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Ice and Fire is an Alternate Universe Code Geass Fan Fic by AlSmash.

The story's main departure stems from two events which changes the path that Lelouch vi Britannia and Kallen Stadtfeld walk on. This leads to Lelouch staying in the homeland instead of being exiled, while Kallen watches as her family is murdered in front of her during the invasion of Japan and swears vengeance on Britannia.

It is now 2018 a.t.b. and Lelouch has become a high-ranking general for Britannia, achieving for himself many victories and a growing power base within Britannia in his secret climb for the throne. Meanwhile, Kallen has grown up into a Countess after assuming her father's title, attending Ashford Academy in preparation for assuming her father’s role as the CEO of the Stadtfeld Consortium, one of the industry leaders in Area 11. But beneath the icy exterior she shows to the world lies the all too vulnerable soul of a woman obsessed with vengeance and bringing justice to this cold, cruel world.


And while all of this is happening, a mysterious figure who goes by the name of Zero has arisen to launch a campaign of rebellion against Japan appealing to both Japanese and Britannians to overthrow the Britannian Empire’s system of tyranny and oppression.

Two people walk their path are about to have them collide and change their lives forever.

The first part of the series ended with 49 chapters, with the second part, titled Game of Shadows, began on June 1, 2017.

Despite the similarity in name, it has nothing to do with George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series.


Ice and Fire contains examples of the following tropes, in addition to those already present in the source material:

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Lelouch is highly loved among his soldiers and the general populace of Japan. Caedron even states that if he were assassinated, Schneizel and Cornelia would burn Japan to ashes just to take out the killer, and the populace would be perfectly okay with that.
  • Above the Influence: In Chapter 4, Cornelia propositions Guilford for sex, but he refuses because she's distressed and completely smashed when she makes the offer.
  • The Ace:
    • Lelouch is considered one of Britannia's greatest generals, if not the very best. He's a master tactician and skilled Knightmare pilot who can match the likes of Kallen in unarmed combat, and had a perfect success record prior to his encounters with Zero.
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    • Suzaku and Kallen. Albeit, Kallen is recognized as Zero in that she is considered Knight of the Round level in her capabilities by both Lelouch and Gino, and as of Chapter 26, Suzaku, although no one realizes that it was C.C. piloting at the time.
  • Ace Pilot: Many examples in the story, though Kallen and Suzaku are the most prominent, with Lelouch even putting them on the same level as the Knights of the Round. C.C. surpasses both of them, as Kallen defers to her in training and Lelouch even states that if she and Suzaku fought without restraint, then he wouldn't stand a chance.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Both of Kallen's parent's and her brother were killed right in front of her, and she was almost raped by one of the Britannian soldiers who did it.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • This version of Lelouch can hold his own in hand-to-hand combat, and is good enough to be a Worthy Opponent for Kallen. Though this is also counterbalanced by him not receiving Geass in this story.
    • Kallen has a Geass, which allows her to be a Master of Illusion.
    • Tamaki is one hell of a secret agent.
  • Adaptational Curves: Lelouch is a lot more muscular than he is in canon, where he has a Geek Physique to the point where it's a Running Gag how physically inept he is.
  • Adaptational Heroism: To an extent with regards to Charles and Marianne. The Ragnarok Connection is still their endgame, but it's implied to be something that one can chose not to be a part of. They also plan to have Lelouch basically become the ruler of the human race after they take the willing and the corrupt elements away.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Sayoko goes by Allison Newell here, since she's Japanese and it would be improper for Lelouch to have a non-Britannian for a maid.
  • Adult Fear: In Chapter 18, Nunnally could very easily have been killed by assassins gunning for Lelouch, a fact that haunts her big brother.
  • Alternate Continuity: The ripple effects that stem from Lelouch telling the Emperor to go and shove it have resulted in a world in which Knightmare Frame development has lagged, Kallen’s family is dead, and Britannia is still being plagued by Zero.
  • Alternate Universe: Crossing over with Alternate Continuity, the timeline and events of Ice and Fire differ from Canon from the prologue. Also the hinted backstory of Caedron implies that there were other immortals around until he and the other members of the four horsemen wiped them out on Charles’s orders.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: This story takes place in a rather different version of the Code Geass universe.
  • Always Someone Better: C.C. is this to Suzaku and Kallen as far as Knightmare piloting skills are concerned. She can effortlessly emulate Kallen's fighting style and easily switch to Marianne's mid-fight, which was enough to overwhelm Suzaku and the Lancelot. Lelouch even states that the only reason he's still alive is because she allowed it.
  • Arch-Enemy: V.V. and Lelouch, although Lelouch is still unaware of it. It seems the only thing preventing V.V. from actually dealing with Lelouch himself is Charles. Cat's out of the bag. With Kallen's identity as Zero exposed in the aftermath of the Kawaguchi incident, Caedron was forced to cough up information on the Geass Order and the Noppera-bō and now Lelouch has a name for his mother's killer.
  • Ascended Extra: Mixed in with O.C. Stand-in, a number of minor characters from the anime and other sources of Code Geass get to play a bigger role in Ice the story. The First Princess of Britannia, Guinevere su Britannia, is probably the best example of this, having been described in canon as little more than the "Marie Antoinette of Britannia", while here she gets major characterization and one of Lelouch's foremost enemies.
  • Asshole Victim: Prince Clovis ends up being this. After it's revealed that he tried to have Lelouch and Kallen assassinated, combined with his already piss-poor track record as Viceroy of Area 11, almost nobody misses him after his death. Many are glad he's gone, and even the nicer characters can't help but welcome his death. Lelouch even states that Zero did him a favor in killing him.
  • Attempted Rape: Kallen was nearly raped by a bunch of Britannian soldiers after her parents and brother were killed. Thankfully, Caedron managed to save her.
  • Awful Truth: There are a few of these going about in the fic’s story. One prominent example being that Caedron used to be one of the Four Horsemen for Charles, and is secretly dying of cancer.
  • Badass Army: Both Lelouch’s personal army (The Black Knights/Army Group vi Britannia) and Zero’s group (The Noppera-bō) qualify. As both armies are well trained, well equipped, and are led by brilliant leaders.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Lelouch and Kallen have this going for them big time, and it seems to increase with each passing chapter as the two get closer to each other. Kallen is even implied to have an Erotic Dream in regards to Lelouch in chapter 27.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Lelouch (unsurprisingly) has one when it comes to anyone harming Nunnally. He also get angry at those who insult and/or threaten Kallen.
    • Don't mention Kallen's parents in any capacity. At best, she'll get a passing urge to kill you. At worst, she'll strangle you to death.
  • Beta Couple: Suzaku and Euphemia are one, since their relationship is hassle-free and has no complications in comparison to Lelouch and Kallen’s relationship.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Kallen gets roughed up pretty badly when the JLF takes her captive, to the point of suffering a broken nose.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • As usual, Lelouch to Nunnally, to the point where all the war campaigns he's fought over the years are solely to make sure that she gets to live a happy life free from harm. This tends to go Up to Eleven when she is around Rai.
    • Cornelia has this for Euphemia, and it's even noted that her protectiveness of her sister surpasses her loyalty to Britannia. This is also treated as problematic, since she treats her like porcelain and refuses to let her make major decisions involving politics without being forced to by others (namely Lelouch and Euphemia herself). Then there's her murderous attitude towards Suzaku.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Though you can make a concerted effort by arguing that it’s more zig-zagged as a trope than anything, Group vi Britannia’s actions in rescuing Britannian forces trapped at Mogadishu.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: According to Euphemia, Suzaku is "quite well-endowed".
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Britannian Royal Family is both very large and not the least bit functional. The family is either at each others' throats constantly, planning each others' assassinations, manipulating one another, or care about each other too much to the point where it's detrimental to their health and growth. About the only two stable members of the family are Euphemia and Nunnally.
  • Black-and-White Morality: This is shown to be Cornelia's main issue. She tends to view the empire as absolute good and hates when people talk against it. Any attempts to expose the more corrupt side of it are usually met with outrage from her, despite them being proven completely true. Even Charles states that her biggest flaw is her inability to see shades of gray.
  • Boring, but Practical: The Noppera-bō seem to adhere to this standard. Anti-material rifles, IED, artillery pieces, mobile surface-to-air missile platforms, even using Chaos Mines as actual mines. All of these systems have been proven to be effective and have taken Britannians by surprise.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: A Zig-Zagged example with Rai. It is hinted at times that Rai is this when he is at Ashford Academy studying, where he seems to spend more time resting than doing anything productive. Though he subverts this when he is doing his duties for Zero.
  • Broken Ace:
    • As the story goes on, it becomes clear to the readers that while Kallen is a successful leader and brilliant Knightmare pilot, she is also carrying a lot of mental trauma that stems from losing her family at age ten. This became prominent in Chapter 12, where she had a panic attack when Nunnally asked her about her family. She has a massive attack of PTSD when confronted by Marcus Renfield, the commanding officer who killed her family and nearly raped her, when he introduces himself under a cover identity provided by V.V.
    • Lelouch is also an example. Despite his prolific military accomplishments, the assassination of his mother and the previous attempts on his life led to him treating almost everyone as a potential enemy. He also developed an immense guilt for his actions, having conquered new areas and killed countless people (innocent or otherwise) just to make sure that his sister can live happy.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Though it is subverted overall. It’s hinted in the story that Clovis thinks that Lelouch has some of this for Nunnally, noting how something like that is not exactly frowned upon in their family.
  • Camp Straight: Lelouch muses that if it weren't for Clovis's constant escapades with various women, he'd assume he was gay with how flamboyant he is.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Partial example with Lelouch and Kallen. As while Lelouch has somewhat confessed to how he feels about Kallen to her face, she has yet to admit her deepening feelings for him.
  • The Casanova: At first Lelouch is a straight example of this when he first meets Kallen, but this gets subverted as they get to know each other better, which results in them getting closer.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The knives Lelouch gives Kallen are a big help to her in escaping from the JLF.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Zero and the group, the Noppera-bō, has some of this in their attacks against the purist faction in Area 11.
  • Corrupt Bureaucrat: Clovis's entire administration. While in canon, Clovis isn't what you's call competent, here his administration goes beyond incompetency and right into corruption. After his death, Lelouch does a complete audit of the entire structure and can only be disgusted at how far things have fallen apart. The colony, on top of increased terrorist activity in spite of being a part of Britannia for eight years, was in 108 billion pounds sterling in debt. Not even Schneizel, the Prime Minister, was aware of this, and Lelouch notes how this only serves to show the depth of the corruption of Clovis's administration, and by proxy, Britannia's, to able to hide such an outrageous figure from even the Emperor's eyes.
  • Covert Pervert: Euphemia. When Cornelia threatens to cut off Suzaku's "minuscule manhood", she informs her older sister that Suzaku is "quite well-endowed". Turns out, the Witch of Britannia was wrong in assuming that her younger sister was still a virgin. She and Suzaku also frequently sneak around to have sex, such as during the Emperor's speech.
  • Crossover: Partial example, with the use and mentioning of some characters from Code Geass spin-off series Code Geass: Akito the Exiled and Code Geass: Oz the Reflection and characters from Code Geass: Lost Colors and Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Kallen manages to free herself from the JLF's captivity.
  • Dating Catwoman: Though Lelouch isn't aware of it until chapter 33. After that, Kallen doesn't know that he knows.
  • Dark Secret: A few characters have one, the most obvious example being Kallen to Lelouch in regards to her role as Zero. Caedron has way too many of these. Aside from being War of the Four Horsemen, he also was involved in the cover up of Empress Marianne's murder. The purpose of which he was unaware of at the time and only found out the reason for after, and something he considers one of his biggest regrets.
  • Deadly Nosebleed: Caedron has a nosebleed during a party thrown for Lelouch's recent victory in chapter 2, and later we learn that this is a sign of him suffering from cancer and is dying.
  • Deadpan Snarker: C.C is a paragon of this trope, and Kallen is quickly reaching her level.
  • Death by Adaptation: Carine ne Britannia survived to the end in canon, but she's assassinated by Sayoko on Lelouch's orders before the start of the story's events.
  • Defector from Decadence: Caedron is an example, having once been a Britannian soldier as well as an assassin for Charles.
  • Doomed by Canon:
    • Clovis is a victim of this trope, only this time he meets his end not at his brother's hand, but at the hands of the immortal whom he experimented on.
    • At least one of the fictional documents at the beginning of chapters makes it clear that Caedron is going to die later. It's later confirmed that he is, indeed, dying.
  • Dramatic Irony: As the story advances, and Lelouch and Kallen get closer. It becomes more and more ironic for Lelouch, that the one person he is falling for is Britannia’s greatest enemy.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Zero is regarded as this by Britannia, due to the number of successful attacks that Zero has carried out on them.
    • Likewise Lelouch when considered by any of his enemies and is referred to as "The Demon Prince".
    • V.V. to everyone that knows about him, with Lelouch so far being the only exception.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Cornelia does this when she finds out that Euphie and Suzaku know each other in a biblical sense.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Kallen shamelessly ogles Lelouch after she accidentally walks in on him in the shower.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: The Noppera-bō have a few of these to aid them in their attacks against Britannia. Mostly in the Tokyo area, where their main activities are.
  • Enemy Mine: Britannia and the Noppera-bō join forces in order to stave off a Chinese invasion. How permanent this alliance will be has yet to be made clear.
  • Erotic Dream: In Chapter 27, Kallen has one about Lelouch. At one point, Lelouch walks in on her while she's in the middle of one, much to his embarrassment.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played for Laughs. The Britannian army has plenty of social darwinists and racist purists in its ranks, but they consider Lelouch's singing to be so atrocious that not even their enemies deserve to be subjected to it.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Kallen has a lot of admirers among Ashford's students, both male and female.
  • Everyone Can See It: Every named character that has been around Lelouch and Kallen knows the two have a thing going on between them.
  • Exiled to the Couch: Allison/Sayoko threatens Jeremiah with this on at least one occasion.
  • Fallen Hero: Caedron is a borderline example, in that while he still holds moral standards, he has become more and more ruthless in his actions against Britannia. Though this is understandable due to the fact that he is dying.
  • A Father to His Men: Lelouch to a T. So much so that he spends time donating blood and talking with his men and women like he was one of them. Another good example of this is shown in Chapter 26, when he is talking to his men and chatting with them casually, in comparison to Zero’s dialogue with her subordinates at the same time being more professional and aloof.
  • Fictional Document: Every chapter begins with an example of this, with the topics of them ranging from people commentating on events of the chapter in question, to reflections of how the future has turned out. With one hilarious example in Chapter 11 involving the Milly scale that informs people of Milly’s level of sexual harassment at Ashford Academy.
  • Foil: Kallen and Lelouch to each other. Both are noble half-Britannians who despise the current system and want to see that change, but where they come from and how they operate differs. Lelouch was born into the royal family, while Kallen was a bastard who had to fight her way into her family with Caedron's help. Lelouch's sister survived the previous attempt on her life and helps anchor her brother to reality, while Kallen lost her brother and struggles with going too far in her thirst for revenge. Lelouch is A Father to His Men in his many interactions with those of The Black Knights/Army Group vi Britannia, where as Kallen's relationship with the Noppera-bō (barring Caedron) is far more cold and professional. Lastly, the outcomes they want also differ, as while Lelouch wants to change the system from within and do away with the corruption, Kallen wants to completely wipe it out in the hopes that a more ideal government will rise from the ashes.
  • Foregone Conclusion: In relation to the above, we know that Kallen and Lelouch will be a couple, that Kallen's identity as Zero will be revealed in the near future, and that they are the rulers of future Britannia. As well as that they have the grand kids that Marianne wants. It also becomes blatantly obvious that Caedron will not live out the fic, and it's outright confirmed when he reveals that he's dying.
  • For Want of a Nail: Two examples, first one in being Lelouch this time stands up to his father when confronting him. The other involves Kallen losing her family in the prologue, leading her to become Zero instead of Lelouch.
  • Freudian Threat: Cornelia threatens to cut off Suzaku's manhood and make him eat it if he takes Euphemia's virginity. This prompts Euphie to reveal that she's too late.
  • General Failure: Kewell is a good example. Every battle that he commands his troops in leads to him making mistakes, creating a lot of casualties that would have easily been prevented had he not been so incompetent, along with eventually resulting in him getting burnt badly by Zero, resulting in his disgrace and eventual trial, as informed by Jeremiah as he is recovering.
  • Glory Hound: Kewell is mainly one, as he isn’t out to destroy Zero and his group for Britannia and its people but to move up the Noble Caste in Britannia. He's even willing to disobey orders from the royal family if it interferes with his attempts to gain notoriety and recognition. This comes back to bite him in the ass later on.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: It's abundantly clear that Suzaku and Euphemia engage in very fulfilling and satisfying lovemaking.
  • Go Through Me: When Cornelia attempts to kill Suzaku after she learns that he and Euphemia are dating, Euphemia gets between the two to protect her lover.
  • Gratuitous Ninja: Caedron’s Shadows are this for Zero’s group as a whole, doing many of the more subtler and dirtier actions that Caedron keeps Kallen in the dark about.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: Niether side in the story is entirely good nor entirely evil. Kallen wants to do away with the corruption of Britannia, but wants to see its absolute eradication and commits amoral actions with long-term consequences. Lelouch serves Britannia, but also seeks to rid it of corruption and does so from within without resorting to more destructive means and is frequently shown to be A Father to His Men. Both sides also have morals and lines they won't cross, and even Charles and Marianne have redeeming qualities and their endgame is that of a Well-Intentioned Extremist, as they wish to rid the world of lies and don't want to force it on anyone. Really, the only shades of black in the story are V.V. and Guinevere.
  • Guilt Complex: Caedron has quite the chip on his shoulders in regards to guilt. Though it’s understandable considering he used to be one of the four horsemen for Emperor Charles that was involved in doing many illicit activities on the Geass Order’s behalf.
  • Heavy Sleeper: According to Caedron, Kallen could sleep through an artillery strike.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Kallen in regards to her interactions with Lelouch in the earlier chapters, though this becomes subverted in the later chapters between the two as she shows more of her real self to him. Though she still has her moments of this in regards to her interactions with other characters, especially with Caedron and C.C.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Apparently, Lelouch's singing sounds like a cat being strangled.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Caedron was one of the few major business leaders in Area 11 who refused to discriminate against the Japanese. And Kallen is following in his footsteps.
  • Humble Hero: In comparison to canon, Lelouch is far less arrogant, most likely result of having been on the battlefield commanding troops for most of his life.
  • I Can Still Fight!: Caedron, even with death staring him in the face with his cancer, epitomizes this trope.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Subtle example in Chapter 11, when Caedron is talking to Lelouch, he tells him of how he used to be in the Rangers and reminds Lelouch of how zealous they are when it comes to one of their own.
  • Improbable Age: Quite a few characters in the fic fit this description. Lelouch, Kallen, Euphemia the most prominent examples, seeing as Lelouch is a General and Viceroy, Euphemia is a Sub-Viceroy, and Kallen is both a rebel leader and CEO of a manufacturing company. Though justified due to their many talents and, on Lelouch and Euphemia’s side, their bloodline. Kallen also has an experienced adviser aiding her in her campaign against Britannia.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite the changes mentioned in What If? and For Want of a Nail entries, we still see Suzaku getting the Lancelot and meeting Euphemia, Lelouch going to Japan, getting the Gawain, and Sayoko being Nunnally's caretaker, amongst other constants as well.
  • Insufferable Genius: Subverted this time with Lelouch, who in comparison to his canon self is humble and never flaunts his intellect around others.
  • Insult to Rocks: Jeremiah says that comparing Lelouch's singing to a cat being strangled would offend strangled cats.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Lelouch gives Suzaku a phone call while he's having sex with Euphemia. Needless to say, neither the Honorary Britannian nor the Third Princess are happy.
  • It Is Beyond Saving: Both Lelouch and Zero feel this way about how Britannia currently is, though they both differ in how to go about fixing it.
  • I Want Grand Kids: Marianne is quite explicit in telling Charles that she wants Lelouch and Kallen to start popping grand kids out as soon as possible.
  • Jerkass: Kewell is definitely this, best shown when his sister Marika comes to see him in Chapter 14. He speaks rudely to her, falsely accuses her of being a slut, and threatens to cut her off just for refusing to break her loyalty to Lelouch. Marika then decides to disown both him and their entire family.
  • Killed Off for Real: Ohgi.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Though Lelouch would never admit it, his father wastes no time in pointing out that they are attracted to the same type of women: the strong, fiery type.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: It's established that Lelouch and Kallen will end up married at some point in the future, and it's frequently pointed out that Kallen is remarkably similar to Lelouch's mother Marianne in personality.
  • Magical Eye: Kallen has one, as part of her Geass that she got from C.C.
  • Masquerade Ball: Lelouch and Zero announce their alliance at one of these.
  • Master of Illusion: Kallen's Geass lets her conjure illusions that affect targets in a certain radius. Said illusions are so realistic they border on Your Mind Makes It Real territory and leaves their victims traumatized.
  • The Matchmaker: As always Milly Ashford has made it her goal as Student President to be the forebear of planting seeds of love between students under her thumb.
  • Meddling Parents: Lelouch's opinion on how his father is giving him advice on his love life, not helped by the fact that Lelouch's burning desire to commit Patricide is absolutely no secret to either of them, or anyone in the Royal Court for that matter.
  • Meaningful Name: Caedron’s name is one, with it being a reference to the welsh name Caderyn, which means "battle ruler".
  • Monster Clown: As Zero, Kallen wears a mask that makes her look like one.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Minor example with Lelouch as chapter 27 shows, he is addicted to coffee.
  • My Greatest Failure: Caedron has a few events in his past that he regards as this, the main one involving Kallen's family.
  • Mysterious Past: Caedron’s past is the best example, with it involving at some point him being an assassin for Charles, and having some connection to the Stadtfeld Family.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • C.C. goes by the name of "Cera", which was once her intended name during the planning stage of the anime.
    • Chapter 27 has one, when Lelouch thinks of what he would dress like as Zero.
  • Named by the Adaptation: This fic gives C.C. the real name "Cera", and V.V. the name of "Vincent".
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Just hearing the name Zero on the battlefield is enough to strike fear in many a Britannians' hearts.
    • Lelouch’s nickname "The Demon Prince" has been known to invoke this in his enemies as well.
  • Neutral No Longer: When Guinevere's incompetency and spiteful hatred of Lelouch threatens the good of Britannia, Schneizel decides to take Lelouch's side in their feud, tipping the power balance of the Royal Court towards Lelouch.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: After years of successful conquest, Lelouch grew incredibly bored and desired a true opponent that could challenge him in both tactics and intellect. This leads him to Zero, whom he sees as a Worthy Opponent.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Odysseus merely pretends to be weak-willed and not very bright.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Marika Soresi and her friend Liliana Vergamon, being part of the Knights of Idris, along with the First Princess of Britannia, Guinevere su Britannia, being among the most prominent examples.
  • Official Couple: As explained in the Foregone Conclusion entry. This is what Kallen and Lelouch eventually become in the story; when this happens is one of the driving questions of the fic. For a more straight example, see Euphemia and Suzaku.
    • Jeremiah is romantically involved with Sayoko.
  • Original Character: Caedron is Kallen’s godfather and main adviser for her activities as Zero. He also has a niece named Ariadne, who serves as Lelouch's primary intelligence officer.
  • Overprotective Dad: Caedron may not be Kallen's biological father, but he's still very concerned about her relationship with Lelouch.
  • Papa Wolf: Caedron, to Kallen.
  • Parental Favoritism: Charles favors Lelouch greatly over all his other children, including Schneizel, and it becomes obvious that Lelouch is his overall chosen heir apparent. This is not really much of a secret (at least, not to the royal court), which is why out of all the siblings vying to become emperor, Lelouch, and not Schneizel, is regarded as the greatest threat. Lelouch himself seems to be perfectly aware of it (even though he'd much rather disown his father would it not be a detriment to his ambitions), and knows that everyone knows his greatest weak point is Nunnally — so he makes it clear what would happen if they tried anything with her, using Carine as an example.
  • Parental Issues: Kallen has a bit of this with Caedron at times when the two get into arguments about his actions against Britannia he undertakes without her knowing. Lelouch has this as well in his mind in regards to his father poking his nose in his personal affairs at times, mainly because he barely acknowledges the man as his father in the first place.
  • Parental Substitute: Caedron overall is this for Kallen, though the two’s relationships have their ups and downs in the story. Especially, when it comes to how best it is to go about fighting Britannia.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: While the more jerkass Britannians fall under this, Kewell ramps it up way beyond any of them. He's a Purist who despises any non-Britannians by virtue of their existence and hates Lelouch for being a half-breed, even going as far as to disown his sister for refusing to break her loyalty to him.
  • Prisons Are Gymnasiums: Marcus Renfeld got a more toned physique during his stay in Alcatraz.
  • Put on a Bus: Cornelia when she is called back to Britannia in chapter 27 as told to Suzaku by Euphemia.
  • Real Men Take It Black: Lelouch prefers his coffee military black.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Lelouch and Euphemia both count as examples, they are both nice and treat all those under them as equals, they want to help reform Area 11. Both also in the long term have the main goal of reforming Britannia into something better.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lelouch gives the nobles residing in Area 11 a badly needed wake up call after Clovis's death. He reams them a new one, calling them out for their corruption, which not only allows terrorist activity to propagate, but has also forced the colony into 108 billion pounds in sterling debt.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: In this fic, Suzaku met Lelouch when he was transferred to the Middle East after he danced with Euphemia at a ball. This turns out to be one of the best things to ever happen to the Honorary Britannian.
  • Red Baron: Lelouch is known as the Demon Prince and Suzaku is referred to as the White Devil.
  • Red Herring: C.C. is this for the cat and mouse game between Lelouch and Kallen/Zero, since she serves as a substitute to throw off suspicion. The fighting style she used when she fought Lelouch and Suzaku in their respective knightmares, combined with Kallen being present with Lelouch as well as C.C.'s history with Marianne was enough that Lelouch almost stopped suspecting that Kallen was Zero altogether.
  • The Rival: Lelouch and Zero are this for each other, with Suzaku being a minor example in battle for Zero as well.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Lelouch and Euphemia are the most blatant examples. Clovis is a deconstruction of the trope, in that while he does do something in ruling an Area, he doesn’t do it well at all.
  • Secret Art: After C.C as Zero uses a Knightmare technique that only Marianne knew in chapter 27 against Suzaku. Lelouch and Jeremiah wonder how someone knows of it, Kallen as well when she asks C.C about it. Subverted in that C.C tells Kallen that Marianne basically just used a simple sword technique and no one realized this. Also Deconstructed Trope in that by using it, she accidentally gets Lelouch interested in her, which strengthens when he finds a picture of her and Marianne together in a bar, which leads him to remembering hearing an argument between the two a few months before Marianne’s death.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Lelouch and Euphemia take this stance once they become Viceroy and Sub-Viceroy of Area 11, so that the rules that Clovis enforced for Area 11 are changed to benefit both Britannia and Japan for the better.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Lelouch and Euphemia adhere to this at all times. They put this to full use once they arrive in Area 11 and start changing the administration that Clovis and Kewell have been running there for a while.
  • Secret Relationship: Cornelia forces Suzaku and Euphemia to keep their relationship private.
  • Sex for Solace: After finding out that Euphemia and Suzaku have been sleeping together, Cornelia tries to make herself feel better by having sex with Guilford. Because of her drunkenness, he refuses.
  • Shadow Archetype: Lelouch and Zero are this for each other. Both want to see Britannia changed, both are passionate in their goals and aims. Where they differ is in while Lelouch is idealist in how he feels about Britannia and what he is trying to do, Zero on the other hand feels that Britannia needs to be torn asunder for a better country to arise.
  • Shipper on Deck: Pretty much nearly all the characters that interact with either Lelouch and Kallen are this for the two of them being together.
  • Shout Out:
    • In Chapter 12, Milly asks Jeremiah "Thwartin' my plans?"
    • Allison/Sayoko states that she is simply one hell of a maid in chapter 12.
    • Kallen in Chapter 27 imagined Lelouch dressed as Zero in a certain combination that seems totally familiar...
  • Shower of Awkward: Chapter 6 has Kallen walk in on Lelouch in the shower.
  • Spot of Tea: Hugely and hilariously subverted. Lelouch is a coffee addict as chapter 27 shows clearly. See Must Have Caffeine above.
  • The Strategist: A couple of examples, Lelouch as always is one. Kallen is a partial example, as while she can plan somewhat her plans and schemes are outclassed by Lelouch's and it is Caedron overall who mainly serves in that capacity for her. Caedron has informed Lelouch that his uncle V.V. aka Vincent zi Britannia, serves in this role for his father and has done so since the Emblem of Blood when Charles erased all evidence of his existing.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: In Chapter 22, Cornelia does this to Euphemia while she's in bed with Suzaku. Awkwardness ensues.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Chapter 27, C.C becomes this in regards to Kallen, Kallen vice versa as well. Though it’s hinted as well in that C.C and Marianne were close in that way as well.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In Chapter 27, Nunnally tells Rai that she's not jealous of Kallen... even though Rai never even implied she was.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Kallen wants the world to think Zero is male, so she does her best to pass for a man while in the persona.
  • Talking in Bed: Suzaku and Euphemia do quite a bit of this.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Kallen does this sometimes... which can be very embarrassing if there are others around.
  • Teeny Weenie: Cornelia apparently thought Suzaku had one, since she threatened to chop off his "miniscule manhood".
  • Training from Hell: Suzaku underwent a week of extremely intense Knightmare training after being transferred to Lelouch's command.
  • Tsundere: As usual Kallen fits the trope. One second she is Dere to Lelouch, the next second she can be Tsun to him. This happens in her interactions at times with both Caedron and C.C as well.
  • Undying Loyalty: Many of Lelouch’s subordinates, men in his personal unit. Along with the usual examples in Jeremiah and Sayoko have this when it comes to Lelouch.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: You guessed it.
  • Warrior Prince: Lelouch is one of Britannia's most renowned generals.
  • What If?: This fic is basically an exploration of what Code Geass would be like if Lelouch was still in Britannia and rose to be a general in it, and if Kallen was the one instead who became Zero thanks to tragedy involving her family.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Nunnally has a rather... negative view of Lelouch and Kallen keeping the medical research from Code R a secret from her, as it would restore her ability to walk.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Kallen accuses Lelouch in her mind of being one of these in chapter 26, when he talks to her about how he feels about Britannia and what Zero does. Both she and Caedron also think this of Euphemia since she's trying to undo the decades of racism and suffering that's essentially dogmatic in Britannian society.
  • Workaholic: Both Lelouch and Euphemia tend to push themselves to the brink of exhaustion in trying to improve Japan, which is something that worries both Jeremiah and Suzaku.
  • Worthy Opponent: Lelouch regards Zero as this, due to mainly being the biggest challenge for him in all the campaigns that he has undertaken for Britannia.
  • Written by the Winners: Lelouch writes in his journal that Britannian historians will probably view the Taitō Incident as the Noppera-bō succeeding only through their use of dishonorable tactics.
  • Yandere: V.V. for Charles, as Marianne, C.C., and Caedron can very much attest to.
  • You Are Not Alone: Lelouch pretty much says this line to Kallen at around Chapter 26 in terms of how they have both lost and experienced pretty similar tragedies in their lives.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: V.V. plans to have Marcus and Nils killed after they've served their purpose.
  • You Killed My Father: Kallen has this when it comes to Britannia killing her brother like in Canon. Up to Eleven that they also killed her mother and father this time as well.


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