Anti-Villain: Type III. 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.
Badass Crew: Justified that it's a requirement to be a Badass in order to join the Night Raid since majority of their members are defected soldiers and generals of the Empire.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: They're the most Cloud Cuckoo Lander people you'll ever meet. They're also the most dangerous group of skilled assassins and one of most dangerous forces opposing the Empire.
Dark and Troubled Past: Every member of the Night Raid comes from a painful past that caused them to take up arms against the Empire due to the Prime Minister's machinations.
Dysfunction Junction: Even with the quite eccentric personalities of each member they all still manage to efficiently work together as an assassination group.
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.
The main character of the story who came to the Capital on the hopes of earning money to send back to his impoverished village. After learning of the corruption of the Empire, he's recruited by Night Raid and begins to help them in killing the wicked. He also manages to steal Esdeath's heart when participating in a fighting tournament sponsored by the Empire.
Tropes associated with Tatsumi
Badass: It's a given when you can survive battles against the best assassins and soldiers the empire has to offer.
Combat Pragmatist: In chapter 38, 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 he in the countryside he wishes to save my 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.
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: After Esdeath drags him to the palace in the hopes of inducting him into Jaegers—and to become her lover.
Skilled, but Naive: Being someone from the country, he hasn't had quite as much fighting experience as the rest of the Night Raid, causing to attack rather recklessly in some of his battles.
Unskilled, but Strong: He lacks some of the more refined skills of the Night Raiders, but makes up for it for his overall fighting ability.
Weak, but Skilled: He lacks the raw strength of a Teigu user at first, but his training does put him on even footing with some of them, and it makes him a monster against normal people.
One of the stronger members of Night Raid—enough so that when their actual leader is out, she's appointed as the defacto leader. She was an assassin for the Empire before joining Night Raid. Little is known about her past aside from this. She quickly grows attached to Tatsumi.
The first member of Night Raid Tatsumi encounters. 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 first on-screen kill, 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.
Another former soldier of the Empire. He defected after his former leader was framed for crimes he didn't commit.
Tropes associated with Braht
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teigu: Cross Tail
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 Rabac can alternate between using the threads for either strangulation or laceration.
Shaping Your Attacks: He can shape his thread into a throwing spear, a makeshift shield, and an axe.
Tsundere: A Type A. She always acts condescending and short tempered to her teammates especially when Tatsumi first joins the Night Raid. But she does show that she cares for her teammates such as when she shows contempt for Chelsea for mocking the fallen Braht and Schere.
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 Schere 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.
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.
Dying Moment of Awesome: Even while she's slowly dying from being ripped in half Schere has enough strength to invoke Ecstacy's Light 'em Up ability, allowing Mine to escape further enemy reinforcements.
Artificial Limbs: Her right arm is mechanical, though how she lost it is not known. Later revealed to be destroyed by Esdeath along with an eye, when the latter found out that she had defected.
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.
Defector from Decadence: Used to be a general in the Imperial army alongside Esdeath, but joined the Revolutionaries after seeing her in action.
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 Bors 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 Borick arc she luckily survives only due to the fact that Susanoo reached his physical limit before her life force did.
Rocket Punch: With her right arm, and can use it to pull herself forward too.
You Monster!: Delivers this reaction to Kurome. She despises Kurome's Teigu because she feels it desecrates the dead.
Teigu: See Susanoo
A living, self-aware Teigu. Despite not being human, he has a personality and quickly bonds with the other members of Night Raid.
Tropes associated with Susanoo
Artificial Human: He was a Teigu meant to accompany important members of the Empire over long journeys acting as a cook, a medic, and a bodyguard all in one.
Berserk Button: Nothing ever pissed him off more than learning that one of their targets had a habit of tainting people's food with am addictive drug.
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 the Wild Hunt.
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).
Tropes associated with Esdeath
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, so 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 but she definitely becomes one when she kills Susanoo.
I Control My Minions Through......: Kindness ironically. Despite her philosophy she's very kind (in her own way) and caring to her subordinates... Until they screw up badly, at which point the sadist in her comes out and they get tortured (but not killed, as is usually the case with her).
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.
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.
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 Bors for advice) despite the fact he stated he was going to join the revolutionary army.
Tropes associated with Wave
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.
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.
The Medic: Perfector increases the users speed and precision of their fingers allowing them to fix their allies back to 100% from anything short of death.
Tropes associated with Bors
Anti-Villain / Punch Clock Villain: Despite having a job that entails burning down entire cities, innocents included, he still views it as a job. He is also very aware of how horrific what he does is and knows that, one day, karma will catch up to him. He still does his job for the sake 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.
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 loses a battle of speed against Akame, resulting in the death of Borick.
Hero Killer: She's the one who ultimately kills Chelsea.
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.
Tropes associated with Serieux
Alas, Poor Villain: The arc in which she dies ends with the kids she made a habit of playing with coming to the soccer field where they'd hang out only to find that she's not there.
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.
Dual Tonfas: What she used to fight with before Dr. Stylish’s modifications. They even fired bullets!
Anti-Villain: Type-IV like Wave, It turns out he wants to change the empire from within following an incident involving Wild Hunt (Likely Champ) where in his days as a teacher he had the horror of seeing his class after they were massacred by them
Awesomeness by Analysis: With only a few small clues Ran accurately figures out that Dr. Stylish found the Night Raid base, assaulted the base with his army to acquire them for experimentation, fails and then gets erased for his trouble.
Establishing Character Moment: He walks outbehind Emperor Makoto after he’s sentencing an innocent man to death casually backing his decision while engorging himself with food. When the man tries to convince Emperor Makoto he’s being manipulated him, he puts on a kind face and successfully convinces him 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.
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.
Tropes associated with Wild Hunt:
Empowered Badass Normal: Every member of Wild Hunt is known to be equipped with a Teigu Shura 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.
Kick the Dog: Every chapter since their introduction Wild Hunt has been constantly kicking the dog.
Fallen Hero: He was Braht'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.
Making a Splash: His Teigu, Black Marlin, allows him to control water in the vicinity. He notes that, unlike Esdeath's Teigu, he can't create the water.
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.