Manga / Akame ga Kill!
aka: Akame Ga Kiru

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"Tatsumi, no matter how you dress it up, what we're doing is murder. There's no way there's any justice in that."

In a fantasy world, fighter Tatsumi sets out for the Capitol to earn money for his starving village, and finds a world of unimaginable corruption, all spreading from the depraved Prime Minister who controls the child Emperor's ear. After nearly becoming a victim of this corruption himself, Tatsumi is recruited by Night Raid, a group of assassins dedicated to eliminating the corruption plaguing the Capitol by mercilessly killing those responsible.

There is also a prequel manga called Akame ga Kill! Zero which focuses on Akame's time as an Imperial assassin.

An anime adaptation by White Fox aired during the Summer and Fall 2014 seasons. Crunchyroll streamed the anime, which can be viewed here for people living in the following areas: note 

Akame Ga Kill! became one of the most requested Sentai Filmworks shows for airing on [adult swim]'s Toonami. True to their word, the Toonami crew announced at Momocon that it would be the first Sentai show to air on the block. It premiered August 9, 2015 and finished February 21, 2016.

The manga is slated to end this winter.

Tropes:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade:
  • Action Girl: All the females of Night Raids (except Chelsea) are this.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Many scenes of the manga regarding the Jaegers were cut out from the anime before the start of the original ending. This affected their characterization, especially Dr. Stylish.
    • Wild Hunt didn't appear in the anime at all, being replaced by mere faceless goons.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Dr. Stylish finds where Night Raid's secret hideout is at during the end of chapter 19, and attacks it in chapter 20. He nearly succeeds in taking them down, were it not for the timely arrival of Najenda with some new reinforcements. Chapter 22 then shows Night Raid settling in on a new area after their first base is compromised.
  • Amusing Injuries: In chapter 15, Mine sees Lubbock and Tatsumi doing pushups with Leone and Akame sitting on top of them. They state that they want to become stronger, and Leone mentions Lubbock's only done half as many pushups as Tatsumi has. Akame immediately says that it's because Leone is heavier than she is, hence why he can't do as many. Leone immediately hits Akame, who then grows a large lump on her head, and wondering why she got hit for.
    • Tatsumi and Leone also suffer lumps after Susanoo mentions that Najenda resembles his old master, a male general. The two laugh at the comment that Najenda looks like a guy, causing her to hit them in the head.
  • Anachronism Stew: Though the setting appears to be in a medieval period, there are some modern day technology used commonly throughout the show, such as guns, electric lighting, large leisure boats, and some of the clothing such as a suit and necktie. Chelsea also sports some headphones and regularly sucks on lollipops.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Tatsumi slices off the Earth Dragon's arm in the first chapter after it attacks two men traveling on the road.
    • Sayo is shown missing a leg after being tortured to death by Aria. Surprisingly, the anime removes this, as well as blurring many similarly mutilated corpses in the torture cellar.
    • In chapter 3, he does this to his current assassination target, who does some Evil Gloating about how he can do whatever he wants because he has power.
    • Leone gets her arm sliced off in chapter 30 after Kurome spots an opening and attacks her.
    • Chelsea loses her right arm to one of Kurome's dolls in chapter 33. This after getting her fingers on her left hand off just moments before.
  • An Axe to Grind: Daidara has the axe type teigu, Belvac.
  • An Ice Person: General Esdeath's teigu ability. To an extent that she managed to freeze a river and a majority of a forest.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: In chapter 2, Tatsumi is basically told "join or die" by some of the Night Raid members. While their leader Najenda says they won't kill him if he refuses, they also can't let him leave, so he'll have to work inside their workshop if he doesn't accept the position. They don't sugarcoat what they do either, which is to kill people, albeit people that tend to do evil things. Tatsumi ultimately decides to join them so long as what he does with them will help his village out in the long run.
  • Anyone Can Die: A consequence of having assassins as your "good guy" faction is the inevitable bloodbath that will occur from it. Disregarding the many side characters, members of Night Raid, Wild Hunt, and the Jaegers have been killed off, including Sheele, Bulat, Dr. Stylish, Bols, Chelsea, Seryu, Susano'o, Enshin, Champ, Run, Syura, Lubbock, Izou, Cosmina and Dorothea. Episode 23 of the anime shows Tatsumi's death, while episode 24 kills off Leone, the Emperor, the Prime Minister, and Esdeath as well.
    • Just to give some perspective, the Akame ga Kill wiki lists 55 character pages under "deceased". The number of total characters with pages? 82.
  • Anti-Villain: Some members of the Jaegars—especially Wave, who is a Villain in Name Only variant.
  • Art Evolution: The manga has seen steady improvement in all areas from shading, to hair styles and facial expressions.
  • Art Shift: In the anime, any character whose portrait/design changes from fairly normal to monstrous looking can be safely considered to be evil, such as the Prime Minister or the various minor villains Night Raid fights against.
  • Asshole Victim: All of the people killed by the Night Raid deserved it. Esdese especially.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Chapter 69 shows that there's a giant mecha-like Imperial Arms underneath the capital. And chapters 70-71 shows the Emperor using said weapon.
  • Attack Its Weak Point:
    • In chapter 21, Dr. Stylish injects himself with something that turns him into a giant monstrosity, and is largely immune to attacks by both Susanoo and Akame. However, his original body is located on top of said monstrosity, and Tatsumi takes Akame up there where she can attack his body directly.
    • A similar monster appears again in chapter 26. Tatsumi is a bit worried about how it's going to be taken out, particularly as this monster is several times bigger than Dr. Stylish was and he only has Esdeath with him. Then she hurls some gigantic icicles at it, which also creates a convenient bridge for him to approach and strike at the small human-shaped figure to take it out.
    • In episode 23, Tatsumi remembers Susanoo telling him that everything they fight has a weak point somewhere. He utilizes this to attack the Emperor's weak spot to help put a stop to his incessant Beam Spam which was killing a lot of civilians.
  • Bad Ass Army: There's very few enemies that General Esdeath's army hasn't utterly crushed into the ground. Fitting for one lead by the Empire's strongest. Great General Budo, easily the second strongest in the empire leads the Imperial Guard which is explicitly stated by Esdeath to be the only army capable of challenging her own.
  • Bad Ass Cape: Tatsumi has one when using Incursio, though his last transformation drops it.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Bulat and Tatsumi during their shirtless training.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: The Imperial guard that attacks Tatsumi and Mine does this in chapter 4 when he attempts to swing his sword at the former. Tatsumi then lets go of his blade and instead grabs hold of the guard to prevent him from moving so Mine can shoot him.
  • The Baroness: Esdeath's hobbies, when not grinding the enemies of the Empire beneath her jackbooted heels, include reading, hunting, and torturing prisoners.
  • Battle Couple: Tatsumi and Mine, after their Relationship Upgrade
  • Beam Spam: The Emperor uses this in episode 23 while fighting Tatsumi.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 15 features all of Night Raid in their swimsuits.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Subverted in the first chapter. Tatsumi, penniless now thanks to Leone swindling him of his money, plans to sleep on the streets. However, Aria, a daughter of a local aristocrat, takes pity on him and brings him home where he's given a place to stay at least for a short while. He then tells her father about his two companions, and that they were separated at some point during their journey. The father promises to find them for him. When Night Raid attacks them later, he learns a horrible truth, that Aria's family secretly tortures and kills people, especially those from the countryside, and his two companions were found, and tortured. Tatsumi then kills Aria herself after learning the truth.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Tatsumi and Mine. They're always arguing and fighting over anything, but they gradually become attracted to each other. They finally become an Official Couple after Mine confesses her feelings for him.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Never kill anyone innocent in front of Tatsumi or any Night Raid member unless you wish to DIE.
    • Leone nearly loses it when she sees a broken and drugged out prostitute in the drug lord's mansion in chapter 8. She mentions that she knew said girl right after hearing the drug lord talking about disposing of said girl, and doesn't waste any time to kill him and his minions.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Tatsumi quickly finds out that Aria and her family killed two of his friends through torture. He personally kills Aria himself after finding out that she was responsible for Sayo's death, especially after her Green-Eyed Monster rant about Sayo having better skin and hair than her.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Bulat towards Tatsumi and he suffers the Mentor Occupational Hazard as well.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Between Tatsumi and Mine in Chapter 45, and Wave and Kurome twofold in chapters 65 & 66.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Happens to Bulat when he first greets Tatsumi in chapter 2, and after Leone tells him the former is gay.
  • BFG: Taizan's Cannon of Justice.
  • BFS: Akame's Teigu One Cut Killer Murasame and also her sister Kurome's sword Yatsuhusa. Seryu also obtain a giant sword after Stylish modified her body.
  • Black and Gray Morality: On the one hand, you have Night Raid and the Jeagers, two groups comprised of generally nice and friendly people (barring a few exceptions) who just happen to be self-admitted mass murderers who each easily have a body count in the double digits (Esdeath and Akame likely much higher, with Esdeath at 400,000). Then on the other hand you have the Capitol, a Wretched Hive of corrupt nobles and crooked cops who regularly torture the impoverished and homeless and frame innocents for the crimes they commit. And way, way, way in the black is the Prime Minister himself, a Fat Bastard who manipulates the naïve child emperor to ensure that all this continues.
    • It's outright stated in the second chapter that Night Raid aren't heroes, they are murderers. It's shown through their work that often times they have to kill people who have families or simply got in their way, like Tatsumi did. They also mention that any one of them can receive divine retribution for the people they murder. It ultimately comes down to the people who kill for the corrupt Capitol, or the people who kill to stop them.
  • Bloody Murder: The finger type teigu Black Marlin's secret skill is this.
  • Blue with Shock: Tatsumi does this quite often, particularly when first meeting several of the Night Raid members.
  • Boom, Headshot: Mine does this to a guard in the first chapter after he tries to run away from them.
  • Break the Cutie: Tatsumi quickly learns about how corrupt and awful the Imperial capital is after finding out his two friends were tortured and killed, and it only gets worse from there. By the time Mine is in a coma and Incursio has started to overtake him, Akame notes that he's stopped smiling completely.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The characters sometimes deliberately do this, referencing other series in the same magazine they're serialized in. In fact, in one chapter Mine was jokingly threatening Tatsumi to banish him into other series in the same magazine with what looks like a Wheel of Fortune roulette, with the odds heavily stacked in favor of horror titles like Corpse Party and the When They Cry series. In case you are uninformed, this series is serialized in the Monthly Gangan Joker magazine.
    • In the last episode of the Theater (a series of omakes that White Fox did along the main series), Run mentions to Leone his death in the manga, as in the anime he survives.
  • Breather Episode:
    • Chapter 22 takes a break from all the fighting and killing that normally goes on in the show, and instead focuses on Night Raid finding and establishing a new base, and some surprisingly tender moments between Esdeath and some of her crew.
    • Despite Seryu killing off some bandits and Chelsea executing a corrupt official, Chapter 28 largely acts as one, with Najenda explaining to the others about the plans to overthrow the Empire. They even sneak in some Beach Episode scenes, in which the girls are playing around a lake in their bikinis. The episode ends right after Kurome summons several dead targets she's killed in the past and now obey her, including a large Danger Beast.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Happens to Leone in episode 24, when the Prime Minster reveals his Imperial Arms which strips another user of their arms. He then proceeds to shoot her multiple times, though she manages to kill him first.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The man who foolishly attacks Mine in chapter 20 after he survives an encounter with Tatsumi and even manages to hurt the latter a little. He jumps at her ready to attack with his weapon, Extase/Ecstacy, Sheele's weapon, only to then be vaporized by her gunfire.
  • Camp Gay: Dr Stylish
  • Captain Ersatz: A tan, mysterious man in tattered robes with an X-shaped scar on his face? Hello, Scar.
  • Carnival of Killers: A subversion of the usual formula since the Carnival of Killers are the protagonists. Night Raid accepts assassination contracts on the corrupt and powerful.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower:
    • River casually removes a guy's head by swinging his arm to the side. Najenda does the same to a general with a kick.
    • Tatsumi's first appearance involves him slicing down a Godzilla-sized monster with ease.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: The innocent and naive Emperor.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • At the end of episode 12, Esdeath coincidentally runs into Tatsumi again while both of them were hunting Danger Beasts which was actively killing people separately. The episode ends with Esdeath putting her heel down on the Danger Beast she promptly cut down, and Tatsumi unable to run away from her.
    • Kurome, Bols, and Wave run into an ambush set up by Night Raid in chapter 29. At first it seems they're outnumbered, especially after Wave is knocked far away by Susanoo, but then Kurome starts to summon lots of dead bodies, including a rather large Danger Beast. The chapter ends as several of the Night Raid members look at the Danger Beast summoned by Kurome.
    • At the end of episode 16, Bols attempts to blow himself up, along with Akame and Leone.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Tatsumi receives one from Mine in chapter 4 while holding onto an Imperial bodyguard so she can snipe him.
  • Collapsing Lair: Tatsumi, knowing he's outmatched by a weaker Suzuka in chapter 38, deliberately lures her into the abandoned building near where they were fighting. He purposely starts destroying the building to prevent her from being able to counter his attacks like she'd been doing prior. It works and Suzuka gets crushed under one of the falling pieces.
  • Color Failure: Wave attempts to cheer up Seryu in chapter 22 after Dr. Stylish, who gave her some new weaponry, was killed by Night Raid. Instead he sees Esdeath comforting her with a Cooldown Hug, and goes white while looking like a complete fool for trying to sound so manly.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In chapter 28, as Najenda describes the latest assassination target, a spy inside a religious organization that's been putting drugs into the food to make obedient followers, Lubbock gets angry that he may be taking advantage of the female followers. Meanwhile, Susanoo gets upset that he's poisoning the food, and both of them vow that the spy must die, though for completely different reasons. Najenda even points out that they're getting angry at that guy for the wrong reasons.
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • Leone tends to act this way from time to time, especially towards Tatsumi.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Seems like a nice place so it can only get worse. Tatsumi is provided shelter by a family of nobles who turn out to do this so they can torture the poor country people who venture in to the big city. And that's just the surface. Once The Masquerade is lifted, you can really see how bad of a state the Empire is in. The Capital as become a Wretched Hive, being horribly corrupt and run by a total madman. The countryside isn't much better, with the various villages being taxed into oblivion, and getting obliterated by Imperial troops and assassins when they rebel.
  • Cruel Mercy: Lubbock tells Tatsumi in chapter 16 about how Najenda viewed Esdeath's treatment of a tribe that rebelled against the Empire. While she and her crew were pretty merciless, she decides to let some of them live. They vow vengeance, but she simply tells them to get stronger, or else be crushed underneath by those stronger than they are. Tatsumi can't help but wonder if said mercy was merely rubbing salt in the wound. Lubbock says Esdeath does it on purpose to foster more resentment towards the Empire, so that it'll lead to more rebellions, which she can then crush.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Akame treats Tatsumi rather cold and harshly in chapter 3, especially while training him. He thinks that she doesn't respect his abilities, and goes on his first mission to prove that he's a capable fighter and assassin. Later Leone reveals to him that she acted that way because she didn't want him to get overconfident and die.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Tatsumi slays a large earth dragon on his own at the beginning of the first chapter.
    • Night Raid quickly dispatches the guards of the mansion Tatsumi was staying at. After witnessing said battle, Tatsumi is a bit scared to go against them, but forces himself to in order to defend Aria from Akame.
    • Many of Night Raid's other battles usually consist of this too.
    • One of the Jaegers's first missions was to destroy a group of bandits. They destroy the bandits with little effort.
    • Virtually anything opposing Esdeath tends to meet this fate, whether it's a gigantic monster several stories tall, or a Danger Beast that attempted to sneak up on her when she finds Tatsumi again after he ran away from her the first time. Only important characters wearing some Plot Armor last longer than a few scenes with her in battle.
    • Tatsumi suffers one from General Budo in episode 20. Though he manages to hold his ground for a while, he's eventually overpowered and captured.
  • Cute and Psycho: Seryu. Helps lost travelers around town and nearly orgasms at the thought of slaughtering bandits.
    • Esdeath after falling in love with Tatsumi.
    • Also Kurome.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Mine sees a cat in chapter 23, and attempts to ignore it. But it keeps meowing at her, and Mine reluctantly gives her cake to it. Said cat turns out to be Chelsea, who was using her power of deception to trick her.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Sheele, an assassin who mistakes salt for sugar and washes Mine with the clothes while doing the laundry.
  • Cycle of Revenge: As characters on both sides fall, it becomes increasingly apparent that a hunger for vengeance only breeds more vengeance.
  • Dark Action Girl: Esdeath, Kurome and Seryu from the Jaegers, Suzuka and Mez from the Rakshasha Demons and Dorothea and Cosmina from Wild Hunt.
  • Death by Adaptation: Since the anime began to go its own route by Episode 19, the anime has also killed off a few characters who haven't met their demise in the manga (and it's possible that they may not die in the manga at all).
    • Suzuka survives being crushed by rocks in the manga, but anime presumes she died.
    • Mine has been killed in episode 21 of the anime. In the manga, she survives the equivalent scene, albeit in coma.
    • The next episode kills off Kurome who is still alive in the manga.
    • While Esdeath, the Prime Minister, and the Emperor will probably die in the manga at the end, like they did in the anime, Leone's death could very well be taken out of the manga entirely.
      • Things are not looking good for Leone being alive in the manga considering, as of the latest chapter, her Imperial Arms is broken, she's shot twice and then thrown off of a several story tall rampart by Honest, who easily survives her assassination attempt in the manga.
  • Death by Origin Story: Tatsumi's two companions don't make it past the first chapter. In fact one of them has already died when he discovers them, and the other dies shortly afterwards.
  • A Death in the Limelight: One is seen in chapter 9, as Sheele is slowly dying, she does one final move to distract the Imperial troops so Mine can escape. A few Flash Back scenes are shown of her time in Night Raid before she's killed.
  • Death Seeker: Zank the Beheader.
  • Death Flag: Literally almost every character has at least a couple. Nobody is safe.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Tatsumi, at least in the anime. Even though it's told from his perspective, the central character is really Akame, and the Night Raid as a whole. Tatsumi even dies in the penultimate episode, while Akame survives, showing that he was more of the Deuteragonist.
  • Defiant to the End: Ieyasu tells Tatsumi that Sayo never gave in to the torture she was subjected to.
  • Delaying Action: Lubbock does this in chapter 35 when two of the Rakhasa demons attack a rebel spy. He had planned to play dead after getting hit by one of them, but in the end attempts to save her life. He ultimately succeeds when his flashy attacks distract them long enough for the girl to escape, and tries to make a break for it as well. The two demons chase after him, so he ends up killing both of them.
  • Deuteragonist: Despite being introduced as an antagonist Wave ends up taking on this role as of the Wild Hunt arc. He's given the same amount of Character Development as Tatsumi, his expression of dislike for The Empire and plans to change it from within make him come off more as a second protagonist. Especially made all the more apparent when Wave is arguably more "heroic" than Tatsumi.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight:
    • Ieyasu, who is suffering from a fatal disease, and stayed alive long enough through sheer willpower to see Tatsumi one last time.
    • Akame does this for Tatsumi after he stops the defeated Emperor's Humongous Mecha from crashing into a crowd of people in episode 23.
    • Esdeath, does a variation of this in episode 24. After being fatally wounded by Akame, she goes to Tatsumi's corpse, cradles it while freezing herself with him, then both disappear into the air as the ice vaporizes.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In chapter 28, Seryu is standing before two men and a woman all tied up, who claim they aren't part of Night Raid. They say that they simply stole food to survive, and haven't even killed anyone. Seryu then tells them that they admitted to stealing, and has Coro eat the two men. The woman begs for a fair trial, claiming the men forced her to help. Seryu instead kills her with a sword. Wave also begins to confirm his hunch that the Capital may not be the shining beacon of light that he heard about after Seryu seems a bit too cheerful in having killed criminals.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The first opening theme and the second ending theme are performed by Sora Amamiya, who voices Akame.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male:
    • Tatsumi on the receiving end of the female characters attacks are usually seen as more comedic than dangerous. Even in his first encounter with Akame, she doesn't really even attack him, and instead just toys with him to get around him to go after her target behind him.
    • Esdeath slapping a collar onto Tatsumi, saying that he belongs to her, and literally kidnapping him is Played for Laughs, but imagine how such a scene would have been treated with a Gender Flip. Albeit, in the context of the setting, Esdeath getting away with kidnapping a young boy in front of an entire stadium full of spectators was likely tolerated because she's a high-ranking member of the Empire's military, not because she's a woman, not because no one took the situation seriously. In fact, the audience seemed rather shocked.
    • Tatsumi receives a pretty brutal smacking from Najenda after he asks about her age in chapter 28.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted. While female on male abuse is taken more lightly than it should, there have been instances of women sexually assaulting men and it's not treated as a joke.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Tatsumi displays some when Aria first offers to help him, growing suspicious after having lost all his money to Leone.
  • Dwindling Party: Especially later on in the anime/manga. Including newcomers Chelsea and Susanoo, the Night Raid consisted of ten members. How many are alive now? Five in the manga, two in the anime. The Jaegars started off with seven members. How many are alive now? Three in the manga, two in the anime.
  • Empathic Environment: When any hero dies, it tends to rain during or shortly after their final moments.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Imperial Arms, for one choose their wielders, and at least some, such as Roman Artillery: Pumpkin are said to be empowered by their owners mental state, in a Heroic Willpower fashion. Susanoo and Koro are more literal examples, as they are Teigus with live and feelings.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Many teigu users are very formidable fighters even without them. Notably elite units like Night Raid, the Jaegers and the Wild Hunt have numerous such individuals in their ranks.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Night Raid and the Jaegers deal with Danger Beasts attacking civilians in chapter 25. Though they were largely doing this separately it still helps to take care of the threat, and Esdeath manages to run into Tatsumi again while she goes out hunting.
    • Akame and Kurome's duel in episode 22 is interrupted by a Danger Beast that awakens during their fighting. They both stop fighting each other to deal with the creature, and as soon as it's dead, they go right back to fighting each other.
    • Wave and Run both end up helping Night Raid to stop the Emperor from destroying the capitol in episode 23 after they realize that he's going too far randomly nuking innocent people.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Tatsumi in the first chapter kills a huge earth dragon on his own. He then tells the two men he saved that he's going to the capital to make a name for himself and earn some money to help out his village. They warn him that the capital isn't as bright and cheery as he thinks, and he quickly learns that they weren't kidding.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In Chapter 10, Tatsumi has just kill a corrupt bureaucrat. As he's leaving, the target's young son wanders in to discover the carnage.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Though Run starts out fighting against Night Raid in episode 23, he end up helping them to protect civilians. Wave also saves Tatsumi partly because of owing him for an earlier incident where he saved the former, and like Run, doesn't like watching the Emperor kill innocent people.
  • Evil Chancellor: The Prime Minister.
  • Evil Counterpart: Tatsumi and Wave (Though Wave is not really evil) as well as Akame and Kurome. They even share a similar relationship to Tatsumi and Wave respectively.
    • On a larger scale the Wild Hunt is this to both Night Raid and the Jaegers. The latter two are not exactly the most upstanding of individuals as they are the Rebellion's assassination outfit and the Empire's wetworks crew respectively. The Wild Hunt tops them by being nothing more than psychotic murderers who indulge in wanton cruelty for little to no reason.
  • Exact Words: In chapter 13 there are 3 Teigu users are on a ship and the narration states only one Teigu user would leave alive. it's none of the 3 fighting.
  • Excited Show Title!: The title ends with an exclamation mark.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Sheele.
  • Fangs Are Evil: As an esthetic, most villainous characters are shown with fangs.
  • Fat Bastard: The Prime Minister.
    • Champ of the Wild Hunt.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: A politician in chapter 11 is attacked by Esdeath's three bodyguards. The daughter of the politician, who is also one of his bodyguards, goes out to face them along with his other guards, but they are quickly killed by Daidara. Though she gets cut in the attack, she survives it. Nyau then walks up to her, brandishes a knife, and says that her surviving that attack is going to be bad due to what he was about to do to her next. She gets skinned alive by him, though he says she died from the shock before he was done cutting her.
    • The girls in Chapter 23.5 get this at the hands of some particularly twisted nobles in the form of Cold-Blooded Torture of various kinds.
  • Fingore: Chelsea's fingers on her left hand gets sliced off in chapter 33 while attempting to escape from Kurome after a failed assassination attempt.
  • First Kiss: Tatsumi's first kiss goes to Esdeath.
  • Flechette Storm: it seems that the teigu Mastema is capable of this.
  • Food as Bribe: Chelsea is introduced to Akame by playing with the latter's hair, which bothers her a little bit. She then offers a lollipop to the latter, and Akame instantly welcomes her to the group.
  • Four-Star Badass: In this world, being sufficiently powerful is the only real criteria for becoming a general of the Empire. This leads to some ridiculously young generals like Esdeath and Najenda who look like they're in their teens when they did the campaign against the Southern tribals.
  • Friendly Sniper: Mine
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!:
    • Tatsumi is punched by Bulat in chapter 9 when he vows revenge for his friend's death, Sheele at the hands of Seryu. He is told that simply charging in for vengeance is only going to increase the body count. Bulat also reminds him that he was told they could die at any time. Regardless, Mine swears to kill Seryu someday. She eventually does.
    • Though he doesn't get slapped, Tatsumi is again reminded of how the people he's worked with could die at any time, and that they must bear the burden of their fallen comrades. Leone also points out that he wasn't the only one who lost someone, and reminds him of how Najenda lost Susanoo when he performed a You Shall Not Pass moment with Esdeath to buy them time to escape after rescuing him.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Sheele's giant scissors, and Seryu after her Deadly Upgrade.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the third Akame Theathe, Bulat's Art Shift into the infamous yaranaika style.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Enforced on Tatsumi when he's abducted by Esdeath, and later when the two of them are sent to a tropical island courtesy of Syura. He's not nearly strong enough to overpower them, so simply goes along with them and does what he can to learn more about his enemies. While spending time on the island with Esdeath, Tatsumi also learns that he's not going to be able to convince Esdeath to switch sides, mostly due to her upbringing about how only the strong survive.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Leone's preferred method of attack. She also kills Honest this way, by simply punching his face in until she smashes his skull.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: During the Wild Hunt arc, The Night Raid (mostly good), Jaeggers (bad), and Wild Hunt (evil) respectively. The Night Raid are a group of assassins looking to overthrow a corrupt government to create a just society. The Jaeggers are Knight Templars who are upholding the justice of a corrupt empire. The Wild Hunt are a group of unrepentant murderers and rapists abusing their power.
  • Gorn: Everywhere in every fight, but particularly present in Sheele's death.
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • In episode 6 of the anime, Sheele's moment of death is cutaway, and instead a crunching sound is heard as her weapon falls to the ground. The camera then focuses on said weapon for a few moments.
    • Nyau, who cuts off people's faces so he can use them as masks. He says that the girl he was doing this to in episode 8 died from the shock, and as the camera pans up to her now lifeless body, it's mostly blacked out.
    • The manga tends to show more of the violence (including the face-skinning mentioned above), but even Takahiro was unwilling to show what the Wild Hunt did to Bors' family.
    • Averted in episode 24 with Prime Minister Honest's death. The camera lingers on his body for a moment after he's killed.
  • Got Volunteered: In chapter 3, Tatsumi gets a little too passionate when he says Ogre needs to be killed due to his abuse of power and sentencing innocent people to death. He then assigned to kill Ogre.
  • Go Out with a Smile: A great many characters tend to do this in series both on the side of the JEAGERS and especially of Night Raid, inspite of how horrible a great many of their deaths were they passed on with good graces.
    • Sheele in particular had a rather heart wrenching moment. Shot through the chest, bitten clean in half and chewed to bits but still had enough care to give a loving smile to Mine as she assisted in her escape. Her only regret in life was that she couldn't cradle Tatsumi anymore.
    • Bulat was dying of fatal blood poisoning from liver's suicide attack but he still had enough life in him to bequeath the pupil his teigu, albeit after knocking some sense into him first due to his hesitation. Once Tatsumi managed to equip Incrusio and beat the ever living daylights out of the last mini-boss, the latter could finally pass on without regrets.
    • Susanoo the living teigu gave it his all when he proposed to act as the barricade to impede Esdese' advance on the rest of Night Raid, his last moments truly were a blaze of glory. One for the record books in fact; but the topper to it all was his liking of having met such steadfast comrades before he died.
    • Subverted horrifically with run; after finally ganking the douchebag who murdered and raped his school children. He felt he could pass on hoping wave and kurome could fix the rot within the empire in his place, only for kurome to stab him with her necrosword in order to keep him around, his final expression speaks volumes.
    • Lubbo's end was the practicality of tragic, fought to escape and save his friend and fellow inmate of the empire only to be cut down grievously in the end. Surprisingly however he went out at peace with himself knowing and thinking he did good by the women he loved.
    • Inverted regarding Tatsumi; for while in the anime he gave an empathetic farewell to Akame after having saved a bunch of stooge civilians from being crushed under the emperors teigu (though they would have deserved it considering they were too stupid to pack up and get lost considering all the chaos and depravity the capital revels in), but in the manga he has yet to bite it having had several close calls to prove it. One in particular would be when he was set for a mock execution by Esdese, where he noted all the jerkass spectators who were all chortling at his demise. In a screw you moment he gave a fantastic will of D variety smile as he was about to be murdered; as a means of honoring his service to night raid and to spit on the expectations of a pathetic whimpering end. Take That indeed.
    • Again Inverted with Mine, while in the anime she died in a blast against Great General Budo with the lighting from his attack rebounding on her as she eviscerated him. Smiling gently he bid Tatsumi an I love you kiss before she died in his arms. In the manga the Beam Struggle was more pronounced lasting alot longer than it's previous incarnation, as a result even though Mine won out the battle she ended up in a coma; before that however she gave a loving grin as she had won to save her beloved as she collapsed.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Aria is quite jealous of Sayo's smooth skin and hair, which is why she personally tortured Tatsumi's friend to death after they find her.
    • played with during Tastumi's public execution when Mine came to save her boyfriend. one could practically see and feel the jealousy ebbing from Esdese's eyes.
  • Grey Rain of Depression: This series LOVES to abuse the shit out this trope, it would be comical how many times this was used if the scenes were not so sad. This usually occurs whenever a Night Raid member dies. But to be fair, in recent chapters, Takahiro does seem to realize that it does not ALWAYS rain whenever someone dies.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be:
    • Aria's mother suffers this fate in the first chapter, and is sliced in half by a member of the Night Raid terrorist group.
    • Sheele gets ripped into half by Seryu's Teigu, Coro. Mine herself returns the favor to Seryu by using her Teigu as a Laser Blade.
    • A random Revolutionary Army soldier suffers this from Esdeath when she freezes half of his body in episode 22. The other half then falls off from the frozen section.
  • Hate at First Sight: Mine doesn't like Chelsea at all, mostly because the latter makes fun of her, such as her pointing out her small chest.
  • Happily Married: Bols from Jaegers is this for six years.
  • Healing Factor: Leone has this thanks to the power of her Teigu. The biological Teigus Susanoo and Koro have an even faster version.
  • Healing Spring: Mine is seen resting in a hot spring while recovering from a broken arm, implying this trope to some degree.
  • Hellish Pupils: Esdeath displays one after Wave loses her love interest/slash kidnapping interest.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: chapter 38 has a spectacular one, when Mine fights against Seryu again. Her weapon goes into overdrive and slices both Coro and Seryu in half when they attempt to double-team her.
  • Helping Would Be Kill Stealing: Wave intervenes to save Kurome from Akame in episode 22 during the girl's duel to the death. However, Tatsumi ends up intercepting him, and Wave learns that Kurome wants to finish this fight on her own, or else she would never be able to move on. He obliges and ends up watching the fight along with Tatsumi. And in the end, Kurome is killed by Akame. She then gives her sister's body to Wave for a proper burial.
  • Heroic Canines, Villainous Felines: Inverted: Leone is one of the main protagonists, and her Imperial Arms gives her cat-like abilities. Meanwhile, Seryu Ubiquitous has an Imperial Arms resembling a small dog— and she's one of the nastiest villains in the series.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tatsumi gains an Eleventh Hour Superpower while battling the Emperor in episode 23, which allows him to stop the latter's madness. Unfortunately it takes a heavy toll on him, particularly when he uses his remaining strength to keep the Emperor's gigantic Imperial Arms from hitting innocent civilians.
  • Hero Killer: Taking into account that this is a series in when nobody is safe, the manga is full of antagonists that have killed some of the heroes. Examples includes Seryu ( who killed Sheele), Liver ( who killed Bulat), Kurome ( who killed Chelsea), Esdeath ( who killed Susanoo) and Izou ( who killed Lubbock).
    • In the anime storyline, Budo, The Emperor and Honest are also this, as they were responsible for the deaths of Mine, Tatsumi and Leone, respectively.
  • High-Pressure Blood:
    • The Earth Dragon suffers from this by Tatsumi.
    • Several of Night Raid's victims also do this.
    • Seryu suffers this as Sheele cuts her arms off in chapter 9.
    • The Danger Beast that attacks Kurome and Akame in episode 22.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The Emperor, who being a child, is understandably naive to the true nature of his Prime Minister.
  • Hot-Blooded: Tatsumi was this until Bulat told him to control his emotions better.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each manga chapter/anime episode is titled with a "Kill X", with "X" being various things such as "the Darkness" or "the Authority". The last episode's however is a Title Drop instead.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Several of the main characters use their trump cards at various points, such as Esdeath freezing time and space in her fight against Susanoo. Akame then slices herself with her sword and gains some demonic powers to help her get around Esdeath's trump card and to kill her.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • One of the guards in the first chapter suffers this fate by Bulat's giant spear.
    • Lubbock is able to manipulate his Razor Floss Imperial Arms into a spear that he then usually hurls at his opponents. If the impaling doesn't outright kill them, the strings encircling their heart before destroying it will. Lubbock himself suffers from this after he kills Syura in episode 20 using this method.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy:
    • One of the guards fires a gun at Akame in chapter 1. None of them hit her as she closes in for the kill.
    • A similar scene also occurs in the opening, with imperial troops firing on the Night Raid members but missing every shot.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Incursio.
  • Karmic Death: All of the main characters had done wrong by doing their agenda via killing, all of them except two of the original Night Raid (Akame and Najenda) members died, to atone to their sins.
  • Kill 'em All: As of the end of the anime, everyone is dead except for Akame, Najenda, Wave, and Run.
  • Kill It with Fire: Rubicante, a flamethrower type teigu.
  • Laughably Evil:
    • Despite how dark is Akame ga Kill and how evil, cruel and ruthless are the antagonists of the series, surprisingly, a lot of them are actually really funny and have many moments of fun. The Jaegers, being the most developed and least evil villains of the series takes the cake in this regard with scenes like Wave freaking out for his new partners, Bols having a shy personality in a huge body, Dr. Stylish's campy nature in general and even Esdeath's moments with Tatsumi (keep in mind she is a sadistic, psycho woman) are really hilarious.
    • Even some of the minor antagonists have their moments, like Liver telling his partners about cooking a meal for having success in a mission (he is an awful cook, by the way) or Suzuka fawning over Esdeath guided by her masochistic nature and the huge crush she has for the general.
    • However, the most surprising case is the one of Honest, the Big Bad of the series. In his case, his hilarity comes from being so irredeemable that his evil deeds ends up being funny. One of his most memorable moments in this aspect is when he hears about Syura's death and starts to cry, mourning his son, only to stop some seconds after with a really hilarious face and start to diminish his son and wanting to have another one soon.
  • Lighter and Softer: Zig-zagged. Because the anime decided to skip the Wild Hunt arch and went with the anime original ending, some of the more controversial content from the manga such as the rape of Bols's wife and daughter was never shown. On the other hand, the anime kills off more characters than in the manga (since some of the characters in the manga are still alive as of this date), but some of the good-hearted characters such as Run, Bols's wife and daughter, and the three girls from chapter 23.5, Luna, Fal and Air are alive in the anime.
  • Lost Technology: Imperial Relics
  • Love at First Sight: Esdeath falls for Tatsumi after watching him win the tournament in chapter 16. So when he wins the tournament, 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 Hurts: Tatsumi's repeated escape attempts from Esdeath leaves her longing for him. And even when he's captured and imprisoned later, she personally wants to execute him, though he again barely manages to escape. When he's finally killed at the end of episode 23, she goes with her usual "he was too weak to survive" bit in episode 24. But then she wonders what this feeling in her heart is after seeing his corpse.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Seryu fires tons of rockets at Tatsumi and Mine in chapter 37.
  • Made of Iron: Sten is impaled by Lubbock and laughs it off. Justified as he and the other Rakshasa Demons underwent special training which made them practically superhuman.
  • Male Gaze: Sprinkled in generously all throughout the anime.
  • Master Swordsman: Akame, obviously. Izou fits the bill as well.
  • Making a Splash: The teigu Black Marlin.
  • Manly Gay: Bulat
  • Market-Based Title: For some obscure reason, the manga is published in France under the title "Red Eyes Sword".
  • Marshmallow Hell: Tatsumi winds up on the receiving end with both Leone and Esdeath.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Esdese is a wordplay on "S" desu.
    • "Schere" is the German word for "scissors" (guess what her teigu looks like)
    • Kalbi is named after the German word for "calf", "Kalb", because his head looks like that of a bull.
    • "Neuntöter" ("Nine-Killer") is a lance with a medium-length blade at the end and is an auxiliary weapon of Incursio (wielded by Tatsumi only after he received Incursio as Bulat's last gift before his death).
    • Weißschnabel ("whitebeak") is an attack-move by Esdeath's Imperial Relic (spears of ice materialize from thin air and strike an opponent).
      • Grauhorn ("grayhorn") is another attack of hers and materializes a giant spear of ice.
      • Hagelsprung ("hailjump") is another attack of hers and materializes a giant sphere of ice.
      • Kaiser ("emperor") Frog, a giant frog with a very long prehensile tongue to seize opponents and dissolve them in his hyper-acidic stomach.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Bulat.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In chapter 29, Lubbock accuses Tatsumi of being gay when the latter doesn't seem as interested in looking at the girls in their bikinis. Tatsumi states he's merely trying to focus on the mission, not the Fanservice.
  • Mood Whiplash: Can go from slapstick comedy to horrifying gorn and back again in a matter of seconds. The last few minutes of the first anime episode are a particularly extreme example, featuring gruesome murder, a tear-jerking deathbed speech, Bishie Sparkle, and silly face-faults in rapid succession.
  • Moral Myopia:
    • Two cases of this exist in episode 6. One in which it's essentially played straight, the other in which it's played into but ultimately averted. In fact, the similarities and differences inherent in both cases can even be said to set up one case as a foil to the other.
      • The straight case involves an Elite Mook of the Imperial Guard with an organic Teigu, Seryu Ubiquitous. When Tatsumi encounters her in episode 5 after getting lost in town, her strong sense of justice, warm demeanor, and faith in the punishment of evil initially makes her come across as a genuinely heroic upstart who just happens to be on the other side from Night Raid and might simply not be aware of what's happening with any of her corrupt leaders. However, come this episode she becomes a deconstruction of that idea entirely; when she encounters two known members of Night Raid she immediately starts becoming psychotic with her zeal to avenge the death of her captain, Ogre the Demon—who Night Raid had killed earlier for being a corrupt bastard, which in turn suggests that Seryu's loyalty to imperial justice might be more blind myopia than genuine innocent faith. This only worsens during the ensuing battle this only gets worse, especially with the reveal that she has guns implanted into her body and her perfect willingness to have her pet Teigu go berserk and overheat himself to take them out. By the time she and Koro manage to kill Sheele and force Mine to flee, her mask of sanity is entirely gone, as she goes on about the call of justice all the while Laughing Mad like a stereotypical villainous psycho. Even her fellow officers are afraid of her at this point.
      • The played with and averted case is Night Raid's reaction to that fight's aftermath. While Night Raid's main targets are abusers of privilege/authority similar to Ogre, they have no qualms about killing punch clock mooks who get in their way. Yet after Sheele's death, the emotionally driven rookie Tatsumi flies off the handle demanding to know who did this so he can go for revenge, while Mine, who was there as Sheele's partner in that fateful battle, is seething with vengeful hatred towards Seryu underneath an astonishingly uncharacteristic restraint. However, everyone aside from Tatsumi (initially, anyway) recognizes their own expendable position in this war. When he has his outburst the others promptly remind him that they all signed up for death battles when they joined the revolution the same as he did, as well as point out that Sheele's death wasn't in vain because the news will likely bolster the Empire into coming harder after them, increasing their chances of encountering and acquiring Teigu. Even Mine, despite her own lust for vengeance, acknowledges that Seryu was carrying out her own mission as well as avenging the death of someone she was loyal to to begin with.
      • This is the difference between Night Raid and Seryu. The gang understands that they are neither morally special nor exempt from the killer punishment they dish out, whereas Seryu's entire motivation and persona relies on being mercilessly blind to this about herself and the ones she serves.
  • Mugging the Monster: A couple of thugs in the first chapter try to mug Tatsumi. You can guess what happens next.
  • Musical Assassin: Nyau has the flute type teigu, Scream.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Tatsumi starts out as this, which makes him an easy target for Leone.
  • Neck Snap: Akame delivers one to the Rakshasa Demon Ibara when he paralysed from wielding Murasame.
    • Lubbock often kills this way with his Teigu, Cross Thread, most memorably with Syura.
  • Nemesis Weapon:
    • Akame and her sister Kurome both wield swords whose special abilities deal specifically with death. Akame's Teigu Murasame is guaranteed to kill whoever gets cut by it, however small the cut, while Kurome's Teigu Yatsufusa raises its victims from the dead and enslaves them.
    • Tatsumi's Teigu Incursio is contrasted by Wave's Teigu Grand Chariot. Both weapons are Powered Armor of opposite colors, white/red and black/blue respectively, though Grand Chariot is considered a superior model. However Wave, being one of the nicest characters, isn't Tatsumi's Evil Counterpart, despite fighting for the opposite side.
    • Less prominent but still worth noting: Lubbock's Cross Tail and Dr. Stylish's Perfector are gloves that require genius levels of creativity from their users; Leone's Lionelle and Run's Mastema give them animalistic traits, feline and avian respectively; Najenda's Susanoo and Seryu's Koko are organic Teigu, meaning they have the traits of living beings.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Tatsumi attempts to join the army in the first chapter, but doesn't like that he'd have to work his way up from the bottom. He tries to tell the enlistment officer to give him a chance to show off his skills, but also pulls his sword out on the man. He is then kicked out of the office, and told that they have a lot of applicants due to a recession.
    • Apparently, Esdeath never needed to create a secret technique, since no one's yet to come close to even injuring her. So why does she suddenly decide to create a technique? Her one true love,Tatsumi, successfully escaped her. What's even better is that Esdeath can now freeze time and space once a day, whenever she wants, and no one can counter it yet.
  • Nightmare Face: All over the place, but Seryu is a serious offender.
  • Nipple and Dimed: The manga will show the outline of nipples, but otherwise doesn't distinguish them from the rest of the breast.
  • Nominal Hero: The Night Raiders.
  • No Sell: Mine and Sheele's fight with Seryu and her arms Coro in chapter 9. No matter what attacks they use on Coro, it simply regenerates since its core is still intact despite the extensive damage it receives.
  • No Sense of Direction: Ieyasu, one of Tatsumi's friends, who got lost along with Sayo, the other person he left the village with. Tatsumi wonders if he'll even be able to find their meeting point in the capital.
  • Not Quite Dead: Chelsea finds this out the hard way after she tries to assassinate Kurome by stabbing her in the neck, only to find out that she merely wounded her.
  • Obviously Evil: The Prime Minister.
  • Off with His Head!:
    • Zank the Beheader's specialty as well as hobby.
    • Chelsea suffers this fate at the end of chapter 33.
    • The two spies talking to Akame suffer this fate while talking to her in chapter 35. Ibara unfortunately beheaded both of them and attempts to kill Akame as well.
    • The Emperor suffers this fate via guillotine in episode 24.
  • Official Couple: Tatsumi and Mine. Also, Kurome and Wave, but only in the manga.
  • Oh Crap!: Many characters have this look on their face right before they're killed, both heroes and villains.
  • Older Than They Look: Seryu. She is stated to be over 20 years old.
  • Only One Name: With the exception of Seryu, every single character of the series is only know by it's first name. Not even in the official guidebook their surnames are revealed.
  • Only Sane Man: Tatsumi and Wave in the Night Raid and Jaegars respectively.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: Tatsumi dies stopping the defeated Emperor's Imperial Arms from smashing into a lot of people in episode 23.
  • Pajama-Clad Hero: Akame and Mine in chapter 21, when Night Raid's base is attacked while they were sleeping. Lubbock is quite pleased.
  • Pinocchio Nose: Tatsumi sports one in chapter 3 after he gloats to Akame over his first mission, and says he doesn't have a scratch on him. She immediately strips him to verify he didn't get hurt, though she explains that she wanted to make sure he didn't have a Secret Stab Wound.
  • The Plan: In chapter 28, Najenda finally explains to Tatsumi and the others what the Revolutionary Army is planning to do in order to overthrow the Empire. They plan to use armed uprisings within the capital itself, along with simultaneous attacks from allied forces using disgruntled Imperial officers to quickly surrender forts to force the Empire to face off against internal and external threats. Meanwhile Night Raid's main mission is to first take out the Jaegers, then assassinate the Prime Minister.
  • Plot Armor: Does not exist. Unless your name is Tatsumi or Akame, and even then, some people think that one (if not both) of them will end up dying by the end of the manga too. Tatsumi's is penetrated in episode 23 of the anime, though Akame's holds up, and she survives.
  • Pocket Protector: The artifact Tatsumi's elder gives him prior to leaving the village protects him from one of Akame's attacks.
  • P.O.V. Boy, Poster Girl: Tatsumi is the viewpoint character, while Akame is the titular character and the series' poster girl.
  • Power Armor: Incursio and Grand Chariot.
  • Power of Love: Tatsumi manages to evolve Incursio again out of his wish to protect Mine, eventually gaining enough power to fight in even terms against Esdeath.
  • Psycho for Hire: Wild Hunt. With the exception of Syura and Dorothea none of them are loyal to The Empire nor do they care about upholding the revolution or the state of the Capital for that matter. Rather most of Wild Hunt's members only fought for the Empire just so they could commit as much atrocities as they please. To put things into perspective they were meant to replace the deceased members of the Jaegers but rather than helping them they acted on their own accord just for personal amusement.
  • Punch Clock Villain:
    • Esdeath may be a sadist who doesn't care for the empire's corruption, but she's a very sweet person when around someone she likes.
    • Bols is a massive man who walks around in a menacing gas mask, and it's his job to use his flamethrower teigu in order to burn traitors at the stake and wipe plague-ridden villages off the map, but he has a wife and daughter he loves very much.
    • Wave and Run fight alongside the Jaegers to preserve peace in the Capital and protect those who are victims of Night Raid. However they completely lack any of the sadistic qualities of other villains, are aware of the Empire's corruption and hope that their effort will change it from within, and ultimately see their position in the Jaegers as only a job since they do not like the state the Empire is in only choosing to side with them as they do not agree with the Revolutionary Army.
  • Putting on the Reich: The Empire only becomes more and more Nazi-like as the story goes on.
  • Pyromaniac: Inverted. Despite screaming "PYRO" as loud as he possibly can, Bols is a loving and surprisingly sane family man who just happens to carry the job description "mass cremator"
  • Psycho Rangers: The Jaegers to the Night Raid. Tatsumi even points out their similarities, noting that they're not much different in power levels or personality.
  • Rape as Drama: Hoy Boy. In manga, a lot of the extremely minor females tend to end up as victims of rape including Bol's wife and young daughter. Also, group of bandits encountered in series are very obsessed with capturing and raping any women they could find. In addition, Esdeath often encourage her army to rape anyone they find desirable. While none of the major characters ever been raped, a few of them have suffered attempts at rape. Most noticeable examples include, Bolic attempted to rape a wounded Leone, Syura trying to rape Kurome, and Dorothea and Suzuka trying to rape Tatsumi.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil:
    • The anti-Night Raid group Wild Hunt is portrayed as infinitely more evil than the Jaegers could ever be. While both groups won't bat an eye at killing countless people in order to see their mission through, Wild Hunt members particularly like to rape their victims before killing them. Even the Jaegers are put off by their methods.
    • Extra-Chapter 23.5 takes it Up to Eleven and then some with what befalls the girls Luna, Fal and Air. Luna has her eyes removed and kills herself out of despair. Fal has both her legs broken, is raped and finally dies having lost all her fingers and teeth. Air is raped by a dog repeatedly and forced to become one herself until she escapes and hires Night Raid to avenge her and her friends, once this is done she commits suicide to be with her friends. Gruesome stuff...
  • Razor Floss: Lubbock's teigu Infinite Uses: Cross Tail.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: Inverted. Akame, Leone, and Najenda are fine with an all meat diet, while Tatsumi and Lubbock prefer something a bit more balanced.
  • Reality Ensues: Leone is Brought Down to Normal in the final episode of the anime and is shot several times in the torso by the Prime Minister. She walks it off, but then bleeds to death later that night.
  • Red Baron: Plenty. Zank the Beheader and 100 Man-Slayer Bulat are notable examples. Even some of the teigu have these: One Cut Killer Murasame, Hundred-Beast-King Lionelle, Roman Artillery Pumpkin, Demon Armor Inclusio, Infinite Uses Cross Tail, Cutter of Creation Ecstasy just to name a few.
  • Retirony: All over the damn place. Nine times out of ten, if a character says they have loved ones back home, odds are they aren't long for the series. Isn't that right Bols.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: After taking out their latest target in episode 19, the Revolutionary Army begins their march on the capital in episode 20. This has several of the high ranking Imperial officers worried, particularly as many strongholds surrender without a fight. They finally succeed in episode 24 after Akame finishes off Esdeath.
  • The Scapegoat: In chapter 11, Esdeath sends three of her minions to attack some officials while simultaneously spreading false reports that said officials were targeted by Night Raid. Najenda is smart enough to realize that said attacks were obvious set ups to lure them out, while also having the benefit of wiping out politicians who opposed the Minister.
  • Schizo Tech: On the one hand, the society looks a few centuries back in development of the general level of technology, but on the other hand, some characters have e.g. futuristic guns.
  • Schmuck Bait:
    • When Tatsumi first meets Leone, she tells him he needs connections and money to get into the military, especially as an officer. He hands her a large bag of coins, which she happily takes, and tells him to wait there and says this will be a very valuable lesson. He later finds out from the restaurant owner that he's been conned out of his money by her.
    • Leone in chapter 12 is told to observe General Esdeath. She thinks to herself that if the opportunity arose, she would love to kill the general, as she is a high ranking official within the Empire. However, when she's watching Esdeath just sitting around town by herself, her instincts tell her that it's an obvious trap, and she decides to retreat instead of falling for said trap. Esdeath, for her part notices the aura she sensed is no longer there, and laments not being able to capture said target for a new torture technique.
  • Secret Stab Wound: In episode 24, Leone's bullet wounds from Prime Minister Honest's pistol finally kills her after he stripped her power away with his Imperial Arms. She hid it from Akame and others by wearing her robe and bandaging it up as best as she could, but by nightfall she lies dead in an alley.
    • In her last conversation with Akame, Leone hugs Akame and, after Akame starts to ask something she realized, reassures her that she can now "go see everyone". Considering Akame's occupation, she has likely realized that Leone was wounded and dying.
  • Schrödinger's Cast: Characters die in different circumstances in the anime compared to the manga.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: In episode 23 Tatsumi overexerts himself and dies saving a bunch of civilians from the falling giant mecha Relic. Too bad that about a minute or two later Esdeath sweeps the whole area with her ice power, completely flattening everything within a pretty large radius and almost certainly killing all those people, particularly as many of them were wounded and unable to escape even if they tried.
  • Ship Sinking: Don't get too dedicated to one pairing, cause you'll be crying. A lot. No couple is safe.
    • The second half of chapter 52 has definitively put an end to Tatsumi/Esdeath ever happening, as she reluctantly ordered Tatsumi's execution because of his refusal to accept her. However, the ship resurfaces a little later since it turns out Esdeath wasn't going to kill him and she still hasn't given up on him. But then was outright blown clear out of the water when Tatsumi's evolved teigu form prevented her from capturing him again, and finally made her realize that he would never conform to her deranged way of thinking nor would he ever reciprocate her feelings. Thusly consigning to fight and kill him or die by his hand in heated battle in the end.
    • Tatsumi/Akame also was sunk since Tatsumi becomes an Official Couple with Mein. Though now its up in the air considering his then current girlfriend was left in a vegitative state after taking out Budo.
    • The Wave/Kurome pairing took a massive hit once Kurome kept Run as a corpse puppet rather than allowing him to die peacefully. Wave was furious at her inability to understand why it's such a bad thing. However there's still hope for them; he was furious, but at the same time he pitied her both for her physical and mental condition. And he vowed to not any burdens of battle fall on her. Seemingly fully revived as of chapter 66, as Wave convinces Kurome to run away with him, even going so far as to break Yatsufusa to give her closure. She tearfully asks him to take her away, so she'll never have to think of anything but him.
    • The Lubbock/Najenda ship also ended, because Lubbock was killed by Izou while trying to escape imprisonment in the second half of chapter 52.
    • Tatsumi/Mine ended too, at least in the anime, since Mine is killed as of episode 21 of the anime. Whether or not this will occur in the manga (considering how Lubbock's death was changed from the source material) is up for debate. ever more-so seeing as how the latter was rendered unresponsive.
  • Ship Tease: Akame/Tatsumi, Tatsumi/Esdeath and Wave/Kurome.
    • Leone! She flat-out stated that she'd "laid claims" to Tatsumi numerous times.
    • Tatsumi/Mine as well after Seryu's death, they became an Official Couple in chapter 45.
    • Tatsumi/Chelsea is hinted at a few times, and Bulat/Tatsumi was a running gag for awhile.
    • Also Lubbock/Najenda. confirmed since the two had known each other even before joining the revolution.
  • Shrinking Violet: Bols, despite how he looks, is quite shy.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Single-Stroke Battle:
    • Bulat does this to Daidara in chapter 12.
    • Akame delivers one to Borick's personal Teigu user Horimaka by scratching him with Murasame.
    • Akame and Kurome do this in episode 22. Kurome dies, but Akame seems to at least have gotten hit.
  • Slashed Throat: The woman Tatsumi and Lubbock met in the capital in episode 20 suffers this after she interferes with Syura and Lubbock's fight by grabbing him to prevent him from moving or attacking.
    • Akame seems to be fond of doing this when she doesn't outright cut her opponents into pieces.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: This series falls highly on the cynical end. The protagonists are ruthless anti-hero (and even the protagonist, Tatsumi, becomes more jaded as the series progresses). Not only the Empire is corrupt, but government officials and the nobility are involved in sex trade and every act of evil in the book and get away with it (with the exception of the Jaegars, who happens to be the best folks of the Empire). Not only that, it is implied that the Empire is beyond redemption or reform. Any character gets killed off, but there are some characters who met Fate Worse Than Death such as getting raped or tortured.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Effectiveness: The villains in this series tend to vary in how much a of a threat that they pose to Night Raid. Some villain encounters have been very dangerous for Night Raid while others are resolved very quickly. In particular Esdeath, Seryu, Kurome, Liver, and Champ are among the more effective villains as they killed members of Night Raid (though in the case of Champ he killed Run who's an Anti-Villain). Trailing behind them are Nyau, Dr. Stylish, Bols, and Dorothea who came close to winning their fights and were in positions where if things went right for them killing their enemy would have happened. In contrast there are villains of lesser effectiveness. Some villains such as Syura, Izou, and Aria build themselves up as major threats by killing off established characters but don't prove too much of a problem as when they finally get action they're killed off easily. There are also tons of minor villains such as Daidra, Enshin, and Zank who don't give Night Raid much of a problem at all. However Wave and Run prove to be an interesting case as despite being two of the more well fleshed out antagonists hardly ever antagonize Night Raid with the exception of Wave severely injuring Akame and Run putting a wrench in the Bolick assassination. Wave in particular is an interesting case as his character is portrayed more as a Deuteragonist instead of a villain.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Night Raid
  • Stab the Scorpion: When Tatsumi saved Wave from a Danger Beast.
  • The Stinger: The end of episode 24 shows Akame being surrounded by a group of bandits. It's pretty safe to say they're Too Dumb to Live.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: During the first chapter, both of Tatsumi's long time friends are killed off before we know more than their names and town of birth. Even worse, Sayo is chained up naked in the doorway, apparently having died before Tatsumi could even get there. All for Tatsumi's manpain to get the series rolling.
  • Superpower Lottery: Some teigu are better than others.
  • Super OCD: Susanoo. He notices that Tatsumi's fly was open in one scene. And later when fighting a Danger Beast Kurome summoned, he was nitpicks about one of its bone joints being off slightly on one side and that it really bothered him while fighting it.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In chapter 28, Lubbock says that he's not jealous of Tatsumi or anything after hearing about how he was trapped all alone on a tropical island with a beautiful woman. Tatsumi pointing out that said woman was Esdeath and that he was forced there doesn't help, and Lubbock still seems quite jealous.
  • Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors: Teigus work like this. Some teigu are more effective against one teigu than another.
    • Examples include: Ecstasy against Incursio and Grand Chariot; Ecstasy's ability to cut through anything trumps the protection of both Incursio and Grand Chariot. Yatsuhusa against Murasame; Murasame's One-Hit Kill ability does not work against zombies animated by Yatsuhusa rendering the former weapon no better than a mundane katana. Spectator against Gaea Foundation; Gaea Foundation's shapeshifting disguises are easily foiled by Spectator's mind reading abilities.
  • Take a Third Option: Played for Laughs in chapter 29. Tatsumi is asked by Chelsea and Leone which one of them looks better in a bikini. He notices Susanoo standing nearby, and diverts his attention to him instead. Lubbock meanwhile gets mad they asked Tatsumi but not him.
  • Take Up My Sword: Before Bulat dies he gives his Teigu, Incursio to Tatsumi
  • Taking You with Me:
    • Bols attempts this in chapter 32, after Akame and Leone disable his partner and destroys his weapon. None of the main characters die from this, and Bols manages to escape, though Chelsea takes this opportunity to kill him.
    • Seryu attempts this in chapter 38 on a weakened Mine, by setting off a bomb implanted in her head. Mine survives because Tatsumi saves her at the last minute.
    • Lubbock literally does this with Syura in episode 20, pulling the latter into the dimension that he was banished into thanks to his Razor Floss getting a hold of the latter and pulling him in as well. He manages to kill Syura, but finally succumbs to his wounds after running out of thread on his Imperial Arms.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Some of the characters get into monologues and speeches during battles. Sometimes it makes you wonder why their opponent is letting them spend this much time talking instead of just killing them, whether it's one of the good guys, or one of the bad guys doing the talking.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: Chelsea wins Akame over immediately by offering her one of her ever-present lollipops.
  • Team Shot: Two are used in chapter 28, one depicting the Night Raid members, and the other depicting the Jaegers. Interestingly they're both shown simultaneously as a narrator states that due to their intertwined fate, a battle between them is inevitable. It also shows various members facing off against their likely opponent, such as Mine against Seryu.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Esdeath's description of the perfect man as read by the Emperor and Prime Minister in chapter 16 of a young man born outside the capital who is also capable of hunting dangerous monsters and has a cute smile sounds an awful lot like Tatsumi. And then she holds a tournament with a cash prize, which Lubbock introduces to him as a way to help earn money to send back to his home village...
    • After Esdeath coincidentally runs into Tatsumi while hunting some Danger Beasts in chapter 25, he panics at what to do next. A Danger Beast then pops out, and Tatsumi figures it's a pretty strong one, so would run away while Esdeath dealt with it. Unfortunately for him she kills it in an instant, which he immediately points out that he missed his tiny window of opportunity.
    • At the beginning of episode 20, Lubbock tells Tatsumi that after this mission he will open a bookstore, be successful enough to make it into a national franchise and find the perfect opportunity to propose to Najenda. He dies heroically by the end of the episode.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
    • The large explosion created by Bols in chapter 32 when he self-destructs his weapon. Though he escapes initially, none of the characters are hurt too badly by said explosion.
    • Seryu attempts this in chapter 37, by firing a barrage of missiles at Tatsumi and Mine. She then uses a large tactical missile to blow Mine up.
    • Mine returns the favor, by slicing Seryu and Coro in half with her weapon. Said attack also slices through the ruins behind them.
    • The Emperor's Imperial Arms is capable of shooting energy that explodes in a fashion similar to a nuclear weapon in episode 23. Unfortunately it also kills a lot of innocent civilians in the process. He does wonder if he's going too far, especially when Tatsumi attempts to reason with him, but Minister Onest keeps egging him on.
  • This Is a Drill: Enma's Spear of Justice, a weapon created by Dr. Stylish, and used by Seryu.
  • Title Drop: Manga only. Tatsumi makes Akame promise to kill him if he ever loses control of Incursio and transforms into the Tyrant.note 
  • Token Good Teammate: Wave in the Jaegars
  • Torso with a View: Mine shoots a hole through the Imperial guard that attacked her and Tatsumi in chapter 4.
  • Torture Technician: Esdeath, who upon seeing a vat full of people boiling alive, demanded the water temperature be lowered simply to make them suffer longer.
  • Training from Hell: Tatsumi receives a lot of this from the other members of Night Raid. In one case, Bulat gives him some "tough love" training in chapter 11, hitting him from out of nowhere while he was sparring with Akame, and telling him to be more mindful of his surroundings. Later on, Tatsumi witnesses firsthand what Bulat was talking about when the latter attacks three people simultaneously, killing one and knocking the other two away.
  • Vague Age: Esdeath is the only character in the Jaegars we don't know the age of. Other characters either state the range or the exact age.
    • Now confirmed to be "younger than mid-twenties."
  • Vice City: Tatsumi quickly learns that the capital, underneath its initial shimmering buildings, is pretty corrupt.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Played with. It just happens that Tatsumi falls into all the criteria of Esdeath's perfect guy, and she encounters him when watching a public fighting tournament, not when in the battlefield. Because of this, the members of Night Raid are incredibly dumbfounded and confused when she snatches him up and takes him to the Capitol.
  • Villainous Glutton: The Prime Minister, almost never seen without something vanishing down his gullet.
  • Villainous Rescue: Leone, whom Tatsumi viewed as an enemy at the time near the end of the first chapter, saves him from Akame after witnessing him surviving one of her attacks. She then stops Akame, and reveals the truth about Aria's family to him.
  • Voice of the Legion: Villains tend to briefly lapse into this, accompanied by a drawn frame of them with a serious Nightmare Face.
  • Walking the Earth: What Akame does at the end after Night Raid disbands.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: When Tatsumi first joins Night Raid, his first duties with Akame as his trainer is to cook and go fishing. Mine also mocks him, while Akame is harsh and cold towards him. He later finds out from Nejanda that said cooking and fishing was actually part of his training to help him hone his tracking skills to hunt down his prey.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 6 shows the first onscreen death of a Night Raid member, specifically Sheele.
    • Episode 8 has the next one, Bulat.
    • Both the Jaegers and Night Raid lose one member in episode 17, Bols and Chelsea respectively.
    • Tatsumi gets captured in episode 20 after being hopelessly outmatched by Budou. Additionally, another Night Raid member gets killed, this time Lubbock, though not before he kills Syura.
    • The Night Raid succeeds in rescuing Tatsumi in episode 21, but in the process, Mine is fatally wounded by Budou, and she dies in Tatsumi's arms later on. Susanoo is also Killed Offscreen by Esdeath, using the amount of energy he has left to give the Night Raid time to escape as he fights her.
    • In Episode 23, Tatsumi defeats the emperor but dies preventing the emperor's Imperial arms from harming more innocent civilians.
    • The manga has chapter 46 where in Wild Hunt brutally rape and murder Bols' family on top of his grave. While the previous chapter already established them as the most irredeemably evil villains in the series this one stands out as they kill characters who have an established relationship with one of the main characters, one of the most innocent characters in the series is killed and Wave begins to see how corrupt The Empire truly is.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Zigzagged. While some assassination targets killed by Night Raid aren't given much thought, others are given some minor character development, and their deaths do impact some characters who were close to them, such as Seryu with Captain Ogre and later, Dr. Stylish, who designed some weapons for her.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Averted in episode 24. The Prime Minister shoots Leone when she's about to attack him, several times in fact. Unfortunately for him that's not enough to stop her, and she still manages to kill him by punching his face in repeatedly. And after he used his Imperial Arms to strip her powers, she finally succumbs to her injuries later that night.
  • The Worf Effect: The series loves to use this trope against many of the villains of the series (except the majority of the Jaegers). Usually, a villain is extremely hyped and is presented as dangerous, only to the main characters eliminates them with relative ease. Examples of this includes Ogre, Daidara, Nyau, Dr. Stylish's monster form, The Rakshasha Demons and all of the Wild Hunt except Dorothea.
  • World of Action Girls: The female characters are rather strong and can hold their own in a fight. The titular heroine is regarded as the best assassin in the Empire's history, and Esdeath is called the Empire's strongest.
  • You Are Already Dead: Mine informs Horimaka that he was already dead after getting scratched by Murasame.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Najenda says she's going to the rebel army's headquarters for a few days to deliver some Imperial arms along with recruiting new members, Tatsumi regrets not being strong enough to save his friends. However, she tells him that he helped take on three of the strongest Imperial soldiers, and saved the lives of the remaining people on the ship they fought on. Leone also tells Tatsumi that Bulat mentioned him having the potential to become strong, and even surpass himself someday.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Akame (in her Imperial armor), Esdeath, Seryu, and Sheele.

Alternative Title(s): Akame Ga Kiru

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