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Akio Ohtori

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese, series), Mitsuhiro Oikawa (Japanese, Movie), Crispin Freeman (English, episode 13), Josh Mosby (English, series and movie), Gerardo del Valle (Latin American Spanish)

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The highly attractive acting chairman of Ohtori Academy, as well as Anthy's brother. A powerful man who oversees the school from his tower. He's a Walking Spoiler, so all entries for this character are unmarked.


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  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Originally had black hair and brown eyes in Saitou's early illustrations, but his hair changed to lavender in the color images produced after the anime.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the anime, Akio is an inscrutable and seemingly invincible Manipulative Bastard. In The Movie he is presented as a much more foppish and blatantly pathetic character, and he toppled out of a window after freaking out over the fact that his sister hadn't been asleep when he was molesting her.
  • Aloof Big Brother: He comes off as this at first being a concerned and caring if busy big brother.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Like Anthy, he has a dark skintone but a Japanese name.
  • Anything That Moves: If he can get results from sleeping with you, anything goes, and anything will go.
  • Big Bad: He's End of the World, the one who's been organizing the duels, forcing Anthy to be a prize in them, for the purpose of gaining her power. He ruthlessly manipulates Utena and his sister.
  • Big Brother Bully: He forced her to have sex with him against her will to cope with the loss of his dominant power.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In public, he appears to be a wise, charming gentleman and a Reasonable Authority Figure. In reality, he abuses his own sister, Anthy, manipulates a bunch of insecure teenagers, and cheats on his fiancée, Kanae, with many people. When Utena finally confronts him, he shows himself to be a sexist by telling her to give up fighting for Anthy because dresses don't go with swords.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: You want to know part of the reason Anthy is so deeply angry? This is a very, very large part of it-it's one of the many ways he asserts control over her.
  • Broken Ace: He once was the most generous and sweet person as Prince Dios, but his terrible experiences left him completely disenchanted and embittered. Now he's a Manipulative Bastard who manipulates everyone and everything — including Anthy, his little sister, who is pretty much trapped in a Fate Worse than Death and he keeps her there.
  • Broken Pedestal: Akio is actually the Prince whom Utena meet when she was a girl and the one who saved her from her Despair Event Horizon. The revelation of how much of a Manipulative Bastard he is and his abuse of Anthy shatter any and all admiration that Utena had for him.
  • Brought Down to Normal: It's implied that when Anthy took the swords of hatred for him she ended up sealing away all of Akio's former power as Prince Dios into herself and that all of the bizarre magic he seemingly is capable of is actually a combination of using Anthy's power and illusions from the Planetarium. After Anthy leaves Akio forever it's implied that he returns to being a normal human— a Fate Worse than Death for an egotist like him.
  • The Casanova: Basically anyone who's female and meets him is soon infatuated with him, which he invariably takes advantage of.
  • The Chessmaster: He's been directing the duels for who-knows-how-long.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: He has green eyes, reflecting his exoticness, his status as The Casanova, and the fact that he's a Physical God.
  • Cool Big Bro: When he's introduced, Akio is an affable gentleman to Utena and a kind elder brother to Anthy. Horribly subverted when we discover what kind of person he really is.
  • Consummate Liar: He's a very, very good liar, perhaps one of his key traits that goes in-check with his rampant hypocrisy. If not for his suspicious scenes with his sister and Touga, there would be NO reason to suspect him of being anything else but a wise, charming gentleman, especially in the Black Rose arc. He acted very sincerely to Utena and Anthy, genuinely coming across as sais wise, charming gentleman, even going as far as listening to Utena's consultation and giving her some wisdom. When the series enters to the Akio arc, he had already cheated on his fiancée with his own sister, his fiancée's mother and Touga, had raped his sister, and had tempted a bunch of insecure teenagers to the dueling game that gives his own sister as the Rose Bride to whoever wins. This even extends towards his own sister, as he manipulates her into staying with him by convincing her that the dueling game is necessary for him to regain his lost powers as the heroic Dios when he has no intention of saving her from her constant suffering.
  • Cultured Badass: In the anime.
  • Dead All Along: In the movie. It's even taken one step further when it's suggested that his idealized self Prince Dios was never even real in the first place, but was just a creation of Anthy's magic.
  • Death by Adaptation: In The Movie, he is Dead All Along.
  • Depraved Bisexual: He uses sex as a tool for manipulation, seducing boys and girls, including his own sister, alike for his own ends.
  • Despair Event Horizon: His reaction isn't shown, but it's when the mob of irate townspeople impaled Anthy for wanting to let her older brother recover from the strain of saving people all the time.
  • Dirty Coward: A more notable incident was him throwing Anthy in front of Utena during her assault when she starts kicking his ass in their duel and is horrible enough to secretly order Anthy to stab Utena in the back literally.
  • Domestic Abuse: The entire series could be seen as a case study in how domestic abusers of all kinds (spouses, parents, caretakers, etc.) systematically destroy any resolve their victims have, eventually rendering them to the passive husk Anthy is at the beginning of the series. He undermines her confidence, treats her like property, cuts her off from any meaningful relationships, passes her around to any (potentially abusive) student that wins the duel, and rapes her weekly. Take out the duel aspect, and you could find the same behavior in a lot of domestic abuse cases.
  • Driven to Suicide: In After the Revolution, he killed himself in despair shortly after Anthy left him at the end of the series.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Practically every Akio Car scene ends with him leaving the driver's seat to lounge on the hood of the car with his shirt open, while it's speeding down the highway. Some of them open with him somehow driving his car into interior rooms of the Academy.
  • Evil Mentor: He often listens to Utena's consultation and gives her some wisdom. Played with since she didn't know he was evil until the final duel with him.
  • Evil Plan: As End of the World Akio manipulates various teenagers to do battle in his duels in order to find someone of true nobility and love. When he finds said person he intends to use their sword of love and nobility to shatter the Rose Gate in order to regain his lost power as Prince Dios and revolutionise the world.
  • Fallen Angel: Depending on how literally you chose to interpret his backstory. Metaphorically speaking, he's definitely one. His name even roughly translates as "Lucifer". And given that his name used to be "Dios", he's a fallen God as well.
  • Fallen Hero: After Anthy's Heroic Sacrifice for Prince Dios, he was born as the corrupt half of Prince Dios.
  • A Family Affair: He ends up sleeping with his fiancee's mother. He's a lot more of a Manipulative Bastard about it, though.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He comes off as a Reasonable Authority Figure to the students in the Academy and is quite friendly and charming to most people, though in reality the one and only thing he cares about is securing and maintaining his own power.
  • Final Boss: He's the final duelist Utena faces. He's also this for Anthy in The Movie.
  • Freudian Excuse: Even he has one. Back when he was still Dios, he worked himself almost to death while trying to save people, so his sister hid him inside their house. When people came looking for him, she tried to stop them, and she was stabbed many times, turning her into the Rose Bride. It is implied that this event also led to Akio and Dios becoming separate people.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of the two first arcs of the TV series.

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  • Hate Sink: Akio Ohtori from the anime series convinces his 14-year-old student and housemate, Utena Tenjou, that he's a rich, wise gentleman and the only Reasonable Authority Figure in Ohtori Academy. The truth is that as "End of the World", he runs the Rose Duels that passes his sister, Anthy Himemiya, around as the docile Rose Bride to the victors, abusive or otherwise. He claims to be the only one who can love Anthy and save her from taking the Swords of Hate in his place as a witch, but he has no qualms about raping her during their weekly tryst, letting the Swords stab her, throwing her as a meat shield against Utena, or ordering her to stab Utena in the back literally. He only sees his fiancée, Kanae, as a means to stay in power as the acting chairman, sleeping with her mother and implicitly disposing of her in secret. He seduces the blissfully unaware Utena, with their age differences making her consent for their sex questionable at best. When confronted, he offers Utena a chance to become his princess and leave Anthy in distress, saying that she shouldn't fight because "dresses don't go with swords". He refuses to take responsibility for his actions, going as far as to tell Utena that she has compromised her morals by sleeping with an engaged man and that Anthy enjoys being a witch.
  • Hot for Student: Do you really wanna know how many students Akio sleeps with? Does anybody really know?
  • Hypocrite:
    • Akio has been cheating on his fiancée with her mother, Touga, and Utena. When Utena confronts him in the final duel, he tells her that she is guilty of sleeping with an engaged man, all while ignoring the fact that he is guilty of statutory rape.
    • When he makes his housemates a cake and later a meal, Akio is praised by Utena for being a Supreme Chef, rebuking the idea that Feminine Women Can Cook. In the Grand Finale, when he makes Utena his princess, he tells her to give up fighting for Anthy because dresses don't go with swords.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Despite nominally representing adulthood and also being Really 700 Years Old, Akio is more an eternal teenager obsessed with sex, power and avoiding responsibility and pain.
  • It's All About Me: As he loses his powers once as Prince Dios after Anthy took the swords of hate for him, he became bitter and selfish over it as he goes under the alias Akio Ohtori years later. He desires to regain it back by manipulating many of the duelists including Utena within Ohtori Academy to duel with each other until he finds a sword with the power of love and nobility. Utena eventually wields it for him to break open the Rose Gates containing his lost power.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Even if Akio got to keep his place in Ohtori and Utena was gone, Utena herself had the last laugh as she finally managed to free Anthy from his control, so Anthy ultimately says "But Now I Must Go" and goes Walking the Earth with Chuchu despite his pleas. Keep in mind that it's implied Akio has no magic of his own, so with Anthy gone he's completely powerless, and this is one of the worst things that could ever happen to him.
  • Lack of Empathy: He doesn't care his own sister continues taking the Swords of Hate for him. He doesn't care he is passing his own sister around like the prize to whoever wins the dueling game. He doesn't care he has cheated on his fiancée on various people, including her mother, without her knowing. He doesn't care he has slept with teenagers like Touga and Utena, which makes him guilty of statutory rape. In the end, he doesn't seem to care about anything but regaining his lost powers as Dios.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Usually he keeps it in a ponytail. When he lets it out, it's more obvious that it's a mullet.
  • Man in White: He dresses in white whenever he drives his car and during his duel with Utena.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Wow. Manipulates Anthy, manipulates Utena, manipulates the Student Council, manipulates a guy from fifty years ago so hard he creates an illusive reality.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He's got an undoubtedly expensive muscle car, a home in a planetarium, and a fiancee in an influential family. One of the teachers even comments on his looks and style.
  • Master of Illusion: Uses the planetarium to create all the weirdness of the dueling arena.
  • More Than Mind Control: His relationship with Anthy - on some level, he's emotionally twisted her into wanting to stay with him forever, even though both of them are perfectly aware she's utterly miserable. Tellingly, his ultimate defeat is Utena helping Anthy break out of his influence and realizing no, he needs her a lot more than she needs him.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He is seen shirtless every time he leaves the driver's seat to lounge on the hood of the car.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He spells it out to the audience when he tells Utena he's named after Venus, also known as the Morning Star, also known as Lucifer. As the man himself puts it, "The star who was an Angel who decided to become the King of Hell, and rises only after the sun sets" (itself referring to his fall from being Dios). Utena being Utena, she didn't realize that this was absolutely not a person to fall in love with.
  • Never My Fault: Akio never accepts responsibility for Anthy's original death, her Fate Worse than Death, or his statutory rape of Utena; he instead puts the blame on both of them, the world, the townspeople, even claiming that Anthy willingly continued being a Silent Scapegoat for him and that Utena is guilty of sleeping with an engaged man.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Akio might rule over Ohtori with an iron fist but he's a thousand year-old god reduced to playing with schoolchildren. It's also implied (with how Anthy leaves him and the other children will soon graduate) that in the real world with self-possessed and confident adults, he would be utterly powerless.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He tells Anthy that he has to continue the dueling game so he can return to his original self as Prince Dios. However, it's heavily implied that he just wants to rise above the world with his lost powers and that he doesn't care she is constantly stabbed by the Swords of Hate for him.
  • Oh, Crap!: Twice; first when Utena temporaily loses the Power of Dios in Episode 25, and later in his duel with Utena herself when she puts him on the ropes after destroying the planetarium with her Shut Up, Hannibal! Badass Boast.
  • Prince Charming: Used to be this as Dios]]. He's still very charming, but it's just a facade he uses to manipulate people.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: What he is deep down. Beneath the manipulations, seductions and duels is only a selfish child, refusing to grow up, who makes others suffer for his own amusement and desires. The moment he thinks the swords are going to get him, he starts freaking out.
  • Rated M for Manly: Akio roars down the road in his red stick shift muscle car, front flips over the top and rides the hood of his car, shirtless. Awesome. Subverted as a masculinity based on sex and material goods is shown to be shallow and toxic. Akio's adulthood is not true adulthood but what a kid would imagine it to be.]]
  • Really Gets Around: One of his defining traits.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Like Anthy, he seems to have been around since at least the Middle Ages.
  • Real Men Cook: He is shown baking a cake and later cooking.
  • Right Through His Pants: He only ever unzips. Likewise, for all the times his shirt opens, it never even leaves his shoulders. This is likely more to illustrate his power dynamic than to "censor" the unwanted sight of male skin, as Utena uses clothing to illustrate a character's status. It's also no coincidence that Anthy is always nude for their trysts.
  • Satanic Archetype: After Anthy's Heroic Sacrifice for Prince Dios, Akio was born as the corrupt half of Prince Dios called the End of the World. Like how The Bible claims Lucifer can appear as "an angel of light", Akio is gentle, charming and beautiful but only to hide the pure malevolence underneath, that of a selfish manipulator who uses everyone as his own tools to advance him. As the End of the World, he tempts a bunch of insecure teenager to the dueling game that gives his own sister as the Rose Bride to whoever wins. He wants the power of Dios for himself after he fell in despair and selfishness, abandoned the people whom he used to protect, and became the Big Bad and the person behind Anthy's painful, cruel situation. Furthermore, his name even roughly translates as "Lucifer".
  • The Sociopath: He has a superficial charm, which he uses to hide his despicable nature under the guise of a charming gentleman from the public. He manipulates everyone around him, including Anthy and Kanae, as pawns to regain his lost power as Prince Dios by any means necessary. He is a textbook Domestic Abuser to Anthy, passing her around like the prize to whoever wins the dueling game, raping her weekly, and telling her that only he can love her. He never accepts responsibility for Anthy's original death, her continued suffering, or his statutory rape of Utena; he instead puts the blame on both of them, the world, the townspeople, even claiming that Anthy willingly continued being a Silent Scapegoat for him and that Utena is guilty of sleeping with an engaged man.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: When he makes Utena his princess, he tells her to give up fighting for Anthy because dresses don't go with swords. Of course, Utena refuses.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Anthy took the Swords of Hate in his place, subjecting herself to a Fate Worse than Death in the process. Since then, he keeps her as a Silent Scapegoat because he wants to live in comfort.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Quite a few times during his duel with Utena, first when she rejects his ideals about her status as a princess and reaffirms that she will save Anthy. Then when Utena is capable of opening the Rose Gate that he couldn't unlock and the swords of hatred stop impaling Anthy causing him to have a Freak Out!. Finally after Anthy leaves him forever and all he can do is shout for her to return.
  • Walking Spoiler: To the point there's no point to hiding anything on this page. This is mainly due to the two biggest mysteries of the plot, the identities of End of the World and Utena's prince, both end up being him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no problems with raping or fighting a woman.
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