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    Night Raid 

Tropes associated with Night Raid:

  • Anti-Villain: Type III. Every member of the Night Raid are genuinely good people at heart but know that in order to change the corrupt state of the empire that they will need to be merciless against anyone that stands in their way.
  • Badass Crew: Justified that it's a requirement to be a Badass in order to join the Night Raid since majority of their members are defected soldiers and generals of the Empire.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: They're the most Cloud Cuckoo Lander people you'll ever meet. They're also the most dangerous group of skilled assassins and one of most dangerous forces opposing the Empire.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Every member of the Night Raid comes from a painful past that caused them to take up arms against the Empire due to the Prime Minister's machinations.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Even with the quite eccentric personalities of each member they all still manage to efficiently work together as an assassination group.
  • 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.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The Night Raid explain to Tatsumi that even if they're doing it for the greater good, nothing changes the fact that at the end of the day they are murderers and they will have to continue to be so until the Empire is reformed.


The main character of the story who came to the Capital on the hopes of earning money to send back to his impoverished village. After learning of the corruption of the Empire, he's recruited by Night Raid and begins to help them in killing the wicked. He also manages to steal Esdeath's heart when participating in a fighting tournament sponsored by the Empire.

Tropes associated with Tatsumi

  • Badass: It's a given when you can survive battles against the best assassins and soldiers the empire has to offer.
  • 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 Rabac 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 intially proves to be outclassed by some of the stronger opponents due to his tactics, while other Night Raiders handle them with ease.
  • Chick Magnet: Every girl that Tatsumi comes across he unknowingly manages to win her affection, it's eventually lampshaded by Rabac and Boss much to his confusion.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In chapter 38, he ends up fighting one of the Rakshasa demons, who he knows is stronger and more skilled than him. How does he beat his opponent? He destroys the building that both of them are in, bringing it down on top of the Rakshasa demon's head.
  • Country Mouse: He comes from an impoverished village he in the countryside he wishes to save my earning money in the capital.
  • Cute Bruiser: He's a young boy, but his fighting style involves getting close to the enemy and delivering many swift and powerful attacks.
  • Dragged by the Collar: After collaring him in the arena, she tried to drag Tatsumi off like this. When that failed, she just knocked him out.
  • Enemy Mine: After Esdeath drags him to the palace in the hopes of inducting him into Jaegers—and to become her lover.
  • Only Sane Man: Occasionally acts as this in the Night Raid.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Not stupid but definitely naive to the ways of the empire, at least initially.
  • Nice Guy: Kind even to his enemies, which almost got him killed at number of times.
  • Official Couple: With Mine as of chapter 45.
  • Skilled, but Naive: Being someone from the country, he hasn't had quite as much fighting experience as the rest of the Night Raid, causing to attack rather recklessly in some of his battles.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He lacks some of the more refined skills of the Night Raiders, but makes up for it for his overall fighting ability.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He lacks the raw strength of a Teigu user at first, but his training does put him on even footing with some of them, and it makes him a monster against normal people.

Teigu: Incursio


One of the stronger members of Night Raid—enough so that when their actual leader is out, she's appointed as the defacto leader. She was an assassin for the Empire before joining Night Raid. Little is known about her past aside from this. She quickly grows attached to Tatsumi.

Tropes associated with Akame

Teigu: Murasame


The first member of Night Raid Tatsumi encounters. Ironically, her encounter with him is what causes him to meet the nobles who were their targets at the time. When she witnesses Tatsumi's first on-screen kill, she notices his potential and decides to recruit him. Her reason for joining the Night Raid is simply for the fact that she likes to fight and what better outlet for her abilities than to rid the Empire of their evils.

Tropes associated with Leonne

Teigu: Lionelle

  • 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.
  • Super Senses


Another former soldier of the Empire. He defected after his former leader was framed for crimes he didn't commit.

Tropes associated with Braht

Teigu: Incursio


One of the first members of Night Raid. He's known their leader since childhood and faked their deaths after they defected.

Tropes associated with Rabac

  • Badass: Takes out two of the Rakshasa Demons by himself.
  • Butt Monkey: Par course for his behavior in the Night Raid. He's either beaten to a pulp by Leonne or running away from Braht's affection.
  • 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.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: He's remarkably respectful towards the leader of the Night Raid despite his tendencies.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's shown to be the Butt Monkey for his perverted tendencies and jealously of Tatsumi during the story, but in the midst of combat he demonstrates he can be quite the cunning and dangerous opponent as shown from his victory over two of the Four Rakshasa Demons, who have been known to be a group skilled in the art of killing Teigu users.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He’s often spending his free time trying to peek on Leone in the hot springs or cursing Tatsumi on his success on gaining the affection of majority of the women he comes across. He does show chivalry sometimes such as when he takes on two Rakshasa Demons to save a young Night Raid spy.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Incredibly jealous of Tatsumi's status as the resident Chick Magnet.
  • 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.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Was originally the son of a wealthy merchant.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: He's known the leader of Night Raid since he was very young.
  • Weak, but Skilled: While he lacks the raw physical power of Leonne or the devastating Teigu attack power of Akame, several characters note him to have a great deal of combat experience and a highly tactical mind, often defeating his enemies with intuitive uses of his Teigu.

Teigu: Cross Tail

  • Razor Floss: Cross Tail was made from the body hair of a Danger Beast renown for their extremely durable and sharp body hair. As such Rabac can alternate between using the threads for either strangulation or laceration.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: He can shape his thread into a throwing spear, a makeshift shield, and an axe.


Tropes associated with Mine

Teigu: Pumpkin


Tropes associated with Schere


  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Or scissors. It can cut through Incursio and presumably Grand Chariot which are known for their near perfect defence.
  • BFS: Big friggin' scissors.
  • Light 'em Up: Has an ability to generate a bright light to blind and momentarily stun opponents.
  • Shear Menace

Boss Najenda

Tropes associated with Boss

  • Absolute Cleavage: She's almost always wearing a shirt with a low neckline.
  • Artificial Limbs: Her right arm is mechanical, though how she lost it is not known. Later revealed to be destroyed by Esdeath along with an eye, when the latter found out that she had defected.
  • Handicapped Badass: After losing an eye and her right arm she comments that she can only use about 40% of her original strength. This doesn't prevent the fact that she can still curb stomp general class opponents with ease.
  • Defector from Decadence: Used to be a general in the Imperial army alongside Esdeath, but joined the Revolutionaries after seeing her in action.
  • Eyepatch of Power: She lost her eye to Esdeath.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking
  • Identical Stranger: The reason Susanoo responded to her is because she resembles his previous master, who much to Tatsumi and Leonne's amusement, was a man.
  • The Leader: A mix of Type I and II. She is the one who assigns the separate members of Night Raid to the requests that are given to them and pairs them according to whose strength is suited for the task. It was her plan that tricks Esdeath into wiping out a gang of bandits for the Night Raid and leads to the death of Bors and the weakening of Kurome.
  • Plot Armor: It is known that activating Magatama Manifestation three times kills the user. But when Najenda activates it for the third time in her battle with Esdeath in the Borick arc she luckily survives only due to the fact that Susanoo reached his physical limit before her life force did.
  • Rocket Punch: With her right arm, and can use it to pull herself forward too.
  • You Monster!: Delivers this reaction to Kurome. She despises Kurome's Teigu because she feels it desecrates the dead.

Teigu: See Susanoo


A living, self-aware Teigu. Despite not being human, he has a personality and quickly bonds with the other members of Night Raid.

Tropes associated with Susanoo


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

Teigu: Gaea Foundation

    The Jaegars 

Tropes associated with Jagers:


Leader of the Jaegars. A high-ranking general and the most powerful fighter in the Empire. A true sadist, she is an expert in torture and loves to inflict it upon others (indeed, the prospect of her "personal" attention is seen as a terrible fate). Ironically, when offered a title of nobility for hunting down and destroying Night Raid, she instead wanted them to find someone she believed could be her One True Love (to the utter shock of everyone in the room).

Tropes associated with Esdeath

  • All Women Are Doms All Men Are Subs: Goes right along with her pure sadistic nature, but when she thinks Tatsumi is a masochistnote , 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.
  • Badass
  • Blood Knight: The reason she brutally kills all but a few people when putting down a rebellion. She wants that hatred to be preserved and spread once more, so another revolt happens in time, so that she may fight again. Hopefully against stronger/more worthy opponents.
  • Combat Sadomasochist
  • Freudian Excuse: She's a Social Darwinist because she was raised in a very rural, unforgiving area of the continent where Danger Beasts ran rampant. Her father emphasized the importance of survival of the fittest for her own sake, but it wound up backfiring terribly after his death at the hands of raiders from a rival tribe.
    • Subverted because it still doesn't explain why she is so terrifyingly sadistic. Even her father was apprehensive at how much excitement she found in cutting bodies up. Although, being given a name (see Meaningful Name below) that forced her to claim to be a sadist every time she introduce her name might have something to do with it.
    • Also averted as the reason she utterly demolished the Northern tribes. Not because of revenge, but because it was simply her job.
  • Gratuitous German: Most of her named attacks fall under this. Averted with her trump card.
  • Hero Killer: She's responsible for the destruction of many prominent forces opposing the Empire but she definitely becomes one when she kills Susanoo.
  • I Control My Minions Through......: Kindness ironically. Despite her philosophy she's very kind (in her own way) and caring to her subordinates... Until they screw up badly, at which point the sadist in her comes out and they get tortured (but not killed, as is usually the case with her).
  • I'm Taking Tatsumi Home With Me: Tatsumi is the first person she encounters who fits her criteria for her perfect match, so she kidnaps him with the entire stadium full of spectators watching. No joke! She slaps a collar around his neck, starts to drag him off, and knocks him out when he asks her to wait a moment.
    Tatsumi: WAIT! Hold on a—
    Esdeath: (Hits Tatsumi on the back of the neck.) No, I will not wait. Lets go to the palace where we can talk alone.
    Esdeath slings an unconsious Tatsumi over her shoulder and walks off.)
    (A panel showing the spectators' reactions that includes a dumbfounded man, a stunned woman, and an utterly distraught Esdeath fanboy.)
  • Jerkass: She's actually very aware of how the Prime Minister is manipulating the emperor and allowing the Capital to become corrupt and rampant with crime, but doesn't give a flying fracas about it. So long as she can fight, she'll do nothing to stop him.
    • Tatsumi even attempts to convince her to use her influence to better the Empire from within by appealing to the good side of her he's seen: He tries to explain how the drastic class gap could keep people who loved each other apart, but her obsession with Social Darwinist philosophy causes her immediate response to be that she can't comprehend something like that. To her, the strong fight for what they want and if they're strong enough to survive, they do. If they don't, they're too weak and she doesn't care.
  • 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 Borick arc, when she takes down Incursio Tatsumi, Leone, Magatama Susanoo, and Najenda singlehandedly.
    Najenda: If you make a mistake, we'll crash head on into Esdeath. We don't have enough soldiers to face her yet.
    Tatsumi: How many do you think we'll need to defeat her?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Esdeath —> S Desu, which means "I am a sadist" in Japanese
  • Mini Dress Of Power
  • Ms. Fanservice: Even more so than Leone.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Par course for the series.
  • Red Baron: The Empire's Strongest.
  • Royal Rapier: Her weapon of choice.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: A Tatsumiexual.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Time Stands Still: Her trump card, Mahapadma, allows her to literally freeze time and space for a short amount of time. That's how much of a Story Breaker Power her Teigu is. And she's the villain!
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She used to be a very nice girl who loved nothing more than hunting and being with her fellow tribe members, her father especially. However, her father emphasized Social Darwinist philosophy in her upbringing for her own sake; the Danger Beasts running rampant around their homeland meant that she'd die if she couldn't become a force to be reckoned with by the time she became old enough to hunt. However, her village was later wiped out during a raid by an enemy tribe, and her father's last words included even more about survival of the fittest, and without his guidance, she became the sadist working for the empire that we've come to know.
    • Slightly subverted, in that even her father admitted she had a few moral screws loose. Her sadistic tendencies are implied to have been all nature, not nurture.
  • Villainous Crush: With Tatsumi, who managed to fit all her criteria for a lover plus the extra one (A pure and innocent smiling face would be nice). It seems to be genuine Love at First Sight for her, as she only becomes softer and kinder when she's around him and is pretty determined in her efforts to get him to fall in love with her (even asking Bors for advice) despite the fact he stated he was going to join the revolutionary army.


Tropes associated with Wave

  • Anti-Villain: A Type IV. He doesn't really like the state the empire's in and is very well aware of the immense corruption of the nobles and of the more psychotic members of his group but he embraces his role as an enforcer due to a debt from an unseen savior back in the navy.
  • Butt Monkey: He tends to get the short end of the stick at times, from his punishment by Esdeath for allowing Tatsumi to escape to constantly being ejected off the battlefield by the Night Raid.
  • Captain Ersatz: In-Universe of Tatsumi.
  • 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 Rabac simultaneously.
    • In addition to this, he can fight Shura in hand to hand, no-teigu combat and WIN, bearing in mind that Shura comes across as a more established martial artist.
  • It's All My Fault: He blames himself for being knocked out from the Night Raid ambush that resulted in the death of Bors.
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Man: In the Jaegars.
  • Rage Breaking Point: While Wave could put up with the Jaegars, when he sees Wild Hunt's actions in chapter 46, he completely loses it.
  • Skilled, but Naive: Esdeath makes it a point to inform Wave that his strength is perfect but he lacks mental fortitude and as a result can be easily deceived or misled.
  • Token Good Teammate: The only person in the Jaegars that has absolutely no irredeemable qualities whatsoever. He’s never even seen killing a person, civilian or criminal, at all.

Teigu: Grand Chariot

  • Badass Cape: It even floats.
  • Cool 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.
  • 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.

Dr. Stylish

Tropes associated with Dr. Stylish

Teigu: Perfector

  • The Medic: Perfector increases the users speed and precision of their fingers allowing them to fix their allies back to 100% from anything short of death.


Tropes associated with Bors

Teigu: Rubicante


Tropes associated with Kurome

  • Badass: She’s easily the second strongest Jaegar after General Esdeath, capable on taking on the entire Night Raid with her Yatsuhusa and almost winning. She’s also the only person that can clash swords with Akame and come out unscathed with no allies or supernatural assistance.
    • Badass Adorable: Her allies and enemies alike take note of how cute she is until she cuts a group of soldiers to pieces in a single motion.
    • Badass Boast
    It seems if you want to kill me… You’ll have to do something like squash my heart or separate my head from my body.
  • Big Eater: She eats cookies like Akame eats meat.
  • Cain: To Akame's Abel, mainly because she betrayed her and the Empire.
  • Captain Ersatz: In-Universe of Akame.
  • Cute and Psycho: Emphasis on the psycho considering that her idea of loving someone is turning them into one of her corpse puppets.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She and Akame were abandoned by their parents after being sold to the Empire to be child soldiers. However, unlike Akame, Kurome was instead subjugated to rigorous experimentation and numerous drug enhancements in the Empire's quest to create a new Super Soldier.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Used to be this until she confesses her fears to Wave and later when tending to Wave's wounds, she makes little effort to hide her care and affection for Wave
  • Evil Counterpart: Of Akame.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: A rare villainous variant. After surviving an assassination attempt by Chelsea, Kurome has been visibly more tired and weaker in combat. A notable example is when she fought the entire Night Raid she was able to summon and control eight corpse puppets and still have the strength to fend off Akame simultaneously while largely keeping the pace of the battle. After the failed assassination she can barely summon two puppets and loses a battle of speed against Akame, resulting in the death of Borick.
  • Hero Killer: She's the one who ultimately kills Chelsea.
  • Hidden Depths: She confides to Wave that she’s afraid of being seen as weak because back in the Assassination Squad those who are deemed weak are disposed of.
    • Reads of the prequel manga will note that Kurome's attitude towards Wave is actually her truer personality, not the face she puts on to appear tougher for the empire.
  • Master Swordswoman: When you can fight off another Master Swordsman that's wielding a One-Hit Kill katana you're more than qualified.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Teigu: Yatsuhusa

Serieux Ubiquitous

Tropes associated with Serieux

Teigu: Hekatonkheires aka "Koro"


Tropes associated with Ran

  • Anti-Villain: Type-IV like Wave, It turns out he wants to change the empire from within following an incident involving Wild Hunt (Likely Champ) where in his days as a teacher he had the horror of seeing his class after they were massacred by them
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: With only a few small clues Ran accurately figures out that Dr. Stylish found the Night Raid base, assaulted the base with his army to acquire them for experimentation, fails and then gets erased for his trouble.
  • Badass Bookworm: Is never seen without a book.
  • Bishounen
  • Hair Decorations: Two winged clips on both sides of his hair.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Internally mentions having an ulterior goal to working with the Jaegars, though what it is still unknown.
    • Until the latest chapter
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Can dodge a fury of attacks from General Esdeath while still reading his book.

Teigu: Mastema

    The Empire 

The Prime Minister

The tropes associated with the Prime Minister

Emperor Makoto

Tropes associated with Emperor Makoto

    Wild Hunt 

Tropes associated with Wild Hunt:


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 Shura

Teigu: Shambhala


Swordsman who loves to fight.

Tropes associated with Izou


Singer who was convicted of witchcraft in the Western kingdom.

  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Her Teigu 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.


Alchemist from the Western Kingdom.

  • 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.


Serial Killer Entertainer.

Tropes associated with Champ

    Minor Villains 


  • Badass: Being a former general qualifies but fighting an Incursio clad Braht on equal grounds is impressive.
  • Badass Mustache: It's quite spiffy.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: While he loves to cook it's noted by Daidara that River 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.
  • Fallen Hero: He was Braht's former superior in the Empire's army but after a downfall orchestrated by the Prime Minister and being saved by Esdeath, he now serves directly under her as part of the The Three Beasts.
  • Making a Splash: His Teigu, Black Marlin, allows him to control water in the vicinity. He notes that, unlike Esdeath's Teigu, he can't create the water.
  • 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 Braht, but not before fatally poisoning him with Black Marlin.



Zank the Beheader


  • Combo Platter Powers: Spectator has been noted to grant its user a number of mental abilities.
    • 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.
    • 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

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