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Tropes associated with Night Raid:
- Anti-Hero: Of the Pragmatic Hero and Pay Evil unto Evil kind. They want to take down the empire and rebuild society. However, they are willing to murder people and use ruthless tactics to achieve their goals (even resorting to killing entire families who are willing to exploit others such as Aria's family). Even Tatsumi, one of the nicest members in the team, had to resort to to lethal force in numerous occasions. The Night Raid members even state that they are murderers, not heroes.
- 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.
- The Big Guy: Leone, Bulat and Susanoo to different degrees. Leone and Bulat are both Boisterous Bruiser while Susanoo is more of a Genius Bruiser.
- 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.
- Color-Coded Characters: All of them have unique colors for their hair and outfits.
- 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.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Every member of Night Raid is equipped with a Teigu that they found or retrieved from the Empire.
- Experienced Protagonist: At the start of the series, Night Raid was already Famed In-Story as a group of extremely dangerous and efficient assassins throughout the Empire.
- Good Is Not Soft: They don't have an option to be given who their enemy is.
- 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.
- The Leader: Najenda is the leader of Night Raid, who hands out missions and such-like.
- 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: 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 capital 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 Adorable: It's a trait that he's very well known for. Just ask Esdeath.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: During his battle against the Three Beasts.
- 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: Even before obtaining a Teigu he was strong enough to stand up to Teigu users.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Mine.
- Break the Cutie: In the first chapter he loses both of his childhood friends and it just goes down hill from there.
- Butt Monkey: He really can't get a break. He's not as much as Lubbock but he's definitely one when he first joined the Night Raid and he's later had the bad luck of being chosen as Esdeath's lover.
- Can't Catch Up: He quickly proves his worth as a fighter, but initially proves to be outclassed by some of the stronger opponents due to his tactics, while other Night Raiders handle them with ease. Incursio's evolved form fixed this issue pretty swiftly.
- Chick Magnet: Every girl that Tatsumi comes across he unknowingly manages to win her affection, it's eventually lampshaded by Lubbock and Najenda much to his confusion.
- 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.
- Deadly Upgrade: Forcing Incursio to evolve sounds awesome on paper(See Took a Level in Badass below), unfortunately because Tatsumi is still inexperienced in using it, this just means Tyrant will slowly take him over and destroy his body.
- Deal with the Devil: He begs Tyrant, who is still alive, for the power to protect Mine and crush the Empire after feeling he was too weak following Lubbac's death. Incursio then evolves and he becomes a hell of a lot more powerful as a result being able to fight both Budou and Esedeath on equal footing. However, he starts feeling the effects on his body as the fight draws on.
- 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.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the anime, he dies in Akame's arms.
- Distressed Dude: Tatsumi finds himself captured and imprisoned by Esdeath once she decides to "make him hers". He manages to escape. Later, he gets captured by Syura along Lubbock. Despite being revealed as a member of Night Raid, Esdeath tries to convince him to join her one last time. Tatsumi refuses and Esdeath decides to execute him herself. Mine then shows up at the last minute to save her boyfriend.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Starts out Badass Normal but inherits Bulat's Teigu after Bulat's death.
- 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.
- Exotic Eye Designs: When Incursio gets a powered up form, his eyes have Tyrant's cross-shaped pupils. Even after he stops wearing the armor, his right eye remains that of Tyrant's.
- Fusion Dance: Forcing Incursio to evolve made him fuse with it according to Budou. It may explain why he gains Tyrant's exotic eyes, even after he's not in the armor.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Actively switches between soft Tareme Eyes when he's lounging with friends, to razor sharp Tsurime Eyes when he's ready to fight and kill.
- 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.
- First Kiss: Tatsumi's was taken by Esdeath. Understandably, Mine is upset at this.
- 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.
- Nice Guy: Kind even to his enemies, which almost got him killed a number of times.
- Oblivious to Love: He utterly fails to notice Mine's feelings for him and has a really hard time figuring out what she means when she confesses she likes him.
- Official Couple: With Mine.
- The One Guy: He's the only guy in Night Raid after Lubbock's death.
- Only Sane Man: Occasionally acts as this in the Night Raid.
- Plot Armor: One has to wonder why Tatsumi didn't suffer the same fate as Ieyasu and Sayo, had the plot not of required him to be alive.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "You can beg the King of Hell for forgiveness."
- Skilled, but Naïve: 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.
- Slave Collar: After Esdeath decides to make Tatsumi hers, she collared him in the arena and tried to drag Tatsumi off. When that failed, she just knocked him out.
- Sole Survivor: He is the only one out of his friends to survive leaving his village after chapter 1.
- Sorry That I'm Dying: In the anime, right before he dies, he apologizes to Akame for not being able to keep his promise to survive.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: If the Great Lord's prophetic powers are to be believed, Tatsumi's romance with Mine won't end well.
- Took a Level in Badass: Chapter 54, he forces Incursio to evolve even further. It not only makes him strong enough to keep up with the Empire's strongest warriors, but he's also capable of NoSelling Esedeath's Time Stands Still ability, albeit briefly.
- 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 and speed.
- 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.
- When He Smiles: His smile is what catches Esdeath's affections.
- Adaptive Armor: Due to Tyrant's aptitude for adaptation and evolution the armor also inherits its Adaptive Ability.
- Badass Cape: One of these comes with it.
- Blade on a Stick: Incursio's auxiliary armanent, Neuntote, a halberd capable of cutting through several Danger Beasts in one swing.
- Cool Mask: A helmet with a mask comes with it.
- Instant Armor: The user can summon this armor at will.
- Invisibility Cloak: He can become invisible for a limited amount of time.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Incursio's known for it's near indestructible defense.
- Power Armor: The armor was created from the flesh of Tyrant, whose life force was so great that the beast is still alive within the armor.
- Red Baron: Demon Dragon Armor: Incursio.
"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.
- Adorkable: Her social awkwardness and Big Eater antics are really endearing.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has really long black hair, is very pretty and displays a stoic and aloof attitude most of the time.
- Badass: One of the stronger members of the Night Raid and the former top assassin of The Empire.
- Badass Adorable: An absolutely ruthless and efficient killer... who has a tendency to be adorable in her free time.
- Badass Boast: She states that she will kill General Esdeath when the time comes. In the anime, she does it in episode 24.
Esdeath is certainly powerful... But she has a weakness. She's alive... She has a beating heart. If so... I will kill her. Even if she is the fabled strongest in the empire!
- Badass Longcoat: An occasional part of her attire.
- 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.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: In the anime, her eyes turn black when she uses her trump card.
- Bond One-Liner/Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "I'll send you to your grave!"
- Catch Phrase: "Eliminate."
- Cain and Abel: Abel to Kurome's Cain.
- The Comically Serious: A lot of Akame's comedic value comes from her lack of social skills and her voracious appetite, always while keeping the same deadpan expression.
- Cry Cute: When Tatsumi compliments her on not being affected when she loses a comrade, she cries and admits she's actually hurting, but on the inside.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: A minidress, and she always fights in it.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She and her sister Kurome were sold by their parents when they were young and forced into the Prime Minister's assassin creation programs. To clarify, her training was being forced into a large forest with 100 other children and being hunted by vicious Danger Beasts until only a couple were standing with nothing more than a sword. And that was just the first part.
- Defeat Means Friendship: She was recruited into the Night Raid when she was successfully talked into it by Najenda when she was assigned to kill her.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts off initially as an Emotionless Girl, but begins to become more compassionate after her interactions with Tatsumi.
- Did You Think I Can't Feel?: She's usually so calm and composed that Tatsumi thinks she's simply numb to emotions, but she admits that she isn't.
- Emotionless Girl: Justified since she was trained to kill her emotions to be a proficient assassin.
- Fastball Special: She is thrown by Tatsumi in order to land a killing blow against Dr. Stylish.
- Marked Change: In the anime, red marks appear all over her body once she uses her trump card.
- Master Swordswoman: She's an extremely talented swordswoman, probably the best in the series.
- Meaningful Name: "Akame" literally means "red eyes''.
- Mini Dress Of Power: Her Iconic Outfit.
- Murderous Thighs: When Ibara of the Rakshasa Demons manages to take her sword, she breaks his neck with her legs to retrieve it.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: Her first encounter with Tatsumi has him in the wrong place at the wrong time and with the wrong idea of who is good and who is bad. She's very aware of this and avoids fighting him.
- No Social Skills: Akame isn't the best when it comes to social norms and common sense. Chelsea once tried to lift her skirt to see if Akame would try to stop her, which she fortunately did.
Chelsea: I was just testing to see if she had any kind of shyness as a girl. I got worried there for a second.
Akame: Course I do! I’ve been taught all forms of common sense!
- The Not-Love Interest: Normally, you would except the titular heroine to be the male lead's love interest. This not the case with Akame, who is just good friends with Tatsumi with very little to no romantic tension between them. Tatsumi ends up paired off with Mine instead.
- Not So Stoic: But it’s evident that Akame represses her emotions to be an effective killer and breaks down in tears while berating Tatsumi when he assumes that she already gets over Sheele’s death.
- This happens again in the anime after she killed her younger sister, Kurome, mainly because how much she and Kurome loved each other.
- Rapunzel Hair: It reaches down to her knees.
- Red Baron: Akame of the Demon Sword Murasame.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her name and her assassination skills invoke this trope
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Akame's rigorous assassination training makes her one of the strongest combatants in the story in exchange for a lack of social skills and repressed emotions but her time in the Night Raid slowly fixes that.
- The Stoic: She always carries a melancholy look around her teammates and when out in combat.
- 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.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She's cold as ice, always ready to kill her assassination targets in cold blood. Still, she's compassionate to innocents and cares a lot about her teammates.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Her appetite for meat would give Luffy pause.
- Tsurime Eyes: Her eyes are focused and sharp, befitting for a stoic and strong Action Girl.
- Waif-Fu: Akame is a very lithe girl but she demonstrates she can move faster than the eye can see and bifurcate men several times larger than her in the same motion.
- When She Smiles: She's usually emotionless, but after Tatsumi successfully completes his first mission, she seems happy he made it out okay.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade-B.
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
- 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.
- Red Baron: Animal King: Lionelle.
- Super Senses: Lionelle enhances the user's senses to superhuman levels.
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: He's not too subtle about his interest in men. He's also a bonafide badass who could simultaneously take on three of the empire's strongest soldiers (who where also Teigu users) at once. His strength is explicitly compared to Esdeath's. That should give you an idea of how Badass he is.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Tatsumi.
- Bishōnen: What he looked like before joining the Night Raid.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: All members of Night Raid are capable of superhuman feats, but Bulat's strength is on another level entirely from sheer training.
- Defector from Decadence: He was an Imperial Officer of The Empire before leaving after realizing how corrupt the Prime Minister is.
- Delinquent Hair: His hair is styled in the shape of a pompadour. A heart shaped pompadour.
- Determinator: Bulat stabs himself in the leg to avoid being affected by Nyau's flute Teigu.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: He gives Tatsumi one of these when he almost allows himself to be consumed by vengeance.
- Heroic Build: He is ripped.
- Hot-Blooded: He is among the most emotional members of the Night Raid and he teaches Tatsumi to embrace these emotions but not to let them consume him.
- Hunk: Square-chinned, tall and muscular Bulat creates quite the contrast when standing next to Tatsumi.
- Manly Gay: Basically the poster boy for Rated M for Manly in the series.
- Meaningful Name: It's an old type of reinforced steel known in Russia and the name of a pretty sturdy tank.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest members of the Night Raid when Tatsumi first joins.
- Obi-Wan Moment: He gives Tatsumi some important last minute instructions on how to use Incursio, before succumbing to fatal poisoning by Liver.
- Red Baron: The Hundred Man Slayer.
- Shirtless Scene: If he's not in his Incursio armor, then he's probably without his shirt, too, just for good measure.
- Spin to Deflect Stuff: Spinning his halberd is enough to neutralize Liver's water cannon.
- Tough Love: Any advice he gives Tatsumi usually leads with a punch to the face. Bulat outright states he favors tough love.
- Transformation Sequence: He gets a brief one when donning his armor, as shown in episode 3.
- Adaptive Armor: Due to Tyrant's aptitude for adaptation and evolution the armor also inherits its Adaptive Ability.
- Badass Cape: One of these comes with it.
- Blade on a Stick: Incursio's auxiliary armament, Neuntote, a halberd capable of cutting through several Danger Beasts in one swing.
- Cool Mask: A helmet with a mask comes with it.
- Instant Armor: The user can summon this armor at will.
- Invisibility Cloak: He can become invisible for a limited amount of time.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Incursio's known for it's near indestructible defense.
- Power Armor: The armor was created from the flesh of Tyrant, whose life force was so great that the beast is still alive within the armor.
- Red Baron: Demon Dragon Armor: Incursio.
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.
- Badass: Takes out two of the Rakshasa Demons by himself. He holds out under torture, successfully fakes being broken by torture and kills Syura.
- Butt Monkey: Par course for his behavior in the Night Raid. He's either beaten to a pulp by Leone or running away from Bulat's affection. Mine even states this is his designated role in the group.
- Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: He's remarkably respectful towards Najenda despite his tendencies.
- Casanova Wannabe: He always tries to woo any cute girl he sees. Unfortunately for him, they're either not interested or trying to kill him.
- 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.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: After being captured by the Wild Hunt, he is subjected to this, including a Groin Attack.
- 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.
- Curtains Match the Window: Green hair and eyes.
- Disguised in Drag: One of his many civilian disguises is a woman.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Incredibly jealous of Tatsumi's status as the resident Chick Magnet.
- Groin Attack: As part of Syura's Cold-Blooded Torture. He's missing one testicle now.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Izou cuts off a good chunk of the left side of Lubbock's body during their fight. As Lubbock slowly dies, Izou commends him for holding out as long as he did.
- Hot-Blooded: To a lesser degree.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: In a 1 on 1 fight, he's a pretty strong fighter, despite his slender appearance. He also has many tricks up his sleeve regarding his teigu, and often fools his opponent into thinking he used his most powerful attack, only to then be lured into a false sense of security when an attack or trap he laid out earlier catches them off guard.
- Imaginary Love Triangle: He thinks he's competing with Susanoo for Najenda's affections. Najenda and Susanoo's relationship is completely platonic.
- Love at First Sight: He fell in love with Najenda the moment he first saw her.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His left eye is usually covered by his hair.
- The Smart Guy: He's the one that handles the alarms and defenses of the Night Raid's hideouts and he's also skilled in reconnaissance and information gathering.
- Subordinate Excuse: He joined the army and later Night Raid so he could be close to his beloved Najenda.
- Undying Loyalty: To Najenda. He gave up his comfortable rich life and joined a rebel group of assassins all in order to follow her and remain by her side.
- Unknown Rival: He thinks of Susanoo as his rival for Najenda's love.
- Weak, but Skilled: While he lacks the raw physical power of Leone 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. And he does this again in episode 18 against the female Rakhasa demon.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green hair.
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 Lubbock can alternate between using the threads for either strangulation or laceration.
- Red Baron: Infinite Uses: Cross Tail.
- Shaping Your Attacks: He can shape his thread into a throwing spear, a makeshift shield, and an axe.
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 Lubbock, 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.
- Fiery Redhead: Her hair is closer to pink, but otherwise she fits this trope to a T, being an aggressive Tsundere.
- Girlish Pigtails: One of the characteristics that identify her as a Tsundere.
- Glass Cannon: She has destructive power and range but she lacks any kind of defensive measure against counterattacks.
- Hair Decorations: Bows.
- Heroic RROD: She uses all of Pumpkin's power to defeat Budou so that Night Raid can escape. However, she's left in a coma afterwards.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sheele. They always team up in battle and in a side story, she becomes jealous that Sheele becomes close to a little girl Night Raid are taking care of.
- Hypocritical Humor: She hates how insulting Chelsea is to her comrades yet Tatsumi notes she acted the exact same way when he first joined.
- Insufferable Genius: In terms of her sniping skill she's no doubt a genius. The only reason other characters don't comment on her impressive skills is because she already beats them to the compliment.
- 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.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Mine likes to wear a nice frilly dress whenever she decides to kick ass.
- Last Kiss: With Tatsumi in her death scene in the anime.
- Long-Range Fighter: She has devastating range and attack power but she's only effective at a distance since most enemies can either withstand or outright dodge Pumpkin's shots.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: She does one in episode 3, complete with holding her hand by her mouth.
- Official Couple: With Tatsumi.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her Girlish Pigtails are about as tall as her.
- Rescue Romance: Starts falling for Tatsumi after he saves her from Seryu's final attack.
- Shana Clone: Short, really long pink hair, Elegant Gothic Lolita style dress and a very aggressive Tsundere.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She eventually falls for Tatsumi because of his kind-hearted and brave nature.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Pumpkin is nearly as long as she is tall.
- Smash Sisters: With Sheele. She watched her back for enemies and the danger from the situation fuels the charge needed for her to fire her Pumpkin.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: The Great Lord has hinted that his prophetic powers have told him Mine and Tatsumi's romance will end in tragedy.
- Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She's small, abrasive and tends to treat Tatsumi as her subordinate at first.
- Tsundere: 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.
- Tsurime Eyes: A typical trait of a violent and haughty Tsundere.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She charges to rescue Tatsumi from his public execution and faces Budo and Esdeath, the two most powerful and feared generals of the Empire, on her own all in order to save her boyfriend.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink hair.
- Abnormal Ammo: Pumpkin fires highly concentrated piercing shots of spirit energy.
- Awesome but Impractical: In order to make full use of Pumpkin's destructive potential, its user must be in constant danger.
- The weapon is also prone to overheating at the least appropriate moments.
- Inexplicably Awesome: Not even Mine understands how her weapon works, only that its an Imperial Arms, making it ancient and very deadly.
- 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.
- Red Baron: Roman Artillery: Pumpkin.
- Sniper Rifle: Mine mainly makes use of it for.
- Wave Motion Gun: Essentially what Pumpkin becomes when it becomes properly charged.
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.
- Action Girl: She can easily cut her enemies in half with her scissors.
- Adorkable: Her clumsiness makes her really cute.
- Anime Chinese Girl: She wears a qipao and she grew up in a very oriental-looking district.
- Apologetic Attacker: She has a tendency to apologize to her victims after she kills them.
- Badass Adorable: Don't let her appearance fool you, this cute Meganekko is really good at killing people.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's really nice and clumsy, but she won't hesitate to cut you in half with her scissors.
- Brutal Honesty: When asked to convince Tatsumi to make his decision and join the Night Raid all she simply tells him is that he knows the location of where their hideout is so he has no choice but to join or get killed.
- Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair and eyes.
- 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.
- Eaten Alive: Suffers this fate.
- Go Out with a Smile: As she's being consumed by Seryu's Koro.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mine.
- Improbable Weapon User: A giant pair of scissors.
- Knife Nut: Her Weapon of Choice before gaining Ecstacy, which she used to great efficiency in her first murder and the men who killed her parents.
- Meganekko: Her glasses are only an addition to her being very Moe.
- Nice Girl: She's an incredibly kind and caring girl, especially in episode 5, when she consoles Tatsumi after he realizes that there's no way to resurrect his fallen friends.
- Parental Abandonment: See Dark and Troubled Past above.
- Scars Are Forever: She has a scar on her right cheek that she tells Tatsumi was the result of a tough battle. In actuality, the scar was caused by a careless Sheele scraping her cheek across a sharp tree branch.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: She does this from time to time.
- Smash Sisters: With Mine.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.
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.
- Braids of Action: When she was younger.
- Celibate Heroine: She's too focused on leading a rebellion to think about dating. Although she admits she could consider starting a relationship with Lubbock after the conflict is over.
- Defector from Decadence: She used to be a general in the Imperial army alongside Esdeath, but joined the Revolutionaries after seeing her in action.
- Eyepatch of Power: She lost her eye to Esdeath.
- Genre Savvy: She knows that she's no match for Esdeath in a straight up fight. So she deliberately hatches plans that either lures Esdeath away from her true objective, or manages to cause targets she's protecting to flee from her protection, where Najenda and her crew can then dispatch them without Esdeath's intervention.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: The good kind.
- 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.
- Identical Stranger: The reason Susanoo responded to her is because she resembles his previous master, who much to Tatsumi and Leone's amusement, was a man.
- In-Series Nickname: "Boss" and "The Hunk of the Rebellion".
- 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 Lubbock, 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.
- Tragic Keepsake: She keeps Lubbocks goggles with her after his death
- White Hair, Black Heart: She's not evil, but she's dangerous.
- 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.
- Attack Reflector: Mirror of Yata, a huge shield capable of reflecting any projectile attack.
- Battle Butler: He was created to be a bodyguard, so he also knows how to cook and tend house.
- 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.
- Big Damn Heroes: In his first appearance.
- BFS: Ame no Murakamo, a gigantic sword capable of cutting through Destaghoul in one swing.
- Chick Magnet: Lubbock mentions that he'd like to take him into town one day to help him pick up chicks. Susanoo doesn't really understand, but says that he'd be happy to help his allies in any way.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and eyes.
- 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.
- Flash Step: Jewel of Yasakani.
- Healing Factor: Being a humanoid Teigu allows him regenerate destroyed limbs within seconds.
- Holy Halo: It even levitates behind his back for Rule of Cool.
- Horned Humanoid: He has large bull horns on his head.
- The Last Dance: Decides hold off General Esdeath long enough for the remaining Night Raid members to flee after the assassination of Bolic.
- Meaningful Name: Named after the storm god of Japanese legend. He's also the Teigu capable of the most destruction wielded by Night Raid.
- Mundane Utility: While he's capable of holding his own in combat, he's also a good housekeeper and guard, originally designed to escort and protect rulers.
- Neat Freak: When he sees something out of place like someone’s hair or their clothes he immediately adjusts it perfectly.
A young girl who joins Night Raid later on in the story. Her town was eradicated by the Empire upon suspicion of harboring rebels. Her Teigu allows her to take on a multitude of different disguises.
Tropes associated to Chelsea
- Bathtub Scene: Gets one in episode 12.
- Boring but Practical: She assassinates a target in episode 15 simply by striking at an artery in the man's neck. Contrast that to the more flashy kills done by other characters, who also usually tend to sever limbs, heads, and torsos.
- Brutal Honesty: In episode 12, she says Night Raid, while having semi-competent members, lacks good cohesion and will likely fail a mission. She was saying that largely because the last group she was with ended up dying, and didn't want them to also get killed.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Chelsea seems to insult both Sheele and Bulat at first in episode 12, which ticks off Mine and Tatsumi. However, she later shares with him that the last group she was with died except for her, and was hoping their unit cohesion was strong so they could assist each other and survive.
- Establishing Character Moment: When she's properly introduced in episode 12, she at first plays with Akame's hair, then offers her a lollipop. She also has a bad start with Mine, insulting the latter's small chest size. And later a cat shows up, causing Mine to go through Cuteness Proximity and give her cake to the cat. Said cat actually turns out to be Chelsea demonstrating her deception abilities. She also tricks Tatsumi when he attempted to prank her in the bath.
- Flower Motifs: Hydrangea. They are seen in her backstory when she completed her first assassination and when she's killed by Kurome's puppets.
- The Gadfly: In her free time, she enjoys getting reactions out of her teammates and especially likes pushing Mines buttons, such as mocking her chest size and tricking her with her transformations.
- Guile Heroine: Since she's not a strong combatant, she has to rely on disguises to get close enough to her target to kill them.
- Hair Decorations: Her butterfly headphone accessory.
- Hidden Depths: Her first kill was a viceroy who stripped his own civilians bare naked and killed them in broad daylight for sport. When she saw how positively it affected her fellow citizens, she sought to make the world a better place by becoming an assassin. However, somewhere along the line, she realized that being an assassin isn't nearly as romanticized as she thought. While she maintains her Pay Evil unto Evil mindset, by the time she kills a Nice Guy like Bols, she admits that it's not something she enjoys doing anymore.
- Love Epiphany: Much like Esdeath, Tatsumi's resolve and his smile causes her to blush a bit and look at him at a different light in episode 15 after he says he has no problems fighting against the Jaegers, despite having gotten to know some of them.
- No Sense of Personal Space: She starts running her fingers through Akame's hair seconds after meeting her.
- Oral Fixation: Always seen with a lollipop in her mouth.
- Red-Headed Heroine: Well, "heroine" is a bit strong, but she's certainly a redhead and aligned with Night Raid, which qualifies her nonetheless.
- Revenge: She kills Bols, who was the agent of the Empire that wiped out her town. Nevertheless, she herself admits she found it rather painful to do so.
- Sole Survivor: Of the other Night Raid assassination team that was annihilated by the Three Beasts.
- Sweet Tooth: She keeps a constant stock of lollipops, and later swipes cake from Mine.
- Tastes Like Friendship: After just meeting her, she wins Akame over by giving her candy.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Unlike Sheele and Bulat her death was not slow or peaceful whatsoever. Once Kurome realizes that Chelsea killed Bols, Kurome utterly annihilates Chelsea for it. All of her fingers on her left hand get shot off, her right arm gets lopped off, she gets shot in the torso, and she's finally decapitated. Then her head is stuck on a pike, while the rest of her body was dissected by Esdeath for information (since Chelsea was a shapeshifter). Seryu fed the remains to Koro... which caused Seryu and Koro's own deaths as a result. To be fair, Chelsea did manage to leave a potentially fatal Game-Breaking Injury on Kurome, who hasn't been the same fighter ever since.
- Weak, but Skilled: Not as good in combat as the other women of Night Raid, but she's remarkably capable of deception and striking at vital points. Too bad Kurome had been doped.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: May or may not be inverted. It appears she plays a rather heavy role in Akame ga Kill Zero, where she's given a fair amount of screentime.
Teigu: Gaea Foundation
Tropes associated with Jaegers:
- 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 Bols 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.
- Big Bad: Esdeath, being the leader of the group.
- The Brute: Seryu, alongside her Teigu, Coro. She's big on collateral damage and weapons and relies on heavy firepower more than subtlety.
- The Dreaded: Esdeath is already bad enough news for anyone opposing the Empire. So naturally the team she leads also brings fear to rebels.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even the worst members of their group have a strict moral code.
- Evil Counterpart: To Night Raid.
- Evil Genius: Dr.Stylish, being a Mad Scientist.
- Leitmotif: Jaegers.
- Punch Clock Villain: Other than Seryu, Esdeath and Dr. Stylish most of the members see being in the group as just a job and generally aren't villainous otherwise outside of combat.
- The Psycho Rangers: To Night Raid. Tatsumi even lampshades how similar the two opposing sides are.
- Esdeath to Najenda, the leaders of their respective groups and great tacticians.
- Kurome to Akame, child assassins who are one of the strongest memebers. Bonus points being also sisters.
- Wave to Tatsumi, newcomers to the team who become the Only Sane Man. They also wear Powered Armor with conflicting colors (White/Red vs Black/Blue).
- Run to Leone, yellow-themed characters who transform into animals (beast vs bird).
- Seryu to Mine, ruthless young girls devoted to their team and carry powerful ranged weapons. This makes their fight well fit.
- Dr. Stylish to Lubbock, crazy geniuses with glove Teigus.
- Koro to Susanoo, being organic Teigus.
- Bols to Chelsea. One thinks he's a bad person despite being very nice, the other thinks she's doing while being very rude and jaded. Also, one focuses on strength while the other uses deception.
- Villainous Friendship: Save for Dr. Stylish, they all seem to genuinely enjoy each other's company.
- Villains Out Shopping: Interestingly, the Jaegers are seen during their downtime from fighting, and some of them even have their own interesting background, such as Bols cooking for the others.
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.
- Abduction Is Love: Played for Laughs. She couldn't understand why knocking out Tatsumi, dragging him to the palace and slapping a collar on him isn't a good idea. She just wants him to stand out as her lover.
- Adaptation Distillation: After showing us what she did with the hero of the Northern Tribes, the anime adaptation removes several later instances of Esdeath's actual Sadist tendencies, relegating it to little more than her being a strong, though clearly Ax-Crazy, Blood Knight. It is still hammered home that she's a Psycho for Hire, but most of what she's done is toned down, and it isn't the first instance of censorship in the anime.
- 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 also A Mother to Her Men, expresses Villain Respect fairly frequently, doesn't care about achieving power (and turned down an offer of nobility when asked directly), mostly sees 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 Mother to Her Men: Surprisingly, considering her infamous sadism and cruelty. She will torture them as punishment for major screw ups, but it's light compared to what she does to enemies. In fact, when Run asked her point blank what they should do if confronted by her One True Love, Esdeath unhesitatingly told him that if their lives were in danger, they had permission to kill him (although she privately admitted that she'd prefer to add Tatsumi as a subordinate rather than be faced with the scenario of killing him).
- All Women Are Doms All Men Are Subs: Goes right along with her pure sadistic nature, but when she thinks Tatsumi is a masochistnote , 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.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She has one of the highest authorities in the Empire. She's also a complete Badass among badasses.
- Ax-Crazy: One of her more infamous moments came in her fight with Leone. Esdeath cut off Leone's breast, just to see how quickly Leone could regenerate (and don't worry, she did regenerate pretty quickly). This is another instance where Esdeath's brutality is toned down in the anime - she never even meets Leone, let alone fights her, although the sequence where she scares Leone off from her Killing Intent remains. In general, many of the more horrific scenes, whether they had Esdeath or not, were removed entirely, which leaves Esdeath as still Ax-Crazy, but relatively hands-off in the anime.
- Badass: Indisputably the most powerful fighter in the series, bar none.
- The Baroness: The Sexpot type with the Rosa Klebb fear factor. She's attractive, incredibly sadistic, smitten with the young hero and is considered the most terrifying warrior of the Empire.
- Bathos: Casually slaughtering Danger Beasts in between bouts of acting like a schoolgirl with a crush on Tatsumi.
- 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.
- Breakout Villain
- Break the Badass: She’s capable of doing this to every opponent but notable mention goes to Leone who flees from her just from the pressure of her Killing Intent.
- Calling Your Attacks: Doesn't seem like she usually does this, but in episode 14 she comments that she did it specifically to show off for Tatsumi.
- The Chief's Daughter: Back in her youth, she was the daughter of the Partas Clan Chief.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She literally smashed Suzuka into a wall for molesting Tatsumi and later gives Mine a terrifying Death Glare when she reveals herself as Tatsumi's girlfriend.
- Comically Missing the Point: A Running Gag of hers, particularly when it involves Tatsumi. See Abduction Is Love above for just one example.
- Commissar Cap: Fitting with her Nazi-esque motif.
- Covert Pervert: When she gets Tatsumi in her room after slapping a collar on him, and he attempts to leave by claiming he needed to shower, she actually says "Maybe we should have showered together...".
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and eyes.
- Cute and Psycho: She's Ax-Crazy as all-hell, and yet she can smile and blush like an innocent girl or a kindly mother. Tatsumi finds himself unnerved by it - he abhors her psycho side, but he's attracted to her cute/nice side.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: She also lets some of her opponents go, so as to spread more hatred towards the Empire and incite rebellions which she would then brutally suppress.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: A minidress with the bottom modified like a skirt, so she has the short part down. Also the World's Strongest Woman, so you better bet she got the dangerous part down.
- Dark Action Girl: She's sadistic, vicious and is known as The Empire's Strongest for damn good reason.
- Determinator: Esdeath is one dedicated woman who just won't give up on something she wants, as shown in her pursuit of Tatsumi. When he refused to join her and rejected her love one last time because of having a girlfriend now, she had to execute him under the Empire's orders. She then pretended to pull an If I Can't Have You and she planned to wound him bad enough so that he will seem dead, then take him away to presumably nurse him back to health and resume her attempts to get him to fall for her.
- Doomed Hometown: She was pretty devastated to learn that her village was destroyed by a rival hunting clan. Even today, she mourns the loss of her father and her village.
- Dragon-in-Chief: She's only one in a long line of generals working for Prime Minister Honest (himself the root of all the corruption in the capitol), but she's far more prominent, far more powerful, and holds much greater sway over the story than anyone else, including Honest and Syura. In many ways, the only reason Honest is still the Prime Minister is because he's providing Esdeath with more and more enemies to fight, but if you mistreat her subordinates, you can kiss your ass goodbye, and she's already proven that even the resident Overlord Jr. isn't safe from her wrath. Often times, it's very easy to mistake her as the Big Bad instead.
- The Dreaded: She's notorious for her power as well as her cruelty, to the point where most people would rather haul ass than to face her.
- Entitled to Have You: She thinks this about Tatsumi.
- Establishing Character Moment: Having previously established the the Prince of the North was an unstoppably powerful warrior who'd never lost a battle, the very first time Esdeath appears in person said prince is naked, chained and collared, kneeling at her feet, literally licking her boots. She promptly kills him with one kick, almost as an afterthought.
- Even Evil Has Standards: One of the clearer examples amongst the Jaegers; she finds Wild Hunt to be obnoxious and disgusting, most notably, and she found Seryu to be far to Ax-Crazy, so she told Kurome and Wave to loosen her up and reel in her Sanity Slippage.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Tatsumi 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.
- Evil Counterpart: To Najenda.
- Final Boss: Serves as one in episode 24 of the anime. Despite the Empire falling, Esdeath vows to continue her "hunt". And if she can't find any rebellions to put down, she'll simply start one. Fortunately she's stopped by Akame before she's able to put that into action.
- Forceful Kiss: She steals a kiss from Tatsumi twice. Although the second time was because she wanted to know if they were living in an illusion when they were sent to an island by Syura (and says no, it's real, because the sensations are too strong for it to be fake). Nevertheless, Mine wasn't happy when Tatsumi told her about it.
- Four-Star Badass: When you kick as much ass as her there's no other position except as a general.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She used to be a normal little girl from the Northern Frontier Lands who lived happily with her father and loved nothing more than hunting. As she grew up, 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. Fifteen years, the death of her father, the destruction of her village, and the drinking of demon blood later, and she's the most feared warrior in the entire series.
- Go Out with a Smile: In episode 24 of the anime, after being mortally wounded by Akame, she smiles as she cradle's Tatsumi's corpse and slowly freezes herself and him, before disappearing into the air after the ice vaporizes them both.
- Gratuitous German: Most of her named attacks fall under this. Averted with her trump card.
- Heartbroken Badass: After Tatsumi manages to escape from her... love.
- 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 for people who are strong, so she may recruit them under her umbrella. If she sees you as strong, you're earned her respect, and she will treat you as if you were family. Plus, she's looking for her One True Love (no, really - and everyone who hears this is equally surprised). 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 though she clearly enjoys annihilating her opponents, she has expressed a fairly strong sense of disappointment whenever they prove to be not as powerful as she thought; she regrets nothing, but appears sullen and bitter that they were not strong enough to challenge her. 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.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: She's a sadistic Social Darwinist who doesn't care how corrupt the empire becomes as long as she can fight, yet 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. 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. Furthermore, for all of her Social Darwinist bravado, she has a massive problem with people who harm her subordinates, so even though she believes it is natural for the weak to die, she will take time out of her hands to avenge their deaths anyway, even though it goes against the very creed she's honoring her father over. In many ways, she's earned the loyalty of her fellow Jaegers, and she's actually very sweet to anyone whom she thinks is worth her time.
- Hopeless Suitor: No matter how hard she tries, Tatsumi absolutely refuses to join her and become her lover. This comes to a head when Tatsumi is revealed as a member of Night Raid and tells her he has a girlfriend now and Esdeath makes one last desperate attempt to make Tatsumi fall for her and become her subordinate. Once it becomes clear Tatsumi won't change his mind, Esdeath decides to kill him so he can't be with anyone else only to reveal in her inner thoughts that she never planned on actually killing him and still planned on getting him to fall for her.
- I Control My Minions Through...: Kindness, ironically. Despite her brutal 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, always heals them, and keeps it fairly light compared to her enemies. In fact, it's actually pretty rare for her to mistreat any of her subordinates at all, and she tends to transfer money intended for her to her Faceless Goons instead. When Prime Minister Honest brings it up, Esdeath replies that she knows her soldiers will fight harder for her if they adore her rather than fear her. And to be fair, her relationship with the Jaegers in particular shows that the devotion is mutual on her part.
- Icy Blue Eyes: To fit her general disposition, she has appropriately colored light blue eyes.
- If I Can't Have You: She repeatedly tries her best to get Tatsumi to join her, and grows more desperate towards the end. Even when he let it slip that he's already dating another girl, she keeps trying, and clearly feels awful that he keeps rejecting her. Since he won't ever leave Night Raid, she ultimately decides to put Tatsumi up for a Public Execution but doesn't intend to actually kill him; instead, she plans to wound him bad enough so that he will seem dead, then take him away to presumably nurse him back to health and resume her attempts to get him to fall for her.
- I'm Taking Him 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.
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.) Lubbock: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED??!!
- In Love with Your Carnage: She gets quite turned on when fighting against Tatsumi's powered up mode.
- 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 really care as long as she can fight and recruit strong people. Her adherence to Social Darwinism is the main reason Tatsumi doesn't think Love Redeems in her case.
- The Juggernaut: In the course of the entire story Esdeath has never been harmed when she enters a fight. If her opponents aren't done in by her One-Hit Kill blows, they are immediately incapacitated or worse. This comes to a head in the Bolic arc, when she takes down Incursio Tatsumi, Leone, Magatama Susanoo, and Najenda singlehandedly.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: She helps put Syura on a Humiliation Conga and forces Wild Hunt to disband as payback for killing one of her Jaegers. Wild Hunt definitely had it coming.
- Leitmotif: Esdeath. Essentially the theme for the Jaegars without the lyrics.
- Life or Limb Decision: In the anime, Akame wounds her left arm in their final battle. Esdeath then cuts it off to prevent the poison from spreading through her body.
- Lightning Bruiser: Most of her blows are One-Hit Kill and she's fast enough to dodge attacks from Incursio Tatsumi and Magatama Susanoo simultaneously. That's not even taking into account of her Teigu.
- Love at First Sight: She falls for Tatsumi after watching him win a tournament and she goes to greet him personally. While he's expecting a cash payment, she instead puts a leash on him, then knocks him out and takes him into the palace.
- Love Freak: She's pretty damn obsessed with Tatsumi, which makes her simultaneously Cute and Psycho.
- 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, so he figures that she needs to lose if there is to be any progress at all.
- Mama Bear: This is a recurring theme with Esdeath. 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. Also, 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), advises and mentors them like a mother, 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
- Mini Dress Of Power: Part of her Iconic Outfit.
- Ms. Fanservice: Even more so than Leone.
- Nature Versus Nurture: It is true that her Social Darwinist mindset is the result of being raised in a very rural, unforgiving area of the continent where Danger Beasts ran rampant and her tribe being wiped out by a rival tribe. However, her penchant for sadism and enjoyment of torture is implied to be nature, not nurture. The northern tribes who decimated her village? She holds no ill will towards them, because as her father once said about her mother, if they lost, it was because they were too weak, and it is the natural order of things in the world. She decimated them because that was what her job entailed, and she admits she probably would've killed them eventually anyway even if she wasn't a general (since they were a rival hunting tribe to begin with). Nevertheless, she still mourns the loss of her father and hometown, does protect the normal people of the Empire, prefers to cut loose only on her enemies, and she has since developed a massive Berserk Button towards anyone who harms her subordinates, so the question is rather how much of a sadist would she have been if things played out differently for her life. And to be fair, being given a name (see Meaningful Name below) that forced her to claim to be a sadist every time she introduced herself might have something to do with it.
- Noble Demon: 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.
- Not Good with Rejection: Yes and no. She's very driven to getting Tatsumi under her wing, but he keeps saying no. Eventually, she gives up when she realizes that he will never change his answer, and begrudgingly decides to have him put up for execution while planning to wound him bad enough to make others think he's dead, take him away, and presumably heal him up and continue her attempts to win him over.
- One Woman Army: As Najenda herself estimated, she is worth no less than ten Teigu users and 50,000 soldiers.
- Panty Shot: Zigzagged. Every now and then, we see brief black bars from underneath her skirt, which we assume to be her undergarments. However, in episode 19, when there's a clear shot of her crotch, there's a silhouette covering her panties. It's a fairly awkward form of censorship.
- Pet the Dog: Surprisingly often. Among other such occasions, she comforts Seryu when she is devastated over Stylish's death (even smiles sweetly when Seryu falls asleep in her arms), she shows a much softer side to her subordinates, she prefers to see Susano'o as a warrior and not simply as a Teigu, she personally nurtured Tatsumi when they were stranded on the island, she keeps the actual families of her soldiers under protection, she doesn't treat Bols any differently after taking off his mask (and even smiles after seeing it firsthand), she's incredibly protective of her subordinates (even when it goes against her Social Darwinist creed), and orders her soldiers to protect the fleeing civilians at a botched Public Execution.
- Power Born of Madness: She gained her Teigu by drinking the blood of a particularly demonic Danger Beast. It littered her mind with destructive, murderous thoughts, that she was able to control due to Esdeath herself being destructive and murderous (although she mentions that the demon blood has since been tamed).
- Power Tattoo: That marking on her chest, just above her cleavage, is her Teigu, and the reason she's An Ice Person.
- Psycho for Hire: She's a sadist through and through (although how much of one would she have been is up for debate) - perfect for the position of General in The Empire's military.
- Rapunzel Hair: Par course for the series.
- Red Baron: The Empire's Strongest.
- Royal Rapier: Her weapon of choice.
- Sadist: One of her most defining characteristics, as it's heavily implied that she's a sadist by nature.
- Sexy Shirt Switch: She dons a plain white shirt, complete with Absolute Cleavage and She's Got Legs, when she gets Tatsumi to her room after a shower.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She has no qualms about showing off her body in front of Tatsumi whatsoever.
- Single-Target Sexuality: She's Tatsumisexual.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She's primarily searching for her One True Love... which just happens to be Tatsumi. In general, she seems to have a natural liking towards good men. Other than Tatsumi, she holds a ton of respect for General Budo, she prefers to see Susano'o as a man instead of a tool, she personally broke Liver out of prison, and she lets a small smile as well as a very tiny blush upon removing Bols' mask and persuading him to overcome his shyness. Tatsumi fits all of the traits she wants in a man, though.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Not a teenager, but she definitely acts like this around Tatsumi.
- 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. This mindset is why Tatsumi keeps rejecting her advances.
- Superpower Lottery: Being gifted with the Demon's Extract automatically wins her this, allowing her to create gigantic blocks of ice out of thin air with little effort and instantaneously freeze anything within seconds. If that's not enough she has One-Hit Kill blows, she's fast enough Flash Step around her opponents, and has an impeccable sixth sense. If all that fails she can briefly freeze space and time once a day.
- Together in Death: In the anime, after being mortally wounded by Akame, Esdeath freezes herself along Tatsumi's corpse before shattering both into pieces.
- Torture Technician: Esdeath loves to torture people and her hobby seems to be finding new ways to make them suffer. The capital has a industrial scale torture chamber that she takes direct charge of whenever she's around; at one point upon seeing a vat full of people boiling alive, she demanded the water temperature be lowered simply to make them suffer longer.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: A fairly major part of her role in the plot is her love for Tatsumi.
- Villainous Crush: On 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.
- Villain Respect: After seeing Susanoo perform a Heroic Sacrifice, Esdeath is so impressed that she vows to remember him, not as a Teigu, but as a warrior. It's one of her more poignant Pet the Dog moments.
- We Can Rule Together: She constantly tries to convince Tatsumi to join the Empire and become her subordinate, but he always refuses. She eventually gives up and decides that if Tatsumi won't join her, she will have to kill him herself - similar to how Tatsumi himself declared that if he can't convince her, then he will have to kill her as well.
- Yandere: One of the rarer cases in that she never attempts to Murder the Hypotenuse. Instead, her psychotic nature generally comes from outside her interactions with Tatsumi, until he tells her he has a girlfriend now and refuses to join her one last time. She still loves Tatsumi, but would rather have him executed as opposed to letting anyone else take him. Though the execution was something she wasn't really planning on carrying out...
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is light blue.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Thigh-High Boots variety.
Tropes associated with Wave
- Anti-Villain: 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.
- Country Mouse: He is transferred to the capital via Esdeath's request for him. He tries his best not to look like a country bumpkin, but unfortunately he's still seen as one by many of the citizens there.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
- When given the opportunity, Wave has demonstrated that he can curb stomp an Incursio clad Tatsumi and overpower Akame, Mine, and Lubbock simultaneously.
- In addition to this, he can fight Syura in hand to hand combat, barring Teigu, and successfully defeat him. Bearing in mind that Syura is a much more established martial artist.
- Deus Exit Machina: When Night Raid went after Kurome the first thing they do is send Wave flying off a la Team Rocket. Fights against Imperial Arms users are tough enough and Wave is one of the stronger members of the Jaegers. Probably #3.
- Evil Counterpart: A subversion for Tatsumi. The Jaegers are antagonists but he is a Type IV Anti-Villain, their characters and Teigus are pretty much the same.
- Hero of Another Story: His joining of the Jaegers and subsequent adventures with them, run parallel to Tatsumi's own.
- Hypocritical Humor: He laments the way most people react with fear or disgust to Bols due to the mask he wears along with his large size, despite usually trying to help them. Wave is then immediately reminded by the other Jaeger members of his first reaction to Bols when the Jaegers were first forming, and how he freaked out as well.
- It's All My Fault: He blames himself for being knocked out from the Night Raid ambush that resulted in the death of Bols.
- Lightning Bruiser: While in Grand Chariot, he is powerful enough to overpower three Night Raid members, outrun Akame and like Incursio is Nigh Invulnerable.
- Naïve Newcomer: In comparison to the other members of Jaegars.
- 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, especially Kurome.
- Not So Different: When talking to Tatsumi in episode 10, both of them learn they have issues with their respective teammates. Were they not on opposing sides, they likely would have been good friends and allies.
- 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.
- Only Sane Man: In the Jaegars.
- 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 Naïve: 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.
Teigu: Grand Chariot
- Badass Cape: It even floats.
- Cool Mask: The armor comes with a helmet with a mask.
- Dark Is Not Evil: It's all black armor, but don't forget that Wave is actually one of the most merciful members of the entire cast.
- Flight: Grand Chariot trades the Invisibility Cloak of Incursio for the usage of being able to fly for short amounts of time.
- Instant Armor: He can summon it at any time.
- Power Armor: Grand Chariot was also made from the flesh of Tyrant after Incursio and Wave confidently states that because of this fact Grand Chariot is superior to its predecessor.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: A given fact considering it was made from the same Danger Beast as Incursio, but it also proves rather effective at blocking attacks from Akame's Murasame.
- Super Strength: Grand Chariot is capable of cracking the defenses of Incursio with one kick, a Teigu known for nigh invulnerable armor.
Tropes associated with Dr. Stylish
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: When he injects himself with something in episode 11, he grows monstrously huge.
- Camp Gay: He blatantly hits on his fellow male Jaegars, except Bols, and even offers his transformed human experiments a “night alone” with him if they manage to kill any Night Raid.
- Combat Medic: He can deal a healthy dose of asskicking with his minion army while also repairing (and upgrading) any of his allies with his Teigu, Perfector, saving them from anything less than death.
- Combat Tentacles: Syringe tipped tentacles.
- Evil Is Hammy: The way he talks and moves tends to be extremely melodramatic.
- Flunky Boss: When he attacks the Night Raid hideout he send his entire minion army to attack them while he stand back and watches the outcome of the battle.
- Full-Frontal Assault: After using a serum on himself that made him grow to Danger Beast size, his clothes were torn to shreds.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He gave an antidote to his minions so that they would be immune to his poison weapon, making his subordinates praise him for caring. He then reveals he rigged those same minions with bombs to use against Night Raid, showing that he doesn't actually have any respect or care for them.
- Mad Scientist: Loves to experiment on humans and seeks to create weapons more powerful than Teigus.
- Megane: To really play up his "doctor" look.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Specializing in human experimentation.
- One-Winged Angel: After his army is destroyed and realizes Night Raid is coming for his head, Stylish injects himself with a syringe transforming himself into a giant monster.
- Pet the Dog: For all his immoralities, he was genuinely kind to Seryu.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: He has three specially modified minions who have enhanced hearing, scent and vision to help him track down Tatsumi.
- 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.
- Skunk Stripe: He has a streak of white through his black hair. After assuming his One-Winged Angel form, the rest of his hair turns white.
- 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.
Tropes associated with Bols
- 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.
- Anti-Villain: He's 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.
- The Faceless: We never see his face. The anime does not directly show his face, but closeups and a shot from behind show that he is blond and blue-eyed.
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: His Teigu, Purgatory's Invitation: Rubicante, is a flamethrower can expel flames so hot even water can’t extinguish it.
- Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: Despite wearing a creepy mask that freaks out nearly anyone he meets, Bols is actually a really nice guy and one of the most sympathetic villains in the series.
- Happily Married: He has a wife and a daughter who love him as much as he loves them (i.e. very deeply). To the shock of everyone else in the group.
- Kill It with Fire: As part of his job as a member of the Incineration Squad.
- Nice Guy: If it wasn't for his occupation Bols would be the nicest character in the series.
- Punch Clock Villain: Despite having a job that entails burning down entire cities, innocents included, he still views it as a job.
- Shout-Out: Big muscular guy carrying a BFG attached to a huge barrel backpack? Are we talking about Vulcan Raven?
- Shrinking Violet: The first time Wave meets him, Bols is so nervous that he just stares silently at him until several other Jaegars show up.
- Super Strength: He can beat Danger Beasts into submission with his bare hands.
- Supreme Chef: He is noted by Wave to be an excellent chef, often making the meals eaten by the Jaegars.
- Wrestler in All of Us: He takes down some Danger Beasts with lariats and suplexes.
Voiced by: Ayaka Ohashi
Tropes associated with Kurome
- Master Swordswoman: When you can fight off another Master Swordsman that's wielding a One-Hit Kill katana you're more than qualified.
- Meaningful Name: "Kurome" literally means "black eyes".
- 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.
- Psycho for Hire: She was trained as an assassin just like Akame. Unlike Akame she completely buys into the More Than Mind Control that was fed to her.
- Psycho Serum: It’s later revealed the “cookies” Kurome always consumes is actually a new type of drug developed by the Empire to forcibly enhance their soldiers and she’s become addicted to them.
- Rescue Romance: They had some Ship Tease before the fact, but she begins to openly show her feelings for Wave after he saves her from getting raped by Syura.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: While she was already going to kill Chelsea in self-defense, the realization that Chelsea killed Bols makes Kurome visibly enraged, leading to Chelsea's Family-Unfriendly Death.
- Super Reflexes: Fast enough to dodge a sniper rifle shot from miles away.
- Sweet Tooth: She has a giant bag of cookies that she carries around wherever goes just to snack upon.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: She and her sister look nearly identical except for the hairstyle and eye color.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In her backstory presented both in the original manga and in Zero. She was shocked with the deaths of other children in the forest test and felt ill after being forced to kill a prisoner. Contrast with what she is now.
- Yandere: Her idea of loving someone is turning them into one of her corpse puppets.
- Elite Mooks: Especially Natala and Destaghoul.
- Necromancer: Those killed by Yatsuhusa are enslaved and can be reanimated by the user whenever they enter combat.
- Red Baron: March of the Dead: Yatsuhusa.
- 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 Seryu
- Alas, Poor Villain: The arc in which she dies ends with the kids she'd made a habit of playing soccer with coming to the field where they'd hang out only to wonder why she's not there.
- All Crimes Are Equal: Kills a bunch of petty thieves based on this philosophy.
- 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.
- Artificial Limbs: After losing both of her arms to Sheele.
- Ax-Crazy: Very much so. When fighting she's constantly got a Slasher Smile on her face and half of her dialogue, both in and out of combat, relates to murdering evildoers.
- BFG/Macross Missile Massacre: #2, #6 and #8, with #2 serving as four missiles that split and turn into an even larger volley of missiles.
- BFS: #3: Which also serves as her Blade Below the Shoulder.
- Black and White Insanity: You are with the Empire? You're good, no matter how corrupt or heinous you are. You are against it in any way? You're evil and must be killed, no matter what the circumstances were.
- 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.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: During her time in the Imperial Guard Forces.
- 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.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She's normally a carefree Genki Girl, but when it comes to fighting she's deadly and ruthless.
- Cry Cute: She cries many times for her fallen friends and loved ones, showing that while she is merciless towards "villains," she isn't a monster.
- Cute and Psycho: Very cute girl on the outside with very twisted conception of right and wrong.
- Dark Action Girl: She's vicious and brutal when she's out to "eradicate evil", always with a crazy Slasher Smile in her face.
- Defiant to the End: She gets sliced in half by Mine's Teigu and she still tries to kill Mine by detonating a bomb inside her head before she dies. It fails big time.
- Disability Superpower: Her body is filled with weapons, so removing her limbs isn't ideal.
- Dual Tonfas: What she used to fight with before Dr. Stylish’s modifications. They even fired bullets!
- Epic Flail: #1: Shinkou's Ball of Justice.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even she felt that Borick was a pig not worth the Jaegars' protection.
- Evil Redhead: She doesn't view herself as evil, but she's one of the most brutal and twisted members of the Jaegars.
- Expy: Of Yomotsu Hirasaka: They both see themselves as heroes of justice despite harming innocent people, have a Disability Superpower, are killed by the protagonist's pink haired girlfriend, and blow themselves up.
- Hero Killer: She manages to kill Sheele but she doesn't get out of the encounter unscathed.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She believes that Captain Ogre and Dr. Stylish were genuinely good people.
- Insane Troll Logic: Helped a group of bandits because you were forced to? Just as guilty as they were in Seryu's eyes.
- Knight of Cerebus: Her battle against Mine and Sheele is the first reminder in the story that the Night Raid isn't invincible and even the good guys can die.
- Knight Templar: A very dark kind.
- Justice Will Prevail: Her philosophy. If only she knew what kind of people Night Raid assassinated and her "saviors" truly were...
- Laughing Mad: After defeating Sheele, she speaks about delivering justice and then starts laughing maniacally. Even the other Imperial soldiers who came to assist her are creeped out by it.
- Major Injury Underreaction: She gets both her arms cut off and all she does is hysterically giggle over the fact that she defeated the evil villain. It's quite unnerving.
- Meaningful Name: She's always serious.
- Moral Myopia: Completely fails to recognize the flagrant evil in her mentors (and herself) while spouting on about bringing justice to evildoers.
- Multi-Melee Master/Multi-Ranged Master: Her personal armory held within Koro, Judgement of the Ten Heavenly Kings, created by Dr. Stylish that serve as extra modifications to her body that she can wield in the midst of battle.
- Rapunzel Hair: In her introduction, she wore her hair in a long ponytail that almost reached the ground, but it was shortened to shoulder-length after becoming a Jaegar.
- Red Herring Shirt: Before being formally introduced in Episode 5 of the anime, she can be spotted briefly in Episode 2 as a member of Ogre's entourage.
- Revenge: Her initial motivation is the fact that Nightraid murdered her master, Captain Ogre.
- Sanity Slippage: She's becoming more derailed as the series goes on, even killing a woman for assisting a group of bandits despite having been forced to do so against her will.
- Scarf of Asskicking: She's got a scarf.
- Slasher Smile: When she gets into battle expect a lot of these.
- Sniper Rifle: #7: Taizan's Cannon of Justice.
- This Is a Drill: #5: Enma's Spear of Justice.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.
Teigu: Hekatonkheires aka "Koro"
Tropes associated with Run
- Anti-Villain: Like Wave, he's this. 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.
- Badass Bookworm: He is never seen without a book in his hand.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Kurome from being killed by a two pronged attack from members of Wild Hunt, but ultimately sustains heavy injuries shielding her from a fiery explosion caused by Champ.
- Bishounen: He is a very handsome individual, which he uses to his advantage, in fake relationships with women like his town's mayor and Cosmina.
- Evil Counterpart: To Leone.
- 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.
- Hair Decorations: Two winged clips on both sides of his hair.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He may be a member of the Jaegars, but he's a actually a really decent guy who wishes to change the empire from within.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Internally mentions having an ulterior goal to working with the Jaegars: he wants to change the empire from the inside.
- Honey Trap: This was how he obtained his Teigu. By seducing his town's mayor, he was able to use her favor to work up the ranks of the military and obtain a Teigu.
- Nonchalant Dodge: Can dodge a fury of attacks from General Esdeath while still reading his book.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the manga, he dies in his fight with Champ, but at the end of the anime he's still alive and will help Wave rebuild the Empire.
- Catch and Return: Mastema's trump card, Divine Wings, allows the user to utilize Mastema's wings to deflect enemy projectiles back at them.
- Feather Flechettes: Mastema has the ability to fire a molt of feathers in lethal volley in a resemblance like weapons from Gilgamesh's Gate of Babylon.
- Flight: Mastema grants the user the ability to sprout angelic wings and fly.
- Perpetual Molt: The wings sprouted by Mastema constantly molt feathers with every flap.
- Red Baron: Soaring For Thousands of Miles: Mastema.
Prime Minister Honest
The defacto ruler of the Empire, as the Emperor highly regards Honest's council, even if everyone else around him knows otherwise but stays quiet lest they get removed and killed.
The tropes associated with Prime Minister Honest
- Big Bad: The root of all the corruption in the Capital, and aims to keep it that way.
- Big Bad Wannabe: The only reason he's still in charge is because he has Esdeath's support. He will not even consider annoying her in any way, and allows her to do whatever she wants, even if she goes against his authority, because he knows his title, his authority, his reputation, and his life are all forfeit otherwise.
- Big Eater: He’s even seen eating a cake whole.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Not to The Emperor.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He cares for his son Syura, and loses his shit when he dies... for all of one panel. After a few seconds of Ocular Gushers, he abruptly moves on and considers having another child. Dorothea is really unnerved by it.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Pities the poor sap that ends up being Esdeath's lover. When Esdeath decides to drink an entire vial of demon blood, Honest immediately tries to get her to back off since it could've killed her. He makes a toast with her once she proves him wrong by surviving and taming the demon blood.
- Establishing Character Moment: Walks out from 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.
- Evil Chancellor: Evil Prime Minister to be exact. He plays the trope straight by having the most influential power in the entire empire, influencing the decisions of The Emperor, and being his most “trusted advisor.
- Fat Bastard: His argument is that the stress he gets from hearing about the actions of the resistance cause him to over indulge himself.
- Ironic Name: He is anything but honest.
- Manipulative Bastard: Particularly regarding Makoto, who's little more than a Puppet King. At one point, he mentions that he intends to drive Makoto into the same depravity as his own by getting him to drink, eat, and fuck non-stop when he gets older, so that even if Honest himself dies, Makoto will more than likely continue the same form of corruption as an adult. Esdeath, for her part, cryptically tells Honest not to allow Makoto to contract "adult diseases."
- Poisonous Friend: He is this towards the Emperor. While claiming to be guiding the boy, he proves to be a Manipulative Bastard, and will always try to convince the Emperor that he's doing what's in the best interests of the Empire. And in episode 23 of the anime, even while the Emperor starts wondering if he's going too far, Honest tells him to harden his heart and put down the rebellion for the sake of his people. Never mind that many of them are dying by the Emperor's own hand as a result.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He's a very smart scumbag, most notably when it concerns the Jaegers, war strategies, and the defense of the palace. Everything he does is carefully calculated to keep his rule stable over the capitol.
- Villainous Friendship: His relationship with Esdeath is very professional and business-like, and they're often seen sharing drinks in his dinner table. Of course, Honest knows his rule is over without her support, so he makes sure to stay on Esdeath's good side at all times. They have an implicit deal - as long as he rules, his corruption creates more and more enemies arrayed against the capitol, which Esdeath - being a Blood Knight - would happily put down (although the Jaegers do protect the average folks of the empire when it comes down to it). Honest knows damn-well that a single inch out of line would result in Esdeath outright murdering him for crossing her, so he allows her to do whatever she pleases and makes sure not to boss her around (limiting his direct orders purely for combat-related purposes). This is best shown regarding Wild Hunt; when his son, Syura, asks him to disband the Jaegers on suspicion of secretly working against them, he counters by pointing out that Esdeath's very existence covers their asses, and refuses to oppose her in any way. When Esdeath humiliates Syura and provides evidence that he needlessly harmed the people of the Empire, Honest is forced to disband Wild Hunt.
- 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.
Tropes associated with The Emperor
- 0% Approval Rating: In episode 22 of the anime, he is told by various advisors that the Revolutionary Army is marching towards the capitol. On top of that, they have a lot of sympathizers within the city walls, and he's warned that as powerful as Esdeath is, even she likely can't win if a large enough army shows up. He starts to wonder if he wasn't leading the people as well as he thought he was, but Honest once against interjects and claims he has to simply put his foot down every now and then to quell any dissent.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Outside of his duties as the emperor, he's really just a cheerful little boy.
- Children Are Innocent: So innocent that he's very easy to manipulate.
- Establishing Character Moment: He is shown stoically sentencing an innocent man to death for objecting the political affairs of the Empire. He then asks the Prime Minister if he did well. When called out on being victim of the Prime Minister’s machinations by the innocent man he immediately dismisses the man’s words as foolish ramblings.
- Face Death with Dignity: In the final chapter of the anime, after being sentenced to death by The Revolution and before being executed, he accepts his judgment, admits that he was a bad ruler and finally asks Najenda to restore the country in his place.
- Good Is Dumb: Justified as he is just a child.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Believes the Prime Minister is his most trusted advisor.
- Nice Guy: Although he's clearly just a fake ruler, he's a kind young boy at heart, at least to 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.
- Sanity Slippage: In episode 23 he's starting to lose his marbles. Despite the massive destruction of the capitol, along with countless deaths, Honest keeps telling him that the rebellion must be stopped. He develops a crazy look on his face from time to time as he battles Tatsumi and causing considerable collateral damage.
Great General Budo
While he is not the Empire's Strongest, Budo is the commander in chief of the military, although he knows better than to boss Esdeath around. He is a man of immense strength, to the point where Esdeath herself respects him immensely.
Tropes associated with Great General Budo
- Anti-Villain: Although he was born from a line of generals who served the Empire, he cannot stand the current Prime Minister's very existence. At Tatsumi's Public Execution, Budo publicly declares his intention to kill Honest after the revolution is put down, with Esdeath right next to him at that. Esdeath herself smiled softly at his convictions and says she looks forward to fighting him.
- The Dreaded: Nearly as much as Esdeath.
- Four-Star Badass:
- Lightning Bruiser: Incredibly fast and very strong.
- 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.
- Power Fist: His Teigu, Adramalech is the piston punch variant.
- Shock and Awe: His Adramalech's power
Tropes associated with Wild Hunt:
- Adapted Out: Apart from Syura and Suzuka, none of them appear in the anime.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: Named after The Wild Hunt. They have a habit of raping and killing everyone in their way, too.
- 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.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: A very notable difference between them and the Jaegars to make them all the more monstrous. Syura, Cosmina, Enshin and Champ are all rapists. Especially Champ, who expresses sadistic glee at having his way with children.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: The Wild Hunt tend to throw a lot of weight around in the Empire simply because their leader is the son of the Prime Minister. As such any of their actions, such as rape and murder, can hand waved as thorough investigation.
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 Borneo islands south of the Empire, but the Prime Minister also stated his mother is not very respectable and possibly foreign.
- 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.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a giant X shaped scar across his face from the bridge of his nose.
- Humiliation Conga: Later on, he loses to Wave in a fist fight, gets criticized by his dad for it, then he loses several members of his unit, gets criticized by his dad for it, despite catching two members of Night Raid, Esdeath humiliates him by proving that he was responsible for an incident that endangered the empire and getting what remained of Wild Hunt disbanded, gets criticized by his dad for it, and finally gets killed by Lubbock when he pretends to have been broken by his torture. The fans enjoyed those few chapters immensely.
- And to top it all off, after Honest (the father he worked so hard to please) hears about the death of his son, he proceeds to weep for him... for one whole page. He gets over it in seconds, pretty much stating that he'll "make another son from scratch." Even after death the humiliation continues.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: People loved his Humiliation Conga.
- 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, Syura is convinced that he's gotten the fodder he needs to have the Jeagers disbanded. Esdeath completely outwits him by hiding the evidence Run had gathered against Syura in particular, which saves his ass from the law... and then she counters with evidence against the rest of Wild Hunt, which has them disbanded at her request. He refuses the cross her because of the blackmail she still had on him.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He tends to instill fear in his enemies by stating his relation to the Prime Minister, which causes them to halt their attacks. He then calls them out for being cowards. Not that this matters to Wave.
- Smug Snake: Due to his perceived strength and prowess, as well as family connections.
- Torture Technician. Claims to be this. He later shows how and why towards poor Lubbock.
- 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.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is white and he's one of the most evil sons of bitches in the series.
- Teleporters and Transporters: He can teleport himself or others to fixed locations. He used it to send Tatsumi and Esdeath from a mountain range to an island on the other side of the world.
Swordsman who loves to fight.
Tropes associated with Izou
- Badass: Is apparently as strong as the rest of the Wild Hunt put together, and takes down Lubbock with a single strike of his sheath.
- Badass Normal: His katana is stated to be normal (by their world's standard), and not a Teigu.
- Better Than Sex: While the Wild Hunt is "investigating" a theatre group suspected of writing plays that harm the image of the Prime Minister, Izou instead prefers to stand outside carving any would be escapees to pieces.
- Blood Knight: He loves to "make blood rain" and "feed" his sword Kousetsu the blood of his kills.
- Eyes Always Closed: He keeps his eyes shut unless he's cutting down scores of people, in which he reveals his black sclera.
- Fights Like a Normal: All members of the Wild Hunt have a Teigu, but unlike the rest he has no interest in it and is entirely devoted to Koutetsu.
- Hero Killer: As Lubbock would testify.
- Master Swordsman: Frequently cuts down groups of Mooks in single slices.
- Number Two: To Syura.
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.
- Her "upgrade" by Dorothea turns this aspect up, as she is now a hybrid between a mantis and a tank.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Her eyes have a sparkle sign in her pupils.
- 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.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Dorothea can repair her to some degree but turns her into a cyborg monster in the end.
- 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 keeps a hole from it.
- 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".
Alchemist from the Western Kingdom.
- A-Cup Angst: When healing Cosmina with her alchemy; she comments to Syura on how her great bust infuriates her, in a comedic fashion.
- All Women Are Lustful: Demonstrates this towards Tatsumi, of course.
- The Medic: She serves as this for the rest of Wild Hunt.
- Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: In chapter 50, when she's feasting on Tatsumi after he's subdued; she comments on how his blood is incredibly delicious, intense, and rich.
- 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.
- Blow You Away: Storm Orb, an orb imbued with the power to unleash an incredibly strong hurricane.
- 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.
- Children Are Innocent: In a very twisted aspect, this is the reason why he kills children. To prevent them from becoming "filthy adults".
- 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.
- Expy: Of John Wayne Gacy.
- Eye Scream: In his retaliation against him, Run fires a feather into his eye.
- Fat Bastard: In terms of evil and girth, he gives the Prime Minister a run for his money.
- 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 whose Teigu likens his image into the form of an actual angel.
- Karmic Death: His death by Run is this, as he's killed by his own attack by a man with wings, an angel in effect. Ironic as he compares children to angels.
- Made of Iron: Has the courtesy of being hit by a barrage of Mastema's Feather Flechettes, which can pierce through bone, tortured by Run, stabbed repeatedly in the torso and still has the strength to find Run and Kurome and attack the pair with his Teigu.
- Mighty Glacier: He's very slow but can tank an incredible amount of punishment and his Teigu can deal immense damage in both long and short range combat.
- Monster Clown: Especially monstrous, when one considers his sexual preference.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Beats an innocent woman to death simply because she tried to prevent him from having his way with a young child in a theater group.
- Not So Stoic: He drops his stoic demeanor when he happens to spot a cute child. Unfortunately, this is also coupled with arousal...
- 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.
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.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Just another trait to really prove he is an amoral bastard.
- Dirty Cop: Ogre is known for accepting bribes and using his connections to frame innocent people to take the executions for the real criminals.
- Dreadlock Warrior: His hair is styled in the shape of several dreadlocks.
- Evil Mentor: To Seryu.
- 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.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a wide cross shaped scar over his left eye.
- Kick the Dog: If it wasn't enough he framed an innocent man for a crime he didn't commit he also planned on forcing the man's wife to watch her entire family get executed one by one.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Tatsumi cuts off both his arms and then slashes him into a bloody corpse.
- Red Baron: The Demon.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In the anime.
- Social Darwinist: He believes in the empire the weak don't matter and the strong do. As such he has the power and authority to pass judgement on anyone weaker than him.
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, recognizing his strength, offered him a place under her command. As a result, Liver has since idolized Esdeath is unfailingly loyal to her. Liver led the Three Beasts in framing Night Raid in a series of political murders to lure them out, eventually confronting Bulat and Tatsumi aboard a cruise ship.
- Anti-Villain: Compared to his two teammates. He is an enemy only because of his Undying Loyalty to Esdeath for saving his life.
- Badass: Being a former general qualifies but fighting an Incursio clad Bulat on equal grounds is impressive.
- Badass Mustache: It's quite spiffy.
- Bloody Murder: He can weaponize his own blood into a projectile.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: While he loves to cook, it's noted by Daidara that Liver is an extremely terrible chef. His cooking is known to be as lethal as an average Teigu and even incapacitated General Esdeath for several minutes.
- 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 Three 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.
- 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.
- Peaceful in Death: Dies contetly in a dignified, having succeeded in slaying Bulat and served Esdeath to the best of his ability.
- Ring of Power: His Imperial Arm, the Black Marlin, which was forged from the remains of an aquatic monster, and gives the wielder control over water.
- Shaping Your Attacks: Such as shaping them into spears, dragons, or a giant snake.
- Taking You with Me: After a long battle he is eventually beaten by Bulat, but not before fatally poisoning him with Black Marlin.
- Team Dad: To the 3 Beasts, just like Bulat is to Night Raid.
- Undying Loyalty: To Esdeath, although it appears to reach the point of romantic affection.
- We Can Rule Together: Tries this on Bulat. It fails, obviously.
A member of the Three Beasts under Esdeath's command. He wields an Imperial Arm in the form of a flute that allows him to manipulate anyone who hears his music in a variety of ways.
A member of the Three Beasts commanded by Esdeath. He is a large, imposing man with an interest in killing so as to gain more "experience."
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.
- Ax-Crazy: Considering what the Prime Minister forced to put him through, who wouldn't be?
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Two katars to be precise.
- Blood Knight: Though he prefers unarmed civilians incapable of putting up much resistance, he also loves to fight when he sees an opponent who can defend themselves.
- Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: He arrogantly explains his Teigu's powers in great detail to Tatsumi as they try to kill each other.
- Fangs Are Evil: To highlight his vicious personality, his grin contains pronounced incisors.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: Played With. He doesn't wear headphones to isolate himself from people or reality, he wears them in an attempt isolate himself from the voices he constantly hears within his head. When his headphones break open after he's defeated by Akame he realizes the voices have stopped and thanks Akame while he dies.
- Hearing Voices: See The Mentally Disturbed below.
- 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.
- Motor Mouth: Zank does not stop talking. Even when in the midst of combat he never takes a minute to cease conversation, even between attacks. He intentionally invokes this because in his mind, the voices in his head quiet down whenever he speaks.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: He earned his nickname by killing lots of prisoners. And when that wasn't enough, he started to kill random people as well.
- Oh, Crap: When Akame nearly kills him while under the effects of his Illusion Sight, which showed her the person she loves the most.
- Perpetual Smiler: Always seen with a giant grin constantly.
- 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.
- Required Secondary Powers: Had Zank's body been in top physical condition, he would have been able to keep up with the Combat Clairvoyance that Spectator granted and would have been a much larger threat.
- 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.
- Slasher Smile: He sports a rather terrifying one at all times.
- 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.
- Villainous Breakdown: When he realizes that Akame isn't affected by his Illusion Sight and proceeds to crack his katars, he falls into a mad craze and tries to finish her off before his weapon breaks, all while thinking he has still has the upper hand due to his Spectator.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Though just a Villain of the Week, he seriously wounds Tatsumi in their fight. And even Akame isn't able to finish him off right away.
- Combat Clairvoyance: Grants its user the ability to see the smallest muscle movements of their opponents, allowing them to successfully predict what their next move is.
- Combo Platter Powers: Spectator has been noted to grant its user a number of mental abilities.
- Master of Illusion: Has the ability to cast illusions of one's loved ones to catch them off guard.
- Super Senses: Grants the user impeccable long range vision.
- Telepathy: Grants the user the ability to read their opponents mind.
- X-Ray Vision: It can see through clothes.
4 Rakshasa Demons
The Prime Minister's personal executioners, the Rakshasa Demons are humans that undergo intense training to modify their bodies. Despite not wielding Teigus, they have defeated a total of five Teigu users. The 4 Rakshasa Demons are sent to guard Path of Peace leader Bolic when the Night Raid threaten to assasinate him. They assist the Jaegers in engaging the Night Raid.
- Badass Adorable: Mez, as Lubbock notes.
- Badass Normal: Despite not having a Teigu, they are capable of fighting on par with Teigu users thanks to their physical abilities. That being said, they are able to use their body in manners that hardly classify as 'normal'.
- Ibara overwhelmed Akame until he made the mistake of grabbing Murasame, while Suzuka overwhelmed an Incursio-clad Tatsumi in combat. Sten and Mez held the advantage over Lubbock for the majority of their battle.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: All 4 members use only their bare hands in combat.
- Barehanded Blade Block: Ibara catches Murasame's blade with his bare hands (and without a scratch, mind you).
- Sten catches an axe created Lubbock's Cross Thread barehanded.
- Blood Knight: All 4 crave combat and a worthy opponent.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Suzuka occasionally lets herself be struck in combat so she can savour the pain.
- Contortionist: They are capable of twisting their bodies to ridiculous extents thanks to their training.
- Death by Adaptation: Because Wild Hunt doesn't exist in the anime, Suzuka is killed much earlier - in her fight with Tatsumi, the building starts to fall apart, and as she runs away, a boulder crushes her head. In the manga, she survives getting crushed by it, but given the omission of her being tortured for her failure, and the aforementioned removal of Wild Hunt, it's clear she's done for.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Instead, they wear only footwraps.
- Extendable Arms: Ibara and Mez have displayed this.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Akame slices Ibara into half when he charges at her in a blind rage.
- Made of Iron: Sten is impaled by Lubbock with scarcely any reaction, while Ibara survives getting his neck snapped. Suzuka survives getting a building dropped onto her.
- Neck Snap: Akame delivers this to Ibara, but that does not kill him.
- Oh, Crap: Ibara gets one when he realises that Murasame is cursed and that him grabbing it was in Akame's plan all along.
- Sole Survivor: In the aftermath of the Bolic Arc, the only survivor of the group is Suzuka.
- Speed Blitz: Ibara delivers one to Seryu when she doubts their combat capabilities.
- Super Senses: They are perhaps the most proficient at this in the series, able to detect enemies in a crowd in an instant.
- Super Speed: Ibara is capable of this, and is fast enough to overwhelm Akame.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Suzuka gets aroused when the Prime Minister tortures her for failing to protect Bolic.
- Training from Hell: All 4 underwent intense training in the harshest environments to achieve practically superhuman capabilities.
- Underestimating Badassery: Suzuka underestimates Tatsumi because of his inexperience and gets a building on her head for her troubles.
- Worthy Opponent: Ibara considers Akame this.
A girl who left the village at the same time with Tatsumi and Ieyasu. Unfortunately they get separated before reaching the capital, after which Tatsumi finds out she's been tortured to death.
Voiced by: Kouji Takahashi
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.
- Blood from the Mouth: He coughs up blood, confirming that he has been fatally poisoned.
- Bromantic Foil: He was one to Tatsumi, being his lighthearted, goofball of a friend.
- 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.
- Face Death with Dignity: He smiles as he dies, wanting to go bravely like Sayo did.
- 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: The nobles that tortured him infected him with the Lubora disease, an incurable virus that slowly kills its victim.
- Martial Arts Headband: He wears it as part of his standard attire.
- 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.
- Ship Tease: With Sayo.
- ¡Three Amigos!: He formed a trio with Tatsumi and Sayo.