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Manga: Akame ga Kiru!

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 Kiru! Zero which focuses on Akame's time as an Imperial assassin.

An anime adaptation by White Fox has begun airing in the Summer 2014 season. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime, which can be viewed here for people living in the following areas: note 

Akame Ga Kill! is one of the most requested Sentai Filmworks shows to air in Toonami.

Tropes:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade:
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: The innocent and naive Emperor.
  • A Death in the Limelight: One is seen in episode 6, 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.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Dr. Stylish finds where Night Raid's secret hideout is at during the end of episode 10, and attacks it in episode 11. He nearly succeeds in taking them down, were it not for the timely arrival of Najenda with some new reinforcements. Episode 12 then shows Night Raid settling in on a new area after their first base is compromised.
  • Amusing Injuries: In episode 9, Mine sees Lubbock and Tatsumi doing pushups with Leonne and Akame sitting on top of them. They state that they want to become stronger, and Leonne mentions Lubbock's only done half as many pushups as Tatsumi has. Akame immediately says that it's because Leonne 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 episode after it attacks two men traveling on the road.
    • In episode 2, 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.
    • Leonne gets her arm sliced off in episode 16 after Kurome spots an opening and attacks her.
    • Chelsea loses her right arm to one of Kurome's dolls in episode 17. 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 episode 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, Run, Champ, Enshin, Syura, and Lubbock.
    • 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 type-4
  • Artifact Title: Although her name is in the title, Akame has recently become about as relevant to the plot as Mine. Which is to say, not at all. Hell, Mine may even be getting more screen time thanks to her currently dating the protagonist. Akame did get a prequel manga to compensate for that, though.
  • 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 Chancellor.
  • Asshole Victim: All of the people killed by the Night Raid deserved it.
  • Attack Its Weak Point:
    • In episode 11, 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 episode 14. 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.
  • Bad Ass: It's a requirement to survive a fight in this manga.
  • Bad Ass Cape: Tatsumi has one when using Incursio.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Bulat and Tatsumi during their shirtless training.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: The Imperial guard that attacks Tatsumi and Mine does this in episode 3 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.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Subverted in the first episode. 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.
  • BFG: Taizan's Cannon of Justice.
  • BFS: Akame's Teigu One Cut Killer Murasame and also her sister Kurome's sword Yatsuhusa.
  • The Baroness: Esdeath's hobbies, when not grinding the enemies of the Empire beneath her jackbooted heels, include reading, hunting, and torturing prisoners.
  • 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.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Happens to Bulat when he first greets Tatsumi in episode 2, and after Leone tells him the former is gay.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Never kill anyone innocent in front of Tatsumi or any Night Raid member unless you wish to DIE.
    • Leonne nearly loses it when she sees a broken and drugged out prostitute in the drug lord's mansion in episode 6. 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.
  • 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 na´ve 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.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Ieyasu does this in the first episode. Tatsumi is later told its a fatal disease, and in fact they're surprised his friend lasted as long as he did.
  • 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 episode 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.
  • 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. In case you are uninformed, this series is serialized in the Monthly Gangan Joker magazine.
  • Breather Episode:
    • Episode 12 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, episode 15 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.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The man who foolishly attacks Mine in episode 11 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.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower:
    • River casually removes a guy's head by swinging his arm to the side. Najenda does to same to a general with a kick.
    • Tatsumi's first appearance involves him slicing down a Godzilla-sized monster with ease.
  • Cliff Hanger:
    • 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 episode 15. 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 episode 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 Leonne.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Tatsumi receives one from Mine in episode 3 while holding onto an Imperial bodyguard so she can snipe him.
  • Color Failure: Wave attempts to cheer up Seryu in episode 12 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 episode 15, 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
  • 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.
  • Crapsack World: However, 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 episode 9 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 episode 2, 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 episode.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Mine sees a cat in episode 12, 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.
  • Death by Origin Story: Tatsumi's two companions don't make it past the first episode. In fact one of them has already died when he discovers them, and the other dies shortly afterwards.
  • Death Seeker: Zank the Beheader.
  • Death Flag: Literally almost every character has at least a couple. Nobody is safe.
  • Defiant to the End: Ieyasu tells Tatsumi that Sayo never gave in to the torture she was subjected to.
  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In episode 15, 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 opening theme is 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 episode 15.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Tatsumi in the first episode 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 though.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Sheele.
  • Fat Bastard: The Prime Minister.
    • Champ of the Wild Hunt.
  • Fate Worse than Death: A politician in episode 8 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.
  • Fingore: Chelsea's fingers on her left hand gets sliced off in episode 17 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.
  • Friendly Sniper: Mine
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Tatsumi is punched by Bulat in episode 6 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.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Sheele's giant scissors, and Seryu after her Deadly Upgrade.
  • 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.
  • Gorn: Everywhere in pretty much 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.
  • Got Volunteered: In episode 2/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.
  • 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.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Aria's mother suffers this fate in the first episode, and is sliced in half by a member of the Night Raid terrorist group.
    • Sheele gets ripped into half by Seryu's Teigu Koro. Mine herself returns the favor to Seryu by using her Teigu as an Energy Sword.
  • 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.
  • Hellish Pupils: Esdeath displays one after Wave loses her love interest/slash kidnapping interest.
  • 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 episode 6.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The Emperor
  • Hot-Blooded: Tatsumi was this until Bulat told him to control his emotions better.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Episode titles for the show begin with, "Kill the".
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One of the guards in the first episode suffers this fate by Bulat's giant spear.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy:
    • One of the guards fires a gun at Akame in episode 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.
  • Kill It with Fire: Rubicante, a flamethrower type teigu
  • Lost Technology: Imperial Relics
  • Love at First Sight: Esdeath falls for Tatsumi after watching him win the tournament in episode 9. 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.
  • Made of Iron: Sten is impaled by Rabac and laughs it off. Justified as he and the other Rakshasa Demons underwent special training which made them practically superhuman.
  • Master Swordsman: Akame, obviously. Izou fits the bill as well.
  • Making a Splash: The teigu Black Marlin.
  • Manly Gay: Bulat
  • 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.
    • "Neunt÷ter" ("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).
    • Wei▀schnabel ("whitebeak") is an attack-move by Eadeath'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.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In episode 15, 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.
  • Mugging the Monster: A couple of thugs in the first chapter tries to mug Tatsumi. You can guess what happens next.
  • Musical Assassin: Nyau has the flute type teigu, Scream.
  • Na´ve 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.
    • Rabac often kills this way with his Teigu, Cross Thread, most memorably with Syura.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Tatsumi attempts to join the army in the first episode, 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.
  • Nightmare Face: All over the place, but Seryu is a serious offender.
  • Nominal Hero: The Night Raiders.
  • No Sell: Mine and Sheele's fight with Seryu and her arms Coro in episode 6. 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.
  • Obviously Evil: The Prime Minister.
  • Off with His Head!:
  • 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 Sane Man: Tatsumi and Wave in the Night Raid and Jaegars respectively
  • Pinocchio Nose: Tatsumi sports one in episode 2 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 episode 15, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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, Leonne, and Najenda are fine with an all meat diet, while Tatsumi and Lubbock prefer something a bit more balanced.
  • 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.
  • Ship Tease: Akame/Tatsumi, Tatsumi/Esdeath and Wave/Kurome
    • No love for Leone? She pretty much flat-out stated that she'd "laid claims" to Tatsumi numerous times.
    • Tatsumi/Mine as well after Seryu's death.
    • Tatsumi/Chelsea is hinted at a few times, and Bulat/Tatsumi was a running gag for awhile.
    • Also Rabac/Najenda
  • Shrinking Violet: Bols, despite how he looks, is quite shy.
  • Ship Sinking: Don't get too dedicated to one pairing, cause you'll be crying. A lot.
  • The Scapegoat: In episode 8, 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 wise 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 episode 8 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.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Bulat does this to Daidara in episode 7.
    • Akame delivers one to Borick's personal Teigu user Horimaka by scratching him with Murasame.
  • Snow Means Love: Tatsumi and Mine confess their feelings for each other and become a couple in a snowy forest.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Night Raid
  • Stab the Scorpion: When Tatsumi saved Wave from a Danger Beast.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: During the first episode, 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.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In episode 15, 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 episode 15. Tatsumi is asked by Chelsea and Leonne 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 W Ith Me: Bols attempts this in episode 16, after Akame and Leonne 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.
  • 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 episode 15, 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 episode 9 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 episode 12, 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.
  • Theme Naming: Each episode of the anime is titled with a "Kill X", with "X" being various things such as "the Darkness" or "the Authority".
  • This Is a Drill: Enma's Spear of Justice, a weapon created by Dr. Stylish, and used by Seryu.
  • 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 episode 3.
  • 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 episode 7, 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 episode, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • World of Action Girls: The female characters are rather strong and can hold their own in a fight.
  • 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. Leonne also tells Tatsumi that Bulat mentioned him having the potential to become strong, and even surpass himself someday.

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