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Teresa's Generation


Former Number 1; 77th Generation. She is named Teresa of the Faint Smile as she has no signature technique or personality trait—only her faint smile as she effortlessly slaughtered enemies. She is also regarded as the most powerful character in the story for her unparalleled combat ability, Yoki perception, and Yoki reserve, and was a mother figure to Clare before her untimely death.

Voiced by: Romi Paku (JP), Christine Auten (EN)

  • The Ace: She is the Number 1 of her generation, beautiful, and virtually unbeatable even in a group of her best subordinates. When she is sentenced to death, no Claymore can even come close to defeating her, and she shows herself to be superior to them in every aspect of combat. Her death at the hands of the young Priscilla is clearly shown to have only been possible through a very cheap sucker punch after she had let her guard down. Her abilities are so beyond everybody else that she is considered the strongest Claymore of any generation.
  • Action Mom: To Clare, eventually.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Teresa can use all of the Seven Ghosts' techniques.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Had long black hair before becoming a Claymore, and prided herself for it.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: The short time she had to speak to Clare's friends didn't stop her from revealing some embarrassing things about her.
  • Anti Hero: She is introduced mechanically performing her duty and scaring the townsfolk to amuse herself, but she mellows significantly due to Clare's influence.
  • Attempted Rape: A group of bandits, knowing that Claymores are forbidden to kill humans, think they'll be able to have their way with Teresa. She just smiles, takes off her clothes, and shows them they really don't want to.
    • Almost played straight when one of those members nearly succeed if Clare hadn't whacked him with a tree branch.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Theresa's excellent Yoki perception skills allow her to read and analyze a situation at a glance. She's also no slouch at mundane deduction, learning Cassandra's Dust Eater technique after trading a few blows with her and figuring out where Irene's arm and Raphaela's techniques came from. Part of the reason why Theresa ends her battles so quickly is that she is simply good at analyzing a battle and formalizing a strategy.
  • Badass and Child Duo: She is the Badass to Clare's Child.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Teresa, recently graduated, was the one who stopped Hysteria on Rockwell Hill, giving Rosemary the chance for the killing blow
  • Bishōnen Line: Where every other warrior's Awakened Form is monstrous is some way, Teresa's is more or less identical to her own human looks, except for some minor modifications to her legs and two pairs of wings.
  • Boring, but Practical: Unlike other powerful Claymores, Theresa lacks any flashy techniques or unique skill and her fighting style is quick, practical and unremarkable. What she does have is a sharp analytical mind and an overwhelming amount of power and ability, her Yoki sense (also a Boring, but Practical ability) being the one she depends on the most.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: In a sense. Teresa was so powerful that in all her life she's never had to use more than 10% of her power at any given time. It's also deconstructed, since never taking fights seriously got her killed in a quick fashion.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Theresa has a habit of firing off pointed digs at her enemies when fighting. It's a bit of a character flaw as it enrages her enemies and contributes to her death. While Priscilla was always unstable, Theresa's dismissive attitude when fighting helps push Priscilla into Unstoppable Rage, leading to her Awakening.
  • Cavalier Competitor: Teresa has never treated an onscreen fight seriously. When she finally kills Priscilla, even after everything her opponent has done, she says that there's "no hard feelings" toward a fellow Claymore with whom she's crossed blades.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Teresa is known to be able to read yoki flow so well that she's able to predict her enemies' moves and act accordingly. Since Claymores and Yoma use yoki, this ability made Teresa a very effective killing machine. Ilena thought that this was what made Teresa the strongest of her generation, so she brought Priscilla, who can hide her yoki flow, as a countermeasure against Teresa.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Theresa has never been seriously challenged in a fight in the entire series even in the final fight against Priscilla.
  • Dare to Be Badass: After switching places with Clare, she calls Cassandra, Chronos and Octavia out on not resisting Priscilla's control over them after death. They listen and try to the best of their ability.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She has this weird, calm half-smile while she's killing youma.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A sign of Theresa's flippant, careless attitude is her tendency to make pointed wisecracks and insults at everyone, especially her enemies and especially during battle, all the while keeping her trademark smirk.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Not the only one in the series but the most prominent, as an entire arc is devoted to show her defrosting by little Clare.
  • Dying as Yourself: Invoked in the final fight against Priscilla. Theresa deliberately drew out the battle when she could have ended it in one shot, taking on Priscilla's hatred so that she can come back from her berserk rage and die as herself and not a mindless rampaging beast.
  • Earn Your Title: As with all single digits, she has her own title to show for her strength. However, unlike the other single digits who usually has a distinct trait or ability unique to them whenever they fight, Teresa doesn't have such a trait or skillnote . Those who have seen her in battle, however, noticed that she had a small faint smile while fighting. Therefore, she became known as "Teresa of the Faint Smile"note . Her other title is "the strongest number one of all generations."
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: After the village where she left Clare is attacked by bandits because she killed the yoma there, Teresa returns to find the inhabitants slaughtered and Clare possibly having been raped as revenge-by-proxy for Teresa cutting off one of the bandit's hands, Teresa snaps and kills every single bandit with extreme prejudice.
  • Forgot About His Powers: After ripping off one of Awakened Rosemary's arms with one hand, she explains that she only ever activates her Yoki to 10% to keep from being so rusty that she forgets how to use her power. She then turns it on and reduces Rosemary to shreds in a single panel.
  • The Gift: Teresa possessed strength and speed far beyond anybody could achieve, can read Yoki flow so well she's able to predict movements, and possessed so much Yoki that merely 10% of it is already overwhelmingly powerful.
  • Grand Theft Me: It is revealed that her soul and consciousness were sealed inside Clare's body, and Clare uses the Soul Link technique to let her take over to fight Priscilla.
  • The Gwen Stacy: Her death is the reason Clare became a Claymore.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Teresa rarely needed to exert any effort or use her yoki in fights because she was already too strong to begin with. If she really had to. she'd simply use her yoki, and even then she'd only need barely 10% of it to overpower the opponent.
  • It Has Been an Honor: After fighting Cassandra and complimenting the effectiveness of her fighting style, Teresa says essentially this during her Mercy Kill of Cassandra.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Ilena first describes her as this. But later it turns out that Ilena simply didn't know the full extent of Teresa's power.
  • Lady of War: Eerily graceful in battle with her calmness and half-smile.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Without releasing any of her yoki she is able to overpower Priscilla, Ilena, Sophia, and Noel - the other strongest Claymores of her generation.
  • Mama Bear: Harm little Clare, die horribly. No exceptions. She also bops Raki on the head since the idea of a cheeky brat like him possibly taking Clare's chastity irritates her.
  • Master of All: Ilena called her a Jack-of-All-Stats, saying that while Teresa is powerful, Noel's agility, Sophia's strength, and Ilena's speed all outclassed Teresa's on an individual level, and only Teresa's ability to read yoma energy so well made her the strongest. When they all attack her, it rapidly becomes clear that Teresa's agility, strength, and speed are all a level of magnitude above anything the others are capable of.
  • Not So Stoic: Clare brings out her repressed emotions, but this comes to a head when a pack of bandits with a grudge against her ransack a human town she had just left Clare at. When Teresa arrives too late to stop them and sees they've brutalized Clare, she goes berserk.
  • Offhand Backhand: To show just how strong Teresa is: upon coming back to life in Clare's body, she effortlessly destroys two of Priscilla's Cassandra Heads (even one of which can tear up an Abyssal One to shreds) that tried sneaking up on her while she engaged in inner dialogue with Clare—with her bare hands and without even looking.
  • Off With Her Head: How she died, courtesy of Priscilla.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she realizes that killing a group of Yoma has allowed a group of bandits to ransack the village where she left Clare.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Her nickname comes from the fact that whenever she fights, she's always smiling ever so slightly. Yet when she slaughters the bandits, her face is utterly devoid of expression.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: To the bandits who have ransacked the town she had left Clare in before cutting them down to the last man.
    Say your prayers, you bastards. Curse yourselves for being scum worse than Yoma. I'm going to slaughter you all.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: Before meeting Clare, Teresa would simply kill yoma because it was her job and nothing more. She couldn't care less about what happens to the town after her job was done.
  • Red Baron: "Teresa of the Faint Smile", "Smiling Teresa".
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When a group of bandits brutalize Clare, Teresa doesn't leave a single survivor.
  • Sharing a Body: It is revealed that Teresa's soul has been inside Clare, who uses the Soul Link to bring her out.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Most fights Teresa participates in ends with the enemy already bisected before they even know what has happened.
  • Skewed Priorities: After Teresa makes her return, the first thing she does is express consternation over the likelihood of Raki taking Clare's virginity.
  • Sociopathic Hero: To a lesser extent. She's not evil, but she is incredibly indifferent to the plight of people around her and attains her only joy from intimidating and scaring those around her (youma, black coats, ABs, civilians...). Well, until she meets Clare.
  • The Stoic: She just mechanically did job after job for the Organization, unfeeling, uncaring, downright callous. Then Clare happened to her.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: The way that Teresa was killed was so sudden and traumatizing for Clare. She didn't see it coming at all.
  • Superpower Lottery Winner: The biggest winner in the series.
  • Sword and Fist: Where other warriors rely on their iconic swords and yoki techniques, Teresa just as often just punches and kicks her enemies—the fact that it usually makes them very dead is just another indication how ridiculously strong she is. And sometimes, she just rips them apart with her bare hands.
  • There Was a Door: Quite literally. Apparently found cutting a door in half easier than simply opening it when roomservice came knocking.
  • Tranquil Fury: She declares her intention to kill the bandits once. After that, no matter how much the leader taunts her (before she kills him) or how much the others beg (before she kills them) she says not a single word, and her expression does not change. And, for once, she's not smiling.
  • Troll: Teresa would sometimes amuse herself by scaring the townspeople by telling them of what happens if they fail to pay the Organization for her services. She also tells Clare's friends some embarrassing stuff about her adoptive daughter in the brief time she meets them.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Those bandits reeeeeeally shouldn't have hurt Clare...
  • Underestimating Badassery: Some people have thought Teresa is not as capable as she looked, only for Teresa to prove them wrong.
    • The bandit leader who thought his Falcon Sword would not allow Teresa to get within arms reach doesn't even get to finish his speech after Terese effortlessly cuts him in half.
    • Ilena thought bringing people that are stronger than Teresa on an individual aspect (with Priscilla being the exception as she was meant to counter Teresa's yoki reading abilities) would, at the very least, allow them to close the gap between them and Teresa. She quickly realizes that Teresa is not just a mere Jack-of-All-Stats after Teresa mops the floor with all of her opponents.
  • Winged Humanoid: When she Awakens against Priscilla, she sprouts two pairs of avian wings, in contrast to Priscilla's jagged butterfly like ones.
  • World's Best Warrior: The strongest Claymore of any generation. It was said that Priscilla would surpass her, but as Teresa needed only one hand and 10% of her total strength to repel Priscilla's two-handed strike with almost 80% of Priscilla's own considerable power behind it, it's possible that there was a miscalculation of Teresa's true power though it has to be considered that Priscilla was inexperienced and fought without thinking.
    • Go ahead and read the entire extra scene in volume 13. Rosemary - former Number 1, until Teresa came along - gave her black card to Teresa. Not because they were comrades, but because she wanted to settle the score of who truly is number 1. At this point, however, Rosemary had already awakened and was just waiting to kill of Teresa. Up until Teresa was just about to finish the job, she hasn't even released any bit of yoma to distort her appearance, and once she finally does, even Rosemary - an already awakened being - was completely shocked to feel just how much yoma was released from Teresa, at just 10%.
  • World's Strongest Man: She was touted as being the strongest warrior in the Organization and lived up to that reputation. When Teresa first appears, Galatea exclaims that she's never felt such a powerful presence before. This after she had already detected Priscilla, the Riful-like being and the Destroyer.
  • Worth Living For: She refuses to be executed because Clare is this to her.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Teresa tells Clare that the reason she was able to defeat Priscilla was because Clare believed she was undefeatable and stronger than anything.


Former Number 2. note  She is known as "Quicksword Ilena" for her power to fully awaken her sword-arm, yet control it in making near-unpredictable attacks. She, along with Sophia, Noel, and Priscilla, were assigned to an execution team led by Priscilla, an event that lost her left arm and made her go into hiding. Years later, Ilena saves Clare from an awakened Ophelia and tries to teach her the Quicksword.

Voiced by: Minami Takayama (JP), Wendy Powell (EN)

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Played with. Her assesment of Teresa's heavy use of Combat Clairvoyance, lack of showy moves and rarely displaying any combat prowess on the level of other high-ranking claymores were all accurate. But she made the mistake in assuming that meant Teresa was a case of Weak, but Skilled who used her talent in Yoki perception to compensate for her lack of power. The reality, however, was that Teresa was a Master of All who rarely needed to fight seriously due to her yoki perception being more than enough in most cases.
  • Blade Spam: A nearly hypersonic version: Quicksword.
  • The Bus Came Back: It was heavily implied she was killed by Raphaela, but it's revealed in the final chapter that she was spared and partially regenerated her arms over seven years.
  • Handicapped Badass: Losing her arm didn't do much to slow her down.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: To an even higher degree than Flora or Clare; while Flora would put her hand on her sword's hilt for her Windcutter technique and Clare needs to visibly draw her sword to use the Quicksword effectively, Ilena at her fastest doesn't even appear to be moving. One second, an enemy is there, and the next second, it's in pieces.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: It's not that Ilena's post-organization outfit is particularly impractical, but how the hell does she manage to put it on with only one arm?
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: It's implied, though it hasn't been confirmed whether Raphaela killed her or not. It's revealed that she survived and... kinda regrew her arms.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Urged Priscilla to go all-out against Teresa. She lived to regret it.
  • Older and Wiser: Since she knew Teresa, who was a mother figure to Clare, Ilena definitely knew Clare in a way any other mentors she would ever have could not.
  • Our Elves Are Better: Ilena's not a real elf, but she does have this air around her that makes her appear very Tolkien-esque, something that sets her apart from other Claymores. Her ears, flowing platinum hair, personality, and the fact that you just can't seem to argue with her help a lot.
  • Pointy Ears: Although when she first appeared she had rounded ears.
  • Red Baron: "Quick-Sword." Even the respective 3rd and 4th ranked warriors of her day couldn't perceive her blade when she dispatched two leaping youma simultaneously.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Irene / Irena / Ilena / Ilene, depending on who's translating. While Irene is popular amongst the fans, the official translations ultimately went with Ilena.
  • The Stoic: So far, Ilena's face has showed three expressions: Angry/frustrated for when she's in battle, slightly pleased in her final scenes where she gives Clare her right arm, and for all other times, completely blank.


Former Number 2. Was Number 1 before Teresa was ranked.


Former Number 5. Was Number 4 Before Priscilla was ranked. She was known as "Stormwind" for her exceptional agility. She is sent with Priscilla, Ilena, and Sophia to execute Teresa, but is killed by an awakened Priscilla.

Voiced by: Junko Takeuchi (JP), Leah Clark (EN)


Former Number 4. Was Number 3 Before Priscilla was ranked. She was known as "Muscular" Sophia for her immense physical strength. She, along with Ilena, Sophia, and Priscilla, were sent on a team to execute Teresa but is killed by an awakened Priscilla.

Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (JP), Trina Nishimura (EN)

  • Deadpan Snarker: Gives a bunch of good insults (smiling politely all the time) when verbally sparring with Noel
  • Glacier Waif: She's not especially slow but she's much more renowned for her strength than her speed.
  • Red Baron: "Muscular," for her immense strength.
  • Tomboy And Girly Girl: Is the girly girl to Noel.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Works very well with Noel as a team but can't stop verbally sniping with her.


Clarice's Generation


Number 47. Post time-skip, she has taken Clare's position. She is an incomplete Claymore, retaining her hair color as a result. She becomes Miata's caretaker and maternal figure.

  • Action Mom: Of sorts to Miata. Her maternal bond and trust with Miata enables her to keep Miata's mind and heart so that she can safely Awaken, which Raphaela, Luciela, Alicia and Beth can vouch for being extremely difficult for someone not blood-related to do.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Treated as such by pretty much every other Claymore since her hair is brown rather than some shade of blonde. Clarice claims its because she had very dark hair before she was turned into a Claymore. Everyone else thinks its because she's a failed attempt at making a warrior and only admitted to the Organization because of the shortage of numbers.
  • Angst? What Angst?: The Organization and its Warriors don't treat her well and she's a Butt-Monkey on top of that, but she's never down about that. Living and dying as a Claymore is the happiest time of her life, given what her life was before.
  • Badass Adorable: Not as badass or adorable as Miata, but Clarice has her moments.
  • Badass and Child Duo: A bit of an inversion since Miata is more of the badass, at least at first.
  • Born Unlucky: She was a homeless girl with no family who lived on garbage and muddy water. The best moment of her life was when her town was destroyed and she was chosen to be a Claymore. Then she ended up becoming a defective who's only spared because of a warrior shortage, and from that she's become Miata's milk bottle.
  • Breast Attack: Gets tackled by Miata who then forcibly suckles on her breasts.
  • The Chick: Although she is a Claymore, she's a very ineffectual fighter and mostly serves as a mother figure to Miata, which is the only reason that Clarice (and, by extension, the Organization) can exert any control over her.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: She survives just long enough to convey her love to Miata and "heal" her damaged mental state (by restoring Miata's memory of her real mother and erasing her memories of Clarice) before dying.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Despite knowing that releasing enough Yoki to match an Awakened Miata's will prove fatal to her, Clarice does so without hesitating. Her body predictably breaks down and disintegrates afterwards.
  • Heroic Sacrifice/Heroic RRoD: Nearly Awakens to bring the rampaging Miata under control, but her body could't handle the strain of the youki and disintegrates.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Clarice's primary motivation in becoming a warrior—and it works, if only because she is the only warrior with a colored hair. Her ultimate specialness, however, becomes her ability to pull Miata back from Awakening, even though it costs her her life.
  • Kid with the Leash: Not exactly a kid but definitely the one holding Miata's leash.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: Her death for Miata's sake.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Let's be honest here, if she were hanging around muggles as opposed to the likes of other Claymores she would probably not be considered a wimp by any stretch of the imagination.
  • The Power of Hate: She really doesn't have any for the Youma, which can explain why she's so weak. When she thought back to her background as a homeless, starving orphan - when her village was destroyed by Youma she didn't really care and so when the Organization found her, she joined for wanting to be special rather than vengeance.
  • Plucky Girl: Not as obvious as say, Clare, but Chapter 142 proves this.
  • Promotion to Parent: The first thing Miata does upon seeing Clarice is rip the top of her uniform off, and start suckling while constantly murmuring "Mama..." Clarice's maternal instincts awaken during their time together, to the point where despite being even weaker than Claire was at the beginning she has a Mama Bear moment against Agatha of all people.


Number 4.

Current Number 4 in the Organization and makes the previous Number 4 Ophelia look positively sane. Clarice is the only one who can get her to do anything and only because Miata has latched onto her as a mother figure, including mock breastfeeding - which Clarice has threatened to withhold as punishment.

  • Badass Adorable: Once she becomes more stable and her hair is moved to the side, Miata is quite the adorable child.
  • Cry Cute: After finally remembering her real mother she breaks down into tears.
  • Flechette Storm: Her attack when Awakened is to shoot her feathers.
  • Four Is Death: She is an utter berserker capable of killing Yoma with her bare hands.
  • Hates Baths: It takes Clarice threatening to withhold breastfeeding to get her to bathe.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Just before dying, Clarice erases Miata's memories of her, but in the process revives Miata's memories of her real mother.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: When she loses control after Awakening her cheeks rip apart and her teeth become fangs.
  • One-Winged Angel: In order to fight Europa on equal footing, she awakens after synchronizing with Clarice and transforms into a winged serpentine monster.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Miata's Awakened form resembles a serpentine dragon with multiple feathered wings, evocative of Quetzalcoatl.
  • Parents in Distress: Mess with Clarice if you want to. You will be dead soon.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Combined with Rapunzel Hair the first time we see her.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She's approximately half the size of other Claymores but can kill Yoma with her bare hands.
    • Cute Bruiser: When she's not rampaging and covered in Yoma gore.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Even more so when Clarice isn't around. Her insanity is the only thing keeping her from becoming a Number 1.
  • Red Baron: "Blood Eyes," for her Super Senses, even when compared to other Claymores.
  • Sanity Slippage: Retains her personality for a short while after Awakening, but quickly loses control and starts rampaging.
  • Sociopathic Hero: The only thing she cares about is protecting "Mama" and accomplishing her mission, even to the point of ignoring a rampaging Awakened Being.
  • Wild Child: Shown as feral and completely uncontrollable before assigned to Clarice as a partner. Still doesn't like taking baths though.
  • Winged Humanoid: Once she Awakens, she sprouts a pair of Lovecraftian angel wings, but later transforms into a serpentine body.


Number 3. Having a polite demeanor, she uses her sword to deflect her opponent's attack without opposing it with force, a technique Riful calls "Gentle Sword".


Number 5. Unlike Audrey, Rachel is hot-tempered and confrontational. She stores force in her sword blade, which she releases like a leaf spring, a technique Riful calls "Strong Sword."



Number 6. She is the "Eye" of the Organization.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Despite apparently possessing the same coloring as the other Claymores (she never appears in a colored spread so it's hard to say definitively) she manages to come off as this due to her facial features (including fuller lips when the art style usually doesn't put much emphasis on them) which more resemble a person of African descent, and her hairstyle, being the only such example in the whole story.
  • Badass in Distress: Is captured and tortured by Riful, who wants her to Awaken the fused Rafaela-Luciela hybrid.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Unlike all the other warriors seen, her hair is arranged in dreadlocks.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Compared to the other Claymores who are slender, her body is a bit curvier, having thicker legs, a bigger bust (but not as big as Miria's), fuller lips, and longer eyelashes.
  • Neck Lift: Does this to Raki, provoking Priscilla to step in.
  • Oh, Crap!: Nearly wets herself when she realizes what the scrawny waif easily forcing her arm back is.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't been seen since she ran away from Riful, though the latter makes an off-hand comment that Renee was right in trying to run away as soon as the Rafaela-Luciela hybrid awakened. "Was" being the key word used, implying Riful did catch up to her and tore her off-screen as promised.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Raki insane when she realizes what Priscilla is.


Number 7. She is known as "Winged Anastasia" for her ability to float in the air by using strands of her hair.


Number 8. Cunning, she tracks follows Helen and Deneve as they travel west.

  • In a Single Bound: Her signature move involves leaping as high into the air as she can and then using gravity to slice her opponent in half.
  • I Owe You My Life: Helen and Deneve save her life; she pays them back by rescuing Yuma and Cynthia.
    • Also the reason behind her undying loyalty to the Organization since it was a man in black who picked her up when her town got destroyed by Yoma. And then she learned the truth...
  • Loophole Abuse: Her sense of honor will not allow her to lie to the Organization, but if she gets "kidnapped" and never has a chance to report back...
    • By the same token, she doesn't attempt to capture Galatea, since even though she technically should, nobody ordered her to do so.
  • Red Baron: "Tracker."
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Like Galatea, she can track others by sensing their yoki.
  • Tsundere: A very stoic Type A. She gives several excuses for doing things that benefit the Seven Ghosts, Galatea, Miata and Clarice despite ostensibly being their enemy. When Anastasia lampshades her "dere-ness," she's rendered temporarily speechless.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Much to the aggravation of Helen and Deneve.


Number 10. note  She is the Organization's "Trump Card", trained to police other Claymores who endanger the Organization.

  • Defector from Decadence: Joins in the Rebellion along with the other Claymores.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Made specially for keeping the other Claymores in line.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By the Organization's men after they realize she betrayed them.
  • Mind Manipulation: How else could Miria possibly be taken down?
  • Not Quite Dead: Impaled and left for dead, she finds the strength to protect her comrades from afar — and thanks to the trainees supporting her, she survives her injuries.
  • You Are Not Alone: Despite being created specifically to kill them, the young trainees support Raftela when she decides to help defend the Claymores fighting Roxanne, Cassandra and Hysteria.
  • You Didn't Ask: Almost word-for-word her explanation when the Organization demands to know why she neglected to tell them that Miria had been spared by the other warriors.
    Raftela: You did not ask, so I did not answer.
  • You Have Failed Me/You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Organization attacks her when they realize she allowed Miria to live.


Number 15.

Other Generations


Number 1. She was known as "Hysteria the Elegant" for the fluidity and swiftness of her fighting style and special technique. She was deceased, then resurrected by Dae.

  • Attention Whore: She hates being ignored more than anything, and she proved it by refusing an implicit Enemy Mine because the potential ally has the nerve to strike the common foe without taking care of her first.
  • Back from the Dead: Was resurrected using Priscilla's arm.
    • Came Back Wrong: As with the other two resurrected Claymores, she awakens shortly after being resurrected.
  • Braids of Action: Keeps her hair in braids, and was not only an Action Girl in her day but Miria's role model.
  • Bullfight Boss: This is a boss battle for Miria which can't be won with her usual speed tactics. Instead with some teamwork, she's able to lure Hysteria into getting eaten by an attacking Cassandra.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: She claims as such when talking about her awakened state to Miria, but it's ultimately subverted since it makes her harder for Miria to catch up to.
  • Dissonant Serenity: The only time she breaks out of her composed serenity is when Miria continues to ignore her.
  • The Dreaded: Like all Number Ones.
  • Dying as Yourself: Averted. As Hysteria is dying, Priscilla's personality asserts itself, emerges as a ghostly apparition, and attacks Miria before being dispersed.
  • Earn Your Title: She's called "The Elegant" because of the precise and efficient way she moves and kills.
  • Eaten Alive: In her vain attempt to catch up with Miria, who managed to outspeed her with a leap from one of Anastacia's hair strands (particularly reinforced with the Yoki of every available companion), Hysteria is accidentally caught by one of Cassandra's heads, who spits most of her out when she realizes her mistake.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Having become an Awakened Being with Miria's sword still jammed through her neck (she's unhappy about that because she can't eat as long as it's stuck there), she promises to spare the life of the Claymore who pulls the sword out. One takes her up on the offer and does just that. Just when you think a cruel "You Have Outlived Your Usefulness" moment is about to go down, Hysteria casually reassures her that she always keeps her word, leaves her alone, only to go after the other Claymores.
  • Flash Step: Miria's leaves copies; hers feels like she's walking through you.. It's taken taken a step further with her Awakened form, which possesses numerous spider-like legs that ramp up her agility.
  • Ghost Amnesia: Initially doesn't remember her name or know how long she's been out of action.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Her Awakened form is ringed by a set of grapnel-like blades she can fire and retract at will to let her fight in the air.
  • Lady of War: A very good warrior with the most elegant technique.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Not even Miria can keep up with her.
  • The Magnificent: Her nickname is "the Elegant".
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: She can still catch you, though.
  • One-Man Army: As with all Number Ones.
  • One-Winged Angel: Awakens shortly after Miria stabs her in the throat.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Type R, having retained her original personality.
  • Power Gives You Wings: She manifests a pair of angelic wings when she Awakens, and later swaps them out for jagged butterfly-type wings.
  • Red Baron: Hysteria the Elegant.
  • Sore Loser: Hysteria doesn't take it very well when she lost and is dying, Miria asks her to act in a way more becoming of a No.1. Hysteria can't because it reminds her of the first time she died, when she was attacked by former friends and comrades. It was especially galling because an arrogant new Warrior who had a faint smile where other Warriors were terrified, had downed her with a mighty blow before No.4 Rosemary finished her off.
  • Useless Useful Spell: Her wings when she became Awakened, were this initially. Her wings can't keep up with the weight of her new bulk and so she's actually much slower in the air than on the ground. Later she loses this handicap, when she sheds some of her weight.


Number 1. She was a self-concscious yet powerful warrior, due to the ugliness of her signature technique, for which Roxanne gave her the nickname "Cassandra the Dust Eater". She was deceased, then resurrected by Dae.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Even her fellow warriors tended to look down on her ugly-but-effective fighting style, and those that had seen it usually shunned her.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Awakens in Chapter 120, shortly after being introduced.
  • Anti-Villain: Type 2, as she was never evil to begin with.
  • The Assimilator: Is devoured by Priscilla as she takes the former's Combat Tentacles in place of her own wings. She proves too powerful to be completely assimilated, though: after Teresa of the Faint Smile calls out to her pride as a fellow number one, she literally rips her way out of Priscilla to meet her challenge.
  • Back from the Dead: Was resurrected using Priscilla's arm.
    • Came Back Wrong: As with the other two resurrected Claymores, she awakens shortly after being resurrected.
  • Big Eater: After her Awakening, she's constantly munching on something, Roxanne to be exact, though she also chows down on Hysteria.
  • Cluster S Bomb: She started saying "shit" a lot after she Awakened.
  • Combat Tentacles: She has a lot of tentacles, but the ones she uses for combat are tipped with oversized copies of her head that she uses to literally take a bite out of her opponents.
  • Confusion Fu: One of the reasons why her Dust Eater technique is so efficient. She attacks from what is normally an impossible angle and catches her opponents completely off guard.
  • Dead Sidekick: Was best friends with a #35 who accepted her Dust Eater Technique. Said #35 was brutally murdered by a weak Awakened Being while Roxanne of Love and Hate stood back and watched. When Cassandra found out...
  • Deadly Dodging: Her "Dust Eater" technique revolves around this. Starting with her head bobbing, which makes her posture lower until she's literally hacking at your shins. The only way to get away is to have extremely good reflexes and sword aim, or a very strong ability to read yoki and thus be able to read her movements in advance.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Literally: after she Awakens, she bites off Roxanne's arms and legs. Then once the latter Awaken, she still defeats and devours Roxanne completely.
  • The Dreaded: Like all Number Ones. Additionally, while it was a short-lived dread due to her quick death, she was even dreaded by her fellow Claymores after she reveals her fighting style in an attempt to kill Roxanne. Roxanne was the only one who laughed; the others were all too afraid of Cassandra's strangeness.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: Mysteriously vanishes after the fight with Priscilla ends, but Clare follows a trail of chunks of her flesh into a nearby forest to find Priscilla gorging herself on Cassandra's body. She's not quite dead, though.
  • Dying as Yourself: Teresa reawakens Cassandra's human side for one last fight, and Cassandra requests that Teresa kill her to end Cassandra's false life.
  • Earn Your Title: "Dust Eater" because when she uses her special technique, her face gets dirty.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The best description of her Awakened form is a giant version of her naked body surrounded by Combat Tentacles, some of which are tipped with her face.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Roxanne seems to be the only person she's got a bone to pick with. Everyone else she either avoids or is completely confused about why she has to fight and kill them, at least before she Awakens.
  • Ghost Amnesia: Recovered from it in chapter 119.
  • Grand Theft Me: Was being controlled by Priscilla's will.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Was the nicest of the Claymores resurrected by the Organization to crush the rebellion but got mind-controlled by Priscilla. While she was freed from Priscilla's control, she was severely pissed off due to being reminded of the circumstances of her first death and when last seen was fighting Chronos and Octavia to the death... until the three abruptly crashed Priscilla's duel with the Seven Ghosts and started spamming their Combat Tentacles. Revolves back to the good side when called back to her human self by Teresa.
  • Heroic BSoD: When she realized Roxanne set her friend up to be killed and then set up Cassandra herself.
  • I Am Not Right Handed: When her fight with the Seven Ghosts and Awakened Beings reminds her of how she died, Cassandra stops holding back. Also, she is quite literally left-handed, but starts fighting Teresa with a sword in her right hand, attempting to surprise her when she manages to chop it off.
  • The Last Dance: Instead of letting herself be quietly assimilated by Priscilla, Cassandra jumps at the chance to fight a fellow number one in the person of the reborn Teresa of the Faint Smile. When Teresa proves superior, Cassandra lets her strike her down, preferring an honorable death of a warrior to a continued meaningless existence.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The Seven Ghosts intend to get Cassandra to fight Priscilla in the hopes they'll kill each other or that the victor will be weak enough to finish off.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Is agile enough to dodge Roxanne's bladed tentacles even as an Awakened Being, and can really dish out the hurt with her own tentacles.
  • Lonely at the Top: As the Organization's Number One, making her an easy target for Roxanne. This may also be the reason why she found the strength to break out of Priscilla when Teresa, another Number One, challenged her—for the first time in her life, she has finally met an equal.
  • Luminescent Blush: When she saw Roxanne.
  • One-Man Army: As with all Number Ones.
  • One-Winged Angel: Awakens after remembering her past. She undergoes a second transformation, resembling Roxanne's Awakened form, while fighting the Seven Ghosts and Awakened Beings.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Type R, having retained her original personality.
  • Pet the Dog: After eating Roxanne, she walks towards the Claymores... and keeps going, although the reason for this is later revealed to be Priscilla pulling a Grand Theft Me on her.
  • Pointy Ears: One of the few Claymores with this trait.
  • The Quiet One: Spoke the least out of all the resurrected Number Ones.
  • Rasputinian Death: She had been slashed everywhere.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Roxanne.
  • Red Baron: "Dust Eater."
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Twice. Once when she learned Roxanne had let her friend be killed, and the second time when she regained her memories.
  • The Southpaw: Mentioned as having a left-handed fighting style.
  • Shrinking Violet: She seems to be, considering she often blushes, rarely talks, and only went on solo missions because of being embarrassed by her technique.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Her fight with Teresa.
  • Tragic Villain: Out of the three resurrected #1s, Cassandra is the only one to stop and think, "Why am I attacking other Claymores? This is wrong." Her backstory indicates that she was not a bad person, but was understandably driven to violence by Roxanne's treachery. If it it weren't for the fact that she Came Back Wrong, maybe she could have become an ally.
  • Transformation of the Possessed: The humanoid portion of her body transforms into a doppelgänger of Priscilla after the latter wakes up, but Claire reverts her back to her original form.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She Awakens soon after she reminisces about how and why she died, and her death was not a pleasant one.
  • World's Best Warrior: After Teresa, Cassandra just may have been the most powerful Number 1 to have ever lived, thanks to the Dust Eater. Teresa even admits that if it wasn't for her Youma-reading ability. Teresa, even she might have been killed by it.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considered such to Teresa herself and happily accepts her death at Teresa's hands, glad to have found someone to acknowledge her strength.


Number 1. She had great talent at synchronizing Yoki, which allowed her to copy other Claymores' signature techniques. Because of her relationships with fellow warriors and troublesome behavior she was known as "Roxanne of Love and Hate". She was deceased, then resurrected by Dae.

  • All Your Powers Combined: She has Uranus's Ugly Sword technique, Nadeen's youki perception, and Elizabeth's Beautiful Sword technique.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Her modus operandi.
  • Back from the Dead: Was resurrected using Priscilla's arm.
  • Beauty Is Bad: And she's also the leading candidate for most evil Claymore shown yet.
  • Beauty Mark: Has one under her right eye.
  • Broken Pedestal: Cassandra was this to her, Roxanne really wanted to learn what made Cassandra No.1 and even slept with her a few times. When that didn't work, Roxanne followed Cassandra and watched her fight an Awakened Being. Roxanne's something of a Combat Aestheticist and seeing the Cassandra flopping to the ground earns her total contempt.
  • Came Back Wrong: As with the other two resurrected Claymores, she awakens shortly after being resurrected.
  • Combat Tentacles: In her Awakened form, she has a biomechanical appearance with numerous blade-lined tentacles.
  • Dark Action Girl: She makes Ophelia seem tame in comparison.
  • Dark Is Evil: Particularly in her Awakened form, which is dark colored.
  • Defiant to the End: Roxanne was a woman of many faults but crying and moaning when at death's door like Hysteria wasn't one of them. Twice made an arse of by the rival she tormented, once almost killed and once killed outright and she never stops grinning at Cassandra with contempt and talking smack.
  • Deceptive Disciple: Roxanne of Love and Hate has elements of this trope crossed with Mega Manning and Psycho Lesbian; her rise from the low 30s in the organization to one of its most powerful #1s involved forming EXTREMELY close bonds with several Claymores she admired, learning their secrets inside and out and incorporating into her fighting style to the point she surpassed them. Shortly afterwards, her "teacher" would die mysteriously.
  • The Dreaded: Like all Number Ones.
  • Dying Curse: "Keep eating shit for the rest of your life." to Cassandra.
  • Evil Counterpart: Like Clare, she started off as a weak warrior, grew stronger by learning techniques used by stronger warriors and as a result became very strong.
    • Also seems to be an Eviler Counterpart to Ophelia, being a Dark Action Girl Psycho Lesbian who's also obsessed with fighting strong things, yet she has none of Ophelia's few redeeming qualities.
  • Eaten Alive: By Cassandra.
  • Eye Scream: When she was infatuated with Nadeen, she copied Nadeen's one eye look by gouging out her own eye. Naturally this creeped out the other Warriors, but she was still able to worm her way into Nadeen's affection. After killing Nadeen, she regenerates her eye back.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Cassandra, who has spent the entire battle telling Roxanne that she tastes like shit, is about to kill her by biting her skull in half, Roxanne calmly tells her to "keep eating shit for the rest of [her] life."
  • Faux Affably Evil: Makes Ophelia seem like Purity Personified, as she has no sympathetic backstory.
  • Flechette Storm: Her main means of attack after Awakening, though she can only use it a limited number of times. This is something Cassandra teases her about throughout the fight, and rightfully defeats Roxanne because of said limited number of times.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She started at 35 and died as number 1.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Subverting her personality.
  • Gone Horribly Right: According to Dae, it was his intent for her resurrection to lead to her awakening.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Besides stealing the technique of the Claymore she was emulating, she would occasionally mimic their appearance somewhat. It did not take long for this to freak out the Claymores.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: She would more or less stalk a more powerful Claymore until she figured out their technique. Shortly afterwards, the Claymore in question would get killed somehow.
  • Jerkass: What it all comes down to is that Roxanne is nothing more than a bully who psychologically torments Cassandra mainly just for the kicks.
  • Just Desserts: Is eaten by Cassandra.
  • Karmic Death: Although her first death hasn't been elaborated on, after being resurrected and Awakening she is killed and devoured by Cassandra, the very person she killed herself the first time.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Warriors whose techniques she copied and surpassed died on Awakened Being hunts soon after.
  • Manipulative Bitch: For all her flaws, Ophelia was a lot more straightforward in messing with people's heads.
  • Nightmare Face: When not smirking, she wore some disturbing expressions, often grinning smugly or insanely (and laughing as well). An example is during her fight with Cassandra's awakened form: when the latter ate her arms and legs she responded like, this.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Does the finger-to-mouth pose quite a lot.
  • One-Man Army: As with all Number Ones.
  • One-Winged Angel: Awakens after Cassandra bites off her arms and legs.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Type R, having retained her original personality and memories.
  • Power Copying: She rocketed up the ranks by stealing techniques from her contemporaries thanks to her excellent ability to synchronize her youki.
  • Power Parasite: It's what made her so powerful to begin with. She copies the powers of every other high-ranking partner that she's met and left them to die through "accidental" circumstances.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Implied. She seemed to develop crushes on the Claymores whose techniques she stole. It ended with said Claymores' deaths.
  • Quirky Curls: A supremely dark variant on the trope.
  • Red Baron: "Love and Hate."
  • Smug Super: She certainly has reason to be but she's altogether too pleased with her various misdeeds.
  • The Sociopath: Makes Ophelia seem tame by comparison.
  • Stalker with a Crush: See In Love with Your Carnage and I Just Want to Be You.
  • Troll: The sheer delight she gets out of mocking Cassandra over her friend's death (which Roxanne was responsible for), and the fact that she engineered the whole situation to secure the Number 1 position for herself, makes her this.
  • The Vamp: She certainly has vampish tendencies, although she attacks women rather than men. In her backstory, Roxanne even noted that she slept with Cassandra a few times in order to get close to her.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: She's one of the few warriors who's always been an evil bitch. Even Ophelia had a speck of humanity.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Said that she didn't like having children as her opponent, but nevertheless, she stabbed the twins in the face.
  • Yandere: Was a Stalker with a Crush who would target Claymores more powerful than herself and copy their abilities until she memorized them... then Make It Look Like an Accident and move on to the next target.


Number 5. Deceased. She was known for her "Beautiful" sword technique, which was later copied by Roxanne.


Number 9. Deceased.


Number 31. Deceased.

    Abyss Feeders 

Abyss Feeders

Once the Organization repelled Isley's invasion they collected the corpses of the Awakened Beings and used their pieces to generate a new type of Warrior. These warriors were tortured until they had no sense of self and conditioned to only eat the flesh of their targets. Their eyes and mouths were sewn shut so they could only rely on scent to find their prey and since their yoki was supressed, they can't sense it but also can't be sensed through it. The Abyss Feeders are the result of this experiment, a type of warrior who will relentlessly hunt their target once put on the field and is easely disposable.

  • Body Horror: Eyes and mouths sewn shut by cord. Not to mention how their bodies litteraly break themselves apart in bizarre acts of contortion in order to dodge attacks and counterattack whoever is in their way between them and their target.
  • Combat Pragmatist: They always attack in a group of eleven and once more 6 are killed, the others will retreat to the Organization by different paths to replace their fallen numbers. Furthermore, their conditioning makes them always remove their heads from danger's way.
  • The Dreaded: All Claymores who know of them are paralyzed in fear in their presence. In context, these things made Isley run and hide for his life.
  • Elite Mooks: Despite being nameless Minions they are among the most dangerous enemies in the series.
  • Healing Factor: The only way to kill them permanently is to destroy their heads. All other types of damage is easily recovered from.
  • Horror Hunger : They way of dealing with their opponents. They eat them even before they notice them.
  • Kill One, Others Get Stronger: Because they are psychically linked, if one dies the knowledge and fighting ability goes to the survivors. When the rebels battle the Abyss Feeders, Helen notices it became increasingly more difficult to kill them in one blow, Miria even declares that they're more dangerous than an Awakened One.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Since they have no minds, their fighting skills are much more uniform and basic than other Claymores. However they are so strong they don't need to be skilled.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Once they capture the scent of their target, they will never cease their pursuit until they kill him.
  • We Have Reserves: They are always only eleven but the Organization can always make more of them in case of losing more than half.


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