Judging from the sheer weight put his dialogue with the eunuchs; I’d imagine that his disgust for the idea of harming her was pretty genuine. It’s pretty obvious that Sunrise is pushing Lelouch further into the light, and with that in consideration, it’s unlikely that they’d just throw stuff like than in there for the hell of it.
It probably wasn’t his intention from the very beginning, but the whole ‘gun to empress’ dead’ was still a strategy that wouldn’t have any meaning if he actually harmed her. >>13105943
1. Because Britannia is a genocidally corrupt monster-empire? Isn’t that enough of a reason for a ‘hero’ to choose the underdogs. And besides, if he could fuck up the BL’s, who had continually been making Britannia’s generals look like amateurs, then logic dictates that he could fucking wreck the arsehole of the Britannian military.
2. So you say. I don’t see any proof of him really following Euphemia’s dream, though. As DIVIDEBYZERO episode showed, the memory of her is clearly enough to stop him at the edge of tragedy (for now), but he’s still strayed away from her ideal of peace via… well… peace. And on top of that, he’s manipulating the people Euphemia loved in order to secure his revenge (Nunnally). As for ‘no underhanded tactics on the battlefield’ – yeah, of course. He’s not Lelouch. Suzaku has skill, but not a great deal of intelligence. Having a hax mech and a vast army pretty much eliminates the need for tactics, anyway.
- Lelouch was right there, too. But he wasn’t a twat who offed his own father, only to then try to spend the rest of his life trying to justify that decision, convincing himself that Britannia’s victory is always inevitable.