La Résistance: They're assassins of the revolutionary army tasked to kill certain people in the Empire to weaken the Prime Minister and collect Teigu from fallen soldiers to strengthen their forces.
Pay Evil unto Evil: The Night Raid explain to Tatsumi that even if they're doing it for the greater good, nothing changes the fact that at the end of the day they are murderers and they will have to continue to be so until the Empire is reformed.
Pragmatic Hero: Every member of the Night Raid are genuinely good people at heart but know that in order to change the corrupt state of the empire that they will need to be merciless against anyone that stands in their way.
Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Even with the quite eccentric personalities of each member they all still manage to efficiently work together as an assassination group.
True Companions / Fire-Forged Friends: Every member has absolute trust and confidence in each others' abilities and lives if need be. If something happens to one of their members they're instantly devastated and seeks vengeance for them so long as it doesn't put the rest of the group and their mission at risk.
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō
The main protagonist of the story who embarked on a quest towards the capitol in hopes of joining the military and earning enough money to send back to his impoverished village. After narrowly escaping an evil ploy by sadistic nobles Tatsumi soon learns about the true corruption within the Empire and is recruited into the ranks of Night Raid whose task is to rid the Empire of this corruption by slaying the wicked. Further on whilst competing in a fighting tournament sponsored by the Empire he unknowingly manages to steal Esdeath's heart who unceremoniously decides to make Tatsumi her lover, much to his discomfort.Tatsumi is widely regarded by many, both allies and enemies, to have an immense amount of hidden potential despite his young age. Lacking the skill and experience of his fellow allies in Night Raid, he makes up for the fact by becoming increasingly more powerful with every battle, with his rapid growth rate being noted by stronger members such as Akame and Bulat.
Accidental Pervert: The day he needs to go on a mission with Mine, he enters her room without knocking to wake her up and ends up walking in on her changing. She then starts shooting him.
Adorkable: Quite popular with the ladies and also prone to getting laughed at for his silly mannerisms by the other members of Night Raid.
Badass: It's a given when you can survive battles against the best assassins and soldiers the empire has to offer.
Badass in Distress: Played with. When Esdeath abducts him, she has no intention of hurting him and isn't aware of the fact that he's a member of Night Raid and is put into a worse distress when Syura traps him inside the palace in front of Budo and Esdeath who finally learns that he is a Night Raider.
Badass Normal: Could stand up to Teigu users despite having no Teigu.
Combat Pragmatist: He ends up fighting one of the Rakshasa demons, who he knows is stronger and more skilled than him. How does he beat his opponent? He destroys the building that both of them are in, bringing it down on top of the Rakshasa demon's head.
Country Mouse: He comes from an impoverished village in the countryside that he wishes to save by earning money in the capital.
Cute Bruiser: He's a young boy, but his fighting style involves getting close to the enemy and delivering many swift and powerful attacks.
Dead Person Impersonation: Due to the fact that all witnesses at the scene were put unconscious by Nyau's Scream and the Three Beasts were all slain by the efforts of Tatsumi and Bulat, the Empire had no information of the recently deceased Bulat. Since Bulat was known as the sole owner of Incursio, Tatsumi's inheritance of the Teigu has the Empire mistakenly believe that Bulat is still at large.
Dragged by the Collar: After collaring him in the arena, she tried to drag Tatsumi off like this. When that failed, she just knocked him out.
Enemy Mine: Played with. After witnessing his abilities in a local fighting tournament, Esdeath drags him to the palace in the hopes of inducting him into Jaegers—and to become her lover, unknown to the fact that Tatsumi is part of Night Raid.
Idiot Hair: He has a rather large forelock of hair on top of his head. Which has a tendency to be rather expressive during times of emotion. Such as when Esdeath walks into her bedroom half naked, it stands straight up.
Love You and Everybody: When Mine finally confesses she likes him, Tatsumi cheerfully says he likes her too, as a comrade. Mine has to kiss him in the lips to make him get the point.
Memento Macguffin: The parting gift given to him by the village chief is the item that blocks Akame's Murasame from killing him.
Naïve Newcomer: Incredibly naive when he first arrives in the empire, even getting scammed by Leone out of all his cash and almost killed because of his lack of common sense. Fortunately he gets better.
The titular "Red Eyed Killer'', Akame is a young girl that was infamously known for being the Empire's number one assassin. Akame's cold-hearted and serious demeanor stems from her hellish training the Empire forced her and her sister through after being sold by their parents. After being tasked one mission to assassinate former general Najenda she is convinced by her to not only spare her but also to instead join her crusade against the Empire by becoming a member of Night Raid. Her defection from the Empire sparks an intense rivalry between fellow assassin and sibling Kurome, along with a mutual desire to be the one to end the other.Akame is often considered to be one of the stronger members of Night Raid, slaying even the strongest of enemies with minimal effort. Her hellish assassination training allows her combat ability to be on par with those as powerful as General within the military levels of the Empire. Her Teigu, One Cut Killer: Murasame, is a katana known for being coated in an immensely deadly poison that can kill those cut by it within seconds.
Action Girl: The poster girl for this within Night Raid and the entire series.
Submissive Badass: In times of emergency she is given the role of defacto leader in Night Raid but ultimately she is satisfied with being Najenda's Number Two.
Big Eater: She can eat beasts several times her size in one meal. Tatsumi in episode 2 even wonders if she's the designated cook so she can sneak in bites of the food she's preparing. She denies it, while doing exactly that.
The first member of Night Raid Tatsumi encounters. She approaches Tatsumi with promises to get him easily commissioned within the military only to scam him out of free alcohol and all of his money. Ironically, her encounter with him is what causes him to meet the nobles who were their targets at the time. When she witnesses Tatsumi's ruthless kill of the last noble, she notices his potential and decides to recruit him. Her reason for joining the Night Raid is simply for the fact that she likes to fight and what better outlet for her abilities than to rid the Empire of their evils.Excelling at information gathering and a strong penchant for battling strong opponents, Leone is often the one whose seen confirming the validity of the targets in which Night Raid is assigned to assassinate. Her Teigu, Animal King Form: Lionelle, is a belt that increases all five senses, gives her animal-like characteristics, and a powerful Healing Factor in combat.
Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Activating Lionelle makes Leone's hair grow from being shoulder length short to being long enough to reach her back.
The Roper: Her first encounter with Tatsumi has her conning him out of buying her alcohol and eventually all of his money with the promises that she can get him commissioned into the army because of a contact from within.
Tsundere: In episode six, after she tag-teams with Tatsumi to beat the drug smugglers, he asks what'll happen to the women the smugglers drugged. She says it's not their concern... then she lets it slip that there's a skilled doctor nearby, and she'll contact him over it. She insists it's because she knows one of the girls who was drugged. All of this happens with a small blush on her cheeks.
Healing Factor: An ability of Lionelle heightens the user’s ability to recover, allowing them to recover from near fatal wounds and reattach limbs with some assistance.
Little Bit Beastly: After its activation the user grows the ears and tail of a lion, while their hands transform into large paws.
Once a high ranking Imperial Officer of the Empire, he defected after his former superior was framed for crimes he didn't commit because he refused to give into the Prime Minister's agenda. Whilst defecting he steals the Teigu Incursio and soon joins Night Raid. Known by his teammates for his passionate behavior, inhuman skill combat skill, and peculiar taste in men, Bulat soon takes a recently joined Tatsumi under his wing and trains him to be a stronger fighter.His Teigu, Demon Armor: Incursio, is a short sword that can summon a full body armor that enhances the his physical strength and allows him to blend in with the environment.
Badass Gay: It's pretty obvious he's more than just "curious" about men, but that doesn't change the fact he took down three of the empire's strongest soldiers (who where also Teigu users) in the blink of an eye.
Originally born the fourth son of a wealthy merchant family in a region, Lubbock left his wealthy life behind to follow Najenda when she served in the Empire and rose through he ranks to serve her by her side. When she defected to the rebellion he joined her and faked their deaths by changing the military records of both him and her as K.I.A.His Teigu, Infinite Uses: Cross Tail, is a garotte on gloves that can be used in a myriad of ways such as enemy detection, makeshift shields, laceration, strangulation, and can be shaped into a number of different weapons.
Chivalrous Pervert: He's often spending his free time trying to peek on Leone in the hot springs or cursing Tatsumi on his success on gaining the affection of majority of the women he comes across. He does show chivalry sometimes such as when he takes on two Rakshasa Demons to save a young Night Raid spy.
Conservation of Ninjutsu: Averted. He tends to prefer one on one combat, and excels at that. However, in episode 11 when he encounters several Elite Mook all at once, he wisely runs away from them. Considering one gave him trouble, a lot of them was more than he could handle. Though they give chase, Akame fortunately saves him.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's shown to be the Butt Monkey for his perverted tendencies and jealously of Tatsumi during the story, but in the midst of combat he demonstrates he can be quite the cunning and dangerous opponent as shown from his victory over two of the Four Rakshasa Demons, who have been known to be a group skilled in the art of killing Teigu users.
He takes full advantage of this trope when being tortured by Syura. He pretends to be broken by his torture in order to use the spare bits of his teigu he keeps hidden in his mouth to break his neck.
Weak, but Skilled: While he lacks the raw physical power of Leonne or the devastating Teigu attack power of Akame, several characters note him to have a great deal of combat experience and a highly tactical mind, often defeating his enemies with intuitive uses of his Teigu.
Would Hit a Girl: He's seen killing a female assassin caught in one of his traps in episode 3. She begs him to let her go, but he refuses, stating that someone he knew once fell for a similar trap and died as a result. After he's done killing her, he laments having to kill such a lovely lady.
Razor Floss: Cross Tail was made from the body hair of a Danger Beast renown for their extremely durable and sharp body hair. As such Lubbock can alternate between using the threads for either strangulation or laceration.
One of the more unruly members of the Night Raid. Mine is a temperamental girl who enjoys flaunting her genius amongst her teammates and tends to treat the less fortunate members, such as Tatsumi and Rabac, like her slaves. She was born and raised on the western border of the empire and was mercilessly ridiculed for her foreign blood. Her mission is to make the country anew so the Revolutionary army's alliance with the People of the West would allow diplomatic relations to grow causing many races to mingle and prevent tragedies like what she had to endure growing up.Her Teigu, Roman Artillery: Pumpkin, a rifle that can fire highly concentrated piercing shots of spirit energy. Pumpkin's secondary special ability magnifies the power of its shot in proportion of how much danger the user whose wielding it is in.
Action Duo: With Sheele. She watched her back for enemies and the danger from the situation fuels the charge needed for her to fire her Pumpkin.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a real bitch to Tatsumi when he first joins the Night Raid and she's regularly talks down to most of her teammates whenever they tend to act silly. However, she also proves to be good person who does care for her comrades. She is grateful to people who help her and she kills Seryu to avenge Sheele's death as well as Seryu desecrating Chelsea's body.
Tsundere: A Type A. She always acts condescending and short tempered to her teammates especially when Tatsumi first joins the Night Raid. She's also occasionally sweet and affectionate and she does show that she cares for her teammates such as when she shows contempt for Chelsea for mocking the fallen Bulat and Sheele. Later, she begins to go deredere on Tatsumi once she begins to fall for him and when she confesses her feelings for him and he finally gets the idea, she decides they should start dating, stating "he should be grateful". Tatsumi even notices how she's still her abrasive self even when confessing.
Awesome, but Impractical: In order to make full use of Pumpkin's destructive potential, it's user must be in constant danger.
Magikarp Power: An ability of Pumpkin is that the power and range of the Teigu increases in proportion to the level of danger its user is in, with the bullets ranging from powerful small sniper shots to large destructive energy blasts when the danger hits its highest.
Growing up in the lower districts of the Capital, Sheele's clumsy nature made her a frequent target for ridicule amongst the people she wronged, leading her to live a life of depression and isolation. After finally making a friend that likes her in spite of her clumsiness she soon loses that friendship when she was forced to kill her friend's ex boyfriend when he attacked the pair in a fit of drugged rage. After losing her parents to a murderous gang out for revenge and effortlessly subduing said gang, she is soon recruited by the Night Raid so she may use her unnatural talent to efficiently kill to fix her society.Her Teigu, Cutter of Creation: Ecstasy, are a giant pair of scissors made with the strongest materials in the world, allowing them to cut through virtually anything. A secondary ability of Ecstasy allows the user to emit a bright light from the blades, effectively blinding unsuspecting foes.
Cute Clumsy Girl: Perhaps her most defining trait outside combat as she’s useless at many mundane tasks such as shopping, cooking, and cleaning. She even forgets important details regarding targets and has to be reminded on a daily basis.
Dark and Troubled Past: She was always ridiculed for her clumsiness until she gained a friend who didn't mind it. That is, until one night her friend's doped up ex boyfriend barged into her house and nearly choked her to death until Sheele killed him. Unfortunately, her friend ostracized her and a gang of men working under the ex killed her parents and was about to do the same to her until she killed them.
Defiant to the End: Even while she's slowly dying from being ripped in half Sheele has enough strength to invoke Ecstacy's Light 'em Up ability, allowing Mine to escape further enemy reinforcements.
Dissonant Serenity: This is what makes her such an effective killer. She can shut down all unnecessary thoughts and focus her concentration on eliminating her target.
The head of the assassination group Night Raid, Najenda was a former general of the Empire that made the decision to defect to the Revolutionary Army after witnessing how morally bankrupt and corrupt the regime was from the actions of her colleague, General Esdeath. She successfully bands an army of her men together to defect to the Revolutionaries until she is blind sided by Esdeath's army in which she nearly lost all of her men and narrowly escaped death by her... with the exception of a shattered arm and a lost eye. During Dr. Stylish's assault on the Night Raid's hideout she reveals her two new recruits: Chelsea and the humanoid Teigu, Susanoo.Her last known Teigu, Speed of Lightning: Susanoo, is a living humanoid Teigu that functions as the user's bodyguard and can do household chores extremely efficiently and can fight on behalf of the user.
Handicapped Badass: After losing an eye and her right arm she comments that she can only use about 40% of her original strength. This doesn't prevent the fact that she can still curb stomp general class opponents with ease.
Iron Lady: Has the cool effectiveness down pat. This is not a woman you want to cross. And she has Power Hair, to boot!
The Leader: A mix of Type I and II. She is the one who assigns the separate members of Night Raid to the requests that are given to them and pairs them according to whose strength is suited for the task. It was her plan that tricks Esdeath into wiping out a gang of bandits for the Night Raid and leads to the death of Bols and the weakening of Kurome.
Plot Armor: It is known that activating Magatama Manifestation three times kills the user. But when Najenda activates it for the third time in her battle with Esdeath in the Bolic arc she luckily survives only due to the fact that Susanoo reached his physical limit before her life force did.
Reasonable Authority Figure: When she first meets Tatsumi, she gives him an offer to join Night Raid and says they won't kill him if he refuses, though they can't let him leave either since he knows where their base is. She also tells him about what they do, which is to kill people who do evil things, and that they're fighting against the Empire to ease the burden on the people. Her painting the image that way helps convince him to join.
Rocket Punch: With her right arm, and can use it to pull herself forward too.
Ship Tease: She's not terribly opposed to the idea of hooking up with Rabac, but she'd rather hook-up after the conflict is over.
Talking the Monster to Death: In past she somehow succeeded in persuading Akame to abandon her mission of assassinating her and defect from the Empire, while also effectively recruiting her into the Night Raid and joining the Revolutionary Army. What makes this more incredible was that at the time Akame was the Empire's top assassin.
Establishing Character Moment: He's introduced in episode 11 in the anime, and knocks out Dr. Stylish's Elite Mooks with little trouble while having no issue with the knockout drug that was keeping the other Night Raid members aside from Tatsumi incapacitated. Even when Dr. Stylish sets off a couple of bombs near him, he recovers from it after a few moments.
Healing Factor: Being a humanoid Teigu allows him regenerate destroyed limbs within seconds.
A Lighter Shade of Black: They can be very ruthless, but they are not barbarians. They don't indiscriminately kill the Empire's citizens unless they suspect them to working with La Résistance. Every member at least have their own share Pet the Dog moments. This is very stark contrast to Wild Hunt where they are willing to kill the Empire's citizens for any reason (even for fun).
Anti-Villain: Some of the members such as Wave and Boris are this, especially considering that the Jaegars themselves don't actively abuse the populace of the Empire and are actually intent on protecting them. Unlike Wild Hunt.
Badass in a Nice Suit: The first time the group assembled, their first order of business is to meet the emperor in stylish black suits.
Leader of the Jaegars. A high-ranking general and the most powerful fighter in the Empire. A true sadist, she is an expert in torture and loves to inflict it upon others (indeed, the prospect of her "personal" attention is seen as a terrible fate). Ironically, when offered a title of nobility for hunting down and destroying Night Raid, she instead wanted them to find someone she believed could be her One True Love (to the utter shock of everyone in the room).Her Teigu, Demon God Manifestation: Demon's Extract, is the blood of an ultra class danger beast that she drank, allowing her manipulate ice with immense skill.
Affably Evil: An extreme case where both sides are roughly balanced. She is a murderous, warmongering sadist who enjoys torture, pillages towns, and firmly believes in a survival of the fittest mindset. She is alsoA Mother to Her Men, expresses Villain Respect to those worth her time, doesn't care about achieving power (and turned down an offer of nobility when asked directly), mostlysees her line of work as just a job (and a way to find her One True Love), and generally isn't villainous - some would even say kind - outside of combat.
A Lighter Shade of Black: The most triumphant example from the Jaegers (and definitely when compared to Wild Hunt). She's horrific to her enemies, but she doesn't actively abuse the people of The Empire, only fights direct opponents of the Prime Minister, has no issues with her soldiers protecting citizens of the Empire, largely sees her line of work as a job (although one she definitely enjoys WAY too much), possesses a sense of honor and respect to people worth her time, and genuinely cares for her subordinates - even when they disappoint or annoy her. While none of her actions are excusable, she's definitely one of the comparatively nicer villains in the series.
A Mother to Her Men: Surprisingly, considering her infamous sadism and cruelty. She will torture as punishment for major screw ups, but it's light compared to what she does to enemies.
In fact, when asked point blank over whether she had to choose between her subordinates and her One True Love, Esdeath unhesitatingly chose her subordinates.
All Women Are Doms All Men Are Subs: Goes right along with her pure sadistic nature, but when she thinks Tatsumi is a masochistnote After he asks her to Pinch Me, she is quite over joyed and thinks it's further proof they are made for each other.
An Ice Person: Her Teigu, Demon's Extract, can create ice from nothing, lots of ice. In fact, it's said to be the most powerful teigu in existence.
Blood Knight: The reason she brutally kills all but a few people when putting down a rebellion. She wants that hatred to be preserved and spread once more, so another revolt happens in time, and that she may fight again. Hopefully against stronger/more worthy opponents.
Freudian Excuse: She's a Social Darwinist because she was raised in a very rural, unforgiving area of the continent where Danger Beasts ran rampant. Her father emphasized the importance of survival of the fittest for her own sake, but it wound up backfiring terribly after his death at the hands of raiders from a rival tribe.
Subverted because it still doesn't explain why she is so terrifyingly sadistic. Even her father was apprehensive at how much excitement she found in cutting bodies up. Although, being given a name (see Meaningful Name below) that forced her to claim to be a sadist every time she introduce her name might have something to do with it.
Also averted as the reason she utterly demolished the Northern tribes. Not because of revenge, but because it was simply her job.
Hero Killer: She's responsible for the destruction of many prominent forces opposing the Empire, so she always had a fierce reputation (even Leone refused to fight her), but she definitely becomes one when she kills Susanoo.
Hidden Depths: She may be a Social Darwinist with a sadistic streak and a penchant for torture, but she's looking not only for someone who is strong - she's looking for her One True Love, male or female. She's even overjoyed at the idea of said One True Love being a masochist (which is oddly considerate of her). Perhaps because of that, she hates over-hyped strength (meaning, great fighters who turn out to be mere chumps when they face her, as she finds it incredibly boring, even disappointing, though she still indulges in slight femdom undertones every now and then before finishing them off). In addition, while she is merciless to her enemies, she's the type that would not accept mercy done to herself either; do not hold back, because she wouldn't hold back either.
I Control My Minions Through...: Kindness ironically. Despite her philosophy she's very kind (in her own way) and caring to her subordinates. She'll certainly torture them if they screw up badly, but she doesn't kill them, never cripples them, and keeps it fairly light compared to her enemies. In fact, it's actually pretty rare for her to torture any of her subordinates (implied or otherwise), which clues us into how much she cares for them.
I'm Taking Tatsumi Home With Me: Tatsumi is the first person she encounters who fits her criteria for her perfect match, so she kidnaps him with the entire stadium full of spectators watching. No joke! She slaps a collar around his neck, starts to drag him off, and knocks him out when he asks her to wait a moment.
Tatsumi: WAIT! Hold on a—
Esdeath:(Hits Tatsumi on the back of the neck.) No, I will not wait. Lets go to the palace where we can talk alone.
Esdeath slings an unconsious Tatsumi over her shoulder and walks off.)
(A panel showing the spectators' reactions that includes a dumbfounded man, a stunned woman, and an utterly distraught Esdeath fanboy.)
Jerkass: She's actually very aware of how the Prime Minister is manipulating the emperor and allowing the Capital to become corrupt and rampant with crime, but doesn't give a flying fracas about it. So long as she can fight, she'll do nothing to stop him.
Tatsumi even attempts to convince her to use her influence to better the Empire from within by appealing to the good side of her he's seen: He tries to explain how the drastic class gap could keep people who loved each other apart, but her obsession with Social Darwinist philosophy causes her immediate response to be that she can't comprehend something like that. To her, the strong fight for what they want and if they're strong enough to survive, they do. If they don't, they're too weak and she doesn't care.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: That said, she respects strength above everything else, so if she thinks you're strong, she'll treat you almost like a mother or a very quirky older sister. In many ways, she's earned the loyalty of her fellow Jaegers. Furthermore, she may be complicit in allowing the corruption of the Prime Minister, but she has enough of a code of honor not to actively torment the people of the Empire, and prefers to fight only active enemies of the Prime Minister.
Love Redeems: Subverted. Tatsumi realized that she can't be changed from her current standpoint, because she isn't just a product of society or her time; she really is insane and nothing will change that.
Mama Bear: Despite everything, she's rather protective of her subordinates. When River, Nyau, and Daidara were all killed, Esdeath - naturally - cursed them for being too weak and claimed it was "only natural" for them to die. Yet, she still gave each a proper burial, planted flowers on each of their tombstones, bowed her head, and declared her desire to avenge their deaths anyway.
This is a recurring theme with Esdeath. Despite wholeheartedly believing that the weak should be left to rot, she's known to comfort her comrades when they are in emotional pain (like Seryu), puts their families under her protection, and often swears revenge if any of her soldiers were killed. In addition, after one of her subordinates was killed by Wild Hunt, Esdeath swears to exact revenge, despite Wild Hunt's leader being the Prime Minister's son.
Meaningful Name: Esdeath —> S Desu, which means "I am a sadist" in Japanese
Social Darwinist: An extreme example, she believes it only natural for the weak to die. Indeed, she even states she cannot understand "the feelings of the weak." It's to the point that when Tatsumi tries to reason with her and get her to use her influence to help eliminate some of the corruption within, appealing to the fact that she loves him with a scenario of a girl who's kept from her love by the large social gaps and corruption, she coldly states that she doesn't understand such things.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She used to be a very nice girl who loved nothing more than hunting and being with her fellow tribe members, her father especially. However, her father emphasized Social Darwinist philosophy in her upbringing for her own sake; the Danger Beasts running rampant around their homeland meant that she'd die if she couldn't become a force to be reckoned with by the time she became old enough to hunt. However, her village was later wiped out during a raid by an enemy tribe, and her father's last words included even more about survival of the fittest, and without his guidance, she became the sadist working for the empire that we've come to know.
Slightly subverted, in that even her father admitted she had a few moral screws loose. Her sadistic tendencies are implied to have been all nature, not nurture.
Villainous Crush: With Tatsumi, who managed to fit all her criteria for a lover plus the extra one (A pure and innocent smiling face would be nice). It seems to be genuine Love at First Sight for her, as she only becomes softer and kinder when she's around him and is pretty determined in her efforts to get him to fall in love with her (even asking Bols for advice) despite the fact he stated he was going to join the revolutionary army.
Anti-Villain: A Type IV. He doesn't really like the state the empire's in and is very well aware of the immense corruption of the nobles and of the more psychotic members of his group but he embraces his role as an enforcer due to a debt from an unseen savior back in the navy.
Butt Monkey: He tends to get the short end of the stick at times, from his punishment by Esdeath for allowing Tatsumi to escape to constantly being ejected off the battlefield by the Night Raid.
Nice Guy: Actively believes his job will change the corrupt crime rampant within the empire and is always seen getting along with fellow members of the Jaegars, especiallyKurome.
Oblivious to Love: Not surprisingly, considering how he's a clear mirror of Tatsumi; he doesn't seem to realize how increasingly, Kurome's feelings for him aren't just those of friendship and camaraderie.
Rage Breaking Point: While Wave could put up with the Jaegars at first; when he sees Wild Hunt's actions, he completely loses it.
Skilled, but Naive: Esdeath makes it a point to inform Wave that his strength is perfect; but how he lacks mental fortitude, and thus as a result can be easily deceived or misled.
This Is Unforgivable: When he witnesses Wild Hunt's actions; most notably their rape and murder of Bols' wife and daughter on his own grave, and Syura's attempted assault on Kurome, which brings him to a Rage Breaking Point.
Token Good Teammate: The only person in the Jaegars that has absolutely no irredeemable qualities whatsoever. Hes never even seen killing a person, civilian or criminal, at all.
What the Hell, Hero?: He calls out Kurome for continuously making use of Run's deceased body as one of her corpse puppets. He also calls her on casually assuming that the Empty Shell of their deceased friend is enough to substitute the fact that he's no longer alive.
Squishy Wizard: He has an army of human experiments at his disposal that each have a variety of different upgrades and enhancements but stays back because he himself lacks any kind of offensive ability. At least before his One-Winged Angel.
We Have Reserves: Zigzagged. He initially doesn't seem concerned with the death of a few of his footsoldiers, due to having a large pool of them available via criminals in prison. However, he later uses a drug to knock out the Night Raid members other than Tatsumi, who isn't affected by it due to his Imperial Arms, and comments that the huge loss of men forced his hand. And when he transforms, he eats the minions who were with him until he was directly attacked.
Alas, Poor Villain: After a long battle against the Night Raid he is ultimately dispatched by Chelsea, who takes the form of a little girl who was once a citizen of a village Bols burned to ashes. He dies crawling to the memory of his wife and child.
Badass: She’s easily the second strongest Jaegar after General Esdeath, capable on taking on the entire Night Raid with her Yatsuhusa and almost winning. She’s also the only person that can clash swords with Akame and come out unscathed with no allies or supernatural assistance.
Badass Adorable: Her allies and enemies alike take note of how cute she is until she cuts a group of soldiers to pieces in a single motion.
Character Development: She's initially introduced as the ruthless psychopathic assassin who's main goal in life was being her older sister's sole murderer. Eventually through her interactions within the Jaegars and Wave's kindness she begins to show a kinder and sweeter side behind closed doors. This change is lampshaded by Run, when she encounters Akame for the third time, announcing her intent to take her down for the sake of the people, and not her deep-seated grudge towards her. This is unfortunately averted, as when Run is slowly dying from his wounds obtained in their battle against Wild Hunt, she unexpectedly decides that instead of letting Run die peacefully, she'll instead Mercy Kill him and force him to continue living as one of her corpse puppets.
Cute and Psycho: Emphasis on the psycho part, considering that her idea of loving someone is turning them into one of her corpse puppets.
Cute Is Evil: As cute as she appears, one must not forget that she's one of the most sociopathic and psychopathic members of the Jaegers.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She can't understand why Wave is upset over her usage of Run as her newest corpse puppet. She also can't understand why he isn't happy about her ability to keep his body in existence to prevent the total loss of their friend and his disgust when she attempts to summon him to spend time together with them like back when he was alive.
Game-Breaking Injury: A rare villainous variant. After surviving an assassination attempt by Chelsea, Kurome has been visibly more tired and weaker in combat. A notable example is when she fought the entire Night Raid she was able to summon and control eight corpse puppets and still have the strength to fend off Akame simultaneously while largely keeping the pace of the battle. After the failed assassination she can barely summon two puppets, and is suffering from a potentially Incurable Cough of Death; thus losing a subsequent battle of speed against Akame, resulting in the death of Bolic.
Hero Killer: She's the one who ultimately kills Chelsea.
Mercy Kill: She delivers this to an unsuspecting dying Run, in an effort to keep him "alive", ultimately enslaving and reanimating him with her Yatsuhusa into one of her newest corpse puppets.
Mundane Utility: A rather darkly comedic version of this. Basically, after she reanimates a dying Run into one of her corpse puppets with Yatsuhusa, she then suggests using it to summon him to spend time together with them as they did back when he was alive. For example, like when it's time to eat cake.
The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: She is very adamant about being the only person who may deliver her sister's death by her own hands. Needless to say, the feeling is mutual.
The Undead: What will happen to you if you're killed by Yatsuhusa. All skills and abilities you had in life are retained, but you are under Kurome's complete control. In essence, you become something like Sasori's puppets.
An Arm and a Leg: After she trips during a fight with Sheele, she loses grip of one of her tonfas. As Sheele moves in with an attack, Seryu puts her arms out in front to protect her body, though she loses both of her arms in the process.
Body Horror: She willingly undergoes a painful experiment by Captain Ogre's persuasion to have machine guns surgically implanted into her arms. This is taken a step further when she can sprout a gun from her throat.
Cool Big Sis: She tries to become this for Tatsumi when told that he'll be joining their group, patting him on the head and saying that he's amongst good people. It takes the danger of being found out to keep Tatsumi from cursing her out.
Cute and Psycho: Very cute girl on the outside with very twisted conception of right and wrong.
Anti-Villain: Like Wave, he is a Type IV. It turns out he wants to change the empire from within following an incident where in his days as a teacher he had the horror of walking into witness the aftermath of his class after they were massacred by Champ from Wild Hunt.
Awesomeness by Analysis: With only a few small clues Run accurately figures out that Dr. Stylish found the Night Raid base, assaulted the base with his army to acquire them for experimentation, failed and then got erased for his trouble.
Good Wings, Evil Wings: When Run activates Mastema he sprouts golden angelic wings to move about. When Run is enslaved and reanimated by Yatsuhusa his wings are dyed jet black, akin to that of a fallen angel.
Establishing Character Moment: Walks outfrom behind The Emperor after The Emperor sentenced an innocent man to death casually and then supports said decision while engorging himself with food. When the man tries to convince The Emperor that he’s being manipulated, he puts on a kind face and successfully convinces the latter otherwise. What marks him being a complete and utter bastard is telling the condemned man that he’ll make sure to take care of his wife, every single part of her.
Villainous Friendship: With Esdese, as she's proven to be a valuable asset to the Empire and also to be very loyal to him. When his own son asks that the Jaegers be disbanded on suspicion of secretly working against them, he counters with how Esdese has been covering their asses and refuses to cross her.
Villainous Glutton: Most of his appearances have him always consuming large amounts of foods.
Voiced by: Yo Taichi
The de jure ruler of the Empire, although everything he does is through the influence of Prime Minister Honest.
Nice Guy: He's very kind to those he believes are good people and are loyal to the empire. He even tries to help Esdeath find her perfect match after Tatsumi gets away, but she respectfully insists that she's fine with finding Tatsumi again.
Puppet King: He is merely a tool used to distract the more feeble minded citizens of his court and by extension, the entire empire from the activities of the Prime Minister.
My Country, Right or Wrong: Appears to have recognised the Prime Minister as a very bad influence to the young Emperor but is willing to look the other way until the rebellion is crushed. He knows that while the Prime Minister is using the Emperor as a puppet, Fat Bastard needs that puppet alive and well.
Tropes associated with Wild Hunt:
Ax-Crazy: Every single member is a psychopath that has no qualms about murdering people in the worst ways imaginable. Some members even feel compelled to do so.
Empowered Badass Normal: Every member of Wild Hunt is known to be equipped with a Teigu Syura found in his travels.
Eviler than Thou: While the Jaegars weren't formed with the most morally compassionate people in the Empire, Wild Hunt has been introduced as a group hellbent on causing carnage throughout the Empire, excusing their actions as being a Secret Police group under the Prime Minister.
For the Evulz: What makes them different from the Jaegars is that the Wild Hunt is willing to kill the Empire's citizens out of their own enjoyment since they can easily get away with it.
Kick the Dog: Every chapter since their introduction Wild Hunt has been constantly kicking the dog.
Psycho for Hire: The people recruited to make up Wild Hunt by Syura, are all definitely this. Enshin, Cosmina and Champ joined to engage in as much depravity within the Empire as possible, while Izou outright admits that he only came along just so to be allowed to kill as many people as he could.
The son of the Prime Minister and leader of Wild Hunt. Left on a journey to explore the world and retrieve Teigu in other nations, he assembled the members of Wild Hunt.
Tropes associated with Syura
Ambiguously Brown: Strangely, he's very tanned compared to his fair-skinned father. Presumably, this is because he's spent the majority of his time away in the Caribbean islands south of the Empire.
Ax-Crazy: When he's not conversing with his father you can expect to see him raping some innocent girl and murdering her For the Evulz or pounding a fallen foe to death with his bare hands, cackling the whole time.
Bare-Fisted Monk: In his skirmish with Wave, he demonstrates a vast knowledge of different martial arts he acquired during his travels outside the Empire.
Berserk Button: Going against him as the son of the Prime Minister or even worst, leading him into being a disappointment in his father's eyes is a one way ticket to him intending to rip you limb from limb.
Dance Battler: He takes down a group of seasoned martial artists just by using capoeira style kicks.
Overlord Jr.: He's the spoiled son of the Prime Minister whose entire goal in life is to become as powerful and ruthless as his father and become competent in his eyes.
Out-Gambitted: After Run kills off a big chunk of his team and he's captured Tatsumi and Rabback, Syura is convinced that he's gotten the fodder he needs to have the Jeagers disbanded. But then it turns out that Esdese did his dad a solid by hiding the evidence Run had gathered against Syura in particular, proving her loyalty to the Prime Minister. As such, he refuses to cross her and has Wild Hund disbanded at her request.
Villainous Friendship: Subverted. Although he seems to be great friends with the other members of Wild Hunt, most often when they gleefully indulge in their "activities"; when Champ and Enshin are killed, he states that he doesn't give a toss since they died so easily. This claim is then consequently lampshaded by fellow member Dorothea.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: He's determined to prove himself to his father, and is noticeably afraid when his father is angry at him for being beaten by Wave. Basically, humiliating or demeaning him in front of his father is the worst way to piss him off.
Cosmina was a singer who was convicted of witchcraft in the Western kingdom. She survived her village's attempt to kill her and was recruited into Wild Hunt for her voice-based abilities.
All Women Are Lustful: She happily indulges in her sexual activities, which include an entire theatre troupe of men, and shamelessly flirts with Enshin and Run.
Dark and Troubled Past: She was persecuted and branded as a witch because her voice has the ability to manipulate people. This such persecution later led to her entire family being killed and their house set on fire. Unfortunately, she survived the fire, but went completely insane by the tragedy.
Dumb Muscle: A rare female example. In combat, her only action is to face enemies and fire her destructive sound waves at them until they die. She thinks nothing about defensive measures and lets her guard down all to quickly on the battlefield, even when it's obvious that there's still potential enemies that pose a definite threat to her.
Freudian Excuse: She apparently used to be a sane, decent human being. That all changed when the people of her village, who feared her ability to influence their behavior with her songs, deemed her a witch and burnt her house down with her and her family in it. She was the only one to survive. The event turned her into the monster she is.
Genki Girl: She's always seen upbeat and energetic.
Glass Cannon: She has devastatingly destructive attack power she can emit over long distances, but other than that aspect, she lacks defensive ability of any kind.
Made of Iron: She's been known to mysteriously survive the giant fire that burned her entire house and family to ashes and even survived a shot from Mine's Pumpkin but with fatal injuries.
Make Me Wanna Shout: Her Teigu, Great Tremor: Heavy Pressure, allows her to transmit long range sound waves, strong enough to shatter the skeletons and implode the brain on any unfortunate target caught in its radius.
The Nicknamer: Refers to her fellow Wild Hunt members Syura and Champ, as "Shurry" and "Champie", respectively.
Playboy Bunny: The outfit that she wears from when she is first introduced.
Psychopathic Womanchild: She has a constant smile on her face even when she's killing, flirts shamelessly with any handsome man in her company, and treats all of her battles as concerts where she's "entertaining" the opponent with her "singing".
Vampiric Draining: Her Teigu allows her to bite into an unsuspecting victim and reduce them to skeletons in mere seconds.
Pirate from the Southern Islands.
Genre Savvy: Unlike Champ and Cosmina, he is not fooled by Run's facade about joining Wild Hunt and follows him when he leads Champ to another location, in the event that Run might try to ambush Champ.
Lunacy: His Teigu, Moonlight Sword: Shamshir, is a sword that can create aerial blades which can grow stronger depending on the lunar cycle.
Properly Paranoid: Of Run's reasons for ingratiating himself to Wild Hunt, which turn out to indeed be insincere.
This Cannot Be!: When Akame dodges the attacks from his Shamshir, and then swiftly kills him with her Murasame.
Serial Killer Entertainer.
Tropes associated with Champ
Asshole Victim: His death at the hands of Run was a long, long time coming.
Bishie Sparkle: Whenever he sees a child or gets passionate in speaking about his love for children.
But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When asked by Run if he remembers his massacre of students back in the town of Joyou, he struggles to remember the memory until he thinks about the amount of children he raped and killed.
Dumb Muscle: He's strong enough to be recruited as a Teigu wielding member of Wild Hunt yet is easily fooled by Run into following him into some abandoned ruins in an attempt to ambush him and kill him with the promise of having prepared a group of small children just for his pleasure.
Elemental Powers: His Teigu, Ace Solution: Die Leaguer, is a six orb imbued with an element that activates after being thrown.
Blow You Away: Storm Orb, an orb imbued with the power to unleash an incredibly strong hurricane.
Playing with Fire: Flame Orb, an orb imbued with the power to incinerate an enemy to mere bones.
Stuff Blowing Up: Explosion Orb, an orb imbued with the power to induce an immense explosion.
Hoist by His Own Petard: In the end he is killed when he throws his Flame Orb at Run, who in turn activates Mastema's Divine Wings, which deflects the orb back at Champ incinerating him into a skeleton.
Irony: He likens children to angels, which is why he kills them before they become evil and impure as adults, yet he is killed by an opponent who's Teigu likens his image into the form of an actual angel.
Captain of the Capital guards, Ogre is a evil individual who takes bribes from criminals such as Gamal, a crooked oil merchant, and uses his authority to frame people from the crimes that Gamal commits. After his last victim overhears the dealings between Gamal and Ogre he sends a letter to his wife before his execution to inform her of their crimes and she in turn requests the Night Raid to end both Gamal and Ogre for their transgressions.
The Alcoholic: He's often seen drinking when he's not patrolling on duty.
Genre Savvy: He's savvy enough to keep his hand on his weapon and stay on guard when he first encounters Tatsumi and he's also sharp enough to figure out that he's Night Raid and who was the one that contracted the hit on him in the first place.
The leader of the Three Beasts, the strongest military group in the Empire before their destruction and the creation of the Jaegers. Liver was formerly a righteous general in the empire and Bulat's mentor and friend. Refusing to take bribes, he was imprisoned until Esdeath, recognising his strength. As a result, Liver has since idolised Esdeath and is exceedingly loyal to her. The 3 Beasts framed the Night Raid in series of political murders to lure them out, eventually confronting Bulat and Tatsumi aboard a cruise ship.
Crazy-Prepared: Knowing that Bulat is more powerful than him, he staged their battle in a ship in the open ocean, where his Teigu's power is maximised and Bulat cannot dodge his attacks for fear of allowing the ship to be destroyed. When this fails, he injects himself with a strengthening serum to engage Bulat in close combat, where he allows himself to be slashed so that he can utilise his blood magic to fatally wound Bulat with a lethal toxin in the aforementioned serum. He succeeds.
Fallen Hero: He was Bulat's former superior in the Empire's army but after a downfall orchestrated by the Prime Minister and being saved by Esdeath, he now serves directly under her as part of the The Three Beasts.
Hero Killer: The 3 Beasts were the most powerful soldiers under Esdeath until the formation of the Jaegers. They were responsible for wiping out the entire outskirts division of the Night Raid save for Chelsea, killing the ex-Prime Minister and his knights. River himself fatally wounded Bulat before dying himself.
Super Strength: It's a requirement to wield Belvaac. He can cut through a whole crowd of mooks in one swing.
Zank the Beheader
Voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka
A former prison executioner. Seemed to be normal once, though due to the sheer amount of executions he was required to do under Prime Minister Honest, he began to develop a bloodlust and soon started to kill random people at night, fleeing to a new area once a punitive squad was assembled to deal with him.
Honey Trap: He uses this against Tatsumi to lure him out into an area where he could slowly torture and kill him. Specifically his illusion power allows him to look like the person his target cared most about, and in Tatsumi's case, Sayo. It doesn't quite work the way he expected against Akame though.
Hope Spot: He likes to torture people before killing them. One method he employs is to tell them he simply wants to talk with them, which seems reasonable enough. However, he usually decapitates them, then talks to the person's head.
The Mentally Disturbed: Showed symptoms of Schizophrenia, hearing dark voices that drove him further and further into insanity.
Power Perversion Potential: Zank's "Spectator" Teigu had multiple abilities related to sight, but there was one he never used. When Tatsumi used Spectator, that hidden ability was the ability to see through people's clothes.
Sanity Slippage: After delivering numerous executions of various innocent people who were sentenced to death by the Prime Minister, Zank eventually went mad from the immense guilt brought on by the many innocent pleas of his victims.
Serial Killer: Of the Hedonistic kind, coupled with his threat to the populace and possession of a powerful Teigu, makes him a target for assassination by the Night Raid.
Superpower Lottery: His Teigu, Spectator, is among the most versatile Teigu in the story. It grants Zank five abilities that when properly used in conjuction allows him to fight on par with Akame. In the hands of a much more experienced combatant, it would have been a complete Story Breaker Power.
A boy who left the village at the same time as Tatsumi and Sayo. Due to getting lost, he and Sayo get separated from Tatsumi on their way to the capital. Once Tatsumi finds them again, he finds his friend inside a cage, severely beaten and suffering from a fatal illness. Ieyasu succumbs to his illness shortly after their reunification.
Cold-Blooded Torture: Like Tatsumi, he and Sayo both accepted the offer from nobles for some hospitality. Unfortunately, they drugged their drinks and subjected them to hideously sadistic torture. Sayo dies first from her wounds and after Tatsumi finds him he dies shortly after.
Good Is Dumb: He's the most cheerful of his friends about venturing to the empire and becoming famous. His friends note that his carelessness and lack of common sense will instead get him killed.
Heroic Willpower: The only reason why he was still alive when Tatsumi found him while dying of the Lubora disease.
Ill Boy: Invoked. The nobles that tortured him infected him with the Lubora disease, an incurable virus that slowly kills its victim.
No Sense of Direction: Which is one reason he and Sayo got separated from Tatsumi when the three of them went to the capital together. This unfortunately causes a lot of problems for Tatsumi later on when he finds them in the first episode.
Posthumous Character: He dies shortly after reuniting with Tatsumi in the first episode. But like with Sayo, he is seen in a couple of Flash Back scenes when Tatsumi reminisces about them.