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In an alternate world without Geass, Lelouch awakens to another power from the collective consciousness — Persona. Leading a band of phantom thieves through the Metaverse, he seeks to topple the Britannian regime, stealing one corrupt heart at a time.
—Official Summary
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Lelouch of the Wings of Rebellion by Magus Zero is a Fusion Fic Crossover where the supernatural elements of Persona 5 replace those of Code Geass.

The story is notable for its clever approach as an Alternate Universe Fic, leaving most of Code Geass world-building and its cast's characterization and motivations intact as the addition of the Persona 5's Metaverse alters how protagonists and antagonists go about achieving their goals.

This characterization is more remarkable in Lelouch himself, who organically develops into an entirely different kind of Rebel Leader as a result of wielding a power that runs on The Power of Friendship.

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  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Subverted. In this story, Milly can't get away with nearly as much stuff as her canonical self due to Coach Viletta and the SSDF. Things go slowly back to normal after they are defeated.
  • Accidental Truth: Shirley Fenette doesn't know a thing about Lelouch being a Noble Fugitive, yet his Cognitive double in their Palace is accurately cast as a prince.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Lelouch breaks into laughs when, after a lengthy and difficult investigation, the team discovers that the Black King's real name is Blake King.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change:
    • In canon, Leila's family defect from Britannia to Europia United, and eventually severed ties with Britannia altogether. Here, while they still changed sides, they elected to stay in Britannia to be moles for the E.U., at least until they were caught and killed by the Black Mask on Clovis' orders. It's implied that they somehow came across information about Britannia's Cognitive Psience research and considered keeping tabs on it more important than their plans to defect. It's unknown if this has anything to do with Leila's potential as a Persona User or her having access to the Metanav.
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    • In the anime, Mao was an orphan who was adopted by C.C. and granted a geass by her before eventually being abandoned once she came to the conclusion that he couldn't fulfill her wish. In this story, while Mao's still an orphan, he was instead kidnapped by the Conspiracy and used as a guinea pig for Code-R. After six years of suffering experimentation to make him awake to his Persona, he managed to escape — but only after developing into Knight Templar bent on exacting his own demented sense of justice.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Lelouch, natch — being given the power of the Wild Card means he significantly more involved in his plans this time around.
    • Milly, too. She ends up becoming a member of the Phantom Thieves in this universe, with her role being comparable to Ann/Panther.
    • Shirley becomes a Persona User and joins the Black Knights. Bonus badass points for doing it the hard way: by confronting her berserk Shadow after facing and accepting the weak and ugly parts of her repressed self. The next chapter adds to it by revealing she was also suffering from internal bleeding and sleep deprivation at the same time.
    • Big Chapter 41 spoiler: Nunnally is a Persona User too, the particularities of the Metaverse allowing her to see and walk in there. She's also part (and possible leader) of the Irregulars, one of the other two groups triggering Changes of Heart just like the Black Knights.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • The Black King, who originally isn't seen or mentioned until after the Time Skip, comes into the story shortly after Clovis' death.
    • Rolo Haliburton appears a lot earlier than in canon, now as a New Transfer Student.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Owing to being significantly more dependent on his teammates this time around, Lelouch is a lot less willing to sacrifice his allies than he was in canon. He's also shown to be rather remorseful when he's executing Personas to fuse new ones (except Incubus, who had it coming). Later chapters show this goes beyond Pragmatic Villainy. Lelouch's entire Character Development seems to be going in the opposite direction than in the series. This is especially significant in the Story Arc focused on Shirley. Whereas his canonical self used his Geass to delete her memories of him, this version of Lelouch couldn't go with it despite having the chance to destroy her Treasure to achieve more or less the same effect.
    • Viletta Nu, relative to Suguru Kamoshida (whose role she assumes in Persona 5's story). While she is still a bigoted elitist Sadist Teacher, she isn't a sexual predator and never drives anyone to attempt suicide.
    • Zig Zagged in Medjed's case. Mao is still an Ax-Crazy Jerkass who has no issues manipulating and murdering he needs or wants to in order to get his way. However, unlike canon, he doesn't suffer from his geass, so he isn't a Psychopathic Manchild who's obsessed with kidnapping his one true love. Instead he's a vigilante who dishes out his own twisted brand of justice against anyone he thinks deserves it.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Igor is portrayed as a Control Freak, shows No Sympathy towards Naoto's death, and scares the piss out of Shi.
  • Adaptational Karma: In Code Geass canon, Ms. Stadtfeld never received any comeuppance for her mistreatment of Kallen's mother. Here, though, Lelouch and the Black Knights demolish her Shadow and, through it, get her to be nicer to Kallen.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Viletta Nu, relative to her canon self. Canon Viletta proves to be one of the more noble Britannians and eventually ends up in a relationship with Ohgi. This story's Viletta is a physically abusive, racist Sadist Teacher obsessed with her own success, who will stop at nothing to get Suzaku kicked out of Ashford just because he's Japanese and to make herself look good in the process.
    • Clovis la Britannia. Canon Clovis was just a Smug Snake Starter Villain. Here, he's involved with human trafficking and experimentation, and is later shown to have connections to the mafia.
  • Adaptational Wimp: While Suzaku retains his melee skills, there's no indication that he's a badass Knightmare Frame pilot like in canon because this Lelouch doesn't start the chain of events that put him in the Lancelot's cockpit.
  • Age Lift: The ending of Tanabata indicates that, since Codes and Geass don't exist in this universe, V.V. looks his actual age.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Hilariously Justified:
    Kallen: An air vent? Isn't that cliché? And are we even going to fit? I know you can get through there easily [Arthur], but…
    Arthur: Of course it will work! The public's cognition is that, despite all evidence to the contrary, air vents are big enough for humans to crawl through. It'll be a tight squeeze, but you'll be fine!
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Shirley gets told to her face that she likes Lelouch because he's "the biggest rule breaker at Ashford Academy" rather than despite of it, and that all her talk about wanting to reform him is just an excuse she tells herself because she just can't admit it. Her Shadow goes even beyond that and also says that discovering that he was the "most wanted rebel in Area 11" was a big turn-on for her, something that the real Shirley desperately tries to deny.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Milly was a bit too skilled at seducing the Cognition of a girl who the Palace's Ruler believes has a crush on the blonde.
  • Anachronism Stew: Discussed. The Black Knights observes that the fourth Palace borrowed the beautiful grand staircase from the RMS Titanic despite the ship being based on a centuries older galleon. Zero is a bit annoyed by the historical inaccuracy, but Diamond argues that the Titanic is THE sinking ship in people's minds, so it makes total sense for stuff from it to appear in that particular Palace.
  • Anchored Ship: Lelouch×Leila. She accidentally revealed her feelings when she didn't correct her butler when he called him her boyfriend. Lelouch, unusually oversensitive to this kind of things after the debacle with Shirley's Palace, immediately asked Leila point-blank if she was romantically interested in him. Her blush and pained tone of voice gave her away, so Leila instead assured him that she had no intention to get in the way of his relationship with Kallen, or make the issues with Shirley more complicated. This counts more as an example of Anchored Ship rather than Ship Sinking because — either due to his romantic inexperience, subconscious attraction, or to spare her an open rejection — Lelouch neglected to properly turn Leila down and instead just accepted her Better as Friends offer.
  • Anger Born of Worry:
    • Kallen, when Lelouch went to check the security level of the fourth Palace alone.
    • There's a variant in the aftermath the fourth Palace. Lelouch, smart as he is, gets progressively angry at himself while enumerating in his mind each and every way the mission could have gone wrong at the cost of people important to him.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Exploited. Igor is well aware that Lelouch hates his father's guts and hopes that revealing that Charles zi Britannia is behind "Ragnarok" will motivate him to oppose him. While Igor is right about that, Lelouch is not so blinded by revenge to not see such a blatant manipulation attempt for what it is.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Leila/Bishop gives Lelouch one in Chapter 19, after he beats her in a chess match. As the two discuss the game, she asks him if he would sacrifice the Black Knights just as easily as he did his chess pieces if it secured him victory. Lelouch can't really offer an answer to that.
    • She does the same in Chapter 37, when she gets him to admit that he actually returns Shirley's feelings despite deciding to purse a relationship with someone else. Leila should have considered the time and place a bit better because his girlfriend has NOT happy at hearing him say that.
    • He returns the favor in Chapter 40. Lelouch asks Leila point-blank whether she's romantically interested in him after noticing that she didn't try to correct her butler from mistaking him for her boyfriend. The sudden question catches her so badly off-guard that her Luminescent Blush and pained tone of voice immediately give her away.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Lelouch gets a couple of good ones.
    • His response to Tsu questioning the point of life. It kinda backfires on him too because it provokes her to spend time with him in the real world in a way that deliberately annoys him.
      Tsu: And like all men, he eventually dies no matter what he does. It's pointless. So why go on?
      Lelouch: I wouldn't expect you to understand. You're cloistered away from humanity here. There is so much to life that you've closed yourself off to.
    • His response to Cornelia threatening him and his accomplices with execution. While she responds forcefully, Lelouch notices the cracks in her self-confidence.
      Cornelia: It would be easy for me to order them to be executed for treason... the same sentence you could easily face if you don't cooperate.
      Lelouch: The same sentence Euphemia could face, if you're convinced of her guilt.
  • Arms Dealer: One of the Black King's illegal businesses, which helps the Black Knights a lot because his Cognition has created entire stores in his Palace with all kinds of firearms for sale. Or for a Kleptomaniac Hero like Lelouch, weapons free for the taking after getting rid of the security.
  • Arranged Marriage: Discussed. Kaguya commented on her former engagement to her cousin Suzaku, arranged in order to strengthen the ties between the Kururugi and Sumeragi families, which went down the drain when Britannia invaded and annexed Japan. In hindsight, she also observed that her 7-year-old self was a total bully to Suzaku most likely because she resented the engagement, but the "Oni" (Lelouch) indirectly convinced her to stop.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Arthur, who just ended up being the school mascot in the Code Geass, gets the best of this, as he's this universe's version of Morgana.
    • Milly too. From Student Council president to a member of the Black Knights.
    • The Black King in canon was just some Sore Loser thug who harassed Lelouch at the beginning of R2, only to be unceremoniously killed off without making any impact on the plot. Here? He's been promoted to Arc Villain and the blackmail he has on Lelouch makes the Black Knights' conflict with him very personal. The author said that his expanded role resulted from the character helped to highlight the social problems of the setting in a way similar to Kaneshiro in Persona 5.
    • Shirley too. She grows a Palace following a long Trauma Conga Line, becoming the fourth target of the Black Knights and eventually their seventh member.
  • Asleep for Days: Shirley, in the aftermath of her kidnapping and Persona awakening.
  • Asshole Victim: Neither Shirley nor the Black Knights know that her father conducted illegal human experimentation as a researcher in Code-R, meaning that to a point he had it coming when he's killed by mental shutdown.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Kallen's Persona (and personality for that matter) is geared for this. Tough and possessing strong physical and nuke-type attacks, however she lacks healing spells or any support skills other than an attack buff.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Azazel plays it smart and targets the elemental weaknesses of the party's Personas. Lelouch counters this by casting Wall spells which make his teammates temporarily resistant to them instead.
  • Badass Normal: Sayoko manages give a Persona User a run from her money without having one herself in Chapter 41.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Kallen complains that bringing Princess Euphemia to a Palace with them is a bad idea because it will be dangerous for the person in question and a liability for the team, yet Lelouch insisted despite not really refuting her arguments. Lelouch fully expected that seeing the injustices committed by a crime lord like the Black King through his Palace would stir up Euphemia's sense of justice, and hopefully even incite her spirit of rebellion and awaken her to her Persona. And even if the latter doesn't happen, he still gets an ally outside the Metaverse who will be more committed than before to change the world for the better.
    • How Shadow Shirley gets their original to reject them. The Shadow gives Shirley a dagger and goads her to kill Lelouch. To everyone else's surprise, Shirley instead suddenly turns and stabs her own Shadow without further hesitation. Despite her bleeding injury, the Shadow laughs madly, satisfied after proving her point about how Shirley is capable of killing anyone "who would harm her Lulu, even herself", as the Shadow's power skyrockets from such an strong rejection.
  • Battle Couple: Lelouch/Zero and Kallen/Queen in the Black Knights.
  • Battle Harem: Subverted. The Black Knights may look like one, but Lelouch wasn't dating any of them until his Relationship Upgrade with Kallen/Queen in chapter 28. Lampshaded by the Shadow ruling the fourth Palace, who outright refers to the four girls in the team as their leader's harem.
  • Bedmate Reveal: "C.C." appears one morning in Lelouch's bed and nonchalantly tells him she will be spending time at his place. When he asks her how could she even stay in the real world given her duties as a warden, she points to the other corner of his bedroom where a door to the Velvet Room stands, making him realize sleeping in his bed nominally counts as manning the door for him.
  • Better as Friends: Leila suggested this after Lelouch figured out she was crushing on him in Chapter 40. It's left to be seen how long they'll be able to keep it up.
  • Betty and Veronica: Shirley and Kallen to Lelouch. Played With a bit because Kallen pretends to be a shy Ill Girl at school, making her look like the "Betty" to Shirley's "Veronica", but the opposite is closer to the truth. Unlike many examples of this trope, he decides early on that he doesn't want to expose Shirley to the dangers of his double life and puts some distance between them. This creates complications later on when Lelouch actually gets together with Kallen and Shirley develops a Palace following a Trauma Conga Line.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Shirley proves capable of violently stabbing her own Shadow in order to protect Lelouch. None of the people present knew she had in her, except for the Shadow herself who purposely put a knife in her hand because she knew Shirley would act like that when pressed to hurt him, and wanted Shirley to attack her because her rejection would give her a massive power-up.
  • Big Fancy House: The Breisgau Manor is basically a small castle modeled after the Breisgau Family's ancestral home in the eponymous region of real-world Germany — Castle Weisswolf. This is actually an Invoked Trope, as the façade of opulence and extravagant spending helped the Breisgaus to achieve their actual goals.
  • The Big Guy: Kallen for the Black Knights. Her Persona is tough and hits hard, but lacks any support skills other than an attack buff. Lelouch and Arthur estimate that she could easily take the two of them on at once, despite not having an elemental advantage against either of them, at least until the former gets a real handle on the power of the Wild Card. Later on her Persona evolves into a more powerful form that makes Kallen even more of The Big Guy of the team.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Shirley gets kidnapped the day after Tanabata, which happens to be her birthday according to her official character profile.
  • Blunt "Yes": Lelouch to Milly, when she asks him to hand deliver Kallen's middle school transcripts to her place.
    Lelouch: I don't mean to be rude, Madam President, but isn't this something that you could handle yourself?
    Milly: [pouts] Do you really think I'm one to pull a fast one on you?
    Lelouch: Absolutely.
  • Bookcase Passage: Just like Kamoshida's Castle, Viletta's has one. The mechanism is a lot more complex than his, though, necessitating Lelouch to pinpoint her motivations in order to figure out that pulling all books about Nobility would unlock it.
  • Boyfriend Bluff: Done in an unusual way. Kallen pretends that Lelouch is her boyfriend when a Britannian Delinquent punches him in the face, while also revealing herself as a noble. This makes the bullies realize they can get in serious hot water with the law, so they turn tail before they can get arrested for assault.
  • Breather Episode: Most of "Tanabata". Subverted by the end, where a series of revelations quickly turned it into a Wham Episode.
  • Brother–Sister Incest:
    • From what Cognitive Lelouch says in her Palace, Coach Viletta seems to think that there's more than a sibling relationship between him and his sister Nunnally.
    • Milly wonders if this is the case with Lelouch and Euphemia after seeing how distraught the latter becomes after Milly tells her that Lelouch slept with Kallen. Lelouch actually has trouble denying that this is the case to himself.
  • Bullfight Boss: Invoked by Lelouch in Clovis' Palace. He goads Nue into tackling him and jumps out of the way at the last second in order to make the Shadow destroy the trap Shadow Clovis sprung on three of his teammates.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Lelouch barely remembers the incident that caused Shirley to fall in love with him from canon. Interestingly, more than proving himself a Good Samaritan, the part that caught her attention the most was that helping that elderly couple was really just Tuesday for the guy. He didn't boast nor laugh about it, and as far as Shirley correctly knows, he never brought it up afterwards. Her Shadow's voice points out there's a bit more to it, though. According to it, Shirley was already interested in Lelouch at the time, but his aloof and Brilliant, but Lazy persona at school kept her from admitting it to herself at the conscious level. Lelouch showing his Hidden Depths like that made Shirley's denial come down like a house of cards.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Justified. Leila/Bishop had very good reasons to not let Lelouch know she was romantically interested in him, starting by the fact she's very well aware he's dating someone else and at the center of a type 7 Triang Relation with Kallen and Shirley. Subverted when the Clueless Chick Magnet tried to be less Oblivious to Love and ended up giving her an Armor-Piercing Question that prompted to admit to her feelings for him, which of course made everything more complicated.
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • Leila Malcal from the movie Spin-Off/Interquel Code Geass: Akito the Exiled is an important character. Although she goes by her birth name here, Leila Breisgau, because her parents didn't openly defect to the EU in this continuity.
    • The Student Self-Defense Force from the Code Geass manga adaptation also appears. The SSDF is an unofficial club in Ashford Academy that overzealously enforces the school rules and holds prejudicial views against "Elevens".
    • A group called the Irregulars, seemingly imitators of the Black Knights, appear to be based on their namesake from Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally. In that AU Spin-Off, they were a group of mech-riding war orphan girls trained as Britannian Agents and given artificial Geass powers. They were officially known as the "Britannian Special Honorary Foreign Legion", and were under the command of Colonel Madd. Later on Alice is introduced to Lelouch as Nunnally's friend.
    • Same thing with the Glinda Knights, who were an anti-terror task force founded by Princess Marrybell mel Britannia in Code Geass: Oz the Reflection. Unlike the above, this Spin-Off is considered canon to Code Geass' main storyline.
  • Catch-22 Dilemma: Happens in the fourth Palace. Shadow Shirley is doing its utmost to get the Black Knights killed because the real Shirley mistakenly believes they murdered her father, but they can't explain to her it was really a Frame-Up because Medjed kidnapped her and brought her somewhere deep within her Palace, where they can't get to because her Shadow keeps hounding them down because the real Shirley mistakenly believes... you get the drill.
  • Celibate Hero: Played With. Lelouch may seem borderline Asexual most of the time as in canon, but deep down he's as warm-blooded as the next 17-year-old guy. This comes to the fore of his mind when he carries Personas related to sex and lust such as Incubus, who makes him focus on how attractive Shirley is and how easy it would be to have her if he just let it happen given that she's already head over heels in love with him. Lelouch makes him stop by threatening to execute him in the Velvet Room as soon as possible.
  • Chainsaw Good: Naturally Mao/Medjed's Weapon of Choice in their second appearance.
  • Chaotic Stupid: Lelouch describes Shadows as such. As the living manifestation of a person's unrestrained id, they are slaves to their impulses even when it would benefit them to exercise more prudence.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • After hearing about "Lockdown" service in the Velvet Room, Lelouch ponders whether he should put Shiki-Ouji in it so the Persona will overcome its only elemental weakness to nuke-type skills, and that way have a fine opening option against Shadows with attacks of unknown type, on top of Shiki-Ouji being already impervious to the ever-common physical attacks. This proves to be worth all the hassle in the battle against the sea monster Scylla in Shirley's Palace, where Shiki-Ouji and Kallen's nuke-wielding Personas are able to double-team the Shadow without issue.
    • The Pisaca Shadows, Mooks based on a type of preta ("hungry ghost" from Hindu lore) that lurks in the dark areas of fourth Palace, ends up delivering the Coup de Grâce to Mao/Medjed.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Shirley really isn't happy that Lelouch is spending a lot of time with Kallen and Milly. It's later revealed that, just like in the anime, Shirley directly asked Kallen if she was interested in Lelouch. Kallen, being Kallen, instantly denied it. This sours Shirley's opinion of her even more when Kallen and Lelouch actually get together, considering her a liar, on top of her bitterness over making her a Romantic Runner-Up.
    • Shadow Shirley is a constant strain on his girlfriend's nerves because she has no hesitation whatsoever in acting on her attraction to Lelouch. Shirley's Palace in itself drains Kallen's small pool of self-control dry, which also makes her disgusted with herself for reacting like a violent Clingy Jealous Girl would.
  • Clothing Damage: Bishop loses large swaths of her skirt in the Boss Fight against Alciel.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Deconstructed with Lelouch, whose lack of awareness in romantic matters causes more than a few problems. Long story short, he failed to notice that Kallen was falling for him until her sudden (for him) Love Confession. While he knew Shirley had a crush on him, Lelouch greatly underestimated how deeply in love she was with him until his Relationship Upgrade with Kallen pushed her to the brink of forming a Palace. After all this, Lelouch made a conscious effort to be more alert of what his female friends think of him, which wasn't for the best either because it allowed him to figure out Leila was secretly crushing on him but had decided to keep quiet about it in consideration to his relationship with Kallen and the complicate situation with Shirley.
  • Code Name:
    • Like in the game, each party members goes by an alias in the Metaverse. So far we have: Zero (Lelouch), Tama (Arthur), Queen (Kallen), Diamond (Milly Ashford), Bishop (Leila Breisgau), and Noire (Princess Euphemia).
    • The Irregulars go by their epithets in Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally: Nunnally is "Nemo", and Alice is "Speed".
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Lelouch as a Persona User is the epitome of the "fight smarter, not harder" maxim. Persona 5 players will recognize many of his tactics — such as exploiting weaknesses, stacking buffs with debuffs, resorting to Standard Status Effects to effectively incapacitate enemies and then going for the extra Technical Damage, favor the fusing of Personas with a high Confidant Rank, and a long etcetera — but he's also pulled off stuff like goading enemies to charge at him for a bullfighting manoeuvre, making a large Mini-Boss eat a grenade, smooth-talking a Shadow into hiring the girls in the team as waitresses and himself as a valet in order to move freely in the Palace (It Makes Sense in Context), and getting The Reaper run over by a speeding train in the Metaverse (probably his best moment so far).
    • Mao/Medjed deserves some kudos too. He manipulates Shadow Shirley to get rid of the Black Knights for him, and if that failed, the team would be easy pickings for him after such a difficult fight. His plan ends up blowing up in his face only because he never expected that Shirley would manage to awaken to her Persona. In his rematch battle, Mao makes sure of fighting only Lelouch by kidnapping Nunnally and forces him to tire himself out first. He also brings a chainsaw and a shotgun to the battlefield, and catches Lelouch off-guard with Megidola, a powerful if costly mid-tier Non-Elemental spell. Mao is again thwarted by something he has no way to know beforehand: the fact Nunnally is secretly a Persona User who allied herself with the Irregulars.
  • The Conscience: Lelouch admits to Kallen that he counts on her the most in the team to stand up to him if he ever loses his way and "becomes the very thing he set out to oppose". Immediately subverted by her, who recently reached the twisted epiphany of knowing herself willing to walk right beside him even if she knows he's leading them to hell itself and implying that he needs to be his own conscience if he doesn't want that to happen.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Lelouch remembers the time he first met Milly according to the Audio Play Stage 0.911, where her middle school-aged self flaunted her already developed figure and encouraged him to ogle her.
    • Kaguya Sumeragi recognizes Lelouch on sight, however not as himself, but rather as someone she calls the "oni". This is a reference to a Sound Episode where a 7-year-old Kaguya got lost in the woods surrounding the Kururugi Shrine and ran into Lelouch, whom she mistook for the "oni"/demon the grown-ups warned her about to prevent exactly that from happening because his rare lavender eyes didn't look normal to her younger self. Kid Lelouch played along with her misconception and took the opportunity to give her "The Reason You Suck" Speech because at the time she was the same kind of Spoiled Brat so common among his half-sisters, lessons that she took to heart and helped her to become the improbably capable political player that she was in the anime.
  • Covert Pervert: Justified by Jungian psychology. Shirley normally would never dare come on to Lelouch, but that doesn't mean that the idea of getting his attention with her body didn't occur to her. However, a person's Shadow embraces all of his or her suppressed thoughts and desires by their very definition, prompting Shadow Shirley to gleefully present herself all but naked to him, with only the Godiva Hair and Barely-There Swimwear tropes to protect her modesty.
  • Crash-Into Hello: How Lelouch and Kaguya meet in the Festival Episode seven years after their almost Forgotten First Meeting.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Mao barely gets to summon his persona before the Black Knights curb-stomp his ass with a single All-Out Attack.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: During the first confrontation with Shadow Blake, Euphemia points out that he's already rich and can easily keep himself wealthy from his legitimate businesses alone, so why does he even bother breaking the law and destroying so many lives in the process? Shadow Blake's response basically amount to "supply and demand". There will always be money to be made in drugs, prostitution, illegal weapons, Loan Sharking, and a long etcetera because "the appetites of mankind are endless and perverse", so why should he let anyone else try to supply that demand and get the profits when he can do it himself?
  • Dare to Be Badass: Lelouch has a knack for saying the exact words people need to hear in order to fully awaken to their Personas, as is the case with Kallen, Milly, Leila, Euphemia, and Shirley. Extra Batman Gambit points in Milly's case where he goads the enemy into saying the words that pushed her to make the breakthrough.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Lelouch. Not entirely a good thing because of becoming more emotionally available set the basis of the Deconstruction of the Clueless Chick Magnet trope as seen above.
  • Demoted to Extra:
  • Deus Sex Machina: Discussed for laughs. After seeing his girlfriend's evolved Persona, Milly/Diamond teasingly asks her if she unlocked that sort of power by having sex with Lelouch.
  • Devoted to You: Shirley and Kallen to Lelouch, who loves them back and thus is worried for them about the depths they would sink into for him if he's not careful.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Mao/Medjed didn't know that Joseph Fenette discovered that his daughter Shirley has a lot of potential as a Persona User. Therefore he had no way to predict that making her confront her Shadow would give her the chance to accept it and make it into her Persona, thus turning the tables hard on him.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Euphemia gets Suzaku to save a middle-aged Japanese man from getting beaten up by two thugs sent by a Loan Shark, but the guy all but spits in her face afterwards. He may sound like an Ungrateful Bastard, but he's not wrong in expecting even harsher retaliation from The Don after Suzaku defeated his goons.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: The ending of Chapter 28 employs a literary Fade to Black after Kallen asks Lelouch to 'prove' that she is his queen, followed by a note that Lelouch arrived home late that night. All that being said, Incubus' comments imply that the two did have sex.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?: Subverted. Sayoko notices that Lelouch has seemed happier in the last few weeks and assumed that he got himself a lover. The actual reason is the formation of the Black Knights.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation:
    • Similarly to Kunikazu Okumura, Clovis is killed by the Black Mask after Lelouch changed his heart, thus making the world believe the Black Knights did it.
    • Colonel Kusakabe is killed via mental shutdown before his faction in the JLF could take the convention center at Lake Kawaguchi hostage. The Black Mask is again suspected of this, but nobody else In-Universe knows for sure.
    • Joseph Fenette is killed by someone who is presumed to be the Black Mask to tie up loose ends from Code-R.
  • Disability-Negating Superpower: Nunnally can see and walk in the Metaverse. Lelouch thinks the conviction necessary to awaken to one's Persona allows her to bypass her psychosomatic blindness, and that the effect could someday carry over to the real world. Recovering the movement and feeling of her legs seems to operate on the same Magic Enhancement principle that allows Ryuji Sakamoto to ignore his Career-Ending Injury in the Metaverse. Unsurprisingly, Nunnally refuses to stop visiting the Metaverse despite the dangers involved, which is at odds with Lelouch's drive to keep her safe.
  • Discontinuity Nod:
    • When Shadow Viletta learns that Kallen is half-Japanese, she says she could have never fall in love with an "Eleven".
    • When the team wonders if they could make their own thief tools such as smoke bombs and stuff, Arthur excuses himself saying that a cat like him doesn't know a thing about the chemistry.
    • Milly considers "Panther" as her Code Name, but she finally goes for "Diamond".
    • The scene where Lelouch stops a group of Britannian Delinquents from harassing a Japanese street vendor happens here. Without his Geass to make them go away, though, Lelouch "stops" them by getting punched in the face, and then they flee when Kallen reminds them that they can get sued for assaulting him.
    • Shirley steals a kiss from Lelouch after her father's death like in the anime, but the context is very different this time around because she did it despite knowing that he's dating someone else.
    • At one point, Lelouch has a nightmare of Arthur forcing him to go to bed at the cost of his social life, mirroring a controversial mechanic in Persona 5.
    • Lelouch gets the chance to destroy Shirley's Treasure, namely her memories of him, which would have given her Laser-Guided Amnesia about him and everything involving the Black Knights including the Metaverse, at the cost of removing her from his life. Unlike his canon self, he doesn't go through with it.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Chapter 36 is titled "Between Scylla and Charybdis", which is a saying from Classical Mythology that basically means "between a rock and a hard place" representing the team's situation by the end of it. It's also the name of the two sea monsters they have to fight right after entering Shirley's Palace.
  • Double Tap: Alice/Speed sure didn't take chances by shooting Mao/Medjed in the heart while unconscious and then another in the head just to be sure,
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: Subverted to a point. As in canon, Lelouch deliberately underplays his intelligence at school in order to avoid attention that could potentially expose him and Nunnally as Noble Fugitives. However, two of his Confidants place great importance in academic performance, so he decided to score a bit higher in the following round of exams in order to raise his standing with them.
  • Downer Beginning: Like in the game, the story begins with Lelouch in custody of Britannia and seemingly with no way out, forcefully drugged on Refrain as Cornelia interrogates him.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Sayoko Shinosaki congratulates Lelouch for how quickly he hacked his way into a secure elevator, even stating that they would have been hard pressed to do it as quickly as him. High praise coming from a modern-day ninja.
  • Dramatic Irony: Nina talks about her scientific projects with Lelouch, but given that nuclear physics isn't really a thing in Code Geass' Alternate History, he doesn't recognize its potential as a weapon of mass destruction.
  • Draw Aggro: Unwanted but not unwillingly done. Lelouch quickly realizes that Shadow Shirley is so fixated on him that it's pretty much impossible for him to get anything done covertly, so he settles himself in a diversionary role to at least take advantage of the situation.
  • Dual Boss: Azazel's body consists in two halves that fight as a team called Tragedy Mask and Comedy Mask — the former immune to physical attacks, the latter capable of absorbing several types of magical attacks.
  • Dual-World Gameplay: A non-videogame example. Outside distortion-filled locations like Palaces and Mementos, the Metaverse is simply a carbon copy of real world devoid of people that can be entered at one point and exited at another, making it useful to bypass real-world obstacles unnoticed just like Mao did in order to kidnap Shirley, and later on Nunnally.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Lelouch's reaction when he discovers in Viletta's Palace that the coach actually thinks he and Nunnally might be having an incestuous relationship.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Lelouch complain to one of his "wardens" about their nickname for him as the "Inmate" of the Velvet Room, especially because Sayoko overheard her saying it in his room and now thinks he's the occasional client of a professional Dominatrix. She insists it's an Appropriated Appellation because she thinks he's really a "prisoner of fate".
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • After losing to Lelouch in a game of chess, the Black King decides to blackmail Lelouch with a picture of him together with Euphemia, who had coincidentally also tried sneaking into his club at the same time, upon realizing that they knew each other. The Black King correctly assumes that the photo is excellent blackmail material, but he's wrong about the reasons.
    • Lelouch mistakes Nunnally/Nemo's Thief Suit for her Shadow Self. A valid theory, but in this case it's more his denial taking than anything else and he's proved wrong moments later.
  • Epiphany Comeback: Shirley's acceptance that her feelings for Lelouch are truly unconditional, no matter how pathetic or bad a person they make her, take the wind right out of her berserking Shadow's sails, weakening it enough for the Black Knights to subdue. Both developments leave her at the doors of awakening to her Persona, which she immediately uses to settle the score with Mao.
  • Escaped from the Lab: One of Code-R's test subjects awakened to their Persona and caused the breakout of several of them from the lab in Narita. They are later revealed to be Mao/Medjed, who managed to break out of confinement on his own, and the Irregulars, who took advantage of it to escape themselves.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Joseph Fenette designed a test to measure someone's potential as a Persona User as part of his work as a head researcher in Code-R. He ran it on his daughter disguised as regular health checkup as a control sample and accidentally discovered that her potential was leaps and bounds better any of his experimental subjects. He immediately destroyed the results and any evidence she was ever tested in order to keep the rest of Code-R from even getting the idea of using her in their experiments.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Milly Ashford is popular with both guys, as is so obviously the case with Rivalz, and girls according to Shirley's suspicions that her dormmate Sophie Wood may have a crush on the Student Council President. Regardless of whether Shirley actually had it right about the latter or not, her Cognition of Sophie in her Palace definitively is into Milly, something the Black Knights take advantage of to make the Cognition open the door of their shared dorm room in Shirley's Palace.
  • Fairy Tale Episode: The fourth Palace is based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. Specifically, it's shaped like the Wedding Ship from the last act. Probably a bad thing if you remember that this fairy tale doesn't have a Happy Ending.
  • Falling into the Cockpit: Averted. Without his Geass from canon, Lelouch doesn't push the first domino that started the Contrived Coincidence that put Suzaku — a Honorary Britannian and thus normally ineligible for it — in the cockpit of the Lancelot during the Battle of Shinjuku at the beginning of the anime. There are some hints suggesting that he and Lloyd maybe did meet in the fic's backstory given that someone other than Princess Euphemia is sponsoring Suzaku's stay at Ashford Academy.
  • Fangirl:
    • Cognitive Leila Breisgau in Clovis' Palace. Queen makes a point of destroying the double at the start of the Boss Fight simply because the sycophant annoyed her that much.
    • Downplayed with Nunnally, who's a fan of Elizabeth III from Code Geass' Alternate History and gets a tad defensive when people talk about the least savory historical theories about the Last Queen of the British Islands — especially the one about how she secretly arranged for Napoleon Bonaparte to be killed by poison in retaliation for invading England.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • While Britannia's prejudice toward numbers is already rather obvious, this comes into play in Chapter 17 when Kallen takes the Black Knights to Shinjuku to show them what they're fighting for — all of her other friends are rather cold at best toward the other Black Knights, simply because they're Britannians.
    • Despite spending plenty of time with the rest of the Black Knights, Kallen still hasn't quite got over her own issues with Britannians, and is rather cold toward Euphie when the later ends up tagging along with them into the Black King's Palace. The rest of the Knights call her out on this.
  • Fatal Attractor: Much like in the series, it's almost a natural law that girls just can't fall for Lelouch in a normal, or at least healthy way. Kallen feels herself "slaved" to him due to her bitter realization of how deep her Undying Loyalty for him actually runs. Shirley's heartbreak from his Relationship Upgrade with Kallen got so bad that, after her Trauma Conga Line, she ended up forming her own Palace. Worse, the events in it proved that, much like her canon self, Shirley is willing to commit murder in order to protect Lelouch despite being psychologically unequipped for that kind of violence. For the hat trick and due to several circumstances outside either of their control, Lelouch is Leila's first real friend and the only person who could feasibly be a potential Love Interest for her. Problem is, they aren't sure if what she's feeling for him is genuine or just some kind of situational attraction resulting from being unable to be her real self with anyone outside the Black Knights. Either case, the fact she can feel that way despite having witnessed Shirley's situation first-hand is pretty worrying on its own.
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: One time Euphemia remembered how she and Nunnally used to discuss which of them was going to marry Lelouch. This earned her really odd looks from his girlfriend Kallen.
  • Feed It a Bomb: Lelouch puts a grenade in the "food" a Mini-Boss Shadow eats to heal itself. Given that said food is the Cognition of a person, most of the party gives him What the Hell, Hero? looks even though they understand no harm to actual people was done.
  • Festival Episode: Chapter 34 depicts how the Tanabata is like under the Britannian regime.
  • Flunky Boss: Alciel summons a team of Mooks styled after chess pieces — with himself as the King — during his Boss Fight.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The "Little Mermaid" of the fourth Palace is able to easily Shapeshift between human and mermaid form despite that being far from the case in the fairy tale. Shadow Shirley is actually based on the Sea Witch who did have magical powers of her own, whereas the real Shirley is a more direct counterpart of the Little Mermaid with her Shadow being the corrupting influence giving her just enough rope to hang herself.
    • Bishop forces Lelouch to admit to his feelings for Shirley right in front of his girlfriend Kallen. At first this looks like this is because Bishop's too Innocently Insensitive and goal-oriented to pick a better time and place for it, and to a point this is really the case, but it's later revealed that Leila is growing to like Lelouch that way too, and thus had her own reasons to want to hear his answer.
    • Nunnally asking Lelouch to read her about Queen Elizabeth the Third. Chapter 41 reveals the latter is the basis of her Persona.
  • Forgotten Birthday: Shirley Fenette's friends completely forgot about her birthday in the wake of the discovery of her Palace until her Shadow itself reminds them.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: According to one of the Code Geass's Sound Episodes, Lelouch and Kaguya met as kids, but she didn't recognize as a prince then, and didn't make the connection for most of the series because she didn't see how Zero was like under the mask until very late in the storyline. Subverted here, however, because Kaguya runs into Lelouch during the Tanabata festival and recognizes him as the "oni" of her childhood memories on sight.
  • Frame-Up: Lelouch learns from Shadow Viletta that her real self is planning on getting Suzaku expelled from Ashford Academy this way.
  • Freudian Excuse: While Mrs Stadtfeld remains self-entitled as always in the process, her Shadow's rants shows she's not entirely unsympathetic. Kallen's stepmother thought she was in for a Perfectly Arranged Marriage to Lord Stadtfeld after he was forced to divorce his Japanese wife once Britannia annexed Area 11. Due to her Blue Blood upbringing, Mrs Stadtfeld considered her husband's previous family inconsequential, but when it was discovered that she can't have children, Lord Stadtfeld used it as an opportunity to legitimatize his children. Rather than a divorce, a deal was struck where Kallen was formally adopted and made the heir on the condition that the girl would never see her mother again. However, he broke his promise after Kallen's mother literally threw herself at her feet and begged to not be separated from her child and he hired her as a maid. His betrayal hurt Mrs Stadtfeld a lot, who thought he did it because he still loved his ex-wife more he ever did her, and not helped at all that by the fact he never once touched her afterwards. Knowing that he would never let her fire her, she made her life miserable instead, probably in an attempt to make her quit, but Kallen's mother endured it all. From then and on, Mrs Stadtfeld became obsessed with her appearance and desirability, even turning to serial adultery for validation and developing a taste for playing The Vamp to younger lovers — but between the lines it seems it was all a gigantic cry for attention that her husband never heeded.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Pretty much every Shadow gets this treatment from the Black Knights after their Motive Rant. For example, when the Black King's Shadow reveals that he grew up poor and had to claw his way to "the top of the food chain", Kallen instantly retorts that a crappy childhood doesn't give him the right to ruin so many lives.
  • Fright-Induced Bunkmate: The real reason why Tsu basically treats Lelouch's bed as her own, as he discovers from her sleep-taking. This being C.C., she doesn't admit a thing and instead dares him to sleep next to her after getting into his bed without permission. He cautiously wraps an arm around her to calm her down, and eventually fall asleep like that.
  • From Bad to Worse:
    • The situation with Shirley Fenette's Palace was bad enough on its own, but then Medjed appears, traps her in her own Palace, and then publicly challenges the Black Knights to save her before a deadline or he will kill her and reveal their identities to the authorities. Then the Black Knights manage to accidentally pop a booby trap in the Palace itself and shorten their deadline from 13 days to 3.
    • Lelouch's love life. A type 7 Triang Relation between Kallen, Shirley, and Lelouch at the center is bad enough on its own, especially because both girls' feelings for him go way beyond the level of a simple crush. Then it turns out Leila is secretly crushing on him and kept quiet about it in consideration of his already complicated love life until a knee-jerk reaction of his made her give herself away. Worse, Leila's circumstances are far from ideal too because all the secrets she has to keep (plus other tropes) makes Lelouch the only guy she could feasibly have an actual relationship with despite all the above, and neither of them is sure how much this effective isolation could make feel situationally attracted him.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: Shi mentioned to Lelouch and Nunnally that her big sister Tsu praised how comfortable his bed was. Nunnally pointedly asked Lelouch how Tsu would know that.
  • Fusion Fic:
    • The story takes away the supernatural elements of Code Geass from its plot and replaces them with those of Persona 5, with prince-in-hiding Lelouch becoming the Trickster instead of a Geass User, and leaving everything else pretty much the same. The Code Geass cast is also mostly the same in characterization and personality, but their circumstances are just different enough to keep things interesting.
    • There are numerous parallels between the roles of Persona 5 characters and the Code Geass cast. For example, Viletta takes the role of Kamoshida, being both the first Palace target and the swim coach at Ashford, while Arthur, as previously stated, has taken on the role of Morgana. Additionally, C.C. takes the role of Caroline and Justine as Igor's assistant and appears as two Literal Split Personalities of herself: Shi and Tsu.
  • Genre Savvy: Milly assumes that there should be something hidden in the library of Viletta's Palace because that's just how things go in stories about castles or large mansions. Probably because the Metaverse runs on people's cognitions, she's proven right when they unlock a Bookcase Passage.
  • Gentleman Thief: Discussed. Nunnally comments that her brother must have a fondness of kaito characters from the way he read The Queen's Necklace by Maurice Leblanc for her and Shi. Lelouch deliberately picked an Arsène Lupin story to indirectly discern whether she would approve his actions as phantom thief of hearts.
  • Glass Cannon: Mao/Medjed's Persona is geared to dish a lot of magical damage, specially thanks to the costly but powerful Megidola spell, but can't take nearly as much. To offset the latter a little, it has the Endure passive skill.
  • Godiva Hair: Shadow Shirley, who's based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.
  • Gratuitous Latin: Bishop recites the names of the classic Seven Deadly Sins (plus two) in Latin when discussing the motif in both Palaces and their Rulers. Kallen calls her a show-off, while Milly remarks that Bishop really was Raised Catholic.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Jeremiah does one way ahead of schedule. Justified, as Lelouch is able to realize how loyal Jeremiah is to the late Empress Marianne while fighting his shadow self and decides to give him a hint as to where he's been hiding.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Both Shirley and Kallen, the Betty and Veronica to Lelouch's Archie, are redheads. It's later confirmed that he does love both, but he's not going back on his decision to date Kallen.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Alice/Speed has a nice moment of this in Chapter 41 when she checks an unconscious Mao/Medjed's pulse, swiftly kicks the latter in the head, and then innocently states "Out cold".
  • Heroic Seductress: Diamond, who not only has the looks and personality for it, but her Persona knows the Marin Karin skill too.
  • Homemade Inventions: Lelouch is taken aback when Nina shows him a homemade Knightmare Frame she's been building with the materials he provides her. It's far from an operative stage, but even that much progress with its construction is well above of what can be expected of a seemingly Ordinary High-School Student.
  • Hopeless Suitor:
    • Prince Clovis for Leila Breisgau in a self-styled Courtly Love fashion. The only reason she plays along is because she (correctly) suspects he was involved in the death of her parents and needs to be close to him to prove it.
    • Both Shirley and Leila have feelings for Lelouch, but are unable to act on said feelings after he starts a romantic relationship with Kallen.
  • Hope Spot: The Black Knights change Mrs. Stadtfeld's heart to make her stop abusing Kallen's mother. Then Kallen comes back home to finally make up with her mother, only to find her OD-ing on Refrain.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Lelouch normally isn't this. But when he sees Shirley in a cat costume while carrying Incubus in his Persona stock, this is in full effect. In no way helped by Incubus goading him to act on his desires.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Played for Laughs. Coach Viletta completely buys into Kallen and Lelouch's public personas, meaning that her Cognitions of them inhabiting her Palace's version of detention hall are a Fragile Flower Sheltered Aristocrat and a womanizing troublemaker, respectively. Kallen is outright mortified too see her Cognitive Self completely swept off her feet by Cognitive Lelouch, to the point Cognitive Kallen fainted from getting kissed by him. Lelouch finds the sight Actually Pretty Funny until his Cognitive Self starts bragging about having seduced Shirley, Milly, and now Kallen, and finds it even less funny when the Cognition nonchalantly admits to getting it on with his own sister behind closed doors.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Kallen qualifies the Technical Damage from Psi attacks on a charmed Shadow as "brutal". She gets immediately called out on it because her trademark fighting style based on hitting and then blasting nuke-type attacks on a Shadow at point blank isn't in any way gentler.
  • Idiot Ball: Lelouch chastises himself for going and challenging the Black King alone to a chess match in order to glean the information the team needs to enter his Palace. It didn't occur to him until it was too late that the Black King, unlike his usual opponents in the gambling scene, is a total crook that would ignore the outcome of the match and use his hired muscle to force him into submission. In a "two wrongs make a right" kinda situation, at the very same time Princess Euphemia grabs a similar Idiot Ball and goes alone to investigate The Don making so many people suffer, reuniting the half-siblings after years of her thinking he was dead.
  • I Knew It!: An In-Universe example. Shirley always suspected that Lelouch and Kallen Stadtfeld could be dating, and is devastated when her belief eventually becomes true.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: A Brainwashed Bishop uses her Psychokinetic skills against Lelouch, which accidentally allows him to talk directly to her mind, his words helping Leila to snap back to her senses.
  • Implausible Deniability: Lelouch tries to deny his identity under his Thief Suit, but he's instantly refuted by a) Nunnally stating that she wouldn't mistake her brother's voice for anyone else's, b) Sayoko took orders from "Zero", and c) Alice got the current location in the Metaverse following Lelouch.
  • Incest Subtext: This is a Code Geass fic after all. At times Euphemia acts more like she's Lelouch's girlfriend rather than his half-sister. She seemed outright hurt when Milly wondered aloud if Lelouch and Kallen already had Their First Time, and she got "unusually vehement" telling an almost naked Shadow Shirley off for trying to seduce him. Even Shadow Shirley picked up on the latter, and knowing neither who Euphemia is nor that she and Lelouch are related, outright asked her whether he was going out with her as well.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Bishop is insightful and means well, but her upbringing, family secrets and the Intelligence Equals Isolation trope kept her from making actual friends before the Black Knights and so she lacks the people skills to predict how her attempts too help them can have unwanted side effects.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Lelouch still uses "Zero" as his alias, but this time as a reference to the number associated to the Fool Arcana and the Wild Card.
    • One of Lelouch's first objectives as Zero is to prevent Suzaku from being punished for a crime he didn't commit.
    • Despite Lelouch being a bit kinder than he was in canon, Clovis still bites it. This time, though, he is killed by this universe's version of Black Mask.
      • For that matter, Clovis' death still sours people's opinions of our thieves due to him dying mid-confession. The only difference is how deep into the thieves' career their target died on them.
    • Once again, Shirley has a major character arc revolving around her attempting to reconcile her love with Lelouch with his hand in her father's death, leading to a conflict with Mao. This time, though, Lelouch wasn't actually her father's murderer; that "honor" again goes to Black Mask.
    • Despite being a Persona user instead of a mind reader via Geass, Mao/Medjed still gives Shirley an impossibly accurate Breaking Speech, only this time his info's based on what he learned about her in her Palace.
    • Kaguya thinks fondly of "Zero" despite being almost nothing like the canonical one. This is because she recognized him from their Forgotten First Meeting, unlike in the series where she doesn't learn who's behind the mask until very late in the plotline.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Discussed. Lelouch thinks Bishop's intelligence "undoubtedly had an isolating effect among her peers".
  • Internal Reveal:
    • In Chapter 16, Kallen finds out that Lelouch was a Britannian Prince. She had her suspicions, but the events of that chapter confirm them beyond a doubt.
    • In Chapter 33, Shirley finds out the identities of the Black Knights. The shock of the reveal, combined with the recent Trauma Conga Line capped off with her father's murder (presumably at the Black Knights' hands), causes her to develop a Palace.
    • In Chapter 41, Lelouch tells his maid/bodyguard Sayoko about the Metaverse.
  • Interrogation Flashback: Similarly to Persona 5, the Framing Device of the story is Lelouch being interrogated by Cornelia.
  • Irony:
  • It Always Rains at Funerals: Joseph Fenette's funeral takes place under the rain.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Despite knowing Shirley is in love with him, and realizing his own attraction to her, Lelouch is adamant about not entangling her too much with his life for her own safety. Both because he's a prince in hiding, and the leader of the Black Knights. It's not a coincidence that Shirley is the only member of the Student Council that isn't a Confidant at first. This ends up biting him in the ass when, after undergoing a Trauma Conga Line, Shirley gains a Palace of her own due to the distance Lelouch puts between himself and her.
  • It's Personal: Shirley Fenette's Palace for the Black Knights. Especially after Medjed kidnaps her and traps her in it.
  • Jack the Ripoff: More than a few groups try to imitate the Black Knights following their success in changing the heart of the notorious crime lord known as the Black King. Among them, only two seem to have access to their methods: The Irregulars, who operate in the Tokyo Settlement as well and targeted a Britannian military officer called Madd, and the Glinda Knights who appeared in Pendragon and are suspected of changing the heart of Princess Carine ne Britannia.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: Leila as in canon. Even more literal here given that her Persona is Joan of Arc herself.
  • Just a Kid: Kaguya Sumeragi complaints that she tends to get this treatment from Kirihara and the other leaders of the Six Houses. Lelouch snarks back that, going by her age alone, she objectively is a child.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Leila Breisgau is the complicit daughter of her spies parents, who worked as moles in the Britannian nobility for the EU, which kept her from forming meaningful relationships with anyone out of fear of getting outed as traitors and likely executed. She finds her first real friends in the Black Knights, especially Lelouch who has the most in common with her.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: The only reason Leila Breisgau allowed Prince Clovis and the rest of the world to believe she was interested in him romantically is because she correctly suspected his involvement in her parents' death and needed to be close to him in order to prove it.
  • Kid Detective: Rolo Haliburton serves as Akechi Goro's counterpart.
  • Kimono Fanservice: Nunnally, Kallen, Leila, Euphemia, and Kaguya during the Tanabata festival.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Bishop treats Arthur the best among the Black Knights.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: They may call themselves "Knights" unlike the game, but Lelouch has absolutely no compunctions against stealing from Palaces. This is particularly relevant during his solo run in the Battle Arena where he gets by thanks to some healing items that he stole from them.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero Found Underwear: Discussed. Milly joked if they were going to find what kind of panties Shirley has when entering her dorm room (the Cognitive version of it, that's it). Lelouch just sighed and ignored the question.
  • Knight Templar: One of the Black Masks operates under the belief he kills only "the truly guilty". Unlike Mao, the armored Persona User doesn't pick his targets himself and spares the Black Knights and the Irregulars the first time he meets them because it goes against his code of conduct. His actual morals are hard to pin down because he only admits to attempting to murder Mao, who was indeed a Serial Killer, kidnapper, too fond of Breaking Speeches, and all around Asshole Victim when defeated.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: The Black Knights withdraw from Shirley Fenette's Palace after its ruler throws a Timed Boss Battle at them right from the get-go, and before she can use a Zerg Rush tactic.
  • Laborious Laziness: Shirley used to think that the only thing Lelouch worked hard at was avoiding hard work.
  • Lady of War: Noire's thief suit looks like a female dress uniform. Word of God confirms it's based on the outfit Cornelia had in second season of the anime, a manifestation of Euphemia's admiration for her older sister.
  • Large Ham: To a point all Persona users are this in the Metaverse, but Milly really takes the cake, like when she pulls a Dominatrix act to match her Persona learning the Marin Karin spell.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Kallen realizes that she has even less of a reason to criticize her mother's life choices given that she also ends up falling in love with a Britannian noble — a prince, on top of that. Chapter 39 takes a dark spin on it, with Kallen pretty much claiming that both she and her mother are easily enslaved by their love regardless if they become bad people, just as long as they can by their loved ones' side. She even darkly jokes that, given how her mother became her ex-husband's literal servant, paychecks and all, calling herself Lelouch's "slave" just seemed fitting.
  • Literal Split Personality: C.C. appears as two Literal Split Personalities of her canonical self serving as wardens of the prison-themed Velvet Room: Shi, her naive "slave girl" self from before she got the Code, and Tsu who's more like her regular Sugar-and-Ice Personality.
  • Look Behind You: Subverted. Shirley Fenette warns Mao/Medjed to look behind him. He refuses to "fall for it", but it turns out something it was really behind him. It's a Pisaca Shadow, who despite being just a Mook it spells Mao's doom because its protection against Curse makes it immune to his Persona's sole way to deal damage.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac:
    • Milly gets a lot more chances to indulge in her trademark Dirty Old Man's humor in the Metaverse.
    • What Sayoko thinks Lelouch is. Notably, she doesn't hold his alleged perversions and philandering against him at all, which only further annoys him.
  • Love Confession:
    • Kallen to Lelouch once she comes to terms about her family situation. He doesn't see it coming.
    • Shadow Shirley gives one to Lelouch that somehow comes across as both fervently romantic and utterly bonkers.
    • Kallen confesses again the next chapter, after realizing how much more deeply in love with Lelouch she is now compared to before. If this sounds like heartwarming romantic Meaningful Echo to you, it mostly isn't. See her entry under The Power of Love below.
  • Love Epiphany: Leila forces Lelouch to realize his feelings for Shirley. Her intent in making him admit it isn't clear, but Lelouch states it doesn't make a difference either way. He already chose Kallen and he's going to honor his promises to her.
  • Love Hurts: Shirley didn't take it well when Lelouch starts dating someone else. Growing a Palace turned this trope Up to Eleven.
  • Love Martyr:
    • Discussed. The Persona Incubus pins Shirley as one and encourages Lelouch to take full advantage of it. Lelouch angrily has him silenced.
    • In a particularly ironic twist of the trope, Shirley's being a Love Martyr ends up playing in her favor and saving the Black Knights' and her own collective hides while ruining Mao/Medjed's plans at the same time. During the confrontation with her Shadow, Shirley is presented with the worst parts of herself, but ultimately manages to truly accept the pathetic part of her being that keeps on loving Lelouch regardless of the fact that he's a Rebel Leader, in relationship with someone else, or anything else. Such a deep acceptance of her own flaws puts her on the fast track to awaken to her Persona, resulting in an Epiphany Comeback that ends up with her sword being pressed against Mao's throat.
    • Kallen bitterly realizes that she herself is also one after recognizing too much of herself in Shadow Shirley. She even proceeds to prove it by rejecting Lelouch's offer to giving themselves some time apart or even breaking up despite knowing that the fact he reciprocates Shirley's feelings is bound to make things painful for her once the other girl joins the team, if not outright leading to a Destructive Romance.
  • Loving a Shadow: Prince Clovis has such an idealized image of Leila Breisgau, that the fact she hates his guts because she correctly suspects he got her parents killed doesn't seem to register at all. There's the implication that Clovis fell for Leila because of it, out of a really twisted sense of dramatic aesthetics at having the grieving beautiful maiden fall in love with the man that ordered her parents murdered. His defining sin is, after all, vanity.
  • Lust Object: Lelouch for Shadow Shirley, big time. Played With in that she also wants him dead.
  • Magic Enhancement: All Persona Users are capable of physical feats in the Metaverse well beyond what the can do in the real world. Most notably, Nunnally is able to walk on her own two legs again in the Metaverse.
  • Mega Maelstrom: The Fourth Palace has one that works more like Unrealistic Black Hole due to people's widespread Cognition of this trope.
  • Mêlée à Trois: It's revealed during Interrogation 5 that three other groups of possible Persona users appeared. Two of them, known as the Irregulars and The Glinda Knights, stole the heart of a military officer by the name of Madd and Carine ne Britannia, respectfully. The third, by the name of Medjed, who would use the Metaverse to kidnap, murder and blackmail individuals. Medjed and the Irregulars both bother the drug-addled Lelouch signifying that they may not be sympathetic the Black Knights' cause, with the former proving his antagonistic nature the very next chapter by kidnapping Shirley and trapping her within her own Palace, and giving the Knights a two week deadline to rescue her or Shirley will be killed and their identities released.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Diethard thinks Leila Breisgau has been cheating on Prince Clovis with Lelouch, but doesn't try to make it public because he considers it trite tabloid drivel and instead sees in Lelouch a good secret source to both the young Countess and to the school where the Black Knights made their debut, which is his real interest. Lelouch decides against setting the record straight because Diethard is a bit too perceptive for his tastes and serving as his informant allows him to keep an eye on the journalist.
  • Mistaken for Murderer:
    • The Black Knights are blamed for Clovis' death despite it being pointed out In-Universe that killing the viceroy when they did makes little sense even assuming they have the means to do it. Same thing with Joseph Fenette's murder.
    • When Nunnally/Nemo discovered that Lelouch was the leader of the Black Knights, she briefly thought he'd murdered Clovis and was about to kill again.
  • Mistaken for Romance: It's a Running Gag that people assume Lelouch and Kallen are in a relationship.
  • Mood-Swinger: Shadow Shirley shifts between wanting to jump Lelouch's bones and exacting bloody vengeance on him and his team for allegedly killing her father.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The Shadow based on Charybdis the sea monster in the Fourth Palace in all its Lovecraftian horror.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Lelouch once enters the Metaverse just so he can summon a Persona with healing skills and avoid the hassle of walking around with a black eye.
    • He also uses areas of the Metaverse with little to no distortions to have completely private discussions with people.
    • Medjed kidnapped people for ransom money, and used the Metaverse as an untraceable hideout.
    • Medjed also uses areas of the Metaverse outside Palace to bypass doors and other security in the real world. Think of it as non-videogame example of Dual-World Gameplay.
  • Murder-Suicide: Shadow Shirley apparently wants the Black Knight to enter her Palace so she can kill them all, and then herself.
  • Mutual Masquerade: It turns out that Nunnally is also part of her own group of Persona Users in secret from her brother, but neither she nor Lelouch knew about the other's double life until Mao kidnapped her and brought her into the Metaverse.
  • Mythology Gag: It has its own page.
  • Necessarily Evil: Nunnally tries to argue against it on principle, but she really can't refute the fact Lelouch has to kill Mao. Alice agrees with him, so she decides to deliver the Coup de Grâce herself, Double Tap and everything, on the unconscious Persona User in order to keep Nunnally from having to watch her brother become a murderer like she already was.
  • Neck Lift: Azazel when he tries to kill Bishop close and personal.
  • Never Learned to Read: Shi is C.C.'s Literal Split Personality from the time she was a slave in late medieval times, so it comes as no surprise for her to be illiterate. That's why Shi enjoys so much having Lelouch read a story for her and Nunnally.
  • New Transfer Student:
    • Rolo Haliburton arrives as one in Chapter 27.
    • Also Discussed in Chapter 40. Lelouch gives Leila the idea of transferring to Ashford Academy, including how to Invoke this trope and her inclusion into the Student Council without making it too suspicious.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: The Black Knights usually have the chance to explore a Palace before their presence is detected, and even then, the Palace Ruler usually waits for them to arrive to a room where he or she holds the Home Field Advantage before fighting them. Shadow Shirley, on the other hand, summons two very large Shadows to kill them after they barely put a foot in the Palace, even if that means bringing the entire Palace down with them. It takes all of Lelouch's tactical acumen and the party's might and teamwork to divide the battle into solvable problems just to get rid of the summoned Shadows and keep the Palace in one piece. Even with that out of the way, the Palace Ruler simply dials the alert level to the max, forcing the team to withdraw before they can get swarmed by Shadows.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Mao manages to pull off a Disney Death as in the series. This time thanks to his Persona possessing the Endure passive skill, an implant that automatically released epinephrine into his bloodstream (originally intended to help him survive the brutal experiments he suffered in Code-R) that allowed him to keep swimming until the collapse of Shirley's Palace dropped him into the real world, and of course literally insane determination to live in order to dispense his demented idea of justice and exact bloody vengeance on the Black Knights. Although, his body was left a mess and it took him blackmailing the best medical care Britannia could offer for an entire week to be in barely good enough shape to kidnap Nunnally and fight Lelouch.
  • Nosebleed:
    • Lelouch under Incubus' influence when seeing Shirley in a cat costume. Milly tries to tease him for it, but Kallen unwittingly diverts the room's attention elsewhere.
    • Diamond when seducing the Cognitive version of Sophie Wood in the fourth Palace.
  • Not So Above It All: Lelouch's usually a Celibate Hero, but he's got his limits. One time Shirley in a somewhat revealing Cat Girl costume gives him a Nosebleed while she's very close to him while doing his make-up for a cat-themed party (Milly's idea), and another time he can't help but ogle in total silence at Shadow Shirley coyly posing for him almost in the nude.
  • Not So Different:
    • Kallen gets called out by her stepmother's Shadow, who says that the way Kallen treats her mother is not much better than her own treatment.
    • Kallen realizes this about her and Shirley, when it comes to Lelouch. Kallen initially just wanted to liberate Japan from Britannia and had nothing outside of that. In comes Lelouch and all of a sudden when Kallen falls for him he becomes her entire world just like Shirley, not even the liberation of the country or avenging her brother mattered to her as much as being by Lelouch's side.
  • Not What It Looks Like:
    • Upon seeing Lelouch talking to Kallen, Shirley thinks the two are dating. Lelouch had just exited the Metaverse with the former girl, and was talking about their experiences their, but then again, this is Shirley we're talking about...
    • More like "not what it sounds like", but one morning Sayoko overhears a conversation coming from Lelouch's bedroom where a female voice imperiously calls him an "inmate". The Bunny-Ears Lawyer of a Ninja Maid naturally assumes her master got himself a Dominatrix. Lelouch tries to tell her that it really wasn't like that, but Sayoko doesn't believe a word he said and, to his chagrin, reassures him that no explanation is necessary.
  • Not Worth Killing: Zero's opinion of Medjed. Although it's implied that his reluctance to stain Shirley's hands with his blood weighted more in his decision to spare Mao. He comes to regret it when Mao pulls off a Disney Death and kidnaps Nunnally.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity:
    • Once Lelouch becomes convinced that Igor is not to be trusted, he decides to play the fool he's being taken for. Not to the point of incompetence, though, just lulling Igor into thinking he's a better deceiver than he actually is.
    • The Breisgaus play an Upper-Class Twit variation. They secretly held anti-monarchical sentiments despite being part of the Britannian nobility and showed they real political colors in subtle ways. For example, the garden of their manor in Area 11 is lined with native Japanese plans that have symbolic meanings for someone more familiar with Japanese culture than your typical noble. Like cherry trees, wisteriasnote , and hydrangeasnote . Their daughter Leila has the airy line "because they grow well here, and they're pretty" rehearsed down to the tone for the occasional times someone does ask about them.
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • As in canon, Lelouch has a huge blind spot when it comes to girls interested in him. Kallen/Queen's Love Confession caught him completely off-guard, and while she was aware that Shirley likes him, it took him until visiting her Palace to actually realize just how deep her feelings for him really run.
    • Lelouch can, however, learn from his mistakes... with mixed results. For example, he was able to correctly realize Leila was hiding something of a crush on him, but he also seems to naively think that's only because he's, in a way, her Only Friend and that helping her to spend more time with their other friends will be enough for steer her feeling away from that direction.
  • Occult Detective: Inverted. The Black Knights use the Metaverse to investigate mundane criminals in order to find out the Black King's true name and whereabouts.
  • Oedipus Complex: As with many small girls, Shirley wanted to marry her dad someday. Her Palace shows that her Electra Complex was stronger and more persistent than most cases. Leila speculates that Shirley suppressed her romantic feelings for her father when taught they were inappropriate until finding a safer and more age-appropriate target to focus them on. Leila believes that's part of the reason why she fell so damn hard when she finally fell in love with someone.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The Cool vs. Awesome fight between Sayoko the Ninja Maid versus Alice and her high-agility Persona to a technical standstill before they figured out their objectives overlapped. They even compliment each other after the fact.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lelouch's reaction in the first chronological chapter when Shadow Viletta reveals that her real self in a Britannian spy.
  • The One Guy:
    • Other than Arthur, Lelouch is the only guy in the Black Knights. Given that many characters already think he's The Casanova, team gatherings out of costume after every new addition to the party make it look like he's building a harem.
    • In a bit of meta-humor, readers have noted that, while few male characters in the story have the motivation to rebel against authority, many girls have strong reasons to do so. This means that the male-to-female ratio in the party has better chances of getting even more skewed rather than less. This comes true after the fourth Palace, with a team consisting of one guy, five girls, and a talking cat.
    • The lack of guys comes to bite Lelouch and Arthur in the ass during the Boss Fight against Azazel. Clovis has such a high opinion of how attractive he is to the opposite sex that his Shadow has the power to Charm female party members and make Kallen, Milly, and Leila fight for him.
  • One-Hit Kill: Hama and Mudo spells are straight up lethal here if the Persona user doesn't get revived fast enough.
  • Only Friend: Lelouch realized that, as sad as it sounds, he's Bishop's only actual friend. On top of being too smart for most people her age and wearing the mask of an aristocrat and a socialite in public, Leila and her family's secret anti-monarchical sentiments made it so she was to hide her real self from pretty much everybody outside her parents who were killed right before her introduction to the story. Once he did figure it out, however, Lelouch took action to improve her bonds to the rest of the team and not just to him. He also seems to think Leila is falling for him because he sorely lacks any other person in her life she can consider a potential romantic partner despite the fact she very well aware he's at the center of a complicated type 7 Triang Relation.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Mao/Medjed was the result of six years of human experimentation on a pre-teen orphan in order to produce a Persona User. It's no wonder he escaped the first chance he got, and that he would want to exact retribution on the Code-R personnel that treated him like a guinea pig. However, he went too far and begun to believe himself the "smiter of the wicked", dragging people he considered evil to the Metaverse in order to get them killed by their own Shadows.
  • Plausible Deniability: The Black King provided Clovis with the experiment test subjects for Code-R, but made sure to never ask too many questions so as to not fall victim of the He Knows Too Much trope and to cover his ass in case the whole thing came to light someday. Later chapters confirm that being Properly Paranoid about this is the only reason he wasn't killed alongside Clovis.
  • Playboy Bunny: Every girl in the party has to don the look in order to infiltrate a resort-themed Palace as waitresses. They reluctantly agree to it with the exception of Milly who actually always wanted to wear one and positively relishes in the opportunity to better play The Tease.
  • Posthumous Character: Kallen's brother, but differently from canon. Naoto discovered the Metaverse prior to Lelouch and was the first partner of Morgana's counterpart, Arthur. He managed to figure out a connection between the Metaverse and the psychotic breakdowns, but he ended up killed by Shadow Viletta before he could get further in his investigation. He did, however, account for the possibility of his death into his plans and introduced his sister Kallen to Arthur and the Metaverse just in case. She tried to continue things where he left off, but having only partially awakened to her Persona similarly to Haru in the game, she and Arthur didn't manage to achieve much until Lelouch entered the picture.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair:
  • The Power of Friendship: The Confidant system turns this into very literal power for Lelouch's Personas. Deconstructed by a very particular version of the Hedgehog's Dilemma: The closer Lelouch gets to people, the easier it becomes for a Byronic Hero like him to get them hurt in one way or another. But keeping his distance from people isn't really an option because it would make him weaker in the Metaverse, which could get him and his teammates killed, on top of the consequences of failing to complete their missions.
  • The Power of Love: Deconstructed. At the beginning of the story, Kallen had secretly decided to die a death worthy of her brother's fighting Britannia despite knowing how little she was likely to accomplish for the cause until then. Lelouch providing her with an actual way to change society and her own ever-growing romantic feelings for him pulls her out of that self-destructive path. Months later, however, Shirley's Palace incidentally shows her the Awful Truth of how exactly this happened. Unbeknownst to Kallen, her love for Lelouch slowly but surely upends her priorities in life. That is, while her drive to free Japan from Britannian rule and avenge her brother are still there, they became secondary to her desire to remain by his side, now understood within the context of her relationship with him rather that directing her decisions like before. Worse, Kallen recognizes much of herself in Shadow Shirley, making her realize that if she's ever given a Sadistic Choice between Japan and Lelouch, she is going to pick him. This is actually very similar to her canonical self's Character Development, but lacking a Lelouch with a Guilt Complex willing to Break Her Heart to Save Her from his own self-destructive path, Kallen has little choice but follow him anywhere regardless of consequences and she knows it.
  • Princess Classic:
    • Played With. Princess Euphemia is genuinely kind and beautiful enough to fit the mold to a T, but she's not naive enough to not see logic. For example, her first scene in the fic has her asking herself why would the Black Knights would shoot themselves in the foot and kill Clovis before he finished confessing his crimes.
    • Also Discussed to the point of Deconstruction. Shadow Blake compares Euphemia to a porcelain doll. Something pretty to look at, but ultimately only useful as goods to be traded. That is, by marrying her off at the convenience of the Royal Family.
  • Propaganda Machine: Like in the series, there's no such a thing as free press in Britannia. For example, the Festival Episode in Ueno Park is reported as an unlawful riot that was quelled by Viceroy Cornelia, who "in a show of clemency let most of the Elevens present leave peacefully." What actually happened is that Euphemia went behind Cornelia's back and lifted the ban forbidding Japanese people from participating in their traditional Tanabata. The viceroy eventually figured it out and ran there to arrest everybody, but then she let them disperse peacefully instead when she realized that Euphemia herself was attending the festival incognito and that she could get hurt in the confusion if she simply ordered her soldiers to break it up.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • Lelouch fused a Persona with the "Resist Charm/Brainwash" passive skill because he correctly suspected the Ruler of a Palace themed after the Deadly Sin of Lust would have a gimmick based on it.
    • He also expected that the same Shadow would go the extra mile to harm his teammates due to Shadow Shirley's insane jealousy of his female friends so he sacrificed a Treasure Demon to unlock a party-wide defense buff ahead of time. This time, though, Shadow Shirley out-prepared him and had the Dekaja spell at her disposal.
    • He's concerned the team didn't see Mao/Medjed actually die in Shirley Fenette's Palace. It takes Lelouch like a week to stop waiting for said enemy to make a comeback. And sure enough, a worse-for-wear Mao does return as soon as he can and kidnaps Nunnally like in the series.
    • In Chapter 39, Nunnally introduces her new friend to Lelouch, a twin-tailed blonde New Transfer Student and classmate of hers in Ashford Academy Middle School Division. He immediately becomes suspicious of her. This is apparently Alice, a Canon Immigrant from the Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally. If she's anything like her canonical self, then Nunnally isn't in danger from her, but Lelouch isn't wrong in suspecting that her presence around Nunnally is a sign of trouble.
    • His paranoia pays off the next chapter. Lelouch has Alice's background checked and finds out she doesn't legally exist. Jeremiah manages to track her down to the fire that killed her younger sister and allegedly Alice herself, and the two of them suspect that she's either a Dead Person Impersonator, she or someone else is professionally Faking the Dead in her case.
  • Property of Love: A bittersweet, self-aware example. Kallen realizes thanks to Shadow Shirley that her love for Lelouch makes her feel "no better than a slave to him" in this manner, which is a damn bitter pill to swallow for both herself and him. His first reaction after realizing she's serious about this is giving her an amiable (if privately reluctant) out of their relationship, which prompts Kallen to pretty much say he's missing the point: she's not going to leave him even in cases where she knows for a fact doing so is objectively better for her.
  • Public-Domain Character: Several OC Personas:
  • Public Secret Message: Medjed's challenge to the Black Knights contains subtle references to the Metaverse and Shirley's Palace that nobody but them are able to catch, which completely rules out in their minds that the threat isn't genuine.
  • Punny Name:
    • The website where people post requests for the Black Knights is called "Knightwatch".
    • The real name of the Black King turns out to be Blake King.
  • Railroad Tracks of Doom: Invoked by the heroes, unusually enough. While they are being chased by The Reaper in Mementos, Lelouch makes Kallen drive their Glasgow on the rails, and then eject and self-destruct the Frame at just the right time. This does Scratch Damage to the Bonus Boss, but keeps it distracted long enough for it to be run over by an oncoming train.
  • Raised Catholic: Bishop isn't particularly religious, but she does come from a catholic education and her knowledge of the Seven Deadly Sins has come in handy for the Black Knights.
  • Real Dreams Are Weirder: When Lelouch isn't entering the Velvet Room in his dreams, he's having one of these. For example, one of his dreams involves Sayoko setting him up on 108 dates, others involve the Team Pet demanding that he should go to sleep or suddenly becoming human and asking the other cat-themed team member out.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Time management. As the Wild Card, Lelouch has to carefully administer his time so as to not neglect any of his Confidants, while keeping the pace of the Black Knights' progress in the current Palace and the Metaverse in general. For example, he and his girlfriend have barely had any time alone together since their Relationship Upgrade due to complications on the "job". Another time he gets dirty looks from the team when he reminds them they have to go back to the Black King's Palace before their security backdoor is detected when they have Shirley to worry about and her father's funeral to attend the same day.
    • When Shirley Fenette wakes up from their coma, instead of a heartfelt reunion with their visitor, the doctors shooed the latter away after they barely exchanged a few words. This makes sense due to two reasons: First, this particular case of comatose state was a medical enigma to them being the result of Shirley stabbing her Shadow and forcing herself to use her Persona right after awakening to it and the doctors wanted to play it safe. Secondly, the patient's disappearance act prior to their comatose state is part of an ongoing police investigation, so they probably left orders to isolate the patient to avoid a third party from influencing their testimony as soon as they wake up.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Shadow Clovis to Bishop, surprisingly enough. Shadow Clovis all but calls the Breisgau family Hypocrites given how for all their anti-aristocracy sentiments and collaboration with the EU, they never once married outside the nobility. He also decrees Europia's democracy as a de facto aristocracy where members of the same families are elected time and time again because people are too dumb and apathetic to do anything else.
  • Rebellious Princess:
    • Euphemia ditches her bodyguards twice. First, when she wants to see the ghettos outside the Settlement in order to learn how life was really like in Area 11. That's how she meets Suzaku who was actually ordered to follow and guard her without her noticing, but luck had it that she unexpectedly just went and interacted with him. The second time, she successfully sneaks out without anyone noticing in order to try and confront the Black King, a mafia boss making a lot of people suffer, which is both a very stupid thing to do, and the only reason she finds out that Lelouch was alive. Subsequent getaways to meet up with the Black Knights are better planned, where she visits to either Kallen or Leila, both daughters of prominent noble families in Area 11, as her excuse to leave the Government Bureau with Jeremiah as her security detail, who of course is in on it too.
    • She also goes behind Cornelia's back and uses her position to authorize normal Japanese people to enter the festival grounds in Ueno Park. Cornelia realizes this in time to go there and try to arrest everybody, but holds her hand when she realizes that Euphemia herself is attending incognito, and fearing for her safety, she gives people 30 minutes to leave peacefully or else.
  • Recurring Boss: Subverted. The Black Knights thought Villetta was going to be one, but she's a pushover in her second appearance in Shirley's Palace.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: There's a non-canonical What If? side story called Wings of Rebellion Gaiden by a different author.
  • Reformed Bully: Kaguya Sumeragi used to be a total spoiled brat and a bully to her cousin Suzaku — kinda understandable because everybody treated the 7-year-old like a princess and she resented her Arranged Marriage to him — until the day she ran into Lelouch and confused him with an Oni (long story) who refused to take any crap from her and ungently but not unkindly played that role to give her a Heel Realization via Socratic method. In the present, she remembers "The Reason You Suck" Speech with genuine fondness because it helped to grow pass the person she used to be and that's the reason she instantly recognizes Lelouch when she runs into him (literally) during the Tanabata festival in Ueno Park.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Lelouch and Kallen/Queen to the joy of all their shippers from Code Geass canon.
  • Relative Error:
    • The Don known as the Black King think Lelouch and Princess Euphemia have a Secret Relationship.
    • The Shadow ruling the fourth Palace thinks Lelouch is seeing Euphemia/Noire on the side. The Shadow even thinks she should break it off before he breaks her heart.
  • Revenge by Proxy: The real reason why Medjed targeted Shirley. Mao actually wanted to exact bloody vengeance on Joseph Fenette for treating him as guinea pig in Code-R, but the Black Mask got to Shirley's father first and killed him by mental shutdown. Unsatisfied, Mao checked Joseph's family for possible proxy targets and discovered that his daughter had a Palace. In there, he hit the jackpot when it turned out that Shirley knew the real identity of the Black Knights. Feeling like a kid on Christmas morning, Mao took the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, both exacting revenge on Joseph's beloved daughter while arranging things for her Shadow to kill the Black Knights, whom he considered "false messiahs" under his twisted sense of justice.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons:
    • A two-wrongs-makes-a-right kinda example. Cornelia incorrectly suspects that Leila Breisgau was involved in Clovis' murder and that the Black Knights could be behind the crime, but she's not wrong at all about suspecting said character's involvement with the Black Knights.
    • The Black King is right in thinking that a photo of Euphemia with Lelouch in her arms is prime Black Mail material, but he's wrong about the reason why that's the case. The Don thinks he's sitting on a paparazzi shot suggesting a scandalous affair between the Third Princess and a handsome commoner, plus the legal problems the two minors will get from entering a nightclub, but the real value (and danger) of the picture is that it proves that the "late" 11th Prince is in fact very much alive.
  • Running Gag:
    • People assuming Lelouch is The Casanova and/or that the girl next to him is her current girlfriend. Most people in Ashford Academy think he's dating one of the girls in the Student Council, Diethard mistakes him for Leila Breisgau's secret boyfriend (as does her butler later on), the Black King thinks he and Prince Euphemia are having an affair, and absolutely everyone who's ever seen him together with Kallen gets the idea they're a hot item. Must be the Bishonen-ness.
    • If Lelouch isn't entering the Velvet Room in his dreams, he's having a Mythology Gag-filled dream of some sort.
    • Sayoko mistaking Lelouch for a Lovable Sex Maniac, and his chagrin at her approval of his alleged lifestyle.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Discussed. Lelouch comments that "stealing somebody's first kiss without their consent was an especially serious taboo in Japanese culture." This is right after an elated Kallen suddenly kisses him, only to then realize that could have been his first kiss.
  • Scaled Up: Like the Leviathan of her namesake, Shadow Viletta morphs into a serpentine sea monster into order to fight the Black Knights.
  • Scylla and Charybdis: Invoked by Shadow Shirley in the fourth Palace who locks the Black Knights in a Duel Boss fight — one Mini-Boss that prepares an Instant-Win Condition, and the other that keeps them too busy to escape or take aim at the former. Shadow Shirley gets extra style points for shaping her Elite Mooks after the Charybdis and Scylla sea monsters of Classical Mythology.
  • Secret Diary: Shirley's plays a crucial role in the fourth Palace. Or rather, the Cognition of her diary reveals the deep of her feelings for her father and Lelouch, information that allowed him to guide Shirley into accepting her Shadow and turning the tables on Mao/Medjed.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Possibly. Shirley's mother seems to have an idea of what actually got her husband killed, the circumstances of her daughter's disappearance, and Lelouch's role in her safe return. She begins to say more to him, but quickly thinks better of it and decides to instead make him promise to keep Shirley safe. Lelouch is intrigued by this and wants to know how much Mrs. Fenette knows about her husband's secret job and whether she's aware of the connection between Shirley, Medjed, and the Black Knights, but he realizes that it is safer for the two of them to play dumb.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Lelouch's narration shows that he pointedly refuses to believe the girl in front of him in Chapter 41 is Nunnally in a Thief Suit. It takes him perhaps a minute to finally accept the reality of the situation.
  • Sensor Character: Bishop's Persona can sense its surroundings in the Metaverse through a form of extra-sensory perception. Compared to canon, it's quite a bit weaker at first than what Futaba can do, but it's compensated by the fact said Persona also possesses offensive skills similarly to Mitsuru's in Persona 3. Later on she learns to detect an enemy's weakness, but she needs time and concentration to do it.
  • Serial Killer: Medjed's M.O. turns out to be dragging people to the Metaverse so they would be murdered by their own Shadows, with the occasional kidnapping for ransom where they use the Metaverse as an untraceable hideout.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Naturally, given the influence of Persona 5 on the Code Geass storyline.
    • Viletta Nu represents Envy, as her resentment of Britannian nobility for being spoon-fed prestige while commoners like her have to fight tooth and nail for the scraps leads her to develop a desire for personal advancement at any cost.
    • Clovis la Britannia represents Vanity, as his desire to avenge Lelouch and Nunnally's presumed deaths has warped into a delusion of himself being the director of a play with all of Japan as his audience.
    • Blake King represents Gluttony, as his childhood in poverty drives him to ruthlessly extort anyone and everyone so he never has to want for anything.
    • Shirley Fenette represents Lust, as her conflicted feelings over Lelouch combined with the revelation that he is a Black Knight and may have had a hand in her father's death, exacerbated by Viletta's abuse, drive her to believe that all of Ashford is a sinking ship with her trapped on it.
  • Sexy Man, Instant Harem: While not actually the case, the ruler of the fourth Palace has such a high opinion of Lelouch's attractiveness that his Cognitive double is surrounded by the besotted Cognitions of his female friends at his own wedding to Cognitive Kallen; and notably Cognitive Milly is the most amorous of the bunch. Heck, the Shadow outright calls his female teammates his "harem".
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Subverted. The Black King was going to release the blackmail material he had on Lelouch and Euphemia regardless they paid him off on time for his silence or not. However, Lelouch never believed for a moment that The Don wasn't petty enough to do just that, so no effort to gather the payment was made.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Diamond's thief suit leaves little to the imagination and she rolls with it with gusto.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend:
    • It's almost a Running Gag that Lelouch and Kallen have to explain that no, they aren't an item. That is, until they become one.
    • Chapter 40 has a notable Subversion where Bishop doesn't correct the misunderstanding that Lelouch is her boyfriend because it makes for a convenient cover story. Lelouch doesn't buy it and directly asks her if she likes him, the question catching her off-guard and making her reveal that she does. Leila then reassures him that she's well aware he's with Kallen and in a delicate situation involving Shirley, so she quickly makes a Better as Friends argument for the two of them.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sliding Scale of Gameplay and Story Integration: It's implied that Mao/Medjed manages to survive his Disney Death in Shirley's Palace in part thanks to his Persona possessing Endure, a Last Chance Hit Point passive skill.
  • Small Steps Hero: The scale of Lelouch's revolution is a lot smaller than in the anime as a result of being granted a very different supernatural power than his signature Hypnotic Eyes. On the other hand, his Black Knights can now have Thou Shalt Not Kill as one of their tenets, which they've managed to do so far despite people believing they're behind the mental shutdown murders.
  • The Smart Guy: Zero and Bishop share the position in the Black Knights. Zero as the guy with the plan, and Bishop who second-guesses him and does the explaining. They probably fell into those roles due to their personalities rather than the capabilities. Lelouch is usually the first one to figure out something, but he also tends to keep things in a need-to-know basis. Bishop is a lot forthcoming with her theories and deductions, but she's a lot more blunt with her words.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Things are shaping up for this for Nagata, Kallen's partner from the very first episode of Code Geass — the story starts a few months before the events of that episode, and with Lelouch already set to steal Clovis' treasure, it's unlikely he'll be in any danger...at least from what we know.
  • Spy Catsuit: Milly's thief suit is a more Stripperiffic version of this, with emphasis on "Cat".
  • Stalker Shrine: The entire areas of fourth Palace are lined with statues of the ruler's Lust Object in different physique-flattering poses and state of undress. Played With in that it's all a subconscious manifestation of the ruler's unrestrained Unresolved Sexual Tension and no actual Stalker Shrine was built. Milly tries to crack a few off-color jokes about some of the more risqué statues of Lelouch to tease Kallen and lighten the mood a bit, but Lelouch cuts them short and pushes the team to move past such areas as quickly as possible.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Lelouch eventually discovers that the mob boss known as the Black King's real name is... Blake King.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Zero picks "Zero" as in nothing for his Code Name. Independently from him, Nunnally goes for "Nemo" as in "no one"/"nobody" in Latin.
  • Stripperiffic:
    • One of Shadow Shirley's getups is described "revealing, to say the least; No, practically nonexistent was more accurate." Suffice to say that her hair was doing a better job protecting her modesty.
    • Her berserk form is even worse despite possibly covering a bit more. It consists in the same black bondage gear the Persona Angel wears in Persona 5, which can be described as strategically placed strips of leather, a blindfold, a collar attached to a chain leash, and, well, that's it.
  • Synchronization: A Persona is connected like this to their user, just like a Shadow Self to its original unless the latter reject it first. Shirley stabbing her own Shadow counts as a rejection, but not fast enough for the Synchronization to not hurt her as well, if just not as severely. The doctors are quite puzzled as to how someone could have an injury perfectly consistent with a stab wound while lacking an entry wound.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: Leviathan wields a lightning spewing scepter while standing in a large chlorinated pool. Do the math. In her defense, she is careful with her aim and this only becomes a problem when Milly grabs the scepter and uses it to electrify the water.
  • Taken for Granite: Similarly to the "ratted" special status effect from Shido's Palace in Persona 5, certain areas in Clovis' Palace slowly turn girls into statues. This is based on how the real Clovis sees beautiful women as works of art rather than their own persons, which is why Lelouch and Arthur remain unaffected.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Lelouch once overhears C.C. sleep-talking as in canon.
  • Tarot Motifs: Would it be a Persona fic without them?
    • Lelouch Lamperouge represents the Fool, and his Fool Confidant is Igor.
    • Arthur represents the Magician.
    • Leila Breisgau represents the High Priestess.
    • Euphemia li Britannia represents the Empress.
    • Sayoko Shinozaki represents the Hierophant.
    • Shirley Fenette represents the Lovers.
    • Kallen Stadtfeld represents the Chariot.
    • Suzaku Kururugi represents Justice.
    • Nina Einstein represents the Hermit.
    • Milly Ashford represents the Wheel of Fortune.
    • Jeremiah Gottwald represents the Hanged Man.
    • Shi and Tsu represent Death.
    • Rivalz Cardemonde represents Temperance.
    • Diethard Ried represents the Devil.
    • Nunnally Lamperouge represents the Star.
    • Rolo Haliburton represents the Moon.
    • Kaguya Sumeragi represents the Sun.
    • Cornelia li Britannia represents Judgement.
  • Tarot Troubles: Noticing the Tarot Motifs in their Personas, Bishop looks up the tarot cards and proposes to give Lelouch a reading one day. Cynic as always, Lelouch refuses because he doesn't believe in either fortune-telling or destiny, but he relents when he is asked to humor her. As with real tarot, Lelouch doesn't fail to notice Bishop is in fact trying to use a Cold Reading from his reactions to the cards' alleged meanings.
  • The Tease: Milly is an even worse case than in canon who takes full advantage of her Stripperiffic thief suit.
  • Tempting Fate: Kallen should really know better than indulging in this. It doubles as an example of Saying Too Much by revealing Lelouch's real identity.
    Kallen: Some rebel group we are: Two nobles, two ex-nobles, one of whom is an ex-prince, and a cat. And only I'm at all Japanese. What's next, a Britannian princess to round things out?
  • That Came Out Wrong: When Lelouch visits the Stadtfeld Manor instead of Milly, Kallen opts for receiving him in her room for privacy. Only after the words have left her mouth does she realize how that sounded.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Suzaku and Rolo Haliburton's reaction to the mistaken idea that the Black Knights killed Shirley's father.
  • This Is Wrong on So Many Levels: Lelouch has this reaction when Milly attempts to flirt with two horse-headed shadows. Granted, she was trying to get one to attack the other, but still.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: In stark contrast to Code Geass, Lelouch and his group don't kill people. On Lelouch's end, this is more of a pragmatic restraint given that victims of changes of hearts are more valuable to him alive and he would risk driving off the more kind-hearted allies in his entourage.
  • Threesome Subtext: Discussed. Lelouch muses that anyone watching him shopping with two very attractive girls such as Kallen and Milly would likely assume something along these lines is going on. Especially if that someone is an Ashford Academy student privy to the rumors painting him as The Casanova.
  • Timed Mission:
    • Like in the game, Palaces usually have a deadline.
    • The Mini-Boss Battle against the Scylla and Charybdis Shadows in the Fourth Palace, where every moment fighting the former draws them closer to the latter's Mega Maelstrom. Lelouch cheats by placing Diamond at the helm so she can steer the ship and gain more time for the rest to finish Scylla and then throw everything they have a Charybdis from a safe(-ish) distance.
    • The whole fourth Palace is one, given that the ship is slowly taking in sea water and threatening to self-destruct. Worse, accessing one area containing a critical item to keep advancing triggers a trap that more than doubles the rate the Palace is sinking.
  • Tournament Arc: Downplayed. Similarly to the Casino in Persona 5, Lelouch has to win the Battle Arena in the Black King's Palace in order to get to the Treasure Room.
  • Trap Is the Only Option:
    • The Black Knights realize that Medjed using Shirley as bait to lure them into her Palace is a painfully obvious trap, but they can do nothing but playing along because they really have no way to save her except by entering the Palace.
    • The fourth palace also has a trap the Black Knights have to trigger in order to keep advancing. Specifically one that cuts down the remaining time for the Timed Mission of a Palace to about a third.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Shirley here has her rotten luck from canon. First, she gets much of Shiho's problems from Persona 5 by becoming a focus of Coach Nu's abuse, later on her long-time crush starts dating someone else. Then her father is murdered by the Conspiracy and to make things even worse, she's the one to find his dead body. And then she discovers that said long-time crush and best friend are part of the Black Knights, whom she blames for her father's death. And just soon after, Shirley is abducted by Mao/Medjed, and then nearly murdered by her own berserk Shadow.
  • Travel Cool: The Black Knights explore Mementos onboard the Cognition of an old Knightmare Frame, but as cool as their ride is, it does get pretty cramped with two extra passengers (and a cat) in the cabin. They lose the Glasgow in their first run-in with The Reaper.
  • Triang Relations: A type 4 with Lelouch and his girlfriend in a relationship and Shirley as the Hopeless Suitor to him. Or not so hopeless. The events in the fourth Palace made Lelouch admit that he does love Shirley back — making this a type 7 instead — but he's not going to leave Kallen for her, much less cheat on one with the other.
  • Uncertain Doom: Mao/Medjed is dragged by a Shadow to the stormy waters of the fourth Palace, making uncertain if they really died or not.
  • Unique Protagonist Asset:
    • Subverted. Unlike in the game where only the Black Knights and the Black Mask had access to the MetaNav, more than a few people have in this story got it on their own. This includes Naoto Kozuki, Bishop, Medjed, and whoever the Glinda Knights and the Irregulars are. Lelouch can't help but wonder if there's a reason and ultimate goal behind this.
    • For another Subversion, both Lelouch and the late Naoto Kozuki wielded the Power of the Wild Card.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Played for Drama. Shirley's Palace plainly puts on display just how badly she has it for Lelouch, both as deep romantic longing and sheer sexual attraction. The Dungeon Crawling through it makes Lelouch feel even more responsible for her emotional distress, and puts his girlfriend so on edge that Kallen violently snaps at him, almost punching him with her Persona-enhanced strength, when the Palace reveals that they kissed despite making it patently obvious that Shirley stole that kiss and was purposely guilt-tripping Lelouch into not rejecting her immediately by doing it right after her father's funeral. Kallen intellectually realizes that she shouldn't let Shirley's rampant subconscious feelings and desires get to her, but she just can't help it.
  • Uplifted Animal: Arthur's backstory. He was originally a stray cat who Naoto fed; eventually, he accidentally followed him into the Metaverse and gained the ability to use the power of Persona.
  • Urban Legends: Mementos is shaped by public opinion, and thanks to the not-so-fictitious conspiracy theories about La Résistance operating old stolen Knightmare Frames through the abandoned Japanese subway system, the Black Knights run into a functioning Cognition of an old Glasgow that they use to move around in the tunnels.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Mao/Medjed specialized in dragging people to the Metaverse and forcing them to confront their own Shadows, following some demented notion of dispensing justice. This means that he never really had to get good at fighting to fulfill his goals unlike the Black Knights. Played With in that Mao knew this himself and confronted the Black Knights indirectly by riling Shadow Shirley up to battle them in his place — and if they somehow managed to defeat her, they would be easy pickings for his own Persona right after such a difficult fight. Mao couldn't have predicted that Shirley would awaken to her Persona and turn the tables on him, nor that he would get attacked by a Pisaca Shadow who was immune to Curse-type skills — his Persona's main form of attack. Partially Subverted later on when it's revealed they can compensate for this with Glass Cannon tactics.
  • Wedding Smashers: The stage of the final Boss Battle of the fourth The Little Mermaid-themed Palace is a chapel hosting the wedding between the Prince and the Temple Maiden — that is, the Cognitive versions of Lelouch and Kallen.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 33, "Blooming Villain": Shirley sees Lelouch and the Knights leaving the Metaverse, with Milly throwing an errant line that reveals them as the Black Knights. This, combined with seeing Lelouch falling for Kallen, causes her to form her own Palace over Ashford in the Metaverse, and given how much repressed jealousy she has, it's likely she will NOT accept her shadow.
    • Followed by "Tanabata", that ends in with a series of startling revelations: Shirley has a Palace, she represents the Deadly Sin of Lust, the Black Mask works for someone that sounds and acts as V.V., they know who the Black Knights are and where to find them, and the only reason they haven't killed or captured Lelouch yet is because Emperor Charles decided that Lelouch will serve their objectives better if he's left alone to grow into a stronger Persona user.
    • Chapter 41, aptly named "Revelations". Hoo boy, where do we even start... Mao survives Shirley's Palace and comes back to kidnap Nunnally. Lelouch is forced to come clean to Sayoko about the Metaverse in order to recruit her help. Lelouch loses the rematch fight against Mao, but two members of the Irregulars save his life. The two Persona Users turned out to be Nunnally's suspicious friend Alice and Nunnally herself, who not only has been visiting the Metaverse in secret just like her brother, but it's also able to see and walk in there. Then Lelouch decides to straight up murder the knocked out Mao, but Nunnally strongly opposes him. Alice, however, completely agrees with Lelouch that there's really no other choice and puts a bullet in Mao's heart and head before the siblings can stop arguing. And then the Black Mask arrives, thanks them for killing Mao for him, and reveals he's a government sanctioned Professional Killer who triggers mental shutdown on Britannia's orders. He also says the only reason he hasn't killed the Black Knights and the Irregulars is because he's yet to receive an official order to do so, but warns them that he will eliminate them if they cross paths with him in the Metaverse again. As a parting gift, the Black Mask also reveals he's not the same "Black Mask" Clovis was talking about before the prince got Killed Mid-Sentence, meaning there's another Serial Killer using the Metaverse to commit murder with impunity.
  • Wham Line:
    • "Destination Confirmed" in the first non-Lelouch interlude, proving that Leila can enter the Metaverse.
    • The MetaNav saying "Destination acquired. Sinking Ship of Lust. Commence Navigation?" is this. Double whammy because it not only proves that Shirley Fenette of all people has a Palace, but also that their cardinal sin is nothing like one would expect of this particular character.
    • "Do you honesty believe that the realm of the gods is a dingy old subway?", which reveals to Lelouch that Mementos has to be an artificial construct of some sort.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Lelouch calls out Kallen for letting her home situation fester for no good reason other than Pride. He also points out the Hypocrisy in allowing her birth mother-turned-servant to be maligned and abused by her stepmother, even belittling her herself, despite normally condemning any kind of discrimination against Japanese people.
    • Queen doesn't appreciate Bishop making Lelouch admit that he's in love with both Kallen and Shirley, especially not right in front of her, in addition to how this makes the fourth Palace run even more complicated, and had a very real potential to turn it into an unmitigated disaster.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Shirley's father is a geologist, which is why he's so little at home. Actually, this is only a cover to justify his long absences while working in Cognitive Psience in a secret lab located in the Narita mountains.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: When Euphemia temporarily lifts the ban on Japanese people visiting the local shrine so they can celebrate the Tanabata festival, she admits that Cornelia will probably reinstate the ban and end the festivities as soon as she gets wind of it. Sure enough, that's exactly what she does.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Lelouch reassures Tama that being a cat is an asset for the team rather than the liability the latter thinks that it is. After all, he can easily spy on people without raising any suspicion even when spotted, and many a Shadow has made the mistake losing sight of him until he hits them when they're least expecting it.
  • You Didn't Ask: Igor tends to reveal he always knew important information that Lelouch had to come across the hard way. This is one of the reasons why Lelouch doesn't fully trust him.
  • You Killed My Father:
    • Leila Breisgau (correctly) suspected that Clovis ordered her parents' murder, and entered his Palace in order to prove it.
    • Subverted with Shirley Fenette. She mistakenly believes that the Black Knights killed her father, but even when she accidentally finds out who they are, she can't bring herself to turn them in, much less avenge him with her own two hands, because their leader turned out to be Lelouch. The fact that she's able to put the well-being of the guy she likes over any sense of filial duty wracks her with guilt, creating a Shadow that both treats him as the target of her affections and desires, and does her utmost to murder him.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Sayoko is way too understanding of each and all the perversions that Lelouch doesn't have. It's not certain whether she really thinks her master is a very kinky womanizer and she's fine with it, or she just really likes to mess with his head by making him believe she isn't buying a word he says when he tries to explain her otherwise. Amusingly enough, the former seems to be the correct interpretation.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Joseph Fenette realizes that, with most of his coworkers having been killed off to tie loose ends, he's not likely to be around much longer, and thus decides to spend his last few days with his family. Unfortunately, mere minutes after he decides upon this, the conspiracy offs him.

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