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This is the character sheet concerning the main characters of Code Geass.

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    Lelouch Lamperouge/Lelouch vi Britannia 

    Suzaku Kururugi

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai as an adult and Akeno Watanabe as a child (Japanese), Yuri Lowenthal as an adult and Laura Bailey as a child (English)

"A victory gained through dishonest means is worthless."

The rival and best friend of Lelouch. Suzaku is a rather controversial character. Instead of following Lelouch's ideals to crush Britannia to save Japan, Suzaku opted to change Britannia from the inside, to help Japan, and he is willing to crush Japanese freedom fighters and terrorists in order to achieve this (even those that share his ultimate goals, such as the Kyoto Group). Speaking of that, he got chosen to pilot the Humongous Mecha Lancelot, which enables him to kick tons of ass. He becomes even better when Lelouch gives him a Geass to live, allowing him to do otherwise-impossible physical feats. He often tells people that "results obtained using the wrong means are meaningless," which means he opposes Zero for using terrorism to achieve his ends.

Later, he finds love in Princess Euphemia li Britannia, and got picked as her Knight, nonetheless. But after a certain incident that made him lose her very cruelly and messily, he blamed Zero for it and became more "honest", showing more brutality and less restraint. Even after the revelation that Zero is Lelouch, Suzaku did not falter and turned against his best friend.

In the second season, Suzaku becomes a Knight of the Round as the Knight of Seven and hopes to advance to the rank of Knight of One, since it will grant him honorary rule of any area. He plans to take control of Area 11 (Japan) and use his position to help the Japanese people.

Not to be mistaken for The Vermillion Bird Suzaku.

  • Ace Pilot: His natural talent and superior physical capabilities allow him to pilot the Lancelot, which no one had been able to pilot before. Along with Kallen, he's arguably the best in the series.
  • Almighty Janitor: For the first half of the first season, Suzaku is treated like dirt because of his race, even though he's one of the best pilots in the series and pilots a nigh-unstoppable Super Prototype.
  • Ambiguously Bi: There is little doubt he truly loves Euphemia, but his relationship with Lelouch is loaded with subtext and follows the typical arc of a love story.
  • Animals Hate Him: Cats do, anyway. Although eventually, he seems to make his peace with Team Pet Arthur.
  • Anti-Villain: Type IV -> Type II. Suzaku is one for most of the series.
  • Arranged Marriage: He was engaged to his cousin Kaguya when they were children, but that was broken once Genbu died. Later, Lelouch toys with the idea of asking him to marry Nunnally so he could protect her.
  • The Atoner: Puts up with all the terrible treatment thrown his way due to him seeing it as atonement for his sins. Him taking up the mantle of Zero his also his way of atoning for all the wrong he has done. This also extends to his Knightmare Frames in Re;surrection.
  • Badass Cape: As Knight of Seven. Gets an even more badass one as Knight of Zero.
  • Badass in Distress:
    • Is captured halfway into Akito The Exiled after Shaing took Lelouch hostage. He spent the rest of the OVA in a prison cell to be used as a bargaining chip against the Emperor, at best.
    • Happens again in Re;surrection, this time by the Zilkhstan terrorists (via a well-planned trap) after his failed attempt to rescue Nunally. He was later bailed out by Lelouch and his crewmates though.
  • Barefoot Captives: After Shaing captures him by holding Lelouch hostage in Akito The Exiled, Suzaku has his shoes taken away while in the cell. Interestingly, Lelouch is still allowed to keep his, though given his dazed catatonia at the time he was pretty much no threat to anyone.
  • Becoming the Genie: In the manga Suzaku of the Counterattack he obtains a code and becomes immortal.
  • Becoming the Mask: By becoming Zero and killing Lelouch for Zero Requiem. Even involves a literal mask.
  • Best Friend: Despite everything, he is and ultimately remains Lelouch's best friend.
  • Beware the Honest Ones: Part of the reason for his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. Verges on Hypocritical Humor since he lies almost as much as Lelouch in spite of it.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Suzaku just loves having these, but not just for the glory. (See Death Seeker.)
  • Big Eyes, Little Eyes: He has big eyes, to indicate his seeming innocence — but not truly enormous eyes like Euphemia or Shirley. In fact, both Suzaku and Lelouch sometimes seem to act as subversions of this trope, as both have large, expressive eyes despite both of them being lying, hypocritical anti-heroes/anti-villains with extremely high body counts. Since Code Geass plays this trope straight with most other characters, however, we can assume that their eyes are meant to imply both of their largely noble intentions and capacity for great good despite all the evil things they end up doing.
  • Bigger Stick: The Lancelot; skill wise he ranks a little behind Bismark and Kallen when it comes to piloting, but the Lancelot's Super Prototype status tends to lean combat in his favour.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Euphemia — 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.
  • Bishounen: Isn't at all unattractive, he would probably be as popular as Lelouch at school if it weren't for the fact he was an Eleven
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Played with. Suzaku isn't a flat out horrible person, but he's not as nice or selflesss as he acts like in the first season. He plays it more straight in R2 at Ashford, acting pretty much like he did in the first season despite his much harsher outlook and hatred for Lelouch due to being Zero.
  • Black Sheep: Suzaku was disowned when he became an Honorary Brittanian.
  • Blessed with Suck: He uses Lelouch's "Live On!" command to his advantage. It even becomes his Super Mode in Super Robot Wars Z2: Saisei-Hen. It starts to suck when the Fridge sets in, though.
  • Blue Blood: In a sense. His father was the Prime Minister of Japan, and there are those who want the family to retain power. In the audio drama Nunnally Vanished, Genbu says that arranging a marriage between a Britannian royal and a member of the Kururugi or Sumeragi families could prevent the war (implying that those two families are equally the highest in the land), and Kaguya Sumeragi is often shown and treated as a noble or royal, and referred to as "princess" more than once, so it does make sense to see Suzaku this way.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Towards Euphemia. Reciprocated.
  • Boring Invincible Hero: He's actually quite a good Deconstruction of the archetype, with the first season gradually exposing the huge psychological issues and painful backstory that would go into making someone like that, and R2 showing the gradual disintegration of this status until the end of the season when he is reborn as Zero, an entirely different kind of hero.
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Played with in that he is a Charles Atlas Superpower Anti-Villain working for the Big Bad, whereas Squishy Wizard Lelouch who is more like a stereotypical use of this trope is actually the Well-Intentioned Extremist Byronic Hero.
  • Broken Ace: Possibly the best fighter in the series, weighed down by all the tragedy he encounters in his life.
  • Byronic Hero: As time passes and events scratch away at his Knight in Shining Armor facade, it becomes clear he's actually a brooding, uncompromising, and self-destructive Death Seeker who seeks atonement for killing his father. He tries sacrificing himself under the guise of chivalry to both Britannia and supposedly Japan as an excuse to fulfill his death wish, but mostly serves to derail Lelouch's plans before they would otherwise bear maximum results. R2 has him become an outright Knight Templar before he finally fully hits the Despair Event Horizon resulting in his final and tragic team up with Lelouch to try to make up for all they have done.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Like Lelouch, he tried doing that to his father. When that didn't work, he killed him, resulting in a failure even worse than Lelouch.
  • Cartwright Curse: Every single person who has him as knight dies a horrible death.
  • Cats Are Mean: Cats are mean to Suzaku. Arthur seems to hold no ill will toward any other members of the cast.
  • Character Development: Suzaku arguably changes more than any other character in the series. Interestingly enough, his slide from Black and White Morality to Black and Gray Morality puts him in the position to accomplish the change he was never able to as an Internal Reformist.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: For reasons pointed out but not fully explained in the anime, Suzaku is capable of performing athletic feats far beyond what normal humans are able to (like running along a wall and kicking off a machine gun with a 0.05 seconds time delay).
    • The anime does indicate Suzaku benefits from using his nigh-supernatural physical abilities under the influence of the Geass Lelouch cast on him, which forces him to preserve his own life at all costs. This makes Suzaku take full advantage of his own skills for pulling off the impressive feats of physical prowess necessary for his survival. Towards the end of the series, Suzaku has gotten quite good at making use of the Geass in this way.
    • In a presumably non-canon CD extra , Cecile remembers a time when she accidentally drops a chip under the Lancelot's foot. Much to her shock, Suzaku is able to lift the mecha's foot with his bare hands to allow her to grab the chip.
    • This was apparently going to be explained sometime in the second season. But that thread got lost in the mad scramble to keep the show going strong.
  • Chess Motifs: The knight piece: Suzaku is the white knight and his strange movements let him take Lelouch by surprise. During Zero Requiem, he takes on the mask of Zero and becomes the new Black King.
  • Chick Magnet: Very much so. Perhaps less so than Lelouch. Certainly less oblivious about it.
  • Childhood Friends: With Lelouch.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: So much so that other characters draw attention to it repeatedly. Before the series starts, he betrayed Japan to Britannia by killing his father and joining up with the Britannia army. In the first season, he betrays Lelouch at the end of the season to the Emperor in order to become a Knight of the Round. (This is arguably a case of It's Personal, since Lelouch had just killed Suzaku's girlfriend and never explained why). In season 2, he first betrayed Nunnally's trust by using her to bait Lelouch (she found out and called him on it), then inadvertently betrays Lelouch to the Britannians again (though it's not his fault this time, he was followed because they suspected him of having ties to Zero), then betrayed the Emperor himself and sided with Schneizel to quickly rise in rank. (Knight of One Bismark Waldstein lampshades this very well in their first battle against each other.) In episode 21, he betrayed Schneizel by becoming Emperor Lelouch's Knight of Zero (this can be considered his Heel–Face Turn). In the end, he finally completed this by becoming Zero to kill his Emperor, making him a hero in the eyes of the world and the UFN. This is a subversion, though, as it was all part of his and Lelouch's plans.
  • El Cid Ploy: Conspired with Lelouch as part of Zero Requiem.
  • Les Collaborateurs: A more sympathetic example than most, in that he genuinely wants to improve the lot of the average Eleven.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: A big reason for the above. During the course of the show, Suzaku tries to balance his loyalties to Japan and its people, the Britannian military he has sworn to serve, the people he cares about and wants to protect, and his personal moral code. At almost any given time in the series, at least two of these will be in conflict with each other. Lampshaded by Lloyd, who points out that it will get him killed someday. That might have been the point.
  • Cool Shades: He only wears them on his days off.
  • Crash-Into Hello: How he meets Princess Euphemia. An unusual example, in that it's vertical rather than horizontal: Euphie falls (or possibly jumps) on top of him while climbing out her window. This begins a pseudo-Rescue Romance that blossoms into a Bodyguard Crush that might — in a world without Geass — have led to a real relationship and possibly even marriage.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: To ludicrous levels all throughout the first season - when Suzaku fought the Black Knights lost, simple as that. It turned into Lelouch's most personal annoyance. Most egregiously though was in Akito The Exiled when in the base Lancelot model he took on ALL of the Knights of St. Michael and squarely handed them their asses - INSIDE AN ENCLOSED CASTLE. It wasn't until R2 really when this was dropped in favor of giving him challenging opponents more frequently, like Kallen and Tohdoh.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Euphemia's death is what makes him stop being a Wide-Eyed Idealist. Before that, there's his father's death that jumps start his Death Seeker tendency.
  • Death Seeker and Redemption Equals Death: Subverted BIG time because for years he wants to die to atone for his murder of his dad, but not only do these suicidal acts become Big Damn Heroes moments, but then Lelouch Geasses him into living, so every subsequent attempt ends in failure, at one point horribly so for many people. Finally, in the Grand Finale he kinda gets his wish. Everyone thinks he perished in battle and his "tombstone" regards him as the greatest hero in the war - but Suzaku not only is alive, he has become Zero now that Lelouch is dead. Both tropes are revealed and lampshaded by Mao.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Hot-Blooded Honor Before Reason Ace Pilot who typically serves as The Hero for this genre. In most shows, such a character would normally be cast him as the good guy by conveniently being placed a scenario where his actions benefit people. Suzaku is what such a character would be when allied with an organization that doesn't have the people's best interests at heart. It's hard to take his presentation as an Ideal Hero seriously when he's working for The Empire whose policies include open discrimination and genocide. As a result, his borderline suicidal behavior on the battlefield seems less like that of a brave hero who's concerned for the welfare of others and more like that of a Death Seeker whose apathy is allowing the situation to worsen. Furthermore his self-righteous preaching seems less like a moralist trying to sway others to reason and more like the ravings of a delusional hypocrite. In short, he exemplifies how destructive and dangerous such a character would really be in the right circumstances.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: 'Friendship' may be a strong word unless you take Word of God that Suzaku and Lelouch became friends again as canon, but Suzaku and Lelouch are forced to become allies because they are both so broken and desperate they have nowhere else to turn.
  • Determinator: Although he's outmatched by Lelouch.
  • Deuteragonist: The show focuses on his story of rising up within the system as much as it does on Lelouch's rebellion.
  • Disappeared Dad: The aforementioned Genbu Kururugi, ex-Prime Minister of Japan who was heavily opposed to Britannia. Suzaku killed him at the tender age of ten, after completely losing his shit because his old man was willing to sacrifice himself and Japan to resist Britannia until the bitter end. When Premier Kururugi was out of the picture, Japan promptly surrendered.
  • The Dragon: As Emperor Lelouch's Knight of Zero.
    • Before that, he serves as Co-Dragons with Bismarck to Emperor Charles, as the highest ranking knights involved in the Emperor's plans for the Ragnarok Connection.
    • Even before that, he is this as a Knight of Seven to Julius Kingsley who is the brainwashed Lelouch and is one of the Big Bad of Akito The Exiled
  • Dual Wielding: Suzaku's Humongous Mecha Lancelot would frequently use two swords, but when it was upgraded into its Albion form, it started carrying around a rifle in each hand.
  • Dynamic Entry: He does his Spinzaku Kick on his first appearance.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Even before he was commanded to "Live!", he was already quick enough to dodge a machinegun on full auto and parkour up the walls to take it down, with no expressly superhuman abilities.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: His Ho Yay / Foe Yay with Lelouch and Gino.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His "Spinzaku" Fan Nickname says it all.
  • Expy: Is another in a long line of Amuro Ray expies in Sunrise mech anime, specifically pulling from Kira Yamato with Euphie serving as an Expy of Lacus to round the pair up. Made even more clear later on when he even gets a SEED-mode.]]
  • Failure Knight: Even when he does become Euphie's knight, since she dies horribly. By the time his friend Nunnally is believed to be dead due to a nuke that Suzaku fired under influence of Geass, the guy hits rock bottom.
  • Falling into the Cockpit: In the beginning, he became the pilot of the Lancelot because he was the only soldier around. Everyone else was kicking lots of puppies in the Japanese Ghetto, so Lloyd and Cecile make him go out in the mecha.
  • Fate Worse than Death: While his tombstone praises him as a loyal defender of Emperor Lelouch, given that Lelouch will be remembered as the worst dictator ever, it is likely that Suzaku will go down in history as The Quisling where Japanese people (except for Kallen, and maybe Tohdoh) are concerned, and as The Dragon to a deeply evil ruler for everyone else. And to make matters worse, he will never be able to be anything but Zero for the rest of his life, as only a small handful of people know who's under the mask, and they aren't stupid enough to spill the beans and ruin the plan. On the other hand, he always wanted to be punished for his sins and to become a knight of justice. Technically, he got what he wanted in a particularly tragic way.
  • The Fettered: Deconstructed as all his initial morality is just a way to deal with his own guilt. And once he moves past it, his only remaining fetter is his "live" geass, which instead often forces him to cross any and all Moral Event Horizons to survive.
  • Foil: Many, many of the characters Suzaku meets are foils that draw attention to Suzaku's personality and differing views on life.
    • Lelouch is someone who is willing to do absolutely everything to succeed, privileging success above all else. Suzaku firmly believes that victory "achieved through dishonest means" simply isn't right. And also, during his time at Ashford Academy, Suzaku is a happy, soft-spoken individual, in contrast to the cynical, uninterested Lelouch.
      • Their means of changing Britannia differ as well, which does not bode well for either of them - Lelouch intends to change the system of Britannia by bloodshed and revolution, whereas Suzaku wants to change the system from the inside as he rises in the ranks of the Britannian military.
    • Kallen fights on the "side of the resistance" because of her distaste towards the Britannian system and seeing absolutely no future whatsoever in submitting to a society she hates; Suzaku believes in achieving his own ideals by using the societal system. Though Kallen is far more hotheaded and treats Suzaku unfairly during the last moments of R1, she isn't a hypocritical traitor.
    • Gino. He's an upbeat, albeit somewhat airheaded pilot who fights for Britannia though when Lelouch becomes Emperor and Gino joins Schneizel and the Black Knights, he questions his own loyalty to Britannia. By the time he and Gino meet, Suzaku is more of a gloomy, serious individual who fights for Britannia only because he wants to fix it.
  • The Fool: Lampshaded several times. Most notably when Suzaku announces that he now believes that the end justify the means and declares "I've been naive until now." Lloyd drawls "Nooooooo, you?". But also a bit of a subversion. He tends to have incredible Plot Armor, which he would rather not have for particular reasons. Which also becomes a major liability for Lelouch.
  • For Want of a Nail: In Nightmare of Nunnally, he didn't kill his father; C.C. did, and as a result, is a more well-adjusted and moral individual.
  • Freak Out!:
    • After nuking Tokyo under the effect of Geass, Suzaku snaps and goes through one, Evil Laugh included. It radically changes his character throughout the rest of the anime.
    • Also has one about one season earlier when Mao exposes his deepest, darkest secret.
  • Freudian Excuse: More Freudian than most examples.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Not exactly a nobody since he's the son of the former Prime Minister, but his standing in Britannian society is quite low at the start of the series, as a minor soldier and only an honorary citizen. But thanks to the support of Euphemia and later a very lucrative deal with the Emperor once he relaxes his moral standards, he's able to rise up and eventually become one of the most powerful knights in the empire.
  • Guilt Complex: So much so that he's a Death Seeker.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: His hair is in the same style as it was in his youth.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After Euphemia's death.
  • The Heavy: For most of the series (although he spends much of it as Hero Antagonist), as the most prominent and one of the most dangerous opponents the Black Knights face in actual combat. Becomes this even moreso in season 2, when he graduates from being just a field soldier and becomes one of the highest ranking and easily the most persistent of the Emperor's followers to hunt down Lelouch and CC.
  • Heel Realization: A variation. He stops himself before he forces Kallen to use Refrain, realising that if he goes through with it that he will be just like how he sees Lelouch. He also has one combined with Laughing Mad at the end of R2 Episode 19.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Well, pinkheads, in the case of Princess Euphemia.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Mao reveals that Suzaku was the one to kill Genbu Kururugi. And an even bigger one after he fires the FLEIJA.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Started out as a person who just wanted to fix things from the inside of the system, and eventually reached the top and dominated others with his power. At least that's how other people see him.
  • Honor Before Reason: At times he acts this way, though sometimes he ends up with the exact opposite mentality and goes full on pragmatic.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Hates violence and discrimination. So why does he trust the very people who occupied his country? Zigzagged with Lelouch. Suzaku is the one character particularly able to catch Lelouch lying, perhaps because of their shared history.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Preaches non-violence and working within the system, yet supports one that invaded and colonized his country, downgrading him along with all other natives to second-class status, and has no problems with violently oppressing them. Cranked up to 11 in R2 when he becomes a Knight of the Round, and becomes part of Schneizel's anti-EU campaign among other things, including the opposition to UFN's legitimate fight of liberation for Japan itself. All of this of course is in hopes of Japan's well-being, but it turns out to be more self-contradictory and counterproductive than anything. Also qualifies as What an Idiot!.
    • He condemns Zero for killing Prince Clovis as part of his plan to liberate Japan, saying it was a dirty and cowardly act. He killed his own father before the story began to stop a war with Britannia.
    • Also believes the end doesn't justify the means yet works for Britannia to one day change it and is little more their enforcer for the majority of the series.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Unfortunate for him being a Death Seeker, this happens to Suzaku when Lelouch geasses him to "Live!"
  • Idiot Hero: Played for drama (if not deconstructed) as he painfully pays the consequences for his questionable decisions. He's not an idiot as much as oblivious; often invokes being oblivious and an idiot to avoid really coming to terms with what he's really doing.
  • Idiot Houdini: On the other hand, and ironically enough, he survives against all rights, and his own wishes.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat:
    • According to STAGE 0.543: End of the Blissful Summer, Suzaku learned the basics of driving a car from a video game when he was ten and figured the rest when he and Lelouch "borrowed" one from the Kururugi Shrine. Lelouch only learned of this at that very moment and at the same time Suzaku took a corner at 70 km/h (~ 43.5 miles per hour). Needless to say, he wasn't amused.
    • Honorary Britannians are forbidden from ever piloting a Knightmare Frame, meaning that Suzaku didn't have any official training before Falling into the Cockpit of the Lancelot. The Novelization states that all his prior experience came from a time Britannian military put a bunch of fresh recruits into the Knightmare equivalent of a Cockpit Procedures Trainer in other to gather some unspecified raw data for reference. Ironically, his lack of knowledge and preconceptions actually helped him to get the best performance out of the Super Prototype, unlike regular pilots who were too used to less powerful and manoeuvrable Frames.
  • Inspector Javert: Constantly hounds Zero, and wants him to account for his crimes.
  • Internal Reformist: Initially.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Or Bungled Suicide, depending on the situation. Happens quite a bit throughout the series.
  • Ironic Hell: The whole situation with Lelouch and his dad.
  • It Gets Easier: Used to be reluctant to kill, but due as things progressed in the series killing people becomes less of a problem for him.
  • It's All My Fault: Believes himself to be responsible for the current state of things in Area 11.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: What he acquires throughout the series.
  • Karma Houdini: A case where the character thinks he is, and is arguably right. He gets away with killing his father, defies royal orders several times, yet is never really punished for it except for self-imposed ones. For much of the series, Suzaku's compulsion to atone for being a Karma Houdini — along with his consequent self-hated — is his driving motivation. All this is Lampshaded very melodramatically by Mao in episode 16.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: In Code Geass: Tales of an Alternate Shogunate, wields one with great skill.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Think he was a nice boy? Think again. Although it must be noted that most of his nastiness was focused exclusively on Lelouch, whose entire being rubbed Suzaku in all the wrong ways. Much of it came from imitation as the grown-ups at the Kururugi Shrine showed obvious disdain towards the exiled prince, and the ten-year-old boy's childish need to prove himself superior to his equivalent from the Britannian side and the resulting self-consciousness of coming short in every aspect other than straight-out brawl.
    In the end it was Nunnally who gave Suzaku one hell of a Heel Realization when the wheelchair-bound girl asked him if he came to hit her just like he hit her brother before and soon after the three of them became genuinely good friends once Lelouch realized that Suzaku was kind to Nunnally for real and without any ulterior motives whatsoever.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He is said to love cats upon his first meeting with Euphie (whom is playing with a cat he later takes in, named Arthur), but this also said to be a one-sided love which becomes something of a Running Gag for the show. Arthur is shown later watching over his "gravestone", though
    According to Word of God and the official website Arthur does like Suzaku and bites him to show affection, which is Truth in Television. Arthur even saves Suzaku's life by biting a Black Knight who's about to kill him when they take over Ashford. Heck, even the cats are Tsundere in this series.
  • The Kingslayer: Twice over. He killed his father, the Prime Minister of Japan, because he didn't want the Japanese to fight to the last. Later on, he killed Emperor Lelouch as part of a plan to end war and hatred.
  • Kissing Cousins: With Kaguya. See Arranged Marriage, above.
  • Knighting: Is knighted twice in the series. First, he becomes Euphemia's knight (as in his job description), then later the apparently-dying Cornelia dubs him Knight of Honor of Britannia in the field.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: In the beginning. Later, he became a Knight Templar.
  • Knight Templar: His intentions are noble in theory, but in practice they require ruthlessness to carry out. It also doesn't pan out so well for any country that isn't Japan or Britannia.
  • Lady and Knight: He is the Knight and Euphemia is the Lady.
  • Laughing Mad: At the end of R2 episode 19 (doubles as his Heel Realization).
  • Lawful Stupid: Believes that he will be able to change the system from within, even though he has no chance. Ends up working against what he wants to do.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: At times his rashness can get in the way of the carefully set plans of others.
  • Love Makes You Evil: His descends into Knight Templar status after the death of Princess Euphemia.
  • Manly Tears:
    • While he cries multiple times throughout the series, the most obvious example is when he's talking to Euphemia, who only has minutes left to live after Zero shot her. He's bawling his eyes out by the time she passes away.
    • He is shedding tears while killing Lelouch.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Suzaku and his late father, Genbu are named after two of The Four Gods. There's also a bit of Fridge Brilliance with the former — The Phoenix rises from its ashes (or lays egg before it burns), so it's, kind of, immortal. Lelouch geassed Suzaku to live on, with the same 'rise from the ashes' effect. Not literally, of course. Also, Suzaku killing Lelouch allowed the Zero persona to be reborn, like a phoenix, in him. The violent method would fit the fiery rebirth of a phoenix.
    • He pilots the Lancelot, named after a knight who had a tragic affair with a noblewoman. In many tales, Lancelot is also a traitor to the Knights of the Round Table, which is what happens once he becomes The Knight Of Zero. In Re;surrection, the final Lancelot unit Suzaku piloted is called "Lancelot siN".
  • Meet Cute: With Princess Euphemia. 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. So you just know things are going to go well from then on.
  • Memento MacGuffin: His Disappeared Dad's old pocket watch, which once saves him from death, as he's shot at very close range but the watch stops the bullet. When he leaves it with Euphie's body, it's a symbol of him finally letting go of the past and his Wide Eyed Idealism.
  • Meta Guy: In the Picture and Audio Dramas (especially those from the R2 timeframe), he's allowed to break the fourth wall (lampshading how he gets more focus in side-materials) and act out-of-character (refusing to follow Milly's orders, which he never does in-series) as long as it fits the Rule of Funny.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Accidentally triggers the destruction of the area he had sworn to protect. Whoops.
  • Moral Myopia: Toward the second season (really, anytime after Euphemia's death), he ultimately committed many of the same violent acts he decried earlier on. Arguably even before that, where he really has no problem with the massacre of every citizen in the Shinjuku ghetto, and even aids in it by removing the only thing keeping it at bay (the terrorists). In general, Suzaku seems to hold the belief that it's OK for Britannia to act this way because they're in charge, but no one else can no matter how justified it may be.
    Rather, he tries his best to help and protect as many people as possible with his limited freedom as a Britannian soldier, and desperately (often delusionally) clings to the hope that it's for the greater good whenever he's ordered to partake in, execute or overlook needless violence. At no point does he believe it to be "OK" for anyone. He also seemed completely unaware and ignorant of the wanton killing of Japanese civilians in Shinjuku. It should be noted that he was knocked out for a considerable period of time as he nearly lost his life because he refused to follow his superior's order of murdering Lelouch.
  • Mr. Fanservice: His Knightmare Frame-piloting uniform is really tight. He's pretty muscular, and he's got a really cute butt! He also resembles Syaoran from Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- a little bit. Considering the designs were done by CLAMP, this shouldn't come as a surprise.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He has three of these. First, when C.C accidentally undoes his Trauma-Induced Amnesia and he remembers that he murdered his father. Second, when he attempts to drug Kallen to get information out of her but stops himself from doing so at the last moment, realizing it's the kind of underhanded tactic he despises Zero for using. Third, when he fires the FLEIJA nuke while under the effect of his "Live" Geass, kills thirty million people (mostly on his side) and spends an entire episode brooding at the epicenter of the disaster.
  • My Hero Zero: After Lelouch becomes The Emperor, he became the Knight of Zero. Later in the story, as part of the Zero Requiem, he's required to drop "Knight of" from his title and wear a mask.
  • Never My Fault/It's All My Fault: Zigzagged. On one hand, he rejects any and all implications that his serving Britannia is allowing them to continue their brutal occupation of his country and is more comfortable with passing off blame to those who rebel against them. On the other hand, his act of patricide is what allowed said occupation to take place and so he feels a responsibility towards protecting his people in his own way, even if the results are less than stellar.
  • Nice Guy: For all of his flaws Suzaku is unquestionably one of the nicest characters in the series. Perpetually acting to protect those around him, always polite even to people who hate him, and even protecting Kallen's identity as a freedom fighter from his Britannian Superiors. Then R2 rolls around.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Due to his "Live!" Geass, which he knew about at the time, he inadvertently nukes the epicenter of the Tokyo Settlement, killing 30 million civilians, because he tried to let Kallen kill him. Whoops.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: One of the "Welcome to Ashford Academy" Slice of Life stories from Newtype sees Milly, in a bikini and lounging in a kiddie pool, trying to put the moves on him, but all it does is make him feel awkward. Then Milly says "Alright Rivalz, stop the camera, he's not gonna fall for it."
    • In the main series, he encounters Kallen naked on Kamine Island...and completely ignores it in favour of pinning her down. She was (likely) trying to kill him since he just found out she's a Black Knight.
  • Not So Different: Jeremiah is more than willing to forget past grudges once he joins Lelouch's side. Guess who else did that?
  • The Paladin: For most of the series, Suzaku is a knight that refuses to break the rules, and at least at the start, Would Not Shoot a Civilian.
  • Palette Swap: In Re;surrection, Suzaku's first two Knightmare Frames (the Lancelot Albion Zero and Mahoraba) are painted purple.
  • Patricide: Murdered his own father in order to prevent what he saw as unnecessary bloodshed.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Come R2, Suzaku smiles less and less; eventually, by the last couple of episodes, we don't see him smile at all. Gino lampshades this when he's looking through a packet of photographs from the good old days at Ashford Academy; he comes across Suzaku in several of the pictures and comments, "I've never seen Suzaku smile like that. He's so... happy!"
  • Pinocchio Nose: Like Lelouch, is familiar with looking away when lying. Also caught by Nunnally on another tic when he avoids contact with her hand in the second season.
  • Principles Zealot: Started off like this and then as events got worse, he moved away from it.
  • Prophetic Name: His name can mean "phoenix". Guess who "dies" at the end of the series and is "reborn" as an entirely new person.
  • The Quisling: Ingratiates himself quite thoroughly into Britannian culture, particularly after he becomes the Knight of Seven.
  • Rags to Riches: Suzaku becomes one of the most respected men in Japan through his martial prowess, in contrast to Lelouch who is ex-royalty.
  • Red Baron:
    • "The White Grim Reaper".
    • Knight of Zero; it symbolizes both his standing above the other Knights, and his new status as the dragon to Zero.
  • Riches to Rags: Suzaku's father was the prime minister of Japan and was a blue blood along with Kaguya. His family lost most of their social standing when Brittania invaded and occupied their country and he fell further out of favor when he decided to associate himself with the Britannians.
  • The Rival: To Lelouch. Also to Kallen as a pilot and soldier.
  • The Scapegoat: Set up as the fall guy for the murder of Clovis by Jeremiah in hopes of having the Honorary Britannian system eradicated.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Up for debate. Suzaku, the pilot of a Humongous Mecha, punched the mech's designer in the face when he didn't let him go out and fight, as they weren't given orders to deploy. This is a big shift for pro-rules Suzaku. Now whether you consider his actions following this justice-driven or revenge-driven decides whether this belongs here.
    Due to the heavy Gray and Gray Morality of the series, it's a matter of personal opinion whether Suzaku is doing the "right" thing or not at any given time, whether he's following the rules or not.
  • Secretly Selfish: Which Mao brings up during his Breaking Speech all his heroic acts and moral grandstanding all stem from his Death Seeker status, with Suzaku only truly starting to shake out of this after he crosses the Despair Event Horizon with the FLEIJA and joins up with Lelouch to create the Zero Requiem.
  • Self-Made Orphan: At the age of nine, he stabbed his own father to death, the prime minister of Japan, in order to put an end to the war. See also Disappeared Dad, above.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He seems like the former this for part of the series in contrast to Lelouch, but it's a facade. It's actually the reverse underneath their facades.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Akito.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: A deconstruction.
  • Shipper on Deck: After finding out about Shirley's affection for Lelouch, Suzaku actively tries to help her a few times to ask out Lelouch. This naturally disappears when he finds out about Lelouch's Secret Identity and Took a Level in Jerkass between the first season and R2.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    Lelouch: [still in Zero persona] Euphemia randomly murdered throngs of innocent Japanese people. You fight for a woman like —
    Suzaku: [interrupts] Your Geass power is quite convenient, isn't it? You get to hide in the shadows while others take all the blame for doing your dirty work. You're just an arrogant coward. That's your true nature, the real you.
  • Social Climber: A more idealistic version; he seeks to rise in Britannian society to change it for the better.
  • Spanner in the Works: Aside from the fact that he is usually the one to spoil Lelouch's plans (including his "Live" Geass), Suzaku wouldn't have appeared inside the Sword of Akasha if it weren't for the Batman Gambit of Marianne, who was probably counting on either his love for her stepdaughter Euphie or his friendship with her Soul Jar Anya... which backfired when Suzaku sided with Lelouch regardless. If he hadn't been there, Charles and Marianne could have had a better chance of succeeding.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Euphemia.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's 5'9" (175 cms) which is just above average, but the rest checks out.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: A constant conflict of his, he wants to do good in the system but it conflicts at times with his sense of justice.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Quite a few levels in fact in R2. Though given everything that happens to him over the course of the series, it's sort of Justified.
  • Tragic Hero: Just like Lelouch, depends on perspective. Possibly both at the same time.
  • Unequal Pairing: Princess Euphemia is in an extreme position of power and authority over her Knight of Honor Suzaku. He's been ostracized from his family, has fallen into low social status and after leaving the military is unemployed. She is the wealthy third princess of the superpower Empire occupying at least two thirds of the world including his home country. Despite the power difference between them, she does not assert any dominance over him and when ordering him it's something he was planning to already do.
  • The Unfettered: Later in the series.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Suzaku is an earnest, well meaning lad with a healthy respect for authority stuck in a show filled to the brim with Magnificent Bastards and Chess Masters. As a result, he ends up being everyone's pawn... and often ends up derailing as many gambits as he helps build.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is. This, in turn, subverts the trope where mandatorily one and only one of the two arch-rivals is the Well-Intentioned Extremist, since BOTH of them fit the trope.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Initially, though this brutally changes over the course of the series.
  • Worf Had the Flu: The only reason why Suzaku was captured by the Zilkhstan terrorists in Re;surrection is because of the trap they made and he's piloting a ceremony-exclusive Mahoraba.
  • Would Not Shoot a Civilian: To the core. At least at first. He fights the Japanese resistance — or any attempt (legitimate or otherwise) to free Japan — precisely because it endangers civilians. Even in the heat of battle, Suzaku goes out of his way not to harm civilians, even if it means disobeying direct orders. (For example, in the very first episode, he refuses to shoot Lelouch — although in that instance he also has personal reasons, as he and Lelouch are long-time friends. His superior, on the other hand, reacts to this insubordination by trying to kill him.) Of course, the tragic irony is that Britannia is just as likely to harm Japanese civilians as the terrorists are, sometimes more so, and Suzaku participates (albeit very indirectly) in the first episode's massacre. At any rate, his previously iron-clad Would Not Shoot a Civilian position starts to crack after the first season, and it dissolves completely after the F.L.E.I.J.A. incident.
  • You Are Number 6: Is by definition, as a Japanese native, a Number. Ironically enough in R2, he refers to Kallen by her prisoner number when he requests Nunnally, who is conversing with her, to allow him to interrogate her. A signal of his further descent, especially in that he, the nation and the fellow countrymen he fights for are Numbers.


Voiced by: Yukana (Japanese), Kate Higgins (English)

"Snow is white because it's forgotten what color it's supposed to be."

A sarcastic, green-haired girl first found inside an alleged 'poison gas bomb', sporting bondage gear and a big butt. C.C. (pronounced "C2" — or "Shi-Tsu") grants the Geass power to Lelouch, who apparently can give her her mysterious greatest wish, and later stays with him to watch over him. It's later revealed that she gave another Geass to a man named Mao. She has been a close attendant to Zero and has helped him various times, leading him to ally himself with her: "If you're a witch, then I'm a demon."

Speaking of witches, her past and her name both remain a mystery. Rumor has it that she's been living for many years dating back to the era of Kings, and ever since then she's been repeatedly tortured or killed because of her powers (shot to the forehead, burned at the stake, put inside an Iron Maiden, etc.). She also has a penchant for pizza, and always orders some from Pizza Hut using Lelouch's credit card (not a problem, since he's filthy rich, but it's still an annoyance to him).

  • Abusive Mom: C.C. is not literally Mao's parent, at least not genetically but he was orphaned as a young child, and when he was six, C.C. took him under her wing, and under her spell. It's All There in the Manual that when he was with C.C. she would take him out in public, Geass and all, for various reasons; and as time went on and he got older, C.C. did nothing (or almost nothing) to prevent him from using his power to commit increasingly twisted acts.
  • Action Girl: Borderline. She doesn't do much actual fighting but she's perfectly capable of it; in Nightmare Of Nunnally, it's revealed that she fought in the Hundred Years War, and Joan of Arc was her rival back then.
  • Adorkable: Her love for pizza can come off as this, and it certainly seems out of character for her.
  • Alliterative Name: If those are indeed her initials.
  • And I Must Scream: Very nearly, with Mao. Probably happened to her a lot, given her immortality and healing powers.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Her offering Lelouch and Mao their Geass powers. And to a greater extent, her own wishes to be loved. It's Played With, though, in that the characters don't consciously decide what their 'wish' (that is, their Geass) will be; however, it does seem to be decided by their inner desires, making it still a more or less straight example of this trope.
  • Belated Backstory: We didn't learn who she truly was until the second season.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Specializes in saving Lelouch when he's gotten his patootie well and truly trapped.
  • Big Eater: How she stays so thin with all the whole pizzas she eats on a normal basis is anyone's guess (but could probably be explained away as her immortal body not changing from the state it was in when she first obtained Code).
  • Blessed with Suck: Her immortality and her own "love me" Geass before that.
  • Body Horror: See And I Must Scream, above. Also when she sinks into the ocean at the end of the first season she's crushed to pieces by ocean pressure, and the pieces eventually resurface and come back together.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Is shot in the head by a Britannian soldier in the first episode. Thanks to her immortality, she survives.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: She believed in isolating herself to protect her loved ones. This is part of the reason she abandoned Mao, which only made him more Ax-Crazy. She also attempted this with Lelouch, who of course had none of it.
  • Broken Bird: Due to her past, she came to not consider herself a human being anymore, and only now is starting to get her human feelings back thanks to Lelouch.
  • Burn the Witch!: When Lelouch sees images of C.C.'s past, one of her multiple gruesome "deaths" was, of course, burning at the stake.
  • Byronic Heroine: She's morally apathetic, physically attractive, emotionally broken, cynically jaded, haunted by her horrid past, and self-destructive.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Seems to be a defining trait mixed with Little Miss Snarker. Probably due to her past.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Let's just say that the show wouldn't be very interesting if she told Lelouch from the start that both his parents were in on the same plan, and that there was no real reason to rage against his father or avenge his mother's death... other than the whole "don't particularly care if he dies", and "throw him into a war zone" stuff.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Of a sort. She has a tendency to make silly koans when Lelouch least expects them (see the quote), but it's unclear to what degree she's just saying them to mess with him.
  • Complete Immortality: C.C. is an immortal witch, unable to die, age, get sick, or be permanently wounded, and is absolutely self-sustained. Any injuries she suffers immediately heal, even if she is incinerated, blown up, decapitated, completely deleted, or even if she is completely destroyed to the sub-atomic level, she will still return to life. The only way to kill her is to transfer her Code of Immortality to someone else.
  • The Confidant: Is this to Lelouch, being the only one (at least for a majority of the series) that he can tell everything to.
  • Cry Cute: A cold-hearted, Manipulative Bitch like C.C. only cries with good reason ... but when she does, the sheer warmth makes you wonder if you are looking at the same person.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Oh, sure, she's got that immortality to worry about, but she can do just about anything thanks to her powers.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Has lived a long, and not so kind life.
  • The Dark Chick: To Emperor Lelouch.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Wears a dark outfit when she's with the Black Knights.
  • Dark Mistress: Subverted. She's far from it, but the Black Knights assume that she's this to Zero. While Lelouch doesn't bother to correct them, she at least tries to set the record straight with Tamaki, though he doesn't believe her. This becomes a minor case of Be Careful What You Wish For for her in the Novelization once she starts helping out Lelouch to pilot the Gawain. That's because from then and on the Black Knights begin to expect her to pull her weight within the organization, making her wish to go back to the time she was thought of as The Mistress and just laze around.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Regularly snarks to Lelouch and everyone else.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts out as cold-hearted woman who's only helping Lelouch for her own motives and doesn't care about him at all, but she eventually warms up to him and starts to regain her human feelings thanks to him. After the Grand Finale, knowing that Lelouch honestly cared about her, and didn't blame her for the bad things that happened in his life after accepting the Geass, allowed C.C. to open up to her true emotions and gave her the strength to carry on despite still being immortal.
  • Devoted to You:
    • Mao can't live without her. Ever since she abandoned him, he has dedicated his life to search for her.
    • C.C. eventually becomes this way with Lelouch, her desire to stay by his side overcoming her initial wish to die. Sadly and ironically, by that point he's too committed to the Zero Requiem for this to not end with her in tears.
  • Disney Death: In the first episode.
  • Doom Magnet: Some characters see her in this light, Bartley thought that him and Clovis dealing with "that witch" is what damned them.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Mao gives C.C. the DILP treatment In-Universe. He sees her as a perfect angel even though she robbed him of his life by giving him his Geass that ultimately destroyed him when he was eight.
  • Evil Laugh: Not in the series proper, but she has a pretty impressive one in the very likely non-canon The Record of a Beautiful Rebellion Audio Play (as seen here). Yukana sure was enjoying the chance to ham it up.
    Kallen: Zero is here. The female version of Zero has appeared...
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: After she was mentally reset to the person she was at the age of ten, which complicated matters greatly since she was Really 700 Years Old.
  • Freudian Excuse: For her Nominal Hero status.
  • The Gadfly: Sometimes it seems as if she just likes to push Lelouch's buttons.
  • Girl in a Box: Or better said, Girl in a Poison Gas Tank.
  • Glamour: Her Geass power forced everyone she met to fall in love with her and shower her with affection, which was great...for a day or two.
  • Gratuitous English: Her "name" C.C. is pronounced See-Two on the English dub but more or less Shi-Tsu in the original Japanese.
  • Healing Factor: She can recover from fatal injuries in a matter of minutes.
  • Heel Realization: In R2 Episode 21, about her involvement in the Ragnarok Connection.
    C.C.: Charles, just stop already. It was presumptuous of us to even attempt this.
    Marianne: But what about C.C.? Why isn't she disappearing as well? You supported this plan as much as we did!
    C.C.: Sorry. But I finally realized: The love you have is only for yourselves.
  • Honest Advisor: To Lelouch. She never minces her words with him and isn't afraid to tell it like it is. She also never lies to him but withholds plenty of information like her history with Mao and the true nature of their contract. At least she admitted to Lelouch that she wouldn't tell him anything she didn't want to.
  • Hypocrite: Several times during the series, C.C. criticized Lelouch for getting too attached to things like his name, which increases the risk of getting himself identified as a prince, and people, which was the whole reason he didn't try to simply kill Suzaku or used his Geass on him to get him to stop being a problem for his plans. Comes in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection, where her inability to accept Lelouch's death makes her try and resurrect him, but only his body came back to life, not his mind. Then she spends the next two years Walking the Earth, taking care of who's essentially a baby in Lelouch's body plagued by frequent panic attacks, while tirelessly looking for a way to restore his mind and memories. This is only in movie continuity however as in the original series C.C. is able to mourn him in a healthy fashion and move on to finding enjoyment in her immortality.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Subtly so. Her nature as The Stoic somewhat conceals this, but paying attention to her early interactions with Lelouch and later how she acts when she defrosts shows she's surprisingly immature and even bratty. At the same time, she can still show her wisdom from a long lifespan...while also taunting Lelouch at the same time, apparently just for her amusement.
  • Immortality Hurts: She can't permanently die, but she still suffers from several painful major injuries and temporary deaths. Flashbacks reference quite a few horrific deaths in her past, including the iron maiden, guillotine, and burning at the stake, complete with images of her struggling against the ropes and screaming in pain the whole time.
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap: Sometimes gets this sort of abuse, such as when Mao decided he was going to "make her compact" with a chainsaw. At one point, she takes out an opponent by having her mech drag theirs to the bottom of the ocean, and holding them there until they were both crushed completely by the pressure, having her enact this trope on herself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She comes across as a big, selfish jerk in R1. But though she does have her jerkass moments (see Mao for example), she's much nicer and more caring than she originally lets one. The facade starts to drop by the season finale and R2 in part is about her fully dropping it.
  • Kick the Dog: It's a bit difficult to look at her in quite the same way after the flashback to Mao's childhood, as her treatment of him isn't any more excusable than his treatment of Shirley.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: R2 episode 15 ends with C.C. losing all her memories to the point where she first acquired her Geass (when she was no older than 10, by the looks of things). Reversed when Marianne in Anya's body invoked Forgot the Call and "reset" her.
  • Light Is Not Good: Her outfit, as seen in the picture.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: With Lelouch, on occasion.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Mao. She's his whole world and he will do anything to get her back.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Finally gets over her Who Wants to Live Forever? by the Grand Finale. Knowing that Lelouch never hated or blamed her for the tragedy that his life became, and through everything he honestly cared about her, is enough to allow C.C. to carry on and live out her immortal lifespan with the happy memories he gave her.
  • Loves Secrecy: Really likes to withhold information, only telling people enough to leave them wondering.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: C.C. gets used as a living MacGuffin, as evidenced by the existence of a special canister designed to contain her. In Code Geass R2, she has this role because she has a special power that is needed in order for The Emperor's master plan to work.
  • Male Gaze: The camera sure loves to focus on her butt. More prominent in R2.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: C.C. the ageless, deathless witch is romanced by Mao, a seventeen/eighteen-year-old boy. Subverted as she does not return his affections. Extra materials imply a lot of her contractors looked to her as a lover when not wanting her to be Parental Substitute.
  • Ms. Exposition: When she's not snarking, she sometimes bothers to fill Lelouch in on events; such as the whole deal with Mao.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's classically attractive, yes, but she also has the biggest backside of the entire female cast, which is something the animators want the viewers to know. She's also in a state of undress oftentimes. And she's quite the looker in a school swimsuit.
  • Mysterious Past: For a long time, we didn't know anything about her. This was reversed in R2 episode 15, which describes her past in detail but temporarily removes most of her memories after.
  • Mysterious Waif: She is initially seen as this, being the mysterious person who gifted the power of Geass to Lelouch. In the first season she allows showed that she knew more than she let on. Became less of a case of this once more of her backstory is explored in R2.
  • Necromancer: It is later revealed in Re;surrection that she can bring back the dead like what she did to Lelouch, albeit not without some flaws on her part.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: That whole business with her and Mao. See also Kick the Dog, and What the Hell, Hero?.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Comes with being immortal. She has survived burnings, tortures, bombings, bullets to the head, not to mention drowning at the bottom of the ocean and being crushed by the massive pressure.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Takes a bullet to the head for Lelouch in the very first episode. Shows up fine as the fourth episode's cliffhanger, and Lelouch comes home to find her playing with Nunnally.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: She didn't abandon Mao just to be cruel. She thought that, in abandoning Mao, he'd come to hate her for it and get over the fact that she asked him to kill her. Sadly, she underestimated Mao's obsession, and it turns out that he blames everyone but C.C for her deserting him and is perfectly willing to kill anyone else who she tries to make a contract with (like Lelouch).
  • Not So Different:
    • Invoked with her and Mao. Both of them received Geass at very young ages, under similarly desperate circumstances, and it proceeded to subsequently ruin their lives. C.C. was able to bounce back and take over the Code because her Geass was never as bad as Mao's and possibly also because she was slightly older than Mao when she received her Geass at first, in addition to the fact that she wasn't obsessively in love with the one who asked her to kill her and take her Code, unlike Mao. Whether she ever would have ended up like Mao if she hadn't taken over the Code when she did is never looked into.
    • Asakim and C.C. are immortals. Asakim was overcome with despair. C.C. chose hope, by giving power to other people. At first for entertainment, then hoping for a change, which she finally acknowledged in Lelouch.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Kallen keeps walking in on C.C. and Zero "just talking."
  • Now or Never Kiss: Has one with Lelouch in a way right before Season 1's climax.
  • Only Known by Initials: She's only known as "C.C." and we don't even know if that stands for her name. Lelouch is the only one who knows of her true name, and the dialogue is muted both times it is mentioned.
  • Parental Substitute: To Mao, until things went horribly wrong. Extra materials reveals a lot of previous contractors looked to her as that as well. She also acts like this towards Lelouch after her botched resurrection attempt in Re;surrection.
  • Power Incontinence: It's implied that she originally took over the Code to get out of hers. It was later revealed that the Code was forced on her by the nun who gave her her power.
  • Pretty Freeloader: At the start. She gets to enjoy all the comforts of the academy on Lelouch's dime, and doesn't really do much to actually help him, content to lounge around, steal his bed, and order obscene amounts of pizza with his credit card. She starts getting more active by the end of the first season and has walked away from this trope by the start of R2. She also played a downplayed example during the timeskip according to Turn 0.923, which vastly annoyed Kallen.
  • Proverbial Wisdom: A Trickster Mentor with a penchant for weird koans.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is quite long, easily reaching down to her waist. Makes you wonder how it all fits in the Zero helmet.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She's been alive for centuries, after she got her own Geass in the end of the Middle Ages, and was made immortal in the Era of Kings. She apparently even knew some of the masterminds behind the American Revolution on a personal basis.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Lelouch's Red.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Unusual hair color, Supernatural Gold Eyes, pale skin, Mysterious Waif with a troubled past, deep stoicism, not actually a regular human girl, and Defrosting Ice Queen who gradually warms up to the main character. The main thing that sets her apart from other examples is her tendency to mess with people.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Like there's some other mode.
  • Satellite Character: In-universe only, to Zero except from the point view of Charles, Marianne and V.V..
  • Scars Are Forever: She has a Geass sigil-shaped scar beneath and partly on her left breast, which never heals. Eventually Lelouch (and the viewer) learn that she got it when the nun who raised her back in the Middle Ages/Renaissance forced the Code onto her, making her immortal.
  • The Spock: To Lelouch's Kirk and Kallen's McCoy.
  • The Stoic: Nearly always. But, on rare occasion...
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Mostly on the ice side of things, but she does have her sweet moments with Lelouch.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: From being an immortal Geass giver.
  • Time Dissonance: She's lived a long time, so her apathy in certain situations is somewhat understandable.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Her love of pizza, which she can frequently be seen eating.
  • Trickster Girlfriend: There are implications of a possible romance between her and Lelouch, though it never pans out and Word of God claims otherwise.
  • Trickster Mentor: Guides Lelouch as one for a time when he is first starting out, becomes less trickster as time goes on.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Assumes one during her Heel Realization in R2 Episode 21.
  • The Unfettered: More so than just about any other character, since she's not bound by anything, including death. A big part of her Character Development consists in becoming more of The Fettered once again with Lelouch as her reverse Cynicism Catalyst. Of course, that comes with a price tag attached.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • With Lelouch throughout the series. And whenever they aren't, it's a good indicator that things have taken a turn for the serious. Lelouch treating her as that instead as a potential lover or a Parental Substitute is a key factor in C.C.'s own Character Development into a happier and nicer person.
    • Also with Kallen in R2 and all the material that takes place during its timeframe.
  • Waif-Fu: While not on the same level as Kallen, she is quite an adept Knightmare Frame pilot, serving as Lelouch's copilot and once able to hold her own with limited support in a chaotic air battle against Suzaku, amongst others. She's also skilled in hand-to-hand combat, although it comes up much less frequently.
  • Walking the Earth: She did this when she left the Britannian palace after Marianne's death. And what she does after the Grand Finale. Lelouch joined her later at the end of Re;surrection.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: She and Lelouch sometimes have this sort of dynamic.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Revealed to be her motivation in giving people the Geass in the first place; puts a whole new spin on "The Power of Kings will condemn you to a path of loneliness."
  • Wife Husbandry: With Mao, though it wasn't intentional.
  • Woman in White: Though mostly when she's in her straitjacket, also with her initial Black Knights uniform.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Though more like Empty Shell, not "destroyer".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The Geass universe has quite different ethnic characteristics, with violet eyes common in the Britannian nobility, but even then C.C.'s green hair is unique. It might just be an uncommon trait like red hair, however, since it is never commented on in-show. It's not a supernatural characteristic either, since she had the same hair color way back when she was just a normal girl.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: in her Black Knight uniform in season 2.

    Kallen Kozuki / Kallen Stadtfeld

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)

"If only you had justice on your side!"

Kallen is an outspoken half-Britannian, half-Japanese girl who is damn proud of her Japanese heritage and opposed to Britannia's hostile takeover of Japan. She has a rather frail and gentle Japanese mother, whom she kind of despised at first, but eventually decided to make her the reason for fighting after directly witnessing how much she suffered for Kallen's sake. She also attends Ashford Academy with Lelouch, playing the Ill Girl role to avoid suspicion of her involvement with the movement against Britannia. She also is rather attractive.

Later, Kallen joins the Black Knights as the Ace Pilot of the Guren Nishiki and becomes a bodyguard or sorts to Zero. She's one tough and tsun-tsun girl, but in front of Zero, she gets gushy and dere-dere.

  • Ace Pilot: Arguably the best in the entire series. She even destroyed Suzaku's Lancelot Albion in their final confrontation.
  • Action Girl: Oh yes.
  • All Is Well That Ends Well: It's surprising how quickly she's willing to forgive Lelouch for everything he puts her and her friends through during the Zero Requiem. She also forgives Cornelia and the other Britannians for being evil towards her race, and the other Black Knights for trying to kill both her and Lelouch, which convinced Lelouch to put her through the former in the first place.
  • Alliterative Name: Kallen Kozuki (or Kozuki Kallen), when she's using her mother's surname — which she does a lot.
  • Always Someone Better: To virtually every other Knightmare pilot of repute in the series, she is this, to the point of likely being the most talented pilot in the world. Let us count the ways: Jeremiah, Gilford, Cornelia, numerous Glaston Knights, Gino and Anya (at the same time), Luciano, Xingke, C.C., and even Suzaku (see Plucky Girl below). She loses exactly two fights in the entire series; the first because her opponent had a serious technological advantage over her (namely, Flight), and the second largely because she engaged without recharging her unit's energy filler (which was Tamaki's fault anyway).
  • Anime Hair: She has a typically Code Geass crazy hairstyle when in her guise as a rebel. See Expository Hairstyle Change, below.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Used on both Lelouch and Suzaku.
  • Badass in Distress: She's captured in battle and becomes a POW for a while (actually part of her Character Development, rather than an excuse for a Rescue Arc), but she makes a full recovery within moments.
  • Badass Normal: Of the major characters who pilot, Kallen is the one completely without any specific superhuman abilities — yet she is arguably the best pilot in the series. (Lelouch has psychic Mind Control powers; Suzaku has Charles Atlas Superpower; C.C. has Immortality; Rolo has Time Stands Still style psychic powers.)
  • Bash Brothers: With Chirico Cuvie in Super Robot Wars Z2.
  • Bastard Angst: Kallen was born from a nobleman's affair with an Eleven woman. Because her biological father's wife could not bear children, Kallen was adopted into her noble father's household. Her biological mother got herself hired as a maid and eventually turned to drug use. This made their relationship extremely strained, although they make up by the finale.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Sorta with Lelouch. In R1, this is what her relationship with his civilian identity is perceived as by her friends (such as Milly) when really she just flat out doesn't really like Lelouch's facade. She swings temporarily into this at the start of R2 when she's struggling with Lelouch being Zero, but it's more to do with her wondering if Lelouch mind controlled her into her feelings and loyalty than a true example.
  • Berserk Button: Do not call her, her nation, or its people Numbers. If you do this and are an enemy in combat, she will destroy you with extreme prejudice.
  • Berserker Tears: In R2's first opening, foreshadowing the penultimate episode where she was shedding tears in the Guren's cockpit when she finally decides to try to kill Lelouch. Actually a Subversion because she seemed sadder and grimly resolved than angry at that point.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Shirley's Betty for Lelouch's Archie.
  • Big Brother Worship: Towards her dead older brother.
  • Biker Babe: Each incarnation of her Guren comes with a motorbike seat.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Towards Zero and later, ultimately, Lelouch himself.
  • Boobs of Steel: A skilled soldier, and the best female Knightmare pilot in the series. And, of course, Kallen is quite busty, too.
  • Broken Bird: Not in the traditional sense, but the Britannian invasion and her home life have definitely made her bitter.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half Japanese, half Britannian.
  • Cheerful Child: Was fricken' adorable as a kid. Then shit happened.
  • Chess Motifs: The queen. Starts off as a pawn but becomes the strongest piece on the board. Her code name, Q-1, is the old-fashioned (i.e., pre-algebraic) shorthand for the square the white queen begins the game on. However, unlike an actual chess queen, her primary role is to stay by the king's (Lelouch's) side and protect him; like a chess queen, she's perfectly capable of attacking should the need arise.
    • Her tendency to always defend Zero, her straight forward nature, and powerful yet in some ways limited moves in the greater plot makes her also the Rook piece, always in the position to castle to protect the Black King.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: When she and Zero find that her teammates have turned on their leader, she jumps to his defense and accuses them of one-sidedness, only to be told to step aside or be gunned down with him on suspicion of being Geassed. Cue Lelouch lying to her in order to force her away.
  • Compliment Fishing: There's a scene in Stage 1 prior to the Battle of Narita where Kallen unsubtly fishes for a compliment from Zero after a perfect run of Knightmare combat Virtual Training Simulation for her Guren. Naomi, who was monitoring the simulation, laughs her head off at her for it in the background.
  • Custom Uniform: For the Black Knights.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not on the level of C.C, but the tendencies are there.
  • Death Seeker: It's hinted — and later confirmed in the supplementary materials, particularly her "regret message" — that Kallen's secret motivation to fight for La Résistance at the start of the series was to die a death worthy of her brother's, which explains her reckless actions in the initial episodes. This self-destructive drive faded away with Zero's arrival to her life, who unwittingly replaced it with an arguably worse one in the form of her loyalty and devotion for him.
  • Defector from Decadence: To as big an extent as possible. Though she is of noble blood, she has rejected Britannia and strives to free Japan, but attends Ashford Academy as a cover, and to continue her studies.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Delivery Not Desired: Her character poem a.k.a. "regret message" published in the booklet of the soundtrack album Code Geass Complete Best is a letter to the late Lelouch.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • In the Alternate Universe spinoffs, her importance dramatically declined. Even in the Lelouch of the Rebellion manga adaptation, in which she actually has an even larger role than in the original anime, the equivalent of episode 9 of the first series (which focused on her past) is all but cut out except for a scene of her at home and with her mother in the hospital. While it was mostly used to establish her motivations rather than starting a subplot, taking this away isn't too nice.
    • To a lesser extent, she does get a reduced amount of screen time in R2. Even a lengthy arc after her capture is mostly about her relationship with Lelouch. They had been moving in this direction during the first season too, but some fans had also hoped to see her family issues get re-introduced at one point or another as well.
  • Determinator: When faced against the now practically superhuman Suzaku, she fights him to a standstill, reducing *both* of their machines to scrap before finally destroying Suzaku's machine with the very last blow she has left before her machine shuts down. Suzaku even wonders aloud how he can't beat her, even with his "live" Geass.
  • Dude Magnet: She’s pretty popular with the fellas, as her many admirers at school and Gino can attest.
  • Evil Former Friend: Louise Halevy is this to Kallen in Super Robot Wars Z2: Saisei-hen. This trope is inverted as Louise calls out Kallen for working with ZEXIS, even though Louise works for the A-LAWS.
    Louise: Kallen! You deceived me!
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Kallen used two different hairstyles (loose, straight and long-ish when she's at Ashford Academy, spikier, slightly shorter and with a headband when with the Black Knights) during the series, to avoid having her cover blown. After the Grand Finale, when Kallen returns to Ashford and lives peacefully with Mrs. Kouzuki, she's seen using her Black Knights hairstyle permanently, now that she has no reason to hide herself.
  • Expy: Of Asuka Langley Soryu from ‘’Neon Genesis Evangelion’’. A Hot-Blooded half japanese girl who pilots a red mecha with orange trim and has Mommy Issues.
  • Face Palm Of Doom: Her signature Finishing Move.
  • Fangirl: For Zero, in a sense.
  • Fanservice with a Smile: Early in the second season, as a part of her cover. There's a funny scene in Saisei-hen based off Kallen wearing the bunny suit.
    C.C.: So how do you feel riding Guren, Kallen?
    Kallen: "How"...?
    Ester: Get back Kallen. DM extermination is my specialty.
    Kallen: Ester...are you mad about something?
    Ester: I'm not frustrated...I'm not frustrated!
    Kallen: You brought your triangle into the cockpit...
    Ester: You're piloting the Guren wearing a bunny suit, aren't you?! So I'm bringing my work tool into mine too!
    * ding ding ding*
    C.C.: It looks like she really is that frustrated that she couldn't become a bunny (girl).
    Kallen: Sure looks like it...
    Kiderra: Woman's jealousy sure is scary...
    Ester: I said I'm not frustrated! Even though I'm not that pretty, or elegant, or friendly, or good as serving...
    C.C.: (to all the above points) To a destructive degree.
    Ester: I'll live my life as a (DM) buster. So bring it on, DM's.
    C.C.: Looks like everything got solved by itself.
    Chirico: Here they come.
    • Many a places have come to know her as "Serial Showerer Kallen."
    • In Jigoku-hen, Kallen gets to call out Kan Yu for forcing her to wear the outfit in the first place.
      Kan Yu: It's been too long, Kallen! I've a score to settle with you, too!
      Kallen: Well, aren't you stubborn? STILL miffed about that Kumen business?!
      Kan Yu: You know that's not the whole of it! Not after you went and attacked me time and time again!
      Kan Yu: If you don't feel like getting on your knees and apologizing, I'll just end you right here!
      Kallen: Well, since you're dredging up the past, I also have something I wanna tell you!
      Kallen: How could you make me deploy with that bunny suit back in Kummen?! Any way you slice it, that's just sexual harassment!
      Kan Yu: Well, that was an emergency dispatch and—
      Kallen: Shut up! Even now I remember that dirty look you gave me!
  • Fantastic Racism: She is prejudiced towards Britannians, due to their own racism and crimes against the Japanese. She however still gets along with her Britannian friends at school.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her passionate nature and Undying Loyalty to Zero, ironically. She's ultimately loyal to Zero and never fully becomes loyal to Lelouch despite them being the same person. When this mixes with her hot-head tendencies, it results in her leaving Lelouch in key moments that ultimately result in things taking a turn for the worse; first at the end of the Black Rebellion she leaves Lelouch (having discovered that he's Zero) at the mercy of an angry Suzaku. Then, during the Black Knights's betrayal, she buys the Blatant Lies of Lelouch due to Lelouch skilfully pressing her buttons so that she won't get gunned down along with him.
  • Fiery Redhead: In keeping with standard anime coloring themes about ace pilots and the color red, Kallen has red hair, wears a red plug suit (several different ones, all red) and pilots a Red mecha named the Guren (Crimson Lotus). But see You Gotta Have Blue Hair, below.
  • Fighting Your Friend: In Re;surrection, she was Geassed into attacking Sayoko and Lloyd by the assassin leader of Zilkhstan, but quickly wears off afterwards when the leader in question escaped.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Episode six of R2, then again later in episode twenty-four (twenty-three enemy units plus C.C.'s Lancelot, in 36 seconds).
  • Forgotten First Meeting: The Red Tracks novels reveal that Kallen, Lelouch and Suzaku met when they were ten. The day she was about move from Izu with her family, Kallen picks up a peach that came out rolling out of nowhere. A foreign black-haired boy (Lelouch) soon appears and Kallen deduces from his angry face that the fruits belongs to him and wordlessly hands it overnote . They stand in awkward silence until a brown-haired boy their age (Suzaku) simply slaps Lelouch on the head and tell him he should just thank her for it. The boys argue a little when they notice that their bus is about to leave and run to catch it. Lelouch then suddenly stops and turns around and basically forces Kallen to accept the peach back without saying a word in the most tsundere way possible (oh, the irony) and leaves for good. Then Kallen's brother Naoto appears, asks her about the peach and Kallen simply says that it was given to her by a boy she didn't know.
  • Genius Bruiser: Besides having a good grasp of combat tactics and resourcefulness, this trait isn't really given much emphasis. Kallen is reportedly quite intelligent academically, being able to remain top of her class despite frequent absences.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When Lelouch asks Kallen to "console" him when asks what she can do (after he fails to rescue Nunnally and she is thus his "enemy" now as the Viceroy of Area 11), she smacks him across the face, calls him out, and then runs off. Unfortunately, her running off means she fails to fully get through to him and it's ultimately someone elsenote  who snaps Lelouch out of his Heroic BSoD.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: After Kallen is captured, she's strapped in her pilot suit to a table in bondage-esque style for no apparent reason other than displaying her as a sort of "present" when the High Eunuchs hand her and the Guren over to the Britannian. Later on she gets the standard Britannian prisoner garb (just like the one C.C. at the start of the series) and then a fancy dress, though she probably got to put the latter on in private.
  • Good Counterpart: Kallen is an odd reflection of Lelouch's own mother, Marianne. Both mix high social status with low-as-dirt origins (Marianne was a commoner who married into royalty, Kallen is half second-class citizen but her father is an aristocrat), both are quite possibly the most gifted Nightmare pilots of their age, both served as bodyguards to the Magnificent Bastard they were in love with, both were very close friends with C.C., and both are astonishingly attractive for their military lifestyle. However, Marianne served as a Lady Macbeth, willing to mess Anya up psychologically for a chance to live on and embracing her husband's plan despite the immense personal suffering it would bring to her own children and countless others. Kallen's sense of justice was strong enough that she put aside her feelings and took up arms against the one she loved most to protect the people his plan would hurt... after trying to defect from her side to join him, if he would love her.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She wasn't the fondest of seeing Lelouch and C.C. together, and didn't like it when they didn't involve her in their plans.
  • Hero Antagonist: In the final arc.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Yes. Still, see You Gotta Have Blue Hair, below.
  • Heroic Bastard: The lovechild of a nobleman's affair with the Eleven woman that now works as the household's maid, but that's kept secret so she doesn't have to deal with all the troubles of an Eleven or honorary Britannian.
  • Heroic BSoD: Episode 25 of R1: When she finds out Lelouch is Zero.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Subtly done, but Lelouch fools her three times into seeing him the way he needs to be seen for whatever reason. He does this twice in R1: first in the third episode he tricks her into dismissing him as being the voice from Shinjuku using a recording. Second time he does it in the ninth episode where by acting like an uncaring Jerkass and a clever bit of Exact Words, he gets her to never ever consider him possibly Zero. And then in R2 he does it again this time to Shoo the Dog so she doesn't get shot by the Black Knights who have been tricked by Schneizel into betraying him. The last time happens after two seasons of bonding and reflecting on Lelouch's character, with Kallen even talking to Nunnally about Lelouch, and yet she still buys into his act! In her defence, it's only the very manipulative Lelouch who is ever shown to successfully play Kallen this way but it's still rather shocking.
  • Hot-Blooded: To the max.
  • Humongous Mecha: See Ace Pilot, above.
  • Ill Girl: Part of her cover but makes her unable to participate in sports.
  • Irony: In her post-series "regret message" to Lelouch, Kallen herself notices the irony of someone as defiant to the core as her, the most Hot-Blooded of resistance fighters, to become so devoted to a single person.
    Looking back, it's mysterious.
    Even though I should have loathed and rebelled against Britannia's tyranny.
    Without knowing it, I held personal devotion only for you.
  • Joshikousei
  • Justice Will Prevail: The line next to her picture says it all.
  • Knife Nut: She always carries her trusty pouch knife.
  • The Lancer: To Zero.
  • Large Ham: When in Ace Pilot mode.
  • Last Kiss: Gives one to Lelouch in her attempt to reach out to him
  • Lethal Chef: Doesn't come up in-series, but Ami Koshimizu says it was in the character notes she was given at the start of the series. It was said that if she tried baking bread, it would come out as charcoal.
  • Living a Double Life: For most of the first season, something she found exhausting before getting used to it. Subverted after being outed and becoming a full-time resistance fighter.
  • Living with the Villain: Played straight when Suzaku arrives at Ashford Academy and she doesn't know he's her regular opponent in battle. Later inverted, as she learns Suzaku pilots Lancelot.
  • Love Martyr: Magnificent Bastard Lelouch has some major issues. Kallen still stays by his side which is not a good thing as Lelouch knows well, driving her away so that she doesn't die with him.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: In season one, she thinks Lelouch is an arrogant Jerkass, but adores his alter ego Zero as a brave freedom fighter. After learning Zero's identity, at the very end of season one, it takes her a while to adjust to the concept, but eventually she goes deredere for him in both roles and slowly falls in love with the man behind the mask.
  • Loving a Shadow: Falls in love with Lelouch as Zero and remains mainly attracted to that side of him throughout the series. She's on the way to moving past this when they are Lured into a Trap and the Black Knights turn on Lelouch as Zero.
  • Lured into a Trap: Used to bait Lelouch into the betrayal by the Black Knights without her knowledge.
  • Male Gaze: She gets this in conveniently provocative poses. For example, her frame uses a common layout for cockpits, but other characters' mounting position is rendered onscreen less completely.
  • The McCoy: To Lelouch's Kirk and C.C.'s Spock.
  • Moment Killer: Taken to ridiculous degrees in the second season when almost every single conversation she has with Lelouch seems to bring them closer only to be interrupted in some random way. (Causes of interruption range from a simple radio call, to someone walking in on them, to their walking into a deadly ambush.)
    • Lampshaded in this fanmade 4koma.
    • Ends up becoming a moment killer at least twice for Lelouch and C.C., the second time with a giant robot.
  • More Than Mind Control: After Lelouch assures her that her loyalty was not caused by Geass, she ruefully notes that she's still enslaved to him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Look up. Doesn't have the personality, but she does have the assets. Is number three on the list. Also, her clothing, but more than that, the situations the series puts her in. How many times has she been "interrupted" during her showers?
  • Nom de Mom: Uses her mother's Japanese name when she's working with the Black Knights.
  • Not What It Looks Like: She keeps walking in on C.C. and Zero "just talking." Similarly, Shirley keeps seeing what she thinks are romantic encounters between Kallen and Lelouch.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: Kallen doesn't seem to realize how attractive she is, probably because she barely interacts with people around her age except for Ashford Academy Student Council (who are a textbook example The Beautiful Elite themselves) and spends the rest of her time with La Résistance who either know her since she was a kid or are well aware of her temper. Notably, she didn't seem to know what to make of Gino's interest in her, causing Handsome Lech's efforts to woo her to fall flat.
  • Ojou: In fact, her own biological mother (who has been reduced to a servant in her house) calls her Kallen-ojou-sama — or, more often, plain old Ojou-sama. Furthermore, Kallen only acts like The Ojou as part of her civilian cover, while her real personality, is very far from it.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: After Lelouch starts playing the role of Evil Overlord, Kallen takes upon herself to be the one who takes him down. Also counts as an attempted Kill the Ones You Love.
  • Out of the Frying Pan: In the latter part of season 2, she is saved from almost being executed by Britannia; only a couple episodes later, she is used to bait Zero, with whom she is having a heart to heart for the first time since said captivity, into a betrayal by Ohgi and the rest of the Black Knights, and is almost shot down with Lelouch until the latter fools her into abandoning him to have her spared. Also qualifies as a minor case of Distress Ball.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: She's Japanese! Don't you dare forget it!
  • Pursued Protagonist: In the first episode.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: During the opening of R2 when she is forced to be a bunny girl, gets pissed when she realizes that C.C. could have also fulfilled that role.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Her father is rich, and she spends nights fighting Britannia. Except replace "idiot" with "Ill Girl".
  • The Rival: To Suzaku. Oddly enough, she remains as such even after they both switch roles, with Suzaku as the one defending Lelouch and Kallen opposing him. Also, his Worthy Opponent.
  • Rocket Punch: Kallen's new and improved Guren can fire its radiation wave arm at the enemy, while still connected to the Guren through a cable.
  • Shower Scene: Has a few throughout the series.
  • She-Fu: Blatantly guilty of this at times, especially in the first episode of season two.
  • Shower of Awkward: Twice. First, with a Lelouch nice enough to try to look away. Second, a Waterfall Shower spotted by Suzaku.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Karen" or "Kallen"? She's called both by different people.
    • Also, Kouzuki vs. Kozuki.note 
    • It should be noted that there is actually a Gaelic female name spelled "Kallan" which makes her name seem not so Engrish-y after all, such as these real life women named Kallan.
  • Super Reflexes: Kallen, being a combat mech pilot, has incredible reflexes, which tend to act up even when she is playing an Ill Girl in school. In one episode, when Rivalz accidentally sends a champagne bottle cork right into her face, she notices it even before he does and deflects it with her hand.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kallen is herself a mix of both types, which manifest themselves in her Action Girl guise (tomboy) and her Ill Girl guise (girly girl), complete with different wardrobes and hairstyles. In addition, she finds herself in numberous other pairings, including:
    • Kallen (tomboy) and C.C. (girly girl). In one Save-Quit intermission skit in Saisei-Hen, Kallen gives a farewell in a rough, crude. C.C proceeds to correct her and does it in a girly, cutsey manner, confusing Kallen in the process.
      Kallen: So you're stopping here huh? No choice then....You better come back or else...
      C.C.: What are you doing saying farewell to the player like that?
      Kallen: Then how do you suppose I do it?
      C.C.: I guess I'll show you the ropes then...Erhmmm (in moe voice) Master, it's rather unfortunate that we have to part here, so please come back as soon as possible... And there you have it.
      Kallen: What the heck was that just now?
    • Kallen (tomboy) and Shirley (girly girl).
    • Milly (tomboy) and Kallen (Ill Girl guise) (girly girl).
    • Kallen (tomboy) and Kaguya (girly girl).
    • Kallen (tomboy) and Euphemia (girly girl).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her "Guren Tokushiki" in Re;surrection is more powerful than her previous Guren units.
  • Tsundere: Tempermental, tough and badass at one moment, sweet and vulnerable at the other.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Undying Loyalty: Considering the extremes to which she goes for Lelouch, she can rival Jeremiah in the loyalty department. Of all the Black Knights, Kallen is the most loyal to Zero. Her willingness to die for him is the reason why Lelouch was adamant in excluding her from the Zero Requiem. At least, until Lelouch (intentionally) forces her to choose between her loyalty for him and her sense of justice.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Lelouch.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With C.C. in R2 and all the material that takes place during its timeframe.
  • Unwillingly Girly Tomboy: Kallen's Badass in Distress phase in the hand of the Britannians included wearing a fancy dress, which was given to her by Princess Nunnally in a well-intentioned but misguided attempt to help her. It's double bad for Kallen since she hates the Britannian upper class.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: At one point early in R2, she carries the key to the Guren in her cleavage.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Part of her taking the 'weak persona' cover up.
  • Waterfall Shower: On Kamine Island.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the beginning. Then she joins Zero, who makes her get better by comparison.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Despite her issues against Lelouch at the start of R2, there's one small action that betrays she's starting to care more about the man under the mask than the Magnificent Bastard the Black Knights need for them to become a real threat to Britannia once again. In Turn 03 during her Shower Scene, notice how her own clothes are thrown into a pile without a care yet the jacket Lelouch lent to her the previous episode is neatly folded next to them. Given that Kallen isn't the tidiest person around, it's really conspicuous of her to show such a care for his belongings.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Her combat outfits, usually combined with thigh-high stockings or boots for a Zettai Ryouiki look.
  • Woman Scorned: At the very end of the series. She confesses to Lelouch with a deep and passionate kiss. He responds... well, not at all. And then he kidnaps all the world's leaders. She resolves to kill him with her own hands. For Love And Justice.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Suzaku. See also The Rival, above.
  • You Are Number 6: Is half-Japanese, which of course makes her something of a Number according to Britannia. (Do not call her this, though.) She gets a different sort of this treatment while she is imprisoned mid-season R2, and Suzaku refers to her by her prisoner number.
  • You Are Worth Hell: How she feels about Lelouch. Made explicit in her unsent letter to him from the booklet of the soundtrack album Code Geass Complete Best.
    Lelouch, that parting kiss,
    even if it was a lie, if you had said, "I love you,"
    I would even follow you to hell.
    But you knew that, didn't you?

    It's not like you.
    You're good at manipulating people just by your words.
    Really, it's not like you to be kind.
    Is that why you told me to "live on"?
    I fell in love with you not just because of that kindness.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair color is often described as "red." And it is. Mostly. But it's not any shade of red that humans would grow naturally in Real Life. It's a bit pink — but not as outlandishly pink as Euphie's hair.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Many of her outfits include thigh-high stockings or boots.

    Nunnally Lamperouge / Princess Nunnally vi Britannia

Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese), Rebecca Forstadt (English)

"My wish is for a gentler world."

The daughter of Emperor Charles and his consort Marianne, as well as Lelouch's younger sister. The messy death of her mother left her not only contained in a wheelchair but also blind out of the trauma of having her mom bleeding all over her and dying. She's shown as a sweet, gentle, Ill Girl who attends Ashford Academy's middle school and serves as Lelouch's Morality Chain: she certainly doesn't know that her beloved and very overprotective big brother is willing to fulfill the promise of "making the world better before she can see" through bloodshed, The Plan, and all that jazz.

In Nightmare of Nunnally, she is the main protagonist, who receives a Geass that allows her to see the future and an alternate personality derived from her anger and other negative emotions that can move and pilot a Knightmare Frame. She initially sets out to find Lelouch, but also expands her goal to stopping the bloodshed between Britannians and the Japanese.

  • All Is Well That Ends Well: She's surprisingly okay with everyone despite how the Black Knights's betrayal, the actions of her half-siblings, and even Suzaku's own actions lead to her big brother's Heroic Sacrifice. She later implies in Re;surrection that she may feel just as responsible for everything, and believes Lelouch shouldn't have to carry that burden himself.
  • All-Loving Heroine: To a degree. Nightmare of Nunnally makes it clear she has some pent up issues herself and Nunnally is ultimately selfish enough to place her own happiness before the world's when it comes down to it.
  • Arranged Marriage:
    • Midway through the first season, Lelouch toyed with the idea of betrothing Nunnally and Suzaku to make himself and Suzaku Best Friends-in-Law, before he realized he and Suzaku were enemies.
    • In the sound episode Stage 0.521, it's revealed that, before the war, the Japanese considered an engagement between Nunnally and Suzaku's father Genbu Kururugi. When Suzaku protested and offered himself instead, his dad pointed out that he was already spoken for — engaged to his cousin Kaguya Sumeragi. It is revealed that Lelouch somehow dissuaded Genbu from an engagement to Nunnally by making some kind of deal with him, but it's not revealed how.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: After Lelouch's "assassination", she takes over and becomes Empress.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Certainly, such an apparently sweet girl being willing and able to fire the FLEIJA warheads and wipe out entire armies implies she's not quite as gentle as she looks.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Possibly, most Played for Laughs in stuff like the drama CDs.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The reason she is hiding, they feared she would be assassinated due to the competitive nature of the royal family.
  • Blue Blood: Royalty, but doesn't exactly fit considering everyone thinks she's dead and all.
  • Break the Cutie: Happens several times, but she bounces back each time. Even after Lelouch's death, since she becomes a fairly cheerful and sweet-tempered Empress.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In the climax of Nightmare of Nunnally, calls out Charles and Marianne for abandoning her and trying to start Instrumentality.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: At the start of R2, she returns as Area 11's Viceroy. And by the end, Nunnally is Empress of Britannia, effectively ruling half the world.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Just a very little bit, with her older brother Lelouch. Nonsexual example ... we think.
  • Covert Pervert: According to the Picture Dramas and the Lost Color games.
  • Damsel in Distress: In Re;surrection, she got captured by the Zilkhstan terrorists as part of their attempt to fix their home country's current state (not helped by Lelouch's Thanatos Gambit causing a significant blow to Zilkhstan's warrior lifestyle). Lelouch would later reclaim her near the end of the film.
  • Disabled Means Helpless: Lelouch, and most of the rest of the cast, seem to think so. Subverted when she breaks her father's Geass with her own willpower and fires multiple FLEIJA warheads in the final battle.
  • The Empress: At the end of the series, she becomes the Empress of Britannia after Lelouch's death.
  • Expy: Of the anime version of Suzuhara Shuuko, which Okouchi (co-creator) worked on as Series Composition.
  • Eyes Always Shut: As a symbol of her trauma-induced blindness. She opens them in episode 24 of R2, as the proof of her overcoming that particular side of herself ... through sheer willpower.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon:
    • How about a girl with a nuke detonator, huh?
    • Arguably taken even further in Nightmare of Nunnally when she gets her own Knightmare Frame that she can summon out of thin air.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: She is put into a somewhat odd outfit once she is defeated at the end of R2. This was likely invoked by Lelouch to help distance her from his identity as the Demon Emperor.
  • Hero Antagonist: At the end of the series, she becomes her brother's enemy to stop the Zero Requiem.
  • Heroic Willpower: How she finally manages to open her eyes after her father Geassed them shut for years.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Zigzagged. A wee bit too trusting of Charles, and especially Schneizel. She does not extend the same courtesy to non-family, and can easily tell when a person is lying to her.
  • Hotter and Sexier: In Nightmare of Nunnally.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Nunnally does this to Lelouch after the Zero Requiem plan is completed, partly because she figured out what Lelouch's plan was all along
  • I Am Your Opponent: To Lelouch and Suzaku at the end of Turn 22, after they have already started Zero Requiem.
  • Ill Girl:
    • Unable to walk because of bullet injuries to her legs. Also suffers from psychosomatic blindness, evidently as a result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It seems that way at first. But then it's said that the reason she never opens her eyes is because of her father's Mind Rape, which forced her to become blind as a result. In the end, Nunners remains wheelchair-bound, but overcomes her blindness.
    • In Nightmare of Nunnally, both are psychosomatic, and both are reversed by the end.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: The reaction she often provokes in fans of both sexes.
  • The Ingenue: For the first season. This changes radically by the second.
  • In-Series Nickname: Like her brother who is nicknamed "Lulu", she is nicknamed "Nunna" by Shirley.
  • Joshikousei: Of sorts.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Downplayed but a few times Nunnally lets slip a few lines that shows she's secretly as much a Deadpan Snarker as her brother.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Before Lelouch gained his Geass and thus the power to actually do something about Britannia, Nunnally and caring for her was basically the only thing keeping him from falling completely into despair. It's not too surprising he tends to lose it whenever she's in danger.
  • Living Lie Detector:
    • She can tell, thanks presumably to being able to sense pulse rate, sweating, and/or body temperature changes, if someone's lying if she's holding their hand.
    • However, there is one theory that appears in certain fanfics, and which is possibly supported in canon by her seeing the whole Zero Requiem plan after touching Lelouch as he's dying, which says that she has some sort of unexplained psychic abilities that work via touch. This theory does require a radical reinterpretation of her character and most of her actions in order to make it work, but it does address certain other inconsistencies.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: And how! At first Lelouch did it to protect Nunnally from his actions as Zero, but she remains out of the loop one way or another the entire series thanks to the manipulations of Suzaku, Schneizel, and Lelouch as well. It's only after Lelouch's death that Nunnally gets filled in on what really went on around her. In that regard, Nunnally is blind in more than one way and it's only after she opens her eyes that she starts becoming aware of what she missed this whole time.
  • Meaningful Name: Nunnally is an English given name and surname, but in Japanese it can sound a bit like "nunnery," i.e., convent. Perhaps intended to even further heighten the sense of her innocence.
  • Mind Rape: The source of her blindness. Inflicted to her by her father as a part of his and her mother's Evil Plan.
  • Morality Chain: For Lelouch, and to a lesser degree, for Suzaku and Cornelia.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Moreso in Nightmare of Nunnally than the anime. The outfit she's forced to wear during the execution parade however...
  • Nice Girl: Always nice and polite to those with whom she interacts, and one of a very few non-racist Britannians.
  • No One Should Survive That: Some people still wonder how she survived the F.L.E.I.J.A. blast in R2 Episode 18, even though there arguably is a way to explain it. Hint, count the planes.
  • Oblivious Younger Sibling: To be fair, she cannot exactly do a lot to uncover such things by herself due to her health.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's a teenager but looks younger in several shots, and has a very youthful-looking hairstyle and school uniform.
  • Only Six Faces: Nunnally looks identical to Kohane Tsuyuri, also designed by CLAMP, especially with her eyes open.
  • Panty Shot: She has a few of these in Nightmare of Nunnally, though not as many as Alice.
  • Plucky Girl: Earns this by virtue of being one of exactly two people out of the entire cast shown to be capable of temporarily resisting her brother's Geass.
  • Politically Active Princess: In R2, after Lelouch is given Fake Memories and sent back to Ashford with Tyke Bomb Rolo in tow, Nunnally gets her Imperial Princess status back and is given the command of Area 11 aka Japan, like Cornelia and Euphemia. As the new Viceroy, Nunnally works as hard as she can to make things better and ensure the Japanese are well treated, but with Alicia Lohmeyer meddling in things and trying to enforce the status quo, it's NOT easy.
  • The Pollyanna: You'd think the little girl would be a bit less of an ingenue after having her mom shot to death in front of her and die in her arms, causing her to go blind from apparent psychological trauma that has ONLY manifested as blindness, and having her mother's killers shoot her in the legs as well, paralyzing her.
  • Princess Classic: Deconstructed.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Several of her outfits, including her school uniform and her dress for when she's reinstated to the throne are pink.
  • Protectorate: First and foremost to Lelouch, and almost as much to Suzaku. Same in Nightmare of Nunnally, but not nearly on the same level as Alice.
  • Purple Eyes: She used to have those before she became blind. You can see them again more clearly later in the story.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is quite long, if she were to stand up it would likely reach down to her waist.
  • Royal Blood: Pretty far down the line in terms of inheriting the throne, but a royal nonetheless.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Don't mess with her.
  • Spanner in the Works: On more than one occasion, Lelouch's love for her has scuttled his plans.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: As a child, her father the Emperor was basically a male version of her.
  • Super Senses: Hearing. Up to Eleven. To wit, when asked to describe a cat that got loose on campus, she surmised that one of it's legs was injured because it's footsteps sounded "off". Yes, that's right. The cat's footsteps... on a carpet... didn't sound right.
  • Tantrum Throwing: In the novels it's said that she sometimes does this when Lelouch isn't presence. She does it by breaking the few things that are within her reach, then "waking up" with no recollection of said actions and being surprised as she feels pain in her bruised or cut hands.
  • Token Good Teammate: Among the Britannian royals in season 2. See also White Sheep.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • In the Nightmare of Nunnally manga, she plays girly girl to Extraordinarily Empowered Girl Alice's tomboy.
    • Nunnally is also arguably the tomboy when paired with Euphemia or Shirley (girly girls to the max). She is the girly girl when paired with Nina or Milly (not exactly tomboys, but still more physically active).
  • The Un-Favourite: Along with Lelouch, apparently, probably as a side-effect of the rest of the court's disdain for Marianne. This is subverted when we find about the truth in episode twenty-one of R2.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Seems to be completely oblivious to Charles' and Schneizel's true intentions. The latter case almost does cost her her life, due to not using her lie detecting abilities on Schneizel.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Reveals in the finale that she planned something similar to the Zero Requiem plan, but doesn't go into more details than making the Sword Of Damocles the focus of the whole world's hate. It should be noted that she was making the best of a really bad situation, but whatever it is that it takes to piss off the whole world can hardly be small.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She gave Lelouch one of these in the Grand Finale. When he tells her he's been doing everything for her, she yells at him that she never asked for him to change the world and was happy just being next to him in Ashford. Of course, it does fail to take into account the fact that Lelouch acknowledged that she had been used as an excuse; he failed to admit as much at that moment. She does it to a lesser extent with Suzaku in Turn 16.
  • White Sheep: Arguably the least screwed up member in her family, and even she ends up guilty of killing dozens of people at the very least.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Despite her Eyes Always Shut status, she's probably the second most Wide-Eyed Idealist on the show, after her half-sister Euphemia. (Shirley doesn't make the cut because of her willful lack of interest in politics.)
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: This becomes abundantly clear after she takes a major role in the plot in R2. Well, with a couple of critical exceptions.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: In chapter twenty-five of Nightmare of Nunnally, she admits that she has trapped herself in the past, refusing to move forward, and says that she now hopes for tomorrow.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Nunnally is the most sweet, caring, considerate, well mannered and kindhearted little girl you'd ever meet.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: In Nightmare of Nunnally she wears a Grade B, as it's a part of the Ashford middle school uniform.

    Rolo Haliburton / Rolo Lamperouge

Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima (Japanese), Spike Spencer (English)

"I can't remember how many people I've killed. Nobody counts the number of times they brush their teeth or eat a meal. Same with this."

This socially awkward, harmless-looking cute little boy is introduced at the beginning of R2. After Lelouch and the Ashford students are given Fake Memories (courtesy of Emperor Charles's Magical Eye) that erase Nunnally's image from their minds, Rolo was sent to pose as Lelouch's younger brother in the Academy. A boy raised by V.V.'s Geass cult members and trained as a Tyke Bomb, Rolo is perfect to keep an eye on Lelouch and kill him if it's needed. Or is he?

  • Ace Pilot: He fights evenly with V.V. for a while and even damages the Siegfried (one of the most powerful mechas in the show) without the help of his Geass. All things considered, this establishes him as a shockingly capable pilot.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In Nightmare of Nunnally, he's a straight-up villain instead of a Nominal Hero.
  • Adapted Out: The second Compilation Movie has his encounter with Shirley avoided, allowing her to remain alive.
  • Ambiguously Gay: On one side, his view of and devotion to Lelouch raises many questionable flags about how attached he is to his "brother". On the other, he's a socially and emotionally stunted Tyke Bomb so he just might not fully understand the implications of what he's doing and saying in this regard.
  • Anti-Hero: Nominal Hero.
  • Ax-Crazy: Is a little too quick to use murder as a solution to his problems.
  • Backstory Invader: He replaces Nunnally with all the characters given Fake Memories by the Emperor to think he's always been Lelouch's little brother. Once Lelouch's memories are returned he is very angry about this and works to exploit Rolo.
  • Badass Adorable: He's one of the cutest-looking characters in the show. He's also a deadly assassin and a very proficient mech pilot even without his Geass. Turn 19 cements him as this, where he wrecks everybody with the Shinkiro (a mecha he's barely familiar with) while fighting off cardiac arrest the whole time.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The defining reason for Rolo to develop Undying Loyalty to Lelouch is due to the fact, while brainwashed, Lelouch treated him as his brother and to the emotionally and socially stunted assassin that meant everything. Lelouch only had to keep up the act after he regained his memory to keep Rolo attached to him. It gets to the point this is a major factor in the More Than Mind Control devotion Rolo has to Lelouch and why he pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to save his "brother's" life.
  • Becoming the Mask: Rolo comes to truly love Lelouch (as much as his mental instability lets him) during his time pretending to be his brother. Too bad Lelouch only sees him as Nunnally's Replacement Scrappy and later Rolo screws up REAL bad by killing Shirley. To make things even more dramatic... in episode 19, he dies for Lelouch.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: In an Alternate Timeline.
  • Blessed with Suck: His Geass is incredibly effective, but it stops his heart when used and this shortens his lifespan.
  • Cain and Abel: Despises his siblings Nunnally and Lelouch in Nightmare of Nunnally.
  • Character Development: Rolo really goes through some significant character changes throughout R2 - he becomes kinder, less of a ruthless killer and more of a loving, steadfast younger brother.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: If anyone threatens his relationship with Lelouch he's not happy as poor Shirley finds out too late.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He killed one of the SIA... for touching the locket Lelouch gave him. He also kills Shirley for suggesting reuniting Lelouch with Nunnally.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: In Nightmare of Nunnally.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Boy was it ever.
  • Evil Twin: In the Alternate Universe manga Nightmare of Nunnally, Rolo was Lelouch's twin brother and taken away from Marianne at birth. In this manga, he looks exactly like Lelouch and uses that to fuck with everyone's minds. He also appears to be less of a Yandere and more of a badass.
  • Final Speech: Gives one that is both awesome and tear-jerking.
  • Foil: To Lelouch. Lelouch is a confident, sociable man, in contrast to his timid, aloof "younger brother."
  • Freudian Excuse: Not only did the kid never know what a real and normal life was until he was appointed as Lelouch's fake brother, due to his Tyke Bomb training, but he was regarded as a mere "failed experiment" within the Geass Cult itself. That does NOT bode well for anyone.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The Black Knights don't trust him because they know nothing about him and Lelouch inducted him into their ranks unilaterally. Asahina, in particular, resents him for ranking so high for a new recruit.
  • Heroic RRoD: Overusing his Geass power to fight off/evade an entire army, to the point that his heart gives out. He was actually given an award to "most heroic character in 2008" in Animedia for this.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When the Black Knights betray Lelouch, Rolo rescues him, using his Geass so much that it overtaxes his body.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: When he is first assigned to keep an eye on Lelouch. Doesn't last for long.
  • Knife Nut: His primary means of killing people outside of a Knightmare.
  • Lack of Empathy: It doesn't really occur to him that Lelouch would be upset with him for killing Shirley or trying to replace Nunnally. The best description for Rolo's mind set is that there are only two "people" in his world; Lelouch and himself. Everyone else doesn't matter as long as he has Lelouch.
  • Let Them Die Happy: As Rolo dies, Lelouch asks why he saved him, especially considering that Lelouch had raged at Rolo earlier for the events of the previous Wham Episode; Rolo responds "I knew you were lying. You really do care about me, don't you Brother?" With a sad smile on his face, Lelouch says that he does, and Rolo dies.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His Knightmare Frame is the first to be qualified as one. Played With in that he using his Geass to make the other pilots think he was teleporting. That said, the Vincent is the pre-mass production Knightmare based on the Lancelot and is still very tough and fast even without his Geass.
  • Love Makes You Evil: His devotion to Lelouch did not mix well with his mental and emotional instability.
  • Mad Love: He's blindly devoted to his "brother" Lelouch, who only sees him as Nunnally's Replacement Scrappy, but keeps him around since he can be useful for his plans. Rolo is ready to kill anyone for Lelouch, including his beloved real sister Nunnally so he can be Lelouch's only sibling. Even when Lelouch flat out tells him at one point that he's simply using him and he actually hates him so much that he wants him dead, Rolo refuses to believe this, convincing himself that Lelouch was lying and later sacrifices his life to save him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Tries, on a couple of occasions, to get Lelouch to forget his rebellion or otherwise convince him that he is the only brother he needs. This includes trying to kill Lelouch's real sister. Noteworthy, he almost succeeds in Turn 7 to get Lelouch to return to a "normal" life.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Rolo" probably comes from "roloi", Greek word for "clock".
    • Haliburton meanwhile appears to be a reference to the infamous Private Military Contractor, which may help in explaining his role.
  • More Than Mind Control: Lelouch flat out uses his unstable personality to manipulate him into a Heel–Face Turn; there's no need for Lelouch to ever use his Geass on Rolo. Rolo himself also applies this to Lelouch in Turn 7, which noteworthy works to a degree as Lelouch's hostility to him drops until Turn 13 where Rolo kills Shirley.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Attempts to kill Nunnally in order to be Lelouch's only sibling, fake or otherwise.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Very obvious here. Might be justified, since he just watched Lelouch trying to do the same thing to Kallen, only to be denied. There is certainly enough Ho Yay in his attitude to Lelouch to suggest he might have been hoping for better luck.
  • Not So Different: He's a Geass user who will do anything out of love for his sibling, even if the said sibling does not approve... Yeah, he's Lelouch's brother all right. Lelouch even admits as such after his death.
  • One-Man Army: In Turn 19 of R2, he actually faced an army and won. Even though he died afterward, the army still failed to kill him.
  • Poisonous Friend: He's really zealous in his purposes to the point where he does things Lelouch wouldn't approve of. Including, trying to kill Lelouch's real sister.
  • Psycho Supporter: Looks cute, shy and sweet. Is an insecure, murderous wreck if his buttons are pushed.
  • Purple Eyes: Just like Lelouch.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Considering what he did? Of course.
  • Separated at Birth: From Lelouch in Nightmare of Nunnally. Then subverted when it turns out he's a clone.
  • Shoot the Dog: He ganks a fellow intelligence operative who accidentally walks in on him talking with Viletta about classified information.
  • Spanner in the Works: Though not as much as Suzaku, Rolo tends to screw over a lot of plans. First when he kills Shirley, sending Lelouch on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the Geass Order instead of his original plan. Then when he interferes with the Black Knights betrayal, which saves Lelouch's life...and thus leads to Lelouch being able to stop the Ragnarok Connection through his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • The Starscream: In Nightmare of Nunnally, he intends to steal C.C.'s power and rebel against the Emperor.
  • Stepford Smiler: He seems like a perfectly normal and very nice kid ... until people start dropping dead around him.
  • Time Stands Still: His Geass makes you think this happens. And in Nightmare of Nunnally It all but stops time for real.
    ''"No one can live on the same time as me".
  • Token Evil Teammate: Is easily the least stable of Lelouch's allies in R2.
  • Troubled, but Cute: He's both, to a very high degree.
  • Tyke Bomb: He was trained as a remorseless assassin from a young age. He's basically a boy version of the Gunslinger Girls.
  • Undying Loyalty: He could give Jeremiah some serious competition. Even when Lelouch confesses that he was just using him the whole time, Rolo stays loyal when the Black Knights revolt and nets himself a Dying Moment of Awesome.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Let's just say that if he hadn't killed Shirley the events in R2 might have turned out differently. See Unwitting Instigatorof Doom page for more details.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has one in Nightmare of Nunnally, after being defeated and learning that he is an Artificial Human, but calms down somewhat before his final moments.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: kills unnamed pilots during his Heroic Sacrifice, but for some reason didn't use his already being spammed Geass to kill the mutinying Black Knights or Schneizel right before.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Rolo's conditioning and training results in him killing possible allies without hesitation if they might know too much, because he simply doesn't know how to deal with them otherwise.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He thinks nothing of murdering children far younger than he is during the Black Knights' assault on the Geass Order. Granted, they were Tyke Bombs potentially just as dangerous as himself, but Rolo's casual execution of these kids he was friendly and familiar with is unnerving.
  • Yandere: Becomes this in relation to Lelouch. He's obsessed with his "brother" and wants to kill Nunnally so he can be his only sibling. When Shirley mentions reuniting Lelouch with Nunnally to him, she ends up a casualty instead.


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