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Clockwise from 12 o'clock: Clare, Theresa, young Clare, Raki, Rubel.

This is a page about the characters appearing in the Manga turned Anime, Claymore. Due to having Loads and Loads of Characters, be warned of spoilers.

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    Tropes all Claymores have in common 
  • Action Girl: A whole Amazon Brigade of them, though there have been male Claymores in the past. It didn't work out.
  • The Ageless: Claymores do not age past physical maturity. It appears that the source material for the Claymores, the Asarakam, can simply live for 200 years and pass this off on their 'descendants'. They do not appear to age during this time period.
  • BFS: Note the title. Miria notes the swords are made of unknown metals and too large and heavy to be forged for killing Yoma. They were actually created with the intent of slaying Asarakam.
  • Blessed with Suck: Acquire superhuman abilities, but risk transforming into monsters and have to live with a gash down the front of their bodies.
  • Body Horror: Each and every Claymore has a stitched-together open wound from when they were "treated" (read: infused with Yoma flesh and blood) running down the front of their bodies - one that can never heal unless they Awaken.
  • Bounty Hunter: Their services to mankind do not come free of charge.
  • Broken Bird: Every. Single. One. Which is why they are used as Claymore test subjects, as the more traumatized they are the more powerful they tend to be.
  • The Corruptible: All Claymores are in danger of giving into their Superpowered Evil Side whenever they tap into their yoma-half for a power boost.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Since the Organization usually picks up orphans and homeless kids to turn into warriors, and since the Claymore-verse is a Crapsack World to begin with, you can bet that every single Claymore has an angsty backstory.
  • Demon Slaying: Well, yoma and Awakened Beings.
  • Detect Evil: Claymores can sense yoki, which is what gives Yoma, Awakened Beings, and Claymores their power.
  • Dying as Yourself: A black card is a signal to a close companion that a given Claymore wants to do this.
  • Enemy-Detecting Radar: All Claymores have the ability to detect Yoma and Yoki. Amongst themselves they have The Force Is Strong with This One. This is mentioned again in the characters who specialize in it.
  • Eye Color Change: The eyes of a Claymore are silver until they use their Yoma powers; this turns their eyes gold.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: Their bodies are slashed open from the private parts up to the throat in order for them to be infused with Yoma flesh and blood, then stitched back together because that particular wound will never heal.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: They are humans who were infused with the blood and power of Yoma.
  • Healing Factor: Losing a limb is usually only a minor, temporary inconvenience to a Claymore. However, they can't heal injuries from before they became Claymores.
  • Hellish Pupils: When a Claymore taps into 10% or more of their Yoma power, their pupils turn into vertical slits.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: They're well aware of it though, but...
  • Hulking Out: If they draw on 50% or more of their yoki, their muscle mass will increase significantly, often causing them to shred their uniforms.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Claymores will frequently invoke this trope when they think their Superpowered Evil Side is getting too strong.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Most of the higher ranking Claymores can do this or have a special technique or two in their swordsmanship that's quite amazing.
  • Irony: Yoma energy, yoki, is powered by their hatred for yoma and themselves. Priscilla's incredible power is due to her particularly extreme hate for yoma.
  • Meaningful Appearance: The "treatment" turns their eyes a silvery grey, hence the name "Silver Eyed Witches"
  • Moral Event Horizon: The act for a Claymore from which there's no turning back from, is Awakening and eating someone's guts. When an awakened Miata was out of control with hunger, she harpooned a pair of soldiers to eat. To prevent her from falling into the moral abyss, Claymores attacked her to rescue the soldiers while Clarice gave her life to restore her self-control.
  • Mystical White Hair: As Half Human Hybrids, they all have a "discolored" look: pale skin, grey eyes and white hair, although the whiteness of the hair depend of their original hair color and the success of the implantation.
  • Nightmare Face: Drawing on 30% of their Yoma power gives them prominent facial veins and shark-like teeth.
  • No-Sell: Harsh climates have no effect on them, besides her coloured hair Clarice is also defective in that she doesn't have this resistance. Additionally alcohol (and possibly other toxins) can be resisted if a Claymore uses their Youma power, eventually this leads to a Drinking Contest at the end of the series where Claymores suppress this.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: Claymores are trained to sleep by planting their swords into the ground and leaning against it. In fact it was shown that they are so accustomed to this that they have problems sleeping in regular beds.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Being infused with Yoma power bleaches a Claymore's hair, turning it platinum blonde or white.
  • Power Levels: Drawing on a 10% of their Yoki gives them golden irises with cat-like pupils; drawing on 30% gives them shark-like teeth, prominent facial veins, and a deep voice; drawing on 50% causes them to bulk up significantly, 70% is supposed to be the limit of how much power they can safely use, and drawing on more than 80% turns them into Awakened Beings.
  • The Power of Hate: According to Dae, the stronger a person's hatred towards Yoma and themself the more powerful a Claymore they become.
  • Power Echoes: When they draw on their Yoma powers in the English dub their voices echo.
  • Power Makes Your Voice Deep: Claymores suffer from this if they draw more of their powers. This can be seen in original and dub.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Most Claymores are quite tall.
  • The Stoic: They are trained to suppress their emotions, although not all of them do so.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: When they tap into their yoma power, their irises turn yellow.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Drawing on their Yoma powers increasingly risks causing them to Awaken, and if they deliberately draw on more than 80% of their powers they will lose control. Though if they manage to come back from that, they can awaken in short bursts with no repercussions and gain access to unique Yoma-like abilities.
  • Super Soldier: They were an experiment to create augmented warriors to combat draconic monsters.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill Muggles: The Claymores are absolutely forbidden from attacking or killing humans, without exception, even if it means getting raped or killed themselves.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: All Claymores have an open wound that runs from their lower belly to the base of their neck, since this is where the yoma flesh is implanted into them. As this wound is received before gaining their powers, it does not heal and must be stitched shut to prevent their organs from falling out. This is danced around for most of the series until Clare is expelled from the Destroyer cocoon and her wound re-opens.
  • You Are Number 6: Claymores are ranked from 1 to 47, and almost always mention what their number is whenever they introduce themselves to each other.


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