|Lelouch vi Britannia|
|Geass||Power of Absolute Obedience|
|Theme Song||Mask from Ace Combat 5|
Lelouch vi Britannia is the Eleventh Prince of the Holy Britannian Empire and, as the masked revolutionary Zero, the leader of the Black Knights. He is the central protagonist of Code Geass Megiddo.
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.
As Prince Lelouch of Britannia he wears a modified Imperial Army uniform, colored in black with golden lines, accompanied by a black beret and a black cloak. The beret has two badges at the base: one being a silver rendition of the Britannian royal 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 his original cloak (which is straighter/far less wavy than in canon - think Mobile Fighter G Gundam's Master Gundam in Normal Mode), a black, double-breasted three quarter coat that is fastened by gold buttons on either side, a black belt with a gold buckle around the waist, gold epaulettes on the shoulders, black pants, jackboots and gloves. When piloting his knightmare, he switches over to a black and gold pilot suit while retaining his mask.
Born as the Eleventh Prince of the Holy 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.
It was during his stay at the Kururugi household that 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 claimed later on, Lelouch and Nunnally’s presence in the Kururugi household changed Suzaku from an introverted, rebellious and tempermental 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 instutition, Ashford Academy. There, the exiled prince and princess led a comfortable, peaceful life as commoner students. 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 RebellionEdit
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 would inadvertently get 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 extroadinary 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 the members of Kaname Ohgi's resistance group. 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, but 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. Thanks to Lelouch’s leadership, the Black Knights’ knightmare forces were able to overpower the Britannian forces and drive toward the government bureau. 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 would have a fateful encounter with his childhood friend-become-nemesis Suzaku and his own soldier Kallen Kouzuki, which would end with Lelouch subdued by Suzaku while Operation Nero took place in the Japanese mainland. Thereafter, Lelouch was brought before the Emperor, who after revealing his own Geass, sealed away Lelouch’s memories and implanted false ones.
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 disappearence 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 ServiceEdit
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 of war against the European 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: that he 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 Africa 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. As well, 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, in spite of the European Union's propoganda 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 was often ignored by other Britannian leaders. 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, it was Lelouch's tactical abilities that 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 Europeans. Even Lelouch's leading adversary in the EU forces, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, commander of the German State Army's elite Afrika Korps, 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 recent Britannian invasion of Western Europe as well as the ever growing advancement of Imperial forces in Russia, Africa became little more than an afterthought for EU High Command, and as such the European 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 Europeans. Notably, Lelouch himself slew German ace Colonel Erich Hartmann in a pitched battle between Hartmann's Mk8-M9X4 Loewe and Lelouch's Z-00 Mordred. Final victory was seemingly in sight 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 PastEdit
Hours after Tobruk's fall, an unknown force of knightmares was detected moving toward the city from the south, whose composition emitted no recognizable IFF. Initially theorizing that the knightmares were an advance 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 he was intercepted by a unique red knightmare, and in spite of 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 in spite of Lelouch's skills. In the end, the enemy knightmare disabled the Mordred, but instead of finishing it off, the adversary moved into capture it. It was at that point that 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 RZA-6DG 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 in 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 ZeroEdit
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 onboard the organization's flagship, the mobile battleship Mikasa. 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 tramautic 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 Mikasa 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 Mikasa 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 RGX-N30 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 Mikasa'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 Mikasa could slip back under cloak through. Not long after, the Mikasa 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 iniative, 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 Okinawa 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 HarborEdit
The Liberation of ChinaEdit
Personality and TraitsEdit
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, but 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 becoming 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 in 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 nor Britannia, and so 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.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
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:
- 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 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 command issue and execution are sealed and cannot be recalled.
- As demonstrated in Princess Euphemia's response to the command that she kill 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 that had gained immortality and to any number of individuals at once. Those under the effect of Geass have a red outline on their pupils.
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 is capable of devising and executing 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 for his advantage, from creating a mudslide at Narita with the Guren's Radiant Wave Surger and overwhelming enemy forces below the mountain, to firing Raikou Missiles into the Pacific Ocean to create a tidal surge that destroyed enemy submarines as well as created a massive steam cloud on the surface for the Ikaruga 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 is capable of seeing 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, in spite of 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 methods of fighting, from how they utilize their knightmares in 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.
During his days at Ashford Academy, Lelouch was initially underwhelming. Because he led a life of little to no strenuous activity, he was very frail, 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. As well, Lelouch is a skilled marksman with firearms and, once more 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 compared to Master-level fighters like Suzaku Kururugi or Kallen Kouzuki he is above average at best.
On the side, Lelouch is very talented at most domestic skills including cooking and sewing; it has been stated that this comes as a result of his taking care of himself and Nunnally for seven years. He is a particularly talented cook, capable of making any kind of meal imaginable, and even as Zero, Lelouch will often times slip into the Ikaruga's galley to make an entree, if only to gain a small respite from his usual duties.
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 seperation. 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 while 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, while Lelouch, out of his own guilt over Euphie's death, would do nothing to assuade this viewpoint. In the end, both would face off against the other at Kamine, 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 an 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 into this one, with both considering the other more like a brother than a knight or a prince. This too would not last however, as Lelouch would be liberated by the Black Knights and his memories restored to him, 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, as well as unable to cope with his indirect hand in it.
Perhaps the most unstable of Lelouch's relationships, even moreso 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 either as a fellow schoolmate at Ashford Academy or as another one 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 would take notice of her deep loyalty and dedication to him, namely before the Battle of Kyoto, 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 that 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.
And just like on Kallen's side, there have been signs that Lelouch legitimately cares for Kallen far more deeply than he lets onto others, or perhaps he himself believes. Whether this will result in their connection to one other becoming something more in the future, one can only wait and see.
Lelouch's relationship with the immortal "witch" known as C.C. is something of an oddity, even from Lelouch's perspective. They have been described as well beyond friendship, but not exactly lovers; C.C. herself claims their relationship to be that of 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 the only living being that knows C.C.'s true name, 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 very 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 occured over this time is C.C. accepting Kallen as another "partner" and Geass contractee, 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, as well as Kallen, both suspect her to be more knowledgable of things, namely Geass, than she lets on...
Schneizel el BritanniaEdit
In both of Lelouch's lifetimes as a prince, Schneizel was one of the few siblings that was 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, while 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 for the exchanges in wisdom and experience they would share with one another. Interestingly enough, Schneizel was also the only person Lelouch was never able to 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, as well as share their usual chess matches, though Lelouch still has 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.
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 Japanese Insurrection 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 as well would 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 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 in the art of knightmare combat, which Lelouch had originally been lacking in during the Insurrection. During his final test, Bismarck would allow Lelouch to operate the Bedivere, which would secretly prepare Lelouch for his own chosen knightmare, the 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 Waldsteins as 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...
Though he was not as close to the Black Prince as Bismarck or Suzaku, Gino considered himself one of Lelouch's confidents as well as devoted follower. On the surface, he appears as such simply due to his fun loving and non-serious personality, as well as the fact 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 in spite of 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.
Needless to say, he is very much unaware of Lelouch being Zero, but there may come a day where Gino would learn the inevitable truth...
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 confidents. 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.
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 Kenyan ancestory (something that she has had to deal with all of her life). In fact, Dorothea has been so impressed with Lelouch, she has allowed him to hold her and Bismarck's infant son, Roland, who in turn took well to Lelouch in spite of his own usual discomfort toward strangers. Like Bismarck, Dorothea knows that Lelouch was 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 moreso than her husband.
Cornelia li BritanniaEdit
In his younger days, Lelouch was relatively close to Cornelia, due to her being the older sister of Euphemia as well as a protege of his mother's. 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, and in turn the knowledge of 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, Cornelia, for unknown reasons, 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 has begun to secretly plan an offensive against him and the Black Knights for the single 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.
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 would be initially shaken by C.C.'s revelations of Lelouch's character and intentions, he would not lose his faith to the exiled prince. This would be apparent when Lelouch would be liberated from Britannia and his memories returned to him, as 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 reembraced his Zero persona again, Ohgi has returned to being his loyal second-in-command, and in turn Lelouch is not quite as distant toward him as he once was.
Even before he knew Lelouch to be Zero, Tohdoh seemed to hold certain insights into Lelouch's character as well as his 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 seperate Cornelia from her Royal Guard and drive her into Lelouch's awaited ambush. During his prison break, Tohdoh would choose to rely on Lelouch's guidance in fighting the Lancelot (who he did not yet know was being piloted by Suzaku), and order his pilots to do the same. And upon officially joining the Black Knights, Tohdoh would become one of Lelouch's most dedicated followers, even though it at times 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 expand beyond the mask of Zero. When C.C. revealed everything to the gathered Black Knights, Tohdoh was among those who actually stood loyal toward Lelouch and insisted that the Black Knights could not win without him. Later on, after Lelouch's liberation, Tohdoh would correctly describe aspects of Lelouch's personality and drive to the FHS and again reaffirm 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. As well, 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...
For the most part, Lelouch and the Desert Lion were dedicated adversaries in the North African theater, as one would expect of the two leading Generals of Britannia and the European Union to be. Yet even so, Rommel holds more than a fair amount of admiration toward his opponent, both due to his tactics in the battlefield and his honor as a soldier, enough that Rommel, in spite of his own well recorded narcissism, has more than once claimed Lelouch to be a "worthy opponent". And yet Rommel's understanding of Lelouch are 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 Field Marshal complimented "His Highness" for its impact. For the time being however, Rommel remains in Africa, though many observers, including Rommel himself, believe its only a matter of time before the EU High Command were to send him after Zero. Whether to hunt him down or to seek an alliance on the EU's behalf, one can only speculate in the present time.
Due to the close relations between Empress Marianne and the Ashford Foundation, Lelouch and Milly knew each literally from their days of infancy. This relationship would result in both being exiled to Japan in one way or the other, and 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, though 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 have somehow regained their original memories, and alongside these Milly's 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 the "outside". 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. So far however, she and Lelouch have not spoken to each other since the Jubilee, and while Milly, alongside Rivalz and Shirley, is more than aware of Lelouch being Zero, Lelouch is currently unaware of Milly's involvement in the war at large.
Lelouch's image song is Mask from the video game Ace Combat 5, composed by Junichi Nakatsuru.