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Arachne(Anime)

Arachne(Manga)

Arachne Gorgon
Heretic Witch, Spider Witch, Spider Woman(by Death)
Debut
Manga

Soul Eater Icon ::Chapter 25

Anime

Soul Eater Icon ::Episode 27

Appears In

Appears in - Soul Eater

Professional Status
Age

Over 800 Years Old

Gender

FemaleFemale Sign

Race

Witch SoulWitch

Affiliations

Arachnophoia

Occupations

Organization Leader

Personal Status
Magic Theme

Spider

Eye Color

Purple

Hair Color

Black

Relationships
Medusa Gorgon(Younger Sister)
Shaula Gorgon(Younger Sister)
Crona(Nephew/Neice)
Family

Gorgon

Abilities
Skills
Intellect
Science
Madness
Combat Skills
Magic Theme

Spider

Magic Skills
Thread
Tracking Spiders
Madness Magic Attack
List of Appearances


Arachne Gorgon (アラクネ, Arakune Gōgon), known as "The Heretic" witch, Arachne becomes the second major antagonist. She is the leader of the massive Organization "Arachnophobia" and is referred to as the mother of all Demon Weapons. She is the eldest of the three Gorgon Sisters — which includes Medusa and Shaula Gorgon, making her Crona's aunt. Her animal theme is the spider.

Background

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.

Personality

I will defeat you... Death.

Arachne

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[1]. 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.[2]

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".[3]

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.

Appearance

Arachne2

Arachne's Appearance in the Anime.

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.

Relationships

Main Article: Arachne's Relationships

As a witch, she is most often considered a threat to humans. However, Arachne's past actions has caused her to be labelled "The Heretic" and known as a dark stain in witch history. However, she is known throughout the world of Soul Eater to be a powerful witch by friend and foe alike. 

Powers and Abilities

Magic

See Also: Spider Magic

Arachne's Spider

Arachne's Spiders emerging from her body.

Arachne is one of the most powerful witches in Soul Eater, displaying immense mastery with her skills, able to split her soul into thousands of spiders. This feat can only be performed by powerful and knowledgeable witches and is a risky move. In addition, individuals who have ties into witches or are witches themselves seem to revere Arachne with respect in terms of power. When Maka Albarn defeated her, Both Giriko and Gopher had berated her, finding it surprising that Maka is also an individual who managed to kill Arachne. Arachne also hinted the reason Medusa brought Maka with her to fight her was because she knew she stood little chance against her.

Although Arachne has little physical attacks,  she's seen able to curse people by utilizing web-like thread and immobilizing a target. This was shown as Maka batted the golemn and delivered a clean strike, threads of webs flew out and cursed her. With her Tracking Spiders, she's seen to be able to use them as surveillance-like devices to search out an area or spy on an individual.

After her "Magic Training" and gaining her Disembodiment form, her magic became much more powerful. She also was able to launch her Webs offensively.

Combat Skills

She also seems to posses some considerable close combat skill, as she easily blocked an
Arachne's Combat Prowess

Arachne's hold some considerable combat skill.

attack from Crona using Ragnarok and slapped him/her. She also commented about her aging, hinting she posses better Close Combat Skill when she was younger[4]. She's also was able to fight Death but barely survived the encounter.

Insanity Wavelength

See Also: Arachne's Disembodied Form 

After gaining her Disembodied Form, she gained a Insanity Wavelength similar to that of Asura. With this, she can utilize Mind Attacks that even dispatched Medusa with ease and her Insanity Wavelength caused trouble for many of Shibusen Forces, including Mira Nygus and Black☆Star, who still resisted it anyway.

Intellect

She's also a very intelligent individual and Clay, while researching the cause of abnormality for Traitors, mentioned she was an expert on Demon Tools [5]. It was also because of her negative research and Eibon's own research that the Demon Tool, BREW, was created. 

Techniques

Magic

Thread
  • Threads: Arachne can create threads that leave a person immobilized for an unknown amount of time - possibly depending on how strong the subject is.In her disembodied form, it appears that she is able to produce massive quantities of these threads and launch them at her opponent. However, it is not seen whether or not they have the same effect, as Maka was protected by her Black Blood dress.[sourcing needed]
    Tracking Spider
  • Tracking Spiders: Arachne uses various spider familiars to use as a sort of surveillance devices and also uses it to spy on her enemies and even eavesdrop.

History

Grim Times

Arachne and Shinigami

Arachne being hunted by Shinigami, 800 years in the past

Arachne is known as the mother of all Demon Weapons. Following instructions found within the Book of Eibon, Arachne created a Demon Weapon by combining the shape-shifting powers of a witch, a normal human, and an inanimate weapon. This was, of course, done after killing the witch and the human first. After this, she is hunted down by not only her fellow Witches, but soon by Shinigami himself.

During her battle with Shinigami, Medusa, her own sister, betrayed Arachne and left her to perish. She ultimately broke her soul down to small spiders which, 800 years later, recollected and formed back into Arachne. In the period between these two events, these numerous spiders spread out throughout the entire world, gathering information in preparation for Arachne's return.

Soul Eater

Trial Run Arc

Arachne emerges as the spiders she had separated herself into and spread across the lands convene and congregate into her; Arachne's apparition and wavelength serves to remind Crona of Medusa. Giriko decides to explain the situation, though she needs none, as she had watched the entire world for 800 years by scattering her spiders. She knows all about Soul and Maka and about Medusa's child, Crona. Arachne makes a sharp diatribe regarding Crona's need for love. This insult would only elicit anger which galvanizes Crona to attack Arachne. Arachne easily blocks the attack and serves a well-handed hit to Crona's face with her folding fan. She then orders Giriko to erase Crona. Giriko is soon interrupted by Justin, who now battles against him. After a while of fighting, Arachne grows tired and proposes that they withdraw. Angered that he was unable to finish his battle against Justin, Giriko bitterly carries Arachne off.

During their next scene, Arachne and Giriko are walking on a red carpet, with Mosquito patiently awaiting Arachne beside their limousine to drive to her castle. Once there, she is greeted by countless followers. She then proclaims "I've won, Shinigami."

The Bodyguard Arc

Eventually, the witch Arachne forced Mifune to protect her and Arachnophobia.

Snake

Arachne was disappointed in Mosquito for the destruction for the Moral Manipulation Machine.

Reunion Express

Arachne meets Medusa again.

Brew: The Tempest Arc

Arachne was in the flashback at the battlefield of the Temple.

Deal

Arachne has Mosquito get Kim and her weapon partner.

Shibusen vs Arachnophobia (Anime) Arc

Before the battle at Baba Yaga Castle, Arachne allies herself with Asura, hoping to use his madness wavelength to further her plans. During the battle at Baba Yaga Castle against Shibusen, her plans backfire on her. Asura ends up fearing what might happen if she were to betray him. Rather than Maka defeating her like in the manga, her own ally Asura kills her and devours her soul.

Operation: Capture Baba Yaga's Castle Arc

After Arachne's resurrection due to Asura's madness, Arachne heads to her massive Organization "Arachnophobia" and begins her "Magic Training"

Arachne is later discovered by Maka, Soul, and Medusa and presumed dead for unknown reasons - it is suggested that she was killed by Noah under her own orders. Shortly after this though, Maka detects the presence of Arachne within the same room containing her dead body. Soon, Arachne makes her presence known as an entity of madness and no longer bound by her body, in the hope of allying herself with Asura (though only to gain his power as her own, of course). As such, she had grown even more powerful, that not even Medusa could stand against her for more than an instant. Maka, however, manages to resist her mental attack, which Arachne notes is due to her Soul Perception and anti-demon wavelength.

As the two fought, Soul, in his spirit room, is confronted by the Little Ogre once more, urging him to call upon the black blood to help Maka. However Soul points out that doing so will only push them into madness faster and shows the imp Arachne's spider threads over the room which she is using to attack everyone within the castle. However he devises a way use them by using his Soul Resonance through them via his piano playing to counter Arachne's power, the plan works allowing Maka to hurt Arachne's disembodied form. Eventually Arachne is knocked down as Maka standing over her with an evolved Witch Hunt, citing she will take Arachne's soul.

Soul swallowing Arachne's soul

Soul eating Arachne's soul

Arachne refuses to give in however and continues the fight, but the black blood (designed as a dress) on Maka is too resilient and Arachne finds she used up too much power in her previous attacks. Just as Maka is about to give the final blow, Arachne blames her loss on her lack of power. Maka, however, counters that she just is simply stronger than her (something Medusa had noticed as she watched the fight) before striking her down and reducing her into a soul which Soul takes for himself.

However after Arachne is defeated, Medusa takes her discarded body as her own, revealing that the entire raid was a plot from the beginning to do so and she was using Shibusen as a means to an end. Before she can kill Maka (citing that her soul perception was too dangerous to witches), the death scythe Tezca Tlipoca and his meister Enrique stop her. Medusa then flees after Tezca mentions that Shibusen are about to storm the castle and when a spider web came from Medusa's eyes, which could imply the possibility of her revival through her sister.

Formation

Later on, after Maka and Soul manage to gather their 99th soul, Soul is given Arachne's soul as the primary witch's soul to become a Death Scythe.

Salvage Arc

Giriko's reaction appears to be happy as he thinks Arachne still lives and is possibly pretending to be dead like Medusa.

Trivia

  • 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.

References

  1. Soul Eater Anime, Episode 38
  2. Soul Eater Manga, Chapter 34
  3. Soul Eater Manga, Chapter 58
  4. Soul Eater Manga, Chapter 25
  5. Soul Eater Not! Manga: Chapter 14

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