|Knights of the Round|
|Leader(s)||Bismarck Waldstein (deceased)|
Suzaku Kururugi (formerly)
|Founding||a.t.b. 18th Century|
|First Appearance||Plan For Independent Japan|
|Last Appearance||Emperor Lelouch|
The Knights of the Round (ナイトオブラウンズ, Naito Obu Raunzu) or formerly known as the 12 Horsemen is a unit of twelve elite knights in the Holy Britannian Empire, each being assigned into the group by royalty and under direct command of the Emperor. The Knights of the Round date back to at least the 18th century, with the first Knight of One being Sir Richard Hector. Named after the Arthurian Knights of the Round Table, they operate outside the standard Britannian military and are given special privileges and authority.
Aside from the Knight of One, there were no known distinctions in privileges between the numbers as they existed in the era; however, all Knights of the Round are given a higher rank than many nobles, excluding members of the imperial family. Regardless of birth as a Britannian commoner or a Number, all members of the Knights of the Round are given a form of authority as seen with Suzaku who ordered Lloyd, an Earl, to give him the Lancelot Albion. During Lelouch's era, nobility is no longer awarded to the Knights of the Round and all of its' members were stripped of their nobility. However, all Knights of the Round were still given a high position of authority in the Britannian military and in political matters.
The Knight of One may request governance of any colonial area of his choosing from the Emperor. After a person is captured for assaulting a knight, the knight can then decide the fate of the captured person, as seen after an attempt to assassinate Suzaku by an Eleven; he was asked for the severity of the punishment for the Eleven. Only eight of the twelve Knights have been revealed. Former members are later revealed to be the leaders of the Four Knights of Order in Euro Britannia in Code Geass Akito The Exiled. The Code Geass novels explain that not all of the seats are filled, so those featured might be the only active members. A Knight of the Round cannot be punished for his crimes by anyone other than the Britannian Emperor, as shown when Schneizel was unable to punish Suzaku for meeting with Lelouch behind his back.
A special title, the Knight of Zero, was created by Lelouch vi Britannia following his ascension to the throne. This title was specifically given to Suzaku Kururugi, who was thereby classified as a Knight of the Round above all others, giving him the highest authority as a Britannian Knight, even over the Knight of One. This name is also a double entendre, as the Knight of Zero suggests that he is Zero, or Lelouch's, knight, and he is higher than the Knight of one, which going by the numbering order, zero would be higher than one in this case.
Suzaku Kururugi, Anya Alstreim, Gino Weinberg and Nonette Enneagram are the only Knights of the Round members who are confirmed to have survived the events of R2.
|Suzaku Kururugi (Knight of Zero) - (Previously Knight of Seven)|
|Bismarck Waldstein (Knight of One) - (Previously Knight of Five) (Deceased)|
|Gino Weinberg (Knight of Three)|
|Dorothea Ernst (Knight of Four) - (Deceased)|
|Anya Alstreim (Knight of Six)|
|Nonette Enneagram (Knight of Nine)|
|Luciano Bradley (Knight of Ten) - (Deceased)|
|Monica Krushevsky (Knight of Twelve) - (Deceased)|
|Beatrice Franks (Knight of Two) - (Former)|
|Michele Manfredi (Knight of Two) - (Former) (Deceased)|
|Marianne vi Britannia (Knight of Six) - (Former) (Deceased)|
|Olivia Zevon (Unknown)|
|Christoph Chamberlain (Knight of One) - (Renya of Darkness)|
|Victoria (Knight of Eight) - (Renya of Darkness)|
|Barbaros (Knight of Thirteen) - (Renya of Darkness)|
By the end of the anime, it is assumed that only four of the Knights of the Round, from Charles zi Britannia's era, are currently alive. Suzaku Kururugi lives as the new Zero, though he is officially labeled dead to the local public, assisting empress Nunnally in remaking Britannia. Gino Weinberg resumes attending Ashford Academy as part of Rivalz's Student Council. Anya Alstreim was seen cultivating an orange farm with Jeremiah. In Oz the Reflection O2, Nonette Enneagram is shown to have joined Schneizel's faction with the former Glinda Knights but did not take part in Bismarck Waldstein's failed coup d'état to overthrow Lelouch. After she discovers Schneizel's plan and that he had Cornelia shot, she boards the Damocles mid-Battle of Mt. Fuji to retrieve her, after which she withdraws from the battle. She later joins the rebellion against him by joining the Zevon siblings in there battle to destroy Damocles. After Lelouch is assassinated, she joins the reformed Glinda Knights under Oldrin Zevon .
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
Code Geass: The MangaEdit
Knights of the Round have lesser emphasis in the manga due to the appearance of Suzaku, Gino, and Anya. They appear to have dissolved due to Emperor Lelouch's ascension to the throne as well as after Zero Requiem.
Code Geass: Oz the ReflectionEditIn this manga and photo-novel spin-offs Knights of the Round, namely Monica Kruszewski and Nonette Enneagram, got more expanded characterisation than in original series. After Lelouch's ascension to the throne, the rest of the Knights discussed with Schneizel of how to deal with Lelouch only to end up being interrupted by Nunnally's personal request regarding her brother and as a result, the deal was shattered with the latter two attempting to stop Lelouch in their own ways.
Nightmare of NunnallyEdit
In the manga spin-off Nightmare of Nunnally, a group of former knights of the kingdom are revived by Charles zi Britannia's Geass "The Dead Rise." They each pilot Sutherland Sieg-like Knightmares. The only named member of this group is Bismarck Waldstein.
In the spin-off game, Code Geass: Lost Colors, Nonette Enneagram appears as a Knight of Round and acts as a mentor to the protagonist character. Her appearance in Code Geass R2 is a salute to her appearance in the game, despite not having any role in the anime.
Renya of DarknessEdit
After the death of Emperor Aurelien, assassination of Crown Prince Basilio, and disappearance of Knight of One Christoph Chamberlain, Britannia broke into a season of struggle for power, with various factions supporting various Royal lines. Without anyone to administer the Knights of the Round, they scattered. Two members, Victoria and Barbaros, joined Lorenzo il Soresi's faction.