Code Geass is an interesting anime because while it does hold harem Esque tropes it’s hard to label it as harem anime.
The reason is that for it to be a haram the man has to show mutual interest in the multiple love interest. The problem is Lelouch does not obviously show interest to any of the women.
I am of course referring to simply declaring his love for any of the romantic love interests.
For someone who has lots of time to notice, we do not see Lelouch doing this.
This is a topic that fans debate about quite often and this is because it is never obviously stated who Lelouch actually loves.
So in this article, I will discuss Lelouch’s relationship with the three main women who love him; Kallen Kozuki, C.C, and Shirley Fenette.
I am not including Euphemia or Kaguya because there is not enough evidence for either one. For Euphemia Lelouch said he might have loved her implying he does not. But this does not take away how much he cares about her. Remember he was going to end the rebellion because of her. Also, they have had many moments in the past. My favorite is when Nunnally and Euphy both argued who was going to marry Lelouch.
And with Kaguya, if there was love it was one side. Lelouch never showed her any mutual interest. Lelouch told her in Stage 23 that he already made a deal with the devil and has no room in life for deities.
Also, I am not going to entertain the idea that Lelouch loved Nunnally more than a sibling. There is no proof of this and it’s simply an argument that I refuse to discuss outside of this point.
The goal here is to state the case for and against the three main love interests.
In the end, I will state based on the evidence and through my analysis which one Lelouch has the most mutual love for.
- My analysis will only be based on Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R1 and R2 and any media based solely on that. So, no alternative films, OVAs, etc.
- This analysis will contain spoilers
- This is just my opinion which comes from what the show gives me and how I interrupt it.
- Lelouch’s feelings towards each of the three girls is the topic here. Not who in theory is the best couple, who should be with Lelouch, or which girl loved him. While I do have some of those elements in here, the majority of the analysis has nothing to do with that. This means that counterarguments that use elements from these topics are not relevant.
When I first discussed this topic I only shipped Lelouch with Kallen and C.C. But after writing this article, I can see him with Shirley as well. So I ship all three of them with him. Also, I realized that some points need more information and more points are needed so this article has been updated.