Characters / All You Need Is Kill

Characters appearing in All You Need Is Kill. Beware of spoilers.

Keiji "Killer Cage" Kiriya

  • The Ace: How he appears throughout most of the loops to The Squad or anyone not in the know.
    • Broken Ace: This is how he is viewed in the final loop after he is forced to kill Rita.
  • An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice because it never runs out of ammo.
  • Blood Knight: Discussed with Shasta when he asks for a Battle Axe like Rita's.
  • Break the Cutie: He started the story as a normal, well adjusted person. It did not last.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Gets asked by Rita if tea is complimentary in Japan as he bleeds to death in the first loop.
    • He later uses this to calm down another soldier who was going into shock and discovers why Rita did that with him.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Overtime, it's revealed that Keiji can predict and anticipate his opponent's moves by breaking down time at will, not through memorizing a sequence of events through repetition.
  • Cradling Your Kill: The death of Rita.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Keiji tells Rita he loves her as she's dying in his arms.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: The manga revolves around Keiji being constantly killed time and time again, but keeps waking up and reliving the same day in a constant loop.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Rita again.
  • Nice Guy: Before the loops. Still is after them, albeit very broken.
  • Red Shirt: What he was before spending a year in the loop. note 
  • Took a Level in Badass: It was long journey but man, DOES he get there. Also a Deconstruction due to how much humanity and things that one care about must be sacrificed in order to become this powerful.

Rita "Valkyrie" Vrataski

  • The Ace: How she's viewed by the world in general.
    • Broken Ace: She's just a lonely girl, fighting against a truly horrifying enemy while knowing what they are actually capable of without the ability to share the burden with anyone. Until she meets Keiji.
  • An Axe to Grind: She is the first user of the Battle Axe on the battlefield and the one who inadvertently passes the skill to Keiji.
  • Badass Adorable: She's still just a lonely 16/17 year old girl underneath it all.
  • Blood Knight: And sadly, not by choice.
  • Child Soldier: Rita was too young to join the United Defense Force, so she stole a passport from a female refugee named "Rita Urtaski" and signed up to kill as many mimics as possible.
  • Cry Cute: When she finally realized she's not alone and that Keiji is having the same experiences as her before.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She has both a caring dad (who is a Retired Badass of the EDF) and loving mom. They were both killed during one of the first Mimic attacks in the US.
  • Genki Girl: She used to be one before all this.
  • No Name Given: It turns out that "Rita" is the name of a refugee who's passport she's stolen. Her real name is blacked out, and never revealed.
  • Red Baron: Alternatively known as The Valkyrie and the Full Metal Bitch.
  • Shout-Out: Being dubbed the Full Metal Bitch. Pick a work on the disambiguation page; whichever one you pick, she's a shout out to it.


Sergeant Ferrel

Cpl. Yonabaru