Zero Two is a character from the series Darling in the Franxx. She was designed as the most prominent character and icon of the series. Her popularity was blowing up when the anime was broadcasting and she quickly became one of the top-tier waifus on the internet.
Zero Two stands out of any other character in the series. She has an eye-catching, attractive appearance. For another, she has a great personality. Her charm is a complex mix. She is laid back, free, fun-loving, turbulent, flawed, strong, fierce, and sometimes unsympathetic before becoming more humane.
We cannot deny that Zero Two makes a very strong and indelible impression on us. So today we will talk about 6 facts that distinguish Zero Two from every other character in Darling in the Franxx, and make her an unforgettable character.
In the original design, she had black hair
We are all familiar with a light-pink haired girl, with red small horns and tiny adorable fangs. All these traits make Zero Two our loveable and charming half-human, half-demon girl. But in the original concepts for Zero Two, she had black hair and a dark black uniform matching with her hair color. With this look, she was supposed to be a reticent and unobtrusive character. After watching the anime, we can imagine how this could change the whole film.
In fact, as Masayoshi Tanaka (the character designer for the series) explained, 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“. In the end, the team decided to drop that design, and we have more colorful and more personalities Zero Two as we all know.
She is the tallest girl in the squad
With a height of 5’8 (~172,72cm), Zero Two is the tallest girl in their squad. She is taller than any of the female members and even most of the boys. Her half-klax blood may affect such remarkable height.
Besides that, many people assume Zero Two is in the age 15-16, which is the age when puberty starts. The female puberty starts and ends earlier than males, Zero Two appears to follow that same general rule. That explains why she is taller than Hiro and most of the male members.
Similarities in Evangelion
Surely everyone’s heard about the legendary mecha anime from the 90s Neon Genesis Evangelion (Shin Seiki Evangerion). The two main girl characters, Asuka and Rei, have some similarities to Zero Two. When we think about personality-wise, she is more “Asuka”, but if we look at Zero Two’s background, she is more “Rei”.
Though she has womanly aggression like Asuka, Rei is a little more suited for her. They both share a special bond with the rookie male combatant. And their partners are colts while they got all the skills and maturity. Both girls are overpowered half-human that could blow up the world if they wanted to.
She is a good artist and has good memory as well
Zero Two perfectly recreated the picture books from her childhood, every page of it, even though they tried to erase all her memories before. Another fact is that Zero Two is left-handed. One of the most common conceptions about left-handers is that they are more creative or artsy than right-handers. That adds to the fact that Zero Two is very good at drawing.
Zero Two resembled “Oni”
“Oni” is the Japanese word for “Demon”. They look strong, big, and have big horns. They are usually either green, blue, or red.
In episode 12 where we can see Zero Two as a kid, she never just resembled an Oni. She was an Oni, she looked barely human.
Besides having Oni features, her name also resembles Oni. Her name is Zero Two, as in Japanese Zero is “0” and Two is “ni”, we can translate her name and in Hepburn (non-Japanese character), it will appear as 0-Ni, or Oni.
How many times did Zero Two say “darling”?
“Darling” – the most famous word Zero Two always says to Hiro. She learned this word from the picture book. And throughout the entire series, Zero Two said this word 75 times.
That’s it for our 6 interesting facts about Zero Two you should know about her. We hope you were able to learn a few new things about her and if you knew all of these facts already – then congratulations, you’re a hardcore fan of Darling in the Franxx.