Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
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Summary of Code Geass R1
In the year 2010 a.t.b. The Holy Empire of Britannia completed its takeover of Japan,
using its superior technology of the Knightmare Frames, a humanoid type of mecha. Britannia
renames Japan Area 11, and forces all Japanese to become known as Elevens, in an effort
to strip the Japanese of their culture and identity. Seven years later, a Britannian
high school student named Lelouch Lamperouge is going down the highway in Area 11
with his friend Rivalz when they become mixed up in a terrorist plot to steal a
bomb containing deadly gas from Britannia. Lelouch and the bomb become separated
from the terrorists only to meet with his childhood friend Suzaku Kururugi with whom
he and his sister Nunally had escaped from Britannia to live in Area 11, but has now
become an honorary Britannian soldier. The "poison gas" bomb opens and it is revealed to
instead be a container for a live girl.
Suzaku is ordered by his commanding officer to shoot Lelouch, but when Suzaku
refuses, he is shot instead. Lelouch is about to be killed when the girl suddenly gives
him the power of Geass, which allows him to give absolute commands to anyone he wishes.
Armed with this new power and his already brilliant intellect he directs the terrorists into
victory against the Britannian troops which were sent against them, so that
they can escape. Lelouch then assassinates his brother Clovis who was the Viceroy of Area 11,
before donning a mask and taking up the second identity of Zero, who is a freedom fighter and
renames the terrorists the Black Knights. Zero leads the Black Knights in a quest to bring down
Britannia, both to get revenge on the Emperor who he hates, and to create a peaceful world where
his sister Nunally can be happy.
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On August 10, 2010, a.t.b., Japan
was conquered by the Holy Empire of Britannia
. Seven years later, teenage student Lelouch Lamperouge
finds himself pulled into a battle between anti-government terrorists and the Britannia
n Army in the Shinjuku Ghetto. In the midst of the conflict, a mysterious, green-haired girl saves him from death by granting him "the power of the king", which allows him to compel others to do his bidding...
Using his newfound power, Lelouch
hijacks an enemy Sutherland
and leads the rebels in a counterattack against the Britannia
n army, forcing Viceroy Clovis
to call for the release of an experimental Knightmare Frame, the Lancelot
, piloted by Suzaku Kururugi
. The Lancelot
proves to be far superior to previous Knightmare Frame models and Lelouch
is forced to change his plans. Just as the Britannia
n Army corners the terrorists, Clovis
orders an immediate cease-fire, under the order of Lelouch
at gunpoint about the murder of his mother, Marianne
, before killing him. When he returns to Ashford
Academy, he discovers that Kallen Stadtfeld
, one of the terrorists he helped in Shinjuku, attends the same school. The limitations to his power are also revealed to him when he attempts to question her and unsuccessfully erase her memory; he creates a cunning deception to ease her suspicions of his identity. When the death of Prince Clovis
is announced in the media, it is Suzaku
who is accused of the murder...
The purebloods within the Britannia
n Army scapegoat Suzaku
' death, planning to use him as an excuse to rid the army of Honorary Britannia
concocts a plan to save his childhood friend, with some help from Kallen
and Kaname Ohgi
, leader of Kallen
's resistance group. Announcing himself publicly as Zero
declares it was he who killed Clovis
, and uses his power on Jeremiah Gottwald
to force him to assist in Suzaku
's rescue. In private, Lelouch
the opportunity to turn against Britannia
for falsely accusing him, but he refuses, wishing to change the Empire from within...
's surprise, C.C.
, the girl who gave him his power, is alive and now living in his residence. Suzaku
, having been acquitted of all charges, accidentally meets Third Princess Euphemia
and ends up intervening in an internal pureblood struggle. Meanwhile, Second Princess Cornelia
endeavors to take charge of Area 11
as Viceroy and bring Zero
, now the Empire's number one enemy and most wanted man, to justice...
transfers into Ashford
Academy and faces the scorn of the Britannia
n students. Cornelia
continues her hunt for Zero
, destroying several rebel strongholds but finding no clues to his whereabouts. A stray cat slips into the Lamperouge
residence on campus and takes off with Lelouch
mask and a massive, comedic chase involving the entire student body follows. The Emperor of Britannia
makes a speech during Prince Clovis
' funeral on the virtues of inequality and the social battle for evolution and betterment.
sets a trap for Zero
at the Saitama Ghetto as she begins to clear another resistance cell. Despite C.C.
trying to stop him, Lelouch
takes the bait and goes to the aid of the Saitama resistance. His plan falls apart from a combination of Cornelia
's superior tactics and the resistance cell's dissimilar motivations. Lelouch
is cornered and nearly discovered, but C.C.
dons his Zero
costume and distracts the Britannia
n Army, allowing him to escape. Lelouch
blames his defeat on the undisciplined rebels and resolves to build something better than a mere resistance unit.
A group from the Japan Li
beration Front takes a hotel and its occupants hostage, including most of the Ashford
Student council and a disguised Princess Euphemia
. As such, Princess Cornelia
cannot make a move against the hostage takers, which Lelouch
realizes and takes advantage of. He mounts a rescue operation with Ohgi
's resistance cell, and as he speaks with the hostage takers, Suzaku
sinks the floating hotel using the Lancelot
. However, Lelouch
derails any rescue efforts by the army so he can take credit for the rescue. Broadcasting publicly to the nation, he announces the creation and purpose of his Black Knights
, "allies of justice" who will judge the world and protect the weak from "those with power."
Told mostly from Kallen
's perspective, her rocky relationship with her biological mother is revealed. The Black Knights
are sent on a mission to take out the drug "Refrain", and find themselves to be popular among the Elevens. Kallen
's mother is found among the Refrain users, and is arrested following the Black Knights
' destruction of the drug stockpiles. Kallen
promises to have changed the world by the time she is released.
and the Britannia
n Army heads to Narita, hoping to destroy the remnants of the Japan Li
beration Front. Lelouch
has his Knights follow her in the hope of capturing her alive so he can question her about his mother's death. As the Britannia
n forces close in on the Front's headquarters, Kallen
utilizes her new Knightmare Frame, the Guren
Mk-II, to cause a massive landslide that takes out much of the Britannia
and core members of the Black Knights
meet with Taizo Kirihara
, one of the most powerful people in the Japan
ese underground and an acquaintance of Lelouch
from his younger days at the Kururugi
deftly displays his tactical prowess and wit before Taizo
, revealing his true identity to the man to gain his trust and support. When Lelouch
returns to Tokyo, Shirley
informs him of her father's death, indirectly caused by Zero
during the Battle of Narita.
separately reflect upon the deaths of innocents in the Narita campaign, with both vowing to press on. Shirley
secretly follows Lelouch
and witnesses the battle between the Japan Li
beration Front and the Britannia
n Army, which Lelouch
ends by detonating the Japan Li
beration Front freighter as the Britannia
n Knightmares begin to board it, killing all personnel on board and giving the Black Knights
the element of surprise. Suzaku
, easily overpowering his weaker Burai
with the Lancelot
, forcing him to eject. He crash-lands near Shirley
and is knocked unconscious. Shirley
prepares to kill him to avenge her father, but hesitates when his mask falls off, revealing to her that Zero
may have discovered his identity as Zero
, so he and C.C.
pursue her to Narita. Ohgi
explores the battlefield of the previous night, discovering a wounded Villetta Nu
left for dead out of sight. Lelouch
, a young man who also has the power of Geass. Mao
uses his mind-reading abilities to play on Shirley
's insecurities, manipulating her into shooting Lelouch
, but she falters at the last moment and C.C.
away temporarily. With Shirley
torn apart by grief and guilt, Lelouch
uses his Geass to erase her memories of him.
explains her history with Mao
, and how his inability to turn his Geass off drove him insane. An injured Villetta
wakes up in Ohgi
's apartment and he discovers she has selective amnesia. C.C.
to take care of Mao
herself, but Mao
gains the upper hand when he incapacitates her. Lelouch
utilizes his intellect to fool Mao
and rescue C.C.
using the Britannia
n Police to surround and shoot Mao
. Safe on a rooftop away from the scene, Lelouch
reaffirms his contract with her, promising not to fall victim to his power as Mao
departs as a messenger to the Chinese Federation and Milly
has a marriage interview with Lloyd Asplund
, creator of the Lancelot
returns to kidnap Lelouch
's sister, Nunnally
, and holds her hostage in the Ashford
Academy sewers. Lelouch
work together to rescue her, with Suzaku
's physical adeptness and the clever use of Lelouch
's Geass proving to be beyond Mao
's planning. Before he can be arrested, Mao
killed his own father; in return, Lelouch
silences him with his power and C.C.
returns to end Mao
's life as Suzaku
crumbles to the ground, confronted with his actions after years of secrecy.
An inauguration ceremony of Clovis
' memorial art museum is held, with Euphemia
judging the art works. Lelouch
agrees to help Kyoshiro Tohdoh
's comrades rescue their leader. During the rescue mission, Lelouch
to join the Black Knights
. The Lancelot
appears and attempts to stop them, but Lelouch
is able to predict its movements and plan a counterattack. When Tohdoh
slices open the cockpit, revealing Suzaku
is shocked, having originally planned for Suzaku
to become Nunnally
's knight. He orders an immediate retreat as reinforcements arrive. Seeing Suzaku
's bravery and creed, Euphemia
announces to the media that he will be her knight.
The aftermath of the Avalon
's arrival inexplicably leaves Lelouch
, and Suzaku
on the mysterious Kamine Island. Suzaku
, and learns she is a Black Knight and the pilot of the Guren
Mk-II, while Euphemia
is found by Zero
, confirming her suspicions that he is Lelouch
. Meanwhile, Schneizel
, and Cecile
Croomy survey the island's ancient ruins. When Lelouch
, and Euphemia
suddenly fall into the ruins, Lelouch
steal the prototype Knightmare Frame Gawain to escape. As Suzaku
is detained for insubordination, it is revealed that Lelouch
used Geass on Suzaku
, giving him the command to "live." Elsewhere, the exiled Japan
ese government from seven years ago
launches a full-scale assault on Kyoto
with the help of the Chinese Federation.
Academy holds their annual school festival. Ohgi
, Villeta, Euphemia
, and Kallen
all make their separate ways to the event and a series of close encounters risks the revealing of their hidden identities. Suzaku
pilots the Ganymede
for the festival's main event: making a giant pizza, slated to be the world's largest. When Euphemia
's presence is revealed, mass panic ensues. On live television, she declares the Mount Fuji area to be the "Specially Administrated Zone of Japan
", where Elevens can be referred to as "Japanese" again. She believes this will bring back the happy days with Lelouch
, but Lelouch
thinks otherwise, knowing she is being naive.
During the commemoration ceremony for the Specially Administrated Zone, Lelouch
privately discuss Japan
's future. She convinces him, and Lelouch
summarily halts his rebellion, until he suddenly loses control of his Geass while jokingly telling her to kill all the Japan
ese. The Geass-influenced Euphemia
orders a bloody massacre of the people attending the ceremony. Blaming himself, a resolute Lelouch
decides to salvage the situation by declaring Euphemia
's Specially Administrated Zone a trap to lure out the Black Knights
, and commands his troops to defeat the Britannia
n forces, protect the Japan
ese, and stop Euphemia
Left with no choice, Lelouch
shoots and mortally wounds Euphemia
in front of Suzaku
returns to the Avalon
with her battered body as the Black Knights
continue to contain the violence. She then dies from her injuries as Lelouch
announces his plan for the creation of the United States of Japan
. Alone, Lelouch
grieves over his actions as C.C.
comforts him, reminding him she will stay alongside him, as per their contract. Soon, the entirety of Area 11
revolts against the Britannia
n Empire. Advancing with his massive army, Lelouch
ignites the conflict by initiating the collapse of the Tokyo Settlement.
Lelouch's strategies give the Black Knights
and their allies the upper hand in their battle against the Britannia
n Army. As riots break out through the country, the Black Knights
take over Ashford
Academy as their headquarters, and the students are spared on Lelouch
's orders. An enraged Suzaku
, now aware of Zero
's power thanks to a mysterious young boy named V.V.
, pursues Zero
for revenge, which Cornelia
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