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* BloodLust: Esdeath very nearly orgasms when she discovers that [[spoiler:Tatsumi managed to scratch her hard enough to draw a single drop of blood, which she licks up while moaning erotically]]. It's one of the main reasons why she fell in love with Tatsumi.


* DeconstructionFic: Esdeath's crush on Tatsumi was PlayedForLaughs in canon, the comedy coming from the weirdness of such a bloodthirsty and murderous individual acting like a lovestruck schoolgirl around a teenage boy. Here, it's not funny at all. While the lovestruck schoolgirl behavior is retained, the story also shows that being in a relationship with a Social Darwinist Blood Knight is not going to be a pleasant one unless you have those qualities too, and since Tatsumi doesn't, Esdeath (who deludes herself into thinking that he is NotSoDifferent from her deep down, and that she only needs to bring it out) keeps trying to instill them in him using the most brutal methods she can think of; and when her attempts inevitably fail, she blames him for it and abuses him even more. What's worse is that this ''isn't'' a case of AdaptationalVillainy: canon!Esdeath fully intended to [[TheCorrupter corrupt]] Tatsumi into becoming a bloodthirsty killer like her while also intending to bully and dominate him into being completely subservient to her--she just never got the chance because he would always escape before she could start.

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* DeconstructionFic: Esdeath's crush on Tatsumi was PlayedForLaughs in canon, the comedy coming from the weirdness of such a bloodthirsty and murderous individual acting like a lovestruck schoolgirl around a teenage boy. Here, it's not funny at all. While the lovestruck schoolgirl behavior is retained, the story also shows that being in a relationship with a Social Darwinist Blood Knight SocialDarwinist BloodKnight is not going to be a pleasant one unless you have those qualities too, and since Tatsumi doesn't, Esdeath (who deludes herself into thinking that he is NotSoDifferent from her deep down, and that she only needs to bring it out) keeps trying to instill them in him using the most brutal methods she can think of; and when her attempts inevitably fail, she blames him for it and abuses him even more. What's worse is that this ''isn't'' a case of AdaptationalVillainy: canon!Esdeath fully intended to [[TheCorrupter corrupt]] Tatsumi into becoming a bloodthirsty killer like her while also intending to bully and dominate him into being completely subservient to her--she just never got the chance because he would always escape before she could start.


* DeconstructionFic: This story strips away all the comedic elements from Esdeath's crush on Tatsumi and shows how truly disturbing it would be if he was stuck in a "relationship" with her. Her possessiveness is utterly terrifying, she keeps trying to corrupt him, and she abuses him whenever he displeases her, all while claiming it's his fault for defying her. He, in turn, despises her from the get-go and makes it clear he will never love her, which just makes her inflict more abuse upon him.

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* DeconstructionFic: This story strips away all the comedic elements from Esdeath's crush on Tatsumi was PlayedForLaughs in canon, the comedy coming from the weirdness of such a bloodthirsty and murderous individual acting like a lovestruck schoolgirl around a teenage boy. Here, it's not funny at all. While the lovestruck schoolgirl behavior is retained, the story also shows how truly disturbing it would be if he was stuck that being in a "relationship" relationship with her. Her possessiveness a Social Darwinist Blood Knight is utterly terrifying, not going to be a pleasant one unless you have those qualities too, and since Tatsumi doesn't, Esdeath (who deludes herself into thinking that he is NotSoDifferent from her deep down, and that she only needs to bring it out) keeps trying to corrupt him, instill them in him using the most brutal methods she can think of; and when her attempts inevitably fail, she blames him for it and abuses him whenever he displeases her, all even more. What's worse is that this ''isn't'' a case of AdaptationalVillainy: canon!Esdeath fully intended to [[TheCorrupter corrupt]] Tatsumi into becoming a bloodthirsty killer like her while claiming it's his fault for defying her. He, in turn, despises her from the get-go also intending to bully and makes it clear he will dominate him into being completely subservient to her--she just never love her, which just makes her inflict more abuse upon him.got the chance because he would always escape before she could start.


--> ''"Come with me, or they die. Try to run from me, and every last villager dies. Betray me, and I will bury this place and its inhabitants so deeply that nobody will ever know it even existed."''
-->-- Esdeath to Tatsumi



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--> -> ''"Come with me, or they die. Try to run from me, and every last villager dies. Betray me, and I will bury this place and its inhabitants so deeply that nobody will ever know it even existed."''
-->-- Esdeath '''Esdeath''' to Tatsumi


'''Tatsumi'''



* DomesticAbuser: One of the ''many'' reasons why being Esdeath's lover is an unenviable position.

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* DomesticAbuser: DomesticAbuse: One of the ''many'' reasons why being Esdeath's lover is an unenviable position.



** [[spoiler: DragonWithAnAgenda: Tatsumi becomes this trope after being convinced to play TheMole for Night Raid.]]

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** [[spoiler: * DragonWithAnAgenda: Tatsumi [[spoiler:Tatsumi becomes this trope after being convinced to play TheMole for Night Raid.]]



* [[EntitledBastard Entitled Bitch]]: Esdeath, as well as the below trope, seems to be this in general, thinking that anything she can take by force is automatically hers by right, and if said "thing" is a person, then he/she/they should just shut up and do what she wants. An especially jarring example occurs in Chapter 6, where she openly expects Tatsumi to completely forget about all the horrible things she has done to him (and made him do) up to that point and "open up to [her]." Needless to say, he does no such thing.

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* [[EntitledBastard Entitled Bitch]]: EntitledBastard: Esdeath, as well as the below trope, seems to be this in general, thinking that anything she can take by force is automatically hers by right, and if said "thing" is a person, then he/she/they should just shut up and do what she wants. An especially jarring example occurs in Chapter 6, where she openly expects Tatsumi to completely forget about all the horrible things she has done to him (and made him do) up to that point and "open up to [her]." Needless to say, he does no such thing.



* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Village]]: Esdeath keeps Tatsumi subservient to her by threatening to destroy his village.

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* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Village]]: IHaveYourWife: Esdeath keeps Tatsumi subservient to her by threatening to destroy his village.



* [[spoiler: KissingCousins: Tatsumi and Esdeath...or they could very well be [[BrotherSisterIncest half-siblings]].]]

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* [[spoiler: KissingCousins: Tatsumi [[spoiler:Tatsumi and Esdeath...or they could very well be [[BrotherSisterIncest half-siblings]].]]



* [[spoiler: TheMole]]: [[spoiler: Tatsumi becomes this for Night Raid at the end of the first act in exchange for Najenda's promise that the rebels will ensure the safety of his village.]]

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* [[spoiler: TheMole]]: TheMole: [[spoiler: Tatsumi becomes this for Night Raid at the end of the first act in exchange for Najenda's promise that the rebels will ensure the safety of his village.]]



* [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]]: Esdeath tries to cultivate a stern visage, but when she doesn't get her way, she's capable of throwing quite the temper tantrum.

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* [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]]: PsychopathicManchild: Esdeath tries to cultivate a stern visage, but when she doesn't get her way, she's capable of throwing quite the temper tantrum.



* [[spoiler:VillainousIncest]]: [[spoiler:Esdeath's attraction to Tatsumi becomes this when it is revealed they are related, either being cousins or half-siblings.]]

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* [[spoiler:VillainousIncest]]: VillainousIncest: [[spoiler:Esdeath's attraction to Tatsumi becomes this when it is revealed they are related, either being cousins or half-siblings.]]

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* DomesticAbuser: One of the ''many'' reasons why being Esdeath's lover is an unenviable position.


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* TrainingFromHell: The training regimen Esdeath forces upon Tatsumi is predictably brutal. The ''first'' thing she does is have him strike a wooden pole until his knuckles bleed; she makes him spar with Daidara; and she chases him with her dragon--both to increase his speed and to remind him that she can catch him if he tries to run away.

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** [[InTheBlood Esdeath herself]] grabs this trope in Chapter 14 when she notes that an Imperial Guard has no right to desecrate [[spoiler:Gensei's]] corpse since he wasn't the one who killed him, yet earlier, she tried to desecrate Numa Seika's corpse even though [[spoiler:Tatsumi]] killed him.

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* TheBaroness: Esdeath, full-stop. In addition to the usual stuff, she ''clearly'' gets a buzz from forcing Tatsumi to submit to her.


* MurderTheHypotenuse: Esdeath father killed her uncle after the latter accused him of sleeping with his wife, [[spoiler: which he may very well have done]].

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Esdeath Esdeath's father killed her uncle after the latter accused him of sleeping with his wife, [[spoiler: which he may very well have done]].



* {{Yandere}}: Esdeath. [[spoiler: When she discovers that Tatsumi stopped some of her men from raping a Northern girl, she makes a mental note to kill the girl later for "making Tatsumi care about her," a decision she apparently carried out.]]



** She later tells him that, if he continues to reject her, she will "break" him, just as she did to a wolf pup she liked but couldn't have (by poisoning it). She even goes as far as to say that she cannot live without him, and that she won't allow him to live without her. And then, later on, she vehemently declares that he belongs to her, down to his cells and the air he breathes.

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** * {{Yandere}}: Esdeath. [[spoiler: When she discovers that Tatsumi stopped some of her men from raping a Northern girl, she makes a mental note to kill the girl later for "making Tatsumi care about her," a decision she apparently carried out.]] She later tells him that, if he continues to reject her, she will "break" him, just as she did to a wolf pup she liked but couldn't have (by poisoning it). She even goes as far as to say that she cannot live without him, and that she won't allow him to live without her. And then, later on, she vehemently declares that he belongs to her, down to his cells and the air he breathes.


* [[BastardBoyfriend Bastard Girlfriend]]: ''Ye gods'', is Esdeath one!

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* [[BastardBoyfriend Bastard Girlfriend]]: BastardGirlfriend: ''Ye gods'', is Esdeath one!


* ChickMagnet: Tatsumi. [[spoiler:Ieyasu]] even calls him this--of the worst kind, since his primary admirer is [[PsychoForHire Esdeath]]. Tatsumi is not amused.



* ShamefulStrip: Esdeath enjoys forcing Tatsumi to get naked just so she can cop a feel on him.



* WhatBeautifulEyes: Both Esdeath and Mine have noted just how beautiful Tatsumi's eyes are, with the latter describing them as being "more precious than a hall full of gold" [[spoiler:as she dies]].
* WhenHeSmiles: Tatsumi still has a charming smile, though good luck getting him to show it to you.



* WouldHurtAChild: Gensei tries to kill Bols's daughter by throwing her out a window simply to get back at Bols for severely burning his skin. [[spoiler: Tatsumi saves her.]]
* {{Yandere}}: Esdeath. [[spoiler: When she discovers that Tatsumi stopped some of her men from raping a Northern girl, she makes a mental note to kill the girl later for "making Tatsumi care about her," a decision she apparently carried out.]]



* WouldHurtAChild: Gensei tries to kill Bols's daughter by throwing her out a window simply to get back at Bols for severely burning his skin. [[spoiler: Tatsumi saves her.]]
* {{Yandere}}: Esdeath. [[spoiler: When she discovers that Tatsumi stopped some of her men from raping a Northern girl, she makes a mental note to kill the girl later for "making Tatsumi care about her," a decision she apparently carried out.]]


* AtLeastIAdmitIt: In stark contrast to the other Jaegers, who are either [[PsychoForHire insane psychopaths]] or [[KnightTemplar self-righteous hypocrites]], Bols freely admits that his actions while serving the Empire have been immoral, that there is no justification for them, and that he deserves whatever grisly fate the rebels have planned for him.

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* AtLeastIAdmitIt: AtLeastIAdmitIt:
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In stark contrast to the other Jaegers, who are either [[PsychoForHire insane psychopaths]] or [[KnightTemplar self-righteous hypocrites]], Bols freely admits that his actions while serving the Empire have been immoral, that there is no justification for them, and that he deserves whatever grisly fate the rebels have planned for him.
** Daidara is more or less the same, despite being an unrepentant BloodKnight. He's not one for mindless butchery or torture--unlike Nyau--and he harbors no illusions about what his duties entail--unlike River. He even acknowledges that he deserves his fate before succumbing to his wounds and dying in Tatsumi's arms, which makes the latter actually feel somewhat bad for
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* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: As Esdeath gets ready to rape him in Chapter 2, Tatsumi tries to think of Sayo. Mercifully, Esdeath is distracted by some Danger Beasts before she can violate him.

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* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: As Esdeath gets ready to rape sexually abuses him in Chapter 2, Tatsumi tries to think of Sayo. Mercifully, Esdeath is distracted by some Danger Beasts before she can violate him.



* MercyKill: [[spoiler: Tatsumi's killing of Numa Seika in battle is this in hindsight, since Esdeath planned to torture the prince to death.]]

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* MercyKill: [[spoiler: Tatsumi's killing of Numa Seika in battle is this in hindsight, since Esdeath planned to torture the prince to death.]]



* PeepingTom: A female example. During the Northern campaign, Esdeath would regularly "accidentally" walk in on Tatsumi while he is bathing, according to the Shorts.



* SparedByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Sayo and Ieyasu are rescued by Night Raid before Aria and her family can kill them. After recovering, they join Night Raid.]]

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* SparedByAdaptation: SparedByAdaptation:
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[[spoiler:Sayo and Ieyasu are rescued by Night Raid before Aria and her family can kill them. After recovering, they join Night Raid.]]



** Numa Seika, to an extent. He still dies, but he [[DefiantToTheEnd goes out like a champ]] and receives a proper burial arranged by Tatsumi--in stark contrast to his canon counterpart, who was built up as a credible threat, [[UndignifiedDeath but was tortured into complete submission by Esdeath, who then killed him with a kick to the head as an afterthought after chaining him up and forcing him to lick her boot.]]



* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Well, "girlfriend" may be a bit of a stretch, but when Esdeath discovers a bloodied Tatsumi after [[spoiler: he kills Numa Seika]], she, according to Daidara, looked angry enough to level the city in retaliation. Later, after Tatsumi is abducted by Night Raid, she musters the Jaegers, several Imperial Guards, and CDF members to find and rescue him.

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* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend:
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Well, "girlfriend" may be a bit of a stretch, but when Esdeath discovers a bloodied Tatsumi after [[spoiler: he kills Numa Seika]], she, according to Daidara, looked angry enough to level the city in retaliation. Later, after Tatsumi is abducted by Night Raid, she musters the Jaegers, several Imperial Guards, and CDF members to find and rescue him.


* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Bols is a loving husband and father. The "evil" part is somewhat subverted because he hates what he does but knows that it will keep his family from being killed by the empire.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
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Bols is a loving husband and father. The "evil" part is somewhat subverted because he hates what he does but knows that it will keep his family from being killed by the empire.



* FauxAffablyEvil: Esdeath. She tries to be AffablyEvil, she really does. Unfortunately, she does a very bad job of hiding her psychopathic and sadistic nature (if she's even trying to hide it), and she quickly drops the act whenever she hears or sees something she doesn't like, [[spoiler:such as Tatsumi rejecting her advances and telling her to fuck off, for example.]]

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* FauxAffablyEvil: FauxAffablyEvil:
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Esdeath. She tries to be AffablyEvil, she really does. Unfortunately, she does a very bad job of hiding her psychopathic and sadistic nature (if she's even trying to hide it), and she quickly drops the act whenever she hears or sees something she doesn't like, [[spoiler:such as Tatsumi rejecting her advances and telling her to fuck off, for example.]]



* HoneyTrap: In order to regain Esdeath's trust and get River off his back, Tatsumi reluctantly has sex with the sadistic general at the end of Chapter 15.

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* HoneyTrap: In order to regain Esdeath's trust and get River off his back, Tatsumi reluctantly has sex with the sadistic general at the end of Chapter 15. It works better than he expected: she forgives him for every transgression and offense he's committed against her up to that point "several times over", and is so thoroughly on cloud nine that she trusts him completely from then on, without the ''slightest'' hint of suspicion.



* {{Hypocrite}}: River berates Tatsumi for [[spoiler: attacking a group of Imperial soldiers who were raping a Northern girl, even though Esdeath had given them her blessing]], to which Tatsumi responds that [[spoiler: he's killed other Imperial soldiers before "with Esdeath-sama's blessing." River tries to dismiss the latter as "criminals," to which Tatsumi snarls "And these ones aren't!?"]] Later, he angrily tells Seryu that she has no right to speak of "justice" when he is hardly any better.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: {{Hypocrite}}:
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River berates Tatsumi for [[spoiler: attacking a group of Imperial soldiers who were raping a Northern girl, even though Esdeath had given them her blessing]], to which Tatsumi responds that [[spoiler: he's killed other Imperial soldiers before "with Esdeath-sama's blessing." River tries to dismiss the latter as "criminals," to which Tatsumi snarls "And these ones aren't!?"]] Later, he angrily tells Seryu that she has no right to speak of "justice" when he is hardly any better.



* KickTheDog: Esdeath ''loves'' doing this, with Tatsumi often being said dog, though she [[NeverMyFault blames him for it]]. It's also heavily implied that she [[spoiler: killed the Northern girl Tatsumi saved out of spite, and that she apparently forced him to watch.]]

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* KickTheDog: KickTheDog:
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Esdeath ''loves'' doing this, with Tatsumi often being said dog, though she [[NeverMyFault blames him for it]]. It's also heavily implied that she [[spoiler: killed the Northern girl Tatsumi saved out of spite, and that she apparently forced him to watch.]]



* LecherousLicking: Esdeath licks Tatsumi's face after kissing him for the first time in Chapter 2.

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* LecherousLicking: LecherousLicking:
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Esdeath licks Tatsumi's face after kissing him for the first time in Chapter 2.2.
** Tatsumi later does this, though in his case, it's licking drops of Esdeath's blood off his own cheek after biting her lip, and he was only doing it to provoke her into ravishing him--which she does.


* DoubleStandard: Averted to hell and gone. None of the things Esdeath does to Tatsumi are portrayed as in the right or funny, but only serve to show how depraved she is.



* DoubleStandard: Averted to hell and gone. None of the things Esdeath does to Tatsumi are portrayed as in the right or funny, but only serve to show how depraved she is.


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* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: As Esdeath gets ready to rape him in Chapter 2, Tatsumi tries to think of Sayo. Mercifully, Esdeath is distracted by some Danger Beasts before she can violate him.

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* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: [[spoiler:Tatsumi's mother is Esdeath's aunt, and his father is either Esdeath's uncle or her dad. Her uncle's suspicion about this leads to a confrontation with his brother, one that leads to the former's death]].

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* ContrivedCoincidence: [[spoiler: Tatsumi and Esdeath had the same fighting teacher]].

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