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Lulu's Bizarre Rebellion is a Code Geass and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fusion by Ezit Meti. When Lelouch opens the poison gas canister in Shinjuku, he finds not only a green haired immortal, but also a mysterious arrow that grants power to those it cuts. Wielding an invisibility-granting stand (and forever denied the power of Geass) Lelouch is soon forced to take his rebellion on a radically different path as new stand users come out of the woodwork to make their own bids for power in Area 11. As new threats, allies, and powers reveal themselves, the story expands into an epic that stretches far back into the intertwined pasts of the two settings, and the grand designs of the Emperor and Dio Brando begin to take shape.


The story can also be found here, where the author posts snippets of the next chapter semi-regularly for review and discussion.

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  • Ace Custom: C.C. gets a modified Knightmare with cloth embedded throughout its limbs, allowing her to conduct Ripple on the battlefield without leaving the cockpit. It's later revealed that Marianne's Ganymede had been similarly modified, and several unnamed Ripple masters show up piloting similar Knightmares.
  • Adaptation Deviation: In the backstory, the events of Phantom Blood happened much differently than in canon. Dio managed to successfully frame Jonathan for poisoning his father, leading to him being exiled to Australia. Still, Jonathan ended up befriending Speedwagon, learning Ripple from Zeppli, and marrying Erina, but a confrontation with Dio years later led to Jonathan becoming a vampire, with Dio once again getting away scot-free. As a result, JOJO has spent many years trying to control his undead urges, while Dio climbed to nearly the top of the Britannian political world.
  • And I Must Scream: C.C.'s backstory in this fic is much, much worse; she spent 200 years as an infinite food supply for a group of vampires before being rescued by Tonpetty.
  • Anti-Magic: Once Stands become public knowledge, the Britannian military starts creating countermeasures to them. This includes upgraded factspheres that can see Stands, Gleipnir energy weapons that can harm them, and putting pilots through simulations for a wide variety of Stand powers.
  • Ascended Extra: The Fenette family get a larger role in this story, given that Shirley's father married Joseph Joestar's sister, but this doesn't prove to be a good thing for them.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: As in canon, Anubis has the power to memorize and counter any attack after it's used against him once. As Anubis Requiem, this also applies to any plan or technique known by anyone in the radius of Mao's mind reading Geass.
  • Badass Normal: Villeta, Kallen, and Suzaku are normal humans (though Suzaku’s case is debatable), but they can defeat Stand users.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The power of Lena Peisad's Stand. It can turn people into skeletons, mummies, ghosts, zombies, Frankenstein's Monster, a werewolf or even a vampire. Since the individual monsters are smart enough to follow basic orders, this means she can hold anyone anywhere hostage, which is how she controls Shirley's father.
  • Becoming the Mask: Shirley started out as an ordinary girl that Lelouch used as an inspirational figurehead and a source of supernatural firepower, regularly telling her how to act and scripting her speeches by sending covert messages with his stand. After everything she's gone through she's begun to truly embrace the heroic persona of Zero and her way of thinking has shifted to whether or not something is just.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: As befitting a fusion of Code Geass and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, there's no shortage of scheming shadowy figures competing to change the world.
    • Emperor Charles zi Brittania is indirectly responsible for Japan's suffering as head of the evil Brittanian Empire, and . He's mainly seen in flashbacks for most of the story, but those scenes make it clear that he's got a new long-term scheme, and his canon Ragnorok Connection plan is only one part of it. In reality, Charles has abandoned the Ragnorok plan, as he'd seen a world where it succeded and was horrified by the results. Instead, he aims for world peace by forcing Lelouch to undertake the Zero Requiem plan, with the threat of Ragnorok used as essentially blackmail to make Lelouch go through with the Requiem.
    • Chancellor Dio Brando seems to be Charles' Dragon, but the major players are aware that he has a separate endgame, later revealed to be supplanting the collective unconscious with his own mind.
    • Opposing both of them is the vampire Jonathan Joestar, who quietly gathers allies and moves in the background before suddenly taking over the EU and becoming a much bigger threat. His plan is to use the collective unconscious, Nunnally's Geass, and the Brain Raid tech to mentally enslave the whole world for a time, in a variation on Lelouch's canon Zero Requiem plan.
    • Schneizel spends a long time simply observing things and figuring out the larger conflict, but eventually gets in on the action by provoking war with JOJO via the FLEIJA. He has some very warped ideas about how to achieve world peace, and has decided against his canon Damocles plan in favor of an unknown endgame that he believes is far better.
    • The High Enouchs/Cult of Kars, on the other hand, despite all their scheming and disruptive attacks, are ultimately a Big Bad Wannabe. They end up sacrificing most of their resources to initiate their endgame, luring the Britannians and Black Knights away in order to take Kamine Island's Thought Elevator and retrieve Kars, only for the actual assault to be easily beaten back by C.C. and V.V..
  • Big Damn Heroes: Of all people, V.V. arrives to bail C.C. out when she's briefly overwhelmed by zombies on Kamine Island.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Mao repeatedly pulls this on Joseph, thanks to his mind-reading.
  • Breaking Speech: Weaponized. Mao uses the combination of his mind reading Geass and the power of Anubis Requiem to physically wound people by forcing them to confront harsh truths.
  • Breather Episode: Chapter 46 (48 on is pretty much a pure comedy chapter, inspired by Code Geass' infamous "pizza festival" episodes. It comes after Lelouch throwing away his reputation as pro-Japanese in order to inflame revolutionary sentiment and the reveal that Kaguya has a flesh bud and ends with the beginning of the Black Rebellion.
  • Broad Strokes: None of the characters or plotlines from Code Geass: Akito the Exiled appear here, as the author doesn't really like the spin-off. Still, several bits of lore introduced there play a role in this story, such as the Brain Raid and Apollo's Chariot.
  • Butt-Monkey: Villetta has a bad time early on. Saved twice by Suzaku, after coincidentally saving some Japanese children by freeing Kewell from the effects of Lena's Stand they mistake her for a hero and give her a group hug and now the Purist faction is doubting her competence. By the second arc she's managed to accidentally erase her own memories with her Geass and get caught by the Black Knights. Tamaki, of course, is fulfilling his usual role as this.
    • Villetta manages to regain some respect in the final battle against Stand Out (although all the Purists get to experience Suzaku saving them, which probably helps take the heat off her a little), with a little support from Jeremiah. Tamaki's case seems to take on a much grimmer tone during the fight with West... until it turns out that he's still alive.
  • Came Back Wrong: As always, JoJo zombies. Seen on a very large scale when vampires raise a significant portion of the Japanese people killed by Brittania over the course of the occupation and set them loose. They're entirely focused on getting vengeance on Britannia, and believe they're making Japan stronger by turning living Japanese into more zombies.
    • In addition to an army, they also raise a few specific individuals (including General Katase, Genbu Kuruugi, and Naoto Kozuki with emotional ties to the living cast, who are very disturbed by how wrong they're acting.
  • Camp: It's a Code Geass and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure crossover; the fabulousness was inevitable.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Jeremiah's Lightning Gag has an all-too-real effect on the outcome of the battle with PtF, and it’s later confirmed to be a developing Stand.
  • Chekhov's Gun: At one point, Villeta is held captive by the Black Knights and escapes by geassing the leadership to forget about her. Later, Suzaku uses this to confirm his suspicions that Lelouch has been working with the Black Knights, as he no longer remembers running into Villeta at the beginning of the story. Much later, Villeta herself makes the same connection, noting that Viceroy Leouch never acknowledged her highly-useful Lamorak, but quickly utilized it when she was turned into Chigusa.
    • Throughout the Europe arc, Lelouch repeatedly drinks huge amounts of water, internally monologuing that all this hydration is crucial. A few characters notice this and think he's merely staving off sleep deprivation, but Shirley catches on that the exhaustion is just a side effect, and he's using the water for something else. At the arc's climax, when Lelouch and Suzaku are fighting JOJO, it turns out that Lelouch actually absorbed some Ripple energy with his Stand back when he encountered Nunnally in the Coliseum, and needed all the water to keep the Ripple from burning him up. All that effort gave him a one-shot Ripple attack, which is enough to catch JOJO completely off-guard and kill him.
    • During the attack on the Siege Perilous, JOJO's sabotaged Brain Raid equipment attempts to do... something to Dio when he tries to use it, only for Dio to transfer the effect onto Euphemia. She's only knocked unconscious for a few minutes, leading others to speculate that the effect would've interfered with Dio's Stand or Geass; since Euphemia has neither, she was unaffected. Several chapters later, after Euphemia is fatally wounded, the effect turns out to actually be a one-shot Code, derived from research into the Thought Elevators. Intended to kill Dio by forcing another "Face of God" incident, the Code instead lets Euphemia heal from her wounds and free a brainwashed Kallen.
  • Comically Missing the Point: A Running Gag with Rolo is that some innocuous conversation with a high-ranking Brittanian is misinterpreted as coded orders to kill someone (he never goes through with it, thankfully).
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Shirley is a Joestar, descended from her mother's side and being the 'Jotaro' of this world. However unlike Jotaro, who was a badass Anti-Hero, Shirley is mostly a frightened teenage girl way out of her depth.
  • Contrived Coincidence: At one point in the Europe arc, a disguised Lelouch runs into Kallen at a restaurant, halfway around the world from where they last saw each other. They enter into an uneasy Enemy Mine and board a train to Paris to take on JOJO... only to run into, of all people, Rivalz and Rolo, also far from Japan and on a mission to kill JOJO. At that point, everyone involved starts lampshading how absurdly unlikely this is, and seriously wonder if there's something supernatural involved. It's implied that this is the work of Nemo, secretly possessing Kallen and manipulating events in their favor.
  • Cosmic Plaything: The Fenettes seem to have gained bad luck on par with Lelouch in this story. Unfortunately justified because Joseph Fenette married into the Joestar family, specifically Joanna Joestar, sister of Joseph.
  • Covert Pervert: Shirley's Stand saying what she's thinking seems to imply this, and based on Lelouch's reaction to a costume suggested this certainly seems to be the case. He specifically compares it to having Milly in one's head.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: How Cornelia handles her conquest of the Middle Eastern Federation. Also how West handles nearly everyone he fights until he gets too cocky.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Or in Takako Matsuzawa's case, compliant enough not to kill Kallen, Ohgi, and Tamaki after being defeated. Ultimately averted; Takako doesn't join the Black Knights...instead she joins Jonathan Joestar.
  • Dirty Business: When Lelouch wonders why he isn't feeling more regret about manipulating Shirley's affections for him, he's reminded about how Stand Out is threatening to kill a huge chunk of Area 11's populace.
  • Door Stopper: Over 1.5 million words and 90 chapters long, and the story isn’t even complete yet.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Whenever Jeremiah says the word loyalty, a bolt of thunder appears out of nowhere. Even without a need of clouds in the sky. Even when doing a live broadcast over television (which causes some technological difficulties). People tend to ignore this. It's eventually revealed to be his Stand, which he was initially unaware of.
  • Emotion Bomb: Ohgi's Geass, which lets him inflict any emotion he says out loud on everyone around him. Since this includes himself, he mostly uses it to lead and defuse tense situations.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: As holder of the Stand arrow and ally of a code bearer, Lelouch makes good use of this trope to prepare the Black Knights for the many new supernatural threats.
    • Kallen starts out as a Badass Normal who could kill a Stand user, then she gets Jumpin' Jack Flash.
    • Oghi is given a Geass that lets him force everyone around him to feel whatever emotion he chooses.
    • After a great deal of reluctance, Tohdoh finally accepts a Stand, and gets the gravity-manipulating Beast Of Burden.
    • Jeremiah is a fairly good soldier and pilot who develops a Stand just in time to beat C.C.
    • The Knights of the Round are all given Geass to have a better chance against JOJO's forces- save for Anya, who already has a Stand.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Has shown up a few times, most notably at the climatic battle of the first arc where the Britannian military, the Black Knights and the JLF team up -unhappily- to fight West, Lena and Joseph Fenette.
    • C.C. and V.V. team up to defend Kamine Island from a horde of zombies, both well aware that it changes nothing between them.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Fittingly, V.V. is given the Kars treatment. Specifically, he's left buried under ice and debris at the bottom of the ocean for eternity, and eventually stops thinking altogether.
  • The Four Gods: The three nightmares used by the Chinese invasion force to counter the supernatural powers of the defenders follow this theme. The are piloted by the vampirized corpses of Japan's former champions; General Kusakabe as Seiryū,General Katase as Suzaku, and Genbu Kururugi as his namesake.
    • Byyako, on the other hand, has no nightmare because Kaguya is still alive, just controlled via flesh bud.
  • Gilligan Cut: After Euphemia runs away from her guards at one point, Cornelia chews out the head of security, fearing what might happen if she fell into the clutches of Zero. Cut to Zero, a.k.a. Shirley… giving lemonade to the princess while they’re sunbathing. Ironically, she is thinking about hurting Euphie, but out of jealousy from misunderstanding her and Lelouch’s relationship.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans:
    • It's implied that someone is doing a very short term version of this: Rakshata examines the Shinkiro Knightmare that attacked Lelouch in the Rebellion, and determines that it could only have been designed by her own future self. Certain tech advancements, such as Britannia's counters to Stands, also show up far too fast for a normal invention cycle to have taken place, and records are vague as to who actually developed them. This is made far more blatant in the Chinese invasion arc, where the Honglou Knightmare is a recolored version of the Guren S.E.I.T.E.N.
    • As it turns out, JOJO figured out a way to use the Thought Elevators to see entire Alternate Timelines, including the canon timeline of Code Geass, and copied numerous advancements from there. It's heavily implied that Charles did the same thing.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Colonel Breedington is killed by a backdraft ripping apart his Knightmare caused by his own powers while his son Frederick is forced to change back into his regular human form after falling into an ocean he's too heavy to float in, leaving him vulnerable to Kallen's attack.
    • "Hey Jude" granted time rewinding regeneration to all its users, but its ability to exist in multiple users at once came from the Geass of its original user. So when Kallen woke her up, the Geass interacted with the Stand, killing Mirai and ending the stand.
    • Kusakabe is beaten because he believed his Stand's effect would make Cornelia loyal to him. She becomes loyal to Japan, but she still views Kusakabe as an idiot and a coward who insults Japan's glory. Thus, she defeats Kusakabe with her Gundam.
    • Once they encountered each other, the combination of The Truth's Awesomeness by Analysis and Almost Human's Power Copying would have made them invincible If Almost Human hadn't copied Mao's powers, which caused them to hear the other's thoughts perfectly, including the thoughts about them hearing each other's thoughts. The resulting feedback loop held both in place long enough for them to be fatally bombarded by an airstrike.
  • I Know You Know I Know:
    • Joseph Joestar seems to view this as what's going on during his questioning by Suzaku and views him as a Worthy Opponent. Suzaku, on the other hand, just thinks the two of them were trying to keep the military from learning about Nunnally and Lelouch, and views Joseph as a frank and helpful man.
    • Used to finally stop Kewell and Mao. Because of the always-on nature of Mao's telepathy both are unable to stop reading the other's thoughts and get stuck in a feedback loop, paralyzing them long enough for an airstrike to take them out.
  • Impossibly Mundane Explanation: For a given value of mundane, anyway; at one point, one faction shows the ability to have their Knightmares seemingly appear out of nowhere, somehow bypassing all of their opponents' early-warning systems. Many characters speculate that this is some sort of powerful supernatural ability, like a space-warping Stand. In reality, it's Europe's Apollo's Chariot technology (basically an ICBM turned into a transport), which, while advanced, is entirely unrelated to all the supernatural developments that came before.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The Stand New Clear Days. It's ability is a song from the album it's named after: "Turning Japanese."
  • Indy Ploy: This is Mao's plan - which is to say he doesn't really have one, other than cause trouble and use his power to make it look like it was All According to Plan.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Unable to give Lelouch a Geass, C.C seeks out Nunally and gives her the exact same geass he received in canon.
    • There is still a "Massacre princess" incident, but it's caused by the rogue stand Anubis, not a geass and since the general public knows about Stands, none of the controlled people are considered at fault.
    • Villeta still gets stuck in the persona of a woman named Chigusa, but its because of vampire Kusakabe's Stand turning her Japanese.
  • Instant Expert: Suzaku figures out how to use Spin after seeing it once. Even more impressively, he was hit with Laser-Guided Amnesia right after that, so he doesn't even consciously remember seeing it at all.
  • Invisibility Cloak: Lelouch's Stand Painted Black acts like this by having Lelouch become completely invisible within shadows.
    • Villeta gets the Knightmare Lamorak, which can turn invisible.
  • Karmic Transformation: Kusakabe's Stand slowly turns anything that offends him Japanese. Victims even believe that they always were Japanese, and have only a hazy memory of their original self.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • Joseph Joestar, master of making tactical plans on the spot, is hard countered by Mao's mind-reading Geass. Joseph does eventually get the upper hand by acting without thinking, only to learn that the whole fight was merely a distraction.
    • Painted Black is a Living Shadow, and while this means that other Stands can't hurt it, it also cannot harm other Stands.
    • Man on Fire can generate invisible flame, but the flames seem to act normally outside of their invisibility. Thus, not only does its user need an oxygen supply despite not being affected by the flames himself, the Stand can be spotted on thermal imaging because of the sheer heat it produces, and a sudden surge of oxygen can increase the temperature to affect objects around the user, like his Knightmare.
    • Humans still need to breath no matter how tough they are, so Kallen manages to defeat Frederick by knocking him over a bridge, forcing him to drop his stone transformation to avoid being dragged down and drowning, allowing her to stab him. This also plays into West's defeat.
    • PtF is a powerful Technopath, but he can't control a device if he either doesn't understand it or doesn't know it's there, though he can learn through observation.
    • Lena's monsters have the classical weaknesses associated with their archetypes (the vampire is weak to the Ripple, the Frankenstein's Monster is averse to fire, etc.). Also, since it's an Automatic Stand, she has no direct way to control it.
    • Schizoid Man runs off of Shirley's unconscious mind, so if a target is something she is reluctant to attack, it won’t be harmed, and so it protects the werewolf child Stand.
    • Joseph Fenette's attacks are in tune with his heartbeat, so he can't consciously alter his rate of fire, allowing a skilled foe to predict his attack pattern.
    • Kusakabe's Stand allows him to make things Japanese. This does not translate into any loyalty to him
    • Vampires and zombies, not being human, are unconnected to the collective unconsciousness, and thus are immune to Geass. However, Geass can still affect them in certain situations by targeting their Stand, since whatever happens to a Stand is reflected onto the user.
    • Dio's Stand, Voodoo Kingdom, lets him transfer any damage he takes onto something else nearby, and it works even if Dio himself is unconscious, which renders Dio Nigh-Invulnerable. Several opponents try to exploit the obvious weak point of inflicting damage that can’t be transferred, like suffocating him with smoke while no one else is around, but Dio is canny enough to find a way around those situations. It’s Shirley who figures out the real weakness; by tricking Voodoo Kingdom into punching Dio while they're in a Free-Fall Fight, she puts Dio into a situation where the only thing he can transfer the damage to is Voodoo Kingdom itself, and as Stands reflect their damage onto the user, there’s no way for Dio to avoid the damage.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Jonathan of all people seems to have been this for Clovis. Dio was this for West and Anubis. Most surprisingly, Jonathan's backer is stated to be the Emperor, but this turns out to be Exact Words; the backer wasn't Charles, but none other than original timeline Lelouch, the Demon Emperor.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Several so far.
    • Dio, unsurprisingly. Kept a traitorous bodyguard around just so he'd know when the traitor's boss ordered his assassination.
    • Lelouch as always, including manipulating Shirley so that he could control her Stand power through her.
    • Schneizel as well, with his Moral Event Horizon being to detonate a F.L.E.I.J.A. within a Britannian city and then claim the EU was responsible.
  • Merged Reality: Research into the Thought Elevators reveals that the setting isn't merely a Fusion Fic, but the result of some unknown incident merging the canonical timelines of Code Geass and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Later on, this incident is revealed to be Pucci encountering Nemo while resetting his universe with Made in Heaven, with their subsequent fight creating a new reality. Nemo also clarifies that the original timelines still exist, completely separate from this world.
    • Indeed, the original timeline's Lelouch, complete with fully evolved Geass, is shown to have been working with JOJO and teams up with the merged timeline's Lelouch and Suzaku to face-off with Charles and Marianne.
  • Mental Time Travel: The effect of the Stand Hey Jude. Anyone who looks in the eyes of it's user is brought back to the worst moment if their life. They can change the future, but if they change something they know will happen their mind is trapped in an Alternate Timeline while their present-day body becomes a new user of Hey Jude.
    • Peggy Sue: According to Word of God, Hey Jude is a Take That! to Peggy Sue Code Geass fics, where trying to change the future by fixing the past only makes the problem worse.
    • Dorothea's Geass is implied to be a short-term version; her opponents suddenly feel Déjà Vu and she starts predicting their every move. Kallen figures out that it's actually a subversion; inflicting Déjà Vu is the Geass's only effect, with the predictions stemming from Dorothea's skill at piloting and cold reading.
  • Musical Theme Naming: As in canon, the names of Stands follow rock music, mostly The Megas and The Rolling Stones.
  • Mutually Exclusive Magic: It is apparently impossible for a human to possess both Geass and Stand. Anyone who does almost immediately dies - right after saying "I can see the face of God." It's suggested that there's an element of Go Mad from the Revelation. Interestingly, one character possesses a Geass that interacts with Stands - see Supernatural Sensitivity.
    • The surviving members of Code-R attempted to mix Geass and Stand together. Unfortunately, they succeeded, creating a Requiem-type stand that acts as The Virus. They also managed to empower Kewell with shapeshifting abilities and an absolutely insane personality.
    • Dio somehow found a way around this using his Stand's power.
    • Mao realized that the power of Anubis would make it possible to have a Geass, be possessed by Anubis and combine the two into a much more powerful Requiem without the usually fatal drawbacks.
    • It's eventually revealed that there is no 'Face of God'. Schneizel and Bartley deduce that Stands, as an aberration of the Code Geass world that should not exist, causes an immune system response-like reaction in elements of the world's native supernatural elements, with Stands being painful to use in the World of C and the 'Face of God' incidents being similar to a fatal allergic reaction from the collective unconsciousness. Each of the exceptions to this trope had a loophole protecting them, with Anubis Requiem not being Mao's Stand, Hey Jude hiding Mirai's mind in alternate realities, and Dio simply transferring the effect onto others with Voodoo Kingdom until it stopped.
  • Mythology Gag: Several characters note that Jonathan Joestar and Lelouch have nigh-identical voices, which the former uses to his advantage. This is almost certainly a reference to both characters being dubbed by Johnny Yong Bosch.
    • At one point, Lelouch disguises himself as the flamboyant magician Julius Kingsley, with several characters reacting in disbelief at his ridiculous outfit.

     Tropes N-Z 
  • Never Found the Body:
    • Well, actually they did find Lena's body. It just went missing several seconds later. It is lampshaded that this is very fitting for someone themed around horror films.
    • This trope also applies to Tamaki.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Lena Peisads, a member of the Stand Out terrorists really likes horror movies and killing people. Her flashback episode confirms that she was a serial killer long before she ever learned of Stands.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Lelouch's plan to stop Kewell by using Viletta's memory-erasing powers to make Kewell forget himself actually made the situation even worse by erasing his subconscious limitations and thus further empowering Kewell's shape-shifting powers.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: It's Mao's taunting that helps Nunally realize that her Ripple can harm the wild Stand he's sent after her and that she can use her Geass to stop it.
  • Not Brainwashed: Several of JOJO's allies, such as Cornelia, Milly, and Nunnally, are going so far against their previous loyalties that people speculate some form of mind control must be involved.In reality, they're doing it of their own free will, having been persuaded by JOJO showing them what happens if Charles and Dio aren't stopped.
  • Not His Sled: Much like in canon, there's a late-story reveal that C.C. was a past associate of Emperor Charles. Unlike canon, however, the big twist here is that she never actually turned against Charles and Marianne; the immortal is still completely on board with their plans, and has been manipulating Lelouch and Nunnally the entire time.
  • Open Secret: Zero's identity, while far from public knowledge, is uncovered by more and more people as the story goes, to the point that the only major faction unaware of it is, ironically, the Black Knights themselves, and even then a few of them suspect it.
    • On the other hand, after Lelouch becomes Viceroy, the Black Knights immediately figure out that he was their tactical advisor Painted Black, but can't actually prove this.
  • Opponent Switch: A variant is done by Bradley and Dorothea when they face off against Suzaku and Kallen, respectively. The Knights of the Round are aware of who killed them in the original timeline, and so take on the other opponent to gain an advantage. This ultimately fails, as History Repeats when Suzaku and Kallen surreptitiously intervene in each other's fight and kill the other's foe.
  • Outside-Context Problem: By the end of Act Two, all the major factions were prepared for Stands, understood Ripple, and were at least aware of the existence of Geass, but Vampires, Flesh Buds, and the Cult of K came from so far out of left field that no one was even remotely prepared for them.
  • Predecessor Villain: The Pillar Men, as the events of Battle Tendency still happened more or less like canon (save that C.C. was there as well).
  • Power Incontinence:
    • Shirley doesn't have the willpower to fully control her stand without the drive and direction provided by her role in the Black Knights.
    • Wake the Snake was supposed to be a weak Stand that could do nothing but switch users and make people slightly sleepy, but Sophie Wood did not have enough willpower to control it at all, causing it to go on a rampage.
    • Ohgi's Geass eventually goes out of control, leading to him not speaking much (and later using a text-to-speech program) to minimize the damage.
    • All Requiem stands traded a measure of control for a great deal of power:
      • Yesterday's Requiem - Hey Jude granted its invulnerability and Mental Time Travel to everyone it affected, but a single misuse of that power put its users into a coma.
      • Almost Human's shapeshifting abilities grow gradually less precise and stable over time, causing Kewell's body to break down.
      • Anubis Requiem- The Truth was no more able to turn off Mao's mind reading Geass than he was.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Stand Wake the Snake, which will attack and kill anyone who wakes it.
  • Required Secondary Powers
    • Lelouch's Painted Black allows him to control how opaque the things he makes invisible are, which is why he can still see when invisible despite the fact that his eyes wouldn't absorb light while transparent.
    • Man on Fire renders the user immune to the heat from the flame it produces, though oxygen is still an issue.
    • PtF is able to gain influence over devices that he's unfamiliar with through observation.
  • Running Gag: See Dramatic Thunder and Cerebus Retcon.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Darlton who, despite being just a normal soldier, goes toe to toe with a Euphemia possessed by Anubis and gets cut down. It's implied that he did this, along with stunning Suzaku, to stop Suzaku from rushing into the battle and letting him see exactly what his opponent was capable of.
  • Sadistic Choice: Mao forces this on the Ashford student council when he traps them with an uncontrolled Stand that poisons - and transfers itself to - anyone it bites. The only way to cure the poison is to kill the Stand...which means killing its current user. Of course, Nunnally figures out how to Take a Third Option.
  • Shock and Awe: Eventually revealed to be Jeremiah's Stand power, which he uses to kill Programmed To Fight.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Hey Jude is a Shout-Out to the Doctor Who novel Anachrophobia.
    • Although not stated, Kusakabe's Stand turns Cornelia's Knightmare into what seems to be the Shining Gundam, complete with Shining Finger.
    • Knight of the Round Monica Krushevsky gains a Geass that makes anyone who hears her voice temporarily unable to perceive anyone other than her. Appropriately, this ability is called Just Monica.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Euphemia survives the (much different) “massacre princess” incident.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Seems to start this way with the story starting following the same events as the show. Then Lelouch gets a Stand instead of a Geass, the group Stand Out threatens to kill one tenth of the total population of Area 11 if Clovis' killer doesn't reveal himself while also revealing the plot to frame Suzaku, C.C. gives Lelouch's geass to Nunnally, the Black Knights are initially formed by Ohgi to fight Stand Out and Shirley has a Stand is recruited by Lelouch to be the public Zero since Suzaku is suspicious of Lelouch. And we find out that even the backstory is decidedly different, with Schneizel involved in Code-R, a human Dio working with Charles and Jonathan Joestar is a vampire. Suffice to say the story has well and truly gone off the rails of canon.
  • Supernatural Sensitivity: Bartley possesses a Geass that specifically lets him see if a person has Stand potential. The Geass also allows him to determine what sort of powers the Stand would have if it awakened. Notably, it's revealed that Suzaku's Stand would give him damage absorption, and Euphemia's Stand would create an area that prevents physical and psychological damage. Cornelia's Stand would have the odd ability to "reduce the size of any item by creating a circle around it with her body".
  • Superpower Lottery: As in canon, but there's also several new kinds of Geass popping up. One Geass user can learn secrets, and his partners inflict disorientation and blind rage. Another Geass-user can see what Stand a person can develop.
  • Temporal Paradox: Something that should not be caused by a victim of the Stand Hey Jude. If it happens, the victim's mind is trapped in an Alternate Timeline while their present body becomes a carrier for the Stand.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Kallen has this reaction some time after stabbing Frederick Breedington.
  • Time Skip: A six-month one after Lelouch becomes Viceroy of Area 11.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Really it's probably easier to count the characters this hasn't happened to, but Shirley and Nunnally really stand out. One has become a Stand-wielding leading figure of the Black Knights, the other has acquired a Geass and managed to take out Stands and Stand-users with Ripple while still being crippled.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Kewell is injected with a concoction that includes Pillar Men blood. He becomes...something increasingly inhuman and insane.
  • Undying Loyalty: Jeremiah to Nunnally once he discovers that she's alive. She's a little put-off by how he treats her like a goddess.
  • The Unmasqued World: The battle with Stand Out shows undeniably supernatural powers on live television, with the military subsequently admitting the existence of Stands to the whole world. Society at large quickly develops rampant paranoia about Stands, given that anyone could secretly be a Person of Mass Destruction who could go on a rampage at a moment's notice. The Black Knights use this status to their advantage by positioning themselves as partially an anti-Stand group, giving them wider support from both Brittanians and Japanese. However, the existence of Geass is still kept top-secret, as knowledge of mental manipulation could lead to far more chaos since there's no way to know if people are being influenced or not.
  • Villainous Valour: Coupled with a Dying Moment of Awesome. When the random terrorist Jeremiah is framing for Clovis' murder is being transported to trial, Stand Out's CotN uses her Stand to turn the poor guy into a monster, which proceeds to massacre all but one of the guards surrounding it. Knowing he's next, the last mook standing tackles the skeleton to the ground first. Unwilling to let the monster escape and/or kill even more of his comrades, the man wrestles with the thing while ordering his men to activate a hidden bomb planted inside the terrorist in case of a rescue attempt, blowing them both to bits. It doesn't work for long, but even Todoh and the Four Holy Swords respect the man's willingness to sacrifice himself for his country.
  • The Virus: The Stand Yesterday's Requiem/Hey Jude, spread by merely looking at the infected's eyes.
  • Walking Spoiler: It can be really hard to talk about later developments without mentioning the fact that Zero is Shirley, something that is revealed only eleven chapters into a story already more than eight times that long.
  • Wham Episode: By chapter 21 there are several: Jonathan Joestar been revealed to be a vampire with The World as his stand, Dio apparently has been faking being old and decrepit and has, in addition to a Stand with unknown abilities, a Stand Arrow. Tamaki isn't dead and Jonathan was the guy behind Clovis, and a younger Joseph Joestar with Hermit Purple has just agreed to give the Black Knights the tentative aid of the Speedwagon Foundation, after Jonathan somehow extracting Joanna Joestar's Stand that was killing her just like Holly from JJBA part 3.
    • The Battle for Narita/Hey Jude arc is pretty heavy on the wham. The effects of Hey Jude are shocking enough in how strong they are, but upon transporting Suzaku and Tohdoh to the moment when Genbu Kururugi was killed, it's revealed that V.V was the one to kill him in this world, not Suzaku. In short order he hints ominously that the existence of the Pillar Men are connected to the Thought Elevator at Kamine island and then reveals he can use the Spin. The amount of implications this all has are quite large.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Shirley, as in canon. Which makes it extra tragic that Lelouch is using her feelings for him to take advantage of her Stand and convince her to take the position of Zero.
    • Nunnally plays with this. She initially agonizes over the moral implications of her Geass, but admits to herself that she would use it to protect the ideal life she has with her brother. She still wishes to make a gentler world, and has difficulty understanding why people would hurt one another.
  • World of Ham: It's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure crossed over than Code Geass with a Lemony Narrator, completely necessary exclamation marks, and all of the canonical Large Hams are cranked Up to Eleven. This insures a proper level of fabulousness needed for such a crossover.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Geass and Stand cause anyone who are granted both to instantly die of a Brown Note, but get past that problem, whether by being in a refrain coma or being a Geass user possessed by Anubis, and the resulting stand will be orders of magnitude stronger, and affect the mind in some way.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: JOJO and his allies aim to initiate a much more extreme version of the Zero Requiem, dubbed Heaven's Requiem, which involves not only starting an Assimilation Plot using the collective unconsciousness, but also mentally enslaving the whole world through Nunnally's Geass. The few people who were already exposed to the Geass are expected to kill JOJO and undo the effects after a few months.


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