|“||I am a prince on a white stallion. A prince must always rescue the princess.||„|
|~ Mao to C.C.|
Mao is a minor yet pivotal antagonist in the first season of the anime series, Code Geass. He is a Chinese orphan who was given the power of Geass by C.C.. His Geass manifests in the form of mind-reading, which eventually went out of control and drove him insane. C.C. promised to stay with him always, as she was the only one whose mind he couldn't read. However, she eventually left him as he was unable to fulfill his side of their contract.
He is voiced by Takeshi Kusao in the Japanese version and Ezra Weisz in the English version, the latter of whom also voices Yylfordt Granz.
At first glance, Mao seems a little off, from there on its topsy turvy all the way through the numerous layers of madness.
He is extremely sadistic, merciless, despiteful, threatening, and contemptuous, relishing the anguish he causes Lelouch when he threatens to blow up his sister and also when he shoots C.C. multiple times in Clovisland.
Though able to keep up a somewhat reasonable and trustworthy persona in the open he obviously does not belong in crowds, his giddy mannerism and emotionally immature personality coupled with zero empathy makes him dangerously unpredictable. As with Lelouch, he has his own opinion on how the world should be, a wide open wasteland with no one in it, other than him and C.C.
Mao is surprisingly strong despite his thin frame, though like Lelouch, he is obviously ill suited for extreme physical activity. He makes up for this by being an excellent shot, which is shown during his showdown with C.C in Clovisland, shooting the gun pointed at him out of her hand before she can pull the trigger. He is also extremely resilient, able to survive multiple shots by several police officers (though he credited his recovery to Britannian medical science).
Mao's Geass power allows him to read the minds of anyone within a spherical range of 500 meters (radius) x 300 meters (height), either all at once or from a specific individual if he concentrates on them, though his range is reduced when he focuses on a single target. Mao's Geass differs from Lelouch's on several key areas, but both allows control of other individuals; Mao controls people by reading their darkest and most inner thoughts, then using this knowledge to manipulate them, as shown through his manipulation of Shirley. However, because his Geass ability can't be turned off, he often struggles to think for himself unless he listens to his recordings of C.C..