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Britannian characters in Code Geass (excluding the main characters), and the tropes they embody.

Britannian Imperial Family

Emperor Charles zi Britannia

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 Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)

 "All men are not created equal!"

Ruler of the Britannian Empire, father to Lelouch and his siblings, and the Big Bad for most of the series, Charles is introduced as a Social Darwinist who thinks that war is the best way to create social progress. It's eventually revealed that his true agenda is to use the Ragnarok Connection to create "a world without lies", a desire brought about by being raised in a royal family whose members killed and deceived each other for power. Ironically, Charles' actions only perpetuate the cycle of violence and result in Lelouch's campaign to destroy the empire his family built.

Charles embodies these tropes:

 Young Lelouch: "Hail Your Majesty! My mother the empress is dead."

Charles: "Old news. What of it?"

Princess Euphemia li Britannia


 Voiced by: Omi Minami (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)

 "I never want to see people unhappy ever again!"

The Third Princess of Britannia, Euphemia is a rarity among the royal family: kind-hearted, plucky, innocent and sweet. She wants everyone to be happy. Yes, that includes even the Elevens -- among them, the man she loves, Suzaku Kururugi.


Princess Euphie (also spelled Euphy) embodies these tropes:

Princess Cornelia li Britannia

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 Voiced by Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English)

 "Sloppy, senile, corrupted. Where is Zero?! I want the enemy of the Empire caught! Get Zero!"

Twenty-seven-year old Cornelia -- twenty-eight by the second season -- is the Second Princess of Britannia and Area 11's Governor after the death of her brother Clovis. The brilliant, courageous, and widely-feared Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Army, she is also strongwilled, xenophobic, and strict. Nevertheless, she harbors a deep and genuine soft spot for her little sister Euphemia.

Princess Cornelia embodies these tropes:

  • Ace Pilot: Amongst the best Brittania has to offer. She seems to be second only to Suzaku, and Schneizel says she's as good as Marianne "The Flash", though it's quite possible he's exaggerating.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Especially at the beginning.
  • Badass
  • Big Screwed-Up Family
  • Blue Blood
  • Blue Eyes: Blue-purple.
  • Break the Haughty: Over the course of the series.
  • The Chessmaster: She was the first enemy in the series to deliver Lelouch a defeat.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: She saw through every trick Lelouch used. One can hear his frustration as Cornelia denies him any opportunity to exploit.
  • Dark Action Girl: A little old for the trope, but not by that much. She's powerful, she's ruthless, and she's feared.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts off arrogant, proud and very racist. Through a series of defeats, humiliations and betrayals, by series end she is a bit more rational in thought and and has chilled out considerably.
  • Disney Death: Courtesy of her older brother and a machine gun.
  • Evil Virtues: Unwilling to leave her bodyguard die, at a point rarely seen for a villain.
  • Four-Star Badass: She's a very high-ranking commander of the Britannian forces, a strategist who nearly beats Lelouch (albeit while he was still overconfident from his early victories), and she leads her troops from the front lines and is one of the best fighters they have.
  • Hand Cannon: She had this gun that she pointed at Zero when he offered to save the hostages of the JLF.
  • Hypocrite: Criticizes the JLF for having "forgotten basic human decency," in reference to the time when a rogue group of JLF members took a number of innocent civilians hostage in a hotel jacking... Which they did one episode after she herself ordered the brutal slaughter of an entire Ghetto filled with mostly innocent civilians. As noted above, she does get better as time goes on but... damn. One might also find her failure to account for said sins when viewing her brother Lelouch with contempt audacious, considering it was her nation's acts, which she was also complicit in no less, that set him down his present path, and that she made no real effort to consider his pain or motivations. He may have been responsible for the death of her sister, but still, it's a case of Never My Fault.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes
  • Iron Lady: Openly aggressive, openly powerful; she's the viceroy of Area 11.
  • Karma Houdini: She does suffer in various ways (dead little sister, messed up in the Black Rebellion, imprisoned for a while, shot by her brother), and does get better over time (see Defrosting Ice Queen), but shows no repentance and suffers no direct punishment for any of her actions, which include one on-screen massacre and doubtless many other reprehensible acts commited under the banner of Britannia, and would rightfully have her tried as a war criminal in real life.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: While normally stoic and ruthless, mention the late empress Marianne and watch her bllush like a schoolgirl.
  • Lack of Empathy: towards the civilians, at least in the first season.
  • Lady of War: Very much so.
  • More Dakka: Did you see the payload on Cornelia's scavenged Frame in episode 14?
  • The Ojou
  • Pet the Dog: She's ruthless in battle, quite harsh on Elevens, and as mentioned before, didn't care much for civilians, but she dotes on her younger sister Euphemia.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Cornelia prefers her pink-haired, often-pink-attired sister Euphemia to pretty much anyone or anything else in the world.
  • Rebellious Princess: In the first part of R2. She drops the mantle when siding with Schneizel, but picks it up again -- and almost gets a bridge dropped on her courtesy of him. She dodges it, barely, and after getting better she joins La Résistance.
  • Purple Eyes: Blue-purple.
  • Red Baron: "The Witch Of Britannia"
  • Royal Blood
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: A viceroy and a military commander.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Euphemia.
  • Statuesque Stunner
  • Taking the Bullet: A random soldier does this to save Cornelia from Todou during the Black Rebellion, which is further evidence that she inspires genuine loyalty in her troops.
  • Tall, Purple-Haired And Bishoujo
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: A true Lady of War, Cornelia is the most tomboyish major character in season one of Code Geass. (Her closest rival would probably be Kallen in her warrior guise.) Cornelia is most commonly paired with Euphemia, who (along with Shirley) is at the show's extreme girly girl end of the spectrum. See this adorable pic from their childhood together.
  • Tsundere: Tsun to her subordinated, dere to Euphie. At one point, Cornelia almost blushed when Schneizel was praising her.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Villainous Valour: Zero fought her using a Knightmare 10 times more powerful than hers. And he relied on Conveniently-Timed Attack From Behind to win. She also leads her troops from the very front of the front line, and never gives up.
  • Wake Up Call Boss: Provided Lelouch with his first real challenge as a strategist. Especially after the incompetent Attack! Attack! Attack! nature of her predecessor Clovis.
    • More than a challenge she would have beaten him if C.C. hadn't turned up to save the day (something Lelouch hadn't planned for and didn't expect). Still, Lelouch does wise up after this, and outmanoeuvres her in their subsequent clashes.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair. To match her eyes and lips.

Marianne Lamperouge, aka Empress Marianne vi Britannia

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 Voiced by: Asako Dodo (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren (English)

 "Masks will vanish, then everyone can be exactly who they're supposed to be."

The former Empress of Charles zi Britannia and mother to Nunnally and Lelouch, she was first introduced as a Missing Mom killed by unknown assassins. It was due to this that caused her kids to be kicked out of the Britannian Empire, which in turns caused Lelouch to hate Britannia and begin his rebellion. To many people, she was known as Marianne the Flash, a powerful Action Mom and a nice person overall that everyone adores (providing they are not snobbish nobles). Unfortunately, she happens to share her husband's viewpoint that the current world is beyond hope, turning out to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist AND Knight Templar Parent thanks to her genuine, but REALLY twisted love for her children.

Marianne embodies these tropes:

Prince Schneizel el Britannia

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 Voiced by: Norihiro Inoue (Japanese), Troy Baker (English)

 "Mankind's history is war, peace is an illusion, to turn illusion into reality is an arduous task. It requires discipline."

Second son of Emperor Charles, this blond man in his late twenties is one of the main antagonists of the series. While he comes across as an Anti-Villain due to his chivalrous demeanor, the true nature of his sinister and calculating personality is revealed when he assumes the role of Lelouch's principal nemesis in Season 2. What he lacks in typical Britannian royal theatrics, he makes up for in efficiency, cunning, and sheer ruthlessness.

In Suzaku Of The Counterattack, Suzaku becomes his knight. Schneizel turns out to be the main villain, killing his father and framing Lelouch for it. He tries to use C.C. to gain immortality and take over the world, but Suzaku manages to kill him.

Schneizel embodies these tropes:

  • Affably Evil: Pretty nice to everyone in general. A notable scene is when he comforts Cecile after an embarrasing moment.
  • A God Am I: Who commands a floating battle station with has orbital nuclear capability.
    • Furthermore, in Suzaku Of The Counterattack" he tries to become immortal and take over the world.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Stoic as noted above and both Nunnaly and Lelouch himself admit that Schneizel is the only one to beat Lelouch in Chess.
  • Always Someone Better: Schneizel is the only character who can consistently outstrategize even Lelouch.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Despite being a member of the royal family he does seem like a good man. Turns out he's Lelouch's most dangerous and ruthless opponent.
  • Ambiguously Gay: In Turn 09, Kanon states he is Schneizel's assistant..."public and private." Admittedly Kanon said this with a semi-joking tone of voice, but during his wedding party, Scheizel's older brother states that he never expected to see Schneizel acting as escort to a woman.
  • Ambition Is Evil: What he believes. Ironically he has his own ambitions, but deliberately not being ambitious enough is what leads to his downfall.
    • It's more that his ambition IS to be ambitionless, or to have an "ambition" that isn't actually his own but is for the good of mankind. He clearly hates his farther's system of doing things, and truly believes that ambition causes all the world's problems. So he lies to everyone, including himself about having ambitions, in an attempt to prove that he's a better person than the rest of his family.
  • Amoral Attorney: Not in profession, but fits the archetype perfectly. Such as when he leads the Black Knights into betraying their leader, and shortly afterwards, argues his way into a rebellion against his father.
  • Anti-Villain: Subverted. He was foreshadowed as a Big Bad and Lulu's Evil Counterpart since the first Opening Title Sequence but, for a long time, he had yet to do anything evil. However, after R2 episode 19, he definitely proves himself to be Not-So-Harmless Villain, having shown his Magnificent Bastard true self. And then he got his very own floating doom fortress.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil
  • Bad Samaritan
  • Badass Normal: In a mental way, for being Lelouch's most dangerous enemy, he's the only one who does next to no fighting, and has no magic powers to speak of. He almost crushes Lelouch using his brains alone.
    • At the same time, he has way more resources and political authority, being near the top of the Britannian pecking order. To say nothing of his silver tongue...
  • Bait the Dog
  • The Beautiful Elite
  • Big Bad: In Suzaku Of The Counterattack.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: I mean, c'mon, you didn't seriously believe he is up to anything noble and good?
  • Bunny Ears Lawyer: Canaan himself has stated that Schneizel has a preference for weird things and people (why he keeps Lloyd around, for one). However, efficiency comes first.
  • The Chessmaster: Stated to be the only one consistently better than Lelouch and proves this several times.
  • Consummate Liar: Of the Truth Twister sort. See also False Reassurance.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Has a knack for fooling most of the people he comes across into doing his bidding.
  • Divide and Conquer: One of his many ruthless stratagems.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Took over as the lead antagonist by the series finale, after the emperor was dismissed, but even from his debut at the latter half of the first season, and especially once he persuaded the Black Knights to turn against Zero, it was clear that Schneizel was a much bigger threat to Lelouch than Charles ever proved himself to be.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He is first seen at Clovis' funeral.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Unlike his dad, he does not react well to mind controlled Euphemia massacring Elevens.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Lelouch.
  • Evil Mentor: To Nina.
  • The Evils of Free Will: His Damocles plan, in a nutshell.
  • False Reassurance: This might as well be Schneizel's non-Geass power.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: His ultimate fate Being Mind Controlled into mindlessly obeying his arch enemy (or more specifically Zero) for the rest of his life is REALLY harsh! Of course, some say he deserved it.
    • Although, since we don't know whether he's completely mindless or just encouraged. This could cure his ambitionlessness, since he now has something to fight for. Maybe.
  • From a Certain Point of View: He claims to have never lost a chess match to Lelouch, which is completely true...but he leaves out the fact that he tends to forfeit when things are going poorly.
    • As Lelouch puts it, he only plays games he can't lose.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Norihiro Inoue, better known as Kazuma Sohma.
  • Humiliation Conga: Got a really spectacular one in the Grand Finale. See the main page for details.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: A master at this, too. The dick. Lelouch was already close to the Despair Event Horizon with the apparent death of Nunnally, and while he was in his private quarters, his big brother took the opportunity to convert the Black Knights to his own side. As if that weren't bad enough, he also hid away Nunnally, who he had secretly saved, and later used her against him.
  • Lack of Empathy: When he nukes Pendragon, or at least that's what he wants you to believe.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Meaningful Name: Schneizel kind of fits the "evil German" stereotype, once he's revealed to be a ruthless killer. Also, the Real Life British Royal family is German. They changed their name to Windsor during WW 1, but until then it was Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
    • This German troper has never heard the name Schneizel in her entire life.
      • His name has "sch" in it, it resembles the word schnitzel and he's blonder than blond. Most people will think of him as German, if for no other reason ( insert Johan Liebert comparison) than stereotypes.
  • More Than Mind Control: His preferred approach to people who can be useful to him, including Nina and even Nunnally.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's obviously not up to something, right? ...Right?!
  • Nuke'Em: His solution to world peace.
  • Overlord, Jr.
  • Pet the Dog: If it's possible for an event to simultaneously this and a Kick the Dog moment: Schneiel shooting Cornelia before the final battle. The Kick the Dog part speaks for itself, but then you realize that this is the point in the series where Schneizel has slipped into full-on "batshit mental" mode, and after this point he's casually throwing nukes around and setting up his own forces to die, not to mention callously leaving Nunnaly behind to die while he escapes. The fact that, for all his cold ruthlessness he was still able to willingly spare (Cornelia's later dialogue suggests this) his sister, despite the fact that she had completely rejected his ideals, has to say something (even if it's only small) about his humanity.
  • Playing the Victim Card: His remark that he himself could be under the Geass command of Lelouch when meeting with the Black Knights.
  • Quote Mine: Schneizel pulls this one on Lelouch and his Sarcastic Confession to Suzaku of deliberately geassing Euphie and then killing her, and uses it to implicate him in front of the Black Knights, leaving out the rest of the conversation, including Suzaku calling out Lelouch for lying. With a little extra suspicious yet cursory evidence, it's incredibly effective.
  • Red Herring: Set up as a suspect for killing Marianne. It turns out to be V.V.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Lelouch's Red.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: A military commander and political leader.
  • Royally Screwed-Up: At least, screwed up enough to directly or indirectly nuke the entirety of the Britannian nobility near the end of the series, including the brothers and sisters that were not Cornelia, Nunally, or Lelouch...
  • Self-Made Orphan: It's implied he was going to try this, but Lelouch beat him to it.
  • Sensitive Guy and Magnificent Bastard: The Magnificent Bastard to Kanon's Sensitive Guy.
  • Smart People Play Chess: The only one that can beat Lelouch.
  • The Social Expert: One could argue he's even better at it than Lelouch.
  • The Starscream: To his dad and in a way to his brother with the Black Knights.
  • Totalitarian Utilitarian: Runs in the blood, more than he would care to admit.
  • The Heavy: Despite the fact that Charles holds the title of Emperor, he entrusts Schneizel with the day-to-day administration of the Holy Britannian Empire within his capacity as the Empire's Prime Minister. Therefore, throughout the course of the series present timeline, it is he whom Lelouch must match wits with as he wages war against the armed forces of Britannia.
  • Ubermensch
  • Utopia Justifies the Means
  • Villains Never Lie: Subverted. See Manipulative Bastard.
  • Villain with Good Publicity
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He sees human ambition as the source of all conflict, so his plan is to scare the entire world into giving up violence using nukes. He lacks the proper perspective to realise that this is a bad idea.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: In the time it took Lelouch to travel (by boat) to the Chinese Federation, Schneizel had already conceived of, and put into action a plan that would not only recapture Lelouch, but also end the conflict between Britannia and the Chinese Federation. All without shedding a single drop of blood. Even Lelouch is amazed by Schneizel's efficiency.


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 Voiced by: Kazato Tomizawa (Japanese), Cindy Robinson (English)

 "The most splendid relationship in the world is that of loyal siblings."

V.V. (pronounced V2) is a mysterious boy with blond hair longer than his body. He is the twin brother of Charles zi Britannia, but looks much younger because he has gained the power of immortality through a Geass contract like C.C. He can grant Geass contracts like her, having given both his brother and Rolo Lamperouge their Geass abilities, among others in the Geass Directorate. He succeeds C.C. in becoming leader of the Geass Directorate, a secret organization that studies and produces Geass users. He is one of the main antagonists in the series.

V.V. embodies these tropes:

  • Alliterative Name: If those are indeed his initials.
  • Asshole Victim: Charles kills him because he lied to him again and to take his Code, but it's difficult to feel sorry for him.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Seeing this trope in action and suffering horribly because of it is his Freudian Excuse.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Blue Blood
  • Creepy Child: Although not technically a child, he's one of the creepiest characters in the series.
  • Creepy Twins: He and Charles could fit the bill, but him more so.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Subverted in the Japanese original: Kazato Tomizawa, his Seiyuu, is a male child actor.
  • Doom Magnet
  • Enfant Terrible: Subverted: He's a man in his 60's, but he got his Code at an early age so his physical growth was stunted.
  • Godiva Hair: despite being male.
  • Hair of Gold: Subverted too. See Blond Guys Are Evil.
  • Hannibal Lecture. Tries this on Cornelia. Does NOT work.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In more ways than one. Sending Marianne's n°1 fanboy Jeremiah to assassinate Lelouch backfired, resulting in Jeremiah committing an about face and leading Lelouch to his doorstep, but not in the way V. V. anticipated at all, leading to the latter's defeat. V. V., still recovering from his internal injuries, made the mistake of seeking refuge in the presence of his brother Charles, who he had not bothered to inform that he had sent an assassin after Lelouch. Charles, still seething from V. V.'s earlier lies in violation of their pledge and contract to liberate the world from them, has had the last straw. Since Charles had a fully evolved Geass, you can probably guess what happens next...
  • Karmic Death: The best example in the series by a longshot, for all the crap that he caused.
  • Little Guy, Big Buddy: With his twin brother Emperor Charles.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Kidnapped Nunnally and then informed C.C. about it in order to lure Lelouch (and, more importantly from his point of view, C.C.) away from the Battle of Tokyo at a critical moment, then also revealed the truth about Geass and Euphemia's death to Suzaku in order to have him come kill Lelouch. Also quite possibly had something to do with Villetta showing up, with memories returned, at a crucial moment and shooting Ohgi, thus causing further chaos in the Black Knights' temporary headquarters and command structure.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: When you send out an assassin, make sure he has no unrequited loyalties to the matriarch of the target. You just might have a Heel Face Turn in the works. And had V. V. not murdered Marianne, Lelouch may have never stumbled upon his parents' Ragnarok Connection plan.
  • Older Than They Look: He looks even younger than Nunnally, but really he's Emperor Charles' twin brother.
  • Purple Eyes: Pink-ish purple.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Royal Blood
  • Un Reveal: How he got his Code. It's never said in any canon how he got it.
  • Yandere

Prince Clovis La Britannia

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 Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), Sam Riegel (English)

 "I was just speaking to Clovis. He is at peace now. He's sitting on a beach".

Prince of Britannia and governor of Area 11 prior to the start of Code Geass. Murdered by Lelouch.

Clovis embodied these tropes:

  • Aristocrats Are Evil / Blondes Are Evil
  • Bishonen
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Nice, uhm... swimsuit designs, man.
  • Hidden Depths: He was very kind to his siblings, loved his mother and was a talented artist who painted and even designed lingerie and swimsuits. He also dabbled in architecture.
    • For added emphasis, Cornelia, during the conversation from when he decides to become Viceroy from one of the Sound Dramas, notes that he is too kind for the job.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: The real reason why he hated the Elevens/Japanese (as well as his Start of Darkness) so much was because he blamed them for Lelouch and Nunnally's "deaths" when Japan was destroyed.
  • Large Ham: He certainly had the hand gestures down.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Lelouch felt this a few episodes after he killed Clovis. Yes, Lelouch, you just killed your brother and you'll have to live with it.
  • Oh Crap: When he learns the identity of the person who led the insurgence against his massacre of Shinjuku -- none other than his thought-to-be-dead brother Lelouch. Notable in that he is also overjoyed, given his love for him.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: A rare villainous example - given his set-up as a major antagonist back in Episode 1, who actually expected him to go out as quickly as he did?
  • Smug Snake
  • Spared by the Adaptation. Subverted big time in Nightmare of Nunnally. She spares him when she attacks his HQ in the beginning and urges him to leave... but then Lelouch catches up to Clovis and kills him anyway.
  • Start of Darkness: Became Viceroy of Area 11 in hopes of making it a fitting memorial to his thought to be dead siblings. Fell into depression and despair, and subsequently became ruthless towards the Elevens.
  • Warmup Boss: For Lelouch as a strategist.

Military Research and Development

Lloyd Asplund


 Voiced by: Tetsu Shiratori (Japanese), Liam O'Brien (English)

 "You must make a decision. Abandon science to preserve your heart or destroy your heart to pursue science".

An earl of the Britannian empire and the series' main Mad Scientist.

Lloyd Asplund embodies these tropes:

Cécile Croomy

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 Voiced by Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Deborah Sale Butler (English)

 Lancelot, launch!

Cécile Croomy is Lloyd's subordinate in Camelot and one of the Lancelot's developers. She is a capable scientist in her own right, having designed the energy wing system used on the Guren Seiten and the Lancelot Albion. Cécile is a kind-hearted woman and a good friend to Suzaku, often helping him with homework. She also acts as Lloyd's conscience, scolding him for his unintentionally rude remarks or for treating Suzaku as a "part" for his Mechas. A recurring joke is that Cécile is a bad cook, though no one has the heart to tell her. It seems to be implied in one of the picture dramas that Cécile is in love with Suzaku and that a former love of hers died in battle.

Cécile Croomy embodies these tropes:

  • Absolute Cleavage: A rather surprising example.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Anti-Villain: Works for The Empire but is one of the most sympathetic.
  • Blue Eyes: Blue, with just a hint of purple.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Suzaku. (Although there are hints her feelings for him are, shall we say, not entirely Like Brother and Sister.)
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Cécile isn't a Lethal Chef per se, but she seems to not have any concept of what normal taste is
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She's the one who designed and created Gurren's wings. Not even the MadScientists could pull that off.
  • Hot Scientist
  • Mission Control: To Suzaku
  • Purple Eyes: Mostly blue, but there is a purple tint to them.
  • The Quisling: Along with Nina, Lloyd, and Sayoko, Cécile pretends to be this under Lelouch direction; they assisted Lelouch's Zero Requiem to achieve world piece, but as Lelouch would be eventually hated as the most tyrannical ruler in history, Lelouch has them defect to the Black Knights after they've accomplished their tasks to preserve their name after the war.
  • Sexy Secretary: She can count as Lloyd's.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Around Prince Schniezel.
    • Subverted. Her demeanor around him changes when he tells her he ordered the air strike that almost killed Suzaku.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: On many levels, as she's gentle, softpoken and voiced by Kikuko Inoue aka the patron saint of YN charas; however, she has the habit of disciplining Lloyd with physical violence, something most don't do. And then there's her... special cooking, and most important of all, she doesn't seem to care about about japanese culture. Which is Fridge Brilliance if you think about it; Japan was stripped of its culture down to its name, so it makes sense that she would have all the traits except the extremely cultural ones.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Britannian Army

Jeremiah Gottwald

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 Voiced by: Ken Narita (Japanese), Crispin Freeman (English)

 "Orange-kun is the name of my loyalty!"

A soldier in the Britannian army who was initially not supposed to be in the series past his first few appearances, he winds up becoming a more important figure in season two, whose reappearance kicks off several important events as a result of the Applied Phlebotinum included in his reconstruction. Ends up making a Heel Face Turn to join Lelouch, becoming one of his loyal retainers, and is apparently so trusted that he was in on the final plot for the Zero Requiem.

Jeremiah embodies these tropes:

  • Anti-Hero: Type IV
  • Anti-Magic: He gets armed with the Geass canceller.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Subverted. He comes off as very racist at first, but then he gets Character Development.
  • Ax Crazy: Temporarily. When he wakes up early from his first cybernetic surgery, the sound of Zero's voice over the broadcast system sends him into an Unstoppable Rage, leading him to steal the Siegfried prototype mecha and rush break out of a research facility to go earn his first Moment of Awesome.
  • Back From the Dead
  • The Beautiful Elite
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: He gains two of these, one embedded in each arm, after his second round of modifications.
  • Blue Blood
  • Body Horror
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Done deliberately during the Grand Finale, when he lets Suzaku/Zero through the guards defending Lelouch by calling them off so he can "take Zero on himself". In truth, Jeremiah knows what Suzaku and Lelouch are up to, and he even encourages Suzaku to do his part in his mind.
  • Break the Haughty: When Kallen incinerates his Sutherland, nearly killing him as he ejects with massive wounds.
  • Breakout Character
  • The Brute: To Emperor Lelouch.
  • The Chew Toy: When he wasn't The Woobie.
  • The Determinator: Can match (or possibly even beat) Kallen in this category, as nothing will stop him from carrying out his loyalty, Nothing, be it having his knightmare explode while he's still in it (twice), having a skyscraper dropped on him, being dragged underwater to crushing depth, or even geifun disturbers shutting down his cybernetics, he will not stay down for long. At first, Lelouch regards him with utter disdain ("Be crushed to dust, you relic!"), which later becomes grudging respect ("Your persistence is first-class."). Becomes an asset to Lelouch after the Heel Face Turn, right down to obeying orders to assist in making his assassination look good.
  • The Dragon: To Perry in Tales Of An Alternate Shogunate.
  • Evil Is Dumb: Only gets true respect after his Heel Face Turn.
  • Eyes of Gold
  • Failure Knight: He was in charge of the palace guard the day Empress Marianne was murdered, therefore he has felt guilty for years because he couldn't stop or capture her assassins. To top it, the later deaths of Lelouch & Nunnally (presumably, of course) as well as Clovis ate at him even further. And this triggers his Heel Face Turn.
  • Gratuitous English: A walking fountain of it, particularly in his first Crowning Moment of Awesome. "ALL HAIL BRITANNIA!!", indeed.
  • Heel Face Turn
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Indeed.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Humiliation Conga: He gets one way early in the series, and not quite dies twice before he manages to regain his honor and dignity along with a Heel Face Turn.)
  • Incoming Ham: In the first season's finale, his mecha literally chews the scenery's ground and screams "ALL HAIL BRITANNIA!!!!!"
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: For a time.
  • Insult Backfire: After his Heel Face Turn, when the his former comrades try to insult him with the name "Orange," he pretty much takes it as a compliment as it was a name given to him by Lelouch.
  • Karma Houdini: Very debatable from an outside viewpoint. In-universe, you'd think he'd be punished severely after all the things he'd done as Lelouch's lackey.
  • Large Ham: Almost every appearance after episode four.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: His 2nd season return. "Look out for me, Jeremiah Gottwald, with all you've got!" Sounds like he's addressing the viewers.
  • Made of Iron: The very fact that he survived two particular incidents, and closer to literally after parts of his body are rebuilt using sakuradite.
  • Manly Tears: He cries in joy (Tears of Blood included, in a sense) when he goes under his Heel Face Turn and joins Lelouch. And before this, he cries in the Picture Dramas when explaining his backstory to his subordinate Villetta Nu.
  • Mismatched Eyes: After he returns as a cyborg, he has one of his original orange eyes, and a green cybernetic replacement for the other.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Empress Marianne's #1 fanboy. Later, her son's #1 supporter.
  • Parental Substitute: If he did become Anya's caretaker or adoptive father in the end
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: The point in his second cyborg upgrade was for him to take over Rolo's job of assassinating Lelouch. Instead, he joined him.
  • Retired Badass: After showing some insane awesomeness in the big final battle, the time skip at the end of the episode shows him having left the military to run an orange plantation, with Anya either as help or as family.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Probably part of his charm.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Well dark-blue.
  • The Renfield: To Emperor Lelouch.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After losing everything, including parts of his own body early in season one, things start looking up for him in season two.
  • Took a Level In Badass: After kicking total ass in the first season finale, he comes back with even more badassness. He's an essentially bulletproof cyborg, is more than capable of dodging melee attacks with sidesteps and flips, has fighting skills to rival Sayoko, has a sword that comes out of his arm, and Geasses don't work on him. If that fails to impress, he also manages to move his cyborg body despite the fact that he's standing right next to a Gefjun Disturber (EMP device that works against Sakuradite, a substance that is a part of his cyborg body) through sheer willpower alone.
  • Undying Loyalty: AND HOW!
  • Unstoppable Rage
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Twice'.'
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Villetta Nu


 Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Megan Hollingshead (English)

 "I will not die like Jeremiah, stripped of power and honor., I will rise higher than ever!"

One of Jeremiah Gottwald's most devoted subordinates, Villetta Nu is a twenty-six-year-old Knightmare Frame pilot. Like Jeremiah, she belongs to a segregationist group called the Pure Bloods, Britannians who believe that Elevens and other Numbers (i.e., people of Japanese or other non-Britannian descent) should be forbidden from serving in the Britannian military or otherwise contaminating Britannian society. Although Villetta does not hail from the aristocracy, she hopes to sufficiently distinguish herself in the service of her country as to earn her family hereditary knighthood.

After Zero uses his mind control geass to ruin Jeremiah's career and very nearly Villetta's as well, she does some quick thinking and realizes that he must have connections at Ashford Academy. She hopes that by capturing Zero, she can bring herself glory and simultaneously redeem Jeremiah. But fate, or luck, has some surprises for her.

Villetta Nu embodies these tropes:

  • Absolute Cleavage
  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Her experience as 'chigusa' is complicated.
  • The Baroness: The sexpot variety. Devoted to the military regime of Britiana and seeks ever more power for herself. In a way she succeeds by marrying Japan's Prime Minister Oghi
  • The Beautiful Elite
  • Chekhov's Gunman/Chekhov's Boomerang: Introduced as the first major character Lelouch geassed. The consequences of this encounter are far reaching, as is her relevance to the plot.
  • Dark Action Girl: At first, but it quickly took the back burner to her personal ambitions for nobility, followed by her amnesiac phase, then her relationship with Ohgi.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Or rather blue.
  • Easily Forgiven: Too easily considering she causes two tragedies, and the second completely changes the game for the worse.
  • Easy Amnesia
  • Elephant in the Living Room: Pretty much the living embodiment, in R2 19.
  • Eyes of Gold
  • Fan Nickname: Vile-etta Snu-snu.
  • Fan Service
  • Femme Fatale
  • "Get Out of Jail Free" Card: Cornelia lets Villetta join the Black Knights no questions asked because there are more important things to do than worry about a single soldier, and because there are more important things than lineage. The Black Knights however are alarmingly lenient, given that one would expect her and Ohgi to be questioned heavily. As a trope, it describes how in spite of her past as a Purist Faction soldier of the Britannian Army and later a baroness, her relationship with Ohgi means a ticket to the proverbial winning team, the Black Knights, and her eventual Happy Ending, in spite of no actual redemption or atonement.
  • Glory Seeker: Her motivation is to distinguish herself for higher titles and status.
  • Good Costume Switch: During her amnesia phase. She let her hair down and wore dresses and hats.
  • Green Eyes
  • Happily Married: To Ohgi, by the end.
  • Heel Face Revolving Door and High Heel Face Turn
  • Hot Mom: by the end of the series.
  • Hot Teacher: Poses as a P.E. instructor during her time as a spy at Ashford Academy, complete with Stripperiffic outfits.
  • Identity Amnesia
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes
  • Karma Houdini: See "Get Out of Jail Free" Card, Happily Married, Playing the Victim Card and Spanner in the Works. Not only that, there's the fact that everything she did under Britannia was for the purpose of attaining nobility, and that aside from her affection for Ohgi, she never truly grew as a person.
  • Living with the Villain: Villetta gets to be a popular coach and P.E. teacher in Ashford Academy and interacts with Lelouch and Shirley, admittedly she's watching Lelouch for any hints that he has recovered his memory.
    • Even more strikingly, Kaname Ohgi actually does live with her for quite some time while she's lost her memory after being shot by Shirley.
  • Manipulative Bastard / Smug Snake: Attempts to use a distraught Shirley to expose and arrest Zero, even when it turns out Zero is Shirley's big crush, Lelouch. And quite possibly when she comes in with Ohgi and the Geass "evidence" against Lelouch, when she likely knew more than she was letting on at the time.
  • Meaningful Name: Family name: Nu. Knew; new. (Also "nu," a Yiddish expression -- and several other possible (if unlikely) meanings.)
    • A few of the things Villetta Nu knew before almost anyone else -- and then through Easy Amnesia, was forced to forget: that Zero probably had psychic powers, that Jeremiah Gottwald was innocent, that Zero likely was working with at least one student at Ashford Academy, that Zero was likely a student at Ashford, and that that Lelouch was Zero.
    • Given name: Villetta -- presumably from villette, French for village, also calls to mind both the words "violet" and "villain." This seems a fitting reflection of the two aspects of her personality.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Moreso than the other examples in the series, but in her case she seems to do it deliberately.
  • Playing the Victim Card: Claims during the final episode that she just wanted somewhere to belong, even though her past was part of the Britannian Purist Faction. Potentially also when she, alongside Ohgi, testifies against Lelouch on account of Geass leading up to the Black Knights' betrayal, even though she had earlier been keeping surveillance over Lelouch on behalf of Britannia as part of an attempt to keep him from his rebellion alongside the Black Knights, specifically because she couldn't be affected by Geass anymore and may have known more than what she was letting on.
  • Plot Armor: Lelouch had at least 3 means to kill her way back in the second episode and enough reason to do so as it was at that point alone. Also when she is saved by Ohgi and nursed to health after Shirley shoots her and flees in distress after being goaded into turning Lelouch in to her, and one season later, when she dives in to shield Ohgi from hitting the bottom of the waterfall alone, leading to the improbable survival of both.
  • Pregnant Badass: Manages to avoid capture when Lelouch takes over the world with Cornelia's rebellious group while pregnant with hers and Ohgi's kid. To be fair, however, she was only in the first couple months (thought with a mild baby bump in the Grand Finale), and had a decent head-start.
  • Rule of Sexy: At least as the series progresses. Even by Code Geass standards, she's dressed in ludicrously skimpy outfits. (And in one infamous scene, simply forgets she's naked.) For more information, see Stripperific, below. See also Ms. Fanservice.
  • Sexy Secretary: To Jeremiah in the beginning of the series.
  • Spanner in the Works: Quite possibly the biggest one barring Suzaku, and we can be sure she's the worst since Suzaku at least paid--willingly no less--for his crimes. Is responsible (directly or otherwise) for the following: finding out Zero's identity as Lelouch, Shirley's eventual memory wipe in the first season, shooting Ohgi during the Black Rebellion which leads the regiment of the Black Knights watching over Ashford into chaos which also is the arguable cause of V.V. kidnapping Nunnally, leading a Britannian spy unit in watching over Lelouch in the subsequent year to see that he hasn't recovered his memories, and later convincing Ohgi and the Black Knights to betray Lelouch via her (arguably deceptively cursory) testimonial on Geass, which causes Rolo's Heroic Sacrifice [1] and also ultimately leads to the Zero Requiem. All the while she ends up joining the Black Knights and is Happily Married with Ohgi. All of this makes her something even worse: a two-faced Spanner in the Works, who screws Lelouch over on both sides.
  • Secret Relationship / Star-Crossed Lovers: Ohgi and her were like this until midway through R2. In the end, both survived and got Happily Married.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Very hot. Very tall.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Could explain how hard and how premanentl she fell for Oghi.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Snitches on Lelouch more than once.
  • Stripperiffic: Not on the battlefield, but in her guise as spy at Ashford. For more details, see Rule of Sexy, above. See also Ms. Fanservice, above.
  • Tall, Dark and Bishoujo
  • Tsurime Eyes/Tareme Eyes: Normally has Tsurime Eyes, but has Tareme Eyes in her "Chigusa" persona.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Can be considered one, in that even though it was because of Lelouch sneaking under her watch while she was heading surveillance that Ohgi was alive, she leads Ohgi to betray Lelouch based on Geass, which she might have been aware wasn't as all-powerful as was suggested there given her earlier post.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In a more contrarian sense.
  • Vapor Wear: See also Rule of Sexy and Stripperiffic, above.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The same Picture Drama that talks about Jeremiah's devotion to Marianne mentions that her main motivation is taking care of her younger brothers; they're never mentioned after this, and she switches over to purely selfish motives.
  • Zettai Ryouiki

Gilbert G.P. Guilford

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 Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Kono (Japanese), Roger Craig Smith (English)

 "My justice is with my princess!"

Personal knight of Second Princess Cornelia li Britannia with unwavering devotion to his princess and piloting skill matching Kyoshiro Tohdoh.

Guilford embodies these tropes:

  • Anti-Hero: Type IV.
  • Anti-Villain: Type IV. He doesn't have good thoughts about Zero's supporters, but he learns to accept Suzaku and he is one of few Britannian officers above any personal ambitions.
  • Bodyguard Crush: On Princess Cornelia.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Sort of, Lelouch uses his Geass to make Guliford believe that he is Cornelia, this makes him fight against Britannia.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Despite his personal traits, he deserved that something good finally happened to him.
  • Failure Knight: In R2.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Believing that Lelouch is Cornelia, he pushed him out of FLEJA range.
  • Honor Before Reason: Used against him by Zero. He even states that he would continue to use honorable means even against evil that cannot be defeated by them.
  • Karma Houdini: Possibly. He was a willing accessory to the tyranny and corruption of Britannia and many of the associated conflicts within the show, thus serving as an obstacle to freedom, even if it was all strictly in the service of the crown. Nonetheless, he survives and gets to enjoy that very same freedom at the end of the show with the princess he serves, Cornelia, even though things became rough near the end.
  • Knight Templar: He is not kind for those who he consider as terrorists. And judging from the second SAZ where he suggested gunning down the Japanese civilians in the case of a rebellion, he can also be downright ruthless.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: To the core. When Geass forced him to believe that Lelouch is Cornelia he attacked Britannians to protect him.
  • Sempai-Kohai: In R2, he tries to play the mentor role to Suzaku, specifically saying that even though Suzaku is higher-ranked as a Rounds, he feels obligated to look after Euphemia's Knight in the same way his sister looked after her.
  • Stoic Spectacles
  • Sunglasses At Night
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • Those Two Guys / Those Two Bad Guys: With Darlton.
  • Unwitting Pawn: His honorable traits were twice used against him by Zero.
  • You Shall Not Pass: His personal Crowning Moment of Awesome during the first Black Rebellion.

Andreas Darlton

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A general in the Britannian Army and one of Cornelia's most loyal followers.

Dalton embodies these tropes:

  • Arrogant Kung Fu Guy: Challenges Suzaku to a duel to prove his superiority in Nightmare of Nunnally, which leads to Suzaku evading all his attacks, as he considers him not worth fighting.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Quite excited by the prospect of seeing Cornelia in a swimsuit, but doesn't try to peek on her.
  • A Father to His Men: Quite literally, since he's adopted five younger soldiers so far (the Glaston Knights). At one point Guilford suggests he do the same with Suzaku to help smooth out the rough spots in his knighting.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a diagonal scar on his face.
  • I Can Still Fight: Despite having been shot by Euphemia, when he tried to stop the SAZ massacre, he continues to the battle for Tokyo. It helps that he's been Geassed.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His last words, after attacking Cornelia from behind so Lelouch can capture her
  • Pet the Dog / Adopt the Dog: Is the adoptive father of five orphaned boys.
    • Also, during Suzaku's knighting ceremony he (and Lloyd) are the ones to start the Slow Clap.
  • Sergeant Rock: He's higher-ranked than a Sergeant, but otherwise fits the role. Initially he mistrusts Suzaku, but once he proves himself during the Tokyo bay operation Darlton is much nicer.
  • Travis Willingham: His English voice-actor.
  • Trouser Space: Hides a gun in his swim trunks while escorting Cornelia to the opening of Clovis Land. It ends up looking... awkward, to say the least.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Killed by Lelouch after disabling Cornelia's Knightmare frame.
    • Lelouch probably killed him to keep him from interfering with him, given that the geass command to disable Cornelia was completed.
  • Those Two Guys / Those Two Bad Guys: With Guilford.


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A character unique to Nightmare of Nunnally, in which she's Nunnally's best friend. She is also one of the Irregulars, a group of pilots with Geass skills who came from the numbered areas. Her mission is both to observe Nunnally and to capture the mysterious Mark Nemo -- unaware that Nunnally is its pilot.

Alice embodies these tropes:

The Valkyrie Team

The Valkyrie team is 10th knight Luciano Bradley's bodyguard/wing squad, although they once belong to Cornelia. They are obliterated together with Luciano by Kallen in episode 20. Only two of them, Marika and Liliana, are named.

The Valkyrie Team embodies the following tropes:

Commodore Matthew Perry

The main antagonist of Code Geass: Tales of an Alternate Shogunate, he forces Japan open on unequal terms using his Geass and oppresses the Japanese.

Commodore Perry embodies the following tropes.

The Knights of the Round - General Info

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The most powerful members of the Brittannian army, answering to the Emperor alone.

Sir Bismarck Waldstein

 Voiced by: Soumei Uchida (Japanese), Lex Lang (English)

 I am the only Knight of One!

The Knight of One, recognized as the strongest soldier in the Britannian Empire.

Gino Weinberg

 Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (Japanese), Dave Wittenberg (English)

 Shake time!

The Knight of Three, and one of the youngest Knights of the Round besides Suzaku and Anya.

Dorothea Ernst

 Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Peggy O'Neal (English)

 No way! I'm already killed?

The Knight of Four. Not much else is known about her, since she is killed in her only scene.

  • Four Is Death: Look at how quickly she dies.
  • Expy: Supposedly the first recorded expy of a character inside the same show. If you take Nonette's left-sided braid, flip it over the top of her head, and let it hang from her right side, plus change the skin color, it's Dorothea.
  • Fan Nickname: Knight of Fail.
  • Informed Ability: Quickly killed off in her only on-screen fight.

Anya Alstreim

 Voiced by: Yuko Goto (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)

 "Memories are unreliable. There is no reason to believe in them"

A young noblewoman from Britannia, Anya Alstreim -- the Knight of Six -- is a fifteen-year-old girl with prodigious piloting skills, a staggering lack of common sense when off the battlefield, and quite a bad case of emotionlessness in regards to almost anything aside from fighting. In addtion, Anya suffers from memory problems, so she keeps a blog wherein she stores thousands of photos, in an attempt not to forget anything anymore. Little does she know that the cause of her memory problems is that the "deceased" Empress Marianne has actually found a way to cheat death --by using her as a Soul Jar.

Anya embodies these tropes:

Nonette Enneagram

 Voiced by: Satomi Arai

The Knight of Nine. She only appears a few times in the Code Geass anime, and mainly appears in Lost Colors.

Luciano Bradley

 Voiced by: Atsushi Kisaichi (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English)

 "Kill a man off the battlefield and you're a criminal! Kill a man on it and you're a big hero!"

The Knight of Ten and the "Vampire of Britannia", who participates in battle so that he can deprive people of what he believes they value most- their lives.

Monica Kruczewski

 Voiced by: Yuko Goto (Japanese), Dorothy Elias-Fahn (English)

The Knight of Twelve.


  1. granted, Rolo wouldn't have been there if not for Viletta's earlier actions, but then without those, the mutiny either wouldn't have happened or be a lot easier for Lelouch to not have to worry about
  2. An uncle of Charles attempting to seize power in the 1990s; only Bismarck and Marianne sided with Charles; detailed in a side novel
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