Characters: Soul Eater Other Meisters
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Crona is Ragnarok's meister of intentionally unclear gender
, and initially worked for Medusa. Crona is unusual for a meister because he/she and Ragnarok share the same body, which is a source of Squick
for the heroes.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Hair was pink in the manga but purple in the anime (though there are a few manga illustrations where it's purple, it's usually pink).
- Ambiguous Gender: The real gender of Crona is never specified by the author. Honestly, it's not really important to Crona's character either way, but the story keeps teasing by coming thiiiis close to confirming, but never quite does, to the point of almost becoming a Running Gag. Since Japanese doesn't have to use gendered pronouns, none of the characters uses one for Crona. This plagued Funimation for the dub. Despite going with male pronouns for simplicity (with Medusa, the only one who would actually know, calling Crona "it"), some of the English actors and the dub director still refer to Crona as "him/her".
- And I Must Scream: Chose to subject him/herself to this, sealing him/herself together with Asura on the moon for as long as possible (and since Crona at this point was actually a disembodied soul, he/she will apparently never die of hunger, thirst, or age).
- Anti-Villain: The Woobie Variety.
- Artificial Human: Implied to be one; Medusa only ever references "creating" Crona, as opposed to "giving birth" to him/her.
- Ax-Crazy: Seems to be this, as of recent manga chapters. Yeah... It's going to take a lot more than a hug to fix him/her now, Maka.
- Badass Adorable: Admit it — even during his/her scarier moments, Crona manages to inspire the desire to hug him/her out of a good portion of the audience.
- Barrier Maiden: Attempts this in the penultimate chapter. Confronting his/her fear, Crona decides to use Brew to trap Asura on the moon.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Sacrifices him/herself because Maka was the very first person to be nice to him/her and it would mean she would get to live afterwards.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Manages to kill Medusa and beat Noah, but all of two chapters after apparently absorbing Asura he takes over and does the reverse.
- Bloody Murder: Crona can use all his/her blood as a weapon. Heck, his/her blood is a weapon!
- Body Horror: Taken for granted, but doesn't become fully apparent until chapter 68, when we see that between the corruption of Medusa, Ragnarok, and the Black Clown, his/her soul has become twisted and deformed almost beyond recognition.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous
- When Ragnarok was still huge, he always forced his way out fully formed from Crona's back, in a pretty clearly painful way.
- Even chibified Ragnarok managed to make Crona wince a bit while forcing himself out.
- Brown Note: His/her poetry is so depressing that it makes ANYONE, even the normally hyperactive Black Star, sulk in a corner wishing they were never born.
- Bully and Wimp Pairing: Wimp to Ragnarok's bully.
- Calling the Old Woman Out: After Medusa shows Crona affection for the first time in his/her life and even apologizes for her cruel treatment, Crona quite epically freaks out and rants about how she made him/her throw away everything, and how he/she too was "thrown away," all the while stabbing her to a bloody pulp.
- ...and it was all part of Medusa's plan.
- Catch Phrase: "I don't know how to deal with this..." and "My blood is black."
Kill you. Kill you. I don't know how to deal with you, so I'll kill you. Kill you. Kill you.
- And from his/her debut episode: "Those doors only open inward." Maka should've listened to that one...
- Combat Tentacles: As of Chapter 96, s/he has Maleficent-esque thorns made of Black Blood that s/he uses like tentacles to attack/defend/look badass.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: They switch between pale blue and black, usually the former when s/he is going batshit.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Dark Magical Person: You know how Maka and Soul have a deep and affectionate relationship and defeat their enemies with weaponized friendship? Crona's relationship with Ragnarok is about as far as one could go in the other direction. His/her relationship with Medusa makes a second contrast, with him/her desperately seeking approval from his/her Jerkass mother. Also Crona is Maka's rival and after his/her Heel-Face Turn becomes extremely attached to her.
- The Dragon/Dark Chick: To Medusa before betraying her, twice.
- The Eeyore
- Exotic Eye Designs: His/her iris and pupils sometimes are replaced by spiraling thorns, especially after absorbing Ashura.
- Expy: Crona bears a strong resemblance to Emine, the main antagonist of Ohkubo's first manga B.Ichi.
- Guinea Pig Family: Medusa's.
- Hartman Hips: Not helping the "what gender is Crona anyway" discussions at all.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Ultimately does a full heel->face->heel->face turn in both the manga and anime, albeit in incredibly different ways.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the penultimate chapter, he/she overcomes the Madness long enough to use Brew to seal the Kishin away. While still inside the Kishin.
- Hoist by His Own Petard/Karmic Death: A highly unusually example, as Crona voluntarily subjects him/herself to having his/her body dissolved and her soul stuck in a mass of Black Blood, the same Fate Worse Than Death Crona inflicted upon one of the Death Scythe/Weapon pairs and a whole town full of people, as a form of repentance.
- Humanoid Abomination: Has been gradually edging closer to this as the Black Blood nears completion.
- Later, he/she officially becomes this when he/she absorbs Asura.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: While everyone else in the English dub uses "he" for Crona for simplicity (and acknowledge they actually don't know), Medusa, who's the one person who would actually know which one to use, uses either "my child" or, more disturbingly, "it". This says a lot and also counts as a Woolseyism.
- Japanese Pronouns: Crona refers to him/herself with the boyish pronoun "boku", which only contributes to the Ambiguous Gender issue.
- Look What I Can Do Now: As of Chapter 96, s/he can easily defeat Black Star, the DWMA's strongest student. This is noted by both Ox and Maka.
- Lovecraftian Superpower
- My Master, Right or Wrong: S/he seems to have this relationship with Medusa.
"She said it was OK to eat the human souls. I don't see what was wrong with it if she said it was OK."
- Nervous Wreck: Thanks to being raised to become a new Kishin by Medusa. S/he's even quite jittery when s/he's Axe Crazy.
- Noodle People: While all of the characters are drawn to look rather skinny, s/he's the most obvious example. And it gets worse as s/he edges closer to insanity...
- Not So Different: A pale, extremely anthropophobic, insane person who betrayed Shibusen, has Black Blood, has a weapon inside his/her own body, and is "allergic to rules". Waitwaitwait- are we talking about Asura or Crona?!
- Only One Name: Oddly, the character is only referred to as "Crona", never "Crona Gorgon".
- Parental Abandonment: Why any Soul Eater fan who looks beyond Medusa's Magnificent Bastard status wants to strangle her for being a grievously bad mother.
- Person In Black: Crona's default outfit.
- Redemption Equals Death: More like, "Redemption Equals Being Sealed Away For The Rest Of Eternity", but the principle's essetially the same.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Averted in the beginning, but played straight later on.
- Sanity Slippage: Medusa's gamut of experiments on Crona is solely intended to induce this on him/her. It worked.
- Self-Made Orphan: And Medusa gives every indication that this is what she wanted.
- Shrinking Violet: Kind of a gloomy/creepy version, but still fits.
- Sixth Ranger: When he/she's a Face.
- Talkative Loon: Normally very quiet, but turns into one of these when under Medusa's influence.
"Oh, okay! You're saying I can kill the girl? I didn't realize that...maybe I can play with her hair first, just for a little while. Hey, everyone! These doors open inward! THEY ONLY OPEN ONE WAY!"
- Of course, once in a while there is useful information in Crona's rants. Maka and Soul would have done well to pay attention to, "These doors open inward," because while trying to escape from Crona, they tried to open them outward, which didn't work.
- Tareme Eyes
- Tykebomb: Raised seemingly from birth to make a new Kishin. Unlike most examples, Medusa really didn't have a clear use for a Kishin, she just wanted to see if she could make one.
- "Well Done, Child" Person: This, plus fear, binds Crona to Medusa. He/she frees him/herself from this by killing her.
- When He/She Smiles: He/she gets one in the middle of the series.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Or pink, whichever works for you.
Referred to as "Mole Hunter" Joe Buttataki, Joe is an ally of Shibusen and ex-boyfriend of Marie Mjolnir.
Due to the anime's Gecko Ending
that split off after his introductory chapter, Joe plays a different role in it. In the anime, Joe was one of Shibusen's most talented scientists and engineers, and Shinigami pulls him back to Death City to help work on a black ops project involving BREW
. With the exception of his irrational love of coffee, little else of the character's background was kept from the manga.
- Dub Name Change: Renamed "Beater Joe" in the Italian manga in order to keep the initials and make the wordplay clearer.
- Eyes Always Shut
- He Knows Too Much: Justin does this pre-emptively, killing him off so he can't find out he's the mole. Conveniently for Medusa, this also happened right before he could tell anyone he detected her team (as well as three other witches) through their soul protect.
- Living Lie Detector: He can use his especially strong Soul Perception this way, which is the main reason he's the "mole hunter".
- Mr. Fixit: In the anime.
- Must Have Caffeine: The first instance of this sets up a piece of hilarious Japanese wordplay.
- The Plot Reaper: His Soul Perception became so strong he would have immediately discovered Medusa and probably would have found Asura long before Maka did. If he managed to live, that basically would have drastically altered the events of every story arc from then on.
- Sacrificial Lamb: For the Arachnophobia/Baba Yaga's Castle arc of the manga.
- Spared by the Adaptation
Tezca Tlipoca's Meister. He's a monkey
. A monkey that wears clothes, sneakers, and a baseball cap. Mm-hmm.
- Boisterous Bruiser: It's difficult to tell, but Enrique is apparently quite the comedian, as his introduction had him delivering lengthy jokes (and sending Tezcatlipoca into hysterics) while Medusa was attacking him. He's also not above having a laugh at his Weapon's expense. At the same time, he's a Death Scythe meister, and will presumably end you.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Self-explanatory.
- Improbable Weapon User: Fights wearing Tezcatlipoca, the Demon Mirror, on his ankle.
- The Unintelligible: He's incapable of saying anything but variations of "Gau," which is partly why he didn't show up at the initial Death Scythe convention.
One of Ahab's annual meisters, and a hunter of madness-inducing sky whales
The most incompetent Meister at DWMA. Bullied and used by just about everyone at the school due to his doormat personality. He finds out about the legend of Excalibur, and becomes the only person since perhaps King Arthur to put up with the supremely annoying holy sword. In fact, he enjoys
Excalibur's 1000 tenets, and becomes Excalibur's happy and devoted Meister. For about a day, that is
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: After he gets Excalibur and thereby becomes the strongest student in the school, he immediately starts abusing his powers to beat up everyone who used to pick on him, teleport into the girls' shower, flip skirts...
- Angst? What Angst?: Tries to put on this facade in his day-to-day, though it's clear he doesn't really enjoy being a puppet for the other students.
- Adorkable: He has shades of this, especially when he's retrieving food for other people.
- Back for the Finale: He makes a cameo in the last chapter during Kid's inauguration; appropriately enough it's of someone backing up into his face without noticing him.
- Badass Boast: "When all is said and done, the three of you will be nothing more than a footnote in the legend of the Holy Sword, Excalibur."
- Bare Your Midriff: A rare male example.
- Berserk Button: People who sneeze repeatedly. "They might as well just die." It's what finally causes him to get fed up with Excalibur.
- Bewarethe Nice Ones: In this case, Beware of the Ones You Bully. Hiro gets back at everyone with a vengeance.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Sure, he's an ass while he has Excalibur, but that's probably months of pent-up anger being unleashed.
- Butt Monkey: Everybody (Including Death in the narration) regards him as the biggest failure in the academy.
- Creator Cameo: In the English dub, he's voiced by the ADR director.
- Deadly Dodging: He was briefly dodging Sid's storm of knives while attempting to act on the 1,000 tenets.
- Extreme Doormat: Weaponized—him being such a doormat is what lets him put up with Excalibur. Of course, once he gets Excalibur he stops being a doormat to anyone else.
- Flash Step: Armed with Excalibur, he can use his Wings of Light to move at the speed of light. He can also just plain teleport, as well.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic. Docile, misused, alone.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: It's entirely possible that Hiro was the first one in hundreds of years to wield Excalibur - and he certainly would of been the greatest Meister at the Academy, of all time, had he managed to put up with Excalibur's constant sneezing. Considering the very short time that he had Excalibur, Hiro's greatest achievement will likely fade into the dust. After all, he's not mentioned again in the series beyond his feature chapter.
- Meaningful Name: After he gets Excalibur, he certainly seems to think so. "My name means 'the courageous one'! Hero the Brave!"
- Lampshaded by Maka in that for someone with his name, he is a bit ordinary.
- Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: He basically disowns Excalibur over a sneezing fit.
- Mr. Fanservice: He actually seems to have a decent fangirl following. (Read the comments)
- His outfit is slightly fanservice-y. The white collar shirt is only buttoned in the middle and the black tie Hiro wears is worn very loosely, showing off some of his abs and ''really' putting emphasis on his midriff.
- Maka lampshades this by pointing out that Hiro would probably be really popular if he transferred to a normal high school, but at the Academy he's "too shabby".
- He even gets a shower scene!
- Power Perversion Potential: Uses Excalibur's powers to slip into the Girl's dressing room.
- Stuff Blowing Up: His "Hero the Atomic" attack. Nobody is sure what it is, exactly, but it involves explosions.
- Super Loser
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Completely averted during his time with Excalibur. He enjoys working with the sword.
- Took a Level in Badass: His power ascends to great heights when he wields Excalibur, along with his attitude.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: When he gets Excalibur, which is lampshaded by Soul.
- Justified, as he intended to get back at everyone who had wronged him at the DWMA.
- Unskilled, but Strong: With Excalibur, he is able to kick the asses of three of the strongest meisters, but he has no skills and is useless otherwise.
- Who's Laughing Now?: Uses Excalibur to get some payback.