For the episode, see The Black Knights (episode).
Various members of the Black Knights in a.t.b. 2017
The Order of the Black Knights
Founder(s) Zero (Lelouch vi Britannia)
Leader(s) Zero (Lelouch vi Britannia)
Zero (Suzaku Kururugi)
Kaname Ohgi
Kyoshiro Tohdoh
Kallen Kozuki (Temporarily)
Li Xingke
Headquarters Horai Island
Historical Information
Formed from Japanese Resistance
Japan Liberation Front
Kyōto House
Founding a.t.b. 2017
Notable Members
See below
Real World
First Appearance The Black Knights
Last Appearance Re;
Other Information
See the United Federation of Nations
Geass Sigil + Sword

The Order of the Black Knights (黒の騎士団, Kuro no kishidan) are a group of vigilante rebels who fight against the Holy Britannian Empire. Founded by Zero, they define themselves as the "allies of justice", and differentiate themselves from other terrorists groups such as the Japan Liberation Front, who take hostages and kill civilians, though this may simply be a tactic to increase public support and recruitment. Most members are former Japanese, many of whom have defected from other insurgent groups, though many other peoples, even Britannians may be found among their ranks. Their logo is a Geass Sigil with a sword through it, the same logo used in the spinoff Nightmare of Nunnally, by the Geass Order. After the ratification of the Union States Charter, the Black Knights became the military force of the United Federation of Nations.


Zero introduces the Black Knights to the world as an organization which protects those without power from those who have it. Under his leadership, the Black Knights grow in strength exponentially, becoming a force rivaling the Britannian army. At the end of the first season, Lelouch declares the formation of the United States of Japan, a nation of acceptance and tolerance where any and all can seek refuge.

Though Lelouch reorganizes the Black Knights to form a structured hierarchy and chain of command, the Black Knights rely heavily on his masterful strategies, unable to act effectively when he has not given them specific orders. During the Black Rebellion in the first season finale, the group falls apart when Lelouch suddenly takes leave. In the process, both senior knights, Yoshida and Inoue, along with Kizuna Kagesaki, are killed. Several key members are arrested by Britannia, while others go into hiding.

Black Knight Remnants

The remnants of the Black Knights.

After having his memories restored in the second season, Lelouch works to form a larger alliance of nations known as the United States of Japan to fight Britannia. He arranges the exile of the Black Knights from Japan for this purpose, making their new base of operations on an artificial island off the coast of China. He starts by returning control of the Chinese Federation to its Empress, making them his first ally.

With the formation of the United Federation of Nations, the Black Knights was contracted to serve it's military force as well a protector of all U.F.N. member states, in exchange for their continued funding, manpower, and support.

After the second battle of Tokyo, a Britannian envoy carrying Schneizel el Britannia lands on the Black Knights' flagship - Ikaruga. In a meeting with a majority of the Black Knights' core members, Schneizel reveals Zero's true identity and Geass as well as insinuating that Lelouch has used his Geass to make them nothing more than his pawns. This, along with Villetta and Ohgi's testimony further drives a wedge among the Black Knights. Following Ohgi's suggestion, the Black Knights decided to betray Lelouch in exchange for the liberation of Japan. Diethard convinces the others to announce that Zero died of injuries sustained in battle, as no one would believe the truth and they would be stripped of their positions if they tried to explain it. Kallen later takes the role temporarily.

Ohgi is forced to reveal the truth to Kaguya and Xingke when Lelouch causes a rebellion within the Emperor's forces. A month later, the Black Knights are stunned when Lelouch takes the Britannian throne for himself. After Lelouch conquered Japan and took the UFN leaders hostage, they allied themselves with Schneizel's forces to oppose Lelouch.

After the Black Knights were defeated by Lelouch, Suzaku took up the mantle of Zero. He proceeded to kill Lelouch in order to complete the Zero Requiem. Afterwards, Suzaku has become the new leader of the new incarnation of the Black Knights.


Core Members circa 2017 a.t.b

Former Resistance members
Kaname Ohgi
Kallen Kōzuki
Kent Sugiyama
Shinichirō Tamaki
Yoshitaka Minami
Naomi Inoue (KIA)
Toru Yoshida (KIA)
Black Knights Core Members

Statistics of Core Members of the Black Knights

Former Japan Liberation Front members
Kyoshiro Tohdoh
Nagisa Chiba
Shōgo Asahina (KIA)
Ryōga Senba (KIA)
Kōsetsu Urabe (KIA)
Kyōto House
Kaguya Sumeragi
Taizō Kirihara (Executed by Britannia)
Tatsunori Osakabe (Executed by Britannia)
Hidenobu Kubouin (Executed by Britannia)
Tousai Munakata (Executed by Britannia)
Hiroyosi Yoshino (Executed by Britannia)
Other members
Diethard Ried (KIA)
Rakshata Chawla
Kizuna Kagesaki (KIA)
Kinoshita (KIA)

Organizational Structure circa 2018 a.t.b

Zero (Lelouch vi Britannia; Founder)
The Black Knights

The Black Knights after the restructure.

Lelouch vi Britannia (As Emperor)
Zero (Suzaku Kururugi)
Kallen Kōzuki (temporarily)
General Commander
Li Xingke
General Secretary
Kaname Ohgi
Head of the Joint Staff
Kyoshiro Tohdoh
Deputy Chief
Zhou Xianglin
Secretary of Media and Intelligence
Diethard Ried
Science Secretary
Rakshata Chawla
Special Forces/ Zero Division Captain
Kallen Kōzuki
First Squad Commander
Shōgo Asahina
Second Squad Commander
Hong Gu
Third Squad Commander
Indira Tharoor
Fourth Squad Commander
Nagisa Chiba
Fifth Squad Commander
Ahmad Khayrallah
Sixth Squad Commander
Nguyen Van Nguu
Seventh Squad Commander
Frederik Szymanowski
Ikaruga Captain
Yoshitaka Minami
Commander of Special Forces
Kent Sugiyama
Interior Custodian
Shinichirō Tamaki
Deputy Science Secretary
Sonthi Khun-moo
Ikaruga Operators
Mutsuki Minase
Ichijiku Hinata
Ayame Futaba


The Black Knights were originally funded by a small group of Japanese businessmen called the Kyoto House who secretly work against Britannian rule.

In the second season, they begin negotiations with the Chinese Federation, who grant them Penglai Island and now serve as the contracted military force for the United Federation of Nations, who are funding their operations. Officially they are not affiliated with any nations, but a majority of their equipment and members derive from the United States of Japan and the United States of China.

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