Euphemia's not a Lacus Clone
I saw Gundam seed and I know that there are similarities between Lacus and Euphemia, just are there are similarities between Light and Lelouch. But if you have ever argued that Lelouch is an original character despite those similarities you should accept that Euphemia might have been conceived as a Lacus clone but can be viewed is being in some ways a very interesting and original character. Perhaps much more so than "that Light clone" Lelouch.
Originally Posted by wolfgirl90
I have read a lot of science fiction and have read about tens and hundreds and maybe thousands of protagonists, antagonists, and other characters, with intelligence and cleverness similar to Lelouch's. His intelligence and physical ineptness would make him a refreshing change of pace as a anime protagonist if he wasn't so evil. He could show Inuyasha, Ichigo, and a host of others a thing or two. But in the world of written science fiction he is a somewhat more familiar type of character.
Your idea that Euphemia is a comparatively ordinary character may be due to lack of interest. I just considered her a very nice minor character until I saw Lelouch shoot her for no good reason. My anger at first was just for the evilness of the murder,and would have been almost as great if the victim had been as evil as Kallen, or CC, or Cornelia, or Ogri, or Kaguya, or Suzaku in the second season, or any of the other numerous villains in Code Geass.
But as I thought about it more and more I noticed more and more interesting facets to Euphemia. CC is obviously a mysterious character with her geass powers. But Euphemia resisted the evil geass command to kill the Japanese at first (probably because it was evil and not because it was a geass command) and seemed to have mostly escaped from the control of the geass when she was talking to Lelouch, probably due to continued subconscious resistance to the geass. Possibly Euphemia is a more mysterious character than CC.
Euphemia seems to have low self esteem for a girl who is probably idolized by millions of strangers. She is polite to other people but doesn't react much when Kallen insults her, as if she has been trained to consider herself worthless. She greets her brother Schneitzel warmly in "island of the Gods", after he zapped her with a ray which teleported her into the ocean where she might have been drowned - she doesn't seem to care that he endangered her.
I suspect that she has been humiliated, insulted, and mistreated in private by most members of the imperial family and perhaps the higher nobility, for reasons unknown. Perhaps a group that large will always have a few pariahs and Euphemia just seemed odd enough to naturally become one of them.
Possibly Euphemia's only childhood friends were Lelouch and Nunnally and she had no friends her own age after they were lost (except possibly friends at school) until she met Suzaku. Possibly Cornelia was the only person who loved Euphemia after Lelouch and Nunnaly were lost.
In "Black Knight" Euphemia was held hostage for hours, revealed her true identity in the hope of getting the other hostages released, and then talked rather calmly with her brother's killer in a room full of dead bodies. Perhaps she was just born calm, or perhaps she has had experiences which got her used to that type of thing. Experiences which don't fit into the usual picture of her life before coming to Japan.
Anyway, I see a lot of hints that if Euphemia had been the protagonist, antagonist, or other major character, of a series she could have become one of the most interesting characters in anime.
As for your statements about making a fuss about a cartoon character who is already dead, a lot of Code geass fans hope to see Lelouch come back somehow. Your words remind me of what someone might have said to a Sherlock Holmes fan in 1895 or 1898 that it was no use getting upset about a fictional character who was already dead. (In the "The Final Problem", published 1893, fictional date 1891). But the fans did get Holmes to return in "The Empty House" (published 1903, fictional date 1894).
And I want Euphemia to return.
"I want Euphemia alive and Lelouch dead. But I guess I can settle for Euphemia and Lelouch alive."[/quote]