Maka's father and the current Death Scythe. Spirit has parental custody over Maka, since Maka's mother divorced him one month prior to the start of the series. Despite being close when she was small, Maka's relationship with Spirit is now mostly strained and hostile on her part, as she is upset by his constant flirting with other women. She usually refuses his attempts to bond with her and does not like to acknowledge Spirit as her father, not hesitating to degrade him or tell him that she hates him.
However, when push comes to shove, Maka shows that she does care for her father. Of course, she is not above manipulating him into buying her books, or letting her borrow his pass to take books from the the DWMA Library. However, when Shinigami finds out that she had used Spirit's ID to check out the Book of Eibon's manuscript from the Library, she urges Shinigami not to blame him, saying that she is in the wrong. She knows that Spirit really cares for her, but she acts in a way that gives the impression that she does not just to cause him distress, probably to punish him for his cheating. In the final battle against Asura, they use their parent and child "bond" type of Soul Resonance to fight against him when Soul is rendered unable to be wielded by Maka. However, Maka quickly returns to using Soul when Soul recovers. It's also discovered Spirit and Maka have the same soul wavelengths.
Spirit tries to make Maka feel calm even when he faces danger, and knowing the dangers of his work as a Death Scythe, she is scared for his safety. In the battle against Asura on the Moon, Maka's final attack against the Kishin withdraws all of the Black Blood from his body, covering the Moon to trap him on the Moon. But as Maka's peers and teachers, including Spirit, were on the Moon's surface, that meant they would be trapped as well. As both father and daughter recognized Spirit would be trapped, he called to her to stay back, essentially asking her to sacrifice him to make sure Asura would be trapped and she would be safe. Maka refused, but before she could race down to save Spirit, Black☆Star and Kid held her back, Black☆Star looking particularly remorsed to do so. While Maka cried in fear of her father's death, Spirit put up a front of bravery, smiling and giving his daughter a thumbs up. Yet, as was revealed, he was terrified—at the prospect he would no longer be able to date. When Maba and the Witch Judge rescued Spirit and the other the DWMA members on the Moon's surface by teleporting all to Death City, Maka seemed to express joy at his return—but ran past his offer of a hug to clutch Marie Mjolnir instead. These final events of the manga suggest that, while indeed Maka loves her father and worries for her safety, she is not above demonstrating more obvious signs of affection to her other teachers.
Maka's mother and source of inspiration. Maka loves her very much, and although she has never appeared in the series (other than in a photograph), she is mentioned on several occasions. She is the second partner of Spirit, between Stein and Shinigami. Maka used to ask Spirit why he let her go. She reveres her mother and strives to become a great Scythe Meister like her mother. In the anime, she mentions that her favorite memory of her mother is when she asked Spirit for a divorce, the reason being that Maka admired her strong will.
Being Meister and Weapon partners, Maka's soul can naturally resonate with Soul's. Their level of resonance reach abnormally high levels, often leaving people around them in awe of how much their souls show to expand and match. This, however, does not mean that their relationship is near perfect.
The two often bicker, usually as a result of different views on things or contrasting personality characteristics. Interestingly, when these fights happen, it is usually a result of one caring for the other but in a different sight. Maka had once become convinced that she had to become stronger in order to prevent Soul from getting as injured as he did when the two first fought Crona, but Soul insisted that he should be the one protecting her, rather than the opposite way around.
Past their bickering, however, Maka shows to have a very strong friendship with Soul and is rarely seen without him. Maka is also willing to stand up for Soul at all times, to support him no matter the situation, and to help him no matter the danger. Maka doesn't possess immense skill and expertise in hand-to-hand combat like Death the Kid or Black☆Star. Thus, she has a constant need for Soul's help. This dependency on him creates a strong bond between them. She is shown to care for Soul so much that she becomes upset when she believes that he does not trust her. Such as when she hears from Medusa that Soul had told her of his dreams of the Little Demon whilst he did not tell Maka anything. Maka states that despite Soul's usual twisted and sarcastic demeanor, Soul always listens to her and is always there for her, a quality of Soul's that she greatly values.
She has trouble understanding Soul on some personal levels. Some of these misunderstandings are not very impacting on their relationship, but some concern her. Soul's deep appreciation of music is one of the primary misunderstandings she becomes obsessive over. Maka, personally, does not know a lot about music and has little appreciation of it and is envious of people that can talk to Soul (like Liz) on a close level for his love of music. In an effort to get closer to Soul, she has stated that she reads a great amount of books related to music in order to understand him better.
Soul has also been the cause of insecurity for her, one example being shown fairly early on in the series. When he was injured by Crona, Maka felt an immense amount of guilt over what had happened. She was unable to bring herself to look at him for very long, or at his scar, the sight of either seeming to make her guilt even worse. That guilt is what drove her to try and become stronger and ask Stein for special training in the first place. Another example is when she was in the Book of Eibon, when an illusion showed one of her schoolmates from the DWMA comparing herself to Maka and stating that she was a better suited meister for Soul. This caused Maka to second-guess herself as Soul has seemed to have gotten more popular since becoming a Death Scythe and getting partnership offers. More so, since the chapter, her and Soul have gotten closer as friends and partners. The two share quite significant close moments and intimacy with each other as best friends and partners.
The two like to compliment each other. Soul often refers to Maka as a truly amazing and cool partner, in which Maka usually responds with humble laughter or a smile.
The relationship between Soul and Maka has been read by fans as having romantic tones. This interpretation owes to actions taken by the duo that are often associated with romantic attraction in fiction: dancing or appearing to be dancing, hand holding and bringing their heads towards each other and blushing when either party or another brings up their closeness. Additional content from sources other than the manga refer to potential romance between Maka and Soul, as in audio dramas that feature Kim Diehl and Spirit Albarn separately concocting magic that leads Soul to wonder whether he is attracted to Maka and causing Maka, under the effects of a love potion, to desire Soul.
Despite this interpretation and their closeness, neither the anime or manga actually depict both Soul and Maka as a official couple or having confirmed romantic feelings. According to Atsushi Ōkubo in an interview, he stated himself (at the time frame the interview took place)of not planning to developing the main cast's female/male relations beyond normal, trusting relationships.
Despite finding Black☆Star's personality highly annoying, up until the point that she becomes infuriated with his temper and ego, Maka finds him to be a dependable friend. The two seem to have known each other since childhood. When Kid beats Black☆Star in a one-on-one fight, Maka goes to see him to see if he's alright. Although Maka reprimands Black☆Star for his behavior at times, the two have a deep respect for one another.
There is a tense moment between them when they are training to achieve Chain Resonance, when Maka loses her temper with him and the two end up fighting, resulting with Maka punching Black☆Star and running off, in tears. However, after listening to Tsubaki, she reconciles with him and accepts Black☆Star for who he is. After, when they successfully achieve Chain Resonance, Maka asks Black☆Star to punch her since she had punched him back when they are fighting, much to the surprise of everyone. Black☆Star grins and said that he will not hold back and Maka replies that that is the whole point. In the end, Black☆Star's punch sends her several feet backwards. As everyone shakes their heads at her actions, Maka laughs cheerfully, despite being in pain, with a large bruise on her face. She also seems to admire, if not envy, Black☆Star's strength and determination. When she was small, she had referred to Black☆Star as "cool". Black☆Star often sticks up for Maka and gets very angry at Crona for betraying her.
Despite sometimes teasing Maka for her hard-work and great intelligence, deep down Black☆Star seems to admire and respect her for those traits, although he would never admit it. When Maka decides to go against the DWMA rules for the first time to help Crona rather than stay and fight against Arachne, she feels upset with herself for breaking away from her "straight A" student ways. Black☆Star grins and says no matter what she says or does, she'll always be an intelligent and great student. Black☆Star's admiration towards Maka's personality is further shown by the fact that he is usually respectful of her decisions, showing that he has faith in her judgment.
During the battle on the Moon, Black☆Star deflects an attack from Crona to protect Maka, who is surprised that he is always saving her. She jokingly asks him if he likes her, but Black☆Star denies it with a quick blush, saying it is just because she's weak and needs saving. In reality, he probably just has a great respect for her intelligence, maturity and hard work even though she's not as strong as he is.
Similarly, Maka seems to admire and respect Black☆Star for the same reason but vice versa. Although Black☆Star is not very mature, intelligent or hard-working like she is, he is very strong in combat. Maka even confesses to Tsubaki that deep down, she is a bit jealous of him and wishes she could be as strong as he is.
Having a deep friendship, they can perform as Weapon and Meister due to the compatibility of their Soul Wavelengths, though Maka is only able to wield Tsubaki in her Kusarigama Mode, which Maka still manages to use with skill. Tsubaki is usually the person that gives Maka advice when she is angry or depressed, and Maka always listens to what Tsubaki has to say. Maka sometimes feels sorry for Tsubaki because she is partnered with the loud and obnoxious Black☆Star. Since the two have rather headstrong partners, they can both relate to each other quite well on the subject of their partners. Maka and Tsubaki have very similar personalities, which likely explains their close bond.
Although there is little interaction between the two, Maka not only respects Kid as the son of Shinigami, but also as a powerful and highly educated individual. She is still, however, slightly dismayed by Kid's obsessive problems. Death the Kid may be the only person that can relate to Maka's Soul Perception skills, although his skills are probably not quite as sharp as hers yet.
The two share a Soul Perception moment when they are sensing a monkey's soul (Enrique), and happily high-five each other, exclaiming, 'It's a monkey!!!!' showing that there is a degree of friendship between them. Maka admires Kid's strength and intelligence, and also considers him a good friend, as she shows great determination to save Kid in Operation Salvage. The two support each other at some times and are easily able to team resonate. She also respects Kid as a God of Death, stating that Kid's ideals and philosophy go beyond human comprehension. During the fight with Asura on the moon, Maka assures him that he would not end up like the Kishin if he connects his Lines of Sanzu and that she, as well as their friends will always believe in him.
As a fellow Scythe Meister, Maka sees Stein as a role model (like her mother) although at first, she is slightly repulsed by his sadistic personality as he attempts to dissect her upon their first meeting. She takes everything he says to heart and never questions his reasoning, and always respectfully addresses him as 'Professor' or 'Professor Stein.' She shows concern for him when he starts sinking into insanity and in the anime, suggests everyone pay Dr. Stein a visit to cheer him up. When Stein returns (with Marie) from the search for Justin, Maka embraces him and states that she had missed him so much, implying further that her relationship with him has grown closer than the first meeting.
Stein also generally seems to hold a lot of respect for Maka, as he trusts her to be the leader of her Chain Resonance team and admires her dedicated hard work and study habits.
Maka sees him as an intellectual rival. He has had top grades in the DWMA in past years prior to the series, which makes Maka very competitive when it comes to tests and exams. She is easily unnerved by his haughty personality towards her. Later on, though they become slightly understandable with each other. Maka even informs Ox of her new attack, the Demon-Hunt, which Ox finds very interesting, and the two share a friendly exchange. Maka also states when she is annoyed that Soul will not think of her as an angel, and that she wishes that Ox were her partner since he calls Kim an angel all the time.
Although Maka's friendship with Kim is not delved into, they interact quite well with each other, as shown when Kim ignores Ox when she meets him and runs over to greet Maka instead. Maka is also concerned for Kim when she leaves the the DWMA after discovering that she is a Witch, and expresses a deep determination alongside Ox to bring her back.
Maka becomes Tsugumi's idol when she briefly meets her when she first enrolls at the DWMA. Maka, despite Tsugumi being a stranger, cheers her on and supports her, which shows her outgoing friendliness to anyone she thinks is in need of help or encouragement. She even remembers Tsugumi the next time they meet, when Maka and Soul go and demonstrate their abilities for her class. Maka quickly bonds with Tsugumi as the two share the same tastes, up until the point that she gets distracted and has to be told by Sid to concentrate on the lesson. Maka also blushes a little when Tsugumi tells her that she styled her hair into pigtails because Maka inspired her.
Despite Blair being the sole reason why Maka and Soul have to restart their quest to create a Death Scythe, she has allowed Blair to live with her and Soul. Blair also seems to be the cause of jealousy for Maka, as the latter is shown to be angry whenever Soul would get nosebleeds, but of course this could just be annoyance. She appreciates Blair's presence in the house, as the cat-woman seems to fill an inner emptiness created by the absence of Maka's mother, but only when Blair stays fully clothed and away from Soul. Blair also helps on some of Maka's missions and is shown to be a close friend of hers. Maka is even concerned when Blair was hanging around two Witches.
Maka is shown to care of Blair very much, and even though she is injured, manages to protect Blair from the Horror Dragon. Maka also calls Blair her 'house cat' (飼い猫 Kai Neko in Japanese) which shows that she considers Blair a member of her household. She also lets Blair ride on her head or her shoulders from time to time. Maka seems to have no objection to Blair living in her apartment. Sometimes, when Blair is in her cat form, Maka strokes her.
Maka and Crona are originally enemies, until Maka activates her Black Blood and is able to tap into Crona's soul. In that instant, Maka is able to truly understand why Crona had acted the way they did and, since then, they have been close friends. Maka is very gentle and kind towards Crona, and is quick to defend them when they are in trouble. Crona is very shy and introverted and rarely leaves a room without Maka. Maka deeply cares for Crona, and does not hesitate to help them, and quickly reacts violently to anyone that threatens or hurts them. Crona also considers Maka a close friend. She cares for Crona so much that Medusa uses Crona as an incentive to deceive Maka in working with her. Maka is the only person Crona feels they can always depend and rely upon, and also feels Maka is the only person who really understands them.
In the Manga, after the battle at Baba Yaga Castle, Crona runs away from the DWMA and with Medusa's influence, forgets about Maka as well as the others. While upset with Crona's turn to Medusa's side, Maka still believes somewhere inside Crona is her old friend, and determinedly tries to return them back to the DWMA's side. While her attempts fail at first, Crona finally is convinced by Maka when she risks her life to enter Asura and talk to Crona. Amazed she could be so selfless, risking her life for them and still caring about them after all they did, Crona decides to produce a seal inside the Moon to trap Asura within a barrier of Black Blood and which allows Maka and the others to return to Death City safely, at the cost of Crona's own freedom, trapped within the Moon as well.
Maka later is shown to be deeply saddened and depressed about Crona's sealment inside the moon, spending a lot of time by herself when she returns home, thinking about it. Ultimately, she likely blames herself for what happened to them, as she was unable to convince Crona to leave Medusa before they were consumed by Asura. Still, after some encouragement from Soul, Maka expresses the belief that she will see Crona again and seems determined to do so in her last words of the manga.
Maka finds Ragnarok almost as annoying as Black☆Star, with his loud mouth, perverted nature, and need to bully Crona. Despite this, she accepts him since he is a physical part of Crona. In the anime, when Crona is injured by Medusa, Ragnarok appears to die and verbally abuses Maka weakly, before telling her that at least she is with 'stupid Crona' in the end, and Maka shows genuine remorse or guilt for him. He then melts into Black Blood. However, this does not occur in the manga. Maka has some sort of a mutual understanding for Ragnarok, as she once strikes a deal with him, saying that if he helps her she would give him several pieces of candy.
At first, Maka is slightly jealous of Medusa when she hears that Soul had told Medusa about his nightmares (something he had not told her). Maka also used to respect Medusa as a nurse, noticeably cheering up by her encouraging words. However, when Medusa is discovered to be a witch and Medusa's true intentions show, Maka comes to deeply hate her. Maka hates her not only for deceiving the DWMA, but also for how poorly she treats her own child, her manipulative and deceiving actions, her possession of an innocent girl (Rachel)'s body, and her brainwashing of Stein. When Shinigami and Spirit make a deal to allow Medusa to leave Death City in exchange for Arachne's location, Maka is the most upset of anyone.
In the anime, Maka hates Medusa so much that she even disobeys the DWMA's orders telling her to help the DWMA fight Arachne. She instead goes to help Marie and Crona defeat Medusa. Her hate towards Medusa grows even further during the fight, when Medusa stabs Crona (even though Medusa was aiming for Maka), almost killing Crona. When that happens, Maka completely loses all control of her emotions for the first time, going into a mad rage trying to kill Medusa, until Marie finally manages to calm her down.
Maka states in the manga that Medusa is the only person she will absolutely not forgive. Medusa tricks Maka into believing that she is working with the DWMA because Arachne has Crona hostage. Maka is furious with Medusa for deceiving her and with herself for believing Medusa, because deep down, she wanted to believe that Medusa, despite her selfishness, had the capacity to care for her own child.
Not much interaction is seen between Maka and Arachne, but she is the Witch that Maka defeats and her soul is what makes Soul a Death Scythe. She detests Arachne, initially believing that she is holding Crona hostage, and dislikes her method of trying to sneakily peer into people's hearts using her madness. Maka also confidently states, just before she kills Arachne, that she is stronger than her.
Maka is at first, startled by Gopher's severe hatred and anger toward her upon their first meeting, but soon grows to reciprocate his dislike, probably because of the fact that they both share the same Grigori Soul, yet Gopher, being filled with evil magic, goes against Maka's depiction of 'an angel.' She is also disgusted by Gopher's dark Soul Wavelength and refers to it as 'creepy.' However, she shows Gopher mercy by not killing him, because he is not on Shinigami's wanted list.
Maka dislikes Giriko for his violence and rude language, and is shown not to be afraid of him when he tries to scare her. Although she starts fearing for her life when Giriko is close to killing her, she immediately mocks him when his soul starts to rupture because of all his rage and laughs when he dies, showing how much contempt she has for him.
Though Maka and Asura have less interaction in the manga, she does battle him in the last episode of the anime. Asura sees Maka as a weak and useless little human, and teases and insults her for trying to defeat him all by herself when he had already defeated Death, Black☆Star and Death the Kid before her, whom he says were stronger than her. Maka thus shows deep anger and hate towards him, not only for his remarks on her weakness, but also for how he greatly injured and left unconscious all of her friends. Despite losing to him at first and being greatly injured by him, Maka decides she will never give up until she defeats him even though he had also rendered Soul unable to help her. Thus, she continues to fight him anyway.
Maka's unwillingness to give up despite how grim her chances of winning were greatly confuses Asura, and begins distracting him from the fight. He makes a final attempt to defeat her by attacking her with all his attacks at once, but she dodges them all and proves him wrong about her weakness by using the strength and courage of her soul's wavelength to deliver a strong punch to his face. Her punch, filled with all her soul's strength and courage, ultimately is finally enough to shatter him into pieces, defeating him and saving the world from his spread of madness once and for all. Before his defeat by her, Asura curses at her, stating that even though she may defeat him, madness and insanity will always exist in the world and someone else will some day return to finish what he started. Kid worries at the end of the series what may happen if this occurs, saying there will always be evil in the world, and as long as there is, another Kishin may arise. Maka reassures him that there's more to people than evil thoughts and bad deeds, and that bravery also exists within everyone, thus there will always be people willing to stand up to evil.
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 1
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 11
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 18
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 4
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 83
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 107
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 112 - Crona: “I just want to repay you, Maka. You’ve always given me courage. You understand, right Soul?” Chapter 113. Soul: “Thanks to you, I stopped running from my problems. This is the sound we created together, remember?
- ↑ Soul Eater Drama CD 2: My Heart Full of Love
- ↑ Soul Eater Premium Drama CD: Beware the Sexy Magic!
- ↑ Soul Eater Guidebook: How to Make a Death Scythe
- ↑ In Volume 4, Chapter 12, Maka is seen with Blair on her lap the day before the test. She is stroking Blair, who is purring and in her cat form.