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  • Jail Bait Wait: Right before Their First Time, Sayoko confessed to Lelouch that she's been attracted to him for the last three years, and was in fact planning on waiting for at least a few more before even trying to approach him that way. C.C. figuring out her feelings and smoothing things over with Lelouch, and of course the very real possibility of either of them dying during the rebellion, both allowed and pressured Sayoko to confess to him ahead of time, resulting in their Relationship Upgrade.
  • Jerkass: In addition to all his other unpleasant qualities, Tetsuya is an obnoxious prick.
  • Jerkass Ball: Nina pretty much holds it after the Lake Kawaguchi incident, breaking up with Milly and placing the blame on her, despite Milly having no knowledge of the attack going to take place. Lelouch notes that Nina knows this herself, but needs to blame someone for the events.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he's hardly meant to be likeable, one rogue JLF operative involved in the Lake Kawaguchi incident isn't exactly wrong when he calls Nina's parents "stupid" for having their xenophobic daughter educated in Japan.
  • Karmic Thief: Lelouch has literally made a hobby out of engineering the downfall of numerous corrupt Nobles and more than the occasional crime lord, all while making a tidy profit from their so liberated assets in the process that he then uses to fund his other, more important plans.
  • Kick the Dog: Milly's mother knows very well how badly her daughter doesn't want an Arranged Marriage, yet she still keeps sending her "snippy notes regarding how well the negotiations with the Asplund Family were going."
  • Kimono Fanservice: Sayoko manages to take Lelouch's breath away by dressing up in traditional Japanese clothing for Their First Time. The subsequent sex scene has Sayoko lampshading the idea of not wearing anything underneath by saying that nobody wears a hiyoku (under kimono) unless it's for a wedding or formal event.
  • The Klutz: Deconstructed. Kallen noticed that her birth-mother has been constantly sabotaged in her work as a maid at the Stadtfeld Estate by the rest of the staff, either under her stepmother's orders or tacit permission. For example, Yuko's been ordered to take on jobs that aren't meant for one person just to get her in trouble when she fails, on top of having the tools for it tampered with. Add the symptoms of her addiction to Refrain plus the justified paranoia of working at place where everyone are out to get her, it's no wonder that Kallen's mother is a Nervous Wreck.
  • Knife Nut:
    • Dorothea's preferred CQC Weapon of Choice. Apparently the female side of her family has been practicing with it for generations.
    • Professional Killer Desmond of the Geass Order likes to carry "numerous multipurpose knives" on his person.
  • Knighting: Lelouch made Jeremiah his Knight in a secret, ad hoc ceremony after the latter willingly agreed to assist him with his revolution.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
    • After Code-R lost contact with Agent Desmond, they immediately evacuated most of their senior personnel and their most valuable "sample" without making it too obvious. It's implied that they figured out that the assassin was captured and made to talk about their current laboratory in Fukuoka and that they were about to get raided by the Black Knights. Sadly for the rest of their employees, whoever gave the order didn't tell anyone else.
    • For a related example, Cheryl Silver, a low-level Reluctant Mad Scientist, tried to pull "Screw This, I'm Outta Here!" the moment she realized what was going on, hoping to use the confusion to escape from her employers as well. Sadly for her, Zero had already identified and seized all exits.
    • Kadzuki explains that he intends to only take back Shikoku from Britannia which is both the smallest of the main islands in the Japanese Archipelago and contains only 2% of the Sakuradite in Japan, believing that if his forces are entrenched enough, Charles zi Britannia will decide the island's not worth fighting over.
  • Lady and Knight: In this fic Cornelia made both Guilford and Darlton her Knights of Honour instead of just the former like in canon. This makes sense within the context of a Rational Fic given how protecting a Lady of War who's also a Frontline General requires both a skilled fighter who will watch her back in the battlefield (Guilford) and an experienced tactician who will oversee the battle in her place from the command center (Darlton).
  • Ladykiller in Love: Milly Ashford has a history of trysts with other girls in Ashford Academy and is utterly incapable of confessing to the person she actually loves. Played With in that the usual order is reversed in her case: she fell in love first, and later on became a ladykiller — in part to try to move on from her (seemingly) unrequited feelings.
  • Lady of War: Unaware to her, several characters have remarked on Kallen's "aura of charismatic confidence" and on how "serene and regal" she looks, which is reflected on her "Red Queen" nickname. It doubles as an amusing example of Dramatic Irony because the narration reveals she was anything but calm under the surface in those instances and how much of a Fiery Redhead she is when pissed off.
  • Lame Excuse: Suzaku remarks that he expected a better excuse from someone as intelligent as Lelouch to explain away why he was found in a truck driven by terrorists and next to a stolen canister of "poison gas". Lelouch snarks back that he can't "make up" anything better because getting accidentally taken for a ride because he tried to be a Good Samaritan when the truck crashed is exactly what happened.
  • Large Ham: Milly is already pretty exuberant normally, but goes full Perky Female Minion as "Incognito", one of Zero's costumed associates. Think of her alter ego as how Harley Quinn would be like as a Sexy Jester Dark Chick in a Super Sentai series.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The Yamato Alliance member who freed Tetsuya is later captured by Code-R researchers looking for a test subject.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Jeremiah and Villetta were faced with two options: a) escort Euphemia to Saitama and get in serious hot water with Cornelia for it, or b) refuse to do it and risk the Princess to get into the battlefield on her own, which would expose her even more to danger. They naturally went for the former. Actually a Subversion because the whole situation was engineered by Lelouch as part of his plan to set Euphemia against Cornelia while simultaneously placing his two spies further into Euphemia's good graces.
  • Lethal Chef: Lelouch has banned Shirley, Nina, and Rivalz from the kitchen because they are this. The latter once added too much alcohol to a dish and got everyone who ate it drunk, for example.
  • Let Me at Him!: Kallen doesn't take it well when someone insults Zero. Ohgi is usually the one in charge of holding her back before she can hurt that someone.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: Reuben Ashford offers Princess Cornelia to build and operate the first Knightmare factory in Area 11. The business proposal comes in at just the right time when the Viceroy was wondering how to keep her troops supplied after Homeland sent her crappy Spider Tanks instead of proper Knightmare Frames. Despite realizing that Reuben had self-serving reasons to help her with her problems, Cornelia had nothing but praise for his impeccable Magnificent Bastardy.
    Strengthening the family's position, gathering a powerful backer for his chosen heir, and entering what could be a profitable business operation all while expressing a properly patriotic attitude by offering to go above and beyond in providing the service. A well-played bit of strategy indeed, Cornelia had always thought Reuben would make an excellent tactician if he'd developed a taste for combat rather than business and politicking.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Even in the middle of the mess that it was the Battle of Port Yokosuka for the Britannian forces, Nonette Enneagram insisted in exchanging introductions with the Red Queen before they started their fight in earnest. Forewarned by Zero this could happen, Kallen obliged with a short but sweet list of her badass credentials.
  • Like a God to Me:
    • Diethard starts thinking of Zero in this way during their first meeting.
    • Agent Desmond thinks V.V. is a perfect existence. C.C. scoff at the notion to his face.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Both Milly and her mother are highly driven women very secure in their intelligence and beauty. That's where the resemblance ends, though. The scary part is the implication that, had Milly not been Raised by Grandparents and in close proximity to a boy around her age she could actually look up to (Lelouch), there's a good chance she'd have grown up to be exactly like her status-obsessed and conniving seductress of a mother with role models like her and her father to go by.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse:
    • Lelouch is attracted to Kallen, a girl very similar to his mother (or at least her public face).
    • Milly fell in love with Lelouch, whose personality resembles a lot that of her grandfather and actual father figure Reuben Ashford.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Nunnally is completely emotionally dependent on her brother. See Freak Out! for an example.
  • Living Lie Detector: Nunnally can tell if somebody is lying through touch. It's unclear whether this is an actual supernatural skill or an acquired one based on her sharpened senses resulting from her blindness.
  • Locked Out of the Fight: Suzaku and his Lancelot didn't take part in the Battle of Port Yokosuka because Sub-Viceroy Euphemia insisted on putting him on medical leave, to which Cornelia agreed because she considered that she had more than enough firepower on their side thanks to the arrival of two Knights of Round.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • When Sayoko joined Lelouch's cause, she argued that they should bring Nunnally into the loop as she thought Lelouch's sister would follow him anywhere. He explained his decision against it by reminding her that Nunnally is still far too trusting in the members of the Royal Family, and thus a security risk. Furthermore, an Actual Pacifist like her was bound to argue against any and all use of violence except for self-defense while taking the moral high ground the entire time, as she wouldn't understand Lelouch's need to neutralize their father's Britannia as a threat to them once and for all, resulting in arguments that would have been a constant and unwanted distraction from the moment they told her and on.
    • The How We Got Here prologue of Nina of the Submission hints that the eponymous character has been kept in the dark about Lelouch's rebellion despite her closeness to C.C., and to a lesser extent, Milly and Sayoko.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • Having a Geass that incapacities any people within its Area of Effect, regardless you're aware of their presence or not, pretty much trivializes assassination. However, never encountering any resistance means you grow unused to deal with unexpected complications other than closed doors and security cameras. Agent Desmond of the Geass Order learned this lesson the hard way when he tried to assassinate Lelouch and his Geass didn't work on C.C.
    • Handing out scores of Geass contracts each year makes it hard for V.V. to remember the details of a specific Geass holder. When one of his agents goes rogue, V.V. has basically nothing to go on because he gave them a Geass (and looked into their mind) over a decade ago and has handed out hundreds since then, made only worse by said agent always staying away from base and the agent's handler dying in an incident that occurred one year before the story started.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Lelouch lamented that the side-effects of Desmond's Geass left him feeling too groggy and addled to do more than kiss and cuddle with Milly right after their Relationship Upgrade.
  • Loophole Abuse: Lelouch ordered Sayoko to bring in the disgruntled member of the Yamato Alliance that went rogue on him in Saitama to be judged by his own for his insubordination. Despite the Ninja Maid's obvious intention to solve the issue there and then, she complied. Of course, Lelouch didn't specifically say that her prisoner has to be treated nicely, so she gave him a rollercoaster of a ride on their way to headquarters that ended up in his Potty Failure.
  • Love at First Sight:
    • C.C. to Lelouch. A better Justified example than most because it was her first impression of the contents of his mind as seen through the brief but intense psychic connection when she gave him his Geass power what drew her to him and not just his looks or apparent personality.
    • Parodied with Kallen, who thought that this trope was "a fanciful ideal used by writers of romantic fiction" until the fateful day it happened to her. With the Guren Nishiki, of course.
  • Love Confession:
    • Sayoko stealthily confessed to Lelouch when she swore her loyalty to him by making a fealty oath meant for "kunoichi who loved her master [so] she could bed him and bear his children when he either would not or could not marry her." Lelouch wasn't supposed to realize for a long while that this was more than a vassal/lord sworn alliance, however there was no way for Sayoko to know that C.C. would recognize the specific wording of her oath from her time in Japan three hundred years ago.
    • Milly's in Chapter 32 was a textbook example of O.O.C. Is Serious Business. She was so unsure of herself that she didn't even dare to use the L-word and instead asked Lelouch whether he "wanted her", perhaps hinting that she would have accepted a Friends with Benefits kinda relationship despite obviously wanting more.
  • Love Epiphany:
    • Reuben Invokes one on Milly when he reveals Lelouch's actions as Zero and asks her what she'd do in very likely scenario that any mistake from his part would lead to his death.
    • Played With with C.C. who knew how important Lelouch is to her from early on in the story, but the l-word doesn't cross her lips until a Freudian Slip made her realize that the admission came far more easily than she expected.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Subverted. Unlike canon where Kallen fell for Zero and became increasingly disappointed in Lelouch throughout the first season of the anime, here the relationship between "Kallen Stadtfeld" and "Lelouch Lamperouge" took an entirely different route and turned this into a full-blown Two-Person Love Triangle. It says a lot that, whereas canon!Kallen slapped him after the bullying incident with the hot dog vendor, she instead tried to invite Lelouch into La Résistance. He quickly realized where her line of questioning was going, though, and preemptively gave Kallen strong reasons why he would have refused the invitation if asked and before she said anything truly incriminating.
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  • Magnetic Hero: It's been noted by several characters that Zero truly believes in his own cause and that gives a lot of convincing power to his words. This is a notable difference from canon where he mostly tailored his rhetoric to fit his audience's expectations. This is best exemplified with how taken by him Urabe was after meeting Zero in person for the first time, something that outright unnerved his fellow members of the Four Holy Swords, with Asahina going as far as to suspect that Zero drugged Urabe or something.
  • Make an Example of Them: The former members of the Yamato Alliance that had been stealing supplies from the Black Knights and selling them in the black market were sent on a "vacation" to a Deserted Island in the Sea of Japan with enough food to last them three months and a source of fresh water. Doubles as an example of Cool and Unusual Punishment.
  • Malevolent Masked Men:
    • Zero and his retinue as far as Britannian authorities are concerned. Zero (Lelouch) has his canonical cyclopean helmet with a "Black King" Chess Motif, Aegis (Sayoko) went for a classical Hann'ya mask from Noh theater, Augur (C.C.) wears the Mask of Lies from the World of C in front of her customised burgonet helm, and Red Queen's (Kallen's) crimson helmet is reminiscent of a Super Sentai character but with the lack of distinctive features other than the Black Knights' insignia played up for intimidation value.
    • They are later joined by Incognito, a.k.a. Milly Ashford, who wears a white version of the Zero Mask, but without the sharp edges and with the addition of red markings and a harlequin pattern to imitate a jesters mask.
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: Reuben Ashford pulls off the "Mysterious Mister Mastermind" routine thanks to this trope. In order to negotiate with the big wigs of the organized crime in Area 11 without them figuring out his real identity, he took a page from The Wizard of Oz and made them think they were talking with a tall and muscular man sitting behind a paper screen, when in fact the silhouette belonged to a man he cast for the role and the proxy's voice was actually Reuben's (noted as surprisingly deep for a 87-year-old man) filtered through a voice scrambler.
  • Manchild: Discussed. Lelouch theorizes that stopping aging at such a young age messed up V.V.'s mental development. It certainly would explain why he's prone to immature behaviour and petty maliciousness when his jealousy is triggered despite being otherwise completely capable of running Britannia's secret intelligence agency.
  • Manchurian Agent: Lelouch realizes earlier than his canon counterpart that his Geass can be used to make anyone into this. He tested it first on Villetta Nu by assigning them a Trigger Phrase to put them into a trance where they will follow his every order and another to get them back to their normal self with no memory of it. Subverted after Jeremiah joins Lelouch's cause and speaks on her behalf, convincing him to give her the chance to join their conspiracy on her own volition or be compelled to leave Japan with no memories of him or their plans. Villetta chooses the former and Lelouch agrees to undo the Brainwashing.
  • Marriage of Convenience: The potential Arranged Marriage between Lloyd Asplund and Millicent Ashford is this, although whose convenience is kinda tricky to say.
    • For the Asplunds, they don't appear to be really enthused with associating themselves with a disgraced, if affluent, family like the Ashfords, but Milly is the only fiancée candidate their Confirmed Bachelor of an Earl has showed any interest in so far and they don't want to let that opportunity pass. However Lloyd is neither attracted to the beautiful 18-year-old, nor interested in her money. Instead, the Celibate Eccentric Genius negotiated the only surviving copy of Marianne the Flash's combat data from the Ganymede's test runs, and perhaps the prototype unit itself, as dowry and candidly told Milly she was free to do whatever she wanted with her life after the wedding.
    • For the Ashfords, the only one really pushing for their marriage is the bride's mother, who wants to get back to the nobility and doesn't mind using her daughter as a stepping stone. For his part, Reuben Ashford, the actual head of the family, allowed to all this to go according to Melisande's plans because one of the two favorable outcomes will occur: either Milly will be married to Lloyd, the most harmless husband he could feasibly arrange for her, or much preferably in Reuben's opinion, this will serve as a Cruel to Be Kind ploy to get his granddaughter together with the man she loves by forcing them to find a way out of the problem.
  • Marry Them All: What C.C. is aiming for with her The Matchmaker plans below, which involve getting Lelouch to marry Milly and Kallen while she and Sayoko become his legal mistresses. She has also considered Shirley and Kaguya as wife/mistress material, but her specific plans for the two of them remain unspecific. For her part, Nunnally is also supportive of such a scenario, though she's unaware of most of the participants at the moment.
  • The Matchmaker: C.C. is to this what Lelouch is to The Strategist trope — her long life making her an expert at reading people, figuring out their real feelings, and coming up with just the right Batman Gambit or two to get them together with their respective crushes. The fact that said crush is almost invariably Lelouch is entirely beside the point. For specific examples:
    • Sayoko. C.C. realized from Sayoko's fealty oath to Lelouch both her feelings for him and the kind of relationship the Kunoichi secretly wanted with who was now her lord. Being familiar enough with shinobi from her time in Imperial Japan centuries ago, C.C. decided that said arrangement suited her plans just fine and simply got rid of the obvious pitfalls ahead. First C.C. got Sayoko to admit her feelings aloud by flaunting her relationship with him in front of her. Then she talked out with Lelouch about the two big misgivings he would surely have with taking Sayoko as a mistress before they could become an issue, namely the reasonable but incorrect assumptions that him having a second lover would upset C.C. and that Sayoko was doing this only out of a misguided sense of duty. Finally, C.C. simply let things run their natural course and Sayoko and Lelouch's Relationship Upgrade soon ensued.
    • Milly's case is trickier. Despite having it bad for Lelouch since they were kids, Milly decided to try to move on and was in an exclusive Secret Relationship with Nina, one that C.C. couldn't break up because he explicitly forbid her to. She instead bided her time until an external factor — namely the Hostage Situation at Lake Kawaguchi — drove a wedge between Milly and Nina. Once the latter definitely broke things up with Milly, "Celesta" made her move and seduced Nina On the Rebound to both make sure they wouldn't go back together and, naturally, get to have her fun with the bespectacled girl in the process (not that Nina is complaining). Another and as of now unsolved complication is that Milly's mother is negotiating her Arranged Marriage to Lloyd as in canon, but C.C. is yet to intervene because Lelouch assured her he's already got plans in place for that particular scenario.
    • For Kallen, C.C. seems to be well aware that the redhead can't stand betrayal and is arranging things so the eventual Internal Reveal that Lelouch and Zero are one and the same will work in favor of the pairing instead of the opposite. How? Simply enough: Honesty Is the Best Policy. After waiting for Lelouch, Clueless Chick Magnet that he is, to unwittingly make Kallen fall more and more for both of his personas, C.C. gave Kallen a redacted but near complete disclosure of her plans for Lelouch's love life — including him marrying Milly and Kallen herself with "Celesta" and Sayoko as his mistresses. This prompted the expected reaction in Kallen, but it also precludes many of the reasons she could have to reject a Relationship Upgrade with Lelouch later on.
    • Shirley... well, C.C. doesn't have any big plans for Shirley. She just assumed that the ginormous torch the girl's carrying for Lelouch would make her likely to agree to pretty much anything if that gets her together with him. Looking at canon!Shirley, it's hard to fault C.C.'s logic there.
    • Her plans for Kaguya are currently unknown, but considering that she has a fetish for seeing her man with other women, there's not likely to be much of an issue with her willingness.
  • May–December Romance: This is how 24-year-old Sayoko saw her then-hypothetical relationship with the 17-year-old Lelouch, which was one of the reasons she never acted on her feelings for him until C.C. intervened.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: C.C. is well aware that, as an immortal, a continued relationship with Lelouch would necessarily involve watching him grow old and die.
  • Meaningful Echo: Milly accepted C.C.'s proposal to help her get together with Lelouch with The Big Damn Kiss in lieu of words. The very next chapter, Lelouch accepted Milly's Love Confession wordlessly with a heartfelt kiss that quickly escalated into The Big Damn Kiss as well.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Discussed with respect to the name of Suzaku's Knightmare Frame when Zero reminds him that, while Lancelot was the best knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legends, he was also one of the main reasons for the kingdom's downfall. The comparisons go further than just the name of the KMF though.
      • In legend, Lancelot was seen as the greatest of the Knights of the Round Table, but was never able to become a perfect knight. To atone for his perceived sins, he embarked on the quest for the Holy Grail, but continued to fall victim to his sins via his affair with Guinevere. Once the affair was revealed, Camelot fell due to Mordred using it as a pretense to usurp Arthur, whilst Lancelot attempted to save Guinevere, killing two of his friend Gawain's brothers and sons in the process. After Mordred usurped the throne, Arthur and Gawain returned to Camelot, Lancelot following after. There, he did battle with his once friend Gawain and killed him, Gawain revealing he always considered Lancelot a friend and never blamed him, soon after Lancelot learning of Arthur and Mordred's mutual death, causing Lancelot great despair.
      • Like Lancelot, Suzaku is considered The Ace amidst the Britannian forces in part to his abilities as a devicer and the skills of his KMF, and joined Britannia as atonement for killing his father Genbu as a child in hopes of dying in battle. In canon, it was his feelings for Euphemia that led him to clash with Lelouch and betray him, Lelouch serving as a Composite Character of both Arthur and Gawain. Marianne, in control of Anya, the Mordred's pilot, tried to use this to manipulate him into aiding her in the Ragnarok Connection. This would culminate in his role in the Zero Requiem, leading to him killing Lelouch as a part it. While the comparison holds initially, with Euphemia confirmed to be apart of Lelouch's harem and serving the role of Nimue to Suzaku's Lancelot, its unknown if the comparison will continue for him.
    • Milly's mother is named "Melisande" in this story — the French form of "Millicent" — and they both mean "strong in work," which highlights how the two of them are similar forces of personality that can get pretty much anything they set their minds into. Their growing environments, however, have made them into entirely different people to the point Melisande can be outright considered her daughter's Evil Counterpart.
    • The names of the Knightmare Frames Lloyd was commissioned to make for Cornelia, her knights, and Euphemia have a case of this too.
      • Cornelia's new KMF is dubbed the Morgana. In Arthurian Legend, Morgana, better known as Morgan la Fey, was Arthur's older sister and frequently clashed with him. While originally interpreted as a supportive older sister, Morgana was later written into a villain for medieval narratives, only to be made into a much more sympathetic Anti-Villain by Marion Zimmer Bradley, in which she performed a Heel–Face Turn and helped Arthur, both warning him of Lancelot's affair with Guinevere, and helping him ascend to Avalon after his death. Cornelia was initially Lelouch's loving elder sister, but after he and Nunnally were thought dead, she embraced her title as the "Witch of Britannia" and led Britannia's armies in conquering areas. Now, convinced Lelouch and Nunnally are still alive thanks to Lelouch's machinations and Jeremiah, she wants to find him and help him. Whether she pulls a Heel–Face Turn remains to be seen though.
      • Guilford and Darlton's KMF's are dubbed the Accolon. In Arthurian Legend, Accolon was Morgana's husband she deceived into fighting Arthur, a villain in name only. He and Arthur viewed each other as a Worthy Opponent, and Arthur honored him post mortem by either burying him in Camelot with honors, or returning his body to Morgana. Guilford and Darlton are two of Cornelia's most loyal knights, both having their own honor codes and serving as Anti Villains amidst the Britannians. Whether they'll share Accolon's fate however remains to be seen.
      • The Glaston Knights' KMF's are the Ywain. In Arthurian Legend, Ywain was Morgana's son with King Uriens. Despite his relationship to Morgana however, Ywain grows up to become one of King Arthur's loyal Knights of the Round Table. The Glaston Knights are five of Cornelia's most loyal soldiers, all being the sons of Darlton. However, none of them are his biological children, all being Honorary Britannian's adopted by Darlton after their areas were conquered. Despite this, the five are heavily loyal to both their father and Cornelia.
      • Euphemia's KMF is dubbed the Nimue. There's two characters named Nimue in Arthurian Legend. The first is better known as The Lady of the Lake, who raised Lancelot after the loss of his father, and bestowed King Arthur with the holy sword Excalibur after he dropped Caliburn in her lake. Euphemia is the only one initially concerned enough with Suzaku to have him psychologically evaluated due to his Guilt Complex from murdering his father Genbu, and is a key figure in Lelouch's plans of reconstructing Britannia, Lelouch intending for Euphemia to take her fathers place as the 99th Empress of Britannia. The other Nimue is one half of the Trope Namers for the Merlin and Nimue trope. While the exact role and motivations of Merlin's young lover and apprentice, and how deserved her betrayal of him was varies from one version to the other, her most well-known portrayal by Sir Thomas Malory in Le Morte D Arthur sees her as justified in sealing Merlin away, as he used his status as her teacher to come onto her against her will. This doesn't seem to really allude to Euphemia, but it could be a piece of Foreshadowing instead, hinting that she will betray her current alliances for the right reasons, or find herself as the focus of some unwanted romantic attention and/or in an Arranged Marriage situation just like Cornelia fears their father may arrange if it suits him.
  • Menacing Stroll:
    • Combat training has given several characters this by default, however it's something that only other martial artists tend to notice consciously. Experts like Sayoko and C.C. are experienced enough to know how to hide it — although "Aegis" seems to deliberately emphasize hers as a non-verbal warning against potential attackers when bodyguarding Zero.
    • Urabe remarked on how Kallen unconsciously "[moves] rather like a sword, both deadly in movement and lethal in execution," and realized that he wasn't sure of being able to prevail in a hypothetical straight fight against her, which is saying something coming from a 35-year-old career soldier.
  • Men Can't Keep House: Shirley's father often spends prologued periods away from home because of his work, so when his wife isn't around, it shows. It's pretty telling that she and Shirley opted for installing automatic watering devices on all of the interior plants because of the time Joseph had neglected to hire a housekeeper and let all the plants die.
  • Metaphorically True:
    • Lelouch (as Zero) claims on live TV that he killed Prince Clovis, when it was actually C.C. However, it was only thanks to him that she was able to get her revenge, so he considers it to be at least partially true.
    • Jeremiah swears to Cornelia on his loyalty that he will find Prince Lelouch and Princess Nunnally. Of course he will because he already has.
  • Mighty Glacier: The Bedivere's size and weight makes it slow, and to top it off the Halo Luminous system, while a potent defense system, takes so much power that it can't be used when the Landspinners are on, keeping Nonette from using it when not stationary or going slowly.
  • Military Salute:
    • Ironic variant. Lelouch made his stolen Sutherland salute the Lancelot right before he dropped half of the abandoned Tokyo City Hall complex on it.
    • He gave another ironic salute to Clovis after his Dramatic Unmask from his soldier disguise.
    • Milly answered Euphemia's request to take care of herself with the playful version of this trope.
  • Million-to-One Chance: When we first meet Tetsuya, Kallen notes that his pistol is so caked with grease and dirt, she doubts it would do anything more than blow his hand off. He later uses it to shoot at and successfully hit Zero. It's only his terrible aim that spares Zero's life.
  • Mindlink Mates: While not truly telepathic, granting a Geass to somebody creates a low-key Psychic Link that allows the Code Bearer to accurately know where his or her Contractors are, making the relationship between C.C., Lelouch and Sayoko a Downplayed example of this trope.
  • Mini-Mecha: Lelouch develops the Ashigaruetymology , a Knightmare frame that's roughly half the size of normal ones, for use in situations where Knightmares are either too large or simply overkill. While still in the prototype phase, he intends to eventually mass-produce them to serve as infantry for the Black Knights, and eventually create variants specialized combat such as undersea units to counter Britannia's Portman's. Their first live test was at the raid of the Code-R tertiary site in Fukuoka, where Zero operated one to seize a underground car park beneath the next building over that doubled as one of the facility's hidden entrances.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Nina blames Milly and breaks up with her for the Kawaguchi hostage situation, even though several characters point out there's no way she could have known about it. Lelouch lampshades that Nina probably knows this, but her xenophobia needs her to point the finger somewhere.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Unlike canon, Clovis indulges himself in a Kick the Dog moment and tells C.C. that his experiments on her had Charles' blessing around a month prior to her accidental release. This is one of two biggest "nails" in the story and, needless to say, once she gets free she immediately stops plotting with the Emperor and throws her full support behind Lelouch's rebellion.
  • The Mistress: Discussed. Both Milly and Sayoko have been aware of the other's romantic feelings for Lelouch for years, and smart as they are, they've wondered about the implications of either of them getting together with him some day. Given that neither want to the other to be rejected, and the social standing of everyone involved, both women considered the possibility of Milly and Lelouch becoming the Official Couple while Sayoko remains The Mistress. They know how bad the whole thing would look from the outside, but neither finds it reason enough to reject the possibility altogether.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon:
    • The seemingly impractical design of Cornelia's custom-made "gun-sabre" is explained as a result of its intended purpose as a dueling weapon.
    • Augur's sabre is also a Static Stun Gun where the tip can be fired like a taser's probes.
  • Model Planning: In Chapter 28, Zero explains the battle plan with a detailed mock-up model of Port Yokosuka's docks.
  • Modesty Towel: Lelouch wears one after coming out of the shower in Chapter 5. C.C. is very turned on by the sight. See First Time Feeling entry.
  • Mood-Swinger: Marianne zig-zags between periods of Mama Bear feelings towards her children to being perfectly willing to use them as pawns for the Ragnarok Connection, sometimes switching from one to the other and back within the same conversation. Even Charles is a bit disturbed by it. This psychological trait also explains why perceptive people like Lelouch, Jeremiah and Cornelia have such an idealized opinion of her despite Marianne being a full co-conspirator in something as insane as Charles' plans for Instrumentality.
  • Mood Whiplash: Right in the middle of the do-or-die operation that was rescuing Suzaku from his Kangaroo Court, and just as Zero declared to the world that he was Clovis' real murderer, Lelouch had the presence of mind to silently apologize to C.C. for claiming her kill and ruefully think "I am so not getting any sleep tonight..."
  • A Mother to Her Men: Knight of Nine Nonette makes a point of treating the men under her well, citing that "good subordinates are worth their weight in gold."
  • Mugging the Monster: Desmond vs C.C.; he might be a trained assassin but she's an Old Soldier who spent centuries learning how to fight before she got bored with it.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Nunnally says that Lelouch playing Monopoly is this, but we don't get to see it.
  • Mundane Solution: Lelouch got a knight to dismount his Knightmare by pretending his radio was broken, a common problem since Clovis had such things made by the lowest bidder.
  • Mundane Utility: While "mundane" is pushing it, Lelouch used his Geass to get Kallen's mother to fight off her Refrain addition. He disguises the supernatural elements for their sake as the work of "[an] acquaintance [of his who] has never failed to hypnotise someone" and regular medical treatment.
  • Murder-Suicide: Diethard Reid fears that if he has to work his current job for much longer, he'll go insane and shoot his superiors to death before turning the gun on himself.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Lampshaded in Chapter 32, when the narration comments on the biological improbability of a woman as lithe as C.C. being able to give another woman a Neck Lift.
  • My Beloved Smother: Cornelia to Euphemia, who in her protectiveness feels justified to take advantage of her position in the Imperial Army and as the latter's older sister and legal guardian to drag her around the world with her, keep Euphemia under constant surveillance by her Royal Guards, control who interacts with her, interfere with her finances and even intercepting her mail. While Cornelia has a fairly understandable Freudian Excuse for this (see the relevant entry), everybody in-story agreed that it was just a matter of time before Euphemia would rebel big time against her sister, and the attempted massacre in Saitama was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back just like Lelouch arranged it to happen with nothing more than a letter.
  • My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: Princess Euphemia feels ashamed of Britannia due to many great things. A particular sore point for her is the fact that they got really close to outright legalizing slavery a little before the beginning of Charles' reign. And by "really close" we mean the bill in question got only two votes short from passing in the House of Parliament.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here:
    • Narrowly avoided by Suzaku of all people. When he was summoned by Jeremiah to give the Viceroy and Sub-Viceroy his testimony about what happened to Lelouch and Nunnally during and right after Britannia's invasion of Japan, Princess Euphemia was so caught up by emotion that she didn't realize she was leaning toward him at an angle that gave him a direct line of sight to her décolletage. Thankfully for Suzaku, he remembered one time when Lelouch said that Cornelia would "give a guided tour of hell" to any poor sod she'd catch checking her little sister out, so he wisely keep his eyes elsewhere.
    • An everyday thing for Hot Scientist Cheryl Silver and she hates it.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: As in the series, Kallen isn't really that fond of Suzaku.
    Kallen: [narrating] [...] Rivalz was more confused and dazed than anything else, while Celesta looked contemptfully at Nina. Suzaku was elsewhere and Kallen didn't really care about him.
  • My God, You Are Serious: Euphemia calls Zero's world domination plan a bad joke, she reacts even more poorly to the fact that they're so serious about the plan, than the fact that they would put her on the throne as part of it.
  • My Hair Came Out Green: Invoked. When they were kids, Nunnally's half-sister Carine slapped her. Lelouch obviously didn't take kindly to that, and the very next day he snuck into Carine's suit and injected luminous green hair dye into her shampoo. As the narration puts it, "[her] shriek had been heard from all parts of the Imperial Palace that morning."
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Darlton loyally serves Princess Cornelia, regardless of his personal objections. For example, he spoke against Operation Snake Pit — the planned massacre in Saitama — but when she issued the order anyway, Darlton professionally did everything in his power to assure the success of the mission as always.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!:
    • A younger Cornelia tried to throttle the first guy she saw dancing with Euphemia during the latter's first Ball. The kid not only turned out to be their half-brother Lelouch whom neither of them knew by sight at the time, but he was also the only son of Cornelia's idol Marianne the Flash, leaving her thoroughly mortified.
    • Ohgi slaps himself with this the first time he sees Kallen, the younger sister of his late best friend Naoto, in her form-fitting "Red Queen" disguise.
    • Nunnally is a Gender Inverted Example. While she doesn't have a problem with girls who genuinely love her brother, like Milly or Shirley, hearing his many fangirls lusting after him straight-out disgust her.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • C.C. in her Augur persona wears a full-body ensemble reminiscent of a medieval knight's armor, likely a reference to the "Witch of Britannia" from Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally. Considering that C.C. herself sketched the design, the allusion may have been intentional on her part.
    • C.C. wears a skimpy cat-themed costume during the Welcome Party for Arthur the cat, just like she did in her role as the Cheshire Cat in the Storybook Episode OVA Code Geass: Nunnally In Wonderland.
    • Princes Castor and Pollux rui Britannia — exclusive characters to the Nintendo DS adaptation of the first season of the anime — and their work with experimental Knightmare Frames have been mentioned in the narration a few times so far.
    • Milly's mother is introduced just like in the anime. That is, during a phone call with her daughter while discussing her Arranged Marriage to Lloyd Asplund. Unlike canon, we get to hear both sides of the conversation, providing a pretty good first impression of the kind of person Melisande is.
    • Mamoru pilots a prior iteration of Kallen's Guren Nishiki, similarly to Rai's Prototype Gekka in the Black Knights route of Code Geass: Lost Colors.
    • Lelouch's intent to have Euphemia take the throne of the new Britannia is in reference to her doing that in Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally, and his second option being Marrybell refers to how Marrybell supported and helped carryout the Zero Requiem in canon thanks to their shared background. The line about her being so far down the line for inheriting the throne being a joke at the lack of exposure her debut series got until she appeared in the compilation movies.
    • Milly Ashford's People Puppets Geass is similar to those of Clara Lanfranc (picture) in Code Geass: Oz the Reflection but lacking the I Know Your True Name requirement, and an unnamed child belonging to the Geass Order in the main series.
    • When C.C. tells Milly that likely the only way anyone could even temporarily resist Lelouch's Geass would be if he ordered them to do something they found completely repugnant... such as ordering Euphemia to commit a massacre.
  • Nailed to the Wagon: A big problem for Tetsuya Ichigyomon, who was used to Getting High on Their Own Supply until the Yamato Alliance put the foot down on Refrain dealers. Mamoru speculates that Tetsuya's entire involvement in the story, and the many poor decisions he took during it, might have been one extended Out-of-Character Moment resulting from withdrawal.
  • Named by the Adaptation:
    • Milly's unnamed mother is called Melisande Ashford née DeAmbury. Her father is named Roderick Ashford.
    • Same thing with Kallen's stepmother — Agatha Stadtfeld née Bradford.
    • For the hat trick: Kallen and Naoto's real mother is named Yuko Kozuki.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: After a while, Kallen's Nom de Guerre "Red Queen" evolves into "The Red Death" among the Britannian forces in Area 11.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: When Zero told the Kozuki Cell that Cornelia was planning on re-enacting the Shinjuku Massacre in Saitama, Tamaki let out a long string of expletives that prompted Zero to remark "Interesting combination, Tamaki-san. Although I believe that particular combination is physically impossible, even with lube."
  • Nausea Fuel: In-Universe example. Shirley had to run to the nearest toilet and empty her stomach after finding documents describing her father's work for Code-R.
  • Neck Lift: C.C. pulls this on Original Character Cheryl Silver in Chapter 32.
  • Never Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight: Mamoru completely disabled the Exeter's Gatling Gun by throwing his chainsword through the barrel and destroying the gun internal mechanism.
  • Newhart Phonecall: Lelouch's call with Jeremiah Gottwald in Chapter 32. The call's contents are revealed in the next scene.
  • New Transfer Student: C.C attends Ashford Academy under the assumed identity of Celesta Crossfield and joins the Student Council.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • A nested example. Rolo arrived in Japan prior to the Battle of Narita on V.V.'s orders to kill Lelouch and capture C.C., but Desmond, another Agent of the Geass Order and someone with a chip on his shoulder about Rolo, got the drop on him and put him to sleep for a month with his Geass. In turn, this Right Hand vs. Left Hand moment was engineered by Charles who wanted Lelouch alive because of Marianne, and probably also because Lelouch's continued survival is the best way to keep C.C. at a relatively easy-to-find location: by his side.
    • Chapter 31 adds another layer to the above. Desmond grew so overconfident thanks to his Geass that he didn't bother to go through the Mission Briefing from beginning to end and thus he didn't learn C.C. was in Ashford Academy. Both factors not only put him in a severe disadvantage the moment his power failed to work, but his capture likely will give Lelouch everything he needs to track down Code-R to its current headquarters in Fukuoka. Furthermore, he attacked Ashford Academy when "Celesta" was with Milly, prompting the Internal Reveal of the supernatural to the latter and put her on the fast track into Lelouch's innermost circle.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Nonette is introduced speaking casually to the head of her maintenance crew. She also scolds Dorothea for calling them "useless commoners", noting that they rely on said commoners to keep their Knightmares repaired and stocked.
  • The Nicknamer: Knight of Nine Nonette Enneagram. Among others, she calls Cornelia "Nellie", Jeremiah "Jerry" and she even has the Brass Balls to call the Emperor "Charlie" when they're in private.
  • Ninja Log: When Sayoko/Aegis swoops down on Tetsuya, he shoots at her, only to find out he actually hit a metal box wrapped in her cloak. Then the real Aegis lands behind him and runs him through with her sword.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: C.C. only allows Lelouch and Sayoko to touch her hair, claiming that "Only a man to whom a lady had given her heart could touch a woman's pride and joy." Lelouch isn't sure if she's serious about it, but plays along regardless.
  • The Nondescript: Valefar. They only wear gender-neutral clothing when they allow themselves to be seen, and when they meet with Kadzuki of the Neo-Shinsengumi, they are In the Hood with the only visible piece to them being a gunmetal face covering helmet, and using a voice synthesizer to mask their own voice. Even V.V., the one who made a contract with Valefar and should be able to know certain things about them, doesn't even know their gender as Valefar is gender-fluid, and when they mention that Vassago's Geass only works on people who see themselves as male, they add it won't work on them since they don't identify as male. As such, no one is sure what Valefar looks like, what their birth gender was, or what their current gender is.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Guilford could barely hide his amusement at Cornelia's very occasional bouts of Hangover Sensitivity, but did a good enough job for her to be annoyed by it rather than truly angry. Darlton freely admits that's not something he can do, so he simply avoids being around the princess at those times as much as possible lest he gives in to the temptation of making fun of her.
  • No Such Agency: In R2, the Office of Secret Intelligence was an ad-doc intelligence unit created to monitor the amnesiac Lelouch 24/7 with the objective of capturing C.C. for the Emperor. Here, the O.S.I. is upgraded to a feared off-the-books Government Agency of Fiction that only answers to the Britannian Emperor himself and is in change of all kinds of black-ops assignments — from blackmail and assassinations, to outright massacres that Britannia would rather not have associated to their military. Only high-ranking military and governmental personnel of both Britannia and their enemies, plus the Imperial Family, know if its existence. Notably, the O.S.I. has the Britannian equivalent of the internet rigged to detect if someone unauthorized stumbles upon them. Even less people know that the whole agency in fact a cover of the Geass Order, run by V.V. who employs Geass Users with useful powers as agents such as Rolo and Desmond to do his bidding.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Discussed. C.C. argues that this trope is one of the reasons why Zero won't ever be able to fade into obscurity if he ever manages to overthrow the Britannian Emperor. After all, someone like that simply disappearing from the public eye is pure Paranoia Fuel as everybody would fear what he could be up to next.
  • Not Hyperbole: When someone replaces Cornelia's order for Gloucesters and Sutherlands with the near useless Liverpools and Yorks, Nonette is completely serious in saying she'll have the perpetrator shot, as is Cornelia when she tells her "Please do".
  • Not So Different:
    • V.V. argues this about Lelouch and Charles. They both wear masks (although Lelouch revels in his Zero mask which is closer to his true self than his public persona, while Charles dislikes his Social Darwinist one), both lost their mothers at a young age, are highly driven, intelligent, focused on their respective goals, and above all, stubborn like a mule. V.V. even notes that about the only thing Charles has that Lelouch doesn't is a harem (unaware that he's gaining one).
    • Diethard gains more sympathy for Zero when he gets to meet with him and hears him complain about paperwork, and gains even more after Zero reveals how he has to hide his true self beneath a mask, like the reporter himself hides his frustration at having to help fuel the Britannian Propaganda Machine.
    • Nonette points this about Red Queen/Kallen to Cornelia after hearing how she fights because Clovis apparently killed her brother, even using the trope name when reminding Cornelia how she would likely react if Euphemia was murdered, or Euphemia if Cornelia was murdered.
    • Chiba realizes this about herself and Augur when she responds to Augur's Armor-Piercing Question that she would react the same if not more violently had anyone disrespected Todoh the way they were doing to Zero.
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: Kaguya shows obvious relief after hearing from Aegis that Zero is straight. She immediately realizes what she let slip and quickly clarifies that there's nothing wrong with being gay or bi.
  • Number Two:
    • Ohgi and Mamoru to Zero within the hierarchy of the Order of the Black Knights, later joined by Todoh, with Kallen as the Number Three. Aegis and Augur are more like Zero's retinue than this trope, that is, agents working directly under him because he simply can't be everywhere he's needed at once.
    • As the Black Knights grow in size and operational complexity, Zero plans on further dividing Number Two's duties and assign them by specialty — Ohgi as the chief of staff with Tamaki as his second, Mamoru and Aegis in charge of the intelligence division, and Todoh as the head of Combat Operations.

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  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Major Kadzuki was very good at strategy and tactics, but kept his skills a closely guarded secret until he had an opportunity to exert his own authority.
  • Obliviously Evil: Suzaku can't recognize that Britannia isn't morally superior, even when Lelouch says it to his face. This is because the admission would invalidate the entire point of killing his father.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Defied. Nonette didn't wait for Britannian bureaucracy to allocate the funds needed to update her Bedivere into a truly useful Ace Custom, opting for paying Lloyd out of her own pocket rather than taking the risk of fighting another battle against the Black Knights in a Flawed Prototype.
  • O.C. Stand-in:
    • Nonette and Dorothea are shown to be this. Nonette, while being something of a gadfly to Cornelia, which is really only known through other media, acts as a sounding board for her. Dorothea, on the other hand, has a somewhat harsh personality from Britannia's standing racism, something that's only really implied with Villetta's backstory.
    • In the anime, Milly's mother only appears once at another end of a Newhart Phonecall with her and she didn't even get any lines. Here, she's got a distinct if unpleasant personality and a name (Melisande Ashford née DeAmbury).
  • Oedipus Complex:
    • Sibling variant. Kallen may not care much about her father, but she does think the world of her older brother Naoto. Seeing the same Big Brother Instinct in Lelouch is one of the things that attracts her to him the most.
    • This turns out to be reciprocal from Lelouch's part. Kallen reminds him a lot of his mother — or rather, what Lelouch thinks Marianne was like. As he puts it, "brave, fierce, caring, compassionate and with willpower enough to stop a Knightmare in its tracks."
    • Milly is another likely example given the number of similarities between her crush and her grandfather, who's been more of a parent to her than her father and mother ever had. Lelouch and Reuben are caring men who would do anything for their loved ones, both possessing a keen and insightful chessmaster-level intellect paired with ruthless resourcefulness and a flair for the dramatic, all hidden behind an affable, witty and charming persona that it is as much of a real part of them as it is not. Incidentally, they're excellent cooks, too.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse:
    • Agent Desmond of the Geass Order was made to pick between spilling the beans and get a quick, painless death, or keep quiet and live enough to regret it.
    • Augur gives a Cheryl Silver a "choice" between working for Zero and atoning for her sins, die right there and then with the rest of her coworkers, or be imprisoned by the Black Knights until she outlives her usefulness. She immediately picks the former out of both a desire to live, and due to the fact she Hates Being Alone.
    • C.C. gives Nina Einstein the choice between officially becoming her Property of Love, contract and all, or… accepting C.C.'s promise that neither she nor any of Lelouch's other women will ever do anything to the latter. Given that by that point Nina has developed a strong taste for being dominated by other women in bed (thanks to the tender care and guidance of C.C. herself, of course) and how unlikely would be to find what Nina now craves in another partner, they both Lampshade aloud that said "choice" is one only in name.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Villetta's reaction when she realizes just how much control Lelouch had over her because of his Geass.
    • Code-R's personnel at hearing Aegis introduce herself. The stand-in head of the facility went a step further.
  • Old Master:
    • C.C. probably has forgotten more about martial arts than what your typical Old Master learns in their entire lives. While her skill at unarmed combat only briefly appears in the anime, here she's shown to be also a scarily skilled fencernote  capable of disarming a group of professional bodyguards in the time it took them to pull out their guns.
    • Milly's grandfather is the cloak-and-dagger version of this trope, managing to survive more than forty years in the throat-cutting world of Imperial Court politics without mishap. Among his accomplishments, Reuben has led the Ashford family through their fall from grace after Empress Marianne's death with as little loss as possible, keeps his daughter-in-law's plotting at bay like she's some bratty kid, is completely aware of Lelouch's actions as Zero and extended his unofficial support to him on the condition that his revolution will spare the Ashford family, and even somehow figured out that Lelouch, Sayoko and "Celesta" are a hot item. He's also one of the very few people capable of manipulating Lelouch to a certain degree, even if just so his granddaughter can be with the man she loves.
  • Old Soldier: Nonette is not only the longest serving member of the Knights of Round, she was also one of the test pilots for the original Knightmare Frames. C.C. explains that when it comes to Knightmare combat, there is literally no one in the world more experienced than her.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Rakshata, as Lelouch lampshades, having around a dozen different degrees. There's a reason that she's one of the top three people he's most worried about discovering his identity as Zero.
  • One Last Smoke: General Katase and his men drink from their very best sake before activating the Gyoko System during the Battle of Narita.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Tetsuya shoots at Zero with the intent to kill, but only manages to inflict a minor injury to the arm. Lelouch is even able to have a threesome with C.C. and Sayoko just a few hours later. He did fall asleep right afterward though, probably from a mix of exhaustion, minor blood lost and painkillers.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Urabe is the only one of the Four Holy Swords to understand how bad the situation is for the JLF after Narita and realizes that Kyoto is likely cutting their funding. He's not happy about it but unlike the others, he's not blinded by his pride.
    • Later, Urabe is the only one of the four to properly follow orders in preparing for an operation under Zero's command, with the others ranging from Bothering by the Book to flat-out refusing to work.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Agent Valefar of the Geass Directorate has only been identified by their code name so far.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Euphemia, normally the friendliest and least confrontational character in the story, rips Cornelia a new one for both her attempts at recreating the Shinjuku Massacre and for hiding it from her. Euphy coldly tells her that Cornelia's refusal to perform her own duties as Viceroy and not informing the Sub-Viceroy (Euphy) of military operations within her jurisdiction are both serious crimes, even for an Imperial Princess. Likewise, Euphemia is sick of Cornelia monitoring her finances, reading her mail, and having her Knights follow Euphemia everywhere.
    • Sayoko/Aegis' manner of speech remains polite at almost all times, so when she let out a loud stream of curses, you know it's serious. Sayoko discovered from the news footage that Princess Euphemia was one of the hostages at Lake Kawaguchi. This is major bad news because her potential death at the hands of a member of the JLF could, in a worst-case scenario, push Cornelia into a grief-stricken Roaring Rampage of Revenge against all the Japanese people, and being the highest Britannian authority in Area 11, that's a perfect recipe for mass genocide.
    • In the meeting at the beginning of Chapter 25, the Black Knights take notice of the normally unflappable Zero's obvious worry. Then he tells them about Code-R, letting them know exactly why he's so upset.
    • Right before the attack on Code-R's tertiary site in Fukuoka, Lelouch notices C.C. return to her emotionless state from when he first met her. He deduces she most likely is repressing her rage at the torture the project subjected her too to instead focus on the mission.
    • Milly's Love Confession to Lelouch in Chapter 32 was as far away from her normally confident self as it can get. She was nervous like never before, had trouble finding her words, remained uncertain of his reaction despite C.C. already telling her that he liked her back, and looked outright scared when it took Lelouch a second too long to answer due to how out-of-character she was acting.
    • C.C. hates the way that V.V. is so callous with the people that he makes contracts with, having once told Marianne that she'd rather swim through acid than do so, preferring to make one Contract at a time. Thus, Marianne finds the fact that she's given two other people Geass while Lelouch is still alive a sign that she is extremely pissed off at them.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Dorothea Ernst insults Marianne to Nonette's face, causing said Nonette to pull a Neck Lift and threaten her with an honor duel.
  • Operation: Jealousy:
    • C.C. got Sayoko to admit her feelings for Lelouch by flaunting her relationship with him in a bunch of small and big ways. Like walking around his room in his shirt or keeping on having sex with him despite knowing Sayoko was watching them.
    • Reuben Ashford was a lot more subtle about it, but not less effective, by praising Milly's potential fiancé (Lloyd) about how "he would be a decent husband to [his] granddaughter if nothing else," which got Lelouch rather twitchy under his calm façade.
  • Original Character: Several, like Mamoru Takagahara (Number Two of a large resistance group that Cornelia wiped out off-screen in canon and Kallen and Naoto's former martial arts teacher) and Tetsuya Ichigyomon (a member of the resistance group destroyed in the Saitama Ghetto Ambush in canon). They are also Foils of each other, where Mamoru is among the best La Résistance has to offer (and ends up joining the Order of the Black Knights in a position roughly equivalent to Ohgi's), and Tetsuya among the very worst (who twice tried to kill Zero despite the fact he led his group to victory, or rather because of it, which earned him a bad case of sword-through-the-lung courtesy of Sayoko).
    • There's also Desmond and Agent Valefar, both of whom are assassins from the Geass Directorate who are also Foils of each other as while Desmond is Defiant to the End when captured after he failed to assassinate Lelouch, Valefar went rogue after completing a mission elsewhere.
  • Out-Gambitted: Milly's mother is forging ties with important members of the organized crime in Area 11, doing them favors like letting them conceal their goods in properties of the Ashford Family, with the objective of later using said connections and owed favors to get rid of her father-in-law and gain control of the Ashford Foundation through her Henpecked Husband. She's got no idea that Reuben saw her plan coming years in advance and had an employee of his pretend to be one of his enemies and interact with (read: bribe) the heads of said cartels and basically do the same thing she's trying to, just better and while protecting his real identity at the same time. He also had his proxy instruct said criminals to take favors from Melisande, but do nothing without his say-so because he was an "interested party eager to deal the final blow to the Ashfords." This prevents his daughter-in-law from attempting anything else because she thinks her plans are progressing smoothly, and the cartels won't move against the Ashford on their own because they think someone is already plotting their downfall.
  • Out of Focus:
    • Rolo was supposed to be assigned by V.V. to killing Lelouch, but thanks to Desmond wanting to upstage him, he's instead put in a coma. As Desmond's Geass has a max of three months before ending, Rolo will be left incapacitated for that long, or until Desmond either dies or willingly releases it.
    • After his suicidal behavior is noted by Euphemia, Suzaku is forced to undertake a psychological evaluation, and after the results come in confirming her suspicious, she does everything in her power as Sub-Viceroy to put him on a forced medical leave. While she is aware that as a member of Camelot her brother Schneizel (the group's financial backer and overseer) can countermand her orders at any point, at the moment she is content with making sure he stays off the battle field. His enforced medical leave effectively if temporarily removes Suzaku from the story in the process as it's noted he's absent from Ashford as a result of said leave.
    • Played With Nina. She barely appears after the Lake Kawaguchi Incident and her break-up with Milly, but C.C. occasionally mentions how she's doing well now as her sub.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Lelouch did the sexy version of this to C.C. once, plus some Kinky Spanking, as he carried her to his bed.
  • Paid Harem: Implied. Prince Clovis had exclusively female chauffeurs drive his personal transport, prompting Kallen to call him a sexist pig. This caused some problems during Suzaku's rescue from his Kangaroo Court because only Kallen was able to fit into the figure-flattering pantsuit driver uniform whereas Lelouch would have rather had her manning the civilian Knightmare that facilitated their escape than driving the limousine.
  • Pair the Smart Ones: Lelouch is, if anything, even smarter than he was in canon, and he finds intelligence attractive in a woman.
  • Paranoia Gambit:
    • An accidental example. Britannian nobility is cautious of Euphemia because they can't understand that one of them is actually as honest as she appears to be and that she doesn't have ulterior and self-serving plans in the works. Lelouch observes that, for the typical high-powered political player, the fact they can't buy her can only mean that someone else bought her off first, which leads them a merry chase trying to figure who did it and what said hypothetical party is planning to do.
    • After the Battle of Saitama, Augur (C.C.) said "in victory, one must be gracious" during her broadcast to the Britannian troops, something that Euphemia and Cornelia recognized as one of late Imperial Consort Marianne vi Britannia's favorite truisms. This bit of inconsequential yet very intimate knowledge about the Imperial Family made them worry about just how much intel Zero's group has on them.
  • Parents Know Their Children: As strained as the relationship between Kallen and her real mother is, Yuko didn't miss how Kallen doesn't cut class as often as she used to, and (very) carefully asked her if someone from school has caught her interest. Lelouch's face was the first thing to come to mind at her words, which naturally made Kallen angry at her. Yuko also noticed the Crush Blush Kallen sports around Zero.
  • Patriotic Fervor:
    • The "Neo Shinsengumi" is formed by the most nationalist ex-members of the JLF that weren't stupid enough to follow Kusakabe to their deaths at Lake Kawaguchi. Their leader actively encourages their jingoism to solidify his position with pandering such as changing their uniforms for a hakama and haori set reminiscent of the original Shinsengumi.
    • Half of the Fatal Flaw of two of the heads of the Six Houses of Kyoto and a former one — Tousai Munakata, Tatsunori Osakabe and Hiroyosi Yoshida, respectively — who can't get over the fact that Zero is a former Britannian prince despite everything he and his Black Knights have done and still could do for Japan. They even start conspiring with the "Neo Shinsengumi" to undermine Taizo's faction and get rid of Zero in one way or another.
  • The Peeping Tom:
    • Sayoko had a reasonable excuse to run into Lelouch and C.C. having sex for the first time. The second time, not so much.
    • C.C. switched on Lelouch's "Milly Madness Detection System" (a CCTV system monitoring the Student Council office) out of boredom one day and was rewarded with a live feed of Milly and Nina having sex. Like the example above, this was an Accidental Pervert moment at first, but keeping on watching them until they finished was not.
  • Pen-Pushing President: Clovis did such a poor bureaucratic work in Area 11 that anyone in the position of Viceroy or Sub-Viceroy has to become this by necessity in order to deal with his backlogged paperwork.
  • People Puppets: Milly Ashford's Geass lets her take control of people's nervous systems, letting her control them like puppets.
  • Perky Female Minion: "Incognito" (a.k.a. Milly Ashford) for Zero, who dresses in female version of his identity-concealing mask,and a white bodysuit that looks like a fusion between a Sexy Jester and a highly stylized military uniform, and behaves more upbeat during missions than Augur and Aegis.
  • Personality Powers: Besides the canon Geass, Sayoko's Aura Vision is perfect for a bodyguard or spy since it lets her know someone's current emotional state. Meanwhile Milly Ashford's Geass fits with her desire to "make people dance to her tune" as C.C. puts it.
  • Person as Verb: Military men in Area 11 dread the "General Augustus Treatment," which is how they call pissing off just the wrong superior officer and/or Noble and getting demoted to humiliating assignments, like the eponymous former General who's now a sanitation tech in Hokkaido as a result of getting on Clovis' bad side.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In Saitama, Cornelia put a former subordinate of Clovis in charge of the troops as a stalking horse tactic in order to lull Zero into a false sense of security. While she fully expected the officer to find himself outclassed by Zero, Cornelia was pleasingly surprised that he performed well enough that he likely would have won if the enemy was your typical terrorist group or even troops from the EU. Because of that and following Darlton's advice, Cornelia, later on, confirmed him in his rank of captain, as he was obviously expecting to get demoted for his defeat.
    • Everything Lelouch did for Kallen's mother. Using his Geass to effectively cure her from her drug addiction, providing her with a place to stay while she recovers, helping her avoid capture and prison time, and above all making every effort so she and Kallen can finally have a fraction of the family life the Invasion took away from them. Arguably the best part is that he didn't do it to further secure Kallen's loyalty to him, but rather because he wanted to reward Yuko for willing going through the daily abuse she endured for the sake of her children.
  • Phone-Trace Race: Cornelia's personnel tried to track down the origin of Augur's transmission after the Battle of Saitama, but the signal bounced on at least twenty repeaters before C.C. simply cut the feed after delivering her taunting message and way before the trace could be completed.
  • Phrase Catcher: Sayoko's Stealth Hi/Bye routine earns her frequent cries of "Don't do that!"
  • Playing Possum: When Sayoko barely managed to resist a sleep-inducing Geass, she chose to pretend to be under its effects and stay with the unconscious Lelouch and Nunnally rather than actively tracking the unknown threat in her weakened state. That way, if one or more of them are the intended target, then she'd be able to try and catch the attacker off-guard at the last second.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: C.C. of all people asked Milly Ashford this when she was about to go into a firefight topless. Played With in that she said it in perfect Deadpan Snarker style and for pragmatical reasons.
  • Poetic Serial Killer: V.V.'s agents murdered Marianne's retainers this way, like killing a teetotaller via alcohol poisoning.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss:
    • Diethard feels this way about his boss in Hi-TV, who "[lives] up to the corrupt bureaucrat stereotype like no one else Reid had ever met."
      Diethard: [thinking] Overweight, obnoxious, arrogant, vainglorious fool...
    • Cheryl Silver has similar feelings regarding her own boss in Code-R, who is a sexist pig (who not only apparently made high heels mandatory for female employees, but sexually harasses Cheryl) who cowers in fear when Zero and company attack the facility.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Given this is a Code Geass fic, it should come as no surprise.
    • Tetsuya shows hints of being racist against Kallen for her Mixed Ancestry.
    • Desmond refers to Sayoko as an "Eleven monkey" during his attempted assassination of Lelouch.
    • For a case of a bad guy being sexist rather than racist, Ezekiel D'Arcy Humperdinck is a lecherous Straw Misogynist who sexually harasses Cheryl Silver.
  • Polyamory: A major subplot is Lelouch slowly but surely getting a harem. He already has both C.C. and Sayoko sharing his bed, and they are later joined by Milly Ashford in Chapter 32. Word of God states there are more to come eventually, with C.C. planning the initiation of Kallen, Shirley, and Kaguya, and Word of God himself confirming the addition of Euphemia and Viletta. Considering his father has 108 consorts, it's no surprise that he's not too averse to the idea.
  • Potty Failure:
    • Tetsuya after getting carried on the metal hands of a Knightmare "piloted" by Aegis on the way to his trial.
    • Director Humperdinck at hearing Aegis introduce herself over the radio.
  • Power at a Price: Geass contracts made by V.V. have an unfortunate side affect of handicapping their users while using their Geass.
    • Rolo's Ward of Absolute Suspension, like in canon, sends his heart into cardiac arrest in exchange for stopping the subjective pass of time for people within a given area.
    • Desmond's Ward of Absolute Slumber renders him blind in one eye and deaf in one ear interchangeably in exchange for the ability to place anyone in his range into a deep slumber, ranging from a few hours to a full coma, one that can only be awoken by either his own volition or his incapacitation.
    • Another agent, Valefar, can only use their Geass for five minutes before becoming lethargic and physically weak.
    • One individual can gain superhuman eyesight, but will have an aneurysm every time he uses it.
    • A deceased agent, Sabenock, could only hold one set of absorbed memories at a time and keeping them for extended periods caused an intense migraine that would risk becoming a lethal aneurysm if not dealt with within two weeks.
    • Marianne believes part of the reason for this is his callous disregard for the people that he grants the power to, pointing out that Charles, the only exception to that, is literally the only Seal-type Geass produced from his contracts, almost all others being Ward-types.
  • Powered Armor: The narration mentions the Flawed Prototype of a personal powered armour that a weapons developer tried to sell to the Britannian High Command three years ago, only to be rejected despite how admittedly useful such an equipment would be for Spec-Ops and assault teams because he couldn't get the armored suits to work for more than ten minutes without more funds for research. The project was shelved and the dev team when their separate ways, but the patent owner maintained the lab, hoping that an investor would come along to continue the research, but now they're close to bankruptcy and in desperate need of cash. Enter Lelouch and all his ill-gotten money. Despite this, he still had issues converting the miniature Yggdrasil Drives into something usable, requiring he wait till Rakshata can look over the designs and work a solution before beginning to do anything with it.
  • Power Incontinence: Defied. Forewarned by C.C. that he will lose the ability to turn off his Geass if he uses it too much, Lelouch makes sure of using it as sparingly as possible. He also found a way to "hire" people into his service by using his Geass as a Magically Binding Contract via Trigger Phrases rather than just a one-off orders.
    • This ended up happening to two of V.V.'s contracts: the Baroness of Gold Peak and Agent Sabenock of the Geass Directorate. The former went insane when someone mowed the lawn and she wasn't able to turn her plant empathy Geass off while the latter, whose memory absorption Geass evolved into a Ward-type Geass, ended up cracking from absorbing the memories of so many immoral people and killed several Directorate personnel before finally dying.
  • The Power of Love: It's heavily implied that falling in love with Lelouch is the whole reason why C.C. was able to finally move past her Emotion Suppression curse. Amusingly enough, she didn't seem to consciously realize this at first and only knew Lelouch was the first guy she wanted to sleep with in literal centuries, so she just went and convinced him of having an accomplices-with-benefits kind of relationship with her.
  • Power Perversion Potential:
    • Discussed. While talking about the particularities of Lelouch's Geass, C.C. mentioned how it could be used to implant a Trigger Phrase in someone's mind and, for example, "make it so they became unbearably horny upon command," which gave him and Sayoko one hell of a Luminescent Blush.
    • C.C. can use a variant of her Touch Telepathy to "tweak" a person's nervous system in order to make a given area of their bodies more or less sensitive to a given stimulus than they were before. In her own opinion, this minor application of her powers is only useful for "seduction or torture".
    • Implied in Chapter 32. Augur half-jokingly encouraged Zero to "have more morals" than Cheryl Silver's former coworkers and not try to bring her to his bed after she accepted to work for him. Given that his standard procedure for personnel in sensitive positions like hers involves long-term, open-ended Brainwashing for the Greater Good and secrecy, the implication was that it'd be trivial for him to later order the Hot Scientist to moonlight as his highly-educated call girl. Zero is not amused at said implications.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Major Kadzuki may be very interested in reinstating a lot of Japan's more obsolete practices from the pre-Meiji, including Kiri-sute Gomen, but is knowledgeable to keep those ideas to the future, and knows that restraint is needed to not alienate all support. He is also aware that keeping some of the more radical elements like he was to the JLF would cause more trouble than needed, so he assigned them to serve as effectively suicide bombers to attack Cornelia and the Black Knights at Port Yokusaka.
  • Praetorian Guard: Zero's personal guard within the Black Knights is called the Obsidian Knights in this continuity, led by his Champion, the Knight of Zero — Kallen "Red Queen" Kozuki/Stadtfeld.
  • Prepare to Die: Done as a taunting Pre Ass Kicking One Liner during the Battle of Port Yokosuka:
    Mamoru: Now then, Knight of Four… I hope you have an up-to-date Last Will and Testament… because you're going to die today. Do try to put up a fight.
  • Pride:
    • Most of the Japan Liberation Front view themselves as the best of the resistance groups in Area 11. Only a few note that while they have been active for seven years, they've accomplished functionally nothing in that time.
    • While this trope was part of the reason for Josui Kusakabe to carry out the hostage-taking operation at Lake Kawaguchi against orders in canon, here he was further incensed to do it because Zero "spurned the honour of joining the JLF" and the fact his superiors offered to grant the masked man with the starting rank of Lieutenant Colonel — the same as Kusakabe's — which the military man didn't think Zero deserved.
  • The Profiler: Despite his eccentricity, Lloyd is quite skilled at reading people and understanding them, partially because they tend to be loose-lipped around someone they think is only interested in Knightmare Frames. As a result, Lloyd realizes the psychological profile of Suzaku isn't completely accurate and deduces that Suzaku doesn't trust himself to make decisions when he's emotional.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Sayoko's canonical Undying Loyalty to Lelouch has explicitly romantic underlying motivations in this story.
  • Propaganda Machine: Zero states to Tamaki that the Britannian citizenry has been indoctrinated from the cradle to always believe that they are superior to any culture or people, thus becoming living dolls that simply spew out Charles's rhetoric with no sense of individual opinion on the matter.
  • Propaganda Piece: In-Universe. A major factor in Diethard wanting to join the Black Knights is being tired of his work being turned into fodder for the Propaganda Machine.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • We would run out of space to list all the precautions and potential eventualities that Lelouch takes into consideration and all the countermeasures and back-up plans he implements to deal with them.
    • Reuben Ashford knows Milly has a big target drawn on her back just by virtue of being his heiress, so he made sure she had the proper preparation for it if the worst comes to pass, such as hostage survival courses and small arms training. The former proved to be insufficient in Lake Kawaguchi because she put Nina's safety over her own, and the latter helped her to back up C.C. when a Geass-user attacked Ashford Academy.
  • Property of Love:
  • Psychic Link: C.C. had one to Marianne in canon, which was the reason why she sometimes seemed to talk to herself. "Had" being the operative word here because C.C. severed the link as part of her "accomplices" deal with Lelouch.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Triple(?) Subverted with Nina Einstein. For Want of a Nail made it so she doesn't fall for Euphemia like in canon, thus precluding her Roaring Rampage of Revenge from happening. She still becomes fairly obsessed with her new Love InterestCelesta Crossfield (C.C.) — regardless. However Nina learns to channel her feelings in a much more constructive manner by virtue of becoming C.C.'s sub, which ironically seems to keep the "psycho" part of the trope out of the equation.
  • Psycho Supporter: Agent Desmond of the Geass Order to a T. He's a Tyke-Bomb/Professional Killer with a total Lack of Empathy who cares for nothing but impressing his boss V.V. and upstaging his coworker Rolo.
  • Public Domain Artifact: The Imperial Regalia of Japan was one of the many treasures lost during the invasion, but Lelouch managed to track down and acquire all three plundered artifacts from Britannian unwitting collectors thanks to the networking he built during his gambling escapades. He then returned them to Japanese hands during Zero's first meeting with the heads of the Six Houses of Kyoto as a token of his gratitude to Japan. Given the sheer historical value of the Regalia and the fact a Britannian former Prince understood their importance for the Japanese, even his detractors among the Houses had no choice but quiet down much of their opposition against allying themselves with Zero and the Order of the Black Knights.
  • Punch Catch: When Tamaki tries to punch Zero out in Chapter 11, the masked man grabs his fist mid-swing. Then he starts tightening his grip and threatens to break the hotheaded rebel's hand unless he stops attacking him.
  • Puppet King: Also called a "Toom Tabard", or "Hollow Coat" in Britannia, after John Balliol, who was this for the Empire. Euphemia accuses Aegis of Zero setting her up to be one after he defeats Charles, which she denies.
  • Puppy-Dog Pout: This used to be Nunnally's go-to tactic to get Lelouch to do anything when they were kids. It was so effective that Kaguya started to resort to it herself.
  • Puppy Love: 10-year-old Lelouch was the target of many childish crushes, as it was the case for Euphemia, Kaguya, Milly and even Nunnally. The first half were rekindled by the news of his survival and the latter two are still going strong in the present. Yes, even Nunnally.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Called by name about the JLF in the Battle of Narita. Knowing that they really had no chance to survive Cornelia's attack, General Katase and his closest men fought a Last Stand that culminated in the activation of their Gyoko System that literally buried them, their headquarters, and as many Britannian troops as possible.

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