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Hiro Hero as he appears in the Soul Eater anime.
Name Hero (Hiro in Funimation)
Alias(es) Hiro the Brave
Hero the Brave
The Worst Meister Ever
Alternate Name(s)
Personal Data
Sex Gender Sign - MaleMale
Age Adolescent
Race/Species Human Soul Human
Type of Soul
Classification Soul Eater Wiki Icon - Meister2 Meister
Professional Data
Occupation(s) Student
Affiliation(s) Soul Eater Wiki Icon - Shinigami2 DWMA
Place of Origin
Residence Death City
Team/Group N/A
Weapon Partner(s) Excalibur (formerly)
Meister Partner(s)
Real World Data
Voice Actors/Seiyu Hiro Shimono (Japanese)
Zach Bolton (English)
Manga Debut(s) Chapter 32.5
Anime Debut(s) Episode 4
Game Debut(s)

Hero, spelled as Hiro (ヒーロ, Hīro) in the Funimation sub, is an ordinary student at the Academy and one of the few people who became one of Excalibur's meisters for a short time. He's also titled as the "Worst Meister Ever".[1]


Practice Dummy Hiro

Hero "helps" Black Star demonstrate his new technique

As a student, Hero is regarded as an incompetent meister which has effectively segregated him from the rest of the student body.

He also has a rather docile and passive attitude, that has resulted in him being always ordered around by the other students in the school; some having him buy things for them and run other errands, while Black☆Star uses him specially for practicing various types of strangulation and choke hold techniques. Also, as he spoke and then started laughing at the thought of life without errands, a fellow student threw a book at his head, knocking him out of his chair and then telling him to quiet down.

However, this compliant personality changes when Hero manages to wield Excalibur successfully. His personality seems to take on a more proud and quite arrogant nature. At first, this is frowned upon by the other students, including Maka and Soul. Maka states that Hero seems 'over-confident', with Soul agreeing and seeming unimpressed.  

When Hero completes the 1000 provisions, the students take this into consideration and praise him as he struts down the hallway. Displays of his arrogance can be seen in his conversation with Black☆Star as he degrades him, claiming that he was unable to wield Excalibur yet Hero was. In spite of his egotistical actions, this shouldn't be mistaken for the pride he felt after completing the 1000 clauses. As he is usually frowned upon, he was able to be respected for a short while, something that he has probably never experienced at Shibusen.  

He is also quite a pervert, blowing up girls' skirts, examples being Kim and Jacqueline. In his manga chapter, he also gropes Kim straight after blowing her skirt up. He did this to those two in particular as they also used him as an errand boy, demanding him to buy their drinks and food. In addition to these acts, him standing around the girls' locker room whilst they were changing, smug about his new found power to peep, is yet another prime example, of course this was solely because he did not fear the girls' wrath at the time.

However, despite all these numerous flaws, Hero is attributed with a considerable strength of will, demonstrated simply by the fact that he was able to stand the intolerable Excalibur for the longest period of any character in the present. Hero is also thought to be a germaphobe, due to the fact that he can't stand sneezing, claiming that it is disgusting and even stating it would be better if the Holy Sword was dead.


Hero's appearance is close to that of a bishōnen, and Maka notes that "Hero could surely become popular if he transferred to a normal school but [in Shibusen], he's too shabby". His facial features include bright turquoise eyes and mid-length blonde hair.

His clothes consist of a white shirt that he only buttons in the middle and is embellished with three golden circles upon its right side, also featuring two interconnected straps hanging downwards from the shoulders onto his back. This is worn with burgundy/light purple pants with a black linear pattern, held up by a white belt. A black studded collar encircles his neck and a black tie is also included but it is worn extremely loosely.

Hero also has various ear piercings, three silver loops on his left ear, yet on the right he sports only two silver loops and a red stud. Hero also wears a ring on the middle finger of his left hand.  


Hiro - Full

Hero as he readies to utilize Excalibur.

Hero's abilities are only usable with Excalibur but due to the weapons legendary status and power, each technique performed is a remarkable and almost miraculous feat, that even Death Scythes would have problems contending with, despite Hero's typical ineptitude.


Wings of Light: An ability that instantly fabricates two glowing wings constructed entirely from light on Hero's back, which are capable of achieving extreme velocities, that easily exceed Black☆Star's and most other meisters' reaction times.

Teleportation/Light Speed Movement: An unnamed skill that allows Hero to apparently travel between locations instantaneously, leaving an after-image at his original destination. The exact process used to achieve this effect wasn't clearly defined but it can be assumed that it either teleports the user or provides them with the means to move at the speed of light.

Hero the Atomic: With a single slash, Hero causes all of his opponents to simultaneously explode, resulting in a blast of significant force occurring in the immediate area. The process involved in this technique happens at such speed, that to most observers there was no apparent attack conducted, with the opponents simply crashing to the ground for seemingly no reason at all.



The Legendary, or Holy, Sword is said to be so unbearable, and few can ever truly be said to be able to wield its full power. This stems largely from the 1000 daily tasks Excalibur demands from its meister and its incessant babbling, typically surrounding its past. However, Hero's resolve to change his life was enough to not only conduct all these rules without fail but to also relish in a considerable amount of them. In time he managed to adjust to the entire rule book and be admired by his peers until Excalibur started his sneezing fits, where the relationship became a casual 'I annoy you, you hate me with a burning passion' as in the rest of Excalibur's relationships.


The pair share an unusual relationship, if it can even be referred to as such, in that Black☆Star makes use of Hero much like a living practice dummy in order to perfect any of his new techniques. After giving up Excalibur, Hero and Black☆Star's relationship seems to have improved a little, as Black☆Star can be seen actually conversing with him rather than immediately testing his new techniques on him.

Ox Ford

In the anime, Ox seems to exhibit hate towards Hero, solely for the action of  blowing up Kim's skirt and groping her. Also, the reason that Ox could not withstand Excalibur and the fact Hero could angers him. Ox claims that Hero is a 'perpetual failure', yet when Hero finally gets the attention and praise from the other students, Ox shouts in frustration, "How could this happen to Hero of all people? It can't be true."[2] This implies slight jealously at the fact Hero has managed to complete the 1000 provisions with no trouble whatsoever, those said tasks being impossible for Ox to stand.

Academy Students

Used by other, more capable students as an errand boy. Once he gains control of Excalibur, however, he gains the scorn of girls throughout by blatantly acting perverted towards them, especially since he used his new found power to stand around in the girls' locker room whilst they were changing.


The Legend of the Holy Sword

After discovering Excalibur’s book within the confines of Shibusen's library, Hero envisions himself becoming a hero through wielding Excalibur's power, hopefully resulting in no one picking on him anymore. As he proceeds around the school's grounds, he eventually meets with Black☆Star who insists that Hero become his practice dummy, caring little for Hero's actual reply. Even after this preceding beating, more students place further demands upon Hero, strengthening his resolve to possess the holy sword.

The following day and numerous defeated unconscious bodies litter the front of Shibusen, as Hero stands over them muttering that they got what they deserved. It appears that in his quest to rid himself of "[his] life where he cannot say 'no'", Hero has managed to successfully wield Excalibur. Where everyone finds Excalibur's traits extremely annoying Hero actually finds them enjoyable and follows every 1000 rules (even taking notes during the 5 hour story time). A battle ensues pitting Hero against the combined forces of Black☆Star, Kilik and Death the Kid. While he is wielding Excalibur (reborn as he called it), Hero referred to himself as "..the courageous Hero... 'Hero the Brave'".

However, Hero put Excalibur back after he found that he couldn't stand his excessive sneezing.

A Healthy Soul and a Healthy Mind Dwells within a Healthy Body

Soul Eater Chapter 113 - Hero is blocked

Hero's view is blocked.

While in attendance for Kid's ascension to the role of Lord Death, his view is blocked by the raucous, celebrating crowd.


DWMA in Soul Eater Episode 4

Hero, along with his classmates, upon Spirit Albarn's arrival into the DWMA lecture hall.

  • Hero can be seen in earlier episodes with the rest of the class, though he is never mentioned by name.
  • As part of his 172nd task Excalibur cut Hero's hair and gave him a topknot.


  1. Soul Eater Chapter 32.5
  2. Soul Eater anime, Episode 32 (Exact translation from the English Dub)

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