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I Lelouch Vi Britannia Command You to Grab the Guide to Every Anime on Each Streaming Service

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Yes Your Highness

Introduction

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.

Two disclaimers:

  1. 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.
  2. This analysis will contain spoilers
  3. This is just my opinion which comes from what the show gives me and how I interrupt it.
  4. 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.

Updates:
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.

I also recently uploaded a video that also goes through this topic you can watch it here.

Who Did Lelouch Really Love? The Case for Shirley Fenette

Despite Shirley’s role in the plot, there are examples to indicate the Lelouch might love her.

There is some factual proof that Lelouch did care about Shirley.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in episode 14 of R1 and 13 of R2 and it was not by accident or coincidence that both episodes 13 and 14 or R1 and R2 revolve around Shirley and her impact on Lelouch.

R1 Episode 14 was the aftermath of Shirley discovering that Lelouch was Zero.

After Mao had trouble using his Geass to read Shirley’s thoughts, Mao left the two to retrieve his gun to murder both of them

Thankfully C.C. interfered and stopped him.

Shirley at this point is panicking and can’t handle the fact that she killed someone or that Lelouch is Zero. Zero was responsible for her father’s death.

With not many options Lelouch embraces Shirley and erases her memories so she no longer has to be dragged into this.

After Lelouch erases Shirley’s memories they exchange a conversation here is a snippet from it.

Shirley “Oh hello um did you lose someone in your family to

Lelouch “Ah no not someone from my family it was a friend someone who was very important

Shirley “I understand

Lelouch: “But I didn’t know until after I lost her and I realized how much she meant to me how much her smile saved me and how I will never be able to argue or laugh with her like that again “

Shirley “I see you loved her didn’t you, you must feel terrible

Lelouch “Right now I don’t know anymore

Here we learn that Lelouch might have at one point saw Shirley more than a friend but this may no longer be the case.

This is important because it’s the only time Lelouch actually directly addresses who he has romantic feelings for or cared for, to begin with.

We learn that while Lelouch may not have feelings for Shirley anymore it can be argued Lelouch truly loved her because of his previous feelings. It is also important to point out that Lelouch has known Shirley for a longer time than the other girls. So it’s possible that he fell in love with her the fastest than Kallen and C.C.

Lelouch discussing his feeling about Shirley Code Geass R1 Episode 14 at 21 min 30s

Lelouch discussing his feeling about Shirley Code Geass R1 Episode 14 at 21 min 30s

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Lelouch’s reaction to Shirley’s death could be another proof of his love for her.

Lelouch finds Shirley on the ground with a bullet wound and immediately understands what has happened.

With panicked tears in his eyes, Lelouch commands Shirley not to die with Geass but it was to no avail, she dies anyway.

Because of Shirley’s death, Lelouch is enraged and blames her passing on Geass. He goes one step further by using Shirley’s death as justification to massacre the entire Geass order.

Lelouch acted similarly after he had to erase Shirley’s memories. But in that case, he only blamed C.C. and took no further action.

This proves to be a big deal because the only other time Lelouch just loses it is when he finds out that Suzaku is the Lancelot Pilot and when he believes that his sister died in the explosion caused by the F.L.E.I.J.A. warhead.

We learn from this that Lelouch only shows his true rage and regret when someone close to him is hurt. Since he acted this way because of Shirley we learn that at the very least he considers Shirley much more than a friend.

This is a fair argument but it’s not without its issues that will be addressed in the arguments against Shirley.

Lelouch showing his emotions while Shirley is dying. Code Geass R2 episode 13 at 21mins 49s

Lelouch showing his emotions while Shirley is dying. Code Geass R2 Episode 13 at 21mins 49s

© SUNRISE/PROJECT GEASS Licensed by SUNRISE to Funimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Character Design ©2006 CLAMP · ST

Lelouch’s Proof of his love comes from keeping her at a distance

Some have argued that erasing her memories and ignoring her was Lelouch’s way of protecting her. C.C. even told him “you need to distance yourself from those you care about”. So you could actually interpret ignoring as keeping them out of the conflict altogether. Now there is some merit to this being a proof of love. After all, it shows that Lelouch needs her to live. This is what he tells her when she hanging on to his arm on the building.

Now I never saw this as proof of love but if you believe that keeping people out of your life to project is, then this is a valid argument for sure. Lelouch was aware of her intentions and kept her at a distance.

Lelouch’s actions show a level of concern beyond a good friend.

They also have fun moments together in the series. Lelouch is very comfortable around Shirley. He always puts up this tough demeanor when talking with Kallen. C.C. is the only character where Lelouch acts this way. My favorite example is when he talks to Shirley in Turn 12. He was not acting as a Zero just Lelouch and if the Rebellion never happened this could have the couple to end the series.

Shirly states in R2 episode 13 that she forgives Lelouch for killing her father

So in a way, Shirley loved both Lelouch and Zero which proves her love is not only for a personality that Lelouch created. This fact gives Shirley a strong case for who Lelouch could return his feelings.

Lelouch’s true love is someone who loves every part of him, not just the ones they prefer.

A fun moment with Shirley and Lelouch. Code Geass R2 Episode 12 at 5m 19s

A fun moment with Shirley and Lelouch. Code Geass R2 Episode 12 at 5m 19s

© SUNRISE/PROJECT GEASS Licensed by SUNRISE to Funimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Character Design ©2006 CLAMP · ST

Who Did Lelouch Really Love? The Case against Shirley Fenette

Lelouch only admits that he cared about Shirley’s wellbeing.

When Shirley jumped off the roof in R2, Lelouch grabbed her hand he told her that did not want to lose anyone else who was close to him.

This is just one of a few examples where Lelouch explains he cares for Shirley. But without a confession of romantic love, it is hard to see any more than just a good friendship. I understand that Lelouch keeps to himself but this one the time to do it. He could have at least spoke to Shirley privately afterward if fear of embarrassment was the problem. Not he could not do this immediately afterwards since Jeremiah had to be dealt with. But what would have sold it for me if he simply asked Shirley to talk to him after saving her.

But it never happems. However, Lelouch’s actions go against his words in terms of his feelings. One proof is how Lelouch ignores her throughout the series.

Lelouch telling Shirley that he cannot lose anyone he cares about. Code Geass R2 Episode 13 at 10m 30s

Lelouch telling Shirley that he cannot lose anyone he cares about. Code Geass R2 Episode 13 at 10m 30s

© SUNRISE/PROJECT GEASS Licensed by SUNRISE to Funimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Character Design ©2006 CLAMP · ST

Ignoring her was a mistake and more importantly a sign of how low of a priority she was in his life.

Lelouch knew that Shirly has feelings for him and she’s important to him so why did he not tell Sayoko to be careful around her. Sayoko kisses Shirley as Lelouch without even considering that it could be an issue.

It is addressed what happened later on but it was played off for laughs in a filler-style episode. Lelouch is so dense that he thinks getting her a gift is enough to show that he is apologetic (I understand that he initially gave it as a gift for missing the dates but it also could have been for the kissing event as well). Lelouch was completely dense to Shirley’s feelings.

Lelouch does not even realize by the end of R1 that Shirley is aware that was something was done to her. Instead, Lelouch still chose to ignore her. Every time that Shirley wants to talk he dismisses by either ignoring or promising to discuss it later. He even does this in the episode where they casually address Sayoko kissing Shirley. I understand he needs to keep her at a distance but can you really use that to justify every reason why Lelouch ignores her.

There comes a point where maybe it’s more than that maybe he does not have feelings for her. Or he used to. I understand the point about keeping those close to you but it’s not catch-all. And the other thing to note is that when Shirley could be useful for Lelouch all of sudden the keep her distant no longer applies. Which is too convenient for me.