List of Soul Eater characters
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The Soul Eater manga and anime series features an extensive cast of fictional characters created by Atsushi Ōkubo. It is set in a fictional universe inhabited by various characters capable of using supernatural powers by channeling the wavelengths of their souls. Most of the characters in the series, including the main protagonists, are classified into two groups: humans who are born with the power to turn into weapons, called demon weapons, and the wielders of these weapons, called meisters. The main protagonists attend a school called Death Weapon Meister Academy—DWMA for short—located in the fictional Death City in Nevada, United States. DWMA is run by Lord Death, the Grim Reaper, as a training facility for weapons and meisters to hone their powers, as well as an organization to preserve world order against anyone who threatens it, including witches, monsters and evil demon gods called kishin.
The main Soul Eater manga and its anime adaptation follow three meister/weapon partnerships—Maka Albarn and her scythe Soul Eater; Black Star and his shadow weapon Tsubaki Nakatsukasa; and Death the Kid and his twin pistols, Liz and Patty Thompson—who act as field agents for their school and reap the souls of evil humans to prevent them from turning into kishin. The spin-off prequel manga titled Soul Eater Not!, also created by Ōkubo, follows the everyday lives of three other DWMA students—halberd Tsugumi Harudori and her two meister friends, Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn.
- 1 Creation and conception
- 2 Main characters
- 3 Antagonists
- 4 Other characters
- 4.1 DWMA
- 4.1.1 Lord Death
- 4.1.2 Death scythes
- 4.1.3 Staff
- 4.1.4 Students
- 4.2 Great Old Ones
- 4.3 Other
- 4.1 DWMA
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Creation and conception
While creating Soul Eater, Atsushi Ōkubo was heavily influenced by the manga series Dr. Slump and wanted to create a story in which serious or intense action scenes would be defused or interrupted with comedic moments. The story element in which characters transform into weapons is an expansion on the idea of weapons being personified, which Ōkubo frequently saw in other fictional stories. Ōkubo decided to make the main protagonist of the series, Maka Albarn, a female in response to other shōnen manga having male main characters, and paired her and the other main characters with those of the opposite sex to demonstrate an equal representation of gender. He also decided to use a scythe as Maka's weapon for its unique fighting style. He resisted drawing influence from other people for most of his characters, particularly the main protagonists, who he instead based on assets on his own personality—the arrogant Black Star is based on Ōkubo's narcissistic side, the neurotic Death the Kid based on his manic side, etc. However, he did base a few characters on people he was familiar with, such as Excalibur, whose personality he based on his own father. He also designed supporting character Kilik Rung to be black after noting a lack of African characters in other manga series. The names of several characters are based on the titles of other films as a form of tribute, such as Blair being named after The Blair Witch Project and Kilik after Kirikou and the Sorceress.
Maka Albarn (マカ・アルバーン Maka Arubān?) is one of the main protagonists of Soul Eater. She is a young but dedicated student who takes after her mother, another prodigious meister. However, her relationship with her father Spirit is strained due to his constant flirtations with women, leading her parents to divorce. As such, Maka is obsessed with turning her weapon partner, Soul Eater, into a death scythe that will surpass her father.[ch. 0a] She collaborates well with Soul in battle, but sometimes gets frustrated at him when he does something foolish. When in danger, however, Maka does everything she can to keep Soul out of harm's way.[ch. 4]
The anime depicts Maka as the most mature and casual character out of the main protagonists. She is brave, strong-willed, hard working, humble, kind, and determined to do what is right, but hates injustice and can lose control of her emotions when her friends are in danger. She also at times tends to get annoyed with Soul due to his laid back personality, but they are still good friends at heart. She differs from most main protagonists in anime in that she has the characteristics most male main protagonists have, but is a female.
Because she has strong morals and a good sense of justice, she hates seeing her father cheating on women, and tends to be annoyed with Black Star at times due to his arrogant and self-absorbed personality. There are times when she gets ticked off, she does a "Maka Chop," which is when she takes a hardback book and slams it down onto that persons head. Usually her father's, Black Star, or Soul. In the anime, Maka was the only one who could defeat Asura, who was on the verge of destroying the world. Soul, Black Star, Death the Kid, their partners and Lord Death all failed to defeat him, but Maka defeated him all by herself because of her bravery. She confused Asura by proving to him she would never give up despite her being weaker and all her friends having been defeated, which made him doubt himself and confused him, allowing Maka to punch him, while he was distracted, with all her force and defeat him.
In the anime, Maka's kindness and compassion shows often with Crona. She recognizes him as being misunderstood and mistreated. She wants to be his friend to help him because he's been alone his whole life. She puts herself at risk of losing her sanity to help him and temporarily gives herself to the black blood in order to better understand him. Despite the others seeing him as an enemy because he is helping Medusa, she feels he is only helping Medusa because he has nothing else and is simply confused and misguided. She easily forgives him when discovering he was helping Medusa and spying on the academy, feeling Medusa had manipulated him into it. She loses control for the first time and violently kills Medusa with an Anti-Magic wavelength when Medusa almost kills Crona after he pushes Maka out of the way to save her.
Early in the story, Soul is infected with black blood during their first battle against Crona, which causes Maka to become infected as well, risking her going insane under the black blood's influence.[ch. 11] She later gains some control over the black blood by developing a soul wavelength inherited from her mother called the Anti-Magic Wavelength, which helps her resist the effects of insanity.[ch. 60] She is also adept at a skill called Soul Perception, which allows her to detect the souls of other people and measure their strengths,[ch. 2] and is later able to detect the souls of witches even when they use their magic to disguise their souls as ordinary human ones.[ch. 45] After turning Soul into a death scythe, Maka gains the ability to combine the power of her uniquely shaped soul, called a Grigori soul, with Soul's and grow angelic wings on Soul's weapon form, enabling her to fly.[ch. 63] Maka can fully synchronize with Spirit due to their bond as father and daughter.[ch. 106] In the anime adaptation, Maka is shown to have demon weapon powers inherited from her father and mother, allowing her to conjure blades from her body while she is unconscious.ep. 51
Soul Evans (ソウル・エヴァンス Sōru Evansu?), nicknamed Soul Eater (ソウル・イーター Sōru Ītā?), is a demon scythe and the partner of Maka Albarn, and the main male protagonist. His weapon form has a red- and-black blade and an eye near its heel which expresses his emotions. He has a laid-back and nonchalant personality and tries to maintain a "cool" attitude, but often ends up embarrassing himself instead.[ch. 0a] He tends to bicker with Maka over unimportant things from time to time, but is fiercely loyal to her and has more than once displayed his will to die for his friends' safety.[ch. 2] After he is slashed in the chest by Ragnarok and infected with the Demon Sword's blood he fights to resist the madness-inducing effects of black blood, which is portrayed by the little demon who appears within his subconscious.
As a member of a renowned family of musicians, Soul is a talented pianist, but uses his discovery of his weapon powers as an excuse to break ties from the family tradition and pursue the goal of becoming the most powerful death scythe ever. He dislikes being compared to his older brother Wes, a famous violinist, and is often reluctant to play music for other people.[ch. 55] He can use this talent when resonating his soul wavelength with others, playing the piano within his soul to drastically enhance their power.[ch. 36] He manages to become a Death Scythe after defeating Arachne with Maka and eating her soul, gaining the ability to use sound waves and sabotage enemies with his "Soul Hack" attack.[ch. 62] In the aftermath of Asura's defeat, overcoming his fear of using Black Blood, Soul becomes partnered to Death the Kid after he officially became the new Grim Reaper. Due to Kid's agreement with the witches to make no more death scythes, Soul became known as 'The Last Death Scythe'.
Black Star (ブラック☆スター Burakku Sutā?, stylized as "Black☆Star") is a ninja assassin and the meister of Tsubaki. He is exceedingly arrogant and loud-mouthed for an assassin, preferring to make a flashy entrance rather than sneaking up on his opponents, and tries to upstage anyone who gains more attention than he does.[ch. 0b] He frequently calls himself a "big" man destined to surpass God, thus driving himself to his physical limits and making him one of the most athletic students at DWMA. He made it a personal goal to defeat Kid in battle since Kid is a 'death god'. He is a skilled combatant even when unarmed, using a skill that allows him to increase his own soul wavelength and channel it through physical attacks.[ch. 2] He is one of the last remaining survivors of the Star Clan, a family of ninja assassins who slaughtered others for wealth until they were wiped out by DWMA, which took him in as an infant. He is oppressed by anyone who recognizes the clan's symbol, a star-shaped tattoo on his shoulder.[ch. 7] Due to his obsession with power and to the fact that the Star Clan was wiped out because they started to consume souls, some believe he will eventually descend down the path towards becoming a kishin like his father White Star.[ch. 39] But, in the final battle with Minfune, he chooses not the path of the Demon, but not the Warrior. He chooses the path of his own. Black Star, in his introductory chapter, is shown to have an attraction to Tsubaki, as he tried twice to peep on her while bathing; the feeling seems mutual as in the Lust chapter of Eibon's book, Tsubaki takes a form similar to Black Star when everyone's gender is switched.
In the anime, Black Star tends to have differences with both Maka and Kid. Maka had a hard time completing Soul Resonance with him because he was so arrogant and self-centered during Stein's training to make him, Maka, and Kid a team. Maka even punched him out of frustration towards his insults at her of her being weaker than him. Kid sometimes got into physical fights with Black Star, such as when Black Star would mess up 'perfect' symmetrical objects.
Tsubaki Nakatsukasa (中務 椿 Nakatsukasa Tsubaki?) is the weapon partner of Black Star, classified as a "shadow weapon" who has the power to transform into a variety of ninja weapons including a kusarigama, a shuriken, a ninjatō, and a smoke bomb.[ch. 0b] She is gentle, quiet, friendly, and easygoing, and provides a soothing influence among her friends whenever they argue. She is also very patient and tolerant of others, which allows her to put up with Black Star's constant arrogance and showboating, and serves as a highly collaborative partner in battle.[ch. 2] Her multiple weapon forms are part of a tradition passed down by her family, descended from the first demon weapons created by Arachne.[ch. 28] She later acquires her most powerful form, the Uncanny Sword (also known as the Enchanted Sword) after absorbing the soul of her corrupted brother Masamune.[ch. 8] She primarily takes the form of a black katana in this form, but is eventually able to transform it into other weapons as she ordinarily does.[ch. 49]
Death the Kid
Death the Kid (デス・ザ・キッド Desu za Kiddo?), called Kid (キッド Kiddo?) for short, is the son of Lord Death and was created from a part of the Grim Reaper's being like his older brother Asura as an incomplete Grim Reaper. However, lacking his father's aspect of fear and starting out as a child, Kid grows and developed his own personality.[ch. 72] His status as a Grim Reaper grants him formidable godlike powers such as invincibility to a point. However, as an inheritor of Death's Madness of Order, Kid suffers from asymmetriphobia (fear of asymmetrical things) and a crippling obsessive-compulsive disorder for symmetry in everyday life. As a result, he breaks down upon seeing anything off even by the slightest measurement, which hinders him in his daily life and in battle.[ch. 0c] This mindset results in him becoming the meister of the Thompson Sisters after seeing their matching weapon forms as a means to preserve his personal symmetry, but unable to fight using one of them while the other is missing.[ch. 13] He can also summon a flying skateboard called Beelzebub as both transportation and a weapon. Because of his status as Grim Reaper and a polished meister, Kid is not required to collect souls or attend DWMA, but he does so anyway to create custom weapons suited to his desires.[ch. 0c]
Kid's most distinguishing feature is the set of three white lines on the left side of his hair called the Lines of Sanzu, which plagues him at times due to their asymmetry. However, the Lines of Sanzu are revealed to be symbol of his status as a Grim Reaper and their eventual connection would awaken his full power; control over the Madness of Order. This power can eclipse all human emotions and leave only a cycle of life and death.[ch. 110] Later in the story, learning of his origins and that he was born flawed and as a child so not to end up like Asura. It seems that Kid initially feared becoming a greater threat than his brother if he unlocked his full potential. But after Maka reminds him that he has a kind and trusting heart, understanding his father's true power in the process, Kid connects the Sanzu Lines and assumes his true form. Thus, killing his father, Lord Death, because only one true Grim Reaper can exist at a time.[ch. 111]
Liz and Patty Thompson
- Liz: Voiced by: Yūko Kaida (drama CD), Akeno Watanabe (anime),ep. 2 Jamie Marchi (English)ep. 2
- Patty: Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (drama CD), Narumi Takahira (anime),ep. 2 Cherami Leigh (English)ep. 2
Elizabeth Thompson (エリザベス・トンプソン Erizabesu Tonpuson?) and her younger sister Patricia Thompson (パトリシア・トンプソン Patorishia Tonpuson?)—nicknamed Liz (リズ Rizu?) and Patty (パティ Pati?), respectively—are the weapon partners of Death the Kid. Liz is a cynical but mature, smart and resourceful young woman who always finds Kid's perfectionist attitude annoying, but can be a coward towards ghosts and anything she labels as "creepy". Her younger sister, Patty is known to be extremely childish and isn't intelligent compared to Liz, but is able to maintain a cheerful attitude in any situation that is replaced with an insane, psychotic anger when motivating her teammates or when angered. They both take the form of semi-automatic pistols that compress Kid's soul wavelength and fire it in the form of energy bullets that range in strength from destructive blasts to painful yet non-wound-inducing shots.[ch. 3] Both sisters are able to act as meisters whenever Kid is absent.[ch. 0c] As infants, they were abandoned on the streets of Brooklyn and survived by mugging passersby. They originally join Kid to exploit his wealth and authority as a Grim Reaper, but grow closer to Kid over time and outgrow their greed.[ch. 78]
Soul Eater Not!
Tsugumi Harudori (春鳥 つぐみ Harudori Tsugumi?) is the main protagonist of Soul Eater Not!, a Magic Weapon who becomes a halberd with a dull blade. She is a weapon transfer student from Japan who attends DWMA's NOT class, a class designed for weapons and meisters who want to control their powers in order to lead normal lives. Originally a timid romantic, Tsugami seeks to improve herself since meeting Maka on her first, wanting to emulate the confident senior student. She becomes friends with two Meisters Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn, alternating between them as a weapon, but will eventually pick one of them to be her official meister partner. She has a habit of exclaiming "Gagantous" when she is shocked or surprised, a word with no apparent meaning.
Meme Tatane (多々音 めめ Tatane Meme?) is a meister student from DWMA's NOT class and one of the main protagonists of Soul Eater Not!. She suffers from short-term memory loss and occasionally forgets her own name. She is also very well-endowed for her age, which Tsugumi envies her for. Despite her spacey nature, however, she is very athletic and specializes in a form of martial art called "Sleepy Fist" (睡拳 Suiken?), which she can only perform when partially unconscious. She befriends Tsugumi after she defends her from being bullied on their first day of class, and takes turns with Anya as Tsugumi's meister partner. She specializes in the using the axe portion of Tsugumi's weapon form.
Anya Hepburn (アーニャ・ヘプバーン Ānya Hepubān?), like Meme, is a meister from DWMA's NOT class and a main protagonist of Soul Eater Not!. Coming from a wealthy family, she acts condescendingly towards other people, referring to them as "commoners", but has become tired of her restrictive lifestyle and attends DWMA to better understand commoners. She becomes fascinated by Tsugumi, believing her to be the most average commoner of all, and desires to become her partner. She thus takes turns with Meme to wield Tsugumi; Anya becomes an expert with wielding the spear portion of Tsugumi's weapon form. Anya also tends to fight Black Star on a regular basis, their fights usually resulting with the DWMA building's symmetry being ruined. She is later revealed to be Princess Anastasia Yngling, whose family's considerable influence led an agreement with the DWMA for her to attend the school only on the condition that the entire country would protect her and that she was to immediately return to her home country should she be endangered.
Besides witches, the DMWA students also contend with humans who transformed into monsters and devour a large quantity of human souls needed to transform into a kishin. As the birth of a new kishin could weaken the seal keeping Asura, Lord Death uses the members of Death Weapon Meister Academy to defeat them with their tainted souls to aid in a weapon's enhancement into a Deathscythe.
Asura (阿修羅 Ashura?), also known as the Kishin (鬼神?, lit. "demon god"), is the ultimate antagonist of Soul Eater.[vol. 5] Originally one of the Great Old Ones eight centuries ago, Asura comes into being when Lord Death separates a fragment of his soul and gave it life. As that fragment contained Death's fear[ch. 72], it reflects in Asura's madness through his paranoid tendencies and quirks such as covering his face with bandages and wearing multiple layers of clothing. Eventually, to quell his constant fear, Asura swallows his own weapon Vajra (ヴァジュラ Vajura?) whole in order to devour human souls until he transforms into a godlike being. In that state, Asura can emit his Madness of Terror which deters the sanity of anyone in his presence until they are mindless beasts. Asura is eventually defeated by Death, who rips off Asura's skin to use as a container to seal him in a shrine beneath the DWMA building, preventing him from escaping while have the DWMA deal with those effected by Asura's "madness wavelength".[ch. 16]
Early in the story, Asura is resurrected after Medusa's minions inject him with black blood and he escapes after a brief battle with Death.[ch. 22] Though his intensified madness wavelength greatly influences the manga's plot, Asura remains largely absent until he is discovered by Maka to be hiding on the cartoonish moon in Earth's atmosphere.[ch. 90] After his Clown army is defeated, Asura comes out of hiding and is absorbed by Crona before taking the child's body as his own. By the time Death the Kid arrives to fight him, Asura reveals their relationship before his younger brother awakens his full power to face him as an equal. However, after the two meet and develop a plan to stop him, Maka manages to make Asura bleed while Crona uses Brew to manipulate the black blood to create a barrier around the moon to trap Asura on it.
In the anime adaptation, Asura's whereabouts after his escape from Death City have him being found in a Tibetan mountain range by Arachne, who aims to spread his madness wavelength across the world.ep. 39 After defeating Death in a second battle, revealing that he learned to stop imagining to overcome his personal fears before learning he developed feelings for the witch, Asura kills Arachne to rid himself of his weakness and eats her soul to transform into a monster.ep. 48 Even after reverting to his original state, Asura overpowered the meisters until only Maka remained to fight on her own after Soul is knocked out. Though Asura saw an easy victory against the girl, Maka's persistence and bravery get to him to the point that he relapses back into fearful paranoia before he explodes after being punched in the face by Maka channeling her courage into her fist.ep. 51
Medusa (メデューサ Medyūsa?) is the first major antagonist introduced in the story, a snake-themed witch who contains over a thousand snake familiars inside her body that she can use in her Vector Arrow spell.[ch. 5, 9] She can also create arrow-shaped panels on the ground called Vector Plates that throw anyone standing on them in the direction they point.[ch. 17] Medusa is a scientist who developed Black Blood, a substance that enhances madness within people, and aims to use it as part of her experiment to enable the world to evolve and no longer be stagnated by the DWMA's actions.[ch. 15] Medusa is resolute of her goals to the point of experimenting on her own child Crona whose purpose is essential to her overall scheme.[ch. 4]
Prior to the start of the story, getting Mabaa's permission under false pretenses, Medusa infiltrated the DWMA under the guise of a school nurse to find Asura's location, amassing an entourage to help her revive the Kishin with Black Blood.[ch. 15] Though defeated by Franken Stein shortly after her plan succeeds[ch. 22], Medusa survives the destruction of her original body by hiding her soul inside a snake and later possessing the body of a young girl named Rachel.[ch. 29] When her plans are impeded by Arachne[ch. 30], kidnapping Crona to make it seem to be sister's doing, Medusa forms a truce with DWMA to dispose of Arachnophobia and provides leverage with the demon tool Brew.[ch. 45] But once she acquired Arachne's soulless body, Medusa continues her experiments on Crona for her master plan to have the child be able to assimilate Asura.[ch. 60] This plan ultimately culminates with Medusa showing Crona affection for the first time in her child's life, intentionally provoking the confused Crona into killing her.[ch. 87]
In the anime adaptation, Medusa uses the truce between her and DWMA to manipulate Stein instead of defeating Arachnophobia. To do so, she forces Crona to implant a magic snake inside of an unsuspecting Marie Mjolnir to worsen Stein's already increasing madness—an act that is present in the manga's plot, but is instead used to keep him from interfering with Medusa's plans[ch. 32]—until he runs away from DWMA and joins her.ep. 41 She battles Maka, Marie, and a repentant Crona until Maka defeats her without harming Rachel's body,ep. 45 though she is shown at the end of the anime to have once again survived in the body of a snake ep. 51 (although there is nothing to confirm her soul was inside the snake this time, and she says after her first transfer that she likely wouldn't survive it again without the madness waves from Asura's awakening ep. 29).
Arachne (アラクネ Arakune?), the leader of Arachnophobia, is the second major antagonist introduced in the series. She is a spider-like witch and the oldest of the three Gorgon sisters. Called a heretic among her kind, Arachne is responsible for creating the first demon weapons 800 years before the series by combining the souls of her fellow witches with humans and ordinary weapons. She goes into hiding for 800 years after being betrayed by Medusa, and escapes Shinigami by scattering her body across the world in the form of countless black spiders and hiding the bulk of her soul inside a golem. She returns to power after Asura awakens and begins spreading his madness wavelength across the world. Her plans involve capturing Asura and plunging the world into madness, eventually discarding her physical body to become a spiritual entity of pure madness to gain the power necessary to control Asura.[ch. 58] She is killed by Maka and Soul, who collect her soul and later use it to turn Soul into a Deathscythe,[ch. 62] while Medusa possesses Arachne's lifeless body to use as her own.[ch. 60] In the anime adaptation, Arachne succeeds in capturing Asura and uses a demon tool called the Morality Manipulation Machine to amplify his madness wavelength. However, Asura turns on her and eats her soul to increase his own strength even further.ep. 48
Shaula (シャウラ Shaura?) only appears in Soul Eater Not! as the story's principal antagonist. She is a scorpion witch and the youngest of the three Gorgon sisters, desiring to prove her superiority over her older sisters Medusa and Arachne. She commands minions called "Traitors" (道場破り Toreta?), brainwashed individuals with superhuman strength who enter Death City for the sole purpose of challenging members of the DWMA, to gather intelligence on the organization as part of her agenda.
Crona (クロナ Kurona?) is Medusa's child and the wielder of Ragnarok (ラグナロク Ragunaroku?), a weapon also known as the Demon Sword (魔剣 Maken?), which takes the form of a black longsword. Crona is androgynous in appearance, leaving the character's gender unknown,[ch. 14] though Crona is addressed with male pronouns in the Yen Press and Funimation translations of the manga and anime, respectively, because they felt that "it" would have been insulting to Crona as a character. Atsushi Ohkubo, the creator of Soul Eater, has stated that Crona's gender is "unknown".
As a child, Crona's blood is replaced with a sanity-detering substance called "Black Blood" which Ragnarok's essence is mixed into. This forms a symbiotic relationship between Crona and Ragnarok, the latter of whom appears from Crona's body in a black, vaguely humanoid form when not in his weapon form. Because of Medusa's abuse and Ragnarok's bullying nature, Crona is extremely reclusive and fearful of almost everything. Unlike normal weapon and meister pairs, who synchronize their soul wavelengths to increase their strength, Crona uses a skill called Scream Resonance (悲鳴共鳴 Himei Kyōmei?) together with Ragnarok, who emits a scream from the mouth on his weapon form's blade that causes it to vibrate and deal additional damage. The black blood can also harden to prevent physical damage, and can extend from Crona's wounds to be used as an additional weapon.[ch. 4]
Crona is forced by Medusa to devour human souls through Ragnarok as part of Medusa's experiment for Crona to become a kishin. Crona initially becomes Maka's archenemy after infecting Soul with Ragnarok's black blood during their first encounter,[ch. 16] but ends up befriending Maka after she purifies Crona's soul,[ch. 19] which causes Ragnarok to shrink into a super deformed shape.[ch. 24] Following Medusa's defeat, Crona surrenders to DWMA and enrolls as a trial student, becoming closer to Maka and her friends, but is quickly forced by Medusa to act as her spy within the school.[ch. 31] Later, Crona is kidnapped by Medusa and brainwashed into forgetting Maka and her friends, once again becoming Medusa's test subject.[ch. 60] Crona is eventually ordered to be executed by DWMA for destroying an entire city in Ukraine and killing the death scythe Tsar Pushka stationed there, after which Crona is coerced by Medusa into killing her as part of the final stage in Medusa's experiment.[ch. 87] Having fully awakened the Black Blood with knowledge of Medusa's plan, Crona departs to the moon to Asura. Once fulfilling that objective, Crona is confronted by Maka and her friends before losing control with Asura taking over Crona's body.[ch. 104] Though thought to have been completely assimilated by the Kishin, Crona remained intact within Asura's subconscious before being found by Maka as she attempted a rescue mission. By that time, having given thought to past actions while touched by her compassion, Crona thanks Maka for her friendship, jointly expresses the belief that Crona and Maka will meet again one day, and uses the Book of Eibon to access Brew in a plan to seal Asura for good while being trapped in the process.
In the anime adaptation, after carrying out Medusa's orders to drive Franken Stein insane, Crona tries to run away from DWMA out of guilt, but is stopped by Maka and persuaded into admitting the betrayal.ep. 39 Crona is expelled and imprisoned within the school as punishment but, with Lord Death's blessing, is allowed to help rescue Stein from Medusa, who had formed a truce with DWMA that forbids anyone from the organization to harm her. Crona battles Medusa together with Maka and Marie Mjolnir, the latter of whom also temporarily leaves DWMA to accompany Crona.ep. 42 Crona is mortally wounded while defending Maka in the battle,ep. 45 but is brought back to full health by the rescued Stein and becomes a full-time DWMA student.ep. 51
Witches in Soul Eater are the natural enemies of DWMA, each themed after an animal. Due to their destructive nature, witches are hunted down by Meisters to be used a final ingredient to transform their weapon partners into death scythes.[ch. 0a, 61] They are led by Maba (魔婆 Mabaa?, translated as "Grandwitch" in the Funimation dub), who is stated to be as powerful as Lord Death.[ch. 12] Witches possess the natural ability to perform magic, which commonly entices them to follow destructive instinct; however, those with regenerative magic, like Kim Diehl, are immune to this instinct. Similar to how members of DWMA develop skills to help them hunt witches, such as the ability to sense their unique soul wavelengths, witches develop skills to counterbalance DWMA, such as using an ability called Soul Protect to disguise their souls as ordinary ones at will,[ch. 5] which also prevents them from using magic for as long as their barrier holds.[ch. 9] Eventually, with Medusa's death, the DWMA has a cease fire with the witches to deal with the threat of Crona and Asura. It was only after Death the Kid became the new Grim Reaper that a truce with the witches is established.
Eruka Frog (エルカ=フロッグ Eruka Furoggu?) is a frog-themed witch who is enslaved by Medusa after a failed attempt at killing her, resulting in Medusa infesting her body with countless magical snakes that would rip her to shreds.[ch. 9] Eruka is consequently forced to carry out various tasks for Medusa with the promise that one of these snakes be removed for every task she completes.[ch. 10] Keeping with her frog-like nature, she makes croaking sounds whenever she speaks. She despises Medusa, believing that her plans threaten the existence of all witches. Cowardly in nature, she has the power to transform herself into a frog to escape from danger and spy on others. She can create tadpole-shaped bombs as weapons, and keeps a giant flying tadpole as a mount. Eventually, with Medusa dead, she is drafted to aid the DWMA in setting up the ceasefire with the other witches.
Mizune (ミズネ?) is the name of a family of identical mouse-like witch sisters. There are originally six of them, but the oldest sister is killed by Medusa early in the story while helping Eruka during the attempt on the her life.[ch. 9] The remaining five become Medusa's servants after being misled to believe that DWMA is responsible for the death of their oldest.[ch. 15] They have the ability to transform themselves into mice and create beams of energy in place of whiskers on their face, which can cut through anything. They can also combine their bodies into other forms that increase with age, size, and power depending on how many sisters combine. They are incapable of communicating beyond mouse-like squeaks unless they are in their combined forms.
Free (フリー Furī?), also known as the "Man with the Magic Eye" (魔眼の男 Magan no Otoko?), an immortal werewolf who is imprisoned for 200 years for stealing the left eye of the Maba and replacing his own with it, giving him witch-like status.[ch. 10] He is broken out of prison on Medusa's behalf and becomes the witch's minion out of gratitude. Having forgotten his real name while in prison, he calls himself "Free" to celebrate his freedom.[ch. 10] He is generally carefree and clumsy, which occasionally causes him to injure himself in battle.[ch. 11] As a werewolf, he has the power to transform into his lupine form at will, granting him enhanced strength and speed. He also has a rapid healing factor which, combined with his immortality, makes him virtually invincible. The magic eye he stole from Maba gives him access to additional magic powers such as conjuring ice to form weapons, and manipulating space to trap others inside another dimension and create magical projections of himself.[ch. 15,20] Eventually, getting himself captured in a failed attempt to save Eruka, Free is drafted to aid the DWMA in setting up the ceasefire with the witches.
A "clown" (道化師 dōkeshi?) is the name given to any physical embodiment of madness in Soul Eater that takes the form of a vaguely humanoid clown. Clowns begin to surface in the story as a result of Asura's madness wavelength, which is concentrated in certain areas until it takes a physical form. These clowns serve to spread Asura's madness throughout the world, and are capable of driving other humans in their presence insane.[ch. 42] They can also transform themselves into armors that increase the physical strength of those who wear them while also enhancing their madness. The first clown introduced in the story is responsible for driving Justin Law insane, serving as the Deathscythe's partner soon. Medusa also creates her own artificial clowns for use in her experiments on madness, one of which is compatible with Crona.[ch. 66] A trio of clowns, Kaguya, White Rabbit, and Moonlight, manifest on the moon's surface due to Asura's presence as a line of defense. Though regularly regenerate through the effects of Asura's madness wavelength, the three Clowns are destroyed once the witches use their Soul Protect to cancel their healing ability.[ch. 91, 94]
In the anime, modeled after Justin's Clown, two Clowns appear as autonomous robots designed to guard the last Magic Tool created by Eibon and test those who try to claim it, having devoured everyone in the town of Sarcophagus where the artifact was hidden twenty years prior. Though they had an advantage due to their symmetrical appearance when side-by-side, the Clowns are destroyed by Death the Kid.
Arachnophobia (アラクノフォビア Arakunofobia?) is an organization created by the witch Arachne before she first disappeared 800 years prior to the story. It directly opposes DWMA's ideals of world order, becoming a major antagonistic force in the story.[ch. 26] The group is dissolved after Arachne is killed during DWMA's raid on their base of operations, Baba Yaga's Castle.[ch. 60]ep. 49
Mosquito (モスキート Mosukīto?) is Arachne's steward and most faithful servant, having managed Arachnophobia during her absence.[ch. 26] He appears as a short old man with a long, pointed nose which, true to his name, can drain the blood of a victim to sustain his life and heal himself.[ch. 28] He often argues and fights with Giriko, who he hates for his unrefined attitude. Having lived well over 800 years, his body is stated to have taken different forms over time, and can transform into these past stages at will. While a number of these forms are bestial in appearance—his form 100 years prior has a massive, nigh invulnerable upper body,[ch. 35] while his form 200 years ago has a slender, agile body and an even larger nose[ch. 52]—his most dangerous known form is that of a handsome man with slicked back hair as he was 400 years prior, which can transform into a legion of bats.[ch. 53] He is destroyed by Noah before he has the chance to unleash his ultimate form of 800 years prior.[ch. 56] In the anime, he battles Shinigami while piloting Baba Yaga's Castle in the form of a giant mecha to counter the mecha Shinigami transforms Death City into.ep. 47
Giriko (ギリコ?) is a psychotic, foul-mouthed demon weapon with an insatiable bloodlust, and another loyal follower of Arachne. His weapon form is a chainsaw, but prefers not to fight with a meister and can produce a chain around his body to fight in his human form. He is also an Enchanter with the ability to create golems and bring them to life. He is the creator of the golem Arachne used to hide her soul in 800 years in the past, and uses his Enchanter powers to pass his memories down to his children for thirty generations under the name Saw (ソウ Sō?) until Arachne's eventual return.[ch. 24,25] Upon Arachne's defeat, Giriko joins forces with Noah and fights Maka to avenge Arachne,[ch. 74] going as far as preparing a new (albeit female) body for himself to continue the battle after his old body is destroyed.[ch. 76] Before he can kill Maka, however, Giriko meets his demise when his soul spontaneously explodes, unable to withstand the bloodlust he maintained for 800 years.[ch. 77]
Mifune (ミフネ?), named after Toshirō Mifune,[vol. 1] is a master samurai and bodyguard of a young witch named Angela Leon (アンジェラ･レオン Anjera Reon?). Despite being an ordinary human, he has a massive soul equivalent in power to that of 99 ordinary human souls. He uses a fighting style called the Infinite One-Sword Style (無限一刀流 Mugen Ittōryū?), which allows him to fight using dozens of katanas he carries in a large scabbard and scatters around the battlefield. He is fond of children, which originally led him to leave the mafia family he was employed to after being ordered to capture Angela. It is also because of his concern for Angela that he joins Arachnophobia, the only organization he believes is willing to provide Angela's safety.[ch. 27] He forms a strong rivalry with Black Star early in the story despite his age,[ch. 0b] and dies in battle against him during DWMA's raid against Arachnophobia, leaving Angela to be taken into DWMA's custody to prevent her from becoming an enemy. In the anime adaptation, however, he survives the battle and leaves Arachnophobia together with Angela to become a DWMA teacher.ep. 51
Book of Eibon
The Book of Eibon (エイボンの書 Eibon no Sho?) is a grimoire written by Eibon that contains all of the wizard's written knowledge. The book contains blueprints for Eibon's demon tools, as well as a pocket universe modeled after the book's seven chapters, each based on one of the seven deadly sins. There is also an eighth hidden chapter, where a shadowy being that was one of the Great Old Ones resides due to his corruptive madness wavelength. Also residing within this world is a mechanical being created by Eibon called the Table of Contents (目次 Mokuji?), which represents the book's intelligence and aims to spread his creator's knowledge, and the madness that would be caused by it, across the world, making him the third major antagonist in the series.[ch. 82]
Noah (ノア Noa?) is the collective name of a group of artificial beings created by the Table of Contents to assist in the dispersal of Eibon's knowledge. The characters are modeled after Grimoire (グリモア Gurimoa?), a character designed by Atsushi Ōkubo for the video game Soul Eater: Monotone Princess. Each "Noah" is a personification of a sin-themed chapter from the Book of Eibon, each created to replace the previous one that was killed. Noah is served by a young man named Gopher (ゴフェル Goferu?), who worships Noah fanatically and envies anyone who has his master's attention. Like Maka, Gopher possesses a Grigori soul that allows him to fly.[ch. 63]
The first Noah introduced—who represents the sin greed—aims to collect everything in the world, from artifacts to living things, and store them inside the dimension within the book, going as far as defying his creator's orders to satisfy his desires, which result from his specified duties of "having Greed" and "obtaining Brew"[ch. 82]. Ultimately, Noah's reason for aiding Asura is only to add him to his collection once the kishin regains his strength. During Arachnophobia's fall, using the Book of Eibon to summon various monsters sealed within its pages, Noah collects Kid. However, Kid's friends venture into the Book of Eibon to save him and destroy Noah in the process.[ch. 81] An aggressive Noah representing wrath is created soon after and attempts to capture Asura with Gopher's aid as they venture to the moon.[ch. 82] However, as Asura is absorbed by the child, Noah is defeated by Crona.
Death Weapon Meister Academy (死神武器職人専門学校 Shinigami Buki Shokunin Senmon Gakkō?)—called DWMA (死武専 Shibusen?) for short—is an international organization founded and headed by Lord Death, the Grim Reaper, to preserve world order and prevent the birth of another kishin after Asura. Its main headquarters in the fictional Death City in Nevada, United States serves as a training facility for young meisters and weapons to hone their powers.
Lord Death (デス Desu?)[ch. 31], also known as the Grim Reaper (死神 Shinigami?), is the headmaster of Death Weapon Meister Academy and father to both Asura and Death the Kid. He is the personification of madness through order, reflected by his desire to maintain peace in the world and his aversion towards chaos.[ch. 72] However, though he could render humanity into mindless drones, Death allows them to keep their free will. He is also the former leader of the Great Old Ones prior to sealing away his apprentice and first child Asura eight centuries ago who had become a kishin, binding his own soul around Death City to keep Asura imprisoned underground. Unable to leave the city as a result, Lord Death creates Death Weapon Meister Academy to train meisters and weapons to prevent more kishin from surfacing, and to create death scythes to help him maintain the peace.[ch. 16] As headmaster, Lord Death normally resides in a special chamber in DWMA building called the Death Room, which others can contact through mirrors and reflective objects.[ch. 0a]
While more menacing in his earlier days, Lord Death alters his appearance into a more cartoonish form and acting eccentric to appease his younger students who were frightened of his true form.[ch. 22] Some aspects of his actual form remain, like his large white hands that now resemble foam hands, which he uses to perform a karate chop as a form of discipline for those who act out of hand.[ch. 0a] As a Grim Reaper, he prefers scythe-type weapons and makes Spirit, Maka's father, his primary death scythe.[ch. 23] Lord Death also raises his second child, Death the Kid, to be his heir and not end up like Asura. Though knowing that he would die once Kid connects his Lines of Sanzu, Lord Death accepts his fate and perished upon Kid's ascension during his fight against Asura.[ch. 53, 111]
Death scythes (デスサイズス desu saizusu?) are the most powerful form of weapons in Soul Eater, and a title given to weapons worthy of being wielded by Lord Death. The creation of a death scythe is one of the goals that DWMA students must accomplish, which can only be done by slaying and collecting the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch in that order, or else the souls they collect will be confiscated, forcing them to start over.[ch. 0a] A total of eight death scythes are given jurisdiction of a particular world region to help maintain order.[ch. 23] As the series draws to a close, with Death the Kid establishing a truce with the witches, Soul becomes the last Death Scythe to be created.
Spirit Albarn (スピリット=アルバーン Supiritto Arubān?), also named Death Scythe (デスサイズ Desu Saizu?), is Maka's father and the sole Deathscythe resident to DWMA at the start of the series, with jurisdiction over North America. Though he can transform into a scythe with a black blade and a cross-shaped handle, Spirit is revealed to be able to fight on his own without a Meister.[ch. 5] Originally partnered to Franken Stein, Spirit became a Deathscythe with the aid of his second Meister Kami, Maka's mother. However, due to his lecherous behavior, Spirit ends up being divorced and thus loses Maka's respect, which he desperately tries to regain.[ch. 0a] He acts primarily as a consort for Lord Death before being reassigned as Stein's partner after he is hired as a teacher at DWMA at the start of the series.[ch. 5] However, in light of Asura's freedom, unable to assist him at the time as he was helping Stein defeat Medusa, Spirit remains by Death's side since then.[ch. 18, 23] Sent to the moon with the others, Spirit comes to the aid of Maka during her fight with Crona as their familial ties make them an effective team against Crona's Soul Resonance negating abilities.[ch. 106]
Marie Mjolnir (マリー・ミョルニル Marī Myoruniru?) is the death scythe with jurisdiction over Oceania. Her weapon form differs between the manga and anime: in the manga, she takes the form of a small black hammer that can transform into a tonfa, the length of which increases with her wielder's soul wavelength;[ch. 61] in the anime, her weapon form is a large gray tonfa by default.ep. 45 She wears an eyepatch covering her left eye adorned with a lightning-bolt-shaped symbol that is present on her weapon form. She is carefree and absent-minded, and easily gets lost in the basement of DWMA with her poor sense of direction.[ch. 24] She is also lovelorn, having gone through a string of failed relationships with people such as Joe Buttataki, and desperately wishes to get married. She chose to oversee Oceania for the light workload provided by the job, believing it would allow her to focus on finding another boyfriend and settling down.[ch. 23]
Her soul wavelength has a soothing influence on those inflicted with madness, because of this she replaces Spirit as Stein's weapon partner.[ch. 23] Medusa takes advantage of this by forcing Crona to secretly place a magic snake inside a cup of tea that she drinks, causing her to unknowingly worsen Stein's madness.[ch. 32] However, she later removes the snake on her own after Joe discovers it.[ch. 38] Following Joe's murder, Marie travels with Stein to find the culprit, eventually learning it to be Justin Law.[ch. 61]
In the anime adaptation, Marie fails to discover the snake inside her body until after it causes Stein to run away from DWMA and join Medusa.ep. 41 Determined to rescue Stein, she temporarily leaves DWMA to avoid the non-aggression pact between the school and Medusa, and accompanies Crona in a strained partnership to defeat Medusa.ep. 44 After she restores Stein's sanity with her Anti-Demon Wavelength and Medusa is defeated by Maka, she returns to DWMA and reconciles with Crona.ep. 49 In the end of the manga, she and Stein tell everyone that they are on the way to having a child together although is worried about Stein's dissecting tendencies.
Azusa Yumi (弓 梓 Yumi Azusa?, translated as "Yumi Azusa" in the Funimation dub) is the death scythe in charge of Eastern Asia. She is the president of her class as a DWMA student, often scolding Spirit for flirting and Stein for his experiments, and treats others like children even as an adult.[ch. 23] Her weapon form is a crossbow fitted with a rifle scope that compresses and fires her meister's soul wavelength as ammunition. Her high accuracy allows her to shoot a target up to 10 km away with a 1 mm margin of error. She is very analytical in battle, using a clairvoyant ability that allows her to synchronize with another person and see through their eyes, form maps of areas, calculate distances, and copy visual data at extreme speeds.[ch. 25] Azusa is quite intimidating to others, even Lord Death (in the anime).
Justin Law (ジャスティン=ロウ Jasutin Rō?) is the death scythe in charge of Western Europe. He dresses in the garb of a Catholic priest, and worships Lord Death as his god.[ch. 23] He constantly listens to blaring music through earphones, which blocks his hearing, though he is capable of understanding others through lip reading. He takes the form of a guillotine, and is capable of fighting without a meister partner by transforming his arms and parts of his lower body into blades and the frame of his weapon form, and increasing his own soul wavelength through prayer. He is noted by other characters for having turned himself into a death scythe on his own at the age of thirteen, becoming the youngest weapon student at DWMA to become a death scythe.[ch. 26]
Later in the story, Justin is found to have been driven insane by Asura's madness wavelength, causing him to replace Lord Death with the kishin as his god.[ch. 61] He defects from DWMA after murdering Joe Buttataki and framing Stein for it, and briefly joins forces with Noah until he finds Asura on the moon.[ch. 80] He battles twice with his former friend Tezca Tlipoca, who burns and deforms the left half of his face in their second battle, leaving some kind of smoke rising off it.[ch. 86] He participates in the battle between DWMA and Asura as one of the kishin's minions,[ch. 91] and is later killed by Stein and Marie.[ch. 96] In the anime adaptation, Justin's defection never occurred.
Tezca Tlipoca (テスカ・トリポカ Tesuka Toripoka?) is the death scythe with jurisdiction over South America. He is a man who wears an oversized mask that completely covers his head. His masks are shaped like different animal heads, such as a bear and a mouse. His weapon form is a mirror that is attachable to his meister's leg and can create illusions, such as an exact duplicate of whoever looks at him. He also has the power to absorb sunlight and fire it back at others as an incinerating beam. His meister partner is a monkey named Enrique (猿里華 Enrike?), who speaks through unintelligible growling noises that only Tezca can understand. Tezca is an old friend of Justin Law (although he's too dense to realise Justin never heard a thing he says), and is devastated by his betrayal.[ch. 67] Against Lord Death's orders, he fakes his own death to follow Justin in an attempt to bring him back to his senses, only to be killed in the ensuing fight with Justin.[ch. 86] However, his soul survives and he is able to communicate with others by appearing in mirrors.[ch. 87] He never appears in the anime adaptation.
Tsar Pushka (ツァーリ・プーシュカ Tsāri Pūshuka?) is the death scythe in charge of Eastern Europe and possesses the same anti-demon wavelength as Maka Albarn. His weapon form is a small cannon that attaches itself to his meister's leg and launches an oversized cannonball. He can transform his head alone into a cannonball attached to his back with a cable, allowing him to swing and retract it at will. His meister is Feodor (フョードル Fyōdoru?), who can use a fighting style resembling the Cossack dance.[ch. 82,83] Both Tsar and Feodor are stationed in Ukraine, where they are killed in battle against Crona.[ch. 87]
Deng Dinga and Djinn Galland
Deng Dinga (デング・ディンガ Dengu Dinga?) and Djinn Garan (ジン・ガラン Jin Garan?) are the death scythes with jurisdiction over Africa and Western Asia, respectively, introduced in the story as participants in the battle against Asura and his minions.[ch. 90] Deng's weapon form, called a "rainbow axe", is a single-handed hatchet that draws a rainbow arc when swung by his meister Alezandre. Djinn takes the form of an oil lamp that is wielded by his meister Zubaydah (ズバイダ Zubaida?), and has the power to transform into a jinn-like creature that emerges from the nozzle of his own weapon form.[ch. 91]
Franken Stein (フランケン・シュタイン Furanken Shutain?) is a mad scientist hired to work as a teacher at DWMA early in the story. He views everything in the world as a specimen to be experimented on, including himself. He has a large screw sticking through the side of his head which he is seen frequently turning, though the true purpose of the screw is never explained. His skin and clothes are interweaved with stitches. He normally serves as a kindly father figure to his students, though he suffers from chronic bouts of madness that compel him to try and dissect anything in sight. Other than being a scientist, Stein is considered to be the most powerful meister to ever graduate from DWMA.[ch. 1] He uses his Soul Perception ability to read his opponents' souls and use the data he acquires against them. He works well with many weapon partners, including his childhood partner and Lord Death's current weapon Spirit—who he experimented on in his sleep—and his old flame Marie Mjolnir.[ch. 23] Even without a weapon, Stein is a master martial artist and can perform potent attacks with his soul wavelength alone.[ch. 2]
Following Asura's resurrection, Stein's insanity worsens under the effects of the kishin's spreading madness wavelength to the point where Marie is assigned by Lord Death to be his weapon, her soothing soul wavelength quelling his insanity.[ch. 23] However, he falls victim to Medusa's plans after she has Crona plant a magical snake inside Marie that worsens Stein's condition even more,[ch. 32] though the snake is discovered by Joe Buttataki and removed.[ch. 38] He is later framed for Joe's murder, but his companions refuse to believe he is the killer and allow him to evade arrest,[ch. 39] eventually leading him to track down the true culprit, Justin Law.[ch. 61] He is assigned as one of the participants in the battle between DWMA and Asura on the moon, where his madness is increased to such extremes that he begins to exhibit behavior not unlike that of a kishin.
In the anime adaptation, the snake in Marie's body is left undiscovered, driving Stein completely insane and causing to leave DWMA and join Medusa.ep. 41 He is later rescued by Maka, Crona, and Marie, the last of whom returns him to normal with her soul wavelength.ep. 45
Sid Barrett (死人・バレット Shido Baretto?) is a DWMA teacher and meister who is fatally stabbed in the head with a miniature Statue of Liberty and revived as a zombie by Franken Stein at the beginning of the story as part of a remedial lesson for Maka, Soul, Black Star, and Tsubaki.[ch. 1,2] His name is a pun on the words 死, meaning "dead", and 人, meaning "person".[vol. 1] He frequently refers to himself as "the kind of man he was" when he was alive, despite behaving exactly the same way as if he had never been killed. He always wears a hat or headband to cover the hole left in his head when he was killed. He is shown not to like his current appearance as shown when Crona was frightened of him. This made him go through melancholy and made him wish he never came back to life. He is a surrogate father to Black Star, who he had spared and taken in as an infant during DWMA's extermination of the Star Clan.[ch. 57] He employs ninja-like skills in battle, using his powers as a zombie to instantaneously burrow underground and surprise his opponent. His weapon partner Mira Naigus (ミーラ・ナイグス Mīra Naigusu?, spelled as "Mila Naigus" in the Funimation dub) takes the form of a combat knife and specializes in setting traps such as tripwires and explosives.[ch. 35] Naigus also acts as DWMA's physical education teacher,[ch. 45] and replaces Medusa as the school nurse.[ch. 27]
Joe Buttataki (ブッ叩き・ジョー Buttataki Jō?), nicknamed "B.J." ("J.B." in the Funimation anime dub), is a character introduced following the first major battle between DWMA and Arachnophobia, and thus his role completely differs between the diverging storylines of the manga and its anime adaptation. In the manga, he is a member of DWMA's internal affairs division from Oceania who specializes in lie detection through his highly developed Soul Perception ability, which allows him to read the souls of witches even while they disguise themselves with Soul Protect.[ch. 38] He has a past romance with Marie Mjolnir, who he breaks up with prior to the start of the story out of concern that his Soul Perception would disrupt their relationship. He is called to Death City to help uncover an enemy mole within DWMA, revealed to be Justin Law, who determines his Soul Perception to be a threat to Asura and murders him.[ch. 39,62] In the anime, Joe is a member of DWMA's research and development division, again from Oceania, who is summoned to build a machine out of the demon tools created by Eibon that allows Lord Death to transform all of Death City into a giant mecha and capture Asura.ep. 46 Both versions of the character share a fondness for coffee.[ch. 38]ep. 38
The students of DWMA are divided into two separate classes—the Normally Overcome Target (NOT) class, which is made up of 90% of the school's students and serves to teach them how to control their powers and adapt to everyday life; and the Especially Advanced Talent (EAT) class, in which the remaining 10% are trained as combatants. The main protagonists of Soul Eater attend the school's EAT class, while the spin-off manga Soul Eater Not! focuses on students from the NOT class. Later in the main story, a unit of elite meister and weapon students called Spartoi (スパルトイ Suparutoi?)—also called the DWMA Junior Elite Corps (死武専若手精鋭部隊 Shibusen Wakate Seiei Butai?)—is formed by the main protagonists in addition to students Ox Ford, Kilik Rung, and Kim Diehl and their weapon partners.[ch. 62]
Ox Ford (オックス・フォード Okkusu Fōdo?) is a meister and honors student who attends DWMA's EAT class. He is a bookworm who takes his studies very seriously, but considers himself to be a great warrior in battle, calling himself the "Great General Lightning King". His weapon partner is Harvar D. Éclair (ハーバー・ド・エクレール Hābā Do Ekurēru?), who takes the form of a spear with a head shaped like a lightning bolt, allowing him to conjure electricity. Ox has a shaved head with two spikes of hair on the sides of his head, which he takes great pride in. He has a mostly one-sided love for Kim Diehl, and is instrumental in persuading her to return to DWMA after she defects and is brainwashed into serving Arachnophobia, going as far as ripping out his hair to prove his loyalty to her, and growing out a full head of hair at her request. He also has a rivalry(in the anime)with Maka as they often compete for the top grades in their classes. Ox and Harvar's names are based off the universities Oxford and Harvard, respectively.
Kilik Rung (キリク・ルング Kiriku Rungu?) is an EAT class meister whose weapon partners, the young childrenPot of Fire (ポット・オブ・ファイア Potto obu Faia?) and Pot of Thunder (ポット・オブ・サンダー Potto obu Sandā?), take the form of a pair of large gauntlets. Fire and Thunder are twin brother and sister, respectively, who never speak but have the ability to communicate with nature and sense danger. As per his weapons' namesakes, Kilik is able to produce fire and electricity from the Pots while wielding them, allowing him to collaborate well with Ox Ford and Kim Diehl, who he is close friends with. In the anime,he is good friends with Black Star, who often gets Kilik to partner with him during his fights, and is mentioned to be one of the top three fighters at the school in terms of raw power by Hero.
Kim Diehl (キム・ディール Kimu Dīru?) is an EAT class meister who has a tendency to charge money from others while performing tasks for them. She is the object of fellow student Ox Ford's affections, though she is often annoyed by his romantic advances. She is later revealed to be a tanuki witch who possesses regenerative powers, allowing her to heal both herself and others when injured, going against the typically destructive nature of other witches. She keeps her true nature a secret from DWMA out of fear of prejudice. Her weapon is Jacqueline O'Lantern Dupré (ジャクリーン・オー・ランタン・デュプレ Jakurīn Ō Rantan Dyupure?) (Voiced by: Kanae Oki (Japanese); Jād Saxton (English)), nicknamed Jackie (ジャッキー Jakkī?), who takes the form of a square hand lantern. Kim wields Jacqueline like a flamethrower in battle, and can extend her handle to use her as an airborne mode of transportation; in some sense Jackie doubles as a rocket-powered broom, which also enables Kim to send and give signals during battle. Jacqueline is aware of Kim's witch status and helps her keep it a secret. Their friendship is deep, given they dress exactly alike.
After Kim's secret is exposed by Medusa, she and Jacqueline flee DWMA together and, with nowhere else to go, reluctantly join Arachnophobia. They are brainwashed into serving the organization, but are later returned to normal by Ox and Harvar and allowed to return to DWMA. Kim's witch status is never revealed in the anime adaptation, however. Kim and Jacqueline's relationship prior to their partnership is expanded upon in the prequel/spin-off manga Soul Eater Not!, where Kim bullies other students into giving her money, including Jacqueline, but the two become friends after Jacqueline discovers her nature as a witch and promises to keep it a secret.
Akane Hoshi (星☆茜 Hoshi Akane?, stylized as "Akane☆Hoshi") is a meister and DWMA student introduced in Soul Eater Not! as a member of the NOT class. Together with Black Star, he is one of the last remaining survivors of the Star Clan eradicated by DWMA. His left eye has a star-shaped mark over its iris as a sign of his lineage, which he covers with his hair fringes, and his name translates as "Red Star". His weapon partner is Clay Sizemore (クレイ・サイズモア Kurei Saizumoa?) (Voiced by: Seiichirō Yamashita (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook (English)), who takes the form of a longsword. In Soul Eater NOT!, it is revealed that they are actually graduates of the EAT class assigned to pose as NOT students in order to secretly protect Princess Anastasia Yngling, who has been attending the NOT class under the alias Anya Hepburn. Akane and Clay appear in the main storyline after having graduated from their class as members of DWMA's personal Central Intelligence Agency, and participate in the battle on the moon to help defeat Asura and his minions.[ch. 90]
Great Old Ones
The Great Old Ones (グレート・オールド・ワン Gurēto Ōrudo Wan?, alternatively written as 旧支配者, meaning "Old Ruler") are five immortal beings with Lord Death and Asura among its members. These beings each embody a particular emotion or state of being that invokes madness within other people.[ch. 72] Joined by Vajra and two unknown figures, the Great Old Ones formed the Eight Grim Reaper Legions (死神八武衆 Shinigami Hachi Bushū?, translated as "Death's Eight Guardians" in the Funimation dub) to maintain order in the world before the construction of DWMA 800 years prior to the start of the series.[ch. 16] Asura's actions resulted in the deaths of Vajra and the other two members before he was sealed with the four remaining Great Old Ones going their separate ways.
Excalibur (エクスカリバー Ekusukaribā?), known as the Holy Sword (聖剣 Seiken?), is the most powerful weapon in the Soul Eater series. He normally resides in a cavern shrine in Great Britain that is home to fairies.[ch. 6] While not explicitly stated, Excalibur exists long before the creation of the demon weapons and is suggested to be the Great Old One who is the embodiment of madness through rage.[ch. 77] His weapon form is a single-handed sword of intricate design, while his alternate form is a short, cartoonish creature with a plague mask-like face and dressed in a white suit and top hat. Though he can automatically resonate his soul with anyone, giving them various god-like powers like flight and ripping holes in time and space, Excalibur is extremely obnoxious and egotistical to the point of alienating potential meisters within minutes in various ways such as calling them "fools" to cut them off during a discussion.ep. 17 As a result, only one who can withstand Excalibur's numerous flaws can effectively use him.
Eibon (エイボン?) is the physical embodiment of madness through knowledge.[ch. 72] He is the author of the Book of Eibon, which contains blueprints of several other artifacts called demon tools (魔道具 madōgu?, "magic tools" in the Funimation dub) that DWMA and Arachnophobia attempt to utilize.[ch. 31] The most powerful of these demon tools is "Brew", a small mechanical cube that possesses the power to drastically increase the soul wavelength of anyone who holds it. In the anime adaptation, Eibon allied with Arachne 800 years in the past to cure his lover from a fatal illness. But Eibon failed and resurfaced years later to transform himself into a demon tool used to unlock Brew as penance.ep. 46
A nameless Great Old One that appears as a black, amorphous blob which embodies madness through power. His madness wavelength similar to Asura's due to its corruptive nature, the Black Mass's madness can have the afflicted reveal their true desires as the madness magnifies it. As consequence of its power, the Black Mass played a role in Asura becoming the kishin and goes into solitude within the Book of Eibon after Noah collected it. From its prison, the Black Mass resolves to use its madness wavelength to test those worthy to take over when the Great Old Ones are all gone. The Black Mass puts Black Star and Death the Kid through its test by having them battle each other, deeming their generation ideal successors when they reach a mutual conclusion of what kind of world to create without causing misery through power.[ch. 80]
Blair (ブレア Burea?) is a black cat with exceptionally strong magic powers, including the power to transform into a young, alluring human woman among other spells, such as conjuring pumpkin-shaped explosions and summoning a giant flying pumpkin for transportation. Her name is derived from The Blair Witch Project.[vol. 1] She is mistaken for a witch by Maka and Soul at the beginning of the story, forcing them to restart their soul collection after they collect her soul, which she survives since cats have nine souls.[ch. 0a] She has a flirtatious relationship with Soul and moves in with him and Maka for this reason, much to Soul's dismay and Maka's jealousy.[ch. 1] Despite this, the two are able to generally tolerate her presence, though Soul suffers from nosebleeds whenever he sees her doing something risqué, such as wandering around their apartment naked.[ch. 9]
The little ogre (小さな鬼 chiisana oni?, translated as "little demon" in the Funimation dub) is a being who appears in Soul's subconscious after he is infected by Ragnarok's black blood, taking the form of a small, red oni in a black double-breasted suit.[ch. 9] He periodically tempts Soul through his interests in music with power that can only be obtained through the black blood, hoping to spread its influence to others.[ch. 18] While Soul usually accepts his offers in desperate situations, the ogre is ignored for the most part. In the anime adaptation, the ogre is described as being Soul's alter ego created by the black blood. He almost succeeds in taking control of Soul during the final battle against Asura, but is thwarted when Maka salvages what remains of Soul's mind using her Anti-Demon Wavelength. The ogre is then swallowed whole by Soul as a mock-gesture of being accepted as a part of him.ep. 50
Masamune (マサムネ?) is Tsubaki's older brother who is driven mad with jealousy for his sister inheriting most of their family's weapon forms while he can only assume the form of a katana. Gaining infamy as the Uncanny Sword (妖刀 Yōtō?, translated as "Enchanted Sword" in the Funimation dub), with his blade blackened over time, Masamune devours both the souls of his victims and those of the people he subjugates to his will once they outlive their usefulness.[ch. 7] Masamune's actions play a vital role in Tsubaki joining the DWMA to stop him from becoming a kishin at all costs. Once obtaining Masamune in his weapon form, Tsubaki engages her brother in a metaphysical battle where she manages to defeat him and consume his soul.[ch. 8]
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- Soul Eater manga volumes by Ōkubo, Atsushi. Original Japanese version published by Square Enix. English translation published by Yen Press.
- Vol. 1 (ch. 0a–1): June 24, 2004. ISBN 978-4-7575-1223-8. (in Japanese). and October 27, 2009. ISBN 978-0-75953-001-0. (in English).
- Vol. 2 (ch. 2–5): November 22, 2004. ISBN 978-4-7575-1322-8. (in Japanese). and February 23, 2010. ISBN 978-0-75953-048-5. (in English).
- Vol. 3 (ch. 6–9): April 22, 2005 ISBN ISBN 978-4-7575-1413-3. (in Japanese). and June 10, 2010. ISBN 978-0-7595-3064-5. (in English).
- Vol. 4 (ch. 10–14): August 25, 2005. ISBN 978-4-7575-1505-5. (in Japanese). and October 26, 2010. ISBN 978-0-75953-127-7. (in English).
- Vol. 5 (ch. 15–18): December 22, 2005. ISBN 978-4-7575-1584-0. (in Japanese). and February 22, 2011. ISBN 978-0-31607-107-9. (in English).
- Vol. 6 (ch. 19–22): April 22, 2006. ISBN 978-4-7575-1671-7. (in Japanese). and June 28, 2011. ISBN 978-0-31607-109-3. (in English).
- Vol. 7 (ch. 23–27): September 22, 2006. ISBN 978-4-7575-1774-5. (in Japanese). and October 25, 2011. ISBN 978-0-31607-110-9. (in English).
- Vol. 8 (ch. 28–31): January 22, 2007. ISBN 978-4-7575-1922-0. (in Japanese). and February 28, 2012. ISBN 978-0-31607-112-3. (in English).
- Vol. 9 (ch. 32–35): May 22, 2007. ISBN 978-4-7575-2015-8. (in Japanese). and May 2012. ISBN 978-0-31607-113-0. (in English).
- Vol. 10 (ch. 36–39): October 22, 2007. ISBN 978-4-7575-2132-2. (in Japanese). and August 2012. ISBN 978-0-31607-114-7. (in English).
- Vol. 11 (ch. 40–44): March 22, 2008. ISBN 978-4-7575-2239-8. (in Japanese). and November 2012. ISBN 978-0-31607-115-4. (in English).
- Vol. 12 (ch. 45–48): June 21, 2008. ISBN 978-4-7575-2300-5. (in Japanese). and March 2013. ISBN 978-0-31607-293-9. (in English).
- Vol. 13 (ch. 49–52): October 22, 2008. ISBN 978-4-7575-2400-2. (in Japanese).
- Vol. 14 (ch. 53–57): March 21, 2009. ISBN 978-4-7575-2509-2. (in Japanese).
- Vol. 15 (ch. 58–62): September 18, 2009. ISBN 978-4-7575-2678-5. (in Japanese).
- Vol. 16 (ch. 63–67): February 22, 2010. ISBN 978-4-7575-2790-4. (in Japanese).
- Vol. 17 (ch. 68–72): July 22, 2010. ISBN 978-4-7575-2930-4. (in Japanese).
- Vol. 18 (ch. 73–76): November 22, 2010. ISBN 978-4-7575-3056-0. (in Japanese).
- Vol. 19 (ch. 77–81): March 22, 2011. ISBN 978-4-7575-3163-5. (in Japanese).
- Vol. 20 (ch. 82–87): September 22, 2011. ISBN 978-4-7575-3364-6. (in Japanese).
- Vol. 21 (ch. 88–92): February 22, 2012. ISBN 978-4757535015. (in Japanese).
- Soul Eater anime TV series episodes directed by Igarashi, Takuya