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It's September 13th, 2017. As in the last episode of Code Geass's first season, the Black Knights are fiercely fighting the oppressive Britannian Empire for control of Area 11, formerly called Japan. However, in this fanfic, a small change has been made to the Code Geass canon: instead of running off in the middle of battle to pursue V.V. and Nunnally, Lelouch stays until he is assured that the Black Knights are winning. This has disastrous consequences for Lelouch, the Black Knights and Japan.

Recognizing that Britannia is losing and determined not to let Area 11 fall into the hands of his enemies, Prince Schneizel orders Operation Nero: the detonation of all of Japan's underground Sakuradite reserves. The resulting explosion destroys nearly all the Area's living things, rendering it an uninhabitable wreck and killing most of the soldiers and civilians there—Britannians and Japanese alike. Lelouch himself is brought before Emperor Chuck, who, as in the original series, Geasses away his memories and replaces them with new ones.


Eight years later, Lelouch has become a brilliant Britannian general, fighting alongside Suzaku and his former enemies. Of course, he's totally forgotten his role as Zero, and believes Nunnally to be dead. However, the Geass' hold on Lelouch is not absolute — his memories are merely buried, not totally erased, and a certain organization is watching him from the shadows, ready to reclaim their leader...

Code Geass Megiddo is an ongoing For Want of a Nail Code Geass Fanfiction by Wing Zero Alpha, begun in April 2009. It is told from the perspective of multiple characters and includes detailed descriptions of fighting (both physical and mecha-based). In addition to all the action, Code Geass Megiddo explores the backstories of many characters, often expanding on their original depictions, as well as introducing a variety of OCs. The author appears to be quite a history buff—historical figures are often discussed, and the word "Megiddo" is the name of the site of an ancient city in Israel, as well as the origin of the word "Armageddon." Make of that what you will.


This series has a wikia, which is open for editing.

This fic contains examples of the following tropes, in addition to those already present in the source material:

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    Tropes A to M 
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The EU. See below.
  • Action Mom: Viletta and Dorothea.
  • Affably Evil: Marianne, as in the original series.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Shirley is still in love with Lelouch. Unfortunately, it becomes very clear that Lelouch only has eyes for Kallen, even if he doesn't realize it.
  • All There in the Manual: The wikia has a lot of supporting information for the backstory of the characters and the countries.
  • Allohistorical Allusion: Anyone who knows the history of Napoleon Bonaparte should see the irony in the following C.C. statement: "...until Josephine threatened to run off with some Hussar if he didn't stop."
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Pluton. Though they're more or less after the same ends as the original series' Geass Order, they're far more elaborate about it, as in they've spent the last few thousand years hunting down Code Bearers, with only three to go before Ragnarok can be initiated.
  • And I Must Scream: The justification for Anya's Emotionless Girl status.
  • Arch-Enemy: Lelouch and Suzaku. The sheer rage between them during their duel alone is enough to make a case. While Lelouch is somewhat conflicted about it, as some part of him does still consider Suzaku his friend, Suzaku has no such reservations, despising Lelouch for years for his role in Euphemia's death, all while having to pretend to be his best friend at the same time. Lelouch in turn resents him for his betrayal and suppression of his memories, yet still, he genuinely wants to salvage whatever's left of their friendship. Unfortunately for Lelouch, as far as Suzaku is concerned, there's nothing left to salvage. Several characters commenting on their relationship acknowledge that despite their formerly close friendship, Suzaku is truly Lelouch's greatest enemy. In fact, the narrative and the wiki seem to imply that they were destined to be enemies, regardless of whatever happened.
  • Ascended Extra: A great deal of minor characters have their roles expanded, compared to their appearances in Code Geass proper. For example, Senba, previously little more than a Living Prop with a voice in the show, is now something of a Parental Substitute and mentor for Tohdoh. Alfred Darlton also goes from being one of Kallen's victims to being her second in command.
    • Dorothea Ernst's role has a major expansion, wherein the implications of her skin color are explored. She's also married to Bismarck, having given birth to their son, Roland, and had a close relationship with Bismarck's "protege" (for lack of a better word) during the eight year interim — Lelouch.
  • Awful Truth: Suzaku didn't kill his father for the sake of Japan — he killed him in order to protect Lelouch and Nunnally, whom his father planned to kill as one final act of defiance against Britannia. Lelouch doesn't learn the truth until fifteen years later, during their duel at the Battle of Pearl Harbor, where Suzaku claims that had he known what Lelouch would become and what his survival would cost him, he would've gladly let Genbu kill them. The revelation nearly drives Lelouch into a Heroic BSoD until Kallen manages to snap him out of it.
    • Lelouch in turns holds out on informing him the truth about Euphie's death. Primarily because there is no way to know how Suzaku would react to it after he descending into madness like he has now, and because his raging Guilt Complex makes him unwilling to do so, so in that way he can suffer for his role in her death.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: Lelouch and Suzaku's duel takes place around the still burning ruins of Pearl Harbor.
  • Badass Army: The Order of the Black Knights, as described below.
  • Balkanize Me: What happened to the Soviet Union after the EU conquered it. As a result of (Western) European weariness toward further Russian aggression, the former USSR was broken up into much smaller states (which correspond to real world federal subjects anyway) and annexed, such that everything past the Urals is now referred to as Far Eastern Europe (or just the Far East).
  • Base on Wheels: Since the Ikaruga is no longer available, the main Black Knights now travel aboard the Nagato, which is essentially a black and silver expy of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED's Lesseps. Before that, Lelouch uses the land battleship Fortitude (itself based on the Compton-class from the same series) as his base away from home during his time in North Africa.
  • Battle Couple: Bismarck Waldstein and Dorothea Ernst.
  • Been There, Shaped History: C.C. actively shaped the lives and careers of Oda Nobunaga, George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte and countless others. She also rubbed shoulders with Sun Yat-sen, Ben Franklin and Lucien Bonaparte. She herself is another famous historical character: the Maid of Orleans, better known as Joan of Arc.
  • Berserk Button: Saying anything bad about Euphemia or her ideals for Suzaku.
    • Trying to hurt Tianzi is a huge one for Xingke.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: C.C., as V.V. found out the hard and painful way.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: The Battle of Pearl Harbor.
    • The Red Rebellion.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Kallen saves Lelouch from Suzaku after he enters a Heroic BSoD from learning the truth behind Genbu Kururugi's death.
    • Lelouch has his own moment when he saves Xingke from Johann's killing blow. Then the rest of the Black Knights join in to buy the Chinese time to escape Xiaopei.
      • Then not long after that Kondo shows up to pull the collective asses of Lelouch, the Black Knights and CLA out of the fire.
  • Blood Knight: Liliana is this compared to her teammates, who themselves are violent killers.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Xingke and Tianzi, all the way.
    • As per the original series, Lelouch and Kallen.
    • Cornelia and Guilford.
  • Broken Ace: Suzaku, even more than originally.
    • Lelouch, to a lesser extent. While he is willing to soldier on as Zero once again, his massive guilt over the events of the Black Rebellion and the Devastation, along with his role in Euphemia's death, initially made him reluctant to return to the mask. Though unlike Suzaku, he isn't allowing it to drive him to the depths of insanity.
  • The Cameo
  • The Casanova: During the eight years in which his memories were suppressed, Lelouch became a bit of a playboy. Considering the Unwanted Harem he had in the series, it's highly doubtful the irony is lost on anyone.
  • Child by Rape: Rakshata considers the Four Beasts this. Basically Cao (the guy who invaded Kyushu) forced her to make them by promising to spare the people of Mumbai.....and then slaughtered them all anyway simply to remind Rakshata "who the master was and who the slave was."
  • Colour Coded Armies: Though a minor detail, the various factions in Megiddo appear to follow a color system, with the standard uniforms and/or equipment of each faction holding a theme color. They are laid out as so:
    • Order of the Black Knights - Black (Duh)
    • Britannian Empire - Blue
    • European Union - Grey
    • Chinese Federation - Green (Naturally)
    • Pluton - Purple
  • Combat Breakdown: Lelouch's duel with Suzaku quickly escalated due to eight years of pent-up rage and resentment. Thanks to that, they literally tore each other apart, and the last leg of their battle was reduced to the use of their swords and shielding only.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: Kallen is absolutely stunned when she sees Lelouch exercising. Seeing as this is Lelouch we're talking about, that is actually an understandable reaction.
  • Cultured Badass / Four-Star Badass: There are several of either, but Tohdoh especially stands out. Besides being a lover of classical literature, he's also well versed in the military arts (naturally) as well as the words and wisdom of several historic military commanders, such as Helmuth von Moltke, Carl von Clausewitz, George Washington, Andrew Jackson and Robert E. Lee.
  • Dance Battler: Nena's fighting style in the Safir involves a lot of spinning and elaborate maneuvering with her scythe.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Black Knights, even more so than orginally. In a world split between grandiose expies of the British Empire, the Axis Powers and communist China with a secret Illuminati-like order lurking in the background, it's both strange and fitting that the good guys (or at least the lesser of the evils) model themselves after The Legions of Hell while Lelouch takes his Evil Overlord image to even greater heights than before.
  • Dark Twin: The Mordred to the Lancelot. The former is essentially a black Lancelot (though according to the wiki, the Mordred actually predates the Lancelot as Z-00, the first seventh generation prototype) with a Badass Cape. Mirroring Lelouch's relationship with Suzaku, the Mordred starts out fighting beside its twin for Britannia, only to viciously turn against the Lancelot once Lelouch returns to being Zero.
  • Darker and Edgier: Megiddo is essentially a dark, gritty Gundam-esque war story with an apocalyptic theme. Very much removed from the original Geass as a result, though it retains some elements of the latter.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Anya of all people. At least when Marianne isn't possessing her.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: Xingke notes that Zero's strategies tend to be this, either paying off big or failing spectacularly. Xiaopei is a very notable example of this, as being outmaneuvered by Johann causes the Black Knights to be caught in their own trap and come within a hair of losing.
  • Despair Event Horizon: What's behind Suzaku's attitude. He's been made to have the emotional intelligence of a Nobody.
  • Devoted to You: Kallen would rather die than be without Lelouch. When she thought he was dead, she cursed a Marianne-possessed Anya with her first breath and then begged her to kill her with the next.
  • Did You Just Talk Down To Cthulhu!?: A month or so after the Devastation, Milly and the rest of the Ashford Academy survivors are brought before Emperor Charles so that he can Geass away their memories of Lelouch and Nunnally. This is what happens when Milly was ordered to kneel: rather than cower before the Emperor like most would do, Milly, being too pissed over recent events to care, summarily calls Charles out over Japan's destruction and Britannia's callousness, as well as openly declare that she (in the same light as Lelouch before her) would destroy Britannia if she had the power to do so. Naturally, everyone expects Milly to die for this offense; instead, Charles laughs it off and praises her spirit, right before declaring her as the new Grand Duchess of New York (her grandfather's old title) and returning all holdings the Ashford family had lost over Marianne's death. That being said though, Charles still Geasses her and the other students.
  • Dirty Communists: Partially subverted. While the Chinese Federation was a tyrannical regime that held the worst aspects of the Soviet Union, People's Republic of China and North Korea (as well as Imperial Japan) under one roof, the CLA, with some exceptions, is largely presented as an army of heroic soldiers fighting to liberate their motherland from Britannia and the traitors who sold it out. And then there's Xingke and Tianzi, who are in some ways even more heroic than the main cast.
    • The Soviet Union itself appears in the backstory. It attempted to conquer Europe at one point (acting as the story's more literal counterpart to World War II), but was beaten back, eventually conquered and dismantled.
  • The Dreaded: The Black Knights have garnered this reputation, having been the closest to ever liberating an area from Britannia. Their resurrection was enough to strike terror into much of the Britannian Empire, most of all with the realization that they have gotten even stronger, thanks to the Battle of Pearl Harbor.
    • Lelouch himself has this reputation, both as Zero and as the Black Prince of Britannia. While Zero speaks for itself, his reputation as the Black Prince is just as feared, both as a brilliant strategist on par with his brother Schneizel, and as an ace Knightmare pilot on par with the Knights of the Round.
    • Kallen is almost as infamous as Zero, famed as the Red Dragoness, arguably the best Knightmare pilot of the Black Knights.
    • Johann is this to Lelouch, due to being the only person besides Schneizel to beat him at chess. This is shown to be well founded during the Battle of Xiaopei, where Johann, after becoming the first person to actually turn one of Lelouch's miracles against him, nearly instigates Lelouch's first real defeat since the Black Rebellion.
  • Duel to the Death: Lelouch's battle with Suzaku was quickly heading this direction, and Lelouch, still reeling from the revelation of the true reason why Suzaku killed his father, would have lost and been killed had it not been for Kallen's timely intervention. Suzaku's declaration during their escape makes it quite clear that any subsequent battle between them will most certainly be this.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Xiaopei has been turned into this by the CLA. And then there are the bases belonging to Zulfiqar and Pluton.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Some Britannian characters display signs of this. For example, Charles holds certain contempt for Britannia, which he considers an empty and meaningless nation; in fact, the only reason he retains the throne is because it benefits Ragnarok. Otherwise he would have given it up to Schneizel a long time ago.
    • Calares is a Grade-A son of a bitch who practices all the things that make Britannia evil, but even he looks down upon the Eunuchs for their hedonism and their being traitors. In fact, he lampshades it noting while it's one thing for Britannia to subjugate other nations, it's another for the leaders to do the same to their own and then sell it out at the first opportunity.
      • It's for that reason that of all the Eunuchs, the one he despises the most is Zhao Hao, of whom he is well aware is a pedophile. One who attempted to force himself on a young Tianzi only to be stopped by Li Xingke, who cut off his arms in retaliation. When Zhao Hao requests Johann to capture both Tianzi and Xingke, his intentions all too clear, it takes Johann, the Knight of Two, to restrain Calares from shooting the man right where he stands. Calares's respect for Johann, who he previously resented for taking command of the efforts against the CLA away from him, also goes up when Johann ostensibly refuses and takes Zhao Hao down a peg in the process.
      • Speaking of which, Johann himself is disgusted by Zhao Hao, and as mentioned above rips him a new one when Zhao asks if he can have Tianzi when they capture her.
  • Everyone Can See It: While it's subtle, it seems everyone is aware that Kallen and Lelouch (Zero or otherwise) have legitimate feelings for each other, feelings that they are either unaware of or unwilling to act on.
  • Expy: Played with. While Rommel remains the same personality wise, he seems to be a lookalike of Ali al Saachez.
    • Seems to be a thing with some of the OCs. Zhukov and his son look like Sergei and Andrei Smirnov, Kondo sounds like Gendo Ikari, and Hijikata, Okita and Saito are obviously based on Shinsengumi members.
    • Jackson, Longstreet and Stuart also seem to be based on Aigulle Delaz, Mu La Flaga and Murrue Ramius apiece.
    • Knights of the Round Johann Ernst, Michael Raleigh and Nena Gurlukovich are obviously based on certain 00 characters. Dietrich Maquve, the turncoat Knight of Eleven, is also clearly inspired by M'Quve from the original Mobile Suit Gundam.
    • Not exactly a character expy, but the new Black Knight uniforms are essentially black, grey and silver clones of the A-Laws uniform. These in turn come with commissar caps (for officers), side caps (for enlisted), berets (for special forces) and assorted rank/unit insignia for additional style and badassery. Their knightmare pilot suits are also based on the A-Laws' normal suit (pilot suit), but are black instead of green.
    • The author has commented that he uses expies (at least in terms of appearance) because his readers are more likely to recognize/visualize them than completely original characters.
  • Fallen Hero: Suzaku, something both he and Lelouch (once he regains his memories) are perfectly aware of. And much to Lelouch's despair, Suzaku doesn't care about how far he's fallen, not as long he can avenge Euphie's death.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Milly and Shirley. The former is a young Grand Duchess who uses her eccentric charm on other elites while leading the Ashford Underground as she did Ashford Academy's student body. The latter has since become a Hollywood socialite with an aspiring career in acting, modeling and singing, through which she branches out to all sections of Britannian society, including the areas that involve military and political secrets.
  • Fighting Your Friend: How Lelouch sees fighting Suzaku, a sentiment that is not returned. Lelouch tries not to let it hamper his performance in their duel, but once Suzaku reveals the real reason why he killed his father, he loses almost all will to continue the fight, forcing to Kallen to intervene. Suzaku's declaration during their escape, proclaiming that whether it will take another eight years or even an eternity, he will kill Lelouch, only causes his former friend to cry for the loss of their friendship.
  • Forced to Watch: Zhao Hao states that this is why he wants Xingke and Tianzi as war prizes; so he can force the former to watch as he rapes the latter. Johann very politely tells him why that's not going to happen and how much of a terrible person he is for wanting it.
  • Foreshadowing: There are many hints to C.C.'s true identity. Right before the Battle of Pearl Harbor, she makes a Catholic prayer in French, in support of the Black Knights' victory. Considering how long she's been alive, you would think she would have lost any and all faith in religion...unless it was integral to her core identity. Then, when you look at C.C.'s established age (six hundred years old, give or take) and compare it to the Megiddo timeline, it's near perfect for the birth and death of Joan of Arc.
  • General Failure: You may even feel pity for Odysseus, especially when you know that he's completely aware of how incompetent a leader he is.
  • Good Is Not Nice: The Black Knights in a nutshell. C.C. also got up to this in the backstory, using Geass warriors to assassinate European royalty Godfather style in order to help Napoleon (with quite a few kids being collateral damage).
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Lelouch now has a scar running down his left eye, which had been inflicted at one point by Suzaku to keep his Geass from reawakening.
  • Glory Hound: Calares' motivation toward defeating Xingke and the CLA, such that he even ignores orders from Johann, the Knight of Two, in order to carry out his own attack. Bites him in the ass when it's revealed Johann purposely fashioned his orders to incite Calares into going off on his own, all so that Johann could use his charge as a probing attack.
    • Of course, Calares is a somewhat sympathetic case. He's not after glory for (just) itself so much as a quick victory in China, both to secure Britannia's hold there and so that the brass back home give him a newer, more bearable assignment in a better part of the world. Chapter XIX even highlights (i.e. starts with) how much Calares hates being the Governor-General of Area 22.
      • As with his real life base, James MacArthur is as much an invoker of this trope as his boss. Calares even muses having MacArthur taken out to keep him from taking sole credit over Xiaopei (before the battle began of course).
  • Gratuitous French: C.C.'s prayer before the Battle of Pearl Harbor.
  • Gratuitous Ninja: The Black Knights' Special Forces Group "Iga".
  • Guilt Complex: Lelouch, even more so than in the original series. He blames himself for things that are in no way his fault, such as the Devastation and his indirect hand in Suzaku's descent into insanity — including the death of Suzaku's father, who Suzaku killed to protect Nunnally and him. Only Kallen and C.C. are capable of snapping him out of his funk.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Both Bismarck and Lelouch warn Suzaku against becoming this. Unfortunately for everyone, it doesn't take, since, by that point, Suzaku has gone completely insane and is too consumed with rage to care.
  • He's Back: "I am... Zero!" With a "Reason You Suck" Speech to all sides of the conflict. And he makes sure that everyone gets aware of it.
  • Heroic Bastard: Charmelle is the result of her Duke father having an affair with his secretary.
  • Heroic BSoD: Lelouch when Suzaku tells him that the real reason he killed his father was to protect him and Nunnally. Thankfully, Kallen manages to snap him out of it before it goes to far.
  • Humongous Mecha Gun Fu: It's glorious!
  • Hypocrite: Suzaku, something he willingly admits after Lelouch and the ghost(?) of his father call him out on his actions.
  • I'll Kill You!: Suzaku shouts this at Lelouch during their duel. With eight years of pent up rage and hatred between them, Lelouch quickly retorts that he won't kill him — not if he kills Suzaku first.
  • In-Series Nickname: Though they still have genitalia, the High Eunuchs are (mockingly) regarded by their namesake because they elected a then extremely young Tianzi to the Chinese Federal Chairmanship to serve as their puppet leader, causing the regular populace to compare them to the villainous Eunuchs of the Han Dynasty. This naturally resulted in Disproportionate Retribution, namely in the form of clampdowns by the Federation's Secret Police.
  • It Is Beyond Saving: Lelouch's attitude toward the current world, though mostly centered around Britannia.
  • It's All My Fault: Lelouch blames himself for Suzaku's descent into insanity, recognizing that the Suzaku he befriended died with Genbu, in order to protect him and Nunnally. Kallen quickly snaps him out of it. He also shoulders the guilt of what happened to Japan because of the Black Rebellion (namely, the Devastation), but he doesn't allow it to weigh on him too much, primarily because there was no way he could've known that would happen or that it was even possible.
  • It's Personal: After everything that has happened between them, including the last eight years of living a lie, both Lelouch (reluctantly) and Suzaku recognize that their friendship is unsalvageable — that in the end, their conflict only ends when one of them is dead.
    • It's for this explicit reason why Tohdoh decides to not interfere in the battle between Lelouch and Suzaku. While he may have been Suzaku's master, Lelouch had been his best friend, and the kind of shit Suzaku pulled on Lelouch, including betraying him to the Emperor, allowing said Emperor to suppress memories to make him serve the very empire he despised, and then playing the role of his best friend for the next eight years knowing full well what he did to him, is enough for Tohdoh to admit that Lelouch has a much bigger bone to pick with Suzaku than he does.
  • Lampshade Hanging: C.C. says that it would be out of her character if she didn't talk sarcastically.
  • La Résistance: Both the Black Knights and the Ashford Underground. The latter is more akin to the trope's namesake.
  • Laughing Mad: Suzaku gives an absolutely chilling laugh that stuns Lelouch when he realizes that Lelouch hasn't figured out the real reason why Genbu Kururugi was killed by his son. By that point, both the readers and Lelouch realize that Suzaku has gone absolutely insane.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Calares' brand of tactics. Amusingly called out by Hei.
  • Light Is Not Good: Suzaku as the White Knight of Britannia. Though he's not evil per se, his sheer vengefulness runs counter to what a White Knight usually stands for. And that's before one gets into his growing insanity...
    • As per the original series, Schneizel as the White Prince of Britannia.
  • The Lost Lenore: Euphemia, for Suzaku.
  • Lost Technology: Generally Pluton's schtick. Outside Ragnarok, they've been excavating technology left behind by a long lost (and still unidentified) civilization and using it to enhance their own military forces.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Suzaku's descent into insanity can largely be blamed on Euphie's death. He later declares that he while he may no longer be worthy of being Euphemia's chosen knight, he will fulfill his last duty as her knight in her name — killing Lelouch, her killer. This desire consumes him to the point of obsession, and he finally loses it during his duel with Lelouch at Pearl Harbor.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The Black Knights apply this tactic against Upson and his fleet during Pearl Harbor.
  • Mask of Sanity: As the narrative continues, it becomes clear that Suzaku hasn't been sane in a long time. Even so, it only begins to slip when Lelouch is re-captured by the Black Knights and inevitably resumes his role as Zero. As more and more people become aware of its existence, the general assumption is that he adopted it in response to Euphie's death and the events that transpired afterwards, which eventually culminated in the Devastation. They're wrong. The mask was in place long before Suzaku had even met Euphie.
  • Meaningful Name: The Mordred. What better name for a knightmare piloted by Lelouch?
    • Bismarck's knightmare Bedivere. It's named after King Arthur's marshal, who, following Camlann, was entrusted to return Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake.
  • Mercy Kill: Many of the characters state that if Lelouch does still care about Suzaku, this is the action he should take regarding his former best friend. Lelouch and Tohdoh also acknowledge this, but feel that if it's possible, they will try to save Suzaku from himself.
  • Military Mashup Machine: With the lack of float technology, land battleships such as the new Black Knight flagship Nagato, the Britannian Formidable-class or the Chinese Long Dan-class play a much larger role. That said, airships are still around, only they're now more along the lines of the Garuda from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam or the Hresvelgr from Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War; generally oversized bombers and transports.
  • Mind Screw: The last part of Chapter XXVIII. Kind of expected given that the pre-chapter quote is a passage from the Book of Revelation.
  • More Dakka: The Lohengrin's (Ahura Mazda's) brand of combat. Enough to give Kallen a hard time over.
  • Mugging the Monsters: This is what happens when a bunch of Chinese secret policemen attempt to rustle up a pair of harmless looking old men who turn out to be Setsuna and his fellow shinobi Yukihiro Sanada.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Gino truly feels that what Britannia is doing is wrong, but he still has to do his duty.
    • Bismarck and Dorothea feel very much the same, stating that no matter how close they were to Lelouch and how just their cause is, they have their duty and they cannot afford to go against it. Johann also sticks around despite being on the receiving end of bigotry.
    Tropes N to Z 
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Quite a few nicknames among the cast. To name them:
  • Noodle Incident: Due to the fact the entire Old World seems to be at war, lots of battles happen offscreen. Examples include the Britannians suffering a heavy blow at the Rhineland, a European powerplant in the North Sea being sabotaged (an ironic reference to Lelouch's scheme in Akito the Exiled), the Black Knights and CLA liberating the remainder of Asia following the Red Rebellion and Marrybell being in continuous bouts with Zhukov in the Far East.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: The Britannians in the Black Knights show what happens when people don't play this trope straight.
    • Not only the military, but also the entire Ashford Academy student body, including Milly, Rivalz and Shirley.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lelouch's reaction upon seeing Johann in China, since the latter is a Worthy Opponent (the only other person besides Schneizel to beat Lelouch in chess) and Lelouch wasn't expecting one that time around.
    • Britannia when the Black Knights announced their return.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The Master's Coucil of Pluton. They even communicate in meetings as SEELE styled monoliths.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Suzaku is obsessed with avenging Euphie's death, vowing to Lelouch that no matter how long it takes, he will be the one to end him. Lelouch returns to the sentiment to a far lesser extent, recognizing that it's somewhat his fault that Suzaku has fallen as far as he has and that he may have to kill him — and not just because Suzaku is serving Britannia.
  • Paint It Black: Literally, in the case of the Black Knights' knightmares and ships, as well as the Mordred.
  • Parental Favoritism: Strangely, Charles does (to some extent) regret exiling Lelouch and Nunnally to Japan, acknowledging that out of all his children, the one who relates to the most is not Schneizel, his prized son and clearly chosen successor, but (ironically) Lelouch, undoubtedly the one who hates him (and by extension, Britannia) the most. He questions his actions, wondering if they would've been the most loyal of his children, being the son and daughter of his favored consort, had he not exiled them.
  • Parental Substitute: Lelouch considers Bismarck to be the closest he ever had to a real father, a sentiment returned by his mentor, who considers Lelouch as Like a Son to Me. Then again, considering that Lelouch's biological father is Charles zi Britannia, Bismarck might as well have been his father in all but name.
  • Parting Words Regret: As it turns out, one of the main things eating Cornelia up is the fact that the very last time she saw Euphie alive she rather cruelly dismissed Euphie's ideas and called her an idiot....and never got to the Avalon in time to apologize.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Michael will not hesitate in throwing out Monty Python lines while dismembering his opponents.
  • Posthumous Character: Genbu Kururugi, who is long dead but appears frequently as a hallucination(?) to Suzaku.
  • Power Trio: The Tianshou ("Heavenly Beasts"). They're to Xingke what the Four Holy Swords are to Tohdoh.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Xingke invoked this when he had thirteen CLA Generals, including Cao, executed for war crimes. He did it not simply for justice, but also to cement his unilateral authority within the CLA and ensure no further atrocities would be carried out by his sub-commanders (as such atrocities would disparage Tianzi's reputation).
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Calares shows shades of this as Area 22's administrator. Unlike the Eunuchs, he would rather not needlessly antagonize the local Numbers nor kill them off en masse. Not so much because he gives a damn about them, but because they're so demoralized and destitute, and therefore unlikely to resist Britannian authority, that there's no real point in mistreating them further. Likewise, Twenty-Two purges tend to attract CLA reprisal.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Lelouch... This is my miracle!"
  • Precursors: A civilization that precedes everything in the modern world is hinted toward. Possibly the originators of Geass and the Thought Elevators.
  • Psycho Supporter: Liliana Vergammon is revealed to be this; she worships Zero because she believes that he'll need people like her to create his new world order.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: Tohdoh recognizes how far Suzaku has fallen, and laments that when the pupil turns to evil, the master has only two options: save them... or slay them.
  • Putting on the Reich: The European Union. It's basically a far more elaborate form of the Axis Powers, albeit without the Nazi elements (though there are hints of totalitarianism). The official explanation is as follows: through a somewhat arduous process (see United Europe below), Napoleon ended up being blackmailed by Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher and several others into formalizing a unified Germanic state, thereby giving birth to the titular State of Germany (basically a republican analogue to the Second Reich). As one would expect from this, the state quickly became unified Europe's central military influence; the eventually ratified European Army was developed around Prussian lines, the equally resultant European Navy was established in much the same way as the Kaiserliche Marine (just helmed by all of Western Europe) and so on. France would remain the administrative center despite all this, though its power would continually wane throughout, eventually being supplanted during the Soviet War.
  • Pyrrhic Victory:
    • The Battle of Xiaopei's conclusion. Though Lelouch succeeds in dissuading Johann and the Britannians from further pursuit of the retreating Chinese, it's still too little too late; the Xiaopei garrison (the CLA's largest and strongest ground force) is whittled down to thirty percent of its original size while the Four Beasts (the Shen Hu and its three siblings) are heavily damaged. Much worse, Johann knows the locations of the other CLA strongholds and is about to proceed in their extermination (from which he plans on forcing the entirety of the CLA and Black Knights into the open for a final Big Badass Battle Sequence) and there is nothing Lelouch can do to prevent it. Overall, as stated in universe, all Lelouch succeeded in doing at Xiaopei was gaining the Black Knights and Chinese a breather before the endgame, and not a very long one.
    • One could argue this for Operation Nero; it caused the Black Rebellion to fail, that much is true, but the long-term consequences makes one question if it was worth it. Besides the countless civilian casualties, the loss of a major sakuradite source, and the irreparable damage to Japan's homeland, it effectively ended whatever discrimination there was between the inhabitants of what was once Area 11, the survivors of the tragedy living peacefully together in the Ryukyu Islands (namely Okinawa). A sizable portion of the population knows both English and Japanese, and some (such as Ohgi and Villetta) have even started families together. As a result of this, many Britannians, undoubtedly bitter about how their homeland abandoned them, have joined the Black Knights, including several distinguished high-ranking officers that were once a part of the Britannian military, all of whom helped build up the Black Knights into a major military force. On top of that, forcibly enlisting the amnesiac Lelouch allowed him the chance to get stronger, gain more experience, and gain valuable inside secrets that only made him even more dangerous when he regained his memories and became Zero once again. In short, while Britannia may have quelled a potential uprising to make a statement to the rest of the world, in reality they may have just created the instrument of their own defeat.
  • The Quisling: The Eunuchs.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Out of all the Eunuchs, Zhao Hao is especially hated by Calares and his staff because he's a pedophile. In fact, he once tried to force himself on a younger Tianzi, only to get his arms cut off by Xingke for the effort.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lelouch (as Zero or otherwise) has been giving out several of these, most notably to Suzaku (pointedly asking him why he betrayed his best friend to the man who destroyed his people) and to the entire world when he announced the Black Knights' return.
  • Red China: As opposed to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms knock off it was in R2, Megiddo's depiction of the Chinese Federation is pretty much a copy of the real life PRC. It was originally annexed by Britannia due to the Eunuchs' treachery, but was reformed following the Red Rebellion.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Suzaku is so consumed with his desire to kill Lelouch that he discards his compassion (something that both Lelouch and Bismarck warned him against) and goes Jumping Off the Slippery Slope in the process.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Lots of resistance groups are like this, such as Zulfiqar.
  • Rousing Speech: Zero's worldwide speech declaring his and the Black Knights' return. It was glorious!
  • Sanity Slippage: Suzaku. BIG TIME! And it's revealed by the Word Dramas that this slippage has been going on for quite sometime; only after Lelouch was taken by the Black Knights, almost ensuring that he will become Zero once again, did it start to become noticeable.
  • Scenery Gorn: Obviously post-Devastation Japan.
    • Luoyang also qualifies. Outside the Vermillion Forbidden Palace, the city is described a lot like real world Pyongyang.
  • Shown Their Work: The author has provided a lot of information about the mechas with a high level of detail in his wikia.
  • Shout-Out: Ohgi's two children are named Kazui and Ichika. Invoked, as he says he deliberately named them after characters from his favorite manga.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Milly invokes this trope in the Word Dramas when Suzaku tries to talk her down from blasting Charles (holy shit) over the Devastation.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Liliana Vergammon of Zero Squadron is this even compared to her compatriots. Luciano is this for the Britannian side.
  • Spin-Off: The Word Dramas.
  • State Sec: The Black Knights' Special Forces Group "Iga" acts this way, overseeing Internal Affairs within Ryukyu and the "regular" Black Knights as well as performing black operations in the outside world to ensure the Ryukyu Islands remaining secret and forgotten. Needless to say, the other Black Knights have mixed feelings about them.
  • The Strategist: Besides the usual suspects (Lelouch, Schneizel, Xingke, etc.) there's Johann. Unlike the former group however, Johann's style of tactics are more Boring, but Practical; they're nowhere near as spectacular as Lelouch's "miracles" or the like, but damn are they effective. At Xiaopei for example, he starts off by manipulating Calares into attacking the fortress on his own to force Xingke into deploying his defenses, to which he then dismantles with a simple cruise missile attack before deploying his own forces to assault the base itself. Then when Lelouch shows up and attempts to deploy one of his miracles (a large scale gefjun disturber field, similar to the one he used in Shikine Island eight years ago) to immobilize the Britannians, Johann, upon recognizing the ambush, has his flagship broadcast an overriding signal that triggers the gefjun disturbers prematurely and while the Chinese forces are in the middle of it (during their attempt to lead the Britannian forces in). And finally, when the battle ends in a stalemate, Johann comes up with his next strategy: wiping out random CLA strongholds to force the Black Knights and CLA out in the open and into an endgame scenario, where they will at last be eradicated and Tianzi can be captured.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Why Tohdoh decides to let Lelouch fight Suzaku — their conflict is far more personal than his and Suzaku's can ever hope to be.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While the Black Knights are the good guys, some of their members are still pretty damned evil. Liliana Vergammon is a Sociopathic Soldier who is said to have taken part in the Shinjuku massacre (and enjoyed every second of it), Diethard is a total slime bag who has questionable loyalty and Iga basically murders any potential traitors and spies before they can become a threat.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The Black Knights had eight years and they took advantage well.
    • Especially Kallen, which only makes sense since C.C. gave her Geass.
    • Even Lelouch has gone up a few levels, as he can hold his own against Suzaku now. All thanks to Bismarck training him.
    • Alfred also gets a mention, as he was able to fight Guilford and beat him, albeit with a Bigger Stick. I doubt he could have done that eight years ago. Certainly more than his original counterpart, who dies at Kallen's hands.
    • For a non-knightmare pilot example, Rivalz has developed from the awkward adolescent he was at Ashford Academy into the Ashford Underground's lead spymaster and Milly's second-in-command.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Suzaku. First he betrayed Lelouch, his best friend, to his (Lelouch's) father, the same father who exiled Lelouch and his crippled, blind younger sister and left them to die in a war zone, for a position as one of the Knights of the Round. Then he allows said father/Emperor to suppress Lelouch's memories and rewrite them to make him a loyal soldier of the very empire he despised. Then, after all he's done, he has the gall to reignite their friendship during Lelouch's amnesia and play the part of his best friend for the next eight years. Yeah. Needless to say, when Lelouch regains his memories, he is rightly pissed off at Suzaku the next time they meet. At the same time, you can't really blame Suzaku, since he's been in Sanity Slippage mode since Euphie's death, and perhaps even before, with his guilt over the death of his father.
  • Two Decades Behind: As in the original series, the CLA is highly antiquated in both technology and training; the only real advanced tech they have are the Shen Hu and its three sister units, while Xingke and the Tianshou triplets are the only highly skilled soldiers/pilots. This is emphasized several times as the reason the CLA hasn't made any headway in living up to its name for the last seven years.
    • Britannia is this as well. Even though eight years have passed since season one, the only next generation knightmare they've produced is the Vincent. The explanation is that the Ashford Underground has executed several sabotage operations in Britannia's corporate and industrial sectors, which has kept production of the Vincent derivatives back for several years.
  • Undercover as Lovers: Lelouch and Kallen infiltrate a Chinese-Britannian party in Chapter XX, posing as a married couple, so Lelouch can use his Geass on certain high ranking officials.
  • Undying Loyalty: Kallen to Lelouch, but not in Blind Obedience. So loyal that Lelouch admits to her in private that other than C.C., she is the only person he completely trusts. That is why he christened her as his "Knight of Zero" and why he trusted her to watch his back. It's not only to protect him, but also to stop him should he ever fall from the right path.
  • Ungrateful Bastards: The Chinese to the Black Knights following Xiaopei, as noted by several characters.
  • United Europe: Rather than a collection of loosely aligned countries, Megiddo's version of the EU is well and truly a union of states (albeit with an overlapping German aesthetic). As explained on the wiki, this stemmed from a far more elaborately depicted Age of Revolution, in which, through C.C.'s machinations, the vast majority of Europe's nobility was purged from the ground up, thereby allowing Napoleon to annex/conquer the freshly leaderless states and implement his "Sister-State" system of governance (which, also through C.C.'s influence, was deliberately based on the would've-been United States of America).
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Lelouch and Kallen. Considering their personalities, however, they also have some Belligerent Sexual Tension there as well.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Though they are not quite romantically involved (at least, not yet), Kallen will still slaughter anyone who hurts or threatens Lelouch.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Lelouch and Suzaku. From the best of friends to the most bitter of enemies.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: V.V. wants to start his Assimilation Plot before an event called Megiddo (Title Drop?), which he believes is worse than anything anyone has ever seen. Considering what that name means in the real world, he's probably not far off base.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter XXIX is a pretty big one. To make a long story short, Pluton makes their move and Lelouch dies! Obviously it didn't stick, but GODDAMN!
  • Wham Line: "I killed my father for you and Nunnally!". Cue Lelouch's Heroic BSoD.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: To say Lelouch was mad at Suzaku after regaining his memories would be an understatement. The ghost(?) of Genbu is also disgusted with his son for his actions as well.
  • World War II: The story is filled with references (some more obvious than others - North Africa and Pearl Harbor), and the current setting is obviously modeled after it. Several characters also share names with various WWII-era figures.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: George Washington's Geass allowed him to have dreams to predict the future — including Lelouch's rise as Zero. In order to ensure that future, he told Benjamin Franklin to betray them to Britannia and prevent the rise of the United States.
    • The narrative seems to imply that Lelouch and Suzaku were destined to stand against each other on opposite sides, no matter what happened. And unfortunately for Lelouch, this has so far held true, as Suzaku is too far gone after Euphie's death to even consider salvaging his friendship with his former best friend.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Suzaku killed his father in order to protect Lelouch and Nunnally, his first and only friends. Fifteen years later, he bluntly tells Lelouch during their fight that had he known what would've happened in the interim between then and now, he would have let his father do the deed instead of saving them.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Xingke was dying of tuberculosis for a time, which is why he originally refused to enter a relationship with Tianzi. This obviously changed when Rakshata came forward with a cure.
    • Kallen's Geass is implied to be doing something similar to her, too.


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