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Codes And Geass: Embracing Your Inner Megalomania is a Code Geass Self Insert fanfiction on Questionable Questing.

The local god has randomly decided to toss the writer into the role of one Lelouch Lamperouge . . . the resulting being has the memories and traits of both, including the author's knowledge of canon. Sure, he can Set Right What Once Went Wrong for a while, but before long the butterflies start piling up.

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As of December 30th, 2018, R1 has finished and the story will restarting with R2 some time in the future.

As of March 27th, 2019, R2 of the story, "Rex Gloria Mundi" has started.


This fanfic provides examples of:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Cornelia tends to actually enjoy Trollouche's flirting and odd sense of humor if only for the uniqueness of it, such as declaring he would "hit that ass like an airstrike".
  • Affectionate Nickname: Trollouche used to call Euphemia Pinky Princess when they were younger. His using it again when they find each other warms her heart. Though he also uses it when he's exasperated with her antics.
  • All According to Plan: There is a lot of scheming going on in Area 11.
  • All There in the Manual: There are comments between chapters containing information about the back-story and in-universe history, often narrated by the various characters from the story.
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  • Arch-Enemy: Contrary to canon, it is Schneizel el Britannia, not Emperor Charles, who has Trollouche's undying hatred. However, Charles is the one person Trollouche considers as his true equal in the world.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The author, and thus Trollouche (by dint of being part SI), has a pretty strong case of ADHD.
  • Awesome Ego: Much like Canon!Lelouch, Trollouche's ego is equivalent to a celestial body. And it is just as awe-inspiring to witness.
  • Badass Creed: 天下布武 (Tenka Fubu) (roughly "Spread military rule across all under Heaven"), the war maxim and Badass Creed of Trollouche's predecessor, Oda Nobunaga himself, now the creed and Battlecry of the Black Knights.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Trollouche has SEVERAL. Mostly related to his past, justice, and Britannia. Interestingly enough, Charles zi Britannia himself is NOT one of these; while Trollouche certainly hates him, it's not something that he will fly off the handle about, unlike canon!Lelouch.
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    • Never insult Darlton's adoptive sons. According to Cornelia, he's beaten several officers unconscious for doing so.
  • BDSM: Trollouche and CC are both switches. Suzaku is mostly a sub, though he's demonstrated some Dom tendencies when Trollouche dresses up as 'Lelucia' for him.
  • Big Entrance: Trollouche and C.C. crash the SAZ inauguration to the tune of O Fortuna (from the Carmina Burana). Doubles as a Genius Bonus Stealth Insult towards Schneizel.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Britannian Royal Family. What's worse is that they are actually aware of it and don't mind it.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Kanji are frequently used for titles and some speech, though there'll usually be an English translation right after.
  • Blood Knight: Trollouche has shades of this.
  • Blowing Smoke Rings: Cornelia does this on the occasions she smokes cigars, something she picked up from Marianne, who was able to puff out small clouds and hit the "bull's-eye" in the ring.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Alice for Nunnally. Arguably Kallen and Suzaku for Trollouche as well.
  • Breaking Speech: Trollouche hands out some pretty epic ones. The writer has joked that this might be his actual Geass, instead of Absolute Obedience.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: Played with. Trollouche confronts Nunnally about her willing ignorance and hypocrisy, precisely because he believes she's stronger than she knows and because he isn't willing to lie to her. The resulting argument, though painful, causes Nunnally to confront some truths about the world and herself and OPEN HER EYES.
  • Break Them by Talking: Trollouche tries this on Suzaku with the Geass command, "Be honest with yourself for one hour." It doesn't go well. But? In a huge divergence from canon, Suzaku's subsequent psychotic break leaves him ironically in a healthier state of mind. Suzaku's behavior from that point in the story, despite his huge number of issues, is still sadly an improvement over what he was like in canon.
  • Brick Joke: During the operation to steal the Gawain, Zero and CC's banter over certain aspects of its design leads it to being semi-seriously declared a "flying codpiece". Several chapters later, that joke has caught on to the point that "Zero's (Flying) Codpiece" is now the Gawain's official Fan Nickname among the Black Knights.
  • The Bus Came Back: In a rare villainous example, Kewell Soresi of all people comes back for the R1 finale.....as a crazed cyborg piloting the Siegfried.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ohgi, Asahina, and Chiba all are on Trollouche's shit list because he remembers who was responsible for the betrayal in canon.
    • Ohgi appears to have made his way off of this as of Narita, much to Trollouche's pleasant surprise. The two Holy Swords are another story.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Averted with the main character and CC. Played straight with Kallen, who's blatantly in denial about her feelings. Subverted with Suzaku, because the Geass that Zero used on him appears to have made him more emotionally honest.
  • Casual Kink: Trollouche and CC (so far) are very kinky at times. And judging by her reactions in the comments between chapters, Kallen has more than a passing interest in Shibari.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Lampshaded with Code Geass' resident superhuman, Suzaku. Nobody knows why his physicality is so ridiculous, it just is.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: The main character, very much unlike canon. One of the first things he said to CC was a comment on how nice her ass was. She found it hilarious.
  • Composite Character: Trollouche is a mix of canon!Lelouch and the author himself.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • Kusakabe is literally torn limb from limb, before being beheaded by his own sword.
    • Atsushi Sawazaki is executed by being boiled to death in a cauldron of oil, in a deliberate reference to Ishikawa Goemon.
    • Anyone who argued with Prince Clovis against Code-R received such a death, such as a man who was covered in animal fat and locked in a room filled with rats.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Trollouche's modus operandi for why he's so hard on people he cares about: it's so they can stand up TO him and survive the battles to come.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Invoked by Trollouche regarding CC. According to her, it comes with the territory when managing megalomaniacs.
  • Darker and Edgier: Subverted subtly. The story is darker at times, but as the writer has pointed out, most of those are things that are drawn from real-life history, or can easily be extrapolated logically. Essentially, details that the original series' rating didn't allow it to explore are left uncensored here.
  • Dark Messiah: Subverted. Trollouche explicitly embraces the darker aspects of being a messiah, unlike canon!Lelouch who tried to keep them under wraps. This version of Zero took up the mantle of the Buddhist King of Hell and is very upfront about performing evil acts for the sake of the greater good.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Suzaku and Kallen take turns vying for the part.
  • Deal with the Devil: Diethard Reid says this verbatim after being "recruited" at gunpoint by Zero. Subverted in that he not only doesn't care, he's excited for the opportunity.
  • Defector from Decadence: Upon realizing the failure that the SAZ would've ended up being, Euphemia gives out a speech that can basically be summed up as openly defying Britannia and begging Zero to save her people from themselves and the ideology of her Father. Cornelia does not take that well.
  • Determinator: Joseph. Bloody. Fenette. The man goes above and beyond to redeem himself for the sins of the Code-R program.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Even with the author's knowledge, there's still stuff that might be altered from what he knows...
    • Schneizel backed the SAZ, because he thought that any response Zero could make would only weaken him. His discovery after the fact that the crazy SOB had a third option to take is this trope in spades.
      • NOBODY saw Kewell fucking Soresi coming back, let alone taking Jeremiah's place as a cyborg.
  • Domestic Abuse: Trollouche strikes CC across the face a few times. However, the situation is complicated by WHY he does it. Namely, CC's prior abuse of Mao.
  • Dragged into Drag/Dude Looks Like a Lady: Trollouche, much like his canon counterpart, is absolutely gorgeous in feminine dress. The only difference is that he doesn't actually mind it, so long as he's not being pressured into it by people like Milly. Unfortunately, he looks and sounds just like his mother, Empress Marianne, when he's acting as a girl, a fact that absolutely horrifies Milly and Nunnally the first time he does it.
  • The Dreaded: Zero's reputation is grim enough that even some Japanese people are terrified of him. And despite not appearing in the story yet, Luciano Bradley's reputation as the emperor's hatchet man makes people terrified.
  • Easy Logistics: Averted. Not only do the Black Knights make raids for supplies, they bring lists to make sure they get exactly what they need rather than just grabbing stuff at random.
  • Ethical Slut: Trollouche and CC. They not only had sex after saving Suzaku, they're sharing the harem that's popping up.
  • Expy: Trollouche is starting to look like one for the last guy who held his self-claimed title...
  • Everyone Can See It: CC has Trollouche by the balls and is practically his wife. To that the point that even Nunnally calls her the Queen of Hell. Subverted in that Trollouche more or less acknowledges it yet doesn't particularly care.
  • Evil Laugh: It's Code Geass, it's practically a law of physics. Although CC will make sure to smack Trollouche, if one of his goes on for too long.
  • Fake Memories: Charles zi Britannia erases the memories of Lelouch, Nunnally, and the black knights from the minds of Rivalz and Milly, but not before leaving a message for Zero whom he expects to retrieve them. Nina escapes by mere chance of being overlooked.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: Several comments on QQ have been responded by the author using the characters themselves. Which also serves as outside character information.
  • From Bad to Worse: At the start of R2, the Black Knights are demoralized and wounded from the Siegfried's rampage and Zero's downfall. How can it get worse? Enter Prince Schneizel, who orders the entire city bombed and shuts down the Lancelot in mid-air.
  • Generation Xerox: The change in personality that resulted in "Trollouche" means that he's actually a lot more like both of his parents compared to canon. CC has remarked that the Blood Knight tendencies and high sex drive, however, are traits "clearly inherited" from his mother Marianne.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Trollouche and CC are unrepentant stoners, and occasionally get others in their group to join in. Meanwhile, Cornelia smokes cigars, a habit she had picked up from her idol Empress Marianne.
    • Given that Code Geass takes place in approximately the 1960's, however, and with a very different culture, smoking doesn't have the same stigma attached to it.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: Suzu and Lulu get hot and heavy at times. Much to the delight of Milly, Kaguya, CC, and possibly Kallen. Also according to CC, she and Marianne used to watch gay porn together.
  • Heavy Metal: Trollouche is a huge fan of the genre. (This is a case of Author Appeal, as the writer freely admits to being a metalhead.)
    • And now he's gotten Kallen hooked on it, as well.
    • And apparently the Darlton boys (a.k.a. the Glaston Knights) are fans as well, having complimented Zero's "good taste" following a battle where he had flooded the comm channels with music.
  • The Hedonist: Anyone who is Britannian or C.C.; Cornelia even admits it's part of their culture for threesomes, swinging, and other forms of sexual pleasure. It's only because of their current governing system that Britannia can't be considered an ethical hedonist state.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Trollouche indulges in this occasionally, largely due to stress. Suzaku is far more prone to it. However, this is not played for laughs and taken deadly serious in-story, due to awareness of Suzaku's unstable mental state and suicidal tendencies.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: The author is a trained swordsman in an unnamed school of swordsmanship, thus Trollouche is a skilled swordsman. Albeit not enough to defeat true masters like Tohdoh or CC.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • The Yamato Alliance refuse to listen to Trollouche when he tells them they'll die if they pursue Cornelia's forces rather than retreat.
    • The commanding officer of Akihabara Base decides to destroy the entire base rather than let the Black Knights capture it. Cornelia is furious afterwards, as Zero wouldn't have had the forces to capture and hold the base, and the infrastructure was far more valuable than all of its contents, despite the base serving as a major supply depot.
  • Hope Bringer: Trolluche is this in a deconstructed manner for CC. CC's many contractors, including Trollouche's predecessor Nobunaga, never knew CC in as intimate a manner as Trollouche has, thus CC is worried that she will be hopeful again about living a life which she can enjoy only to have it taken from her once again. Hope Is Scary, indeed.
  • Idiot Ball: Defied. The writer has insisted that no Idiot Balls will be thrown out aside from those unavoidable in canon, such as Clovis's poor tactics in Shinjuku.
  • Incest Is Relative: The likely conclusion to the more sexually liberal setting of the story added with the canon Incest Subtext. Although Euphemia and Cornelia are currently the only confirmed duo that commits the act. As of the latest chapter, Trollouche and Euphie can be added to the list.
    • Marianne actually is disinterested in this as in her words, "she may be Britannian, but she isn't THAT hedonistic" and as such is Squicked by C.C. regaling her with tales of her and Lelouch's sex life.
  • Infectious Insanity: The reason that the Royal Family's insanity can't even be explained by inbreeding is that anyone who marries into the family is either already insane themselves, or were else already on the knife's edge and marrying into the family had them gleefully jumping over the edge of the cliff.
  • Insult of Endearment: Trollouche and CC do this often. She calls him "Asshole", he calls her "Bitch Tornado".
  • Intimate Psychotherapy: Averted and played with. Suzaku is better, but still horribly screwed up despite the sex that Trollouche and CC are having with him.
    • Averted once again in Interlude 15, Suzaku finds out he is loved by both Lelouch and Euphemia who are more than alright in sharing him with each other, as well as being involved with each other, however his loyalties are still torn and Euphemia still believes that there can be a peaceful resolution, a delusion even Nunnally has woken from.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Zigzagged. Trollouche can be kind of a bastard at times, but Code Geass Earth is not a nice place, and he's ultimately working toward a better world.
  • Large Ham: This is a Code Geass fic; the characters are contractually required to be as hammy as possible.
  • Let's Wait a While: Kallen asks this of Trollouche, part of it is that she is somewhat reluctant to let down her guard in intimate moments; Trollouche agrees and will ensure that CC knows of it too.
  • Living Legend: Taizo Kirihara proclaims Zero to be this upon their meeting.
  • The Mad Hatter: It is becoming increasingly obvious that Trollouche actually IS insane and doesn't particularly care about hiding it.
  • Mangst: Trollouche suffers from a massive guilt complex over the events of the original timeline, which he views himself as responsible for, and is inferred to have given him PTSD. Subverted in that he isn't as stoic about it when he's in private.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Kallen states this trope verbatim after Trollouche accidentally makes her realize why her mother chose to stay in the Stadtfeld house as a maid.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: 大六天魔王 (Dairokuten-Maou), the Demon King of the Sixth Heaven. Trollouche claims this title after the Lake Kawaguchi incident. Both as a symbol of his ideals, and as a emblem of terror and inspiration.
  • Necessarily Evil: Trollouche recognizes that many of his actions are evil. He just feels it's necessary to accomplish his goals and in the service of a greater purpose, much like canon!Lelouch spoke about with his "Paradox of Evil".
  • Oda Nobunaga: Deliberately invoked. He used to be one of CC's contractors, and she's stated that Trollouche reminds her of him. The author (and Trollouche by extension) considers him one of his personal heroes. Later, Lulu is inspired to take up Nobunaga's title as a tribute.
  • Oedipus Complex: Discussed, as Kallen asks Milly whether or not Trolluche has this and that the reason for being attracted to her is Kallen being very similar to Marianne.
  • Old Master: CC, surprisingly enough, fits this trope as it's revealed she not only has centuries of warfare experience, but that she is the one who trained Marianne "the Flash" vi Britannia.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Some of the other resistance groups were stealing food and medical supplies from helpless civilians. Does Trollouche put up with this crap? HELL NO. See also: the treatment he gave Clovis right at the start, and the later execution of Kusakabe during the Hotel Kawaguchi Incident.
  • Pet the Dog: Charles says he would have been proud to consider Millicent as Trollouche's wife and that she was worthy of being called an imperial princess, had Trollouche stayed in Britannia.
  • Phrase Catcher: Trollouche gets called an asshole A LOT. He doesn't deny it.
  • Politically Active Princess: Nunnally is shown to have the potential for this, though she doesn't exercise it much. Kaguya Sumeragi, on the other hand, is a ruthless political operator and acts as the direct representative of Zero. And then, of course, there's Euphemia.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Darlton privately disparages Britannia's racism, citing that the Empire loses out on a lot of potentially outstanding soldiers by doing so, using Suzaku as an example.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Mao, with especial emphasis on "child". When he lost control of Geass at the age of six, the trauma it induced was so great that it stunted his emotional and cognizant development, to where he identifies more as a twelve-year-old despite being 5-6 years older than that biologically. In fact, he never saw CC as a potential lover or anything of that sort, but rather as his mother.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Even just implying the idea of raping Princess Euphemia is enough to earn Kusakabe the miserable death he suffered.
  • Reality Ensues: The plot has things such as war crimes, logistics, and real-life parallels referenced.
    • When CC raids the Code-R facility at Narita and finds Joseph Fenette there, the man believes she's come to kill him. However, since the man was simply a data analyst and someone she'd never even met personally, CC has no idea who he is and simply takes him prisoner.
  • Realpolitik: Referenced and utilized by various characters.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Trollouche gets away with a lot of things, partially because of how brutally honest he is about what he wants and how far he's willing to go for it.
  • Reluctant Psycho: Suzaku is very much mentally ill and aware of it, and depends on Lelouch, Euphie, and others to keep him on an even keel.
  • Rousing Speech: Zero's speech-making is nigh-supernatural. Even his enemies like Cornelia acknowledge his incredible charisma and presence.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: First we've got Lelouch trying to bring down the empire he formerly hailed from, Cornelia defending said empire, and Euphemia trying to find a more peaceful solution to things... and of course there's Charles and his plotting, somewhere in the background.
  • Screw Destiny: Canon? What's that? Trollouche will happily set fire to those bits of canon he doesn't like or won't turn out in his favor.
  • The Scrounger: Tamaki turns out to have connections to the black market and other things, via his old buddies from when he used to deal pot and bartend.
  • Secret Keeper: Thanks to a painting by the late Prince Clovis, Nina figures out who Lelouch and Nunnally REALLY are. She chooses to keep quiet about it out of friendship.
  • Shown Their Work: The writer has extensive knowledge about Japanese culture and the backstory of Code Geass, and it shows.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shrine to the Fallen: Trollouche performs the most famous scene of Atsumori at the grave of Oda Nobunaga, located in the enormous graveyard of Okunoin on Mount Koya. (This is a real place and is located 100km roughly south of Osaka, which the author himself has actually been to. Likewise, Nobunaga was historically well-known to be an avid fan of Atsumori, the verse that Trollouche quotes even being the same one that Nobunaga famously recited during his death at Honnouji.)
  • The Social Darwinist: Britannia, natch. But in a shocking twist from Canon, Trollouche himself is actually not against social darwinism as a concept, rather, he detests Britannia's execution of the idea.
  • Spanner in the Works: Euphemia li Britannia. To the point where Trollouche himself is calling her this in the comments while rolling his eyes.
  • Spin-Off: Taking place in the Middle East with a different main character, Laila of Arabia.
  • invokedSquick: CC has quite a bit of fun telling Marianne all about her new lover and all the things he does to her, then informing her that it's Lelouch, Marianne's son.
  • Supporting Harem: Hilariously subverted by the 'main' girl, CC, who says it's HER harem too.
  • Sword Fight: Trollouche convinces Tohdoh to support him by dueling him with shinai.
  • Too Dumb to Live: A general repeatedly commits lèse majesté by insulting Euphemia in front of both Suzaku and Cornelia. Unsurprisingly, he gets a bullet to the brain for his trouble.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Trollouche starts working out at the gym, in order to make up for/fix Lelouch's canonically horrible stamina.
  • Troll: The main character, obviously; it's explicitly part of his Fan Nickname. CC is just as bad. Surprisingly, Suzaku is turning into one when it comes to Trollouche.
  • Tsundere: Kallen, of course. To the point that it's CC's nickname for her. Though to be fair, Trollouche is a hilariously dickish troll to her at times.
  • Undying Loyalty: Trollouche inspires absolute loyalty among the Black Knights. Notably, not only is Tamaki one of the ones to draw a gun on a dissenter who threatens Zero at Narita (rather than being the dissenter himself), but all of the Black Knights get ready to attack the Four Holy Swords when Chiba makes an aggressive move against him.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: C.C. treating Mao, who is biologically in his late teens, like a child. Justified, however, as most key members of the Black Knights have been told the bare bones about Mao's condition.
  • Up to Eleven: Trollouche has literally been described by one reader as "Canon Lelouch up to Eleven".
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Played straight with Britannia and their citizens, given the nationalist fervor that is part of their culture, but outright defied with Zero, who, while he uses propaganda and publicity for his own methods, cares nothing for the whims of the body public, and is actually outright contemptuous of pure populism. Quoth the man himself, "A Demon King does not bow to popular opinion. A Demon King is a symbol of fear, as well as hope."
  • Visionary Villain: Charles zi Britannia, obviously. But as in canon, Trollouche is technically one as well. Taken further with the latest reveal of his full ambitions.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Averted with Zero. He's not going to put up with petty infighting, so he's going around seizing control of various resistance groups and/or exterminating the ones who are a problem. This ends up backfiring on him later, as the lack of small fry to exterminate frees up Cornelia to attack Narita much sooner than Trollouche was expecting.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Invoked by Kallen before the Akibahara raid... which turns almost immediately into a clusterfuck of nigh-Biblical proportions.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Trollouche was rather livid with CC for what her actions did to Mao.
    • A meta example occurs when this Euphie, noted to be a little more savvy than her canon counterpart, still attempts the SAZ.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Rather than chase after Zero at Narita, Cornelia instead calls in an airstrike. It only fails due to a risky bluff by Zero.
  • Worthy Opponent: Cornelia considers Zero to be this, following his letter asking her to destroy the JLF for him; the sheer audacity of his request both amused and intrigued her. It causes problems later when she blitzes Narita earlier than in canon. Unexpectedly, Charles himself considers Zero this given his comments about kingship and Zero.
  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: Zero slams on this button, invoking his and Nunnally's supposed deaths, both to hurt Cornelia, and also to enrage her so she'll make mistakes during the battle of Tokyo.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Shortly after the Siege of Tokyo ends, a few black knights catch a glimpse of Zero's face and attempt to kill him due to seeing his purple eyes and realizing that he's Britannian royalty. A furious CC turns into a screaming madwoman and tears them apart with her bare hands.
  • Yandere: It's not always apparent, but Trollouche is a bit of this, particularly when it comes to anyone hurting Suzaku.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Trollouche only calls Milly "Millicent" when things are dead serious.
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