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Code Prime - R1: Rebellion is a fanfic by Iron117Prime. It is a Fusion Fic between Code Geass and the Transformers Aligned Universe.

"Lelouch Vi Britannia made a vow to destroy the Holy Empire of Britannia and create a peaceful world with for his sister Nunnally. However, he will soon learn that while he has gained valuable allies he will face an enemy far more evil than Britannia could ever hope to be. Battle lines are drawn as two wars collide into one."

Iron117Prime has also done Frozen Turtles, J-WITCH Season 1 and Avengers of the Multi-verse.

Currently stands at 27 chapters.
Beware Unmarked Spoilers for the first Ten chapters.


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  • Action Prologue: The first chapter starts with the final mission from Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, showing Bumblebee navigating his way through the Ark as the Decepticons try to destroy the ship.
  • Adaptational Context Change:
    • In canon, Lelouch ordering the retreat from Narita was because the Guren had its Radiant Wave Surger damaged by Suzaku, which his whole battle plan depended on. As this essentially abandoned the Japan Liberation Front to be destroyed by Cornelia's forces, this strained the Black Knights' trust in him. Here, the retreat is due to the Decepticons showing up and completely turning the tide of the battle. The rest of the Black Knights obey mostly without hesitation because they are getting slaughtered by the Decepticons.
    • In the Prime episode Partners, Arcee letting Starscream escape was a case of Revenge Before Reason, as she wanted to kill him to avenge Cliffjumper and ended up underestimating him. Here, this point is not present, as Cliffjumper is still alive. Rather, his escape is a result of Starscream managing to appear pathetic enough that Arcee and Kallen let their guard down and let him get too close to them.
    • In the Prime episode Stronger, Faster, a Synthetic Energon-enhanced Ratchet really lets Optimus have it—blaming him for the Autobots "squandering their resources," what happened to Cliffjumper and not being proactive enough against the Decepticons, triggering Arcee's Berserk Button. Due to Cliffjumper being alive in this story, he triggers Kallen and Lelouch's instead when he brings up Naoto's death and insults Lelouch after he reflexively activates his Geass.
    • In Tohdoh the Miracle Worker, Lelouch ordered the Black Knights to retreat from battle after finding out Suzaku was the pilot of the Lancelot due to shock at having to fight his best friend. Since Lelouch pretty much knew this from the get-go in Code Prime, he instead calls the retreat because Britannia has sent a massive group of Knightmares to reinforce the prison.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • The Glaston Knights make their first appearance during the Battle of Narita here, whereas in canon, they were first summoned directly prior to the school festival. Only Edgar and David leave the battle alive.
    • Unicron makes a cameo in Chapters 2 and 16, appearing in C.C.'s code-induced visions.
    • While Wheeljack shows up around the same time as he did in canon, here, he decides to stick around instead of going back into space.
  • Adaptational Modesty: The first scene of C.C. in Lelouch's house, specifically the one where she decides to sleep in Lelouch's bed (and forces him to sleep on the couch) implies that she isn't wearing anything under her straight jacket. Here, she IS wearing some underwear (which doesn't cover much, if the narration is anything to go by).
  • Adaptational Late Appearance: While Unicron has appeared in C.C.'s code-induced visions, the Terrorcons have yet to make an appearance in the story.
  • Adaptation Deviation:
    • Lelouch never gets the chance to Geass Cornelia until the end of Season 1. Here, he does so during the events of Divided They Fall, which take place in the canonical Time Skip between Cheering Mao and Nunnally Held Hostage.
    • The dialogue between Zero and Suzaku in Tropical Assault is modified to account for the fact that Britannia and the Decepticons are fighting side by side. Zero explicitly states that he knows Suzaku killed his father, Prime Minster Kururugi, and questions the latter on if he'd follow Britannia or the Decepticons if either gave him an order he could not complete in good conscience.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Originally, the events of Nunnally Held Hostage happened right after Cheering Mao, albeit with a short Time Skip happening in the interim. Here, the Time Skip is shown as the events of Metal Attraction and Partners.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • The Time Skip between "Cheering Mao" and "Nunnally Held Hostage" is shown here, where it encompasses the events of Metal Attraction and Partners.
    • The fate of the Ark was never addressed in Transformers: Prime. Here, it's revealed it crashed into the Pacific Ocean and is now the Autobots' base.
    • "It's never verified how Euphie, Lelouch, Kallen, and Suzaku ended up on Kamine Island in "Isle of the Gods". The chapter directly preceding the events of that segment in this story, "Tropical Assault", reveals that V.V. teleported them their for reasons unknown.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Rakshata's Gefjun Disturber was based on analysis of the Immobilizer in this story.
  • Adapted Out:
    • The Terrorcons and the sub-plot of Megatron being comatose for part of Season 1 are removed due to Megatron already being in possession of Dark Energon well before the start of the story. This also removes the plot point of Starscream raising Skyquake as a Terrorcon, and any possible clash with Dreadwing over it. The Terrorcons finally appear in Chapter 25.
    • MECH is excised from the story, as Britannia already fulfills their role well enough.
    • Rescue Force Sigma-17 doesn't appear due to the darker tones of the story and the setting lacking the equivalent of Griffon Rock.
    • The human allies of the Autobots, both from the Prime cartoon and Rescue Bots, are left out as they obviously weren't born in the Code Geass world. Additionally, timeline-wise, the show takes place roughly half a century in the past relative to Prime's timeline, so even if they do exist in this universe, they haven't been born yet.
    • The scene involving Table-kun is excised, because the Author thought it was too creepy.
    • Due to Starscream never having the opportunity to engage in some of his most duplicitous moments in R1, the events of Rock Bottom are totally excised from the story.
    • Sick Mind is cut because Megatron is never rendered comatose.
    • Shadowzone is also excised because Skyquake is long dead by this point in the story.
    • Speed Metal was removed because Arcee's partner in this story, Kallen, has no reason to get into a street race.
    • Word of God is that The Black Knights' betrayal of Lelouch is not gonna happen.
  • Aliens Speaking English: As per the norm with Transformers. It's at least explained for the Autobots as they studied human Internet communications to learn the planet's languages. Oddly, when Megatron first meets the future Emperor, the two are able to talk perfectly fine despite Megatron not having known the planet had organic life, let alone have the time to study Earth communications. Perhaps whatever Cybertronian language Megatron was speaking was just really close to English?
  • And Then What?: Megatron asks Suzaku something like this when he asks how the latter plans to reform Britannia. In this case, he's using the question to finally push Suzaku to join the Decepticons.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Optimus offers one to Suzaku after the later chooses to return to his court-martial in the hopes of being acquitted and then working to reform Britannia from within. Notably, Suzaku doesn't really have a response for this, instead stating he has to hope that he's right. Said question continues to affect him going forward, particularly as he is forced to confront more of the unsavory aspects of both Britannia and the Decepticons.
    Optimus: You say that Britannia can change for the better; what if you go down this path... and you're wrong?
  • Band of Brothers: The Autobots and Black Knights are unified by common goals and morals, and have an extremely healthy team dynamic. This contrasts them heavily with the Britannians and Decepticons, whose relationships are detailed below.
  • Beneath the Mask: Normally, Lelouch appears to be apathetic to the world around him. As Zero, who is his true self, Lelouch actually disdains the status quo and wants to create a better world for his sister. What makes it stand out in this story is that Optimus figures out that Lelouch genuinely believes his rhetoric, something none of the Black Knights figured out in canon until just before Lelouch died from the wounds Suzaku gave him.
  • Black and White Insanity: Suzaku, as in canon, views the world in terms of Black-and-White Morality. Here, however, he starts to get progressively more unhinged and conflicted due to one of his enemies being Optimus Prime, who truly is a hero, yet is on the opposite side as Suzaku. This is further exacerbated by being on the same side as Megatron, who actively twists Suzaku into becoming a worse person.
  • Blatant Lies: Megatron tells Cornelia that Optimus was lying about the Decepticons being evil. To no ones surprise, she doesn't believe him.
  • Bound and Gagged:
    • Mao keeps Shirley in this state when he kidnaps her in Chapter 19.
    • Cornelia gets her turn like this in Chapter 22 when captured by the heroes.
  • Break Them by Talking: Lelouch and Suzaku are both hit with this in Chapter 19 by Mao and Arachnid, respectively, and are both pretty much given the same rhetoric: they claim to want to change the world in their own respective ways, yet allied themselves with the side that is (for the most part) completely contradictory to their ethos.
  • Broken Masquerade: The Autobots cease attempting to be Robots in Disguise in Chapter 5, instead deciding to make their existence public so as to help show the masses that Britannia can be beaten.
  • The Cameo: Cornelia name-drops Marrybell mel Britannia and the Glinda Knights in Chapter 19.
  • Car Fu: A viable tactic when said car is the alternative form of a robotic being made of metals stronger than any on Earth, as several Purists find out the hard way.
  • Combination Attack: Kallen and Rai end up utilizing this with their Knightmares' Radiant Wave Surgers whilst magnetized by the Polarity Gauntlet (freeing themselves along with a similarly magnetized Bulkhead and Arcee); they later use this to disorient Airachnid from fleeing with said Gauntlet.
  • Continuity Nod: The fanfic is a crossover with the Transformers Aligned Universe, and it certainly lives up to it:
    • The opening is clearly based on the final (and by extension, first) mission of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.
    • Fixit is a member of the Ark Crew.
    • Megatron has already been fused with Dark Energon in this timeline, which was the case in Fall of Cybertron, as opposed to only just having discovered it at the start of Transformers Prime. The first chapter also directly has him reference being crushed by Metroplex (also mentioned in Chapter 25, Stronger, Faster, Deadlier!).
    • Soundwave has both Frenzy, Rumble, and Ravage with him in addition to Laserbeak. The first two showed up in the Transformers: War for Cybertron, while the latter appeared in Transformers: Exodus. Notably, these are the only members of his Mini-cassettes he is shown possessing in the Transformers Aligned Universe, with the ones he had in other universes being unheard of.
  • The Corrupter: Megatron, as always. He's deliberately trying to push Suzaku down a darker path, mostly for his own amusement.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Happens in Chapter 5 when the Autobots and Zero free Suzaku from Britannia. To add insult to injury, the Autobots win without even killing a single Purist.
    • This is something of a Running Gag with Cornelia, as she tends to get defeated with almost laughable ease.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In Chapter 23, not only did Lelouch set things up so that Mao would be arrested by Suzaku, he also had the Autobots on standby just in case Mao managed to escape the room.
  • Darker and Edgier: Airachnid is significantly more menacing in this story than in canon. While she wasn't a comedic character in Prime (her first appearance had her torturing Arcee in a flashback, culminating in murdering Arcee's partner, Tailgate), here, she butchers dozens of Japanese civilians in Shinjuku because she was bored.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • In canon, the Glaston Knights all survived the events of Season 1, while in R2 Claudio was the Sole Survivor, with Alfred and Bart dying during the battle at the Chinese Embassy, and David and Edgar dying during the Battle of Tokyo. Alfred, Bart, and Claudio however all die during the Battle of Narita here. Alfred gets fried by Kallen, Claudio is sliced in half by Tohdoh, and Bart is blown up by Bulkhead. David and Edgar join them during the battle of Port Yokosuka, ending the Glaston Knights.
    • Skyquake is a Posthumous Character here, not even getting a single present sequence alive.
  • Deconstruction Crossover: Many a trope and character archetype are torn apart here.
    • Suzaku deconstructs the Ideal Hero and Black-and-White Morality, as his inability to acknowledge his cause as wrong or see exactly how evil Megatron is ultimately setting him down a darker path and progressively leads to him becoming more villainous as time goes on... Which is EXACTLY what Megatron wants.
    • Suzaku also deconstructs Unskilled, but Strong as his natural talent as a pilot doesn't help against some of his Cybertronian opponents, who are Strong and Skilled. This furthers the deconstruction of Black-and-White Morality, as his facing opponents who oppose him and can beat him is implied to be fraying Suzaku's sanity.
    • The Glaston Knights deconstruct Elite Mooks - while they're incredibly powerful Britannian Knightmare Pilots, they're still nowhere near the Autobots' level, and are ultimately little more than Red Shirts against such powerful opponents.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Skyquake is noted to have perished fighting on Cybertron rather than dying on Earth in the cartoon.
  • Divided We Fall: This is a big problem for the Britannians and Decepticons - while both groups want to defeat the Autobot-Black Knight alliance, their conflicting motives and methods repeatedly limit their ability to do so. This comes to a head in Chapter 21, United We Stand, where Suzaku and Breakdown team up with Airachnid to prevent the Black Knight force of Kallen, Rai, Arcee, and Bulkhead from acquiring the Polarity Gauntlet falls apart for a variety of reasons: Breakdown wanted to solve things with violence while Suzaku prefers to try words first, Airachnid is a Decepticon deserter and has no interest in rejoining their cause unless forced to, and Suzaku still wants to arrest Airachnid after what she did at Shinjuku. When the trio decides to call a truce to take down the Autobots and Black Knights, they fail epically, as the trio never bothers to coordinate with each other, while the quartet they are fighting do.
    • Further exemplified in Chapter 22, Divided They Fall. Airachnid and Starscream cannot resist trying to embarrass the other in Megatron's eyes, with both also taking the time to regularly belittle Cornelia. When Starscream inevitably tries to backstab Airachnid, she immediately overpowers the Seeker and leaves him and Cornelia (who she enjoys belittling and mocking) out to dry. As for the Knights of the Round, they actually get along pretty well with everyone, but Airachnid and the Seekers manage to get on their nerves.
    • On Display once more during Chapter 26, Knights and Miracle Workers, where the Autobots and Black Knights are able to pick apart the Decepticons and Knights of the Round during the mission to rescue Tohdoh, as they have both the numbers and teamwork needed to isolate each enemy while still fighting as a team.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • In Cheering Mao, Mao attempts to procure Megatron's aid by offering the identity of Zero and the location of the Autobots' base. While Mao did have several pieces of information that would've been useful, he was unaware that Megatron had already found out who Zero was through Soundwave and Laserbeak.
    • Toward the end of Knights and Miracle Workers, Tohdoh warns Suzaku that the Decepticons and Britannians are not helping each other and will eventually turn on one another, at which point Suzaku will need to make a choice regarding his allegiances. Almost immediately after the former retreats, the Decepticons get into an argument with the Knights of the Round that almost ends in the former trying to kill the latter, with Megatron intervening at the last moment to avoid bloodshed.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • All of the Autobots, even the ones who distrust Lelouch, are disgusted when they learn what Charles did to him when the boy confronted his father over his mother's death.
    • Lelouch, in turn, vetoes the idea of using the Autobots' Ground Bridge to get to Pendragon and assassinate his father, as the chaos that would result would probably cause the world to burn.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Downplayed since it's Suzaku. He believes that all violence is pointless and that the Black Knights and Autobots opposing Britannia is because they are evil or misguided. He's legitimately thrown for a loop when Optimus makes it clear he opposes Megatron because the latter is an evil tyrant that cannot be reasoned with and only seeks power for himself.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Mao thinks he can play around with the Decepticons by waving vital information in front of their faces so he can get a nice, cozy home for himself and C.C. When Lelouch literally shuts him up in Chapter 23, forcing him to return to the Nemesis empty-handed, Megatron tells him he has a place at the table: Shockwave's dissection table, to be exact.
  • Fatal Flaw: For both the Decepticons and Britannians, it's disunity - while both parties want the Autobots and Black Knights destroyed, they not only disagree about how to defeat them, but even within each group, different members are pursuing different agendas. This prevents them from functioning well as a team and makes them far more divided than the Autobots and Black Knights - who are friends to the end.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Lelouch uses this in Chapter 26 to pick apart the Decepticons and Knights of the Round during the mission to rescue Tohdoh.
    • He has Kallen and Arcee fight Nonette, as she is a Close-Range Combatant and the two female aces are able to out-maneuver her and (via the Radiant Wave Surger) destroy her swords.
    • He has Chiba close in on Knockout, who prefers to fight at range to avoid getting his paint job ruined. Once that happens, Chiba is able to dominate him in melee, as he's too angry to fight intelligently.
    • Conversely, he has Cliffjumper fall back to bait the Blood Knight Gino into leaving Knockout, allowing Chiba to defeat him and then team up with Cliff to take Gino down.
    • Dreadwing is trickier since he has no obvious weaknesses, but Lelouch ultimately settles on having Wheeljack distract Dreadwing so that Urabe can attack from behind.
      • At which point Wheeljack will disable the Florence by cutting off its arms (removing its weapons) and legs (to fully incapacitate it).
      • And then have Urabe and Wheeljack team up against Dreadwing.
    • Asahina and Senba are ordered to blind the Mordred with Chaffsmoke, then sever its limbs.
  • Foil:
    • Bumblebee finds Lelouch similar to Soundwave of all bots - both are master planners who pretty much obliterate their competition with well thought out strategies. Lelouch, in turn, upon learning of Soundwave, compares him to both himself and Schneizel. Of course, Soundwave was a low-ranked gladiator in the past while Lelouch and Schneizel were born privileged royals who are anything but fighters. Lelouch even notes how they both hang back and direct others during the mission to rescue Tohdoh.
    • It's lampshaded by the Autobots how similar Lelouch is to Megatron and Suzaku is to Optimus. However, eons of experience have made Optimus a great deal more pragmatic than Suzaku, who is more idealistic and can't yet comprehend that some people just won't change for the better. Lelouch may be similar to Megatron, but unlike Megs, he can feel compassion, empathy, and form strong bonds with others, particularly his sister, while Megatron is a sociopath that only sees others as tools to achieve his goals. In addition, their origins are almost polar opposite from their comparisons. Lelouch was a Royal Britannian while Megatron was a low-class gladiator. Suzaku is an "11" turned "Honorary Britannian" while Optimus was a high-class archivist.
    • While Lelouch and Suzaku were already this in canon, their Foil status is further highlighted by their interactions with the Cybertronian leaders on their respective sides - Lelouch completely trusts Optimus and is slowly becoming a better person because of it, while Suzaku is understandably wary of Megatron and yet is slowly being corrupted by him.
  • For Want of a Nail: Due to Optimus being present at the Shinjuku Memorial and later witnessing the Lancelot fighting the Purebloods and the Seekers, Lelouch learns that Suzaku is the pilot of the Lancelot significantly earlier than in canon.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Rai is first introduced in Chapter 6, one of the possible names he mutters is "Kai" before settling on Rai. Eight chapters later, at the end of Geass Ex Machina, V.V. and Charles have a conversation where they mention someone named "Kaizaren" is still alive. Chapter 20 reveals that Rai is actually Kaizaren von Britannia.
    • In Chapter 23, Lelouch goes over where he sent his friends to help him with rescuing Nunnally from Mao, noting that he sent Shirley to keep the Knights of the Round off his back. The next scene shows her talking to the Autobots instead. This hints that Lelouch Geassed himself (or, in this adaptation, had Rai Geass him instead) so as to forget his actual plan and buy time for his friends to free Nunnally from Mao.
  • Fusion Fic: Between the Aligned continuity of Transformers and Code Geass. Among other things, it's confirmed that Sakuradite and Energon are synonymous and the Decepticons are responsible for the rise of the Britannian Empire, though only a few people in said Empire know of this.
  • Giant Robot Hands Save Lives: Bumblebee breaks off his first fight with the Lancelot temporarily in order to catch some people falling from a building. This surprises Suzaku, who was unused to seeing his opponents attempt to avoid casualties.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Due to taking absolutely massive losses during the Battles at Narita and Port Yokosuka, including losing all of the Glaston Knights (his adoptive sons), Darlton suggests that Cornelia put in a request for the Emperor to send in the Knights of the Round to help defeat the Autobots.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Suzaku is on the receiving end of one from Airachnid, who calls him out on siding with the Decepticons, as she used to be one, and Suzaku is an idealist who is siding with a Hope Crusher that destroyed his own homeworld and ultimately would see Earth burn if he could defeat the Autobots. It's the first time in the story that Suzaku ever shows uncertainty with the path he chose.
  • History Repeats: The main conflict in this story comes down to two battles between former best friends, one an Ideal Hero, the other a Chessmaster, over how to fix a corrupt society. In an interesting twist, though, it is the human chess master who is paired with the Cybertronian idealist, in part because Optimus sees the similarities between Lelouch and Megatron and wants to keep history from repeating, while Megatron is actively corrupting Suzaku.
  • Hourglass Plot: In Chapter 18, What is Justice?, Lelouch has his resolve tested when it appears that Shirley's dad was killed by the landslide the Black Knights engineered at Narita, and even after receiving some comforting words from Optimus, is left unsure if his path is right. Suzaku, meanwhile, has his convictions affirmed by these same events and decides to join the Decepticons. In the following Chapter, What is Evil?, Lelouch has his convictions reaffirmed when he saves Shirley and comes clean about everything, only for Shirley to shock him by admitting she forgives him. Suzaku, meanwhile, has his resolve shaken when he encounters Airachnid in Shinjuku, who promptly tears into his ideals and tells him that, ultimately, he chose the wrong side, and no amount of action on his part will make them better.
  • Ideal Hero: The story simultaneously deconstructs and reconstructs this with Suzaku and Optimus Prime, respectively.
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: In this story, Sakuradite is actually another name for Energon, which also explains how Britannia knows where to find most of it - Megatron gave them the locations, in exchange for a cut of the Sakuradite.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Due to the events of "Nunnally Held Hostage" Lelouch decides to have himself and Nunnally stay with Kallen until the heat dies down, while Rai does the same with Shirley. Cliffjumper takes the opportunity to Lampshade the Ship Tease between the two couples by telling the boys to not try any funny business with the girls.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Whilst the presence of the Autobots ensures the survival of both the Yamato Alliance and the civilians of Saitama, Lelouch still ends up almost being found out by Cornelia and requiring external aid to escape.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Chapter 16 sees Kallen learning that Lelouch is Zero.
    • Chapter 18 has the Black Knight Leadership learn that Suzaku pilots the Lancelot.
    • Chapter 19 has Shirley learning about Lelouch's past, his Geass, and the Cybertronians.
    • Chapter 26 sees Suzaku's indentity as the pilot of the Lancelot being revealed to the world.
  • Irony:
    • After seeing Lelouch's face at the meeting with Kyoto, Tamaki actually has his loyalty increased, as he could tell from Lelouch's expression that his hatred of Britannia is real.
    • Lelouch notes that, after finding out what Cornelia would do if she found out that he and Nunnally are alive, the best way to keep her and Euphie safe at the moment is for her to be his enemy. He notes the irony of the situation.
  • It Amused Me: C.C.'s justification for going swimming outside the Ark, which is currently at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean: she was particularly bored at that moment.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: A variation: after the Seekers and Airachnid allow the Autobots to make off with the Immobilizer because of their unwillingness to work together, Megatron beats all of them into submission and informs them from here on out that they must learn to work together, and that if one of them sabotages any of his subordinates/allies, all four shall perish.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Thundercracker supports Starscream, who is certainly a thorn in both the Britannian's and the Decepticon's sides, he's not wrong when, in the aftermath of Narita, he notes that Suzaku may not be mentally prepared for the combat he is getting in. Suzaku is indeed mentally off-balance since he remembered how he killed his own father in that battle.
  • Just Friends: Kallen and Rai say as much during Chapter 21. It seems sincere - Kallen seems to be quite clearly pining after Lelouch, and as for Rai, his extreme attempt at apologizing for the death of her father (which he feels responsible for) implies he has feelings for Shirley.
  • Knight Templar: Suzaku was this in canon, but here it's more obvious and acknowledged - he may have noble intentions, but these require ruthlessness to carry out. And while many of his friends want to see him redeemed, Ironhide points out that Suzaku will need to accept that he was in the wrong for his actions, something he refuses to do.
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  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The first chapter reveals that the boy we see with Charles in Code Geass is his young brother, V.V., aka Victor zi Britannia.
  • Lensman Arms Race: Just like in canon, but now the Autobots and Decepticons are throwing their tech into the mix. But since the Decepticons only share their technology with Britannia's aces while the Autobots share their secrets with all of the Black Knights, Britannia is starting to fall behind.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Megatron mostly ignores Britannia beyond assisting Charles with finding Energon because he wants the humans to find Optimus, and believes that backing Britannia is the most effective method of doing so - he knows Optimus won't allow innocents to be subjected to the cruelty Britannia practices on a daily basis and is waiting for Prime to take a stand. Optimus finally obliges during Chapter 5, to Megatron's delight.
  • The Mentor: Optimus and Megatron serve as ones for Lelouch and Suzaku respectively. Their reasoning for doing so is even the same: they see so much of the other in their protege and want to make sure they don't turn out like that, Optimus seeing Lelouch as a more noble Megatron, and Megatron seeing Suzaku as a more naive Orion Pax.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: In order from Whitest to Blackest:
    • The Autobots are White, being a race of freedom fighters who are The Fettered and devoted to protecting all other beings in the universe.
    • The Black Knights and Lelouch are slightly greyer than the Autobots (being willing to use people like Diethard, but still have genuinely good motives and fairly high standards).
    • Occupying the grey area would be the various innocent civilians on both sides, who want nothing to do with the conflict but are apathetic to the causes of the fighting.
    • Suzaku occupies a darker shade of grey, having genuinely good motivations but performing villainous actions to achieve them.
    • Charles, Marianne, and V.V. are slightly worse then Suzaku, having understandable motivations but having both goals and actions that are far from ideal.
    • The Britannian Military is made up of Imperialistic Conquerors but they still have families, loved ones, and respectable ideals and morals.
    • The Decepticons are unambiguous villains, with only the occasional Noble Demon.
    • Lastly, there's Mao, who runs on Blue-and-Orange Morality, being entirely focused on C.C.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In addition to the cast from Prime, Ironhide is a member of the crew of the Ark, as was the case in Generation 1. Similarly, Skywarp and Thundercracker are part of the Nemesis Crew.
    • In addition, Ironhide was originally intended to be in the Prime cast but ended up getting dropped because of the film Ironhide's death in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
    • Optimus explains to Lelouch that the Autobots learned human languages from studying the Internet. This method was also used in Transformers.
    • The Autobots and the Purebloods' Mexican Standoff is pretty much reminiscent of the confrontation involving Ironhide & Sideswipe vs. Crankcase & Crowbar from Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
    • Optimus' Armor-Piercing Question to Suzaku is a deliberate reference to his question to the Secretary of Defense in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
    • In Chapter 6, Starscream tries looking up information on the net on Zero and Optimus, decrying it as "A trillion gigabytes of data, none of it useful!". He made the same remark in the Transformers: Prime episode "New Recruit".
    • Megatron allying with Cornelia by claiming that Optimus was spreading slander about the Decepticons is clearly a reference to Bumblebee, where Dropkick and Shatter do the same.
    • Megatron's assistance of Charles and V.V. mirrors his interactions with Isaac Sumdac in Transformers Animated, albeit here, he's more honest with his royal ally about who he is.
    • Bumblebee shooting at Viletta to save Lelouch and Shirley is very similar to when Optimus saves Cade Yeager from Harold Attinger from Transformers: Age of Extinction.
    • Mao briefly considers trying to get Shirley to kill Zero via manipulating her into doing so in revenge for her father, which is exactly what he tried in canon. Here, though, he realizes she loves Lelouch too much to do so and instead just chloroforms her and uses her as bait and leverage against Lelouch.
    • Shirley's introduction to the Black Knights and the Autobots is lifted almost verbatim from Prime where Jack introduces his mom to Team Prime.
    • The Nemesis crashed on the Earth's moon in the first chapter and serves as the Decepticons base, just like the Mini-Con ship served as their base in Transformers Armada.
    • Lelouch uses his Geass on Cornelia in Chapter 22 to obtain information on all of Britannia's military operations in Japan. In the episode this was based on, Partners, Megatron was worried that the Autobots would acquire all of the Decepticons' knowledge by capturing Starscream, since Airachnid left the former behind.
    • Mao getting carried off by Shockwave for dissection in Nunnally Held Hostage pretty much mirrors Silas/Cylas's eventual fate in the Transformers: Prime episode, The Human Factor.
    • Shirley's actions in Chapter 24 pretty much mirrors Miko's in TMI, the difference is the former's resulting from a desire to contribute more to the Autobots/Black Knights, unlike the latter's desire for excitement.
    • Similar to Jet Optimus' line, Kallen inwardly remarks about Starscream's name after Arcee shoots him down screaming.
  • Named by the Adaptation:
    • C.C.'s name has never been revealed in any canon source. Here, it's Cera.
    • Rai's name is implied to be Kaizaren, as said by V.V. at the end of Chapter 13. Chapter 20 reveals his full name to be Kaizaren Von Britannia.
  • Necessarily Evil: Optimus admits he doesn't want to fight Megatron and would gladly be willing to end the war between the Autobots and Decepticons peacefully, but so long as Megatron remains a power-hungry tyrant, that will never happen. Suzaku takes issue with this, due to believing that all violence is pointless.
  • Nerdgasm: Lloyd's reaction to seeing Cybertronians in their robot forms is...interesting, to say the least.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Megatron shows elements of this during his conversation with Suzaku about the fate of Cybertron. While he acknowledges that neither the Autobots nor the Decepticons wanted the planet destroyed, he explicitly leaves out the fact that he poisoned the planet's core with Dark Energon, instead merely stating that it became uninhabitable due to the conflict between the two sides.
    • Ironically enough, Suzaku has this same problem — while most of his actions are motivated to kill him so that he can get Death Equals Redemption for killing his father, Suzaku never actually owes up to the fact that killing his father was wrong and refuses to accept blame for the evils he is complicit in as a member of the Britannian Army and the Decepticons.
  • Noble Demon: Deconstructed with Dreadwing - however well-intentioned he may be, he still supports Megatron, and his attempts to support Suzaku only end up putting the latter on a darker path precisely because Dreadwing does not see how evil Megatron is.
  • No-Sell: Cybertronians are mostly immune to the effects of Geass, due to their sparks being stronger than most Geass abilities. Later chapters reveal that they can be affected by Code Bearers (who are infinitely more powerful than most Geass users), and Word of God at the end of Chapter 19 indicates they are vulnerable to a fully developed Geass, but only if the Geass user has the experience and focus to manage their powers carefully, which prevents Mao from doing so despite technically being capable of it.invoked
  • Not His Sled:
    • Lelouch does not throw Kallen off by having a Geassed Sayoko play a recording of him to the girl. Instead, he has Bumblebee do it.
    • Shirley isn't the one to shoot Viletta - Bumblebee does that. However, being present at the fight and almost shooting Viletta does take a toll on her.
  • Not So Different:
    • Team Prime realizes that Lelouch could easily walk down Megatron's path, given his beliefs. Similarly, Optimus finds quite a few similarities between Suzaku and his pre-war self.
      • On the other end of the spectrum, Optimus and Lelouch are both strong leaders who inspire people with words alone. Contrarily, Megatron and Suzaku are both consummate warriors that are most at home fighting on the front lines.
    • Kallen is this to Arcee, as both are badass female members of their respective organizations who have lost people they cared about.
  • Not So Stoic: Even Tohdoh is absolutely stunned in Chapter 5 when the Autobots make their existence public.
  • Off the Rails: Considering that the Autobots reveal their presence on global television in Chapter 5, irrevocably abandoning their normal 'Robots in Disguise' strategy, this is definitely in play.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Lloyd is completely speechless when he sees Bumblebee transform from his car form into robot mode.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: As of Chapter 19, Darlton has outlived all of his adoptive sons, who perished either at Narita or Port Yokosuka.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: After Rai finds out that Lelouch is Zero, and that Bumblebee is his car, he wonders why no one has noticed that said "car" looks just like the vehicle form of one of the Autobots. Lelouch attributes it to Bumblebee being able to change his coloration slightly, while C.C. thinks that if that's not it, then Britannia's military is just completely incompetent.
  • Parental Substitute: While subtle at first, later chapters in the story indicate that Lelouch is starting to view Optimus as a father figure since his real father is a...less than stellar parent. Mao's remarks in Chapter 19 outright confirms that Lelouch views Optimus as his surrogate father.
  • The Plot Thickens: After Megatron and Soundwave finish dealing with the undead monster (consisting of wrecked Knightmares, Vehicons, and Britannian excavation equipment), the pair find a small pit filled with... Dark Energon.
  • Positive Friend Influence: It's subtle, but Optimus' presence is beginning to rub off on Lelouch. In canon after dealing with the Refrain, Lelouch didn't intervene with the circumstances involving Kallen's mother. Here, he uses his Geass to not only make sure she doesn't serve jail time but to arrange for her and Kallen to live in an apartment, away from Kallen's cruel stepmother. And, instead of Bulkhead using himself as bait to lure out the Scraplets, Lelouch uses his Sutherland instead which earns the trust and respect of the other Black Knights as well as the previously distrustful Ironhide. Chapter 19 confirms that Lelouch sees Optimus as a father figure and is modeling his strategic thinking off of the Autobot leader.
  • Puppet State: The Autobots think Britannia is one to the Decepticons. The truth is slightly more complex - Megatron did help get Charles and V.V. into power, but Charles clearly has ambitions of his own.
  • Put on a Bus: All of the Autobots on the Ark besides Optimus, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Arcee, Bulkhead, Cliffjumper, Ironhide, and Fixit were thrown off the ship while it hurtles toward Earth, leaving them stuck indefinitely in the cold void of space.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation:
    • In order to justify Megatron acting as a mentor to Charles, the Exodus from Cybertron is bumped up from happening during the Mesozoic to approximately fifty years before the start of the story.
    • Optimus' normal unwillingness to attack and kill humans is amended here to Would Not Shoot a Civilian, as Britannia has a much greater capability to actually harm the Autobots than most other human antagonists have ever possessed (discounting all human forces displayed in the film series).
  • Reaction Shot: A whole bunch of these during Chapter 5 when Zero and the Autobots reveal themselves. Suffice to say, everyone is stunned senseless.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • After hearing Lelouch's story, some of the Autobots offer to warp to the throne room and take out Charles right away. Lelouch refuses as, if the resulting Evil Power Vacuum and Succession Crisis didn't tear Britannia apart, the empire's 0% Approval Rating means that the other nations would jump on the chance to take it down in a moment of vulnerability. Either way would end up resulting in a whole lot of citizens getting killed in the crossfire. Killing the Big Bad is rarely like hitting a "make everything better" button.
    • Whenever Knightmares go up against Cybertronians, the former are slaughtered in droves, be they Mooks or a Quirky Miniboss Squad like the Glaston Knights. Even Suzaku in the Lancelot gets his ass kicked. For all the advances the Britannians and Japanese have made in Knightmare production, they're still leagues behind the Cybertronians and unlikely to make any noticeable steps toward closing that gap without external help.
    • Unlike in canon, Suzkau's poor mental health is acknowledged by his allies (in this case, Thundercracker of all people) as a potential handicap to his fighting abilities.
    • Cornelia remained Viceroy of Area 11 and head of the forces opposing Zero despite continuously failing to defeat him in canon because the Black Knights were a regional threat and she was the highest authority in Area 11. With the Autobots (who are potentially a global danger to Britannian dominance) siding with the Black Knights, though, her failures are no longer excusable, and following the Battle for Narita, she is demoted to serving under Megatron in all further confrontations against the Autobots and Black Knights.
    • The Vehicons, despite being Mooks, are more than capable of putting up a fight against the Black Knights, even when the latter has the aid of Knightmares. After all, the Vehicons have been fighting for longer and are using their actual bodies in a fight, while the Black Knights are driving their Knightmares and have only been fighting for a few weeks at most.
    • While Shirley does join the Black Knights in Chapter 21, she's relegated to a non-combat role, partially because Lelouch doesn't want her to get hurt, but also because she doesn't have any combat training and isn't equipped emotionally to handle killing.
    • The Decepticons and Britannians' inability to get along eventually costs them dearly - not only do they lose the Immobilizer due to Airachnid's backstabbing nature, but her decision to trap Cornelia in silk allows Lelouch to Geass her and learn about everything the Decepticons and Britannians have in Japan, as well as the fact that Cornelia will change sides if she learns Lelouch and Nunnally are alive and the former is Zero.
    • Similarly, during the mission to rescue Tohdoh, Lelouch is able to take advantage of the disunity between them to separate them and have the Autobots and Black Knights take advantage of their weaknesses.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Bulkhead and Tamaki do this, in response to Scraplets (Bulkhead) and Spiders (Tamaki).
  • Seamless Spontaneous Lie: Lelouch's cover for Bumblebee? Lelouch bought him using the money he got from gambling. Given the facade he normally puts on, it doesn't take much for everyone else to believe him.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • Megatron is one to Lelouch - whilst both are incredible commanders with a penchant for the dramatic, Lelouch is still capable of traits like empathy and kindness and is motivated by a desire to create a better world for his sister. Megatron, in contrast, is a power-hungry, sociopathic tyrant who fights solely for his own power. Megatron represents both the likely future Lelouch would've had if he was still a part of the Royal Family and a potential future for Lelouch if the prince loses sight of what he's fighting for, and part of the reason Optimus joins forces with him is to make sure that History Repeats doesn't hit.
    • Suzaku has steadily been becoming this for Optimus - his idealism and belief in moral absolutes has been stated by several Cybertronians to resemble Optimus in his youth when he was originally known as Orion Pax. Unfortunately, under Megatron's (who has also noticed the similarities) corrupting influence, Suzaku is gradually transforming into a darker version of Optimus...
  • Ship Tease: Word of God has stated that he's going for Lelouch/Kallen and Shirley/Rai pairings in this story. A couple of moments have already been shown so far.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The scene where Rai finds out Lelouch is Zero is nearly identical to where Ned finds out Peter is Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
    • Before they learn that the official term for it is Geass, Bumblebee calls it "the stare".
    • In Chapter 27, Ironhide saying that Suzaku needs to drop his Never My Fault attitude if he were to join the Black Knights and Autobots is very similar to the moment in One Piece where Zoro states Usopp needs to apologize before rejoining the crew. He even states that if Suzaku doesn't comply but still gets to join, he'll leave; something Zoro says as well.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Suzaku has been undergoing this due to working side by side with Megatron, culminating in Chapter 18, where he becomes the first human member of the Decepticons.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • The author has explicitly stated he has no plans to kill Shirley off at any point in this story. He's also confirmed Cliffjumper will be alive, at least for the immediate future. The end-of-chapter notes for Diverging and Intersecting Paths adds Euphie to the list of people the author intends to spare.invoked
    • Sadly Played for Drama in Chapter 17, as (while he did survive Narita) Shirley's father is found by Soundwave and Shockwave and taken aboard the Nemesis. And because only his lab coat with his family name was the only thing they could find, he is presumed dead by Shirley and her mother.
    • The JLF survives the Battle of Port Yokosuka, as Lelouch has no interest in deposing of them to obtain political support since he has the backing of the Autobots. In fact, they end up joining the Black Knights.
  • Ship Sinking:
    • United We Stand sinks the RaiXKallen ship, as the two only express annoyance rather than embarrassment when their Knightmares get stuck in a suggestive position due to the Polarity Gauntlet, and both later agree (without any hesitation) that they are Better as Friends.
    • United We Stand also sinks ShirleyXLelouch as this chapter and those before it note that, while Lelouch cares about Shirley, he has no romantic interest in her.
    • Tropical Skirmish firmly sinks LelouchXC.C., with the latter telling Nunnally that she's not romantically interested in him, or looking for romance at all currently.
  • Shipper on Deck: Arcee's comments in United We Stand indicate that she ships KallenXLelouch, to Kallen's embarrassment.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Mao's fate after Chapter 23.
  • Take That!: In one of the author's notes, while admitting he screwed up earlier in the story and having Suzaku forget that he met Euphemia while talking to Nina, Iron117Prime admitted that, when considering Nina's character, he doesn't really feel that bad with his goof.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The key difference between the Black Knights/Autobots and Britannians/Decepticons, which is spelled out in United We Stand - while the Autobots and Black Knights may disagree at times, they are a team and will work together without any hesitation. The Decepticons and Britannians, by contrast, are mostly united by shared interests, and really don't like working with the other side, or each other.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Downplayed. Optimus is relaxing the rules due to the fact Britannia has the technology to fight the Autobots on equal footing, plus some of the Britannians being just as evil as the Decepticons. Civilians are still off-limits.
  • True Companions: The Black Knights and Autobots have gradually become this, being willing to risk their necks to save each other. This comes to a head in Chapter 21, United We Stand, where Arcee ends up magnetized to Bulkhead, while Kallen ends up stuck to Rai - both duos are able to coordinate their movements to avoid being overwhelmed by the Terrible Trio of Suzaku, Bulkhead, and Airachnid.
  • The Unintelligible: Bumblebee, as has become the standard practice of late. For the sake of the audience, whatever he says is bracketed, letting us now it is something only other Cybertronians can understand. Lelouch and the Black Knights eventually get earpieces to translate what the Autobot scout says. C.C. can perfectly understand him without it though, much to everyone's shock.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Megatron is this during a conversation with Suzaku regarding the War for Cybertron - while he acknowledges that neither side is completely good or evil, he implies that the planet becoming uninhabitable was a result of the conflict getting out of control, rather than him deliberately poisoning the core with Dark Energon to try and gain planetary domination. He also insinuates that he gathered the Decepticons and rose up against the ruling council because they refused to accept Optimus' peaceful solution to dealing with planetary unrest, when in actuality, they stepped down willingly and named Optimus the new leader, causing the envious Megatron to rise up over not getting what he wanted. And lastly, Megatron indicates that he tried to reach out to Optimus and seek some form of alliance, only to be rejected, conveniently leaving out that Megatron was turned away because he was a despot whose own actions are the entire reason Optimus turned against him.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Suzaku, for now - he has a highly advanced Knightmare frame and incredible sync rate, but that will only go so far against opponents (e.g. the Autobots) who have been fighting for longer than he has been alive.
  • Villain Has a Point:
  • Villain Takes an Interest:
    • In Chapter 7, after Soundwave learns that Lelouch is Zero as well as a thought dead prince of Britannia and tells Megatron, Megatron decides to keep this information secret from both Charles and his crew, having taken an interest in what Optimus sees in Lelouch.
    • The same is true for Suzaku, as Chapter 13 reveals that Megatron wants Knock Out to upgrade the Lancelot as he's taken an interest in both it and Suzaku, planning to turn Suzaku into a "human" Decepticon.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The Decepticons and Britannians may both want to eliminate the Autobots and Black Knights, but they are not very good at working with each other to achieve those goals. This becomes a plot point in United We Stand, as Suzaku, Airachnid, and Breakdown ultimately lose out to Kallen, Rai, Bulkhead, and Arcee because the latter four are a team and are able to work together despite issues involving the polarity gauntlet, while the former trio is hamstrung by a variety of issues (Airachnid wants the Gauntlet for herself, Suzaku and Breakdown want to give it to Megatron, and Suzaku also wants Airachnid arrested for the massacre she committed in the ghettos.
  • What the Hell Are You?: Pretty much the entire world has this reaction to the Autobots revealing themselves when Zero frees Suzaku.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Autobots give Lelouch this following the Battle at Saitama, bluntly telling him that war isn't a game.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: As in canon, Suzaku is this. It's deconstructed further than in canon, though, because his tendency to see only the best in people means that he fails to recognize just how monstrous Megatron is, which also blinds him to how evil the Decepticons are.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Cybertronian's have no familiarity with Geass or Codes, despite having some magical powers/artifacts of their own. Additionally, they are largely unaffected by Geass, apparently because Cybertronians' sparks vastly outclass Geass in terms of power. So far, only a Code Bearer, C.C., has been able to affect a Cybertronian, and it required direct contact to do so. Word of God at the end of Chapter 19 indicates it is possible for a fully mature Geass to affect Cybertronians, but it would require maturity and focus on the part of the Geass user - something Mao lacks.invoked

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