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Code Geass: Paladins of Voltron is a fanfic by W.I.T.C.H-and-Naruto-Girl. It is a crossover between Code Geass and Voltron: Legendary Defender.

"One day on a hiking trip, the student council from Ashford Academy discover a cave filled with lion and catlike drawings. Within the cave, they discover a huge robotic lion that is one of seven pieces to a giant robot named Voltron: the Defender of the Universe. Will Voltron be enough to free Japan?"

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This work contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In Code Geass: Lost Colors, Rai was a former prince of Britannia, who briefly ruled over the Empire and was given Geass by an unknown Code Bearer. In this story, while he's still a Britannian Prince (if the last scene of Tears of the Balmera is any indication), his Geass is indicated to have come from the Galra druids running experiments on him.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Milly, Rivalz, and Shirley get this as the Paladins of Voltron.
    • Lelouch, too - his Geass somehow gives him control over red and black lightning. It's hinted that this has something to do with Quintessence.
    • Allura's mother was the original purple paladin.
    • While he already was a badass in canon, Zarkon now has a "black" Geass.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Nonette, who never showed up until the opening of R2, appears at the end of Tears of the Balmera, revealing she's recognized Rai as Prince Zephyr.
    • Lotor and his generals appear a whole season before they were even mentioned, watching Lelouch's speech as Zero.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Given that there are seven paladins instead of five in this story, this was bound to happen.
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    • For one thing, it's the Black Paladin who decides to leave the team in Fall of the Castle of Lions, instead of the Green Paladin.
    • Additionally, while one of the Paladins does have their 'head hole' image constantly fizzle (it's Kallen, and for roughly the same reason as Pidge in Legendary Defender, ironically enough), this isn't what causes them to fail in uniting their minds. Instead, it's Lelouch thinking about the assassination of his mother.
  • Adaptation Deviation: For the sake of allowing the Ashford Student Council (except for Nina) to become the Paladins of Voltron, there are seven lions this time around, instead of five. The original lions are the Purple and Orange ones.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • Since the story is focused on the Ashford Student Council (except for Nina), Shirley, Rivalz, Milly and Rai get a hefty dose of this.
    • Some Assembly Required has an extra scene added where Lelouch and Coran play a chess game after C.C. points out that they'll also need to test the Paladins ability to think strategically. Lelouch trounces him, but both find the game enjoyable, and it's clear Lelouch regards Coran as a Worthy Opponent.
    • Return of the Gladiator features a scene on Earth that was not present in the original, revealing that the team's absence has been noted.
    • Chapter 11 is the biggest example so far, as it is a completely original scene where Lelouch reveals the truth about himself and C.C.. The only part of the chapter from either of the source materials is the launching of The Castle Of Lions.
    • The end of Crystal Venom has scenes from Earth, starting with Jeremiah and Villetta storming the Ashford Student Council Room in search of Lelouch and Nunnally, only to meet with Nonette and find that their records have been erased. It ends with Sayoko and Nunnally at a safe house overlooking the ocean, with Nunnally worried for her brother, whilst Sayoko looks over something Lelouch asked her to bring with her.
  • Adult Fear: As of Chapter Eight, Ohgi, Euphie, Cornelia, and Nunnally are now aware that people they consider family is missing, with no idea where they are or how to find them.
  • Audience Participation: The author has posted two polls so far, the first of which was to ask who, if any, of the other paladins, would get Geass, and the other to ask if they should give their lions special names beside their colors. Turns out, they were happy with all of them getting Geass. There was also a review based poll to determine who would end up with who in this story. Based on the tags the story has on Archive of Our Own, the final pairings are Lelouch and Kallen, Rai and Shirley, Rivalz and Milly, and Suzaku and Euphemia.
  • Black Comedy: C.C. can't help but laugh when the Arusians attempt to sacrifice themselves as a peace offering after they think they've offended the Lion Goddess.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: A good portion of Cornelia's troops, including the Knightmare pilots, wet their trousers when Voltron reveals himself in Zero's Return.
  • Butt-Monkey: Tamaki really can't catch a break - he ends up getting kicked into the red lion, and then passes out from shock when Voltron unveils itself.
  • Character Development: Due to bonding with the other paladins and a talk with Alfor, Lelouch is taking steps toward becoming far kinder than he was in canon. Already, he's become quite a bit more trusting with others.
  • Composite Character: Rai is this for Pidge and Shiro, as he's revealed to have once been a Galra prisoner while also being the one who hacked into the Galra communications, in addition to being the Green Paladin.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • As in Legendary Defender, the Red Paladin is no match for Emperor Zarkon, and that still holds here, even when Suzaku is backing Kallen up.
    • The Paladins, in turn, get one in their favor during Chapter 23, Zero's Return, as Cornelia's forces have nothing on the Lions.
      • Special mention goes to how Lelouch defeats Cornelia - he completely dominates the fight, and while he spares her, Zenobia utterly demolishes her Gloucester.
      • When Voltron is finally formed, he demolishes Cornelia's ground forces with only a few energy blasts and then obliterates her aerial ones with a single slash of his sword, forcing her to retreat lest she loses what few men she still has left at that point.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: While the Paladins still get crushed by the gladiator in Some Assembly Required, this time around, they manage to win the fight.
  • Cutting the Knot: The minute Allura tries to bring up the similarities between herself and Lelouch, he simply uses his Geass to learn what, exactly, she's talking about.
  • Didn't See That Coming: While the possibility of the Paladins not being able to be one in mind did not elude Coran, he's completely flat-footed when the mind-meld fails due to Lelouch thinking about the assassination of his mother, as this had never happened before.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: The Lions mostly match up with their Voltron: Legendary Defender selves, but with some differences due to the new ones added into the roster.
  • Dramatic Irony:
  • Elemental Powers: Each lion is themed after an element detailed under Divergent Character Evolution, and these powers have been demonstrated in several chapters:
    • Aka, the Red Lion, has a flamethrower.
    • Polaris, the Blue Lion, has a Freeze Ray.
    • Maeraka, the Yellow Lion, can release blinding light to incapacitate enemies.
    • Yoru has the ability to generate an Unrealistic Black Hole.
  • Family of Choice: Alfor tells Lelouch that this is what he came to view the original paladins as something Lelouch comes to realize is the case with his team as well.
  • Foil: Lelouch could be considered one to Zarkon, as both are Royalty of an Empire, aided by a mystical woman. But while Zarkon is a power-hungry tyrant, Lelouch is more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist who wants to make a gentler world for his sister. This is acknowledged by Sendak, who notices that Lelouch carries himself in the same manner as Zarkon.
    • The Galra Empire can also be one to the Holy Britannian Empire (or, more specifically, Zarkon can also be one to Charles zi Britannia). Both are tyrannical empires who have conquered countless people and taken away their freedom. The main difference is that Britannia at least gives the conquered people a chance to become "Honorary Britannians", while no such thing exists with the Galra.
  • Fusion Fic: In this story, the Ashford Student Council (except for Nina) become the Paladins of Voltron.
  • Half Truth: Lelouch gives one to Allura when he decides to return to Earth, saying it is because he wants to make sure his sister Nunnally is safe from his father. Unlike most examples, everything he says is completely true, but he leaves out that he has other reasons to head back to Earth - namely, that he wants to overthrow Britannia to prepare the planet for when the Galra arrive.
  • He’s Back: Having spent quite a bit of time off Earth, Lelouch makes sure that the world knows that Zero has returned in Chapter 23.
  • Humiliation Conga: Cornelia is subjected to a massive one at Narita. In order: what should have been a Curb-Stomp Battle in her favor is derailed by the arrival of the Paladins of Voltron, who begin dismantling her forces. Then, the Black Lion shows up and utterly destroys her knightmare, handing her the first defeat she has ever faced. Then, the Lions form Voltron and take out a sizable portion of her remaining forces, leading the survivors to call a retreat. Then, Zero makes his return, reveals Voltron is a weapon of the Black Knights, and then calls for all of Britannia to surrender or face the consequences.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Lelouch calls Suzaku one in Chapter 11, pointing out that, for all the latter says about opposing rebellion, he's supporting one right now by being the Purple Paladin.
    • Lelouch accuses Allura of this during Rai's Escape, poiting out how she wanted him to share his secrets regarding his heritage even though she willingly hid the fact that Zarkon was the original Black Paladin.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: C.C. says as much when Suzaku tells Lelouch they will discuss as to who she is.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • As of the end of Chapter 8, Return of the Gladiator, Jeremiah, Euphie, Cornelia, Viletta, and Charles and Marianne are aware that Lelouch is still alive.
    • Chapter 11, Confessions and Revelations, has Lelouch reveal that he is a Britannian Prince and is also Zero, while C.C. explains a bit about Geass.
    • Chapter 22, Rai's Escape, has Lelouch realize that his father has Geass and used it to alter his memories about Marianne's death. And during a later conversation with C.C., he learns that she knew Charles, as well as the fact that Charles got his powers from V.V..
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Lelouch deciding to leave the team is incredibly selfish, he's not wrong about how Britannia being ruled as-is will only make fighting off the Galra more difficult for mankind, especially since, in canon, his parents were working on an Assimilation Plot while his brother tried to subjugate the world using a nuke-equipped flying fortress.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Given Milly's antics throughout this story, this seems to be in effect when she is the one knocked out by the Nunvill.
  • Last Chance to Quit: An inverted example. Zero's speech announcing his return in chapter 23 ends with him delivering an ultimatum to Charles and all of Britannia: either they surrender unconditionally to Voltron, or else Voltron will annihilate their entire empire.
  • Meaningful Name: The names given to the Lions by their Paladins:
    • Kallen names the Red Lion "Aka", Japanese for red.
    • Rai names the Green Lion "Zerith", which means feeling, adaptable and noble.
    • Milly names the Yellow Lion "Maeraka", Arabic for battle.
    • Rivalz, ironically, had the most trouble, suggesting Calypso, Sheila, Nori, Cassie (short for Cassiopeia), Miranda, even Ariel for the Blue Lion's name before settling on Polaris.
    • Suzaku names the Purple Lion "Yoru", meaning night in Japanese.
    • Shirley struggled when naming the Orange Lion before C.C. suggests "Zinnia" note .
    • Lelouch names the Black Lion "Zenobia", after the third-century queen of Syria.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Just like with Pidge in Legendary Defender, Kallen's mental picture is of herself and her brother, though this time around, the team assumes that Naoto is her boyfriend (since Kallen isn't hiding her gender).
    • Kallen's Bayard takes the form of a clawed gauntlet, just like her Guren's Radiant Wave Surger. Later events in The Rise of Voltron indicate it actually is a mini-version of the Radiant Wave Surger.
    • Milly makes a comment about Allura's bust size, just like she did with Shirley in Episode 3 of Code Geass. In another Call-Back, Shirley's hair stands on end (as does Kallen's) when Milly starts the comment, knowing exactly what is about to happen.
    • When he decides to leave the Paladins, so he can return to Earth to overthrow Britannia, Lelouch muses that Allura could likely be one of the Paladins and take his place as the leader of Voltron. Allura did become one of the Paladins in Season Three of Legendary Defender.
  • Named by the Adaptation:
    • Rai's (first) name is stated to be 'Zephyr' by the rescued Galra prisoners. His mother and sister's names are Erina and Sophronia, respectively.
    • The same is true for the Lions, who are each given meaningful names by their respective Paladins.
  • Nerdgasm: Lloyd's reaction to seeing the Blue Lion is... interesting, to say the least, and even this pales in comparison to when he first beholds Voltron in all his glory.
  • Not His Sled: A few examples:
    • The Green Paladin isn't the one that causes the mind meld in Some Assembly Required to fail - it's the Black one.
    • The same is the case in regards to the Paladin that chooses to leave the team in Fall of the Castle of Lions.
    • A more minor one, but unlike in the series, the attempts to create a chant succeed this time around.
    • Once again, it is implied that Lelouch, the Black Paladin, is the member of Team Voltron who is part Galra.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Everyone feels this way in regards to Kallen being so much more assertive and lacking in her sickly demeanor. Of course, readers know that this is simply how she normally acts.
    • In a more serious case, C.C. is downright terrified of Haggar, noting that she only felt this afraid before was when she first meet V.V.
  • Running Gag:
    • Throughout the early chapters, C.C. will appear from nowhere, to the confusion or consternation of someone else.
    • Another one is someone wondering just where Lelouch found C.C., given her antics.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: In Chapter 23, after Voltron decimates her forces effortlessly, an infuriated Cornelia orders her men to withdraw from Narita, making this the first defeat she's ever suffered.
  • Ship Tease:
    • When Rivalz is knocked out by an explosion during Fall of the Castle of Lions, Milly is very worried about him, to the point of crying. And in Chapter 12, while Milly was suspicious of Rolo, Beezer, and Nyma (for obvious reasons), she really didn't seem to like Rivalz spending so much time with Nyma. This get's more pronounced later on, as she really does not like him ogling other women, to his immense confusion (Milly had shot down all of his prior attempts to woo her).
    • There's also a bit of Kallen X Lelouch, as the two share some rather tender moments during Across The Universe.
  • Shipper on Deck: It's subtle, but Chapter 12 implies Milly is aware of the attraction between Lelouch and Kallen.
  • Smart People Play Chess: In addition to Lelouch, Coran is also an avid chess player, as was Allura's father.
  • Spanner in the Works: C.C. following the Paladins to the Castle of Lions is this for Charles and Marianne, as this puts her beyond the range where the latter can track her.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • A reply to a question posted by a reviewer stated that Euphemia would not die in this story.
    • Due to taking the role of Pidge's father and brother, as well as Rai getting his Geass from the Galra Druids instead of a Code Bearer, Rai's mother and sister avoided their canonical death by Geass.
    • Due to Kallen not using the Guren at Narita, Jeremiah is spared from being fried by the Radiant Wave Surger (granted, he survived that, but only by being turned into a cyborg).
    • It's also implied that Shirley's father was spared, as the landslide that killed him never happened.
  • The Stations of the Canon:
  • Super Empowering: In Tears of the Balmera, when they are stuck in Galra captivity, C.C. gives Shirley The Geass of Absolute Concealment.
  • Tempting Fate: At the end of Return of the Gladiator, Lelouch states that part of the reason he wants to go back to Earth is because, if he's reported missing, it'll only take one look at his picture for someone to recognize him as a former Britannian Prince. Sure enough, during the final scene on Earth, the Student Council's disappearance is announced, with Cornelia, Euphemia, Jeremiah, and, worst of all, CHARLES all recognizing Lelouch's picture.
  • Villain Respect: Unlike all other villains in Code Geass, Sendak agrees with Lelouch's assessment that the only ones who should kill are the ones willing to be killed, viewing it as the way of the Galra.
  • Weapon of Choice: The forms the Bayards take in this story are:
  • Wham Episode:
    • Crystal Venom: The final scene ends with Sayoko looking over something Lelouch told her to look after, and though Sayoko hasn't taken it out of its cover, she can tell that its a knife.
    • The Black Paladin: Not only do we learn that Zarkon was the Black Paladin, it's also revealed that he has Geass.
    • Zero's Return: Somehow, Schneizel has found Nunnally.
  • Wham Line:
    • The last line of Rai's Escape:
      Lelouch: Plot a course for Earth.
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