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TorakTorak is the protagonist of the series. He lives with his father in seclusion until a bear possessed by a demon kills his father. He meets Wolf and discovers that he can actually communicate with him, resulting in Wolf becoming Torak's 'pack brother' and guide. During the quest to kill the demon bear, Torak learns that he's the predicted Listener whose destiny is to take down the creators of the bear, the Soul Eaters. It is revealed in Spirit Walker that he is also a spirit walker, a creature whose spirits can leave his body and take over other bodies. It is for that reason the World Spirit ordered Torak's mother to make him 'clanless' when he was born. He and Renn are initially enemies when they meet in the first book. However, they become friends, in later books best friends, and in the last few books they become more than friends. When the series begins he is twelve years old, and by the end of the series he is nearly sixteen.
- Back from the Dead: He falls to his death in Ghost Hunter, but Wolf guides his spirits back to his body.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Renn.
- Blessed with Suck: Spirit walking sounds awful.
- Gray Eyes: His gray eyes resemble those of a wolf.
- Heroes Want Redheads: He feels no sexual attraction towards anyone but Renn, except for Seshru (who happens to be Renn's mother).
- Last of His Kind: According to Durrain, all humans used to be spirit walkers, but Torak is the last one to ever exist.
- Power Trio: With Renn and Wolf.
- Raised by Wolves: When he was baby, he was given to a female wolf be taken care of until his father could take care of him by himself.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Wolves, ravens and bears! Oh my!
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: In Outcast he becomes this.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Bale and Renn.
RennRenn is Torak's best friend, and later becomes his mate (Stone Age word for lover/girlfriend/wife). She has a very strong sense of justice and right and wrong. Like Torak, she has a very short temper, but unlike him, she is extremely rational and thinks before she acts. She is very tough, and purposely prickly, as she lost her parents at a young age. She can be very secretive, hiding her true parentage. She is the best archer in the Raven Clan, and she is a very talented Mage, although she hates to practice Magecraft. She is Fin-Kedinn's niece, and his favourite person in the Clan. At the start of the series she is twelve, and by the end of the series she is nearly sixteen.
- All of the Other Reindeer: The Raven Clan generally avoid her because of her strange eye and dreams that come true. They only tolerate her because she is Fin-Kedinn's niece, and Fin-Kedinn is the Clan Leader.
- Alpha Bitch: Only in the first half of Wolf Brother.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Torak. Also to a much, much lesser degree, with Bale, but only in Outcast.
- Doom Magnet: Not to herself, but to the people she cares about.
- Insufferable Genius: In Wolf Brother and Soul Eater, especially.
- Power Trio: With Torak and Wolf.
- Sibling Rivalry: With his arrogant older brother Hord.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Torak and Bale.
WolfTorak finds Wolf when he is a cub, after his family was killed in a flood. Torak realizes that he can communicate with Wolf, and Wolf becomes his 'pack-brother'. Wolf eventually finds a mate, Darkfur, and has cubs with her. Wolf initially dislikes Renn, and does not warm up to her until the second or third book. After that, he likes her nearly as much as he likes Torak, even referring to while talking to Torak as 'the pack-sister' . Wolf is very loyal and does not leave his friends behind.
- Noble Wolf: A pack oriented wolf. He is loyal to his pack (wolf or otherwise), mate, children, and friends.
- Non Human Side Kick: A wolf for Torak, a human.
- Power Trio: With Torak and Renn.
Fin-KedinnFin-Kedinn is the Leader of the Raven Clan. He was the older brother of Renn's father, and took care of Renn after her father died. In fact, he made her bow and taught her to shoot. Initially he is wary of Torak, but let's him live with the Raven Clan, and really warms up to him. He was best friends with Torak's father, but in love with his mother. He eventually becomes Torak's foster-father, which is a great honor.
- Cool Old Guy: Possibly subverted. He is described in an early book to be in his early to mid forties, but is also described as getting old. Although, 6000 years ago people died younger, so Fin-Kedinn could be considered old.
- Death Glare: He has piercing blue eyes that seem to shut anyone up, with just one look.
- Fiery Red Head: Zig-Zagged. He has the nerves of steel, but when he is angry, beware.
- Handicapped Badass: His leg is injured by the demon bear, forcing him to walk with crutches for the rest of the series. That doesn't make him any less intimidating or resolute.
- My Greatest Failure: He denied shelter from Torak's parents out of anger and jealousy, and never saw them again. He confesses that he possibly caused both their deaths this way.
- Papa Wolf: Towards his niece. He also grows protective of Torak. In Outcast, he's sad that Torak is banished, but goes along with it. At the book's end, when the clans are about to kill Torak, blaming him of the flood, Fin-Kedinn suddenly makes him his foster-son and says that if the clans want to kill Torak, they have to kill him first.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Years before the events of the series, with Torak's parents.
Other Characters from the Clans
Torak's FatherTorak's father is a hunter from the Wolf Clan who raised his son in isolation for twelve years until he's mauled by the demon bear and dies in the first few pages of the first book. It is revealed that the bear was sent specifically to hunt him by the Soul Eaters. This is because he was a a former Wolf Mage and a member to the Soul Eaters before they became evil. When he realized what they were doing, he created a huge fire known as the Great Fire to destroy them, but he managed only to force them to go into hiding for thirteen years.
- The Atoner: He raised his son in seclusion and trained him in order to prepare him for destroying the evil he had helped to create.
- Cain and Abel: He is the younger brother of the Soul Eater Tenris by two years. The demon bear that kills him was created by his brother for that purpose.
- Fatal Flaw: His former friend Fin-Kedinn reveals that Torak's father was convinced of his own infallibility and paid no heed to the advice of others. It led him to realize the Soul Eaters' corruption too late while being one of them. He trained Torak to listen to what the Forest had to say to him so that he wouldn't repeat his father's mistakes.
- Gray Eyes: Like with his son, they resemble those of a wolf.
- Posthumous Character: Despite dying immediately in the first chapter of the first book, he remains an important character throughout the series.
- Scars Are Forever: There is an old scar on his chest which makes difficult for Torak to draw the deathmark on it. He received this by cutting away the tattoo that signaled his membership to the Soul Eaters.
- Unnamed Parent: Torak refers to him just as Fa. It's justified since five summers must pass before a deceased persons' name can be spoken, in order to allow the deceased person to rest peacefully.
- The Unreveal: We never find out his name, since clan traditions dictate that five summers must pass before the name of the person who died can be spoken. Even when Eostra says his name while summoning his spirit in the final book, it's not revealed by the narration.
BaleBale is a boy from the Seal Clan, first introduced in Spirit Walker. Torak's paternal grandmother was from the Seal Clan, meaning that he and Bale are kinsmen. Bale and Torak are initially wary of each other, but become friends. He returns in Outcast to aid Renn in helping Torak who's made an outcast. In Oath Breaker, he's murdered by Thiazzi, resulting in Torak seeking vengeance on the Oak Mage. When he is first introduced, he is fifteen, and by Oath Breaker he is nearly seventeen.
- Berserk Button: Don't do damage to his boat. Just... don't do it.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: He lives by the Sea, so he's pretty tan.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In reality, he's probably the nicest person in the series (except when Torak first meets him), but sometimes he does qualify as this.
- Romantic Runner-Up: Averted as Renn never had feelings for him.
- Stay in the Kitchen: He initially has this attitude towards Renn in Outcast. It's somewhat justified, as it is the Stone Age. Still, it makes Renn mad as hell.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Torak and Renn.
- Unrequited Love: For Renn.
SaeunnSaeunn is the impossibly old Raven Clan Mage. Her age is never actually stated, and considering that it's the Stone Age, perhaps she isn't really that old at all by modern standards (though she may be). She forces Renn to learn Magecraft, though the two of them have a fierce dislike for each other. At the end of the series, she dies of extreme old age.
- Because Destiny Says So: It's her only argument to things.
HordHord is Renn's older brother. He is around nineteen or twenty. To make up for who his mother is, he tries to be the best at everything. He has an immense dislike for his sister, just like most of the Raven Clan.
- Jerk Ass Woobie: Depends...
- Sibling Rivalry: With Renn, to the point where he punches her in the face.
The Walker/NarranderAn old Otter Clan outcast who appears a few times throughout the books, each time as a complete madman who keeps as pets little animals he names Narik. It is revealed in Ghost Hunter that he actually was a Soul Eater and the Otter Mage Narrander. He went mad after finding his son Narik's body following the Great Fire. With Fin-Kedinn's help, he made it appear that it was he who died in the fire.
- Big Damn Heroes: He ended up killing Eostra in Ghost Hunter, just as she was about to literally destroy Torak and take his powers.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He is the seventh Soul Eater that everyone thought was dead.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: His ramblings are hard to get a grip on. When Wolf first sees him, the Walker's chaotic thoughts confuse him.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: He was a wise man before going mad and shows his wisdom occasionally.
- Extreme Omnivore: He's shown eating things what most people wouldn't want to eat, like a louse from his beard or a raw rotting dove's wing. However, even he finds the taste of frostbitten toes too horrible.
- Eye Scream: One of his eye sockets is empty. He says that a flint hit his head and caused his eye to pop out. He actually lost his eye during the Great Fire.
- Faking the Dead: Until the last book, everyone, excluding Fin-Kedinn and Torak's father, believed Narrander to have perished by the Great Fire.
- Fingore: He has had to cut off all his toes (at least from one foot) when they get seriously frostbitten.
- Forced into Evil: As the Healers were becoming corrupted, Narrander attempted adamantly to leave them, but was forced to stay when Eostra took Narik from him. This status ended only when Narik died.
- Grumpy Old Man: He's constantly irritated because of his madness.
- Handicapped Badass: This one-eyed, toeless and insane old man has been able to live all on his own in the Forest since the Great Fire. He also retains enough power of a mage to summon the Hidden People to destroy Eostra.
- The Hermit: Even after Fin-Kedinn offers him to live in peace among the clans, the Walker refuses.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's grumpy, unfriendly and threatening at times, but he aids Torak and Renn after they help him out twice and he shows up to aid them in the final battle against Eostra. He's also pretty affectionate towards the various little animals he keeps and names Narik.
- Not So Different:
- When Torak suffers from Soul Sickness in Outcast, he finds himself resembling the Walker while looking at his reflection. The Walker's last advice to Torak in the final book includes this: the Walker says he can sense the marks in the boy's soul caused by spirit walking into various creatures. The old man says that like him, Torak must always wander and not settle down because of his experiences.
- The Pig Pen: Part of his madness is his complete lack of anything resembling personal hygiene.
- Third-Person Person: He always refers to himself this way.
AkiAki is the Boar Clan Leader's son, and a few years older than Torak. In Outcast, he discovers Torak's Soul Eater tattoo, resulting in Torak's exile as an outcasted. Aki spends the time Torak is outcasted attempting to hunt him. They later become allies after Torak saves his life.
- Calling the Old Man Out: At the end of Outcast, he stands up to his father when he intends to kill Torak. It's mentioned afterwards that this act has given Aki new self-respect.
- Doom Magnet: It's mentioned in Wolf Brother, long before he's introduced, that he has lost a few toes to frostbite. In Outcast, he almost dies twice, and then breaks his arm. In Ghost Hunter, he is driven mad by Eostra's sickness.
- Heel–Face Turn: After Torak saves him from drowning, he sides with Renn, Bale and Fin-Kedinn in defending Torak against the murderous clans.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He has a lot of similarities with Hord: they're both rash young men who are related to their clans' leaders and have self-esteem issues. They're both hostile towards Torak and attempt to kill him. However, while Hord goes off the deep end and dies, Aki sees the error of his ways and lives.
- What Happened to the Mouse??: It is never revealed if he truly recovers from the madness sickness that Eostra sent to the clans.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He chases Torak not so much out of hatred but the fear of failure to fulfill his oath to kill him he gave to his harsh father.
DarkDark is not introduced until Ghost Hunter. He is an albino boy who lives in the Mountain of Ghosts with only a white raven Ark as his company. He was abandoned by the Swan Clan when he was younger, both due to his albinism and his ability to see ghosts. He befriends Torak, Renn and Wolf, aiding them against Eostra.
- All the Other Reindeer:
- He was born to the Swan Clan, but he was feared due to his albinism and ability to see ghosts. His only consolation was his mother, and when she died when he was eight, he was abandoned.
- Subverted with the Raven Clan. They are initially wary of him, but he gains their respect immediately upon seeing his white raven Ark.
- Brats with Slingshots: His weapon is a sling, and he aims with it even more accurately than Renn does with her bow.
- Gray Eyes: His light gray eyes bring to Torak's mind a sky that rains snow, and they fit well with his gift in Magecraft.
- Heroic Albino: He says that his white coloring is the result of a white rabbit running in front of his mother when she was pregnant with him. He was viewed a bad omen and abandoned by the Swan Clan, leading him to live in isolation for half of his childhood, but he's quite helpful towards Torak, Renn and Wolf whom he doesn't even know.
- Man Child: Dark's thoughts and words are somewhat slow, especially when compared to the sharp, intelligent way Torak and Renn think and speak. This is justified, because he didn't have any human contact between the ages of eight to fifteen.
- Nice Guy: He is ignorant and naive, but generally well meaning. He initially wants to keep Torak with himself since he's the first human he has met in seven years, yet he readily helps him, Renn and Wolf in the final fight against Eostra.
- No Social Skills: He's about Torak and Renn's age, but due to being isolated from all human contact since the age of eight, his attempts to speak with Torak and Renn are clumsy.
- Not So Different: He is more or less like Torak was at the beginning of the series. Torak lived his first twelve years wandering away from the clans with his father, visiting only once a clan meeting and being ignorant of a lot of things when meeting people like the Ravens. Since the age of eight years, Dark has lived in the Mountain of Ghosts with his only contacts being Ark the white raven and ghosts. He asks Torak a lot of things out of curiosity — like what is the Sea — in a somewhat similar way to when Torak mistakes Fin-Kedinn to be a place rather than a person.
A group of mages from different clans and the primary antagonists of the series. They were formed by seven mages thirteen years before the start of the series and were originally known as the Healers. At first they helped the clans by curing the sick and driving away evil spirits. However, the majority of them were corrupted by their ambitions, and now they aspire to rule the Forest and other areas presented in the series. Torak's father fought against them and forced them to go into hiding. Following his death, Torak's quest to destroy the demon bear expands into his destiny to destroy the bear's creators, the Soul Eaters.
Tropes that apply to all of them:
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Four particular Soul Eaters function each as main antagonists in one of the books, and they can be compared to the Four Horsemen by their personal attributes and the plots of the books.
- The Crippled Wanderer (Tenris) is Pestilence (an alternative interpretation of Conquest): the sickness he created and had his tokoroths spread is the driving plot point of Spirit Walker. In addition to that, the demon bear he created runs rampage across the Forest and grows more powerful in Wolf Brother. (If the bear hadn't been killed before the zenith of the Great Auroch's red eye, it would have become invincible.) Tenris also has won complete trust from the Sea clans over the years, making him the real authority figure of the Seal Islands.
- Thiazzi is War: not only he's the strongest man of the Forest and the most violent Soul Eater, in Oath Breaker he drives the Deep Forest clans into war among each other, and then he unites both sides and nearly leads them into war with the Open Forest clans.
- Seshru is Famine: in Outcast she causes Lake Axehead gradually dry and grow sick with deformed and inedible fish (with only the latter being true), which are the main food source of the Otter Clan.
- Eostra is Death: she has always been obsessed with the secrets of the dead and even resembles a corpse. In her youth she resurrected a boy, and in Ghost Hunter she summons the spirits of the deceased Soul Eaters.
- Religion of Evil: They aspire to unite the clans and put an end to their different rituals and customs, claiming them to anger the World Spirit.
EostraEostra the Eagle Owl Mage is the head Soul Eater whom even the other Soul Eaters fear. She has an obsession with death and raising the dead. She serves as the main antagonist of Ghost Hunter.
- Animal Motifs: Eagle Owl. She wears a wooden mask resembling the owl's face and a cloak made of feathers. Also, her eyes look orange like with an eagle owl. In Ghost Hunter, Torak compares at one point Eostra with a spider that is weaving a web across the Forest and can sense even the tiniest vibration of the web. (Sherlock Holmes makes a similar comparison to Professor Moriarty.)
- Big Bad: She's Soul Eaters' leader and the last one to be faced.
- The Chessmaster: In Ghost Hunter, many events (like the shadow sickness or the blizzard) are regarded as Eostra's doings in preparation for gaining Torak's power.
- Creepy Monotone: She is completely emotionless, short of her lust for power, and apparently talks like this.
- The Faceless: She always wears her eagle owl mask.
- Femme Fatalons: Her nails are hooked like with her clan totem, and they're bluish like with a corpse.
- I Love the Dead: The vision Renn has of a younger Eostra resurrecting a corpse certainly has shades of this.
- Immortality Seeker: She intends to gain Torak's spirit walker abilities and use them to exist forever by spirit walking from one body to another repeatedly.
- Knight of Cerebus: If this particular Soul Eater is feared even by all the other Soul Eaters, you know you're in deep waters.
- Lack of Empathy: Torak's spirit walk into Eostra reveals that the Eagle Owl Mage views tokoroths and her dogs not as possessed children and corrupted animals, but as tools that can serve her before being disposed of. As for Torak, he is merely the shell of the power she craves.
- Last of Her Kind: She's the last living member of the Eagle Owl Clan, all of her clanmates having long ago died out of sickness.
- Lean and Mean: She's tall and thin.
- Necromancer: She resurrected a recently died boy from her clan in her youth, and in the last book she summons the spirits of the deceased Soul Eaters.
- Nightmare Fuel: Everyone, even the other Soul Eaters, fears her.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Unlike the other Soul Eaters, she doesn't have any sort of sense of humor, sadistic or otherwise.
- Ominous Owl: She has one to do her bidding.
- Prongs of Poseidon: In Ghost Hunter, she wields a three-forked spear, the symbol of the Soul Eaters. She uses it to catch souls and eat them.
- Silent Antagonist: She's the most reserved of the Soul Eaters.
- The Soulless: Torak spirit walks into her in the last book. In her eyes, everything is colored grey except the Fire Opal. She doesn't feel pleasure or pain, only the power granted by the Fire Opal and the desire to live forever.
- Third-Person Person: She mostly refers to herself this way.
- White Mask of Doom: She's never shown without her pale-colored mask to the point that she's known as "the Masked One".
ThiazziThiazzi the Oak Mage is the strongest man of the Forest and the most violent and sadistic of all the Soul Eaters. In Soul Eater, Wolf bites a few fingers off of one of his hands. He's the main antagonist of Oath Breaker, in which he murders Bale and causes a war among the Deep Forest Clans.
- Ax-Crazy: He has no qualms in using violence and killing, either to further his goals or out of sheer enjoyment.
- Barbarian Longhair: According to the Word of God, Thiazzi has grown a long hair because he believes that it holds part of his strength.
- Character Tics: He has a habit of chewing spruce resin.
- Fingore: Wolf bites off two fingers from Thiazzi's left hand in Soul Eater.
- Genius Bruiser: He's both the strongest man of the Forest and a cunning and manipulative mage.
- Green Eyes: His cruel eyes are as green as a raw leaf. They serve to mark him as a born Deep Forest clansman.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His downfall is tied to him keeping the last Fire Opal fragment to himself and leaving Eostra out of his plans. During his final confrontation with Torak, Eostra's eagle owl steals the Opal from Thiazzi, resulting in him losing protection against fire and catching fire.
- Karmic Death: He dies by being set on fire, resulting in him falling from the top branch of the ancient oak. This serves as the appropriate rebate for his actions of killing predators by burning them and murdering Bale by throwing him off the Crag.
- Last of His Kind: He's the last living member of the Oak Clan, the others having died out of sickness.
- Manipulative Bastard: He proves himself to be this in Oath Breaker when he orates the Deep Forest clans to unite against the Open Forest clans.
- Master of Disguise: His disguise of the old, isolated and reasonable Auroch Mage fools Renn completely until he reveals himself.
- Playing Both Sides: He murders the mages of the Forest Horse Clan and the Auroch Clan, and takes their places first to wage discord between the Deep Forest clans, and then to unite them against the Open Forest clans.
- Sadist: He enjoys bullying and hurting animals and people who can't fight back.
- Whip It Good: He uses skillfully a whip in Oath Breaker.
- World's Strongest Man: He's the strongest human represented in the series, and is regarded as the strongest man of the Forest.
SeshruSeshru the Viper Mage is a beautiful woman who's as venomous as her totem, though it is suggested that she changed her name and clan when she joined the Healers. She serves as the main antagonist of Outcast, and it's revealed in the same book that she is Renn and Hord's mother. She's also responsible for forcibly tattooing Torak with the Soul Eaters' mark.
- Animal Motifs: She's described to be in everything like a snake, especially in the traditional vile characterizations, though apparently she isn't actually a born Viper. The way she torments Torak from afar during Outcast resembles the way a viper injects its venom into its prey and returns to finish the job when the time is right. She has also changed her name and clan in a same way a snake sheds its skin and creates a new one.
- The Baroness: Cultivates an intimidating and all-powerful visage? Check. Unafraid to ruthlessly exploit her attractiveness to her own ends? Check. Sadistic and lacking in compassion toward anyone? Check. Attracted to power? Check.
- Consummate Liar: Regular lying is for her as easy as is expected from a stereotypically portrayed snake, making her able to deny her crimes and take credit for actions of someone else, like how she claims to be responsible for the drowning of Lake Axehead.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: She has blue eyes that radiate her devious nature.
- Dream Weaver: There is a reason why most of Renn's powers come from her dreams.
- Evil Matriarch: It's revealed in Outcast that she's Renn's mother.
- Famous Last Words: Said after Bale's arrow pierces her heart."This - is not the end."
- Femme Fatale: Beautiful as a forest maiden and utterly self-serving. She is able to stun Torak and Bale with her beauty more than once, even though they know she's evil.
- Hoist By Their Own Petard: When Torak threatens to destroy the second Fire Opal fragment, Seshru reveals her knife and lunges forward, only to be shot by Bale. Earlier she presented herself unarmed and appealed to Bale's reluctance of hurting an unarmed woman. It took the sight of her attacking Torak with a knife for Bale to throw his hesitations aside.
- Is That What He Told You?: Renn had been told by Saeunn that Seshru gave birth to her only to use her as a sacrifice. Seshru tells her that her intention was not to kill her infant, but to make her a tokoroth.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Double gender flipped, and averted because Renn already knew that Seshru was her mother. Seshru and Torak didn't find out until Outcast and, oh boy, there was hell to pay.
- Master Poisoner: Her special ability is expert usage of herbs and remedies. During Soul Eater, she uses this skill to help capturing a polar bear by feeding it sedatives. In Outcast, she poisons crowberries that Torak eats, rendering him unconscious and following his resuscitation, mostly paralyzed yet aware of everything happening around him and able to communicate with Seshru.
- Not So Different:
- She tries this card on Torak in Outcast: they both are outcasts and so powerful that the clans hunt them out of fear. When Torak denies this by saying that Seshru has broken the clans' laws, she notes that he has done the same by stealing Fin-Kedinn's ax.
- The Viper Mage shares several traits with Renn: they both have a powerful gift in Magecraft, and they are willing to go against the clans' laws to achieve their goals (Renn just does that for moral reasons). In Oath Breaker, Renn lies to the Deep Forest clans, claiming that she had put sleeping potion in their drinks so that Torak could escape, when in reality it was a mad Red Deer woman who did that. While doing that, she remembers Seshru's ability to take credit for the actions of someone else. Earlier, she threatens her captors by claiming herself to be a full mage, her threats echoing those made by Seshru. Also, Seshru's voice reminds Wolf of that of Renn. Like mother, like daughter.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She's an evil version of this trope.
- Smug Snake: She's cunning, but makes no attempt to hide her hubris. As the Viper Mage, that's fitting.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She has much in common with her daughter Renn. They both have a pale skin, high cheekbones and their hair curls the same way.
NefNef is the Bat Mage with twisted legs and swift wits, who makes her only major appearance in Soul Eater, where she helps Thiazzi, Seshru and Eostra with their conspiracy. She's the most awkward and out of place among the antagonistic Soul Eaters, and the least malevolent of them. Many years before, her son died, and she tried to kill herself, but Torak's father saved her.
- Anti-Villain: A mix of the Woobie Anti-Villain and Well-Intentioned Anti-Villain types. While she assists the other Soul Eaters in sacrificing predators (which is forbidden by the clans' laws) in order to take control over demons and brings in a White Fox boy (whom Torak impersonates as) to sacrifice him as well, she doesn't like needless cruelty and Thiazzi's sadism. She believes that the World Spirit lets some prosper and others die early (like her own son) because the clans don't live like they should and that the Soul Eaters can unite all the clans for their own good. She's also sorry for being unable to repay Torak's father for preventing her suicide until at the of Soul Eater.
- Bat out of Hell: Subverted. She's a member of the Bat Clan, and she has a living bat as a totem. However, Nef is the least evil Soul Eater presented in the series (when you discount Torak's father and the Walker), and her bat isn't malicious in the slightest. It even takes a liking to Torak.
- Believing Their Own Lies: She says that everything the Soul Eaters do is ultimately for the greater good, but Torak and Wolf sense her insecurities. At one point, she mutters to herself that she must remain strong, as if trying to keep her resolve.
- Death Equals Redemption: When Renn is about to jump in a crevasse to destroy the first Fire Opal fragment, Nef takes it from her and performs the sacrifice herself in order to repay her debt to Torak's father.
- Evil Cripple: Subverted. Her legs are bent so much that she swings while walking. However, she's an Anti-Villain, and she moves swiftly despite her legs.
- Famous Last Words: Said to Torak right before she performs her self-sacrifice."The debt is repaid! Tell your father when you meet him! The debt is repaid!"
- Heel–Face Turn: She destroys one of the three pieces of the Fire Opal at the cost of her own life.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: While Torak is impersonating as the White Fox boy brought in as an acolyte, Nef orders him to kill a young owl as a sacrifice, saying it to be the first test on his way to become a Soul Eater. For the sake of maintaining his disguise, Torak complies.
- Informed Ability: Her special ability is said to be great intelligence and thoughts that fly faster than bats, but they are never really demonstrated.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Compared to the other Soul Eaters in Soul Eater at least. She's pretty much all that keeps the sacrifices (and Torak) alive with Thiazzi and Seshru around trying to outham each other.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Torak pities Nef after hearing how she tried to commit suicide after her son's death. Before freeing the sacrifices, he tries to make her see the error of her ways, and after her sacrifice, he cries for her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: While the other Soul Eaters are just plain power-hungry for all their attempts to justify themselves, Nef believes sincerely that the Soul Eaters can unite the clans and put an end to all unfair things like premature deaths of babies.
The Crippled Wanderer/TenrisThe first named Soul Eater. He started the first book's plot by creating the demon bear in order to destroy Torak's father. His name is actually Tenris, the Seal Mage whom Torak meets when he travels to the Seal Clan in the second book. He's horribly scarred all over his body from the Great Fire ignited by his brother, Torak's father. He pretends to be very kind and helpful towards Torak, but tries to kill him in order to get the power of the spirit walker.
- Ambition Is Evil: It's revealed that since he was a child, he has always wanted power to dominate others more than anything else.
- Bears Are Bad News: He created the demon bear from Wolf Brother in an attempt to assassinate Torak's father, and it worked.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He killed Bale's little brother while casually experimenting with the 'disease', which he didn't even know how he was going to use yet.
- Cain and Abel: He's the older brother of Torak's father by two years. He kills his younger brother indirectly by creating the demon bear which does that.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He can't digest the idea that the gift of being a spirit walker has been given to a boy who doesn't even want it.
- Evil Cripple: He's said to have been crippled by an accident that happened during a hunting trip. It's subverted because while he's horribly scarred, he only pretended to be crippled in order to make it easier to infiltrate the Red Deer Clan.
- Evil Uncle: He's revealed to be the brother of Torak's father. This makes his act of betraying Torak all the more terrible blow for the boy.
- Face-Revealing Turn: His first meeting with Torak has him keeping his head turned and revealing the burned side of his face a moment later. However, this happens long before Tenris reveals his true nature to the boy.
- Famous Last Words: Said right before the orca whale catches him."Ask Fin-Kedinn about your father! Make him tell you the truth -"
- Grey Eyes: Like with Torak and Torak father, who are Tenris' nephew and brother, respectively.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He tries to eat Torak's heart in order to gain his spirit walker powers.
- Karmic Death: He's killed by a killer whale for killing its offspring.
- Large Ham: Towards the end of Spirit Walker. Before that, he keeps a low profile.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulated Hord to help him in the creation of the demon bear, and he has the trust of his entire clan. He also manages to make Torak trust him completely.
- Master Poisoner: He created the sickness that tears the victim's souls apart, driving them to madness and eventual death. He spreads this in Spirit Walker by poisoning juniper berries. According to himself, there isn't much that he wouldn't know about poisons.
- The Mole: He pretends to be interested in helping Torak to find a cure for the disease he created.
- Not So Different: While he's still maintaining his helpful facade, Torak finds him to be like Fin-Kedinn, just more friendly and less distant.
- Scars Are Forever: The entire left side of his body (at least his face, torso and arm) have suffered serious burns from the Great Fire.
- Starter Villain: The main villain of the first two books. It's not until after his death we get introduced to the other Soul Eaters.
- Two-Faced: His face's right side shows him to be handsome in a jagged way, but the entire left side of his head (excluding his mouth) is hairless and spotted pink due to the burns received from the Great Fire.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: A Soul Eater in the disguise of a helpful Seal Clan Mage.