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Akira Fudo

Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (Japanese), Satoshi Yamazaki (child - Japanese), Griffin Burns (English), Thibaut Delmotte (French), Emilio Treviño (Latin-American Spanish), Damian Cortés (European Spanish), Jacopo Calatroni (Italian), Domenic Redl (German), Demétrios Augustus (Brazilian-Portuguese)

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"I have the heart of a human. Why are humans fighting one another? Why kill each other? If you're going to kill, kill a demon. Kill me. Why do you kill each other? Why do you hate each other?!"

A kind and sensitive young man who cries at the drop of a hat, Akira Fudo had a chance reunion with his childhood friend Ryo Asuka one day which leads to him fusing with the demon Amon and becoming Devilman. With his human heart intact after fusing with Amon, Akira uses his newfound dark powers to hunt down demons and protect humanity.


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     A - C 
  • Adaptational Badass/Adaptational Wimp: While he doesn't have the same amount of powers at his disposal compared to the source material, Crybaby is one of the few adaptations where Akira completely consumed Amon's will, since even in his most vulnerable moments, there's no hint of Amon threatening to take over.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Heavily downplayed. In the manga, prior to merging with Amon, Akira was a cowardly Shrinking Violet. But here, prior to his merging, he was more cheerful and less shy or cowardly.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Akira was more of an Anti-Hero/Nominal Hero in the manga, especially after his transformation where his morality veers between Chaotic Good and Chaotic Neutral. In Crybaby, Akira is a straight-up hero, even with his gained hedonism. This is made apparent in the aftermath of Miki's death, since even though it emotionally shattered him, Akira still wants to protect humanity to the bitter end, in contrast with the manga where he gives up and leaves all of humanity to die. More accurately, it was Akira, not Satan, who killed off all the remaining humans before they engaged in their final battle.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The color of Akira's skin in his Devilman form varies depending on the adaptation, and in Crybaby it's dark blue.
  • Adorkable: He looks and acts rather endearing before his transformation into a Devilman, but he still has his moments even after.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: His first day back at school as a demon hybrid involves tearing a locked door open with his bare hands, eating like a monster, loudly watching porn in the auditorium, running track while sporting a massive bulge and condescendingly rebuking a frantic crowd of girls' advances. Suddenly, gaggles of schoolgirls are fawning over him wherever he goes.
  • All-Loving Hero: Unless demons are involved, Akira's empathy leaves him with nothing but love and compassion for both humans and Devilmen. He eventually loses the "All-Loving" part by the finale after suffering too many personal losses.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: While it's never treated as such, his empathy and the way he acts because of it brings in mind the possibility of hyper-empathy disorder.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Akira loses his arm while battling Silene, but is able to grow it back later on. This happens again in his fight with Ryo/Satan, losing not only an arm but both his legs as well, and is only able to recover by fusing with other Devilmen. Not that it helped in the long run, however.
  • Anime Hair: His hair is much wilder after becoming a Devilman.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: He seems like your typical Wide-Eyed Idealist at first, and while he can be idealistic, he's not too naive to believe that love and peace can solve everything. After being informed about the demons, he quickly becomes aware of what a harsh reality the world actually is; nevertheless, he still chooses to fight demons. And despite being gradually broken by the countless losses he experiences throughout the story, he doesn't lose faith in the will of humankind, believing that when faced with the impossible, it's better to fight back than do nothing.
  • Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: As a Devilman, he's essentially half-human and half-demon, but he pursues only demons and intends to save the other Devilmen. That being said, if those Devilmen choose to side with the enemy instead, Akira won't hesitate to kill them.
  • Badass in Distress: Even with his newfound abilities, Akira doesn't always have it easy in his anti-demon crusade. He would have died in his fight with Silene had it not been for her kicking the bucket before she could finish him off, and there's also his second fight with Xenon where he's wounded enough that he can't fly back to Miki — which is a really bad thing since otherwise he might have been able to save her from getting lynched.
  • Being Good Sucks: He just wanted to use his powers to protect humans and help them overcome their differences. In the end, he's rewarded with humanity's demise... as well as his own.
  • Berserker Tears: If you are a demon and see Akira crying, it is probably going to be the last thing you ever see.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Akira is a very nice guy even after his transformation, so long as you are not a demon. However, even kind and compassionate Akira has his limits. The mob that kills Miki and his friends learn this the hard way when Akira uses his powers to incinerate them.
  • Big Eater: He develops a monstrous appetite as a result of becoming a Devilman.
  • Big Good: He's one of the most moral characters of the series alongside Miki, even after he's eventually deprived of his empathy.
  • Biggus Dickus: His transformation gives him a growth in every part of his body. There's an actual scene where his bulge is visible through his skintight gym clothes and it's noticeably big.
  • Blood Knight: He revels in every opportunity he gets to fight demons, though he eventually loses this trait by the time the plot takes a much darker turn.
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: Whenever he's fighting demons, he always ends up getting drenched in their blood.
  • Book Dumb: According to Ryo, Akira isn't exactly doing well in his academics. Whether this is yet another lie in his false propaganda or not isn't clarified, but even if that is the case, Akira isn't an idiot by any means.
  • Brains and Brawn: Akira is the brawn to Ryo's brain.
  • Break the Cutie: Akira suffers many losses over the course of the series. After going through so much, it is Miki's death that finally breaks him. He doesn't lose his resolve that humans will survive, but he's left without his trademark empathy.
  • Broken Tears: He cries these at the deaths of his parents and the entire Makimura family, Miki included.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Akira is the Brooding Boy to Miki's Gentle Girl. He's not gloomy so much as he is sensitive, though he does gradually get more and more broken by the events of the story.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He literally tears all his enemies a new one and never goes soft on any of them, and in special cases, is willing to extend the same courtesy to humans and other Devilmen. But beneath Akira's demon-possessed body lies a heart so human that he weeps for the pain of the others, and that same heart is also why Akira chooses to fight demons in the first place.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Akira wakes up with a jolt after what is less of a nightmare and more of a freaky Erotic Dream.
  • Category Traitor: He's seen as one by the other demons, who keep on assuming that he's Amon and had simply lost his memories.
  • Chick Magnet: Following his transformation, Akira becomes a hunky and attractive man that the girls in school absolutely fawn over as he showcases physical prowess and a somewhat cocky way of speaking.
  • Childhood Friends: With Ryo; even though they haven't met in years, they've known each other since they were kids. He's also known both Miki and Miko for just as long.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: When Akira picks up on someone's emotional pain, he can't help but remark on how much they're hurting right now while crying, even though it would be wiser to keep quiet at the moment. He also protests in killing any human, even when the situation deems it necessary or inevitable, and tries to save other Devilmen even at risk of being exposed as one himself. On top of that, when he sets out to confront Ryo for selling him out, he immediately pauses in his tracks when he sees a group of people being stoned and tries to save them first.
  • Color Motif: Naturally, Akira is represented by the color black. Black symbolizes the following:
    • Protection: Akira's desire to save humankind.
    • Strength and power: the former referring to his empathy (which is his greatest virtue), the latter referring to his increased physical fortitude after his transformation.
    • Grief: Akira gradually losing more and more of his loved ones throughout the series.
    • Black also tends to be associated with evil, which contradicts Akira in every way, as well as death, which signifies his goal of eliminating the other demons, and is also a foreshadowing of his own demise.
  • Cool Bike: Ryo gives Akira one as a present in Episode 2.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Ever since he became a Devilman, Akira has been earning more tragedies than victories. First, he loses his parents to a demon, loses his surrogate parents and brother due to the latter becoming a Devilman, and finally loses Miki, who was his last anchor to his humanity. To top it all off, he learns that his best friend is actually his ultimate enemy. It doesn't help that thanks to God, Akira is endlessly destined to suffer so that Ryo/Satan would suffer as well.
  • Covert Pervert: He's not a lecher, but Miki points out that he looks up porn in the family computer; although after his transformation he becomes brazen enough to watch porn in public.
  • Cowardly Lion: Prior to becoming a Devilman, he wasn't strong enough to fight anybody, but he wouldn't hesitate to stand up for his loved ones and defend them even when he knew he stood no chance.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Subverted. While Akira has feelings for Miki, he never acts possessive or paranoid when Miki interacts with anyone else. The one exception is when he sees Miki talk to Nagasaki over the phone, but only because he can see that the other guy's up to no good.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: The opening of the series features him in such a position atop a rock spire, similar to how Jesus was crucified from a hill, which reinforces how he's a Messianic Archetype (see below).
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Akira is on the receiving end of this from Satan. He tries his best to put up a good fight, try being the key word here; but he's fighting against someone who's second only to God in terms of power, and unfortunately for him he's not in a story where good triumphs over evil.
  • The Cutie: Prior to the events of Episode 1, though even after he has his moments of being Adorkable.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: When Akira discovers that a lynch mob has murdered Miki, he goes from championing humanity to killing the mob in a blind rage before focusing entirely on killing Ryo. While he still intends to protect humans, Miki's death proved to him that ending humanity's strife through pacifistic means is no longer possible.
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     D - H 
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Akira is a Devilman, associated with dark colors and whose demon form is all black and blue; however, he is one of the most morally upstanding characters in the series and a firm representative of the side of good.
  • Death Glare: Akira gives an insanely vicious look to Ryo in Episode 7, complete with bared teeth — which was more than enough to make Ryo back off and let Akira leave.
  • Death Seeker: He reached this level of misery after losing Miki, and when Ryo warned him that fighting him would mean his own death, Akira wasn't intimidated and implicitly replies that he's Not Afraid to Die.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Stock Shōnen Hero trope. He gets a drastic personality and appearance change after becoming a Devilman, but deep down Akira is still a sensitive and empathetic young boy who just wants to protect the people he cares for, even believing that it's because he has people whom he cherish that he still retains his humanity. He holds nothing back when fighting demons, but he's not immune to feeling sympathy for them if they exhibit signs of humanity; and he tries to reach out to other Devilmen as he knows that while they're not monsters, they have to hide who they are in fear of being persecuted. Even though he experiences the disadvantages of being a Devilman, along with witnessing the world engaging in a war after learning about demons, he never loses his determination. What is deconstructed is that unlike most other examples, his heroic traits do not stop grant him anything close to a victory by the end — not to mention the fact that he completely averts Incorruptible Pure Pureness by way of him actually losing his empathy over time as he endures more and more trauma.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Akira is without a doubt the main character of the story and has a huge impact on the plot from the beginning to the end. But ultimately, the story is not about Akira; rather, it's about Ryo and what he can learn from Akira: love. Everything Akira did was to lead up to it.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Despite everything happening to him and the world around him, Akira retains his humanity as seen in him still being able to empathize with others. But Miki's death turns out to be the last straw, breaking him so much that he can no longer shed tears for anyone else.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Demons aside, in the final episode Akira lands a lot of blows on the fallen angel Satan. However, this is subverted since despite everything he throws, there's no lasting damage.
  • Doom Magnet: Not that anyone anywhere is safe from demons, but after becoming a Devilman, everyone he knows ends up meeting tragic and horrible ends. It's even hinted that he knows this and blames himself for it.
  • Emergency Transformation: Plus possession, which saves his life in time before he becomes one of the many people in the Sabbath who ended up as demon fodder.
  • Emotional Bruiser: Akira is a tough, confident badass capable of tearing demons to pieces with his bare hands. However, Akira is also a highly emotional, compassionate young man and cries very easily.
  • The Empath: While it's not an actual ability, Akira can easily pick up on the sorrow of other people, be they strangers, friends, family, or even animals — consequently causing him to cry almost nonstop.
  • Extendable Arms: He demonstrates this ability in the second episode while taking care of a few demons, and in the final episode when he delivers a few Megaton Punches at Satan.
  • Failure Hero: Akira never has a meaningful, lasting victory. He even dooms the remainder of the Devilmen and demonkind to extinction in order to wage a futile war against Satan, who he doesn't even come close to killing.
  • Fatal Flaw: Like Miki, Akira can be too kind for his own good. He's not as naive as her, but he still lacks enough pragmatism to always choose the best course of action, whether or not said action is moral. And whenever he does something altruistic, he can often get too lost in his emotions or in the moment and consequently forget to pay attention to his surroundings or keep silent to not attract more trouble.
  • Foil: Long story short, Akira and Ryo are exact parallels of each other in every step of the way.
  • Forgot About His Powers: He's perfectly capable of flight, but for some reason he sprints back to Miki's house rather than fly back there, even though doing the latter would have saved him much more time and let him prevent Miki's death. But this is somewhat justified given that he was heavily wounded by Xenon after the latter ambushed him, so Akira may have been too injured to properly use his wings.
  • Freudian Excuse: A minor example. Before his transformation, Akira performed poorly on track-and-field no matter how hard he practiced, leading many to question why he even takes up the sport in the first place. Episode 4 reveals that it's because running faster strengthens his desire to "catch up" to his parents and be with them again. Which he does, but not in the way he wished.
  • Friend to All Children: Akira has a good relationship with Taro and is never seen attacking any children. And when he attempts to placate a mob in Episode 9, the first to approach him were the young ones.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: In the span of one Sabbath, Akira turns from a naive and physically frail young boy to a powerful and fearsome demon hybrid who tears apart demons like it was nothing.
  • Get It Over With: Invoked. When Silene gains the upper hand in their fight after fusing with Kaim, Akira questions why Silene isn't trying to kill him before passing out. When he regains consciousness, he finds out that it's because she died before she could do so.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Akira knows that humans are capable of committing evil and immediately sees all demons as monsters to be annihilated, but he questions why humans choose to fight and hate each other.
  • Good Counterpart: To Moyuru. Both play track-and-field and performed poorly in the sport before becoming Devilmen and drastically improving as a result, and both lost their beloved (albeit in different circumstances) and are clearly broken about it. However, while Akira stays firmly on the side of good, Moyuru is embittered by all his losses to the point that he decides to side with the demons instead.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's one of the most heroic characters in the series, before and even after he became a Devilman. As one, he makes it his mission to protect humans from demonkind, and if you're a demon, don't expect him to show you any mercy.
  • Guttural Growler: Post-transformation, there are times when his voice sounds husky and downright animalistic.
  • Hades Shaded: His skin becomes considerably darker after merging with Amon, and his Devilman form has blackish-blue skin.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: This is Akira's favorite method in dispatching other demons, since he's not stupid enough to leave them half-dead. Ironically, this is also how he meets his end, courtesy of Satan.
  • Happily Adopted: Due to his parents working abroad, Akira has been living with the Makimuras ever since he was a child. He's content living with them though, since they treat him like he's their own son, and he also regards them as a second family.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Though Akira is physically weak, it's his empathy that prevented Amon from possessing him, and instead Akira transforms into a powerful Half-Human Hybrid who still has his compassion. It's even that compassion that motivates him to defeat the demons.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Merging with Amon effectively powers him through puberty overnight, and the end result is very well received by his female schoolmates.
  • The Hero Dies: His fate by the end of the series. Unlike most examples, his death is neither a Dying Moment of Awesome nor a Heroic Sacrifice that resulted in the rest of humanity being saved; it was a pointless death that shows just how futile all his efforts are in his fight against Satan, and (unknowingly to him) God as well.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • He goes through one after his parents' deaths, slaughtering demons left and right even without Ryo to keep watch over him, and being unable to keep his more bestial instincts in check. It's ultimately his battle with Silene that snaps him out of it, as he takes out both his emotional and sexual frustrations on her.
    • He experiences another instance after witnessing what had become of Miki, causing him to cast aside any idealism he had left and kill the perpetrators in revenge before vowing to kill the mastermind. While he's still more than capable of fighting, it's made clear by that point that he's a broken shell of the man he was.
  • Heroic Build: He becomes a lot more muscular after becoming a Devilman.
  • Heroic Host: He's currently the vessel of Amon, who is one of the — if not the most powerful demon out there. However, he's able to retain his humanity throughout and fights to defend humans, unlike Miko (whose personality worsened, even if it was temporary and never really got too far) and Moyuru (who eventually defected to the demons' side).
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Following public knowledge of the existence of demons and believing them to be all evil, Akira finds himself as this towards the humans.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Downplayed; Akira can use a computer just fine, but even with the Setting Update of the story, he's the only character who doesn't have a phone. Even when he does get one, he initially struggles with learning how to use it.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Downplayed, but played for disturbing effects in Episode 5. Even before becoming a Devilman, Akira already showed some interest in sex; but even after his transformation he's able to keep his "adolescent" needs in check. However, his grief overt he death of his parents causes his bloodlust and his hormones to go haywire for a while.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: While he's somewhat aware of how ruthless his friend can be, Akira still continues to place some trust in Ryo even after the latter caused a massacre in Episodes 6 and 7, and even thinks that he was planning to calm down the public in Episode 8 when he should have been looking on with suspicion. It's only after Episode 9 that he fully realizes the type of person his friend really is.
  • Horror Hunger: In Episode 5, it's shown that he has become somewhat addicted to killing demons as a way to satiate his demon side. Ryo eventually convinces him to try to release his energy by having sex with some girl.
  • Humans Are Flawed: In contrast to Ryo's belief that Humans Are Insects/Humans Are Morons, Akira is well-aware that humans are susceptible to negative influences and are more than capable of doing a lot of bad things; but he also believes in their goodwill, their knowledge, and their strength to fight and survive. While he eventually rages that Humans Are the Real Monsters at the mob responsible for Miki's death, he doesn't blame humanity as a whole for what happened, and continues to place his trust in them until the end.
  • Hunk: Following becoming a Devilman, he gets a lot of muscle, height, a strong and athletic build and a nice package.
  • Hunter of Monsters: After becoming Devilman, his sole mission was to wipe out every demon on Earth.

     I - O 
  • I Am a Monster: Akira is normally insistent on the fact that he's not a demon, although at one point he mutters that he is one after all when Ryo warns him that he's in danger of being exposed.
  • I'll Kill You!: Akira makes this vow to Satan and demonkind in the finale, after Miki's death hardened his resolve to destroy them once and for all.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Akira's pure heart and empathy are what allowed him to not only resist Demonic Possession by one of the strongest demons alive but also hijack that power and claim it as his own. However, while he is never corrupted, Ryo's machinations eventually break his spirit beyond repair.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: This usually happens when his empathy comes into play. Sometimes he's able to stay calm while in tears, but other times his face contorts and all he can do is sob the pain out.
  • Innate Night Vision: After becoming a Devilman, his eyesight improved to the point that he has no trouble seeing even in the dark, which helps him in his fight with Silene.
  • Insistent Terminology: He's a Devilman, not a demon; though this is justified since there are other stark differences between the two besides moral alignment and whether the demon successfully took over or not.
  • It's Personal:
    • He kills every demons he sees because they're a threat to mankind, but in Jinmen's case there's the additional crime of what the latter did to his parents.
    • Despite the actions that Ryo pulled in Episode 6 onwards, Akira doesn't see him as the enemy even as he calls him out on his plans a few times. Of course, this is until Miki dies and Akira learns about Ryo's true identity, and by then he has had enough and swears to kill Ryo for what he had done.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: While it may have cost him his empathy, no one can deny that the lynch mob that killed Miki deserved to be burnt to ashes.
  • Kill 'Em All: Akira roasts everyone who killed Miki and company to ashes.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: After Jinmen possessed his father, killed his mother and absorbed her into its shell, Akira is forced to give both of them a second death.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: When he was a child, Akira did his best to tend to a cat who was already dying.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Akira gradually becomes this over the course of the story. He becomes a lot more outspoken and violent post-possession, but he sees his new powers as a way to protect humanity. Even though he faces the possibility of being hunted down because he's part-demon, he refuses to kill any humans even when it would be justifiable. He eventually incinerates a group of humans in retribution for killing Miki, and now entertains the prospect of an all-out war despite knowing many humans will end up dying (which is something he protested to Ryo a few episodes prior). However, he still believes that humanity will ultimately win against the demons.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Akira gets a cleft chin after becoming Devilman.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He doesn't remember much of what happened when he first transformed, with Ryo having to help fill in the blanks.
  • Leitmotif: "Akira the Wild", an upbeat, groovy theme that captures his newfound confidence and strength after becoming a Devilman.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As a Devilman, Akira possesses both Super Strength and Super Speed. And due to fusing with one of the most powerful demons, Akira is consequently one of the strongest Devilmen.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Not that either of them are aware of it, but Akira turns out to be one to Ryo since he's the only reason why Ryo has any humanity in him at all. This is made clear in the ending, since the war ended with both the humans and demons perishing, though Ryo didn't seem to mind as long as Akira is still alive. But when he realizes that's not the case, Ryo is so overwhelmed by sadness (something he never experienced before) that he can only hold Akira's body while crying in grief.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Whereas Ryo informed Akira of his plans to merge him with a demon in the manga, in Crybaby Akira was left in the dark about it and was only told that they would just be filming evidence, and as far as Akira knows, his fusion with a demon was just a coincidence. He does learn the truth later on when Ryo blurts it out in a panic, but he no longer bothers to confront him about it.
  • Made of Iron: Even when he was only a mere human, Akira was already quite resilient. When some of the party-goers at the Sabbath start beating him up with baseball bats and broken bottles, he's clearly in pain and is even bleeding, but he's still able to stand and run with a mostly-clear head when he sees that Ryo is in danger.
  • Men Don't Cry: Averted in a refreshing manner. Aside from at least three prominent moments, he doesn't cry because he easily gets hurt but because he can feel the hurt of those around him; and his tears don't symbolize his weakness, but his strength.
  • Messianic Archetype: Barring the fact that he's half-demon, Akira is a nigh-perfect example of this trope.
    • He's The Chosen One in the sense that Ryo called for the most powerful demon to possess him.
    • His first transformation has him roaring with a cross positioned right above him.
    • He fights to protect and save humankind, and is friends with someone who's not simply a Satanic Archetype but actually Satan himself — who then betrays him.
    • When he tries to convince a mob to stop stoning innocents, he stands there with his arms spread out while the mob just continues to attack him... with the violence eventually dissipating when the children approach him and hug him, similar to how the children would come to Jesus in the Bible — and the adults follow suit, which mirrors how many people would line up and have Jesus heal their injuries.
    • In the finale, he has an Imagine Spot which — if you look closely enough — has a passing resemblance to the Last Supper, the painting of which can be seen in the Makimura household.
  • Mighty Roar: Akira tends to bellow once in a while in his Devilman form, most notably during the Sabbath and his battle with Satan.
  • Morality Chain: He's the only reason Ryo didn't end up being a full-blown Enfante Terrible when they were children. Though this is played with, since even though Ryo cares for him, it doesn't stop him from plunging the world in war and leading demonkind to eradicate the humans, but Akira's presence in his life still allowed him to eventually learn both love and sorrow, even if he learns it a bit too late.
  • Moral Myopia: While he's not as bad as Ryo, Akira can still be guilty of this. Although he cries for others when they're hurting, there are a few times when Akira doesn't. Despite the occasional argument with Ryo he overlooks any murders by those he cares about as long as it doesn't hurt those close to him or someone he has empathized with like Koda. In the end, it's only when Miki dies that he truly has a problem with what Ryo's done. In his defense, Akira was already losing his patience with Ryo's actions and went against some of his plans, and Miki's death just so happens to be the last straw.
  • Nice Guy: Even with his rough and manlier appearance post-transformation, he's still the soft-hearted and sensitive young man he's introduced as.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Akira never does what Miki tells him about not looking at perverse stuff on the living room computer nor did he change the password when it's clear Taro was learning things he shouldn't through it. That, combined with the aftermath of Koda's rampage, eventually led to Taro's transformation into a Devilman. To be fair, even if Akira made the necessary changes to his account, like many other kids Taro would find other ways to look up things that aren't suitable for his age, and he eventually would have turned anyway.
  • Nocturnal Emission: He gets an extreme one, where his Erotic Dream causes him to ejaculate so much semen that it plasters the ceiling. He is appropriately disgusted when he notices it dripping.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: While it was noble of him, in hindsight Akira's decision to rescue Koda rather than kill him was a huge mistake, since otherwise the events of Episode 9 might have played out very differently.
  • Not Himself: Here, Akira starts off as a meek, shrimpy young man who cries with little provocation. After fusing with Amon, his personality pulls a 180: in addition to gaining an athletic physique, he becomes debonair and cocky. However, he still retains his empathy and his habit of crying easily, which relieves Miki since it shows that he hasn't changed completely.
  • Oblivious to His Own Description: In Episode 2, Akira calls Miki out on being too naive and trusting of other people, when the same thing applies to him in his relationship with Ryo.
  • Odd Friendship: He gets along with Ryo, despite their personalities and opinions towards humanity (heck, even their appearance and color schemes) being the complete opposite of each other.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Akira gives one when Miki calls him out on not clearing his history of watching porn in the family computer.
  • One-Man Army: Akira can easily (and literally) tear through a group of demons like it was nothing. It helps that the demon inhabiting his body is Amon, who is hinted and eventually confirmed to be the strongest of them all.
  • Only Friend: To Ryo. Ryo was an outcast in his youth due to his intelligence and disturbing behavior, and Akira was the only one who kept hanging out with him.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: He was arguably this before he became a Devilman.

     P - W 
  • Perverted Drooling: In Episode 5, Akira is seen salivating while walking around the red light district, though this is less because something or someone he saw aroused him and more because his demon-infused body is seeking copulation.
  • Playing with Fire: One of his abilities as Devilman. He can generate heat from within his body, and if so desired, can create flames from that heat and fire them like beams.
  • Plot Magnet: The story plays out the way it does because of him being Amon's newest vessel, as well as being the catalyst of the eternal punishment God has planned for Satan.
  • Positive Friend Influence: Subverted. His friendship with Ryo caused the latter to learn to care for someone, but it's not enough to convince Ryo to ditch his plans of bringing about the apocalypse. However, Akira's presence still managed to place a damper in Ryo's plans, since had it not been for him, Ryo's schemes would have succeeded without a hitch.
  • Power High: Akira practically boasts off the changes he received from his transformation, even provoking the rapper gang to fight him so he'd check just how strong he had become. Miki catching him in the act is what puts him back in reality and makes him properly realize just what had happened to him.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: His transformation into Devilman also comes with his hair getting wilder and more unkempt.
  • Power Perversion Potential: One of his physical improvements post-transformation is his eyesight, to the point that he developed Innate Night Vision. At one point however, he (unintentionally) uses said vision to see through Miki's clothes.
  • Precision F-Strike: Akira doesn't become foul-mouthed after his transformation, but there are a few occasions when he lets out a swear.
    • When he realizes that he's no match for Sirene after her fusion with Kaim, he can only say "Shit!" before getting zapped and impaled.
    • His reaction to Ryo after the latter reveals his true identity and motivations is an incensed "You're full of shit!", and roars it so loud that the cliff they were standing on shatters in two.
  • Pro-Human Transhuman: Even after turning into a human-demon hybrid, Akira is completely on humanity's side and fights for their survival. However, the trope is deconstructed in many ways. Akira kills demons only when there are no other witnesses since if anyone sees him, it's likely that he'll be seen as another demon. Then when the world goes into war after learning about them, Ryo points out that despite Akira's heroic intentions, his status as a Devilman means he's likely to be hunted by both humans and demons alike.
  • Prone to Tears: Deconstructed. In the manga, he was a textbook example of the trope as he used to be the typical crybaby that reacted at the slightest provocation with tears. In this adaptation, Akira cries so easily due to his empathy that it puts people off because they have no idea what he's crying about.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Much like his original manga counterpart, Akira seems to really enjoy slaughtering demons. After ripping water demon Ghelmer in half, Akira lets out a very chilling laugh as the demon's blood rains down from above.
  • Raging Stiffie: The first time is before his transformation at the Sabbath where he is subtly sitting with his hands placed in front of his crotch. The second time it happens is after his transformation: Akira very obviously covers his crotch in embarrassment after checking out "Jenny's" backside, commenting that she is way too hot.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Akira is the passionate and emotional Red whereas Ryo is the indifferent and logical Blue.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Miki's death, Akira vows to kill Ryo, who's indirectly responsible — to the point that he's now completely willing to start a world-scale war when he spent the past few episodes trying to avoid that from happening.
  • Rule of Empathy: Akira is capable of crying for someone else, once he realizes they aren't crying even though they want to. Miki implies he has done several times before for her and he does it onscreen twice for Moyuru, who is grieving a lost lover in silence.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Poor Akira had to kill his own parents after Jinmen possessed his father and placed his mother in an And I Must Scream position.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's a bit of both. In terms of personality he's more of the former, being characterized by his empathy and his desire to save humankind, but he also has hints of being the latter, especially with his newfound confidence, improved physique, and occasional aggression post-transformation.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: After fusing with Amon, Akira has no shame in showing off his new physique, even his bulge in a skintight tracksuit at after-school practice.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Played with. Whenever Akira turns into a Devilman, all his clothes disappear. But when he reverts back to his human form, any clothing below the torso is shown to be intact.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • Akira gives one to Ryo in the finale when the latter invites him to ally with the demons, implicitly telling him that regardless of why he made him a Devilman, Ryo is still responsible for taking away everyone he held dear, and that is not something he can ever forgive or sympathize with. And with every warning or threat Ryo gives to deter him, Akira just retorts by expressing his killing intent.
    • In the final battle, Moyuru charges at him while giving a speech about how the strong side always wins. Akira simply replies that Moyuru chose the wrong side before tearing him apart.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Sure, he does look up porn, can get aroused by the sight of other women, and there are the events of Episode 5 — but it increasingly becomes obvious that he's in love with Miki and Miki only.
  • Slasher Smile: Akira has a tendency to sport one heck of a smile during a fight, both in his human and Devilman forms. The most chilling one was the large, wild eyed and sharp-toothed grin he made during his very first transformation.
  • Spanner in the Works: While the series finale reveals that he's a Decoy Protagonist overall, this trope is his ultimate role. Ryo/Satan reveals in the finale that he plans to gather his army, kill all humankind, and have a final battle with God and his own army. Despite failing to save humanity or achieve his revenge against Satan as he was at a massive disadvantage in numbers and power, Akira and his Devilmen manage to completely wipe out Satan's army. By the end of it only Ryo and Akira remain alive, and even that quickly changes as Akira expires mid-way through Ryo's musings. Point is, without an army Ryo won't have his war with heaven; and with Akira's death, Ryo no longer has the will to fight God even on his own.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: As a Devilman, Akira was always powerful; but for much of the series, common weapons were able to hurt him. To be fair, it's subtly established the demons are powerful and resilient, but not exactly invulnerable. Then in the last episode, Akira fights against Ryo, who just so happens to be capable of destroying the moon without much effort...
  • Suppressed Rage:
    • When Akira sees what happened to his parents, he's as grief-stricken as he is angry — and this is seen when he's heavily breathing in and out and visibly struggling to turn into his Devilman form.
    • When Ryo decides to lie to the humans about the demons, Akira is both rattled and enraged. While he outwardly shows his panic, he shows his anger in a much subtler manner by hissing and growling.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: When Akira tries to stand up for Miki when the rapper gang was imposing on her, Wam asks him if he's a mermaid due to popping up from below the docks — to which Akira enthusiastically replies that he is. Then when he comes back the next day to retrieve Miki's bag, he introduces himself to the gang as "the mermaid from the faraway sea" since they didn't recognize him at first, what with his complete appearance change.
  • Survivor's Guilt: It's subtle, but he suffers from this regarding the deaths of his biological and adoptive family, his friends, as well as the love of his life. This is shown in the finale, where he gets an Imagine Spot and visualizes having a peaceful dinner with all of them, only for their heads to suddenly fall off with his face contorting in horror and despair.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Akira is merciless in dispatching demons, but he shows a bit of sympathy towards Kaim and Silene when he reflects upon their final moments, and also greatly empathizes with other Devilmen, which is why he wishes to save as much of them as he can. This is subverted for Ryo/Satan, with him even stating that while he would like to cry for Ryo, he's run out of tears to shed.
  • Tareme Eyes/Tsurime Eyes: Has the former before he becomes a Devilman and the latter afterwards.
  • Taking You with Me: After Akira swears to kill Ryo, he states that if he dies, he'll at least make sure that Ryo dies as well. He doesn't make good on that promise but unbeknownst to him, while Ryo is the victor in their fight, he's the one worse off. After all, he also told Ryo he would "drag him to hell"; so while he didn't survive his fight with Ryo, he still managed to snatch some semblance of victory through his death, which in itself is Ryo's personal hell.
    Ryo: If you make me your enemy, you'll die.
    Akira: [scoffs] Even if that's the case, I will definitely drag you down to hell with me.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: After merging with Amon, his new appearance checks all three traits.
  • Tender Tears: Akira's tears run freely and frequently. It is noted in the anime that Akira does not cry for himself, but for others. He is easily swayed by the suffering of others, often picking up on the other person's hidden emotions. Becoming a Devilman did not change this aspect of his personality in the slightest. Once he discards the tears, which were his greatest strength and proved the good of mankind Miki saw in him, Akira's defeat at Satan's hands was assured. The power that Akira's humanity gives him is showcased rather well in the Amon OVA. Akira loses his fight with Amon when he's consumed by blood lust, but when he finds his humanity again by crying for the first time since Miki died Akira handily defeats Amon.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Played with. Akira has no problem with killing other demons, but he draws the line at killing humans and other Devilmen. He breaks this rule after seeing Miki's dismembered corpse.
  • Took a Level in Badass: It comes with becoming a Devilman; ever since his transformation all his physical capabilities have greatly increased, as exemplified when he can now run insanely fast in track-and-field without breaking a sweat — in contrast to before when he was always lagging behind and struggled to keep up.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Akira often has rice and bonito flakes at mealtime.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Akira keeps Wam's earring as one, plucking it off of Miki's corpse. Symbolically, the earring is treated as Miki passing the baton to Akira; that the gift of her love is something he will carry into battle with him.
  • Unable to Cry: In the last episode Akira admits that while he wants to cry for Ryo, after losing Miki, his tears have all dried up. The titular crybaby never cries again.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Any romantic subtext between Akira and Miki here is downplayed when compared to the manga, as their relationship veers more on the platonic than the romantic side. There's still clearly something else between them, though nothing comes out of it. Akira eventually admits in the finale that he loves Miki as more than a sister, even if it's not word-for-word. It's also worth noting that much of the Ship Tease moments here were moments that the manga Miki would have been flattered by, but this Miki discourages them.
  • Vocal Dissonance: At least in Latin American Dub, he's voiced actor sounds like a child trying to be a grown teen but still fail in process (especially in after-transformation and even more Devil Man form). While it sounds suitable for pre-transformation Akira, after the events of Episode 1 it just sounds outright jarring.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice is a lot softer and meeker in the first episode. After becoming a Devilman, his voice sounds rougher and lower in pitch.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: A realistic and downplayed example. His parents are loving and kind, but their jobs as doctors required them to leave the country. While he doesn't show it much, it's hinted that he harbors some issues about his long-distance relationship with them.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: He sports this, combined with Broken Tears, when he sees what became of Miki.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Hotness: Akira was just an average dorky Ordinary High-School Student. After fusing with the devil warrior, Amon, he gets a super powerful body with muscles, a manlier face, and a six-pack. He becomes a Chick Magnet because of this.
  • Worf Had the Flu: It's likely that Akira wouldn't have had such a hard time against Xenon (in both battles, to point out) if he wasn't wounded note  or ambushed note  beforehand.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Akira does not make exceptions for the demons he fights, even if they're female. During his fight with Silene he goes all out, and ends up inflicting fatal wounds on her. Thanks to Kaim, Silene is not taken out of the fight completely, but her wounds guarantee her death will happen regardless.

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