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"I am a shinigami. A real god. And I deem your manner of ruling to be wrong, Noah! 'Everything in the world' you say? You literally mean everything? How is that different from the 'Trans-Symmetrical Unity' I landed upon in the thrones of Madness? How can there be any aesthetic in 'everything'? There can be no beauty in an aesthetic without value!! It's about balance — a beautiful balance like perfect symmetry! You are not suitable for the task of ruler!! I'll show you a way of ruling that is bursting with beauty! If you survive, that is."
— Death the Kid[1]


Death the Kid
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Death the Kid Render
Death the Kid as he appears in Soul Eater
Name
Name Death the Kid[2][3]
Alias(es) Kiddo (by Death)
Kid
Grim Reaper
Shinigami-sama[4]
Shinigami-kun (by Noah (Greed))
Fragment (by The Great Old One of Power)
Romanji
Katakana
Alternate Name(s) Death the Kidd
Personal Data
Sex Gender Sign - MaleMale
Age 13-15 [5]
Race/Species Shinigami Shadow Skull Shinigami
Type of Soul
Theme
Classification Soul Eater Wiki Icon - Meister2 Meister
Status Alive
Professional Data
Occupation(s) Student (Anime)
Headmaster (Manga)
Affiliation(s) Soul Eater Wiki Icon - Shinigami2 Shibusen
Nationality
Place of Origin
Residence
Team/Group Spartoi
Weapon Partner(s) Elizabeth Thompson & Patricia Thompson
Meister Partner(s)
Clan
Family Back of Kid's Student ID Card Death's Family
Relation(s) Death( Father)
Asura (Older Brother)
Real World Data
Manga Debut(s) Soul Eater Icon : Prologue #3
Soul Eater Not! Icon : Chapter #11 (Not!)
Anime Debut(s) Soul Eater Icon : Episode 3
Soul Eater Not! Icon : Episode 6 (Not!)
Game Debut(s) Soul Eater Icon :Monotone Princess


Death the Kid (デス·ザ·キッド, Desu za Kiddo), or commonly referred to as "Kid", is a powerful shinigami and meister of the Demon Twin Guns Liz and Patty Thompson. Serving as Death's second apprentice and son, he is his father's heir to inherit his responsibilities as Shinigami.

Background

Death the Kid is the talented second child and, after his older sibling defected from their father's cause, heir of the Shinigami, Death.[6]

Personality

Death the Kid and his motto

Kid and his motto of "symmetry"

While Kid is normally a force to be reckoned with, he has one major flaw that psychologically tortures him as well as physically handicapping him on occasions. He is a sufferer of a disorder which has become a trademark character quirk of his, called obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, or OCPD, which is manifested as an obsession over perfection. Objects and surroundings that are symmetrical can distract him from missions and Kid will often start to break down and undergo fits if he notices asymmetrical objects in the vicinity. Thus if anything is wrong by even the most minute of measurements (a crooked picture frame, not folding his toilet paper, for example), he will try to correct it right away, even at the expense of the mission at hand. His favorite number is 8, not only for its symmetrical appearance, but for the fact it divides out evenly. His obsession with symmetry is so profound such that he will refuse to fight in a battle unless everything is symmetrical, as he would be asymmetrical holding only one gun. On the other hand, if an enemy is symmetrical in appearance, he will refuse to fight it regardless less it upset its symmetry. The fact that the left half of his bangs is marked with three white stripes causes him much stress. As a result of his OCPD, Kid can be very hard on himself if the asymmetry of the stripes in his hair are pointed out by someone, calling himself "useless asymmetrical garbage". The Index of the Book of Eibon referred to this obsession as the Madness of Order.

He is usually very mature and precise in his ways. Additionally, he is naturally calm and collected, and as such is perfectly fine with other people making their own decisions when it comes to symmetry or otherwise, even if he disagrees with their choices. However, there are times when his obsession with symmetry can greatly affect his calm personality and cause him to break down into childish fits. He doesn't appear to have any problem socializing and genuinely cares for his friends. He is seen expressing concern about Soul's scar at one point, and also threatens Gopher that he will never forgive him if he hurts Maka Albarn after Gopher threatens to hurt her in revenge for their original fight. He also threw Liz and Patty Thompson away from him before being sucked into the Book of Eibon, not wanting them to be taken with him.

Kid generally seems to be somewhat introverted, often working on missions on his own and not having as close of a friendship with Maka or Black☆Star as Maka and Black☆Star have with each other. It is mentioned by Maka that it is normally hard to match soul wavelengths with more than one weapon, but Kid as a highly skilled Meister is able to do so since Liz and Patti have a strong connection with each other and admiration for Kid who gave them a better life. His father, Death, has mentioned that Kid is a Shinigami ("death god") and does not need to collect souls, but Kid says he wants to make a weapon of his own specifications. His father also says that since he uses two weapons and the guns do not count as a set, he will have to collect twice as many souls: 198 evil human souls and two Witch souls instead of 99 souls and one witch soul. However, he seems perfectly fine with this.

Kid and Black☆Star have a rivalry with each other due to Kid's disgust with the ninja's obnoxious, combative personality and Black Star's own desire to surpass a god like Kid. While Kid seems to be physically stronger than Black Star, it is possible that he is more susceptible to madness than Black☆Star or Maka, as both were able to pull themselves from madness: Kid quickly succumbed to the Madness of Order in the Book of Eibon, while Black☆Star is able to quickly snap himself out of it. This susceptibility may be because of his OCPD or because of his strong drive to create a perfect world.

Although Kid's obsession with symmetry often hinders his focus and performance on missions, he retains good intentions. Kid wants to follow in his father's footsteps and help make the world a more peaceful place that is safe from evil. However, Kid has somewhat contradicted himself in this matter at times. Because of his obsession with symmetry, he stated aboard the Flying Dutchman that he actually believes the world should have a maintained balance of good and evil to keep it more 'symmetrical.' As such, he is not fully against evil.

In the English dub version of the anime, there have been instances where Kid spoke sarcastically even though this has only occured a couple of times, which include when he saw the way Black☆Star was dressed for Shibusen's Anniversary Party and was slightly revolted with it. One other instance is when he asked his father why Eibon started making Demon Tools, since Death's answers didn't help and weren't even explanations at all, he sarcastically responded how helpful the explanations were.

Relationships

Main Article: Death the Kid/Relationships

Because of his status as the son of the Death and wealth, most people respect Kid as a individual. This is mostly seen by the DWMA staff, students, and supporters. Only a handful aren't influenced by this. However, many people do respect his causes, as they are similar to his father's. However, many of his enemies he has fought have mocked him for defending his father's ideals, whom many of his enemies see as a sort of higher up dictator.

Appearance

Although a Shinigami, Death the Kid appears as a tall, thin teenage human boy.

Kid's most notable feature is the three white lines that cut across the left side of his hair, stopping in a completely straight line along the front and back of his head. Kid greatly despises these lines because they throw off his physical symmetry, and should anyone refer to these asymmetrical lines, he will fall into a fit, during which he curses his own existence, calling himself garbage. Kid has attempted to remove these lines with dyes, only for his Shinigami nature to purify his body of such foreign substances.[7]

The three white lines in Kid's hair are actually the Lines of Sanzu, which act as limiters to his power. When one or more line connects, his power increases exponentially and he becomes far stronger, and more dangerous. The lines, however, only connect when Kid is under the influence of Madness, such as the Great Old One's Madness of Power or when determined to access his father's Madness of Order.

Kid also has a cowlick on the right side of his hair; despite his obsession with symmetry, he has made no obvious effort to change his hairstyle.

Another noticeable feature would be Kid's eyes, which are two shades of yellow, ringing around his pupil. The outside ring is a bright yellow while the inner ring is a dark yellow, similar to the color of gold. The reason behind this double-coloring is unknown, though many simply attribute it to the fact that he is a Shinigami. As shown later in the anime, his two-shaded eyes seem to be like a scope, able to lock onto his enemies to attack. His irises become skull-shape upon ascending to a full Shinigami.

Kid's soul is shown initially as red with his three Lines of Sanzu circling half of the hemisphere.[8] The anime later represents his soul as blue with a skull shape and the three Lines of Sanzu. Upon connecting the three Lines of Sanzu, Kid's soul enlarges greatly. In the anime, the soul is blue with the skull shape and his three Lines of Sanzu connected. In the manga, during his battle against Asura, Kid's soul expanded until it was almost as large as the Moon and came to resemble his father's, with three spires poking from the upper hemisphere.[9]

When under the influence of Madness, such as the the Great Old One's Power or Asura's Fear, Kid's appearance changes. His suit lacks the white undershirt, and he replaces his skull choker with a white cravat. However, under the Madness of Power, five black lines also appear over Kid's mouth, which makes his mouth appear sewn shut and his face look like a skull.

Kid is almost always dressed in a refined manner, mostly because of his status as a Shinigami and his focus on precision, perfection, and symmetry. Kid limits his main wardrobe to a standard black suit with white rectangles, until later on in the manga series when he is seen wearing a white coat instead of a black one. The rectangles are placed in a manner that is completely symmetrical. There are at least six small rectangles along the seam where the sleeves attach to the jacket, and four small rectangles run along the front of his jacket. It is possible that these shapes could be replacements for buttons. His undershirt is a formal white dress shirt, and a metallic skull rests under his collar, and could be used as a tie. His color scheme is meant to copy his father's, where the only color variation between black and white is the color of his eyes. These clothes are torn during his imprisonment by Noah, causing him some consternation at the asymmetry of his undershirt's torn sleeve.

On some missions, Kid will cover himself in a cloak and mask that makes him look like a smaller version of his father. When asked by Liz Thompson why he insists on wearing the cloak, even in heat, Kid simply replies, "I like the cloak."[7] Kid may insist on wearing this cloak because it also show his rank as the son of Death and, by donning the mask on the opposite side of his Lines of Sanzu, makes his hair appear perfectly symmetrical. Kid wore a similar cloak during his mission to infiltrate Baba Yaga Castle, although this cloak resembled not his father's Shinigami robe but his usual dress jacket, except as a longcoat.[10]

Kid also will don different clothing during other activities, such as as a white dress suit for the Death Weapon Meister Academy Eve Anniversary party, looser (and even asymmetrical) clothing for playing basketball, warmer attire for the battle for Brew on Lost Island, and formal-casual clothing for parties at Gallows Mansion or Maka and Soul's apartment.

After his rescue from the Book of Eibon, Kid replaces his black suit with his Spartoi uniform, consisting of a white dress shirt, black tie, a white sports jacket similar to that of Liz and Patty, a white suit jacket with the Spartoi symbol on its left sleeve, navy pants, and white shoes. Upon his departure from the Moon to negotiate with the witches, Kid returns to his previous black suit. When he flies back to the Moon on the Demon Airship, he receives an armband from Kilik Rung to wear on one of his arms, which he agrees to do so despite the asymmetry--momentarily, before he begins panicking over the lack of symmetry.

Upon connecting the Lines of Sanzu during his battle against Asura on the Moon, Kid's appearance changes for the remainder of the series. Kid is shown wearing a black cape similar to his father's, though he keeps his skull brooch. His pupils change to skull shapes, though they remain golden. His Sanzu lines are fully connected and are "floating" around his head. These changes are due to him becoming a full Shinigami.[9] As soon as Kid returned from the fight on the Moon, the Lines of Sanzu settled on his hair once more, making him fully symmetrical.

Trivia

References

  1. Soul Eater Chapter 81, Yen Press English translation
  2. Soul Eater Manga:Chapter 0.3
  3. Soul Eater Anime: Episode 3
  4. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 113
  5. [https://twitter.com/Atsushi_Ohkubo/status/552044562760220672 Ohkubo's answer to the question "How old is Death the Kid?"
  6. Soul Eater Manga:Chapter 0.3
  7. 7.0 7.1 Soul Eater Chapter 30: Volume 8 Yen Press English translation, Page 119
  8. Soul Eater Episode 3
  9. 9.0 9.1 Soul Eater Chapter 110
  10. Soul Eater Chapter 47

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