Re: Who reigns supreme: Light/Kira or Lelouch/Zero (Analysis)
Obviously I'm biased here, but I'd have to say Lelouch by far is better. Both Light and Lelouch received great character development throughout their stories, but in terms of overall awesomeness? I'd side with Lelouch without a doubt.
The thing about Light is that he was intelligent and had good intentions......for about like 5 episodes. Sure, you could say it was his form of "justice" but I'd say that after he killed Raye Penber he completely lost sight of his original goal. A "just" world where good citizens are to reside? More like a world where anyone who pisses you off or doesn't agree with your views 100% dies. Light was the kind of character who started off good, but went crazy with power and it distorted him as a human being. Lelouch took pretty drastic measures himself, but unlike Light he retained his humanity throughout the whole series. I'd say the two are inverses. Light is the guy who acts like he cares about people but doesn't, while Lelouch is the one who pretends he does not care about anybody in spite actually having a heart.
A big problem with Light? His pride. It always, always gets in his way and is responsible for every single flaw he makes. This is seen really early on in how he takes L's bait with Lind L. Tailor. I initially assumed that it was an idiotic move, but it wasn't really "idiocy" but rather that Light is childish and arrogant. He's the type who dares any opponents to come at him so he can prove his worth and crush them. Unfortunately, this bratty attitude causes him a lot of trouble and, eventually, his whole battle. Lelouch's blunders? Usually come through unforeseeable circumstances (the permanent Geass deal in particular, which was probably the one major plot-induced thing about Geass that bothered me). Lelouch's blunders come from such unfair situations and from his moral turmoil over whether or not he is making the right choice because of how he affects those around him. Light never, ever considers this beyond the first 3 episodes.
And of course, the conclusion. Don't wanna ruin the story for people who haven't seen both so I'll put a spoiler tag here:
And this is why I cannot say that Light is superior to Lelouch. Part of it is that I find Light to be a particularly unlikable (though very, very well developed) character by the end of the series, but regardless, Lelouch's development as a character is more impressive and, in my eyes, the achievements he made also were much more fascinating.