A sadistic general who serves as one of Akame Ga Kill!s primary adversaries.
Esdese was born the daughter of a tribal chief in a remote, arctic region of the empire. Her father impressed upon her the philosophy that only the strong survive, a lesson she took to heart. When her clan were annihilated by monsters her father told her, as he lay dying, that this was simply the outcome of their not having been strong enough. Esdese personal strength grew further and further as she older, until she eventually became known as the strongest in the empire. She joined the imperial army, where she worked her way up to the extremely high rank of general, and gained a reputation for her ruthlessness and cruelty. She was rewarded for her frequent successes in service of her country and emperor with the Teigu Demon extract which gave her the command of ice and intensified her bloodlust further.
Esdese was created by Tashiro Tetsuya & Takahiro for the Akame Ga Kill manga. She first appears in chapter seven. Her name is a pun on "S desu", a nod to her sadistic nature.
Esdese is a tall, attractive woman with very long, blue hair that tends to spread out as it goes further down. She wears a military uniform with a cap, long gloves, and long boots.
Esdese is well-known for her cold-heartedness, ruthlessness and sadism. She has carried out many atrocities with great relish and apparently no remorse. This doesn't indicate a lack of passion however, as she loves fighting, especially against powerful and driven opponents. This has let her to taking less practical or professional actions in the past, as sometimes rather than wipe enemies out, she will instead defeat them in brutal ways that will encourage her to seek revenge, so that there will be further battles for her later. This would suggest that while she is loyal to the Emperor and the Prime Minister, they aren't her primary concern.
She holds to a creed of survival of the fittest, and feels contempt for those who cannot defend or save themselves. Despite her harsh nature, she does seem to value her subordinates and truly loved her father, even if his death caused her little consternation. She has stated that she treats her troops well to maintain morale and keep them motivated, but there does seem to be some genuine affection for some of them.
She and the Prime Minister have a certain professional respect for one another and the others abilities and seem to enjoy one another's company. However, she isn't sentimental towards him, and doesn't entirely trust him.
Esdese feels a particular rivalry with Night Raid's leader Najenda, as they used to work together and had a fierce confrontation when the latter defected from the empire. To an extent, Esdese sees her conflict with Night Raid as a battle of wits with Najenda.
More recently, Esdese has felt a need to explore the concept of love, and sought an ideal partner for this goal. This turned out to be Tatsumi, who she briefly abducted after finding him in a tournament that she hosted. Esdese has genuine affection for Tatsumi, but has made it clear she intends to be the dominant partner in the relationship.
Growing up in a harsh environment has given Esdese incredible physical prowess and considerable willpower. She has demonstrated incredible strength, speed and skill in battle. She favours a thin sword in combat. To add to her already deadly combat ability, she commands the incredibly powerful Demon's extract Teigu, a substance wheich she once ingested and is now part of her blood. She can use this to freeze anything around her, including the air for the sake of making ice constructs. She can freeze living beings either to the extent of shattering or simply incapacitating them.
She is also a skilled leader who excels in motivating her troops, and has demonstrated solid tactical thinking.
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