This is the character sheet concerning the main characters of Code Geass.
A sarcastic, green-haired girl first found inside an alleged 'poison gas bomb' that was stolen from Clovis by a terrorist group. C.C. (pronounced "C2" — or "Shi-Tsu") grants the Geass power to Lelouch in exchange for him granting her greatest wish, and stays by his side to watch over him until the time Lelouch can fulfill his contract.
Throughout the series run, the majority of 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.). This, coupled with the fact that she has had to endure seeing all her loved ones die as she remains behind for centures, has led her to shut herself off from other people and her own emotions. Until she meets Lelouch.
- Abusive Mom: C.C. is not literally Mao's parent, but he was six when C.C. made a contract with him and, due to the nature of his Geass, subsequently became his only human connection. It's All There in the Manual that when he was with C.C. she would take him out in public, Geass and all, alas when his geass began to go out of control and while C.C.'s voice was the only thing that could stop the madness in his head (his geass allowing him to hear everyone's thoughts) she abandoned him, resulting in him looking for years in years and having turned, well, batshit crazy due to geass effects.
- Action Girl: She doesn't do much actual fighting (it's not her fight, after all) but she's perfectly capable of it. 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 handy with guns and skilled in hand-to-hand combat. In Nightmare Of Nunnally, it's revealed that she fought in the Hundred Years War, and Joan of Arc was her rival back then.
- Alliterative Name: Alliterative initials: C.C.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Her offering Lelouch and Mao their Geass powers. And to a greater extent, her own wish 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.
- Big Damn Heroes: Has gotten Lelouch out of dire situations more than once, be it to protect his identity or his life.
- Big Eater: She loves her pizza. Large quantities of it.
- Blessed with Suck:
- Eventually came to see her immortality as this.
- And before that her own Geass which granted her the power "to be loved", which made anyone around her love her and it quickly becomes a Be Careful What You Wish For tale when she became unable to control it and learned that if you force everyone to love you, then none of it will be genuine.
- Boom, Headshot!: Is shot in the head by a Britannian soldier in the first episode. Thanks to her immortality, she survives.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: After losing her memories, she tells her "new lord" about her housework skills: preparing food, cleaning, fetching water, tending cows and sheep, sewing, she can read a little bit and count up to twenty and cleaning corpses.
- 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 starting to get in touch with her emotions again 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: She's usually apathetic to everything going around her, and states she doesn't even particularly care if Lelouch gets killed.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She has a tendency to make silly koans when Lelouch least expects them (see the quote).
- Complete Immortality: C.C. has the Code of Immortality which makes her a true immortal, being unable to die, age, get sick, or be permanently wounded, and is absolutely self-sustained. Any injuries she suffers heal fast, 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.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts as this to Nunnally and even Lelouch and Kallen to a certain extent.
- 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. She was a slave since childhood in The Middle Ages before she gained her Geass powers which quickly turned into a Blessed with Suck situation.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Wears a dark outfit when she's with the Black Knights. She's not exactly good but at least, she cares about Lelouch at that point.
- Dark Mistress: Subverted. She's far from it, but the Black Knights assume that she's this to Zero, 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 a 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, in the alternate movie timeline, her desire to stay by his side overcoming her initial wish to die and doing everything to bring him back to life.
- Disney Death: In the first episode, she gets a Boom, Headshot!. In the fourth episode, Lelouch comes home to find her playing with Nunnally.
- 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 gave him his Geass that ultimately destroyed him when he was eight.
- Everyone Has Standards: She's taken aback when Charles takes V.V.'s code and leaves him to die.
- 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...
- Fan Disservice: Early one she gets a close up shot of her naked Underboob, along with the nasty scar in her breast from before she acquired her Code of Immortality.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: After she is mentally reset to the person she was at the age of ten, a slave girl from The Middle Ages.
- Freudian Excuse: Has a Dark and Troubled Past 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, and, above all, his father and mother grand scheme, of which she is also a part of. At least she admitted to Lelouch that she wouldn't tell him anything she didn't want to.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: For all her snark and apathy for the world around her, deep down she just wants to genuinely be loved by someone. By the time that Lelouch meets her, her experiences with her Geass and centuries of being hunted and tortured for her power have left her disillusioned that it could ever happen. Ultimately her time with Lelouch and the knowledge tht he didn't hate her and cared before his death ended up being enough to revive her belief in the world and find hope in living.
- Immortal Immaturity: 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. When she sinks into the ocean at the end of the first season she's crushed to pieces by ocean pressure.
- 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.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: During the period of time where she loses her memory of her life before becoming immortal she reverts to the terrified, completely obedient slave-girl she was before she obtained Code of Immortality, even taking Lelouch's joking command to "dance around on one foot with [her] clothes inside out" completely seriously and without question. More uncomfortably, she continually asks Lelouch to take his clothes off and strips down herself when he says he has a pain that's not on the surface, leading to some grim implications about life as a child slave.
- 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. locking 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: She wears a white prisoner suit (and later a white pilot suit) for the majority of Season 1. She brings back her prisoner suit towards the end of Season 2. She's not evil but usually apathetic to the tragedies happening around her.
- 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. She doesn't tell Lelouch much about Geass, their contract, or the fact that his mother is alive and in on the same plan as his father.
- 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 the second Code that is needed in order for The Emperor's master plan to work.
- MayflyDecember 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: C.C. lacks the Gag Boobs of many of the other girls, but she backs it up by having a big butt. She also (partially) undresses herself in front of Lelouch a couple of times and there is a flashback where she's completely naked for no reason.
- Mysterious Past: Beyond some visual hints sprinkled throughout the first season, C.C.'s past is unknown until the middle of season 2, where it's revealed that she's an orphan girl from The Middle Ages that escaped from slavery, and came upon a nun who granted her a mysterious power to keep on living in exchange for a wish. It's all downhill from there.
- Mysterious Waif: She is initially seen as this, being the mysterious person who gifted the power of Geass to Lelouch while deliberately keeping information from him. Became less of a case of this once more of her backstory is explored in R2.
- 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).
- Now or Never Kiss: Has one with Lelouch in a way right before Season 1's climax.Turn out it's a kiss to lock up his memories in order to preserve them from his father's geass but still count as one.
- 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: She looked after Mao in his childhood, until things went horribly wrong. Extra materials reveals a lot of previous contractors looked to her as that as well.
- 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.
- Really 700 Years Old: While she looks like a young woman physically, 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.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Unusual hair and eye color, 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.
- 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.
- Sleeps in the Nude: When C.C. shows up unexpectedly at Lelouch's home and enters Pretty Freeloaders mode, she immediately takes over Lelouch's bed and casually starts stripping out of her outfit to go to sleep in front of him without a care. When he protests, she remarks "A gentleman would sleep on the floor."
- The Spock: To Lelouch's Kirk and Kallen's McCoy.
- The Stoic: Nearly always maintains an apathetic demeanor, usually only showing mild amusement when she messes with people. She does get more Not So Stoic moments as she begins to defrost.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Mostly on the ice side of things, but she does have her sweet moments with Lelouch.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: In line with her being an immortal Geass giver, albeit her eyes have always been that way.
- 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 explicitly pans out in the series.
- Played straight in the timeline of the Resurrection movie.
- 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.
- Unwitting Pawn: In medieval times, C.C. got her geass as part of a contract with a nun. In the end, little did C.C. knew that the nun tricked her into passing her code to her. The nun became mortal and died as she wished, while C.C. was now immortal.
- 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: She's skilled in hand-to-hand combat.
- Walking the Earth: She did this when she left the Britannian palace after Marianne's death. And what she does after the Grand Finale.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Revealed to be her motivation for 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.
- 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 though 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.
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.
- Adopted into Royalty: Because her biological father's wife could not bear children, Kallen was adopted into her noble father's household.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Bastard Angst: Kallen was born from a nobleman's affair with an Eleven woman. Her biological mother got herself hired as a maid at the household of Kallen's father 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. And of course, her second pilot suit is evocative of a biking suit.
- Bodyguard Crush: Towards Zero and later, ultimately, Lelouch himself.
- Boobs of Steel: A skilled soldier, and the best Knightmare pilot in the series. It comes as no surprise that Kallen is quite busty.
- 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. See Heroic Bastard below for more information.
- Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: She keeps her folding knife to defend herself with her at all times, even when bathing. During the Shower of Awkward scene with Lelouch, she used it to threaten him through the shower curtain when he thought he was Zero, and she charged at Suzaku with her knife when he discovered her bathing under a waterfall with her Black Knights uniform nearby.
- 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; but, like an actual 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.
- 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: Shes pretty popular with the fellas, as her many admirers at school and Gino can attest.
- Louise: Kallen! You deceived me!
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Kallen used two different hairstyles (a loose, straight and long-ish one when she's at Ashford Academy◊, and a spikier, slightly shorter hairstyle 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. Coincidently or not, even her German voice actress is the same as Asuka's. Compared to Asuka however, she actually achieves her goals and has a happy ending.
- Fanservice with a Smile: Early in the second season, as a part of her cover. In reality, she did not take this very well - see Reluctant Fanservice Girl below. 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?
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, always has a red piloting suit (several different ones, all red) and pilots a Red mecha named the Guren (Crimson Lotus). Even the Bunny Girl fanservice moment early in R2 has her in a red bunny suit! But see You Gotta Have Blue Hair, below.
- 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
- 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, where she's one of Emperor Lelouch's most dangerous opponents. Though as it turns out she never truly took what Schneizel said about Lelouch to her heart.
- 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 and the fact she is a girl in love who felts rejected twice, it doesn't help that according to director's words to Koshimizu, Kallen's seiyuu, she is not the type to force herself on others despite still having doubts about Lelouch.
- 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.
- Justice Will Prevail: The line next to her picture says it all.
- Knife Nut: She always carries her trusty pouch knife.
- 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 is the pilot of the 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 in episode 24 Lelouch and C.C., 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: The camera takes full advantage of pretty much every available opportunity to showcase Kallen's assets, including positioning the camera at an odd angle when she piloted mecha just to get a better view of her behind. Also, her clothing, but more than that, the situations the series puts her in. She ends up in many Fanservice Costumes, such as Playboy Bunny, a Modesty Towel and a Pimped-Out Dress. She also gets several scenes of her bathing, which usually end up being interrupted.
- The Mourning After: Picture Dramas taking place after the main series show while she is moving forward, she is not over Lelouch. Even stating he engraved her love for him in her mind permanently.
- Nom de Mom: Uses her mother's Japanese name when she's working with the Black Knights.
- 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.
- Only Sane Woman: In regards to the increasingly freakish occurences surrounding Lelouch and C.C. (on the protagonist side) and Suzaku (on the antagonist side), Kallen stands out as the most down-to-earth main character, especially in regards to her rather-reasonable (and achievable) goals.
- 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!
- 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.
- Sensual Spandex: The pilot suit she wears in most of the mecha battles since episode 12 of season 1 (pictured above). There is some justification for having such a tight suit (mostly because the Guren has motorcycle styled controls and a matching seat) but some of the Male Gaze shots Kallen gets while wearing it just scream Rule of Sexy. And then there are the moments when she wears the leather Black Knight jacket over the suit... is there a limit how Hellbent For Leather one can be?
- Royal Bastard: Kallen is 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.
- Shower Scene: Has a few throughout the series. Of the biggest note is the very first one, early during first season when Lelouch accidentally barges in on Kallen taking a bath due to a phone call. Both sides are pretty embarrassed by the accident.
- 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 where she ends up in a Full-Frontal Assault against him.
- Sleeps in the Nude: Kallen is shown sleeping topless on her bed, with a Toplessness from the Back shot as she sleeps on her stomach.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Karen" or "Kallen"? She's called both by different people.
- 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 - her true personality) 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).
- 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.
- Tsundere: Tempermental, Hot-Blooded, tough and badass on the outside but very sweet, caring for her loved ones and vulnerable on the inside. A textbook example of a Type 1 Tsundere.
- Tsurime Eyes: As is pair for the course for the resident Tomboy of the show.
- 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. [["You push away the ones you lobe to spare them" as C.C. told him in season 1.]]
- 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.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She triggered the landslide during the Battle of Narita (under Lelouch's orders), which inadvertently destroys a city as well... resulting in the death of Shirley's father, Joseph. This sets in motion a chain of events that will forever change the lives of both Shirley and Lelouch... ultimately resulting in the former's murder at the hands of Rolo and Lelouch's subsequent Thanatos Gambit, the "Zero Requiem".
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: At one point early in R2, she carries the key to the Guren in her cleavage.
- 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 first combat outfit, usually combined with thigh-high stockings or boots for a Zettai Ryouiki look. The second one instead goes for some Sensual Spandex which Kallen occasionally tops off with the standard Black Knight leather jacket.
- Woman Scorned: At the very end of the series. She confesses to Lelouch with a kiss which manages to break off the Magnificent Bastard facade and was said to be mutual by word of God, before he closes himself again in order to avoid have her following him. She resolves to kill him with her own hands. For Love And Justice.
- 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.
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.
- Abdicate the Throne: Per Lelouch of the Resurrection, she has given up being Empress instead serving as a major political figure of Britannia likely to please the UFN who wants former royalty to not have too much power.
- Affectionate Nickname: Like her brother who is nicknamed "Lulu", she is nicknamed "Nunna" by Shirley.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Witnessed her mother's assassination which nearly killed her and left her paraplegic. She was then traumatized to the point she became blind. And then, she and Lelouch were callously disowned by their father.
- 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.
- Nunally also manages to resist the effects of Lelouch's Geass for a bit before finally succumbing to it.
- Hoist by Her Own Petard: Her dispelling the artificial blindness caused by Charles Geass ends up backfiring on her hilariously as it allows Lelouch to use his Geass on her.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 if someone's lying if she's holding their hand.
- 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 More Holding Back" 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Post-Final Boss: In a cruel twist of fate, she ends up being the last thing standing between Lelouch and his ambitions, as she holds the literal key to world domination. For obvious reasons, obtaining it is more of an emotional trial for him than anything else.
- 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.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is quite long, if she were to stand up it would likely reach down to her waist.
- Reused Character Design: Nunnally looks identical to Kohane Tsuyuri from ×××HOLiC, also designed by CLAMP.
- Riches to Rags: She was a princess of Britannia before being disowned by her abusive father.
- Royal Blood: She's pretty far down the line in terms of inheriting the throne (and considered dead). In the very end, after Lelouch's "assassination", she takes over and becomes Empress.
- Technicolor Eyes: She used to have purple eyes before she became blind. You can see them again more clearly later in the story.
- 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. To wit, when asked to describe a cat that got loose on campus, she surmised that one of its 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.
- 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.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Nunnally is the most sweet, caring, considerate, well mannered and kindhearted little girl you'd ever meet.
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 Nice Guy: He's a lot nicer in the Compilation Movie continuity. He doesn't kill Shirley thanks to Jeremiah sending her home, nor does he casually execute the kids from the Geass Order. As a result, it makes Lelouch's attempt at killing him and subsequent outburst come across as more cold-hearted, simply detesting him for not being Nunnally.
- Adaptational Villainy: In Nightmare of Nunnally, he's a straight-up villain instead of a Nominal Hero.
- 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. He only cares about being with Lelouch and will do anything he asks, but has little to no regard for anyone else.
- 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 imposter and later Rolo screws up REAL bad by killing Shirley. To make things even more dramatic... in episode 19, he dies for Lelouch, with Lelouch only then coming to see Rolo as his actual little brother, trying desperately to beg him to stop, and letting him die happy thinking his earlier outburst and claims of wanting Rolo dead was just a lie, even going as far as burying Rolo's body himself.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: His Alternate Self in Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally claims to be apart of the Britannian royal bloodline, namely by being Lelouch's identical twin brother, who was stolen away from Marianne when he was a baby, and now wants to kill Lelouch and Nunnally so he can claim their powers for himself. He's wrong though. He's actually an Artificial Human created using Charles and Marianne's DNA, hence him being an Identical Stranger to Lelouch. Because of his nature though, he was highly genetically unstable, resulting in his death via Clone Degeneration.
- Blessed with Suck: His Geass is incredibly effective, but it stops his heart when used and this shortens his lifespan.
- Cain and Abel: Downplayed depending on the continuity.
- While he's not Lelouch's blood sibling, he greatly cherishes him and resents Nunnally for having Lelouch's attention, to the point of desiring to kill her when sent to rescue her during the second Black Rebellion. For added irony, The Miraculous Birthday picture drama would show that he and Nunnally would actually get along rather well, Nunnally even thinking they could have been close had they had the opportunity to meet properly.
- His Alternate Self despises Nunnally and Lelouch in Nightmare of Nunnally, claiming to be Lelouch's twin brother who was stolen away as a baby, and desires his siblings death so as to claim their powers. The downplayed part comes from the fact he's not actually Lelouch's twin, he's more accurately his clone, and his unstable molecular structure caused him to mentally deteriorate before dying from Clone Degeneration.
- 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. Later, after he saves the life of a Black Knights soldier who was under the thrall of Geass children test-subjects by killing said subjects, Rolo then stabs the soldier to death with his Knightmare for having the gall to ask whether Rolo was one of the Geass children. He also kills Shirley for suggesting reuniting Lelouch with Nunnally.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Boy was it ever. He saves Lelouch from the Black Knights' firing squad, then fights an army to get his brother to safety, knowing full well that he would die from overusing his Geass.
- 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.
- Hero Killer: He kills Shirley due to his Yandere tendencies towards Lelouch.
- 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 Sucksessor, 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 HeelFace 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.
- 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.
- 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.