|Darling in the Franxx character|
Zero Two depicted in the Darling in the Franxx key visual
|First appearance||"Alone and Lonesome" (2018)|
|Created by||Atsushi Nishigori|
|Alias||The Partner Killer|
|Species||Human-Klaxo sapien hybrid|
Zero Two (Japanese: ゼロツー Hepburn: Zero Tsū), also known as Code:002 or Nine Iota, is a fictional character in Darling in the Franxx, a Japanese science fiction romance and action anime television series produced by CloverWorks and Trigger. She was designed as the most prominent character and icon of the series. Zero Two is an artificially-created life form and elite pilot with an infamous reputation as the "Partner Killer" who aspires to become fully human. She is well known for addressing Hiro, the protagonist, by the eponymous term "darling".
Zero Two is considered one of the most popular characters of Darling in the Franxx and her personality has been well received by both fans and critics, with the latter typically citing her as one of the best aspects of the series.
Creation and design
Zero Two had the most labor-intensive design process and was designed to be an iconic character to act as a flagship for Darling in the Franxx. The series' creative staff came to the consensus she should be the most eye-catching character. The inspiration for Zero Two's anime design came from character designer Masayoshi Tanaka and director Atsushi Nishigori. Tanaka explained that the design team was more concentrated on "what sort of existence Zero Two had", rather than her appearance, beginning with a vague image of a "badass transfer student". The initial design concepts of Zero Two were substantially subdued in comparison to her final appearance, appearing as a small, quiet, dark-haired character, before the design team decided that the design did not work with the intended personality. Her originally dark hair was exchanged for pink to assist in marketing her as the series' icon. Tanaka adapted the original design for the queen of the Klaxosaurs. The creative team considered their goal to make Zero Two an iconic character as a success, citing the abundance of cosplay and fanart. When asked by fans, Nishigori stated that Zero Two was his favorite character in the series but expressed that he was more "attracted to her charismatic personality" rather than her romantic appeal.
Zero Two is an elite pilot originally belonging to the special forces unit with an infamous reputation as the "Partner Killer" due to none of her previous co-pilots having survived past three rides. As an artificially-created hybrid of Klaxo sapiens and Homo sapiens, she possesses superhuman abilities such as increased strength and rapid regeneration. Commonly viewed by others as a monster, Zero Two possesses bestial physical characteristics such as two small red horns and fangs. She began to pursue her ambition to become fully human after meeting the protagonist Hiro in her youth, and frequently questions the meaning of humanity. Zero Two has a confident and assertive personality, as well as being consistently rebellious towards the collectivist, quasi-theocratic world government depicted in the series.
As a child, she was significantly more bestial in nature with red skin, blue blood, longer horns, sharper teeth, and described as having eyes "filled with hatred for the world". Growing up, Zero Two took on a significantly more human-like appearance, with red blood and light skin.
Several pieces of merchandising action figures based on Zero Two have been announced. A Nendoroid, a brand of figures manufactured by Good Smile Company that typically feature exchangeable faces and body parts, is scheduled for release in December 2018. Other figures from Kotobukiya and S.H.Figuarts are also expected to be released by the end of 2018.
Awards and nominations
Zero Two is a popular anime character and is considered the icon of Darling in the Franxx. She won Favorite Female Character in Anime Trending's Winter 2018 Anime Awards. At Newtype Anime Awards 2018, Zero Two won second for Best Female Character. Eric Van Allen of Kotaku describes Zero Two as "much a protagonist as Hiro" and considers her character arc as "one of the show’s best parts". Kyle Rogacion of Goomba Stomp expresses that she is "easily one of the best aspects of Franxx". Skyler Allen notes that Zero Two's energetic nature "lets her steal pretty much every scene she’s in". Tokyo Otaku Mode News ranked Zero Two twice as the best Winter 2018 character in both male and female polls.
A scene of an emotional conversation between Zero Two and Hiro became an internet meme when fans realized that their mouth movements were easy to manipulate and dub over with nonsensical audio. Popular edits involved audio such as dial-up modem connection sounds or popular music. The meme began when a Tumblr user posted an edit with barking noises over the two characters. The scene originates from episode 15 of Darling in the Franxx.
|2018||Anime Trending Awards Winter||Favorite Female Character||Zero Two||Won|
|Newtype Anime Awards||Best Character (Female)||Zero Two||Runner-up|
|2019||Anime Trending Awards||Girl of the Year||Zero Two||Nominated|
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The Partner Killer.
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What is 'human' to you people?
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Hands clasped together, and eyes filled with hatred for the world.
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