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Britannian characters in Code Geass (excluding the main characters) and Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, and the tropes they embody.


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Britannian Imperial Family

Rulers

    Emperor Charles zi Britannia 
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)
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"All men are not created equal!"

Ruler of the Britannian Empire and father to Lelouch and his siblings, Charles is introduced as a Social Darwinist who thinks that war is the best way to create social progress. It's eventually revealed that his true agenda is to use the Ragnarok Connection to create "a world without lies", a desire brought about by being raised in a royal family whose members killed and deceived each other for power. Ironically, Charles' actions only perpetuate the cycle of violence and result in Lelouch's campaign to destroy the empire his family built.


  • Abusive Dad: He pushes his kids to take dangerous jobs... and subtly encourages them to war with and kill one another to secure their position in the line of succession. Lelouch gets the worst of it, getting disowned, screamed at, and used as a political hostage when he gets angry at Charles for not giving a damn about the assassination of Lelouch's mother or the crippling of his little sister in the same incident. And Nunnally's blindness was not the result of traumatic stress, but because Charles inflicted it upon her with his Geass, ostensibly to protect her by making people think she wasn't a threat. You better believe Lelouch wasn't happy about that.
  • Adaptational Heroism: His Nightmare of Nunnally incarnation is a much more sympathetic character.
  • Anime Hair: His wig. It's so preposterous, even by the standards of Code Geass, that it gets lampshaded in the DVD Commentary.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Made an enemy of his son Lelouch.
  • Assimilation Plot: Charles ultimately seeks to create a "world without lies", which would mold every single human into one being with one mind, so there would never be any need for treachery again. This spawned from witnessing his mother getting crushed by a falling carriage by some very ambitious relatives in his family. It sounds like a good idea on paper, until Lelouch points out its flaws.
  • Badass Beard: It's quite sharp, much like his mind.
  • Badass Cape: He wears one as part of his outfit as Britannian Emperor and thus one of the most powerful men alive.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Forms one alongside Prince Schneizel in the second season. The two are Lelouch's biggest opponents, with Charles causing Lelouch to fall into a state of amnesia to keep him out of the way of stopping his plan to kill God, while Schneizel directly antagonizes Lelouch and his troops on the battlefield.
  • Big Eyes, Little Eyes: Tiny eyes. As a kid, his eyes were rounder.
  • Big Little Brother: Justified. V.V. is marginally older than him due to being his fraternal twin brother, but looks much younger because he gained the power of immortality at a young age through a Code like C.C.. Charles didn't have such a thing, so he ended up becoming an old man while V.V. stayed young.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: In no small part his doing. Though his generation is implied to be just as screwed up.
  • Creepy Twins: He and V.V. could fit the bill.
  • Deader Than Dead: Lelouch erases Charles and Marianne from existence in R2 episode 21. Using God.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Suzaku of the Counterattack, Lelouch finds him dead, and in Tales of an Alternate Shogunate, he's only mentioned once by Euphemia.
  • Disappears into Light: He and his wife Marianne fade into purple sparkling lights when Lelouch erases both of them from existence.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Lelouch manages to overthrow Charles and halt the Assimilation Plot five episodes before the end of the series. Schneizel steps up to the plate to reveal himself as the true antagonist. Though it was pretty clear that Schneizel would be the bigger problem, since he had already ruined Lelouch's own plans.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Charles does this to challenge Lelouch (as Zero) just as he's announcing his plan to join the UFN.
  • The Dreaded: To Lelouch; he has what amounts to a panic attack when Charles is revealed to be immortal and though he always expressed the desire to use his Geass to question Charles on Marianne's murder when it comes down to it, he just kills him to avoid a real confrontation (and does it very carefully to avoid Charles's own Geass being used on him again). And, of course, as the Emperor of Britannia, quite a few people are shown to be wary of him and raising his ire.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him:
    • Killed offscreen by Schneizel as a way to frame Lelouch in Suzaku Of The Counterattack.
    • This is what happened in his backstory, though he wasn't the victim - his mother was. Some of Charles' relatives decided to drop a carriage on his mother, crushing her, out of spite for having their claims to the throne superseded in favor of Charles and his twin brother V.V.
  • The Emperor: The royal head of the Britannian Empire. The truth is that V.V. is the rightful Emperor due to being marginally older than Charles, but his youthful appearance and his Code created the necessity of keeping him a secret. Charles is technically his brother's regent.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His speech at Clovis's funeral.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He does actually care about his children, genuinely loved Marianne, and despite being Emperor and Bodyguard, he is very good friends with Bismarck. He was also very close to V.V., his older twin brother, though that love eventually runs short when he gets fed up with V.V.'s dishonesty, takes away his Code, and leaves him to die.
  • Evil Counterpart: Of his son, Lelouch. Unlike Lelouch, who tries to do things himself, Charles leaves the duty of actually leading the empire to others and he sees all people as faceless pawns, despite his good intentions.
  • Evil Eyebrows: They have a rather prominent arch, giving him the appearance of a manipulative, arrogant, and Darwinistic Britannian royal.
  • Evil Laugh: Unleashes one while a Geassed Euphemia slaughters the Japanese.
  • Evil Old Folks: He and his twin brother V.V. are the most prominent villanous forces of Code Geass. The twist is that chronologically, V.V. is marginally as old as Charles, due to being fraternal twins, but his Code-influenced immortality gives him the physical appearance of a young boy.
  • Evil Overlord: From his military stand point, Large and in Charge presence, and the way he treats his subjects, he's this trope.
  • Evil Plan: Charles' plan for the Ragnarok Connection. Kill God which will cause instrumentality and "create a world without lies". It's an unusual example in that no one knew about it or moved against it until he put it into motion. Lelouch has about five seconds to think of a counter plan; the best thing he came up with was use his geass on God.
  • Fake Memories: Charles' Geass allows him to induce these; he used it on Lelouch to erase his memory of being Zero, and on Nunnally to modify her memories of being present at Marianne's murder, giving her psychosomatic blindness in the process. Note that it's not clear whether he actually intended to traumatise Nunnally to the point of blindness, but he doesn't seem to feel that bad about it if he didn't.
  • Freudian Excuse: He grew up during the "Emblem of Blood", a time when treachery and assassination against family members was accepted and encouraged. When Charles and his twin brother V.V. were still not yet ten years old, they witnessed their mother being fatally crushed by a carriage - a plot that was designed by their own relatives to spite her for naming her two sons heirs to the Britannian empire. This motivated Charles and V.V. to start creating a world without lies.
  • Gonk: Quite possibly, considering how fat he is in comparison to the rest of the cast, and the fact that his hair looks just plain weird, even by their standards.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Squinting, evil-looking eyes.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Despite being The Emperor and absolute ruler of Britannia, he remains very distant for the first season until the very end and even in R2, he doesn't directly confront Lelouch until the final episodes. While he's very much an emotional problem to The Hero, Cornelia and then Schneizel are the ones usually confronting him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He reveals the Assimilation Plot to his son, Lelouch, who he had secretly favored among the many children he had sired with his 108 wives, hoping he'll automatically be on board with it. Of course, Charles forgot that treating Lelouch and his sister like shit after their mother "died" and then essentially abandoning them would turn his children against him. Lelouch rips into both of his parents and commands the Gods to kill them.
  • Hypocrite: He hates people lying to him, as shown when he fatally punishes V.V. for his constant acts of treachery. However, what he did to Nunnally was technically "lying" - he Geassed her into believing that Marianne, her mother, was brutally killed in front of her which caused her to go blind from psychological trauma. Not only that, he left the girl crippled from the waist down to make the whole thing believable. Ostensibly, it was to protect her from scheming nobles by making them think she wasn't a threat, but Lelouch got angry about it either way when he found out the truth.
    • Ironically his Geass power is all about creating lies, as it allows him to wipe the memory of those he targets and replace them with new ones. This ironic twist may be in keeping with the very nature of a Geass- for instance, Lelouch wants to liberate people, but his power is Mind Control- but it nonetheless means that Charles is engaging in very serious deception every single time he uses it.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Subverted. Charles and V.V. are fraternal twin brothers, and have enough traits that allow them to be told apart - as children, V.V. had much shorter hair than Charles, and Charlies had a much pointier chin. With V.V.'s acquirement of an immortality-granting Code, the gap in their physical similarities widened drastically; Charles now wears a 'sausage curl' wig, and looks old enough to be V.V.'s grandfather.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Everything he's done to distract the world from his secret Assimilation Plot, the Ragnarok Connection, not to mention what he did to Lelouch and Nunnally following Marianne's murder, in order to hide them away from V. V., yet still not caring whether they would be alive or dead in the end.
  • I Have No Son!: He felt this way about Lelouch and pretty much all his children to an extent. As it turns out, Lelouch, Nunnally, and possibly Euphy and Clovis were the only ones he genuinely does care about.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In flashbacks, Charles was much more handsome, if very stern-looking, and he had voluminous brown hair. Today, he's an fat old man in his sixties with a sausage curl wig.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: All this time Lelouch thought his dad was interested in territory and other 'earthly' goals. His true goal is at a higher level and because no one has any idea, they can't oppose it.
  • Kick the Dog: This event here shows the audience what a cold jerkass he is, and incidentally, is the moment that sours Lelouch against him in the first place.
    Young Lelouch: Hail Your Majesty! My mother the empress is dead.
    Charles: Old news. What of it?
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Charles (to V. V.): "Brother, you have lied to me for the last time" as he takes his Code from V. V., leaving him to bleed to death.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Charles subjects his children to a lot of pain, intentionally or otherwise, to achieve his goals, which he feels are his way of showing he cares.
  • Large and in Charge: Incredibly bulky in appearance especially compared to the Noodle People character designs of others.
  • Large Ham: Charles does everything in over-the-top, almost operatic style—a trait that Lelouch definitely inherited.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Charles and Lelouch have more in common than either would presumably care to admit.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: No indication of whether this is explicitly the case with Britannia in general, but given that his children come from a whole mess of royal consorts...
  • Little Guy, Big Buddy: Emperor Chuck is a mountain compared to his brother and co-conspirator, V.V.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Charles, for the father of social darwinism himself, Charles Darwin.
    • "zi" is pronounced the same as the letter Z (at least in real-life American English). Z is the last letter of the English alphabet, reflecting the fact that he is the last genuine Emperor before the Britannian Empire is reformed.
      • Also, Z comes from zeta, the sixth letter of the Greek alphabet, connecting him to Marianne and their children, whose middle names "vi" means six in Roman numerals.
  • Missing Mom: Charles and V.V.'s Start of Darkness took place when their mother, courtesy of other nobles, got a carriage dropped on her and in front of the not-older-than-10 twins, apparently as revenge for having her kids appointed as heirs to The Empire. Yikes.
  • Necromancer: In Nightmare of Nunnally, his Geass allows him to raise the dead. He does this with several of the Knights of the Round.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: After killing V.V. and taking his "Code", he is immune to conventional harm as well as Geass.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Don't think he ever considered the possibility of being erased from existence by what is essentially God.
  • One True Love: He had 108 wives but it is clear that he loved Marianne the most. And he still does.
  • Orcus on His Throne: The nobility only realized that he went missing because he wasn't in the throne room.
  • Parental Abandonment: In Nightmare of Nunnally, both his parents were assassinated.
  • The Patriarch: A classic example of the royal kind, a powerful, stern and imposing emperor to his many children.
  • Pet the Dog: In a real blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, you can see portraits of his dead children Clovis and Euphemia when he's in the library room in C's world. This indicates that maybe, on some deep (reeaaallllydeep) level, he really did care about his kids. It's also implied that he doesn't really believe in social darwinism and truly wants the world to be a gentler place.
  • Power Incontinence: Despite supposedly being a fully awakened Geass (active in both eyes), it's got a rather terrible performance record.note  To date, it's been broken four times:
    • Lelouch breaks free from it the first time in Akito the Exiled, although it severely damages his mind and leaves him in an almost vegetable-like state.
    • Lelouch breaks free from it a second time, regaining all his memories and original persona. Albeit, this was largely C.C.'s handiwork.
    • Shirley is released from her Fake Memories by accident following Jeremiah's test of his Geass Canceller.
    • Nunnally breaks free from it by sheer willpower and regains her eyesight.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In response to Lelouch calling him out on not protecting Marianne well enough, he tells Lelouch that the only things he has are things he provided him with.
  • Royal Blood: He's the 98th Emperor of Britannia, and the throne was inherited from his family.
  • Royal Harem: The man has 108 wives. Out of them all, Marianne is the only woman he ever loved.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Evil Plan he cooks behind the scenes is something he does on his own, with assistance from his royal brother and empress.
  • The Social Darwinist: Charles seems to be this, such as the big speech he does early on about how the notion of "equality" causes stagnation in society. Subverted later when he tried to use Ragnarok to eliminate this, making him and Marianne very brutal Well Intentioned Extremists.
  • Start of Darkness: He grew up in the "Emblem of Blood", a time when the members of the Royal Family murdered each other endlessly for claim to the throne. Witnessing the assassination of his mother, who was crushed by a falling carriage, was the last straw.
  • Übermensch: Much like his rebellious son Lelouch, Charles acts like one despite his public darwinist views, rejecting the cutthroat society he grew up in and attempting replace it with his creed of total honesty. This led to the birth of the Ragnarok Connection, in which everyone on Earth would be absorbed into one being, eliminating the need for lies.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: What he hoped to achieve with the Ragnarok Connection.
  • Villainous Friendship: He appears to have a great relationship with Bismarck, his Knight of One.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He's popular in the main land.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • Like Lelouch, Charles uses reprehensible methods to achieve theoretically admirable goals, though it really doesn't come off that way at first.
    • Nightmare!Charles is much more sympathetic, and engages in less villainy than Lelouch is shown to do in that verse.
    • In Super Robot Wars Z2, Charles and V.V. aim to convert humanity into pure will, so they can survive the fate of the sorrowful future the BK warns of.
  • Worthy Opponent: Is fully aware of the fact that Schneizel is planning to challenge and usurp him, and openly welcomes the attempt.

    Empress Marianne vi Britannia 
Voiced by: Asako Dodo (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren (English)
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"Masks will vanish, then everyone can be exactly who they're supposed to be."

The Late Empress-Consort of Britannia, wife of Charles zi Britannia, and mother to Nunnally and Lelouch, she was first introduced as a Missing Mom killed by unknown assassins. It was due to this that caused her kids to be kicked out of the Britannian Empire, which in turn caused Lelouch to hate Britannia and begin his rebellion. To many people, she was known as Marianne the Flash, a powerful Action Mom and a nice person overall that everyone adores (providing they are not snobbish nobles).


  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Going by their birthdates, Marianne had only just turned 19 when Lelouch was born.
  • Abusive Parents: While not as obvious as Charles, Marianne is guilty of this trope herself. Even though she survived V.V.'s assassination attempt by possessing Anya, she never once checked up on Lelouch and Nunnally while they were in exile, putting the Ragnarok Connection first and foremost above the status of her own children. And when Lelouch finds her alive and well, Marianne attempts to emotionally manipulate him with the prospect of seeing his dead friends and loved ones, expecting him to side with his parents immediately once he saw their good intentions. But Lelouch turns the tables on her, stating that no matter how well-intentioned she was, she only cared about herself, her husband, and the Ragnarok Connection. What confirmed it was Marianne's displeased reaction to Lelouch's attempt to Geass God into opposing the Ragnarok connection, running to her son in an attempt to discipline him while calling him a "foolish, ungrateful child" before being stopped by Suzaku.
  • Ace Pilot: Being a former Knight and one of the first Knightmare Frame pilots qualifies.
  • Affably Evil: She may have a gentle demeanor, but that doesn't stop her from wanting to forcibly merge all of humanity.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Despite being born a commoner, she qualifies. Lelouch thought his mother the Empress was a saint, but she is revealed to be a co-conspirator with her husband in his Assimilation Plot.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seemed like a sweet and gentle mother and she was thought of as a saint by most people, but then it's revealed that was a facade and she supports her husband's Evil Plan to destroy and rewrite the world. When Lelouch openly refuses to side with them, Marianne runs to him with the intent of disciplining her son, calling him an "ungrateful child", before Suzaku stops her.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Lelouch. He admired Marianne for being the ideal mother, and his plans were motivated by the desire of figuring out the cause of her death. But as it turns out, she survived (technically), and that she wants the same thing as Charles.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: In Nightmare of Nunnally she was idealistic and managed to convince Charles to abandon his plan until she got assassinated, which convinced her that she can't build a kind and gentle world with trust.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Lelouch remembers her fondly and her death is one of his main motivations. Subverted once she reveals her true colors.
  • Deceptive Legacy: Half-averted. Her death served as motivation for her son Lelouch and she really was killed in the backstory, only to have cheated death via Soul Jar, and was revealed to be a co-conspirator with Emperor Charles in his Assimilation Plot.
  • Disappears into Light: She and Charles disappear this way when Lelouch erases both of them from existence.
  • Disposable Woman: Subverted, as it's a lot complicated than that. At first, it appeared that Marianne was Too Good for This Sinful Earth, and her death was only needed to stoke Lelouch's hatred of Britannia, and launch his quest for revenge against his father. However, it turns out that V.V., her brother-in-law, attempted to get rid of her because he was jealous of her closeness to his brother. The only reason why she survived at all was because Anya happened to be there, which gave Marianne a reason to use her Geass to possess her. While in Anya's body, she still supported her husband's ideals, even if she had to do so covertly. She eventually reunites with him in the Sword of Akasha in order to explain the Ragnarok Connection to Lelouch.
  • Evil Matriarch: Unlike most examples, she's fairly well-intentioned. She was Happily Married to Emperor Charles, despite the guy having 107 other wives, and out of all the children in the royal family, Lelouch and Nunnally were their favorites. It's because of this love that she was willing to side with Charles in creating the Ragnarok Connection, committing her fair share of atrocities which include possessing a young girl at the time of her death, and routinely mind-raping her to prevent her own cover from being blown. When both she and Charles reveal their plans to Lelouch, Lelouch rightly calls them out on their atrocious behavior, stating that even though everything they had done for him and Nunnally were out of good intentions, the fact remained that they still abandoned their beloved children, putting their plans first while not caring if said children were alive or dead, and trying to justify it with self-serving excuses.
  • Face Doodling: At one point while in Anya's body she looked like she was about to doodle on Suzaku's face but he woke up before she could.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In Nightmare of Nunnally, she takes her disintegration with more grace than in the main story.
  • Grand Theft Me: Her Geass ability, which she used to transfer her soul to poor Anya.
  • Hidden Depths: For most of the series, she appeared as Lelouch's beloved, murdered mother. The truth is that she is working with his father to kill the Gods and recreate the world as they see fit, all for the sake of their favorite children.
  • Hime Cut: She's Britannian, not Japanese, but the hairstyle is perfect (long hair, even bangs and sidelocks) and she otherwise fits as a graceful and benevolent empress.
  • Hot Consort: One of Emperor Charles's 108 wives. It's very clear where Lelouch gets his good looks from.
  • Informed Ability: She was supposedly excellent at piloting a Knightmare Frame, but has never been seen in one. Although, there was that moment in episode 20 of R2 where, while in direct control of Anya, she deliberately let a very specific part of the Mordred's Float System get damaged in a brief scuffle with the Knight of One so she would have an excuse to leave the battle and land on the island. Her feint was apparently so good that Bismarck Freaking Waldstein didn't notice he'd been deliberately given the opening he exploited. It's also possible the only reason Anya was able to become a Knight of the Round was because of Marianne.
  • It's All About Me: Lelouch accuses her and Charles as this; despite their supposed favoritism and love towards Lelouch and Nunnally, they pretty much abandoned them in exile and focused on fulfilling their plans for the Ragnarok Connection, not even caring if their children were alive or dead. His suspicions were confirmed when Marianne first tries to emotionally manipulate him into siding with her, then tries to justify herself with self-serving excuses when called out, then calls Lelouch "ungrateful" and attempts to discipline him when he actively tries to stop her.
  • Knight Templar Parent: She and her husband formed a plan to change the world for the better shortly after they met, and since Lelouch and his sister Nunnally were their favorites, they intended to let the kids in on it when they were old enough. However, they didn't bother taking into account how the kids would feel about forcibly changing the nature of all of humanity. And all this is before you throw in their Evil Plan to protect the kids which resulted in both kids being mentally and emotionally scarred, and drove Lelouch to try to kill his father in the first place. When Lelouch learns about the Ragnarok Connection, he deconstructs their supposed "love" for their children, stating that good intentions or not, she still abandoned Lelouch and Nunnally, putting her husbands plans first instead of bothering to check up on them, and then trying to justify herself with self-serving excuses when said children turn on her.
  • Lady Macbeth: Turns out she happens to share her husband's viewpoint that the current world is beyond hope and supports his plan to destroy and rewrite the world.
  • Little Miss Badass: She is inside of 15-year-old Anya Alstreim, after all. It's also implied that she was a very talented pilot in her younger years, so much that she was called "Marianne the Flash".
  • Love Makes You Evil: Marianne's beloved children mean the world to her. So much that she will destroy and rewrite said world for them.
  • May–December Romance: There is 25 years between her and Charles and they were definitely Happily Married.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her former Knightmare frame, Ganymede, is named after a ordinary Greek youth whose beauty captured the attention of Zeus, who kidnapped him so Ganymede could become his lover. Marianne was a common-born woman who became Empress-Consort and 5th wife of Emperor Charles vi Britannia and was the only woman he truly loved out of his other 107 wives.
    • Marianne's name has its first component, "Marie", which means either "wished-for child" (being the favorite wife of Emperor Charles and the only woman he truly loved), "bitter" (her death being the source of Lelouch's hatred towards his seemingly abusive and uncaring father), or rebellion (being the reason why Lelouch rebelled against Britannia). Its second component, "Anne", means "favor" or "grace", which fits her motherly and benevolent personality which becomes an Ironic Name when she's revealed to be complicit in her husband's plans.
  • Missing Mom: Marianne died eight years ago, at the hands of her own brother-in-law, V.V., out of jealousy. Turns out she managed to find a new home in the body of Anya Alstreim.
  • Modest Royalty: Though she has been seen in a very fancy blue dress, the outfit she was wearing when she dies and thus is seen in as a "spirit" is more simple in style.
  • Parental Abandonment: Lelouch accuses her and Charles of this in the climax, stating that good intentions or not, they still abandoned their "favorite" children and didn't care whether they were alive or dead because the Ragnarok Connection was more important.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: It was her death that caused her kids to be kicked out of the Britannian Empire, which in turns caused Lelouch to hate Britannia and begin his rebellion. Subverted in that she was very much alive, just that her body was destroyed; she used her Geass to possess the body of a young girl, Anya Alstreim, and operate from there, meaning that Lelouch's revenge quest was technically All for Nothing.
  • Posthumous Character: Finding out the truth behind her murder is one of Lelouch's biggest motives for attempting to overthrow the Britannian Empire though it's eventually revealed that she's Not Quite Dead, revealing that all of Lelouch's efforts had been All for Nothing.
  • Purple Eyes: The trademark for Britannian royalty's cunning and persuasion. In her case, it indicates that she may not be as innocent of the happenings of the world as she let on.
  • Rags to Royalty: A major plot point in the series.
    • She was born as a commoner to later become the 5th wife of the Emperor of Britannia. Certainly, this didn't help with the nobles... but later this is revealed to be false, as several nobles, including Jeremiah, admired and respected her. The only noble who hated her was V.V., Lelouch's uncle, who murdered her out of jealousy of the closeness she had with Charles as his wife.
    • Lelouch also believes that his father, Charles, hates him and his sister, Nunnally, because they're children of a common-born woman. This would explain why Charles abandoned them right after Marianne's assassination. It's also not true. Out of his 108 wives, Marianne is the only woman Charles truly loved despite her low-born heritage, and the children he had with her are his favorite children.
  • Rapunzel Hair: The empress has long and beautiful hair that extended past her waist.
  • Red Baron: Marianne "the Flash", gained from being an Ace Pilot who was also an extremely fast Lightning Bruiser in her mecha, Ganymede.
  • Shadow Archetype: An Ace Pilot of low birth who uses her incredible skill with a Super Prototype to reach a position in the Knights of the Round, followed by teaming up with an Emperor and being granted a unique and special position simply due to her relationship to him? All of this also accurately describes Suzaku, except Suzaku manages to remain on the side of good despite all the less than good things he does, while Marianne is more of a Lady Macbeth. She can also be considered flat out an Evil Counterpart of Kallen (see her character page for details).
  • She Knows Too Much: The reason for her death at Schneizel's hands in Suzaku of the Counterattack.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Lelouch/C.C., even asking C.C herself directly if she fancied Lelouch. C.C just said "Uhm, He Is Not My Boyfriend".
  • Showing Off the New Body: Shortly after she appears to Lelouch in "The Ragnarok Connection" of R2, she does a little twirl. Technically, it was her old body, because she had been stuck in Anya for seven years prior, but the effect is kinda the same.
  • Telepathy: Implied to have this ability; Marianne explains that when she lets her consciousness surface in her host, she could communicate with C.C. "through our hearts.
  • The Trickster: So good at lying and manipulating, that she managed to fool everyone with her saintly facade even after her physical death. Also very playful and almost child-like towards Lelouch during episode 21 of R2.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: More than being an Evil Matriarch, Marianne heartily believed that the Assimilation Plot was the best way for the world to exist.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Everyone (Nunnally, Lelouch, Jeremiah) was taken in by her act and would have done anything for her.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's not until late in R2 that she is even revealed to still be alive.

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    Princess Euphemia li Britannia 
Voiced by: Omi Minami (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)
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"I never want to see people unhappy ever again!"

The Third Princess of Britannia, Euphemia is a rarity among the royal family: kind-hearted, plucky, innocent and sweet. She wants everyone to be happy. Yes, that includes even the Elevens — among them, the man she loves, Suzaku Kururugi.


  • Actual Pacifist: Despite being a Britannian noble, she wishes for peace for all and hates that the Japanese are oppressed by her family's empire. Because of this, she actually ends up being Lelouch's most formidable enemy. Her cheerful smile and strong will to help those in need end up completely and decisively derailing his plans at the end of R1, and it took a complete and utter Diabolus ex Machina for Lelouch not to end up completely succumbing to her plan.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Euphie/Euphy", by default. Cornelia calls her this whenever they are alone and Lelouch and Nunnally call her by this name. Euphemia also insists that Suzaku address her by this when they are alone.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Even moreso than Shirley. She loves everyone and wants to help everyone and has a tendency to throw herself into dangerous situation for the sake of protecting others.
  • Anime Hair: Although not as extreme as some in the series, including her own father Emperor Charles.
  • Ascended Extra: While no way an extra, she does play a bigger part in the AU "Lelouch of the Rebellion" manga.
  • Ax-Crazy: Not intentionally, but to horrifying effect. Lelouch, in his first bout of Power Incontinence, accidentally geasses her "to kill all the Japanese". More than any other character in Code Geass, she fights against the order — both when he first commands her, and again in the end. But she succeeds in shaking it off only when she herself is dying, after she's already led to the deaths of thousands of innocent people — mostly Japanese, but some Britannians as well — and utterly ruined her chance of bringing about peace between Britannia and the people of Japan.
  • Badass Pacifist: She is one of the kindest and sweetest women in the world and would never hurt anyone of her own volition. And she utterly defeated The Chessmaster Lelouch, simply by offering a better way and a path to equality between Britannians and Japanese, while being too good of a person for him to be willing to callously murder. Intentionally, anyway.
  • Berserk Button: Downplayed as it's Euphie, but insulting Suzaku tends to bring out the steel in her more than anything else.
  • Beta Couple: With Suzaku Kururugi, whom she champions (a risky thing for her to do, given that he is an Eleven) and who becomes her official knight, both literally and figuratively. Suzaku / Euphemia sets up a nice contrast with Lelouch (for whom Suzaku is a foil) / Shirley (who is in many ways similar to Euphemia, or how Euphemia might have been if she had not grown up as royalty.)
  • Big Eyes, Little Eyes: Huge eyes — second biggest, of the entire cast, after Shirley's.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Suzaku — Their goals are the same, they have a very similar sense of humor, and they get serious about the same things. Not to mention a moment in the anime, where they're shown to say the same thing at the same time, only to both burst out chuckling.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Although not literally a wedding dress, the pink-and-white dress Euphie wears in the episode "Bloodstained Euphie" looks similar enough to qualify.
  • Bodyguard Crush: On her knight, Suzaku Kururugi. It is thoroughly requited.
  • Break the Cutie: The SAZ massacre breaks her completely. She's in tears and fatally injured at the end.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Lelouch admits that Euphemia was the closest thing he had to a First Love. On Euphie's part, she is rather quick to bring up to Nunnally an old argument about "who will marry Lelouch" they had when younger.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Is willing to jump into a missile zone to protect someone with her status. She does this often. Its in her intro episode.
  • Cute and Psycho: Under the influence of the Geass. She still acts as her sweet and polite self as she asks Japanese people to kill themselves and then starts killing everyone herself.
  • Determinator: The first person to ever resist Geass.
  • The Ditz: A mild example. Though really, this is mainly in comparison to her to her The Chessmaster relatives.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In her first appearance, she comes off as a ditz when she pretends that she was being chased by imaginary bad guys, but when she sees Suzaku being heckled by racist Britannian thugs, she immediately comes to his defense. Later, she uses her status to put to an end to a street brawl between Jeremiah Gottwald and four Britannian soldiers.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Especially Nina.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Which makes the tragic subversion near the end of R1 all the crueler.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: The choker around her neck.
  • Fix Fic:
  • Foil:
    • She has no shortage of foils — for a few examples, see Tomboy and Girly Girl, below. But there's an interesting foil whom she barely even meets: Shirley Fenette, who not only has a strikingly similar personality but also has many analogous plot points. In many ways, Shirley is set up to be for "Lulu" what Euphemia is for Suzaku.
    • Kallen also serves as her foil in their brief interactions. Kallen's not a believer in what Euphie is doing, seeing her as just a useless royal puppet. This is one of few things that actually gets a rise out of the princess.
    • She serves this one greatly to Nunnally as well and Euphemia is what Nunnally could have become had she stayed in the royal family. Both have overprotective and ruthless elder siblings who are willing to go any lengths to protect them. Both are idealists who believes a system could be changed within which is proven when Nunnally decided to follow Euphemia's footsteps into recreating SAZ. The only difference is that Euphemia died by Zero's hands while Nunnally was spared due to Zero exiling SAZ participants. Both have a good relationship with Suzaku but with Euphemia being his lover and Nunnally as a childhood friend. They both are siblings of Lelouch and the difference is that Lelouch is her half sister and Nunnally is his actual sister. Both were Geassed to the extent (Euphemia massacring the Japanese and Nunnally giving Lelouch the key of Damocles) that resulted in their fates (Euphemia dying and Nunnally sparing). Euphemia serves as Suzaku's source of motivation and reason of living as much as Nunnally is to Lelouch and ironically their fate later changed both Lelouch and Suzaku's lives forever as they both went to the path of carnage which triggered Zero Requiem whom both want to change the world for the two.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Very wide, open eyes — second only to Shirley.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She dies smiling at Suzaku, still believing that her SAZ plan was a success.
  • Hero Antagonist: Genuinely a good person and wants good things for the world. Unfortunately this also puts her against Lelouch as Zero as she's also still on the side of Britannia at the same time and her efforts ultimately would destroy all his plans. If it wasn't for the Diabolus ex Machina of Lelouch's Geass going out of control, she would have won and stopped being an antagonist.
  • Heroic Willpower: Manages to force herself not to follow Lelouch's Geass command and kill Suzaku (Japanese), though she was nearly dead at the time. She also before that managed to resist his command for a brief period of time.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Despite all her noble intentions in the past, her reputation was punctuated on a very bad note with the Massacre Princess Incident. Eventually undone when Cornelia gets audio of Lelouch confessing to controlling her with Geass.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: She is easily the most idealistic and pure-hearted character in the series. When Lelouch accidentally commands her through his Geass to kill all the Japanese, as it is so opposite to her nature, she is able to briefly struggle against it. Ultimately though it does overcome her, leading to tragedy.
  • The Ingenue: Tied with Shirley as the most clear-cut example in the series. See also Wide-Eyed Idealist, below.
  • Ironic Nickname: Kallen calls her the "puppet princess", despite her status as Royals Who Actually Do Something. Then it's subverted when she accidentally becomes the Geass' (and to an extent, her father's and Lelouch's) puppet and it ends up costing her. So Kallen was right in a roundabout way.
  • Kill the Cutie: Unlike the others members of the royal family, Euphie is sweet and innocent and just wishes for everyone to be happy. Tragically, she is accidentally forced by her own brother to slaughter hundreds of innocent people that she herself had gathered together for a plan to bring peace between the warring states before being shot by her own brother and dying in the front of her love interest. After that, she ends up being universally hated.
  • Lady and Knight: As the noble princess of Britannia, she is the Bright Lady and Suzaku is her official White Knight.
  • Let Them Die Happy: Before she dies, Suzaku lies to her saying that the SAZ is a success.
  • The Lost Lenore: Losing her, and so tragically, seriously screws Suzaku up.
  • Meaningful Name:
  • Meet Cute: With Suzaku Kururugi. Not just their vertical Crash-Into Hello (when she falls on top of him while "escaping" imaginary villains), but the whole sequence that follows, which is arguably the happiest and most unambiguously romantic sequence in the series.
  • Meganekko: Part of her standard disguise. Lampshaded in the DVD Commentary, which someone says, "She's aggressively cute with the glasses."
  • Mercy Kill: A regret-filled Lelouch does this after he accidentally Geassed into killing all the Japanese people.
  • Morality Pet: For Princess Cornelia. Also, tries to be this for Lelouch. Things do not go well.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The dress she normally wears is pretty revealing, and we certainly can't forget the sequence where she wears nothing but Lelouch's coat.
  • Nice Girl: Euphemia is a rarity among the Royal Family in that she genuinely cares about others. Heck, just read her page quote.
  • Not So Different: From Lelouch; both are people who look at the world, decide it sucks, and go out to do what they believe is right to change it. Like Lelouch, Euphie also does not differ between Britannia or "Numbers" and would rather treat everyone equally. They also have their relationship with Suzaku strongly inform what route they take in life, and any insult or harm to him is a Berserk Button to them. She also creates the SAZ for the sake of Nunnally, just like how Lelouch created the Zero identity and Black Knights for similar reasons.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She's almost always rocking her pink dress.
  • Plucky Girl: Somehow, even when things went bad — which of course just made the "worse" seem even worse.
  • Politically Active Princess: Tries to solve the conflict with the Japanese peacefully, impressing even Lelouch with her move.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Even for hair color.
  • Princesses Rule: She's briefly the Viceroy for Area 11.
  • Purple Eyes: A trademark of the more cunning Britannian royal family members. In her case, she's not deceitful but she is caring and careful enough in her word choice that she can sway Lelouch to her side.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her pink tresses cascade down well past her waist.
  • Rebellious Princess: Her Princess Classic and Spoiled Sweet nature makes her this compared to the rest of her family, but she also skives on her Sub-Viceroy duties and makes a point of defying convention by knighting Suzaku.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Has pink hair and a sweet and pacifist personality to match.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Was about to be this — until Lelouch accidentally geassed her into her anti-Japanese killing spree and had to kill her himself. Nightmare of Nunnally is kinder to her, though.
  • The Scapegoat: Lelouch is forced to make her one of these after accidentally geassing her. Eventually, this gets reversed when Lelouch makes himself the Scapegoat for everything.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Cornelia.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her declaration of the Special Zone and her call to Zero to stop fighting and start helping causes him to absolutely flip his lid, because it derails his bigger plan.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In Nightmare of Nunnally, Tales of an Alternate Shogunate, and several video games.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": As mentioned above, Euphemia's nickname is sometimes spelled "Euphie" and sometimes "Euphy." Nunnally even lampshades it, telling Suzaku she's not sure to have spelled it right.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Despite being a princess, she's sweet and kind and helpful. This is particularly notable when you consider what the rest of her family is like.
  • Statuesque Stunner: While not quite clear in the show due to Teens Are Short, she's listed as being 5 foot 8 by official sources.
  • Technical Pacifist: Her Nightmare of Nunnally version isn't shy at ordering her knight into battle or barging in to put a stop to an unfair execution, knowing it would cause a fight and likely put her against the rest of Britannia.
  • Token Good Teammate: Among the Britannian royals in season 1. See also White Sheep.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Perhaps even more than Shirley — who, after all, is on the swim team, and doesn't wear poofy dresses or jewelry — Euphemia is at the girly girl extreme of the Code Geass world.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: It was her naivete and goodwill that led her to do something that led to the political need to meet with the man who could control people's minds, which ultimately led to her death. Ironically, that same compassion leads to the man admitting his defeat, a claim none of her more ruthless or intelligent siblings can make.
  • Tragic Dream: She hopes to bring about peace between Britannia and the Japanese people. Oops.
  • Walking Spoiler: There's a reason that a good portion of her page is whited out.
  • White Sheep: The only Actual Pacifist in the family.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Literally as well as figuratively: with the sole exception of Shirley, she has the largest eyes (and irises) of any major character in all of Code Geass. In the classic political sense, she is the most extreme Wide-Eyed Idealist on the show, probably followed by Nunnally. (Shirley is out of the running because of her wilful lack of interest in politics.)
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: You know these shows in which the sweet, 16 years old, Rose-Haired pacifist princess and her Ace Pilot boyfriend with his Super Prototype mecha end the war? Code Geass is not that show.
    • Interestingly, she actually does completely defeat Lelouch. Her plan essentially forces him to give in, something he admits he doesn't feel too bad about considering the circumstances. Things may have had a much happier ending, had Lelouch's geass not activated on it's own at literally the worst possible moment.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink hair.

    Princess Cornelia li Britannia 
Voiced by Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English)
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"Sloppy, senile, corrupted. Where is Zero?! I want the enemy of the Empire caught! Get Zero!"

Twenty-seven-year old — twenty-eight by the second season — Second Princess of Britannia and Area 11's Governor after the death of her brother Clovis. The brilliant, courageous and widely-feared Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Army, she is also strongwilled, xenophobic, and strict. Nevertheless, she harbors a deep and genuine soft spot for her little sister Euphemia.


  • Ace Custom: Her Gloucester Knightmare Frame is unique for having a white cape and a set of horns on its head. Anyone who sees it instantly shits their pants.
  • Ace Pilot: Amongst the best Britannia has to offer. She seems to be second only to Suzaku, and Schneizel says she's as good as Marianne "The Flash", though it's quite possible he's exaggerating.
  • Affably Evil: She's a mother to her men and fairly decent is once one gets to know her better. She's also a ruthless and racist noblewoman who's not above massacring Elevens.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Dark purple hair, pale skin and considerable height. Cornelia is rather reserved save for the affection she shows her sister, Euphemia. Schneizel can also get her blushing, but then he does that to all the ladies.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's hard to tell, but judging by her expression in the last episode, she could've likely seen what Lelouch and Suzaku were really planning and acted accordingly to help them fulfill it. Though likewise could've just been seizing the opportunity. The show never really makes it clear.
  • Antagonistic Governor: Governor of Area 11 and one of Lelouch's greatest adversaries.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Especially at the beginning.
  • Badass Cape: She wears one as part of her attire as Viceroy and her Knightmare Frame has one as well.
  • Badass in Charge: As Viceroy of Area 11.
  • Badass Normal: No Geass or Code. No Lancelot or Unique Knightmare. No need for either.
  • Big Bad: For most of the first season, while Emperor Charles is more of an unseen Greater-Scope Villain with little to no direct impact on the conflict.
  • Blue Blood: As the daughter of the current emperor.
  • Break the Haughty: Over the course of the series.
  • Character Development: She ordered a raid in a ghetto, causing several Japanese civilians to die at her soldiers' hands. By the finale, she's at a wedding between Japanese man and a Britannian woman, and she doesn't seem to have that much of an issue with it. She also worked with the Japanese during Lelouch's reign and seems to be helping out the UFN along with Kallen after the series.
  • The Chessmaster: She was the first enemy in the series to deliver Lelouch a defeat.
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • With Euphemia (and only Euphemia) her personality does almost a 180, becoming playful and kindly.
    • Later on, she acts as one to Nunnally, notably while the latter is in Schniezel's care. She quickly comforts Nunnally after the latter has had an upsetting confrontation with Lelouch, and when Schniezel reveals his true intentions, Cornelia is particularly disgusted with how Schniezel only sees Nunnally as a means to the end, showing clear concern for Nunnally's safety.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair and eyes.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's powerful, she's ruthless, and she's feared.
  • Defiant to the End: In her second battle with Lelouch, when cornered by the Black Knights and no reinforcements coming, she orders her troops to retreat while intending to fight to the bitter end. Suzaku however arrives to save her.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Throughout much of the first season, she spearheads the Britannian forces ruling Japan, so she's the woman that Lelouch has to face in order to be considered a threat to the Empire. Once she's thoroughly defeated at the end of R1, she's quickly supplanted by Schneizel, Charles and V.V.
  • Disney Death: Courtesy of her older brother and a machine gun.
  • Enemy Mine: She's still upset with the resurrected and mentally recovered Lelouch for his involvement in the Euphinator incident when they met again in Re;surrection, but ultimately agreed to join forces with him and his crew in rescuing Nunally from the Zilkhstan terrorists.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Deeply, deeply cares for her little sister. And likewise saddened when she dies.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Moves to stop the SAZ Massacre in episode 22 (Lelouch stops it first). She is especially disgusted with Schniezel's true intentions.
  • Evil Virtues:
    • Unwilling to leave her bodyguard die, at a point rarely seen for a villain.
    • Her personal courage in battle is undeniable.
    • She orders Suzaku to not let her men know she has been seriously injured during the Black Rebellion, knowing that this will lower their morale.
  • Fallen Princess: At the start of R2 she becomes a Rebellious Princess uncovering secrets about the Geass Cult. She gets captured by the Black Knights however, and nearly ends up being killed by Schneizel. While she does fight against Lelouch it's clear by the end she along with most of the other nobles no longer have any power or control. She is likely just another citizen now and no longer a princess.
  • Four-Star Badass: She's a very high-ranking commander of the Britannian forces, a strategist who nearly beats Lelouch (albeit while he was still overconfident from his early victories), and she leads her troops from the front lines. It's no surprise that she's one of their best fighters.
  • Freudian Excuse: Like with Clovis, it's stated that the reason she distrusts Numbers is because she believes that they slaughtered her kid siblings
  • Frontline General: Nearly always personally involved in the battles she commands.
  • General Ripper: Sort of; while she values her subordinates, she is utterly ruthless and racist in facing Numbers to the point where she has on at least one occasion razed a neighborhood full of civilians, and is noted to rather let hostages die than deal with the terrorists holding them. She does come out of this in the second season at least.
  • Hand Cannon: She had this gun that she pointed at Zero when he offered to save the hostages of the JLF.
  • The Heavy: For the first season, Charles is too removed to be more than a Greater-Scope Villain and she takes the role of Big Bad, fighting Lelouch to conquer Japan.
  • Hidden Depths: Shows an impressive flair for battlefield repair and engineering when she manages to jury rig a Black Knight's Akatsuki (a machine that she shouldn't be familiar with) and souping it up with about 10 heavy cannons DURING a pitched battle.
  • Hypocrite: Criticizes the JLF for having "forgotten basic human decency", in reference to the time when a rogue group of JLF members took a number of innocent civilians hostage in a hotel jacking... which they did one episode after she herself ordered the brutal slaughter of an entire Ghetto filled with mostly innocent civilians. As noted above, she does get better as time goes on but... damn. One might also find her failure to account for said sins when viewing her brother Lelouch with contempt audacity, considering it was her nation's acts, which she was also complicit in no less, that set him down his present path, and that she made no real effort to consider his pain or motivations. He may have been responsible for the death of her sister, but still, it's a case of Never My Fault.
  • Iron Lady: A rare royal variant, complete with a hidden gentle side.
  • Karma Houdini: She does suffer in various ways (dead younger sister, messed up in the Black Rebellion, imprisoned for a while, shot by her brother), and does get better over time (see Character Development and Took a Level in Kindness), but shows no repentance and suffers no direct punishment for any of her actions, which include one on-screen massacre and doubtless many other reprehensible acts committed under the banner of Britannia. Lelouch's Zero-Approval Gambit pretty much shields her from any retribution her actions may have entailed otherwise.
  • Kick the Dog: Massacring an entire ghetto of civilians, even after they have surrendered and admitted to not supporting the JLF, only to lure Zero out in a recreation of the first episode massacre with Clovis.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": While normally stoic and ruthless, mention the late empress Marianne and watch her blush like a schoolgirl.
  • Lack of Empathy: Towards the civilians, at least in the first season.
  • Lady of War: Very much so.
  • More Dakka: Did you see the payload on Cornelia's scavenged Frame in episode 14?
  • A Mother to Her Men: While she has little tolerance for failure or incompetence, she shows on multiple occasions that she's willing to go the extra mile and even risk her own life for her subordinates.
  • Noble Demon: Her courage, genuine desire to build stability in Area 11, and her relationship with her sister Euphemia are there even in her first appearances, as well as her ruthlessness and racism.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Refuses to abandon her injured men when retreating, even if it puts her own life at risk.
  • Not So Different: Considering her relationship with her sister and affection towards Marianne, she's not that different from Lelouch.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • She's very much a villain, but she genuinely cares about Euphemia and Guilford.
    • She states her intention to avenge Clovis, implying that she cares for him to some degree. She also states to Euphemia when they're relaxing together in the garden that she wants to avenge Lelouch and Nunnaly as well, not knowing that they're alive.
    • She also accepts Suzaku as a knight of Britannia in the final episode of season one.
  • Politically Active Princess: While she's better known for being a general, she's not governor of Area 11 for nothing.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Like much of Britannia, she isn't fond of "Elevens" and, despite allowing Suzaku to fight under her, still says she isn't comfortable with him due to his race.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: As racist as she is, she is not an idiot about it, and she's willing to promote Elevens who prove themselves useful to her.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: She's the only female Britannian royal who has an active participation in combat.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Cornelia prefers her pink-haired, often-pink-attired sister Euphemia to anyone or anything else in the world.
  • Princesses Rule: Takes over as Viceroy of Area 11 after Prince Clovis's death and before turning it over to her sister Euphemia.
  • Purple Eyes: Blue-purple. This is the norm for the cunning members of the Britannian royal family and her case indicates her mental prowess for coming up with battle tactics, a field on which she can give Lelouch a run for his money.
  • Rebel Leader: She's the leader of the remaining rebels and Black Knights opposing Lelouch by the end of the plot.
  • Rebellious Princess: In the first part of R2. She drops the mantle when siding with Schneizel, but picks it up again — and almost gets a bridge dropped on her courtesy of him. She dodges it, barely, and after getting better she joins La Résistance.
  • Red Baron: "The Witch Of Britannia".
  • Retired Monster: At the end of R2, she becomes this. While she has faced repercussions is some ways (i.e. deceased younger sibling that she cared about), she's not sorry about the horrible acts that she did, such as when she massacred innocent civilians and doubtless many other reprehensible acts committed under the banner of Britannia (including contemplating a Final Solution to the Area 11 problem). Even when she joined the Black Knights and Character Development kicked in, she didn't really pull a Heel–Face Turn. Now, she's just a regular civilian, demoted from her royalty status.
  • Revenge: Her reason for siding with the Black Knights to take down the Geass Order in R2.
  • Royal Blood: She's The Emperor's daughter.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: A viceroy and a military commander. She has personally dealt with the various rebellions factions in Area 11, and succeeded in subduing ever single one of them with the exception of the Black Knights. She states that she planned on cleaning up Area 11 before handing leadership of it to Euphemia.
  • Sanity Slippage: Completely loses it when fighting Zero in episode 24.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Euphemia.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Quite beautiful and stands at 5'11", even taller than some of the men in the show.
  • The Strategist: She defeats Lelouch in battle, which is no small feat.
  • Taking the Bullet: A random soldier does this to save Cornelia from Tohdoh during the Black Rebellion, which is further evidence that she inspires genuine loyalty in her troops.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: A true Lady of War, Cornelia is the most tomboyish major character in season one of Code Geass. (Her closest rival would probably be Kallen in her warrior guise.) Cornelia is most commonly paired with Euphemia, who (along with Shirley) is at the show's extreme girly girl end of the spectrum. See this adorable pic from their childhood together.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Starts off arrogant, proud and very racist. Through a series of defeats, humiliations and betrayals, by series end she is a bit more rational in thought and chilled out considerably.
  • Tsundere: Tsun to her subordinated, dere to Euphie. At one point, Cornelia almost blushed when Schneizel was praising her.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Which fit her strong-willed, calculating personality very well.
  • Villainous BSoD: Cornelia shuts down after Euphemia is killed by Zero near the end of R1 to the point that she stays in Euphie's room and refuses to come out even as Zero's forces come marching to the Tokyo settlement. She does get better when she returns to the fight although she is noticeably more unhinged during her fight with Zero.
  • Villainous Valour: Zero fought her using a Knightmare 10 times more powerful than hers. And he relied on Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind to win. She also leads her troops from the very front of the front line, and never gives up.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Provided Lelouch with his first real challenge as a strategist. Especially after the incompetent Attack! Attack! Attack! nature of her predecessor Clovis. Hell, she would have beaten him if C.C. hadn't turned up to save the day (something Lelouch hadn't planned for and didn't expect). Still, Lelouch does wise up after this, and outmanoeuvres her in their subsequent clashes.
  • Warrior Princess: Commander-in-chief of the Imperial Army, for good reason.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Tried to kill V.V. while under the impression he was merely a child with a geass.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair. To match her eyes and lips.

    Prince Schneizel el Britannia 
Voiced by: Norihiro Inoue (Japanese), Troy Baker (English)
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"Mankind's history is war, peace is an illusion, to turn illusion into reality is an arduous task. It requires discipline."

Second son of Emperor Charles, this blond man in his late twenties is one of the main antagonists of the series. While he comes across as an Anti-Villain due to his chivalrous demeanor, the true nature of his sinister and calculating personality is revealed when he assumes the role of Lelouch's principal nemesis in Season 2. What he lacks in typical Britannian royal theatrics, he makes up for in efficiency, cunning, and sheer ruthlessness.

In Suzaku Of The Counterattack, Suzaku becomes his knight.


  • Affably Evil:
    • Pretty nice to everyone in general. A notable scene is when he comforts Cecile after an embarrassing moment.
    • Furthermore, in ''Suzaku Of The Counterattack" he tries to become immortal and take over the world.
  • All Germans Are Nazis: Let's see, he has a German-sounding last name, is part of an empire where Fantastic Racism and Social Darwinism are commonplace, and has blonde hair.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Stoic as noted above and both Nunnally and Lelouch himself admit that Schneizel is the only one to beat Lelouch in Chess.
  • Always Someone Better: Schneizel is the only character who can consistently outstrategize even Lelouch. Unfortunately for him, Lelouch thinks fast on his feet and the one "victory" he fully scores making the Black Knights betray "Zero" ends up biting his ass hard ultimately.
  • Ambiguously Bi: In Turn 09, Kanon states he is Schneizel's assistant..."public and private." Admittedly Kanon said this with a semi-joking tone of voice, but they do seem rather close, especially in the official art. Also, during his wedding party, Schneizel's older brother states that he never expected to see Schneizel acting as an escort to just one woman.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Despite being a member of the royal family he does seem like a good man. Turns out he's Lelouch's most dangerous and ruthless opponent.
  • Ambition Is Evil:
    • What he believes. Ironically he has his own ambitions, but deliberately not being ambitious enough is what leads to his downfall.
    • It's more that his ambition IS to be ambitionless, or to have an "ambition" that isn't actually his own but is for the good of mankind. He clearly hates his father's system of doing things, and truly believes that ambition causes all the world's problems. So he lies to everyone, including himself about having ambitions, in an attempt to prove that he's a better person than the rest of his family.
  • Amoral Attorney: Not in profession, but fits the archetype perfectly. Such as when he leads the Black Knights into betraying their leader, and shortly afterwards, argues his way into a rebellion against his father.
  • Anti-Villain: Subverted. He was foreshadowed as a Big Bad and Lulu's Evil Counterpart since the first Opening Title Sequence but, for a long time, he had yet to do anything evil. However, after R2 episode 9, he definitely proves himself to be Not So Harmless, leading and almost brainwashing the already crazy Nina to believe FLEIJA would be what Euphie would want. Then there was that disquieting grin on his face when said bomb went off. And then he got the Black Knights to turn on their leader, and got his very own floating doom fortress. That said he DOES have genuine standards (being appalled by the Euphinator incident).
  • Appeal to Force: He's got a huge payload of nukes and he's not afraid to use it.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: After Lelouch finishes off Charles and takes over Britannia, Schneizel reveals his goals to rule humanity by threatening them with a nuclear space ship.
  • Ax-Crazy: He hides it remarkably well underneath a veneer of affability, sophistication, and apparent benevolence, but make no mistake: The man is an utter psychopath who treats everyone and everything as if they were chess pieces more so than Lelouch ever did. Without any qualms, he's willing to gun down his own siblings, lead his subordinates to their deaths with a smile, and even nuke entire cities full of tens of millions of people simply because they're inconveniences. And that's not even getting into the fact that his grand plan involved creating world peace by acting as the entire planet's judge, jury and executioner. Even Charles knew exactly what sort of man he was and tried to warn Lelouch of it in his last moments.
  • Badass Bookworm: Word of God states he's the single smartest character and the biggest threat to Lelouch of anyone in the entire series. He knows just what to say to make ANYONE tick just the way he wants them to.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Uses the Damocles to wipe out the capital of Pendragon, a vast chunk of the Britannian population, and most of the Imperial family of which the whole world hates.
  • Bad Samaritan: He seemingly takes Nina under his wing as a kind and friendly mentor to a lonely girl, in reality, he just wants her knowledge to create FLEIJA warheads.
  • Bait the Dog: Spends a good 90% of the show doing nothing evil other than opposing Lelouch as a member of the Britannian royal family until he uses Nina to have FLEIJA constructed. It's all downhill from there.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Schneizel is a very handsome young man and a member of Britannia's royal family.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With his father, Emperor Charles. While The Emperor is Lelouch's primary target and the cause of his amnesia, Schneizel is able to turn the Black Knights against Lelouch and constantly blocking his advance. In both the series proper and Suzaku of the Counterattack, Schneizel outlives Charles to become the final antagonist.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: He seems to take this in a calm manner for most of the show but it's later revealed he's disgusted with the way the whole world is run, including the parts under Britannian rule and even plotted to assassinate his own father.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A somewhat atypical example. He's well respected around the world, but it becomes increasingly obvious he's up to no good.
  • Boring, but Practical: The key element that separates Lelouch and Schneizel's skillsets despite the two being almost peerless strategists. Lelouch deliberately invokes theatrics and extravagant gestures and uses them to create a kind of aura of supernatural competence and untouchability (thanks in part to being ACTUALLY supernatural in some areas) with the downside being that he's slaved to needing to showcase this level of competence at all times to maintain the loyalty of his followers as a result and most of his gambits being gimmicky all or nothing gambles that, while having a high chance of working once, would never survive sustained conflict with a learned opponent. Schneizel, on the other hand, maintains the image of a kind and affable ruler that people would WANT to flock behind, and uses straightforward tried and true tactics in all confrontations. He flawlessly assesses the skill levels and emotional states of all his pieces and uses them when appropriate, and plays cautiously without throwing out units he isn't ok with losing. Even when he gets the flashy looking FLEIJA missiles in the final battle, his desire to use them comes from the pragmatic and practical notion that he should dispense with intricate planning against an equal opponent and nuke Lelouch out of the sky before the battle even has a chance to get going.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Kanon himself has stated that Schneizel has a preference for weird things and people (why he keeps Lloyd around, for one). However, efficiency comes first.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Long before he ever made his debut, Schneizel appears in the openings and is mentioned several times.
  • The Chessmaster: Stated to be the only one consistently better than Lelouch and proves this several times.
  • Consummate Liar: Of the Truth Twister sort. See also False Reassurance.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Has a knack for fooling most of the people he comes across into doing his bidding.
  • Divide and Conquer: One of his many ruthless stratagems. Is implied to have quashed the EU rebellion in this fashion, by offering various nation members favorable terms for surrender, leading to the failure of the overall movement. Also the motive behind getting the Black Knights to turn on Zero.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He is first seen at Clovis' funeral.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He's first introduced with his hand, showing a white glove prominently, which suggests a remoteness from the world. When he's finally shown, he looks bored with watching an expensive military project and his half-sister's knight being (apparently) destroyed and killed. In the next episode, he finally speaks and though he's polite, he keeps a calm, even tone throughout and is revealed to be the one behind the orders that nearly killed Suzaku; which despite his words suggest he is very ruthless and thus lying about him actually caring for Suzaku being in danger. This attitude continues throughout the episode, with him being polite even as he throws Suzaku under the proverbial bus despite being his half-sister's knight (again) while also dismissing Euphie's justified protest over Suzaku being tried and punished despite being under her command. In other words, Schneizel is introduced as liar and potential psychopath...and goes on to prove it throughout the series.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: In sharp contrast to the rest of his family - and most of Britannia for that matter - Schneizel is not in any way racist or prejudiced. As far as he sees it, everyone is to be measured - and disposed of - on merit alone, regardless of nationality, culture or skin color.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Unlike his dad, he does not react well to mind controlled Euphemia massacring Elevens.
    • Furthermore, after Zero's Engineered Public Confession of the High Eunuchs, he opposes their idea that leaders are figureheads and nations are dirt. And since the High Eunuchs lost the support of the Chinese people, they were no longer eligible for Britannian titles.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Lelouch. The biggest difference, Lelouch points out, is that Schneizel is sheltered in a villainous royal family and lacks perspective on what the world is really like. Opposed to his Good Counterpart, who wishes greatly to destroy Britannia and knows the man on the street well enough to have more than just selfish reasons.
  • Evil Mentor: To Nina.
  • The Evils of Free Will: His Damocles plan, in a nutshell.
  • False Reassurance: This might as well be Schneizel's non-Geass power.
  • Fate Worse than Death: His ultimate fate. He was mind controlled into obeying his arch enemy (or more specifically Zero), but we don't know whether he's completely mindless or just encouraged. Granted, this could cure his lack of ambition, since he now has something to fight for. Maybe.
  • Final Boss: He has the honor of being Lelouch's final opponent.
  • From a Certain Point of View: He claims to have never lost a chess match to Lelouch, which is completely true...but he leaves out the fact that he tends to forfeit when things are going poorly. As Lelouch puts it, he only plays games he can't lose.
  • Germanic Efficiency: Compared to other Britannian royals, he doesn't indulge in theatrics during battle, instead going for efficiency, cunning, and sheer ruthlessness.
  • A God Am I: Who commands a floating battle station with has orbital nuclear capability. It's implied in later versions that he's just rolling with it as long as he achieves his goals.
  • The Heavy: Taking up the role from Cornelia, who held it in season one. Despite the fact that Charles holds the title of Emperor, he entrusts Schneizel with the day-to-day administration of the Holy Britannian Empire within his capacity as the Prime Minister. Therefore, throughout the second season, it is he whom Lelouch must match wits with as he wages war against the armed forces of Britannia.
  • Humiliation Conga: Got a really spectacular one in the Grand Finale. See the main page for details.
  • Hypocrite: Claims to desire world peace, yet attempts to enforce it by nuking any who resist him.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: A master at this, too. The dick. Lelouch was already close to the Despair Event Horizon with the apparent death of Nunnally, and while he was in his private quarters, his big brother took the opportunity to convert the Black Knights to his own side. As if that weren't bad enough, he also hid away Nunnally, who he had secretly saved, and later uses her against him...long after Lelouch can't back out of being the "Demon Emperor".
  • Lack of Empathy: When he nukes Pendragon he doesn't care at all he killed millions of people.
  • Large and in Charge: At a staggering 201 cm, and is the leader of the opposition faction against Lelouch.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Successfully presents himself as one of these to turn the Black Knights against Lelouch, and later cooperate in taking down the latter.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Pulls this on the Black Knights and Lelouch by getting the former to betray their leader.
  • Light Is Not Good: Dresses exclusively in white and as the rest of the examples prove he is not a good person.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He tricks the Black Knights into turning against Lelouch so that he could weaken them and make it easier to destroy his enemies. Not to mention how he continuously manipulated Nina throughout R2.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Schneizel kind of fits the "evil German" stereotype, once he's revealed to be a ruthless killer. Also, the Real Life British Royal family is German. They changed their name to Windsor during WW1, but until then it was Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
    • His name has "sch" in it, it resembles the word schnitzel and he's blonder than blond. Most people will think of him as German, if for no other reason (insert Johan Liebert comparison) than stereotypes.
  • Metaphorically True: Namely, the stuff he says about Lelouch when he presents to the Black Knights.
  • More Than Mind Control: His preferred approach to people who can be useful to him, including Nina and even Nunnally.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Unlike Cornelia, Schneizel prefers to sit back and watch rather than go up on the front lines. It doesn't mean he's any less dangerous.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: See Boring, but Practical. Schneizel never indulges in grandiosity or spectacle when in battle, taking an extremely methodical approach. This is why he doesn't immediately throw nukes at everyone until he's in the best position for it.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's obviously not up to something, right? ...Right?!
  • Nuke 'em: His solution to world peace.
  • Oh, Crap!: Just before Lelouch uses his geass on him, Schneizel has this look on his face as he realizes what Lelouch's true plan is.
  • Overlord Jr.: He's the de facto head of Charles' military and oversees his campaigns while his father is busy with other matters. Of all his siblings, Schneizel is the most like-minded to their father.
  • Pet the Dog: If it's possible for an event to simultaneously this and a Kick the Dog moment: Schneizel shooting Cornelia before the final battle. The Kick the Dog part speaks for itself, but then you realize that this is the point in the series where Schneizel has slipped into full-on "batshit mental" mode, and after this point he's casually throwing nukes around and setting up his own forces to die, not to mention callously leaving Nunnally behind to die while he escapes. The fact that, for all his cold ruthlessness he was still able to willingly spare (Cornelia's later dialogue suggests this) his sister, despite the fact that she had completely rejected his ideals, has to say something (even if it's only small) about his humanity.
    • Before that, near the end of the first season, there's his genuinely horrified reaction to the Euphinator Incident.
  • Playing the Victim Card: His remark that he himself could be under the Geass command of Lelouch when meeting with the Black Knights.
  • Prince Charming: He at first seems to be like this but as we find out in season 2 he is a ruthless sociopath. Although, Lelouch seems to have always known his true nature.
  • Privileged Rival: As the functionally second most powerful person in Britannia, he is able to fund some of the most advanced battlefront tech via the Camelot department, and later, a ton of high-yield nukes.
  • Quote Mine: Schneizel pulls this one on Lelouch and his Sarcastic Confession to Suzaku of deliberately geassing Euphie and then killing her, and uses it to implicate him in front of the Black Knights, leaving out the rest of the conversation, including Suzaku calling out Lelouch for lying. With a little extra suspicious yet cursory evidence, it's incredibly effective.
  • Red Herring: Set up as a suspect for killing Marianne. It turns out to be V.V.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Lelouch's Red.
  • Royally Screwed Up: At least, screwed up enough to directly or indirectly nuke the entirety of the Britannian nobility near the end of the series, including the brothers and sisters that were not Cornelia, Nunnally, or Lelouch...
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: A military commander and political leader.
  • Self-Made Orphan: It's implied he was going to try this, but Lelouch beat him to it. In the spinoff manga Suzaku of the Counterattack, he actually does the deed and pins it on Lelouch.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Kanon's Sensitive Guy.
  • Smart People Play Chess: The only one that can beat Lelouch.
  • The Social Expert: One could argue he's even better at it than Lelouch.
  • The Sociopath: The guy has no problem nuking several million people and his siblings!
  • The Starscream: To his dad and in a way to his brother with the Black Knights.
  • Totalitarian Utilitarian: Runs in the blood, more than he would care to admit.
  • Übermensch: Schneizel dreams of a peaceful world which he will enact by threatening humanity into submission with his arsenal of FLEIJA warheads, which he will decide when to fire.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: He's willing to destroy entire cities or countries if that's what it takes to make the world submit to his rule and live in harmony.
  • Villains Never Lie: Subverted. See Manipulative Bastard.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Schneizel is adept at getting people on his side. He is well-liked amongst Britannian nations and with a few choice words is able to turn the Black Knights on Lelouch, effectively eliminating all the progress his brother had made in almost two seasons of work.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He sees human ambition as the source of all conflict, so his plan is to scare the entire world into giving up violence using nukes. He lacks the proper perspective to realise that this is a bad idea.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The guy never plays games where he loses. Lelouch exploits this to defeat him in the end.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: In the time it took Lelouch to travel (by boat) to the Chinese Federation, Schneizel had already conceived of, and put into action a plan that would not only recapture Lelouch, but also end the conflict between Britannia and the Chinese Federation. All without shedding a single drop of blood. Even Lelouch is amazed by Schneizel's efficiency.

    Prince Clovis la Britannia 
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), Sam Riegel (English)
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"I was just speaking to Clovis. He is at peace now. He's sitting on a beach".

Prince of Britannia and governor of Area 11 prior to the start of Code Geass. He was the first of Lelouch's relatives that he encounters (and kills) after acquiring the Geass.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: If not from Lelouch, he was at the very least dearly loved and missed by the rest of his family. Cornelia in particular took his death rather hard and swore bloody revenge on Zero.
  • Antagonistic Governor: Governor of Area 11 and Starter Villain of the series.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Nice, uhm... swimsuit designs, man.
  • General Failure: His grasp of military matters is lacking, to say the least.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He was very kind to his siblings, loved his mother and was a talented artist who painted and even designed lingerie and swimsuits. He also dabbled in architecture.
    • For added emphasis, Cornelia, during the conversation from when he decides to become Viceroy from one of the Sound Dramas, notes that he is too kind for the job.
    • During their childhood, Clovis would often challenge Lelouch to chess matches, even though he'd always lose. Clovis didn't mind since he enjoyed the time he got to spend with his younger brother.
  • Irony:
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: The real reason why he hated the Elevens/Japanese (as well as his Start of Darkness) so much was because he blamed them for Lelouch and Nunnally's "deaths" when Japan was destroyed.
  • Large Ham: He certainly had the hand gestures down.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • He shares his name with several Frankish kings.
    • The "Clove" was the first British trade ship to make port in Japan.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Lelouch felt this a few episodes after he killed Clovis. Yes, Lelouch, you just killed your brother and you'll have to live with it.
  • Nice Guy: Used to be one. Despite taking his rivalry with Lelouch rather seriously, he was always described as a kind and gentle person. After he learned of the "deaths" of Lelouch and Nunnally, he became severely depressed and blamed Japan for it.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he learns the identity of the person who led the insurgence against his massacre of Shinjuku — none other than his thought-to-be-dead brother Lelouch. Notable in that he is also overjoyed, given his love for him.
  • Reluctant Ruler: Deconstructed. He's a painter, not a warrior or politician, and he wanted nothing to do with that sort of work, even though that made his family seriously look down on him. But then, his younger brother Lelouch, who he secretly admired, was (supposedly) killed in the invasion of Japan, and Clovis thought he should accept the role of Viceroy to honor him. Advised by his older brother and sister that "a soft heart is not a virtue", he attempts to become the sort of ruthless Viceroy the other Britannians would want him to be, under the mistaken belief that Lelouch would want that, too. By the time we see him in the beginning of the series, several years later, he's completely fallen into that to the point where Lelouch wants nothing more than to kill him - and does, in the first few episodes.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: A rare villainous example - given his set-up as a major antagonist back in Episode 1, who actually expected him to go out as quickly as he did?
  • Shadow Archetype: Despite only appearing for a few episodes, Clovis serves as this to Lelouch ironically enough.
  • Smug Snake: It's shown he has a very poor grasp of battle plans but is (over-)confident he can crush his enemy's forces simply by sending waves and waves of men. Needless to say, he has quite the freak out when Lelouch defeats his forces and goes for him.
  • Spared by the Adaptation. Subverted big time in Nightmare of Nunnally. She spares him when she attacks his HQ in the beginning and urges him to leave... but then Lelouch catches up to Clovis and kills him anyway.
  • Starter Villain: For Lelouch as a strategist.
  • Start of Darkness: Became Viceroy of Area 11 in hopes of making it a fitting memorial to his thought to be dead siblings. Fell into depression and despair, and subsequently became ruthless towards the Elevens.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As noted above, he was a very kind person at one point. But despair at losing Lelouch and Nunnally drove him to become far more vindictive, racist and ruthless towards the Elevens, seeing them as little more than barbarians who took away his little brother and sister.
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    Prince Odysseus Eu Britannia 
Voiced by: Jin Yamanoi (Japanese), Peter Emshwiller (English)
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First Prince of the royal family. He seems to be a rather kind man, but is utterly outclassed by the hypercompetent nature of most other royal children.


  • Arranged Marriage: He was to be married to the Empress of the Chinese Federation but the Black Knights put a stop to that. He doesn't mind either way.
  • Black Sheep: By no means a complete screw-up, but he's completely inadequate when compared to his more active siblings. Lelouch even calls him a ridiculously ordinary man.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Not so much that he's actively evil and moreso that he's complicitly evil, but he's glad that to learn that Lelouch and Nunnally are alive.
  • Everybody Has Standards: He's shocked when Lelouch reveals that he killed their father in a Klingon Promotion, and asks him to step down, believing it to be some sort of juvenile prank.
  • Extreme Doormat: He's indecisive and has to either be prodded into making decisions or have the decisions made for him.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: The first clue that he's not in the same league as Lelouch, Schneizel, or even Nunnally is that he lacks the trademark Purple Eyes his siblings have.
  • Ironic Name: You wouldn't expect a man named "Odysseus" to be so guileless.
  • Irony: After Lelouch becomes Emperor, he makes Odysseus join the military as a foot soldier.
  • Kick the Dog: After Lelouch declares himself as Emperor via Klingon Promotion, Guinevere orders the royal guard to execute him for it. Odysseus, who has been politely asking him to step down, doesn't do anything to stop Guinevere's order.
  • May–December Romance: He was to be married to Empress Tianzi, who is no older than 13 at the time. He doesn't have any qualms about it and doesn't have any qualms when it gets cancelled.
  • Nice Guy: About the only thing he's really got going for him.
  • Non-Action Guy: Claims he's not very good at fighting when talking to Tianzi. After Lelouch declares himself as Emperor, he makes Odysseus join the military as a mook.
  • Pet the Dog: He's fine with the Arranged Marriage being put to a halt as long as Tianzi is unharmed, despite barely knowing her.
  • Spoiled Brat: Downplayed. His position as the first prince implies that he's pampered quite a bit, hence his obliviousness and incompetence at doing things himself. He seems to be close to Guinevere and Carine.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He greatly resembles his father, Emperor Charles.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed. Though he seems to be a Nice Guy, is a Non-Action Guy, and is overshadowed by his other siblings, he's still complicit in the crimes of the Britannian Empire because of his inaction. As Charles's firstborn son, he's likely lived his entire life pampered and privileged, believing that the world is the way it is just because. Lelouch presumably sees through it.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Along with sisters, Guinevere and Carine, we don't see him after Lelouch's coronation, nor do we learn his fate after the bombing of Pendragon.

    Princesses Guinevere du Britannia & Carine ne Britannia 
Guinevere voiced by: Junko Asami (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren (English)
Carine voiced by: Emi Motoi (Japanese), Kate Higgins (English)

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Top:Guinevere. Bottom:Carine.

The two other princesses (1st and 5th, respectively) in the royal family. Rarely seen in the series, but carry the usual attitude of Britannians.


  • The Cameo: Carine can be seen when Lelouch and Nunnally leave for Japan at the beginning of the first compilation movie.
  • Dark Chick: Carine is certainly one, enjoy the warfare and suffering of Elevens. And openly expresses disdain for Nunnally's plans for peace. Guinevere could be seen as one too considering how quickly she ordered the guards to kill Lelouch after he announced he killed the Emperor despite him having no proof to show otherwise (Granted he did, but she didn't know that).
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • They seem to care for each other considering that they're Those Two Guys, as well as Odysseus.
    • Carine seems to care for Lelouch and Nunnally (or at least used to), as she's present when they leave for Japan.
    • Upon learning Lelouch killed their father, Guinevere attempts to retaliate using the royal guard, citing that he killed the Emperor. Whether or not she actually cares about her father or just wants to keep her noble status or both isn't clear.
  • Everybody Has Standards: They're surprised to learn that Lelouch, their brother, is alive. Their reaction to his survival is neutral until he reveals he killed their father and claims the throne for himself, or at least for Guinevere.
  • Foil:
    • To Cornelia and Euphemia, respectively. Cornelia actively serves Britannia in the military while Guinevere seems to relish in her position as First Princess, and Euphemia is a Politically Active Princess while Carine is a Royal Brat.
    • Carine is one to Nunnally, in that Carine is openly racist and enjoys bloodshed amongst other non-Britannian groups while Nunnally wants peace.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Carine.
  • Hair Decorations: Guinevere has a weird flower-like one that sticks out of her hair.
  • Humiliation Conga: Once Lelouch Geasses them, they're the first to swear their loyalty to him. The last we see of them is acting as maids and cleaning the castle.
  • Kick the Dog: Guinevere orders the royal guard to execute her own half-brother, Lelouch, when he reveals he killed their father and has taken the throne. Carine doesn't stop her either.
  • Non-Action Guy: Neither of them are in the military.
  • Pet the Dog: In The Awakening Path, Carine seems saddened when Lelouch and Nunnally depart for Japan.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Guinevere, who is seen purchasing buildings whenever she feels like it.
  • Spoiled Brat: Both of them, Carine for her childlike attitude and Guinevere for spending money on a whim.
  • Those Two Guys: Usually always seen together and at least in the same scene.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Lelouch takes over as emperor, we don't see them again nor learn of their fates after the destruction of the Pendragon. Averted Trope for Carine. The Spin-Off manga Code Geass: Oz the Reflection reveals her personal knight Dasko saved her before the destruction of Pendragon, although she seems to have suffered a case of Laser-Guided Amnesia.

    Princess Marrybell mel Britannia 
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida (Picture Drama)
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Marrybell mel Britannia is 88th in line to the throne of the Britannian Empire, and the founder and leader of the anti-terrorism organization "Glinda Knights" within the Britannian military. She is childhood friends with Oldrin Zevon and attended military academy with her.

Marrybell's single-handed establishment of the Glinda Knights was triggered by the loss of her mother and younger sister in a terrorist attack when she was young. Although usually misunderstood as having just a lovely appearance and a gentle demeanor, she is a sharp and able person who possesses situational assessment and strategy-designing abilities and keeps others at a distance.


  • Beware of the Nice Ones: Following the death of her mother and sister, Marrybell became ruthless and bloodthirsty. The only reason she's so nice is because of the influence of the people around her. Left on her own however...
  • Bodyguard Crush: The bodyguard, in this case, is Oldrin. Though it seems to go beyond being a crush if this scene is something to go by here, or this scene here make what you will of them.
  • The Cameo: She briefly appears in the first compilation film as one of the members of the royal family watching Lelouch and Nunnally leave for Japan, and is later shown amidst a photo of the royal family in the present day.
  • Cool Ship: Has her own ship, the Granberry as shown here.
  • Covert Pervert: Heavily implied to be this; Marrybell does wear rather erotic underwear, and there's also the custom KMF uniforms she and the other female members wear. There's also her strange habit of ending up in Oldrin's bed on nights when she has nightmares.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her mother and sister were killed in a terrorist attack. Suspiciously similar to how Lelouch lost his mother, actually. It's later revealed that V.V. bombed her home when she was a child and she was the only survivor.
  • Disney Villain Death: Though she can't really be called a villain per say, she falls to her death together with Orpheus in the finale.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: Apparently only Toto knows about her... affection for Oldrin.
  • Humongous Mecha: The large and terrifying Elphaba is her last Knightmare, taking some vibes from the Devil Gundam.
  • Inter-Class Romance: Marrybell is a princess, Oldrin is regular noble.
  • More Than Mind Control: Unlike the OTHER members of royalty she WILLINGLY signs on with Lelouch and becomes a Key Figure in the Zero Requiem.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not to the extent of Oldrin but still, yeah.
  • Panty Shot: Although it's not to the same extent as Oldrin.
  • Stock Underwear: Boy, does this Princess have erotic tastes or what?

    Princess Laila la Britannia 
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The younger sister of Clovis la Britannia. Appears in the mobile game Code Geass: Maelstrom of Libra.


Other Relatives

    V.V. 

Voiced by: Kazato Tomizawa (Japanese), Cindy Robinson (English)

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"The most splendid relationship in the world is that of loyal siblings."

V.V. (pronounced V2) is a mysterious boy with blond hair longer than his body. He has gained the power of immortality through a Geass contract like C.C. He can grant Geass contracts like her, having given both the Emperor and Rolo Lamperouge their Geass abilities, among others in the Geass Directorate.


  • Adult Fear: Losing a parent - it's implied that when they were young, V.V. and Charles discovered that some ambitious relatives dropped a carriage on their mother, crushing her to death, just because they weren't happy with the boys being named heirs to the Britannian throne. In "The Ragnarok Connection", one magical portrait shows an image of a young V.V. and Charles looking horrified, and another shows an image of the corpse of the twins' mother, its head reduced to bloody pulp.
  • The Ageless: Thanks to taking up a Code, he would always remain a ten-year-old boy.
  • Alliterative Name: If those are indeed his initials. Extra materials subvert it; his true name is "Victor zi Britannia".
  • Asshole Victim: Charles kills him because he lied to him again and to take his Code, but it's difficult to feel sorry for him.
  • Berserk Button: He really hates Marianne.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He fancies himself to be the ultimate manipulator and thinks he can pulls the strings, even on his brother. He was wrong.
  • Big Brother Instinct: A flashback as he dies reveals he took on the Code in Charles's place specifically so his younger brother need not be burdened with immortality. He also, though in a horribly twisted manner, thought he was protecting Charles by killing Marianne.
  • Break Them by Talking: Tries this on Cornelia. Does not work.
  • The Chessmaster: Quite possibly the most calculatingly malicious character in the series.
  • Complete Immortality: Similarly to C.C., V.V. is immortal thanks to possessing a Code, which was how he remained forever ten-years-old while his younger twin brother, Charles, grew up to become an old man. This immortality also allows him to survive the most grievous of injuries, including Cornelia embedding a knife deep in his forehead. This is later averted when Charles punishes V.V. for his constant lying by taking his immortality away, leaving him to die of his wounds.
  • Create Your Own Hero: If he hadn't killed Marianne, Lelouch likely would have never become so opposed to Britannia and ultimately the Ragnarok Connection.
  • Creepy Child: Although not technically a child, he's one of the creepiest characters in the series.
  • Creepy Twins: He and Charles are fraternal twin brothers, though they don't look like it due to V.V.'s immortality rendering him a child while Charles is an old man. However, the way they treat their fellow humans like pawns in their plans is appalling.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He wasn't expecting Marianne to have a Geass like himself or his brother... or the fact that someone else would've been watching, like Anya Alstreim, who became the prime target of Marianne's possession and is the sole reason she survived at all.
  • Enfant Terrible: Subverted. Chronologically, he should be a man in his 60's. But he got his Code at an early age so his brother, Charles, wouldn't take up the burden, so his physical growth was forever stunted. That said, while V.V. looks like a child, his personality is just as manipulative and cruel as Charles'.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • His mother, who was killed when some treacherous nobles dropped a carriage on her for naming her twin sons heirs to the throne, crushing her to death. This is what caused V.V. and Charles to create a "world without lies".
    • All the sick, twisted things he does are essentially out of his brotherly devotion to Charles and their ultimate goal. It's just that not even Charles always approves.
  • Evil Uncle: He kidnapped his niece, Nunnally, and tried to have his nephew, Lelouch, assassinated because he believed they were taking his brother Charles away from him and their Assimilation Plot.
  • Foil: To Marianne. V.V., as Emperor Charles' twin brother, is royalty and has much closer ties to him than Marianne, a commoner who became Empress by marriage. However, despite V.V.'s beliefs, Marianne stayed faithful to Charles' Assimilation Plot; while V.V. himself broke his vows of honesty by doing shady things behind Charles's back, which ironically was out of love and loyalty towards his brother... which eventually got him killed by Charles himself when he got fed up with his treachery. Marianne, on the other hand, was returned to her old body after her stint of possessing Anya Alstreim was over, just in time to reveal the truth to her son together with her husband.
  • Freudian Excuse: He and his brother, Charles, grew up during the "Emblem of Blood", a time where royal family members would betray and kill each other to sit on the Britannian throne. When they saw their mother get crushed by a falling carriage because of their relatives' scheming, they vowed to create a "world without lies".
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Really hates Marianne as he believed that she was leading Charles astray from their plans, which motivated him to try murder her in cold blood and cover it up with a terrorist alibi. It's implied this envious hatred might not just be directed at her as he kidnapped his niece, tried to send an assassin after his nephew, came into confict with his other niece, and ended up provoking her into throwing a knife at his head.
  • Harmful to Minors: It's implied in "The Ragnarok Connection" that V.V. and Charles witnessed their mother get crushed by a carriage that some ambitious nobles dropped on her out of spite; as an adult Charles explains his motives in creating his "world without lies", one picture shows the younger selves of V.V. and his brother staring at something in horror... and another picture shows a woman whose head was crushed by a fallen carriage.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In more ways than one. Sending Marianne's admirer, Jeremiah, to assassinate Lelouch backfired, resulting in Jeremiah committing an about face and leading Lelouch to his doorstep, but not in the way V.V. anticipated at all, leading to the latter's defeat. V.V., still recovering from his internal injuries, made the mistake of seeking refuge in the presence of his brother Charles, who he had not bothered to inform that he had sent an assassin after Lelouch. Charles, still seething from V. V.'s earlier lies in violation of their pledge and contract to liberate the world from them, has had the last straw. Since Charles had a fully evolved Geass, you can probably guess what happens next...
  • Horrible Judge of Character: A villainous example. First, he fails to anticipate that spending a year as Lelouch's "brother" might encourage Rolo to defect. Then, he sends Jeremiah after Lelouch despite knowing that he already has a reason to defect- his Undying Loyalty to Marianne and her children. He even thought his own brother would be to distracted by Marianne to carry out the Ragnarok Connection, when Charles apparently never lost sight of it. Making his attempt to kill Marianne more pointless than it already was.
  • Karmic Death: The best example in the series by a longshot, for all the crap that he caused. He caused the events of Code Geass by secretly murdering Marianne in cold blood (or he thought so) and lying about it to Charles, breaking his promise of honesty. Ultimately, his treachery in the name of the Assimilation Plot gets him killed when Charles strips V.V. of his immortality and leaves his brother to die.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Whenever he gets involved, things always get worse.
  • Kubrick Stare: Thanks to constantly having an expression of half-lidded apathy, V.V. is capable of doing this whenever he gets into a scheming mood, especially when he pairs it up with a devious smirk...
  • Little Big Brother: He's actually Charles' older brother, but because he got a Code at a very young age, he looks like a prepubescent boy.
  • Little Guy, Big Buddy: With his twin brother Emperor Charles.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Kidnapped his niece, Nunnally, and then informed C.C. about it in order to lure Lelouch (and, more importantly from his point of view, C.C.) away from the Battle of Tokyo at a critical moment, then also revealed the truth about Geass and Euphemia's death to Suzaku in order to have him come kill Lelouch. Also quite possibly had something to do with Villetta showing up, with memories returned, at a crucial moment and shooting Ohgi, thus causing further chaos in the Black Knights' temporary headquarters and command structure.
  • Meaningful Name: The fact that his name is referred to as initials like C.C., except in his case, it's V.V. This serves as Foreshadowing that he is also an immortal Code bearer, but unlike C.C., who helps the protagonist numerous times, V.V. is manipulative, possessive, and jealous.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When you send out an assassin, make sure he has no unrequited loyalties to the matriarch of the target. You just might have a Heel–Face Turn in the works. And had V.V. not murdered Marianne, Lelouch may have never stumbled upon his parents' Ragnarok Connection plan or, if he did, would have supported it as he would have remained a prince instead of experiencing what he did to turn him against Britannia.
  • Older Than They Look: He looks even younger than Nunnally, but really he's Emperor Charles' twin brother.
  • Only Known by Initials: Much like C.C., his real name is never revealed, though it's assumed his title would include "Britannia". Extra materials reveal his real name is Victor zi Britannia.
  • Purple Eyes: Pink-ish purple.
  • Purple Is Powerful: V.V. wears purple clothes, and he's very high up in the Britannian hierarchy, being the leader of both Pluton and the Geass Directorate, and having close ties to the Emperor himself who is his younger twin brother and regent of Britannia.
  • Rapunzel Hair: His hair is so long that it cascades to his feet in luscious curls. It used to be much shorter when he was still a mortal child and had not taken up a Code yet.
  • Royal Blood: As Charles' older twin brother, he's technically the rightful Emperor of Britannia, though him possessing a Code means his existence must be kept secret from the masses. This means that Charles is effectively ruling in his place as regent.
  • The Sociopath: By far the most ruthlessly calculating character in the series, and that's saying something.
  • The Un-Reveal: How he got his Code. It's never said in any canon how he got it. All that can be said for certain is that he was very much so a child when he did.
  • Villain Ball: Sends Jeremiah, a prime risk for a Heel–Face Turn, after Lelouch with no back-up to insure that he obeys orders. This is after one assassin has already defected to Lelouch.
  • Yandere: Non-sexual type. When he felt his brother lost focus on their Ragnarok Connection plan, he murdered his wife (or at least, thought he did) to get him back on track and pay attention to V.V. This would ultimately backfire on so many levels.

Military Research and Development

    Lloyd Asplund 
Voiced by: Tetsu Shiratori (Japanese), Liam O'Brien (English)
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"You must make a decision. Abandon science to preserve your heart or destroy your heart to pursue science".

An earl of the Britannian empire and the series' main Mad Scientist.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's not known as Lord Aspie for nothing.
  • Anti-Villain: Again, he works for the Big Bad and enjoys making deadlier weapons but he himself is indifferent to the war.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He likes to play the part, but it's really an act.
  • Arranged Marriage: Plans one to Milly. Later, she calls it off.
  • Asexuality: According to Cécile, he has "no attraction to the opposite sex," and in context it's pretty clear that he has no more interest in the same sex either.
  • Blue Blood: An Earl.
  • Brutal Honesty: Never ever sugarcoats his opinions.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A brilliant and snarky engineer who's also a graceless misfit and loves pudding. See also Ditzy Genius, below.
  • Catchphrase: OMEDETO! (Congratulations!)
  • Celibate Eccentric Genius: Very smart, very quirky, and has no interest in the opposite sex.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His coworkers see him as over energetic oddball.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even in the midst of battles he snarks.
  • Ditzy Genius: Far more genius than ditz, but he still has his ditzy moments.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: He and Jeremiah attended the same academy. According to Jeremiah, Lloyd caused a lot of trouble because of his lab experiments, which Lloyd doesn't remember.
  • For Science!: He clearly doesn't care about the war either way; he's just a big kid making bigger toys.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He doesn't want anyone to know how much he cares about those closest to him. At his best he cares about his coworkers but doesn't show it well. See also Sugar-and-Ice Personality.
  • In-Series Nickname: Rival Mad Scientist Rakshata Chawla dubs him "The Earl of Pudding" — supposedly in honor of his favorite food.
  • Lack of Empathy: Happily and willingly divorced himself from his humanity so he will never again need to feel pain for the suffering of others.
  • Mad Scientist: A mostly benign version. Not evil enough to be 100% Mad Scientist, but too young and too quirky to be The Professor.
  • Manchild: His excitement around mecha, especially getting his hands on an antique, is positively child-like.
  • No Social Skills: It would be an understatement to say he's not a people person.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In Stage 25 of R1 - Upon realising that Nina's actually built a FLEIJA, Lloyd has a massive Oh, Crap! moment and starts screaming for both the Britannians & Black Knights to enter a cease fire; with Rakshata noting that if it's got Lloyd that worried, it's probably best to do what he says.
  • Pet the Dog: Along with Darlton, he starts the Slow Clap at Suzaku's knighting ceremony.
  • The Quisling: Along with Nina, Sayoko, and Cécile, Lloyd pretends to be this under Lelouch's direction; they assisted Lelouch's Zero Requiem to achieve world peace, but as Lelouch would be eventually hated as the most tyrannical ruler in history, Lelouch has them defect to the Black Knights after they've accomplished their tasks to preserve their name after the war.
  • Say It with Hearts: Lloyd often does this when talking to Suzaku in the manga.
  • Slow Clap: When Suzaku was knighted by Euphemia, he was initially the only one to applaud. Notably, this didn't prompt applause from the rest (that happened when General Dalton started applauding as well).
  • The Smart Guy: As the resident Mad Scientist and Knightmare expert, he serves as the brains of the Britannian forces.
  • The Sociopath: Self-professed - he prefers to see humans as parts of a machine than actual people, interchangeable and replaceable. Later on, it's revealed he has more of a heart than he let on.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pudding.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In his case, light purple.

    Cécile Croomy 
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Deborah Sale Butler (English)
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"Lancelot, launch!"

Cécile Croomy is Lloyd's subordinate in Camelot and one of the Lancelot's developers. She is a capable scientist in her own right, having designed the Energy Wing system used on the Guren Seiten and the Lancelot Albion. Cécile is a kind-hearted woman and a good friend to Suzaku, often helping him with homework. She also acts as Lloyd's conscience, scolding him for his unintentionally rude remarks or for treating Suzaku as a "part" for his Mechas. A recurring joke is that Cécile is a bad cook, though no one has the heart to tell her. It seems to be implied in one of the picture dramas that Cécile is in love with Suzaku and that a former love of hers died in battle.


  • Absolute Cleavage: In her formal outfit.
  • Ace Custom: During the First Battle of Tokyo at the end of the first season, Cecile makes use of a Customized Sutherland outfitted with a Blaze Luminous and Float System to save Suzaku.
  • Alliterative Name: Cécile Croomy.
  • Anti-Villain: Works for The Empire but is one of the most sympathetic.
  • Badass Bookworm: Cecile is a brilliant scientist on par with Lloyd, and during the First Battle of Tokyo, she shows herself to be a fairly capable Knightmare pilot when she saves Suzaku and manages to hold off the Black Knights holding Ashford Academy pretty much single-handedly.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She saves Suzaku during the First Battle of Tokyo after Lelouch and the Black Knights disables the Lancelot with a Gefjun trap.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Suzaku. (Although there are hints her feelings for him are, shall we say, not entirely Like Brother and Sister.)
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Cécile isn't a Lethal Chef per se, but she seems to not have any concept of what normal taste is (she puts jam in rice balls, and puts peanut butter, turmeric and wasabi paste in sandwiches. Together!).
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Inverted, as although she's very feminine she's not a good cook. Justified in that she's busy being a scientist.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She's the one who designed and created The Energy Wing System. Not even the Mad Scientists could pull that off.
  • Mission Control: To Suzaku when he's piloting; she gives tactical information.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Although not stated explicitly in the Anime, Cécile does indeed have strong feelings for Suzaku. Despite the age gap, Cécile confides to C.C. that she loves Suzaku in Turn 22.05 of the R2 Picture Dramas, mentioning that this is true "if we go by the definition of love."
  • Nice Girl: Even though she works for The Empire, she's right up there with the likes of Shirley, Nunnally, and Euphemia as far as being one of the nicest girls in the series.
  • The Quisling: Along with Nina, Lloyd, and Sayoko, Cécile pretends to be this under Lelouch's direction; they assisted Lelouch's Zero Requiem to achieve world peace, but as Lelouch would be eventually hated as the most tyrannical ruler in history, Lelouch has them defect to the Black Knights after they've accomplished their tasks to preserve their name after the war.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Averted as she is anything but shy with her normal co-workers (Lloyd and Suzaku etc) but is flustered by Prince Schneizel (likely because of the prince part). Her demeanor around him changes when he tells her he ordered the air strike that almost killed Suzaku.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: On many levels, as she's gentle, softspoken and voiced by Kikuko Inoue aka the patron saint of Yamato Nadeshiko characters; however, she has the habit of disciplining Lloyd with physical violence instead of polite nudging, something most don't do. Then there's her... special cooking, and most important of all, she doesn't seem to care about Japanese culture. Which is Fridge Brilliance if you think about it; Japan was stripped of its culture down to its name, so it makes sense that she would have all the traits except the extremely cultural ones.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Few others have blue hair but this isn't a series where unrealistic hair color is rare.

Royal Aides of Britannia

    Alicia Lohmeyer 
Voiced by: Akira Watanabe (Japanese), Dorothy Elias Fahn (English)
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Introduced in the second season. An aide to Nunnally seen after she was re-inducted into the royal family and swore in as Viceroy of Area 11. Though her true duty was to make sure Nunnally followed the Emperor's orders.


  • Fantastic Racism: Makes it no secret she hates Elevens as her every advisement is to assert Britannians control over them. She nearly starts a second massacre of it during Zero's exile by almost firing into the crowd after they don Zero masks. But Suzaku manages to prevent her in time.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A glasses wearer and not at all a nice person.
  • Hate Sink: Less so than Luciano Bradley or High Eunuchs, but still a piece of work.
  • Jerkass: Putting it lightly. She's one of the most despicable Britannias seen in the series.
  • Karmic Death: Oh yes, so very much: See below.
  • Killed Off for Real: Caught in the blast of the F.L.E.I.J.A as she was trying to escape to Pendragon in the decoy ship.
  • Treacherous Advisor: Tried to be one anyway, but Nunnally wouldn't be controlled or swayed to her way of thinking nor did Nunnally even trust her from the start. Even trying to have Kallen executed behind Nunnally's back winds up failing, although this was due to Sayoko interfering while Alicia was busy escaping during the UFN's assault on Tokyo.
  • Would Hurt a Child: As mentioned above she almost fired into a crowd of Elevens, which included kids, without a second thought.

Britannian Army

    Jeremiah Gottwald 
Voiced by: Ken Narita (Japanese), Crispin Freeman (English)
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"Orange? That is the name of my loyalty!"

A soldier in the Britannian army who was initially not supposed to be in the series past his first few appearances, he winds up becoming a more important figure in season two.


  • Ace Pilot: He's able to hold off four enemy pilots long enough for Suzaku to bail him out, and beats the hell out of Lelouch's Gawain with Lelouch being unable to land a single hit, until C.C. takes him down with a kamikaze attack. Then gets even more competent after he joins Lelouch: He evades several strikes from V.V. despite being in a weaker Sutherland, when stronger Knightmares present aren't able to do so. He fights evenly with Suzaku and comes close to killing him (with help from Guilford) without taking any damage himself. And he wins against Anya by self-destructing his unit to blow open the Mordred, then jumps on top of it and forces her to surrender at swordpoint.
  • Anti-Hero: On par with Lelouch thanks to his loyalty.
  • Anti-Magic: He gets armed with the Geass canceller.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Subverted. He comes off as very racist at first, but then he gets Character Development.
  • Ax-Crazy: Temporarily. When he wakes up early from his first cybernetic surgery, the sound of Zero's voice over the broadcast system sends him into an Unstoppable Rage, leading him to steal the Siegfried prototype mecha and rush break out of a research facility to go earn his first Moment of Awesome.
  • Back from the Dead: He not-quite-dies twice, and both times he's rebuilt.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: In season 1, Jeremiah was a talented knightmare pilot as well as an administrator. After being demoted, betrayed, nearly killed, "rebuilt," made into an assassin, and finally making a Heel–Face Turn to serve his prince, he goes all badass and no bureaucrat.
  • Berserk Button: Do not under any circumstances call him "Orange" or "Orange Boy" He...doesn't like that. Of course, after his Heel–Face Turn, this becomes much less of an issue.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: He gains two of these, one embedded in each arm, after his second round of modifications.
  • Blue Blood: Part of the Noble/Pureblood Faction.
  • Body Horror: Happened to him after his first death.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Done deliberately during the Grand Finale, when he lets Suzaku/Zero through the guards defending Lelouch by calling them off so he can "take Zero on himself". In truth, Jeremiah knows what Suzaku and Lelouch are up to, and he even encourages Suzaku to do his part in his mind.
  • Book-Ends: In R2 Turn 13, Jeremiah intrudes Ashford Academy with intent to kill Lelouch and anyone who gets in his way. In post-R2 picture drama Turn 25.01, Jeremiah visits the school with Anya one last time to carry out Lelouch's final order and asks Anya if she wants to stay to attend Ashford.
  • Breakout Character: Was not planned to last beyond the show's first half, but unexpected popularity brought him an expanded role in the rest of the series.
  • Break the Haughty: When Kallen incinerates his Sutherland, nearly killing him as he ejects with massive wounds.
  • The Brute: He's this when first introduced, though he quickly devolves to an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain. He also becomes this to Emperor Lelouch at the end. In both cases, he's the low authority strong man. However, unlike most examples of this trope, he is a decent and honourable man and though he has little (relative) authority, great trust is placed in him by Lelouch, who even saw fit to let him in on the Zero Requiem.
  • Call to Agriculture: He's an orange farmer after the Grand Finale.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Averted. It's mentioned in Stage 4.33 that he has a little sister named Lilacia. This audio drama also reveals his connection to Lady Marianne, a fact that does become important later, but Lilacia is never brought up again.
  • Determinator: Can match (or possibly even beat) Kallen in this category, as nothing will stop him from carrying out his loyalty, Nothing, be it having his knightmare explode while he's still in it (twice), having a skyscraper dropped on him, being dragged underwater to crushing depths, or even gefjun disturbers shutting down his cybernetics, he will not stay down for long. At first, Lelouch regards him with utter disdain ("Be crushed to dust, you relic!"), which later becomes grudging respect ("Your persistence is first-class."). Becomes an asset to Lelouch after the Heel–Face Turn, right down to obeying orders to assist in making his assassination look good.
  • The Dragon: To Perry in Tales of an Alternate Shogunate.
  • Electronic Eye: After he returns as a cyborg, he has one of his original orange eyes, and a green cybernetic replacement for the other.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: With his geass canceller and cyborg enhancements.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: When Kewell betrays him and tries to murder him with the other purists. Luckily Suzaku and Viletta take his side.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In Stage 4.33, when he starts crying about his failure to protect Lady Marianne, Villetta cheers him up by lightly scolding him, asking him what his little sister Lilacia would think if she saw him like that.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: He and Lloyd attended the same academy. According to Jeremiah, he took the heat for the accidents that happened from Lloyd's lab experiments. Jeremiah is annoyed when Lloyd states he doesn't remember any of it.
  • Evil Is Dumb: Only gets true respect after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Failure Knight: He was in charge of the palace guard the day Empress Marianne was murdered, therefore he has felt guilty for years because he couldn't stop or capture her assassins. To top it, the later deaths of Lelouch & Nunnally (presumably, of course) as well as Clovis ate at him even further. And this triggers his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Foil: To Anya Alstreim.
  • Freudian Excuse: It also turns out that his racism against the Japanese is because he thinks they were responsible for Lelouch and Nunnally's deaths.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Becomes this to the Britannians after the Orange Incident. He also becomes this to the Black Knights when he defects. They don't trust him because of his former support for Britannia and the fact that Lelouch brought him on board without consulting anyone.
  • Gratuitous English: A walking fountain of it, particularly in "ALL HAIL BRITANNIA!!", indeed.
  • Heel–Face Turn: When Lelouch turned a trap on him in season 2, Jeremiah asks him why he's rebelling against Britannia. Lelouch tells him that its largely to avenge Marianne, his mother's death. Jeremiah tells Lelouch that he deeply respected and admired her, and his one regret in life was being unable to save her life. Lelouch then turns off the machine he was using to trap/kill Jeremiah, and instead asks him to serve. Jeremiah accepts.
  • He Knows Too Much: In the manga, instead of Villetta, he is the one that learns that Zero is Lelouch and gets shot for it by Shirley. He doesn't return until when it starts adapting R2.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Indeed.
  • Honor Before Reason: Subverts this when fighting Suzaku, telling him that he won't go easy on him just because he owes him his life.
  • Hot-Blooded: He was always something of a ham, but he turns full-on bombastic by season two.
  • Humiliation Conga: He gets one way early in the series, and not quite dies twice before he manages to regain his honor and dignity along with a Heel–Face Turn.)
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: For a time.
  • Insult Backfire: After his Heel–Face Turn, when his former comrades try to insult him with the name "Orange," he takes it as a compliment as it was a name given to him by Lelouch.
  • Irony: He has General Bartley stripped of his position after disbelieving that Bartley couldn't remember anything about the assassination of Prince Clovis, especially since Bartley was supposed to guard him. When Lelouch uses his geass on Jeremiah in a much more public scenario, Jeremiah finds himself on the receiving end of disbelief when he says he can't remember helping Zero and Suzaku escape capture.
  • Karma Houdini: Very debatable from an outside viewpoint. In-universe, you'd think he'd be punished severely after all the things he'd done as Lelouch's lackey.
  • Large Ham: Even in a World of Ham, Jeremiah is by far the most hammy. In the first season's finale, his mecha literally chews the scenery's ground as he screams "ALL HAIL BRITANNIA!!!!!" In R2, he has mellowed down a bit, but he's still quite hammy, especially in the Second Battle of Tokyo when he fires off his STORM OF LOYALTY.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: His 2nd season return. "Look out for me, Jeremiah Gottwald, with all you've got!" Sounds like he's addressing the viewers.
  • Made of Iron: The very fact that he survived two incidents that would kill any other man (first he's roasted with Kallen's Face Palm Of Doom and then crushed by water pressure courtesy of C.C), and closer to literally after parts of his body are rebuilt using sakuradite.
  • Manly Tears: He cries in joy (Tears of Blood included, in a sense) when he goes under his Heel–Face Turn and joins Lelouch. And before this, he cries in the Picture Dramas when explaining his backstory to his subordinate Villetta Nu.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Empress Marianne's #1 fanboy. Later, her son's #1 supporter.
  • Noodle Incident: For whatever reason, he's not seen in the photograph of Villetta and Ohgi's wedding at the end of R2, yet Anya — who he is implied to have adopted — is. One could assume that it had something to do with his and Villetta's relationship, given everything that's happened. Awkwardness?
  • Not So Different: Near the end of R2, Jeremiah and Sayoko have a conversation about how they both carry Undying Loyalty to Lelouch because of chivalry.
  • Now What?: Implied at the end of R2. With Lelouch dead and the Britannian Empire being reformed, Jeremiah has nothing left for his Undying Loyalty other than to live out the rest of his life in peace. Though he seems happy of his life as an orange farmer with Anya, his lack of presence at Villetta's wedding and him accompanying Anya to Ashford in Turn 25.01 solely for her sake & to tribute to Lelouch implies that he feels that he doesn't belong in the lives of the other characters.
  • Parental Substitute: He is implied to become Anya's caretaker or adoptive father in the end.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Despite being the leader of the Purebloods, he does seem to have some respect for Villetta. In Stage 4.33, he promises to Villetta that even with her different lineage, he'll submit a proposal to the Purebloods to have her be a Baroness so she and her descendants can be of true nobility, which wouldn't be possible with the honorary title of knighthood.
    • In the Orange Peel audio drama, after some persuasion by Villetta, Lloyd, and Cecile, he decides to thank Suzaku for saving his life. When it ends up getting postponed by Guilford arresting him for the Orange Incident, he screams that he's innocent and he has to do something as he gets taken away. Near the end of R2, he gets to deliver his gratitude to Suzaku and notes that they have a strange relationship.
    • In post-R2 picture drama Turn 25.01, though it's never explicitly stated, it's quite obvious that he's lonely. At the end, however, he asks Anya if she wants to stay at Ashford, even though this would mean that he would be alone. Not only did he visit Ashford Academy to carry out Lelouch's last order, but also give Anya a chance at having a normal life. Anya seems to catch on, as she turns it down and chooses to stay with him, citing that she has memories of Ashford to stay with.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: The point in his second cyborg upgrade was for him to take over Rolo's job of assassinating Lelouch. Instead, he joined him.
  • Redemption Promotion: The series for him was one string of losses until he joined Lelouch's side. Then he gets shit done.
  • Retired Badass: After showing some insane awesomeness in the big final battle, the time skip at the end of the episode shows him having left the military to run an orange plantation, with Anya either as help or as family.
  • Sanity Slippage: He's kept as an experimental subject during the latter half of the first season. This causes his emotional stability to drastically plummet during the R1 finale. Ironically, this causes his ham to grow even larger. ALL HAIL BRITANNIA!!!
  • Ship Tease: A few circles in the fanbase like to believe that Jeremiah's talk with an injured Sayoko at her bedside about how they are both loyal to Lelouch out of chivalry is this.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: He acts like a massive Jerkass in the first four episodes, but inside, he's devastated for being unable to protect Marianne and her children.
  • Starter Villain: His original role in the series was to simply be an obstacle in the first couple episodes, then die in humiliation.
  • Sycophantic Servant: A rare subversion. His loyalty to Lelouch is genuine and well-earned, so Jeremiah is treated with much greater respect by Lelouch after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: From the "Orange incident" onward until R2 13, his goal is to bring Zero to justice.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Well dark-blue.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After losing everything, including parts of his own body early in season one, things start looking up for him in season two.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After kicking total ass in the first season finale, he comes back with even more badassness. He's an essentially bulletproof cyborg, is more than capable of dodging melee attacks with sidesteps and flips, has fighting skills to rival Sayoko, has a sword that comes out of his arm, and Geasses don't work on him. If that fails to impress, he also manages to move his cyborg body despite the fact that he's standing right next to a Gefjun Disturber (EMP device that works against Sakuradite, a substance that is a part of his cyborg body) through sheer willpower alone.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of the show, he's taken a few levels of humility. In the end, it's heavily implied he adopted Anya, and the two of them live simple lives tending an orange farm implied to be in Florida or somewhere near there — far from the main settings of the show... and it's also heavily implied with his absence at Villetta's wedding and Turn 25.01 that he feels lonely in life.
  • Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: He wrongly believes the Japanese killed Lelouch and Nunnally. As such, he's extremely racist when first introduced. He drops the racism when he learns the truth, and even gets a Ship Tease with Sayoko near the end.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: In episodes three and four, Jeremiah forces General Bartley outta town in disgrace as penance for his lack of ability to protect Prince Clovis. With the highest-ranking Britannian commander now removed from the country, Jeremiah - using his authority as Margrave - assumes direct control over the military in Area 11 and installs his faction of Pureblooded Britannians as the primary officer corps. He plans to frame an Honorary Britannian (ala Suzaku) for the murder of Clovis, as an excuse to abolish the Honorary Britannian system (although in Jeremiah's defense, he really did believe Suzaku was the killer).
  • Undying Loyalty: Marianne couldn't have asked for a more loyal guard. Even after her death and even after his death and rebirth, he never stopped supporting her. This carries over to Lelouch (and to an unseen extent, Nunnally).
  • Unexplained Recovery: He's crushed under hundreds of feet of water in the Season 1 finale. He comes back in Season 2 with no explanation of how he survived this. Even before this, he's pretty good at surviving incidents that probably would have killed anyone in real life.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Particularly in season two; once he's pissed, you're fucked.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While people blame Rolo for killing Shirley and making Lelouch unstable enough to commit THE biggest mistake in his plans, Jeremiah also has a share of responsability in that since he once used his Geass Canceller without checking on his surroundings, which accidentally caused him to undo Shirley's Fake Memories about Lelouch and Nunnally. Had he not done that, Shirley wouldn't have mentioned Nunnally in front of Rolo, and Rolo wouldn't have killed her...
    • In the second Compilation Movie, however, he seems to actually check said surroundings, and is able to warn Shirley about staying away from danger, which results in the above events being avoided and essentially saving her life.
  • Villainous Valor: In season 1. He was a fearless pilot and reached Leeroy Jenkins levels of recklessness in the hope of taking out Zero. Particular moments include holding on in a four-on-one battle with the Purist Faction, taking out two enemy pilots at the Battle of Narita, and especially the Season 1 finale where he mows down an entire line of Black Knights and nearly takes down Lelouch's Gawain.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Twice.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • While hunting down Lelouch, he has no problem intruding on Ashford campus, and though he doesn't harm any students (though he does almost kill Rolo), he doesn't care if anyone sees him killing security there.
    • After defeating Anya, he holds her at sword-point. In fairness, she's a Child Soldier that is already treated like an adult, and he does stand down when he realizes that she had been Geassed.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A rarity in that he actually has blue hair in this series.

    Villetta Nu / "Chigusa" 
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Megan Hollingshead (English)
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"I will not die like Jeremiah, stripped of power and honor., I will rise higher than ever!"

One of Jeremiah Gottwald's most devoted subordinates, Villetta Nu is a twenty-six-year-old Knightmare Frame pilot. Like Jeremiah, she belongs to a segregationist group called the Pure Bloods, Britannians who believe that Elevens and other Numbers (i.e., people of Japanese or other non-Britannian descent) should be forbidden from serving in the Britannian military or otherwise contaminating Britannian society. Although Villetta does not hail from the aristocracy, she hopes to sufficiently distinguish herself in the service of her country as to earn her family hereditary knighthood.

After Zero uses his mind control geass to ruin Jeremiah's career and very nearly Villetta's as well, she does some quick thinking and realizes that he must have connections at Ashford Academy. She hopes that by capturing Zero, she can bring herself glory and simultaneously redeem Jeremiah. But fate, or luck, has some surprises for her.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Almost all of her outfits give this, which makes sense, given her status as Ms. Fanservice.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Villetta's exact origins are never revealed, though she is darker than most of the characters. Her last name suggests a Thai or Spanish history. Many fans think she's of Amerindian descent. Stage 4.33 confirms that Villetta isn't of Britannian descent.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Her experience as 'Chigusa' is complicated.
  • The Baroness: The sexpot variety, and perhaps a literal one. Devoted to the military regime of Britannia and seeks ever more power for herself. In a way she succeeds by marrying Japan's Prime Minister Oghi, although she does have genuine feelings for him.
  • Becoming the Mask: Sort of.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Introduced as the first major character Lelouch geassed. The consequences of this encounter are far reaching, as is her relevance to the plot.
  • Dark Action Girl: At first, but it quickly took the back burner to her personal ambitions for nobility, followed by her amnesiac phase, then her relationship with Ohgi.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Or rather blue.
  • Easily Forgiven: Too easily considering she causes two tragedies, and the second completely changes the game for the worse.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: In R2 19, none of Ohgi's comrades ask what he has been doing all this time with a Britannian, who she is, or for that matter, question her credibility when she testifies against Lelouch.
  • Fanservice: Viletta's often leg-baring and cleavage exposing outfits certainly give way to many such scenes. She also poses scantily in a bikini with Shirley at one point.
  • Femme Fatale: A skilled Knightmare pilot and as deadly as she is sexy.
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Cornelia lets Villetta join the Black Knights no questions asked because there are more important things to do than worry about a single soldier, and because there are more important things than lineage. The Black Knights however are alarmingly lenient, given that one would expect her and Ohgi to be questioned heavily. As a trope, it describes how in spite of her past as a Purist Faction soldier of the Britannian Army and later a baroness, her relationship with Ohgi means a ticket to the proverbial winning team, the Black Knights, and her eventual Happy Ending, in spite of no actual redemption or atonement.
  • Glory Seeker: Her motivation is to distinguish herself for higher titles and status.
  • Good Costume Switch: During her amnesia phase. She let her hair down and wore dresses and hats.
  • Happily Married: To Ohgi, by the end.
  • Hot Teacher: Poses as a P.E. instructor during her time as a spy at Ashford Academy, complete with stripperiffic outfits.
  • Karma Houdini: See "Get out of Jail Free" Card, Happily Married, Playing the Victim Card and Spanner in the Works. Not only that, there's the fact that everything she did under Britannia was for the purpose of attaining nobility, and that aside from her affection for Ohgi, she never truly grew as a person.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: Heads the OSI detail screening Lelouch early on in R2. That is, until he finds out about her relationship with Ohgi and blackmails her out of it.
  • Living with the Villain:
    • Villetta gets to be a popular coach and P.E. teacher in Ashford Academy and interacts with Lelouch and Shirley, admittedly she's watching Lelouch for any hints that he has recovered his memory.
    • Even more strikingly, Kaname Ohgi actually does live with her for quite some time while she's lost her memory after being shot by Shirley (or Deithard in the Compilation Movie).
  • Manipulative Bitch / Smug Snake: Attempts to use a distraught Shirley to expose and arrest Zero, even when it turns out Zero is Shirley's big crush, Lelouch. And quite possibly when she comes in with Ohgi and the Geass "evidence" against Lelouch, when she likely knew more than she was letting on at the time.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Family name: Nu. Knew; new. (Also "nu," a Yiddish expression — and several other possible (if unlikely) meanings.)
    • A few of the things Villetta Nu knew before almost anyone else — and then through Easy Amnesia, was forced to forget: that Zero probably had psychic powers, that Jeremiah Gottwald was innocent, that Zero likely was working with at least one student at Ashford Academy, that Zero was likely a student at Ashford, and that that Lelouch was Zero.
    • In addition, Villetta Nu has been remade anew several times (see also Heel–Face Revolving Door), thanks in part to her Easy Amnesia and Identity Amnesia.
    • Given name: Villetta — presumably from villette, French for village, also calls to mind both the words "violet" and "villain." This seems a fitting reflection of the two aspects of her personality.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Moreso than the other examples in the series, but in her case she seems to do it deliberately.
  • Pet the Dog: In an audio drama, she's part of the group encouraging Jeremiah to thank Suzaku for saving his life in Stage 5.
  • Playing the Victim Card: Claims during the final episode that she just wanted somewhere to belong, even though her past was part of the Britannian Purist Faction. Potentially also when she, alongside Ohgi, testifies against Lelouch on account of Geass leading up to the Black Knights' betrayal, even though she had earlier been keeping surveillance over Lelouch on behalf of Britannia as part of an attempt to keep him from his rebellion alongside the Black Knights, specifically because she couldn't be affected by Geass anymore and may have known more than what she was letting on.
  • Plot Armor: Lelouch had at least 3 means to kill her way back in the second episode and enough reason to do so as it was at that point alone. Also when she is saved by Ohgi and nursed to health after Shirley shoots her and flees in distress after being goaded into turning Lelouch in to her, and one season later, when she dives in to shield Ohgi from hitting the bottom of the waterfall alone, leading to the improbable survival of both.
  • Pregnant Badass: Manages to avoid capture when Lelouch takes over the world with Cornelia's rebellious group while pregnant with hers and Ohgi's kid. To be fair, however, she was only in the first couple months (thought with a mild baby bump in the Grand Finale), and had a decent head-start.
  • Retired Monster: She's spent her life manipulating and blackmailing her way to attain nobility, and that's before taking into account that she was part of the Britannian Purist Faction. By the end of the series, she's Happily Married with Ohgi and has never made any attempt at actual redemption or atonement.
  • Rule of Sexy: At least as the series progresses. Even by Code Geass standards, she's dressed in ludicrously skimpy outfits. (And in one infamous scene, simply forgets she's naked.) For more information, see Stripperific, below. See also Ms. Fanservice.
  • Sexy Secretary: To Jeremiah in the beginning of the series.
  • Spanner in the Works: Quite possibly the biggest one barring Suzaku, and we can be sure she's the worst since Suzaku at least paid—willingly no less—for his crimes. Is responsible (directly or otherwise) for the following: finding out Zero's identity as Lelouch, Shirley's eventual memory wipe in the first season, shooting Ohgi during the Black Rebellion which leads the regiment of the Black Knights watching over Ashford into chaos which also is the arguable cause of V.V. kidnapping Nunnally, leading a Britannian spy unit in watching over Lelouch in the subsequent year to see that he hasn't recovered his memories, and later convincing Ohgi and the Black Knights to betray Lelouch via her (arguably deceptively cursory) testimonial on Geass, which causes Rolo's Heroic Sacrifice note  and also ultimately leads to the Zero Requiem. All the while she ends up joining the Black Knights and is Happily Married with Ohgi. All of this makes her something even worse: a two-faced Spanner in the Works, who screws Lelouch over on both sides.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Ohgi and her. They fall in love when he finds her suffering from amnesia, to then become enemies when she regains her memories. Subverted since in the end, both survived and got Happily Married.
  • Static Character: Aside from her being with Oghi, her character never changes.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Very hot. Very tall.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Could explain how hard and how permanently she fell for Oghi.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Snitches on Lelouch more than once.
  • Stripperiffic: Not on the battlefield, but in her guise as spy at Ashford. For more details, see Rule of Sexy, above. See also Ms. Fanservice, above.
  • Tareme Eyes: In her "Chigusa" persona.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Can be considered one, in that even though it was because of Lelouch sneaking under her watch while she was heading surveillance that Ohgi was alive, she leads Ohgi to betray Lelouch based on Geass, which she might have been aware wasn't as all-powerful as was suggested there given her earlier post.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In a more contrarian sense. By the time she snitches, she's no longer with the opposing team; she just seems to have it in for Lelouch.
  • Vapor Wear: See also Rule of Sexy and Stripperiffic, above.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The same Picture Drama that talks about Jeremiah's devotion to Marianne mentions that her main motivation is taking care of her younger brothers; they're never mentioned after this, and she switches over to purely selfish motives.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Often wears pantless outfits, such as skirts or simply leotards, combined with thigh-high boots.

    Kewell Soresi 
Voiced by: Yasuyuki Kase (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)
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Another member of the Purist's, and by far the most blatantly racist.


  • Fantastic Racism: Even compared to Viletta and Jeremiah, his stands out.
  • Flat Character: All we really know about him is that he is a Purist and a racist.
  • Mauve Shirt: Appears in a few episodes, gets some minor characterization, and is then unceremoniously killed off by Kallen.
  • This Cannot Be!: His reaction to Kallen destroying his Knightmare.

    Gilbert G.P. Guilford 
Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Kono (Japanese), Roger Craig Smith (English)
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"My justice is with my princess!"

Personal knight of Second Princess Cornelia li Britannia with unwavering devotion to his princess and piloting skill matching Kyoshiro Tohdoh.


  • Anti-Villain: The Noble variant. He doesn't have good thoughts about Zero's supporters, but he learns to accept Suzaku and he is one of few Britannian officers above any personal ambitions.
  • Bodyguard Crush: On Princess Cornelia.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Sort of, Lelouch uses his Geass to make Guliford believe that he is Cornelia, this makes him fight against Britannia.
  • Co-Dragons: To Cornelia, with Darlton.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Takes over for both of them when Darlton is killed and Cornelia goes AWOL.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Despite his personal traits, he deserved that something good finally happened to him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Believing that Lelouch is Cornelia, he pushed him out of FLEIJA range.
  • Honor Before Reason: Used against him by Zero. He even states that he would continue to use honorable means even against evil that cannot be defeated by them.
  • Karma Houdini: Possibly. He was a willing accessory to the tyranny and corruption of Britannia and many of the associated conflicts within the show, thus serving as an obstacle to freedom, even if it was all strictly in the service of the crown. Nonetheless, he survives and gets to enjoy that very same freedom at the end of the show with the princess he serves, Cornelia, even though things became rough near the end.
  • Knight Templar: He is not kind for those who he consider as terrorists. And judging from the second SAZ where he suggested gunning down the Japanese civilians in the case of a rebellion, he can also be downright ruthless.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: To the core. When Geass forced him to believe that Lelouch is Cornelia he attacked Britannians to protect him.
  • Sempai/Kohai: In R2, he tries to play the mentor role to Suzaku, specifically saying that even though Suzaku is higher-ranked as a Rounds, he feels obligated to look after Euphemia's Knight in the same way Cornelia looked after her.
  • Tautological Templar: Like Suzaku, he is more concerned more with honor than right and wrong.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Darlton.
  • Unwitting Pawn: His honorable traits were twice used against him by Zero.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Him during the first Black Rebellion.

    Andreas Darlton 
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (Japanese), Travis Willingham (English)
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A general in the Britannian Army and one of Cornelia's most loyal followers.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: He certainly didn't deserve to die, especially not in the way that he did: his very last thoughts are about his guilt in attacking Cornelia, and wondering why he did that in the first place (a Geass cast on him by Lelouch), before being promptly murdered.
  • Anti-Villain: One of the nicer Britannians, especially since he adopts war orphans who might have been from countries he has helped conquer. He also considered adopting Suzaku to help smooth out his life as an Honorary Britannian.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Challenges Suzaku to a duel to prove his superiority in Nightmare of Nunnally, which leads to Suzaku evading all his attacks, as he considers him not worth fighting.
  • Cassandra Truth: He was the first to suspect that Zero may be working from a personal grudge against the royal family, but Cornelia dismissed it on the grounds that it's only natural to target the enemy commander. As she lays defeated at Zero's mercy and learns who was behind the mask, she mentions that Darlton was right.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Quite excited by the prospect of seeing Cornelia in a swimsuit, but doesn't try to peek in on her while she's changing into it.
  • Co-Dragons: To Cornelia, with Guilford.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's not exactly evil, per se; just on the bad guy's side. He's a very good man (one of the few truly non-racist characters) who has been shown to defend and uphold Suzaku's dignity and actions, treats Princess Euphemia's ideas with respect, and generally treats his subordinates and commanders alike with respect and affability.
  • A Father to His Men: Quite literally, since he's adopted five younger soldiers so far (the Glaston Knights). At one point Guilford suggests he do the same with Suzaku to help smooth out the rough spots in his knighting.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a diagonal scar on his face.
  • I Can Still Fight!: Despite having been shot by Euphemia, when he tried to stop the SAZ massacre, he continues to the battle for Tokyo. It helps that he's been Geassed.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His last words, after being geass into attacking Cornelia from behind so Lelouch can capture her.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Is the adoptive father of five orphaned boys.
    • Also, during Suzaku's knighting ceremony he (and Lloyd) are the ones to start the Slow Clap.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's one of the first Britannians to show tolerance and pragmatism in regards to the conquered numbers. He's also aghast by Euphemia's order to massacre the Japanese and tries to shut it down before it begins, but is shot before he can.
  • Sergeant Rock: He's higher-ranked than a Sergeant, but otherwise fits the role. Initially he mistrusts Suzaku, but once he proves himself during the Tokyo bay operation Darlton is much nicer.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Guilford.
  • Token Good Teammate: Like Euphemia, he fully accepts the Japanese (or "Elevens") as equals. Also, like Euphemia, he meets a tragic end.
  • Trouser Space: Hides a gun in his swim trunks while escorting Cornelia to the opening of Clovis Land. It ends up looking... awkward, to say the least. Arguably averted, as Guildford implies that he is hiding a pistol in his speedo, but given the racy setting of the episode, and the fact that he is fantasizing about Cornelia before the comment, it's possible that he just has a huge erection, and Guildford was just mistaken.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Killed by Lelouch after disabling Cornelia's Knightmare frame. Probably to keep him from interfering with him, given that the geass command to disable Cornelia was completed.

    Kanon Maldini 
Voiced by: Kozo Mito (Japanese), Adam Bobrow (English) Jalen K. Cassell (English, Re;surrection)
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Schneizel's caretaker and right-hand man — public and private.


  • Blue Blood: An Earl in the Britannian Empire.
  • The Dragon: To Schneizel, although we don't see a lot of the work that Kanon does, he is referred to as Schneizel's right hand man.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He becomes uncomfortable when he sees how far Schneizel is going with Damocles, when the latter is willing to sacrifice his fellow kin.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Not up to Schneizel's standards, but damned if he doesn't get results - he aids in sabotaging Lelouch's and Suzaku's meeting in Turn 17, convinces Suzaku to go into battle with FLEIJA to stop Zero, and also aids in the deceptive testimony against Lelouch that helps lead to the Black Knights' betrayal.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Schneizel.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We don't see what happens to him after Lelouch places a geass on Schneizel. But since we see Schneizel on the caravan heading towards the mass "execution" of all of Schneizel's forces, presumably he is a prisoner like everyone else.

    General Bartley 
Voiced by: Katsuhisa Hoki (Japanese), Peter Spellos (English), Dario De Grassi (Italian)
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Serving under Prince Clovis at the start of the series, Bartley is fiercely loyal to the royal family, and is trusted enough to be involved in their various top-secret projects involving Geass and C.C.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: His death is unambiguously tragic, as he's mercilessly gunned down after all the trouble he's gone through, and realizes in his last moments that all he's done was for naught, since Charles already knew of C.C.'s existence. Even Jeremiah, who Bartley had turned into a cyborg, ends up sympathizing with him in the end.
  • Berserk Button: He's very grateful to Schneizel for sparing him from a court-martial, to the point that he snaps at anyone he views as disrespecting him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Things very rarely go well for him.
  • Failure Knight: He's mortified at his failure to protect Clovis (he was Geassed, so he couldn't really help it), and spends the rest of the show trying to make up for it.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: Takes advantage of Jeremiah's severe injuries after the Battle of Narita to make him into a cyborg. Jeremiah does not take it well.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He's horrified when he realizes what's going on at the Geass Order, and intends to run for it, but is tragically killed before he can.
  • The Scapegoat: Jeremiah suspects him of treachery, since he left Clovis unguarded (which led to his assassination) and then claimed he couldn't remember doing so. As a result, he's stripped of his command and taken back to the homeland for trial. Schneizel apparently pardons him and brings him back to serve under him, for which Bartley is very grateful.
  • Token Good Teammate: He seems a decent, honorable man who's just stuck serving the wrong people. After his death, Jeremiah seems to take the opinion that he would probably have changed sides like him had he known the truth.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the royal family in general, but Clovis in particular. His last words are him calling out to Clovis in regret for failing him. Jeremiah respects him after his death because of his loyalty, which is clearly the trait he himself most values.

    Royal Guard Commander 
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"You insubordinate little... That's an order! Didn't you swear your loyalty and life to Britannia?"

A ruthless Britannian general, he is introduced as Suzaku Kururugi's commanding officer. He is placed in charge with recapturing C.C., and ends up in a confrontation with Lelouch which inadvertently kickstarts the entire plot.


  • Asshole Victim: Lelouch's first victim couldn't have been more deserving.
  • Death by Irony: His sick devotion to Brittannia pretty much led to him and his soldiers killing themselves under the orders of (former) royalty.
    "Happily, your highness!"
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He guns Suzaku down for questioning his orders to execute Lelouch.
  • General Ripper: Par for the course. See also: Sociopathic Soldier.
  • Hate Sink: He's an absolutely loathsome man who's main purpose is to tip Lelouch's hatred for the Brittanian Empire past the tipping point.
  • He Knows Too Much: Likely his real reason for wanting to kill Lelouch.
  • Kangaroo Court: Unilaterally decides that Lelouch, a Britannian student, must be in league with the terrorists, and is deserving of execution. Then he decides to gun down Suzaku, his own subordinate, for having the gall to suggest that he might be jumping to conclusions.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His ruthless actions inadvertently lead to Lelouch acquiring Geass.
  • No Name Given: He has a significant impact in his short screentime, but he's only in the first episode and never identified by name.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In his short screentime, he manages to be one of the most racist Britannians in the show.
  • Red Shirt: Even though he gets the ball rolling, he doesn't even live long enough to be given a name, let alone any background.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's only in the first episode, but manages to get the entire plot going. His actions allow C.C. to form her contract with Lelouch, and his ruthless behavior cements Lelouch's opinion of Britannia.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: He certainly comes off as this.
  • Stupid Evil: He really should have accepted Lelouch's word that he wasn't a terrorist, especially with Suzaku vouching for him. Instead, he tries to kill Suzaku for questioning him, before turning his guns on Lelouch.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He's heard gunning down a crying infant off-screen during the Shinjuku massacre.

    Alice 
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"This individual called Alice loves the individual called Nunnally"

A character unique to Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally, in which she's Nunnally's best friend. She is also a member of the Britannian Special Honorary Foreign Legion, a group of pilots with Geass skills who came from the numbered areas. Her mission is both to observe Nunnally and to capture the mysterious Mark Nemo — unaware that Nunnally is its pilot.


  • Badass Cape: She gets one with her leotard suit once she accepts Nemo's contract.
  • Badass Long Coat: Used a visual cue for Alice's transformation into Nunnally's knight. In the previous scene she wore her Irregular uniform in a cell and was an emotional wreck. In the next scene she's tall, proud, and wearing the long coat.
  • Battle Butler: Becomes Nunnally's. Whether piloting a Knightmare or in hand-to-hand combat, this girl can kick some serious ass.
  • Becoming the Mask
  • Berserk Button: She has zero tolerance for bullying, which is what cause her to meet and befriend Nunnally in the first place.
    • Trying to harm Nunnally also becomes a good way to, at best, have skirt stolen, or at worse, get an ass kicking from Alice.
  • Best Friend: To Nunnally. It started out as an act (from Alice's end at least) as part of her guise as a regular school girl and soon became genuine until the end of the manga where its strongly implied to have grown into something more...
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's a very sweet and caring girl, but she's still a Britannian soldier and a member of an elite unit. No mistake, this girl has the both skill and the resolve it takes for her position. Also, if you should threaten or harm Nunnally...
  • Bodyguard Crush: Towards end she becomes fiercely devoted and protective of Nunnally once she realizes how she feels about her.
  • Bully Hunter: Heaven help you if you harass Nunnally.
  • Conscription: Quite possibly; She lampshades that members of the Britannian Special Honorary Foreign Legion are numbers select from the Areas Britannia has conquered. Given that Mao ran away and that a special chip and drug are used to control them, its very likely that Alice and the rest are conscripts selected to be made into Super Soldiers or at the very least disposable soilers as sometimes the case with Honorary Britannian recruits.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She lost her little sister in a fire.
  • Defecting for Love
  • Determinator: Nothing and I mean NOTHING will stop Alice from protecting Nunnally or saving her when she's in danger.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Ripping the skirts off the bullies harassing Nunnally.
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl
  • Failure Knight: Wants to protect Nunnally like she was unable to protect her actual sister. She even describes herself as Nunnally's knight and becomes her knight by the end.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Fits her personality.
  • Heroic BSoD: She suffers a brief one when she's locked up by Rolo for trying to kill him and betraying the military due to Nunnally set be execute soon. She bounces back very quickly though when Nemo comes to her to make a contract as did with Nunnally.
  • Humiliation Conga: Performs this on Ekaterina Sforza and her Girl Posse, where she rips their skirts off with Super Speed while calling them out for bullying Nunnally.
  • Immune to Bullets
  • Leotard of Power: Her second Knightmare frame outfit she gains after making a contract with Mark Nemo.
  • Little Miss Badass: A skilled Knightmare pilot who's still in middle school.
  • Living with the Villain: Attends school with Nunnally while keeping the Ashfords under surveillance and targeting her alter-ego.
  • Made of Iron: Because she, like all the Irregulars, has C.C.' cells in her body.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not the personality, but she does get the most Fanservice moments of the Britannian Special Honorary Foreign Legion's members. Hell, the cover of one chapter even details her measurements.
  • Mysterious Past: Nothing is known about her life before she lost her sister and was chosen to be a member of the Honorary Foreign Legion.
  • Nice Girl: Despite being a soldier, Tomboy and Tsundere, Alice is a very sweet and caring girl, especially to Nunnally.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: She's just about as indestructible as C.C.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Notes that if she were a regular girl, she wouldn't have survived being shot and falling off the roof of the hotel.
  • Panty Shot: She has quite a few of these.
  • Parental Abandonment: We know literally nothing about her parents.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Alice wasn't too happy when Milly roped her into wearing a cat-themed dress for Arthur's welcoming party at Ashford.
    • She also wasn't fond of Milly's idea to through an "All Day Swimsuits Festival" due to the incredibly skimpy kinds of bathing suits Milly was planing forcing the girls to wear, which included Alice and Nunnally. Luckily Alice catches a break on this one due to the Battle of Narita.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Nunnally, though it may go further than that.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: It's strongly implied that she and Nunnally become lovers at the end of the story.
  • School Swimsuit: The outfit she gains from her contract with Mark Nemo is close enough.
  • Secret Keeper: At one point she hacks into the Ashford Academy's main server and discovers that Nunnally is a former Imperial Princess but she deletes the information she copies and chooses not to tell her superiors since she's be betraying her friendship with Nunnally.
  • She's Got Legs: Emphasized by her second knightmare frame outfit and her Dangerously Short Skirt.
  • Spanner in the Works: Completely derails Charles and Marianne's Assimilation Plot when she tells Nunnally that she loves her, and if everyone is one in Ragnarok then she wouldn't love another being since there would be no others. Charles had initially dismissed her since she was seemingly a normal person, but she ended up being key to his undoing.
  • Stock Underwear: Striped panties in her case, rather typical for Tsundere-type girls like Alice.
  • Super Soldier: Without a doubt.
  • Super Speed: Her Geass power.
  • Tomboy: Bully Hunter, and Tsundere, yeah that about does it.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Nunnally's Girly Girl.
  • Traitor Shot: She gets one of sorts in her introduction chaptrr as she watches Nunnally leave her to go to class. This is the first hint that there's more to Alice than meets the eye.
  • Trouser Space: She sometimes keeps a small pistol holstered under her skirt.
  • True Companions: Her fellow squadmates in the Britannian Special Honorary Foreign Legion, who are like sisters to her.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Nunnally.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Plays right into Anya/Marianne's plan to get Nunnally to Kamine island.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Anyone who messes with Nunnally never goes to bed happy that night, and if you genuinely harm or endanger her in any way then nothing will save you from Alice's wrath. Both Mao and Rolo learned this the hard way,guess where they are now.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Bonafide Grade A. She's Tsundere towards Nunnally and has girlish pigtails, so she also fits into Grade S.

    Commodore Matthew Perry 
The main antagonist of Code Geass: Tales of an Alternate Shogunate, he forces Japan open on unequal terms using his Geass and oppresses the Japanese.


The Knights of the Round

    Tropes applying to most members 
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Left to right; Bismarck, Monica, Luciano, Nonette, Anya, Gino.

The most powerful members of the Britannian army, answering to the Emperor alone.


  • Badass Cape: They all sport one from time to time.
  • Dwindling Party: Suzaku, Anya and Gino are the only members that survive the events of the series. Technically true as while Nonette survived as well, she left the group and joined the Glinda Knights before the series ended, while Suzuku's not exactly actively associated with Anya and Gino by series end.
  • Expy: Of The Knights of The Round Table.
  • Flat Character: They (except for Suzaku, to a degree Anya and Nonette, and to an even lesser degree Gino Weinberg) have no character development or much of a personality past "_____ Enemy". Examples: Luciano Bradley is the "Psycho Enemy", Bismarck is the "Noble Enemy", etc.
  • Informed Ability: The Knights of Round are stated to be the best pilots in Britannia. However, two of them appear for about three seconds before dying instantly at the hands of Suzaku and his Lancelot Albion. They get less screentime than some other Britannian Quirky Miniboss Squads-wannabes. While two of them avert this thanks to Expanded Universe material, the others don't really.
  • Light Is Not Good: Wears white uniforms and pilots knightmares bearing the names of the Knights of the Round Table. They're not very heroic, however.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: When they end up fighting a ninth-generation Knightmare Frame, two of them get killed instantly, like average grunts.
  • Theme Naming: Their knightmares are actually named after members of the Arthurian Round Table (Tristan, Percival, etc.)
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Thanks to the new time slot and reduced episodes they end up becoming useless fodder for the rebellion. Only Bismarck, Suzaku, Gino, and Anya got some time to develop, but even then the knights become irrelevant during the last episodes. Since Suzaku becomes the new Zero, Nonette joins the Glinda Knights and Ayna leaves the army with Gino, its clear the knights of the round are pretty much disbanded when the series is over.

    Sir Bismarck Waldstein 
Voiced by: Soumei Uchida (Japanese), Lex Lang (English)
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"I am the only Knight of One!"

The Knight of One, recognized as the strongest soldier in the Britannian Empire.


  • Anti-Villain: The Noble variant. He's shown to be a decent, honorable man who just so happens to be The Dragon.
  • Avenging the Villain: He leads the Knights of the Round to remove Lelouch from power after Charles is killed.
  • BFS: His Knightmare's sword is so hilariously huge that its sheath has its own rocket booster. He later uses one on his person as well.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Even the blatantly superhuman Suzaku doesn't hold a candle to him in a hand-to-hand fight, to the point where his "Live" Geass kicks in and almost forces him to book it.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: His Geass allows him to see a few seconds into the future and anticipates his adversary's moves.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Waldstein misses Charles' death and seeks to avenge him by killing Lelouch, despite meaning he has to go rogue against the empire. After a short fight with Suzaku, he too is killed.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The Excalibur that his Knightmare wields is the most powerful close combat weapon in the series, slicing heavily armored Knightmare like the Mordred and Shen Hu like butter.
  • Large and in Charge: He's 213cm (just over 7 feet) tall and his Knightmare is about twice as heavy and tall as any other, barring the Siegfried.
  • Martial Pacifist: Believes that war should only be a last resort, and that war without principles is little more than senseless violence. This extents beyond just war, as shown when he breaks up an argument between Luciano, Gino and Suzaku that was about to go sour.
  • Power Limiter: His left eye's eyelids are sewn shut to cover his own Geass.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Suzaku, calling him out on his Motive Decay and Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
  • Seers: The ability of his geass.
  • Undying Loyalty: Has supported the Emperor ever since the Throne of Blood incidentnote , and despite being Emperor and bodyguard, the pair are actually good friends.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Emperor Charles.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considered Marianne and Suzaku as this, since they're the only two who posed challenge enough to make him use his Geass.

    Gino Weinberg 
Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (Japanese), Dave Wittenberg (English)
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"Shake time!"

The Knight of Three, and one of the youngest Knights of the Round besides Suzaku and Anya.


  • Affably Evil: Despite being a loyal soldier of an expansionist empire, Gino is one of the friendliest and most outgoing britanians in the series. He has no real malice towards his enemies, and at several points stops fellow britanians from committing war crimes.
  • Amazon Chaser: Is smitten with Kallen in large part because she's the best all-around female fighter (i.e. both as a mecha pilot and martial artist) in the series.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Gino ran away from home at 16 to join the military because he could not accept the deep prejudice that ran in his family. He is shown to be one of the most optimistic and idealistic characters however.
  • Back Stab: Certainly isn't averse to this technique, which he uses to broadside and kill Senba of the Holy Swords, and almost does the same to Xing-ke, who is shielding Tianzi with the Shen-hu, until Zero saves them both with the Shinkirou.
  • Bash Brothers: He and Suzaku function as this in battle for most of R2.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: One of the nicest, cheeriest guys in the series. And yet, he's an absolute monster on the battlefield and is frighteningly ruthless, even for a Round.
  • Bishōnen: Even in a series packed to the brim with beautiful people, Gino stands out (literally thanks to the bonus of being so tall), at least going by the reaction he gets from most girls.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Spoiled Sweet, tendency to misunderstand a lot of things that are "normal", and yet a frightfully competent Ace Pilot.
  • Chick Magnet: In R2 Episode 12, the "Cupid Day" episode, he has a whole horde of girls chasing him down to steal his blue hat.
  • Combat Pragmatist: For all that he's Affably Evil and an Upper-Class Twit, once a fight starts, Gino is as ruthless as they come. Despite being an extremely skilled pilot, he shows a preference for ambush and attacking from behind, and isn't above tag-teaming.
  • Dating Catwoman: It's implied that he would like to have this relationship with Kallen.
  • The Ditz: Gino is incredibly naïve about how the world works and while he is the second youngest of the Knights of the Round he is in many ways the youngest at heart, since Marianne is sharing a body with Anya. He is seen to be more upbeat, cheerful and optimistic of the future than any of his colleagues and comes across as the most childish.
    • Subverted on the battle aboard the Damocles as he is clever enough to damage the shield generator on the Lancelot Albion enough to allow Kallen to fight Suzaku.
  • Enemy Mine: Kallen. He will attack Li Xingke because he dared defeat his rival pilot. Well, Gino would drop the "enemy" part at the first opportunity, but not "mine".
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Joins Ashford Academy to see what commoner life is like.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Gino defects to the Black Knights.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Suzaku, or so he thinks but Suzaku does Pet the Dog later on as the Knight of Zero. While Suzaku quickly kills off their leader, Bismarck, as well as Dorothea and Monica, he opts to simply disable Gino's Knightmare and let him live.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Especially with Anya as this picture shows [1].
  • Hypocrite: He calls Lelouch a coward for running away from their engagement onboard the Damocles, yet he's not above ganging up on an opponent with superior numbers, ambushing them or attacking them from behind rather than being honorable and fighting them one on one or attacking them from the front.
    • Also he refused to accept Lelouch's Britannia yet Nunnally's is seen as being the same as Lelouch's when he first started ruling and was among the loyalists who fought against Lelouch when he ascended to the throne and instead supported the Nobility despite their prejudiced ways, especially to the elevens.
    • He also ran away from home to escape his racist family...straight into the military which encourages racist practises as part of their conquering army status.
  • Keet: Cheerful, hyperactive, overbearingly friendly and familiar, and has No Sense of Personal Space. Even if you're annoyed by him, it's very difficult to hate the guy.
  • Nice Guy: Gino is one off the battlefield. He can be seen cheerfully giving Suzaku hugs and is a very polite and considerate guy.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: And how.
  • No Social Skills: Downplayed as he's not terribly socially awkward, but in Ashford he's a ditz due to not understanding "commoners".
  • One Head Taller: He is a very tall man, standing a head taller than most of the cast. Best shown in this picture.
  • The Rival: To Kallen.
  • The Runaway: Gino ran away from home to escape his racist and elitist family and their treatment towards others they saw as inferior to them.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Quite naive about how the world works, and is fascinated by what goes on at Ashford.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: He is one of the best pilots in the world however his sheltered upbringing makes him seem very naïve and dimwitted at times.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Gender-Inverted. Gino belongs to one of the most powerful, influential, and wealthiest Noble families in Britannia with equally racist parents to boot and he could easily lord himself over others like what many Noble families are seen doing but doesn't. He is also shown as one of the friendliest, most affable, nice guys in the show outside of the battlefield.
  • Transforming Mecha: His Knightmare can transform into a plane-like form while flying.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Kallen hangs a lamp over this in the final picture drama.
  • Uptown Guy: With Kallen and the crush he had on his maid. His family wields unfathomable wealth and political power. It's implied by Luciano that his promotion to the Knights of the Round was influenced in some part by his family background.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Gino and Suzaku were friends but after Suzaku sided with Lelouch, Gino sided with the old aristocracy and later the Black Knights and is seen trying to kill him on the Damocles and when he is seemingly killed, congratulates Kallen on being able to do it.
  • White Sheep: He comes from a racist prejudiced Noble family and yet Gino is one of the nicest and friendliest guys we've seen.

    Dorothea Ernst 
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Peggy O'Neal (English)
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The Knight of Four. Not much else is known about her, since she is killed in her only scene.


  • Black Girl Dies First: The only black character in the Knights of the Round is the first one to be killed.
  • Four Is Death: She dies about 5 seconds after we first see her, courtesy of Suzaku in the Lancelot Albion.
  • Informed Ability: Quickly killed off in her only on-screen fight.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Introduced and killed in the same scene, we didn't even get to see what her KMF looked like.

    Anya Alstreim 
Voiced by: Yuko Goto (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)
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"Memories are unreliable. There is no reason to believe in them"

A young noblewoman from Britannia, Anya Alstreim — the Knight of Six — is a fifteen-year-old girl with prodigious piloting skills, a staggering lack of common sense when off the battlefield, and quite a bad case of emotionlessness in regards to almost anything aside from fighting. In addition, Anya suffers from memory problems, so she keeps a blog wherein she stores thousands of photos, in an attempt not to forget anything anymore.


  • Ace Pilot: She's very skilled pilot. In the novels, she also served as Nunnally's Knight at one point, so she's likely a skilled fighter like most of the other Knights of the Round.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Her knightmare uniform which is basically a onesie.
  • Alliterative Name: Anya Alstreim.
  • Anti-Villain: She's loyal to her emperor and shows no mercy to her enemies on the battlefield, but she's not particularly malevolent like most Britannians.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Both her typical outfits.
  • The Beautiful Elite: She's from a noble family and is quite beautiful.
  • Blue Blood: She's a Knight of the Round and in general a Britannian noble.
  • Call to Agriculture: She's an orange farmer with Jeremiah after the Grand Finale.
  • Camera Fiend: She records anything and everything with her handheld computer/camera device. The reason being she suffers from memory loss due to Marianne taking over her body at points, so this is a way for her to remember things.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She's so lacking in common sense that she saw nothing wrong with deploying her Knightmare for a Cupid's Day chase at school.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: When wearing civies, she has a tendency to dress like this.
  • Emotionless Girl: Subverted, she does have them, they just rarely show. Once her memories are restored, she becomes more or less emotionally normal.
  • Foil: To Jeremiah Gottwald. Both have Undying Loyalty to their masters (Schneizel for Anya and Lelouch for Jeremiah), have events that significantly changed them (Jeremiah being rebuilt into a cyborg from near-death and Anya being implanted Marianne's memories when she was killed), and have German-sounding names, but their temperaments contrast (Jeremiah is a Large Ham whilst Anya is an Emotionless Girl). Naturally, both are with each other by the end of the series.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Quite a lot. Specifically, during the prologue of episode 12 of R2, Viletta is seen glancing at a dossier of both Gino and Anya. In contrast to Gino's file, almost all of Anya's has been redacted. Turns out being involved with Marianne's assassination commands a pretty high security clearance. Then there are the numerous casual mentions of her memory problems, that start to come to a head during her brief Knightmare engagement with C.C.
    • Her memory problems. It has been demonstrated that people don't remember what they do while under Geass.
    • For some reason, she has a photo of Lelouch back when he was a prince. Turns out she was at the Aries Villa and turns out to be the real witness of Marianne's assassination.
  • Give Her A Normal Life: After the events of R2, in Turn 25.01, before ending their visit to Ashford Academy, Jeremiah asks her if she wants to stay. She declines, saying that it's okay as long as she can remember it. It's implied that she didn't want to leave Jeremiah.
    • However, in the manga, since Jeremiah doesn't take her in, their relationship is non-existent and she attends Ashford with Gino.
  • Hair Decorations
  • Happily Adopted: It's implied she is by Jeremiah at the end of the series.
  • Improbable Age: She's the youngest Knightmare pilot in the Knight of Round, though she's only younger than Gino by two years and Suzaku by three years. Being Marianne's Soul Jar might have something to do with it.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Arthur takes a liking to her which she appears to return. It's hinted she becomes his owner after Suzaku's "death".
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Gained memory problems when Marianne used her as a Soul Jar via Geass. Jeremiah's Geass Canceler gets rid of it, allowing her to remember things without problem, though this presumably didn't recover all of her lost memories.
  • Leotard of Power: The outfit she wears when piloting her knightmare.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's only 15 and is one of the top knightmare pilots in the empire.
  • Meaningful Name: Anya means "mother". She's a Soul Jar for Lady Marianne.
  • More Dakka: The Mordred has got to be the most heavily armed knightmare.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She doesn't have the personality but most of her outfits tend to show a whole lot skin.
  • Mysterious Past: Her security records have been redacted due to her connection to The Conspiracy, which is also why she can't remember anything. According to Marianne, she was a girl that was sent to the Aries Villa to learn proper etiquette. Since there's no indication she has contact with any family members or guardians, combined with the fact that she ends up being taken in by Jeremiah, it can also be assumed that her connection to her family was cut off.
  • No Social Skills: Her detached attitude causes her to lack common sense; she had piloted her personal Knightmare Frame for the sake of capturing Lelouch's hat, disregarding the fact that she was piloting her Mordred in a non-combat area and had aroused the suspicion of the military and the Knight Police, sending the Tokyo Concession into Defcon 2.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • After Jeremiah defeats her, she sheds tears, revealing to him that she has no memories.
    • In the novels, she once cries while piloting.
  • Older Than She Looks: Looks about twelve. Is actually fifteen.
  • The Quiet One: Likes taking pictures of people more than talking to them.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: But her eyes are not entirely red; they also have more than a touch of pink, which makes sense since Princesses Prefer Pink.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: A pink-haired, red-eyed and pale-skinned 15 year old emotionless Humongous Mecha pilot with Undying Loyalty to the empire and its emperor. What's more, turns out Marianne used her own geass to inject her own soul and memory into Anya, making the kid a spiritual "clone" of the protagonist's mother.
  • She Knows Too Much: Subverted. As a little girl, Anya was the sole witness of Marianne's assassination, but instead of being discovered and killed, she became Marianne's Soul Jar and had her memories rewritten by her and Charles.
  • Soul Jar: For Empress Marianne.
  • Stripperiffic: Her Knight of Rounds uniform, due to a massive case of Bare Your Midriff.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: What she turns out to be, in the end.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Anya is sent to assassinate Marianne in Nightmare of Nunnally.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Britania and the Emperor, to the point that she sided with Schneizel and his faction when Lelouch takes control of the empire after "killing" Charles zi Britannia, seeing him as the legitimate of the two.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has pink hair.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A, in her Knight of Rounds uniform.

    Nonette Enneagram 
Voiced by: Satomi Arai (Japanese), Peggy O'Neal (English)
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The Knight of Nine. She only appears a few times in the Code Geass anime, and mainly appears in the Lost Colors video game and the Spin-Off manga Code Geass: Oz the Reflection. She attended the same military academy as Cornelia as her senior. Her Genki Girl demeanor disguises someone that even Cornelia is afraid of.


  • Ace Custom: Nonette pilots a custom version of the Lancelot Club. The MVS Lance Blades have been replaced by Sword Blade versions, the arms are equipped with Luminous Cone generators, and it wields a Jousting Lance, leaving it more suited as a Close Combat type KMF.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite her cheery demeanor, Nonette is one of the few people Cornelia actually fears.
  • The Cameo: At the beginning of The Awakening Path recap movie, she is one of the Britannian nobles attending Lelouch and Nunnally's departure for Japan, assumedly due to her relationship with Cornelia.
  • Canon Immigrant: Her KMF, the Lancelot Club, debuted in the Lost Colors game of dubious canonicity, before being canonized during her time in Oz the Reflection.
  • Cool Big Sis: In the "Lost Colors" video game, if the player chooses to have Rai join the Britannian's, she becomes this to him, even comforting him when he's upset.
  • Flat Character: Up to Eleven in comparison to her other Knights of the Round. She has two appearances in the anime, entirely silent and motionless, giving her no character at all. This is averted however in Expanded Universe material, namely the "Lost Colors" video game and the Oz the Reflection manga, where she is a major character and given more depth.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Nonette Enneagram, seriously.
  • Genki Girl: Described as a very upbeat and cheerful person, much to Cornelia's exasperation.
  • Killed Offscreen: Word of God says Gino, Anya, and Suzaku are the only Knight of the Rounds survivors, implying she died at some point during the final battle. Subverted with the reveal of her survival in the Spin-Off manga Code Geass: Oz the Reflection, which has her leave the Knights of the Round and join the Glynda Knights, surviving the final battle and being a member of the reformed Glinda Knights under Oldrin Zevon.note  This is further confirmed in Re;surrection, where she appears with the living Glinda Knights wearing the robes of the Knights of the Round, implying they have taken upon the role of the latter in the new Britannian Empire under Empress Nunnally.
  • Meaningful Name: Both her names have words for the number 9 in them.
  • Senpai Kohai: Cornelia's senpai in military academy.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the anime she outright vanishes after Lelouch's ascension to the throne, and is missing during the Knight's attempted Coup de Etat before being stopped by Suzaku. The Oz the Reflection manga explained that Bismarck ordered her to remain behind and guard Schneizel in their abscence, and that she is the one who saved Cornelia after she was gunned down by Schneizel, before joining the Glinda Knights in their attack on the Damocles under Lelouch's control.

    Luciano Bradley 
Voiced by: Atsushi Kisaichi (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English)
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"Kill a man off the battlefield and you're a criminal! Kill a man on it and you're a big hero!"

The Knight of Ten and the "Vampire of Britannia", who participates in battle so that he can deprive people of what he believes they value most—their lives.


  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When he's first introduced he viciously insults Suzaku's heritage, mentions wanting to rape and torture Kallen and... says Gino is a bad pilot due to him being an Upper-Class Twit.
  • Ax-Crazy: Though Dagger Crazy (or Knife Nut) would be more like it.
  • Blood Knight: Of the "loving to kill" kind.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: In spite of the below trope, he likes to torture other pilots before killing them.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Though just as much because he's a jerkass as it is for pragmatism.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene with Suzaku showcases his Blood Knight tendencies and how much of a jerk he is.
  • Evil Redhead: Orange with a pink part in the center.
  • Freudian Excuse: He had quite the crappy childhood.
  • Hate Sink: For a show with Grey and Black Morality, this guy is determined to make you hate his guts.
  • Jerkass: Insults Euphemia in front of Suzaku, and mocks Gino's social status.
  • Karmic Death: The one who kills him is the girl he said he'd rape and torture when she was a POW. And the fact that he gets killed by someone else, underscored by his reaction.
  • Knife Nut: Carries throwing knives.
  • Light Is Not Good: His name derives from the "light" word, but he is not precisely a luminous character.
  • Lust: He has a major bloodlust to be sure but the sexual variety seems present as well. He made it all too clear he intended to rape Kallen while she was a prisoner. There is also the rather erotic outfits he forces the Valkyrie Squadron to wear.
  • No Social Skills: Not in a humorous way. He curse constantly, makes faces, insults and threatens everyone around him, treats his teammates as nothing more than tools or something to shoot at, and doesn't have a single line of dialogue that doesn't relate to mutilating somebody.
  • Psycho for Hire: Bradley doesn't seem to have even a single line of text where he isn't insulting, threatening or otherwise expressing a desire for hurting someone, and on two different occasions states that he isn't out for glory: he just enjoys hurting people. He spends every moment on screen being a jerkass, abuses his more powerful frame against grunts, uses his own allies as decoy targets, shields, or even impromptu weapons, and has his own personal Knightmare squadron so he can restrain and torture his opponents with impunity.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Killed his own father.
  • The Sociopath: People are just his stress toys, and he likes beating and humiliating those stress toys a lot.
  • This Is a Drill: His Knightmare's weapon of choice.
  • Token Evil Teammate: The Britannian Empire is actually decent compared to him. Considering some of them, that says a lot.

    Monica Krushevsky 
Voiced by: Yuko Goto (Japanese), Dorothy Elias Fahn (English)
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"Justice is given equally."

The Knight of Twelve and leader of the Emperor's Royal Guard, Monica joined the Britannian Military at a young age after her father was killed by terrorists, and proved a Child Prodigy, becoming one of Britannia's Knights of the Round.


  • Ace Custom: Doesn't have one in the anime. Gets one in Oz Of The Reflection, the Florence, a modified Alexander made for her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While she is a Nice Girl, she is also the leader of the Emperor's Royal Guard, and a certified Blood Knight.
  • Blood Knight: After the death of her father, she began to take a liking to warfare.
  • Child Prodigy: One of the youngest members of the Knights alongside Gino and Anya, being only 17 years old.
  • Hair Decorations: She ties her hair with ribbons when piloting.
  • Informed Ability: Is killed within her only on-screen fight. Averted in Oz the Reflection, as she is shown some skill with her Florence Knightmare fighting Orpheus.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Cursing Suzaku as her Knightmare got shot by Lancelot Albion's VARIS rifle.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She's completely unaware that the man she fell in love with, Orpheus, is also the man who nearly killed her, Oz.
    • In the anime proper, though she's aiding Charles in the Ragnarok Connection she doesn't really know why he's heading to Kamine Island and ignoring the other problems as "mundane".
  • Nice Girl: Unlike most Britannians, she harbors no prejudice against Numbers, rather she believes "Justice is given equally."
  • Starcrossed Lovers: Almost. The Oz manga reveals she met Orpheus while stationed in Cambodia and was set to go on a date with him. During the Florence's test run however, she's attacked by Oz of Peacemark and left comatose, causing her to miss the date. Neither she nor Orpheus were aware they had fought each other.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Charles zi Britannia, so much so she became the head of his Royal Guard, and joined the coup against Lelouch solely due to Lelouch killing his father.

    Victoria 
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I have put my stake on Lorenzo il Soresi. I am giving my everything to him!
The Knight of Eight during the Mid-19th Century. She is featured in Code Geass: Renya of Darkness.

Glinda Knights

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The Glinda Knights are an anti-terrorism search-and-destroy armor unit within the Britannian Military. They were formed and led by the 88th Imperial Princess Marrybell mel Britannia shortly after the Black Rebellion.

    Oldrin Zevon 
Voiced by: Nana Hamasaki (Picture Drama)
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The main ace of the Glinda Knights and the childhood friend of Princess Marrybell. She is the heir of the Zevon noble family, who succeeds via the female line. However, she left her family and entered the military when the Zevon family was on the verge of being taking over by her uncle Oiaguro.


  • Ace Custom: The Lancelot Grail, a variant of the Lancelot. It is later upgraded into the Lancelot High-Grail. During her time with the "Star of Madrid", she pilots the Amanecer, a Knightmare based off the Akatsuki but on par with the Zangetsu.
  • Ambiguously Gay: And if her bed scenes with Marrybell are anything to go by, maybe not so ambiguous.
  • Blade Spam: All of the Knightmares she pilots use a lot of swords. Her Lancelot Grail alone mounts 12.
  • Clothing Damage: A particularly glaring example happens when both the Lancelot Grail and the Bradford get electrocuted at the same time, but only Oldrin gets stripped of her clothing.
  • Custom Uniform: ...Yeah just look at it. [2] Fridge Brilliance once you see that Marrybell seems to have more than just a crush on her Knight.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: One weak gust of wind would be enough to show the entire world her underwear.
  • Defector from Decadence: When Marrybell's crusade against terrorism clashes with her desire to protect the weak, Oldrin goes into hiding and joins an anit-Britannian resistance group called the "Star of Madrid".
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: BIG time, to the point where both her Lancelot Grail and Lancelot High Grail are equipped with nothing but a whole bunch of swords.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: Only Toto knows about her and Marrybell, but they've never been confirmed to be lesbians or a couple.
  • Ms. Fanservice: All of the female characters in Oz have Fanservice moments, but Oldrin provides most of them.
  • Panty Shot: She has a large number of these and it's gotten to the point where she is often seen as the Designated Panty Shot girl of the manga.
  • Rank Up: After the fall of Emperor Lelouch and the murder-suicide of Marrybell and Orpheus, Oldrin takes control of the Glinda Knights and restructures them.

    Leonhardt Steiner 
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Leonhardt Steiner is a knight belonging to the Glinda Knights. He is also member of the engineering Steiner noble family that runs the conglomerate Steiner Konzern, in service to the Weinbergs. Although he can be courageous on the battlefield, he's a shy person in real life and is often teased by both Oldrin and Sokia.

He represents the Cowardly Lion.


  • Meaningful Name: Leonhardt = Leon hart = Lion Heart
  • Super Prototype: Bradford, the prototype of the Tristan.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The Bradford's Hadron Spear. However its an incomplete weapon and tends to explode after usage, and can only be used once before the machine needs to be repaired.

    Marika Soresi 
Voiced by: Masayo Kurata (Japanese)
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Kewell's younger sister and an on-again off-again member of the Glinda Knights. She is made a member of the Knight of Ten's "Valkyrie Squadron", nearly costing her life against Kallen during the Battle of Tokyo. She was saved thanks to her fiance Leonhardt pulling a Big Damn Heroes moment, the two proceeding to wed after Emperor Lelouch's death. She would then join under Oldrin in the new Glinda Knights alongside her husband.


  • Amazon Brigade: Her time in the Valkyrie Squadron left her apart of one. They didn't amount to much though, with Kallen slaughtering everyone in the squad but her.
  • Ascended Extra: Marika debuted in the anime, having about two scenes in the second season only to seemingly die. She has more focus in the Spin-Off manga, Code Geass: Oz the Reflection, detailing her history and the nature of her survival.
  • Custom Uniform: While apart of the Valkrie Squadron, she's forced to wear a rather ridiculous one. See for yourself.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After having to suffer the loss of her brother, forced to serve under the psychotic Knight of Ten Luciano, and nearly die at the hands of Kallen, she is saved by her fiancee, gets to have a proper wedding with him, and join the reformed Glinda Knights under her friend Oldrin.
  • It's Personal: Marika's older brother Kewell was killed by Kallen in the battle of Narita, so she joined the army for revenge. Had Oz The Reflection not reconned her death, Marika would have suffered the same fate as her brother, by the same person.
  • Lady-in-Waiting: Alongside Liliana, Marika was a military variant to Cornelia according to the Novelization.
  • Leotard of Power
  • Lethal Chef: Marika is known for putting way too much pepper in a pie for Leonhardt.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Leonhardt. Given Britannian noble culture, it was likely arranged by their families for purely selfish reasons but the two of them are genuinely in love.
  • Sole Survivor: Marika is the sole confirmed survivor of the Valkyrie Squadron, having been saved by her fiance Leonhardt after her Vincent was destroyed.
  • Super Prototype: Marika was the test pilot for the Bradford, the prototype for Knight of Three Gino's Tristan. After she completed the testing, it was given to her then-fiancee Leonhardt.
  • You Remind Me of X: In the Novelization, Marika's star-stuck admiration of Cornelia reminded the latter of herself and the way she looked up to late Empress Marianne.

    Tink Rockheart 
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Tink Rockheart s a knight belonging to the Glinda Knights. He excels with positional defense ability and cherishes his comrades, but because of his insensitivity, his kindness can be kind of meddlesome. He was originally a test pilot in the Royal KMF Technical Research Institute, but because of an accident during his time there, over 30% of his body has been replaced by cybernetics.

He represents the Tin Woodman.


    Sokia Scerpa 
Voiced by: Yui Watanabe (Picture Drama)
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Sokia Scerpa is a knight belonging to the Glinda Knights. She possesses high tactical and information analysis abilities, but tends to say whatever she thinks without thinking about it first. Her atmosphere completely changes between her everyday life and when in battle. She frequently sexually harasses Oldrin, Toto and Marrybell. She doesn't show interest in men that are lacking.

She represents the Scarecrow.


  • Ace Custom: Sutherland Eye, a command unit specialized for search and destroy.
  • Alliterative Name: Sokia Scerpa
  • Attack Drone: Her Sheffield Eye is equipped with ACO Harkens, which are semi-autonomous with high behavior prediction.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: She gives even Milly a run for her money in the pervert department. Think about that for second.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: During O2, she upgrades to the Sheffield Eye, a Super Prototype developed alongside the Bradford and the Zetland.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Of a lesser degree than Oldrin, but she wears the same stripperiffic uniform.
  • Super Prototype: Implied. Her Sheffield Eye was developed alongside the Bradford and Zetland (the Super Protype to the Tristan and Mordred) implying it has some successor unit that was meant for the Knights of the Round, but no such machine is ever mentioned.

    Toto Thompson 
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Toto Thompson is a gentle girl who served the Zevon family as a maid and now serves within the Glinda Knights as an operator of the floating airship "Granberry". She recognizes Oldrin as the proper successor of the Zevon family and has the strength of heart to the extent that she entered the military along with Oldrin. She serves Oldrin as both a maid and a friend.

She represents Toto, the dog.


    General Johann Schwarz 
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Tactical advisor to the princess and second-in-command of the Glinda Knights.


  • Ace Custom: Sutherland Sniper, equipped with a Hadron Cannon that serves as its "sniper rifle".
  • BFG

Pluton

A secret military faction that is led by the Zevon family, who have carried out the dirty jobs for the Britannian Imperial Family for generations.


    In General 

    Oiaguro 
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Current head of the Zevon family, Oiaguro assassinated his older sister and took control of the traditionally matriarchal family. As head of Pluton he is privy to most, if not all, of the Britannian Imperial Family's secrets, and accepts orders from both the Emperor and V.V.

He represents the Wizard of Oz.

Euro-Britannia

Knights of St. Michael

    Shin Hyūga Shaing 
Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze, Junko Minagawa (child) (Japanese), Alex Organ, Terri Doty (child) (English)
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The Big Bad of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled and said hero's half-brother. Coming from fallen nobility (after killing his own family no less), Shaing is a born opportunist and manipulator - aided by his own Geass, no less, who has risen through the ranks of the Knights of St. Michael with both his skills and unscrupulous methods, to say the least. Despite his station, he's a man hungry with ambition - and brimming with utter madness.


  • Abel And Cain: Akito and Shin are brothers and are trying to kill one another.
  • Ace Custom: He pilots the 7th Generation Knightmare custom-built for Michel Manfredi, the Sagramore, renamed Vercingetorix. Which comes with a set of ludicrously strong custom weaponry like a chainsaw axe, a one-handed Grenade Launcher and a Blaze Luminous Sword, on top of the mech being built with all terrains in mind by not relying on Knightmare Spinners for movement.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Most likely played straight in the case of Akito. Zig-Zagged in the case of his adopted sister Alice, since he treats her nicely and is even engaged to her, but episode 4 shows that he is more than perfectly willing to geass her into suicide. On the other hand, when he sees her ghost, he says that he wants to meet her, and prepares to kill himself to prove it.
  • Ax-Crazy: It seems that craziness runs in the blood. Like with Akito, his mental health is really not in healthy condition due to effects of Geass. His own, that is.
  • Big Bad: Of Akito the Exiled, he's the primary threat for Akito and Leila. However, as shown below, he only manages to keep his position over Julius Kingsley not because he outplays him, but because Charles's Geass wore off.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: In the grand scheme of things. He grand plans include bombing Pendragon, assassinating Charles and pretty much burning the world to cinders, but the third OVA showcases him to be easily outplayed by Julius Kingsley, himself a literal puppet of the Emperor. It's plain obvious his plan was doomed to fail from the start.
  • Bling Bling BANG: His Knightmare Frame, Vercingetorix, is colored mostly gold.
  • Chainsaw Good: His Vercingetorix wields an enormous axe of rapidly rotating gears that acts as something like this, capable of cutting clean through Knightmare limbs.
  • Compelling Voice: To a greater degree than Lelouch. While he apparently still needs eye contact, one look is all he needs to command people as his willing slaves. This is seen as he geassed Akito with eye contact in a flashback, but in episode 4 while Akito is inside his mech, Shin is capable of commanding him to try and kill Leila. While all on-screen uses of his geass imply that he can only order death-related commands, it is also implied that Shin may have geassed his way to attain his position.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied in flashes to have this.
  • Dead Person Conversation: In episode 4, with his biological mother, as well as Manfredi, Maria and Alice, his adopted brother, mother and sister respectively.
  • Deal with the Devil: Unlike the other characters, he didn't make a contract with a Code bearer for a Geass, but was instead "gifted" one with a very malevolent entity. No doubt his insanity was the price for it.
  • Death Seeker: His conversation with the above-mentioned ghosts suggests that he wants to die. He even tries to commit suicide with his sword when they convinced him to "come to them." Even his goal, to bring death and chaos to the world, can be seen as him trying to kill himself in the most destructive way possible.
  • Doomed by Canon: We know that the Emperor is alive and kicking at season two of Code Geass so he is bound to fail.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Lelouch and Suzaku. Maybe also Akito, considering they are brothers, similarity in appearance, mecha and ax-craziness, which Akito grows out from in episode 4.
  • Foreshadowing: Shin Hyuga Shaing. Helps that he looks like an older, long-haired version of Akito.His dialogue with Suzaku during the assassination attempt on him and Julius Kingsley who is revealed to be the amnesiac Lelouch later shows Suzaku's fame as the White Reaper among the EU and his true nature that is later shown throughout R2 and later from the F.L.E.I.J.A explosion of the Tokyo Settlement to Zero Requiem that was impacted by Euphemia's death and the unintended assassination of his father Genbu Kururugi.
  • Happily Adopted: He loved his foster mother Maria and her daughter Alice as much as they loved him. Unfortunately his insanity...
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: His transforming centaur-esque Knightmare Frame in general, but whatever his Vercingetorix is holding takes the cake.
  • Interrupted Suicide: He nearly kills himself with his sword in episode 4 to be with his loved ones. He is stopped by Jean, one of his loyal followers.
  • I See Dead People: Implied to be the side effects of his geass. He seems to be seeing the ghosts of people he had killed with his Geass, or even dead people in general. This may have something to do with Akito seeing dead people, as well.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: [[spoiler:The true effects of his geass. Shin can make anyone under its control commit suicide, but one of the primary conditions is that he care about them on some level. This is out of a belief that living is painful, and his geass reflecting that by granting them peace in death. The only reason it didn't work on Akito wasn't because he didn't care for him, but because Akito was too young to understand the concept of death.]
  • Laser Blade: When his mech's axe is lost, he pulls out the only one of these seen in the entire franchise. Even the Knight of One's sword is only a vibrating nanoblade, meaning Shaing really pulled some strings to acquire it.
  • Light Is Not Good: His main outfit is white but his heart is as black as they come.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long hair.
  • Magical Eye: Complete with a Lelouch-style draw to his arm when he uses it.
  • Man in White: How his military outfit looks like.
  • Mask of Sanity: Although he hides his mental state well, episode 4 shows him seeing the ghosts of his biological mom and his adoptive family members. He tells the former to go away and states he loves the latter. This is after he had them kill themselves using Geass and doing it with a smile on his face.
  • My Nayme Is: While it's spelled Shaing (with an i), his name is pronounced as the more Chinese-traditional Shang.
  • Not So Different: Claims this towards Suzaku. He states they both wish to unleash hell and suffering upon the world.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Episode 4 reveals that he wants to spread death and destruction through killing the Emperor of Britannia.
  • Sanity Slippage: While he's not the picture of good mental health at the start, he's shown to have some sanity at the beginning, only really using his Geass to progress towards his goal. Around the time he kills his adoptive family is when he really takes a nosedive. It's strongly implied that this is the true price of his Geass.
  • Self-Made Orphan: The ghost of his biological mother implies Shin killed both her and his father. A flashback during the final episode confirms this and why he did so.
  • Smart Ball: Not only does he figure out that Julius Kingsley is Zero because of their similar personalities, mannerisms, and methodsnote , but he's the only person in the entire Code Geass franchise to date who recognized Lelouch as the disowned 11th Prince.
  • Superpower Lottery: His Geass is arguably even more useful than Lelouch's and his father's. Too bad it seems to come with a price.
  • Sword and Gun: In addition to his chainsaw-axe thing, his mech utilizes a one-handed grenade launcher during his assault on the Weisswolf castle to destroy static defenses as he passes through the forest.
  • Transforming Mecha: His Vercingetorix, like the Alexander, is capable of transforming between a bi-pedal humanoid form and a quadrupedal form that runs on four legs instead of using the usual Knightmare Spinners, making it less prone to disadvantages in terrain.
  • The Usurper: Moments after his introduction, Shin forces the leader of the Knights of St. Michael, Michele Manfredi, to kill himself, solely to take over the group. It is clear that is not the limit of his ambitions, either, as episode 4 shows.

    Michele Manfredi 
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Japanese), Chris Rager (English)
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  • Alliterative Name: Michele Manfredi.
  • Anti-Villain: Although nominally part of the Britannian elite, Michele seems genuinely nice, and holds Shin's Eastern heritage in high regard instead of disdain, remarking that he considers Shin as a brother and a likely successor in becoming the Grandmaster of the Knights of St. Michael in five years. Too bad Shin has other plans...
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the former Knight of Two and had one of the fiercest Knightmares ever built custom-ordered for himself before his demise. That Shin would then go on to use for himself.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Manfredi gets about three minutes of screentime before being compelled into suicide by Shin.

    Ashley Ashra 
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima (Japanese), Joel McDonald (English)
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  • Adorkable: Not at first, but starting at the end of episode 4 his Hot-Blooded cheerful nature and ease of befriending former enemies makes him this.
  • Alliterative Name: Ashley Ashra.
  • Ax-Crazy: When he's first introduced; turns out to not be exactly true but he's pretty fierce in battle.
  • Big Eater: Spends almost an entire scene eating a lot of sandwiches in episode 5. Then when he goes to talk to Jean, he eats her rations.
  • Blood Knight: This guy loves war and violence. Sitting still for him is not an option. Unlike example though, he's not a malicious sociopath and actually can be decent and caring fellow.
  • Defector from Decadence: After Smilas' death, like Akito, Leila and the rest of the Wyvern squad, he defects the army and joins them in living with the old gypsy ladies.
  • A Father to His Men: He cares greatly for all his subordinates and does not take their deaths well. To the point he chose to go on a solo mission to avenge one and not let the others die in the crossfire. He saves them from Gene Smilas later on, and invites them to join him for retirement.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Though it is a male name too, it's more commonly used as a girl's name in the present.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At the end of episode 4, he joins Akito.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very much so.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He's the one who kills Gene Smilas.
  • Large Ham: Has his moments with his loud voice.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After Shin tries to kill him alongside Akito and his friends, he sides with Akito and gives them valuable knowledge.
  • More Dakka: In chapter 4, Ashra manages to outdo the Gundam Heavyarms with his Knightmare Frame by carrying two cannons, each with three rotating cannons, each paired with FOUR CANNONS. That's 24 cannons raining bullets! And that doesn't even count his backup firearms.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: If his later actions are anything to go by, Ashley likely realized that it was partially his recklessness that got Johannes killed, prompting him to hunt down Akito alone, so as to ensure none of his remaining men will be killed. It also certainly explains Ashley's determination to kill Akito, so great that Ashley holds no regard for his own life.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: When Jean points a gun at him completely naked, he just ignores her and continues talking to her.
  • Red Is Heroic: After his Heel–Face Turn, his Alexander Red Ogre.
  • Slasher Smile: His default facial expression. He keeps it on even when in danger, losing it only when one of his men sacrificed himself.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Was it Ashra or Ashura again?

    Jean Rowe 
Voiced by: Mariya Ise (Japanese), Jad Saxton (English)
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  • Ace Pilot: She counts as one after fighting against Suzaku with an inferior model to a standstill.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Lampshaded in Episode 2. She offers to give Shin cover fire as he retreats from the battlefield, which he scoffs at as his Knightmare is more than a match for anything the EU can throw at him. The look on her face indicates that she's fully aware of this, but she still wanted to do it for him.
  • Cold Sniper: Her Gladius comes with a large sniper rifle.
  • The Dragon: To Shin.
  • Fiery Redhead: Zigzagged. She's mostly calm and stoic, but becomes fierce when it comes to Shin.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: When Ashley(who had turned traitor) surprises her in the shower, she draws a gun at him.
  • Gender-Blender Name: She changed her given name of "Jeanne" to "Jean" in order to fit in with the other knights.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: She kills Shin at the cost of her own life.
  • Nerves of Steel: Doesn't even flinch when Ashley plays his deadly game of Russian Roulette on her.
  • Purple Eyes: Not uncommon in the world of Code Geass.
  • Subordinate Excuse: It becomes rather blindingly obvious pretty quickly that she is deeply in love with Shin and would do anything for him. Becomes an Exploited Trope in the final episode when Ayano sympathizes with her and manages to talk her out of her total blind devotion to Shin and his insane plans to plunge the world into endless war, convincing her that if she really loves Shin, she will free him from his madness.
  • Taking the Bullet: In the final episode, she jumps in front of Akito right before Shin can stab him, taking the fatal blow. At the same time, she draws her pistol and fatally shoots Shin.
  • Together in Death: With Shin.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Shin.

Knights of St. Raphael

    Andrea Farnese 
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Aaron Roberts (English)
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  • Due to the Dead: Orders the honorable burial of their fallen after their defeat at Narva.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: Though he commands from the rear, the collar of the robe he wears is large enough that one would think he'd have trouble seeing over it.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Refuses to commit more troops to destroy the remnants of W-0, instead retreating.

Civilians

    Maria Shaing 
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)
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A Euro Britannian noblewoman and the mother of Alice, she is also the adoptive mother of Shin Hyuga Shaing.


  • Blue Blood: A noble of Euro-Britannia
  • Died Happily Ever After: Neither she nor Alice hated Shin for murdering them.
  • Driven to Suicide: By Shin's Geass.
  • Good Parents: She was this to Shin despite not knowing about his true mental state. Even after death, she did her best along with the spirits of Alice, Manfredi, and Shin's birth mother to persuade him not to kill Akito and was crucial in bringing Shin back to his senses.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Maria is the most upstanding noble lady in the series outside of Euphemia.
  • Like a Son to Me: Maria loved Shin just like he was her own despite him not being Britannian or her son by birth.
  • Nice Girl: She's a prime example of how Euro-Britannians and their nobility are far less malevolent and snobbish than the ones from Britannia proper.
  • Offing the Offspring: She and Alice kill each other simultaneously due to Shin's Geass.

    Alice Shaing 
Voiced by: Kaori Ishihara (Japanese), Bryn Apprill (English)
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Maria Shaing's daughter and the fiancee of her adopted brother Shin Hyuga Shaing.


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