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Lelouch vi Britannia
Alias
  • Zero
  • Demon King
  • Black Prince of Britannia
Role
  • Leader of the Order of the Black Knights
  • Prince of Britannia
  • Commander of the North African Theater (formerly)
Age
  • 17 (Chapter I)
  • 25 (Chapter II Onward)
Gender Male
Height 5'10"
Weight 162.1 lbs
Race Britannian
Geass Power of Absolute Obedience
Special Traits
  • Genius Intellect
  • Master Strategist/Tactician
  • Ace Knightmare Pilot
  • Expert Marksman
  • Above-Average Martial Artist
Theme Song Mask from Ace Combat 5
Military Info
Allegiance
  • Order of the Black Knights
  • Britannian Empire (Formerly)
Rank
  • General (Formerly)
Units Piloted

Lelouch vi Britannia is a Prince of the Britannian Empire and, as the masked revolutionary Zero, the leader of the Black Knights. He is the central protagonist of Code Geass Megiddo.

Appearance[]

Generally looks like himself from the TV series, but taller, older and slightly better built. Still thin, but has greater muscle tone from military training and regular exercising. Notably, his left eye is now covered with a prominent scar, one inflicted by a sword strike from Suzaku.

As Prince Lelouch of Britannia, he wears an otherwise standard, but appropriately adorned Imperial Army uniform accompanied by a black beret and a black cloak. The beret has two badges at the base: one being a silver rendition of the Imperial coat of arms, symbolizing his status as a prince, and the other being a gold rendition of the Imperial Army insignia. In a Knightmare, he wears a Britannian pilot suit and earpiece but colored in black and gold to match his Knightmare.

As Zero, he wears a militarized black and gold ensemble, which consists of a high collared tunic, a black belt with a gold buckle around the waist, gold shoulder epaulets, cape, black trousers, jackboots and gloves. A golden rendition of the Black Knights sigil is inscribed upon the front of the tunic. When piloting his Knightmare, he switches over to a black and gold pilot suit while retaining his mask.

Biography[]

Early Life[]

Born as a prince of the Britannian Empire, Lelouch is the son of the 98th Emperor of Britannia, Charles zi Britannia, and the late Empress Marianne. As a child, he was notably gifted with a great intelligence and an equally great learning capability, a love and talent for Chess, and a doting attitude on his younger sister Nunnally and his half-sister Euphemia. Of all the young princes at the time, Lelouch was considered one of the few that stood out amongst the others, as his keen intellect, wealth of knowledge and advanced level of maturity made him easily approachable and engaging to converse with, even for adults.

Originally, he was in line to be the seventeenth heir to the throne. However, the assassination of Empress Marianne, along with the blinding and crippling of his sister, changed everything for him overnight. With his mother dead and his family’s primary allies, the Ashfords, stripped of their titles and exiled, Lelouch held an audience with the Emperor and accused him of leaving his mother defenseless. When his father dismissed the assassination to be “old news”, Lelouch in a fit of rage, and to the shock of those gathered, renounced his entitlement to the throne. In response to that proclamation, his father banished him and Nunnally to Japan, where he was used as a political hostage in the sakuradite conflict.

During his stay at the Kururugi household, he first met Suzaku Kururugi, with whom the young Lelouch did not interact initially in a friendly manner, before later becoming friends. As many witnesses later claimed, Lelouch and Nunnally’s presence in the Kururugi household changed Suzaku from an introverted, rebellious and temperamental child into being more sociable and courteous to others. However, after the Oriental Incident, Britannia finally decided to invade Japan to seize control of the sakuradite mines, thus starting the Second Pacific War and consequently discarding Lelouch's use as a diplomatic tool. Lelouch, fearing for his and his sister's safety, hid their true identities and sought the help of the exiled Ashford family, who were his mother's allies.

In the aftermath of the Second Pacific War, Lelouch and Nunnally were granted haven by the Ashfords at their private institution, Ashford Academy. The exiled prince and princess led a comfortable, peaceful life as commoner students there. For Lelouch however, his mother's death and his father's apparent lack of concern in regards to it continued to weigh heavily on his being, as he always felt that it was unfair for both his mother and sister to be sacrificed in the “power game” amongst the royals for the throne. It was then that he made it his goal to pursue a better world for Nunnally, as well as discover the true reason for his mother's death, as she was murdered in the Aries Imperial Palace, a place terrorists would be unlikely to penetrate successfully without being noticed, if at all.

Lelouch of the Rebellion[]

Seven years after his exile, Lelouch would finally get his chance. As he and his friend Rivalz Cardemonde were traveling back to Ashford after a chess match, Lelouch inadvertently got caught up in a terrorist plot in which a pro-Japanese resistance group hijacked what was thought to be a chemical tank. Instead, the tank’s contents turned out to be C.C., a mysterious woman with extraordinary power. When Lelouch became faced with a life or death situation, C.C. reached out to him and granted him the power of Geass, specifically the Power of Absolute Obedience. With it, Lelouch had the power to force any other human to follow his orders once he gazed upon them.

Shortly after gaining the power of Geass from C.C., Lelouch assumes the secret identity Zero, a mysterious, masked revolutionary dressed in a black helmet and cloak. The helmet has a retractable plate over the left eye so Lelouch can use his Geass. In this guise, he forms the Order of the Black Knights, initially composed of Kaname Ohgi's resistance group members. The goal of this vigilante group is a campaign against powerful individuals who oppress the helpless, which he eventually expands into reforming Japan as an independent nation.

In the end, however, the worst possible result occurred. Having learned that her two beloved siblings were still alive but were plagued by the continuous conflict, as well as witnessing firsthand the poverty that had overtaken the Japanese people from Britannia’s conquest, Third Princess Euphemia li Britannia attempted to establish a Special Administration Zone in Japan, where in exchange for Britannia gaining exclusive rights to the sakuradite mines, the Japanese people would have their name and freedoms restored to them. Believing this to be a naïve plot, Lelouch confronted Euphie as Zero, where, after a brief exchange, Euphie reveals that in order to create the SAZ, she had to relinquish her claim to the throne. Still, because she would be able to be with Lelouch and Nunnally again, she did not oppose such a fate. Realizing this was exactly what he wanted for Nunnally, Lelouch agreed to support her, but just then, his Geass, with its power increased due to its continuous usage, suddenly went into a Runaway state just as Lelouch made a joke about ordering Euphie to kill all the Japanese.

Though he attempted to stop her, there was no reversing the power of Geass, and Euphie, unable to resist, ordered the massacre of all the Japanese present. In the end, the SAZ was denounced and Lelouch (as Zero) was forced to shoot Euphie to put an end to her madness. Perceiving the SAZ to be a betrayal, the Japanese rose up under the flag of the Black Knights, starting a revolution against their Britannian oppressors which would later be referred to as the Black Rebellion.

For a time it appeared the Black Knights would succeed in driving the Britannians away from Japanese soil. The Black Knights’ Knightmare forces could overpower the Britannian forces and drive toward the government bureau thanks to Lelouch's leadership. In the midst of this, however, C.C. became aware that Nunnally had been abducted by the mysterious V.V., forcing Lelouch to abandon the battle and pursue the kidnapper to Kamine Island. Upon arrival, Lelouch has a fateful encounter with his childhood friend-become-nemesis Suzaku and his own soldier, Kallen Kouzuki, ending with Lelouch being subdued by Suzaku. At the same time, Operation Nero took place in the Japanese mainland. Thereafter, Lelouch was brought before the Emperor, who sealed away Lelouch’s memories and implanted false ones after revealing his own Geass.

Under these new memories, Lelouch came to believe that both his mother and sister had been killed in the Aries Palace assassination and that he had never relinquished his claim to the throne. In fact, his memories dictated that in the wake of the assassination, his father had allowed him to retain his title as Prince and, to protect him from his enemies, sent him to Alaska where he would be taken care of until he grew old enough to fend for himself. These memories both served to provide a cover story for Lelouch's disappearance from the public spotlight seven years ago, as his exile to Japan was never made public, as well as to reinforce Lelouch's own loyalty to his father and Britannia.

In His Majesty's Service[]

Soon after his "return", Lelouch attended the Imperial Military Academy at West Point, where, under the supervision of Knight of One Bismarck Waldstein he was trained and educated into a proper soldier and military commander, gaining additional tactical capability as well as Knightmare frame piloting skills, which he (unknowingly) lacked during the Japanese Insurrection. This, of course, was balanced by Lelouch's social life, in which he no longer had the inhibitions he possessed in his original life; many a lady would be charmed by the young prince's advances, though never to a point that it got in the way of his training. As well, Lelouch would take time off on certain occasions to enjoy the "finer" things in life, such as attending Tianzi's wedding with his brother Schneizel (where he witnessed Li's coup firsthand, knowledge that would serve him well later on).

After his training was complete, it would not be long before Britannia would declare war against the Eurasian Union, paving the way to the Great World War. The Emperor himself ordered Lelouch to lead the Third Army and conquer Africa from the EU’s hold. In turn, Lelouch made only one request to his father: to be assigned the Knights of Three, Six, and Seven (Gino Weinburg, Anya Alstreim, and Suzaku Kururugi) to serve as his advisors and frontline commanders. The Emperor acknowledged this request, and Lelouch soon took command of the African invasion forces.

Over a period of three years, Lelouch fought and conquered much of Africa for the Empire. In that amount of time, Lelouch distinguished himself valiantly as a gifted strategist and frontline commander, loved amongst his troops for his preference toward fighting alongside them in the heat of battle as opposed to directing battles from a rear line HQ. Also, his fellow officers and the three Knights of the Round were quick to note that Lelouch never gave an order to his subordinates that he was not willing to carry out himself, further endearing the prince to his men.

Meanwhile, despite the Eurasian Union's propaganda machine, which often attempted to portray Lelouch as a boy tyrant and a psychopath, Lelouch became a respected figure amongst his adversaries, who noted him for his unique charity toward enemy soldiers and his holding of the Tibet Convention when treating prisoners of war, which other Britannian leaders often ignored. He was also very lenient to those that he conquered, for example, allowing the native populations of recently conquered territory to retain their property and holdings rather than seizing them and forcing the owners into ghettos, as well as making sure that whatever services were performed for the Empire's benefit received due payment. This naturally got him into conflict with the Britannian nobles who headed the occupational governments, but Lelouch was able to obtain backing for his directions from his elder brother Schneizel el Britannia, Second Prince and Chancellor of Britannia; as such, no one but the Emperor himself, who was disinterested in such "trivial" matters, could challenge him. Overall, Lelouch enjoyed a vastly larger amount of popularity amongst his opposition, not unlike Schneizel himself, who was a well-noted and respected statesman.

But of course, Lelouch's tactical abilities distinguished him the most to his allies and enemies, the latter having named him the Black Prince of Britannia. His record included notable achievements such as the initial landing at Dakar, the blitzkrieg of Nouakchott and the conquest of Casablanca, all key bases of operation for the Eurasians. Even Lelouch's leading adversary in the EU forces, General Joachim Rommel, commander of the elite 1st Panzer Army, admitted Lelouch was the most worthy adversary he had ever fought in true warfare; no small compliment, considering Rommel's borderline narcissism in his own "talents".

By the year 2025, the war in Africa would seemingly be in its final stages. Thanks to the recent Britannian invasion of Western Eurasia as well as the ever-growing advancement of Imperial forces in Russia, Africa became little more than an afterthought for the EU's upper echelons, and as such the Eurasian forces in the continent were rapidly becoming starved of vital supplies and reinforcements. Taking the opportunity, Lelouch pushed his forces into the heart of Northern Africa, eventually making his way to Libya, one of the key foothold territories in the region and a front door to the main EU command headquarters in El Alamein, Egypt. Several days later, the Imperial forces advanced into the Libyan city of Tobruk and after nearly two days of hard fighting, conquered it from the Eurasians. Notably, Lelouch himself slew Eurasian ace Colonel Erich Hartmann in a pitched battle between Hartmann's Loewe and Lelouch's Mordred. The final victory was seemingly insight of the Britannians.

Before Lelouch could launch a final offensive, however, he and his key commanders were recalled to the mainland in preparation for the Day of the Founding, the holiday marking the Empire's founding under Emperor Alwyn I over two thousand years ago. By tradition, all members of nobility and royalty, from the lowest Baron to the Emperor himself, were to return to the Imperial homeland to take part in the celebration, and though Lelouch attempted to contest the order, he had no choice but to comply in the end. As such, he and the three Knights of the Round were to depart in three day's time. Little did anyone know that, in spite of the briefness of the affair, Lelouch would never return to his command in Africa.

Shadows of the Past[]

Hours after Tobruk's fall, an unknown force of Knightmares were detected moving toward the city from the south, whose composition emitted no recognizable IFF. Initially theorizing that the Knightmares were an advanced EU force sent out to either recapture the city, Lelouch ordered his available forces to sortie. Soon enough Lelouch's group intercepted the mysterious Knightmare force, which would later be revealed as a combined force of the still incognito Black Knights, which included units from the elite Zero Squadron, the Four Holy Swords and led by legendary General Kyoshiro Tohdoh. Because the Black Knight pilots were more skilled than what Lelouch and his compatriots were used to, as well as the fact that they held a larger number of advanced seventh and eighth-generation Knightmares, neither Lelouch nor the three Knights of the Round were able to do any serious damage to their opponents while many regular Britannian units fell against them.

In the midst of the fighting, Lelouch was isolated and forced away from his allies, where a unique red Knightmare intercepted him, and despite Lelouch being unable to identify it, something in his mind's eye recognized the unit. From that point, Lelouch engaged in battle with the Knightmare, in which the enemy slowly came to dominate despite Lelouch's skills. In the end, the enemy Knightmare disabled the Mordred, but instead of finishing it off, the adversary moved in to capture it. At that point, an image of a red-haired woman appeared in Lelouch's mind, inadvertently causing his left eye to burn as Lelouch's dormant memories and Geass began to reemerge. But before anything could happen, Anya intercepted the enemy Knightmare with her Hector and forced it away. Immediately thereafter reinforcements from Tobruk arrived and forced the remaining enemy Knightmares to retreat, allowing Lelouch's forces. Three days later, Lelouch and the three Rounds departed for the Homeland.

Once the Day of the Founding arrived, Lelouch went about his princely duties without any other thoughts toward the past encounter. He attended the Emperor's Jubilee as per his royal duties, reestablishing several friendships along the way. It was there that he had what he would later learn to be a second chance encounter with the woman of his vision, Black Knight Major Kallen Kouzuki, who was posing under her Britannian name and title Kallen Stadtfeld, 24th Baroness of Charlotte. Though Lelouch recognized her as someone familiar, he was unaware of her true identity and affiliation; as such, he became determined to learn the truth. Feigning ignorance, Lelouch to get close to the young "Baroness", managing to lure Kallen away from the party and then pretend to seduce her, only to reveal that he was on to her at the very last moment. However, when he attempted to interrogate her, Kallen revealed that she had been sent to liberate him from his false life as a prince to an Empire that had originally cast him out, calling him Zero in the process. This action caused Lelouch's dormant memories to once again emerge from their holdings, and to his shock, his personal maid Sarah Beckett, in reality, Black Knight spy Captain Sayoko Shinozaki, incapacitated him and aided Kallen in moving him for transit.

Not long after the Black Knights launched a direct attack on the Imperial Capital, allowing Kallen to escape with Lelouch aboard the Mordred, but not after a fierce duel with Suzaku in the halls of Aries Palace.

Return of Zero[]

Once safely in the hands of the Black Knights, who were now being led by Lelouch's one-time partner C.C., Lelouch reawakened to find himself on board the organization's flagship, the mobile battleship Izumo. After a brief exchange with C.C., the witch used the power of her Code to remove the Emperor's Geass from Lelouch's mind and allow his own Geass and memories to reemerge. The effect proved overwhelming to the young prince, as he was forced to relive the most traumatic moments of his life in only a matter of seconds, as well as regain the regret and self-hatred he felt over Euphemia's death and the Devastation. From that point forward, Lelouch was placed under house arrest in the Devil's Den, personal quarters aboard the Izumo meant exclusively for him. Despite valiant attempts from C.C. and General Kaname Ohgi, Lelouch's original Vice Commander in the Black Knights, to convince Lelouch to take up the identity of Zero once more, Lelouch continually refused them, and for two weeks kept to himself and his despair.

This would change when Schneizel, unaware of Lelouch's capture, took command of the effort to intercept the mysterious "Black Battleship" within the Bering Strait. Managing to determine the location of the Izumo by a combination of logic, tactical analysis, and the usage of active sensor nets to isolate her Gefjun Cloak, which held a jamming effect on most conventional sensors, Schneizel dispatched naval and army units under the command of Admiral Gregor Upson to block the enemy vessel from its course to the west. At first, Lelouch was resigned to his death, believing that it was better for him to die than to retake the Zero guise and cause additional damage to the world with it. However, in the midst of the battle, the Guren was knocked out of the fight by the prototype Knightmare Lohengrin, knocking Kallen into unconsciousness in the process. In a desperate move to save her, Lelouch let go of his hesitation momentarily and, knowing that he would have no choice but to become Zero once more thereafter, took up his mask and used its built-in communication device to contact her and convince her to continue the fight. After that, he quickly came up with an escape plan and contacted the rest of the Black Knights, directing them to launch the Izumo's remaining missiles into the ocean and detonated them along a nearby sakuradite vein, resulting in a massive tidal surge that vaporized the ice flow and the enemy units upon it as well as generated a great steam cloud that the Izumo could slip back under cloak through. Not long after, the Izumo returned to its home base in Okinawa without further contact with the Britannians.

But even though he knew his choice was made, Lelouch still remained hesitant to return to being Zero. After several days of continuous isolation in the Devil's Den, Lelouch finally contacted C.C. and made a daring request to her: that she would use her powers to allow him to see the ruins of Japan. After a brief exchange, C.C. complied and brought Lelouch to the wasteland that was the Japanese Isles, specifically over the ruins of Ashford Academy. Lelouch could only gaze in horror at his surroundings, eventually breaking down in pain-filled tears for the lives lost because of his indirect actions. C.C., realizing the true intent of an ancient prophecy made to her by her old friend and partner George Washington, prodded onto Lelouch's emotional state by daring him to either run away as he did before or to take up where he left off and accomplish what he set out to do from the beginning: create a new and peaceful world for all to live in. At long last regaining his rage toward the world and his initiative, Lelouch, in a single outburst, redeclared his intent from fifteen years ago: his intent to destroy Britannia.

Immediately contacting the original leadership of the Black Knights, Lelouch, now fully returned to his guise as Zero, explained to them his new plan, which was to aid or promote local rebellion in the Areas and systematically liberate them one after another, after which they would band together under the Black Knights and launch a direct invasion of Britannia. Despite the outrageousness of the proposal, the Black Knight leaders came to agree on the plan, and after a private meeting with Ryukyu Prime Minister Kaguya Sumeragi, Lelouch gained the full support he needed for his renewed war. But first, he needed to redeclare the Black Knights' presence to the world, and for that purpose, he created Operation Tsunami, the military strike against Britannia's Central Pacific HQ at Pearl Harbor...

Battle of Pearl Harbor[]

Lelouch, now dressed as Zero, was seated in the cockpit of the Mordred. Before heading out into the battle, Lelouch hesitated for a moment, realizing once he had done this he would be leaving behind his life as Lelouch vi Britannia again. Kallen attempted to try and talk him out of it, but he reaffirmed himself when he realized that if he was going to start his war with Britannia again he had to break with the past, again. Once in battle, Lelouch held no sign of holding back as he continued to strike down squads of Sutherlands while ordering his troops. He even managed to destroy a couple of Pearl's fleet.

However, his glorious comeback was interrupted when the Lancelot, and its pilot Suzaku, arrived on the battlefield. He then ordered the Black Knights to prepare to evacuate while he dealt with Suzaku. When Suzaku landed, the two engaged in a heated conversation that had a built-up of eight years of rage, as the Lelouch under Charles' Geass had no memory of Suzaku prior to the false existence. Lelouch then began to call out Suzaku on his hypocrisy, to which Suzaku actually admitted that Lelouch was right and that he had fallen far from the man Euphie loved, but he would still create world peace even if it meant aiding Britannia's conquest. Lelouch tried to use his friendship to try and save Suzaku's soul, but Suzaku stated that he was there to bring Lelouch to 'justice', nothing more. The two then charge at each other.

Lelouch and Suzaku continue their fierce duel that had eight years of buried rage and hatred all coming to the surface. Lelouch holds his own against Suzaku but quickly realizes that he is going to lose in the long run. Throughout the duel, the two call each other out for their sins and their deeds. Quickly realizing he's losing ground, Lelouch draws Suzaku into a trap, which results in the Lancelot being heavily damaged, but still functional. Suzaku then descends into a maddening rage that Lelouch is unable to defend against, blaming Lelouch for everything bad that has happened to the Japanese people because of his Geassing Euphie to kill them. When Lelouch reminds Suzaku that he murdered his Father to preserve the Japanese people, the battle comes to a halt.

Suzaku then lets out maniacal laughter, causing Lelouch to freeze in horror. Suzaku states that after all this time Lelouch never realized the true reason he killed his father: to protect him and Nunnally, who Genbu Kururugi was going to kill as one last act of defiance against Britannia. The revelation sends Lelouch into a state of shock and leaves him unable to defend himself from Suzaku's fierce attacks, only for Kallen to enter in and save him. She then snaps Lelouch out of his shock by calling out to him, from which he regains his composure for the time being and is able to escape. As he and Kallen retreat, Suzaku declares that he will be the one who kills Lelouch, no matter how long it takes him. At that Lelouch can only break down in tears.

Later, he delivers a broadcast to the entire world, announcing his return as Zero and declaring that he and the Black Knights will not stop until Britannia is defeated. After the announcement, Lelouch is in his quarters aboard the Izumo. He is still in shock from the revelation that he was responsible for sending Suzaku on the road to madness, shattering his core and resolve to continue his rebellion. Kallen then comes in, who was able to hear the whole confrontation with her Geass. He then asks her if it was worth it all, having to lose his best friend to madness, all the death he's caused, to get to where he intends to go. Kallen replies with what he once told her at Yokosuka eight years. They had to succeed no matter what the sacrifice that came, even if that caused Suzaku to descend into madness, or else that sacrifice would have been in vain too. Through her words, Lelouch then regains his drive to continue his rebellion. He then sincerely thanks her for helping him stay on the right path.

The Liberation of China[]

Two months later, Lelouch was formulating a plan of where to strike next. After a mysterious vision, he found his answer: the Black Knights were going to liberate a third of the world from Britannia's grasp, starting with Area 22, formerly China. After informing the Black Knights' High Command of his plan to unite with the Chinese Liberation Army, the army sets off for Area 22.

As they traveled to their destination, Lelouch and Kallen were working out together in a weight room aboard the Izumo, where Kallen is both flustered and astonished at Lelouch's increased physicality. He tells her that it was due to Bismarck's insistence that he pursed to be physically fit. Lelouch also gets flustered by Kallen's form before they are both called to the bridge, having now arrived in Xiaopei, the supposed headquarters of the CLA. General Li Xingke meets them in an advanced Knightmare and orders them to turn back, but Lelouch, as Zero, convinces him to negotiate when he mentions Tianzi's name. Though ever reluctant, Li allows the Black Knights into their headquarters.

As the negotiations began, much tension is present between the Black Knights and the CLA. Zero tries to convince them that the alliance is in their best interest, but Li counters by firing back with how Zero's strategies cause either total victory or irreparable losses. Firmly backed into a corner by that 'attack', Lelouch prepares to use his Geass when Kallen enters the conversation, claiming that with the CLA's equipment and overall capability they wouldn't be able to last much longer against Britannia. Using this window, Lelouch convinces the CLA commanders that an alliance is for the best for all of them.

At a banquet party in the Vermilion Forbidden Palace, Lelouch and Kallen, disguised as a married noble couple of the Ashford family line, infiltrate the party to Geass important individuals to help progress the plan further. As Kallen is holding in place one of the targets, who happens to be the corrupt and perverted Minister of State Security, Lelouch comes over and uses his Geass to make him follow his instructions as well as become diarrhetic. Afterward, the announcement of the Knights of Two, Five, and Eight arriving at the party cuts Lelouch off. He freezes in fear at the revelation that the Knight of Two, Johann, the only other person besides Schneizal who beat him in chess, has arrived in Area 22. However, he is able to come up with a plan that requires Kallen to gather two 'specific' individuals.

As Zero, he talks with Li as the evacuation of Xiaopei begins. When Li asks him if they can truly win this war, he replies that they must win it. Later as the Black Knights are withdrawing, Lelouch is pleaded to by Tianzi to return and aid Li in the battle. After but a moment of hesitance, Zero declares that they will assist Li in the evacuation. While Tohdoh begins to come up with an excuse that it is a soldier's duty to die for his country, Lelouch counters back, saying that it is a soldier's duty to live for his country. After that statement, any other objections are silenced.

When Li is about to be killed by Johann, Lelouch, in the Mordred, intervenes and saves Li's life. He and Johann then engage in a duel in their Knightmares while leading their respective forces. When Lelouch is about to spring his trap on the Britannians, Johann is able to predict his strategy and form an effective counter to it that demoralizes Lelouch. Regadless, he continues to fight, managing to be saved by the intervention of General Izanagi Kondo, who commands the Black Knights' Second Army. After another verbal exchange, Lelouch realizes the true reason for the three Knights of the Rounds' presence in China: to capture Tianzi and bring her back to Britannia. Using this to his advantage, Lelouch manages to convince Johann to end the battle and allow both armies to withdraw.

While preparing for the main operation to liberate China from Britannia, Lelouch as Zero engaged with Tianzi on whether they could truly win this war. Before they could continue anymore, Zero was called away for another matter. Later, Zero came into Li's room when Li was collapsing from his illness. There, Li shared all of the regrets he had that were brought on by the illness, some of Zero sympathized with, such as keeping the one he loves at a distance. Lelouch then declares that Li must live and uses his Geass on him.

Soon enough, Akatsuki enters its final phase, with the Black Knights and CLA moving upon Luoyang. Following a rousing speech from Tianzi, in which the Red Rebellion is formalized, Lelouch leads the Black Knights against Britannia while Li leads the CLA. Lelouch and Johann then duel in a rematch while still leading their respective forces. However, Lelouch notices that a key part of his plan has not yet been activated.

As the battle wages and the losses mount, Lelouch makes a desperate gamble: having Li send the entirety of the CLA into the field to overwhelm the Britannians through sheer numbers. Upon this occurrence, Area 22's Viceroy, Reginald Calares, engages the Argus defense system, unintentionally springing Lelouch's trap. Instead of targeting the Chinese forces, Argus would target the Britannians, thanks to Lelouch using his Geass on certain individuals at the banquet he and Kallen infiltrated prior. As the Britannians begin to falter. As a result, Lelouch then activates another Geass command that makes the Knight of Five, Michael Raleigh, and the Knight of Eight, Nena Gurlukovich, turn upon Johann. Though Johann manages to incapacitate them both, he still concedes defeat, and China is subsequently liberated.

About a week later, the whole of the former, and soon to be reborn, the Chinese Federation is liberated and in celebration. Lelouch, never fond of parties, hides from the crowd to eat privately. There, he has a discussion with Tianzi about how she would lead the newborn Chinese Federation as a benevolent dictator, otherwise retaining all power to herself. Lelouch disagrees with this idea but has faith in her, while a contingency is in place in case she falls from the righteous path.

Later, in his quarters aboard the Izumo, Lelouch rearranges his chessboard to match his victory and the changes that have been made in the war as Kallen and C.C. sit by. Notably, Kallen shares her disapproval of Geassing Li to kill Tianzi in case she falls from the righteous path, but Lelouch states that he has faith in Tianzi, yet simultaneously wants to be cautious. Ohgi then calls the trio, telling them to turn on the TV, his voice filled with panic. Lelouch does so, and the trio freezes. On the screen, declaring war against Zero and the Black Knights, was none other than the Black Prince of Britannia...

...Lelouch vi Britannia?!

The Eildons[]

Two months later, Lelouch is speaking with Ohgi about the recent success in the surrounding area of China and the increased recruitment for the Black Knights. Also, they discuss where the next major strike for the Black Knights will be launched. Then they turn the topic to the mysterious new 'Lelouch vi Britannia', to which Ohgi responds that no new data has come about from observations of the doppelganger. Later, the room is engulfed in a bright light that Lelouch and several others connected to Geass vanish in. He then experiences a strange vision along with several other occupants.

He awakens later, with Kallen and C.C. by his side, in the face of soldiers equipped to hunt down Geass users and Code bearers. After quickly subduing them and Geassing them, the trio makes their way to find an exit. Lelouch then decides to go out on his own to try and find out more information to be prepared to assault the Eildon base, despite the protests of Kallen and C.C.

Later, when he gains as much information as possible from their servers, he runs into a cyborg version of Jeremiah Gottwald. Jeremiah then uses a Geass Canceller to deactivate Lelouch's powers on the soldiers near him. Lelouch makes a break for the exit but is stopped by the presence of his doppelganger, who identifies himself as Rolo vi Britannia and claims that Lelouch is inferior to him. Rolo then activates his Geass, and Lelouch suddenly feels a stab through his chest from Jeremiah. The two then leave him bleeding out from his wounds, from which he soon succumbs.

However, Marianne, who possessed Anya's body, succeeded in saving him and reviving him from his wound. He was later placed in his home back on Ryukyu, with Kallen watching over him.

He then awakens from another vision that helps him plan his next course of action when he notices Kallen sleeping next to him without any clothes on. He contemplates what he should do in this situation: get up and find out more info on what else has happened or let Kallen stay there with him and him with her. However, soon, Kallen wakes up and suddenly scrambles to escape Lelouch's side. But acting instinctively, Lelouch grabs her hand, keeping her close, and apologizes for hurting her by going off alone and briefly dying. Acting on her emotions, Kallen embraces Lelouch, begging him never to go off anywhere without her again. He promises her that he will, and she finally smiles, hearing exactly what she wanted and needed. After a few moments of holding each other, Lelouch's body reacts in a shameful way, and he backs away from her in fear. However, opposite of what he expected, Kallen instead had a desire to take what they had between them to gain a measure of relief. So she moves forward and kisses Lelouch, and the two engage in 'comfort sex.'

Remembrance[]

On September 13, 2025, the world mourns for the lives lost in the Devastation. Lelouch spends that time reviewing old photos of the Student Council of Ashford that Kallen had given him. One particular picture is when they did something relating to Alice in Wonderland. He then contemplates how different his life would be if he hadn't acted on his heroics and walked away from the truck carrying C.C. However, he pulls himself from these thoughts, accepts the way the world is now, and decides he must continue. He then receives a video call from Milly and Rivalz, and they chat about what the others have been up to and how Rivalz captured Milly's heart, something Lelouch and the rest of Ashford thought impossible. However, they begin to run out of time and must close down communications. Later that night Lelouch and Kallen again seek comfort through the most intimate means.

Conflict with the E.U.[]

In the weeks that followed, Lelouch laid awake at night with Kallen by his side, having just shared another passionate moment with her. As she sleeps beside him, Lelouch ponders the depths of this new level of intimacy between them. Still, before he can reach a conclusion, Ohgi contacts him and reports that another one of their new bases in the resurrected Chinese Federation had come under attack and been destroyed. He later convenes a council and discusses the identity of the new threat they face. Later, he admits in private with Kallen and C.C. that he believes the identity is none other than the Ghost of Hannibal. As he begins to ponder how to stop this new obstacle, Kallen tries to convince him to stay away from the battlefield and have her go instead. While he is initially against the idea, Kallen manages to persuade him by kissing him and reminding him that it's her duty as his knight to protect him, so he relents and lets her go instead.

While observing the operation from central command, Lelouch couldn't help but feel an unknown apprehension about Kallen being there alone. When she struggled in her fight against the Eurasian ace Akito Hayuga, Lelouch could only tremble in fear as he was helpless to help her. When the attack was over, Lelouch was visibly at peace to see Kallen was still alive.

Later, it was revealed that the true purpose of the EU's operations against the Black Knights was for a Eurasian General and former rival of Lelouch during his memory alteration, Joachim Rommel, aka the Desert Lion, to send him a message. The message revealed that Rommel is aware of Lelouch's identity as Zero and is willing to become his ally. This news pleases Lelouch.

Zero Strikes Back[]

In addition to gaining allies within the E.U. Zero introduces a new ally from Peace Mark to the Black Knights, Orpheus Zevon, also a former member of the Eildons. He then announces the Black Knights' next mass operation, Operation Fubuki, an assault on an Eildon base in the Arctic Circle. Later on, he and Orpheus engage in a chess match, conversing over their identities and their similar tragic past, as well as how Orpheus ended up with the Eildons. Lelouch ends up winning the match, though he points out that Orpheus could have possibly won had he sacrificed his queen. The terrorist counters that he also could have won sooner if he sacrificed his; while Lelouch admits this is true, he then comments (with Kallen in the room) that some things are too important to sacrifice, even on a chess board, and Orpheus agrees.

Before the operation begins, Lelouch and Kayuga discuss his reason for choosing Alexandra Land. Lelouch explains the fact that it is isolated is the very reason why he chose the location, so that no Britannian forces could send reinforcements. Kayuga is still hesitant, knowing what the Eildons did to Lelouch in his last encounter with them. However, Lelouch assures the young Prime Minister that he is well prepared to face them this time, promising to return and show the world he wishes to create. Later that night, as Lelouch continues his plan to prepare for Operation Fubuki, Kallen enters his chambers with the intent to continue their nightly ritual. Lelouch is hesitant at first, but after seeing her fear that she will lose him again, this time for good, he succumbs to her pleas and they spend the night together again.

While in the Black Knights' new air cruiser, Tsuru, Lelouch contemplates the forces they will face once they reach Alexandra Land. He is then warned of a massive Hadron Cannon thanks to Kallen's Geass (despite his regret that it came to her using it); the preemptive attack forces him to begin the operation earlier than planned. In the Mordred, once he and his forces land, they are then greeted by Jeremiah Gottwald within a new Knight Giga Fortress known as the Vortigern, which seems at first to be similar to the Siegfried. The battle begins after a failed attempt by Chigusa Ohgi (formerly Viletta Nu) to convince Jeremiah to their side, with Lelouch engaging the latter in the Mordred. At first, Lelouch seems to have the upper hand, but the Vortigern then transforms into a massive Knightmare, forcing Lelouch on the defensive.

As Lelouch and Jeremiah continue to battle, with Lelouch slowly losing ground, he reveals his trump card, a massive Geass Canceller Array throughout the battlefield. Like many of Lelouch's enemies who know of his Geass, Jeremiah had thought that Lelouch had enslaved his army to follow him, so by removing the Geass, he then would have the Black Knights confused as to why they were all fighting, leading to him and the Eildons being victorious. However, to his horror, the Black Knights continued to fight his forces without any sign of confusion or hesitance. Feeling a second wind come upon him, Lelouch revealed that he never used Geass on his troops (at least to make them follow him). He then begins to mock Jeremiah and V.V. for their foolishness and declares that the same foolishness will end them. Later, Lelouch is again pushed into a corner due to the onslaught of the Vortigern when Kallen comes up and protects him using Guren's Radiant Wave Shield. At first, he is surprised by her appearance, but then he realizes that Jeremiah made a grave mistake: he removed the Geass he put on Kallen years ago when he asked whether she was the pilot of the red Glasglow in Shinjuku, confirming to Kallen that her loyalty and feelings for Lelouch are real. Then, working together with flawless teamwork, they are able to bring down Jeremiah's Vortigern, with Lelouch getting in the final shot with the Mordred's VARIS.

Later on, he, C.C., Kallen, and Chigusa all listen as Orpheus reveals the founding of the Eildons and how it ties into Britannia's founder, Alwyn. He then explains that the organization's goal is the death of 'God' and that Britannia's real purpose is to distract the world from focusing on the Eildons as they work to gather all the 26 Geass Codes and complete Ragnarok. Lelouch is then suddenly transported to the Sword of Arwan in the Otherworld, where he finally confronts his father as his true self after having his memories locked away. Charles reveals to Lelouch that he has now gained the codes of at least 22 Code Bearers, making him immortal at the cost of his Geass ability, in turn revealing the fate of all those who have a fully evolved Geass. Charles reveals that he has no desire to kill Lelouch but instead challenges Lelouch to a chess game. On the condition he should win, Lelouch agrees that Charles tells Lelouch where Nunnally is. Lelouch quickly finds himself overwhelmed by the skill of his father. He tries to focus on the game and plan as many counterattacks as possible. Still, Charles is able to counter every move he makes and (at least from Lelouch's perspective) mock him for his flaws in planning a strategy and references back to his past battles where he nearly lost because of all the close calls he suffered because he couldn't adapt. Charles then defeats Lelouch, leaving him in despair. He then begs Charles to tell him if Nunnally is safe. To his astonishment, his father honestly answers that she is safe and will continue to be so. He's then brought back to Alexandra Land, but not before saying, 'Thank you... father.' Kallen, who was full of fear when he suddenly disappeared, ran up and embraced him, begging him to let her hold onto him for just a little, fearing she would lose him again. He allows this as he hugs her back. Their moment is interrupted when a heavily damaged Jeremiah comes into the tent to try and kill Lelouch. Kallen moves to protect him, but Lelouch has her step out of the way while he looks Jeremiah dead in the eye. Jeremiah then plans to kill Lelouch but suddenly stops. Before Jeremiah falls into unconsciousness, he mutters, 'Forgive me, my Empress,' surprising Lelouch.

Personality and Traits[]

Super-intelligent and arrogant to a fault, Lelouch was known for his conspiring nature and charisma. As Zero and leader of the Black Knights, he acts very much like a stereotypical supervillain, in which he always has an "evil" scheme to carry out and is very manipulative toward his "minions" (with and without his Geass), yet holds an almost demonic charm that has been known to attract many men and woman to his banner. And just like the villainous image he portrays, he is not above overlooking or counting out vital details that end up costing him his plans. Still, he is never without backups or emergency exit strategies should the worst occur, even if it means sacrificing a few to save many more. At the same time, however, he never attempts to justify his actions, nor does he deny responsibility for his sins; above all else, he knows that he has and will continue committing great evil as he leads his revolution, but he also knows that it is all necessary for the greater good.

Despite the inhuman and unfeeling persona that he presents, however, Lelouch is still human underneath his mask. He has a heart that can be broken, feelings that can be hurt, and a love for others that can be lost. Such is the case around his younger sister Nunnally, who he had taken care of since his childhood in place of their deceased mother, as well as his friends from Ashford Academy, who he did his best to keep uninvolved from his activities as Zero. It is because of this semblance of humanity that Lelouch believed himself to be solely responsible for the death of his sister Euphemia, the SAZ massacre, and the Devastation, all of which caused him to refuse to become Zero again after his liberation from Britannia eight years later. But at the same time, it is because of his humanity that Lelouch continues on the path of revolution and willingly takes up the mask, all so that he can, in his own words, destroy the current world and rebuild it into something good and free of conflict, so that all of humanity can live in peace.

While living his false life as a Britannian prince for the last few years, Lelouch exhibited much of his usual personality traits. Notably, however, because he believed that he was never exiled, he didn't hold any hatred toward his father or Britannia. He displayed a friendly and outgoing attitude, making him fit more into the playboy lifestyle of a prince, yet could become serious when the time called for it. Also very much unlike his normal self, Prince Lelouch was very libertine in morals and was not above using his charm to attract members of the opposite sex.

After returning to the mask of Zero, and regaining his memories, Lelouch has become much more trusting of his soldiers and others. He shows compassion for those under his command more than he did so before; he cares about having the Black Knights' complete trust, even saying that he understands if anyone chooses not to follow him anymore now that they are aware of his identity as a Prince of Britannia. He also cares about the lives of other soldiers, such as when he went to rescue Li and the CLA force at Xiaopei, despite it being a losing battle against Britannia. He even sometimes feels regret for using his Geass to win battles when it is probably unnecessary. Alongside this, he has become noticeably less manipulative towards his allies and close friends, trusting them more than he once did, but that could be because he doesn't have to keep things hidden from them anymore.

A major change to his personality after he regained his memories is his view of Britannia. While he still hates what it is and what it's doing to the world, he has grown to see that his home nation holds good memories and people. The training he'd done under Bismarck, the time he spent with him, Dorothea, and Roland, his chess games with Schneizel and Johann, his antics with Gino, interviews with Anya, as well as his renewed friendship with Suzaku during his time under his father's Geass to name just a few. He then states that Britannia needs to be destroyed so that the war can stop and that the nation itself can be reborn into something better.

Powers and Abilities[]

Geass[]

Lelouch's Geass, bestowed upon him by C.C., gives him "The Power of Absolute Obedience," allowing him to plant commands within a person's mind upon eye contact in a manner comparable to hypnosis. Activation of his Geass is visually represented by the manifestation of a Geass sigil in his left eye. Commands dictated in this state are written into the minds of the designated targets once the sigil projects from his eye to theirs. Lelouch could initially toggle Geass activation at will but subsequently loses this control to an affliction known as Geass runaway. In Megiddo, C.C. gives Lelouch a contact lens that blocks his Geass but indicates that his Geass will eventually grow powerful enough to render it ineffective. Of all the Geass abilities in the series, Lelouch's has been explored the most and also seems to have the most restrictions and side effects of any Geass introduced:

  • It only affects the nervous system.
  • Commands must be issued verbally.
  • The victim must make direct eye contact for commands to be issued. The maximum effective distance is 272 meters. Line of sight via a reflective surface is sufficient for the effect to occur. After his Geass evolves, he can give commands to the victim without maintaining direct eye contact. The effective range has also been increased.
  • Commands may be issued only once to any given individual, but any number of commands may be issued at the initial application so long as eye contact is unbroken.
  • The victim will not perform any action disallowed by their physical or mental capabilities, though they will try to carry out the command to the best of their ability. For example, a victim will not be able to correctly answer a question they don't know the answer to but will direct the user to someone who can if they are able. However, commands that affect the mind or consciousness, such as telling the victim to forget something, will take effect despite the fact that the victim could not normally force themselves to do so.
  • An action will be carried out for as long as dictated in its command or upon the indicated conditional circumstance. Eye contact does not need to be maintained for command execution to occur. No upper limit has been established, but the conditional command Lelouch gives Suzaku is still in effect more than eight years later.
  • The victim's memories for the duration of the command issue and execution are sealed and cannot be recalled.
  • As demonstrated in Princess Euphemia's response to the command that she kills the Japanese, a victim may resist a commanded action to some degree if it is utterly repugnant and morally incomprehensible to them.

So long as the above conditions are met, commands may be issued to anybody besides those who had gained immortality and to any number of individuals at once. Those under the effect of Geass have a red outline on their pupils.

Intellect[]

Even without his Geass, Lelouch is a formidable opponent. He is highly intelligent, possessing a genius-level intellect with an IQ rating in the 200s. As such, he can devise and execute strategies with incredible speed and precision, making him everything from an accomplished chess player to a master strategist and tactician in real-time combat. Notably, Lelouch's strategies tend to be highly unorthodox but at the same time effective, which often goes hand-in-hand with his "miracles" as Zero, from overwhelming an enemy force with a much smaller number to gaining vantage points that were initially overlooked by the enemy. Because of his knowledge of various sciences, he is even capable of using the terrain itself to his advantage, from creating a mudslide at Narita with the Guren's Radiant Wave Surger and overwhelming enemy forces below the mountain to firing missiles into the sakuradite veins in the Bering Strait to create a tidal surge that generated a massive steam cloud on the surface for the Izumo to escape through.

Besides his skills in strategy and tactical maneuvering, Lelouch is also very observant of his environment, such that he is capable of noticing even the most minute details of whatever holds his interest. In combat, he can see through his opponents on nearly all levels, from their own strategies and tactics to their ideals and motivations, allowing Lelouch to adapt any current strategy to play on perceived weaknesses from the "other side". His observation skills also serve him in direct combat, in which he is able to understand his opponent's fighting style and alter his own accordingly, thus allowing him to hold his own against pilots and/or fighters of greater caliber. It was through this that Lelouch was able to nearly corner Suzaku at Sakumo Prison years ago with the support of Tohdoh and the Four Holy Swords, and later at Pearl Harbor, he was able to combat Suzaku directly and drive him back, despite the latter's greater skill and battlefield experience.

On that note, due to his training alongside several members of the Knights of the Round, Lelouch has become very intuitive in each of the twelve's unique fighting methods, from how they utilize their Knightmares in a battle to their command styles and favored strategies. Needless to say, this serves as a great advantage to the Black Knights whenever one or more of their number is encountered.

Physical[]

During his days at Ashford Academy, Lelouch was initially underwhelming. He was very frail because he led a life of little to no strenuous activity, which often got in the way when in battle. However, during his training under Bismarck Waldstein at West Point, Lelouch was forced to go through hard physical exercise, causing him to buff up in physical strength and endurance. Part of the reason for this is because Bismarck had told Lelouch exercise was as much a mental challenge as it was a physical one, thus drawing the young prince's interest. Lelouch is also a skilled marksman with firearms and, thanks to Bismarck's training, a capable Knightmare frame pilot on par with the Knights of the Round. He also knows some martial arts, but he is above average at best compared to Master-level fighters like Suzaku Kururugi or Kallen Kouzuki.

Relationships[]

Suzaku Kururugi[]

One of the main focus points of both the main series and Megiddo is Lelouch's dual-natured relationship with Suzaku. Though they met on less than promising terms, Lelouch would become quick friends with Suzaku, creating a friendship that would endure even seven years of separation. Unfortunately, however, this would not stop Suzaku from becoming Lelouch's destined nemesis, as Suzaku would choose to serve Britannia as the pilot of the Lancelot. In contrast, Lelouch would choose to fight Britannia as Zero. This would eventually culminate into a full-blown personal vendetta in the aftermath of the SAZ Massacre, in which Suzaku would come to believe Lelouch had become corrupted enough to use his own sister as a pawn and then summarily kill her. Once more contrastingly, Lelouch, out of his own guilt over Euphie's death, would do nothing to assuage this viewpoint. In the end, both would face off against the other at Kamine Island, and only the last vestiges of their friendship would keep either from killing the other. Even so, that would not keep Suzaku from betraying Lelouch to his father for ascension to the Knights of the Round.

Despite Lelouch forgetting their past together, however, it would not be long before he and Suzaku would become friends "again" after the latter was officially recognized as the Knight of Seven and White Knight of Britannia. In fact, much of the fundamentals of their "previous" friendship would remain in this one, with both considering the other more like a brother than a knight or a prince. This, too, would not last, as the Black Knights would liberate Lelouch and restore his memories, thus causing him to resume his previous role as Zero. Even so, however, it is quite apparent that Lelouch still cares for Suzaku and continues to see him as his friend, enough to attempt to reach out to him as he did at Pearl Harbor, even when Suzaku has once again only come to hate Lelouch for everything he stands for and wish only to see him dead. Unfortunately, this only made Lelouch more easily overwhelmed upon beholding Suzaku's madness for the first time and unable to cope with his indirect hand in it.

It was there that Suzaku revealed that the true reason that he killed his father was to protect Lelouch and Nunnally from his father, who planned to kill them as a final act of defiance against Britannia. Suzaku then declared that if he knew now what he would have lost by letting Lelouch live, he would have let his father kill them. Lelouch was left frozen in shock that he couldn't continue the fight and only survived by the intervention of Kallen. When Lelouch was retreating, Suzaku called to him and promised that no matter how long it took, if another eight years or eternity, he was going to be the one to kill Lelouch.

After the battle and broadcasting his return as Zero to the world, Lelouch crumbled into an emotional breakdown in his private quarters. He was so depressed when he realized what he had lost due to his existence and the choices he'd made that he considered abandoning his quest altogether, but Kallen had managed to convince him to continue forward so that his loss of the Suzaku he knew wouldn't be in vain.

His renewed friendship with Suzaku, despite being fake during the time under his father's Geass, helps him now seek to see Britannia reborn.

Kallen Kouzuki[]

Perhaps the most unstable of Lelouch's relationships, even more so than his connection to Suzaku, yet at the same time, one of his most important. At first, Lelouch was not very close to Kallen, as he only considered her as a fellow schoolmate at Ashford Academy or as another of his soldiers in the Black Knights. Though he valued her for her piloting skills in the latter, he remained just as unattached to her as he did to the other Knights; even his giving her the Guren was more out of recognition for her combat prowess rather than out of any importance she held to him. Yet, this would all change when Lelouch took notice of her deep loyalty and dedication to him, namely before the Battle of Yokosuka, when Kallen, upon hearing Lelouch's reasons for fighting, declared that she would follow him to the end. Their relationship deepened from there, to the point that Kallen would be visibly hurt at Lelouch's revelations at Kamine Island, where she abandoned him to his fate at Suzaku's hands (a snap decision that she would come to regret not long after).

In the modern-day, while Lelouch continues to hold the image of being unattached to anyone or anything as Zero, it's become more than obvious that he cares distinctly for Kallen and not just as his best Knightmare pilot. Though they still have many issues between them (mainly Kallen's struggle with her own doubts and feelings), he has come to see her as a true friend as well as worthy of his trust and belief, enough that he openly considers her his chosen knight (Knight of Zero). In turn, Kallen is one of the few people who holds any influence over Lelouch, as he has been shown to listen to her own words and opinions on things and is also notably receptive to her attempts to console him (something only C.C. could originally do). Because of these things and other factors, Lelouch has literally entrusted his life to Kallen, who, by his own words, is tasked to either protect him or, should she ever believe him to be corrupted, kill him. Naturally, Kallen struggles with the latter order, but Lelouch has stated she is the only one he can give such a task to, further emphasizing his trust in her.

In fact, Lelouch's recognition of Kallen's belief and devotion to him, and possibly somewhat more on his part, had given him the desire to put on the mask of Zero to save her life after he had made a vow to never wear it again, even going to far as to die without fighting back if it meant he didn't have to be Zero again. Though he went back to having doubts about wearing the mask again, that one event led him to reemerge to be Zero. Kallen was also able to snap him out of his depression when he realized he was the one who started Suzaku down a path of madness, reminding him of what he said to her in Yokosuka eight years ago when she was doubting whether she could continue on.

He also has shown anger when others attempt to flirt with her. As such, during an undercover operation in China, a short, perverted man attempted to seduce Kallen - which obviously wouldn't work because she only has feelings for Lelouch but had to play along because he was a target for Geass - causing Lelouch to come over and use his Geass on him to make him into a diarrheic.

When Lelouch awoke after his near-death experience with the Eildons, he found Kallen sleeping next to him, without any clothing on. At first, he was unsure how to react to her advance, whether he should get up and inform the rest of Black Knights of his survival, or that he should stay there and let Kallen sleep. However, it was made up for him when Kallen woke up and tried to move away from him. Instinctively, he reached out and apologized for hurting her, causing relief to fill Kallen. Afterward, the two had what C.C. referred to as 'comfort sex,' which was sought after for a brief respite from the struggles that they had faced.

Ever since the escape from the Eildons, Lelouch and Kallen have turned toward each other for a sense of comfort and respite from the world and its horrors. They have since shared a bed again during the night of the Devastation anniversary and a little over two weeks later. While on the third night, Lelouch contemplates what all of this now means with their new level of intimacy. He realized that Kallen was different than any other person he had ever had a relationship with before, and he couldn't just declare the moments the two had as casual and unimportant as he had with other women during the time under his father's Geass. He realizes that his bond with Kallen runs deeper than his with C.C. and, quite possibly, Nunnally. He also begins to fear for her life when he is not present, even though he should have every logical reason not to worry about her safety, yet he can't put off the apprehension he feels when she is off alone. In one instance where Kallen was fighting a losing battle against Eurasian ace Major Akito Hyuga, Lelouch shook with fear and frustration that he couldn't help her, a feeling he hated more than anything. He then came to realize that Kallen became the woman, besides Nunnally, who matters most to him.

Lelouch clearly has feelings for Kallen, such that most people (but apparently not him and her) can see. His actions, both on and off the battlefield, show how much she means to him. A perfect example is when playing a chess game with former Peace Mark member and Eildon Orpheus Zevon, Lelouch won the game, however the former terrorist pointed out he would have won sooner had he sacrificed his Queen. While Lelouch admitted that would be true, he then confessed (with Kallen nearby) that his Queen (both on the chessboard and off) was too important to be sacrificed, despite whatever advantage he may gain from it. This is echoed when he has a chess match with his father. During the match, he attempted to do all he could to keep the queen piece alive and on the board, even sacrificing his other pieces to ensure its safety, meaning that he would sacrifice others if it meant Kallen could live.

However, despite all that and more, he's still hesitant to fully pursue a true romantic relationship with her. This is possibly due to his other past experiences with women close to him (his mother, Shirley, Euphemia, and Nunnally) and how they had all suffered due to him. He's afraid that his being with Kallen will lead to her death, which is something he doesn't want to happen. Despite those fears and his hesitance, however, if Kallen needs him for comfort, he will give it to her. Such as before they went to the Arctic Circle to carry out Operation Fubuki, Kallen asked to spend the night with Lelouch in case it was their last, which Lelouch accepted after promptings from his own feelings.

After the Geass command he put on her years ago had been lifted due to Jeremiah's wide-ranged Geass Canceler Array, Lelouch seems pleased that Kallen has no more doubts about what she feels anymore, and he seems to be willing to be more openly affectionate with her. When he returned after being summoned by his father, he accepted her embrace and comforted her with his own while ignoring the looks of the others watching him as he focused his attention on Kallen.

Once they returned to Ryukyu, Lelouch became more accepting of Kallen's love for him, especially after she (along with C.C.) moved into Urasoe with him. Since then, every moment of free time they had that wasn't spent with others, they've been sleeping together. Lelouch has come to realize that Kallen's love for him is an integral part of who she is. If he were to ever remove those feelings as he did with Shirley, then he would essentially make Kallen into what she once feared she was, a slave controlled by Geass, and he refused to do such a thing that would end up hurting her.

Lelouch is grateful to Kallen, not just because of her strength as a warrior or her love for him, but because she loves and vows to follow him to the end because of who he truly is, not some demon or messiah, but a once broken and lost boy who sought to accomplish the impossible. And that means more to Lelouch than all else in his life.

C.C.[]

Lelouch's relationship with the immortal "witch" known as C.C., or more "officially" Cera Cathcart, is something of an oddity, even from Lelouch's perspective. They have been described as well beyond friendship, but not lovers; C.C. herself claims their relationship to be a partnership, and Lelouch has only reaffirmed that idea by stating that just as C.C. is a witch, he is a demon. But regardless of what exactly they are to each other, it's quite obvious that they are quite close, to the point that C.C. was, for a time, Lelouch's only confident as well as the only one who knew his true character from Zero or Lelouch Lamperouge. In turn, Lelouch is (at least initially) the only living being who knows C.C.'s true identity as Jeanne d'Arc, though C.C. does not allow him to address her by it.

Unlike many other characters, the dynamics of Lelouch and C.C.'s bond have not changed much over the past eight years. Lelouch still regards her with a mixture of confidence and annoyance, while C.C., in turn, continues to address Lelouch in her usual nonchalant yet somehow motherly manner. Still, one special development that has occurred over this time is C.C. accepting Kallen as another "partner" and Geass contractor, thereby causing her to treat and act around Kallen in a similar manner as she does Lelouch, much to her own annoyance. That said, however, C.C. is still a woman of many secrets, and Lelouch and Kallen both suspect her to be more knowledgeable of things, namely Geass, than she lets on.

Also, she has grown to care for Lelouch, the most obvious example being when she went into a rage and nearly killed V.V. when he caused Lelouch to be "dead" for a time. She later then cried tears of sadness after her attempt on V.V. was foiled, but was also relieved for him to be alive. Another sign of her caring about Lelouch is that C.C. pushes for both him and Kallen to be together in the harsh reality they now live in, as she had labored hard for them to be together, believing that by having them together, they can get through any trial the world throws at them. She has grown to view him, and by extension Kallen, as more than simply contractors and now sees them as true friends who she wants to live.

Schneizel el Britannia[]

In both of Lelouch's lifetimes as a prince, Schneizel was one of the few siblings that were close to him, though not to the same degree as Nunnally or Euphemia. In his younger days, Lelouch always aspired to Schneizel's example of a dashing, daring statesman and leader. At the same time, Schneizel himself regarded Lelouch as the only one of his siblings that he could truly relate to. Both of them especially shared the same fondness for chess, both for the game itself and the exchanges of wisdom and experience they would share. Interestingly enough, Schneizel was also the only person Lelouch could never defeat in chess.

Naturally, when Lelouch "resumed" his life as a royal many years later, his relationship with Schneizel remained relatively unchanged. Though their different obligations kept them from meeting often, both siblings continued to look well upon the other and share their usual chess matches, though Lelouch still had yet to defeat Schneizel. But like everything else, the return of Lelouch's memories and his reembracing the role of Zero would cause both he and Schneizel to be on opposite ends of the battlefield, and while Schneizel has (so far) appeared oblivious to his brother being the masked revolutionary, Lelouch would only see Schneizel as one of his most dangerous enemies, one that he would have to contend with before his vision of Britannia's destruction would be complete.

Lelouch's chess matches with both him and Johann during the time under his father's Geass help the boy realize that there is a chance for his homeland to become something better than what it once was.

Bismarck Waldstein[]

Though Bismarck had been Knight of One for years and possessed a long working history with Marianne Lamperouge (who had been Knight of Two, i.e. Bismarck's second-in-command within the Rounds, before ascending to Empress), Lelouch would only become close to Bismarck in his late teens, after his "return" to Britannian society. The Emperor, who wished to utilize the same skills that led the Black Rebellion for his own ends, would appoint Bismarck (and by proxy the rest of the Knights of the Round) as Lelouch's military trainer, and Bismarck would take to the task with the most seriousness. Though at first, they didn't get along well due to the Knight of One's harsh training methods (which included strenuous physical exercise), Lelouch would eventually come to see Bismarck as a father figure and a mentor, as well as a man of honor and virtue to aspire to. Bismarck would also be taken in by Lelouch's own upholding toward honor and dedication, which he had more than once compared to that of his mother, and as such, would embrace his role as a teacher to the up-and-coming prince to the fullest extent.

Among the many things Bismarck would instill into Lelouch, the Knight of One would also teach his student the art of Knightmare combat, which Lelouch had originally lacked in during the Insurrection. During his final test, Bismarck allows Lelouch to operate the Bedivere, which would secretly prepare Lelouch for his own chosen Knightmare, Mordred. Outside of the training, Lelouch was also close to Bismarck's family, being one of the few to know of his secret marriage to Knight of Four Dorothea Ernst. Because of the "deaths" of his own mother and sister, Lelouch would take to the Waldstein's like a surrogate family, thinking of them more in that role than he did his other siblings. For this and many other reasons, Bismarck would struggle over the notion of Lelouch becoming Zero again, even though he knew it was meant to happen...

He realizes the relationship he had with Bismarck is a reason why he now seeks to see his home nation reborn instead of completely destroyed, seeing that Britannia is capable of good, just not with the current leadership.

Gino Weinburg[]

Though he was not as close to the Black Prince as Bismarck or Suzaku, Gino considered himself one of Lelouch's confidants as well as a devoted follower. On the surface, he appears as such simply due to his fun-loving and non-serious personality and the fact that he and Lelouch share the same (apparent) tastes for women. Underneath, however, Gino considers Lelouch and his adherence to equality and decency to be Britannia's one hope toward evolving from the elitist society it is, which he himself has hated and detested all of his life. Because of this, he, like Suzaku, wishes for Lelouch to ascend to the throne to administer these changes, and despite his hatred toward his own country's current standards, Gino remains under Britannia's flag to see this one wish through, even going against his own conscience and moral compass to do so.

Lelouch's friendship with Gino during the time under his father's Geass helps him see that Britannia holds good people and can be reborn into something better.

Needless to say, he is very much unaware of Lelouch being Zero, but there may come a day when Gino will learn the inevitable truth.

Anya Alstreim[]

To all outward appearances, Anya doesn't seem to hold any real interest in Lelouch himself and simply "tags" along with him simply because Gino and Suzaku do. Secretly, however, like Gino, Anya sees Lelouch as the one who would one day change Britannia for the better, and as such, follows him to both ensure his safety and to act as one of his commanders and confidants. Also, it seems that she has begun to grow a crush on Lelouch. But even so, much like many other mysteries surrounding the non-descriptive Knight of Six, there seems to be more to Anya's devotion than meets the eye, especially one when remembers that she is the current holder of Empress Marianne's spirit. What other reasons she has for following Lelouch, should they even exist, are currently unknown.

His friendship with Anya is a reason why he now seeks for Britannia to be reborn as something better after its destruction after he returns to being Zero.

Dorothea Ernst[]

Being the secret wife of Bismarck Waldstein, Dorothea has encountered Lelouch on more than one occasion, especially whenever Bismarck has invited the young prince into their home. Though obviously not as close to him as her husband, the Knight of Four holds Lelouch with high regard for his honor and nobility, the latter of which is especially apparent from Lelouch's non-discrimination toward Dorothea and her Eurasian ancestry (something that she has had to deal with all of her life). In fact, Dorothea has been so impressed with Lelouch that she has allowed him to hold her and Bismarck's infant son, Roland, who took well to Lelouch despite his usual discomfort toward strangers. Like Bismarck, Dorothea knows that Lelouch is the real Zero and also knows that the Emperor has planned for him to return to being Zero. Needless to say, she too struggles with this knowledge, perhaps even more so than her husband.

His relationship with her, her husband Bismarck, and their son Roland helps Lelouch see that his nation is worth saving, or at least destroying and being reborn into something better.

Cornelia li Britannia[]

In his younger days, Lelouch was relatively close to Cornelia because she was the older sister of Euphemia and a protege of his mother. Years later, however, this relationship would be soured when Cornelia would be sent to Area 11 to hunt down Lelouch, then Zero, which would eventually result in events like the SAZ Massacre and the Black Rebellion. During the latter, Lelouch would reveal his true face to Cornelia and use his Geass on her to force her to give information regarding Empress Marianne's assassination. In turn, knowing his hand in Euphemia's death would break Cornelia.

Though the Emperor would rewrite the memories of all those who knew of Lelouch's activities in Area 11, for unknown reasons, Cornelia has managed to retain her own memories. Because of this, she holds a cold attitude toward her younger brother during his captivity, much to the confusion of Lelouch and others at the time. Later on, upon Lelouch's return to being Zero, Cornelia secretly plans an offensive against him and the Black Knights for the purpose of "finishing what started that night." Just how far she plans to go in her quest is not known at this time, but quite obviously, Lelouch has a truly dangerous enemy in her.

Kaname Ohgi[]

Originally little more than the leader of the resistance group Lelouch associated with in the early days, the exiled prince would see a fair measure of leadership in Ohgi, such that upon his creation of the Black Knights, Lelouch would choose the Japanese fighter as his second-in-command. Beyond that, however, Lelouch and Ohgi were never close, though Ohgi, in turn, was inspired by Lelouch's leadership and apparent dedication to their cause, such that he would claim to Kallen that Lelouch (Zero) was the one who would fulfill Naoto's will.

After the Devastation, while Ohgi is initially shaken by C.C.'s revelations of Lelouch's character and intentions, he does not lose his faith in the exiled prince. This would be apparent when Lelouch is liberated from Britannia, and his memories returned to him. Ohgi would defend his belief in Lelouch and his desire to create a better world, even to Lelouch himself. And now that Lelouch has fully re-embraced his Zero persona again, Ohgi has returned to being his loyal second-in-command, while Lelouch is not quite as distant toward him as he once was.

Kyoshiro Tohdoh[]

Even before he knew Lelouch to be Zero, Tohdoh seemed to hold certain insights into Lelouch's character and tactics. During the Battle of Narita, Tohdoh purposely molded his own strategy along Lelouch's, such that he and the Four Holy Swords would forcibly separate Cornelia from her guards and drive her into Lelouch's awaited ambush. During his prison break, Tohdoh chooses to rely on Lelouch's guidance in fighting the Lancelot (who he did not yet know was being piloted by Suzaku) and orders his pilots to do the same. Upon officially joining the Black Knights, Tohdoh would become one of Lelouch's most dedicated followers, even though it sometimes put him at odds with his own pilots, namely Chiba and Asahina.

Yet despite the obvious, it seems Tohdoh's knowledge of, and perhaps relation toward, Lelouch expands beyond the mask of Zero. When C.C. revealed everything to the gathered Black Knights, Tohdoh was among those who actually stood loyal to Lelouch and insisted that the Black Knights could not win without him. Later on, after Lelouch's liberation, Tohdoh correctly describes aspects of Lelouch's personality and drive to the FHS and again reaffirms his faith in the young exiled prince, further hinting that it is not strictly Zero that Tohdoh has chosen to follow all this time. However, if Tohdoh does indeed have a deeper background with the prince than one would expect, he certainly is not telling his comrades about it. Also, should a deeper background even exist, it would have likely been established during the time Lelouch and his sister were "honored guests" in the Kururugi household, where Tohdoh simultaneously acted as Suzaku's martial arts instructor.

He also shares his appreciation for Lelouch and Nunnally, the only two people who were able to help Suzaku feel like a kid when the Japanese boy was Tohodh's student. He also expresses his belief that Lelouch is the only one who can save Suzaku from the darkness that currently has consumed him.

Joachim Rommel[]

For the most part, Lelouch and the Desert Lion were dedicated adversaries in the North African theater, as one would expect the two leading Generals of Britannia and Eurasia to be. Yet, even so, Rommel holds more than a fair amount of admiration toward his opponent, both due to his tactics on the battlefield and his honor as a soldier, enough that Rommel, despite his own well-recorded narcissism, has more than once claimed Lelouch to be a "worthy opponent". And yet Rommel's understanding of Lelouch is not limited to their time in Africa; through unknown means, he has long determined Lelouch's identity as Zero, such that when the revolutionary's war declaration against Britannia was broadcast, the General complimented "His Highness" for its impact.

Later, he has his trusted subordinate, Leila Malkal, send a secret message to him under the guise of attacking the Black Knight military bases in the resurrected Chinese Federation. In the message, he reveals that he knows that Lelouch and Zero are one and the same and reassures the Demon King that he has the support of the Desert Lion.

Milly Ashford[]

Due to the close relations between Empress Marianne and the Ashford Foundation, Lelouch and Milly knew each other literally from their days of infancy. This relationship would result in both being exiled to Japan in one way or another. After the Second Pacific War, Lelouch would meet Milly once again after her family used their remaining holdings to establish Ashford Academy. From there, the exiled prince and noblewoman would end up restarting their friendship. However, Lelouch would ensure that Milly would remain unaware of his identity as Zero and, much more, his activities in the Japanese Insurrection.

After the Devastation, the Emperor, in order to maintain the belief that Lelouch had always remained in Britannia, would Geass Milly and the surviving Ashford student body into believing that neither Lelouch nor Nunnally had ever attended Ashford Academy, as well as return all of the Ashford family holdings. On the surface, these altered memories have lasted to the present day; in truth, however, Milly, alongside Rivalz and Shirley, has regained their original memories. Alongside these, Milly has also regained her original bitterness and hatred toward Britannia for all it has done to her and those around her. As such, using her considerable skills in organization, Milly has since established the Ashford Underground, an anti-Britannian resistance movement of former Ashford Academy students, to combat the Empire from "within" while the Black Knights fight from "without". Not only that, but Milly was also partly responsible for ensuring Lelouch's return to Zero, first by supporting Sayoko's infiltration as her personal maid Sarah Beckett (who she later transferred into Lelouch's service) and second by obstructing Suzaku at the Emperor's Jubilee and allowing Kallen to get close to Lelouch.

Soundtrack[]

Lelouch's image song is Mask from the video game Ace Combat 5, composed by Junichi Nakatsuru.

Trivia[]

Lelouch's "new" Zero attire is based on Char Aznable's Neo Zeon dress uniform from Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack.

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