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 Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (Japanese), Ezra Weisz (English)

 "C.C., I can't live without you!"

 "Let me into your mind!"

 "I know EVERYTHING..."

A Chinese orphan whom the immortal woman C.C. finds as a six-year-old boy and whom she "gifts" with the Geass power of Telepathy. As happens with Geass, he loses control of it, forcing him to listen to everyone's thoughts constantly and involuntarily, without any possibility of blocking them -- except by avoiding human contact altogether. Thus his telepathy has the tragic side effect of rendering him completely, permanently, and irrevocably dependent on C.C. for all of his social needs. For a time, as part of her "contract" with him, she takes care of him, lives with him in the wild, and helps shield him from the intruding thoughts of the world, during which time he falls completely in love with her. Feeling he is becoming too dependent and obsessed with her and hoping he will become self-reliant, she abandons him for refusing to kill her as per the contract and his Geass drives him insane.

Now Mao's one desire is to find and keep his eternally beloved C.C. (see Yandere)-- to hell with anyone else, especially anyone who gets in their way.

Mao embodies these tropes:

 Mao (* is holding the gun he used to shoot C.C.* ): I knew you couldn't pull the trigger! That's cause you really love me, C.C.!

C.C.: You're wrong; I was just using you right from the start!

Mao: What are you saying? You shouldn't tell lies like that, you really shouldn't! Lies are very, very wicked!


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The Player Character of the Visual Novel Lost Colors, Rai is a mysterious young man who enters the story (approximately around Episode 8) when Milly finds him wandering around Tokyo with amnesia and takes him to Ashford Academy. He quickly learns that he has a Geass power of his own, effectively identical to Lelouch's except that Rai's is auditory rather than visual. From there, he meets the central cast, and can choose whether to become Zero's right-hand man in the Black Knights, or Suzaku's partner in the Britannian military (or, in a PSP-exclusive storyline, he can revive the Japan Liberation Front and oppose both the Black Knights and Britannia).

Eventually Rai learns exactly why he had amnesia: he comes from an unspecified time in the past, where he became leader of a small nation thanks to his charisma, leadership, and his Geass. After accidentally Geassing his people (including his mother and sister) into charging into battle and dying, he sealed himself away in the ruin at Kaminejima, eventually being awoken by V.V..

Rai embodies these tropes:


Tropes embodied by other miscellaneous characters:

  • Alpha Bitch: Katherina Sforza from the Nightmare of Nunnally manga. But after throwing Nunnally off her wheelchair for refusing to endure her bullying, Katherina finds herself on the wrong side of Nunnally's classmate Alice whose Geass-like ability grants her Super Speed. Alice punishes Katherina and her Girl Posse by stealing their skirts -- out in the open.
  • Amazon Brigade: The entirely female Irregulars.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: The number of Jewish-sounding last names is noteworthy (i.e., Gino Weinberg, Bismarck Waldstein, etc.). It's not played completely straight since most of them don't have any other such traits worth speaking of.
    • Don't forget about Ohgi's Star of David and his "Jew 'Fro".
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Usually (but not always) played straight -- especially within the Britannian royal family, but elsewhere as well.
  • Badass Normal: Everyone who isn't a Geass user, Code Holder or generic background character really. Any exceptions are blatantly obvious.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Applicable to just about everyone. Even when characters get grievously injured or do something that should make them completely gross and icky they never lose their good looks.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: The entire royal family of Britannia.
  • Blessed with Suck: Practically any Geass power eventually develops certain drawbacks for its respective user, typically in the form of the user becoming unable to turn it off.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Averted with Prince Odysseus eu Britannia.
  • Blue Eyes: Various members of the royal family, Britannians, the occasional Eleven -- including Kallen's mother (Mrs. Kozuki).
  • Break the Cutie: Kallen's mother (Mrs. Kozuki), and too many minor characters to count.
  • Bridge Bunnies: The Black Knights got some after acquiring their Cool Ship.
  • Bunny Ears Lawyer: Gino Weinberg, the Knight the Third, acts like a complete clown whenever he's not fighting. Kanon Maldini is an ex Villainous Crossdresser who couldn't find a stable workplace for this very reason despite his competence, until he met Schneizel.
  • Chess Motifs: Pawns: just about all of the Black Knights (except Kallen).
  • Chinese People: The Chinese Federation.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: The sixth Picture Drama suggests Prince Clovis la Britannia was one. Just look at the swimsuits he designed. Lampshaded when Cornelia doesn't want to let Euphemia wear one of them.
  • The Danza: Nagisa Chiba is played by Saeko Chiba.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Black Knights.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: In Nightmare of Nunnally, Dalque, who comes from an unknown conquered area.
    • Apparently averted in the last chapter, where it was mentioned that she had a lighter skin colour before she was used as a guinea pig by the Irregulars. For a group drawn from conquered Numbers, the girls all look rather Britannian...
  • Disney Death: Sayoko and Guilford.
  • Dojikko: Kallen's mother (Mrs. Kozuki) is a tragic example. Her clutziness could be a result of her addiction to an in-universe drug called Refrain.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Most of the Knights of Rounds -- except Anya Alstreim, Gino Weinberg, and Miss Not-Appearing in a Speaking Role This Series Nonette. Particularly Dorothea Ernst aka Knight the Fourth, with all the Unfortunate Implications it brings, and Bismarck Waldstein aka Knight the First, who gets utterly WTFPWNED by Suzaku just as he was becoming a genuinely interesting character. Cornelia was THIS close to get a bridge on her, but she managed to dodge it somehow and survived after being shot by Schneizel.
    • Minor character Governor Calares got a skyscraper dropped on him.
  • Dull Surprise: Crown Prince Odysseus' default expression. No wonder he was nicknamed "Prince Valium"
  • Expy: Miss Romeyer, Nunnally's caretaker in R2. Clearly, an expy of Miss Rottenmaier from the novel Heidi, in particular the extremely popular anime adaptation Alpen No Shoujo Heidi.
  • Extreme Doormat: Kallen hates her biological mother (Mrs. Kozuki), thinking she was this for her Britannian father. Turns out she was one for Kallen. After learning this, Kallen has a change of heart.
  • Five-Man Band / Five-Bad Band: So many to choose from. Examples:
    • The Black Knights' 5 higest ranking members.
    • Toudou and The 4 Holy Blades.
    • The Knights of Rounds
    • The Zero Requiem conspirators
    • The Brittanian Anti-Lelouch movement (Schneizel, Kanon, Cornelia, Nunnally and Diethard)
  • Hidden Depths: No one in this series is quite who they seem to be at first. Many characters play the trope deliberately, though not all do.
  • Hot Mom: Kallen's mom, Mrs. Kouzuki.
  • Idiot Ball: Various characters throughout the series but Sayoko and Anya take it to The Ditz level during the Cupid day episode.
  • Improbable Age: Where to start? It might almost be easier to list counterexamples.
  • Lady of War: For the Black Knights: Nagisa Chiba (Todoh's girlfriend).
  • Light Is Not Good: The Britannian military especiall the higher ups.
  • Missing Mom: V.V. and Charles's Start of Darkness took place when their mother, courtesy of other nobles, got a carriage dropped on her and in front of the not-older-than-10 twins, as revenge for having her kids appointed as heirs to The Empire. Yikes.
  • Morality Pet: For Lelouch, the Ashford students, but especially those on the Studen Council (and of course Nunnally most of all, at least in theory...).
  • Purple Eyes: Diethard Reid. Most of the royal family. Many Britannians. The occasional Eleven.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Valkyrie Unit accompanying Luciano. Or rather, they would have been one, if they didn't have the misfortune of facing Kallen.
  • The Quisling: Along with Nina, Lloyd, and Cécile, Sayoko pretends to be this under Lelouch direction; they assisted Lelouch's Zero Requiem to achieve world peace, 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.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Several females in the series have quite long hair that goes down to their hips.
  • Red Baron: Todoh is sometimes referred to as "Todoh of miracles"
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Again, e lot of examples.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Clovis was there just to get killed.
    • Nonnette, who only appeared in a couple of still shots during R2, though it arguably works out in her favour as she was one of the few Knights of the Round that weren't killed off. This is probably because she was more relevant to Lost Colors than the anime.
  • Seppuku: Suzaku's father, to public knowledge, did this out of protest for the war. Suzaku actually just happened to stab him rather convieniently. Urabe did this to save Lelouch from Rolo. With a Mecha.
  • Sibling Team: The Glaston Knights, composed of Andreas Darlton's adopted sons.
  • Six-Student Clique: Lelouch=The Head, Suzaku=The Muscle, Rivalz=The Quirk, Shirley and Kallen=The Pretty Ones, Nina=The Smart One, Millay=The Wild One.
  • Smug Snake: In a show full of magnificent bastards, Diethard Reid serves this role.
  • Sole Survivor: Claudio Darlton of the Glaston Knights.
    • The Shen Hu, the only knightmare owned by a major character that survived to the end of the series.
  • Spanner in the Works: Arthur, a cat, very nearly manages to expose Lelouch as Zero simply by getting its head stuck inside his helmet and carrying it around Ashford. In addition, if it weren't for Arthur, most likely Suzaku would've been killed by Tamaki in the Season One finale.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: Zero's "Three Courtly Ladies"; C.C (his mentor but thought of as his mistress), Kallen (dresses seductively but acts more like the obedient daughter) and Kaguya (the child who styles herself as his "wife")
  • Token Evil Teammate: Diethard for the Black Knights and Luciano for the Knight of Rounds.
  • Tsundere: Arthur the cat.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Order of the Black Knight in general, who first ended up in Lelouch's hand before becoming Schneizel's pawns. Some Troopers even guessed that Lelouch expected Schneizel to use schemes to get them to be the 2nd prince pawns and act based on that, so in the end black Knights will always be Lelouch's pawn, directly or indirectly.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: Kanon Maldini, according to supplementary materials.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Brittania siblings.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: An adult deconstruction of this trope would be Kallen's birth mother. Mrs. Kouzuki got the looks and the devotion, but ended up real screwed. In the end of R2, we see that she's getting better. Hooray!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Almost everyone -- although not necessarily blue. (Characters who are fullblooded Japanese are sometimes exempt. Or mostly exempt.)
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: For the core Black Knights before they joined up with Zero. One wonders what they were planning to do with a huge canister of poison gas, even if Kallen protested using it in a civilian area.
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