Soul Eater is set at Death Weapon Meister Academy in Nevada, United States. The school is run by Shinigami, also known as Death, as a training facility for humans with the ability to transform into weapons, as well as the wielders of those weapons, called meisters. Attending this school are Maka Albarn and her scythe partner, Soul Eater; assassin Black Star and his partner, Tsubaki Nakatsukasa, who can turn into various ninja weapons; and Shinigami’s son, Death the Kid, and his pistol partners, Liz and Patty Thompson.
The goal of the school’s meister students is to have their weapons absorb the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch, which dramatically increases the weapon’s power and turns them into “death scythes” used by Shinigami. Take a look below for 10 of the best and most badass characters from Soul Eater.
1. Death the Kid
Described as possessing an “uptight personality” by Franken Stein, Death the Kid is known to be a normally calm and mature individual compared to those like Black☆Star and Soul Eater. Throughout the series, he’s shown to be prideful of his status as a Shinigami, wanting to become the next full-fledged Shinigami and inheriting his father’s responsibilities. However, he also wants to do so in his own unique way, even telling his own father he wants to makes his own weapons to his specifications despite Death informing him that as a Shinigami, he doesn’t really need to collect souls. According to Black☆Star’s testament of his view on Death the Kid, despite being a Shinigami he is also capable of being humane and not displaying the typical arrogance of someone who has the status of a god. This is true, so much so that he even see’s himself partly as a human and expressed this fact to Asura.
Kid also has a great sense of morality and order, having expressed to the Flying Dutchman that despite being a god, he doesn’t deny evil and that there’s no one person without some evil within them. However, he believes that everything is about balance instead and strives to keep the balance between “good” and “evil” in equilibrium. When expressing this, he also informed the Flying Dutchman that cares little for other’s view on the subject and strives for a “absolutely” perfect world, granting no one freedom to kill. Kid’s view on balance is partly due to his father’s teachings to him on order as a child. Despite favoring order, he also aware of not following it blindly.
He’s quick to question his own father’s actions when he had the DWMA storm into Baghdad when searching for Asura and explained that it’s wrong to impose their will on others, though was understanding and sympathetic of his father when he realized that due to the threat of Asura, his father doesn’t have the luxury of “playing it safe” and may be reckless in his decisions. When the majority of Spartoi was ordered to execute Crona, Kid was the only one who supported the action, citing that Crona’s actions were unforgivable and even alluded that the reason why they were ordered to do so by his father was for them to decide how to face Crona but said that both them and “order” must move forward to take care of the threat Crona possessed.
Kid is also extremely humble, shown when he pleaded to the Witch Order, the Witch Judge, and the Witch Queen to assist the DWMA in stopping The Clowns and pushed for both Humans, Witches, the DWMA, and the Witch Order to have better relations. He also put good faith and trust into the Witch Order, despite the protests of Azusa Yumi. He also explained to Azusa that merely holding ideals means nothing and one must realize that people must make an effort to make things better and that If being an adult means “stapling out ideals” because of experience, he doesn’t mind being called “Kid”. Because of his views, Azusa comments that he is also pushy, much like his father.
Like his father, he also has a fierce and much darker side in his personality. While normally calm and collective, Kid is still susceptible to being angered, such as when Mosquito insulted his father and when Noah’s Group announced their plan to assassinate Maka Albarn, he showed a considerable amount of anger. When he later faced Noah (Greed) on his plans of “replacing the gods”, Kid even gave him a death threat, in which was guaranteed when he used the Parent’s Seven Rays attack on the Sorcerer, killing him.
Despite his great capabilities, Kid also possesses some flaws, most notable him being a perfectionist to the point of having OCD/OD-esque qualities. Described as being “too much of a perfectionist”, he initially was very obsessed and concerned with orderliness and paying excessively close attention to detail so much so he complained about Liz and Patty’s breast size being irregular, chose them as weapons due to their twin appearance in their weapon forms, and even refused to attack the Wrath of the Pharaoh due to symmetry. As well as this, he dislikes the fact that his Lines of Sanzu were incomplete and upon Liz pointing it out, he called himself an ugly pig and worthless piece of garbage until he was quickly cheered up by his fellow weapon partners.
He is even physically repulsed by asymmetrical arrangements to the point he almost vomited at the sight. Due to his wanting to be precise in detail, it even took him over a month to help Liz pluck her eyebrows; in addition, he fails an entire test due to being unable to correctly write his name symmetrically and accidentally ripping the paper while erasing, before being reduced to tears, causing him to cough up blood and faint. He also let Crona and Ragnarok get away to admire the sky and it’s symmetry. Despite being enrolled in counseling, it remained as a fatal and dangerous flaw. Even the mere sight of something asymmetrical causes him to become more aggressive, not only killing the Wrath of the Pharaoh in a fit of rage, but also destroying the Pyramid Anubis due to his recklessness. In actuality, this part of his personality is a manifestation of the Madness of Order due to being a part of Death himself, a fact he himself is unaware of.
2. Maka Albarn
Maka is bright, cheerful, direct, confident, smart, and hardworking, in stark contrast to her partner Soul Eater, who is very laid-back, more likely to act on impulse, and impatient in comparison. She frequently studies and prefers to stay in her house and read or study, emphasized by her lack of ability to play games such as basketball despite her athleticism, and she is ignorant of its various rules. Maka is also caring and compassionate, willing to easily help a friend when in need with no personal gain in the end and help a newcomer such as Tsugumi Harudori on her first day.
She is somewhat of a self-depreciation hero. She achieves many great accomplishments throughout the series, and she always wants to help others and do the right things, thus she is well respected. She is also known to follow the rules of the DWMA and rarely breaks them, even going so far as to not kill Gopher despite his attempt on her life. and scolded Crona on their first meeting, telling them to save their “excuses” for Death himself. Maka also is capable to having great compassion and understanding, enough to not only befriend Crona despite their crimes but even put forth effort in helping them when they were seemingly forgone into Madness.
She is known to be strong-willed and mature, unlike those such as her partner and Black☆Star and tends to look down on such behaviors, often calling them idiots. Out of all the main protagonists, she is seen mostly as the most “normal” of the cast. It’s been stated by multiple people like her own father that many of her good qualities come from her mother and even possess a mindset in which once she starts, barely anything stops her. In the anime, it is expressed her best quality is her bravery by Crona.
Despite this, Maka herself possesses flaws and insecurities. She has been noted by her partner to be stubborn and gloomy and is sometimes prone to make decisions without regarding others’ feelings if she feels justified enough. She also views the typical male sex negatively, finding them to be nothing more than “pigs” looking only at the sex appeal of females, a notion in which may have manifested thanks to her father’s lecherous actions and cheating on her mother. She also can be said to have temper issues, occasionally striking out those who annoy her with her Maka Chop and is not above striking her teachers such as Sid Barrett.
She is also not above breaking the rules, such as taking advantage of her father’s status to check out a book beyond her rank though did so to try to help Crona, but ended up checking out the Book of Eibon’s Manuscript and knew it was not only a bad idea but felt guilty about it so ended up leaving “M” as her signature. Having taken immediate interests in the revelation of possessing a Grigori Soul, Maka was described by Soul as “obsessed” with the “angel stuff” until she found her new-found mindset hindering her ability to fight a fellow possessor of the Grigori, Gopher.
3. Soul Eater Evans
Soul’s attitude is laid-back and nonchalant at the start of the series, as he tries to mold himself to his expectations of how someone “cool” would act. He is almost the complete opposite of Maka Albarn, being reserved and aloof. He often expresses how he feels about some situations by either claiming that something is “cool” or “not cool”, Being a cool guy, he prefers to use the direct or stupid approach, which most of the time fails. According to Dr. Franken Stein, Soul’s soul is “careless and arrogant” as a reflection of his attempt to be “cool” and “above it all”.
He has a unique love for eating souls that seems to not be shared by many of the other Weapons, drooling quite frequently when his next meal is nearby. He also seems to be a glutton towards food in general. He can sometimes become too driven by the thought of eating souls, which leads him to bicker with Maka or become impatient with her; but despite their squabbles, they are always able to maintain a solid friend-partner relationship. He is also friends with Black☆Star because of their similar immature personalities, but at the same time, they cannot match their Wavelengths.
He is slightly immature by being headstrong, stubborn, apathetic to most things, and argumentative. Soul also has a strong weakness towards overdeveloped women, as he bursts into a nosebleed without fail every time he sees Blair naked, contradicting his so-called “cool” way of dealing with things. He is also a slacker who likes to find easier ways out of situations, shown when he attempts to cheat in a DWMA exam, after which he ends up stripped of all of his clothes except his boxers, and is sent back to his seat to finish his test. However, one thing he has gained from all the years of being ‘cool’ is that he is possibly one of the most loyal people one could possibly meet. He firmly believes that breaking promises and changing sides ‘isn’t cool at all’.
Deep down, he is always looking out for his friends, and is even willing to sacrifice himself in order to protect his partner, Maka, showing his bravery and dedication. Despite his usual unenthusiastic appearance, he proves to be actually quite determined, and he also helps people get back on their feet when they are at a loss. He is also quick-thinking and cunning, being able to figure out a plan or a strategy rather quickly.
4. Franken Stein
Being a man of science, Dr. Stein sees everything in the world, including himself, as an experiment. From childhood, he often wanted to dissect the people around him only to be stopped by Spirit. This personality trait made all those around him afraid of him. This strange hobby of wanting to dissect anything he thinks is interesting was still present, even when Stein became an adult; once, as part of a lesson, he tried to have his class dissect an endangered animal, claiming that it would be bad if he did not find out anything from it before it became extinct. The stitching across his face suggests that he had worked on himself at one point.
He also exhibits a sadistic and intimidating personality. During his battle against Maka and Black☆Star, he grabbed Maka by one of her pigtails, lifted her shirt up and drew marks on her body, to signify where he would put the knife through, and ponders if he should turn her skin into sand paper. When Black☆Star tried to attack him, he countered by knocking him out in a seemingly painful and bloody manner. His smiles are normally filled with sadistic intentions.
Stein seems to have dormant madness. He has even admitted that he is especially sensitive to it. Stein ultimately did go insane and struggled to maintain it. He even quit smoking as a way to convince himself.
Described by Franken Stein and his Soul Perception to have an “introverted” personality, Crona is pessimistic and doesn’t hold a high opinion of themselves. Due to being raised by Medusa Gorgon, they are extremely negative as well as nervous and submissive most of the time, playing a part of their bullying from Ragnarok. Possessing a great amount of shyness, Crona cites they’re unable to “deal” with many things, whether it pertains to a situation, an action, or a specific individual. This causes them to complete shut themselves down from their surroundings.
Perhaps what makes Crona a dangerous enemy is their unbalance state of mind and inclination to insanity (Madness mindset). This unbalanced state of mind originates from not only the influence of the Black Blood’s Madness, but namely the abuse they suffered from the likes of both Ragnarok and Medusa as she drilled and tortured them into learning the ability to kill. Because of this, Crona is subjected to showing signs of insanity and aggression, spouting senseless comments and laughing at random moments This level of abuse has caused them to gain a warped objective of attempting to become an Kishin in an attempt to be able to “deal” with any given subject as well as fulfill Medusa’s goal and gain not only her acceptance and love but to avoid being abandoned by their parent. Of their own admittance, Crona doesn’t understand the concept of morality.
After meeting Maka and their enrollment into the DWMA, Crona stated showing more positive traits and was capable of feeling the need to protect Maka, who was previously their enemy. Their placement within Death City and DWMA caused Crona to become relaxed and happy in demeanor. Much of this development was lost due to some sort of amnesia when Medusa re-integrated their Madness mindset after capturing them back into her ranks. However, Crona gained much of themselves after Medusa’s passing and capture by Asura, reflecting on their actions and finding it unforgivable.
In a final heroic turn, Crona even opted to seal themselves with the Asura with the usage of the Black Blood and “BREW” for the sake of Maka as well as the entire world. In the anime, their re-integration of their Madness mindset doesn’t take place as Crona developed enough confidence within themselves to come to terms of Medusa’s incapability to unconditionally love, recognize her cruelty and rebuke it, and even integrate themselves into DWMA’s school culture.
6. Tsubaki Nakatsukasa
As one of the oldest of the main cast of characters, Tsubaki is one of the most mature characters, along with Maka. However, she is not as short-tempered as the Scythe Meister, and is very patient and forgiving. She, like Maka, demonstrates a much more practical and level headed personality than most of the other characters. She has a very magnanimous, polite and gentle personality and always tries to help or comfort her friends even when she has no idea how to help. She is caring and understanding and sometimes acts as the mediator when her friends fight, and her understanding and insight sometimes makes her the agony aunt figure for people who are troubled.
She cares deeply for her friends, and does not seem fond of things that might make them upset, even going so far as to suggest to Soul and Black☆Star to nullify the dare Maka has to do after she loses the basketball game, due to not knowing the rules. She often worries about her friends if they are in danger, and is upset when the people she cares about are hurt.
Tsubaki’s soul is ‘very co-operative and has a lot of space to accept people’ as said by Stein. Because of her accepting nature, she can see the good in people who, at first glance, do not seem to have anything likeable about them (such as with her partner, Black☆Star, and Mifune, even though he had joined Arachnophobia). She deeply cares for her friends and prefers to avoid unnecessary conflict, usually being the one who diffuses any arguments between people, making her a dependable and trustworthy friend.
Her patience often makes her the only calm one (apart from perhaps, Soul) in situations when everyone else has lost their temper. Even in the Wrath Chapter of the Book of Eibon, Tsubaki only briefly loses her temper, whilst everyone else is shouting and screaming at each other.
She is also generous and kindhearted, up until the point that some people even take advantage of her (Liz does this twice, once in the anime when she asks her to do an essay for her and another time when Liz pretends she cooked Tsubaki’s food in order to impress a boy she likes). Her tendency to trust people at all times also hinders her once on a written test at the DWMA, when she fails to see a trick question.
She also has a habit of apologizing, even when it isn’t her own fault (something which she often does when Black☆Star does something wrong in front of people). One of the most mature and flexible characters, Tsubaki is very amicable and gets along well with her peers and can be very understanding of their feelings.
At the beginning of the series, Black☆Star starts off as rather arrogant, loud, immature and egotistic. Although he fights as an assassin, he prefers to forget the Way of Assassination by shouting and making his presence known, the reason being that he is a massive attention-seeker. He cannot stand having someone else get more attention than himself, and will proceed to beat down anyone more popular than him so he can be popular again. His loudness is often shown in his tendency to often shout when he speaks and his trademark cries of ‘Ha Ha!’ or ‘Yahoo!’ (ひゃっはあ! Hyahhaa! in Japanese).
His arrogance stems from the fact that he seems to exhibit a superiority complex. His delusion of ‘starness’ as he calls it (スター性 Sutaa Sei) is so great that he constantly gives out autographs that nobody wants, including when he signs Maka’s forehead when she is recovering from a recent battle. According to Franken Stein, Black☆Star’s soul is ‘a terribly self-absorbed soul.’ His catchphrase is ‘I will be the man who will surpass God,’ which he is actually trying to do, according to Stein. Because of this, he shows tacit jealousy towards Death the Kid, who is revered as an actual god. When referring to himself, Black☆Star uses an honorific (俺様 Ore-sama, literally translating to ‘the great me’) which shows he holds himself with high regard. He constantly refers to himself as ‘BIG’ and the other people around him as ‘small.’
His arrogance later develops into a constant hunger for power, up until the point that people suspect that he may choose the ‘Path of a Demon.’ His arrogance can also hinder him as he is short-tempered and uncooperative when it comes to team battles, as he always tries to take the lead when the most important thing is to cooperate with each other. He accuses the people around him for being sloppy instead of admitting that he is the one getting frustrated. His confidence stems from him being used to winning all the time, so consequently, losing prominent battles causes a great negative change in him, up until the point he loses his ability to use Soul Menace. His hubris does not allow him to take any insults on his abilities, such as when he disregards Nygus when she tells him that he is only human.
He can be unobservant, and has a short attention span, as he is shown not to remember their battle plans on the Lost Island mission. He hates being told what to do and thus mostly disobeys the the DWMA rules, often skipping classes and arriving late because of picking fights with people. He likes fighting as he sees it as a chance of proving every one that he is the best.
Another thing is that he is incredibly tactless, and can sometimes be disrespectful, even insulting to his friends and even his superiors. He often has an informal way of speech and behavior, even towards people of a higher rank than him. He loves playing practical jokes and winding people up for the fun of it. He is also a big glutton, having a massive appetite. He seems to like manga, and is a fan of the fictional manga hero, Charisma Justice.
Called a “god without arrogance” by Franken Stein, Death himself is a kind, wise, and benevolent figure, often showing care for those within the DWMA as well as optimistic. This is shown when Kilik Rung became frustrated with the situation during the anniversary eve of the DWMA with Death reassuring that there was nothing wrong with being “used” to peace and how that makes the world a peaceful place. Despite his background and powerful position within the school, he tends to speak in a silly voice and wear a different outward appearance from before so as to not scare children.
In The Anime, When he becomes angry enough, his voice reverts back to a grimmer tone. He’s also capable of sympathy and compassion, even for Witches, as is demonstrated when he unconditionally allows members of the DWMA to do what they can to help Angela Leon, a notion in which surprised some members of the DWMA so much they wondered If he was even taking them seriously. In addition, Death has an easygoing nature to the point that even after facing Stein, Marie, and Spirit in their plan to let Stein go despite being wanted, he let all of them off with only an apology.
Despite his benevolent and easygoing nature, even Death himself has a far more serious side. He’s next to intolerant on Spirit’s drunken and silly behavior at times as well as to inappropriate behavior. He’s also not above punishing others, such as Maka when she borrowed the Book of Eibon’s Manuscript using Spirit’s I.D Card and was also openly critical of Spirit’s irresponsibility in letting her do so and was nearly adamant about punishing Maka, though this attitude seemingly stemmed from the fact he was set on rescuing his son. Azusa Yumi also described him as being pushy, a trait in which has passed to his son as well.
Despite having shown support in his son when he claimed the Witches will assist, it was shown that even he was doubtful of their appearance. This was shown to even cause him to be angry when he assumed they were attacked, calling them “bitches” and suspected they would attack and was surprised to see it was Excalibur who had arrived. When he disapproves of various actions from individuals, he will even issue Shinigami Chops. While normally DWMA students or staff are issued these chops, he’s shown to even take the opportunity to strike and chop those whom have caused issues such as Medusa Gorgon. In the anime, He’s shown to be confident in his own overwhelming power, claiming that Asura’s defeat was decided when he became trapped in the Death Room prior to their battle.
However, even with his status Death possesses a few flaws on his own. Death has admitted that both humans and gods have weaknesses as well as having showcased guilt for being the one to create Asura to the point he felt he couldn’t speak ill of Medusa Gorgon’s own treatment of her child as an experiment and expressed further frustration in having to leave the problems he created to others such as his son and his companions. In the anime, he is also known to be reckless by both Death the Kid and Asura.
Death himself possesses some eccentricities: He gives out short greeting speech, at times puts his students in dangerous but fabricated situations for the sake of bettering them, and enjoys telling expositions. In the anime, he can get homonyms mixed up at times such as “pause” and “paws” or “Mandolin” and the last name “Manheling” and cannot “handle” coffee-enthusiasts such as Joe Buttataki.
9. Medusa Gorgon
When acting as DWMA’s nurse, Medusa presents herself as a caring and supportive member of the staff, even to the point of comforting Maka Albarn when she displayed her insecurities as a Meister and showing “concern” for other students within the academy such as Soul Eater. However, as Franken Stein pointed out, Medusa herself is “full of lies” and in actuality cares little for anyone but seemingly herself. Being a scientist, she also tends to views things like a researcher to the point of using actual individuals such as her own child, for experiments.
In addition, she can be viewed as irredeemable, willing to manipulate anyone for her goals and even abandon her own child after deeming them a “failure”. Perhaps Medusa’s greatest strength, however, is her cunning and intellect. Often enough, she forms complex plans that even the DWMA at times fails to counter and tends to learn from her own mistakes. She even feels blasphemy is part of the nature of being a Witch.
However, despite these dark and manipulative traits, even Medusa can possess some love, admitting to Dr. Stein that she does have genuine feelings for him and with Arachne even confirming this notion. However, as Stein even pointed out, she most likely has an inability to truly understand the concept of love. When subjected to Tezca Tlipoca’s Reflect (despite not even being the intended target), it also is revealed that even Medusa herself, to some unknown degree, is aware of her treatment to Crona and even harbors some amount of guilt.
Medusa herself isn’t infallible to even being subject to other emotions such as nervousness to the point of actually fidgeting, seen when she was going to meet Death face-to-face for the first time. Oddly enough, despite her own horrendous actions and rather odd tendencies (going barefoot and the way she expresses love) she find the antics of the DWMA upper brass utterly absurd, and impossible to manage. This is demontrated during her time in Rachels body when she got fed up with Death and Spirit, and later during her fight with Justin Law and Tezca Tlipoca.
10. Liz Thompson
While Patty is very child-like, Liz is very moody and more like a stereotypical teenage girl (worried about makeup, shopping, looks, etc). Despite mostly being the cool-headed and serious of the sisters, she is shown to be extremely afraid of paranormal things, convinced that any ghost she meets is out to eat her (where her paranoia severely irritates the ghosts that are trying to help her). She can also be a little cynical, jaded, and shallow sometimes (but not always), and sometimes takes advantage of other people for her own gains, like when she pretends that Tsubaki’s cooking is her own to impress a boy she likes. She can be flirtatious and can also be charming to men, mostly in order to deceive them (which is shown when she tricks Giriko alongside Patty).
Both Liz and Patty admire Kid’s dignified soul due to the fact that they are from the streets. Unlike Patty, Liz finds the drama brought on by Kid’s perfectionist attitude annoying. Also, Patty adores her and thinks that Liz knows everything.
It is shown, both in the main series and Soul Eater Not!, that before she and Patty became Kid’s Weapons, they were much more cruel and selfish. In one of Liz’s flashbacks, she and Patty were mugging an old man, saying that they wouldn’t hurt him if he gave them his money. After Liz snatches his briefcase, she hits him over the head with Patty (in Weapon form).
She is the older and more mature of the two sisters. Kid’s obsession with symmetry and how he will let it control his life sometimes gets on her nerves and she frequently reprimands Kid for this, although she won’t hesitate to cheer him up when he is depressed. She also displays wit, courage and determination whenever her friends are in danger, and tries her best to protect them.