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I am Zero! The man who destroys worlds — and creates them — and writes a TV Tropes page about himself!

(This page is best read in the voice of Jun Fukuyama (Japanese) or Johnny Yong Bosch (English) for maximum hamminess.)

Who are you? How did you find this place? Did you stumble upon it by accident, or was it deliberate? Either way, it doesn't matter. I suppose I have no choice but to become your host for the time being.

My name is Lelouch Lamperouge, though I was born Lelouch vi Britannia. However, many of you might know me as the masked vigilante Zero. There's really no use in hiding it. My home series is over ten years old now. You may even already know who I am, but, if you don't, you will find out soon enough. Don't attempt to run. I have my ways of forcing you to do my bidding...

--Troper instead starts running away!--

W-what!? No! Come back here this instant!

—a few minutes later—

(gasp) (wheeze) Physical labor really isn't my forte... But I haven't given up yet! Men! Bring that troper to me, now! They're too important to our plans!

—a few minutes later, the Troper is brought to Lelouch in a straitjacket—

I have my contacts everywhere; running away is futile. Now do you promise to sit tight until I'm finished? Good.

—The straitjacket was removed, and the Troper now sits willingly with Lelouch—

Good; now, where was I?... Perhaps I should start at the beginning.

I was born Lelouch vi Britannia, Eleventh Prince to the Britannian Royal Throne. What is Britannia? I highly doubt such a vast empire would've escaped your notice. America? Never heard of it, though I do vaguely remember learning about some colonies that tried to escape British rule around the time you describe. Nevertheless, the history of such a powerful empire is irrelevant, since I am no longer a part of it. If you care to know more, you can always do research on Wikipedia and come back. But I am not here to talk about a disgusting nation run entirely on Social Darwinism. This is my page, and I will appropriately use this space to talk about myself. That is what you came here for, isn't it?

Now, as I was saying, I was born into such a massive empire, but I was eventually cast out of it. My mother, the empress Marianne, was brutally murdered when I was ten years old. My sister, Nunnally, bore witness to the events, and became blind and crippled as a result though, as I later learned, it was all a fabrication for a plot my father was using to Take Over the World. After my mother's death, I confronted my father for not properly protecting her. In response, he heartlessly cast out my sister from Britannia, as well as myself. We were sent to Japan as political hostages.

That was how I met Suzaku. I didn't trust him—or anyone—at first, but I slowly warmed up to his presence. We became friends of a sort, though our relationship would become complicated in years to come. Only a month after meeting him, my father, as though he forgot he had children here, declared war on Japan. Nunnally and I survived the cataclysm and faded into the pages of history.

I hid my identity, took on the surname Lamperouge, and tried to live my life as a normal person. But I was embittered for having been cast out and left to die. I began to see just how corrupt the family I had been born into truly was. I was considered dead to the world, and that suited me just fine. For seven long years, in addition to making sure my sister was always happy and well cared for, I planned my vengeance against Britannia little by little. I wanted to destroy Britannia for two reasons: to make a world where Nunnally and I could live in peace, and to discover the truth behind my mother's murder. I would've kept planning and waiting—at least, until I met a mysterious woman who addressed herself as C.C. She granted me the mystical power of Geass.

With it, I gained the ability to make anyone do my bidding. But, as with any great power, it has its limits. First, I must be within 270 meters of the person I'm speaking to. Second, anything thicker than normal eyeglasses—even sunglasses are adequate—prevents me from having direct eye contact with the victim, rendering my ability to control someone unusable. Third, I can only use my power on any given person once. That's why I'm saving my use of it on you. Don't think you can fight it either. Even if you don't want to obey, you will.

In any case, I used the power of Geass to aid some resistance fighters amongst the citizens of Japan (known to Britannia as Elevens) and cornered the Viceroy of Japan (then known as Area Eleven): Clovis la Britannia, my older half-brother. After killing him in cold blood—my first step in destroying the Holy Britannian Empire—Suzaku wound up taking the blame for my misdeeds as a political spectacle designed with the intention of humiliating Japanese-born Britannian soldiers. To save him, I went into the public eye—for the first time—as the masked vigilante known as Zero. I successfully proclaimed my crime to the world and openly declared war on Britannia. I tried to convince Suzaku that he was better off on my side, but he foolishly went back to face his court-martial.

The next thing I knew, in response to my open declaration of murdering Clovis, my older half-sister, Cornelia li Britannia, became my next opponent. We waged war against each other, up until her younger sister, Euphemia, decided to try and bring about a peaceful resolution to our conflict while simultaneously giving the Japanese back their nation. With my back against a corner, I tried to turn Zero into a martyr and confronted my younger half-sister in private. It didn't go very well.

As a result of my... error, the battle between Cornelia and I continued. During the final battle, after successfully using my Geass on Cornelia, CC told me news I didn't want to hear: that my sister had been taken hostage by an unknown entity. Hurrying after her, I reached a dead end, where Suzaku confronted me and subsequently beat me down and arrested me. I was brought before my father, who turned out to have a Geass of his own. He rewrote my memories and sent me back to Japan, but not before rewriting me into a different role as a tool of conquest, Julius Kingsley—the bastard. He invoked a massive cover up and declared Zero dead. I believe you tropers call this pressing the Reset Button.

But I was not idle for long; only a year. After a year, C.C. and my most trusted subordinate, Kallen, recovered me and restored my memories. I became Zero once again, and picked things up right where I left off. The battlefield had changed substantially, but I adapted as I always do. Then, things became rather... strange. It became apparent to me that my most powerful adversary was not Suzaku, the Britannian Army, or my father, but the universe itself. Sadly, there was nothing I could do about it but dance in the palm of the powers that be.

Fortunately, despite the struggle, I was finally able to uncover the truth for my mother's murder. As it turned out, she'd been alive all along. She had faked her death as part of a conspiracy that she and my father had devised. They wanted to create a world without change or lies. It was such a foolish plan. I put a stop to it—and them—immediately.

Unfortunately, in my struggle, I lost several things along the way. This included my own sister, Nunnally. After that, whatever was holding me back outright stopped. I forcibly took the Britannian throne and carved a path of bloodshed far greater than my father, my sister, and anyone else in recent history had combined. Then I died, but it was all part of my plan. Of course, many of you have believed that I'm out there somewhere. And I would think that by the conversation we are having that this is evidence of just that. What? The writer says I'm no longer alive? Preposterous! Let me clear the air right now: I live. I Geassed the writer to tell you all that to ensure that you'd believe it. Besides, the director says to decide for yourself. I just want some peace and quiet after everything I've done. Of course I'd leave myself an escape plan. I want to see the world I created with my own eyes. If you recall, I almost lost sight of my goals when Nunnally turned out to be alive, but, thanks to Suzaku—my ally at that point (seriously: our allegiances change more times than that fourth wall-breaking headache maker changes his alignment)—I regained my composure and I tweaked our plan. I'm sure it was painful for him to run me through like that. It wasn't exactly pleasant, to say the least. And now, since he's considered dead to the world as well, he's taken my mantle as Zero.

And after 10 years, I'm finally making an official return, just as I planned.

So, these days, I'm just plain old Lelouch, or remaining as Zero in regards to other possible events. Now, as you seem to be intruding on the peace and quiet I crave, I must kindly ask you to leave, but before I do that, I believe a punishment is in order, for I would prefer to remain hidden from the eyes of the public. If you don't understand why, you will soon find out. Gaze upon my eyes, troper. Now is the time of your reckoning. I told you: I was saving my Geass for the right moment. And, now, you will obey me.

Lelouch vi Britannia commands you: READ THESE TROPES! AND ALSO THE TROPES ON THE YMMV PAGE!

  • Abusive Parents: My father kicked me out of the empire because I dared to stand up to him for not protecting my mother. Then it turned out that my mother was no better. And, if extra materials are anything to go by, she was even considering having Nunnally and me mate for the sake of creating the perfect vessel for Geass. I'm honestly not sure how I feel about that.
  • Adult Fear: I worry about Nunnally almost every waking minute. I really hope she's doing well as the 100th Empress of Britannia. It's a hefty responsibility I left for her, to say the least. But I trust Suzaku enough to at least keep her out of harm's way. Cornelia appears to be taking good care of her, as well.
  • Affably Evil: I won't deny it. I'm rather polite, if a bit stiff in social situations, but it's just the perfect mask to hide my true colors. I can kill, maim, and manipulate anyone I dare choose, just as I'm doing to you right now.
  • Agent Peacock: Is there a problem with a man being able to cook and having female friends? Wait—fabulous? ...I vehemently deny any implications brought about by this accusation.
  • Alliterative Name: When I'm using my assumed surname, at least.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: It's true: I did appear in the Super Robot Wars Z universe, and I did a much better job managing the second half of my struggle—no thanks due in part to the amount of Executive Meddling that went into R2.
  • Always Save the Girl: When Kallen was captured during the second season, I had become so emotionally attached to her that I momentarily forgot I was leading an entire army. I tailored my plans specifically to get her back. And then there was the time Nunnally was captured by V.V. I failed miserably in my latter attempt. As for the former, Nunnally supposedly died in a nuclear explosion just after I got Kallen back on my side.
  • Ambiguously Bi: L-Look! There is nothing between Suzaku and I! The official art is meaningless! The fact we often come across as Star-Crossed Lovers even more so! And that Rai, he doesn't count! I have plenty of female Love Interest options...what do you mean that's what this means?!
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: My damn father not only rewrote my memories, but my entire identity into the type of person I hated: Julius Kingsley.
  • Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: Depending on how you look at me, I'm either of the two. I have far too much proper motivation and sanity to be classified as an outright villain.
  • The Atoner: I had grown to feel more and more resentful for my destructive actions that I had to try to make amends in what I thought the most appropriate way. In retrospect, I might have contradicted myself and done worse. At least the world's gotten better.
  • Attention Whore: According to C.C., everything I do is really out of a compulsion to be the center of attention. It's also why my Geass took the form it did.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: ...those photographs were taken against my will. On the other hand, they have spawned actual images of the man that I am as a woman. Some of you have way too much free time on your hand, it seems.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: I became the 99th Emperor of Britannia as a part of my plan to rid the world of hatred. I never said it was a good plan.
  • Badass Boast: I've utilized this trope several times on occasion, though one boast in particular comes to mind.
    My name is Lelouch vi Britannia, eldest son of Empress Marianne—the prince who was abandoned by his empire. If anyone wishes to stop me, let them try—if there is anyone who can go beyond my despair...
  • Badass Bookworm: Viletta Nu, a woman who would only serve to ruin everything I attempted, shot around me in the warehouse in the second episode. I didn't so much as bat an eyelash. After all, the weaker the dog, the louder the bark. (Also, I don't regret letting her live back there, as there was no way for me to predict anything that she would do next. Seriously, what were the chances?)
  • Badass Bureaucrat: Aside from being a master manipulator, I am a competent martial organizer.
  • Badass Cape: The cape I used when I donned the mantle of Zero.
  • Batman Gambit: Sometimes I wonder how I'd fare in The DCU myself, with how masterfully I can craft and execute these. If a rich man in a skintight bat suit can hold his own against the caped and costumed crowd without superpowers, I'd probably manage just fine on my own. First, I'd have to do something about my physique so I can at least run faster than someone in a wheelchair.
  • Battle of Wits: My favorite type of battle.
  • Becoming the Mask: Sometimes I'm not even sure which persona is my real face and which one is the mask.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Not that it matters much, since I always hid my face from the general public.
  • Best Served Cold: I waited seven long years to take revenge on my father, and I had planned on waiting longer, had I not obtained the power of Geass.
  • Beyond the Impossible: My father thought it was impossible for me to geass God. I proved him wrong. As a great man once said, "Just who the hell do you think I am?!" I am Zero, the man who creates miracles! note 
  • Big Bad: I appear to be this when I take the throne, but it's all an act, (not that I had the chance to admit thator wanted to).
  • Big Brother Instinct: I was only able to go on for seven years of exile because I knew that Nunnally would never be able to survive without me and I could never leave her alone. One of these days I'll have to tell her I'm still alive. I heard her heartbroken cries during my "death".
  • Big Good: It just goes to show the kind of world I live in when I'm humanity's greatest hope. Compared to my timeline, I think your world has it easy.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: If I had to explain the twisted treeline my family tree is, you'd be here much longer than I would like.
  • Blatant Lies: I had to lie. Lies protected who I was and the goals I was pursuing.
  • Born Unlucky: Truthfully, I didn't start to experience horrendous luck until the death of my mother, but it was just one thing after another after that tragedy.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: I lied to both Nunnally and Kallen about my true intentions. I had to. I refused to let them get dragged into hell with me. They at least deserve to be happy.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: What would you do if you felt you were just existing rather than living? My report card is hardly an indicator of my intelligence.
  • Broken Bird: I was this trope long before you gazed upon my visage for the first time.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Let it never be said that I'm unresourceful. Even after I lost every measure of support from the Black Knights, I managed to take down my father with only my wits, my Geass, and my Knightmare Frame.
  • Byronic Hero: My life and character traits read like a textbook case, though I would contest being single-minded, thank you very much.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: I started a war just to get revenge on my father. Well... there's what I wanted for Nunnally, too, but that hardly applies to this trope.
  • Camp: If only because people remember what is over the top and exaggerated much more easily than if I were to try and be completely stoic.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Excuse you? I'm perfectly capable of answering any question thrown at me. I just... don't.
  • The Cassandra: Really, after what happened right in front of Suzaku and Nunnally, you think they'd know better than to be so confident in their ability to change Britannia from the inside. Had I myself not screwed up so badly in my own way, I'd have a huge I Warned You argument ready for them.
  • Catch-Phrase: I have several.
    • "All tasks at hand have been cleared."
    • "Lelouch vi Britannia commands you..."
    • "I am Zero!"
    • "I will destroy the world and create it anew."
    • "The only ones who should kill are those prepared to be killed."
    • and my most favorite: "If the king doesn't go into battle, his men will not follow."
  • Celibate Hero: I maintain that I'm perfectly capable of exhibiting kindness, compassion, and even romantic feelings towards others. However, I knew that a romance could only complicate the necessity of what I had to do as Zero. My blunder with Kallen, which led to the FLEIJA explosion (which, in turn, led me to believe Nunnally was dead), can easily be used as an example, and she wasn't even my girlfriend.
  • Char Clone: It seems that I share a lot in common with the Red Comet, such as the masked identity, being a child of nobility attempting to avenge the death of a parent, and having a sister who is mostly unaware of our actions. On the other hand, Kallen is the one who is a skilled pilot with a red machine in battle. We do actually have our own history with the man himself.
  • Character Tic: I make a flourishing gesture to draw my victim's attention to my eye before invoking Geass upon them. That way, I can guarantee they're looking at me when I speak.
  • The Chessmaster: I am an expert at playing my opponents right into my hands. I am also an amazing chess player. I blame the writers and animators for their blunder in learning how the game works. I understand the rules perfectly. Challenge me to a game! I'll show you how good I am!
  • Chess Motifs: I am the king on the chess board; my Zero costume even resembles one. To elaborate, while my physical combat skills are less than impressive, I am the one who commands the whole board. I am always on the battlefield with his troops, because I am a firm believer that if a king doesn't lead, his subordinates won't follow. And then there's Zero Requiem, in which I played the role of the White King, dressed in white and gold clothes instead of my usual black and purple ones, with Zero as a Black Knight. You could say he put me in checkmate, but, then again, I orchestrated that.
  • Chick Magnet: Curse my well-appealing looks and charisma. I think my school life would've only been half as complicated as it was if I had some form of facial deformity, like a scar. Or maybe I should've gone to school with a bag over my head. You mock me, but even before I became Zero, I had to put up with this. I know the difference between a shallow physical attraction and a romantic interest. I think only Kallen and Shirley understood the real me. C.C. most definitely understood me, but we were accomplices, and she'd been acquiring wisdom immortally for quite some time.
  • Childhood Friends: Despite our differences, Suzaku and I are this. And nothing else!
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Alright; I'll admit I can see where some of you could potentially confuse me with a Villain Protagonist.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: I am not! Britannia was a corrupt empire and Suzaku is naive for thinking otherwise! Nunnally simply doesn't know any better!
  • Conspicuously Public Assassination: How my reign as Emperor ended.
  • Consummate Liar: For the sake of convenience, of course.
  • Cosmic Plaything: I just wanted to end Britannia and repair the world with my magnificent rebellion, but certain people had to get in my way. By the end, even I was thinking time and space were using me like a child's toy. Was it entirely necessary to kill off what little happiness I had at one point? I feel like I made it clear with the Zero Requiem that if the universe despises me so much, then it should let me die and get me out of its hair.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: I meet my end at the bottom of a trail of my blood leading from the middle of the Britannian flag, the resulting visage being reminiscent of the Christian cross.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The assassination of my mother turned me into the person I am today, along with the goals I harbored for my revenge against Britannia. I went even further towards the edge of the metaphorical cliff when I obtained Geass.
  • Dark and Troubled Past/Freudian Excuse: Find me anyone who's lost a parent or sibling that didn't turn into a monster, and I'll in turn show them a walk in my shoes. In fact, I can think of several series where the results have been arguably worse.
  • Dark Messiah: I don't care what it takes to save the world. I'll dirty my hands as much as necessary. It doesn't matter if the world won't thank me for it in the end; the results are what matters most.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Hmph; I thought this would've been obvious.
  • Death Glare: Capable of sending a chill down your spine, much like that of that one attorney's rival.
  • Death Seeker: After the supposed death of my sister and the betrayal of the Black Knights, I had lost all will to live. If Rolo hadn't stepped in, I would've been fine dying to the guns of the people I once considered allies.
  • Death Wail: I think it's safe to say Shirley's death left a big impact on me. Though the same could be said about my own death for Nunnally. I'm just relieved even that didn't break her spirit.
  • Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: My Geass power and Chessmaster brain make it possible for me to commit horrendous atrocities, but blame my enemy for internal strife.
  • Declaration of Protection: What can I say? Despite my calm exterior, there are people I really care about.
  • Defector from Decadence: This was how I reacted to my father's heartless indifference to my mother's murder and Nunnally's crippling and declaration that the Britannia is defined by the strong ruling over the weak. As a result, I was sent to Japan along with Nunnally. And then like forgotten relics, my father initiated a war with us caught in the middle of it. Forgive me if I wish to not be associated with scum like that.
  • Despair Event Horizon: I wasn't really myself when Shirley and Nunnally died and the Black Knights betrayed me in such a short time span.
  • Determinator: I don't quit, unless I happen to be suffering extreme emotional wounds that I don't want anyone to see.
  • Deus Angst Machina: By the middle of season 2, let's just say my father is only one of my problems.
  • Devoted to You: Shirley, Kallen, and Rolo were ready to put their lives on the line for me. Out of the three of them, only Kallen is still alive. Her readiness to die for me is part of the reason I excluded her from the Zero Requiem.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: As I previously said, the bane of my existence is not any one man or woman, but the heavens themselves. You'd think geassing God would fix that, but nope.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Please don't remind me. You can be certain that I'd rather be with someone than alone. Though I can see why of some of you also believed that none of the other girls were able end up with me, either.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Like I said, for whatever reason, the universe seems to conspire against me.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Ah, I'll never forget this glorious moment for as long as I live. I used my Geass on God itself to stop Ragnarok and killed my parents. It was euphoric, at least until I remembered where I stood in the grand scheme of things.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Disproportionate? You slight me! There's nothing disproportionate about bringing about the destruction of almost the entire Britannian royal like to avenge my mother considering how corrupt and putrid it is. Including my mother herself, apparently.
  • Doom Magnet: Just how many times does the point need to be reinforced that I was defeated by the universe itself?
  • Drama Bomb: Just when I think things are smooth sailing, one of these blows up in my face.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Give me a few years. I'll be sure to remove every trace that I ever crossdressed from the face of humanity's memory.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Which is weird. You would think that seven years of wandering and looking for a home, I would've developed some sort of skin tan.
  • The Emperor: The 99th Emperor of Britannia, to be precise.
  • El Cid Ploy: The end of my role in Zero Requiem.
  • Establishing Character Moment: After ordering a group of soldiers to kill themselves, I look momentarily shocked and disturbed for a few seconds. Then I smile as I realize the sort of power that fell into my grasp.
    • And of course a few moments prior to that, when I thought I was going to be shot dead, my last thoughts are of my beloved little sister.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Both Suzaku and the Black Knights sold me out to my father and Schneizel respectively. Some say this is what I get for not using the fullest extent of my Geass, but those people are now less reading this page and more scrubbing the nearest toilets.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: I won't deny the sins I've committed to get what I wanted. And I freely admit to seeking revenge for my mother because of how much I loved her. And, now that I've seen her true colors, all she's earned is my rage. Just recently, she apparently managed to align herself with a godlike being who's arguably worse than my father. Either way, I needed to stop her once again.
  • Everyone Has Standards: I may go to lots of extremes, but I will not geass my subordinates, nor will I kill indiscriminately.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The only time I killed innocent people was Zero Requiem and even by that standard I am a patron saint compared to many of the previous emperors.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Yes, I am fully aware that Rolo had it out for me something bad. That's what made him so easy to manipulate.
  • Evil Costume Switch: When I wore my robes as Emperor, it was a clear sign to all who knew me that I had changed.
  • The Evil Genius: More than just as emperor, I am this to anyone who looks at me with disdain. Personally speaking, I feel I fall more towards the Anti-Hero category, but that doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, now, does it?
  • Evil Gloating: I'll not contest the evil portion, considering how I appear to others, and I will admit to taking great pleasure in letting my enemies know that I've beaten them.
  • Evil Laugh: Yet another reason why my alignment might confuse people. My sinister chortle isn't exactly heroic.
  • Evil Overlord: I deliberately became one of these as Emperor in order to see Zero Requiem through to its conclusion.
  • Expy:
    • I have been considered at least a partial Expy of any number of fictional and even historical figures, especially the protagonists of V for Vendetta and The Count of Monte Cristo. The Red Comet has already been mentioned above.
    • Between my decision to wearing black a lot, lying to the people I care about and my pursuit to avenge the death of one of my parents, you might even consider me, in part, to be this of Hamlet.
    • Furthermore, between my age, the location of my rebellion and my betrayal, you could even consider me to be this of Amakusa Shiro.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner/Final Speech: When faced with a firing squad made up of my own men, I take off my mask, laugh in their faces, and tell them they were all fools I used like pawns. Of course, I was only doing this to get Kallen to stop blindly following me like a lovesick puppy. And because, you know, I'd lost the will to live. If I was more myself at the time, I could've easily turned that situation around.
  • Fake Memories/Wistful Amnesia: No thanks to Suzaku, I suffered like this for a year.
  • Fallen Hero: In some parts of the second season, I am reasonably well meaning for a while, but ultimately the sins of my past catch up with me in a rather disproportionate fashion and I fall back to my more tragically flawed ways.
  • Fallen Prince: Was there ever any doubt?
  • Fatal Attractor: May Shirley and Euphemia rest peacefully. Though I understand how some of you thought I would eventually join either of them.
  • Fix Fic: The plot of Super Robot Wars Z2 goes out of its way to undo all of the tragedy that befell me in the second half of the second season, even cleaning up my mess with Euphemia... somehow.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: I went from an exiled prince masquerading as a simple Britannian schoolboy into a masked revolutionary and a symbol of justice for the Japanese people. I didn't stop there. At one point, the entire world was mine to toy with.
  • The Gadfly: In order to keep my alter ego a secret, I teased Kallen a lot during season 1 as part of my identity towards her at Ashford, so she wouldn't suspect I was Zero. In hindsight, I probably could've trusted her a bit more than that.
  • Gaining the Will to Kill: My stomach did not agree with what my body and mind managed to do, and what I did was kill Clovis at point blank. It got easier for me over time.
  • Gambit Roulette: Unless the universe decides to tell me I'm not winning on any particular day, my ability to plan is unmatched. I would consider the likes of Mr. Luthor or his highness Von Doom to be worthy opponents of crossing mental blades with. All divine intervention considered null and void in those hypothetical scenarios, I'd probably win.
  • The Gambling Addict: Addict implies obsession. I had my reasons. Nevertheless, before becoming Zero, I was known for my intense gambling ability, often skipping classes and running off to casinos. Of course, smiling with delight as I watched some self righteous Britannian noble pig write me a bank note after I wiped the floor with him was one of the few things I could do to remind myself that I was still alive. For a short while after becoming Zero, I even used my gambling tendencies as a clever cover for my operations with the Black Knights.
    • I was so good with this cover, Suzaku thought that Mao was someone I had a poor experience with during one of my many games. He never learned the truth, which, at the time, was extremely beneficial.
  • Geek Physique: I have immense brain power, but little in the way of physical strength. In one episode, I'm shown running slower than my sister's automated wheelchair. And... well, you had the gall to try me on that previously.
  • General Ripper: I avert this outright. While I will engage in ruthless tactics and use my subordinates as pawns, I do have standards. Furthermore, I only go to extremes out of necessity rather than obsession, and I always fight alongside my troops. How else am I supposed to get them to trust me when I never show them my face?
  • Generation Xerox: How dare you insinuate that I am anything like my father! My father was a selfish man, obsessed with deicide! I, on the other hand, only wanted a glorious revolution to fix the problems that had been plaguing Britannia for centuries. Furthermore, if I had children, I'd be a great dad. *glares* And don't you dare tell me otherwise. I've already learned what I shouldn't do as one.
  • Genghis Gambit: I had to paint a target on my back as part of Zero Requiem. If the world did not universally hate me, my plan would utterly fail.
  • Good Is Not Nice: I draw the line somewhere, of course, but I'm not above using the exact same methods my enemies are employing to beat me. In fact, I'm not above going lower than that, depending on the circumstances.
  • Graceful Loser: Averted. I don't take well to being defeated. Defeat is just a word for temporary setback. After all, what seemed to be my final defeat was actually my ultimate victory.
  • Grew a Spine: Even though I was always on the battlefield, I tended to stay somewhere out of sight and out of mind, and give out orders. I've no skill at being in the thick of things, but I'm very good at playing my opponents into my hands. That said, as I gained confidence from experience—as well as more powerful tools to work with—I stood near the front lines more and more often.
  • Guile Hero: A sharpened mind is just as powerful a tool as a sharpened sword. Just take a look at the time I lost the use of Kallen, but managed to manipulate the Eunuch Generals into announcing their evil plans to their entire country, inciting riots and getting them to lose their Britannian support. And I only managed this because I knew of their plans from Xingke, despite the fact that he had never told anyone else up to that point. I just saw a powerful piece and aimed to take it. Best of all, Xingke had the support of the Chinese Empress, so, in short, I shut down the Eunuchs, destroyed their Britannian support, and gained the Chinese Federation as my ally. See what happens when the universe plays fair?
  • Guilt Complex: Right about the time Shirley died, I started to dislike the person I saw in the mirror every day. This was only accentuated by Nunnally's supposed demise, and eventually led me to contemplate suicide, which gave birth to the Zero Requiem.
  • Heartbroken Badass: With all the people I've lost, forgive me if it seems like I have chronic emotional constipation. About the only person I cared about who didn't die on me was Kallen. I never had to worry about C.C., given she was immortal, though there was that one time she tried to appease Mao by abandoning me.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: This is what happens when you fight against a nation that controls the media. Fortunately, the public saw right through the controlled news stories—some of them, anyways. And, of course, I made sure to get a toxic reputation when I became Emperor in order to enact the Zero Requiem.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: I turned myself into the most hated person in the world, so that Britannians and Japanese would no longer hate each other once I was killed. So far, so good, from what I can tell.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: My crusade left me with no shortage of unexpected twists and turns. This was almost always my reaction. After so many cases, it's no wonder I hit Despair Event Horizon.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Bar C.C., every girl I've taken a romantic interest in falls under this category. That said, after what Mao did to Shirley, I took C.C.'s words to heart about keeping the ones I love at arm's length, so I never pursued my options.
  • Hidden Depths: I'm a very complex person. It's simply unfortunate that only you and a few others understand this.
  • Hidden Villain: How my lack of an identity probably looked to Britannia.
  • High Collar of Doom: My Zero outfit sports this. It's purely an aesthetic choice.
  • Honor Before Reason: Yes. Okay. I get it. Killing Suzaku might've solved everything, but I have a heart, dammit! I also could've just as easily put him under Geass, but, for me, there would've been no point if he didn't make the choice to join me out of his own free will.
  • Hope Bringer: Looking back, it seems that even people like me, when they have none for themselves, are still able to give it to others.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: While I understood the bare basics of how my Geass worked when I first obtained it, I had to learn its rules the old-fashioned way: experimentation.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: At one point I tell Suzaku that I don't have time to debate which of us is the bigger hypocrite, but, if you ask me, it will always have been him.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate/Suicide by Cop: If I had killed myself, I couldn't have helped anyone. I had to let Suzaku run me through with my ceremonial blade.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: From the Black Rebellion to the Zero Requiem. I make no excuses. I also made sure to everyone that I got what I deserved for them.
  • I Have the High Ground: I find it fitting to maintain a position where I can literally look down on my enemies. After all, until I appeared as Zero, Britannia always had the high ground.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: If I had just been a little quicker...maybe if I had cared just a little bit more. If I had been able to kill Rolo the several times I tried. ...would you excuse me? I think I need a minute.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: I understand a lot of you weren't very happy that some the people arguably responsible for my misery that led to the Zero Requiem went on to live happier lives in the end, but really think about it: I've already gotten my revenge on many people successfully. After gaining victory over Schniezel, there was nowhere in the world for anyone to run or hide. With the exception of Cornelia and her small resistance group, I had them all captured, I was even prepared to have them publicly executed, ...and yet I had my own life taken instead of theirs. My soldiers then deliberately retreated, allowing them to be set free. To put it simply, I could have actually executed them at any time, yet I chose not to do so. People like Diethard received no such mercy when he tried taking matters in his own hands after I had already Geassed Schneizel, who fatally shot him. I then denied him his request to be Geassed because he wasn't even worth it.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Even if you ask me how I created my Zero uniform, I'm not going to tell you. However, I will admit that most of it is hand made.
  • Improbable Age: With the exception of perhaps Amakusa Shiro and Joan of Arc there aren't very many historical teenage revolutionaries, now are there? And technically speaking, I'm better than both of them. Their betrayals led to their deaths. While it once seemed this had happened to me as well, I escaped my betrayal, turned the tables and found my own way to exit the stage.
  • Incest Subtext: I'll admit, my relationships with Euphemia and Nunnally probably seem like this from the outside. And, in the interest of personal integrity, I'll decline to comment further.
  • Informed Ability: I maintain that I am a master at chess, and not just as a Chessmaster. Sure, I use the king in a strange manner, but, sometimes, a little Confusion Fu can throw an opponent off their game and nab you a win.
  • Inspector Javert: I was at my absolute cruelest during my search for V.V. You can hardly blame me, though. He deserved my ire completely. And that was before I learned he was my mother's apparent murderer. He was already dead by the time it was revealed.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Between not wanting anyone to know that I'm an exiled prince and my masquerade as Zero, plus the fact that I'm a master at reading social cues, I never really got close to anyone in particular. Then again, being abandoned by my siblings probably has a lot to do with that. The intelligence is just a bonus.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: I can cook, clean and do laundry like your stereotypical housewife. Of course, I had to do all of this for Nunnally and me when it was just the two of us after the war. Until Sayoko came into the picture, which was after I enrolled at Ashford, I had to do pretty much everything to keep Nunnally and I alive.
  • In the Blood: Fine, go ahead and accuse me of being like my father in how we manipulate people. At least I have the emotional capacity to own up to my actions.
  • It Gets Easier: I became physically ill just from thinking about killing Clovis after the deed had been done. However, as I continued the war against my father's Evil Empire, it became easier to commit atrocity after atrocity in order so that my acts as Zero could be executed flawlessly. However, after what happened with Euphemia, I stopped killing people I could match names and faces to, even if they deserved it.
  • It Only Works Once: My Geass can only manipulate a person once; that includes you. I'm only making you read all of this because you're not a threat to me otherwise. That and perhaps C.C was right; maybe I am starving for attention.
  • It's All My Fault: You would not believe what time, death and depression can do to a man.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: I managed to save Kallen by getting her to leave my side. Unfortunately, I not only failed to do this with Shirley, but I even regret having to push her aside.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Everything I did was for Nunnally. I just wanted her to be happy. I never thought she was happy just being with me at Ashford. In hindsight, I probably look like the world's biggest fool in addition to the world's biggest villain. I also pushed Kallen away because I didn't want to drag her down with me on my selfish road to hell.
  • Jerkass Fašade: I find the best way to keep people from wanting to see your softer center is to put a prickly wall around you. Unfortunately, this seems to only attract members of the opposite sex. Still, I didn't have very many other options in the first place. At the very least, it worked on Kallen for long enough.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite what I might do, I care deeply about the innocents of the human race, even if I have to lower myself to the standards of those who would harm them.
  • Jumped at the Call: I was all too eager to exploit the power of Geass from the moment I obtained it.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: I had no other course of action after C.C lost her memory, the Black Knights betrayed me and Shirley and Nunnally were both dead. I was pretty much a dead man walking until Rolo stepped in.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: I used this on Rolo to get him to join my side. He was a most useful pawn—up to a point. Because of him, Shirley's dead and, to the world, so am I. In hindsight I might've been better off killing him more than Suzaku. Anyone ever think of that?
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: I did this to Villetta and Rolo, both of whom were sent to watch over me following the Black Rebellion, via blackmail and promise of a future, respectively. I'd have to say this is the worst mistake I made in my crusade. At least unlike what happened with Euphemia this one was based purely on choice, rather than a complete accident.
  • Kick the Dog: When Shirley died, I went off the deep end, cursing the Geass from the bottom of my very soul. My subsequent emotional outburst was probably a factor in being betrayed by my subordinates. I have to wonder why I didn't just feed them some excuse that would explain why we were shooting children.
  • The King Slayer: I killed my father by geassing God to erase him from existence. Revenge has never been sweeter.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: I am a very triumphant example of this trope. I started a war so that my sister and I could have peace, a World War to be exact. And I did so against the greatest superpower on the planet, by myself no less. While I could've just played Amateur Sleuth like that one attorney I decided it was better to simply be thorough by wiping out the empire and rebuilding it from the ground up.
  • Knight of Cerebus: I got very emotional after Shirley's death. To be fair, the Geass Order had to go. However, I probably could've been a little less angry about it. In hindsight, probably still have a so-called life if I hadn't.
  • Kubrick Stare: With how often I do this when things are going well, I'm surprised I'm not actually a protagonist in one of his movies.
  • La RÚsistance: I orchestrate the this when I realize how effective it would be with my brilliance at the helm. The only reason the Black Knights stuck around with me for as long as they did was because they knew they would fail if I wasn't leading them.
  • Large Ham: What can I say? Scenery tastes delicious when paired with a Chianti.
  • Laughing Mad: Mad? I'm absolutely jovial when I win. It's not my fault my voice makes it sound like I'm the villain of a Saturday Morning Cartoon.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: I'd ask what goes through your mind when people like you try to dictate my love life for me, but I fear the answer would hurt. I have noticed that I'm not only paired of with one of my siblings, Nunnally included, but sometimes complete strangers. Don't even get me started on how some of these relationships go against everything I stand for. If I had any interest in a relationship I would actively pursue it myself. Unfortunately, the girl I did have is dead, the girl completely devoted to me is beyond my grasp after what I did and the girl I'm left with is profoundly annoying, but I know many of you thought I wouldn't even have her if I was dead myself. Nevertheless, if I were to find someone special, I'll certainly not do the same as my father. I'd like to think I have a heart enough to care for my potential partner, but it would be hard enough letting one person that close. What makes you think I would enjoy having many simultaneous betrothed? As for the amount of times I've been paired with *shudders* Suzaku, let me make something perfectly clear. In case you didn't notice, I've shown my sexual preference. I simply knew a relationship would deeply complicate what it was I had to do.
  • The Leader: Of the Black Knights.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: While it was never my intention to orchestrate it, I took advantage of my Rhetorical Request Blunder with Euphemia in order to paint Zero in a favorable light. At that point there really was nothing else I could do.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: All the time. A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not its purpose.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: C.C can sometimes infuriate me with how insufferable she can be. Worse is that I hardly often offend her.
  • Like Father, Like Son: As reluctant as I am to admit it, I inherited a few of my father's traits, such as my theatrical nature and my willingness to commit reprehensible acts in pursuit of a worthy goal. We even share the same Origin Story—like me, Charles was spurred to action by the traumatic loss of his mother at a formative age.
  • Living a Double Life: Though it might be a case of triple life as I balance exiled prince, schoolboy and being the leader of a resistance movement.
  • Living with the Villain: Suzaku and I attend the same school, and for a while, neither of us realizes that the other is their regular opponent. I make the discovery first when I find out that he's piloting the Lancelot. This is turned on its head in R2 where I know Suzaku sold me out and he knows I'm Zero, but we have to pretend as if that's not the case.
  • Loophole Abuse: On screen I've managed this twice. First, in Turn 8 of R2, when given an order of exile from Japan as Zero, I avert a crisis by having the rest of the Black Knights, along with 1 million other Japanese natives, dress up as Zero, and joining me in that exile, thereby freeing them to take their fight against Britannia to the world stage. Towards the end of my crusade, I stop my immortal and Geass-immune father from activating Ragnarok by Geassing the collective unconsciousness into carrying out its own wish to continue existence, which it carries out by obliterating both of my parents.
  • Lured into a Trap: When Schneizel turned the Black Knights against me, I fell for this hook, line and sinker. To be fair, I wasn't exactly myself at the time.
  • Magical Eye: The Geass. It allows me to give direct commands to anyone I make eye contact with, which they must obey, even if the command is explicitly suicidal or goes against every moral fiber of their being, but It Only Works Once per person. But, of course, you already know that, don't you?
  • Manchurian Agent: The Nature of my Geass makes this trope one of its more practical uses.
  • Manipulative Bastard: I am good at manipulating people even without using my geass. Just look at everything I did to Rolo.
  • Memory Gambit: I defeat Mao by using the Geass on myself to forget vital information. It works splendidly.
  • Mighty Whitey: I lead the Japanese rebellion, despite not being Japanese myself.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: I think the only other person that does this as often as I do when I make a grandiose speech is that Hunter of His Own Kind Dante.
  • Millionaire Playboy: Yet another reason why I tend to get hordes of women flocking towards me. Don't start lumping me in with that deplorable man from the Marvel Universe. Have you no shame, Tony Stark?
  • Mind Control: My Geass gives me a version of this power... as you have already discovered.
  • Mind over Manners: If I just used the Geass to control people and rob them of their free will, I'm no better than the likes of Shao Kahn or M. Bison. If I want followers, I will convince them to follow me of their own volition.
  • Missing Mom: As noted above, I once believed this was Marianne's fate. Incredibly, the truth was even worse.
  • Mission Control: Being a strategist, I often perform this role.
  • Mole in Charge: During my time as Emperor I fulfilled the conditions to be considered for this trope.
  • Mr. Fanservice: As if just being thin and good looking wasn't enough, I'm also subject to a shirtless and Shower Scene or two.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: For world peace.
  • Multilayer Fašade: I have two assumed identities: Zero the Rebel Leader, and Lelouch Lamperouge the Ordinary High-School Student.
  • My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: I may be Britannian royalty, but I have nothing but contempt for the nation that discarded me and is occupying most of the planet.
  • My Hero Zero: Hmph, hero might be overselling it if you ask me.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Suzaku being the sole exception. Knowing him personally, I also know he'd never do anything to hurt Nunnally.
  • Necessarily Evil: As I said to Guilford, I would stain my hands with evil to destroy greater evil.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: If I didn't fulfill this trope, I'd be no better than Britannia itself. That said, I did have a bit of negligence when I caused a landslide at Narita. Hundreds died because I didn't think to clear the entire area first.
  • Noble Fugitive: After my father launched a war that destroyed and occupied the nation I had been sent to, I had myself and Nunnally falsely declared dead to avoid being sought out and used again as political pawns.
  • Non-Action Guy: While I confess my own physical ineptitude, I am a master strategist and at least a decent Knightmare Frame Pilot. Furthermore, I'm the one who developed the Shinkiro's user interface and it did a pretty good job for its intended purpose.
  • No Place for Me There: How I felt when I began plans for Zero Requiem. Now knowing that Nunnally's alive, I know that there's a place for me in this world, at her side of course, but it would be dificult to explain why I still live. My assassination was carried out in front of the entire world. On top of that, if I had known she was still alive, I can guarantee you that Zero Requiem never would have happened, except maybe for her own version where she wanted the Damocles to be the symbol of hate, though I thought using myself instead would make the plan easier.
  • Nothing Can Stop Us Now!: I really should know better than to tempt fate, but you can't blame me for not taking into consideration cosmic interference when I have cleared all of my objectives.
  • Not What It Looks Like: You have no idea how difficult it is to explain myself out of an awkward situation with Kallen to Shirley or with C.C to Kallen. That's why, typically, I just don't. Perhaps I should've taken cues from Isabella and just told them they have pretty eyes.
  • Ominous Opera Cape: My cape in my Zero uniform is also this.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: They say the best mask for a mastermind is to pretend to be a fool, or in this case, a student with lousy report cards.
  • Out-Gambitted: I've been both on the giving and receiving end of this trope, much to my annoyance of the latter.
  • Paranoia Gambit: Heh. The Britannians never saw Orange Boy coming. I love it when a plan comes together.
  • Parental Issues: That's putting it mildly. I think I've made it quite apparent several times now the problems I have with my parents, my father moreso.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: How I operate as Zero. There's no point in obeying the law when the law itself is the problem after all. Of course, even when I'm not Zero, I can fall into this. Before I got Geass, there was a time when I hooked a particularly aggravated man's front bumper to the winch of a nearby truck after he caused an accident. Why? For justice.
  • Personality Powers: I guess in a contest of nature versus nurture, I'm charismatic by nature. I sure didn't pick that up struggling to survive after my exile.
  • Pinocchio Nose: My tic of looking away from my recipient when lying through my teeth was so wrote for Suzaku that he instantly knew I was fibbing about geassing Euphemia on purpose.
  • The Plan: I've always got one and unless there's some sort of Diabolus ex Machina involved, it is always is executed flawlessly.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Make no mistake, regardless of what it looks like, C.C and I are not involved in a romantic affair. Our brief exchanges of intimate contact that were shown held no further value to them.
  • Power Incontinence: This hit me at the absolute worst moment possible.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Hero only in the sense that I am the protagonist. But yes, I'll do whatever it takes to see my vision through to the end.
  • Prodigal Hero: Only in my case it was less splitting an ocean in half and more self sacrifice.
  • Promotion to Parent: I became Nunnally's primary caretaker after our father cast us out and my mother was killed.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: I've used this as a Geass command on screen at least four times. You'd tremble at the thought of how many times I've done it when you're not looking.
  • Psychotic Smirk: When I've successfully taken out the trash as it were, I'm usually sporting one of these to showcase my joy. Sometimes it's preceded or succeeded by one of my bouts of laughter.
  • Public Execution: My death as Emperor is a form of this.
  • Purple Eyes: It's my natural eye color, why do you ask? You should be more concerned if my eyes are red, just as they are now as I hold you under my control.
  • Really Dead Montage: I'm given one at the end of the anime, but it's lies and slander. I told you, I'm still alive. You don't even see what they do with me afterward.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: I'm a good cook and I have a housekeeping manual to boot. I had to become self-reliant in order to take care of Nunnally after all. I'm the only one who can. I wonder if she's well right now even. Fortunately, I still have Suzaku as Zero by her side..
  • Rebel Prince: In every sense of the word.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Take note of it right now while you remain under my control.
  • Red Right Hand: Before I geassed God only one of my eyes had the Geass power, my left one.
  • Rhetorical Request Blunder: Never did I think my twisted sense of humor could cause the most horrifying experience of my life. No, I did not stutter.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: I didn't want to call attention to myself, so of course I didn't use my unlimited wallet for any sort of purpose. This, of course, didn't stop C.C from using my platinum card to keep buying pizza for herself. However..."idiot"? I'd choose my words carefully if I were you.
  • Royal Blood: Though if I could, I'd purge it from me. Being a no-name commoner suits me just fine.
  • Sanity Slippage: It started with that...incident with Euphemia and it only got worse from there. It's like the writers were trying to break me so that Zero Requiem would come to pass no matter what.
  • Sarcastic Confession: I gave one to Suzaku and Schneizel made it haunt me by using it to manipulate the Black Knights. In the end though, I had the last laugh.
  • The Scapegoat: Schneizel turned me into this, the scoundrel. If I wasn't so depressed at the time, I would've shown them all what for. But then, perhaps it's not so far off the mark after all.
  • Self-Made Orphan: After spending eight years finding out who killed my mother not only did I find out that they're both horrible people, but I put them out of their misery myself.
  • Scheherezade Gambit: Part of my attempts to persuade Rolo. Oddly enough, for whatever reason, even when I yelled at him, he thought the world of me. I will never understand it. I honestly could not have done the same. I think my track record is evidence of that.
  • Sex for Solace: I propositioned this to Kallen after Nunnally became Viceroy. That did not go as planned. Probably for the best in hindsight, all things considered.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: You can probably understand my confusion and discomfort when C.C tried to say she was this to Nunnally. I made it very clear that such things were not true. Of course that hasn't stopped you, my fans, from thinking otherwise, has it?
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: I used to be this. No longer.
  • Shield Surf: I grabbed a riot shield and used this as part of my plan when I faced down Guilford during one of the earlier portions of R2
  • Shipper on Deck: I still do maintain that Suzaku and Nunnally are a perfect fit for each other. Why did Euphemia have to ruin that?
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: If Schneizel knew that Nunnally was alive, why didn't he make an attempt of mentioning it sooner? I can't believe I'm saying this, but it's possible he and I could have been allies, but no, all for your political agenda, and what you believe to be peace along with godhood, right brother? Your enslavement to Zero is well-deserved. I understand that some you felt that the confirmation of my survival and return had helped soften the blow.
  • Shrouded in Myth: You would not believe the Wild Mass Guessing I saw online about Zero. If I ever needed a good laugh to get me to sleep, reading those inane theories certainly did the trick.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: I made Mao shut up for good. I also told my father and my mother that the world he envisioned was stagnant and a world I wouldn't want to live in, among other appropriate insults.
  • Silent Scapegoat: The point of Zero Requiem was to turn me into one.
  • Slave Mooks: My army during my one and only battle as Emperor was comprised almost completely of these.
  • Slouch of Villainy: I'm not a villain, but I do look a bit like Von Doom when I'm leaning to one side in whatever Knightmare Frame I happen to be piloting at the time.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: I made it look like I was doing this as Emperor. It was all all part of the plan.
  • The Smart Guy: The only man smarter than me in both intellect and manipulation is my older brother Schneizel. And we all saw how well that worked out for him in the end, didn't we troper?
  • Smart People Play Chess: And I'm a master at the game to boot. Be quiet, I am!
  • The Social Expert: I'm a master at reading social cues, hence why I never really liked all the attention I got from members of the opposite sex. I'm not interested in such a shallow relationship. Furthermore, being such has helped me play my opponents right into my hands and win chess matches.
  • Spanner in the Works: My own emotions have betrayed me countless times almost as often as Viletta or even Suzaku.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: With the exception of the original anime run, I almost always manage to stay unambiguously alive at the end.
  • Squishy Wizard: I'm probably the physically weakest person in my universe. Well, okay, second weakest since Nunnally is paraplegic. That said, it's my only real flaw. I am a master manipulator with a knack for reading others and I can manipulate people to do anything I want.
  • Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: This was how I convinced C.C to let me go confront Cornelia. My student persona was so bland to me, I had no problem taking my own life if I couldn't be something more. Between you and me, I probably couldn't have pulled the trigger. Nunnally would've been heartbroken.
  • The Strategist: Naturally.
  • Straw Hypocrite: I started off as this, using the rebellion I had wrought to cover the fact that I was after revenge. After a time though, I embraced the change I was making, realizing the good I could do as the figurehead I had made myself out to be.
  • Student Council President: Well, Vice President anyway. If I was really president, there would've been plenty of changes going throughout Ashford, not the least of which would be easier handicap access—for Nunnally—and a personal excuse to cut class so I could gamble at chess more often. Oh and probably some form of restraining order to keep the adoring masses off of me.
    • And now that I think about it a little more, I'd probably also pull funding from Milly's more insane festival ideas, most notably the crossdressing pageant. And I'd also pull funding from more useless school clubs and use it to fund something more interesting, like a chess club. Ashford doesn't have one and it probably could use one. ...I don't have a problem.
  • Superheroes Wear Capes: As part of my Zero identity. Capes are flashy, after all. I was trying to make a statement.
  • Supreme Chef: ... Oh yes, I am more than capable in the kitchen. Admittedly, it was out of necessity; I had to take care of Nunnally for years and I would not let anyone else cook for her. Others would say it's because I'm such a Neat Freak that only I am capable of measuring and handling every single ingredient in exactly the way I need. Well, at least my cooking skill cannot be complained about.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: The other Black Knights assumed C.C. to be my mistress. In the interest of keeping things incredibly simple, I made no effort in correcting them.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: If you feel any sympathy for me, since I may as well be the devil with the sins I've wrought. Furthermore, with all that I despise Rolo, I owed him enough for saving my life, even if I didn't want to be saved, so I let him go in peace. This especially seems prominent with my own death when Kallen, Suzaku, and Nunnally were the only ones I know of who shed a tear. Unfortunately, no one in the crowd seemed pay to attention to her suffering after I tried so hard to make her look like a victim as well. I understand they were cheering for Suzaku as Zero like they were supposed to, but for my own sister to go unnoticed like that... Well, I'm proud of her for still pulling through like always, and taking her rightful place as the 100th Empress.
  • Take a Third Option: When I don't like the options presented to me, I simply invent one.
  • Taking the Bullet: I staged this to save Rolo in order to get him to come over to my side. He took the bait Just as Planned
  • Taking You with Me: Following my betrayal, I attempted to do this to my father by having us both be sealed inside the Sword of Akasha.
  • Tall, Dark, Handsome and Snarky: Enough with praising how I look. I have enough women problems as it is... although that last one is fairly accurate.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Three times I magnificently deceived people into thinking I was talking to them when, really, it was all a recording. The first time was when I ordered Sayoko to play one on the phone to trick Kallen so that she would stop suspecting I was Zero. The second time takes place when I convince Mao I was at a radio tower, when, in reality I was approaching him with more than a dozen Geassed police officers. The third time, I masterfully manage to trick Schneizel and succeed in assuming control of the Damocles. Among my achievements, I consider this one to be in the top five favorites since it's the only time I've ever beaten Schneizel.
  • Tempting Fate: Constantly and, really, as previously stated, I should know better.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: I give up a few times when I think I've utterly lost. Thankfully, I always had a reliable ally—be it C.C, Kallen, or Suzaku—to perk me up and set me back on track.
  • Thanatos Gambit: I died for love.
  • Too Clever by Half: Find me a single person other than Schneizel who can rival my intellect in my universe. In fact, even out of universe, you would be hard pressed to find someone who can outsmart me. And I don't count the universe ruining my plans as outsmarting.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Life changes when your mother is murdered. Those of you who still have both your parents—loving ones at that—would not understand. That said, if you do have a pair of living, loving parents, count yourself lucky and know... that I envy you.
  • Tragic Hero/Tragic Villain: Depending on your perspective, though I'm more than likely seen as a villain by most after what I did.
  • Trauma Conga Line: I hope it made Ichiro Okuichi proud to put me through emotional turmoil like that. Seriously, the only other writer I know to put his characters through that kind of rapid trauma is Gen Urobuchi.
  • Trigger Happy: I relieve stress by finding random trouble makers and making them do random things for my amusement. This being my Geass, they'll keep doing those things until they die from hunger or exhaustion.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Enough with the compliments! And "troubled" doesn't even begin to describe it.
  • Tsundere: I love mocking my enemies and rivals, but, to the few people I care about, I show my softer side.
  • ▄bermensch: Comes from being exposed to the harshness of reality when you're only 10 years old.
  • The Un-Favourite: I thought Nunnally and I were this compared to the rest of the Britannian Royal Family. The truth is no less sunny, and I feel I was better off not knowing it, on some level.
  • The Unfettered: Initially, I did have a few fetters, but, one by one, they completely vanished.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: I should never have let Sayoko pose as me. She wound up setting up 108 dates for me... on the same day. As a result, many of my classmates began to think I was a Millionaire Playboy. I don't think I ever got around to properly disillusioning them. And then, of course, there's the fact that the Black Knights always thought C.C. to be my mistress. I only let that one slide because it was harmless to Zero's persona.
  • Uriah Gambit: I tried to get Rolo killed—desperately, even. He was not going to get away with what he did to Shirley.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: I went to almost any length to create a perfect world for Nunnally. By the end of R2, this included brainwashing numerous people, slaughtering noncombatants, deception, betrayal, self-inflicted public demonization, and assisted suicide. But as I said before, when I first enacted the Zero Requiem, I was well past the Despair Event Horizon, and by the time Nunnally turned out to be alive, I had come too far to want to turn back.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Thanks in part to Diethard for managing to get me some positive propaganda when I was Zero. Furthermore, even without his efforts, the dissatisfied public saw me for the savior I was purporting myself to be.
  • Visionary Villain: Villain might be going too far, except in the case of Zero Requiem. Still, regardless of my alignment, I was always adamant about my vision for a kinder world.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: C.C. and I tend to bicker a bit. I trust her with everything I am and she responds by taking potshots at my character.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Part of my cover as a student.
  • Weak, but Skilled: As previously stated, I have no physical prowess at all, but, as you can see right now, I can force you to do whatever I want, and I'm an unrivaled strategist.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: After Nunnally died, I didn't care what it took, I would make a world she would want to live in and follow her to the grave on top of that.
  • We Would Have Told You, But...: In order for Zero Requiem to work, everyone needed to be kept in the dark about its intentions.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: I'll dismiss Mao's criticisms. He's a raving lunatic, and he cast the first stone during our bout. However, Nunnally certainly laid into me when I used my Geass against her after she broke our father's psychosomatic hold on her. If I hadn't discarded the desire to cry by then, I probably would've shed a tear or two.
  • Wicked Cultured: I have good taste in suits, great people skills and I'm a master at playing chess.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: To Nunnally at least. In fact, Suzaku almost caught me in a bind when I was supposed to have my memories of her erased. Thanks to Rolo though, I was able to dodge his trap. I had just enough time to tell my sister I loved her. Of course, during Zero Requiem, I had to break this creed, even against her, while she called me the devil as I turned my back on her.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: I won't accept your pity, but I accept your understanding. What I did was inexcusable, so I won't make any. But that just goes to show you how little I care about life and everything else when my sister isn't holding my Morality Chain.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Again, unless some Diabolus ex Machina enters into play, my plans almost always end up with me benefiting.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: And even when they do show up, unless the writers force me into a bind, I'm able to adjust my strategy accordingly.
  • You Killed My Mother: My so-called Start of Darkness began when I became enraged over the mystery person who did this.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: As I said before, I'm good at reading social cues. There have been times where I've had a gun pointed at me, or my life otherwise threatened, and I've known that I wasn't actually in any immediate lethal danger. First and foremost is the time I put a gun at my head as a means of convincing C.C to let me go confront Cornelia. At Narita, a few of the Black Knights tried to kill me for luring them to fight Cornelia, but then I reminded them that if they shot me they would meet certain death at Cornelia's hands so their only choice was to trust me to lead them. Then, at the beginning of R2, Kallen pointed a gun at me. She didn't even need the gun to kill me and I still walked right up to her, pushed into the barrel with my chest and then snatched it from her without a second thought. To be fair on Kallen's part, she really had no intention of harming me in the first place, the gun was a means to get my attention and just wanted to know if I had coerced her into following me blindly down the rabbit hole we walked together. I told her the truth and then asked whether or not she believed me.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit/0% Approval Rating: Zero Requiem in more than just name. Nevertheless, the results show its effectiveness.


There, now you know almost as much about me as I know about myself. It's a shame that you won't remember this conversation once you leave this page. Good company is so hard to come by these days. But then you could always come back to it, or possibly wander aimlessly about this website, wondering how and why you vaguely remember having contact with someone that's supposed to be dead. Whatever you decide is not my concern. However, for now the time has come for you to exit the stage.

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