Characters: Soul Eater DWMA
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The Grim Reaper and head of the DWMA. Most of the time he behaves like a complete goofball, but he can be a terrifyingly powerful fighting force when things get serious. His soul wavelength is so large that it covers all of Death City. Spirit Albarn is his current partner, much to the latter's constant annoyance.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: He is one of eight "Great Old Ones" representing the madness of order.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He defeated Asura in the past, and when he was released he does a better job against him than the main cast does. Except in their second battle against Asura in the anime, when Maka kicks Asura's ass in the last episode despite that Asura had already defeated Lord Death, Kid, and Black Star.
- Badass: The size of one's soul wavelength is a good indicator of their power. For reference, Doctor Stein is the strongest guy to ever come out of DWMA, and his soul wavelength extends about a half dozen feet from his body. Lord Death's soul wavelength encompasses the entire city.
- Badass Baritone: When things get serious, Death's voice deepens.
- Barrier Maiden:
- Limited to the foundations of the DWMA for the purposes of sealing the first Kishin. Asura got out, Death did not.
- Has something of Barrier Warrior too, as he tries to crush Asura with a shield.
- Berserk Button: Asura's appearance is enough to make him change from being silly to claiming death threats.
- Beware the Silly Ones: His reaction to Asura's escape, after spending the series to date happily goofy and mostly harmless.
- Big Good: He runs the DWMA and assigns missions to his students to stop evil souls. He's also one of the few who can go toe-to-toe with Asura.
- Bumbling Dad: At least as a fašade. However, Kid clearly respects him.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: "Mandolin?"
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's incredibly powerful, and hell, downright terrifying when he gets serious. However his playful side is genuine.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: Done deliberately so he could start a school without children being afraid of him.
- Eldritch Abomination: As mentioned, he's one of the eight Great Old Ones.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: He didn't make too many changes, but yes, originally a lot meaner looking. Then he decided to raise a school; and that involved human children. So he came up with a goofy face and persona so that DEATH would not be scary.
- Helping Would Be Kill Stealing: In the first episode, Maka and Soul are having trouble defeating Blair. He tells Spirit that he could defeat the magical cat "with a single reaper chop!" but that wouldn't help Maka and Soul develop as meister and weapon.
- Hypocrite: He teaches that fear is the most important tool a fighter can have, that it keeps you sharp and strong, but he himself literally ripped out his own fear, accidentally creating a villain in the process. On the other hand, maybe living without fear for centuries is what taught him the importance of that emotion. He admits to the possibility.
- Killed Off for Real: When Kid finally ascends as a true Grim Reaper, Lord Death happily passes on.
- Large Ham: Usually when preforming the Shinigami Chop/Reaper Chop
- Let's Get Dangerous: When Asura is released, his dopey round eyes turn triangular and angry, and his comedic karate chop creates shockwaves and leaves a crater upon impact.
- Mind Control: His power over the "Madness of Order" could allow him to suppress free will across the planet, much like Asura's "Madness of Fear" induces insanity, with the offshoot of being able to neutralize the latter's influence. However, he does not, as he believes that Humans Are Special.
- Mr. Exposition: Constantly at the beginning of the series.
- Not So Different: Once the truth of Asura's origins is made clear, Death compares himself to Medusa for his treatment of Kid. As both Kid and Crona were raised/created for a specific purpose, this is not unjustified. There is, crucially, a world of difference between Death's approach to fatherhood and ''everything'' Medusa did to Crona.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Depending on how far his current persona is a pretense. He might really have 'gotten used' to it.
- Odd Friendship: With Spirit.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Noted by Spirit in the anime when Death's starts making really scary threats towards Asura during their battle, stating he never seen him "sounding so murderous before".
- Parental Neglect: Why is Asura such a fear-mongering wreck? Lord Death created him be putting all of his fears into a physical body.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "It's time for you to die again."
- Precision F-Strike: How do we know how kid-friendly he wasn't 800 years ago? There's what he called Arachne: "You whorish swine! I'll kill you as soon as I see you!"
- Shinigami: He's actually much closer to the original western concept of The Grim Reaper than most uses of the trope, as he is a literal Anthropomorphic Personification of death rather than simply a spirit thereof.
- Shout-Out: There is no other reason his dub voice needs to sound so much like Potter Puppet Pals Dumbledore.
- So Proud of You: To Kid after Kid ascends to become a true Grim Reaper, Lord Death is filled with pride.
- Tears of Joy: The crumbling eye-holes in his mask resemble tears of joy.
- Too Powerful to Live: He can't leave the academy, because he'd resolve the fights on his own.
- Truly Single Parent: Death the Kid and Asura are actually fragments of himself.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He created Asura by removing his own fear, making him responsible for both the Kishin's existence and the reason the Kishin became such a fear-crazed villain in the first place.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Him and Spirit. Teasing, arguments, impatience, odd moments of concern for one another. Pretty much like any other meister/Weapon pair, in fact.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Zigzagged with him and Death the Kid, who used to be the page image for the trope. Shinigami often maintains his goofy attitude when Kid is serious, but can also be the Only Sane Man whenever Kid's Super OCD kicks in.
- The Wonka: Highly unpredictable and eccentric, capable of switching between absurdly daft and effectively dangerous very quickly.
- Your Days Are Numbered: There cannot be two Grim Reapers in existence, so when Kid gains his true Reaper powers, Lord Death dies. When questioned by Excalibur if he does not fear death, Lord Death responds that he gave all his fear away already.
- Catch Phrase:
- "That's the kind of man I was."
- The anime version even gives him a brief pre-zombification cameo where he says "That's the man I am," instead.
- Improbable Weapon User: Ordinarily battles with his Weapon, a knife type, but is just as handy wielding his own tombstone.
- I Would Say If I Could Say: His catch phrase counts for this frequently.
- Knife Nut: He's a Knife Meister, but he can also use other weapons (including Azusa Yumi and his own tombstone) without trouble.
- Meaningful Name: His name is pronounced Shido in Japanese which means dead person.
- McNinja: Like most of the cast, his exact nation of origin is unknown, but given his name he's probably not Japanese.
- Ninja: He's BlackStar's teacher, making him a Ninja as well.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: An undead teacher ninja.
- Our Zombies Are Different/Revenant Zombie: After all, he does retain his memories and personality.
- Power Strain Blackout: He collapses after using his powers to assist the main trio, their weapons, and Stein to get outside the witch's trap before it closed.
- Promotion to Parent: He raised BlackStar after the death of his clan.
- Shout-Out: One of his attacks (which he oddly never pulls out again through the course of the series), Living End, creates a cross-shaped pillar of light.
- Stealth Mentor: In his first appearance, he pretended his zombification made him turned on the DWMA to challenge his student's abilities. Appropriate because he's, ya know, a ninja.
- The Undead: He's a zombie. Apart from looking like a corpse and giving him a catchphrase it doesn't make much difference.
- Undeathly Pallor: When this was pointed out by Crona, he says to himself that he "used to have" an excellent skin tone.
- Undignified Death: He stated his death (and the hole in his head) came from being stabbed in the head by a miniature Statue of Liberty. It's implied that, despite his skills, he simply tripped and fell headfirst onto it. Although in Not!, we eventually find out Shaula caused it (and the statue was "miniature" in the sense that it was only about twenty feet tall).
- Visual Pun: Sid-sensei has a hole in his head. Before he died, he wore a bandanna with the Kanji for "hole" over his forehead.
Voiced by: Junko Noda (JP), Shay Moore (EN)Sid's Demon Weapon partner, who took over as the school nurse after Medusa left. In keeping with her partner's undead theme, she looks like an Egyptian mummy. Her weapon form is a combat knife. Is revealed to have met Sid by being the prize of a lottery for partner-less meister.
- Booby Trap: Quite skilled at setting them, as Mifune found out.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In the manga, she appears in her human form right after Arachne's revival, while in the anime she first appears with Sid as they go to check Medusa's lair.
- Hospital Hottie: She's the school nurse and she's actually quite pretty underneath the bandages.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Of the cold and piercing variety.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: If you don't count the bandages, the only clothes she wears most of the time are a pair of fatigue pants.
- Meaningful Name: Her name (pronounced as "mee-ruh") means "mummy" in Japanese.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Nygus or Naigus? A certain sub rendered it as "Kniges", somewhat fitting given her weapon form.
- Talking Weapon: As with all weapons.
Dr. Franken Stein
Voiced by: Yuya Uchida (JP), Mitsuru Miyamoto (JP - CD dramas), Chuck Huber (EN), Christian Iansante (IT)Dr. Franken Stein is a teacher at the DWMA and the most powerful meister to ever graduate from the school. Memorable for being a textbook Mad Scientist, albeit a heroic one. He was Spirit Albarn's first meister, until Spirit was driven off by Stein's obsession with dissecting anything and everything, including Spirit himself.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the manga he struggles with his madness and is suspected of a murder, but never betrays the DWMA. In the anime he actually pulls a Face-Heel Turn and joins Medusa, but comes back not too long after.
- Art Shift: Through the Eyes of Madness, things can get... trippy.
- Ax-Crazy: Noted in chapter 93 when Spirit compares him to the Kishin.
- Babies Ever After: As of the last chapter, Marie is carrying his child, aka new guinea pig. Naturally, that proclamation makes Marie a bit uneasy...
- Badass: Death notes him as the best meister to ever graduate from the academy, and he shows that he earned the merit.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: Somewhat averted. He can master any weapon he can come across, but he usually has his own style of wielding compared to a different meister. Examples include his one handed defensive stance with Spirit where as Maka focuses on two handed offensive and utilized Jackie's chain as a means of blocking and her flames as a propulsion for his punches instead of using her as a flail or flamethrower like Kim.
- Boring but Practical: His default fighting style with a weapon is to simply block and counter using his Soul Force. Despite this, he's very powerful and its an effective combo
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Very quirky and crazy (Spirit is actually afraid of him due to the latter), but is the best meister to ever graduate from the academy.
- Clark Kent Outfit: He is ripped.
- Clear My Name: Is accused of murdering Joe Buttataki and ends up disappearing for awhile as result.
- Cool Teacher: Beneath his dissection-obsessed Mad Scientist exterior, he's a good man whose students love him.
- The Corruptible: In the anime, especially. The closest to insanity of all in the DWMA, and the bad guys notice.
- Creepy Child: He is shown in flashbacks as a pale, tired-looking boy with an unsettling smile and, apparently, a tendency to beat up people who aren't targets of DWMA. Spirit had been his Morality Chain for a long time before Medusa came along.
- Creepy Good: To put this into perspective, he routinely 'experiments on people' and told his partner he switched two of his toes when he was sleeping. He didn't; he was just screwing with him, but the fact that everyone found this a believable thing for him to have done really says it all.
- Creepy Monotone: In the English dub. It's subtle, but it's there.
- First Guy Wins: Stein was apparently Marie's First Love, and much Ship Tease has abounded. He is now the father of her child.
- Foil: To Medusa: Shibusen researcher who enjoys skirting the rules, does amoral things For Science!, messes with others, mentors younger meisters, and doesn't quite understand "love." Except Stein cares about people anyway (especially those at Shibusen), keeps himself in check (or has others helping), and wants at least some order.
- Freudian Excuse: He claims he doesn't have one. He tells Medusa of the doctors who wanted to find out what traumatic event could have caused him to act so violently towards others (with a flashback to a young Stein beating up someone random for no clear reason), and Franken just wanted to cut them up.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: He doesn't need a weapon to kick ass.
- Guinea Pig Family: Stein declares his child will be another guinea pig for him. That baby's childhood is going to be... interesting.
- Green Eyes: You can totally trust him. See how pretty his eyes are?
- Heel-Face Revolving Door:
- In the manga it's subverted. He's a good guy throughout even after Medusa's scheming nearly sends him insane.
- In the anime it's played straight. He briefly switches to Medusa's side then back.
- Heroic Willpower: Has this in metric tons. All the times he nearly falls to madness, and the only time he does was specifically engineered by Medusa. He comes back, anyway.
- Hidden Depths: Obviously an unrepentant Mad Scientist, but clearly one of the most complex characters in the show.
- Hot Scientist: It's not on purpose. Not that it really matters. His Shirtless Scene probably helped.
- Hot Teacher: His female students seem to think so.
- Informed Flaw: He claims he does not understand any form of love or compassion. While he's certainly disturbed on an emotional level, it should be noted, less than an hour before he said it, he made the students he constantly goes out of his way to guide and protect promise him that they would not die. That's not even getting into Marie.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: He's got an amazing balance of skills similar to those that make members of the main cast special. He's got high intelligence and soul perception, mastery in hand to hand combat, the ability to attack directly with his soul wavelength, his being capable of using many different kinds of weapons.
- Ki Attacks: The fact that he can do this without a weapon is one the things that makes him so dangerous,
- Lack of Empathy: He's certainly not dead inside but it's pointed out that he's not quite capable of love.
- Master of All: This is why he's so deadly. Stein can adapt to any Weapon he's given and be completely effective with it.
- Lightning Bruiser: When using Marie, he can use her Izuna ability to tear his opponent apart before they realize it.
- Mighty Glacier: When using Spirit, he focuses on defensive attacks and countering to win. Instead of actively attacking, he simply lets the enemy drop their guard after a attack to win.
- Glass Cannon: On his own, Stein can dish out good damage but without a weapon he can not defend himself effectively.
- Mr. Fanservice: He somehow manages to be a hit with the fangirls. Hot Scientist of a Team Dad, complete with Shirtless Scenes and Ship Tease, and basically living fuel for Hurt Comfort Fics. HE has fangirls.
- Noodle Incident: How exactly he got his screw and scars.
- Official Couple: With Marie. Who already has a separate soul showing.
- Playing Drunk: In order to tap Medusa for info, back when she was still playing the role of the Shibusen nurse. It's hilariously believable.
- Power of Friendship: Backs up his Heroic Willpower with it, if the Brew, Murder Frame-up, and Moon Battle incidents are anything to go by.Stein: (reassuring Spirit) I won't give in to madness. I'm with you and Marie and my students, and everyone from Shibusen...
- Punny Name: Obviously a Shout-Out to Frankenstein.
- Reluctant Psycho: He is trying to fight the Madness.
- Sanity Slippage: Exactly how tight can he wind that screw in his head?
- Seriously Scruffy: Inverted Trope. When his appearance is going downhill, it's usually a sign he's in no fit state to work.
- Ship Tease:
- Gets quite a bit with Marie.
- Medusa as well, but that's mostly in the anime.
- Shirtless Scene: Got an infamous one in episode 28.
- Sigil Spam: Not exactly a sigil, but those stitchings of his are on everything he owns.
- Smoking Is Cool: His signature imported cigarettes. In the finale chapter he mentions he's going to try and quit for his kid.
- Stealth Pun:
- Stern Teacher: He really does care, and his students really do know it.
- Swivel-Chair Antics: Initially on a swivel chair performing things for Rule of Funny. Oh, and curb-stomping Maka and Black*Star as well.
- Team Dad: Weirdly enough. Accepted as such by Maka who frequently goes to him for advice and is very happy to see him when he returns in the manga.
- The Prankster: As shown from time to time in the main story, and definitely in Soul Eater Not!, Stein really loves to mess with people.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: Presents! What can be inside?! Also, his fight with More Psycho!Justin looks... interesting.
- Token Evil Teammate: He has a strong affinity for madness and a love for destruction that he keeps in check by worshipping Death. He's actually a fairly nice guy though. However, his madness makes him vulnerable to Asura's insanity powers.
- Visual Pun: He's constantly tightening the screw in his head. Meaning he's got a screw loose.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Is definitely morally ambiguous, and has his fair share of fangirls.
An old lady who works as a receptionist at Shibusen and distributes mission requests.
- Animal Motifs: Calls herself a "Gorilla."
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Apparently, Shinigami forbid her to carry a weapon, because she was already too dangerous by herself.
- Big Damn Heroes: For Kid while on the moon, complete with Dynamic Entry.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The first time we see her is when she gives Kilik and Ox their mission with the giant.
- Dropped A Bridge On Her: Sliced apart and then her soul is absorbed while on the moon. Goddammit, Justin.
- Heroic Sacrifice:Tries to blow Kaguya up with explosives. Subverted because it fails and both she and Kaguya survive. And then Justin shows up.
- Never Mess with Granny: Unless you want a boot to the face.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Too good a character to last three chapters.