I’m confused. Did he somehow survive getting gutted with a broad sword by Suzaku at the end of season 2, or is this just a stupid what if?
So there were a couple of posts I saw a long time ago that summarised the answer in great detail, see below:
Lelouch was in direct contact with Charles when he was absorbed. It's not a stretch to think that Charles' code was passed to Lelouch during this rather than also being absorbed or vanishing. Code and Geass are likely connected to the collective subconscious and Code may be an immortal force in itself that has to transfer. I'm speculating though.
While speculating, the following points should be mentioned:
1. C.C saying she was wrong about Geass resulting in a life of solitude being wrong can mean he survived and would live with her OR that he has died and his soul is in C's world with his friends. The latter is less likely as death is almost inevitable so Geass is irrelevant to this (most Geass users do not reach the point of equality with the granter of Geass).
2. While the implication is a Geass user obtains the power to kill the giver and receive their code once it is powerful enough exists, it is never specifically noted that the Geass gives only the power to kill the 'master'. It is however said that powerful Geass puts the holder in the same position as the one who granted the Geass (this alone could be viewed that powerful Geass is equal to Code but I'll continue anyway). Combine this with the fact that Charles had the ability to kill C.C once he had V.V's Code suggests that the power to kill those with Code is not limited to just the powerful Geass holder but anyone on an equal standing.
3. The only information on the actual transfer of Code we have is that it appears to require physical contact. While V.V's death was not witnessed, Charles needed to be in contact with C.C during his attempt at killing her. It is entirely possible that as Lelouch was the last contact Charles had, it was transferred by force, accident or luck. In addition to this, Lelouch specifically prevented Suzaku from getting involved with the standoff between him and Charles' and his final words when he had achieved the double-eye Geass to Charles were "be gone". It can be seen that this command may have ended Charles' life, not the absorbtion which would mean the Code transfers to him. It is possible this was planned by Lelouch.
4. The scene of C.C crying for Lelouch can be interpreted as her mourning his inevitable death - the price of his path. This is not within the character of C.C who has seen many she cared for pass and herself has wished for death - it is more likely that C.C understood Lelouch was bound by Code but would have to live nameless and in hiding with the weight of his guilt for those he had killed and lost on his back forever and that he would not be able to live with the sister he loved and who was his inspiration and purpose for making the world a more peaceful place. That is a greater price to pay than his mere death.
5. While the above strongly imply Lelouch survived, the constant within the series is only those prepared to die should kill and that the king should lead. It would appear that Lelouch understood this from the beginning and intended to die. The only part that breaks this is the following: Lelouch is a highly intelligent individual. It is almost absurd to think that his intention from the beginning or even from Episode 19 was to die, leaving Nunally to mourn him. While Lelouch' understanding of emotions is sometimes detached, he does grasp grief and I cannot think that his plan was to inflict that on the sister he adored. It seems to me that his hand was forced by Schnizel and the choice was to either retreat and leave the world as it was before or to take victory but at the cost of his apparent death. Unlike the previous decision, he did not retreat but took the victory with the consequences (this also shows he had grown and changed).
6. It is known that Geass is not revoked by the loss of the Geass granter: V.V died and Rolo as well as the Knight of One retained their powers. It would seem that Geass is only lost where the Geass holder takes the Code of their granter making it possible that Lelouch received Charles' Code and retained Geass from C.C.
My view is he survived, however, I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. With all he did to create the world anew and with his intelligence it would be hard not to consider all the alternative methods he could have employed to obtain his goals and how he could've avoided the loss of those he cared about. This alone would be a rather terrible punishment, combined with the sense of duty he would feel to ensure the world did not fall back into violent and oppressive ways and to march forward with time but being unable to be himself again fully.. His death would be the easier way out even if his grave would be marked by hatred by the world and his efforts not appreciated fully by the people he saved. In fact, it would be quite a hollow end to think that all the sacrifices made were for the purpose of hatred directed at Lelouch. Perhaps the intention was for it to be that dark - the only way to unite mankind is through mutual hatred rather than cooperation.
Lelouch dies at the end of the series plain and simple... the question is whether or not he is resurrected. Based on the many clues throughout the series, it is my opinion that he is alive at the end based on the following evidence:
1. It is never explictly said that one must kill the code bearer in order to receive immortality, and it is hinted that this is not the case. All that is said to be required is that the Geass user attains a certain level of mastery over their abilities (i.e. permanent Geass in both eyes). When Charles takes V.V. code before entering the world of c he leaves V.V. dying of his injuries NOT because Charles killed him outright.
2. In the world of c Lelouch awakens his full Geass ability which leads to the immortal Charles beginning to disappear from existence. Before he goes, Charles reaches out to grab C.C. but instead grabs Lelouch by the throat. If you watch this scene closely, youll see that he grabs Lelouch with the hand that has the code. It is therefore likely that Lelouch claims Charles code before Charles dies.
3. The code only activates when its carrier dies as shown by Lelouch being able to use Geass on Charles, commanding him to die. Therefore, when Lelouch is killed by Zero/Suzaku the code would activate allowing him to come back.
4. Nunnally sees Lelouch's memories during the scene in which Lelouch dies. Code bearers are the only ones who have this ability as shown by C.C. many times throughout the series.
5. In the series the only progression of Geass user to code bearer involves the code being taken from the person who gave them Geass (Charles takes from V.V., C.C. takes from the nun). However, there is no evidence that someone who has a strong enough Geass cannot take the code from someone who did not give them Geass. Therefore, at the end of the series C.C. would still have immortality from her code, while Lelouch would have Charles' code and the Geass given by C.C. He would therefore attain CODE GEASS.
6. The subtitle of the last season is Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion or R2 for short. It just so happens that V.V. and C.C. (pronouced V2 and C2) are the two primary code bearers in the series. Because there is no L in Japanese to English translations, (think engrish) Lelouch is written instead as Rurūshu. In other words Lelouch is R.R. or R2!
7. C.C. is happy at the end of the series. While it was her wish to die, this was because she had grown tired of living, having noone who would share more than a short time with her. She had forgotten what it meant to be human and have feelings. Over the course of the show it is heavily implied that she loves Lelouch and more than a few times (including the episode where she fights Kallen) she says that she couldnt believe that she was interested in the results of something. Had Lelouch died for good at the end of the series she would not be happy, she would be upset considering the fact that she loved him and that she wouldnt be able to die once again.
8. C.C. talks to Marianne most of the series because of Marianne's unique Geass. As Marianne is dead and Lelouch did not have that ability, it doesnt make sense that she would just be talking to herself during the cart scene. She also says at the end that the power of kings brings only lonliness, but that wasnt totally true and then looks up and says "Right Lelouch?" It is pretty clear she was talking to the driver of the cart the immortal Lelouch!
So yeah, pretty sure he survives the series to live on with C.C. and see the world he created. In a way he is dead, as he is forced to give up everything to do it including his sister, Suzaku, Kallen, all of his friends and his very existence as Lelouch. It is a bittersweet ending to be sure, and one that fits perfectly with the nature of the series.
Yep. That's pretty much what half of the fanbase used to believe...
...and then Taniguchi went on to crush their dreams by repeating several times that Lelouch is indeed as dead as a dodo.
So no. Lelouch was truly killed, and now they will somehow ''resurrect'' him. How they will manage to do so without it being a deus ex machina, no-one knows, and according to the bitter audience, it will be just that.
If you care enough, you may go search for CodeGeassFan83's "List of Official Statements" page, where your hopes shall be crushed even more by layers of citations, quotes and interview cutouts.
Hahaha anyway next year will be able to know the truth.But i still want to believe that he gained the code of his father and he become immortal so that cc would never be alone again.
Oh, how I wish that was the truth. And perhaps that did happen, in some alternate universe far from Goro's iron grip... I hear those are called "fanfics".
If only most of them weren't written by illiterates... grumble grumble.
Basic spelling and grammar is hard apparently. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Depends if you think that's him in the raw version. If it was then I'm guessing that's where the anime offically, or initially, or at first, made the decision to deviate from the manga. Making it it's own canon.
Deviate from the manga.
from the manga.
Deviate from the [EXPLETIVE DELETED] manga.
CODE GEASS IS AN ANIME-ORIGINAL SERIES. The manga was only made AFTER IT, and is in fact NON-CANON. For the love of Aurora, do your research, people.
Lelouch is dead, Lelouch ist tot, Rurūshu wa shinde iru. Re;surrection is released in four days. Just be patient, and we will see how his resurrection is pulled off.
The LotR manga is a "parallel world" to the original anime, just as the movie trilogy, Re;surrection, and light novels are.
What do you think?