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"The reason doesn't matter. As long as a tiny bit of hope exists, that's all that matters."
Voiced by: Soma Saito (Japanese), Corey Hartzog (English)

The protagonist of the story who embarked on a quest to the capital in hopes of joining the military and earning enough money to send back to his impoverished village. After narrowly escaping an evil ploy by sadistic nobles, Tatsumi soon learns of the corruption within the Empire and is recruited into the ranks of Night Raid, whose task is to rid the Empire of this corruption by slaying the wicked. Whilst competing in a fighting tournament sponsored by the Empire he unknowingly manages to steal Esdeath's heart, who unceremoniously decides to make Tatsumi her lover, much to his dismay. After events leading up to another comrade's death, narrowly escaping public execution which ended with his girlfriend in a coma, among a list of heartaches; Tatsumi has undergone horrendous growth, now sporting his own "titular Red Eye" (albeit cross shaped) motif due to a Fusion Dance with his Teigu.

Tatsumi is widely regarded by many, both allies and enemies, to have an immense amount of hidden potential. Lacking the skill and experience of his allies in Night Raid, he makes up for it by becoming more powerful with each battle, with his rapid growth being noted by stronger members such as Akame and Bulat. However, this comes to a head after Night Raid's latest casualties suffered, and his desire to keep Mine alive bestowed him with a powerup, allowing him to fight on par with the strongest of the empire at the cost of his own mortality.

  • Accidental Pervert: The day he needs to go on a mission with Mine, he enters her room to wake her up without knocking and ends up seeing her in her underwear. She then starts shooting at him.
  • Action Dad: He becomes a biological father figure to his own baby after the end of the series.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the manga he manages to fight Esdeath on equal grounds and even lay blows on both her and General Budo, while in the anime he never manages this. While on both versions he defeats the Ultimate Teigu, it should be noted that the Ultimate Teigu was considerebly stronger in the manga and Tatsumi manages to survive; while in the anime he dies.
  • Adorkable: Quite popular with the ladies and also prone to getting laughed at for his silly mannerisms by the other members of Night Raid.
  • Amazon Chaser: As he watches Mine pushing her Pumpkin over the limits while confronting the top generals of the Empire Esdeath and Budo all by herself to save Tatsumi from his public execution, he muses how such an awesome girlfriend is way more than he'll ever deserve.
  • Babies Ever After: The epilogue of the manga states Tatsumi had a baby with Mine, who was already pregnant from before his transformation into a dragon.
  • Badass Adorable: It's a trait that he's well known for. Just ask Esdeath.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: During his battle against the Three Beasts.
  • Badass in Distress: Played with. When Esdeath abducts him, she has no intention of hurting him and isn't aware that he's a member of Night Raid. This results in a distressing situation when Syura traps him inside the palace with Budo and Esdeath, who finally discovers that he is a Night Raid member.
  • Badass Longcoat: He began wearing one after narrowly escaping his execution and Mine was left in a coma, solidifying his depressingly harsh coming of age.
  • Badass Normal: Even before obtaining a Teigu he was strong enough to stand up to Teigu users.
  • Battle Couple: He frequently fights together with Mine who eventually becomes his girlfriend.
  • Battlecry: "INCURSIOOOO!!!"
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: He and Mine spend a lot of time arguing, but they gradually become fond of each other and fall in love.
  • Bequeathed Power: Incursio was given to him by Bulat moments before he died.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While Tatsumi has a lot of (almost cliche) characteristics of a Stock Shōnen Hero, he can be surprisingly violent when provoked. Aria finds this out the hard way once he discovers she was the one who tortured his friends. In fact, it was the reason Night Raid recruited him.
  • Big "NEVER!": A rather blunt one. He's willing to die for his cause, outright rejecting Esdeath's offer to join her due to his resentment of the empire and her vile tendencies. His exact words (in the anime at least) were "I don't want to be associated with someone who revels in destruction!".
  • Boring Failure Hero: While a likable, humane character, his repetitive shortcomings tend to lean on the aggravating end of the personality spectrum. Stemming from his inability to stave off adversaries long enough (Bulat), to inadvertently inspiring comrades to do more than they are capable of resulting in them getting killed (Chelsea), wasting his time thinking he can convert the enemy (Esdeath), failing to make sure a dangerous enemy stays dead and inadvertently giving the enemy a facial profile (Suzuka), leading up to capture and near execution by the empire either incapacitating or killing off more of his faction (Lubbock & Mine). This is subverted near the end of the series due to his victory over the Emperor and Shikoutazer.
  • Born Lucky: Zigzagged. While Tatsumi tends to suffer often, he also tends to luck out more than any other character in the series. Notable examples include (but aren't limited to):
    • Surviving his encounter with Aria's family, while his friends did not.
    • Surviving a hit from Akame's blade, Murasame, because of a "good luck" charm his village elder gave him at the start of his journey. Even he lampshades how lucky it was.
    • Being able to use Incursio's power, despite having a low chance of being able to wield it. Not to mention his opponent just stood there and let him try to use Incursio instead of attacking him.
    • Escaping from Esdeath numerous times.
    • During the final battle in the manga he suffers several fatal injuries for the Emperor and has his armor destroyed, but manages to gain an 11th-Hour Superpower that includes a Healing Factor, allowing him to regrow limbs and heal his internal injuries.
    • Survive being fused with Tyrant because Akame stabbed him with Murasame, though even she wasn't sure that was going to work.
    • Saved from being raped by two lackeys of the empire only for his "rescuer" to be Esdeath.
  • Break the Cutie: In the first chapter he loses both of his childhood friends and it just goes down hill from there. By the time Mine's in a coma, he's stopped smiling completely.
  • Broken Ace: As the story nears its end, it becomes apparent that Tatsumi is arguably the strongest member of Night Raid after Incursio's evolution; it comes at the price of his body transforming, and overusing Incursio will result in it taking over his body, inevitably killing him.
  • Butt-Monkey: He can't catch a break. He's not as big a butt monkey Lubbock but he was definitely one when he first joined Night Raid, and has had the misfortune of being chosen as Esdeath's lover.
  • Can't Catch Up: He quickly proves his worth as a fighter, but is initially outclassed by some of the stronger opponents due to his tactics, while other Night Raiders handle them with ease. Incursio's evolved form fixed this issue.
  • Cartwright Curse: Downplayed. Tatsumi wasn't in a relationship with any of them, but Sheele, Chelsea and Bullat got some Ship Tease with him and were killed shortly afterwards. Ironically, his official girlfriend survived in the manga and got the happiest ending among the surviving characters.
  • Character Development: As the series progresses.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Played with and Zigzagged. Nearly every girl Tatsumi comes across he unknowingly manages to win over. It's eventually lampshaded by Lubbock and Najenda, much to his confusion. He's aware of some affections (such as Esdeath's), but was oblivious to Mine's until she spelled it out for him.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He ends up fighting one of the Rakshasa demons, who he knows is stronger and more skilled than him. In order to win, he destroys the building the both of them are in, bringing it down on top of the Rakshasa demon's head.
  • Country Mouse: He comes from an impoverished village in the countryside that he wishes to save by earning money in the capital.
  • Covert Pervert: While Tatsumi tends to be more mature than Lubbock, it's heavily implied that he is one. When meeting Leone, the first thing he noticed were her large breasts. When using the teigu, Spectator, he sees Akame, Mine and Sheele in their undergarments, and regards the ability as an "amazing" power. When trying to pull a prank on Chelsea, he admits that he actually wanted to take a peak at her naked body while she was bathing.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Overlapping with Blessed with Suck - It seems that he's permanently fused to Tyrant after being saved by Akame, and so far, he doesn't seem to mind it. It helps that he's still in control and no longer going berserk.
  • Cute Bruiser: He's a young boy, but his fighting style involves getting close to the enemy and delivering many swift, powerful attacks.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Forcing Incursio to evolve sounds awesome on paper(See Took a Level in Badass below); unfortunately because Tatsumi is still inexperienced in using it, this means Tyrant will slowly take over his body.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Due to the fact that all witnesses were knocked unconscious by Nyau's Scream and the Three Beasts were all slain by Tatsumi and Bulat, the Empire had no information of the recently deceased Bulat. Since Bulat was known as the sole owner of Incursio, Tatsumi's inheritance of the Teigu leads the Empire to believe that Bulat is still alive.
  • Deal with the Devil: He begs Tyrant for the power to protect Mine and crush the Empire after feeling he was too weak following Lubbock's death. Incursio then evolves and he becomes much more powerful, being able to fight both Budou and Esdeath on equal footing. However, he starts feeling the effects on his body as the fight draws on.
  • Death by Adaptation: He dies after defeating the Emperor in the anime. He survives the equivalent scene in the manga but it's subverted since he suffers a Fate Worse than Death due to Incursio bonding to him and he has Akame perform a Mercy Kill... which is subverted again when he survives that, too, though with the tragic implication that he'll be stuck in his dragon form for the rest of his life.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the anime, he dies in Akame's arms.
  • Distressed Dude: Tatsumi is captured and imprisoned by Esdeath once she decides to "make him hers". He manages to escape. Later, he gets captured by Syura along with Lubbock. Despite being revealed as a member of Night Raid, Esdeath tries to convince him to join her one last time. Tatsumi refuses and Esdeath decides to execute him herself. Mine then shows up at the last minute to save her boyfriend.
  • Doom Magnet: He tends to attract danger everywhere he goes. Even worse is that while Tatsumi tends to luck out of a dangerous situation, many of his comrades end up suffering. See his Unwitting Instigator of Doom entry for more details.
  • Dying as Yourself: He begs Akame to kill him before Incursio takes him over completely. She complies, and it unlocks her Superpowered Evil Side. Subverted because he survives.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Unlike the anime, Tatsumi survives in the manga. Despite being stuck in a dragon form, he is able to live a happy life after Mine awakens from her coma.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He starts out a Badass Normal but inherits Bulat's Teigu after his death.
  • Enemy Mine: Played with. After witnessing his abilities in a local fighting tournament, Esdeath drags him to the palace in the hopes of inducting him into the Jaegers—and to become her lover, despite not knowing that Tatsumi is part of Night Raid.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: There's the Running Gag of Bulat constantly hitting on him, and in Akame ga Kill! Theater, he (along with Lubbock) is on the receiving end of unwanted advances by Dr. Stylish and his men—at a gay bar, no less (though he didn't realize it at first). Tatsumi is severely uncomfortable in both cases.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: When Incursio gains a powered up form, his eyes have Tyrant's cross-shaped pupils. Even after he stops wearing the armor, his right eye remains that of Tyrant's.
  • Expressive Hair: His Idiot Hair has a tendency to be expressive during emotional moments. When Esdeath walks into her bedroom half naked, it stands straight up.
  • Fate Worse than Death: In the manga, he survives Akame's attempted Mercy Kill, and a rebel doctor is able to somehow restore his sanity, but it's suggested that he'll be stuck in his dragon form for the rest of his life. Subverted in that he's okay with it, since at least he'll still get to live and be with his comrades.
  • First Kiss: Tatsumi's was taken by Esdeath. Understandably, Mine is upset by this.
  • Fusion Dance: Forcing Incursio to evolve made him fuse with it, according to Budou. It explains why he gains Tyrant's exotic pupils, even after he stops wearing the armor.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Actively switches between soft Tareme Eyes when he's lounging with friends, to razor sharp Tsurime Eyes when he's ready to fight.
  • The Hero Dies: He's one of the heroes of the series, likely the central one next to Akame. And he dies at the end of the anime with a Heroic Sacrifice to stop the Emperor's Imperial Arms from crushing civilians.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Played in an odd way. Whenever using Incursio, Tatsumi has a head covering helmet as part of his armor. Yet reaction shots from him while wearing the full armor tend to not show the helmet even if he's still actually wearing it. So whether you see the helmet tends to change from panel to panel.
  • Heroic RRoD: Pushing Incursio beyond its limits puts an enormous strain on Tatsumi's body. The armor slowly consumes him the more he pushes himself. It eventually turns him into another Tyrant, though he has Akame kill him before it can take over his mind as well.
  • I Am What I Am: Tatsumi doesn't seem to take any issue with being permanently transformed into a dragon; he's satisfied with just being allowed to live.
  • Idiot Hair: He has a large forelock of hair on top of his head. About halfway through the story, said hair strand vanishes completely; possibly signifying a harsh loss of innocence.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: While Tatsumi feels remorse over every member of Night Raid who has died, it's Lubbock's death and Mine becoming comatose that hits him the hardest.
  • Innocence Lost: Tatsumi starts off as an innocent teen who wants to make money for his village. After the death of his friends exposes the Empire's corruption, he becomes more jaded and remorseless. This is reflected in his slow fusion with Incursio and Tyrant.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Mine at the end of the manga due to him being permanently turned into a dragon.
  • Kubrick Stare: Gave a pretty bone chilling glare to Esdeath out of pure disgust and anger towards her and the empire after she relegated Lubbock's death to him.
  • Love You and Everybody: When Mine finally confesses her feelings to him, Tatsumi cheerfully says he likes her too, as a comrade. Mine has to kiss him to make him understand what kind of "like" she means.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: His right eye gains Tyrant's pupil, showing that his body is slowly being consumed by Incursio.
  • Meaningful Name: The "Tatsu" in "Tatsumi" is an alternative word for "dragon" in Japanese, alluding to his association with the dragon Tyrant living within Incursio.
  • Memento MacGuffin: The parting gift given to him by the village chief is a charm that blocks Akame's Murasame from killing him.
  • Morality Pet: Subverted, at first Tatsumi believed that he could appeal to Esdeath on this level. Esdeath makes it apparent she's beyond saving or pity for that matter.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Tatsumi get this feeling after he and Leone assassinated two corrupt official when he hear the voice of the son of one of the official calling for his father as he walks in and see the corpse of his father. Unable to bear it Tatsumi run and can't stop thinking about it as he try to clean his sword as he remind himself that the man he killed may have been corrupt, but to his son he was a good father.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Incredibly naive when he first arrives in the empire, even getting scammed by Leone out of all his cash and almost killed because of his lack of common sense. Fortunately he gets better.
  • Next Tier Power-Up: He starts the series fairly competent, but without an Imperial Arms of his own, he didn't stand a chance against opposing users. Bulat passes on Incursio to him and tells him how to use it before he dies and it lets him hold his own, but eventually that has a limit as he's still inexperienced using it. Eventually, he pushes Incursio even further and evolves it to the point where he's on par with Esdeath and Budo.
  • Nice Guy: Kind even to his enemies, which almost got him killed a number of times.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While it was his best option to take out a Rakshasa demon by dropping a building on her so he could come to Mine's aid, the fact that said demon survived this led to said demon setting up a trap to drop a building on Akame not to mention getting him getting outed to Esdeath and The Empire.
  • No Body Left Behind: In the anime, his body disappears into nothing after Esdeath freezes both of them together.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Near the end of the manga, he manages to survive slowly losing his body and mind to his Teigu, being impaled and crushed beneath the Ultimate Teigu, and surviving Murasame's poison to live happily with Mine. Jeez.
  • Oblivious to Love: He utterly fails to notice Mine's feelings for him. Even when she directly spells out she has a crush on him, Tatsumi doesn't get it and it takes Mine kissing him for her Love Confession to get through his thick head.
  • Official Couple: He and Mine finally become a couple after she confesses her love to him. They get married after the war is over.
  • The One Guy: He's the only guy in Night Raid after Lubbock's death.
  • Only Sane Man: Occasionally acts as this in Night Raid.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "You can beg the King of Hell for forgiveness."
  • The Promise:
    • He vows to make Mine his wife after the latter falls into a coma and after the war is over.
    • He also makes a promise with Akame: if either of them is to be consumed by their Teigu, they should kill the other, as both of them would be honored to die at their comrade's hands. Akame ends up having to collect on that first, though he does survive.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He delivers a big to The Emperor who had been firing indiscriminately at friend and foe alike and was subsequently abandoned by his own forces. In return, the Emperor declares that his allies are cowards for fleeing.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm and mature Blue Oni to Lubbock's Red Oni.
  • Retired Badass: The manga epilogue says after the war, Tatsumi retired to the countryside to live a quiet and peaceful life with Mine.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: In the anime, despite Tatsumi committing a Heroic Sacrifice to rescue a bunch of townspeople, it was rendered moot by Esdeath obliterating some of the members of the Revolutionary Army.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Being someone from the country, he hasn't had quite as much fighting experience as the rest of the Night Raid, causing to attack rather recklessly in some of his battles.
  • Slave Collar: After Esdeath decides to make Tatsumi hers, she collared him in the arena and tried to drag Tatsumi off. When that failed, she just knocked him out.
  • Sole Survivor: Ieyasu and Sayo do not survive the trip to the capital, leaving Tatsumi the only survivor amongst his friends.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: In the anime, right before he dies, he apologizes to Akame for not being able to keep his promise to survive.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Great Lord implied Tatsumi's romance with Mine won't end well. It's averted at the end of the manga when they get their happy ending, even though Tatsumi isn't human anymore.
  • Stealth Pun: As a result of evolving Incursio and slowly fusing with Tyrant, Tatsumi has become a Red-Eyed Killer.
  • The Stoic: After Mine enters a coma he pretty much stops smiling entirely.
  • Superpower Lottery: Zigzagged, borderlining Inverted and Subverted tropes. For while his newest evolution grants him the ability to do battle with Esdeath and nerf her Space-Time Freeze it also runs the risk of him transforming into a new body for the inherent entity housed within his Teigu enabling it to rampage unabated throughout the kingdom.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Chapter 54, he forces Incursio to evolve even further. It not only makes him strong enough to keep up with the Empire's strongest warriors, but he's also capable of No Selling Esdeath's Time Stands Still ability, albeit briefly.
  • Transformation Horror: He can only use Incursio about four more times before he completely fuses with it, this is the result of using it once. The more times he uses it, Tatsumi slowly becomes less human and he eventually completely transforms into a giant dragon.
  • Trauma Conga Line: He loses his friends in the first episode, is forced to join an organisation full of killers to provide for his village, loses multiple comrades as the story progresses, ends up as Esdeath's target of affections, and his girlfriend ends up in a coma causing the loss of his cheery smile and laughter. Finally; as if to top it all off, he's started slowly, painfully turning into the physical manifest of Incursio's inner essence; Tyrant, with each successive activation of his Teigu. Each new change proving more agonizing than the last. In the end, he defeats the Emperor, but is unable to stop Esdeath and begs Akame to kill him before his mind devolves into a mindless beast, and she attempts to, but he survives that as well.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He lacks some of the more refined skills of the Night Raiders, but makes up for it for his overall fighting ability and speed. As the story progresses, he gradually becomes a better and more skilled fighter.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While he might not seem like this at first, Fridge Horror kicks in when you realize that Tatsumi has indirectly, yet unintentionally, caused the deaths of EVERY Night Raid member, with the exception of Leone in the manga. Going down the death in order:
    • Sheele's death at the hands of Seryu occurred because Seryu began to actively hunt down Night Raid to avenge the death of her mentor, Ogre. Remember who killed Ogre ?
    • Bulat's concern for Tatsumi's safety during their fight with the Three Beasts definitely proved to be hindrance to him. In addition, had Tatsumi just held off Nyau for just a few more seconds, Bulat would have been able to kill Liver, and thereby preventing his own death.
    • Chelsea's death at the hands of Kurome was caused by her, out-of-character, brash decisions. Chelsea admits to herself that her out-of-character actions was the result of her feeling for Tatsumi, as well as her desire to impress him.
    • Susanoo was killed by Esdeath when she used her recently acquired Trump Card, Mahapadma, which had the ability to freeze time, to defeat him. Remember, originally Esdeath developed this ability to prevent Tatsumi from escaping her again after his escape at Mt. Fake.
    • Lubbock's death at the hands of Izou was the result of Lubbock trying to escape capture. Lubbock was only captured because Syura was able to identify Tatsumi. Syura even admitted that he was not entirely sure that Lubbock was a member of Night Raid, and only kidnapped him because he was with Tatsumi.
      • Even worse, Syura was able to easily identify Tatsumi partly because he had already seen Tatsumi once in person during the danger beast incident. Remember, Tatsumi was the one to convince the rest of Night Raid to fight the danger beasts instead of letting the Jaegers take care of them. Talk about Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!.
    • Mine ended up in a coma because of her decision to save Tatsumi from his execution at the hands of Esdeath.
      • The icing on the cake of this example is that Esdeath reveals that Tatsumi was not in any real danger of being killed, and would have survived his apparent "execution", whether or not Night Raid would have saved him.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He lacks the raw strength of a Teigu user at first, but his training does put him on even footing with some of them, and it makes him a monster against normal people. The 'weak' part is pretty much gone by chapter 54.
  • When He Smiles: His smile is what catches Esdeath's affections. He stopped smiling much after Mine's coma, he cracks a faint one of relief after Kurome was convinced by Wave to quit working for the Empire, sparing Akame the pain of having to kill her younger sister.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He kills Aria (a teenager) with no hesitation, which doubles as Would Hit a Girl for obvious reasons. But in his defense, she was a psychopathic monster.

Dormant mode
Armor mode

  • Adaptive Armor: Due to Tyrant's aptitude for adaptation and evolution the armor also inherits its Adaptive Ability. As such, if Tatsumi needs to be faster, the armor will strengthen his legs, or if Tatsumi needs to be tougher it'll make itself harder.
  • Badass Cape: One of these comes with it.
  • Blade on a Stick: Incursio's auxiliary armanent, Neuntote, a halberd capable of cutting through several Danger Beasts in one swing.
  • Cool Mask: A helmet with a mask comes with it.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Pushing Incursio into evolving eventually makes just activating it dangerous for Tatsumi. Tatsumi eventually begins fusing with Tyrant and may only activate his armor Four more times, now going on Three, before Tyrant consumes him completely. Already showing signs of his body converting further into Tyrant's draconian form by the end of chapter 61.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: In the anime's climax, he awakens Incursio's ultimate potential, growing vastly stronger and gaining Flight thanks to the Tyrant beast's adaptive ability. In the manga, he forces Incursio to evolve multiple times during the final fight with the Ultimate Teigu in order to stay in the game against it, eventually destroying the massive weapon without dying, though he still ends up paying a steep price.
  • Flawed Prototype: To Grand Chariot. Incursio has the potential to become stronger due its Adaptive Ability, but at the price of consuming the user and transforming their body into that of Tyrant's.
  • Flight: In both the anime and the manga, Incursio eventually evolves to the point it sprouts a pair of dragon wings, in order for Tatsumi to better fight the Ultimate Teigu.
  • Instant Armor: The user can summon this armor at will.
  • Invisibility Cloak: He can become invisible for a limited amount of time.
  • Leitmotif: The aptly named "Incursio"
  • Living Weapon: Tyrant still lives within the armor, accounting for its formidable Adaptive Ability as well it actively protecting Tatsumi from attacks he cannot avoid or block. After Tatsumi fuses with it in Chapter 54, it is revealed it will consume him if overused in exchange for immense power on par with Esdeath and Budou. Taken to the extremes during the battle with the Ultimate Teigu, as he uses it so much the Emperor notes he's not even human anymore according to his scanners.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Incursio's known for its nearly indestructible defense.
  • One-Winged Angel: As of chapter 75 Tatsumi has become possessed by the Super-Class Danger Beast Tyrant.
  • Power Armor: The armor was created from the flesh of Tyrant, whose life force was so great that the beast is still alive within the armor.
  • Red Baron: Demon Dragon Armor: Incursio.
  • Useless Useful Spell: Its invisibility powers are rendered useless against enemies who can sense his presence.


Revolutionary Army


"Now let's go punish this scumbag."
Voiced by: Risa Mizuno (Japanese), Shelley Calene-Black (English)

The head of the assassination group Night Raid, Najenda was a former general of the Empire that made the decision to defect to the Revolutionary Army after witnessing how morally bankrupt and corrupt the regime was from the actions of her colleague, General Esdeath. She successfully bands an army of her men together to defect to the Revolutionaries until she is blind sided by Esdeath's army in which she nearly lost all of her men and narrowly escaped death by her... with the exception of a shattered arm and a lost eye. During Dr. Stylish's assault on the Night Raid's hideout she reveals her two new recruits: Chelsea and the humanoid Teigu, Susanoo.

Her last known Teigu, Speed of Lightning: Susanoo, is a living humanoid Teigu that functions as the user's bodyguard and servant, who can both fight and do household chores extremely efficiently on behalf of the user.

  • Absolute Cleavage: She's almost always wearing a shirt with a low neckline.
  • Action Girl: At one time she was nearly as strong as Esdeath.
  • Artificial Limbs: Her right arm is mechanical, destroyed in an ambush by Esdeath along with an eye, when the latter found out that she had defected.
  • Babies Ever After: She adopts a child in the finale, but never marries.
  • Badass Normal: She doesn't have a formal Teigu like the rest of Night Raid (as Susanoo has his own life and can fight without the help of Najenda), but her strength is something to consider, as she destroyed a former general with only the 40% of his power, and this enemy gave Leone (with Teigu equipped) a hard time.
  • Berserk Button: Don't say that she looks like a man, and don't bring up her age.
  • Big Good: As leader of the Night Raid and The Revolution.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has short hair to complement her strong and imposing personality.
  • Braids of Action: Back when she was a general of the Empire, Najenda had longer hair and she wore it tied and braided.
  • Cast from Lifespan: She is able to give Susanoo an enormous power boost, but it requires her to sacrifice a portion of her lifespan.
  • Celibate Hero: She's too focused on leading a rebellion to think about dating. Although she admits she could consider starting a relationship with Lubbock after the conflict is over.
  • Defector from Decadence: She used to be a general in the Imperial army alongside Esdeath, but joined the Revolutionaries after seeing her in action.
  • Eyepatch of Power: She wears an eyepatch over her lost right eye. This gives her the look of a tough and experienced leader.
  • Eye Scream: She lost her eye to Esdeath.
  • Handicapped Badass: After losing an eye and her right arm she comments that she can only use about 40% of her original strength. Her crippling is also why she can't use Teigu until she receives the energy-efficient Susanoo. This doesn't prevent the fact that she can still curb stomp general class opponents with ease.
  • Identical Stranger: The reason Susanoo responded to her is because she resembles his previous master, who much to Tatsumi and Leone's amusement, was a man.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Boss" and "The Hunk of the Rebellion".
  • Iron Lady: Has the cool effectiveness down pat. This is not a woman you want to cross. And she has Power Hair, to boot!
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: She has a masculine appearance to the point where Susanoo compares her to his former male owner.
  • The Leader: A mix of Type I and II. She is the one who assigns the separate members of Night Raid to the requests that are given to them and pairs them according to whose strength is suited for the task. It was her plan that tricks Esdeath into wiping out a gang of bandits for the Night Raid and leads to the death of Bols and the weakening of Kurome.
  • The Mourning After: The epilogue to the manga mentions Najenda would end up adopting a child after the war is over, but would remain single for the rest of her life. This leaves the implications that she never fully gets over Lubbock's death.
  • Plot Armor: It is known that activating Magatama Manifestation three times kills the user. But when Najenda activates it for the third time in her battle with Esdeath in the Bolic arc she luckily survives only due to the fact that Susanoo reached his physical limit before her life force did.
  • Pragmatic Hero: As Rebel Leader, much of the series' bloodshed and tragedies can be traced back to her ambition. However, all of her actions are for the sake of a better future.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When she first meets Tatsumi, she gives him an offer to join Night Raid and says they won't kill him if he refuses, though they can't let him leave either since he knows where their base is. She also tells him about what they do, which is to kill people who do evil things, and that they're fighting against the Empire to ease the burden on the people. Her painting the image that way helps convince him to join.
  • Rocket Punch: With her right arm, and can use it to pull herself forward too.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Of all the original members of Night Raid, Najenda is the last introduced to the audience, as she appears in the second chapter of the manga and the second episode of the anime, when the rest of the members appears in the first one.
  • Shipper on Deck: She apparently ships Tatsumi x Mine. She was actually on the one to convince Mine to make a move on Tatsumi before Leone does.
  • Ship Tease: She's not terribly opposed to the idea of hooking up with Lubbock, but she'd rather hook-up after the conflict is over. Unfortunately, that will never come to pass.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Najenda is rarely seen without a cigar. She especially likes to smoke while looking badass.
  • Supporting Leader: While Najenda is the leader of Night Raid, she rarely goes into the field herself. As a result, she is more of a supporting character than a main character.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: In past she somehow succeeded in persuading Akame to abandon her mission of assassinating her and defect from the Empire, while also effectively recruiting her into the Night Raid and joining the Revolutionary Army. What makes this more incredible was that at the time Akame was the Empire's top assassin.
  • Tomboyness Upgrade: Najenda makes for one helluva handsome dude to her dismay, but when she was younger, she was a lot more feminine-looking and a top beauty in the empire who had to constantly turn down marriage offers (which is something she still likes to boast about).
  • Tragic Keepsake: She keeps Lubbock's goggles with her after his death.
  • You Monster!: Delivers this reaction to Kurome. She despises Kurome's Teigu because she feels it desecrates the dead.
  • Younger than She Looks: The other Night Raid members are already horrified when Tatsumi tactlessly asks Najenda about her age, which is a major Berserk Button for her. And then he has to thoughtlessly yell out at that she's much younger than he thought, when she tells him that she's in her mid-20s. This gets him a savage pounding that leaves him little more than a pile of lumps.

Teigu:See Susanoo

"There is no way to train your heart to be invulnerable."
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese), Tyler Galindo (English)

Originally born the fourth son of a wealthy merchant family in a region, Lubbock left his wealthy life behind to follow Najenda when she served in the Empire and rose through the ranks to serve her by her side. When she defected to the rebellion he joined her and faked their deaths by changing the military records of both him and her as K.I.A.

His Teigu, Infinite Uses: Cross Tail, consists of garrote wires on gloves that can be shaped and manipulated in a myriad of ways, doing everything from enemy detection, laceration, strangulation to creating a variety of makeshift weapons and armor.

  • Badass Longcoat: Dons a long green coat with a fur-rimmed hood.
  • Bromantic Foil: To Tatsumi, being the silly, extroverted pervert to make Tatsumi seem more mature.
  • Butt-Monkey: Par course for his behavior in the Night Raid. He's either beaten to a pulp by Leone or running away from Bulat's affection. Mine even states this is his designated role in the group.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: He's remarkably respectful towards Najenda despite his tendencies.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He always tries to woo any cute girl he sees. Unfortunately for him, they're either not interested or trying to kill him.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He's often spending his free time trying to peek on Leone in the hot springs or cursing Tatsumi for his Chick Magnet status. He does show chivalry sometimes such as when he takes on two Rakshasa Demons to save a young Night Raid spy, and generally dislikes harming women.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: After being captured by the Wild Hunt, he is subjected to this, including a Groin Attack.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Averted. He tends to prefer one on one combat, and excels at that. However, in episode 11 when he encounters several Elite Mook all at once, he wisely runs away from them. Considering one gave him trouble, a lot of them was more than he could handle. Though they give chase, Akame fortunately saves him.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He hides wires under his clothes, around his body and even in his mouth.
  • Crippling Castration: As part of Syura's Cold-Blooded Torture. He's missing one testicle now. Amazingly, Lubbock didn't break even after this.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's shown to be the Butt-Monkey for his perverted tendencies and jealously of Tatsumi during the story, but in the midst of combat he demonstrates he can be quite the cunning and dangerous opponent as shown from his victory over two of the Four Rakshasa Demons, who have been known to be a group skilled in the art of killing Teigu users.
    • He takes full advantage of this trope when being tortured by Syura. He pretends to be broken by his torture in order to use the spare bits of his teigu he keeps hidden in his mouth to break his neck.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Green hair and eyes.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the manga, he dies fourteen chapters after Seryu's death while in the anime he dies only one episode after she is killed.
  • Defector from Decadence: As with Najenda. In fact, he joined the Night Raid out of love for her.
  • Defiant to the End: Right till his death, in spite of serious torture and ridiculously poor odds against the Castle's invincible security. This is lampshaded by multiple characters.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: While Lubbock gets cut in half by Izou in the manga, he gets brutally stabbed by Syura's group in the anime.
  • Disguised in Drag: One of his many civilian disguises is a woman.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Najenda. He joined the Imperial Army and later the Night Raid just for the opportunity to be close to her. For the most part it's a one-sided affection on his end. However, in a small side story Najenda muses to herself that she may just be open to a relationship after the war is over. Naturally Lubbock ends up getting killed off in the very next arc.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: He spends much of his battles talking about how his powers work, which benefits the viewer. This actually has some practical use, as his talking is often meant to be a distraction.
  • Flechette Storm: Aside from his Imperial Arms, Lubbock also has a few knives handy to throw when he's desperate.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Lubbock is noticeable aroused whenever Leone subjects Akame to Marshmallow Hell.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Incredibly jealous of Tatsumi's status as the resident Chick Magnet.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Izou cuts off a good chunk of the left side of Lubbock's body during their fight. As Lubbock slowly dies, Izou commends him for holding out as long as he did.
  • Hot-Blooded: When it comes to his perverted antics.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: In a 1 on 1 fight, he's a pretty strong fighter, despite his slender appearance. He also has many tricks up his sleeve regarding his teigu, and often fools his opponent into thinking he used his most powerful attack, only to then be lured into a false sense of security when an attack or trap he laid out earlier catches them off guard.
  • If We Survive This: Tells Tatsumi that once the rebellion is over, he'll try expanding his book shop and marry Najenda. Unfortunately, he will never get that opportunity.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Claims that some of his uses of his wires were inspired by various manga he reads.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: He thinks he's competing with Susanoo for Najenda's affections. Najenda and Susanoo's relationship is completely platonic.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the anime, Lubbock falls to his death and gets stabbed by Syura's group after the latter is defeated.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: It heavily implied that he suffers this. While he tends to act as a confident assassin in front of the other Night Raid members, in many of his internal thoughts reveals that he often doubts his own abilities to be useful for Night Raid's cause.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He has this moment before engaging two Rakshasa Demon warriors.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He's a shameless pervert who constantly peeps on his naked teammates, but it's always played for laughs.
  • Love at First Sight: He fell in love with Najenda the moment he first saw her.
  • Nerves of Steel: Takes out two of the Rakshasa Demons by himself. He holds out under torture, successfully fakes being broken by torture and kills Syura.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His left eye is usually covered by his hair.
  • Playing Possum: He can feign death by using his Cross Tail to cut off his own circulation.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The perky, perverted Red Oni to Tatsumi's Blue Oni, even reflected by the red parts of his outfit.
  • The Smart Guy: He's the one that handles the alarms and defenses of the Night Raid's hideouts and he's also skilled in reconnaissance and information gathering.
  • Straight Man: Very frequently early on, sharing the duty with Tatsumi.
  • Subordinate Excuse: He joined the army and later Night Raid so he could be close to his beloved Najenda.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: Regularly runs from fights he is not confident he will win, claiming self-preservation is key for an assassin.
  • Too Clever by Half: When surrounded during his attempt to break out of the palace, Lubbock banks his final gambit on the belief that Izou would not cut through Syura's Teigu to kill him. The gambit backfires.
  • Trap Master: A lot of his tactics involve outsmarting and leading his targets into traps using his Imperial Arms.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • To Najenda. He gave up his comfortable rich life and joined a rebel group of assassins all in order to follow her and remain by her side.
    • Also to Night Raid, big time. Even after Cold-Blooded Torture at Syura's hands and even getting one of his testicles crushed he refuses to betray the Night Raid or even blame Tatsumi for his predicament.
  • Unknown Rival: He thinks of Susanoo as his rival for Najenda's love.
  • Weak, but Skilled: While he lacks the raw physical power of Leone or the devastating Teigu attack power of Akame, several characters note him to have a great deal of combat experience and a highly tactical mind, often defeating his enemies with intuitive uses of his Teigu.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Between being fatigued by being tortured at the hands Syura, having Cross Tail taken from him, and armed with only a regular sword and Syura's teigu, which was not working at the time (not to mention, was not likely drained of energy from just using it), Lubbock was understandably not in top condition when he was forced to fight Izou
  • Worthy Opponent: Although his weakened and Teigu-less state meant he didn't put up much of a fight, his fighting spirit and courage leads Izou and Budou to praise him as this even after this death.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He's seen killing a female assassin caught in one of his traps in episode 3. She begs him to let her go, but he refuses, stating that someone he knew once fell for a similar trap and died as a result. After he's done killing her, he laments having to kill such a lovely lady. And he does this again in episode 18 against the female Rakhasa demon.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: During his escape from the Palace, Lubbock ended up cornered by Izou and decided to place all of his bets on Izou not being willing to kill him if it meant destroying Syura's Teigu. Unfortunately, Izou is The Unfettered.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green hair.

Teigu:Cross Tail

  • Barrier Warrior: The wires can be weaved into creating shields strong enough to deflect attacks.
  • Building Swing: Lubbock can do this using his cables.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: His Cross Tail is noted to take a lot of skill to use and relies heavily on the user's inventiveness and ability to multitask.
  • Razor Floss: Cross Tail was made from the body hair of a Danger Beast renown for their extremely durable and sharp body hair. As such Lubbock can alternate between using the threads for either strangulation or laceration.
  • Red Baron: Infinite Uses: Cross Tail.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: He can shape his thread into a throwing spear, a makeshift shield, armor, and an axe.


Night Raid

    In General
  • Anti-Hero Team: Of the Pragmatic Hero and Pay Evil unto Evil kind. They want to take down the empire and rebuild society. However, they're willing to murder people and use ruthless tactics to achieve their goals. Even Tatsumi, one of the nicest members on the team, had to resort to lethal force on numerous occasions.
  • Badass Crew: Justified. Being a badass is a requirement to join Night Raid since the majority of their members are defected soldiers and generals of the Empire.
  • The Big Guy: Leone, Bulat and Susanoo to different degrees. Leone and Bulat are both of the Boisterous Bruiser type while Susanoo is a Genius Bruiser.
  • Boring Failure Hero: Coined by Chelsea. More people on Night Raids side died than anybody working for The Empire, even The Jeagers only surviving members outlasted many of those who're killed by them in battle.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: They're the weirdest people you'll ever meet. They're also a dangerous group of skilled assassins and one of the most powerful forces opposing the Empire.
  • Color-Coded Characters: All of them have unique colors for their hair and outfits.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Every member of Night Raid has a painful past that caused them to take up arms against the Empire due to the Prime Minister's machinations.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Their name and symbol are dark colored and they are the heroes of the story.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Every member of Night Raid is equipped with a Teigu that they found or retrieved from the Empire.
  • Experienced Protagonist: At the start of the series, Night Raid was already Famed in Story as a group of extremely dangerous and efficient assassins.
  • Fanservice: Every Night Raid member is attractive, with all male members having had at least one Shirtless Scene, and all females featured completely naked at some point in the franchise. Ironically, the only girl that has yet to have a bathing scene is Leone, Night Raid's residential Ms. Fanservice.
  • Good Is Not Soft: They don't have an option to be given who their enemy is.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Two of its tallest members, Bulat and Susanoo, far tower their female comrades, most of them only reaching up to their chest levels.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: The Night Raid members state that they are murderers, not heroes. Then again, their targets are utter monsters who deserve to die, with each member trying their best to avoid killing innocents in the crossfire, so their claims seem to be little more than Heroic Self-Deprecation.
  • La Résistance: They're assassins of the revolutionary army tasked with killing certain people in the Empire and collecting Teigu from fallen soldiers.
  • The Leader: Najenda is the leader of Night Raid, and hands out missions.
  • Mauve Shirt: About half of Night Raid can be considered this, particularly Sheele, Bulat, Chelsea, and Susanoo. While they're all interesting characters, each had potential for personal character arcs, but were killed off before anything could come to pass. Sheele's death occurred just to show that Anyone Can Die. Bulat's death occurred to give Tatsumi character development and a teigu. Night Raid's two newest members, Chelsea and Susanoo were killed shortly after they were introduced and within the same arc they were introduced or the next afterwards. Some fans have accused the creators of introducing Chelsea and Susanoo just to be on the receiving end of the The Worf Effect for the Jaegers, and to stall killing any of the "main" Night Raid members off.
  • Meaningful Name: Najenda called the group Night Raid because the majority of its assassinations occur at night.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The Night Raid members explain to Tatsumi that even if they're doing it for the greater good, nothing changes the fact that they're murderers, and they will have to continue to be until the Empire is reformed.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Every member of Night Raid is a genuinely good person at heart, but knows that in order to change the corrupt state of the empire they'll need to be merciless against anyone that stands in their way.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Even with the eccentric personalities of each member they all still manage to efficiently work together.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The team is occasionally referred to as "The Night Raid".
  • True Companions: Every member has absolute trust and confidence in each others' abilities. If something happens to one of their members they're instantly devastated, and seek vengeance for them so long as it doesn't put the rest of the group and their mission at risk.
  • Tyrannicide: At the end of Akame ga Kill!, Night Raid killing off Honest and the rest of the his allies marks the beginning of the end for the Empire.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: In a nutshell, many of their teigus' trump cards are less than impressive than their main abilities compared to the antagonist faction. The few who actually have useful special techniques are so embarrassingly limited in its usage would fall comical if it didn't end up getting you killed in a pinch.

Original Members

"Tatsumi... No matter how you spin it, we commit murder."
Voiced by: Yuu Asakawa (Japanese), Allison Keith (English)

The first member of Night Raid Tatsumi encounters. She approaches Tatsumi with promises to get him easily commissioned within the military only to scam him out of free alcohol and all of his money. Ironically, her encounter with him is what causes him to meet the nobles who were their targets at the time. When she witnesses Tatsumi's ruthless kill of the last noble, she notices his potential and decides to recruit him. Her reason for joining the Night Raid is simply for the fact that she likes to fight and what better outlet for her abilities than to rid the Empire of their evils.

Excelling at information gathering and a strong penchant for battling strong opponents, Leone is often the one whose seen confirming the validity of the targets in which Night Raid is assigned to assassinate. Her Teigu, Animal King Form: Lionelle, is a belt that increases all five senses, gives her animal-like characteristics, and a powerful Healing Factor in combat.

  • Action Girl: The most prominent one in the Night Raid.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It hasn't been made clear whether or not Leone died in her fight with Honest in the manga. On one hand, her Teigu was destroyed, she was shot in the chest, and Honest tossed her from a very large height. On the other hand, there was no indicator that Night Raid had lost another member, and the others have yet to find out about the result of her fight. The penultimate chapter reveals that she did indeed survive. only to die later. After she lets the citizens of the Empire take their proper revenge out on him.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses an arm against Kurome but she's quickly able to reattach it thanks to Lionelle's Healing Factor and Lubbock's Teigu.
  • Animal Motifs: Lions, and cats in general.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Easily seen in her picture due to her default outfit.
  • Berserk Button: Being a victim of surprise attacks. She loves doing the surprising, just not being on the other end of one. She also doesn't like people commenting on her weight.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: She is usually playful, laid-back and a Hard-Drinking Party Girl. However, another aspect of her personality is that she doesn´t tolerate injustice, even less that the rest of Night Raid. If you like to Kick the Dog on a daily basis, she will kill you gruesomely and mercilessly. Also, she will ensure that you stay Deader Than Dead, just ask Dorothea.
  • Blood Knight: The biggest one within Night Raid. Najenda tends to berate her for not finishing off her foes just to have a good fight.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Loves a good fight and exudes a ton of energy in and out of combat.
  • Boobs of Steel: Easily has the biggest "assets" of the entire cast and the physically strongest female of the Night Raid.
  • Cat Girl: Even when not using her Teigu.
  • Cats Are Mean: Averted, since she's probably the nicest member of Night Raid.
  • Choosing Death: In the final chapter, she chose to die instead seeing the rebellion doctor to heal her injuries, despite Akame's insistence.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts as this towards all of the members of the Night Raid except Najenda and Lubbock.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Yellow hair and eyes.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Here teigu turns her into a were-cat and she is able retain her sexy looks.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Subverted. Tatsumi naturally assumed that Leone must have a dark history, as everyone else he had learned the pasts of had some sort of darkness that led them to their lives as assassins. Leone simply just beat up some nobles that were abusing commoners because she didn't like that, and she was scouted by the Night Raid because of it. She also randomly came across her Teigu from a back alley merchant.
  • Dead Man Walking: Thanks to fusing with Lionelle, she manages to cheat death long enough to deliver justice on Honest, and then have one final round of beers in celebration before going on to die in the streets, remembering how she met Tatsumi.
  • Disney Villain Death: Zigzagged. After having her teigu destroyed and being gravely injured by Honest in Chapter 71, Honest threw the wounded Leone off the balcony that they were fighting on, resulting in Leone plummeting several stories below. We do get to see the result of Leone's fall, as her body is crushed and even some of her intestines are spilling out. Despite all this, it's heavily implied that Leone is still alive, as the usual "Night Raid: "X" members remaining", which is shown whenever a Night Raid member dies, was not present at the end of the chapter. That being said, it very unlikely that Leone will be alive for much longer. She does ultimately die at the end.
  • Double Tap: Unfortunately for Dorothea, Leone seemed to pick on the fact that in this series, it is in your best interest to do this to your opponent.
  • Face Death with Dignity: At the end of the series, she decides to die with honor.
  • Fur Against Fang: Her fight with Dorothea can be considered this, a were-cat vs. a vampire-like alchemist.
  • Fusion Dance: She survives against Honest long enough to deliver cruel, cruel justice upon him because she fused with Lionel, like Tatsumi fused with Tyrant, but she is a walking corpse at this point.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: More than once, Leone only manages to survive because of her Healing Factor. The biggest example was during her fight with Dorothea, as the alchemist's Teigu is practically a One-Hit Kill to regular people, but Leone manages to recover.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She smiles peacefully as she thinking back to the first time she met Tatsumi, knowing that she won't survive the serious injuries Honest inflicted.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Has been seen with alcohol more than anyone else. Interestingly, she's also better at holding her liquor than anyone else.
  • Hellish Pupils: Sometimes have these when she uses her Teigu.
  • The Hero Dies: She is one of the main heroines of the series and helps end Honest's brutal reign at the cost of her own life.
  • Heroic RRoD: After Honest shatters her Teigu, Leone was still able to force a merge with it, much like Tatsumi did with Incursio. Unfortunately, she was unable to heal any of the internal injuries that she had occurred through the fight and ended up dying after the battle was over.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She risks her life to end Honest's reign.
  • Heroic Spirit: Leone's will power is her greatest strength. She can shrug off horrific injuries and push herself beyond her limits if she's determined enough.
  • If We Get Through This...: Leone jokes that if they all survive the rebellion, the gang should form a traveling circus.
  • Lecherous Licking: Licks Tatsumi's ear as a sign of flirting with him. Given that this is how cats show affection, it's quite in-theme for her.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fast enough to Flash Step across a mountain valley and strong enough to crush skulls and smash craters into the ground with one punch.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: She's hardly slowed down by injuries no matter how gruesome thanks to her Healing Factor. She even carries on for quite a while after being fatally shot by Minister Honest.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Subjects Tatsumi to this to tease him much to his embarrassment and the envy of Lubbock’s.
    • In the manga (chapter 44), Leone also subjects Akame to this, much to Lubbock's excitement.
    Leone: (glomps Akame) I'm completely healed, Akame!
    Akame: Do that to Tatsumi, not me!
  • Meaningful Name: Leone means "lion" in Italian.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A young busty woman whose Iconic Outfit are Stripperific clothes and has the ability to transform into a Cat Girl. Not to mention her tendency to glomp people.
  • Nice Girl: She a major tease for such and she will definitely pound you if you are her enemy, but outside of that Leone is easily the nicest member of Night Raid, as she is relaxed, upbeat, cheerful, and always ready to cheer up her friends when they need it.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth!: Like catching throwing knives and biting off the tip of flamethrowers.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: After being fatally injured in the anime, Leone carries on long enough to see the rebellion's success. Only then does she finally succumb to her wounds.
  • Rasputinian Death: While not to the degree as Chelsea, Leone initially looked to have suffered one in the manga after losing her fight against Honest. After he shatters her Teigu, he caps her full of bullets and then throws her off a balcony. While she would survive it thanks to merging with her teigu, she was not able heal from the internal injuries she suffered.
  • The Roper: Her first encounter with Tatsumi has her conning him out of buying her alcohol and eventually all of his money with the promises that she can get him commissioned into the army because of a contact from within.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: She always wears a scarf.
  • Skinship Grope: She gropes Akame's ass in chapter 62, while jokingly offering to give Akame an "erotic massage". Akame wasn't amused.
  • Spirited Competitor: She has a tendency to waste time on an assassination if she comes across particularly strong enemies. This particular trait gets her punished by Najenda at times.
  • Stripperiffic: Her outfit is essentially a bikini with detached sleeves and detached pants legs. Make note of how this manga also has a Limited Wardrobe for almost every character.
  • The Tease: Towards Tatsumi and later to Akame.
  • The Worf Effect: Because of the nature of Leone's powers, she tends to get the worst of the beatdowns to show how deadly Night Raid's enemies can be.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Subverted with Dorothea; one of the main reasons she is able to kill her without mercy is the discovery that she is not actually a child but a woman who has kept herself in child form through scientific means.
    • Also subverted with Aria, who was a child, as she asks Akame to do the honors of killing her instead, though Tatsumi ended up actually doing the job.

Dormant mode

  • Healing Factor: An ability of Lionelle heightens the user’s ability to recover, allowing them to recover from near fatal wounds and reattach limbs with some assistance.
  • Little Bit Beastly: After its activation the user grows the ears and tail of a lion, while their hands transform into large paws. Oddly, she still also has human ears in this form.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Technically, its ability is to change it's user into a were-cat, complete with healing factor.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Activating Lionelle makes Leone's hair grow from being shoulder length short to being long enough to reach her back.
  • Red Baron: Animal King: Lionelle.
  • Super Senses: Lionelle enhances the user's senses to superhuman levels.
  • Super Strength: All of her physical abilities are greatly amplified, and she can lift enormous stone pillars with ease.

"You won't survive if you just let your boiling blood dictate your actions."
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese), David Wald (English)

Once a high ranking Imperial Officer of the Empire, he defected after his former superior was framed for crimes he didn't commit because he refused to give into the Prime Minister's agenda. Whilst defecting he steals the Teigu Incursio and soon joins Night Raid. Known by his teammates for his passionate behavior, inhuman combat skill, and peculiar taste in men, Bulat soon takes a recently joined Tatsumi under his wing and trains him to be a stronger fighter.

His Teigu, Demon Armor: Incursio, is a short sword that can summon a full body armor that enhances the his physical strength and allows him to blend in with the environment.

  • Badass Arm-Fold: Engages in this trope constantly—so much so that it's practically his default position. No, seriously, these are just a few examples.
  • Badass Gay: A powerful warrior with a badass Teigu who happens to like the fellas.
  • Badass Longcoat: Back when he was at the Empire's service, he wore a white jacket. These days, he wears a black coat with spikes in the shoulders.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Tatsumi.
  • Bishōnen: What he looked like before joining the Night Raid.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: All members of Night Raid are capable of superhuman feats, but Bulat's strength is on another level entirely from sheer training.
  • Death by Irony: Killed by the same man who inspired him to defect from the Empire.
  • Defector from Decadence: He was an Imperial Officer of The Empire before leaving after realizing how corrupt the Prime Minister is.
  • Delinquent Hair: His hair is styled in the shape of a pompadour. A heart shaped pompadour.
  • Determinator: Bulat stabs himself in the leg to avoid being affected by Nyau's flute Teigu.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: He gives Tatsumi one of these when he almost allows himself to be consumed by vengeance.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He dies with a smile knowing that Tatsumi will surpass him.
  • Heroic Build: He is ripped.
  • Hot-Blooded: He is among the most emotional members of the Night Raid and he teaches Tatsumi to embrace these emotions but not to let them consume him.
  • Hunk: Square-chinned, tall and muscular Bulat creates quite the contrast when standing next to Tatsumi.
  • Manly Gay: Basically the poster boy for Rated M for Manly in the series. And he's not too subtle about his interest in men either.
  • Meaningful Name: It's an old type of reinforced steel known in Russia and the name of a pretty sturdy tank.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest members of the Night Raid when Tatsumi first joins.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: He appears in chapter 74 to give Tatsumi the last minute encouragement he needs to avoid being controlled by Tyrant. Whether it's a ghost, a hallucination, or his spirit left in Incursio isn't clear.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: He gives Tatsumi some important last minute instructions on how to use Incursio, before succumbing to fatal poisoning by Liver.
  • One-Man Army: Implied to be this in his days serving The Empire. He easily kill groups of enemies and if Liver's words and his title of "The Hundred Man Slayer" are taken into account, he is this. It is actually, implied to kill more than one hundred men, he just thought the title "The Hundred Man Slayer" sounded cooler.
  • Rated M for Manly: He's a bonafide badass who could simultaneously take on three of the empire's strongest soldiers (who where also Teigu users) at once. His strength is explicitly compared to Esdeath's. That should give you an idea of how badass he is.
  • Red Baron: The Hundred Man Slayer.
  • Satellite Character: Arguably. Aside from his backstory, his Incursio, and other impressive abilities, Bulat never really has anything else to offer (most likely due to dying so early in the story). Instead, his character is largely defined by his interactions with Tatsumi: aside from constantly hitting on the latter to the point of Running Gag, he also acts as a Big Brother Mentor to him, and even hands him Incursio before succumbing to death via Liver's poison. In addition, Bulat is rarely ever shown interacting with other Night Raid members, and only does so if Tatsumi is involved somehow. Finally, unlike Sheele, who has a Happy Flashback of her time with Night Raid right before her death, Bulat never experiences anything like that. His final thoughts are only on Tatsumi, no one else. Take Tatsumi out of the equation, he's reduced to a background character who happens to be a really strong (gay) guy.
  • Shirtless Scene: If he's not in his Incursio armor, then he's probably without his shirt, too, just for good measure.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He was one of the most short-lived Night Raid members along Sheele and Chelsea, but his death provoked the development of Tatsumi and the obtain of his Teigu.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Spinning his halberd is enough to neutralize Liver's water cannon.
  • Team Dad: Serves as a father role model type figure for many of the Night Raid members, especially for Tatsumi.
  • Tough Love: Any advice he gives Tatsumi usually leads with a punch to the face. Bulat outright states he favors tough love.
  • Transformation Sequence: He gets a brief one when donning his armor, as shown in episode 3.


"Wrong or not, I'll follow my own path!"
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (Japanese), Christina Kelly (English)

One of the more unruly members of the Night Raid. Mine is a temperamental girl who enjoys flaunting her genius amongst her teammates. Having endured persecution as a child due to her half-foreign blood, she seeks to help change the western lands for the better.

Her Teigu, Roman Artillery: Pumpkin, is a rifle that can fire highly concentrated piercing shots of spirit energy. Pumpkin's secondary special ability magnifies the power of its shots in proportion of how much danger the user wielding it is in.

  • Action Girl: She's not known as a genius sniper for nothing.
  • A-Cup Angst: One of the things Chelsea likes to do to piss her off is point out her small chest.
    Chelsea: Oh my goodness, you're flat as a board, aren't you?
  • Adaptational Modesty: She has Zettai Ryouiki in the original manga, but the anime gives her Proper Tights with a Skirt instead, preventing a Panty Shot when Tatsumi uses Spectator's final ability.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Mine's is a strong fighter in the manga; the anime, not so much. Not only does she possess some skill in hand-to-hand combat, as she is shown sparring with Akame, while in the anime she was purely a Long-Range Fighter; but she managed to defeat General Budo, who too was an Adaptational Wimp in the anime, and survive (even though she falls into a temporary coma), while in the anime she dies beating him.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She was frequently persecuted as a child due to her half-foreign blood.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Her response to seeing Tatsumi having fused with Tyrant, and adressing her as a dragon, is to repeatedly punch him in the chest for making her worry about him for pushing things too far.
  • Babies Ever After: The epilogue of the manga reveals Mine was pregnant with Tatsumi's child when she went into a coma. After she regains consciousness, both leave to the countryside and raise a family together.
  • Badass Adorable: This cute little, frilly dressed Tsundere is one hell of a sniper.
  • Badass Boast: She casually stated the words below while facing off against General Esdeath and General Budo.
    Let's get this over with and go home.note 
  • Bathtub Scene: Gets one in episode 9.
  • Battle Couple: She starts dating Tatsumi after Chapter 45 and they show the trope to the fullest in Chaoter 54 where both team up to fight Esdeath together and bonus points for Mine being pregnant with Tatsumi's baby during said battle.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: She gets into a lot of arguments and fights with Tatsumi. They, of course, end up falling in love.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She states that she was born and raised in the western borders of the Empire and because of her half foreign blood she was often faced ridicule and misery in her childhood.
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: To compliment her pink outfit and hair, Mine is often visually paired with cherry blossom trees. Bonus points for later becoming Tatsumi's official Love Interest.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • After she and Tatsumi officially start dating, Mine literally clings to Tatsumi's arm and warns Leone to not flirt with him because Tatsumi is hers now. After he transforms into a dragon and they get married, Mine is worried that Tatsumi might get seduced by a female dragon, only for Tatsumi to reassure her he only has eyes for his wife.
    • Also, in a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship example, she becomes jealous that Sheele becomes close to a little girl Night Raid are taking care of.
  • Convenient Coma: She's left in a coma after she uses all of Pumpkin's power in order to defeat Budou. While this effectively gets her written out of the story, it leaves Tatsumi with the hope that she will eventually wake up. She eventually does at the end of the series.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Pink hair and eyes.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Gets this in episode 12 from a kitten that cuddles up to her. Said kitten turns out to be Chelsea, who proceeds to steal her dessert.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She spent her childhood under harsh persecution from people for her half foreign blood. Her mission is to make the country anew so the Revolutionary army's alliance with the People of the West would allow diplomatic relations to grow causing many races to mingle and prevent tragedies like what she had to endure growing up.
  • Death by Adaptation: While she dies after defeating Budo in the anime, she survives in the manga, but she ends up in a coma. She recovers in the final chapter and goes on to bear Tatsumi's child.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts off rather harsh to Tatsumi when he first joins Night Raid. Once Tatsumi takes his level in badassery, Mine accepts him as a comrade and eventually falls in love with him.
  • Demoted to Satellite Love Interest: Mine is first presented as a well-established character with her own motivations to fight the Empire as everyone else in Night Raid. After she starts dating Tatsumi, Mine becomes Tatsumi's clingy girlfriend and while she does get an awesome moment where she rescues Tatsumi from being executed, she ends up in a coma immediately afterwards. From that point onwards, Mine stays completely out of the story and her only relevance is providing Tatsumi with a motive to survive so he can marry Mine which he does at the end of the manga.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the anime, she dies in Tatsumi's arms.
  • Dislikes the New Guy: Mine disapproves of Tatsumi and Chelsea joining the Night Raid more than anyone else. While she falls in love with Tatsumi after she watches his personal growth, she despises Chelsea for her tricksy behavior and mocking Sheele.
  • Dragon Rider: In a bonus chapter after the epilogue, Mine sits on the back of her dragon husband Tatsumi as they head to his village for their retirement.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: In the anime, she confesses her love for Tatsumi right before she dies.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her normal outfit and overall fashion sense embody this trope. She always wears a doll-like, frilly pink dress.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her hair is tied in twin-tails. One of the characteristics that identify her as a Tsundere.
  • Glass Cannon: She has destructive power and range but she lacks any kind of defensive measure against counterattacks.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She gets extremely angry with minimal provocation and usually deals with it by destroying everything in her immediate area with her Teigu or picking a fight with Tatsumi.
  • Hate at First Sight: She despises Chelsea from the moment they meet, especially because the latter made fun of her flat chest.
  • Heroic RRoD: She uses all of Pumpkin's power to defeat Budou so that Night Raid can escape. However, she's either unconscious (in the manga) or dead (in the anime) afterwards.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sheele, who spent a lot of time with her and appeared to be her Best Friend. She makes sure to avenge Sheele's death later on in the story.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She hates how insulting Chelsea is to her comrades yet Tatsumi notes she acted the exact same way when he first joined.
  • Insufferable Genius: In terms of her sniping skill, she's no doubt a genius. The only reason other characters don't comment on her impressive skills is because she already beats them to the compliment.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Tatsumi after he turned into a dragon.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a cocky and temperamental fighter who regularly insults most of her teammates whenever they act silly. She still proves to be a good, morally correct person who does love her comrades and is grateful to people who help her.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Mine likes to wear a nice frilly dress whenever she decides to kick ass.
  • Last Kiss: She shares her only kiss with Tatsumi in her anime death scene.
  • Long-Range Fighter: She has devastating range and attack power but she's only effective at a distance since most enemies can either withstand or outright dodge Pumpkin's shots.
  • Love Epiphany: She admits that she developed feelings for Tatsumi after he took up Incursio, but it isn't until he saves her from Seryu that she realizes she's in love with him.
  • Married Too Young: She and Tatsumi get married immediately after she recovers from her coma and they decide to retire to his village in the countryside. This happens when they're both still teenagers and yet, Mine is already pregnant with Tatsumi's child.
  • Mega Twintails: Her pigtails are both very long and voluminous, with each individually being near equal the width of her head.
  • The Napoleon: She's the shortest member of Night Raid and coincidentally, the most aggressive one too.
  • Nerves of Steel: When Tatsumi was about to be executed by Esdeath, she charged into the execution grounds and decided to confront her and Budo, the two most powerful and feared generals of the Empire without any signs of fear in order to rescue Tatsumi. Bonus points for facing them alone.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: She does one in episode 3, complete with holding her hand by her mouth.
  • Official Couple: She professes her love for Tatsumi shortly after he saves her from Seryu and they officially become boyfriend and girlfriend. The epilogue states they get married after the war.
  • Pregnant Badass: She was pregnant with her and Tatsumi's child before his transformation into a dragon, and still badass as ever.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes past her hips.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Seryu before their second showdown. It's very much worth noting that Seryu couldn't see the evil within Ogre and Dr. Stylish, or within her own self for that matter, which makes this trope quite fitting.
  • Rescue Romance: She starts falling for Tatsumi after he saves her from Seryu's final attack. Although, she later admits she had feelings for him since before that; the rescue only helped her realize it.
  • Retired Badass: Around the time of Honest's demise, Mine recovers from her coma and retires to the countryside with Tatsumi, where they lived a quiet and peaceful life with their baby.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She kills Seryu to avenge Sheele's death as well as Seryu desecrating Chelsea's body.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Initially subverted as she has pink hair, but her personality is closer to a Fiery Redhead. After her character softens and she develops feelings for Tatsumi, Mine starts fitting the sweet, romantic subtype.
  • Shana Clone: She's a petite teenage girl with very long pink hair tied into Girlish Pigtails, wears an Elegant Gothic Lolita style dress and is a short-tempered, violent Tsundere who treats the main character like her inferior until his good personality wins her over and she falls in love with him, which leads to her becoming nicer to him.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls in love with Tatsumi after witnessing his personal growth into a strong, brave and reliable man.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Pumpkin is nearly as long as she is tall.
  • Smash Sisters: With Sheele. They always team up in battle. She watched her back for enemies and the danger from the situation fuels the charge needed for her to fire her Pumpkin.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: The Great Lord has hinted that his prophetic powers have told him Mine and Tatsumi's romance will end in tragedy. Ultimately, this was averted in the manga, where they get to stay together and live a happy life after the war.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Expresses pity for Seryu while giving her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, particularly when she has to state the sad truth: "You're insane."
  • Teen Pregnancy: She's revealed to be pregnant with Tatsumi's child in the final chapter, with neither of them being older than 18.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She has a petite body-type and tends to treat her less fortunate teammates, such as Tatsumi and Lubbock, like her slaves.
  • Token Wholesome: Every other girl in Night Raid is a Ms. Fanservice to varying degrees except for Mine, who dresses the most modestly. Unlike most of the other female characters who got a Fanservice Pack in the anime, Mine received Adaptational Modesty instead.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Leone's Tomboy, yet also the Tomboy to Sheele's Girly Girl.
  • Tritagonist: Akame may be the Deuteragonist, but Mine is the one who goes through the most Character Development after Tatsumi.
  • Tsundere: Harsh type. When Tatsumi first joins the team, Mine belittles him for being a naive Country Mouse and if he gets her annoyed, she hits him or tries to blast him with her Pumpkin. Eventually, she comes to love Tatsumi as she recognizes his new maturity and he gets to see a lot of her affectionate side. After they start dating, Mine is totally lovey-dovey with Tatsumi and only gets angry when she feels jealous of other women making passes at Tatsumi.
  • Tsurime Eyes: A typical trait of a violent and haughty Tsundere.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She charges to rescue Tatsumi from his public execution and faces Budo and Esdeath, the two most powerful and feared generals of the Empire, on her own all in order to save her boyfriend.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink hair.
  • You're Insane!: She says this to Seryu when giving her "The Reason You Suck" Speech. In this case, it's more to express pity instead of outrage or disgust.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: In the manga, she's shown wearing black thigh-high stockings under her dress, which qualify as Grade S thanks to her Girlish Pigtails and Tsundere personality. The anime changes them for Proper Tights with a Skirt.

  • Abnormal Ammo: Pumpkin fires highly concentrated piercing shots of spirit energy.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • In order to make full use of Pumpkin's destructive potential, its user must be in constant danger.
    • The weapon is also prone to overheating at the least appropriate moments.
  • Critical Status Buff: An ability of Pumpkin is that the power and range of the Teigu increases in proportion to the level of danger its user is in, with the bullets ranging from powerful small sniper shots to large destructive energy blasts when the danger hits its highest.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Not even Mine understands how her weapon works, only that it's an Imperial Arms, making it ancient and very deadly.
  • More Dakka: Pumpkin can also act as an assault rifle and can lay down enough fire to effectively trade shots with enemy gunners.
  • Red Baron: Roman Artillery: Pumpkin.
  • Sniper Rifle: Mine mainly makes use of it for.
  • Story-Breaker Power: The nature of Pumpkin means that moreso than any other Night Raid member, Mine can punch far above her weight.
  • Take Up My Sword: Pumpkin was originally Najenda's back when she was a general. After getting crippled, Najenda no longer has the stamina to use it and mostly leaves the fieldwork to Mine and the rest.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Essentially what Pumpkin becomes when it becomes properly charged.

"No matter how many good deeds you perform, your past sins cannot be erased."
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Jessica Boone (English)

Growing up in the lower districts of the Capital, Sheele's clumsy nature made her a frequent target for ridicule amongst the people she wronged, leading her to live a life of depression and isolation. After finally making a friend that likes her in spite of her clumsiness she soon loses that friendship when she was forced to kill her friend's ex boyfriend when he attacked the pair in a fit of drugged rage. After losing her parents to a murderous gang out for revenge and effortlessly subduing said gang, she is soon recruited by the Night Raid so she may use her unnatural talent to efficiently kill to fix her society.

Her Teigu, Cutter of Creation: Extase, are a giant pair of scissors made with the strongest materials in the world, allowing them to cut through virtually anything. A secondary ability of Extase allows the user to emit a bright light from the blades, blinding unsuspecting foes.


Later Members

"No matter how sturdy something appears, it should have some weakness."
Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma (Japanese), Ty Mahany (English)

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

  • Artificial Human: He was a Teigu meant to accompany important members of the Empire over long journeys acting as a cook, a medic, and a bodyguard all in one.
  • Asexual: He claims that as a Teigu, he can't feel love. However, Lubbock thinks that maybe he just needs to find the right person.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: His philosophy when it comes to dealing with enemies in battle, reflected in his quote above. Doubles as a Death by Irony as Susanoo himself couldn't be killed until Esdeath destroys his core.
  • Attack Reflector: Mirror of Yata, a huge shield capable of reflecting any projectile attack.
  • Battle Butler: He was created to be a bodyguard, so he also knows how to cook and tend house.
  • Berserk Button: Nothing ever pissed him off more than learning that one of their targets had a habit of tainting people's food with an addictive drug.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In his first appearance, he helps rescue Night Raid from Dr. Stylish.
  • BFS: Ame no Murakamo, a gigantic sword capable of cutting through Destaghoul in one swing.
  • Chick Magnet: Lubbock mentions that he'd like to take him into town one day to help him pick up chicks. Susanoo doesn't really understand but says that he'd be happy to help his allies in any way.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and eyes.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Magatama Manifestation, which absorbs his user's life force to power him up. Doing this three times will kill the user.
  • Do-Anything Robot: He's an Artificial Human who can keep house, fight, cook, and just about anything else.
  • Empathic Weapon: At first he doesn't comprehend very well the human nature and only works with Night Raid because his user is Najenda, but with the time, he develops a true bond with them to the point of sacrifice his own life to make his companions escape the Cathedral of Kyoroch.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He's introduced in episode 11 in the anime, and knocks out Dr. Stylish's Elite Mooks with little trouble while having no issue with the knockout drug that was keeping the other Night Raid members aside from Tatsumi incapacitated. Even when Dr. Stylish sets off a couple of bombs near him, he recovers from it after a few moments. Also, in his introduction he combs Mine's hair, demonstrating his obsession with cleaning.
  • Flash Step: Jewel of Yasakani.
  • Healing Factor: Being a humanoid Teigu allows him regenerate destroyed limbs within seconds.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Using Magatama Manifestation three times will kill his owner, but Susanoo saves Najenda from this fate by using his life force instead, dooming him in her place.
  • Holy Halo: It even levitates behind his back for Rule of Cool.
  • Horned Humanoid: He has large bull horns on his head.
  • The Last Dance: Decides hold off General Esdeath long enough for the remaining Night Raid members to flee after the assassination of Bolic.
  • Living Weapon: Well he is a teigu and therefore is technically a weapon.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after the storm god of Japanese legend. He's also the Teigu capable of the most destruction wielded by Night Raid.
  • Mundane Utility: While he's capable of holding his own in combat, he's also a good housekeeper and guard, originally designed to escort and protect rulers.
  • Neat Freak: When he sees something out of place like someone’s hair or their clothes he immediately adjusts it perfectly.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Out of all the Night Raid member, Susanoo has by far the most destructive capabilities. This allows him to take out whole armies and powerful Danger Beasts.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: When he's in his Magatama Manifestation form, his hair turns white.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Being a biological Teigu, he's would be at least 1000 years old.
  • Real Men Cook: Takes the role of being the Night Raid’s chef alongside Akame.
  • Red Baron: The Speed of Lightning: Susanoo
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Out the two newcomers, Susanoo is the blue oni to Chelsea's red. He is even Colour-Coded for Your Convenience.
  • Reflectionless Useless Eyes: Susanoo's eyes are drawn with no highlights, which is more noticeable in the anime. This is probably to hint at his nature as a living Teigu.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Susanoo's death was meant to highlight just how far out of their league Night Raid was from trying to match Esdeath's strength.
  • The Stoic: Being a living teigu, Susanoo tend to act very stoic and almost robotic. However, his time with Night Raid has allowed him to express his emotions more as the series go on.
  • Super Mode: Magatama Manifestation, Susanoo's trump card that gives him a major power boost, allowing him to use powerful techniques such as Ame no Murakumo, Mirror of Yata, and the Jewel of Yasakani but kills his master after being used three times.
  • Team Chef: He's known for making the giant creatures Akame captures into luxurious meals for the rest of the group.
  • Token Non-Human: He is a living teigu, so technically he is the only non-human member of Night Raid. In fact, Susanoo did not consider himself as member at first due to his static as a non-human.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Esdeath in his resolve to allow the remaining Night Raid to flee. She even vowed to remember him not as a Teigu, but as a warrior.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no issue fighting Esdeath.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite all of his destructive power and his build up as one of Night Raids most powerful members, he ended be no match against Esdeath, who ultimately kills him. This is further proof of just how crazy powerful his enemy is and how difficult it will be for Night Raid to overcome them.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is blue.

"A girl's weapon is her makeup."
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese), Emily Neves (English)

A girl who joins Night Raid later on in the story. Her town was eradicated by the Empire upon suspicion of harboring rebels.

Her Teigu, Phantasmagoria: Gaea Foundation, is a cosmetic case that allows the user to take the appearance of whatever living creature they desire, from people to animals.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Chelsea's hair is orange-brown in the manga, but the anime makes it coral pink.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While it's clear that Chelsea has feelings for Tatsumi, she does have a fair amount of subtext pertaining to Akame. Most, if not all, of Chelsea's interactions with Akame can be interpreted as flirting. Several interactions with Mine and Kurome are suspect as well.
    • Zero reveals that Chelsea identifies herself as a heterosexual, and is often creeped out by her Psycho Lesbian teammates tendency to flirt with her when she was with the Oarburgh clan. That said, many of the female assassins in the Oarburgh clan pride themselves on being a Closet Key, and it's implied in Chapter 29 that they forced Chelsea to sleep with them to "show her the benefits of being in a relationship with another girl". In Chapter 36, after getting a glance at Akame, Chelsea admits that she thought Akame was cute and wanted to get a closer look. Comically after realizing her thought process about Akame, Chelsea blamed her teammates for "twisting her morals", and notes she has been spending too much time with them. This apparently confirms that Chelsea is indeed bisexual, but isn't too happy about it.
  • Anti-Hero: Even more so than the other Night Raid members. While Chelsea is a far cry from a Token Evil Teammate (she's revealed to be a caring person), she tends to value self-preservation over saving innocent lives. The biggest example is when Danger Beasts attacked the Empire. Most of the Night Raid members wanted to fight them, yet Chelsea insisted on letting the Jaegers take care of the Danger Beasts, rather than risk being sighted by the Jaegers or other possible opponents. She ends up being right. Not only did Tatsumi run into Esdeath, but he was also spotted by Syura. As a result, this allowed Syura to identify Tatsumi later on in the story, leading to Tatsumi and Lubbock's capture.
  • Ascended Extra: In the series proper, she has a minor role since she gets killed shortly after joining Night Raid. However, she plays a larger role in "Zero", where she's given a larger amount of screen time.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: During her Bathtub Scene, when she was featured completely naked.
  • Bathing Beauty: Has a fairly memorable Bathtub Scene in episode 12. In Zero, Chelsea was excited to use the hot springs at the inn that her team was staying at.
  • Bathtub Scene: Gets one in episode 12.
  • Boring, but Practical: She assassinates a target by striking an artery in the neck. This is in contrast to the flashier kills made by other characters, who tend to sever limbs, heads, and torsos.
  • Brutal Honesty: In episode 12, she states Night Raid, while having semi-competent members, lacks good cohesion and will likely fail a mission. She said it mostly because the last group she was with ended up dying, and didn't want them to get killed too.
  • The Bus Came Back: Pulled a Deus Exit Machina in Zero but returns two story arcs later, now on a new assassination team.
  • But Not Too Bi: Chelsea has noted that she prefers men over women. Chelsea, who identifies herself as a heterosexual at the time, didn't seem all too happy when she finds herself thinking about Akame's cuteness after seeing her for the first time, considering her thoughts on the matter to be "poisonous" and blaming her Psycho Lesbian teammates for "twisting her morals". In the main series, Chelsea was attracted to both Akame and Tatsumi, and even openly flirts with Akame. However, her attraction to Akame was never made clear until Zero, and its pretty obvious that she was developing more of an attraction toward Tatsumi.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: She usually mocks this kind of mindset, but after meeting Tatsumi she begins taking a more active role in missions, even endangering herself at times.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: While her skills of deception and instakill are impressive, they don't have much use in a direct battle. As a result, Chelsea doesn't have a Necessary Drawback means of fighting, which proves to be a fatal flaw. This is lampshaded by Mine. To be fair, Chelsea, who had been an assassin longer than most of Night Raid, claimed that she never really needed the drawback, and was killed by an opponent that was specifically tailored to counteract her abilities.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Chelsea seems to insult both Sheele and Bulat in episode 12, which sets off Mine and Tatsumi. However, she later tells him that the last group she was with died except for her, and was hoping their unit cohesion was strong enough to ensure survival.
  • Crush Blush: Chelsea tends to blush a lot whenever she's with Tatsumi.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Pinkish-Red/Orange-Red hair and eyes.
  • Dead Guy on Display: After getting her head cut off by Kurome's puppet Natala, Chelsea's head was mounted on a pike and placed in the middle of the town square. According to Seryu, it's still there by the time of Mine and Seryu's rematch.
  • Death by Irony:
    • For someone who spent a lot of time criticizing the other Night Raid members for needlessly endangering themselves and trying to prevent them from developing Chronic Hero Syndrome, she ended up developing said syndrome, and is killed after making the very risky move to kill Kurome without back-up.
    • Chelsea's first kill was beheading an evil viceroy in a hydrangea field. She later suffers the exact same fate as her first victim.
    • Zero adds an extra layer of irony when it's revealed that Chelsea briefly met her would-be killer, Kurome, while disguised as Natala, Kurome's future puppet that she would use to kill Chelsea.
  • Deus Exit Machina: In Zero, she ends up being captured by Gai's debt collector when impersonating him before she can help Taeko kill off the rest of The Elite Seven. This prevents her from possibly killing or being killed by any of The Elite Seven. After returning two arcs later, Chelsea conveniently leaves to go on another mission just before her second team was wiped out by the Four Rakshasa Demons and the remaining members of the Elite Seven.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: On the receiving end of this in Zero. It's heavily implied in Chapter 29 that Chelsea's teammate Cassandra forced Chelsea to "have relations", despite Chelsea clearly objecting to Cassandra's advances. Chelsea's distress was clear, yet the scene was played for fan service instead of drama, and Chelsea never seems to hold it against Cassandra afterwards. Granted, it was never made clear how far they got, as the Oarburgh clan were called into action not long after this scene occurred.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When she's properly introduced in episode 12, she plays with Akame's hair, then offers her a lollipop. She also starts off on the wrong foot with Mine, insulting the latter's small chest size. Later a cat shows up, causing Mine to experience Cuteness Proximity and give her cake to the cat. Said cat actually turns out to be Chelsea demonstrating her deception abilities. She also tricks Tatsumi when he attempted to prank her in the bath.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: In Zero, after losing her first team to the Elite Seven, Chelsea was re-assigned to a new team among the Oarburgh Clan, most of whom happen to be Psycho Lesbians that are Friends with Benefits with each other. Naturally, they flirt with their newest member, and even force Chelsea to "indulge" in one of their "activities" in Chapter 29.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Subverted. Especially when you compare Chelsea's death to the deaths of all the other members of Night Raid. In both the anime and manga, all other members either died because of a Heroic Sacrifice or went out with a smile. Chelsea, on the other hand, died crying and the expression on her face showed that she was terrified. What happened to her body afterwards only made things worse.
  • Flower Motifs: Hydrangea. They're seen in her backstory when she completed her first assassination and when she's killed by Kurome's puppets.
  • Foil:
    • To Akame. Both have been assassins longer than anyone else in Night Raid. Both specialize in one hit kills. Also, their appearances are somewhat similar. Chelsea's outfit consists mostly of black with red and white highlights, while Akame wears a black mini dress with red highlights in the main series, and a white mini dress with red highlights in Zero. It's also worth noting that (while it was never pointed out in the series) Chelsea is the only other character besides Akame to have red eyes, (at least before Tatsumi fused with Incursio and didn't have black sclera, like Ogre and Izou). Their differences come from personalities and fighting styles. Akame is The Stoic, with very little social skills, that kills opponents through combat. Chelsea is emotive, and must rely on deceptions and her social skills to kill her opponent since she lacks any combat skills.
    • She also serves as one for Mine, both being jerks that often make fun of their less experienced teammates, and eventually fall in love with Tatsumi. However, while Mine eventually formed a relationship with Tatsumi, Chelsea was killed before she got the chance to admit her feelings.
  • The Gadfly: In her free time, she enjoys getting a rise out of her teammates and especially likes pushing Mine's buttons, such as mocking her chest size, and tricking her with her transformations.
  • Gayngst: Both downplayed and played for laughs. In Chapter 36 of Zero, when discussing with Merraid on what she plans on doing to the captured Akame, Merraid desires to convince Akame to leave the Empire, which makes Chelsea wonder why Merraid is so fixated on Akame. Chelsea thinks about how cute Akame is, and wanted to get a closer look at her. Chelsea then becomes frustrated with herself when she realizes that she finds Akame attractive, and decides to spend more time away from Merraid and the rest of her team. Merraid misinterprets Chelsea's frustration as a sign of being jealous of her focus on Akame.
  • Glass Cannon: Chelsea's way of killing is an instakill, as she always stabs a vital point of her target. However, if her strategy fails, she's left vulnerable to attack. That's exactly what happens to her when she failed to kill Kurome.
  • Guile Heroine: Since she's not a strong combatant, she has to rely on disguises to get close enough to her target to kill them.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: While not as bad as most examples, Chelsea does prefer to do her missions alone and seems to be the most distant member of Night Raid. Part of her motivation for wanting to be the one to kill Bols and Kurome was so the other members would accept her more.
  • Hero Antagonist: To Akame's and Kurome's Villain Protagonist in Zero.
  • Hero of Another Story: She was an assassin for as long as Akame, and a part of a different branch of Night Raid. Her start up is actually explored a bit in Zero.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Inverted. Chelsea's the one who developed feelings for Tatsumi. However, Tatsumi did show a few signs of attraction, namely wanting to peak on her while she was bathing.
  • Hidden Depths: Her first kill was a viceroy who stripped his own civilians naked and killed them for sport. When she saw how it affected her fellow citizens, she sought to make the world a better place by becoming an assassin. However, somewhere along the line, she realized that being an assassin isn't nearly as romanticized as she thought. While she maintains her Pay Evil unto Evil mindset, by the time she kills a Nice Guy like Bols, she admits that it's not something she enjoys doing anymore.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: In Zero, Chelsea has stated that she prefers men over women, but develops an attraction towards Akame after see her for the first time, although she wasn't too happy about it at first. By the time of the main series, Chelsea openly flirts with Akame.
  • In Harm's Way: She initially criticizes individuals who would risk their lives doing the right thing and wouldn't endanger herself unless the risk was minimal. She gradually begins to adopt Tatsumi's more bold tendencies. This leads to her death at Kurome's hands.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Chelsea tends to act like a jerk towards her teammates due to her status as The Gadfly, her brutally honest critiques of the others, and her ideals of self-preservation. However, she truly cares about her comrades and her harsh tendencies are just her way of trying to give her teammates advice on how to prevent causalities. Also, while Chelsea encourages her teammates to be merciless towards their opponents, in reality, Chelsea actually feels bad about the anti-villains that she's forced to face.
  • Love Epiphany: Much like Esdeath, Tatsumi's resolve and smile causes her to look at him in a different light in episode 15 after he says he has no problem fighting against the Jaegers, despite having gotten to know some of them.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Near the end of the Jaeger Arc, Chelsea began making risky decisions, which were noted by other Night Raid members and Chelsea herself to be out of character. Chelsea believed this was because of her feelings for Tatsumi, and the reason she was making such brash decisions was because she wanted Tatsumi to acknowledge her. However, her impulsive decisions end up spelling her death.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not to the same extent as Esdeath, Leone, or Akame, but Chelsea's had her fair share of fanservice moments. This includes a swimsuit scene with Leone, and a Bathtub Scene where she was featured both completely naked and with a Modesty Towel.
    • Trying to capitalize on Chelsea's Ensemble Dark Horse status, many official promotional artworks released after the end of the series have Chelsea showing off her "assets". Case in point, it really says a lot in this artwork where Chelsea is wearing a skimpier outfit than LEONE!
  • Ninja Maid: In Zero, Chelsea had to serve as a maid for Merraid Oarburgh.
  • Non-Action Snarker: She's the only member of Night Raid who's not a direct physical combatant. Her Teigu is more suited for stealth operations. She's also incredibly sarcastic and loves needling Tatsumi and Mine.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She starts running her fingers through Akame's hair seconds after meeting her. She later displays a similar lack of regard for personal space to Kurome, in an attempt to kill her.
    • After being put on a new team in "Zero", Chelsea ends up on the receiving end of this from her Psycho Lesbian teammates. It is later implied that she picked up this habit from them.
  • Off with Her Head!: She gets decapitated, courtesy of Kurome.
  • One Degree of Separation: In Zero, it's revealed that Chelsea had been a long time adversary to the assassination teams that Akame and Kurome were on for years. Ironically, the sisters don't properly meet Chelsea until the main series. The three do briefly meet each other when Chelsea was disguised as Natala in Chapter 36, but were unaware that the Natala they were seeing was an impostor.
  • One-Hit Kill: Chelsea kills her opponents with a single strike from a needle.
  • Oral Fixation: Always seen with a lollipop in her mouth.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has waist-length hair.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Out of the two newcomers, Chelsea is the red oni to Susanoo's blue. She's even Colour-Coded for Your Convenience.
  • Revenge: She kills Bols, who was the agent of the Empire that wiped out her town. Nevertheless, she admits she found it painful to do so.
  • Saved by Canon: Her appearance in the main series ensures that she will survive the events of Zero.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: She loves to drive Mine crazy with her teasing and trickery. In the end, Mine did seem to think of Chelsea as a comrade since she killed Seryu to avenge her along Sheele.
  • Smiting Evil Feels Good: She found a purpose in eliminating evil from the world, but understands that this also makes her a murderer.
  • Sole Survivor:
    • Of the other Night Raid assassination team that was annihilated by the Three Beasts.
    • In Zero, she's the lone survivor of not just one, but two Oarburgh clan teams that were sent to kill Akame's group, The Elite Seven.
  • Sweet Tooth: She keeps a constant stock of lollipops, and later swipes cake from Mine.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: After meeting her, Chelsea wins Akame over by giving her candy.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Unlike Sheele and Bulat, her death wasn't slow or peaceful. Once Kurome realizes that Chelsea killed Bols, she utterly annihilates Chelsea for it. All of her fingers on her left hand get shot off, her right arm gets lopped off, she gets shot in the torso, and is finally decapitated. Her head is then mounted on a pike, while the rest of her body was dissected by Esdeath for information. Then Seryu fed the remains to Coro. To be fair, Chelsea did manage to leave a potentially fatal Game-Breaking Injury on Kurome, who hasn't been the same fighter ever since.
  • Too Clever by Half: Chelsea bites off more than she can chew by trying to kill off multiple Jaegers in quick succession. Admittedly, her plan would have succeeded had Kurome not been resistant to her poison.
  • Tritagonist: She can arguably be considered one in Zero to Akame's Villain Protagonist and Kurome's status as a Deuteragonist. Whenever a chapter focuses on an assassination team that opposes the Empire, if Chelsea is on that team, the chapter will be told from her point of view.
  • Undignified Death: Unlike the other members of Night Raid, who all got to Go Out with a Smile or have a Dying Moment of Awesome, Chelsea died trying to flee from her opponent, having her fingers shot off her left hand, her right arm sliced off, shot again in the torso, having her head cut off and put on display, while the rest of her body was dissected for information by Esdeath, and finally had her remains (save her head) fed to Coro. To top it off, her final moments heavily implied that she was planning on confessing her feelings to Tatsumi when the mission was over.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The reason Wild Hunt took interest in Bols's wife was because they heard that a beautiful widow was visiting the grave of her husband periodically. If Chelsea hadn't killed Bols, his wife and daughter wouldn't have any grave to visit, and would likely be alive.
  • Utility Party Member: In contrast to every other Night Raid member, Chelsea isn't a combatant. Her Teigu, Gaea Foundation, heavily favors stealth and recon missions. Because of this, she leaves the actual fighting to the others. It's what makes her death at Kurome's hands so tragic.
  • Weak, but Skilled: She's not as good in combat as the other women of Night Raid, but is capable of deception and striking vital points. Too bad Kurome wasn't fooled.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She's killed 6 episodes after her introduction.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: Chelsea's a veteran assassin on equal footing with Akame in terms of experience and kills. In addition, she was built up as one of the most savvy characters in the series. Despite this, she's killed off on her first major mission with Night Raid. In her defense, she was killed due to a combination of unforeseeable factors and a case of Love Makes You Dumb.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Most of her usual smarts are throw out the window because of Love Makes You Dumb. As a result, Chelsea's actions become bolder and more life threatening. This is lampshaded by Chelsea herself.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the anime, she has coral pink hair.

Teigu:Gaea Foundation

  • Animorphism: Gaea Foundation allows Chelsea to transform into animals, as seen when she turns into a cat a couple of times.
  • Red Baron: Phantasmagoria: Gaea Foundation.
  • Story-Breaker Power: From what was shown, the only real limit on Gaea Foundation's shapeshifting is that she can't use Power Copying to obtain her shapeshifted form's abilities. As far as appearances go, however, the Tengu doesn't seem to have any limit in what she can turn into. This is most likely one of the reasons Chelsea was killed off shortly after her introduction. Also, her stealth/infiltration abilities would have made things a lot easier for Night Raid in later arcs, where stealth and disguises were key in their missions, and many confrontations could have been avoided had she survived.
  • Transformation Trinket: In the form of a makeup box.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: She can take on the form of anything.

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