"Fear will envelope the world. Everything will be consumed by madness. This world I envision will be a haven, Medusa. I will become the mother of all things. "
Arachne Gorgon (アラクネ, Arakune Gōgon), known as The Brazen Heretic, becomes the second major antagonist in the Soul Eater series. She was the leader of the massive organization, "Arachnophobia", and is referred to as the "Mother of Demon Weapons". She is the eldest of the three Gorgon Sisters.
Much of Arachne's background is unknown. She is the eldest Gorgon Sister. At some unknown point, she started the organization "Arachnophobia" to replace the ideals of Shinigami and his Eight Powerful Warriors and later Shibusen. During this time, she stole Eibon's blueprints of the creation of Demon Weapon and created the Demon Weapons and mass produced them.
Arachne is portrayed as a calm and intelligent individual. She rarely, if ever, shows any form of distress other than mild irritation; she showed no irritation when Mosquito told her that BREW was damaged in the explosion and left useless, and even used it as an advantage to trick Shibusen into thinking they still had BREW intact by withholding the true information. Likely due to her abilities, Arachne is not above taking advantage of someone's weaknesses and using it to influence them into joining her. She has done this using the Moral Manipulation Machine on Kim and Jackie, and later on using her powers to influence Soul Eater Evans.
She also, like Medusa, is a sinister individual. She is manipulating and cunning. She also holds little disregard for anything she deems unworthy to her or her cause. She rarely shows any visible signs of fear or anger. In the anime, she only shows anger in one instance, in which she expressed her deep hated towards Death. She also has no fear in creating opportunities with ending his life. She even rigged a facility on the Lost Island in an attempt to end his life.
Arachne also greatly enjoys champagne--the finest vintage. In almost all of her scenes, she is seen drinking one. When she had emerged after 800 years and met with Mosquito, the first thing she asked for was champagne. In the anime, she preferred to drink wine moments after being nearly strangled to death by Asura.
She carries herself in an aristocratic manner, as if she were from a noble stock. This is further supported by the fact that she prefers only the finest champagne. She is almost never seen standing up. Immediately after awakening, she was quickly seen atop a golem watching over the ongoing battle. When she wished to retreat, instead of simply walking away, she was carried off by Giriko. She was welcomed by her butler while walking on a red carpet and is driven by him in a luxurious limousine.
She seems to be a power-hungry individual. Her goal is to replace the World Power that is Shibusen and become the "Mother Of All".
Like her sister, Medusa, Arachne also seems to express particular interest in "madness", eventually becoming madness itself within the Manga, while in the Anime, Arachne is instead allied with Asura but still plans to use madness created by Asura for her own goals.
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Arachne enjoys the unique position of having made enemies of both the DWMA and the overall witch community. Because her experiments at producing demon weapons required killing witches for their souls' transformation properties, many witches despise Arachne for killing their peers. And when Death recruited these demon weapons as students to hunt other witches, Arachne's status as the mother of all weapons only further infuriated witches.
As the leader of Arachnophobia, Arachne uses her comforting personality and her deceptiveness to get what she desires from others. Presenting herself as a maternal figure to her followers, Arachne can attract new members of Arachnophobia, pretending to provide love and support, as she and Mosquito claim she would offer to Crona, Kim, Jacqueline, and in the anime Asura. But behind this pleasantness, Arachne is easily willing to sacrifice the followers who love her to further her own schemes. As such, while many of her followers love her, she has no love for others, not even her own family such as her sister Medusa.
Arachne has an extremely pale and flawless complexion, making it appear like she’s almost constructed entirely out of porcelain. She has a curvy figure, with very large breasts, a thin waist and wide hips. Her facial features comprise of long dark black hair, worn in an upwards manner with two long strands that frame either side of her face, and eyes that have both completely grey irises and pupils, each containing a black spider web pattern.
Her typical clothing consists simply of a long black sleeveless dress; however, this dress is incredibly long, in that it completely conceals her feet, while ending in eight small trailing pieces of fabric like the legs of a spider. A narrow black band encircles her neck featuring a small spider emblem that lies at its front and eight extensions that protrude outwards upon the back, with four emerging from either side. Spider web netting branches the gap between the band and the dress, extending downwards from the aforementioned spider emblem. Two large "sleeves", separated entirely from the dress, are worn on her arms, ending just after her elbows. Each of these "sleeves" also display four protrusions, appearing at the ends of the significant amount of overhanging fabric. She also wears two spider earrings that hang downwards from her ears.
Arachne often carries a rather large black folding fan that is garnished with a spider web pattern.
- Despite being one of the Gorgon sisters within the series, she does not share the same name as one of the actual Gorgon Sisters of Greek mythology, rather she shares her name with a woman who was turned into a spider by the goddess of wisdom Athena, who also was the one who turned Medusa into her hideous form. It is worth noting that Arachne, Αράχνη in greek, means spider.
- Although Arachne's soul was shown to have what resembled spider legs protruding from the sides, it looked like a plain soul when it was eaten by Soul.
- When Black☆Star fought Mifune, Mosquito commented on how Arachne's sister was the one that created the Demon Weapon that was from Tsubaki's clan, possibly hinting at the third Gorgon Sister, Shaula.
- Commenting on the way Arachne had 'died', like Giriko (who had not died but rather got a new body), Giriko presumes that Arachne is, in fact, alive, using trickery to avoid permanent death like Medusa constantly does.