Tropes that apply to The Black Knights as a whole
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: "Oh my god! TV!"
- The Ditz: Their leader is Lelouch. That says it all, really.
Lelouch vi Britannia / One
The central character of Code MENT. In contrast with his canon counterpart, this Lelouch is idiotic, sociopathic, brash, impulsive, and generally has no idea what he's doing. The only reason he seems to be able to get away with what he does is because everyone with the power to stop him is just as bad as he is.
- Abusive Parents: His father was a sociopathic buffoon who barely showed any support for his kids after their mother was killed in front of them.
- Achievements in Ignorance: He manages to corner Clovis in his base without knowing how he did it. Additionally, in Episode 14.5, he manages to get a helicopter into the air by randomly pushing buttons.
- All According to Plan: Subverted. Lelouch tries to claim that causing the rockslide on Shatter Mountain was this, but he gets called out on it.
- Anti-Hero: Nominal Hero at best.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: When the Green-Haired Girl asks him to actually do some work, he almost immediately switches over to YouTube.
- Ax-Crazy: His impulsiveness has led him to kill many innocent people. In episode 8, the only reason he didn't kill Princess Euphemia (for the crime of correcting him) is because he ran out of bullets.Lelouch: (empty clip) Ahh, you got lucky.
- And the only reason he ran out of bullets is because he unloaded about seventy in her previous captors.
- Bad Boss: His incompetence has led to the deaths of many of his followers.
- Berserk Button: Don't touch his stuff.
- Big Good: Sort of.
- Big "NEVER!": When playing beer pong with Suzaku, Luffy, and Zoro, he utters this when Suzaku suggests he quit playing, despite saying that the game is stupid.
- Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: Due to his immaturity, he has devolved into insults like this.
- Bodyguard Crush: Implied with the Green-Haired Girl. He has told her "I love you" at least twice. Whether it's genuine or not or if she reciprocates this is ambiguous.
- Book Dumb: He's very dim, but can be effective when he wants to be.
- Brain Bleach: After seeing pornography of Todd Phelps and Michael Bay gangbanging Megan Fox, he tries to schedule some electro-convulsive therapy. He also tried to forget The Hangover 3 via the same process.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: When he's not acting like an idiot.
- Deadpan Snarker: When functioning as the Only Sane Man in a conversation.
- The Ditz: While certainly not a trait unique to him, he provides the most examples due to having the most screen time. Word of God says that Suzaku made him stupider.
- Dub Name Change: His secret identity was Zero in Code Geass, and it's One in Code MENT.
- Erotic Asphyxiation: Some banter with the Green-Haired Girl in episode 16 reveals that he has tried the self-inflicted kind at least once.
- Establishing Character Moment: In Episode 1, the door slams open, heroic music plays as he walks in, and he says:Lelouch: Yeah, I think I broke your door.
- Fatal Flaw: Impulsiveness, never thinking his plans through. Also stupidity, which has lead to him getting easily manipulated and had many of his followers killed.
- General Failure: The only reason he hasn't been defeated yet is because his opponents are even more incompetent.
- The Green-Haired Girl even points out that the Dark Knights, under his leadership, haven't really done anything and he could quit with no real consequences.
- Insane Troll Logic: Runs on this.
- Jerkass: It seems to be the only reason that he decided to turn against Britannia.
- Jumped at the Call: He agrees to the Green-Haired Girl's contract before she has a chance to lay out the terms.Green-Haired Girl: "Are you sure? You don't even know the terms of the contract."Lelouch: "Do I get superpowers?"Green-Haired Girl: "...Yes?"Lelouch: "Done deal."
- Lack of Empathy: Especially towards RivalzLelouch: "Rivalz, die in a fire."
- Large Ham: "Nunnally! WE HAVE TO KILL THE TOOTH FAIRY!"
- Magic Eye: Duh.
- Metaphorgotten: His speech about justice in Episode 8.
- Never My Fault: He doesn't take responsibility for his actions, blames it on someone else, or pretends that's what he wanted to happen.
- Never Learned to Read: "Damn it! Must. Learn. To. Read!"
- Only Sane Man: Surprisingly enough, he was a lot more sensible as a child. It's likely that spending the next several years with Suzaku are what made him into The Ditz he is today.
- Parody Stu: He's the prince of Britannia, his cousin is Death the Kid, his uncle is Alucard, and he gets away with stunts that can only be described as batshit insane.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He has the brain capacity of a child. A child with an army that could easily destroy a small country.
- Sanity Ball: He holds it whenever there's a crazier character around (which is often). Well, for a certain definition of sanity, anyway. He also seems much saner in flashbacks to his childhood. Suzaku probably has something to do with the change.
- The Sociopath: Leloch has all the qualifications. He's violent, impulsive, reckless, and remorseless. He is capable of long-term planning to a point, but after that point defaults back to "blow the shit out of everything until I win"; and while he does love Nunally, he is very abusive towards her. Of course, all these aspects are played for laughs.
- Tangled Family Tree: In addition to what it was in the original series, his family tree now includes Alucard as his mom's brother, Death as his dad's brother, and consequently Death the Kid as his cousin.
- That Came Out Wrong: Numerous times while chasing a cat in Episode 6.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Kid Lelouch is noticeably smarter than teenage Lelouch.
- Tsundere: Despite his constant bickering with The Green-Haired Girl, calling her such names as "Bitch Tornado," he has gone out of his way to save her life twice, and has admitted his love to her on two separate occasions. Though since this is Lelouch we're talking about, his actions could have any number of justifications.
- Why Did It Have To Be Tiny Hats?
The Green-Haired Girl (C.C.)
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: Tries to be this for Lelouch, and hates every second of it.
- Crossdressing Voices: Purpleeyes manages a somewhat convincing voice for her.
- Deadpan Snarker: And she definitely has plenty of things to snark at.
- Death Seeker: Like in the original series.
- Immortality: Again, like her counterpart.
- Major Injury Underreaction: When Mao shoots her, she responds with a sarcastic "oh, ow".
- After Mao disables her limbs with multiple gunshots, her response is, "You done?"
- Mind Screw: Her outfit in Episode 14 manages to induce this on Lelouch.
- No Name Given: She has never actually been referred to by name in the entirety of the series, and Purpleeyes has claimed that C.C., her alias in the original series, isn't even her alias in ''Code MENT'' and simply refers to her as, "the green-haired girl."
- Only Sane Man: Much to her chagrin.
- She does have her moments of not making sense... such as giving psychic powers to Lelouch and Mao, despite both of them being spectacularly unsuitable individuals for granting said powers to.
- Psychic Powers: She has the ability to grant them to people, and does so to Lelouch at the start of the series.
- Touch Telepathy: She uses it to force Suzaku to watch Madonna music videos.
- Sarcasm Mode: When Mao shoots her.
- Surrounded by Idiots
The Black Knights' resident action girl and expert mecha pilot. She's almost exactly the same as her counterpart from the source material, save for the obligatory decrease in intelligence (though she doesn't get it as badly as most).
- Action Girl: As in the source material.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Lelouch, though after Episode 3 it's mostly one-sided.
- Calling Your Attacks: "SMACK Attack!"
- "Laser Arm!"
- Has Two Mommies: To the point where she thinks that "dad" is a made up word."You keep saying my mom and something else."
- Larynx Dissonance: Proof that despite being a Man of a Thousand Voices, even Purpleeyes has his limits.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: As Lelouch puts it, "Nobody cares about Kallen!"
- Never Learned to Read: Par for the course, really.Kallen: I just realized something: I can't read!
The original leader of the group, who's now been reduced as playing the straight man to everyone else's idiocy. Well, he was until he found Viletta.
- All Men Are Perverts: Viletta wasn't naked when he found her by the harbor. She is when she wakes up.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Viletta robbed him of the ability to think clearly.
- Only Sane Man: Was this before he found Viletta.
The Black Knights' resident stoner. He's knowledgeable enough about the drug world to tip off One on a meth warehouse that they can steal from.
- The Stoner: He got a lot of use out of the drugs that the Black Knights stole from the mob.
- Unusual Euphemism: Refers to meth as "refrain".
- Vocal Dissonance: His voice sounds like he breathes nothing but sulfur hexafluoride.
A Britannian journalist that One outsourced a job in the Black Knights to.
- Never Learned To Write: He can read just fine, but he admits that he can't write. Makes you wonder how he became a journalist in the first place.
- Only Sane Man: In the Britannian Military. When he provides information on Shatter Mountain to Gottwald, he's accused of collusion for knowing that info too quickly... only for Diethard to point out that the information wasn't even secret since he looked it up on Google. It was the first result.
Lelouch's not-love interest. She thinks of Lelouch as her boyfriend, even though they're not dating, and Lelouch doesn't even like her.
- Brainless Beauty: She gives Suzaku a run for his money in terms of stupidity.
- The Ditz
- Heroic BSoD: When she finds out that Lelouch is One.
- Mind Rape: Lelouch accidentally makes her brain explode when he uses his Geass on her, resulting in the loss of the last two years of her life.
- Non Sequitur: Frequently utters these.
One of Lelouch's "friends" at Ashford who just can't seem to figure out that Lelouch hates his guts.
- Butt-Monkey: Lelouch always either insults him or tells him to shut up. Suzaku even gets in on this.
- Crossdresser: Offhandedly remarks that he sometimes wears a dress at night.
- The Ditz: He hasn't done as much stupid stuff as Suzaku, but at least the latter knows what porn is.
- Phrase Catcher: "Shut (the fuck) up, Rivalz!"
- Simpleton Voice: About on par with Suzaku, just higher pitched.
Ashford Academy's Student Council President, and one of the few people Lelouch can have an intelligent conversation with.
In contrast to his canon portrayal, this Suzaku is a complete moron. He's so stupid, that even the other characters consider him to be an idiot, despite being little better themselves. Unlike in Code Geass, this Suzaku didn't want the Britannians to take over Japan, but he still fought alongside them anyway because he joined the wrong army.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He definitely has some form of mental retardation.
- Berserk Button: Madonna music videos.
- Big Eater: Has eaten a table.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Refuses to disarm a "bomb" because it's forcing Nunnally to play the Damsel in Distress trope. Mainly his reasoning behind this is because he believes Nunnally is strong and capable, and even says she isn't handicapped. She is currently tied to a chair and is blind.
- Though not only does Lelouch disarm it, it turns out it was just scaring away monstrous worms, so Suzaku did good this time.
- Broken Record: "Hey Lelouch, think we'll be friends forever? Forever? Forever? Forever?"
- Cloud Cuckoolander: For starters, he went to a soup store to buy clothes.
- Critical Research Failure: In-universe. His explanation of how HD televisions came to be involves the Cold War, Abraham Lincoln (who is the president of the United States of Khazakstan), and Martin Luther King Jr. collaborating with Albert Einstein to make a TV out of plasma. He also thinks HD stands for Internal Affairs.
- Which is even more confusing when you remember that in-universe, Steampunk Abe Lincoln is his father.
- The Ditz: The biggest one in the show.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Its hard to argue that scoring a negative IQ is "bad" when it gets you out of prison and executions.
- Enmity with an Object: He's currently got a score of 1-1 against a hotel. Not the hotel staff or the company who owns it, but the hotel itself.
- Extreme Omnivore: He's been known to consume plastic, cyanide, glass, crayons, lighter fluid, silverware, and a table.
- The Fool: He joined the wrong army in the war between Japan and Britannia.
- Has Two Mommies: He thinks he does. And that they are both dead.
- Idiot Savant: Despite his low intelligence, he's still quite a capable mecha pilot.
- Inadequate Inheritor: His father was the great leader of Japan, and also cyborg Abraham Lincoln with a Gatling Gun for an arm. Suzaku, to put it delicately, does not live up to his badass heritage.
- Insane Troll Logic: On the rare occasions that he uses any logic at all.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Will never fail to rush straight into battle... despite everyone telling him not to.
- Never Learned to Read: And unlike Lelouch, he isn't trying to fix this flaw.
- The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Lelouch mentions that Suzaku uses "swordfish" as his password for everything.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: He refuses to save Nunnally from a motion sensing bomb because he doesn't want to contribute to the Damsel in Distress trope.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Drops a few. Suzaku being who he is, every one is a Non Sequitur."Comin' at ya, Cleopatra!"
"Coo-coo kachu, Mrs. Robinson!"
- Simpleton Voice
- Sudden Intelligence: In Episode 16, he gets the quick idea to kick down a gun turret, has at least a better understanding of the concept of porn than Rivalz and actually legitimately argues with Lelouch about, of all things, the Damsel in Distress trope. During the same episode, he attempts to buy clothes at a soup store.
- Too Dumb to Live: He does the whole "Heroic Defiance of the Authority" thing when he was arrested... despite Gottwald repeatedly and insistently telling him he wasn't in any trouble. He gets so annoying to Gottwald that he orders Suzaku executed.
- Back from the Dead: He gets brought back to life at the end of Soul Whatever: Third Earth.
- Badass Boast: "There must be some mistake. Jeremiah Gottwald...does not die."
- Berserk Button: Hates it when people say anything about a team death match.
- Death by Adaptation: He actually dies in his fight with Kallen in this version.
- I Minored in Tropology: Has a PhD in ass kicking, a Bachelors in pain, and a minor in women's studies.
- Large Ham: While the major quirk for most characters is stupidity, for Jeremiah, it seems to be his prominent personality.
- The Stoner: He's done enough drugs to where he considers meth/refrain to be beneath him. Real men do PCP.
The Two Soldiers
A pair of recurring Britannian soldiers who have an obsession with pizza bagels and no real idea what they're doing. Are the only soldiers who ever get voiced and don't immediately die.
- Ax-Crazy: One of them was more than willing to kill a group of civilians over pizza. They also seem to be quite entertained by the way people fall when they shoot them.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: They pretty much have no idea what they're doing, and frequently ditch their posts to go get something to eat.
- Composite Character: In the source material, each of their appearances are likely completely different pairs of soldiers. Thanks to their armor concealing their appearances though, they can all pass for the same two guys.
- The Dividual: They're a pair of sociopaths with the munchies who seem to always get the same assignments.
- Faceless Goons: Because of the storm trooper armor they're wearing, it's impossible to recognize them until they speak.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: When one of them thinks a submarine is flying at them, the other chastizes him for not reading the caption which states that it's a UVARD. Interestingly, this means that they are among the very few characters who are confirmed to be able to read.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: They let a wanted criminal go because he said "please".
- Horrible Judge of Character: They stop One and the Black Knights because they have reports of drug smugglers in the area. They let him go because he said "please" and looks like a trustworthy guy.
- Morality Pet: One of them is clearly a bit more unhinged, with the other one keeping him in line. That's not to say that either of them is all that sane to begin with, though.
- Obsessed with Food: They're as likely to be cutting duty to grab a bite to eat as they are to be actually doing their jobs.
- Those Two Bad Guys: They have absolutely no reason to be around except to be violent, funny, and occasionally violently funny.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pizza bagels. Additionally, one of them is rather fond of assorted cheeses.
Cornelia vi Britannia
Lelouch's older half-sister who is in charge of the Britannian military in Japan. She's just about as competent as he is, but far more bloodthirsty, and has enough resources to get away with it.
- Bad Boss: Make a bad pun? Question her judgement? She's gonna leave a scar on your face.
- Blood Knight: Violence is her answer to everything, even if it means sacrificing people on her side.
- The Caligula: What else to you call someone who sics scorpions on her conference members?
- Deep South: It's hard to hear over Purpleeye's falsetto, but this is the accent she has.
- The Heavy: The biggest threat to Lelouch and the Dark Knights at the moment, what with her large military and royal backing.
Euphemia vi Britannia
One of Lelouch's other half-sisters, and the sanest person in Britannia.
- Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Despite supposedly being a resistance group against Britannian control, most of their meetings seem to consist of discussing eating arrangements.
So far the only named member of the JLF, and generally more concerned with food and TV than any actual resistance.
- The Alcoholic: The only reason this doesn't affect his driving is because he's not even watching the road to begin with.
- Berserk Button: You can bury his boss and destroy his base's defenses, but do NOT cancel his cable.
- Eyes Always Shut: When he drives, and only when he drives.
- Skewed Priorities: Cares more about food and TV than the resistance.
Death the Kid
The son of Death, and Lelouch's cousin. All of his appearances outside Soul Whatever videos have been to try and stop Lelouch from killing a large group of people.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Manages to open a hole in the space-time continuum in his dad's office by pushing buttons, even though there aren't any buttons.
- Berserk Button: Lelouch's antics, and in general people that kill wantonly.
- As shown in "Soul Whatever - 'Documentary'", he also dislikes dick jokes.
- Canon Foreigner: He's originally from Soul Eater.
- Celestial Bureaucracy: The reason he hates Lelouch so much is because he has to do the paperwork whenever someone dies.Death the Kid: It's kind of like working at the DMV, only slightly less horrifying.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Runs a rather successful marketing firm. In Episode 8 of None Piece, he charges the film crew $59 million.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Kills the only man that can fix his dad's office because he thought he was a terrorist. Thankfully, Soul finds the president's documents, so it's likely that it'll be fixed soon.
- Though given that said individual stole documents from the president and was trying to kill Death The Kid, it's a little more understandable than just "Murder for the sake of madness," as some of his relatives might do.
- Only Sane Man: Probably the only member of Lelouch's family that isn't crazy.
- Not So Above It All: ...before Soul Whatever.
- Super OCD: Averted. In contrast with his canon counterpart, he has yet to be bothered by any lack of symmetry. Given that he has to deal with Lelouch on a fairly regular basis, he probably doesn't have room to be bothered by lesser things.
- Tangled Family Tree: His father is brothers with the king of Britannia.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Soul seem to have quite a back and forth going on, but they just as often converse in a friendly manner.
Unlike his canon counterpart, this Mao is fairly calm and collected, and despite having the same abilities as in canon, he's actually quite sane. Instead of becoming enemies with Lelouch due to his association with The Green-Haired Girl, they strike up a very genuine friendship.
- Adaptational Heroism: He and Lelouch are best friends in this version, but...
- Affably Evil: ...he still gives Shirley a gun and still tries to kill The Green-Haired Girl.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Downplayed. He responds with only mild confusion when the gun store clerk thinks "Maybe they should outlaw chicken penises."
- Anti-Villain: The only villainous trait he shows is trying to resolve his history with The Green-Haired Girl (read: trying to kill her). He's a genuinely nice guy to everyone else.
- Blessed with Suck: Supposedly. The Green-Haired Girl says that his ability to read minds made him go insane... but the only real evidence we have of this is him liking a Zune, and trying to kill The Green-Haired Girl.
- Chainsaw Good: "Whoa. Buddy. Buddy. Look at me. Look at me. Look at me. Yes"
- I Resemble That Remark!: The Green-Haired Girl calls him childish and impulsive. His response is to shout "No!" and shoot her.
- Only Sane Man: Surprisingly, he's one of the saner characters in the show... for given values of "Sane." He did tie up Nunnally in a basement, tried to kill The Green-Haired Girl, and gave Shirley a gun. Then he claims that he has problems with The Green-Haired Girl, and that he did the kidnapping so that he could teach his best friend a lesson on holding onto your loved ones, and that it was supposed to be fun for both of them.
- Psychic Powers
- Telepathy: "Just putting this out there, I can read minds. Not as fun as it sounds."
- Race Lift: He claims, rather than being Chinese, he's actually an albino black person.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Declares this after Lelouch and Suzaku ruin his scavenger hunt, and Suzaku tries to arrest him. Unfortunately, The Green-Haired Girl finds him before he can get away.