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The character sheet about the Chinese Federation characters of Code Geass.

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    Li Xingke
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese), David Vincent (English)

"The crimson sky has perished."

A minor officer within the Chinese Federal Military, Li Xingke swore his loyalty and life to the young Empress Tianzi after she saved him from being executed for showing mercy to a prisoner. Now he has dedicated his life to climbing the ladder of the Chinese Military to gain enough power to overthrow the de facto rulers of the Federation, the Eunuchs, and grant the Empress her greatest wish: to see the outside world. Considering the fact that he is said, and has mostly proven, to have both the strength of Suzaku and the intelligence of Lelouch, this is very likely.

  • The Ace: This guy is one of the few examples in the show to truly qualify. Lelouch describes him as being just as smart and clever as himself and also as physically strong and skilled as Suzaku.
  • Ace Pilot: He's as skilled in his mech as he is in person.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Happens to him once in a while during battle. He always mentions having a few more moments whenever it happens, but somehow survives till the end.
  • Death by Adaptation: While it's largely ambiguous, it's implied Xingke did indeed survive his illness in the original anime series. The movie continuity however has him succumb to it sometime before the events of Re;surrection, his photo amidst a memorial of other fallen Black Knights at Cafe Zero.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He first appears in season 1 episode 23. He had his back turned.
  • Expy: Bears more than a passing resemblance to King Yasha, from CLAMP's earlier work RG Veda.
  • Genius Bruiser: Lelouch remarks that "the heavens blessed you twice" because he has strength and intelligence in equally high measure.
  • Handicapped Badass: His ailment doesn't stop him from kicking enormous amounts of ass.
  • Ill Boy: Whatever disease he has that makes him cough blood and experience bouts of weakness.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Blood and all. In the end, he doesn't die within the series. At least, not in the original series.
  • I Owe You My Life: The canon core of his devotion to Tianzi, who saved him from execution when he was a teenager.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Chinese version! He has the honorable nature, the whole-soul devotion to a noble lady, skill with a sword, the whole nine yards.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: In the Crapsack World of Code Geass, even a person as loyal and righteous as he ends up breaking a few eggs just to survive, and being the more cynical for it. And that's not even accounting for the illness he's battling.
  • Rapunzel Hair: His dark, black hair goes down to his waist.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: While his fate is left ambiguous in the original anime series, it's strongly implied Xingke did survive his illness. This is not the case in the movie continuity though, as he is shown in a memorial to the Black Knights that died at Cafe Zero, meaning his illness did claim his life in that continuity.

    Jiang Lihua aka Empress Tianzi
Voiced by: Tamaki Matsumoto (Japanese), Jessica Straus (English)

"Someday, I want to see the outside world."

The Empress of China, who appears in R2. Technically speaking, the Tianzi ("Child of Heaven") is supposed to be the leader of the Chinese Federation and the heir to the old imperial tradition. In reality, the current Tianzi is a teenage girl kept away from her people by her council, the Eunuchs, who rule the country as they wish. However, not everything is lost: Tianzi has a protector in Li Xingke, and even if she's powerless at the moment, she's touchingly determined to do what she can.

  • Arranged Marriage: The Emperor tries to marry his eldest son Prince Odysseus off to her, which Lelouch and the Black Knights use to their advantage. Diethard also suggests this following their victory over the High Eunuchs, and Lelouch considers it... except the rest of the main party tells Diethard off (to Zero's face), so Lelouch instead goes off to try to figure things out. He gets a call from Shirley and decides to ask her for advice and Shirley reminds him that he himself does a lot of what he does for love himself so forcing such a thing on the Tianzi would be wrong.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Li Xingke's ultimate goal is to repay Empress Tianzi's kindness by giving her enough power to rule over the Federation, instead of being just a puppet of the Eunuchs.
  • Damsel in Distress: Li Xingke is motivated to action by rescuing her from the High Eunuchs and taking her to the outside world.
  • The Empress: of the Chinese Federation but it's in-name only because the High Eunuchs control her.
  • Gilded Cage: She isn't allowed to leave her palace.
  • The Ingenue: Due to staying within the palace her whole life, she's naive and innocent. Her whole plot line revolves around other characters effectively growing her out of it so she can be more like Nunnally and Kaguya.
  • I Owe You My Life: The canon core of Xingke's devotion to her, who saved him from execution when he was a teenager.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Tianzi might be the Empress of China, but otherwise she fits in very well as she's practically a prisoner in her palace. Her only friends were Xingke and Kaguya.
  • Moe Couplet: Forms a painfully cute one with the older (albeit not much) and more worldly Kaguya.
  • Older Than They Look: She's not eight years old. She's 13. Her frail health likely stunted her growth.
  • Pinky Swear: How she and Xingke sealed The Promise of seeing the outside world.
  • Precocious Crush: Some interpret her feelings for Xingke this way. Understandable, though: he's the first person who was ever genuinely kind to her, so if she had a child-like/teenage-like crush on him it'd be no surprise.
  • Puppet Empress: She is just a tool for the High Eunuchs to rule through.
  • Shrinking Violet: Easily cowed by the High Eunuchs and nervous when meeting the Black Knights.
  • Tender Tears: Cries a lot. Considering her really shitty situation, the audience can't blame her.
  • Token Mini-Moe: A tiny and tender albino with a big heart, in a series where everyone else is a young adult.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Sweeter, gentler counterpart to the also girly but more straightforward Kaguya, who becomes a regular companion after her rescue.

    High Eunuchs
7 of the 8 High Eunuchs.
Voiced by: Various

A circle of the Empress's advisers who run the country under her shadow. They seek personal gain even if it means betraying their whole country. In Chinese Federation arc of R2, they agree to lend the Black Knights land for the million Japanese exiles and recognize their state of the United States of Japan. However, they also collaborate with Schneizel to hand the Empress and their territory over in return for Britannian noble titles.