Autobots and Black Knights | Decepticons | Holy Britannian Empire (Euro-Britannia) | Ashford Academy | European Union | Chinese Federation | Peace Mark | Cybertron | Other Characters
The main protagonists of the story. Though they started with just a teenager and his team of living robots, they became much more in preparing for a worldwide fight against an enemy greater than Lelouch could have imagined.
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- Adaptational Badass: Besides having the Autobots as allies, the Black Knights also get a gradual series of upgrades from the Autobots, allowing them to slowly catch up to (and likely exceed, given time) Britannia's fighting ability.
- Adaptational Heroism: Due to interacting with the Autobots, the majority of the Black Knights become more heroic than they were in canon, making their 'Knights for Justice' moniker a bit more justified.
- Affirmative Action Girl: R2 introduces several female Autobots to complement the expanded forces.
- The Alliance: The Autobots and Black Knights are willing allies in this story, with leadership responsibilities shared between Zero and Optimus.
- Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: It's unclear where the Black Knights and Autobots get all their money considering none of them seem to have jobs, but it's enough to fund their war against Britannia and later the Decepticons, as well allowing the civilians they rescued from Japan to live relatively comfortably aboard the Ark. Lelouch alludes to Rivalz about their rather complex budget plan but this conversation is quickly dropped.
- Badass Crew: What they were before expanding all the way to Badass Army, made up of different badass crews.
- Band of Brothers: The Autobots and Black Knights may not have started their respective conflicts united, but the trials they face bring them close surprisingly fast. By United We Stand, they've become incredibly close.
- Both Sides Have a Point: When Euphemia announces the Special Administrative Zone, the group is split on how to respond. On the one hand, it allows them to unite with the more open-minded Britannians against the Decepticons. On the other hand, Euphemia essentially painted an enormous target on her back by doing this, and they know Megatron will retaliate for this slight.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Zero and the Black Knights, which is made all the more apparent due to their Adaptational Heroism and the Autobots.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- Even though Sawazaki believes the Black Knights would gladly join him and the Chinese Federation to rid Japan of Britannia, Katase, Tohdoh, and Kaguya all consider him an untrustworthy coward and advise Zero and Optimus against an alliance, even if he could be of any help against Britannia and the Decepticons.
- Desecrating the Dead, even those of their enemies, disgusts everyone in the organization. Megatron doing exactly that via Dark Energon pisses them all off.
- For Want of a Nail: The Black Knights are able to get far larger than they were in canon (at least early one) due to Optimus managing to save the Yamato Alliance from destruction. Later on, they also incorporate the JLF into their ranks.
- Innocently Insensitive: The Black Knights may be the Autobots' allies, but it isn't until Scrapheap that they realize that the Autobots aren't just machines, but living beings who have fears and can die. Afterwards, though, they make a point of treating them as such.
- Mook Mobile: The rank and file Black Knights use either Burais, Glasgows, or captured Sutherlands when in combat. In R2, they switch over to the Akatsuki.
- Morph Weapon: R2 reveals that they've managed to miniaturize their magnesium guns into something that the human members can hold, and they can even morph into a different form that's easier to transport.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: Even members that aren't active fighters — like Euphemia and Nunnally — wear black. It's unclear if it the Black Knights' policy or if everyone just happens to wear black out of choice.
- Praetorian Guard: Both the Zero Squad and later the Elite Guard in R2, being made of the best fighters and Knightmare pilots directly under Zero and Optimus Prime.
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: Their main lineup includes an exiled Britannian Prince, a former Librarian, a former construction worker, a former teacher, a half-Britannian noble, and an amnesiac half-Britannian prince.
- Secret-Keeper: All of the Autobots are aware that Lelouch is an exiled Britannian Prince. Kallen is later told about this in the aftermath of the Battle for Narita, while the rest of the Black Knight leadership (those who didn't already know, anyways) learns this shortly after Suzaku's knighting. By the end of R1, all of the major members of the Black Knights know Zero's identity, and most of them know about Geass as well.
- Underwater Base: Both groups operate out of the now submerged Autobot Ark, which is currently located deep within the Pacific Ocean. Initially just operating on a skeleton crew, it receives massive renovations during the Time Skip at the beginning of R2, including repairs using parts cannibalized from the Harbinger, upgrading it to an Underwater City, Word of God states the Ark now has multiple hospitals and medical centers, apartments and even a farm. As of Battle for the Ark, it is not only capable of flight, but transports its occupants to Horai Island, the civilians' new home.
- Undying Loyalty: The Black Knights and the Autobots have this for their respective leaders, Zero and Optimus Prime. Even when Lelouch reveals his identity and heritage, the Black Knights still stay with him.
Lelouch Lamperouge / Lelouch vi Britannia / Zero
Primary Knightmare: Sutherland, Burai Command Model, Gawain, Shinkiro
- "The only ones who should kill are those who are prepared to be killed!"
- Abusive Parents: His dad kicked him out for daring to challenge him over not investigating the death of Lelouch's mother any further, while his mom is actually still alive, but did nothing to check on him and his sister in the seven years since she appeared to die. It's really little wonder he comes to see Optimus as a father figure.
- Ace Custom: As of R2, Lelouch now leads the Black Knights with the Shinkiro, which in this story was designed with a Cybertronian protoform as its base.
- Adaptational Badass: During the timeskip between R1 and R2, Lelouch underwent intense physical training which — along with his new Zero armor — enabled him and Akito to disable Ryo's Knightmare on foot!.
- Adaptational Heroism: Lelouch has been taking a lot of steps toward being a nobler person. See Positive Friend Influence for more details.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: In addition to being more heroic, Lelouch is also gradually becoming more trusting and openly kind. See Positive Friend Influence for more details.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Lelouch hates his father with a passion for his Social Darwinist beliefs and the way he basically tossed out him and Nunnally after the "death" of their mother. He later outright declares to Cornelia that Optimus is more of a father to him than Charles.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: When Dragged into Drag, it's semi-jokingly said that he looks good in said dress.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: As a sign of his intelligence, Lelouch has a sharp eye for details; he figures out Bumblebee isn't just a machine but a living creature by noticing his facial expressions and body language, and keeps track of who's who in the duel between Wheeljack and Makeshift.
- Bad Powers, Good People: His Geass lets him command anyone against their will and could enslave anyone for life if he wanted. He is also one the most heroic characters in the story, leads a rebellion against an oppressive empire and later an alien warlord.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: It's implied that Lelouch is so trusting of the Autobots because upon learning about his past, the first thing they did was express sympathy toward him and (in the case of Bulkhead, Ironhide, and Arcee) immediately offer to go to Pendragon and level the place simply because of what his father did to him as a child.
- Becoming the Mask: While Lelouch initially formed the Black Knights primarily to gain revenge against the empire that left him out to die, Optimus' influence eventually leads him to genuinely fight for the ideals he espouses significantly earlier than he did in canon.
- Big Brother Instinct: Just like in canon, Lelouch loves his little sister Nunnally so much, that he became Zero and started a war against Britannia so he could make a better world for her to live in. He's also this for Euphemia as well, especially when he finds out that the Decepticons have her kidnapped and replaced with a Pretender in Facade of Blood to massacre everybody at the SAZ. Lelouch was pissed.
- Birds of a Feather: Has this with two of his love interests, Kallen and Shirley.
- With Kallen, both are Britannians of Noble Birth who have fathers who are non-entities in their lives (Kallen due to her father traveling so much, Lelouch because the Emperor exiled him to Japan and then presumed him dead when the nation was invaded), have a parent figure who they hate for their treatment of their mother, and display a fake personality to their friends (at first) to hide their rebellious nature.
- With Shirley, both have a parent who they cherish that was taken away from them in some way, and both are inherently good people, though Lelouch is generally more manipulative than he lets on, while Shirley borders on The Ingenue.
- On the nonromantic end, he has this with Optimus Prime, as they are both resistance leaders who care deeply for their subordinates and their greatest strength is not from their might as a warrior but from their incredible capacity to inspire hope and resolve.
- Also nonromantically with Leila. Both are former Britannian elites leading a campaign against their forsaken homeland for its discriminatory and sanctimonious regime.
- Big Good: Shares this role with Optimus Prime, though Optimus is a more definitive example than he is.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His upgraded Zero armor has this retractable feature in Knights and Wyverns, in the form of two short Energon blades mounted on the arms.
- Broken Pedestal: Has this attitude towards Cornelia, having looked up to her when he used to live in Ares Villa, as revealed in Divided They Fall. It certainly didn't help when Clovis revealed that Cornelia had information about Marianne's murder and how she tried to massacre the people in Saitama to draw out Zero. Thankfully it's rebuilt when, under the influence of Geass, Cornelia reveals that she has always loved both him and Nunnally as much as she loves Euphie, did everything she could to investigate Marianne's death, and would willingly betray and fight against both Britannia and the Decepticons for their sakes. The revelation causes Lelouch to break down in tears.
- This is the reason why C.C. has yet to tell Lelouch that Marianne is alive, and is in league with Charles. She knows that Lelouch loves Marianne so much and has such a high opinion of her, he would be absolutely devastated like he was when he found out in the anime.
- Character Development: Lelouch's is veering away from what it took in canon, thanks in part to Optimus. Again, see Positive Friend Influence for more details. Optimus mentally lampshades this in the first chapter of R2, when, after using his evolved Geass to order a Vehicon to unlock a door to a room with human slaves, orders him to flee and take some time to reflect on his choices in life rather than ordering him to commit suicide like he would have before. In the following chapter, Cornelia notes that after learning of the capabilities of the Forge of Solus Prime, his first thought is of using it to help Bumblebee, rather than make weapons with it.
- The Chessmaster: Lelouch maintains this trait as in canon, though so far, he hasn't shown it too much. In Cheering Mao, Optimus only needs to give him a little encouragement, and he comes up with a plan to save C.C. and pay Mao back for his actions. And the only Autobot he needs is Ratchet, who drives them away in ambulance form.
- Then in Nunnally Held Hostage, Lelouch has Suzaku and Rai save Nunnally, sends Shirley to warn Arcee and Cliffjumper, then tricks Mao by Geassing himself into forgetting all of the measures he's taken before confronting him.
- Composite Character: Takes Raf's role as Bumblebee's human partner. He also has shades of Jack taking the lead of the Autobots human allies.
- Cool Starship: His Shinkiro has a Cybertronian spacecraft alt-mode.
- Costume Evolution: In R2, while he retains the mask and cape, his Zero attire now lacks the gold and purple cravat or any other fluff, being black and purple armor that covers most of his body, the Autobot/Black Knight logo proudly emblazoned on his chest. It highlights his progression as a fighter as well as his more openly noble and heroic attitude.
- Dragged into Drag: In Leave of Absence, Lelouch was forcibly dressed up in a black and purple dress when he and his friends were forced to help out a group of gypsies. Hilarity Ensues.
- Dramatic Irony: In A Matter of Trust, he saves Optimus from being killed by the Dark Mordred. Hes completely unaware that its being piloted by his mother, Marianne.
- Determinator: Battle for the Ark showcases just how strong Lelouch's will is. The previous chapter had Megatron attempt to break Lelouch's will by showing him that Megatron's Dark Queen was none other than Lelouch's mother Marianne, reanimated and controlled with Dark Energon. In spite of this shocking revelation, Lelouch was able to successfully coordinate a defense of the Ark, in the process handing Megatron his first real defeat.
- Excellent Judge of Character: Lelouch is skilled at spotting and analyzing social cues, such when Makeshift (disguised as Wheeljack) inquired Fixit about the Ark's groundbridge status; Lelouch picked up on the hint of urgency in Makeshift's tone as well as his specific interest on how far it currently can transport. Also when he first meets General Smilas, Lelouch immediately recognized red flags such as his admiration for Napoléon Bonaparte and belief that one wise counsel would be better suited to govern than a body of individualistic minds (i.e. a dictatorship).
- Extremely Protective Child: Lelouch attacks the Mordred when its pilot attempts to blast a briefly downed Optimus. Rather ironic, considering said pilot is the spirit of his birth mother, Marianne...
- Faking the Dead: As Megatron had used his Dark Geass to the extent that it should have been lethal towards the end of R1, Lelouch saw no reason to correct him.
- Fatal Flaw:
- Arrogance. While it has been dialed back thanks to the Autobots, Lelouch still tends to be supremely confidence in his decisions and strategies. As a result of this, he can be easily confused and derailed by factors that he did not foresee or by scenarios where he actually is outfoxed.
- The inability to trust others. Lelouch tends to cause himself a lot of problems because he cannot trust other people. This has progressively been fading away, though, as of right from the beginning, he has been able to fully trust the Autobots.
- Inflexibility and difficulty adapting - Lelouch always has a plan or strategy prepared and generally prefers to stick with it to the letter. If events or factors out of left field suddenly come into play, Lelouch will generally have a hard time readjusting his tactics.
- To Megatron. Lelouch is a master planner with a penchant for the dramatic who managed to start a rebellion against a corrupt Fantastic Caste System through both words and actions. Beyond that, though, the two could not be more different. Lelouch was born into royalty while Megatron was a mining drone. Megatron embodies Authority Equals Asskicking while Lelouch is a Non-Action Guy. Lelouch genuinely cares about others while Megatron views all of his followers and allies (with maybe the exception of Soundwave) as disposable. Finally, while Megatron started his rebellion to end the ancient Cybertronian caste system only to become as monstrous as his enemies, Lelouch initially rebelled against Britannia in revenge for all the grievances he suffered but genuinely came to believe in the ideals he is fighting for. Megatron himself eventually lampshades this, outright admitting that besides some similarities between the two of them, the Decepticon leader actually sees more of himself in Suzaku than Lelouch.
- He's also one to Suzaku - while Suzaku's worst traits have become more prominent since his association with Megatron, Optimus has encouraged the growth of Lelouch's best characteristics.
- Lelouch has yet another foil in Optimus - both are rebel leaders who came from relatively prestigious backgrounds and are incredible orators that easily inspire hope and resolve in their followers. But while Optimus managed to enact the reforms he sought while still maintaining his prestige (and was only forced to become violent when the Decepticons struck first), Lelouch lost almost everything as a child and initially led his revolution out of revenge, before coming to believe in his own rhetoric.
- Bumblebee finds Lelouch similar to Soundwave of all bots - both are master planners who pretty much obliterate their competition with well-thought-out strategies. Of course, Soundwave was a low-ranked gladiator in the past while Lelouch was born as a privileged royal and is anything but a fighter. Lelouch even notes how they both hang back and direct others during the mission to rescue Tohdoh.
- Finally, Lelouch has one other pronounced foil: Bumblebee. In terms of attire, Lelouch is Dark Is Not Evil while Bumblebee is Light Is Good. Lelouch is a natural-born leader while Bumblebee prefers to follow the lead of others. Lelouch is a talented speaker while Bumblebee is The Speechless. Lelouch is a Non-Action Guy while Bee is a frontline fighter. Finally, in regards to knowledge, Lelouch and Bee represent intelligence and wisdom - Lelouch is a master planner and manipulator, but can still be caught flat-footed by things he didn't predict. Bee, meanwhile, may not be much of a planner but is well aware of how things can go wrong and warns Lelouch to expect unforeseen consequences.
- Lelouch quickly finds another one in Leila Malcal, as they're both former Britannian nobles and Geass-bearers that formed a contract with C.C., and lead a fighting force against Britannia consisting of mostly Japanese. They also both choose to be Frontline Generals out of principle and concern for their subordinates despite being otherwise mediocre combatants (at least in the beginning in Lelouch's case). The difference between them is that Lelouch is a brooding but noble antihero whose much more confident in his leadership skills whereas Leila is more of a straight Nice Girl, somewhat a Wide-Eyed Idealist, and not as self-assured of her abilities to command.
- Frontline General: Despite being a Non-Action Guy, Lelouch makes it a point to be out in the field with his subordinates. This is best exemplified by his mantra: "If the king doesn't lead, how can he expect his subordinates to follow?" He has become a much more capable fighter both in and out of a Knightmare by R2.
- Godzilla Threshold: When it comes to getting people to either join or work with him, he prefers that they do so of their own free will. He will only use his Geass as a last resort, which is what he ends up doing to Gene Smilas once it becomes clear that words will not convince him to willingly work with the Black Knights and Autobots.
- Good Feels Good: Under Optimus' mentorship, Lelouch is gradually learning to perform noble and righteous deeds for its own sake as well as learning to be more trusting of others.
- Got Me Doing It: Is rather horrified to find himself lightly teasing Leila about her obvious attraction to Akito, thinking that he's becoming Milly.
- Guile Hero: Lelouch's greatest weapon isn't his Geass, but his mind. He proves capable of outwitting humans and Decepticons alike over the course of the series; eventually earning the respect of Megatron himself.
- Holographic Disguise: Lelouch's Zero armor is revealed to have this in Black Bishop's Gambit.
- Hope Bringer: Much like Optimus, Lelouch (especially as Zero) is a gifted orator who easily inspires hope and strength in others.
- Hover Skates: Lelouch's Zero armor in R2 has this feature, as seen in Knights and Wyverns.
- It's Personal: Lelouch already hated Megatron for manipulating Suzaku to join the Decepticons, but after watching the SAZ massacre take place, slaughtering hundreds if not thousands of innocent Japanese and very much forever tarnishing Euphemia's benevolent and humanitarian image, Lelouch vehemently swears that Megatron will pay.
- It becomes even more personal somehow when Megatron uses Marianne's corpse as the basis for the "Dark Queen".
- Like a Son to Me: As Lelouch begins more and more to view Optimus as the father he wished he had, so in turn does Optimus grow to care for the boy, even if the concept of "a son" doesn't really exist for Cybertronians. Lelouch being slowly killed by Megatron's Geass nightmare is openly agonizing for the Autobot to witness.
- Magical Eye: C.C. grants Lelouch like in canon a Geass of Absolute Obedience, allowing him to plant commands in others by simply making eye contact. It only works once per person, though, and isn't powerful enough to affect Cybertronians. At least, until Lelouch's Geass first gets an unstable power boost on Kamine Island and Lelouch later comes into contact with the Matrix of Leadership after being subjected to Megatron's Dark Geass. Come R2, Lelouch retains full control over his Geass despite it appearing in both eyes now and can implant orders in Cybertronians as well as humans.
- The Mentor: Seems to be shaping up as one for Leila Malcal who clearly admires the Revolutionary and seeks out advice and encouragement from him.
- Mirror Character:
- Optimus Prime: Both are strong leaders who come from privileged backgrounds and are gifted orators who can effortlessly instill resolve and hope in their audiences.
- Leila Malcal: Both defected from Britannia and currently lead a group fighting against their former homeland. They were also both granted a Geass by C.C.
- Mission Control: In Battle for the Ark, rather than assume his usual role as a Frontline General, Lelouch takes command from the Omniglobe, a Cybertronian capsule that lets him view the battle from multiple vectors.
- My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: Lelouch hates his homeland with a burning passion for betraying him and his sister and for essentially leaving them to die in a foreign land.
- Nerves of Steel: Lelouch doesn't so much as flinch when Villetta fires her Knightmare's gun over his head. Even when facing Starscream up close, he's hardly intimidated by him. Justified since he understands that Starscream's a coward and barely poses a threat.
- Non-Action Guy: As in canon, Lelouch is a much better strategist than a fighter. When he tries holding off Starscream, the schemer tears apart his Knightmare with little effort. That being said, Megatron acknowledges that Lelouch is a better fighter than his father since Lelouch makes the effort to improve his combat skills. He has become a much more capable Knightmare pilot by R2, able to keep pace with other seasoned warriors. It's also revealed in Knights and Wyverns that Sayoko and Tohdoh trained him to fight, and his new Zero Armor is equipped with weaponry.
- Not So Similar: The Autobots were quick to pick up on the similarities between Lelouch and the Decepticon warlord, and some indeed voice their worry that Lelouch could become another Megatron. However, as Lelouch overcomes trial after trial with his Black Knights (along with the Positive Friend Influence of the Autobots), it becomes increasingly apparent that, unlike Megatron, Lelouch is still a morally strong individual capable of genuine acts of kindness and concern for those under his command.
- Even from the beginning, Lelouch is a far better person than Megatron - he cares more about Nunnally than himself and risks his life to save Suzaku solely because the latter is his friend.
- There is, however, one trait he shares with Megatron: both have deprived their enemy of their ability to speak; Bumblebee for Megatron, Mao for Lelouch. Even then though, the reasons are different: Megatron tore out Bee's voice box out of sheer cruelty, while Lelouch Geassed Mao never to speak again due to him reawakening Suzaku's trauma.
- This is even lampshaded when he wonders if he and Megatron aren't so different, only to be reassured that he isn't like him where it counts.
- Megatron himself even lampshades this in Rise of the Decepticons, noting that despite having one thing in common, both himself and Lelouch are absolutely different in everything else.
- Positive Friend Influence: Lelouch's negative traits have been rolled back a bit compared to canon, as a direct result of the Autobots' (and most especially Optimus') guidance.
- In canon after dealing with the Refrain, Lelouch didn't intervene with the circumstances involving Kallen's mother. Here, he uses his Geass to not only make sure she doesn't serve jail time but to arrange for her and Kallen to live in an apartment, away from Kallen's cruel stepmother.
- Instead of Bulkhead using himself as bait to lure out the Scraplets, Lelouch uses his Sutherland instead which earns the trust and respect of the other Black Knights as well as the previously distrustful Ironhide.
- He allows the Autobots to warn the city of Narita about the upcoming battle, averting most of the civilian casualties from canon.
- In a massive deviation from canon, he does not use his Geass to erase Shirley's memories of him, and instead comes clean to her about his past and introducing her to the Autobots.
- Another less noticeable change is how Lelouch refers to his subordinates. In canon, he referred to the Black Knights with chess terms (Q1, R1, etc) signifying how Lelouch viewed them as pawns. While he still did at the beginning of the fic, gradually he's stopped doing so, signifying how Lelouch instead views them as people.
- Ultimately, all of this can be traced back to the fact that, unlike in canon, Lelouch has a moral anchor who he can trust completely in Optimus, something he lacked in canon.
- Powered Armor: Lelouch receives a new armored Zero costume in R2 and in Knights and Wyverns it's revealed to be equipped with foot-mounted hover skates along with arm-mounted Energon blades. Black Bishop's Gambit reveals it's capable of generating holograms.
- The Power of Trust: Lelouch's Adaptational Heroism is entirely due to the fact that he can fully place his trust in the Autobots (in particular, Optimus), who also trusts him. This means that he's willing to be more open about his plans and about himself, which works wonders toward instilling loyalty to him in the other Black Knights. His growing ability to trust others pays off when he has his memory wiped and distracts Mao so Suzaku and Rai can save Nunnally. A few chapters later, he decides to reveal his identity to the Black Knights' inner circle, and all of them reaffirm their trust in him.
- Ship Tease: Much like in canon, Lelouch gets plenty of moments with Kallen, C.C., Shirley, and even Kaguya. The author confirmed though that Kalulu will be the canon pairing. For example, he blushes along with Kallen at Nunnally saying she likes seeing them together, and in R1's finale, he considers his relationship with her on the same level as Suzaku, Cera, and Nunnally. Lelouch even briefly wonders if she's something more to him than a comrade or trusted friend.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Mao is cornered and taunts his admiration of Optimus, asking why he isn't here to settle the problem, Lelouch calmly says that a whiny Manchild like him isn't worth Optimus' time. Then there's the canon moment where his Geass literally shuts the bastard up.
- Spot the Imposter: Due to being unable to contact Euphemia the night before the opening ceremony of the SAZ, Lelouch's suspicions are raised when "Euphemia" refers to him as "Zero" even when they're alone together. He finally resorts to attempting to use his Geass on her, which exposes her as a remote-controlled Pretender.
- Also despite not knowing him as well as Bulkhead, he also notices there's something off with "Wheeljack" when he notices the supposed Wrecker's interest in the Groundbridge. He's also able to keep track of which one is the real Wheeljack during the fight with Makeshift.
- The Strategist: As in canon, Lelouch has a gift for planning the movements of his subordinates and comes up with multiple crafty tactics. Both Optimus and Megatron, who have been doing this kind of thing for millennia, are impressed with his mind.
- He gets to show his chops in full during the rescue of Tohdoh by assigning select opponents to deal with the Knights of The Round and the Decepticons based on their fighting styles. The Autobots, Black Knights, and Four Holy Swords all have the upper hand, and the only reason they retreat is because Britannian reinforcements arrive.
- Lelouch outdoes himself in Battle for The Ark: The Ark is equipped with an Omniglobe during the timeskip, a sphere designed to relay multiple battlefields to its occupant. Lelouch accesses it when the Decepticons attack, and despite the natural difficulty of having to assist on more than one front, he successfully deals Megatron his first major defeat.
- Tempting Fate: He has a nasty habit of assuming, "All the tasks at hand have been cleared," right before some kind of monkey-wrench gets thrown into his plans. To be fair, though, he's getting better at keeping his guard up.
- Took a Level in Badass: In R2, not only is Lelouch's Geass strong enough to affect Cybertronians, but it's still under his control. Lelouch himself has become a better Knightmare pilot, seeing as he engages Castor pretty evenly in a dogfight. He's also a better fighter thanks to Sayoko and Tohdoh's training.
- Took a Level in Idealism: In The Next Move, Lelouch takes a moment after their victory over the Decepticons and the Ark's moving to Horai Island to talk with Optimus about how he was a complete pessimist about how the world revolved before meeting the Autobots. Many months later, he genuinely believes that the Decepticons can be defeated and the world can be changed for the better. Naturally, Optimus praises him for his growth, lifting the boy's spirits further.
- Training from Hell: He was apparently put through the wringer by Sayoko and Tohdoh over the Time Skip.
- Transforming Mecha: Lelouch's Shinkiro can shift from Knightmare to a black Cybertronian shuttle, courtesy of the Cybertronian protoform as its template.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Was on the receiving end of this from the Autobots in Duel of Steel, after he attempted to take out Cornelia almost had his identity compromised. It was the wake-up call that taught him that the war was not a game, and putting his comrades and his team first instead of himself was essential.
- Worthy Opponent: Megatron is slowly growing more and more impressed with Lelouch as the story progresses. Notably in one point of his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Charles, the Decepticon tyrant says in order to become who you are meant to be, "you must break the shackles that hold you down. Just as I did, just as Optimus and even Lelouch did, we have all gone through that transformation, while you [Charles] have not." Apparently, he views the boy as stronger than his father.
Orion Pax / Optimus Prime
- "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings."
- Adaptational Badass: In the final chapter of R1, C.C. makes a contract with Optimus and gives him a Geass, the Prime Geass of Absolute Conviction.
- All-Loving Hero: Optimus' Catchphrase, as always, is "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings," and as much as the war has taught him harsh lessons, he still firmly believes in it.
- Arch-Enemy: Marianne develops a very deep resentment for the Last Prime, blaming him for the destruction of Ragnarök and believing like Charles that Optimus has "stolen" her children. Come R2, the only being Marianne may hate more than Optimus is perhaps Megatron.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Leader of the Autobots and perhaps the only one capable of facing Megatron as an equal in battle. And few others can match him; when he challenges Cornelia to a duel to save Lelouch's life, she only manages to scratch him once while Optimus applies just enough force required to smash her Knightmare to pieces. Even C.C. is visibly impressed.
- An Axe to Grind: Ratchet, Rakshata and Fixit construct a giant battle-ax with MVS technology and a power core of Synthetic Energon for their leader to use. Ratchet admits that it may never replace the axe that Optimus wielded on Cybertron, but Optimus appreciates the gesture.
- Big Badass Rig: As usual, Optimus' alt mode is a large semi-truck.
- Big Damn Heroes: Just as Lelouch has been subjected to Megatron's Dark Geass and Suzaku is about to be killed by Megatron himself, Optimus drives him back, even overcoming the Geass' power himself with some aid of the Matrix.
- Big Good: As the leader of the Autobots and partially the Black Knights, Optimus is probably the strongest force for good in the story.
- Birds of a Feather: Optimus is a compassionate, idealistic person right down to his Spark. Naturally, he and Euphemia hit it off very quickly when they meet on Kamine Island. The same also applies when Lelouch finally introduces Nunnally to Optimus for the first time.
- Chaste Hero: When Milly tried to tease Optimus about his history and relationship with Elita-One in Leave of Absence, Optimus responds that Elita is a very reliable and trusted companion.
- Determinator: Optimus' will is unbreakable. He actually manages to completely overcome Megatron's Dark Geass, something Code Geass establishes as being practically impossible, through pure willpower.
- A Father to His Men: Unlike Megatron, Optimus cares deeply for all of his subordinates, Autobot or Black Knight, and is always ready to boost morale or stand by them in times of hardship. During the rescue of the hostages, Kallen is assured by him in a tone that reminds her of how a father would talk to his daughter. She and Lelouch grow to consider Optimus a father-figure.
- Foil: To Suzaku. Optimus shares Suzaku's idealism, but has it tempered with experience and a better understanding of why conflicts can happen. Additionally, Optimus started as an archivist (a librarian, essentially) from the upper classes of Cybertron while Suzaku, though born into an influential family, was reduced to a second class citizen at best after his homeland was conquered.
- He can also be considered one for both Nunnally and Euphemia. Like Optimus, the two sisters are compassionate and loving to those around them. A difference is while Nunnally and Euphie both dislike violence and fighting, and wish to settle things peacefully, millennia of experience have taught Optimus that some conflicts can only be settled by fighting (not that he likes it though).
- Frontline General: Like Lelouch, Optimus leads from the front, though he is capable of both commanding others and truly engaging in combat.
- Genius Bruiser: An extremely powerful and skilled warrior, and a strategist with millennia of experience in leading others. He's also quite good at reading people, seeing as how he can recognize Lelouch's better qualities. Bismarck is astounded at how quickly Optimus figures out his fighting tactics, pushing him to the point where he has to use Geass. He even figures out how to overcome Bismarck's Geass via smokescreen.
- Good Is Not Dumb:
- Optimus is compassionate and trusting, not stupid. He is aware that C.C. has not told him or the others all of her secrets, but hasn't pressured her on it because he wants to give her the freedom to tell them when she feels ready.
- Lelouch lampshades this in The Black Bishops Gambit pointing out to Smilas that Optimus would have figured out his plan in a spark beat.
- The Heart: Goes hand and hand with being an Ideal Hero - Optimus is the glue that holds the Autobots together. They fight because of him. Additionally, his actions and trust in Lelouch pushes the latter toward a healthier mindset and choice of actions compared to canon.
- Heroic Willpower: The Dark Geass of Megatron comes close to pushing Optimus into complete despair, but the Matrix sending him a projection of Alpha Trion and then being reminded of how much hope he's inspired motivates him to break free.
- Hope Bringer: Optimus Prime's ability to inspire hope in others is perhaps the greatest reason neither Britannia nor the Decepticons have won yet. Lelouch, Kallen, Ohgi, Nunnally and C.C. are just a few to have their spirits lifted by the Autobot leader, never-mind his fellow Autobots. His Geass enhances this, giving him the knowledge of exactly what to say to ignite the hope within people's hearts.
- Humans Are Special: Just won't be Optimus without this, even in the universe of Code Geass.
- Ideal Hero: Optimus is a Reconstruction of this trope - while he is an idealist who wants to resolve conflicts without violence, he has the experience to realize that not everyone can be reasoned with and accepts that sometimes, Violence Is the Only Option, though that doesn't necessarily mean he's happy about it. He is also open to even Decepticons changing their ways if the attempt is genuine; hearing this lets Lelouch consider the possibility of considering Cornelia an ally. Optimus encourages him on this.
- Large and in Charge: He's easily the tallest Autobot on the initial team and their undisputed leader.
- Light Is Good: Optimus is the bearer of the Matrix of Leadership, which radiates a luminous blue-white. When Optimus acquires his Geass from C.C., instead of the usual glowing crimson, the sigils in Optimus' optics are white.
- Lightning Bruiser: Despite his enormous build, Optimus is very fast and agile.
- Magical Eye: With the permission and aid of the Thirteen Primes, Cera gifts to Optimus a Geass unique even among its kind: the Prime Geass of Absolute Conviction. It increases his Hope Bringer nature to the point where those nearly completely broken have their spirits raised by his words, all without forcing his will upon them.
- Magnetic Hero: Optimus is naturally heroic and charismatic, having great skill in inspiring hope, which is what drew many Autobots and Black Knights to his cause. His Geass enhances this, giving him the knowledge of exactly what he needs to say in order to inspire people and raise their spirits.
- Martial Pacifist: He would rather negotiate with others to solve disputes in a way where everyone can walk away satisfied, but if diplomacy is off the table, Optimus can stand on equal ground with the strongest fighters on Earth and Cybertron alike.
- The Mentor: To Lelouch. Lelouch becomes a much more capable leader and compassionate person as a result of Optimus' guidance.
- Morality Chain: Aside from Nunnally of course, Optimus grows to be the one who brings out Lelouch's nobler qualities the most. In Setting the Stage, the boy is rightfully enraged over all the despicable acts Megatron has committed, not least of which his instigation of the SAZ massacre. Optimus gently talks him down from his anger and advises him not to let his desire for vengeance overwhelm his wish to bring out justice. Lelouch calms down and takes the advice to heart, even passing it on to Suzaku later on.
- More Than Mind Control: His Geass doesn't directly control or influence anyone, it just gives him the knowledge of what he needs to say to inspire hope and raise the spirits of those he talks to, which, as Cera notes, makes a world of difference.
- My Greatest Second Chance: It's heavily implied that the reason Optimus chooses to mentor Lelouch is to ensure another soul won't fall into the same path Megatron took.
- Nice Guy: It would never be Optimus Prime without this. C.C. even states that Optimus could very well rival Nunnally in terms of compassion.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives a well-deserved one to Megatron in Rise of the Decepticons after overcoming his enemy's Dark Geass.
- Papa Wolf: Is fiercely protective of all his soldiers, Autobot and Black Knight alike.
- The Paragon: Optimus is probably the most virtuous character in the entire story, with idealism and pureness of heart tempered by literal eons of experience. Lelouch, Rai, Shirley, and Sayoko all note how just being in his presence is awe-inspiring, and all of the Autobots and the Black Knights have the utmost respect for him. Even Nunnally, who can only hear a broadcast of his televised speech, feels empowered by the mere sound of his voice. When Nunnally and Optimus finally meet in Facade of Blood, she feels a great sense of hope that she had never known before. Eventually, even C.C. can't deny how impressive he is to her. In the R2 chapter The Origins of Geass, Leila and Marrybell were especially awestruck upon meeting him.
- Parental Substitute: To Lelouch. As is spelled out by Mao, Lelouch views Optimus as the closest thing he has to a father figure (since his real father literally abandoned him to die) and has been trying to earn Prime's approval via acting far kinder than he is in canon (though he also learns to enjoy being a better person). Cheering Mao would confirm this. Kallen also admitted in Island of Gods and Monsters that she sees Optimus as a father to her as well. And if their initial meeting in Facade of Blood is any indication, it's clear that Nunnally is starting to see Optimus in this light as well.
- Primary-Color Champion: In stark contrast to Zero, Optimus' red, blue, and shining silver color scheme leaves little doubt on the morals and ideals he upholds.
- Rage Breaking Point: Optimus is very capable of controlling his emotions, but much of Megatron's actions throughout the story slowly upset him to the point that when Megatron reveals what he did with Marianne's corpse and mocks Lelouch's heartbroken reaction, Optimus is just as livid as Kallen.
- Ship Tease: After Elita-One explains her history with Optimus to Kallen and Nunnally, the two share a knowing smirk, clearly thinking theres something between the two.
- Shout-Out: His Geass is essentially an extremely narrowed down version of Contessa's Path to Victory from Worm, telling him exactly what he needs to say to inspire hope in others.
- So Proud of You: As Lelouch's Adaptational Heroism develops, Optimus tells him more than once how proud he is of the boy-turned-revolutionary leader. Given his admiration for the bot, Lelouch is deeply elated every time he hears these words.
- Spanner in the Works: Optimus blasts the Thought Elevator to pieces, thereby causing massive disruption in the plans Charles, Marianne, and V.V. had for Ragnarök. V.V. can only impotently howl in rage when he senses its destruction.
- Strong and Skilled: Optimus' physical strength is enough to go toe-to-toe with Megatron, a former gladiator champion, and he is also more than capable of restraining himself. In their duel, he deliberately only damages Cornelia's Gloucester beyond use but leaves her mostly unharmed. Even Bismarck soon finds himself on the defensive in their battle due to Optimus' skill, power, and analytical abilities, forcing the Knight of One to use his Geass, and even then Optimus is able to win by creating a dust cloud to obscure Bismarck's vision.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Optimus has a muted version of this when Euphemia announces the SAZ, knowing that Megatron and Charles will likely exploit this to their advantage.
- We Used to Be Friends: Optimus once genuinely considered Megatron a friend, but when he still called for war, he accepted the Decepticon leader was no longer the Cybertronian he knew.
- Worthy Opponent: Megatron is very happy to see that his old enemy hasn't lost his skill. Bismarck also comes to see Optimus in this regard when they clash at the SAZ Massacre.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Part of why Optimus refuses to help Lelouch defeat Mao - Optimus is confident that Lelouch can do so on his own power. He's right, too.
- In R1's final chapter, Optimus, along with Cera and Nunnally journey into Lelouch's Geass nightmare to raise him out of his broken state. It works, thankfully.
Primary Knightmare: Burai, Gawain, Gawain Nerion
- "Even before I became a Black Knight, I never begged! I didn't beg to Britannia, and I sure as hell am not gonna beg to Megatron!"
- Ace Custom: Come R2, Ohgi pilots a new Knightmare called the Gawain Nerion, based off the Gawain model and forged with a Cybertronian protoform.
- Adaptational Job Change: Takes C.C.'s place as Lelouch's co-pilot of the Gawain during the battle of Kyushu due to C.C. staying at Ashford Academy at the time to protect Nunnally. Come Facade of Blood and C.C. becomes Lelouch's co-pilot like in canon.
- Big Brother Mentor: Acts as one to Kallen after the death of her brother, Naoto.
- Character Development: When Ohgi is introduced in the story, he's an inexperienced leader of a small resistance cell, struggling to keep his team together after the previous leader, his friend Naoto, was killed. Fighting alongside experienced and charismatic individuals in Lelouch and Optimus, and being named deputy commander upon the reorganization, have made him into a hardened warrior at the end of R1, ready to lay down his life if it means freeing Earth from Megatron's grip.
- The Generic Guy: Ohgi is a perfectly capable leader in his own right, but he lacks Lelouch's fantastic charisma and Optimus' inspiring awe. Which leads to him feeling some...
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Doesn't think highly of himself in comparison to Optimus or Zero as a leader, or to Kallen or Rai as a pilot. Ironhide encourages him to see his own worth.
- Living with the Villain: Requested to look after and monitor Villetta Nu after she awakened and revealed to have amnesia.
- Number Two: With the restructuring of the Autobots and Black Knights, Ohgi is officially declared deputy commander by both Optimus and Zero. When R2 starts up, he shares the position with Wizard.
- Precision F-Strike: Till All Are One - Ohgi delivers one when he denounces Megatron and his New Era Speech and reaffirms Lelouch that he's going to keep fighting alongside him and Optimus.
- Ship Tease: With the amnesiac Chigusa. It remains after her memories return.
- Tank Goodness: His Gawain Nerion's alt-mode.
- That's Gotta Hurt: Instinctively holds his own throat in shock after Ratchet explains to him and Tamaki how Bumblebee lost his voice.
- Transforming Mecha: Due to being forged from a Cybertronian protoform, Ohgi's Gawain Nerion has a hovertank alt-mode.
- Undying Loyalty: Ohgi first develops this for Optimus in Duel of Steel after the latter assures him that continuing Naoto's fight is a sign of his bravery. And it only grows stronger as the story continues. He later develops this for Zero even after learning of his true identity and Geass.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In The Fires of Rage, his reaction when he first sees Grimlock's T-Rex mode.Ohgi: Huh, for some reason I was expecting a giant car or something.
- You Are Worth Hell: He first swears to himself after witnessing Optimus defeat Cornelia (plus he'd received an earlier pep-talk from him) that he'd follow the Autobot no matter what. Later, Ohgi discovers that Zero is Britannian, but it doesn't diminish his Undying Loyalty toward him for all he has done for them, and he declares he would follow Zero through Hell itself if he asked him to.
Zero SquadAn elite guard of the Autobot/Black Knight alliance under the direct command of Zero and Optimus Prime. This team consists of the most talented soldiers in the alliance.
- "Float like a butterfly... sting like a bee."
- Army Scout: Bees primary role among Team Prime.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: When not using his Energon blasters, Bumblebee fights using many Earth-based martial arts like boxing, taijutsu, and capoeira.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Bumblebee tends to be underestimated due to his inability to speak and for merely being a scout.
- Big Damn Heroes: He's always coming to Lelouch's rescue.
- Bee prevents Villetta from shooting him by blasting her in What is Justice?.
- In What is Evil?, he cripples Mao to save both Lelouch and Shirley.
- Divided They Fall has him use the Immobilizer to save Lelouch from Starscream.
- The Confidant: To Lelouch, of sorts - he's the one who is partnered with Lelouch for everyday activities, and while Lelouch has mostly professional relationships with the other Autobots bar Optimus, Lelouch clearly views Bumblebee as his friend.
- Cool Big Bro: Bee claims he's become this for C.C., and even though she jokingly denies the "cool" part, she does seem to enjoy trading good-natured barbs with him.
- Cool Car: Acts as one for Lelouch - the former prince claims that Bee is what he spends most of his gambling money on. Most people believe him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sure, he can only talk in beeps and recordings of other people, but Bee can throw down with C.C.'s barbs on a good day.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He gets a katana in R2.
- Palette Swap: When R2 begins, Bumblebee has inverted his paint job to his Season 3 style of black with yellow stripes.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: After Rai finds out that Lelouch is Zero, and that Bumblebee is his car, he wonders why no one has noticed that said "car" looks just like the vehicle form of one of the Autobots. Lelouch attributes it to Bumblebee being able to change his coloration slightly, while C.C. thinks that if that's not it, then Britannia's military is just that incompetent. And yet Milly is later revealed to have not been fooled.
- Shipper on Deck: Along with Arcee and Nunnally, Bumblebee has started to stir Lelouch and Kallen to be more than commander and subordinate.
- The Voiceless: This has become the default since the film series started. The Autobots give people communicators to understand him. C.C., meanwhile, can understand him just fine on her own, along with Rakshata in Knights and Miracle Workers.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to C.C. when the latter tells Lelouch to keep at a distance those you don't want to lose.Bumblebee: [Yeah? Well speaking for my experience, it's always best to keep those you care about closer to you.]
Kallen Kozuki / Stadtfeld
Primary Knightmare: Glasgow, Guren Mk. II, Guren S.E.I.T.E.N. Eight Elements
- "I'm a Black Knight, and a friend and ally to the Autobots. That will never change. I know what I'm fighting for. Do you?"
- Ace Custom: Kallen is first entrusted with the Guren Mk 2 which coupled with her natural skills make her a Knightmare pilot on par with Autobots and Decepticons. Then in R2, she now handles an updated model named the Guren of Eight Elements (which holds a Cybertronian protoform as a template).
- Ace Pilot: She was able to hold her own against the technologically superior Sutherlands in an older Glasgow that was probably dug up from some scrapyard. After acquiring the Guren, Kallen can easily match the most experienced Knightmare pilots and Decepticons.
- Action Girl: Best combatant of the Black Knights, in-or-out of a Knightmare Frame. In a human vs human fight, though, she ultimately loses out to Cornelia, as while Kallen is a great fighter, Cornelia is older than her and has been fighting for a far longer period of time, and thus has strength, speed, and experience on her side.
- Arch-Enemy: Airachnid — the spider-con's cruelty and aggression toward both Kallen herself and Arcee has made the conflict between the two very personal.
- Badass in Distress: Ends up being captured several times in the story by Airachnid, Makeshift, and Suzaku and Dreadwing. Except for Airachnid, she doesn't lose her cool in these situations.
- Berserk Button: She does not appreciate anyone insulting her heritage or fellow Japanese. And she also gets angry quite easily if her friends and loved ones are threatened in any way.
- The Big Gal: She is the Black Knight's best Knightmare pilot and always at the vanguard.
- Big "SHUT UP!":
- When Lloyd casually quips how big Lelouch's funeral will be in Till All Are One when the latter is slowly dying from Megatron's Dark Geass, Kallen tells him to shut his trap and lays him out with a punch. It would have gone into a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown had Ohgi and Milly not held her back.
- In the R2 chapter Siege of Castle Weisswolf, she gives one to Airachnid before finally putting her down for good.
- Big Sister Instinct / Big Sister Mentor: Shes gradually developing/becoming this for Ayano due to their similar backgrounds.
- Biker Babe: The Guren's cockpit features a sports motorbike seat, and also whenever she's riding on Arcee's vehicle mode.
- Birds of a Feather:
- She and Arcee are both strong-willed female freedom fighters with an Undying Loyalty to their leaders, though Kallen is more hot-headed and heavily hinted to be romantically drawn to Zero/Lelouch.
- She immediately recognizes that she has this with Ayano, as they both lost close friends and loved ones and project a veneer of aggressiveness to hide their anguish.
- Boobs of Steel: Her bust size is equivalent to her badassery. And they're both top-tier.
- Composite Character: Takes Jack's role as Arcee's human partner.
- Cool Car: Her Guren S.E.I.T.E.N., which was made from a Cybertronian protoform, can transform into a red Honda.
- Defiant Captive: Just because Suzaku and Dreadwing capture her on Kamine Island doesn't mean she's scared of them in the least. Nor is she compliant.
- Disappeared Dad: Kallen's father spends the duration of R1 in the Britannian Homeland, making him a non-entity in the story. R2 never specified if he survived the Fall of Britannia, which takes him out of that story as well.
- Everyone Has Standards: Played for Laughs in School Festival Declaration. Kallen might be one of Lelouch's most loyal Black Knights, but she's completely embarrassed and angry when Lelouch has her help out with the school's horror house by dressing up in a cheesy monster outfit.Kallen: Just because Lelouch is Zero, doesn't mean he can make me do this kind of crap!
- Fantastic Racism: Hates Britannians for their racism and treatment of the Japanese. She does get along with her friends at Ashford Academy, though. Being around the Autobots and learning about Lelouch being Zero and a former Britannian prince has her move past this to the point that she now has a crush on Lelouch.
- Fiery Redhead: Kallen has a passion (and a temper) to match her hair.
- Foil: While it has yet to be brought up in the story, she's actually a pretty good one for Soundwave - both are extremely talented warriors that hold positions of significant importance within their respective organizations. Both also hold special relationships with their respective leaders - a platonic one for Soundwave, a questionably romantic one for Kallen. Both relationships are also reciprocated. There's one very pronounced difference, though - while Soundwave downright encourages the worst parts of Megatron's behavior, Kallen brings out the best parts of Lelouch's character. Additionally, Kallen prefers to fight up close, while Soundwave normally uses his Mini-Con army and Groundbridge to deal with foes.
- Good Is Not Soft: Kallen may be one of Lelouch and Optimus' most loyal soldiers, but her experiences with Britannia haven't made her as open-minded as her leaders. She doesn't think it's a good idea to let Suzaku in their ranks once she learns that he killed his father, and is wary about letting Dreadwing into their ranks. She also makes it clear to Gino in Fall of Britannia that even if they're on the same side now, he'll have a lot to answer for.
- Hassle-Free Hotwire: As Rai mentioned in TMI that he learned how to hotwire vehicles by Kallen, it's implied that Kallen is skilled in it.
- It's Personal: Being Arcee's partner in this story, Kallen forms a grudge against Airachnid due to the Spider-Con torturing Arcee and killing Tailgate, as well as threatening her loved ones.
- Just Friends: Says as much regarding her and Rai in Chapter 21, United We Stand. Given that she's clearly pining after Lelouch, it's completely honest.
- Knight in Sour Armor: In A Measure of Trust, Kallen couldn't help but angrily think Suzaku was replacing the late Cliffjumper as her partner. She finally manages to let go after a talk with Arcee and Strongarm, along with working with Suzaku together to defeat Airachnid, Steeljaw, and Thunderhoof.
- Lightning Bruiser: In the Guren Mk II, Kallen can deal serious damage to her opponents in little time.
- Moral Myopia: Defied - Kallen acknowledges at Narita that the Britannians she is fighting have families of their own, but acknowledges that sometimes, Violence Is the Only Option. That being said, she's still unnerved when she learns that Shirley's father was (apparently) killed by the landslide at Narita.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kallen gives one to Suzaku in Island of Gods and Monsters, calling him out on his refusal to accept responsibility for his actions and deliberate ignorance of both the chivalry shown by the Black Knights and the cruelty the Decepticons have displayed toward others.
- Red Is Heroic: Red hair, red mech, red Autobot companion (Cliffjumper, not Arcee), and a strong fire in her to fight for the freedom and justice for not just Japan, but now for all of humanity.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kallen is the Red to Arcee's Blue.
- Ship Tease: There are a few hints that she's interested in Lelouch, Nunnally even talking to C.C. about how she thinks that there's something between the two of them. Even Bumblebee joins in the gossip!
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: When a defeated Airachnid rants that she'll see Arcee and Kallen in hell, the latter gives one to the sadistic spider-con before finally killing her for good with the Guren's Surger Claw.Kallen: Oh, will you just... SHUT UP!
- Talk to the Fist: She delivered a right hook to her stepmother, calling her a royal bitch in the process when the latter tried to stop Kallen and her mother from leaving Statfeld Mansion, as mentioned by Cliffjumper in Scrapheap.
- Transforming Mecha: Since her Guren S.E.I.T.E.N. Eight Elements has a Cybertronian protoform as a template, it can transform. Its alt-mode resembles a red Honda car with a Cybertronian-Esque haul. It's a contrast from the other Cybertronian Knightmares piloted by Lelouch, Suzaku, Ohgi, and Rai, which can all transform into air-based vehicles. When asked why she chose a land-based vehicle, Kallen says that the Guren S.E.I.T.E.N. can already fly in robot mode, so choosing an air-based mode would be redundant. Word of God also says that the car form was chosen by Kallen in memory of Cliffjumper.
- Twitchy Eye: She wasn't too happy when Kaguya glomps Lelouch after he reveals his identity as Zero, an early hint at her attraction to Lelouch.
- Undying Loyalty: Kallen would do anything for the Autobots and the Black Knights; in particular, Arcee and Cliffjumper, Optimus, and Lelouch.
- Unstoppable Rage: Kallen goes all out on Airachnid in Predatory when the latter threatens to go after her friends and loved ones. Deconstructed as Kallen lets her emotions get the better of her in the fight, allowing Airachnid to destroy her Glasgow.
- "I remember all the friends that I still have with me today. And that's why I keep fighting, to protect them and make sure nobody else goes through the same thing."
- Action Girl: She may be a fembot, but she doesn't shirk on the combat duties.
- Archenemy: Airachnid — her mere presence is usually enough for the normally vigilant Arcee to jump into the fire for a chance to settle the score with the vile spider-con.
- Big Sister Instinct: As she demonstrates to Airachnid and Makeshift when each takes Kallen hostage on separate occasions. Arcee's visibly on edge the entire time they're having trouble locating Kallen and the others following their teleportation.
- Biker Babe: Literally, as her alt mode is a Japanese sportbike.
- Birds of a Feather: Just like Kallen, both are badass female members of their own factions who's lost someone important in the past.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: She can extend a pair of blades from her arms to fight in close quarters.
- Blue Is Heroic: She sports a blue color scheme.
- Cool Big Sis: Cheering Mao sees Arcee as this to Kallen - protective, but very reliable.
- Deadpan Snarker: More deadpan, less snarky than Cliffjumper.
- Good Is Not Soft: Like Ironhide, Arcee is loyal to Optimus and the Autobot cause, but she's not as open-minded as her leader. Much like with Ironhide, Arcee doesn't warm up to Lelouch instantly and it takes time for her to trust him. She's also wary of Gino when the latter performs a HeelFace Turn in Fall of Britannia, keeping an eye on him.
- Modern Day & Sci-Fi RPG Class Equivalents: According to Lelouch, in United We Stand, he finds Arcee being pretty much the equivalent of Ninja, in this case, a kunoichi.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Arcee shares this dynamic with both Kallen and Cliffjumper, being more cautious and level-minded compared to the latter two's more headstrong mentality.
- Shipper on Deck: United We Stand implies that she ships Kalulu, to Kallen's embarrassment.
- Brought up again in A Measure Of Trust this time joined by Milly.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female Autobot on the team for the duration of R1. In R2, Windblade, Chromia, Strongarm, and Elita-One join the cast.
- So Proud of You: Arcee says this while she and Cliff watch Kallen curb-stomp Jeremiah:Arcee: That's our girl.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Optimus in Awakening for hesitating in fighting against Britannia due to the fear of the Decepticons becoming potentially involved.Arcee: You're always talking about the consequences if we step into this. But maybe you should think about those that'll happen if we don't.
- "Mess with the Cliff, you get the horns!"
- Big Brother Instinct: One of the few times Cliff isn't in a casual mode is when Makeshift takes Kallen hostage after his cover is blown.
- The Charmer: He's easily the most sociable Autobot of the initial team.
- Cool Car: His vehicle mode is a 1970s Dodge Challenger.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially to the Britannians.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the Prime episode "Darkness Rising, Part 1", Cliffjumper was killed by Starscream after being imprisoned on the Nemesis. Here, he sacrifices himself to take down Luciano after the latter mortally wounds him during the Black Rebellion.
- Enemy Mine: Briefly teamed up with Monica to take down Airachnid... but both was frozen by the spider-con's Immobilizer for their efforts.
- Face Death with Dignity: Even as he's forcing Bradley towards their mutual death, there isn't a speck of fear or hesitation in Cliffjumper's final thoughts. Only a gentle apology to Arcee and Kallen, ruminating on all the fun he's had with them, and a promise to give Tailgate and Naoto their love.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies in an electric generator explosion with Luciano Bradley, taking the Knight of Ten with him.
- Ironic Echo: Turns Luciano Bradley's own Pre-Mortem One-Liner on its head.Cliffjumper: Question... What does... the super cool... good looking... conversationist named Cliffjumper... value most? Answer... the lives of his friends... more than even his own...
- Nice Guy: Jokes and chattiness aside, Cliff's a compassionate bot who's always there for his friends.
- Perpetual Smiler: He always has his trademark grin on his face, no matter the situation. Not even death itself can wipe the smirk off his face.
- Red Is Heroic: Brave, kind, and an all-around people-bot, Cliffjumper is one of the most brazenly heroic Autobots. And he's the first one to pull a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He and Kallen share the role of the Red Oni to Arcee's Blue Oni.
- So Proud of You: When he is formally introduced to Kallen's mother, he tells her that she "raised one hell of a kid."
- Taking You with Me: Takes Luciano Bradley with him in Rise of the Decepticons.Cliffjumper: I'm gonna chat... your ears out... all the way to Hell!
- Troll: Really enjoys mocking the Britannians at any opportunity. Of course, his friends aren't safe from a good-natured ribbing either. Like when Lelouch and Rai are briefly staying at Kallen's apartment and Shirley's house respectively. Even in his final moments, he trolls Luciano by making his smirking expression the last thing he sees.
- Worthy Opponent: When fighting Gino, especially since most of the Britannian forces he's been fighting, in his own words, 'act like something crawled up their tailpipe and died'.
- You Remind Me of X: According to Kallen in Cheering Mao, Cliffjumper reminds her of her late brother Naoto - both being overall friendly and having a sense of humor. The only difference besides the difference in species? Cliff doesn't know when to shut up. Sadly, both of them died in their fight against Britannia.
Ariel / Elita-One
- "All living beings have the right to choose. You can choose to come with us, and we'll not only give you a place to call home, but even the means to fight the Decepticons like you want."
- Cool Car: Her alt mode is a pink and white sports car.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Like Optimus, she changed her name from Ariel to Elita-One in the onset of the War for Cybertron, so she finds it annoying that Megatron continues to refer to her by her old name just to be petty.
- The Ghost: Was briefly mentioned in the narration of Island of Gods and Monsters, as Optimus thought about her. She finally appears in ''R2''.
- The Leader: She's the commanding officer of the Zero Squad.
- Pink Means Feminine: A female Autobot who's colored pink.
- Ship Tease: When Elita explains her history with Orion Pax/Optimus Prime to Kallen and Nunnally, they exchange knowing smiles, believing there to be something between the two Bots. The narration in chapter 9 of R2 flat-out states that she fell in love with him back when he was Orion Pax.
- We Used to Be Friends: Like Optimus, she once considered Megatron her friend and his betrayal was something that very much shocked and disappointed her.
- "Ah, what's the matter Cons? Sideswipe too much for ya?"
- Composite Character: According to the author, R2's version of Sideswipe will be the War for Cybertron version, while having the body style of his 2015 RID version.
- Cool Car: His vehicle mode is a red sports car.
- Hot-Blooded: Not exactly the kind of guy to look before leaping.
- Nice Guy: Sideswipe doesn't give Suzaku grief about his stint as a human Decepticon, acknowledging the boy's honest willingness to make amends.
- Red Is Heroic: A completely red Autobot who's actually rather nice.
- Robo Family: With his brother Sunstreaker, who was killed back on Cybertron.
Colonel Kyoshiro Tohdoh
Primary Knightmare: Burai Kai, Gekka Command Model, Zangetsu
- "There's a difference between miracles and foolhardiness."
- Armor-Piercing Question: Gives one to Suzaku when the two fight in Knights and Miracle Workers.Tohdoh: Who are you talking about? Britannia or the Decepticons? Do you really think either of them is truly helping the other? It's only a matter of time before they turn their weapons towards each other! And you'll have to make a choice!
- Notably, almost immediately after Tohdoh leaves the battle, the Decepticons and Knights of the Round get into a verbal sparring match that nearly devolves into a fight before Megatron orders the Cons to back down, illustrating Tohdoh's point.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Tohdoh suspected that Lelouch is the man behind Zero's mask as early as Narita at least, citing how Lelouch is still as dramatic as ever.
- Badass in Distress: Spends about half of Knights and Miracle Workers in prison awaiting execution. The Black Knights and Autobots break him out.
- Badass Teacher: He was Suzaku's sensei in the latter's childhood. After joining the Autobots and Black Knights, he assists Ironhide in training new recruits in Knightmare combat. He even trained Lelouch to be a better fighter during the Time Skip.
- Frontline General: Colonels normally lead from Command Bunkers, but Tohdoh is an exception to that rule.
- The Leader: In R2 he's the commanding officer of the Black Dragon unit.
- Master Swordsman: Both in and out of a Knightmare.
- Not So Stoic: It says something about the Autobots' revealing themselves to the world when Tohdoh's visibly surprised.
- He's also extremely worried and on edge the entire time when Lelouch is slowly dying through Megatron's Dark Geass and is relieved when the boy wakes up.
- When he sees Grimlock transform into a T-Rex for the first time, his eyes completely widen to the size of softballs.
- Parental Substitute: Suzaku saw Tohdoh as something of a second father in his childhood, and greatly respected him. Even when on opposite sides in the war, Suzaku still respects his former sensei.
- Red Baron: The Miracle Worker, the only one to defeat Britannian Knightmares without any of his own.
- The Rival: Shaping up to be this with Starscream. In Nerves of Steel this also applies when facing off against Onslaught.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: He knows that Suzaku killed his own father.
- "You feeling lucky, punk?"
- Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Just like in Transformers: Generation 1, he was in a relationship with Chromia. The trouble is, they lost contact with each other after Cybertron went dark. Fortunately, they are reunited in the time skip between R1 and R2.
- Badass Teacher: One of his roles involves training new recruits in Knightmare combat.
- Battle Couple: Is one with Chromia. They were in a relationship before the war but lost contact with each other after Cybertron went dark. They are reunited in R2 during the Time Skip, and Chromia is placed in The Wreckers under Ironhide's command.
- BFG: Has two enormous cannons on his arms like his film counterpart.
- The Big Guy: In addition to being one of the oldest Autobots, he's also one of the strongest and most durable.
- Composite Character: According to Word of God Ironhide's design (from a Deviantart piece by GoddessMechanic) is a fusion between his movie, War for Cybertron, and G1 appearances.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Ironhide is one of the few In-Universe who realizes that Diethard is Not in This for Your Revolution, and very bluntly warns Diethard that if he ends up betraying the Black Knights, then he will answer to Ironhide first.
- Good Is Not Soft: Ironhide's loyalty to the Autobot cause is undeniable, but he's not as open-minded as Optimus. He's one of those who take the longest in fully trusting Lelouch, and following the reveal of Suzaku killing his own father, Ironhide makes it clear he won't accept Suzaku into their ranks unless he acknowledges his mistakes. He's fully prepared to leave the Autobots if Suzaku gets brought in just like that.
- If Only You Knew: When Ironhide sees the change in Anya's fighting style during the Black Rebellion, he briefly wonders if Geass is involved and if C.C. can tell him anything. His suspicions are right but have not been confirmed in the story yet, as it's not Anya piloting the Mordred, but Marianne possessing Anya thanks to a Geass given to her by C.C.
- The Lancer: Ironhide's one of Optimus' oldest friends, and if Optimus himself isn't giving orders, then he is.
- The Leader: In R2 he's made leader of a new Wrecker unit.
- Mythology Gag: While Ironhide wasn't part of the Autobot lineup in Prime (though he was considered for it), he was part of the Ark crew in the original series and comics.
- Old Soldier: One of the oldest Autobots since the war and still capable of kicking Decepticons and Britannians to kingdom come.
The Elite GuardOne of the Autobots' top military units.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: He makes his debut in the first chapter of R2, while he first debuted in the second episode of the third season of Prime.
- Adaptational Job Change: Led the Wreckers in Prime, but is back to leading the Elite Guard here.
- Big Badass Rig: Like Optimus, his alt mode is a semi-truck.
- Blue Is Heroic: His main color scheme is blue.
- Does Not Like Magic: He thinks Geass is a dangerous power that shouldn't exist, and isn't too happy that Optimus and Lelouch use it.
- Drop the Hammer: Like in Animated and Prime, his main weapon is an Energon hammer.
- Good Is Not Soft: Magnus makes it clear to Ryo's gang that their desire to find a home does not excuse their attack on Smilas' convoy, and any other actions that have gotten people hurt or killed. He is also against Leila's idea of bringing them into wZERO, but relents when Zero points out it's Leila's call to make, and not the Autobots'.
- Large and in Charge: He's just as tall as Optimus, is one of Optimus' top lieutenants, and is the Elite Guard's commanding officer.
- The Leader: He's the commanding officer of the Elite Guard unit.
- "Taste the music."
- Cool Car: Turns into a sports car.
- Drone Deployer: He can deploy his Mini-Con, Undertone to assist him in battle.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Jazz has an energy-based version useful for traversing long distances and pulling in Decepticons for a beatdown.
- Make Some Noise: Jazz's right arm can transform into a sonic gun.
- Nice Guy: Jazz is up there with Cliffjumper and Bulkhead as one of the friendliest Autobots around. He doesnt hold anything against Suzaku being previously affiliated with the Decepticons, knowing the boy wants to truly atone.
- Primary-Color Champion: His colors are blue, white, and red.
- Adaptational Job Change: In canon, he was Ratchet's Mini-Con assistant. As that role is filled by Fixit in the story, he's instead made Jazz's partner.
- Detachment Combat: He detaches from Jazz's right arm when needed.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Undertone may be a Mini-Con, but he's a skilled warrior who trained alongside Prowl and Jazz and is capable of defeating much larger Vehicon troopers.
- The Voiceless: Does not speak like the other Mini-Cons.Milly: So... strong silent type, huh?
- "Too hot for you, Con?"
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Originally made his debut in the second half of the second season of Prime. Here, he's among the new Autobots that debut in R2's first chapter.
- Cool Car: Like Jazz, his alt mode is a sports car with the number 38 on the side.
- Primary-Color Champion: Like Jazz and Optimus, his main colors are blue, red, and white.
- "Stealth isnt my only weapon."
- Composite Character: Mixes his G1 self with his Animated ninja skills.
- Dead Partner: In The Origin of Geass it's revealed he once had a partner and best friend Bluestreak, who tragically stayed behind on a desolated planet to prevent the Rust Plague from getting to Cybertron.
- Mundane Utility: During The Next Move, Prowl uses his shurikens and his ninjutsu skills to slice up one of the giant pizzas, internally citing it as meager and insufficient. However, he wasn't completely against it upon raising everyone's spirits.
- Stealth Expert: Prowl carries a cloaking device with him and is good enough with it that it takes Soundwave to detect him. But he himself says that stealth isn't his only weapon.
- Stock Ninja Weaponry: Prowl's skilled enough with his shuriken that he can decapitate Vehicons with them.
- Automatic Crossbow: Her main weapon is an Energon crossbow.
- Blue Is Heroic: Her primary colors are blue and white.
- By-the-Book Cop: Kallen notes Strongarm has this mentality as a result of her Elite Guard training. Fittingly her vehicle mode is a police SUV.
- New Meat: She has a way to go before she's accustomed to the chaos of war. Even Kallen shows more of a veteran's mentality in comparison to Strongarm.
The WreckersAn Autobot combat unit that operates outside the normal chain of command, accepting missions nobody else will. Initially defunct following the exodus from Cybertron, it's reformed with aid from the Black Knights and placed under Ironhide's command.
Rai Kururugi / Kaizaren von Britannia
Primary Knightmare: Gekka Pre-Production Model, Raiden S.E.I.T.E.N. Seven Elements
- "I may not know who I was before, but one thing I know is certain: Britannia is wrong, the Decepticons are wrong, and I can't let them get away with all they've done!"
- Ace Custom: He's first entrusted with the Gekka Pre-Production Model, and in R2, is given the Raiden S.E.I.T.E.N. Seven Elements, the construction of which used a Cybertronian Protoform as a template.
- Ace Pilot: Despite his amnesia, he's a Knightmare pilot on par with Kallen.
- Adaptational Backstory Change: Anyone who has played Lost Colors should be familiar with his backstory, though there's a little twist here. In the game, Rai's father was an unidentified Britannian noble, while his mother was a member of the Japanese imperial family. Here, he's the Heroic Bastard of Emperor Charles Zi Britannia himself and Sakura Kururugi, Genbu Kururugi's older sister, making him not only Britannian royalty but also related to the Kururugi family.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Much like Lelouch his Geass lets him command anyone against their will but he is member of the Black Knights and takes great pains to not abuse his Geass.
- Bash Brothers: With Bulkhead and Wheeljack in the Wreckers.
- Berserk Button: You do not want to hurt or threaten innocents or his loved ones around him. When Nonette and Bulkhead are in danger in Rise of the Decepticons, Rai goes all out and manages to destroy Dorothea's Knightmare and kill Breakdown.
- Blue Is Heroic: His Knightmare is dark blue, along with his pilot suit. His Black Knight outfit in R2 is also dark blue.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: In a rather literal sense. He destroys the Gekka's Wave Surger arm by punching Breakdown so hard his head explodes. The resulting explosion also causes him to break his arm and leg.
- Chainsaw Good: As he pilots a prototype Gekka, Rai's signature weapon besides the Radiant Wave Surger is a chainsaw katana.
- Composite Character:
- Takes Miko's role as Bulkhead's human partner, though he can actually help the Bots fight. Mainly because he actually has a mech suit from the get-go with his Knightmare.
- Also takes on MECH's role as the one to remove Breakdown's eye. He later ends up replacing Airachnid as Breakdown's killer.
- Cool Plane: Rai's new Knightmare can transform into a Cybertronian jet somewhat resembling a Mitsubishi F-X.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Still has his Geass. His first usage of it in the story is against Mao, who was trying to kill Shirley.
- Expy: Transformers-wise, he's reminiscent of Verity Carlo, being the first human to join the Wrecker unit, while also carrying dark, traumatic baggage beneath.
- Hassle-Free Hotwire: Thanks to Kallen offscreen, he learned how to hotwire vehicles, like the one monster truck he and Shirley commandeer to rescue Bulkhead in TMI.
- Heroic Bastard: His mother, Suzaku's paternal aunt, and Charles were never married.
- In-Universe Catharsis: In Spark of Darkness, Rai feels an great sense of satisfaction when he kills V.V. (temporarily) by blowing up the Dark Galahad, after everything V.V. had done to him up to that point.
- Just Friends: With Kallen - the one possible moment of Ship Tease they get in United We Stand is instantly shot down by both parties. Besides, all evidence indicates Rai has eyes for Shirley.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: By proxy — poor Rai doesn't take it well when Nonette Enneagram reveals that he's one of Charles Zi Britannia's many sons.
- My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: Rai was already disgusted and disillusioned by Britannia's treatment of the Japanese, so when he learned that he was a Britannian prince, he briefly experienced a Heroic BSoD. It gets worse during the SAZ massacre — when Nonette attempts to reach out to "Kaizaren", Rai furiously tells her to never refer to him by that name and declared that he was a Black Knight, and not a prince of Britannia.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His newly restored memories reveals, much to his horror, that he had accidentally used his Geass on his family and friends into fighting against the Britannian army, which ultimately led to their deaths.
- Named by the Adaptation: His full name is revealed in Cheering Mao by Emperor Charles: Kaizaren von Britannia.
- Nomde Mom: When R2 begins, Rai has taken the last name of Kururugi, the last name of his mother Sakura.
- Not His Sled: He is the one that causes the landslide in Narita this time around instead of Kallen.
- Older Than They Look: Nonette is rather surprised and confused to see he didn't age at all for seven years. Rai, after getting his memories back, explains this as a residual effect of being trapped in the Thought Elevator, halting his aging for so long.
- Royal Blood: He's a member of the Britannian Imperial Family, being Lelouch and Nunnally's illegitimate elder half-brother.
- Related in the Adaptation: In the original Lost Colors game, Rai's lineage is rather vague, the most direct relation to any of the characters being to Kaguya, as his mother was a distant relative of the Sumeragi family. Here, it may as well be a Tangled Family Tree. He is the Heroic Bastard to Charles Zi Britannia, and while he may look like a teenager, that's only because he stopped aging while in the Thought Elevator, making him the older half-brother to Lelouch, Euphemia, and Nunnally, and younger half-brother to Cornelia and Schneizel. He's also the son of Sakura Kururugi, Genbu's older sister, making him Suzaku's paternal cousin.
- Ship Tease: It's heavily implied he's attracted to Shirley - his apology to her over being responsible for her father's death is oddly emotional even with the situation taken into account, and his attempt to dissuade her from joining the Black Knights verges on outright begging, compared to Lelouch's firmer tone. And after Mao attacks Ashford, it's Shirley's house he stays at until the heat dies down.
- Shock and Awe: Rai's new Knightmare's Surger Claw is capable of unleashing electricity powerful enough to destroy six Vehicons in one sitting.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Gender Inverted. Rai's feelings for Shirley are in no small part due to her incredible kindheartedness.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: He was experimented on by Clovis in Code-R after he was pulled out of the Thought Elevator, and escaped during the Shinjuku Massacre. The experiments gave him physical enhancements and Knightmare operating skills, which are tied to his Geass.
- That Man Is Dead: When Nonette calls him by his birth name, Kaizaren, during the SAZ Massacre, Rai makes it very clear that he is not Kaizaren, prince of Britannia, but Rai, a Black Knight, and a Wrecker.
- The Von Trope Family: His full birth name is Kaizaren von Britannia.
- Transforming Mecha: The Raiden S.E.I.T.E.N. Seven Elements can shift from a Knightmare to a dark blue Cybertronian Mitsubishi F-X jet, courtesy of the Cybertronian protoform as its template.
- We Used to Be Friends:
- As Kaizaren, he was close to Nonette until he lost his memories. What little positive feelings towards her that remain are all but destroyed in the wake of the SAZ massacre in Facade of Blood. In fact, the only thing that stops him from outright killing Nonette during that battle is him knowing full well that she would never condone such an atrocity. He later shows regret over attacking her when he talks to Bulkhead, wishing he had brought her to the Ark. They eventually reconcile during the Black Rebellion when Nonette saves him from Dorothea and joins the Black Knights.
- It's downplayed, but learning that Suzaku is a member of the Decepticons is something Rai doesn't take very well, with United We Stand revealing that while he still cares for Suzaku, he isn't sure if he'll ever be able to fully trust him again.
- "It's time to kick some tail pipe!"
- Acrofatic: For a guy his size, he's surprisingly fast on his feet. It probably helps that said feet have two of his vehicle mode wheels incorporated into them, allowing for a potential speed boost.
- Archenemy: To Breakdown.
- Bash Brothers: When in combat alongside Wheeljack and Rai.
- BFG: Has massive arm cannons for ranged combat.
- Big Fun: Big, robust and overall very friendly.
- Big Brother Instinct: Develops a version of this towards Rai as the story goes on, becoming almost as protective of him as Nonette.
- Cool Car: His vehicle mode; A large green SUV.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Bulkhead is a big and friendly bot, but hes still a veteran of the war that turned Cybertron into a barren wasteland and lost many of his brothers-in-arms in the Wreckers.
- Four-Fingered Hands: As shown in his page image.
- Gentle Giant: One of the bigger bots, and a real friendly guy when he's not on the battlefield.
- Hidden Depths: The big lug can be surprisingly insightful here and there, such as when he empathizes with Rai when the latter expresses worry in losing control of his Geass again, talking about how he has to watch his own strength.Bulkhead: Sure, I'm good for smacking the scrap out of the Cons, but I don't exactly have a gentle touch. I could hurt someone if I'm not careful. I even let my temper get to me sometimes, and when that happens... I'm a runaway freight train. So, believe me, I get it.
- Klingons Love Shakespeare: He's a big heavy metal fan, thanks to Tamaki introducing it to him.
- Savage Spiked Weapons: A heroic example, Bulkheads melee weapon is a large spiked mace.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Just like in canon, especially when it comes to Scraplets. Only this time, he isn't the only one...
- Spot the Imposter: As in canon, he notices there's something off with "Wheeljack" at said bot's welcome party.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: As in canon, Bulkhead is terrified of scraplets.
- "If you're trying to ruin my day, you're going to have to try harder."
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Unlike his first appearance in canon, Wheeljack sticks around this time instead of returning to space.
- Bash Brothers: With Rai and Bulkhead. Also with Tamaki to a lesser degree.
- Blood Knight: This guy picks a fight with Megatron, and despite not winning, he buys enough time to escape the Nemesis.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: He loves a good smack and his friendship with Rai brings out his friendly side.
- Capture and Replicate: Like in canon, he's captured and replaced by the Pretender Makeshift, but he manages to escape on his own.
- Commonality Connection: Enjoys monster truck rallies as much as Bulkhead, Fixit, and Tamaki.
- Cool Car: His alt mode is a white, red, and green sports car.
- Demolitions Expert: The bot has a reputation for having a penchant for explosives.
- Dual Wielding: Favors two scimitars for direct combat.
- Ramming Always Works: When he and Dreadwing exhaust all conventional tactics to defeat the Siegfried, Wheeljack pulls an "old Wrecker trick" by charging at the Knightmare in an apparent kamikaze but ejects at the last second. This doesn't bring down the Siegfried however, as the Knightmare transformed into a more humanoid mode to continue fighting.
- Sixth Ranger: Joins the Autobot/Black Knight alliance in Con Job after the main team was established in Chapter 2, Awakening. He stays with the team instead of going back into space like in canon.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: Bulkhead claims that "one grenade, one shot" is Wheeljack's Signature Move.
- Worthy Opponent: He quickly develops a mutual respect with Dreadwing. They work very well together when Dreadwing defects from the Decepticons.
Primary Knightmare: Sutherland, Burai, Wrecker Burai, Wrecker Akatsuki
- "Look out Brits, the Wreckers are gonna wreck ya!"
- Ace Custom: After Tamaki and his squadron join the Wreckers, their Burais, and later Akatsukis, are upgraded and modified with rocket launchers and bazookas, making them more heavily armed than the other models.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: When Lelouch is freed from the effects of Megatron's Dark Geass, Tamaki gives his leader an affectionate noogie.
- Autobots, Rock Out!: In the R2 chapter A Different Kind of Engagement, Tamaki blasts Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin from his radio at the start of the Autobot/Black Knights' counterattack at the Mausoleum of the 88 Emperors.
- Bash Brothers: With both Wheeljack and Bulkhead.
- Butt-Monkey: He's usually the last one on the uptake (of jokes, debriefings, explanations etc.) and as a Knightmare pilot he's rather unremarkable and tends to be the first one to get incapacitated.
- Commonality Connection: Just like Bulkhead, he accidentally wrecks Ratchet's tools and/or equipment on occasion, much to the latter's dismay.Ratchet: Tamaki! I needed that!
- The Fool: He's a bit of a bonehead who does little else other than fawn over Zero and compromise equipment that Rachet ends up needing.
- Hot-Blooded: While an otherwise mediocre combatant, there's no denying Tamaki's fire.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be hotheaded and self-absorbed, but like his comrades, he's fighting for the liberation of Japan and shows a great deal of care to his fellow Black Knights and Autobots.
- Metalhead: Implied to be one, due to introducing Bulkhead to Heavy Metal music offscreen in Geass Ex Machina. United We Stand pretty much confirms it, with him playing Air Guitar to said genre, much to Rai and Kaguya's exasperation. TMI does confirm that he owns an electric guitar, which he allows Rai the honor of playing to revive a comatose Bulkhead.
- Precision F-Strike: In The Fires of Rage, Tamaki lets out one upon first witnessing Grimlock transform into his alt-mode.Tamaki: Is is that a fucking T-Rex?!
- Screams Like a Little Girl: At the sight of spiders, not unlike Bulkhead's reaction to Scraplets.
- Vehicular Combat: Which he is a fan of, having introduced Bulkhead, Wheeljack, and Fixit to monster truck rallies.
- Undying Loyalty: After Zero offers himself up as bait to lure the Scraplets out of the Ark, Tamaki makes it clear that he'll follow Zero to Hell and back. Even when Lelouch reveals his true identity to the Black Knights, Tamaki's loyalty doesn't waver.
- You Didn't Ask: When he realizes he's the only human among the group who can't understand Bumblebee, they tell him he could have just asked for a translator.
- "Who here needs punching?!"
- Adaptational Name Change: He's based off of Robots in Disguise Grimlock but with a new moniker and alt-mode to distinguish him from the Dinobot leader.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Bulkhead during the battle at the Gallia Grande.
- Blood Knight: He is always eager for a fight, openly admitting he liked to pick on things his own size or bigger. That was why he originally joined the Decepticons because he knew they were tough and was impressed with how they were taking the fight to the higher-ups. But despite his love of punching, he isn't a bully, and as soon as he realized the Decepticons were going after innocent people who were weaker than them, he defected to the Autobots but kept his love for fighting.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's big and enthusiastic when it comes to punching stuff, but Grindcore's a loyal Autobot and basically a big sweet teddy bear in his interactions with the ex-Ashford Student Council.
- Bully Hunter: He doesn't like those that pick on the little guy. That includes the Decepticons.
- Commonality Connection: Grindcore cheers Suzaku up partially by telling him he's also a former Decepticon.
- Composite Character: Has the robot mode and personality of Grimlock from Robots In Disguise, while his name and background is a combination of both his movie-based comic and G1 incarnations.
- Decomposite Character: His name and Dino mode are dropped, to further separate him from the original Grimlock.
- Defector from Decadence: He used to be a Decepticon because he admired them for taking on Cybertron's higher-ups and he liked fighting those his own size, but he defected to the Autobots when they started attacking innocents.
- Dumb Muscle: While lacking in the brains department, he more than makes up for it in the muscle department.
- Endearingly Dorky: His attempt at a 'cutesy' face (when wanting in on Milly's plan) was enough for the teenage Black Knights to laugh at his expense.
- Near the end of Nerves of Steel, after Suzaku thanks Grindcore for his advice from A Measure of Trust, the Wrecker demands that the former get into his Knightmare so he can give him a hug!
- Everyone Has Standards: Grindcore definitely enjoys a good fight but draws the line at outright bullying. Which is why he walked away from the Cons and joined the Autobots.
- Foreshadowing: In the R1 chapter TMI, Tamaki suggests having Autobots that can transform into monster trucks. Guess what Grindcore transforms into?
- Also in R1, Bulkhead mentions Decepticons defecting to the Autobots is nothing new, even having a few in The Wreckers.
- Gentle Giant: He's even bigger than Bulkhead and a pretty friendly Autobot.
- Hidden Depths: Far from the smartest bot around but still offers Suzaku some pretty good advice as a fellow ex-Con.
- Nice Guy: Despite being a former Decepticon, he's one of the nicest Autobots around, and he still considers Suzaku as a friend.
- Battle Couple: Is one with Ironhide. They were in a relationship before the war but lost contact with each other after Cybertron went dark. They are reunited in R2 during the Time Skip, and Chromia is placed in The Wreckers under Ironhide's command.
- Biker Babe: Her alt mode is a cyan armored motorcycle.
- Blue Is Heroic: As stated above, cyan is her primary color.
- Friendly Sniper: She's one of the Autobots' best snipers.
- The Ghost: Ironhide talked about her with Ohgi in Knights and Miracle Workers. She first appears in R2.
- Blood Knight: A heroic variant. Warpath loves a good fight if there's one to be fought.
- Chest Blaster: His Energon cannon is located in his chest.
- The Ghost: He was briefly mentioned in Island of Gods and Monsters when Optimus was telling Lelouch and Euphemia about the Cybertronian War. He doesn't appear in the present until R2.
- Lightning Bruiser: Even in tank mode, Warpath is incredibly fast for his size.
- Red Is Heroic: His main paint job is red.
- Tank Goodness: His vehicle mode is a Cybertronian tank.
- Apologetic Attacker: In The Fires of Rage, with his friends and comrades in danger of being overwhelmed, Hot Shot was forced to shoot Grimlock awake from stasis lock, apologizing as he did so. Grimlock would have broken the rookie's neck had he not quickly explained the situation.
- Composite Character: His vehicle mode has the blue color scheme of his Cybertron incarnation, with the flames of his RiD self. He also has his signature flip-down visor/goggles, paying homage to Transformers Armada and Transformers Animated.
- Eager Rookie: Newest member of the Wreckers and quite eager to prove himself.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: When Squadron X were called to retreat, Hot Shot taunted them as 'yellow-plated cowards', only for Bulkhead to remind him about Bumblebee's coloration. The former winced an apology in reply.
- Orange/Blue Contrast: His signature blue paint job with orange flames.
- Please Wake Up: As mentioned above, with time being of the essence, Hot Shot resorted to means such as removing Grimlock's collar to finally shooting the Dinobot leader in the face to wake him up. Grimlock was not happy.
Black Dragon UnitA unit in the Black Knight/Autobot alliance led by Kyoshiro Tohdoh.
Nagisa Chiba, Shogo Asahina, Kosetsu Urabe, and Ryoga Senba
Primary Knightmare: Burai Kai, Gekka, Akatsuki Command Model
- Chainsaw Good: Chainsaw katanas are the signature weapon for the Holy Swords' Knightmares, no matter what model they're piloting.
- Fire-Forged Friends: They're already on good terms with the Autobots and Black Knights, but the second battle with Suzaku, the Knights of the Round, and the Decepticons definitely help solidify the Swords' alliance.
- Five-Man Band: They're this with Tohdoh.
- Old Soldier: In the case of Senba, he's the oldest of the Four Holy Swords at the age of 42.
- Smurfette Principle: Chiba is the only female member of the Four Holy Swords, and after the Bot/BK alliance's reorganization, is the only named female member of the Wreckers. Later when the Four Holy Swords are moved to the Black Dragon unit, Chiba is still the only female member of the unit.
- Spin Attack: One of their trademark moves in battle is the Spinning-Life-or-Death formation, where the Holy Swords spin their Knightmares around their enemies at a rapid pace and sever their limbs.
- Undying Loyalty: Any one of them would lay down their life for Tohdoh.
Drift / Deadlock
- Cool Car: His alt mode is an orange and black sports car.
- Dark Is Not Evil: His color scheme is black, red, and orange, but he has become a true member of the Autobots.
- Defector from Decadence: Was once a Decepticon, but switched sides some time ago.
- Drone Deployer: He can deploy his Mini-Cons, Jetstorm and Safeguard, to aid him in battle.
- Dual Wielding: He's a Cybertronian samurai who wields two swords. On a larger scale, he has his two Mini-Cons that can deploy from his arms.
- Foreshadowing: In R1, Bulkhead mentions that a Decepticon defecting to the Autobots is nothing new, now guess who happens to be one of the most well-known examples in the whole franchise.
- The Mentor: To his two Mini-Con partners.
- That Man Is Dead: He refuses to answer to the name of Deadlock.
- Western Samurai: He's an alien robot samurai.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Mostly black, red, and gold in color but completely loyal to Drift.
- Detachment Combat: Deploys from Drift's left arm.
- Fighting with Chucks: Jetstorm can take down bots bigger than him with his nunchucks.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: About the same size as a human but capable of taking down much bigger Cons with ease.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Safeguard's blue.
- Adaptational Name Change: His name was Slipstream in the Robots in Disguise cartoon, but it was changed to Safeguard here due to the Decepticon Seeker Slipstream being present in the story.
- Blade on a Stick: Safeguard wields a naginata quite well in combat.
- Detachment Combat: Deploys from Drift's right arm.
- Mythology Gag: In Transformers Animated, Safeguard was the combined form of Jetfire and Jetstorm, and here it's the new name of Jetstorm's partner.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: About the same size as a human but capable of taking down much bigger Cons with ease.
- One Steve Limit: Is renamed Safeguard to avoid confusion with the Decepticon Seeker Slipstream, who also appears in R2.
- Red Is Heroic: Mostly colored red and just as loyal to Drift as Jetstorm.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Jetstorm's red. Somewhat ironic, given that Safeguard is actually colored red.
The AerialbotsA group of Autobots that all possess jet-modes.
- Combining Mecha: It's confirmed there is an Aerialbot Combiner but of the five that form it only Silverbolt and Air Raid are on Earth, Jetfire and Windblade don't have the ability and Silverbolt hasn't heard from the other three since Cybertron went dark.
- Cool Plane: They all have airplane alt-modes.
- Token Flyer: As indicated by their name, they're currently the only Autobots on the alliance that have airplanes for alt-modes.
- "Hey, you know me. As the humans say 'always the troll'."
- "Just because we can experiment with something, doesn't mean we should."
- Badass Bookworm: He's the main scientist of the Aerialbots and a very skilled fighter and pilot.
- Cool Plane: He is an Aerialbot after all.
- Composite Character: In R2 his design combines his G1/Aligned white and red coloration with his Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird alternate mode from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
- The Smart Guy: For the Aerialbots.
- We Used to Be Friends: He was once friends with Starscream, but that ended when the latter chose to follow Megatron.
- Arch-Enemy: Appears to have a personal enmity with Slipstream of the Seekers.
- Cool Plane: Transforms into a VTOL jet fighter.
- Dual Wielding: Like Drift and Wheeljack, she fights with dual swords.
- Friendly Rivalry: Seems to have one with Air Raid.
- Red Is Heroic: Her paint job is red and black.
- The Smurfette Principle: She is the only female member of the Aerialbots.
- Team Member in the Adaptation: She's the only member of the Aerialbots that wasn't part of the team on either the original toyline or the comics.
- Ambiguous Situation: Silverbolt is unsure if they're still alive after the Cybertronian Exodus.
Kozuki Resistance CellA Japanese resistance cell formed by Naoto Kozuki to fight back against Britannia. After Naoto was executed by Britannia, Kaname Ohgi became the new leader. The members of the cell were the first recruits into the Black Knight/Autobot alliance, along with the Yamato Alliance.
Primary Knightmare: Sutherland, Burai, Akatsuki
- "It's thanks to all of you that we're even here. You've given us no reason to doubt you. So, I'm staying."
- An Arm and a Leg: She loses her right leg during the Black Rebellion. By the R2 chapter Nerves of Steel, it's been replaced with a cybernetic leg.
- Artificial Limbs: Six months after the Black Rebellion, she gains a cybernetic leg to replace her lost right leg.
- Biker Babe: In Reflections, she briefly rode Arcee into battle during the attack on the Refrain supply route.
- Demoted to Extra: While she was shown during the early missions for the team, she has not appeared much in the story due to the large cast at play. That said, she is still the most mentioned of the other four cell members, and is the only one confirmed by the end of R1 to have survived the Black Rebellion, missing leg notwithstanding. By R2, the rest of her compatriots have their survival confirmed (except for Yoshida by the end of Nerves of Steel).
- Didn't See That Coming: During the Battle of Narita in Battle for Narita, she led a combined unit of a dozen Black Knight and JLF Burais against Megatron, only for the Decepticon leader to single-handedly take down nearly the entire unit, much to her horror. Good thing Optimus managed to save her.
- Spared by the Adaptation: She survives the Black Rebellion, although she ends up losing her right leg.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has indigo hair.
Primary Knightmare: Sutherland, Burai, Akatsuki
Primary Knightmare: Sutherland, Burai, Akatsuki
- Ambiguous Situation: It's unknown by the end of R1 if he survived the Black Rebellion. Like his companions, he survives, appearing six months later in the R2 chapter Nerves of Steel.
- Demoted to Extra: Has not had many appearances due to the story's large cast of characters.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has teal hair.
Primary Knightmare: Sutherland, Burai, Akatsuki
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: In canon, he's killed by Suzaku when the latter destroys his Raiko. Here, he dies due to Springload blowing up his Akatsuki's cockpit.
- Demoted to Extra: Has not appeared much in the story due to the large cast.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He survived the Black Rebellion, later reappearing six months later in the R2 chapter Nerves of Steel. He doesn't see the end of the chapter.
Research & DevelopmentThe division of the Autobot/Black Knight alliance that handles all scientific endeavors, in addition to working on Knightmares.
- "I needed that!"
- Adaptational Job Change: His vehicle mode was utilized as the getaway vehicle in Cheering Mao.
- Catchphrase: "(X), I needed that!"
- Combat Medic: If push comes to shove, Ratchet doesn't need Synth-En to hold his own in a fight. Which an Insecticon can attest to.
- Dr. Jerk: Downplayed. Ratchet is a big grump, but is all the same respected and appreciated by everyone for dutifully keeping them all in good health.
- Good Is Not Soft: Like Ironhide and Arcee, Ratchet was wary of Lelouch when they first met and was one of the first to realize the similarities between Lelouch and Megatron, which worried him.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: In Stronger, Faster, Deadlier! Pulls this on a helpless Vehicon miner with a welding torch while under the influence of synthetic Energon. This shocks even Optimus, Ironhide, Lelouch, and Kallen.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, his bedside manner's lousy, to say the least, but Ratchet's loyalty to Optimus and the Autobot cause is unquestionable, and he still stands by the Black Knights in every way he can. After the effects of the Synthetic Energon wear off, Ratchet immediately apologizes for the hurtful things he'd said.
- The Medic: His role.
- Mercy Kill: Setting the Stage reveals that he tried to save Skyquake when the Decepticon was poisoned with Dark Energon by Megatron. When it soon became clear that Skyquake was beyond saving, Ratchet was forced to euthanize him.
- My Greatest Failure: It's pretty clear from his conversation with Tamaki and Ohgi in What is Evil? that he still regrets being unable to save Bumblebee's voice.
- Non-Action Guy: Due to his age and his duties as a medic and tech support, Ratchet isn't on the battlefield much.Ratchet: I can fight, but it's not exactly my comfort zone.
- Old Soldier: Alongside Ironhide, he's one of the oldest Autobots that have followed Optimus since the beginning.
- The Smart Guy: Ratchet is a medic first, but he also shows expertise in engineering, Groundbridge technology, and other scientific fields.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Stronger, Faster, Deadlier!, courtesy of some Synthetic Energon refined from an incomplete formula. It doesn't last.
- "I may not be a fighter, but I am an Autobot! And I will do everything I can to stop the Decepticons."
- Freudian Slip: A good number of his Verbal Tics seem to be this.
- Hidden Depths: Just like in canon, he's a huge fan of Cybertron's gladiatorial matches, which sparks Tamaki's interest.
- Mission Control: His job mostly consists of helping Ratchet coordinate with the other Autobots with the Ark and open Groundbridges.
- Non-Action Guy: Due to his size and lack of combat skill, he's mostly confined to help at the Ark.
- Not A Scratch On It: Was the only Autobot in the Ark to have suffered no damage during the Scraplet infestation. Downplayed due to being the smallest and most likely to get eaten in seconds.
- Not So Above It All: "Nerves of Steel" from R2 shows he has moments where he can be surprisingly insufferable and vindictive, which causes some conflict with Lloyd.
- Verbal Tic: Due to the Ark's crash, some of Fixit's wiring is faulty, making him often say the wrong word and he attempts to correct himself before finally spitting it out on the third try. Either that or he becomes a broken record until someone slaps him.
- "Don't tell me this how you treated my children! As their mother, I will not tolerate this abuse."
- Admiring the Abomination: Downplayed, but she is the only one to observe Megatron in the mission to rescue Tohdoh without any hint of fear - everyone else with her in the Ark reacts with some measure of fear at his appearance even though he's hundreds of miles away.
- Fantastically Indifferent: In stark contrast to the Earl of Pudding, Rakshata takes her first meeting with Cybertronians with relative civility.
- Friendly Rivalry: Rakshata had one with Lloyd in the past, and when he defects along with Suzaku and Cecile, she teases him about getting to tinker with cool Cybetronian technology where he couldn't.
- If Only You Knew: A variant. While no one in-universe has said it, anyone familiar with the Transformers Aligned Universe will have when she offhandedly wonders if Earth and Cybertron have more than a few similarities, citing Bumblebee's name as an example. Especially since Unicron is the Earth's core in the Aligned Universe.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Averted. Even priding herself as the world's best Knightmare engineer, she is perfectly able to stand on ceremony in the presence of the Autobots.
- Mad Scientist: Downplayed, but while she isn't an over the top evil example, she's too amoral to fit into The Professor.
- Motherly Scientist: Explicitly refers to her creations as her children.
- Not So Stoic: She's visibly disturbed by the SAZ massacre.
- She's completely terrified when she sees a Burai turn into a Terrorcon through Dark Energon in Spark of Darkness, and she looks nervous when Fixit tells her and the science division about Shockwave.
- Even she was nervous upon witnessing Grimlock's threatening reaction to Lloyd offering to 'take a peak inside' in The Origins of Geass.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: With the Earl of Pudding, which they resume after he defects to the Autobots and the Black Knights.
- Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: She can understand Bumblebee, despite the latter speaking in electronic sounds most of the time. And unlike C.C., she doesn't have a Code to Hand Wave this. She apparently just mentally analyzed the sounds and deciphered the code in her head like Raf did in canon.
Intelligence, Espionage, & Public Relations
- "Zero, Optimus Prime, you are truly things of wonder!"
- Awesome, Dear Boy: In-universe. Diethard joins the Black Knights and the Autobots not because he disagrees with his country's oppressive authoritarianism, but because they're awesome and he would get to be the one to chronicle their revolution.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: You'd be hard-pressed to find someone in either the Black Knights or Autobots who genuinely likes and/or trusts Diethard. Notably, this isn't because of his race, but rather because he's Not in This for Your Revolution.
- Non-Action Guy: Self-confessed. He's a journalist, not a soldier.
- Not So Stoic: Usually a non-expressive and collected individual, Diethard gets excited if there's something involving Zero or the Autobots. When Megatron makes his victory speech to the world in Rise of the Decepticons, Diethard, who is watching with the heads of Kyoto and Peace Mark, feels fear for the first time in his life.
- Psycho Supporter: He didn't join the Black Knights because he truly believed in their cause, but because they were epic. And he was bored.
- The Stoic: He's non-expressive except when Zero is concerned. That is the only time he gets excited.
- Tagalong Chronicler: Diethard has no real vested interest in the ideals and mission of the Autobots and the Black Knights; he simply wants to produce the story of the millennia.
- Token Enemy Minority: He's Britannian and is a high-ranking member of The Black Knights, the rebellion that's trying to defeat Britannia. Understandably, the Autobots and Black Knights (especially Ironhide) are keeping a close eye on him.
- Token Evil Teammate: He's by far the least trusted among the Black Knights, as he's only with them because they are a sensation and he's bored. He isn't really evil per se, though, instead he's amoral.
General Tatewaki Katase
- "It seems that you've earned your followers' loyalty, Zero. And you've earned mine as well."
- The Atoner: Felt responsible for Kusakabe's actions during the Lake Kawaguchi incident despite trying to keep the JLF on the path of honor and not terrorism.
- Big Good: As the highest command of the now-defunct JLF, he's essentially one to the collective Japanese population at the start of R1.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Like the majority of the Black Knights, even he questions Diethard's motives...
- Old Soldier: Is the oldest of the Black Knights' soldiers at 62.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Survives the Battle of Port Yokosuka along with the remnants of the JLF. As a result, they end up joining the Black Knights.
- "No, there is still hope."
- A Child Shall Lead Them: She's barely even a teenager, yet leads her entire house. One wonders what happened for her to get into this position.
- Birds of a Feather: She and Milly get along well when the latter joins the Black Knights, and they both enjoy having 'harem' talks involving Lelouch, Suzaku, and Rai, much to their embarrassment.
- The Cutie: At times - she's adorable, and her actions are a frequent source of comedy.
- The Glomp: Gives one to Lelouch upon reuniting with him in Messenger From Kyoto. Kallen wasn't happy.
- Hero Worship: Has some for Zero, which only rises when she learns that he is Lelouch.
- Improbable Age: Is 14 years old and one of the heads of Kyoto, while the rest of the heads are all elderly.
- Precocious Crush: Has one for Lelouch.
- Shipper on Deck: Kaguya admits she hadn't seen it coming, but she happily supports her cousin and a Britannian princess getting together. Heck, she somewhat jokingly encourages Suzaku and Euphie to marry!
- The Tease: Almost as bad as Milly.
T-AI / Tactical Artificial Intelligence
- "Sorry. Still learning."
The Six Houses of KyōtoA group of Japanese nobles that feigned collaboration with Britannia, allowing them the chance to secretly supply resistance groups.
- "I urge you to follow Zero, even these Autobots. If you do, we'll assist you generously; with intelligence, and strategic support."
- Cool Old Guy: Remains calm even when presented with giant alien robots.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Survives the Black Rebellion, and currently resides on Horai Island.
- The Team Benefactor: He and the other heads of Kyoto provided many of the Black Knights' resources (such as the Guren Mk. II) early on.
The DinobotsThe strongest Autobot combat unit. Originally called the Lightning Strike Coalition Force, they were renamed the Dinobots following Shockwave's experiments on them.
- Adapted Out: Word of God explicitly stated that their Combiner form, Volcanicus (which isn't even part of the Aligned Universe's canon) will not show up here, on account of being a Story-Breaker Power note
- Badass Crew: Jazz mentions that despite only numbering five, they utterly destroyed an entire unit of Decepticons. Wheeljack confirms that they're the only unit with an even bigger kill count than the Wreckers.
- Bash Brothers: They might not get along with each other all the time, but they are a very tight knit group.
- Five-Man Band: A literal five-man band, as none of the members of the Dinobots are female.
- The Ghost: They were only mentioned in R1, though the author confirmed they'll appear at some point in R2.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: When Jazz explains the Dinobots' backstory, including their original moniker, Nonette lampshades that the name 'Lightning Strike Coalition Force' was a mouthful to say.
- "If I help you, I have three conditions. One, you will tell me everything. I'm not a mindless soldier to be kept in the dark. Two, I do things my way. If I have to work with you, I will; otherwise, you let me handle my missions on my own unless I say so. Three, if you hear anything about my team, even even if they don't make it, you tell me first!"
- A Father to His Men: Despite being a violent berserker and jerk to the Autobots, Grimlock does care deeply for his teammates in the Dinobots. After calming down, one of the first things he asks Optimus if his team is on Earth, and when he's told they're not, he's confident that they can handle themselves wherever they are. He also agrees to come with the Autobots and Black Knights on the condition that he be told immediately if the other Dinobots are found.
- Arch-Enemy: Shockwave — Grimlock hates the Decepticon scientist for experimenting on him and his team back on Cybertron.
- Badass in Distress: Thanks to Rolo's Geass, he's immobilized and has to be rescued from Shockwave by the Autobots and Black Knights. Once freed, he quickly proves hs "badass" credientials several times over.
- BFS: Has a massive one as big as his body.
- Berserk Button: Just the mere thought or mention of Shockwave is enough to bring his Energon to a boil. Don't offer to tinker with him lest you be on the receiving end of his rage, as Lloyd found out to his fright in The Origins of Geass.
- Harming innocent people can make Grimlock angry as well.
- The Berserker: To the point that Ohgi and several others point out the risk he poses to the Autobots and Black Knights.
- The Big Guy: Is nearly as big as the Dark Siegfried, which towers over Optimus and Megatron.
- Breath Weapon: He can spew out plasma like it's fire, as Rolo unfortunately notices in his final moments alive.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He completely trounces Shockwave's forces when they attempt to capture him in The Fires of Rage.
- Death Glare: His optics cant blink, but to drive the point home to Lloyd that he will not allow him to take a peak, is to move his face up close to him, and to speak in a very low but very threatening tone of voice.
- The Dreaded: His mere presence on the battlefield is enough to make the Decepticons flee in terror.
- The Ghost: Was mentioned in The Patch Paradox by Hardshell. The author has confirmed that Grimlock will appear in R2, along with the rest of the Dinobots (Slug, Snarl, Swoop, and Sludge). The Brightness Falls reveals that he is on Earth, his signal found in the Sahara Desert, and in The Fires of Rage he finally makes his appearance.
- Good Is Not Nice: Grimlock will fight with the Autobots in order to stop the Decepticons from conquering Earth, but he's the most brutal of the Autobots, and is the also the meanest, acting rude to most of them, including Optimus.
- It's Personal: Considering that Shockwave is responsible for a lot of pain and suffering that he and his team went through by turning them into his lab rats, Grimlock has every reason to have it out for him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grimlock emphasizes the "jerk" part greatly, acting rude and disobedient to most people around him, but he does agree with Optimus in protecting people and stopping the Decepticons. He also cares deeply for the rest of his teammates in the Dinobots.
- The Juggernaut: Is the biggest Autobot, and one of the strongest and toughest ever. In A Different Kind of Engagement, he goes one-on-one with Bruticus.
- Kill It with Fire: His fire breath can incinerate anything in its path, including Rolo.
- King of the Dinosaurs: What did you expect when you have an Autobot with a Tyrannosaurus Rex as his alt-mode?
- The Leader: Of the Dinobots.
- Lightning Bruiser: For a bot his size, Grimlock is surprisingly fast in his dino mode.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: His shield is big enough to protect his body from attacks, and strong enough to take a blast from the Mordred's Hadron Cannons without a scratch.
- Mighty Roar: Lets out this on occasion in his T-Rex mode, loud enough to shake the area around him.
- Now That's Using Your Teeth!: In dino mode, he's able to chomp down on Knightmares and smaller Cybertronians with ease, and he also kills Castor and Pollux by crunching down on their cockpits.
- Odd Name Out: As always, he's the only Dinobot whose name doesn't begin with an 'S'.
- Rage Breaking Point: Even the smallest glimpse of Shockwave is enough to get him mad.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are red and you don't want to get on his bad side. Or his regular side for that matter.
- Tail Slap: Just one swipe of his tail is enough to shatter the Dark Galahad's blade, much to V.V.'s surprise.
- To Serve Man: He kills Castor and Pollux by crunching down on the cockpits of their combined Knightmare, eating them.
- Tranquil Fury: He tells Lloyd on no uncertain terms that he will not allow him to experiment on him. In a rare moment, he doesnt shout at him, but his tone makes it clear that hes positively livid.
- The Unfought: Hardshell took on a new and stronger body to have a better chance against Grimlock after the latter beat him on Cybertron, but he dies without getting his rematch, as Grimlock hadn't appeared in the story yet.
- Back from the Dead: In Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, Sludge ended up in stasis lock after his body was damaged by the Insecticons. Cliffjumper and Jazz later flood the canyon Sludge was inside to kill a horde of Insecticons, with the implication that Sludge was not rescued and ended up dying in said flood. As he's been confirmed to be in R2, it can safely be assumed he survived in this universe, or the Dinobots were able to find a way to revive him.
- Gentle Giant Sauropod: He's the biggest of the Dinobots and tends to be the least aggressive.
- Stock Dinosaurs: His Apatosaurus alt-mode.
C.C. / Cera
Primary Knightmare: Gawain, Akatsuki Command Model
- "I've wanted to die, or at least get rid of this damn immortality... but now it's different."
- Adaptational Heroism: Initially, she starts off as a cynical and jaded being due to centuries of living and having witnessing humanity's worse characteristics. However, thanks to the influence of the Autobots on Lelouch, then his influence on the Black Knights, and then both their influences on her, she begins softening. Then after a confrontation with Mao, has genuine commitment to the cause. And finally, makes a contract with the original primes where she resolves to take up the heroic legacy of the Autobots, thus becoming a truly committed hero.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Her cynicism is brought up more often here, due to the rest of her allies being more idealistic than in canon.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: As with Lelouch, the sympathetic treatment she received from the Autobots has gradually helped her become more kind and open with them and the other members of the Black Knights.
- Aloof Ally: Subverted. She only tangentially stepped in to help at first, just to ensure Lelouch can fulfill his "contract" by not dying. However, as time goes on, her walls get torn down piece by piece, becoming more and more involved, until by R2, she's one of the Black Knights' leading pilots and expert on all things Geass for consulting.
- Celibate Hero: Tells Nunnally that she's not currently interested in getting into any romantic relationships at the moment.
- Closest Thing We Got: Isn't nearly as knowledgeable about Geass and Codes compared with many of the gods and scientists who've handled or studied it. But, with hundreds of years of experience to figure out the basics, she's their best asset for anti-geass actions to figure out how to manage their members who have one.
- Death Seeker: Originally wanted to die, or at least become mortal again, though her time with the Autobots helps her grow past this.
- Emotionless Girl: Subverted. C.C. can be snarky and teasing and clearly carries a lot of emotional baggage, but is usually able to hide this from others because centuries of living have greatly desensitized her. However, after Lelouch and Bumblebee get a glimpse into her past, and help her adjust to the idea of having friends again, Cera begins opening up once more, so that by the time of R2, she's almost normal, if not still a little stiff meeting new friends.
- Foil: Can be seen as one to Optimus. Both are ancient beings who have given Lelouch great power (C.C. his Geass, Optimus an alliance with the Autobots) and take up a mentor role for the boy. They have also seen many horrible things and hold deep regrets over their actions. The difference, however, is that while Optimus has striven to retain his idealism, C.C. has long since become a cold cynic.
- Heal the Cutie: At the start of their acquaintance, C.C. is easily the most cynical of Lelouch's allies, for she has witnessed plenty of humanity's worse characteristics and Cybertronians aren't that much better, either. But she slowly begins to open up after accidentally showing Lelouch and Bumblebee her memories (and her true name) in Narita, as well as after she's saved from her reunion with Mao. By the end of R1, Cera willingly offers Optimus a Geass; not as an attempt to finally perish, but because she genuinely wants to help Optimus protect the ones they care for.
- Hold Your Hippogriffs: She swears "by the Primes" that she'll make any Decepticon that spoils her giant pizzas pay.
- Locked Out of the Loop: While Cera did know that Marianne survived V.V.'s attack on the Aries Villa by using her Geass, she didn't know who Marianne was hiding out in, something that Charles and Bismarck both knew. During the fight for the Forge of Solus Prime, Cera ends up seeing her former contractor's memories when she attacks the Dark Mordred. Through this, Cera realizes that Marianne ended up in Anya's body.
- Meaningful Echo: Used Lelouch's "I accept this contract!" when agreeing with the rest of the Primes to support Optimus to the best of her ability in return for granting him a Geass.
- Named by the Adaptation: In Battle for Narita, she mumbles her real name in her sleep: Cera. It gets used with increasing frequency thereafter (with the end of the final R1 chapter dropping 'C.C.' entirely).
- Never Be Hurt Again: Cheering Mao reveals that this is the reason she both abandoned Mao but also tried to keep her distance from Lelouch and the others. During her long life, she developed genuine bonds with others before Mao but lost them. Optimus and the others assure her that she will no longer be alone.
- Not So Above It All: Even Cera (along with Nunnally, Bumblebee, Jazz, Bulkhead, Smokescreen, Air Raid, and Sideswipe) was among many who got a good laugh out of Milly and Kaguya's 'harem' talks regarding Lelouch, Suzaku, Rai, and the women around them, much to the boys' embarrassment.
- Not So Stoic: C.C. may act like she's incapable of showing emotion, but cracks show in her façade. For one, even she is stunned and then gives an impressed smirk upon watching Optimus defeat Cornelia with little effort. This keeps happening with her continued appearances, so that by her last scene in R1, she's gleefully sharing with Optimus about her presentation to the Primes.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Outright snapped at Ratchet to get Lelouch to the infirmary at once during the final chapter, showing that C.C. was genuinely scared for Lelouch's life.
- Parental Substitute: To Mao. She was the one who raised him, and her thoughts in Cheering Mao confirm that she viewed him as her child.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her Akatsuki is painted pink.
- Positive Friend Influence: Like Lelouch, being around the Autobots has dampened C.C.'s negative traits, though it arguably took a longer time than for Lelouch for this to become obvious. Cheering Mao sees that she's opening up to them, even telling them about V.V. She even goes so far as to terminate her contract (and telepathic connection) with Marianne in Nunnally Held Hostage; but not before proclaiming that she will tell Lelouch and the Autobots everything about Ragnarök after the Decepticons are dealt with and that they will stop her and Charles. The final chapter of R1 has her admit to the spirits of the Primes when making a contract with Optimus that instead of her former Death Seeker behavior, now she just wants to avoid losing her new friends.
- Properly Paranoid: C.C. had the foresight to stay with Nunnally knowing that V.V. will attempt to stage a kidnapping following the termination of her contract with Marianne.
- Serious Business: She is very invested in the giant pizzas the Black Knights and Autobots are making in celebration in "The Next Move". Woe betide any poor Decepticons that may try to ruin the event for her...
- Shoot the Dog: Has no problems with doing this, as she suggested killing Shirley because she learned that Lelouch is Zero.
- Sympathy for the Devil: She senses that something terrible happened to Mao (even though she doesn't know for sure what), and despite all the pain he's caused her and others, she still feels pity for him.
- Tears of Joy: C.C. may not always agree with Optimus, but she is still deeply elated at watching him overcome Megatron's Dark Geass. In Battle for the Ark, she almost cried in joy upon realizing that despite Optimus being aware of her secrecy, he's willing to allow her to give up her secrets when the time is right.
- Took a Level in Idealism: Eventually C.C. chooses to abandon hers and Charles' plans for Ragnarok altogether as a result her time spent with Lelouch and the Autobots, and is even "contracted" to live up to the Autobot's ideals of freedom and justice.
- Touched by Vorlons: Her powers have seemingly been affected by contact with the Matrix of Leadership.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pizza, duh.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Mao shows up, Lelouch and the Autobots call her out on leaving out many details regarding Codes and Geass that are massively important.
- You Monster!: To Megatron in Rise of the Decepticons, after he explained how his Dark Geass will slowly kill Lelouch. Megatron simply asks if she was only realizing that now.
- "Arcee, you lost again? Your sense of direction could use some improvement."
- Heroic Sacrifice: He made the choice of giving his life force to power the Ark, allowing the Autobots to leave Cybertron and escape to Earth.
- Humongous Mecha: The largest Cybertronian to ever exist. Ratchet notes that his exact height was never confirmed, and his alternate mode would be bigger than the Tokyo Settlement.
- Killed Off for Real: Nunnally briefly thinks that there's a chance that he became the Ark and can transform when she learns about him and his sacrifice, only for Ratchet and Perceptor to correct her.
- Posthumous Character: He's only mentioned in the story, as he's long dead by this point.