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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.
- 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
- Bumbling Dad: At least as a fašade. However, Kid clearly respects him.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Highly unpredictable and eccentric, capable of switching between absurdly daft and effectively dangerous very quickly.
- 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.
- Eccentric Mentor
- Eldritch Abomination: A fairly benevolent one, but still.
- 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.
- Good Parents
- Grim Reaper
- 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.
- More Than 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".
- 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!"
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- 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.
- So Proud of You: To Kid after Kid ascends to become a true Grim Reaper, Lord Death is filled with pride.
- Story Breaker Power
- 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: With Kid.
- 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.
A zombie who was once a teacher and meister at DWMA. Post-mortem, he still serves Death faithfully, and he partners with Nygus in battle. He is named after Syd Barrett from Pink Floyd
- 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.
- Glowing Eyelights of Undeath
- 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 Black?Star'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 Black?Star 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).
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.
Dr. Franken Stein
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.
- All Your Powers Combined: 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 like Maka, mastery in hand to hand combat like Kid and Black*Star, the ability to attack directly with his soul wavelength like Black*Star, his being capable of using many different kinds of weapon is similar to Tsubaki's diverse arsenal, and he has a monotone voice and silver hair like Soul.
- Awesome by Analysis
- 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.
- Barehanded Blade Block
- 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 power and its a effective combo
- Bunny Ears Meister: 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.
- Combat Medic
- 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.
- Deadly Doctor
- Expy: Bears a strong resemblance to Faust VIII, at least personality-wise.
- He's a(n arguably) crazier, less visibly modified Karl Kroenen who's on the side of good... for now.
- 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.
- Also to Justin: Solo Weapon vs solo Meister, pure chaos vs some order, loses sanity through loneliness vs keeping sane-ish through Power of Friendship.
- 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.
- Geek Physiques: Averted, he's in very good shape.
- 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 unrepentent 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.
- 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.
- Mad Doctor
- Madness Montage
- 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 Maire, he can use her Izuna ability to tear his opponenant 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.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- 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.
- Nerds Are Sexy
- Noodle Incident: How exactly he got his screw and scars.
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- 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.
) "I won't give in to madness. I'm with you and Marie and my students, and everyone from Shibusen..."
- Professor Guinea Pig
- Punny Name: Obviously a Shout-Out to Frankenstein.
- Reluctant Psycho: He is trying to fight the Madness.
- Sadist Teacher
- Sanity Slippage: Exactly how tight can he wind that screw in his head?
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- Science-Related Memetic Disorder
- 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.
- Sociopathic Hero
- Specs of Awesome
- Stealth Mentor
- Stealth Pun: He's got a screw loose.
- 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.
- 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.