The WORST Episodes of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

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On August 10th, 2010 the Holy Empire of Britannia began a campaign of conquest, its sights set on Japan. Deploying a humanoid weapon dubbed Knightmare Frame, Japan was quickly conquered, its rights and identity stripped away, the once proud nation now referred to as Area 11. Its citizens, Elevens, now forced to scratch out a living while the Brits live comfortably within their settlements. Pockets of resistance appear throughout Area 11, working towards independence for Japan, although without much success. However, the world's destiny changes as Lelouch, an exiled Imperial Prince of Britannia posing as a student, finds himself in the heart of the ongoing conflict. Through a chance meeting with a mysterious girl named C.C., Lelouch gains a mysterious power called Geass. Equipped with the power of the king, Lelouch may finally realize his dream of bringing Britannia down to its knees!

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The Stolen Mask

#1 - The Stolen Mask

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 9, 2006

Suzaku transfers into Ashford Academy and faces the scorn of the Britannian 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's Zero mask and a massive, comedic chase involving the entire student body follow. The Emperor of Britannia makes a speech during Prince Clovis' funeral on the virtues of inequality and the social battle for evolution and betterment.

star 7.55
501 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
The Day a New Demon Was Born

#2 - The Day a New Demon Was Born

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 5, 2006

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 Britannian 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.

star 7.61
622 votes
Directors: Noriaki Akitaya
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
The False Classmate

#3 - The False Classmate

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 19, 2006

Lelouch confronts Clovis about the murder of his mother, Marianne vi Britannia, before killing him. When he returns to Ashford Academy, he discovers that Kallen Kōzuki, one of the terrorists he helped in Shinjuku, attends the same school. The limitations to his newfound power are also revealed to him when he attempts to question her then erase her memory, so 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 Kururugi who is accused of the murder.

star 7.77
549 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
Refrain

#4 - Refrain

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 7, 2006

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.

star 7.85
498 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
The White Knight Awakens

#5 - The White Knight Awakens

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 12, 2006

Using his newfound power, Lelouch hijacks an enemy Sutherland and leads the rebels in a counterattack against the Britannian army, forcing Viceroy Clovis la Britannia to call for the release of an experimental Knightmare Frame, the Lancelot, piloted by Suzaku Kururugi. The Lancelot proves to be far superior to the previous Knightmare Frame models and Lelouch is forced to change his plans. Just as the Britannian Army corners the terrorists, Prince Clovis orders an immediate cease-fire, as he is being held at gunpoint by Lelouch.

star 7.91
573 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
Power of Passion

#6 - Power of Passion

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 22, 2008

Back at Ashford Academy, Sayoko Shinozaki is posing as Lelouch. Realizing the Eunuchs are not interested in saving Tianzi, Li Xingke rebels. As the Black Knights hold their ground against the Chinese Federation and Britannian forces, Zero tries to reason with the Eunuchs, who openly admit their treachery. When Xingke tries to shield Tianzi from the fighting, Zero personally enters into the field with his new Shinkirō Knightmare Frame. Diethard hacks into the Chinese media network and replays the Eunuchs' deceit, igniting riots across China. Faced with open rebellion, Schneizel orders a Britannian retreat and Xingke eliminates the Eunuchs and rescues his comrades. However, Kallen and the Guren have been handed over to Britannia. With the Eunuchs dead, Zero forges an alliance with Xingke and Tianzi. Lelouch returns to Ashford Academy, and is surprised to find Anya and Gino enrolled as students.

star 7.93
340 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
The School Festival Declaration

#7 - The School Festival Declaration

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 15, 2007

The Ashford Academy holds their annual school festival. Ohgi, Villeta, Euphemia, and Kallen all make their separate ways to the event. A series of close encounters risks the revealing of hidden identities, but all those involved escape. 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 and Nunnally, but Lelouch thinks otherwise, knowing she is being naive.

star 7.93
372 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
Love Attack!

#8 - Love Attack!

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 29, 2008

Lelouch is shocked that Sayoko has made him into a playboy. As he tries to work out a way to undo the damage, Milly declares Cupid Day, where any girl can become a boy's girlfriend by stealing his hat. Rolo and Sayoko help Lelouch avoid the female students trying to catch him. Alone, Lelouch and Shirley discuss recent events and trade hats. Elsewhere, Knight of One Bismark Waldstein informs the Emperor of a meeting between the princes and princesses about waging war against the Chinese Federation, where Schneizel decides threats and negotiation will work better than open war. Cornelia, determined to reveal the existence of Geass in order to clear Euphemia's name, confronts General Bartley, who begs her to help them, saying the Emperor's recent actions may destroy the world. While Suzaku and Lloyd discuss on the Guren, Nunnally visits Kallen in prison. Jeremiah arrives in Area 11 and uses his newly-acquired Geass Canceller on Shirley, restoring her memories of Zero's identity.

star 7.94
311 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
The Princess and the Witch

#9 - The Princess and the Witch

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 2, 2006

To Lelouch'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 li Britannia and ends up intervening in an internal Purist faction struggle. Meanwhile, Second Princess Cornelia li Britannia 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.

star 7.97
529 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
The Day a Demon Awakens

#10 - The Day a Demon Awakens

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 6, 2008

One year after the Black Rebellion, Lelouch Lamperouge has resumed his normal school life with no apparent memories of the year before. After skipping remedial gym class, he sets off with younger brother Rolo to gamble at Babel Tower. Led by C.C., the Order of the Black Knights launches an attack on the complex to retrieve Lelouch. C.C. reawakens Lelouch's memories, and he resumes his identity as Zero. Suzaku Kururugi declares to the Emperor that he will personally kill Zero.

star 7.97
412 votes
Directors: Noriaki Akitaya
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Imprisoned in Campus

#11 - Imprisoned in Campus

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 20, 2008

Lelouch returns to the Ashford Academy during the broadcast, causing Villeta Nu's Special Division to have doubts he was the Zero on television. Needing information on his sister's whereabouts, Lelouch sets a trap to turn Rolo into his pawn. Gilbert G.P. Guilford, Cornelia li Britannia's knight and acting Viceroy of Area 11, presents an ultimatum to Zero: reveal himself or let the incarcerated Black Knights face execution. Elsewhere, Suzaku leads the Britannian frontlines in the Lancelot in the war against the Euro Universe. Lelouch confronts Rolo, but Rolo's unique abilities allow him to gain the upper hand.

star 7.98
354 votes
Directors: Akira Toba
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Battle for Narita

#12 - Battle for Narita

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 21, 2006

The Black Knights' assault on the Britannian Army in Narita proves successful, and Cornelia is cornered by Kallen and Lelouch. The army is pinned down by the Japan Liberation Front when they attempt to assist her. At Euphemia's request, Suzaku rushes onto the battlefield in the Lancelot to rescue Cornelia. He saves Cornelia and manages to corner Lelouch. C.C. comes to Lelouch's rescue by mentally traumatizing Suzaku, but is injured when Suzaku begins firing wildly. As he takes care of her, Lelouch inadvertently learns her real name. The Black Knights retreat from the conflict in victory, leaving the Japan Liberation Front and the Britannian Army to fight amongst themselves.

star 7.98
482 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
The Black Knights

#13 - The Black Knights

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 23, 2006

A group from the Japan Liberation 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 with Ohgi's resistance, using his knowledge of Euphemia to barter his way past Cornelia's blockade. As Lelouch speaks with the hostage takers, Suzaku sinks the floating hotel using the Lancelot. Using explosives set up by the resistance fighters, Lelouch derails any rescue efforts by the army so he can take credit for their rescue. Broadcasting publicly to the nation, he announces the creation and purpose of his Order of the Black Knights, "allies of justice" who will judge the world and protect the weak from "those with power".

star 7.99
516 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
The Abandoned Mask

#14 - The Abandoned Mask

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 18, 2008

Nunnally is sworn in as the new Viceroy of Area 11, and reveals her intention to restore the Specially Administrated Zone of Japan. Knowing he cannot go against his sister's wishes, Lelouch slips into a state of depression. Before he relinquishes himself to Refrain, Kallen steps in, reminding him his duty as Zero to realize the dream he gave to the Japanese. An evesdropping Rolo emerges, attempting to persuade Lelouch to abandon his identity as Zero and return to being a high school student. Meanwhile, the Black Knights are under attack by a Britannian naval fleet, led by Suzaku. A glimmer of hope is revealed to Lelouch after he sees fireworks setting off at Ashford Academy. Rushing to the battlefield, he successfully leads the Black Knights to defeat the entire naval fleet and surprise Suzaku by appearing as Zero, announcing his intention to accept Nunnally's offer to join the Specially Administrated Zone of Japan.

star 7.99
343 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
The Messenger from Kyoto

#15 - The Messenger from Kyoto

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 4, 2007

Zero and the core members of the Black Knights meet with Taizō Kirihara, one of the most powerful people in the Japanese underground and an acquaintance of Lelouch from his younger days at the Kururugi Shrine. Lelouch deftly displays his tactical prowess and wit before Taizō and reveals 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.

star 8.01
480 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
His Name Is Zero

#16 - His Name Is Zero

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 26, 2006

The Purist faction within the Britannian Army scapegoats Suzaku for Clovis' death, planning to use him as an excuse to rid the army of Honorary Britannians. Lelouch 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, Lelouch 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 offers Suzaku the opportunity to turn against Britannia for falsely accusing him, but Suzaku refuses, wishing to change the Empire from within.

star 8.02
504 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
Geass Hunt

#17 - Geass Hunt

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 13, 2008

Rolo admits to causing Shirley's death; rather than blame Rolo, Lelouch blames the existence of Geass itself. In retaliation, he mounts an assault on the Geass Directorate, slaughtering every man, woman, and child within the stronghold. V.V. pilots the Siegfried in an effort to stop the Black Knights, but is defeated by both Lelouch and Cornelia. He escapes to the Thought Elevator, where Charles awaits, and when Lelouch follows he is transported to the Sword of Akasha. Meanwhile, Kallen and Nunnally discuss Lelouch. They are interupted by Suzaku, who, despite having been told that Shirley's death was a suicide, decides to interrogate Kallen using Refrain, in order to confirm his suspicion that Lelouch has become Zero again.

star 8.03
341 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
United Federation of Nations Resolution Number One

#18 - United Federation of Nations Resolution Number One

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 27, 2008

Forty-seven countries rally under the banner of the new United Federation of Nations, and their first declaration is to declare war on Britannia to liberate Japan. In anticipation, the Knights of Rounds and the bulk of Britannia's military force are transferred to Japan. Nina also asks to have the Lancelot equipped with her newly-developed F.L.E.I.J.A. (Field Limitary Effective Implosion Armament) bomb. The Emperor interrupts the Federation's announcement to challenge Zero to a battle for the world itself, since they are the only remaining powers in the world. Fearing for Nunnally's safety, Lelouch calls Suzaku and admits he's Zero, then begs Suzaku to rescue her. Suzaku agrees, but only on the condition that Lelouch meet him alone at the Kururugi Shrine.

star 8.04
338 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
Island of the Gods

#19 - Island of the Gods

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 1, 2007

The aftermath of the Avalon's arrival inexplicably leaves Lelouch, Euphemia, Kallen, and Suzaku on the island of Kaminejima. Suzaku encounters Kallen while Euphemia is found by Zero. Suzaku learns Kallen is a Black Knight and pilot of the Guren Mk-II, and in turn tells her about how he killed his father. Euphemia confirms her suspicions that Lelouch is Zero. Schneizel, Lloyd, and Cécile Croomy survey the island's ancient ruins. When Lelouch, Kallen, Suzaku, and Euphemia suddenly fall into the ruins, Lelouch and Kallen steal the prototype Knightmare Frame Gawain to escape. Elsewhere, the exiled Japanese government from seven years ago launches a full-scale assault on Kyūshū with the help of the Chinese Federation.

star 8.04
378 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
Knight

#20 - Knight

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 8, 2007

An inauguration ceremony of Clovis' memorial art museum is being held, with Euphemia judging the art works. Lelouch agrees to help Kyoshiro Tohdoh's comrades rescue their leader and Shirley finds an old crumpled letter detailing her previous knowledge of Zero's identity. During the rescue mission, Lelouch convinces Tohdoh 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 within, Lelouch 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.

star 8.04
409 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
Plan for Independent Japan

#21 - Plan for Independent Japan

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 13, 2008

Lelouch directs the Black Knights in a counterattack against the Britannian forces and recalls how he came to forget his past: after Suzaku arrested him and brought him back to Britannia a year ago, the Emperor used his Geass to implant false memories in Lelouch's mind. The new Knightmare Frame prototype Vincent arrives and wreaks havoc on the Black Knights. They collapse Babel Tower to retreat, simultaneously dropping it on Viceroy Carares and creating a road straight to the Chinese Federation Consulate, where the Black Knights escape to. Zero broadcasts his plan to recreate the United State of Japan. The Britannian military retreats, but the pilot of the Vincent, Rolo, is not so easily swayed. After arriving at the consul grounds, he confronts Li Xingke, revealing that he too possesses the power of Geass.

star 8.05
391 votes
Directors: Akira Toba
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Surprise Attack Over the Pacific

#22 - Surprise Attack Over the Pacific

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 11, 2008

Rolo uses his Geass to buy Lelouch time to say words of caution to Nunnally without revealing his reawakened memories to Suzaku. Unwilling to fight against Nunnally, Lelouch orders the Black Knights to capture her as she is transported to Area 11 by airship. Successfully boarding the vessel, Zero meets with her and tries to convince that Britannia is using her. Nunnally reveals she volunteered for the position, and states she wishes to continue Euphemia's Specially Administrated Zone of Japan, requesting a bewildered Zero to join her. Britannian reinforcements hinder the Black Knights' assault, and as the airship crashes into the sea, Suzaku manages to save Nunnally, taking her away from Lelouch a second time.

star 8.05
374 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
Emperor Dismissed

#23 - Emperor Dismissed

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 24, 2008

As the Emperor prepares to begin Ragnarok, Lelouch and Suzaku head to Kaminejima to face him. No longer restrained by his notions of wrong methods being meaningless, Suzaku strikes a deal with Schneizel to become the Knight of One, in exchange for assassinating the Emperor. Lelouch, using his Geass to its full potential, compels much of the Britannian military on the island to follow his commands. Meanwhile, the leaders of the Black Knights decide to declare Zero dead, as the truth will be far more difficult to swallow, but their story is doubted by others. Anya's mind is taken over by Marianne, who restores C.C.'s memories. The two begin to put their own plans into motion. At Kaminejima, Suzaku is held at bay by Bismarck, while Lelouch marches into the Sword of Akasha, through the Thought Elevator, unopposed. Knowing he cannot kill his father, Lelouch destroys the entrance, planning to seal them both inside for eternity.

star 8.08
347 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
Counterattack at the Gallows

#24 - Counterattack at the Gallows

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 27, 2008

Lelouch deduces the nature of Rolo's Geass and convinces Rolo to spare him; in return, he will hand over C.C. Li Xingke confronts the Eunuch Gao Hai and kills him to take command of the consulate. As the deadline approaches, Guilford prepares to execute the captured Black Knights, until Zero appears, challenging him to a duel. Using the same strategy from the Black Rebellion, he collapses the portion of the settlement they are standing on, causing confusion amongst the Britannian military as they are dumped into Chinese territory. While Kallen and the Black Knights rescue the prisoners, Rolo appears in the Vincent to kill Lelouch for his betrayal. However, Lelouch takes a bullet meant for Rolo, giving the youth pause. Lelouch plays on his insecurities about his future and sibling relationship, convincing him to join his cause.

star 8.10
349 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi
When Shen Hu Wins Glory

#25 - When Shen Hu Wins Glory

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 15, 2008

Lelouch successfully escapes with Empress Tianzi and the Black Knights attempt to unite with their Indian allies. Desperate to recover the Empress, the Eunuchs agree to forgive Li Xingke if he rescues her. To that end, he is granted use of the powerful Shenhu. Kallen intercepts him with the Guren Flight-Enabled Version, but its power runs out and she is taken hostage. Lelouch swears to rescue her, despite Diethard Reid's suggestion to retreat. Xingke demonstrates his skill as a strategist, forcing the Black Knights to retreat to a mountainside monument constructed as the tomb for the former Tianzi, hoping the Federation would be hesitant to attack. The Eunuchs turn on Xingke and his troops, having enlisted the aid of the Britannian forces. Meanwhile, another Lelouch is present at the Ashford Academy.

star 8.10
340 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Goro Taniguchi, Ichiro Okochi