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Introduction

Shirley Fenette is an important character in Code Geass but I do not think she receives the same level of attention from fans when compared to Kallen and C.C. So, today I wanted to discuss ten facts on Shirley’s character.

Now to keep this interesting I am tried to find some facts that were not directly stated but things we can infer from the show. The facts will come from the original series, the picture dramas, and the alternative universe.

Spoilers (duh) with that in mind let’s begin.

Shirley Fenette Fact #10: Among Kallen and C.C. She Is the Least Relevant to the Story

Shirley acting confused around Lelouch. Code Geass R1 Stage 15 At 08m 18s

Shirley acting confused around Lelouch. Code Geass R1 Stage 15 At 08m 18s

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One of the tragedies of Code Geass is Shirley’s character. I always felt they did her dirty in the series. This ultimately leads to her not being as relevant as she could have been in Code Geass.

One of the proofs of this is how many episodes Shirley is actually in. Now technically she is in 32 episodes which is more than half of the series. The problem is most of her episodes take place after Lelouch uses his Geass on her.

So, with that in mind from episodes 1-14 Shirley is relevant in the story (minus 10,11,16, and 19) and then you have to skip 22 episodes to Turn 11 where Shirley becomes important again. Only for to die in Turn 13.

Really frustrating because there was so much potential with this character.

Shirley Fenette Fact #9: She Has Been Affected by More Geass Abilities Than Any Other Character.

Shirley getting her memories back. Code Geass R2 Turn 12 At 21m 25s

Shirley getting her memories back. Code Geass R2 Turn 12 At 21m 25s

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Shirley can’s catch a break and is constantly on the worse end of someone’s Geass power. This point goes along with my other on how Shirley is done dirty in this series.

Here are the times that Shirley is affected by Geass:

  • Mao reads her mind in Stage 14,
  • Lelouch commands her to forget about him in Stage 14,
  • Charles rewrites her memories sometime after R1,
  • Rolo uses his Geass on her to stop her perception of time to grab the gun and killed her with it in Turn 13,
  • and Lelouch again to command her to live Turn in 13.

What also interesting about Shirley is that she has two Geass effects working on her at the same time. I don’t believe anyone else in the series ever went through that.

But technically she is tied with Lelouch with being affected by the most amount of unique Geass power if you count the new alternative universe. those instances would be

  • Mao reads his mind from Stage 14 – Stage 16,
  • Charles rewrote his memories right after Suzaku stopped him on Kamine Island
  • Rolo stop his perception of time Turn 4 and Turn 19,
  • and Shamna’s Geass sent her back six hours in the past which affected Lelouch’s plans in Lelouch of the Re;surrection.

And if we are counting Lelouch of the Re;surrection then Suzaku has the most.

  1. Mao reads his mind in R1 Stage 16
  2. Rolo stop his perception of time in R2 Turn 5
  3. Lelouch commands Suzaku to leave in R1 Stage 18
  4. Bismarck uses his Geass when fighting him in R2 Turn 22
  5. Shamna indirectly affects him with her Geass by changing her plans with knowledge of the future.

unfortunately this, not the last of the bad luck that will discuss about Shirley in this list.

Shirley Fenette Fact #8 She has PTSD

Suzaku approaching Shirley which reminds her of Mao. Code Geass R2 Turn 13 At 04m 57s

Suzaku approaching Shirley which reminds her of Mao. Code Geass R2 Turn 13 At 04m 57s

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Now, this is one where you only a small amount of time to learn about. And I am sure most of you never noticed. In Turn 13 when Shirley meets up with Suzaku at the train station, his appearance scares her so much that she tries to run away.

I never understood initially why she did that. But then it occurred to me who does Suzaku look like from a distance in that scene? He had dark sunglasses and was wearing a long coat.

Give up?

It’s Mao. Remember Shirley just got her memories back and seeing someone who looks like Mao was terrifying for her.

It’s one of the nice little details of Code Geass that makes me appreciate the series with subsequent re-watches.

Shirley Fenette Fact #7 She Fell in Love With Lelouch Because of a Car Accident

Shirley remembering Lelouch helping out the couple in the car accident. Code Geass R1 Stage 7 At 15m 15s

Shirley remembering Lelouch helping out the couple in the car accident. Code Geass R1 Stage 7 At 15m 15s

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Now, this is something you might already know but it bears repeating. In Stage 7 Shirley explains to Suzaku that she first was enamored by Lelouch after a car accident. Basically, someone rear-ended someone and tried to blame the couple that he crashed into but Lelouch came to defend that couple.

But he did with a bored expression that made Shirley “wonder what is up with this guy”? And in the process of learning about Lelouch she fell in love with him at least, that’s what Suzaku thinks.

I like this one because it explains why Shirley became interested in him. Before she never liked Lelouch and considered him to be a lazy slacker.

Shirley Fenette #6 She Is the Only Character in Code Geass That Did Not Obey Lelouch’s Command

Shirley not obeying Lelouch's Geass. Code Geass R2 Turn 13 At 21m 05s

Shirley not obeying Lelouch’s Geass. Code Geass R2 Turn 13 At 21m 05s

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Shirley is quite an interesting case since Jeremiah canceled Lelouch’s Geass, allowing him to use it on her twice.

During the second time, Shirley was dying and Lelouch commanded her to live. But Shirley did not make any attempt to survive. She just laid there with Lelouch until her time came. It’s also important to note that Shirley is the only character in the series to receive two commands from Lelouch’s Geass.

This is the second time in the series where a character with a Geass used on them ignores the command during their death. Euphy was the first and Shirley was the second.

It’s one of the saddest scenes in the series and something that I never look forward to on re-watches of the series.

Shirley Fennette Fact #5 Her Role in the Alternative Universe Was Important

Shirley meeting C.C. for the first time. Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion III - Glorification At 1h 21m 35s

Shirley meeting C.C. for the first time. Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion III – Glorification At 1h 21m 35s

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