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"Come with me, or they die. Try to run from me, and every last villager dies. Betray me, and I will bury this place and its inhabitants so deeply that nobody will ever know it even existed."
Esdeath to Tatsumi

Alternate Worlds is an Akame ga Kill! fanfic by HemingwayisBOSS.

As the title clearly indicates, this is an AU story. In this case, a Night Raid assassin is found by Tatsumi and his friends and brought back to their village three days before Tatsumi's planned departure to the Imperial Capital. Before the man dies, he gives Tatsumi a bracelet and pleads with Tatsumi not to let "them" have it. "Them" turns out to be Esdeath and the Three Beasts, who are pursuing the man. Arriving at the village, they demand the bracelet, and despite his misgivings, Tatsumi decides to hand it over. Unfortunately, it attaches itself to his wrist, and Esdeath attacks him. As the fight goes on, the bracelet is revealed to be a teigu, and Tatsumi is fully compatible with it, which is proven when his entire body is covered in armor. Impressed, Esdeath invites Tatsumi to join her. Tatsumi refuses, so Esdeath overpowers him and forces him to accept by threatening to destroy his village. From there, things get darker.

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Last updated March 2017.

A side story, called Alternate Worlds: Shorts, was created after the release of Chapter 16, for the purpose of adding "deleted scenes" that the author felt wouldn't have fit in the main story.


This fanfic has examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating: Esdeath is universally loathed by the Imperial Guards, and by extension, so are her subordinates. This makes sense, as their commander is Budo, who despises the corruption in the Empire that Esdeath, due to her partnership with Honest, is largely responsible for.
  • Above Good and Evil: Esdeath, being a Social Darwinist, believes that there is no such thing as good or evil, only the strong and the weak.
    • A good demonstration of this belief is after Tatsumi calls her a monster when he discovers that she buried the Northern civilians alive; she laughs and declares that she is not a monster, but an animal.
  • A-Cup Angst: Mine doesn't like it when people remind her of her lack of cleavage.
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  • Affably Evil: Daidara.
  • An Ice Person: Esdeath, duh.
  • Animal Motif: Esdeath compares Tatsumi to a wolf. This is backed up by a dream he has in Chapter 14 in which he turns into a wolf and fights another one that is clearly meant to represent Esdeath and the wolf-pelt pajamas he wore as a baby.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Fatimah slaps Esdeath when she sees that the latter has joined the Imperial Army, thereby forsaking everything that Hakim fought for. Esdeah coldly states that she could cut off Fatimah's hand for that, but lets it slide.
  • Ascended Extra: Sayo and Ieyasu.
  • Asshole Victim: The three Imperial soldiers Tatsumi attacked for raping a Northern girl.
    • Pretty much everyone that Night Raid kills.
    • The bandits that Esdeath and Tatsumi killed may have been this, given the fact that they assaulted several caravans and had at least one sex slave.
  • Ass Shove: Esdeath traps a bandit in a block of ice, then telekinetically squeezes it before summoning an ice pike out from under him, impaling him through the rectum and going up through his stomach.
  • At Least I Admit It:
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    • In stark contrast to the other Jaegers, who are either insane psychopaths or self-righteous hypocrites, Bols freely admits that his actions while serving the Empire have been immoral, that there is no justification for them, and that he deserves whatever grisly fate the rebels have planned for him.
    • Daidara is more or less the same, despite being an unrepentant Blood Knight. He's not one for mindless butchery or torture—unlike Nyau—and he harbors no illusions about what his duties entail—unlike River. He even acknowledges that he deserves his fate before succumbing to his wounds and dying in Tatsumi's arms, which makes the latter actually feel somewhat bad for him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Esdeath, as usual.
    • Nyau as well.
    • And who could forget Zank the Beheader?
    • Seryu gives an absolutely psychotic smile and an insane Evil Laugh after killing Mine.
  • Bait the Dog: At Tatsumi's insistence, River gives a Northern tribeswoman the cross emblem on his tie, which will ensure that the Imperial soldiers won't try to rape her. He later tells Esdeath what the girl looks like, and Esdeath kills her out of spite.
  • The Baroness: Esdeath, full-stop. In addition to the usual stuff, she clearly gets a buzz from forcing Tatsumi to submit to her.
  • Bastard Girlfriend: Ye gods, is Esdeath one!
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Tatsumi had planned to enlist in the Imperial Army in order to to ensure his village didn't starve. In the time-span of one day, he gets the Empire's most powerful and influential general as his patron, who gladly gives him as much money as he could ask for, a high position in the Royal Court, and a super-powerful weapon that he is completely compatible with—something that only happens in the rarest of cases. And the cherry on top? She's a smoking hot babe who is obsessively in love with him and would eagerly suck his dick if he just asked. The downside? She's a bloodthirsty, psycho-sadistic nutcase who terrifies him on a regular basis, frequently bullies and abuses him (sometimes sexually) because he refuses to embrace her insane philosophy, and threatens his village with extermination to keep him from leaving her.
  • Berserk Button: River does not like it when people insult Esdeath.
    • Esdeath's mere existence seems to be one for Tatsumi, though he's careful enough to rein in his temper unless she really pushes his buttons, something she has a talent for.
    • Esdeath really doesn't like it when Tatsumi intentionally puts himself in mortal danger, especially after she pieces together that he's trying to get himself killed just to stick it to her.
  • Big Eater: Honest. Up to Eleven. From the moment he shows up and every scene he's in afterward (so far), he's always eating and drinking. Esdeath even jokingly states that he'll kill himself from overeating, and implies he may have a stomach ulcer (this might be a joke too).
  • Big Damn Hero: Tatsumi saves a Northern girl from being raped by Esdeath's men, killing one of them in the process. He later saves a carpet merchant from being beaten up (or killed) by a group of crooked cops.
    • Tatsumi does this again when he saves Bols and his family from Gensei.
    • Bulat stops Kurome from killing Ieyasu, then proceeds to beat the tar out of her, Wave, and Seryu.
  • Blatant Lies: Esdeath's father claimed that her uncle was killed by a danger beast while the two of them were hunting together. It's painfully obvious whom the real killer is.
  • Blood Knight: Esdeath and Daidara.
  • Blood Lust: Esdeath very nearly orgasms when she discovers that Tatsumi managed to scratch her hard enough to draw a single drop of blood, which she licks up while moaning erotically. It's one of the main reasons why she fell in love with Tatsumi.
  • Break the Cutie: Defied by Tatsumi, though given the hell he's been through, it might as well be played straight with him.
    • Sayo's first mission as a member of Night Raid is to kill two greedy nobles in the presence of their son/nephew. She carries it out, but is clearly torn up about it.
  • Bullying a Dragon: A guardsman named Hirake refuses to take orders from Esdeath. This costs him dearly. To be fair, Esdeath's internal monologue suggests that he is one of Budo's subordinates, thus he would utterly despise her for her brutal nature and partnership with Honest, which would give him a justification for being contemptuous towards her, foolish as it may have been.
  • Buried Alive: The Northern tribe. Esdeath threatens Tatsumi's village with this fate to keep him from betraying her.
  • Catchphrase: Esdeath's seems to be "I insist," which she says in a threatening tone whenever Tatsumi tries to refuse one of her "requests" or "invitations."
  • Chick Magnet: Tatsumi. Ieyasu even calls him this—of the worst kind, since his primary admirer is Esdeath. Tatsumi is not amused.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Lubbock and, according to Sayo, Ieyasu.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Esdeath, due to being a yandere. After learning that Tatsumi saved a Northern tribeswoman from being gang-raped by her men, she kills said girl because she thinks that Tatsumi should not care about any woman other than her. He also hesitates to assist a Sex Slave he rescued from some bandits, knowing that such an act would arouse Esdeath's jealousy.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Tatsumi and Esdeath had the same fighting teacher.
  • Combat Pragmatist: During his second fight with Akame, Tatsumi makes it his first priority to wrest Murasame from her hands and dispose of it. After accomplishing this, he dives after her into the pool he threw it in and tries to drown her (his armor allows him to breathe under water for some reason). It almost works, but then Mine shoots the underside of the pool from a lower deck, allowing Bulat to resuscitate Akame.
    • In his rematch with Gensei, Tatsumi exploits the old man's injuries from Gensei's fight with Bols, getting to the high ground - the roof of Bols's house - and throwing tiles at him. After a few of them connect, Gensei is forced to let his guard down, allowing Tatsumi to rush in and fatally wound him. Tatsumi even lampshades this by declaring that he is "fighting dirty."
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Esdeath tells Tatsumi to strip, he thinks she's planning to rape him. Actually, she just wanted to check his body to see if she left any bruises on him from their first fight. When Esdeath realizes what he was thinking, she is very amused... and later tries to fulfill that fantasy after leading him into the forest and pinning him against a tree. Luckily, she becomes distracted by a pair of Danger Beasts.
  • Cool Old Guy: The chief of Tatsumi's village.
    • Tabach as well.
  • Cool Sword: Tatsumi's sword gets an upgrade, courtesy of Esdeath's blacksmith. When Esdeath gives it to him, she notes that the blacksmith was impressed at how well-made it already was and asks who made it. Tatsumi did.
    • And who could forget Murasame?
  • The Corrupter: Esdeath's biggest goal is to find as many potentially strong people as she can and "save them from their own weakness", i.e., get them to forsake whatever ideals they were raised on and become psycho-sadistic hedonists like her.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Nyau, in addition to getting cut up, is pulled into a set of gears by Lubbock, causing his body to get crushed between them. Of course, he deserves every bit of it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Every Tatsumi vs. Esdeath scene thus far, though notably, each time he does manage to inflict slightly more damage on her than the previous time.
    • Bulat demolishes Wave effortlessly.
    • During the above fight, Tatsumi gets his ass handed to him by Gensei.
  • Cute and Psycho: Kurome.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Esdeath often has to resist the urge to glomp the hell out of Tatsumi (more than usual, at any rate).
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The current police chief lost his faith in the system after a previous one tried to be a straight cop and was brutally murdered for it, along with his entire family. He's as disgusted as Tatsumi about the corruption in the capital, but can do nothing about it.
    • Hakim's death embitters Esdeath to the point of where she tosses aside any and all ideals other than the ones taught by her clan.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Bols is given one in this story. He was born and raised in a brutal prison, and after he proved compatible with Rubicante, he was shanghaied into Imperial service under penalty of being sent back to prison if he disobeys his orders.
    • Chapter 15 hints that Dr. Stylish's primary reason for becoming a Mad Scientist was to bring a loved one back from the dead.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tatsumi, though terrified of Esdeath, is still perfectly willing to be sassy and insulting towards her. Even as early as Chapter 2, his sense of humor is viciously sarcastic.
  • Death Seeker: By Chapter 13, Tatsumi would welcome death at the hands of Night Raid, if only to spite Esdeath. She eventually figures this out and becomes enraged by it, going on a rant about how Tatsumi belongs to her and that he is a fool for not wanting to be with her.
  • Deconstruction Fic: Esdeath's crush on Tatsumi was Played for Laughs in canon, the comedy coming from the weirdness of such a bloodthirsty and murderous individual acting like a lovestruck schoolgirl around a teenage boy. Here, it's not funny at all. While the lovestruck schoolgirl behavior is retained, the story also shows that being in a relationship with a Social Darwinist Blood Knight is not going to be a pleasant one unless you have those qualities too, and since Tatsumi doesn't, Esdeath (who deludes herself into thinking that he is Not So Different from her deep down, and that she only needs to bring it out) keeps trying to instill them in him using the most brutal methods she can think of; and when her attempts inevitably fail, she blames him for it and abuses him even more. What's worse is that this isn't a case of Adaptational Villainy: canon!Esdeath fully intended to corrupt Tatsumi into becoming a bloodthirsty killer like her while also intending to bully and dominate him into being completely subservient to her—she just never got the chance because he would always escape before she could start.
  • Defiant to the End: Numa Seika.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Tatsumi arguably crosses this upon discovering what Esdeath did to the Northern tribe after the city was stormed.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: After the fight with Zank, Esdeath tends to Tatsumi's wounds while trying to charm him. He's not impressed for even a second and tells her where to stick it. She doesn't take it well.
    • Later, after the fight on the Ryuusen, he viciously accuses her of not caring about anyone but herself and that she doesn't know what love is, much to her shock.
  • Dirty Cop: Captain Ogre was one, obviously. His successor, though nicer, also accepts bribes, though only because he knows that trying to be a good cop will put his family in danger.
  • Domestic Abuse: One of the many reasons why being Esdeath's lover is an unenviable position.
  • Double Standard: Averted to hell and gone. None of the things Esdeath does to Tatsumi are portrayed as in the right or funny, but only serve to show how depraved she is.
  • The Dragon: Tatsumi is forced to be Esdeath's, and he hates every second of it, much to her bewilderment.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Tatsumi becomes this trope after being convinced to play The Mole for Night Raid.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: See Evil Cannot Comprehend Good and Lack of Empathy. Esdeath just can't seem to get it in her head that Tatsumi's staunch refusal to be her lover is because he sees her for the depraved scumbag she is, plus the minor detail that he is only tolerating her presence because she is holding his village hostage, meaning he won't see her as anything more than his kidnapper and enemy. She either (a) blames him for not being a bloodthirsty psychopath like her or (b) thinks that she's going about seducing him the wrong way and seeks advice from Bols, but that won't really work because she either refuses to explain the circumstances behind her "relationship" with Tatsumi or flat-out lies about them. Adding on to the latter is the fact that, as of Chapter 2 of the Shorts, Bols has gotten the full story from Tatsumi, which will likely have a negative effect on what kind of advice he'll offer in the future.
  • The Dreaded: Esdeath is this obviously.
    • Akame is also this to Tatsumi. Ever since their first confrontation he has had nightmares about her, when he gets drunk he sees her, lays awake at nights staring at his window waiting for her, he fully believes that she is his own personal grim reaper and almost wishes she would just kill him.
      • The only thing that allows him to actually fight her is his will to survive and when it looked like she killed Run, who at that point is the only person Tatsumi considered as a friend.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Tatsumi tries to get drunk whenever Esdeath isn't around just so he can try to forget he even knows her. The second time he does this, he nearly kills Run in a drunken rage.
  • Easily Forgiven: In Chapter 15, Esdeath places Tatsumi under surveillance because of his habit of courting death. When he nearly gets killed again and she tears him a verbal new one for getting into deadly situations on purpose, he responds by having sex with her. After they are finished, he asks if she has forgiven him, and she responds "For everything. Several times over."
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Esdeath does this several times, usually when Tatsumi gets injured during a fight. She insists on tending to his wounds herself, but she deliberately draws out the process so she can probe and caress his body.
  • Entitled Bastard: Esdeath, as well as the below trope, seems to be this in general, thinking that anything she can take by force is automatically hers by right, and if said "thing" is a person, then he/she/they should just shut up and do what she wants. An especially jarring example occurs in Chapter 6, where she openly expects Tatsumi to completely forget about all the horrible things she has done to him (and made him do) up to that point and "open up to [her]." Needless to say, he does no such thing.
  • Entitled to Have You: Esdeath labors under the delusion that Tatsumi belongs to her and has no right to reject her advances. He does not agree.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Bols is a loving husband and father. The "evil" part is somewhat subverted because he hates what he does but knows that it will keep his family from being killed by the empire.
    • Dr. Stylish seems to genuinely love the mysterious person he keeps inside a liquid chamber in his lab. A dead/dying wife or daughter, perhaps?
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Daidara is a Blood Knight through and through, but he is absolutely disgusted by Nyau's habit of cutting off and collecting the faces of his victims.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Esdeath can't understand why Tatsumi would reject her advances. Neither can Nyau.
    • To elaborate, Esdeath's sadistic nature and social Darwinist outlook on life go completely against Tatsumi's own ideals, and her attempts to corrupt him only make him even more disgusted with her. In her eyes, Tatsumi should become more and more like her as time goes on, but his continuous defiance of her expectations at every turn baffles and angers her, and her vicious responses only make it worse, with him becoming more contemptuous and spiteful towards her rather than embracing her outlook on life and thus rejecting her advances again and again, which in turn causes her to become more brutal and desperate in her attempts to make him submit to her, which causes him to become more spiteful... you get the picture.
  • Expy: Esdeath is pretty damn similar to Mana Ouma, right down to having lustful feelings towards someone who could very well be her half-brother.
  • Eye Scream: Ieyasu gouges Kurome's right eye out with a shuriken.
  • Fat Bastard: Honest. The author really seems to enjoy emphasizing the man's massive girth whenever he's around.
  • Faux Affably Evil:
    • Esdeath. She tries to be Affably Evil, she really does. Unfortunately, she does a very bad job of hiding her psychopathic and sadistic nature (if she's even trying to hide it), and she quickly drops the act whenever she hears or sees something she doesn't like, such as Tatsumi rejecting her advances and telling her to fuck off, for example.
    • Prime Minister Honest. In front of Makoto, he portrays himself as a benevolent adviser. He's anything but, and when Makoto leaves the room, the mask comes off.
  • Friendly Address Privileges: Esdeath wants Tatsumi to talk to her casually, but he always speaks to her in a formal tone (unless he's angry) just to annoy her.
  • Forceful Kiss: Esdeath pins Tatsumi against a tree and gives him a passionate kiss in the second chapter. He's repulsed and aroused by this. Later, after they get into an argument about their "relationship," she starts to do this more often just to taunt him.
    • During one argument, after threatening his village again, she forces Tatsumi to prove his allegiance by kissing her.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Dr. Stylish. He claims that he views his creations as though they were his children. It's a damnable lie, and Esdeath sees it. Subverted when Chapter 15 implies he's trying to save a loved one.
  • Fragile Speedster: Zig-zagged with Hermes. While it does boost Tatsumi's speed greatly, it doesn't seem to increase his stamina much. Then again, it should be noted that almost everyone he's fought while wearing it is pretty damn strong.
  • Hannibal Lecture:
    • After pinning Tatsumi down a third time, Esdeath gives a Social Darwinist speech to justify her actions. Tatsumi doesn't buy it, but can't do anything about it since she's more powerful than him, so he doesn't respond.
    • Gensei delivers a brief one to both Bols and, later, Bulat, stating that warriors cannot have normal lives or families, and that they will eventually become used to killing, even enjoy it.
    • River delivers one to Tatsumi in an attempt to make him loyal to Esdeath. He fails miserably, with Tatsumi telling him to get stuffed.
  • Hero Killer: Seryu kills Mine.
  • Hidden Depths: Run seems convinced that Esdeath does truly love Tatsumi, but doesn't know how to properly express it. Chapter 16 implies that Esdeath does have a deeply buried conscience, or at least could have developed one had her Morality Pet not been killed so quickly. The fact that she shed a Single Tear the morning after she has sex with Tatsumi only adds to the confusion.
  • Honey Trap: In order to regain Esdeath's trust and get River off his back, Tatsumi reluctantly has sex with the sadistic general at the end of Chapter 15. It works better than he expected: she forgives him for every transgression and offense he's committed against her up to that point "several times over", and is so thoroughly on cloud nine that she trusts him completely from then on, without the slightest hint of suspicion.
  • Hope Spot: After the battle on the ship, it looks like every member of Night Raid is going to survive... until Seryu shoots Mine in the back.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: River thinks that Esdeath will eventually grow out of her petty sadism, destroy the corruption that is plaguing the empire, and rule over it as empress. He's dead wrong, and Esdeath, whom is fully aware of River's beliefs, bluntly tells him (while he is in a coma, thus he likely can't hear her) that, while she does not intend to serve Honest indefinitely, she will never become what River wants her to be.
  • Hypocrite:
    • River berates Tatsumi for attacking a group of Imperial soldiers who were raping a Northern girl, even though Esdeath had given them her blessing, to which Tatsumi responds that he's killed other Imperial soldiers before "with Esdeath-sama's blessing." River tries to dismiss the latter as "criminals," to which Tatsumi snarls "And these ones aren't!?" Later, he angrily tells Seryu that she has no right to speak of "justice" when he is hardly any better.
    • Esdeath's father taught her to never steal something from a fellow clan member, yet he might have had an affair with his brother's wife.
    • Esdeath herself grabs this trope in Chapter 14 when she notes that an Imperial Guard has no right to desecrate Gensei's corpse since he wasn't the one who killed him, yet earlier, she tried to desecrate Numa Seika's corpse even though Tatsumi killed him.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Esdeath informs Tatsumi that if he will not accept her, she will break him. She also did this to a wolf pup she grew fond of but couldn't have by poisoning it.
  • Ignore The Fanservice: Initially averted then played straight. At first, Esdeath's subjecting of Tatsumi to Marshmallow Hell and grabbing his crotch would get a blush out of him (something he's not proud of), but after a while, it has ceased to arouse him, and his only response is annoyance or, depending on his mood, anger.
  • I Have Your Wife: Esdeath keeps Tatsumi subservient to her by threatening to destroy his village.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Though Esdeath has a number of other reasons to be attracted to Tatsumi, one of the major factors is that none of her typical methods of winning people over (charisma; promises of money, power, gifts, etc.) work on him at all, which fuels her desire to completely possess him.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Upon discovering that Tatsumi's last desperate attack actually cut her and drew blood, Esdeath declares that she has fallen in love with him.
  • Intoxication Ensues: Coupled with Mushroom Samba. After lacing his drink with a powder given to him by Syura, Tatsumi gets very drunk and has a series of terrifying hallucinations consisting of the innocent people he killed (or indirectly caused the deaths of), resulting in him nearly killing Run in a drunken rage.
  • It's All About Me: Esdeath doesn't truly care about anyone but herself. Everything she does is motivated by her hedonism and selfishness.
  • Just a Kid: River seems to believe this trope applies to Esdeath, thinking that she will grow out of her sadism as she gets older and use her power to purge the Empire of corruption. He is very wrong.
  • Just Eat Him: Kuro tries to eat Bulat. It fails badly.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Esdeath loves doing this, with Tatsumi often being said dog, though she blames him for it. It's also heavily implied that she killed the Northern girl Tatsumi saved out of spite, and that she apparently forced him to watch.
    • Seryu advocates violently putting down a workers' strike after their beloved boss was murdered on Honest's orders (the killers tried to frame Night Raid, but the workers weren't fooled). Tatsumi quickly squashes that notion.
    • Tatsumi breaks an angry merchant's fingers to get him to leave. While the merchant in question seemed like a jerk, it should be kept in mind that his complaints were completely justified, as he was clearly a victim of the empire's corruption.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: When Tatsumi sees a group of Imperial soldiers raping a Northern tribeswoman, he immediately attacks them, killing one and heavily injuring the others. They all deserved it.
    • Tatsumi's beatdown of a group of crooked cops also counts.
    • When Esdeath believes that Tatsumi is suffering from stress due to Nyau and Daidara's deaths, he laughs scornfully and declares that he doesn't care about them and that they deserved it.
    • The destruction of the Partas Clan was a huge one.
    • Sayo gives a particularly vile noble a Karmic Death by inflicting the same torture he infliced on his victims.
    • River's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown at Esdeath's hands. Granted, her motives are hardly heroic (and she is responsible for making him said son of a bitch in the first place), but it's still refreshing to see the butt-kissing little hypocrite get smacked around for once.
  • Kissing Cousins: Tatsumi and Esdeath...or they could very well be half-siblings.
  • Killed Off for Real: Mine.
  • Knight Templar: Seryu Ubiquitous. She's Inspector Javert ON STEROIDS!
  • Lack of Empathy: Esdeath cares nothing for the people she kills or the lives she ruins. As far as she's concerned, they deserved to die for being weak. It's one of the many qualities she possesses that makes Tatsumi detest her, and she can't understand why.
  • Large Ham: Dr. Stylish. He's quite flamboyant, to say the least.
    • Honest, too. Pun intended.
  • Lecherous Licking:
    • Esdeath licks Tatsumi's face after kissing him for the first time in Chapter 2.
    • Tatsumi later does this, though in his case, it's licking drops of Esdeath's blood off his own cheek after biting her lip, and he was only doing it to provoke her into ravishing him—which she does.
  • Lie Back and Think of England: As Esdeath sexually abuses him in Chapter 2, Tatsumi tries to think of Sayo. Mercifully, Esdeath is distracted by some Danger Beasts before she can violate him.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Stylish.
  • Mama Bear: Tatsumi's mother erupts like a volcano when she realizes that Esdeath is responsible for his disappearance.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Tatsumi's mother is Esdeath's aunt, and his father is either Esdeath's uncle or her dad. Her uncle's suspicion about this leads to a confrontation with his brother, one that leads to the former's death.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Esdeath subjects Tatsumi to this occasionally, much to his annoyance.
  • Meaningful Name: Tatsumi's teigu is called Hermes. Three guesses what its primary power is.
    • Tatsumi's name means "Sleeping Dragon," a nod to his untapped potential.
    • The original translation of Esdeath's name, Esdese, means "I am an S(sadist)."
  • Mercy Kill: Tatsumi's killing of Numa Seika in battle is this in hindsight, since Esdeath planned to torture the prince to death.
    • When Tatsumi refuses to kill a group of captured bandits, Esdeath impales one on a pike (see Ass Shove) and proceeds to extensively torture the others, prompting Tatsumi to behead them (against Esdeath's orders to slit their throats) out of pity.
  • The Mole: Tatsumi becomes this for Night Raid at the end of the first act in exchange for Najenda's promise that the rebels will ensure the safety of his village.
  • Morality Pet: Hakim was Esdeath's.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Esdeath's father killed her uncle after the latter accused him of sleeping with his wife, which he may very well have done.
    • Esdeath herself is willing to kill any woman Tatsumi shows concern for.
  • Never My Fault: It never seems to occur to Esdeath that her brutal, childish, sadistic, and overbearing nature would drive Tatsumi away from her. In her eyes, he's just being weak and/or naive, and all of her Kick the Dog moments towards him are his fault for refusing to be her lover.
  • Noodle Incident: The night before the attack on the Northern capital, Esdeath "invites" Tatsumi into her tent and orders him to strip, all while wearing little to no clothing herself. The next time Tatsumi is seen outside the tent, he is fully clothed and looks rather sullen. Hmm...
    • Chapter 9 confirms that nothing happened.
    • While talking to Tatsumi, Run bitterly notes that his village was "already buried." Anyone who has read the manga knows what he's talking about, and those who don't... well, you don't wanna know.
    • In order to properly seduce Esdeath, Tatsumi takes lessons from Chelsea, whom has used her teigu to assume Esdeath's appearance. It has since been confirmed that they did not have sex.
      • not with Chelsea's real body anyway...
  • No Sense of Personal Space: As far as Esdeath is concerned, Tatsumi doesn't have any personal space since he belongs to her.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Esdeath feels like pulling her hair out every time Tatsumi rejects and insults her, though most of the time she takes it rather calmly and responds by forcing him to spend time with her on an activity she enjoys. However, such activities are ones that Tatsumi hates, and by the end of them, he's angrier than ever, decreasing her chances of seducing him even more, much to her fury.
  • Not So Different: Esdeath tries playing this card against Tatsumi. He tells her to shove it.
    • He's more like Bols, if you really think about it. Neither are loyal to the empire or their commanding officers, both are ashamed of the horrible things they are forced to do, and both have loved ones that the empire is holding hostage.
  • One-Winged Angel: Koro, Nyau, and River all have one.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Kurome becomes enraged when she learns that Tatsumi supposedly killed Akame note , an honor she wanted for herself, and plans to kill Tatsumi later as a way of "defeating" her sister.
  • Peeping Tom: A female example. During the Northern campaign, Esdeath would regularly "accidentally" walk in on Tatsumi while he is bathing, according to the Shorts.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Aside from an early scene in the first chapter, Tatsumi never smiles.
    • Averted in Chapter 14 after he briefly reunites with Sayo and Ieyasu. Later on, a jibe from Chelsea actually gets a genuine laugh out of him.
  • Pet the Dog: Tatsumi rescues a Northern village girl from Imperial soldiers, and later helps Tabach smuggle Numa Seika's corpse out of the Northern capital so that it can be given a proper burial.
    • Esdeath leaves a baby Tatsumi with a group of traveling merchants, thereby unknowingly saving him from the destruction of the Partas Clan and ensuring that he is raised in a more caring atmosphere. She also acted as a midwife when her aunt was giving birth to him.
    • Esdeath's friend, Kaname made a pair of wolf-pelt pajamas for baby Tatsumi to keep him warm.
  • Precocious Crush: Bols' daughter, Gnomey, seems to have a crush on Tatsumi.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Esdeath tries to cultivate a stern visage, but when she doesn't get her way, she's capable of throwing quite the temper tantrum.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Bols. He hates what the empire makes him do, but knows that if he disobeys his orders, he will be sent to prison and his family will be targeted by Esdeath.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Tatsumi firmly believes this, and will respond to any act of rape he sees with extreme violence, regardless of the consequences.
  • Reality Ensues: In a flashback, after getting wounded by an elk, Sayo cannot walk back to her and Tatsumi's village, so Tatsumi decides to carry her, as camping out could draw danger beasts or cause them to freeze to death. He walks for over an hour through freezing snow and his own fatigue, but despite his determination, he collapses "two-dozen full steps away from the closest house" and nearly dies from fatigue and hypothermia, though luckily Sayo manages to all for help in time.
    • Expecting someone to fall in love with you after you kidnap him, hold his loved ones hostage, commit all sorts of atrocities right in front of him and expect him to play along, and generally behaving like an obnoxious spoiled brat goes about as well as any sane person would expect. Of course, Esdeath is insane, so she fails to grasp this trope (see Dramatically Missing the Point).
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In Chapter 9, after the battle on the Ryuusen, Tatsumi accuses Esdeath of not caring about anyone but herself. When she tries to say that she loves him, Tatsumi won't even let her finish the sentence: he scathingly states that she doesn't know what love is and storms out of the room, slamming the door behind him.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Koro... until we see its Berserker form.
    • Winter the wolf pup.
  • Sadist: Esdeath. Hell, the original translation of her name, Esdese, means "I am an S(sadist)."
  • Sadistic Choice: Doubles with Squick. Ieyasu reveals to Air that, while he was being tortured by Aria's family, the matriarch forced him to choose between drinking poisoned water or drinking her urine. He chose the latter.
    • Esdeath is quite fond of forcing this trope upon Tatsumi. It just makes him despise her even more, much to her chagrin.
  • Self-Serving Memory: In later chapters, Esdeath acts as though she's done a lot of things for Tatsumi, such as helping him save his village. In reality, she's brought him nothing but misery, and she's holding his village hostage to keep him from defecting.
  • Sex Is Violence: Esdeath thinks so. Each time Tatsumi manages to land an attack on her, her voice takes a somewhat aroused tone. On one occasion, after they kill a few Danger Beasts, she orders him to "give [her] a show" and starts throwing ice at him, forcing him to dodge and keep going faster until he creates a snowy tornado, fueling her excitement even more. Eventually, Tatsumi gets fed up and tries to tackle her, but she anticipates this and creates an ice wall, which he smashes through before running into her. They roll down a hill for a bit, and after they stop, Tatsumi (who's on top) accidentally grabs one of Esdeath's breasts, causing her to moan in arousal. He gets feral for a second and it looks like he's about to ravish her, but another moan snaps him out of it, and he quickly stops and gets off, much to Esdeath's disappointment.
    • Later, in order to fully gain Esdeath's trust, Tatsumi reluctantly has sex with her. The ensuing romp features biting (ranging from playful nips to "I'm gonna tear off chunks of your flesh"-level action), licking up blood, clothes getting literally torn to pieces, cunnilingus, and purple nurples.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Najenda lampshades this by informing Tatsumi that, even if he bends over backwards to please Esdeath, she would eventually destroy his village anyway just for the hell of it.
  • Shameful Strip: Esdeath enjoys forcing Tatsumi to get naked just so she can cop a feel on him.
  • Shipper on Deck: Honest encourages Tatsumi to pursue a romance with Esdeath, believing that it will make her stay in the capital, and thus still work for him.
  • Single Tear: Esdeath sheds one at the end of Chapter 16. She is absolutely shocked by this and tries to deny it happened, but when a look in a mirror proves her wrong, she tries to will it away before finally getting fed up and wiping it off her face, utterly baffled that she would ever cry.
  • Social Darwinist: Esdeath.
  • Spared By Adaptation:
  • Spoiled Brat: Esdeath is a Psychopathic Womanchild who is capable of throwing quite the temper tantrum when she doesn't get what she wants immediately, and if that fails, she will pull an If I Can't Have You... without a moment's hesitation.
  • This Cannot Be!: Seryu is unable to comprehend how and why she lost a fight to Sheele.
  • Token Good Teammate: Tatsumi. He has no loyalty to Esdeath, hates her behavior (and her), and is absolutely appalled by the empire's corruption.
  • Training from Hell: The training regimen Esdeath forces upon Tatsumi is predictably brutal. The first thing she does is have him strike a wooden pole until his knuckles bleed; she makes him spar with Daidara; and she chases him with her dragon—both to increase his speed and to remind him that she can catch him if he tries to run away.
  • Undying Loyalty: River to Esdeath. Tatsumi and Bulat both call him a bootlicker.
  • Villainous Crush: Esdeath is just as attracted to Tatsumi as she is in canon. Unlike in canon, it's not Played for Laughs.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Esdeath has one in Chapter 15 after River loses track of Tatsumi during a sewer battle. She proceeds to beat River to a bloody pulp, all while screaming obscenities at him. Later, when Tatsumi unexpectedly appears in her bedroom, she, after getting over her initial shock, slaps him and goes on an egotistical rant, calling him a fool for trying to escape her via death and screaming that he belongs to her.
  • Villainous Incest: Esdeath's attraction to Tatsumi becomes this when it is revealed they are related, either being cousins or half-siblings.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend:
    • Well, "girlfriend" may be a bit of a stretch, but when Esdeath discovers a bloodied Tatsumi after he kills Numa Seika, she, according to Daidara, looked angry enough to level the city in retaliation. Later, after Tatsumi is abducted by Night Raid, she musters the Jaegers, several Imperial Guards, and CDF members to find and rescue him.
    • After fending off Gensei, Tatsumi is attacked by Night Raid and eventually succumbs to exhaustion. When Sayo sees him, she orders her comrades not to harm him, and when Leone and Akame attempt to finish him off anyway, she levels Pumpkin at them, which makes them back off.
  • We Can Rule Together: After seeing that Hermes is completely compatible with Tatsumi, Esdeath tries to convince Tatsumi to become her subordinate. He refuses, so she beats the hell out of him and holds his village hostage to make him comply.
    • River tries to convince Bulat to become Esdeath's subordinate. He fails miserably, but doesn't seem too torn up about it.
  • Wham Line: "Esdeath-sama, you're bleeding!"
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Both Esdeath and Mine have noted just how beautiful Tatsumi's eyes are, with the latter describing them as being "more precious than a hall full of gold" as she dies.
  • When He Smiles: Tatsumi still has a charming smile, though good luck getting him to show it to you.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Averted. Seryu shoots Mine in the back just as she is about to depart with her comrades.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: As far as Esdeath is concerned, it's Tatsumi's fault that she abuses him because he refuses to accept her "love".
  • Would Hurt a Child: Gensei tries to kill Bols's daughter by throwing her out a window simply to get back at Bols for severely burning his skin. Tatsumi saves her.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Wave and Run think they can reform the empire from within, a la Suzaku. They're dead wrong: it's way too corrupt, and the people who want to change that, aside from them, are either dead, locked up, or have thrown their lot in with the rebellion. Wave has it even worse since he sees Esdeath through rose-colored glasses and seems to labor under the delusion that Night Raid's targets are innocent people when they are really Asshole Victims.
    • In Chapter 2, Esdeath acknowledges the fact that Tatsumi is going to be hostile towards her for threatening his village, yet later on she seems to forget this completely and stupidly believes he will stop caring about his village and accept her "love", and her subsequent tantrums when he predictably refuses to play ball just drive a further wedge between them.
  • Yandere: Esdeath. When she discovers that Tatsumi stopped some of her men from raping a Northern girl, she makes a mental note to kill the girl later for "making Tatsumi care about her," a decision she apparently carried out. She later tells him that, if he continues to reject her, she will "break" him, just as she did to a wolf pup she liked but couldn't have (by poisoning it). She even goes as far as to say that she cannot live without him, and that she won't allow him to live without her. And then, later on, she vehemently declares that he belongs to her, down to his cells and the air he breathes.
  • You Have Failed Me: In the beginning of Chapter 15, Esdeath tasks River with keeping an eye on Tatsumi. When Tatsumi gets lost in the sewers and the Jaegers return without him, Esdeath sends them out of the room except for River, then proceeds to beat him to a bloody pulp for failing "one simple task".
  • You Remind Me of X: Esdeath remarks that seeing Tatsumi "reminds [her] of home." Turns out there's a good reason for this: they're blood-related.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Every time Esdeath congratulates Tatsumi on something he did, Tatsumi feels either ashamed, angry, or both because it was something particularly horrific that he didn't want to do in the first place. He makes sure that she knows this, and it frustrates her to no end.
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