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"I Just want you to ask yourself: when you gain results the wrong way, what are you left with in the end? Only dark regret and a deep emptiness that have nowhere to go."
―Suzaku Kururugi
Suzaku Kururugi
Suzaku Kururugi
Full Name: Suzaku Kururugi
Nicknames: White Knight (Nickname from Britannia)

White Grim Reaper (Nickname from Other Countries)

Aliases: Zero (2nd - Following Lelouch)
Age: 17 (first archive)

17-18 (Akito the Exiled)
18 (R2)
18-19 (Zero: Defender of the Empress)

Status: Alive
Gender: Male
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Green

Birth Date: a.t.b. July 10, 2000
Height: 1.78 m (5'10")
Weight: 67 kg (147.7 lbs)
Blood Type: O
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese-Honorary Britannian
Relatives: Genbu Kururugi (Father)
Kaguya Sumeragi (Cousin)
Allegiance:
Additional Information
Title: Zero
Knight of Zero
Knight of Seven (Promoted)
Honorary Britannian
Knight of Princess Euphemia
Personal Knight of Prince Schneizel (Suzaku of the Counterattack)
Defender of the Roundtable
Rank: Soldier (Promoted)
Private (Promoted)
Warrant Officer (Promoted)
Major (Promoted)
Knight
Knight of the Round
Occupation: Student
Military Officer
Knightmare Pilot
Knight
Politician (As Zero)
Knightmare Frames:
Lancelot
Lancelot Conquista
Lancelot Albion
Real World
Voiced By: Takahiro Sakurai, Akeno Watanabe (child) (Japanese)
Yuri Lowenthal, Laura Bailey (child) (English)
Other Info:
See Holy Britannian Empire
💪Kururugi Suzaku🐚

Suzaku Kururugi (枢木 スザク / くるるぎすざく), Kururugi Suzaku), 17 years old (18 at R2 and "Zero: Defender of the Empress), is one of the main characters of Code Geass: Defenders of Britannia. He is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai, while his child self is voiced by Akeno Watanabe. He is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal in the English dub, and his child self is voiced by Laura Bailey. In the 29th Anime Grand Prix, he was placed sixth with 143 votes, then 19th and 13th, respectively, in the following two.

Appearance[]

Suzaku is a young man with light brown hair and forest green eyes. He is rather tall, being slightly shorter than Lelouch. Like most characters in the series, he also is rather skinny, belying his extreme physical prowess. In the first season, his face is mostly seen as calm and relaxed. However, after Euphemia's death, his eyes and mouth are typically furrowed, showing his incredible hatred.

In the first season, he is usually clothed in a white knightmare frame battle suit or the Ashford Academy uniform, and is also seen wearing a prison outfit and a soldier's uniform on separate occasions. However, in the second, he often wears regal clothing with a long blue cloak of the Knights of the Round which was more decorated and ornamented upon becoming one half of the Knights of Zero and a different knightmare battle suit. His long blue cloak becomes black upon becoming the Knight of Zero. He now permanently wears the Zero uniform.

Personality[]

According to Lelouch, prior to the Britannian invasion of Japan, Suzaku was somewhat selfish, rarely putting others before himself. He also acted in a rather bratty manner when he first met Lelouch, beating Lelouch up and bullying him.

After Japan was conquered and Suzaku killed his father, Suzaku's personality was significantly changed. He dedicated his cause to not endorse terrorism or rebellion, which he believed would only result in pointless killing. Unwilling to sacrifice the innocent, Suzaku held a more positive outlook on Britannia, believing that it could be changed for the better. He also held a strong sense of loyalty, never questioning the orders of his superiors. Despite that, he was shown to be willing to stab them in the back if necessary. Suzaku also wished to take responsibility for his actions, and his ultimate goal was to atone for the killing of his father. Though Suzaku did not openly admit it, both C.C and Lelouch have deduced that more than anything, Suzaku wanted to die to escape the guilt. But when Zero uses his geass on Suzaku when Schneizel cornered them into a suicidal blow, Suzaku become someone who desperately wants to die, but is unable to.

After Euphemia's death, Suzaku developed a firm resolve to kill Zero and, by extension, Lelouch. He considered Zero to be an evil, immoral individual who was only focused on results and cared nothing for innocent lives. Suzaku twice rejected Zero's offer to join him, even when Zero held him at gunpoint. Later Suzaku would continue honoring Euphemia's memory by continuing his quest to change within by becoming the Knight Of One so that he could have the privilege of ruling an area on his own and transform Area 11. He also held a quill given to him by Euphy and customized his Lancelot's shield with a Knight Of Honor as a mark towards her.

After Zero was exposed as Lelouch, Suzaku began to paint Lelouch with the same brush with which he painted Zero. Suzaku had a hard time acknowledging Lelouch's past actions, such as the Orange and Lake Kawaguchi incidents. This struggle was shown during the time he was transporting Julius Kingsley during the European Campaign. During this time, Suzaku had a more hardened personality and seemed willing to use more underhanded tactics, such as attempting to use Refrain on Kallen, though he discards it soon after. He was not, however, willing to use methods similar to Lelouch's. Suzaku was willing to kill anybody standing in his way, which was shown during the first battle of the Tokyo Settlement for his bloodlust revenge against Zero. While clashing with the Knights of St. Michael, Shin believes Suzaku's true nature to be similar to his own, that he hates the world and wants to destroy it with the darkness within him. During the E.U. campaign, Suzaku gained the nickname "White Reaper" by the Europeans, as he slaughtered countless people and, in one fight, told the army to surrender but decided to kill them since they refused. During Kaguya's conversation with the Six Houses of Kyoto, Suzaku showed no remorse for the fallen members, as their execution couldn't be helped. Regardless, Suzaku hasn't lost faith in Lelouch, as he wonders why he killed Euphie since there could have been another way but despises Lelouch for casting a Geass on him to live even though it was Suzaku's goal to die. After Lelouch reminds Suzaku of his father's past and their confrontation at the Kururugi Shrine, Suzaku realizes that Lelouch is the kind of person who would take all of the lies to make everyone's dreams into reality, indicating that Suzaku's view of Britannia had started to change.

After destroying the Tokyo Settlement with the F.L.E.I.J.A. and causing the deaths of approximately 25 million people due to the influence of Lelouch's Geass command, Suzaku takes some time to reflect within the crater he created. After a one-sided conversation with Jeremiah Gottwald, he laughs maniacally, desensitized by the countless deaths he inadvertently caused. He then abandons his self-righteous nature and resolves to achieve his goals regardless of the means. This saddens Bismark, the Knight of One, who claimed that Suzaku's compassionate core was the source of his strength. This ultimately leads him to make a deal with Schneizel in order to become Knight of One by slaying the emperor, leading to the confrontation in C's world.

Since both had lost the ones they loved and had sullied their hands with the blood of thousands, Suzaku, along with Kanji, finally allies with Lelouch, but his experience in the thought realm with Lelouch, Kanji and C.C changed him. He understands that the cycle of hatred would have to be broken for a peaceful future, and though it can only be done by Zero, no one would accept Lelouch as Zero because of the Geass, and devises the Zero Requiem with him. Lelouch describes him of powerful willpower, as he transforms Lelouch's Geass command 'Live' positively into an energy boost. He becomes shocked with Kanji and Lelouch when Nunnally is still alive and declares the three of them enemies. Afterwards, he shows a vicious dedication to its completion, and takes the responsibility of being 'Lelouch's Sword' to conquer both his enemies and weakness. He fakes his death in his battle with Kallen, with the help of Kanji's geass ability, reappears under the guise of Zero and stabs Lelouch. Lelouch smiles at him as his death draws near, and thinking of the Geass as a gift that allows one to do something the other can't, touches Zero's mask in an affectionate gesture and offers him the Geass of changing the world. He tells him that Suzaku Kururugi is no more, and that there exists only Zero, who should strive for peace and justice, to bring about a brighter future. Suzaku accepts the Geass, though crying as he had killed his best friend. Later, he is shown wearing the guise of Zero protecting Nunnally, with which one can only conclude that Suzaku had truly accepted the fate of Zero and would never lead a normal life as Suzaku Kururugi. With this we can deduce that despite his frequent changes in character when facing grief, guilt and self-loathing throughout the series, he was a dedicated and loyal man who wanted peace.

Character Outline[]

Suzaku is the son of Japan's last prime minister, Genbu Kururugi. His existence was kept a secret from the public until after the war. Suzaku met Lelouch Lamperouge and his sister Nunnally when they moved to the Kururugi residence as a diplomatic peace trade. At first, Suzaku despised Lelouch because he thought that he was a prince who didn't care about anyone. As time passed by, however, he came to know Lelouch better, and they soon became best friends. They became separated when Britannia invaded Japan, but were reunited in the Shinjuku Ghetto.

When Britannia began its invasion of Japan, Suzaku was mortified by the violence and his father's belief that resisting to the bitter end was preferable to surrender. Unable to change his father's mind, Suzaku murdered him during a heated exchange. The incident was covered up and Suzaku's life was spared, while the government was thrown into disarray and surrendered to Britannia. Lelouch believes that, had Genbu lived, Japan would have likely been torn apart by war once the other major powers decided to intervene. His guilt over the incident causes Suzaku to constantly place himself on the frontlines in the hope of atoning for his actions with his death. It also inspires Suzaku's belief that the ends achieved by using the wrong means are meaningless, since he created peace through murder. However, after firing the F.L.E.I.J.A. warhead under the command of Lelouch's Geass, he decides to achieve his desired results regardless of the means, even if it means joining forces with his enemy, Lelouch, and killing people just to make true his objectives and ideals. Despite that fact, Suzaku is still showed to be interested in achieving a world where everyone can live happy and have a tomorrow, as seen in the last episode, when it is shown that all the acts of Lelouch and Suzaku were to achieve that world.

Character History[]

First Archive[]

Suzaku, along with Lelouch, makes his first appearance in the beginning of the first episode of the series as a child, watching the Britannian Military entering Japan; C.C. was apparently watching them. After the invasion of Japan, Suzaku seemed detached but sad.

Suzaku is later introduced as an Honorary Britannian soldier. Honorary Britannian Soldiers were sent to retrieve the poison gas stolen by the Japanese Resistance. Among them, Suzaku finds the vehicle and confronts Lelouch, whom he believes to be a terrorist. When Nagata opens the capsule, Suzaku quickly puts his own gas mask on Lelouch's face. The capsule opens, and instead of gas, as Suzaku expected, a restrained C.C. appears. Before they can get answers, Suzaku's superiors come and tell him not to question his briefing and to shoot the "terrorist", Lelouch. When Suzaku refuses, he is promptly shot in the back. However, the bullet is stopped by a broken pocket watch belonging to his deceased father.

As a result of Lelouch's rebellion in a counter-attack against the Britannian Army and in a twist of fate, Suzaku is made the pilot of the experimental Knightmare Frame Lancelot, since Britannia wouldn't risk actual pilots on an experimental craft. The Lancelot proves to be far superior to previous Knightmare Frame models (Next to the Knightmare Frame, Kassius belonging to Kenjie Monaco that was created by his older brother, Dante Octaves Monaco), and Lelouch is forced to flee. Just as Suzaku and the Britannian Army corners the terrorists, Clovis orders an immediate cease-fire under coercion by Lelouch.

However, he finds himself under arrest afterwards for the murder of Prince Clovis; though Lelouch was in fact responsible for this, the military needs a scapegoat since they have no idea who was responsible.

Lelouch rescues Suzaku from his impending execution by assuming the identity of Zero and taking credit for Clovis' murder, forcing the military to acquit Suzaku due to lack of evidence. While Suzaku agrees with Zero on the latter's assertion that the Britannian Empire is corrupt and not worth serving, he wants to change and improve the Empire from within, to show that his father's death was not in vain. This is because, as Suzaku claims, achieving results by wrong or illegal methods is meaningless.

Suzaku, having been acquitted of all charges, meets Third Princess Euphemia li Britannia and escorts her around Area 11. In Shinjuku Ghetto, they come upon conflicts with Shinichirō Tamaki, a member of the Japanese Resistance, and Suzaku ends up intervening in an internal pureblood struggle.

From this point on, Suzaku remains the pilot of the Lancelot. He is enrolled into Ashford Academy on Euphemia's suggestion, though he is at first mistreated by other students in events such as how somebody spray paints "Go Back To Your Ghetto, Eleven!" on his shirt. He is later confronted by Lelouch, and they talk about their past; but Suzaku worries that he will only cause Lelouch and Nunnally trouble. Later Lelouch ends up inviting him to Nunnally at the clubhouse, but Suzaku leaves, wanting to make sure to keep their statuses as royalty a secret. Arthur, a stray cat, is later chased throughout the school grounds by the entire student body after wandering into the Lamperouge residence and escaping with Lelouch's Zero mask. Milly announces that the one who catches the cat will get a kiss from any member of the Student Council. Suzaku and Lelouch are the ones who get the cat, and they receive a kiss on the cheek from Nunnally. As a result of this, Suzaku receives a warm welcome from the Student Council and the rest of the student body. The Student Council adopts Arthur and builds a cat house in the council room. Suzaku, along with the rest of the student body, watches Prince Clovis' funeral live. During the funeral, the Emperor of Britannia makes a speech on the virtues of inequality and the social battle for evolution and betterment.

His rank within the military is initially Private, but he is promoted to Warrant Officer by Cornelia when she first arrives in Japan. When Nunnally is kidnapped by Mao, Suzaku helps Lelouch rescue her. Soon, they meet Kenjie along the way and volunteers to come along with the two to help. When they find Nunnally, they also find a bomb above her that is ready to detonate. Lelouch comes up with a plan and Suzaku, along with the help Kenjie, is able to defuse the bomb and come to Lelouch's aid. Suzaku then approaches Mao to arrest him, ignoring the fact that Kenjie warned him that it was a trap; however, Mao uses his Geass and reveals the fact that Suzaku was the one who killed his own father, Genbu Kururugi. After breaking down, Lelouch uses his Geass to permanently silence Mao, who is then killed by C.C. Afterwards, Lelouch takes advantage of this and sways Suzaku and Kenjie to protect Nunnally. However, he is informed that Cornelia changed the executioner for Kyoshiro Tohdoh to him which made him hesitate. As Lloyd is signing papers, the Black Knights attempt a rescue mission. Suzaku comes with the Lancelot and engages in a battle with Tohdoh and the Four Holy Swords. As he is overwhelmed, he is revealed as the pilot of the Lancelot and is forced to use the Harken Boosters to repel the Black Knights. Tohdoh convinces Suzaku to give up, but Suzaku refuses, and Tohdoh declares him to be his enemy and delivers the message that Suzaku must give up his morals in order to achieve his goals. However, he is unable to continue as his Landspinner is destroyed, which allow the Black Knights to retreat with Tohdoh.

Suzaku is appointed as Euphemia's personal Knight, granting him the rank of Major, after a televised battle with the Black Knights makes his occupation public knowledge. During the battle on Shikine Island, Lelouch confronts Suzaku after luring him into a trap in order to recruit him by reminding him of his father's death. After reinforcements arrive, Lelouch is forced to use the power of Geass on Suzaku and commands him to "live". As this command gives no time or event limitations, it activates every time Suzaku feels threatened, and he must live by any means necessary. He eventually encounters Kallen at Kamine Island and ends up capturing her only to spend their time being stuck. While spending time on the island, Suzaku and Kallen talk to each other peacefully until Suzaku tries to convince Kallen to abandon the Black Knights, which causes her to retort that Suzaku's ideals will bring nothing but the suffering of the people.  That makes Suzaku tell her that he killed his father and wants to atone for what he did. After that night, Suzaku still holds Kallen as a hostage, only to be confronted by Zero and Euphemia when they land in the glowing ruins, leaving Suzaku in a similar state to when he reacted to C.C. Later, Suzaku wakes up and is taken into custody due to insubordination.

After Kawasaki's declaration of invasion of Japan, Suzaku confronts Euphie regarding his actions and dismisses himself as a Knight, telling her the truth behind his father's death. Later, Suzaku pilots the Lancelot Air Cavalry launched by Avalon to attack Kawasaki's forces, only to end up in a dead-end situation where he is forced to use his command to "Live", only to then be saved by Zero. Suzaku later agrees to Zero's alliance. Together they destroy Kawasaki's forces and lead them to be arrested. Afterwards, Suzaku comes back to the villa on top of the Viceroy's palace to talk to Euphie, who gives him back his Knight Of Honor emblem. Suzaku is later volunteered to pilot the Gardmare at Ashford's first annual school festival to make the world's biggest pizza; before that he confronts Kallen, who had been about to dispose him. After Euphie is exposed for wanting to come to Ashford to talk to Suzaku, Suzaku holds Euphie up with his Knightmare's hand. She uses this opportunity to declare her intent to establish the Specially Administrative Zone, which even shocks Suzaku.

Suzaku was at the Specially Administrative Zone questioning Euphie about her actions and when he was trying to act like a subordinate, Euphie denied it. At the Specially Administrative Zone's inaugural ceremony, Suzaku sees Zero and wanting to request Euphie's assistance which Euphie said it was okay. Meanwhile Suzaku sees the Gawain, he had the same reaction regarding C.C. and the moment the two reacted, Suzaku lost consciousness. Suzaku later woke up and sees trouble going around the stadium which he commanded the troops to stop attacking but was denied since Euphie ordered it which shocked him and as a result, he went to find Euphie. Suzaku falls in love with Euphemia, and thus is emotionally crushed by her murder at Zero's hands. He gets a visit from V.V., who explains Lelouch's power of Geass to him. Before heading out to battle, Suzaku calls Lelouch whose number was Euphemia's and discuss about their current actions and they wish both each other luck as friends. This drives him to find and kill Zero at all costs, he was soon confronted by an angered Kenjie, who just recovered from the death of his parents and judging the ways of the Emperor and those who are in control of the nation, saying that he will come along, wanting to see who Zero really is because of his classified affiliation with the Kyoto Group and The Black Knights.). Kenjie also warned him that if Suzaku tries to stop him, he won't think twice or hesitate to kill him; his determination to kill Zero is exemplified when he brutally kills anyone who gets in his way, including senior Black Knights member Yoshida. As a result, he is also dubbed the "White Reaper" or "White Death".

He follows Zero to Kamine Island, after Cornelia instructs him to. He meets Zero, and the two have a standoff. Lelouch tries to offer Suzaku a truce in order to rescue Nunnally, but Suzaku is too swept up in his grief to come to a truce and in retaliation, Lelouch reminded him of the time when he killed his father. Enraged, Suzaku exclaims that Lelouch's very existence is a mistake, one he intends to correct and tells Lelouch that he will be the one to save Nunnally instead. Lelouch draws his pistol as well, and both men attempt to shoot one another, at which point the images fades to black and ends with two gunshots only heard.

Second Archive[]

In the second season, it is revealed that Suzaku managed to take Lelouch alive by shooting his pistol and then kicking him to the ground, before threatening Kallen, while tossing away the sakuradite capsule, leveraging his capture for a promotion into the Knights of the Round, the most powerful order of warriors in the Britannian Empire. This is possibly due to the fact that he spared his life due to their previous encounters. Among its twelve members, his rank is seven. He still holds his desire to kill Zero, even swearing to the Emperor that he alone will kill Zero. However, he seems to still have some faith in Lelouch, and looks forward for a chance to clear his doubts about his friend by asking him about the incident with Euphemia. (This non-hostility was necessary in order to acquire information however.)

Suzaku and the other Rounds' members, including Kenjie Monaco who was just promoted as the thirteenth knight of the round, watch as Zero announces that he will continue his plans to create the United States of Japan. Before returning to Area 11, Suzaku continues his activities to conquer E.U. under Schneizel as the "White Reaper." Suzaku returns to Area 11 as a student in Ashford Academy to discover if Lelouch has regained his memories of being Zero. Suzaku later converses with Lelouch in the rooftop during the school festival, which reveals that his goal is to become the Knight Of One so that Japan would no longer support Zero, due to the incident he caused. Unable to find any sort of sign, Suzaku lets Lelouch talk to the new governor of Area 11, Nunnally, which also ends in failure, thanks to Rolo Lamperouge using his Geass to freeze Suzaku temporarily. When Lelouch attempts to kidnap Nunnally as she is being brought to Area 11, Suzaku and Kenjie steps in to rescue her, ironically fulfilling the purpose Lelouch had originally envisioned for Suzaku. After Nunnally's arrival, Suzaku later was at school helping the student council at the garden and Suzaku wonders if Lelouch did lose his memories and if he didn't, he wanted Lelouch to answer him why he killed Euphie since there could have been another way. Suzaku later got attacked by an infiltrated Japanese Britannian Soldier only to be saved by his "Live" command. At the villa, Anya confronted Suzaku about executing the soldier which Anya took the initiative.

Suzaku and Kenjie lead the Britannian Navy to wipe out the Black Knights to ensure that Nunnally's plans of re-establishing the Special Administrative Zone of Japan will not be dismantled, but is completely surprised when the whole Navy is wiped out. In a surprising twist, Zero announces that he will accept Nunnally's offer in exchange for exile. This is revealed to be a clever ruse when Zero has all one million Elevens participating dress exactly like him, leaving Suzaku no choice but to exile the entire group to prevent another massacre. Standing on an empty stage, Suzaku realizes that Zero must know him very well, having banked on the fact that Suzaku wouldn't allow a massacre to take place.

Suzaku is deployed to the Chinese Federation's capital, where the First Prince of Britannia and the Empress Tianzi are to be wed; Suzaku later reunites with Kaguya discussing about their past and how Zero managed to save him once but refuses to acknowledge it. He stops Nina from attacking Zero during a chess game against Schneizel due to the fact that Kenjie began to play as peacekeeper of the two sides, that if a member of one side engages, he won't hesitate to arrest or kill but was remind about the incident. Later, Zero kidnaps the Empress during the ceremony. Britannia's aid is requested in recovering Tianzi, and Suzaku personally has Kallen Kozuki transferred into Britannian custody before heading into the battle. Lelouch, who had became closer to her, was angered seeing it as Suzaku's way of taking everything he can from him.

Suzaku later gets contacted by Shirley Fenette just for their private conversation but coincidentally encounters Lelouch. While walking with Lelouch and Shirley, Suzaku wonders what Lelouch have been doing up until now and his suspicions regarding him as Zero. Shirley was about to fall but Lelouch and Suzaku caught her in time. After saving Shirley, all of them were relieved except that Suzaku can't forgive Lelouch for what he did to Euphie. Lelouch gets a call from Rolo regarding Jeremiah and Suzaku is about to confront him about it only to be interrupted by Shirley who grabs him to discuss somewhere. Shirley and Suzaku talks about Lelouch and Shirley asked if Suzaku forgives him and he says that he can't but in response Shirley says that nothing is unforgivable and that she forgives Lelouch only to shock Suzaku. After hearing an incident at the train station, Suzaku tells Kenjie, who soon appeared in the scene to help on the evacuation and the security asisting him to keep Shirley safe as he goes into the building. Suzaku later finds Shirley's body and takes her to medical care who concluded that she commit suicide. Suzaku is later shown at Shirley's funeral mourning her death. In the aftermath of Shirley's death, Suzaku investigates Shirley's supposed suicide and comes to the conclusion that Lelouch murdered her. He decides to question Kallen about Zero's true identity, threatening to use Refrain if she does not cooperate. Kallen refuses to cooperate, but Suzaku does not use the Refrain, realizing that by doing so he would be no better than Lelouch and that Kenjie might become angered, who was looking on from a distance. She beats him severely during their next meeting in retaliation, which he does not fight back. Frustrated, he goes to confront Lelouch personally and discovers that the Intelligence Agency is under the effect of Geass, confirming that Lelouch has regained his memories. However, he is hesitant on reporting this information to Charles because he knows he will use Nunnally as a hostage. He is later seen talking to Nunnally again as Nunnally progresses Area 11's status. Nunnally uses this time to ask Suzaku who that person was she was talking to on the phone but Suzaku steps back as she tries to touch his hand only to say that he is the same as Lelouch.

After hearing the news about the Emperor's disappearance, Suzaku is confident that Nunnally should be safe for now but wonders about Lelouch and suspects that he may be behind the disappearance of the Emperor. Just after the creation of the United Federation of Nations is cut short by the Emperor's appearance, Suzaku was shocked. Suzaku is contacted by a desperate Lelouch, who asks him to protect Nunnally from the Emperor. He confirms he has regained his memories. Suzaku agrees to his request, but only if Lelouch meets him alone at the Kururugi shrine. The meeting starts off with the inevitable confrontation of Zero's sins, and even as Lelouch bows down for the first time in his life, Suzaku merely steps on his head as well as pushing him when he asks him why he geassed him to live that's been contradicting his convictions. But while Lelouch answers Suzaku's questions such as saving him when he was held for Prince Clovis' murder and saving the student council at the Lake Kawaguchi situation, Suzaku recognizes Lelouch's face as someone who does not tell the whole truth to accept punishment since it was the same face Suzaku had after he'd killed his father. Suzaku finally extends a hand to Lelouch, saying that Lelouch could atone for his lies by making them into truths and before Lelouch could reach out,  Schneizel arrests Lelouch, which makes Lelouch believe that Suzaku sold him out again. Schneizel gets Suzaku to reveal what he knows about Geass, and Kanon tells him that the world doesn't exist to make him alone happy. Suzaku is left pondering if he will have to use the Lancelot, equipped with Nina's F.L.E.I.J.A. bomb, on Lelouch.

During the second battle of Tokyo, Suzaku threatens to use the F.L.E.I.J.A. bomb, but Lelouch, having completely lost his trust in Suzaku, calls his bluff. Suzaku is attacked by Jeremiah Gottwald and Guilford under the influence of Lelouch's Geass. Suzaku asked Jeremiah why he is fighting and Jeremiah replied by saying by thanking him by saving him but now that he serves his lord despite the people around them. Though both are drawn away from Suzaku, he is forced to battle Kallen in her improved Guren. Though Lloyd advises him to flee, Suzaku insists on dealing with Zero. As Lloyd has upgraded the Guren far beyond what the Lancelot is capable of, she easily parries his attacks and significantly damages the Lancelot. Kallen was ready to finish off Suzaku under Lelouch's order due to their broken trust, but Kenjie, with a upgraded Knightmare Frame of Kassius, intervenes and protects Suzaku without engaging at Kallen. Driven to the edge, Suzaku realizes he cannot win and comes to terms with his death as an atonement. In doing so, Suzaku's Geass command activates and forces him to use the F.L.E.I.J.A. bomb. Kenjie pushes Kallen away and the bomb instead hits the government complex, wiping out the entire government building and most of the surrounding area. Suzaku later reflects on what he did and during that time, Jeremiah has a one sided conversation with him reminding him about Nunnally whom he had accepted as dead. Following the battle, Suzaku can only laugh madly at the destruction he has caused.

Suzaku concludes that the ends are more important than the means to reach them, and becomes more focused on becoming Knight of One which upset to the likes of Cornelia and Gino. He suggests to Schneizel that he could assassinate the Emperor. Schneizel agrees and Suzaku heads to Kaminejima to complete his mission. When Suzaku is on his way, he is contacted that there are survivors of the Geass Order who are slain by him. Suzaku confronts the Emperor himself blaming him for what he has done to Euphie and that Geass is behind it along with pushing Lelouch and Nunnally to danger. Suzaku attempts for revenge but his attempt to kill the Emperor is derailed by the Knight of One but soon was protected by Kanji Kyōshigaki (Japanese name of Kenjie Monaco) in a Black Knights uniform and his Knightmare, Cassius (his old knightmare when he joined the Kyoto Group as a child), even with the belief that he won't stand a chance against Bismarck. When Lelouch attacks the island, Suzaku considers the task his burden to bear and heads off with Kenjie to find Lelouch, only to have the ground knocked out from under them by a stray blast. He is recovered by Anya, who is possessed by Marianne, and C.C., who's aiding Kanji. Suzaku enters the Sword of Akasha with C.C. and Kanji who was told that Charles is already immortal, and looks on as Lelouch defeats his parents and stops Ragnarök. He thinks about taking revenge for Euphemia right after, however Lelouch tells him that nothing is unforgivable, mirroring the conversation Shirley had with Suzaku before she died. The time shift one month later reveals that he was one half of the duo known as the Knights of Zero along with his brother-at arms, Kanji Kyoshigaki and under his trusting friend Lelouch vi Britannia, the 99th Emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire.

When four of the remaining Knights of the Round attempt to remove Lelouch from power, Suzaku and Kanji battles them. With the new Lancelot Albion and Cassius Alpha, they easily defeat and kill all of them, sparing only Gino's life asking what he should be fighting for. They later assists Lelouch in taking the UFN leaders hostage. Following the destruction of Pendragon by Schneizel and the revelation that Nunnally is alive, Suzaku is stunned.

Despite Lelouch's concern for Nunnally, Suzaku insists that their objective has not changed. He tells C.C. that he and Kanji are Lelouch's swords, and will remove his enemies and even his own weaknesses and ask C.C. to be his shield since they are accomplices. They attack the Black Knights to prevent them from reaching the Avalon, but was too late. He joins Lelouch in boarding the Damocles, holding Gino off while Lelouch goes ahead. Suzaku comes out victorious defeating Gino along with an assist of Kanji, but Gino's last attack opens the shields and allows Kallen to take over. Suzaku fights Kallen to a standstill with Kanji trying to seperate the two from managing to destroy their Knightmares, that may lead to their death. Suzaku's Lancelot Albion eventually takes a blow to the chest which causes his Knightmare to explode while Kallen loses consciousness. Kanji soon helps Kallen and Gino to return to their base and is willing to surrender. He is believed to have died in the blast, but later shows up as the new Zero to kill Lelouch and revealed that Kanji actually had a suit that is inside his Knightmare used as a camouflage to avoid being seen, he was also using a ability given to him by Lelouch's geass, allowing Kanji to have the capability to move quickly and have strong senses also revealing that he left his earpiece inside his knightmare that he used as a microphone to be able to communicate through his Knightmare that he programmed to have autopilot, now the tyrannical Emperor of the world as part of their plan for world peace. Before managing to kill Lelouch, he was confronted by Kanji and fought, with the two knowing it as a publicity stunt,that ends with Suzaku stabbing Kanji in his right shoulder, complete with Kanji's permission. With the Zero Requiem complete, Suzaku weeps silently as Lelouch dies. As his final order and punishment, Lelouch tells Suzaku that he is dead from this day on, forced to exist as Zero and sacrifice his happiness for the sake of the world, an order Suzaku accepts. Suzaku becomes Nunnally's protector in the following months, aided by Schneizel, who Lelouch ordered to specifically obey Zero, the new leader of the Black Knights.

In Turn 25.01, Suzaku (Zero) and Nunnally visit Ashford Academy to meet theirs friends from the Student Council. They see fireworks lit off by Jeremiah and Anya as a promise from Lelouch. He holds Nunnally's hand, while he ponders if Lelouch is somewhere watching, and on everything that he has done and promised.

In the hidden epilogue of the archive which was set in the moment before the battle in the barracks, Suzaku and Kanji, who just managed returned to Britannia after being gone as a National Officer, had a private meetup on top of the hillside where Suzaku and Euphie shared times together . It is here that Kanji revealed the other half of the Zero Requiem and that it wasn't the end but the beginning. They then go to a place where a lot of survivors that managed to escape the Ragnarök before it was destroyed. Where Suzaku was taken to a classified room, in which Kanji had the pass for. It is then he saw a Resurrected Shirley Fenette, who accidentally managed to escape the Ragnarök in which he then talked to her, with her left still recovering. Right after this, they leave Shirley to rest and fully recover. He then believed that she managed to live again because of the promise that she will love Lelouch again when she is brought back to life. But Kanji then cut him off, saying that Shirley isn't the reason why he came. They then continue to go in a room, guarded by Britannian Guards. Kanji then warned Suzaku to keep an open mind and that he will keep whatever he sees for himself and that he wont utter a word while he is at the recovery center. Kanji then let Suzaku in by himself. It is here where Suzaku began to tear up, smilling after having the despair for a very long time. This is because of the presence of Euphemia being behind the glass he's looking through, where Euphie was being attended by royal servants who were happy to serve her. This then left Suzaku happy, and that it was revealed that Lelouch also managed to also recieve the command to "live" and that it took for a very long time for her to fully recover and that all it took the Ragnarök to fasten her recovery, and that they had a second plan before she was burried after her presumed death. It is also revealed that If Nunnally wouldn't be able to run the world she dreamed for, Euphie will be there for her to be a guide for Nunnally

Third Archive: Zero: Defender of the Empress[]

Suzaku makes his appearance at the fourth archive as the main focus of the story, as he continues to play the role as Zero, who is watching over Nunnally ever since she became the Empress of Britannia. He first appeared as Zero training wiyh other Knights, with Kanji being a spectator of the whole scene, as he was tasked to train the Knights. At first, he was fighting them evenly but he was soon defeated as his mind was clouded, still thinking about Euphie being alive as he is still thinking when she will be making her return, which costed him in the end. Kanji then notices this, saying that Zero has been becoming rusty with fighting, that he has been thinking alot. Kanji then takes over on fighting the Knights, which he showed No Mercy and easily defeats them, leaving the Knights in awe and shaking in fear. Zero then encouraged the Knights to train more and will be tested once again when they receive advanced training.

As they reached their barracks, Kanji and Suzaku would have a conversation about what is clouding Suzaku's mind, in which he truthfully revealed that he was thinking about Euphemia. It is here that Kanji would tell him that she will return when she is all cleared out, which is sooner than later. The two would then continue their conversation as Kanji would then leave soon after due to his mission being sent to him needed to be accomplished. He soon revealed that a Rebelling military group has been causing chaos on every country, which is leaving the UFN responsible for the lack of protection. Afterwards, Zero is later seen meeting with Nunnally, talking about the problem outside the border of the nations apart of the UFN as he was laying her down to bed, which left Nunnally tearing up as she is new to the position as Empress. Zero would then try to cheer her up and worked, saying that she may be young, but is a independent woman who makes sure of her actions are for the good. As he was leaving her room, Zero got into deep thinking as he knows that Nunnally is suffering with the deep problem she is in, as the faith of the whole nation of Britannia is in her hands, and that if an issue will happen, she will be put either in custody or even death.

As the day past, he visits the tree where they made their vows, for their wishes for the "Power of Peace" that Euphie wished for and have been craving for ever since the problems being brought to Britannia began, including the issues of the Japanese under the power of Britannia. Suzaku would then think about how he came so far and that Euphie's wishes finally became a reality after the Zero Requiem but even with them coming through, he believed that something was still missing that is making him incomplete. It is here where he decided to visit the RRP Facility as Zero where he would visit Euphie again behind the glass seperating them. Ohgi would soon appear, as he is the one who secretly began the program with Kanji and those who are apart of the Zero requiem. Ohgi would then ask what he is thinking about now that he finally managed to see Euphie after a very long time. He then answers that he is thankful with this revelation, as he believed that Euphie will be a great help for Nunnally as a ruler or guardian after realizing what Euphie was dealing with with the issue of the attacks currently happening. Ohgi began sharing his opinions about how the issue of the Massacre might've left a massive impact on the lives of the Japanese due to the trauma it caused and the death of many Japanese at the hands of Euphie. In which Zero later answered that forgiveness will always be an option, with others managing to accept what happened and move on, with hesitation as he believed that the Massacre that happened at the SAZ may become a factor that may lead Euphie in danger, even into execution to pay her sins. Soon after, Zero would leave the facility to return to the aid of Nunnally after their conversation concerning how the RRP would be accepted by the people and those with invested power, as it could also lead to trafficking that could once again lead to issues.

As 4 days past, Zero (Suzaku) appears with Nunnally and the other leaders who are part of the UFN as it is revealed afterwards that the E.U. has also started to be attacked by the Rebelling Military Group who made themselves known as the Rōnin Miliminitaur Zaibatsu, which put the UFN on notice as they are worried about the well being of their respective nation. As the leader of the E.U. has been put into hostage, a returning Leila Malcal would appear to represent the E.U. in the conference. Leila would reveal that they have been keeping an eye out to the attacks happening, that it is similar to the attacks back at 2017 being orchestrated by Julius Kingsley. This then puts Suzaku on notice as he has been beside Julius Kingsley and has been aware of his action back when he was tasked by the Emperor at the time, Charles to look after Lelouch, as his memories may return. Suzaku would stay silent for a long while, this is until it is revealed that Kanji is believed to be dead ,as he is believed to have been ambushed by the group as he was last seen at the end of the charter of the Wakanada Island and believed to have been buried as his translocator has marked him as dead, alarmed by the other locators implanted to other soldiers, knights, and even Knightmares. It is believed by Nunnally that Kanji may have either been put under hostage or possibly being hidden away as she believes that Kanji is capable of anything to escape death or even retreat when necessary, knowing that Kanji is a smart person and is capable of anything. With this, Nunnally would later commence a search and rescue for Kanji, which was later provided by the other leaders by trying to search anywhere near the Island by sending detectives and agents. Leila Malcal would later request for troops to be divided into the different nations for the protection to be added and possibly even more offended when the group plans another attack on the other parts of the Republic.

Suzaku would later appear with his Knightmare, Lancelot Albion and training soon after, as he is expecting a possible attack caused by the Rebels after a few days. His training would soon be cut off, as it is being reported that an attack is occuring at the border of the Chinese Federation. Knowing that Kaguya is currently present at the nation, Suzaku secretly leaves and goes there with the Lancelot Albion.

As the group is managing to push through the soldiers, pinning them down, the Lancelot Albion silently attacks from the darkness, as he wants to slowly take it down by not being noticed. he would also try to hide under water to attack enemy knightmares charging into the soldiers of the Chinese Federation. Li Xingke would soon appear in the scene as they are being pushed through defeat. Li would then easily be put down with the odds, as Nano and Mosh leads the charge with their custom knightmares, Bludgeon. Suzaku would then take advantage of this to take out the Barrack Fleets to stop the delivery of soldiers down to help the Rebels and would later appear to help Li. Even with the play field being even, Li and Zero would be put into their Knightmares' limits as they are being pummeled by the Bludgeons where their Knightmares would malfunction and severly damaging them, that led into the Knightmares shutting down their own functions with the damage they are taking. In the end, they manage to hit them with critical blows at the exposed areas of the then prototype knightmares, which caused malfunction to the Bludgeon Knightmares, with the Knightmare being strongly defensive but being very fragile if taken advantage of, which made them retreat due to not having anymore backup. With Suzaku knowing the very rooted relationship between Li and Zero, he would quietly sneak away and escape, but crash landed near the office of Cecile, Lloyd and Dantavious, unfortunately leaving the Lancelot Albion into nothing more than scrap metal.

Suzaku would be later seen watching his knightmare being studied and rebuilt by the three. As this is occuring he would be called by Nunnally back at their headquarters, stating that a sudden meeting has been called by the members of the UFN. Suzaku, as Zero, would enter with Nunnally; along with Kallen, Ohgi, Kaguya and the rest of the UFN members. The meeting would then focus on the attacks that each nations have been suffering through the past 2 days, where they would conclude that Nunnally and the rest of Britannia being their last target to achieve complete domination. With this, they would talk about a plan a way to avoid said scenario from happening, where they would put each nations into military notice. Before the meeting would be dismissed, Chiba would suddenly appear with more news related to the attacks that recently happened. After she reported about the EU being prepared to align themselves with the UFN, She would report about Kanji's sudden disappearance, where she reported he is believed to be deceased based on the investigation they conducted on the location where he was last seen, as they managed to find a pool of blood that have been proven to belong to him. Suzaku, including Nunnally, Ohgi and Kallen, were shocked due to the report. He would then witness Kallen arguing with Chiba, where she asked if a body has been found, in which Chiba cannot respond anything else but with their belief that his body has either been buried or thrown somewhere they cannot access. After Ohgi managed to calm Kallen down, they would leave the meeting. Later, Suzaku and Nunnally would talk about the news they found out, as Kanji was a big part of their life since they met him as young teenagers. Suzaku would notice the vulnerability Nunnally felt as she is blaming herself for the death of another person that means so much to her. Seeing her mourning and the realization that his final brother in arms is now deceased, he would tell her that he will make sure she will become the Empress that Lelouch and Kanji whom believed she was the saving grace of the Britannian Empire and vowed he will serve his own way of justice to the one who killed Kanji and that his new mission now is going to be a personal vendetta for him.

As morning came, Zero would be shocked when he came to discover that Cornelia and the other political influencers of the nation were talking about overthrowing Nunnally from her position as the Empress through the form of a meeting. Zero would try to convince them not to do it as Nunnally is going to be able to learn it despite her lack of experience in having the type of power she has now. But Cornelia would defend that her lack of experience is the reason why many Nations that are under her are being attacked and bastardized by the attackers - as well as the death of various soldiers including that of their elite enforcers Kanji. The mention of Kanji would silence him and he would go and meet with Nunnally, who aims to talk to her about the meeting about to be held.

As the time of the afternoon is getting closer to the evening, Zero and Nunnally would meet them to hold the meeting - which was also being televised around the nation. Zero would experience the same words and reasons being uttered to that of what they talked to him about earlier; but this time, he would have enough and try to defend Nunnally and that she is still the hope that Area 11 has to move past the dark ages of the previous Emperor. But he would be stopped by Nunnally, who seemed to have lost her own confidence, bravery, and authority as an Empress, agreeing to everything they said about her and trying to convince Zero that her way of ruling and she is the reason she has lost the key people she has cherished in her life - believing she is vulnerable without them. Zero would express pity for Nunnally with how she is expressing herself; but, as that was occurring, they would get word that there is a commotion happening outside and that the ones creating the disturbance are on their way to the meeting ground. When the commotors were revealed to be the newly resurfaced Euphemia li Britannia, alongside her guards Monica Krushevsky and Naomi Inoue, Suzaku would become stunned as Euphemia was talking on how she can help out Nunnally without her dropping her position.

Up to the point that Nunnally started talking and catching up with Euphemia, Zero seemed to have been stunned - as, deep inside, Suzaku is having a mental struggle with what he must do and how he should approach her. Despite Euphemia trying to communicate with him, he would just stay silent and would later be seen taking Nunnally back to her room. When Nunnally tried asking Suzaku what was going on with him and why he didn't try to talk to Euphemia. Suzaku, keeping his mask on, would keep himself silent as he is still struggling on what he should do. As Suzaku returned to his own facility, he would take time to think on the things that are happening with him at the current moment - from his desire to seek justice for his brother-in-arms to the return of the love of his life - and he is confused as he wants to accomplish each one. His wondering mind would lead him to visit his own grave - trying to recollect himself on what he must do. When he remembered and was hit with the promise he left with Lelouch, he decided that he has to punish himself to not be with her anymore and that he is Zero now; that despite the desire of Suzaku Kururugi's heart, he is already dead. Which is why, despite how it is very painful for him to do so, he is set to seek justice for Kanji and prove to everyone that Nunnally as Empress will lead to a peaceful world.

Relationships[]

Lelouch vi Britannia[]

"Even after all that's happened, I still became your friend."
―-Suzaku musing at his friendship with a brainwashed Lelouch.

Suzaku Kururugi is the first and last true friend Lelouch had ever had. Lelouch trusts and has faith in him more than any one else (excluding Nunnally) in the world. He is even willing to go down on his knees to beg him to protect Nunnaly because Suzaku is the only person he could trust and find help in, despite the fact that they were already enemies at that time. Lelouch was also hurt deeply when Suzaku decided to turn him in to the emperor and when he thought Suzaku had betrayed him again in the Kururugi shrine.

They had many face offs and Lelouch often could not bring himself to hurt Suzaku after finding out that Suzaku is the pilot of Lancelot and tried time and again to get Suzaku to join his side. Suzaku is also the only person aside from Nunnally whom Lelouch is unwilling to use Geass upon--even when he did, he did not order Suzaku to obey him or join his side, but to "live on."

As Suzaku once said, "There is nothing we cannot accomplish together." They are able complete many impossible missions when they choose to cooperate with each other. The ascension to the throne and the plan to take over the world to complete Zero Requiem was the best proof of how strong they could be when working together. Lelouch eventually entrusts Suzaku with everything, including the final step of the Zero Requiem, the peace of the world afterwards, and Nunnally.

Suzaku has very mixed feeling for Lelouch. He also sees Lelouch as his best friend but he disagrees with Lelouch's methods. He had suspected Lelouch was Zero before their confrontation but chose to trust his friend, thus he was more disappointed than surprised when he finally discovered the truth of Zero's identity. He also could not forgive Lelouch for killing Euphemia and smearing her name as a mass murderer. He is also furious that Lelouch views people as pawns and how Lelouch had forced him to "live on" when his secret desire is to die and the Geass often forced him to do things he has no desire to.

But after the confrontation at the Kururugi shrine, the explosion of F.L.E.I.J.A., and the encounter with the Emperor in the World of C, he realizes that Charles caused Euphemia's tragic actions, Suzaku completely changes his views and adopts the same approach and beliefs as Lelouch. That results are what matters, and from then on, like Lelouch, he is willing to achieve the desired results regardless of the means. Thus Suzaku chooses to fight side by side with Lelouch as a faithful knight, to complete the Zero Requiem they devised together.

His silent tears when executing Lelouch show that despite all that has happened, he still cares deeply for Lelouch and even after all the damage, their friendship was never truly destroyed. He now protects Nunnally, who has now become Empress of Britannia and his close friend. Suzaku still cares for his first, true, and best friend.

C.C.[]

To be added

Nunnally vi Britannia[]

Nunnally is one of Suzaku's closest friends, having known and played together since childhood, Lelouch orginally intended Suzaku to become Nunnally's guardian due to his increased activities with the Black Knights only to be swayed by Euphie, which creates a more tragic conflict. When she becomes the Viceroy of Area 11, they become close to each other again. Nunnally later asks Suzaku who called her on the phone and after Suzaku stepped away from her, she realizes that he is the same as Lelouch. After Lelouch and Suzaku declare the world as enemies, her attitude towards Suzaku becomes the same as Lelouch, after being denied the truth of Lelouch's actions. After Lelouch is assassinated by Suzaku, as Zero, he becomes Nunnally's personal protector. Nunnally views Suzaku as a close friend and to a less extent, a substitute of Lelouch, but Nunnally will always treasure Lelouch no matter what.

Euphemia li Britannia[]

She confesses her feelings towards Suzaku and learns he loves her back. Their relationship causes a hindrance to Lelouch's plans since Lelouch intended to have Suzaku act as Nunnally's guardian. In the light novel, it was noted that Lelouch has been noticing that Suzaku has been distant from him and Nunnally ever since he was appointed as Euphie's knight. Suzaku was emotionally crushed when Zero killed Euphemia. Before heading out to battle, Suzaku called Lelouch through Euphie's number and discussed their actions, and both confessed, as Suzaku is willing to kill anyone in his way towards his target, and what Lelouch is doing is for Nunnally's sake. Therefore, throughout both seasons, he has gone through drastic changes and is willing to kill anyone or make them suffer to bring his ideals into fruition, to satisfy himslef. However Suzaku is still hesitant, due to doubting his actions, as to how he wasn't willing to execute his assassin until Anya took over. He is shown hating Lelouch, when it was revealed that he was Zero, and having the intent to kill him and to end his reign by the time he becomes the Knight of One. It is possibly indicated that Suzaku's views on Lelouch began to change but ever since Nina wanted to kill Zero, Suzaku couldn't forget what happened. But Suzaku didn't lose a lot of faith in Lelouch since he wanted to question his actions, especially why he killed Euphie, since there could have been another way. After realizing the truth, Suzaku possibly began to have a sudden change of views on Lelouch. Suzaku also hates Charles and Geass, as the culprits behind Euphie's tragic actions.

Kaguya Sumeragi[]

They are cousins and both living together when they were young.

Kyoshiro Tohdoh[]

Suzaku has immense respect for Tohdoh.

Kallen Kouzuki[]

To be added

Gino Weinberg[]

Suzaku has a sort of rivalry with Gino.

Julius Kingsley[]

Suzaku was sent to guard Kingsley during his time in the E.U. It is revealed that Kingsley is in fact a brainwashed Lelouch.

Rolo Lamperouge[]

To be added

Shirley Fenette[]

To be added

Abilities[]

While Suzaku possesses no outwardly superhuman powers such as Geass, his physical prowess is top-notch. He possesses superior hand-eye coordination and has extensive military training in both firearms and hand-to-hand combat. Before Britannia's Invasion of Japan, Suzaku was trained by his instructor, Kyoshiro Tohdoh, in martial arts, and has spent most of his time training to become stronger. He is also skilled in the art of kendo despite the fact that he had quit Kendo. His physical prowess seems almost inhuman at times; such as, when Mao kidnaps Nunnally, Suzaku manages to destroy a camera-mounted machine gun with a lag time of 0.05 seconds without being struck once. At the time he assassinated Lelouch under the guise of Zero, he was also able to dodge incoming gunfire from 6 separate Knightmare Frames.

As the pilot of the Knightmare Frame Lancelot, Suzaku is an extremely skilled pilot, with a 94% efficiency rating from Lloyd based from his simulator scores. His lack of tactics and strategies baffles Lelouch, since he fights with instinct instead of thinking or using his mind. The mecha's superior abilities also help, as few other Knightmare Frames can match its astonishing speed or overcome its considerable defenses even if they outnumbered the Lancelot by a tremendous degree. This has been mitigated as of the year 2018, wherein newer Knightmare Frames have filled the technological gap. Even when Lelouch managed to predict his movements, Suzaku's reflexes allowed him to narrowly escape what would have otherwise been certain death. As seen during the Britannian massacre of the Shinjuku Ghetto, he got the Lancelot to perform a mid-air kick, the same move he used on Lelouch in the underground tunnels.

Despite not possessing a Geass power, Suzaku does have an unusual ability to detect those who grant the power, such as C.C.. C.C. speculates that this is either due to her using her abilities on him or another as-yet unidentified factor. Following the events of Shikine Island, Suzaku is also placed under a command by Lelouch to "live." As this command gives no time or event limitations, it activates every time Suzaku feels suicidal (or otherwise accepts his death as an inevitability) and forces him to survive by any means. It also activates to a lesser extent when his life is in immediate danger, but Suzaku is able to resist such activations. He can also use the command to his advantage, allowing him to react faster than he would normally be capable of. An example during his battle with Kallen aboard the Damocles, using the power of the command, Suzaku is able to fight on par with Kallen's Guren S.E.I.T.E.N. Eight Elements in his technologically inferior Lancelot Albion. By the end of the fight, although the Lancelot explodes, the Guren is essentially destroyed as well, having lost both of its arms and its head.

Suzaku's abilities aren't solely physical, as Lelouch has stated, Suzaku has a impressive mind, not only because he was able to disarm his plans many times but because Suzaku can make use of the Geass command used on him to fight more effectively. He also shows to have a very good instinct, as seen when he made accurate guesses about Zero's identity and, based on that, predict what Lelouch is likely to do. During his time as the Knight of Zero, he showed a more casual use of the "live" Geass command used on him and his ability to know what Lelouch is thinking and how to act based in that, as seen during the final battle when both of them stopped a F.L.E.I.J.A. from detonating in the small window of 19.04 seconds.

Appearances in Other Media[]

Suzaku of the Counterattack[]

In the spin-off series shows Suzaku as the main protagonist, wearing a bionic combat suit and going by the alias Lancelot. Suzaku also develops a close friendship with Lloyd's assistant Mariel Lubie, and later meets her father, Lenard Lubie, who requested Suzaku to take care of her. After a renegade Black Knights faction had attacked the Lubie automobile, which killed Lenard and injuring Mariel when the wrecked car was destroyed, Suzaku was fuelled in anger as he seeks to defeat Zero. Fulfiling Lenard's request, Suzaku is taking care of Mariel until she gets better.

It is revealed that he had killed his father Genbu, but it was done when Suzaku found out that he and the Emperor of Japan were willing to collaborate with Britannia and kill off anti-occupation Japanese officials and civilians. In a fit of anger, he stabs Genbu in the chest.

When Suzaku meets Schneizel he is moved by his words that he wished to create a world where everyone is an equal and in which he was surprised to find out that Schneizel wants him to be his Knight, which he later accepts believing that Schneizel can end the fighting.

When an Art Gallery, with the Emperor Charles, was in control by the Black Knight, Suzaku was sent by Schneizel to try and prevent any civilian from getting hurt and was surprised to find that Kallen was a member and revealed that she is half Britannian-Japanese, but left her when he realised that Zero is after the Emperor. When he arrived he saw not only the Emperor dead but saw Schneizel being shot by Zero, which caused him to pick up his gun and shoot at his mask, which cracked and was shocked to see that it was Lelouch as Zero. When he demanded why he did it, Lelouch replied that he only did it for the both of them. Suzaku finds it hard to believe as the two point their guns at each other and fire, with Lelouch missing the shot and Suzaku shooting away Lelouch's gun, but later one of the Glaston Knights shot at Lelouch and left him injured.

The Miraculous Birthday[]

In a special Code Geass Picture Drama episode, Suzaku arrived at Ashford Academy with Nunnally, Shirley, and Nina, and had met with Lelouch, but also brought C.C. with him and commented if she's Lelouch's girlfriend, to which she replied that he proposed to her, and suggested a wedding being held at the Kururugi Shrine for them. However a battle erupted in school grounds by the Neo-Chinese Federation and took everyone hostage.

While everyone escape to the student council room, Lelouch thought of a plan to defeat the enemy, but requires assistance from the others, to which Suzaku agreed with the plan and went with Kallen and Kenjie. After defeating all of the Chinese soldiers in the school's east hall, the three reflect on each other's performance, with Kallen talking about Suzaku's spinkick move that he also used on the Lancelot, to which Suzaku revealed the name of his spinkick move to her as "Hinoboru-ryu Makoto-ichi-Shiki Hurricane Kick", to which he commented from his former Master, Kyoshiro Todoh, that most kids find it hard to say and named it "Suzaku Kururugi spinkick" instead, to which Suzaku has taken a shine to it. The three then arrived at the school's chapel, acting as the Neo-Chinese's HQ, and confronted the leader, but was tricked and their souls were absorbed into mystic item known as the "Thousand-man Silver Vase". However Suzaku manages to return to his body with Kallen and Kenjie, with help from Lelouch who used his Zero persona, and used his spinkick on the eunuchs.

In the aftermath, Suzaku watches Lelouch's body disappearing and was thanked by him before giving him an inspirational speech. When the group realized Rolo, Shirley, and C.C. were gone, Suzaku realized the date being December 5 being Lelouch's birthday. Suzaku once again donned his Zero persona and commented that he still won't say thanks to Lelouch because of everything that has happened, but still says Happy Birthday to him in respect.

Code Geass: Defenders of Britannia: Akito the Exiled Arc[]

Suzaku makes his first debut in Episode 2 of the OVA, The Wyvern Divided (episode). He was revealed along with C.C. during the preview of Episode 2. Suzaku is a Knight of Round in this OVA. He is seen accompanying Julius Kingsley, arriving at St. Petersburg. This was ordered by the Emperor.

In OVA 3, Suzaku's Lancelot's shield is adorned with a custom made Knight Of Honor emblem to honor Euphemia. Julius and Suzaku were granted authority to take command of Euro Britannia thanks to the Imperial Sceptre granted by the Emperor. Suzaku continues to show hostility towards Julius Kingsley. Later Julius launches his campaign "World Liberation Ark Fleet" as a ruse to causes chaos amongst the E.U. This causes a feud between the higher ups of E.U. regarding innocents and as a result, the Archduke of Verance was arrested thanks to Shin's support. While Julius and Shin were playing chess, Suzaku stood by until Julius started to breakdown. Shin later confirms that Julius is a terrorist Zero and that Suzaku is the greatest proof. Suzaku pointed a gun at him by refuting the fact and that Zero was executed by the Emperor but regardless Shin started to deduce what happened back in the attack of Japan before becoming Area 11 by comparing him when they both killed their parents. The Knights of St Michael attacked to protect Shin but were completely outmatched against the Lancelot. His ruthless and devastating defeat of the knights gained him the title "White Reaper". While Suzaku is fighting Jean, Shin asks Suzaku what it takes to change the world. After sparing both Jean and Julius, they were imprisoned in OVA 4 with the Lancelot imprisoned and during that time Lelouch begins talking to Suzaku by hallucinating his past memories.

In the Final OVA, Lelouch asks Suzaku for some water. Suzaku gives him the water jug, then he tries to avenge Euphemia by choking him to death. Lelouch begs him to kill him as Suzaku sees a tear from his Geass eye,

but then he releases him, seemingly horrified by his own actions. Afterwards, Suzaku lets Lelouch rest his head on his shoulder. Suzaku and Lelouch are later released by Rolo, who tells them that the emperor wishes an audience with Lelouch. Soon, Kenjie Monaco, now promoted as Knight of Thirteen, conivinced Suzaku, even Lelouch, that he will be escorting them for their return to Britannia with Suzuku, knowing that Lelouch will get his memory wiped, looked on depressed.

Reception[]

In the 29th Anime Grand Prix, Suzaku was sixth place with 143 votes, then 19th and 13th, respectively, in the following two. In the 2007 Seiyu Awards, Takahiro Sakurai was a nominee in the category "Best Actors in supporting roles" for his portrayal as Suzaku, but lost to Akira Ishida and Kouki Miyata.

Critical reception to Suzaku has been mainly positive. Anime News Network's Bamboo Dong regarded Suzaku as a likeable character, contrasting his role and personality with Lelouch's. Kevin Leathers from UK Anime Network agreed with Dong, as Suzaku "counter-balance[s]" Lelouch's alterego due to how he does not wish violence. While reviewing an episode from the series for IGN, Ramsey Isler found comical and disappointing how was Suzaku forced to stay at school for extra hours having just finished a highly dangerous mission. His confrontation against Lelouch in the first season's finale was praised mainly because of Suzaku's mentality and his feelings regarding Zero's identity which he confesses he denied accepting such revelation.

Trivia[]

  • Both Suzaku and his father, Genbu Kururugi, have the same names of two of the Four Symbols in the Chinese constellation; Suzaku being the Vermillion Bird of the South and Genbu being the Black Tortoise of the North.
  • In  Code Geass Novel 0, Suzaku kills his father months before the Invasion of Japan. The prime minister plans to hand over the country and execute Nunnally to gain favor with the royal family. In an attempt to stop his father, Suzaku kills him with a sword Todoh had in the family training hall.
  • Due to Suzaku's physically impossible and unintentionally humorous signature spinning kick attack, fans have given him the unceremonious nickname of "Spinzaku". This in turn has led to an Internet meme where fast-paced gifs of the kicks are set to the song "You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)" by Dead or Alive, such that it looks like he is twirling in place while in mid-air.
  • Suzaku (スザク) (Korean : Ju-jak /주작) (Chinese :Zhū Què / 朱雀) means vermilion bird; It refers to the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations.
  • Suzaku appears to have affinity of number seven,as his first Knightmare Frame is Lancelot,a 7th Generation Knightmare,solely fend off seven Knightmares of The Order of Black Knights during Tohdoh's prison break and earn the title of Knight of Seven.
  • Takahiro Sakurai voiced McGillis Fareed from Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans which is another Sunrise show. As a reference to the series, McGillis dons a Montag persona similar to Suzaku sporting Zero due to the fact that they have masks that represents them as a Char Clone. McGillis has some similarities to Suzaku as both are willing to betray their friends to gain power to change their nation. Both have an ally who would later turn into an enemy Shin Hyuga Shaing/Gaelio Baudauin (Vidar) who shares the same Seiyuu.
  • Suzaku's character design bears similarities to Syaoran from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles. The two are also acrobatic and utilize kicks in their fighting style. They also bear similar personalities where they are both kindhearted and determined to see their goals through, and are affected deeply by a loved one, Suzaku's being Euphemia, and Syaoran's being Sakura.
  • Suzaku's appearance is almost identical to that of Kira Yamato from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. Additionally, Suzaku's love interest Euphemia bears a similarly identical appearance to Kira's love interest, Lacus Clyne.
  • Masaki Ichijou from The Irregular at Magic High School bears resemblance to Suzaku Kururugi. Both start off as enemies to the main characters while at the same time being friends with them. Both have an affection for their sisters.
  • Casshern from Cassern Sins bears resemblance to Suzaku as well as having similarities with him. Both are atoning for the very action that cannot be undone until at some point they would end up forging new friends that set them on a hopeful course. Their nemesis would later build an army at some point for world domination. A tomboy female character also have a bitter attitude towards them for what they have done. Both have the ability to prevent them from dying and have similar martial arts style by kicking while spinning in midair. Later they would later become the reaper as well as overlooking the world. Both have a relationship with an animal: Casshern-Friender and Suzaku-Arthur.
  • Goro Akechi from Persona 5 bears similarities to Suzaku as both are respective foils to the protagonists of the series. Both oppose the protagonist's and their organizations' methods as well as serving the government as the dog. At some point they would later sell out the protagonist at the later point which the protagonist gets out of. They have issues with their respective fathers but in a different way (Suzaku murdered his father to prevent bloodshed whereas Goro wants to kill Shido out of acceptance and revenge for letting his mother die). Both would don a black knight like outfit due the fact that they are Japanese. The relationship between them and the protagonists are similar but the only difference is that Goro was friends with the protagonist at a teen age whereas Suzaku and Lelouch were friends since childhood. It is likely that Goro is what Suzaku could have become if it were not befriending the protagonist early on. Both are strong in terms of strength and intelligence as well.

Quotes[]

  • "A victory won through dishonest means is no victory at all."
  • "I am his sword. I will slash away his enemies and his weaknesses. So, C.C., you become his shield. Protect him."
  • "I've remembered something. I killed my own father, and I was never punished for it. I just lived on like nothing happened. And right now? I'm being protected again while soldiers die and Elevens suffer; I'm unscathed. A person like me doesn't deserve this."
  • (Monologue) "Is it bad to be weak? Back then, when I was 10, the world seemed like such a terribly... sad place, a world without any hope at all. Disease; Racism; living in a never-ending cycle of hate. The cycle must be broken; somebody has to do it. Of course, it's doubtful that the one who does it will make the bad things go away... no one should lose more of the people they love. At least, a world without war. I don't know how you would do it, but if I stop trying, then my father's will have been in vain."
  • (To Lelouch) "Nothing that happens now is any of your concern! Your very existence is a mistake! You need to be erased from the face of the earth. I'll take care of Nunnally!"
  • (To Lelouch) "No! You're hopeless! I know you - at the very end, you'd betray the entire world the way it's betrayed you! I'm not going to let your sick, twisted dream be realized!"
  • (To Lelouch) "To desire some results, one must take actions."
  • "A soldier must always follow his orders! [...] I made rules that I need and have to live by!"'
  • (To Charles Zi Britannia) "Your majesty, I have a request. Please, sire, allow me to join the Knights of the Round, the twelve strongest Knights of the Britannian Empire."
  • (To Lelouch) "This Geass I do solemnly accept."
  • "The Geass you used on me that drives me to live has corrupted my convictions! Why would you put such a curse on me?"
  • "Stop, please! I warn you - I've been trained for military combat. Don't make me fight against my own people."
  • (About Lelouch, and indirectly himself) "The look in his eyes - I know that look. The look of torment that comes from bottling up a lie. That's why I joined the Britannian Army: for redemption. So that the tragedy wouldn't repeat itself."
  • "If my reputation goes down for doing what's right, I don't need it."
  • "The world and the people in it - they will never be what we want them to be."
  • "Your Geass power is quite convenient, isn't it? You get to hide in the shadows while others take all the blame for doing your dirty work. You're just an arrogant coward. That's your true nature, the real you."
  • "Denying everything in our society is pointless! Once I make them trust me, I'll have the power to change it!"
  • "After everything you've done, you really think this is sufficient? You believe some bowing and begging is enough for me to forgive you?!"
  • "I prefer the logic of systems to individualist emotions."
  • "Even struggling with my shame... I still search for a reason to go on living."
  • "I called because there's something I want you to tell everyone for me... The sky; make sure no-one looks up at the sky. Lelouch... is there anyone you could ever hate so much that you'd actually want to kill them? ...I used to feel that sort of thinking was unacceptable, that unless you follow the rules, killing someone was just murder. But now... it's hatred that's guiding me. I'm fighting to kill someone. I'm going to become a murderer in the skies of Tokyo."
  • (To Lelouch) "I understand. I'm telling you to promise not to be mean to girls anymore."
  • "Lelouch. I won't thank you. Your sins are that grave. But, just for today [...] Happy birthday, Lelouch."

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