"Yeah...high and mighty rules...the fates of all wolves in the entire world are controlled by human rules. If any of them threatens a human's way of life, they're killed. Then when there's not many wolves left, they're taken into custody. I don't want a crappy future like that! Now it's my turn to judge. My anger is the anger of nature!!!"
The Wolf Man with the Demon Eye (魔眼の狼男, Magan no Ōkami Otoko), better known by his alias, Free (フリー, Furī), is a Werewolf and the last of the Immortal Clan and was imprisoned for stealing Maba's left eye. After being freed by Eruka Frog from Medusa Gorgon's instruction, he renames himself in honor of his freedom and joins her group and acts as one of her operatives until her death. Free is one of the antagonists in Soul Eater.
Despite his impressive power and viciousness in combat, Free is actually silly and reasonably comedic in his thoughts and actions. During his escape from Witch Prison, he explains to Eruka that while in jail he devised a plan to escape: dig a tunnel under the cell's wall with a spoon. Free came up with this idea out of inspiration from movies he had seen, and he had always thought that the concept was very "cool." This plan, however, is foiled on account of the prison only serving food that required chopsticks, never providing Free with the spoon he so desperately needed. Free is also reasonably foolish and even he acknowledges it, stating that he is is not very good at coming up with ideas. When Eruka suggests that Free could have escaped Witch Prison by urinating on the prison bars so they would corrode and rust over time, Free, upon realization of how simple the concept is, bashes his head against a nearby tree, calling himself an idiot. However, he has shown that he is capable of being cunning. During the attack on DWMA he uses an illusory duplicate to delay Kid and Black☆Star. He also managed to steal one of Maba's eyes, implying he was previously much more skilled than he is currently. This decrease in ability is likely due to his 200-year incarceration.
He also has been shown to have an incredibly bad sense of direction. During Operation Charge Baba Yaga's Castle, Free is assigned to destroy a Lock in Baba Yaga Castle's Tower Two, but instead, ends up in Tower Eight, the tower on the complete opposite side of the castle. Free responds to the realization in much the same way as he does when Eruka mentions another cliche for Free to escape prison, holding his head and shouting, frustrated with himself.
Free, overall, does not seem to like when others draw attention to his mistakes. When he fights against Maka and Soul in London, he accidentally hits himself with his own attacks on two occasions as a result of not having fought in over 200 years. He tries to avert the attention of his opponents by saying that everything is okay, and that there is nothing of interest to see.
He takes pleasure in actions against DWMA or enemies of Medusa, noticeably smiling when he is responsible for any kind of successful action against either force. When he successfully tricks Kid and Black☆Star into thinking that they are actually fighting him during The Eve Party Nightmare while they are actually only fighting an image of him, he is shown laughing at the duo after they discover the truth.
When he feels as if he is in debt to someone, Free always likes to repay the person to whom he believes he is in debt. Upon first meeting Medusa, Free almost immediately asks her how he can repay her for breaking him out of prison. At first, Medusa purposefully tests Free, saying that he does not have to repay her, to which Free persists in asking that he does so.
In his human form, he is a tall, attractive man with a muscular build, apparently seeming to be in his thirties, with some facial hair unkept. On his right shoulder he has a tattoo of unknown form, which resembles an eye. HIs left eye is removed and replaced with Maba's own Demon Eye. Above this Demon Eye is not an eyebrow but instead a tattoo of the words, without spaces, "NOFUTURE." This eye also shows no pupil or iris, instead it has a magical array.
Despite his escape from the Witch Prison, Free still almost always wears his prison clothes, complete with a ball and chain on his left leg and black and white striped prisoner pants. Although generally the top half of the outfit is tied around his waist, he also wears a simple white t-shirt instead. Later he is shown with the same shirt, but with an inverted color scheme.
In his Werewolf form, Free's appearance is that of the typical depiction of a werewolf. It features mostly dark fur; with his chest area, abdomen, hands, face, and ears all being gray. This form includes a long tail when Free first reveals himself as a werewolf; however, after it is cut off by Maka's Witch-Hunt, it is yet to be seen again. He also has extended, sharp claws and fangs.
Free's soul is large; its diameter is much longer than he is tall. Free's soul changes shape depending on the form he assumes. When assuming his more humanoid form, his soul includes spikes along the top resembling his tufts of hair and decorated with the same array as his Demon Eye and his "NOFUTURE" eyebrow tattoo. When transforming into his Werewolf form, Free's soul expands and gains two spikes at its top, resembling his wolf ears.
Eruka seems to consider Free her partner, since they interact on a regular basis and even go on missions for Medusa together. During their first encounter, she acknowledges the fact Free is strong but he is a bit clumsy as a result of not having fought in over 200 years. She also gets very mad at him during the celebration of DWMA's anniversary when he uses Otama Jackson to use his Forwarding Vision and to create an illusion of himself to fight off Kid and Black☆Star in order to buy time.
Overall, Eruka is often seen sitting on his shoulder in her frog form and they are considered to be close friends. At the end of the manga, she is seen standing with him at the celebration for Kid's ascension as a full Death God, discussing how maybe a partnership with the DWMA will not be so bad.
Medusa sends Eruka to release Free from his prison cell in order for him to help complete her goal in releasing the Kishin with his trademark weapon, Maba's eye. On first meeting and Free expresses his gratitude and willingness to help, Medusa replies with a sincere smile that all she wants is the easy task of killing a certain Meister and Demon Weapon. Her hidden intention by doing this is to record the results of Soul's newly implemented Black Blood. During DWMA's Anniversary, Medusa's plan to release the Kishin takes affect when Free uses Maaba's eye to create the Independent Cube, trapping the staff and students within the ballroom, while she and the others travel under the castle to where Asura is imprisoned.
Once realizing a few members of the DWMA have escaped, she sends Crona, Eruka, and Free ahead of her while she plans to kill Stein, Maka, Death the Kid, and Black☆Star. In both the manga and anime, after taking over Rachel's body, Medusa orders Eruka and Free to infiltrate Arachnophobia. In the manga, this role is expanded when a temporary alliance is formed between DWMA and Medusa. Medusa trusts in Free to destroy Tower One, but he later gets lost and appears at Tower 2. This results in Free helping Kid destroy Tower 2 while battling Mosquito.
Little evidence has been presented as to how Free reacts following Crona's killing of Medusa.
Free joins the Mizune Family as part of Medusa's attack on DWMA. While the Mizune Family unites to attack Death City and battle Blair, Free is underground to resurrect Asura. Free does not see the merged Mizune until he comes above ground following Asura's release and the escape of Medusa's Faction from Death City. Upon reaching the desert outside of the city, Free asks the combined Mizune who she is and upon learning her identity, reacts with dull surprise.
Free despises the DWMA for what he sees as its arbitrary rules governing what is good and what is evil, as well as its protection of humans at the cost of wolves such as him. However, after his capture when attempting to free Eruka from the DWMA, Free is coerced by Death to help forge an alliance with the Witch Order, at which point he becomes an uneasy ally to the DWMA and admits that humans may not be so bad.
Free finds Death's rules about life and death to be abhorrent, referring to them as arbitrary distinctions between what is good and evil and as a violation of nature's rules themselves. He extends his anger towards anyone who works for Death's DWMA, including Meisters and Weapons. Furthermore, he is bothered by Death's protection of humans, as any seeming threats to humans, including wolves, are demonized in order to be imprisoned or killed.
In their battle on London Bridge, Free manags to pummel Maka, even when she is wielding Soul and Tsubaki. After slamming her with his Ice Shackle Bullet, he mocks her bloodied head as making her look like Red Riding Hood and repeatedly reminds her that she cannot kill an Immortal. Even as he seems not to take her as a serious opponent, Free is one of the first characters to recognize her possession of an Anti-Demon Wavelength and is willing to drag her to her death when, to his surprise, she tries to knock him off London Bridge, even to sacrifice her own life for Soul's. Thanks to her wavelength, as well as her willpower over Soul's new Black Blood abilities and Free's inability to re-acclimate himself to his magic after years of imprisonment, Maka manages to defeat him. Despite his defeat at her hands, Free does not show significant animosity to her or her allies later, although their interactions after the London Bridge battle are limited.
Free is impressed by Black☆Star's abilities, although still referring to him as a "brat." Black☆Star is able to wield Tsubaki to slice off Free's hand, freeing Maka and Soul from Free's grip, and can keep up with Free's speed during their battle underneath Death City.
- Suitable for his status as a wolfman, Free is prone to making references to fairy tales involving the Big Bad Wolf: When he battles the DWMA students for first time on Tower Bridge, he said he would blow down every kind of house just to find them (stated in manga only), a reference to "Three Little Pigs", where the wolf character blows with his breath the houses in which the pigs were hidden, though he could not destroy the solid one. He also makes a reference to Little Red Riding Hood, saying that Maka would look good as the Red Riding Hood.
- Free's English voice artist, Travis Willingham, is married to Maka Albarn's voice artist, Laura Bailey. Willingham and Bailey also played characters on opposite sides in the English dub of Fullmetal Alchemist, with Willingham as Colonel Roy Mustang and Bailey as the Homunculus Lust.
- In the Funimation English dub for Episode 37, Free, disguised as an Arachnophobia agent and speaking with Medusa Gorgon via her Crystal Ball, was voiced by Chris Cason, credited as "Arachnid" (perhaps a generic name for members of Arachnophobia).
- Although Free wears the ball and chain on his left leg, on the cover of Volume 6, the restraint is on his right leg.
|Spies||Crona • Ragnarok • Eruka Frog • Free • Mizune Family|
|High-Ranking Members||Maba • Witch Judge|
|Witches||Eruka Frog • Angela Leon • Mizune Family • Kim Diehl • Taruho Firefly • Tabasa Butterfly • Free • Shaula Gorgon • Witch Assistant|
|Former Members||Arachne Gorgon • Medusa Gorgon • Kimial Diehl|
|Military & Resources||Guard Dog Troop • Flamethrower • Magic Flying Broomstick • Magic|
|Occurences||Witch Mass • Witch Trial|