCounterpart: Mao comes to consider Lelouch this way.˛** In fact the already noted similarities become even more striking in the story--both are [[TeenGenius geniuses]], both consider the [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy well being of a single individual]] their entire purpose in life, both [[DealWithTheDevil are given a Geass]] by C.C., both are extremely proficient in manipulating people, [[TheseHandsHaveKilled both express revulsion after shooting]] their first victim, both gamble to support themselves, and both excitedly revel when they realize they actually have the power to accomplish their goals. [[spoiler: And both make their exit with a ThanatosGambit!]]˛*** Their differences are complementary as well, however--Mao is physically superior while Lelouch is slightly mentally superior, Mao's intelligence is expressed through his skills in building, engineering, manipulating machines, and [[MoreThanMindControl almost hypnotic persuasion]] whereas Lelouch's is expressed through his prowess in strategy, tactics, and philosophy.˛* ExactEavesdropping: Justified because Mao not only hears every thought within 500 meters of him but can focus in on those that interest him. Subverted by the fact that much of what he overhears is at best completely random and at worst {{squick}}. Humorously averted when gaps sometimes appear in his awareness, which Mao attributes to people speaking without thinking about what they're saying.˛* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: When faced with Lelouch's {{brainwashed}} police execution squad, Mao attempts to [[TheReveal shout]] that Lelouch is the terrorist Zero. Unfortunately, his words get [[IncrediblyLamePun cut short]].˛* [[spoiler: FakeTrap: In an interesting solution to the agonizing instance in the show where Suzaku [[ArtisticLicensePhysics deactivates a motion sensitive bomb by simply jumping and cutting it]] with a knife, the author gives the explanation that it was really a [[ForWantOfANail malfunctioning]] fake designed to deceive Lelouch by tricking him into thinking he had gone outside his Geass' radius, when he actually hadn't, and draw him into Mao's ''real'' trap. Turns out, it was actually a homemade smoke bomb hidden inside a larger hollow weight. While it should've gone off when any attempt was made to disable it, allowing Mao to show it to Lelouch on his video screen and thus make him think his sister Nunnally was obliterated so he could give Lelouch a decent BreakingSpeech and shoot him dead, unfortunately the thing ended up malfunctioning to his surprise.]]˛* FantasticDrug: Refrain.˛* FlawExploitation: Mao uses this against others, including Lelouch, and ends up [[LaserGuidedKarma taking it]] from Lelouch.˛* ForeignMoneyIsProofOfGuilt: While not actually guilty of a crime, Mao is treated with suspicion when he tenders Chinese yuan inside Britannian Area 11, and one dealer even refuses to sell to him (until that is, Mao makes AnOfferYouCantRefuse). Finally, Mao skirts the issue by playing to a clerk's racism and drawing attention to the fact that he won it ''gambling against'' a Chinese man.˛* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler: Mao is going to lose C.C. to Lelouch and die.]]˛** [[spoiler: Zigzagged across the story. Mao actually [[ChainsawGood kills]] Lelouch and escapes to Australia with C.C., but as Chapter 20 revealed, it was AllJustADream. Then Mao ''actually'' loses to Lelouch and is executed, but in reality C.C. [[BackFromTheDead takes Mao to C's World]] to live with a mental version of herself. He's not exactly thrilled by this gesture (though respects it), and plots to escape.]]˛* FreakOut: Mao does this several times. Notably when his recorder runs out of batteries; and then again when he loses C.C. to Kallen's terrorists.˛* FreudianExcuse: Dr. Huai was [[RapeAsBackstory sexually abused by his mother since he was little]]. And essentially, this whole story is Mao's FreudianExcuse, laid out in detail!˛* GadgeteerGenius: Mao displays a natural aptitude for making complex machines out of odd or scarce materials, as well as repairing broken ones. He apparently learned this while making devices to ease their chores when he and C.C. lived together in the wild.˛* GambitPileup: In Chapter 23, Mao and Lelouch's [[spoiler: AND C.C.’s]] schemes come to light, and are shown to have become so intertwined at one point as to have actually [[spoiler: canceled each other out]]. Which makes Lelouch's [[spoiler: on the fly victory]] in Chapter 21 all the more remarkable. WorthyOpponent indeed!˛* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Though the story is rated "T", after losing C.C. to Kallen, Mao [[ForeignLanguageTirade screams in Chinese]] (while he mutilates a corpse in frustration), "Cào nǐ māde! Cào! Cào! CAO!!! Wángbādàn! Sǐ pì yǎn! Gǔnkāi! Gǔnkāi!" Translation: "Fuck your mother's cunt! Fuck! Fuck! FUCK!!! You bastard! You damned asshole! Go to hell! Go to hell!" Also counts as a ClusterFBomb with an AtomicFBomb thrown in.˛* TheGhost: After her disappearance in Chapter 1, C.C. becomes this for a while, constantly referred to by Mao and mentioned during [[{{flashback}} flashbacks]], but not actually encountered until much later, except for a brief cameo.˛* {{Gorn}}: Chapter 12 is just full of it. And Chapter 20 will make you ''cringe''. Or [[NightmareRetardant laugh]].˛* GovernmentConspiracy: Mao uncovers several clues pointing to one of these, eventually uncovering that [[spoiler: Prince Clovis and General Bartley abducted C.C. to synthesize her immortality with the hope of presenting her to the Emperor to curry his favor.]]˛** [[spoiler: Also, the Britannian Rosenberg Institute paid for illegal experiments on asylum inmates to produce the drug Refrain and addict colonial populations with armed resistance movements, turning right around and making it illegal so as to reap huge profits.]]˛* GreyAndGrayMorality: The true moral conflict underlying the story, although since everything is told from Mao's perspective, it often comes across as BlueAndOrangeMorality while Mao [[UnreliableNarrator continually affirms to the reader]] that its actually BlackAndWhiteMorality.˛* GunpointBanter: Mao starts to have one of these with Rupert Deneuvre during their MexicanStandoff. Also gives a BreakingSpeech to a guard he has pinned with a gun to the head.˛* GunsAkimbo: During his assault on Code-R, he opts for dual pistols as his weapon of choice when he can get away with it. Also case of RuleOfCool.˛* HamToHamCombat: The battle between Lelouch and Mao in Chapter 20.˛* HarmfulToMinors: Directly stated that Mao's Geass forced him to learn about obscenity, sexuality, graphic violence, and other mature subjects as a child.˛* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: Thinking that Mao would fulfill her contract, C.C. made him a recording filled with words of gratitude and encouragement to ease his loneliness. When she abandons him after he doesn't though, Mao uses it to drown out some of the thoughts that would otherwise debilitate him, allowing him a measure of mobility.˛* HealingFactor: C.C. can quickly revive from ''any'' injury no matter how severe. Demonstrated poignantly in [[AndIMustScream Code-R's experiments]], which included everything from [[ManOnFire immolation]] up to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill disintegration]], as well as Mao's plan to ''[[RefugeInAudacity make her more compact]]'' for a cramped plane ride, certain she would survive.˛* HeelRealization: Manages to have one at the ''very'' end.˛* HellbentForLeather: The lengths Mao goes to in order to acquire his [[ManInWhite white leather]] BadassLongcoat.˛* HeroicSacrifice: Although his [[ManChild Man Childish]] BlueAndOrangeMorality makes his judgements questionable to begin with, Mao comes to consider his JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope as this, pledging to do [[NecessarilyEvil whatever it takes]] to [[LoveMakesYouEvil save C.C.]]˛* HopeSpot: Chapter 20. Too bad it [[spoiler: turns out to be AllJustADream]].˛** A dark example during Mao's latest confrontation with Lelouch over Nunnaly, in which it has been revealed that Mao is [[spoiler: playing along to MaintainTheLie with Lelouch's MemoryGambit and is, in fact, running a complex {{plan}} of his own.]]˛*** [[spoiler: Ultimately averted in that, through a ForWantOfANail flaw in Mao's plan and Suzaku's timely intervention, Lelouch [[ForegoneConclusion still overcomes Mao]].]]˛* HumansAreBastards: Mao's basic outlook. Subverted in his view of C.C. Justified somewhat by the fact that the thoughts he tends to hear are usually depraved and bitter.˛* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Mao's name appears in all the chapter titles, preceded by a present tense verb, apparently based on Turn 15 of the show, translated "Cheering Mao".˛* IHaveAFamily: Invoked by a guard named Alex when Mao [[DissonantSerenity calmly explains]] that he needs to kill him in order to steal his I.D. Brilliantly rebuffed by Mao when he reminds him of all the [[DarkAndTroubledPast families he killed]] (including children) during the invasion of Japan.˛* IllGirl: Lelouch's sister Nunnally is blind and crippled. When he abducts her, Mao purposefully binds ''her legs'' just to infuriate Lelouch.˛* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: See BadassLongcoat and CoolShades above.˛** He does shed those when [[spoiler: they get shot full of holes, after which he becomes something of a RummageSaleReject thanks to the quick thinking of a kind nurse.]]˛* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: Mao reserves a ''single-bed'' cottage in deep Australia so he can take C.C. there.˛* IndulgentFantasySegue: Turns out that [[spoiler: Chapter 20]] is this. [[PrecisionFStrike Fucking]] [[HilarityEnsues HILARIOUS!]]˛* IndyPloy: Mao travels to Shinjuku in order to liberate C.C. from the Britannian military. About the only thing he plans for, however, is a shoot out and when he gets there he just happens to find a guard on break. So he decides to shoot him and take his I.D. and uniform in order to get into the lab, leaving us wondering what he would have done if he had arrived just a little bit later…˛** A really boring wait for the next shift to end.˛* InstantExpert: At poker. A mostly JustifiedTrope, in that he defeats his opponents simply by reading their minds. Later demonstrates the same ability when he easily defeats {{Chessmaster}} Lelouch at chess.˛* IWillFightSomeMoreForever: Even when Mao is confronted by Kallen's [[HumongousMecha Knightmare]], he fires his shotgun at the damn thing, almost getting him killed when she retaliates with her rocket grapple.˛* JerkassFacade: Mao puts on one of these to intimidate his enemies, even though he's really a TroubledButCute ManChild on the inside...''mostly''.˛* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: For awhile, Mao only seems to use his Geass to attack those who threaten him. Later, however, he shoots up soldiers and researchers and plays to the fears of innocents without a care.˛* KarmicDeath: Mao tells Shirley that her and Lelouch's death would be this, though he himself muses over the fact he doesn't ''really'' care what she did and is just using her to take down Lelouch so C.C. will be spared from their contract.˛* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: With [[NaiveEverygirl Shirley]]. He also receives this from Lelouch.˛* KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade: Mao creates (and summarily follows) a mental hit list for people who know about C.C. to eliminate them in order to keep her immortality a secret so that the government [[ProperlyParanoid won't come after her again]].˛* KnightInShiningArmor: Mao fancies himself as one for C.C., though later begins to act like a KnightInSourArmor when things become more difficult for him.˛* TheLastDance: Chapters 24, 25, and 26 are this for Mao.˛* LetThemDieHappy: Inverted. Mao's favored method seems to be to MindRape them, give them a BreakingSpeech about [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech The Reason They Suck]] and then either kill them himself or [[MoreThanMindControl get them to do it for him]].˛* LiteralGenie: Lelouch's Geass. [[spoiler: Mao survives Lelouch's plan because of his poorly phrased command to the {{brainwashed}} police officers to "shoot" rather than "kill"]].˛* LivingEmotionalCrutch: C.C. for Mao and a somewhat dark example at that, considering [[StalkerWithACrush the lengths]] he is willing to [[ALoveToDismember go to]] in order to retain her. Just her voice apparently soothes him like nothing else.˛* LivingLieDetector: Mao's Geass enables him to do this. [[spoiler: Nunnally is also revealed to be able to tell when someone is lying and view their memories just by holding their hand. She does this to Mao, but he has a FreakOut instead from the ensuing MindRape.]]˛* LoveAtFirstSight: Averted as a {{flashback}} reveals that Mao shouted that he hated the world and everyone in it, including C.C. (whom he had never met till then!).˛* LoveMartyr: Mao admits to himself that C.C. lied to him by breaking her promise to be with him forever, but decides he doesn't care and loves her anyway.˛** [[spoiler: [[PowerOfLove Pays off in the end]] when she reaffirms her promise to him in C's World though]].˛* ALoveToDismember: Mao attempts to make C.C. ''more compact'' for a cramped flight to Australia. In the preceding chapter, we get to see Mao actually do this to a ''willing'' C.C. And then C.C.'s severed head talks to him and ''blows him kisses'' afterward! Thankfully, it was [[spoiler: AllJustADream]] though.˛* ManChild: Mao is still very childlike, despite physically being an adult.˛** When he excitedly rides a carousel for the first time.˛* ManipulativeBastard: Do we even have to tell you who?˛** Also Lelouch attempts to be one in a desperate bid to win the already [[BrainwashedAndCrazy confused AND murderous]] Shirley over to his side in the midst of Mao's BatmanGambit. It doesn't work too well.˛* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: Since leaving Mao, C.C. has been running a BatmanGambit in a bid to coerce either Lelouch or Mao to [[spoiler: [[WhoWantsToLiveForever take her immortality]]]] through lies, manipulation and pitting them against each other.˛** Mao also accuses Shirley of being this, although he's really just reading her mind and playing it back to her.˛* MindRape: In a bizarre twist, [[spoiler: Nunally does this to Mao!]].˛* MindScrew: Chapter 20! Signs inexplicably change, HamAndCheese goes UpToEleven, a dismembered head carries on conversation, carousel horses ride ''off'' their carousel, people talk ''after their already ''[[NooneCouldSurviveThat beyond dead]]''...and Mao becomes an InvincibleHero with CharlesAtlasSuperpower. All without warning. Cue [[PrecisionFStrike WTF]]!˛* MoralMyopia: Mao often berates others for doing (or thinking, or remembering doing or thinking) things that he sees as evil. While it's affirmed that he begins the story thinking his actions are a irreproachable demonstration of BlackAndWhiteMorality, he later acknowledges his slip into GreyAndGrayMorality, remarking that he really doesn't care what the world does to itself, so long as he can find a quiet place to be with C.C. away from it all. To the reader, however, it is a stark case of BlueAndOrangeMorality.'s complicated.˛* MoreThanMindControl: Mao excels at this, sometimes so much that he seems like a MagnificentBastard.˛* MyHeroZero: Inverted in that the daring terrorist [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready Zero is really Lelouch]], a [[SmugSnake calculating bastard]] who becomes Mao's EvilCounterpart.˛* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Doctor Huai. "Huai" means evil in Chinese.˛* NecessarilyEvil: When Mao ponders his [[MoralEventHorizon morally questionable]] actions, such as [[BreakTheCutie Breaking The Cutie]] Shirley or [[ChainSawGood deciding to chainsaw]] C.C. to fit her on his plane and escape to Australia, he concludes that their necessary for the [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality greater good]]--protecting C.C. from her own [[DeathSeeker Death Wish]] and [[RonTheDeathEater Lelouch]] so they can continue their [[MayflyDecemberRomance romance]].˛* NiceJobBreakingItHero: C.C. abandoned Mao with the hope that he would hate her and blame her for all his problems. Needless to say, [[WhatAnIdiot it didn't work]] ''[[{{Yandere}} at all]]''!˛* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: When the terrorists escape the containment facility with C.C., Mao delivers one of these to the head conspirator Rupert Deneuvre ''after'' shooting him.˛* NonActionGuy: Lelouch is easily physically inferior to Mao, whose rugged life in the wild has apparently made him quite fit.˛* [[spoiler: NoOneShouldSurviveThat: Just like in the show, he comes back after being ''riddled with bullets'' in the previous chapter. [[LiteralGenie It's explained]] ''much better'' than it was in the show though.]]˛* NoPlaceForMeThere: Notably, C.C. says this to Mao at one point ''of him''. He, predictably, disagrees.˛* NotGoodWithPeople: Mao. It makes sense, though, in that owing to his Geass he can't interact with them normally at all; and that for years was raised away from them by C.C., who never cared what his relations to them were.˛* NotSoDifferent: Several times Mao notes the similarities between other characters and himself, including the arms dealer Doragoniki who is haunted by the loss of his wife, Shirley Fenette for not hesitating to kill someone to protect Lelouch (even though he still [[MoreThanMindControl More Than Mind Controls]] her without a care so he can use her against Lelouch), Nunnally for considering Lelouch the only thing that matters and [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality excusing his actions]] therefore, and finally, [[spoiler: even Lelouch himself, for being willing to commit any atrocity in order to ensure Nunnally's happiness.]]˛* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Rather than just exposing Lelouch's identity as Zero to the military and letting them take care of him, Mao is determined to personally be the one to bring him down. [[spoiler: Twice!]]˛** Mao pursues this course out of fear that exposing Lelouch to the authorities [[ProperlyParanoid will place C.C. in danger of being recaptured]], since she's with him.˛*** When he realizes he's probably about to die, though, he does shout it out to the police to no avail. [[spoiler: Except he doesn't die]]˛* OrganizationWithUnlimitedFunding: The Geass Directorate and its associated research projects and secret institutes.˛* OutOfCharacter: The story interprets certain characters somewhat liberally. Some of this is justified in that it's [[UnreliableNarrator seen through the eyes of]] Mao. Others, though, such as how Lelouch is assumed, by both Mao and C.C. to [[spoiler: have been using a FreakOut to convince her to kill Mao, rather than being merely obsessive and viewing C.C. as a sort of Freudian fill-in for his mother, which is the arguably a more canon interpretation]] are more original.˛** Mao's unusual mercy towards [[spoiler: Nunnally, by not actually putting her under a real bomb,]] too. Mao simply isn't that nice of a person.˛*** There are actually several small moments scattered throughout the story, however, where Mao takes the time to at least attempt to do something unusually kind, such as scaring away an overbearing Britannian jerk from that Japanese girl or scrawling the words 'thank you' in soap on his hospital mirror, serving as a reminder that deep beneath the insanity and [[LoveMakesYouEvil self-adopted evil]], is a sweet kid.˛*** Neither. Mao's use of a [[spoiler: fake bomb whose radius Suzaku deduced to be over 500 meters]] was a careful trick to deceive Lelouch into thinking Mao was outside of his Geass' range, [[spoiler: when in fact, he was not]].˛** Lelouch and C.C.'s final talk in the story is pretty standard at the start: [[spoiler: Lelouch is worried that C.C. might have spared Mao, and that he may come after Nunnally again.]] But then, [[spoiler: Lelouch takes the opportunity to threaten C.C. out of some head trip, even after Suzaku's break down has knocked him out of it.]] And worst of all... C.C. [[spoiler: gives him the finger.]] What!? What sort of crazy alternate world is this where C.C. shows emotion!?˛*** Well, C.C. in the original show ''did'' have her moments BeneathTheMask where she displays curious and unexpected emotions at memorable times, although admittedly anger isn't often one of them.˛* ParentalAbandonment: Mao was orphaned as a young child, no older than six. [[FromBadToWorse Then]] C.C.--the one who effectively raised him--abandoned him years later.˛* PayEvilUntoEvil: When he infiltrates Code-R, Mao's original plan is to eliminate the guards and escape with C.C. After he sees videos of the experiments performed upon her, however, he decides that "these people are monsters" and proceeds to mercilessly kill every unarmed scientist he comes across.˛** Actually, he not only kills those he comes across, he goes searching for them in order to kill them.˛*** Not only that, but he plans to find and murder the ones that escape later.˛* PersonaNonGrata: After winning particularly large sums of money all night, Mao is kicked out from a luxury casino--and the order is enforced by submachine guns to boot!˛* ThePlan: Mao's TheLastDance [[spoiler: involves four different goals, some of which directly conflict with each other, in an odd case of self-made GambitPileup]].˛** Since Mao suffers from increasing insanity, it's actually a case of FridgeBrilliance that this is reflected [[spoiler: in his ThanatosGambit]].˛* PrecisionFStrike: When Lelouch boasts how easy it was to deceive Mao with the monitor trick while [[BatmanGambit he was distracted by C.C.]], Mao retorts in disbelief, "Don't fuck with me brat!", the only (English) use of the word so far. Justified as it's a direct quote from the show's subtitle script.˛* ProperlyParanoid: Mao {{lampshades}} plenty of schemes that he could perform to secure his goal along the way, but fears that many of them will expose C.C. to danger, especially when he finds her in the company of the highly-sought after terrorists, [[BadassArmy the Black Knights]]. Given the Code-R affair, he's got a point.˛* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Despite the increasingly violent and exploitative acts Mao engages in as his quest becomes more desperate, he continues to excuse them by considering C.C. to be the only person that ''really'' matters.˛** Lelouch is revealed to operate with the same basic outlook in regards to Nunnally though. He's a little more compassionate towards others, as pointed out by Nunnally - he puts himself at great risk to rescue Suzaku and the Student Council, though it also furthers his plans.˛** C.C. also seems to have this[[TheUnfettered herself]].˛* {{Protectorate}}: Mao views protecting C.C. as his sole responsibility and is [[TheDeterminator determined]] to do so, [[DeathSeeker even from herself]].˛* PsychoticSmirk: He adopts one of these quite a bit when dealing with opponents he's trying to unnerve. He wears it ''[[EvilIsSexy very]]'' well.˛* PurpleProse: Some descriptions of C.C. Justified since the work is from Mao's perspective, who sees her like a DracoInLeatherPants.˛* RaisedByWolves: Mao spent his early childhood as an orphan, scavenging to get by. Later, however, C.C. became ''something'' [[WifeHusbandry resembling a parent for him]]. And you wonder why he's so screwed up.˛* RapunzelHair: C.C. has long green hair that Mao just ''loves'' running his fingers through!˛* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: C.C. Well, she's at least 717 according to the intro.˛* RefugeInAudacity: The airplane Mao swindled is a bit too small to fit both him, his beloved C.C., his BriefcaseFullOfMoney, WallOfWeapons, and GunAccessories. After seriously pondering the issue, Mao comes up with the [[SarcasmMode ingenious]] plan to use a friggin chainsaw to make said [[HealingFactor immortal]] love interest ''more compact''.˛* TheReveal: Not surprising, given the nature of Mao's power and his personality. Most especially, he reveals that [[spoiler: Lelouch and Nunnally are [[BrotherSisterIncest in love]] and Suzaku is a DeathSeeker who murdered his own father]], something that was only very subtly hinted at in the show.˛* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Played straight when Mao goes on one after watching several recorded experiments carried out by [[GovernmentConspiracy Code-R]] on [[AndIMustScream C.C.]], accomplished by [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge obliterating]] several roomfuls of scientists and culminating in the [[UnstoppableRage mutilation]] of a corpse with the handle of a pistol (he already used up all the bullets!)˛* SadisticChoice: Mao presents several. Sometimes his victims manage to TakeAThirdOption.˛* SanitySlippage: Mao's experiences in the insane asylum, locked in a straitjacket and almost constantly being injected with experimental drugs.˛* SarcasticClapping: Subverted in that he tends to clap when he gets really happy or excited, but played straight when he wants to deliberately annoy his opponents.˛* ScaryShinyGlasses: Well, Shirley seems to think this of Mao's visor, and Lelouch spends quite a bit of time [[PowerNullifier wishing it wasn't there]].˛* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: To a degree, Lelouch and Mao.˛* SentryGun: Mao hooks up one of these to guard the hallway leading to the underground level where he has Nunnally trapped. Apparently, he forced the military to give it to him. Rendered useless when [[TheDragon Suzaku]] [[ArtisticLicensePhysics defies gravity]] and [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower outruns it]], delivering a HurricaneKick to disable it. Cue [[ForeignCussWord Chinese Swearing]] by Mao.˛* SequelHook: The author includes one at the end.˛* ShoutOut: Contains several, including to ''Franchise/TheMatrix'', ''Film/TheTrumanShow'', ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'', ''ComicBook/XMen'', ''Film/ThePatriot'', ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', ''Film/{{Scanners}}'', ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''.˛* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler: Lelouch uses his Geass to make Mao mute when he's distracted by Suzaku in a vivid case of AFateWorseThanDeath.]] [[spoiler: When he awakes in C's World with C.C., however, he's [[AppliedPhlebotinum conveniently able to overcome it by sheer indomitable willpower]].]]˛*** Actually, C.C. [[spoiler: used her vague assortment of abilities to break Lelouch's Geass]].˛** [[spoiler: C.C. also gives a playful one to Mao in C's World.]]˛* SingleTargetSexuality: Mao for C.C. Justified in that he has no other options outside of her. Aptly illustrated when an over-eager prostitute attempts to seduce Mao...and gets punched in the face.˛** [[spoiler: Also apparently true of Lelouch for Nunnally, and ''almost'' as [[BigBrotherInstinct severe]]]]. Canonically, it never comes up, but it's not hard to accept that Lelouch wouldn't be able to say no if asked.˛* SmugSnake: Mao's opinion of Lelouch.˛* SongFic: Several chapters have scenes in which a related song is playing in the background, usually on the radio, including the ''Rolling Stones'', ''Karen O'', ''Hoobastank'', and ''The Police''. ''Mostly'' done in a sensible, selective way.˛** The first few chapters also contain the lyrics to songs that C.C. apparently sang to Mao when he was young to soothe the effects of his Geass when they still lived in the city.˛** Several [[EitherOrTitle alternate chapter titles]] are allusions to various songs as well.˛** Finally, the author has the audacity to recommend that certain instrumental pieces be played while reading, from as varied sources as ''Anime/CodeGeass'', the ''Film/TheBourneSeries'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', ''Manga/DeathNote'', ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', ''Anime/MaiHime'', ''Manga/XxxHolic'', and ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''.˛* TheSoulless: Rolo is portrayed this way, interrupted by flashes of StepfordSmiler, which genuinely [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth creeps Mao out]]!˛* SoundtrackDissonance: [[ This]] plays in the background while Mao is cutting C.C. up into manageable portions with a chainsaw during the [[spoiler: IndulgentFantasySegue]].˛* SpellMyNameWithAnS: C.C.'s name is accurately rendered "C.C." throughout but a ShoutOut to the dub version "C2" occurs with Mao's luxury hotel suite: "Floor C, Suite 002".˛* StalkingIsLove: Mao travels hundreds of miles to find C.C. again while listening to her voice constantly on his headphones. Although he ''is'' really just trying to save her life (albeit against her wishes).˛** [[spoiler: And C.C. ends up agreeing with him!]]. ˛* StepfordSmiler: Mao is a combination of Type A and C. When he confronts his enemies, he acts extremely cool, confident, and self-satisfied, even though he's really [[TroubledButCute severely messed up]] and miserable without C.C. See also HiddenDepths.˛** Rolo appears to be a [[TheSoulless Type B]].˛** Mao also wears the nicest clothes and stays in the nicest lodgings he can afford, so people don't look down on him.˛*** Actually, it's so the authorities don't treat him with suspicion.˛* SympatheticPOV: Mao's, obviously, although it goes to great lengths to explore his moral decay.˛* TakeThat: [[WordOfGod According to the author]], the infamous Chapter 20 was born as this.˛* TeenGenius: Mao not only has a natural aptitude for [[GadgeteerGenius engineering]] and building, from repairing broken machinery to devising elaborate [[DeathTrap Death Traps]], but demonstrates excellent deductive reasoning skills as he traces C.C.'s movements, evaluates geopolitical changes within Japan, and investigates Zero's identity. His Geass helps.˛* {{Telepathy}}: His Geass power. In this interpretation, it [[strike: allows]] forces him to penetrate the mind of anyone within 500 meters, including thoughts, sights, sounds, memories and presumably tastes, feels and smells as well, all the way down to the subconscious.˛* [[spoiler: ThanatosGambit: Mao secretly approaches C.C. asking her to help him commit suicide. After she finally agrees, he attacks Lelouch unbeknownst to her by abducting Nunnally and holding her hostage with a FakeTrap. Unexpectedly, however, Lelouch gets a chance to use his Geass on him and, as Mao flees, C.C. appears, ''seemingly'' to fulfill her earlier promise. But he wakes up in C's World, however, and she reveals that she merely injected him with a chemical to deceive Lelouch into thinking he was dead because she [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther really does love him too]]. Mao then reveals the entire thing was his [[ThePlan plan]] to prove to C.C. that she loved him, take revenge on Lelouch, ''and'' be free of his Geass, with the understanding that [[SadisticChoice either outcome]]—(1) losing to Lelouch and thus in all likelihood being killed, perhaps by C.C. which would mean she really didn't love him after all but would free him from his Geass, (2) defeating Lelouch but getting killed by C.C. anyway, thus sparing C.C. from being killed by Lelouch later by their contract ''and'' still being freed from Geass, (3) losing to Lelouch but being spared by C.C., proving her love for him and thus giving them a chance to be honest with each other about their relationship, or (4) defeating Lelouch and being spared by C.C.’s love, ensuring safety for the both of them and the ability to resume their [[MayflyDecemberRomance relationship]] without a rival contract. The second is what actually occurs, though to Mao it initially appears that the first has.]]˛* TheseHandsHaveKilled: Mao stares at his hands in horror after slaughtering ''almost'' a laboratory of scientists.˛* ThinkingOutLoud: Mao does this to differentiate his own thoughts from the others he has to hear. Played for laughs when several side characters question his sanity or he accidentally reveals information he didn't intend to.˛* TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket: Mao has to ask a hotel reception desk how to use a computer.˛** Justified since he lived most of his life in the wild without one.˛* TookALevelInBadass: When Mao first purchases his guns, he has to be shown the basics of operating them. A chapter later, however, he manages to take on a guardhouse of Britannian [[{{mook}} soldiers]] with an arsenal of automatic weapons--and kill them all!˛** Justified somewhat because Mao's Geass allows him to know exactly what obstacles his enemies are hiding behind, when they have to reload, where they are aiming, and what their tactical strategies are.˛* TraumaCongaLine: The story. And it progressively gets worse for Mao.˛* TVTropesWillRuinYourLife: In a display of their savvy familiarity with the site, the author gives a humorous warning about specific tropes to be encountered in the work as part of the introduction.˛* TheUnfettered: Mao, C.C. and Lelouch ''all'' consider themselves this way. Problem is...they're not.˛* UnhappyMedium: Mao. Very, ''very'' unhappy. And became one when he was only about six years old.˛* UnreliableNarrator: The story is told from a third person rendering of Mao's perspective. Thus, Mao's personal bias ends up, depending on your point of view, coloring descriptions of other characters, i.e. He = KnightInShiningArmor, C.C. = NotSoStoic PuritySue [[DracoInLeatherPants In Leather Pants]], Lelouch = RonTheDeathEater, Suzaku = [[{{Hypocrite}} Hypocritical]] DeathSeeker, Shirley = [[FatalAttraction Fatally Attracted]] [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]], V.V. = WickedCultured [[CreepyChild Creepy]] PowerNullifier, Rolo = TheSoulless StepfordSmiler TykeBomb, Kallen = [[FantasticRacism Racist]] [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters Genocidal Terrorist]], and Nunnally = [[spoiler: [[BrotherSisterIncest Incestuous]]]] [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous]] SpoiledBrat. ˛** It should be noted that his evaluation of others is often justified by the fact that he can read their minds, although his interpretation of the information he learns this way is sometimes skewed.˛* UnwittingPawn: Lelouch to C.C. [[spoiler: Mao]] as well [[BatmanGambit up to a point]].˛* VillainousBSOD: Mao inflicts one upon Lelouch in their last encounter. Also gives one to Suzaku.˛* WalkingTheEarth: Mao's chief mode of transportation, only subverted once when he flies an airplane˛* WasItAllALie: Mao begins contemplating this possibility after his reunion with C.C. in Chapter 21 fails to be as umm...'wonderful' as he imagined.˛* WhatTheHellHero: Mao gives a scathing one to C.C. in Chapter 23, confronting her on slowly doing to Lelouch the very same thing she did to him.˛** Lelouch gives Mao one of these when he abducts Nunnally.˛* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Subverted. While Mao uses his Geass for a lot of ExactEavesdropping, MoreThanMindcontrol and [[BatmanGambit Batman Gambits]], he also relies on his [[TeenGenius Teen]] GadgeteerGenius and [[TookALevelInBadass acquired]] [[CombatPragmatist Combat Pragmatism]] to solve his problems.˛** His BriefcaseFullOfMoney (he carries around eight ''hundred thousand'' in cash at one point!), WallOfWeapons (alright it's a closet but still), GunAccessories and CoolPlane, which is actually a light craft that he modified for transpacific travel.˛* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Most of C.C.’s actions result from weariness of her immortality.˛* WideEyedIdealist: Nunnally, who fervently declares that "everyone can be redeemed", despite the fact that Mao has imprisoned her in the Ashford sewer and threatened her if she doesn't comply with his scheme.˛* WifeHusbandry: GenderFlipped. Because Mao and C.C. lived together in the wild for several years while he grew up, sleeping and bathing together without impunity, Mao becomes [[PrecociousCrush so attached to her]] that, as his love matures, he comes to treat her as his lover. [[spoiler: Strongly implied that she had sex with him at some point ''too early'', fueling his obsessive attachment to her]].˛* WillNotTellALie: Remains staunchly honest, despite the occasional hindrance it poses. Also, he's used to relying on his {{Telepathy}}, which tends to render deception pointless anyway. Slightly subverted when he childishly muses that pretend isn't the same as lying when the situation calls for it. He also systematically and willfully uses confusion in order to manipulate people (up to and including their own ruination) toward his own ends. However, he isn't lying ''per se'' so much as repeating what they ''really'' think back to them and [[AccentuateTheNegative emphasizing the negative]]. It's explicitly stated that he doesn't always believe his own {{Breaking Speech}}es.˛* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Technically, yes; though not in the usual way.˛* WorldOfHam: Chapter 20.˛* WorthyOpponent: When Mao first takes note of Lelouch, he remarks on this.˛* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: Nalani provides a good example of this.


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