Tropes associated with the Organization
- Ambiguously Human: Some of them have prominent veins, eyes without pupils and even sharp teeths, giving them a supernatural aspect.
- The Bad Guy Wins: They accomplish every objective they set up to when setting up the island: the advanced knowledge of how to obtain and manipulate the power of the Descendents of Dragons and the creation of controllable warriors who can use that power, the Twin Warriors and the Abyss Feeders. Besides, they created Priscilla who seems to be implied to wield even greater power.
- Dark Is Evil: All of them wears dark clothes and later in the story is revealed that they are the ones that create the Yoma and the Awakened Beings.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Thanks to them the Yomas, the Awakened Beings, the Abyssal Ones and Priscilla exists, giving them the blame for all the problems of the series.
- Obviously Evil: Suspicious looking?, check, dark clothes?, check, creepy looking?, check. Seriously, it's not strange that Miria suspected from them since the start.
Black CoatsAll of the Black Coats tend to be Mr. Exposition for the various Claymores in regards to their missions and other plot elements.
- Theme Naming: The Black Coats are named after various museums: Louvre, Hermitage, etc.
- Bald of Evil: He is bald and has bad intentions.
- Cynical Mentor: Not Clare's mentor by far, but he is awfully cynical toward her.
- Dirty Coward: Dae accuses him being one because he tends to bail when things get rough.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He averts his eyes as Miria is seemingly brutally murdered, and even seems sympathetic. He is also disturbed by Dae gushing over how Priscilla is a goddess, and when Dae cheerfully informs Priscilla of the exact details of how she joined the Organization, he is noticeably disgusted.
- False Reassurance: When Clare accuses him of setting her, Miria, Helen, and Deneve up to be killed so that the Organization doesn't learn about half-Awakened Claymores, he doesn't quite deny it.
- Get Out!: In the final chapter, Rubel comes across the trainee twins, who pass on a message from Miria: the Claymores have no intention of getting dragged into the war on the mainland, so he is to tell his superiors that nothing remains of the experiment conducted on the island, and if they do return, the Claymores will destroy them.
- The Handler: Well, duh. He filled this role for Teresa as well.
- Karma Houdini: Despite the fact that he tries to kill Clare's squad three times by sending them to dangerous missions, at the end of the manga the warriors let him leave the island unscathed, but not before warning him that if his organization returns to the island, they will destroy them. He agrees with it.
- The Mole: In his first appearance post-time skip he reveals tha the Organisation is responsible for not only creating the Claymores but the Youma as well as part of a superweapon project, and that he has been assigned to infiltrate it.
- Mr. Exposition: Reveals the truth behind the existence of the Claymore and Awakened Beings, and knows some secrets even Dae is oblivious to.
- Mysterious Watcher: Although he and Clare actually know each other rather well, he otherwise fits the role to a T.
- Oh, Crap!: When Priscilla confronts him and Dae.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Priscilla cuts Dae in half, he escapes in his horse to a safe place.
- Sinister Shades: He is never seen without them.
- The Unsmile: Is it a grin? Is it a smirk? Whatever it is, the enigmatic expression simply never leaves his face, and it just doesn't look right.
- Wild Card: Post-Time Skip, when his true allegiances are revealed.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Clare half-Awakens he tries to have her killed, first by sending her on the Awakened Being hunt with fellow half-Awakened Claymores Miria, Deneve, and Helen; then by pairing her with Ophelia; then by sending her to fight in Pieta. He half-denies it when she calls him out on it.
ErmitaHandler of Galatea, Ophelia and Miria.
His face is almost completely wrapped up, leaving only his eyes exposed.
- Cunning Like a Fox: Referred to as such. Has yet to display it.
- Jerkass: Claims to care about his Warriors like they were his children, but adds "I didn't raise any monsters" for any that Awaken.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After his second appearance, sending Galatea to go for Clare and Jean, he don't appear more in the series.
Teresa's Handler. Wears a hooded cloak.
Clarice and Miata's Handler. Has a long black psuedo-hood on the back of his head.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His only appearance is when he communicates Clarice that she will be Miata's partner. That's all.
Head of the Retrieval Squad.
- Admiring the Abomination: When he finally sees Priscilla in action he can't stop gushing over her. Even Rubel is creeped out.
- Bring It Back Alive: He laments being unable to do this with The Destroyer (!!)
- Bullying a Dragon: Gleefully informs Priscilla that she ate her father's yomafied corpse while still human, and is sliced in half for his trouble.
- Collector of the Strange: Has the corpses of the previous Number 1 Claymores displayed in his lab, some of which had to be stitched back together.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Obviously has ill-intent in mind with his experiments, so half of his face is fucked up.
- Faux Affably Evil: Seems happy and polite but is really a total bastard.
- For Science!: Dae's entire motivation. He doesn't care about the war in their home continent. He also totally forgot about the revived Number Ones' loyalties when he was bringing them back. His goal all along was to have them Awaken so he could find the source of the arm he used to power them up.
- Mad Scientist: Even the other Black Coats seems a little disgusted by his experimentations. He knew the three resurrected warriors wouldn't remain loyal and would eventually Awaken. He simply wanted to see his greatest masterpiece with his own eyes as he knew the Organization was doomed the moment the Warriors rebelled.
- Mix-and-Match Man: He's also experimented on himself and is a patchwork of his original flesh and various inhuman bits, these parts give him superhuman vitality to the point where getting torn in half isn't too bad.
- Nightmare Fetishist: He equates being eaten by Priscilla to having sex with her. Even she is put off by this.
- The Starscream: He lied to the Organization about the revived Claymores' likelihood of Awakening and declares the Organization done for in Chapter 120, wanting only to lure "their greatest masterpiece" Priscilla to the battlefield to get a glimpse of her.
- Two-Faced: He is missing half of his face.
- We Have Reserves: When his men were worried about transporting a Destroyer-infected Raki, he told them the Organization's goals were more important than the risk of them losing their lives (because he obviously would take another path).
- Why Won't You Die?: Priscilla of all people asks him this after she cuts him in half and starts eating him, and he still won't shut up.
The Leader of the Organization and head of its council.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Priscilla upstages him as the manga's main threat, and Miria kills him.
- Face Death with Dignity: He doesn't even try to escape the rebellion. He simply waits underground for Miria to find him so he can show her the monsters the Organization was formed to fight and confirm her theories while adding some details of his own, knowing full well that she will kill him.
- Nerves of Steel: When the rebellion occurs at the doorstep of the Organization's headquarters, he simply assesses the situation and issues some orders while maintaining his iconic emotionless expression. Notable in that, moments beforehand, he was formulating plans for future generations of Warriors in such a way that suggested he did not consider the rebellion worth his attention.
- Off with His Head!: Courtesy of Miria.
- The Stoic: Never expresses any emotion, even when Miria is about to kill him.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: Joins the half-yoma warriors in the final battle against Priscilla.
- Ambiguously Human: Chronos implies this of him in Chapter 132, thinking he may possibly become the strongest weapon against Priscilla. Although that appears to be less because he's ambiguously human and more because he's fully human — Priscilla can't keep track of him in battle the way she can with everyone else because he has no yoki to sense.
- Armor Is Useless: Averted. Raki actually puts his armor, his gauntlets specifically, to good use when deflecting an attack from a yoma when he is reintroduced after the time skip.
- Badass Boast: He does this a lot after the time skip. Trust us when we say that he has every right to now.
- Badass Normal: Post-time skip. He has no youki to release to enhance his speed or strength, and thus can't pull off any of the Ki Attack-like moves of the Claymore elite, but he appears to be a match for the weakest Claymores, while possessing only the regular skills and abilities a human could conceivably gain. Later, he holds off the next two (incomplete) #1 and #2 twin duo - although they were holding back - and received complements from Chronos, the fourth-strongest male Awakened Being. This has caused quite a bit of Wild Mass Guessing in regards to his status as "Normal", although Priscilla still kicks his ass.
- Badass and Child Duo: The Child to Clare's Badass, though he's grown into quite the badass himself recently.
- Big Brother Mentor: Of sorts, to the trainee Claymores.
- Bodyguard Crush: On Clare, serving as a Rescue Romance after she saved him from a Yoma that had taken over his brother.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He can hold back even Awakened yoma without any of the Claymore's improvments due solely to his training with Isley. He's also so strong that he can use a claymore with one hand, something Clare couldn't do in her first year as a trainee.
- The Chick: He serves as Clare's defroster. Then, he takes a level in Badass.
- Cooldown Hug: Gives one to Clare when she is on the verge of Awakening in Rabona.
- Crying Little Kid:
- Pre-time skip Raki is the embodiment of this trope. Slightly more emphasized in the Anime.
- Lampshaded by Raki himself when he breaks down while begging Clare to emerge from the Destroyer-cocoon.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His duel with Priscilla amounts to her easily blocking and dodging his attacks, then slicing him up when she gets bored. Unlike most of the other cases, Raki knew this would be the outcome and included it in the plan to deal a critical blow to Priscilla later.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: Raki challenged Priscilla knowing she'd effortlessly defeat him... and then completely forget about him, leaving her open for him to attack, as he has no Yoki for her to track.
- Determinator: Between his stubborn refusal to leave Clare's side, to picking up enough knowledge to easily kill regular Yoma by training with the series' Disc-One Final Boss, well, it's fair to say he qualifies. He even managed to resist the Destroyer's parasitic infection for an extended period of time through sheer willpower alone, although Priscilla did give him a hand. Much later, he willingly picks a fight with Priscilla knowing he would get bloodily curbstomped for his efforts just so he could set up an opportunity to critically wound Priscilla later.
- Distracted by the Sexy: When Deneve rips off her top in front of him he doesn't immediately notice the open wound running down the front of her body.
- Distressed Dude: Frequently finds himself in danger.
- Expy: Young Raki is to Leo Halford, a character from Norihiro Yagi's previous work. Who, interestingly enough, meets Ikuno Shirataki to have her beat up the protaganist cause Leo thinks of him as the devil. I mean look at this picture
- Freakiness Shame: Early in the manga, Rubel sneers at Clare that Raki would abandon her when he saw what sets Claymores apart from humans. After Clare is freed from the Destroyer and her Wound That Will Not Heal is stitched up, Raki throws his arms around her and they both start crying.
- Friend to All Children: The trainees that Raki looked after grew quite attached to him, and they even began crying from the news of his departure to the holy city. He told them that he'd be back for them when his mission was done.
- Grin of Audacity: He can be seen smiling in the middle of a fight.
- Groin Attack: Delivers one to Sid after he steals a kiss from Clare.
- Hand Behind Head: He does this once during the conversation with Renee.
- Heartwarming Orphan: To Clare and Isley, of all people.
- He Is All Grown Up: HO-LY CRAP did he grow up post timeskip.
- Heroic Build: Damn, Raki got buff too.
- Kid with the Leash: TWICE! First with Clare, in preventing her from going fully Awakened Being in the holy city. Then played supremely straight with Priscilla.
- Lightning Bruiser: For a human, post-timeskip. His training enables him to keep up with Yoma and weak Claymores.
- Look What I Can Do Now!: First thing we see him do after the time skip is kill a yoma.
- Made of Iron: He fights pretty well during his bout with Ophelia, though she was holding back, and even manages to hold his own against Priscilla until she stops holding back.
- Marshmallow Hell: Got this treatment from Clare while they were running from Ophelia. He was mortified, but she had more important things to worry about at the time.
- Morality Pet:
- Isley started seeing him as family.
- Subverted with Priscilla, who was just using him to find Clare.
- Mr. Fanservice: Yagi knew what he was doing when he re-introduced Raki after the Time Skip.
- MuggleMage Romance: Heavily implied to have become an Official Couple with Clare.
- Non-Action Guy: Face it, he's a human in a world of superpowered monsters...
- The One Guy: The only lead male associated with the Claymores, especially the current Seven Ghosts.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Reveals the reason Isley trained him was so that he could one day kill Priscilla. It doesn't work.
- The Rest Shall Pass: Holds off some of the Organization's men so the trainee Claymores don't have to.
- Rugged Scar: He has a noticable scar next to his left eyebrow post Time Skip, enhancing his newfound badass character.
- Shaming the Mob: He does this when people in his home village accuse him of being a yoma.
- Shirtless Captives: When he gets captured and tied up by the Organization. It's still worth looking at though.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: All of his outfits post-timeskip have been sleeveless.
- Team Chef: He was this while traveling with Clare.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Started off as a Non-Action Guy and then later becomes strong enough to take on the weakest of the monsters... and then hold off a horde of trainee Claymores, two of whom have Lovecraftian Superpowers.
- Made relative by Renee after he killed a yoma in his hometown, who says that trained humans defeating rank-and-file yoma is not that surprising. Humans detecting yoma, is. He actually can't do that, Priscilla does it for him.
- Unbroken Vigil: Clare suffers a serious injury after a fight against a very strong yoma and as a result she is Asleep for Days. During this time Raki stayed by her side praying for her to wake up.
- Understanding Boyfriend: Is one of the few humans not scared of Claymores from the beginning, he comes to love Clare despite her being a Claymore and post-Time Skip isn't put off by the fact all Claymores are basicly held together by stitches.
- Unwitting Pawn: Priscilla played him like a fiddle, though it turns out the deception was mutual.
- We Used to Be Friends: Believes this will make Priscilla hold back when they ultimately fight. It doesn't work because she's holding back for her own amusement.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never learn what happened to the destroyers parasitic rods that were stuck in his left shoulder.
- World's Strongest Man: According to the trainee twins, he is the strongest known human."As long as the opponent is human, he's not likely to lose to anyone."
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When he gets infected with one of the Destroyer's spikes, Priscilla leaves him to go chase Clare's scent. However, she did save him from it before leaving when she didn't have to... by jamming her own severed arm into his back, making this more of a strange Pet the Dog moment. It's worth noting that she also didn't eat him despite being hungry and him being the only living human around for miles.
- Determinator: Allows himself to be stabbed by a Youma through the chest so he can hold his claw-tentacles in place so Clare can get a good shot at him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Appears to be this with Sid. Seven years later, and they're still jumping around on rooftops together.
- I Owe You My Life: To Clare after she helps defeat the mummy yoma.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's a normal human who jumps around on rooftops in full plate armor!
- Made of Iron: He survives getting impaled several times over by the yoma.
- Fragile Speedster: He's fast for a human, but is still just a human.
- Handsome Lech: Sid might have had his prejudices about Claymores at first, but he's not above flirting with them. He refuses to be seduced by Agatha, though.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Appears to be this with Galk. Seven years later, and they're still jumping around on rooftops together.
- Knife Nut: His weapons of choice are throwing knives.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is a massive asshole the first time we see him, but by the end of his first appearance, the heart of gold has come out. He's lost most of his jerkassitude after the Time Skip.
- Sacred First Kiss: He steals Clare's, to Raki's horror. Clare doesn't seem too bothered, though.