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.
  • 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 Dyes Your Hair: Or in their case, bleaches it.
  • 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 Echoes: Their voices in the English dub only.
  • 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.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: When they tap into their yoma power.
  • 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.