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- Adaptation Dye-Job: Their 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.
- Ambiguous Innocence: In the penultimate chapter, they confessed to Maka to not understand what was wrong with their actions. Which, to be clear, had included killing people and eating their souls and trying to destroy the world. Despite this, they decide to save the world simply to make Maka happy.
- And the Adventure Continues: At the end of the manga, Crona seals Asura and themself, yet both Crona and Maka both express the belief that they'll meet again. There's no idea given as to how, leaving this the biggest loose end of the manga.
- Anti-Villain: The Woobie Variety.
- Artificial Human: Implied to be one; Medusa only ever references "creating" Crona, as opposed to "giving birth" to them. This might explain their Ambiguous Gender.
- 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 them now, Maka.
- Badass Adorable: Admit it — even during their scarier moments, Crona manages to inspire the desire to hug them out of a good portion of the audience.
- Barrier Maiden: Attempts this in the penultimate chapter. Confronting their fear, Crona decides to use Brew to trap Asura on the moon.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Sacrifices themself because Maka was the very first person to be nice to them 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 their blood as a weapon. Heck, their 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, their soul has become twisted and deformed almost beyond recognition.
- 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: Their 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 Man Out: After Medusa shows Crona affection for the first time in their life and even apologizes for her cruel treatment, Crona quite epically freaks out and rants about how she made them throw away everything, and how they too was "thrown away," all the while stabbing her to a bloody pulp. And it was all part of Medusa's plan. The anime's version, in which Crona tells Medusa that they are done following her, child or not, is a straighter played example.
- Catch Phrase:
- "I don't know how to deal with this..." and "My blood is black." The former quickly turns into a Madness Mantra:Chrona: Kill you. Kill you. I don't know how to deal with you, so I'll kill you. Kill you. Kill you.
- And from their debut episode: "Those doors only open inward." Maka should've listened to that one...
- "I don't know how to deal with this..." and "My blood is black." The former quickly turns into a Madness Mantra:
- Character Development: Especially in the anime. Going from an insane weapon of Medusa, to the ultimate woobie, to becoming a stronger person and facing Medusa, the person who tormented them all their life, is a hell of an achievement, character-wise.
- Combat Tentacles: As of Chapter 96, they have Maleficent-esque thorns made of Black Blood that they use like tentacles to attack/defend/look badass.
- Cowardly Lion: Has shown a willingness to stand up to and even nearly die fighting some very threatening enemies in order to help their friends. Like Giriko, Medusa, and even Asura.
- Covert Pervert: Apparently not getting motherly attention from Medusa eventually leaves Crona with some kind of boob fixation, which eventually manifests in the main cast, and eventually the majority of the DWMA, catching the "Madness of Boobs" after Crona seals Asura away and making the other characters more perverted for a while.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: They switch between pale blue and black, usually the former when they're going batshit.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Try everything before befriending Maka.
- The Dragon: To Medusa before betraying her, twice.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In the anime, deals with massive guilt from betraying their friends after pulling a Heel-Face Turn. Later fights against Medusa and nearly dies saving Maka in an attempt to make up for their misdeeds. Makes you real grateful for Gecko Endings.
- The Eeyore: Given their upbringing, it's understandable.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Their iris and pupils sometimes are replaced by spiraling thorns, especially after absorbing Asura.
- Expy: Crona bears a strong resemblance to Emine, the main antagonist of Ohkubo's first manga B.Ichi.
- Foil: 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. Their relationship with Medusa makes a second contrast, with them desperately seeking approval from their Jerkass mother. Also Crona is Maka's rival and after their Heel–Face Turn becomes extremely attached to her.
- Friendless Background: Had never even been shown kindness unitl Maka befriends them, prompting a Heel–Face Turn.
- Forgiveness: A major part of Crona's storyline in either version becomes seeking forgiveness for betraying their friends. While Maka is quick to forgive any misdeeds, others require more convincing. Marie, in the anime says that she'll be unable to forgive them until they rescue Stein (which she later regrets saying). The manga has Crona explicitly state that their action in letting themself be imprisoned alongside Asura is an attempt to "put burdens on [their] heart" in order to return.
- 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, they overcome the Madness long enough to use Brew to seal the Kishin away. While still inside the Kishin. The anime moment of jumping in front of Medusa's vector arrow to save Maka, while getting hit themself also counts.
- Humanoid Abomination:
- Has been gradually edging closer to this as the Black Blood nears completion.
- Later, they officially become this when they absorb Asura.
- I Will Wait for You: Indicates this to Maka when she asks them to wait for her to return to them.
- Irony: Voluntarily lets themself be trapped in a ball of mad blood, knowingly suffering a similar fate to what they inflicted on a city full of people.
- "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 themself with the boyish pronoun "boku" (a pronoun primarily used by young boys, but it's not uncommon for girls to use it as well), which only contributes to the Ambiguous Gender issue.
- Look What I Can Do Now!: As of Chapter 96, they can easily defeat Black Star, the DWMA's strongest student. This is noted by both Ox and Maka.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: They seem to have this relationship with Medusa.Chrona: 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.
- Nice Person: Shown to be rather kindhearted, if nervous when not under Medusa's influence.
- Nervous Wreck: Thanks to being raised to become a new Kishin by Medusa. They're even quite jittery when they're Axe Crazy.
- Noodle People: While all of the characters are drawn to look rather skinny, they're the most obvious example. And it gets worse as they edge closer to insanity...
- Not So Different: A pale, extremely anthropophobic, insane person who betrayed Shibusen, has Black Blood, has a weapon inside their own body, and is "allergic to rules". Waitwaitwait- are we talking about Asura or Crona? Though, possibly deliberate, given Medusa's plans.
- 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.
- Pronoun Trouble: Since Japanese doesn't have to use gendered pronouns, none of the characters uses one for Crona for the sake of Ambiguous Gender issues. 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".
- Redemption Equals Affliction: Lets themself become trapped in a ball of mad blood alongside Asura in order to stop him for an unknown period of time. Could also be interpreted as Redemption Equals Death (or eternal imprisonment), depending on whether you believe Maka eventually frees them.
- 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 them. 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 they're a Face.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: When going back to Medusa before killing her.
- Spared by the Adaptation: While ending the manga imprisoned on the moon to stop Asura, the Anime's Gecko Ending has Crona end living happily at the DWMA with their friends after turning against Medusa.
- Talkative Loon: Normally very quiet, but turns into one of these when under Medusa's influence.Crona: 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
- Third Eye: Gains one while powering up to seal Asura.
- 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, Son!" Guy: This, plus fear, binds Crona to Medusa. They free themself from this by killing her, but then suffers extreme guilt over killing the only bond they ever had, it doesn't help that Spirit rubs his bond with Maka is their face.
- When She Smiles: They get one in the middle of the series.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Could be the trope definition.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or pink, whichever works for you.
- Dub Name Change: Renamed "Beater Joe" in the Italian manga in order to keep the initials and make the wordplay clearer.
- 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: Since his role in the anime is different (he's hired to help fix up the Brew machine) and Justin doesn't give into the madness and turn evil. He lives through the entirety of the anime.
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.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Although strangely, Tezca has no problems understanding him.
Tsar Pushka's Meister.
One of Ahab's annual meisters, and a hunter of madness-inducing sky whales.
Djinn Galland's meister.
Ding Dinga's meister.
- 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...
- 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.
- Beware the 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.
- Having a Blast: Nobody is sure what his "Hero the Atomic" is, exactly, but it involves explosions.
- Lethal Joke Character: A non-video game example. Hiro's hardly cut out for the DWMA life, but he's the only one who could put up with Excalibur's personality for an extended period of time, and boy, does he put that power to good use in his day in the limelight.
- 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) It's perhaps not surprising that he managed to rank fairly high in the second character poll despite only appearing in one omake.
- 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.
- Super Weapon, Average Joe: With Excalibur, he is able to kick the asses of three of the strongest meisters, but he has no skills and is useless otherwise.
- 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.
- Who's Laughing Now?: Uses Excalibur to get some payback.