Every once in a while, we come across characters that would someday be the greatest in anime history. Such characters shine bright among the rare stand of truly brilliant ones. It is at times like this that the genius in character writing for writers is tested. With the right amount of twisty traits and balanced harmony of ethics, Lelouch vi Britannia was presented to us. Lelouch is far from being a generic anime protagonist. Perhaps the term ‘an anti-hero’ has never suited a character as well as it suits him. It is not difficult to attach to the character within the first two episodes. If you are still wondering who he is and what anime Lelouch is from, you have come to the right place. Let us begin with a quick character study first.
When it was stated that Lelouch is far different from a generic hero, I meant it. He recognizes the worth of power and uses it to alter things from the ground level. His philosophies differ in ways that you would be swayed to agree with his thoughts. He puts on a mask, becomes a hero, and when the time comes, he makes sure to bestow himself the justice he had bestowed upon other evildoers. Throughout the story, we would see him from different angles. Mostly as a caring older brother or a hero of justice, and sometimes as a friend and an enemy.
Let’s take a walk through the common questions asked: What anime is Lelouch from? Are Zero and Lelouch the same person? How did Lelouch die? How was he resurrected? Lelouch is one of those rare characters that can be discussed over and over again without being tired.
Lelouch Lamperouge is the protagonist of the original anime series, Code Geass. The series was created by Goro Taniguchi and Ichiro Okouchi in 2006. In 2007, a light novel was adapted from the series under the same name.
Lelouch gains the power of the King’s Geass from a woman named CC. A Geass is a supernatural power of sorts. The King’s Geass gives the user the power of absolute obedience. Meaning, whatever he commands will be obeyed by the influenced one. He uses the power to make the world a better place to live for his sister, Nunnally. As the story progresses, we learn more of Lelouch’s personality, his bright and dark sides.
Lelouch was exiled and then found his home in Japan. He saw the terror of Britannia, which somewhat traumatized him. Britannia had a lust for power and was on a run for world conquest, inconsiderate of the people they trampled in the way. Thus, he decided to stand against Britannia, his own origin, and takes up a mask. He takes up the name Zero and becomes the leader of the Black Knight.
Thus, yes, Zero and Lelouch are the same people. Lelouch becomes Zero to use his powers against the power-hungry Britannia.
After achieving his goals of cleaning the country from the scums previously in power, Lelouch understands that he too had dirtied his hands enough in politics. He described it as destroying the world to create a new one.
Towards the end, Lelouch asks Suzaku to take up the role of Zero. He entrusts him to kill Lelouch to depict the win of the nation against the ruthless Britannia. Lelouch dies by sacrificing himself with honor in the hands of the hero he had created, Zero.
Lelouch’s corpse is acquired, and CC decides to reverse his death. She does so by regenerating his body organs for him. However, although he comes back to life, things do not go as smoothly as his memories remain trapped in C’s world.
It is only after CC rescues Lelouch from C’s world that he regains his memories and returns to his normal state.