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    The Emperor
"The empire that's persisted for generations is God's will. To defy God is preposterous!"
Voiced by: Yo Taichi (Japanese), Shannon Emerick (English)

The de-jure ruler of the Empire, although everything he does is through the influence of Prime Minister Honest.

  • 0% Approval Rating: In episode 22 of the anime, he is told by various advisory that the Revolutionary Army is marching towards the capitol. On top of that, they have a lot of sympathizers within the city walls, and he's warned that as powerful as Esdeath is, even she likely can't win if a large enough army shows up. He starts to wonder if he wasn't leading the people as well as he thought he was, but Honest once again interjects and claims he has to simply put his foot down every now and then to quell any dissent.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Outside of his duties as the emperor, he's really just a cheerful little boy, but he still takes his role very seriously (or at least tries).
  • Alas, Poor Villain: His execution is pretty sad considering that he was pretty much a puppet for most of his life.
  • Anti-Villain: He genuinely wants to rule the Empire with good intentions at heart and wants to be a good ruler, but the fact that Honest is pulling the strings and he is unaware of the rampant corruption is causing more harm than good. A bit justified, since he's only a child. Even when he takes to using the Ultimate Teigu in the manga against the rebellion, he's legitimately concerned about the innocent lives caught in the crossfire and tries to end it it quickly by finding the commander to kill, only for Honest to brainwash him and make him attack indiscriminately.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In the manga, Honest uses the alterations Dorothea made to the Ultimate Teigu to essentially hijack the Emperor's mind and have him start killing indiscriminately.
  • Children Are Innocent: So innocent that he's very easy to manipulate. Not that it stops the rebels from executing him.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: The show deconstructs this by showing what would realistically happen when a child is the ruler. He's nothing more than a puppet for Prime Minister Honest and the country is in disarray and plagued with corruption (which he's utterly unaware of), thus leading to a 0% Approval Rating.
  • Climax Boss: His defeat essentially means the end of the Empire, but the threat of Esdeath and Honest remains.
  • Epic Fail: Ran his position as the emperor of a country into the ground with all the force of an Impact Event! No amount of excuses would save him from being executed by his own kingdom after that.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He is shown stoically sentencing an innocent man to death for objecting the political affairs of the Empire. He then asks the Prime Minister if he did well. When called out on being victim of the Prime Minister’s machinations by the innocent man he immediately dismisses the man’s words as foolish ramblings.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He is only known as "The Emperor".
  • Face Death with Dignity: In the series finale, after being sentenced to death by The Revolution and before being executed, he accepts his judgment, admits he was a bad ruler and finally asks Najenda to restore the country in his place.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: With individuals like Honest and Esdeath making his decisions for him, with objectively incapable people like Budo at his back making everything worse. It's no wonder the empire came crashing down on his useless little head.
  • Good Is Dumb: Justified and subverted considering A) as he is just a child. Yet B) innocence does not excuse incompetence (though his age very well might); he did trash his own kingdom under Honest's machinations after all, though the worst of his personal hand in it was while under brainwashing. Plus it went to hell long before that, and on his watch no less, because of said aforementioned slimeball's terrible advice.
  • Heel Realization: In the anime, after being defeated by Tatsumi, he realizes that his actions caused more harm than good. While in jail, he asks Najenda to rebuild the empire in his place and is willing to accept death as his punishment.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Believes the Prime Minister is his most trusted adviser.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He wants to be a "better" ruler than his father. Unfortunately, he's getting advice to be "better" from Minister Honest.
  • Lack of Empathy: In the manga, specifically chapter 74, when he actually takes a moment to see all the devastation he's causing, and his people, soldier and civilian alike, fleeing for their lives, from him he angrily calls them cowards and proclaims the punishment for desertion is execution. Possibly a side effect of his mental brainwashing. He drops it once he is freed from his Tengu.
  • Master of Delusion: He has convinced himself that Honest is a good and kind person, completely worthy of his trust, despite all evidence to the contrary, not the least of which were the suspicious deaths of his parents, especially considering how "co-incidentally" Honest happened to be the one to "find" their bodies, or be present at their deathbeds. Justified, in that he is still a gullible child.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: His own soldiers abandoned him after he got pretty trigger happy with his supreme teigu. Given how too far gone and as big of an asshole he was, he honestly deserved it.
  • Nice Guy: Although he's clearly just a fake ruler, he's a kind young boy at heart, at least to to those he believes are good people and are loyal to the empire. He even tries to help Esdeath find her perfect match after Tatsumi gets away, but she respectfully insists that she's fine with finding Tatsumi again.
  • Obliviously Evil: He does not seem to realize that his actions are hurting his country far more than helping it, partially, because he is kept insulated from his people and his day to day ruling.
  • Off with His Head!: His ultimate fate at the end of the series.
  • Puppet King: He is merely a tool used to distract the more feeble minded citizens of his court and by extension, the entire empire from the activities of the Prime Minister.
  • Royal "We": Being the emperor, he refers to himself in the plural.
  • Sanity Slippage: In episode 23 he's starting to lose his marbles. Despite the massive destruction of the capitol, along with countless deaths, Honest keeps telling him that the rebellion must be stopped. He develops a crazy look on his face from time to time as he battles Tatsumi and causing considerable collateral damage. Subverted in the manga, where he keeps his wits and it takes Honest forcibly brainwashing him to make him start going crazy.
  • They Just Dont Get It: No matter how often Tatsumi points out that he's killing his own people with his indiscriminate rampage, he refuses to believe it, and insists that he's a good emperor caring for his country... at least until he sees that Honest has deserted him. Justified in that he was probably still under the mind control.
  • This Cannot Be!: At the end of chapter 74 where he finally realizes that Honest is a Treacherous Advisor and has abandoned him when Tatsumi defeated the Ultimate Teigu.
  • Too Dumb to Live: What his relation to Honest and the corrupt government boils down to in a nutshell. Everybody knows that Honest and his cabal consisting of Esdeath and the like are a pack of lying, conniving, slimy, traitorous killers, psychos and murderers; even Budo was aware of this, except him. Was it any wonder his own kingdom turned against him and sentenced him to death after the revolution's end?
    • Completely justified however, in that the Emperor is nothing more than a naive child, who put complete trust in his advisers who probably helped raise him from infancy, while honest advisers like Budo were either pushed to the side by the Prime Minister's political machinations or did nothing to school the kid and lead him down the right path. And the Prime Minister did everything possible to keep the Emperor isolated from the suffering of his people, making the issue worse. This can make his ultimate fate seem a little harsh in hindsight.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He was this to Prime Minister Honest and General Esdeath.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Gradually loses his mind during his battle with Tatsumi and grows more angry to the point that he doesn't even care about the damage he causes.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Ends up being on the receiving end of this at the end of the series. Despite his age and the fact that he was mostly tricked into performing his heinous actions, the rebel army still treats his crimes as worthy of death. Not to mention that when he was piloting Shikoutazer it's very likely he killed several kids his own age in his fight.
  • You Fool!: Gets this quite often from Tatsumi during their fight over the capital as his irresponsibility lays waste to his own kingdom.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is greenish blue.

The Ultimate Teigu:Shikoutazer
Manga Version
Anime Version
  • Ambiguous Robots: In the manga. It has the appearance of a mecha on the outside, but once it sheds its armor, it's revealed to have muscles, eyes on various parts of its body, teeth, and it can even create flesh-and-blood Mooks from its mouth. Averted in the anime, where it never shows any hint of being anything other than a robot.
  • Anachronism Stew: To be expected as there have already been Teigu taking the forms of sniper rifles, make-up kits, flamethrowers, and microphones.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Even more apparent in the manga where it is capable of full movement.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss:
    • Before it appears in the anime Night Raid is fighting Run as they are infiltrating the Imperial Palace. Run's fight is dropped however once it makes its appearance and he's even forced to help Night Raid during the fight.
    • Similarly in the manga, Tatsumi is engaged in battle with Esdeath but its appearance causes Esdeath to withdraw from battle.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: The second ending of the anime shows Akame fighting it. However, Akame has very little participation in the battle and Tatsumi fights it instead.
  • Foreshadowing: A few instances actually...
    • When Dr. Stylish activates his One-Winged Angel form he notes that he isn't as strong as an object that is kept ambiguous to the reader. This object is in fact Shikoutazer.
    • During the Wild Hunt arc, while at a meeting involving the administration of The Empire, Syura notes how Honest is able to stay really calm in the presence of chaos. He then mentions that his possession of the "Ultimate Teigu" is what allows him to keep levelheaded.
    • Also during the Wild Hunt arc, Dorothea is revealed to have been doing work for Honest during her time in the Capital. When the Emperor asks Honest for permission to use Shikoutazer he mentions that is has been modified by alchemy.
    • After the battle with Budo, Esdeath tells Wave and Kurome that the Prime Minister is in possession of an "Ultimate Teigu" that will make up for any losses that The Empire witnesses during the Revolutionary Army's attack on the Capital.
    • When the Emperor finally activates it at the end of chapter 69, you can catch a small glimpse of its head ultimately revealing the appearance of the Ultimate Teigu.
    • In the second opening of the anime, towards the end when Akame is facing off against an unseen enemy you can actually see it's head towering over the Capital foreshadowing its appearance in the anime.
  • Dual Boss: Inverted in the anime and manga. For a brief period of time Wave helps Tatsumi fight it.
  • Dub Name Change: In the English dub, Shikoutazer was renamed to Primus Imperator, which means "First Emperor" in Latin, which is fitting given that it was at one the Teigu of the Empire original Emperor.
  • Eldritch Abomination: During the battle with Tatsumi, Shikoutazer sheds it's armor to reveal monstrous flesh with eyeballs located on it's shoulders and kneecaps along with a tail.
  • Final Boss: While not the final enemy that Night Raid faces it is their last obstacle they must face before finally putting an end to the Revolution.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Its main method of attack.
  • Hero Killer: Indirectly, but in the anime Tatsumi is forced to give his own life in order to destroy it.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Unfortunately this trope becomes apparent in the anime where Tatsumi's only means of defeating it involves taking his own life alongside of it
  • Humongous Mecha: Made even more apparent in the manga where it can actually move.
  • Meaningful Name: Part of its name is the Japanese redition of Qin Shi Huang Di...the first emperor of China, and founder of the Qin Dynasty.
  • A Mech by Any Other Name: Never referred to as a "mech" since the setting for a series is fantasy. Then again, this might justified, as it definitely isn't one underneath the armor...
  • A Million Is a Statistic: In both the anime and manga it effortlessly takes out several unnamed citizens in the Capital, most of which we never even see.
  • Mook Maker: In the manga, once it's unleashed its true form it can unleash a host of insect-humanoid guardians to attack.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Simply being referred to as "The Ultimate Teigu" already spells trouble.
  • Red Baron: Gokoku Kishin: Shikoutazer
  • Shout-Out: With it's armor on, it's very similar to Emperor Golbez in appearance.
    • And in the manga, once it sheds its armor, it resembles Zeromus, replete with disgusting organic looking components and and a move that involves a black hole.
  • Taking You with Me: How it is ultimately defeated in the anime. While the Emperor doesn't die, Tatsumi destroys Shikoutazer while giving his own life in the process.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: In the manga, its first appearance already reveals that it has destroyed an entire neighborhood in the Capital.
  • Villain of the Week: Considering how the Emperor doesn't directly fight, it basically serves this role for episode 23 of the anime.
    • When the Emperor first activates the Ultimate Teigu and gets the user's manual uploaded to his mind via some kind of telepathy, he claims that this Teigu is too dangerous because it could destroy humanity.
  • Walking Spoiler: The existence of an Ultimate Teigu is a spoiler in of itself especially when you consider all of the Foreshadowing. Taken Up to Eleven in the anime where its biggest contribution is that it results in the death of Tatsumi.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: The laser beams it shoots are large enough to destroy entire neighborhoods in the Capital.

    Prime Minister Honest
"Time like these, when the nation is in chaos, are the best opportunity to determine who is loyal or who is not. Any fools who oppose me will be driven out and executed."
Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (Japanese), Marty Fleck (English)

The de-facto ruler of the Empire, as the Emperor highly regards Honest's council, even if everyone else around him knows otherwise but stays quiet lest they get removed and killed.

His Teigu is Absolute Limitation: Erastone, a crystal within his crown that can destroy any Teigu the user desires, but at the cost of destroying the crystal alongside it, the crystal can regenerate over time giving it a weekly usage.

  • 0% Approval Rating: He's known, feared and ultimately hated by everyone in the Empire; even most of his own subordinates tread on eggshells around the guy, seeing as he's that Sleazy Politician who is manipulating the empire for his own greedy, perverse interests.
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: In the manga, he's been shown to dislocate his lower jaw, like a snake, so he can eat a spear whole.
  • Acrofatic: Despite his considerable girth, Honest is actually both strong and fast enough to fight Leone evenly in the manga. He claims this was due to intense training he took in his youth.
  • Adaptational Wimp: While the series plays up Esdeath being his Dragon-in-Chief, ultimately in the manga it's proven that he's even stronger than his son Syura. The anime version on the other hand...
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He begs pathetically for his worthless life as Leone prepares to hand him over to the Revolutionary Army.
  • Ambiguously Human: Even with all the crazy stuff that this series has shown, he's the first anything that's been shown to be able to dislocate his lower jaw like a snake. He's more danger-beast than human despite the fact that he has at least one human offspring.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: At the end of the series, the Revolutionary Army celebrates his death.
  • Animal Motif: The pig. He's an incredibly fat, lazy slob who basks in debauchery and corruption (an allegory for bathing in mud, arguably). This carries over to his death (in the manga): he squeals for mercy as he's being dragged off to be executed, and the rebels carve him up like a holiday roast.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Revolutionary Army and Night Raid; the Army's war with the Empire is to dethrone Honest once and for all.
  • Ax-Crazy: Hands down the biggest example in the series. Hands down. Even Wild Hunt at their most terrifying doesn't approach Honest's level of derangement. At least in the manga, since in the anime he is just an opportunistic bastard.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a white beard, which he often strokes while pondering his evil deeds.
  • Big Bad: As the definitive antagonist of the series, he's is the source of all of The Empire's corruption. He's been manipulating the monarchy for at least two generations to see that he lives as comfortably as possible while allowing the masses to rot in gruelling conditions. The members of Night Raid acknowledge he is the reason their country rots and that only by killing him can the nation's suffering be erased.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: It is made quite clear that Esdeath is much more of a physical and military threat than the Prime Minister and she even tells Tatsumi that she can force the de facto head of state's hand; which is later seen when she forces him to disband Wild Hunt, his own son's organization. He never dares to cross Esdeath and in both the manga and anime, Honest's death comes swiftly after she's killed, the fight against her being the actual climax point.
  • Big Eater: He's even seen eating a cake whole. In the manga, it is implied he also eats people!
  • Blessed With Suck: He made sure his body would let him live for at least a century. This means the soldiers carrying out his execution can take their sweet time maiming him.
  • Book-Ends: The first chapter of the series has Honest gleefully watching an innocent man begging the Emperor as he’s dragged away by guards and to his execution site. In the last chapter, Honest is left begging as he’s dragged by an equally smug Leone, who calls herself "the Empire’s representative" and sentences him to his fate.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Everything he does is For the Evulz, he gives a Slasher Smile each time he does (or plans to do) something nefarious, and he openly intends to turn Makoto into a monstrous hedonist like himself, so that even after he dies, the Empire will continue down the path of debauchery and corruption he set it on.
  • The Corrupter: He is this towards the Emperor. While claiming to be guiding the boy, he proves to be a Manipulative Bastard, and will always try to convince the Emperor that he's doing what's in the best interests of the Empire. And in episode 23 of the anime, even while the Emperor starts wondering if he's going too far, Honest tells him to harden his heart and put down the rebellion for the sake of his people. Never mind that many of them are dying by the Emperor's own hand as a result.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his looks and ridiculous personality at times, in the manga, he managed to defeat Leone (a very physically strong adversary who is capable of killing adult men with punches) using martial skills, unlike in the anime, when he ended dead while confronting her. It still didn't save him from his final fate.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: At the end of the series, Leone corners him as he tries to flee, tears his belly open, and tosses him off the palace balcony to crash down at the feet of the enraged rebels. He's last seen strapped to a table - his arms, legs, and private parts removed - with a long line of rebel soldiers taking turns stabbing or hacking away at his bloated body, one at a time.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Not to The Emperor.
  • Dirty Coward: He's a total sleazeball who utilizes the most underhanded tactics imaginable to meet his goals, he even went so far as to barb Incursio's hilt with danger beast poison during Tatsumi's execution. Granted he's no pushover in the manga, but when his plans turn to shit he runs for his life, whining about his misfortune. And when Leone catches him, he begs pathetically for his worthless life as she drags him toward his well-deserved fate. He's even more pathetic in the anime, in which he's a total pushover.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: If you manage to punch, or worse kick, him in in the stomach, you had better kill him, and quick, because if he has a chance to recover, he will retaliate with a Rasputinian Death.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: It's believed by many residents of the empire that The Emperor is the one with ruling authority and that Honest is simply an adviser. In reality, Honest is the reason for the corruption within his nation and has been The Man Behind the Man at least since the time of the current Emperor's father. He takes this even further in the manga when he takes control of the Emperor's teigu to force him to fight as the Prime Minister sees fit. Although many citizens despise the ruling of their country, those that know the ruling system are well aware that it is Honest and not the young Emperor, who is the mastermind of their pain.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. He loves his son Syura, and loses his shit when he dies... for all of one panel. After a few seconds of Ocular Gushers, he abruptly moves on and considers having another child. Dorothea is really unnerved by it. He also has been shown to be angrier at the death of his relatives than any of his machinations being foiled; however, he doesn't have affection for them.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He sympathizes with the poor sap that ends up being Esdeath's lover. When Esdeath decides to drink an entire vial of demon blood, Honest immediately tries to get her to back off since it could've killed her. He makes a toast with her once she proves him wrong by surviving and taming the demon blood. He's also visibly enraged when one of his relatives (other than Syura) is killed by Night Raid.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Walks out from behind The Emperor after The Emperor sentenced an innocent man to death casually and then supports said decision while engorging himself with food. When the man tries to convince The Emperor that he’s being manipulated, he puts on a kind face and successfully convinces the latter otherwise. What marks him being a complete and utter bastard is telling the condemned man that he’ll make sure to take care of his wife, every single part of her.
  • Evil Chancellor: Evil Prime Minister to be exact. He plays the trope straight by having the most influential power in the entire empire, influencing the decisions of The Emperor, and being his most “trusted” advisor.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He's shown eating a spear, and after complaining about the taste, threatens to eat its wielder, Leone.
  • Fat Bastard: Honest is exceptionally rotund, his argument being that the stress he gets from hearing about the actions of the resistance causes him to over indulge himself. However it's implied that he also eats humans.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's always polite, especially to the Emperor but when speaking to others his words positively drip with sarcasm.
  • Flat Character: He's evil and he eats a lot. That's really all there is to him. The manga adds being a surprisingly good fighter.
  • For the Evulz: This seems to be his only motivation for causing the corruption within the Empire. He himself states his dream is to live to be 130 and indulging in the good life all the way. Too bad it's not gonna happen, jackass.
  • Grand Theft Me: While he only manipulates The Emperor into attacking his own citizens in the anime, in the manga, he sets up a trap in the Ultimate Teigu that allows him to actually take control of the Emperor's body and mind to outright compel him to attack everyone, friend or foe, except, of course, for Prime Minster Honest himself.
  • Hate Sink: He contrasts the admirable traits of General Esdeath as a selfish hedonist who devotes himself only to causing suffering and his own pleasure. Regularly tormenting or killing the citizens of the Empire, Honest spends near the entirety of his page time smugly gloating about his crimes and when his own life is put in danger, cowardly flees to save himself, firmly establishing himself as one of the most disgusting characters in the work.
  • The Hedonist: Honest lives to enjoy all the luxuries of royal life while subjecting the masses to inhumane living standards. Whenever Honest appears on scene, he's always relaxing, eating or pondering which women he wants to bed. He tells Leone that his dream is to live to 130 while maintaining a comfortable, self-interested lifestyle. It never comes to pass.
  • Hero Killer: Towards the end of the manga, he turns out to be tougher than he looks and manages to overpower Leone, but she returns stronger than before and defeats him easily, though she succumbs to her wounds later on. In the last episode of the anime, he is killed by her after destroying her Teigu, but manages to shoot her several times before he perishes. Leone later succumbs to the injuries that Honest causes to her.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Honest spends the entire series manipulating people's emotions and causing corruption within his empire. However, towards the end of the series, he loses control of his own emotions after all of his allies have been defeated. Leone confronts him and with her dying breaths, manages to defeat the bastard once and for all.
    • He claims to have underwent special training to increase his natural life span and endure severe amounts of punishment. Because of this, his execution via torture and dismemberment is incredibly long and drawn out, as he ends up surviving (though briefly) against wounds that would have otherwise eventually caused him to die from blood loss.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The interview that the Jaegers and the Prime Minister have in the series is not seen, but in one of the Theaters, it's revealed and Played for Laughs. In this, Bols frightens him greatly, Kurome makes him nervous (as she stares at a big bag of sweets that Honest carries in the interview), Seryu and Koro scare him when she mistakes a bug in the wall for an enemy and Koro punches it - nearly hitting Honest - Dr. Stylish gives him the creeps and he mistakes Run for a girl. For that, he concludes that not one of them is normal. But before, he ignored Wave (the first of the Jaegers to be interviewed), who was the most normal member of the team.
  • Humanoid Abomination: It's heavily implied that he lives by eating people and he gets stronger as a result.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Implied in the manga, as he fights Leone, he remarks that her womb will be the tastiest part of her to consume.
  • Ironic Name: He is anything but honest.
  • It's All About Me: He doesn't care about anyone or anything but himself. His last words right before Leone throws him to the wolves are a pathetic squeal for mercy because he doesn't want his life of unabashed privilege and debauchery to end so soon.
  • Jabba Table Manners: He's a very messy eater.
  • Jerkass: He's a thoroughly reprehensible jerk whose only goal in life is to live in luxury while sadistically tormenting those beneath him.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After years of tyranny and getting away with evil actions such as murder and assault, Honest finally gets defeated by Leone towards the end of the series.
  • Karmic Death: At the end of the series, he is mercilessly killed by the rebels. He enjoys subjecting his victims to extremely brutal deaths, thus it seems only natural that his own death is incredibly gruesome. What's even better is that he was defeated by Leone, who was told to die on the ground.
  • Lack of Empathy: He shows no remorse for his terrible crimes. He's even unmoved by his son's death.
  • Laughably Evil: His movements, expressions, behavior, reactions, and body language are so comically exaggerated and ridiculously over the top (like skipping along with his legs reaching so high that his toes are over his head as he runs away) that he wouldn't be out of place as a Loony Tunes villain, like Yosemite Sam or The Tazmanian Devil. In a series like Akame Ga Kill, where his actions and proclamations often have horrific consequences, however, this just makes him even more unsettling.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: He wants to live at least 120 years to watch the culmination of his work sowing grief, pain, and despair across The Empire, For the Evulz. Leone puts a stop to that.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: When the child emperor states that his mother committed suicide out of despair at his father's death, Minister Honest's thought bubbles say "if by suicide, you mean forcing poison down her throat and then loudly proclaiming she was poisoned, why not?"
  • Manipulative Bastard: Particularly regarding The Emperor, who's little more than a Puppet King. At one point, he mentions that he intends to drive him into the same depravity as his own by getting him to drink, eat, and fuck non-stop when he gets older, so that even if Honest himself dies, The Emperor will more than likely continue the same form of corruption as an adult. Esdeath, for her part, cryptically tells Honest not to allow him to contract "adult diseases."
  • Mutilation Conga: He suffers a well-deserved one during the final chapter. First, a not so dead Leone kicks him in the back so hard it breaks his spine, rendering him immobile; then she punches a hole through his bloated belly; then she tosses him off the palace balcony, with his impact leaving a small crater in the ground; and finally, the rebels tie him down and slowly dismember him, one piece of flesh at a time.
  • Never My Fault: He proclaims that it's the rebellion's own fault that he's compelling The Emperor to exterminate everyone in the Empire, friend or foe.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Barbing Incursio with a deadly poison actually causes it—and through it, Tatsumi—to become stronger because the teigu adapts to the poison and becomes immune to it.
    • Rigging the Ultimate Teigu to go after everyone not only fails spectacularly but also causes the entire Capital Defense Forces to surrender en masse to the Revolutionary Army. After Esdeath is defeated, he has no one left to protect him.
  • Nightmare Face: In his introduction, when he convinces the Emperor to condemn a man to his death, the man looks to Honest and he shows to the poor man a chilling face, that can be seen here.
    • Starting from chapter 67, anytime he receives some screentime, he doesn't waste any time to show even more disturbing and twisted faces.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He was particularly eager about the horrific ways in which they could make an example of Tatsumi after he was captured in the anime. Chapter 68 reveals that he's gone to parties where one of his associates takes pregnant women, guesses the gender of the unborn baby, and then cuts the women open after bets are taken to see if he was right. However this leads to his Laser-Guided Karma as he himself gets hacked into pieces.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He doesn't face the heroes directly in the anime version and so just defers combating Night Raid to Esdeath, Budo and even his son, Syura. In the manga, he subverts it as Leone finds out.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In the manga, Honest is tougher than he looks. It still doesn't save him.
  • Obviously Evil: Just look at his profile image. Hell, he even has a crown which looks like devil's horns.
  • Oh, Crap!: Quite a few:
    • He is utterly shocked when Tatsumi evolves and bests the child emperor's Ultimate Taigu.
    • And again when Leone corners him.
  • Satanic Archetype: Honest's appearance and personality literally scream Satan, what with his crown resembling devil's horns, him being the prime minister to the emperor paralleling Lucifer, and embodying all of the Seven Deadly Sins.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: As part of being the series' Satan figure, he embodies all seven of them.
    • Pride: Honest considers himself to be superior above everyone else despite being shown otherwise.
    • Lust: Honest is a hedonist to a T.
    • Sloth: Honest wants to corrupt the empire to such an extent that it will persist long after his death.
    • Envy: He poisoned the Emperor's father out of jealousy.
    • Greed: Honest cares only about getting as much power for himself.
    • Gluttony: In addition to the obvious, it's implied that Honest has been feasting on people to become more powerful.
    • Wrath: Honest it batshit insane to a T.
  • Smug Snake: Honest fancies himself as a charismatic genius, but he's not as great as he thinks. More so in the anime, in which he is so heavily reliant on Esdeath and the ultimate teigu that when both factors are removed, he has absolutely nothing left and is swiftly killed by Leone. In the manga, he's shown to be more dangerous, such as pulling a Grand Theft Me on Makoto and being a decent fighter in his own right, but when the situation backfires spectacularly, he runs for his life, and squeals for mercy as Leone prepares to give him his Just Desserts.
  • Slasher Smile: In the last arc, anytime he appears and things go well for him, he sports a really terrifying one.
  • The Sociopath: He is a psycho-sadistic, depraved monster with zero empathy towards anyone, who wishes to turn the Empire into a den of debauchery and corruption while living a life of unabashed luxury at the expense of everyone else.
  • Stout Strength: Honest may be fat, but he has very strong muscles as seen in the finale when he singlehandedly knocks down Leone. While he eats way too much, his body remains very healthy, and as it turns out he can deliver quite powerful blows.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Chapter 68 reveals that the reason the current emperor is a child is that he slowly poisoned the previous emperor's food until he died. He considers this "merciful poisoning."
  • To Create a Playground for Evil: His ultimate motivation is to thoroughly corrupt the Empire and continue doing so even after his death.
  • Undignified Death: At the end of Akame ga Kill!, he's tied to a table, having had most of his body cut away, while he squeals and cries for mercy as the rebels ruthlessly cut his body to pieces.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He completely loses it when his plans are smashed to bits, as shown when he runs for his life after Esdeath is killed while bitching about his rotten luck. When Leone overpowers him and begins dragging him off to be tortured and executed, he screams for mercy in between piggish squeals of agony.
  • Villainous Friendship: His relationship with Esdeath is very professional and business-like, and they're often seen sharing drinks in his dinner table. Of course, Honest knows his rule is over without her support, so he makes sure to stay on Esdeath's good side at all times. They have an implicit deal - as long as he rules, his corruption creates more and more enemies arrayed against the capitol, which Esdeath - being a Blood Knight - would happily put down (although the Jaegers do protect the average folks of the empire when it comes down to it). Honest knows damn-well that a single inch out of line would result in Esdeath outright murdering him for crossing her, so he allows her to do whatever she pleases and makes sure not to boss her around (limiting his direct orders purely for combat-related purposes). This is best shown regarding Wild Hunt; when his son, Syura, asks him to disband the Jaegers on suspicion of secretly working against them, he counters by pointing out that Esdeath's very existence covers their asses, and refuses to oppose her in any way. When Esdeath humiliates Syura and provides evidence that he needlessly harmed the people of the Empire, Honest is forced to disband Wild Hunt.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Towards the end of the series, he attempts to escape after Makoto is taken down, but it doesn't work out and he is killed after he mortally wounds Leone.
  • Villainous Glutton: Most of his appearances have him always consuming large amounts of foods. In the manga, his confrontation with Leone shows that he's not above eating humans.
  • Villains Want Mercy: At the end of the series, after being captured by Leone, he pathetically screams and begs for mercy as he is dragged to the Revolutionary Army to face justice.


  • All There in the Manual: Never given a name in the anime. Its name was revealed in the Black Book special booklet that came with one of the Blu-Ray/DVD volumes.
  • Anti-Magic: Its power allows it to destroy any Teigu the user chooses but only by destroying itself in the process.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Destroys any Teigu the user wants to also depriving that user of the Teigu's power.
  • Cool Crown: The form it takes in the manga.
  • Red Baron: Absolute Limit: Erastone.
  • Ring of Power: Takes on the form of a ring in the anime.
  • Story-Breaker Power: While only used on Leone its never stated if there are limits to which Teigu it can destroy. One can only assume that Night Raid would have been in serious trouble if he used it on Incursio or Murasame.
    • Taken a step further in the manga where his Teigu does not have any limits, except for having to wait a week while it regenerates. Unfortunately that's bit of a problem when Honest gets his ass handed to him by Leone.
  • Taking You with Me: Destroys itself while destroying whichever Teigu the user chooses.

    Imperial Cabinet

Honest's closest collaborators involved in his corruption. Najenda orders them to all killed with extreme prejudice alongside Honest and Esdeath to ensure they could never spread their corruption elsewhere after the revolution succeeded. Their names are Youkan, Koukei, Saikyuu, and Dousen.

  • Asshole Victim: Like all of Night Raid's targets.
    • Saikyuu: Suggested and founded the Assassination Squad program, which created groups like the Elite Seven and Group of Terror, not to mention shaping Akame and Kurome into who they are.
    • Youkan: Is merely a government parasite for grueling entertainment including a game where they guess the gender of a baby inside a pregnant woman before ripping it out of her body.
    • Koukei: Arranged the arrests and deaths of the Empire's generals who went against Honest. He also smuggled weapons that inevitably resulted in the Empire's wars and rebellions brutally put down by Esdeath, all for the sake of personal profit.
    • Dousen: An extortionist who climbed the ranks through bribery and robbed vast amounts of wealth from the Empire’s villages.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Najenda states that Saikyuu and Youkan have even darker temperaments than Honest.
  • Hate Sink: None of them are even remotely likeable, but Youkan is especially vile.
  • Karmic Death: While each of them has their share of heinous crimes, Saikyuu is the most prominent as he's killed by Akame, an assassin from the program he created.
  • Know When To Fold Them: Saikyuu was smart enough to abandon the Prime Minister and escape its underground escape routes with a Teigu to rebuild the Empire. It doesn't save him.
  • Number Two: Saikyuu, who is Honest's right-hand man and the most intelligent of the his goons.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Again, Saikyuu killed off as another minor target compared to Honest and Esdeath. However, he founded the Assassination Squad program and his Teigu, Rongo Rongo, brings Akame to the sequel of the story.

Military High Command

    Great General Budo

Voiced by: Hozumi Gouda (Japanese), Josh Morrison (English)

While he is not the Empire's Strongest, Budo is the commander in chief of the military, although he knows better than to boss Esdeath around. He is a man of immense strength, to the point where Esdeath herself respects him immensely.

His Teigu is Thunder God's Rage: Adramelech, a pair of gauntlets which enable him to create storms and lightning, granting him tremendous destructive power.

  • Adaptational Wimp: Compared to the manga version, in the anime he's so much weaker. During the battle with Night Raid, he puts up less resistance than in the manga, and is literally one-shotted by Mine, although in the anime Mine later dies to the wounds caused by Adramelech.
  • Anti-Villain: Although he was born from a line of generals who served the Empire, he cannot stand the current Prime Minister's very existence. At Tatsumi's Public Execution, Budo publicly declares his intention to kill Honest after the revolution is put down, with Esdeath right next to him at that. Esdeath herself smiled softly at his convictions and says she looks forward to fighting him.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: In the manga. As result of his inexperience, Budo often resorts to spamming overpowering attacks at his opponents, as well as using these attacks to counter anything they throw at him. This ends up costing him dearly, as his teigu has a limit on how much power it can use and ends up running out of power on him at the worst possible time.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The highest ranking general and one of the series' strongest antagonists.
  • Captain Ersatz: Not in a knockoff way, but his pile bunkers, heavily armored personal army, and the name of his Wave-Motion Gun attack are all Shout-Out's to Armored Trooper VOTOMS, which Tashiro is known to be a fan of.
  • The Brute: Unlike Esdeath that uses her powers in very creative ways, Budo cares very little for strategy and tries to finnish off his foes.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: His physical strength far surpasses that of Leone and Tatsumi in spite of both of them having Teigus that enhance their physical prowess. He is also fast enough to casually fend off Leone's and Super Mode Tatsumi's attacks simultaneously, and is one of only 2 people in the manga to land a direct hit on Akame.
  • Determinator: Very much. During his battle with Night Raid in the manga he decides to kill all of them, even when Tatsumi with the evolved Incursio wounded him, he pursues Night Raid when they are escaping and tries to kill them with his strongest attack. Seriously, if Mine hadn't sacrificed herself, Night Raid could've been exterminated on the spot.
  • The Dreaded: Nearly as much as Esdeath.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is sincerely disgusted by Honest's lack of sympathy for his equally-sadistic son Syura's death.
  • Four-Star Badass:
    • Single-handedly stopped Wave's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Syura, and he is a fellow Teigu user as well.
    • Takes out an (admittedly weakened) Incursio-clad Tatsumi clad with a 'single blow.
    • He takes on the entire Night Raid and it requires a sacrificial technique from Mine to finally take him out.
  • General Failure: While a warrior without peer within the empire respected by many within its military, one who even Esdeath acknowledges. He's still a hothead, petty, and incompetent idiot who let the empire fall to ruin on his watch. Budo was too prone to too many oversights on his part throughout his run of the story and eventually got killed because of it.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He pretty much loses it at anything that offends him and his sensibilities, in contrast with the cool Esdeath.
  • Hero Killer: In the manga, the collision of beams between him and Mine ends with him being blasted off to an unknown place and Mine in a coma. However, in the anime, the clash ends with Budo being incinerated by Pumpkin's blast and with Mine's death due the impact of Adramelech lightning.
  • Hypocrite: In spite of knowing full well how rotten the Prime Minister is and being fully aware that his influence is what caused the revolutionary army to form in the first place, he focuses his attention on crushing the effect instead of hitting at the cause in actuality is, was and always has been the seed of the problem. Which in turn, might have eased off the tension the empire's opposition presented in the first place. In that sense he isn't all that much better than Esdeath and Honest or their warped sense of self serving world logic.
  • Implacable Man: In the manga, this guy just won't stay down. It takes Mine's Pumpkin overloading and his teigu running out of power to finally put him down.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Has two weird hair antennas emerging from his hair's base.
  • Inspector Oblivious: Greatly Subverted, as surprisingly perceptive as he is it never occurred to him that if he offed Honest and Esdeath earlier on before things got as hellish as they did. Then there wouldn't need to be a revolutionary army in the first place.
  • Invincible Incompetent: Downplayed. While arguably one of the two strongest fighters within the Wretched Hive, he admits to himself that his own complacence in service of the palace has made him somewhat ineffectual in a real battle.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Incredibly fast and very strong.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Appears to have recognized the Prime Minister as a very bad influence to the young Emperor but is willing to look the other way until the rebellion is crushed. He knows that while the Prime Minister is using the Emperor as a puppet, Fat Bastard needs that puppet alive and well.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: His armor is strong enough to no-sell slashes from Akame's Murasame, and even take several supercharged shots from Mine without a scratch. Only attacks from Tatsumi's Super Mode and Mine's sacrificial move have succeeded in injuring him.
  • No-Sell: Tanks several supercharged shots from Mine (which when used against Seryu sliced a building in half) without a scratch.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: Budo to a tee. So blinded by his misguided sense of loyalty to the throne, coupling with his blind anger; that he cannot see sense in killing Honest and Esdeath will quell the revolution and bring back some stability to the kingdom.
  • Oh, Crap!: In the manga, while he doesn't say it, the look on his face when the Mana Meter of his teigu running out on him in the middle of a Beam-O-War with Mine says it all.
  • Punched Across the Room: Both on the giving and receiving end, the latter more than once in fact. First to Tatsumi when he delivered an electrically charged blow to the assailant on the castle grounds. Then by Night Raid itself; once by the trump card of Mines Teigu knocking him clean through a wall. And again for when Tatsumi gave him a good thumping that landed the general clear across the executions grounds. to be fair he like most everyone in the empire (him especially) was more than deserving of it, given his counter productive roundabout way of doing things.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is willing to let Syura and Wave duke it out as long as they don't use their Teigus and don't kill each other. Even in his own half-assed way he acknowledged Tatsumi's proclamation that Honest is a true to god and country pig bastard behind the kingdoms decline and that he would deal with him accordingly after the rebellion's been quelled. The idiot assuming that Honest wont preemptively eliminate him before that day arrives, if ever.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Esdeath's blue. Where Esdeath is cool, composed and analytical, Budou is hot-tempered, easily enraged and loses composure more easily in battle (or just in general). He is also the more passionate of the 2 when it comes to matters of the state. This difference is highlighted by Esdeath's use of ice while he uses blazing lightning.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Acting as the Empire's last line of defense, Budo has never been in an all out battle before his fight with Night Raid. As a result, Budo lacks the actual battle experience that both Night Raid and Esdeath (and by extension the Jaegers) possess, something he admits, in one of his internal thoughts, put him at a disadvantage. As a result of his inexperience, Budo does not seem to understand the limitations of his teigu, something that ends up being a fatal mistake.
  • Stubborn Mule: Pretty much fits his criteria considering both Esdeath and Honest have called him "Stubborn Bastard" in the past, it suits him despite all of his bravado that he's every bit an ineffective stooge under the thumb of a broken empire who cannot prioritize to save his life.
  • Super Strength: Incapacitates Tatsumi, Wave and later Akame and Leone in a single punch each.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Invoked, due to his inexperience with using his own Teigu leading to his downfall as well as lacking in real battle practice ending up in serious injury as a result. Preceding this is his flawed assumption that neither Esdeath nor Honest wouldn't deep six him long before the struggle with the revolution came to an end as he kept proclaiming he would end the latter for his hand in his countries decline.
  • Undying Loyalty: Certainly not to Honest, but to the Emperor and the Empire as a whole, leading to his determination to take down the Night Raid regardless of harm to himself.
  • Unstoppable Rage: After Tatsumi succeeds in landing a direct hit on him, he and his Teigu are brought to a different level due to Tatsumi literally enraging him.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Praises the Night Raid's strength and fighting spirit, lamenting that he has to fight against them.
    • Esdeath herself considers him a worthy adversary.
  • Villainous Breakdown: His calm demeanor shatters over the course of his battle with the Night Raid, and by the end of the fight he is a seething bubble of unbridled fury.


  • Flight: When the owner of Adramelech charges his body with electricity, it gains the ability to float in the air.
  • Lightning Gun: Adramelech's Trump Card, Solid Shooter, is this in the manga.
  • Mana Meter: Apparently his teigu has one. It ends up running out on him in the middle of a Beam-O-War with Mine's Pumpkin.
  • Power Fist: The Teigu is a piston punch variant.
  • Red Baron: Thunder God's Rage: Adramelech
  • Shock and Awe: Adramelech main power.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Solid Shooter.
  • Weather-Control Machine: One of Adramelech powers. See Weather Manipulation below.
  • Weather Manipulation: Apart from creating lightning, Adramelech can also manipulate the weather around his owner to produce thunderstorms and call lightning to strike the enemies at his owner's pleasure.
  • Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: In the anime at least, the colors of Adramalechs attacks are depicted as blue. However, Adramelech main movements in the manga are depicted as black-colored lightning.

    General Esdeath 

General Esdeath

"It seems I've found myself some interesting toys."
Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura (Japanese), Adam Noble (English)

The son of the Prime Minister and leader of Wild Hunt. Left on a journey to explore the world and retrieve Teigu in other nations, he assembled the members of Wild Hunt to replace the Jaegers tasked to hunt down Night Raid.

His Teigu is Dimensional Formation: Shambala, a pendant that can teleport objects, people and himself to any place he marks. He uses his Teigu mostly for support in combat, relying on his physical strength and martial arts skills to fight.

  • Adaptational Badass: While much of his role in the anime is eliminated, in this route he has a true fight with Lubbock when he put the Night Raid member in danger and even reveals his Trump Card. Comparing this with his manga counterpart, who died without a good fight and never reveal his Teigu strongest technique.
  • Adaptational Wimp: However, due to his role being cut out, in the anime he was left as a mere antagonist of turn instead the threat the he represents in the manga. Also, his fighting abilities were removed and he fights Lubbock with a knife instead. For last, to use the trump card of his Teigu, he needs to take a drug, where in the manga is implied that he don't need something like that.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has white hair in the manga, but in the anime, his hair is shown to be pale lilac.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Has a little bit in the anime. Despite in this adaptation he is still a jerk, like Esdeath, much of his atrocities are removed from the anime, leaving him as a prick, but not as a monster.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Strangely, he's very tanned compared to his fair-skinned father. Presumably, this is because he's spent the majority of his time away in the Borneo islands south of the Empire, but the Prime Minister also stated his mother is not very respectable and possibly foreign.
  • Arc Villain: Serves as this for both the Humanoid Danger Beasts mini-arc and the first half of The Empire in Danger arc. In the former arc he is the one responsible for releasing the Danger Beasts into the Capital while in the latter his formation of Wild Hunt creates various conflicts within the Empire. The similarity is that in both arcs the Jaegers are not at odds with Night Raid and are even treated as protagonists in the latter arc with him being the primary threat to both factions.
  • Ax-Crazy: When he's not conversing with his father you can expect to see him raping some innocent girl and murdering her For the Evulz or pounding a fallen foe to death with his bare hands, cackling the whole time. He become more crazy when his plans starts to fail, even planning to burn the entire Capital just to defeat Night Raid.
  • Bad Boss: Played With. He acts all friendly towards all the members of Wild Hunt, but only because they share his love for killing and rape and because they are useful. He didn't mourn their deaths and allowed Dorothea to perform experiments on Cosmina.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: In his skirmish with Wave, he demonstrates a vast knowledge of different martial arts he acquired during his travels outside the Empire.
  • Berserk Button: Going against him as the son of the Prime Minister or even worse, leading him into being a disappointment in his father's eyes is a one way ticket to him intending to rip you limb from limb.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He thinks of himself a threat to Night Raid (and everyone) for being the son of the Prime Minister. While he is strong indeed, his actions during Wild Hunt arc only put him in evidence in his father's eyes and the dissolution of his group thanks to Run investigations and his cheap death at Lubbock's hand make him less threatening since his introduction.
    • Even his plan to capture Tatsumi and Lubbock almost fails due to the fact that Tatsumi manages to knock him out. Tatsumi would have been able to escape with an unconscious Lubbock in hand had it not been from Esdeath and Budo intervening.
  • The Caligula: Although he is not of the royal family, he has many traits of this trope. He has a great image of himself, is very violent with his enemies and gets angry easily (which results in nasty consequences for those who provoked him), he is also disrespectful with his allies, attacking Esdeath when she was with Tatsumi in the Mt. Fake, trying to rape Kurome or insulting Wave.
  • The Casanova: Most of his actions are often motivated by lust. Also, it is shown in the Jaeger arc that Syura is fully capable of picking up women if he wanted to. The problems is he finds it more arousing to force himself on to them and tends to become violent towards them.
  • Dance Battler: He takes down a group of seasoned martial artists just by using capoeira style kicks.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Tries to get his father's "approval" by being this to Honest, eventually hoping to supplant him. Unfortunately for him, he completely fails at being a good Devil in Plain Sight.
  • Evil Is Petty: In one of Wild Hunt first missions, he kills an entire theatre company because they have a play that would ridicule his father, or so he claims, even when the owner of the company tries to bribe him to spare their lives, as per common empire etiquette. In fact, he kills the company because they try to bribe him!
  • Foil:
    • For Wave. Both are members of a task force with the job to hunting down Night Raid. In addition, both Syura and Wave even wanted to change the Empire for within. However, while Wave wants to make the Empire better for everyone, Syura wants to make the Empire worse and change it to better suit his own amusement. Their relationship with Kurome also similar yet different from one another. Wave deeply cares about Kurome and wants to protect her at all cost, while Syura is attracted to Kurome but only see her as a Lust Object.
    • Also, for Lubbock. While were born into rich families, Lubbock gave up his rich life to be with Najenda, while Syura likes to abuse the resource that he has at his disposal. Also, both apparently suffer from a Inferiority Superiority Complex. In addition, while Lubbock is a Chivalrous Pervert who does not like to hurt women, Syura is a Serial Rapist that takes pleasure is hurting women.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a giant X shaped scar across his face from the bridge of his nose.
  • Groin Attack: Crushes one of Lubbock's testicles.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • Later on, he loses to Wave in a fist fight, gets criticized by his dad for it, then he loses several members of his unit, gets criticized by his dad for it, despite catching two members of Night Raid, Esdeath humiliates him by proving that he was responsible for an incident that endangered the empire and getting what remained of Wild Hunt disbanded, gets criticized by his dad for it, and finally gets killed by Lubbock when he pretends to have been broken by his torture. The fans enjoyed those few chapters immensely.
    • And to top it all off, after Honest (the father he worked so hard to please) hears about the death of his son, he proceeds to weep for him... for one whole page. He gets over it in seconds, pretty much stating that he'll "make another son from scratch." And his very last thoughts regarding Syura are to curse his son for getting his teigu destroyed, leaving Honest without an effective means of escape when he makes a futile attempt to flee from the victorious rebels. Even after death the humiliation continues.
  • Jerkass: Oh boy, is he is one. He commits many acts of cruelty for the most insignificant reason, raping women, including Bol's wife, looks down his allies and enemies alike because he is the son of the Prime Minister (his card to do anything he want) and even despise her own men because they lose to Night Raid. Of all the cast of the series, he is one of the biggest dicks.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: People loved his Humiliation Conga.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Somewhat. Syura is attracted towards Kurome and wants to rape her, while Kurome is attracted towards Wave. Wave prevents Syura from raping Kurome and naturally Syura wants Wave dead, so it be that much easier to get to Kurome. He later plotted to disband the Jaegers by acussing Esdeath of being friends with Tatsumi, solely to kill Wave and have Kurome join Wild Hunt.
  • Overlord Jr.: He's the spoiled son of the Prime Minister whose entire goal in life is to become as powerful and ruthless as his father and become competent in his eyes.
  • Out-Gambitted: After Run kills off a big chunk of his team and he's captured Tatsumi, Syura is convinced that he's gotten the fodder he needs to have the Jeagers disbanded. Esdeath completely outwits him by hiding the evidence Run had gathered against Syura in particular, which saves his ass from the law... and then she counters with evidence against the rest of Wild Hunt, which has them disbanded at her request. He refuses to cross her because of the blackmail she still had on him.
  • Sadist: He relishes the pain and suffering he inflicts upon others. His fighting style consists of slowing beating his opponents to death.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He tends to instill fear in his enemies by stating his relation to the Prime Minister, which causes them to halt their attacks. He then calls them out for being cowards. Not that this matters to Wave.
  • Shout-Out: A dark skinned man with white hair and a scar shaped like a X?. Hello, Scar!
  • Slasher Smile: In the manga, when he is introduced to the audience, the only thing we see of his face is a huge menacing grin.
  • Smug Snake: Due to his perceived strength and prowess, as well as family connections. He is shocked when Wave punches him despite all these things and later defeats him.
  • The Sociopath: Shows textbook signs of sociopathy, including a total lack of regard for the people he hurts, impulsiveness, a strong sense of entitlement, violence and sadism, and viewing everyone around him as merely toys for him to use for his own amusement. Unlike his father and Esdeath, he lets his desires and impulses control his actions.
  • Story-Breaker Power: In the manga, Syura once mentioned he had a last resort plan to defeating his opponents by teleporting them in the middle of an active volcano. Naturally with such overpowering ability, the story finds ways to prevent Syura from ever doing just that before his death and his teigu destroyed. First, Syura can only use his teleporting ability a few times every couple of days, so he cannot just spam it. Also, the few times he does use it, it was on people that he needed alive at the time. The first time he used his teigu, Shambhala, was on Esdeath and Tatsumi. At the time, he just wanted Esdeath out of the way and Tatsumi just happen to be with her at the time. He most likely reframed from trying to kill her because he knows that his father still needs her. He later used his teigu was on Tatsumi and Lubbock, at the time he want to capture them, not kill them. The closest occurrence of Syura ever performing his last resort plan, was just before his fight with Wave, but he was stop by Budo from using his teigu, and instead settled with a fist fight that reframed both Wave and Syura from using their teigu.
  • They Just Dont Get It: Honest is right to call him an "idiot son." All the times that Honest has been "disappointed" in him have been a direct result of his complete inability to hide his criminal and despicable behavior. Even when Honest explicitly says "I can't believe you were found out so easily," Syura utterly fails to comprehend the reason for his father's chagrin, and simply believes that he's just simply failed at being sufficiently sadistic, depraved, and destructive, wanting to turn the capitol into a pile of ash, and letting everyone know it.
  • This Cannot Be!: When he is about to die by Lubbock's hands he blurts this out. Since he died without taking the throne and surpassing his successful father so that he could change the "boring world" as he called it, this is very understandable.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Everything else aside, he wanted to rape Kurome who is known to be a skilled assassin. Strike 1. She is a Jaeger under the command of General Esdeath, an infamously unforgiving Mama Bear and A Mother to Her Men. Needless to say her reprisal would have been the kind of things torturers use to scare each other when they need to remind themselves of the extremes of their profession. Strike 2. His father relies on General Esdeath's military power to protect him from rebellions and her personal combat ability to counter Great General Budo. Something like this could easily lead to Esdeath repudiating her alliance with Prime Minister Honest leaving him to twist in the wind. Strike 3. The series could have been over in a flash if Syura had been allowed to indulge his lusts instead of thinking with his brain. What's worse is that when Wave came to Kurome's rescue, rather than let Budo's interference settle the issue, he goads Wave into a public duel so he won't be able to hide the consequences. It's only Budo's obsession with "not spilling blood in the imperial castle" that spared his life.
  • Too Powerful to Live: As mentioned in Story-Breaker Power, the story had to get rid of Syura before he had a chance to use his teigu in a lethal manner.
  • Torture Technician. Claims to be this. He later shows how and why towards poor Lubbock.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In Chapter 52, after Esdeath delivers Run's documents to the Prime Minister implicating Syura on releasing the Danger Beasts in the Capitol, the Wild Hunt gets disbanded. Syura suffers a massive breakdown, becoming hellbent on torturing Lubbock to get the Night Raid hideout to save face. His back up plan was set fire to the entire Capitol just to draw them out.
  • Villainous Friendship: Subverted. Although he seems to be great friends with the other members of Wild Hunt, most often when they gleefully indulge in their "activities"; when Champ and Enshin are killed, he states that he doesn't give a toss since they died so easily. This claim is then consequently lampshaded by fellow member Dorothea.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His Teigu isn't very effective offensive-wise save in specific circumstances, so he compensates by being a very skilled martial artist, as shown by his dominance of Wave for most of their Teigu-less skirmish, but he lacked the raw power to take him down and ended up getting defeated in 2 hits once Wave saw through his attack patterns.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's determined to prove himself to his father, and is noticeably afraid when his father is angry at him for being beaten by Wave. Basically, humiliating or demeaning him in front of his father is the worst way to piss him off.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is white and he's one of the most evil sons of bitches in the series.


  • It Was a Gift: In the manga, after Lubbock kills Syura, he became the owner of Shambhala and try to escapes the Imperial palace with the Teigu. Unfortunately for him, is for a very short period of time, as Lubbock, who don't understand the working system of Shambhala, is immediately killed by Izou, who is not interested in the Teigu and destroys it with Lubbock.
  • Pocket Dimension: His Trump Card in the anime, Dimensional Abyss, have the ability to create one of this and engulf the enemy in the dimension.
  • Red Baron: Dimensional Formation: Shambhala
  • Teleporters and Transporters: He can teleport himself or others to fixed locations. He used it to send Tatsumi and Esdeath from a mountain range to an island on the other side of the world. His father later bemoans its destruction when the rebels win, as he could have used it to make his escape from the capital.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: While in the manga Shambhala is destroyed by Izou, in the anime its fate is never revealed after its owner's death.

Other Military Commanders

"A weakling's concerns don't matter. In this city, only the strong prevail. I'm the one that determines others' fates! I won't tolerate being judged!"
Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Koyama (Japanese), George Manley (English)

Captain of the Capital guards, Ogre is a evil individual who takes bribes from criminals such as Gamal, a crooked oil merchant, and uses his authority to frame people from the crimes that Gamal commits. After his last victim overhears the dealings between Gamal and Ogre he sends a letter to his wife before his execution to inform her of their crimes and she in turn requests the Night Raid to end both Gamal and Ogre for their transgressions.

  • The Alcoholic: He's often seen drinking when he's not patrolling on duty.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Just another trait to really prove he is an amoral bastard.
  • Dirty Cop: Ogre is known for accepting bribes and using his connections to frame innocent people to take the executions for the real criminals.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: His hair is styled in the shape of several dreadlocks.
  • Evil Mentor: To Seryu.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a wide cross shaped scar over his left eye.
  • Kick the Dog: If it wasn't enough he framed an innocent man for a crime he didn't commit he also planned on forcing the man's wife to watch her entire family get executed one by one.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Tatsumi cuts off both his arms and then slashes him into a bloody corpse.
  • Red Baron: The Demon.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In the anime.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Has a little of this. Despite being one of the first Villain of the Week in the series, his death is the reason because Seryu became obsessed to avenge him and defeat Night Raid and eventually causes Scheele's death.
  • Social Darwinist: He believes in the empire the weak don't matter and the strong do. As such he has the power and authority to pass judgement on anyone weaker than him.
  • Villain of the Week: For chapter 3 of the manga and episode 2 of the anime.

Minor Court Officials


A member of the nobility that allows the travelers Air, Fal, and Luna to work for him. Has the appearance of a kindhearted and attractive young noble. He is actually one of the most sadistic nobles in The Empire that is in charge of a group of henchman that brutally murder people he draws in.

  • Adapted Out: While unlike Gensei his bonus chapter was a available before the anime adaptation, it never got adapted into animation.
  • Asshole Victim: One of the villains who was most deserving of getting sliced to death by Murasame.
  • Bad Samaritan: Like Aria, he offers people jobs working for him... only to have those workers brutally raped and murdered.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: He forces the teenage girls he's enslaved to have sex with his dog as well as his henchmen. Unlike the normal use of this trope, it's not Played for Laughs at all.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Appears to be a kindhearted young noble at first.
  • Bonus Boss: Appears in a bonus chapter in volume 5 of the manga that has no relation to the main story and does not have to be read for the sake of understanding the main story.
  • The Casanova: What he wants you to think he is when you first meet him.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Puts Fal and Luna through this causing the latter to commit suicide.
  • Dirty Coward: After Night Raid takes out his men, he tries to run away and even attempts to convince Akame to spare him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When he first appears he offers Air, Fal, and Luna jobs working for him and is friendly with them while shopping. This is all a facade just so he could get them to fall for his trap.
  • Knight of Cerebus: At the point in the series he was introduced he was one of the if not the darkest villain in the series. Being introduced before Wild Hunt he was the first named villain that raped another character and is the only villain in the series to drive not one but two characters to suicide. Even by the already dark and grim standards of Akame ga Kill villains, he manages to be a cut above the rest.
  • Lack of Empathy: One of the most depraved villains in the entire series.
  • Non-Action Guy: One of the few villains that Night Raid doesn't fight directly. He has no Teigu nor does he have any combat capabilities.
  • Oh, Crap!: Is visibly afraid after all of his men have been killed and Akame is about to unleash Murasame on him.
  • Only in It for the Money: Admits that his motivation is he gets paid to kill anyone who chooses to work for him.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: After The Reveal, he orders his men and even 'his dog to rape Air, Fal, and Luna.
  • Rich Bitch: Basically imagine an even worse version of Aria.
  • Too Dumb to Live: When Air was serving him as his slave he eventually started warming up to her and let her out on breaks. During one of her breaks she told Leone about what he had done to Fal and Luna. This allows Night Raid to find and kill him.
  • Torture Technician: Tortures newcomers to the Capital as his occupation. One of the scariest examples in the series if his treatment of Air, Fal, and Luna was anything to go off of.
  • Villain of the Week: For bonus chapter 23.5

    Chouri & Spear
Spear (Left) and Chouri (Right)
(Chouri)Voiced by: Takehiro Hasu (Japanese), James Belcher (English)
(Spear)Voiced by: Yurika Aizawa (Japanese), Kim Prause (English)

Chouri is the former primer minister before Honest, while Spear is Chouri's daughter and bodyguard.

  • Bodyguard Babes: Spear was one for her father.
  • Daddy's Girl: Spear certainly loves her father; enough to take up a spear and defend him personally.
  • Foil: Can be seen one for Honest and Syura. While Chouri and Spear were kind officials that wanted to help the people of Empire, Honest and Syura are corrupt officials that take pleasure in hurting others. Also, Spear's Daddy's Girl contrasts well with Syura's "Well Done, Son!" Guy.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: According to Chouri, Spear can't seem to get a suitor due to her strong personality, much to her embarrassment. Spear claims it's because she hasn't found the right guy yet, not that she'll ever get the chance to.
  • Off with His Head!: How Liver killed Chouri.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Spear was stated to be an excellent fighter and a disciple of the Imperial fist, but she never got to show off her skills due to being quickly defeated by the Three Beasts.
  • Kill the Cutie: Spear despite having a solid one minute screen time is quickly shown to be a cute young women that is a generally good person that’s loves her father so much that she takes up arms to protect and has unfortunate problems with find the right man for her strong personality much to her embarrassment. She then immediately fail to protect her father from the three beasts and to add insult to injury dies from shock from having her face skinned off...
  • Tear Off Your Face: Spear was unfortunate enough to suffer this fate at the hands of Nyau, who kept her face as a part of his collection.
  • Token Good Teammate: They were the some of first imperial officials introduced that genuinely were good people. Naturally, Honest had them killed off because of this reason.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Both were killed off in the same scene they were introduced.
  • The Worf Effect: Spear was stated to be a fairly skilled warrior. However, she proves to be no match against the Three Beasts. This sets them up to fight Night Raid.

Voiced by: Masami Iwasaki (Japanese), Mark Mendelsohn (English)

A spy working for the Prime Minister who poses as a high-ranking member of the Path of Peace. His goal is to kill the leader of the religious organization without revealing his true identity so the Empire can use it for its own ends.

  • Arc Villain: For the Bolick Assassination arc. While the Jaegers do play an equally important role as antagonists during this arc, he is Night Raid's primary target during the arc. He is also the one who sent the Rakshasha Demons and Holimaca after Night Raid and the Jaegers actions are determined by his actions even if they're not exactly loyal towards him.
  • Asshole Victim: Not even the Jaegers, who were protecting him, were distraught when he died.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Loves doing this to members of the Path of Peace by mixing drugs into food, which he claims "will get them closer to the Lord" (he's lying, of course), only to turn them into his obedient slaves and use them as his sex toys afterwards. This, once explained by Najenda, was more than enough to enrage both Lubbock and Susanoo.
    Lubbock: (About Bolic) He's probably going from girl to girl, and having his way with them.
    Susanoo: Mixing drugs into food is a crime against food!
    Both: I'll never forgive him!
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: The way he dies in the anime is different from his death in the manga, with him being ambushed by Akame and Lubbock and then being hanged from the ceiling by Lubbock's Cross Tail.
  • Dirty Coward: He's such a coward that he begs for the Jaegers to protect him when Night Raid comes to assassinate him. In the anime, he ignores Esdeath's orders and tries to run away.
  • The Hedonist: Cares only for pleasure, even going so far as to rape and abuse people unfortunate enough to please him.
  • The Mole: He poses as a high-ranking member of the Path of Peace in an attempt to kill their leader. Thank goodness Night Raid put a stop to that.
  • Oh, Crap!: In the anime, he utterly craps himself when Akame and Lubbock ambush both him and Holimaca.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Loves raping female followers of the Path of Peace who end up interesting him.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Bolic was only featured during one arc and he wasn't an antagonist especially memorable, taking into account that he was a scumbag with no special powers others than his cunning methods to gain followers and the fact that he has influence in the Path of Peace. However, Night Raid spent an entire arc trying to kill him, as his death would provoke a riot in the Path of Peace against the Empire. With his death and the end of his influence, the Path of Peace ends organizing the rebellion that the Revolutionary Army wanted, damaging some of the territories that the Empire had.
  • Smug Snake: He had confidence in the Rakshasha Demons and the Jaegers, so he spend the arc of the Path of Peace being confident and smug. However, when Night Raid appears to kill him in the cathedral of the Path of Peace, he cowers in fear, scared of the assassins.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Instead of running and hiding when Night Raid shows up in the Path of Peace, he decides to try to rape Leone, in the middle of an active battlefield. Even if Leone had not grabbed his legs, there's literally hundreds of ways he could have died, horribly, not the least of which was collateral damage from his own "bodyguard," Esdeath.
  • Underestimating Badassery: In the manga, he underestimates Night Raid when Esdeath is overpowering them and believes himself to be secure enough to be able to rape the injured Leone. However, she grabs him by the leg as Mine and Akame arrive, allowing Akame to finish him with her Murasame for his troubles.


    Four Rakshasa Demons 
The Prime Minister's personal executioners, the Rakshasa Demons are humans that undergo intense training to modify their bodies. Despite not wielding Teigus, they have defeated a total of five Teigu users. The 4 Rakshasa Demons are sent to guard Path of Peace leader Bolic when the Night Raid threaten to assasinate him. They assist the Jaegers in engaging the Night Raid.
  • A Day in the Limelight: They take a bigger role in Akame Ga Kill: Zero.
  • Badass Normal:
    • Despite not having a Teigu, they are capable of fighting on par with Teigu users thanks to their physical abilities. That being said, they are able to use their bodies in manners that hardly classify as 'normal'.
    • Ibara overwhelmed Akame until he made the mistake of grabbing Murasame, while Suzuka overwhelmed an Incursio-clad Tatsumi in combat. Sten and Mez held the advantage over Lubbock for the majority of their battle.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: All 4 members use only their bare hands in combat.
  • Blood Knight: All 4 crave combat and a worthy opponent.
  • Contortionist: They are capable of twisting their bodies to ridiculous extents, thanks to their training.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Instead, they wear only ankle wraps. The exception is Suzuka, who wears boots.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Their fighting skills come from their martial arts training, but the really weird things they do like Mez's super sweat or tentacles coming out of Ibara...those powers come from the 4 using a broth derived from the lake kraken behind their temple.
  • Made of Iron: Sten is impaled by Lubbock with scarcely any reaction, while Ibara survives getting his neck snapped. Suzuka survives getting a building dropped onto her.
  • Super Senses: They are perhaps the most proficient at this in the series, able to detect enemies in a crowd in an instant.
  • Training from Hell: All 4 underwent intense training in the harshest environments to achieve practically superhuman capabilities.
  • Villain of the Week: In the manga, Ibara serves as this for chapter 35, and Sten and Mez take on this role in chapter 36. Suzuka ends up being a subversion however as while she did fight Tatsumi in chapter 37, she didn't die and is now a recurring villain. In the anime however Ibara, Sten, and Mez serve this role for episode 18. This trope also ends up being played straight with Suzuka as she acts as this for episode 19 and is presumably killed after her battle with Tatsumi.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being hyped as the Prime Minister's most powerful assassin squad and claim their strength to the Jaegers, at the end they were only a nuisance for Night Raid and only lasted 4 manga chapters and two anime episodes.

Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (Japanese), Andrew Love (English)

One of the members of the 4 Demons and, in words of Sten and Mez, probably the strongest of the four. He was known by Akame and is arrogant and bloodthirsty, admonishing Seryu when she was warning them about Night Raid capacities. He fights with Akame when Night Raid reaches Kyoroch to kill Bolick.

  • Amazon Chaser: To an extent, he constantly fawns over "dangerous women," telling both Esdeath and Akame he might be "falling" for them when they prove worthy opponents.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He makes fun of Seryu, surprising her with an attack from behind when she warns Bolick about Night Raid, and is somewhat cocky, saying to the Jaegers that they should drink wine in the mansion of Bolick while they (the Demons) exterminates Night Raid. Fitting considering that he himself is a martial artist user.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Ibara catches Murasame's blade with his bare hands (and without a scratch, mind you).
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: He has black scleras, which give him a inhuman aspect.
  • Blood Knight: Even in the Rakshasa Demons, he was the most excited to fight Night Raid (Akame).
  • Extendable Arms: One of his powers, originating from eating the meat of the lake's Kraken.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Akame slices Ibara into half when he charges at her in a blind rage.
  • Neck Snap: Akame delivers this to him, but that does not kill him.
  • Oh, Crap!: He gets one when he realises that Murasame is cursed and that him grabbing it was in Akame's plan all along.
  • Sinister Schnoz: Has a big nose which enhances his evil design.
  • Slasher Smile: He smiles when he is excited about fighting something strong.
  • Speed Blitz: Delivers one to Seryu when she doubts their combat capabilities.
  • Super Speed: He is capable of this, and is fast enough to overwhelm Akame.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: All we ever learn about him is that he knew Akame in the past. Right after his fight with Akame begins he immediately gets the axe.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Akame this.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is lavender.

Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Japanese), Wendel Calvert (English)

Another member of the Demons who is serious and believes that when he kills a person, he "releases its soul". Along Mez, he fights with Lubbock after detecting him in a crowd in Kyoroch.

  • Beard of Evil: A rather impressive black one.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Catches an axe created by Lubbock's Cross Tail barehanded.
  • Did Not See That Coming: Despite blocking Lubbock's spear, he is defeated when Lubbock uses the spears string's to strike his heart, killing him in an instant.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Has yellow eyes with red circles around them.
  • Made of Iron: He is impaled by a spear created by Lubbock and resists it without any reaction.
  • Super Speed: When Lubbock flees from him and Mez after saving the revolutionary girl, Sten uses an incredible speed to catch him.
  • Shout-Out: He does a Choukyuu Haou Den'eidan from Mobile Fighter G Gundam.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets the least screen time of any of the Demons as he gets killed quickly after his fight with Lubbock begins and Mez ends up taking over for the fight anyway.

Voiced by: Aina Suzuki (Japanese), Maggie Flecknoe (English)

One of the members of the Demons, a cheerful and easygoing girl who fights Lubbock along Sten when they detecting him in a crowd in Kyoroch.

  • Ascended Extra: Mez returns in Chapter 36 of Zero and its implied that she will have a bigger role in the prequel series, seeing as she is the biological daughter to Akame's Evil Mentor, Gozuki.
  • Affably Evil: One of the few villains outside of the Jaegers to not be irredeemably evil. The only "evil" thing about her is that she's serving Prime Minister Honest. During her fight with Lubbock her remarks towards him are actually somewhat friendly.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: After defeating her, Lubbock actually mourns her death.
  • Badass Adorable: As Lubbock notes. She is cute and also a formidable fighter.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Her hair is retconned to be blond instead of white in the Anime.
  • Did Not See That Coming: She is killed by a sneak attack of Lubbock (a knife tied by a string) that she confuses with another attack.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Deserves a special mention in the group because she has her own ability: she is capable of shooting bullets of sweat!
  • Extendable Arms: Like Ibara, she also has this ability.
  • Friendly Enemy: She can be considered this for Lubbock. Mez actually admitted if they weren't enemies, she wouldn't mind going out with him.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Again, she can use her sweat as a long range distance weapon and is pretty effective.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: One of the least evil villains in the series. Actually dislikes killing people, respects Lubbock as a fellow fighter, and is simply a Punch-Clock Villain whose only "evil" quality is following Honest's orders. It can even be argued that she's probably in better moral standing than Night Raid themselves.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has a nice body and wears her Rakshasha robe open to show the bikini top she is wearing under it.
  • Noble Demon: According to design notes in the manga, she enjoys fighting but hates actually killing people. Not really demonstrated in the anime, possibly due to small screentime or Characterization Marches On.
  • One Degree of Separation: Zero reveals that she is the biological daughter of Gozuki, Akame's Evil Mentor and adoptive father. Technically, this would mean that she is Akame's step-sister.
  • Stripperiffic: Down to wearing a bikini top as her upper body clothing.
  • Token Good Teammate: Unlike the other members of Four Rakshasa Demons she is not a cruel person and is only considered a villain because she works for Prime Minister Honest.
  • Worthy Opponent: How she viewed Lubbock and and Lubbock admits to respecting her after her death.

Voiced by: Eriko Matsui (Japanese), Carli Mosier (English)

The last member of the Rakshasa Demons, a masochistic woman who intercepts Tatsumi and Mine along Seryu and fight with the first. She is the only of the Demons that survives the Bolick Assassination arc and later becomes a member of Wild Hunt.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: She can extend her nails and use them as blades.
  • Badass Normal: In her first encounter with Tatsumi she was actually able to best him in hand-to-hand combat while he was donning his Incursio Armor. Suzuka has survived both having a ruin toppled over her and torture at the hands of Esdeath. Perhaps most impressive, in a series where no one is safe, she's outlasted the Four Demons, Wild Hunt, and the Jaegers as a reccurring antagonist. Even more surprising, despite not having a Heel–Face Turn and remain being an antagonist till the end, she ended alive and happy, taking one of Esdeath hands with her.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In a series where Anyone Can Die, it came off as pretty odd that Suzuka managed to survive her enounter with Tatsumi. Come the Wild Hunt arc it becomes apparent that Suzuka was the first antagonist that learned Tatsumi's identity as Incursio and lived. Providing this information to the capitol made her indirectly the catalyst behind Tatsumi and Lubbock getting captured and the latter dying.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: She occasionally lets herself be struck in combat so she can savour the pain, and openly desires to be subjugated by Esdeath.
  • Dark Action Girl: Being a part of an assasination squad, her job is to fight and kill people In chapter 67 she skins a bunch of elders alive.
  • Death by Adaptation: Because Wild Hunt doesn't exist in the anime, Suzuka is killed much earlier - in her fight with Tatsumi, the building starts to fall apart, and as she runs away, a boulder crushes her head. In the manga, she survives getting crushed by it and she's still alive at the end.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: The only one of the Demons that averts this, as she wears boots.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a little scar across her cheek.
  • Karma Houdini: In the manga, despite all the killings she commited, being indirectly responsible of Lubbock's death and after trying to rape Tatsumi, she ends up alive. Furthermore, she ends escaping peacefully, with one of Esdeath's hands in her possesion, thus being one of the few antagonists of the series (if not the only one) with a happy ending.
  • A Love to Dismember: In the end, Suzuka actually managed to elude justice and even made off with Esdeath's severed hand as a keepsake of herself and Esdeath being "the ultimate pairing."
  • Made of Iron: Suzuka survives getting a building dropped onto her twice. She also survives Esdeath's fury when she and Dorothea try to rape Tatsumi (Esdeath smashes her face into a wall), but her face gets bandaged.
  • Recurring Boss: Suzuka is one of the most long lived secondary antagonists of the series; even when entire factions like the Three Beasts or Wild Hunt have been eliminated (and some of its members in their first battle onscreen), Suzuka has survived every battle that she has done. She outlives even Esdeath and Honest at the end.
  • Shadow Archetype: Of Esdeath, strangely enough. They both have an obsession with torture, Esdeath dishing it out and Suzuka receiving. They both also develop Villainous Crushes on Tatsumi. The primary difference is Esdeath tries to win him over while Suzuka settles for attempting to rape him.
  • Sole Survivor:
    • In the aftermath of the Bolic Arc, she is the only survivor of the Rakshasa Demons.
    • As of Issue 60, she is the sole survivor of Wild Hunt as well.
    • At the end of the manga, she is the only antagonist of the Empire side who ends up alive and well (without counting Wave and Kurome, since they deserted).
  • Taking You with Me: Tries this on Akame in chapter 72 by rigging the building they're both in to collapse, just like Tatsumi did to her earlier.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Suzuka gets aroused when the Prime Minister sends her to the torture chamber to get whipped for failing to protect Bolic.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Suzuka underestimates Tatsumi because of his inexperience and gets a building on her head for her trouble.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Develops feelings for Tatsumi after he topples a building on top of her.

Military Forces

The Jaegers

    In General 
An elite squad of Teigu users created by The Emperor to defeat Night Raid and police the Capitol.
See their page for more information.

Wild Hunt

    In General 
A group of Teigu users operating as the Secret Police of the Empire, with the task of capturing Night Raid, who are quickly revealed to be a band of brutal, heartless, Hidan-level sadists, rapistsnote , and all-around not very nice people, who delight in causing pain and suffering, especially in children and women.
See Wild Hunt for more information.

Assassination Squad Program

Several squads of killers formed by The Empire, in which children were dropped into a forest full of Danger Beasts. The strongest 7 survivors of this cruel exam became known as the Elite Seven.
See their page for more information.


"If you have nowhere to sleep, would you like to stay at my home?"
Voiced by: Kanami Satou (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (English)

A wealthy girl living in a huge mansion within the imperial capital. Aria appears to be kind-hearted and innocent, but in truth, she and her family are actually a group of sadists disguised as Good Samaritans who lure unidentified people with kind words before drugging and then torturing them to death.

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: She and her wealthy family are secretly sadists who torture and murder any peasants they manage to lure into their stead.
  • Asshole Victim: Tatsumi wastes no time killing her once he sees for himself what she did to both Ieyasu and Sayo.
  • Ax-Crazy: Though she initially hides it, in her last moments, she reveals herself to be a psychopathic and utterly deranged individual.
  • Bad Samaritan: She and her family invite people using kind words before drugging them and torturing them to their deaths.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A very sadistic little girl who disguises herself as a sweet and innocent one to fool the people she lured before killing them.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: What she did to her victims that her household invited.
  • Cute and Psycho: First, take a look at the appearance of this very cute girl. Then, look deep inside her and you find a horrible sadistic monster.
  • Evil Is Petty: The reason why she tortured Sayo to death was mainly because she was jealous of her smooth hair and didn't like her attitude.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Who would've thought that such a cute and innocent-looking girl would turn out to be a depraved creature on the inside that's way worse than any demon?
  • Faux Affably Evil: She appears to be a cheerful girl when she first meets Tatsumi. Too bad about the "tortures people to death" thing.
  • Half the Woman She Used to Be: In the manga, at least; in the anime, Tatsumi simply slashed her across the front of the stomach.
  • Hate Sink: Aria and her parents are seemingly kind nobles who lure commoners into their home to butcher them. An early representation of the Empire's elite being given free rein to torment their lessers, their sickening handiwork being seen in the countless bodies of tortured travelers they keep in their estate.
  • Lack of Empathy: She secretly doesn't show any sympathy towards the victims of her household.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She tricks potential victims by luring them into the mansion, drugging them and then torturing them to death.
  • Rich Bitch: She comes from a wealthy family who enjoys to lure poor people into their home to then torture them for fun.
  • Sadist: She and her family have the hobby of torturing innocent people to their deaths for fun.
  • Starter Villain: She serves as this for the series as a whole, being the first enemy Tatsumi encounters.
  • Teens Are Monsters: This young girl is part of a family of sadistic monsters who torture innocent people to death for fun.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: It's pretty unsettling that such a young girl likes to join in her family's torture activities.
  • Villain of the Week: She's the very first villain to appear, in fact.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once Tatsumi learns of the whole truth of her household's sheer sadism towards the people she lured to it, she snaps and rants about her views of others as nothing but worthless cattle, her belief in her right to toy with whatever she wants, and her jealousy toward's Sayo's hair motivating her to torture-murder her, all while putting on a Nightmare Face and seemingly sounding like a Voice of the Legion.


A retired member of the Imperial Army who hides out in a mountain range with other soldiers he's retired with. He was Bulat's mentor when he was affiliated with The Empire as well as the original user of Incursio. In one of the bonus chapters Tatsumi and Bulat find his hidden dojo. It turns out that he is the leader of the White Browns Association, a group of bloodthirsty assassins that indiscriminately attack anyone in the Capital.

  • Adapted Out: The bonus chapter he appears in was released as the anime was airing and never got adapted into animation.
  • Affably Evil: Even after The Reveal that he's the leader of the White Browns Assocation, he still attempts to interact with Tatsumi and Bulat on friendly terms.
  • Badass Normal: Doesn't possess a Teigu when Tatsumi and Bulat meet him.
  • Blood Knight: His motivation for forming the White Browns Association was to fulfill his lust for combat after retiring.
  • Bonus Boss: Appears in a bonus chapter that is only available in a special volume packaged with the first Japanese DVD/Blu-ray. Reading this chapter is completely optional and Gensei himself has hardly any importance to the main story. In fact him and the White Browns Association are the only villains with no affiliation to The Empire and were only targeted by Night Raid as a request from the Revolutionary Army due to their actions still disturbing the peace.
  • Foreshadowing: As he is dying he tells Bulat that he might end up becoming like him. Even though Bulat dies, he could be alluding to Incursio transforming Tatsumi into Tyrant.
  • For the Evulz: Him and the rest of the White Browns Association attack innocent civilians simply because it amuses them.
  • Not So Different: In his final moments he tries to tell Bulat that he will eventually become like him.
  • Retired Badass: Retired from the Imperial Army but still has it in him to attack civilians and lead his own organization.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His biggest contribution to the series is something he did before the story even started. After he retired from the military he left Incursio behind, which Bulat would take for himself after he defected.
  • Villain of the Week: For one of the bonus chapters in volume 1.5
  • Would Hurt a Child: Night Raid notes that the White Browns Association will attack any individuals including children.

    Tatsumi's Friends 

Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (Japanese), Margaret McDonald (English)

A girl who left the village at the same time with Tatsumi and Ieyasu. Unfortunately they get separated before reaching the capital, after which Tatsumi finds out she's been tortured to death.

Voiced by: Kouji Takahashi (Japanese), Patrick Poole (English)

A boy who left the village at the same time as Tatsumi and Sayo. Due to getting lost, he and Sayo get separated from Tatsumi on their way to the capital. Once Tatsumi finds them again, he finds his friend inside a cage, severely beaten and suffering from a fatal illness. Ieyasu succumbs to his illness shortly after their reunification.

  • Blood from the Mouth: He coughs up blood, confirming that he has been fatally poisoned.
  • Bromantic Foil: He was one to Tatsumi, being his lighthearted, goofball of a friend.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Like Tatsumi, he and Sayo both accepted the offer from nobles for some hospitality. Unfortunately, they drugged their drinks and subjected them to hideously sadistic torture. Sayo dies first from her wounds and after Tatsumi finds him, he dies shortly after.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He smiles as he dies, wanting to go bravely like Sayo did.
  • Good Is Dumb: He's the most cheerful of his friends about venturing to the empire and becoming famous. His friends note that his carelessness and lack of common sense will instead get him killed.
  • Heroic Willpower: The only reason why he was still alive when Tatsumi found him while dying of the Lubora disease.
  • Ill Boy: The nobles that tortured him infected him with the Lubora disease, an incurable virus that slowly kills its victim.
  • Martial Arts Headband: He wears it as part of his standard attire.
  • No Sense of Direction: Which is one reason he and Sayo got separated from Tatsumi when the three of them went to the capital together. This unfortunately causes a lot of problems for Tatsumi later on when he finds them in the first episode.
  • Posthumous Character: He dies shortly after reuniting with Tatsumi in the first episode. But like with Sayo, he is seen in a couple of Flash Back scenes when Tatsumi reminisces about them.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: With Sayo, both of them died in the first chapter to demonstrate the dark world where the character of the series live.
  • Ship Tease: With Sayo.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: He formed a trio with Tatsumi and Sayo.

    Zanku the Beheader
"It appears that the capital is a very comfortable place to live. With so many people, I can cut down as many as I want! Splendid. Simply splendid!"
Voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka (Japanese), Rob Mungle (English)

A former prison executioner. Seemed to be normal once, though due to the sheer amount of executions he was required to do under Prime Minister Honest, he began to develop a bloodlust and soon started to kill random people at night, fleeing to a new area once a punitive squad was assembled to deal with him.

He used the Teigu Omnipotent Five Sights: Spectator, a headpiece with an eye that grants the user five different sight-relatent enhancements (such as mind reading, precognition or seeing through solid objects).

  • Ax-Crazy: Considering what the Prime Minister forced to put him through, who wouldn't be?
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Two katars to be precise.
  • Blood Knight: Though he prefers unarmed civilians incapable of putting up much resistance, he also loves to fight when he sees an opponent who can defend themselves.
  • The Executioner: Zanku the Beheader started as an Imperial executioner, and became a Serial Killer after going crazy from the guilt of killing so many people.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: He arrogantly explains his Teigu's powers in great detail to Tatsumi as they try to kill each other.
  • Fangs Are Evil: To highlight his vicious personality, his grin contains pronounced incisors.
  • Freudian Excuse: Forced to kill several men to the point of driving him into insanity.
  • Graceful Loser: When Akame kills him, he thanks her for doing so (and, as an effect, ridding him of the voices that haunted his mind).
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Played With. He doesn't wear headphones to isolate himself from people or reality, he wears them in an attempt to isolate himself from the voices he constantly hears within his head. When his headphones break open after he's defeated by Akame he realizes the voices have stopped and thanks Akame while he dies.
  • Hearing Voices: See The Mentally Disturbed below.
  • Honey Trap: He uses this against Tatsumi to lure him out into an area where he could slowly torture and kill him. Specifically his illusion power allows him to look like the person his target cared most about, and in Tatsumi's case, Sayo. It doesn't quite work the way he expected against Akame.
  • Hope Spot: He likes to torture people before killing them. One method he employs is to tell them he simply wants to talk with them, which seems reasonable enough. However, he usually decapitates them, then talks to the person's head.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Showed symptoms of schizophrenia, hearing dark voices that drove him further and further into insanity.
  • Motor Mouth: Zanku does not stop talking. Even when in the midst of combat he never takes a minute to cease conversation, even between attacks. He intentionally invokes this because in his mind, the voices in his head quiet down whenever he speaks.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He earned his nickname by killing lots of prisoners. And when that wasn't enough, he started to kill random people as well.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Akame nearly kills him while under the effects of his Illusion Sight, which showed her the person she loves the most.
  • Peaceful in Death: He dies happy because, when dying, he no longer hears more the voices that torment him, thanking Akame for killing him.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Seen with a giant grin constantly.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Zanku's "Spectator" Teigu had multiple abilities related to sight, but there was one he never mentioned to Tatsumi and Akame. When Tatsumi used Spectator, that hidden ability was the ability to see through people's clothes.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Had Zanku's body been in top physical condition, he would have been able to keep up with the Combat Clairvoyance that Spectator granted and would have been a much larger threat.
  • Sanity Slippage: After delivering numerous executions of various innocent people who were sentenced to death by the Prime Minister, Zanku eventually went mad from the immense guilt brought on by the many innocent pleas of his victims.
  • Serial Killer: Of the Hedonistic kind, coupled with his threat to the populace and possession of a powerful Teigu, which makes him a target for assassination by the Night Raid.
  • Slasher Smile: He sports a rather terrifying one at all times.
  • Superpower Lottery: His Teigu, Spectator, is among the most versatile Teigu in the story. It grants Zanku five abilities that when properly used in conjunction allows him to fight on par with Akame. In the hands of a much more experienced combatant, it would have been a complete Story-Breaker Power.
  • Villain of the Week: For chapters 5 and 6 of the manga and episode 4 of the anime.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When he realizes that Akame isn't affected by his Illusion Sight and proceeds to crack his katars, he falls into a mad craze and tries to finish her off before his weapon breaks, all while thinking he has still has the upper hand due to his Spectator.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Though just a Villain of the Week, he seriously wounds Tatsumi in their fight. And even Akame isn't able to finish him off right away.


  • Combat Clairvoyance: Grants its user the ability to see the smallest muscle movements of their opponents, allowing them to successfully predict what their next move is.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Spectator has been noted to grant its user a number of mental abilities.
  • Master of Illusion: Has the ability to cast illusions of one's loved ones to catch them off guard.
  • Red Baron: Omnipotent Five Sights: Spectator.
  • Super Senses: Grants the user impeccable long range vision.
  • Telepathy: Grants the user the ability to read their opponent's mind.
  • X-Ray Vision: It can see through clothes.

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