Characters: Claymore

This is a page about the characters appearing in the Manga turned Anime, Claymore. Due to having Loads and Loads of Characters, be warned of spoilers.


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    Tropes all Claymores have in common 
  • Action Girl: A whole Amazon Brigade of them, though there have been male Claymores in the past. It didn't work out.
  • The Ageless: Claymores do not age past physical maturity. It appears that the source material for the Claymores, the Asarakam, can simply live for 200 years and pass this off on their 'descendants'. They do not appear to age during this time period.
  • BFS: Note the title. Miria notes the swords are made of unknown metals and too large and heavy to be forged for killing Yoma. They were actually created with the intent of slaying Asarakam.
  • Blessed with Suck: Acquire superhuman abilities, but risk transforming into monsters and have to live with a gash down the front of their bodies.
  • Body Horror: Each and every Claymore has a stitched-together open wound from when they were "treated" (read: infused with Yoma flesh and blood) running down the front of their bodies - one that can never heal unless they Awaken.
  • Bounty Hunter: Their services to mankind do not come free of charge.
  • Broken Bird: Every. Single. One. Which is why they are used as Claymore test subjects. See The Power of Hate below.
  • The Corruptible: All Claymores are in danger of giving into their Super-Powered Evil Side whenever they tap into their yoma-half for a power boost.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Since the Organization usually picks up orphans and homeless kids to turn into warriors, and since the Claymore-verse is a Crapsack World to begin with, you can bet that every single Claymore has an angsty backstory.
  • Demon Slayer: Well, yoma and Awakened Beings.
  • Detect Evil: Claymores can sense yoki, which is what gives Yoma, Awakened Beings, and Claymores their power.
  • Dying as Yourself: A black card is a signal to a close companion that a given Claymore wants to do this.
  • Enemy Detecting Radar: All Claymore's have the ability to detect Yoma and Yoki. Amongst themselves they have The Force Is Strong with This One. This is mentioned again in the characters who specialize in it.
  • Eye Color Change: The eyes of a Claymore are silver until they use their Yoma powers; this turns their eyes gold.
  • Gray Eyes: Hence the name "Silver Eyed Witches"
  • Gutted Like a Fish: Their bodies are slashed open from the private parts up to the throat in order for them to be infused with Yoma flesh and blood, then stitched back together because that particular wound will never heal.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Are part human, part Yoma.
  • Healing Factor: Losing a limb is usually only a minor, temporary inconvenience to a Claymore. However, they can't heal injuries from before they became Claymores.
  • Heroic Albino: The process that gives them their powers bleaches their hair.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: They're well aware of it though, but...
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Claymores will frequently invoke this trope when they think their Superpowered Evil Side is getting too strong.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Most of the higher ranking claymores can do this or have a special technique or two in their swordsmanship that's quite amazing.
  • Irony: Yoma energy, yoki, is powered by hatred for yoma. Priscilla's incredible power is due to her particularly extreme hate for yoma.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Their eyes turn gold with cat-like pupils when they draw on 10% or more of their Yoma powers.
  • Mystical White Hair: As Half-Human Hybrid they all have a "discolored" look: pale skin, grey eyes and white hair, although the whiteness of the hair depend of their original hair color and the success of the implantation.
  • Nightmare Face: Drawing on 30% of their Yoma power gives them prominent facial veins and shark-like teeth.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: Claymores are trained to sleep by planting their swords into the ground and leaning against it. In fact it was shown that they are so accustomed to this that they have problems sleeping in regular beds.
  • Power Levels: Drawing on a 10% of their Yoki gives them golden cat-like eyes; drawing on 30% gives them shark-like teeth, prominent facial veins and a deep voice; drawing on 50% causes them to bulk up significantly, 70% is supposed to be the limit of how much power they can safely use, and drawing on more than 80% turns them into Awakened Beings.
  • The Power of Hate: According to Dae, the stronger a person's hatred towards Yoma and themself the more powerful a Claymore they become.
  • Power Makes Your Voice Deep: Claymores suffer from this if they draw more of their powers. This can be seen in original and dub.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Most Claymores are quite tall.
  • The Stoic: They are trained to suppress their emotions, although not all of them do so.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Drawing on their Yoma powers increasingly risks causing them to Awaken, and if they deliberately draw on more than 80% of their powers they will lose control. Though if they manage to come back from that, they can awaken in short bursts with no repercussions.
  • Super Soldier: They were an experiment to create augmented warriors to combat draconic monsters.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill Muggles: The Claymores are absolutely forbidden from attacking or killing humans, without exception, even if it means getting raped or killed themselves.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: From their lower belly to the base of their neck, since this is where the yoma flesh is inserted. No wonder Claymores don't smile or eat much.
  • You Are Number Six: Claymores are ranked from 1 to 47, and almost always mention what their number is whenever they introduce themselves to each other.


    Claymores
Clare's generation 

Clare

Number 47note ; 150th Generation.The main protagonist of Claymore.

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Stephanie Young (adult) & Cherami Leigh (child) (EN)


  • Action Girl: The main one of the series.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Ilena's Quicksword, Flora's Windcutter, and now Raphaela's Yoki vision.
  • Almighty Janitor: Clare's status after meeting Ilena until the climactic battle in the north. She's ranked dead last out of the 47 Claymores. Before then she's largely deserving of her rank and after then she deserted, so she doesn't have a rank anymore anyway.
  • Anti-Hero: Starts off as coldly performing her duty, but Raki slowly gets her to defrost.
  • Appendage Assimilation: Her right arm is actually Ilena's.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: This girl practically has a passive ability to just non-stop come up with strategies and tactics on the spot to improve her odds of victory. Of course, since here people don't exposition Awesomeness by Analysis, save the occasional one-liner, you'll have to pay attention to notice this.
  • Badass: She starts off as a total badass, and then you realize that she is, in fact, the weakest warrior of 'em all (and no, not an almighty janitor).
    • Badass and Child Duo: Clare is part of two! Clare is the badass to Raki in a rare gender-inverted example and it is later revealed that Clare herself was protected by Teresa of the Faint Smile in the same way in a same-gendered example.
    • Badass Transplant: Her right arm is not hers, but Ilena's. With it, she can use Ilena's signature attack more efficiently.
      • And Teresa's flesh was used to make her a Claymore in the first place.
  • Bathing Beauty: In earlier chapters she was shown to have a habit of taking a bath after every mission in attempt to wash off the smell of yoma blood.
  • Being Watched: She sensed it when her team was being spied upon by Galatea.
  • Berserk Button: She has several, and boy, oh boy do you DO NOT want to touch them.
    • You can if you're Priscilla, who is one of her Berserk Buttons.
  • Bifauxnen: Deliberately invoked to hide from the Organization. It doesn't last too long. Though it helps that she can alter her voice.
  • Blade Spam: The Windcutter and Quicksword techniques she copied. Windcutter has other benefits, such as not relying on Yoki.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She cut her previously long hair into a bob in order to create a diversion. It also helped her impersonate a man when looking for Raki.
  • Break the Cutie: Happened so many times to her in the backstory that it's kind of surprising that she didn't just lose it.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Very much so.
  • Cool Big Sis: At least Raki thinks so.
  • Creepy Child: In her backstory she was viewed as being disturbing by the villagers, due to being covered in bruises and scars.
  • Creepy Monotone: From the get-go.
  • Crying Little Kid: She was one as a kid, generally when Teresa was involved. In fact, when she finally meets Teresa again at the end of the manga, Teresa calls her out on crying so much, since she mentally reverted back into a child while together.
  • Cute Mute: As a child. All part of being a Heartwarming Orphan.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's rare behind her Stoic nature, but it comes out every now and again.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Young Clare becomes this to Teresa.
    • Raki does this to her.
  • Determinator: This girl does not give up, ever, save the occasional I Cannot Self-Terminate moment (but with good reason).
  • Deus Exit Machina: She is absent during the rebellion of the Organization's warriors. Considering she is currently one of the two most powerful warriors alive her presence would have been very helpful.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Many people consider Clare to be one to Guts from Berserk.
  • Dramatic Dislocation: Clare dislocates a shoulder during her training, and pops it back in by ramming her shoulder into a wall.
  • Emotionless Girl: Subverted. Clare only appears to be this.
    Ilena: You already appear calm on the surface. But your real heart is a whirlpool of passion.
  • Expy: To Ikuno Shirataki, a character from Norihiro Yagi's previous work. Both have identical hair, though Clare's is blond and Ikuno's brown - interestingly, Clare was used to be brown-haired, too, like Ikuno - both subverting the "Emotionless Girl"-trope and are actually Hot-Blooded.
  • The Glomp: She does it to Teresa several times in the backstory.
  • Green Eyes: Clare's natural eye color before her transformation. Her personality didn't seem to match her eye color though...
    • Brown Eyes: She gets this when pretending to be human.
  • Harmful to Minors: Technically, all of the Claymores have backstories with this as part of their Break the Cutie ordeal, but Clare had it particularly bad when she was a kid. As if having her older brother turned into a youma, eating their parents, and then possibly molesting her was bad enough, she then gets booted out of her village and then gets picked up and abused by another youma. She gets a break for awhile when she meets and starts traveling with Teresa, but then it just gets worse from there when gets abducted and beaten by bandits, Teresa gets marked for death for protecting her, and then to top it off, she has to see Teresa get killed in very graphic manner for a child to experience.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: In the backstory for a brief period.
  • Hero on Hiatus: During the rebellion she was sealed in the Destroyer.
  • Hot-Blooded: Despite her efforts to appear calm, anyone who knows her better can tell that she fits this trope.
  • Hyper Awareness: How her yoki sensor ability that she inherited works, to the point that she can anticipate her opponent's next moves. This also allows for her to come up with on-the-spot tactics to use in mid-battle.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: Mixed with a bit of Chronic Hero Syndrome in volume one. When Rubel gives Clare a team assignment to eliminate a group of yoma in a village that have already killed 27 people, he informs her that the rest of the party would take a few days to meet at the village - and in the meantime, about four or five people were probably going to die, more or less. Clare decides to go on ahead, claiming that she hates waiting and that she just wants to get the job done early. Yeah right, girl.
  • I'm Crying But I Don't Know Why: In Chapter 101 when she fails to Awaken.
  • Important Haircut: Revealed in Chapter 77.2, a side story about her final test to become a full-fledged warrior. She sacrificed her waist-length hair to set up a trap for a Yoma, allowing her to ambush and kill it. In doing so, she earned her symbol and became Number 47, deciding to wear her hair short from then on.
  • It Only Works Once: The method she used to kill Rigaldo failed against Priscilla.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Done as a Mercy Kill with Elena and done accidentally with Jean.
  • Knife Nut: In volume two, Clare is shown wielding two daggers while on a mission in Rabona and carries herself quite well with them.
  • The Lancer: Also Miria's Number Two. Miria was confident enough to return to the South with just Clare and herself.
  • Magikarp Power: When Ilena first taught Clare her Quicksword technique, Clare's version was roughly equivalent to slicing at the enemy with her sword very fast. After seven years of level-grinding, Clare's Quicksword rivals single digits' techniques, including Ilena's own.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She appears naked more often than any other warrior.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Grows several bladed appendages when she partially Awakens.
  • Naked on Revival: What happened to her when she was extracted from her fusion with The Destroyer. It turned into Fan Disservice when her Wound That Will Not Heal opened up.
  • Not So Stoic: Teresa tells her friends she's not as mature as she likes to appear, and enjoys being praised and patted on the head. Sure enough, she blushes when they all start paying attention to her.
  • One-Winged Angel: Her partially-Awakened form, where she trades her arms for bladed Combat Tentacles and her legs for biomechanical-looking hooves.
  • Partial Transformation: Her partial Awakening, which transforms her legs into biomechanical-looking hooves, her left arm into a mass of blade-tipped tentacles, and projects five segmented, razor-sharp appendages from her right shoulder, with blades forming on her right arm.
  • Plucky Girl: Clare was this when she was a little girl who followed Teresa around no matter what the former said to discourage her. Goes full-blown Determinator when she becomes a super human.
  • Power Copying + Next Tier Power-Up: Sometimes it's a move. Sometimes it's memories or emotions. Another time, it's an entire limb. And later, it's the entire Youki mass of an Eldritch Abomination which nearly killed her but had no mind of its own.
  • Rape as Backstory: It was strongly implied that the yoma that took Clare captive as a child was at least molesting her. Some speculate that the yoma that killed her family and masqueraded as her brother took it a step further... It's also implied the one-armed bandit had his way with her as revenge-by-proxy against Teresa.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Miria's Blue. They are also the two strongest fighters within the Seven Ghosts and regularly work in tandem.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: The can being the Destroyer Cocoon during the Claymore Rebellion arc.
  • Sharing a Body: Claire realizes that Teresa's soul and consciousness still exist inside her and uses the Soul Link technique inherited from Rafaela to let her take over.
  • Super Speed: When she taps way too far into the Superpowered Evil Side. Unfortunately, unlike Miria's Phantom, the Law of Conservation of Momentum is working, but she initially addresses it with a Blade Brake.
  • The Tease: When infiltrating Rabona the first time, Clare informs Raki that the Claymores are trained to impersonate prostitutes for infiltration purposes and asks if he wants a demonstration.
  • Taking You with Me: After being absorbed into the Destroyer, Clare (and possibly some very, very small part of Raphaela) absorb and seal Priscilla into herself.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: One of Clare's specialties, before she began mega-manning, was sensing auras. Upgraded by Raphaela's Yoki vision following her revival.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She took several.
  • Transhuman Treachery: The seven years of training she underwent was solely intended to increase the power of her Awakened form, and she immediately and deliberately attempts to Awaken during her fight with Priscilla. Almost immediately subverted due to her subconscious inability to go through to it as a result of what happened to Jean the last time she got so close to the edge.
  • True Companions: With Raki and the other Seven Ghosts, but especially Miria.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Despite her stoic veneer Clare is very temperamental and any attempt to harm her loved ones causes her to rampage. When Rigaldo kills the Pieta squad captains - including the one Clare was supposed to protect - and goes after Miria while tossing Clare around like a rag doll, Clare's rage is so great that she partially Awakens, enabling her to dice him to pieces.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Theoretically, she's the Organization's weakest warrior besides Clarice. However, she has at least one inherent skill inherited from her sort-of-mother, Teresa that she's VERY hard to top at. Oh, and she trains and assimilates techniques like crazy. By the beginning of Part 2, however, she's stated to be a match for the best the Organization has to offer.

Miria

Number 6; 127th Generation.

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Monica Rial (EN)

  • Badass: Is one of the strongest Claymores, even among the Ghosts, though her specialty is in co-ordinating teamwork.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: She breaks her one rule of never killing fellow Claymores during her battle against Hysteria the Elegant, as that was the only way to end the fight before a recently Awakened Cassandra killed all her allies.
  • Big Good: Is the instigator of the downfall of the Organization.
  • The Captain: Serves as the leader of the Awakened Being hunt, the Pieta war party, and later Seven Ghosts. Is noted to be more effective than anyone else in a group battle and the databooks rank Miria's leadership as on par with Teresa's combat ability.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: She gets called out on this in Chapter 123 by Deneve.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: She's seemingly hacked to pieces by the other Claymores when she attacks the Organization by herself, but in Chapter 107 it turns out that she isn't actually dead after all.
  • Facial Markings: Develops them when she goes past her limit fighting Hysteria.
  • Flash Step: Her signature move — she moves so fast that she leaves after-images.
    • In her battle with Hysteria, she has to push it even further, not quite reaching her opponent's Intangible Man status, but she does succeed at a more brutal version: intentional telefragging.
  • Genius Bruiser: Like all the Claymores she is handy with a sword, but she is also one of the most knowledgeable fighters of her generation, if not the entire story.
  • Guile Heroine: THE Guile Heroine of the entire series.
  • Idiot Ball: Miria is at her best in group combat, yet she decides to attack the Organization by herself because of her More Expendable Than You attitude and belief that she was the only one that could kill other Claymores or defenseless-yet-guilty human beings. She dies almost died in the process.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Prefers to work alone. It almost got her killed.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Was forced to kill her friend Hilda, which prompted her to turn against the Organization.
  • Magnetic Heroine: Miria possesses a colossal presence that pulls pretty much everyone towards her. Starting with the Paburo Hunting Party, she effortlessly takes control of all Claymores of the Northern Campaign, then becomes the leader of the Seven Ghosts. Following her rebellion against the Organization, her sheer willpower forces the entire current Claymore generation to rally under her banner. Even warriors who never met her like Anastasia and Nike are affected by her magnetism by proxy.
  • Ms Exposition: She dons this role from time to time.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Her rebellion against the Organization resulted in the birth of three new Abyssal Ones.
  • No One Could Survive That: Is seemingly hacked apart by the other Claymores after attacking the Organization.
  • Not Quite Dead: As of 113, justified because this trope was invoked by her opponents
  • The Paragon: In Chapter 123, Deneve reveals that Miria is this to other Ghosts and their allies: her self-reliance and independence from the Organization inspires others to make their own choices instead of remaining silent living weapons.
  • The Perfectionist: Deneve berates Miria for always striving for perfection (specifically never losing anyone under her command) and remaining suicidally virtuous.
  • Rebel Leader: Possibly the first and only warrior of the organization to organize a covert following to eventually go against the Organization's rule.
  • Red Baron: "Phantom."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Clare's Red. Despite their different personalities, motives, and preferences, they always manage to compliment each other in their own particular way.
  • Speed Echoes: Her signature move enables her to use these to distract opponents.
  • The Strategist: Practically part of her job description, although in a partial subversion Miria is also one of the strongest combatants in the series.
    • Let's put it this way: she led the smallest of five teams during the Northern Campaign and only lost one warrior. Every other team's losses ranged from over a half to all members.
  • Supporting Leader: Clare may be The Hero who saves the day, but it is Miria who leads the battle.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Considers Awakening to fight Hysteria's Awakened form and attempts to do so, but is talked down by Deneve.
  • The Men First: Puts her troops' safety well ahead of her own.
  • X Marks the Hero: Sports a ragged cross-shaped scar just slightly off the middle of her forehead after her skirmish with the Claymores still "loyal" to the Organization.

Helen

Number 22; 135th Generation.

Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)

  • Anti-Hero: Can be ornery and temperamental, but is good at heart.
  • Asexual Life Partners: Helen and Deneve are for all intents and purposes inseparable. Of course, a lot of fans see this as something else...
  • Attack Hello: Does this to Clare at Pieta. Judging by Deneve's reaction, this is a fairly normal thing for her.
  • Big Eater: Claymores can go for days on only a few bits of food but Helen will snack on several apples in the space of a day in the anime, making her one by Claymore standards.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Although it is a somewhat unusual example, since Claymores can ignore the effects of alcohol completely if they want to.
  • Cool Big Sis: Once you get past that persistent layer of jerkassery, Helen can have a very sisterly attitude toward other warriors. Slightly subverted in that she sometimes calls Miria 'Miria-nee' as well.
  • Dynamic Entry: In the aforementioned Attack Hello.
  • Hot-Blooded: Compared to most other Claymores, Helen is very Hot Blooded.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is a complete and utter bitch to Clare when they first meet, mocking her low rank and calling her utterly useless, and is mentioned to have come close to killing humans over disputes as well as being a natural-born troublemaker. Despite being a bit of a bully, she's also one of the most selfless, loyal, caring friends anyone could hope to have.
  • Pointy Ears: One of the few Claymore who possess this trait.
  • Oh, Crap: Being one of the more emotionally expressive Claymores, she often has this expression.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: She provides the only laughs in an otherwise somber series.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Basically her default facial expression in the manga.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She is the red one, with Deneve as the blue Oni.
  • Rubber Woman: Partial example. Helen can stretch her arms and legs at will, giving her far greater attack range than most other Claymores.
  • This Is a Drill: After the timeskip, Helen has mastered the Drill Sword, which combined with her Rubber Woman status currently makes her the most ridiculous ranged attacker in the series.

Deneve

Number 15; 135th Generation.

Voiced by: Hana Takeda (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN)

Galatea

Number 3.

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)

  • Beauty Equals Goodness: C'mon, just look at her.
  • Blank White Eyes: As a result of her becoming a...
  • Blind Seer: which is also played straight, resulting in...
  • Disability Superpower: Justified entirely. Galatea's epitaph of "God-Eye" was a direct result of her incredible ability to sense even the smallest amount of yoma energy. Even normal humans have their other senses enhanced after losing one; it's completely understandable that Galatea's ability would have been taken to Up to Eleven levels, especially since she would have been constantly monitoring her surroundings for any warrior(s) sent after her.
  • Dissonant Serenity: During her introduction, she uses this to confuse Dauf.
  • Enemy Detecting Radar: Is unparalleled as sensing Yoki.
  • Eye Scream: She does this to herself, and from the look of the scars, she did it by dragging a blade across her eyes to make sure that they were damaged enough that no one would ever be able to tell that her irises were ever silver. As the cherry on top, she had to let them heal at a normal human rate, because if she'd used her yoma power to fix things, her eyes would have been healed properly.
  • Friend to All Children: Takes care of the orphans under the church's care.
  • Genius Bruiser: Like Miria, she was one of the most knowledgeable Claymores, which was why she defected.
  • Handicapped Badass: She may be blind but she can still slice you a new one.
  • Hime Cut: And she gets pissed if you mess it up.
  • Honorary True Companion: To the Ghosts.
  • Lady of War: Though among literally dozens of examples, her demeanor makes her a standout example of this trope.
  • Mr. Exposition: Well, she is very wise and provides interpretation of the events in the series rather than adding new information. Seems to be part of her ability to "look into the heart of a person".
  • Naughty Nuns: Her habit is actually fairly conservative before it gets ripped, then this trope is in full effect.
  • Nun Too Holy: Post-timeskip she poses as a nun.
  • People Puppets: Can control other Claymores or Awakened Beings for some moments.
  • Pride: She apologizes to Dauf because her beauty gets marred when she finally goes full power. There'a also her snarky comment to Clare about how she cut off some of her hair.
  • Team Mom: In the crisis of Rabona, to the other Claymores.
  • Red Baron: "God-Eye", referencing her ability to detect and manipulate Yoki even at great distances.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Her specialty, sensing energy over long ranges.
  • He Knows Too Much: This is what made her desert.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Probably the tallest warrior alive. She even towers over Miria who at 5'9'' also qualifies for this trope.

Ophelia

Number 4 at the beginning of the series, eventually replaced by Miata. Has some serious issues.

Voiced by: Emi Shinohara (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

Jean

Number 9.

Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (JP), Laura Bailey (EN)

Flora

Number 8. One of the captains at Pieta.


Undine

Number 11. One of the captains at Pieta.

Voiced by: Rie Ishizuka (JP), Clarine Harp (EN)


  • Bokukko: Speaks very rudely to hide her insecurities.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's not naturally that big and bulky; it's shapeshifting, and her true physical appearance makes her one of the frailest Claymores assigned to Pieta.
  • Dual Wielding: Took up her best friend's sword following her death. This in turn carries over to Deneve, who takes up Undine's sword in memory of her, while Undine's friend's sword is left behind as her gravemark.
  • Dumb Muscle: Is uncouth and brash in comparison to most other Claymores.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As Deneve put it, despite her rude behavior, she cares deeply of her subordinates.
  • Hulking Out: Her extremely muscular physique is a result of her pouring her Yoki into her muscles.
  • My Greatest Failure: Deneve correctly guesses that Undine's bulking up and brash attitude stems from the fact that she feels guilty from having been protected by her fallen comrade.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Her death prompts Deneve to carry her sword, learning to dual wield expertly during the seven year timeskip.
  • The Worf Effect: While she is presented as one of the strongest Claymores assigned to Pieta, Rigaldo makes short work of her, although the Awakened Being is quick to point out her strength after she blocked his first attack (contrast Veronica and Flora, who got oneshotted with impunity).

Cynthia

Number 14; 132nd Generation. One of the Seven Ghosts.

Voiced by: Miho Miyagawa (JP), Anastasia Munoz (EN)

  • Combat Medic: Takes up this role with the Offensive-type Claymores, healing them from serious injuries by manipulating their yoki.
  • Death Seeker: Hides it well but it's there. She is, interestingly enough, both a Death Seeker and the subversion of this. At the same time. It's stated in-universe that the difference between offensive warriors (like Clare) and defensive warriors (like Cynthia) is that offensive warriors care more about killing their enemies than defending their own bodies, while defensive warriors are those who for various reasons put survival above killing a foe. Basically, defensive warriors are those Claymores whose fear of death is so great that they instinctively fight and develop powers specifically so that they have a better chance at surviving. Which makes Cynthia both a Death Seeker who doesn't want to die and is genuinely afraid of the prospect. But who still wants to die. It's complicated.
    • Survivor Guilt: Not quite as complicated as it sounds. Her Death Seeker mentality developed long after she was already a seasoned warrior; it's a result of surviving when Veronica didn't in Pieta.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Fitting with her personality.
  • The Pollyanna: Taking into account all that's happened, she's quite cheerful.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Was implied in Chapter 83 that the reason why Cynthia was sent to the Northern Campaign was because she was doing her job without charging for it, since she was considering the safety of the civilians more than getting paid. And that, apparently, was justifiable reasoning to send her on a Suicide Mission...
  • Stepford Smiler: Of the "hiding her angst" variety.

Tabitha

Number 31; 141st Generation. One of the Seven Ghosts.

Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (JP), Michele Specht (EN)

  • Enemy Detecting Radar: Following the timeskip she develops the ability to sense yoki at a distance.
  • Go Out with a Smile: After (lightly) punching Miria in the chin just as Deneve told her to as retribution for leaving them behind to attack the Organization. ed
  • Face Death with Dignity: After being cut apart by Priscilla, she tells Miria that It Has Been an Honor before dying.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Can gage her opponents strength using her ability to detect yoki.
  • Half The Woman She Used To Be: In the fight against Priscilla, she tries to use the fact that she has not released her yoki in seven years (and should theoretically be invisible to her) to get a drop on her - too bad Priscilla notices her anyway and preempts her with a brutal slash that slices her body into five pieces. Despite being put back together, she only lives long enough to thank Miria before dying.
  • Undying Loyalty: Has no other plans for her life other than assisting Miria.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Miria's "death", Tabitha leads the team.

Yuma

Number 40; 129th Generation. One of the Seven Ghosts.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: Thinks she's this out of the seven survivors. She's the only one who thinks so.
  • Can't Catch Up: Subverted. She thinks she's the useless one among the seven, but later realizes that this is far from the case. She was just Overshadowed by Awesome.
  • Combat Medic: She has learned the yoki manipulation from Cynthia and may, in fact, be even better at it than her teacher, considering the ridiculous amounts of damage she managed to heal on her first attempt (namely, she fully restored Cynthia herself after the latter's body was reduced to just the upper torso minus both arms and the head).
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Berates Cynthia when her Death Seeker tendency comes to light.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Throwing Your Sword Always Works... except you have to be able to get it back too.
  • Those Two Guys: Especially close to Cynthia. It seems all Claymores have to come in pairs.
  • Took a Level in Badass: And how! She manages to take down the next generation's #14, her comrade, and two black coats with ease and without cutting them, even stating that it felt like the other woman's sword "wasn't even moving". To put this in perspective, Yuma used to be #40; just seven ranks away from dead-last in terms of power. Now she can take down a newly-Awakened Being in two hits.
  • Shrinking Violet: Manages the difficult achievement of being a badass swordfighter and still be painfully shy and insecure.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Even the official English translation flip-flops. From her first appearance up until volume 19, it was "Uma". Since then, it's been translated as "Yuma".

Raphaela

Number 5, former Number 2. Originally from a generation or two before Teresa's, made as part of an experiment to control an awakened being, eventually perfected with Alicia and Beth.

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (JP), Kate Oxley (EN)

  • The Exile: She was temporarily kicked out of the Organization and sent to live as a hermit outside of towns surrounding the Organization's headquarters, in order to lessen the chance of her Awakening after Luciela.
  • Eye Scream: There's a patch of scar tissue where one of her eyes used to be. She could have healed it but chose not to as a reminder of what she must one day do.
  • Fusion Dance: Fuses with Luciela to become the Destroyer.
  • Hidden Depths: When she was introduced her only role was to monitor the other Claymores and kill any defectors, but her backstory adds a lot of depth to her.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Succeeds in killing Luciela.
  • My Greatest Failure: She and Luciela are the first experiment in aligning souls. She blames herself for Luciela's awakening. Which is why she stayed with the organization: to end Luciela.
  • Physical Scars, Psychological Scars: She suppressed her healing factor in order to leave the scar over her eye in order to remind her of her failure.
  • Scars Are Forever: Invoked. Like all claymores, she has the ability to regenerate lost limbs, but she refused to regenerate her eye due to the reasons stated above.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Uses her Yoki-detection abilities for this purpose.
  • Stealth Mentor: To Clare, as she finally figures out what Raphaela was trying to tell her in Chapter 149.
  • The Stoic: The only time she displays emotions are when the subject of her sister is brought up.
  • Take Up My Sword: The last remnants of her consciousness passes her memories and yoke-sensing ability on to Clare.
  • Taking You with Me: It's implied that she's the other part of the "Destroyer lump" that's trying to keep Priscilla sealed, besides Clare.

Alicia and Beth

Numbers 1 and 2 in the Organization, were already ranked before their training was complete. Part of a project by the Organization to create their own, controllable Awakened Being. As such, they have one mind.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: In Awakened Form, their forearms are turned into large blades, which in turn are fixed with smaller blades that vibrate at high speed. These blades are sharp enough to effortlessly cut through even Dauf's armour.
  • Creepy Twins: Enforced due to them being both the strongest Claymores of their generation and Single-Minded Twins.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: They do this to the Awakened Beings Isley sends to attack the Organization and later on to Riful and Dauf, and are themselves curb-stomped by Priscilla.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Are unceremoniously killed by Priscilla.
  • One-Winged Angel: Can Awaken and revert back to human form at will. Beth takes this a step further after being impaled by one of the Destroyer's spikes.


    Claymores
Teresa's generation 

Teresa

Former Number 1; 55th Generation.

Voiced by: Romi Paku (JP), Christine Auten (EN)


  • Action Mom: To Clare, eventually.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Teresa can use all of the Seven Ghosts' techniques.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Had long black hair before becoming a Claymore, and prided herself for it.
  • Anti-Hero: She is introduced mechanically performing her duty and scaring the townsfolk to amuse herself, but she mellows significantly due to Clare's influence.
  • Attempted Rape: A group of bandits, knowing that Claymores are forbidden to kill humans, think they'll be able to have their way with Teresa. She just smiles, takes off her clothes, and shows them they really don't want to.
    • Almost played straight when one of those members nearly succeed if Clare hadn't whacked him with a tree branch.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She figures out how to use Cassandra's Dust Eater technique after trading a few blows with her and then masterfully uses it against Priscilla.
  • Badass: She wipes the floor with everything the Organisation can send after her and only loses to awakened Priscilla after a dirty trick. If that's not enough, just watch her fight Rosemary.
  • Badass and Child Duo: She is the Badass to Clare's Child.
  • Being Good Sucks: More like "Having Emotions Sucks". In all likelihood, Teresa could have obliterated Priscilla with a flick of her finger when they fought, but having lived with Clare made her remember such things as "mercy" and "compassion"... allowing Priscilla to behead her once she's sheathed her sword.
  • Bishonen Line: Where every other warrior's Awakened Form is monstrous is some way, Teresa's is more or less identical to her own human looks, except for some minor modifications to her legs and two pairs of wings. Apparently, she is already so insanely powerful that those two changes were the only way to make her even more so.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: In a sense. Teresa was so powerful that in all her life she's never had to use more than 10% of her power at any given time.
    • Deconstructed, since never taking fights seriously got her killed in a quick fashion.
  • Cavalier Competitor: Teresa has never treated an onscreen fight seriously. When she finally kills Priscilla, even after everything her opponent has done, she says that there's "no hard feelings" toward a fellow Claymore with whom she's crossed blades.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She does this to everyone.
  • Dare to Be Badass: After switching places with Clare, she calls Cassandra, Chronos and Octavia out on not resisting Priscilla's control over them after death. They listen and try to the best of their ability.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She has this weird, calm half-smile while she's killing youma.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Not the only one in the series but the most prominent, as an entire arc is devoted to show her defrosting by little Clare.
  • Earn Your Title: As with all single digits, she has her own title to show for her strength. But unlike other single digits, she's called "Teresa of the Faint Smile" because she's an all-rounder who dominates everyone beneath her, yet there are warriors beneath her stronger or faster than she (though, as it turns out, Teresa was holding back a lot). So her iconic trait became her faint smile.
    • Her other title is "the strongest number one of all generations."
  • Extreme Melee Revenge: After the village where she left Clare is attacked by bandits because she killed the yoma there, Teresa returns to find the inhabitants slaughtered and Clare possibly having been raped as revenge-by-proxy for Teresa cutting off one of the bandit's hands, Teresa snaps and kills every single bandit with extreme prejudice.
  • Grand Theft Me: It is revealed that her soul and consciousness were sealed inside Clare's body, and Clare uses the Soul Link technique to let her take over to fight Priscilla.
  • The Gwen Stacy: Her death is the reason Clare became a Claymore.
  • It Has Been an Honor: After fighting Cassandra and complimenting the effectiveness of her fighting style, Teresa says essentially this during her Mercy Kill of Cassandra.
  • Jack of All Stats: Ilena first describes her as this. But later it turns out that Ilena simply didn't know the full extent of Teresa's power.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Without releasing any of her yoki she is able to overpower Priscilla, Ilena, Sophia, and Noel - the other strongest Claymores of her generation.
  • Mama Bear: Harm little Clare, die horribly. No exceptions. She also bops Raki on the head since the idea of a cheeky brat like him possibly taking Clare's chastity irritates her.
  • Master of All: Ilena called her a Jack of All Stats, saying that while Teresa is powerful, Noel's agility, Sophia's strength, and Ilena's speed all outclassed Teresa's on an individual level, and only Teresa's ability to read yoma energy so well made her the strongest. When they all attack her, it rapidly becomes clear that Teresa's agility, strength, and speed are all a level of magnitude above anything the others are capable of.
  • Not So Stoic: Clare brings out her repressed emotions, but this comes to a head when a pack of bandits with a grudge against her ransack a human town she had just left Clare at. When Teresa arrives too late to stop them and sees they've brutalized Clare, she goes berserk.
  • Offhand Backhand: To show just how ridiculously overpowered Teresa is: upon coming back to life in Clare's body, she effortlessly destroys two of Priscilla's Cassandra Heads (even one of which can tear up an Abyssal One to shreds) that tried sneaking up on her while she engaged in inner dialogue with Clare—with her bare hands and without even looking.
  • Off With Her Head: How she died, courtesy of Priscilla.
  • Oh, Crap: When she realizes that killing a group of Yoma has allowed a group of bandits to ransack the village where she left Clare.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Her nickname comes from the fact that whenever she fights, she's always smiling ever so slightly. Yet when she slaughters the bandits, her face is utterly devoid of expression.
  • Red Baron: "Teresa of the Faint Smile", "Smiling Teresa".
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When a group of bandits brutalize Clare, Teresa doesn't leave a single survivor.
  • Sharing a Body: It is revealed that Teresa's soul has been inside Clare, who uses the Soul Link to bring her out.
  • Skewed Priorities: After Teresa makes her return, the first thing she does is express consternation over the likelihood of Raki taking Clare's virginity.
  • Sociopathic Hero: To a lesser extent. She's not evil, but she is incredibly indifferent to the plight of people around her and attains her only joy from intimidating and scaring those around her (youma, black coats, ABs, civilians...). Well, until she meets Clare.
  • The Stoic: She just mechanically did job after job for the Organization, unfeeling, uncaring, downright callous. Then Clare happened to her.
  • Sword and Fist: Where other warriors rely on their iconic swords and yoki techniques, Teresa just as often just punches and kicks her enemies—the fact that it usually makes them very dead is just another indication how ridiculously strong she is. And sometimes, she just rips them apart with her bare hands.
  • There Was a Door: Quite literally. Apparently found cutting a door in half easier than simply opening it when roomservice came knocking.
  • Tranquil Fury: She declares her intention to kill the bandits once. After that, no matter how much the leader taunts her (before she kills him) or how much the others beg (before she kills them) she says not a single word, and her expression does not change. And, for once, she's not smiling.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: The way that Teresa was killed was so sudden and traumatizing for Clare. She didn't see it coming at all.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Those bandits reeeeeeally shouldn't have hurt Clare...
  • Winged Humanoid: When she Awakens against Priscilla, she sprouts two pairs of avian wings, in contrast to Priscilla's jagged butterfly like ones.
  • World's Best Warrior: The strongest Claymore of any generation. It was said that Priscilla would surpass her, but as Teresa needed only one hand and 10% of her total strength to repel Priscilla's two-handed strike with almost 80% of Priscilla's own considerable power behind it, it's possible that there was a miscalculation of Teresa's true power.
  • World's Strongest Man: She was touted as being the strongest warrior in the Organization and lived up to that reputation.
  • Worth Living For: She refuses to be executed because Clare is this to her.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Teresa tells Clare that the reason she was able to Curb-Stomp Battle Priscilla was because Clare believed she was undefeatable and stronger than anything.

Ilena

Former Number 2. note 

Voiced by: Minami Takayama (JP), Wendy Powell (EN)

  • Badass: Like nearly everyone else but special mention since she was the Number 2 to the Teresa.
  • Blade Spam: A nearly hypersonic version: Quicksword.
  • The Bus Came Back: It was heavily implied she was killed by Raphaela, but it's revealed in the final chapter that she was spared and partially regenerated her arms over seven years.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: To an even higher degree than Flora or Clare; while Flora would put her hand on her sword's hilt for her Windcutter technique and Clare needs to visibly draw her sword to use the Quicksword effectively, Ilena at her fastest doesn't even appear to be moving. One second, an enemy is there, and the next second, it's in pieces.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: It's not that Ilena's post-organization outfit is particularly impractical, but how the hell does she manage to put it on with only one arm?
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: It's implied, though it hasn't been confirmed whether Raphaela killed her or not. It's revealed that she survived and... kinda regrew her arms.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Urged Priscilla to go all-out against Teresa. She lived to regret it.
  • Older and Wiser: Since she knew Teresa, who was a mother figure to Clare, Ilena definitely knew Clare in a way any other mentors she would ever have could not.
  • Our Elves Are Better: Ilena's not a real elf, but she does have this air around her that makes her appear very Tolkien-esque, something that sets her apart from other Claymores. Her ears, flowing platinum hair, personality, and the fact that you just can't seem to argue with her help a lot.
  • Pointy Ears: Although when she first appeared she had rounded ears.
  • Red Baron: "Quick-Sword." Even the respective 3rd and 4th ranked warriors of her day couldn't perceive her blade when she dispatched two leaping youma simultaneously.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Irene / Irena / Ilena / Ilene, depending on who's translating. While Irene is popular amongst the fans, the official translations ultimately went with Ilena.
  • The Stoic: So far, Ilena's face has showed three expressions: Angry/frustrated for when she's in battle, slightly pleased in her final scenes where she gives Clare her right arm, and for all other times, completely blank.

Rosemary

Former Number 2. Was Number 1 Before Teresa was ranked.


Noel

Former Number 5. Was Number 4 Before Priscilla was ranked.

Voiced by: Junko Takeuchi (JP), Leah Clark (EN)


Sophia

Former Number 4. Was Number 3 Before Priscilla was ranked.

Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (JP), Trina Nishimura (EN)



     Claymores
Clarice's generation 

Clarice

Number 47.

Post time-skip, she is the new number 47 Claymore, taking Clare's position. She is most definitely not an Almighty Janitor and is showing no signs of becoming one anytime soon.


  • Action Mom: Of sorts to Miata. Her maternal bond and trust with Miata enables her to keep Miata's mind and heart so that she can safely Awaken, which Raphaela, Luciela, Alicia and Beth can vouch for being extremely difficult for someone not blood-related to do.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Treated as such by pretty much every other Claymore since her hair is brown rather than some shade of blonde. Clarice claims its because she had very dark hair before she was turned into a Claymore. Everyone else thinks its because she's a failed attempt at making a warrior and only admitted to the Organization because of the shortage of numbers.
  • Badass Adorable: Not as badass or adorable as Miata, but Clarice has her moments.
  • Badass and Child Duo: A bit of an inversion since Miata is more of the badass, at least at first.
  • The Chick: Although she is a Claymore, she's a very ineffectual fighter and mostly serves as a mother figure to Miata, which is the only reason that Clarice (and, by extension, the Organization) can exert any control over her.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: She survives just long enough to convey her love to Miata and "heal" her damaged mental state (by restoring Miata's memory of her real mother and erasing her memories of Clarice) before dying.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Despite knowing that releasing enough Yoki to match an Awakened Miata's will prove fatal to her, Clarice does so without hesitating. Her body predictably breaks down and disintegrates afterwards.
  • Heroic Sacrifice/Heroic RROD: Nearly Awakens to bring the rampaging Miata under control, but her body could't handle the strain of the youki and disintegrates.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Clarice's primary motivation in becoming a warrior—and it works, if only because she is the only warrior with a colored hair. Her ultimate specialness, however, becomes her ability to pull Miata back from Awakening, even though it costs her her life.
  • Kid with the Leash: Not exactly a kid but definitely the one holding Miata's leash.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: Her death for Miata's sake.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Let's be honest here, if she were hanging around muggles as opposed to the likes of other Claymores she would probably not be considered a wimp by any stretch of the imagination.
  • Plucky Girl: Not as obvious as say, Clare, but Chapter 142 proves this.
  • Promotion to Parent: The first thing Miata does upon seeing Clarice is rip the top of her uniform off, and start suckling while constantly murmuring "Mama..." Clarice's maternal instincts awaken during their time together, to the point where despite being even weaker than Claire was at the beginning she has a Mama Bear moment against Agatha of all people.

Miata

Number 4.

Current Number 4 in the Organization and makes the previous Number 4 Ophelia look positively sane. Clarice is the only one who can get her to do anything and only because Miata has latched onto her as a mother figure, including mock breastfeeding - which Clarice has threatened to withhold as punishment.


  • Badass Adorable: Once she becomes more stable and her hair is moved to the side, Miata is quite the adorable child.
  • Cry Cute: After finally remembering her real mother she breaks down into tears.
  • Four Is Death: She is an utter berserker capable of killing Yoma with her bare hands.
  • Hates Baths: It takes Clarice threatening to withhold breastfeeding to get her to bathe.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Just before dying, Clarice erases Miata's memories of her, but in the process revives Miata's memories of her real mother.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: When she loses control after Awakening her cheeks rip apart and her teeth become fangs.
  • One-Winged Angel: In order to fight Europa on equal footing, she awakens after synchronizing with Clarice and transforms into a winged serpentine monster.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Miata's Awakened form resembles a serpentine dragon with multiple feathered wings, evocative of Quetzalcoatl.
  • Parents in Distress: Mess with Clarice if you want to. You will be dead soon.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Combined with Rapunzel Hair the first time we see her.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She's approximately half the size of other Claymores but can kill Yoma with her bare hands.
    • Cute Bruiser: When she's not rampaging and covered in Yoma gore.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Even more so when Clarice isn't around. Her insanity is the only thing keeping her from becoming a Number 1.
  • Red Baron: "Blood Eyes," for her Super Senses, even when compared to other Claymores.
  • Sanity Slippage: Retains her personality for a short while after Awakening, but quickly loses control and starts rampaging.
  • Sociopathic Hero: The only thing she cares about is protecting "Mama" and accomplishing her mission, even to the point of ignoring a rampaging Awakened Being.
  • Wild Child: Shown as feral and completely uncontrollable before assigned to Clarice as a partner. Still doesn't like taking baths though.
  • Winged Humanoid: Once she Awakens, she sprouts a pair of Lovecraftian angel wings, but later transforms into a serpentine body.

Audrey

Number 3.


Rachel

Number 5.


Renee

Number 6


  • Badass in Distress: Is captured and tortured by Riful, who wants her to Awaken the fused Rafaela-Luciela hybrid.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Unlike all the other warriors seen, her hair is arranged in dreadlocks.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Compared to the other Claymores who are slender, her body is a bit curvier, having thicker legs, a bigger bust (but not as big as Miria's), fuller lips, and longer eyelashes.
  • Neck Lift: Does this to Raki, provoking Priscilla to step in.
  • Oh, Crap: Nearly wets herself when she realizes what the scrawny waif easily forcing her arm back is.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't been seen since she ran away from Riful, though the latter makes an off-hand comment that Renee was right in trying to run away as soon as the Rafaela-Luciela hybrid awakened. "Was" being the key word used, implying Riful did catch up to her and tore her off-screen as promised.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Raki insane when she realizes what Priscilla is.

Anastasia

Number 7.


Dietrich

Number 8.


  • Defector from Decadence: Joins the Ghosts after she learns that the Organization controls the Yoma.
  • Girlish Pigtails: With Hime Cut bangs.
  • In a Single Bound: Her signature move involves leaping as high into the air as she can and then using gravity to slice her opponent in half.
  • I Owe You My Life: Helen and Deneve save her life; she pays them back by rescuing Yuma and Cynthia.
    • Also the reason behind her undying loyalty to the Organization since it was a man in black who picked her up when her town got destroyed by Yoma. And then she learned the truth...
  • Loophole Abuse: Her sense of honor will not allow her to lie to the Organization, but if she gets "kidnapped" and never has a chance to report back...
    • By the same token, she doesn't attempt to capture Galatea, since even though she technically should, nobody ordered her to do so.
  • Red Baron: "Tracker."
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Like Galatea, she can track others by sensing their yoki.
  • Tsundere: A very stoic Type A. She gives several excuses for doing things that benefit the Seven Ghosts, Galatea, Miata and Clarice despite ostensibly being their enemy. When Anastasia lampshades her "dere-ness," she's rendered temporarily speechless.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Much to the aggravation of Helen and Deneve.

Raftela

Number 10. note 


  • Defector from Decadence: Joins in the Rebellion along with the other Claymores.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Made specially for keeping the other Claymores in line.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By the Organization's men after they realize she betrayed them.
  • Mind Manipulation: How else could Miria possibly be taken down?
  • Not Quite Dead: Impaled and left for dead, she finds the strength to protect her comrades from afar — and thanks to the trainees supporting her, she survives her injuries.
  • You Are Not Alone: Despite being created specifically to kill them, the young trainees support Raftela when she decides to help defend the claymores fighting Roxanne, Cassandra and Hysteria.
  • You Didn't Ask: Almost word-for-word her explanation when the Organization demands to know why she neglected to tell them that Miria had been spared by the other warriors.
    Raftela: You did not ask, so I did not answer.
  • You Have Failed Me/You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Organization attacks her when they realize she allowed Miria to live.

Nike

Number 15.



    Claymores
other generations 

Hysteria

Number 1. Deceased, then Resurrected.


Cassandra

Number 1. Deceased, then resurrected.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: Even her fellow warriors tended to look down on her ugly-but-effective fighting style, and those that had seen it usually shunned her.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Awakens in Chapter 120, shortly after being introduced.
  • Anti-Villain: Type 2, as she was never evil to begin with.
  • The Assimilator: Is devoured by Priscilla as she takes the former's Combat Tentacles in place of her own wings. She proves too powerful to be completely assimilated, though: after Teresa of the Faint Smile calls out to her pride as a fellow number one, she literally rips her way out of Priscilla to meet her challenge.
  • Back from the Dead: Was resurrected using Priscilla's arm.
    • Came Back Wrong: As with the other two resurrected Claymores, she awakens shortly after being resurrected.
  • Badass: A much more powerful Number 1 than the warrior who succeeded her. And she tells Roxanne such, just before she kills her.
    • She also goes one-on-one with Teresa, and while it's more than clear who the superior warrior is, Teresa compliments her style and notes that if Cassandra's opponent had been anyone but Teresa, the fight would likely have been over in an instant.
  • Big Eater: After her Awakening, she's constantly munching on something, Roxanne to be exact, though she also chows down on Hysteria.
  • Cluster S Bomb: She started saying "shit" a lot after she Awakened.
  • Combat Tentacles: She has a lot of tentacles, but the ones she uses for combat are tipped with oversized copies of her head that she uses to literally take a bite out of her opponents.
  • Confusion Fu: One of the reasons why her Dust Eater technique is so efficient. She attacks from what is normally impossible angle and catches her opponents completely off guard.
  • Dead Sidekick: Was best friends with a #35 who accepted her Dust Eater Technique. Said #35 was brutally murdered by a weak Awakened Being while Roxanne of Love and Hate stood back and watched. When Cassandra found out...
  • Deadly Dodging: Her "Dust Eater" technique revolves around this. Starting with her head bobbing, which makes her posture lower until she's literally hacking at your shins. The only way to get away is to have extremely good reflexes and sword aim, or a very strong ability to read yoki and thus be able to read her movements in advance.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Literally: after she Awakens, she bites off Roxanne's arms and legs. Then once the latter Awaken, she still defeats and devours Roxanne completely.
  • The Dreaded: Like all Number Ones. Additionally, while it was a short-lived dread due to her quick death, she was even dreaded by her fellow Claymores after she reveals her fighting style in an attempt to kill Roxanne. Roxanne was the only one who laughed; the others were all too afraid of Cassandra's strangeness.
  • Dropped A Bridge On Her: Mysteriously vanishes after the fight with Priscilla ends, but Clare follows a trail of chunks of her flesh into a nearby forest to find Priscilla gorging herself on Cassandra's body. She's not quite dead, though.
  • Dying as Yourself: Teresa reawakens Cassandra's human side for one last fight, and Cassandra requests that Teresa kill her to end Cassandra's false life.
  • Earn Your Title: "Dust Eater" because when she uses her special technique, her face gets dirty.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The best description of her Awakened form is a giant version of her naked body surrounded by Combat Tentacles, some of which are tipped with her face.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Roxanne seems to be the only person she's got a bone to pick with. Everyone else she either avoids or is completely confused about why she has to fight and kill them, at least before she Awakens.
  • Ghost Amnesia: Recovered from it in chapter 119.
  • Grand Theft Me: Was being controlled by Priscilla's will.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Was the nicest of the Claymores resurrected by the Organization to crush the rebellion but got mind-controlled by Priscilla. While she was freed from Priscilla's control, she was severely pissed off due to being reminded of the circumstances of her first death and when last seen was fighting Chronos and Octavia to the death... until the three abruptly crashed Priscilla's duel with the Seven Ghosts and started spamming their Combat Tentacles. Revolves back to the good side when called back to her human self by Teresa.
  • Heroic BSOD: When she realized Roxanne set her friend up to be killed and then set up Cassandra herself.
  • I Am Not Right Handed: When her fight with the Seven Ghosts and Awakened Beings reminds her of how she died, Cassandra stops holding back. Also, she is quite literally left-handed, but starts fighting Teresa with a sword in her right hand, attempting to surprise her when she manages to chop it off.
  • The Last Dance: Instead of letting herself be quietly assimilated by Priscilla, Cassandra jumps at the chance to fight a fellow number one in the person of the reborn Teresa of the Faint Smile. When Teresa proves superior, Cassandra lets her strike her down, preferring an honorable death of a warrior to a continued meaningless existence.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The Seven Ghosts intend to get Cassandra to fight Priscilla in the hopes they'll kill each other or that the victor will be weak enough to finish off.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Is agile enough to dodge Roxanne's bladed tentacles even as an Awakened Being, and can really dish out the hurt with her own tentacles.
  • Lonely at the Top: As the Organization's Number One, making her an easy target for Roxanne. This may also be the reason why she found the strength to break out of Priscilla when Teresa, another Number One, challenged her—for the first time in her life, she has finally met an equal.
  • Luminescent Blush: When she saw Roxanne.
  • One-Man Army: As with all Number Ones.
  • One-Winged Angel: Awakens after remembering her past. She undergoes a second transformation, resembling Roxanne's Awakened form, while fighting the Seven Ghosts and Awakened Beings.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Type R, having retained her original personality.
  • Pet the Dog: After eating Roxanne, she walks towards the Claymores... and keeps going, although the reason for this is later revealed to be Priscilla pulling a Grand Theft Me on her.
  • Pointy Ears: One of the few Claymores with this trait.
  • The Quiet One: Spoke the least out of all the resurrected Number Ones.
  • Rasputinian Death: She had been slashed everywhere.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Roxanne.
  • Red Baron: "Dust Eater."
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Twice. Once when she learned Roxanne had let her friend be killed, and the second time when she regained her memories.
  • The Southpaw: Mentioned as having a left-handed fighting style.
  • Shrinking Violet: She seems to be, considering she often blushes, rarely talks, and only went on solo missions because of being embarrassed by her technique.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Her fight with Teresa.
  • Tragic Villain: Out of the three resurrected #1s, Cassandra is the only one to stop and think, "Why am I attacking other Claymores? This is wrong." Her backstory indicates that she was not a bad person, but was understandably driven to violence by Roxanne's treachery. If it it weren't for the fact that she Came Back Wrong, maybe she could have become an ally.
  • Transformation Of The Possessed: The humanoid portion of her body transforms into a doppelgänger of Priscilla after the latter wakes up, but Claire reverts her back to her original form.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She Awakens soon after she reminisces about how and why she died, and her death was not a pleasant one.
  • World's Best Warrior: After Teresa, Cassandra just may have been the most powerful Number 1 to have ever lived, thanks to the Dust Eater. Teresa even admits that had she not simply been, well. Teresa, even she would have been killed by it.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considered such to Teresa herself and happily accepts her death at Teresa's hands, glad to have found someone to acknowledge her strength.

Roxanne

Number 1. Deceased. Resurrected, then killed again.


  • All Your Powers Combined: She has Uranus's Ugly Sword technique, Nadeen's youki perception, and Elizabeth's Beautiful Sword technique.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Her modus operandi.
  • Back from the Dead: Was resurrected using Priscilla's arm.
    • Came Back Wrong: As with the other two resurrected Claymores, she awakens shortly after being resurrected.
  • Beauty Mark: Has one under her right eye.
    • Beauty Is Bad: And she's also the leading candidate for most evil Claymore shown yet.
  • Combat Tentacles: In her Awakened form, she has a biomechanical appearance with numerous blade-lined tentacles.
  • Dark Action Girl: She makes Ophelia seem tame in comparison.
  • Dark Is Evil: Particularly in her Awakened form, which is dark colored.
  • Defiant to the End: Roxanne was a woman of many faults but crying and moaning when at death's door like Hysteria wasn't one of them. Twice made an arse of by the rival she tormented, once almost killed and once killed outright and she never stops grinning at Cassandra with contempt and talking smack.
  • Deceptive Disciple: Roxanne of Love and Hate has elements of this trope crossed with Mega Manning and Psycho Lesbian; her rise from the low 30s in the organization to one of its most powerful #1s involved forming EXTREMELY close bonds with several Claymores she admired, learning their secrets inside and out and incorporating into her fighting style to the point she surpassed them. Shortly afterwards, her "teacher" would die mysteriously.
  • The Dreaded: Like all Number Ones.
  • Dying Curse: "Keep eating shit for the rest of your life." to Cassandra.
  • Evil Counterpart: Like Clare, she started off as a weak warrior, grew stronger by learning techniques used by stronger warriors and as a result became very strong.
    • Also seems to be an Eviler Counterpart to Ophelia, being a Dark Action Girl Psycho Lesbian who's also obsessed with fighting strong things, yet she has none of Ophelia's few redeeming qualities.
  • Eaten Alive: By Cassandra.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Cassandra, who has spent the entire battle telling Roxanne that she tastes like shit, is about to kill her by biting her skull in half, Roxanne calmly tells her to "keep eating shit for the rest of [her] life."
  • Faux Affably Evil: Makes Ophelia seem like Purity Personified, as she has no sympathetic backstory.
  • Flechette Storm: Her main means of attack after Awakening, though she can only use it a limited number of times. This is something Cassandra teases her about throughout the fight, and rightfully defeats Roxanne because of said limited number of times.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She started at 35 and died as number 1.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Subverting her personality.
  • Ghost Amnesia: Averted, and she pokes fun at Cassandra for not remembering. Somewhat justified by her abilities and skill-set relying on memory.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Besides stealing the technique of the Claymore she was emulating, she would occasionally mimic their appearance somewhat. It did not take long for this to freak out the Claymores.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: She would more or less stalk a more powerful Claymore until she figured out their technique. Shortly afterwards, the Claymore in question would get killed somehow.
  • Jerkass: What it all comes down to is that Roxanne is nothing more than a bully who psychologically torments Cassandra mainly just for the kicks.
  • Just Desserts: Is eaten by Cassandra.
  • Karmic Death: Although her first death hasn't been elaborated on, after being resurrected and Awakening she is killed and devoured by Cassandra, the very person she killed herself the first time.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Warriors whose techniques she copied and surpassed died on Awakened Being hunts soon after.
  • Manipulative Bitch: For all her flaws, Ophelia was a lot more straightforward in messing with people's heads.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Does the finger-to-mouth pose quite a lot.
  • One-Man Army: As with all Number Ones.
  • One-Winged Angel: Awakens after Cassandra bites off her arms and legs.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Type R, having retained her original personality and memories.
  • Power Copying: She rocketed up the ranks by stealing techniques from her contemporaries thanks to her excellent ability to synchronize her youki.
  • Power Parasite: It's what made her so powerful to begin with. She copies the powers of every other high-ranking partner that she's met and left them to die through "accidental" circumstances.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Implied. She seemed to develop crushes on the Claymores whose techniques she stole. It ended with said Claymores' deaths.
  • Quirky Curls: A supremely dark variant on the trope.
  • Red Baron: "Love and Hate."
  • Smug Super: She certainly has reason to be but she's altogether too pleased with her various misdeeds.
  • The Sociopath: Makes Ophelia seem tame by comparison.
  • Stalker with a Crush: See In Love with Your Carnage and I Just Want to Be You.
  • Troll: The sheer delight she gets out of mocking Cassandra over her friend's death (which Roxanne was responsible for), and the fact that she engineered the whole situation to secure the Number 1 position for herself, makes her this.
  • The Vamp: She certainly has vampish tendencies, although she attacks women rather than men.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: She's one of the few warriors who's always been an evil bitch. Even Ophelia had a speck of humanity.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Said that she didn't like having children as her opponent, but nevertheless, she stabbed the twins in the face.
  • Yandere: Was a Stalker with a Crush who would target Claymores more powerful than herself and copy their abilities until she memorized them... then Make It Look Like an Accident and move on to the next target.

Elizabeth

Number 5. Deceased.


Nadeen

Number 9. Deceased.


Uranus

Number 31. Deceased.



    Awakened Beings 

Priscilla

Former Number 2.

Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP), Brina Palencia (EN)

  • Achilles' Heel: Priscilla is unstoppable in combat due to her immense strength, speed, skill, and the ability to track even the smallest traces of Yoki. However, because she cannot sense attacks without Yoki and is arrogant enough to dismiss opponents she has already defeated, Raki is able to stab her in the back of the neck.
  • Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Priscilla invokes this while travelling with Raki, going so far as to starve herself for seven years to the point where she physically degenerates into a child.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Priscilla lost control of her yoki while fighting Teresa and begged to be killed while she was still mentally human, but the moment Teresa lowered her guard Priscilla abruptly finished Awakening and killed her.
  • The Assimilator: After Clare shreds her with the Quicksword, Priscilla devours Cassandra to recover and winds up with half of Cassandra's face replacing hers and Cassandra's head-tipped tentacles instead of wings. She then proceeds to eat Chronos and Octavia and project their heads as Combat Tentacles as well.
  • Assimilation Backfire: The above backfires after Teresa calls out to Cassandra and challenges her as a fellow former Number One. Cassandra tears her way out of Priscilla to face Teresa. Chronos and Octavia's own pride is also awakened and they promptly turn on Priscilla, forcing her to destroy them.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Her combat strategy is to throw herself at her enemy, tank whatever they throw at her, regenerate, and curb stomp them. This ends up biting her hard when Riful's daughter gains the ability to drain her energy with each attack that connects.
  • Badass: Yes, the majority of characters are this, but holy crap does she deserve special mention! By herself, and without shifting to her Awakened form, she utterly dominates both Alicia and Beth, who are in their Awakened forms, and this is after the former has demonstrated that she is at least as powerful as Riful. She even takes on all of the Seven Ghosts at once in human form after having exhausted herself fighting Riful's daughter, and all without breaking a sweat. Hot. Damn.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Was the Child to Raki's Badass for a while, before she decided to drop the charade and remind everyone of exactly what she's capable of.
  • Badass Cape: Wore a hooded cloak while travelling with Raki, and continued wearing its tattered remnants, and nothing else, after regaining her true self.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Was in the middle of one with the Destroyer after breaking free of the cocoon. She eventually won.
  • Become Your Weapon: Assimilated her Claymore into her body, and can bring it out when she's facing a tough opponent.
  • Berserk Button: Teresa's disregard for the Organization's rules was what triggered her rampage, and as an Awakened Being she goes to some lengths to suppress certain memories.
  • Big Bad: She has always been Clare's Arch-Enemy and the most powerful Awakened Being ever, and after the fall of the Organization she is set up as the Final Boss.
  • Big Eater: Was still hungry after eating an entire village to recuperate from her degeneration.
    • Several of them in fact.
  • Bishonen Line: Even in her Awakened form she is more humanoid than most other Awakened beings, and she is the most powerful one. And when she faces a really challenging opponent, she reverts to her original human form and wields her old sword so she can fight properly.
    • In her battle against Clare-Teresa, she loses this as her need to constantly regenerate as she's cut to pieces morphs her into something that more resembles a pillar of limbs and insanity than a person.
  • Black and White Insanity/Wrong Genre Savvy: As mentioned under Knight Templar, prior to Awakening Priscilla was possessed of an unwavering conviction that she and the Organization were good and that anyone who opposed them (like Teresa) was evil. Ultimately, she broke before her certainty that she was the hero did - and, ironically enough, that's how she became the villain, one much calmer and self-indulging than her past self.
  • Blood Knight: She enjoys a challenging fight, such as the one against Riful's daughter. As such, she pursues Clare hoping for the opportunity to face Teresa in combat again, though this is driven by the subconscious desire to find an opponent strong enough to kill her once and for all.
  • Body Horror: She is so consumed by hatred during her fight with Teresa that her body stops having a singular human shape and becomes a Body of Bodies.
  • Bored With Insanity: While Awakening she becomes increasingly Ax-Crazy before going into her calm One-Winged Angel form.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Her Awakened form features what looks suspiciously like jagged butterfly wings.
  • Combat Tentacles: She can extend her wings and fingers or transform her arms into tendrils, which in her Awakened form is her main means of offence. Merging with the Destroyer temporarily upgrades them.
  • Creepy Monotone: In her Awakened form she speaks without emotion.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Any fight she joins in post-Awakening is pretty much this. Teresa, however, delivers one of these to her.
  • Dark Action Girl: THE Dark Action Girl of the series.
  • Death of Personality: By chapter 152, Priscilla as a person and even an Awakened Being is dead. The... thing that Teresa fights in that chapter onwards can barely be considered alive. Her human side reasserts control and apologizes for her actions, requesting Teresa put her out of her misery.
  • Death Seeker: Of a sort: Dae theorizes that upon upon her Awakening the last remnants of Priscilla's humanity installed a psychic wedge in her subconsciousness to prevent her from attacking young girls, so that someday they would become Claymore and come after her. While Priscilla the Awakened Being was, for the most part, not consciously aware of this, this is later proven to be a straight-forward example, when her human side asserts control and admits to Teresa her actions had been subconsciously driven by the search for someone strong enough to kill her. She despaired at no one being strong enough, and thanks Teresa for finally being the one to end it all.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Talks and looks utterly at peace - even bored - whenever she transforms into her One-Winged Angel form.
  • Dying as Yourself: After her Body of Bodies is cut away, Priscilla reforms as four replicas of her human self and asks Teresa to put her out of her misery, thanking her when she does so and apologizing for the carnage she wrought.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Doesn't kill young girls on her feeding sprees due to a psychic block she placed on herself, and even she is disgusted by Dae.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Raki, oddly enough, as the way she became a Claymore parallels how he met Clare.
  • Evil Feels Good: Says this after Awakening.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: When she Awakened, the last remnants of Priscilla's humanity installed a psychic block to prevent her from noticing girls in the hopes they would become Claymores strong enough to kill her.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Her politeness and calm demeanour only serve to highlight her cruelty.
  • Freudian Excuse: Decapitated her father, who had become a Yoma and eaten her mother, sister, and brother. To say the events left her traumatized is an understatement, especially when we learn she was left locked inside her house for a month and forced to live off her father's corpse.
  • Flash Step: Moves fast enough to avoid Miria's Phantom Sword.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Fights naked in her Awakened form, and occasionally in her human form.
  • Giggling Villain: While fighting Riful-like Awakened Being, she's shown giggling a few times while they rip each other apart.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She seems to have finally found peace, in her final moments.
  • Healing Factor: Priscilla can regenerate grievous injuries and reattach severed limbs faster than even the likes of Isley and Miria can comprehend, and only becomes more powerful with each regeneration. It's stated that decapitation is the only sure way of killing her. Then again, even chopping up her entire body — head included! — only slowed her down, so... Dae and Chronos theorize that she's not actually healing herself at all; it's flat-out creation, which is "the realm of the gods". Dae thinks that this makes her unbeatable, although Teresa seems set to disprove this assertion.
    • Turns out that the one thing she can't survive is Teresa essentially reducing her to molecules using a godlike version of Ilena's Quicksword.
  • Hero Killer: She killed Teresa, kicking off Clare's journey to become a Claymore. She also manages to easily fight off the Seven Ghosts when in a weakened state.
  • Honor Before Reason: Priscilla's world view was so naive that she believed that even yoma - a group of monsters that she hates above all else - deserve a fair fight against a Claymore.
    • Subverted when she tricks Teresa into a false sense of security and then lops off her head; it was pretty much the most dishonorable move possible, considering the reason Teresa let her guard down in the first place was because Priscilla claimed she wanted to be mercy killed before her Awakening was complete.
  • Horned Humanoid: Her Awakened form possesses a single unicorn-like horn in the middle of her forehead.
  • Hulking Out: In the anime she undergoes a second Awakening while fighting half-Awakened Clare. In the manga when fighting Teresa she regenerates her severed limbs with a massive increase in muscle mass due to her sheer hatred.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Like all Awakened Beings, but special mention goes to the fact that she's not averse to eating other yoma. When she was still human, she survived a month in isolation by eating her father's corpse. No wonder she's so screwed up.
  • In the Back: Priscilla gets a sword shoved through her throat by Raki.
  • It Amused Me: She holds back and uses just human-level strength when fighting Raki, just as Raki and Isley expected... but the only reason she did so was so the fight wouldn't end as quickly rather than the reason they expected. Isley still accounted for this, however, and her arrogance enabled Raki to get in a critical blow.
  • The Juggernaut: Pretty much what she becomes post-Awakening. Though usually she lacks any focus or clear goal and just wanders around randomly eating people, once something catches her interest even multiple Abyssal Ones barely manage to slow her down at the cost of their own lives.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Claymore never made any pretenses to be anything other than a dark series, but whenever Priscilla turns up, things are going to go south very, VERY fast.
  • Knight Templar: Boy HOWDY. The entire reason she Awakened was because she saw Teresa as evil for daring to break the Organization's rules and then having the audacity to not roll over and die.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Loses her memories after her fight with Isley, but starts regaining them after meeting Raki.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Is one of the strongest and fastest Awakened Beings in the Claymore universe, and while her defence isn't impregnable her Healing Factor more than makes up for it.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Priscilla has the ability to morph body parts tentacles, can create multiple limbs, and can extend them like telescopes. During her fight with Teresa she takes this Up to Eleven.
  • Madness Mantra: After being shredded by Clare, she devours Cassandra while chanting "I'm hungry!" repeatedly. Then, after Teresa returns through Clare, she is reduced to merely repeating her old foe's name over and over as her hatred consumes her.
  • Master Swordswoman: Butchered dozens of yoma a few feet away from her comrades pre-Awakening, and they never noticed. Despite it not even being her weapon of choice post-Awakening, she's skilled enough with it to put Raki on the defensive even while fighting on the level of a human.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Tricks Teresa into letting her guard down and plays Raki like a fiddle.
  • Memory Gambit: She has been selective about what memories she wants to regain.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Her Awakened form is recognizably female, but has purple-grey skin, insectoid arms, jagged butterfly-like wings, talons, and a single horn growing from her forehead.
  • Morality Pet: She became this to Isley. Isley hoped Raki would become this for her, and failing that trained Raki to kill her, but neither plan worked out.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Manifests eight arms when fighting Teresa, and later morphs her wings into hundreds of hand-tipped tentacles.
  • No Body Left Behind: Priscilla is completely destroyed by Teresa's version of the Quicksword.
  • No Party Like The Donner Party: After she killed her father for eating the rest of her family, she was trapped in their house for a month and is implied to have eaten part of his corpse.
  • The Nose Knows: She recognized the scent of Clare on Raki. And it's implied she recognizes Teresa's scent on Clare, since Clare has Teresa's flesh and blood inside her now...
  • No Sell: Does this to the Destroyer's parasitic rods and to Clare's Half-Awakened form.
  • Not Quite Dead: Even having her entire body shredded by Clare's Quicksword isn't enough to kill her, and she regenerates by eating Cassandra. However, it seems to have done a number on her mind, to the point that Teresa claims that Clare and the others already defeated Priscilla. Priscilla is mentally already dead, and all that remains is her hatred.
  • Off with Her Head!: How she kills Teresa, and how her battle with Riful's daughter almost ends.
  • Oh, Crap: Priscilla spends the majority of her fight with the Seven Ghosts taunting them while slowly regaining her full strength, and when she does seems poised to kill Miria... only for Clare to regain her fighting spirit and dice Priscilla's sword arm to pieces. The look on Priscilla' s face when Raki stabbed her in the back of the neck was priceless.
  • One-Man Army: Even prior to Awakening, she was powerful enough to slaughter hundreds of yoma without her allies - who were only a few yards away - noticing.
  • One-Winged Angel: What she does in her fight against Teresa. Oops.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Was sitting on Raki's shoulder when they arrive at his old hometown.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Is the most powerful Awakened Being by a wide margin.
  • Pet the Dog: Saves Raki from the Destroyer's parasitic rods by implanting her own arm into his back, despite telling him that he had outlived his usefulness to her and that she was hungry. When they next met, she made it explicitly clear that she had only done so on a whim.
  • Physical God: According to Dae, Priscilla's intense hatred and madness have caused her to acquire power far beyond that of even the Abyssal Ones. It certainly shows.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: She asks Teresa to finish her off, admitting that everything she's done was subconsciously in an attempt to die.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "The taste of iron that gave birth to you, yet is foreign to you. Here, at the end, carve it upon your body." Said before dicing Riful's daughter into pieces with her Claymore.
  • Sanity Slippage: Her mental state degraded to that of a small child during her fight with Isley, although she regains her true self while following Raki. Suffers a more severe case after being shredded to bits by Clare's Quicksword. She is able to recover physically, but mentally she's gone. All that remains is her hatred.
  • Sealed Evil in a Duel: Courtesy of Claire and the Destroyer.
  • Selective Slaughter: As mentioned above, she does not kill young girls. However, some of those girls - namely Clare and Ophelia - didn't feel that grateful.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Beheaded her own yoma-mutated father while he was eating the rest of their family. Dae believes that she somehow knew that the yoma really was her father (as opposed to the cover story of yoma being shapeshifters), and the repressed guilt and self-hatred she feels over killing her dad and being forced to eat his corpse to survive is why she is so powerful.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: What it all came down to when she was first introduced. She was a warrior of remarkable skill and perception, but was too naive to weigh-in certain repercussions maturely.
  • Sleep Mode Size: Degenerated into a small child after starving herself for seven years. After gorging herself she returns to her adult form.
  • Smug Super: With the exception of Teresa, Priscilla is by far the most powerful character in the story, and she knows it.
  • Sword of Damocles: What Isley initially intended to use her as.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Renee manhandles Raki, Priscilla steps between them, puts her hand on Renee's arm, and calmly asks "Are you… picking on Raki?" When Renee realizes exactly what the little girl easily forcing her arm back with one hand is, she nearly wets herself. Later, when the Destroyer assimilates Clare, Priscilla calmly vows to unleash an Extreme Melee Revenge on it for stealing her prey. Later still, when Dae starts reviving memories she would rather remain suppressed, she takes her sword and slices him in half without losing her calm expression.
  • Tragic Villain/Tragic Monster: Her backstory makes her a good deal more sympathetic.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As Chapter 135 indicates, Priscilla and Raki are Not So Different.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After nearly being slain by Clare's Quicksword and eating Cassandra to save herself she devolves into a ravenous monster intent on devouring everyone.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Pukes up the Destroyer after winning their Battle in the Center of the Mind.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Anyone who attempts to fight Priscilla is guaranteed to say this at least once, provided said anyone survives long enough to get to this point, and since even Abyssal Ones can't keep up with her insane speed and overwhelming strength that doesn't leave a lot of candidates...
    • Ironically, Priscilla herself says this to Dae after she cuts him in half and starts eating him and he still doesn't shut up.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Ironically, she started out as this.
  • Winged Humanoid: Her Awakened form has four jagged butterfly-like wings.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: If Dae's theory concerning her power is accurate.
  • World's Strongest Man: Is far and above the most powerful Awakened Being, to the point where even three Abyssal and near-Abyssal level Awakened Beings and seven of the strongest Claymores in existence Spam Attacking her barely keeps her from totally crushing everyone.
    • This title is stolen from her by Teresa, who utterly destroys her.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Riful's daughter to be one, but that doesn't stop her from slicing her to ribbons.

Riful

Abyssal One. Formerly the first female Number 1.

Riful rules the western lands of the continent.

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)

  • Affably Evil: She really wants to be your friend, she's only torturing you horribly so you'll Awaken and join her side.
    • Faux Affably Evil: ... unless your Awakened powers are not up to her exacting standards, in which case she has no real problem with your horrible death.
  • Combat Tentacles: Riful's awakened form is composed entirely of these.
    • Some of her dialogue suggests she uses them for more than just combat. Hey, if Dauf doesn't mind, who are we to judge?
  • Creepy Child: And how! She's much older than she looks, but still.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's evil, and while she has a dignified personality she's not afraid to get her hands dirty.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She enjoys making witty and cutting remarks to provoke her opponents into Awakening or making a mistake that leaves them vulnerable.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As badly as she might occasionally treat him, she stubbornly refused to leave Dauf to die, which resulted in her being ripped to shreds by Priscilla.
  • Hair Contrast Duo: With Dauf, she has long black hair, and he has short blonde hair.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Priscilla wounds her to the point that her corpse breaks in two, as evidenced by the being that comes out of her lower half.
  • Hime Cut: Emphasizing her dignified personality.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Both played straight and inverted. Hangs around with Dauf, another Awakened Being whose human form is that of a large, muscular man compared to a rather slender child for Riful. Their youma forms invert because while Dauf is still huge, Riful is larger still and capable of tossing him around like a rag doll.
  • Killed Off for Real: Once Priscilla gets back in the story, she successively annihilates Alicia, Beth and Riful with little effort.
  • Little Miss Badass: Has the appearance of a young teenager.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: In chapter 132, a fetus-shaped mass of tentacles emerged from the lower half of her body and has since grown into a female entity with powers similar to - but markedly different from - both Dauf's and Riful's and which surpasses that of the Abyssal Ones. Speculation is still occurring as to whether it's Riful Back from the Dead or a new character.
  • Oh, Crap: First when the Abyssal Feeders attack, and second when Priscilla shows up.
  • Partial Transformation: Often simply transforms her hair and/or arms into tentacles to deal with enemies while avoiding ruining her limited supply of dresses or destroying her lair.
  • Pet the Dog: To Dauf. She may pick on him as much as everyone else, but damn if you'll kill him while she's still standing there.
  • Prehensile Hair: What she occasionally uses her Combat Tentacles for.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Was one of the first female Claymores.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Had this going for her with her Claymore when she was still a warrior.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Is the Hot Wife to Dauf's Ugly Guy.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Dauf.
  • Villainous Valor: Against Alicia and Beth in order to protect Dauf.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Usually Dauf doesn't need her protection but in the event he does, Riful will step in and lay down the law.
  • We Can Rule Together: She makes this offer to Claymores that she comes across in order to get them to join her side. If they decline, well, she has other methods of ''persuading'' them...

Dauf

Former Number 3 of the male generation.

Dauf is Riful's Dragon and her lover.

Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (JP), Chris Ayres (EN)

  • Butt Monkey: To the point that a Running Gag is Clare hitting him with Quicksword or Windcutter.
  • The Brute: He even looks like a gorilla, both in his human and Awakened forms.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Forcing the poles his Awakened form makes naturally through the stomachs and spines of the soldiers he and Riful capture.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments of wit, like when he faced off with Isley's army.
  • Dumb Blonde
  • Dumb Muscle: Riful mentioned his stupidity in the same sentence she praised his strength.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When they are both injured, and Riful is trying to drag him to safety, Dauf tells her to save herself. She threatens to break up with him if he keeps saying such stupid things, and he tells her that that's alright as long as she goes on living.
  • Friend to All Children: Either he is this or a Lolicon, considering his infatuation with Riful the moment he saw her.
  • Genius Ditz: Yes, he's stupid, but he has his moments of intelligence, such as when he shattered the bones in Clare's leg instead of just severing them, making her spend more time on healing it.
  • Hair Contrast Duo: He has short blonde hair, opposite of Riful long black hair.
  • Henpecked Husband: Riful laments his shortcomings and finds herself frequently berating him for his incompetence.
  • Hulking Out: His human form is already bulky, but his Awakened form is massive.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: While he's hardly harmless, Dauf is so... pathetic he's kinda hard to take seriously.
  • Jerkass: Is quite sadistic when it comes to torturing others.
  • Love at First Sight: For Riful, back when they were both still Claymores.
  • Love Martyr: While trying to protect Riful, he is disembowelled by Priscilla. He survives, but is forced to watch her kill Riful, after which he allows himself to be taken over by the Destroyer's parasitic rods in order to fight Priscilla.
  • Meet Cute: His first meeting with Riful, even if it's a little creepy, if you stop and think about it.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Priscilla kills Riful, Dauf is utterly fixated on destroying her.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Dolph or Dauf? Or is it Duph? We're still unsure.
  • Spike Shooter: Can launch rods of varying sizes from different parts of his body.
  • Torture Technician: He's charged with doing this to any Claymore unfortunate enough to fall into his and Riful's grasps.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The Ugly Guy to Riful's Hot Wife.
  • Undying Loyalty: You get no points for figuring out who he's loyal to.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Riful.
  • You Are Number Six: Dauf was the #3 of the generation of male Claymores.

Isley

Abyssal One. Formerly the Number 1 of the male generation of Claymores.

Isley is The Strategist who commanded the troops that slaughtered Pieta.

Voiced by: Koji Yusa (JP), John Swasey (EN)

  • Bishōnen: Is incredibly ripped, but has otherwise a handsome face and long, silver hair.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Swore fealty to the amnesic Priscilla so that he'd be able to use her as a powerful weapon against the other Abyssal Ones, but his dying monologue reveals he came to view her as something like a daughter. When Raki showed up, rather than eating him Isley took him on as an apprentice and trained him to kill Priscilla in the event that she regained her memories, even accounting for the fact that no matter how skilled Raki became Priscilla would still effortlessly cut him down and that the Power of Friendship wouldn't cause her to hold back.
  • Disc One Final Boss: From the start of the War in the North and up until about Chapter 71, you could be forgiven for thinking Isley was the Big Bad of the series. Then we learn that while he was the brains of the operation, Priscilla was always considerably more powerful... and the next time we see him, he's caught in Redemption Equals Death
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: You could be forgiven for mistaking him for a woman due to his feminine face.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He originally just thought it would be more practical to have Priscilla as an underling rather an than enemy, but in the end, she and Raki genuinely grew on him.
  • Fallen Hero: Big time. The only reason he ever Awakened at all was deliberately so he could stop his fallen brethren, but doing so would turn him into one anyway.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Technically a Heel-Face Revolving Door, as part of being an Awakened Being involves a Face-Heel Turn anyhow. Chronos suggests that the reason he Awakened in the first place was in order to kill the rest of the single digit male Claymores after they had all Awakened, as Isley had a strong sense of responsibility.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Isley sends Raki and Priscilla away so that the Abyssal Feeders won't attack them.
  • Karmic Death: Eventually gets taken down by monsters made from the remains of his underlings who he knowingly sent to their deaths as a distraction.
  • Lady and Knight: Technically the Black Knight to Priscilla's Dark Lady, as he swore fealty to her following his defeat. Functionally, he is the brains of the outfit, though, as her mental state regressed to that of a small child.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: When transforming his arm into a bow he can fire barrages of arrows at his opponents, and when he's fully Awakened they become homing projectiles.
  • The Mentor: He was Raki's mentor, and trained him for the purpose of killing Priscilla.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Gets a few ShirtlessScenes every now and then on top of being a good-looking guy.
  • Noble Demon: Isley is suspisciously well put together mentally for the granddaddy of all Awakened Beings. It turns out he was the last of the male Claymores to Awaken, and only because he viewed it as his duty to kill them with his own hands.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: His Awakened form resembles a massive centaur with a black exoskeleton.
  • Paranoia Gambit: Lets slip that he has taken a powerful Awakened Being as his lover so as to stir up trouble with Riful, Luciela, and the Organization, though Isley's relationship with Priscilla was more father-daughter than lover, as indicated by his pre-death inner monologue. He still took precautions to dispose of her by training Raki specifically to defeat her. It doesn't work until Raki sticks his sword through Priscilla's neck after the later let her guard down.
  • Partial Transformation: Like Riful he can transform just an arm to avoid destroying his clothes or levelling the landscape.
  • Promotion to Parent: Treated Raki and Priscilla like family. Although he took precautions against the latter regaining her memories by training the former to kill her.
  • Red Baron: "The Silver King" and "Silver King Isley" are used frequently, as well as "Isley of the North".
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: In his Awakened form, he can turn his arms into various weapons to suit whatever he's fighting against.
  • Shirtless Scene: While toying with Raki's sword, cementing his status as Mr. Fanservice.
  • The Strategist: Had this dynamic going for him in comparison to the other Abyssal Ones.
  • Worf Had the Flu: ... sort of. The only reason he died at all is that the Abyss Feeders had spent the last several years relentlessly wearing him down. The reason it's 'sort of' is that even with these wounds, he hardly went out without a fight; dominating Helen and Deneve with only a fraction of his power and killing five of the eleven Feeders sent against him. This is made even worse by the fact that he would've survived a bit longer had he been able to kill just one more than he had in the end, because the Feeders' defense mechanism is to retreat when a set number die in battle... although they would have just returned again before he could rest, and they'd have been stronger than ever. Even if he had survived that battle, the next would have been his last.

Rigaldo

Silver Lion King. The former Number 2 of the male generation.

Isley's Number Two who led the attack on Pieta.

Voiced by: Hiro Yuuki (JP), Vic Mignogna (EN)

  • Apologetic Attacker: Clearly finds his work distasteful and even apologies to the Claymores before engaging them.
  • Badass: Tears apart four single-digit Claymores before they knew what hit them.
  • Bishōnen: In his human form he's fairly handsome.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Immediately analyzes his enemy, determines the strongest of them and then releases his full power to kill each swiftly and efficiently. Rigaldo does not treat battle like a game.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Undine, Flora, Jean and Veronica never knew what hit 'em.
    • He never knew what Priscilla hit him with either.
      • Despite him pulling Deadly Dodging on her, Rigaldo's fight with the partially Awakened Clare was this, as when she caught him he never stood a chance.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rarely ever smiled while snarking at Isley.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Or in this case, "Servitude," since the only reason he follows Isley is because Isley kicked his ass shortly after they awakened.
  • Femme Fatalons that he can extend to ridiculous lengths and retract at will.
  • Graceful Loser: Accepted his defeat by Isley.
  • Karmic Death: Decides the weaker warriors are no threat and won't even spare the effort to destroy them. Guess how this goes for Clare's Unstoppable Rage?
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Upon entering the battle at Pieta, his immediate actions are to awaken and take out four of the opposing captains in rapid succession.
  • Panthera Awesome: His Awakened form resembled a bipedal lion.
  • Red Baron: "Silver Lion King," which he hates.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Rigaldo / Rigardo. Official translation went with Rigaldo.
  • The Stoic: Was emotionless even as a Claymore.
  • Super Speed: Was quick enough to be faster than Miria, who had to use phantoms to keep up with him.
  • You Are Number Six: The former #2 of the male generation.

Luciela

Abyssal One.

Luciela is the ruler of the south and Raphaela's older sister.
  • Animal Eyes: Her eyes resemble a cat's.
  • Affably Evil: Makes nice small talk with Isley before transforming and leveling the landscape.
  • Battle Ballgown: The dress she was wearing before she transformed.
  • Catgirl: Her Awakened form resembles a monstrous cat.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Seems to be a reoccurring theme with the Abyssal Ones, as she breaks down in tears after seeing her sister.
  • Fusion Dance: With Raphaela, after the latter kills her. They eventually awaken and become the Destroyer.
  • Girlish Pigtails: To go with her Battle Ballgown, emphasizing her apparently regal personality.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth: One of her abilities is to make several fanged mouths appear on her body to shield herself from projectiles.
  • Pet the Dog: Seems genuinely pleased to see her sister, Raphaela.
  • We Can Rule Together: Offers to give Raphaela the south if she helps her beat Isley and Priscilla. Raphaela declines.
    • This is actually a rather tragic variant as she can't understand why her beloved sister is about to kill her and tries offering her whatever she wants, frantically saying she just wants to be with her again... it's just as hard on Raphaela.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies a few chapters after she is truly introduced.

Agatha

Bloody Agatha. Former Number 2.


Chronos

Former Number 4 of the male generation.


Octavia

Former Number 2.


  • Affably Evil: Cheerfully greets the Seven Ghosts and later praises them for holding up so well against Cassandra.
  • The Assimilator: She is eaten by Priscilla after being decapitated and ends up as a talking combat tentacle, though she retains her self-awareness and personality.
  • Badass: A former single digit, and anyone who survives an encounter with Priscilla definitely qualifies.
  • Dark Action Girl: Among the surviving non-Abyssal Awakened Beings, she is the only female.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Has always been shown smiling.
  • Dying as Yourself: After Cassandra breaks free, Octavia and Chronos turn against Priscilla and are ripped to shreds.
  • Godiva Hair: In her Awakened form her hair partially covers her breasts.
  • Losing Your Head: Priscilla beheads her so fast she doesn't realize what happened until the Cassandra tentacles come to assimilate her.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: Her Awakened form resembles a fused horse-and-rider.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Goes from having straight blonde - or at least light coloured - hair in her human form to curly dark hair in her Awakened form.
  • Red Baron: "Wild Horse" Octavia. Whether or not she had a nickname as a Claymore is unknown.
  • Spikes of Villainy: In her Awakened form the horse part of her body is studded with spikes.
  • Whip It Good: She can transform her arms into massive whip-like appendages.
  • Villainous Valor: She even lampshades it, admitting there's no real reason a #2 should be able to kill a #1, Awakened or otherwise. Up until the point of even being okay with the Claymores possibly using her, Chronos and Cassandra as weapons against Priscilla.
  • You Are Number Six: Former Number 2.

Europa


  • Ax-Crazy: Even for an Awakened Being, her sanity meter's long gone.
  • Bouncing Battler: When fighting in confined spaces she retracts her tentacles and becomes a living Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: To the point that her epithet and signature strategy is based on this trait. According to Chronos, she could have been the Number One of her generation if it weren't for her laziness.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Cowardly or not, Octavia applauds her strategy, agreeing that only another Number 1 would stand a chance against Cassandra or Priscilla, which she is certainly not.
  • Combat Tentacles: Her Awakened form is essentially an armored ball with a mirrored face, studded with serrated tentacles.
  • Dirty Coward: Would rather play dead than fight, despite having power rivalling an Abyssal One.
  • Killed Off for Real: Her attempt to attack Rabona fails as she gets torn to pieces by an awakened Miata.
  • Lazy Bum: The only reason she was never made a Number 1 as a Claymore. Her title even means "lazy."
  • Losing Your Head: Is able to survive decapitation, and her specialty is Faking the Dead.
  • Playing Possum: Her signature technique.
  • Red Baron: Unlike the vast majority of the other Claymores and Awakened Beings who were given badass nicknames, Europa was given the moniker of "the Idle".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Ditches the fight against Cassandra to attack Rabona.
  • Two-Faced: Has two faces with shared eyes in her Awakened form.
  • Villainous Glutton: Demands the Claymores give her all of the inhabitants of Rabona in exchange for her help fighting Cassandra. And then deserts anyway rather than actually fight.

Riful-like Awakened Being

An unnamed Awakened Being with the form of a young girl that emerged from the lower half of Riful's corpse and goes on to attack Priscilla. She is stated to have yoki similar to Riful's, but far more powerful, and possesses abilities similar to Riful and Dauf.


    Black Coats 

All of the Black Coats tend to be Mr. Exposition for the various Claymores in regards to their missions and other plot elements.
  • Theme Naming: The Black Coats are named after various museums: Louvre, Hermitage, etc.

Rubel (aka Louvre)

Clare's handler, who assigns Clare her missions.

Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata (JP), R Bruce Elliott (EN)

  • Cynical Mentor: Not Clare's mentor by far, but he is awfully cynical toward her.
  • Dirty Coward: Dae accuses him being one because he tends to bail when things get rough.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He averts his eyes as Miria is seemingly brutally murdered, and even seems sympathetic. He is also disturbed by Dae gushing over how Priscilla is a goddess, and when Dae cheerfully informs Priscilla of the exact details of how she joined the Organization, he is noticeably disgusted.
  • False Reassurance: When Clare accuses him of setting her, Miria, Helen, and Deneve up to be killed so that the Organization doesn't learn about half-Awakened Claymores, he doesn't quite deny it.
  • Get Out: In the final chapter, Rubel comes across the trainee twins, who pass on a message from Miria: the Claymores have no intention of getting dragged into the war on the mainland, so he is to tell his superiors that nothing remains of the experiment conducted on the island, and if they do return, the Claymores will destroy them.
  • The Handler: Well, duh. He filled this role for Teresa as well.
  • The Mole: In his first appearance post-time skip he reveals tha the Organisation is responsible for not only creating the Claymores but the Youma as well as part of a superweapon project, and that he has been assigned to infiltrate it.
  • Mr. Exposition: Reveals the truth behind the existence of the Claymore and Awakened Beings, and knows some secrets even Dae is oblivious to.
  • Mysterious Watcher: Although he and Clare actually know each other rather well, he otherwise fits the role to a T.
  • Oh, Crap: When Priscilla confronts him and Dae.
  • Sinister Shades: He is never seen without them.
  • The Unsmile: Is it a grin? Is it a smirk? Whatever it is, the enigmatic expression simply never leaves his face, and it just doesn't look right.
  • Wild Card: Post-Time Skip, when his true allegiances are revealed.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Clare half-Awakens he tries to have her killed, first by sending her on the Awakened Being hunt with fellow half-Awakened Claymores Miria, Deneve, and Helen; then by pairing her with Ophelia; then by sending her to fight in Pieta. He half-denies it when she calls him out on it.

Ermita

Handler of Galatea, Ophelia and Miria

His face is almost completely wrapped up, leaving only his eyes exposed.

  • Cunning Like a Fox: Referred to as such. Has yet to display it.
  • Jerk Ass: Claims to care about his Warriors like they were his children, but adds "I didn't raise any monsters" for any that Awaken.

Orsay

Teresa's Handler. Wears a hooded cloak.

  • In the Hood: Like it says in the description, he's never seen without his hood.

Prado

Clarice and Miata's Handler. Has a long black psuedo-hood on the back of his head.

Dae

Head of the Retrieval Squad.
  • Admiring the Abomination: When he finally sees Priscilla in action he can't stop gushing over her. Even Rubel is creeped out.
  • Bring It Back Alive: He laments being unable to do this with The Destroyer (!!)
  • Bullying a Dragon: Gleefully informs Priscilla that she ate her father's yomafied corpse while still human, and is sliced in half for his trouble.
  • Collector of the Strange: Has the corpses of the previous Number 1 Claymores displayed in his lab, some of which had to be stitched back together.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Obviously has ill-intent in mind with his experiments, so half of his face is fucked up.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Seems happy and polite but is really a total bastard.
  • For Science!: Dae's entire motivation. He doesn't care about the war in their home continent. He also totally forgot about the revived Number Ones' loyalties when he was bringing them back. His goal all along was to have them Awaken so he could find the source of the arm he used to power them up.
  • Mad Scientist: Even the other Black Coats seems a little disgusted by his experimentations. He knew the three resurrected warriors wouldn't remain loyal and would eventually Awaken. He simply wanted to see his greatest masterpiece with his own eyes as he knew the Organization was doomed the moment the Warriors rebelled.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He equates being eaten by Priscilla to having sex with her. Even she is put off by this.
  • The Starscream: He lied to the Organization about the revived Claymores' likelihood of Awakening and declares the Organization done for in Chapter 120, wanting only to lure "their greatest masterpiece" Priscilla to the battlefield to get a glimpse of her.
  • Two-Faced: He is missing half of his face.
  • We Have Reserves: When his men were worried about transporting a Destroyer-infected Raki, he told them the Organization's goals were more important than the risk of them losing their lives (because he obviously would take another path).
  • Why Won't You Die?: Priscilla of all people asks him this after she cuts him in half and starts eating him, and he still won't shut up.

Rimuto

The Leader of the Organization and head of its council.

  • Big Bad Wannabe: Priscilla upstages him as the manga's main threat, and Miria kills him.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He doesn't even try to escape the rebellion. He simply waits underground for Miria to find him so he can show her the monsters the Organization was formed to fight and confirm her theories while adding some details of his own, knowing full well that she will kill him.
  • Nerves of Steel: When the rebellion occurs at the doorstep of the Organization's headquarters, he simply assesses the situation and issues some orders while maintaining his iconic emotionless expression. Notable in that, moments beforehand, he was formulating plans for future generations of Warriors in such a way that suggested he did not consider the rebellion worth his attention.
  • Off with His Head!: Courtesy of Miria.
  • The Stoic: Never expresses any emotion, even when Miria is about to kill him.


    Humans 

Raki

One of the few important human characters in the Claymore universe. He winds up becoming Clare's traveling companion.

Voiced by: Motoki Takagi (JP), Todd Haberkorn (EN)

  • Ambiguously Human: Chronos implies this of him in Chapter 132, thinking he may possibly become the strongest weapon against Priscilla. Although that appears to be less because he's ambiguously human and more because he's fully human — Priscilla can't keep track of him in battle the way she can with everyone else because he has no yoki to sense.
  • Armor Is Useless: Averted. Raki actually puts his armor, his gauntlets specifically, to good use when deflecting an attack from a yoma when he is reintroduced after the time skip.
  • Badass Boast: He does this a lot after the time skip. Trust us when we say that he has every right to now.
  • Badass Normal: Post-time skip. He has no youki to release to enhance his speed or strength, and thus can't pull off any of the Ki Attack-like moves of the Claymore elite, but he appears to be a match for the weakest Claymores, while possessing only the regular skills and abilities a human could conceivably gain. Later, he holds off the next two (incomplete) #1 and #2 twin duo - although they were holding back - and received complements from Chronos, the fourth-strongest male Awakened Being. This has caused quite a bit of Wild Mass Guessing in regards to his status as "Normal", although Priscilla still kicks his ass.
  • Badass and Child Duo: The Child to Clare's Badass, though he's grown into quite the badass himself recently.
    • Formed one with himself as the Badass and Priscilla, who had degenerated due to starving herself for seven years, as the Child. It didn't last.
  • Berserk Button: Insulting or hurting Clare is a one wey ticket to a Groin Attack. Nowadays, he could probably do a lot more damage if somebody insulted Clare in Raki's wake.
    • Threatening the trainee Claymores while he's around is a bad idea.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Of sorts, to the trainee Claymores.
  • Bodyguard Crush: On Clare, serving as a Rescue Romance after she saved him from a Yoma that had taken over his brother.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He can hold back even Awakened yoma without any of the Claymore's improvments due solely to his training with Isley.
  • The Chick: He serves as Clare's defroster. Then, he takes a level in Badass
  • Cooldown Hug: Gives one to Clare when she is on the verge of Awakening in Rabona.
  • Crying Little Kid: Pre-time skip Raki is the embodiment of this trope. Slightly more emphasized in the Anime.
    • Lampshaded by Raki himself when he breaks down while begging Clare to emerge from the Destroyer-cocoon.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His duel with Priscilla amounts to her easily blocking and dodging his attacks, then slicing him up when she gets bored. Unlike most of the other cases, Raki knew this would be the outcome and included it in the plan to deal a critical blow to Priscilla later.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Raki challenged Priscilla knowing she'd effortlessly defeat him... and then completely forget about him, leaving her open for him to attack, as he has no Yoki for her to track.
  • Determinator: Between his stubborn refusal to leave Clare's side, to picking up enough knowledge to easily kill regular Yoma by training with the series' Disc One Final Boss, well, it's fair to say he qualifies. He even managed to resist the Destroyer's parasitic infection for an extended period of time through sheer willpower alone, although Priscilla did give him a hand. Much later, he willingly picks a fight with Priscilla knowing he would get bloodily curbstomped for his efforts just so he could set up an opportunity to critically wound Priscilla later.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: When Deneve rips off her top in front of him he doesn't immediately notice the open wound running down the front of her body.
  • Distressed Dude: Frequently finds himself in danger.
  • Expy: Young Raki is to Leo Halford, a character from Norihiro Yagi's previous work. Who, interestingly enough, meets Ikuno Shirataki to have her beat up the protaganist cause Leo thinks of him as the devil. I mean look at this picture
  • Freakiness Shame: Early in the manga Rubel sneers at Clare that Raki would abandon her when he saw what sets Claymores apart from humans. After Clare is freed from the Destroyer and her Wound That Will Not Heal is stitched up, Raki throws his arms around her and they both start crying.
  • Friend to All Children: The trainees that Raki looked after grew quite attached to him, and they even began crying from the news of his departure to the holy city. He told them that he'd be back for them when his mission was done.
  • Grin of Audacity: He can be seen smiling in the middle of a fight.
  • Groin Attack: Delivers one to Sid after he steals a kiss from Clare.
  • Hand Behind Head: He does this once during the conversation with Renee.
  • He Is All Grown Up: HO-LY CRAP did he grow up post timeskip.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: To Clare and Isley, of all people.
  • Heroic Build: Damn, Raki got buff too.
  • Kid with the Leash: TWICE! First with Clare, in preventing her from going fully Awakened Being in the holy city. Then played supremely straight with Priscilla.
  • Lightning Bruiser: For a human, post-timeskip. His training enables him to keep up with Yoma and weak Claymores.
  • Look What I Can Do Now: First thing we see him do after the time skip is kill a yoma.
  • Made of Iron: He fights pretty well during his bout with Ophelia, though she was holding back, and even manages to hold his own against Priscilla until she stops holding back.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Got this treatment from Clare while they were running from Ophelia. He was mortified, but she had more important things to worry about at the time.
  • Morality Pet: Isley started seeing him as family. Subverted with Priscilla, who was just using him to find Clare.
  • Non-Action Guy: Face it, he's a human in a world of superpowered monsters...
    • Took a Level in Badass: ...and then later becomes strong enough to take on the weakest of the monsters... and then hold off a horde of trainee Claymores, two of whom have Lovecraftian Superpowers.
    • Made relative by Renee after he killed a yoma in his hometown, who says that trained humans defeating rank-and-file yoma is not that surprising. Humans detecting yoma, is. He actually can't do that, Priscilla does it for him.
  • The One Guy: The only lead male associated with the Claymores, especially the current Seven Ghosts.
  • The Rest Shall Pass: Holds off some of the Organization's men so the trainee Claymores don't have to.
  • Rugged Scar: He has a noticable scar next to his left eyebrow post Time Skip, enhancing his newfound Bad Ass character.
  • Shaming the Mob: He does this when people in his home village accuse him of being a yoma.
  • Shirtless Scene: When he gets captured and tied up by the Organization. It's still worth looking at though.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: All of his outfits post-timeskip have been sleeveless.
  • Team Chef: He was this while traveling with Clare.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Reveals the reason Isley trained him was so that he could one day kill Priscilla. It doesn't work.
  • World's Strongest Man: According to the trainee twins, he is the strongest known human.
    "As long as the opponent is human, he's not likely to lose to anyone."
  • Unbroken Vigil: Clare suffers a serious injury after a fight against a very strong yoma and as a result she is Asleep for Days. During this time Raki stayed by her side praying for her to wake up.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Is one of the few humans not scared of Claymores from the beginning, he comes to love Clare despite her being a Claymore and post-Time Skip isn't put off by the fact all Claymores are basicly held together by stitches.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Priscilla played him like a fiddle, though it turns out the deception was mutual.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Believes this will make Priscilla hold back when they ultimately fight. It doesn't work because she's holding back for her own amusement.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never learn what happened to the destroyers parasitic rods that were stuck in his left shoulder.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When he gets infected with one of the Destroyer's spikes, Priscilla leaves him to go chase Clare's scent. However, she did save him from it before leaving when she didn't have to... by jamming her own severed arm into his back, making this more of a strange Pet the Dog moment. It's worth noting that she also didn't eat him despite being hungry and him being the only living human around for miles.

Father Vincent

A priest of Rabona who calls Clare to the Holy City and later serves as an aid for other rogue Claymores that come there.
  • Good Shepherd: Made an effort to overcome his prejudice against Claymores, and succeeds.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Disobeys the Rabonan Law against Claymores entering the city when a Youma appears there and thus helps get the law ultimately repealed.

Galk

A knight of the holy city and captain of the guard.
  • Determinator: Allows himself to be stabbed by a Youma through the chest so he can hold his claw-tentacles in place so Clare can get a good shot at him.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Appears to be this with Sid. Seven years later, and they're still jumping around on rooftops together.
  • I Owe You My Life: To Clare after she helps defeat the mummy yoma.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's a normal human who jumps around on rooftops in full plate armor!
  • Made of Iron: He survives getting impaled several times over by the yoma.

Sid

Galk's right hand man.
  • Fragile Speedster: He's fast for a human, but is still just a human.
  • Handsome Lech: Sid might have had his prejudices about Claymores at first, but he's not above flirting with them. He refuses to be seduced by Agatha, though.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Appears to be this with Galk. Seven years later, and they're still jumping around on rooftops together.
  • Knife Nut: His weapons of choice are throwing knives.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is a massive asshole the first time we see him, but by the end of his first appearance, the heart of gold has come out. He's lost most of his jerkassitude after the Time Skip.
  • Sacred First Kiss: He steals Clare's, to Raki's horror. Clare doesn't seem too bothered, though.


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