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Canon: Code Geass
Canon Point: S2E25
Date of Entry: 05/07/2017
Canon: Code Geass
Canon Point: S2E25
Date of Entry: 05/07/2017
Birthday: December 5th, 1999 a.t.b.
Eye Color: Violet
Hair Color: Black
Amulet: Shaped like a particular abstract birdlike sigil.
* This is headcanon. Mean, mean headcanon. Based on Kiseki no Tanjoubi, where Lelouch physically manifests from the World of C on his birthday to say goodbye to everyone properly, I have decided it makes sense for that to be the anniversary of his death. Dying on his birthday just feels thematically appropriate, and it works pretty well if you assume that R2 starts in or around fall*.
** Which is not compliant with the Akito the Exile timeline, but that timeline isn't compliant with main-series canon either, since it would have Lelouch and Suzaku in prison until December of 2017, which... so many problems.
Personality: Ask any two people in Lelouch's life to describe him, and you'll likely get two very different answers. That's fine with him, though -- in fact, it is more or less by design.
With his younger sister Nunnally, Lelouch is soft-spoken, endlessly patient and endlessly kind. He smiles easily, laughs easily, is attentive and domestic. In a very real way, he strives to be a replacement for the mother they both lost seven years before the start of the series, a woman he (until recently) remembered as being protective, strong, and kind. With Nunnally, Lelouch allows himself to wish for a gentler world -- one where all people are equal, and the harsh prejudices that rule their present world have been outgrown.
To most of the students at Ashford, Lelouch would more readily be described as cool or even cold; aloof and apathetic, both about his schoolwork and life in general. This Lelouch has no particular political beliefs or strong convictions of any kind. While he can be affable and charming for his fellow students, he doesn't tend to keep it up for very long before sliding back into "coolly neutral". (Which isn't to say that Lelouch isn't also quite popular with certain demographics at his school. Distant and apathetic can pass for mysterious sometimes, and it helps that he's very pretty.)
With his closer friends, who -- not coincidentally -- are all also Nunnally's friends, the above description of Lelouch would come with a caveat: "...until you get to know him better." This group of people is more aware of Lelouch's capacity for gentleness, even though they mostly see it directed at Nunnally: they know he cares for other people, both individually and generally. That he is, at heart, a humanitarian, and just not very good at showing his true feelings.
They don't know the half of it. But again, that's by design.
Because the same boy who sleeps through half his classes and ditches another quarter, who always seems to tune out political conversations and shrugs when asked what he wants to do with the rest of his life, has been secretly plotting to burn his own government to the ground since he was ten years old.
And with the band of freedom fighters he leads, Lelouch adopts another persona entirely: that of "Zero", a masked hero of the people. Risen from the shadows to save Japan -- and later the world -- from the Holy Britannian Empire, the charismatic Zero makes righteous, flourishing speeches about justice and equality. To those who follow him, he promises not only miraculous military victories but also that his "Black Knights" will be a force for good, infinitely the moral superiors of their Britannian enemies.
As for which of these is the real Lelouch, well... the answer is all and none at the same time. Because Lelouch has divided himself into pieces, and polished each piece into a carefully-crafted role.
In his capacity as Nunnally's replacement mother, he showers her with all the gentleness he still possesses -- but also does his best to keep the uglier parts of himself (his anger, his fears, his ruthlessness, the things he's willing to do to make that gentler world) tucked away. Meanwhile, with some of his other friends, Lelouch allows himself to be more openly cynical about the world, while still trying to keep the true depths of his resentment at their government under wraps and pretending not to be terribly invested in affecting change.
With both Nunnally and his friends, Lelouch is being selectively honest -- and the same is true for the Black Knights, too.
Because Lelouch is a skilled military commander and strategist, a chess master in all senses of the term, and he does believe in justice and absolutely wants to see Japan freed and Britannia on fire -- but at the same time, "Zero" is a crafted image, designed for mass appeal, and Lelouch is actually much more pragmatic than he presents himself to his people. Believing that the ends ultimately justify the means, he has no actual reluctance to use what "Zero" would consider underhanded tactics, and his "miracles" are all either stagecraft, calculation, the power of his geass (more below), or a combination of the three.
And as shocked as Lelouch's classmates would have been to learn he was secretly a terrorist, the Black Knights would have been just as shocked to learn their leader, wearing lifts and a voice-changer, was actually a middle-class teenaged Britannian boy with, seemingly, so little drive in life.
If all of this begs the question why -- why would Lelouch have segmented himself off, why does he keep an arsenal of both figurative and literal masks, why is he completely honest with no one in his life -- then the answer goes back to his mother's death (his mother's murder), and the way his father turned his back on both Lelouch and his sister, telling him that those who rely on other people might as well be dead and banishing him to Japan (with which relations were already tense) as a political hostage.
And then, just as Lelouch was beginning to recover a little -- thanks in no small part to the stubborn, arrogant, but ultimately sweet Japanese boy who wound up being his housemate -- the illusion of happiness and safety that he had managed to cobble together for himself and his sister came crashing down again when his father declared war on Japan.
He wears the masks he does partially out of habit and necessity (because he and his sister are living under assumed names in a hostile nation under the control of a government that believes them to be dead, and then later because he's also masquerading as Zero), but partially out of simple paranoia borne of long, bitter experience. Put plainly, Lelouch does not trust anyone, not even the people he loves the most, with all of himself. And he certainly doesn't trust the other students at Ashford, all of whom he's very much convinced, early on in the series, would sell him out at a moment's notice -- or the Black Knights, who he's sure would never willingly follow a Britannian.
Abilities: Intellect. Lelouch is brilliant, and is also implied to have been a classical child prodigy (being a nigh-unbeatable chess master and a skilled pianist before the age of nine). Areas of particular skill include chess and strategy in general; political science; math; computers (general programming as well as hacking); literature; and languages. (Code Geass being entirely in Japanese and sometimes unclear aside, he's definitely fluent in at least Japanese on top of his native Britannian, and implicitly also fluent in Italian and French. I'd also make an argument for Mandarin or Cantonese, but it's less clear what's going on in the Chinese Federation episodes, linguistically.) Also, he kept his younger sister and himself up to speed when they were out of school for 4-5 years, continued to tutor fellow students even after that, and is able to maintain high marks at school while also getting an average of three hours of sleep a night, sleeping through and ditching his actual classes, and leading a full scale rebellion. So there's that.
Not that he is or thinks he's going to be the smartest person in any given room; Lelouch knows everyone has their area of expertise, and at one point after miscalculating an explosion muses that perhaps he should have had a physics expert help him with the calculations.
Domestic. Lelouch is apparently an excellent chef and a skilled tailor. (He made the Zero costume himself, including the mask with its voice changer and seamless eye slot, and almost certainly designed if not produced the uniforms his men wear; the Knight of Zero flight suit must also have been him, in Rakshata's absence. Also, he's able to correctly estimate C.C.'s sizes just by looking at her and to guess her tastes well enough to order custom clothing for her that she likes in spite of herself.) Headcanon that he learned to sew by making clothing for Nunnally and still does. In the 50 Questions NewType "interview", Lelouch self-describes as being good with his hands and says his hobbies include handicrafts and DIY projects around the house (lit. "weekend carpenter").
Artistic. In addition to playing the piano, Lelouch mentions at one point that he's well-versed in every form of dance, from the waltz to the pasodoble. How someone with so little stamina manages a proper version of the latter is probably because Lelouch's lack of stamina works by Rule of Funny.
Analysis. As a figurative chess master, one of Lelouch's talents is the ability to "analyze" people, usually after only a few meetings. Through this he can, for example, record his half of a telephone conversation in advance by correctly predicting what you were going to say so that the recording appears interactive. But the scale of his analysis is also limited; he can predict people within certain parameters, and he does this by treating any given situation like a battlefield, or a chess board.
Geass. Lelouch has the geass of Absolute Obedience, which has extensively-detailed limitations in canon -- not because it's unusually limited, but because Lelouch is thorough and has discovered all of its limitations down to the atom.
He has to be reasonably close to you, and he has to have unobstructed eye contact. (Where sunglasses and colored contact lenses count as an obstruction.) He can only use it once per person, although he's found ways around that when he was feeling especially clever (such as a set of commands triggered by a hand gesture), and by the end of the series his geass was powerful enough that he could say something like "do whatever I tell you, forever" and that counted as "one" use.
Lelouch puts on a good "ruthless bastard" act, but if your character becomes sufficiently important to him, then he won't willingly use his geass on them, though we could still arrange some sort of accident if you wanted. (And it's a pretty exclusively high level of importance; his school friends and Euphy, who he genuinely loved, weren't actually on this extremely short list in canon.) (The "people I won't ever lie to" list is even shorter, and... a lie!)
Permissions: Permissions for actions done to this character.
Key: ☐ (neutral; contact first) | ☑ (yes) | ☒ (no).
» Backtagging: ☑
» Threadhopping: ☑
» Hugging: ☑
» Kissing: ☑
» Fighting: ☑
» Injuring: ☑
» Killing: ☐
» Fourth Wall: ☒
» Manipulation: ☐ (I don't mind at ALL as a player, but we should probably work out the details since he's such a manipulative bastard himself)
Permissions: Permissions for actions done by this character.
» Geass: ☑ = you're okay with Lelouch geassing your character (the exact details of which we would work out and agree upon, when and if it comes up).
» Analysis: ☑ = you're okay with Lelouch making an itemized list of all your character's weak points, both emotional and physical, which then might be used to systematically attack them in the future. (Though the attack would itself be the result of further permissions and plotting, of course.)
Again, I want to stress: none of this will ever happen without your clear permission; even if you say yes to analysis, he'll amass a bunch of information and won't actually do anything with it until we've talked and you've given your thumbs-up. As impulsive as Lelouch can be in canon (he's been known to geass people in a panic, or out of vindictiveness, with no forethought at all), a "yes" is not a "yes to anything", but an indication that you're open to or interested in plotting something later on.