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Code:002/Zero Two/Nine Iota
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English), Mariana Ortiz (Latin American Spanish), Nuria Trifol (European Spanish)

The female lead. A mysterious girl with red horns. She is an elite pilot, but her tendency to get her co-pilots killed led her to be nicknamed "Partner Killer". She quickly took an interest in Hiro and managed to convince him to become her new partner, or "darling" as she puts it.

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  • Ace Pilot: Compared to the other pistils, Zero Two has a lot more control over her Franxx's synchronization rate and movements. She can also pilot on her own with greater ease and has more experience in dealing with klaxosaur.
  • Alien Blood: When she was a kid her blood was a bright blue, similar to the fluid secreted by klaxosaurs. As a teen, it appears to be the normal red. It's implied that her blood will turn blue again if her "saurification" proceeds.
  • Animal Motifs: As stated below, she is somewhat compared to spiders; partly because of how it seems she has ensnared Hiro, and partly because of the whole Black Widow shtick. However, both she and Hiro are also compared to a mythical bird which cannot fly unless it has a partner, which characterizes their relationship.
    • Her voice actor has also likened her to a cat in an interview, which fits well with her pointy ear-like horns, her Cute Little Fangs, her occasional feral mannerisms (such as showing affection by licking), and Strelizia's lion-like Stampede Mode.
  • Anti-Hero: Prior to her Character Development. Zero Two is known to be strong and carefree, but also selfish, headstrong, arrogant, and lacking of empathy. She tones down after reuniting and reconciling with Hiro in episode 15, where she finally shown her true kindness and cheerful side to the others.
  • Artificial Human: She was cloned by Dr. Franxx from hair he took from the Klaxosaur Princess.
  • Barefoot Captives: She was held this way in her childhood.
  • Barefoot Loon: In Episode 8. When she gets in the middle of the boys vs. girls feud, a naughty streak is awakened in Zero Two and during the height of it, she runs around barefoot like a giddy child (mainly because she sneaks into a bathing room and you're not supposed to use footwear in one). When she gets caught, she is unabashed about using her lack of footwear to her advantage, stealing Hiro's Modesty Towel with her toes and showing off her skill with unencumbered feet by nimbly leaping all around the dormitory (and even the rooftops and a nearby tree) like a parkour maniac. However, after she gets scolded and the zeal of being impish wears off, Zero Two remembers she can't afford to act foolish after the horrible experiences she's had with former pilots and tucks her feet into slippers, signifying that her childish side has been beaten back. This trait might come from the person she was cloned from.
  • Beast and Beauty: Gender-flipped when she was younger. She was a Cute Monster Girl in love with a normal boy, and her favorite picture book was a fairy tale about a monster/beast princess who fell in love with a handsome prince.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Part of the reason she likes Hiro is that he wasn't afraid of her and treated her as he would anyone else, whereas others don't treat her as human for one reason or another. As it turns out, they go way back, and even back then Hiro was the first to treat her kindly. She never fully forgot her short time with him despite the attempt at wiping her memories, and strives to become human much like the demon girl in the fairy tale book she had with her at the time.
  • Becoming the Mask: Despite saying to Hiro that he was fodder all along, it's implied in Episode 12 that she grew to care for him as her darling as his apparent fear of her increasingly feral characteristics wounds her and the act of draining him clearly pains her to the point of tears.
  • Berserk Button: Best not to comment on how she's not human.
  • Betty and Veronica: She is Veronica and Ichigo is Betty, with Hiro as their Archie. Contrasting with the obedient and straight-laced Ichigo, Zero Two is very flirty with Hiro, has an assertive personality and hates following the rules of the adults.
  • Black Widow: She's known as the "Partner Killer" for a reason, with a Stamen count of over 100. (She's also thematically compared to a spider or vampire who drinks her partner's blood until he has nothing left to give, killing him.) Episode 12 reveals that she literally puts a curse on all her partners, draining their life-force each time they pilot.
  • Blithe Spirit: Her seemingly care-free rule-breaking helps break Hiro out of his crippling depression and blind adherence to rules, and the cheerful affection she shows him in the children's quarters inspires some of the other kids to be more affectionate with each other. (Like the boys and girls sitting together for meals, or Kokoro feeding Futoshi honeyed bread.)
  • Blood Knight: After fighting mostly Conrad-class klaxosaurs for several days, she gets very ecstatic and reckless when she sets her sights on a Gutenberg-class. She then nearly gets Strelizia trapped inside it, but her team comes to pull them out. Hiro even has to hold her back when she charges in again right after, and they only narrowly avoid getting crushed under the klaxosaur's feet.
  • Body Horror: The scene in Episode 13 of her being not just strapped down, but pinned onto a medical table like an animal about to be dissected with her outer layer of skin severely peeled away.
  • Bokukko: Uses the first-person pronoun "boku" despite being a girl. While she does has some tomboy traits, her choice of pronoun is more likely meant to represent how she isn't fond of following the rules of society. Episode 15 reveals that she uses this pronoun because she heard Hiro use it to refer to himself when they first met.
  • Broken Bird: Arguably since the beginning, but definitely in Episode 15. When she and Hiro reunite, she is a sputtering mess who is so afraid of hurting him again that she tries to push him away.
  • Brutal Honesty: In episode 8, she gets a chilling moment following a girls vs. boys feud that has gotten so out of hand and obnoxious that the group of pilots is scolded. After an episode where the characters have mostly been quibbling over trivial and petty nonsense, Zero Two muses that this amusing spectacle was fun while it lasted. Then, in the girls' room, she reminisces on the lot of the children, and predicts that they're all going to be killed with an extremely icy look of bitter resignation, and says it with such certainty and lack of hope that it freaks all the girls out and gets them curious about why Zero Two is writing them off. They later discover a photo of a previous generation of plantation members she worked with... who are now all dead. It takes an even worse meaning when the full extent of Zero Two's abilities and the price for their activation is revealed. Zero Two is personally responsible for the deaths of all her partners because a parasitic curse is released from her that hacks away at their life force.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's an exceptionally gifted parasite whose extremely odd quirks (often commenting on how she and/or other people taste, often musing on how she wants to go in the ocean, dousing her food in honey, has No Sense of Personal Space) are tolerated because of how good she is fighting off klaxosaur.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Doesn't remember working with the members of Plantation 26 two years ago or getting one of their partners killed. As she puts it, weaklings die so she doesn't pay any attention to them.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: She's strong enough to punch an armored man across a room, and agile enough to jump up an entire story. Granted, she isn't entirely human, but how much of her physical attributes can be credited to her heritage is left unanswered.
  • Character Tics: She bites down on her nails whenever she gets annoyed.
  • Childhood Friend: Episode 13 reveals she was one for Hiro.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Her relationship with Hiro is revealed to be this.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Episode 13 reveals Hiro made such a promise to her. That promise becomes the main reason why Zero Two is so hellbent on becoming human.
  • Cloning Blues: She is revealed to be a clone of the Klaxosaur Princess by the end of Episode 19.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: When she was younger, she was tortured in various ways to test and gauge her Healing Factor.
  • Color Motif: Her horns, uniform, and pilot suit are all red. This conveys not only her passionate, intense, exciting personality (and implied sexual liberation), but also how dangerous and blood-thirsty she can be. As a child, she used to have red skin.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: She's been a prized military asset of APE and sent to fight on the front lines for so long that she has no regard for human life or her own, since they all exist to fight and die and become a statistic anyway. Heck, even when her beloved is dying, perhaps the one person she unambiguously cares about, she hardly bats an eye at it because, to her, it's just a fact of life that everyone dies.
  • Contralto of Danger: Tia Ballard gives her this in English, as an example of Playing Against Type.
  • Custom Uniform: She's the only one who wears a red uniform, and retains it even after she officially joins Squad 13.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Played with; Zero Two has fangs, but they're not always played as cute. More often than not, when they are shown, it's to highlight her non-human nature, but she's not a example of Fangs Are Evil. And by episode 10, they're growing, implying that Zero Two is mutating.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Her younger self definitely was this, having red skin, more prominent horns, claws, and sharp teeth.
  • Dance of Romance: An adorably awkward variant with Hiro when she gets him into restricted (to him) areas by linking her hands with his, but leading with one pair of hands forward like a kind of dance. After his Anguished Declaration of Love in Episode 4, they do this together to bypass security and get to Strelizia.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She has demonic looking horns and her blood is partially of a dark looking race of monsters, but is on the side of the heroes nevertheless.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Completing her Sanity Slippage, she crosses this line when she believes she's been rejected by Hiro in Episode 14.
  • Determinator: She's implied to be this from the get-go when she sought to become human and reunite with her original Darling, but she shows this in full force in Episode 20. Even after the Klaxosaur Princess whiplashes her down several stories, she'll stop at nothing to save Hiro.
  • Deuteragonist: The most important character in the plot after Hiro.
  • Doom Magnet: Is called the "Partner Killer" by the children for her infamous streak in getting many of her co-pilots killed.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": In episode 17, Zero Two tells Nine Alpha not to call her Iota, a name given to her by Papa. She prefers to be called Zero Two, a name given to her by Hiro.
  • Don't Look at Me!: Her reaction when she and Hiro meet again in Episode 15.
  • The Dreaded: To Squad 26, who worked with her before and had one of their numbers killed because of her reckless fighting style.
  • Empty Shell: Her body became this in the aftermath of episode 21, with her mind transferred into Strelizia Apus.
  • Evil Laugh: She does a rather scary one when she beats up almost the entirety of Squad 13 after wrongfully thinking that they've tricked her.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Her eyes have rings around the pupils and lack the shading of the normal human eyes.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Having been fighting on the front-lines for some time, she's significantly more experienced than the other parasites on Plantation Thirteen. This is played for drama, as in episode 8, she has to explain to her squad that their days are numbered and that they are all likely to die fighting the klaxosaurs.
  • Facial Markings: Has prominent red eyeliner.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Implied in Episode 12 between Hiro and Zero Two in her true form. Confirmed in episode 13.
  • The Four Loves: She prioritizes eros love, but can't even comprehend storge, because she's never had any family.
  • Freakiness Shame: Zero Two is hyper-sensitive to anyone making a comment about her non-human status and bringing it up is a very good way to tick her off. This is especially true when it comes to her horns. But despite that, Hiro considers her horns an attractive feature since he did call them "alluring" in his mind.

  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Played for drama. In Episode 13 she was subjected to horrible experiments so that the scientists can (presumably) collect data about the klaxosaurs.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Is partially klaxosaur somehow. Episode 19 reveals her klaxo-sapien side comes from her being a clone of the Klaxosaur Princess. Additionally, Episode 17 reveals that, like other hybrid species such as ligers and mules, she's unable to reproduce.
  • Handy Feet: In episode 8, she demonstrates this skill. Zero Two sneaks into the boys' bathing quarters to steal their clothes. She also traipses around barefoot in lieu of her usual boots and socks (either to give make her footsteps quiet enough to go unnoticed or, more likely, because it's common courtesy in Japanese culture that you have bare feet or at the very least socks only in a bathing area to not track in grime). Hiro gives chase after her, and Zero Two catches him by surprise by doing something absurd - using her toes to swipe the towel draped around his loins before he can even react, and then gives him a smug and mischevious giggle as she mockingly waves it in front of him.
  • Headbutt of Love: In the fourth episode, she touches Hiro's forehead with her horns to show affection.
  • Healing Factor: It's revealed in Episode 13 that she has the power to heal her own injuries.
  • Heel Realization: In Episode 13 learning that Hiro was the boy she loved all along causes her to realize that everything she's done - at least since arriving at Plantation 13 - has been pointless.
    Zero Two: Hey, were you my Darling from back then? Then what have I been doing all this time?
    • It continues in Episode 14 as she's barred from interacting with Hiro, forcing her to confront all the times she had acted callously or manipulative to Hiro with the hindsight of knowing that he was the very person she thought she was doing this for all along and that Hiro, as a teen, honestly cared for her the entire time.
  • The Heroine Dies: She and Hiro meet their ends in Episode 24. Fortunately, it's heavily implied that the two have reincarnated as human children.
  • Heroic Resolve: In Episode 20, she goes after the Klaxosaur Princess after she gets whipped out of Strelizia. Her drive to save her One True Love keeps her going even as she's losing a dangerous amount of blood from the fall.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Episode 21, in order to force the VIRM to retreat, she injects a large portion of her soul into Strelizia, with the very, very small portion of her soul still left leaving her a nearly-catatonic, barely responsive Empty Shell while the majority of her soul powers Strelizia in its one-man war against the VIRM. After Hiro joins her in Strelizia, they leave Earth forever, sacrificing themselves to destroy VIRM's homeworld and free all their imprisoned souls.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Zero Two seems to only care about herself, so much so that even when Hiro is dying, it seems like she can't be brought to care when Ichigo demands she take it easy on him. That having been said, she has deep insecurities about not being human, and in private she gives Hiro an out, though naturally he refuses. Also, she's very lonely and seems to have been desperate for someone to love her. Also, though she hates it when other people bring up the fact she's not human, she can be very self-depreciating about it herself.
    • Zero Two turns out to be quite the good artist, and even made a perfect recreation of the images from her picture book.
  • Horned Humanoid: Has small, but prominent red horns on her head, probably as a result of being a part-klaxosaur. Her horns were much longer and more prominent when she was younger.
    • The end of episode 14 reveals that her horns have started growing again, and by episode 15 they've grown into full-on antlers.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: She has klaxosaur blood, and yet is APE's best klaxosaur killer. This is because they've told her that if she kills enough of them she could become human.
  • I Am a Monster: As much as she hates people calling her a monster, she calls herself one at times in a self-deprecating tone. This problem escalates in Episode 12, to the point that she wildly shatters every mirror in sight. It only gets worse later on, where she comes to consider herself a monster not for a what she is, but for the horrible things she has done.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: In episode 3, Mitsuru pilots Strelizia with her and starts raving about the Power High it brings him, offering to become her official partner. At this, Zero Two decides she can go all out purely to spite him; Mitsuru comes out of the experience badly injured and traumatized.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: In episode 8, she gets in on the fight between the boys and the girls because she thinks it will make her more like a human. This is because, as a child, she realized that she couldn't be with Hiro since they weren't the same.
  • Ingesting Knowledge: Actually ate her picture book when she was a kid. However, it wasn't so she gain any knowledge but so she won't forget Hiro when they were kids.
  • Insistent Terminology: She calls Hiro her "darling" because that's what she wants to call him. He taught her it in the past.
  • Internalized Categorism: She completely loathes herself and other klaxosaur for being a "monster."
  • Interspecies Romance: Between her, a klaxosaur-human hybrid, and Hiro, a human. Subverted once Hiro became part Klaxosaur as well.
  • Irony:
    • Spends the first half of the series thinking that since she's not human, Squad 13 will never accept her, so she shouldn't even bother trying to be nice to them or show consideration for their lives. She fails to realize that said behavior is exactly what makes her monstrous in their eyes. Hiro and the others eventually call her out on it. After she and Hiro confess their love and she is officially accepted by Squad 13, she admits that she got it all backwards.
    • At the worst point of her Sanity Slippage in Episode 12 she nearly drains Hiro in her pursuit to become human and reunite with her original darling, driven by the belief that he had already rejected her out of fear; not only was Hiro fearing for her rather than her but, as Episode 13 reveals, Hiro is her original darling.
  • Lack of Empathy: Zero Two doesn't display any concern for the lives of any pilot besides Hiro, because she thinks of them the same she thinks of herself. That is, they are all meant to live and die fighting klaxosaurs, so in the bigger picture it doesn't matter if they die today or tomorrow. Early into episode 14, it's clear that she really has come to care about the other pilots in Squad 13 and feels guilty for betraying their trust, but stubbornly wills herself to keep displaying no empathy for them and to outwardly insist that she never considered them True Companions, just temporary allies. Thankfully, this facade shatters in the following two episodes.
  • Lady in Red: While far from a Proper Lady, in all other ways she fits this trope to a T. She wears primarily red uniforms and pilot suits, she has a very strong personality, her demeanor suggests sexual liberation, and she's seen as both dangerous and alluring by the other (male) characters.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Episode 14 in a nutshell was this for her. Her actions towards Hiro and her squad over her desire to become more human to meet her original "darling" leads to not only the one person who was willing to accept her for her monstrous self rejecting her, but also splitting up the only squad that came to accept her fully as well.
  • Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: APE's created Zero Two to be this. As a clone of the Klaxosaur Princess, they planned to use her to activate Star Entity and wipe out the klaxosaurs.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She becomes one for Hiro. To put it bluntly, Hiro cannot function without her, and he is willing to face the VIRM all by himself after she becomes an Empty Shell in Episode 21.
  • Love Confession: Tearfully and happily gives one to Hiro in Strelizia in episode 15, which he reciprocates to the amusement and happiness of Squad 13.

  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine girl to Hiro's feminine boy. While neither of them have the looks associated with this trope, their interactions are a blatant inversion of gender stereotypes: Zero Two is assertive and confident while Hiro gets easily depressed and is plagued by self-doubt. In a sense, Zero Two was the one that "rescued" Hiro when he needed help.
  • Meaningful Name: See Stealth Pun.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Her outlook on life reflects this and why she doesn't bother with a name. They're all meant to fight and die, so why bother when all that will be left is a statistic?
  • Missed Him by That Much: In Episode 12, Zero Two reveals that she's searching for her original "darling". But given the fragments of Hiro's memories and various other bits of Foreshadowing, Zero Two is unaware that her first "darling" and her current "darling" are one and the same. She finally becomes aware at the end of the following episode, however.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has a well-built body that she has no problems showing off, whether it be naked or in a Latex Space Suit, and everything she does seems to be part of an attempt to make everyone around her sexually uncomfortable.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her tear-stained face alone screams this at the end of Episode 13 when she figures out Hiro is her Darling from her childhood. Episode 14 confirms that she's shaken up about all the things she has said and done to him, and even somewhat for betraying the rest of her squad. In episode 15 we see that she's downright afraid to touch him, because she considers herself a monster and doesn't think she deserve forgiveness after what she's done.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Repeatedly invades the personal space of people that catch her interest, getting her face uncomfortably close to theirs and even licking their cheeks for reasons known only by herself, or to get her point across. This might have stemmed from her childhood, when Hiro licked her knee to disinfect a wound.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Zero Two always keeps people at arm's length with mocking humor, nihilism, and emotional detachment. She never shows remorse for this, until after Episode 14. Her actions upon learning who Hiro really was lead to what she believes is a deserved rejection from him. After this, she is so distraught she can't look him in the face, weeping and recoiling when he sees her again.
  • Official Couple: In Episode 15, she and Hiro become this.
  • One True Love: Much like the Jian bird from Chinese mythology, she and Hiro serve as each other's wings. Going as far back as when they tried to escape APE's facility as children, Hiro was the only boy who admired and loved her for who she is, Warts and All. Their short time together as children made an impact on Zero Two and, as Episode 12 reveals, she spent much of her life looking to reunite with her original "darling", the boy she loved and missed. When she finds out Hiro was her "darling" all along in Episode 13, she becomes distraught over her actions before the two make up for their mistakes in Episode 15. Since then, the two have shown unconditional love for one another and know that their bond can overcome whatever obstacle fate throws at them.
  • Oni: Some of her motif are based on the mountain beast. While her horns is obvious, she wears red which is often the standard color of onis. Her behavior is also more beastly at time. There's also been visual hints that she may have a more monstrous form. And lastly, her codename can be read as O-NI. Then in Episode 12, her true form is revealed to have red skin, which is a common characteristic of onis.
  • Oral Fixation: She's constantly sucking on lollipops.
  • Photographic Memory: In Episode 16, she's able to accurately recreate the illustrations of the picture book from her childhood. Hiro lampshades this by remarking how incredible it is that she could remember all of it.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Practically confirmed in Episode 12, where the reason why Zero Two wants to kill as much klaxosaurs as possible is because she believes that if she kills enough, she can become fully human. The fact that she's becoming more and more like a klaxosaur instead however, drives her into a state of despair and rage.
  • Power Limiter: Her headband seems to serve as such to some degree. When Ichigo knocks it off in Episode 5, her eyes and horns start glowing bright red.
  • The Power of Love: Just like with Hiro, the adults attempted to wipe her memories after she was recaptured. They weren't entirely successful however, because according to them "something strong was protecting [her]", thus she was able to retain coherent (albeit fragmented) memories of her brief time with Hiro.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Red pupils, to be exact. When Zero Two got angry with Ichigo, she seemed as scared of the red-eyed demonic creature in front of her as she was of the klaxosaurs that almost killed her. Her eyes then glow red again when she flies into a rage after thinking that the rest of Plantation 13 deceived her when she finally gets to visit Hiro.
  • Red Is Heroic: Her main color scheme is red and she's an anti-hero.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Hiro's Blue. As her Color Motif indicates, she is unruly, passionate and intense. Her "Darling" is collected, soft-spoken and prone to self-loathing when he feels he failed in his only purpose in life.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: While her personality is very little like Rei's, she nonetheless has similarities to the character. Just like how Rei is half-Angel, Zero Two is half-Klaxasaur. Both are Shameless Fanservice Girl, both are Apocalypse Maiden, both are the experienced female half of a Rookie Male, Experienced Female team, etc. They also both met the male protagonist as very young children, were separated from him for many years, and finally reunited with him, which of course leads to Interspecies Romance and Childhood Friend Romance.
  • Reincarnation: Episode 24 heavily implies that she and Hiro were reincarnated as human children, as it shows a pink-haired girl playing with a boy under a cherry blossom tree.
  • Reincarnation Romance: She and Hiro die in the final battle, as they sacrifice themselves to stop the VIRM. Centuries later, their souls return to Earth and become reborn as humans, where they meet each other again as kids. With the strong implication they will restart their romance, it's crystal clear that not even death can separate her from Hiro.
  • Rescue Romance: Forms a childish version of this with Hiro when they were younger. This becomes the basis of their actual romance when they recover their memories.
  • Rookie Male, Experienced Female: She is an experienced pilot who fought many battles, while Hiro is a complete rookie like all the other pilots in the team.
  • Sanity Slippage: As her transformation progresses she becomes more violent and hostile towards others, even Hiro. Her discovery that Hiro is her original darling after the things she said to him, as well as Hiro calling her a monster after she attacked the rest of Squad 13, pushed her even further over the edge. By the time they reunite in Episode 15 (which was ony a few days after they were separated, at most), she's burned through an entire squad of partners and her horns have grown into twisted tree-like shapes.
  • Sex for Solace: Her reaction to Hiro's confession in Episode 12 to straddle him and start to undress herself. When he rejects her advances, she gets annoyed. It may have been because it would have been easier to kill him if he just wanted her for her body...
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She clearly doesn't mind whether she's wearing clothes or not, judging how she doesn't even bat an eye about Hiro seeing her naked and instead picks on him for holding her panties.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: She arguably was this from the beginning, but Episode 18 makes it crystal clear that her past is taking its toll on her. She feels guilty over her past actions and starts having nightmares over the stamens she had consumed.
  • She's Got Legs: Her long legs are accentuated by her tights.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Once she takes a liking to Hiro, she decides that he and only he can be her partner. No one else will do.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Falls for the kind, heroic Team Dad Hiro who was the first person to treat her kindly.
  • Smug Smiler: Flashes these all the time. Especially to Ichigo.
  • The Social Darwinist: She casually refers to Hiro's squad as "weaklings" who he should leave behind.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the manga.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: She is what Rei would be like as a Hot-Blooded Action Girl who defies orders and both are clones of an authority of an enemy race with some human blood.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Hiro.
  • Stealth Pun: If one was to use the naming conventions of the other characters for Zero Two, her name would translate to "Oni". Given her horns and personality, it would actually be very fitting. In a flashback, Hiro even mentions Oni as a potential name for Zero Two before discarding it.
  • Super Strength: She manages to bat a grown man away with a wave of her arm and jump the length of a room in a single bound.
  • Sweet Tooth: Drowns her food in honey, nauseating Miku. And is always eating lollipops.
    • In episode 13, it's revealed that Hiro introduced her to sweets as a child. The Squee! she lets out upon first tasting candy is the stuff of legend.
  • Synchronization: She becomes linked to Strelizia following Episode 21, and wounds spontaneously form on her body whenever Strelizia takes damage, even though Strelizia is literally millions of miles away.

  • Together in Death: With Hiro in the aftermath of Episode 24's final battle.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: By episode 16, not only has she reunited with her Darling, but she also finally understood what "being human" really means. That is, living together with other humans, helping each other while also being true to their feelings. Thanks to this discovery, she becomes much more friendly and cheerful.
  • Troll: Clearly gets off on making Hiro, and pretty much everyone around her for that matter, highly uncomfortable for her own pleasure.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: With Hiro as the Uptight and Zero Two as the Wild. She seems to have "break every rule set by the adults" as her hobby, while Hiro is quiet and obedient. More creepily, both of them have a cynical outlook on life, but while Zero Two freely talks about how much she hates their society, Hiro tends to blame himself whenever things go wrong, lacking the self-initiative to question the status quo he was born into.
  • Using You All Along: When Hiro gives her his Love Confession, she responds that he's nothing but fodder to her, a means of becoming human and eventually reuniting with her real darling. When she later finds out he is her original darling, she is absolutely distraught over the fact that she'd been degrading and manipulating the first person she'd ever loved all along.
  • Vampiric Draining: When she pilots, her partner is subjected to this. No one aside from Hiro lasts for more than three times due to the toll it takes on their bodies as a result.
  • Vetinari Job Security: Despite her erratic rule-breaking and Black Widow tendencies, the klaxosaur are a great enough threat and she's a great enough pilot that HQ can't afford not to keep her around or send her out in the field as-needed.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Given how quickly Mitsuru was hospitalized after insulting Hiro... well, let's just say that speaking badly about her darling might not be the most inspired of decisions.
  • Walking the Earth: What she wants to do with Hiro now that the two remember their past together.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Downplayed. When she agrees to use Strelizia to help save Ichigo and Goro in Episode 9, she seems mildly surprised when she admits she doesn't hate this. (Considering her usual cold and aloof demeanor, learning to not dislike helping others is huge for her.)
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Zero Two starts getting a little too obsessed with killing klaxosaurs during a mission in episode 12, Hiro tries to rein her in. However, in the heat of the moment, she ends up choking him, and says things that are heard by the others that heavily imply she was going to kill him like so many of her other copilots in the past. Though the two get some clarifications of their past in episode 13's flashback, the other members of Squad 13 only saw and heard her trying to kill him. Consequently they refuse to let the two see each other, nor will they allow her to take part with her in any further missions lest she kill Hiro like so many other partners in the past.
  • When She Smiles: After smiling mysteriously or smugly for the first several episodes, during the Episode 8 "Boys vs Girls" fight she smiles and laughs her heart out in sheer delight from all the fun she's having. It charms Hiro greatly. She also smiles at him in episode 13 when he starts recalling his past, which was blocked out as punishment for trying to escape with her back then.
  • Wild Child: As a child, Zero Two had a Oni-like appearance, lack of social skills and was unable to speak, even though she understood with what people said to her. She also behaved like a feral animal, such as like growling, biting other people's hands, and trying to eat or swallow strange things like a paper book and a mouse.
  • You Are What You Hate: She despises her 'handlers' for treating her like an military asset rather than a person, but she does the same to all pilots except Hiro. Additionally, Episode 12 makes it clear that her hatred for Klaxosaurs stems from the fear of becoming one herself. Her desire to avoid this, however, causes her to act more monstrous.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has pink hair.


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